Posts Tagged ‘red rock’

Can You Name the Extreme Points of San Francisco – North, South, East, and West? It’s Hard!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

[UPDATE: Oh, man, you people are clever:

1. So what about SFO airport as southernmost? Well, that place is “owned and policed by the City and County of San Francisco, but is located in and entirely surrounded by adjacent San Mateo County.” So that’s why the San Mateo County Coroner was involved in the SFFD’s bungled handling of the Asiana 214 crash landing. Another situation would be with San Francisco’s O’Shaughnessy Dam up in Hetch Hetchy near Yosemite - a murder on top of that dam would be prosecuted by the Tuolumne County DA (or maybe the Feds – you all might be right, IDK), not by the SFDA. Don’t ask me about which DA would handle a stabbing at San Francisco Jails #5 or #6 down in San Bruno, San Mateo County. (Perhaps the counties have an agreement over prosecution? IDK.) OTOH, a crime on the western tip of Alameda Island would be handled by the SFDA.

2. And Candlestick Point (and the entire southern border of mainland SF)? It’s ever just ever north of the southernmost part of the Farallones – that’s a real close call.)

This is hard, this game of identifying the northernmost, southernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points of San Francisco.

If you guess, you’re going to make mistakes.

All right, in no particular order, here are the answers:

Seal Rock, aka Saddle Rock

Red Rock

North Farallon Islands

Alameda Island 

I’m srsly.

1. Northermost: Red Rock Island. It’s about eight miles north of Fisherman’s Wharf. Seems as if it’s always for sale. You can get there by kayak and then hike to the top if you want – put that on your bucket list.

As seen from the mainland of San Francisco. The Richmond San Rafael Bridge and East Brother Island are in the background:

Red Rock at 600mm on a very clear day. Don’t try this with your iPhone camera – your shot might not come out so hot.

2. Southernmost: Seal Rock, South Farallon Islands. It’s south of Southeast Farallon Island. It can be seen on the left side here.

And here it is as seen from Twin Peaks:

840mm, on a very clear day.

3. Westernmost: North Farallon Islands.

Actually, it’s this islet in the upper left here, seen with North Farallon Island and St. James Island in the lower right. (I’m surprised that this unnamed rock hasn’t yet been named for a longtime local political strongman like Willie Brown or Rose Pak):

4, Easternmost: Alameda Island. Surprise! Work out your denial issues here.

As seen from the (old) Bay Bridge, the eastern span, the one that was never named for a local political strongman, like Willie Brown or Rose Pak: 

Here are the four points, underlined, to sum up:

Oh, even better is if you let Google Maps highlight the county line in red. (If you zoom in on the linked page, you can also see a couple of places on Angel Island that Google similarly correctly ID’ed as parts of San Francisco.)

Thanks for playing!

At Long Last, a Map That Clearly Shows That Part of San Francisco is in the East Bay on Alameda Island

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

O you can say that this map is wrong, but you can’t say that you don’t get the point, which is that that left piece of Alameda you can see on the wrong side of the line is part of the City and County of San Francisco:

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I should go visit sometime…

Carry on.

San Francisco’s Back 40: What Should We Do With Our Unused 40 Acres in Alameda? How About a Casino?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Isn’t San Francisco’s green triangle of landfill over in the East Bay beautiful?

Why don’t we do something with it, like put in a casino or something? People’d take a ferry from Fishermans Wharf or South Beach.

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And think of the revenues from all those America’s Cup richers.

Shockingly, Part of San Francisco is in the East Bay on Alameda Island – This Photo Tells the Story

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Here it is a map showing the borders of San Francisco. And here’s the view of two East Bay peninsulas looking south from the Bay Bridge.

See? The nearer peninsula, the one with the big white crane, is part of the City of Oakland. It shows respect for the Alameda / San Francisco county border by stopping exactly where it should. But the farther one, part of the City of Alameda, simply juts all the way into San Francisco County.

How wude!

Here’s the borderline:

Anyway, it’s our land but it’s in the East Bay.

Somehow.

All the deets:

“Looking eastward from Twin Peaks, San Francisco. That’s Mission Bay / Dogpatch in the foreground with Oakland in the background.

Here’s your first choice. Does this line represent the border betwixt the counties?

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And here’s your second, with the westernmost portion of Alameda in the City and County of San Francisco:

And here’s your third choice, right down the channel:

And here’s your answer, it’s photo #2, for some odd reason.

Now, you Better Know the Bay Area.

Thanks for playing!”

Know Your Bay Area: Just Try To Guess at the Border Between Alameda and San Francisco Counties – Pick the Photo

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Looking eastward from Twin Peaks, San Francisco. That’s Mission Bay / Dogpatch in the foreground with Oakland in the background.

Here’s your first choice. Does this line represent the border betwixt the counties?

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And here’s your second, with the westernmost portion of Alameda in the City and County of San Francisco:

And here’s your third choice, right down the channel:

And here’s your answer, it’s photo #2, for some odd reason.

Now, you Better Know the Bay Area.

Thanks for playing!

Our Richmond-San Rafael and Antioch Bridges to get Dedicated Carpool Lanes by Mid-June

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The news from our Metropolitan Transportation Commission is that you now have yet another reason to get a Fastrak and/or get in on a carpool. Check it out, below.

Don’t forget to look outside your window as you carpool on the Richmond-San Rafael. You won’t want to miss seeing San Francisco’s northernmost point (that private island on the left) or the B&B (can you see it on the right?) that drove Danielle Steele crazy:

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Richmond-San Rafael, Antioch Bridges to Get Dedicated Carpool Lanes

Cash Tollpayers Must Stay Right on Richmond-San Rafael Approach

OAKLAND, Calif., June 1  — Toll plaza changes designed to speed travel for carpoolers are coming this month to the Antioch and Richmond-San Rafael bridges.

Beginning in mid-June, carpoolers who travel across the Antioch and Richmond-San Rafael bridges during peak commute periods will be able for the first time to take advantage of dedicated high-occupancy vehicle lanes at the far left side of the bridges’ toll plazas — eliminating the need to stop at a staffed toll booth. Carpool commuters at these bridges currently use mixed-flow cash/FasTrak lanes, and must stop briefly at a staffed toll booth for occupancy verification.

In addition to the new dedicated carpool lane, work crews will restripe the westbound Interstate 580 approach to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza to add a second FasTrak-only lane. During peak commute periods, carpoolers and other FasTrak customers will share the far left lane, while the center lane will be reserved for drivers who pay their tolls with FasTrak. Drivers who use cash to pay their toll will be restricted to the right lane of the toll plaza approach. Cash tollpayers may experience additional delays as drivers become accustomed to the new configuration.

The carpool lane changes at the Antioch and Richmond-San Rafael toll plazas come several weeks before the July 1 start of a new toll schedule that includes a discounted $2.50 toll on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for carpools at all seven of the Bay Area’s state-owned toll bridges. Carpoolers must use a designated carpool lane and pay their toll with FasTrak® to qualify for the toll discount. FasTrak toll tags are available online at www.511.org or at Walgreens, Safeway and Costco locations around the Bay Area. New customers who pick up a FasTrak toll tag at a participating retailer before July 15 can get up to $10 in free tolls.

The new toll schedule also will include a $5 regular auto toll at six of the state-owned bridges; and “congestion pricing” at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, with auto tolls varying based on the day of the week and/or the time of day. Bay Bridge tolls will be set at $6 during the weekday morning and afternoon peak periods, at $4 during weekday off-peak periods, and at $5 all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Caltrans owns, operates and maintains the state highway system, including seven Bay Area toll bridges. BATA, which is directed by the same policy board as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), administers toll revenues from the region’s state-owned toll bridges. MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

Part of San Francisco is in the East Bay on Alameda Island? Really?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Yes indeed, San Francisco County covers a lot of territory. It even stretches across the bay to Alameda Island. Check the Wiki, which is almost always correct:

“Several islands—Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island, and small portions of Alameda island, Red Rock Island, and Angel Island are part of the city.”

So, here it is, from Twin Peaks. The foreground shows the eastern part of S.F.  and the background shows where San Francisco has a sliver of the old Alameda Naval Air Station. It’s the area right by the boat, see? If there’s a fire there, that would be the responsibility of San Francisco. I’m seriously.

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Here’s a map showing the county line on Alameda in white. And Google shows where they stopped building a landfilled peninisula to the north of the NAS, so as to not encroach upon the City and County of San Francisco.

The More you Know…

[UPDATE: Some better photos are here, under Category #4. The SFFD reference below has to do with something I saw in an SFFD manual, but yes, prolly firefighters in Alameda would help us out in an emergency. This shot from a different angle, from the now-defunct part of the Bay Bridge, shows things well. And yes, as Redditor Eugene says, the military went hog-wild with landfill and went over the pre-existing Alameda/San Francisco border. Like who was going to stop them?]

The Islands of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

The Richmond San Rafael Bridge, famous for still not a having a bike lane after 52 years, has its fair share of islands, including:

Red Rock (is it still for sale?),

East Brother Island (famous for its bed and breakfast and a memorable visit from Danielle Steel and John Traina back in 1992),

And various other Brothers and Sisters

It’s hard to keep these rocks straight, inn’t? 

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Buy Red Rock Island – Most Northern Part of San Francisco is Just $22,000,000

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

[UPDATE: The San Francisco Mission District’s always-excellent Mission Mission has all the new deets. And welcome, all you FilePile visitors. I see you! Also, I Know What You Did Last Summer.]

This is your chance to own beautiful Red Rock Island, now listed for just $22 million by Santa Rosa’s Steven Higbee. Imagine owning your own private Alcatraz! Per the shill:

“…the ONLY privately held island in the San Francisco Bay….out of the fog belt just south of the San Rafael/ Richmond Bridge…six acres, 175 feet high…views spectacular…just eight miles to Fisherman’s Wharf…” 

From the Richmond San Rafael Bridge:

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If you lived here, you’d be home by now 

You want. Make an offer why not? You’d only have to sell 38,000 shares at current valuations. Then you’d be a part of history and NPR would want to put you on the FM radio too.

What’s in it for you? Well, you could try to develop it.  Might be a bit of a hassle dealing with three different counties but think of all the manganese you’d be able to sell after you’re done leveling the island with dynamite or something. You’d make big bucks.

Plus, they’ll probably even throw in the island’s home page to sweeten the deal. The website has all the photos you’d want of your new home

Perché no?