Posts Tagged ‘noise’

1965 Page Street vs. Whole Foods Haight Street: “Bad Neighbors!” – A Kramer-esque Campaign

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Well, it’s not much yet, but this is the biggest reaction I’ve seen so far to the relatively new Whole Foods outlet at the end of Haight Street near Stanyan.

Do you see this Kramer-esque sign hanging off the back of 1965 Page? It’s new.

See?

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Cf. Cosmo Kramer vs. Kenny Rogers Roasters, Inc.

Now I don’t know what these NIMBYs paid for that sign but I’d imagine something like hundreds of dollars. Most passersby weren’t aware of it, cause of how and where it’s hung. But go to the northeast corner of the parking lot and then look northeast and you’ll be sure to find it. (WF employees were doing just that yesterday afternoon, having a laugh.)

MisssAnthrope49 has the details on YouTube.

And I guess that this is the FaceBook page?

Whole Foods Inc Bad Neighbor :-( ” “This page is for those who have unresolved neighborhood noise issues with Whole Foods Markets, Inc. Please share your experience, links, pictures, videos. Invite others, anywhere in the universe. Support your local markets.”

(You don’t have a website yet, NIMBYs?)

Now, I’ll tell you, the parking lot at this Whole Foods fills up with regularity, cause it’s too small. (And that’s just the way “the neighbors” or the Planning Department or somebody wanted it to be. By design.) So I don’t know how the people who wanted a small parking lot have the right to complain about a small parking lot. Anyway, the way Trader Joes Masonic handled the parking issue was to take over parking spaces on the right side of southbound Masonic in partnership with the City. (I mean, first you’ve got to exist, and then you can address the issues what pop up, that’s how you’ve got to do it.)

The parking lot attendants at this particular WF will direct shoppers into non-existent spots in front of the store, you know, in order to pack the largest number of cars into the lot. Of course there are signs telling drivers not to block Stanyan, but nobody pays attention to them.

We’ll just have to wait to see how this one turns out.

In the meantime, meet your new NIMBY neighbors, so far:

Susan Leas LathamLeda Nevin AguirreHolly EdsonSoumyaa Kapil BehrensJohnson HorTed DeLongVanessa PictonGabriel HaalandKenneth HeikkilaFran GentryLoraine Cruz CummingsDarlene PolankaMichelleNoel WelchElizabeth KirchnerRichard IvanhoeDickie Clark

Oh, and here’s something that people actually noticed, back in the day, on Stanyan:

This building on Stanyan can be seen from all over, so it would be a better location to launch an anti-grocery store campaign, IMO.

Oh well.

And nascent NIMBY’s, the time to attack Progress is before the gro sto goes in. I mean, did you expect the parking lot to be empty all the time? Did you expect the food to be teleported in via Wonka-Vision?

Oh well.

To close, here are some palliative cliches from Whole Foods itself:

“Sent: Thu, August 25, 2011 7:02:26 PM
Subject: RE: HVAC at 690 Stanyan Street

Susan,
Whole Foods Market Haight Street store has received your concerns regarding HVAC noise. We take all our neighbors’ concerns and questions seriously and work to accommodate requests whenever and wherever possible. The neighborhood we serve is extremely important to us and we want to be a good community member.  We had our HVAC service company come to double check that all the adjustments that we have made the past few months were still up to par . There were only two minor adjustments needed.

While we are within the legal limits for noise required by the city, Whole Foods Market Haight has made many adjustments in response to HVAC inquiries, including:
o   We reprogrammed the HVAC system to shut down between 8PM and 8AM to reduce noise when people are home
o   We also changed our thermostat settings two degrees lower so the heat would kick on later in the morning
o   We installed sound dampening devices on all our rooftop condensing fans
o   We had our own acoustic, electric and HVAC engineers come out to test and fine tune our system for noise reduction and ensure we were within our legal limits
o   Additionally, we had the Department of Public Health Environmental  Services come back out to re-test and ensure we were operating within the legal limits

While the adjustment to any new neighbor may take some time, we truly hope we can peacefully co-exist with our neighbors in the Haight”

Whither Slim’s Nightclub? OMG, It’s the Entertainment Commission’s “San Francisco Neighborhood Summit” on April 6

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I know where you’ll be this coming Wednesday after work – you’ll be at the San Francisco Neighborhood Summit near Sixth and Folsom, natch.

And you know who else will be there? Numerous members of the San Francisco Entertainment Commish, plus that dude what’s from the SFPD Alcohol Liaison Unit, plus a Sound Technician, plus NAYYYYYYbor “Advocates.”

So let’s see here, we’re going to have The City, the SFPD, a sound guy, and officially-designated NIMBYs all meeting South of Market just a few weeks after the Slim’s Nightclub / Jeanmarie Guenot / Other NIMBYs* L’affaire Du 2011. Gee, I’m thinking that the topic of the ABC’s recent action against Slim’s just might come up.

All the deets, below.

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The deets:

San Francisco Neighborhood Summit

When: April 6, 2011 – Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Gene Friend Community Center Auditorium, 270 Sixth Street, San Francisco

What: San Francisco Entertainment Commission in partnership with the San Francisco Police Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services invite you to the San Francisco Neighborhood Summit. Organized to nurture relationships between the SF Entertainment Commission, City Departments, community leaders and neighbor advocates.  Meet, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration to foster  healthy, safe and vibrant neighborhoods in San Francisco

Speaker’s Panel Inspector Dave Falzon - Alcohol Liaison Unit, San Francisco Police Department Vajra Granelli – Sound Technician, SF Entertainment Commission Audrey Joseph – Commissioner, SF Entertainment Commission Jocelyn Kane (moderator) Executive Director, Entertainment Commission Kirsten Macaulay, Neighborhood Liaison, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Service Cmdr. Greg McEachern, Entertainment Liaison, SF Police Department Jim Meko, Commissioner, SF Entertainment Commission Edgar Oropeza, SF Planning Department Al Perez, Commissioner, SF Entertainment Commission

Price: Free – open to the public

RSVP sfec.info@gmail.com “

See you there!

*Leave us not forget the other NIMBYs of SoMA, of course.

“NIMBY People are easily startled but they’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers…”

SoMA NIMBY Jeanmarie Guenot vs. Teh Internets: Did the Amoeba Music Blog Pull a Post About Noise and Nightclubs?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Appears as if the blog at Amoeba Music, the AMOEBLOG, pulled a recent post over fear of a defamation lawsuit. But, as always, You Make The Call.

Here’s the story straight, straight from the MSM’s Brent Begin. Now, here’s the back-and-forth between somebody, some random or somebody’s proxy and Kevin Montgomery at the Uptown Almanac. And here’s the cache of a post at AMOEBLOG:

Could it be that Amoeba is ascared of getting sued?

Yes.

Should Amoeba have been scared?

Can’t tell. Not sure what’s wrong with the post they put up.

Oh well.

Anyway, that’s something to ponder as you listen to Song A Day #815: Jeanmarie Guenot and Her Quest To Kill SF Nightlife from Jonathan Mann

Fireworks Over Golden Gate Park a Huge Success – Go Giants! – Soft Thuds Heard for Miles – Ended Before 10 PM

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

[UPDATE: Oh yes, the birds, too - I forgot about them.]

Get up to speed right here on tonight’s surprise fireworks show in the Music Concourse for the benefit of the San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball.

Per the SFGiants:

“If you’re in The City and you hear fireworks in a minute, don’t be alarmed, it’s just the #SFGiants private World Series Gala at GG Park.”

But, uh oh:

“Seeing complaints from people in SF about the Tuesday night Fireworks. Giants better win the World Series for the city after this one!”

Und:

“Oh apparently it’s some fireworks show for the Giants over GG park? Effing stupid. I’ve never seen a city so obsessed with a sports team.”*

Here’s the video.

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Can you hear the chants of, “Let’s go, Giants?”

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And here’s the view from Fell Street:

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And here’s the mise en scene with Sutro Tower in the background.

This show was scheduled to end at 10:25 PM but concern over area NIMBYs pushed things up a half-hour or so.

Go Giants!

*Say what?

A Massive Lightning Strike Woke Up Central San Francisco this Morning – Power Outage

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Were you “jolted awake by a blinding white fireball that engulfed” your building this morning around 8:36 AM, Saturday 12, 2009? If so, you were not alone. And if you miss that kind of stuff, as world-famous Xeni Jardin does, then you’re not alone, again!

It sounded like an airplane crashing into the Fillmore Center, if you happened to be at the intersection of Geary and Divisidero as I happened to be. Was it a groundstrike into Hayes Valley or the Western Addition or (or the NoPA, oh no, not the NoPA!) or Pacific Heights?

Of course the Pigs Giraffes & Elephants at our local PG&E power monopoly were dealing with power outages earlier this morning, but some additional service was lost by this big strike. (“Saint Francis Woods,” like there’s more than one? Where do these writers live, freaking Walnut Creek?)  Utility workers should focus their attention on soggy Golden Gate Park to make sure that Alanis Morrissette can put on her show this afternoon at Power to the Peaceful.

Did a transformer get hit? We’ll find out soon enough. Power at Post and Webster was out this morning just after the Big Boom of 9-12-9, so the strike couldn’t have been too far away.

Courage people, courage.

[UPDATE: Jay Barmann at SFist has the scoop. Here's the clap of thunder (craaaaaack!) and here's the result via PDX503. That's one less Audi, Chariot of the Yuppie, on the Streets of San Francisco.]

If only Megan Fox were here, to fix our transformer.

Oh, here she is, fixing the transformer of a 1976 Camaro in the movie Transformers:

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Or maybe PG&E, perhaps they could help….

It was Miller Time at the scene of yesterday’s lightening strike after workers towed away the cars and patched things back up. Actually, strike that, the bolt darkened the ground so let’s call it a darkening strike.

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For all you do, this Miller Time is for you.

Golden Gate Park’s Outside Lands 2009 Already a Huge Success

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

One-third of Outside Lands 2009 is finished and the reviews are universally good, more or less.

But what’s up with the water situation? People need to buy water? Srsly? How about air, is there a fee for breathing?

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At least they’re not charging $4 for a bottle of water, the way it went at the riotous Woodstock 1999.

Outside Lands 2009 Preparations are Finished – How Will the Kids Sneak in This Year?

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Meadows Speedway and Lindley were abuzz yesterday in Golden Gate Park due to preparations for the sure-to-be-delightful Outside Lands 2009, which fires up this afternoon. The thriftiest among us will have to deal with a more robust fencing situation, it would appear. Check it:

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You’re looking at perimeter chainlink that’s something like 9 feet high, coupled with crowd control fencing that’s a bit shorter.

Which strategy will win out this year – over, through, or under? Only time will tell…

Also new for this year is a huge signage effort:

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Hurrah.

Look for the Critical Mass riders to show up ’round about eight-ish. Guaranteed.

Have a great OL09!

And don’t forget to share your stories with the N Judah Chronicles, in real time. baby. Why not?

Speak Your Piece About Outside Lands Tonight at the Richmond District Police Forum

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is coming, coming in a big way baby, August 28-30, 2009. It’s going to be mega. So all you NIMBYs out there should start your yammer now, while you still have a chance to affect this Assault on Your Way of Life.

The problem for you NIMBYs this year is the growing awareness that Outside Lands Makes Money for San Francisco. And if your neighbors start thinking that the money earned from Outside Lands subsidizes free admission at Strybing Arboretum / San Francisco Botanical Garden (and dude, many of them are starting to think exactly this way) then you’re going to need to yammer even harder this go-around.  

I mean, just look at these punks raising Hell at last year’s OL. Young people enjoying themselves in YOUR park. Can you imagine?

Anywho, here’s your chance to hear about OL09 in the Richmond District at a rare evening meeting of the monthly Richmond District Police Community Relations Forum. Take care on your way there tonight.

Richmond Police/Community Forum
When: May 19, 2009 – Tuesday
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Discussion regarding the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival which is scheduled for August 28 and 29th in Golden Gate Park.

In reality, Outsides Lands is a go, whether you like it or not, but if you’d like to understand how the Richmond Station cops on 6th Avenue are plannning on handling this large event and all the side-effects of noise and traffic and yada yada, then this is the place for you.

Oh, and speak of the Devil, “Ranger Dave” of Outside Lands has an announcement about the addition of ten more acts to the bill of fare:

“The bison were straight giddy this morning. On an expedition to a remote region of Golden Gate Park, Ranger Dave made contact with ten more artists that had been previously unclassified to Outside Lands. The proof lies in the documentation below.

Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band
Lucinda Williams
The Avett Brothers
Tea Leaf Green*
Zion I*
Bat For Lashes
Groundation*
Los Campesinos!
Darondo with Nino Moschella*
Big Light*

(*species native to the San Francisco Bay Area)

See you there!

San Franciscans “Trauma”-tized – Low and Slow Choppers Film NBC Pilot

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Saigon. I can’t believe I’m still in Saigon. That’s what San Franciscans thought to themselves today during the filming of NBC pilot and possible E.R. replacement Trauma. Why? Because it was just like the movie Apocalypse Now today what with all the thumping helicopters flying over Union Square and SoMA.

What’s this massive twirly-popper with room for 15? It’s a UH-1N Iroquois Twin Huey, just like in ‘Nam. Seen above Market Street today. Click to expand:

What’s this -”Angel Rescue”? Right, like San Francsico NIMBYs would ever allow a helipad for our quasi-Level One trauma center, or allow aptly-named, life-saving Life Flights within the City limits. Get real, Hollywood. Sure, some people are condemned to die, but Potrero Hill property values uber alles, right?

Good-bye Bell 212 #N911VR. Have a nice trip back to Fresno.

Helipad now!

Hell, helipad yesterday!