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Bay to Breakers 100: “Private Security” (At-Risk Youth, for the Most Part) and Anschutz Brownshirts Powerless

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

You see them, the two “Ask Me” Brownshirts, “monitoring” the historic Bay to Breakers street party – don’t they look a little dejected and pissed off?

Well, guess what? They were, in actuality, dejected and pissed off.

Some people, like the Yes on Prop 8 crew, actually like volunteering for “Christian Billionaire” Philip Anschutz but others aren’t cut out for it.

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Boy, won’t these souvenuir T-shirts help them to remember all the good times they’re not having by trying to rat out people actually having a good time?

No, not actually.

And the “private security,” the ones wearing (I presume) City-issued green and orange safety vests, well, some of them are aging homeless people and others are “at-risk” youth, who feel quite free to hit on unregistered, female, “bandit” party entrants. And oh, smoke marijuana OTJ as well. Oh well.

And all the while, a party rages on the next block over. Meet the real neighbors of the NoPA:

The cool people in the ‘hood open their doors, the uncool people join task forces.

And cry, the uncool people do a lot of crying too.

Oh well.

Bay to Breakers 100 Results and Photos: Kenyan Lineth Chepkurui and Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi Win in 2011

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Lineth Chepkurui (Bib #1) just after descending the Hayes Street Hill:

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Ridouane Harroufi (Bib #24) on Fell Street:

Bay to Breakers 100 Update – Parking Still Left at the DMV – Not Too Many Port-A-Potties Yet – Scanning Your Fake Bib

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

There’s still place to pahk you cahr in the yahd of the DMV at Fell and Broderick, if you can prove you live close enough to satisfy whomever’s there to satisfy.

At this late date, on BtoB 100’s Eve, the Panhandle area has fewer than 100 port-a-potties set up, which is a little odd, since it’s the scene of the most intense partying. Go figure.

Fell Street as Abbey Road:

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And is Proposition 8-supporting P. Anschutz and his Anschutz Entertainment Group really going to scan in 60,00 plus bibs to see if they’re real?

“…race bibs will be scanned to ensure they are real…”

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see…

See you on gameday!

KQED-FM Weighs In On Bay to Breakers at 9:00 AM Today – Plus, the Great Tow of Fell Street Starts at 11:00 PM Tomorrow

Friday, May 13th, 2011

[UPDATE: Sharpless is pwning AEG right now. Zap, pow! And, from the other side, all the NOPNA people “left town” on Bay to Breakers Sundays in the past years – is that true? Noooope! Most residents along the “racecourse” don’t mind BtoB, en realidad. Most people of NoPA and Alamo Square don’t demand that you show “respect” to them or the neighborhood, most people of NoPA and Alamo Square aren’t like a street gang or a local mafia.]

But first, just look at these people, drinking and carrying on on a Bay to Breakers Sunday without first having sent to $85 to AEG (that outfit from Los Angeles)/Phillip Anschutz (that Christian Billionaire from Colorado).

Just look at them! And they’re in the heart of the Northeast of Panhandle Area (NoPA) of the Western Addition!

The horror, the horror of Bay to Breakers:

Via Uptown Almanac

Oh, and also, that L.A. outfit, Anschutz Entertainment Group, is still putting out the falsehood about the Hayes Street Hill being the highest point of the venue. See?

From sea level at the Embarcadero the course rises steeply along the Hayes Street Hill. Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore Street and Steiner Street. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle through Golden Park to the Finish Line at the Great Highway.”

In fact, it gradually flows uphill until you’re well into Golden Gate Park proper. Oh well.

Now, here we go, Bay to Breakers 2011 will be featured this morning on the KQED-FM 98.5. It will be the subject of the (half-) hour at 9:00 AM on Forum with Michael Krasny. Or rather, it will be Forum without Michael Krasny but with Dave Iverson. Check it:

“San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers run celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, but some devotees are dismayed by new rules, including a ban on booze and floats. Race organizers say they want to make sure the event is fun for everyone, including for neighbors who are fed up with trash and public drunkenness. Will this year be any different?

Host: Dave Iverson


Now, that Ed Sharpless says you can just print your own realistic-looking bib for free at home. I don’t know, I don’t think that you, Gentle Reader, have the skillz to take on something that sophisticated. (Consider that a challenge…). But if you do that, please, then after the historic street party is over, send $85 to AEG’s offices down in Los Angeles (no, not that one in south Patagonia, they have one in south California) or to Protect Marriage, Yes on Prop 8, you know, to pay your fair share. You don’t want to be one of those freeloaders like Hot Dog or Spaceman, right?

And finally, it begins – the Great Tow of Fell Street on Saturday night. Now, this year, the sainted SFMTA or DPW or whomever took its sweet time to post these towaway signs along the “racecourse.” If you parked your car before the signs went up on Thursday (May 12th, 2011) well that’s tough cookies for you.

You Will Be Towed. We’re Serious:

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All right, ’til next time. Be good to yourself and to each other…

David Perry Sells Out to Anti-Gay “Christian Billionaire” Philip Anschutz: Crappy, Official Bay to Breakers Website

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Let’s see, I got to pay off on that headline. All right:

1. David Perry & Associates is sort of famous with members of the national media for being overwhelmed and understaffed during the Olympic Torch run fiasco back in aught-eight, but around town this outfit is known for slapped-together websites and YouTube videos extolling the virtues of whatever local government has on its mind – like cancelling Halloween in one place and promoting it at another, that kind of thing.

2. Anti-gay Christian Billionaire Philip Anschutz is the prime mover behind AEG’s annual Bay to Breakers fun run / party.

3. And here’s the crappy, official website for B2B. (Can’t imagine Sam Singer had anything to do with it, but who knows…)

4. And I don’t think that DPA is doing this for free, so there’s the sell-out.

O.K. then. Let’s see here, let’s note:

1. Unlicensed photography (David, do you think you have a license to use this shot on any of your for-profit websites? You do not.)

2. Crappy greenscreen videos (that get watched mostly by people who made or starred in said crappy green-screen videos), a DPA hallmark.

3. And, oh yes, for some reason he’s posted an official seal of the City and County of San Francisco. For some reason. Oddly.

Now, I’m not saying that you couldn’t slap together a similar crappy website in a shorter amount of time, cause it doesn’t matter – even if you underbid DPA by 50%, you’d still lose out ’cause you lack his guanxi (Chinese for corruption/influence, something like that).

Now, the message that DPA’s website means to convey is that “We Are Serious” about the enforcing the rules. So:

“People attempting to enter the race with a float, open-alcohol containers or without pre-paid registration will be removed and subject to criminal prosecution. We’re serious.”

I don’t know about all the “subject to fines and prosecution” they have in there. I mean, I could follow you around and point out how you could be “subject to fines and prosecution” for jaywalking and stuff like that, right? But you’d never get arrested for that kind of thing, right? Not unless you get drunk and start hitting people…

And what’s this?

“….no headphones and no wheeled objects of any type, such as baby joggers, strollers, grocery carts, pets, roller blades, skateboards, or bicycles, are allowed…”

Harsh, man.

And if you just paid $85(!) to have them mail you a numbered bib and then maybe your plans change or maybe you get sick, you’re not supposed to sell it and you can’t get a refund:

“Registration fees are non-refundable, non-transferable…”

That kind of sucks, huh?

Oh well, the A in AEG didn’t get to become “The Christian Billionaire” by playing  Mr. Nice Guy.

Now, I know why gay people would take money from AEG to help put on the BtoB. You know, for the money.

But why would gay people volunteer to work for the Bay to Breakers in light of A’s support of Colorado’s anti-gay Proposition 2 back in the day?

Oh well.

And oh yes, the site has an icon of a man wearing a tutu. Isn’t that kicky! Isn’t that spr srius?

All right, let’s get the party started….

And oh, this year, the SFPD will have “sobering tents” for you. They’ll have water and juice and maybe a free ride home. Bonus!

And oh, here’s what the SFPD is really up to on gameday.

On no, an unpermitted “bandit” on the spr srius “racecourse!” Honey, you are “subject to arrest.” What’s that? Why yes, it is a Harley. Sure you can sit on it. Upsee daisy:

And so on…

…and so on.

All right, let’s get the party started

Increasing “Capture Volume!?” NoPNA NIMBYs of the Western Addition Want “Urination Troughs” for Bay to Breakers 100

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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Oh, isn’t it cute? The NIMBYs of the Western Addition think that what they do and say actually matters a whit, so look at what they went and done, they imagined that Santa Claus came down from the heavens and asked them, “What do you want for Christmas?”

Or rather, “Imagine you were elected Mayor. What’s your wishlist?” And here is the result.

Check it:

“More port-o-potties are needed but that’s not the only solution. Innovative ways to increase the capture volume is warranted. Innovations like multi-person troughs should be explored.”

O.K. then.

So, if we get enough troughs, then the Bay to Breakers 100 street party will be more the way it should be,* more like this:

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Rather than this:

Via Turkeybot

Obviously, “the Christian Billionaire” what owns the Bay to Breakers could put more port-a-potties in, but, for some reason, he doesn’t want to. (Do you think he’s afraid of the meddlesome millionaires of the Western Addition? I don’t. But there must be some reason why Philip Anschutz runs “his” civic event this way.)

But if you can’t find a trough, there’s always a friendly neighbor helping out at $5 per:

But don’t count on Rec and Park to help out. Do you think that they’ll shut down the only bathroom in the Panhandle  this year the way they have in the past?

All right, see you there – BE A PART OF HISTORY!

*Do you see all those melon farmers on the sidewalk standing in the back of that photo watching the world go by? Those are your real NoPA neighbors, your genuine Alamo Square orthogonals – do you think the handful of fuddy duddies what elected themselves area “leaders” are in their panic rooms at this point? Probably. Or sitting in the bathtub with a 12-gauge shotgun waiting for the horde to break through the locked door…

The Hot Black Market for Bay To Breakers Party Tickets: Would You Pay $125 for a Runner’s Bib?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Be sure to offer “market rate” when trying to buy an entry ticket for Bay to Breakers 2011 at this late date.


But, actually, you don’t need a bib to get in on the fun.


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The party starts in just 20 short days!

See you in the Panhandle!

*You’re not supposed to “transfer” your bib to anybody, per the rules. If it turns out you can’t make it, you’re supposed to just eat the loss? Presumably. Not sure how AEG handles refunds. Probably not well, I’m guessing…

Bay to Breakers Order of Battle: “The Christian Billionaire” + Nine NIMBY Brownshirt Groups vs. the Fun Kids

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Well it looks as if the all the NIMBY homeowner / small-time business groups of the greater Western Addition have embraced Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) / anti-gay “Christian Billionaire” (or is it the “Billionaire Christian?”) Philip Anschutz* for the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers party coming up on May 15th, 2011.

That means that some of the NIMBYs will be running around in these brown** shirts just waiting to report violations up the chain of command.

Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?

(“Ask Me,” really? It’ll more like, “Let Me Tell You,” IRL on Game Day.)

What were once called Sturmabteilung are now labeled “Neighborhood Ambassador Volunteers.” Check it:

Help keep our neighborhoods safe, clean and fun for everyone at this year’s Zazzle Bay to Breakers Centennial 12k Run. Neighborhood Ambassador Volunteers will work in either the Panhandle or Alamo Square corridor along the Zazzle Bay to Breakers race route. These volunteers will assist with monitoring conditions at local hot spots and report in unsafe conditions. Welcome participants to their neighborhood, and give instruction on the location of restrooms, trash receptacles, EMS services, general event information, and provide the event hotline number to neighbors and participants. Communicate with local merchants and neighbors on race conditions. Periodically report to central command on race conditions in their area. Assist with clean-up efforts. Document during-race activities for after race debrief. Volunteers in these positions will work a 2-hour shift and receive a Zazzle Bay to Breakers Volunteer T-Shirt.”

Good times.

Oh, here we go, direct from Party Central:

“Mission: The Neighborhood Task Force on the 100th Bay to Breakers mission is to to protect our neighbors from unsafe conditions, bring all race stakeholders together, champion positive and creative solutions to challenging problems, ensure that responsible parties are held accountable and to strive to make the 100th Bay to Breakers to “Fun for Everyone.”

Ooh a “Task Force,” just like TF16 and TF17 what sunk four Japanese carriers at Midway. How…para-military! Now I’ll ask, has any wealthy, white, wizened homeowner of the Western Addition come to harm from any of the 99 prior Bays to Breakers? Not to my knowledge. Mmmmm. Also, “Fun for Everyone” = no fun for anyone, just saying.

“Reason: Since 2007, the Bay to Breakers has become more and more dangerous. Neighbors are being bullied, public and private property is being defaced and it’s only a manner of time before someone gets seriously hurt or killed. Proactive steps need to be taken now to manage what has turned into a San Francisco “Mardi Gras.”

Hysterical NIMBYism, that’s what this is. (Here’s a bit more on Mardi Gras.)

“Focus Areas & Suggestions: Enforcement: Be Seen & Heard – Law enforcement must be proactive and properly resourced to handle the event.”

Uh, nine NIMBY groups are going to tell the SFPD what to do? Really?

“This effort must also be augmented by trained volunteers that can “Observe and Report” activities for police attention.”

Oh, so that’s why the Zazzle shirts are brown!

“Command and control must be “on the ground” and have authority to marshal resources to hotspots.”

Whoa! (Nana’s been watching too much History Channel, it would seem.)

“If you break the law, there will be repercussions.

Well natch, of course.

 Participants: Practice the Platinum Rule – All participants should “Respect the Neighborhoods” and treat other like they want to be treated.”

Oh I see now, this has nothing to do with safety, in reality. Appears as if some people want to enforce their religion, their values on others.

“It’s fine to have a good time as long as it does not impact the good times of others. Participants should also pay their fair share and either donate to clean-up efforts or have the ability to sign-up, at a reduced fee, to show their support.”

So those people paying $60 plus whatever to MUNI aren’t paying their fair share? Really?

“ Health: Public Urination and DefecationPublic urination is a public nuisance and public defecation is major health issue.

Of course, a “major health issue,” heads and shoulders above cancer and heart disease and whatnot. Thanks for putting it all in ‘sperpective!

“More port-o-potties are needed but that’s not the only solution. Innovative ways to increase the capture volume is warranted. Innovations like multi-person troughs should be explored.

Nana, don’t go there! Whatever you do, don’t go there.

“Facilities also need to be placed off course. A major factor in public urination is the consumption of alcohol. A ban is necessary but not sufficient to control this.

So what, martial law?

“Environmental Impact: Tread Lightly – The amount of trash generated during Bay to Breakers is appalling.

And of course, the amount of trash generated by the NIMBYs of the Western Addition every day, well that must be the opposite of appalling, whatever that term is.

“More receptacles must be provided for both trash and recyclables. Pick up ofreceptacles should be done often during the race. San Francisco is a green city and we need to do better. Race materials should be collapsible and compostable and everyone should be encouraged reduce their waste production. Outreach: Early and Often -The message should be clear and simple. Sign up, run the race and have a good time. Respect the neighborhoods and treat others like they want to betreated (The Platinum Rule).

Hallelujah! Sing it, sister!

“If you break the law, you will be fined. Simple, straightforward and no ambiguity.

Uh, hey rich, white, wealthy, aging, home-owning NIMBY, the county you picked to buy real estate, you know, out of about 3000 to choose from nationwide, is actually just the opposite. In fact it’s at the top of the list of just the opposite. Breaking the law in the City and County of San Francisco does not guarantee a fine, right?

“Logistics: Always Wins the War – Coordination of all resources must be under a central command that has the authority to deploy resources where required. Decisions on how to deal with issues should be based on boots on the ground judgment. This logistical effort needs to have neighborhood input for the most effective way to manage and deploy resources for the event. Recruiting local Motorcycle clubs, church’s, neighbors and charities must be done to assist in observing and reporting issues to race and city officials.

Wow, man, just wow.

“Leveraging the NERT command, control and communications infrastructure is another way to ensure coordination.

So this is what the NERT does, huh? (I’ll note this one for later…)

“Summary:The nine neighborhood groups represented by the Neighborhood Task Force on the 100th Bay to Breakers feel strongly that all stakeholders need to start now to plan for the 100th. The coordinated efforts of all stakeholders coupled with innovative ways to manage this uniquely San Francisco event can make the 100th Bay to Breakers safe and fun for everyone. Without such efforts, we fear that the Bay to Breakers will go the way of Halloween in the Casto – something none of us wants.

Uh, you think a kid from the projects is going to come to BtoB and shoot nine people over some kind of respect issue? Well, that’s not impossible, I’ll give you that.

“Represented Neighborhoods: North Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA), Hayes Valley NeighborhoodAssociation (HVNA), Divisadero Merchants Association (DMA), Alamo SquareNeighborhood Association (ASNA), Lower Haight Merchants and NeighborhoodAssociation (LoHaMNA) , Haight Asbury Improvement Association (HAIA), Buena VistaNeighborhood Association (BVNA), Cole Valley Improvement Association (CVIA) and Inner Sunset Park Neighbors (ISPN). Contact:If you want to get involved with making the 100thBay to Breakers “Fun for Everyone,”send an email to or join us on Facebook by searching for Bay toBreakers – Fun for Everyone”

Wow, that’s a lot of NIMBYs.

Hey NIMBYs! I think you all confused Hayes Street with your living room, you see, because one you have no control over and the other you do. See how that works, NIMBY?

Anyway, I’ll tell you, area NIMBYs are bracing for battle, I’ll tell you. And they’re so much involved now with the planning, they’re so much in bed with Phil Anschutz and company, that they’re now responsible for this event as much as AEG, AFAIAC.

Oh well. And oh yes, elements of the 21st century’s Ladies Temperance Union want licka stos to simply not open for the entire morning. Check it:

“We ask merchants to limit the sale of alcohol until after noon, communicate to your local neighborhood group if you will be open or not, provide additional security, if needed, encourage patrons to respect the neighborhood, and donate funds to help clean up.”

I swear, these NIMBY mofos are richer than Croesus and Mammon, generally speaking, but all these homeowners talk about is money, money, money.

Anyway, on it goes.

Ever more deets, after the jump

*”Often identified as “Christian billionaire Phil Anschutz”, he is a Republican donor who supported George W. Bush‘s administration. He has been an active patron of a number of religious and conservative causes:

**More tan than brown, really. As it was back in the day: “Brown-coloured shirts were chosen as the SA uniform because a large batch of them were cheaply available after World War I, having originally been ordered during the war for colonial troops posted to Germany’s former African colonies.”