Posts Tagged ‘bear’

Don’t Look at This Photo, Flag-Wavers – ‘Cause You’re Not Going to Like Seeing the San Francisco Version of Old Glory

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Public Housing Project, McAllister Street, Western Addition (aka The Fillmore), San Francisco, 2012:

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This area is about six blocks from San Francisco City Hall.

Here’s the exact same pair of flags from three years ago, would you agree?

And the DRUG FREE ZONE warning sign is still there as well. (But, of course, this isn’t actually a drug-free zone. Not in the least.)

Oh well.

So, why do we even have flagpoles then?

Perhaps putting them in was a bad idea? Perhaps it’s easier to put in a flagpole than to take care of a flagpole over its lifetime? Perhaps we should take these flagpoles down if this how City, County, State and/or Federal officials are handling things?

Perhaps Redevelopment of the Fillmore was a bad idea?

Perhaps other federally-funded projects, such as the useless Central Subway, are bad ideas as well?

Mmmmm.

Mid-Market Update: Chad Hasegawa’s Giant Bear Mural Replaced by Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Well it won’t be long now…

The new Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers, right there on the corner of 6th and Market:

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It looks finished on the outside, anyway.

Only Time Will Tell when it will open.

And this is what this corner looked like not too long ago…

Here’s artist Chad Hasegawa at 6th and Market:

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But he wasn’t done yet, you dig?

He had to add in the reds and the blues and whatnot.

See?


Via The Tens

And yet another Doori no Kuma is born…

“Let’s Keep Not Paying Taxes – YAY!” Taiwan’s NMA-TV Takes on the Amazon v. State of CA Sales Tax Fight

Monday, July 18th, 2011

NMA-TV out of Taiwan, Free Republic of China, well, they’ve got us pegged. They know all about what goes on in California and they show that with pithy animated videos.

As here, with the whole Governor Jerry Brown vs. Jeff Bezos / Amazon.com sales tax / “use tax”* issue. NMA already has a proposed slogan for the statewide initiative that’s coming our way from Amazon.

See?

And here’s Jeff Bezos (fresh from swimming in a pool of his money) explaining things to California Governor Jerry Brown and our Official State Animal, who looks hungry for a little tax money.

It’s going to be a tough row to hoe getting people to vote for the Amazon tax next year, IMO.

Anyway, good job NMA-TV.

*The tax is on your “use” in CA of whatever you buy. It’s pretty much like a sales tax except it’s based on the tax rate of where you live (as opposed to sales tax, which is based upon where you buy something). 

The Great Bear of the Twitterloin: I Thought Artist Chad Hasegawa was All Finished Here at Mid-Market, But No

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Here’s artist Chad Hasegawa at 6th and Market last week:

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But he wasn’t done yet, you dig?

He had to add in the reds and the blues and whatnot.

See?


Via The Tens

And yet another Doori no Kuma is born...

(And oh, this was about a block away, but people, let’s be careful out there…)

That’s Califorya: Another Excellent Capture from Kevin Montgomery of the Uptown Almanac

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The best mural ever, as shown at the Uptown Almanac:

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Speechless I am.

Mayor Edwin Lee Tweets About “How to Support SM in San Francisco”

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Thusly:
Gd question-how to support sm in SF. One thing we are doing is JobsNow2. Providing funding for sm biz to hire the unemployed.”



If Twitter is soon going to get a load of corporate welfare,* then there’s no reason why Kink. com (kids, ask the ‘rents before clicking) shouldn’t too, I s’pose…

*How Twitter Extorted a Desperate City

NB: Politicians might be able to give you employment, but they don’t, they can’t “create jobs.”

Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

It’s Twitter’s world. We’re just living in it…

Oh No, Castro! It’s Game Over, Man, Game Over for Trader Joe’s, Where They Mostly Come at Night, Mostly

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Well that’s it, it’s game over, man, there’ll be no Trader Joe’s near Noe and Market anytime soon. See the deets below, from the FaceBook page of District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener.

Now, for just a moment, forget about all the cars coming to your urban-type TJ’s – what about the trucks, baby? We’re talking BJ and the Bear-style 18-wheelers all over the place outside of our area Traders Joe, every night, mostly, starting at 9:00 PM. Mostly.

Could Market Street have handled this kind of moonlit tractor-trailer pas de trois every night? (Well, s’pose it doesn’t matter now.)

Some of the truckers actually back in to the TJ on Masonic. As seen in Mervyn’s Heights:

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All the deets:

Trader Joe’s NOT coming into the Castro

by Scott Wiener on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 9:32pm

This morning, Trader Joe’s decided not to pursue a new location at Noe and Market Streets (the old Tower Records site). After two years of on-again-off-again consideration of the site, Trader Joe’s decided that the location was not going to work for its business model, one that is fairly reliant on automobile visits.

I’m disappointed about this outcome, because I do believe that Trader Joe’s would have added a great food option for the neighborhood. However, I respect Trader Joe’s decision and think highly of the company.

I will immediately begin working with the property owner to bring in one or more retailers that will add to the neighborhood. This is a priority for me.

On the bright side, Mollie Stone’s will be opening this coming Wednesday, March 9, at 9 a.m. on 18th Street. I hope to see you there.”

Chin up, Castro. Some day your prince will come.

The Eternal Struggle: Bear vs. Octopus on Market Street – The Prize? A Metal Star-Ball, Of Course

Friday, January 7th, 2011

You want the freaky artwork you create to be eternal, you want it to last forever right? Well, the secret of that is to get a commission before the NIMBYs, the historical societies, and the homeowners associations move in to town.

Then, when fashions change and people start to wonder just what the heck were you thinking back in the day,* you’ll have powerful forces on your side to make sure that nothing ever, ever changes. In that way, you will become immortal.

So, what’s The Message here? My guess:

The octopus has the reach but the bear wants it more

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And best of all , the same tableau plays out on the other side so everybody will get to see.

Forever…

*That monstrosity just down Market costs $1000 a day just for the electricity

Nissan Brings Furries to Civic Center: The All-Electric Nissan Leaf Makes Its Worldwide Debut

Monday, December 13th, 2010

A little surprised at how the MSM went all-out at the debut of the all-electric Nissan Leaf over the weekend, traveling all the way up to Petaluma, but anyway, read all about it right here.

I do have some notes. First off, check out this howler from Nanette Asimov:

“In the 1990s, car makers General Motors and Toyota leased such cars out – then destroyed them as they grew in popularity.”

Well, yeah, I see what you’re talking about there, but I have a 55-gallon drum of nuance to dump on that quote. Or, rather, had, as the cold light of day reveals the above zinger done went poof down the memory hole – you can’t find it at SFGate anymore so it must have been edited out recently. Moving on…

Oh, here’s another:

“…turned the fancy key that started the Leaf’s quiet engine.”

Uh, the Leaf doesn’t have an engine, right? Isn’t that the whole point? Now, the upcoming GM Volt has an engine, and a couple of big motors and a bunch of small ones to boot probably, but the Leaf, she has no engines. And turning the key doesn’t “start” the Leaf’s (primary) motor neither. Oh well. It is quiet though. Very very qwiet. (And I won’t even get into whether “the plug” is on the car or in your garage back at home…)

Anyway, it’s refreshing to see an electric car program get developed by a crew not dominated by egomaniacal  crooks, thieves, and charlatans.

As promised, furries in Civic Center:

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Quite a wintry scene with an Arctic White Nissan, a polar furry and the Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center:

And then, the Arrival of the First Pilot of the First Nissan Leaf

(And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear)

Bon Courage, Olivier Chalouhi de La Ville du Séquoia!

In California, a Brown Bear is not a Brown Bear, ‘Cause We Killed Them Off

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Well here’s the news from the AP:

Brown bear mauls hunter in Tahoe National Forest

The problem with that headline is that if you see a bear in California, it’s a Black Bear even if it’s colored brown.

Unless, you’re at a zoo. Then it could go either way.

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(If your bear is purple and green, then you’re in Golden Gate Park.)