Posts Tagged ‘bike plan’

The Empire Strikes Back – Rob Anderson, Others Possibly on the Hook for $52K due to the Bike Plan Injunction

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

[UPDATE: Word comes from City Attorney Press Secretary Matt Dorsey. Yes, they’re looking for $52k:

“The City is seeking to recover its costs related to the preparation of the administrative record and excerpts of the record requested by the court.  We are also seeking to recover the costs we incurred in serving by messenger the attorney for the petitioner.  The recovery of these costs, which total $51,959, is authorized by the California Code of Civil Procedure.  

Aggressively pursuing the fullest possible recovery of the City’s costs in litigation is a standard practice by the City Attorney’s Office.  (And I would assume that’s similarly true of other law offices, both public and private.)”

And here’s another update:

“We’re seeking to recover costs from the petitioners as a whole, so all of them.  Assuming we prevail, they can decide among themselves how to apportion what they owe.  

Also, we haven’t received a copy of it yet, but it appears from the docket that Ms. Miles filed a motion to strike the cost bill.  The hearing is set for January 7.”

So, there you have it.]

[Launching watermelons (two minutes long – there’s a nice payoff with a slo mo bonus) can be fun but it’s always best to quit while you’re ahead…]

I don’t know, I can’t say I understand all this about social gadfly Rob Anderson, or the Coalition for Adequate Review (CAR), or “Ninty-Nine Percent Anderson” or some other person or entity being on the hook for expenses incurred by the City and County of San Francisco because of the whole Bicyle Plan injunction/litigation thing.

But word on the street today is that S.F. is pressing the case to get $52k in legal costs reimbursed. It’s all explained on the Holier Than You blog.

See?  (I’ll tell you, physics majors who went to UC Hastings are known to be extremely reliable sources of information, so that’s why I’m buying all this.)

Anyway, appears as if this case will continue into 2011, believe it or not.

Here it is in black and white:

“AUG-19-2010 MEMORANDUM OF COSTS AND DISBURSEMENTS, $51,959.00 TOTAL COSTS, MATURE DATE SEP-10-2010, FILED BY DEFENDANT CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO”

“SEP-08-2010 NTC AND MOTION TO STRIKE OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE TO TAX RESPONDENTS COXT CLAIM; MEMO OF P AND A; DECLARATION OF MARY MILES IN SUPPORT ; DECLARATION OF ROB ANDERSON, PROOF OF SERVICE FILED BY PETITIONER COALITION FOR ADEQUATE REVIEW NINTY-NINE PERCENT ANDERSON, ROB HEARING SET FOR JAN-07-2011 AT 09:30 AM IN DEPT 301.”

On It Goes…

District 5 Diary Update: Rob Anderson Writes To, Answers Himself?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Boy it sure looks like Wall Street Journal cover boy and San Francisco District 5 Diarist Rob Anderson has taken to answering comments that he himself writes. It’s either that or somebody’s putting him on, pulling his leg.

But first things first, RA complains other bloggers in the 415 ignore him “as much as possible,” which doesn’t make a whole bunch of sense. That’d be like saying lovely Vélib Bike-riding Dark Angel Jessica Alba…

Rob Anderson’s nightmare – shouldn’t she be in a car?  Click to expand:

 …ignores SFCitizen as much as possible, as if she makes calendar entries like “Ignore SFCitizen.com” to remind her to do so on a regular basis. It’s a piece of cake for her to ignore the masses, just as it’s not hard for the average bay area blogger to ignore District Five Diary. There’s no conscious effort to ignore D5D, one of the millions of web logs in the world, right? Moving on…

Bob’s latest missive concerns the following, ostensibly written to RA by “Anonymous”

Anonymous writes:
Just discovered your blog and I have to say it’s a breath of fresh air. I enjoy reading about SF and its various development projects, but feel blogs like sfist, curbed, sfcitizen don’t really present much of a balanced view. While I don’t agree with everything I’ve read here either, I’m glad there’s someone like you on the intertubes and I look forward to becoming a regular reader.

Got that? “Anonymous” just happens to cite two veritable online communities, two large, custom-built, paid-editor blogs that probably attract well over 10,000 people each every day (feel free to check out any website you want over at Alexa.com) and conflates them with SFCitizen, a tiny bone stock WordPress effort that gets about 2000 unique visitors a day. Who else in the world would do that but Rob Anderson?

You see, this little blog looms large in Bob’s cerebral cortex due to it labeling (labeling, not libeling, oh no) him “Crazy” Rob Anderson and/or “Don’t call him crazy” Rob Anderson. Perhaps Bob would like to shoot the messenger, but that’s how he’s referred to by people around town and even on his own blog - “Crazy Rob Anderson.” (That’s what the quote marks are for.) Sorry. (Some people are irritated by RA’s Bike Plan victory in Superior Court so that’s what they call him.)

The other clue is that “Anonymous” feels that SFCitizen writes about “various development projects” like the Market/Octavia Plan or the UC extension. This blog never comments about those kinds of development projects - why would “Anonymous” think that? Why would “Anonymous” think that nonexistent presentations about development projects here aren’t presented in a balanced fashion? Mmmmm…

So, check out this bad-ass, slightly modified Wall Street Journal stipple drawing of RA and then read his response to “Anonymous” below.

Rob writes:
Welcome aboard, Anon. I bet you didn’t learn about this blog from other bloggers in the city, since they ignore me as much as possible. It’s good that you mention development, since I often write about subjects other than the bike fantasy. You’ll notice that I get a lot of comments from people on my bike posts but rarely get any on my posts about, say, the Market/Octavia Plan or UC’s ripoff of the old extension property, two big projects that will completely remake the heart of the city for the worse. Back when I was a young radical, we grappled with some serious issues, like the war in Vietnam and civil rights. Here in the political theme park I call Progressive Land the young rads mostly get excited about relatively trivial issues, like graffiti, bicycles and defending their right to misbehave in public during the Bay to Breakers race.

You see? RA was a “radical” in his younger days. But don’t quote him on that, ’cause if you quote something from his blog, like the fact that he’s a self-confessed JFK conspiracy “crank,” he gets cranky. Oh well.

So there you have it. Tempest, get in your teacup.

The Line of Idling Cars in Front of the Masonic Trader Joe’s is Now Out of Control

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Well, it’s come to this – L.A. style gridlock on the upper part Masonic Street in San Francisco. Why? It’s all to do with the Masonic Trader Joe’s near Geary Boulvard. Drivers seem to feel there’s no trouble at all with queuing up in their idling Toyotas, Hondas, and Subarus. So, this is what it looks like when the wait begins 600 freaking feet away from the precious parking spaces and neighboring Euclid Street starts to get blocked up. 

A few of these drivers don’t realize that they’re in the official wait-to-get-into-TJ‘s line because they can’t see over the crest of the hill. Too bad. But could there be changes coming to Masonic?

Cheer up, your space is only 200 yards away. What’s your coping strategy – do you leave your car in Drive and just press down your brake pedal for 15 minutes or do you put it into Park then Drive then Park then Drive…? Each method has its charms, of course. Click to expand:

What’s the solution? Will we get another TJ’s at the old Mervyn’s space down the hill? Not likely. Should you just try to find a parking meter sort of nearby? Sure, why not. Or just line up and wait patiently like everybody else.

These are the troubles you face when your favorite store in the whole world is just too darn popular. Amuse yourself by singing along in your car:

  • It’s milk, it’s bread
  • It’s the stuff on your list
  • It’s the strange little snacks
  • you end up buying instead.
  • It’s booze, it’s nuts
  • it’s pills, it’s peas
  • it’s the peanut butter made of sunflower seeds
  • It’s a box of soup
  • It’s a bell from a boat
  • It’s yogurt made from the milk of a goat
  • A bottle of juice with a crazy name
  • ten kinds of soy milk that all taste the same
  • a two dollar wine that tastes like four
  • all your favorite stuff they don’t have anymore
  • It’s the cashews flavored with chili and lime
  • It’s the bunch of bananas you buy one at a time
  • It’s the stuff that’s organic and the stuff that’s not
  • It’s the cars that won’t fit in the parking lot
  • Are you still reading? More after the jump.

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