Hiked in San Pedro Valley Park

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Went on a hike in San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica, California on Saturday. I took the Old Farm Trout Farm trail to the Brooks Creek Trail, and didn’t see any wildlife. I did see an awesome view of Pacifica and the Pacific Ocean.

And the Farallon Islands. When I returned to the parking lot I decided to hike on the Weiler Ranch Trail, and after a 1/4 mile I suddenly encountered Black tailed Deer. They are a sub-species of the Mule Deer, which in the past, has been a controversial declaration. But if you look at my Flickr set you can see the similarities to Mule Deer. I had some very nice photographic moments with those deer, and was a mere 10 feet from the Buck, and at no time did I feel threatened or scared. Please check out my photo set on Flickr>>> San Pedro Valley Park

Scene outside ATT park San Francisco during World Series Game 1

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Once again the San Francisco Giants are in the World Series. They were in it in 2010 as well, and they won against the Texas Rangers. This time they are up against the Detroit Tigers. I can never get into the games nor afford the tickets, but I have photographed the scene outside the stadium. I did photograph the Victory Parade in 2010.
I posted my pics and video on CNN’s iReport site:

Here are all the links.

Scene outside AT&T Park Game 1 2012>>>>http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-863854
Scene outside park during World Series Games 2010>>>  http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-50952

Victory Parade>>>>http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-515092

Video of Victory Parade and video of Aubrey Huff pulling out the rally panties>>>>http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-515096

Youtube video here>>>>>

Photographed the memorial for Chris Stevens at San Francisco’s City Hall.

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  Photographed the memorial held for slain ambassador Chris Stevens at
San Francisco’s City Hall. I cover a lot of events there, but I rarely enjoy
them because mainstream media and or press are just too obnoxious. Some     photographers situate themselves 4 hours in advance just to get a seat on the media platform. The media platforms are never big enough, and some of those folks are downright mean, but despite the adversity I still manage to get nice shot. I use my experience and saavy and look for alternative vantage points, and I get my pics. I really wish that San Francisco’s City Hall would allow cell companies to install cell phone towers inside the building, so the 3G and 4G networks would be more reliable and speedy.

I posted an iReport on CNN and here is the text I included in that post.

On Tuesday October 16, 2012 San Francisco’s City Hall hosted a memorial service for John Christopher Stevens. He was the US Ambassador to Libya and was killed during an attack on the US Consulate in Libya on September 11, 2012. Chris Stevens died of smoke inhalation.
Chris Stevens was born in Grass Valley California and attended many local colleges in the San Francisco Bay area including the University of Berkeley and the Hastings College of the Law, so having the memorial in San Francisco’s City Hall was the appropriate venue.

The event was attended by many family members, politicians and friends. The U.S Marine Corps Honor Guard held the “posting colors” ceremony and The Star Spangled Banner was sung by the University of California Men’s Glee Club Alumni.
The flag in front of San Francisco City Hall was not flown at half-staff because the Giants flag was raised.

Photographed the human banner at Ocean Beach in San Francisco


I photographed the human banner on October 13, 2012 at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. The human banner said DUMP CITIZENS UNITED.

While photographing the banner, I did not understand what they meant or who Citizens United was, but now I know. I was asked by many people at the scene what the term meant, and I shrugged my shoulders and said I don’t know. On their website Citizens United it says they are an organization that “dedicated to restoring our government to citizens’ control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United’s goal is to restore the founding fathers’ vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens.”
This event was organized by a Brad Newsham, Andrew Boyd and John Sellers. They have a website humanbannersf. This event was a “a collaboration between Brad and The Other 98%, with support from CREDO Mobile, Code Pink, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, Democrats.com, Move to Amend, Public Citizen, Roots Action, Ruckus Society, and unPAC.org.
The people who formed the banner lined up and joined hands at the edge of the surf.

For video and additional pics please go to my post at Indybay.org http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/10/13/18723678.php

A viewer of my blog suggested I state this: Benjamin Grant states Citizens United is “the supreme court decision in a case brought by CU (a right-wing front group) that legalized unlimited campaign contributions through super-pacs.”

A website to check out is http://www.americaletstakeherback.com

Definition of super PAC: “A political action committee (PAC) is any organization in the United States that campaigns for or against political candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation.” More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_action_committee

Raccoons Golden Gate Park San Francisco

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Standing on Water.

Captured a few cute shots of the raccoons in Golden Gate Park. Check out my Flickr set.

Raccoons in Golden Gate Park

Covered the group “Homes Not Jails.” World Homeless Day Event

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Homes Not Jails World Homeless Day, protest, march and building take-over ends in arrests.

Disclaimer: This piece is biased, only because I have recently been evicted from a home where I paid over $84,000 in to, and the home was only worth $32,000. It was a manufactured home. Upon being evicted I was forced to give up my two pet cats whom I lived with for 14 years, and had to put my blind dog down. I was suddenly thrust into the abusive, degrading and dangerous world of homelessness.

On Wednesday October 10, 2012 people who are “homeless, have recently been evicted, and foreclosed-on, the dispossessed, and their allies took to the streets in San Francisco protesting and marching to express their frustration with the current homeless situation and numbers both here in San Francisco and in the whole United States. Here in San Francisco it is believed that at least 10,000 people are homeless, and there are at least 35,000 vacant “housing units,” city wide. It is also believed that there at least “3.5 million homeless people in the United States, and that at least 1 million are children, but only 112,000 nationwide are chronically homeless.”
The group Homes Not Jails organized this protest because a building at 531 Castro Street who is owned by landlord, and business owner Les Natali has sat vacant for 5 years and allegedly he used the Ellis Act to evict the tenants who had been living there. It is common knowledge that the Castro neighborhood is home to at least 5,000 LGBTQ youth and is where they seek refuge from families, society norms(like discrimination and hate), and people who just don’t accept them for who they are. And because of the so-called tech bubble San Francisco has become one of the most expensive places in the US to live. This so-called tech bubble does not help the City in any manner because recently Twitter was allowed to move into this City and they are not required to take local taxes out of their employee’s paychecks.
And the current conditions of the local homeless shelters are unacceptable, unsafe and just sleeping in them can cause mental illness so many homeless people still sleep on the streets. I tried contacting the San Francisco homeless czar Bevan Dufty, about the conditions of the homeless shelters in SF, but he has not returned my call, nor email. But I can say first hand that through my experience I have dealt with hate, sleep deprivation, lice infestations, just to make sure I am not sleeping on the streets or my car. This article by the local newspaper the Bay Area Reporter highlights the problem. I was merely evicted because I could not get a livable wage job offer, and what I was thrown into because I am homeless gave me health problems so severe I became unable to work.
In San Francisco it is illegal to sit-and-lie on a sidewalk, sleep in a car, inhabit vacant buildings, so the group Homes Not Jails organized themselves and because most of the members need housing they will continue “to take to the streets to and take direct action” by taking-over vacant buildings until their needs are met.
World Homeless Day was started 3 years ago because of those staggering numbers and the current economic climate.

In this post on Indybay.org I used stills, including a panorama, and video to tell the story.


Obama in San Francisco: Photograped scene outside fundraiser.

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By Dina Boyer
On Monday October 8, 2012 President Obama paid another visit to the San Francisco Bay Area to raise funds and reach out to his constituency. One of the fundraisers was being held at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. This is the same building where many famous musicians played and where many Martin Luther King day events are sometimes held. Other buildings in the area were San Francisco’s City Hall, a California State building complex, Federal buildings and the Asian Art Museum, but all eyes were on the throngs of people who showed up to attend the fundraiser and concert, and the small crowd of non-Obama supporters. The whole area was blocked off to traffic and at one intersection was even blocked by dump trucks(see Photo).
The Obama supporters screamed-out “4 MORE YEARS,” while the non-Obama supporters screamed out “4 MORE MONTHS.” The Anti-Obama crowd seemed to consist of medical marijuana activists, Romney supporters, Tea Party members, and anti-war activists. Also there was a small crowd of people who spoke out about NDAA or the National Defense Authorization Act. The pro-Obama crowd was also diverse, and seemed to consist of people who were all ages, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.
My pictures will show both sides, and the video will give you an idea of the atmosphere. I have also included video of the motorcade. One of the videos features an educator for Obama.
The cost to attend the concert was $200 per head, and to attend the dinner the minimum contribution was $20,000 dollars. The concert featured Michael Franti and John Legend. The VIP fundraiser or dinner was chef-ed/hosted by Alice Waters, and consisted of:
Fish tartare a la japonaise, Boudin blanc
Warm chanterelles on grilled toast
Fall tomato salad with homemade mozzarella
Fresh cheese with baked fig
Eggplant tagine with couscous
Duck confit with herb and frisee salad
Corncakes with mint and chive
Prosciutto and almonds
Pictures and Video by Dina Boyer
Please check out my blog https://dinaboyerphotography.wordpress.com/

CNN iReport >>>>here<<<<

Video of Motorcade:

Full video of US Navy Hovercraft departing Ocean beach in San Francisco.

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The people I’m noticing at the America’s Cup Racing in San Francisco

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I attended the America’s Cup Racing Fleet races yesterday in SF. Got a few more excellent pics. As always you can check out my Flickr Gallery.But what is most notable are the people I’m noticing at the races. I’m perching myself at this location

Yesterday I noticed the diversity was better. I noticed Lesbians, and Gay Dads. They were all having fun, and enjoying the races just like everyone else.


Photographed two events today in San Francisco

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As part of a drill and Fleet Week exercises this US Navy Hovercraft landed at Ocean beach in San Francisco.

Photographed two events in San Francisco today. First event was the landing of a U.S. Navy hovercraft on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California. It was landed there as part of a drill for Fleet Week 2012. It was a neat scene, and got some nice pics. Flickr photo gallery >>>here<<<

Check out this iReport of my coverage of the Hovercraft

This was a near collision, and was tight, but it is what I expect from America’s Cup Racing.

Also went to the America’s Cup World Series races today. Got some nice pics from that event too. There was a lot of tight racing and near collisions, which is what I am expecting from the ACWS. Flickr Gallery >>>>Here<<<
I was a bit irked today though because the mobile app wasn’t working, and had to be updated.



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