Why yes that’s my camera AND I”m happy to see you!
As seen in the Financh:
Well here’s what the 15th Avenue Entrance to the Presido looks like these days.
See that? It’s for bikes only now – cars need to use 14th Avenue:
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Which is as expected, fine.
But what’s up with this new sign with the garbage bag over it?
This is right outside of the Presidio Landmark Apartments* on infamous Battery Caulfield Road.
I was bold enough to take a peek under the garbage bag. It said something like “Road Closed 110 Feet.”
I haven’t heard of any conflict yet, so assume that this sign is not currently operational.
Speaking of which, here’s part of the actual Battery Caulfield, AFAIK – it was a Nike Missile base, your know, for the Russian Bear Bombers and whatnot. They stored the Nikes horizontal and then would open the pod bay doors to fire. And you can see the flat top of Mount Sutro in the background – that’s where the fire control base was for the SAMs of the Presidio, back in the day:
Anyway, wazzup with BC Road closing? I gots to know.
*Speaking of which, just look – cars in the parking lot. Personally, I wouldn’t pay four figures a year just to park in the West Bay, but that’s how they do it these days. Anyway, my point is that, unlike last year, there are people actually living in the Presidio Landmark. It took a while, and the looky-lou’s were pissed off that they had to apply for an appointment just to check things out, but the joint probably doesn’t feel like the hotel from The Shining anymore.
Now you have even more time to email snail mail in your comments about the closure of Battery Caulfield Road in the Presidio.
Soon, you might not be welcome to test drive your new Lambo on Battery Caulfield. Oh well:
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The latest skivvy:
The Presidio Trust is considering two approaches to limit vehicular use of a portion of Battery Caulfield Road:
1) limitation of vehicular use during weekday peak AM and PM hours, 7 to 9 am and 5 to 7 pm, as well as on weekends (Alternative 1); or
2) limitation of vehicular use at all times (Alternative 2).
The proposed limitation on vehicular use is intended to reduce cut-through traffic to maintain public health and safety, to protect environmental values, to protect natural resources, and to avoid conflict among visitor uses.
By restricting the use of Battery Caulfield Road, the Trust also intends to reduce the amount of traffic through the 14th and 15th Avenue gates.
The Trust invites comments on both of these proposed limits of public use. Send comments to: John Fa, The Presidio Trust, 34 Graham Street, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052, or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make sure your comments have your name and contact information. Comments must be received no later than October 15, 2010. All written comments submitted to the Trust will be considered, and this proposed use limit may be modified accordingly. The final decision of the Trust will be published in the Federal Register.
To view a copy of the Federal Register Notice click here.
The Trust will be scheduling a meeting the first week of October. Information on the meeting will be disseminated as soon as details are confirmed.”
Are the animules friendlier during the evening? It sure seems that way:
THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ANNOUNCES EXTENDED SUMMER HOURS FROM AUGUST 3-SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
Museum to stay open until 8:00 pm every Monday and Tuesday night.
Summer nights in San Francisco just got steamier. Visitors to the California Academy of Sciences can now enjoy the four-story rainforest exhibit, the swampy alligator habitat, the mangrove lagoon, and the rest of the museum’s exhibits and shows until 8:00 pm every Monday and Tuesday from August 3 through September 8, 2009.
San Francisco residents and tourists alike can take advantage of the long summer days to visit the Academy during off-peak times for Golden Gate Park—and to catch some of the aquarium’s nocturnal animals at their most active. “We have been delighted by the strong interest that San Francisco residents and visitors have shown in the new Academy since we opened last September,” said Dr. Greg Farrington, executive director of the Academy. “These extended summer hours will help ensure that everyone who wants to visit with our penguins and zoom through our digital Universe is able to do so.”
Dr. F welcomes you:
“Throughout the extended summer hours program, all of the Academy’s exhibits will remain open until 8:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday nights, and the planetarium and 3D theater will offer additional shows. The Academy Cafe will also remain open, giving working parents the opportunity to bring their kids to the Academy for “dinner and a museum” as a special weeknight treat.
Regular admission fees will apply for the Academy’s extended summer hours; Academy members will be admitted free of charge. Unlike the Academy’s weekly Thursday night program, NightLife, during which adults ages 21 and over can enjoy the museum from 6:00 – 10:00 pm, the Academy’s extended summer hours on Monday and Tuesday nights will be available for all ages. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online at www.calacademy.org/tickets. As always, visitors who take public transportation receive a $3 discount.
On Monday, August 3, evening visitors can also choose to attend an astronomy lecture by Margaret Race from the SETI Institute. Hosted inside the Academy’s 90-foot diameter planetarium dome, the lecture will begin at 7:30 pm. During the talk, Race will describe how experts from many different disciplines contribute to searches for extraterrestrial life—and explain how the Outer Space Treaty and planetary protection policies urge “responsible exploration” when visiting other planets. Lecture tickets cost $10, and advanced purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800-794-7576.
The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and world-class research and education programs—all under one living roof. The new Academy, designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, opened to the public on September 27. Admission to the Academy is: $24.95 for adults; $19.95 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID; $14.95 for children ages seven to 11; and free for children ages six and younger. The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission fees include all exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday. The Academy is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. www.calacademy.org. (415) 379-8000.
Upon further review, it turns out that the Mavericks Surf Contest waiting period will not get extended, so that means no competition this year. But that will make the 2010 affair all the more special, right? And they’ll see about getting future waiting periods pushed forward into Autumn, so that’ll be nice.
See you next year! Deets below.
This is what some of the 2008 contest looked like:
“Extending the waiting period beyond March this season would pose a unique set of challenges on this front. Said Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS), Superintendent Maria Brown, “The sanctuary had already extended the exemption for the contest period through March. But the presence of listed and vulnerable species, newly-born harbor seal pups, migrating whales, and nesting birds make April a particularly sensitive time for wildlife in the Sanctuary.”
Full deets after the jump