Posts Tagged ‘nyc’

Checker Marathon and On and On, Western Addition

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Like Sting, this long-lasting car was Borne in the 50′s (but actually produced in the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s).

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Keep on keeping on, Checker Marathon…

Berkeley Contractor Randy Shaw’s Adoration for His Paymaster Has Gone Over the Moon – How Can Anyone Take Him Seriously?

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Let’s see here, who in San Francisco takes Randy Shaw seriously?

1. CW Nevius (Maybe not a few years back, but these days, certainly)

2. San Francisco Magazine (Maybe not a few years back, but these days, certainly)

I think that’s it. (Nobody in SFGov takes him seriously, not really.)

Now here’s the latest:

And here’s part of it:

“Lee’s ‘Neptune Shot’ (a planet far further from earth than the moon) is off to a good start.”

So, let’s get this straight. Being appointed Mayor of San Francisco for nine years (effectively), by breaking a promise about being only an “interim Mayor,” is something similar, in some way, to sending a manned mission to planet Neptune, an ice giant?

OK fine.

Reader Notes:

Does Randy Shaw think that the moon is a planet? I don’t think so, but I can’t tell for sure.

Is BeyondChron really “The Voice Of The Rest?” No, it’s the voice of a white government contractor who lives in a large house in the Berkeley hills.

Is BeyondChron really the “Best Local Website” per the SFBG? No.

Well then why has that tagline been displayed there for years and years? IDK

OMG, BJORN AGAIN! Disgraced San Francisco PR Flack Peter Ragone Lands a Job with Mayor Bill de Blasio in NYC

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Well, here’s the news, look who just got appointed to the Bill de Blasio regime in New Yawk:

“Peter Ragone, a consultant who worked with de Blasio at HUD before going on to handle communications for Al Gores 2000 presidential run and for Gov. Cuomo’s 2002 primary bid, as a senior advisor.”

Now let’s travel all the way back to 2007:

“[Newsom's] admission[*] came as his aggressive and seasoned spokesman, Peter Ragone, was fighting his own battles: A local investigative television team had reported that Ragone was posting hostile comments about Newsom’s critics on a local blog under names other than his own. When confronted with the fact that the postings had been traced to his home computer, Ragone insisted that the author, “John Nelson,” was his best friend who often stayed at his home. Ragone later admitted that he had posted the comments, but he said he did so to reflect Nelson’s views. Ragone also posted under the name “Bjorn.”

Indeed. The “local blog” mentioned by the LAT is SFist.

All the deets:

Gavin’s Sock Puppet

RagoneWatch (A Day Late)

Peter Ragone By The Numbers

After all this, Peter Ragone had to go – he got voted off the island.

So I’m afraid that I’m going to have to disagree with the quite lengthy Wikipedia entry on Peter Ragone III, you know, the one written by … Peter Ragone! Or “John Nelson!” Or “Bjorn!” You see, Ragone writes that he “sparked a minor controversy after admitting he posted…” So maybe you could spin it that way, but the real controversy was actually about all the lies he told after he got busted. That’s why he had to go.

Now let’s see how well he does on that island off the east coast of America.

(Look out, Gothamist.)

*This was around the time that man-child Gavin Newsom decided it would be a good time start hanging out** with a teenaged Republican restaurant hostess. I’ll tell you, the people behind the mayor Willie Brown / Gavin Newsom / Ed Lee administration are deeeeeeeeeeeeelighted not to have to deal with Gavin Newsom drama anymore.

**Dating? Alcohol? You make the call

Will COMPSTAT Encourage the SFPD to Make Bad Arrests, the Way It Did for the NYPD?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

This week’s This American Life radio show is called “Right to Remain Silent” – it’s about two sort of wacky guys from New Yawk. The first half of the show concerns what happened after an iPhone owner used FaceBook to jokingly threaten people at the 5th Avenue Apple Store but the second story is the more interesting part. It’s about: 

“a police officer who begins recording his supervisors to prove they’re manipulating crime statistics in potentially dangerous ways.”

Adrian Schoolcraft, the NYPD cop featured in the second half of the show, blames “crime control model” COMPSTAT (“short for computer statistics”) for pressuring his supervisors into pressuring him to make arrests and hand out tickets simply for the sake of making arrests and handing out tickets. You know, to get the stats looking good.

Oh, and since he he carried audio recorders around all the time, you get to hear a bunch of NYPD cops talking, and yelling. And here’s a written version of the story, a long one from the Village Voice.

Adrian Schoolcraft, after his split with the NYPD: 

Now, here’s the SFPD’s take on COMPSTAT.

Anyway, you can download an mp3 of the show for free over the next couple of days, if you want.  

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Our Captain Sullenberger is Getting Dissed from France – Was Sully’s French Plane the Real Hero?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I don’t know, it seems like writer William Langewiesche, currently residing in France, wants to have it both ways with his new book, Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson. He wants to rip on Sully, thusly:

“His performance was a work of extraordinary concentration, which the public misread as coolness under fire. Some soldiers will recognize the distinction.”

“Like it or not, [French pilot Bernard Ziegler] reached out across the years and cradled them all the way to the water.”

But then when Langewiesche gets a little blowback, he folds up like a deck chair, talking about how he’s surprised by Sully’s reaction, and how he’s neither pro- nor anti- fly-by-wire, and how he thinks cockpit automation is merely “a part of the story,” anyway, of Flight 1549. Well, duh, it’s a part of the story. 

But that’s Langewiesche’s “Truth About the Miracle on the Hudson” – that’s it, that’s all there is?

Haven’t read Fly by Wire myself. Probably would rather read it more than Sully’s less-techy book (mostly about the his Search for What Really Matters), which I haven’t read either. Oh well.

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Obviously, there are pros and cons to Die by Wire. If William Langewiesche is now going around saying that, as he is, then there’s not much of a dispute anymore, we’ll take solace in the certainly that the bruised egos of French Airbus execs (who want Sully to thank Gaia for Airbus every chance he gets) will heal over time.

I don’t know, pretty cheesy (fromagey?) Monsieur William Langewiesche.

Pretty cheesy.

Before I Self Destruct – See 50 Cent’s New Movie for Free at Metreon November 10th

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Here’s what you do – you check out the old trailer for 50 Cents‘ “gritty” new movie, Before I Self Destruct, or log onto Yahoo! Movies to see the new trailer. And if you like that, then sign up for free tickets. San Francisco’s showing will be at the Metreon in the SoMA on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM sharp.  

Don’t expect the tunes from the movie to have anything to do with the album with the same name, but 50 said he sweated the details making sure the soundtrack would be right. So, sign up now before all the ticks are gone.

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See you there.

50 Cent Announces a Ten City Screening Tour of His Directorial Debut Film: BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT

Fans can download their tickets* exclusively through MovieTickets.com Yahoo! Movies premiers a new BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT Trailer

This November 50 Cent will be hitting the road to screen his latest film, BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT. Beginning on Tuesday Oct. 27th, fans can log on to www.movietickets.com/50 to download their tickets* to these exclusive screenings.

 Date     Market
 2-Nov    Boston
 3-Nov    Philadelphia
 4-Nov    DC
 5-Nov    NYC
 7-Nov    Atlanta
 9-Nov    Chicago
 10-Nov   San Francisco
 11-Nov   Los Angeles
 12-Nov   Houston
 13-Nov   Dallas

Spookyvision:

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 About the Film, after the jump

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Captain Sully Sullenberger to Appear at SFO for Book Signing on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Monday, October 19th, 2009

East Bay local Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is back flying for U.S. Airways, but he’s still had time to write a book and go on tour. Sully will be at SFO tomorrow, in case you want to drop by at 11:00 AM. Otherwise, it costs $90k to arrange an appearance these days, so this is a good deal.

After all, Sully is Your Homeboy, right?

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The SFO Hudson Bookseller is located pre-security (near the BART Station) in the Main Hall of the International Terminal on the “G” Area side.

October 20, 2009 – Tuesday

Sully Sullenberger Book Signing
When: October 20, 2009 – Tuesday 11 a.m.
Where: Hudson Books, International Terminal (near Bart) San Francisco
What: Sully Sullenberger will be signing his new book “Highest Duty My Search for What Really Matters”

Kaiser Permanente is Just Begging to be Sued by the New York MTA

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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See those letters in solid-colored circles at the bottom of the Kaiser Permanente “thrive” bus stop ad near Geary and Gough? That just might earn Kaiser a cease and desist letter from Lester G. Freundlich, Senior Associate Counsel, Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Just check out beloved local website Muni Diaries here and here to learn of the metaphorical long-distance beat-down 40WithEgg recently received all the way from the Empire State.

The problem comes from using circled capital letters while referencing a transit theme.

Well let’s see dare ah, you’se got an “A,” in dare - what’s youse guys doin’ wit our freaking “A”? Click to expand:

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Of course, you’d think that Kaiser would have looked at this issue already, but you never know.

These days, Joe Moore appears to be off of the thin ice for now, but who knows what the future will bring. Will he get sued by MUNI?

Possibly. Oh well.

Give those New Yawkers Hell, Joe. And Kaiser, you too.

Let’s close with a sample of a scary cease and desist letter. Cheers.

Dear Mr. Smith:

Your above store was selling through website www.Cafeshops.com a variety of T-shirts based upon Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s trademarks for various routes of the New York City subway system.

The symbols for the routes of the New York City subway system are MTA intellectual property which may not be used on products without a license from MTA. In the absence of a license for these products, you must immediately cease to sell the unlicensed products.

On the basis of the above, at MTA’s demand, www.cafeshops.com has removed your shop from its site.

This is to demand that, if you are manufacturing or selling these products through any other channel, you must cease and desist immediately.

Please respond immediately in writing to me at the address indicated below or by email at the address indicated below, by completing the applicable statements on page 2 and returning this letter to me.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Lester G. Freundlich
Senior Associate Counsel
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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It’s SF vs. NYC at the California Academy of Sciences LEED Award Ceremony

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

There was a jubilant mood this morning at the California Academy of SciencesLeadership in Energy and Design (LEED) award ceremony this morn. Why’s that? Platinum, baby - that’s LEED’s highest possible rating. We knew about this last year - it’s never too late to celebrate, of course. But “Can Green Design be Good Design?” Hell yes, says the New Republic:

“Renzo Piano’s sublime California Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of last year’s most widely praised buildings and the winner of a platinum rating from the Leadership in Energy and Design standard system—the highest rating from the world’s leading eco-rating program. Piano is also, by the way, among the starriest of the starchitects.”

O.K. then. This morning’s mise-en-scene, the four-story rainforest dome to the left and the tower of the de Young Museum far off across the Music Concourse. Click to expand.

Jared Blumenfeld (not “Blumenthal“), Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and interim General Manger of Recreation and Parks, explained the difficulty of attaining LEED Platinum status for those building large museums:

Mayor Gavin Newsom, don’t miss his bit today in the HuffPo: “Greening Buildings to Save Jobs“, pointing up to the famous Living Roof:

After Mayor Newsom briefly spoke of his grandfather, Arthur L. Menzies, former Supervisor of Plant Accessions at nearby Strybing Arboretum (aka San Francisco Botanical Garden), things got a little feisty. He emphatically stated that the CAS is the “envy of New York City.” O.K. then.  

Comes now, Dr. Greg Farrington, Director of the Cal Academy:

He discussed a recent visit to Central Park, or as he called it, “Golden Gate Park East” and made reference to the American Museum of Natural History, which he envies for its subway access. (Dr. Farrington is actually “lusting after” the concept of a subway going to the CAS. Maybe someday…)

Dr. F went on to extol the Thursday evening nightLife program, which is targetted for those aged 21-35. He stated that Nightlife has won over fans on Facebook – for example, someone whose initial reaction was “how geeky can you get?” is now a huge fan.

He warned the audience members to be careful what they toss into the garbage at CAS. He jokingly suggested that former employees “now work at the de Young” after having gotten the boot for trash transgressions.

But he’s a big picture kind of guy, pointing out that CAS is attempting to answer two questions:

1. How did we get here?

2. How do we find a way to stay?

Fair enough.

We went from this, Renzo Piano’s original vision seven years ago

…to this, the LEED platinum award (sadly comprised mostly of silicon and oxygen), one of just 119 in the world:

Look for it on display the next time you visit the CA Academy of Sciences.

See you there!

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Is Hero Pilot Sully Sullenberger Jewish? No, But That’s O.K.

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Popular Bay Area local Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was just seen on the East Coast in his debut interview on 60 Minutes. Not that I ever watch that show, but I’ll check it out tonight, just for kicks. The reminder that his interview with Katie Couric was going to be on tonight came from the spike in traffic this blog just received.

It seems America is still curious about the issue of whether Sully is Jewish (see below for the online search terms people are trying right now), a question that probably wouldn’t have occurred to me otherwise.  The Jewish Post of New York (Your Gateway to the Jewish Worldlooked into it and signs point to no. But that’s O.K., right? A better question might be why he was prepared to act correctly on that day.

The Cap’n

Of course we have a lot of knucklehead pilots up there, so how do we get more like Sully? He stands out with his military experience, the amount of experience he has generally and the number of hours he has spent cogitating about accidents. It’s nice to know that he and his ilk won’t be forced to retire at age 60 (which, until recently, was a hard and fast rule.

And speaking of Sully’s future, it looks like San Francisco politico and Sullenberger family spokesperson Alex Clemens of Barbary Coast Consulting and the famous The Usual Suspects website will have his hands full sorting through all the offers, including one from Richard Branson of Virgin Air.

Anyway, here are some of the search terms people across America are using today:

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