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Anyway, this is a view of part of it.
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:
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.”
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”:
To “opponents [who] complain that the law doesn’t limit the number of food trucks that can operate in a specific location”:
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?)
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.
“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?
“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?
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!
Atmosphere: Awkward 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.”
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”
[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.]
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.
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As they say, “Republicans Love Mayor Ed Lee.”
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.”
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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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…
It sure looks steep. But what about this:
22nd Street in San Francisco, California is one of the steepest streets in the world. Between its intersections with Church and Vicksburg Streets in the Noe Valley neighborhood, it has a maximum gradient of 1:3.226, or 31%, the same as Filbert Street in San Francisco.
Can these two blocks be exactly the same, steepnesswise?
Filbert betwixt Hyde and Leavenworth. The thing is that the block starts off pretty flat up near Hyde and then…whoosh. Any block with steps carved into the sidewalk is very very steep, of course:
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Perhaps Adam, Jamie, Kari, Grant, or Tory, the Mythbusters of the Discovery Channel, could investigate the simplest or cheapest way to see which street has the steepest grade, and then test things out?
Some people should put their lives on hold until this important issue gets resolved.
1. Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde (31.5% grade)
2. 22nd Street between Church and Vicksburg (31.5% grade)
3. Jones between Union and Filbert (29% grade)
4. Duboce between Buena Vista and Alpine (27.9% grade)
5. Jones between Green and Union (26% grade)
6. Webster between Vallejo and Broadway 26% grade)
7. Duboce between Alpine and Divisadero (25% grade)
8. Jones between Pine and California (24.8 grade)
9. Fillmore between Vallejo and Broadway (24% grade)