Posts Tagged ‘guards’

Groove on Trippy Presidio Terrace, As Seen by Google Maps

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Google is now careful about revealing too much about tony Presidio Terrace, as it’s a private street.

Google didn’t know that back in 2007.

Check here and here.

Good times:

It might look like a public street but it’s not, so the people that live on this small loop just north of Clement are free to hire a guard to keep out whomever they want. And not too long ago, the houses here all had restrictive covenants that prevented people of the “non Caucasian race” from buying or leasing on this street. An ad from the latter part of 1906:There is only one spot in San Francisco where only Caucasians are permitted to buy or lease real estate or where they may reside. That place is Presidio Terrace.”

But now Google does know, so no Street Maps for you – it’s terra incogniter. See?

It looks like Instagram or something.

Anyway, the data from the Google Maps Car visit of 2006 is gone.

Long gone.

And the residents like things that way, I suppose.

The Ever-So-Polite Security Guards of Metreon Tape Missives to Illegally Parked Bicycles – Park Near Jillian’s?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Park your ride on stair railings at the new Metreon and this is what will happen – you’ll get a note like this taped on:

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Here’s your mise-en-scene with legally parked bikes in the foreground and illegally parked bikes in the background:

See them all? Every bike has a note. (How many reams of paper does the Metreon go through in a week?)

Obviously, there’s no more parking spaces left on the north side, Metreon.

Why not put this on your list of things to do, Metreon? More bike parking near Mission where it’ll get used…

Shoplifter at the Union Square Apple Store – A Sidewalk Scrum for iPhone – Bad Security Guards on Video

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I don’t know how long you’ll be able to watch this one – all the action is in the first part and then it just goes on and on. (“Aagh, I can’t breathe!” “Get off of him!” ”Aagh, I can’t breathe!” “Get off of him!”)

Not sure if the shoplifter had an actual iPhone. Seems as if he had, at the very least, some kind product endorsed by Dr. Dre, anyway:

Beats Studio by Dr. Dre – Hi-Def Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

And, indeed, those can retail for up to $350, so one of the security guards got that part right. As far as everything else though, there’s just too much to inventory – this is like a video on how not to detain a shoplifter. (Should you let go of the perp temporarily to show off the booty to sway the crowd? Probably not. I could go on, but, as always, You Make The Call.)

It ended up requiring the attention of both the SFPD and the SFFD. (I wonder if there’s an official report or two on this incident.)

Anyway, I’m surprised this one didn’t go viral:

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Let’s Be Careful Out There…

There’s No Point in Showing Up on Time When the Courthouse at 400 McAllister Opens at 9:00AM – A Huge Line, Daily

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Sometimes, the line to get into the State Courthouse when it opens at 9:00 AM goes around the block and onto Van Ness.

So, you should just plan on getting there at little bit after 9:00 AM, ’cause no one will know the difference.

See?

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But what about the elites? Do they have a different way to get in?

Oh yes.

Hurray!

All right proles, enjoy your Angry Birds session…

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Off to a Lackluster Start: New Fencing, More Cops

Friday, August 12th, 2011

[UPDATE: Akit, who's in a position to know is saying that the #5 Fulton is an A-OK way to get out to 30th and Fulton from San Francisco right now, Saturday afternoon. FYI]

Oh, it’s illegal to sneak into Outside Lands 2011? That’s what they’re saying. Wow.

So choose wisely:

Think I’m gna drop a stamp and sneak into outside lands to catch phish. Wussap?”

Bouts to sneak the fuck into outside lands tomorrow cuz I like my music fests like I like my country: free and full of illegals.”

I wanna sneak in to outside lands on sunday…must brainstorm/think of something really sneaky”

Anyway, the “horse nazis” from Alpha and Omega are back, the SFPD is all over the place, and the perimeter fencing has been pushed out to cover an unprecedented area.

So maybe you’re best off trying to bum a ticket, as these poor souls were trying to do:

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Expect larger crowds later in the day:

What are the security guards on horses supposed to do – intimerdate people? O.K. How helpful were the horses in this particular case from an earlier event? Not very.

The new security setup allows the SFPD to go out riding fences with ease this year:

The good entrances are 33rd and Lincoln in the Sunset on the south side and 30th and Fulton in the Richmond on the north side.

But Fell and Stanyan, what some people consider the “entrance” to GGP, is far, far away from where you want to be. You gotta realize you are seeing a concert that’s way out in the West Bay.

And people, don’t take the 5 Fulton from San Francisco to get there. C’mon! Use your noodle. Try the #38 Geary or the #31 Balboa and then hoof it south at 30th, if you want.

Enjoy the show.

That New Whole Foods in Haight Ashbury is Actually Working Pretty Good Already

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Well, looks as if Whole Foods is doing fine in the 94117 these days since opening last week. Everybody seems happy and the long-promised free samples are flowing like what you’d see at Costco on a Saturday afternoon. Take a peek, why not?
 
But what’s this, the everyday price for a can of black beans is less than a dollar? Quelle surprise!
 
Now, here’s a scene you’ll just have to get used to: an aging, go-to-hell Volvo blocking a new Toyota Prius on Stanyan while waiting to get into the lot:

But three parking lot attendants (seems a bit overstaffed but whatever) and a uniformed security guard seemed to have things under control when I dropped by. 
 
(Shoplifters will have a tougher time practicing their craft at this super as compared to the predecessor, one might guess)
 
Bon Courage Whole Foods Haight Ashbury!

Mullahs, Guards, and Bonyads – The RAND Corporation’s New Report About Iranian Leadership

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

I don’t know, you might find this fresh report from the RAND Corporation about leadership dynamics in Islamic Republic of Iran worthy of attention.

Anyway, the price is right – it’s a free .pdf so take a gander, if you want.

Here’s the intro:

Mullahs, Guards, and Bonyads

An Exploration of Iranian Leadership Dynamics

By: David E. Thaler, Alireza Nader, Shahram Chubin, Jerrold D. Green, Charlotte Lynch, Frederic Wehrey

The Islamic Republic of Iran poses serious challenges to U.S. interests in the Middle East, and its nuclear program continues to worry the international community. The presidential election of June 2009 that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power and led to broad protests and a government crackdown presents yet another cause for U.S. concern. Yet the U.S. ability to “read” the Iranian regime and formulate appropriate policies has been handicapped by both a lack of access to the country and the opacity of decisionmaking in Tehran. To help analysts better understand the Iranian political system, the authors describe

  • Iranian strategic culture, including the perceptions that drive state behavior
  • the informal networks, formal government institutions, and personalities that influence decisionmaking in the Islamic Republic
  • the impact of elite behavior on Iranian policy formulation and execution
  • factionalism, emerging fissures within the current regime, and other key trends.

The authors observe that it is the combination of key personalities, networks based on a number of commonalities, and institutions—not any one of these elements alone—that defines the complex political system of the Islamic Republic. Factional competition and informal, back-channel maneuvering trump the formal processes for policymaking. The Supreme Leader retains the most power, but he is not omnipotent in the highly dynamic landscape of Iranian power politics. The evolving role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the vulnerability of the elite “old guard” to challenge, and the succession of the next Supreme Leader are key determinants of Iran’s future direction. In light of complexities in the Iranian system, U.S. policymakers should avoid trying to leverage the domestic politics of Iran and instead accept the need to deal with the government of the day as it stands. Moreover, they must take as an article of faith that dealing with Iran does not necessarily mean dealing with a unitary actor due to the competing power centers in the Islamic Republic.

 

Santarchy! SFPD Forced to Bust Boozing Santas in Union Square – It’s SantaCon 2009

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Via Steve Rhodes comes a few images of Santarchy. Yes, San Francisco SantaCon 2009 managed to march through Union Square today.

SC09 is bigger and better than 2007 or 2008. Is the Red Tide coming your way?

The temporarily-widened sidewalks of Powell Street are no safe haven for boozing Saint Nicolaseses. Look out Santa, it’s the cops!

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A detention and citation for this fellow:

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Busting for drinking in public – a 12-ounce Tecate was the weapon:

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It really is like a red tide – at 17th and Castro and Market in front of the Twin Peaks bar:

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And the regulars at the Triple Crown had a surprise today:

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How many more Santas will get cited?

When will it end?