If you want to see this ad from before, click here.
Anyway, here’s how one of the ads looks now – riiiiiip:
If you want to see this ad from before, click here.
Anyway, here’s how one of the ads looks now – riiiiiip:
Let’s try to make sense of SFMTA/MUNI’s ad policy.
An ad for a movie like this…
…isn’t allowed, because it shows the use of firearms. So we ended up with this kind of SFMTA ad:
But this kind of ad, on the streets today, is A-OK:
SFPD officer to woman driving this pony car, after handing her a citation:
“Why don’t you do me a favor and stay off the phone?”
“Enforcement. The police have primary enforcement authority for a violation of this law. That means that an officer can pull you over just for this infraction.”
Now when I say big skeleton protest, I’m talking about a big skeleton on the steps of City Hall.
The ongoing protest itself is small, with just three dudes when I passed by.
“AMERICA”S CUP” and “SHAME ON THEM”
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I can’t believe how fucked up Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup has become.
If I were Larry Ellison, I’d have my people pay the carpenters and whomever and then be done with this.
Apparently, “most” of the carpenters came up from Southern California?
And “most” of the carpentry is done already anyway.
Or maybe the America’s Cup people only committed to “endeavoring” to pay their workers?
Maybe it’s something like that…
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Well here’s the news:
New America’s Cup Deal to be Submitted Tuesday at Board of Supervisors
WOW, I’LL BET THEY’RE ALL INKING UP THEIR RUBBER “YES” STAMPS RIGHT NOW!
San Francisco, California, 20/03/2012
THIS IS THE AMERICA’S CUP SO OF COURSE EVERYBODY INVOLVED SPEAKS EUROPEAN. BOY, I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL 10/11/12 – CAN YOU? OH WAIT, I MEANT 11/10/12, WHICH IS NOVEMBER 10TH, OR IS IT OCTOBER 11TH?
“It’s an arrangement we can live with, but not what we expected,” America’s Cup Leaders say.
WHEN LOWER CASE LETTERS WON’T HONOR YOU ENOUGH, CHOOSE UPPER CASE AND THEN CALL YOURSELVES “LEADERS.” HAW-HAW. OH WHAT’S THAT? WE’RE STILL NOT GIVING YOUR ALREADY FAILED AND OVERHYPED EVENT THAT NOBODY CARES ABOUT ENOUGH MONEY? AWW, THAT’S TOO BAD!
The head of the organization spearheading the America’s Cup in San Francisco today said that they will support the deal that the office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee submitted to the Board, which finalizes the path for the City of San Francisco to host the world’s most prestigious sailing event, the America’s Cup, in San Francisco during the summer of 2013.
SO, YOU’LL SUPPORT THE DEAL YOU JUST MADE WITH THE MAYOR. HOW GENEROUS OF YOU ALL! HOW SURPRISING! BUT I’D SAY THAT SAILING AT THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IS MORE PRESTIGIOUS, JMO.
“We have worked very hard to bring this historic race to San Francisco and we’re glad we have reached an agreement with the City,” said Stephen Barclay, a Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “While we support the deal submitted to the Board, it is not what we had anticipated or planned for.”
HEY, AREN’T YOU THE SAME SACK OF SHIT WHO SAID YOU WOULD TAKE THE AMERICA’S CUP TO FUN DIEGO? AND YET YOU AREN’T FOLLOWING THROUGH ON YOUR THREAT? YOU WERE LYING THEN, WEREN’T YOU, STEPHEN BARCLAY? AND WELL, YOU KNOW, ANDREW LUSTER GOING TO JAIL FOR DATE RAPE DRUGGING PEOPLE WAS, SIMILARLY, NOT WHAT HE “ANTICIPATED OR PLANNED FOR,” RIGHT? SO WHAT’S YOUR POINT?
Barclay said the new deal falls short on several key provisions that were “anticipated to be included and the absence of these provisions will have a negative impact on the financial outcome of the event.
CRAZY LARRY ELLISON WANTS TO HAVE A BOAT RACE AND HE WANTS THE PEOPLE OF THE BAY AREA TO PAY ATTENTION. WHY ON EARTH SHOULD REGULAR PEOPLE SUBSIDIZE THAT VENTURE? MAYBE AMERICAN’S DON’T WANT TO GIVE YOU MONEY TO WATCH SAILING – IS THAT A POSSIBILITY?
While far from ideal, we’re just pleased to be done so we can move away from deal points and start focusing on the races and the competition between the teams, which is what the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup is all about.”
UH, NO. THE AMERICA’S CUP IS ALL ABOUT THE GLORIFICATION OF LARRY ELLISON.
The new deal calls for the America’s Cup Event Authority to spend more and be reimbursed less.
The deal re-instates Piers 30 and 32 as the potential location for the America’s Cup Team Bases, giving the race a central area for the teams and a ‘pit row’ for spectators. The fan access to Team Bases, combined with the America’s Cup Village at Piers 27/29 and the natural sailing amphitheater* of the Bay, will create one of the best live viewing experiences the sport has ever seen.
OH, WAIT, YOU FORGET THAT NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE AMERICA’S CUP. IT’S THAT ONE LITTLE THING THAT YOU ALL KEEP FORGETTING ABOUT.
For those not able to view the race in person, this Cup sees the return to live national television, with NBC Sports Group to broadcast over-the-air in the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years.
BECAUSE YOU’RE PAYING NBC TO DO SO. NBC WOULD AIR FOOTAGE OF MY BIRTHDAY IF I PAID THEM ENOUGH MONEY.
“The broadcast interest is a reflection of the exciting venue, technological advancements of the boats, and, most importantly technological advances in cinematography that capture this race like never before,” said Barclay.
UH, NO, IT REFLECTS YOUR INTEREST IN PAYING NBC TO AIR YOUR PATHETIC EVENT. ADVANCEMENTS WHAT NOW? NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE RACE SO WHY DOES IT MATTER IF IT GETS “CAPTURED” OR NOT? AND WHY DID SAN DIEGO JUST SNORE THROUGH YOUR RECENT ACTIONS A FEW MONTHS BACK?
In 2013, the 34th America’s Cup is expected to generate over a billion dollars in economic benefits for San Francisco during the next two years and will draw millions of fans and spectators and more than 1,000 accredited news media for the races.
NOBODY EXPECTS THIS. NOT YOU OR ANYBODY AT CITY HALL.
The race will be sailed in the natural stadium** of the San Francisco Bay between the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, running up and down the City waterfront. The Bay produces spectacular racing conditions with consistent, heavy winds, putting on shore spectators at the heart of the action. The race will be sailed in 45-foot-long catamarans, which feature towering wing-sails reaching 70 feet into the air.
WOW, 45 FEET? THAT’S NOT ALL THAT LONG, IS IT? AND THE BOATS WILL BE 70 FEET HIGH? I THINK YOU’RE CONFUSED ABOUT THE DIMENSIONS OF YOUR OWN DAMN BOATS, BUT WHATEVER. EVERYTHING ELSE YOU SAY IS WRONG SO WHY NOT THIS AS WELL?
About The America’s Cup World Series
New to the Cup this season is an additional series of races leading up to the Louis Vuitton Cup called the World Series Races. The America’s Cup World Series races will pit rival challenger skippers and their teams from France (Aleph and Energy Team); Sweden (Artemis Racing); England (Ben Ainslie Racing); China (China Team); Spain (Green Comm Racing); Italy (Luna Rossa Challenge); Korea (Team Korea), and New Zealand (Emirates Team Zealand). All will be vying to beat America’s Cup defender and ORACLE Racing-Team USA, led by the youngest skipper to ever win the America’s Cup, Jimmy Spithill.
UH, NOBODY CARES.
The America’s Cup World Series is focused on creating on-the-water excitement for both the teams and the fans, as the AC45 wing-sailed catamaran was designed for both speed and close racing. While capable of speeds of more than 35mph the AC45 remains nimble enough to handle the tight, tactical race courses that will be part of the San Francisco Bay competition between the rival teams.
UH, NOBODY CARES.
Now entering into the back-half of its inaugural season, the America’s Cup World Series will next land in Naples, Italy in April 7-15, followed by events in Venice, Italy (May) and finally the season-closer in Newport, Rhode Island (June) where the series champion will be crowned.
UH, NOBODY CARES.
The America’s Cup World Series racing allows the teams and their sailors to prepare for the Louis Vuitton Cup, July 4-September 1, 2013 in San Francisco, which will determine the sole challenger in the America’s Cup Final against ORACLE Racing, the defending America’s Cup champion. The America’s Cup Final will be held September 7-22, 2013 in San Francisco.
UH, NOBODY CARES.
*UH, I DON’T THINK YOU KNOW WHAT AN “AMPHITHEATRE” IS, JUST SAYING: “A natural amphitheatre is a performance space located in a spot where a steep mountain or a particular rock formation naturally amplifies or echoes sound, making it ideal for musical and theatrical performances. The term amphitheatre can also be used to describe naturally occurring formations which would be ideal for this purpose, even if no theatre has been constructed there. Notable natural amphitheatres include the Drakensberg amphitheatre inDrakensberg, South Africa, Slane Castle in Ireland, the Supernatural Amphitheatre in Victoria, Australia, and Echo amphitheatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and The Gorge Amphitheatre in the United States.”
** UH, NATATORIUM?
Appears as if the NIMBY’s of counties San Mateo and Santa Clara are gaining speed in the battle of HSR – how much will it take to buy them off?
El Palo Alto, back in the day. It’s still there, for now:
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Will CA HSR run over Stanfoo’s famous, fun-loving mascot?
Only Time Will Tell
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(I don’t think they will, but I think they should.)
It would be easy to go point by point. See?
This is just for starters:
Of course a lot of the rich people of Counties San Mateo and Santa Clara wouldn’t want more RR tracks in their backyards even if they didn’t have to pay for it – that’s what makes them NIMBYs. And the principal author frets about the effects of HSR on tony Atherton, CA. But these Peninsulans deserve an answer from the authoritahs, do they not?
Point by point, that’s the way to do it.
“We do not oppose high-speed rail in concept. It seems to work in parts of Europe and Japan and possibly elsewhere. The 2008 Prop 1A promise that captured many voters was that the California High-Speed Rail (CHSR) would not cost the taxpayer a penny. After months of work on this report, we are forced to conclude that the Authority’s promise seems an impossible goal.”
Alain C. Enthoven – Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and
Private Management (emeritus), GSB Stanford; President,
Litton Medical Products; Economist, Rand Corporation;
President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service;
Baxter Prize for Health Services Research; Fellow American
Academy of Arts and Sciences; Founder, Jackson Hole Group
(BA Economics, Stanford; Rhodes Scholar–Oxford; PhD
William C. Grindley – World Bank; Associate Division Director,
SRI International; Founder and CEO, Pacific Strategies, ret.
(B Architecture, Clemson; Master of City Planning, MIT)
William H. Warren – 40 years of Silicon Valley finance, sales
and consulting experience, management, including CEO of
several start-ups, Director/Officer at ROLM, Centigram, and
Memorex (MBA, Stanford)
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When it comes to funding an 11-figure(!) transit project, every litttle counts as they say in Euro-land. So just try finding an elected official in CA who don’t want the Feds to kick in another eight figures, to drip another drop in the bucket, right?
Well, our California High-Speed Rail Authority recently asked around, and it turns out that everyone is all aboard.
A Californian TGV pour vous et moi? Someday, maybe:
François Lacôte, SVP at French conglomerate (and BART train maker!) Alstom Transport, and our globetrotting First Couple, Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, trainspotting in France a year or so ago. Via the Mayor’s Office of Communications.
To Be Continued….
California High-Speed Rail Authority Seeks New Federal Funds. Local Leaders Support $16.6 Million Bid for Planning
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19 — With strong support from local officials, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has submitted three planning grant applications that could provide as much as $16.6 million in additional federal funding for the state’s high-speed train project.
The funds would pay for service development plans that would help keep the preparation of draft environmental documents and preliminary engineering documents on schedule in the Los Angeles to San Diego and Merced to Sacramento sections of the high-speed rail project and on the Altamont Corridor Rail Project. In addition, the Authority is also supporting the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in its effort to apply for rail plan grants.
“California’s high-speed train project is the biggest public infrastructure project in the nation,” said Authority Chairman Curt Pringle. “We’re already leading the pack in federal funding for high-speed rail, and we’re committed to fighting to bring every federal dollar possible to California. These new applications show we’re continuing to work hard to win additional support and keep high-speed rail on track.”
The applications will go to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which has $115 million available for planning and construction funds for high-speed intercity passenger rail under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act approved in 2008. Up to $50 million will be awarded in this round of funding.
It Goes On…
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Via Jamie Whitaker’s Rincon Hill blog comes news of a fight against consideration of the so-called “Beale Street Alternative” for the San Francsico terminus of California’s nascent High Speed Rail line.
I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but you, well take a gander if you’d like:
Targeting: Supervisor Chris Daly (District 6, City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisor), Medhi Morshed (Executive Director, CA High Speed Rail Authority) and Curt Pringle (Chair of the Board, CA High Speed Rail Authority)
Started by: April Veneracion
Demand the California High Speed Rail Authority stop its consideration of the infeasible Beale Street Alternative that is…
· Risking over $400 million in federal funding to the Transbay Transit Center
· Harming property values in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco
· Wasting millions of Prop 1A dollars on study of infeasible alternatives that should be spent on construction”
So that’s the issue. All the deets, below.
Quentin Kopp with youthful HSR supporters at San Francisco City Hall during happier times last year:
The whole magilla:
“As a strong supporter of building High Speed Rail throughout the state and into San Francisco’s downtown Transbay Transit Center, I am appalled at your consideration of the Beale Street Alternative. This study is not only wasteful, it risks over $400 million in federal funding for the Transbay Transit Center and is harming property values in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
Your study of the Beale Street Alternative was proposed to you by a lobbying and law firm on behalf of an unidentified special interest. This location has already been rejected as a technically and economically infeasible terminus for High Speed Rail in San Francisco. San Franciscans overwhelmingly voted for Proposition 1A to bring high speed rail to our Transit Center. Your study of the Beale Street Alternative, widely thought to be pushed by Board Member Quentin Kopp, is a wasteful expenditure of limited Proposition 1A money that should be applied to construction of the project.
With the passage of Proposition 1A, we believe that your study of the Beale Street Alternative is illegal. The voter approved mandate codifies in State law that the northern terminus for high speed rail will be the Transbay Transit Center.
The Transbay Transit Center is a federally approved project currently in construction in downtown San Francisco that has received the support of the San Francisco electorate on multiple occasions. Over $2 billion in funds have already been secured, independent of Proposition 1A. This Center is designed to accommodate high speed rail to downtown San Francisco.
The existence of this project is reason enough to drop your study of the Beale Street Alternative. Additionally, the Beale Street Alternative would likely result in the taking of more than 1,800 current and future residential units in the South of Market area. Your study alone has made many of our homes unmarketable by the required disclosure of your irresponsible study into any potential home sale. In contrast, the approved downtown extension to Transbay will take only 2 dozen residences. Given San Francisco’s housing crisis, this is a far more reasonable approach.
Meanwhile, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has applied for $400 million in ARRA funds to build the rail box in the Transit Center. While this application has the support of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, we understand that the Federal Rail Authority has expressed concern about your Beale Street Alternative. We are worried that the Beale Street Alternative is not about adequately addressing environmental issues, it’s about political brinkmanship.
It’s time to put high speed rail to San Francisco back on track.
As a supporter of high speed rail and Proposition 1A, I demand you halt your irresponsible study of the infeasible Beale Street Alternatives. I also ask that you hold a formal meeting of the California High Speed Rail Authority in San Francisco, to hold yourselves accountable to the people whose properties and projects you are jeopardizing.”
To Be Continued…
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