Posts Tagged ‘banned’

The SFMTA’s Secret Plan to Kick Lyft and Uber (But Not Taxis!) Off of Market – It’s Called “Safer Market Street” and It’s Coming Next Year

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

So apparently, the SFMTA is working on a plan to ban cars from parts of Market Street while still allowing them to cross over Market Street?

It’s called “Safer Market Street.”

Will kicking cars off of Market Street betwixt Montgomery and Eighth make Market “safer?” I don’t know. (But if the SFMTA wants to propose kicking buses and taxis off of Market, well then that certainly would make Market safer, IMO. )

I don’t know why we allow the SFMTA to do whatever it wants without getting something in return. Like, OK SFMTA, we’ll let you spend all this money on the porked-up Central Subway project, but in exchange, you’d have to bring MUNI up to the level of a mediocre big-city transit system.

Anyway, it’s easy to get tripped up with all the Orwellian names the SFMTA comes up with, like Great Streets! and “Livable” Streets and Safer Market and Better Market, but see if you can figure the words you can see below.

First up, a rep from the local government-subsidized urban renewal outfit uses the word pilot as a verb, because that’s the lingo:

Lawrence Li (SPUR): Can you pilot some of these auto restrictions? 
Some auto restrictions were piloted in 2009 and have since then become permanent. We do not 
plan to pilot auto restrictions at this time due to environmental review constraints. However, 
there is a separate project, independent of Better Market Street, called Safer Market Street that 
is looking at implementing some auto restrictions between 8th and Montgomery potentially as soon as next year. The public kick-off for that project is planned for later this summer.”

And here’s a way for the SFMTA to stick it to the man, to fight back against those TNC’s by supporting cabbies:

“Kevin Carroll: There are private autos operating as taxis such as Lyft, Uber, etc. Will they be 
allowed to drive on Market Street with these auto restrictions in place? 
No. These services are subject to the private vehicle restrictions and would not be allowed on 
Market Street with these auto restrictions in place.”

That’s all I know. Like I said, it’s secret, more or less, for now.

All the deets, after the jump.

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One Weird Trick to Avoid Paying Ten Cents for a Paper Bag in SF – The Answer Will Amaze You: French Fries!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Is this “french fries or onion rings” exception to the SF Checkout Bag Ordinance documented anywhere?

Check it:

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‘Cause I’m not seeing it. (Is there something in there about messy food?)

Anyway, order freedom fries or onion things if you want to stick it to the man and save money.

Masonic Update: Liquor Shop Owner Attempts to Ban MUNI Riders from “Loitering” at an Official SFMTA Bus Stop

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

“No Loitering is Allowed on or  in the Front of These Premises”

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Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?

Hey, speaking of banned, isn’t this the shop that was banned by the state Lottery Commission from selling lottery tickets? Now why would the agency what promotes the selling of lottery tickets go out of its way to sell fewer tickets? Mmmm….

Well Sure, Malia Cohen and the Supes Just “Banned” Assault Weapons in SF, But They Also Banned Run-of-the-Mill Handguns

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The news of the day:

Banning assault rifles only scratches the surface.”

Fair enough, except:

1. There are reasons why federal, state, and local authorities haven’t already done the same thing.

Which is also fair enough, as I’m sure Malia Cohen et al are aware of all that. Except:

2. A handgun connected to a 10-round magazine isn’t an assault rifle (of course) and it’s not even an “assault weapon.”

And here’s a test. Would you, gentle reader, call the guns that most of the SFPD strap on every day assault weapons? I don’t think so. So like for instance, “the sergeant drew her assault weapon and pointed it at the suspect.” If you said something like that, I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. Most likely, you’d use the term pistol or handgun or revolver or something like that, right?

So that’s why calling an everyday, run-of-the-mill handgun an “assault weapon”   isn’t the right thing to do.

You’ve gone beyond George Lakoff-style “framing” all the way to Orwellian.

Just saying.

$3200 Crib Set Rendered Unsellable by the Feds – Can You Sell Drop Side Cribs on Craigslist Anymore? No, Hell No

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Here you go, here’s an expensive crib set what includes a crib with a drop side (which means it slides up and down) which you can’t sell in the United States anymore.

But can you sell it used on Craigslist? No. Hell no.

Check it, straight from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Loophole alert: Are you allowed to sell this crib not as a crib but as a convertible child’s bed?

Possibly.

Loophole alert: Are you allowed to throw away the drop side and sell the crib as a daybed, thusly?

“Beautiful, high quality solid wood Morigeau-Lepine crib converted to toddler day bed. Originally purchased for 850.00. Attached picture is of original drop-side crib which is now banned in the U.S. Drop side piece is not included in this sale to avoid possible danger.”

I don’t know. Maybe.

But what I do know is that you can’t sell drop side cribs no mo, even  on Craigslist.

And yet people try to do that on Craigslist each and every day.

Just saying, ma’am.

What should you buy instead? How about a Sniglar* from IKEA? It costs just $69 (and it certainly looks like it costs just $69.)

And it will not impress any rich ladies in Russian Hill or anywhere else.

But, the Sniglar, she is legal, and that’s the thing.

Sorry for the hassle. Thank you, drive through.

“Morigeau Lepine (Canadian) WOODEN CRIB SET: $3250 VALUE — selling for $1000

Gorgeous Morigeau Lepine furniture in excellent condition. 2800 series collection. Used by one child only in smoke-free house. Can purchase individual pieces or all. Morigeau Lepine furniture is quality, Canadian crafted. Smooth to the touch, durable hardwood construction. It will stand the test of time and you will likely be able to pass down to others. All pieces match and are white with espresso (dark wood) detailing — SEE PHOTOS. 
Crib – $550. Converts to a full-sized bed when child grows older! (Crib mattress can be added for additional $50)
Dresser – $300 
Bookshelf – $200 
$1,000 for all three”

*Wasn’t that Gollum’s name back when he was a Hobbit? Something like that.

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SURPRISE: San Francisco Chronicle Writer CW Nevius Comes Out AGAINST the Central Subway – Here’s What He Said

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

All right, first of all, if you want CW Nevius to Block you from his Twitter feed, start up a crappy WordPress blog and call him one of the following:

“SHARP-AS-A-MARBLE, EX-JOCK, EVERYMAN NEWS COLUMNIST/QUASI SPORTSWRITER” or a

“BROWN-NOSING, OBSEQUIOUS KISS-ASS LICKSPITTLE TOADIE”

That’s what did it, one or the other, I figure.

So now I’m banned, for life, from the Twitterings of the The Neve.

Oh well.

Anyway, here’s what the Nevinator has to say today about the Central Subway boondoggle.

See? It doesn’t seem that the Nevemeister opposes the wasteful Subway to Nowhere.

But he does! Check it:

“Nevius: Chinatown subway plan makes me wince”

“There’s really only one question to ask about the proposal to bore a light-rail subway deep under the heart of downtown San Francisco. You’re kidding, right?

“Just the initial math makes your head hurt. Basically it works out to somewhere between $1.22 billion and $1.4 billion for an underground railway that runs for less than two miles and has only three stops. That’s not a transit system, it’s a model railroad.

“Throw in a few of the inevitable cost overruns and this could work out to a billion dollars a mile.”

“No matter. This is the kind of big, splashy project that city officials love to put their name on.”

“Basically, the argument seems to boil down to this - we’ve got the money (as if federal tax dollars grow on trees), the Chinatown community is behind it, why not build it? Oh, let me count some of the reasons.”

“But, critics say, a stop on Market beneath which BART and other Muni lines already run might have made this whole thing an easier sell. That would have created an opportunity for a single station where riders could make connections between regional and local trains, almost like Grand Central Terminal in New York. Instead, riders will have to walk all the way up to Union Square.”

“Oh, and did I mention that in order to get under the BART tube, the subway station at Union Square will have to be at least 95 feet below the surface. That’s nine stories.”

“What is it about that image of deep, underground dirt-munching machines in earthquake country that makes me wince?”

Of course that was from a half-decade back, but it shows how he actually felt about this boondoggly boondoggle, about Big Dig West.

I mean, the Central Subway proposal hasn’t gotten better the past five years, has it? Five years ago, the promise was that it would “make money” for MUNI, that it would subsidize other parts of the system by generating a surplus. But now we know that it will burden the SFMTA and the current projections for the number of riders per day is down dramatically from what people were promising back then.

So what’s a matter Neve? Why don’t you write things like this anymore? Cat got your tongue?

Pak got your tongue?

The Old Nevius wasn’t afraid to be labeled a racist who’s against “transit justice.”

The Old Nevius wasn’t so monomaniacally dedicated to write source greasers every chance he got. 

Oh well.

Oh No, Marin County is Going Dry! Flavored Malt Beverages in Danger – Novato Supports “AlcoPop-Free Zone”

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

When I was young we had the Bartles and Jaymes, but these days kids are into Flavored Malt Beverages, which starts with FMB, which rhymes with T, which stands for Trouble.

At least in Marin County it does – see below.

Now I’ll tell you, if I were trying to get people to use the absurd phrase “Alcopop Free Zone,” I wouldn’t slap a (TM) after it in press releases.

Just saying.

Marin’s youth, Footloose and now Four Loko-free:

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On It Goes:

“Alcopops Voted Down In Novato - City Council Unanimously Supports Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Campaign - City’s Alcohol Retailers Encouraged to Voluntarily Stop Sales of Flavored Malt Beverages

NOVATO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Novato City Council Members took a decisive step towards protecting youth from alcopops Tuesday night when they unanimously passed a Resolution of Support for creating an Alcopop-Free Zone(TM).  The resolution encourages the city’s alcohol retailers to voluntarily stop selling dangerous, youth-attractive flavored malt beverages, also known as “alcopops.”

“The number of teens that drink in our community is really high,” said Lexi Simon, Novato High School senior and member of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth. “I have seen how easy it is for Novato teens to access alcohol. Stepping up has turned me into a role model and it feels good to be part of a solution, rather than not caring. If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letter for us to make this work.”

Dangerous, youth-attractive alcopops, or flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are:

–  Pre-mixed, sweetened alcoholic drinks that taste like juice and soda
–  Packaged in brightly-colored cans, similar to energy drinks
–  Priced low enough to effectively target underage drinkers, especially
young women
–  Shelved wherever beer is available – including convenience stores, gas
stations, and mini-marts
–  Often supersized at up to 24 oz. single-serving containers with 12
percent alcohol – the equivalent of 4-5 beers which cannot be consumed
responsibly by any age drinker
–  Encouraging underage consumption which leads to serious alcohol-related
harm
–  Four Loko (Phusion Projects), Tilt (Anheuser-Busch InBev), Blast
(Pabst), Smirnoff Ice (Diageo), Bartles & Jaymes (E&J Gallo), Sparks
(The Steele Brewing Co), and Mike’ s Hard Lemonade

“The courageous action by the Novato City Council will help keep alcohol out of the hands of Novato youth,” stated Teri Rockas, former co-chair of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth.  “This is exciting! With this resolution, the Coalition will be well positioned to partner with retailers to remove these dangerous products – and keep Novato kids and families safe.”

This past spring, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed the country’s first Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Resolution of Support. In early September, the San Rafael City Council approved an Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Resolution of Support.

Various retailers in San Rafael, Stinson Beach and Bolinas have already pulled most alcopops from their store shelves. Just last week the Tiburon Town Council unanimously approved a Resolution of Support urging Tiburon Peninsula alcohol retailers to stop selling alcopops.

“Alcopops are an insidious device that with the cool labeling and high sugar content really entice teenagers to drink, especially teenage girls,” stated Judy Arnold, Marin County Supervisor. “I really want to congratulate you for addressing teenage drinking.”

Cheryl Paddack, Executive Director of the Novato Youth Center also spoke in support: “We recognize that drinking and binge drinking here is higher than the state and the national average. As a parent and community leader I would ask the city council to approve this resolution”

“Alcopops are just a predatory marketing ploy targeted at young people across the country and the enticement they produce leads not just to drinking, but binge drinking which can lead to some very severe situations,” stated Heart Fogel, a 13-year-old freshman at San Francisco University High School and a member of the Marin County Youth Commission. “We need to attack this problem at the source, by gettingAlcopops off our shelves and out of our youth’s lives.”

Current Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Marin supporters now include:

–  Albert Park Neighborhood Alliance
–  Alcohol Justice
–  Being Adept
–  Families for Safer Schools
–  Healthy Marin Partnership
–  Healthy Novato
–  Marin County Board of Supervisors
–  Marin County Advisory Board on Alcohol & Other Drug Problems
–  Marin County Dept. of Health & Human Services Prevention Hub
–  Marin County Pharmacists Association
–  Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth
–  Novato City Council
–  Novato Friday Night Live
–  Novato Police Department
–  Novato Youth Council
–  Paradise Markets
–  Perry’s Deli
–  Pharmacist Planning Service, Inc.
–  San Rafael City Council
–  Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association
–  San Rafael Community Coalition
–  Sober Living in Mill Valley
–  Tiburon Town Council
–  Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth
–  United Markets
–  YMCA – Marin County Youth Court
–  Youth Leadership Institute
–  Youth for Justice

“Coalition efforts, campaign rallies and demands will continue at 7-Eleven and Safeway stores, and at all other alcopop retailers in Marin until the county truly is an Alcopop-Free Zone,” stated Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director for Alcohol Justice.

The Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Marin coalition is open to any agency or group to join their efforts to removealcopops from the county. Please visit www.AlcopopFreeZone.us for more information.

“Marin County is proving that any community, youth or parent group can organize to create a safer and healthier environment, free of youth-attractive alcopops,” stated Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director/CEO of Alcohol Justice.”Our vision is to see this happen everywhere in the country, and we will support all community efforts to make it happen.”

OMG, It’s Time for the 2012 Union Street Festival, Where It’s OK to be an Out Republican

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

I’ll tell you, San Francisco doesn’t have too many Republicans but they manage to come out in force during Steve Restivo’s annual Union Street Eco Urban (or is it Urban Eco?) Street Festival.

I can just about assure that the Mitt Romney people will on the scene and out in force, with the ironing boards and whatnot – like this guy:

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All right now here’s your Union Street Festival Decision Tree:

“1. Is it sunny outside?

2. Can you stand crowds of overgrown sorority girls and fraternity boys?

3. Can you stand crowded beer gardens filled with the aforementioned?

If you answered yes to the above, proceed to the Union Street Festival. “

Dude, harsh!

But here’s the retort, from a party-lover, here’s the other side of this perfect dramaturgical dyad:

“SORRY FOR:

(1) PARTYING AND HAVING FUN AT A FESTIVAL

(2) NOT BEING A GRANDMA, and

(3) LIVING LIFE A LITTLE.”

So there you go.

The alcohol drinking used to be totally wide open, and then things got toned down a bit, and now I think even the walled-off beer “gardens” are gone. But you can always join one of the annual beer-fueled house parties, why not?

All right, let’s travel back to years past – here are some shots from yesteryear:

“Now here’s what’s funny when the so-called neighbors who own houses near traditional San Francisco street parties, like the Bay to Breakers Fun Run and the Union Street Festival. Inevitably, some of the actual neighbors, the people what live on the street itself, throw open their doors for anything-goes, beer-fueled house parties.

Anyway, today Andrea Koskey has the news about how there will be no more beer gardens at the Union Street Festival 2011, prompting this response from Serg of the Uptown Almanac:

“Yeah because rock and fucking roll brings the “wilder element.” Yeah I bet it must be nuts when your heehaw ass festival gets raided by tall-can wielding dave matthews fans. Ain’t no dancing in this town bitches! We want to sell shitty ass freeway artwork and braclets made out of old rocks and trash to senior citizens and sweater knots. Fucking dumb asses chewing on shitty grilled meat on a stick can’t hang out in beer gardens or do whatever dumb fucking bullshit it is that they do on their lame ass stoops on Union st. Union street can suck my balls, that shit has been herbfest from the gate, amatuer hour trainwreck can stay gone.”

O.K. then.

All right, get your house partay tickets or invites now. (It’ll be a piece of cake if you are popular/cute enough.)

The perils of post-adolescent Union Street Fest shotgunning. The front of this house faces Union:

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That entire residence was filled to the brim with partiers in 2008. Ah, memories.

All right, see you there, or not.

Now enjoy a trip down Union Street Festival Memory Lane:

This thing is biiiig – it will take you a long time to wander about Union:

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You know who proved popular was Tom Rigney, “electric violinist, Cajun fiddler, composer, graphic artist, and leader of the American roots music band, Tom Rigney and Flambeau.”

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Best in Show – Candy Wrapper Handbags, something like this, as seen on Oprah

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Micro cupcakes continue their dominance over the cuisine of the late aughts

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Your streetfest four basic food groups are poultry (including turkey legs, they’re not just for renaissance festivals anymore), corn on the cob, couscous (not pictured) and garlic fries (not pictured).

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2.5 star-rated Left at Albuquerque [sadly closed now, I think] offered crowd-pleasing  beer towers to sidewalk diners:

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Now they’re renting out A2B electric scooters to tourists. Do people really ride these things on the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks at 20 per back and forth to Sausalito? People do. Anyway, Blazing Saddles bike rentals was offering test drives.

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Suds on the Roof, but much less than in years past. I think a man partying outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a red cup of suds.

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“Eco-Urban” Union Street featured a hell of a lot of gas powered Honda generators, but this year, not so much. Originally, I thought this distribution amplifier was a box full of car batteries, but now I’m at a loss at figuring out how this band got its power. If they had a generator, they hid it well.

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What’s this?

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It’s an overhead extention cord leading from a Union Street business to one of the food vendors in the middle of the street. Is that an extension cord being used as internal wiring? Cough electrical code cough.

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Oh, there it is! One of at least two Hondas in operation today.

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But at least all the amplified music won’t disturb this slumbering. ear-protected pooch.

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It’s big, in’nt?

And here’s the lateral view from our most-polarizing street fest yesterday, the day with “fewer hooligans” drinking beer according to at least one Sunday attendee:

I’ll tell you, myself, I didn’t see too many “drunken douchebags.” Myself. Anyway, it’s nice to see Union busy for a change.

Lots of swag from our corporate overlords at this street faire:

All right, here are a few of the Repubs. Yes on B and Fix MUNI Now were a few of their issues:

And here are some more. These people were promoting Dana Walsh (no, not the character on 24 and not this cutie, oh no – the Republican Dana Walsh).

As usual, the West End was strictly for kids:

And dogs, of course:

Fandango let people take two free spins on their unfairly-weighted (aka loaded, gaffed, cogged, weighted, crooked, or gag) swag roulette wheel – that was a mistake. Scored a bumper sticker the first try and then a precious $50 credit code the second. Bonus.

And of course, another Mini MUNI Meltdown, right on sked:

If the SFMTA were Serious About Cyclist Safety, It Would Ban Buses, Streetcars, Trucks, Taxis and Limos from Market, Instead of Cars

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Just saying.

Oh, the SFMTA wants to ban cars from Market Street for other reasons? O.K.

Oh, there’s a balance of interests here? O.K.

But if you cared about cyclist safety more than anything else, you’d ban buses, streetcars, trucks, taxis, and limos from Market before you’d ban cars.

Montgomery and Market:

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That might not fit with your worldview, but it fits with reality.

Unwanted, Unsolicited Copies of “The Ed Lee Story” Litter Our Streets – Who Opted In? – If We Can Ban Phone Books…

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE: Looks like the opt-in theory is dead, as Jesse Mullan of Fine Internets reports that The Ed Lee Story: An Unexpected Mayor was actually delivered to candidate Dennis Herrera’s house. How wude!]

Now of course there’s a First Amendment issue about telephone book companies being banned from delivering useless telephone books willy-nilly to the residents of San Francisco, but that’s not stopping us from trying to stop delivery of useless telephone books.

So if we are banning unwanted telephone books, why do we allow copies of the laughable Ed Lee Story: An Unelected Mayor to be strewn about the Avenues?

Thusly.

Here’s the sitch as it is right now in the Richmond: 

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Oh here’s another a few houses over – Ed’s waiting for you to come home!

The copies I saw strewn about are just like the books what come around every so often, pretty much. I mean, these aren’t campaign fliers, they’re full-on paperback books with 132 pages each.

Anyway, each Ed Lee for Mayor book had a Post-It Note what said, “Hope you enjoy the book. Vote ED! :)” ad naseum, all in identical girlish handwriting.

(So that’s what those high school students are being “organized” to do for $11 per hour? O.K. fine, but can you imagine the typical high school student writing thousands of Post It Notes to support the conservative, pro-business candidate?)

You’ll find a slightly different message on the copies that are showing up in the “Free, Take One” remainder bins across town –  “We love you,” they say.

It’s safe at this point to mention that the printer made too many copies, I think, that somebody overestimated demand for this tome.

If only there were a place we could send all these unwanted books.

Mmmmmm….

I wonder if they’re recyclable?

Oh well…