Posts Tagged ‘protest’

Sometimes Haight Ashbury Looks Exactly, I Mean Exactly, the Way You Might Think It Should – “THINK PEACE”

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

I’ve never figured out the sked for these peace people at Fell and Masonic, the entrance to Haight Ashbury as far as tour bus drivers are concerned. I think it’s the last Friday of the month at 5:00 PM during the Evening Drive, something like that.

Anyway, the hula hoop was a nice touch:

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Coming to Ocean Beach October 19th, 2013 at 11:00 AM: Bodies on the Beach Spelling Out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE”

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Well, here it is, from FukushimaResponse.Org.

And this is what Ocean Beach will look like come October 19th, maybe:

All the deets:

“WHAT TO EXPECT:
    On October 19th, hundreds of people will align their bodies to create a human mural spelling out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE” and then be photographed from the air. We want you with us. 

    Please arrive in the vicinity by 10:45 a.m. Helicopter overhead at noon sharp. Event finished by approx 12:15. 

THE MESSAGE:
    We will arrange ourselves in 100-foot tall lettering. Our aim is to bring awareness to the continuing damage and mismanagement of Fukushima nuclear power plant. 

OCEAN BEACH:
    Ocean Beach is a one-mile stretch of sand located at the west end of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The closest intersection is Fulton Street and The Great Highway. 

SITE LOCATION:
    The message will be centered approximately 200 yards north of the intersection of Fulton and the Great Highway, halfway between the Cliff House and the Beach Chalet restaurant (public bathroom in the Beach Chalet’s public lobby). A concrete sea wall runs along the beach, with short, numbered stairways leading down to the sand. The event will be centered near Stairway 12, and will stretch out from there, both north and south. 

TRANSPORTATION:
– If you can, please walk or ride your bike. 

– PUBLIC — San Francisco’s MUNI system serves Ocean Beach very well. Fares, routes, and schedules at www.sfmuni.com. The #5, #18, and #31 buses all stop within five minutes walk (level) of the event site. The “N-Judah” streetcar line terminates a fifteen minute walk (level) from the site. 

– BY CAR – Ocean Beach has a huge parking area. There is plenty of parking in the nearby areas — up the hill toward the Cliff House, and also in the western part of Golden Gate Park. Parking should not be a big problem early on a Saturday. 

BRING:
    A blanket or tarp to lie down on while we await the helicopter. Water to drink. All of your friends and family (friendly dogs are also welcomed). October weather is usually great, but you never know. Check the forecast and dress appropriately. (CAUTION: This forecast is for “inland” San Francisco. Conditions at Ocean Beach can be quite a bit colder and breezier.) 

BATHROOMS:
    Rented porta-potties will be positioned along the sea wall at the event site. The lobby of the Beach Chalet building has great bathrooms. The nearby Safeway store has one small bathroom. 

FOOD:
    Several restaurants lie within easy walk of Ocean Beach. The Beach Chalet is a five-minute walk, the Cliff House is plainly visible up the hill north of the event site. Louie’s Diner is a 60-second walk beyond the Cliff House. A large Safeway store is a five-minute walk from the site. 

IMPORTANT DAY-OF-EVENT INFORMATION

7 A.M.
    A group of volunteers (at least twenty needed, please & thank you) will spend the morning outlining the message into the sand. The letters will probably be about 100 ft tall and 10 ft wide. 

10:45 A.M.
    Please arrive in the vicinity of Ocean Beach by 10:45 A.M. This will allow you half an hour to find parking (if you are driving), use a bathroom, reach the site, and pick your spot in the lettering. Volunteers will be handing out flyers with more specific, updated, day-of-event instructions. Please take a flyer, read it, and follow any instructions from volunteers.

Close up of lettering 
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11:15 A.M.
    Please be ON THE BEACH NO LATER THAN 11:15 A.M. This will give us time to make sure the lettering is filled in evenly, so that images taken from above will look crisp and clean. Pick any spot you’d like (it’s fun to sit with family and friends), but if one of the volunteers asks for people to fill in a “thin” area, please be as cooperative as you can. We’re all in this together. 

TWELVE NOON
    Our (rented) helicopter and photographer are due overhead at noon sharp. Often, in the past, they have shown up on the dot – other times, a few minutes late. Please be patient. The actual photography portion will take approximately fifteen minutes. At past events, people showing up half an hour late have been shocked to find that the event has ended and everyone has disappeared. Tardiness is not recommended. 

POSTCARDS:
    One image from the event will be made into a large-sized postcard. If you would like one of these postcards mailed to you, you MUST print your address onto a mailing label (provided at the event) and drop it into one of the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets that volunteers will be holding. We hope to have the postcards in your mailbox within a week.

MONEY:
    Participation in the event is free, but it costs approximately $1,500 – $2,000 to put it all together (helicopter, porta-potties, postcards, postage, printing, etc). Costs for the San Francisco mural action are being fronted by cab driver Brad Newsham, who has organized numerous successful murals at Ocean Beach. At past events, people have generously dropped enough money into the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets so that Brad has been able to break even. He greatly appreciates this.

“JACK OFF 16TH STREET” – Performance Artist Chicken John Rinaldi to Protest at the Jack Spade Site This Friday Night

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

All the deets:

For immediate “release”

Chicken John and friends to “JACK OFF” 16th Street! 

San Francisco, CA – To demonstrate their objection to chain stores like Jack Spade trying to take root in the Mission, San Francisco showman Chicken John Rinaldi and a collection of friends and followers are planning to “JACK OFF” in front of the chain store’s proposed location this Friday night.

“We promise to jack off until we fill the streets with semen!” Chicken John said, about what may be the world’s largest masturbatory action to end gentrification.  Participants are willing to risk indecent exposure to support the principle of a Mission district without chain stores. 

According to Rinaldi, an ocean of male semen could help wash away the sin of gentrification once and for all. 

“We, the people of the Mission District demand that Jack Spade pull out of their venture to open on 16th street. They are not wanted here. We are ready and willing to go to extreme lengths to soil their brand,” he said.

JACK OFF 16TH STREET will take place Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m., in front of 3166 16th Street.

For more information contact: chickenjohn@chickenjohn.com   415-215-1632

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..