Posts Tagged ‘grade’

A #21 Hayes High Atop the Hayes Street Cut – If You Can’t Afford a Tunnel – If You Think Hayes is Steep Now…

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The sidewalk shows how steep Hayes was before The Cut:

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Happy Birthday to the “Hayes Street Cut” in Alamo Square – 100 Years Old – Less Climbing for the #21 Hayes Bus

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

If you look at Hayes betwixt Pierce and Scott, you can see why the Hayes Street Cut exists.

And then you Google it to reveal:

“Hayes Street Cut: In order to re establish direct car service to the Hayes Street district north of the Panhandle* it is necessary to provide a lower grade between Pierce and Scott Streets And by a cut of 15 ft across the plateau at Pierce Street the maximum grade may be reduced from 14.6 to 10.9 (See Fig 72) which is within reasonable limits for electric equipment If a terraced arrangement is used with half the cut in the roadway and half in the walkway the cost for retaining walls will be considerably less than if the cut is extended full depth between property lines.”

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And here’s the San Francisco Call from 1910:

“All matters connected with the proposed Hayes street cut were put over until next week. The committee received the works board’s report that the improvement would cost the city $54,000.”

Now of course many parts of SF have been regraded over the years, but what makes the Hayes Street Cut the Hayes Street Cut is that the City accommodated the already partially-developed area. Nobody wanted to mess with private land south of Hayes. So people figured regrading the street while leaving the sidewalks mostly intact was the cheap solution. Terracing = less digging.

Here you go, the HAYES STREET PROFILE:

(I’ll note that the HSC makes the annual Bay to Breakers fun-run** easier on the competitors, as you can see.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAYES STREET CUT!

*We use the phrase NoPA these days, except that back then “north of the Panhandle” meant the area farther west, not that the real estate ladies of the 94117 would give a care about that.

**Hayes Street is NOT the highest part of the B2B course, despite what the MSM tells us every year. In fact, the highest part of the B2B is on JFK Drive at the foot of Rainbow Falls in Golden Gate Park. The More You Know…

Bradford Street in Bernal Heights: San Francisco’s Steepest? Some People Think So

Friday, November 16th, 2012

See?

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If you can call Bradford a street, as some do.

Anyway, this is a view of part of it.

Noe Valley’s 23rd Street Proves Too Much for This Google Bus – Its Rear End Gets Stuck at the Bottom of a Hill

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Oh well:

Via Jim Greer of online gaming site Kongregate - click to expand

Google Bus/

Google Bus/

It’s not your fault

Wouldn’t the Google Bus have been better off on 24th? I think so.

And hey, didn’t former Supervisor Bevan Dufty meet with area NIMBY’s to iron things out a half-decade ago?

I think so. Actually, I know so. It looked like this:

But the wealthy, white, wizened NIMBYs of Noe still weren’t satisfied.

Oh well.

I hope you’re happy, NIMBIES! Look what you made Google do.

(Or maybe the driver just got lost. You’d think he’d have a map with no-go areas marked out.)

(Do Googlers Google on Sundays? Not that I know of, but they go on fun field trips from time to time, wine tastings and the like, I hear.)

I’ll tell you, Google prolly hasn’t been this embarrassed since that federal cop busted the Maps Car in the Presidio.

Here’s the chase, recorded by Google itself:

And here’s the bust, apparently for not getting a permit from the Presidio Trust after the Presidio Trust told Google it would need a permit:

All right, let’s be careful out there, Google!

Oh Snap! MSM Media Smackdown of the Year: SFoodie’s Jonathan Kauffman vs. SF Chronicle Staff Writer Stacy Finz

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I don’t know, I think this is going to be it, here’s the best media smackdown for 2011.

So there I was on the Twitter and I saw this from John Birdsall:

“RT @jonkauffman: The Chron and the GGRA seem to be going after food trucks. What’s wrong with this story? http://t.co/WhjP1GLX

Intriguing, non? So I click on over to read “The Chronicle and the GGRA Go After Food Trucks

So then I’m all like yes, yes, yes, that’s exactly right, Jonathan Kauffman!

Go ahead, check it out, the “flawed” piece in the Chron: “Restaurants want to put brakes on food trucks.”

OK then.

To Tempest Bar’s Tony Cooney:

Uh, gee, maybe your place isn’t so hot for lunch. Why not work on that instead of crying like a baby? Perhaps you should shut down or move? 

To “San Francisco merchants, property managers and restaurant owners”:

This is America, Land of the Free, right? (Cough, you’re just a bunch of rent seekers, cough)

To “opponents [who] complain that the law doesn’t limit the number of food trucks that can operate in a specific location”:

Tough cookies!

To Rob Black, “a lawyer and executive director of Golden Gate Restaurant Association”:

Lo-ser! (You gotta say that one the right way, as if harrasing Darryl Strawberry from the bleachers. I mean, c’mon, do you think that a nerdy, downtown-backed lawyer out of U.C. Hastings College of Law would ever have a prayer of becoming Supervisor of District Six?)

To “those motherfuckers at the Golden Gate Restaurant Association“:

FUCK YOU. Oh, wait a second, that’s not my line, that’s a direct quote from Chris Daly’s wife back in 2006. And at the time I thought, “Gee, what an odd thing to say.” But I’m starting to understand what she was talking about.

For example, Chris Daly wanted letter grades from the health department posted outside of San Francisco restaurants but the GGRA put the kibosh on that. Mmmm. Now, let’s take the time to explore this.

Check it:

“An overwhelming 83% of San Francisco surveyors say they agree that restaurants should be required to conspicuously post a letter grade reflecting the results of their health department inspection (as recently passed in NYC, taking a cue from LA).”

Consumers want this, but the GGRA doesn’t so guess what, we don’t have it. You know what GGRA? The bottom 20% of your members shouldn’t even be in business, so why do you spend so much time defending them?  

Hey, let’s see what Stanford Economist Phil Leslie has to say about letter grading:

“Sales at restaurants receiving an A grade rose 5.7 percent, or about $15,000 a year. B-level restaurant sales increased 0.7 percent, and sales at C-level establishments decreased 1 percent.”

So you don’t want that* for your members, huh, GGRA? 

I don’t know why restaurant owners in San Francisco expect so much. I don’t know why they don’t expect to ever have any competition.

Remember this earlier in the year, when a struggling restaurateur went apeshit and starting parking her SUV specifically to block a food truck?

I’ll put a credit in if you want, but I don’t think you do. She’s still out there. 

Oh, different day, different street, different truck, different obstructionist but the same purpose of parking vehicles in spaces to kick food trucks out of San Francisco.

I’ll put a credit in if you want, but I don’t think you do. That owner is still out there. 

Struggling restaurateurs go after food trucks for the same reason they go after Yelp, IMO.

Speaking of which, maybe this is the kind of thing what fuels the wrath of legacy restaurant owners?

This review is completely devoid of the passion associated with the Japanese Curry truck fiasco.

Foodwise: Salads = 3 stars, (Mixt Greens / Working Girls/ Sellers Mkt and even Portico or Lee’s are better though). Sandwiches = 1 star (this has become an office joke.  $8+ for two pieces of meat, 1 teaspoon of sourkraut, and 1 piece of cheese.  Not prepared to order, sitting in a cooler behind the counter!

Service: meh.

AtmosphereAwkward flow from left to right , pleasant enough tables outside

Price: Crap.  My salad was smaller than any of the choices above but cost more.  And I went simple.”

Could be.

In closing, let’s all give thanks to SFoodie Jonathan Kauffman.

Congratulations, JK, on winning MSM Media Smackdown of the Year, 2011.

*”This study examines the effect of an increase in product quality information to consumers on firms’choices of product quality. In 1998, Los Angeles County introduced hygiene quality grade cards to bedisplayed in restaurant windows. We show that the grade cards cause (i) restaurant health inspection scores to increase, (ii) consumer demand to become sensitive to changes in restaurants’ hygiene quality,and (iii) the number of foodborne illness hospitalizations to decrease. We also provide evidence thatthis improvement in health outcomes is not fully explained by consumers substituting from poor hygiene restaurants to good hygiene restaurants. These results imply the grade cards cause restaurants to make hygiene quality improvements”

Mayor Ed Lee is a Former Progressive at Best: Why is He Supported by Republican Party, Opposed by Democratic?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, it appears the chair of the San Francisco Republican Party, the Un-Peskin let's call her, agrees with me. She's threatening to file a complaint with the Ethics Commission(???) and/or sue(!) the SF Weekly. Apparently, she totally doesn't love Ed Lee, no way, as if! O.K. fine.]

Discuss:

The Democratic County Central Committee is up front about not supporting Mayor Ed Lee and/but the Republican County Central Committee isn’t up front about supporting Ed Lee.  

I think that’s right.

What kind of progressive goes in front of a roomful of bidnesspeople and talks about cutting taxes? A former progressive, that’s who.

What kind of progressive gives the performance of Mayor Willie Brown not just an “A,” but an “A+?” A former progressive, that’s who.

The latest:

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As they say, Republicans Love Mayor Ed Lee.”

An “A+” Grade From Paw PAC for Senator Leland Yee – A Friend to All Animals – 100% Pro-Pet Voting Record

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Paw PAC, “California’s Political Action Committee for Animals,” is pleased as punch with your Senator Leland Yee this AM. Deets below.

Two thumbs up from the King of Canines:

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“Senator Yee Receives “A+” from Paw PAC for 100% Record on Animal Issues

Yee is one of four Senators to receive top score from California’s Political Action Committee for Animals

SACRAMENTO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) received an “A+” grade for his 100 percent voting record on animal issues from Paw PAC – California’s political action committee for animals.  Yee was one of only four Senators to receive an “A+” score.

The Paw PAC scored legislators on 8 bills ranging from fur labeling to animal cruelty.

“How we treat our animals is really a testament to how compassionate we are as a society,” said Yee.  “These bills not only provide additional protections for animals, but also help humane consumers who are looking to do the right thing with their pocketbook.”

Paw PAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit political action committee dedicated to the passage of humane laws and election of humane legislators.”

The Tilted Houses of San Francisco

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

How do people live like this?

As seen in San Francisco. Click to expand:

SF Promise – Guaranteed Admission to SFSU for All Sixth Graders

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom came to the North Light Court of City Hall this afternoon to announce the kickoff of SF Promise, which is:

“… a collaborative partnership between the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF), and San Francisco State University (SFSU). It’s a new program whose mission is to have all SFUSD students graduate prepared and ready to pursue a post-secondary education. High school graduates will be guaranteed admission to SFSU and will be provided financial assistance if they meet CSU admission criteria and demonstrate financial need.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom works the crowd of sixth graders. Click to expand:

The director of S.F. Promise addresses the audience of hundreds:

SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia and SFSU President Robert Corrigan. Also present were former Bill Clinton appointee Roberta not your garden-variety lesbian Achtenberg, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Assemblymembers Fiona Ma and Tom Ammiano.

“Is Horace Mann in da house? YES! Is MLK in da house? YES!”

A certificate for each of the sixth graders:

Regarding the SFUSD Class of 2015, will this program “cause 3500 lives to be changed,” as it was advertised today? No. But is today’s event a proper use of the bully pulpit? Yes. Yes it is, regardless of the details.

Speaking of which, is this program just the same as the one discussed back in ought-seven? No se, mi amiga/o. It certainly seems little a different than the plan introduced by Aaron Peskin, former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

 

The goals of SF Promise are to:

Increase the number of students participating in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in English and Mathematics;

Increase the CAHSEE passing rate on ELA and Math* Increase the CSU/UC admission eligibility graduation rate;

Increase the number of students attending SFSU; and to* Increase the number of students pursuing a post-secondary education.

The SF Promise Program will support students who are “college willing” to:

Enroll in College Prep curriculum (i.e., classes that fulfill A-G requirements)

Participate with community-based organization to receive support services that improve college-readiness (i.e. mentoring, resume building activities, college knowledge)

Receive admission and financial assistance to attend SFSU

 

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The Eternal Struggle: Volkswagen Transporters vs. Waldo Grade

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

If you’re crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, you’re most likely going to encounter the famous Waldo Grade in the Marin County Headlands – it’s like the Tejon Pass (Grapevine Pass) of Northern California. 

And going back to the 1950′s, a fixture on the Waldo Grade has been the Volkswagen Transporter (aka Microbus, aka Type 2) going about 30 miles per hour, straining to gain altitude in the slow lane, and getting passed by BMW’s and Mercedes Benzeses going more than twice as fast.  

The license plate of this Lemon Meringue T2 reads “I pass no one.” (IPASNO1). How apropro-priate! Click to expand:

VW passengers should have plenty of time to peruse the CalTrans District 4 Activity Book, learning more about Northern California’s highway and byways…