The Fast-Moving Cars of Sunday Streets 2014 – Boy, There Were a Lot of People Driving Around This Go-Around

September 17th, 2014

Just saying.

Dude here was driving up Fillmore like it was just another Sunday, going at about 15 MPH. This was on the McDonalds block, which was empty of anything to do with Sunday Streets, so it might have been hard for the driver to know anything special was going on.

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Is Sunday Streets dying?

Getting the Feeling that the People Fixing Our Firebombed Chinese Consulate Doorway DON’T Know What They’re Doing

September 17th, 2014

(I don’t know how else to say it (without using even more gerunds…))

I’ve never seen anything like this – every weekend they’re out there on Laguna staring up at the damage caused by a Chinese citizen like nine months ago.

Does this ladder arrangement look safe to you, Gentle Reader?

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Mmmm…

Speaking of ladders above this doorway, one time the SFPD wanted to get above this doorway to rescue a woman who had fallen on a small balcony – she had a broken leg. The people at the consulate told the cops to get bent so they had to call the SFFD to use a ladder to get to the woman to take her to SFGH. That wasn’t very neighborly, Chinese Consulate.

Oh well.

MIYAKO ICE CREAM PARLOR: After Supervisor Scott Wiener Gets His SF Sugar Tax, Will He Go For a Fat Tax Next?

September 17th, 2014

Of course there are pros and cons to the proposed sugar tax you’ll get a chance to vote on in November

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Of course

Word on the Street: “IKEA PALO ALTO UNIVERSITY?”

September 16th, 2014

IKEA U, as seen near Stanford, CA:

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Go Reindeers!

Christmas Tableau, Costco, Summer 2014

September 16th, 2014

Stay Frosty!

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How Not To Drive, Fell and Masonic Edition: Should You Stop for a Red in a Crosswalk? NO

September 16th, 2014

Northbound Masonic at Fell:

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There are a lot of places to stop here. Where you’re supposed to stop is the stop line before the crosswalk, but this driver chose the far end of the crosswalk.

Bad form.

Here’s the thing – once you’ve crossed over your stop line, you’ve committed yourself to the intersection and therefore you need to clear it before cross traffic starts.

There’s no waiting option.

If you want to hang out longer, do it before your stop line, no matter how far back from the intersection the SFMTA / DPW has put the stop line…

Primary Colors, Western Addition: Green Suitcase, Purple Suitcase, Red Pants

September 16th, 2014

As seen on Octavia:

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom Take a Strong Stand Against Jim Harbaugh over 49er Ray McDonald

September 15th, 2014

Well here it is, for Roman Catholic Jim “Due Process” Harbaugh, who’s just six or so years off of probation himself, on the subject of Ray McDonald:

“‘…zero tolerance’ are empty words…”

Yesterday’s press release:

**News release** Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of The Representation Project, joint statement on the 49ers decision to continue to play Ray McDonald

“The City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area has long stood staunchly on the forefront of domestic violence awareness and prevention.  That’s why the 49ers’ continued insistence on playing Ray McDonald during his ongoing criminal investigation is a painful affront to every victim of domestic violence and sends a troubling message to our community and especially our children that ‘zero tolerance’ are empty words, not real actions.  In light of the increased public awareness of this issue in the wake of the horrific Ray Rice assault and today’s decision by the Carolina Panthers to deactivate Greg Hardy, we strongly urge the 49er organization we grew up revering to do the right thing — right now — and bench Ray McDonald, pending the outcome of his felony domestic violence investigation by San Jose law enforcement.”

Contact: Andrea Koskey

Communications Director

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

I’ve Never Seen an Aircraft Flying Around Without a Registration Number – And Yet This Was Over the Stanford Game

September 15th, 2014

This is new on me:

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Boy, this aircraft/banner combo seems familiar:

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Here are some of my other beefs against the flying banner ad biz in the bay area.

Octavia Boulevard Update: Anybody Who Claims This Short Road Has “High-Speed Motor Traffic” is Lying

September 15th, 2014

Simply.

Now if you want real “high-speed motor traffic,” well then look to the 280 freeway.

But if you want a poorly-designed glorified freeway offramp with lots of slow-moving bumper-to-bumper gridlock, well then Octavia is your bingo.

See? This is typical. Traffic has been jammed up here starting about a week after this road opened. This is exactly what low-speed traffic looks like: 

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A note to advocacy journalists who think it’s their job to lie:

No it’s not!

Lying hurts your case. Lying doesn’t help your case.