Posts Tagged ‘park’

It Begins: SFMTA Rolls Over Irate Neighbors, Installs Corporate Shuttle Bus Depot on Fell Near Masonic

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Here’s the background and here’s what the first day of terminal operation looked like yesterday:

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I didn’t see it in operation, but I did see a Nest* (wherever that is) Bus heading away from this area this AM so maybe this 116 feet will be a nest for Nest, and others. Who uses this terminal is a secret, kept by our incompetent SFMTA, for some reason.

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I think all these pissed-off people would have needed the relevant city Supervisor to go to bat for them against the SFMTA. I suppose that didn’t happen.

(I’ll tell you, one block away on Hayes, there’s a bus stop for the #21 what’s nine (9) seconds away from another bus stop for the same line. Our weak-willed SFMTA wanted to get rid of one of the stops but a while back but a local bidness owner hired on craigslist to get a “grass-roots” campaign going to sway our swayable Supervisor London Breed. So that’s democracy in action, or not, depending on how you look at it.)

Anyway, the signs say that all this will expire on May 27th, 2016, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the SFMTA wants to do next. Perhaps they’ll install permanent signs soon, IDK…

*Yeah, I need me an expensive Nest thermostat for my 100 year old radiators – I’m sure that would work out real good.

“Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury”

Monday, April 18th, 2016

I’ve said my piece here.

These numerous street closures are the most extensive yet, IIRC.

And now, on with the show. See you Wednesday!

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury

SAN FRANCISCO – Board President London Breed and City officials today announced plans to mitigate potential issues related to festivities on April 20, 2016. Supervisor Breed, who represents a portion Golden Gate Park and affected neighborhoods, issued the following statement:

“It’s that time of year when nearly 15,000 visitors flood into Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the informal, unsanctioned “4/20” holiday.

Though we welcome celebrations and visitors all year round, some 4/20 festivities in the past have led to horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, damage to public and private property, and strained police, Muni and park resources. And on the following day, 4/21, Recreation and Park staff and volunteers have had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks.

In 2013, I was determined to do something about these impacts to our neighborhoods, and every year since, have worked with City departments to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. As a result, we’ve seen decreased street congestion, increased services and an overall safer day. This is our third year putting together a plan and I am pleased to say we have collectively improved on this process year after year.

To be clear, there is no sponsor for “4/20”, and therefore no fiscal organizer to hold accountable. But as a City who welcomes visitors from all over the world, we need to do everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents. Our goal is to ensure public safety, and as such, there will be no tolerance for visitors who are using “4/20” as an excuse to damage our parks and neighborhoods.

In attendance were Captain John Sanford of Park Police Station, Chief Mike Celeste of Recreation and Parks, Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance, Rachel Gordon of the Department of Public Works, Battalion Chief Victor Wyrsch of the Fire Department and Camron Samii and Ed Cobean from the Municipal Transportation Agency.

City departments worked together put the following measures in place for April 20, 2016:

Increased Police and Juvenile Probation Officer Presence: There will be uniformed and plain clothes officers surrounding Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Park Rangers will also be in full force, ensuring safety within the park.

Traffic Control Officers and Parking Control Officers: There will be Parking Control Officers ticketing and towing vehicles that are illegally parked in residential and commercial corridors (i.e. blocking driveways) and Traffic Control Officers enforcing street closures and facilitating the flow of traffic.

Zero Tolerance for Unpermitted Booths and Concessions: Commercial, unpermitted concessions will not be allowed in Golden Gate Park or surrounding public spaces.

Litter abatement and bathroom facilities: DPW will temporarily install portable bathroom facilities on Waller & Stanyan for public use. Recreation and Parks will put out temporary trash, recycling and compost receptacles throughout the park. Recreation and Parks staff and volunteers will do a sweep of the park in the late afternoon and the following morning. Neighborhood organizations like Taking it to the Streets have also signed to do clean up the following day.

Street Closures & Muni re-routes:
San Francisco Police Department will enforce the following street closures beginning at 10 a.m.:
Haight, Page and Waller streets between Masonic and Stanyan streets
Stanyan Street between Frederick and Oak streets
Shrader Street between Beulah and Waller streets
Oak and Waller streets at Ashbury, Clayton, Shrader, Cole and Belvedere streets
Frederick Street at Shrader Street
Beulah Street at Shrader and Cole street
During the time of street closures, no traffic will be allowed with an exception of Muni buses. Personnel from SFPD may decide additional street closures as crowds grow for public safety.
Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:
N Judah, NX N Express, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid, 33 Ashbury/18th, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic

Whistling-Blowing Park Ranger Harshes Owner of Unlicensed, Unleashed Dog in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Camera left shows the Ranger and camera right shows the errant dog owner.

I’ve never seen this:

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Reader Notes:

I’m assuming the dog’s unlicensed, as the vast majority of canines aren’t licensed in Frisco and I imagine the rate for non leash owning dog owners is lower still.

Don’t know if any woo woo or wee wee came out or if it was picked up.

The owner and dog sauntered away, with no threat of getting cited, it appeared.

Anyway, I’ve never seen this…

Here are Your Expensive New “420 Day” Street Closures Coming April 20th, 2016 – THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC – Here’s a Map

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

IDK, man, I don’t really get this newfangled street closure scheme, which is going to make getting to the Sunset even harder this year:

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So each block of the Upper Haight will have its own PCO to check and see who lives where? I suppose so.

Anyway, this is news to me…

“420 Day Street Closures

Sharon Meadow Area Closures:

WB Fell @ Shrader Street – Vehicles traveling WB on Fell Street will be diverted from Fell Street onto NB Stanyan Street.

NB Stanyan @ Fell Street – Vehicles traveling NB on Stanyan Street will not be able to use Fell Street loop to WB Fell Street. All vehicles will be directed to stay on NB Stanyan Street.

WB John F. Kennedy Drive from Stanyan Street – No vehicular traffic allowed

EB Lincoln Way @ Kezar Drive – No vehicular traffic allowed.

WB Frederick Street at Kezar Dr./Lincoln Way – No vehicular traffic allowed.

NB Stanyan Street @ Frederick Street – No vehicular traffic allowed.

Haight Street Area Closures:

(Residents on the following streets will be allowed access with proof of residency)

Waller Street @ Shrader Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Cole Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Belvedere Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Clayton Street – No NB traffic allowed

Waller Street @ Ashbury Street – No NB traffic allowed

Masonic Ave. @ Haight Street – No WB traffic allowed on Haight Street

Masonic Ave. @ Page Street – No WB traffic allowed onto Page Street

Oak Street @ Shrader Street – No SB traffic allowed on Shrader Street

Oak Street @ Cole Street – No SB traffic allowed on Cole Street

Oak Street @ Clayton Street – No SB traffic allowed on Clayton Street

Oak Street @ Ashbury Street – No SB traffic allowed on Ashbury Street

420 Day Street Alternative Routes

The following streets will be open for NB and SB travel:

Masonic Avenue

Divisadero Street

The following streets will be open for WB and EB travel:

Geary Boulevard

Frederick Street as well as parallel streets south of Frederick Street will be open.

Don’t Miss RoastSF’s “Comedy Roast of Donald Trump” on March 26th – At SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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San Francisco based RoastSF returns on the heels of it’s first SF Sketchfest appearance bringing their own brand of heart stopping, fall-to-the-floor laughing, no-jokes barred comedy roasts! Featuring monthly shows around the Bay Area and one offs across the country. Join them as they bring 8 of the best INSULT comics together to mock each other and that night’s controversial guest of honor. As always: drinking is encouraged, sensitivity…. is not.

Our last guest was so controversial we sold out in record time and had to turn people away, so we’ve decided to bring him back for one more night! All we can say is whether you love him, or hate him, he’s got everyone feelin’ some type of way.  That’s right, it’s: 

Comedy Roast of Donald Trump

Come see if he falls victim to the comics left wing or if he can take the abuse and stay calm enough to defend himself. Sounds mean? It will be.  But don’t worry, this show will be as much about mocking Trump as it is about those who love, and those who, for some reason… hate him.  The actual Presidential Candidate/Billionaire/GrandeDouche Donald Trump will not be attendance.  He has no association to this show.  We have a top notch improv actor who has literally spent his entire life being a dick.  He’s also got a killer Donald impersonation.  So grab your best protest sandals and a crate of rotten tomatoes and get ready for some awkward selfies with The Donald.

#TrumpRoast #MakeAmericaHateAgain

Doors 8:00pm / Show 8:30pm

WHEN
WHERE
SoMa StrEat Food Park – 428 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 – View Map

Man, These Residents of Fell Street are Hopping Mad About a Possible Facebook Employee Bus Stop / Terminal in Front of their Homes

Monday, March 21st, 2016

I don’t know how the SFMTA’s big meeting on March 18th, 2016 ended up, but this was the scene aforehand, on Fell near Masonic:

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There were multiple three-page flyers everywhere:

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What the Facebook Teamsters wanted last year was their own terminal in the 94117, so they wouldn’t have to sit around idling, and I’m srsly, in the slow lane of outbound/southbound Masonic (betwixt Fell and Oak, you know, the one that MUNI buses use all the time) OR in the MUNI stop at Hayes and Masonic (as they’ve been doing every working day, including this morning at 6:43 AM). It looks like they’re getting what they want. Enough space for two buses.

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And I call it a terminal since there’s now nothing to prevent the Teamsters from staging in their own dedicated bus stop, AFAICS…

Question of the Day: How Likely Is It That This Truck Parked on Geary in a Red Zone Will Get a Parking Ticket?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

It might be a dead-bang sure thing that the owner of the pickup parked on the left would get recorded by the camera in the #38 bus on the right, but IDK:

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I’d never park there with a MUNI bus in range, that’s for sure…

Corporate Shuttle Bus Terminals / Dedicated Bus Stops are Coming to YOUR Neighborhood – Here’s the SFMTA’s New Wishlist of Locations

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Our incompetent SFMTA* has been sending out postcards that look like this:

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So in this case, Hayes won’t have the same old load of corporate buses because Fell Street will be picking up the slack.

Here’s what Hayes looks like these days, sometimes – there’s conflict betwixt MUNI operators in MUNI buses and the Teamsters in the Facebook Buses, who know staging (sitting around) is against the rules but they do it anyway because They Just Don’t Care:

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(It’s hard to tell without expanding the photo, but the MUNI bus driver was glaring at the idled Teamster. I’ll tell you, Bro was pissed at the big FB bus, that’s for sure.)

Anyway, forget all that, cause this is what’s coming:

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So, using the same example, we’ll say good-bye to parking on the first 116 feet of the north side of Fell past Masonic:

“ESTABLISH – TOW AWAY NO STOPPING PERMITTED COMMUTER SHUTTLE BUS ZONE, 6 AM TO 10 AM AND 4PM TO 8PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Fell Street north side, from Masonic Street to 116 feet westerly (restricts parking at 3 residential permit parking spaces)”

You can look forward to seeing Facebook buses sitting in front of these buildings, especially in the AM:

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Basically, these new stops will turn into bus terminals, ’cause the drivers will end up simply parking here on Fell the same way they routinely (and improperly) do so at the outbound #21 Hayes stop one block north. Maybe even non-driving Facebook “starters” will come back, like last year when they hung out across the street closer to Oak.

Oh well.

“PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED PARKING & TRAFFIC CHANGES
Pursuant to SFMTA Order No. 5550 adopted March 4, 2016, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing to solicit public input on the following proposed changes. The hearing will be held as follows:
Date/Time: Friday, March 18, at 10:00 am
Location: Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, San Francisco (located on Van Ness Avenue between McAllister and Grove Streets)”

All the deets at the official link above, and after the jump.

*Our SFMTA is the operator of MUNI – case closed.

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Useful Press Release: “A New Day: Aramark Begins Concessions Operations at Yosemite National Park”

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

First of all, this is the best press release ever, because I know it comes from the Future of Yosemite and not the past. By that I mean that Delaware North is gone as of today, but search engines are still pointing people to Delaware North websites. (Aramark’s webpages aren’t fully up-to-speed yet, but I’m sure they will be soon. And let’s hope Delaware North will go away legally as well, so the names of places can get back to normal.)

And second of all, March and April look to be great months to visit Yosemite Valley this year, with a manageable amount of snow and visitors.

Oh, here’s the official site: www.travelyosemite.com.

Get all the deets below. Now, play us out, James Franco at the Ahwahnee:

A New Day: Aramark Begins Concessions Operations at Yosemite National Park – Yosemite’s new concessioner working to ensure a smooth transition for guests

Program enhancements and service upgrades on the horizon

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, a subsidiary of Aramark (NYSE:ARMK), the award-winning food and hospitality partner for national and state parks, is pleased to announce today marks its first day as the new concessioner at Yosemite National Park. Last summer the National Park Service awarded Aramark the 15-year contract to manage Yosemite’s hospitality programs encompassing lodging, food & beverage, retail, recreational and transportation services.

“Aramark has a long history with the National Park Service and we are excited to be partnering with them to create great new memories for Yosemite’s many enthusiasts who hold the park so near and dear to their hearts,” said Bruce W. Fears, President of Aramark’s Leisure Division and longtime park industry thought leader. “I also have a deep appreciation for Yosemite and am proud of the tireless effort and commitment our team has undertaken, in conjunction with the National Park Service, to prepare for a smooth opening and transition for guests. As part of our Park stewardship, we look forward to introducing innovative programs and experiences that further shape the legacy of this awe-inspiring and iconic Park.”

Today also marks the official debut of www.travelyosemite.com, Yosemite Hospitality’s online destination for lodging, activity and tour information for Yosemite National Park. Visitors can also connect with Aramark on Facebook: Facebook.com/TravelYosemite, Instagram: @TravelYosemite, and Twitter: @TravelAramark.

Guest Experience Enhancements
While future plans include upgrading and improving facilities and enhancing existing programming around the Park, Yosemite Hospitality’s immediate focus during the transition period is to ensure a seamless transition for guests, assimilate and onboard employees and acclimate new personnel to the Park.

Early on, the emphasis will be on enhancements to customer service as well as dining service. Later this year, Degnan’s Deli and Loft is scheduled to be renovated. Longer term plans include remodeling the food court at Yosemite Valley Lodge and the dining areas at Half Dome Village. The transformation of these locations is designed to modernize their look, improve efficiency and increase speed of service.

Future improvements to guest rooms throughout Yosemite’s lodgings, including new in-room amenities, furnishings and accessibility, will also be part of Aramark’s overall investment in the guest experience. Technology upgrades and improvements are also on the horizon. Guests will eventually be able to use smart phones for making reservations and placing and paying for orders. Food ordering kiosks will allow visitors to place and pay for orders without having to enter dining facilities until orders are ready.

All of these efforts will enhance the guest experience at Yosemite, allowing visitors to experience the full majesty of Yosemite while also enjoying the comfort, convenience, and service Aramark is known for providing.

Workforce Transition
Aramark has a long track record of successfully managing concessions within the National Park system, however, the company recognizes the people most responsible for impacting the guest experience are the front line associates.

While the hiring process is ongoing, over 95 percent of the workforce is expected to transition to Aramark. Nearly every one of these employees worked at Yosemite previously, and they join Aramark with invaluable experience.

Yosemite’s front line associates are personally and passionately dedicated to the Park and to the guests who visit. While Aramark may be the new concessioner, I’m pleased that so many of the names and faces of the staff remain the same,” said Bob Concienne, Vice President of Operations for Aramark at Yosemite National Park. “I’m excited to welcome them to the Aramark family and look forward to working with them to create a lifetime of memories for Yosemite’s visitors.”

Guest Reservations
All reservations and group contracts booked prior to March 1, 2016 will be honored.  Shortly, Aramark’s Central Reservations team will begin contacting guests to confirm existing reservations within the Park for future dates.  To make, change or update a reservation, guests may call 888-413-8869 or visit www.travelyosemite.com for additional information.

Environmental Stewardship
Environmental sustainability is a fundamental part of Aramark’s mission, with a strategic focus on reducing the company’s environmental impact through innovative solutions that promote responsible sourcing, waste minimization, energy and water conservation, and transportation efficiencies.

As part of Aramark’s stewardship of Yosemite, steps are being taken to reduce the company’s impact on the Yosemite Valley. One of the more noticeable changes guests will encounter is the removal of plastic bottled water for sale on store shelves and within dining areas. In its place, Aramark has committed to installing and increasing accessibility to filtered water dispensers and bottle filling stations; boxed and canned water, benefiting “Canned Water 4 Kids1” and which is easier and less labor intensive to recycle, are also being introduced.

Yosemite Hospitality will further reduce its carbon footprint in the Park by maximizing operational efficiency, including reducing service vehicle traffic, installing a visitor vehicle charging station and minimizing food waste. Learn more about Aramark’s Leisure Division’s environmental practices and programs here.

Community Partnerships
Aramark’s community involvement and philanthropic efforts leverage the unique skills and expertise of its employees who have a passion for service and volunteerism and contribute their time, expertise and resources through Aramark Building Community which is focused on fostering strong, vibrant, successful communities in local neighborhoods.

At Yosemite, Aramark looks forward to establishing a meaningful community presence and positively impacting the community by partnering with local organizations, working with business leaders and participating in community-wide projects. Aramark is also excited to be working with and supporting Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite’s Gateway Partners.

About Aramark’s Leisure Division
Aramark’s Leisure division delivers authentic and memorable experiences at 60 national and state parks, national forests, conference centers, specialty hotels, museums and other tourist destinations throughout the United States. In partnership with its clients, Aramark seeks to enhance the guest experience by offering industry-leading hospitality, environmental stewardship, recreational and interpretive programs. Connect with us on Twitter at @TravelAramark.

In 2015, Aramark hosted more than 22 million visitors at more than 15 national, state and local parks it serves. With today’s announcement, Aramark now holds nine contracts with the NPS, including Denali National Park & Preserve and Glacier Bay Park & Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, Olympic National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

As a longtime supporter of the NPS and America’s national parks, Aramark is proud to be a sponsor of the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign, celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, this year. The sponsorship will help reintroduce the national parks and the work of the National Park Service to a new generation of Americans, inviting them to visit and get involved. For more information about the National Park Service’s Centennial, visit www.nationalparks.org/centennial.

About Aramark
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people’s lives through innovative services in food, facilities management, and uniforms. United by a passion to serve, our 270,000 employees make a meaningful difference each day for millions of people in 21 countries around the world. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companiesby FORTUNE, rated number one among Diversified Outsourcing Companies, as well as among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

Dolores Park Hockey Player – Loaded for Bear – A True San Francisco Pioneer

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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