Posts Tagged ‘L’

An SFFD Chinatown Mystery: “145 = 529″ on Engine 2

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

What does it mean?

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I think 145 is what corrupt millionaire non-profit profiteer Rose Pak pays for her below-market District 6 condo each month in dollars, but what does the 529 stand for?

It’s a mystery…

 

OMG, It’s Phil Ting’s L-Taraval Express Bus! Free Breakfast, WiFi – November 1st Only – RSVP Today

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

If you live anywhere near Taraval, you’re going to want to get in on this.

On November 1, Phil Ting and the Reset San Francisco campaign will pilot its own L-Taraval Express Bus from 46th Avenue & Taraval Street to Downtown San Francisco. (This is an idea from our L-Taraval Muni Town Hall after riders heard about the highly regarded NX-Judah Express.) RSVP for the L-Taraval Express! We’ll have breakfast and wi-fi on board too. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis, so please RSVP.”

OMG, right?

Artist’s conception of Phil Ting driving the LX Taraval Express:

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Here are the pick up times:

• 46th and Taraval – 7:30AM (map)
• 40th and Taraval – 7:35AM (map)
• 32nd and Taraval – 7:40AM (map)
• 19th and Taraval – 7:47AM (map)

Here are the drop-off points:

• Civic Center – 8:25AM (map)
• Powell – 8:30AM (map)
• Montgomery – 8:35AM (map)
• Embarcadero – 8:40AM (map)

See you there!

Prop L / Sit-Lie / Civil Sidewalks Update: The Reverend Billy at 1:00 PM Today – Praveen Madan’s Viewpoint – FTC’s Backyard

Monday, October 25th, 2010

First up comes the Reverend Billy, who plans to “exorcise” Proposition L today en La Mission. (Now, “Wheezy” wants me back at the Help Center so I can’t go, but this event should prove amusing.) Deets after the jump.

Next up, comes The BookSmith‘s Praveen Madan, who doesn’t like the sit / lie.

And here’s Scott James, who points out that “Without Cash, Sit/Lie Won’t Share Santa Cruz Program’s Success.”

And finally, let’s a take a look at a pro-Prop L rally from a while ago – it was held at FTC Skate Boarding, a close of neighbor of the aforementioned BookSmith book sto’.

This was the scene on Haight Street, with these people voicing opposition to L:

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And here’s FTC owner Kent Uyehara a few door down, talking about why he’s supporting Civil Sidewalks, with SFPD Police Chief George Gascon in the background there:

Now I can’t tell you all the shenanigans planned for this rally by some of the anti-L people because I don’t know all the deets, but nothing occurred because FTC’s secured and ginormous backyard was the venue. See? Look, Michela Alioto-Pier was there:

And here’s Paul Henderson, of the office of District Attorney Kamala Harris:

And speaking of District 2, candidate for Supervisor Mark Farrell was on the scene as well:

You get to this private backyard via a tunnel between two buildings on  Haight Street – it’s amazing. (Come the Revolution, this thing will become Peoples Park West, no doubt.) Note old-school bathtub:

And, oh, here’s District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu carrying water for Civil Sidewalks in the Middle / “Outer” Sunset (The Midset!) on Irving in the rain yesterday:

So that’s your Prop L / Sit-Lie / Civil Sidewalks Update.

The Rev. Billy, and more from Carmen, after the jump

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If Your Mini Cooper Car is Too Big to Park in San Francisco, Consider a Fiat Cinquecento

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

This cream-colored 1968 Fiat Cinquecento (500) L is just the thing for squeezing into parking spaces that are just too small for your new-jack BMW Mini Cooper.

Get a 500 and models will come visit you at your country estate and you’ll get all kinds of attention. Plus, this type of car was the subject of 500 (Shake, Baby Shake) from Lush, back in the day, so there you go.

See? The crowded sidewalks of Harrsion Street:

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The “L” stands for lusso (loo-ssaw), which means luxury, of a sort. (If only it had suicide doors…)

The nickname is bambina, but some people call it topolino, little mouse.

Shake, baby shake.

Potential Church of Scientology Recruit on Market Street Advised: “Run Girl, Run!”

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

This was how it looked back in the day on Market Street near the Old Navy Flagship Store at the intersection of Fourth and Towne Market. The Church of Scientology had some of its members do some outreach, perhaps they still do that these days.

Anyway, you touch “the cans” and that shows how much stress you have, or something. (Actually, one thing the test tells you how much your grip changes when you hold the cans – do you think that’s a useful measure of anything?)

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So, one problem is that the whole idea is ridiculous and another is that the Scientologist him/herself might be pressured into buying one of the E-Meters the metal can things are connected to. That’s something on the order of $4000 – an awful lot for a P.O.S., really. Even the eBay price seems to have no relationship to the cost of the parts used to make it. So who’s the real victim in this photo? Hard to tell.

Presenting the “Mark Super VII Quantum E-meter

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Anyway, a passerby suggested to the person in the first photo to, “Drop the cans and run. Run Girl, Run!”

Mayor Willie Brown Parties at the WashBag – What Decade is This?

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

This was the scene when former San Francisco Mayor and urban planner Willie Brown dropped by the newly reopened Washington Square Bar and Grill in North Beach. The place was packed last night, with slightly more than the maximum occupancy of 103 souls. Read about “bachelor” Willie L. Brown, Jr. and the Washington Square Bar and “Grille” here in the LATimes. (And read about the night’s “weirdness” here, from Steven T. Jones.)

It’s the 1970′s all over again. The WashBaG is BACK, baby!

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Here’s what they said about the WashBag the before it closed last year:

“This SF landmark, re-opened after being painstakingly restored, is a perfect time capsule of Herb Cain-era North Beach, when writers, politicians, musicians, professional athletes and charmingly crooked cops all schmoozed, boozed and occasionally ate here. Gimmick-free and defiantly old-school, “The Washbag” clings to its history with memorabilia and framed black-and-whites of local icons…”

The only thing missing was writer Herb Caen, but he was there in spirit, embracing his beloved North Beach, in a way.

Herb Caen Way, a “25-foot-wide pedestrian promenade, running 3.2 miles along the waterfront next to the Embarcadero from South Beach to Fisherman’s Wharf.”

Long Live the Washbag

Building Full of Graffiti No Match for Caterpillar 385c L UHD

Friday, December 5th, 2008

This is the scene today at the old Public Health Service Hospital in Presidio. All that unauthorized graffiti is being terminated with extreme prejudice by a giant yellow Caterpillar 385c L Ultra High Demolition Hydraulic Excavator with green MP30 Primary Pulverizer Jaws.

What will the kids over at phsh.org make of this?

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All you can do about it turn on the slideshow, crank up the Beyonce, and cry.

Giant Lexus Hybrid Luxury Sedans Have Arrived in San Francisco

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Here it is, one of the first Lexus LS 600h L hybrid luxury sedans to arrive in San Francisco. The letter “L” appended to the end of the model name stands for “long,” so it’s a little difficult to navigate on our narrow streets.

However, balance that with the letter “h,” which tells tout le monde your ride is a hard-to-get six-figure hybrid, the most expensive in the land.  

And it’s even bigger and better than the slightly older Lexus GS450h hybrid.

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(Sir Paul McCartney just got his LS 600h L on the other side of the pond, but he was horrified about how it was delivered to him. Chin up, Paul!)

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