Archive for May, 2009

Come Paddle in Mission Creek, Right Next to AT&T Park

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

They went and built a kayak shelter and everything at Mission Bay, so the least you can do is get on down there and try it out.

Maybe you can catch a home run ball or something.


Hey San Francisco: “What Would You Do If You Were Mayor For A Day?”

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Take a look at what SPUR went and did at their new Urban Center on Mission Street the other day – they asked the public “What Would You Do If You Were Mayor For A Day?”

Did that bring out the haters? You Make The Call: 


Oh, sorry, here’s the bigger version. Feel free to click on it. Some responses are quite clever.


SPUR Urban Center Grand Opening on Mission in the SoMA

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, has a new clubhouse at 654 Mission betwixt Second and Willie Brown Way. Let’s check out your new Urban Center.

These orange letters have become icons already. (Or red, some people think these letters are actually red, but as always, You Make The Call. The light, she can play tricks on you sometimes, you know.)


The Freeway Revolt appears to be alive and well what with the  James Lick petering out in the SoMA near the Flank in this 3D model. See how it comes in from the right and just stops all of a sudden – does SPUR know something we don’t? Will drivers coming up from the south need to take the John F. Foran past Dogpatch to get to the Bay Bridge? (And when oh when will a Boulevard Revolt come to Octavia and take away that Revolting Boulevard? Moving on.)


Inside, free Urbanist buttons for the kids.


Also inside are old maps and plans all kinds of stuff to look at.


By now, I’m sure you’re itching to take a tour. Well have at, courtesy of

See you there!

NOPNA 9th Annual Block Party a Huge Success on Lyon Street

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

This was the scene yesterday outside of beloved Parkside Market on Hayes in the North of Panhandle / NOPA area of San Francisco – it’s the 9th Annual Block Party for the neighborhood, with “MUSIC and BBQ!”

Didn’t see any bubbles this year, oh well. Here’s what it looked like yesterday.

This pooch was on best behavior and was soon able to gain access to the nearby burger. One chomp and it was gone.  


A moonbounce for the kids


This one got a little too much electric Kool-Aid


Speaking of electricity, see this band? They were loud.


All thanks to sweet, sweet AC electricty – that sure beats a shopping cart full of car batteries.


There’s your NOPNA Block Party 2009.


WordPress WordCamp 2009 in San Francisco a Huge Success

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

UCSF‘s Mission Bay campus was all filled up yesterday with attentive youths, Genius Bar geniuses, and Laughing Squid’s Scott Beale, so that can mean only one thing – it must have been yet another one-day WordCamp from WordPress

As always, the focus is “on how to be a better blogger, on the development and future of WordPress, and other topics of interest.” Just read the WordCamp Report for the deets:


But, What Does WordPress Mean To You? That’s something to ponder as you…


Get free help from WP geniuses, such as Brian Colinger, for instance.


Or peruse the Job Board:


Or proactively look for work with your name card.


Or nosh on Southern BBQ complete with ham-hocked collard greens


And steer clear of the WordPress bully boys, with their tattoos and their flashing gang signs. There was lots of stuff to do.


Plus, attendees got American Apparel T-shirts. All this could have been yours for just $25. What a bargain.


See you next year!

San Francisco’s Richmond District Town Hall Meeting from Supervisor Eric Mar

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

As expected, yesterday’s Richmond District Town Hall Meeting went off without a hitch at the Rec Center on 18th Avenue. Take a gander to see if you want to attend the next one. And take a look at this very detailed account from StreetsBlog, just posted.

Your Government At Work. District One Supervisor Eric Mar, SFPD Richmond Station Captain Richard Corriea the San Francisco Planning Department, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, the Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition – all ready to lend an ear. Click to expand:


Do you people prefer PowerPoint presentations pertaining to planning? Perfect. (Personally, I’m getting a little tired of euphamistic adjectives dreamed up by department heads – you know if Vladimir Lenin’s New Economic Policy (1921) came out these days, it would probably be called Better Economy with Great New Improvements! Or something like that. Wasn’t horrible Octavia Boulevard supposed to be a “livable street?”) Anywho, MTA “Traffic Calming” Project Manager Adam Gubser was on hand and available at the Town Hall.


As were Capt. Corriea and Lt. Mark Osuna, both of whom brought pens and notepads along with their sticker-free semi-autos. Keep updated at the Richmond District Police Community Relations Forum, aka “Richmond Forum.”


And There You Have It.


Bikes + Cheese = Tour de Fromage 2009 from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

It was reposted at, so it must be a great event – it was the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition‘s Tour de Fromage 2009. This report from last year will give an idea of the flavor of  TdF.

The cheese hunt began this AM on the Golden Gate Park Panhandle bike path:


Tour de Fromage

 Sat., May. 30 | 11am-3pm | Meet at the Panhandle Statue, Fell and Baker

Due to popular interest, we’re riding this ride again! Goat, sheep, or cow? We love ’em all! Join other happy, two-wheeled cheese appreciators for a visit to some of the city’s top fromage specialists. We’ll finish up with a cheese-sharing picnic at a nearby park. Don’t forget to bring cash for cheesy purchases from our local vendors.

See you next year!

Dennis Herrera, John Avalos, and Jeff Adachi at Judicial Council Action Rally

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Pictures below, words are here, via BCN and CBS5. It’s hard for judges to speak out about such matters, so others are stepping up to be heard on this issue.

“Herrera said he participated because ‘I believe in equal access to justice.’ The city attorney said, ‘I believe it’s incredibly important to send Sacramento a message that we shouldn’t be balancing the state budget on the backs of the courts.'”

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Jose Herrera and San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson conferring with an organizer yesterday at the Judicial Council Action Rally in front of the San Francisco State Building at 350 McAllister yesterday:

Supervisor John Avalos out in the streets, as per usual:

This CultureBus – Totally Empty or Not? Plus, A Modest Proposal

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Ah yes, Culturebus 74-X. First, the Proposal. Since it’s dying anyway come September, couldn’t the SFMTA just reduce the price down to $1.50 and have people actually ride the thing? Why not?

Wouldn’t you agree, Nat, that the CB’s $7 charge puts it on the right side of the Laffer Curve? Would lowering the price actually increase revenue? I say yes. Here I stand, I can do no other.

Are the relevant contracts and agreements etched in stone or something, forever unchangeable? What do we have to lose by lowering the price?

Second, come play CultureBus – Totally Empty or Not? Let’s get started.

Take a gander. It certainly looks pretty empty. How many souls aboard? Go ahead, click to expand.

Surprise! Kilroy is here. Part of what made CultureBus a laughingstock was all the reports of totally empty, see-through buses, but some of them might actually have had paying passengers. Riders generally tend to cluster in the same spot and it’s hard to see their heads popping up from the low-rise floor.

Still don’t know who was behind San Francisco CultureBus 2008-2009. Oh well.

Come sempre, la vittoria trova cento padri, e nessuno vuole riconoscere l’insuccesso.

Attention Richmond District – Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow!

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Yes, it’s time for a District One Town Hall Meeting featuring your Supervisor Eric Mar, your SFPD Richmond Station Captain Richard Corriea (easy to say, tough to spell) and your reps from the San Francisco Planning Department and the Metropolitan Transportation Agency.

It’ll be tomorrow, Saturday, May 30th from 10:00AM to Noon 

Click to avoid a headache reading this thing:

Please join Supervisor Eric Mar, Captain Corriea, and representatives from the Planning Department and the Municipal Transportation Agency as we discuss traffic calming proposals and pedestrian safety. We invite all community members to share your suggestions for better streets, transportation and neighborhood improvements.

For more information please contact the Office of Supervisor Eric Mar at (415) 554-7410 or email at