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(415) (628) (650): San Francisco Will Soon Have _Three_ Different Area Codes – Plus, 10-Digit Dialing is Already Here for Some Of Us

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

[UPDATE: I almost forgot – there’s going to be a 628 test number to call:

“A test number has been established to enable business customers to verify that their equipment can complete calls to the new area code.  The test number, (628) 628-1628, will be available beginning Dec. 21 and will be in operation through April 21, 2015.”]

Gentle Reader, do you remember when the East Bay used the 415 area code? Well, I do. The switchover to the nickel-and-dime occurred back in 1991. And in a small way, it divided the East Bay from the West Bay, just how Elaine Benes felt isolated from 212 Manhattan by the 646 area code overlay back in the day.

Well, get ready for some more changes, ’cause the new 628 overlay means that you’ll be dialing the 415 area code even from the 415 – this is called ten-digit dialing.

Anyway, here’s the news – ten-digit dialing has arrived already. By that, I mean that I can no longer dial my 415 land line with my T-Mobile 415 cell phone without first punching in the area code. This change occurred a few weeks back. Welcome to The Future. [But apparently, seven digit dialing is still working for some or most of the rest of San Francisco - see the Comments section. They'll be phasing things in, optionally at first, and then mandatorily.]

Of course we could have handled things differently, but the small-minded people of our Small Business Commission wanted to do things this way, because, you know, business!

Let’s see, what else? Oh, yeah, for some reason, some people in SF have 650 area codes, like down in Ingleside Heights:

So, SF will soon have three area codes for just 46-something square miles. What a country!*

Anyway, enjoy:

In closing:

“No, it’s just like 212 except they multiplied every number by 3… and added 1 to the middle number.”

*In Soviet Russia, phone dial you!

Oh No, the “628″ Area Code Coming to SF in Just Nine Short Months and the CA CPUC Wants Us to Start Preparing Now!

Monday, June 16th, 2014

OMG, the gov’mint is messing with our good old 415 area code, starting in just two months. The era of ten- or eleven-digit dialing is upon us.

The horror, the horror:

“CPUC Offers Reminder Of New Dialing Procedure For Consumers With 415 Area Code

SAN FRANCISCO, June 16, 2014 –The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today reminded residential and business customers served by the 415 area code that they need to prepare for the introduction of the new 628 area code overlay. The 628 area code will be added, or overlaid, to the 415 regions to ensure businesses and consumers have access to telephone numbers from their wireline and wireless carrier of choice.

With the 415/628 area code overlay, customers must dial “1″ plus the three-digit area code for all calls to and from telephone numbers with the 415 and 628 area codes. Customers may begin to use this new dialing procedure on August 16, 2014, when consumers and businesses with a 415 area code telephone number may begin dialing 1 + area code + seven digit telephone number when making all local calls. The new dialing procedure will become mandatory for all residential and business consumers on February 21, 2015. On March 21, 2015, the new 628 area code may be assigned to those who request a new telephone number or an additional telephone line, as well as any available numbers in the 415 area code.

Residents and businesses with telephone numbers within the 415 area code will retain their current telephone number(s) and area code. Consumers requesting new or additional telephone numbers (or telecommunications services) may be assigned telephone numbers with either the new 628 area code or the original 415 area code, depending on available telephone number inventory. Consumers will still be able to dial three digits to reach 911, 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711, and 811.

To prepare for the area code overlay, residents and businesses in the 415 region should:

–  Begin dialing 1 + area code + telephone number for all calls. [NO, I REFUSE!]

–  Notify alarm service providers. [ALL RIGHT, GOOD IDEA, CPUC]

–  Reprogram equipment or features including automatic dialers, speed-dialing, call forwarding, modems for computer or Internet dial-up access, etc. [NO, I REFUSE!]

–  Advise family, friends, and business contacts to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all calls. [AS IF, CPUC. NO, I REFUSE!]

–  Ensure that security door and gate systems are reprogrammed to dial 1 + area code + telephone number.  [ALL RIGHT, GOOD IDEA, CPUC]

–  Test telephone equipment to determine if it can dial and receive 1 + area code + telephone number. Questions regarding changes in telephone equipment should be directed to telephone equipment vendors. [NO, I REFUSE!]

–  Update items such as stationary, checks, business cards, advertisements, promotional items, brochures, Internet web pages, and catalogs to reflect the 1 + area code + telephone number change. [NO, I REFUSE!]   

California and other states have successfully implemented approximately 60 area code overlays throughout the U.S. to meet the continual growing demand for more telephone numbers.

For more information, consumers and businesses should contact their telephone service provider or visit:www.cpuc.ca.gov/areacode415.

For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

SOURCE  California Public Utilities Commission

California Public Utilities Commission”

The Best Billboard Ever: “HEADED TO WORK? SO ARE THE BURGLARS” – Bay Alarm Really Makes You Think

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Late Night Font Study – Department of Electricity – Which Style is Better?

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The font you can see in the lower box looks like the groovy 1970′s to me, but I’m pretty sure it’s older than that.

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I prefer the font on the upper box, for the record…

Brace Yourselves This Thursday: On 10-21, at 10:21 AM, Sirens Will Blare for the Great CA ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

You know what Mad Men’s Don Draper would say about this Thursday’s Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill? He’d say that if it was really all that great, then you wouldn’t need to have the word “great” in the name.

But no matter, all’s you have to do now is make a mental note and then when All Hell Breaks Loose on Thursday, 10-21, at 10:21* AM you can tell those around you to keep calm because it’s just a drill.  

Or just plug your ears – that’s the other option:

And here’s a visual aid the boys in the Art Department just whipped up:

And here’s the FB and the Twitter.

And here’s a peek at part of the Facebook Wall:

The Great California ShakeOut: Imagine a civic group is hosting a huge potluck. Volunteers issue invitations, set up tables & put out plates. What if 100 families are expected & come, but only 10 families bring a potluck dish & the other 90 don’t? Can you see how this type of scenario could impact the aftermath of the next quake? If your friends… are not registered for the ShakeOut, please invite them today! Be a friend. Help others prepare!”
 
And here’s the first reply:
 
Tony Willis I know that i am going to eat and so are my dogs.”
 
O.K. then. That’s the spirit, Tony!
 
All right, see you Thursday. Shake Baby, Shake.
 
*This could be a reference to the October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake but I don’t know. 

The Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time: 10:20 AM
- 10:30 AM
 

Location: SF State University Campus-wide

Web: http://www.sfsu.edu/emergency

Sponsor: SFSU Office of Emergency Preparedness

The “Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill” is sponsored annually by CALEMA, the California Emergency Management Agency, to promote earthquake preparedness throughout California. At 10:21 a.m. SF State will test all building and outdoor sirens and the mass notification system that reaches the campus community via phones, email, SMS text and TTY messaging.

San Francisco’s Unsinkable Tadich Grill – Set to Open for Lunch after Yesterday’s Fire

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

This was the scene in the Financial District yesterday as a woodburning stove at the historic Tadich Grill went all haywire and started a smoky fire at 11:00 AM. (Mas o menos, you know it was about a minute either way from 11:00 AM when people started calling 911, certainly not “11:21 AM,” but oh well.)

Check it at news outlet SFist. But, what’s this? The Tadich is re-opening today at 11:00 AM? Well toute le monde will probably show up for lunch based upon the free advertising the fire provided. (Just like at the R&G Lounge after St. Anthony Bourdain’s recent visit. It pays to get free advertising, non?)

It was hard to tell at first how big this fire would get:

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Here’s a close-up through some tinted windows showing the flue fire looking more like a smokeless Olympic Flame:

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And here the interior après le feu. Not bad, huh?

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After a brief closure…

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…the Tadich should be open for business again soon.

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Good luck Tadich Grill!