Tuesday, September 25, 2007

San Francisco: U.S. Marines Not Welcome 
They couldn't even be honest about why.

New York said "yes," but we said "no." Why were the U.S. Marines denied permission to film a recruiting commercial on the streets of San Francisco?

San Francisco is, once again, the center of a controversy over how city leaders treat the U.S. military. This time, it involves an elite group of Marines who wanted to film a recruitment commercial in San Francisco on the anniversary of 9/11.

The tension has been building in the two weeks since the city turned away members of the Silent Drill Platoon, and it boiled over Monday afternoon at a meeting of the San Francisco Film Commission.

The U.S. Marine Silent Drill Platoon performed Monday morning in New York's Times Square. They filmed part of a recruitment commercial through the start of the morning rush hour -- something they could not do in San Francisco on the anniversary of 9/11.

"It's insulting, it's demeaning. This woman is going to insult these young heroes by just arbitrarily saying, 'no, you're not going to film any Marines on California Street," said Captain Greg Corrales of the SFPD Traffic Bureau.

Captain Greg Corrales commands the police traffic bureau that works with crews shooting commercials, TV shows and movies in the city. He's also a Marine veteran and his son is serving his third tour of duty in Iraq.

He says Film Commission Executive Director Stefanie Coyote would only allow the Marine's production crew to film on California Street if there were no Marines in the picture. They wound up filming the empty street and will have to superimpose the Marines later.

"Ms. Coyote's politics blinded her to her duty as the director of the Film Commission and as a responsible citizen," said Captain Corrales.

We asked Stefanie Coyote why they're not allowing the Marines to shoot on California Street. She wouldn't answer our questions.

I think the best thing to do is to stop having conventions there.

Maybe the Marines could have snarled up a federal highway.

No. I've known silent drillers. They're too classy for that.

Splash, out


The Marines shouldn't have asked. Just done it. Who could have stopped them?

F*** San Francisco. I'm a native Californian that left 12 years ago and doesn't expect to ever go back.
I had a weekend trip planned to San Francisco for my wife's birthday. After I heard about the Marines and Coyote's gutless decision I canceled the trip and sent an e-mail to the Mayor and Visitors Bureau telling them why.
U.S. Marines and San Francisco:: The real facts.

San Francisco did exactly what every city in America would have done regarding the U.S. Marines request to film a commercial.
Why is there now 285,000 websites criticizing the City?
Look at what actually happened: The request of the Marines asked permission to film at the intersection of California and Mason Streets all day on Tuesday, starting during the early morning commute rush. Their request said there would be 50 marines plus 60 in the film crew and numerous trucks and cranes.
They were told that no one is allowed to block that intersection at that time of day. However, permission was given to the Marines to film at that very intersection from 10 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday. The Marines replied that they wished to start filming earlier than 10 AM. So, San Francisco issued a permit to the Marines to film all day Sunday at the requested intersection, starting at any time they wished. On Sunday, when the film crew began filming, it turned out that the Marines were unable to get there, so they were digitally added into the commercial.
Someone should make a study to show how upset people can become when they don’t have all the facts.
Respectfully submitted,
Ed Morris
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