Posts Tagged ‘haight’

Here’s How the SFMTA’s COMMUTER SHUTTLE PILOT is Going – Corinthian IPS “Staging” in a Bus Stop – Leather vs. Pleather

Monday, 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):

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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:

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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:

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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:

This Sign Never Lies – I’ll Give You 420 Guesses Why You Should EXPECT DELAYS Today on Fell Street from around 3-7 PM

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Click on the photo to animate the GIF, to see why you should EXPECT DELAYS:

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Let me just say that if you get all worked up fretting about the trash that’s going to be left after the hippies leave after 4:20 PM, then THERE”S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.

Closing with your 411 on 420 in the 415:

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KEEPING THE PANHANDLE WEIRD: 2015 “Now Festival” Runs April 19th-25th – A Massive Schedule – “Slackline City?”

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Get all the deets from Fun Cheap SF.

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 Steiner

Wednesday, 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.

Here it is:

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“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.

***Named for Landsford Hastings, a distant cousin, surely, of UC Hastings’ Justice Serranus Clinton Hastings.

An Oddity: A Big Rig-Style Smokestack Atop a Van Assisting With the Heist Production in Haight Ashbury

Friday, 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:

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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?

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Sure looks that way.

I’ve never seen a smokestack on the top of a van before…

Just as Loch Ness has Nessie, the Golden Gate Park Panhandle has This Legendary Dog Carrying Tree Trunks Around

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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So Sure, the SFMTA Regulates Corporate Buses, But What About the “Staging” Problem – Where Should They Park in SF When Idling?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

This was the problem a few weeks back, when Facebook buses would “stage” on Masonic by double-parking in the slow lane.

Staging means buses sitting and waiting for the next run to start. (It’s a necessary part of running a reliable “transit” system.)

But where to stage has pretty much been left out of the SFMTA’s vaunted 18-month corporate bus stop “trial” – it’s pretty much up to the drivers / on-scene dispatchers on where to park buses for breaks / waiting time. (Contrast that with when are where the buses pick up workers – that’s highly regulated now.)

Oh look, here’s some staging as it’s currently practiced, by a non-Facebook* bus:

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This is Fell in the 94117. This is a great place to stage for like 15-20 minutes, cause cars have cleared out for the SFMTA’s weekly unnecessary $treet $weeping program. If the meter maids come, the driver will simply move along, plus s/he isn’t blocking any driveways. This is a great place to stage, but only on Tuesday mornings. Where do drivers stage on other days? I know not.

Here you go, a Google contractor bus chilling out by the infamous Fell Street DMV. The next day at the same time, it will be at another place:

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I’ll tell you, the Teamsters** who make the buses run on time are at their wits’ end trying to find places to stage without blocking traffic or pissing off residents.

ATTENTION MEDIA: This issue is a STORY.

Anywho, the particular problem on Masonic involving FB got solved in about 30 hours last week. Due to a lengthy construction project at Fell and Masonic, the slow lane of Masonic southbound was blocked, like for months. So the Teamsters made that lane their staging place and nobody complained. But when construction ended and the lane was no longer blocked by sawhorses and whatnot, they didn’t adapt the way they should have. Only after having this issue pointed out to them did they adapt. And to their credit, the Facebook bus operators cleared out tout de suite – they’ve found other places to stage in a matter of hours and they haven’t come back.***

And here’s the result, the return of native species to the area. Here’s a #43 Masonic cruising through the #3 lane, exactly where the FB buses have been blocking MUNI and everybody else for months:

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File this small issue in the RESOLVED file.

Ey yo the government is lies, son
United States of Google, Verizon
They all spies son,
I’m Pisces, risin’

And you ain’t Hoover, you suck like James Dyson
Google the devil but I feel lucky
Extreme Home Make-Over couldn’t touch me
Backyards, kittens, puppies, 401k’s, libels, yuppies
Yeeah, I’m talkin’ bout wine drinkers
Bald-head men, Klux Klan
swine-thinkers

*Is is a Loop Transport or a WEDRIVEU, or an SFO Airporter bus? That doesn’t matter. IRL, this particular one is a Google bus.

**Some of them aren’t Teamsters, not yet. 

***I’ll tell you, I was literally in the room when issues like these came up eight freaking years ago. The corporate reps seemed to know what they were doing. Somehow, things fell apart a few years back, IDK why. Millions of dollars donated to SFGov and the relatively recent hiring of insider Rebecca Prozan seem to have fixed things. JMO.

Another Year, Another New Leader for SFPD’s Park Station – Read the Greetings from Captain John Sanford Jr.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Here it is:

“Greetings,

My name is John Sanford Jr. and it is with great honor to serve as the new Commanding Officer of the Park Police district.  I am humbled by the opportunity to serve with the women and men of the Park Police district.  Park Police station is a very iconic station filled with outstanding officers and a great history.

I am equally elated to serve the Park district community and the various Board of Supervisor members that represent this fine district.  I am fully aware that many members of the community are frustrated with the transition of yet another commanding officer here at Park Station. I truly understand the frustration, but promise you I bring full dedication and commitment to the post. 

I personally know both Captain Greg Corrales and Captain Raj Vasawani and despite two different styles, both are highly intelligent and dedicated to duty.  I understand both have served recently with overwhelming commitment.  Personally, I am glad these fine captains have raised the bar; I believe they have set an expectation which will only benefit this deserving community.  To this end, I will serve with professional integrity. I will encourage and embrace collaboration and partnership with the community. My goal is to foster a sustainable process with continuity, which will assist us with reducing crime and improving the quality of life for those who dwell within our borders.”

Please feel free to e-mail me: John.sanford@sfgov.org

In the spirit of community policing, I look forward to the task ahead!”

Good-Bye William R. De Avila Elementary, Now It’s “CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL, CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL, CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL”

Monday, March 30th, 2015

You know, back in the aughts, I was thinking that De Avila Elementary / Dudley Stone School was going to keep its name after it reopened to become a Chinese-language immersion school. But no, the name of this place, if you had to say it in just three words, is “CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL.”

See?

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It looks like a private school, non?

Now mostly, they prefer to teach Cantonese, as opposed to Mandarin.

The answer to WHY’S THAT has to do with local politics.

OTOH, if you want to get all nuanced, then:

Why Cantonese First?

I can think of a few other reasons, but anyway…

So there’s your branding, and now I know why nobody understands when I mention the de Avila school…