Posts Tagged ‘civic center’

Did a Bus Driver Just Pass Your Stop Leaving You Behind? Here are the SFMTA’s TOP FIVE REASONS “Why MUNI Sometimes Doesn’t Stop”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Here’s what the SFMTA DOESN’T want you to do – it doesn’t want you take your handy skateboard and start smashing up advertiser-friendly but actually somewhat delicate bus stops.

So here it is, from MUNITRUE, your official, David Lettermanesque, TOP FIVE REASONS A MUNI BUS JUST PASSED YOU BY:

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  • Full vehicles: The vehicle may have been full and unable to take on more passengers. When this happens, operators will call in to report the full vehicle and the need to skip stops. In these cases, the operator will generally only make requested stops for passengers to get off. In some cases, however, a vehicle may be crowded only in the front, and an operator may not be able to see room available behind the crowd.
  • Balancing service: Operators are often ordered to skip stops to even out service when vehicles become bunched up. Stop skipping is a common transit service management tool used to even out service when another vehicle on the same route is close behind. In these cases, operators are still expected to make all stops requested by passengers. When passing a stop, operators may gesture (if safe to do so) to waiting passengers with a wave or honk to indicate that they should expect another vehicle to arrive soon.
  • Stops not served by “Rapid” service vehicles: Muni vehicles with signs marked with an “R” are part of our network of “Rapid” routes, which save time by serving fewer stops than their regular counterparts. Be sure to double check that the route indicated on the sign of an approaching bus matches those marked at your stop (i.e., 5 Fulton vs. 5R Fulton Rapid).
  • Operators only stop once: Once an operator closes a vehicle’s doors and departs a stop, safety reasons generally prohibit them from stopping the vehicle and opening their doors a second time.
  • Sign malfunction: While operators are expected to ensure that their vehicle’s “headsign” displays the proper route and destination, in some cases the signs may fail without the operator’s knowledge. Any vehicle which is “not in service” should be indicated on its headsign.

So there you have it.

(I like this type of SFMTA propaganda because it’s actually true, you know, for a change – yes indeed, ppl get passed by for all these reasons, “sometimes.” It’s unassailable. So sincere congrats to everybody at MUNI MINITRUE, you know for today only.)

Paris is Not THE Sister City of San Francisco – And Paris Never WILL NEVER BE Sister City with San Francisco – Here’s Why

Monday, March 12th, 2018

This issue comes up from time to time, and recently as well, so here’s the detailed answer.

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Something to consider when sister feelings call.

Leaving you with the new list, which omits 2012 Frisco for some reason, but here’s the list from a few years back. Note who’s the Twin Exclusive – it aint us:

2012: San Francisco
2011: Dakar
2011: Sao Paulo, signed an amendment to the Cooperation Agreement of 2004
2011: Yerevan
2011: Rio de Janeiro
2011: Ramallah, signed a pact of friendship and cooperation inauguration, the Garden of Nations, a bust by French sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), including Ramallah to Paris
2010: Doha
2010: Tel Aviv-Jaffa
2009: Istanbul
2009: Quebec
2009: San Francisco  
2009: Rio de Janeiro
2009: Quebec
2009: Jericho
2009: Istanbul
2007: Phnom Penh
2006: Montreal
2006: Cairo
2006: Beirut
2005: Copenhagen
2004: Tunis
2004: Sao Paulo
2004: Rabat
2004: Casablanca
2003 St. Petersburg
2003: Quebec
2003: Algiers
2002: Geneva
2001: Porto Alegre (joint statement)
2001: London
2000: Madrid
2000: Athens
2000 (updated in 2004): Washington
1999: Warsaw
1999: OVA (Arab Towns Organization)
1999: Mexico
1999: Buenos Aires
1999: Amman
1998: Sydney
1998: Sofia
1998: Lisbon
1998: Yerevan
1997: Tbilisi
1997, Santiago
1997: St. Petersburg
1997: Riyadh
1997: Prague
1997: Beijing
1996: San Francisco 
1996: Quebec
1996: Chicago 
1995: Jakarta
1993: Beirut
1992: Moscow
1991: Seoul
1987: Sanaa
1987: Berlin
1987: Amman
1985: Cairo
1982: Tokyo
1958: Kyoto
1956: Rome (Twin Exclusive)

Mystery Drone Hovering Hundreds of Feet Over Civic Center – This is What Drone Bros Do for Weekend Fun?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

If I had to guess, I’d say 300-something feet:

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What the point of this – I know not…

SF10YA – Frisco Ten Years Ago – Back When Barack Obama Came to the Bill Graham – A Very Big Event

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

11/14/2007, Civic Center:

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Before Bernie v. Hillary, it was Barack v. Hillary.

I showed up way late, but ended up being right on time. I think this was 10-something PM

Turnout was huge, as this was a free event.

There was a lot of energy in the room, needless to say.

A memorable evening…

COMING SOON: “BiRite Cafe at Civic Center Plaza” – Mmmmm, That Sounds … Expensive? – A Million Dollar Microstore with “Bad Ass” Egg Sandwiches

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

You know, for kids!

Check it – this sign makes things official:

The plan comes thanks to a $1 million dollar grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation to install a family-friendly food purveyor next to the proposed new playgrounds across the park from City Hall, and is also funded with another $10 million from the Diller Foundation.”

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Man, I could list you similar upscale concepts that worked fine somewhere else only to die in, say, Union Square and, well, even Civic Center itself. In fact, opening up such an establishment would seem like “a good way to lose a million dollars.” Except if you pay the owner a million as a kind of guarantee, well, gee, that could incentivise entrepreneurs to come out of the woodwork, non?

So, just as our USDOT operates an Essential Air Service program to provide inessential flights of mostly empty aircraft, local do-gooders are helping to provide Essential McMuffin Service to Civic Center, but you know, in an upscale way.

But don’t count on Dolores Park-style ice cream availability – it’ll be soft-serve only, Brother.

You know, for kids!

Anyway, this is new on me.

Leaving you with this, from Actual Local Joe Kukura:

“Any discussion of Civic Center inevitably turns to the area’s chronic homelessness, which has only gotten worse during a phase of construction and repairs to the Civic Center BART station. The Department of Public Health and Department of Public Works have been particularly aggressive about clearing the homeless from Civic Center lately, the latest attempt in a decades-long effort to clean up the area best known for the terrifying final scene from the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers that has only gotten scarier and scarier since then.”

The Rental Bike Bros of Civic Center – But LimeBikes Have Been Banned by SFGov for a Year and a Half, to “Protect” Us, Right? Doing Tricks in Front of City Hall

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

One assumes these yoots came into town via BART, you know, one assumes.

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Now let’s hear from Actual Journalist Dan Brekke of KQED about the SFMTA Lime Bike Ban:

The companies, San Mateo-based LimeBike and Beijing-based Ofo, are among a handful of firms that hoped to expand into the city after the SFMTA began taking permit applications last July. But the firms were barred from doing business in San Francisco until at least mid-2019 when the SFMTA announced earlier this month it was granting an exclusive permit to New York-based Jump Bikes to place 250 dockless electric bikes on city streets for an 18-month pilot project.

And hey, isn’t it ironic, dontcha think, that one can venture into Civic Center from the Western Reaches, the Great Sand Waste of western Frisco and encounter more people riding JUMP!* rental bikes AND LimeBike rentals than vaunted FordGoBikes? And hold on, seeing ppl pushing stolen GoBikes doesn’t count, and seeing sometimes totally full “docks” of giant FORD**, FORD, FORD, FORD-logo’ed bikes sitting in the Western Addition, some for the whole live-long day, also doesn’t count.

(Is Ford Gobike like in the process of failing right now? We’ll see. Hey, is our SFMTA pleased with the low usage figures of the heavily marketed but somewhat unpopular with the populace GoBike? Well, not currently, but they’re not going to come right out and say that I don’t think.)

Anyway, ppl together riding LimeBikes in Frisco is new on me.

*By coincidence, also SFMTA-approved, oddly, in a kind of short term rental bike duopoly (the other half of which is the old-school “docked” Gobike program) that just got created by the SFMTA. But AFAIK, there are only 250 of them JUMP bikes on our streets so far. The usage figures show they get used on average 4.x times per day? I can believe that, at least for non-broken, operational JUMP bikes. 

**Who was kind of a Nazi – discuss the pros and cons of that allegation amongst yourselves

The All-Seeing Eyes of Civic Center: Two of the Largest Security Cameras You’ll Ever See – They Look Like AT ST’s

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Five foot tall library windows for scale

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I love Big Brother

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A former Air America aircraft just happened by:

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Anyway, take a look the next time you’re in Civic Center – you can’t miss them:

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If Frisco Wants to Get Rid of a Bunch of Statues Nationwide, What About This PIONEER MONUMENT in Civic Center – Meeting Today

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Here it is, at its newish perch on Fulton. Note its placement right next to City Hall, the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere.*

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Laying down a Jesus Trip in 1894:

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And here’s the plaque installed in 1995 what was supposed to Fix Everything. Note how it ends on an optimistic note:

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IDK, man. I don’t care what you do with this giant monument, just get it out of here, fine with me.

Here’s a recap of the controversy from the Gray Lady, from two decades back.

Nothing’s changed here lately, of course.

And it was a heavy lift to move this monster a few dozen yards, so it won’t be cheap finishing the job, I’m afraid.

All the deets:

TODAY Bring down the “Pioneer” Statue in Downtown SF! NOW!

Who is done with these white supremacist colonization states?

Who is tired of seeing Natives depicted as savage, less than, not here anymore or unworthy of being human?

Who wants t get rid of this white supremist statue right here in SF?

Then join us during public comment to demand this “pioneer” statue be taken down during the Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee Meeting on Monday August 21st 2pm. 401 Van Ness #125

Whose coming with us?

(Note: I do not know when the meeting ends, so please arrive on time to not miss your opportunity to give public comment, if you dont want to speak thats fine the more bodies in the room the better)

Organization:
Urban Crunchy Mamas of Color
Date of Event:
Monday, 21 August, 2017
Time of Event:
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Address:
401 Van Ness Avenue #125 San Francisco, CA
City:
San Francisco”

*What’s that, you can think of one higher than our City Hall? Well, maybe, but it aint:

1. Higher (Our U.S. Capitol Building is a tad shorter); and/or
2. Classical (San Jose City Hall has a dome, but it aint classical, the same with the Astrodome etc.); and/or
3. In the Western Hemisphere (Europe has us beat by a mile, I’ll give you that)

Our SFPL Hosts an Event on August 6th for the Great Eclipse of August 21, 2017 – FREE PAIR OF VIEWING GLASSES

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

 

The San Francisco Public Library has got you covered with this whole partial eclipse thing:

“The Sky Event of the Decade: August’s Eclipse of the Sun – Receive free safe viewing glasses and tips for observing this once-in-a-lifetime event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco Public Library is pleased to bring Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi to the Main Library for a talk titled “August’s ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun and How to View it Safely.”

On Aug. 21, there will be an eclipse of the sun visible throughout North America.  People in a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see a spectacular total eclipse, with the moon briefly covering the sun, and day turning into night.  Everyone else, including those in the Bay Area, will see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers a good part of the sun.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi will give a non-technical, family-oriented talk on getting ready for the “All-American” eclipse of the sun. Fraknoi will describe how eclipses work, why they are one of nature’s most spectacular sights, exactly when and where the eclipse of 2017 will be visible, and how to observe the eclipse and the sun safely.

Everyone attending the event will receive a free pair of safe viewing glasses for observing the sun.Copies of Professor Fraknoi’s new children’s book on eclipses, When the Sun Goes Dark, will be available for sale and signing after the talk. Like the book, the discussion will be appropriate for children 10 years of age or older, and adults.

Andrew Fraknoi is the chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College. He serves on the 2017 Eclipse Task Force of the American Astronomical Society, training teachers and librarians to act as guides for the public as the August eclipse approaches. He has appeared regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language and was named California Professor of the Year in 2007.  The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science.

The Sky Event of the Decade:  August’s “All-American” Eclipse of the Sun  Aug. 61-3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium”

Remembering the Aughts: When Female SFPD Officers were Allowed to Wear Earrings and How They Violated Policy

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Here we go, a shot from 2009 on Market, from some protest. These two stood out. And I thought, can the popo wear earrings in Frisco?

And here’s your answer, or at least it was back during the earliest part of our current millennium:

5. JEWELRY AND ORNAMENTS (also see DGO 11.08, Grooming Standards).

On-duty officers shall not wear jewelry or personal ornaments that are visible except:

a. A wristwatch.

b. A total of 2 rings that are consistent with officer safety. An engagement and wedding ring set will be considered as one ring.

c. A conservative tie bar or tie tack.

d. Female officers may, in addition, wear the following:

1. Hair clips or pins that match the color of the hair.

2. One ear post in each ear. The post must lie flush with the ear and be plain metal, gold or silver colored. The face of the post is not to have a diameter of more than three-eighths (3/8) inch. Nothing shall hang from the post.

So that’s your answer, no danglies.

TMYK 🌈