Posts Tagged ‘a’

Double Seven: Yesterday’s Blue Angels Show had Twin #7 Jets Performing – Photos from the Toll Plaza Area

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Being atop an old gun battery just west of the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza isn’t the best place to see the Fleet Week airshow, and it’s not exactly easy to get to, owing to jammed traffic, but it’s where I ended up. Here are some photos from Friday practice day.

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Two of things are not like the others/ Two of these thing just don’t belong. Can you see?

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That’s right, there are two two-seaters in there. Like this:

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And this. There’s no flying required back there, so why not just put your arms out.

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Most are single-seaters:

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Oh look, two #7’s

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See?

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See?

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I’m thinking Aquatic Park or the Marina Green would be better places to be.

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All right, c u later:

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Frisco’s New Tourist Parking Ban at Coit Tower is a Huge Success, or Failure, Your Choice! – Let’s Take a Look

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

It took me a while to figure this one out:

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So residents are allowed to park but tourists, or “visitors” euphemistically, well you can all go to Hell.

I can see how touristas should be limited to two hours or whatnot, but the top of Telegraph Hill is special, apparently.

Anyway, the real reason you can’t park there is that the locals don’t want you queuing up in a line of twenty cars, which was happening last year during construction time.

So guess what, the scary signs have scared away a good percentage of tourists, so the waiting time to park has gone way down, but the vast majority of the spaces are occupied by tourists anyway. Take a look – all these rides are owned by tourists:

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But a handful of tidy German luxocars owned by local millionaires were on hand, see?

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In theory, all the 20 or so rides up here should have these red stickers, but only three had them when I was there.

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In other words, enforcement appears to be VisionZero or zero or whatever this year’s phrase for goose eggs is.

So there you have it. Is this sitch a success or not?

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Scaring away half the tourists makes things easier for the remaining tourists and our local millionaire BMW and Audi owners too.

Of course, Frisco thinks all you tourists are deadbeats who should pay something like $5 or $10 just for the right to drive into town. (I’m srsly.) So you all are lucky to be able to drive up to Coit Tower without having to pass a toll booth.

Anyway, this program is a huge success or a small failure of democracy – it’s your choice.

(Now don’t go crazy and park up there overnight or anything.)

Bold Move: SF Business Times Prints Shame List of “Restaurants with High-Risk Health Code Violations”

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Seems a long time ago now, but back eight years the spouse of a County Supervisor had this to say:

“To those mother fuckers at the Golden Gate Restaurant Association: FUCK YOU!”

And I thought, what an odd thing to say, but yeah, I can see where that comes from.

(Here’s just one example – this place is a member. Like, it even gets promoted by the GGRA.)

Anyway, the GGRA spends its time doing things like lobbying against simple letter grades for restaurants, ala San Diego. Which is funny, because posting simple letter grades up front has lots of benefits – like it lowers food poisoning incidents at ER’s in the surrounding area and other good stuff like that. Check it:

“A 2003 study by two economists [Yay, Stanfoo!] found that after letter grades were introduced in Los Angeles, there was a 20 percent decline in hospital admissions for food-borne illness.

But the SF Bidness Times, well, the people there must bump into officers of the GGRA all the time. And yet here it is, the SFBT now has a naughty list a mile long.

Here’s part of it – let’s start with the beginning of the alphabet

Arizmendi Bakery
1331 9th Ave.
08/28/2014: Unclean hands or improper use of gloves (Score: 73)

Ouch. If I were Arizmendi, I’d spend more time striving to get a triple digit score and less time working on buying a “parklet” from the City.

And hey, who’s in charge of AT&T these days? Is it Olympian Larry Baer? I think so:

AT&T – Cable Car Bar (Promenade) [146520]
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: No hot water or running water (Score: 93)

AT&T – Say Hey Sausage-Room 5319 [145157]
24 Willie Mays Plaza 5.15.01
09/14/14: High-risk food holding temperature (Score: 93)

AT&T Park – Food Cart
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: Sewage or wastewater contamination (Score: 93)

AT&T Park – Garden Table Stand
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: High-risk food holding temperature (Score: 93)

AT&T PARK – Gotham Kitchen
24 Wilie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: Unclean or unsanitary food contact surfaces (Score: 91)

AT&T PARK – Hearth Table Stand
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: High-risk food holding temperature (Score: 93)

And yet, all the scores appear to be similar? I’m sure there’s a reason for that, but I don’t know the reason. (Are some of these violations no biggee? I don’t know. Which violations are important and which are less so? IDK.)

There’s lots I don’t understand about how SFGov does it restaurant health grading. Oh well.

Hey SFGov, can we get simple, effective letter grades posted out front, ala San Diego? Oh no, you just don’t feel like it? Oh what’s that, the GGRA doesn’t want you do it so you won’t?

OK fine.

Here’s Why “Evil Republican Billionaire” Sean Parker is Four Times LESS Evil Than What the SFMTA Crowd is Saying

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Well, here’s the latest from the I HEART THE SFMTA NO MATTER HOW TERRIBLE IT MIGHT BE crowd on Sean Parker and Prop L.

The thing is, poor, sensitive* Sean Parker actually is the number one booster of Prop A, the billion dollar general obligation bond what the I HEART THE SFMTA NO MATTER HOW TERRIBLE IT MIGHT BE crowd really really wants passed.

Check it – he’s listed number one, owing to his $200,000 donation:

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Prop A is real life – it will take tens of millions of property tax dollars and, through “pass-throughs,” it just might raise your rent to the tune of thousands and thousands of dollars over the years. By that, I’m not saying that rents will go up generally, I’m saying you the renter will have to pay a surcharge to your landlord on top of the rent you already pay, despite your rent control.

OTOH, Prop L will have no effect whether it gets 49% or 51% of the vote. Of course, if it wins in a landslide, it will make life a bit more difficult for some activists. But if it loses in a landslide, it will be a useful talking point for those very same activists.

IMO, the SFMTA is afraid of any vote where it can’t control the selection of the voters. It’s grown accustomed to claiming widespread “community support” for all of its efforts. The SFMTA uses this sample bias to make itself feel better, and to help it to grow more and more, which is its number one goal.

So, stop abusing poor, sensitive Sean “Park”-er. He’s on your side, you “livable streets” people.

*He canceled his honeymoon after his stupid illegal wedding made the news? What he should have said was, “I’m sorry, I screwed up – I’ll try to make things better.” And then go on and pay the millions and millions he was going to pay anyway. See? Simple. Instead, his billionaire type friends “supported” him by telling him how “wronged” he was. Oh well. 

Here’s the SFMTA / MUNI in Action – Or Rather, Lack of Action – A Bus Stop at Geary And Laguna

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Does this bus stop look well-designed to you?

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Not to me:

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If you think MUNI is great, then you should raise your rent (literally, your landlord just might tack on an extra monthly fee, a pass-through) by voting AYE to Prop A.

But if you think MUNI sucks, you should vote NO…

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Dishonest Approach to Lauding Props A and B and Decrying Prop L

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Here we go:

Understanding This Year’s Transportation Ballot Measures by Tyler Frisbee

Proposition A, Proposition B and Proposition L present stark contrasts for our city’s future, and the November elections will give voters a chance to weigh in on whether they want to move our transportation system forwards or backwards.

EVERYTHING IN SF WILL BE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME REGARDLESS OF HOW WELL THESE PROPS FARE IN NOVEMBER – THIS IS A FACT. THERE ARE NO “STARK CONTRASTS FOR OUR CITY’S FUTURE.” I CAN SAY THAT BECAUSE I’M NOT TRYING TO RAISE MONEY FROM YOU, GENTLE READER.

Proposition A renews current property bond taxes to fund over $52 million for better bikeways, including $22 million for Better Market Street, in addition to $68 million for pedestrian improvements, $22 million for signal upgrades, and $358 million to improve Muni. Since it’s simply renewing a current property bond, Proposition A won’t raise taxes, and it will result in a markedly better commute for all of us.

PROP A. AUTHORIZES “PASSTHROUGHS” SO IT WILL ALLOW YOUR LANDLORD TO RAISE YOUR RENT TO THE TUNE OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, RIGHT? NEGLECTING TO MENTION THIS POSSIBILITY IS DISHONEST.*

In the first year, Proposition B would mean an extra $6 million for Vision Zero projects and an additional $16 million to improve Muni.

AND IN ITS FIRST YEAR, PROP B WOULD MEAN _LESS_ MONEY FOR SAN FRANCISCO NON-PROFITS, RIGHT? DON’T YOU THINK YOUR MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW THAT? OH WHAT’S THAT, YOU’RE A MONOMANIACAL POLITICAL GROUP SO YOU DON’T CARE? OK FINE.

Proposition L is a policy declaration statement that rolls back San Francisco’s Transit-First policy, and would result in the City having to prioritize car traffic and parking above all other modes.

UH NOPE. ITS PASSAGE WOULD NOT FORCE THE CITY TO DO ANYTHING, IT’S BASICALLY A MEASURE OF HOW VOTERS ARE THINKING.

Proposition L would require the SFMTA to value “free-flowing traffic” as highly as human life when designing streets, and would take money away from Muni to build more parking garages.

AGAIN, THE SFMTA WILL BE “REQUIRED” TO DO NOTHING.

END OF LINE.

As for myself, I’m agin Prop A, as I want a better MUNI. Pouring more money down the SFMTA rat hole doesn’t sound like a good idea to me. Hey, shouldn’t the head of MUNI be an elected position ala the DA’s Office? Where’s that proposition?

And I’m for Prop B. Some politically-connected non-profits are hopping mad about it, but I don’t care.

And Prop L doesn’t matter, so I don’t care about it. If it wins by a surprisingly large margin, it will end up being a face-punch to the SFMTA and its needy vassal, the SFBC.

*AND OH YEAH, THE SFMTA AND SFGOV PROVIDE THE SFBC WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS PER YEAR – DID YOU KNOW THAT, GENTLE READER? IT MIGHT BE NICE FOR THE SFBC TO POST A NOTE TO THAT EFFECT ON ITS OP-EDS, YOU KNOW, LIKE THIS ONE…

Assignment Desk: Q. What was Putin’s Buddy Andrey Melnichenko Doing in SF the Past Week? [A. Nothing Good]

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Evil coming at you:

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Evil hitting the road

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How long would you say this ship is – how about way more than a football field?

It’s so big it takes half a million bucks worth of petroleum to fill up its tanks.

It’s so big it needs a bar pilot to board to guide it out of San Francisco Bay, yesterday evening. See?

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All right, MSM, get up to speed on this recent visit here – just keep reading down.

Who did this guy meet with – corporate and government officials, right? Which ones? Why?

What’s that, what about the Ukraine? Indeed, what about Ukraine?

Hey, speak of the Devil:

Another lawmaker said he had been provided photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Andrey Melnichenko, who owns 92 percent of EuroChem’s shares. Putin even made a well-publicized visit to EuroChem’s potash mine in Gremyachinskoye in 2010.”

Hop on it, MSM.

Tracking a Russian James Bond Villain and His Superyacht in San Francisco Waters: Sausalito, Redwood City, What’s Next?

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Get up to speed on Russian “mathematician” and billionaire Andrey Melnichenko and his floating lair “A” here.

This is a few days back, moored at Sausalito. And then you can see he motored south under the Bay Bridge and the San Mateo Bridge to Redwood Shores:

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Where will he go next? Follow along right here.

(Let’s hope his arrival won’t be followed by The Big One ala Zorin.)

And let’s remember that Redwood City was where the US military’s very own stealth ship, the Sea Shadow, used to be moored for all those years. You know, along with its floating barge, so-called HMB-1 (Howard Hughes Mining Barge One), except that was just a cover for Project Jennifer, a plan from 40 years ago to lift Soviet sub K-129 up from the ocean floor. I’m srsly, Comrades.

And oh yeah, this yacht has a secret James Bond-esque escape pod, just as on the star-crossed K-278

He’s Ba-aack! The Ugly “Stealth Yacht” of Russian Billionaire Andrey Melnichenko Just Docked Near Redwood City

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Here it is, the superyacht named “A,” as seen a few years back in the waters of Marin County:

And here it is again in 2014, like right now at this very instant, down in Silicon Valley near Redwood Shores or Redwood City or whatever:

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And here it was yesterday, in Sausalito again, looks like.

This vessel just fueled up its 200,000(!) gallon tank (that’s more than four times as much as MUNI spilled into San Francisco Bay that one time) to the tune of a half a million dollars up north in Washington State.

So, what are Bro et ux doing down in the Valley?

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Send somebody down there and find out. Talk to his hired goons. Ask him about the James Bond-esque escape pod on the yacht. Ask him about what local companies he’s investing in. You know, that whole routine.

Checking In on a Typical Mayor Gavin Newsom Press Conference a Half-Decade Later: Who Lost Qantas?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Well, nobody really “lost” QANTAS, but SFO used to have the big Australian carrier like for a half-century and now it doesn’t so that’s what SFGov was upset about back in the day. Let’s review.

Here’s 2009, from Qantas:

“In 1954, San Francisco became Qantas’ first US mainland destination and we have a long association with the city. We are delighted to showcase our new aircraft to the people of San Francisco.”

And here’s 2009, from Newsom:

“San Francisco International Airport was designed to accommodate the new A380 aircraft, and we are extremely pleased today to welcome Qantas Airways in the first commercial A380 flight to SFO,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “This state-of-the-art, environmentally sensitive new aircraft provides yet another bridge of friendship between San Francisco and Australia, and we look forward to continuing our long and successful partnership with Qantas.”

Now IRL, the Airbus A380 was and is just another airplane in the sky. And IRL, the state of the art of large commercial aircraft would be to use two large engines instead of the A380’s four smaller engines. And calling it “environmentally sensitive” was and is a bit of a stretch and, in fact, these days it’s considered a guzzler and so much so that Airbus is considering certifying completely different engines.

Anyway, what happened soon after this press conference in 2009 is that Qantas shut down operations at SFO and went to Texas. So instead of upgrading airplanes coming into town, they just upped and quit on us, they couldn’t wait to get out of here.

Why? Because it made sense for them to do so and also the airport people at Dallas Fort Worth came up with millions of dollars to throw at Qantas.

Who knows, Qantas might come back to SFO at some point (but it doesn’t really matter all that much).

Pretty much everything he said at his press conferences turned out to be wrong – this is just an example.