Posts Tagged ‘ocean beach’

How Your US Coast Guard Spent Thanksgiving at Ocean Beach: Fighting the Waves in a 47-Foot MLB – Damn!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Oh ho, look what Serge Dedina witnessed over the long four-day weekend.
Serge Dedina ‏@sergededina

“God bless the @uscoastguard -here they are training at Ocean Beach, #SanFrancisco on Thanksgiving Day. #Seamanship pic.twitter.com/ztyMGyoHZU

“Incredible photo of @uscoastguard training in big surf at Ocean Beach, SF on Thanksgiving Day. pic.twitter.com/H0LlTupKwN

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(Of course our SFPD has the same basic vessel, SFPD Marine 1, except I don’t think they’ve ever used it the way it was meant to be used. So yes it’s cool to have an all aluminum lifeboat but it’s pretty stupid for the SFPD to operate it, IMO.  In a better world, we’d just give it to the Philippines or someplace.)

Anyway, Semper Paratus (Always Ready)

Displacement: 18 t (20 short tons)[3]
Length: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)[3]
Beam: 4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)[3]
Draught: 1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)[3]
Propulsion: 2 × Detroit Diesel 6V92TA DDEC-IV engines, 435 hp (324 kW) each[3]
1,500 liter (373 usable imperial gallons) fuel capacity [3]
Speed: 25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h) maximum
22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h) cruising[3]
Range: 200 nmi (370 km) cruising[3]
Complement: 34 Persons, 4 crew, 30 passengers[3]
Armament: 1 × M240B machine gun (optional)[4]

Is the SFPUC Trying to Buy Off the Ocean Beach Bulletin Blog to Promote the “Sunset Greenway Project?” Sure Looks That Way

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Take a look.

Kind of reminds me of this outfit, which ended up losing relevance after taking money from the SFMTA.

Is this the kind of thing they call co-option?

(I’ll tell you, I’m the only bay area entity I know that turned down an ad money offer from horrible, horrible PG&E. (Can the San Francisco Bay Guardian say that? No. They’ve done at least one ad deal with PG&E. At the time I thought to myself, “Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?”)

As always, JMO.

And for every person who voices an opinion like this, there are ten or a hundred who think exactly the same thing but, they’re, you know, too polite to say anything.

I mean, why not say, “We have a contract with the PUC to promote this project” right on the top of the page?

Something to think about…

Coming to Ocean Beach October 19th, 2013 at 11:00 AM: Bodies on the Beach Spelling Out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE”

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Well, here it is, from FukushimaResponse.Org.

And this is what Ocean Beach will look like come October 19th, maybe:

All the deets:

“WHAT TO EXPECT:
    On October 19th, hundreds of people will align their bodies to create a human mural spelling out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE” and then be photographed from the air. We want you with us. 

    Please arrive in the vicinity by 10:45 a.m. Helicopter overhead at noon sharp. Event finished by approx 12:15. 

THE MESSAGE:
    We will arrange ourselves in 100-foot tall lettering. Our aim is to bring awareness to the continuing damage and mismanagement of Fukushima nuclear power plant. 

OCEAN BEACH:
    Ocean Beach is a one-mile stretch of sand located at the west end of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The closest intersection is Fulton Street and The Great Highway. 

SITE LOCATION:
    The message will be centered approximately 200 yards north of the intersection of Fulton and the Great Highway, halfway between the Cliff House and the Beach Chalet restaurant (public bathroom in the Beach Chalet’s public lobby). A concrete sea wall runs along the beach, with short, numbered stairways leading down to the sand. The event will be centered near Stairway 12, and will stretch out from there, both north and south. 

TRANSPORTATION:
– If you can, please walk or ride your bike. 

– PUBLIC — San Francisco’s MUNI system serves Ocean Beach very well. Fares, routes, and schedules at www.sfmuni.com. The #5, #18, and #31 buses all stop within five minutes walk (level) of the event site. The “N-Judah” streetcar line terminates a fifteen minute walk (level) from the site. 

– BY CAR – Ocean Beach has a huge parking area. There is plenty of parking in the nearby areas — up the hill toward the Cliff House, and also in the western part of Golden Gate Park. Parking should not be a big problem early on a Saturday. 

BRING:
    A blanket or tarp to lie down on while we await the helicopter. Water to drink. All of your friends and family (friendly dogs are also welcomed). October weather is usually great, but you never know. Check the forecast and dress appropriately. (CAUTION: This forecast is for “inland” San Francisco. Conditions at Ocean Beach can be quite a bit colder and breezier.) 

BATHROOMS:
    Rented porta-potties will be positioned along the sea wall at the event site. The lobby of the Beach Chalet building has great bathrooms. The nearby Safeway store has one small bathroom. 

FOOD:
    Several restaurants lie within easy walk of Ocean Beach. The Beach Chalet is a five-minute walk, the Cliff House is plainly visible up the hill north of the event site. Louie’s Diner is a 60-second walk beyond the Cliff House. A large Safeway store is a five-minute walk from the site. 

IMPORTANT DAY-OF-EVENT INFORMATION

7 A.M.
    A group of volunteers (at least twenty needed, please & thank you) will spend the morning outlining the message into the sand. The letters will probably be about 100 ft tall and 10 ft wide. 

10:45 A.M.
    Please arrive in the vicinity of Ocean Beach by 10:45 A.M. This will allow you half an hour to find parking (if you are driving), use a bathroom, reach the site, and pick your spot in the lettering. Volunteers will be handing out flyers with more specific, updated, day-of-event instructions. Please take a flyer, read it, and follow any instructions from volunteers.

Close up of lettering 
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11:15 A.M.
    Please be ON THE BEACH NO LATER THAN 11:15 A.M. This will give us time to make sure the lettering is filled in evenly, so that images taken from above will look crisp and clean. Pick any spot you’d like (it’s fun to sit with family and friends), but if one of the volunteers asks for people to fill in a “thin” area, please be as cooperative as you can. We’re all in this together. 

TWELVE NOON
    Our (rented) helicopter and photographer are due overhead at noon sharp. Often, in the past, they have shown up on the dot – other times, a few minutes late. Please be patient. The actual photography portion will take approximately fifteen minutes. At past events, people showing up half an hour late have been shocked to find that the event has ended and everyone has disappeared. Tardiness is not recommended. 

POSTCARDS:
    One image from the event will be made into a large-sized postcard. If you would like one of these postcards mailed to you, you MUST print your address onto a mailing label (provided at the event) and drop it into one of the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets that volunteers will be holding. We hope to have the postcards in your mailbox within a week.

MONEY:
    Participation in the event is free, but it costs approximately $1,500 – $2,000 to put it all together (helicopter, porta-potties, postcards, postage, printing, etc). Costs for the San Francisco mural action are being fronted by cab driver Brad Newsham, who has organized numerous successful murals at Ocean Beach. At past events, people have generously dropped enough money into the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets so that Brad has been able to break even. He greatly appreciates this.

Pack of Youths Bring Much-Needed Culture to the Sunset District – Video of Brian Peck, Comet Skateboards

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Finally, the Land of Misery way out there by Ocean Beach west of San Francisco is getting a little action.

Now, in addition to all of the Sunset District’s cat houses, grow houses and halfway houses, we have this, from a recent dreaded sunny day:

 

 

The Best San Francisco Jumping Dolphin Photo of 2013 (So Far) – Completely Out of the Water – Via David Cruz

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

At Ocean Beach.

Wow:

Via Nature’s Lantern – click to expand

The Happy, Jumping Dolphins of the Bay Area – Best San Francisco Porpoise Photo You’ll Ever See

Monday, November 19th, 2012

[Oops, dolphin not porpoise, corrected, thx.]

Yowzer.

San Francisco photographer David Cruz does it again.

Dancing in the waters of Fort Funston:

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Yowzer

San Francisco Invaded by Hovercraft and Helicopters – See and Hear the Action, Courtesy of David Cruz

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Renowned San Francisco photographer David Cruz caught the start of Fleet Week 2012 yesterday over at Ocean Beach.

Check it:

Via David Cruz

And the video:

Get To the Chopper! The West Side of San Francisco to be Invaded by the US Military this Morning

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Or so they say:

“This morning from 10-11 am a large military watercraft will arrive on Ocean Beach. This is part of an exercise and is only a drill.”

“This morning 11am-1pm there will be an exercise w/2 helicopters at Sunset Blvd & Lake Merced Blvd. Noise will be elevated. It’s only a drill”

The Feds Make a Deal to Set Aside More Space for Western Snowy Plovers, San Francisco’s Cutest Birds

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The Center for Biological Diversity is crowing about more room being designated for the Western Snowy Plover along the west coast.

San Francisco isn’t getting more space for these critters but they already have as much as they need here now, not that some area dog owners agree with the way things are these days.

Anyway, here are some San Francisco Snowy Plovers and the also the deets of the new agreement with the Feds are below.

(Oh, and remember, as always, plover rhymes with lover.)

A snowy plover on Ocean Beach _not_ being harassed by a dog:

Now, Ocean Beach Dog, ooh, somebody over there got an off-leash ticket from the Feds a looooong time ago. (Can you guess what year by looking at the website design? Sure you can.) Oh well. Well, the Feds don’t like Ocean Beach Dog and people what behave like Ocean Beach Dog. The Feds consider us Whacko City, USA because of outfits like OBD, oh well.

Most dogs don’t bother the boids, of course. Can you see the snowy plover?

But some dogs do harass the birds. (These aren’t actually snowy plovers near Lawton and the Great Highway but the dogs don’t know or care about that.)

(Get those Ocean Beach birds, good boy!)

And here’s the sitch up in Crissy Field:

See the birds, see the unleashed dog?

Is is surprising to you that an unleashed dog could find and chase these plovers? What was surprising to me was to hear that this particular boid flew up from Morro Bay (where it was banded and which is like way south of here) all the way up to the Marina District:

Keep on keeping on, plovers:

More Than 24,000 Acres of Critical Habitat Protected for Western Snowy Plover

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 24,527 acres (38 square miles) of critical habitat to protect the Pacific Coast population of threatened western snowy plovers in Washington, Oregon and California.

“Protecting critical habitat will help this lovely shorebird continue on the path to recovery,” said Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist at the Center. “Species with federally protected habitat are more than twice as likely to be moving toward recovery than species without it, so this puts a big safety net between plovers and extinction.”

Western snowy plovers breed primarily on beaches in southern Washington, Oregon, California and Baja California. Today’s designation includes four critical habitat units in Washington (covering 6,077 acres), nine units in Oregon (covering 2,112 acres) and 47 units in California (covering 16,337 acres).

Snowy plovers were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1993, when the coastal population had dropped to 1,500 birds and plovers no longer bred at nearly two-thirds of their former nesting sites. That Endangered Species Act protection allowed the population to increase to more than 3,600 adults by 2010.

Plovers are recovering but still face many threats, including widespread and frequent disturbance of nesting sites by humans, vehicles and off-leash dogs; crushing by off-road vehicles; global climate change; pesticide use; and habitat loss.

The western snowy plover was first granted 19,474 acres of critical habitat in 1999. In 2005 the Bush administration illegally reduced the critical habitat to 12,145 acres, eliminating protection for thousands of acres scientists believed necessary for the snowy plover’s survival and abandoning key habitat areas crucial for recovery. In 2008 the Center sued over the unlawful reduction of the plover’s habitat protections, leading to a settlement agreement with the Service and today’s revised designation.

Today’s final rule includes the reinstatement of habitat areas identified by government scientists as essential that were improperly withdrawn in 2005; inclusion of some areas not currently occupied by plovers but important for their recovery; and addition of habitats such as back-dune systems in an attempt to offset anticipated effects of sea-level rise caused by climate change.

The western snowy plover is a shy, pocket-sized shorebird that weighs less than two ounces and lives for three years. Plovers forage for worms, insects and crustaceans in wet sand and in kelp that has washed ashore. The word “plover” is thought to come from the Old French”plovier” or “rain bird” because plovers were seen on sandy French beaches during spring rains.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 375,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.”

Oh, and also remember that San Francisco is for Plovers:

Dolphin Roundup 2011: The Best San Francisco County Dolphin Sightings of the Year, Plus Babies From Years Past

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

I’ll tell you, I was shocked when I found out that you could see dolphins while just walking about San Francisco.

Like this, from Lands End, from a while back:

Now I personally didn’t take any new shots this year, but here’s a roundup of the best shots from 2011 so far:

From Fort Winfield Scott, The Presidio – jump jump!

From Ft. Winfield Scott – jumping the other way

From the Golden Gate Bridge – see the shadow? 

From the Golden Gate Bridge – bottlenoses

From the Golden Gate Bridge – at 200mm

From a boat – Pacific white-sided

From a boat – northern white whale dolphins

From a boat near the Farallones – Risso’s

Castro Street Fair – tattoo category (Uh, law school called – they want their diploma back)

That was 2011, now here’s yesteryear:

From Fort Funston. (Now, why did we name an entire fort after that Filipino Killing Cracker?) Anyway, here’s the view, sometimes:

Same angle:

As promised, baby dolphins, avec maman:

And here they are swimming south, off to sample the yummy seafood in the waters off San Mateo County:

Swimming past the PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge:

Via David Yu. Click to expand

And, this is cheating somewhat, a military dolphin near AT&T Park:

Keep a lookout for dolphins!