Posts Tagged ‘five’

Say Aloha Forever to Hukilau at Geary and Masonic, But Now Say Hello to “The Corner Store” – It’s Bustling!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Hukilau is gone, long gone. (The City done closed it down for good.)

But in its place at 5 Masonic and Geary at the top of the tunnel and at the top of Mervyn’s Heights comes The Corner Store.

See?

I’ll tell you it was a beehive of activity last night in this otherwise sleepy part of town. And the Yelp Elites are handing out their five-star reviews already.

Now let’s hear about TCS from:

Dana Massey-Todd

The Thrillist

Welcome to the ‘hood, The Corner Store.

Bon Courage!

PWNED! Interim District Five Supervisor Christina Olague Gets NO ENDORSEMENT From Democratic Party

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Wow. A supposed “leader” of the Run Ed Run Draft Ed Lee for Mayor movement, a person who was rewarded with a Supervisor position for selling out her progressive values, just got a big fat vote of NO CONFIDENCE last night, courtesy of the Democratic Party of San Francisco.

Kind of like this: 

Ah, let’s meet some of the candidates for D5 Supe. So we have, from left to right, Thoughtful, Thoughtful, OMG I’M SO PISSED OFF WHAT GIVES THESE, THESE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO QUESTION ME, Thoughtful, and Thoughtful:

Photo by Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal

Let’s check in with the reaction from another candidate, one who is accumulating endorsements the past few weeks instead of, you know, losing them:

I just spoke w/ Julian Davis and he is THRILLED! Level playing field! RT @SFCitizen@mattdorsey No endorsement for District 5? HARSH!”

And here’s the rest of the official Dem Party endorsements from last night’s meeting

“SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 15, 2012) — The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee tonight voted on the party’s endorsements for local candidates and propositions that will appear on the Nov. 6, 2012 Consolidated General Election ballot.  The governing board of San Francisco’s Democratic Party voted to endorse the following: 

  • Board of Supervisors, District 1: Eric Mar
  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: David Chiu
  • Board of Supervisors, District 5: No Endorsement
  • Board of Supervisors, District 7: F.X. Crowley (#1), and Norman Yee (#2)
  • Board of Supervisors, District 9: David Campos
  • Board of Supervisors, District 11: John Avalos
  • Board of Education (four seats): Sandra Fewer, Matt Haney, Rachel Norton and Jill Wynns
  • Community College Board (four seats): Natalie Berg, Chris Jackson, Rafael Mandelman, Steve Ngo
  • BART Director, District 7: Lynette Sweet
  • BART Director, District 9: Tom Radulovich
  • Yes on Proposition A (City College Parcel Tax, District Measure)
  • Yes on Proposition B (Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, Bond Measure)
  • Yes on Proposition C (Housing Trust Fund, Charter Amendment)
  • Yes on Proposition D (Consolidating Odd-Year Municipal Elections, Charter Amendment)
  • Yes on Proposition E (Gross Receipts Tax, Ordinance)
  • No on Proposition F (Water and Environment Plan, Ordinance)
  • Yes on Proposition G (Policy Opposing Corporate Personhood, Declaration of Policy)

Though comprehensive official minutes of the DCCC’s special meeting at California State Office Building’s Milton Marks Auditorium will be forthcoming, member and committee reports included several updates on: the upcoming fall campaign; the hiring of a new executive director; current party finances and fundraising plans, including an event centered on President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech; voter registration; the redesigned party website and expanded communications efforts; and amending practices to meet many standards codified in the Brown Act and S.F. Sunshine Ordinance.  The DCCC also voted on a vendor for its fall slate card program.  

Public comments included numerous speakers advocating individually and on their organizations’ behalf for local candidates and measures; a monthly update on Organizing for America; concerns that the California Democratic Party endorsed Proposition 35 without consideration to official opponents and concerns from the sex worker community.  Two speakers called on DCCC members to address themselves to community concerns that policies governing the Castro’s Rainbow Flag do not comport with Presidential proclamations and other exigencies that merit lowering the flag to half-mast when appropriate.  

The lone new business item was a resolution passed by a majority of DCCC members that condemned inflammatory and offensive anti-Muslim advertising on Muni vehicles, and called on city officials and MTA authorities to change policies to prohibit such hate speech in the future.

Members John Rizzo and Hene Kelly closed the meeting by memorializing the late Milton Marks III, a highly regarded Community College Board member and former DCCC colleague, who passed away Aug. 9 at the age of 52.  The meeting was adjourned in Marks’s honor.  

About the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee, or DCCC, is the governing body of the local Democratic Party as defined in California’s Government Code and Elections Code.  The DCCC is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District, as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees who serve as Ex-Officio Officers.  Current members elected from the 17th Assembly District are: John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Petra DeJesus, Matt Dorsey, Bevan Dufty, Zoe Dunning, Leslie Katz, Rafael Mandelman, Carole Migden, Leah Pimentel, Alix Rosenthal, and Scott Wiener.  Members elected from the 19th Assembly District are: Kat Anderson, Kelly Dwyer, Bill Fazio, Tom Hsieh, Mary Jung, Hene Kelly, Meagan Levitan, Eric Mar, Trevor McNeil and Arlo Hale Smith.  Ex Officio members are: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senators Mark Leno and Leland Yee, and Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Fiona Ma. 

Additional information is available online at: http://www.sfdemocrats.org/

Hey District Five! If You Voted for John Avalos for Mayor, then You Shouldn’t Vote for Christina Olague – Here’s Why

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

This here is the Google Maps StreetView view of where District 5 Supervisor Candidate Julian Davis was living* last year.

Do you see the signs for John AVALOS for Mayor? They’re all over the place:

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Hey, didn’t D5 go for Avalos over Ed Lie** two to one? I think so.

Hey, didn’t Christina Olague actively support Ed Lie OVER John Avalos, the second-place finisher?

So how can she say she’s a “progressive?” She’s a Progressive Sellout, sure, but not a progressive, not anymore, not if you start off as a Green Party member and then go Democrat and then cross the aisle and work for the San Francisco Repulican Party’s choice for Mayor for the sole reason of getting appointed as District Five Supervisor after Ross Mirkarimi won the Sheriff’s race?

Hey Christina, is Ed Lee a progressive too? Oh really? Then what do you call John Avalos?

Hey Christina, if you’re a progressive, then why don’t any progressives endorse you? You ever think about that? Have you seen this one:

District 5 supervisorial candidate Julian Davis is emerging as the progressive standard-bearer in that competitive race after today receiving the endorsements of a trio of top progressive politicians: Sups. John Avalos and David Campos and attorney Matt Gonzalez, the former board president, mayoral candidate, and D5 supervisor.” 

So, yes Christina, you’re more progressive than London Breed, the other person Mayor Ed Lie considered appointing. But he appointed you for a reason. He appointed you to vote as you please on whatever small, picayune issues that you want, but to vote with him on the votes that he really cares about.

That’s what makes you a sellout. You’re using your sort of hippy-dippy background to try to fool the voters of D5.

Oh well.

*I thought that this address might be his HQ and I wanted to see if the building was residential or commercial. Turns out that his HQ isn’t around yet but it will open up at 10AM this Saturday in the Lower Haight area, possibly at the location of the former Vapor Room, anyway, somewhere around there.

**Everything that man says is a lie. He doesn’t know how not to lie anymore. Check it. “Quite candidly…?” “Quite frankly…?” That’s what he says right before he tells another whopper.  

Interim Supervisor (and So-Called Progressive) Christina Olague, Ed Lee, and Stop and Frisk – How Does This Make Sense?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

All right, work with me here, people.

1. So-called Progressive Christina Olague worked hard on the RUN ED RUN campaign so that “Interim” Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Republican Party’s choice, would beat actual Progressive John Avalos in the mayoral race last year. So that Ed Lee could try to … promote his stop and frisk approach to law enforcement. So how can Olague be a Progressive if she worked to elect the standing leader of the conservative faction of San Francisco politics?

2. And uh, doesn’t San Francisco already have a stop and frisk policy? I think so! Let’s go to the videotape HTML:

United States v. Hernandez, No. CR 08-0730 WHA (N.D. Calif. 1-6-2011)

San Francisco police officers observed three men whom they believed to be members of the MS-13 gang standing in front of a restaurant. A no-loitering sign was posted in the restaurant window. The officers watched the men for a few minutes, but observed no threatening or gang-related behavior. The officers approached the men to advise them about the no-loitering policy, and despite the lack of any threatening behavior, conducted a pat-down search of each one.”

Uh, doesn’t that sound like a recent instance of stop and frisk? It does to me! But this particular instance was ruled to be unconstitutional. 

So, we have a stop and frisk policy RIGHT NOW in San Francisco, but apparently the SFPD isn’t going far enough with it, in the eyes of Accidental Mayor Ed Lee, anyway, and yet the SFPD ALREADY goes too far with it, like right now.  So how does that make any sense?

All right, here’s your San Francisco stop and frisk answer key:

1. Christina Olague leans to the left in San Francisco politics but she partnered with the dominant political faction, the conservative one, in order to get appointed as Supervisor for District Five for nine years. Of course, that meant that she had to strongly favor the Republican choice over somebody like John Avalos, somebody who would never forward vague unconstitutional-sounding ambiguities as Mayor Ed Lee has recently done with the stop and the frisk. But if she hadn’t done that then there’d be no way she’d ever get elected Supe on her own, so that’s the decision she made.

2. I’m still at a loss on this one.  San Francisco already has a stop and frisk program that already pushes past the limits (at times, anyway, certainly) of what courts are going to allow and yet Ed Lee wants a stop and frisk program. I’m guessing that the murder rate ‘n stuff is way up recently so Ed Lee wants to be able to point to something that he attempted to do about it. IRL, this whole concept was an obvious non-starter from the get-go.  

Thus concludes Interim Supervisor (and So-Called Progressive) Christina Olague, Ed Lee, and Stop and Frisk – How Does This Make Sense?

OMG It’s Here! The Best San Francisco Car Driving Video Ever: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Five

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Only 305 Views so far, but this one will end up with tens of millions of viewers, soon enough.

Ten minutes – full screen and 1080p please:

So that’s what was going on when the Bay Bridge was shut down that day.

I’m already looking forward to the director’s cut, you know, with outtakes and errors and broken stuff.

And just for the record, San Francisco Film Commission, the kids these days don’t want to see scripted drama crap like NBC’s Trauma, they want to see something interesting. So the sooner you stop subsidizing crap like NBC’s Trauma, the better off we’ll all be…

“DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco.

Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block’s personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet. For more information check us out at http://www.dcshoes.com/auto

And here’s some context:

Jumping Taylor in a Fiesta. Wow:

And in the Financial, on California, near some fake cable cars:

More in Potrero Hill, on Bike to Work Day 2012:

And again in the Financial, being filmed by a radio-controlled chopper whilst being recorded by a Saturday-working, Financial District Dell Jockey:

And Matier and Ross say that there were donuts being done on the Bay Bridge – did anybody see that?

Teaser #1 – Impressive – Drifting on a Barge – Chopper Shot

Teaser #2 – All Talk, No Action – Dirt Bike injury? – Man, They Sure are Teasing Us

Teaser #3 – Oh Ma Gah – Drifting and Jumping at the Same Time – Is This Possible?

 

Nevius Watch: An Obvious Clue that London Breed Will Replace Ross Mirkarimi as Supervisor of District Five

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Uh, why would the masters of CW Nevius have him write what he wrote today?

Check it:

African American Art & Culture Complex thriving

I’d say it has something to do with the search for the replacement of Ross Mirkarimi as District Five Supervisor.

Seemingly, Nevius doesn’t just want to come out and say it.

But he wants to say something about London Breed.

So, out of nowhere, we get a few lines on the topic from The Neve.

But he left out a little bit of the story:

In August 2002, former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., appointed London Breed, as the Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC).”

Did you know about that, Nevius? Honestly, I can’t tell.

London Breed, Executive Director of the African American Art and Culture Complex, at the de Young Museum:

Via FAMSF 

Anyway, when you see the headline “African American Art & Culture Complex thriving,” the way you should read that is “London Breed to be appointed District Five Supervisor by Mayor Ed Lee.” Or at the very least, “Willie Brown cashes in, appoints London Breed as Supervisor.” 

Thanks for the 411, Neve!

But it’s too bad you can’t come out and say what you mean…

Supervisor Mirkarimi Says Good-Bye – Ross Hearts District 5, District 5 Hearts Ross – Big Holiday Party Friday!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Get all the deets at the new District Five Blog.

FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM SUPERVISOR MIRKARIMI

Dear Friends,

This will be my last newsletter as District 5 Supervisor. It’s hard to summon seven years of memories in this brief note, so come celebrate with us at our last holiday City Hall office party on Friday, December 16, 5:00 to 7:30 PM.

I want to take this opportunity to express my immense appreciation to my past and present office staff who blazed the journey with me, remaining focused on the job at hand while performing simultaneous constituent and legislative acts on a daily basis. The greater the challenge, the better they did. A conventional work day was rare. Often, work followed staff home – I’m grateful to the family and friends who supported their efforts while they gave it their all.

Thank you also to the fleet of amazing volunteers and interns who did everything from mundane clerical tasks, to delving into complicated or controversial projects. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing from former interns who parlayed their positive experience with us into a vocation that truly inspires them.

Most importantly, I want to thank the people of San Francisco and District 5. Our District is one of the most diverse, nonlinear demarcated districts in the city. The range of challenges was often nuanced depending on the specific neighborhood, but they all embodied the fusion of big urban demands with village interests. And I loved that because it was the centrifugal force of neighborhood activism that caused us to reconcile important competing considerations, no matter the issue big or small. Thank you to the volunteer-driven dedicated network of neighborhood groups and its leaders for their commitment to bettering one of the most majestic cities in the world.

I will be sworn in as San Francisco’s next Sheriff on January 8th.

Happy Holidays.

Yours truly,
Ross Mirkarimi

OK then.

Are people hanging red hearts in the Western Addition to say good-bye to RK? Maybe. As seen on Fulton near Baker:

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All right, see you there!

Via David Yu: Embarcadero Center 5,4,3,2,1, 345 California, 555 California, 505 Montgomery, TransAmerica Pyramid

Friday, November 25th, 2011

These are your skyline landmarks, as seen from Treasure Island:

Via David Yu – click to expand

This is what San Francisco looks like for the year-end holidays of 2011. Now here’s what things looked like in years past:

First, he was all like this:

Then he was all like this:

Then it’s all like this. The view from Chinatown of Embarcadero Center Buildings One, Two, Three, Four, and West (lower right – EW is the black sheep of the EC Family) along with the Emerald City look of 505 Montgomery.

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A reverse angle from the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge showing the TransAmerica Pyramid, in black-and-white, mostly:

A family portrait, as seen from Treasure Island. All your faves are in there, girlfriend. Your Embarcadero Center, 345 Cal, 555 Cal (pronounced Triple Five Cal, good buddy, come-on), 505 Monty, and the TransAmerica Pyramid at 600 Monty. Hai, chiizu!

Happy Holdays and Merry Christmas!

The Giant Floating Jelly-Belly Jelly Beans of Our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Here’s my offering of a shot from back in the day, from back when the Hyatt at Embarcadero Five had giant jelly bean art hanging about:…

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…but here’s a better effort.

Come back, come back, sometime, oh great Jelly Bellies!

It’s So Beautiful: Take a Look at Our New “City Target” Target Store Going in at Geary and Masonic – Rubber Stamp Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

[Oh, SocketSite is, once again, all over this sitch.]

It’s happening, man. It’s finally happening!

Down at the Planning Department, they’re inking up the rubber “APPROVED” stamp for our new Target Store up at Geary and Masonic.

Here’s item 12 for tomorrow’s meeting:

Planning Commission Hearing

Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 12:00pm @ City Hall, Commission Chambers

2675 GEARY BOULEVARD - southeast corner at Masonic Avenue (aka the City Center); Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 1094  -  Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow a “formula retail use” (d.b.a. Target) and a use size up to 120,000 square feet pursuant to Sections 121.2, 121.6, 303(c), 303(i), 703.4 and 712.21 of the Planning Code, in the NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and the 40-X/80-D Height and Bulk Districts.“12. 2010.0623C  (M. WOODS)

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions”

Click the link – it’s an 11MB pdf of all the latest plans, loaded with illustrations and whatnot.

Like this:

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Isn’t it beautiful?

You’ve come a long way, baby!

Bon Courage, Tar-GHEY de Ville!

“PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The project sponsor proposes to convert vacant retail space (formerly “The Good Guys” and “Mervyns”)
in the City Center shopping mall to a general merchandise retail store (d.b.a. “Target”) offering clothing,
personal accessories, household goods, including home furnishings, electronics and groceries, which is a
“formula retail use” as defined in Planning Code Section 703.3. The proposed project, occupying the
former Mervyns and Good Guys stores, will consist of approximately 106,000 square feet of retail space,
with a potential to add an additional 14,000 square feet if vacant space becomes available within the
shopping center, for a project total of approximately 120,000 square feet. The proposal involves interior
remodeling work as well as exterior improvements including signage, which would require the creation
of a Special Sign District. (The Planning Code text amendment for the “City Center Special Sign District”
under Case No. 2011.0656T will be heard concurrently with the Conditional Use request.) The existing
City Center shopping center has approximately 601 off-street parking spaces and five loading spaces; no
additional parking or loading spaces are required or proposed. Pedestrian entrances to the project are
accessible from Geary Boulevard, Masonic Avenue and O’Farrell Street while vehicular accesses are
provided on Masonic Avenue and O’Farrell Street.”