Posts Tagged ‘electrical’

Isn’t It Ironic, PG&E’s Captive Union has the Gall to Use Fire Imagery to Fight Public Power? You Know, After San Bruno?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Here’s the latest from the the union for our incompetent local power utility, straight outta Vacaville, wherever the Hell that is:

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Is this an image from the charred remains of all those houses that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers / PG&E burned down in San Mateo County not too long ago? It sure could be, why not?

Take a look.

Oh what’s that, PG&E, it took you a while to own up to being responsible for killing those eight people?

“The cause of the Sept. 9, 2010, accident has not been determined yet.”

What kind of denial is this, months and months after your killings?

You know, these people? ‘

James Franco, 53 and “Janessa, 13, and Jacqueline Greig, 44; Elizabeth Torres, 81; Jessica Morales, 20, as well three member of the Bullis family — Greg, 50, Will, 17, and Lavonne, 87 “

Here’s the thing, PG&E. Everybody has the right to opt out of PublicPowerSF. So that’s why it’s not going to “nearly double electric generation costs.”

Not everybody in Chinatown is an easily cowed, easily herded stencil voter, right? Consumers will make their own choice – you don’t think that they’re all stupid, do you?

And actually, San Francisco is kind of a hippy town, filled with yuppie-types who will not opt out of public power.

But, of course, if people don’t want to pay extra for juice, they won’t.

It’s as simple as that.

BTW, you all should prolly ID the white Republican lawyer you’re quoting in the ‘Xam here. Otherwise it makes things look like the entire Examiner is agin public power.

The flip side of the latest flyer:

In closing, fuck you PG&E.

Go to Hell.

Or flaming San Bruno, little difference.

Uh, Shouldn’t the Workers of City Hall Turn Off Their Lights, You Know, At Night, When Nobody’s There?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Hells yes!

For symbolic reasons, if for no other.

It’s like this every night:

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Spooky Electrical Storm Over San Francisco Tonight – Lightning and Thunder and Rain, Rain, Rain

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

There’s genuine lightning over San Francisco tonight.

Check out Trevor Pressman’s brand new 11-second video for proof.

First it was all like this:

Then it was all like this:

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And leave us not forget the hail:

Via AllisonWalksSF

And here’s another view, from Bluoz. Striking Bernal Hill:

And here’s KTVU’s effort, a nice shot of simultaneous strikes on our Bay Bridge, showing the Bravo and Delta Towers getting hit:

Via alienvenom

Stay safe!

San Francisco’s WorkerExpress.Com Wants to “Disrupt” the Day Laborer Market – $18.98 Per Hour

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

[UPDATE: Joe Mellin, Chief Operating Officer of WE, writes in to kindly point out that they do indeed specify how much money goes to the workers. So a general laborer could earn $10 per hour*, with $4 going as a fee and $5 going for insurance and taxes, for example. Thanks, Joe.]

Your days of hiring day laborers in front of the paint store and then paying them daily with hard cash are over. Why? ‘Cause you’re going to check out WorkerExpress.com, where you just punch in your zip and then start hiring. It’s all nice and legal.

Now, the problem with doing it the legal way is that you have to pay more money and the workers get less money. Hey, how much do the workers get paid for each hour, anyway? Well, that’s a mystery to me but it looks like workers compensation is taken care of, so that’s nice. Check it:

WorkerExpress is a startup looking to disrupt the $7bn temporary construction labor market. We believe bringing the power of the internet to this brick and mortar industry will enable workers to earn more money and enable contractors to create more jobs when they are needed most. We believe that we will be able to change the way temporary manual labor is hired.”

Here’s your interface:

And, oh yes, the take from KNTV-San Joser, and Fast Company, plus the Facebook and the Twitter.  

*That’s just north of San Francisco’s minimu wage of $9.79 per hour.

Anyway, here’s the news of the day:

“WorkerExpress Launches Web Service to Reduce Unemployment by Connecting Temporary Workers With Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3  — WorkerExpress has launched a new online employment platform to help temporary workers land jobs in one of the toughest economic times in recent memory.

WorkerExpress uses a revolutionary concept that enables workers to post information, show their certifications and accrue experience on a public online profile. Contractors, property managers and other temporary hirers can look at workers’ profiles online and request specific employees that best fit their needs.

Here at WorkerExpress, we understand the burden of today’s economy on temporary workers; the challenges of connecting workers with contractors; and the advantages of using the web, instead of hiring halls, to bridge the gap between companies and temporary employees.

“It was too good to be true,” said Brent Williams, a painter who was placed through WorkerExpress only a few days after signing up.

“He showed up right on time… if you find a worker like him, hire him,” said Majid Akhavan, a Berkeley property manager, who found Williams through WorkerExpress.com.

WorkerExpress is headquartered in San Francisco and currently serves the temporary staffing needs of companies and individuals in the Bay Area.

This Fell Street Manhole Cover Has Seen It All Since the 1960s – How Long Will It Last?

Monday, May 17th, 2010

There aren’t many things from the 1960′s that work as well as they day they were made.

When will this person-hole cover near Divisidero wear out?

Born: October 2, 1969. See that, no fudging of the birthdate, it’s right there, for All to see. How refreshing! (The fact is that if you we’re born in 1970 or thereabouts, you’re middle-aged – welcome to the club.)

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(It says PG&E on it. Shhhh…..)

How old is San Francisco’s oldest manhole cover? No one knows…

The Hanging Birdhouses of San Francisco County – Homes for the Berds?

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Remember all those Plywood Padlock Pigeons hanging above San Francisco a year and a half ago? Sure you do, they were Everywhere You Wanted To Be.

As here, seen back in ought-seven hanging about the MoMA in the SoMA on 3rd Street Willie Brown Way:

Well, now those berds” from Browne in “Los Berdgeles, CA“ can have a place to stay, courtesy of the birdhouses appearing above the Streets of San Francisco these days.

As here, in the Mission, Mission District District, with famous Sutro Tower (it’s analog AND digital, thanks for asking!) in the background:

Mystery solved.

Hey, have you heard? Teh Berd is the Word.

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