Archive for June, 2011

160 Spear Street Does It Wrong – Why On Earth Would You Label Elevator Buttons This Way?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

See? They’re upside-down.

Or backwards, or something:

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It’s just not right.

I cry foul.

OMG, OMG, “Huffington Post San Francisco” is Almost Here! That’s Right, HuffPo SF Launches July 2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: Appears as if it will launch July 13th, 2011.]

You know, the debut of Huffington Post San Francisco could have happened all the way back in aught-eight, but it didn’t.

No matter, it’s coming soon, as you can see on the Twitter:

Let’s plan for it to go live on July 10th or so.

If you want to get a sneak peek of what it will look like, substitute San Francisco for Chicago here and then you won’t be too far off.

(Will the Bay Area Media Worker’s Guild approve? Likely not. Oh well.)

This is going to be a big deal – the HPSF website is going to get monster traffic.

This launch is going to be an 8.0 on the Bay Area Website Richter scale.

You’ve been warned…

Anyway, Bon courage, HuffPo SF!

Tonight’s NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences Shares Scientific News from the Philippines

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

OMG, it’s a Filipino NightLife! June 30th, tonight only, starting at 6:00 PM in Golden Gate Park.

(I like the NightLife, Baby! She says, “Let’s go.”)

Our CalAcademy goes on expeditions all the time – find out what they’ve just found.

Stephanie Stone, California Academy of Sciences

Stephanie Stone, California Academy of Sciences

All the deets, below.

See you there!

California Academy of Sciences June NightLife Event Shares Scientific News from the Philippines

Thursday, June 30 at 6 PM

Our Scientists are back—be among the first to see what we’ve discovered

WHAT: At a special NightLife event on June 30, guests 21+ will be among the first to hear about the many new species discovered by scientists from the California Academy of Sciences in a recent expedition to the Philippines. This project was the most comprehensive scientific survey ever conducted in the Philippines.

For six weeks this spring, dozens of Academy scientists hiked, sweat and dove their way through this biodiversity hotspot to explore and document animal and plant life located in shallow coral reefs, deep sea and mountain forests.

Come hear their fascinating stories at this special NightLife. Newly discovered species include:

· A deep-sea swell shark—a shark that fills itself up with water to seem bigger and ward off predators
· “Laughing” cicada—an insect with the ability to make a high-pitched laughing sound
· Various nudibranch species—more commonly known as sea slugs, that have been overlooked in the past because of their tiny size

At this revealing edition of NightLife, guests will be able to explore new specimens from the expedition and experience a special preview of the results, straight from the scientists themselves. Guests will enjoy Filipino music, folk dance performances and delicious traditional Filipino food.

· Fire urchins, ghost pipefish, a coconut octopus and other new arrivals as ambassadors to their ecosystem
· Kulintronica will be performing modern and gong music of the Philippines along with dancers from the Mabuhay Folkloric Society
· DJ Chicken Scratch and Marky (a.k.a. “Proof”) will be spinning some tunes
· Ramar Foods will offer tastes of traditional Filipino food
· Alberto A. Lim, (Cabinet Secretary, Philippines Department of Tourism) will introduce performances

WHEN: Thursday, June 30
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

COST: $12 per person/ $10 for Academy members
Adults 21 and up

WHERE: The California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

For more information:

“CitiReport” from Larry Bush is San Francisco’s BLOG OF THE YEAR for 2011: Mayor Ed Lee and “Run Ed Run”

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

That’s it, it’s over. Newish, bloggish CitiReport from Larry Bush is so far ahead that it wins BLOG OF THE YEAR already, just halfway through 2011.

Here’s the latest:

Run Ed Co-Chair’s Nonprofit Got $1 Million from Lee’s Office
by LARRY BUSH on 06/29/2011

“Gordon Chin, one of four co-chairs of the Run Ed Run campaign to draft Interim Mayor Ed Lee into this fall’s mayoral contest, heads a nonprofit awarded $1,136,000 directly from Mayor Lee’s office this year, an increase of more than $200,000 over the previous year.

“In total, Chin’s Chinatown Community Development Center received an additional million dollars from other city agencies and is in line for a multimillion contract as part of the Chinatown subway project. Between 2008/09 and the current year, the nonprofit has received $8,017,767 in city contracts, according to the Controller’s records.

“During this period, Chin and at least one of his board members have made political contributions to members of the Board of Supervisors and to candidates for the Board, despite a 2006 law that bans contributions from officers and directors of nonprofits that are negotiating or receive city contracts…”

And here’s the rest.


Hot Ticket: INFORUM Hosts Phil Bronstein and Jose Antonio Vargas at the Commonwalth Club On July 11th

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This one will sell out for sure, perhaps by the end of the day.

Via Campus Progress

All the deets:

“Jose Antonio Vargas Shares His Story for the First Time with INFORUM

Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner to Talk about his Struggle as an Illegal Immigrant

San Francisco – June 29, 2011 – Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM, today announced that Jose Antonio Vargas, successful journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner best known for chronicling his life as an illegal immigrant in the Unites States, will share his story in one of his first public interviews Monday, July 11, at the Commonwealth Club’s SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco.

Vargas has been living illegally in the United States since the age of 12. In conversation with Phil Bronstein, The San Francisco Chronicle’s editor-at-large, Vargas will share his impressive story of struggle to belong and find success in the United States. Raised in Mountain View, Calif., Vargas started his triumphant career working at the San Francisco Chronicle while attending San Francisco State University. In the summer of 2001, Vargas got his first internship at the Philadelphia Daily News and continued on to intern at publications such as the Seattle Times and the Washington Post. Vargas wrote a series on Washington’s H.I.V./AIDS epidemic, covered the role of technology and social media in the 2008 presidential race and even visited the White House. In April 2008, he was part of the Post team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. Vargas also founded Define American, an organization seeking to change immigration reform.

Vargas accomplished all this while dealing with immigration problems. You can read more on Vargas in his piece “My Life As an Undocumented Immigrant” on the New York Times’ site:

The special program takes place at the SF Club Office on 595 Market St., 2nd floor in San Francisco on Monday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. PT.  For more information and to buy tickets, call (415)-597-6705 or register online at”


Know Your San Francisco Gay Pride Weekend Shootings and Then You Won’t Get Sued by SF Pride Attorneys

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Sometimes things happen in town and sometimes people die. That’s the way it is.


SF Pride bullies individuals who post videos of violence near its events

and then review the current hit results here…

…and then check out the threatening letter below.

Obviously, not every shooting that occurs in the 415 during the last weekend in June is a “Pride Shooting.” Obviously.

Anyway, take a look at both sides of this issue and decide which one you’re on.

Now, do I think that the San Francisco Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee, Inc. has  been run poorly?


Does it benefit in me in any way shape or form to say that?


Do I think that the people behind Pride should be looking within instead of lashing out?


“Dear Mr. Wilton:

I am General Counsel for the San Francisco Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee, Inc. (“SF Pride”), the producer of San Francisco Pride and the owner of the trademark “SF Pride, among other valuable marks.

The YouTube video that you filmed and display at falsely states that there was a “shooting at Pride 2011”. The police and the media have all confirmed and made affirmative public statements that the shooting that happened on Saturday evening, June 25th WAS NOT AT SF PRIDE and was not connected the Pride Festival.

For example, see: which quite clearly leaves out any reference to SF Pride or the Pride festival. And which notes that the shooting was “blocks from the Pride festivities.”

Your YouTube posting falsely claims in the title and in the introductory splash page at 0:010:06. In fact, the shooting was NOT on the SF Pride festival grounds and was not related to SF Pride, or the Pride Festival, or any LGBT issue or concern.

You did not, for example, title your video “shooting in front of Apple iPad advertisement.” Nothing in the video has any connection with SF Pride or the Pride festivities. You simply chose to sensationalize your posting by wrongly associating a violent tragedy with the safe and peaceful, SF Pride. Your advertising harms SF Pride by that false association. It harms SF Pride’s ability to attract attendees and sponsors for future events by creating the false impression that the event and festival were the site of a violent shooting.

Your video constitutes false advertising from an attorney, trade libel, and constitutes tortious interference with SF Pride’s prospective economic advantage by associated its safe event with this tragic and entirely unrelated incident.

According to YouTube, over 3,200 have viewed this outrageous misrepresentation already. Specifically:

San Francisco / Civic Center Shooting at Pride 2011 – Sat 6-25-2011

The end of the video at about 2:27 in states:

Filmed by David Wilton
Law Offices of David Wilton
(415) 669-4059

SF Pride demands that you at once do the following or we will take all other necessary and appropriate legal action:

1. Take down the above referenced video.

2. Replace it with an affirmative public apology to SF Pride for wrongly associating it with violence, and clarifying that the shooting on Market Street had nothing to do with the SF Pride festival, and was blocks away from it;

3. Pay SF Pride $10,000 in damages and costs. Any delay will certainly see this amount increase.

Very Sincerely,
Brooke Oliver
Outside General Counsel, San Francisco Pride”


Who Needs Ike’s Sandwiches When You Have the Sentinel for Lunch Down in SoMA on New Montogomery?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011


Like there’s always a line at Stevenson and New Monty.

And they run out of items on the menu with regularity. Oh well.

Some area lunch places have just three Yelp stars (pretty low) but others have four (pretty high). The Sentinel has four, fair ‘nough.

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See you there!


The End of “Battery Construction 129” in the Marin Headlines – The Feds are Closing Down Underground Hangout

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Battery 129 near Hawk in Hill in the Marin Headlands used to be a place where you could hang out and live and drink beer and do your cave art, but no more, since the Feds are shutting it down, per the Marin IJ

The place is big:

Via Juicyrai

Oh well.

Good-bye Battery Construction 129.

I Love Big Brother: SFPARK.ORG Goes Full Orwell with Slogan: “Parking Availability & Pricing” – WTFSFMTA?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

All right, let’s see here, by the numbers:

1. “Parking Availability” – What this means is that the SFMTA is taking money from the Feds to put in new parking meters and raise prices on existing meters.

2. “Pricing” – What this means is that the SFMTA is taking money from the Feds to put in new parking meters and raise prices on existing meters.

Does that about cover it?

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Imagine if you will an organization called, I don’t know, how about SFFOOD.ORG? And instead of its former policy of giving away food for free for the most part but also charging a little bit of money to some people, it decided to give away a smaller amount of free food and then charge a lot of money to more people. And then imagine that if SFFOOD knew you were really hungry, then it’d charge you even more. And then imagine that its slogan would be “Food Availability & Pricing.”

And then imagine they made some bullshit website about how much happier you’ll be spending less time waiting for food you now have to pay for. (You know who values convenience over money? Rich people, that’s who.)

Do you see why your bullshit initiatives are met with deep skepticism?

Hello, SFMTA? It’s me, Margaret. The Internet called – it wants its URLs back. Don’t you already have a website, SFMTA? So why do you need a different one for every project you do? Like the CultureBus – you had a special website for that too, right? (Until you lost interest in it…)

And aren’t we going to pay back the Feds the $20,000,000 “grant” or whatever they’re loaning us to pay for the new meters (and bullshit website) from the new revenue? (That’s my understanding – disabuse me of that notion if you wish.)

Hey SFMTA, why don’t you just be straight and tell drivers that they’re just going to have to pay more for parking,  just tell them that their free ride is over? Why don’t you tell people that it’s impractical to make them put 72 quarters per hour into a meter so that’s why you want to use credit and debit cards and whatnot?

And why does every policy from the SFMTA have to be advertised as a win-win for all concerned?

Why does the worst-run agency in San Francisco have to be so Orwellian?

Oh, and here’s the kicker:

“After the SFpark pilot phase is complete in the summer of 2012, SFpark will evaluate the effectiveness of the project and prepare a proposal for expanding SFpark across the City for the SFMTA Board to consider after public outreach.”

Can you see those Godforsaken souls way out there at 46th and Kirkham feeding the kitty for them to park their cars in front of their houses?


America’s First Solar Powered Gas Station: The Shell at 444 Divisadero Betwixt Oak and Fell

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

You, people love to complain about the low-cost ARCO right next door, but this Shell station at the corner of Divisadero and Oak in the EaPA doesn’t get criticized one bit.

Don’t know why.

Anyway, here they are, all those solar panels, facing more west than south, IMO:

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Get all the deets right here, about the Kyocera photovoltaic panels and Sunny Boy inverters and whatnot.