Posts Tagged ‘plaza’

Know Your Justin Herman Plaza Skating Rink Ringers: Le Petit Siren Lures You In

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

I’ll tell you, in this field of ice skating newbies, there’s just one person who knows how to do it right, gracefully twisting and turning.

Can you spot her? 

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She makes it look easy.

All the deets.

Has the Former Location of OccupySF Now Become a Place for Rich City Workers to Park Their Jaguars?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Why yes, yes it has.

See?

This is the area betwixt the bocce ball courts and Don Chee Way, right where OccupySF used to be until Mayor Ed Lee cleared the place out:

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Isn’t it sad that all those hippies camping out for all those months left City workers no place to park their luxury English motorcahs, you know, for free?

Always remember, Transit First!

The Remnants of OccupySF: No More Camping in Front of the Federal Reserve Building at 101 Market Street

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This is all I could see around lunchtime yesterday:

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You Shall Not Pass! Idling Police Cars Hold Idling SFPD Guarding the Bocce Ball Courts of OccupySF Plaza

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Do you know why the SFPD sits around in radio cars idling the day away? Because they want to, and, you know, you’re paying for the gas, so why not?

Can you see the fluid drip, drip, dripping from the left tailpipe? Sure you can. You can see one of the exhaust plumes as well: 

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This is the very same SFPD what drove to Montana(!) for the former Mayor’s wedding.

Oh well.

Holiday Ice Skating at Justin Herman Plaza is Quite Popular – Here’s What Friday Night Date Night Looks Like

Monday, December 12th, 2011

People just can’t get enough of holiday ice skating at Justin Herman Plaza.

This is what Friday Night Date Night looks like:

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See the queue? People can’t seem to get enough…

OMG, the New Mitsubishi i Cars are Here – All-Electric Fleet Vehicles Come to City CarShare

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Well, here it is:

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All the deets:

“Mitsubishi Motors Makes First Fleet Delivery of the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) to Bay Area’s City CarShare

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8, 2011  – Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), along with San Rafael Mitsubishi, conducted the very first fleet delivery of the all-new 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i to the California Bay Area’s City CarShare in a special ceremony held at the Green Vehicle Showcase located in front of San Francisco City Hall Plaza on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.

City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the help of several other local nonprofits and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Their mission is to promote innovative mobility options to improve the environment and the quality of life in the Bay Area. By providing short-term access to cars City CarShare is reducing traffic congestion, parking problems and dependence on oil while promoting cleaner air and quieter streets.

“We are very pleased to introduce the all electric Mitsubishi i into our fleet. This vehicle brings us one step closer toward our goal of having 50% of our fleet run on alternative fuel as part of our mission to decrease carbon emissions in the Bay Area,” said Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare.

Numerous fleet orders have already been placed for the innovative, environmentally-friendly and fun-to-drive Mitsubishi i by a wide variety of organizations – multinational corporations, municipalities large and small, major utilities and nonprofit organizations – from New York to Hawaii.

“We thank the Bay Area’s City CarShare for being the first fleet recipient of our innovative 100% electric-powered vehicle,” said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). “City CarShare’s stated goals are to help promote modes of personal transportation that help improve the environment while reducing noise pollution as well as fossil fuel dependence, so the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the perfect vehicle to help achieve this nonprofit’s ambitious mission.”

The 2012 Mitsubishi i is the first of several new advanced, alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans on bringing to the North American market in the next few years.

For more information about the 2012 Mitsubishi i, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and i.mitsubishicars.com; for fleet sales information on Mitsubishi’s electric vehicle please log on to mitsubishicars.com/iMiEVfleet.

More information on the Bay Area’s City CarShare can be found at citycarshare.org.

SOURCE  Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.”

Holiday Ice Skating a Huge Success at Justin Herman Plaza in 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Here’s the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center, which is located right next to OccupySF this year.

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Be sure to click on over to see if they will be closed for private parties.

All right, see you there!

All the deets:

“Delighting families, couples and ice skating enthusiasts for over twenty years, the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines, the largest outdoor rink, will open to the public for nine magical fun-filled weeks beginning November 9 through January 8, 2012. 

Plan a special holiday experience with your friends and family and skate under the stars in the shadow of the waterfront throughout the holiday season at Embarcadero Center, where you can shop, skate, dine and park for free. There’s no better place during the holiday season than Embarcadero Center!

The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines continues to entertain families from around the Bay Area thanks to the support of its generous sponsors…

Phone Number: 415.837.1931
Email Address: echolidayrink@gmail.com

Location: Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building

Hours of Operation:

Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday – Thursday
Open 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday

90 minute sessions that start on every even hour

Private party booking* is available

The Rink may be closed due to inclement weather or private party bookings. Call the ice rink manager at 415.837.1931.

* Sessions not open to public if sold to a private party.

Admission

Adults $9.00; Seniors/Children ages 10 and under $5.50
Monday – Friday until 6:00 p.m.

Adults $9.50/Children ages 10 and under $6.00
Friday 6:00 p.m. session until closing on Sunday

Skate Rentals: $3.50″

Here’s what it looked like at the lighting ceremony a couple years back:

 

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(My submission to produce Soul on Ice on Ice at this rink was rejected once again this year. Oh well.)

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The mise-en-scene, with the swells in the background and the norms in the foreground:

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And this is how it should be looking these days from Treasure Island:

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Have a Merry Holiday Shopping Season!

December 3rd, 2011 was San Francisco’s DAY WITHOUT CLOUDS – A Jumbo Sky Filled with (Quiet) Jumbo Jets

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Yesterday, owing to the unusual winds what blew away* the fog, I saw jumbo jets above S.F. in places where I normally don’t, but I couldn’t really hear  them. (I guess jets have gotten a lot quieter these days.)

Like  this low-flying United Air 747-400 near the Ferry Building – you could hardly hear it:

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*I suppose – cf. yesterday’s Blue Sky Red Bridge from Burrito Justice

O RLY? Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on Her Handling of Occupy: “Mistakes Were Made” – A Big WSJ Article on Recall Efforts

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The Great Wall Street Journal Pay Wall isn’t fully operational right now, so that means that you can follow the lead of SF Bay Area Observer’s Ron Russell by checking out today’s bit from Bobby White in the Wall Street Journal:

Occupy Flap Prompts Oakland Recall Drive

Or at least I think you can get to it for free.

I could, anyway. See?

Now check it:

In an interview, Ms. Quan acknowledged that “Occupy has damaged downtown businesses and mistakes were made.” Still, she said, she believes most voters back her and “I do not believe that most of the businesses in the city agree with this recall campaign.” The 62-year-old Ms. Quan, who was elected in late 2010, added that Oakland’s ethnically based chamber of commerce organizations support her, as do major businesses in the city such as Pandora Media Inc. and Kaiser Permanente.

Is that an apology? (Your Bromide of the Day: As goes Pandora Media, so goes Alameda County.)

And there’s this:

Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco, said until Oakland’s recall effort becomes more structured, he is uncertain if it will succeed. Still, he said, “To go from being an unpopular leader to one worthy of recall requires a very public failure, and it seems [Ms. Quan] has accomplished that.”

Ouch.

We’ll know more by the end of next week.

On It Goes…

“Portrait Gallery: Faces of Occupy San Francisco” from KQED News Photo Intern Michelle Gachet

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Here’s your invitation:

“At KQED, we’ve found ourselves wondering, who exactly is still at Occupy San Francisco two months into the movement and several days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Hardcore activists? Homeless people who have found a welcoming community? Nine-to-fivers who have taken time off to support the Occupy movement? 

In an effort to find out, KQED News intern Michelle Gachet visited Justin Herman Plaza on Monday to capture portraits of some of the movement’s members and their environs. Take a look…”

Occupier Emma Stime, for one, and her sleepy pooch:

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Click on over to see the entire gallery.

Come meet OccupySF 2011.