imageSacramento, California – Previously, The Adobo Chronicles reported on the duel between the Asian Mayors of San Francisco and Oakland over naming the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.  Oakland Mayor Jean Quan wants the new span to be named Oakland Bay Bridge because it sits in the eastern side of the Oakland-San Francisco border. On  the other hand, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says that because the new span casts its shadow over Yerba Buena Island which is in San Francisco, the span should be named San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Now that the new span is open, the name fight has shifted to the West.  The California State Assembly passed a resolution that would name both the eastern and western spans of the bridge after former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.  The resolution was proposed by Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, D-Compton and Assemlyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco.

The resolution is expected to clear the State Senate as well.

Three former San Francisco Board of Supervisors presidents sent a letter to the Senate arguing against the move, saying that renaming the bridge violates the Senate’s policy against christening roadways after people who are still alive – and that naming the bridge after the oft-controversial Brown is “inappropriate.”

Asked about his reaction to the proposed name change, California Governor Jerry Brown said, “I am not totally against naming the bridge after my good friend Willie, but I would prefer that instead of naming the bridge ‘Willie Brown Bridge,’ it  should simply be named ‘Brown Bridge.’ This way, my supporters and my grandchildren and great grandchildren can claim that the bridge was named after me.”

Willie Brown is distancing himself from the issue, at least pubicly.



imageVILNIUS, Lithuania —Armed with $1 Billion vouchers, U.S.  Secretary of State John Kerry is in Europe courting international support for a possible U.S. military strike on Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons.

Kerry, the Obama administration’s chief salesman for a U.S. punitive strike, will meet Saturday with European officials about the Syrian crisis and update them on ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

President Barack Obama decided last weekend to postpone any military action and seek the backing of Congress before proceeding to violate the United Nations Charter.

The administration is running out of options for gaining support. A favorable Congressional vote is doubtful. U.S. Allies have not aligned with the U.S. The G20 leaders were lukewarm. The U.N. Secretary General is opposed. Polls show 6 in 10 Americans do not support the strike.

“This is our last straw ” Kerry said. “Any country that will support our planned military strike will get $1 Billion in U.S. aid, provided they sign on within the next 3 days. U.S. credibility is what’s at stake here, ” he added.

Asked by The Adobo Chronicles  where the funds will come from, Kerry replied, “Oh, it’s part of the little-known presidential pork barrel. We have not touched it in 5 years. The time has come.”


imageSanta Clara, California –  America’s three major sports leagues have jointly issued guidelines for singers invited to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” or “God Bless America” during sports events.  Meeting in Santa Clara, California, future home of the San Francisco 49ers, the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball all agreed to strictly abide by the new rules.

The rules were drawn up following recent controversies that involved Latino singers invited to sing at major sports events: 11-year old Mariachi singer Sebastien De La Cruz and Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband Marc Anthony. image

De La Cruz sang the U.S. National Anthem at Game 3 of the NBA playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat while Anthony sang “God Bless America” at an All-Star Major League Baseball game.  Both performances were condemned by U.S. nationalists for what they called “singing American while being Latino.”  Both singers, of course, are U.S. citizens and are as American as apple pie.

In crafting the new guidelines, the major leagues wanted to make sure that they are not perceived as being racists, so they proposed a basic, core language for the guidelines, as follows:

“Any singer who rolls his or her ‘Rs’ will not be allowed to perform at the games.”

The Union representing singers and performers immediately sent a memo to all its members advising them to practice saying and singing the words, “America,” “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars,”  “Perilous Fight,” “ramparts ”  etc.  and to do so with a “twang.”

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