Posts Tagged ‘Joe’

Google, You’re So Adorable: Art Clokey’s 90th Birthday – Google Doodle Honors Gumby, Pokey, Others

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Now maybe it’s the four-figure check direct from Mountain View, CA what’s sitting in my wallet that’s influencing me here, but I don’t think so. I’ll just say it: Gaia Bless Google. And here’s why.

These days, the Online Axis of Evil is composed of Facebook, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) what’s currently running the People’s Republic of China, and [INSERT YOUR CHOICE HERE,] right? Well, Google’s fighting all of them, tempering them, making them behave better, all the time. Hurray! Hurray for Google.

So sure, maybe they sent a multi-hued car to your street to packet-sniff your cellie ‘n stuff like that. But they didn’t mean it or nothing.

So Google, keep on keeping on, that’s the Message of the Day.

Speaking of which, it’s Art Clokey’s 90th, so be sure to check out today’s Google Doodle:

See? Adorable!

Free Books! Former HEW Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr Speaks About Kids and Drugs September 27th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Joseph A. Califano, Jr wants to give you a copy of his latest book, How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents.

To get it, all you need to do is register and show up to hear him speak on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El up there at 2 Lake Street.

Easy peasy, right? But act now – you need to be among the first 400 to register to be able to claim your tome gratis

Did you know that JAC is “now one of only two living former secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare?” Wiki makes mention of this factoid. Srlsy.

All the deets:

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA* Chairman and Founder, in San Francisco to Discuss His Parenting Book, ‘How to Raise A Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents’

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 — Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Founder and Chairman of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, will discuss his new book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at The Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA.  This is a free community event.  Complimentary books for the first 400 people to register at www.emanuelsf.org/register.

Califano will share almost 20 years worth of insight and research on what really prevents children from using drugs and alcohol and will help parents understand that they have the greatest influence on their children’s decision to use drugs and alcohol.

Califano will offer advice on how to discuss many of the most daunting parenting topics like:

 –  When and how to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol.
 –  How to respond when your kid asks, “Did you ever try drugs?”
 –  How to know when your child is most at risk.
 –  How to prepare your teen for the freedoms and perils of college.

Califano will be introduced by Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, D.D., Ph.D.  Following the presentation will be a Q&A session and book signing.

WHAT: Advice driven presentation based on parenting book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents

 WHO: Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA Founder and Chairman

 WHERE: The Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA.

 WHEN:        Monday, September 27, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

*The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University is neither affiliated with, nor sponsored by, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (also known as “CASA”) or any of its member organizations, or any other organizations with the name of “CASA”.

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

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Debut of Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet a Huge Success at the Ferry Building

Friday, March 26th, 2010

As promised, famed Taylor’s Automatic Refresher has a new name as of yesterday: Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet.

The reviews are already in for yesterday’s completely free party:

Expectations:  a long line of grumpy people and a halfway decent burger. Reality: A fast moving line with friendly people, friendly staff and a fun event with a DJ. 3 choices, ahi, cheeseburger, kimchee pulled pork. All came with fries and a drink (soda, champagne, beer). I was so surprised that they did the whole meal not just the free burger! The burger was cooked perfectly medium, fries were perfect and beer was good.”

Throw in 1000 free red shirts and it turned out to be quite the shindig. We’re talking crunk crunk, junk junk, drunk drunk.

Ah, Cristal, my T-shirt, and a couple of free ahi burgers - why not?  

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Yesterday’s mise-en-scene:

Verily, it was a “dancin’ on the tables kinda night.”

Bon Chance, Gott’s Roadside!

Free Food Thursday at Taylor’s Automatic Refresher – New Name is “Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet”

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

(I’ll tell you, ever since the Bay Area News Project co-opted me from discussing San Francisco Bay Area News  / Culture / Community under the Citizen brand, well alls that’s left to talk about* are free food giveaways. Leave us commence.)

Turns out that beloved Taylor’s Automatic Refresher had a little intellectual property hassle having to do with ownership of its name, so starting tomorrow refer to this glorified hamburger stand as “Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet.” (It’s just like when Murder Burger of Davis, CA changed its name to Redrum Burger.)

Anyway, to mark this occasion, they’ll be giving away free food at their Ferry Building location from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Thursday, March 24th, 2010. Feel free to drop by Gott’s Roadside to nosh on:

“…cheeseburgers, ahi burgers, kimchi and pork burgers, fries, ice cream sandwiches and drinks.”

via Laughing Squid

It’s going to be a madhouse  Enjoy.

*The white man ain’t left me nothing out here but the underworld, and THAT is where I dance. Where do you dance?

KQED SFBG-SFW Throwdown: Two Alt-Weeklies Enter, One Alt-Weekly Leaves

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

This is it – years of competition betwixt the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly will culminate at a free-for-all tomorrow morning in the Thunderdome that is the recording studio of KQED-FM.

KQED Forum host Michael Krasney will play the role of Aunty Entity (seeing as how Tina Turner is unavailable). Expect the bout to begin at 9:00 AM, Friday, January 8th, 2010 on 88.5 FM and online.

It’s on - Friday, Friday, Friday! 

Two Alt-Weeklies Enter, One Alt-Weekly Leaves

UPDATE: On It Goes

Belief in Ridiculous Handheld Cell Phone Law is California’s State Religion

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Oh how they’re mocking us in New York. Why? It’s ’cause of our stupid cell phone law (California Vehicle Code Section 23123), the one that’s not based on scientific study, the one that says there’s a great deal of difference between handsfree cell phone calls and regular old cell phone calls when driving. Are there powerful forces conspiring to prevent an outright ban on cell phone use for drivers? Yes.

Is the National Highway Safety Administration afraid to raise the issue of how it doesn’t matter if you use hands-free technology? Yes, pretty much.

You’re cold busted, legendary film producer Irwin Allen. After seeing this, my first impulse was to run up on you and do a Rambo, but then I realized that even if you had hands-free technology back in 1973, using it wouldn’t have made a difference anyway:

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(Yes, this is a Rolls Royce. Thanks for asking!)

Would Maria Shriver be safer with a hands-free connection when she yaks away behind the wheel? No.

Oh well.

Kaiser Permanente is Just Begging to be Sued by the New York MTA

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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See those letters in solid-colored circles at the bottom of the Kaiser Permanente “thrive” bus stop ad near Geary and Gough? That just might earn Kaiser a cease and desist letter from Lester G. Freundlich, Senior Associate Counsel, Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Just check out beloved local website Muni Diaries here and here to learn of the metaphorical long-distance beat-down 40WithEgg recently received all the way from the Empire State.

The problem comes from using circled capital letters while referencing a transit theme.

Well let’s see dare ah, you’se got an “A,” in dare - what’s youse guys doin’ wit our freaking “A”? Click to expand:

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Of course, you’d think that Kaiser would have looked at this issue already, but you never know.

These days, Joe Moore appears to be off of the thin ice for now, but who knows what the future will bring. Will he get sued by MUNI?

Possibly. Oh well.

Give those New Yawkers Hell, Joe. And Kaiser, you too.

Let’s close with a sample of a scary cease and desist letter. Cheers.

Dear Mr. Smith:

Your above store was selling through website www.Cafeshops.com a variety of T-shirts based upon Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s trademarks for various routes of the New York City subway system.

The symbols for the routes of the New York City subway system are MTA intellectual property which may not be used on products without a license from MTA. In the absence of a license for these products, you must immediately cease to sell the unlicensed products.

On the basis of the above, at MTA’s demand, www.cafeshops.com has removed your shop from its site.

This is to demand that, if you are manufacturing or selling these products through any other channel, you must cease and desist immediately.

Please respond immediately in writing to me at the address indicated below or by email at the address indicated below, by completing the applicable statements on page 2 and returning this letter to me.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Lester G. Freundlich
Senior Associate Counsel
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Obama as Joker Posters Come Down as Soon as They are Put Up in San Francisco

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Read all about the way these Obama as The Joker posters have been glued up all over the Financial District and the SoMA.

Or better yet, see the culprit, Joe or Kris, one of them, in action for yourself. (In this particular case, a woman is NOT the culprit. How refreshing!)

As seen on Mission Street:

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I’d expect them to be all torn down by now…

Another Street Plaza! Mason Street Blocked Off Tomorrow for Two-Month Trial

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The Pedestrianist today reminds us all that the temporary closure of 184 feet of Mason Street begins tomorrow, August 1, 2009. (And, as ususal, The Streetsblog can always get you up to speed on streets issues right quick.)

Check it. Can you see that tiny stretch of Mason between Lombard and Columbus? Imagine people lounging about (in the middle of the damn street!) for the next eight weeks or so.

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Here’s the mise-en-scene:

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See the upper left corner? That little triangle is your possible future library location, pending NIMBY approval:

 

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So if you ever experience congestion in North Beach or Chinatown or Fisherman’s Wharf, be sure to blame it on this tiny temporary plaza.

Will it be a “traffic nightmare“? The people at Save Mason Street think so.

Brace yourselves…

Hazelwood and Valdez Together in San Francisco, Where’s Exxon Ave?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Let’s journey to the insular “secretive subdivision” of Westwood Highlands, on the slopes of Mount Davidson.

Whoever laid out and named the streets there must have had a sense of humor, because Hazelwood Avenue and Valdez Avenue are together forever, entwined through the ages.

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Hazelwood, of course, was the captain of the oil-tanker Valdez when it spilled its guts all over Prince William Sound and beyond two decades ago. It was like the Cosco Busan oil spill excepting that it involved about 200 times as much petroleum.

So that might be on your mind the next time you visit this small neighborhood of “minimal bungalows.”

Another thing that might strike you about Westwood Highlands was that it was one of the earliest planned residential communities in the United States, where property owners all would agree to be governed by a commons set of controls and restrictions. At the very least, that means “No Black People” is what that means.

Of course WestHigh wasn’t the only place in the world where this was the case, but it’s sort of funny when “born and raised in San Francisco” NIMBYs start talking about all the rules and customs they honor, they always leave this history out.

Here you go, this is typical. Just substitute “black people” for “in-law apartments” and “white people” for “single-family.”

IN-LAW UNIT AMNESTY
“Editor — Mayor Willie Brown’s recent re-election pledge to attempt to legalize the city’s illegal in-law apartments is unjust. Almost a hundred years ago many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods were designed and zoned for single-family use.

Our neighborhood, Westwood Highlands Homeowners, was so designated in 1924. Its status as such is further ensured by the mandatory covenants, controls and restrictions to which all Westwood Highlands residents must agree. Moreover, Proposition M, the voter mandate that states that the diversity of San Francisco’s neighborhoods be preserved, would be violated under this amnesty plan. People who move to single-family areas like ours because they enjoy the safety, convenience, parking and uncongested atmosphere that our single-family tracts have to offer have every right to do so.

In recent years, several city politicians have floated this illegal unit amnesty plan. In every case the plans have been abandoned. Mayor Brown should also give up on this unfair, unwise and unjust idea.

DAVID BISHO
President, Westwood Highlands Homeowners Association San Francisco”

You see? It’s the same argument. “My neighborhood was founded on the idea of ______, therefore it can never change.”

Little pink bungalo houses, for you and me and all the other pink people, and let’s keep it that way, for as long as we can…