Posts Tagged ‘long’
Where Do People Regularly Line Up to Get Into a Tiki Bar Four Hours Before Sunset? At the Smuggler’s Cove, 650 GoughFriday, June 13th, 2014
Doesn’t look like much from the outside, I’ll tell you, but this underground tiki bar certainly is más popular
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Opening bell is at 5:00 PM, so I see this madding crowd every Saturday – perhaps I’ll visit sometime…
- Readers’ Poll: Best Cocktail Bar in San Francisco
SF Weekly, May 2014
- The Best Bars in America 2013
Esquire Magazine, June 2013
- World’s 50 Best Bars (2011, 2012, 2013)
- The 50 Greatest Bars on Earth
Times of London, May 2012
- 50 Best Bars in America (2010, 2011, and 2012)
Food & Wine Magazine
- America’s Best Bars 2012
- Best SF Bar
SFist, September 2011
- 2011 Cocktail Lounge of the Year
Nightclub and Bar Awards
- Best New Cocktail Lounge in America
Bon Appétit August 2010
- Best Cocktails in the Bay Area
2011 SF Bay Guardian Reader’s Poll
- Best Overall Bar in San Francisco
2010 SF Bay Guardian Reader’s Poll
This bus says, “ELECTRIC POWERED” on the side.
In fact, it’s diesel powered.
But MUNI wants you to like MUNI more, so there you go:
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Hey, speaking of diesel, guess which incompetent local government agency has put more petroleum into the bay than the world-famous Cosco Busan oil spill ship? That’s right, it’s the SFMTA.
Oh look, the feds have a new webpage for the 2009 settlement agreement.
“City and County of San Francisco Clean Water Act Settlement
SAN FRANCISCO (November 2, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking action against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency following federal violations of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
On the page:
- Overview and Location of Facilities
- Injunctive Relief
- Pollutants Addressed
- Environmental Effects
- Civil Penalty
- Comment Period
The City and County of San Francisco is a municipality organized under the laws of California that operates the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (“SFMTA”) and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (“SFPUC”). The SFMTA operates a diverse fleet of trolley cars, street cars, light rail, alternative fuel vehicles and 495 diesel buses that are serviced and re-fueled at facilities owned and operated by the SFMTA. The SFPUC provides water, wastewater and municipal power services.
Between November and December 2005, approximately 940 barrels (39,488 gallons) of red dye diesel fuel were discharged from one of the Municipality’s underground storage tanks (USTs) at the John M. Woods Motor Coach Facility (Woods Motor Coach Facility). The diesel spread through a piping system into a storm drain, through wastewater collection piping to a pump station, into Islais Creek and eventually San Francisco Bay.
The discharge was caused by a ruptured hose. The leak continued for several days, as sensors, flashers and alarm reports and other leak indicators were ignored. This failure by SFMTA to comply with federal requirements for the management of USTs resulted in the release of diesel fuel and Clean Water Act discharge and pretreatment violations.
After this spill, EPA conducted inspections at several of SFMTA’s facilities and identified violations of EPA’s spill prevention regulations at three of them: Flynn, Kirkland, and Marin.
The five facilities covered by this settlement are in the City and County of San Francisco:
- Woods Motor Coach Facility – 1095 Indiana Street
- Flynn Motor Coach Facility – 15th and Harrison Street
- Kirkland Motor Coach Facility – 151 Beach Street
- Marin Fuel Stand – 1399 Main Street
- Southeast Water Collection System Pump Station
- Clean Water Act (CWA) Sections 311(b), 301(a), 307(d)
- Oil Pollution Prevention regulations issued pursuant to CWA Section 311(j )(the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Section 9003(a)
- The Consent Decree requires San Francisco to implement an Incident Command System (ICS) Exittraining program.
- San Francisco must appoint an ICS training coordinator to implement the program.
- San Francisco employees in certain position categories must complete and renew at least every 2 years, ICS level 100 and 200 training.
- Other identified employee positions must complete and renew at least every 2 years, ICS level 300 and 400 level training, if they are reasonably expected to coordinate with any Incident Response Management Team.
- San Francisco must maintain training certification documents and provide them to EPA upon request.
- San Francisco must also ensure that any contractor, including contractor employees who engage in any aspect of incident response on behalf of San Francisco, have completed the corresponding level of ICS training prior to performing any incident response activity.
- San Francisco must include language to this effect in any contract regarding incident response.
- San Francisco must submit an annual report to EPA with information addressing the ICS training program requirements.
- The oil spill of red dye diesel fuel addressed by this settlement discharged at least 940 barrels of oil (39,488 gallons).
- The oil storage capacity of the facilities addressed by this settlement is a total of 137,500 gallons that are subject to SPCC requirements.
- For more information about Oil Pollution Prevention rule requirements
The oil spill of red dye diesel fuel addressed by this settlement discharged at least 940 barrels of oil (39,488 gallons). Oil spills are known to cause both immediate and long-term harm to human health and ecosystems. Oil prevents oxygen in water and can suffocate wildlife.
Oil emulsions may stick to the gills of fish or coat and destroy algae or other plankton. Floating oil may reduce water exposure to the circulation of oxygen and, in conjunction with emulsified oil, interfere with photosynthesis.
Oil slicks can kill birds, contaminate food sources, reduce animal and plant reproduction and contaminate nesting habitats. Oil spills can cause long-term effects years later even if the oil remains in the environment for a relatively short period of time.
Petroleum oils can also undergo oxidation and polymerization reactions and can form tars that persist in the environment for years. These harms will be prevented by EPA’s Section 311 enforcement efforts and this settlement agreement. Please see EPA’s Emergency Management pages for more information about the effects of chemicals, hazardous substances and oils on the environment.
San Francisco will pay a total penalty of $250,000 to resolve its alleged liability for CWA and RCRA violations, of which $227,000 will be paid to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for CWA Section 311 discharge and SPCC violations. The remaining $23,000 will be paid to the U.S. Treasury for CWA pretreatment and RCRA violations.
The proposed settlement, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval. Information on submitting comment is available at the Department of Justice website.
For additional information, contact:
Water Enforcement Division
Office of Civil Enforcement – OECA
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2242A)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
As was foretold, the newly-approved bench and table and chairs at 225 Bush are kind of a mess. What’s the point in having a super wide sidewalk in the 94104 Financh if there’s going to be a bottleneck betwixt a giant 17 foot tall ad (a former newspaper kiosk long since closed down) and all this?
I cry foul.
Actually, I didn’t cry foul afore the deadline to do so passed by in June 2013. As I’m not a NIMBY. And now that we can see the bench but also the table and the chairs, we can see that all this stuff takes up too much space and leaves like three feet of space for the peds to squeeze by.
Even Coffee Culture lovers / customers were appalled by these cheesy plastic chairs when they first appeared.
IDK, maybe this sitch has fixed itself the past few weeks, but this system of having a trial and putting up a sign for people to complain to SFGov doesn’t work if corporations do a bait and switch deal with the layout.
Again, I cry foul.
Oh, and speaking of corporations:
Dude, do you think you leased the sidewalk too?
Approve not I do.
The Crowded Sidewalks of Bush Street: Is There Room for Chairs Betwixt “Curry Up Now” and “Coffee Cultures?”Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Uh, no, there’s not.
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Now I’ll tell you, I couldn’t care less* about this issue, but you? You have a lot of time on your hands…
If I were in charge, I’d probably say thumbs down on the street furniture, but I’d allow them some signage.
Of course, I’m not in charge and, as stated, I don’t care.
Super don’t care.
As always, I’ll find a way** to navigate the Streets of San Francisco regardless.
*Obviously, things are going to be a bit crowded at lunchtime, ’cause that curry truck is uber popular. OTOH, passersby might not ever realize that’s there’s a new upscale coffee place there unless they see people hanging about sipping away. (This reminds me of parklets, which some business owners think they own because the process for getting one is so costly.)
**But I don’t use a wheelchair…
The Phrase “Long Gun” is Something the SFPD Thinks You Can Handle But the Chronicle Disagrees – Is It Lingo?Monday, April 1st, 2013
See? The SFPD just assumes you know that they’re talking about shotguns and/or rifles.
But I’ll tell you, the San Francisco Chronicle considers the phrase to be lingo, based upon the number of times I’ve seen it removed from headlines on SFGate.com
Myself, I think it’s fine phrase….
I”m surprised that there isn’t like 15 cars parked on this thing 24-7:
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This must be the biggest amount of unused space in the entire Western Addition.
Man, the cops are all over the place in and around Union Square these days, the better to protect the all-important holiday shopper.
So that means SFPD vehicles parked all over, as a show of force for newly-arrived felons, including your Mobile Command Centers One, Two, and/or Three, and beat cops just standing around the corner of Fifth and Market answering tourists’ requests about which direction is the Metreon, that kind of thing.
And if you’re a drug dealer, the SFPD will literally tell you to conduct your business a few blocks up Market near Turk, you know, in the Twitterloin containment / enterprise zone, where you belong.
A half-dozen cops, one felon, Market Street betwixt Fifth and Sixth:
Don’t click to expand, in fact, shrink it down if you want, but, just saying, there’s always a reason when I post a messed-up filtered photo…
Look for things to get back to normal starting the morning of January 1, 2013…