Archive for December, 2013

The Cover Story of Tomorrow’s Bay Guardian is a (Very) Left-Handed Endorsement of Tom Ammiano for Mayor of SF

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

[UPDATE: An easier link ]

I’m just at a loss over the cover story of the January 1-7, 2014 San Francisco Bay Guardian – “The Rise of Candidate X”







– Whoo-boy, where to start? Does anybody at the SFBG really believe in this Robert Frost-y, fork-in-the-road, the-Mayor-makes-all-the-difference-in-SF theory? I can’t tell. IRL, there are institutional factors that push the two roads close together, sorry. The biggest difference would be for the actual people involved, like Ed Lee, and some department heads, and some commission members, and the SFGov nomenklatura. I don’t think the City itself would be changed all that much, sorry.

– Now if there’s a fake article from a real reporter on page 10 and a reference to a real article from the same reporter on page 6 and the reporter works for the same company as everybody at the SFBG, would that be cool? Or perhaps confusing to readers?

-Which of the real-life reporters should be most offended by the fake stories on pages 9-13? You Make The Call:

Phil Matier

Andrew Ross

Joe Eskenazi*

Jessica Kwong*

John Wildermuth

Ellen Cushing

Andrew Dalton

Steven T. Jones* (Yes, even STJ)

-Which one of the bits was even remotely entertaining/funny? IDK

-Is there even a remote chance that Scott Wiener or Mark Farrell will both lose reelection? Like IRL and not in a some fever dream prog circle jerk?

-And Candidate X is described as being a man but then also a man or a woman, like it was still unknown by the fake reporters? (I guess I there could be some sort of point here, but somebody’d have to explain it to me.)

-And then it turns out that Candidate X is (sort of) Assemblymember Tom Ammiano after all? I still have a button from his 1999 campaign – and he’s the heretofore unknown candidate?

I’ll be curious to see how people take this.

Appears to be a misfire, JMO

*All employed by “San Francisco Newspaper Company LLC”


The Bold Italic Finds a New Way to Suck: Is This Tweet an Ad for Ford? Gannett Co Inc’s Failed West Coast Operation

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

[UPDATE: Who says nameless, faceless, S&P500 corporations never listen to the little guy? ‘Cause now the unpaid(?) interns(?) at Gannett, Co. Inc are putting “sponsored” on their sponsored Tweets. Just like I asked them to, below. Excelsior! ]

Here we go:

Except it’s an ad for Ford.

(And how about, instead, calling it a _pointless_ trip to Mount Tam?)

SFist handles things differently – it would use the term “sponsored post” or something.

Why not do that instead, TBI?

Of course, if you gained a lot more readers you could pay for your expensive clubhouse with advertising but how can you do that if you trick the few readers you have with ads for Ford?

Or maybe TBI’s role is just to lose millions of dollars for the home office in VA to offset profits made from the profitable part of Gannett?


How to Handle Things When Your SF Cabbie Tries to “Surge Price” You on New Year’s Eve – “Failure to Convey” Misdemeanor

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

What’ll happen is that your SFMTA-licensed hack will ask you where you’re going before you can get in. Then s/he might quote you a flat fee of like $40 to take you to your destination. This is what happens every new years on the mean streets of San Francisco.

FYI, this is called Failure to Convey. Check it:

“Driver Duties During Shift. (1) A Driver shall not refuse, or direct or permit the refusal, of prospective passengers in any place within the City for transportation to any other place in the City, or to or from the San Francisco International Airport, or to the Oakland International Airport, or Paratransit passengers within the Paratransit Program service area, at rates authorized by law, if the prospective passengers present themselves for transportation in a clean, coherent, safe and orderly manner and for a lawful purpose and the Driver has sufficient time before the end of his or her shift.”

So my advice would be to get in to get your ride and then deal with the fare at your destination. I mean, your fare is based on time and distance plus any bridge tolls or airport fees, that’s it.

This rule of course doesn’t apply to illegal taxis or town cars or Lyft or UberX or others similar.- it just applies to SF taxis.

Like this ride, DeSoto Deuce Triple One (2111). It’s a genuine SF taxi. (It’s shown here on the day it killed two passengers coming up the 101 from SFO, but oh well.)

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What I’m saying is that I knows my rights and you should know your rights as well. I’ve always gotten my way with cabbies, meaning, I always get to where I’m going and I never pay a cabbie-inflicted surcharge.

Happy New Year!

Man, This Looks Like a Lot of Effort to Carry Around Just Two Pedicabs – The Massive “Cabrio Mobile” Chevy Suburban

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

At first I figured a trailer would be easier, but this rig has a trailer as well – Cabrio Mobile.

Must be a bear to park this thing:

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You See Fewer Obsolete Phone Books Littering San Francisco These Days – Perhaps the Message is Getting Through?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Let’s hope so.

On Duboce:

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The SFPD on Patrol Behind the Church Street Safeway

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

You don’t usually see the SFPD here:

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San Francisco City Hall, Game of Thrones

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

As seen from SoMA:

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Why on Earth Does the SFGov.Org Website Concern Itself with Censorship in China – Isn’t This Off-Message?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Take a look:

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Answer: Yes, it sure as Hell is off-message.

Basic Info
The search engine is one particular of the most popular sites in the planet and its Chinese language version was widely utilised in the nation. Beijing routinely blocks access to websites run by the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong, human rights groups and some foreign news organisations like the BBC.”

Here’s What Happens to Your Mylar Helium Balloons: They Fly to Middle Farallon Island and Mess with the Sea Lions

Monday, December 30th, 2013


Perhaps from a Raider’s game, or a black celebration:

Steller sea lion with Mylar balloons near Middle Farallon (photo by CS) – click to expand

Get all the deets on westernmost San Francisco from Notes from Smellephant Island – The adventures of a wayward biologist living with seals on the Farallon Islands”


An SFGov Cracker Mystery: Is This Appointed Mayor Ed Lee, Rose Pak, and the Willie Brown Span of the Bay Bridge?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

[UPDATE: Oh man, I was way off. That’s not Rose Pak, not at all. (And it’s not even Fake Rose Pak.) Well, that’s one mystery solved. Now, who took this shot* back in the day. It was done with a Canon Digital Rebel made in the mid-2000’s, that’s all I know. Anyway, somebody pointed me towards it and then it found its way to SFist. Back in the day.]

You Make The Call:

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Or it could be Ed Lee, Rose Pak, and the PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Who baked these misfortune cookies?

* To wit: