Posts Tagged ‘L’

Appointed Supervisor Katy Tang Goes Off on Twitter over “Supervisor slams brakes on L-Taraval changes”

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Here you go:

Supervisor slams brakes on L-Taraval changes By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Und:

Parking Over Pedestrians: Tang Shuts Down L-Taraval Safety Plan BY JACK MORSE

And then came the blowback. First, from the long-time, SFG0v-connected, right-of-center SPUR:

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So what does that mean? The hed’s sensationalistic – well why’s that? I don’t get it, man. Katy Tang’s certainly not jamming the pedal to the metal, right?

And what “betrays the truth?” Hey, you know what the phrase could mean IRL? It could mean that somebody’s unintentionally revealing something, like, hey man I didn’t steal a _red_ car and then park it in a barn down near the big cafe in La Honda. Anyway, that’s what that phrase could mean.

And hey, here comes the appointed Supervisor herself:

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“Shameful?” WOW.

Also, “news” in quotes? OUCH. The ‘Xam isn’t news?

And here’s your stinger:

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Oh, so all this is Twitter’s fault? I think that’s what I’m hearing.

Of course, our local transit activists won’t ever be happy, but I don’t see what’s wrong with the SFMTA changing Taraval. If I were Traffic Czar, I’d put in a mess of traffic lights west of 19th, to like 25th or so, but that’s just me. And if I were Traffic Czar, I wouldn’t care what local small business owners think – that’s what would make me a czar, the lack of pressure from the Taraval Historic District Business Owners Association, or whatever these people might call themselves.

Anyway, this is what you get with appointed Supervisors, IMO.

Our Poorly-Negotiated Super Bowl 50 Deal Keeps on Giving – Pepsi Ads Remain on Broadway, Oh Well

Friday, April 15th, 2016

It will never leave us…

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It’s Official: San Francisco’s Recent Super Bowl 50 Corporate Party for the NFL was a “SUPER BUST,” per Our Castro Merchants and Others

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Well, here’s my memory of SFGov’s recent free-to-the-NFL hosting of Super Bowl L:

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(I think this one is from shanand.)

But the grown-up rich kids running our local “Host Committee” (who of course don’t want to reimburse SFGov) think everything went so great for us that we’ll be ready to do this whole thing over again as soon as five years from now – Super Bowl LV let’s say.

But we haven’t even cleaned up all the garbage yet, and we haven’t had time to add up all our losses.

Oh well.

Oh look, our Castro merchants are now weighing in on what they’re calling Super Bust 50.” See?

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“As the Super Let Down after Super Bowl 50 starts to fade, let’s remember who is going to end up paying the biggest price for Santa Clara hosting this huge sporting event – – we are: local merchants, especially in The Castro.  But, we are not alone, we hear, as local merchant associations all over San Francisco report down, soft revenues during SB50.  From all over The Castro and Upper Market neighborhood, I’ve heard from fellow merchants.  The nine days of official SB50 events in the City ballooned, for us, into over three weeks of SB50-related interruptions.  Customer traffic (locals and visitors alike) and revenues were some of their slowest on record during what had been promised as a “busy time.”   Nightmare predictions of over-crowded streets and traffic jams kept Bay Area local folks out of San Francisco.  Running “Bustitues” instead of the F Line historic streetcars between The Castro and Ferry Building for over three weeks further hurt our area’s local and visitor traffic and revenues.”

Read all about it at our Market Street Railway.

I’ll tell you, I was in the office one time when a Marin County realtor* tried to screw over an Area Attorney by trying tack on about $3000 to the attorney’s own executed deal for him to buy a house. The realtor was like, “Well, it loks like you don’t want this deal then, Sir.”

This was his reaction:

“I’m going to sue you. I’m going to sue your supervising broker. I’m going to sue your brokerage. I’m going to sue…”

And then, magically, poof, all the supposed necessary fees went away. This is how an attorney represents an attorney’s own personal interests.

Now, do I think that the attorneys who negotiated this lousy deal between SFGov and the NFL represented We The People the way they represent themselves when, say they buy a house for themselves? No, not at all. They view this corporate party as a way to please certain parties and as a way to have fun and excitement themselves, a way to show that our not so large city is actually in fact “world-class” and a way to compensate themselves for all the stress and strain involved with putting up with us, Us The People.

Oh well.

Oh hey, is our hotel tax a one-for-one substitute for our SB50-reduced sales tax revenue for our suffering Castro merchants and others? NOT AT ALL! Take a look at where the revenue goes – some of it gets siphoned off, instead of going to run SFGov / pay our unfunded pension liabilities etc.

Oh well

At least we’re not going to get the Olympics…

*Always lower-case. This is the only entry in my stylebook.

Stupor Bowl: Our Clumsy SFMTA Mistakenly Offers Up a Platform for People to Complain About Super Bowl 50 Disruptions

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Well here it is:

5 Tips for Getting Around SF During Super Bowl 50

And here’s just part of the reaction:

“Dear Aaron. Really, just blithely change your working hours or take vacation? Many of us can’t do that. Maybe you could acknowledge (without being snarky or a d bag) that this is going to screw a lot of people…”

“Here’s a big hint, SFMTA: 90% of the people who actually live and work in SF do not give a s#$t about the NFL or this party. We are not going to be happy about it no matter how much you try to spin it.”

“I’ve been following this fiasco and planned for a 1 week hiatus but 3 weeks?! And you’re just notifying Commuters now?!”

It goes on and on.

And, mind you, this Comments section, which looks like something you’d see on Reddit, SFGate or SFist, is being hosted at SFMTA.com.

QUESTION: Why does our sad-sack, POS local transit system feel the need to cheerlead for NFL Enterprises LLC?

Note to the NFL: If You Go Too Far with Corporate Sponsorships in San Francisco, You’re Going to Get Blowback – Sorry – Here’s an Example

Friday, January 15th, 2016

I don’t know who would pay a bunch of money for some advertising sculpture and then leave it out on a Western Addition sidewalk overnight, but it’s got to be somebody with a high tolerance for vandalism.

What our Local Host Committee might not have told you, NFL, is that Things Are Different Here, say compared with Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando and all those other places filled with people who actually want you to come visit every seven years.

Sorry.

To make my point, let’s head on over to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to check out this plaque celebrating General Motors (GM, actually Old GM, the one we had before the big bankruptcy):

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You see, back in the 1990’s, GM just gave us the low six figures it took to put in the beloved Panhandle Playground and all it asked in return was this wooden plaque. It’s says “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN* DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But the corporate part got chiseled away, by angry hippies.

Sorry, GM.

Do you really want to come back to SF to hosts your parties  for Super Bowl 57 or SBLXII or whatever? I don’t think you do, NFL.

Hey, what about LA as your Permanent West Coast Venue?

Just asking…

*A kind of car at the time. The branding had an Apple-ish kid of appeal, at the time. Ironically, SF never even had a local Saturn dealer, but a local ad agency did the branding so we ended up with a free playground.

OMG, Here It Is: The Full List of Street Closures for Super Bowl 50 – You’re Supposed to Comment Upon This But It’s Too Late Now, Of Course

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Here’s the news:

“Not only does this list seem lengthy, but it’s really going before ISCOTT less than a month before the closures are needed? Doesn’t seem like that makes it truly open to change.

Here

from: here

Indeed, it does.

Oh well.

Of course, some will benefit and some will lose with the Super Bowl L. Does this nuanced attitude make me a Debbie Downer in eyes of our local SB promoters? It sure does.

Oh well.

Indeed.

“ISCOTT AGENDA
INTERDEPARTMENTAL STAFF COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION FOR
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES

Meeting of January 14, 2016 – Thursday, 9:00 AM 1377th Regular Meeting
Meeting Location: One South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, Room #6052/3
Note the change of location for this hearing
MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 17, 2015 MEETING (ACTION ITEM)
The Committee to adopt the Minutes.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Members of the public may address ISCOTT members on matters that are within
ISCOTT purview and are not on today’s agenda.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
These proposed actions are an Approval Action as defined by S.F. Administrative
Code Chapter 31.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
A. Jessie Street between 6th and Mint Streets; Mint Street between Jessie and
Mission Streets; Intersection: Jessie Street at Mint Street
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8 AM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
Big Game Event Red Carpet at Mezzanine
B. Quesada Avenue between Lane and Keith Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9 AM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 5 PM
Rebuilding Day Kickoff Event
C. Eastbound Terry Francois Boulevard between 3rd and China Basin Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 7 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2 AM
Pier 48 Private Event
D. 22nd Street between Illinois Street and Easterly Terminus
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 6 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 2 of 5
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 4 AM
AND
18th Street (MUNI and Local Access Only) between Indiana and Illinois
Streets; 20th and 22nd Streets (MUNI and Local Access Only) between 3rd

and Illinois Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:30 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 1 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:30 AM
AND
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2:30 AM
Pier 70 Concerts and Events
E. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Southbound Parking, Bicycle and Westernmost
Traffic Lane Only) between Grove and McAllister Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
NFL Owners Dinner Valet Parking
F. Folsom Street (Northernmost Parking and Traffic Lanes Only) between 4th
and 2
nd Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 PM to 11 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
G. Taylor Street (Easternmost Traffic Lane) between Geary and O’Farrell Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 6 AM to 11:59 PM
AND
Leidesdorff Street between California and Pine Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 5 AM to 4 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
H. Ellis Street (Westbound Parking Lane) between Powell and Cyril Magnin
Streets; Ellis Street (Northernmost Traffic and Parking Lane Only) between
Cyril Magnin and Taylor Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 AM to 11:59 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
I. 4
th Street (Westernmost Traffic and Parking Lanes Only) between Minna and
Howard Streets; Minna Street (Southernmost Lane Only) between 4th Street
and 550 feet westerly
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
5
th Street (Easternmost Lane Only) between Minna and Howard Streets
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 6 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 3 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 3 of 5
J. Hayes Street (Two Northernmost Traffic Lanes Only) between Polk and
Larkin Streets; Grove Street between Polk and Larkin Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (East and West Parking and Westernmost Northbound Traffic
Lanes Only) between Grove and Hayes Streets
Friday, February 1, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (Southbound Traffic Lane and Two Westernmost Northbound
Traffic Lanes Only) between McAllister and Grove Streets; Carlton B.
Goodlett Place/Polk Street between McAllister and Hayes Streets; Grove
Street between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue; Fulton between Larkin and
Hyde Streets; Tom Waddell Place between Van Ness Avenue and Polk
Street; Intersections: Grove Street and Waddell Place at Polk Street
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1 PM to 10 PM
NFL Honors Event
K. Market Street between Davis and Steuart Streets; Southbound Embarcadero
between Washington Street and Don Chee Way; Steuart Street between
Market and Don Chee Way; Spear and Main Streets between Mission and
Market Streets; Intersections: Main, Drumm, Spear and Steuart Streets at
Market Street
NOTE: Local Access Allowed on Steuart, Spear and Main Streets
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (westernmost southbound lane only) between Washington and
Clay Streets;
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (easternmost lane only) between Don Chee Way
and Mission Street
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (southernmost eastbound lane only) between Drumm
Street and The Embarcadero
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 4 of 5
Drumm Street (easternmost northbound right turn lane only) between
Washington and Clay Streets;
Monday, January 25, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Steuart Street (West Parking Lane Only) between Market and Mission Streets
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (Parking Lane Only) between Don Chee Way and
400 Feet Northerly
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM
AND
Main and Spear Streets (Parking Lanes Only) between Market and Mission
Street; Steuart Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Howard Street and
Southerly Terminus
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Davis Street (Westside Parking Lane Only) between Washington and Clay
Streets; Clay Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and Drumm Streets
Friday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Drumm Street (West Parking Lane) between Washington and Clay Streets
Sunday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Southside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm Street
and The Embarcadero
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Northside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm and Davis
Streets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between Clay and
Washington Streets
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Washington and Jackson
Streets; Jackson Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and
DrummStreets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between
Sacramento and Clay Streets; California Street (Southside Parking Lane
Only) between Davis and Front Streets; Mission Street (Southside Parking
Lane Only) between Steuart Street and The Embarcadero
Friday, January 29, 2016, 5 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 PM
Super Bowl City

Frisco Update: What’s “OUR VERSION OF THE LOUVRE” Museum? – It’s Levi’s Stadium, Per the Super Bowl L Host Committee

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

[UPDATE: Well I can’t really change the headline now, but perhaps it’s Levi’s Stadium itself running these ads? IDK.]

In the words of Hannibal Lecter, WHAT COULD BE MORE OFFENSIVE?

Via Reader James Corrigan comes this:

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(I thought it was officially Super Bowl L, but I guess we want to Keep Things Simple for fans by calling it SB 50?)

I’ll tell you, I know people who spend three(!) hours a day getting back and forth to northern Santa Clara County and that’s with the benefit of carpool lanes. But if you want to spend your time (what, four hours?) going to and coming back from Much Further South, like all the way down to the city of Santa Clara, well then be my guest. (Bring money.)

What are the headwinds here? Domestic Violence? Concussion Dangers? Losing Record? Personal Seat Licenses Dropping In Value By 80%? Coldplay? (Fucking) Train? Addled Transit In The 415 With Zero Compensation From The NFL / Our Vaunted Host Committee? (Hoist Committee? Heist Committee?)

IDK, man.

LEVI’S STADIUM, I served with THE LOUVRE.* I knew THE LOUVRE.*  THE LOUVRE was a friend of mine.* LEVI’S STADIUM, you’re no THE LOUVRE.

Let’s mark this down as 2015’s Most Offensive Pop-Up Ad of the Year.

*Oh, not actually – I’ve never been to Paris. 

LEVI’S Stadium, 2014-20xx – Faded Glory – Treasured Family Heirloom Abandoned Already

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Abandoned:

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Already.

If you asked actual people who live in SF what “experience” they’d like to have next, very few would say an “NFL Experience” and nobody, I mean absolutely nobody, would say an NFL Experience Driven By Hyundai.

Just saying.

When will Levi’s Stadium become so old-fashioned that it’ll get imploded? Pretty soon…

MUNI’s Brave New World is Truly Orwellian: Like the #5L is Now the #5R? – Because “Rapid” “Sounds Better” Than Limited?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

So let’s see here, who’s offered me money, you know, for “outreach” that, you know, I’ve rejected? Well, PG&E and the SFPUC and that slow, clumsy SFMTA, for instance. Of course, some places, like the Bay Guardian (R.I.P.), and a defunct blog from the Avenues, and the MUNI Diaries or the SFBC, take money from those institutions, and in some cases, the dirty money has talked.

But it don’t talk to me.

Now you yourself might know more about MUNI than I, since I’ve mostly ridden bikes since I got here back in the 1980’s, because MUNI is such a remarkably poor transit system.

Having said that, WTF to this:

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One supposes that this is from an internal SFMTA PowerPoint presentation?

So “MUNI FORWARD?” What’s that? IDK. But let’s call it MUNI’s plan. And since we’re translating from marketing / “framing” words into Plain English:

“Investing” = Spending tax and fee payer money

“Customers” = Passengers

“Rapid” = Limited

Oh, here comes the “branding”

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Oh, a pole with a sign on it with the number of the bus? How fucking innovative! (Be sure to get a design patent on your “branding,” SFMTA.) And, what’s this,  you can’t put up plain simple cheap bike racks, you need to promote yourselves, SFMTA? Yish. Now “HISTORIC,” that means $6 one-way, soon enough, just as all the other lines will be $3 minimum, one-way, soon enough.

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[Poles + The airing of grievances = Festivus]

All right, time to pour the old wine into new bottles, or as they say in Japan: “古いワイン、新しいボトル” [Oh, snap!] So forget about the “branding” of the brand-new #5L, that new line that’s not really faster than the regular old #5, not really. Oh, here we go:

The 5L doesn’t really work

That’s from 40 Going On 28, who similarly isn’t on the take from the SFMTA. Anyway, here’s your scorecard showing that the 5L is history:

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(Comrades, the 5L is the 5R, therefore, the 5L has always been the 5R)

The nice thing about the word Limited is that it’s accurate and people understand it. OTOH, calling any particular SFMTA bus line “Rapid” might not be accurate, right?

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And here’s the Good News, Gentle Reader! OMG! Look at all the exclamation points! Wow!

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Of course some things the SFMTA wants to do are good and some are bad.

Hey, MUNI, what about all your antiquated work rules, what about those?

Oh, that’s hard to deal with? Oh, you’d rather just rename things and make PowerPoints? OK fine.

Anyway, we’ll see how this one goes…

*Originally, I had a heavy $199 cr0-molly MTB from Price Club and then I got some other bikes and now my main ride is a heavy aluminum $269 MTB from the Marin Bikes Outlet at 7th and Folsom. Not much has changed, huh? 

Here’s Why “Evil Republican Billionaire” Sean Parker is Four Times LESS Evil Than What the SFMTA Crowd is Saying

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Well, here’s the latest from the I HEART THE SFMTA NO MATTER HOW TERRIBLE IT MIGHT BE crowd on Sean Parker and Prop L.

The thing is, poor, sensitive* Sean Parker actually is the number one booster of Prop A, the billion dollar general obligation bond what the I HEART THE SFMTA NO MATTER HOW TERRIBLE IT MIGHT BE crowd really really wants passed.

Check it – he’s listed number one, owing to his $200,000 donation:

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Prop A is real life – it will take tens of millions of property tax dollars and, through “pass-throughs,” it just might raise your rent to the tune of thousands and thousands of dollars over the years. By that, I’m not saying that rents will go up generally, I’m saying you the renter will have to pay a surcharge to your landlord on top of the rent you already pay, despite your rent control.

OTOH, Prop L will have no effect whether it gets 49% or 51% of the vote. Of course, if it wins in a landslide, it will make life a bit more difficult for some activists. But if it loses in a landslide, it will be a useful talking point for those very same activists.

IMO, the SFMTA is afraid of any vote where it can’t control the selection of the voters. It’s grown accustomed to claiming widespread “community support” for all of its efforts. The SFMTA uses this sample bias to make itself feel better, and to help it to grow more and more, which is its number one goal.

So, stop abusing poor, sensitive Sean “Park”-er. He’s on your side, you “livable streets” people.

*He canceled his honeymoon after his stupid illegal wedding made the news? What he should have said was, “I’m sorry, I screwed up – I’ll try to make things better.” And then go on and pay the millions and millions he was going to pay anyway. See? Simple. Instead, his billionaire type friends “supported” him by telling him how “wronged” he was. Oh well.