Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

Verlocal – What’s That?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

I guess it’s this, among other things:

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Verlocal doesn’t appear* to be owned by area Republican-type billionaire Ron Conway, so it’s got that going for it.

*But I’ll note that a search containing the terms Con Ronway and Verlocal turns up interesting results, almost as if the famous algorithm has been altered for Ronny-Baby…

“Central Coffee Tea & Spice” in the Western Addition Jeopardizes Its High 4.5 Star Yelp Rating with an Absurd Campaign Against the #21 Hayes

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Here it is, a flyer posted at Central Coffee Tea & Spice, 1696 Hayes:

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And here’s some background from Nuala Sawyer of Hoodline

First things first, MUNI sucks and the SFMTA is the reason why. (If you don’t believe that, I’ll assume that you work in the marketing department of MUNI or that you’re a blogger what has taken SFMTA money in some sort of MUNI marketing effort.)

Having said that, we should all applaud the SFMTA’s attempts to suck less by trying to remove bus stops*, especially when we’re talking about the #21 Hayes line. 

But now, according to the owner of Central Coffee, the SFMTA’s attempt to improve the efficiency of the 21 Hayes is somehow going to end up killing the entire line so we should lobby Ed Reiskin and the board of the SFMTA to “save the 21 Hayes?”

WTH. Here’s the sitch right now. The coffee shop is in the middle and the bus stop that “needs” to be saved (marked by Google Maps with a blue square) is cattywumpus across the street:

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How many freaking bus stops does one side of one short block of Hayes need? As you can see, it has two right now. Does the owner of Central Coffee favor adding in even more stops, you know, since bus stops are so great?

(I’ll tell you, there’s a People Love Us On Yelp sticker right next to the flyer you can see above and, I’ll tell you, a business owner on Polk just went through a Yelp War over a similar issue just a month or two ago. So much so, he took actually down his Yelp sign, so hounded he felt.)

This will not stand, this aggression against Frisco coming from Central Coffee.

This will not stand, Man.

*Our situation is exactly like what brought about the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990 – everybody knew we had too many military bases, but no pol would tolerate the shutdown of a base in his/her district. Then BRAC came along to save the day. 

When an MSM Reporter “Stalks” You at Your Favorite Corporate Bus Stop, Feel Free to Photograph Him Right Back

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Here you go, it’s a photo from area reporter/producer Sam Harnett, as he was laboring for KQED en la Mision:

Wary Employers, Stigma Have Some Tech Workers Keeping Low Profile

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A techie is recording right back, to even the odds, one supposes.

Now, which corporate PR team is behind this?

One company pressured an employee to recant an interview we had already done. The PR team told me that story could be “weaponized” against the company, which was “under a microscope.” 

I can guess.

Can you?

Chain Store Paradise in the Heart of Frisco: “GNC, EUROPEAN WAX CENTER, SUBWAY, CHIPTOLE (Soon), PANERA BREAD”

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Perhaps Frisco just wants to say it doesn’t like chain stores, but it actually loves chain stores? It sure seems that way.

Of course, you won’t find this slice o’ suburbia down at Castro and Market, but head north for a little bit, IDK a mile or two, and bam!, here we are at City Centre, all hidden away, with free parking, you know, galore. Here’s the SUBWAY  sign going up and it won’t be long ’til the Chiptole sign goes up right next door:

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And the “anchors” at this mall? Best Buy and Target, natch! (Can the nearest Trader Joe’s be far away? It could, but it’s not. Not at all.)

Now here’s the update: Chiptole won’t be opening this week or this month, it’s safe to say:

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“Burritofication” will be “in progress” for some time, it appears…

Ironically, SFGov Plans to Remove This Actual Urban Tree Canopy from Masonic and Geary – Aesthetics vs. Safety, Again

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Now I say ironically because it’s standard practice for our local pols to talk about San Francisco’s “urban canopy” as if we were close to having one already IRL.

But here’s an actual canopy, on Masonic near Geary, that’s doomed for the chipper because of some bogus art project called “Points of Departure.”

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One supposes it’ll be a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine of the big new federally-funded, state-funded “Streetscape” / pork-barrel project go down? (Our SFMTA is working, slowly but surely, on this gig what has turned out to be less “shovel-ready” than advertised…)

One local, beloved blogger has gone as far as calling this slow-motion disaster Arbor-Geddon 2015.

Now here’s a little history about how SFGov works, courtesy of San Francisco Mayor (1996-present) / local lobbyist Willie Brown:

“I wanted the trees gone, but knew I’d face stiff resistance both from homeless advocates and tree supporters. We brought in a tree expert and wouldn’t you know it, some of the trees had a blight. I issued an emergency order, and that night park workers moved in and dug up and bagged the trees. By the time the TV cameras arrived the next morning the trees were on their way to a tree hospital, never to return. So bless me, father, for I too have sinned. I just did it before everyone had a cell phone camera.”

Delightful story, Willie. Simply delightful.

Anyway, kiss this small grove, improbably near a big #38 MUNI stop, good-bye.

The Latest Exercise Fad in Golden Gate Park: “Short-Roping” with Pilates Bands? – Lasso Your Partner and Then Go Jogging

Monday, April 13th, 2015

I’m at a loss for words here:

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Everybody’s doing it:

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Reader Notes: Those things are Pilates bands, right? And short-roping, that’s a reference to a mountain climbing technique that has the struggling, inexperienced client getting a tow* to the top, ala Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa and rich MTV Wife Sandy Pittman / Sandy Hill on Mount Everest back in 1996.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Go up to these people and say, “I’m CW Nevius, a semi-retired reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, and I ask you just what the heck is going on** here?” And the bit will write itself.

If only somebody cared enough to force me tow them around GGP, I’d be less overweight in no time…

*The question is why. Whether he thought he was going to get a cash bonus for getting Pittman atop Everest is lost in the pages of History. 

**Maybe this has already been done and my vocabulary is simply too limited for me to discover what this thing is called…

Here It Is, the First “Full Look” at Marvel’s Ant-Man, Shot in Town Last Year – Can’t See Much of Frisco In It – Release Date is July 17th

Friday, April 10th, 2015

This is what all that fuss was about in the 94117 last year:

Principal photography began on August 18, 2014 in San Francisco, with Russell Carpenter serving as cinematographer.[16] Scenes were scheduled to be shot in the Tenderloin neighborhood and Buena Vista Park.[103]

And then there’s this:

An Oddity: A Big Rig-Style Smokestack Atop a Van Assisting With the Heist Production in Haight Ashbury

Friday, April 10th, 2015

First up, some signage to learn the locals that our Dear Leader is fully on board with the production of this heist movie, so step off, hippies:

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And is this a rolling coal diesel exhaust coming out of this van parked on Stanyan, the better to power a phalanx of electronic gear?

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Sure looks that way.

I’ve never seen a smokestack on the top of a van before…

Lawyer’s Corner: RPD Says Slacklines and Hammocks Violate the Park Code, But Do They Really?

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Here you go, this was just the other day in GGP:

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RPD calls this kind of thing “affixing items to trees” on their newish signs, but I don’t see where this language comes from, you know, in the SF Park Code.

So yeah, if you cut down a big tree to have some fun with the stump, I can see how that’d be citeable.

But I don’t see how slacklining or romantic hammocking is an automatic violation of the SF Park Code.

So, I’m saying the newish signs from RPD are incorrect.

So I’m saying that the RPD should go to the BOS to fix this sitch,

JMO

Ferguson MO, 94117 – In St. Louis County, Expired Car Registration Costs $30, But in SF It’s $117 + $117 + $117 + $117 + $117…

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Here’s St. Louis County with its $30 tickets

…and here’s San Francisco – for this ride from Oakland with tabs expired less than six months, the cost is $117 + $117 + $117 + $117 + $117:

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Do you think the SFMTA “makes money” from issuing citations and towing cars? Should it?

Why are the tickets $117 – why shouldn’t they be $517 or 1517?

IDK.