Posts Tagged ‘erin sherbert’

OMG, the BIggest Mountain Bike I’ve Ever Seen – It’s the “DirtySixer” with Wheels One Yard Tall – “Lebron: Call Us”

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Have you seen Lebron James on a Cannondale? It’s not pretty.

So, to solve that kind of problem, here comes The DirtySixer MTB with 36 inch tires.

There it is, parked at Erin Sherbert’s favorite bike rack - it’s next to the very same rack but look how different the bikes’ tires are: 

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Looking at this thing freaked, me, out.

Now myself, I’m 6 foot 1 and a ton of fun so you’d figure one of these rigs would be great for me. But no, I’m not even close to qualifying for the DirtySixer club. You gotta be like 6 foot 5 or taller to fit proper.

Perhaps District Eight Supervisor Scott Wiener could use one of these rides for Bike To Work Day 2013 tomorrow?  Why not?

Oh, the expense, what must be the crushing expense. I can only imagine what the MSRP is. That’s real titanium for the frame, BTW.

Now myself, I’ll have to make do with the MTBs sold for $200-something at the Marin Bikes Warehouse at 7th and Folsom in SoMA. (Fulton Street in 1st gear: Fuck, why can’t 1st gear be  lower? Broadway Tunnel eastbound (scary scary): Fuck, why can’t 21st gear be higher? It’s like I’m being punished by Shimano for not spending enough or something.)

Anyway, contact Dave French if you’re interested.

All the deets.

StreetsblogSF Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Likes SFMTA MUNI DPT Charging for Parking on Sundays

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

“Some Tips to Help SF Weekly Get Over the Free Parking Obsession.

DOES THE SF WEEKLY HAVE AN “OBSESSION” WITH FREE PARKING? NO. SO YOU’RE WRONG, STREETSBLOG. AND YOU’RE DOING A DISSERVICE TO YOUR 80 OR SO DAILY READERS / COMMENTERS WHEN YOU LIE ABOUT STUFF, RIGHT?

“The folks at SF Weekly seem really upset about the end of free car parking on Sundays.”

BY FOLKS PLURAL YOU MEAN ERIN SHERBERT SINGULAR? YES YOU DO. WRONG AGAIN.  AND IS SHE “REALLY UPSET” NO. WRONG AGAIN. AND DOES SHE EVEN “SEEM” TO BE REALLY UPSET? NO. WRONG AGAIN.

The shock is apparently severe enough that Erin Sherbert put up a post yesterday directing readers to sign the petition demanding an absolute end to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s expansion of parking meters, launched by the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF).

DID SHE “DIRECT” READERS TO DO ANYTHING? NO. WRONG AGAIN.

Many San Franciscans tired of the free parking mess on commercial streets actually aren’t “pissed off about paying for parking on Sunday.”

HOW MANY? ENOUGH TO SUPPORT ADVERTISING ON THE STREETSBLOG? NOPE! THAT CAN”T BE TOO “MANY,” HUH? OH, THAT REMINDS ME, FORK OVER $60K TO ME RIGHT NOW SO THAT I CAN CONTINUE TO SUSTAIN MY UNSUSTAINABLE BLOG!

But in a sign that you don’t need a parking PhD to get why meters make streets work better for everyone, SF Weekly’s readership seemed to welcome the end of free parking on Sundays.

OH A PHD IN PARKING! IF ONLY!

SF’s dysfunctional free Sunday parking regime was a burden to everyone who had to circle the block endlessly for a spot, everyone who had to put up with commercial streets clogged with traffic, noise, and exhaust, and all the merchants who lost business because of the lack of parking turnover.

SO NOW IT”S EASY TO PARK ON SUNDAYS? REALLY? I DON’T THINK SO. PERHAPS ALL THE SPIN COMING FROM SFTMA MUNI DPT SFPARK MIGHT NOT BE 100% ACCURATE? GEE, PERHAPS ORGANIZED RELIGION HAD A LITTLE SOMETHING TO DO WITH FREE SUNDAY PARKING BACK IN THE DAY AND, COME TO THINK OF IT, THESE DAYS (UP UNTIL NOON, ANYWAY) AS WELL. MMMM… AND MAYBE SFMTA MUNI DPT SFPARK WON’T BE CHARGING “ENUF” IN CERTAIN AREAS TO GARNER ALL THE BENEFITS THEY ARE PROMISING. WE’LL SEE….

All told, free Sunday parking was much more “oppressive” than paying a price to use scarce street space for automobile storage.

SING IT, PREACHER MAN!

That’s why supporters of SFPark started their own petition encouraging its expansion. It’s a point we make repeatedly on Streetsblog, and hopefully the editors at SF Weekly got the message coming from their readers.

YOU “REPEATEDLY” MAKE THE SAME POINT ON YOUR UNSUSTAINABLE, MONEY-LOSING BLOG – WHO’S “OBSESSED” NOW?

This post is made possible by a grant from GJEL Accident Attorneys, a Bay Area law firm committed to representing pedestrians and cyclists.

WHAT?

The content is Streetsblog’s own, and GJEL neither endorses nor exercises any editorial control.

WELL, THAT’S  REASSURING.

ALL RIGHT, ENJOY YOUR FANTASY LAND, WHILE IT LASTS.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Writes His Big America’s Cup 2013 Op-Ed on an iPhone? – Hilarity Ensues – “Ailing, Sailing”

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Wow. Last night’s deficient op-ed from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is still live this AM on the San Francisco Examiner website, as Erin Sherbert notes in the category of  ”Media, WTF?”

Here it is: Yacht race, opportunity sailing in sailing in sailiong in ailing in in

Oh, this just came in from Rewrite:

(You see, the easy way to remember Isle of “Wight” is to think of all the rich white people that the America’s Cup is for.)

I wonder if the “Largest Newspaper in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties” actually printed this boner as-is hundreds of thousands of times.

Oh well.

As with the similarly-ailing Central Subway project, it appears that, once again, the City Family is failing us with the whole America’s Cup deal. Too bad San Diego* can’t take this white elephant (white whale?) yacht race off our hands.**

Oh well.

[UPDATE: Here’s the fix – “Yacht race, opportunity sailing in.” (So your big America’s Cup editorial headline doesn’t use the phrase America’s Cup? OK fine, but your hed looks like the start of a haiku now…)

*A place where it might actually make sense to build and race 72-foot-tall catamarans. I’ll tell you, it sure doesn’t make sense to do it in the Bay Area. Even Larry Ellison hisself recognizes this fact now.

**Yeah, Fun Diego actually had an AC preview race not too long ago but nobody cared, the “expected” crowds didn’t show. So the City Family members who went down there from the 415 to see how SD would handle the massive crowds ended up bored and ended up heading home early. 

Asians + Gays + Women = Electoral Victory for Ed Lee in the 415? Check Out the Latest Demographic Push From “Run Ed Run”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I don’t know, what motervates people to spend their weekends wandering Golden Gate Park gathering signatures for the election of somebody who said he’s not running?

I don’t know, it must be something. (I don’t think it’s anything grass-rootsy though.

See the rainbow and the leather cap? That means that Mayor Ed Lee is Good For Gays, apparently. Anyway, these gals seemed to be having a good time:

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Writer Erin Sherbert has the latest deets of the strategy of the non-grass-roots people behind Run Ed Run: Enjoy.

Local Tavernkeeper Offers Insights on San Francisco’s Mayoral Election – Our Mayor is Running for Mayor, Obviously

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Well, in the Luke Thomas Fog City Journal this AM there’s the other side of this story about Chris Daly and Mayor Ed Lee from Erin Sherbert.

Click on over to the FCJ to see former Supervisor Chris Daly effectively offer support for the idea that the Mayor of San Francisco is running for the office of the Mayor of San Francisco.

Oh, and Chris is promoting the Let Ed Be webpage as well. Check the caption, below:

“Top Left: Willie Brown: the former Mayor and current lobbyist/columnist helped orchestrate the appointment of Ed Lee to the post of interim Mayor. Before this coup, many believed that Willie’s brand of pay to play politics had been exited from City Hall. Top Right, Rose Pak: the head of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Pak is a powerful political insider. Thought to be the mastermind behind the appointment of Ed Lee and the money behind the draft Ed Lee campaign. Bottom Right: Michael Yaki, a former Supervisor appointed by Willie Brown and lobbyist, made the first headlines with his “Draft Mayor Ed Lee Organizing Committee.” Bottom Left: Enrique Pearce, a political consultant with close ties to Rose Pak and Willie Brown, is the grease behind the latest Run Ed Run campaign. Last year, Pearce got in hot water for apparently coordinating an independent expenditure funding by Willie Brown to support a candidate whose campaign he was running.)”

What will we hear from next from the Buck Tavern?

SaveStowLake, the Worst “Grass Roots Organization” Ever, Gets Crushed at the SFBOS – Stow Lake BoatHouse Revived

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Thank Gaia they didn’t allow public comment at the Stow Lake Boathouse-related drubbing at the Board of Supervisors yesterday.

No matter, this amazing multicolor, multi-fonted, center-aligned one-page website, SaveStowLake.org, should be preserved, in situ, forever.

(And you should have seen it back when it was 30 MB – you could have used it as a speed test for your internet connection.)

Anyway, you community groups should study this case for tips on what not to do, how not to behave.

Just saying, Bro.

And all you wealthy, white, weathering homeowners out there, instead of being so demanding of the govmint, why don’t you all go out and do something?

These quiet, good-natured people are your loadstars:

Emulate them, why not?

Let’s see here, what’s next, landmarking all of Golden Gate Park?

WTF, man, why don’t we just landmark the entire freaking city right now, every last structure from the Farallones to the Alameda NAS, from Candlestick to Red Rock?

All right, play us out of here, Erin Sherbert.

Anyway, all the deets on the boathouse news, from the RPD:

“A New Era Begins at Historic Stow Lake Boathouse

Board of Supervisors Approves Lease with New Operator to Turn Around Concession

SAN FRANCISCO-- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted today to approve a lease agreement with award-winning concessionaire Ortega Family Enterprises to rejuvenate and operate the historic Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden GatePark.

Ortega Family Enterprises (d/b/a “Stow Lake Boathouse, LLC”) will invest $233,000 toward capital improvements to the popular but deteriorating boathouse with the overall goal of improving the visitor experience at the facility.

A new indoor café area will be created from the existing boat repair area to allow visitors a spot to enjoy a snack and take in the charming ambience of StowLake.  The café will recreate the atmosphere of the boat maintenance facility by incorporating boat repair memorabilia, historic photographs of Stow Lake Boathouse, and furniture created from reclaimed materials from fallen piers and old boats.

The Ortega family will also provide healthy, local sustainable food options to the public, as well as traditional Stow Lake favorites like pink popcorn.  Menu items will remain affordable, ranging from $1 to $11.75, with most items available from $4.95 to $8.95.

Ortega will also purchase a new fleet of boats, valued at $152,000, to replace the existing aging fleet.

The new lease will run for a 15-year term, beginning in March of 2011, with a potential five-year extension.  The vendor will provide a minimum annual rent of $160,000 to the City, with projected revenue to the City of $200,000.

“Ortega is an ideal partner to return the boathouse to its former glory,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.  ”They have the expertise to rehabilitate such a treasured building and understand the importance of retaining the charm that visitors have come to know and love.”

Ortega Family Enterprises has more than 20 years of experience working in public parkland and 22 years of accident-free boat and kayak rental management experience. It is a family-run enterprise that emphasizes environmental sustainability and best practices in all phases of its business and has a proven track record of turning around underperforming park concessions and maximizing their potential, including concessions at four National Park Service locations: Bandelier National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument and Muir Woods National Monument in the Bay Area.

In 2009, the Ortega family won the Marin Conservation Council’s Green Business Award for its renovation and rejuvenated operation of the historic Muir Woods concession. They incorporated sustainable construction materials, implemented a trash disposal system that recycles and composts 90 percent of waste, and achieved significant electric and water savings.

The Board of Supervisors’ action follows the Recreation and Park Commission’s approval of the lease back in December.”