This is it, this is history.
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Now, I guess that they still have free admission hours still, but the amount of time is about 90% less than what they had before.
That’s part of the reason why the Tea Garden is FOR TOURISTS ONLY these days.
And oh, admission is $7 a head nowadays. (What? They have a website now? Well, imagine that. They didn’t a few years back…)
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Old school 24mm 3.5 – bought it used, played with it, sold it
Will I ever return to this place ever again in my life?
Laura Hooper Back is in San Francisco Magazine these days saying how “The Room” is the “Best Worst Movie Ever.”
But what about shot-in-Half-Moon-Bay “Birdemic: Shock and Terror?”
It’s pretty bad/good itself. Check it.
Let’s meet the director – the caption for this photo is “DIRECTOR JAMES NGUYEN MEETS DAVID LYNCH TO DISCUSS DIGITAL CINEMA“
Here’s a short essay on the subject.
Of course Socketsite (“San Francisco real estate tips, trends, and the local scoop”) is all over this new listing for 1581 Masonic Avenue, you know, the place up in Ashbury Heights that was purchased just two years ago by former Mayor Gavin Newsom and former First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
They say it’s lovely on the inside:
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Do you think 3000 square feet is enough room for a four-person nuclear family in San Francisco? You make the call:
[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.
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.
“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…
What makes the water in Vaillancourt Fountain (aka Québec libre !), that boxy water sculpture down in Justin Herman Plaza, go? Natural gas, most likely. All that methane energy gets converted into electricity and that’s what powers the pumps.
Of course it costs money – a quarter million per year back in aught-four, back when ‘lectricity was cheaper. So is it a reasonable guess that the bill is substantially higher these days?
Here it is, at its most beautiful, as captured by the talented David Yu:
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What is this thing, a monument to graffiti?
What does it say to you, “Canada out of Québec,” or something?
Is this thing destined to burn money and take up space in perpetuity, all because some people, some people lost to history, made a bad (or good, You Make The Call) decision four decades ago?
O.K., here’s the South Park Shell on 551 3rd Street from the other day. Regular is $3.62 and Premium is, wait a second, only suckers get premium so forget about that. Anyway, nothing unusual.
But the problem is that Bryant Shell at 598 4th Street charges $3.98, ten percent more, despite the fact that these stations are just one block apart.
What’s up with that?