Posts Tagged ‘access’

News: “Increased Internet Access at the Library!” – Plus, Our SFPL is Waiving Lost Card Fee – Plus Free WiFi

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Here’s a fresh press release from Our San Francisco Public Library:

Increased Internet Access at the Library!

Effective Sept. 5, library computer users will have greater access to Internet-enabled computers throughout the library system. Computer users will be able to reserve up to two one-hour sessions per day, as opposed to the current limit of one hour per day. The second hour is contingent upon availability. The increased time is in response to patron need and popular demand, and provides better service and utilization of library resources.

“The Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “We believe that these additional hours will better serve our library patrons.”

In addition, most of the Main Library’s Internet Express computers, will have increased time limits, from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Free Wi-Fi is available for both card holders and non-card holders at the Main Library and all branches for those who wish to bring their own devices. In addition, library patrons may be able to borrow a laptop computer for in-library use at branches when desktop computers are not available.

All library users are encouraged to apply for a free library card. Use of library computers is free to card holders, and, as part of the initiative to provide more access to our library users, Library staff will waive the lost card fee and issue a free replacement card through June 2015.”

Hurray!

Hey MUNI, Your Thing is Up! A #6 Parnassus Driver Tools Down Market With An Access Panel Propped Open – Peds Beware

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

This wasn’t a sidelined bus waiting for help to get back on the road. No no, this was an operating #6 Parnassus heading inbound on Market just the other day.

San Francisco’s infamous jaywalking* peds will now need to keep an eye out for this kind of thing:

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*Uh, jaywalking isn’t illegal because of Big Oil. No no, jaywalking is illegal because Big Government wants to protect you from killing yourself. Yet another conspiracy theory debunked…

What’s Up With Battery Caulfield Road in the Presidio – Have the Feds Closed It Yet? A Premature Road Sign

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Well here’s what the 15th Avenue Entrance to the Presido looks like these days.

See that? It’s for bikes only now – cars need to use 14th Avenue: 

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Which is as expected, fine.

But what’s up with this new sign with the garbage bag over it?

This is right outside of the Presidio Landmark Apartments* on infamous Battery Caulfield Road

I was bold enough to take a peek under the garbage bag. It said something like “Road Closed 110 Feet.”

Oh noes!

I haven’t heard of any conflict yet, so assume that this sign is not currently operational.

Speaking of which, here’s part of the actual Battery Caulfield, AFAIK – it was a Nike Missile base, your know, for the Russian Bear Bombers and whatnot. They stored the Nikes horizontal and then would open the pod bay doors to fire. And you can see the flat top of Mount Sutro in the background – that’s where the fire control base was for the SAMs of the Presidio, back in the day:

Anyway, wazzup with BC Road closing? I gots to know.

*Speaking of which, just look – cars in the parking lot. Personally, I wouldn’t pay four figures a year just to park in the West Bay, but that’s how they do it these days. Anyway, my point is that, unlike last year, there are people actually living in the Presidio Landmark. It took a while, and the looky-lou’s were pissed off that they had to apply for an appointment just to check things out, but the joint probably doesn’t feel like the hotel from The Shining anymore.

“ADA Abuse” in the Richmond District, 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Question: When four-star-Yelp-rated Han Il Kwan restaurant way out there in the West Bay, in the Middle Richmond District, precisely, had to close down recently for extensive refurbishment, as reported in the excellent Richmond District Blog, was that an example of “ADA abuse” or was it an example of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act functioning as designed?

Answer: This one’s easy. Increasing costs for businesses and/or shutting them down is an example of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act functioning as designed.

What some call “abuse” of the law, I call use of the laws.

Via Jim C

Next question…

Disability Laws and Regulations

Presidio Update: Battery Caulfield Road Shutdown Meeting to be Held in Early October

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Now you have even more time to email snail mail in your comments about the closure of Battery Caulfield Road in the Presidio.

Soon, you might not be welcome to test drive your new Lambo on Battery Caulfield. Oh well:

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The latest skivvy:

The Presidio Trust is considering two approaches to limit vehicular use of a portion of Battery Caulfield Road:

 1) limitation of vehicular use during weekday peak AM and PM hours, 7 to 9 am and 5 to 7 pm, as well as on weekends (Alternative 1); or

2) limitation of vehicular use at all times (Alternative 2).

The proposed limitation on vehicular use is intended to reduce cut-through traffic to maintain public health and safety, to protect environmental values, to protect natural resources, and to avoid conflict among visitor uses.

By restricting the use of Battery Caulfield Road, the Trust also intends to reduce the amount of traffic through the 14th and 15th Avenue gates.

The Trust invites comments on both of these proposed limits of public use. Send comments to: John Fa, The Presidio Trust, 34 Graham Street, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052, or via email to: batterycaulfield@presidiotrust.gov.

Please make sure your comments have your name and contact information. Comments must be received no later than October 15, 2010. All written comments submitted to the Trust will be considered, and this proposed use limit may be modified accordingly. The final decision of the Trust will be published in the Federal Register.

To view a copy of the Federal Register Notice click here.

The Trust will be scheduling a meeting the first week of October. Information on the meeting will be disseminated as soon as details are confirmed.”

Tell the Presidio How You Feel About Battery Caulfield Road Shutting Down – Deadline Sept 1.

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Well you have the entire month of August to snail mail in your opinion about the Presidio Trust shutting down Battery Caulfield Road. Deets below, initial reactions here.

(And hey, speaking of that whole area, there’ll be a tour and update meeting at the new Presidio Landmark apartments starting at 6:30 PM tonight, Monday, August 2nd. Get the deets over at the Richmond District Blog.)

El mappo:

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Basically, you’re going to need to use the tunnel, or 25th Ave, or Washington. The Presidio Trust doesn’t want you driving past the old hospital just to “cut through.” The short version:

“The Presidio Trust is considering two approaches to limit vehicular use of a portion of Battery Caulfield Road: 1) limitation of vehicular use during weekday peak AM and PM hours, 7 to 9 am and 5 to 7 pm, as well as on weekends (Alternative 1); or 2) limitation of vehicular use at all times (Alternative 2). The proposed limitation on vehicular use is intended to reduce cut-through traffic to maintain public health and safety, to protect environmental values, to protect natural resources, and to avoid conflict among visitor uses. By restricting the use of Battery Caulfield Road, the Trust also intends to reduce the amount of traffic through the 14th and 15th Avenue gates.

The Trust invites comments on both of these proposed limits of public use. Send comments to: Planning Department, Presidio Trust, 34 Graham Street, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052. Comments must be received no later than September 1, 2010. All written comments submitted to the Trust will be considered, and this proposed use limit may be modified accordingly. A subsequent Federal Register notice will provide a response to comments, identify the decision, and give 30-day notice of implementation. We will email this second notice to you as well. The final decision of the Trust will be published in the Federal Register.

The gritty nitty:

(Oh, by the way, don’t be surprised to learn that your license plate might somehow get recorded when you make your cut-through trips through the park. That’s one of the ways they keep track of you.)

So that’s it. The full monty, after the jump.

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Big “San Francisco Congestion Pricing” Car Fee Meeting Tonight at the Ferry Building

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

I’ll tell you, if you are dead-set against the idea of paying money for the right to drive into the Financh at certain times of the day, you’re better off not attending the “outreach meeting” being held tonight tonight* at the Ferry Building.

We will be conducting a fourth round of public workshops to present our findings in late spring or early summer. Join us in person or on the web to discuss our findings, and your thoughts on next steps.

Tuesday, July 27 from 5:30 – 7:00pm
San Francisco Ferry Building
Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd floor

Wednesday, July 28 from 5:30 – 7:00pm
SFCTA Hearing Room
100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor”

The reason being is that you don’t have a prayer about changing their minds or nothing. They already know what’s best for you.

They already know that this, or something similiar, is The Future:

And to persuade you of all this, they’ll sacrifice a few straw dogs just for your benefit. Srsly. So, like, does anybody actually believe this statement?

All the traffic in the city is from drivers who don’t live in the city.”

Or this one? Does anybody go around saying this IRL?

“Congestion Pricing is a regressive tax on poor people who need to drive into the cordon area.”

No, not really. Oh well. They’re trying to persuade so this is how they do it, in a patronizing manner. It’s The System.

This is the same system that FUBARed the Bay Bridge retrofit.  This is the same system that calls the increased fares on the Bay Bridge “congestion pricing.” Oh well.

Myself, I support the concept of congestion pricing. In fact, I’m thinking it’s possible that San Francisco could actually execute this idea in a textbook fashion. We’ll see.

*Phil Collins is a jerk but he was also a jerk back in his Genesis days, so you can’t say that he changed or nothing. And you can’t say that he just tagged along with the others from Genesis - he was Genesis, really. So, if you like the extended part that starts at 3:17 here and the other similar parts, well then you have to give props to Phil Collins, I guess.

“iPhone-Smashing” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Visits the Mission District

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

The first thing you may think upon meeting Federal Communications CommissionChairman Julius Genachowski is that he looks like a lawyer who just might have gone to school with Obama. Bingo!

Then you read up on how he wants to smash open the iPhone over the recent AT&T / Google Voice lockout brouhaha. You see, Jules acted with a shocking quickness. Is it because he “gets” technology? Could be.

Anywho, Mr. Chairman came to the lovely Valencia Gardens housing projects (seriously, the best in the City, more appealing than the Fillmore Center Apartments anyway) on a dreaded sunny day to highlight “the importance of broadband access in low income communities.” Check it:

Julius, second from right, chatting with the Mission Digital Connectors:

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And with other Missionites:

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Can people in the area around 14th and Valencia open up their netbooks to catch 5/5 bars worth of WiFi goodness at 54 million bits per second? Yes we can.

There’s your schmoozefest of the day.

 FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI TO HIGHLIGHT BENEFITS OF BROADBAND AT SAN FRANCISCO HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Chris Vein, San Francisco’s Chief Information Officer
and Henry Alvarez, Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing
Authority (SFHA) will welcome Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), for a Mission neighborhood event
highlighting the importance of broadband access in low income communities.

Chairman Genachowski will tour the technology facilities at Valencia
Gardens, a SFHA community, and meet with residents of Valencia Gardens and
community leaders. Valencia Gardens is a national model for bringing high
speed internet access to public housing sites. Through the San Francisco
Department of Technology’s partnership with the Internet Archive, residents
are able to receive speeds of over 50 mbps. In addition to access, the
Department of Technology has coordinated a wide range of training and
support programs for residents of Valencia Gardens.

The Department of Technology has led an initiative to bring broadband
access to 4399 units of public and non-profit housing developments.

WHAT: FCC Chairman tours Valencia Gardens Technology Center

WHEN:           Sunday, August 2, 2009
                       3:00 P.M.

WHO:             FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
                       San Francisco Chief Information Officer Chris Vein
                       SFHA Executive Director – Henry A. Alvarez III
           Hydra Mendoza, Education Advisor to the Mayor of San Francisco
           Alan Greenley, One Economy

WHERE:        Valencia Gardens Technology Center
           360 Valencia Street
           San Francisco, CA 94103

Electronic Voting Goes Well in San Francisco, California Today.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

 Here’s how it went today for voters opting for the touch screen system. Bright, easy-to-read graphics on your screen – what could be nicer?

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Here’s what you’re thinking - what about the paper trail, dude? Well, San Francisco’s got you covered as they print it all out - you can check for yourself. No hanging chads and no butterfly ballots in the 415 this year. Is City Attorney Dennis Herrera still working on this issue? Think so.

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Welcome to the future!