Archive for August, 2010

Does Matt Gonzalez Want to “Defeat Pelosi Now?” – Rally for John Dennis in Civic Center Sept 4th

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Steve Rhodes has all the deets about this rally coming to town, the one that features Ron Paul, Matt Gonzalez and some Republican guy going after Nancy Pelosi’s job.

Now, after the rally, you’ll have three events to choose from. Shall it be:

The Cocktail Hour at $150;

The Exclusive Dinner at $1000; or

The West Coast Liberty Party at $25?

I’ve got to say that this one’s a shocker.

See you there?

Here are ever more deets, via Steve Rhodes:

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Pwned! San Francisco Law Firm Barroway Topaz Drops the Hammer on American Apparel

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I’ll tell you, when your stock price goes from $15 per share all the way down to less than the cost of a BK Buck Double, you’ve got to start worrying about one of them shareholder derivative class action lawsuits.

As here, today, in the 415, where the San Francisco law office of Barroway Topaz Kessler Meltzer & Check, LLP right there at 580 California Street has just announced such a suit.

What’s the beef? Well:

“…the Company failed to disclose and misrepresented the following material adverse facts which were known to defendants or recklessly disregarded by them:  (1) that they had made “diligent efforts” to comply with labor and employment regulations, when in fact they had not done so; (2) that they failed to disclose to investors, and made false statements regarding facts surrounding the Company’s illegal hiring practices and its effect on the Company’s operating costs and margins; (3) that they failed to disclose or indicate that the Company lacked adequate internal and financial controls; (4) that they failed to disclose that, as a result of the foregoing, the Company’s financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times; and (5) that they failed to disclose that, as a result of the foregoing, their statements regarding the Company’s prospects were false and misleading at all relevant times.”

Uh oh. Is this the beginning of the end for those sexy, NSFW, ubiquitous and risque Internet ads?

Possibly. First, all that trouble down in the Mission, and now this.

All the deets, after the jump


This Aging Lexus SC400 Coupe in the Western Addition has been Revivified with 24-Inch Wheels

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I’ll tell you, there was never anything too much wrong with the Clinton-era Lexus SC400 / Toyota Soarer. The 1UZ-FE engine inside these rigs was built to last so there’s nothing stopping these vehicles from rolling into the future, excepting for the small stock wheels they came with.

The owner of this ride is saved from that embarrassment by a set of aftermarket wheels, 24 inchers if I had to guess.

See? You can’t say these wheels are too small, that’s for sure.

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This car is totally ready for the twenty tens, certainly.

(But don’t go crazy and try to use 26 inch wheels. You want to make sure your car still can turn of course.)

Is Mayor Newsom Trying to Shut Down the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The people at our Yelp-rated Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center and Native Plant Nursery at 780 Frederick Street betwixt Arguello and Lincoln think that Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to, before he leaves local politics, shut the place down.

Why? Well, they believe that due to all the skivvy from:

“Anonymous sources in the Mayor’s Office, the Department of the Environment, and Recreation and Parks…”

O.K. then.

Via edibleoffice

Anyway, here are the deets:

“San Francisco’s Green Mayor Threatens Local Recycling Center With Eviction? Ten Green Jobs On The Line. 5,000 Native Plants Endangered. Thousands of SF Residents Will Miss City’s #1 Recycling Center
Anonymous sources in the Mayor’s Office, the Department of the Environment, and Recreation and Parks all confirm that the Mayor wants the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling and Native Plant Nursery out by the end of his term. The Mayor mistakenly believes this draconian act will reduce illegal street activity in the Neighborhood and in Golden Gate Park.
HANC Operations Manager Charlie Lamar disputes the connection. “Fewer than one in five of our customers sleep outside and more than half come in cars” says Lamar who has worked there over twenty years. He added “If you watch the short video petition you’ll see how our customer base is really quite diverse and representative of the City as a whole”.
This misguided decision to evict HANC, which founded the Recycling Center in 1974, will leave the ten San Franciscans who work there without a job. HANC pays a living wage and provides health care. Given the high unemployment rate, many of these workers will be out of a work for a long time and may well end up homeless.
Thousands of San Franciscans who recycle at HANC will be forced to use one of the other rapidly diminishing recycling centers across town. San Francisco is notoriously underserved by recycling centers.
“San Francisco has only one recycling center for every 44,000 residents whereas across the State you’ll find one for every 18,000”, says Ed Dunn,HANC’s Executive Director whose father founded the Recycling Center thirty-six years ago.
The fate of the Native Plant Nursery and its 5,000 plants remains unclear. Whether or not it would be incorporated into a new proposed “Garden Resource Center” at the HANC site is an open question. The need for such a new project located so close to the existing Garden for the Environment (HANC is their fiscal agent) which has similar programs does not seem to be great.
HANC already plans to offer free soil to community gardeners in the near future. And its Native Plant Nursery and Garden has been a destination for those interested in habitat restoration and gardening with native plants for years.

PG&E is Going All Out to Get You to Loooooove SmartMeters – Testing Old Meters Side-By-Side

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I’m not exactly sure what you people are worried about with the new SmartMeters from our corporate overlords at Pigs, Giraffes, and Elephants. One issue is radiation. Really? Can a frequency make you sick?

“Hart says the electromagnetic frequency, the EMF, which is used to remotely send information from the SmartMeter on the side of your home to PG&E can make people sick.”

I don’t think so, pardner. Anyway, concerns persist over the electromagnetic fields surrounding these rigs. So, PG&E is taking steps today to make sure you get all the paliative cliches you can handle. Read all about what they’re going to do after the jump.

Now, the other issue people seem to have is meter accuracy. So, get ready for the Old vs. New side-by-side test results.

Some Californians have two meters metering just to prove that SmartMeters work:

Seems pretty close to me but, as always, You Make The Call:

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All right, all the deets of SmartMeter Best Practices after the jump. 


Film Night in the Park Brings The Big Lebowski to Dolores Park on September 25th

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Film Night in the Park has seen fit to schedule The Big Lebowski for Dolores Park on the evening of Saturday, September 25th, 2010.

Dude, see you there at 8:00 PM!

Think Pink – The San Francisco Zoo Invites You to See the Flamingo Chicks This Weekend

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Those newborn -hatched Chilean flamingo chicks are getting all kinds of attention at our San Francisco Zoo these days.

Check it:

The San Francisco Zoological Society is tickled pink after the hatching of three Chilean flamingo chicks. Come celebrate these exciting deliveries Labor Day weekend, September 4, 5 & 6, during a special “pink-themed” extravaganza. Pink flamingo lawn ornaments, ribbons and bows will line Zoo Street all the way to Flamingo Island. Plus, Zoo guests who wear a visible article of pink clothing will receive one dollar off general Zoo admission. Pink is in the air!”

So a buck isn’t all that much off of the price of admission but times are tough these days.

Anyway, see you there!

Mark Your Calendars: Public Health Service District Green Grand Opening in the Presidio September 25th

Monday, August 30th, 2010

You (but not your car) are invited to the “Green” Grand Opening of the Presidio’s Public Health Service District on Saturday, September 25th, 2010.  This joint will occur in and around the Presidio Landmark, which is just north of Lake and 15th Avenue.

Check it:

An Open House Celebrating the Public Health Service District

Saturday, September 25
11 am to 4 pm

The Public Health Service District – site of the park’s largest historic building – has been revitalized as a “green” neighborhood where people live, work, and enjoy the outdoors. Be among the first to explore and enjoy this historic area long closed to the public.

Learn more about the Public Health Service District.

As it looked just a couple years ago:

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See you there!

Questions? (415) 561-5418

  • Tour the historic former hospital (now Presidio Landmark housing), nurses’ quarters, and surgeon’s houses, and learn how they have been sustainably transformed into contemporary homes and workplaces
  • San Francisco food carts and music
  • EcoVillage showcasing sustainable ideas and non-profit organizations
  • Lobos Creek Scenic Overlook and Anza Historic Trail
  • Fun for kids provided by the Presidio Community YMCA
  • Presentations by staff who worked on the projects
  • Tenant open houses
  • Sustainable Prizes, giveaways and more

 Getting to the event:

Downlad a map with driving and transit directions

The Public Health Service District is located in the southern Presidio, inside the 14th and 15th Avenue Gates, just west of Mountain Lake. There is NO EVENT PARKING within the Public Health Service District, but free parking is available on the Main Post. Please read the transportation options below.

1) Drive to the Main Post and Take the Free Event Shuttle to the Open House
Drive to the Presidio’s Main Post and park at the south end of the Main Parade Ground (near Presidio Bowling Center). Parking is free. Special shuttles will pick you up from this point and take you to the events at the Public Health Service District. Free shuttle service runs on a continuous loop every 15 minutes between the Main Post and the Public Health Service District from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The closest MUNI routes to the event site are the Geary and California lines, and the MUNI 28. After getting off the bus, walk to the Public Health Service District. Enter at either the 14th Avenue or 15th Avenue Gate.

3) Bike
Bicycle to the event and enjoy free bike valet parking. Enter at either the 14th Avenue or 15th Avenue Gate. For a map of bicycle trails at the Presidio Trust, click here.

Yalie NIMBY Outed by Uptown Almanac after SFPD Shuts Down 4 Loko Party in Dolores Park

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Uptown Almanac‘s Kevin Montgomery is all steamed this AM about an Eli who had the popo shut down* our recent Four Loko party in Dolores Park.

Learn about Crackdown Deja Vu all over again at Dolores Park Works and consider attending the public meeting, if you’d care to.

Is this man Local McNimbydouche? Via KevMo:

Anyway, it seems that elements of SafeCleanGreen Mission Dolores might be at the meeting as well. Play nice. people:

Dolores Park Works is organizing a community meeting to discuss safety, law enforcement and 19th & Dolores has been set. The big day is September 1st, from 6:00-8:00, at Mission High School cafeteria, which is located across from the tennis courts in Dolores Park (entrance to cafeteria off of Dolores & 18th).

We will be covering:

  • 19th & Dolores pedestrian safety & proposed changes
  • Park patron safety and law enforcement

We will be hearing from:

  • Captain Corrales, from the Mission Street Police Station
  • Eric Anderson, RPD Neighborhood Service Area Manager (replacing Bob Palacio)
  • Manito Velasco, Engineer, SFMTA
  • Ilaria Salvadori, SF Planning Department (Streetscape project)
  • Adrian Field, RPD Park Section Supervisor for the Mission Complex
  • Marcus Santiago, RPD Park Ranger

This is your chance to hear how and why the signs were installed, how laws will be enforced, and plans for 19th & Dolores traffic calming. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Please help us spread the word.”

*Wow. Circulation-cutting, tight-as-possible jeans are in again? Did not know that.

West Side Story Coming Back to the Orpheum Theatre – Runs from October 27 to November 28, 2010

Monday, August 30th, 2010

If you know you want to see West Side Story at our Orpheum Theatre, then the time to act is now

As seen on Broadway:


OCTOBER 27, 2010 – NOVEMBER 28, 2010


SAN FRANCISCO… Casting has been announced for the smash hit revival of the Tony Award-winning musical WEST SIDE STORY  which plays the Orpheum Theatre October 27 – November 28 and concludes the 2009-2010 Citibank Best of Broadway series under the direction of  Carole Shorenstein Hays. Tickets now on sale.

The cast will star Kyle Harris as Tony, Ali Ewoldt as Maria, Michelle Aravena as Anita, Joseph J. Simeone as Riff and German Santiago as Bernardo. Also featured are Mike Boland as Krupke, Ryan Christoper Chotto as A-rab, Stephen DeRosa as Glad Hand, Drew Foster as Action, Alexandra Frohlinger as Anybodys, Jay Garcia as Chino, Grant Gustin as Baby John, Nathan Keen as Big Deal, Christopher Patrick Mullen as Schrank, John O’Creagh as Doc, Kyle Robinson as Diesel, Cary Tedder as Snowboy, along with Lauren Boyd, Alicia Charles, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre de Luna, Ted Ely, Lori Ann Ferreri, Ryan Ghysels, Tim Hausmann, Dea Julien, Daniel Kermidas, Kristen Paulicelli, Christie Portera, Erika Santillana, Kevin Santos, Michael Scirrotto, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Jessica Swesey, Kathryn Lin Terza and Kirstin Tucker. 

Ever more deets, after the jump