Posts Tagged ‘2014’

Seen on the Street: SFPD Felony Stop at Ellis and Gough in the Western Addition – Every Last Side Window in this Pontiac was Broken

Friday, August 1st, 2014

This is what it looks like when the SFPD brings it with eight vehicles:

Just a slice of life in the projects…

Word on the Street: “Don’t Leave Behind Valuables In Car!” – I Think This Message Should Come From Anybody BUT the SFPD

Friday, August 1st, 2014

JMO*

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Good advice tho.

*Of course, the SFPD has to deal with the SFDA and the SFDA has to deal with the famously-lenient SF jury pool… 

Corvette Summer, 94117 – The Fastest Way to Get Around SF is in a Brand-New Corvette with Free Parking Privileges

Friday, August 1st, 2014

See? Cause when you get to your destination, you want to park right away, right?

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Will This Fall’s Half-Billion Transit Bond Allow Your Landlord to Raise Your Rent, Costing You Thousands? – “Pass-Throughs”

Friday, August 1st, 2014

I don’t know.

But check this out:

“Ordinance calling and providing for a special election to be held in the City and County of San Francisco on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, for the purpose of submitting to San Francisco voters a proposition to incur the following bonded debt of the City and County: $500,000,000 to finance the construction, acquisition, and improvement of certain transportation and transit related improvements, and related costs necessary or convenient for the foregoing purposes; authorizing landlords to pass-through 50% of  the resulting property tax increase to residential tenants under Administrative Code Chapter 37…”

All right kids – you do the math. Start with $850,000,000 and divide that up among the denizens of the 415 / 628.

I don’t know how to do that but when I tried, I came up with a $30 a month rent increase for you, Gentle Reader, for the next 7-10 years.

Would the average landlord take the trouble to deal with the SF Rent Board to do a pass-through? IDK. I’m thinking the average rent-controlled renter in SF doesn’t have to deal with pass-throughs currently. But maybe this big old honking bond would be the trigger for a wave of passthroughs?

Here’s what former SFGov employee Howard Wong has to say:

Arguments against MUNI infrastructure improvement bond

What does the ballot measure do:

Raises property taxes and rents (50% pass-through) to pay for General Obligation Bonds of $500 million, with $350 million in interest payments, for a total debt load of $850 million.

Funds “may be allocated” for transit and roads—carte blanche authority for unspecific projects.

If the Bond is rejected by voters, property taxes and rents would be reduced for everyone—not just for rich companies and the wealthy.

To read the Ordinance’s legal language is to oppose the Bond Measure.

http://www.sfgov2.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/elections/ElectionsArchives/Meeting_Information/BSC/agendas/2014/November/1-B%20Transportation%20Road%20Improvement%20GO.pdf

The SFMTA wants more money, certainly. But the question is what will the SFMTA do for us in order to get the money, right? Otherwise, we’re just shoveling more coal into a broken-down machine. Why not use the bond as a carrot to get the SFMTA to reform?

Perhaps our SFMTA doesn’t deserve this bond?

Anyway, if I were promoting this bond, I’d figure out what the odds are that landlords would pass through 50% of the burden and also how much rents would be increased, on average, and for how long. And then I’d say, well this is what the SFMTA is going to do with your money and this is how much it will cost you, the renter, or you, the owner.

Is this massive transit bond a good idea?

I don’t know.

Take a Look at Japantown in 1942: “Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer”

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Oh wow, man. I’m not used to seeing outer Post Street from the pre-Redevelopment era.

Western Addition: Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer

Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel—Streets of San Francisco, 1942

(Then the people from SPUR came along with “ideas and action for a better city” to Urban Renewal this place with big, hulking, earthquake-unsafe buildings (“The Mall Has It All!” – that’s what the SPUR people used to say before they changed their name to hide from their legacy) and garages and that’s where we are today.)

Harlem of the West

Esquire: “For Sukiyaki complete with chopsticks, visit “Cherryland,” where only Japanese food is served.”

Rec and Park Turns a Ford Econoline Van into a Victorian Mansion – You Won’t Believe Your Eyes! – One Simple Trick!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

At first glance, the “wrap” on this Golden Gate Park shuttle van allowed it to blend in with all the nearby Victorians. Imagine my surprise when I noticed it moving!

I was like, AHAHAHAHA … remarkable!

Boy, you got me good, RPD.

CORN HOLE, Octavia Street

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

In the words of San Francisco’s Famous Akit:

“Just got back from a church bazaar. Who calls a children’s game ‘corn hole?’”

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I won’t even tell you what was happening on the very same day, the last Sunday of July, on nearby Dore Alley…

Possibly Legal But Stupid Nevertheless: Riding Bikes Side-By-Side Slowly Uphill on Pine Street

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Now some cops in California will give you a ticket for this, for riding side by side at 5 MPH on a street like Pine.

Legal or not, I don’t recommend this kind of thing: 

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(And actually, the CA code section that was written to limit the right of cyclists to block other traffic is now interpreted by some to give special rights to cyclists. It depends on how you look at things.)

“TO BE TAKEI” Opens at Our Sundance Kabuki Theatres in Japantown August 22nd

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I haven’t seen this one, but you might want to:

“TO BE TAKEI” (90 minutes)
Directed by Jennifer Kroot
Co-directed and edited by Bill Weber

Opens August 22
Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco

Additional information is available at: http://tobetakei.com/

A documentary portrait of famed Japanese American actor, and LGBT activist George Takei, TO BE TAKEI is an Amplify/Variance Films and Starz Digital Media release, runs for 90 minutes, is in English, and is not yet MPAA rated.  

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans and his activism of LGBT rights. TO BE TAKEI takes viewers on George and his husband Brad’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

TO BE TAKEI premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In June of this year, the film screened as the Centerpiece Documentary at Frameline38, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Additionally, George Takei was awarded the Frameline Award for his achievements in the media arts, as well as his unparalleled activism and community service.

About the Director Jennifer M. Kroot   
Jennifer Kroot directed the documentary feature IT CAME FROM KUCHAR about the legendary underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. Jennifer also wrote, directed and starred in the gender bending, sci-fi, narrative feature SIRENS OF THE 23RD CENTURY. She has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Frameline, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Fleishhacker Foundation. Kroot lives in San Francisco and studied film at The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), where she now teaches film. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford and Denver University.

About the Editor/Co-director Bill Weber   
Bill Weber is a San Francisco based documentary editor. He directed and edited the documentary feature THE COCKETTES, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Bill co-directed and edited the documentary feature WE WERE HERE, which played at the 2011 Sundance and Berlinale festivals. Bill recently edited THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR, which premiered in 2013 at the Telluride Film Festival and the Oscar nominated documentary short film, THE FINAL INCH. He also edited the award winning documentaries LAST LETTERS HOME and THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT amongst other projects.

A Few Issues with the New Traffic Signals on Masonic Paid for (and Influenced by?) Target Stores

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Get up to speed here and here.

I passed by O’Farrell and Masonic a couple times the other day, so I’m noting what I noticed.

This pedestrian appeared to become irate both at the unorthodox delay she had for the green and at the driver of the orange Scion car for turning left on a yellow:

If SFGov wanted to engage in pedestrian calming, it would adjust the left turn time for traffic on southbound Masonic.

Next up is this driver, who hung a U-turn on a red light since it looked like there was no traffic coming east on O’Farrell. There’s no way that’s legal:

Here’s the prize – the quite small lower level lot of City Target West:

Hey, I know that Target paid for a couple traffic signals on Masonic, but perhaps there could be some adjustments? Perhaps we could just eliminate U-turns on southbound Masonic at O’Farrell? I mean, northbound traffic on Masonic has no chance to getting to nearby Trader Joe’s, right? So why should we bend over backwards for people driving to Target?

Moving on, down the street to quiet Ewing Terrace, where the brand new lights have just been turned on. It seems that all traffic on Masonic has to stop at random times even though nobody wants to cross Masonic? Why is that?

In most places outside of SF, there’d be a pad to detect the presence of a car coming out of the cul-de-sac and buttons for peds. Shouldn’t we be doing it that way instead? Mmmmm… These red lights for no reason delay MUNI buses, right? I seen it. Perhaps in the near future this signal will be able to detect the approach of a bus and then not turn red for no reason? We’ll see…