Posts Tagged ‘bank’

Yet More Attention for the Mean Streets of the Twitterloin: SFPD Busts Pink Bag Mafia Selling Donated Food in Mid-Market

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Bluoz has the deets on this kind of behavior.

SFPD: “Hello!? Go home!”

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The Case of the Crispy Hexagons: Famous Akit Can’t Abide Food Bank Abuse From Our Determined Senior Citizens

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

So yeah, sometimes our seniors don’t really need to eat the food that they line up for at area food banks and churches and whatnot, but what are you going to do? It’s a lifestyle thing.

Get Famous Akit’s emphatic viewpoint on this issue right here.

Now, here’s the video from KTVU, complete with numerous Crispy Hexagons sightings. (Mmmmm….orthogonal.)

The weekly scene at Willie Brown’s old church in the Western A:

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So sure, some of them start horse-trading immediately (a big no-no near Glide Memorial – they want you to at least cross the street before dickering) and others sell their stuff down at U.N Plaza (that Mistake by the Lake, or fountain, whatever.)

And others, in more suburban areas such as the Western Addition and the West Bay, load their booty into the boots of their aging GS V8 Lexuseses.

But, what can you do?

Oh Noes! It’s Six Six Six at the Foot of Columbus Avenue

Friday, June 24th, 2011

[UPDATE: “That’s a piece called ‘Sixes’ by San Francisco artist Chris Farris, for the Space Between Gallery at 1 Columbus.
The Colombo Building is sporting a number of other mural drawings and paintings from Farris while undergoing historic renovations.” See Comments.]

Be afraid.

Be very afraid:

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Dirty Harry at 40, San Francisco Time Capsule from 1971: Who Emptied the Hilton’s Swimming Pool Atop 750 Kearny?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Dirty Harry at 40 continues with the case of the pool atop our Financial District / Chinatown Hilton.

Now check it – everybody’s favorite psycho killer hippie Scorpio somehow got on the roof of famously-sawtoothed* 555 California, you know, in order to start the carnage. See?

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Now wouldn’t it be cool to go swimming up there on a dreaded sunny day?

Well, we’ll never know – here’s how it looks these days:

Empty empty empty.

Oh well…

I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations

*So every shark laboring at triple-five Cal can have his/her own “corner office,” of sorts, that’s why the BofA Building has that distinctive shape.

Dirty Harry at 40: Using San Francisco’s Favorite Cop Movie as a Time Capsule – Mad Bison at the Buffalo Paddock

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Say what you will about that highly-rated Dirty Harry film, it ably shows you what the 415 looked like back in 1971, back before it became too expensive for Hollywood to do business in San Francisco. This movie is all 100% genuine on-location San Francisco Bay Area (with the exception of the early bank heist shots).

Now these days, the Golden Gate Park’s Buffalo Paddock doesn’t have more than a half-dozen critters. There’s just a handful left, all female (the Golden Girls let’s call them), so unless Ted Turner comes through with his offer of free bison from one of his ranches in Montana or someplace, we’re going to run out of bison.

But check out how things were back in the day. They were all over. See?

You can barely make out the school bus that psychotic hippie Scorpio just hijacked:

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I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations


ING Smartens Up: Dumps the Bay to Breakers Sponsorship While ING Direct Bank Opens a New Cafe at 101 Post

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

[UPDATE: It’s been drawn to my attention that I could have been more careful when discussing all the different names of divisions of ING, aka Internationale Nederlanden Groep, aka International Netherlands Group. Basically, I conflated ING Direct United States with ING Americas, I think. Still a little hazy on all this. Anyway, I think the following version of this post is improved on this score.]

Sarah Duxbury has all the deets on our brand new ING Direct Cafe at the corner of Post and Grant in Union Square.

(Did you miss the site tour yesterday? It was sweet. I entered a drawing to win one of seven schweet, bright orange Marin hybrid bikes. I knows I’m going to win one, I just knows it.* Now, why on Gaia’s Green Earth did ING Americas think it was a smart idea to give money to a Burnsian billionaire** every year to sponsor the Bay to Breakers civic event? Anyway, Big Orange is actually doing something now, down there at 101 Post near Union Square.)

Basically, ING Direct is a bank without branches. Until yesterday, I didn’t know that. Actually, I’m a going to look at their website and maybe become a customer and stuff. Building this cafe or whatever it is is a zillion times better than sponsoring the Bay to Breakers, so thank you, ING Direct.

A mayoral frisson in the lobby:

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All the deets after the jump.

See you there at the “Retail Café Experience!” (Srsly, maybe.)

*Actually, I’ve probably already lost. And actually, the thin aluminum frames and the small tires on these rides would be ill-suited for my beefy frame and the mean Streets of San Francisco. And actually, if I won, I’d tell you about, regardless of the FTC’s ridiculous, never-implemented guidelines. Still can’t believe my crumple-up-the-entry-slip-and-then-smooth-it-out trick didn’t win it for me – it always worked until now…

**This is how I responded to a B2B insider, who went out of his/her way to try to do “outreach” with me a few months back. I didn’t get a response, so that takes care of that little inchoate tête à tête. I’ll note that things have improved recently with the statements coming out of the B2B org. And it looks as if some of the longstanding issues are going to get taken care of for the 100th running. So that’s good.  Anyway, quoting myself here:

“If you want to disabuse me of any of the following notions, then be my guest:

The A in AEG stands for Anschutz.
The A in AEG was a prime mover behind Colorado’s anti-gay Amendment 2.
The A in AEG apparently doesn’t believe in evolution and uses his money to oppose the concept, somewhere up in Washington State, in the Northwest.
The “victimized” woman running BtoB is very fortunate to have her gig, fortunate to have the connections to have gotten that gig.
The “victimized” woman running BtoB doesn’t live here, doesn’t know here, but pretends she does.
The white trash people working for her have made multiple unfortunate, unhelpful remarks over the past years.
BtoB purposefully undersupplies port-a-potties in order to placate the aforementioned whiny NIMBYs of the Western Addition.

The whiny NIMBYs of the Western Addition represent only themselves, not “the neighborhood.”


Double Pwnage: NoPA NIMBY “Neighbors” Lose on a Divisadero Bank Branch and Ragazza Pizza’s Backyard

Friday, March 18th, 2011

You can deny the manifest pwnage all you want, but it’s not going to fool anyone.

Case closed yesterday, or near enough.

On to new endeavours, why not? Like that Federal Reserve Bank we have in the Financh – it’s a chain too! OMG! OMG!

Barking at the moon just a few blocks from the Popeye’s chick chick and host of other chain outlets. And when’s that new Target coming to replace the Mervyn’s that replaced that Sears? Oh well:

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And Ragazza Pizzeria will be able to use its backyard, it was decided yesterday as well.

Who says the haterz, the griefers always win?

Then and Now: Governor Brown’s Visit to San Francisco’s Mid-Market Area 45 Years Ago

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Here’s McAllister and Jones today…

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And here it is, via Shorpy, 45 years back, when Governor Brown came to town in his Pontiac Bonneville:

The trolley pole’s been changed to an LED streetlight pole – that’s one difference. Can you spot others?

Are Butterfly Glasses Enough of a Diguise to Rob a Bank? This Diamond Heights Woman Knows

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The answer is no, butterfly sunglasses are not enough of a disguise to rob a bank.

Anyway, the SFPD is looking for this gal, FYI.

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Armed Bank Robbery Spree (10-070) 

San Francisco Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in two armed bank robberies in San Francisco. In one incident, which occurred on July 12, 2010 the suspect enters the Bank of America on the 3700 block of Balboa Street. The suspect who is believed to be a Hispanic or white female approached the teller, brandished a black semi-auto pistol and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot.

In the second incident, which occurred on July 16, 2010 the suspect enters the Bank of America on the 5200 block of Diamond Heights Blvd. The suspect who is also believed to be Hispanic or White female approached the teller and brandished a pistol and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled.

In both cases the suspect is described as either a Hispanic or White female, 30’s , 5’3”, 130lbs, orange/red tinted hair with sunglasses.

Anyone with information to either incident, are urged to contact San Francisco Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit at (415)553-9208 and speak with Inspector Phil Wong. Or you may call the anonymous tip line at (415)575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 (non emergency only).

Insp Phil Wong  
SFPD Criminal Investigation Unit 415-553-9208
SFPD Crime Intelligence Center: (after hours) 415-553-1071
SFPD Anonymous Tip Line: 415-575-4444
SFPD Text-A-Tip to: 847411
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SFPD CASE # 100 652 048 + 100 637 761

On 07/16/10 at 1245 hrs, the above pictured suspect robbed the Bank of America at Diamond Heights Blvd, San Francisco. The suspect brandished a pistol at the victim teller and demanded for all the large bills. The victim teller complied and gave the suspect the cash.

The suspect was possibly seen driving a white Toyota 4d vehicle in the area prior to the incident. 

Suspect is also responsible for robbing the Bank of America on 07/12/10 at 3000 block of Balboa, San Francisco.

Suspect was described as a White Female, possibly Hispanic or mixed race, 30’s, 5’3, 130 Ibs, brown with red dyed curly hair, sunglasses, last seen wearing blue denim zipper front dress with a gray short sleeve T-shirt underneath and black purse. Black semi-auto pistol was seen.


Brace Yourselves! Queen Meg to Visit Goldman Sachs at the BofA Building on Election Day

Monday, June 7th, 2010

(I’ll tell you, I’ve yet to see one of the many commercials for Meg Whitman for Governor – I guess they don’t have political ads sponsoring Glee, or I’m able to scroll right through them on my VHS, a kind of analog DVR that was popular before you were born. But I’ve seen a few vids against her on the YouTube and, frankly, I didn’t like the claymation one as I thought it was a bit cruel. However, this Queen Meg parody is looking pretty good, so that’s nice. And I’ll tell you, you know who doesn’t like this kind of mockery about queens and royalty and couldyousaysenatorinsteadofma’am? Other Female Electeds of every political stripe, that’s who. They don’t truck with this crap. They consider this kind of thing anti-female, theywouldneversaythataboutamanwouldthey. But you won’t ever hear those beefs, so I thought I’d tell you. Moving on…)

OMG! Queen Meg is coming to visit Goldman Suchs  in the Financh nabe at Noon on primary Election Day,* June 8th, 2010.

“California’s future monarch, Queen Meg, is ‘rich enough to  rule,’ and will be making her case with a royal bus tour of  Her Golden State this June 1 through 8. This satire is inspired by the efforts of Meg Whitman  to undermine democracy with her bottomless campaign  treasury. That’s why Queen Meg says, ‘We can’t afford our democracy, so why not try a monarchy.’”
Look for this dog and pony show at the corner of California and Kearny right next to the Banker’s Heart.

Use your intuitive play/ ’cause maybe we have more play time than money/

For details contact Nato Green
phone: 510-273-2269.

See you there.

*Is this song actually good or am I a delayed victim of 1980’s imprinting / peer pressure / whatnot?