Posts Tagged ‘2017’

If Frisco Wants to Get Rid of a Bunch of Statues Nationwide, What About This PIONEER MONUMENT in Civic Center – Meeting Today

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Here it is, at its newish perch on Fulton. Note its placement right next to City Hall, the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere.*

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Laying down a Jesus Trip in 1894:

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And here’s the plaque installed in 1995 what was supposed to Fix Everything. Note how it ends on an optimistic note:

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IDK, man. I don’t care what you do with this giant monument, just get it out of here, fine with me.

Here’s a recap of the controversy from the Gray Lady, from two decades back.

Nothing’s changed here lately, of course.

And it was a heavy lift to move this $9000 (original MSRP) monster a few dozen yards, so it won’t be cheap finishing the job, I’m afraid.

All the deets:

TODAY Bring down the “Pioneer” Statue in Downtown SF! NOW!

Who is done with these white supremacist colonization states?

Who is tired of seeing Natives depicted as savage, less than, not here anymore or unworthy of being human?

Who wants t get rid of this white supremist statue right here in SF?

Then join us during public comment to demand this “pioneer” statue be taken down during the Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee Meeting on Monday August 21st 2pm. 401 Van Ness #125

Whose coming with us?

(Note: I do not know when the meeting ends, so please arrive on time to not miss your opportunity to give public comment, if you dont want to speak thats fine the more bodies in the room the better)

Organization:
Urban Crunchy Mamas of Color
Date of Event:
Monday, 21 August, 2017
Time of Event:
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Address:
401 Van Ness Avenue #125 San Francisco, CA
City:
San Francisco”

*What’s that, you can think of one higher than our City Hall? Well, maybe, but it aint:

1. Higher (Our U.S. Capitol Building is a tad shorter); and/or
2. Classical (San Jose City Hall has a dome, but it aint classical, the same with the Astrodome etc.); and/or
3. In the Western Hemisphere (Europe has us beat by a mile, I’ll give you that)

Unplug Your Toaster if You Want, But It’s Pretty Ridiculous for State and Local Officials to Tell You to Do So During Eclipse 2017

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Here you go, official taxpayer-funded Eclipse 2017 advice for ppl in Frisco:

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That was a followup to this:

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So the rationale is that this will save on “inefficient” natural gas (of course you could make an argument about the efficiency of natural gas, but anyway) being used to provide “peak power” during this temporary energy crisis.

So, as stated, feel free to unplug your toaster, but why not do this each and every day? (I can think of reasons for and against that being good advice.)

I mean it’s like saying that MUNI passengers should get out of California #1 buses during the eclipse when they’re going up Sacramento to lighten the load on the system. IMO.

Anyway, many of the replies to this advice were so sarcastic that readers (and perhaps even the govt officials as well) couldn’t tell that they were sarcastic.

So please yes, get rid of your “phantom” power wasters, but that would have nothing at all to do with any eclipse.

Sry.

FGBOTD – Your Ford Motor Company GoBike Of The Day: #11472, a Bicycle Built for Two

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Market Street outbound, in front of that hot new restaurant at the bottom floor of “NeMa” right across the street from taxpayer-subsidized Twitter HQ – you know this fine dining establishment represents SFGov’s annual Twitterloin / Tenderloin / Mid-Market / “New Market” “renaissance,” except actually it doesn’t because this space is totally empty and it’s been so for a while now, oh well: 

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(And this way, this ride is cheaper than paying the MUNI fare, so that’s something.)

(And what a lazy stoker, not even trying…)

This behavior of course violates your TOS, but then again, Ford Motor Company tracks you more than, say, Citibank does in New Yawk, so maybe this all balances out, maybe we’re all a little bit sneaky.

And oh, here’s the skivvy from a former Trump advisor / Ford Motor Company CEO, you know, just last year:

“Listen, here’s the deal. The opportunity is not bikes. That’s not why Ford’s in it. The opportunity is data, and the data is super valuable because…”

And the reply is that all the interested parties worked out a deal where there’s no telemetry on the bike – of course it’s on you, on your smartphone, right?

And when people ask Motivate International about all this, the reply is that there’s no telemetry on the bike. Well, yeah, but the question is what about all this? The profit-motivated Motivate doesn’t seem to want to answer, oh well.

Here’s Ford Motor Company’s answer, in a way. I just don’t understand how somebody renting a bike gets all this stuff tracked while driving a car the next day:

“Driving Characteristics, such as speed, use of accelerator, brakes, steering, seat belts, and other similar information about how the vehicle is used.”

Oh well…

Recent Marketing for the SFPD’s “Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau”

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is:

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And here it is:

Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau
Deputy Chief Michael Connolly

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The Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau was established in February 2016, to oversee the proposed use of force reforms, as well as to coordinate efforts of the Police Department with the United States Department of Justice Collaborative Reform Initiative.
The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance is a proactive, non-adversarial, and cost effective form of technical assistance for agencies with significant law enforcement related issues. “The CRI-TA’s purpose is to improve trust between police agencies and the communities they serve by providing long-term, holistic strategy that identifies issues within an agency that may affect public trust.  The CRI-TA offers recommendations based on a comprehensive agency assessment for how to resolve those issues and enhance the relationship between the police and the community.”
Learn more about Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance here: www.cops.usdoj.gov/technicalassistance
For questions about the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau or on SFPD’s reform progress, please email: sfpd.professionalstandards@sfgov.org
Learn more about the Bureau’s support in helping the San Francisco Police Department increase transparency and accountability in order to better serve citizens of the City of San Francisco.
In addition to supporting the Department’s effort to increase transparency and accountability, the Bureau contains the units listed below:
Professional Standards
The mission of the Professional Standards Unit is to contribute to excellence in law enforcement by increasing professionalism and maintaining high levels of accountability within the San Francisco Police Department through the use of early intervention tracking and related auditing systems.
Written Directives
The Written Directives Unit is responsible for facilitating the review, development and publication of Department policies, bulletins, manuals and forms related to the operation of the San Francisco Police Department.

Pop-Up Ford Motor Company Bikeshare Rental at Fell and Central – Vandalized Already – Where Can the Next Station Go?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is:

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The SFMTA or somebody experimented with this part of this part of Central by putting long-lasting,  downtown-style hash marks on the ground, as if they were going to put meters here. But these spaces are gone now, of course:

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Here’s a post, from a protester, one supposes:

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(I’ll tell you, this is an amateur effort. I don’t think this is the way to organize after missing your chance before installation. Perhaps you might get some palliative cliches from London Breed’s office (but I wouldn’t address her as a mere Supervisor, oh no), but the other two literally get paid to promote corporate bike rental / advertising in Frisco.)

Here’s the vandalism, on the Ford part. It’s already been cleaned as best as you can expect from the basically minimum-wage (15% over minimum – hardly “living wages,” as was promised and as is still claimed) workers:

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La mise-en-scene:

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There was conflict online as well. Some of it looked like this:

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That discussion of bicycle activists vs. area locals went on and on, oh well. I’m not sure how the Ford Motor / Motivate crew went about doing its vaunted outreach, but it seems to have been pretty minimal. I think the Bay to Breakers people have put a lot more effort in, by way of comparison, with less at stake.

Anyway, the Ford Motor people are out there, scouting more locations. The next location after this certainly won’t be at Hayes and Cole, which was Ford’s original choice. Apparently, about ten locals yammered about this and that was all it took to get Ford to back down. Of course, that was before installation.

Now, feverish with victory, the residents of Hayes and Cole are discussing where the next Ford Motor station should go, to fill in the network. I think the suggestions were John Adams campus of CCSF at Hayes and Masonic, USF, the Panhandle, and maybe St. Mary’s, I forget. But they sure as Hell don’t want anything like the above anywhere on the far end of Hayes Street.

It wouldn’t take much for Ford to take its half-assed, minimal notice and turn that into actual notice, if it wants its expensive marketing effort to be less controversial…

de Young Museum: Extended Hours for Final Weekend of “The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll”

Friday, August 18th, 2017

I liked this show.

All the deets, including info on extended hours for the grande finale, Man:

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Extended Hours for Final Weekend of
The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll

WHAT 
Extended hours for final weekend of The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll  – with more than 200,000 visitors and 370,000 web views since opening in April.Due to high demand, the de Young will stay open late during the final weekend of The Summer of Love Experience, before the exhibition closes its doors on August 20th. Turn back the clock one last time and relive this magical moment in history through iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive liquid light shows, costumes and textiles, and avant-garde films that could only be presented by the de Young museum.

WHEN 
Friday, August 18 | 9:30 am–8:30 pm
Saturday, August 19 | 9:30 am–7:30 pm
Sunday, August 20 | 9:30 am–7:30 pm

WHERE 
de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco

WHY
On this 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, The Summer of Love Experience commemorates an “only in San Francisco” social and aesthetic movement, and reminds visitors that in a time of international upheaval, the city played a vital role in changing society and amplifying the pulse of the nation.

ABOUT THE EVENT
There is only a week left to see The Summer of Love Experience, one of the most beloved exhibitions of the year. Since its opening on April 8, 2017, the exhibition has seen record attendance, bringing more than 200,000 people to the de Young. With special artist appearances and new extended hours on final weekend; this is your opportunity to explore the Summer of Love at the de Young.

Special Artist Appearances: 
Friday, August 11, Abstract Painting and the Psychedelic Experience: An Evening with Bill Ham, legendary liquid light show artist
Friday, August 18th, “San Francisco Trips Festival” and other Cinematic Delights: Film Screening and Conversation with Ben Van Meter, famed film maker Both events are free and open to the public.

The Summer of Love Experience is the ultimate trip, with more than 400 cultural artifacts that embody the very essence and aesthetic of San Francisco’s Summer of Love, including an audio tour narrated by Peter Coyote, a floor-to-ceiling poster shop reminiscent of Haight Street, a liquid light show room newly commissioned from Bill Ham, numerous rock posters, fashion pieces and artworks by Bay Area artists and beloved items owned by Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, and more.

Exhibition by the Numbers
With one more week to go, The Summer of Love Experience has already become one of the most successful exhibitions in the history of the de Young museum, having welcomed more than 200,000 visitors and 370,000 unique visits to the exhibition web site. During the 19-week run of the show, the de Young staff and docents have held more than 100 guided tours. Friday Nights exhibition tours have all been fully booked within days of release date.

The publications, including the 340-page extensive hardcover catalogue, the 40-page softcover Pictorial and the Digital Story; a free, in-depth digital educational exhibition guide released by the de Young to accompany the exhibition have all enjoyed high readership.

Ticketing Information
For adults, tickets are $25; for seniors 65+, $20; students, $16, and for youths 6-17, $10. Members and children five and under receive free admission. More information can be found online.

An audio tour narrated by Peter Coyote is available for purchase to visitors.

Exhibition Organization
This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Presenting Sponsor Anonymous, in honor of Max Hollein. President’s Circle: Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, and Diane B. Wilsey. Benefactor’s Circle: Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, and Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund. Patron’s Circle: The Levi’s® Brand, Yurie and Carl Pascarella, Edith and Joseph O. Tobin II, M.H. de Young Tobin II, and The Paul L. Wattis Foundation. Additional support is provided by Nancy and Joachim Bechtle; Jack Calhoun and Trent Norris; Lauren Hall and David Hearth; Debbie and Blake Jorgensen; Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson; Dorothy Saxe; and Christine Suppes.About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco. The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park and was established as the Memorial Museum in 1895. It was later renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, who spearheaded its creation. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It holds the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international modern and contemporary art.

How People Got Around Frisco BEFORE Lyft and UBER: The Secret Phone Numbers of Veteran’s Cab in SoMA

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is: Gritty HARRISON 1500 –>, lovely COSTCO #144, and of course, the Italianate red/white/green of VETERAN’S CAB 502-1300 all down at 11th and Harrison in SoMA:

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I don’t know how things work now but back in the day if you were a regular / reliable customer, cab companies / drivers would give you secret phone numbers that would get you to Dispatch quicker than the public “sucker” lines that you’d see: in the phone book (yes, an actual book); painted on the sides of cars; or, in the case of Veteran’s, lit up in neon for tout le monde to see.

I can’t recall anything at all about 415 502-1300. I suppose it was ahead of my time. (Maybe it connects you to UCSF these days.) But I DO recall 415 552-1300 from the pre-UBER/Lyft era. At that time, if you gave that line a jingle ’cause you needed a taxi at, let’s say 7:00 PM on a Saturday night, you’d most likely get a busy signal, oh well.

Why? Well it’s ’cause there were <1000 taxi medallions in Frisco for the longest time. This shortage meant that cabbies could make bank, especially considering how cheap rents were Back Then compared with now. It was such a sweet job that former Mayor Willie Brown drove a taxi to pay his way through UC Hastings Law School back in the 1950’s. And in the 1980’s, Frisco was gaining a national reputation as a place where it was hard to find a cab. Read THE MAYOR, THE CABBIES and the 84 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION – Historical Essay by Rua Graffis, United Taxicab Workers, 1996 for the reason why.

Anywho, just think about what phone number cabbies would use to call in for a tow truck if a taxi broke down – they sure as Heck wouldn’t use the sucker line, right? They’d call a number where somebody would actually pick up. That’s the kind of number that you’d want to use.

What’s that, you lived out at 25th and Irving way out there in the Sunset? Well in that case, you might have had to wait / give up on getting a taxi, but at least an effort would be made. Or maybe a taxi driver heading in that general direction would drop off and then swing on by in 20 minutes or so.

I’m not saying that that was great, but all this attention paid by the taxi industry to those who knew how to get through meant there was less attention paid to some tourist / newcomer who didn’t know anything.

Of course, our Chamber of Commerce and our tourist industry HATED this situation, but then, in part due to the difficulty certain ballers (like Travis K) had finding a taxi in Frisco ’round about a decade ago, ALONG CAME UBER AND LYFT.

Now, any rube can get a ride, but traffic is much worse, and getting worser, so who knows which era you’d prefer.

Ah, mem’ries…

If You Park Your UBER / Lyft Ride on the Streets of San Francisco, You Can Pay People to Come By to Detail It?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Sure looks that way:

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I guess this would help with tips / star rating?

Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

FIN

Clever or Too Clever? This is How El Tonayense Taco Truck “Reserves” Its Place Overnight in Front of the Best Buy

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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IDK how things work here, how the taco truck people manage to reserve a parking space. But I’ll tell you, kind of thing was a huge issue during the Great Food Truck Battle of 2nd Street back in 2011.

Back then, if you didn’t want food trucks around your legacy lunch spot, you’d park your (or your friend’s) SUV or pick-em up exactly where a hated food truck would want to come to steal your customers.

Thusly

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And thusly:

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Anyway, like I say, I don’t know how this parking reservation system works today…