City plans from decades past often have a musty air. They’re laced with assumptions that sounded good at the time, but in hindsight run the gamut from frightening to lame. Then there are the ones with details that ring all too true — such as San Francisco’s downtown plan from 1963, with its succinct and thoroughly convincing case for why cars should be banned from Market Street. Which will finally start to happen in January — a lag of 57 years. The Market Street saga is a sobering reminder of how long it can take people to accept the obvious. It also underscores the way that basic realities of city life endure across generations, even as technologies and trends seem to mutate before our our eyes. I stumbled across “Downtown San Francisco: General Plan Proposals” last month, shortly after the legal deadline to challenge the city’s Better Market Street plan came and went with nobody filing an appeal. It’s an ambitious plan to do away with … [Read more...] about A visionary plan to rid SF’s Market Street of cars — in 1963. Sound familiar?
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The Electoral Commission has fined the European Movement, an active participant in the EU referendum which helped set up the official Remain campaign, for filing false returns.The group’s ultimate goal is “the creation of a Pan‐European federation as the first step towards peace and world federalism”, according to its youth wing’s constitution, and it is heavily funded by the European Union. In fact, the European Movement’s memorandum of association literally sets out its remit as “propaganda and other activities” — which it fulfils as part of a wider network of so-called civil society groups paid by the EU to lobby for greater European integration. The European Movement took credit for the launch of Britain Stronger in Europe (BSE), the official Remain campaign which has now been rebadged as Open Britain on social media, with its then chairman Laura Sandys acting as BSE’s original director — a … [Read more...] about Major Pro-EU Remain Campaign Group Fined for Making False Declarations During EU Referendum
close Video Cara Delevingne recreates Janet Jackson's 'iconic' topless cover in new fashion campaign Supermodel Cara Delevingne channeled a 90s-era Janet Jackson in a new spring 2019 campaign for French fashion company Balmain. The French fashion house dropped three photos from its upcoming campaign. A photo featuring French fashion designer Olivier Rousteing covering Delevingne's bare chest gave fans some serious nostalgia. Many were quick to point out it resembled Jackson's famous 1993 'Rolling Stone' cover. Supermodel Cara Delevingne, 26, channeled a 90s-era Janet Jackson in a new spring 2019 campaign for French fashion company Balmain. The French fashion house dropped three photos from its upcoming campaign Thursday. The "first look" black and white images caused fans' jaws to drop — as Delevingne posed completely nude, sitting on what appears to be a granite block with a large "B" in the frame. But it was her tribute to Jackson that drew the biggest … [Read more...] about Cara Delevingne recreates Janet Jackson’s ‘iconic’ topless cover in new fashion campaign
San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy’s election campaign appears to be fraying in the tight race to represent District Eight, following the departure on Friday of a strategist who was hired to impose order. Strategist Larry Tramutola is the second consultant to part ways with Sheehy, who broke ties with his original consulting firm, Whitehurst Mosher Campaign Strategy and Media, in October. People familiar with the campaign say that Sheehy has been canceling events and meetings. “It’s an indication that his campaign is in disarray,” said political consultant Jim Ross, who is gathering signatures for a child care ballot measure supported by mayoral candidate Jane Kim. Ross and others said it’s unusual for a consultant to quit four months before an election. Sheehy was appointed by former Mayor Ed Lee to fill the rest of former Supervisor Scott Wiener’s term representing the Castro, Noe Valley, Glen Park and Diamond Heights neighborhoods after Wiener … [Read more...] about Up for election in June, Supervisor Sheehy’s campaign seems in disarray
The £9.3 million pro-Brussels propaganda drive by David Cameron’s government ahead of the Brexit referendum gave the ‘Remain’ side an unfair advantage, a cross-party Independent Commission on Referendums has found.In a major report, the Independent Commission on Referendums called for such unfair spending to be banned and demanded curbs on government spending unlimited amounts of taxpayer cash before the last four weeks of campaigning. Mr Cameron’s government famously decided to flood British households with pro-Remain leaflets in 2016, with the document claiming the nation would we worse off outside the European Union (EU). The report comes as anti-Brexit campaigners claim the pro-Brexit side had an advantage in the referendum and call for Brexit to be blocked because after Vote Leave was fined £61,000 for improperly registering spending. In the new report, the referendum commission highlights how current rules are 20 years old and have not been … [Read more...] about Commission: Govt Brexit Leaflet Gave Remain Campaign ‘Unfair Advantage’