Posts Tagged ‘bank’

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.”

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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
email: ngreen@calnurses.org,
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?

2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program at the Sundance Kabuki

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

You’ve already met the Court of the 2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program a while back, so now take a look at David Yu’s photos from last night’s big event at the Sundance Kabuki Theatre on Post in Japantown.

All photos via DavidYuWeb.

Here’s the new Queen for 2010 – Arisa Hiroi, a student at UC Davis:

And here’s the entire 2010 Court at the end of last night’s program: Ayae Yamamoto, Corey Yasuye Fujioka, Arisa Hiroi, Ashley Kiyoko Nakatani, Jennifer Kiyomi Tanaka:

Name: Ayae Yamamoto
Sponsor: Nikei Lion Club of San Francisco
Education: BA from UC Berkeley
Employer/Position: University Eye Center (Berkeley)/Patient Services Assistant
Goals: Become a physician (OB/GYN) volunteering in third world nations
Age: 23
Parents/Residence: Taashi and Masako Yamamoto / San Francisco, CA

Name: Corey Yasuye Fujioka
Sponsor: Takara Sake USA Incorporated
Education: BS in Food Science from Cal Poly State University
Employer/Position Held: Sweet Earth Chocolates (SLO)/Chocolate Production
Goals: To change the way we eat: physically, mentally, environmentally and financially healthy
Age: 22
Parents/Residence: Rober Masami and Diance Keiko Fujioka / Fremont, CA

Name: Arisa Hiroi
Sponsor: Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Education: BA expected in 2010 from University of California Davis in Japanese and Sociology AB/Minor in Education
Employer/Position held: UCD East Asian Languages & Cultures Dept/Japanese Dept Reader
Goals: To become a Japanese teacher in US
Age: 19
Parents/Residence: Kunikiko and Mari Hiroi / San Francisco, CA

Name: Ashley Kiyoko Nakatani
Sponsor: Nikkei West
Education: BA June 2010 from University of California Davis double Major in International Relations and Communications with a Minor in Writing
Employer/Position Held: UC Davis Washington Program/Student Advisor and Minato Japanese Restaurant/Server and Hostess
Goals: Pursue a career in the field of International Relations with companies doing business in Japan
Age: 22
Parents/Residence: Neal Kanji Nakatani, Patricia Kiyoko Sakauye / San Jose, CA

Name: Jennifer Kiyomi Tanaka
Sponsor: Golden Gate Optimists Club of San Francisco
Education: BS in Health Science/Minor in Psychology form Dominican University of California, MS i Occupational Therapy expected from Dominican University of California
Employer/Position Held: Knowledge Learning Corporation-Champions/After school Science Instructor
Goals: Knowledgeable and innovative therapist-advocate and empower on personal and community level
Age: 22
Parents/Residence: Harry Hidejiro Tanaka (HI), Susan Hisako Tanaka (SF) / San Francisco, CA

And here’s the 2009 Court coming back to join in:

Congratulations to all.  

“The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival now celebrating its 43rd year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 150,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. Please join us and become a sponsor of this popular Japanese American community event.

This year’s Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday April 10-11 and April 17-18, 2010. All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown!

The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. There will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on April 18, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown.

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C. to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms; and held at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.

When?

Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 2010

Grand Parade: Sunday, April 18, 2010

Queen Pageant: Saturday, April 10, 2010

Where?

Festival: Japantown (@ Post & Buchanan Streets), San Francisco

Grand Parade: Begins at San Francisco City Hall and ends at Post & Fillmore

Queen Pageant: AMC Kabuki 8 Theater, Japantown