Archive for May, 2013

UPDATE: The Purported “Clement Street Farmers Market” Isn’t Going to Start on June 9th, 2013 After All

Friday, May 31st, 2013

So let’s see, two or three weeks ago I came across this flyer (see below) and I thought, “How is it even remotely possible that we could have a large farmers market on Clement (complete with an inflatable Bounce House) without me hearing about it at least more than a month ahead of time?”

(You know, certain people came to town  a while back and thought it would be a piece of cake to get TASERS approved for the SFPD, even though they were warned about which particular town they just unpacked their carpet bags in. This farmers market is the same kind of deal.)

Anyway, we’re ten days out from the purported Opening Day and I can now tell you that there’s no way that that this plan can go off on time. If only for the simple reason that the SFMTAMUNIDPTSFBCISCOTT hasn’t signed off on the idea. (Was it on the agenda of the most recent meeting? Nope! Is it in the minutes? Nope! Oh well.)

Speaking of which, it hadn’t occurred to me that the #2 Clement would just skip the start of Clement altogether. So yes, MUNI won’t be delayed by the Clement Street Farmer’s Market, only the people who ride MUNI will be delayed. Fair ‘nough.

Any land use proposal has its pros and cons, right? If certain people understood that, certain people wouldn’t be so disappointed with Reality.

Ah, memories:

“From Rishi Mukhopadhyay of comes word of the:

Clement Street Farmers Market.


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So, they’re going to shut down Clement between 2nd and 4th Avenues in the Inner Richmond every Sunday until 2:00 PM starting four weeks from now on June 9th, 2013?

What? This is news to me! The opening date strikes me as highly, highly improbable, but what do I know?

The next steps for this concept:

– Monday, May 20, 2013: Community Meeting at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Richmond District Police Station, 461 6th Ave between Anza and Geary.

– Thursday, May 23, 2013: Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation (ISCOTT) Hearing, One South Van Ness, Seventh Floor, Room #7080.

OK, we’ll see how this one goes.

IMO, the SFMTA isn’t going to laugh off having the #2 Clement make a quarter-mile detour to get to a parallel street only to have to drive another quarter-mile to get back to Clement.

And I’ll point out that Clement Street itself is kind of a farmers market already on Sundays.

And I’ll point out that 2:00 PM is kind of a busy time on Clement in the Inner Richmond on Sundays.

And I’ll ask how does this proposal square with our Prime Directive of “Transit First?”

Now let’s hear from youthful Peter Lauterborn, Legislative Aide to District One Supervisor Eric Mar:

“Dear All,

I am writing you because of your past interest in opening a farmer’s market in the Richmond. And while I have been quiet on the subject for a little while, it is not for a lack of work. We are at the point of nearing approval for a significant market entering the neighborhood!

The Plan: The Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) has teamed up with the Clement Merchants Association. AIM is known for a small number of high-quality, large scale markets around California.

The older plans for smaller markets all fell through, so we’re going big! This plan calls for a Sunday morning street closure of Clement from 2nd to 4th Aves on Sunday mornings. AIM plans very robust, well-rounded markets that are a major draw.

Major highlights of the AIM Market:

– Wide range of local products, including eggs, milk, cheeses, meats, etc.

– Include enrichment such as children activities, live music, and even kids jumpers.

– Provide matching dollars for “food stamp” users.

– Based on usage, the parking loss should be a non issue and the 2 Clement bus rerouting isn’t a problem. We are also planning outreach to all of the existing produce merchants along Clement. Also, the SF Bike Coalition is going to help make this a friendly event for those who don’t drive.

The Asks: As people who have advocated for a market, this is the time where we need your leadership the most! Our plan is going before the MTA for the street closure, and we need support!

1. Write a letter of support explaining why the Richmond needs a farmer’s market and how, given the low usage of Clement on Sunday mornings, this is the right use of public space. (send to The letter should explicitly support the street closure.

2. Encourage friends and community members to ask write!

3. Attend a community meeting on Monday May 20, 5:30-6:30pm at the Richmond Police Station. And bring out allies!

4. Bonus! Come to the MTA hearing on Thursday May 23rd at 1 South Van Ness to support the motion.

We wouldn’t have gotten this far without all of you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time.

Let’s do this!


Peter Lauterborn
Legislative Aide
Supervisor Eric Mar, District 1″

WTF? America’s Cup 2013 Workers STILL Haven’t Been Paid? Big Skeleton Protest at City Hall

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Now when I say big skeleton protest, I’m talking about a big skeleton on the steps of City Hall.

The ongoing protest itself is small, with just three dudes when I passed by.


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I can’t believe how fucked up Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup has become.

If I were Larry Ellison, I’d have my people pay the carpenters and whomever and then be done with this.

Apparently, “most” of the carpenters came up from Southern California?

And “most” of the carpentry is done already anyway.

Oh well.

Or maybe the America’s Cup people only committed to “endeavoring” to pay their workers?

Maybe it’s something like that…

Worst Earworm Ever: “Doin’ It Right from Daft Punk ft. Panda Bear – DO NOT LISTEN TO THE ATTACHED YOUTUBE

Friday, May 31st, 2013

This one, don’t listen to it:

I think I’m finally immune to this tune but only after ten days of having it set to repeat forever on my iPod Touch (5th Gen.)* and only after blowing out the 6.5″ Marc Levinson subwoofer (or driver? Or is it another speaker? IDK) in my Toyota Bland Cruiser.

And my ears still feel a little weird, oh well.

But after hearing the first five seconds for the first time, I was thinking, “Is this the entire song, just repeated over and over?” And it was! Pretty much, anyway.

And the reviews are in:

“So we’ve all had well over 24 hours with the Important (capital I) new Daft Punk record, Random Access Memories. The album is one that is uncompromising in vision and full of strange left turns and maybe some moments of genuine transcendence. “Doin’ It Right” with Panda Bear is probably one of those moments. Much like “Get Lucky,” with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, “Doin’ It Right” is a perfect example of the marriage of style and vision that Daft Punk has been trying to convey with their overwrought web series The Collaborators. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that all they had to do was play some music.”

More encomia:

“Pretty sure Daft Punk don’t give a fuck what people wanted to hear them make. They made the music – they – wanted to make. That’s Daft Punk all over, and they’re true musical innovators because of that.”

“…the 70’s are back…well then. Who wants to go down to the Discotheque?”

“This particular song is very addictive.”

“This is great for listening while stoned! 2:27 is completely awesome.”

“Thanks Daft Punk for bringing us back to the 70’s and to those amazing beats, I really love this album!!”

“I love daft punk and I love panda bear. Perfect combination!”

“Using samples doesn’t mean you’re not an innovator. They write and construct the songs, the samples are just a small part. Besides, this album has fewer samples than anything they’ve done.”


If you lose your way tonight/
That’s how you know the magic’s right

*Yes, an iPod Touch. It cost almost as much as an iPad Mini but I don’t want an iPad Mini. Now if Microsoft had kept up with the Zune HD the past four years, iPods Touch would be a lot cheaper I’m sure. But if I lost it I would buy another. It’s my Walkman. It’s my Samsung Galaxy Note II’s lil buddy. 

Randy Shaw’s Phoney-Baloney “Uptown” Tenderloin Protest Gets Covered by His Phoney-Baloney “Beyond Chron”

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Here’s a little background on Randy Shaw, who pays himself a six-figure salary with your money, who lives in a house bigger than yours, who lives in a neighborhood better than yours, who lives farther away from the Tenderloin than you, you know, in the next county over:

“Randy Shaw’s Power Plays – Sixteen years ago, Randy Shaw started a housing clinic with $50 and a good idea: educating tenants. Now he’s got more than $900,000 a year to spend — and clout to match.”

And that was written seventeen years ago.

And what good has the Tenderloin Housing Clinic Beyond Chron Randy Shaw empire done with the hundreds of millions given to it by SFGov the past third of century or so, anything at all?

Well you should take a tour of the place when you get the chance.

Speaking of which, Randy Shaw wants our Chief of Police to take a tour of the Twitterloin so the rent-seekers of the Twitterloin should walk on down to the Hall of Justice with a demand to take a tour of the Twitterloin?

And who’s paying for this foofaraw?

I’ll give you just one guess, San Francisco Taxpayer.

Anyway, here’s part of it, from the house organ of the Randy Shaw empire:

“Tenderloin Residents Challenge Chief Suhr to Tour Neighborhood, Increase Police 
by Karin Drucker‚ May. 31‚ 2013

“A delegation of 30 Tenderloin residents and workers went to the Hall of Justice on May 30 to deliver petitions including over 1500 signatures to SFPD Chief Greg Suhr.”


“As BeyondChron reported yesterday, people were lining up for nearly two weeks to sign the petitions, which invited Suhr to visit the Tenderloin to get a first-hand view of the need for more police and to then announce whether he was satisfied with neighborhood safety.”


“In fact, the petition is perhaps most notable because it refutes the common-place narrative that residents of the Tenderloin do not care about the state of public safety. It’s just not true.”



Now ironically, we’re in the era of stepped-up patrols in the greater Tenderloin area.

Like this was the scene on Market just yesterday, just as Randy Shaw was dispatching his flying monkeys to the HOJ:

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I’m counting four fresh-faced recruits near Fifth heading towards Sixth. Of course this might not be the exact block (of Skid Row or the Tenderloin or the Twitterloin or whatever you want to call the area that the Tenderloin Housing Clinic has created over the years) that Randy Shaw wants patrolled but it’s something new, right?

On It Goes…

So Many Sidewalks, So Little Time To Go Salmoning Upon Sidewalks – Uh, Franklin Street Isn’t Good For Salmoning

Friday, May 31st, 2013

So yeah, I’ve been riding bikes on the Streets of San Francisco on an almost-daily basis since the 1980’s, right?

But this isn’t the way you do it:

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First of all, this gal came down Franklin Street against traffic from Golden Gate Ave to McAllister and that’s just wrong. ‘Cause cyclists have the right to use both the left and right sides of Franklin so it’s never a good thing to be going the wrong way in the street on that block.

And then she hopped onto the eastern sidewalk as she continued south past the Herbst. Illegal sidewalk pedalers need to realize that they’re second class citizens, right? Because she was going the wrong way and she got locked into this fenced-off sidewalk, there would be nowhere to go if a group of peds had been coming the other way.

So, if you are going to ride on sidewalks, this isn’t how you do it.

Just saying, Brocephus.

OMG, EAT Club is Here! – “SF’s Best Eateries On One Bus” – Another “Innovative E-Commerce Service?”

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The First Rule of EAT Club is DON’T TALK ABOUT EAT CLUB.

The Second Rule of EAT Club is DON’T TALK ABOUT EAT CLUB.

But I digress.

There I was in the Financh all set to “welcome” yet another a new corporate shuttle to the ‘hood, you know, with the two-inch main blade of my Victorinox Swiss Champ right into the sidewalls of the rear tires when I discovered that it’s actually some sort of food delivery bus.

Then I didn’t know what to do.

Jay Barmann of Grub Street has the deets on this Big New Thing.

As seen yesterday in the 94111:

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“EAT Club Eats up the Valley – Announces $5 Million Series A Funding Led by August Capital

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EAT Club, a leading food tech company that brings delicious lunches to professionals, announced today that it has raised a $5 million Series A funding led by August Capital with participation from First Round Capital, Siemer Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Launch Capital, Tekton Ventures, Mark Vadon (Co-Founder of Blue Nile & Zulily) and angel investors. Howard Hartenbaum of August Capital joins Rob Hayes of First Round Capital on the Company’s Board of Directors. First Round Capital led the Company’s Seed Financing in 2011.

EAT Club is an innovative ecommerce service that presents an always-changing daily assortment of lunches to its members via its website and mobile services. Members who order lunch enjoy a freshly prepared restaurant meal, delivered to their office between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., without the issues of a minimum order size or food not showing up on time. EAT Club merges technology with an exclusive network of quality restaurant partners to create a curated, convenient experience for members, while providing restaurants with a profitable new revenue stream and significant consumer exposure. EAT Club delivers to over 1,500 California Bay Area companies and powers corporate lunch programs and group meetings for customers like Chegg, Bloomreach, Gunderson Dettmer, and IMVU.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for EAT Club. We’ve built a product that our members love, have an amazing group of people, and that is translating into very fast growth. We’ve been experiencing consistent double-digit month-over-month growth,” said Frank Han, EAT Club’s CEO. “With this funding, we will more aggressively pursue our vision of making great food available and accessible to people everywhere. What we’ve done so far is just the beginning.”

Leading the financing round, August Capital Partner Howard Hartenbaum believes that EAT Club’s Internet-based logistics technology is tackling a growing lunch problem that affects more than 70 million professionals by helping them get a wide selection of healthy and tasty foods at work without needing to plan ahead. “EAT Club fuses technology to capitalize on untapped restaurant inventory and real-time member reviews and feedback to create a product that is simply awesome. Employees are no longer forced to eat a catered selection they didn’t want, now each employee can select their individual EAT Club choice each day.”

About EAT Club

EAT Club is a leading food tech company that makes lunch fun, exciting, delicious and super easy. EAT Club’s unique concept allows members to choose handpicked lunches that fit their lifestyles and receive their lunch by 12:30 p.m. Founded in 2010 by Kevin Yang and Rodrigo Santibanez as Stanford Graduate Students, EAT Club currently delivers lunches to more than 1,500 companies in the California Bay Area. For more information, visit EAT Club has received funding from August Capital, First Round Capital, Siemer Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Launch Capital, Tekton Ventures, Mark Vadon (Co-Founder of Blue Nile & Zulily) along with angel investors.


SS|PR for EAT Club
Tony Keller, 312-759-0858

Daily lunch at the office can be a hassle. It’s time-consuming, repetitive, and potentially unhealthy and expensive if you’re pressed for time. At the same time, there are all these great restaurants in the neighborhood, but driving there would take too much time.

Fortunately, EAT Club is here to make daily lunch delicious, convenient, and affordable. Just visit, choose from a rotating set of featured restaurants and healthy daily options, and your food shows up by 12:30 like magic.

Join fellow office workers at over 2,000 other companies like Sony, Shutterfly, and Kaiser Permanente and discover affordable and reliable lunch delivery.

We created EAT Club to address a frustration we personally felt as busy office workers, that there were no convenient, delicious, and affordable lunch options available to us. At Kevin’s last job, the only quick options were the uninspired deli in the basement and the McDonalds down the street. More than once, he resorted to raiding the vending machine.

While there were good restaurants within driving distance, it was hard to get in a car for lunch without losing an hour out of the day. Kevin and his colleagues looked into lunch delivery a couple times, but found that the minimum orders and unreliable service made it too expensive and cumbersome for daily use.

It was based on this personal experience that we decided to combine a love of good affordable food, novel use of technology and data, and a commitment to consistent service to make lunch delivery an attractive option for all our fellow office workers out there.

You can order one lunch for yourself or a hundred lunches for your company. Sign up for free, order your first lunch and start believing.

Kevin and Rodrigo
EAT Club Founders

Frank Han, CEO

As CEO, Frank is helping EAT Club change how people eat lunch at work. Frank is a long-time eCommerce industry leader. Prior to joining EAT Club, Frank was CEO of, the innovative inventor and leader of pay-per-bid auctions. He was founder and CEO of, a fashion shopping portal that was sold to TheFind. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of, the online business of the Home Shopping Network, where he drove growth to over $350 million in annual revenue by embracing HSN’s multi-channel opportunity. In 1996, Frank cofounded, the pioneering online retailer that grew from zero to over $200 million in revenue and IPO’ed in 1999. He served as COO and SVP of Product Development.

Frank earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BS from Yale University.

Kevin Yang, Co-Founder

Kevin is an experimental cooking enthusiast and low-key restaurant connoisseur. To support these hobbies, he has held odd jobs throughout the years, including stints in management consulting, venture capital, computational biology research, and classical Chinese translation. His qualifications to be a lunch delivery guy include an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Harvard.

Rodrigo Santibanez, Co-Founder

Rodrigo’s adventurous appetite has given him an extended food curriculum, ranging from traditional recipes to the most exotic dishes from around the world. He developed a crazy appetite for spicy food while growing up in southern Mexico. His background as a Finance Analyst taught him the most efficient methods of ordering food in late office hours, and his experience at a consumer goods company in Italy refined his taste for Neapolitan cuisine. Rodrigo studied his MBA at Stanford University, where he enjoyed the amusing results of mixing Asian, Indian and Latin American cuisines in the same student dormitory.



  • First Round Capital
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Launch Capital
  • Siemer Ventures
  • Tekton Ventures
  • Brian Lee (founder of ShoeDazzle and LegalZoom)
  • Niren Hiro (AdMob)
  • Aki Sano (Founder of Cookpad)
  • Michael Kinsbergen (CEO of Nedstat, acquired by comScore)

The Perils of Electric Moped / Scooter / Bike Ownership – A2B “Bicycles” are Back in Business

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I think I saw an ad for these A2B bikes just today in the SF Weekly.

They were never very popular but I did my best to discourage purchases, to the dismay of the Ultra Motors people.

These days, Ultra Motors is gone but A2B bikes are making a comeback aided by more realistic pricing.

Thusly, as seen with a flat tire:

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IMO, you’re better off with a regular bike, one with puncture resistant tires and theft-hardened parts.

But that’s just me.

San Francisco’s Inexplicable Ban on Guns in Bus Advertising is … Inexplicable? Compare These Two Ads

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Here is part of the real poster for The Other Guys, a lesser  effort from Will Farrell, a buddy-cop comedy from 2010.

See? He’s a nerd cop with a Prius police car but now he’s shooting a gun:

Now, via SF Weekly, here’s the MUNI bus ad version of that ad, ’cause Guns Is Bad:

SO the SFMTA don’t like guns. Check.

But here’s the latest bus ad from MUNI, showing what, an IDF soldier bayoneting a Palestinian youth with an Uzi or something?

Joe Eskenazi of SF Weekly explicates here.

I’ll tell you, I’m curious to see how MUNI censors the ads for the next buddy cop action comedy to come out of Hollywood.

In the meantime. everybody should buy guns!

Lots and lots and lots of guns.

San Francisco’s SFMTA is a Jobs Program, Not a Transit Agency

Thursday, May 30th, 2013


If the SFMTA really wanted to fight fare fraud, it could take the money it spends this bizarre fare inspection regime and put it into a program that watches cable car workers. Get together a few GoPro cameras plus a few marked $5 bills and just one “inspector” could have prosecutable proof of “fare fraud” being committed by numerous, numerous SFMTA employees.  Tie the evidence up in a bow and send it over to the DA’s office, right? Oh what’s that, SFMTA? Fighting your own corruption is hard but handing out money to new fare inspectors is easy? OK fine.

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Since Time Began:

INTERLOCUTOR: Hey SFMTA, what about [_______?]

SFMTA: If we only had more money! Give us more money.

Sorry, Carpet-Bagging Challenger Ivan Seredni, But Katy Tang Will Beat You – Her Six-Second Vine Shows Why

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

This one.

(I guess you got to click it to make it go, or go here.)

‘Cause if you think “Born and Raised” carries a lot of weight in San Francisco, it’s even more that way way out in the west bay.

Katy Tang is unlikely to make a big mistake before election day because she’s a do-girl who does what she’s told. She learned how to be that way from another District 4 do-girl, who consistently did what she was told.

Hey, are there any other do-girls on the Board of Supervisors? I don’t think so.

But let’s check:

(Recent D5 Supervisor Christina Olague was a do-girl at first, but then she reneged. Now she’s the Former Supervisor Who Shant Be Named. Like Voldemort.)

Of course, ten years is a long time, long enough to grow a backbone I suppose.

Anything’s possible…