Posts Tagged ‘protest’

Message From Our Corporate Coffee Overlords: We Own the Sidewalk at 225 Bush Street, More or Less

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

 As was foretold, the newly-approved bench and table and chairs at 225 Bush are kind of a mess. What’s the point in having a super wide sidewalk in the 94104 Financh if there’s going to be a bottleneck betwixt a giant 17 foot tall ad (a former newspaper kiosk long since closed down) and all this?

Check it:

I cry foul.

Actually, I didn’t cry foul afore the deadline to do so passed by in June 2013. As I’m not a NIMBY. And now that we can see the bench but also the table and the chairs, we can see that all this stuff takes up too much space and leaves like three feet of space for the peds to squeeze by.

Even Coffee Culture lovers / customers were appalled by these cheesy plastic chairs when they first appeared.

IDK, maybe this sitch has fixed itself the past few weeks, but this system of having a trial and putting up a sign for people to complain to SFGov doesn’t work if corporations do a bait and switch deal with the layout.

Again, I cry foul.

Oh, and speaking of corporations:

Here’s coffee dude’s website, srsly.

Dude, do you think you leased the sidewalk too?

Approve not I do.

Disgruntled Customer vs. Cafe Fayala in the Financh: “50% Off Is Not True!” – A Giant Sign Tells the Story of One Man’s Protest

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

I don’t have a dog in this hunt:

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OTOH, the place has 4.5 Yelp stars…

“8/1/2013 Found this place on Yelp and came with a friend…came back with more friends the next day! I truly love the Salad Bar selection at Chez Fayala because it’s much more than a generic Salad Bar, with options ranging from gourmet salad entrees like kale salad or arugula + grilled red onions salad to different varieties of roasted veggies to Italian/French/Asian foods to fruit salad…and of course the amazing spicy Fried Sea Bass that is lightly sprinkled with sesame sees (this the largest reason while I came back the next day. Craved it badly.)  What impresses me is that this all-you-can-serve bar has options like gourmet olives, various styles of homemade hummus, etc. Stuff that isn’t just wholesale, canned Costco material like many other Salad Bars. Payment is by the pound. Those of you who are frequent SF lunch-timers in the FiDi, might have come across Portico. Think of Chez Fayala as Portico on steroids! Lunch rush is bad, and it’s hard to find seats but we managed to find some both times. Just know that till December, the Salad Bar is 50% so most boxes end up between $6-$8. I might find it hard to pay $13 for a regular food box, even though that Fried Sea Bass is top notch. Until then, I’ll enjoy!”

 

 

The Crowded Sidewalks of Bush Street: Is There Room for Chairs Betwixt “Curry Up Now” and “Coffee Cultures?”

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Uh, no, there’s not.

See?

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Ah, here’s a quieter time between the most popular food truck in the bay area and the new cawfee shawp inside of the Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush:

Now I’ll tell you, I couldn’t care less* about this issue, but you? You have a lot of time on your hands…

If I were in charge, I’d probably say thumbs down on the street furniture, but I’d allow them some signage.

Of course, I’m not in charge and, as stated, I don’t care.

Super don’t care.

As always, I’ll find a way** to navigate the Streets of San Francisco regardless.

Courage.

*Obviously, things are going to be a bit crowded at lunchtime, ’cause that curry truck is uber popular. OTOH, passersby might not ever realize that’s there’s a new upscale coffee place there unless they see people hanging about sipping away. (This reminds me of parklets, which some business owners think they own because the process for getting one is so costly.) 

**But I don’t use a wheelchair… 

Gee, If the “FREE SPEECH AREA” for the 2013 Pride Parade is Halfway Down 5th Street, Everywhere Else is the NO FREE SPEECH AREA?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Here’s the map from last year and I’m supposing that it’s still good for 2013 seeing as how the Pride website doesn’t seem to have been updated completely.

And I suppose that I mean halfway down the first block of 5th Street, but it hardly matters – those with something to say about Bradley Manning or whathaveyou will be out of sight, out of mind regardless.

Or so it seems:

Oh well.

WTF? America’s Cup 2013 Workers STILL Haven’t Been Paid? Big Skeleton Protest at City Hall

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Now when I say big skeleton protest, I’m talking about a big skeleton on the steps of City Hall.

The ongoing protest itself is small, with just three dudes when I passed by.

“AMERICA”S CUP” and “SHAME ON THEM”

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I can’t believe how fucked up Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup has become.

If I were Larry Ellison, I’d have my people pay the carpenters and whomever and then be done with this.

Apparently, “most” of the carpenters came up from Southern California?

And “most” of the carpentry is done already anyway.

Oh well.

Or maybe the America’s Cup people only committed to “endeavoring” to pay their workers?

Maybe it’s something like that…

Getting a Little Worried About Frank Chu, Just Saying

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Didn’t have a chance to talk with him the other day.

Heading for Micky D’s

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Haven’t seen him around as much lately.

Let’s hope he’s around as long as the Brown Twins..

“Walk for Life West Coast 2013″ Activists Apologize for the Abortion Jumbotron – Hey, Did They Really Have 50,000+ Souls?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

You all can read the press release below.

Here’s your apology:

“A Jumbotron displaying a graphic video of aborted children was set up by an anti-abortion group midway
along the Walk route, despite efforts by Walk organizers to dissuade the group from playing the video.”

Did not know that. OK fine.

I’ll tell you, I wasn’t even there this go around. But nevertheless, observations

1.  “Record crowd tops 50,000?” Yeah, I don’t think so. You know, back in the day, back in the mid-aughts, I admired the organizers for _not_ lying about crowd size. Well, those days are over so now the organizers lie each and every year. Hey, isn’t lying a sin? I think so. Oh, you’re just “playing the media game?” All right, well that makes you SINNERS, FYI.

2. Oh, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener was there at the counter protest? Now, isn’t it ironic that most of the young gals holding the banners would be to the left of our District 8 Supe on his core issues concerning stuff like rent control and the rights of propertah owners? Yes it is. (And look who _wasn’t_ on the scene – Catholic San Francisco Supervisor and similarly propertah-owner-loving Mark Farrell. His absence wasn’t ironic at all.)

3. Speaking of which, who are the people who pick who gets the carry the banner and get on TV year after year? You know, all the young gals, year after year, with the high degree of apparent reproductive fitness?

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These young women are herded around year after year doing exactly what they’re told by stage mother-types and and old Catholic dudes wearing robes. What if young people organized the parade what features young people so prominently?

Just asking…

Anyway, you lie about your crowd “estimate” every year and you know you lie about it so that kind of makes you sinners.

Fin. 

“Pope Benedict XVI honors Walk for Life West Coast - Record crowd tops 50,000, fills main S.F. thoroughfare for more than 1 mile

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27, 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI commended the “outstanding public witness to
the fundamental human right to life” of the Walk for Life West Coast, in a special message delivered by
his delegate to tens of thousands gathered in front of San Francisco’s City Hall Jan.26.

The Walk for Life West Coast rally at Civic Center Plaza filled the plaza, before participants walked the
two miles from City Hall to the Ferry Building, traveling through the heart of the city’s shopping and
financial districts. More than to 50,000 participated, organizers estimated.

Pope Benedict XVI’s representative to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano delivered a
message from the pope along with his papal blessing. Pope Benedict’s message, which was also sent out
on a Vatican Twitter feed, said, His Holiness “is grateful to all those who take part in this outstanding
public witness to the fundamental human right to life and the moral imperative of upholding the
inviolable dignity of each member of our human family, especially the smallest and most defenseless of
our brothers and sisters.”

“You are a powerful witness that God’s truth cannot be silenced,” said San Francisco Archbishop
Salvatore J. Cordileone, who blessed participants to begin the event. “Yes, we are here to stay because
life is good and life is holy.”

The speakers at the Walk included Lacey Buchanan, the mother of a disabled child; Elaine Riddick, who
was forcibly sterilized by the state of North Carolina at age 14; Kelly and Matthew Clinger who regret
their abortions; and the Rev. Clenard Childress, Jr., who has spoken at nearly every walk since its
founding in 2005.

“Truth is rising up and you are the picture of that truth,” said Rev. Childress to loud cheers. “We will not
draw back until every child is free.”

A Jumbotron displaying a graphic video of aborted children was set up by an anti-abortion group midway
along the Walk route, despite efforts by Walk organizers to dissuade the group from playing the video.

Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast’s mission
is to change the perception of a society that thinks abortion is the answer. For more information and
photos, www.walkforlifewc.com

Seen on Market Street: WAKEUP WAKEUP UNITED NATIONS – ENOUGH! CHINA: OUT OF TIBET

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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Video: “Black Bloc” “Street Battle” with SFPD on Oct 6 – “Fuck Columbus Day” – 22 Arrested in the Financh

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Well, yesterday’s West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March didn’t last all that long, as this four-minute video will show you:

OK then.

(The revolution won’t be televised but it will be on the Facebook, apparently.)

communique:

Columbus Day 2012 marks the 520 year anniversary of the genocidal and ecocidal project of Empire building and colonial expansion that began with the conquistador invasion of this continent and continues to this day through the daily violence and exploitation of global capitalism. 

It also marks the 20 year anniversary of the first American Black Bloc which disrupted the 1992 Columbus Day Parade in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. 

This year during Columbus Day weekend, a West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist convergence is being organized in San Francisco. As a contribution to this effort, we are calling for friends and comrades to gather at 2pm on Saturday, October 6 for a rowdy march through the heart of the city’s financial district. 

We will honor the memories of all those who fought back and resisted the onslaught of empire over the past five centuries by unleashing the power of our own resistance in the very heart of capitalism on the West Coast. We are proud to stand in solidarity with others whose fierce struggles continue to hold off the machinery of domination and exploitation. 

We draw inspiration from the countless struggles of indigenous resistance to capitalist projects of development and expansion: from the mountains of Black Mesa, where elders fiercely protect their way of life in the shadow of a coal mine, to the rebel autonomous municipality of Chéran in Michoacán, México where both the repressive forces of the state and the drug cartels have been expelled while loggers infringing upon indigenous territory have been chased off communal lands, to the far north of Canada where indigenous peoples block roads and disrupt plans for expanding resource extraction while students and radicals in Montreal riot outside the gates of the Plan du Nord summit. These brave fighters motivate us to spread the fires of resistance in the ongoing struggles against colonialism and capitalism. 

It is also fitting that October 7 marks the 11 year anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, another brutal example of colonial domination’s recent manifestations. We invite all those who stand in opposition to Empire and in solidarity with the struggles of the Afghan people to join us on this march. 

The Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March will gather at Justin Herman Plaza for a rally at 2pm and the march will begin at 3pm sharp. Stay tuned for additional details and ways to get involved. 

This action is part of the Decolonize the New World 2012: West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist Convergence in San Francisco during Columbus Day weekend. The convergence is being called for by Decolonize and Anti-Capitalist comrades in the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area. 

For more information please visit http://www.decolonizethenewworld.noblogs.org

SFPD:

Officer Injured, Weapons Recovered from Protesters in the Financial District on 10/6/12

On October 6, 2012 at approximately 2:50pm, a group of protesters gathered at Justin Herman Plaza.  The group began a unpermitted march west bound on Market Street.  The group, a number of them wearing black clothing, masks covering their faces, took to the streets disrupting the normal flow of traffic.  Officers arrived in the area and were struck by projectiles thrown at them by members of this group.  One officer was struck in the head and sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The protesters were admonished multiple times that the march was unpermitted and there were causing a public safety hazard. 
When the group failed to leave the roadway, Officers encircled them at California and Battery and the protesters threw flares and bags of paint at the officers.  Some of the bags of paint contained rocks.  A portion of this group ran to the area of Pine and Sansome where they were detained. A number of police officers and their uniforms were covered in paint.
Police made approximately 22 arrests from both locations.  The suspects were arrested on one or more of the following charges: conspiracy, riot, refusing to obey a lawful order from a peace officer and resisting, delaying and obstructing a peace officer, and assault and battery on a peace officer.  A lawful search of the arrested suspects’ backpacks revealed that many were armed with hammers, an ice pick, flares and other weapons and more bags of paint containing rocks.  The suspects vandalized vehicles and businesses as the walked.  Any witnesses to these acts of vandalism are encouraged to notify the SFPD.  Attached are photos of some of the weapons the protesters had in their possession.”
See you next year!