Posts Tagged ‘shut down’

Metal SFMTA Sign: “SCOTT ST. TRAFFIC CIRCULATION CHANGES” – But Shouldn’t It Say “TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS” Instead?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

I think so.

I think the SFMTA, which recently “turned its back on your safety,” wants to shut down part of Scott Street

Oh here we go:

“Scott Street will no longer be a convenient route for driving in the southbound direction.”

What the SFMTA is saying here is:

Scott Street will no longer be a possible route for driving in the southbound direction.

Hey SFMTA, instead of all this, why don’t you say what you mean and mean what you say?

OMG, Remote Controlled Chopper Video of the Best San Francisco Car Driving Video Ever: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Five

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

All right, 27 million YouTube Views later, it’s safe to say that Ken Block’s Gymkhana Five was the best thing to ever hit the 415. See below.

But now, via Spots Unknown, there’e this:

A short video of remote controlled helicopter shots of the making of G5.”

It’s like just 1:44 long. Click on it. Go for it, nobody’s looking. I’ll look out for your boss. You know, in HD.

There you go.

Ah, memories:

“Only 305 Views so far, but this one will end up with tens of millions of viewers, soon enough.

Ten minutes – full screen and 1080p please:

So that’s what was going on when the Bay Bridge was shut down that day.

I’m already looking forward to the director’s cut, you know, with outtakes and errors and broken stuff.

And just for the record, San Francisco Film Commission, the kids these days don’t want to see scripted drama crap like NBC’s Trauma, they want to see something interesting. So the sooner you stop subsidizing crap like NBC’s Trauma, the better off we’ll all be…

“DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco.

Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block’s personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet. For more information check us out at http://www.dcshoes.com/auto

And here’s some context:

Jumping Taylor in a Fiesta. Wow:

And in the Financial, on California, near some fake cable cars:

More in Potrero Hill, on Bike to Work Day 2012:

And again in the Financial, being filmed by a radio-controlled chopper whilst being recorded by a Saturday-working, Financial District Dell Jockey:

And Matier and Ross say that there were donuts being done on the Bay Bridge – did anybody see that?

Teaser #1 – Impressive – Drifting on a Barge – Chopper Shot

Teaser #2 – All Talk, No Action – Dirt Bike injury? – Man, They Sure are Teasing Us

Teaser #3 – Oh Ma Gah – Drifting and Jumping at the Same Time – Is This Possible?

Say Aloha Forever to Hukilau at Geary and Masonic, But Now Say Hello to “The Corner Store” – It’s Bustling!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Hukilau is gone, long gone. (The City done closed it down for good.)

But in its place at 5 Masonic and Geary at the top of the tunnel and at the top of Mervyn’s Heights comes The Corner Store.

See?

I’ll tell you it was a beehive of activity last night in this otherwise sleepy part of town. And the Yelp Elites are handing out their five-star reviews already.

Now let’s hear about TCS from:

Dana Massey-Todd

The Thrillist

Welcome to the ‘hood, The Corner Store.

Bon Courage!

A Modest Proposal: “Sunday Streets Treasure Island” – Next Time the Bay Bridge Shuts Down – Just Walk to TI!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

So, if this is worth doing on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

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…why not let’s have a Sunday Streets on the western span the next time Caltrans or whoever does work on the eastern span, you know, the next time they shut down the bridge over a three-day weekend.

Then people could walk or ride their bikes to islands Yerba Buena and Treasure, if only for one day.

So sure, leave a lane or two open on the western span for TI residents to escape the isles and for trucks to service the eastern span. And maybe Homeland Security could have a few snipers around in case a sleeper cell tried to attack the main suspension cables.

But that’s it, that’s all we’d need to do.

All right, make it so.  

OMG It’s Here! The Best San Francisco Car Driving Video Ever: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Five

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Only 305 Views so far, but this one will end up with tens of millions of viewers, soon enough.

Ten minutes – full screen and 1080p please:

So that’s what was going on when the Bay Bridge was shut down that day.

I’m already looking forward to the director’s cut, you know, with outtakes and errors and broken stuff.

And just for the record, San Francisco Film Commission, the kids these days don’t want to see scripted drama crap like NBC’s Trauma, they want to see something interesting. So the sooner you stop subsidizing crap like NBC’s Trauma, the better off we’ll all be…

“DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco.

Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block’s personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet. For more information check us out at http://www.dcshoes.com/auto

And here’s some context:

Jumping Taylor in a Fiesta. Wow:

And in the Financial, on California, near some fake cable cars:

More in Potrero Hill, on Bike to Work Day 2012:

And again in the Financial, being filmed by a radio-controlled chopper whilst being recorded by a Saturday-working, Financial District Dell Jockey:

And Matier and Ross say that there were donuts being done on the Bay Bridge – did anybody see that?

Teaser #1 – Impressive – Drifting on a Barge – Chopper Shot

Teaser #2 – All Talk, No Action – Dirt Bike injury? – Man, They Sure are Teasing Us

Teaser #3 – Oh Ma Gah – Drifting and Jumping at the Same Time – Is This Possible?

 

Another BART Police Shooting Protest: BARTWRAITH 2011 (OpBART 2) Coming Monday, August 22, 2011

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Is BART perfect?

Leave us review:

Here’s the death of Oscar Grant in 30 seconds at the Fruitvale Station in 2009(Killing somebody with a SIG Sauer P226 semi-automatic instead of not killing somebody by using a TASER X26 instead, you know, that yellow plastic thing attached to your belt – Chapter 1)

Here’s the death of Charles Hill in 80 seconds at the Civic Center Station in 2011(Killing somebody with a SIG Sauer P226 semi-automatic instead of not killing somebody by using a TASER X26 instead, you know, that yellow plastic thing attached to your belt – Chapter 2)

So, BART, do you think there’s a chance in Hell that you did a proper job of TASER implementation the past several years? Have you apologized for that?

Here’s more. Remember this, from back in the day?

The BART Police Department stripped its officers of Tasers on Thursday, days after a sergeant fired the electric darts of his stun gun at a 13-year-old boy fleeing from police in Richmond on his bicycle, sources told The Chronicle.”

Anyway, here’s the latest – the next protest at the downtown stations of the Bay Area Rapid Transit will be during the evening drive on Monday, August 22, 2011. (Personally, I think this one will be smaller than the one we had on Monday, August 15th, but who’s to say?)

That’s right, it’s OpBART 2, BARTWRAITH 2011, betwixt ANONYMOUS and BART PR hack Linton Johnson, who costs the taxpayers $170k(!) per year

Via Artificial Eyes/exiledsurfer – click to expand

(Are the BART police competent? I don’t know. How would they rank, say, compared with the SFPD, LAPD, FBI – is that a fair question?)

No matter, you’re making history, BART

You’re making history:

“The mission of BART, according to BART’s statement, “is to provide, safe, secure, efficient, reliable, and clean transportation services.” So there was the municipal transit agency, exercising its powers to shut down a protest. It’s possible that BART had the legal right to cut off communications inside its stations. It can be argued that the inside of a transit station is an unsuitable place for a mass demonstration.

But the point of the would-be demonstrations was to challenge BART’s judgment in how it used its powers. The protesters were protesting a shooting by transit police. BART’s response showed that it couldn’t even grasp that premise.

What about ordinary commuters, entering the zone of conflict with no access to their own mobile communications? “BART Police officers and other BART personnel with radios were present during the planned protest, and train intercoms and white courtesy telephones remained available for customers seeking assistance or reporting suspicious activity.” The authorities were in charge. The authorities and no one else.

For a day, the measures worked—or in the unknowable world of security counterfactuals, they didn’t not work. There were no disruptive protests during that commute. But BART’s vision of tech dystopia was self-fulfilling. In response to the news of the phone shutdown, the vigilante hackers of Anonymous retaliated by breaking into its database of commuters’ private information and launching a new round of demonstrations, teaming up with the original aggrieved parties. Technology was a dangerous thing after all.”

Hundreds of Protesters Show at USF for the “Why We Just Shut Down KUSF” Meeting – Scores of Cops Milling About

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Here’s a taste of the action at the packed Presentation Theatre on Turk Street tonight where hundreds of KUSF-FM supporters are finding out all about the recent shutdown.

Reyhan Harmanci is doing the play-by-play right now.

Here’s USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., laying down the law, Jesuit-style: “We run a nursing school, but not a hospital…” You see where that one’s going, right?

And the po-po, they everywhere. It must have been all-hands for the USF Public Safety Department. (Man, they sure looked like cops, couldn’t see if they had handguns.) Well, if they’re not cops they do a pretty good impersonation and then I guess I’ll have to say that it was closer to one (1) score of cops on the scene. Still, way, way overstaffed, IMO.

Across the street on Tamalpais, where Nil’s Linke’s drunk driver got arrested not too long ago:

Anyway, here’s Steve Rhodes covering the action, as you might expect he would.

Looks like this one’s off to the Federal Communications Commission…

Is Mayor Newsom Trying to Shut Down the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The people at our Yelp-rated Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center and Native Plant Nursery at 780 Frederick Street betwixt Arguello and Lincoln think that Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to, before he leaves local politics, shut the place down.

Why? Well, they believe that due to all the skivvy from:

“Anonymous sources in the Mayor’s Office, the Department of the Environment, and Recreation and Parks…”

O.K. then.

Via edibleoffice

Anyway, here are the deets:

“San Francisco’s Green Mayor Threatens Local Recycling Center With Eviction? Ten Green Jobs On The Line. 5,000 Native Plants Endangered. Thousands of SF Residents Will Miss City’s #1 Recycling Center
 
Anonymous sources in the Mayor’s Office, the Department of the Environment, and Recreation and Parks all confirm that the Mayor wants the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling and Native Plant Nursery out by the end of his term. The Mayor mistakenly believes this draconian act will reduce illegal street activity in the Neighborhood and in Golden Gate Park.
 
HANC Operations Manager Charlie Lamar disputes the connection. “Fewer than one in five of our customers sleep outside and more than half come in cars” says Lamar who has worked there over twenty years. He added “If you watch the short video petition you’ll see how our customer base is really quite diverse and representative of the City as a whole”.
 
This misguided decision to evict HANC, which founded the Recycling Center in 1974, will leave the ten San Franciscans who work there without a job. HANC pays a living wage and provides health care. Given the high unemployment rate, many of these workers will be out of a work for a long time and may well end up homeless.
 
Thousands of San Franciscans who recycle at HANC will be forced to use one of the other rapidly diminishing recycling centers across town. San Francisco is notoriously underserved by recycling centers.
 
“San Francisco has only one recycling center for every 44,000 residents whereas across the State you’ll find one for every 18,000”, says Ed Dunn,HANC’s Executive Director whose father founded the Recycling Center thirty-six years ago.
 
The fate of the Native Plant Nursery and its 5,000 plants remains unclear. Whether or not it would be incorporated into a new proposed “Garden Resource Center” at the HANC site is an open question. The need for such a new project located so close to the existing Garden for the Environment (HANC is their fiscal agent) which has similar programs does not seem to be great.
 
HANC already plans to offer free soil to community gardeners in the near future. And its Native Plant Nursery and Garden has been a destination for those interested in habitat restoration and gardening with native plants for years.

A Bicycle Built for Four is the Star of San Francisco’s Sunday Streets in the Mission

Monday, July 20th, 2009

This was how 24th Street looked in the ever-sunny Mission District yesterday during the latest installment of Sunday Streets:

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And this is Valencia Street. All the Man could do was look down from his tall buildings – yes, Stick It To The Man, Sunday Streets! Is that Zack “Zack Daddy” Phillips on RollerBlades with a soccer ball? Yes it is:

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But here’s the star of Sunday Streets in the Mission II, 2009:

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It’s a bicycle built for four, just like what Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have. Check out the second stoker’s handlebars – it appears the little tyke has her own brake lever. (Is it a drag brake control like some tandems have? No se.) What she operates is  just a V-brake though, she ought to have control of a motorcycle-style disc, thusly.

This rolling science experiment must be Robert “Crazy Rob” Ander son‘s [typo on purpose as he's a little touchy, shhhh] worst nightmare. Speaking of which, listen to him yourself here on the KQED. I listened to part of this broadcast on the Levinson and I’ll tell you, C.R.A. appeared to score a direct, if minor, rhetorical hit on the spinning MUNI flacksperson. But this podcast will be the subject of another post in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy.

Host: Scott Shafer

Guests:

  • Charlie O’Hanlon, owner of Charlie’s Place on 17th St. in San Francisco
  • Jamie Whitaker, vice president of the Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Judson True, media relations manager for the San Francisco MTA
  • Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
  • Rachel Gordon, reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle
  • Rob Ander son, party to the litigation of the EIR, blogger and anti-bicycling activist

Look forward to the next Sunday Streets, coming soon to the The Great Sand Waste of the Outside Lands:

Sunday, August 9: Great Highway
Bike, walk and play next to the Pacific Ocean. Travel from Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach. 10am-2pm.

Sunday, Sept 6: Great Highway
Bike, walk and play next to the Pacific Ocean. Travel from Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach. 10am-2pm.

See you there!

Whatever You Do, Don’t Open a Camera or TV Store in the Inner Sunset

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Cause it’s been done already.

Click to expand to see these shutdown stores, these brokedown palaces of obsolete technology. Your days are over,  analog cameras and TVs. Try not to leech too many chemicals into Mother Earth when you get to the landfill.

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As seen on otherwise somewhat-bustling Irving Street in the touchy, prideful Inner Sunset District. (Take the tour this Saturday!)

Cue tumbleweeds…

He picks up scraps of information
He’s adept at adaptation
Because for strangers and arrangers
Constant change is here to stay

He’s got a force field and a flexible plan
He’s got a date with fate in a black sedan
He plays fast forward for as long as he can
But he won’t need a camera or TV repair store
He’s a digital man