Posts Tagged ‘fleet week’

First Ever America-Class Amphibious Assault Ship Arrives in San Francisco

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Here she is, as seen moments ago by The Kangsterizer:

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All the deets

This Photo is Your Best Shot of Seeing the Blue Angels During San Francisco Fleet Week 2013 – Federal Sequester Blues

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

A photo from the Presidio, from back in the day, from an innocent time when we didn’t know what a “sequester” was, you know, federal-wise:

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But yes, they would fly them jets ‘neath the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Video: “Black Bloc” “Street Battle” with SFPD on Oct 6 – “Fuck Columbus Day” – 22 Arrested in the Financh

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Well, yesterday’s West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March didn’t last all that long, as this four-minute video will show you:

OK then.

(The revolution won’t be televised but it will be on the Facebook, apparently.)

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Columbus Day 2012 marks the 520 year anniversary of the genocidal and ecocidal project of Empire building and colonial expansion that began with the conquistador invasion of this continent and continues to this day through the daily violence and exploitation of global capitalism. 

It also marks the 20 year anniversary of the first American Black Bloc which disrupted the 1992 Columbus Day Parade in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. 

This year during Columbus Day weekend, a West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist convergence is being organized in San Francisco. As a contribution to this effort, we are calling for friends and comrades to gather at 2pm on Saturday, October 6 for a rowdy march through the heart of the city’s financial district. 

We will honor the memories of all those who fought back and resisted the onslaught of empire over the past five centuries by unleashing the power of our own resistance in the very heart of capitalism on the West Coast. We are proud to stand in solidarity with others whose fierce struggles continue to hold off the machinery of domination and exploitation. 

We draw inspiration from the countless struggles of indigenous resistance to capitalist projects of development and expansion: from the mountains of Black Mesa, where elders fiercely protect their way of life in the shadow of a coal mine, to the rebel autonomous municipality of Chéran in Michoacán, México where both the repressive forces of the state and the drug cartels have been expelled while loggers infringing upon indigenous territory have been chased off communal lands, to the far north of Canada where indigenous peoples block roads and disrupt plans for expanding resource extraction while students and radicals in Montreal riot outside the gates of the Plan du Nord summit. These brave fighters motivate us to spread the fires of resistance in the ongoing struggles against colonialism and capitalism. 

It is also fitting that October 7 marks the 11 year anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, another brutal example of colonial domination’s recent manifestations. We invite all those who stand in opposition to Empire and in solidarity with the struggles of the Afghan people to join us on this march. 

The Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March will gather at Justin Herman Plaza for a rally at 2pm and the march will begin at 3pm sharp. Stay tuned for additional details and ways to get involved. 

This action is part of the Decolonize the New World 2012: West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist Convergence in San Francisco during Columbus Day weekend. The convergence is being called for by Decolonize and Anti-Capitalist comrades in the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area. 

For more information please visit http://www.decolonizethenewworld.noblogs.org

SFPD:

Officer Injured, Weapons Recovered from Protesters in the Financial District on 10/6/12

On October 6, 2012 at approximately 2:50pm, a group of protesters gathered at Justin Herman Plaza.  The group began a unpermitted march west bound on Market Street.  The group, a number of them wearing black clothing, masks covering their faces, took to the streets disrupting the normal flow of traffic.  Officers arrived in the area and were struck by projectiles thrown at them by members of this group.  One officer was struck in the head and sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The protesters were admonished multiple times that the march was unpermitted and there were causing a public safety hazard. 
When the group failed to leave the roadway, Officers encircled them at California and Battery and the protesters threw flares and bags of paint at the officers.  Some of the bags of paint contained rocks.  A portion of this group ran to the area of Pine and Sansome where they were detained. A number of police officers and their uniforms were covered in paint.
Police made approximately 22 arrests from both locations.  The suspects were arrested on one or more of the following charges: conspiracy, riot, refusing to obey a lawful order from a peace officer and resisting, delaying and obstructing a peace officer, and assault and battery on a peace officer.  A lawful search of the arrested suspects’ backpacks revealed that many were armed with hammers, an ice pick, flares and other weapons and more bags of paint containing rocks.  The suspects vandalized vehicles and businesses as the walked.  Any witnesses to these acts of vandalism are encouraged to notify the SFPD.  Attached are photos of some of the weapons the protesters had in their possession.”
See you next year!

OMG, Ride the E-Line “Twin Torpedos” for Free This Weekend! Volunteer to be a Temporary Streetcar Docent

Monday, October 1st, 2012

How would you like to volunteer as a docent helping out with the new-school / old-school E-line on October 6-7, 2012?

First, some background about how busy the 415 will be this weekend:

“Looking at what’s scheduled for that weekend, there might not be room in the city for many more people, much less cars. First, there’s the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, a three-day event that drew about 800,000 people last year. That Sunday afternoon, the 49ers play the Buffalo Bills at Candlestick Park, while the Giants are hoping for weekend playoff games at AT&T Park, all guaranteed sellouts. About 60,000 people typically attend the Castro Street Fair, scheduled for that Sunday, while thousands more will jam North Beach for the annual Italian Heritage Parade at 12:30 on the same day. A different crowd will probably be at the Burning Man Decompression street fair, also that Sunday afternoon. To add to the fun, two mega cruise ships are expected to dock at Pier 35 over the weekend, disgorging thousands more tourists. Then, of course, there’s Fleet Week, which brings thousands of sailors and as many as a million visitors to the waterfront for the weekend.”

So you’ll be needed to help out all the visitors moving around on the Twin Torpedos, streetcars 1006 and 1008:

“We need several more docents to work the stops along the E-line on October 6 and 7, helping riders find the right platform and providing information about the service. We have docent books prepared by Paul Lucas, so it’s easy to learn what to do. If you’re interested, send us an email and we’ll get back to you.”

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Act now.

They’re Ba-aaack! The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Return for Fleet Week – Arriving at SFO at 1:30 PM Today

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Brace yourselves, the Blue Angels flight team is coming back to town for Fleet Week 2010.

Start working on your coping strategy now, so you’ll be prepared when the building you’re in starts to vibrate on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

See?

U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Arrive at SFO – Precision Flight Demonstration to Prepare for Fleet Week Air Show
 
 SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Navy’s precision flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, will arrive, in formation, at San Francisco International Airport on Monday, October 4, 2010 at approximately 1:30 p.m. PDT. The Blue Angels will be conducting familiarization and practice flights on both Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8.  The Blue Angels will perform for the Fleet Week Air Show on Saturday, October 9 and again on Sunday, October 10.  All flights, both practices and air show, subject to change and cancellation due to weather.

The forecast is for clear skies, so nothing’s going to stop this…

Bon courage, mon amie!

A member of the Fourth Estate, probably not Tim Redmond and probably not S T Jones, goes for a ridealong during a practice run over the 415:

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Flying by using The Buddy System – you don’t look ahead, you just follow the leader:

See the people atop the PG&E Tower of our GGB?

Photoshop’s Glowing Edge…

…or not, your choice:

Glowing Edge again, no choice this time:

The Other Tower on the Marin County side, the North Tower:

Loud, loud, loud:

And an oldie from 2005, high above California’s I-80 Interstate:

San Francisco Fleet Week 2009 – Friday Practice was the Best Time to See the Blue Angels

Monday, October 12th, 2009

The San Francisco Chronicle has great shots of the Blue Angels, as per usual. What was unusual this year was lots of fog on Saturday and Sunday. But Friday was nicer.

Let’s take a look.

Propeller tip contrails  from the U.S. Marines’ Fat Albert C-130, El Heraldo de Angeles, the Harbinger of Angels:

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Sometimes the pilots look the same direction…

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…and sometimes not, as explained by Lt. Mark Swinger on SFist.

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The pelicans didn’t seem to mind…

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…all the commotion:

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Loud, loud, loud:

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It was not foggy, but a bit humid on Friday practice, as these ghostly forms attest:

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This one must have busted a gasket or something, the left cylinder bank looks to have a leak anyway.

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See you next year!

“It’s Another Fight on the MUNI, Another Fight on the MUNI!”- A Fleet Week Bus Brawl

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Via Cecilia Vega (an excellent reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle who’s jumped ship to KGO-TV) comes news of yet another fight on the MUNI.

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How self-aware are we these days, when we can spot a newsworthy event and put it in context in real time?

Have your cameras at the ready – get something good this week and you’ll be sure to be Internet Famous, for a little while anyway.

“South Pacific” at the Golden Gate Theatre a Huge Success – Ending October 25th

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Remember South Pacific? You know, the play at the Golden Gate Theatre that just opened up last month? Well the tour is blowing town in three short weeks. So get your tickets now to this sensational production, one that earned Editor’s Pick and WILD APPLAUSE (that’s what the San Francisco Chronicle titles the icon of the freshly updated Little Man when he excitedly hops up on his seat to give a standing ovation) in the Review from Chronicle Theatre Critic Robert Hurwitt.

Now usually when I’m at one of the SHN: Broadway in San Francisco theatres, I’m the uncouth east end boy escorting a West End Girl to something very girly like Legally Blonde: The Musical. But Bartlett Sher‘s South Pacific is something-for-everybody old-school, so that was new to me. It’s a fantastic show, can’t see how you wouldn’t like it. 

With rush tickets priced at $25, SP can be cheaper than admission to this weekend’s Oktoberfest By the Bay. 

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And check it, San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar is a fan. Bonus.

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And let’s hear it for the 25-piece orchestra playing the original score:

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Apparently, Yelp doesn’t do plays yet, so the happy fun slander SFGate commenters will have to pinch hit. And here’s a review from Jay Barmann at SFist.

All right, see you there!

Comedian Will Durst and South Pacific Castmembers on Fleet Week’s Fundraising Cruise 2009

Friday, September 25th, 2009

This was the scene last night at the Fleet Week 2009 Fundraising Cruise and Celebration on Pier 3′s California Hornblower right after comedian and Sunset District resident Will Durst introduced castmembers from the Golden Gate Theatre’s Tony Award-winning smash hit South Pacific.

After this, partygoers went for a cruise on San Francisco Bay, leaving the Death of Fun crowd back on dry land. All to raise money for the upcoming Fleet Week 2009 coming to town next month. Click to expand:

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Just look at all these mens singing There is Nothing Like a Dame (Hello Nurse! at 3:10).

Other personalities on hand included George Michalski, David Nail, Madame Molotova, Paul Hayward, David Nail, and Ron Bunn.

Will this fundraising cruise and party become an annual event?

Stay tuned…

Support Fleet Week 2009 at the Fundraising Cruise and Celebration this Thurdsay

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Read what the Examiner has to say about tomorrow’s cruise here. It’s at 5:30PM, Thursday, September 24th, 2009. See if you still can get tickets here.

The whole idea is to support the upcoming FleetWeek 2009.

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See you there!

A RED, WHITE AND BLUE BASH TO SUPPORT FLEET WEEK
Local Business Leaders Raising Funds for San Francisco Tradition

San Francisco, CA (September 8, 2009) – The San Francisco business community is showing their support of Fleet Week, the popular weekend air show and vessel parade in honor of America’s troops, which brings fun, excitement and much-needed economic impact to the city each October. 

A gala fundraising cruise to support Fleet Week will be held Thursday, September 24 on the California Hornblower at Pier 3 in San Francisco. A dockside cocktail reception will be held from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM; followed by a cruise through the Bay from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The event will continue at the dock until 9:00 PM.

“Fleet Week is one of the community events that makes San Francisco such a wonderful city.,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “We need to come together and support this tradition.”

Edward M. Leonard, Chairman of the San Francisco Fleet Week Committee echoed the Mayor’s comments,  “Since 1981, San Francisco Fleet Week has been an annual opportunity for Northern Californians to honor the men and women serving in our armed forces.  We are extremely grateful to the San Francisco business community for supporting this fundraiser for Fleet Week this year as the economy has hurt our ability to finance the event through corporate sponsorships.  We hope to get a good turnout for the cruise from people who love Fleet Week and want to enjoy a great evening on San Francisco Bay while providing financial support for this wonderful tradition.”

Comedian Will Durst will be the celebrity Master of Ceremonies.  Live entertainment will include a performance from the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC, music by rising country artist David Nail and jazz by San Francisco composer George Michalski.

Attendees will enjoy cocktails, gourmet hors d’ouevres from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants.

A silent and live auction, as well as a raffle, will be held during the event.  Dozens of packages will be auctioned off, including:

- A VIP Access Package to Fleet Week events.                                                                                                   

   – A New York vacation on Virgin America with tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  

Tickets to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, and a Dolly Parton CD.
Getaways to Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Palm Springs/India Wells, Santa Barbara, Reno, Santa Barbara, Napa and Sonoma.
Donation forms can be found on the Support Fleet Week website

The 2009 Fleet Week Fundraiser is being planned by a consortium including: the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco, the Fleet Week Committee, the San Francisco Hotel Council, the Port of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and Hornblower Cruises & Events.

Zoooom!

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