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“Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury”

Monday, April 18th, 2016

I’ve said my piece here.

These numerous street closures are the most extensive yet, IIRC.

And now, on with the show. See you Wednesday!

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Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury

SAN FRANCISCO – Board President London Breed and City officials today announced plans to mitigate potential issues related to festivities on April 20, 2016. Supervisor Breed, who represents a portion Golden Gate Park and affected neighborhoods, issued the following statement:

“It’s that time of year when nearly 15,000 visitors flood into Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the informal, unsanctioned “4/20” holiday.

Though we welcome celebrations and visitors all year round, some 4/20 festivities in the past have led to horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, damage to public and private property, and strained police, Muni and park resources. And on the following day, 4/21, Recreation and Park staff and volunteers have had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks.

In 2013, I was determined to do something about these impacts to our neighborhoods, and every year since, have worked with City departments to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. As a result, we’ve seen decreased street congestion, increased services and an overall safer day. This is our third year putting together a plan and I am pleased to say we have collectively improved on this process year after year.

To be clear, there is no sponsor for “4/20”, and therefore no fiscal organizer to hold accountable. But as a City who welcomes visitors from all over the world, we need to do everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents. Our goal is to ensure public safety, and as such, there will be no tolerance for visitors who are using “4/20” as an excuse to damage our parks and neighborhoods.

In attendance were Captain John Sanford of Park Police Station, Chief Mike Celeste of Recreation and Parks, Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance, Rachel Gordon of the Department of Public Works, Battalion Chief Victor Wyrsch of the Fire Department and Camron Samii and Ed Cobean from the Municipal Transportation Agency.

City departments worked together put the following measures in place for April 20, 2016:

Increased Police and Juvenile Probation Officer Presence: There will be uniformed and plain clothes officers surrounding Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Park Rangers will also be in full force, ensuring safety within the park.

Traffic Control Officers and Parking Control Officers: There will be Parking Control Officers ticketing and towing vehicles that are illegally parked in residential and commercial corridors (i.e. blocking driveways) and Traffic Control Officers enforcing street closures and facilitating the flow of traffic.

Zero Tolerance for Unpermitted Booths and Concessions: Commercial, unpermitted concessions will not be allowed in Golden Gate Park or surrounding public spaces.

Litter abatement and bathroom facilities: DPW will temporarily install portable bathroom facilities on Waller & Stanyan for public use. Recreation and Parks will put out temporary trash, recycling and compost receptacles throughout the park. Recreation and Parks staff and volunteers will do a sweep of the park in the late afternoon and the following morning. Neighborhood organizations like Taking it to the Streets have also signed to do clean up the following day.

Street Closures & Muni re-routes:
San Francisco Police Department will enforce the following street closures beginning at 10 a.m.:
Haight, Page and Waller streets between Masonic and Stanyan streets
Stanyan Street between Frederick and Oak streets
Shrader Street between Beulah and Waller streets
Oak and Waller streets at Ashbury, Clayton, Shrader, Cole and Belvedere streets
Frederick Street at Shrader Street
Beulah Street at Shrader and Cole street
During the time of street closures, no traffic will be allowed with an exception of Muni buses. Personnel from SFPD may decide additional street closures as crowds grow for public safety.
Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:
N Judah, NX N Express, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid, 33 Ashbury/18th, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic

OMG, It’s FREE CONE DAY at Your Local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – Free Ice Cream from Noon to 8PM – BONUS: A Pictorial History

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

All the deets:

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day | 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Noon to 8 pm
Ben & Jerry’s locations
FREE

Bay Area Locations:

San Francisco

Haight Ashbury – 1480 Haight Street at Ashbury (Haight)
Macy’s Department Store (Union Square)
Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 41)
Argonaut – 475 Jefferson Street (Fisherman’s Wharf)

East Bay

Jack London Square – 505 Embarcadero (Oakland)
Berkeley – 2128 Oxford Street (Berkeley)

North Bay

Bon Air Center – 290 Bon Air Center – (Greenbrae)

South Bay

San Jose – 115 East San Carlos (San Jose)

Hey, you know who liked marketing SF for the benefit of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China back in aught-eight when Frisco hosted that botched Torch Run, Sponsored By Coca Cola? IDK, was it Gavin & Ed (that is, Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee).

OTOH, who opposed it, but Ben & Jerry.

So that’s part of why they’ve built up some goodwill over the years decades.

Let’s take a look, why not?

Haight und Ashbury:

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Oh, buskers!

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Sometimes the employees get overwhelmed so they hide for a while – this is to be expected on FREE CONE DAY.

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Hey, you know who would be ALL OVER Free Cone Day in the 94117 back in the day? That’s right, Charles Manson (of 636 Cole) and his Family, you know, like a half century ago. They’d prolly get their free ice cream and then immediately get back in line, making sure to finish eating right before getting to the front of the queue again, you know, like these little piggies. (Chuck would approve of this kind of double dipping, I’m sure)

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And then, time for mad sit-lie violations, in this case from stus from the nearby $40k+(!) in tuition / year high school:

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Oh yeah, sometimes that guy from Phish shows up to make some tunes, as seen on Ashbury:

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And sometimes Free Cone Day comes to You, Gentle Reader:

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All Hail Ben

All Hail Jerry.

See you there!

A Tall Tree in Frisco That’s Just BEGGING to be Landmarked

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Ask your shaman if landmarking your neighbor’s tree is right for you:

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San Francisco’s Urban Forestry Council discusses and recommends trees for landmark status at their public meetings. Visit the UFC webpage for more information.

California buckeye (Aesculus californica) at 730 28th Avenue

Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) at 20-28 Rosemont Place

Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) at 4124 23rd Street

New Zealand Christmas Tree (Metrosiderous excelsus) at 1221 Stanyan Street

Six Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) adjacent to 1801 Bush Street

All Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) in the center island on Dolores Street

Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) at Third St. and Yosemite Street in the median triangle

Flaxleaf paperbark (Melaleuca linariifolia) at 1701 Franklin Street

Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis) at 555 Battery Street

Thirteen Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) located throughout the Quesada Street median West of Third St. to the dead end.

Two Cliff Date Palms (Phoenix rupicola) in the Dolores Street median, one across from 730 Dolores Street and the second across from 1546 Dolores Street

The grove of Guadalupe Palm (Brahea edulis) in the Dolores St. median, across from 1608-1650 Dolores Street.

Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) at 3555 Cesar Chavez Street

Two Flowering Ash (Fraxinus ornus) at the Bernal Height Library at 500 Cortland Street

Blue Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana) in the Bernal Height Natural Area near the intersection of Folsom and Bernal Height Boulevard

Manzanita (Arctostaphylos hispidule) 115 Parker Avenue

Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) 2626 Vallejo Street

California Buckeye tree (Aesculus Californica) located behind 757 Pennsylvania Street, (Assessor’s Bock 416B, Lot 11)

Redwood Tree (Sequoia sempervirens) at 46 Stillings Ave

Giant Sequoia (Sequoia giganteum) at 3066 Market Street”

Red Skies at Night, Over SoPA (the South of Panhandle Area, I’m Srsly) – Or Sunset Over the Sunset

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Red skies at night, or sky blue pink, take your pick

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Here are Your Expensive New “420 Day” Street Closures Coming April 20th, 2016 – THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC – Here’s a Map

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

IDK, man, I don’t really get this newfangled street closure scheme, which is going to make getting to the Sunset even harder this year:

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So each block of the Upper Haight will have its own PCO to check and see who lives where? I suppose so.

Anyway, this is news to me…

“420 Day Street Closures

Sharon Meadow Area Closures:

WB Fell @ Shrader Street – Vehicles traveling WB on Fell Street will be diverted from Fell Street onto NB Stanyan Street.

NB Stanyan @ Fell Street – Vehicles traveling NB on Stanyan Street will not be able to use Fell Street loop to WB Fell Street. All vehicles will be directed to stay on NB Stanyan Street.

WB John F. Kennedy Drive from Stanyan Street – No vehicular traffic allowed

EB Lincoln Way @ Kezar Drive – No vehicular traffic allowed.

WB Frederick Street at Kezar Dr./Lincoln Way – No vehicular traffic allowed.

NB Stanyan Street @ Frederick Street – No vehicular traffic allowed.

Haight Street Area Closures:

(Residents on the following streets will be allowed access with proof of residency)

Waller Street @ Shrader Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Cole Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Belvedere Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Clayton Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Ashbury Street – No NB traffic allowed

Masonic Ave. @ Haight Street – No WB traffic allowed on Haight Street

Masonic Ave. @ Page Street – No WB traffic allowed onto Page Street

Oak Street @ Shrader Street – No SB traffic allowed on Shrader Street

Oak Street @ Cole Street – No SB traffic allowed on Cole Street

Oak Street @ Clayton Street – No SB traffic allowed on Clayton Street

Oak Street @ Ashbury Street – No SB traffic allowed on Ashbury Street

420 Day Street Alternative Routes

The following streets will be open for NB and SB travel:

Masonic Avenue

Divisadero Street

The following streets will be open for WB and EB travel:

Geary Boulevard

Frederick Street as well as parallel streets south of Frederick Street will be open.

Notorious Excavator, Kicked Out of the Upper Haight, Then Illegally Parked in the Outer Richmond – What’s Next?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

I’ve never seen an earth mover painted like this:

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Used to see it parked on Waller.

It was involved with this fiasco last year.

Oh well.

Man, These Residents of Fell Street are Hopping Mad About a Possible Facebook Employee Bus Stop / Terminal in Front of their Homes

Monday, March 21st, 2016

I don’t know how the SFMTA’s big meeting on March 18th, 2016 ended up, but this was the scene aforehand, on Fell near Masonic:

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There were multiple three-page flyers everywhere:

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What the Facebook Teamsters wanted last year was their own terminal in the 94117, so they wouldn’t have to sit around idling, and I’m srsly, in the slow lane of outbound/southbound Masonic (betwixt Fell and Oak, you know, the one that MUNI buses use all the time) OR in the MUNI stop at Hayes and Masonic (as they’ve been doing every working day, including this morning at 6:43 AM). It looks like they’re getting what they want. Enough space for two buses.

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And I call it a terminal since there’s now nothing to prevent the Teamsters from staging in their own dedicated bus stop, AFAICS…

Corporate Shuttle Bus Terminals / Dedicated Bus Stops are Coming to YOUR Neighborhood – Here’s the SFMTA’s New Wishlist of Locations

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Our incompetent SFMTA* has been sending out postcards that look like this:

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So in this case, Hayes won’t have the same old load of corporate buses because Fell Street will be picking up the slack.

Here’s what Hayes looks like these days, sometimes – there’s conflict betwixt MUNI operators in MUNI buses and the Teamsters in the Facebook Buses, who know staging (sitting around) is against the rules but they do it anyway because They Just Don’t Care:

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(It’s hard to tell without expanding the photo, but the MUNI bus driver was glaring at the idled Teamster. I’ll tell you, Bro was pissed at the big FB bus, that’s for sure.)

Anyway, forget all that, cause this is what’s coming:

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So, using the same example, we’ll say good-bye to parking on the first 116 feet of the north side of Fell past Masonic:

“ESTABLISH – TOW AWAY NO STOPPING PERMITTED COMMUTER SHUTTLE BUS ZONE, 6 AM TO 10 AM AND 4PM TO 8PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Fell Street north side, from Masonic Street to 116 feet westerly (restricts parking at 3 residential permit parking spaces)”

You can look forward to seeing Facebook buses sitting in front of these buildings, especially in the AM:

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Basically, these new stops will turn into bus terminals, ’cause the drivers will end up simply parking here on Fell the same way they routinely (and improperly) do so at the outbound #21 Hayes stop one block north. Maybe even non-driving Facebook “starters” will come back, like last year when they hung out across the street closer to Oak.

Oh well.

“PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED PARKING & TRAFFIC CHANGES
Pursuant to SFMTA Order No. 5550 adopted March 4, 2016, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing to solicit public input on the following proposed changes. The hearing will be held as follows:
Date/Time: Friday, March 18, at 10:00 am
Location: Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, San Francisco (located on Van Ness Avenue between McAllister and Grove Streets)”

All the deets at the official link above, and after the jump.

*Our SFMTA is the operator of MUNI – case closed.

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Janis Joplin Biopic Set to Film On Location in Frisco – “Get It While You Can” – And CA Taxpayers are Subsidizing Production, Yay!

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Why on Gaia’s Green Earth should we pay Hollywood millions to make a Janis Joplin biopic on the streets of San Francisco? Well, that’s what we just did.

Like what, otherwise they’d film in Vancouver, Canada? Well, OK fine. If that’s the way you want to do it, Hollywood. Of course, your feature will look a lot better if you come to Noe Valley (aka “Upper Mission” as some called it, back in the day) and the 94117, but it’ll cost you big bucks, since SF is one of the most expensive places to shoot in the world.

But this tax giveaway makes things easier for you, I s’pose, oh well. (I don’t approve of this arrangement, obvs.)

Moving on.

To this, on this flick’s IMDb entry:

“I am a hard core Joplin fan, so of course I was really excited when I heard they where making a Biopic… that is until I found out they are casting Amy Adams as Janis. WTH? This is a joke right? Why would they disgrace Janis with this broad? I have seen Amy’s movies… She in no way can play this part. Surely they could think of someone else!?!? Dana Fuchs would have been a better choice, or even Gabby West. NOT Amy Adams. What a shame.”

Say hello to your new Janis Joplin:

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Hey, what if it turns out that JANIS: Little Girl Blue or Janis (1974) , both of which didn’t cost us anything, not millions anyway, are much much better films? Mmm…

All right, get all the deets here.

FLASHBACK: Recalling When Hipsters of the Lower Haight Tried to Own and Operate an AMC Pacer for a Laugh or Two

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

This was the scene on Haight Street back in the aughts (and back when CWNevius still lived in the East Bay, where he belongs and where he’d be happier) – four urban youts inside of one AMC Pacer:

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This thing was advertised as the “first wide small car,” and maybe it was. (Back in the day, certainly, it was wide enough for the Sandwich King.)

(Perhaps Google should have used these cars to carry their Street View sensors around? Compared to brand-new, bright red hybrid Priuseses, a fleet of old Pacers would have attracted less attention from John Law.)

But look, Gentle Reader, they loved Pacers in France, for some reason:

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All right, let’s say au revoir to les hipsters de Haight, seen after they’d navigated through the already failed Octavia Boulevard “urbanist”/urbonaut experiment/ongoing fiasco:

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(Headrests are for squares of course.)

Stay safe in your overweight, underpowered, low-MPG, two-ton fishbowl!