Posts Tagged ‘$25’

Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! It’s Rose Chung’s 25th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Word comes from photographer David Yu that the 25th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant is coming August 7th. It’s up at the monstrously large Palace of Fine Arts, so there are still tickets on sale.

Give me a W! That stands for Welcome to the Pageant:

Via David Yu

You want pageantry and color?

Via David Yu

As stated, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday.

“History:

“Founded by Rose Chung, the Miss Asian America Pageant has been the premier event in Asian American community for the past two decades and the longest running Asian American pageant in the United States. From our humble beginnings in 1985 with the Asian American Arts Festival, our event has expanded to an internationally recognized event with regional competitions nationwide.

The Face of Asian America
Today, the Miss Asian America Pageant continues its active participation in nationwide events. From our partnership with the American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran’s organization, to our participation in America’s largest Chinese New Year celebration held in San Francisco annually, the pageant continues its positive representation of the Asian American community.

The Heart of Asian America
Celebrating, Beauty, Elegance, and Culture, the Miss Asian America Pageant is proud to have contributed thousands to community causes and continues to be one of the largest scholarship providers for Asian American women nationwide.  Proceeds from the event have been donated to Asian Perinatal Advocates, a nationally recognized child abuse/domestic violence prevention program and most recently, all event merchandise sales have benefited the Stanford University Asian Liver Center in an effort to fight Hepatitis B in the Asian American community.

The Future of Asian America
The pageant has seen through almost 500 contestants in its program and is proud of its titleholders. Mona Lee Locke (Miss Asian America 1986) went on to a successful journalism career and became First Lady of the State of Washington. Gwendoline Yeo (Miss Asian America 1995) has starred in JAG, NYPD Blue, OC, and 24. Amrapali Ambegaokar(Miss Asian California 1999) is an accomplished Cirque du Soleil dancer. We pride ourselves in shaping the leaders of Asian America.

More deets after the jump

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Absence of Booze/Nudity/Costumes Mars 2010 San Francisco Marathon – Photos of Early Leaders

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

This was the scene this AM at Mile 19 of San Francisco Marathon 2010. The crowd of two coffee-drinking women waited to see which runner would explode through the Stanyan Street Gateway of Golden Gate Park.* See?

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Turns out it was Keith Bechtol from “Team Zombie.” He’s an 25-year-old astophysicist(!) from Stanfoo. Have you ever seen a five-digit bib number runner leading after 20 miles worth of marathon? Look at him go down Haight Street:

And here’s the second runner in the full marathon to make it out of the park, Michael Wardian, zipping by the iconic Haight Street McDonalds:

Looks intense:

There’s your separation, about two-and-a-half regular-size San Francisco city blocks:

Look out Zombie Keith! The non-zombies are gaining on you!

Results! Get all the deets after the jump.

Full Marathon:

1 Keith B 30811 02:23:28 2 Michael W 11 02:25:21 3 Zack E 20988 02:36:16 4 Florian S 90 02:37:08 5 Amir Doron K 20179 02:37:09

Half Marathon #1:

1 Michael D 22534 01:15:10 2 Brett D 22866 01:17:07 3 Matthieu B 23432 01:18:58 4 Justin M 23100 01:19:15 5 Steve L 23091 01:19:44

Half Marathon #2:

1 James G 46014 01:39:08 2 Katherine L 45634 01:40:05 3 Gina H 45307 01:40:14 4 Tim E 45963 01:40:27 5 Ha C 45628 01:42:13

5K:

1 Diane W 90478 00:32:50 2 Erica Y 90214 00:34:08 3 Josie N 92341 00:34:11

Progressive [Far Left] 5k

1 Fred L 92743 00:42:39 2 Amy L 92741 00:42:55 3 Kenna B 92780 00:51:47

Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers!

Moving on…

Frankly, this joint could do with a little nudity, booze, costuming and public urination.

Frankly.

I mean if the NIMBYs aren’t complaining about it, what kind of event do you really have? Wouldn’t the organizers be better off giving each “bandit” as many bagels as s/he could consume? Yes. And doesn’t this race start way, way too early? Yep. Giving in to every demand from the leadership elements of every micro-neighborhood homeowners group – that’s the path of least resistance but is this practice good for your event, SFM?

And hey, how about a costume division next year? Just saying… 

*Speaking of which, note the local high point in Golden Gate Park at Mile 16.5 near Prayerbook Cross. See, they have it pegged at almost 300 feet, per this elevation chart. Yet, the Bay to Breakers people and the MSM claim, every year, that the highest point on the B2B civic event course is the top of Hayes Street Hill (at 215 feet), despite the fact that the B2B route also goes right past Prayerbook Cross on JFK Jr, Drive. In the words of paid shill Dr. Henry Lee“Something is wrong here. Something is terribly wrong.” Also, since I used the phrase “Bay to Breakers,” I now feel an obligation to mention the words “race, racing, or racers,” as many times as possible, as is the practice of the B2B flack team. Race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race… It’s a subliminal suggestion kind of thing to mess with your mind. See?

The organizer of the Bay to Breakers road race confirmed that the 100th running of the venerable 12k race will take place on May 15, 2011. The race, a unique celebration of San Francisco and its racing culture, will institute new measures this year as part of its centennial celebration of the race.

“We cherish the fun aspects of the race that have made it unique worldwide– racers, runners dressed in costumes, centipedes, group running–that add to the excitement of a professional internationally important 12K footrace,” said Angela Fang, general race manager of the Bay to Breakers race. “In the coming months we will be announcing a number of compelling programs to enhance the race and the racing for the racers.”

Or something like that. B2B’s real press release is almost as bad as this.

Anyway, the San Francisco Marathon has an official release. Read it after the jump.

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The Sad End of the WWII-era Locomotives of the Old San Francisco Belt Railroad

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Here’s where they sit now, Numbers 25 and 23 from the oddball San Francisco Belt Railroad. That was the shortline that California started in 1891

These locomotives were built during World War II to haul stuff around the waterfront, but since 1993 they’ve generally been cloistered inside Pier 96, making a few short trips now and then.

As seen at the end of Cargo Way near Heron’s Head Park:

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Here’s what the “roundhouse” used to look like at Sansome and Embarcadero. Check it, the building is still there – can you see where the tracks were?

Tourism is a much more important biz than freight-hauling these days, so don’t look for rail to make a comeback along the waterfront anytime soon. But maybe we’ll get the Fort Mason Tunnel open again for transit, once the goddamn NIMBYs of the Marina stop screaming about it.

Maybe…

Bay Citizen Launch Party at the Great American Music Hall a Huge Success

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[Whoops, spoke too soon - turns out that the SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle's Katie Baker was en la casa. The conspiracy of silence broken.]

Despite all the obituaries written earlier this year, The Bay Citizen celebrated its launch yesterday at the Great American Music Hall. Some TBC editors on the scene were fretting about getting a new batch of “stately idiom” finished up for the following morning, but a good time was had by all.

They literally rolled out the red carpet in the Tenderloin last night:

Who was there? Everybody. (Everybody excepting some of the hAtERz in local media who feel any new investment should go to existing concerns, you know, the ones that employ the hAtERz themselves. The hAtERz that showed somehow even managed to generate, with noticeable effort, Mona Lisa smile/smirks for the camera.) The place was packed from the get-go, baby. Check out the Party Pix from E.B.Boyd showing who all was there.

Standing room only:

Bay Citizen CEO Lisa Frazier (pronounced fraze-yah) started things off by inviting Founder Warren Hellman to play a  song.

Lois Beckett snapped the chorus and here are the full lyrics to the sing-a-long tune Hardly Strictly News.  Note the A-A-B-B rhyming scheme. Also note:

“We met with Lisa Frazier who pronounced ‘for now it will be free’/
A multi-layered news hub is the only way to be.”

What, “for now?” Uh oh:

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Anyway, F. Warren appeared to be somewhat irked by the constant chatter of the assembled throng. Oh well.

Here’s the mise-en-scene from up on the catwalk:

A big thank you to all the founding investors, founding members, patrons, and corporate sponsors. Notably, Dede Wilsey’s name isn’t on this list, so perhaps she just recently kicked in her seven figure donation? (Or let’s call it a $500,000 donation with Uncle Sucker kicking another half mil., mas o menos. That’s the thing with non-profit journalism – the federal govmint lowers your taxes by about 50 cents for every dollar you donate, assuming you pay a lot of taxes in the first place. This is the Unfair Advantage that the Chronicle people complain about. Speaking of which, nothing yet about TBC from the SFC – check for yourself.)  

Everybody’s a star:

$5 tote bags just like Trader Joe’s and the KQED, plus loads of free bumper stickers:

The lives of the party: 

Anyway, had to bail early to get down to Massive Attack at the Warfield while Arcadio was playing the TBC party. The booze was flowing and the place was still packed when I left, anyway.

Bon Courage, Bay Citizen!

All the deets, after the jump

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It’s Not Too Late to Catch Massive Attack Down at the Warfield Tonight, May 26, 2010

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Tonight will be your last chance to see the Massive Attack down at the Warfield Theatre on Market Street. Are you giddy yet?

Last night’s effort was epic don’t you know. They tore down the house, but not so much so that they can’t do it again tonight.

Anyway, if you’re not doing anything else…

This Giant C5 Galaxy is the Plane that Just Delivered Obama’s Limo to SFO

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

I was headed on down to SiliValley on bidness yesterday and what did I see but this huge C5 Galaxyheading north out of San Francisco International. At first I thought it was an old C141 Starlifter, but no, upon further review, it appears to be a C5 of some sort. Now, I’ve seen military aircraft at Honolulu International HNL (in Hawaii of course, where you can’t drive to the Costco without getting intermixed with active duty military humvees), but never at SFO.

Anyway, you can’t have an Air Force One without a cargo plane or two to come with, right?

Here’s the outside of the flying presidential garage, just after takeoff. It’s a living:

The T-tail is your clue that this isn’t a regular old Boeing or Airbus jumbo. Click to expand

And this is what it looks like from the inside.

Look for photos of Obama’s visit on SFist.com – they’ll be sure to have some shots and reports posted in a timely fashion.

Just $50 Makes You a Founder of the Bay Citizen – Includes Tickets to Party on May 26th

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Here’s the lastest about the much-talked-about media joint The Bay Citizen.

Matt Baume gives fresh details of everthing a potential freelancer could want to know at this point;

CEO Lisa Frazier today extends a final invitation to get on board before launch. See below; und

Kevin Montgomery gives us a sneak peek* on what the site might look like.

That’s the wind-up, and here’s The Pitch:

Dear LADIESMAN217:

The Bay Citizen’s launch is just two days away, and we can’t wait!  Some exciting things have happened over the last few weeks:

We now have fourteen journalists in our newsroom, including twelve full-time journalists and two paid summer interns from the UC Berkeley Journalism School;

Our reporters are busy producing stories on topics including the environment and land use, health and science, education, arts and culture, and more;

We’ve started hosting partner meetings to explore collaborations with local independent media organizations, bloggers, and writers;

We recently moved into our new office at 126 Post Street in San Francisco

Become part of Bay Area history

You still have time.  Until midnight on Wednesday, you can become a Founder of The Bay Citizen by donating $50 or more.  As a Founder, your name will be permanently listed on our website and you’ll also receive two tickets to our launch party this Wednesday evening at the Great American Music Hall, where you’ll get the chance to meet hundreds of other founding members.

Become a Founder now!

And, don’t forget to check out www.baycitizen.org on Wednesday morning when it goes live.

With thanks,
Lisa Frazier, CEO

P.S. Our long-term sustainability depends on support from community members like you. Thank you for supporting The Bay Citizen.

See you there!

*I had a similar experience over the weekend when I decided to visit my giant Toyota sitting in the shop getting fixed. Even though the place was closed I was able to walk right in and take it for a quick test drive – now they told me last week my car would be ready this coming Wednesday but I wanted a sneak peek. Fuck man, the brakes sounded like shit! All screeching metalicky and whatnot. I called them up today and it turns out that they’re saying the new pads are coming in Tuesday. I don’t know, man, maybe they’ll get it done proper, but that’s a lot of work they still have to do…

The Bay Citizen Reveals its Newsroom Staff, Plus It Makes Bloggers a Cash Money Offer

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Read today’s announcement after the jump but first learn all about the new $25 Bay Citizen Partner Program for bloggers right here. Not satisfied with that? Well, then join the club.

The blogger meeting you weren’t personally invited to last week via scented, hand-delivered letter. Actually, you don’t need to go to tonight’s alternate meeting either if you don’t want. But you can still get in the game.

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So, here’s the thing: If you don’t want to make a deal with The Bay Citizen, then don’t make a deal with The Bay Citizen, in’nt?

Seems pretty simple.

Also it seems that some reporters could report more better. For instance, “….rumors that reporters were being paid huge salaries are untrue.” Um, how do you know that? In fact, there were out-of-hand rumors about what reporters would get paid. And, in fact, there was a lot of disappointment around town when people found out that:

The salaries for reporters aren’t going to be all that high; und 

It matters not because lots of people didn’t get hired anyway, owing to the competitive environment

Oh well. (In addition, the office is just regular, nothing fancy or nothing, right?)

So, with Mother Hellman’s contractions coming faster and faster, things are the way you’d expect for our soon-to-be-bouncing baby Bay Citizen, with:

Jealousy-fueled* ankle-biting from below;

Jealousy-fueled* back-biting from the side; and

Silence from above, pretty much**

Anyway, the latest TBC sonogram, after the jump.

*Envy-fueled, more precisely, but you know…

**Could it be that the replacement for the old San Francisco Chronicle will be the current leaner and meaner San Francisco Chronicle? Yep, it could be. Certainly.

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The Great Slowdown of Fell and Oak Streets – Synchronized Signals Retimed for 25 MPH

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I’ll tell you, there are three things limiting the speed of drivers on the one-way, multilane twin streets of Fell and Oak.

1. Speed limits (oh maybe not, let’s scratch that one out);

2. Traffic congestion (particularly during this era of that albatross hanging from the metaphorical neck of The Boulevard Movement and The “Livable” Streets Movement, monstrous, needlessly wide Octavia Boulevard); und

3. The timing of the synchronized traffic signals.

Well, it appears as if #3 is going to change -  per Bike NOPA Fell and Oak will soon have their signals synchronized for 25 MPH.

There’s not a whole bunch of documentation on this action, documentation that I can find anyway. (You can play too, just try to find something at the SFMTA or SFGov.org websites.) But I seen them workers messing with the signals boxes lately, so allow me to jump to the conclusion that something is afoot.

Soon, you’ll have a chance to read the signs these hectoring hula hoopers regularly hold at Fell and Masonic:

Will this affect drivers all that much? We’ll see.

Certainly, there will be a period of adjustment as there was when lights were re-timed on the similar matched set of Turk and Golden Gate.

Will some drivers jump on the gas and then the brake at every light, aggressive taxi driver style? Oh yes.

Will the residents of the west side be happy? Oh no, not if they notice.

Anyway, brace yourselves. This should be a done deal by the end of the month.

Debut of Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet a Huge Success at the Ferry Building

Friday, March 26th, 2010

As promised, famed Taylor’s Automatic Refresher has a new name as of yesterday: Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet.

The reviews are already in for yesterday’s completely free party:

Expectations:  a long line of grumpy people and a halfway decent burger. Reality: A fast moving line with friendly people, friendly staff and a fun event with a DJ. 3 choices, ahi, cheeseburger, kimchee pulled pork. All came with fries and a drink (soda, champagne, beer). I was so surprised that they did the whole meal not just the free burger! The burger was cooked perfectly medium, fries were perfect and beer was good.”

Throw in 1000 free red shirts and it turned out to be quite the shindig. We’re talking crunk crunk, junk junk, drunk drunk.

Ah, Cristal, my T-shirt, and a couple of free ahi burgers - why not?  

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Yesterday’s mise-en-scene:

Verily, it was a “dancin’ on the tables kinda night.”

Bon Chance, Gott’s Roadside!