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For Some Reason, About 10% of the USAF’s Remaining KC-10 EXTENDER Aerial Refueling Tankers Flew Over the Golden Gate Bridge Yesterday

Monday, August 28th, 2017

One after the other.

Here’s one coming:

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And another one over the Golden Gate, this one, #60031:

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And another one leaving, passing over the Presidio, last seen heading east:

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I saw five myself.

The KC-10 has worked out all right considering the record of its civilian counterparts in the DC-10 / MD-11 family.

The Air Force considered retiring its fleet of KC-10 tankers in response to sequestration budget cuts as part of the service’s FY 2015 budget. A “vertical chop” to divest all KC-10s was suggested because there are fewer KC-10s than KC-135s, having three different tanker models in service (after the introduction of the KC-46) would be costly, and a “horizontal cut” across the refueling fleets would achieve small efficiencies.[20] Some believed retiring the KC-10 would not benefit the Air Force, given that it is equipped with both boom and hose-and-drogue refueling systems and the fleet’s relatively young age.[21] At first, officials claimed that the initial focus on retiring the KC-10 in September 2013 was a “trial balloon” to call attention to Air Force operating cost issues; as of early 2013, the KC-10 had a per hour flying cost of $21,170 and a mission capable rate of 87 percent.[22] A FY 2015 budget plan did not include cuts to the KC-10.[23]

Anyway, I’ve never seen anything like this.

Crissy Field is Going to be Locked Down this Weekend – Here are All the Rules for the “Patriot Prayer” and Protest

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

[UPDATE: If you want to take MUNI to the counter-protest, you’re looking at a 2.5 mile walk at the end of your trip.]

FBOW, it’s on.

Get all the deets from our National Park Service here.

And our Presidio Trust weighs in after the jump..

“First Amendment Permits | Aug 25-27

Message from GGNRA Acting General Superintendent Cicely Muldoon

August 23, 2017

The National Park Service has a long and proud tradition of being the site of peaceful expressions of people’s views under the First Amendment to the US Constitution which guarantees everyone the right to gather together and express their opinions non-violently. We cannot deny a permit to anyone planning to exercise their First Amendment rights based on their political stance or beliefs. We can deny a permit application for public safety reasons if the event raises such significant public safety concerns that law enforcement cannot manage the event.

Today, NPS is approving five First Amendment permits for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.

We urge those planning to attend these events to share their views in a peaceful manner, to look out for each other, and to support law enforcement personnel to keep everyone safe. NPS respects the right to free speech and in turn we expect all participants to respect one another and this beautiful national park.

Planning for Safe and Peaceful Events

Many people have expressed concerns about safety related to the Patriot Prayer event. After consultation with other law enforcement colleagues, including the San Francisco Police Department, National Park Service law enforcement believe that whether a permit is issued or not, many people will come to Crissy Field on August 26 to express their opinions. Law enforcement advised that issuing a permit will increase their ability to ensure public safety. Accordingly, the National Park Service has decided to approve the permit with significant conditions to promote the peaceful, non-violent expression of views.

National Park Service law enforcement personnel from around the country are working together with the San Francisco Police Department to ensure safe events for all participants. In particular, NPS law enforcement personnel are working very closely with the SFPD on the Patriot Prayer event. Any violence will not be tolerated.

Closures in the Presidio on August 26

To ensure public safety, portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the Patriot Prayer event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

For more detailed information on all the First Amendment permitted events in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on August 25 and 26, including the Patriot Prayer event permit restrictions and traffic plans, please visit www.nps.gov/goga. Please check back frequently, as we will be adding information throughout the week.

We are grateful for the collaboration of the San Francisco Police Department for their partnership in ensuring everyone’s safety. We also thank all of the local, state and federal public agency partners who have come to our assistance.

We welcome all to express their views by writing us at e-mail us or calling: 415-561-2822.

Sincerely,

Cicely Muldoon
Acting General Superintendent
Event information will be updated as it becomes available. Please check back frequently.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why did GGNRA approve the Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit?

The National Park Service (NPS) has listened carefully to the important concerns raised about the August 26 Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit request for Crissy Field. With public safety being our highest priority in making a decision to issue a First Amendment permit, we have thoroughly assessed the risks associated with this event in consultation with the United States Park Police (USPP), the San Francisco Police Department and other key state and federal public safety agencies.

After intensive planning and consultation with the law enforcement community, we have determined that public safety will be best served by a permitted event rather than an unpermitted event. Based on this public safety assessment, and the direction of the Constitution, the courts and National Park Service policy, we have decided to approve the final permit which is now available for viewing in our Reading Room.
Have other First Amendment permits been issued for the weekend of August 26?

In addition to the Patriot Prayer Special Use Permit, NPS has approved four other First Amendment related permit requests for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.
Can citizens carry guns to the Patriot Prayer permitted event?

GGNRA has the ability to exercise control over what items are allowed at a permitted event by specifying permit conditions. In the case of the Patriot Prayer permit, participants are prohibited from bringing firearms or anything that could be used as a weapon.
What items are prohibited from being brought into Crissy Field (Zone 1 – see map) on August 26?

1. Firearms

2. Aerosols / pressurized canisters

3. Ammunition

4. Animals other than working service animals

5. Backpacks and bags exceeding the size restriction of 18” by 13” by 7”

6. Bicycles

7. Balloons

8. Coolers

9. Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems

10. Explosives

11. Helmets

12. Glass, thermal or metal containers

13. Laser pointers

14. Mace / pepper spray

15. Packages

16. Selfie sticks

17. Signs exceeding the size restriction of 24” by 36” by ¼”

18. Structures

19. Supports for signs and placards including sticks of any material

20. Toy guns

21. Weapons of any kind

22. Barbeque grills, open flames, propane tanks, and tiki torches

23. Tents, canopies, and similar structures

24. Wagons or carts

25. Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards

26. Liquids (other than drinking water in factory sealed, clear plastic bottles)
Note that all event attendees are subject to federal law.
The permit along with a full list of permit conditions will be available in our Reading Room by close of business on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Can people carry guns in the GGNRA?

GGNRA adheres to all California State gun control laws. In the State of California, the open carry of firearms in public is illegal. Concealed firearms can only be carried by individuals with a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license issued only by a California county sheriff or chief of police.

However, the permit conditions for the Patriot Prayer First Amendment event prohibit firearms.

What steps is NPS taking to facilitate a safe event on August 26th?

NPS is actively working in coordination with multiple law enforcement entities including the United States Park Police, SF Police Department, SF Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and California Office of Emergency Services to put appropriate measures in place to support a safe, respectful First Amendment gathering on Crissy Field on Saturday, August 26th. This group is working together to identify appropriate staffing levels, develop a coordinated traffic plan, and plan for a gathering space that supports the parks goal of a peaceful gathering.

In order support a safe gathering on August 26, a public access plan has been developed designating two restricted zones within the Presidio: Zone 1 and Zone 2. Zone 1 is Crissy FIeld and vicinity. Zone 1 can only be accessed on foot via the Marina Gate. No vehicles are bicycles or parking are permitted in Zone 1. Zone 2 is the Main Post and vicinity. No pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, or parking is permitted in Zone 2.

What roads are closed on August 26 within the Presidio? Where am I prohibited from driving and parking?

Crissy Field will be closed to vehicles and bicycles on August 26. The Main Post will be closed to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. No parking will be available in either of these areas. See map. Major road closures include:

  • Mason Street will be closed at the Marina Gate
  • Arguello Boulevard will be closed at Washington Boulevard
  • Park Boulevard will be closed at Kobbe Avenue
  • Lincoln Boulevard will be closed at Funston Avenue and Storey/Merchant
  • Presidio Boulevard will be closed at Mesa
  • Moraga Avenue will be closed at Mesa
  • Ruckman/Storey will be available at Lincoln
  • The east Toll Plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed at Lincoln

How do I access Crissy Field on August 26?

Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). Vehicles and bicycles will not be permitted at Crissy Field on Saturday. All people entering the Presidio at the Mason Street Gate will be screened to ensure that prohibited items are not brought into Crissy Field (see list).

What transportation is available to Crissy Field on August 26?

Do not drive to this event; there will be no parking. Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). The PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle will not be operating on this day. The nearest MUNI services to Crissy Field/Marina Boulevard Gate include the 30 and 43. The MUNI 22 and 45 drop off a farther distance from the Marina Boulevard Gate. For MUNI services available on August 26, visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency website at www.sfmta.com. Please check this website before making your trip to ensure you have the most current information about MUNI service.

Where can I view the Patriot Prayer permit?

The Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit application can currently be viewed in our Reading Room, the final approval permit will also be made available by close of busines Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Will the Presidio be open on the 26th?

Portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the First Amendment event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

Will businesses in the Presidio remain open?

While NPS does not require tenants close their businesses, many tenants have elected to close due to potential impacts of street and parking lot closures and crowds. Following is a list of tenant closures by park area:

AT CRISSY FIELD

Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):

Batters Box SF

House of Air

Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center

La Petite Baleen

Planet Granite

Roaring Mouse Cycles

Sports Basement

University of San Francisco

Park-Managed Facilities

Crissy Field Center

Warming Hut

Fort Point National Historic Site and Park Store

The Portal (temporary art installation)

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

National Park Service Park Archives

AT THE MAIN POST

Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Presidio Bowling Center

Presidio Dance Theatre

Baptiste Yoga SF

Society of California Pioneers

Walt Disney Family Museum

Park-Managed Facilities

San Francisco National Cemetery

Presidio Visitor Center

Presidio Officers’ Club

Presidio Transit Center

TRANSIT Restaurant

Arguello Restaurant

The Commissary Restaurant

Andy Goldsworthy’s Tree Fall

AT THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Park-Managed Facilities

Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center

Golden Gate Bridge Café and Roundhouse Cafe

How many First Amendment permits does GGNRA issue each year?

GGNRA issues an average of 1,000 special use permits each year in the GGNRA. About 20 of those permits are identified as an “exercise of First Amendment Rights.”

How does a Special Event Permit differ from First Amendment Permit?
Special events in National Parks need to submit proof of insurance and other plans, as their use is considered a privilege, but First Amendment activities are considered a right, and many of these types of requirements are waived. The decision to waive these requirements is consistent with the US Constitution and guidance from judicial opinions, including the US Supreme Court. The National Park Service therefore does not impose financial barriers on the expression of First Amendment rights. The costs of fencing, restrooms, and NPS event monitoring costs are waived for such events.
Why did GGNRA deny a permit for the Summer of Love concert?

GGNRA did not receive or deny a permit request for the “Summer of Love” concert as Golden Gate Park is not under our federal jurisdiction. The City and County of San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department (Golden Gate Park) denied the permit.

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Oro En Paz, Fierro En Guerra: Napa has Wine Cellars, But Frisco has Powder Magazines – They Look, Smell the Same

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

See?

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Fort Point, Baby:

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And best of all, free parking. That’s not too shabby.

All the deets.

Our Presidio’s Very Own Golf Course Gas Station

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Diesel too:

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You know, I can’t say WHY we have a private golf course, with its own gas station, in our Presidio. I guess it’s an Accident of History.

Oh well.

The Macher of Arguello: Ford Galaxie 500 7-Litre Convertible

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

I see this dude all the time:

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He rules the 94118

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Flower Delivery Truck, Frisco-Style – Ancient Specialized Hard Rock Mountain Bike Retires, Finds a New Career

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

As seen in our Presidio:

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Absurdly Low 35 MPH Speed Limit on The 101 Freeway in Northern Frisco Finally Raised – Can You Guess the Limit Now?

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

[Isn’t it funny how ppl from SoCal say “the 101” when they want they want listeners to understand that it’s freeways we’re talking about while ppl from NorCal ALSO say “the 101” when they want they want listeners to understand that it’s freeways we’re talking about? Non? I guess not. Anyway, feel free to call 101 freeway the 101, even if you live in Frisco.]

40, it’s 40 MPH now. Still absurdly low, but now less absurdly.

Here’s how things used to be at 101 South in the Presidio – 35 MPH maximum. Slow, so slow+

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And here’s how things are now on The World’s Slowest Freeway section:

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Let’s call this a slight improvement:

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There could be some thing where the CHP can’t give you a ticket for “speeding” at 42 MPH on a freeway, but IDK the deets on that.

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Anyway, enjoy your 40 MPH autobahn, Frisco…

How to Spend $3200 an Hour Above Frisco: Ride Along in this WWII-Era TF-51D Mustang Called “Toulouse Nuts”

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Get it – Two Loose Nuts?

As seen over our Presidio / Richmond District just yesterday:

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This was a WINGS OF FREEDOM FLIGHT EXPERIENCE from the Collings Foundation.

This was the flight path:

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Check the promotional video of a similar Mustang from the Collings Foundation – this could be you:

And here’s the other Mustang I’ve seen over town lately:

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As seen from Ocean Beach. (I don’t know anything about this airplane.)

All right, that’s your 415 Mustang Update for 2017…

Gary Knight, 52 – September 10, 1996 – Presidio and Lake

Friday, June 9th, 2017

As seen at Lake and Park Presidio:

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Ride of Silence SF

Paradise Theatre Reopens, in the Presidio

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Before and After, STYX-style:

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And Before…

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…and After, eventually, Presidio-style:

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Read all about it via Adam Brinklow at CurbedSF.

Hey, did local movie theater-owning interests invest tens of thousands of dollars trying to make sure that this isolated building located deep within the Presidio would never reopen and therefore never compete with said local movie theater-owning interests? Yep, about a decade ago.

Oh well.

Anyway, here’s your FAQ and here are all the deets:

PRESS RELEASE The Presidio Theatre’s Next Act – Margaret E. Haas Fund to Rehabilitate the Presidio’s Historic Presidio Theatre as a Multipurpose Performance Space

San Francisco, CA (June 06, 2017) – The Margaret E. Haas Fund in partnership with the Presidio Trust today announced plans to rehabilitate the Presidio Theatre, located in the heart of the national park site on the Presidio’s Main Post. Vacant since 1995, the building will be rehabilitated into a high quality and affordable multipurpose space for live theatre, film, dance, music, lectures, educational programming and special events. The two-year rehabilitation will commence this summer, and is expected to be completed in mid-2019.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to create a modern and accessible performing space for artists in San Francisco and the Bay Area,” said Margaret “Peggy” Haas, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Margaret E. Haas Fund. “There is a dearth of high quality theatres for live performances – and many of the available spaces are not accessible to smaller performing arts organizations. The Presidio Theatre will offer a place for these groups to showcase their work to a wide range of audiences.”

Located near the historic Presidio Officers’ Club and the expansive green Main Parade Ground, the Presidio Theatre is among the last buildings on the Main Post to be rehabilitated. Originally built in 1939 as a movie theatre for the officers and enlisted men at the post, during World War Two, in 1942, both Jack Benny and Bob Hope brought full casts to perform and record their hugely popular radio shows in the theatre. The theatre was renovated by the Army in 1962, and the last movie was shown in 1994.

The rehabilitation will breathe new life into the historic building while adding great benefit for the Bay Area arts community. When completed, the state-of-the-art theatre will reflect its original 1939 Spanish Colonial Revival design, with approximately 650 seats, a functionally expanded stage, new accessible seating, and code-compliant restrooms. A new pavilion will be created in the open area to the west of the existing theatre that opens onto a new courtyard. The project architect is Hornberger + Worstell and the historic preservation consultant is Knapp Architects, both of San Francisco.

“We are pleased to move forward with this new partnership to bring back a beloved space,” said Francene Gonek, Chief of Business Operations for the Presidio Trust. “This mutually beneficial relationship serves the mandate of the Presidio Trust to be financially self-sufficient while, at the same time, creating new opportunities for public use and enjoyment.”

The Presidio Theatre will be operated and managed by a new non-profit organization set up expressly to support the theatre. It will be host to a mix of theatre, film, dance and music performances as well as lectures, educational programming and special events. Theatre operations will be funded through a mixture of facility rental fees, ticket sales and fundraising.

About the Presidio Trust

The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and employ a partnership approach to transform it into a new kind of national park. Spanning 1,500 acres in a spectacular setting at the Golden Gate, the Presidio now operates without federal appropriations, is home to a community of residents and commercial tenants, and offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities to people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. To learn more please visit www.presidio.gov.