Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

OMG, See the Women’s World Cup Soccer Final Today at Civic Center for Free! Thanks German Consulate, Thanks Teamsters!

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Well, it looks like we have the German Consulate and the Teamsters to thank for today’s showing of the final match of  World Cup 2011.

(Did Rec and Park make a special website to promote this event in Civic Center? Looks that way.)

All the deets of the U.S. vs. Japan:

The weather was looking like it was going to be a little kosame (Japanese for drizzle, something like “a little bit of rain”) today but Civic Center is generally sunny even when there’s drizzle in the West Bay, so it should all be good.

Hey, you know who has World Cup fever? SFGate, that’s who. SFGate just seems to loooooove frolicking female soccer players.

Hurray!*

*Oh, I guess they added more shots in there on that bit. Before, it was like seven frolicsome honey photos with just one sports-type shot. But it looks like they were just getting started when I first noticed. Still, you don’t get too many frolic shots of men’s soccer on the SFGate…

At the Walt Disney Family Museum May 21-22: “Fighting the War with Ink and Paint” + “Victory Through Air Power”

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The most unusual feature film Walt Disney ever made will be featured the weekend of May 21-22, 2011 at our Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.

All the deets, below.

The animation looks fresh after all these years:

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Saturday May 21

World War II: Fighting the War with Ink and Paint

3:00pm | Theater ($)
Join noted Walt Disney Family Museum historian and author Paul F. Anderson as he chronicles Walt’s contributions towards the War effort. World War II became the most critical event of the twentieth century, and its effect on the Disney Studios was profound. Relive this pivotal time through never-before-seen images, rare video clips, and moving stories – and through this narrative discover how Walt Disney whole-heartedly devoted himself and his organization to winning the war. Paul’s presentation is sometimes funny, often emotional, and thoroughly uplifting.

Sunday May 22

Screening – Victory Through Air Power + Conversation

2:00pm | Theater ($)
Walt Disney Family Museum historian Paul F. Anderson will offer a visual presentation on the making of the film, and the resulting impact the film had on Allied war strategy. This brief presentation will be followed by a screening of Walt Disney’s Victory Through Air Power (1944), after which we will open up the floor to any questions.

See you there!

Twitterloin Trilogy: So, Whatever Happened to LovEvolution, SF’s Love Parade? What Will Happen in 2011?

Friday, April 15th, 2011

A little hazy on what happened last year, back in 2010 when the whole meghilla got the kibosh.

And who knows what will happen this year

Via W. Kilinger’s Photostream – click to expand.

Oh well.


More Details Emerge Regarding the Death of Cyclist Nils Yannick Linke Near the Intersection of Turk and Masonic

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

I’ll tell you, I’m ignorant of any changes made by the City and County at or near the intersection of Turk and Masonic (before or) after the night Nils Yannick Linke was killed that would have changed anything.

Anyway, consider the below a kind of opening statement if the wrongful death suit doesn’t settle.

The intersection of Turk and Masonic:

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“SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18, 2011 – Petra Linke and Jüergen Schneider-Linke have filed a wrongful death lawsuit (case no. CGC-11-507332 [see SF StreetsBlog]) in San Francisco County Superior Court for the August 13th death of their son, 22-year-old Nils Yannick Linke, a German tourist who was fatally struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Masonic Avenue in San Francisco.  The suit, filed by The Veen Firm, names Joshua Calder, the vehicle’s driver; Nicole Mairs, Calder’s girlfriend who was a passenger in the vehicle; and June Soelberg, the vehicle’s registered owner.  Calder is facing criminal charges for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident; he remains free on $500,000.00 bail.

“The defendants willfully got behind the wheel of a car after an evening of drinking and struck down Nils as he rode his bike.  They left the scene of the accident without rendering any assistance or calling for help.  The result is this young man’s tragic death.  While Calder is being tried in a criminal court, all of the defendants are also guilty of negligence.” said Kevin Lancaster of The Veen Firm.

On Aug. 13, 2010, Calder and Mairs had dinner in San Francisco, consuming two bottles of wine, a champagne cocktail, a beer and two shots of liqueur.  After leaving the restaurant, Calder was driving a Mercedes-Benz, registered to Mairs’ grandmother, June Soelberg.  While driving down Masonic Avenue, Calder struck Linke from behind.  Linke’s bike had a flashing white light on it.

The complaint alleges that Calder collided into Linke, causing him to hit the windshield before he landed in the street.  Calder then pulled the car to the side of the road and checked on Linke, who was convulsing and bleeding from the nose and ears.  Instead of rendering aid or calling for help, Calder moved the mangled bicycle to the side of the road, and returned to the car.  Mairs took over driving and sped away from the scene of the accident.

A few blocks away, police officers stopped the car.  Calder was arrested for driving under the influence; more than two hours after the accident his blood alcohol content was .10 percent.  His blood also tested positive for cannibinoids.

Linke was transported by the San Francisco Police Department Medic to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

“Clearly this tragedy is a direct result of Maris’ and Calder’s blatant disregard for the safety of others.  However, this case also highlights the need for safer streets for bicyclists in the city.  For years, safety advocates and residents of Masonic Avenue have been attempting to get the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to implement more traffic calming measures in the area.  For instance, the area between Fell and Geary on Masonic has ranked as the tenth highest corridor for bicycle collisions for the past five years.  Due to the efforts of groups such as Bike NOPA, SF Bike Coalition, Fix Masonic, and others, many changes have been made and more are in the works.  The streets should be safe for all roadway users, including bicyclists,” added Lancaster.

The Veen Firm focuses on recovering damages for the catastrophically injured and has since 1975.  The firm specializes in catastrophic injury, construction accident, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, negligence, premises liability, product liability, toxic exposure and wrongful death cases. For more information visit:  http://www.veenfirm.com

Joshua Calder’s Mouthpiece Has Gotten Four Continuances? Learn About the Tragic Death of Nils Linke on Craigslist

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

The writer of a recent Rant and Rave on craigslist jumps to a few conclusions but also offers helpful information about how the owner of the car that killed cyclist Nils Linke in August has not yet been charged with any crime (will a different DA make a different call? Mmmm…) and about how the long march to justice has been interrupted four times already.

We’ve certainly failed German visitor Nils Linke, whether by

California’s dram shop laws specifically written to shield restaurant owners and workers from liability pretty much no matter how they behave, or

by city engineers who refused to do anything about the safety situation on southbound Masonic at Turk because, for some reason, they’d prefer to do an aesthetic makeover for $20,000,000.00(!) in a couple or three or four years and they want to use safety as a rationale so they’re not about to increase safety quickly and cheaply cause that will lessen the impetus for the aesthetic changes that local property owners want, or

by a DMV and court system that considers driving a right and not a privilege. (Some other countries have a different approach of course)

Oh well.

Anyway, here’s the post from yesterday:

“The tragic death of Nils Linke

Date: 2010-12-28, 1:15PM PST

Asking Bay Area cyclists to write letters to the DA in the Nils Linke case.

According to news reports, Joshua Calder (and his girlfriend) drank two bottles of wine, multiple shots of liquor and after-dinner drinks, before driving home.

He then hit Nils Linke of Germany who was riding a bicycle.

After getting out of the vehicle to move the bicycle, Mr. Calder changed places with his girlfriend, to conceal the fact that he’d been at the wheel.

They left Nils to die, not stopping to offer any assistance or to call for an ambulance. Sadly, she is not being prosecuted as well.

Mr. Calder’s friends and family are now trying to paint him as a responsible individual who made a tragic mistake and is remorseful, when drinking that much and taking the wheel shows a callous disregard for anyone but yourself.

Please write and ask that Mr. Calder be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. LETTERS WILL HELP. A prosecutor is much less likely to make any sort of deal if they think the public is closely following this case. The case has been continued 4 times, no doubt in an attempt by Calder’s attorneys to keep it out of the public eye.

Michael Swart
San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
Hall of Justice
850 Bryant Street, Room 322
San Francisco, CA 94103

News articles about the case:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2010/11/german-cyclist-s-death-found-be-homicide

http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/hit-and-run-driver-reportedly-had-large-alcohol-tab-hitting-cyclist

What, Exactly, is Drunk Driver Joshua Calder Remorseful For? The Killing, the Running, the Bike Moving?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Brent Begin continues coverage of Joshua Calder’s vehicular homicide on Masonic Avenue on August 13th, 2010.

Now, one of the lessons for defense teams from the Johannes Mehserle case has got to be the importance of making a display of  remorse early on, before all the details are even established, through proxies if need be. Thusly

Josh is so remorseful for what happened, and I know that the memory [of] the events of that horrific night eats Josh up daily,” his girlfriend said. “Every moment, Josh’s thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Nils Linke.”

I wonder, is there anyone else out there remorseful for her actions on that night?

The Ghost Bike of Nils Yannick Linke:

Nils Yannick Linke, RIP:

Wow, Brent Begin Reports on Nils Linke’s Killer: Kokkari Boozing, Bike Moving, Seat Switching

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Wow, writer Brent Begin is all over the case of Nils Linke, who was  killed in a collision with the Mercedes-driving Joshua Calder last Friday. Here are the latest allegations made public.

First the “booze-soaked dinner” at Kokkari:

“Investigators pulled the receipt for the meal, which included two bottles of wine, shots of liquor and after-dinner drinks, according to documents.”

And then the alleged seat switching:

“Witnesses report seeing Calder smash into the back of Linke and his bicycle, then getting out of the driver’s seat, moving the bike to the side of the road, then switching seats with his girlfriend before fleeing the scene.”

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Was the SFPD able to pull prints off of the bicycle? If so, this is not your typical hit-and-run felony case, that’s for sure.

Wonder how up-to-speed the staff at Kokkari is about California law. We may soon find out….

CA Business and Professions Code 25602:

(a) Every person who sells, furnishes, gives, or causes to
be sold, furnished, or given away, any alcoholic beverage to any
habitual or common drunkard or to any obviously intoxicated person is
guilty of a misdemeanor.
   (b) No person who sells, furnishes, gives, or causes to be sold,
furnished, or given away, any alcoholic beverage pursuant to
subdivision (a) of this section shall be civilly liable to any
injured person or the estate of such person for injuries inflicted on
that person as a result of intoxication by the consumer of such
alcoholic beverage.
   (c) The Legislature hereby declares that this section shall be
interpreted so that the holdings in cases such as Vesely v. Sager (5
Cal. 3d 153), Bernhard v. Harrah’s Club (16 Cal. 3d 313) and Coulter
v. Superior Court (____ Cal. 3d ____) be abrogated in favor of prior
judicial interpretation finding the consumption of alcoholic
beverages rather than the serving of alcoholic beverages as the
proximate cause of injuries inflicted upon another by an intoxicated
person.

CA Business and Professions Code 25602.1:

Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 25602, a cause
of action may be brought by or on behalf of any person who has
suffered injury or death against any person licensed, or required to
be licensed, pursuant to Section 23300, or any person authorized by
the federal government to sell alcoholic beverages on a military base
or other federal enclave, who sells, furnishes, gives or causes to
be sold, furnished or given away any alcoholic beverage, and any
other person who sells, or causes to be sold, any alcoholic beverage,
to any obviously intoxicated minor where the furnishing, sale or
giving of that beverage to the minor is the proximate cause of the
personal injury or death sustained by that person.

CA Civil Code 1714:

(a) Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his
or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by
his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or
her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully
or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or
herself. The design, distribution, or marketing of firearms and
ammunition is not exempt from the duty to use ordinary care and skill
that is required by this section. The extent of liability in these
cases is defined by the Title on Compensatory Relief.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to abrogate the holdings
in cases such as Vesely v. Sager (1971) 5 Cal.3d 153, Bernhard v.
Harrah’s Club (1976) 16 Cal.3d 313, and Coulter v. Superior Court
(1978) 21 Cal.3d 144 and to reinstate the prior judicial
interpretation of this section as it relates to proximate cause for
injuries incurred as a result of furnishing alcoholic beverages to an
intoxicated person, namely that the furnishing of alcoholic
beverages is not the proximate cause of injuries resulting from
intoxication, but rather the consumption of alcoholic beverages is
the proximate cause of injuries inflicted upon another by an
intoxicated person.

(c) No social host who furnishes alcoholic beverages to any person
may be held legally accountable for damages suffered by that person,
or for injury to the person or property of, or death of, any third
person, resulting from the consumption of those beverages.

A Ghost Bike Appears at the Streetside Shrine for Nils Linke, Killed at Turk and Masonic Last Week

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The streetside shrine for Nils Linkeaka Yannick among his friends, now has a ghost bike.

[UPDATE: It's a mystery to me where it came from. See comments.] Seems as if this was a project from The Derailleurs: San Francisco Bay Area Bike Dance. A memorial ride is planned.

This is the scene at the intersection of Turk Street and Masonic Avenue this afternoon:

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The four handbills reprinting news reports taped to poles in the area were methodically taken down, but this bike will be harder to remove so it should stick around a little longer.

R.I.P. Yannick.

The Start of a Streetside Shrine for Nils Linke, Killed at Turk and Masonic on Friday

Monday, August 16th, 2010

[UPDATE: SF StreetsBlog has details just disclosed by the SFPD:

"SFPD spokesperson Lt. Lyn Tomioka said Joshua Calder faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI, felony hit-and-run causing death and no proof of insurance."]

Here are the details of the collision last Friday at Turk and Masonic that resulted in the death of 21-year-old cyclist Nils Linke of Germany.

And here is the scene last night, at the beginnings of a streetside shrine near where the collision occurred:

[UPDATE: It's bigger now.]

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And here are some of the posters at the intersection:

We should soon find out why the SFPD is charging the driver with vehicular manslaughter.

21-Year-Old Cyclist Nils Linke Killed at Intersection of Turk and Masonic – Purported Hit and Run

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

[UPDATE: Joe Eskenazi has the update.]

Brent Begin and BIKE NOPA have the details of last nights fatal collision on Masonic Avenue near Turk Street and Golden Gate Avenue.

The intersection of Turk and Masonic as it appears today.

Looking northwest:

Blue EMT gloves and burned-out flares are the only indication of yesterday’s fatal collision:

Apparently, the driver of a 1989 Mercedes Benz was booked on vehicular manslaughter charges last night. That’s it for details for now.