Posts Tagged ‘shut down’

Frisco’s 2.5 Yelp-Starred RAINFOREST CAFE at Fisherman’s WHARF Just SHUT DOWN with NO NOTICE to EMPLOYEES

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Crowd-sourced Yelp knows the score, already:

Yelpers report this location has closed.

And Redditors, there were the first to report:

Rainforest Cafe at Fisherman’s Wharf evidently closed overnight. Anyone know what happened?

But let’s go to the official website – Frisco is GONE-ZO, leaving Cali with just two locations, both in SoCal:

Capturefsdfdddg

But hey, wasn’t this outfit advertising for new employees just a couple Scaramuccis ago? Yes, on the craigslist:

Capturelikjholih

And yet, there was zero notice to the employees, some of whom are laboring today to clean the place up and do inventory.

Mmmm, what happened? Well, here’s a clue from Alyssa Pereira earlier this year:

Captureoluihoiujh

And there you have it.

Marketing 101: Don’t Call Your LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS until AFTER They are Built

Friday, September 29th, 2017

‘Cause not everybody agrees that what our Richmond District needs is (any?) (more?) LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS.

The Alexandria? Man, I saw E.T. here, man!* 

7J7C8967 copy

And I’m not exactly sure what LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS are, actually. (And even non-LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS can go for over a million dollars these days.)

In closing, SORT OF OUTER RICHMOND LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS FEVER – CATCH IT!

*Uh, the 20th Anniversary Edition with police guns replaced with flashlights, as I’m just a quasi old-timer, consarnit.

Forlorn, 2.5 Yelp-Starred Western Addition Taco Bell/KFC is Now Beloved, 4.5-Starred JANE THE BAKERY

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Can you see the fast food traces, like the blackened KFC Bucket on the left or the Taco Bell bell on the awning on the right?

Anyway, it’s JANE THE BAKERY now. (It’s just like ALICE THE RADIO STATION or TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, non? And it reminds me of SPORK, which wore its Valencia Street Taco Bell heritage proudly, back in the day.)

7J7C0297 copy

The Yelp-ers seem to love it.

Perhaps you yourself will form a Jane’s Addiction soon…

“1881 Geary Boulevard at Steiner
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 658-7971

info@itsjane.com

Open daily from
7am–6pm”

See you there!

Rainbow Falls at Rest and Rainbow Falls Back in Action, Under Drake’s Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Here’s the way things used to be in Golden Gate Park:

il_fullxfull.907053442_79lr copy

And here’s yesterday morning:

7J7C0079 copy

And here’s yesterday afternoon:

7J7C0088 copy

Maintenance, I guess.

Oh, and this

“There may be a reason for its lack of visibility. The city of San Francisco had to sell off the large Mount Davidson cross after a 1990 lawsuit declared it to be a violation of California constitution. The same may indeed apply to the Prayer Book cross, were anyone able to see it.”

…is exactly correct, and for two reasons:

  1. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind – Old Rec and Park (pictured below) doesn’t want to deal with the Establishment Clause, OH HELL NO. So, the less this cross gets seen, the less likely it is to cause consternation.
  2. It’s Part Of The Legal Standard – So judges and juries just might scrutinize images to see how much this cross is IN YO FACE. The more out-of-the-way it is, the more likely it is to be allowed. Trees are a factor, as they were in the Mt. Davidson case.

Our RPD has other fish to fry these days, of course.

(The biggest thing this cross has going for it is that it’s old. It’s History. Otherwise it wouldn’t be allowed on Public Land.)

And of course, Thurston and Lovey aren’t ACTUALLY Rec and Park Commissioners…

687qc3-copy

…but they might as well be. I don’t think they’d vote any different than the average commish.

Anyway, Get Out And Play in GGP – it’s Archbishop of Canterbury-approved.

 

Surprise: A $3.2 Million(!) Renovation Will SHUT DOWN the Panhandle Playground for about Two(!) Years

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Whoo boy:

Capturedfsdgghghdd

This process started in late 2014. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President called a $2 million earmarking an “early Christmas present” for her District Five. That means that this is going to end up taking a full half-decade.

But that’s not the problem.

The problem is that RPD should just take care of the stuff it has instead of building all-new stuff.

So, some generally well-meaning non-profit people came around with clipboards telling people that the current Panhandle Playground, paid for by a $100,000 grant from (old) General Motors, gets a grade of “C” or “D” and the first thing people did is ask why. About half of them would give an “A” grade, and then say that Rec and Park should do a better job of maintenance.

And actually PEOPLE LIKE ALL THE SAND.

But one of the points of this project is getting rid of the sand. It’s a citywide goal. So it’s kind of sad that the people who want the city to simply keep this playground the way it is butjust take better care of it always ask about the sand issue. The answer I hear from the generally well-meaning nonprofit types is that sand has parasites, from cats. Well, that might be true in general but it’s not true at this location, which has more rats than cats, as you can see:

7J7C8993-copy

Another point is getting rid of the Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) in the wood. Well, again, this is a citywide goal that some have. Check out the Wiki link. Avoid studies by/from the CCA / timber industry. IRL, if there’s arsenic in your kid, it’s not from CCA. Sry.

So what else – oh, what’s also sad is that people don’t understand that the existing playground would have to shut down for more than a year as the new playground has to go in at the same place.

And questions about all these issues are addressed to those who are getting paid to put in a new playground. The question about whether a playground should be put in was never asked.

So, CLOSING THIS PLAYGROUND FOR TWO YEARS FOR BASICALLY NO REASON WILL BE UNPOPULAR (TO SAY THE LEAST) WITH EXISTING USERS. Go over there and ask them – say, yeah, they’re going shut this place down for two years to get rid of all the sand. The most popular reply you’ll get is, “Oh no, that’s terrible, I like the sand.”

And, THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT THE NEW PLAYGROUND WILL BE BETTER THAN THE EXISTING ONE. This issue could go either way. The new playground will implement Theories Of Playing, but, guess what, so did the old one. Has Play changed so much the past two decades?

Also, ISN’T $3.2 MILLION A LOT OF MONEY TO PUT INTO A SMALL PLAYGROUND AREA? This isn’t the big beef, but it’s a a factor.

The BEST CHOICE would be to fix up the existing playground with just a small fraction of 3.2 freaking million dollars. And take another fraction and use it to pay the RPD workers who come by to rake the sand. And then do something else with the remaining millions.

The SECOND BEST CHOICE would be to site the playground in a different place. That would address the primary problem of the two year shutdown.

The THIRD BEST CHOICE would be to delay this project for another three years, or for another couple decades.

I realize that people at the Parks Alliance want to do things for the children, but what they’re ending up doing is shutting down their playground for a couple of years for basically no reason.

Parks & Wrecked: Arson Fire Burns Large Playground Structure at Koret in GGP – Photos

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

[UPDATE: Oh, per Andy Bosselman of Hoodline, the arson occurred early this morning.]

Here’s the news, via Peter Chu:

Who burns a playground?

And:

Vandals strike playground in SF’s Golden Gate Park By Evan Sernoffsky

So now the largest play structure at five-star Yelp-rated Koret Children’s Quarter(s) in Golden Gate Park is shut down. And the part that is burned, with the slides and roofs, is connected to the climbing pole / pyramid you can see here on the right, and they’re connected to a few other things as well. All roped off:

7J7C5033 copy

So that’s it for the bigger kids play area at Koret now, and for a long time it looks like.

7J7C5034 copy

Look at the black burned out area underneath. Guzzoline? IDK. There used to be an enclosed slide on the left here – it’s all gone now.

7J7C5018 copy

I’m thinking this is a teardown. I’m thinking this will take months to fix.

Anyway, here are a few shots, showing the melted meltiness, some porno for pyros:

7J7C5020 copy

7J7C5021 copy

7J7C5022 copy

7J7C5024 copy

7J7C5025 copy

7J7C5027 copy

7J7C5028 copy

7J7C5029 copy

7J7C5030 copy

IMG_5019 copy

IMG_5020 copy

IMG_5022 copy

IMG_5023 copy

IMG_5024 copy

IMG_5025 copy

Lyft Driver Gets Busted by a Park Ranger for Driving on JFK on a Healthy / Shut Down Sunday

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

This was on a “Healthy Sunday,” or a Shut Down Sunday, or a Car-Free Sunday, or whatever you call it when the eastern part of JFK gets shut down on a Sunday. Deets from the RPD: GOLDEN GATE PARK ROAD CLOSURES.

Anyway, I assume that was the trouble here:

7J7C1089 copy

“On Sundays and all holidays, John F Kennedy Drive (JFK) is closed from the East End (Kezar Drive) to Transverse Drive and on Saturdays from April through September, JFK is closed to vehicle traffic from 8th Ave to Transverse Drive.”

The Trouble with Shutting Off JFK Drive To Vehicles But Then Allowing Vehicles

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

THe vehicles generally go slow though, so that’s good.

7J7C0192 copy

Rec and Park Cancels Spring – But Here’s What Alamo Square Looks Like from the Wrong Side of the Fence

Friday, March 24th, 2017

I understand how it served RPD to shut down practically all of Alamo Square for more than a year, but I don’t agree with it.

7J7C9129 copy

What I See Versus What’s Actually In This Ad – THE POPE’S PLAZA, North Beach, USA

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Here’s what I see:

A billboard for IN-N-OUT BURGER. Then I see Pizza Saint Francis. Then I see THE POPE’S PLAZA. And then I see pizzasf.org.

20160719_133959-copy

Of course if we wanted to, we could shut down the street in front of every religious-oriented building all over town.

If we wanted to…

A WELL-INTENDED BUT EXTREMELY FLAWED PLAN TO CLOSE VALLEJO STREET HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR THE BLOCK BETWEEN GRANT AVENUE AND VALLEJO STREET

While our neighborhood is all for street improvements and more open space, the Developer’s design would permanently close off critical access in and out of the North Beach/Telegraph Hill community.  The development, which has been talked about in limited circles for years, has suddenly moved forward with no public participation in design or intent.  Many in the community have only recently learned about the development and significant concern has been raised regarding traffic, design, safety, and maintenance.  Despite this, the Developer, who doesn’t live in our neighborhood, has not made an effort to respond to these issues and has attempted to have the development approved through the back door with minimal community outreach.  Only recently have public meetings been held and, despite large numbers at each event expressing their unhappiness with the Developer’s plan, the Developer has rejected the idea of modifying the proposal to allow maintaining Vallejo as a functioning street.  As a result, SOS VALLEJO has been formed to Save Our Street and provide our neighborhood a voice to express its concern and work with the Developer to come up with a design that works for everyone.