Archive for June, 2017

Ghostbusters IRL – “Dead Birds Virus Testing” – Crazy Jeep is Official San Mateo County Vehicle, Fighting the West Nile

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Oh my:

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Oh look, Vector Control Aides needed, down in San Mateo County:

I’m gonna set up my Land Cruiser like this, drive around spraying water on people on the hot days – they’re going to love it

SF Arts Commission vs. KKKatie et. al. – McKinley Statue in GGP Panhandle Shrouded for Seismic Upgrade, Conservation

Friday, June 30th, 2017

I hadn’t seen this new construction.

Let’s start with this:

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That was from a while back, from KKKatey, who ended up getting arrested by the SFPD.

And this was about as bad as things got:

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Fell free to go back back back into history – keep on scrolling for the photos.

Anyway, RPD  / SFAC / SFPD didn’t have a handle on graffiti a decade or two back, but you see a lot less of it now.

Here’s the fantasy, held by some in power, of how SFGov should handle ‘tings:

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See, it’s a hippie fence!

IDK, man.

So now have the current effort. I guess things started here, back in ’13.

And this is how things look now, in the summer of ’17:

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Scaffolding and everything:

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Like a tiny Statue of Liberty:

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And there you have it…

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If the “SFPD” Calls You from (415) 553-0123 Demanding Money, It’s Not the Popo, It’s a Scam – Press Release

Friday, June 30th, 2017

The news of the day, from an official SFGov department which should NOT be using .org as a suffix, and which should prolly find a different acronym, for a reason what’s painfully obvious.

“*** PRESS RELEASE ***

San Francisco Public Safety Officials Warn of Scam Spoofing the Police Phone Numbers

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco public safety officials are informing the public about a consumer scam where aggressive telephone calls are being made by scammers posing as San Francisco police officers. Concerned residents that received these calls today reported the scam to 9-1-1 dispatchers.

These callers claim they have a warrant for the call recipient’s arrest and demand payment in gift cards in order avoid arrest. Technology allows the scammer to “spoof” or alter the Caller ID to make it appear that the call is coming from the San Francisco Police Department’s Non-Emergency Number which is 415-553-0123.

Neither the San Francisco Police Department nor any other City and County of San Francisco agency will call you to demand payment and threaten arrest for any matter.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the SFPD or any other law enforcement or government agency demanding payment, immediately HANG UP. Under no circumstances should you engage them in conversation or provide any personal information. Make notes about what the caller said and do one of the following:

If you’ve been targeted by this scam, please report the incident by completing the following online report: http://sanfranciscopolice.org/reports#file-report. You may also call 311 to file a harassing phone call report or go to any SFPD District Station to file a report.

You know, kind of like this.

And did you catch that, they’re saying, “DON’T CALL 911 FOR THIS, YOU KNUCKLEHEADS,” more or less.

Until the next scam, Gentle Readers…

Al Gore Returns to Frisco July 24th – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at the Castro – 37th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

“FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE TO ATTEND SCREENING OF “AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER” AT THE 37TH SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2017 – The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) is pleased to announce that former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore will be in attendance for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s (SFJFF) screening of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, the highly anticipated sequel to AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.

The screening will take place Monday, July 24 at the Castro Theatre at 7:30 pm as the final film as part of the festivals’ fourth annual Take Action Day, a full day dedicated to community action. The film will also serve as the Local Spotlight film in celebration of Bay Area based filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

All the deets:

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Appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s Super Bowl City Didn’t Disappear – The Tents Just Moved Across the Street

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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SOBERISH

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

That’s how I read it at first:

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And then I realized, and then I thought, well, close enough…

A Question for UBER, Lyft and SFO: How Much Crap is Too Much Crap for Car Windshields? – Obstructed Views, By Design

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The FasTrak transponder isn’t the issue, it’s everything else, occluding vision near the starboard A-pillar:

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The other issue is with all this AUTHORIZED TNC VEHICLE regalia is that it seems to make drivers feel that they are special, entitled.

(And if you’re still reading SFO, why not lengthen your runways and put them farther apart, you know, make your setup conform to federal regulations instead of what ended up happening, which was making federal regulations conform to deficient SFO?)

That is all.

Just Another Day in the Great Central Valley: TRUMP – MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

You don’t see this kind of thing in Frisco…

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Gristle Car

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Oh, muscle car, telling one and all to EAT BACN

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Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond Should be Renamed Algea Pond – But at Least the Clawed Frogs are Gone, I Guess

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Get up to speed here.

I don’t know why there’s so much green atop these days. I don’t know if this has anything to do with its history as the Quarry Pond, you know, the former name. Anyway, no lilies to be seen.

But there is a funky chicken in the lower left:

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Oh, here it is:

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And here’s RPD’s Attention Comrades sign, so that the frogs won’t get dumped here again:

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That’s your lily pond update for 2017.