Posts Tagged ‘15’

Heartless SFMTA Boots Defenseless 15-Passenger Church Van in the Western Addition – The RPP in Action

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Now I’m not saying it’s owned by a church, but this is what 15-passenger church vans look like (so I call them church vans) plus this ride finally got the boot just outside of a big old church parking lot.

Note the flat tire.

Note that the reason this van got the boot is due to an excessive number of unpaid tickets having to do with the Residential Parking Program, which, you know, I don’t believe in. So what’ll happen is that a meter maid will mark your car with chalk (that’s the old-school method) or somehow note its time and position with license plate scanners or something like that and then come back two hours later to issue a ticket – this can happen more than once in a day, so you can end up with more than one ticket after a day of parking in the wrong neighborhood. Anyway, this van managed to get over $150 in RPP tickets on its windshield in just one day last week.

Poor little feller:

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In mitigation, the SFMTA could have just towed this rig and that would have been much worse for the owner.

Anyway, rules are rules I suppose.

Unless the owner performs an intervention to get it in running shape and also to pay off the SFMTA the four-figures worth of tickets and fines and boot installation and removal fees and also to deal with the DMV, this van is headed for the auction.

Oh well.

Well Look, Gannett Co Inc’s “The Bold Italic” Venture is Operating a _Paid_ Intern Program – But What About Before?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

[UPDATE: IMO, The San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner (and family) are conducting their intern programs properly. IMO, San Francisco Magazine is not. Those are the ones I’ve looked at.)

Here’s the current ad from TBI:

“Hello writers! Are you a Bold Italic fan looking to get on the other side of the screen with us? We’re looking for two social media-savvy bloggers interested in interning at The Bold Italic HQ (Hayes Valley, SF) for the fall season. The gig lasts four months (mid-August through December), and is for 3-5 days a week. And yes, we pay our interns ($15/hr). We can give you school credit if you need it.”

That appears to be fine, so it’s time to take TBI off of secret double unpaid intern probation.

But how did Gannett / the Bold Italic get on intern detention in the first place? Well, it was the offers of unpaid internships. You can see an example of one below. (It’s the sort of thing that can get a Fortune 500 chain store outlet like The Bold Italic sued, you know, for not paying at least the minimum wage.)

All right, TBI, Go Forth And Sin No More.

Ah mem’ries:

The Bold Italic is looking for an intern!

The Bold Italic is a website about local discovery in San Francisco. Our mission is to help people become better locals by equipping our members with rare intel, backstories, and potential adventures. The Bold Italic is a project of Gannett, the publishing company that owns USA Today and other media outlets.

Most recently our writers engaged in shooting guns, performing stand up comedy, working a day at a pot club, and getting hands-on lessons from a butcher – all right here in San Francisco.

We’re looking for a cracker-jack intern to help us inspire San Franciscans to interact with their city.

Duties to include:
– General office administrative duties.
– Helping to draft promotional material.
– Contributing ideas for editorial, publicity, and marketing projects.
– Assisting with events.
– Other duties assigned by the Producers and Merchant Relations staff.

Skills we are looking for:
– Strong familiarity with San Francisco.
– A people person.
– Detail oriented.
– Responsible and on time.
– Excellent communication skills; writing experience a plus.
– Social media savvy.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking to get involved with an online publication.

This is an unpaid 3-month internship, but we can offer hands-on experience and college credit.

Please only apply if you can dedicate 10-15 hours per week.

Send your resume and cover letter to info@thebolditalic.com

The Exact Wrong Way to Build a 15-Passenger Van – What GM Did Right and What Ford and Chrysler Did Wrong

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Here’s an old Chrysler van. Can you see the rear extension they simply tacked on to the end of the thing? See how they left the wheels in the same place as on the shorter 12-passenger version?

Bad form – a half-assed design on the cheap:

Check it:

The Ford design was to lengthen the body over the same frame as smaller vehicles. GM  increased the wheelbase. Safety experts feel the GM approach is the safer design.

And:

Passenger vans (Econoline Wagons/Club Wagons) could seat between two and 12 passengers, depending on the number of seats installed; standard-length wagons typically held two bench seats behind the driver. In 1978, a 15-passenger “Super Wagon” was introduced on the same wheelbase as the standard-length van, using a body extension added to the rear of the vehicle.

At the very least, you should load up people from the front on these rigs.

At the very least…

OMG, OMG. It’s the Target Store Job Fair August 15-17! Hundreds to be Hired at City Target West, Geary and Masonic – Opens October 2013

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Giant signs don’t lie:

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It’ll be a huge cattle call the way they had for Our First City Target in SoMA on Mission last year.

But you should apply here before you show up, I s’pose.

All the deets of the job titles/positions you can apply for, after the jump.

Bon Chance!

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The SFMTA Has an N Judah Express, So Where’s the T Third Express? – “MUNI’s Shameful Racism”

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

CCSF student Gloria Dean has a question for the SFMTAMUNIDPTSFBC:

“I would like to know the reasons why the Muni constantly stops trains on the T-Line at 23rd Street as if the rest of Third Street doesn’t exist. 

“To see elderly women, men and children waiting over an hour for a train to get home is some of the worse treatment of citizens I’ve ever seen from a transportation system. I’ve traveled extensively all over the country as well as the world and I’ve only lived in this area for one year. However, this is obviously a classic combination of classism and racism being displayed, and it is truly a SHAME!

“I’ve decided to take my car out of the parking garage and drive. I refuse to be treated as a second class citizen. I deserve more and so do all the residents of Bayview. Last check, San Francisco doesn’t end at 23rd Street.”

Well I know the answer – it has to do with the district election system for the Board of Supervisors, and also the SFMTA’s general incompetence.

Now the Supervisor for our Bayview Hunters Point area asked about this sitch and the answer was that the T-Third zipped along at a speedy 9 MPH or something, so a T-Third Express wasn’t really needed.

Hey, here’s a jobs program. Why not tear out the T-Third and bring back the buses? Just asking. I mean the T-Third takes up a lot of space, right? Why doesn’t MUNI use it more?

Now speaking of the N Judah Express, here it is, in action, or lack thereof:

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Is that four buses sitting around on Sansome Street during rush hour? The drivers are just starting work and it’s time for a 40 minute lunch break? All right.

And here’s another on Bush, just idling away.

Actually, even when the N Judah Express band-aid operation is operational during our rush hours, the buses are totally empty, no passengers, most of the time.

Oh well.

OMG, Meet Director Roman Coppola This Weekend! – Opening: “A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN lll”

Friday, February 15th, 2013

All the deets from your Sundance Kabuki Cinemas at Post and Fillmore in Japantown:

“Starts Friday: A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN lll is a playful comedy of lost love, friendship and revenge starring Charlie Sheen as a successful LA graphic designer whose money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. His true love dumps him, and it all falls apart. With Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette. Join us in welcoming Director Roman Coppola for Q+A’s after the 7.15pm shows Friday and Saturday nights.”

Looks Andersonian, non?

San Francisco Forced to Import Republicans for the Great Tea Party of April 14th, 2012 – A Few Hundred All Told

Monday, April 16th, 2012

This is what a crowd of a couple hundred-something people looks like at a tea party in Justin Herman Plaza.

Most of them are from out of town:

Do they kick things off with a prayer and a round from some fifers?

Yes. Yes they do.

 

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!

37th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair Coming to Japantown August 14-15, 2010

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The Nihonmachi Street Fair is back for 2010. See?

That’s 1600 Webster there on the left, it’s that condo building that’s still under double secret probation due to some problems the past couple years. We’ll have to wait and see if they get a security guard to nap in front of the Webster entrance for a couple shifts the way it happened last year. (It’s like Del Boca Vista Phase III got plopped down on the corner.)

 

(And actually, the Starbucks they wanted to put in the empty retail space downstairs would have been a mega bonus for J-Town, but the local NIMBYs shot that idea down. You know, big ugly nonreinforced concrete was ala mode back in the 1950′s and 1960′s and that’s when those ridiculous mall buildings started getting built. That’s why Japantown looks like am uninviting windblown ghost town from Post Street even when there are lots of people bustling about in the malls. Replacing the low-rise buildings on the right of the photo, including the hidden underground parking garage, will be an expensive, long, drawn-out process. Anywho…) 

The deets:

Peace Plaza Ho`olaule`a
The Peace Plaza open its arms out to welcome the Island Spirit through music and dance. Halaus from the Bay as well as special guests from Hawaii and Southern California will gather this weekend at the Peace Plaza stage.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14
11:30am Local Blend
12:30pm Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
1:30pm Manuia Polynesian Revue
2:30pm Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka
3:30pm Ben Kaili with Ke `Olu Makani `O Mauna Loa
4:45pm Native Elements
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15
11:30am Steven Espaniola
12:30pm Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
1:30pm Mele Ohana Ukulele Group
2:30pm Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka
3:30pm Tago Lei Pasifika
4:45pm My Peoples (formerlly Kapakahi)  

All the deets after the jump

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A Photo Tour of the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) Down at Piers 15-17

Friday, June 25th, 2010

As rumored, the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) guided missile cruiser was open for tours yesterday at Piers 15-17 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Check some photos below and also some more here from Jonathan Koren.

Unlike the thousands of people at the Valrag down at Piers 30-32, the crowd at the Bunker Hill was manageable:

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Let’s start at the back, as the tours did. Countless Tomahawk missiles are down there, probs:

A five-inch gun, Harpoon missile launchers, and Old Glory - Gaia bless America:

Those petroleum mishaps clean up in a jiff with the Oil Spill Containment Kit:

When you got a Yingji-82 Eagle Strike or an Exocet Flying Fish coming your way, the Phalanx gatling gun is your last hope: 

The fix-it shop for twirlypoppers:

This giant bell sits amidships:

They turn it upside-down for baptisms, if you can read the etchings:

Now we’re at the bridge, where you can see the Financh and the Bay Bridge: 

The helm. Left and right are clearly marked – how convenient!

The view from the bridge overlooking the waterfront:

Now we’re at the bow, where you can pose with an AR-15:

This isn’t your grandfather’s cruiser. The way you can tell that is by the small bore size of this five-inch gun. Of course, this is a missile boat, primarily, not a gun boat:

And way up at the fron, the First Navy Jack: Don’t Tread On Me. It’s in vogue now, in this post-9/11 era.

All the deets, in English and Russian:

And There You Have It.