Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

Wow, SFGov Overreacts to 420 Day This Year – Haight Ashbury Shut Down for This? – “Event at Golden Gate Park”

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Well, here it is, the result of millionaire homeowners in the 94117 pressuring not-so-bright Supervisor London Breed into pressuring the SFPD and SFMTA and the rest of the SFGov alphabet soup into treating annual 420 Day at Sharon Meadow like a big corporate-sponsored event:

Katie Utehs ‏@katieutehs:#420 gathering in @GoldenGatePark went from being unorganized to partially organized & I’m not sure which is worse.”

Ouch!

Here’s the event, officially:

Event at Golden Gate Park - On Sunday, a large group of participants is expected to gather at Sharon Meadows [sic] inside Golden Gate Park.

The following street closures will be required by the San Francisco Police Department from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Kezar Drive between Lincoln Way and John F. Kennedy Drive
Stanyan between Frederick and Oak streets
Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan streets

During the street closures, Muni buses will be allowed through the closed streets. Personnel from SFPD and SFMTA will determine to re-route Muni buses as crowds grow. Muni bus re-routes will be expected to begin at approximately 3 p.m.

Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected around the event area.”

Here are a few of the closed streets:

Stanyan:

Haight:

Ashbury:

And so of course Fell turned into a parking lot, what with Kezar, Gateway to the Sunsets, shut down (for some reason) this year:

Sometimes I just don’t know…

Free Advice for Marc Benioff, Who’s All Kinds of PR-Sensitive These Days – The “Ron Burgandy of Tech”

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Well, here it is:

The Benioff Doctrine – Marc Benioff has a message for his rich tech friends: Give back or get out. A candid conversation with the Salesforce CEO and philanthropic alpha dog.

Um, but I think Bill Gates is the philanthropic alpha dog, right? And others in the Bay Area have given more as well, and they did it, um, more quietly.

This is part of a coordinated push from Benioff’s PR people. One supposes the San Francisco Chronicle is too hostile a journalistic environment for this type of message, so San Fran Mag and the San Francisco Bidness Times will have to suffice

All right, here we go.

1. Don’t just look at the title, read all or part of this bit here:

Marc Benioff Is the Ron Burgundy of Tech

This is how others perceive you, MB. Is this perspective totally wrong? Is it from Crazy Town?

2. Now here’s MB in his own words:

They are using the Ellis Act during this unbelievable boom time, to toss everyday residents out of their homes. I think is unfair and I think it has to change. I think that our government, our industry leaders and everyday citizens — all three stakeholders — need to come together in a conversation and change that. I think these buses — which if you hang out in the Mission, [they come] every five minutes — they’ve got to be massively regulated, we have to get them off our streets”

All right, Marc. Well, why not just throw a couple hundred grand at every Ellis Act evictee in SF County? You could afford that, easily. I “call upon” you to do it, how’s that? And there’s a reason why we have the Ellis Act – it helps to make rent control constitutional. Do you know that, MB? And since when do you care about the Ellis Act, MB? You’re a follower and not a leader, huh MB? And since when are the streets of San Francisco your streets?

3. Here’s his 1-1-1 plan. Hey Marc, I call upon you to upgrade this to the 5-5-5 plan. C’mon! I’ll hector you the way you hector Zuck. Let’s dream into action. I’m the best person in philanthropy because I say I’m the best person in philanthropy! It’s as simple as that.

4. Sean Parker. Whoo boy, aren’t you supposed to temper the Billionaire Boys Club, Marc? Isn’t that your role? No, you’d rather add fuel to the fire, you’d rather encourage them?

“Amazing post by Sean Parker. One of the great visionary leaders of our time. I could not agree more with his view. http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/27/weddings-used-to-be-sacred-and-other-lessons-about-internet-journalism/

Here’s what you could have told Sean Parker, you could have told him that having a wedding like that in that location is HARD. It takes a lot of work, which is why most people don’t attempt something like that. But why do a half-assed job on it, why didn’t Sean Parker know enough to do things the right way? He’s not stupid, right? He just lacked perspective. Kind of like you, MB.

5. Mission Bay fiasco. Oh, that’s right, you’ve moved on, after all that bluster, you’ve moved on. Fair enough, enough said.

6. America’s Cup fiasco. Why not call upon your great pal Larry Ellison to pay our general fund about $11,000,000?

7 Twitter Enterprise Zone. Why not call upon Twitter to pay its taxes under the old rules? Shouldn’t Twitter “give back” as well?

Well, those are a few recent things ever since you became almost famous by giving big bucks to UCSF the first time. People applauded you for it, as did I. But you, Marc Benioff, aren’t the King of Philanthropy. Not yet, anyway.

So it’s sort of funny to hear you spout off like this.

That’s all.

(But oh, if you want to start doing something, why not start with Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic, which has recently been fee’d out of existence by the very government you so admire. Or why not do things like that in addition? You know, instead of criticizing those who don’t line up behind you like ducklings just because you ask them to?)

 

Renewed Chevron Station on Fell Street: “Proudly”

Friday, April 18th, 2014

‘Cause like before, they were embarrassed about the situation:

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What’s This, Kezar Drive, Gateway to the Inner Sunset and Beyond, is Going to be Shut Down for 420 Day on Sunday?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

All right, when I first saw this sign the other day, I didn’t  understand it – I was like “KEZAR CLOSED,” huh?

But now I understand, I think.

I think the Sunsets are going to be cut off from San Francisco due to the big 420 Day gathering this Easter Sunday 2014.

The sign says to “… USE … FULTON.” 

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Which, like, I don’t care, but isn’t this going to mess up traffic?

Just asking.

(And oh, just so you know, the group of people who just love, love, love cars the most are hippies, believe it or not. You’ll see.)

A Painted Lady in the Western Addition is Missing Her Finial Thingee

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

See? This ruins everything!

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I cry foul

Wow, San Francisco’s Annual 420 Day in Golden Gate Park is Now Officially a Thing – Check This Sign

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

As seen on Fell Street:

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You see, the “event” is you and your buds smoking buds in Golden Gate Park on 420 Day.

Our local government would just love to fee this “event” out of existence, ala the former Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic, but there’s no entity to tax or fee or fine – poor SFGov!

(Oh, “Kezar” will be “closed?” IDK what that means. I guess I’ll find out on Sunday.)

Anyway, this event is now official, just saying.

Toyota Prius vs. San Francisco Telephone Pole, Chapter CCCLXIV

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Toyota used to build man-sized front airbags for beefy gents such as myself, but those days are over.

These days, airbags are smarter but less powerful.

Anyway, this car fully deployed its airbags on Oak yesterday – let’s hope this local is all right:

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And The Award For San Francisco’s #1 Tourist Trap Restaurant Goes To … Castagnola’s Seafood and Chophouse

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Here we go, start reading - this place is horrible.

IMO, San Francisco would be better off without this particular place up in Fisherman’s Wharf, but the Golden Gate Restaurant Association disagrees, oh well.

Of course nobody cares what I think so head on up there and check it out, if you want.

And be sure to try the “unnecessarily complicated Shrimp Louie

If you want…

LONDON CALLING! 4/20 Day 2014 Coming This Easter Sunday – Haight-Ashbury Supervisor London Breed Wants a Crackdown

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Here’s what Annual 420 Day looks like, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.

That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:

An excellent capture from world-famous Broke-Ass Stuart.

All right, Happy 420 Day 2014!

And now, let’s hear from London Breed:

“April 16, 2014

Sunday, April 20th Activities in Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury

This Sunday, April 20th, will see not only Easter celebrations throughout the City, but the likely return of an informal and unpermitted “4/20” gathering in Golden Gate Park and the Haight, which has caused significant problems in the community over the years and was particularly problematic last year.

Crowds strained police, Muni, and park resources, overwhelmed residential streets, and in several instances, damaged public and private property. Traffic came to a standstill as cars swarmed thearea. Garbage overflowed from curbside cans that proved unequal to the occasion. And on Sunday, 4/21, staff and volunteers with the Recreation and Parks Department had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks, not to mention the trash collected by the Department of Public Works from the upper Haight to Hayes Valley.

I am determined not to allow these impacts again this year. Over the past months, I have worked closely with the Police and Parks Departments, Mayor Lee’s office, and the MTA on a comprehensive city approach to this event. There is no sponsor for 4/20, no organizer to hold to account. But I want the community to know that their Supervisor and their government are doing everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents.

San Francisco, as always, welcomes celebrants with open arms, but this Sunday there will be boundaries to keep the community safe, and there will be no tolerance for anyone using 4/20 as an excuse to harm our parks or neighborhoods.

 There will be increased law enforcement presence both uniform and plainclothes—including Juvenile Probation Officers—in the Park, upper and lower Haight, and surrounding neighborhoods with a strict enforcement approach to all code violations.

 Parking is very limited in the area, and there will be Parking Control Officers (PCOs) ticketing and/or towing vehicles parked illegally in any way, e.g. on lawns or in neighbors’ driveways. PCOs will also be deployed at busy intersections to keep traffic and transit moving.

 Unpermitted booths and concessions in the Parks will not be allowed. Such enterprises will be immediately cited and removed.

 Traffic control officers, SFPD, and Muni will be on hand in the afternoon to help move visitors out of the neighborhoods quickly and safely. Muni will reroute buses off Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to avoid delays. 

If our neighborhoods and parks are expected to continue hosting a large gathering, without an organizer or any resources beyond those provided by the taxpayer, we must all be vigilant in ensuring the event is safe, clean, and responsible.

LONDON N. BREED

City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, California 94102-4689 (415) 554-7630

Fax (415) 554 – 7634 TDD/TTY (415) 554-5227 E-mail: London.Breed@sfgov.org