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Here’s How the SFMTA’s COMMUTER SHUTTLE PILOT is Going – Corinthian IPS “Staging” in a Bus Stop – Leather vs. PleatherMonday, April 27th, 2015
Here’s a snapshot of our SFMTA’s corporate bus 18-month pilot deal.
It’s a “Corinthian International Parking Services” truckvanbus blocking a 21 Hayes MUNI bus (and even though this might look like one vehicle with an articulated bend in the middle, you’re seeing two different vehicles parked nose-to-tail):
Sort of blocking, anyway.
(Now I’ll tell you, I’m in my 40’s, so I know all about Corinthian and its soft leather courtesy of Ricardo Montalban – this truckvanbus has gotta be totally pimped out on the inside with a name like Corinthian on the outside. Compare that with the MUNI bus with its pleather (at best!) driver’s seat and hard plastic surfaces for the passengers. And any wood you see inside a MUNI is unlikely to have been claimed in the first place, much less reclaimed. MUNI buses aren’t baller at all.)
Now, where was I? Oh, here we go, it turns out that the Corinthian IPS driver was “staging,” you know, just chilling out waiting for the time to move on. You can see the Windex he’s holding as he TCBs shortly after the MUNI bus moved on:
Point One: I, for one, would be afraid of getting a parking ticket via MUNI’s forward-facing video cams, so I would have gotten in the trackvanbus and then simply have driven around the block with a quickness, in deference to America’s Slowest Big City Transit System.
Point Two: Also, it just seems rude to sit there blocking the stop, so I would have gotten in the trackvanbus and then simply have driven around the block with a quickness.
Point Three: Staging in a designated MUNI stop is specifically against the rules. [See below.]
So, on it goes with the pilot program, which sure as Heck seems to me to be agin current California law.
I’m not calling 311 to report the SFMTA pilot number to be put on hold forever the way The Man wants me to, I’m just updating you, the Gentle Reader.
(And I’ll tell you, this is small potatoes compared with Facebook double-parking on Masonic day after day.)
And BTW, our SFMTA is in complete denial about whose employees /contractors are riding around in which bus – I guess they’re under a lot of corporate pressure…
Read on for all the rules of this game:
KRON-TV’s Big Stanley Roberts vs. the Little Lebowski of the Southern Wiggle: “I Don’t Want To Release This Footage”Friday, April 24th, 2015
Welcome to ‘Merica, Dude:
KEEPING THE PANHANDLE WEIRD: 2015 “Now Festival” Runs April 19th-25th – A Massive Schedule – “Slackline City?”Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Note the carve out for the afternoon of Annual 420 Day, held, as always, on April 20th.
Note Slackline City in a city park – is that legal? IDK. We’ll see. (IMO, RPD’s signs banning affixing items don’t match our Park Code.)
Note Chalk The Panhandle – is that legal? Not that I know of. Again, we’ll see. (Chalk ads like those on the sidewalks of Fulton promoting the Now Festival last year could certainly get NL in Dutch with Dennis Herrera.)
Do the people at NeighborLand, people like Dan Parham, Candy Chang, and Tee Parham, know about these issues? Are they aware? I know not.
And now, on with the show:
Sunday April 19
10 am: Rock ‘N’ Swap – McClaren Center, 2130 Fulton St
11 am: Lindy in the Park: Free Outdoor Swing Dance – JFK Dr. between 8th and 10th behind the de Young Museum
11 am: Slackline City – Fell and Clayton St
11:30 am: Kubb Tournament – Fell and Clayton St
Noon: Belated Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt - McKinley Statue
Noon: Non-Motorized Transportation – Unite – Meet at the beginning of JFK Drive
Noon: Community Beach Volleyball Tournament - Ocean Beach south of the Cliffhouse
Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue
1 pm: Field Day – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
2 pm: Live Band Silent Disco – Panhandle Playground Area
2 pm: Psychic Friends Pop-Up Healing Station – Panhandle on the east side of Masonic
2 pm: Vinyasa Yoga in the Park – Meet at McKinley Statue in the Panhandle
3:30 pm: Cookie Bake Off and Recipe Exchange – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue
5 pm: Community Art Creation – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue
9:30 pm: Sunday Sessions at Madrone – Madrone Art Bar
Monday April 20th
9 am: Pop Up Yoga – Central and Fell
1 pm: Peanut Butter Jelly Parklet – Haight St near Clayton
6 pm: Let’s Get Knotty – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
6:30 pm: Let food be your medicine – Richmond YMCA 360 18th avenue
7 pm: Human Centered Design Community Prototyping Workshop Explosion – 2097 Turk Street SF; St. Cyprian’s Church
7:30 pm: Richard Goldstein “Another Little Piece of My Heart” Book Release – The Booksmith
8:30 pm: Pub Quiz at Nickie’s – Nickie’s – 466 Haight St
Tuesday, April 21st
11:30 am: USF Earth Day Celebration – Gleeson Plaza – USF 2130 Fulton St
Noon: Tuesday Air Raid – all over SF
6 pm: Bibliobicicleta – Panhandle Park – Fell and Central
7 pm: Love Thy Nature Film Screening plus Honoring John Muir’s Birthday – The Vogue Theater
7:30 pm: RADAR Banned Book Series, YA Edition! Hosted by Michelle Tea – The Booksmith
7:30 pm: SF Wisdom Hackers Salon #2 – 1554 Fulton St
7:30 pm: Urban Groove Jam Session – St. Cyprian’s 2097 Turk St
10 pm: Brass Magic at Madrone Art Bar – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St
Wednesday, April 22nd
11 am: Earth Day Photo Booth Parklet – Haight St. near Clayton
Noon: Tetherball – 611 Baker St
6 pm: Loops and Shutters – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St
6:30 pm: Library Film Night – Park Branch Library
7:30 pm: Louella Hill: “Kitchen Creamery: Making Yogurt, Butter & Cheese at Home” Book Release – The Booksmith
Thursday, April 23rd
11:30 pm: Mid-Day Party at USF – USF Gleeson Plaza
3 pm: Referee the Wiggle – Waller and Steiner st – The Wiggle
7 pm: Variété – Bay Area Storytellers – Second Act, 1727 Haight St
7 pm: …And NOW For Something More Intimate – 1554 Fulton St
Friday, April 24th
11:30 pm: Potluck Picnic and Board Games – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue
2 pm: Edible Plants Education & Workshop – USF Community Garden 2500 Turk
2 pm: Free Flower Friday – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
2 pm: USF Community Garden Workday – USF Community Garden – 2500 Turk St
2:30 pm: Homeless Youth Alliance Hosts Game Group – Park Branch Library
3 pm: DMV Concierge – entrance to the San Francisco DMV
3:30 pm: Help Keep the Park Clean – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue
4 pm: Giant Crossword Puzzles – Panhandle Park – meet at McKinley Statue
6:30 pm: Emergency Bookswap featuring Courtney Moreno – The Booksmith
7 pm: Mystic Tea at Tea Oasis SF featuring Tarot Mystic Inbal Meron – The Center SF 548 Fillmore St
7:30 pm: Folked – The Red Victorian, 1665 Haight St
7:30 pm: B-Movie Night, Revenge of the Hecklefest – Second Act, 1727 Haight St
11:59 pm: Midnight Pajama Silent Disco – Secret Location
Saturday, April 25th
Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue
Noon: Hero Ball – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament with Costumes – Panhandle Park Basketball Courts
1 pm: Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) – Location TBA
2 pm: Panhandle High-Five Bike Ride – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
1 pm: Mobile Bike Repair Station from Yellow Bike Project – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
2 pm: Geo-Caching – Meet at McKinley Statue – Panhandle Park
7:30 pm: NOW! Closing Ceremonies – Never Ordinary Saturday – St. Cyprian’s,
Oh No, Shaming! – “Referee the Wiggle” Event Coming April 23rd to “Red Card” Cyclists at Infamous Waller and SteinerWednesday, April 15th, 2015
I’ll tell you, I’m not a big fan of the vaunted The Wiggle bike route and here’s why:
FOR MOST PEOPLE, THERE’S A BETTER WAY TO GET FROM THE PANHANDLE TO DOWNTOWN, TO GET THERE AND BACK AGAIN
That’s why. This was my stab at promoting the Northern Wiggle,* aka the McAllister Pass,** aka the Hastings Cutoff. *** Some people listened, but most did not, oh well.
Anyway, aside from this route being a third of a mile shorter and faster and safer and relatively ped-free, it NEVER gets any SFPD Bicycle Enforcement Actions, the way, say, the intersection of Waller and Steiner gets.
Speaking of which, now more people are joining the SFPD, to “referee the Wiggle,” if only for a short time.
“Referee the Wiggle
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:00pm – 3:30 pm
Waller and Steiner st – The Wiggle
While 95% of cyclists using the Wiggle are really incredibly respectful of other road users, there is that small minority who give us all a bad name. I’ve always wanted to dress as a referee and hand out yellow and red cards to bad cyclists (and maybe some cars and peds too) and I’m using NOW! as my excuse!
Come join me in shaming the few bad cyclists out there and making the Wiggle just a little bit safer and more courteous!”
*I, myself, wiggle from street to street north of the Panhandle on my way inbound to Fulton and Scott – it depends on traffic.
**The pass over Alamo Heights, which the Southern Wiggle route mostly avoids by generally following the route of the former creek what used to drain the kind of valley where the Golden Gate Park Panhandle sits now.
An Oddity: A Big Rig-Style Smokestack Atop a Van Assisting With the Heist Production in Haight AshburyFriday, April 10th, 2015
First up, some signage to learn the locals that our Dear Leader is fully on board with the production of this heist movie, so step off, hippies:
And is this a rolling coal diesel exhaust coming out of this van parked on Stanyan, the better to power a phalanx of electronic gear?
Sure looks that way.
I’ve never seen a smokestack on the top of a van before…