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TRUMOR: Crissy Field “Patriot Prayer” Attendees Get a CHP-Escorted Bus from Marin? But Counter-Protesters Face a 2.5-Mile Walk, Minimum

Friday, August 25th, 2017

You know, I’m not as connected as I used to be so I’m making guesses here, but Man, it sure looks like SFGov is making things as hard as possible for you to counter-protest the Patriot Prayer rally at Crissy Field featuring Kyle “Based Stick Man” Chapman, assuming he’s not in jail / under detention.

So, why is the best part of our Presidio reserved for the rally? Well, it’s to make you, the counter-protester, walk AS FAR AS POSSIBLE from the Presidio “gate” at the west end of the Marina Green.

OTOH, how is Based Stick Man et al going to get the the microphone? Is it going to be on a bus from Marin County complete with a CHP escort? That would sure make sense, especially if the Planet Granite area is going to be where this small (300-something attendees?) event will take place.

Look at the map:

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So if buses come down from Marin, it’ll be easy for them to get to Planet Granite. But for actual people who live here, you’re looking at a one-hour walk after your MUNI ride. Your options:

BY CAR: Guess what? You’ll have no place to park. Of course I would, I could find a space, but I know what I’m doing in this regard and even if you as well could find a spot, IDK, on Greenwich or something, certainly all of the counters could not. Als0, then you gotta hoof it to the solitary entrance and then you gotta hoof it even further once you’re at long long Crissy Airstrip / Field.

BY MUNI: All the buses will turn around at least 2.4 miles away, as the ped walks, from Planet Granite. Here’s the shortest way AFAICS:

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(Take the Lyon Steps of course – Google wouldn’t let me, but you should be able to, after getting off at the temporary terminus near 2300 Jackson)

BY UBER LYFT: Sure, why not? Load up and then get as close as you can, and then hoof it to the gate.

BY BIKE: No, not your fixie, but your $74 Walmart mountain-style bike with 21 speeds and “solid” axles what you torqued on real good, the better to prevent a street urchin from stealing your wheels with short-handled hand tools hidden on his person. Lock up near the Palace of Fine Arts and leave your $15 Walmart helmet and hope that no one pilfers it, as helmets are BANNED.

BY FOOT: Yep. This is how you do it.

Anyway, that’s how you’d do it if you’re going.

(The last time I can remember SFGov going so far out of its way to snuff a protest was when another Willie Brown appointee was Mayor. He bent over backwards to please the government of the People’s Republic of China, so that it could have its Beijing Olympics Torch Run with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. This go around, SFGov is doing pretty much the same thing, except for the benefit of the “Patriot Prayer” people.)

Crissy Field is Going to be Locked Down this Weekend – Here are All the Rules for the “Patriot Prayer” and Protest

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

[UPDATE: If you want to take MUNI to the counter-protest, you’re looking at a 2.5 mile walk at the end of your trip.]

FBOW, it’s on.

Get all the deets from our National Park Service here.

And our Presidio Trust weighs in after the jump..

“First Amendment Permits | Aug 25-27

Message from GGNRA Acting General Superintendent Cicely Muldoon

August 23, 2017

The National Park Service has a long and proud tradition of being the site of peaceful expressions of people’s views under the First Amendment to the US Constitution which guarantees everyone the right to gather together and express their opinions non-violently. We cannot deny a permit to anyone planning to exercise their First Amendment rights based on their political stance or beliefs. We can deny a permit application for public safety reasons if the event raises such significant public safety concerns that law enforcement cannot manage the event.

Today, NPS is approving five First Amendment permits for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.

We urge those planning to attend these events to share their views in a peaceful manner, to look out for each other, and to support law enforcement personnel to keep everyone safe. NPS respects the right to free speech and in turn we expect all participants to respect one another and this beautiful national park.

Planning for Safe and Peaceful Events

Many people have expressed concerns about safety related to the Patriot Prayer event. After consultation with other law enforcement colleagues, including the San Francisco Police Department, National Park Service law enforcement believe that whether a permit is issued or not, many people will come to Crissy Field on August 26 to express their opinions. Law enforcement advised that issuing a permit will increase their ability to ensure public safety. Accordingly, the National Park Service has decided to approve the permit with significant conditions to promote the peaceful, non-violent expression of views.

National Park Service law enforcement personnel from around the country are working together with the San Francisco Police Department to ensure safe events for all participants. In particular, NPS law enforcement personnel are working very closely with the SFPD on the Patriot Prayer event. Any violence will not be tolerated.

Closures in the Presidio on August 26

To ensure public safety, portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the Patriot Prayer event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

For more detailed information on all the First Amendment permitted events in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on August 25 and 26, including the Patriot Prayer event permit restrictions and traffic plans, please visit www.nps.gov/goga. Please check back frequently, as we will be adding information throughout the week.

We are grateful for the collaboration of the San Francisco Police Department for their partnership in ensuring everyone’s safety. We also thank all of the local, state and federal public agency partners who have come to our assistance.

We welcome all to express their views by writing us at e-mail us or calling: 415-561-2822.

Sincerely,

Cicely Muldoon
Acting General Superintendent
Event information will be updated as it becomes available. Please check back frequently.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why did GGNRA approve the Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit?

The National Park Service (NPS) has listened carefully to the important concerns raised about the August 26 Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit request for Crissy Field. With public safety being our highest priority in making a decision to issue a First Amendment permit, we have thoroughly assessed the risks associated with this event in consultation with the United States Park Police (USPP), the San Francisco Police Department and other key state and federal public safety agencies.

After intensive planning and consultation with the law enforcement community, we have determined that public safety will be best served by a permitted event rather than an unpermitted event. Based on this public safety assessment, and the direction of the Constitution, the courts and National Park Service policy, we have decided to approve the final permit which is now available for viewing in our Reading Room.
Have other First Amendment permits been issued for the weekend of August 26?

In addition to the Patriot Prayer Special Use Permit, NPS has approved four other First Amendment related permit requests for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.
Can citizens carry guns to the Patriot Prayer permitted event?

GGNRA has the ability to exercise control over what items are allowed at a permitted event by specifying permit conditions. In the case of the Patriot Prayer permit, participants are prohibited from bringing firearms or anything that could be used as a weapon.
What items are prohibited from being brought into Crissy Field (Zone 1 – see map) on August 26?

1. Firearms

2. Aerosols / pressurized canisters

3. Ammunition

4. Animals other than working service animals

5. Backpacks and bags exceeding the size restriction of 18” by 13” by 7”

6. Bicycles

7. Balloons

8. Coolers

9. Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems

10. Explosives

11. Helmets

12. Glass, thermal or metal containers

13. Laser pointers

14. Mace / pepper spray

15. Packages

16. Selfie sticks

17. Signs exceeding the size restriction of 24” by 36” by ¼”

18. Structures

19. Supports for signs and placards including sticks of any material

20. Toy guns

21. Weapons of any kind

22. Barbeque grills, open flames, propane tanks, and tiki torches

23. Tents, canopies, and similar structures

24. Wagons or carts

25. Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards

26. Liquids (other than drinking water in factory sealed, clear plastic bottles)
Note that all event attendees are subject to federal law.
The permit along with a full list of permit conditions will be available in our Reading Room by close of business on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Can people carry guns in the GGNRA?

GGNRA adheres to all California State gun control laws. In the State of California, the open carry of firearms in public is illegal. Concealed firearms can only be carried by individuals with a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license issued only by a California county sheriff or chief of police.

However, the permit conditions for the Patriot Prayer First Amendment event prohibit firearms.

What steps is NPS taking to facilitate a safe event on August 26th?

NPS is actively working in coordination with multiple law enforcement entities including the United States Park Police, SF Police Department, SF Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and California Office of Emergency Services to put appropriate measures in place to support a safe, respectful First Amendment gathering on Crissy Field on Saturday, August 26th. This group is working together to identify appropriate staffing levels, develop a coordinated traffic plan, and plan for a gathering space that supports the parks goal of a peaceful gathering.

In order support a safe gathering on August 26, a public access plan has been developed designating two restricted zones within the Presidio: Zone 1 and Zone 2. Zone 1 is Crissy FIeld and vicinity. Zone 1 can only be accessed on foot via the Marina Gate. No vehicles are bicycles or parking are permitted in Zone 1. Zone 2 is the Main Post and vicinity. No pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, or parking is permitted in Zone 2.

What roads are closed on August 26 within the Presidio? Where am I prohibited from driving and parking?

Crissy Field will be closed to vehicles and bicycles on August 26. The Main Post will be closed to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. No parking will be available in either of these areas. See map. Major road closures include:

  • Mason Street will be closed at the Marina Gate
  • Arguello Boulevard will be closed at Washington Boulevard
  • Park Boulevard will be closed at Kobbe Avenue
  • Lincoln Boulevard will be closed at Funston Avenue and Storey/Merchant
  • Presidio Boulevard will be closed at Mesa
  • Moraga Avenue will be closed at Mesa
  • Ruckman/Storey will be available at Lincoln
  • The east Toll Plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed at Lincoln

How do I access Crissy Field on August 26?

Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). Vehicles and bicycles will not be permitted at Crissy Field on Saturday. All people entering the Presidio at the Mason Street Gate will be screened to ensure that prohibited items are not brought into Crissy Field (see list).

What transportation is available to Crissy Field on August 26?

Do not drive to this event; there will be no parking. Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). The PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle will not be operating on this day. The nearest MUNI services to Crissy Field/Marina Boulevard Gate include the 30 and 43. The MUNI 22 and 45 drop off a farther distance from the Marina Boulevard Gate. For MUNI services available on August 26, visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency website at www.sfmta.com. Please check this website before making your trip to ensure you have the most current information about MUNI service.

Where can I view the Patriot Prayer permit?

The Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit application can currently be viewed in our Reading Room, the final approval permit will also be made available by close of busines Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Will the Presidio be open on the 26th?

Portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the First Amendment event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

Will businesses in the Presidio remain open?

While NPS does not require tenants close their businesses, many tenants have elected to close due to potential impacts of street and parking lot closures and crowds. Following is a list of tenant closures by park area:

AT CRISSY FIELD

Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):

Batters Box SF

House of Air

Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center

La Petite Baleen

Planet Granite

Roaring Mouse Cycles

Sports Basement

University of San Francisco

Park-Managed Facilities

Crissy Field Center

Warming Hut

Fort Point National Historic Site and Park Store

The Portal (temporary art installation)

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

National Park Service Park Archives

AT THE MAIN POST

Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Presidio Bowling Center

Presidio Dance Theatre

Baptiste Yoga SF

Society of California Pioneers

Walt Disney Family Museum

Park-Managed Facilities

San Francisco National Cemetery

Presidio Visitor Center

Presidio Officers’ Club

Presidio Transit Center

TRANSIT Restaurant

Arguello Restaurant

The Commissary Restaurant

Andy Goldsworthy’s Tree Fall

AT THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Park-Managed Facilities

Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center

Golden Gate Bridge Café and Roundhouse Cafe

How many First Amendment permits does GGNRA issue each year?

GGNRA issues an average of 1,000 special use permits each year in the GGNRA. About 20 of those permits are identified as an “exercise of First Amendment Rights.”

How does a Special Event Permit differ from First Amendment Permit?
Special events in National Parks need to submit proof of insurance and other plans, as their use is considered a privilege, but First Amendment activities are considered a right, and many of these types of requirements are waived. The decision to waive these requirements is consistent with the US Constitution and guidance from judicial opinions, including the US Supreme Court. The National Park Service therefore does not impose financial barriers on the expression of First Amendment rights. The costs of fencing, restrooms, and NPS event monitoring costs are waived for such events.
Why did GGNRA deny a permit for the Summer of Love concert?

GGNRA did not receive or deny a permit request for the “Summer of Love” concert as Golden Gate Park is not under our federal jurisdiction. The City and County of San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department (Golden Gate Park) denied the permit.

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A Silent Protest on California: “DIANNE: WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU” – It Seems Somebody’s on Every Corner in the Financh These Days

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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Frisco Bucket List: “LISTEN TO WOMEN”

Monday, February 6th, 2017

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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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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 refusefascism.org, 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.

Refusefascism.org 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.)”

 

Women’s March Marchers Marching to the Women’s March

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Wearing their boots and camo fatigues, just like an army:

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Falun Gong Takes Over Frisco with Large Rallies at U. N. Plaza and a Parade Over the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, October 24th, 2016

At least that’s where I saw all these people this past weekend.

This was Saturday:

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Something about SOS and human organ harvesting in the People’s Republic of China, and other things as well I’m sure. Here’s Sunday on the GGB:

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On It Goes…

Commemorating 501 Weeks on the Streets of San Francisco: The FALLEN, FALLEN IS BABYLON Guy

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Just a guess on the 501 weeks part, but this guy’s been out there on Market a long, long time – at least since the aughts.

Anyway, this “one original” man must have “endless stories” of Life on the Street by now.

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Remember when Willie Brown turned Market Street into the Champs-Élysées Of The West? I do. And then a good part of it “transformed” into the “world-class” Twitterloin.

But all I see is how much the place has stayed the same…

What It Looks Like When a Furry Holds a Protest in Pacific Heights

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

It looks like this, with a bear and two protesting bear handlers being outnumbered by the press corps:

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Tom Steyer + Hillary Clinton + Keystone XL Pipeline = This

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