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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Maria Ayerdi Kaplan Fights For Respect In Salesforce Transit Center San Francisco Story

In San Francisco, California stands the brand-new Salesforce Transit Center. It's six-stories high, 1,500 feet long, and costs $2.2 billion. It replaced the historic, yet earthquake-damaged Transbay Transit Center and has taken almost 20 years to start and finish.

The only news you may know is about cracks found in two steel beams, or about the cost overruns. If you read about Salesforce Transit Center, you may find references to any number of events that happened before 2017, and not between 2017 and now. None of those attempts to fix the news are true.

But what's true is this: a woman named Maria Ayerdi Kaplan was responsible for the conception, financing, and construction of what stands today. There were both private and public officials that worked to stand in her way during the process toward building what is Salesforce Transit Center. She withstood those challenges, and retired from running the organization she created and helmed since 2008, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), in 2016.

Now, Maria faces an attack that at times take on the appearance of racism and sexism, and from people who would seek to put their mistakes on her. That's wrong. First, they worked for her, and so she trusted them to get the project done. Second, they have an expertise she lacks, which is why you hire anyone to do a thing to start with. Third, Maria left in July of 2016, the project wasn't opened until August 12th of 2018.

With that, the focus has not been on what happened in the development of the Salesforce Transit Center from late 2016 to August 12th of 2018, and the over 10,000 people who walked on the pavement of Salesforce Park, but on inspections done in the past. There have been deliberate misrepresentations of the past, only to help make certain other people look good. The fact is, Maria Ayerdi Kaplan's reputation has been wrongly attacked and the people who have done it owe her an apology.

San Francisco should first know about and second be proud of the work Maria Ayerdi Kaplan has done. That includes the organizations that were hired to work for her.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Comic Con San Diego 2016 Is Zennie62s 7th Year As Press

Comic Con San Diego 2016 is Zennie62 / Zennie62Media's 7th year as press for this amazing convention event. There are more Comic Con San Diego videos on Zennie62 on YouTube than on any other YouTube channel. I have interviewed everyone from William Shatner to Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lungren, Maitland Ward, Rod Roddenberry, Blake Neely, "President Obama", Roger Corman, Kane Hodder, Lee Merriweather, Vivica A Fox, Georges Jeanty, and have covered panels in Hall H featuring the casts of Supergirl, DC's Legends Of Tommorrow, The Expendables, and many more! Join Zennie62 at Comic Con San Diego! And I seek sponsors for coverage and the logo and brand product exposure is unbeatable! Contact me at zennie@zennie62.com.


Oakland Moving Toward NFL Raiders Stadium Plan

While I can't reveal details, I can say that Oakland is moving toward an NFL Raiders Stadium plan. I can also say that Raiders fans should expect a big announcement within the coming weeks. That is all I can say.


U.S Supreme Court Rejects Ecuador Appeal Of Chevron Award #Chevron

Chevron Ecuador news with a twist. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Ecuador's appeal of the DC Circuit 2006 decision to award Chevron $106 million in damages stemming from long neglected lawsuits that go back to the 1990s. Texaco was in oil production partnership with Ecuador and in 1973 had a deal where the nation got low market rate oil for domestic use. By the end of the Tex-Pet corporate partnership Texaco found they Ecuador used far more than the oil they contracted for. Texaco sued and Ecuador ignored the lawsuits Then Chevron bought Texaco and this issue. In 2006 it sued and won in the DC Circuit. Ecuador was trying to claim that because it had an agreement with Tecaco and not Chevron it had no contract. The DC Circuit disagreed. Ten years later in refusing to hear the appeal the US Supreme Court upheld the DC Circuit.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Libby Schaaf: Oakland Mayor's Police Department Cultural Problem Will Take Years To Fix

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has a hard problem in dealing with the results of long-festering cultural problems rooted deep in the Oakland Police Department. In this video I give what could be called a personal history of the problems that the Oakland Police Department culture has caused. More commentary coming.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 Synopsis - Comic Con #SDCC

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 Synopsis. GOG2 at Comic Con SDCC. The word is that Marvel's Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 will be at Comic Con San Diego 2016. Here is the synopsis: Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand. Does that mean Thor? The Hulk? Stay tuned.


Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 At Comic Con SDCC

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 At Comic Con SDCC! The word is that Marvel's Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 will be at Comic Con San Diego 2016. Here is the synopsis: