Posts Tagged ‘rangers’

The Advisability of Riding Your Bike Through the Bunker Road Tunnel Whether the Light is Green or Not

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Here it is, your Bunker Road Tunnel* to Rodeo Beach and beyond.

The driver of this old Datsun(!) pickup truck seemed to be giving this cyclist a little bit of room, but then a shout came out…

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…from this guy going the other way. So whoops, the Datsun driver moves a yard or two to the right. Thusly:

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Bikes have dedicated lanes in this tunnel but cars don’t. Does that mean that bikes don’t have to wait up to five minutes for a green light the way cars have to? I know not. The surfer dudes in the 4WD pickup could not possibly look more like Marin Locals, like Regulars on this stretch of road, but the driver was surprised to see a cyclist going the other way? Now because it’s a tunnel, shouting works, but what if dudes had had the radio on and couldn’t hear? There could have been an accident.

Seems that waiting for the green would be safer. There’s room for debate, I suppose. (I think I’d want to see a sign saying it’s OK for bikes to proceed afore I ran a red light…)

EPILOGUE:

A single-lane tunnel carries Bunker Road from the Rodeo Valley to U.S. 101. Built in 1918, this tunnel is known as Baker-Berry Tunnel but also known as the Bunker Road Tunnel or the Five Minute Tunnel. A date stamp on the western entrance to the Baker-Barry Tunnel lists 1994, which may have been the year the tunnel was retrofitted for earthquake protection or reconstructed for other reasons. Additional work was completed in 2013 to allow for wider approaches for bicyclists. A traffic signal governs the flow of traffic into the tunnel, since only one direction may proceed at a time.

*Some mock the Yelp for rating a tunnel:

“Solid four-star tunnel… Screw you, Yelp.”

“What can I say, it’s a hole in the ground..lol”

Clumsy Rec and Park (RPD) Relents, Opens “Painted Ladies Viewing Area” at Alamo Square – Tourists Rejoice

Monday, June 13th, 2016

First it was all like this. All four square blocks of the Square were fenced off to one and all. Sad!

But now, it’s all like this, as of Friday afternoon, so now you can follow our visitors in to gaze upon the (sort of) Full House houses:

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Expensive temporary signage to promote … our clumsy RPD:

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Here’s the view from Hayes:

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Is this the same RPD what carelessly rented out this very same part of Alamo Square to the NFL earlier this year?

Yep!

Alamo Square Update: Rec and Park Finally Manages to Coral Our Tourists – Sure, Fence Hole Fixed, But…

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

IDK man, the accounting cost for RPD to shut down the entire four square block Alamo Square for a year or so is negligible, so that’s what they just done, oh well.

Here’s what you do – you imagine a billionaire from Mars is willing to pay for whatever expensive project that our SFGov workers can dream up AND you imagine that all the work required can be done in just one day. Then you ask yourself, would you want to do this project.

And the answer here is yes, it’d be nice to maintain the irrigation and fix up the old old bathroom and resod and do whatever else they’re doing. But is is worth shutting down the entire park for a year and spending all this precious taxpayer money? That’s the question.

In any event, the local millionaire homeowners (who don’t like tourists anyway) want this and RPD loves hiring people and spending money, so this is what we get.

On patrol to make sure nobody enters:

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Sad tourists observing the Painted Ladies through a cyclone fence:

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The now-famous fence hole, snipped by a local, used by tourists:

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But look, plastic twisty ties have made the hole smaller – see?

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Now here’s some homeowner-oriented signage from the RPD. (Note that the makr girl in the RPD banner would get a ticket from a Ranger if she actually affixed ropes to a tree and swung from it – isn’t it ironic. Dont’cha think? So why is this your logo, RPD? Whoopsie!)

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Disappointed tourists on Steiner. Note the lack of cars parked here. I’ve never seen this sitch outside of street sweeping times.

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Of course all the street lamps in shut down Alamo Square are now blazing away in the daytime, for some reason because, because RPD don’t care? Yep, because RPD don’t care.

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Actually, RPD views us as deadbeats who cause RPD a bunch of problems. They think we’re undertaxed, so they’re constantly on the lookout to make moar money money money. Oh well.

Hey look, a rare Ranger patrol in the 94117, the better to keep the tourists out after being embarrassed on the TV and the Internet:

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Oh, and here’s the more permanent fix for the now-famous hole, completed yesterday – double fencing:

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That’ll do. Prolly…

Pink Ranger in Jordan Park: House Rich, Car Poor – Halloween 2015 in the 94118

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Go go, Power Ranger:

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Tourists are Welcomed to Golden Gate Park: “LOCK ALL VEHICLES”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

One assumes that the average jay visiting the “world-class” city of San Francisco already knows to lock the doors of his/her ride when parking in GGP, right?

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So what is this sign really saying? Is it saying, “Don’t blame us if somebody breaks into your locked car and takes the stuff that’s in plain view?”

I think so…

OMG, The JIMMY is Back in Speedway Meadow! – Annual “OLD CAR PICNIC” Coming Saturday – Motorcycles & Bicycles Welcome

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Well this is news! Via The Richmond District Blog comes word of the return of [Jimmy’s] Old Car Picnic to Golden Gate Park.

What’s amazing is that San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department, which in its current iteration is a money-hungry, mafia-esque outfit run by a lawyer* who worked on the Gavin Newsom campaign back in the day, relented after first trying to impose dramatically higher fees. Do you want me to cite all the annual events that the RPD has fee’d to death under the Ginsburg Regime? I could do it. Except now I’ll need to take Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic off of that list.

This lowering of RPD’s highly inflated fees is unprecedented, is it not?

Anyway, all the deets:

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Speedway Meadow
Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA
7 am to 4 pm

Park your vehicle on beautiful Hellman Hollow (aka Speedway Meadow) for a donation to benefit the developmentally disabled.

Cars & trucks $40, motorcycles $20, bicycles $10.

1987 or older year limit for vehicles. no vehicles larger than 3/4 ton pickup. No other vehicles allowed on meadow. No exceptions. No in & outs.

No vendors or amplified music. Please respect the Park and its neighbors. The SFPD will be on duty and issue citations for traffic and parking violations.

San Francisco Old Car Picnic benefits programs for the developmentally disabled.

Bring your BBQ! Bring your camera! Everyone is welcome!!!”

All right, see you there!

*I’ll tell you, compared with this irate lady, I came down on the other side of the Stow Lake Boathouse vendor issue, and the Beach Chalet soccer field issue as well, but she’s spot-on on the subject of Phil Ginsburg, who dreams of becoming Mayor, someday:

“For Ginsburg, who began using the words “privatization” and “Golden Gate Park” together almost immediately after his jogging buddy, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, appointed him, Stow Lake is just the beginning. If Ginsburg has his way, every inch of Golden Gate Park will be “privatized” and bringing in boatloads of cash. Ginsburg left his position as Newsom’s chief of staff in 2008, citing as the reason the ambiguous “desire to spend more time with his family.” Evidently he quickly grew tired of his family because he accepted the Rec and Park job just one year later, even though he had no experience managing parks. In August of last year, he quietly fired every Rec and Park director (the low-paid people who actually do the hands-on work) and hired more six-figure middle managers. Each is expected to generate revenue up to 10 times the amount of their salaries, effectively turning them into sales people.”

Here’s What Tonight’s World Series Viewing Party Will Look Like – But No Alcohol in Civic Center – Vote No on Prop B

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

You’re invited to come to Civic Center tonight to see Game Four of the World Series on a makeshift “Jumbotron.”

See you at 5:07 PM (or earlier, to get a good spot if you want to be able to actually see the action unobstructed.)

It’ll look like this, but probably with more Matt Cain than Timothy Leroy Lincecum on the screen:

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The SFPD requests (more or less) that you transfer your alcohol to unmarked containers, thusly:

And, oh yes, speaking of the Rec and Park, Remember to Vote No on Proposition B (November 2012), the so-called “Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond”

Why?

Well, because Prop. B is too costly for San Francisco

And also because Reform is Needed at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Also because area lawyer Philip Alan Ginsburg would consider passage of Prop B (November 2012) an endorsement of how he’s running the RPD.

That’s why.

Now, let’s hear from San Francisco Mayor Ron Conway,* after the jump. (Spoiler: He wants you to go to Chipotle’s and spend your money before you blow town.)

PS: The after party will be in the Mission District – spread the word, bring fireworks.

*Poor Sony. It appears that any television-like contraption bigger than 100 inches now gets the generic term “jumbotron.”

Oh well.

Displays similar to the Jumbotron include:

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San Francisco Giants Big Screen Broadcast a Huge Success – Thousands Crowd into Civic Center – But Beer Ban Enforced

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Well Giants fans have flocked to Civic Center this evening to watch Game 5 on the big screen.

San Francisco Police, Deputy Sheriffs, Park Rangers and the CHP were all on hand to make sure things didn’t get out of hand. They did this by making people pour out their beers.

“Tuck Fexas” and “Texas Sucks Cocks”  were typical sentiments, it appeared

Here was how things looked early on:

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And a little later, when they turned on the orange lights of City Hall:

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And here’s the scene later on when the Giants led 3-1:

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Smooth Raggae to Celebrate the Giants – Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You), Giants Version

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Michael Franti & Spearhead have recorded a World Series anthem for the San Francisco Giants to the tune of their hit song Say Hey (I Love You).

See?

Go Giants!

It’s On! Game 5 of World Series to be Shown Outdoors at Civic Center on the Big Screen – But, Hide Your Alcohol

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

[UPDATE: SF Mike is on the scene this afternoon – here’s what the set up looks like. Now, you’d think Rec and Park would have a bigger big screen or maybe two little screens side by side to make a rectangular big screen, but, you know, lowest bidder and whatnot:

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And, oh yes, here’s your fresh new theme song for tonight.]

[UPDATE 2: And here’s what it looked like.]

You might need to get to Civic Center early in the afternoon of Monday, November 1st, 2010, if you want to get a good seat to see the Giants clinch World Series 2010 on a giant television screen.

But this event, like the annual Bay to Breakers civic event, will be “alcohol-free,” at least on paper. See?

“In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.”

Civic Center will have more fans wearing orange than when The Netherlands lost to Spain in the World Cup Final earlier this year:

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The show starts at 4:30 PM with the first pitch coming from the left arm of Cliff Lee at 4:57 PM.

All the deets:

MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES BROADCAST AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA OF GAME FIVE OF THE WORLD SERIES
City to Host Public Viewing of Monday’s Potential Clinching World Series Game for Families, Giants Fans

San Francisco, CA–Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that Monday’s Game Five of the World Series will be publicly broadcast live in Civic Center Plaza for families and fans to gather and cheer the Giants onto a potential World Championship.  Similar to the successful public broadcasts of the World Cup earlier this summer, a jumbotron screen will broadcast the potential clinching game of the World Series in front of San Francisco City Hall. The City previously received permission from Fox Sports Broadcasting to show the potential clinching away game.

“The Giants 3 – 1 lead in the World Series has electrified the City and brought us all together to celebrate our hometown team and what’s best about the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Mayor Newsom. “The game that could clinch the Series may be in Texas, but we’re creating an opportunity right in front of City Hall for families to gather and cheer the Giants to a World Championship.”

The Mayor’s Office is collaborating with the Recreation and Park Department, who successfully hosted the World Cup Live soccer events at Civic Center Plaza earlier this summer, to broadcast the game. In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.

“I also want to encourage fans from across the City and Bay Area to watch the game at their neighborhood bars and restaurants,” said Mayor Newsom. “Let’s give a lift to our local economy and small businesses while we’re boosting the Giants to victory in the World Series.”

San Francisco City Hall, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, the Conservatory of Flowers and other City landmarks and buildings will continue to be lit in Giants Orange through the World Series.  Mayor Newsom is also urging Giants fans and local businesses to show their pride in the National League Champion team by wearing the Orange & Black or displaying signs, flags or other shows of support for the team.

Potential Final Game of World Series Broadcast Schedule
San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers
Game 5, Arlington, Texas: Monday, November 1st – 4:30pm PDT, first pitch at 4:57pm.