Posts Tagged ‘marin’

San Francisco Cityscape Overshadowed by Mount Tam

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Mount Tamalpais* (West Peak with former military base, East Peak with former ranger station)

Fog over the Golden Gate

Cityscape (with the Bank of America Building, One Rincon and the Transamerica Building standing out)

San Francisco Bay (aka the “racecourse” of the already-failed 34th America’s Cup)

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*Hey, was the top of the West Peak higher ’til the Air Force blowed it up for missile base housing? I think so.

$22 Million! Green! High Tech! “Villa Belvedere” is the “Perfect Location to Entertain During the America’s Cup”

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Like maybe you guys can watch TV on a big screen or something during the America’s Cup, you know, that event the “little people” across the Bay paid for, you know, so that pretty-boy man-child former Mayor Gavin Newsom (IQ = 95, look it up) could be named “America’s Cup ‘Ambassador’ at Large.”

(And then he blows off the Opening Ceremony because he knows what a stink bomb it’s become, oh well.)

Anywho, up in Marin County people like Olivia Hsu Decker still think that the America’s Cup is a good reason for real estate inflation. See below.

“$45,000,000 Belvedere Waterfront Home on San Francisco Bay to be Auctioned with a Starting Bid of $25,000,000

The perfect location to entertain during the America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2013 — The newly constructed “Villa Belvedere,” a hi-tech, “Certified Green” home, is known as the finest in Northern California. Previously listed for $45 million and located on the prestigious South Shore of Belvedere Island on San Francisco Bay, it will be offered at auction with a minimum bid of $25 million and no reserve. The deadline to submit a bid is August 22nd. Luxury home auction consultant, Guy Masters, has been engaged by the seller in cooperation with listing agent Olivia Decker of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty to market this unparalleled property.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130710/SF45566)

The appx. 15,176-square-foot, newly constructed residence features 7 bedrooms, 9 full baths + 2 half baths, and over 5,000 square feet of waterfront terraces. Breathtaking views of The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, and Sausalito can be seen from nearly every room. The gated and lushly landscaped 1.14-acre double lot includes a 200-foot driveway and motor court, providing parking for 15+ cars. Amenities include a theatre, wine cellar, gym with sauna/steam rooms, elevator, 50-foot gallery/entertainment room with bar/ catering kitchen, and pool with cabana/spa, while Smart-House technology operates home systems from iPhone or iPad on site or from anywhere in the world with internet access.

Painstakingly designed and constructed over four years, this magnificent residence was the 2012 Marin Designer Showcase. “I started with the world-class site, then I worked with my design team to create a home whose luxury and style equals the world-class panoramic views created by Mother Nature,” says Jeff Paster, the owner. Ms. Decker adds, “In my 30 years of marketing luxury homes in the Bay Area, this home is truly one-of-a-kind, like a rare Picasso or Rothko, and appropriate to offer at auction to connoisseurs of luxury homes.”

The property may be previewed by appointment or by attending one of the special viewing events. Brokers protected. For auction information and Terms and Conditions, please contact Guy Masters: 1-707-331-0525 or visit www.BelvedereAuction.com.

SOURCE  Guy Masters, Auction Consultant

Photo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130710/SF45566
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Guy Masters, Auction Consultant

Web Site: http://www.belvedereauction.com

Marin County, Bitches

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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Marin County is the strangest place in the world.

It has plenty of gasoline for white peoples’ classic cars but not enough water for too many ethnic newcomers to be able to move in.

And that’s the way they like it.

Bicycle Fatality on the I-80 at University in Berkeley Raises the Question: Can You Ride a Bike on a Freeway?

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Consider this morning’s news:

Katie Utehs ‏@katieutehs2h - All lanes of eastbound 80 blocked for bicycle vs. collision at University. @ktvupic.twitter.com/iIHtmZJ8bw

Is it legal to ride a bike on the freeways  of California?

No, not on the very urbanized part in Berkeley I don’t think.

But bike riding is legal on other certain stretches of freeway.

The details:

“We’re not talking about temporarily closing down a freeway to cars on Father’s Day like they did in Pasadena a while back, to the horror of Rob Anderson.

And we’re not talking about an illegal bicycle romp in traffic the way the Crimanimalz do it on the 405.

We’re talking about you legally riding your bike on the right side of some of California’s 4000 miles of freeway.

Well, according to the California Department of Transportation, maker of melty orange and blue cupcakes, sí, se puede. Yes, you can ride your bike on about 1000 miles of California freeway.

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For proof, check out this white sign in Marin County on the 101 South. You see? It says “BICYCLES MUST EXIT” so that means, assuming you didn’t ignore any ”Bicycles Prohibited” sign, it’s all good for you to be on this stretch of freeway. Q.E.D. Res Ipsa Loquitur.

Here’s the CalTrans version:

Of the more than 4,000 miles of freeways in California, about 1,000 miles are open to bicyclists. These open sections are usually in rural areas where there is no alternate route. California Vehicle Code Section 21960 says Caltrans and local agencies may prohibit bicyclists from traveling on freeways under their jurisdiction and that they must erect signs stating the prohibition. There are no signs permitting bicyclists on freeways. When a bicyclist is legally traveling on a freeway, he/she may be directed off the freeway at the next off-ramp by a sign that says “Bicycles Must Exit.” The freeway will be posted at the next on-ramp with a sign that says “Bicycles Prohibited.”

And here’s the Vehicle Code:

21960.  (a) The Department of Transportation and local authorities,
by order, ordinance, or resolution, with respect to freeways,
expressways, or designated portions thereof under their respective
jurisdictions, to which vehicle access is completely or partially
controlled, may prohibit or restrict the use of the freeways,
expressways, or any portion thereof by pedestrians, bicycles or other
nonmotorized traffic or by any person operating a motor-driven
cycle, motorized bicycle, or motorized scooter.  A prohibition or
restriction pertaining to bicycles, motor-driven cycles, or motorized
scooters shall be deemed to include motorized bicycles; and no
person may operate a motorized bicycle wherever that prohibition or
restriction is in force.  Notwithstanding any provisions of any
order, ordinance, or resolution to the contrary, the driver or
passengers of a disabled vehicle stopped on a freeway or expressway
may walk to the nearest exit, in either direction, on that side of
the freeway or expressway upon which the vehicle is disabled, from
which telephone or motor vehicle repair services are available.
(b) The prohibitory regulation authorized by subdivision (a) shall
be effective when appropriate signs giving notice thereof are
erected upon any freeway or expressway and the approaches thereto.
If any portion of a county freeway or expressway is contained within
the limits of a city within the county, the county may erect signs on
that portion as required under this subdivision if the ordinance has
been approved by the city pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section
1730 of the Streets and Highways Code.
(c) No ordinance or resolution of local authorities shall apply to
any state highway until the proposed ordinance or resolution has
been presented to, and approved in writing by, the Department of
Transportation.
(d) An ordinance or resolution adopted under this section on or
after January 1, 2005, to prohibit pedestrian access to a county
freeway or expressway shall not be effective unless it is supported
by a finding by the local authority that the freeway or expressway
does not have pedestrian facilities and pedestrian use would pose a
safety risk to the pedestrian.

Cougar Watch: 2013 Cinco de Mayo, Richmond District

Monday, May 6th, 2013

4th Avenue:

Clement, just  five minutes later:

But I suppose the Golden Gate Park area can no longer support the other kind of cougar so this hunt is over.

And to you headline writers out there, these days it’s mountain lion or puma, take your pick…

Area Cyclist Color Coordinates: Lime Green Helmet, Grips, Brakes, Graphics – Bright Blue Frame, Socks – Tan Tires, Pants

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Thusly:

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Postcard From Marin: “This Bus Uses Clean-Air Technology” – But It’s a Diesel – So Diesel Equals “Clean Air?”

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Hey Marin! Why not say “This Bus is a Diesel,” you know, instead?

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It’s like, what are you so proud of?

Presidio Update: Say Good-Bye to the Sports Basement and Hello to a New Use for the Old Commissary Building

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Ooh, it’s a beauty contest to see what’s going to replace the Sports Basement near Crissy Field.

I’ll tell you, the proposal from George Lucas stands out, does it not?

Check it:

He’s all, “There is a world of young people who need to be inspired” ‘n stuff.

Consider him a front-runner.

All the deets and info from the 16 contestants:

“CONCEPTS ABOUND FOR RE-USE OF PRESIDIO’S FORMER COMMISSARY BUILDING - WIDE RANGE OF PROPOSALS TO BE CONSIDERED

Presidio of San Francisco (March 5, 2013) – The Presidio Trust announced today that it has received 16 concept proposals for repurposing a stunning site on Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, a national park site and national historic landmark district just south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

“We are encouraged with the number and quality of responses and look forward to engaging the public and evaluating concepts over the coming months,” said Craig Middleton, the Trust’s executive director. “Finding a new purpose for this incomparable site clearly has stirred the imaginations of teams from around the country.”

The 16 concepts are:

Found Object: Glossy Porn Magazine with Hot-Sauce Lube – 6th and Geary Taco Bell/KFC, Inner Richmond

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Abandoned already, this San Francisco Magazine, the latest issue, the one with the long bit about Guy Fieri Lamborghini-stealing Max Wade:

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Wait… we’re at the Pizza Hut (What?)
We’re at the Taco Bell (What?)
We’re at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

Early Book Review: “Citizenville” by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom – It’s “Angry Birds for Democracy” – I’m Srsly

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Oh, so Gavin Newsom “wrote” a book what’s due to be released early next year?

And the ghostwriter did so much work on it she gets her name on the cover too?  Delicious.

Enjoy:

Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government

Now, here’s Gavin Newsom’s brief dalliance with San Francisco politics, in a nutshell:

Boasting about planting a bunch of trees but not caring about paying for taking care of the trees he planted.

Multiply that by 1000 and that was what he accomplished here.

So it’s a little humorous to read the blurb below about how great Mayor Gavin Newsom was, you know, when he was here.

Of course, he moved on up to Marin County with his kids a few years back.

Hey, remember this from 2007?

“…a quote from @GavinNewsom, speaking to SF parents in 2007: “Please stay in SF and don’t move to Marin!”

What a jackass.

Anyway, here it is.

(Please note the critique of the Willie Brown administration.)

(And note the nonsensical Angry Birds reference.)

(And note the claim of “amazing results.”)

“By integrating democratic government with cutting-edge American innovation, the lieutenant governor of California charts a bright future for open-source America

Citizenville is the story of how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy. As social networking and smart phones have changed the way we communicate with one another, these technologies are also changing our relationship with government.

In a world where people can do anything at the touch of a button—shop, communicate, do research, publish a blog, transfer money—government cannot keep functioning in a twentieth-century mind-set. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom explores the many ways in which technology can transform government and empower citizens: Opening up vast troves of government data, then letting people create apps to use them wisely. Harnessing the popularity of online games to establish a kind of “Angry Birds for Democracy.” Inventing new feedback loops so people can take active part in every facet of governing.

Drawing on wide-ranging interviews with thinkers and politicians, Citizenville is the first book by Lieutenant Governor Newsom. He broke new ground as the mayor of San Francisco, one of the most high-tech, experimental, and progressive municipalities in the nation. But when Newsom’s tenure as mayor began, he found that San Francisco was behind the likes of Estonia and South Korea in terms of digital governance. Newsom’s quest to modernize one of America’s most modern cities—and the amazing results he achieves—form the backbone of this far-reaching book.

Lieutenant Governor Newsom explains how the problems of twenty-first-century America are too big and too expensive for the government simply to buy solutions. Instead, we must innovate our way out. Just as the post office and the highway system provide public infrastructure to channel both personal and private enterprise—a platform upon which citizens can grow—so too could a modern digital government house the needs, concerns, information, and collaboration of an enlightened digital citizenry.

Citizenville shows that the only way Americans can secure their future is by reinventing their relationship to government, just as they have countless times before.”

Here’s the cover:

And here’s the early review: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

On It Goes…