Posts Tagged ‘inner’

The Suessian World of Grand View Park – Also Known as Turtle Hill – You’re in a World of Chert

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I suppose it kind of  looks like a turtle:

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What San Francisco 49ers Fever Looked Like on the Race to the Super Bowl – Great Photo from the Civic Center Blog

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This shot from Michael Strickland almost looks as if it were staged, but it wasn’t:

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See you next year, same time, same place!

Until then, enjoy this folk art now installed on Geary in the Inner Richmond District:

IRL, Geary is Full of Cars All the Time, But This Latest Geary BRT Video Shows the Richmond District 95% Car-Free

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Here it is, from a the guy who wants to replace District One Supervisor Eric Mar.

All the deets

JOIN THE SFCTA AND SFMTA FOR A GEARY CORRIDOR
BUS RAPID TRANSIT PROJECT UPDATE!

The Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is a cost-effective way to improve bus service and enhance street conditions for Geary from Downtown to the Outer Richmond. Based on community input and ongoing technical evaluation,  the project team is identifying a staff-recommended alternative for initial feedback. 

  • Learn about the project evaluation process
  • View the staff-recommended design for different segments of the corridor
  • Provide your feedback

Japantown/Fillmore
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
1840 Sutter Street
Thursday, January 30, 6:00–8:00 PM
[Informational flyer]

The Transportation Authority is leading the environmental study, in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The Study Team and other public agencies are working collaboratively with the Geary BRT Citizens Advisory Comittee (GCAC), as well as inviting public participation through community meetings.

 

San Francisco Gets Revenge: Huge Window Painting on Geary Shows Peyton Manning Urinating upon the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Presenting The Bronco Bowl, as seen on a giant window for tout le monde to see in the Inner Richmond.

Geary al fresco:

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Looks a little green, Peyton. You might want to get that checked out, after The Big Game.

So, Go Broncos, I guess.

The Needlessly Wide and Lightly-Used Avenues of the Inner Inner Sunset: Jordan Ave. – Why Is It So Wide? WHY WHY WHY?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Is there something we could do with all this unused space?

Perhaps a parking lot smack dab in the middle of the street or housing, you know, like a series of shotgun shacks placed over the median?

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I mean, who thought that all this wideness was a good idea?

Well, As Expected, the $7 Fee at the Strybing Arboretum is Going to Become Permanent – A Little History

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Boy there’s a lot of overhead involved with the whole process of charging people $7 to walk through the former Strybing Arboretum, it sure looks like.

Anyway, here’s a little background on how we’ve gotten to this point:

LMA-BOS-Supporter Talking Points-6-4.21.13 Budget Hearing

Arboretum Contract Critique

And here’s a post from 2010:

“Not sure how many people were at last night’s ”workshop” to discuss the idea of charging admission at San Francisco Botanical Garden (aka Strybing Arboretum) in Golden Gate Park ’cause I left before it ended. But the hand-count totaled 225 souls, so let’s call that a gentleman’s 250 altogether for the crowd.

Here’s the thing - people on both sides all seem to know each other and care deeply about The Garden. This conflict seems a kind of civil war (hence the Antietam name check, yes it rhymes exactly), a family squabble. It’s plant-loving Brother against plant-loving-but-other-stuff-too Brother. Get up to speed on this dispute here.

Now, once more into the breach, dear friends.

The mise-en-scene last night. It’s Recreation and Park Commission President Jim Lazarus taking individual questions from a hostile crowd, split up unnecessarily, it turned out, into three sections. This is what the bulk of the meeting looked like. Click to expand:

But let’s start at the beginning. Below, it’s the organized neighbors! They taped up hundreds of small signs to draw attention to the meeting. Did workers from DPW spend a lot of time taking down the unofficial notices? Apparently. Were any official notices put up, like last time? Not that I could see.

Inside, the fellow on the left, (didn’t get his name, someone called him The Kid) tried to get things started, but vocal members of the crowd didn’t like the agenda that was handed out, particularly they didn’t like being split up into three groups.

The guy with the ponytail went off, and the Eli in the Yale jacket on the right pleaded for calm. Thank Gaia for Yalies:

After a couple go-arounds like that, The Kid threatened to cancel the meeting. (Arboretum staff appears to view hosting public meetings like these as doing a favor to Arboretum visitors, and truth be told, if San Francisco officials are dead-set on allowing the charging of admission, they can do it regardless of what regular Arboretum visitors want.) Here’s a ten-minute video of the action.

But after a brief huddle, redolent of a friendly car salesperson taking your low-ball offer to the Big Guy…

…out comes lawyer Jim Lazarus calling an audible to change the meeting’s format. He seemed every bit the experienced pol he is.

The new agenda that got worked out with leadership elements from the masses: an uninterupted 10-15 minute “general presentation” of the plan. “Then you can decide how much you want to beat us up after that,” said Jimbo. “You can shoot us all when it’s over.”

This Lazarus Effect resuscitated the meeting. So, let’s hear The Proposal.

The Arboretum would set up pre-fab ticket kiosks at the Main Gate and the Friend Gate (near the Japanese Tea Garden) for $65K and then hire four part-time cashiers, a manager(?), and also a part-time accountant for $148K per year. San Francisco residents would enter for free after showing some sort of ID. Those useless freeloading parasites known as Everybody Else in the World would pay $7, or $4 (students and seniors), or $2 (kids) each time they go in. They’d have the option of getting a $75 annual pass that would also allow entry at the Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers – something like that.

The projected 100,000 in paid admissions would have a “blended average” of $5.50 per, resulting in a gross take of $550K. Take away $150K for expenses and you end up with an annual net of $400K, of which $100-150K would go into the Rec and Park kitty and the rest could go into whatever, like hiring more gardeners at $68K salary (plus 25% more in benefits).

The goal would be to eventually get up to a full complement of 16 gardeners, which will “never happen” without some new source of Arboretum-specific cashola.

That’s it.

“KEEP THE ARBORETUM FREE”

What about residents of neighboring counties in the Bay Area you say? It doesn’t matter, all auslanders gotta pay.

What about the rumoured $1.3 million cost of building the kiosks and other related expenses? That was just a “Cadillac proposal” dreamed up by somebody or other – the bare bones approach discussed last night would not be as nice, but it would get the job done.

This charismatic-messianic type got lots of applause for questioning the whole idea of charging anybody anything, regardless of the numbers:

Mr. Lazarus acknowledged the fear San Francisco residents have of being the next in line to be charged, the fear that admission prices would then increase after that. No promises on that front. Que sera sera.

But I’ll let the Keep the Arboretum Free people delve into these issues more. When I left, Lazarus was answering questions one by one, Phil Donahue-style.

“FREE means NO FEES, NO I.D.s”

Oh yes, the “next terrible meeting” promised by Jimbo will concern paid parking in Golden Gate Park. (Do people really plant their vehicle in the park for free and then run all over town all day? People do.)

Random observations:

The estimate of $148k annually to pay salaries for  the paid admission scheme sounds low. Way low, particularly in light of what cashiers at the Japanese Tea Garden get paid.

Park and Rec knows how to notice a public meeting but, for whatever reason, it appears to have done a bush-league job of noticing last night’s workshop.

Next up next month in June: the action will move over to City Hall and the Board of Supervisors. When will our civil war end?

Public Workshop – Botanical Garden

When: May 28, 2009 – Thursday 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: County Fair Building, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, San Francisco
What: In response to the feedback received on the proposed admission program at Botanical Garden, the Rec & Park Department decided there will not be a fee for residents. The revised proposal does include a $7. fee for nonresident visitors. Public workshop is to take feedback regarding revised proposed admission fee and will be seeking topics including:
Implementation of the new fee for non-San Francisco residents.
Amenities at the Garden.
Potential new revenue sources.

To Be Continued…

OMG, MUNDY Plays the Inner Richmond June 21, 23. 2013 – MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY!

Monday, June 17th, 2013

An arresting ad from The Richmond:

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Bus Rapid Transit: Our San Francisco County Transit Authority Studies Big-Ass, 80-Foot “Bi-Articulated” Buses

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Here’s your San Francisco County Transit Authoritah in a nutshell:

“Created in 1989, the Authority is responsible for long-range transportation planning for the city, and it analyzes, designs and funds improvements for San Francisco’s roadway and public transportation networks.”

Well, the SFCTA is on the move in 2013, doing stuff like making new webpages, and, among other things, looking at Bus Rapid Transit for the 415.

So that means studying, like er mah Gah, monstrous buses like these rigs straight outta Mexico City: 

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Now, would BRT be a good thing for those poor souls living out in the West Bay taking the wretched #38 Geary home every night? IDK. I’ll look into it.

Himitsu no Izakaya! Tekka Sushi is Still Chugging Along Way Out There at 6th and Balboa – The Sushi Nazi

Friday, March 1st, 2013

This is it, the whole thing.

As seen from Balboa betwixt 6th and 7th:

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Of course The Nevius Incident is still fresh in people’s minds, but the healing has begun.

Bonus: The super-long lines are gone.

NB: You see, CW Nevius? There IS a sign out front. It says Tekka.

どうもありがとうミスターロボット (dōmo arigatō misutā Robotto)

秘密を知りたい (himitsu wo shiritai)

A 2013 Update for Albert Bartal, the Firefighter Seriously Injured after that Jack in the Box Fight in 2011

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

And when I say fight, I mean he ended up getting run over by a car on Geary near the infamous late-night Jack in the Box of the Inner Richmond.

Here’s the update:

Albert Bartal Support Group

“Elizabeth got to visit her Daddy on 1.18.13.”

I’m ignorant of the disposition of this case so I wouldn’t necessarily be protected if wrote about what I think of all this.

But why don’t you look into things and draw your own conclusion about what happened?

And then, why don’t you make a contribution?