The Horrible Pedestrians of San Francisco, Airbnb Edition, Western Addition

September 28th, 2015

Here’s an interesting contrast. The local is jaywalking on the far side of the intersection, and he’s made it most of the way across, and plus he’s running.

Compare that with the Airbnb-type tourists, who, in this case, were on the near side of the intersection, and had not made it most of the way across when their light turned red and, of course, were not running:

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Oh well.

It’s Probably Time to Peel the “TDI clean diesel” Sticker Off of Your Audi As Well

September 28th, 2015

The News of the Day:

“Audi said 2.1 million cars worldwide were fitted with the software that allowed parent Volkswagen to cheat U.S. emission tests. Some 1.42 million Audi vehicles with so-called EU5 engines are affected in Western Europe, with 577,000 in Germany and almost 13,000 in the United States, a spokesman for Ingolstadt-based Audi said on Monday. Affected model lines include the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5…”

Oh, and here’s the story of how things came to light.

Now this ride espied in Frisco the other day is too large to be powered by a two litre engine, but even so…

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Even so, Dude…

Life in Ed Lee’s San Francisco, Fixie Bike Edition

September 28th, 2015


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Mary Kay Humvee: PINK PINK PINK – Complete with Chromed Wheels

September 25th, 2015

As seen on the I-80

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I’m Calling It: Our Tech Bubble Will Burst in 2016, When Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a UNICORN” Arrives at PoLoH

September 25th, 2015

1515: The Age of Great Masters

2015: The Age of Unicorns:


The Tempting of Fate begins Jan 9, 2016:

Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” – January 9, 2016 – April 10, 2016

This focused exhibition features one of Raphael’s most beguiling and enigmatic paintings. The masterpiece, presented in the United States for the first time, will be lent by the Galleria Borghese in Rome, where it was first recorded in the collection in 1682.

Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn (ca. 1505–1506) features an unidentified blond-haired sitter and epitomizes the beauty of Raphael’s female portraits during his Florentine period. The exhibition will explore the possible identity of this subject, as well as the painting’s distinct iconography, including the unicorn she holds in her lap. Scholars believe that the painting was commissioned to celebrate a wedding, and the unicorn, a conventional symbol of chastity, may offer clues to her familial lineage.

The exhibition further highlights the stylistic relationships between this masterpiece and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Leonardo’s canonical work, painted in Florence in the early years of the 16th century, had a great impact on the younger Raphael, who also practiced in the city during this period. Raphael’s sophisticated adaptation of Leonardo’s innovations in portrait compositions resulted in Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, a painting that hints at the Mona Lisa with its half-length format, its sitter with hands folded in her lap, and its setting before a distant landscape. Visitors will be able to explore Raphael’s painting in detail and get a glimpse into its intriguing history.

About the Artist

Painter, draftsman and architect Raphael (1483–1520) was one of the most famous artists working in Italy during the period from 1500 to 1520, often identified as the High Renaissance. His paintings are noteworthy for their great beauty and harmony, epitomizing the Renaissance virtues of balance and ideal form. His later production exhibits an interest in expressing movement and emotion through narratives. He is best known for religious subjects, portraits, and historical scenes.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Cincinnati Art Museum in collaboration with the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture. The Legion of Honor presentation is made possible by a lead sponsorship from the Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Field.

Two Views of Bud and Bud Light, the Giant Windmills Powering Budweiser’s Fairfield Factory – Giant Bald Eagle Bonus

September 25th, 2015

Here you go, as seen in the Great Central Valley near the I-80:

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All the deets.

And here’s another view of Fairfield – windmills, light poles, flagpoles and a giant inflatable bald eagle draped in an ‘Merican flag.

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God Bless America.

Signs of Life in the Outer Richmond

September 24th, 2015

I hadn’t realized the concentration of businesses on this stretch of Balboa until I saw this giant sign:

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Pacific Place Apts of Daly City, As Seen from Frisco – A Giant Birthday Cake – The Bridge of a Battleship

September 24th, 2015

Boy, this view is somewhat jarring:

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They call this thing a “turret?”

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I don’t know.

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(Two words, Man: Omega Man.)

All the deets

SURPRISE! Local Airbnb-Type Room Letter OPPOSES Prop F – Let’s Read “Emey” Meyerson’s Take on SF’s Airbnb Mess

September 24th, 2015

[UPDATE: Another reaction here. Oh, and another reaction here, from Sara Shortt.]

I don’t know who Medium Corporation‘s Emey is – what, a Scott Wiener fan, an Airbnb room/unit letter, a person who also makes money from “marketing, politics?”

Anywho, I sort of asked for somebody to tell me why Prop F is bad right here, so I’ll read through this and respond, you know, in real time.

1. So Prop F is worse than I think? So you think I think it’s bad, but you’re here on Medium telling me that it’s even worse than I think it is? Well, that’s not right at all. I think Prop F is great.

2. So like I’m not responsible for what signature gatherers say, right? ‘Nough said. Should I point out how Airbnb says/does similar things? OK then.

3. Yes, STR’s are already regulated by SFGov, but poorly. That’s why we have the Prop F, to fix what they call regulatory capture.

4. Airbnb-type outfits are the primary problem, right? I’ll concede that there are others out there. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t regulate Airbnb, right? Airbnbers oppose Prop F because, unlike the current regs, it wasn’t written with input from Airbnb itself. Like, should VW write our air pollution laws?

5. Well, Prop F isn’t the worst way to go about things. A worser way to regulate Airbnb is to have Airbnb write the rules what cover Airbnb’s business, right? What we’ve had so far from Supervisor Chiu has been a disaster, right? And then our dominant political faction assumed that something like Prop F wouldn’t make the ballot. And that takes us up to now. Hey, let’s take a look:

“After Mayor Lee and the Board of Supervisors screwed up short-term rental legislation not once but twice, voters now face a choice: keep current law or replace it with Prop F. Those upset over “ballot box planning” should blame City Hall for not enacting the handful of changes that would have either prevented Prop F from going to the ballot or ensured its defeat.”

6. Uh, is it “really hard to find the text online,” like actually? Uh no. Google “PROP F SF” and then after you click on the first hit, click on THE MEASURE. Easy peasy, huh, LIAR?

7. “It’ll blow your mind.” O rly? We’ll see. Hey, you know, my mind’s already blown by the number of meetings that David Chiu’s office had with Airbnb reps to create the first unworkable regs – is it 60 fucking meetings? 60 meetings to create an unworkable mess? Mind blown. Already.

8. So, you promise us Prop F but now you’re coming in with how it’s existing hotels what don’t want private Airbnb hotels in the Parkside. Let’s see, who’s against Prop F – it’s Airbnb and the superhosts, right? As expected, right? (And I’m thinking your hotel worker union types would be big Prop F boosters as well.)

9. You know, some Airbnbers who let out rooms support Prop F, right? Are they crazy?

10. I’ll field this one. Cleaning a house before guests arrive is not assisting anyone to offer a short term rental.

11. Well, if your neighbor “prevails,” then your neighbor gets money. If you neighbor doesn’t prevail, then not. Simple. You’re missing the “prevailing” part, Mediumer.

12. And if a taxi driver refuses to pick you up because s/he doesn’t like your color, creed, whathaveyou, that’s a misdemeanor too, right? Laws need to have teeth, right?

13. Yep, a quarterly report. No biggee, it would seem.

14. So let’s see here, illegal in-law units shouldn’t be on Airbnb, right? Is this so surprising?

15. What Airbnb should do is keep track of its own rentals, for a start, huh? Shouldn’t be too hard.

16. People will still be able to Airbnb after Prop F passes, right? But Prop F should really put the hurt on Airbnb hotel buildings.

17. Prop F can totally be fixed, if necessary, by a judge or two or more, or by a vote of The People. Yes, we can visit this issue again later.

18. What’s this?! “I have been a part-time homesharer in SF since last year.” This should have been the first line of your bit, non? Ah, man, I don’t think I would have read your whole bit if you had been upfront about your conflict of interest. And why is my Google Chrome underlining “homesharer?” Oh that’s right, it’s because you made it up. Let’s try something else, something honest, like “room letter.” See? No underlining. Case closed.

19. Oh, this Medium bit is ending abruptly, after the Big Reveal. All right, yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

Golden State Warriors Arena Boosters Meet Today, September 23rd, at The Ramp, 855 Terry A. Francois Blvd

September 23rd, 2015

All the deets:


NBA Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy To Be Displayed At Tonight’s Event Hosted By Neighbors, Small Business Owners, Community Leaders

SAN FRANCISCO – Tonight Warriors Ground SF, a coalition of neighbors, small business owners, and community leaders, is partnering with the South Beach Mission Bay Business Association to host a special event supporting the 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors and their proposed sports and entertainment center.

Attendees will include fans and supporters who live or work near Mission Bay and South Beach. Newly appointed Golden State Warriors Arena Project Chief Operating Officer Stephen Collins will be on hand to conduct a Q&A with attendees, moderated by South Beach Mission Bay Business Association President Patrick Valentino.

***Guests will also have the opportunity to take a picture with the NBA Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.***

WHAT: Community Event Supporting the Golden State Warriors’ Proposed Sports and Entertainment Center; Photo Op with Trophy

WHO: Stephen Collins, Chief Operating Officer of the Golden State Warriors Arena; Neighbors, Project Supporters

WHEN: TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Ramp, 855 Terry A. Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA

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About Warriors Ground SF

Warriors Ground SF is a neighborhood organization that brings together enthusiastic supporters of the Golden State Warriors’ mixed-use development project in Mission Bay – including community leaders, fans, business, labor, entertainment industry representatives and residents from across the entire city.

Our coalition is about more than just basketball. Warriors Ground SF has been made possible by months of open, above-board dialogue and community planning. In a larger sense, it is the result of many years of public planning for our neighborhood. Many of our supporters have been participants in this extensive public process, which has shaped the Warriors’ development so that it meets the community’s needs.

About South Beach Mission Bay Business Association

SBMBBA represents restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and professional services businesses in the South Beach Mission Bay neighborhood in San Francisco.

Our mission is to actively engage neighborhood businesses through sustained outreach, monthly meetings, networking and small business related events. SBMBBA promotes and advocates for member businesses, while working with city departments to build a stronger local community.