Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

***PRESS RELEASE*** “SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN CALLS FOR CARETAKER APPOINTMENT TO DISTRICT 2 SUPERVISORIAL VACANCY”

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

[UPDATE: Whelp, so much for that. http://www.sfexaminer.com/sf-county-clerk-catherine-stefani-named-district-2-supervisor/ ]

“SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN CALLS FOR CARETAKER APPOINTMENT TO DISTRICT TWO SUPERVISORIAL VACANCY

Resolution introduced by Supervisor Malia Cohen will urge Mayor Mark Farrell to appoint a caretaker Supervisor for District 2.

San Francisco, CA –Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors urging Mayor Mark Farrell to ensure a transparent and democratic process in the election of a Supervisor for District Two.

On January 23rd 2018, Mark Farrell’s appointment to serve as successor Mayor triggered an automatic vacancy in the District Two seat.  City Charter Section 3.100.15 grants the Mayor the power to appoint an individual for the District 2 seat.

Supervisor Cohen’s resolution urges that the Mayoral appointment be someone not seeking election to the Supervisorial seat in the regularly scheduled election in November 2018.

The resolution declares that any Mayoral appointment could have an “incumbency advantage” should they choose to run for the District Two seat in the November election, and acknowledges a preference stated by several Supervisors and members of the public for a “clean and transparent” election.

“We should hold each office to the same standard,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen. “This is about principle and good governance. A level playing field in the Supervisorial races is no less important than in the Mayoral race.”

The legislation will be introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting on January 30, 2018.

How San Francisco Plans to Raise Money to Pay for Transit: Carbon Tax, Payroll Tax, ROBOT TAX?!

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Yep, via Reddit we discover:

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From Bill Gates to Jane Kim

(Robot Tax sounds like a Daft Punk record. Let’s hope ear of taxation doesn’t drive them back to France.)

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Flight EK226: Flying from American Airspace to Iranian Airspace in About 12 Hours – As Seen Climbing Out of SFO

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Just saying.

This big old Airbus A380, which never really worked as an airliner design, regularly flies betwixt San Francisco and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Which is NBD, but the only way this beastly bird can make the trip is a polar route and that means Iran’s gotta give the OK NTTAWWT:

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Which, as stated, is NBD but given the history, who knows how long this will last.

And actually, this is an extra heavy A380, the better to fly farther, but even so, it can barely make this trip. So there would have to be changes if Iran ever decided to not allow Emirates flyover rights. I suppose a smaller more efficient jet could be used on a longer route or perhaps nonstop flights bewtwixt Frisco and the UAE would come to an end…

Lonely Tourists, Kicked Out of Alamo Square, Forced to Wait for a Bus in the Rain by the Tourist-Hating Residents of Alamo Heights

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Maybe we should install a 70 inch TV in this massive, vista-free wall running the opening of Full House, you know, looping every 1.5 minutes.

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It didn’t used to be this way.

How wude.

FOUND OBJECT: “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate” – Too Soon, Berkeley – Too Soon

Friday, January 26th, 2018

I would have let the whole thing blow over afore offering up this tome to the general public. You know, maybe a year or two.

As seen in Berkeley:

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(Don’t know why Nancy Pelosi couldn’t figure things out in a day or two. How long did it take her, a week or more? Oh well.)

The Parking Man Cometh … to Paint Red Curbs on Fell from Baker to Shrader – Perhaps 20 Spaces Eliminated – SFMTA Hearing Feb 2nd

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

[UPDATE: I myself don’t read this SFMTA notice as a wholesale elimination of parking on the north side of Fell, As Seen On Reddit. (That kind of action would be much easier for the SFMTA to describe – they would just come out and said that.) IRL, this is going to be a bit of red paint here and there AFAICS.]

Here’s one of the PUBLIC HEARING notices just posted all over the western Fell street area:

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Of course there was the fatal accident on Fell at Baker last year – that could have something to do with this effort.

Apparently, parking in between crosswalks will be eliminated, at least on the north side of the Panhandle / the south side of Fell Street.

At first I thought that these areas might get used for UBER and Lyft pickup and drop off, but they’re on the wrong side of the road. Anyway, dropping your friend off in the Panhandle will be easier after all the red paint gets put down, sometime later this year…

“8. ESTABLISH – TOW-AWAY, NO STOPPING ANYTIME
A. Fell Street, north side, from Baker Street to 17 feet easterly (extends existing 10-foot red
zone)
B. Baker Street, east side, from Fell Street to 5 feet southerly (extends existing 3-foot red
zone)
C. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Lyon Street to 49 feet easterly (prohibits
parking within “T” intersection)
D. Lyon Street, west side, from Fell Street to 12 feet northerly
E. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Central Avenue to 39 feet easterly
(extends existing 7-foot red zone to prohibit parking within “T” intersection)
F. Fell Street, north side, from Central Avenue to 10 feet easterly
G. Masonic Avenue, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
H. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Ashbury Street to 38 feet easterly
(prohibits parking within “T” intersection)
I. Fell Street, south side, from Ashbury Street to 10 feet easterly
J. Ashbury Street, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
K. Fell Street, south side, from Clayton Street to 10 feet easterly
L. Fell Street, north side, from Clayton Street to 10 feet easterly
M. Clayton Street, west side, from Fell Street to 11 feet northerly
N. Fell Street, south side, from western crosswalk at Cole Street to 38 feet easterly (prohibits
parking within “T” intersection)
O. Fell Street, south side, from Cole Street to 10 feet easterly
P. Cole Street, west side, from Fell Street to 10 feet northerly
Q. Fell Street, south side, from Shrader Street to 10 feet easterly
R. Shrader Street, west side, from Fell Street to 9 feet easterly”

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THE PORTOLA Update: Lousy Transit and Lousy Parking – Does Any Other District in Frisco Have It This Bad?

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Here’s the new sign for THE Portola, fka Little Jerusalem and The Flat.

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(So, when you’re talking about the San Francisco district, it’s the PORtola, but when you’re talking about the Street in the Presidio or the Drive (what’s basically a continuation of Market, which as the joke goes is “straight until it hits the Castro”), it’s porTOla, but  if you’re talking about the dude himself, it’s portoLA. That’s my understanding. (Oh, here’s KALW’s take.))

Anyway, Man, parking is a competitive sport here – ppl just circle and circle, and then they squeeze on in, thusly:

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Of course, parking is no picnic in more name-brand hoods such as Russian Hill or Nob Hill, but in those places non-driving options seem better.

Look at this, free parking for laundromat customers only, which I’ve never seen before in Frisco. What luxury!

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Anyway, ppl end up buying cars to fit the space they have:

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And they end up posting signs on the topic:

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And here – a brace of rusty rear-engined, air-cooled relics, all in a row, perhaps from the same owner. (I’ll bet this kind of thing gets discussed on NextDoor.)

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I don’t hear anything good about MUNI down here, on the wrong side of perpetually-congested Hospital Curve. So how else should one get around?

I wouldn’t mind riding a bike in the Portola, but I prolly would mind the ride to get all the way down there. I wouldn’t know a good way.

(Anyway, that’s my impression. I know all about the northern half of Frisco, but The South? Not much at all.)

The solution would appear to be just having a garage….

Consider This an Invitation to Your New RANDALL MUSEUM – Free Reopening Celebration on Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

[UPDATE: A note* on the raccoon.]

All the deets.

“You are invited to the Grand Reopening Celebration Randall Museum Friends and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department are excited to announce the Randall Museum’s Grand Reopening! Join us for the ribbon cutting, free activities, live entertainment and the first chance to see the beautiful new Randall. Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony with city officials at 10 am. Stay for fun family activities through 2 pm. The museum will stay open until 3 pm. This is a free community event. Limited parking is available and public transportation is encouraged.

February 11 10 am – 2 pm 199 Museum Way San Francisco, CA 94114″

Welcome back, Recology Raccoon:

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*See Comments.

“This raccoon was a rescue. He was originally an infant who lost his mother and was sent to a rehabilitation center in Morro Bay. They set him up with similarly aged orphan raccoons and raised them all with the intent of releasing them when they were old enough. At six months they released him on a landowner’s property and within one week he was found shredded by some other animal. His back was mauled, his tail so damaged it had to be amputated, he also lost one of his digits. So, by the time all of his injuries healed the Center at Morro Bay felt he could not be released a second time. They began training him, similar to dog training, so that he could become an animal ambassador.

The Randall Museum had an empty space waiting for a rescued raccoon so they took him in. He will stay at the Randall Museum at the Randall until he dies and the staff takes great pains to enrich his life by training and toys, and replacing live foliage in his exhibit often. He is rarely fed food out of a bowl- they hide his food or make puzzles out it, to keep his interest and intelligence alive.

He was a wild animal that only due to his life circumstances now will spend his life at the museum. And, he actually may help other raccoons to be better understood or at least appreciated. That’s the goal. The staff at the Randall Museum want people to leave knowing more than knew when they came in about nature, animals and how that amazing interaction can be a lifelong exploration.”

 

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Severe Pwnage on Page – What Happens When You Park Your Car on the Streets of San Francisco

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

My accident reconstruction capabilities, which were untaxed by this straightforward fender bender on nearby Hayes, are unable to make sense of this one on Page near Clayton:

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This damage was caused either by a Panzerkampfwagen Tiger B heavy tank or a Mercedes Benz E350

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Mystery Shroom, Masonic

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Don’t know what this new thing does, or what it emits. Might make a nice street stool though:

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Thank goodness I have protection