Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

Rally to Tear Down Pay Wall at Strybing Arboretum Today at 1:00 PM: Protest at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

It’s on at San Francisco’s Arbo today.

Deets below. See you there!

Do any of these people approve of the new fees at Strybing Arboretum? A few, the gardeners mostly:


Saturday April 2nd, 2011
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Arboretum Main Gate
(9th Avenue & Lincoln)

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW

On April 6th, 2011, the Budget Committee of the Board of Supervisors will be making a crucial decision on the future of the fee, either free admissions for all or a permanent non-resident fee.

SUPPORT- Ordinance 110113 sponsored by Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Kim, Mar and Mirkarimi to use Prop N tax revenues as a sustainable solution to support a free public garden.

OPPOSE- Ordinance 110225 sponsored by the Mayor for a permanent fee.

After 7 months the fee has been a failure. Only $54,800 out of a promised $250,000 has been collected. Attendance, based on Rec & Park figures, has declined sharply with non-resident visitors down 70% vs. estimates and resident visitors down 36%. RPD’s strategy is to market Strybing Arboretum as the new Japanese Tea Garden.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THIS HARMFUL FEE:

Attend the Budget Committee Hearing on Wed. April 6 (time TBA)

Call (by far most effective), e-mail and write potential swing-vote Supervisors to eliminate the fee:
David Chiu – 554 -7450 david.chiu@sfgov.org
Malia Cohen – 554- 7670 malia.cohen@sfgov.org
Scott Weiner – 554- 6968 scott.weiner@sfgov.org

Join The Rally To Remove The Fee ! Saturday April 2nd between 1:00PM – 2:00PM at the Arboretum Main Gate

 

The 2007 “Stanyan Street Commons,” a Community Garden near USF, Now Looks Like a Putting Green – Hurray?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Ah mem’ries. Leave us travel back to the aughts, back when you could plant your veggies on Someone Else’s Land and get away with it for a while…

Here’s the background, and there’s an update from 2011 at the bottom:

Remember back in the day, back in the late-oughts when Victory Gardens ‘n stuff were all over the place?

Well, you can relive that era right now by clicking on all the links that describe that time in ought-seven when “guerrilla gardeners” took over the land in front of some lady’s apartment complex at Fulton and Stanyan and just started gardening.

Remember, man? It was beautiful vandalism, man. This joint had lots of support from the City and NGOs, that’s for sure. But things didn’t work out.

Here’s how it looked back then in 2007…

Via IndyBay, image reversed for your pleasure

…and here’s how it looks these days in the summer of 2010, during what should be the start of harvest harvest time.

Weepin’ time, reapin’ time, harvest harvest time:

Oh well.

Sic transit gloria mundi

Oh, and here it is these days in 2011 – it’s the roughest, most-tilted putting green ever:

Click to expand

Thanks for walking down memory lane with me…

 

A Red-Eared Slider Gets Totally Pwned by a Great Blue Heron in Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 7th, 2011

First it was all like this:

But then it was all like this:

Click to expand

See what I mean? Pwned!

How wude, huh?

NoPA Late-Night Sidewalk Chess Challenge Finally Consummated

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

First, it was all like this, with only a solitary person to play, night after night.

But now, it’s all like this:

Click to expand

An actual late-night chess scene on the west side running way past the time when the east side chess players on the 1000 block of Market in the crime-ridden Uptown Tenderloin have packed up and gone home?

Hurray!

West si-iiiide!

Western A!

 

Strybing Arboretum Goes GroupOn! Now Foreigners Can Get SF Botanical Garden Tickets Two-for-One

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Boy, if there’s anything I hate it’s got to be all them foreigners what come to my City and County of San Francisco to empty their pockets and then leave. You know? I’m talking about the hordes from Belgium and Sicily and Marin County and the goddam East Bay coming here and just sucking up all the oxygen and walking around like they own the place.

So I was overjoyed when RPD started charging admission at the San Francisco Botanical Garden (fka Helene Strybing Arboretum, but she got old and died so nobody cares about her anymore, you know, the lady what paid for the place) cause I live here in the 415 so I can walk in just by showing my ID. I love that, it makes me feel special, I just walk past those loosers and I say something like, “Suck-eeeeers!” Or, “I’m a Neighbor, I’m a Res-I-Dent, bi-atches. Respect!” You know, something clever like that.

So imagine my shock when I first saw this GroupOn-style deal. See that? The SFBG is now half-off for auslanders!

I don’t know, but won’t this encourage visits? I mean, aren’t we trying to empty the arbo of people and starve out the squirrels and the Canada Geese in order to become “world-class” ‘n stuff?

And won’t this cut into revenue? Aren’t there some days already when the total gross doesn’t even cover expenses to charge people to get in? You know, talking about those $11-an-hour-no-benefits toll-takers. (Hey, shouldn’t the people who sell tickets  in those boxes be in a union too? Couldn’t they have a vote, you know, get the NLRB in here to monitor a little election? Why not?)

On It Goes…

San Francisco’s Attempt at a “World-Class” Arboretum Has Us Getting Mocked in the New Yawk Times Today

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The New York Times, The Bay Citizen – you pick ‘em:

Charging Fees to See Trees at Golden Gate Park’s Arboretum Doesn’t Even Pay the Bills

Arboretum Fees Don’t Even Pay the Bills

Yep and yep.

Is Phil Ginsburg the new village idiot now that the old Mayor has blown town? Does Phil Ginsburg have a “Life Coach” too, you know, someone to tell him how he’s always right and how he can See The Future better than anyone else? Tony Robbins, here we come.

Anyway, for some reason, our Strybing Arboretum needs to impress people on the East Coast, people in Boston, New York, and D.C. You know, an “Our arbo is better than your arbo” kind of deal. That’s what drives the Great Fencing Off of Strybing. And you taxpayers, you visitors, you foreigners, you auslanders, well you can just go to Hell.

Oh well.

The Moon-Viewing Garden as it looked before the Botanical Garden Boycott of 2010 to whenever:

Click to expand

So many koi, so little time….

Disaster! How Charging Admission at Strybing Arboretum Actually Loses Money Some Days – Avalos Solution?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

All right, imagine you are in charge of running the paid admissions program at San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. (Now, I’m going to make things hard on you by picking December 8th, 2010 to run this exercise, so brace yourself.)

Of course, you can only charge people who can’t prove they live in San Francisco and you have two gates to worry about so it’s tough. Your Main Gate got six paid visitors on Dec 8th so you took in $42 at $7 per. And the Friend Gate (that was dude’s last name, but apparently RPD will take your name off of whatever they used your money to fund after you die (like Strybing Arboretum, the former name of the whole joint)), aka North Gate, well, three teens came in that day so that’s $15 at $5 per head.

Your gross for the day is $57. The question is how much should you pay the two ticket seller/SF resident ID checkers in your employ to make the program to charge admission to non-residents sustainable?

Maybe one dollar per hour? Check it:

Well actually, the non-unionized toll-booth collectors make $11 an hour (since the minimum is $9.92, no benefits of course) so that the Arboretum can make enough scratch to fund three (3) unionized gardeners who make a lot more and, of course, get benefits.

Here are all the deets that I have about the paid admissions program:

Click to expand.

Now, what about San Francisco residents? How is that boycott coming along? Well, you make the call:

Free Admissions- Arboretum 2010

Hey, what if we charged everybody, residents and non-residents alike, money to get in? Wouldn’t that cut down on visitors even more?

Well, sure. Its all has to do with the elasticity of demand – how many people will just forget about the arbo (as I’ve already done) when they start having to pay.

Keep in mind that you taxpayers are still giving a ton of money each year to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Maybe they should just go private? You know, could just raise money to buy the land and then the new owners could run the place as they see fit? Why not? It would save San Franciscans a lot of money every year, right?

Now, Supervisor John Avalos has a solution to all this – he has an idea to take down the pay gates.

We should all listen to him.

But guess what, the Arbo is working on newer, betterer toll gates to replace the temporary boxes on wheels they use now.

This should be quite a fight…

The Late-Night Chess Players of Divisadero Street

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

[UPDATE: The Tenderloin Geographic Society takes note - dude's still at it...]

This guy sets his table up out there some knights. Not sure if he’s doing street chess the likes of which you’ll learn about in this bit from Chris Roberts.

You ought to head over to Garden Alley (the driver’s friend, seriously) some evening and see if he’s up for a match.

Never seen him actually playing anyone else tho….

Reminds me of Omega Man, playing chess and looking out for the zombies

[UPDATE: I can now say that I've seen somebody playing with him, once anyway.]

Introducing the Tenderloin People’s Garden from Your Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Here it is, it’s the Tenderloin People’s Garden at McAllister and Larkin in the Civic Center / Little Saigon / Tenderloin / “Uptown” Tenderloin area.

Check out the basil and tomatoes. It’s like Automatic For The People.

Get all the deets from the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Click to expand

Conservatory of Flowers Garden Railway Fires Up Again Friday, November 19th – Celebrating 140 Years of Golden Gate Park

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Once again, it’s on, the annual Garden Railway exhibit at our Conservatory of Flowers is on.

Check it out from November 19th, 2010 through March 13th, 2011.

Click to expand

And here’s a fresh shot from Nina Sazevich:

All the deets, after the jump

See you there!

(more…)