Friday, October 19, 2007

Vote on Chinatown Campus

Vote on Chinatown Campus last night at City College Chinatown/North Beach Campus.
Motion passed for new Chinatown campus with only one descending vote from John Rizzo.
Huge crowd in a very small, hot, narrow room.
The meeting lasted over 7-1/2 hours and did not end until 2 a.m.

Many people in the audience have been involved in politics and the community for a long time. Judge Lillian Sing, Judge Julie Tang, Carlota del Portillo, Dean of the Mission Campus; Walter Johnson, San Francisco Labor Council; Eric Mar, San Franciso School Member; Ex-Supervisor Michael Yaki, Ex-Community College Member Robert Varni, Samson Wong Asian Week , Tom McCarthy, Frank Noto, Henry Der and Clifford Waldeck.

This issue has been around a long time going back after the International Hotel was torn down which was over thirty years ago. I went into the International Hotel once, it was your typical Chinatown old housing unit with little rooms. I remember the bright lights and nice people. All these years later there is still that hole open to remind everyone of what happened.

I understand why the vote went through, it is just sad that such a big, huge structure is being built over what use to be housing for people. Chinatown/North Beach definitely needs a new facility with adult size chairs with large rooms and air conditioning.

Calendar - additional items for this week ending October 22nd.

October 20th - Saturday

San Francisco: Labor Conference Against the War. ILWU Local 10 at 400 N. Point Street, San Francisco, Ca. Organizer: ILWU. The time says 09:00 to 16:00. I know this is military time and I don't know what that means? I went on the website and I could not pick up any further information. Information: Center for Media and Democracy PR

October 21st - Sunday

UCSF Helicopter Flight Test - Helipad is part of the proposal for the new UCSF Mission Bay children's women's and cancer hospital complex to be built on the site just south of the existing UCSF research campus. Because of community feedback, the proposed helipad has been relocated to 16th Street, the northernmost point of the hospital site. UCSF will be conducting a helicopter test flight October 21st beginning at 8:30 a.m. or as late as 12:00 p.m. depending on the weather conditions.
The helipad will be 140 feet. Nose monitoring equipment is being installed in several places. Annual trips a year 500; month transports 40; daily transports 1.4 per day. Information: Barbara Ba got-Lopez 415-476-8318


Sharp Park Golf Course - There is a very interesting long article about Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica along with information about San Francisco and the future of San Francisco's golf course. Supervisor McGoldrick has asked that a Sharp Park resident be part of the golf task force. Information:

ACLU - "Under the Watchful Eye: The Proliferation of Video Surveillance Systems in California". Report is available at ACLU questions if these measures are worth the time and money versus the loss of privacy and free speech rights.

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