Posts Tagged ‘lottery’

Win $400 with the SFMTA’s “ON-BOARD TRANSIT SURVEY?” And Oh, Let’s Talk “Sample Bias”

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Here’s what it looks like:

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You only get entered into the lottery if you give your name, address, and phone number, I think.

You can win like $400, I think. Or maybe just something worth $400, IDK.

IMO, MUNI is a Lesser Transit Agency what has lots of room for improvement. But you won’t find my opinions on SFMTA’s website here, for example. I don’t like the whole SFMTA operation, so why would give it my digits? So what the SFMTA should say is something like, “Of the people who like MUNI, here’s what they think about MUNI.”

(The big problem with the SFMTA is that it’s run for the employees of the SFMTA.)

(And hey, what’s this “customer” stuff? If a PCO issues a ticket and puts it on your car, are you its “customer?” Well, you’d make a payment at Customer Service, so go figure. Or what if you live in LA and your car has never been in Frisco and you get a ticket in the mail – would you then be a “customer” in this kind of mix-up?)

Anyway, you can’t win if you don’t play…

So, Who Just Killed the Beloved, Annual, SF Nike Women’s Half Marathon? Nike, Of Course, But Also NIMBYs, High SFGov Fees?

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Read the news and turn the pages:

“After more than 10 years of hosting one of the most anticipated race registration lotteries, lighting up the streets of San Francisco and handing out those coveted Tiffany necklaces to finishers, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon will not be returning to Union Square in 2016.”

Here’s your NIMBY problem – the Presidio and RPD don’t/didn’t mind this route, but millionaire residents of the Western Addition and the Great Sand Wastes certainly do/did. 

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And speaking of RPD, SFGov, DPW, the SFMTA, and all the rest of the “City Family*” Alphabet soup, they’re always happy to oblige but it’s going to cost you (NIKE) big big bucks to operate here, more here than anywhere else in ‘Merica (except possibly NYC – it can go either way, depending).

And then there’s the “bandit” issue, which we’re not supposed to talk about, but bandits is everywhere, right? So I don’t know – we probably have more than our fair share of banditas. granted Still, I don’t think that could kill a tradition.

I don’t know. There’s a story here though – Enquiring Minds Want To Know.

What if some kind of SFGov fee got increased by like 1000% all of a sudden? What if SFGov has done the wrong thing, once again?

Static friction is what an event needs to overcome to get started here (like, OMG, it’s going to cost us how much?!), but Nike managed to overcome that reaction, a decade ago. OTOH, your kinetic, that’s what wears you down, year after year, until you just say, “Screw you guys, I’m going home.”

Bye, Nike.

(We’ll Always Have NikeTown, in Union Square, right?)

FIN

*Family!  

Two Views of the Refurbished AAA Building – 100 Van Ness is Now Move-In Ready – Studios Start at $3090 per Month

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

That was the windup, and here’s the pitch, for our old AAA car club building / brand-new apartment building:

100 Van Ness combines elevation with elegance offering highrise living with sweeping multi-million dollar views. Our amenity filled Rooftop Terrace elevates 374 feet above ground creating panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks, and everything in between! This world class building is conveniently located within walking distance to public transportation, shopping, dinning, and entertainment.”

(Remember, these aren’t just million dollar views, they’re “multi-million dollar views,” whatever the Hell that means.)

(And remember, 100 Van Ness is a “world class building” – it’s all they talk about at Versailles these days, I’m sure…)

Now, why do they charge $3090 (and up!) per month for small studios? Well, so you can subsidize the rent of all your new BMR neighbors, so that people who lived in SF longer than you auslanders can pay just $1139 a month for much larger two-bedrooms. It’s the Circle of Life, or something.

Oh, and even tho this building be old, there’s no rent control, having to do with the date on the Occupancy Permit. So maybe you’ll get a $1000 a month rent increase after you first year’s lease is up, who knows.

Anyway, the refurbishment looks pretty much done these days. The current view from the south:

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And from the north, with City Hall, with the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere (yes, classical, highest, Western, if those are the parameters, SF wins the contest) in the foreground:

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And where’s the closest gro sto? IDK. One supposes the “ghetto Safeway” at Church and Market, but I’m not sure.

Masonic Update: Liquor Shop Owner Attempts to Ban MUNI Riders from “Loitering” at an Official SFMTA Bus Stop

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

“No Loitering is Allowed on or  in the Front of These Premises”

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Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?

Hey, speaking of banned, isn’t this the shop that was banned by the state Lottery Commission from selling lottery tickets? Now why would the agency what promotes the selling of lottery tickets go out of its way to sell fewer tickets? Mmmm….

Is the California State Lottery Mocking Poor MUNI Bus Riders in This Ad? “Believe in Something Bigger – PowerBall”

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

As always, You Make The Call, Gentle Reader:

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So obvs, the people pointed at haven’t yet won the lottery yet, right?

Of course after you win the lottery, you should get a high-performance, low-quality ride like, IDK, an Audi A8, which just might catch fire on you, but at least you won’t be another loser riding on a the MUNI.

What if God were one of us

Just a stranger on the bus?

SHN “Book of Mormon” Ticket Lottery a Huge Success – The Only Way to Get a Seat Now – Here’s the Video

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Here are the rules of the game.

Here is what the lottery looks like:

I’d say that you’d have had a 10% chance of winning on Preview Night.

Realize that the scalpers and scam artists are going crazy right about now, so paying $29 for a seat what’s worth north of $290 IRL might strike you as a good deal.

Get lucky!

OMG, You Have No Idea How Hard It Is to Get Book of Mormon Tickets – Your Last Best Chance? Daily Ticket Lottery

Monday, November 19th, 2012

This is it.

This is the biggest Broadway roadshow to hit town since forever.

Book of Mormon will play at our Curran Theatre from November 27th to December 30th 2012 and then it will be gone.

There is no way that the run of this smash musical comedy will be extended as the BoM crew will start up in Portland the day after New Year’s.

So here’s what you need to know:

1. This thing is going to be huge – everybody’s going to be talking about it. You know, because it’s “the best musical of this century” per the New York Times ‘n stuff.

2. You want to go to this show whether you know it or not, even if you’re not into Broadway. Yes, Book of Mormon is profane, but it’s also “an atheist’s love letter to religion.”

3. Tickets are beyond sold out. So the scalpers and the scam artists are going to have a field day.

Check it, from the craigslist:

So that’s hundreds of dollars per seat for tickets what originally cost way less than $100.

So here’s what you do, you show up at the box office on Geary two hours early and enter the lottery.

At $29 a ticket for the winners, this is a steal.

If you don’t want to go through this kind of hassle  day after day, then don’t do it because you are not a true fan,  (The  SHN / BoM people are making you jump through hoops for a reason, don’t you know.)

Now I’ll tell you, when they did this for Rent, back in the day, they lotteried away the two front rows for $19 a piece.

Good times.

Of course the angle was sort of ridiculous and you would see things you weren’t meant to see, but this was quite nice for students of the theatre.

(I don’t know which seats lottery winners will get – they might not get to sit right up front.)

So, have at it.

You Can’t Win If Don’t Play.

Our Schools Win Too.*

PRE-SHOW LOTTERY ANNOUNCED! THE BOOK OF MORMON Lottery Ticket Policy:

THE BOOK OF MORMON will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $29 apiece; cash only. This lottery will be held prior to every performance.

Entries will be accepted at the SHN Curran Theatre box office beginning two hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. One and a half hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $29 each.

Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it’s the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, “It’s the funniest musical of all time.” And The New York Times says, “It’s the best musical of this century.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls it “A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry.” Contains explicit language.

For more information please visit www.bookofmormonthemusical.com.

If you come across any website other than shnsf.com claiming to sell THE BOOK OF MORMON tickets for the San Francisco engagement, buyer beware! SHN has no way of validating, or replacing tickets that have been purchased through any website other than shnsf.com. We cannot seat or refund you for an invalidated ticket.

If you have any questions, please call 1-888-746-1799 before purchasing.

*Oh, that’s just a saying – our schools won’t actually win.

OMG, Here’s Your New S.F. Condo for $150k! It’s “Fillmore Park” (nee 1345 Turk) – Available Fall 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Your SocketSite had the deets back in the day about Fillmore Park at 1345 Turk Street near Fillmore in the Western Addition.

Don’t miss the May 14th, 2011 Informational Workshop:

Contact: Linda Harrison, Fillmore Park Sales & Marketing Team

When
Saturday May 14, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT

Where
African American Cultural Center
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

See you there! Deets below.

Cahill Contractors is still working on it, under the pouring sun yesterday:

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All the deets, as of last year:

How would you like to become landed gentry for less than what you’re paying to rent a studio in the Tenderloin? Well, then get on over to 1345 Turk.com, where it’ll soon be on like Donkey Kong.

Imagine living right near all the those new nightlife spots on Fillmore – and you’d be less than 400 yards from Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies.

There might be a lottery involved, but you can’t win if you don’t play…

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Be sure to invite me over for a BBQ  after you get settled in!

And just look at the artwork they have! I call this crop “Andre the Giant walks to his red SAAB 900”

Bon courage!

Perspective view looking west down Turk Street.

1345 Turk Street offers thirty-two affordable new homes for first-time homebuyers, specifically working families and individuals earning between 70 and 100% of Area Medium Income.

Flats and townhouses with outdoor patios ring a private landscaped courtyard, creating a quiet community just a block from the bustling Fillmore District and walking distance to shopping, entertainment and transportation.

The project is part of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Limited Equity Program, which seeks to increase affordable homeownership opportunities for San Franciscans.

1345 TURK STREET PROPOSED PROJECT SCHEDULE
Project Awarded to MSPDI April 2007
Community Design Presentation December 2007 – January 2008
Approval of Schematic Design by Redevelopment Agency Commission February 2008
Design Development and Construction Documents Begin Summer 2009
Conditional Use Granted by Planning Department January 2010
Design Completes February 2010
Developer Enters into a Development and Disposition Agreement
with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency February 2010

Project Bidding and Permitting  March 2010
Neighborhood Construction Job Outreach Begins  June 2010
Construction Starts July 2010
Project Information Workshops Summer 2010- Spring 2011
Project Outreach to Certificate Holders Spring – Summer 2010
Buyer Preparation and Homeownership Workshops Summer 2010- Spring 2011
Buyer Lottery Summer 2011
Construction Completes December 2011
Project Move-In January – March 2012

2011 San Francisco Chinese New Year’s Parade a Huge Success, Despite the Rain – Photos From David Yu

Monday, February 21st, 2011

(My Canon 1D Mark Whatever SLR died an early death at 140,000 clicks* possibly due to the fact that I wasn’t ascared of a little (or a lot) of rain. Nowadays I’m def. skittish, but no matter,) you can always count on famous photographer David Yu to be on the scene rain or dry.

As he was last Saturday night in Chinatown and North Beach and SoMA and the Financh and all over.

Check out his gallery of Year of the Rabbit festivities, why not?

Bunnies!

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Whoahhh Bundy!

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SuperLotto? No thanks! But SuperLotto PLUS? Sounds intriguing…

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And look who else was there – it’s your newly-minted Supervisor Malia Cohen:

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And your just-as-newly-minted Mayor Edwin Lee in the official San Francisco staff car, formerly used by General Burkhalter:

See you next year! (In scary, scary 2012, the year of the Dragon.)

*200,000 was the expected number of clicks I believe I was owed. ($300 minimum for a new shutter.) OTOH, my 5D Mark I has probably already exceeded its expected shutter life so I s’pose I shouldn’t complain too much. Living on borrowed time tho.

Bring Your Hankies to Civic Center This AM – The 2011 Condo Conversion Lottery Rally is On

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Via the all-knowing, all-seeing SF FYI Net comes news of the:

Plan C – 2011 Condo Conversion Lottery Rally
When: February 2, 2011 – Wednesday
8:15 a.m.
Where: City Hall steps, San Francisco
What:  Rally in support of Condo Conversion.
Information: info@plancsf.org
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Finally, Lovie, a City Hall protest just for us!

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But do you think it’s safe down there in Civic Center, Winnie? Bring your cricket bat just in case