Posts Tagged ‘news’

The Large, Wasteful, Obsolete, Expensive “PedMount” News Boxes of the Streets of San Francisco – Aesthetics vs. Our 1st Amendment

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Does SFGov tax newspapers to run these green monsters?

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Yes. Yes it does.

Mayor Willie Brown didn’t like this, so now we have this.

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.)

Oh well.

So Sure, We’ve Lost a Few News Publications the Past Few Years, But Comes Now “ACADEMY ART U” Newspaper to Ease the Pain

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Volume 2 is at newsstands now. 28 pages. Price: FREE

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Huh.

So when you have money and not as much respect, this is what you do…

UC Berkeley Prof Lydia Chavez Threatens to Shut Down Mission Local by June 1st Unless Shes Gets Money from Readers, Bidnesses?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

[UPDATE: The graphic you can see below has been replaced, with this:

“Like Mission Local? So do we. But we can’t keep producing it for free. Unless we get 500 new members by June 1, we will have to close. That means you will no longer get original, amazing and timely articles, photographs and videos about your community. So act now!”
So, all that offensive stuff got deleted? Good.]

This here is pretty much all I know about Mission Local which has gotten a lot of funding from UC Berkeley over the years.

And here’s the current threat to shut down, from Founder and Managing Editor Lydia Chavez – it’s called 31 Days of Mission Local:

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So let’s see here, try a Norelco shaver or a delightful bed from Costco.com (save $100 now!) for just a month and it will, how do we say, transform your life? OK fine! So is Prof Chavez hectoring me here? I need to “care more?” I need to become a “better neighbor?” Whoo boy.

Now the first graf here, who and what is university-degree’d-up LC taking aim at here? I’m thinking it’s directed at SFist and people like college degree-less Eve Batey, who also tried to make a go of things, back in the aughts. What a contrast. (If Lydia could link to examples of what she’s talking about, that could help her readers. Perhaps she could take the time to do that the next time she comes down to visit us from the penthouse in her ivory tower.)

And what’s this, Lydia Chavez thinks I’m naive to not pay money for news? I think she does.

And then this earnest, earnest, ever-so-earnest journalistic crusader is going to talk about her “sense of humor?” What?

And then comes the punchline of her ransom note – it’s give me money or else.

Mmmm…

And she offers “business memberships?” IDK, seems that kind of thing might come with a bit of baggage, huh?

And IDK, until I saw all this hectoring, I never had an unfavorable impression of the ML.

An alternative would be to simply announce that you all are shutting down and then wait for the reaction? You’d get attention from the MSM and some thought pieces about you and The Bay Citizen (and the like) and whathaveyou and, through that process, maybe you’d end up with some monetary support as well.

What’s This, the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle Costs “Only $3.00?”

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

I could do without the “only” part, frankly.

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What’s that, it costs $10 to make a Sunday paper and get it to you, the Reader? Yeah, maybe, something like that.

But even so, I could do without the “only” part.

Frankly

OMG, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism Will Soon Have a New Outpost in San Francisco? Per Dean Hamm

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Here’s the news from the AP’s Tomoko Hosaka:

“Woah. Medill Dean Hamm says the school will soon announce new outpost in San Francisco.”

Woah, indeed.

Does this man look like a liar? I think not.

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Look out SFSU and UCB – you’re getting some more competition, looks like…

Mayors Behaving Badly: How This Photo from KRON’s Stanley Roberts Doesn’t Necessarily Show Oakland Mayor Illegally Texting

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

All the deets from Channel 4’s Stanley Roberts, he of People Behaving Badly fame.

If she was texting, then that against CA law, but if she was using her iPhone(?) as a wayfinding device, then this starring performance might not have been against the law.

Here it is:

You Make The Call

DON’T MISS THIS! – Short “Oak Street Bicycle Red Light” Video – People Behaving Badly, Stanley Roberts

Friday, May 9th, 2014

I’m a little too close to this one, so I wasn’t sure if this kind of thing would be People Behaving Badly-worthy.

Well, obvs, it is now:

I don’t know how intentional the Great Oak Street Airlock is, you know, how the lights are poorly timed for traffic on Oak but also poorly-timed for cyclists using the Panhandle bike path to get on to Oak and beyond. I suspect that “teaching drivers a lesson” about how they shouldn’t be driving might be involved, but it also could be incompetence/neglect.

Speaking of which, just try to find a street sign what says “Baker” at Oak and Baker these days. Shouldn’t like SFGov like care enough about tourists ‘n stuff to like put up just one fucking street sign at an intersection? Yes, but it’s been this way for months. (If I were Ron Conway AND if I cared enough I could make a one-minute phone call to get the wheels rolling on the let’s-give-Baker-street-signs-what-say-Baker-street project, but I’m not so oh well.)

Anyway, enjoy.

Does the 94117 Want Helicopters Circling Above at 6:00 AM Videoing the Broken Water Main at 700 Waller?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

NO! DO NOT WANT!

Now myself, I don’t care about the slow orbits this morning over the Castro, Western Addition, and the Haights.

But other people, they care about the white chopper with the blue tail.

See?

Haighteration ‏@haighteration  5m Helicopter. For this. MT @abc7newsBayArea: PHOTO: Broken water line in San Francisco on the 700 block of Waller. pic.twitter.com/O3yTHJpCFe
Jeremiah Allen ‏@jeremiahallen  6m Enough with the damn helicopter! “@nbcbayarea: UPDATE: 6-inch water main in SF. Pipe is 100 years old.pic.twitter.com/Juehz8s32F
Justine Fields ‏@StrawberryJusty  1m Ugh. RT @haighterationHelicopter. For this. MT @abc7newsBayArea: Broken water line in SF on the 700 block of Waller pic.twitter.com/IAEFC4Lety
Justine Fields ‏@StrawberryJusty  14m Helicopter circling above my neighborhood, what’s up? You woke me up and now I can’t get back to sleep because of you #sanfrancisco#nopa

Oh well, that’s life in the big city…

So the Deadly “80 MPH” Mercedes Benz Accident of Jennie Zhu was due to “Pedal Misapplication?” That’s One Theory

Friday, January 10th, 2014

This is news to me:

Zhu reportedly told police that the car may have malfunctioned and that it began accelerating* on its own. ABC7 news has learned that investigators brought in an engineer from Mercedes Benz and experts from the California Highway Patrol to look into that possibility. Court records state that they ‘found there were no mechanical issues that could explain unintended acceleration.'”

Other reports had driver Jennie Zhu even unwilling to speak to her attorney.

That makes this accident look more like a run-of-the-mill case of pedal misapplication.

I’ll just say that if her foot had been on the brake and she was pressing hard, there’s no way that her car would have done what it did.

Here’s a brief checklist of things you can do when your car takes off on you:

Make sure your foot is on the brake pedal (because it’s not there the way you think it is**)

Use your emergency brake

Throw the gear selector into Neutral.

Turn off the ignition by turning your key to the left (or do whatever you had planned to do to turn your car off after you arrived at your destination)

Scrape up against parked cars on either side of the road in order to slow down

Those are just a few ideas.

Solving this mystery would have been helped if driver Jennie Zhu had been more forthcoming. At this point, it’s very possible we’ll never know the full details of what occurred.

But her telling the police that the Mercedes just took off on her is probably good enough to keep her from any jail time in SF, IMO. This is a much better story than her saying that she was in a hurry and was trying to beat the red lights on a street that, more or less, has timed*** lights.

At the end of this thing, nobody’s going to believe that the car just took off on its own and she had her foot hard on the brake the whole time.

*”Unintended acceleration resulting from pedal misapplication is a driver error wherein the driver presses the accelerator when braking is intended. Some shorter drivers’ feet may not be long enough to touch the floor and pedals, making them more likely to press the wrong pedal due to a lack of proper spatial or tactile reference. Pedal misapplication may be related to pedal design and placement, as in cases where the brake and accelerator are too close to one another, or the accelerator pedal too large.”

**Now if you want to make your brakes fail by boiling your brake fluid through misuse like that guy in SoCal did with his Prius, well then be my guest. But the accident you cause will be on you.

***More or less. But on this stretch of Pine, it’s possible a jackrabbit start will get you through a few yellow lights and on your way westward. Depending on the traffic, this might save you a minute or two when travelling from Polk to Buchanan on Pine.

Stanley Roberts Goes Viral – Video of Sales of Donated / Discarded Glide Memorial Food – Image of San Francisco?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Well, take a look:

The number of people who have watched this clip is now greater than the number of people who came to town to see the 34th America’s Cup.

The people shown are the very same ones who are shown how to vote (with stencil overlays, seriously) by corrupt non-profits and the same ones who get herded around for protests.

Oh well.