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Your Fire Fighters, Area Strippers, and Area Strip Clubs Unite for the 2017 Toy Program – (Yes, 2017)

Monday, November 13th, 2017

No (further) comment.

Just released:

Kick-Off Charity Dance event on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Gold Club from 8-10pm (PRNewsfoto/Gold Club)

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“Gold Club San Francisco and 9 Premier Adult Clubs Team Up with San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 Toy Program’s Annual Holiday Drive

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Ten premier adult clubs including the Gold Club, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, Penthouse Club and Restaurant, Condor Club, Hungry I Club, New Century Theater, Centerfolds, Roaring 20s Club, Little Darlings and Garden of Eden have partnered with the San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 in order to spread a bit of cheer for families in need. Enticing entertainers perform nightly charity dances and collect new, unwrapped toys from patrons during the holidays for the SFFF annual holiday drive.

Along with the annual fundraising efforts, this year’s toy drive will be focused on collecting bicycles for boys and girls affected by the recent North Bay Fires. Since the inaugural fundraiser in the 1990s, these clubs have raised more than $300,000 and collected thousands of toys for more than 40,000 families each year, according to union officials.

“Our collective goal this year is to raise over $35,000 and collect hundreds of toys and bicycles,” said Axel Sang, Marketing Director for the Gold Club San Francisco.

The toy drive at the participating clubs will kick off with a soiree on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Gold Club from 8-10pm located at 650 Howard St. The evening will include complimentary cocktails, appetizers and the beautiful Gold Club entertainers, who will be performing charity dances throughout the evening. Guests can either donate $20 to the fundraiser or bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more to attend, but must register online beforehand at GoldClubSF.com.

Starting the evening of the kickoff party, hundreds of entertainers from all ten adult entertainment venues will be performing during a charity dance, which will be announced by the DJ. The charity dance contributions go support the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program’s annual holiday drive to provide much needed gifts to thousands of children across the region.

Along with the charitable performances, patrons who bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more will get free admission to all the clubs from November 16th through December 21st, with collection barrels located inside all 10 venues.

The toy drive wrap up will take place with an outrageously over-the-top check presentation celebration on Thursday December 21st from 8-10pm at the Penthouse Club & Restaurant 412 Broadway.

According to representatives, the Toy Program is not subsidized by any federal or state agencies. It is completely self- funded through donations from many businesses and operates through the willingness of dozens of volunteers who lend their time and hearts to the toy program, which runs year-round.

The San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program also provides donations year-round to families in need when disaster strikes, union officials said, including toys, pajamas, personal hygiene products and other necessities.

“This is a cause close to our hearts, from the entertainers to the staff and our guests. The toy and bicycle drive supports our neighborhoods and families who are less fortunate and who can’t celebrate the holidays the way they would like to, especially those in the North Bay during these tough times,” Sang said. “It’s about giving – it’s about caring for others.”

It’s Happening Already: NUMEROUS Ford Motor Company GOBIKE Bicycle Rentals Being Ridden to MARIN COUNTY, and Back

Friday, July 7th, 2017

This was the fear of local bike rental companies when they heard that Michigan-based Ford Motor Company and New Yawk-based Motivate International were teaming up with SFGov to spend mid-eight figures(!) to market “FORD” around Frisco.

And then somebody(ies) pulled this switcheroo what would’ve turned the “last mile” 30-minute maximum service of Bay Area Bike Share (BABS) into a three hour tour. A three hour tour, sponsored by FoMoCo.

But then things got reversed and so our tourists still need to fret about checking in within 30 minutes, or they face a financial penalty, a pretty severe one, actually, costing some tourists hundreds of dollars (even after getting the 50% discount what they’ll offer you if you complain enough, from Singapore, Bremen, Timbuktu, after seeing an unexpected charge on their Visa bill.)

No matter – here are some of the brand-new FORD bikes returning from Marin County…

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…heading towards Marin County…

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…and heading towards the Golden Gate Bridge or Fort Point or who knows, but even this dude is straying far away from the intended use zone, non?

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Anyway, I’ve got more shots iffin you want me to dig them up. But I haven’t seen anyone pushing them uphill, which would almost be mandatory for most tourists if they wanted to actually try to make it back to town without relying on a ferry boat.

And of course, this Comes At A Time when our local SFMTA just paid some dude $75 an hour (TCOE) to pen this FU letter to anyone else who would dare compete with our local SFGov-approved Ford Motor Company / Motivate short-term bike rental monopoly.

Do these tourists know how much they’re spending, or are they just confused? IDK.

Three-Hour “GoPass” from Ford Motor Company’s Expensive “GoBike” Bike Rental: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Hey, remember Sunday? I do. Well this is how FoMoCo’s GoBike bike rental pricing webpage looked just two days ago:

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But this is how it looked a few hours later on Monday:

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See the difference?

Now it’s not my job to worry about how much money local bidness makes, but the existing home-grown bike rental companies of Frisco have a point when they recall how the focus of Bay Area Bike Share was going to be on the “last mile,” so the upshot was a 30-minute limit on each rental period with SEVERE penalties for taking a bike out all day, ’cause otherwise heavily government-subsidized BABS would be in direct competition.

Well, I guess Ford wanted to get something out of its $50 million investment so the three-hour GoPass was born.

But now it’s dead.

As you can see.

Of course GoPass would not have “killed” our local bike rental industry, despite what they might claim.

And I’ll tell you, it’s already hard enough for our tourists to go uphill on lightweight 21-speed rental bikes in Sausalito, thusly…

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…and thusly…

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…so imagine how much harder would it be or them to make the same trip on heavy, clunky, single-speed, bikeshare-style Ford GoBikes?

On It Goes…

Crazy Genoa Place Alley is a Two-Way, One-Lane Street

Friday, April 28th, 2017

As seen in North Beach:

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Know the LITTLES of Frisco: Little Italy, Little Russia and Little Osaka

Monday, March 27th, 2017

1 We call our little Italy North Beach even though it’s not all that far north, and it doesn’t have a beach, not anymore anyway. Tourists come here and they ask about Little Italy and everybody knows what they’re talking about.

It looks like this – the official SFGov Italian flag tells people from Chinatown that some would not approve of them trying to open businesses north of Broadway.

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That’s JMO, but it’s true.

2) This one is harder. I’ve never heard of anybody IRL calling this area Little Russia, in all my years, but here it is on the Google Maps so it must be true.

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It looks like this, with onion domes and piroshki:

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But I wouldn’t call this area Little Russia, it’s just another part of the Richmond.

3) And Little Osaka – man I saw that on an online map one time and at first I thought it was an act of vandalism/patriotism from somebody from Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, kind of the Chicago of Japan, but no, it’s semi-official that Japantown is Little Osaka what with our “sister-city” relationship and all.

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As seen on Post:

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This is the hardest Little I know of. If you ask your Lyft driver to go there, you might end up here in Potrero.

And I guess we have a Little Saigon too, sort of, even though we don’t call Saigon Saigon anymo. But it’s easy to find – no confusion there…

This has been Know the LITTLES of Frisco: Little Italy, Little Russia and Little Osaka.

Aaron Peskin True Believer, District 3, North Beach, USA

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Sighted well after his most recent election.

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Willie Brown has won the past six mayoral elections, but AP just might be able to prevent Willie from winning a 7th time…

What I See Versus What’s Actually In This Ad – THE POPE’S PLAZA, North Beach, USA

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Here’s what I see:

A billboard for IN-N-OUT BURGER. Then I see Pizza Saint Francis. Then I see THE POPE’S PLAZA. And then I see pizzasf.org.

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Of course if we wanted to, we could shut down the street in front of every religious-oriented building all over town.

If we wanted to…

A WELL-INTENDED BUT EXTREMELY FLAWED PLAN TO CLOSE VALLEJO STREET HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR THE BLOCK BETWEEN GRANT AVENUE AND VALLEJO STREET

While our neighborhood is all for street improvements and more open space, the Developer’s design would permanently close off critical access in and out of the North Beach/Telegraph Hill community.  The development, which has been talked about in limited circles for years, has suddenly moved forward with no public participation in design or intent.  Many in the community have only recently learned about the development and significant concern has been raised regarding traffic, design, safety, and maintenance.  Despite this, the Developer, who doesn’t live in our neighborhood, has not made an effort to respond to these issues and has attempted to have the development approved through the back door with minimal community outreach.  Only recently have public meetings been held and, despite large numbers at each event expressing their unhappiness with the Developer’s plan, the Developer has rejected the idea of modifying the proposal to allow maintaining Vallejo as a functioning street.  As a result, SOS VALLEJO has been formed to Save Our Street and provide our neighborhood a voice to express its concern and work with the Developer to come up with a design that works for everyone.

Piazza Aint Francis – Does This Look Like a Good Idea? Here’s What Some of the Neighbors Think

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Here’s the proposal:

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And here’s the reply

Here’s All What’s Left of 1994’s Giant “Gold Mountain” Mural at Romolo Place in North Beach – Graffiti

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

First, the giant mural of Romolo was all like this:

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But now it’s all like this – I haven’t been through this way since it got painted over, thusly:

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Due to this:

“I’m done with them. That’s why the mural is painted over,” Sherry said. She said that during the 2004 restoration, which took almost a year, she worked on the mural six days a week for almost a year and was only compensated for transportation and lunch. “It was an absolute nightmare,” she said. “All they could pay me was coming out of their poor little pockets, so I accepted it because at the time I could afford to take a lot of time to do this. … So I basically just did the work, and they let it go to hell again.

There was a theory that murals discourage graffiti. I don’t know well that theory worked out…