Posts Tagged ‘14’

Wow, SFPD Enforcement Action at Oak and Masonic – Massive Number of Luxury / Electric Cars Pulled Over, Over and Over

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Here’s what it looks like – an SFPD enforcement action, this latest one at Oak and Masonic. (Note modern-looking SFPD Kawasaki Concours 14P (which looks to me like a CHP BMW) juxtaposed with the ancient Harley Davidsons what make up most of the Motor Patrol.)

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This action meant that every driver who commited some infraction turning left from inbound Oak onto northbound Masonic got pulled over at the Masonic Chevron.

One supposes that the new left turn arrow phase at this intersection was the instigation for the enforcement action. (Back in the day, traffic didn’t back up during the Morning Drive due to the Double Left Turn that’s no longer there, owing to concerns over ped safety, one supposes.)

All right, here’s your money shot, here’s your scene at Fell and Masonic with a brace of drivers, drivers who “know” they’re special, so fucking special, you know, your Prius hybrid drivers, your Range Rover drivers, and your new funky BMW i3 (with absurdly tall, absurdly narrow Conestoga wagon wheels) electric car drivers:

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That was the scene I initialy came upon and this is the same area as I left. Note the all-black Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lexus. It’s not a coincidence that the drivers of all these cars got pulled over at the same time, just saying:

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Of course, the SFPD will also pull you over if they notice you doing something wrong going the other way, but the funny thing was that the two cars I saw getting pulled over heading south on Masonic, against the current, heading towards the Financial, were normal ones, like VW Golfs. (I’ll ask you, should you ever be proud of your car? The answer is that no you shouldn’t be, because Pride Goeth Before The Painful Traffic Ticket What’s Going to End Up Costing Your Four Figures. JMO.)

Moving on, to this – peds coming up to chat up the cops to cheer them on.

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Now I’ll tell you, I didn’t see any driver run a red during the time I was at these intersection taking photos of the enforcement action, but I was paying more attention to the cops as opposed to the drivers. And I’ll note that sometimes the traffic lights would cycle red green red green red green without anyone getting pulled over.

I’ll leave you with this, my misfocused shot of a ped giving a black power salute to the SFPD to thank them for this latest enforcement action:

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NBC Spoils Its Own Internet Broadcast: Super Bowl XLIX Shown Time-Delayed, But the Score Ticker is Updated in Real Time

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

[UPDATE: Slate weighs in: NBC’s Super Bowl Live Stream Was Hugely Popular. It Was Also Terrible. By Will Oremus. OhI guess a couple interruptions delayed my feed so I could have pressed a button to catch up and then have had only a 30-second delay. IMO, this NBC live stream was BTN, Better Than Nothing – consider that praise if you want.]

Here’s a screen grab from NBC’s webcast of today’s Super Bowl:

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So if you had noticed the live score seen at the top of the screen, then you’d have known that the Seattle drive you were watching would end, SPOILER ALERT, in a field goal.

Cord cutting* comes at a price, so very high.

Just saying.

*Believe it or not, my town, the second-largest in the northern half of the state, has no NBC affiliate, so my aging 70 inch Sharp has zero chance of receiving KNTV out of San Joser using my rabbit ears, as I’m on the wrong side of Twin Peaks. Plus, I can’t go satellite as I have no view of the southern sky. And Comcast, well, Comcast is the Devil. Now last year, that was different, that was par-tay time (at least until the end, the very end of the game) at 720p on a decent, non-spoiler network. But this year, meh. Oh well.

Surprise! The Evil New Corporate Boat House at Stow Lake Charges 26% Less for Row Boats Than the Old “Local” Boat House

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Here you go, here’s the former “Save Stow Lake” website – this is where the “evil” language comes from.

One problem is that old vendor, the entity that the Save Stow Lake people wanted to “save,” charged too much money, starting about five or six years ago. For example, the old vendor would charge $19 per hour for some pretty busted up row boats.

The current rate is back down to $14 per hour:

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And this is the cafe seating area, which doesn’t seem to get used too much. (The worry some people had was that this would become a high-end destination restaurant with concomitant traffic and parking hassles.)

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Rec and Park has a lot of issues, IMO, and I’m unafraid to criticize it, certainly. But I didn’t see what the big beef was about putting the boat house contract out for bid. And of course, I still don’t.

UCSF Update: Teens Aged 14-18 Who Are Receiving Depression Treatment May Join a Novel 12-Week Program at the OCIM

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

TARA Study: Training of Attention and emotion Regulation in Adolescents with depression

The UCSF TARA study is seeking adolescents age 14-18 for a 6-month study that may include a novel 12-week depression program.  Depressed teens may learn yoga, breathing and meditation techniques to learn to slow down, feel more safe and calm, regulate emotions, and improve attention and focus.

There is no cost to participate. Participants will be paid $140 for 4 study visits over 6 months and may be eligible for $200 more for additional study procedures.

Must be 14-18 years old and receiving depression treatment. Participation requires parental or guardian permission (unless age 18).

For more information about the study and eligibility, please call 415-353-9723.

Read the Consent Form (Word or PDF) for more details on study participation.”

Malcom in the Middle of Your Next Convention: Mr. Gladwell Plays PULSECONF2014 – He Hearts “CUSTOMER SUCCESS?”

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Or something:

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Sometimes I just don’t know.

Bay Bridge Alpha Tower and 14 Minions

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Typical San Francisco infrastructure, by David Yu:

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Look for this area to be filled with football-field length yachts soon, you know, for the America’s Cup boat race…

OMG, It’s Time for the 38th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Sat-Sun, August 13-14, 2011, 11AM – 6PM

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The 38th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair will be just like last year’s except with better weather, it looks like.

See you there!

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And don’t forget about the Food Fest! The sponsors this year:

Asian American Recovery Services (AARS)
Adam’s Grub Truck
API Legal Outreach
Bimi Foods
Bombzie’s BBQ
Community Youth Center SF (CYC)
Ear Good Corn Roast
Got Plate Lunch
Jane’s Fresh Icy Boba
Kimochi, Inc.
Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP)
Nakayoshi Young Professionals
Nihonmachi Street Fair
Peter’s Kettle Corn
Saigon BBQ
San Francisco Associates 

And here’s your sched:

Webster Street Stage
The Nihonmachi Street Fair’s entertinment has been a platform for veteran as well as up and coming musical performers. From jazz to hip hop, reggae to rock catch one of the best FREE shows in town for the summer.


Saturday, August 13
11:00 am West Coast Lion Dance
11:30 am San Francsico Taiko Dojo
12:45 pm Johnny Hi-Fi
1:45 pm J-Town Playground
2:45 pm The Official Story
3:45 pm Ascension
5:00 pm Big City Review
Sunday, August 14
11:00 am The Rumblestrips
12:00 pm FunkShun
1:00 pm ScoJourners
2:00 pm SOL
2:45 pm Takeo
3:45 pm Muddy Roses
5:00 pm Pulse

Ho`olaule`a Stage

Upper Post Street will welcome the island spirit through music and dance on the Ho`olaule`a Stage. Performers from the Bay Area, Southern California and as far as Hawaii will grace the stage. This year the Ho`olaule`a Stage is dedicated to the memory of our very own Hsing Tzu Yukiko Leahine Wu Dang – “Amah” to all of us in Jtown.

Saturday, August 13
Amah
11:00 am Mele Ohana Ukulele Group
12:00 pm Na Leo Pumehana (Bruddah Derrick)
1:00 pm Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
2:00 pm Manuia Polynesian Revue
3:00 pm Patrick Landeza
4:00 pm Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa
5:00 pm Moana

 

Sunday, August 14
11:00 am Ka ‘Ala Carmack
12:00 pm Faith Ako
1:00 pm Evan Tom Band
2:00 pm Steven Espaniola
3:00 pm Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa
4:00 pm Tamali’ I Polynesian
5:00 pm My Peoples
Schedule subject to change. Last updated 8/4/11

Tomorrow’s News Today: Chrysler is Giving 14 Monster Trucks to San Francisco – That Thing Got a Hemi?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

As a matter of fact, yes, the 14 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) what Chrysler Group LLC is going to give to the City and County of San Francisco tomorrow all have Hemi engines, monstrous V8, 5.7-litre Hemis, to be precise.

But, these big rigs also have an extra battery and electric motor for hybrid functionality PLUS members of the “City Family” will be able to plug in to the power grid to charge up the battery as well.

It’s going to look a little something like this, garish graphics and all:

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Now, if City workers are really careful, they’ll probably be able to go 15 miles about town solely on electric power, assuming that the battery is all charged up at the beginning of the day.

But what San Francisco probably really wants is an electric truck without a gas engine at all. Oh well. (It’s the same way with Mayor Ed Lee’s official staff car – why have them put the gas engine in at all if you don’t want it and you aren’t going to use it?)

BTW, Chrysler was a-gonna to build plug-in hybrid pick-em-ups like these in mass production for people living in Flyover Country, but then Big C realized that a project like this would lose money. Big Money. The More You Build, The More You Lose, kind of thing. Well, that idea got the kibosh.

But then the Feds said, well, here’s a few tens of millions of dollars we’ve got sitting around, so why don’t you take that money to build just 140 units instead, and then give these trucks away to America’s mayors?

And, since San Francisco is special, so very special, we’re getting 10% of the national supply.

Hurray?

“Who:
Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Mayor
Abdullah Bazzi, Senior Manager – Chrysler Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Project, Chrysler Group LLC
Joe Roos, Assistant Vehicle Chief Engineer – Chrysler PHEV, Chrysler Group LLC
Steve Sokolsky, Calstart

Where:
Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco

Details:
Following the press conference, Ram 1500 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles will be available for photo opportunities and a ride-and-drive around a city driving course. Media parking available in parking structure just off the Civic Center plaza.”

UPDATE: Well, it turns out that Sacramento is going to get 14 big rigs as well, so maybe we’re not all that special. In mitigation, Los Angeles and Fun Diego and the rest of SoCal, they’re getting nothing! Zero free trucks from Chrysler and Uncle Sucker. Eat it, L.A!

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Online Pervs Bounce Back from Craigslist Erotic Services Ban – Village Voice Media’s BackPage.com Picks Up the Slack

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Well, turns out that VVM’s BackPage.com classifieds site is “the new leader in online sex advertising” since craigslist pulled Erotic Services in the Land of the Brave and the Home of the Free.

Get all the deets below.

They came first for the Craigslist, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t Craig…

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How to Stop a Predator…? Don’t Ask Backpage, Yet.

–Online classified sites have to go all the way to protect girls from being trafficked–

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12, 2010 – Ongoing independent research commissioned by Women’s Funding Network, in partnership with the Georgia-based “A Future. Not A Past.” campaign, has exposed Internet classified sites as the most commonly used platform for buying and trafficking adolescent girls.

A report released in October by the AIM Group, a global team of consultants in interactive and traditional media, found that Village Voice Media, with its backpage.com classifieds site, is the new leader in online sex advertising.  The site recently announced the acquisition of an online security specialist and an initial take-down of roughly half of their sex-related categories while putting others under review. The other half of the frequently misused categories to advertise illegal sex, often related to trafficking, remain active and girls continue to be exploited on backpage.

A CNN segment aired yesterday highlights the plight of just one of thousands of girls trafficked online every day.  A young woman who was coerced into the sex trade at 14 is suing Village Voice Media, accusing the newspaper conglomerate of knowingly allowing her trafficker to advertise her sexual services on backpage.com, alleging that websites like backpage provide a “safe house” for traffickers and predators to buy and sell girls for sex.

“How many more girls will be trafficked before Village Voice Media takes comprehensive action to protect them? From what we’ve seen so far the answer is not nearly far enough,” says Deborah Richardson, chief programs officer at Women’s Funding Network. “The fact is that girls are being bought and sold online while media companies that provide a platform for this illegal activity increase their profits and market share,” Richardson adds.

“Drastic steps must be taken to combat sex trafficking of girls in the United States. Instead of applying a band-aid approach to the problem, companies like backpage must take action to truly protect girls through improved screening and monitoring, and increased cooperation with law enforcement,” concludes Richardson.

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Nihonmachi Street Festival a Huge Success for 2010

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

David Yu has just posted his photos of the 2010 Nihonmachi Street Festival.

(Appears as if the threats to this annual event have subsided.)

Post Street yesterday:

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Lots of hula and music:

Plus, there was taiko-a-gogo

See you next year!