Posts Tagged ‘12th’

A Setback for SFPark Parking Meter Expansion: SFMTA Relents – No New Meters in Mission Bay for Now

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Jesse Mullan of the Dogpatch Howler has the deets of the remission of SFMTA’s parking-meters-solve-everything expansion. It appears Operation Barbarossa is bogging down this winter due to heavy assault from the Proles.

Per the crappy SFMTA’s Jay Primus:

“I am writing with a brief update on the parking management proposals for the Mission Bay, 12th & Folsom, and 17th & Folsom areas.

The SFMTA Board will no longer be taking action on the SFpark expansion areas at the February 7th Board meeting. Rather, we will conduct further outreach ahead of Board action.

The northernmost section of the Mission Bay Parking Management Proposal was already designated as an SFpark area and will be the only part of the proposal going forward.

For the SFpark expansion areas, including the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill neighborhoods and the 12th and Folsom and 17th and Folsom proposals, the SFMTA will conduct additional outreach and engage in further discussion with various stakeholders before any further action is considered.”

So, that’s their way of saying no parking meters for now.

Doesn’t the SFMTA know by now that it sucks? It’s hard to tell. Sometimes it seems that the SFMTA thinks it’s not dysfunctional. Isn’t that funny?

Speaking of funny, let’s let Jess Mullan spank the SFMTA over all the bullcrap it spews about SFPark.

O.K. then.

How Weird Street Faire 2011 a Huge Success – A Maypole for May Day – Buff Darth Vader Best in Show

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

The 12th Annual How Weird Street Faire went off without a hitch today down in the SoMA.

(There’s little wonder about why the former Howard Street Festival is so popular, of course.)

This year’s theme was “Mythical Realms” a celebration of a pefect society where differences are appreciated as things of beauty.

Check it:

Now, doesn’t this maypole remind you of your schoolgirl days at Bryn Mawr?

Via Frank Farm

Hunky Darth Vader turned a few heads:

Via Ryan Leggett

It was just as you would have imagined it:

Via Babdelrahman

And, good news! It seems white people no longer get Chinese character tattoos anymore – they’re into pink poodles and whatnot. See?

Via JRitch77

How weird!

All right, that’s it for this year:

“I’m drunk and Osama Bin Laden is dead #howweird

Lastly, leave us give thanks to all the NIMBY’s of the SoMA, for not complaining so much this go-around. Huzzah!

“If theres a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now

Its just a spring clean for the May Queen”

See you next year!

Rockslide at Quintara and 12th Avenue: Innocent Lincoln Mark VIII Totally Pwned in the Sunset District This AM

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

See? Pwned.

Nice, non-cliquish Mike Billings of the San Francisco Examiner has the deets.

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And famous area photographer Jim M. Goldstein of JMG Galleries was on the scene as well – here’s his gallery.

Look out for those landslides, InSetters!

“At 0839 hrs today, 2 boulders fell from a hill and landed on 2 unoccupied vehicles in a residential neighborhood. There were no reported injuries from this incident.

Quintara between Cragmont and 12th Avenue will remained closed until 24 hours after the rains have stopped. The 6 Parnassus bus line will continue a switch back at 14th Avenue and Noriega. DEM will monitor the situation until 24 hours after the rains have stopped.”

12th Annual Anime Costume Parade at the 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival a Huge Success

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The 12th Annual San Francisco Cherry Blossom Costume Parade and Contest went off without a hitch yesterday in Civic Center.

It was just like 2009, 2008, 2007, etc. Check out the complete 2010 gallery from raider3_anime, if you’d like.

This shot from official Cherry Blossom Photographer David Yu captures the scene:

Here’s the awards ceremony under the pouring sun.

And here are the winners, starting their journey to Japantown:

Congratulations to all the participants.

See you next year!

Something Else to Collect: New Generation of Momiji Message Dolls Debut in JapanTown

Monday, April 12th, 2010

To the extent that I have a beat, Japantown is in it (along with the Western Addition and Golden Gate Park and a few other places.) Consequently, people send me stuff sometimes and sometimes I draw your attention to it.

Alls I can say is that this Momiji stuff looks expensive. But it soon could be, as Chinpokomon was, Japans #1 cool toy to own.

Good-bye Kitteh, Hello Momiji!

Next stop, quasi-Japanese Mini-Momijis inside of McDonalds Happy meals? We Can Only Hope.

Anyway, these straight-outta-the-UK cuties will be available at the Kinokuniya Bookstore inside one of those 1960′s-style malls on Post Street in J-Town.

Momiji launch new doll collection at Kinokuniya
 
Since their inception almost five years ago, Momiji message dolls have gained a cult following worldwide amongst artists, designers and thousands more people worldwide. Momiji fans and collectors will be flocking to Kinokuniya bookstores across the USA this week for the exclusive launch of four brand new additions to the collection.
 
The four dolls, which form Generation 7 of the Momiji ‘Randoms Collection’, are Giggles, Soul, Happy Happy Happy and Pixie. Each one is packaged in Momiji’s signature noodle box and protected by tiny inflated pillows.
 
Momiji dolls proved to be an instant hit with Kinokuniya customers. Sharon Cunningham from the Flagship store in New York said,
 
“Momiji are adorable, our customers love collecting them so we were so excited to have the opportunity to launch these brand new designs to the world.”
 
As a center for the best in Japanese culture, literature and art, Kinokuniya was the perfect place to unveil Momiji’s new collection. Claire Rowlands, Creative Director for Momiji said,
 
“We love Kinokuniya, we could spend days exploring their amazing stores. Their commitment to celebrating great Asian art and design means we feel sure that the new dolls will be right at home there.”
 
Generation 7 can be found at the New York flagship store on Avenue of the Americas, the New York Palisade center store, as well as the San Francisco and Costa Mesa stores.
 
Momiji will be inviting owners of the new dolls to upload a photo of themselves with their purchase onto the official Momiji HQ Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a Momiji prize bundle worth $200 as well as an exclusive Kinokuniya tote bag to carry it all in. Full details of the competition are available in store.
 
The dolls will be exclusive to America in four Kinokuniya stores before they are released to boutiques, galleries and museum stores around the States in July.
 
Momiji Generation 7 can be found exclusively at the following stores throughout April 2010
 
New York Main Store
1073 Avenue of the Americas (Bet 40th & 41st St)
New York, NY 10018
 
Palisade Center Store
3360 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY 10994
 
San Francisco Store
1581 Webster St (between Geary Blvd & Post St)
San Francisco, CA 94115 
 
 Costa Mesa Store
3030 Harbor Blvd #G-3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
 
ABOUT MOMIJI
Momiji [‘mom-ee-jee’] are hand-painted collectible message dolls. The Momiji story began just over four years ago in the UK. Since then our brand has gained cult status around the globe. Momiji HQ is based in Henley in Arden, a little village famous for its ice cream. From here we have become truly global with designers creating lovely stuff all over the world: UK, Austria, Chile, Thailand, Germany, Canada and Slovenia. Our links with top art colleges mean that we work with the most creative new kids on the block.
 
Momiji, dedicated to making life lovelier.
 
www.lovemomiji.com
 
ABOUT KINOKUNIYA
Kinokuniya is the most well-known Japanese bookstore chain outside of Japan, with locations in the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Taiwan and Dubai. Its eight US locations, first opening in San Francisco’s famous Japantown in 1969, have become popular hot spots for those interested in both the traditional beauty of Japan and the new funky world of anime and manga. The flagship location in New York City relocated in 2007 to Midtown’s Bryant Park carries a huge selection of Japan and Asia related literature, art, architecture, CDs, DVDs, comics, magazines, apparel, toys and stationery. They have also partnered up with Japanese cafe, Cafe Zaiya, which serves delicious bento style meals and Japanese snacks that you can enjoy from the 2nd floor overlooking the park.

Huge Harvey Milk Candidate Meeting this Saturday, Bay Guardian Issues Endorsements

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The powerful San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee is, once again, having elections come November. You’ll be confronted, once again, with a ballot that’s filled with a bunch of names, most of which you’ve never heard of, and the obligation to check off your dozen favorites.

If you want, you can head over to the intersection of Market and Octavia this Saturday, April 3, 2010 and then head into the the LGBT Center‘s Ceremonial Room from Noon to 5:00 PM. Then you’ll be able to see and hear some of the candidates for DCCC in 2010 address members of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club.

via mrido’s Photostream

They’ll all be answering a few questions from the crowd. (I don’t know if you need to be a member of the club to drop by, but you should be able to join the club, of course, if you want.)

The 12th District (Assemblywoman Fiona Ma country) reps the west side and 13th District (Assemblymember Tom Ammiano country) reps the east side of town, mas o menos. Find your district and see if any of these folks will be one of your twelve favorites: 

DCCC DISTRICT 12th CANDIDATES:
John Avalos
Michael Bornstein
Andrew Clark
Sandra Lee Fewer
Chris Gembinski
Hene Kelley
Tualatai Mamoe
Eric Mar
Milton Marks
Jake McGoldrick
Jane Morrison
Melanie Nutter
Kelenia Olsen
Connie O’Connor
Arlo Smith
David Wong
Larry Yee

DCCC DISTRICT 13th  CANDIDATES:
Melissa Ann A. Apuya
David Campos
David Chiu
Ryan Clary
Michael Goldstein
Robert Gabriel Haaland
Rick Hauptman
Hope Johnson
Joseph Julian
Leslie Katz
Rafael Mandelman
Kim-Shree Maufas
Carole Migden
Owen P. ODonnell
Aaron Peskin
Eric Quezada
Alix Rosenthal
Tom Taylor
Joe Alioto Veronese
Debra Walker

And the San Francisco Bay Guardian has just issued its endorsements for the DCCC today.

Choose or lose…

And, oh yes, Alex Volberding would like everyone to know that he too is running for the DCCC in the 12th. But the two lists above aren’t exhaustive, they just show who plans on showing up at the next Milk Club PAC meeting. (The entire exhausting list of candidates for S.F. has 51(!) names this go-around.)

Assembywoman Fiona Ma and SF Young Dems Host Bipartisan Constitutional Convention Panel Tonight

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Assemblymember Fiona Ma, who represents the interests of San Francisco’s west siiiiide in Sacramento, will be in the bowels of the San Francisco State Building at 455 Golden Gate Ave tonight at 7:oo P.M. to host a special constitutional convention panel being thrown by the San Francisco Young Democrats.

That means that California Forward, the Courage Campaign, Repair California and the New America Foundation will be in the house to discuss l’issue du 2009 a California, our Constitution.

MC FM:

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(Attention Republicans: This L. Z. is hot. Repeat: Lima Zulu is Hotel Oscar Tango. Expect to be booed)

All the deets after the jump. See you there!

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Word From Inside NBC on the Fate of Ill-Fated Trauma Series

Friday, October 9th, 2009

What’s the word from inside NBC regarding the fate of ill-fated Trauma? Hollywood insider Nikke Finke reports yesterday that one NBC serial just got cancelled and that:

“…Trauma is next because of its ridiculously excessive $3 million pricetag an episode.”

Shooting Trauma in the SoMA earlier this month, right where San Francisco actor Christopher Borgzinner got jumped by a gang on a moving MUNI 9 San Bruno bus during rush hour this past Monday:

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via Davidity Dave

Will that be the legacy of Trauma?  Certainty that it’s just too darn expensive to “film” here?

It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone
It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone

Congresswoman Jackie Speier Calls for a Female Supreme Court Justice

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Here’s the scene this morning in the outer Outer Sunset District / Parkside area of San Francisco – it’s Congresswoman Jackie Speier at her Town Hall Meeting. Here’s the news – as far as the replacement for departing United States Supreme Court Justice David Souter is concerned, Jackie has “no doubt it’s going to be a woman.“ 

And who might that woman be? How about Miss San Carlos (San Mateo County) 1977 and current rust belt governor Jennifer Mulhern Granholm? She went to Cal and then Harvard Law and she’s the Democrat Sarah Palin - how’s them apples? Jackie helpfully points out that Ms. Granholm would be the first [actually second, see comments] naturalized citizen to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. We’ll see

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Look below to see what Representative Speier has been up to the past year.

Town Hall Meeting -Congresswoman Jackie Speier

When: May 2, 2009 – Saturday
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Ulloa Elementary School, 2650 42nd Avenue, San Francisco

Mark Nagales, Field Representative

Get Ready for Thursday Night Fun at the California Academy of Sciences, Starting Feb 12, 2009

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Just as Golden Gate Park‘s de Young Museum has a Friday night program, next-door-neighbor California Academy of Sciences will soon have a Thursday night program. It’s called “nightlife,” get it?

Now, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum‘s approach to after-hours is wide-ranging, with some parts being very family/kid friendly. But evenings at the CAS will be for adults 18 and up only. Rather more Stolichnaya, Banco de Gaia, with a DJ here and a DJ there. As they say on their website:

No strollers!”

Well, O.K. then. The whole shebang starts off on February 12th, 2009, so mark your calendars. Read more about it below and, after the jump, learn about EVOLVE 2009 and the celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. It’s going to be mega.

You’ve seen the rolling hills up on the roof of the world-famous California Academy of Sciences. Click to expand:

Now here they are in the not-so-serious moonlight:

See you there!

Every Thursday night, beginning on February 12, the Academywill transform into a lively venue filled with provocative science, music, mingling, and cocktails, as visitors get a chance to explore the museum at night.  NightLife events run from 6-10pm, and are open to adults ages 18 and up.
 
Entertainment and a bar stocked with food and drinks available for purchase will be set up in a given area of the museum each week.  The location of the bar and entertainment will rotate on a regular basis, placing the pulse of the party in different locations throughout the year. Visitors will be able to explore the rest of the Academy’s exhibits as well – from the fish, snakes and other creatures in the aquarium, to the dioramas and live penguins in African Hall. 
 
Engaging science programming and activities at each event will introduce visitors to cutting edge research in an informal, social environment.  The focus of that content will rotate quarterly– the themes in 2009 are Evolution, Sustainability, Climate Change & Space, and Explorers.  Activities will vary week to week and include informal talks by scientists, stargazing, screenings, opportunities to meet aquarium animals, and more.  Event-specific details are available at
www.calacademy.org/nightlife
 
NightLife Basics
 
What:   NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
Featuring music, cutting-edge science, and food and cocktails available for purchase
NightLife is for adults ages 18 and over
When:  Every Thursday 6-10 pm
February 12 – October 29, 2009
Where: California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Cost:    $10 per person ($8 for Academy members)
            Tickets available at the door or online at
https://www.calacademy.org/event_tickets/ 
Details: Visit
www.calacademy.org/nightlife for a schedule of upcoming events, and to subscribe to the
NightLife email list.
 
 
February’s NightLife Events
 
February 12
NightLife Celebrates Darwin with Om Records, plus a conversation withKeith Thomson
Come to NightLife’s premier on Thursday, February 12th in celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200thbirthday, and the launch of EVOLVE 2009 – San Francisco’s celebration of the Darwin anniversaries.   DJ Fluid and J-Boogie from Om records are on the turntables, snakes are circulating for you to meet, and Darwin’s Carnival presents an adult spin on evolution.  Get the insidescoop on the young Charles Darwin during an informal talk by renowned natural history professor Keith Thomson. Details and tickets at www.calacademy.org/nightlife/.
Keith Thompson conversation is at 7:30.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
February 19
DJ Aaron Pope, plus a conversation with author John Frederick Walker
NightLife’ssecond installment features the Academy’s own DJ Aaron Pope – environmentalist by day, DJ by night.  Come enjoy a cocktail and befriend a leafy sea dragon, or soar through the Universe in the world’s largest all-digital planetarium.   The featured speaker for the evening is John Fredrick Walker, presenting his book Ivory Ghosts, an examination of how elephants are threatened by the ivory trade. Details and tickets at www.calacademy.org/nightlife/.
John Fredrick Walker conversation is at 7:30.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
February 26
DJ Smiley, plus a screening and conversation with Dave Kavanaugh and Sean Schoville
This week, the fun continues with the sounds of DJ Smiley–resident at Levende Lounge, Supperclub, and other San Francisco favorites.  Along with the music and libations, KQED’s cutting-edge QUEST series will show clips exploring science, the environment, and nature in Northern California.  World traveler and Academy scientist Dave Kavanaugh and QUEST expert Sean Schoville will discuss the search for the elusive ice beetle. Details and tickets at www.calacademy.org/nightlife/.
Ice beetle conversation is at 7:30.  Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
 
The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and world-class research and education programs—all under one living roof. Admission to the Academy is: $24.95 for adults; $19.95 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students withvalid ID; $14.95 for children ages 7 to 11; and free for children ages six and younger. The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission fees include all exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and 11:00 am – 5:00 pmon Sunday. The Academy is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. www.calacademy.org.  (415) 379-8000.

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