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Seen on the Street: GLIDE

Monday, June 16th, 2014

WINTER IS COMING to the Sunset District: “FULL ROADWAY CLOSURE” for Kezar Drive Begins June 23rd – Grinding and Repaving

Monday, June 16th, 2014

[UPDATE: The mystery, she is solved - this closure will be at night only.]

Uh, is Kezar Drive going to be totally shut down 24-7 for weeks starting next week?

I think so. Here’s the ominous sign:

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So here’s something I didn’t know:

Kezar Drive is scenic, but bumpy

Actually, it’s not scenic at all, but no matter, ’cause apparently it’s “bumpy?”

So who’s the poster child for this particular issue? Comes now Sunset District resident Wesley Dere:

“Sunset District resident Wesley Dere watches cars navigate bumpy Kezar Drive. Dere says his car has been knocked out of alignment twice.” 

So this is nice because we’ve got the word “says” in there. (Like, “Fisherman Buford McGee says he was abducted by Martians.”) But, oh man, if the alignment on your Impala has gotten “knocked out” twice by Kezar Drive, then there’s something wrong with you, the owner-operator of said Impala.

Who, oh who, will solve this problem for us? Well guess what - London Claus is coming to town with a grand gift for the residents of the western reaches of District Five, Supervisor London Breed is Fixing Kezar Drive:

“I am very happy to report that after some rather insistent lobbying from our office, the Department of Public Works has identified funding to grind and repave Kezar Drive, the street that connects Lincoln to Oak and Fell. This is a major East-West artery that has been left crumbling for years. My office navigated a bureaucratic maze to see this project through (the road is technically Rec and Park’s responsibility and is somehow ineligible for most paving funding sources). Now it looks like we will have a smooth road by the end of June.”

Well, substitute “July” for June, but this thing is a “go.”

So, who deserves the credit for this grand gift? IMO, credit should go to the little elves, all those tax- and fee-payers who did the work that got taxed and fee’d enough to provide the funding to pay for this project. OTOH, in the opinion of the Office of London Breed, credit should go to London Claus. As always, You Make The Call, Gentle Reader.

Now I suppose it’s good to pave roads, but this looks like a Cadillac solution to a Chevy kind of problem, this looks like weeks (or months?) of trouble for Our Neighbors In The Sunset, those poor souls out there in San Francisco County, all for sake of letting Wesley Dere’s Chevrolet slide.

Of course I don’t really care about all this, not really, as I’m not likely to be affected and I wouldn’t care even if I had to deal with this each and every day. I’ll note that the grid’s ability to recover from temporarily losing the use of this choke point has been degraded over the recent years, so Waller’s not going to be an option and “cutting through” the Music Concourse isn’t going to be an option and yada yada.

Perhaps Kezar really is in bad bad shape and I just don’t notice because my aging Toyota had unfashionably small wheels even when it was new and, you know, the City and County should go out of its way to accommodate drivers with 22 inch wheels and 30-profile tires.

Perhaps. I just don’t know how a regular town, one without district elections, would handle* something like Kezar Drive…

*And I also wonder if other towns would try to post something on the Internet once it’s decided to do something, as this electronic sign was my only clue about this big news.

STINGER:

Alvord Lake Bridge is not a bridge, it’s a pedestrian tunnel. Discuss. Oh, I’ll start – it’s wider than it is long, so how many bridges fit that bill?

Alvord Lake isn’t a lake, it’s a very small pond, smaller than some koi ponds people have in the backyard. Discuss

Inbound Kezar Drive should have two lanes instead of just the one in the area of Alvord Lake Bridge. Make It So. Oh, what’s that? No, I don’t care, just make it so.

Presenting the Coolest “Segway Personal Transporter” Owner-Operator in San Francisco – Playing Tunes, Carrying a Dog

Monday, June 9th, 2014

All the Segway people in town seem to have a look, but this guy wins the prize:

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Word on the Street: “SURVIVAL SURVIVAL TURK”

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Some people  don’t survive the Tenderloin, of course:

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Follow the Yellow Brick Road to … the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Did I say yellow brick road? What I meant to say was red paint road – it guides your way to these famous hyperbolic paraboloids:

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OMG, These Stupid Experimental Pedestrian Warning Lights are Still Operating at Yorba And Sunset? Who Is To Blame?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

I’ve heard the local nonprofit-government complex call these unusual pedestrian-activated flashing yellow lights “HAWK Beacons,” but they don’t look like what’s in Wiki.

See? They’re still there:

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These signals only flash yellow, unlike the examples of HAWKs I’ve seen on the web.

Who approved these signals? What was the intent? Was it to save money? Was it to spend money? Why didn’t SF put in traditional lights a long time ago?

And is this crazy set-up* a factor for the DA to keep in mind when deciding how to handle accidents? Well, I’ll answer this one:

Oh Hell Yes.

San Franciscans obvs. can’t handle having a single simple freeway taking traffic from the south up north towards the Golden Gate Bridge, so Sunset Boulevard (or Parkway or whatever people cal it) is part of the solution. But it hasn’t been managed properly.

That is the fault of whom?

IDK.

*I can’t think of a situation where a vehicle vs. ped collision at this intersection could be the fault of the ped, unless the ped had been running in the crosswalk. So you end up with a dead ped and a driver who’s legally at fault – is that a good situation?

 

An Open Letter from the Man Behind @HiddenCash: A Plea for Safety, a Response to Cynical Writers Like CW Nevius

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Here it is:

“One week ago tonight, on May 22, 2014, after a late dinner with a friend in San Francisco, I was telling him about my desire to give back to the community which I love and has given me so much, and to do it in a fun way. We rejected a few ideas I had as too complex, and decided that I would hide money in a few spots in San Francisco, and then tweet about it. We created the Twitter handle @hiddencash, and did just that, hiding envelopes of cash around midnight in SF, and tweeting clues. I contacted a local blog to tell them what we did. They asked me a few questions, and wrote about it, and it exploded from there. 

What was originally meant to be a pay-it-forward scavenger hunt for San Francisco, has become much bigger than San Francisco and more than a scavenger hunt. The worldwide interest that has been spawned is tremendous, and though personally surprising, in some ways it is understandable.
I think we may have struck a chord with people for a few reasons:
1. Everyone likes free cash :)
2. Many people enjoy a real world scavenger hunt. 
3. Many people who don’t go on the hunt themselves, enjoy following the excitement and positive stories of people participating and so often paying it forward. 
4. In many ways, we have become alienated from each other, and perhaps this is a fun way for people to come together. 

We would like to keep this movement going, and we thank you for your support keeping it safe and positive. 

There have been large crowds lately. Please walk and drive safely. A young woman ran right in front of my car a few days ago. I will do my best to pick locations that are safe, but please use common sense and caution. Please also be respectful to the locations themselves and surrounding businesses. And be kind and happy with each other, as that’s what this is all about. 

I have been overwhelmed with the hundreds of emails asking for financial assistance. I like to help people, and do volunteer my time and donate to charities – however I’m sorry I can not read or respond to all of these personal requests, and that is not what the purpose of this account is. I am also doing a media blackout on all interviews in any form for the next couple weeks. 

The growth of @hiddencash has been phenomenal and overwhelming. We will take time in the next several weeks to figure out how to best move forward in a way that keeps @hiddencash fun and safe – as well as logistics for the big announcement we’ve mentioned previously (don’t worry, you’ll like this). 

There really is no agenda here – not political, not business, not religious – other than bringing people together in a positive way and bringing a smile to people’s faces. And, in some cases, happy tears, like the teenage girl tonight who is sending the money she found to her sick grandmother in Mexico. I am so happy that my money is going to help deserving people like this. There will always be cynics and skeptics, especially as a movement grows, but it is truly my intention to give back and make people happy. This is not a promotion for a business. We want to encourage people to be kind, to be generous, and to pay it forward. For those who started similar movements in other cities and countries around the world, we salute you. 

With Love,
@HiddenCash

Who in SF Will Dare to Propose Renaming a Street for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The news of the day:

China decries call in U.S. to name street after jailed Tiananmen dissident

Boy, it wouldn’t take too much effort from a few members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to hop on this particular bandwagon.

Mmmm…

Now, which street to rename?

Hey, how about Laguna, the location of our Chinese Consulate? My, wouldn’t that be “provocative?”

In related news, here’s what a small stretch of Laguna looks like now, right in front of the consulate – see the brand-new NO STOPPING  ANY TIME signs?

They’re also on Geary, so that means the Western Addition has lost maybe ten parking spaces, in the name of security, one supposes.

Actually, I’m surprised that parking lasted as long as it did, as it was such an obvious security issue.

On It Goes…

Today’s Masonic: Bubbles, Michael Jackson, and the Starbucks Mermaid, Living in Harmony

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Icons all, as seen from Fulton.

Big smile, scowl, Mona Lisa smile:

Man with Cane Gets About the Western Addition on a Kick Scooter – Red Hat, Leather Coat, Pixar Backpack

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

As seen on Turk near Annapolis Terrace in, (sorry, realtors!) the Western A:

Keep on keeping on, old man.