Archive for July, 2010

Theresa Sparks Kicks Off Campaign for District Six on Sixth at the Newish Passion Cafe

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

I’d say that there was a moderate turnout this morning down at Sixth Street near Market for the launch of this campaign for District 6 Supervisor.

Linda Post of SF FYI Net was on the scene. Enjoy.

Theresa, Passion Cafe owner Steve and Senator Mark Leno:

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This is a view you can get of the changing Sixth Street area from the new rooftop bar:

This race, primarily with Debra Walker and Jane Kim it would seem, is 14 weeks from being over so I’ll have to start paying attention.

Here’s the release:

“Sparks Campaign Launch Big Draw. District 6 candidate brings together a true community crowd at campaign kickoff
San Francisco – As Theresa Sparks kicked off her campaign for District 6 Supervisor campaign at Passion Café in the Mid-Market area, one thing is clear:  there is a coalition of community leaders, elected officials and business leaders, both progressive and moderate, rallying around her campaign. Her message: we need a new direction for District 6.
As I look across the crowd today, it’s clear we have a unique group coming together to demand real experience and common sense in their Supervisor,” said Sparks.  “Our campaign is leading this race because of the strength of our diversity and how people of District 6 are demanding a new way.”
The nearly overflowing room at Passion Café included leaders from across District 6 from the Tenderloin and Van Ness to South of Market and Inner Mission.  The over 130 attendees heard from Sparks’ endorser and campaign co-chair, State Senator Mark Leno, and District 6 Supervisor Bevan Dufty talk about why they are part of the Sparks for 6 team.  Business leaders and community activists from across the District 6 and San Francisco all came together under one message: we need a new direction in District 6 and San Francisco.
It was the President of the Small Business Advocates, Art Swanson, who summed up the event best, “Theresa Sparks is building a coalition of business leaders and community activists, small business owners and large building owners and moderates and progressives — a coalition that has never been seen before in San Francisco.”
Sparks told the crowd that we need to ensure that everyone, whether live on Sixth Street or South of Market has a voice at City Hall.  As Supervisor, she pledged to use her experience as a business leader and community activist to bring people together to rebuild Mid-Market, bring jobs back to San Francisco and help revive our economy.
““The people here today and people across District 6 are tired of the political bickering that stifles real change,” said Sparks. “They want to bring back hope, opportunity and economic prosperity back to their neighborhoods – as the next District 6 Supervisor, that will be my top priority.”
For more information, please visit to learn more about Theresa or join the “Sparks for 6” Facebook page.”

Transbay Terminal-apalooza! Thousands Say Good-Bye Today in San Francisco

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I’m not sure what Ashley Harrell is talking about here, but this afternoon’s Transbay Terminalapalooza is a huge success with hundreds thousands of busfans lining up to get One Last Look at the old girl before the beginning of the destruction next month. See? The people running the name tag table are expecting over a thousand to go on these tours dealt with a couple thousand folks, per phamous Philip Ferrato.

[UPDATE: And guess who else showed up? Mayor Gavin Newsom, of all people.]

There were so many transit-heads with yuppie camera lenses* on hand, I think I’ll count on them uploading their good stuff soon. I’ll make another post with more photos later on.

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You can still get in on the fun, if you want. They’ve added more tours – maybe they’ll have room pour vous this afternoon. It’s just a short tour, telling you where they shot Pursuit of Happyness and where they chopped down support beams for the conversion from rail to bus, ‘n stuff like that.

And speaking of the homeless, this office downstairs didn’t seem all the busy today. Things have changed since they filmed that Will Smith joint:

Anyway, Will here was my tour guide:

Find the missing support beams, chopped down in the 1950’s to make way for buses: 

It’s the end of the line:

Bon Courage, people of the old, temporary, and new Transbay Terminals.

*You know, Canon’s 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2 II, 24-105mm 4.0 ‘n stuff, the ones those yuppies like…

Compost Now Inundating San Francisco’s Cold War Missile Base up at the Presidio

Friday, July 30th, 2010

The way things are going, the old missile magazines (horizontal silos, basically) up at the Presidio will soon be covered over with mulch or something.

The scene today at the former SF-89 Nike Ajax missile launch complex:

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A closer look:

Sic transit gloria mundi…

Wafflemania Sweeps Over Golden Gate Park – Available at the Music Concourse Wed-Sun

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Per the SFRecParkGM, you ought to check out the new waffle truck in GGP:

Just ate lunch at Wafflemania, Rec and Park’s new food concession in music concourse. Mmmmm. Waffles. Check it out. Get out and Play!”

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Thee deets:

“The Waffle Truck is now in Golden Gate Park adjacent to the Japanese Tea Garden Wed-Sun 10-5. Other times /places still apply”

After all, We Must Have Waffles.

OMG, Madonna’s Material Girl Collection Launches August 3rd! Giveaways at Macy’s Union Square!

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Now, you’re too young to remember Madonna’s Material Girl phase (well maybe this is a better example), but her 80’s look is back in a big way for 2010.

So, this coming Tuesday, August 3rd, you can start lining up at the Macy’s at 170 O’Farrell to get one of 200 free bandeau tops and a gift card and maybe even an autographed Madonna T-shirt if you can pull off a proper Material Girl get-up.

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Appears as if Taylor Momsen won’t need too much help to get to an MG look. Anyway, look for her to model la coleccion starting next week:


See? Same lipstick:

The deets:

“The collection launches next week, on 8.3.10, at Macy’s Union Square, and this location is throwing two launch parties on Tuesday to celebrate! The first event will start promptly at 10 a.m, as the first 200 customers to line up at Macy’s in Union Square at this hour will receive a free bandeau top from the Material Girl collection and a $10 gift card valid only on August 3. At 11 a.m., show up in your best Madonna look for a chance to win an autographed Madonna t-shirt. Then, later in the day (at 3:00), everyone is invited to a shopping party at Macy’s!”

Ever more deets, after the jump


Don’t Mess with SFBikeLawyer – He’s Armed and Dangerous When Riding a Bicycle

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

As stated, don’t mess with the crew over at SFBikeLawyer. Why? Well, ’cause some of them are self-proclaimed  “Bike Warriors,” loaded for bear. [See comments.]

Here’s a bicycle battleaxe. And here’s part of a vignette: 

And the second the words were out of my mouth I knew that he was going to attack me..” 

And here’s a discussion on how to carry knives and how to use an improvised padlock bolo weapon. O.K. then.

via David Drexler

What’s next, full-on chocolate chip battle rattle avec AR-15?

Fiat Justitia.

Second Masonic Avenue Street Design Community Workshop Coming August 10th, 2010

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

How will the second Masonic Avenue Street Design Community Workshop differ from the first?

No sé, mi amigo/a.

[UPDATE: BIKE NOPA has some deets.]

Anyway, this exercise in ascertainment bias, exactly the kind they warned us about in colledge, exactly the kind of bias the City wants, will be at 6:30 PM on August 10th at that rich prep school that costs $100-something per kid per day.

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Maybe it will look like Octavia “Boulevard” when all is said and done…

The National Dollar Store on Fillmore Changes Business Model – Prices Raised to 10 Bits

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

These days, “Everything’s ____ or less” at our National Dollar store at 1633 Fillmore Street.

Can you call yourself a dollar store if everything you have costs more than a dollar?

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I cry foul.

Local Journalism Panel Discussion Coming to The Booksmith in the Haight on August 9th

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The Booksmith bookstore at 1644 Haight will host a local journalism community panel discussion on August 9th at 7:30 PM. Check it:



O.K. then.

“This evening we bring some key players in public-interest reporting to The Booksmith to discuss the emerging models which will compete [is compete really an ambitransitive verb?] and compliment the incumbents [nice digital press you have there, Chron baby!] bringing us Bay Area news.”

All right. I don’t know, if you look at the numbers it’s hard to say how “techtonic” a shift we’ve experienced yet, but oh well.  I understand the Chronicle’s business model, I think, IMO, they’re on a sustainable journey (though some might disagree).

Anyway, the price is right for this joint – get there early, as these kinds of BookSmith events fill up early.

See you there!

12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival Set for September 10-12, 2010 in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Well, there’s a whole long story involving the annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival in Golden Gate Park and the number 911 – it involves Mumia, the World Trade Center attack and the number you dial for the police. But forget all that cause it appears as if that particular number is off of the official title for this event for good.

So, these days, it’s just PTTP, Power to the Peaceful.

This year, the main day of the  fest will be, wait for it, Saturday, September 11th, 2010.

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All the deets:

Franti and Spearhead Set To Release The Sound of Sunshine Album on September 21st

Musician and human rights activist, Michael Franti, will host the 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. PTTP is one of the nation’s largest free annual music festivals with over 50,000 attendees, featuring a variety of international musicians, visual artists and over 200 exhibitors and green vendors. Launched in 1998, the festival has grown to become one of San Francisco’s cultural traditions, which combines music, the arts, action and yoga in order to educate attendees on issues of social justice, non-violence, cultural co-existence and environmental sustainability.
The three day-long event begins Friday night, September 10th, at The Fillmore with the Power to the Peaceful Pre-Party where Michael Franti will give a special acoustic performance of his new CD, The Sound of Sunshine. The album is set for release September 21st. In addition, the international humanitarian organization, CARE, for which Michael is an ambassador, will present the 2010 Global Action Forum featuring a short film on Michael’s recent journey to East Timor, a film clip of the award winning documentary “A Powerful Noise” and a short Q & A about CARE’s work to empower women around the world to overcome poverty and how people here in the US can get involved.
On Saturday, September 11th, Speedway Meadow will feature main stage performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rebelution, Rupa & The April Fishes, SambaDaì, plus headlining the DJ Tent is Washington DC’s Fort Knox Five with more acts to be announced. The PTTP festival will also kick off with 1,000 Yogis for Peace, a morning yoga practice led by Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga and Seane Corn. The day will end with the official PTTP Afterparty at The Fillmore in San Francisco where Michael Franti will present The Rocking Heads – see Michael and special guest musicians rock the stage performing classic Talking Heads songs.
On Sunday, September 12th, The Fillmore will play host to a morning of Yoga & Brazilian Arts Workshops with yoga led by Seane Corn and Michael Franti along with Afro-Brazilian dance with Master Teacher Rosangela Silvestri. Later that afternoon, kids of all ages are welcome to the Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee featuring music, face painting, crafts, eco vendors, and Michael Franti & Friends singing songs to enlighten the hearts and minds of youth and big kids alike.

Ever more deets, after the jump