Posts Tagged ‘ashbury’

It Takes a Village to Assemble a Cell Phone Tower in Golden Gate Park – All That Fuss Over This

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

This is in the Panhandle, which I consider part of Golden Gate Park, the same way I consider a pan’s handle to be a part of the pan and the same way I consider the Oklahoma Panhandle to be a part of Oklahoma:

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This is between Fell and Oak near Clayton, as opposed to the Verizon / AT&T unit near Ashbury what started going up a whopping 13 days afore the 2015 Bay to Breakers historic fun run and street party. Camden Avery of Hoodline has the deets on that temporary tower.

Here’s the Clayton install as seen on Monday – man, that’s a big crew:

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In years past these mobile towers have been sited on the other side of Stanyan, but the traditional party location is closer to Masonic – this year the towers will be closer to the action.

We’ll have to wait and see how all this extra non-ionizing radiation flying about is affecting my mojo

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Pray for my mojo

Artiodactyla 94117 – The Even-Toed Ungulates of Upper Haight Street – Our Summer of Love Turned Into This

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Venison on display at Ceiba:

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Word From Rec and Park in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle: “Radio Frequency Energy May Exceed Exposure Limits”

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

[UPDATE: Peeps be telling me this could be preparations for the upcoming Bay to Breakers historic street party and fun run, but starting 13 days ahead of time seems funny to me…]

I’ll tell you, they’ve been working on installing this generator-powered mobile cell phone tower(?) in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle near Fell and Masonic since Monday, so obvs the Recreation and Park Department knows what’s going on here:

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But what’s behind the cyclone fencing? It’s a NOTICE what says:

“STAY BACK! Radio-frequency energy May exceed exposure limits”

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Here’s what it looks like:

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So if you feel like you’ve been missing your mojo lately, this rig could be the reason why…

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Here’s What It Looks Like When the SFPD Hands Out a Bunch of Sit/Lie-Type Tickets in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

I suppose these people were in sleeping bags like at 11:00 AM or so and that attracted some attention from the SFPD?

Does our newish sit-lie law even apply to this location at this time of day? IDK.

But once you start accumulating these kinds of nuisance citations, you might start thinking about moving on down the road to a new town…

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A sleepy napper in the lower right corner:

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A U-turn:

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And cold busted – sign here please, Ma’am:

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On It Goes in the 94117

Here’s How the SFMTA’s COMMUTER SHUTTLE PILOT is Going – Corinthian IPS “Staging” in a Bus Stop – Leather vs. Pleather

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Here’s a snapshot of our SFMTA’s corporate bus 18-month pilot deal.

It’s a “Corinthian International Parking Services” truckvanbus blocking a 21 Hayes MUNI bus (and even though this might look like one vehicle with an articulated bend in the middle, you’re seeing two different vehicles parked nose-to-tail):

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Sort of blocking, anyway.

(Now I’ll tell you, I’m in my 40’s, so I know all about Corinthian and its soft leather courtesy of Ricardo Montalban – this truckvanbus has gotta be totally pimped out on the inside with a name like Corinthian on the outside. Compare that with the MUNI bus with its pleather (at best!) driver’s seat and hard plastic surfaces for the passengers. And any wood you see inside a MUNI is unlikely to have been claimed in the first place, much less reclaimed.  MUNI buses aren’t baller at all.)

Now, where was I? Oh, here we go, it turns out that the Corinthian IPS driver was “staging,” you know, just chilling out waiting for the time to move on. You can see the Windex he’s holding as he TCBs shortly after the MUNI bus moved on:

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Point One: I, for one, would be afraid of getting a parking ticket via MUNI’s forward-facing video cams, so I would have gotten in the trackvanbus and then simply have driven around the block with a quickness, in deference to America’s Slowest Big City Transit System.

Point Two: Also, it just seems rude to sit there blocking the stop, so I would have gotten in the trackvanbus and then simply have driven around the block with a quickness.

Point Three: Staging in a designated MUNI stop is specifically against the rules. [See below.]

So, on it goes with the pilot program, which sure as Heck seems to me to be agin current California law.

I’m not calling 311 to report the SFMTA pilot number to be put on hold forever the way The Man wants me to, I’m just updating you, the Gentle Reader.

(And I’ll tell you, this is small potatoes compared with Facebook double-parking on Masonic day after day.)

And BTW, our SFMTA is in complete denial about whose employees /contractors are riding around in which bus – I guess they’re under a lot of corporate pressure…

Read on for all the rules of this game:

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This Sign Never Lies – I’ll Give You 420 Guesses Why You Should EXPECT DELAYS Today on Fell Street from around 3-7 PM

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Click on the photo to animate the GIF, to see why you should EXPECT DELAYS:

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Let me just say that if you get all worked up fretting about the trash that’s going to be left after the hippies leave after 4:20 PM, then THERE”S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.

Closing with your 411 on 420 in the 415:

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KEEPING THE PANHANDLE WEIRD: 2015 “Now Festival” Runs April 19th-25th – A Massive Schedule – “Slackline City?”

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Get all the deets from Fun Cheap SF.

Note the carve out for the afternoon of Annual 420 Day, held, as always, on April 20th.

Note Slackline City in a city park – is that legal? IDK. We’ll see. (IMO, RPD’s signs banning affixing items don’t match our Park Code.)

Note Chalk The Panhandle – is that legal? Not that I know of. Again, we’ll see. (Chalk ads like those on the sidewalks of Fulton promoting the Now Festival last year could certainly get NL in Dutch with Dennis Herrera.)

Do the people at NeighborLand, people like Dan Parham, Candy Chang, and Tee Parham, know about these issues? Are they aware? I know not.

And now, on with the show:

Sunday April 19

10 am: Rock ‘N’ Swap – McClaren Center, 2130 Fulton St

11 am: Lindy in the Park: Free Outdoor Swing Dance – JFK Dr. between 8th and 10th behind the de Young Museum

11 am: Slackline City – Fell and Clayton St

11:30 am: Kubb Tournament – Fell and Clayton St

Noon: Belated Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt - McKinley Statue

Noon: Non-Motorized Transportation – Unite – Meet at the beginning of JFK Drive

Noon: Community Beach Volleyball Tournament - Ocean Beach south of the Cliffhouse

Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue

1 pm: Field Day – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

2 pm: Live Band Silent Disco – Panhandle Playground Area

2 pm: Psychic Friends Pop-Up Healing Station – Panhandle on the east side of Masonic

2 pm: Vinyasa Yoga in the Park – Meet at McKinley Statue in the Panhandle

3:30 pm: Cookie Bake Off and Recipe Exchange – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue

5 pm: Community Art Creation – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue

9:30 pm: Sunday Sessions at Madrone – Madrone Art Bar


Monday April 20th

9 am: Pop Up Yoga – Central and Fell

1 pm: Peanut Butter Jelly Parklet – Haight St near Clayton

6 pm: Let’s Get Knotty – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

6:30 pm: Let food be your medicine – Richmond YMCA 360 18th avenue

7 pm: Human Centered Design Community Prototyping Workshop Explosion – 2097 Turk Street SF; St. Cyprian’s Church

7:30 pm: Richard Goldstein “Another Little Piece of My Heart” Book Release – The Booksmith

8:30 pm: Pub Quiz at Nickie’s – Nickie’s – 466 Haight St


Tuesday, April 21st

11:30 am: USF Earth Day Celebration – Gleeson Plaza – USF 2130 Fulton St

Noon: Tuesday Air Raid – all over SF

6 pm: Bibliobicicleta – Panhandle Park – Fell and Central

7 pm: Love Thy Nature Film Screening plus Honoring John Muir’s Birthday – The Vogue Theater

7:30 pm: RADAR Banned Book Series, YA Edition! Hosted by Michelle Tea – The Booksmith

7:30 pm: SF Wisdom Hackers Salon #2 – 1554 Fulton St

7:30 pm: Urban Groove Jam Session – St. Cyprian’s 2097 Turk St

10 pm: Brass Magic at Madrone Art Bar – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St


Wednesday, April 22nd

11 am: Earth Day Photo Booth Parklet – Haight St. near Clayton

Noon: Tetherball – 611 Baker St

6 pm: Loops and Shutters – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St

6:30 pm: Library Film Night – Park Branch Library

7:30 pm: Louella Hill: “Kitchen Creamery: Making Yogurt, Butter & Cheese at Home” Book Release – The Booksmith

Thursday, April 23rd

11:30 pm: Mid-Day Party at USF – USF Gleeson Plaza

3 pm: Referee the Wiggle – Waller and Steiner st – The Wiggle

7 pm: Variété – Bay Area Storytellers – Second Act, 1727 Haight St

7 pm: …And NOW For Something More Intimate – 1554 Fulton St


Friday, April 24th

11:30 pm: Potluck Picnic and Board Games – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue

2 pm: Edible Plants Education & Workshop – USF Community Garden 2500 Turk

2 pm: Free Flower Friday – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

2 pm: USF Community Garden Workday – USF Community Garden – 2500 Turk St

2:30 pm: Homeless Youth Alliance Hosts Game Group – Park Branch Library

3 pm: DMV Concierge –  entrance to the San Francisco DMV

3:30 pm: Help Keep the Park Clean – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue

4 pm: Giant Crossword Puzzles – Panhandle Park – meet at McKinley Statue

6:30 pm: Emergency Bookswap featuring Courtney Moreno – The Booksmith

7 pm: Mystic Tea at Tea Oasis SF featuring Tarot Mystic Inbal Meron – The Center SF 548 Fillmore St

7:30 pm: Folked – The Red Victorian, 1665 Haight St

7:30 pm: B-Movie Night, Revenge of the Hecklefest – Second Act, 1727 Haight St

11:59 pm: Midnight Pajama Silent Disco – Secret Location


Saturday, April 25th

Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue

Noon: Hero Ball – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament with Costumes – Panhandle Park Basketball Courts

1 pm: Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) – Location TBA

2 pm: Panhandle High-Five Bike Ride – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

1 pm: Mobile Bike Repair Station from Yellow Bike Project – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

2 pm: Geo-Caching – Meet at McKinley Statue – Panhandle Park

7:30 pm: NOW! Closing Ceremonies – Never Ordinary Saturday – St. Cyprian’s,

This MUNI Bus Operator Drives Over The Line, a Solid Yellow Line, on Fulton – Why That’s a Good Thing

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

As you’re reading, enjoy some Crystal Method:

When you’re getting about the mean Streets of San Francisco, you should imagine that every driver you encounter is an uninsured, recently-released felon who’s driving an unregistered vehicle. That’s how I’ve been doing it the past quarter-century.

Conversely, when you’re driving, you should imagine that all the peds around you are suicidal. That means that you should expect them to dart out from the sidewalk right into your path.

So if you’re looking at things that way, then it makes sense to stay Hell away from sidewalks.

Thusly. All the way up* Ignatious Heights on outbound Fulton past Masonic:

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I’m not saying it’s easy to safely drive an MUNI bus, but I’m saying some drivers are better than others. This driver lacks respect for the SFMTA’s ideologically and politically-skewed impulses, as do I.

Remember, Safety First, Ideologically-Driven “Streetscapes” Last.

*And just look at the traffic coming down the hill – does anybody actually use the suicide lane to turn into the dead-end that is USF, seen camera right? (Maybe USF Security does?) Man, this isn’t how I would handle this stretch of Futon. And, oh yes, SFMTA, you should add a traffic signal on Clayton so the USF dormies can get to their inbound #5 Fulton bus stop, but you already know that, don’t you, SFMTA?

An Oddity: A Big Rig-Style Smokestack Atop a Van Assisting With the Heist Production in Haight Ashbury

Friday, April 10th, 2015

First up, some signage to learn the locals that our Dear Leader is fully on board with the production of this heist movie, so step off, hippies:

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And is this a rolling coal diesel exhaust coming out of this van parked on Stanyan, the better to power a phalanx of electronic gear?

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Sure looks that way.

I’ve never seen a smokestack on the top of a van before…

So Sure, the SFMTA Regulates Corporate Buses, But What About the “Staging” Problem – Where Should They Park in SF When Idling?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

This was the problem a few weeks back, when Facebook buses would “stage” on Masonic by double-parking in the slow lane.

Staging means buses sitting and waiting for the next run to start. (It’s a necessary part of running a reliable “transit” system.)

But where to stage has pretty much been left out of the SFMTA’s vaunted 18-month corporate bus stop “trial” – it’s pretty much up to the drivers / on-scene dispatchers on where to park buses for breaks / waiting time. (Contrast that with when are where the buses pick up workers – that’s highly regulated now.)

Oh look, here’s some staging as it’s currently practiced, by a non-Facebook* bus:

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This is Fell in the 94117. This is a great place to stage for like 15-20 minutes, cause cars have cleared out for the SFMTA’s weekly unnecessary $treet $weeping program. If the meter maids come, the driver will simply move along, plus s/he isn’t blocking any driveways. This is a great place to stage, but only on Tuesday mornings. Where do drivers stage on other days? I know not.

Here you go, a Google contractor bus chilling out by the infamous Fell Street DMV. The next day at the same time, it will be at another place:

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I’ll tell you, the Teamsters** who make the buses run on time are at their wits’ end trying to find places to stage without blocking traffic or pissing off residents.

ATTENTION MEDIA: This issue is a STORY.

Anywho, the particular problem on Masonic involving FB got solved in about 30 hours last week. Due to a lengthy construction project at Fell and Masonic, the slow lane of Masonic southbound was blocked, like for months. So the Teamsters made that lane their staging place and nobody complained. But when construction ended and the lane was no longer blocked by sawhorses and whatnot, they didn’t adapt the way they should have. Only after having this issue pointed out to them did they adapt. And to their credit, the Facebook bus operators cleared out tout de suite – they’ve found other places to stage in a matter of hours and they haven’t come back.***

And here’s the result, the return of native species to the area. Here’s a #43 Masonic cruising through the #3 lane, exactly where the FB buses have been blocking MUNI and everybody else for months:

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File this small issue in the RESOLVED file.

Ey yo the government is lies, son
United States of Google, Verizon
They all spies son,
I’m Pisces, risin’

And you ain’t Hoover, you suck like James Dyson
Google the devil but I feel lucky
Extreme Home Make-Over couldn’t touch me
Backyards, kittens, puppies, 401k’s, libels, yuppies
Yeeah, I’m talkin’ bout wine drinkers
Bald-head men, Klux Klan
swine-thinkers

*Is is a Loop Transport or a WEDRIVEU, or an SFO Airporter bus? That doesn’t matter. IRL, this particular one is a Google bus.

**Some of them aren’t Teamsters, not yet. 

***I’ll tell you, I was literally in the room when issues like these came up eight freaking years ago. The corporate reps seemed to know what they were doing. Somehow, things fell apart a few years back, IDK why. Millions of dollars donated to SFGov and the relatively recent hiring of insider Rebecca Prozan seem to have fixed things. JMO.