A command? A suggestion?
I can’t tell…
Here’s how things look in Japan in 2016 at a nothingburger, random train station:
What do you call these, pocket doors?
Hey BART! Are you up to speed on this?
Imagine installing these automatic safety doors at just one station, like at Powell. It would be an implementation nightmare, just saying.
(OTOH, those cool-looking exposed bulb chandeliers, well putting those into a BART would be a snap…)
Anyway, hop to it BART/MUNI – get on this, like stat.
Your view of the Lafayette Hillside Memorial whilst speeding by on the 24:
What’s this, GOLDEN GATE PARK COMMUNITY GARDENS?
Is this a joke?
Gentle Reader, check out this recent bit from Calvin Welch in Tim Redmond’s 48 Hills to see how much UNITY there was in getting rid of the recycling center.
So that’s STRIKE ONE.
And what of this, also in the news yesterday:
“Unity Plaza” brings “communities and city leaders together under one roof.” The Unity Plaza, named through a partnership with the community…
So it’ll be something like, “Meet me at Unity Plaza, where San Franciscans and our City Family are as One, Comrade.” (And then Comrade Two will be all, “Oh, you mean Balboa BART? C U THERE, All Hail Our Dear Leader.”)
And there’s your STRIKE TWO.
That’s it, it’s TWO STRIKES AND YOU ARE OUT.
Let me tell you, if your political faction has 55%-60% of the electorate, then that’s like the OPPOSITE of UNITY, in’nt?
END OF LINE.
A great capture from Erin Sherbert:
Cf. Conversations with Tom Wolfe by Dorothy McInnis Scura:
“Q. First I must ask you: why do you affect those crazy white suits?
A. In 1962, I was in a tailor shop and had a conventional summer suit made from some white silk tweed that impressed me. But the suit was too hot for the summer. Then I began wearing it in December. People became annoyed by the sight of a white suit in winter. (Those were innocent times in 1962.) Soon I discovered I had this marvelous, harmless form of aggression going for me. So I branched out into white suits with double-vested weskits and rows of white-covered buttons. Getting dressed in the morning was suddenly fun.”
Well here you go, it’s BLOCK THE TECH COMMUNTE via IndyBay.
But read on to see the reply from the Teamsters.
On It Goes…
AN OPEN LETTER TO “BLOCK THE TECH COMMUTE”
We are shuttle bus drivers for bus companies who have contracts with Facebook, Apple, Google, eBay, and more. We are mostly people of color. We live in communities such as East and West Oakland and Bayview/Hunter Point. We share your concerns about gentrification. The Bay Area’s skyrocketing rents and housing prices have pushed many of us out to Antioch, Pittsburg, Tracy, Manteca, and even farther.
Your efforts are hurting us, not helping. We are on the front lines of fighting income inequality in the high tech industry by organizing with the Teamsters union. In the last few months, over 225 of us at two shuttle bus companies won union elections. Those of us who drive for Facebook just won a union contract that includes $9/hour average wage increases, fully paid company health care, 5 weeks paid vacation, sick days, a pension, and higher pay for those of us who work split shifts.
In March, you attacked a Loop Transportation/Facebook bus that one of us was driving at MacArthur BART. You attacked a union bus driver for a good employer who pays good wages and benefits. That did not help our cause – it hurt it.
We call on you to join our efforts to hold high tech accountable to workers. If you want to make the economy work for struggling Bay Area families, then help the other drivers organize a union with us. Help push for affordable housing. But please don’t stop our buses.
May Day is for workers. Respect the shuttle bus workers this May Day.
Commercial photo shoot checklist:
Willowy model – check
Product with extra-orangey wheels – check
Location with no visible BART signs – check
Shooting permit from ____ – ????
I don’t know, do you care about stores ‘n stuff?
I thought it would be like a convenience store, but no they sell cell phones and tablets and all kinds of stuff.
Big, in’nt it?
Now, here are your Tar-zhays, in order of size, as best I can figure:
All right, see you there!