Posts Tagged ‘hippie hill’

Life and Death on Hippie Hill: Great Blue Heron vs. Botta’s Pocket Gopher

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Hey look at this silly goose on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park:

So you notice the new gopher holes and you figure there might be some action so you pass the assembled hippies talking about philosophy or drugs or whatever.

Oh, much closer now:

I’ll spare you the shot of this boid waiting above the gopher to give you the lunge:

Poor little feller:

And now, down the hatch…

without a scratch

Stanyan Street Whole Foods Wishes a “HAPPY 4.20″ Day to All the Marijuana Smokers in Haight Ashbury

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

See?

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LONDON CALLING! 4/20 Day 2014 Coming This Easter Sunday – Haight-Ashbury Supervisor London Breed Wants a Crackdown

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Here’s what Annual 420 Day looks like, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.

That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:

An excellent capture from world-famous Broke-Ass Stuart.

All right, Happy 420 Day 2014!

And now, let’s hear from London Breed:

“April 16, 2014

Sunday, April 20th Activities in Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury

This Sunday, April 20th, will see not only Easter celebrations throughout the City, but the likely return of an informal and unpermitted “4/20” gathering in Golden Gate Park and the Haight, which has caused significant problems in the community over the years and was particularly problematic last year.

Crowds strained police, Muni, and park resources, overwhelmed residential streets, and in several instances, damaged public and private property. Traffic came to a standstill as cars swarmed thearea. Garbage overflowed from curbside cans that proved unequal to the occasion. And on Sunday, 4/21, staff and volunteers with the Recreation and Parks Department had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks, not to mention the trash collected by the Department of Public Works from the upper Haight to Hayes Valley.

I am determined not to allow these impacts again this year. Over the past months, I have worked closely with the Police and Parks Departments, Mayor Lee’s office, and the MTA on a comprehensive city approach to this event. There is no sponsor for 4/20, no organizer to hold to account. But I want the community to know that their Supervisor and their government are doing everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents.

San Francisco, as always, welcomes celebrants with open arms, but this Sunday there will be boundaries to keep the community safe, and there will be no tolerance for anyone using 4/20 as an excuse to harm our parks or neighborhoods.

 There will be increased law enforcement presence both uniform and plainclothes—including Juvenile Probation Officers—in the Park, upper and lower Haight, and surrounding neighborhoods with a strict enforcement approach to all code violations.

 Parking is very limited in the area, and there will be Parking Control Officers (PCOs) ticketing and/or towing vehicles parked illegally in any way, e.g. on lawns or in neighbors’ driveways. PCOs will also be deployed at busy intersections to keep traffic and transit moving.

 Unpermitted booths and concessions in the Parks will not be allowed. Such enterprises will be immediately cited and removed.

 Traffic control officers, SFPD, and Muni will be on hand in the afternoon to help move visitors out of the neighborhoods quickly and safely. Muni will reroute buses off Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to avoid delays. 

If our neighborhoods and parks are expected to continue hosting a large gathering, without an organizer or any resources beyond those provided by the taxpayer, we must all be vigilant in ensuring the event is safe, clean, and responsible.

LONDON N. BREED

City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, California 94102-4689 (415) 554-7630

Fax (415) 554 – 7634 TDD/TTY (415) 554-5227 E-mail: London.Breed@sfgov.org

The SFPD vs. the Drug Dealers of the Alvord Lake Bridge – A Game of Cat and Mouse – Running Across Kezar Drive

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Does the SFPD drive its big Ford Crown Victorias ‘neath the first reinforced concrete bridge built in America just to chat with area drug dealers? Yes, yes it does. Officers simply drive past the world’s smallest lake (sadly just two-star rated) and then under Kezar Drive.

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And then they hang a left to do a little 2WD off-roading.

Oh, what’s this, lazy drug dealers who don’t know enough to run away? In this case yes. But in other cases, more motivated dealers hoof it up the hill and across three lanes of traffic on Kezar Drive.

On it Goes…

Where Will YOU Be on 420 Day? In Golden Gate Park or at 420 Day Street in Noe Valley? Plus, an Awesome Vapor Cloud Photo

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Golden Gate Park be getting all crowded these days on annual 420 Day, so why not head on down to Noe Valley and light up at 4:20 PM at 420 Day Street instead?

The neighbors will welcome you interloping potheads with open arms. I’m sure!

Actually, Noe Valley is the locus of NIMBY – it’s filled with asshole millionaire homeowners and concomitant neighbor feuding.

Here it is, 420 Day, or close enough. Check out the comically large Planning Commission NOTICE OF HEARING notice on the front gate and the comically small recycling bin out front. (No black garbage can? A point of pride, I’m sure)

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Oh, here we go, here’s real 420 Day, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.

That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:

An excellent capture from world-famous Broke-Ass Stuart.

All right, Happy 420 Day 2013!

OMG, the McDonalds “Dollar Menu” Has Returned to Haight Ashbury – McDoubles for All, Hurray!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Remember back in the day, back last year in 2010 when the Hippie Hill McDonalds at the West End of Haight Ashbury on Stanyan got rid of its Dollar Menu, per Will “Big Daddy” Kane and Eric Thomas of KGO-TV?*

Well, the Tea Partiers nationwide had a field day with that one. And the “homeless veterans” and runaway teens, well they didn’t appreciate that price increase one bit.

But it’s all different now.

I first noticed when I was acting as a lookout for my friends who were shoplifting at the new Whole Foods Upper Haight – I could see a sign on the Micky D’s across the street that’s all “4 MEALS UNDER $3.**” See?

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And I thought, well, that’s sounds like a pretty good deal, wonder if they brought back the Dollar Menu. Well, check it:

So, as of June 2011 anyway, you can enjoy the Great Recession Dollar Menu at McDonalds.

That means that they’ll add a patty to your $1.09 Cheeseburger and then lower the price to boot – that’s the Miracle of the McDouble.

Hurray!

Let’s hope they’ll still have the Dollar Menu running at the next Haight Ashbury Street Fair:

Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 11 am until 5:30 pm

*Per KGO, this store is located at Haight and “Canyon.”

**Apparently, that sign has been up there for the duration, since last year at least, To me, a $2.99 meal deal and the Dollar Menu go hand-in-hand, but I guess I was mistaken about that. (Your McDonald’s manager/ownerfeels that s/he should get about $7 per customer on average so can you imagine how offensive your order for three McDoubles to go is? It’s highly, highly offensive…)

A Huge Turn Out for 420 Day on Hippie Hill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I’m not sure what it looked like at 420 Day Street in Noe Valley today, but I do know what it looked like on and around Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park. It was packed for 4/20 Day celebrations.

Thousands turned out to consume marijuana, causing traffic gridlock* in the east end of the park.** (Hippies have lots of cars – did not know that.)

Broke Ass Stuart has a nice shot of the communal cloud, which could be smelled in the Panhandle.

Here’s part of the action, at around 4:20 PM: 

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See you next year.

*Perhaps MUNI could operate a special “420 service” from Civic Center BART  every April 20th, maybe charge $4.20 one-way?

**A traffic light at the foot of eastbound JFK Drive at Kezar Drive certainly is called for, but doctrine mandates just having a stop sign.