Posts Tagged ‘national’

Five Adorable Grey Fox Babies Under the Boardwalk of Muir Woods Natl. Mnmt. are Creating a Stir

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Just like last year.

One of the playful kits:

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And here’s the stir:

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Annual membership MWNP / MWNM is just $40 (which gets four in at any time for a whole year), but I shan’t renew as the feds are fed up with all the people here, so a privately-operated for-profit parking system is a-coming. (I wasn’t aware that it was so bad to park next to the creek.) Anywho, there are a lot of ways to get in an around Muir Woods without getting in a traffic jam, waiting for parking, or, far that matter, paying any fees at all.

Basically, the toll gate at the main entrance is only for inbound travelers and there are a lot of other entrances.

Anyway, they want fewer people/tourists milling about the main entrance / gift shop, and that’s what they’ll get. I’ll see you all as I exit through the gift shop.

If Our SFPUC (aka “SFWater”) Went to French Laundry, It Would Add Guy Fieri Donkey Sauce to the Bordelaise

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Oh look, yet another tiresome ad from our local utility poobahs:

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And here’s your backgrounder.

So, if the PUC were a person, s/he would carry horrible Donkey Sauce to Yountville to combine with French Laundry’s Bordelaise sauce.

Why? Because “two supplies are always better than one,” silly.

Nobody has Donkey Sauce straight, right? Yech! Similarly, nobody’s drinking Frisco’s substandard water straight neither. The plan is to add enough to make it worth the PUC’s while while blanketing our city with these nonsense ads.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, PUC

Frisco’s PUC Shows how a Reliable Tap Water Supply is Better than a Super Reliable Tap Water Supply

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

This ad here has been my white whale – I’ve caught glimpses of it all over town the past few weeks, but here’s my first view head on.

Anyway, I guess you can see the three streams of water here:

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So I’m disputing the “amazing” claim about the 100% Hetch Hetchy what some of us will continue to get (due to a bad nitrate score last time I checked) AND I’ll point out that the groundwater being added in isn’t good enough to be tap water on its own – it needs to be cut, heavily, with Hetch Hetchy water, right?

So what would an honest marketing campaign look like? IDK, how about we’re lowering drinking water for some of you, mostly on the west side. And then you could point out the pros and cons of this decision…

Frisco’s “SMART WATER” – Our SFPUC has a Lot of Gumption with This New Ad Campaign – “Hella?”

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Here’s the latest:

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1. So how “amazing” is the water we take from Hetch Hetchy / Yosemite area? Well I think it’s fine, but check this oot, eh?

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So what are we, like #11 in population but #33 in water quality? Hmmm. Is that really so amazing?

2. The groundwater the SFPUC is hella* excited to add to your water (maybe – it depends on where you live in Frisco) is of lower quality than what we steal from the baby Yosemite Valley we flooded in order to steal from.

3. So to conclude, you can look forward to higher water prices (raising at a rate much higher than inflation) along with lower water quality in the coming years.

IOW, you’d prefer to get your water “smart” as opposed to “hella smart.”

In closing, hella hella hella…

*Our PUC, mostly run by old white dudes: “How do you do, fellow kids?

The SFPUC’s Marketing of Its Adulteration of Our Water Supply is Pretty Amazing

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Well let’s take a look at what ppl who don’t get paid by the SFPUC to crow about the SFPUC and see what they say about Frisco’s vaunted (“amazing,” they call it) Hetch Hetchy water. Oh, we’re down there around #33 or so, betwixt Pittsburgh and a town even more corrupt than ours. (I’m sure there’s a rejoinder to that, but I don’t know what it might be.)

Anyway, the local PUC is a gonna cut our normal water with well water what by itself isn’t generally good enough to be considered acceptable drinking water. But if you adulterate the water supply only a little, you can still meet standards and also save a few bucks as well.

The ad I saw on the side of a MUNI bus had “reliable” or reliability as the theme. And here’s what you see at
San Francisco Groundwater Supply Project

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There are pros and cons to adulterating our water supply of course.

Vaunted Frisco/Hetchy Hetchy Drinking Water Quality Ranked 33rd in National Study – Why? NITRATE ‘n Stuff

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Oh well:

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The latest rankings:

National Drinking Water Database – City Water Ratings

Big City Water Ratings

EWG rated big city (population over 250,000) water utilities based on three factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004; the percentage of chemicals found of those tested; and the highest average level for an individual pollutant, relative to legal limits or national average amounts, including for the most common pollutants (disinfection byproducts, nitrate and arsenic). [read more on rating methodology]

Useful Press Release: “A New Day: Aramark Begins Concessions Operations at Yosemite National Park”

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

First of all, this is the best press release ever, because I know it comes from the Future of Yosemite and not the past. By that I mean that Delaware North is gone as of today, but search engines are still pointing people to Delaware North websites. (Aramark’s webpages aren’t fully up-to-speed yet, but I’m sure they will be soon. And let’s hope Delaware North will go away legally as well, so the names of places can get back to normal.)

And second of all, March and April look to be great months to visit Yosemite Valley this year, with a manageable amount of snow and visitors.

Oh, here’s the official site: www.travelyosemite.com.

Get all the deets below. Now, play us out, James Franco at the Ahwahnee:

A New Day: Aramark Begins Concessions Operations at Yosemite National Park – Yosemite’s new concessioner working to ensure a smooth transition for guests

Program enhancements and service upgrades on the horizon

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, a subsidiary of Aramark (NYSE:ARMK), the award-winning food and hospitality partner for national and state parks, is pleased to announce today marks its first day as the new concessioner at Yosemite National Park. Last summer the National Park Service awarded Aramark the 15-year contract to manage Yosemite’s hospitality programs encompassing lodging, food & beverage, retail, recreational and transportation services.

“Aramark has a long history with the National Park Service and we are excited to be partnering with them to create great new memories for Yosemite’s many enthusiasts who hold the park so near and dear to their hearts,” said Bruce W. Fears, President of Aramark’s Leisure Division and longtime park industry thought leader. “I also have a deep appreciation for Yosemite and am proud of the tireless effort and commitment our team has undertaken, in conjunction with the National Park Service, to prepare for a smooth opening and transition for guests. As part of our Park stewardship, we look forward to introducing innovative programs and experiences that further shape the legacy of this awe-inspiring and iconic Park.”

Today also marks the official debut of www.travelyosemite.com, Yosemite Hospitality’s online destination for lodging, activity and tour information for Yosemite National Park. Visitors can also connect with Aramark on Facebook: Facebook.com/TravelYosemite, Instagram: @TravelYosemite, and Twitter: @TravelAramark.

Guest Experience Enhancements
While future plans include upgrading and improving facilities and enhancing existing programming around the Park, Yosemite Hospitality’s immediate focus during the transition period is to ensure a seamless transition for guests, assimilate and onboard employees and acclimate new personnel to the Park.

Early on, the emphasis will be on enhancements to customer service as well as dining service. Later this year, Degnan’s Deli and Loft is scheduled to be renovated. Longer term plans include remodeling the food court at Yosemite Valley Lodge and the dining areas at Half Dome Village. The transformation of these locations is designed to modernize their look, improve efficiency and increase speed of service.

Future improvements to guest rooms throughout Yosemite’s lodgings, including new in-room amenities, furnishings and accessibility, will also be part of Aramark’s overall investment in the guest experience. Technology upgrades and improvements are also on the horizon. Guests will eventually be able to use smart phones for making reservations and placing and paying for orders. Food ordering kiosks will allow visitors to place and pay for orders without having to enter dining facilities until orders are ready.

All of these efforts will enhance the guest experience at Yosemite, allowing visitors to experience the full majesty of Yosemite while also enjoying the comfort, convenience, and service Aramark is known for providing.

Workforce Transition
Aramark has a long track record of successfully managing concessions within the National Park system, however, the company recognizes the people most responsible for impacting the guest experience are the front line associates.

While the hiring process is ongoing, over 95 percent of the workforce is expected to transition to Aramark. Nearly every one of these employees worked at Yosemite previously, and they join Aramark with invaluable experience.

Yosemite’s front line associates are personally and passionately dedicated to the Park and to the guests who visit. While Aramark may be the new concessioner, I’m pleased that so many of the names and faces of the staff remain the same,” said Bob Concienne, Vice President of Operations for Aramark at Yosemite National Park. “I’m excited to welcome them to the Aramark family and look forward to working with them to create a lifetime of memories for Yosemite’s visitors.”

Guest Reservations
All reservations and group contracts booked prior to March 1, 2016 will be honored.  Shortly, Aramark’s Central Reservations team will begin contacting guests to confirm existing reservations within the Park for future dates.  To make, change or update a reservation, guests may call 888-413-8869 or visit www.travelyosemite.com for additional information.

Environmental Stewardship
Environmental sustainability is a fundamental part of Aramark’s mission, with a strategic focus on reducing the company’s environmental impact through innovative solutions that promote responsible sourcing, waste minimization, energy and water conservation, and transportation efficiencies.

As part of Aramark’s stewardship of Yosemite, steps are being taken to reduce the company’s impact on the Yosemite Valley. One of the more noticeable changes guests will encounter is the removal of plastic bottled water for sale on store shelves and within dining areas. In its place, Aramark has committed to installing and increasing accessibility to filtered water dispensers and bottle filling stations; boxed and canned water, benefiting “Canned Water 4 Kids1” and which is easier and less labor intensive to recycle, are also being introduced.

Yosemite Hospitality will further reduce its carbon footprint in the Park by maximizing operational efficiency, including reducing service vehicle traffic, installing a visitor vehicle charging station and minimizing food waste. Learn more about Aramark’s Leisure Division’s environmental practices and programs here.

Community Partnerships
Aramark’s community involvement and philanthropic efforts leverage the unique skills and expertise of its employees who have a passion for service and volunteerism and contribute their time, expertise and resources through Aramark Building Community which is focused on fostering strong, vibrant, successful communities in local neighborhoods.

At Yosemite, Aramark looks forward to establishing a meaningful community presence and positively impacting the community by partnering with local organizations, working with business leaders and participating in community-wide projects. Aramark is also excited to be working with and supporting Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite’s Gateway Partners.

About Aramark’s Leisure Division
Aramark’s Leisure division delivers authentic and memorable experiences at 60 national and state parks, national forests, conference centers, specialty hotels, museums and other tourist destinations throughout the United States. In partnership with its clients, Aramark seeks to enhance the guest experience by offering industry-leading hospitality, environmental stewardship, recreational and interpretive programs. Connect with us on Twitter at @TravelAramark.

In 2015, Aramark hosted more than 22 million visitors at more than 15 national, state and local parks it serves. With today’s announcement, Aramark now holds nine contracts with the NPS, including Denali National Park & Preserve and Glacier Bay Park & Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, Olympic National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

As a longtime supporter of the NPS and America’s national parks, Aramark is proud to be a sponsor of the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign, celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, this year. The sponsorship will help reintroduce the national parks and the work of the National Park Service to a new generation of Americans, inviting them to visit and get involved. For more information about the National Park Service’s Centennial, visit www.nationalparks.org/centennial.

About Aramark
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people’s lives through innovative services in food, facilities management, and uniforms. United by a passion to serve, our 270,000 employees make a meaningful difference each day for millions of people in 21 countries around the world. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companiesby FORTUNE, rated number one among Diversified Outsourcing Companies, as well as among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

Our Changing Presidio: A Military Observation Tower Located Just North of the Richmond Replaced by a Communications Tower

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

First, it was all like this:

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Get all the deets here.

You see I’m six-foot-one and a ton of fun, so things were a bit wobbly on the staircase going up, back in the day. Empty beer cans are what you’d find up there.

But now the Presidio isn’t a military base – there’s no need to have an observation tower for training recruits anymore.

Radio communications, that’s the present need on this ridge, and it’s The Future as well.

Here’s how things look these days:

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This scene makes me think of the Old Days.

XXX OOO

A Man In His Forties

Flags of Single-Party States Over San Francisco City Hall: Germany 1935, People’s Republic of China 2012

Monday, October 21st, 2013

1935: Germany strong:

2012: People’s Republic* of China strong:

And you can’t see, but there are five stars on the PRC flag:

“The five stars and their relationship represents the unity of Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. The orientation of the stars shows that the unity should go around a center.[6] The larger star symbolizes the Communist Party of China, and the four smaller stars that surround the big star symbolize the four social classes (the working class, the peasantry, the urban petite bourgeoisie and the national bourgeoisie) of Chinese people mentioned in Mao’s “On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship

In the center of the photo, you’ll find “heiress and socialite” Charlotte Smith Mailliard Swig Shultz, wife of Famous Republican George P. Shultz – check out her bio.** Now, which star is for her? I’m thinking it’s the star representing the national bourgeoisie, but IDK for sure.

*The current communist or socialist states that include the words People’s Republic in their full names:

Historical examples include:

** CSMSS (born ca. 1934) is an American heiress and socialite. She is the Chief of Protocol for the state of California, and the Chief of Protocol for the City and County of San Francisco.[1] She is the wife of former United States Secretary of State George P. Shultz.[2] In 2007, she was named Honorary Commander of The Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II.

Can You Really Buy a License Plate From the DMV with “GOD” in It? YES YOU CAN – Presenting “GOD’S 24-7”

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013