Posts Tagged ‘marin’

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…

Millionaires vs. Billionaires Up in Marin County: Petite Bourgeoisie Sausalito Homeowners Threaten Arson – My Precious Views!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I’m not sure who promised one particular homeowner up in Sausalito that his/her views would forever remain the same, you know, in perpetuity, but here’s the latest from Bluoz:

“NO DEVELOPMENT THAT BLOCKS VIEWS – IF YOU BUILD UP WE WILL BURN IT DOWN!!!”

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Oh, and you used the ladder from your garage? Well good for you, you nutcase.

Good for you.

You get  an “A” for effort

Nice Video: “Brakeless in San Francisco” – Two Bros Bike Down Upper Conzelman Without Brakes – Ends in a Crash

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

A mild crash, that is.

Going down the one-way part of Conzelman on Hawk Hill in Marin County USA:

Oh No, Marin County is Going Dry! Flavored Malt Beverages in Danger – Novato Supports “AlcoPop-Free Zone”

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

When I was young we had the Bartles and Jaymes, but these days kids are into Flavored Malt Beverages, which starts with FMB, which rhymes with T, which stands for Trouble.

At least in Marin County it does – see below.

Now I’ll tell you, if I were trying to get people to use the absurd phrase “Alcopop Free Zone,” I wouldn’t slap a (TM) after it in press releases.

Just saying.

Marin’s youth, Footloose and now Four Loko-free:

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On It Goes:

“Alcopops Voted Down In Novato - City Council Unanimously Supports Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Campaign - City’s Alcohol Retailers Encouraged to Voluntarily Stop Sales of Flavored Malt Beverages

NOVATO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Novato City Council Members took a decisive step towards protecting youth from alcopops Tuesday night when they unanimously passed a Resolution of Support for creating an Alcopop-Free Zone(TM).  The resolution encourages the city’s alcohol retailers to voluntarily stop selling dangerous, youth-attractive flavored malt beverages, also known as “alcopops.”

“The number of teens that drink in our community is really high,” said Lexi Simon, Novato High School senior and member of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth. “I have seen how easy it is for Novato teens to access alcohol. Stepping up has turned me into a role model and it feels good to be part of a solution, rather than not caring. If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letter for us to make this work.”

Dangerous, youth-attractive alcopops, or flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are:

–  Pre-mixed, sweetened alcoholic drinks that taste like juice and soda
–  Packaged in brightly-colored cans, similar to energy drinks
–  Priced low enough to effectively target underage drinkers, especially
young women
–  Shelved wherever beer is available – including convenience stores, gas
stations, and mini-marts
–  Often supersized at up to 24 oz. single-serving containers with 12
percent alcohol – the equivalent of 4-5 beers which cannot be consumed
responsibly by any age drinker
–  Encouraging underage consumption which leads to serious alcohol-related
harm
–  Four Loko (Phusion Projects), Tilt (Anheuser-Busch InBev), Blast
(Pabst), Smirnoff Ice (Diageo), Bartles & Jaymes (E&J Gallo), Sparks
(The Steele Brewing Co), and Mike’ s Hard Lemonade

“The courageous action by the Novato City Council will help keep alcohol out of the hands of Novato youth,” stated Teri Rockas, former co-chair of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth.  ”This is exciting! With this resolution, the Coalition will be well positioned to partner with retailers to remove these dangerous products – and keep Novato kids and families safe.”

This past spring, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed the country’s first Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Resolution of Support. In early September, the San Rafael City Council approved an Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Resolution of Support.

Various retailers in San Rafael, Stinson Beach and Bolinas have already pulled most alcopops from their store shelves. Just last week the Tiburon Town Council unanimously approved a Resolution of Support urging Tiburon Peninsula alcohol retailers to stop selling alcopops.

“Alcopops are an insidious device that with the cool labeling and high sugar content really entice teenagers to drink, especially teenage girls,” stated Judy Arnold, Marin County Supervisor. “I really want to congratulate you for addressing teenage drinking.”

Cheryl Paddack, Executive Director of the Novato Youth Center also spoke in support: “We recognize that drinking and binge drinking here is higher than the state and the national average. As a parent and community leader I would ask the city council to approve this resolution”

“Alcopops are just a predatory marketing ploy targeted at young people across the country and the enticement they produce leads not just to drinking, but binge drinking which can lead to some very severe situations,” stated Heart Fogel, a 13-year-old freshman at San Francisco University High School and a member of the Marin County Youth Commission. “We need to attack this problem at the source, by gettingAlcopops off our shelves and out of our youth’s lives.”

Current Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Marin supporters now include:

–  Albert Park Neighborhood Alliance
–  Alcohol Justice
–  Being Adept
–  Families for Safer Schools
–  Healthy Marin Partnership
–  Healthy Novato
–  Marin County Board of Supervisors
–  Marin County Advisory Board on Alcohol & Other Drug Problems
–  Marin County Dept. of Health & Human Services Prevention Hub
–  Marin County Pharmacists Association
–  Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth
–  Novato City Council
–  Novato Friday Night Live
–  Novato Police Department
–  Novato Youth Council
–  Paradise Markets
–  Perry’s Deli
–  Pharmacist Planning Service, Inc.
–  San Rafael City Council
–  Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association
–  San Rafael Community Coalition
–  Sober Living in Mill Valley
–  Tiburon Town Council
–  Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth
–  United Markets
–  YMCA – Marin County Youth Court
–  Youth Leadership Institute
–  Youth for Justice

“Coalition efforts, campaign rallies and demands will continue at 7-Eleven and Safeway stores, and at all other alcopop retailers in Marin until the county truly is an Alcopop-Free Zone,” stated Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director for Alcohol Justice.

The Alcopop-Free Zone(TM) Marin coalition is open to any agency or group to join their efforts to removealcopops from the county. Please visit www.AlcopopFreeZone.us for more information.

“Marin County is proving that any community, youth or parent group can organize to create a safer and healthier environment, free of youth-attractive alcopops,” stated Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director/CEO of Alcohol Justice.”Our vision is to see this happen everywhere in the country, and we will support all community efforts to make it happen.”

San Francisco as Cloud City – Another Great Shot from David Yu – Morning Fog, Marin Headlands Panorama

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Don’t forget to supersize it.

Looks cold up there, huh?

OMG, It’s “Zeppelin Flight Timelapse: San Francisco, California!” – Video of Cruising Low and Slow Over the 415

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s what the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin looks like from San Francisco…

…and here’s what San Francisco looks like from the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin:

Ah, mem’ries:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal: