Posts Tagged ‘$25’

Last Night’s One-Year Anniversary Party for The Bay Citizen a Huge Success, As Far As I Know

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

[Oh, here we go, it’s the Citizen of Tomorrow Awards, just posted.]

Now, the problem I had last night was being too ambitious, thinking I could drop by the First Birthday Celebration of The Bay Citizen and then hustle it uphill to the Specfic Whites neighborhood by nine-ish, thinking that this year’s party would be like last year’s, you know, the one they had in the Twitterloin. That one was off the hook.

Anyway, here it is at the stated 8:00 PM starting time. (A dozen people to park your car, but only one to check you into the place.)

(Why, yes, Terra _is_ 200 feet away from a bridge and two miles away from a tunnel – why do you ask?)

And here are your food trucks. (Everything seems to taste better when it’s from a truck, non?)

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I guess things got going later in the evening. But I’ll tell you, if you skipped the first hour of last year’s soiree, which was off the hook, you would have missed a lot.

The good thing is that The Bay Citizen produced, as designed, a lot of good stuff the past year.

Anyway, Bon Anniversaire, The Bay Citizen.

“I Can’t Drive 25”: How Lowering the Speed Limit on Masonic Made Everybody a Speeder

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

By now, everybody knows that rocker Sammy Hagar Can’t Drive 55 – that speed limit was so low it caused him all kinds of consternation back in the 1980’s.

Now, just imagine how upset Sammy would get on Masonic Avenue these days, what with its relatively new 25 MPH speed limit. 

Well, the cops will be out there, handing out tickets and putting up the radar signs.

Try it for yourself, if you want, try driving the limit. Obeying 25 MPH requires some concentration but it can be done. This shot from the driver’s seat of Mom’s Taxi is proof.

“Speeding” down Masonic at idle and with the foot on the brake pedal:

You really need to keep your eye on the dash, though.

Could Usain Bolt outrun you in your car at this speed? Well, considering that he can easily break Masonic’s speed limit on level ground, I think he’d be able to pass you while going downhill.

Of course the real problems with this portion of Masonic are:

1. All the parked cars;

2. Trees that shouldn’t be where they’re at and can’t be moved; and

3. Those who value aesthetics over safety.

Oh well.

And hey, speaking of safety, here’s the safe way down Masonic – see the cyclist on the sidewalk?

And oh, look at this.

But hey, will this initiative really “improve access” for “all modes of transportation?”  

Seems unlikely at this point.

Oh well.

Film Night in the Park Brings The Big Lebowski to Dolores Park on September 25th

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Film Night in the Park has seen fit to schedule The Big Lebowski for Dolores Park on the evening of Saturday, September 25th, 2010.

Dude, see you there at 8:00 PM!

OMG, First 100 Cyclists Get in Free at California Academy of Sciences on August 22!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Here you go – as a part of Sunday Streets Golden Gate Park / Great Highway* on August 22, 2010, you’ll be able to ride on over to our California Academy of Sciences, drop your bike off at the free San Francisco Bicycle Coalition valet parking service, and then score a free ticket to enter the Academy.

The catch is that you’ll need to be among the first 100 to arrive, so that means you might need to get there before the 11:00 AM opening time. Other than that, this is the sweetest Sunday Streets deal ever. Be sure to thank our corporate overlords at CLIF BAR.(And bonus, the first 200 cyclists to arrive get a Clif Bar.)

This could be you:

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All the deets:

CLIF BAR “Fun Ride to the Academy” Gives Bike Riders. Free Admission to California Academy of Sciences
BERKELEY, Calif., July 28, 2010 – CLIF® BAR is giving people a chance to pedal their way into one of San Francisco’s greatest adventures for free.  As part of its 2 Mile Challenge bike advocacy program, CLIF BAR is offering free admission to the California Academy of Sciences (valued at up to $24.95 per ticket) for the first 100 folks who arrive by bicycle.  The CLIF BAR “Fun Ride to the Academy” takes place on Sunday, August 22.  More details are below:
–          Free admission to California Academy of Sciences for first 100 people who arrive on bicycles
–          Free bike valet, offered by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to the first 100 people who arrive by bicycle
–          Free CLIF BAR samples to the first 200 people who arrive by bicycle
–          Sunday, August 22, 2010; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
–          Coincides with San Francisco’s Sunday Streets event – Golden Gate Park to the Great Highway will be closed to cars
–          California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
–          CLIF BAR ticket distribution and bike valet located on the east side of the Academy (the side farthest away from the Music Concourse band shell)
–          Bike riding is fun for the entire family
–          CLIF BAR is committed to fighting climate change through its 2 Mile Challenge bike advocacy program.  This nationwide campaign encourages people to ride a bike instead of driving a car for trips two miles or less to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change. 
–          In the U.S., 40 percent of all urban trips are two miles or less, and 90 percent of those trips are made by car.
–          Every mile traveled by bike instead of car prevents one pound of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, according to the Climate Leadership Initiative at the University of Oregon. Car-generated carbon dioxide is one of the leading causes of global climate change.
About Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious, all-natural, organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® BAR energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; and CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®. Focused on sports nutrition and healthy snacks, the company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and planet. (

*The full name: Sunday Streets Great Highway Golden Gate Park, Penguins to Penguins 2010 II, This Time It Won’t Rain.

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.


“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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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 – they’ll be sure to have some shots and reports posted in a timely fashion.