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What, Somebody’s _Starting_ a Newspaper in San Francisco? Presenting Issue One of “HATCH Beat” from Liz Fedak of Illinois

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Well, here it is, an actual real 8-page newspaper “serving Cole Valley, Alamo Square, Hayes Valley and the Haights” – it’s the brand-new HAtCHBeat, Issue One*

Now meet Liz Fedak, Publisher.

Somebody who tried something like this a little while back was Eve Batey. Her online-only effort didn’t work out.

And speaking of online-only, Hoodline (mostly covering “Divisadero, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, Upper Haight,” mostly) comes to mind as there’s a lot of overlap there. Liz has carved out an area that we can call District 5 Less The Inner Sunset.

Who’s taken notice already? How about D5 Supervisor London Breed** with her City Hall column and SFPD Park Station Captain Gregory Corrales with his Police Beat? 

And add to that an alphabet soup of SFGov departments, including advertisers with big ads such as the Department of Elections and the SF Public Library.

Check it out if you can. You’ll see a bit about Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic (1988-2013) that takes a decidedly anti-RPD position.

That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

Do you have interest in writing, photography or videography? Whether you have experience or not, send an email to editor@hatchbeat.com to get involved.”

Leaving you with the categories to be covered:

Business + Money — HATCH Beat
Parenting — HATCH Beat
Profiles — HATCH Beat
Community — HATCH Beat
Calendar — HATCH Beat
Pets — HATCH Beat
Food + Drink — HATCH Beat
Police Blotter — HATCH Beat
Entertainment — HATCH Beat

I’ll tell you, I was startled to see this small newspaper – it just cruised in under the radar and onto my stoop.

 Bon courage, HAtCHBeat!

*AFAIK

**The 2014 London Breed. A bit more sedate than the Fuck Willie Brown-era London Breed of 2012-2013.

Just in Time for the Holidays: Bike Lane-Themed Packing Tape! Bike Lane-Themed Packing Tape!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Via the Niana Blog from Carl and Cole, here’s what you need:

Bike Lane-Themed Packing Tape

“Whether you are a biker or not, it’s perfect for sealing your holiday cartons, boxes, or anything! People will be pleasantly surprised before they even open their packages.

2.5 inch x110 yards or 65mm x 100m. Wider than the regular 2 inch tapes (so that you don’t have to tape several times to ensure the carton opening is covered completely.)

I even used the bike lane tape on my checked luggage, and my suitcase totally stood out in the luggage conveyor at the airport. Not only my suitcase won’t be picked up by others by mistake any more, it also earned plenty of eyeballs :-)”

OK then.

OMG, Haight Ashbury Wireless Coverage Meeting Tonight! – Improving Cell Phone Service – AT&T in the 94117

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Don’t be a hater, don’t be like this guy:

Instead, you ought to do something about poor cell phone coverage in San Francisco.

Like what about you Upper Haight, Cole Valley, Panhandle, NoPA people? Why don’t you come on over to tonight’s big meeting regarding cell phone service.

Check it:

“October 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Haight Ashbury Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street”

All right, see you there!

“Dear Neighbor,

We want to have a conversation with you about improving wireless coverage in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

AT&T is working hard to improve wireless coverage in San Francisco. We would like to invite you to attend a community workshop to discuss our plans to upgrade service in the Haight-Ashbury. These upgrades will provide improved coverage and better wireless service.

To learn more: attend a community workshop at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Park Branch Library, at 1833 Page Street. 

This community workshop is an opportunity for you and your neighbors to discuss wireless infrastructure with us in an informal setting.  We will be ready to talk about our broad plans for the city and specific plans for your neighborhood.

We appreciate your time and the opportunity for us to have a dialogue about San Francisco’s wireless infrastructure needs.  For questions or additional information please contact 415-646-0972 or visitwww.att.com/bettersanfrancisco.

Oh Hell Yes: UCSF Allows Emergency Room Check-In Online – Wait Just 15 Minutes with InQuickER Service at Parnassus

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The average wait for an emergency room visit at UCSF‘s Parnassus Heights campus is 4.5 hours for people with mild medical emergencies? Wow.

Wouldn’t it be nicer to pay $5 to check-in online and then wait at home rather than in the ER?

That’s what UCSF thinks.

Check it:

“UCSF patients with minor medical needs seeking treatment in the Emergency Department now can make an appointment to be seen – waiting at home rather in the hospital – via a new online check-in service called InQuickER.

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UCSF Medical Center is now offering patients with mild medical emergencies a chance to reserve a time to be seen in the Emergency Department using a new online system.

UCSF Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) at Parnassus Heights is now offering InQuickER designed for patients with non-threatening minor medical needs.

UCSF patients can register online for a $4.99 fee and pick an open slot for an emergency room visit. The fee will be refunded if they’re not seen within 15 minutes.

In April, UCSF did a trial run with the online service, which 22 people used. UCSF Medical Center launched the system a few weeks ago.

“One thing we encountered during the trial was that a lot of patients were using it inappropriately,” said Jennifer Dearman, the Emergency Department’s patient care manager. “The online registration is screened by ED nurses and we have had to advise some patients to come directly to the ED. This service is for a fast-track kind of patient.”

“For example, a cancer patient on chemotherapy with a fever can have complicated issues and should be seen in the regular ED, so InQuickER is not appropriate for that person.”

Waiting at Home vs. Hospital

About 105 patients a day visit the emergency room at UCSF Medical Center on the Parnassus campus, Dearman said, and the average time between arrival and departure, for those not admitted to the hospital, is four-and-a-half hours.

That’s in keeping with the average wait in 2009 for ER patients throughout California: four hours and 34 minutes –  27 minutes longer than the U.S. average, according to a 2010 report by health care consulting firm Press Ganey.

Dearman said patient satisfaction was the main reason UCSF Medical Center adopted InQuickER. “It also helps us control the flow,” she said. “The general population doesn’t think the emergency room ever has slow times. But it does.”

UCSF is one of 55 health care facilities in 13 states partnering with InQuickER, said spokesman Chris Song. The service, based in Nashville, began in 2006 after its founder, Tyler Kiley, had to go to an emergency room and spent hours witnessing stasis and frustration.

“He just thought there had to be a better way,” Song said. “With our service, you still have to wait but you get to do it somewhere else. Like on your couch instead of being surrounded by other sick people.”

Song said InQuickerER provides patients with convenience, comfort and some level of control. And it allows emergency department staff to know who’s coming and what symptoms they have, so that they can better prepare.

“It can help reduce the burden of peak times and spread it out,” Song said. “It creates more efficiency and a better environment in the waiting room.”

So far, more than 10,000 people have used the service; 95 percent have been seen within the 15-minute window. In a triage situation, of course, even people who have registered will have to wait. When there are delays, users are notified through text messages and emails with updated projections on treatment times.

The service is available online at https://ucsfmedicalcenter.inquicker.com/. It is growing rapidly, Song said, which is not surprising: A study led by San Francisco General Hospital emergency physician Renee Hsia, MD, MSc, found that the number of hospital-based emergency departments in the United States is declining, despite an increase in the number of patients seeking emergency care.

The study by Hsia, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in May. It reported that 27 percent of urban and suburban emergency rooms have closed in the last two decades.”

Hurray!

Horrible Filmed-in-San Francisco TV Show “Love Bites” Debuts on NBC – It’s Worse than “Trauma”

Monday, June 6th, 2011

For some reason, the NBC just loves shooting bad television shows, ones with with horrible ratings, in the 415.

Comes now, Love Bites, which just had its national debut on June 2. It’s terrible.

But it’s been filmed (or taped or whatever) in town, so you might want to check it out for that reason alone. (Well, the first ep. had three vignettes, of which only the second is set in S.F.) Every scene from that segment practically screams “we made this on location!”

So you’ll see plenty of shots of the T/A Building and Belvedere Alley in Cole Valley:

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Here’s the reaction:

“The long-delayed premiere of NBC’s anthology romantic comedy, “Love Bites,” failed to meet even the lowest expectations Thursday night.”

Ouch.

Check it out yourself here starting at 1:50. Yish.

Maybe it could be best described as a television romcom, like Friends except sexier and not funny.

So, does it make sense to shoot TV shows on location in San Francisco these days?

No, it does not.

UC Regents Approve UCSF Mission Bay Med Center – Helipad-Equipped Hospital Coming in 2014

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Oh it’s on. The fundraising campaign to get the Medical Center at Mission Bay off the ground is going well enough, so the University of California Board of Regents just gave the go-ahead for the project. The next step will be the groundbreaking ceremony. 

(And oh, what’s the LEED rating? It’s Gold, baby. And oh, we’ve got choppers - a helipad is baked into the cake. Moving on…)

Putting cancer /women’s  / children’s medicine in Mission Bay will free-up UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus Heights to do other things. It will:

“…transition into focusing on high-end adult surgical and medical services, including emergency medicine.”

(So you Inner Sunset / Cole Valley NIMBYs now have been warned. Let’s hope the increase in wailing sirens won’t disturb your lives too much…) 

Anyway, turn up your speakers waaaaay loud (you’ll soon discover why) to see this short video from UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann and UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret, if you want. 

And here’s the Mission Bay renderporn. Radar O’Reilly can already hear the choppers: 

 

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Here’s what the 183-bed UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital might look like. For the record, the naming rights went for $100,000,000: 

 

You can see it on the right here: 

 

Bon Courage, UCSF! 

All the deets: 

The University of California Board of Regents today unanimously approved funding plans for the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. The board’s action is the final endorsement for the project, clearing the way for UCSF to break ground on a world-class hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients in the Mission Bay neighborhood, south of downtown San Francisco.  

“The Regents’ approval is a major milestone for UCSF and for our family of supporters throughout the community,” said UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann. “It is hard to overstate the importance of the new medical center at Mission Bay, which will reinforce UCSF and the entire Bay Area as a hub of innovation, biotechnology and premier health care.”  

After nearly a decade of planning, site preparations are underway on the 14.5-acre parcel of land. Construction of the 878,000-gross-square-foot hospital complex will begin on schedule in December 2010, shortly after required state permits are expected to be issued. Upon completion in 2014, the 289-bed facility will set a new standard for patient- and family-centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine.  

“Ten years ago, the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay was a dream, but we are now ready to break ground and bring this vision to reality,” said Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “The greatest legacy of the Regents’ decision to approve this new medical center will be the thousands of patient lives that are saved or improved because of the cutting-edge medical care that will be provided in these facilities.”  

Ever more deets, after the jump 

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Hollywood Comes to the Haight – NBC’s Love Bites Begins Filming Near Cole Valley

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Remember NBC’s Trauma? Remember what a looser(sp) it looked like from the get-go? Well, NBC is back for some more abuse – they‘ve just started are continuing to film the pilot for Love Bites on Belvedere in the Haight Ashbury District. Who knows, it might be watchable.

You’ve heard of the 40-Year-Old-Virgin? Well Becki Newton will be the 32-year-old virgin:  

“The romantic dramedy, from “Sex and the City” alumna Cindy Chupack, is in the vein of anthology series “Love, American Style” and chronicles several loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage and dating. Becki Newton will play one of two permanent cast members, Annie, an optimistic, infectiously bubbly social worker who is a virgin.”

Oh, here she is:

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And here’s the mise-en-scene this afternoon:

All the action seems to be focusing on 120 Belvedere Alley, mas o menos.

This little bit of Hollywood magic should wrap by 3:00 AM(!) Thursday morning.

Break a leg, cast and crew of Love Bites

San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Church Looks Gorgeous at Nighttime

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

 As seen from Cole Valley, with a #37 bus rolling by.

St. Ignatius Church looks really close but the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park  is in between, so this building (or at least the dome at the back of it, anyway) is fully three-quarters-of-a-mile away: 

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It almost looks Disneyesque when Sausalito sets off fireworks, like on the Fourth of July:

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Why Not Go to Cole Valley’s Zazie Bistro for Dinner Instead of Brunch?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Cole Valley’s favorite brunch spot is open for dinner, don’t you know. Let’s take a peek.

On a late Sunday night, you can just walk right in to get a bite. That’s quite different than the crowds you’ll see on a tweekend morning.

Zazie at closing time:

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O.K., let’s get rustic. Mussels Marinieres- white wine, garlic, shallots, parsley, cream $11 – this is the half-sized prix-fixe version:

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Zazie Burger- w/white cheddar and tomatoes provençals, grilled yukon gold potatoes $12; DD’s Mac and Cheese- fresh organic casarecce pasta w/ sharp cheddar crust $6; Salmon Grillade- w/ roasted brussel sprouts and pecans, served over celery root/ parsnip puree $16

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And this is the crème brûlée and some sort of chocolate mousse, both of which are on the prix-fixe:

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Do you know who Nate Valentine is? Well Google says Zazie is one of his Favorite Places, if that makes a diff. to you:

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À ce soir,Zazie!

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Everything was great. Check it out yourself, if you want.

The Youngest Raptor in the Panhandle Yearns for Craig Newmark’s Backyard

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

This hungry juvenile hawk (red-tailed? red-shouldered? red-something anyway) perched on a Eucalyptus tree in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle has stopped screeching for its parents’ food and started hunting on its own.  

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If only it knew about Craig Newmark‘s nearby backyard, a veritable smorgasbord of delicious boids (a smorgasbird, if you will) that’s just up the hill. Here’s a recent menu du jour.

Happy hunting, little raptor.