Harding Theater Given Another Chance

Yesterday’s hearing to Save the Harding Theater is good news for the friends of this San Francisco landmark. All seven members of the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved an appeal by The Friends of 1800 historical preservation group regarding a developer’s plans to demolish the back portion of the Harding Theater to build condominiums and make substantial modifications to the remainder. The Planning Department is, therefore, required to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to assess impacts to this historic resource by the plan and propose mitigation measures and alternatives with lesser impacts. (Read more here)

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that this decision will lead to the developer giving up condo plans and selling the property — for $4 million.

Save the Harding Theater Hearing, November 13

Save the Harding Theater and The Friends of 1800 remind everyone in San Francisco’s District 5 (Western Addition) that a hearing will be held at San Francisco City Hall, Room 400, Thursday, November 13 at 1:30 pm. Those who want to preserve this historic landmark on Divisadero Street and see its integrity maintained as developers go forward with plans to “condo-ize” the property are encouraged to attend the hearing to testify in support.

If you’d like to speak out against the developers’ current plans for the Harding, please contact David Tornheim at 415-668-2353 or SaveDivisTheater@gmail.com, prior to the hearing.

To see photos of the interior of this historic landmark, and other classic San Francisco movie theaters, check out Rebecca McBride’s awesome photo series, “Left in the Dark”.

Ruth Garland-Dewson Is the President-Elect’s Unsung Hero

San Francisco businesswoman Ruth-Garland Dewson, owner of Mrs. Dewson’s Hats, worked tirelessly to get Barack Obama to the White House. And now she owes him a hat.

November 9, 2008 — San Francisco, CA — San Francisco businesswoman Ruth Garland-Dewson endorsed America’s next president on a blustery San Francisco day in early 2007 – and she never stopped getting out the vote for Democrat Barack Obama until the polls closed in California this Tuesday night.

Known as “The Mayor of Fillmore Street” – Dewson turned her hat shop, Mrs. Dewson’s Hats, into a makeshift Obama campaign headquarters. Plastering the storefront’s windows with photos of herself with Obama, newspaper clippings of her interviews about the candidate and letters from the Illinois Senator thanking her for her support, the shop became San Francisco’s unofficial Obama headquarters.

In the heart of Pacific Heights, neighbors and tourists looked at Dewson’s quote from the San Francisco Chronicle from March 5, 2007, prominently displayed in the shop’s window that said, “Go Obama! You’re black enough for me,” and smiled. Then they came in to ask her how they could get involved in what would soon turn out to be the country’s most historic campaign. (Read more)

Out4Immigration’s Statements on the Election, and Call to Join Proposition 8 March Tonight

Out4Immigration is a grassroots, national organization that works to increase awareness about the immigration discrimination faced by same-sex binational couples.

That’s why Tuesday’s election leaves the organization with decidedly mixed feelings in America. On the one hand, there is great cause to celebrate the election of Barack Obama as our president. He is a friend to the LGBT community and believes in equality for all. On the other hand, the passage of Proposition 8 in California that takes away the rights of same-sex couples to marry is a devastating blow to civil rights.

Tonight, the grassroots call to action goes out to anyone who can make it to San Francisco. There will be a peaceful march beginning at 5:30 p.m. at 7th and Market Streets to protest the passage of Proposition 8. Out4Immigration members and supporters are urged to wear their t-shirts, which say “United by Love, Divided by Law” as a way to show how important equal legal recognition of relationships in the United States is for all us.

More information on the march tonight is available at: protest8.blogspot.com/ and on Facebook.

KazzaDrask Media has just learned of more marches around the state tonight and over the weekend. Please click here for details.

Social Networking and the 2008 Presidential Election

It’s been a funny couple of 36 hours or so — as an American, witnessing the election of Barack Obama has been my own personal front row seat to history (along with 300 million others, of course). As a Californian (well, one who transplanted here 20 years ago), I’ve been saddened to see so many people vote to write discrimination into the state’s constitution in the form of Proposition 8.

Four years ago, when Bush 2.0 trumped John Kerry, there were a few blogs and websites to go to for solace, camaraderie and comments, but the social networking phenomenon was yet to be realized. Flash forward four years and what a different online experience it is! Not only have most of us watched more You Tube videos of John McCain’s senior moments, Black Eyed Peas “Yes We Can” videos and Tina Fey’s spot on Sarah Palin than is probably safe to publicly admit — millions of us have hung out on Facebook, joining groups like “I Have More Foreign Policy Experience Than Sarah Palin” and donating our online status to get out the vote messages.

It made sense to go to Facebook Wednesday morning (and several times since). While I had seen some friends on Tuesday night, celebrated with my partner, exchanged a few emails and calls — there are some things that social networking is better suited for. I have family members who vote “the other way”, I have some long-term friends with fierce independent streaks — but in my social network, the majority of my “connections” think like I do — and if they don’t, they don’t even know that I just ignore them (until now, anyway). In some strange way it was oddly comforting to follow along with people I’ve met once or twice or those I’ve corresponded with for work purposes, but have never met in person as they cheered for Obama and condemned California. It’s funny that most of the people that I’ve known the longest or the best aren’t my “friends” on Facebook (yet). But some are, and if we don’t see eye to eye in the virtual world, we just don’t have to mention it when we connect in the real world.

One thing we can all agree on though is our ways of sharing info, consoling one another and pissing each other off have changed dramatically since 2004. It begs the question, how will we be doing these things four years from now?

‘The Mayor of Fillmore Street’ and Election Day 2008

Election Day 2008 was an exciting day here in San Francisco. Change was in the air. No jaunt around the city to take some photos to capture this excitement would have been complete without a stop at Mrs. Dewson’s Hats to see Ruth Garland-Dewson, otherwise known as the Mayor of Fillmore Street. Her shop’s window made her support of Barack Obama clear, and we’re going to guess she was well out of range of 100-feet from the nearest polling station. You can see more Election Day in San Francisco photos here.

Photo by KazzaDrask Media.

VIDEO: Highlights from ANZA’s Gateway to the US Summit

Sasha Owen of Santa Fe Films worked with ANZA Technology Network to produce this highlight video of last month’s Gateway to the US Summit in Silicon Valley. Sasha is a talented videographer who listens to his clients and conceptualizes their message into a smart and sharp marketing tool. See for yourself by clicking on the screen above. To view another Santa Fe Films production developed for ANZA, see the “Welcome to Silicon Valley” video now on the ANZA website.

CMO of the Freakin’ Decade

It’s not over ’til it’s over — and we are just about 24 hours from the first results coming in from the East Coast, but PR Squared is nominating Barack Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, as Chief Marketing Officer of the Freakin’ Decade. From start to near-finish, at this point, there was not a mistake made in the Obama campaign. Packaging and selling the Obama message for close to two years, Plouffe and his team delivered on logo design (and its many permutations), font on all campaign materials, advertising production values, creativity, tone and placement, brilliant use of text messaging, brilliant use of pumpkins (yes, pumpkins!), unprecedented Get Out The Vote movement and active and intelligent use of social networking. Read the complete tribute to Mr. Plouffe here.