I’ve never seen this:
Welcome to 2016
The anonymouser, the better:
This is on Battery in our MSM Ghetto, but I get all these channels all mixed up. These particular vans above are not from KGO, that’s all I know.
Sometimes there are clues as to whose doing the news inside, but generally not.
Now these are KGO vans.
Some local outfits do go for loud and garish, but they do so at their own risk.
As I tried to tell a newcomer Tech Bro just a few days ago, Things Are Different Here…
“I’ve heard some people try to compare the Super Bowl to the America’s Cup. That’s like comparing football to yachting, it doesn’t make sense”
So that’s the Party Line these days, Comrade. But let’s travel back in time to get a different take.
“We have proven we can successfully host the world’s biggest events, including the MLB World Series in 2010 and 2012, the America’s Cup in 2013 and Super Bowl 50 in 2016″
And on and on.
The report found that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco hosting the 34th America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.4 billion, almost three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).
So, if the “East Coast Media,” that monolith, mocks us from New Yawk, DeeCee, and Bahstahn, well, perhaps we deserve it, non?
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on Mayor Ed Lee’s Veto of SF’s Bike Yield Law Jan. 20, 2016 – Mayor Ed Lee’s veto of SF’s Bike Yield Law makes San Francisco the first U.S. city to take a major step away from its promise to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries.”
Hoo-boy, a lot to unpack already. OK, the universe is U.S. cities who (or that – I mean, do cities make promises?) have promised the impossible – eliminating ALL transportation mishaps starting on a date certain, in our case about four years after all pols concerned have termed out, aka January 1, 2024. And I’m thinking, has any other American city promised this? IDTS! And the other issue is if this is a step away from safety, which is highly debatable, of course. This is more of a rights issue rather than a safety issue.
“…Vision Zero…”Focus on the Five,” assuring the people of San Francisco that police would dedicate half of all traffic citations to the five violations that cause a majority of traffic deaths.
If we’re talking about CVC code sections, and we are, then three of the top five in SF are pedestrian-only violations. Sorry.
SFPD leadership is even erroneously adding those citations into their Focus on the Five data, and still falling short of dedicating half of all traffic citations to the five most dangerous traffic violations.
It’s not at all clear that rolling through a stop sign should be excluded from the poorly-written FOCUSONTHEFIVE initiative since that CVC section is specifically enumerated as one of the five. If SFGov meant to exclude cyclists (I’m sorry, “people biking” – that’s the new term for 2016, I guess for better “framing?”), then it should have excluded cyclists, right? Amend if you want to, right?
A majority of the Board of Supervisors and thousands of supporters sought to deliver safer streets by legislating smarter enforcement.
Again, that’s just your conclusion, man. “Safer,” “smarter?” Hey, how many local groups (think peds, think differently-abled) opposed this proposed change? Lots and lots. Do you want me to list them? I sure can.
The Bike Yield Law…
No more “Idaho Stop,” huh? More framing, yay! Why is Idaho Stop bad now? I have no idea.
Mayor Lee dishonored the lives lost in San Francisco crashes…
Holy shit, man! Really?
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has worked for over 40 years…
Uh nope. I’ve been around longer than it has. Sorry. Pretty much defunct/nowhere in the 1980’s. Sorry.
Oh that’s right, she is running for reelection is a district what’s a touch too progressive for her record.
And on and on.
I’ll tell you, I’ve been California Stopping my way through stop signs in San Francisco since before the current SFBC even began. Like on a daily basis. I’ve never been ticketed or even warned by anybody at the SFPD. Of course, I do this at a much slower speed than is typical on, say, the Wiggle bicycle route, where some routinely go across stop sign stop lines at 10 MPH plus, oh well. In any event, yes, enforcement is at a pretty low level already. Even in infamous Park Station, where in some recent monthly reports, it records zero (0) pedestrian / cyclist / people biking citations. I mean, you can’t get lower than zero, right? Of course, the SFPD also does enforcements actions on the Wiggle. (To me, that’s a message to stay away from the already-overburdened official exact Wiggle route (how about one block away from the Wiggle route instead – would that be so so hard for you all?)) These spates of enforcement catch even those who cross over stop lines at a reasonable pace – that’s unfortunate but oh well. The real targets of these actions are those who don’t pay attention and who California Stop at way too high a speed…
“Journalism, as a public good, exists to serve a multitude of purposes, one of which is to be a mode of recording and documenting both the major and minute of our world and to comment on the expansion and changes of the developing societal fabric.
SFBay holds this journalistic tenet at its core. As such, a change is coming.
To faithful SFBay readers, I’m elated to announce the birth of the Culture and Arts section of this news organization, with yours truly at the helm.”
I know some people/families who are planning on going on this long three-day weekend and I know others who aren’t interested at all. Me, I’d never been to a circus, except the deconstructed “human-only circus” known as Cirque du Soleil. So here we go.
Man, the 101 South had multiple accidents near Hospital Curve during yesterday’s Evening Drive? Sure seemed that way. The alternate route to the Cow Palace (camera right) was a hilly adventure in itself.
An actual Showman:
Man, this is one big road show – lots and lots of performers:
I didn’t spot one tattoo. Amazing
What’s this, Critical Mass? Lots and lots of BMX bikes
If you like camels, this is the event for you – lots and…
…and lots of time with double-humped camels
Bam, your high-wire act. This is impressive:
Seats on the right side (I don’t know what to call it – the south side?) of our Cow Palace are particularly close to the action. They’re jumping around up there. For me, this was the highlight.
I’ve only seen this kind of thing in cartoons. Boom:
What am I looking at here, is this real life? Some surreal scenes:
Oh, a live orchestra in the pit? Didn’t expect that.
And, ballerinas galore:
And on and on.
Last night was the first show – they had $15 tickets available. The next eight shows start at $20. I paid $15 for parking, which I’d recommend paying for. If you see a free spot on Geneva right out front, you might want to go for that, but unless you show up way early, you’re not going to see that. They also have a more expensive lot close in but I wouldn’t recommend that.
Does SFGov tax newspapers to run these green monsters?
Yes. Yes it does.
Most of these green boxes are empty most of the time.
Every so often, people come by to clean the big, green mostly-empty-all-the-time Pedmounts by illegally parking in bus zones, or simply double parking. The workers need to scan a barcode inside the Pedmounts to prove that they actually visited, cause, you know, it’s hard to actually tell what good they’re doing.
These Pedmounts were a bad idea from the beginning and they’re an even worser idea now, in this day and age. (We also have to pay for them by having all these giant 17-foot-tall ads on sidewalks.)
After a giant Fail Whale landed upon the efforts to bring a Chipotle Mexican Grill to the masses at Church and Market a few years back, the purveyors of America’s Favorite Mission-style Burrito set about making things work up at 2675 Geary.
And lo, here it is:
Soon enough, everybody living on the wrong side of Divis will be able to Live Más and Think Outside The Bun…