I could do without the “only” part, frankly.
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.
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.”
Does this man look like a liar? I think not.
Look out SFSU and UCB – you’re getting some more competition, looks like…
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.)
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.
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.
Sunday Sunday Sunday:
Clement St. Grand Opening!
Agricultural Institute of Marin is partnering with the Clement Street Merchants Association to bring the Inner Richmond San Francisco’s newest farmers market! Beginning June 23rd, join us every Sunday from 9am to 2pm, on Clement Street between 2nd and 4th Avenues, year-round, for what promises to be a great Sunday morning destination for foodies and families alike.
Read the news and turn the pages:
“Lord knows that Sundays at that part of Clement can be a bit depressing, what with infrequent bus service, a number of empty parking spaces, and lots and lots of closed storefronts abutting a handful of thriving businesses.”
For lease, for rent, “retirement sale,” going out of business sale, and on and on:
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Tell me how it goes.
Oh look, from District One Supe Eric Mar:
“Thank you to Peter Lauterborn from my office, the Clement Street Merchants Assn, Argonne Community Garden, Peabody elementary school PTA, Argonne elementary school PTO and many others for working with the great folks from Marin Agricultural Institute to organize our community farmer’s market! We are working hard to make it family friendly, and thanks to Foggy Notion, Seed Store, ParkLife, Green Apple, Cumaica Coffee House and Giorgio’s Pizzeria and other businesses too for helping to make this successful! [Signed] Eric Mar, District 1 Supervisor. If you have any suggestions or questions – contact Peter at 415-554-7411 or email him at email@example.com“
And “youthful” (I mean, his relatively short Wiki entry uses the term 14 times, right?) aide Peter Lauterborn speaks his piece here.
The thing is is that some businesses on 3rd Avenue, where a couple block will get shut down weekly, don’t seem to be aware of the CSFM.
The Sloat Garden Center for one:
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I myself have no particular beef with the new farmer’s market* but I cry foul at the SFMTA-type, everybody’s-a-winner, everybody-supports-this-new-thing, just-wait-until-you-see-the-transformation-of-the-Inner-Richmond style of campaign behind it.
Anyway, Lord knows that Sundays at that part of Clement can be a bit depressing, what with infrequent bus service, a number of empty parking spaces, and lots and lots of closed storefronts abutting a handful of thriving businesses.
(One assumes that most customers of the 3rd Avenue Burger King and Sloat Gardens will figure another way of getting to and fro asides from approaching from the north.)
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*Indeed, I just might visit. Actually, I was out yesterday taking King and Messiah for a walk to a bakery on 3rd very near Clement.
Here’s the background on the soon-to-come CSFM.
And this is from Eric Mar’s office last week:
“This is the “youthful” Peter Lauterborn form Supervisor Mar’s office. Glad to see the market being covered.
The date has been pushed back, but only because of scheduling needs. The MTA has been very supportive of the project and it is currently projected to start June 23rd after the ISCOTT hearing on 6/13.
The reroute is just 7 blocks total, the existing merchants are very supportive of the project, and we have had well over 100 letters of support come into our office. We feel very good about this project. (The only issue has been with the bouncy house, which was really just an example from other markets and that’s been scrapped already.)
But if people have specific concerns they should feel free to email or call my direct line. Of course we want to mitigate any inconveniences to people.
And here’s the new flyer – this one’s more complete and less mysterious than the optimistic original
And this is the vary latest, from the Eric Mar newsletter:
The Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) is managing the proposed market. AIM is primarily an educational non-profit which uses its six large, diverse markets to help fulfill their mission. The food options would include both organic and conventional seasonal produce, bakers, meat and dairy, and even local artisans. Their markets have a wide range of price points and accept EBT cards (aka food stamps).
This street closure will be voted on at an upcoming meeting of the Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation (ISCOTT).
ISCOTT Hearing: Thursday June 13 at 9AM, 1 South Van Ness
If you can’t attend in person and want to send a letter of support, or you have any other questions or comments, please contact Peter Lauterborn in my office atPeter.Lauterborn@sfgov.org or 415.554.7411“