Posts Tagged ‘new years eve’

Well, Here It Is, The Richmond District’s New Academy: The SF Baseball Academy – Inside of the Old Bridge Theatre

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Here it is, this mothership is fully operational – the open house was last month.

The marquee, oddly, used to sing the praises of Supervisor Mark Farrell, until recently:

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Read all about it from this bit in the San Francisco Chronicle. Noteworthy:

“He hit a bit of a rough patch while in college. On a visit home for the holidays in 2007, he got embroiled in the infamous “Baker’s Dozen” incident, in which a group of visiting Yale students got into a fight with some hometown boys at a New Year’s party. Though he was a latecomer to the fisticuffs, Aicardi was named in a civil suit seeking damages, along with his brother Richard. In the end, no charges were filed against him and the matter was settled privately...”

In other words, settled privately for big bucks. I’ll just add that the straight-shooting Matier and Ross team had a different take on the “I’m 20 deep and my boys are coming” incident, where jelly and beer were mixed in a quite unappealing fashion. If somebody wanted to say, well, I’ve made a public apology and I’m struggling to move on, ala Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, well, it’s never too late to do something like that, whether you claim you’re barred from doing so or not. Moving on…

I used to turn the lights on at an old Landmark theatre and the all the fuse panels looked a little like this – I’ll tell you, the monthly electricity bill was through the roof, it was a major expense. I’m sure it was similar at the Bridge. Like, even if somebody gave the building to you for free, would it be worth the time and money to operate it as a theatre? I don’t think it was.

So maybe this academy will make money or maybe it’s more a labor of love. We’ll see.

Illegal New Year’s Eve Taxi Pickups Performed by Black Lincoln Town Cars on the Streets of SF – Is This Uber or Not?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I’ll tell you, the SFPD has other things to worry about on New Year’s Eves, so the illegal taxis have a field day.

And oh yes, a busted tail light, add that to the list of misdemeanors:

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Oh well.

How to Handle Things When Your SF Cabbie Tries to “Surge Price” You on New Year’s Eve – “Failure to Convey” Misdemeanor

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

What’ll happen is that your SFMTA-licensed hack will ask you where you’re going before you can get in. Then s/he might quote you a flat fee of like $40 to take you to your destination. This is what happens every new years on the mean streets of San Francisco.

FYI, this is called Failure to Convey. Check it:

“Driver Duties During Shift. (1) A Driver shall not refuse, or direct or permit the refusal, of prospective passengers in any place within the City for transportation to any other place in the City, or to or from the San Francisco International Airport, or to the Oakland International Airport, or Paratransit passengers within the Paratransit Program service area, at rates authorized by law, if the prospective passengers present themselves for transportation in a clean, coherent, safe and orderly manner and for a lawful purpose and the Driver has sufficient time before the end of his or her shift.”

So my advice would be to get in to get your ride and then deal with the fare at your destination. I mean, your fare is based on time and distance plus any bridge tolls or airport fees, that’s it.

This rule of course doesn’t apply to illegal taxis or town cars or Lyft or UberX or others similar.- it just applies to SF taxis.

Like this ride, DeSoto Deuce Triple One (2111). It’s a genuine SF taxi. (It’s shown here on the day it killed two passengers coming up the 101 from SFO, but oh well.)

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What I’m saying is that I knows my rights and you should know your rights as well. I’ve always gotten my way with cabbies, meaning, I always get to where I’m going and I never pay a cabbie-inflicted surcharge.

Happy New Year!

What It’s Like to Travel Around San Francisco During New Year’s Eve, When the SFPD is Especially Tolerant

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

How many SFPD cops saw this maneuver, do you think, when a partying driver treated McAllister Street at Franklin like a one-way street?


But this kind of behavior is tolerated on NYE in the 415 because the cops, well, the cops will generallyhave their hands full with other stuff.

So, drive however you want and soon enough you and your tummy full of alcohol will back get home to the Marina or the Marin safely: 

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Let the Gouging Begin! SideCar Discount Taxi Service to Double Price$ on New Year’s Eve – Here’s Why

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Uh, to make more money?

From Ellen Huet comes the news of SideCar doubling its “voluntary” fares for New Years Eve 2013.

So that means you’ll need to pay double to avoid getting blackballed by SideCar’s drivers.

Of course, if a trained and licensed San Francisco taxi driver charges you double a during busy time, that’s a misdemeanor.

But if a SideCar driver jacks up rates on NYE, that’s called bidness.

Oh well.

Hey, Gentle Reader! Why not check in on SideCar’s “amazing year,” below? You’ll be able to see if any mention is made of CPUC case #PSG-3360, you know, that whole “cease and desist” thing.

If only this woman on Market had a SideCar sign instead of a TAXI sign:

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Hello San Francisco SideCar Community!

2012 has been an amazing year:

  1. The Mayans were wrong
  2. SideCar was born
  3. You showed the world that with instant ridesharing we really can help each other get around in a way that’s more fun, efficient and safe.


To ring in 2013, plenty of drivers in our community have told us that they plan to get behind the wheel on New Year’s Eve so that you can hit the town safely without having to worry about driving.  <3  To thank them, we decided to do them a huge favor:

For New Year’s Eve only – and in The San Francisco Bay Area Only – from 5pm-5am, as a way of saying thanks to those driving on NYE, we are going to suggest double the community average donation for each ride within the app.  This means that a ride with a typical community average of $10 will say $20 on Monday night.

Here’s why we’re doing this:

  1. SideCar community drivers are not employed by SideCar or put on shifts of any kind. Going online on NYE (or any night) is completely up to them.  Extra donations will help mobilize an army of designated drivers to help you get safely where you want to go on one of the busiest nights of the year for transportation.
  2. There are plenty of things to do on NYE besides drive…  why not sweeten the pot a little for drivers to keep them stoked on getting people around.
  3. Extra donations = extra appreciation for awesome drivers lending a hand on a crazy night like NYE.

Of course, with SideCar what you donate is always up to you, and the community average is just there to help you decide.  We just feel that on a night like New Year’s a little extra for drivers wouldn’t hurt.  We hope you’ll feel the same way.”

OMG, It’s the First Annual BEACH BLANKET BABYLON Holiday Song Contest! Sing Your Way To Fame

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This is new, this is you:

SAN FRANCISCO (October 1, 2012) –Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon Seasonal Extravaganza is the hot ticket for the holiday season! This year fans are invited to participate in Beach Blanket Babylon’s first-ever holiday song contest with a chance to win an appearance in the New Year’s Eve show finale. Packed with hilarious spoofs of pop culture & political characters, the holiday show features a chorus line of tap dancing Christmas trees, special parodies of traditional Christmas carols and a gigantic Yuletide hat. To enter, Beach Blanket Babylon fans must submit a video of themselves, via Facebook or Twitter, singing a verse or chorus of their favorite holiday song.

Selected at random, the grand prize winner will make an appearance in Beach Blanket Babylon’s New Year’s Eve show, Monday, December 31, 2012, at 10:15 p.m., during the finale. Additionally, this lucky winner will ring in the New Year with three friends at Club Fugazi in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district. Four (4) first-place winners, also selected at random, will each receive a pair of tickets to the Seasonal Extravaganza premiere performance on November 14, 2012.

To be eligible to win, participants must upload a video featuring the contestant singing a short verse or the chorus from any holiday song of their choosing. The video must be uploaded to a video sharing site (such as YouTube or Vimeo). To submit the video, contestants have to share the link either by posting it on the Beach Blanket Babylon Facebook wall, or tweeting to @BBBinSF.

The contest will run from Monday, October 1 until Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12 p.m. Contestants must be 21 years of age or older on or before November 14, 2012. By submitting a video, participants agree to their video being shared through various social media sites by Beach Blanket Babylon or media partners.

For a complete list of rules, visit

Today, January 2, 2012, is Officially “New Years Eve Day,” Per the City and County of San Francisco

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Most years, we observe “New Years Eve Day” on January 1st, but not this year.


Anyway, enjoy your special day of free parking and weekend-schedule MUNI service

Nothing changes
On New Year’s Eve Day

Don’t Forget, the KRAFT Fight Hunger Bowl is Almost Here – Tickets Still Available for December 31st Game

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

There’s was some news conference yesterday that nobody told me about so oh well.

But find out all about it after the jump.

Now, which squad do you think will win on Saturday? The Bruins…

…or the Illini?


It’s like $25 for a cheap seat – you can afford that, right?

See you there!


Google Offers Offers KRAFT Fight Hunger Bowl Tickets for Just $36! UCLA Bruins vs. the Illinois Fighting Illini at the AT&T

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Google Offers San Francisco is a-offering this deal for the next few days:

All the deets, after the jump.


It’s Official: It’ll be the UCLA Bruins vs. the Illinois Fighting Illini at the “KRAFT Fight Hunger Bowl” Dec 31 at AT&T Park

Monday, December 5th, 2011

See? This is the news that came out last night:

Get all the deets after the jump, but before that, see me try to puzzle out who would play from five days back:

The annual Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (that new name is starting to sound normal to me already) is a coming to the Phone Booth on Saturday, December 31st, 2011.

Where else will you watch an NCAA bowl game in NorCal?

Get your tickets now

Oh, what’s that, you want to know who’s playing this year? Well, let’s look to the past:

2010 — Nevada 20, Boston College 13
2009 — USC 24, Boston College 13
2008 — California 24, Miami 17
2007 — Oregon State 21, Maryland 14
2006 — Florida State 44, UCLA 27
2005 — Utah 38, Georgia Tech 10
2004 — Navy 34, New Mexico 19
2003 — Boston College 35, Colorado State 21
2002 — Virginia Tech 20, Air Force 13

As you can see, sort of, there’s gotta be a Pac-12 team on the field – that’s current rule.

Here’s one stab at it:

“Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl 
December 31, 2011 San Francisco, CA, 3:30 pm ESPN 
Payout: $1.675 million
Pac-12 No. 6 vs. Army (WAC if Army not available)”

But it looks like their prediction has recently changed, based on this:

“Scout’s 2011 bowl prediction for the Illini has them heading out San Francisco to participate in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. There, Scout predicts, the Illini would take on the UCLA Bruins, who would be 6-7 on the season and also likely minus its coach as well. Two teams with a combined record of 12-13 and without head coaches doesn’t exactly sound like the most appetizing match up, but such is one of the downsides of the current bowl system.”

So, as recently as yesterday, some people were thinking it could be this squad…

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…versus this one, the crew from Illinois. (You know, they’re looking for men, as always.)

All right, see you there!

All right, all the deets after the jump