How is “car share” not car rental?
Somebody should ask SFGov / SFMTA about this…
Giant signs don’t lie:
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It’ll be a huge cattle call the way they had for Our First City Target in SoMA on Mission last year.
But you should apply here before you show up, I s’pose.
All the deets of the job titles/positions you can apply for, after the jump.
Well, here it is a pithy two-minute video showing area Church of Scientology President Jeff Quiros leaving his historic building at the foot of Columbus.
(The reference to “SF Weekly” has to do with Lauren Smiley’s recent five-part “Scientology Apostate” series.)
I didn’t realize that Anonymous was still on the case like this.
Here’s what it looked like back in aught-eight when Church leaders walked over to the Chinatown Hilton to celebrate L. Ron Hubbard’s birth anniversary:
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But it’s not too late to get in on the fun – if you want to try to make money from religion, why don’t you apply?
On It Goes…
San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi gave a stem-winder to a crowd of 100 or in the Civic Center on the steps of City Hall yesterday. Why? Because he wants local hiring for the Doyle Drive replacement project (you know, the one with all that President Barack Obama / Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi federal stimulus money) up in the Presidio.
Here are some deets:
Resolution Urges Local Hiring for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project
On Tuesday, September 15th, the Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution authored by Supervisor Mirkarimi that urges Caltrans and its contractors and subcontractors working on the retrofit of Doyle Drive to hire from local workers, and in particular, workers from our economically disadvantaged communities. Federal stimulus funds will be used to replace the Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Supervisor Mirkarimi has worked hard to strengthen local hiring requirements for City contractors. However, the Doyle Drive replacement project is managed by Caltrans, who is not bound by city policies regarding Workforce development. The non-binding resolution requests that Caltrans and its contractors and subcontractors actively participate in San Francisco’s Workforce Development Programs when pursuing projects within San Francisco.
A rally and press conference will be held at noon, Tuesday, September 15th to raise awareness on the issue and highlight the successes of the City’s workforce development programs.
But first things first – a quick report on what our visiting bike-sharing visitors were surprised by in GGP:
1. The summertime cold and wind;
2. The homeless dude with a guitar case who flipped out, attacked a jogger, and had to get taken down by a bunch of Park Rangers and SFPD officers;
3. Noisy raptors circling low overhead; and
4. San Francisco’s famous bicycle built for four. It almost stole the show. See?
So Bixi is just like the Parisian Velib program except the Bixi bikes aren’t as heavy, which is a good thing. But the Bixis are still heavy though. And if you happen to be six foot one and a ton of fun, you’ll find that the frame is strong enough but that the seatpost doesn’t go up high enough. Otherwise the whole program is as you would expect.
The mise-en-scene today:
In France, they incentivize people to drop the bikes off at the tops of hills. If a program like this ever gets off the ground in San Francisco, what would it take to deal with stations at the tops of our mini-mountains?
Bienvenue à Montréal!
It’s enormous work keeping a program like this going. The little monsters of France have effectively managed to steal, vandalize, and otherwise mangle the entire original fleet – at a replacement cost of thousands of dollars each, that’s a tough row to hoe.
If you want to make a system like this work in San Francisco, you’d need a subsidy from the government, the way that MUNI and BART and Golden Gate ferries get subsidies.
And where will people get the helmets they’ll need? Whoops. (In gay Paris, they take a c’est la vie approach to matters like this.)
All in all, I’d rather have a regular bike and a U-lock than a Bixi program membership. But if you can’t find a cab or you just missed your bus, you might like having the option of a short-term bike rental.
City CarShare Cohosts Bike Sharing Demonstration.
Exploring New Trends in Green Mobility
|WHAT:||A one-day opportunity for the public to ride bikes from a bike share system. Bike sharing allows people to pick up a bike from one station, travel to their destination and return the bike to any other station in a network. City CarShare will be conducting a survey among participants to get their feedback on the concept, the equipment and their level of support for bike sharing in San Francisco.|
|WHEN:||Sunday, August 2, 10 am- 3:30 pm|
|WHERE:||Golden Gate Park, (just inside the car-free Sunday road closure on JFK Drive at Conservatory Drive East)|
|WHY:||To allow the public to test-ride the bikes and learn more about this eco-friendly mode of urban transportation. Through this demonstration project, the sponsors hope to encourage awareness and increased civic conversation about Bike Sharing for San Francisco as having the potential to build a greener city while encouraging healthy living.|
|SPONSORS:||City CarShare, SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), BIXI (of Montreal)|