Posts Tagged ‘14th’

Better Know Your Middle Richmond District: The All-Brick “First Slavic Baptist Church” at 1300 Balboa Near Park Presidio

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Oh, so that’s what that is:

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A not very Richmond District-looking building…

The Suessian World of Grand View Park – Also Known as Turtle Hill – You’re in a World of Chert

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I suppose it kind of  looks like a turtle:

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Oh Wow: Tony Robles, Former Doorman at the Pricey Presidio Landmark Apartments, Unloads in the Pages of Poor Magazine

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Oh wow, man. Former Presidio Landmark Apartments doorman Tony Robles tells his tale in Poor Magazine (aka Prensa Pobre).

Alls I can say is that it’s an interesting mix of fact and opinion. One of the first grafs is below and the whole thing is in the link above.

Anyway, I guess a lot more people are living there these days – here’s what’s on Yelp about this building.

And here’s the place itself, way on the right, from the deck of one of those nearby multi-floor townhomes:

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Here it is:

“The edifice I refer to is the Presidio Landmark Apartments, located in the city’s Presidio on Wedemeyer St. near 14th Ave.  I was working at this insular, hermetically sealed, self-aggrandizing, pseudo palace—home to CEO’s and hedge funders—in the capacity of door attendant.  My brown face was the first you’d see when walking through the French doors.  There I would sit, donning a somewhat comical habiliment of tan dockers, innocuous (save for the itching) cotton candy blue shirt, bottomed off with clunky Timberland shoes.  The Presidio Landmark—an ideal locale for one of those obnoxious Lexus Christmas commercials—home to some of the city’s highest rents–nearly $3000 a month for a “junior” one bedroom, $3200-3800 for a one-bedroom, upwards of $4000-5000 for a 2 bedroom, and $7000+ for a multi-floor townhome located in the periphery.  The building casts an ominous presence when approached.  It is situated on a grassy slope, adorned with foliage including succulents, native plants, African varieties—underneath canopy-like palm trees, impassive and pale, stripped of their natural skin.  One gets the impression when approaching this fortress-like structure that something is terribly wrong.  This home of the upwardly mobile, the hedge funders, gentrifiers of neighborhoods—this colonized place sits on the ancestral home of Native people.  It is the structure that was once known as the Merchant Marine and Public Health Service Hospitals.  It was a place that provided free care to native people, including native Hawaiians, people with leprosy, merchant marines and people who didn’t have access to decent healthcare.  It is part of the 42 acre Public Health Service District.  It is the place that was abandoned in the mid 80’s when it was decommissioned by the Reagan administration.  It is a place whose cries can be heard, a place where ancestral spirits cry out for justice against land grabbing developers like Forest City, who, with the Presidio Trust, took the sacred Ohlone land to satisfy its voracious corporate hunger.  The Presidio Landmark: home to the 1%.”

But what’s this, here’s an ad for just $2150, so maybe they’ve lowered their asking prices lately:

*Junior One Bedroom, One Bathroom available for move in 2/8/2012 
*Brand New Luxury Apartment Home 
*Presidio National Park address 
*Beautiful finishes including hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel energy efficient appliances 
*Bosch full-size, in-suite washer and dryer 

Presidio Landmark Features:
LEED Gold Certification 
24-hour Door Attendant
Concierge Services
On-site Maintenance Team 
Massage Room and Spa Services
Private Dining Room with Wine Cellar 
Jacuzzi Hot Tub
Fitness Center/Yoga Room
Beautiful Interior Gardens with Fire Pit and breathtaking views
Parking available at $150/month

Live in luxury at the Presidio Landmark where there is plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the great outdoors; you will have immediate access to the Marina, Laurel Heights and Presidio Heights. Nowhere else in San Francisco will you find an historic building that has been sustainably renovated with modern comforts and conveniences built right in. Host a private dinner party in our Dining Room or catch the MUNI to the Financial District for a night out. 

And there you have it.

Well, Here They Are: Brand New Red Light Cameras and Signals at Fell and Masonic

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Enjoy.

Will this…

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…plus this:

…eliminate this…

…and this?

Well, not actually because this particular car vs. bike from last year happened to be the impatient cyclist’s fault, because he went across against a red, because bike riders don’t have as much time to cross as they used to, owing to the newish dedicated cyclist light Oh well.

Anyway, I would have said that Santa installed all the new hardware, but I was beaten to the punch by Dale Danley / Panhandle Park Stewards, who naively wonder why the Panhandle Bandshell went away despite the fact that the “partners” of PPS are the same people who made the harmless bandshell go away.

(So I don’t know, I’ll consider the Panhandle Park Stewards ranking someplace north of that horribly corrupt Willie Brown S.L.U.G. vehicle for the while. Enjoy your “partnership” with the corrupt RPD, and the NIMBYed-up NoPNA, and the millionaires’ kid’s school as you garden, Deutsches Jungvolk und Bund Deutscher Mädel.)

Anyway, you can look forward to the flashing lights of traffic cams when errant drivers err at Fell and Masonic. (UCSF shuttle van drivers beware, beware!)

Usurpation Update: Bluebird Cleaners on Clement in the Richmond District Improperly Threatens to Tow Cars From Green Zone

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Well, this one should be simple:

Green zones and green meters are for public use and are not reserved for particular establishments.”

And yet:

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Also, if you want a wedding dress cleaned the charge is $140, but if you go someplace else and say it’s a Black and White Ball dress, then the charge is just $15. And, of course at Bluebird Cleaners, girls pay more, as always. It’s all on the Yelp.

Why do people out in the West Bay think they own the streets adjacent to their private property?

Oh well.

“Green zones are for short-term parking, generally less than 10 minutes. In non-metered areas, green zones are indicated by a green curb marking with a ten-minute time limit. Standard effective hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In metered areas, short-term parking can be designated by a green meter with either a 15- or 30-minute time limit, in lieu of a painted curb. The effective hours for green meters are the same hours of operation as adjacent meters. Green zones and green meters are for public use and are not reserved for particular establishments. Please also note that vehicles bearing disabled placards or plates are exempt from the time limits for green zones or green meters.

Green zones or limited time meters are not intended for private parking. Such zones are intended for establishments where transactions are predominantly short-term – 10 minutes – in nature.  Typical establishments that may qualify for a green zone are dry cleaners, florists, small neighborhood grocery/deli convenience stores, audio-visual repair shops, shoe repair shops, postal shipping centers, and hardware stores.  Other establishments are reviewed on a case-by case basis. Among other reasons, green zone requests may be denied if private off-street parking is available, there are adjacent limited time zones nearby, or the establishment’s transactions are not predominantly short-term in nature.

A processing fee is required for either a green zone or a green meter. If approved at the public hearing, painted green zones are required to be renewed every two years thereafter; see the white/green zone fee schedule.  When applying for a painted green zone, please do not combine processing with painting/installation fees. Please send only the processing fee with your application. Green meter zones are not required to be renewed and there is no paint/installation fee.”

What’s Up With Battery Caulfield Road in the Presidio – Have the Feds Closed It Yet? A Premature Road Sign

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Well here’s what the 15th Avenue Entrance to the Presido looks like these days.

See that? It’s for bikes only now – cars need to use 14th Avenue: 

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Which is as expected, fine.

But what’s up with this new sign with the garbage bag over it?

This is right outside of the Presidio Landmark Apartments* on infamous Battery Caulfield Road

I was bold enough to take a peek under the garbage bag. It said something like “Road Closed 110 Feet.”

Oh noes!

I haven’t heard of any conflict yet, so assume that this sign is not currently operational.

Speaking of which, here’s part of the actual Battery Caulfield, AFAIK – it was a Nike Missile base, your know, for the Russian Bear Bombers and whatnot. They stored the Nikes horizontal and then would open the pod bay doors to fire. And you can see the flat top of Mount Sutro in the background – that’s where the fire control base was for the SAMs of the Presidio, back in the day:

Anyway, wazzup with BC Road closing? I gots to know.

*Speaking of which, just look – cars in the parking lot. Personally, I wouldn’t pay four figures a year just to park in the West Bay, but that’s how they do it these days. Anyway, my point is that, unlike last year, there are people actually living in the Presidio Landmark. It took a while, and the looky-lou’s were pissed off that they had to apply for an appointment just to check things out, but the joint probably doesn’t feel like the hotel from The Shining anymore.

You Know What You Need? Regular Exercise! Now You Can Buy It in the Richmond District – Hurray!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Five stars on the Yelp can’t be wrong.

Get yourself over to REGULAR EXERCISE at 1401 Clement Street to get in touch with a Personal Trainer to Start Your New Life:

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Or something.

 

A 20-Percent Reduction in Asking Prices at the Presidio Landmark Apartment Building? Rentals Now Listed in the Craigslist

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Here’s what I asked for back in September, when the cheapest unit at the new Presidio Landmark apartments was $2200 (plus $150 parking fee), IIRC:

“No doubt the Presidio Landmark apartments are Mega Turbo Double Awesome, but if they’ve only rented out 2% of the units after two months of trying, then perhaps a reduction in asking prices might be called for? Just asking.”

And here’s what we have in November:

$1800 Pristine Junior One Bedroom (laurel hts / presidio) [Or see below if this link has been taken down by now.]

I’m thinking that’s about a 20% reduction in asking prices, so that seems to be a good start.

I mean if you, unlike me, value “full service amenities you would find at the Four Seasons, the Ritz, or the St. Regis” then this could be the Middle Richmond District / Presidio home for you.

The hot tub in the eastern courtyard:

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Or get a full one-bedroom for $1875.

All the deets:


Green living at its finest! Presidio Landmark is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified project. The project takes a step forward in environmentally friendly design and operation.

Located in Presidio National Park you have direct access to amazing outdoor spaces, trails, and ocean vistas. Whether your hiking, biking or just laying about, this location has something for all who enjoy nature and serenity. You also have easy access to Marin and Downtown San Francisco as well as the 101 and 280 freeways. Take the PresidiGo, a private shuttle bus that can take you to various locations around the city, way better than MUNI.

In addition to being environmentally friendly and convenient this project features full service amenities you would find at the Four Seasons, the Ritz, or the St. Regis.
~ Concierge
~ Jacuzzi
~ Massage room
~ Fitness room
~ Yoga and Pilates room
~ Bike storage and shop (you can do your own bike maintenance)
~ Guest room availability
~ Courtyard with fire pit

This junior one bedroom features hardwood flooring and carpet. Brand new finishes anoint the entire unit. Radiant environmentally friendly heating is used in lieu of electric heaters. Its Green!

Multiple configurations are available.

Call, email or even text me (please add you name, and what you are texting about) to schedule a tour.
Alex Kaufman (415)699-5900

Location - Wedemeyer at 15th Ave , San Francisco, CA 94129

Rent: $1,800 Utils. Included: None
Bed / Bath: 0/1 Lease Term: 1 Year
Unit Type: Apartment Kitchen Type: Gourmet
Pets: N Stove: Electric
View: Park Flooring: Hardwood & Carpet
Outside Area: Patio Fireplace: No
Window Coverings: Blinds Laundry: In Unit
Parking: Yes Parking Fee: $150
Unit Amenities: Concierge, Spa, Fitness Center, Bike Shop & More!

Blue Bird Cleaners in The Richmond Thinks It Owns the Streets of San Francisco – An Usurpation on Clement

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Uh, just because The City, in its Wisdom, was kind enough to grant you a couple 15 minute green zones in front of your bidness doesn’t mean that you can start towing aways cars of the people who don’t put cash in your pockets.

V. C. Section 22658 covers “Removal From Private Property,” right?

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Never before have I seen such an usurpation of authoritah by a private bidness.

This is not/
America

I cry foul.

Oh, and since we be into citing that California Code, what of the Gender Tax Repeal Act of 1995, aka California Civil Code Section 51.6. That’s the one that says you charge the same price for cleaning a shirt whether it’s worn by a boy or a girl.

Now, why are the Yelpers so upset at the Blue Bird Cleaners? Is Alona B alone?

I feel terrible writing a scathing review for anything, but I feel like people should be deterred from this place.  Particularly, women who get their button-up shirts laundered!

I dropped off a few mens and womens shirts to be laundered (not dry-cleaned). $2.50 each, ok fine.  Thewomen’s shirts are the same cotton fabric as the mens shirts, except they are 3/4 length sleeve and have a little fold on the breast pockets (mini cargo pockets).  

Anyway, when I pick them up I am told that they are BLOUSES and therefore $5.50! Despite the fact that they are the same as a man’s shirt, just smaller.  This is a pinstripe, cotton, collared, button-up shirt.Nothing blousey about it.

I got pretty upset and tried to debate it, “um, no this is a shirt, no different from the men’s right here. there is no way this is a blouse!” and I didn’t even get the “Ok, well sorry for this time, but next time that’s our price.”

The service was a stubborn assertion that my button up is a blouse. $5.50 to have one of my work shirts cleaned.

Never again, forever.”

I, once again, cry foul.

What you need to do, BBC, is follow the law, not lecture The World Outside about the law.

(a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the
Gender Tax Repeal Act of 1995.
   (b) No business establishment of any kind whatsoever may
discriminate, with respect to the price charged for services of
similar or like kind, against a person because of the person’s
gender.
   (c) Nothing in subdivision (b) prohibits price differences based
specifically upon the amount of time, difficulty, or cost of
providing the services.
   (d) Except as provided in subdivision (f), the remedies for a
violation of this section are the remedies provided in subdivision
(a) of Section 52. However, an action under this section is
independent of any other remedy or procedure that may be available to
an aggrieved party.
   (e) This act does not alter or affect the provisions of the Health
and Safety Code, the Insurance Code, or other laws that govern
health care service plan or insurer underwriting or rating practices.
   (f) (1) The following business establishments shall clearly and
conspicuously disclose to the customer in writing the pricing for
each standard service provided:
   (A) Tailors or businesses providing aftermarket clothing
alterations.
   (B) Barbers or hair salons.
   (C) Dry cleaners and laundries providing services to individuals.
   (2) The price list shall be posted in an area conspicuous to
customers. Posted price lists shall be in no less than 14-point
boldface type and clearly and completely display pricing for every
standard service offered by the business under paragraph (1).
   (3) The business establishment shall provide the customer with a
complete written price list upon request.
   (4) The business establishment shall display in a conspicuous
place at least one clearly visible sign, printed in no less than
24-point boldface type, which reads: “CALIFORNIA LAW PROHIBITS ANY
BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT FROM DISCRIMINATING, WITH RESPECT TO THE PRICE
CHARGED FOR SERVICES OF SIMILAR OR LIKE KIND, AGAINST A PERSON
BECAUSE OF THE PERSON’S GENDER. A COMPLETE PRICE LIST IS AVAILABLE
UPON REQUEST.”
   (5) A business establishment that fails to correct a violation of
this subdivision within 30 days of receiving written notice of the
violation is liable for a civil penalty of one thousand dollars
($1,000).
   (6) For the purposes of this subdivision, “standard service” means
the 15 most frequently requested services provided by the business.

Blackhawks Down and Into the Waters of Lake Tahoe – Navy Chopper Pilots in Big Trouble for Horsing Around

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

From NBCBayArea comes word of an incident involving two MH-60R Seahawk (basically the Navy version of a Blackhawk) anti-submarine helicopters on September 13th, 2010.

Apparently, the pilots were horsing around before they went lower than they intended and got a bit wet as a result.

Check out the short video right here.

You don’t see this kind of thing every day, huh?

Two Navy helicopters from North Island Naval Air Station were damaged, and their pilots are now grounded, after some bizarre flying over Lake Tahoe last week. A Navy spokesman confirmed Thursday that a video posted on YouTube is genuine footage of two MH-60 Romeo helicopters from North Island’s Helicopter Maritime Strike 41 squadron. The video shows the $33 million helicopters flying low over the lake. One seems to lose control, spinning and crashing into the water. The pilot then regains control and pulls the craft back into the air. The Navy wouldn’t identify the pilots or say whether the helicopters were supposed to be hovering over Lake Tahoe, only saying that the entire Sept. 13 flight is under investigation.”