Posts Tagged ‘2015’

Random Right-Turn-Only Requirement for Drivers and Bike Riders at 9th and California?

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

On 9th Ave looking north:

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I don’t see any other markings or signs, except for some official-looking painted-on arrow and a similar sign / street arrow  for southbound traffic.

One wonders, is this real life? You can’t simply drive north on 9th, or even turn left?

One wonders if these are real SFMTA signs…

Bad News for Amazon Whole Foods: “Court rules that ‘corrective education’ scheme is extortion – Herrera wins on two key issues in case”

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

(So IDK. I thought that this exact kind of “corrective education” was “offered” to alleged shoplifters at the Whole Foodses of San Francisco, but I don’t know that this Corrective Education Company was the one involved.)

Anyway, I saw this scene at one of my rare visits to the Haight Street WF…

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…and then posted this and this.

And now here comes this, just released:

“Court rules that ‘corrective education’ scheme is extortion – ‘This is textbook extortion,’ court finds. Herrera wins on two key issues in case.

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 15, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today hailed a key victory against Corrective Education Company after a court ruled that the private, profit-driven business was engaging in extortion and false imprisonment in its “diversion program” scheme.

“We should all be concerned about privatizing our justice system, especially when a business like Corrective Education Company uses the threat of criminal prosecution to intimidate and extort people,” Herrera said. “This ruling goes to the heart of their predatory business model, which is predicated on threats, deception and falsehoods. CEC is enriching itself on the backs of others, and many of the people they prey upon have limited means and are just barely getting by.”

Herrera sued the company in November 2015 over its “corrective education” scheme, asserting that the company’s practices amount to extortion and false imprisonment. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of the People of the State of California.

Corrective Education Company contracts with major retailers, and when someone is suspected of shoplifting, they are taken to an isolated room and threatened with arrest and criminal prosecution unless they agree to watch a video created by CEC. In that video, CEC threatens to have suspects criminally prosecuted unless they sign a confession, agree to pay CEC up to $500, and undergo a six-hour “cognitive restructuring” and “behavioral modification” program. Faced with this Hobson’s “choice” between criminal prosecution and participating in CEC’s program, 90 percent of CEC’s victims — upwards of 13,000 Californians — “consent” to enroll in CEC’s program. After obtaining the forced confessions, CEC follows up with phone calls to the victims, again threatening them with criminal prosecution unless they pay CEC hundreds of dollars. CEC has also sent over 2,000 debt-collection letters in which it cloaks itself with prosecutorial authority in further efforts to enrich itself.

CEC operates in more than 25 states across the country.

In a ruling issued Monday afternoon, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn found Corrective Education Company engaged in extortion and false imprisonment.

“The undisputed facts … establish that CEC’s diversion program runs afoul of California’s extortion laws,” Judge Kahn wrote in his ruling granting summary adjudication on the two central issues in the case. “This is textbook extortion under California law, and has been so declared for at least 125 years.”

Numerous jurisdictions in California, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, offer legitimate, pretrial diversion programs that are overseen by district attorney’s offices. CEC operates entirely outside of the criminal justice system and without the approval of local prosecutors.

In his ruling, Kahn ruled that each iteration of CEC’s diversion program in California constitutes extortion and false imprisonment and that Herrera was entitled to an injunction halting the unlawful practices. CEC’s clients have included Walmart, Bloomingdale’s, Ralph’s, Abercrombie and Fitch, Burlington Coat Factory, and Kroger’s.

In the ruling, Kahn wrote: “By the quid pro quo of asking for money in exchange for forbearance in calling police, the retailer and CEC are acting in concert and are jointly liable for the extortionate conduct.”

The specifics of the injunction are still to be fleshed out, as is restitution and monetary civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation.

The case is: People of the State of California v. Corrective Education Company, San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-15-549094 filed Nov. 23, 2015.

A “Needle Bandit” Strikes Ford Motor Company GoBike Rental Bikes in the Castro Area

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

See?

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That’s Ford, which is a Corporation but also a person that some might not like. In Frisco, that’s two strikes already.

Compare that to what happened to GM back in the day. This is at the Panhandle Playground:

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See that? It used to say:

WELCOME
TO
KID’S KINGDOM
DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL
SATURN DEALER

A Saturn was a kind of crummy General Motors car. Anyway, this subtler form of advertising was just too much for area locals.

I know this might be hard to understand if you’re peering in from Cary, NC or Dearborn, MI or Brooklyn NY while trying to make money here…

Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond Should be Renamed Algea Pond – But at Least the Clawed Frogs are Gone, I Guess

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Get up to speed here.

I don’t know why there’s so much green atop these days. I don’t know if this has anything to do with its history as the Quarry Pond, you know, the former name. Anyway, no lilies to be seen.

But there is a funky chicken in the lower left:

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Oh, here it is:

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And here’s RPD’s Attention Comrades sign, so that the frogs won’t get dumped here again:

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That’s your lily pond update for 2017.

Paradise Theatre Reopens, in the Presidio

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Before and After, STYX-style:

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And Before…

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…and After, eventually, Presidio-style:

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Read all about it via Adam Brinklow at CurbedSF.

Hey, did local movie theater-owning interests invest tens of thousands of dollars trying to make sure that this isolated building located deep within the Presidio would never reopen and therefore never compete with said local movie theater-owning interests? Yep, about a decade ago.

Oh well.

Anyway, here’s your FAQ and here are all the deets:

PRESS RELEASE The Presidio Theatre’s Next Act – Margaret E. Haas Fund to Rehabilitate the Presidio’s Historic Presidio Theatre as a Multipurpose Performance Space

San Francisco, CA (June 06, 2017) – The Margaret E. Haas Fund in partnership with the Presidio Trust today announced plans to rehabilitate the Presidio Theatre, located in the heart of the national park site on the Presidio’s Main Post. Vacant since 1995, the building will be rehabilitated into a high quality and affordable multipurpose space for live theatre, film, dance, music, lectures, educational programming and special events. The two-year rehabilitation will commence this summer, and is expected to be completed in mid-2019.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to create a modern and accessible performing space for artists in San Francisco and the Bay Area,” said Margaret “Peggy” Haas, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Margaret E. Haas Fund. “There is a dearth of high quality theatres for live performances – and many of the available spaces are not accessible to smaller performing arts organizations. The Presidio Theatre will offer a place for these groups to showcase their work to a wide range of audiences.”

Located near the historic Presidio Officers’ Club and the expansive green Main Parade Ground, the Presidio Theatre is among the last buildings on the Main Post to be rehabilitated. Originally built in 1939 as a movie theatre for the officers and enlisted men at the post, during World War Two, in 1942, both Jack Benny and Bob Hope brought full casts to perform and record their hugely popular radio shows in the theatre. The theatre was renovated by the Army in 1962, and the last movie was shown in 1994.

The rehabilitation will breathe new life into the historic building while adding great benefit for the Bay Area arts community. When completed, the state-of-the-art theatre will reflect its original 1939 Spanish Colonial Revival design, with approximately 650 seats, a functionally expanded stage, new accessible seating, and code-compliant restrooms. A new pavilion will be created in the open area to the west of the existing theatre that opens onto a new courtyard. The project architect is Hornberger + Worstell and the historic preservation consultant is Knapp Architects, both of San Francisco.

“We are pleased to move forward with this new partnership to bring back a beloved space,” said Francene Gonek, Chief of Business Operations for the Presidio Trust. “This mutually beneficial relationship serves the mandate of the Presidio Trust to be financially self-sufficient while, at the same time, creating new opportunities for public use and enjoyment.”

The Presidio Theatre will be operated and managed by a new non-profit organization set up expressly to support the theatre. It will be host to a mix of theatre, film, dance and music performances as well as lectures, educational programming and special events. Theatre operations will be funded through a mixture of facility rental fees, ticket sales and fundraising.

About the Presidio Trust

The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and employ a partnership approach to transform it into a new kind of national park. Spanning 1,500 acres in a spectacular setting at the Golden Gate, the Presidio now operates without federal appropriations, is home to a community of residents and commercial tenants, and offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities to people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. To learn more please visit www.presidio.gov.

THEORY: If a Corporation Illegally Markets on the Sidewalks of Frisco, It Will be Coerced Into Buying SFMTA MUNI Bus Ads

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

So here’s the theory. Say your marketing people go hog-wild with the chalk ads on the Streets of San Francisco, like this:

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So then somebody calls 311 or somebody else posts a photo on the Twitter and then an investigator at the City Attorney’s Office takes a look at things and then the people at Parlophone / Warner Bros. get a jingle and then somehow things get smoothed over by the Brothers Warner or somebody else making at buy at the SFMTA MUNI for some hastily-created and more or less useless ads such as:

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Cf. the Blue Wolf at a Dream Force about 1.5 years ago:

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And then these hastily-created and more or less useless ads started to appear:

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Just a theory, man.

And here’s the thing about chalk. You can’t scrub it off your car tires to avoid a citation and you can’t scuff into Frisco’s sidewalks, I’m srsly. What’s that, UBER, Microsoft, Verizon, et al, it’s “only temporary?” Well, yeah, sure, that’s what I’m talking about, it’s agin the rules, temporary or not.

Learn about all the horrible things people do with chalk about town right here – just keep on scrolling, next page etc

Mayor Ed Lee’s Under-the-I-80 Tent City 2017 Looks A LOT Like His Under-the-I-80 Tent City 2015-2016

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Actually, it looks exactly the same, except there’s less of it.

2017:

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It all started with preparations for Super Bowl L:

“They are going to have to leave,” Lee said of those sleeping along the city’s Embarcadero.

On It Goes…

Is the Number of Driver Licenses in Frisco 1) Going Up; 2) Staying The Same; or 3) Going Down? LET’S TAKE A LOOK!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Oh DMV statistics – what could be more exciting?

But here you go:

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVER LICENSES OUTSTANDING BY COUNTY AS OF DECEMBER 31 OF YEARS LISTED.

And those years listed are 2011-2015. (We’ll prolly get 2016 stats this month, but I can’t wait for that.)

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2011: 543,209

2012: 552,388

2013: 559,430

2014: 568,210

2015: 579,941

OIOW:

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(And that’s what you call an honest y-axis.)

Just saying.

Cars and car driving appear to be more popular than ever, despite what some people at the SFMTA might tell you…

Oh, and for 2016 the number of licensed drivers in the City/County of SF will be .. IDK, let’s guess 588,392.

Prove me wrong, DMV. Prove me wrong.

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Bushpocalypse Now – Frisco Sees Its Worst Traffic Ever In 2017 – Highest Number of Registered “Vehicles” in History

Friday, March 24th, 2017

That stat is as of Calendar Year 2015, but our friends at CA DMV are putting the finishing touch on the numbers for Calendar Year 2016.

So is a trailer a “vehicle?” IDK. IDTS. But 2016 looks to be the year we push over the half-million mark for vehicles registerd in Frisco.

And of course that doesn’t include all the new UBER Lyfts from all over.

So here’s the result, from yesterday’s evening drive. Southbound Sansome is all backed up, but look, you can see a PCO Intercepter cart on the scene, to fix everything:

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I was thinking, it’s morphin’ time – time for another round of three-figure parking/traffic tickets for “blocking the box.” But no, the PCO disappeared with a quickness. Leaving SFMTA Dude in the Bush Street HOV lane all by himself. Turns out he was patiently waiting to proceed behind some more stalled traffic. He was soon gone as well.

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Bush Street is always bad, but yesterday was especially bad. Five eastbound cars sat in the intersection for about five minutes. But then they advanced leaving room for a few buses and cars on Sansome to sneak through north and south.

Bush doesn’t get any more crowded than this:

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Anyway, that’s the update.