Posts Tagged ‘meeting’

SMILES EVERYONE! The United States Olympic Committee is Coming to SF Nov 24th or 25th – A Secret “Private” Meeting

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Smiles everyone, smiles. Why? Because we all need to look our best when the United States Olympic Committee road show beauty contest comes to town on either Monday, November 24th or Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. If we “win,” there’s a good chance that we’ll end up with the 2024 Olympiad.

I was thinking we were overdue for a visit and it turns out we were:

“The USOC has already vetted LA, and was due in DC Wednesday. San Francisco will be visited early next week.”

And who will meet with Scott Blackmun and the USOC, that get-fresh crew from Colorado Springs? IDK, it’s a secret! And certainly you yourself, Gentle Reader, ARE NOT invited, ’cause it’ll be a “private” meeting. Of course, you’ll be “invited” to pay for any “overages” (typically, they run into the eleven-figure territory) but that will come down the road a bit.

And where will they meet? IDK, it’s a secret! Oh well.

These IOC people could be anywhere around town and/or the bay area, so make sure to smile at any and all tourists you see.

Now here’s the thing about smiles and here’s why democracies just aren’t into the Olympics all that much anymore, here’s an actual demand from the corrupt International Olympic Committee:

IOC members shall be greeted with a smile when arriving at their hotel.

This is the kind of greeting the Olympics road show beauty contest people want:

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Of course, the USOC isn’t corrupt the way the IOC is, but the question is why we’re even considering hosting the 2024 Olympics in the first place.

Shouldn’t San Franciscans have a vote on this matter? Mmmm…

Shouldn’t smart, skeptical people be invited to this meeting instead of just having the naive boosters who are happy to be on Another Committee? Mmmm…

Boston and D.C. Just Had Private Meetings with Olympic Officials – Will SF Have One Too Today or Tomorrow?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Or perhaps next week?

Check it, Boston just had its big meeting with the USOC, and DC had its yesterday.

What comes next on the list? SF and LA, right?

Now look at how many people were involved with this process in Boston two days ago.

If something similar were to happen in San Francisco, we’d have leaders from Stanford, UCB, UCSF, UCOP, ETC, and a bunch of Mayors from all over the bay area, gathering to meet with USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun.

I’m thinking our meeting will have a lot fewer people, as it’s still a secret, AFAIK.

And also, we seem to far behind Boston in terms of a public conversation.

The bogus I’m-the-Mayor-and-I-was-skeptical-at-first-but-now… pivot has already occurred in Boston a while back. Given the reputation of the Olympics process these days, the best way for the PR people promoting this coming fiasco to handle things is to have a kind of campaign like THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S OLDSMOBILE or THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A BUICK.

Anyway, it doesn’t look like the Public, La Raza, will be involved in this process anytime soon.

Oh well.

How to Watch the NTSB Board Meeting on the Asiana 214 Crash at SFO – Today, Starting at 6:30 AM PDT

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Well fundamentally, this accident was due to pilot error, if you had to sum things up in two words. But the NTSB has been looking into everything that led to that error and now it will present its findings, in English, Korean and Mandarin Chinese.

Is it possible that the people who died weren’t belted in for landing? It’s hard to believe, but yes. And how will SFO operations fare in the NTSB’s assessment?

Here’s the link – they are providing many different kinds of connections

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Judgment Day is Nigh: Signs for the “Oversize Vehicle Overnight Parking Restriction Pilot” Have Been Posted

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

I don’t actually know if they’re enforcing the new RV parking restrictions in the Panhandle part of Golden Gate Park yet, but here are the brand-new signs, anyway:

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Of course, 22 feet is pretty long – that’s enough to cover your Ford Excursions, your Chevy Suburbans and even your Maybach 62‘s. And seven feet is pretty high, so the rules seem fair enough if the goal is to kick the RV liveaboards out of the Panhandle.

But I haven’t heard or seen any RVs getting the heave-ho yet…

The SFMTA’s New “Scott Street Traffic Diversion” Proposal

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Well the SFMTA has a new tack on Scott Street betwixt Page and Fell for this year.

So last year, the SFMTA felt that these particular blocks of Scott were filled with “high speed” drivers “speeding” through the place and the SFMTA felt that the simple four way stop intersection of Page and Scott was “confusing for everyone.” Here we go:

With intersecting bike routes and heavy vehicle volumes, this intersection  is confusing for everyone

In fact, Page and Scott is not “confusing” at all. As stated, it’s a simple four-way stop, about as comprehensible as possible. And in fact, Page and Scott does not experience “heavy vehicle volumes.”

Oh well.

But hey, if you want to say that Hayes and Scott has heavier traffic volume these days, especially during the evening drive, well, we agree on that, SFMTA. Before, this traffic would have been on Divisadero, but recent “improvements” to the DivCo have lessened the DivCo’s capacity.

Here is the result of the “improvements” to Divis:

Anyway

But now it’s 2014 and that was then and this is now. The SFMTA is articulating new rationales for doing what it wants to do. They’re contained in the Scott Street Traffic Diversion.

Let’s check it out:

Motorists who drive through a neighborhood – rather than to a local destination – can cause congestion on residential streets.

WELL GEE, I SUPPOSE THAT’S TRUE. BUT MOTORISTS WHO DRIVE TO A LOCAL DESTINATION – RATHER THAN DRIVING THROUGH – CAN CAUSE CONGESTION AS WELL, RIGHT?

The City proposes restricting traffic on Scott Street to make it more comfortable for residents, bicycle riders and pedestrians.

OK, SFMTA, WHY DON’T WE RESTRICT TRAFFIC ON _ALL_ STREETS TO MAKE _EVERYBODY_ MORE “COMFORTABLE?”

An extra-large bulb-out at Scott and Fell will require all southbound automobile traffic to turn right onto Fell Street; bicycle riders and pedestrians can continue on Scott. This will reduce Scott Street’s appeal as a cross-town route, making it a more pleasant place to walk, bike, and live.

SO YOU WANT DIVISADERO TO BE A _LESS_ “PLEASANT” PLACE?

Access will be maintained to all homes and driveways, and changes will be made to improve Divisadero Street to accommodate diverted traffic.

OH, I SEE, YOU WANT DIVIS TO HAVE MORE GREEN LIGHT TIME AND, LET’S SEE HERE, HAIGHT, PAGE, OAK, FELL, HAYES, ETC TO HAVE LESS GREEN LIGHT TIME. ISN’T THIS KIND OF A ZERO-SUM GAME? WHY SHOULD THE CITY BEND OVER BACKWARDS FOR THE RICH HOMEOWNERS OF SCOTT STREET?

Changes to Scott Street were initially requested by neighborhood residents unhappy with congestion and idling vehicles.

OK, SO WHAT ABOUT EVERY OTHER STREET IN SF? ARE YOU GOING TO POLL RESIDENTS OF ALL THE OTHER STREETS TO MEASURE THEIR “HAPPINESS?”

Restricting southbound traffic would greatly reduce this issue for several blocks both north and south of Fell Street. Residents who live on Scott between Oak and Fell would have to approach their homes from the south when driving, but would still have access to their driveways and would be able to exit the block to either the north or south.

WHY NOT THIS, SFMTA? WHY NOT SAY THAT ONLY SCOTT STREET RESIDENTS CAN PARK ON SCOTT STREET? I’LL BET THAT WOULD INCREASE THE HAPPINESS LEVEL OF THOSE MILLIONAIRES EVEN MORE. ARE YOU GOING TO DO THAT NEXT, SFMTA?

With the proposed traffic diverter, drivers would still be able to park on both sides of Scott Street on the block between Oak and Fell with a U-turn required to reach parking spaces on the west side of the street. The traffic diverter would not remove any parking spaces from Scott Street, though bulb-outs at other locations in the project area will each remove 0-3 parking spaces.

WHY DON’T YOU JUST COME OUT AND SAY HOW MANY PARKING SPACES YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE OUT, SFMTA? OH, THAT’S NOT YOUR STYLE, HUH?

Biking on Scott Street in the southbound direction will be significantly calmer, with fewer automobiles to share the road with.

FEWER BUSES TOO, RIGHT? IN FACT NO BUSES AT ALL. AND YET, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE RIDE ON BUSES ON SCOTT THROUGH THIS SACRED AREA ON A DAILY BASIS. WHAT ABOUT THEM?

Scott Street will no longer be a convenient route for driving in the southbound direction.

BECAUSE IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE, RIGHT? WELL, WE AGREE ON THAT ON, ANYWAY.

For drivers with destinations within the Alamo Square or Lower Haight neighborhoods, either Divisadero or parallel neighborhood residential streets could be used.

WELL THANKS, CAPTAIN OBV!

For drivers currently using Scott Street for longer stretches, Divisadero will be improved to make it the preferred route through the area.

UH, NO IT WON’T. SIMPLY.

Driving north on Scott Street would not be restricted under the proposal, though raised crosswalks and speed humps will be added.

WHAT’S THE SPEED LIMIT ON SCOTT, SFMTA? HOW MANY PEOPLE “SPEED” ON THESE TWO BLOCKS BETWIXT PAGE AND FELL? OH NONE, ALL RIGHT. BUT YOU’LL PUT IN “SPEED” BUMPS ANYWAY, BECAUSE, BECAUSE…?

Because of improvements the SFMTA will be making to Divisadero in conjunction with this project, neighborhood streets such as Steiner, Pierce and Broderick would not be expected to receive noticeable changes in automobile traffic – in fact, some cross-town traffic on these streets may switch to Divisadero as well.

THIS IS PIE IN THE SKY. THIS IS THE SFMTA’s BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN. IF THE SFMTA WANTS TO FAVOR NORTH-SOUTH TRAFFIC OVER EAST-WEST, IT CAN, OF COURSE, BUT AT THE EXPENSE OF EAST-WEST TRAFFIC, OF COURSE. ISN’T THIS A ZERO-SUM GAME, SFMTA?

Changing the traffic signals on Divisadero Street will ensure that the increase in the number of cars using Divisadero will not slow down the 24-Divisadero, and could even improve Muni service in some stretches.

THIS IS PIE IN THE SKY. THIS IS THE SFMTA’s BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN. OH WELL. HEY SFMTA, WHY NOT CHANGE THE TRAFFIC SIGNALS ON DIVIS RIGHT NOW, IF DOING THAT WOULD BE SO GREAT? SIMPLY, DIVERTING TRAFFIC ON SCOTT WILL NOT IMPROVE BUS SERVICE. SORRY, SFMTA. SORRY TO HARSH YOUR MELLOW, SFMTA.

Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon: Giant RV’s! – Chased Away From Certain SF Streets – Overnight Parking Whac-A-Mole

Friday, February 7th, 2014

So SFGov is banning RV’s from parking overnight on certain streets, but people are worried that the RVers will just set up camp a block or so away.

We’ll see how it goes.

But you might need to prepare yourself for more of this:

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January 31st is RV Judgment Day in San Francisco – Just Look at All the Places You Won’t be Able to Sleep Over Anymore

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Wow, the SFMTA certainly seems to know where you all are parking your RV’s for overnight stays on the streets of San Francisco.

Just look:

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You’ll have to find new places to park pretty soon. (I can already guess at the new places where all the urban campers are going to go.)

Here’s the reaction from The Richmond District Blog.

And here’s the gritty nitty from the SFMTA itself - Oversize Vehicle Overnight Parking Restriction Pilot Evaluation and Recommendations

All the deets:

“CITY and COUNTY of SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
Order # 5216
FOR PUBLIC HEARING
The Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing on Friday, January 31, 2014, at 10:00 AM, in Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102, to consider the following proposals:

ESTABLISH – OVERSIZE VEHICLE RESTRICTION (NO PARKING, MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM, DAILY, FOR VEHICLES MORE THAN 7 FEET TALL OR 22 FEET LONG)

A. Sunset District
37th Avenue, west side, between Ortega Street and Rivera Street
39th Avenue, east side, between Quintara Street and Rivera Street
41st Avenue, east side, between Ortega Street and Quintara Street
Lakeshore Drive, both sides, between Lake Merced Boulevard and Sloat Boulevard
Lincoln Way, south side, between 36th Avenue and 37th Avenue
Ortega Street, south side, between 37th Avenue and 41st Avenue
Quintara Street, north side, between 39th Avenue and 40th Avenue
Quintara Street, both sides, between 40th Avenue and 41st Avenue
Rivera Street, north side, between 37th Avenue and 39th Avenue
Junipero Serra Boulevard, both sides, between Portola Drive and 19th Avenue

B. Mission District
15th Street, south side, between Folsom Street and Harrison Street
16th Street, both sides, between Harrison Street and Potrero Avenue
17th Street, both sides, between Harrison Street and Potrero Avenue
17th Street, both sides, between Folsom and Harrison Streets
18th Street, both sides, between Harrison Street and Potrero Avenue
18th Street, south side, between Church Street and Dolores Street
20th Street, north side, between Church Street and Dolores Street
Alabama Street, both sides, between 19th Street and 20th Street
Dolores Street, west side, between 18th Street and 20th Street
Harrison Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 18th Street
Florida Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 20th Street
Folsom Street, east side, between 15th Street and 16th Street
Treat Avenue, both sides, between 16th Street and 18th Street

C. Haight/Panhandle Neighborhoods
Baker Street, west side, between Fell Street and Oak Street
Fell Street, south side, between Baker Street and Stanyan Street
Oak Street, north side, between Baker Street and Stanyan Street

D. Potrero Hill Area
15th Street, both sides, between Vermont Street and San Bruno Avenue
17th Street, both sides, between Mississippi Street and De Haro Street
Alameda Street, both sides, between Bryant Street and Vermont Street
Arkansas Street, both sides, between 16th Street and Mariposa Street
Carolina Street, both sides, between 16th Street and Mariposa Street
Connecticut Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 17tStreet
Division Street, both sides, between 9th Street and Dore Street
Mariposa St, north side, between Carolina and Arkansas Street
Missouri Street, both sides, between 16th Street and Mariposa Street
San Bruno Avenue, both sides, between Mariposa and Division Street
Texas Street, both sides, between 17th Street and Mariposa Street
Wisconsin Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 17th Street

E. Bernal Heights
Appleton Avenue, north side, between Holly Park Circle and Patton Street
Elsie Street, west side, between Holly Park Circle and Santa Marina Street
Holly Park Circle, park side (park perimeter)

F. Western Addition
Post Street, north side, between Scott Street and Steiner Street

G. Excelsior / Outer Mission
Alemany Boulevard, east side, between Onondaga Avenue and Seneca Avenue
Alemany Boulevard, both sides, between Naglee Avenue and Lawrence Avenue
Edinburgh Street, west side, between Persia Avenue and Russia Avenue
Geneva Avenue, north side, between Moscow Street and Brookdale Avenue
Madrid Street, east side, between Persia Avenue and Russia Avenue
Moscow Street, east side, between France Avenue and Geneva Avenue
Russia Avenue, north side, between Edinburg Avenue and Madrid Avenue

H. Richmond
Clement Street, north side, between 33rd Avenue and 45th Avenue
Clement Street, south side, between 36th Avenue and 38th Avenue

I. Southeast / Dogpatch
Illinois Street, both sides, between 16th Street and 24th Street
Innes Avenue, both sides, between Arelious Walker Drive and Donahue Street
Minnesota Street, both sides, between 23rd Street and 25th Street
Tennessee Street, both sides, between Tubbs Street and 25th Street
19th Street, both sides, between Indiana Street and 3rd St
23rd Street, both sides, between Indiana Street and 3rd Street
24th Street, both sides, between Minnesota Street and eastern terminus (Warm Water
Cove)

A Handful of Rich NIMBY’s in the Western Addition vs. Millions of Good-Natured Tourists – Who WIll Win Today?

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

So Hayes Street is about to become a “big commercial bus freeway?”

How is that even possible?

Anyway, the deets of today’s meeting are right here.  And here’s a bit from Haighteration.

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How about no to both options? How about that, NIMBYs?

Build It And They Will Come: New City Target Store at Geary and Masonic is a Huge Success – And It’s So Big

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Well, you know, the rich, home-owning, millionaire NIMBY ladies of NOPNA (the number one homeowner’s association in the Western Addition) had steam coming out of their ears a few years back when they realized how hopeless their plan of keeping Tar-ghey from infecting their “NoPA” neighborhood was becoming.

Good times.

Oh well.

Mervyn’s Heights is now Target Tor and NoPA (North of the Panhandle) is now SoTA (South of Target). See?

Lots of produce here – a surprising amount.

And the amount of traffic is up, way up. Just like people said would happen. We’ll have to see how things shake out. I myself saw a fender bender on Masonic that prolly wouldn’t have occurred but for the Target Grand Opening yesterday.

Oh, and the traffic lights have been jiggered with, for better or worse. These days, peds at Masonic and Anza need to wait for a looong red light and then after that they need to wait for southbound traffic to turn left. In effect, the peds are going “last.” This kind of thing was considered unacceptable by the SFBC down at Masonic and Fell not too long ago. Mmmm…

Anyway, I can’t figure why some chain stores in SF are good and others are bad – I can’t find consistency in Planning is what Im saying,

But here it is.

Enjoy.

Expect more, pay less.

Proof That MUNI Has a Sense of Humor: Presenting the “Flying Fulton” 5L Pilot Project – AKA the 5 Fulton Limited Bus Line

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Well here’s some tree mail you might have missed – it’s an official SFMTA flyer advertising the forthcoming 5L Fulton Express bus line.

But first a little housekeeping. Uh, let’s see , oh, MUNI sucks of course,* and your vaunted MUNI is the slowest big city transit system in America, and MUNI loves to lie, all the time, about the stuff like the brief history of unpopular, gratuitous, add-on traffic circles in San Francisco, and, what else, oh MUNI has spilled more barrels of petroleum into San Francisco Bay than the hated, oil-spilling Cosco Busan.

Anyway,  here’s what you’ll find these days in our Lexus-filled Western Addition housing projects, you know, attached to telephone poles:

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Oh and they’re going to take away parking on the east side of a few blocks of Central “Avenue” so as to aid #5′s negotiating the “Central Kink” near the Lucky super – that should probably help the drivers.

But no 5 Fulton is ever going to “fly.”

You do realize that, dontcha SFMTA?

Or maybe you’re j/k?

In closing, El Projecto Piloto “Volando” por Fulton! Haha!

Enjoy.

The SFMTA proposes a pilot project along the 5 Fulton corridor that will introduce limited-stop service to provide quicker trips and will increase frequency to reduce crowding between 6th Avenue and Downtown. The target implementation date is fall 2013. Benefits include:

  • Improved service reliability and up to 20% quicker travel times
  • Reduced crowding with 20-30% more capacity during peak periods
  • Improved transit and pedestrian safety

Please join us to discuss this proposed method of improving service within the 5 Fulton corridor.”

*If you can’t come right out and say that, repeatedly, then you’re part of the problem and you should just go all the way by hopping aboard the SFMTA gravy train to get your share of the booty.