Archive for January, 2017

We Have Bollards All Over the Place to Protect Not-So-Precious Things, But Installing Them in at Chinatown Bus Stops is Controversial?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

So the reaction from SFGov is “Meh. So what’s in it for me?”

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I know this isn’t a sexy issue for our local appointed/elected pols, but why are they against this idea?

First We Steal the Hetch Hetchy Valley, a Little Yosemite, and Then We Waste the Electricity It Provides

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

In 1870, Muir called Hetch Hetchy Valley “a wonderfully exact counterpart of the great Yosemite.”

Then we flooded it, for water and for the juice, the precious juice.

And now we waste the juice by leaving our lights on all the live long day:

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Oh well.

The Best Grocery Bags Ever Return to Costco #144

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Four giant bags, two styles, $5.99

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA they say, in case you forget where you’re at

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The Battle Against the Term FRISCO has Been Lost, Officially – But Continue to Rage Against SAN FRAN, If You Want

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Get the update here from Joe Fitz Rodriguez of the San Francisco Examiner.

And that leads us to this: Official FRISCO Day is May 5th this year.

Your ‘rents called it Frisco (see below) and your kids are openly doing so as well. What I’m saying is that Charlie is inside the perimeter, the battle is lost. And of course your lodestar Herb Caen realized this decades ago, sry.

(Now “San Fran” is different – that term is used by out-of-towners exclusively, you know, non pejoratively, they don’t mean anything by it. Feel free to snootily correct them, but you don’t have to. What if Angelenos took offense to the sometimes pejorative LA LA LAND? We’d have a snubbing from Oscar instead of 14 nominations.)

Ah, memories, via our Palace of Fine Arts:

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Just as Whalers have Factory Processing Motherships, Bikers have This – Or, What This RV Needs is a Camper Out Back

Monday, January 30th, 2017

So you had a bike, then you no longer had it, for some reason, and then parts of it ended up on the roof of a long long trailer parked under the 101 freeway in SoMA:

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Multiply that by 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for a couple decades and that adds up…

Organic Sushi Rice for Cheap at Costco #144

Monday, January 30th, 2017

This product didn’t used to be available at Frisco’s solitary Costco, but now it is:

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Some foodie types are excited about this, that’s all.

In Frisco, All Roads Lead to Salesforce Tower

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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Trouble in the Twitterloin: “Activists Project ‘Mouthpiece of Fascism’ on Twitter HQ”

Friday, January 27th, 2017

(The word Twitterloin means different things to different people. To me it refers to the expensive, wasteful, tax holiday enterprise zone what goes from this building down Market and into the Tenderloin.)

Anyway, this happened yesterday:

Via Jim Fairbrother:

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Via Alan Marling:

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The press release from two days ago:


“Thursday: Activists Project “Mouthpiece of Fascism” on Twitter HQ 

SAN FRANCISCO – Tomorrow, activists will gather at Twitter headquarters and demand the company stop collaborating with Donald Trump. By spreading his words to millions, they are making his lies seem true and allowing him to bypass the vetting process of traditional media.

@realDonaldTrump has always lied on Twitter. Now that he’s the president, every lie is fake news – such as the claim that millions voted against him illegally. He has always been racist on the site. Now his racism leads to hate crimes – more than one thousand have been reported since Nov 8. He has always been abusive. Now his abuse incites death threats, such as against union leader Chuck Jones. Donald Trump has always been ignorant, but now on Twitter his ignorance could start nuclear war.

The local activist Alan Marling organized the event, and he is far from alone in his desire to see Twitter take a moral stand. According to a January 10th article on Washington Post, a super majority of people believe Donald Trump should give up his personal Twitter account. Fully 47% of Republicans disapprove of his Twitter use, including one Rep. Justin Amash, who tweeted, “Dude, just stop.” The Chinese government also resents Twitter diplomacy, as reported in a New York Times article on January 4th. As the @POTUS account is tweeting the same content as @realDonaldTrump, @POTUS will likely have to be suspended to satisfy the activists.

Until their demands are met, they will use a projector to light the Twitter headquarters with messages such as “Propaganda,” “Irresponsible,” “Profits off Hate,” and “Mouthpiece of Fascism.”

“Because of Twitter’s anti-abuse policies, because of their stated commitment to social justice, and because they do business in San Francisco, they should ban @realDonaldTrump,” said A.E. Marling of, lead organizer of the protest. “Giving voice to a fascist and allowing him to spew his hatred and ignorance not only threatens to destroy our democracy, but could also lead to the next world war.”

WHAT: Activists project “Mouthpiece of Fascism” on Twitter Headquarters

WHERE: 1355 Market St, San Francisco.

WHEN: Thursday January 26, 2017, at 5:45 pm. is a Call-to-Action signed by prominent scientists, actors, musicians, intellectuals, activists, religious leaders, and over 3,000 others  to “Stop the Trump/Pence Regime Before It Starts!” Signatories include: Imam Aiyub Abdul-Baki, Justice Committee, Islamic Leadership Council of New York; Ed Asner, actor; Bill Ayers, activist, educator; Charles Burnett, filmmaker; Isabel Cardenas, Salvadoran-American activist; Margaret Cho, comedian, actor; Chuck D, rapper, author; Joe Dante, filmmaker; Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA; Alex Ebert, musician; Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist; Eve Ensler, playwright; Merrill Garbus, Founding band member, tUnE-yArDs; Pastor Gregg L. Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC; Lalah Hathaway, singer; Marc Lamont Hill, CNN commentator and professor, Morehouse College; Chase Iron Eyes, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Evelyn Fox Keller, Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science, MIT; Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA; Wayne Kramer, musician; John Landis, filmmaker; Vic Mensa, rapper; Debra Messing, actor; jessica Care moore, poet; Thurston Moore, singer, songwriter, guitarist of Sonic Youth; PZ Myers, evolutionary developmental biologist; Rosie O’Donnell, comedian, actor; Arturo O’Farrill, composer and musician; Michelle Phillips, musician; Milton Saier, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology UCSD; Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five; Michael Shannon, actor; Danny Simmons, visual artist; David Strathairn, actor; Alice Walker, author; Cornel West, writer and professor; Saul Williams, poet and performer. (Organizations, institutions listed for ID purposes only.)”


Why is Frisco So Mad About the Idea of Bluegogo Offering 99-Cent Bike Rentals? Could It Have Something to do with This?

Friday, January 27th, 2017

So how many millions have we spent on this program, the one what’s Yelp-rated at less than 2 stars even though it’s heavily subsidized by John/Jane Q. Public?

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I mean, is this what you wanted, SFGov? Srsly, I see more people sitting on these rides when they’re locked up than actual customers riding them.

OTOH, I see that Bluegogo’s similar bikes are in private parking spaces, currently, anyway.

Hey, maybe this whole deal, plus the more recent deal with FoMoCo was a bad idea?

Just asking.

Seattle has just given up on its similar program, just saying.

Wouldn’t we be better off just buying Walmart bikes (for like $74 each, I’m srsly) and handing them out for free to SF citizens instead of getting involved with Ford, if the goal is to get more ppl on bikes?

Here’s the Real Reason our SFMTA Wants More “Convenient” Payment Options for Parking Meters – Charging up to Four Pounds of Nickels per Hour

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Look at the amount of work it takes to empty out parking meters:

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Here’s the long version. Back in the day, back in the 1990’s you could use pennies to feed parking meters in nearby San Rafael. Even back then, that was a little ridiculous oh well. At that time in Frisco, meters accepted nickels and dimes along with quarters, but then SFGov decided it didn’t pay to deal with nickels and dimes so we went QUARTERS ONLY. Well, that didn’t sit well with some, so after a little while, meters once again accepted nickels and dimes and that’s where we are today. Anywho, the big push these days is with using cards for payment. That way, the SFMTA doesn’t have to deal with collecting coins all the live-long day. Also, card payments makes things easier for the SFMTA to raise prices far in excess of inflation – a thing it loves to do of course.

Speaking of which, $18 per hour, which is the highest rate I can think of, maybe it’s higher these days, in parking meter fees = 72 quarters, which takes up a lot of space. And if you paid with nickels, then we’re taking about four pounds of metal per hour. But even at such high rates, it doesn’t really pay to hire more SFGov employees (average Total Cost Of Employment = six figures, and that doesn’t include all of the egregiously underfunded retirement/lifetime medical care costs), so these cheaper (minimum wage? Who knows) non-SFGov workers from SERCO will have to do…