Posts Tagged ‘san rafael’

You Gotta Go See “The Armstrong Lie,” the Lance-Armstrong-Is-A-Liar Film – It’s Riveting

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I’ll tell you, it was mesmerizing seeing this jackass up on the big screen, spinning away on clear (and yet not so clear) old-school analog* film.

And he’s still lying about his more recent issues, having to do with the statue of militations. So his big Oprah confession was a lie as well? News to me.

Anyway, this one will stay with you.

Current sked below.

*I think they went with digital for other parts of this movie

601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA
2:40‎  ‎5:00‎  ‎7:20pm‎

 

1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA
‎6:45‎  ‎9:15pm‎

 

Is There a Bay Area Transit Rail Project Being Built Right Now That Could Actually Be Useful? Yes, the Sonoma-Marin SMART Train

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I guess they’re building this?

Anyway, they’re advertising it these days, for some reason.

Check it.

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Basically, it’s going to be like a mini-BART* but for the North Bay – news to me.

And unlike massively-expensive California High Speed Rail project, we can actually afford the SMART train.

And unlike the useless Central Subway federal pork subway-to-nowhere project in Chinatown, SMART has the potential to benefit its riders.

Hurray!

*Speaking of which, BART to Livermore and/or San Jose, those projects also sound like they could be useful in the future, I don’t know.  

OMG, the New Mitsubishi i Cars are Here – All-Electric Fleet Vehicles Come to City CarShare

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Well, here it is:

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All the deets:

“Mitsubishi Motors Makes First Fleet Delivery of the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) to Bay Area’s City CarShare

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8, 2011  – Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), along with San Rafael Mitsubishi, conducted the very first fleet delivery of the all-new 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i to the California Bay Area’s City CarShare in a special ceremony held at the Green Vehicle Showcase located in front of San Francisco City Hall Plaza on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.

City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the help of several other local nonprofits and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Their mission is to promote innovative mobility options to improve the environment and the quality of life in the Bay Area. By providing short-term access to cars City CarShare is reducing traffic congestion, parking problems and dependence on oil while promoting cleaner air and quieter streets.

“We are very pleased to introduce the all electric Mitsubishi i into our fleet. This vehicle brings us one step closer toward our goal of having 50% of our fleet run on alternative fuel as part of our mission to decrease carbon emissions in the Bay Area,” said Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare.

Numerous fleet orders have already been placed for the innovative, environmentally-friendly and fun-to-drive Mitsubishi i by a wide variety of organizations – multinational corporations, municipalities large and small, major utilities and nonprofit organizations – from New York to Hawaii.

“We thank the Bay Area’s City CarShare for being the first fleet recipient of our innovative 100% electric-powered vehicle,” said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). “City CarShare’s stated goals are to help promote modes of personal transportation that help improve the environment while reducing noise pollution as well as fossil fuel dependence, so the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the perfect vehicle to help achieve this nonprofit’s ambitious mission.”

The 2012 Mitsubishi i is the first of several new advanced, alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans on bringing to the North American market in the next few years.

For more information about the 2012 Mitsubishi i, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and i.mitsubishicars.com; for fleet sales information on Mitsubishi’s electric vehicle please log on to mitsubishicars.com/iMiEVfleet.

More information on the Bay Area’s City CarShare can be found at citycarshare.org.

SOURCE  Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.”

SFO’s New Terminal Two Will Be “Sustainable?” Sign Up Now For the T2 Kick-Off on April 9th – Party With 11 Thin White People

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Here are the bus ads around town these days.

See? Terminal 2 has arrived. April, 2011

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Now, is this something to get excited about?

Well, as always, You Make The Call. Hey, why not show up for the FREE SFO T2 Community Open House on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 and decide for yourself.

But hurry, they’re running out of the tickets that you all will need to get in. Check it:

(As promised, there are 11 thin White People on the invite page. Count them for yourself, why not? Where’s Waldo ‘n stuff.)

As you might have expected, Inside Scoop’s Paolo Lucchesi is all over the food sitch at our new T2. All’s I can say is that it all should be pretty pricey, but, prove me wrong, SFO, prove me wrong.

Now, leaving aside the big picture of labeling anything to do with jet travel sustainable,* I’m a little baffled as to how a “cage-free” egg is a “sustainable” egg, but oh well.

All the deets:

Concessions Program

The airport expects its food and beverage tenants to provide sustainable food to the greatest extent possible.  Expectations include using:
  • organic, local products
  • organic or natural meats
  • rBST-free dairy products
  • cage-free antibiotic eggs
  • sustainable seafood
  • fairly traded organic coffee
  • non-modified agricultural products
  • no artificial color, flavor or additives
  • non-hydrogenated oils
  • biodegradable to-go containers and utensils
  • compostable bio-resin or paper bottles for water
  • low- or no-phosphate detergents.

As with other tenants, SFO’s concession tenants are encouraged to use green building materials for their facilities and will be required to recycle and compost.”

O.K. fine.

I don’t know, I’m used to hearing all this overblown stuff from SFO. So it’s like yes, SFO  was ready for the long-delayed Airbus A380 superjumbo, but so what. And yes, Lufthansa will soon be using an A380 from Frankfurt daily, but it burns more fuel than the Boeing 747 it’s replacing, right? Well, the Mayor’s Office and SFO both reported that one wrong. Oh and then QANTAS was supposed to start flying A380s in and out of Millbrae, but, instead, they’re going to bug out of NorCal entirely due to a little corporate welfare (like 3 mil., something like that) from Texas, so maybe the Mayor’s Office and SFO were, once again, wrong/insanely optimistic about that as well?

Remembering when the T2 construction site was a vast ocean of free parking. Good times.

(Man, are they still flying three-decade-out-of-production DC9′s out of SFO? Or that’s a baby McDonnell Douglas MD-80 in the upper left? Can’t tell. No matter, flying dinosaurs they are regardless.)

So, we had a Terminal 2, then we shut it down, and now we’re opening it again. O.K.

Meh.

Make that super-meh.

*Cheap international air travel using relatively cheap dino-juice is “sustainable?” Really? And instead of bringing food to the people, ’cause that’s unsustainable ‘n stuff, we’re bringing people to the food?

All the deets here and after the jump.

SFO: Ask about our recomposure zone!”**

**Srsly. (Call us when the shuttle lands, SFO.)

Anyway:

“SFO T2 Community Open House
Saturday, April 09, 2011 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco, CA

Ticket Information
TYPE ENDS QUANTITY
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out

The City of San Francisco, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Airport Commission invite you to a special Community Open House to celebrate the Grand Opening of Terminal 2, SFO’s dazzling new terminal that elevates air travel to a new level of comfort, relaxation, beauty and fun – and all with a commitment to sustainability.

The Community Open House will feature food and beverage specials from T2′s new tenants, activities and entertainment provided by T2 partners and sponsors and local organizations. Discover how T2 + U = a greener way to travel! Compete in the Skytracker Eco-Challenge and see if you can score enough points to win exciting prizes and gifts, including a fabulous trip for two.

12 noon to 5 pm: Public Admission

Bring the family — this is a FREE event, open to everyone.

FOR MORE DETAILS: flysfo.com/t2opening
Contact: Event Coordinators: Winslow & Associates, Inc.
Phone: (415) 551-5190, Fax: (415) 551-5195,
Email: info@winslowevents.com

 

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Senator Leland Yee Throws Down: Goes to Chinatown, Supports a Nuanced Approach to Shark Fin Soup

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Senator Leland Yee made it clear today that he doesn’t support illegal finning of sharks. But he opposes the idea of an absolute ban on shark fin soup in CA. It’s a “cultural showdown,” don’t you know.

Your State Senator in Chinatown. (Is this hostile territory for him now? It sure wasn’t a few years back, that’s for sure. No matter, they love him in the West Side of town, you ought to see it sometime. He has loads of boosters out there, irregardless of what the politicos of Chinatown say or do. Those voters might come in handy during our next Mayoral election, non?)

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It looks like soup was on the menu at this particular presser, huh?

Don’t know a whole bunch about this issue, excepting for this back in aught-nine and the occasional sidewalk shark sighting you tend to have about town.

All the deets below, plus the minority report from Mssrs. Fong and Huffman, after the jump

“Senator Yee, San Francisco Chinese Restaurants Call for Greater Conservation Efforts, Not Ban on Cultural Cuisine. Yee Says Ban on Shark Fin Soup is the Wrong Answer to a Legitimate Problem

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) joined dozens of San Francisco Chinese restaurants to oppose a bill to ban the sale of shark fin soup and make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, trade, or distribute a shark fin.
 
Yee released the following statement:
 
“I am very concerned with the plight of many shark species and the illegal shark fining trade.  That is why I support the federal law that bans the practice of killing sharks only for their fins and I would support state legislation to strengthen it.  I would also support legislation to create greater penalties for and enforcement of illegally killing sharks or selling any product from an endangered species. 
 
However, the proposed state law to ban all shark fins from consumption – regardless of species or how they were fished or harvested – is the wrong approach and an unfair attack on Asian culture and cuisine.   Some sharks are well-populated and many can and should be sustainably fished.
 
Unfortunately, this proposal is just the latest assault on Asian cultural cuisine.  Last week, we had to fight a proposal at the California Fish and Game Commission that would have banned frog and turtle consumption.  I had to pass legislation last year just to allow for the production of Asian rice noodles, and similar bills were needed to allow for Korean rice cakes.  There have also been previous efforts to end live food markets, roasted duck, and several other cultural staples.
 
Rather than launch just another attack on Asian American culture, the proponents of the ban on shark fin soup should work with us to strengthen conservation efforts.”
 
Demonstrating Yee’s steadfast commitment to environmental protection, this past week he earned a 100 percent voting record with the California League of Conservation Voters.  Yee was one of only two senators to receive perfect scores on every environmental scorecard in 2010, including the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action. 

PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY
Senator Yee, San Francisco Chinese Restaurants Oppose Ban on Shark Fin Soup
Yee calls for greater conservation efforts, not ban on cultural cuisine

WHAT:Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) will joined dozens of San Francisco restaurants to oppose a bill to ban the sale of shark fin soup and make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, trade, or distribute a shark fin. Yee is calling for greater conservation efforts including greater penalties for and enforcement of illegally killing sharks, but believes the proposed state law to ban all shark fins from consumption – regardless of species or how they were fished or harvested – is the wrong approach and an unfair attack on Asian culture and cuisine. Some sharks are well-populated and many can be sustainably fished.

WHO:Senator Leland Yee

Bill Lee, Far East Cafe

Willy Ng, Koi Palace
Timothy Lee, Imperial Palace
Hon So, New Asia Restaurant
Elaine Chiu, Grand Place Restaurant
Kon Hung Chan, South Sea Seafood Village
Michael Ou, The Kitchen
Henry Cheung, Charlie Seafood Inc.
Michael Kwong, Hop Woo Co., Ltd.
Best Trade Company
Paul Lee, City Super

WHERE:Far East Café
631 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, California

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OMG, Old-School Cal Park Tunnel in Marin Reopens Friday December 10th! Join the Bicycle Procession

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition wants you to come out tomorrow Friday, December 10th, 2010 to help kick off the Cal Park Bicycle Tunnel.

Learn all about bicycle tunnels in the Great White North right here from Dick Spotswood

From this…

…to this:

See you there!

“The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) invites the public to join in the celebration of the completion of the Cal Park Tunnel, a $27 million alternative transportation facility. The tunnel will provide a safe, easy and fast connection between San Rafael and Larkspur for bicyclists and pedestrians and will eventually accommodate the SMART train.

A ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the County of Marin and SMART will take place at the south portal (near the Century Larkspur Landing movie theater) at 3 pm on Friday, December 10, followed by bike rides through the tunnel and a post-event gathering at Marin Brewing Company.

Join us for this momentous occasion as we celebrate the completion of a major gap in Marin’s bicycle network and the North-South Greenway. The Cal Park Tunnel has been a vision of MCBC since the organization formed 12 years ago and for local bike advocates for at least a decade prior to our incorporating. The conversion of an old railroad tunnel for bicycle and pedestrian use was a dream that’s been realized, and we encourage everyone to come celebrate this major accomplishment.

Join a bicycle procession to the Cal Park Tunnel opening!

Mill Valley

1:45 pm – Above Category
1:55 pm – Tam Bikes
2:00 pm – WTB
2:10 pm – Mill Valley Bike Path at Sycamore (near sewer treatment)
2:35 pm – REI Corte Madera

Fairfax

1:30 pm – Fairfax Cyclery
1:35 pm – Sunshine Bicycles
1:45 pm – The Bicycle Works
1:50 pm – Paradigm Cycles
1:50 pm – 3 Ring Cycles
2:00 pm – Caesar’s Cyclery
2:10 pm – Breaking Away Bicycles
2:15 pm – Village Peddler

Novato

1:30 pm – Classcycle
2:15 pm – California Bike N Bean
2:30 pm – Mike’s Bikes

San Francisco

11:45 am – San Francisco Ferry Building

These Labrador Retriever Pups from San Rafael are Sad ‘Cause You Haven’t Yet Donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind

Monday, December 6th, 2010

See how sad these little gun dogs look?

Won’t you help them?

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Via Niall Kennedy

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.

Pinups for Purpose Calendar: 13 Bay Area Breast Cancer Survivors Showcased

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Here’s what they’re doing up in Marin County – they’re selling the Pinups for Purpose calendar in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Now, mark your calendar for this:

“The 2010 Pinups for Purpose Calendar launch event takes place on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Martin Lawrence Gallery, 366 Geary Street, SF from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.”

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Here are the deets:

“The 2010 Pinups for Purpose Calendar featuring Bay Area breast cancer survivors is the culmination of the vision of Jeanette Vonier, the San Rafael-based creative force behind Elegant Images Photography. Specializing in fine art portraiture of families, individuals and romantic boudoir, Vonier conceived the idea of featuring breast-cancer survivors in a playful and elegant photographic style inspired by the pinup imagery of Gil Elvgren and the internationally renowned illustrator, Alberto Vargas.

“The portrayal of these courageous women and one man, all breast cancer survivors, posing with humor–and a touch of sexiness–harkens back to a more innocent and gentle time in our American history, the Forties and Fifties. The execution of the calendar project took a year to complete, and its purpose is to raise funds to benefit Bay Area Breast Cancer Charities. The 2010 Pinups for Purpose Calendar launch event takes place on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Martin Lawrence Gallery, 366 Geary Street, SF from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Entrance fee is the price of the calendar!”

More deets, after the jump.

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7th Annual San Francisco Avon Walk for Breast Cancer a Huge Success

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

More than 2700 walkers raised more than $6 million this weekend in the 7th Annual San Francisco Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Sign up by tonight for the 2010 walk and save $20 off the registration fee.

Here’s a team in Golden Gate Park. Click to expand:

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And here’s the finish line at Speedway Meadow, the place where the 2009 Golden Gate Renaissance Faire won’t happen this year. Check the photos.

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Each walker raised at least $1800 in donations from friends. If they didn’t come up with all the dough, then they committed to pay the remainder from their own credit cards. Thusly:

“If you have not yet met your donation minimum you may choose the deferred commitment option to guarantee the minimum donation amount.  A deferred commitment is your promise to fundraise for two months after the event in order to meet your minimum of $1,800.”

(That’s a lot of commitment.)

Speaking of which, check out the Yelp ratings – five stars each from the eleven committed alpha females of course, but only three stars from the sole dude, who points out a little history of the event involving Dan Pallotta and Pallotta Teamworks:

“Litigation lasted until 2005, w/ Avon being awarded $19,525,639.00 of it’s $20 million counterclaim. The court determined that Pollatta had lost money running some of the AIDS Rides & used the profitable Breast Cancer Walk money to pay for losses. A few days after the news the company abruptly laid off its entire staff nationwide & closed the doors.”

Hmmm. Rumors, accusations, and finger-pointing abounded when people found out how much of the money raised was being used to pay Pallotta Teamworks for organizing events all over the country. Of course, Mr. Pallotta defended his thesis about how ya gotta spend money to make money, or something like that. Regardless, there was a backlash against Pallotta and his Lexus and his large HQ, and so, Pallotta Teamworks ain’t putting on the show no mo. Anyway…

Congratulations to all the walkers! See you next year!

More deets after the jump. 

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