Archive for July, 2011

Yet Another Japantown “Better” Neighborhood Plan (BNP) Meeting This Afternoon on Sutter Street – Catered by Bushi-Tei Bistro

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

I’ll give you this, the Powers That Be are doing a better job with the Japantown BNP this go-around owing, to me not seeing stuff about “no more highrises.”

And, for the first time, I see stuff about “other cultural” what-have-you.

(If that’s too cryptic that’s  all right. Basically, this whole process is a focus group for the City to get reactions about what it already wants to do. If you want to participate, well then be my guest.)

All the deets:

I mean, is it necessarily a good thing to “expand the Special Use District?”

I don’t know. (Last year, a couple Angry Young Men were pretty p.o.’ed about one meeting being “dominated” by aging white hakujin who live south of Geary. These AYM wondered why those residing on the wrong side of the Expressway were even included in a Japantown meeting…)

Anyway, ever more deets:

“Date: Sunday, July 31, 2011
Start Time: 12:30 pm   End Time: 3:00 pm

Phone: (415) 346-1239

More Info

Location Details

Date: Sunday, July 31, 2011
Start Time: 12:30 pm End Time: 3:00 pm
(Time Zone: US/Pacific)

Location: Issei Memorial Hall at JCCCNC (map)

Category: Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan

A Community Vision: Sustainability and Renewal

Preserve, restore and enhance Japantown as a vital, prosperous, and livable community that authentically reflects, embodies and continues its cultural heritage and history into the future.

The Japantown Organizing Committee invites you to attend a series of community meetings. We need your input and guidance on their recommended changes to the 2009 draft neighborhood plan.

We will meet to discuss:

Important neighborhood planning

Development issues

Questions about Zoning

Before the end of 2011, the final Japantown community recommendations are scheduled for consideration by the San Francisco Planning Commission. Your help at these meetings is vital to shape the neighborhood recommendations to the Planning Commission.

Click here to download handouts for this meeting.

Phone: (415) 346-1239

More Info:

Location Details

Issei Memorial Hall at JCCCNC
1840 Sutter Street
San Francisco CA 94115 US

Is There a Big “Run Ed Run” Rally for Mayor Ed Lee Scheduled for the Steps of City Hall This Monday, August 1, 2011?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

[UPDATE 8-1-2011: As expected, the very same post that got put up and taken down Saturday AM, is now back in all its glory. How does little old Randy Shaw know way in advance when rallies will take place and how “large” they will be? Hey, is Randy Shaw a journalist? Okay, hold that thought. Now, is Willie Brown a journalist? Is your answer the same for both questions? Does Truth dance, does Truth sing?]

Sure looks as if a big “Run Ed Run” Rally for Mayor Ed Lee is scheduled for the steps of City Hall on Monday, August 1, 2011 at noon.

This is news to me, or at least it was until today’s BeyondChron post got taken down.

Seems as if City-subsidized “journalist” Randy Shaw jumped the gun this AM:

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Look at That S-Car Go! Forget About the SmartCar, You Need a Four-Seat 2012 Scion IQ – Coming October 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, San Francisco Toyota / San Francisco Scion has a clip from Golden Gate Park.]

All I know about the new 2012 Scion IQ is that it’s a total chick-magnet, and that it’s so small it’s going to be perfect for San Francisco.


But I want to talk about the IQ’s distinctive S-curves, so ladies…

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…please clear out:

That’s an improvement, but I want people to be able to see the C-pillar

Tres chic,* Euros but…

Oh, here we go. See the S-shape between the side and rear windows? Look at that S-Car go! Zoom zoom.

So that’s how you’ll know you’ve spotted the new Scion IQ and not the old Smart Car.

Now, did you see these little cuties when the international motoring media showed up in the 415 for a test-drive not too long ago? I did. It went a little something like this. (You know, Scion could have picked anywhere in the world, but they chose us. Hurray!)

They’re calling it a 3+1 because the seat behind the driver is the smallest? It’s for “a child or a pet?” All right.

Of course the competing Smart Car is a just a two-seater. And the Smart isn’t made by Toyota, which is, of course, far and away, the best car manufacturer in the world.

In closing, hurray Scion IQ!

All the deets, after the jump.

*You know, I’ve been to a lot of car shows but I’ve never seen car show babe IRL – I must have missed that era. You’ll need to go to the Old World to see an old school car show it would seem. 


Toyota Prius Hybrid Driving Lesson #38: You May Only Enter an Intersection Once – Don’t Back Up for a Second Try

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Toyota Prius Hybrid Driving Lesson #38

AFAIWC, this Toyota Prius driver was long gone by the time my light turned green to cross over Divisadero. You know, ’cause her front wheels were already well into the intersection where she waited trying to turn left before the red light.

But no, instead of just completing her turn when her light turned red, she thinks for a moment and then puts it in reverse and backs up about a car length. (My first clue was the back-up lights coming on.) I says, “Oh no, Prius!” and then jumped out of the crosswalk and onto the median with my characteristic cat-like agility.

And here’s where the driver waited until the next cycle:

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Prius driver, please! Once you nose out of the crosswalk and into an intersection, you’re committed. That’s it, there’s no going back.

There’s no going back a car length and a half to get behind your original stop line.

This concludes Toyota Prius Hybrid Driving Lesson #38 

“This Is Going On YouTube, Baby!” – Two South African Tourists are Delighted by the Shoplifters of Fishermans Wharf

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Via Bluoz, here it is.

“These people are thieves…”

Area Pigeons Too Clever to Be Killed By Homemade Electrocution Trap in the Western Addition – Further Testing Required

Friday, July 29th, 2011

As seen on Grove Street – an attempt at KFP, Kentucky Fried Pigeon.

C’mon – closer, closer…

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Anyway, that’s my guess as to what was going on…

The Full Statement of Five Front-Running Mayoral Candidates Calling for an Investigation of the “Run, Ed, Run” Campaign

Friday, July 29th, 2011

John Coté had the news this morning in SFGate* about recent developments – it’s the talk of the town.

Now, here’s the statement itself, in its entirety:

“Five San Francisco Mayoral Candidates Call For Investigation Of “Run, Ed, Run” Campaign

Alioto-Pier, Chiu, Herrera, Rees, and Yee Urge SF Ethics Commission To Pursue Allegations In New Ethics Letter 

Today, five current San Francisco mayoral candidates called on the San Francisco Ethics Commission to investigate allegations that Progress for All – the political committee behind the “Run Ed Run” campaign – has violated San Francisco’s Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance.

In its initial filings in May, Progress for All declared itself to be a General Purpose Committee, “not formed to support or oppose specific candidates or measures in a single election.”  Today, a letter filed with the Ethics Commission alleges that Progress for All misled the Commission, and is actually an independent expenditure committee formed for the purpose of supporting Mayor Ed Lee as a candidate in this November’s election.  Furthermore, as an independent expenditure committee, the letter alleges that Progress for All has coordinated their activities with the Mayor in violation of Section 1.115(a)(1) of the San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance.

The joint statement of the five candidates is included below:

“The allegations made today against Progress for All and Run Ed Run are serious and deserve the immediate and full attention of the San Francisco Ethics Commission.  As competing candidates, we may not agree on which one of us should be the next Mayor, but as San Franciscans, we all strongly believe that this election must be contested on a level playing field.  Throughout this campaign, the five of us have played by the rules and complied with all relevant campaign finance laws and regulations.  We urge the Commission to pursue these allegations and ensure that Progress for All and Run Ed Run are held to the same standard.”

Michela Alioto-Pier, David Chiu, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees and Leland Yee

Anyway, you know, for the record and whatnot…


*Come for the breaking news, stay for the Frieda Pinto photos at the bottom of the page. Yowzer otra vez.

Once Again, BeyondChron.Org Fails to Win “Best Local Website” Award from the Bay Guardian – But Keep That a Secret

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Remember back last decade when Beyond Chron won BEST LOCAL WEBSITE from the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper? Good times.

And really, how can you forget, what with the daily reminders from the masthead?

Like this:

But the problem with that is that BeyondChron hasn’t won that particular award recently.

BeyondChron didn’t win last year (FunCheapSF) and didn’t win the year before (Broke Ass Stuart) neither. And this year, well, I don’t think that the Guardian even has that particular category anymore.

Maybe I’m missing something here. Your winners for 2011:




Does BeyondChron need even more money from the taxpayers of San Francisco, you know, to revise the masthead, to bring it current?

Looks that way…

Email Inbox Fun: Counting “In Lieu” Signatures for the Candidates in the Mayoral Race – What’s a Signature?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Now, I know what signatures are not.

Signatures are not what the Run Ed Run campaigners are getting or trying to get at a Recology breakroom* or at Avalos for Mayor HQ or at Golden Gate Park.

Nomination petition signatures need to be bona fide, right?

Would you risk breaking campaigning laws to gather this garbage? I wouldn’t:

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All right, here it is, some unknown person’s attempt at the numbers as of yesterday’s deadline. This is a test, right? A measure of strength? I mean, if you don’t have money and you don’t have people, well, then you don’t have much. Of course, some of the campaigns want to use their resources in a different way, which is perfectly fine, of course…

(Until we found out the real numbers officially from City Hall, this will have to do. )

“For the past 8 weeks, candidates for Mayor of San Francisco and their volunteers have been asking voters for their signatures. That’s because mayoral candidates must either collect 10,096 signatures or cough up the $5,048 filing fee for their name to appear on November’s ballot.

Most of the serious contenders for Room 200 launched signature gathering campaigns in June and have been submitting their completed forms since. Thursday evening was the deadline for the signatures, and most candidates were collecting up until the last minute. Campaigns sent out a flurry of press releases in the afternoon, each claiming that their campaigns gathered over 10,000 signatures.

But before these candidates’ signatures are counted, the Department of Elections puts them through a strict validity check to assure that the signer is in fact registered to vote in San Francisco at the address they claim.

So far, only Sen. Leland Yee’s campaign has turned in enough valid signatures to get on the ballot – and did so a week early. The other campaigns will have to wait for their signatures to go through the stringent validity checks at the Dept. of Elections. Those big numbers sent out in press releases today may not translate to real signatures – and the candidates will have to pay cash to make up the difference.

For example, Supervisor John Avalos needs nearly every signature submitted on Thursday to be counted as valid in order to meet the 10,096 valid signature requirement. Today, he touted that the campaign had garnered over 10,000 signatures. But if just 7 of the randomly sampled signatures are found to be invalid, then the campaign will fall short of the needed number of signatures.

David Chiu sent an email today with the subject line “13,903!” to celebrate the large number of signatures he had collected – but his campaign had only 5,189 valid signatures at the Department today before his final submission this evening. Chiu needs 4,907 signatures of the 6,000 submitted today to be valid – but only 66% of the signatures he’s ever submitted passed the test. Unless he did something differently this time, he’s likely to fall short.

As for Dennis Herrera, his campaign only turned in a total of 8,905 signatures – and not all of them were valid. If he did collect over 10,000, as his press release claims, the signatures never made it to City Hall…”

All right then.

*SFGate now posts H. Brown YouTube videos? News to me. I’m getting a little bit of a Dennis Hopper vibe from that there. Go ahead – open two windows and play both vids simultaneously. See?    

Free Music and Dance at your San Francisco Public Library: “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music”

Friday, July 29th, 2011

It’s American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music running August 27 through November 13 at your San Francisco Public Library!

All the deets, below.

See you there at the Opening Event:

“Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at 3 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium will feature Grammy-nominated and USA Fontanals Fellow John Santos and his stellar Sextet.”

“Music, Dance, Books, Films and More Highlight San Francisco Library

Exhibition on Latinos in Popular Music

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, on view in the

Skylight Gallery, Main Library, Aug. 27-Nov. 13

 From free music and dance performances, to film screenings, album art and literature talks, the San Francisco Public Library will be humming with activity from August to November, thanks to more than 25 special events in support of the exhibition, American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music.

The traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, on view in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, Aug. 27-Nov. 13, presents the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos from the 1940s to the present, exploring the social history and individual creativity that produced stars like Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Selena.

Developed by the Experience Music Project and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), American Sabor travels to 12 cities through 2015. The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Among the exciting programs coming to the San Francisco Public Library in support of the exhibition is an opening event, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, featuring Grammy-nominated and USA Fontanals Fellow John Santos and his stellar Sextet.  They will perform and provide educational insights on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation.  Chelis Lopez of KPOO radio station will serve as the emcee.

Family and children’s programs include From Latin Beats to Tiny Feet, a free performance on Sept.24 with La Familia Peña-Govea and youth ensemble Futuro Picante. On Oct. 21, children can help build a Dia de los Muertos altar at the Bernal Heights Branch Library. And the Library’s third annual Tricycle Music Fest West has a special Latin theme this year with three free concerts featuring Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band. On Nov. 5, teens will participate in a special Latin dance competition at the Main Library. See a complete list of programs below.

Ever more deets after the jump