This semi-official “Neighborhood Ambassador” of the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers event somehow got the idea that she should start shutting down the annual after-party on Fell Street all by herself.
She spent a while hectoring these street youth until one of them proffered his hand for a high-five good-bye. (You see, he was too polite just to walk away during the haranguing session.) She left him hanging for a bit with his hand fixed in the air but eventually she responded in kind and then the kids, the Future of America, the people who were doing nothing wrong, felt free to walk away without appearing to be too disrespectful.
The scene on Fell – what happens when you try to end an afternoon party at lunchtime:
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Some of the “Ambassadors” felt it was their job to prevent people from walking across the Panhandle to get to the other side, you know, the same way residents of Fell Street do the other 364 days of the year, However, the citizens of SF mostly managed to ignore these brownshirts.
“If they’re open containers we pour it out,” said an officer who declined to give his name. “If they’re closed we leave them alone. If they’re drunk we take them to the tank, if they fight we arrest them.”
This comports exactly with what I’ve seen. So that’s what you should keep in mind when you show up for the street party in 2012
Now, check it, the cops have already passed through and DPW is still cleaning up Fell Street, but, the party rages on past 1:00 PM:
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.
Now remember, personal headphones are legal at today’s Bay to Breakers 100, but nudity is not – or is that the other way round? No matter, as long as you spectators can make it to Hayes Street Hill and the Panhandle area in the Western Addition, you’ll be sure to catch the action.
Why do they call the somewhat corrupt company what tows away your car “Auto Return?” They ought to call themselves Auto Take-away, right?
One car gets away in the nick of time, but three others aren’t so lucky:
Ted and Al’s had like ten yellow tow trucks ready to go late Saturday night, in the driving rain. (Note how Bank of America is protecting its windows – the IndyBay crowd got to them, smashy smashy, about a year or so back, unrelated to Bay to Breakers.)
Now, speaking of prêt-à-porters, this is the main body, this is the largest array for the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:
And here’s the second-biggest grouping, along Masonic:
And there are some on the other side of Fell, typically in groups of six on some of the blocks.
But that’s it.
Not sure where B2B is hiding their 1000+ portable toilets claimed for 2011, at this point, just hours before the Kenyans take off on their winning runs.
And there’s no sign of the fencing neither, except for what they have every year.
The Great Fence of B2B100 is supposed to have upon it either images of Christ hand-selected by P. Anschutz or photos of people who ran the race before white NIMBYs moved into the Western Addition. (You’ll have to tell me about it…). Anyway, here’s the baby fencing they have on scene already along with, and isn’t this cute, a message from San Francisco Natives for a Fun and Buzzed Bay to Breakers. Apparently, the cops can’t arrest for an open container in San Francisco…
And doesn’t this just break your heart – this Vespa scooter has been forgotten on the slopes of the famed Hayes Street Hill, the second highest point on the “racecourse.” Will Auto-Return charge $700 for its return?
[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!
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?
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…
Has anybody ever been arrested at a BtoB for alcohol possession? I don’t know, maybe some mouthy minors have. What I’ve seen myself is the SFPD taking away people’s alcohol or making them pour it out. Oh well.
Leave us not forget the “tipping points,” the years when things went too far in the opinion of the white, aging, home-owning, Prop 8-supporting millionaires and billionaires who get upset every year.
So, in 2008, 2007 was the “tipping point.”
In 2009, 2008 was the tipping point.
In 2010, 2009 was the tipping point.
And in 2011:
“Last year was the tipping point,” said David Perry, who was hired by the city to help publicize the new rules. “Last year was such a mess that organizers, the city and (police) decided we had to change something.”
And you know, for all the talk, there are years where nobody gets arrested at one of the biggest street parties left in the 415.
Now the homeowner’s associations of the Western Addition are pressuring area stores to not open on Sunday morning, to not sell alcohol. The people at the stores where I’ve visited think that’s a laughable idea. (Anyway, I’ll check and see how effective our local Taliban’s anti-alcohol campaign is come Sunday.)