Posts Tagged ‘rename’

Who in SF Will Dare to Propose Renaming a Street for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The news of the day:

China decries call in U.S. to name street after jailed Tiananmen dissident

Boy, it wouldn’t take too much effort from a few members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to hop on this particular bandwagon.

Mmmm…

Now, which street to rename?

Hey, how about Laguna, the location of our Chinese Consulate? My, wouldn’t that be “provocative?”

In related news, here’s what a small stretch of Laguna looks like now, right in front of the consulate – see the brand-new NO STOPPING  ANY TIME signs?

They’re also on Geary, so that means the Western Addition has lost maybe ten parking spaces, in the name of security, one supposes.

Actually, I’m surprised that parking lasted as long as it did, as it was such an obvious security issue.

On It Goes…

The Craziest Billboard Ever: “Visit Beautiful Island! Dodko, Korea!” – Insincerely Looming Over the I-80 in SoMA

Friday, August 30th, 2013

All right, here we go:

“The Liancourt Rocks … are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan.”

Visiting these rocks for just 20 minutes, maximum, would involve a two lengthy flights* and then a 14-hour round-trip boat ride.

So this billboard, which is getting a lot of attention in South Korea, isn’t to promote tourism, it’s to promote politics:

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So it’s just like this one** (that used to be near AT&T Park?) that was put up by a Yelp three-star dentist from San Jose, who*** probably charges too much money if he has the spare cash to produce ineffectual billboards like these.

Which is fair enough.

I s’pose.

Now the thing about the “East Sea” is that every sea is an east sea, right? So we should rename the Atlantic Ocean the East Ocean because that’s how it seems from our perspective? And without Japan, the Sea of Japan would just be the Pacific Ocean, right?

All right, I’ll just sit back and wait for the invasion of the Liancourt Rocks, which is never going to happen, but if it did, it would go a little something like this.

All the deets:

“The Liancourt Rocks, also known as Dokdo or Tokto (독도/獨島, literally “solitary island”) in Korean, and Takeshima (たけしま/竹島?, literally “bamboo island”) in Japanese,[1] are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan.” 

* Crew Resource Management optional?

** Significant? No. Nobody cared about the World Baseball Classic, 90% of San Franciscans have no knowledge of it.

*** Am I supposed to know what “Top Best *8*” means? I don’t.

If Willie Brown Wants Us to Start Naming Monuments After Him, Why Not Let’s Start With This 17 Foot Tall Monolith on Bush?

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

This street billboard / newsstand is unused and obsolete these days so why don’t we name it after shadow-Mayor Willie Brown?

You know, instead of SFO or the Golden Bridge or Market Street or whatever else he can cook up.

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And I think it was WB who engineered this poorly-negotiated ad deal in the first place….

If Lech Walesa Doesn’t Like Gay People, Then Why Does San Francisco Honor Him with Lech Walesa Street?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

The News of the Day:

“Walesa said in a television interview on Friday that he believed gay people had no right to sit on the front benches in parliament and, if there at all, should sit in the back ‘or even behind a wall’.”

And here is Lech Walesa Street, off of famous-for-its-gay-people Polk Street, near famous-for-its gay-people Market Street, and just a half-block from world-famous San Francisco City Hall:

The former Ivy Street, at Polk:

Here It Is: “NANCY PELOSI DRIVE” – San Francisco, CA – Formerly Known as Pork Barrel Parkway

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Enjoy:

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I don’t know, is this a thank you for all the fed money we’re getting for the wasteful Central Subway?

Perhaps.

Next stop, Willie L. Brown Jr. Boulevard!

Thank you, drive through.

Uh, shouldn’t we wait until people die before honoring their legacy? 

I think so.

Otherwise you end up with something like Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti International Airport, with Uday Terminal and Qusay Terminal, right?

(Incidentally, Willie Brown was behind a push to change the name of SFO to Willie Brown International back in the 1990′s. I’m srlsy. Then the airport people came back with a study showing how the IATA code letters SFO constituted one of the world’s best-known “brands.” So that was the end of that proposal. But the impulse is the same, in’nt?  The desire to have one’s name all over the place, statues, busts and the like. How sad!)

Unrest in the “Sunshine Belt” – The Plan to Rename Valencia Street “South Market” Street, From Back in 1935

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Is there any group of people more short-sighted than San Francisco’s always-up-in-arms small-time bidnessmen and bidnesswomen? (Why yes - the Supervisors who sometimes do their bidding.)

Anywho, somehow, back in the day, a crazy idea to rename one of the Streets of San Francisco was not put into action, so that’s why we call Valencia Street Valencia Street today.

Check it:

Click to expand. Via Eric Fischer Hey, you know how much money we give away for crappy public art that nobody likes except the “artist” who made $$$$ making the public art? We ought to give some of that to Eric Fischer just so we are assured that he keeps up his efforts. Or we could give him 100K a year, cheaper than a meter maid but so much more valuable…

QANTAS Abandons S.F. for Texas – No More Qantas Rolls-Royce Ka-Booms over the 415 – SFO’s Airbus A380 Cargo Cult

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

How long has it been since three-star-rated former Mayor Gavin Newsom left office – has it been a week or two? Well, we’ll leave that to the judges and justices ‘n stuff, but, irregardless, it’s been long enough* for Qantas Airways Limited to announce that its abandoning the San Francisco Bay Area, g’night, mate.

Why? Well it’s ’cause they’ve been losing mad dollars on non-stop flights betwixt SFO and Cindy, Australia for donkey’s years. Enough is enough they figure, so future flights from Down Under will alight in Dallas, Texas. (Some Bay area travel(l)ers are not amused, not at all.)

Now, weren’t we due for superjumbo Airbus A380 double-decker service by now for those non-stop flights to Oz? Oh yes, but instead of getting that, we’re losing the non-stop, regular-jumbo Boeing 747-400 service we have now. I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking how could this be, San Francisco is a “natural amphitheater,” a “world-class” city even. Well, not anymore, or at least SFO isn’t a “world-class” airport anymore.

However, there’s a silver lining. You see, them Rolls-Royce engines, those RB211′s and those Trents 500 and up, well they blow up sometimes, ka-boom! Call it an “uncontained failure” they do. And QANTAS well, that’s pretty much all they run these days, the Rolls-Royce. (Just look at Australia’s national flag, why not, for the reason.) So, less Qantas = less less RR = less ka-boom over our heads.

For example, check out this Qantas flight out of SFO just last summer. It had passed the Farallones with almost full tanks and then, kaboom, Rolls-Royce engine #4 exploded. Oh well. Everybody made it back safe tho. Check it on the YouTube.

Flight 74 getting a little sparky high above the deep briny – not what you want to see looking out your window. Time to dump your avgas and circle back to Millbrae:

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I hear you, you’re saying that’s the old Rolls-Royce. But, you know, that Qantas A380 engine that blewed up just after leaving Singapore late last year, that’s the new RR – indeed, that was a fairly recent vintage Trent 900 engine that destroyed itself. Oh well. The Aussie A380s have been patched up and now Qantas is flying them as far as they want again, to Los Angeles among other places. But not very long after the flights started again, yet another Qantas Rolls Royce engine went kaboom - this one was a contained failure, so that’s some consolation, anyway. Check it:

“A Qantas spokeswoman said yesterday the Rolls-Royce RB-211 engine would be replaced and the aircraft would be in service shortly. She said the latest incident involving Qantas jets and Rolls-Royce engines did not indicate any pattern of trouble. ”We certainly don’t view it that way at all,’ the spokeswoman said.”

O.K. fine. Whatever you say, lady.

Now with the SFO cargo cult. Leave us review:

“Cargo cult activity increased significantly during and immediately after World War II, when the residents of these in some Pacific islands observed the Japanese and American combatants bringing in large amounts of material. When the war ended, the military bases closed and the flow of goods and materials ceased. In an attempt to attract further deliveries of goods, followers of the cults engaged in ritualistic practices such as building crude imitation landing strips, aircraft and radio equipment, and mimicking the behaviour that they had observed of the military personnel operating them.”

See where I’m going here? Didn’t we just get done re-doing SFO so that we could handle five or six A380 superjumbos at a time? Hells yes! We saw a few test runs from aircraft with Airbus, Emirates and Qantas livery over the past few years.**

But those big metal birds didn’t come back.

No cargo for us.

So am I saying that it was a stupid idea for SFO to prepare for the Age of the Super Jumbo Jet? No, not really. I don’t know all the deets of how things costed out, and who knows, it wasn’t impossible that official San Francisco’s dream of somehow besting Los Angeles could have eventually worked out. But if you could have seen how proud SFO officials were of their A380-only, double decker jet bridges in the new International Terminal back in the day, well, you’d be thinking cargo cult too.

Who knows what the future will bring. International air travel will increase like gangbusters over the coming decade, so we’ll probably get some use out of those dusty double-decker jetways sooner or later. And maybe then Qantas will be back, with or without A380s. (The Q has abandoned us before, and we made do.) Or maybe Emirates will get a little more MPG from the non-Rolls-Royce, American-made GP7200 engines on their A380s so they’ll be able to make a non-stop superjumbo hop to the Bay Area from the Mid-East. Maybe.

(And maybe by that time SFO will be called Willie Lewis  Brown Jr. International Airport, I’m seriously, that’s what the other former Mayor of SF wants, he wants us to chuck the extremely well-known SFO moniker for WLB. Can you imagine?)

Anywho, if you want to go Sydney after May 2011, your only choice will be United Airlines. Now, that flight is on an old jet that the President of United says is “unacceptable,” but at least you don’t have to fly to Los Angeles on your way Down Under.

So long, Qantas.

*They waited a only a few days – what a joke!

**Man, what a load this was:

“Sensitive to the politically charged nature of outsourcing and offshoring, the Airbus chairman for North America, Allan McArtor, said 50 percent of the A380′s components are being made in the United States. McArtor hailed the new aircraft as quieter and more fuel efficient than wide-body jetliners of the past. Final assembly of the plane will be done in Toulouse, with the first test flights scheduled for next year.”

50% American content? Absolutely not. There’s a bit of American content in A380′s (some of them have more and some less) but it ain’t nowhere near 50% and there’s no way it could have been 50%. Airbus is run by the Euros – why would they go out of their way to employ Americans?

“G’Day Airbus!  Qantas A380 Arrives at SFO

Qantas' A380 arrives at the International Terminal“On January 14, 2009, SFO welcomed Qantas Airways’ new A380 as it arrived from Sydney – the first Airbus A380 to bring scheduled passengers to SFO. The aircraft’s arrival was celebrated with a party at its gate in the International Terminal.   Sponsored by Tourism Australia, the party featured Australian music, meat pies and sausage rolls, and a kangaroo.

The International Terminal, which opened in December 2000, was specifically designed to easily handle the arrivals and departures of large capacity airplanes such as the A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world.

SFO’s International Terminal, with the country’s only built-in A380-ready gates, is the future for comfortable and convenient international air travel,” said John L. Martin, Director of San Francisco International Airport. “We welcome visitors from our sister city, Sydney, and look forward to offering regularly scheduled Airbus flights and connections for all of our international visitors.”

The International Terminal features five gates that can be used by the A380 – three with double loading bridges and two with triple loading bridges. SFO was the first airport in the United States to offer triple loading bridges. The third loading bridge extends to the A380’s top deck, which allows the aircraft’s 500-plus passengers to be conveniently and directly loaded or off-loaded from the gate to the aircraft in 40 minutes – approximately the same time it takes to load a 747-400. Moreover, SFO can accommodate a rapid turnaround for the Airbus. SFO is the only airport in the United States with such a high level of built-in readiness.

Qantas currently offers daily nonstop service between SFO and Sydney on its 747-400 aircraft. The airline plans to bring its A380 aircraft to San Francisco on a regular basis in the next few years.

The Reason Why Arguello Isn’t Called First Avenue, Plus Bloggish Snark from a Century Ago, Plus NIMBYs!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Arguello Boulevard used to be called 1st Avenue, back in the day. (That makes sense since it’s right next to 2nd Avenue.) The story of how it got its name changed to honor José Darío Argüello a century ago can be found in the SF History Encyclopedia.

Check it, there was an official San Francisco street renaming commission with a sweeping proposal:

“The scheme called for First Avenue to become Arguello, Second Avenue to become Borcia, Third Avenue to become Coronado, continuing for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Starting with Twenty-seventh Avenue, the streets would be designated by male or female saints, starting with San Antonio and ending with Santa Ynez at Forty-Seventh Avenue. Unable to find Spanish saints with names beginning with K, Q, W, X or Z, they chose first Alcatraz, then Ayala for Forty-eighth Avenue and La Playa for Forty-ninth Avenue.”

See? So when you talk about your favorite new restaurant on the 200-block of Clement, just tell your friends the joint is between Borcia and Coronado – they’ll love it.

This cartoon from the ‘Xam certainly is irreverent, borderline snarky:

And The Embarcadero used to be called East Street?

“Lost! Lost in barbarous Mexico”

But the renaming scheme ran into a little blowback from racist NIMBY landed gentry residents and insular neighborhood associations, much as it would today.

“The neighborhood newspaper, The Richmond Banner, editorialized on November 19: “If the wishes of the twelve of our “patriotic” supervisors are carried out, our Sunset and Richmond districts will soon be known as the Spanish Town of San Francisco, and ‘The Spanish will then have taken San Francisco’ notwithstanding Dewey’s victory at Manila Bay several years ago.” The editorial contrasted the twelve who voted for the name changes against the five “true Americans” who resisted the proposal to “Spaniardize” the districts. “The people of Sunset and Richmond are fully aroused and will never submit to the insult and injustice heaped upon them by the majority of the Board of Supervisors.” In closing, the editor pledged, “Sunset and Richmond districts will stand together and fight this miserable surrender of American names to a finish.”

O.K. then.

But, as you probably already know, everything got worked out in a Grand Compromise:

“Bowing to the pressure, the Commission agreed that the avenues could remain unchanged except for First Avenue and Forty-ninth Avenueand the alphabetical cross-streets would be the only other western district streets to be renamed, except for the Geary Street extension. The name of Point Lobos was removed from most of the Richmond, but would be given to the curving road that extended from Fortieth Avenue to the Cliff House.”

And here’s the conclusion:

“The street naming of 1909 started with the noblest of motives. It soon took on the atmosphere of a farcical comic opera. The outraged citizenry made exaggerated claims rife with bombastic racism, nationalism and religious partisanship.”

Same As It Ever Was

If We’re Not Going to Rename SFO or Third Street for Willie Brown, What Should We?

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Sometimes new ideas just don’t work out, right? Like Mayor Gavin Newsom’s CultureBus brainchild, for example. So Supervisor Sophie Maxwell’s suggestion that “more public relations work” will somehow get San Franciscams to want to rename Third Street to Willie Way seems absurd.

It’s like saying NBC’s Manimal or Trauma serieseses just needed a little more advertising to succeed.

Sometimes you need to reconsider and move on. (And isn’t this whole thing a little ironic, doncha think?)

Let’s hope San Francisco hasn’t already purchased thousands of these official-looking 3M signs:

Now of course back in the 1990′s, Willie Brown had this big push going to rename SFO to Willie L. Brown Jr. International Airport. Srsly. But that proposal didn’t fly because the name “SFO” was and is a highly-recognized “brand” throughout the world – it’s worth billions, they say.

So, the Question of the Day is this:

What other thing can we name for Willie Brown? What can we give him as a consolation prize when we tell him that Third Street just aint gonna happen?

Now, realize that it can’t be too big but also that it can’t be too small.

Myself, I can’t think of a thing that would satisfy Willie without raising havoc and creating carnage for thousands of little people. Oh well.

The point is that Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. Blvd. is dead.

So think of something else…

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Aspires to be a Roller Derby Referee in Haight Ashbury

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Owing to Program 4 at the San Francisco Ballet, I missed my chance to see Steve Wozniak emcee the Bay City Bombers’ season opener last weekend. But this short vid eases the pain. Will this Apple co-founder join in on the fun in the near future?

You Make The Call.

The Woz at Kezar Pavilion on Stanyan last Saturday:

Your next chance to pay $10 to see banked tracked roller derby comes up May 1st, 2010, when Orlando’s finest rollers come to town.

See you there!