Posts Tagged ‘sacramento’

Incident at COSTCO #144: Irate-Sounding SFMTA PCO vs. a Lyft Driver from Sacramento – “THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T DOUBLE PARK, THAT’S EXACTLY WHY!”

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

So I wondered how would an SFMTA-licensed cabbie drop off a grandmother at America’s First Urban Costco in the SoMA, like wouldn’t that be considered double parking as well?

Anyway, this PCO fiddled with his newfangled ticket giving machine and yelled that phrase at the driver of this Lyft with Sacramento-area license plate holders. One assumes that the driver had just picked up or dropped off on this block of 10th.


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You can bank on this being a real PCO and him loudly yelling this parking advice: “THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T DOUBLE PARK, THAT’S EXACTLY WHY!” But if this was an active Lyfter and whether a ticket was issued to anybody at this time, well, IDK.

This kind of yelling is not something I see every day, and I still don’t know how regular citizens or UBER Lyfters or cabbies are supposed to drop ppl off at Frisco’s Best Store without double parking for a few seconds at least…

Oh well.

Going All In for SB-562, the “Healthy California Act” (2017-2018)

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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SB-562 The Healthy California Act.(2017-2018)

Seattle’s HOMEGROWN Sandwich Chain OPENING SOON at Troubled 222 Battery

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

That was the windup, now here’s the pitch.

They look almost ready to open at this star-crossed building what’s been shut down for years and years, IIRC.

Read all about it at Eater SF


(And the new bay area locations are not to be confused with HOMEGROWN OAKLAND?)

Oh, the Seattle location has surprisingly low Yelp rating, IMO.

Anyway, this was the scene yesterday with the future “Sandwich Partners” getting training inside:



All the deets:

“Say “Hello!” to Homegrown — Coming to the Bay Area in January 2017!

Here at Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches, we believe that even something as simple as a sandwich can do big things in the world. If you share our team’s passion for the environment, sustainability, healthy living and delicious organic foods, we want to hear from you!

Learn more about what it means to be a Partner at Homegrown:

Are you ready to be a part of something BIG? Apply online today. Training begins soon!

About YOU. . .
As a Sandwich Partner, you are the face of Homegrown. You take pride in your work and love being a part of a team who brings smiles to your community with each visit. You are self-motivated and thrive in fast-paced, dynamic, and fun environments. You’re looking for an opportunity to grow with a company who values you and provides real opportunities for advancement. You are an expert at providing exceptional service to our guests, have a passion for great food and strive to make a difference every day. Does this sound like you? Apply today!

Homegrown Benefits:
• A fun, healthy and team-oriented work environment
• Competitive wages and generous tips
• Delicious all-natural organic food — Partners can enjoy a FREE meal during their shift
• Consistent and flexible hours for those looking for a part-time or full-time schedule
• Work-life balance & company sponsored wellness activities throughout the year
• Volunteer opportunities at Homegrown’s local organic farm
• Opportunities to GROW – We love to develop our team and help you to achieve your goals

***Don’t forget to ask about Full-Time Shift Lead opportunities!***”

How Sacramento Handles Letter Grades in Restaurant Windows – And How the GGRA Doesn’t Want It, At All

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Here’s how Sack-Town does it:


You can see the three varieties in the bottom of the image. This is some pretty weak tea.

Fun Diego has a much better approach – real letter grades.

And Frisco, well, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association thinks all its members are above average, so it hasn’t deigned to allow SFGov to impose a letter grade requirement on food places in the 415. So why does the GGRA have such pull? IDK, that’s just the way things are.

Stanford tried showing us the way, but horrible restaurants hold sway.

Oh well.

A New Lunch Place in the Financh: TSUKIJI NO DONBURI-MONO from THE GRUBBIES – $200 for Sea Urchin and Rice?

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I’m taking things slow here. Peasant Pies is gone from 303 Sacramento. In its place is this joint with no seating. This is a real business registered with SFGov.

TSUKIJI suggests Tokyo’s world-famous fish market. Donburi means rice bowl – rice plus something else, in this case seafood. And THE GRUBBIES means I don’t know what.


Now, check out the asking prices. If you want to go hog-wild, you can order UNI  plus rice for $40 to $200(!) – click on the photo to see the prices. Is this meant for more than one person? IDK. I’m not sure how many servings of sea urchin gonads plus rice you’d get. Isn’t this a lot of money for lunch? (In mitigation, you can wash down your meal with a can of soda, for just $1 more.)


I’m not sure if they’re suggesting the seafood is flown in from Japan or if this place is just similar to a Japanese fish market. I’ll tell you, there was a Yoshinoya fast food donburi place what tried to make a go of it about a block away from here. They served inexpensive “beef bowls,” like something a taxi driver would eat on break. They didn’t last long.

But this place is different – it’s expensive, and all seafood AFAICS. It’s not at all on social media AFAIK. It’s terra incognita, foodies!

Have at it.

Our Google/Waze Gods Must Be Crazy: Routing Sacto-Frisco Traffic Through a “ONE LANE ROAD” in the Delta – (But It Worked)

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

I’ll tell you, the way from Sack-Town back to Frisco is the I-80, the Great Freeway Across America. Unless there’s three accidents upon it in your Yolo / Solano (Yolano! Heh) counties area like around Vacaville (Cow-town! That’s how it translates, Amiga).

So then your Google Maps gets a little crazy and suggests that Route 160 will save you 30 minutes. So you think YOLO and then head south on the I-5 and then you exit and then this:

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ONE LANE ROAD? What does that mean?


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So there’s your Montana big sky with a tiny road from rural Hawaii. IMO.

Did I make a wrong turn somewhere? IDTS. I think Google would have told me.

Anyway, the east bay’s El Diablo is your lodestar on this route. Is this Wyoming?

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Sometimes traffic is speeding along on smooth levy roads and other times your jouncing along slowly on bumpy tract roads. And then you make it to Antioch and then it’s freeways the rest of the way.

It’s Route 160. It’s NorCal’s Route 66, sort of…

It’s the Mother Road.

Ugliest Bridge in the World – Spanning the American River with False Arches – Designed by Committee

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Here you go – the arches are decorative-only:

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File this one, this post-tensioned concrete box girder bridge under False Arch.

Sweet Home, Sacramento

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Where skies are blue

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In Birmingham they love the governor/
Boo! Boo! Boo!/
We all did what we could do

A Rational Approach from Sacramento County: “BIKES USE SIDEWALK” – SF Could Allow This in Some Places RIght Now

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Like on Masonic Avenue, for instance:

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Some other places too.

California allows us to make these calls on a case by case basis…

The Stand-Up, Motorized Scooter Gangs of the Western Addition – A Slow Speed Chase on Fell, Oak, Complete with SFPD Pursuit / Escort

Monday, December 21st, 2015

What’s this, a bunch of Bros loudly two-stroking themselves down Oak Street? Sure – you’ll hear them first, from blocks away, and then smell them later, what with the old-fashioned (and these days, widely banned) two-stroke style engines, which literally burn motor oil, by design:

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Here’s a wider view. These Bros hail from the East Bay and the Central Valley, one assumes, based upon their apparel:

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And in the middle of this loud scrum, it’s two members of the SFPD Motor Patrol:

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Were they chasing or escorting – I couldn’t tell.

Later on, this crew tried to regroup on Masonic:

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Now heading west on the sidewalks of Oak:

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Leaving you with this, the last Bro I saw, GoProing his way up Fell:

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