Posts Tagged ‘pedmount’

Grafittied Ped-Mount Newspaper Racks: Willie Brown’s Real Legacy

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Hey, did our representatives just name a bridge span after Willie Brown?

It’s hard to tell, as there aren’t any signs anywhere with his name on it posted on or around the bridge AFAIK.

So what’s stopping pols from changing the name of the span to honor somebody more deserving, you know, after Willie Brown, you know, moves on and therefore can’t get revenge on whomever?

Anyway, here’s his real legacy – it’s a tax / fee on the media that he put through because WIllie Brown didn’t like what some in the media were saying about him back in the 1990′s.

This is in the Western A, two blocks from the megachurch that’s been associated with WB for more than a half-decade AND two blocks from the former church of “Friend of Willie” Jim Jones:

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Willie Brown wasn’t born evil. Simply, he learned the wrong things from the wrong people after he came to California.

Oh well.

Area Bicycle Thief Claims He Could Have Stolen This MTB Locked Up on Market Street in Two Minutes

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Which is probably true.

But the thing is I only left it there for two minutes

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After a brief examination of the doors of this obsolete newspaper pedmount, the bicycle thief ran off claiming that he wasn’t trying to steal this particular bike.

On it goes.

Apparently, the San Francisco Chronicle Can No Longer Afford to Pay the Rent for Willie Brown’s PedMount News Racks

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

So like the San Francisco Chronicle is cutting back on street distribution in the Financh?

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Sure looks that way.

Or maybe just on Monty Street?

Now, is there any penalty on former Mayor Willie Brown for foisting all this short-sighted pedmount concept on the MSM and the Commonweal?

Apparently not.

Oh well.

The “before” picture here looks better to me than the “after” photo…

Newsflash: Those Stupid Green Empty Pedmount News Boxes are NOT Required by the First Amendment

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

No, they‘re required by contract, a bad 20-year contract engineered by somewhat corrupt former Mayor Willie Brown.

Blogger Michael Petrelis is looking into these things, particularly some in the Castro –  be sure to follow along his adventure this month as he considers attending one the semi-secret meetings that DPW hosts with Clear Channel and others.

These things, which are/were a burden to small local newspapers in particular, seem to require a lot of maintenance and upkeep. Multiple crews were working simultaneously on Market Street a few weeks back:  

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Just as the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk was a case study against district elections, ridiculous 20-year contracts what tie the City’s hands are case studies against San Francisco’s Strong Mayor system.

IMO.

“News Rack Advisory Committee” – I Know What You Did _This_ Summer – Is DPW is Afraid of Michael Petrelis?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Blogger Michael Petrelis has recently been nosing around the issue of those horrible green pedmount news rack monsters that the corrupt WillieBrownGavinNewsomEdLee administration loves so.

Check it.

Anyway, I’ve never met the man myself but this is an artist’s impression of what M. Petrelis looks like when he’s on the case against corruption from our City Family.  

I’d tell you the name of the movie this is from, but that would be racist,* somehow.

Anyway, Petrelis was nosing around, as he’s wont to do, and then one of DPW’s webpages evolved a bit.

So, first it was all like this:

“The NAC meets regularly to discuss policies and procedures and to make recommendations to the Director of Public Works to amend the Guidelines Regarding News Racks and other progam needs.”

 

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That’s what it looked like yesterday.

But now it’s all like this:

“Advisory committee members are newspaper distributors and concerned citizens appointed by the Director of Public Works.The NAC meets regularly to discuss policies and procedures and to make recommendations to the Director of Public Works to amend the Guidelines Regarding News Racks and other progam needs.  Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.”

Who’s doing what now? Were the relevant policies wrong before? Are they right now?

I know not.

Let’s hope Michael can get to the bottom of this soon.

*And then maybe, you know, to punish me, a signals intelligence officer working at the Chinese consulate near Japantown could packet sniff my cell again.**

**Now I’m not even sure about the first time. But I remember picking up some election stuff and a handcart at City Hall*** on a Friday evening, you know, using Mom’s Taxi,**** and it was the anniversary of something horrible that the backward, unelected, one-party-state that is the People’s Republic of China had done, so I figured I’d drop by Laguna on my home on Turk, check out the scene, see how many Feds are hanging about. It was boring so I sat in Mom’s taxi checking the gMail before heading out. Twelve hours later I get an email from Google telling me how I’d been hacked from somewhere in the PRC, ostensibly, on the East Coast – I checked the location on a map. That kind of thing hasn’t happened before and it hasn’t happened since. (And if somebody read my emails, I don’t really care anyway, as I haven’t ever really been in contact with the Tibetans or whomever might scheme to attack or whatever.) But, when there’s a protest going on around that consulate, you might want to consider taking the battery pack out of your mobile, just saying. Now I’m sure that the United States spies on China the same way that our Chinese Consulate on Geary conducts espionage on San Franciscans so I guess it all evens out in the great scheme of things. And maybe the hack was a coinkidink, don’t know. (China has more than a few freelance hackers, of course.)

***Now how on Gaia’s Green Earth does the Department of Elections get away with paying pollworkers less than minimum wage for a 15 hour day on Election Day plus three hours of unpaid training? It’s not considered work? There’s some exception? I gots to know. They called me again yesterday, following up on the numerous letters they’ve already sent out. 1. No, I don’t want to work this election. 2. No, I don’t want to work future elections. (Short phone call.) You know, maybe if the City paid election workers at least minimum wage, you know, the way they require everybody else in town to pay minimum wage, then the City wouldn’t have such a hard time finding workers who don’t go psycho and steal ballots and cell phones and whatnot? Maybe? Anyway, IMO the only reason to sign up for a pollworker gig is to get out of working for a campaign, which, back in the day, I was more or less required to do, you know, take vacation days off to work on campaigns else my supe, a so-called Constitutional Officer of the State of California would frown a perfect upside-down smile at me. And you don’t want that. And oh yes, remember to not tell the Fiona people you’re also working on Leland’s campaign and to not tell the Leland people you’re also working on Fiona’s campaign, cause, you know. Ah mem’ries.

****Which is actually an aging 8-passenger Toyota (which is actually shorter than some two-door Camry Solaras), but don’t worry – it has an old-school throttle cable going through the firewall and an electronic throttle position sensor doohicky too, belts-and-suspenders style, so I’ll have no one to blame when I get caught speeding on the superslab or crashing into things…

Green Monsters of Our Sidewalks: Those Big Ped-Mount Newspaper Boxes Have Got To Go!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Don’t you think?

 

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Wasn’t this Willie Brown’s idea to get back at those who didn’t praise him 100% of the time? Pretty much.

Nobody really uses these things anymore and newspaper owners need to pay for rent on a monthly basis - that’s not fair, is it?

Weren’t we better off with those old-fashioned newspaper boxes?

The Best Use for Those Green “Street Furniture” News Racks – Repurposed as Bike Racks

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Part of the reason that these green news racks replaced the regular racks we used to have was that a former Mayor of San Francisco didn’t like what was said about him in the media. And another part of it had to do with, and there’s a lot of this in town, people making six figures a year imposing their aesthetics, their values, on the much larger class of people making five figures a year.

Get all the deets on this failed San Francisco policy here. And see what Berkeley’s up to right here.

Anyway, at least you can use them for something, at least they have some use. All those handles look as if they were made for U locks:

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Look forward to the removal of most of these mostly-empty green monsters within five years…

Ridiculous, Mostly Unused San Francisco PedMount News Racks Repurposed as Bike Racks

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Remember what newpaper racks used to look like? Sure you do, because they’re all over the less-populated parts of town. But the Great PedMount Invasion of the Aughts this past decade is firmly entrenched on Market Street near Union Square, and the Castro, and other places.

San Francisco’s ridiculous News Rack Ordinance mandates these glorious pieces of “Street Furniture.” Does this program cause problems for the Bay Times newspaper and other free publications? Yes. Should we double the cost the producers of the publications have to pay again? Why not? Would San Francisco’s Quimby-esque mayors, past and present, such as Willie Brown, have numerous motives to support this kind of scheme? Oh yes. 

Oh well.

(Did publishers at the time band together to fight? Sort of.)

So, this photo on the Boing Boing was kind of misleading, of course, but what’s the point of having 20+ completely empty news boxes mounted on six pedestals in front of the Abercrombie at Fifth and Market?

How about using them as bike racks when others aren’t available and you are tasked to buy 100ml of Fierce cologne for $70(!) after work? (Girlfriend, Abercrombie cologne costing $3000/gallon is just about the last thing he wants from you this Christmas, just saying.) The green metal handles are perfect for even the heartiest of U-locks. See?

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Dead and wounded on either side/
You know it’s only a matter of time:

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Who can afford to pay the fees? Spammers, mostly.

A tombstone, of sorts. Here lies AsianWeek. Here lies Where Magazine

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If your vocabulary includes terms like “streetscape” and “street furniture,” and you don’t like the media and/or you don’t like what the media says about you, you ought to consider starting a News Rack Ordinance in your town. Why not? Feel free to call the resulting Fail Whale a “huge improvement.”