Archive for March, 2010

Sean Penn to Act in Film About Santa Cruz Surfing Legend Jay Moriarty?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

From Jessica Greene of NBCBayArea comes news about Sean Penn performing in a biopic of famed Santa Cruz surfer Jay Moriarty.

Penn would play “Rick ‘Frosty’ Hesson, an ex-lifeguard, champion swimmer and mentor to the tragic Moriarty.”

That’s pretty much all the detail that’s out there right now. They’re still just talking about it.

A 16-year-old Jay Moriarty vs. Mavericks, where he had an insane wipeout, back in the 90’s.

Huge Harvey Milk Candidate Meeting this Saturday, Bay Guardian Issues Endorsements

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The powerful San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee is, once again, having elections come November. You’ll be confronted, once again, with a ballot that’s filled with a bunch of names, most of which you’ve never heard of, and the obligation to check off your dozen favorites.

If you want, you can head over to the intersection of Market and Octavia this Saturday, April 3, 2010 and then head into the the LGBT Center‘s Ceremonial Room from Noon to 5:00 PM. Then you’ll be able to see and hear some of the candidates for DCCC in 2010 address members of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club.

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They’ll all be answering a few questions from the crowd. (I don’t know if you need to be a member of the club to drop by, but you should be able to join the club, of course, if you want.)

The 12th District (Assemblywoman Fiona Ma country) reps the west side and 13th District (Assemblymember Tom Ammiano country) reps the east side of town, mas o menos. Find your district and see if any of these folks will be one of your twelve favorites: 

John Avalos
Michael Bornstein
Andrew Clark
Sandra Lee Fewer
Chris Gembinski
Hene Kelley
Tualatai Mamoe
Eric Mar
Milton Marks
Jake McGoldrick
Jane Morrison
Melanie Nutter
Kelenia Olsen
Connie O’Connor
Arlo Smith
David Wong
Larry Yee

Melissa Ann A. Apuya
David Campos
David Chiu
Ryan Clary
Michael Goldstein
Robert Gabriel Haaland
Rick Hauptman
Hope Johnson
Joseph Julian
Leslie Katz
Rafael Mandelman
Kim-Shree Maufas
Carole Migden
Owen P. ODonnell
Aaron Peskin
Eric Quezada
Alix Rosenthal
Tom Taylor
Joe Alioto Veronese
Debra Walker

And the San Francisco Bay Guardian has just issued its endorsements for the DCCC today.

Choose or lose…

And, oh yes, Alex Volberding would like everyone to know that he too is running for the DCCC in the 12th. But the two lists above aren’t exhaustive, they just show who plans on showing up at the next Milk Club PAC meeting. (The entire exhausting list of candidates for S.F. has 51(!) names this go-around.)

San Francisco’s West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest Coming September 2010. Enter Now

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Submit your recipe by June 30th, 2010 and you just might win the First Annual Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest in San Francisco come September. Do it for the lulz but mind the red tape:

“The contest is open to all California, Oregon and Washington residents over the age of 18. Contestants are encouraged to submit their unique chicken recipes featuring fresh Foster Farms chicken and local ingredients, wherever possible. Entries will be judged by members of the food media and culinary professionals. Entries can be submitted online at, by e-mail at or by mail to Foster Farms, Cooking Contest, P.O. Box 306, Livingston, CA 95334.”

I know what your thinking, your thinking Chinese Chicken Burgers with Rainbow Sesame Slaw. Well it’s been done already in a recent national contest, so try to think of some unique recipe using degredients from your area. It’s all local these days, right? And a story, you gots to have a cute story to tell the judges while they’re noshing. (Work in something about your grandmother, that’s always a winner.) 

This boid, spotted a while back in front of San Francisco’s historic City Hall building in Civic Center, isn’t eligible ’cause he’s not a smooth, refreshing Foster Farms chicken. Oh well: 

Start cooking. Bon courage!

(And don’t tell PETA. Shhhh….)

Calling All Chicken Chefs: Foster Farms Announces First-Ever West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest. Contest features Grand Prize of $10,000 and one-year supply of fresh Foster Farms chicken

LIVINGSTON, Calif., March 31 — Your favorite chicken recipe could be worth $10,000. Foster Farms today announces the call for entries for its first-ever Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest. The contest’s champion will earn a prize of $10,000 plus a one-year supply of fresh Foster Farms chicken*. The company is carrying on the tradition of the now defunct National Chicken Cooking Contest, the nation’s longest running and most lucrative cooking competition, but bringing it closer to home on the West Coast. Home, amateur and professional chefs residing in California, Oregon and Washington are encouraged to submit their prized, original chicken recipes for consideration. Recipes must feature fresh Foster Farms chicken and should be inspired by local ingredients as a testament to Foster Farms’ commitment to foods that are fresh, locally-grown and always natural. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2010 at 11:59:59 p.m. PDT and the contest will culminate with finals held in San Francisco in September 2010 during National Chicken Month.

All the deets, after the jump


San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Moving to Purple Bong Building on April Fool’s Day. Really.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Well it’s in the San Francisco Business Times, so it must be true – the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is moving its headquaters to a new building, the Bong Building.

San Francisco’s historic ten-story Hidden Treasure #44.20 is purple, mas o menos. And it has gold cherubs.


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The building’s name is Bong, James Bong.

Look for this bike trailer, or possibly this one, to be hauling stuff from the notorious intersection of Sixth and Market to the Fourth and Market area. (They’ll have to mind the pigeon family living in the traffic signal at the intersection with Mason.)

Bon courage, SFBC!

Meet your new neighbors:

Bay Area News Project to Go Live May 26th, 2010 – Become a Founder for Just $50

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

That Bay Area News Project / The Bay Citizen, it looks like they’re opening for bidness with a quickness. And they want your money too – actually, you might find donating a few bucks of seed money rewarding. Take a look.

Here’s the pitch I got today:

“I know that you’re passionate about local journalism, because you’ve signed up for our newsletter.  Now, you have the chance to do something positive for Bay Area news.  Help us create a vital institution for the Bay Area – become a Founder of The Bay Citizen.
“The state of news in the Bay Area is at an all-time low.  Half of the professional journalists covering the Bay Area are gone.  Original reporting about education, public policy, government, science and health, art, and other important civic topics has been hit the hardest.  What important stories are we missing?”

Now hold on, is the state of news in the Bay Area really at an “all-time low?” Really?

I’ll tell you, one of the specific examples cited by BANP Founder (the real Founder, not a run-of-the-mill-$50-donation founder) F. Warren Hellman to show the need for non-profit journalism in the bay area was the category of ballet reviews. Now, I just finished coding the HTML for a brace of reviews for the latest ballet performance in town – check it out here. Do you think this incomplete list is too short? Do you think the quality of writing from all those writers just isn’t there? Mmmmm.

Cheer up newsie, you’ll be repurposed and back in action in a couple months:

Anyway, look forward to the BANP owning the field of arts review soon. I don’t know, maybe ballet reviews in newspapers were somehow better back in the day?

Of course that’s a pretty specific nitpick, I’ll agree. But what about a century ago when Bill Hearst got people all fired up about something based on a bunch of lies ‘n stuff? Wasn’t that par for the course back then? I’m thinking things are not at an all time low, myself. Oh well.

You can read the rest of that pitch letter after the jump. Be sure to take note of all the perks of Founderdom:

“As a Founder, you will receive:
Free admission to our launch party for you and a guest.  We’re planning to have the event in San Francisco, and we promise an entertaining evening.
Permanent recognition as a Founder on a special page of our Web site which we will unveil when our site goes live.
An invitiation to help shape The Bay Citizen by participating in our surveys and focus groups.
And of course, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make history by supporting the future of Bay Area journalism.
Founders who donate over $1,000 will also receive an invitation to a small-group lunch with myself and Jonathan Weber, our Editor in Chief.

(Tell you what, you give this Citizen $50 and I’ll take you out to Chow, no problem. Now, you might not be able to deduct that from your taxes…)

As promised, the rest of the pitch, after the jump. Maybe you’ll think this offer a good deal.


Is It Really Worth $1000 a Day to Pump the Water of Vaillancourt Fountain?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

What makes the water in Vaillancourt Fountain (aka Québec libre !), that boxy water sculpture down in Justin Herman Plaza, go? Natural gas, most likely. All that methane energy gets converted into electricity and that’s what powers the pumps.

Of course it costs money – a quarter million per year back in aught-four, back when ‘lectricity was cheaper. So is it a reasonable guess that the bill is substantially higher these days?

Here it is, at its most beautiful, as captured by the talented David Yu:

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What is this thing, a monument to graffiti?

What does it say to you, “Canada out of Québec,” or something?

Is this thing destined to burn money and take up space in perpetuity, all because some people, some people lost to history, made a bad (or good, You Make The Call) decision four decades ago?

53rd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival – Full Lineup Announced Today

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival will show 177 films from April 22 to May 6, 2010 – it promises variety and substance. Today’s news:

1. “Opening Night begins at 7:00 pm at the historic Castro Theatre, where the curtain rises on Micmacs (France), the latest whimsical creation from the endlessly inventive director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amélie and City of Lost Children). A man who lost his father to a landmine and has a bullet lodged in his own skull seeks revenge against weapons manufacturers, enlisting an eccentric gang of junk dealers into his wacky scheme. After the screening, the Opening Night party kicks off at 9:30 pm in the historic Regency Center, where partygoers can explore two levels of Edwardian splendor while enjoying refreshing cocktails, international culinary delights and to live music.

Sean Uyehara, Rachel Rosen, Rod Armstrong, and Audreey Chang at today’s presser:

2. “The Festival’s Centerpiece screening, a not-to-be-missed date night showcasing the latest work from a celebrated new director, this year features the romantic film happythankyoumoreplease (USA) followed by a chic party at one of San Francisco’s hottest nightspots. Josh Radnor’s debut, an audience favorite at Sundance 2010, shirks the sex, drugs and rock and roll allure of Manhattan’s hipster stomping grounds for an old-fashioned dose of youthful optimism and social responsibility. happythankyoumoreplease will screen at 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 1 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, followed by the Centerpiece party at 9:00 pm at Manor West, located at 750 Harrison Street between Third and Fourth streets. Cool cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres will add up to one hot scene.

3. “The Festival’s Closing Night offers a rousing finale at 7 pm on Thursday, May 6, beginning with a screening of Joan Rivers—A Piece of Work (USA), Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s unvarnished portrait of the pioneer comedian. The film follows the one and only Rivers over the course of a year, revealing the complexities of an inveterate entertainer who continues to persevere despite what others may think of her. Rivers and codirector Stern are expected to attend. After the screening at 9:30 pm, the Closing Night party commences at 1015 Folsom, one of San Francisco’s most vibrant clubs, where partygoers will dance the night away to hipster beats and enjoy decadent bites and well-crafted cocktails.

That’s the big news. Ever more deets, after the jump


Car-Free Market Street Now Enforced, Effectively, By Empty Police Cars

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This was the scene yesterday morning between Sixth and Seventh  – notice the lack of private vehicles?

There are two reasons, it appears, why people coming inbound on Market would obey the new-ish Right Turn Only signs at the intersections of Tenth and also Sixth streets now that the Parking Control Officers are gone.

The first has to do with the police cars parked on Market on Sixth. See the SFPD po-po car on the far right? And there’s another one parked just past Sixth, right in the field of view of drivers when they are deciding whether to risk getting a moving violation.   

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So that’s 6th, now here’s 10th, where recent changes have made the prospect of driving on Market straight past 10th, something drivers have done for more than a century, untenable. There are about two dozen arrows staring you in the face and a huge orange and green “RIGHT TURN ONLY” flashing away. Plus there’s a Safe Hit post in the middle of the lane – that won’t bother fire truck drivers a whit but, private vehicle drivers, well, they’re not going to clunk-clunk over that post on a regular basis. 

That post plays a big role in getting cars to turn at Tenth but you can’t have the same setup at Sixth, which is a two-way street. I guess that’s where the police cars come in.

Now, I’ll tell you, a few days back I watched most of the inbound cars  on Market (like 70-something percent during seven light cycles) go straight. However, there were no police cars parked in the area at that time. Maybe that’s the difference.

Let’s wait and see how drivers behave in a month or so…

Where Would Jesus Park (WWJP) – Would He Block Your Driveway Every Sunday?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Oh the Yelpers were in a lather this AM over San Francisco’s questionable Sunday church parking policies. Comes now Alexandra to lament:

“What’s the deal with this? Why is it totally okay for church-goers to double park in front of people’s garages and driveways? My friend at work was just telling me how she was stuck at home all day Sunday because of the double-parked cars– she couldn’t leave the garage. Separation of church and state, anyone?”

Indeed. There are different issues here. Sometimes entire streets get blocked, sometimes parallel-parked cars get blocked, and sometimes driveways get blocked.

I’m not sure if San Francisco’s policies are written down anywhere, but what you’re supposed to do is to tiptoe up to the nearest church and whisper about your situation. Then bingo-bango, your car will be freed by a volunteer valet.

The start of another Sunday in “Transit First” San Francisco:

Now of course, we know that the SFPD and SFMTA will tolerate double parking anywhere near a church on Sunday, but what about other similar civic gatherings? If you push the Powers That Be, they’ll say that a church service is just another civic gathering entitled to some longstanding tradition of No Rules Sundays. All right. I don’t really buy that, but all right.

The City used to own a giant Latin cross atop Mount Davidson – alls it took was one lawsuit to fix that.

The City used to discriminate with a law that was neutral on its face – alls it took was one lawsuit to fix that.

Just saying…

Massive “Urban Assault” Bike Ride Coming to Berkeley May 2nd – A Scavenger Hunt on Wheels

Monday, March 29th, 2010

From the East Bay Bicycle Coalition comes word of the 2010 New Belgium Brewing URBAN ASSAULT RIDE – it’s a scavenger hunt, of sorts, on wheels that will benefit the EBBC and the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay:

“The Urban Assault Ride™ is a truly unique cycling event…and quickly becoming one of the biggest in country! Here’s how it works: You and your teammate will set out on a quest around Berkeley for ‘checkpoints’ on your favorite two-wheeled steeds. At each checkpoint, you’ll drop your bikes and complete a funky/adventurous obstacle course guided by EBBC volunteers, then remount your bikes and hit the streets for more.”

It’s going to look exactly like this come Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 at 9:00 AM. Is that worth $45 to you?

Why doesn’t San Francisco get it’s own Urban Assualt Ride for the benefit the West Bay Bicycle Coaltion?

The World Wonders…


Anyway, start planning your team strategy now.

“Berkeley CA – May 2nd, 2010 Benefiting: East Bay Bicycle Coalitionand Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay.

The UAR hits NorCal for the 1st time in 2010! We’re close to the home bases of many of our partners: Clif Bar, Specialized, and Timbuk 2 – so expect some big prizes and tons of riders hitting the streets. We’ll take your team to Berkeley’s hot spots, you’ll be some of the 1st riders to check out the 2010 obstacles, and you’ll be grinning all the way to the finishline party!

Price : Only $45 -60/person! (Price increase begins two weeks from race day!!!) You’ll get a 100% cotton t-shirt, New Belgium schwag including a drawstring back pack, bike bell, Specialized water bottle, lots of New Belgium beer, tasty snacks, donation to charities, and raffle ticket entries!

Packet Pick Up: (Saturday 5/1 11am-2pm) (LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP!!!)
Meridian: 2050 University Ave

Start/Finish: (Sunday 5/2 9am)
Martin Luther King JR Civic Center Park:  2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way between Allston Way and Center St. (A block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station)

Off-Limit Streets: These streets can be crossed but not ridden. Bike lanes on these streets ARE permitted.


Obstacle Checkpoints: (checkpoints can be reached in any order)

Mystery Checkpoints: There will be 2 ‘mystery checkpoints’ which all teams will have to locate – in addition to the obstacle checkpoints above. We’ll release the 1st mystery checkpoint the Thursday before the UAR. The other mystery checkpoint clue will be revealed when you reach the 1st mystery checkpoint.

Bonus Quiz: Take the OPTIONAL bonus quiz before the UAR to gain valuable time. The best scores on the quiz start 1st. The quiz will be on this site on Wednesday before the UAR and is due Friday at 5pm…so get on it! 

Host Hotel:

Coming soon!

The Urban Assault Ride™ is a truly unique cycling event…and quickly becoming one of the biggest in country! Here’s how it works: You and your teammate will set out on a city-wide quest for ‘checkpoints’ on your favorite two-wheeled steeds.  At each checkpoint, you’ll drop your bikes and complete a funky/adventurous obstacle course, then remount your bikes and hit the streets for more.

The goal is to complete all the checkpoints in the shortest amount of time. You choose your own route and checkpoint order. This means that the most clever are often the victors. Of course, it may also help if you can pull a mean big-wheel powerslide and fly across an inflatable slip-n-slide 😉

After your pedal-powered adventure, your team will cross the finish line and enter a massive celebration of bikes and beer. The after party is just as much fun as the ride itself, thanks to the craziest raffle prize contest you’ll ever experience. 

Pick a partner and we’ll see you there!