Posts Tagged ‘3rd’
American Beauty-Style “Dancing Bag” Appears at 3rd and Market – It was Roundly Ignored by Passersby, Oh WellFriday, January 6th, 2017
Somebody(ies) was horsing around with a plastic bag yesterday, but nobody noticed AFAICS.
You know, like in American Beauty
First it was all like this:
And then it was all like this:
Next time I see this, I’ll have video for you, Gentle Reader.
Sadly it was NOT the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed…
Here’s the news about this “impossible to get to location” on Market Street:
And here’s the early reaction from area millionaires:
All the deets:
Stores closing soon:
092 Brea — 835 E. Birch St., Brea, CA 92821
039 El Segundo — 2041 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 100, El Segundo, CA 90245
090 Irvine — 16181 Lake Forest Dr., Irvine, CA 92618
041 Oxnard — 441 W. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard, CA 93036
030 Upland — 1221 E. 19th St., Upland, CA 91784
032 Woodland Hills — 21494 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
043 Pleasant Hill — 120 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
042 Downtown San Francisco — 735 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Stores remaining open:
34-Pasadena — 3635 East Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA
44-Pleasanton — 4200 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA
45-San Jose — 4070 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA
56-San Diego — 824 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA
New Podcast from KALW: “THE INTERSECTION is a six-episode portrait of one Tenderloin corner: Golden Gate Avenue & Leavenworth Street”Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Edited for spoiler removal:
“HELLO, welcome to THE INTERSECTION. The new podcast from KALW, which explores change in the Bay Area, launches today.
Season 1 of THE INTERSECTION is a six-episode portrait of one Tenderloin corner: Golden Gate Avenue & Leavenworth Street. SF’s poorest neighborhood has a reputation for crime, drugs and poverty, but it actually has the city’s highest density of kids, seniors and the unhoused.
Listen to the first episode about being homeless and finding a home in the tightest real estate markets in the country.
Turns out that four of the 14 judges hail from Estado Libre y Soberano de Tabasco, so that explains the surprise victory.
Cholula’s the fourther, so it gets an AutoPen-signed certificate instead of a medal.
District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview, said that Fresh & Easy did little to support its Third Street store, and was unresponsive to efforts to work with the community. “I am deeply disappointed that Fresh and Easy did not include the Bayview community in this process. As a city we have made consistent efforts to be a part of the discussion to ensure that the Bayview community was not harmed by the failures of Fresh & Easy to capitalize on the economic opportunities in San Francisco,” she said in a statement.
So, San Francisco County isn’t a hard place in which to do business? But, yes it is a hard place in which to do business! Here’s the task – go into the Bayview and operate a gro sto that makes money, but keep in mind that this goal has been attained by nobody else. And when things don’t work out, a low-level elected official will call out your alleged incompetence to tout le monde.
“Fresh & Easy may point to the low-performance of the existing Bayview store as the primary reason for why it was not included in the acquisition agreement. However, this statement does not take into account that Fresh & Easy made little effort to support the day to day operations of the store.”
Malia Cohen, business consultant?
She said city officials “made countless offers to meet with the general manager of the store to discuss neighborhood marketing campaigns in order to ensure it would remain successful.”
So if you’re running a business in the 415, a “neighborhood marketing campaign” will “ensure” success? Really?
Supervisor Cohen said that the decision would force many Bayview residents to buy their groceries in other neighborhoods.
Oh, back to planet Earth, yes, at least we agree on this. Yes, the F&E is the only genuine grocery store in the area. Of course, there’s a Walgreens at 5300 3rd Street just five blocks away and it’s sort of a substitute for a gro sto. Here’s the extensive chip section – it’s the Great Wall o’ Chips!
(And this is just one part of The Wall.)
But it’s not really a full-on grocery, I’ll agree.
Oh, but what’s this the next block over at 5201 3rd? It’s Aguila de Oro Produce. See? It’s smack dab in the middle of the Lower Third’s purported “food desert” and yet it’s more of a “food oasis,” as defined by the Feds, than any Walgreens in the world:
This store serves all comers. And in a way, it has an unlimited supply.
So Malia, instead of crittercizing grocery managers who were given an almost impossible task, why not promote those who are already succeeding without the help of SFGov? I mean, the first thing I’d think about if you asked me to operate a full-on grocery in the area is why have all the other efforts failed? And then I’d think about how long will it take for my political “friends” to turn on me?
Cohen has already begun conversations with local grocers about potentially acquiring the site if Yucaipa does not reconsider purchasing the Bayview location.
Like F&E could give a fuck, right? It’s like be our guest, Malia Cohen. Go knock yourself out.
“I am committed to working with the community to determine the future of this important asset, continue our economic revitalization efforts* on the Third Street corridor and ensure that the Bayview community continues to have access to health and affordable food options,” she said.
Blah blah blah. What does all this mean? Who created this “asset?” You, Malia Cohen, or those you harsh out? And who on Earth will “ensure that the Bayview community continues to have access to health and affordable food options?” Access to health? That’s a tall order, non?
I don’t know, it might feel good to flip off those who can no longer help you, but think of The Future, Malia.
If You Want.
*Efforts, mmm. Was the Third Street rail system an “effort?” I suppose. Is it a success? IDK. IMO, we’d be better of without it, even though the Feds kicked in a lot of money. Was Redevelopment all those years ago an “effort?” Yes. Was it a “success?” Oh no. We all agree about that, in retrospect. You live in a world of yes-men, you know, your officemates. You don’t want to lose the plot, Malia, in such an environment. You don’t want to lose touch with the Real World.
Finally, a Happy Time at the DMV: Third Annual Slappy Contest Today at 3:00PM – Skateboarding is Not a CrimeSunday, May 19th, 2013
Except when it is a crime.
Actually, just riding your bike through the Fell Street DMV parking lot is a crime unless there’s a sign saying it’s OK to do so and, sadly, there’s no such sign.
Anyway, today’s show must go on:
It looked just like this in 2012, at the second annual. Good times:
Target, Beloved by Regular San Franciscans, Opens New Store October 14th – Gift Card Giveaways Until ThenFriday, September 28th, 2012
I’ll tell you, there are two kinds of San Franciscans:
1. People who know / care about who the current Mayor is; and
2. People who think the Mayor of San Francisco is still Gavin Newsom or Willie Brown or Dianne Feinstein*
A third of the first group welcomes the new City Target store, a third doesn’t care, and a third opposes this corporate chain-store invasion, man.
And the second group? They either don’t care or they welcome this store.
Golfing for Gift Cards and Bullseye doggie dolls:
*Which you know, isn’t too far from the truth, IRL.
(Oh, which of the two groups listed above is larger? The second one.)
I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords.
As does Charlize Theron:
Feel free to continue shopping online until October 14th.
(And hey, where’s our Masonic and Geary Target, when’s that one coming?)
See you at the City Target on the Second Sunday of October 2012!
Sorry, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition – The Average Cyclist Doesn’t Care What You Say – Here’s ProofThursday, July 26th, 2012
[UPDATE: Attention nerdy white engineering types / transit activists who have some connection with Strava, Inc / Chris Bucherre / Kim Flynt. It’s too bad that your NVIDIA co-worker / cycling buddy /KOM competitor / team $pon$or killed somebody / got killed / got sued but I don’t really have anything to do with that. Feel free to call me a “dumbass” for revealing that people (paralegals? associates? concerned investors?) at the O’Melveny(sp?) law firm Google such search terms like “STRAVA lawsuit” and “STRAVA vicarious liability” and whatnot – that’s your right as Americans. Feel free to band together on the Twitter and rap about how you white engineering types / transit activists are getting effed, somehow, yet again. But dudes, you gots ta chill. Take the emotion down a bit, why not? And think, maybe after Strava is gone, whenever that is, your cycling teams can get funding from somebody else, right? I said that Strava might get sued and you all pooh poohed that. And of course Strava got sued (you know, for wrongful death, right on sked, right before the statute, IN ADDITION to other stuff, like IP patent stuff from before). And I said that Chris Bucchere, the man what made some Mission Cycling members ashamed of their jerseys, might do hard time for the death of Sutchi Hui and you all pooh poohed that as well. And of course Chris Bucchere just might do hard time. But look above and see that this post is directed to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, not to you macho white engineering types / transit activists, you dig? The SFBC feels that it has some power over cyclists. The SFBC feels that cyclists have already cleaned up their acts in response to the recent cyclist-caused ped deaths. The SFBC hectors people about stopping before you hit the start of the crosswalk and/or the stop line. And I’m showing them how maybe they’re not 100% always right about everything they say. That’s all.]
Just one problem with Market Street’s excessively-wide crosswalks is that people need to stop far away from intersections, sometimes even behind stop lines.
Like this, for instance.
So what cyclists tend to do at red lights on Market is to weasel past the stop line and through the crosswalk so as to be ready for the green.
As here, on Market at Third Street:
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Now this kind of behavior is contrary to the party line of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
“On a daily basis, be a bicycle ambassador by being a great representative of San Francisco’s amazing, diverse and growing community of people who bicycle. Stop behind the crosswalk, give pedestrians the right-of-way and others will follow.”
The cyclists probably aware of this but they just don’t care. (It’s like did Nancy Reagan’s hectoring about Just Say No To Drugs have any effect the past three decades? Think about it.)
And this is in the post-Bucchere, high-enforcement world of 2012.
You talk about safety for all but then tell pedestrians absolutely false statements about how they Always Have The Right Of Way – is that responsible behavior?
And you think that The Media is your problem, SFBC? Sure seems that way, based upon what you say.
Maybe The Media isn’t your problem.
“National Strike Force? Pacific Strike Team?” When WMDs Strike the West Coast, Bucolic Novato Will Lead the ResponseTuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Well, this is news to me.
Check it, the biggest military shoulder patch in the world is worn by members of the Novato-based “Pacific Strike Team,” which is part of the National Strike Force, which is part of the Deployable Operations Group, which is part of the United States Coast Guard.
See? Here they are, training for disaster response up in Marin County last year.
“Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharina Lamonica and Petty Officer 3rd Class Grace Peterson setup a weather station during an exercise with National Strike Force’s Pacific Strike Team, Feb. 16, 2011. The Pacific Strike Team conducted the exercise as part of its annual Readiness for Operations inspection”
And you thought Novato was just a cow town:
I moved your star about 100 clicks north of where you have it, Dawg. Novato’s in the North Bay, not the South, just saying.
All the deets:
“The Deployable Operations Group (DOG) is a United States Coast Guard command that provides properly equipped, trained and organized Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) to Coast Guard, DHS, DoD and inter-agency operational and tactical commanders. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, it was established on 20 July 2007, and is commanded by a Rear Admiral lower half.”
“Each Strike Team is a highly trained cadre of Coast Guard professionals who maintain and rapidly deploy with specialized equipment and incident management skills wherever needed. The strike teams are recognized worldwide as expert authorities in the preparation for and response to the effects resulting from oil discharges, hazardous substance releases, weapons of mass destruction events, and other emergencies on behalf of the American public. There are three strike teams within the NSF. The Atlantic Strike Team (AST) is based at Fort Dix, New Jersey, the Gulf Strike Team (GST) is based in Mobile, Alabama, and the Pacific Strike Team is based in Novato, California.”
Thanks in advance, Pacific Strike Team.