Posts Tagged ‘50’

Remembering When You Could Regularly See Russian Acrobatic “Yak” Aircraft in the Skies of the Bay Area

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.

But here’s your take-away: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.

Anyway, looks like fun:

Circa 2005, Marin County, Canon 300mm 2.8L IS + 2x extender

Know Your Two-Seat, Russian, Yakovlev Yak-52 Acrobatic-Training Aircraft Above San Francisco

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Remember that Yak-50 what used to buzz about the bay area? Good times. (See below for some shots taken from the East Peak of Mt. Tam.)

Well this is better, this one’s a Yak-52 (Як-52). Hurray!

(It probably killed fewer pilots per hour than the single-seat Yak-50, so that’s nice.)

As seen from Land’s End:

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(In Soviet Russia, plane kill you!)

What kind of crazy airplanes will Mother Russia send over next?

“This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.

But here’s your take-away, babe: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.

Anyway, looks like fun:

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Canon 1D Mark II with 300mm 2.8 IS I and 2x extender – ISO 400 and lots of digital zoom:

Happy trails.”

African American Art & Culture Complex Gets $50K for Youth Program Improvement and Capacity Expansion Initiative

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Wasn’t there to see it but this was the scene on Fulton Street at the African American Art & Culture Complex yesterday.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and the AAACC crew with a large check from AT&T:

All the deets:

“AT&T GIVES $50,000 FOR YOUTH ARTS PROGRAMMING AT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ART & CULTURE COMPLEX

SAN FRANCISCO – On December 9, 2010, AT&T will present the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) with a $50,000 contribution to support its free arts programming for youth primarily residing in San Francisco’s Western Addition Community.  The contribution will fund the “Youth Program Improvement and Capacity Expansion Initiative” that includes computer software upgrades, equipment enhancement, and the attainment and retention of quality instructors.  There will be a small ceremony at the African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, on December 9th at 12:30pm.

“I am truly excited that AT&T is honoring the African American Art & Culture Complex with this contribution. This institution serves not just as an arts space, but a safe space for youth in the Western Addition community, to express their artistic talents through visual and performing arts,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.

The Youth Program Improvement and Capacity Expansion Initiative will enhance art and technology classes in the recording studio including audio engineering, film production and graphic art.  The classes will serve youth in the general after school program for ages 7-12 and a specialized teen program for ages 14-18.

“At AT&T, we are committed to making a real difference in the communities where we live and work, especially by supporting innovative programs that inspire and enrich the community as a whole,” said Tedi Vriheas, AT&T External Affairs Manager.  “That’s why we’re proud to salute the African American Art & Culture Complex and the great work they are doing to provide art and cultural programming that enriches the Western Addition and entire San Francisco community.”

“With the loss of visual and performing arts classes in our public schools, it is more important than ever that we provide other opportunities for children to experience the arts and we want to thank AT&T for recognizing the importance of the arts in the lives of children,” said AAACC Board President Naomi Kelly.

About the African American Art & Culture Complex

Since 1989, the African American Art & Culture Complex has empowered youth, promoted the work of emerging local artists, and served as a vital resource to residents and visitors.  The AAACC fosters commitment to service and activism through Afro-centric artistic and cultural performance, exhibition and programming.

WHAT:                        Presentation of $50,000 contribution

WHEN:                        Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:                      762 Fulton Street, San Francisco

PARTICIPANTS:        Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

AAACC Executive Director London Breed

AAACC Board President Naomi Kelly

AT&T External Affairs Manager Tedi Vriheas

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Demands Response from 414 Mason, Site of Tourist Slaying

Friday, August 13th, 2010

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J Herrera is going after the owner / operator of 414 Mason, the site of the recent Union Square shootout that resulted in the death of German tourist Mechthild Schröer. (The SFPD is still working on this case – they were down in Fremont yesterday.)

Mr. Herrera is alleging that the August 8th party was illegal and overcrowded. All the deets are below.

San Francisco’s Happy Warrior, DJH:

Herrera initiates legal action against teen party venue in Union Square tourist shooting. Demand letter to owner, operator of rental space alleges Fire Code violations, unlawful business practices in ‘horrific incident’ 

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 13, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken a step toward suing the owner and operator of a Union Square venue where an illegal, overcrowded party for high school-aged youths last Sunday was marred by gunfire that injured two teens and took the life a German tourist. 

Herrera’spre-litigation demand letter to Joseph Ursino, owner of the building at 414 Mason Street, and Curtis Matthews, who rented out the party space, alleges that the two face, “at a minimum, civil liability for violating the California Fire Code and for unlawful business practices.”  Such violations can be punishable by fines and penalties as well as disgorgement of all profits related to the unlawful conduct.  The letter sent this morning acknowledges that the City Attorney’s Office is also evaluating the potential liability of Labriette Collins, the event’s promoter. 

“Because of the tragic circumstances and grave public safety concerns surrounding the event and how you and others managed it, I will seek full legal redress to affirm public confidence in laws intended to protect the safety of San Francisco’s residents and visitors,” Herrera’s letter states.  “Vigorous enforcement of these laws is additionally essential to guarantee fair treatment to the vast majority of responsible entertainment business operators, who invest the care and expense necessary to abide by the law, and who comprise one of our City’s most important economic sectors.” 

All the deets, and the demand letter itself, after the jump.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Issues Statement about Slain German Tourist Mechthild Schroer

Monday, August 9th, 2010

If this isn’t international news it will be soon. At the very least, it’s nice to see that the mayor issued a statement about it today.

Mechthild Schroer, the woman on the right in this photo, was slain in the Union Square area last night:

Photo by Christian Weber

The Mayor’s statement:

MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM’S STATEMENT ON WEEKEND SHOOTINGS & CLUB REGULATIONS. Mayor Newsom Offers Condolences to Victims of Violence, Signs Legislation to Give Entertainment Commission Greater Power to Revoke Problem Club Permits

San Francisco, CA – Mayor Gavin Newsom today strongly condemned this weekend’s separate shootings that resulted in the death of Mechthild Schroeer of Germany, along with four wounded in the Theater District and South of Market neighborhoods.

“On behalf of our entire City, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mechthild Schroeer, who died needlessly from this senseless violence, and to those who were injured in these disturbing incidents. I urge anyone with any information about the two shootings on the 400 block of Mason Street and near 1015 Folsom nightclub to notify the Police department immediately to aid in the ongoing investigations.  

I also commend the brave taxi driver and many pedestrians and other witnesses who aided the San Francisco Police Department in apprehending suspects in the 400 block of Mason incident. These people represent the best of our City and our values.

Though our homicide rate so far this year remains at a historic low, we will not tolerate violence in our City’s neighborhoods or senseless shootings that occur near and around San Francisco nightclubs and social clubs. Nightlife is an important part of our City’s cultural and economic vibrancy, but there is nothing more important than the public safety of our residents and visitors. We will continue to pursue every possible means to prevent violence outside clubs and hold club owners and promoters accountable.”

Today, Mayor Newsom also signed legislation strengthening the Entertainment Commission’s ability to permanently revoke the permits of problem clubs, passed by the Board of Supervisors last week. The legislation follows recent incidents near Jelly’s Dance Cafe in the Mission Bay, El Rincon in the Mission, and Suede in North Beach. In December 2009, Mayor Newsom sponsored legislation which granted the Entertainment Commission the power to issue emergency suspensions and temporary closures, along with other powers to deal with problem clubs. In May 2009, Mayor Newsom sponsored legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors to give the SFPD greater authority to discourage and prevent loitering outside nightclubs.

Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square Garage is 50 Years Old – Party on Saturday

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Don’t tell the people at the Streetsblog or anything, but the Yelp-rated Portsmouth Square Garage is celebrating 50 years of operation. The managers of this car hole going to have a little get-together for the public this Saturday:

“On July 10th Saturday, at Portsmouth Square, come join in our 50th Anniversary celebration, beginning at noon till 3:00 pm. There will be live DJ Radio Broadcast, music performance by Jest Jammin’ and a Historical photo exhibition of Chinatown.”

See? Instead of Transit First, it will be Cars First, if just for a day.

And then they’ll have a banquet featuring Board of Supervisors President David Chiu a couple days later. It’s going to be mega.

The garage has been the scene of many public gatherings over the years. Here’s a Tiananmen Square anniversary:

via Whole Wheat Toast

Personally, I’ve never set foot inside off this famous garage because I’m a member of Park Club. The first rule of Park Club is Never Drive Into Chinatown. Can you guess the second rule? It’s Never Drive Into Chinatown. (The Financh is just a couple blocks away, right? Plenty of free on-street parking there…)

Oh, and bonus, they have free validation for two hours if you buy something, or something like that.

Anyway, enjoy your garage.

All the deets:

PORTSMOUTH SQUARE GARAGE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
Portsmouth Square Garage will be holding a press conference on Wednesday 7/7/2010 to be
held at the Garage Cashiers’ Booth at 11:00 am regarding the upcoming 50th Anniversary
Community Celebration and Dinner.

“Many will remember in 1960, Willie McCovey played 1st base and Wille Mays was center fielder
for the San Francisco Giants and this is the same year the Giants moved to a brand new
Candlestick Park, but how many of us remember the opening day of Portsmouth Square?” says
Sam Kwong, President of the Garage Board of Directors.

“Portsmouth Square and the Garage have come a long way since then. On July 10th Saturday,
at Portsmouth Square, come join in our 50th Anniversary celebration, beginning at noon till 3:00
pm. There will be live DJ Radio Broadcast, music performance by Jest Jammin’ and a Historical
photo exhibition of Chinatown.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Yelp Drinks Week 2010 Coming to the West Bay, East Bay, South Bay: Booze Half Off

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

From Laura at the Uptown Almanac comes news of Yelp Drinks Week 2010, a solid week of discounted, “hand-crafted” (no robots, no no no) drinks available at selected joints.

San Francisco: March 1-7

Silicon Valley / San Hoser: March 8-14

East Bay: March 15-21

Soon, you’ll be able to get a $1 cans of Olympia at Oakland’s Kingfish Pub or a “Yelp, I Need Somebody”(?) at San Francisco’s Four Seasons for $7.50 – your choice. Just mention the Y-word and then order away. Deets below.

Here’s the flyer for SF:

Of course there are a few rules:

“Yeah, boyeeeee! Who’s up for a sweet Bay Area-wide happy hour?!?

For three weeks in March, Yelp brings you YELP DRINKS, where you’ll get a chance to sip on lip-smackingly good adult libations at locations that locals love all over the Bay Area! Participating bars and restaurants will feature up to 3 delicious, hand-crafted cocktails for 50% off throughout the promotion. Nothing like saving a few ducks while you get crunk, huh?

San Francisco Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 1st – Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Silicon Valley Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 8th – Sunday, March 14th, 2010

East Bay Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 15th – Sunday, March 21st, 2010

A few quick notes:

1) Though we’re calling this a happy hour, it’s better – Yelp Drinks prices are good all day Monday through all day Sunday *while supplies last.
2) Please tip on the regular price of the drinks.
3) And please, consume responsibly!”

All the places, after the jump

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Alameda-Based 11th District Coast Guard Kills Cocaine Smuggler with Shot from Chopper

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Well there’s a whole lot I don’t know about this incident involving a purported cocaine smuggler killed on January 19th, 2010 somewhere in the “Eastern Pacific Ocean.” But, apparently, this smuggler and his boat weren’t too far away from Guatemala City because that’s where he ended up dying after the Coast Guard shot at his engine with a massive rifle mounted on a helicopter.

Feel free to read the account below – it was just released from the 11th District HQ in Alameda, They’re looking into the theory that the purported smuggler died due to “engine fragment or shrapnel injuries.”

Did this shooting get any coverage in Guatemala? No se. Did this shooting get much coverage in any English language publication? Not that I can see. Do the Coasties have video of all this? Oh yes, I’m sure. Does the Coast Guard even know this guy’s name? Maybe not, they haven’t released it, anyway.

Here’s your 21st century Coast Guard – a machine gun for warning shots

 

…and when you ignore that, a massive rifle to take out your engine block, presumably a Barrett M82 .50 cal.

I don’t have a photo of one of those helicopter-mounted rifles, but how would you like .50 caliber rifle bullets like these sailing by your head from a chopper one at time?

Click to see the ammo - it’s the most powerful commonly available cartridge not considered a destructive device under the National Firearms Act. So don’t be surprised when the unarmored engine block of your “go-fast” boat blows up after you pretend not to hear all the warnings you’ve just been given: 

 

Last year, the Alameda-based “maritime security cutter” USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), which is like a destroyer, basically, bigger and badder than anything else the Coast Guard has ever had in warm waters, was on a maritime security mission in the same area. So I suppose this is how the smallest branch of the military is spending part of its time these days, just hanging out near Central America looking for drug boats and submarines. It’s like Miami Vice, West Coast or something.

And that’s it.

Maybe the Coasties will issue a more-detailed report sometime.

Read all about it, after the jump

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Know Your Russian Acrobatic Yak Aircraft Above San Francisco

Monday, January 4th, 2010

This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.

But here’s your take-away, babe: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.

Anyway, looks like fun:

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Happy trails

A Makeshift Shrine for Luis Solari, Shot to Death on San Francisco’s 280 Freeway Last Year

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

This is what you can see right before the Monterey exit of southbound 280 - a memorial for Luis Solari, who was shot to death while driving his two kids on a San Francisco freeway:

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Look for it the next time you pass the second Alemany.

They’re calling it a cold case now, but the reward is still out there.