Archive for December, 2008

MUNI Rides will be Free for New Years Eve – Hurray!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

OMG. MUNI’s free tonight! The latest update, as of an hour ago:

Free service on New Year’s Eve (details below)
Additional service: Metro Subway, L-Owl, N-Owl, 5, 14, 22, 24, 38, 90, 91
Possible rail line re-routes: F, California cable car
Possible bus route re-routes: 1, 6, 9X, 12, 14, 21, 24, 31, 35, 38, 45, 91
Dates: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, through early Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009

“MUNI: How Will It Move You?” For free! Tonight, anyway. (You have no idea how many thousands of Latin Americans are interested in the photo below, which they have labeled “La Chica Wii Fit,” as in “Me encanta la chica Wii Fit. Some people are so immature, you know.) 

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Updated December 31, 2008 12:35 PM
On December 31, New Year’s Eve:

  • Muni travel is free from 8:00 pm New Year’s Eve until 6:00 am New Year’s Day.
  • Riders are encouraged to use the Metro to get into and out of the Downtown area.
  • Extra Metro shuttle service is being provided between West Portal andCaltrain stations from 7:00 pm until 4:00 am, to connect with last BART trains to the East Bay. (Last Metro train from West Portal to Downtown about 3:15 am.)
  • J, K, L, M, and N Metro lines are operating on their regular weekday schedule (until shortly before 1 am).
  • Most Owl lines are running every 15 minutes (5, 14, 22, 24, 38, 90, 91, L, N). There is no change to 108 Owl service.
  • Extra Owl service is subject to change, based on operating conditions.
  • The San Francisco 3-1-1 Customer Service Center,is open all night, as ususal, for travel assistance.
  • The F-Market and Wharves line is using buses all evening.
  • No re-routes are scheduled. Contigency re-routes are shown following “Other Transit Systems”.

Other Transit Systems


No re-routes are scheduled. If re-routes are required, vehicles will re-route as follows:

Re-routes in the various neighborhoods will take place only if necessary:

  • Embarcadero area:
    • 1-CALIFORNIA would not serve stops east of Davis.
    • Californa Cable Carwould not serve stops east of Kearny.
  • North Beach. If Broadway & Columbus closes :
    • 12-FOLSOM/PACIFIC toward Cesar Chavez would run via Clay between Powell and Battery.
    • 9X-BAYSHORE EXPRESS and 91-OWLwould not serve stops between Kearny & Jackson through Columbus & Stockton.
  • Cow Hollow (Union Street):
    • 45-UNION-STOCKTONwould not serve stops on Union west of Van Ness.
  • The Castro:
    • 24-DIVISADERO would not serve the stop at Castro & Market.
    • 35-EUREKA would stop on Market between Douglass and Eureka, and would miss all stops on Castro. Board on Eureka.

The Lights are On, But No One’s Home at the TransAmerica Pyramid

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Now, leaving aside the issue of decorative holiday lighting at night and the whole novel concept of turning the lights off at night

And leaving aside the “questionable” concept of have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too carbon offsetting…

What about turning off the lights at the TransAmerica Pyramid when nobody’s using them in the DAYTIME? Of course the cost of having all these lights on must be trivial compared to all the expenses of running a business, but if the people upstairs can see their way clear to turn off the lights right next to the windows, why can’t you?  

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Just asking.

Forget It Jake, It’s Chinatown. Labor Unrest in San Francisco

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Oh, wait a second, that’s not the racist honky private investigator Jake Gittes from L.A. in the photo below, it’s beloved San Francisco Supervisor Jake McGoldrick at a New On Sang labor protest a few weeks back. In that case, DON’T forget it, Jake.

Just thinking out loud here, but it would appear that the only way for an employer to escape California’s wage and hour laws is to liquidate assets and flee the country. Barring that, the Department of Industrial Relations and the judicial system is gonna tear your playhouse down, pretty soon, room by room.

Hopefully, we won’t hear about this again, meaning that workers got what was coming to them. Hopefully.

Jake McGoldrick addressing the crowd in Chinatown.

Here’s Asianweek’s take:

“Over 60 Chinese and Latino workers, community organizations, SF Supervisor Jake McGoldrick and other elected officials gathered in Portsmouth Square Monday morning to denounce wage theft and called for stronger policies to protect workers hard-earned wages, then marched through Chinatown.”

More deets after the jump.


Hey, Drivers of Those Little Red Bull Cars: SLOW DOWN!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

We’re here in San Francisco, so of course illegal “California stops” are de rigueur (except at Fulton and Pierce in the Western Addition – for some reason, about half of San Francisco’s stop sign violation tickets seem to be issued at that one intersection). 

But drivers of those little Red Bull cars gots to understand that they need to come down to less than 15 miles per hour when passing by stop signs. That way, they’ll be demonstrating that they actually see the signs through the taurine haze

Now, they’ve already taken away our Sparks “energy drink” due to naughty behavior, so please don’t compound the problem and give the Red Bull a bad image.

On Hayes street, blowing through the stops, in too much of a hurry bringing refreshment to the public?  Click to expand.

All you Red Bullers should be more like these. They managed to give out free samples on foot. Perhaps they took MUNI?


Good Luck in 2009, San Francisco. Things Will Get Better

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Spring is just around the corner at the lovely San Francico Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, and everywhere else for that matter, so let’s look forward to Spring and a great 2009.

Chin up, people! 

At the entrance to the Redwood Trail, click to expand. Get your Strybing-related podcasts on here.

All at once, the clouds are parted,
Light streams down in bright unbroken beams,
Follow our eyes as we look to the skies,
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of our dreams

(Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies.
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams…)

Jerry Brown Throws Down, Sues the Feds over Endangered Species Act

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Oh, he certainly gave plenty of warning, but yesterday Attorney General Jerry Brown went and made it official by filing a lawsuit against a whole bunch of Bush Administration agencies for their roles in undermining the Endangered Species Act.

It’s on!

These endangered Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) from Monterey must surely welcome Jerry Brown’s lawsuit. Click to expand:

Feel free to read this cheat sheet to get up to speed on these issues.

More deets after the jump.


The Islands of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

The Richmond San Rafael Bridge, famous for still not a having a bike lane after 52 years, has its fair share of islands, including:

Red Rock (is it still for sale?),

East Brother Island (famous for its bed and breakfast and a memorable visit from Danielle Steel and John Traina back in 1992),

And various other Brothers and Sisters

It’s hard to keep these rocks straight, inn’t? 

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How the Cops Can Tell That You’re Illegally Yakking on Your Cell Phone

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

The first way is that you don’t notice the green light in front of you for about four seconds. This serves to attract attention to yourself.

The second way is that that the gigantic side mirrors (or “wing mirrors” but just don’t call them “side view” cause that’s not what they are) on your SUV lets the whole world see what you’re up to.

And violating our new “hands-free law” is a “primary offense,” meaning that a cop can pull you over just for that – s/he doesn’t need any other reason.   

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The problem with this whole situation is that, in the real world, it doesn’t matter whether your cell phone conversation is hand-free or not – it’s the cell phone conversation itself that’s the problem. This fact is helpfully pointed out by SPUR, the San Francisco Urban Planning + Research Association.

Let’s be careful out there.

Why is the Eichler Summit Building at 999 Green in Russian Hill so Ugly?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Well here it is, the Joseph Eichler Summit, a somewhat Republican condo building at triple-nine Green Street near Jones.

The obvious question is this: why is it so ugly?

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And from the San Francisco Chronicle’s John King, via Google Search, we get an answer:

“From the 24th on up, each floor flares out one foot beyond the one below.”

“…it has a tired look. A bumpy one, too, as many owners enclosed their balconies to gain a few more feet of living space.”

So there you have it. The Taipei 101-style flaring + the random enclosures = ugly.

It’s Come to This – Zegna $hirts and Diesel Jean$ at San Francisco’s Costco

Monday, December 29th, 2008

It’s game over man, game over! Remember Costco (not Cosco, that’s wholly different), the place where you can stock up on heavily discounted sugary, corn syrup-free Mexican Coke? Well brace yourself, because now you can get Zegna shirts for just $159.99 and Diesel Jeans for just $117.99 at America’s favorite big box store. Does that sound cheap to you? It should.

When you are used to competing with Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Versace, and Armani, it must be tough to have your prized products heavily discounted and left sitting atop wooden pallets with nothing but a cyclone fence and a cold bare floor to keep them separate from those, those people lining up for $1.50 Polish sausages.

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San Francisco definitely has an ambivalent attitude towards the sometimes-hated and sometimes-loved Costco in the SOMA. But one thing’s for sure – our local Secret Millionaire and fashion trend-setter Gurbaksh “G” Chahal won’t be filling his closet (BAM!) with these brands anytime soon.

Sic transit gloria.

Sub sodium natrium lux lucis, sic transit gloria mundi.