Aaron Peskin is an American elected official in San Francisco, California. He serves as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing Supervisorial District 3 and he was elected in 2015, having previously served two terms in 2001–2009. In January 2005, his colleagues elected him president of the board and he was head of the San Francisco Democratic Party Central Committee from 2008 to 2012. District 3 includes the neighborhoods of North Beach, Telegraph Hill, North Waterfront, Financial District, Nob Hill, Union Square, Maiden Lane, Peskin was born and raised in Berkeley. His mother, Tsipora, an emigrant from Israel, taught at UC Berkeley, his father and he is married to land-use attorney Nancy Shanahan. Before entering politics, Peskin was an environmental activist and water-rights negotiator for an organization which brokered passage. He first came to notice as president of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers. He is a member of the South End Rowing Club and an avid outdoorsman, Peskin can be seen most mornings in his Speedo swimming in the San Francisco Bay.
He reassured San Franciscans after the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill that the water was safe by stripping down to his Speedo and going for a dip in front of a local television news crew. As Supervisor he is mostly for siding with a self-described progressive majority on development issues, often being at odds with the policies of mayors Gavin Newsom. In office, Peskin wrote and won approval for 205 ordinances during his eight years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Peskin was first elected in December 2000, along with other progressive neighborhood activists who had gained their first significant political experience on Tom Ammianos mayoral campaign. When he was sworn into office, he described District 3 as the room of San Francisco. In 2004, Peskin was unanimously elected President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and he served as a member of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, an agency responsible for regulating development in, on and immediately surrounding the San Francisco Bay.
When he came to the end of his term in 2008 he supported David Chius successful campaign for the District 3 seat on the Board of Supervisors. San Francisco restricts supervisors to a maxiumum of two consecutive terms and he was elected chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party Central Committee, the local partys governing board. Peskin held this seat until 2012, on March 30,2015, Peskin announced that he would be a candidate for his old District 3 Supervisors seat, challenging appointed incumbent Julie Christensen. While Peskin had previously served San Franciscos maximum of two terms as a supervisor from 2000 to 2008, the city code is silent on non-consecutive terms. Since his first days in office Peskin has been known as a neighborhood preservationist, in 2005, he prevented the conversion of hotel rooms by several San Francisco hotels into condominiums
Alma mater is an allegorical Latin phrase for a university or college. In modern usage, it is a school or university which an individual has attended, the phrase is variously translated as nourishing mother, nursing mother, or fostering mother, suggesting that a school provides intellectual nourishment to its students. Before its modern usage, Alma mater was a title in Latin for various mother goddesses, especially Ceres or Cybele. The source of its current use is the motto, Alma Mater Studiorum, of the oldest university in continuous operation in the Western world and it is related to the term alumnus, denoting a university graduate, which literally means a nursling or one who is nourished. The phrase can denote a song or hymn associated with a school, although alma was a common epithet for Ceres, Cybele and other mother goddesses, it was not frequently used in conjunction with mater in classical Latin. Alma Redemptoris Mater is a well-known 11th century antiphon devoted to Mary, the earliest documented English use of the term to refer to a university is in 1600, when University of Cambridge printer John Legate began using an emblem for the universitys press.
In English etymological reference works, the first university-related usage is often cited in 1710, many historic European universities have adopted Alma Mater as part of the Latin translation of their official name. The University of Bologna Latin name, Alma Mater Studiorum, refers to its status as the oldest continuously operating university in the world. At least one, the Alma Mater Europaea in Salzburg, the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, has been called the Alma Mater of the Nation because of its ties to the founding of the United States. At Queens University in Kingston and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, the ancient Roman world had many statues of the Alma Mater, some still extant. Modern sculptures are found in prominent locations on several American university campuses, outside the United States, there is an Alma Mater sculpture on the steps of the monumental entrance to the Universidad de La Habana, in Havana, Cuba. Media related to Alma mater at Wikimedia Commons The dictionary definition of alma mater at Wiktionary Alma Mater Europaea website
Eric Lee Mar is a California politician. He served on the San Francisco Board of Education and San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee, in 2008, he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Mar has worked as a professor at San Francisco State University since 1992. He teaches Asian American and Ethnic Studies, from 1993-97, Mar was the Assistant Dean for New College Law School in San Francisco, where he taught a course on critical race theory. Mar is a graduate of the University of California, Mar served on the Human Rights Committee of the State Bar of California and the Civil Rights Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Mar is a member of the Chinese Progressive Association and a founding member of API-FORCE. He is a past executive board member of the Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, in 1999, Mar received the community service award from the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. He is a shop steward for Service Employees International Union Local 790.
Mar was married for 25 years to Sandra Chin, a school teacher. In 1998, Mar was elected to the San Francisco County Central Committee of the Democratic Party, Mar lived in the Richmond District for many years. His daughter, Jade Mar, attended McCoppin Elementary School in the Richmond District, after his house burned down in April,2000, Mar was ineligible to run for supervisor in District 1 as he had planned. Instead, he ran for the Board of Education, placing second, in 2008 Mar ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for District 1 and won the election, defeating planning commissioner Sue Lee. Mar took office on January 8,2009, in 2012, Mar ran for reelection. His primary opponent was insurance salesman David Lee, lees campaign was notable for being the most expensive in San Francisco history, backed by realtor and business groups. In his second term, Mar focused on transportation issues, in spring 2012, working with community organizations San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone and the Bicycle Coalition, Mar put forward a plan to curb rampant bicycle thefts in the city.
The plan included more consistent police procedures, additional parking. The proposal expanded the definition of chain stores, or formula retail, to international chains. The policy would increase public notification standards as well as require applicants prepare an economic impact report to measure what could happen to surrounding stores, Eric Mar has been at the center of several controversies during his tenure on the San Francisco Board of Education
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is the legislative body within the government of the City and County of San Francisco, United States. The City and County of San Francisco is a consolidated city-county, being simultaneously a city and charter county with a consolidated government. Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors were paid $110,858 per year in 2015, there are 11 members of the Board of Supervisors, each representing a geographic district. How the Board of Supervisors should be elected has been a matter of contention in recent San Francisco history, but San Francisco, notwithstanding a population of over 700,000, was often an exception. Prior to 1977 and again from 1980 through 2000, the Board of Supervisors was chosen in at-large elections, the person who received the most votes was elected President of the Board of Supervisors, and the next four or five were elected to seats on the board. District elections were enacted by Proposition T in November 1976, district elections were repealed by Proposition A in August 1980 by a vote of 50.
58% Yes to 49. 42% No. An attempt was made to district elections in November 1980 with Proposition N. District elections were reinstated by Proposition G in November 1996 with a November runoff, runoffs were eliminated and replaced with instant-runoff voting with Proposition A in March 2002. Under the current system, supervisors are elected by district to four-year terms, a partial term counts as a full term if the supervisor is appointed and/or elected to serve more than two years of it. The terms are staggered so that half the board is elected every two years, thereby providing continuity. Supervisors representing odd-numbered districts are elected every fourth year counted from 2000, Supervisors representing even-numbered districts were elected to transitional two-year terms in 2000, thereafter to be elected every fourth year. Terms of office begin on the January 8th following the election for each seat. Each supervisor is elected on a basis and is required to live in his or her district. Although supervisors positions are non-partisan, as of 2016 all 11 supervisors are members of the Democratic Party, the most recent supervisoral elections were held on November 8,2016.
The President of the Board of Supervisors, under the new system, is elected by the members of the Board from among their number. This is typically done at the first meeting of the new session commencing after the general election, members of the Board of Supervisors are elected from 11 single-member districts. The districts cover the following neighborhoods, the maps shown below lack markings for streets or street names. The City of San Francisco has detailed maps of each district available on its website, members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors San Francisco Board of Supervisors website
San Francisco Chronicle
It was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. The paper is owned by the Hearst Corporation, which bought it from the de Young family in 2000. The paper benefited from the growth of San Francisco and was the largest circulation newspaper on the West Coast of the United States by 1880. Like many other newspapers, it has experienced a fall in circulation in the early 21st century. The newspaper publishes two web sites, SFGate, which has a mixture of news and web features. Between World War II and 1971, new editor Scott Josephine Newhall took a bold, the newspaper grew in circulation to become the citys largest, overtaking the rival San Francisco Examiner. The demise of other San Francisco dailies through the late 1950s and early 1960s left the Examiner, from 1965 on the two papers shared a single classified-advertising operation. This arrangement stayed in place until the Hearst Corporation took full control of the Chronicle, beginning in the early 1990s, the Chronicle started to face competition beyond the borders of San Francisco.
The Chronicle launched five zoned sections to appear in the Friday edition of the paper, the sections covered San Francisco, and four different suburban areas. They each featured a unique columnist, enterprise pieces and local news specific to the community, the newspaper added 40 full-time staff positions to work in the suburban bureaus. The de Young family controlled the paper, via the Chronicle Publishing Company, until July 27,2000, following the sale, the Hearst Corporation transferred the Examiner to the Fang family, publisher of the San Francisco Independent and AsianWeek, along with a $66-million subsidy. Under the new owners, the Examiner became a free tabloid, in 1949, the de Young family founded KRON-TV, the Bay Areas third television station. Until the mid-1960s, the station, operated from the basement of the Chronicle Building, KRON moved to studios at 1001 Van Ness Avenue. The frequent bold-faced, all-capital-letter headlines typical of the Chronicles front page were eliminated, editor Ward Bushees note heralded the issue as the start of a new era for the Chronicle.
On July 6,2009, the paper unveiled some alterations to the new design that included yet newer section fronts and wider use of color photographs and graphics. In a special section publisher Frank J. Vega described new, the newer look was accompanied by a reduction in size of the broadsheet. On November 9,2009, the Chronicle became the first newspaper in the nation to print on high-quality glossy paper, the high-gloss paper is used for some section fronts and inside pages. As of 2013 the publisher of the Chronicle is Jeffrey Johnson, audrey Cooper was named editor-in-chief in January 2015 and is the first woman to hold the position
Malia Cohen is an American elected official in San Francisco, California. She serves as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing Supervisorial District 10, born in the Richmond District and a graduate of Lowell High School, she resides in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. Cohen received her B. A. in Political Science from Fisk University, in the 2010 election, she initially finished third out of a field of 22, but eventually won the election based on ranked choice voting. In October 2013, Cohen introduced legislation that expanded an existing San Francisco law making it illegal to sell firearms with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. In 2014, Cohen was re-elected for a term to represent District 10 after being challenged by Marlene Tran. In 2015, Cohen publicly defended San Franciscos sanctuary city Laws, after the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle by an undocumented immigrant, OReilly had been critical of San Francisco and its elected officials. OReilly said that Cohen should be placed under arrest for her comments defending San Franciscos Sanctuary City Policy and she married Warren Pulley in 2016, a workers compensation attorney.
Office of Supervisor Malia Cohen Campaign website
Lincoln Park (San Francisco)
Lincoln Park in San Francisco, was dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln in 1909 and includes about 100 acres of the northwestern corner of the San Francisco Peninsula. Lincoln Park is the terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States of America. The land on which Lincoln Park stands was a cemetery in use in the late 1860s, in 1902, golf enthusiasts laid out a three-hole course on part of the land. In 1909, the Board of Supervisors turned the land over to the Parks Commission, the golf course expanded to 14 holes by 1914, to a full 18 holes in 1917. During this period of development some 50 acres of the tract were turned over to the federal government to be added to the neighboring Fort Miley Military Reservation. The Lincoln Highway, with its terminus at Lincoln Park, was conceived and mapped in 1913 as the first coast-to-coast road across America. The original western terminus marker of the highway was located at the end of the plaza. Today, a replica of the western terminus marker and a plaque are located at the southwest corner of the plaza.
The replica marker was placed in 2002 during the revitalized Lincoln Highway Associations 10th Annual National Convention by the Associations California Chapter, in 1923, the park was chosen as the site of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. The San Francisco Holocaust Memorial, designed by George Segal, was dedicated in the park in 1984
University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic university located in San Francisco, United States. The schools main campus is located on a 55-acre setting between the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, the main campus is nicknamed The Hilltop, and part of the main campus is located on Lone Mountain, one of San Franciscos major geographical features. In addition, the university classes at multiple other locations. Its close historical ties with the City and County of San Francisco are reflected in the Universitys traditional motto, the current motto is Change the World From Here. USFs Jesuit Catholic identity is rooted in the vision and work of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founded by the Jesuits in 1855 as St. Ignatius Academy, USF started as a one-room schoolhouse along Market Street in what became downtown San Francisco. Under its founding president, Anthony Marachi, S. J, St. Ignatius Academy received its charter to issue college degrees on April 30,1859, from the State of California, and signed by governor John B.
In that year the school changed its name to St. Ignatius College, the original curriculum included Greek, Latin, French, algebra, history, geography and bookkeeping. Father Maraschi was the colleges first president, a professor, the treasurer. A new building was constructed in 1862 to replace the first frame building, in June 1863, the university awarded its first Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1880, the college moved from Market Street to a new site on the corner of Hayes Street, the third St. Ignatius College received moderate damage in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, but was completely destroyed in the ensuing fire. The campus moved west, to the corner of Hayes and Shrader Streets, close to Golden Gate Park, the college moved to its present site on Fulton Street in 1927. The college was built on the site of a former Masonic Cemetery, to celebrate its diamond jubilee in 1930, St. Ignatius College changed its name to the University of San Francisco. The change from college to university was sought by many alumni groups, a male-only school for most of its history, USF became fully coeducational in 1964, though females started attending the evening programs in business and law as early as 1927.
In 1969, the school division, already wholly separate from the university, moved to the western part of San Francisco. In 1978, the university acquired Lone Mountain College, october 15,2005, marked the 150th anniversary of the universitys founding. As of the fall of 2016, USF enrolled 11,8018 undergraduate and graduate students in all of its programs housed in four schools, the board currently has 43 voting members who serve three, three-year terms and is chaired by Stephen A. Hamill. The board of trustees elects a president to serve as the general manager, the current president is Paul J. Fitzgerald, S. J. The president, according to USF Bylaws, is responsible for articulating and advancing the Jesuit Catholic character of the university
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, United States, is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds. It is administered by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, configured as a rectangle, it is similar in shape but 20 percent larger than Central Park in New York, to which it is often compared. It is over three miles long east to west, and about half a mile north to south, in the 1860s, San Franciscans began to feel the need for a spacious public park similar to Central Park, which was taking shape in New York City. Golden Gate Park was carved out of unpromising sand and shore dunes that were known as the Outside Lands, conceived ostensibly for recreation, the underlying purpose of the park was housing development and the westward expansion of the city. The tireless field engineer William Hammond Hall prepared a survey and topographic map of the site in 1870. He was named Californias first state engineer and developed a flood control system for the Sacramento Valley.
The park drew its name from nearby Golden Gate Strait, the plan and planting were developed by Hall and his assistant, John McLaren, who had apprenticed in Scotland, home of many of the 19th-century’s best professional gardeners. John McLaren, when asked by the Park Commission if he could make Golden Gate Park one of the beauty spots of the world, replied saying With your aid gentleman, and God be willing, that I shall do. He promised that hed go out into the country and walk along a stream until he found a farm, and that hed come back to the garden and recreate what nature had done. In 1876, the plan was almost replaced by one for a racetrack, favored by the Big Four millionaires, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, Collis P. Huntington and it was Gus Mooney who claimed land adjacent to the park on Ocean Beach. Many of Mooneys friends staked claims and built shanties on the beach to sell refreshments to the patrons of the park, Hall resigned, and the remaining park commissioners followed. In 1882 Governor George C.
Perkins appointed Frank M. Pixley founder, Pixley was adamant that the Mooneys shanties be eliminated, and he found support with the San Francisco Police for park security. Pixley favored Stanfords company by granting a lease on the route that closed the park on three sides to competition. The original plan, was back on track by 1886, Hall selected McLaren as his successor in 1887. The first stage of the development centered on planting trees in order to stabilize the dunes that covered three-quarters of the park’s area. By 1875, about 60,000 trees, mostly Eucalyptus globulus, Monterey pine, by 1879, that figure more than doubled to 155,000 trees over 1,000 acres. Later, McLaren scoured the world for trees, by correspondence and he lived in McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park until he died in 1943, aged 96. In 1903, a pair of Dutch-style windmills were built at the western end of the park
San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco City Hall is the seat of government for the City and County of San Francisco, California. The structures dome is taller than that of the United States Capitol by 42 feet, the present building replaced an earlier City Hall that was destroyed during the 1906 earthquake, which was two blocks from the present one. It was bounded by Larkin Street, McAllister Street, and City Hall Avenue, largely where the current Public Library and U. N. Plaza stand today. The principal architect was Arthur Brown, Jr. of Bakewell & Brown, whose attention to the finishing details extended to the doorknobs, browns blueprints of the building are preserved at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Brown designed the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, Veterans Building, Temple Emanuel, Coit Tower, the buildings vast open space is more than 500,000 square feet and occupying two full city blocks. It is 390 ft between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street, and 273 ft between Grove and McAllister Streets and its dome, which owes much to Mansarts Baroque domes of the Val-de-Grâce and Les Invalides in Paris, rises 307.5 ft above the Civic Center Historic District.
It is 19 ft higher than the United States Capitol, and has a diameter of 112 ft, resting upon 4 x 50 ton and 4 x 20 ton girders, each 9 ft deep and 60 ft. The building as a whole contains 7,900 tons of steel from the American Bridge Company of Ambridge. It is faced with Madera County granite on the exterior, and Indiana sandstone within, together with finish marbles from Alabama, Vermont, much of the statuary is by Henri Crenier. The Rotunda is a space and the upper levels are public. Opposite the grand staircase, on the floor, is the office of the Mayor. A bust of former county supervisor Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in the building was unveiled on May 22,2008, MAYOR1931 The words were written by the previous Mayor Edward Robeson Taylor, and dedicated by Mayor James Rolph. The medallions in the vaults of the Rotunda are of Equality, Strength, Learning and, as memorialized in the South Light Court display, Progress. The current City Hall building is a replacement for a building which was completed in 1899 after 27 years of planning.
The original city hall was a larger building which contained a smaller extension which contained the citys Hall of Records. The building was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, after Arthur Brown Juniors design was selected, construction started in 1913 and was completed by 1915, in time for the Exposition. The main rotunda had served as the location of prominent state funerals. General Fredrick Funston, hero of the Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War, joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married at City Hall in 1954
San Francisco Unified School District
San Francisco Unified School District, established in 1851, is the only public school district within the City and County of San Francisco, and the first in the state of California. Under the management of the San Francisco Board of Education, the district more than 55,500 students in more than 160 institutions. SFUSD utilizes an intra-district school choice system and requires students and parents to submit a selection application, every year in the fall, the SFUSD hosts a Public School Enrollment Fair to provide families access to information about all the schools in the district. SFUSD has the second highest Academic Performance Index among the seven largest California school districts in California, newsweek’s national ranking of Best High Schools in America named seven SFUSD high schools among the top five percent in the country in 2007. In 2005, two SFUSD schools were recognized by the government as No Child Left Behind Blue-Ribbon Schools. SFUSD previously practiced a race-based admissions system, in 1983 the NAACP sued the school district and won a consent decree that mandated that no more than 45% of any racial group may make up the percentage of students at a single school.
At the time and black students were the largest demographic groups in the school district, the decree was intended to benefit black children. When it was discovered that Hispanic children had low test scores, in a five-year period ending in 1999, Asian and Latino students were the largest demographic groups in the SFUSD. On April 15,1998, the Chinese-American group asked a federal court to end the admissions practice. The system required ethnic Chinese students to higher scores than other ethnic groups in order to be admitted to Lowell High School. Waldemar Rojas, the superintendent, wanted to keep the decree because the district had received $37 million in desegregation funds, the NAACP had defended the decree. White parents who were against the racial quotas had a tendency to leave San Francisco. S, District judge, had planned to officially announce the news of the settlement the following day. The district planned to implement a diversity index in which race was one factor, Orrick ordered the district to resubmit the plan without race as a factor or to resubmit the plan under the settlement that had been reached with the Chinese parents.
In January 2000 the district agreed to race as a factor of consideration for admission. In 2007 the U. S. Supreme Court had ruled that race may not be a factor for a K-12 school. As of 2007 SFUSD admission factors include race-neutral aspects, such as the status of a students family. Lyanne Melendez of KGO-TV wrote in 2007 but the local courts, while that campus was undergoing upgrades, Bryant was moved to the old Buena Vista Elementary site. After the renovations were completed SF International High School took over the York Street building, dr. George Washington Carver Elementary César Chávez Elementary John Yehall Chin Elementary Chinese Education Center Elementary School, established in 1969