Posts Tagged ‘northern’

Now That Shrimp Boy is Taken Care Of, Our FBI is Moving On to the PG&E Metcalf Power Substation Shooting: Tips Wanted

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Here’s a fresh announcement from our local FBI:

FBI Seeking Public’s Help Regarding Destruction of an Energy Facility, Disruption of Communication Lines Case FBI San Francisco, April 10, 2014, Peter D. Lee, (415) 553-7450

The FBI San Francisco Field Office is seeking the public’s help regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Metcalf power substation shooting and AT&T fiber optic cable incident that occurred on April 16, 2013.

On the 16th at approximately 1:40 a.m., the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and San Jose Police Department received multiple phone calls of gunshots in the area of Monterey Road and Blanchard Road in San Jose, California.

That morning, an unknown individual(s) cut two groups of fiber optic cables and used a 7.62 caliber rifle to shoot 10 transformer bays. The individual(s) should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at 415-553-7400 in the San Francisco area. All calls are confidential. Tips can also be submitted at: tips.fbi.gov.

Members of the media should contact FBI Media Representative Peter Lee at 415-553-7450.”

San Francisco’s Gaudiest Native Bird Has Got To Be the Northern Flicker – Bright Orange with Polka Dots in Sutro “Forest”

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) woodpeckers were hot  in San Francisco back in the day, back when they were getting attention from former City Lights Luminary and craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and the SFWeekly.

Here’s a female spotted back in aught-nine at the ”Blair Witchy“ Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve on University of California land above UCSF. Maybe she was the life partner of the male Craig used to see in his backyard located lower down the hill? Could have been.

Work it, GF!

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Also known as a ”clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, or gawker bird.”

Love your polka dots, little Flicker.

Gumps in Union Square is Already All Ready for Christmas 2011 – Everything’s Eurocentric, Except for Buddha-Claus

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

As seen from Post Street.

Don’t miss the giant Buddha* – he’s in the mix as well:

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Merry Christmas!

* Now, you think, and I’m srsly you guys, you think maybe at some point Gumps could make a replica of the Buddha and then send the original back to Northern China whence it came? Just asking, Gump-bro. I know you have custody of it currently, from Agents of Fortune, though Accident of History, but is that the way it will always be? 

“A Qing Dynasty gilded wood Buddha, carved for a summer palace in Northern China, is located in the store. It was carved in the Northern Manchurian Province of Jehol, the summer capital of the Ch’ing Emperors in the early 19th Century. The piece, the largest of its kind outside a museum, is the only item in the store that is not for sale.”

China, China, calling out to history
Is that the way it will always be?

The Great Parking Lot of Northern San Francisco Gets Greened Over – 700 Free Parking Spots Gone at Main Post

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Not that I care about the lost parking spaces…

Check out the video, right here:

I think Don Fisher of The Gap paid for this operation what cost millions.

The Presidio people were supposed to have reopened the moribund Main Post Theatre by now but the Infamous NIMBYs of the Marina District and the Greedy Owners of Nearby Movie Theatres put a stop to that.

Oh well.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Statement on the Recent Riots in London – Just Released by Consulate

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Our British Consulate-General has seen fit to send out Prime Minister David Cameron’s statement on the recent riots in London.

Here it is:

“I have come straight from a meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee where we’ve been discussing the action that we will be taking to help the police deal with the disorder in the streets of London and elsewhere in our country. I’ve also met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Home Secretary to discuss this further and people should be in no doubt that we will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain’s streets and to make them safe for the law-abiding.

Let me first of all completely condemn the scenes that we have seen on our television screens and people have witnessed in their communities. These are sickening scenes, scenes of people looting, vandalising, thieving, robbing, scenes of people attacking police officers and even attacking fire crews as they’re trying to put out fires. This is criminality, pure and simple and it has to be confronted and defeated. I feel huge sympathy for the families that have suffered, innocent people who have been burned out of their houses and to business who’ve seen their premises smashed, their products looted and their livelihoods potentially ruined. I also feel for all those who live in fear because of those appalling scenes that we’ve seen on the streets of our country. People should be in no doubt that we are on the side of the law-abiding. Law-abiding people who are appalled at what has happened in their own communities.

As ever, police officers have shown incredible bravery on our streets in confronting these thugs, but it’s quite clear that we need more, much more police on our streets and we need even more robust police action and it’s that that I’ve been discussing in COBRA this morning. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said that compared with the 6,000 police on the streets last night in London there will be some 16000 officers tonight. All leave within the Metropolitan Police has been cancelled. There will be aid coming from police forces up and down and the country and we will do everything necessary to strengthen and assist these forces that are meeting this disorder. There has already been 450 people arrested. We will make sure that court procedures and processes are speeded up and people should expect to see more, many more, arrests in the days to come. I am determined, the Government is determined that justice will be done and these people will see the consequences of their actions.

And I have this very clear message to those people that are responsible for this wrongdoing and criminality. You will feel the full force of the law. And if you are old enough to commit these crimes, you are old enough to face the punishments. And to these people I would say this. You are not only wrecking the lives of others. You are not only wrecking your own communities, you are potentially wrecking your own life too.

My office this morning has spoken to the Speaker of the House of Commons and he has agreed that Parliament will be recalled for a day on Thursday so I can make a statement to parliament and we can hold a debate and we are all able to stand together in condemnation of these crimes and we are able to stand together in determination to rebuild these communities. Now, if you will excuse me, there is important work to be done..”

“The British Consulate-General, San Francisco, is the United Kingdom’s diplomatic mission responsible for the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Northern Nevada). The Consulate conducts all the political and economic reporting for the region, is responsible for economic trade and development, furthers science and educational opportunities and provides assistance to visiting British nationals.”

Criminals From Back East Cold-Busted at Marina Apple Store – Stolen Credit Cards Used to Buy Mad Apple Products

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Police Captain Ann Mannix of Northern Station took time out of her bizzay sked to Tweet about a couple fraud arrests in the Great White North:

“Great fraud arrest on wed, Apple Store victim; 2 suspects arrested with lots of Apple products from many stores in Salifornia  bought with stolen credit cards, both suspects flew in from east coast for their spree.”

Criminals just love Apple products, huh?

This is how employees of the Apple Store on Chestnut greeted me when I walked in the joint on Opening Day back in aught-seven. Good times…

Let’s hope nobody else messes with the Big Apple:

Courage.

Sean Elsbernd vs. Transit Union at Save MUNI Summit – Monday Night, July 19th

Monday, July 12th, 2010

(Cue Heavy Action. Oh, if only H.C. were still around to introduce the QB’s on one more Monday Night…)

It’s on! The SaveMUNI.com First General Meeting is on!

Excellent, excellent SF FYI Net has the deets:

When: July 19, 2010 – Monday 6:30 p.m. Where: Northern Police Station, 1125 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Save Muni.com’s first general meeting. Discussion and voting on Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s ballot measure designed to remove the salary-setting for Muni drivers from the City Charter. A ballot proposition can only be endorsed if it receives the approval of 2/3rds of the members of the Organization in attendance at a General Meeting. Those who participated in the December 5th planning meeting, or registered at the March 6, 2010 Save Muni Summit, or both, constitute the voting membership of SaveMuni.com and have a vote on endorsement. Supervisor Elsbernd and the Union have been invited.
 
Look for the Elsbernd side to win by a Raul Castro-like percentage on this vote, based upon the stringent requirements for suffrage. Still, everybody loves a thunderdome, everybody loves a MUNI cage match.

via DerekA

Get all the deets after the jump.

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The Final Sunday Streets for 2009 a Huge Success – More to Come in 2010

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The second Sunday Streets at Ocean Beach in 2009 went off without a hitch over Labor Day weekend. There was a bigger fog situation and a smaller crowd this go around, but that was to be expected.

 The Yelpers loved it, anyway.

District 6 supervisorial candidate Rafael Mandelman was spotted on his bike in Golden Gate Park, and of course, Zackdaddy was there with his “football” at the skating area near Fulton and 6th Avenue:

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So let’s give kudos to Mayor Gavin Newsom for enabling Sunday Streets in San Francisco. Read all about it, below.

See you next year!

    ”MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES SUNDAY STREETS BECOMES PERMANENT PROGRAM”

“San Francisco, CA—Days before the final 2009 Sunday Streets event on
September 6, Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the continuation of this
popular event as a permanent program in San Francisco.

“This Sunday’s event is the finale for 2009, but Sunday Streets will be
back in 2010 with more routes, longer hours, more San Francisco
neighborhoods and more programs at each event,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“We have created a new tradition in San Francisco that will improve our
quality of life for years to come.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), co-sponsor of
Sunday Streets 2009, will be the lead agency for the Sunday Streets program
starting in 2010. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office will continue to provide
leadership support for the program, and Livable City, a sustainable
transportation advocacy non-profit, will continue as the fiscal sponsor.

“The SFMTA has been proud to join with our City partners and Livable City
to promote healthy family outdoor activities this summer. Working together
on programs like Sunday Streets, we can increase the use of sustainable
transportation to protect the environment and to ensure the City’s
sustainability for future generations,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA
Executive Director/CEO.

Sunday Streets creates safe, fun car-free space on City streets that give
San Francisco residents and visitors an opportunity to get out and get
active. Temporarily closing some streets to automobile traffic opens them
to people for walking, cycling, skating and playing. Sunday Streets events
create a stronger sense of community in every neighborhood they touch and
throughout the City.

San Francisco’s program began in 2008 with two inaugural events. This year
Sunday Streets featured six events along four different routes throughout
the City: April 26 from Fisherman’s Wharf to AT&T Park along The
Embarcadero; May 10 from AT&T Park to the Bayview neighborhood along the
Bay Trail; two events in the heart of the Mission District on June 7 and
July 19 (the latter coincided with the SF Symphony’s free concert in
Dolores Park); and the last two near the ocean, with a route through Golden
Gate Park and along the Upper Great Highway on August 9 and September 6.

Sunday Streets Main Event Area: Lincoln Way at the Great Highway

  • Free bike rentals provided by Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours
  • Sports Basement ‘Lube Fairies’- free basic bike maintenance and information
  • Sunday Streets main information table and media check-in
  • Sunday Streets Sponsor booths
  • Community Based Organization information tables
  • Food vending from local Sunset Merchants
  • California Academy of Sciences “Penguins to Penguins” activity center
  • Solar Telescope Viewing, 11am-1pm, presented by Morrison Planetarium
    (note: this event is dependent upon weather, clouds or fog cancels)
  • Historic displays from “Playland-Not-at-the-Beach” museum
  • Cyclecide pedal powered amusement rides made out of recycled bikes
  • Kid’s Activities- see list
  • Fitness Activities- see list

Kid’s Activities: Main Event Area (Lincoln/ Great Highway) and Great Highway at Sloat

Presented by the YMCA of San Francisco, and Stonestown Family YMCA

  • Heroix 4 Kids
  • It’s Yoga Kids!
  • Hula Hoops, obstacle course, and kid’s games
  • “Penguins to Penguins” activities, presented by the CA Academy of Sciences and SF Zoo
  • Zoomobile and “Leaping Lemur” game, penguin crafts, SF Zoo- Great Highway at Sloat

Fitness: “Athletes Burn Rubber”

Human tire pull with live music by the Brothers Comatose

Presented by Bianchi Fitness

  • 11a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Rock and Pull
  • 11:30a.m.  & 1 p.m. Rock and Juke

Pets: MLK/South Drive near corner of Lincoln Way and MLK/South

Presented by Happy Hounds Massage

  • Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) adoption information
  • Grateful Dogs Rescue adoption and pet service information

Roller Skating: JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, near 6th Ave

Presented by RollerSoccer International Federation

  • RollerSoccer Demonstrations and games all day
  • Free skating lessons all day

Dance: 2 locations: Lincoln at Great Highway and JFK Drive at 10th Ave in Golden Gate Park

Presented by Cheryl Burke Dance, Boomercize (Great Hwy) and Lindy in the Park (GG Park)

  • 10:00-10:30 Learn to Waltz with Cheryl Burke Dance at Lincoln and Great Highway
  • 10:45-11:15: Rhumba with Cheryl Burke Dance
  • 11:30-1:30 pm: Dance workout with Boomercize
  • 1:30-2:00 pm: Brazilian Samba with Cheryl Burke Dance
  • 11:00-12:30 pm, free swing dance lessons with Lindy in the Park
  • 12:30-2:00 pm, Swing Dance in the Park following lessons

Yoga and Martial Arts:  

MLK Drive near Lincoln in GG Park

  • Yoga Presented by Sunset Beacon Center

Live Music:  

Presented by Riptide (Taraval), Rock the Bike and Young Performers International (GG Park)

Rivera Seawall, Taraval Street Fair, Golden Gate Park/MLK

  • Golden Gate Park- MLK, Pedal Powered stage by Rock the Bike
  • Young Performers International band: “Where’s My Toothbrush”
  • Rivera seawa;;, Bluegrass Jam with the Barbary Ghosts
  • Taraval Street Fair- main stage acts 12:00-6:00 pm

Taraval Street Fair: Taraval Street between 46th and 47th Avenues

Presented by the Riptide

  • Live music on the main stage, 12:00 to 6:00 pm
  • The Shi Tones (members of the Mermen)
  • All of A Sudden
  • Burning Embers
  • Arts and craft by local Sunset artists and merchants

Bike: Taraval and Upper Great Highway

Presented by the Presidio Community YMCA Bike Program and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

  • 150 free bike rentals by
    • Bike & Roll (Taraval)
    • Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours (Lincoln and Great Highway)
  • Bike & Roll’s ‘fun cycle, a bicycle built for seven!
  • Sports Basement “Lube Fairies” (Lincoln and Great Highway)
  • Youth Bike Rodeo by Presidio Community YMCA (Taraval)
  • SFBC’s Freedom From Training Wheels (Taraval)
  • Adult Bike Education hands on lessons (at Free Bike Rental Stations)
  • Electric Bike Demonstrations (Lincoln and Taraval)

Cross-park traffic, use:

  • Chain of Lakes Dr., 41st Ave. in the Sunset or 43rd Ave. in the Richmond
  • Crossover Drive, 19th Ave. in the Sunset or 25th Ave. and Park Presidio in the Richmond
  • Stanyan St. east of Golden Gate Park

For more traffic and transit information, go to: www.sfmta.com

The intersection of Great Highway at Lincoln will not be open to vehicle traffic on Sept. 6 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Sunday Streets Great Highway 2009 a Huge Success

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Well, yesterday’s Sunday Streets went off without a hitch under the pouring sun (after the fog went away, sort of). Check it out at the Richmond District Blog and elsewhere.

Here’s the heart of the party, at the intersection of Lincoln and the Great Highway in the outer Outer Sunset. Click to expand:

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Even auslanders came into The City yesterday to enjoy the Sunday of limited car access:

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Electric bikes everywhere in Golden Gate Park, for rental, for purchase, whichever:

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Plenty of young families made the scene:

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Aikido in the Park? Mochiron, tomodachi:

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It was just a little foggy out near the blue Pacific…

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…but the fog umbrellas proved useful:

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Hey, it’s District 6 Supervisor-Elect Debra Walker getting her ride attention at the free Sports Basement temporary fix-it shop:

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So my Kawasaki Ninja (I kept telling them that it’s just a 600) isn’t welcome but this gas-powered “go-ped” is? Mmmmm

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 A tow is always nice when you’re skateboarding on the Great Highway:

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Plenty of engineers around…

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And a bit of a wait for the N Judah at the end of the day, but oh well.

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Yes DPW was fairly agressive about getting traffic moving again at 2:00 PM and yes, some cars trying to get across GGP were a-honking after waiting a while for the flow of bikes to stop, but all in all, everything seemed to work out.

See you again on September 6, 2009!

UCSF Children’s Hospital Presents “Tomorrow….A Better Day” at the de Young

Monday, May 4th, 2009

San Francisco just saw quite a production – Tomorrow….A Better Day from the UCSF Children’s Hospital at UCSF Medical Center. Teens from The Northwest School came down from Seattle, Washington to do a performance piece based on teens’ experiences with chronic illness and hospitalization.

It was easy to tell the players put a lot of work into it. Here’s a scene from Friday at the de Young Museum‘s Koret Auditorium:

The UCSF Children’s Hospital is something of a hotbed of theatrical productions – take a look here to see other projects the kids are working on. Look for news of future events that you can witness here, on Yelp.

This seems like a great program. Here are the details:

 

Play to explore experiences of chronically ill and hospitalized teens

WHAT:

UCSF Children’s Hospital will present “Tomorrow… A Better Day,” a performance piece based on teens’ experiences with chronic illness and hospitalization. The play is a compilation of writings by current and former teen patients at UCSF, adapted for the stage by teachers and students at the arts-focused Northwest School in Seattle. Healthy teens from the Northwest School will travel to San Francisco to perform the piece, which captures the many facets of how teens experience healthcare, and shows how creativity and artistic expression marshal the healing process.

WHEN:

Thursday, April 30, at 12:15 PM, and Friday, May 1, at 3 PM
A question/answer session will immediately follow each performance.

WHERE:

April 30 performance – Cole Hall, UCSF, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco
May 1 performance – The de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium,
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

WHO:

Performers, UCSF Child Life Specialists, UCSF teen patients and their families, UCSF Children’s Hospital leadership

CONTACT:

If you plan to attend either performance, please RSVP to Kate Schoen at (415) 476-2557 or kschoen@pubaff.ucsf.edu. On the day of each event, contact Kate Schoen on mobile phone (415) 672-6875.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

“Tomorrow…A Better Day” was created with support from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The idea for the project stemmed from the UCSF Children’s Hospital Child Life Department, whose staff wanted to broaden programming and support for the teen patient population. In 2007, the department began offering a weekend creative arts program for teenagers, many of whom were confined to their hospital beds.

One of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, UCSF Children’s Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the healing edge of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital.