Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom Take a Strong Stand Against Jim Harbaugh over 49er Ray McDonald

September 15th, 2014

Well here it is, for Roman Catholic Jim “Due Process” Harbaugh, who’s just six or so years off of probation himself, on the subject of Ray McDonald:

“‘…zero tolerance’ are empty words…”

Yesterday’s press release:

**News release** Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of The Representation Project, joint statement on the 49ers decision to continue to play Ray McDonald

“The City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area has long stood staunchly on the forefront of domestic violence awareness and prevention.  That’s why the 49ers’ continued insistence on playing Ray McDonald during his ongoing criminal investigation is a painful affront to every victim of domestic violence and sends a troubling message to our community and especially our children that ‘zero tolerance’ are empty words, not real actions.  In light of the increased public awareness of this issue in the wake of the horrific Ray Rice assault and today’s decision by the Carolina Panthers to deactivate Greg Hardy, we strongly urge the 49er organization we grew up revering to do the right thing — right now — and bench Ray McDonald, pending the outcome of his felony domestic violence investigation by San Jose law enforcement.”

Contact: Andrea Koskey

Communications Director

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

I’ve Never Seen an Aircraft Flying Around Without a Registration Number – And Yet This Was Over the Stanford Game

September 15th, 2014

This is new on me:

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Boy, this aircraft/banner combo seems familiar:

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Here are some of my other beefs against the flying banner ad biz in the bay area.

Octavia Boulevard Update: Anybody Who Claims This Short Road Has “High-Speed Motor Traffic” is Lying

September 15th, 2014

Simply.

Now if you want real “high-speed motor traffic,” well then look to the 280 freeway.

But if you want a poorly-designed glorified freeway offramp with lots of slow-moving bumper-to-bumper gridlock, well then Octavia is your bingo.

See? This is typical. Traffic has been jammed up here starting about a week after this road opened. This is exactly what low-speed traffic looks like: 

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A note to advocacy journalists who think it’s their job to lie:

No it’s not!

Lying hurts your case. Lying doesn’t help your case.

 

A Billboard I Didn’t Understand: “M&A HACK”

September 15th, 2014

At first I though this billboard had something to do with the recent ill-starred Salesforce.com Hackathon.

Then I thought it was a beef from a laid-off salesperson.

But now I see it’s just another promotion for a business idea / patent.

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Boy, I love patents, don’t you?

Here’s my favorite:

“Method of exercising a cat
US 5443036 A
A method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.”

Isn’t it adorable?

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Don’t Go Postal, Else the “Postal Police” Will Come and Get You With This Pontiac G6

September 15th, 2014

These days, the best you can hope for is a new car merely something like a G6, like a G6.

But in my day, the car brand Pontiac was still alive and it made actual G6 cars.

See? Perhaps they were rushing to meet up with the Mint Police

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And postal inspectors (they call themselves police? OK fine) still drive them around, apparently.

And those people on Oprah still drive them as well, I s’pose…

Freeway vs. Highway Explained – “Our Street is Not a Highway!” – But, Oh Yes, It Is – San Mateo Update

September 15th, 2014

Apparently, some millionaire land-owning burgers down in  San Mateo, specifically San Carlos, specifically east San Carlos, right next to the 101 are/were mad about taking one for the team, about losing the parking spaces in front of their hou$e$ for the Greater Good.

I know that because I saw all these signs. You see, it’s OUR PARKING SPACES vs. THE CONCERNS OF EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD.

Or, as they put it, it’s CARS vs. KIDS:

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The problem with this is that all roads in California are highways, pretty much.

So, in fact, HOLLY STREET IS A HIGHWAY.

And actually it has it’s own freeway offramp – some people might think that’s a good thing, IDK

Freeway Bus Stop, 94132

September 12th, 2014

Your reward for staring at eight lanes of freeway is the occasional bus to take you away – seems fair enough

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To me, this looks like a rural bus stop, something out of a scene out of North by Northwest, except it’s on a divided highway, a freeway with four lanes in each direction…

The SFMTA Gods Must Be Crazy, Masonic Edition: A Green Light for Cars and Bikes, But a Red Upraised Hand for Peds at the Same Time?

September 12th, 2014

So as the SFMTA is gearing up for its big election this fall, let’s take a look at how it’s doing on Masonic at Evergreen Terrace.

This summer, the newly-installed lights were on a 75-second  timer that ended up stalling traffic on Masonic about 30% of the time, for no apparent reason.

Here’s the next phase – the crude timing scheme is gone, but what’s this? A solid green for traffic next to a solid red upraised hand for peds? I’ve never seen this kind of thing  before:

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One assumes that this is the SFMTA just being the SFMTA and this has something to do with the activation of the pedestrian activated crosswalk buttons. (Or is DPW still running the show here? IDK)

But it almost seems that the SFMTA thinks it knows what it’s doing when it strikes out on so many unorthodox traffic experiments.

SFMTA, you suck, don’t you know that by now? Why not simply strive to be competent?

And are you just testing/installing the lights at Ewing? But doesn’t this photo look “wrong” to you? How many days, weeks, months should you set up the lights like this?

Hey SFMTA, what are you going to do when Prop A loses? What’s your Plan B? Let’s hope it doesn’t involve telling even more of the peds of Masonic to stop and go at the same time…

Prolific Couple, San Mateo County

September 12th, 2014

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Why Is It That Only Sugar Sellers are Coming Out Against San Francisco’s Prop E?

September 12th, 2014

Are all these billboards a joke from Coke, and Pepsi?

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Is this real life?

What it is is the strangest No On Prop ___ campaign I’ve ever seen.

But is it good enough to get 33% to vote No?

IDK.