Does anybody in town actually use the term SoMissPo?
Not that I’m aware of. Yet, here it is:
Sometimes I just don’t know…
HOW WEIRD IN OUTER SPACE – The 15th annual How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 4, 2014, Noon to 8pm
Howard and 2nd Streets, Downtown San Francisco, Earth, Sol, Milky Way
$10 requested donation
All the deets:
“On May the Fourth, the How Weird Street Faire will fill the streets of San Francisco with a celebration unlike anything you’ve experienced before… HOW WEIRD IN OUTER SPACE! An epic journey to a place of weirdness and creativity and peace. How Weird features galactic-class music and art, dancing, performances, technology exhibits, unique vendors from across the planet, and thousands of people in colorful costumes.
You are invited to participate in the greatest street faire in the galaxy, and the start of the San Francisco festival season. Explore the furtile breeding ground for unexpected inspiration and cutting-edge innovation. Be creative at the expanding Art Alley, a vortex of varied expressions. Make new connections, and reconnect with old ones. Together, we will boldly go where no street faire has gone before.
The How Weird Street Faire showcases the full spectrum of electronic dance music styles, using advanced sound technology to fill the streets of San Francisco with the vibrations of peace and the frequencies of fun. There will be 10 stages of some of the best music, art, and sound systems in the galaxy, produced by some of the best sound collectives in the universe.
How Weird 2014 will feature dance music stages by Enchanted Forest, Muti Music, Symbiosis Gathering, Northern Nights, Opel, Opulent Temple, Pink Mammoth, SF House Music, Temple Nightclub, Space Monkeys, Pulse SF, Global Village, the boombox affair, Party Babas, Red Marines Festival, Happy Camp, Think You Can DJ Game Show, World Famous Productions, and more.
For 2014, How Weird Street Faire introduces the first National Dance Week stage, featuring dancers of every kind from every place, showcasing the diversity of terrestrial bodies in motion. There will be free dance lessons throughout the day, and a special flash mob that you can participate in. The National Dance Week stage will be next to the center intersection, and dancing will be found throughout the faire. All existence is in a complex dance of energy and vibrations, continuously moving and evolving. Dance is perhaps the best way of describing and understanding life, the cosmos, and ourselves.
Art has a way of reaching the farthest places. This year, How Weird will expand Art Alley and move it to Tehama Street. Come create at the new location, and enjoy the live and exhibited artwork and interactive Art Alley mural. Art Alley is curated by ArtIsMobilUs, a non-profit mobile public art gallery and roving arts incubator bringing art to humans everywhere.
There is a $10 requested donation at the entrances to the faire, for which you will receive a Magic Sticker. The Magic Stickers are worth hundreds of dollars in savings, and come with many free things. There will be discounts and specials at all of the vendors at the faire, and all of the faire bars. The Magic Stickers are how people can support the faire, while getting something great back in return. Check the website for all of the Magic Sticker specials.
The How Weird vendors offer many unique and creative goods for sale, including designer clothing, jewelry, art, decorations, games, and more. And there will be plenty of tasty food and drinks. This year will also feature local arts and crafts vending on Art Alley.
Costumes are required at How Weird. Come as yourself. Come as someone else. Come as something weird. Be the you you’ve always wanted to be. Space-related costumes are big this year.
The faire is open to all ages, and is handicapped accessible. The main entrance is at Howard and New Montgomery Streets, a short walk to MUNI, BART, the Transbay Terminal, and Caltrain Station. For those arriving from above, the coordinates are 37°47’12.4″ N, 122°23’53.7″ W. Join us as we journey through the cosmos in search of new and exciting experiences, expanding our perspective to the universal scale.
The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization, showing that in spite of our differences, we all dance to the same beat.
For more information visit http://HowWeird.org
Use the hashtag #hwsf to talk about the How Weird Street Faire.
And May the Fourth be with you!”
Thank you very much,
Marketing and Stage Director for How Weird
Rincon Hill on the right and Infinity Towers in the muddle, in the middle:
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Presenting the Infinity Towers Fight Song:
I wish I was a little bit taller
I wish I was a baller
I wish I was a little bit taller y’all
I wish I was a baller
I wish I was a baller
I wish I was a baller
Here’s the news from LiveSOMA:
“With the birth of my first son, a ridiculously overwhelming list of work-related projects, and the fact that I was recently priced out of the South of Market Neighborhood and forced to move to a part of the City where homeless people aren’t constantly pooping on my doorstep (GASP!), I have decided not to continue.
With that said, if anyone out there would like to dust off LiveSOMA, I will gladly help you take it over. I would really hate to see the site- and its years of development- go to waste. Just shoot me an email. If not, I will be pulling the plug after the new year.”
Generally speaking, people inside cars are held at fault when they open up doors without checking and harm results
“22517. No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic…”
Which is fine, but moving traffic can come by both sides of a parked car. See?
Another Market Street dooring narrowly averted – the cyclist in front almost collided with the right rear passenger door when it flew open expectantly:
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So I don’t know, I think I’d tell my passengers to look out before I dropped them off for them to drop their money at our shopping malls.
And I’d pull all the way over to minimize this concern in the first place.
Anyway, the next time this law gets rewritten, let’s write it more better…
It’s time once again for How Weird, so dress appropriately and get on out there:
“San Francisco’s festival season begins
from Noon to 8pm
Howard & 2nd Streets, Downtown San Francisco
The 13th annual How Weird Street Faire
13 music and performance stages
spread throughout 13 city blocks!”
Ah memories: Second Street in the SoMA:
Getting help with those hard-to-paint areas:
The largest boombox in the world. These go to twelve:
Open air hookah on Howard Street:
I don’t know, PG&E. Sometimes I get the idea that you don’t know that you are the suckiest major utility in the United States…
Hey, I know, why not develop an app what tells you how to do your job without blowing people up?
(And then apply to the CPUC to get reimbursed for all your related expenses. Hooray.)
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“PG&E Sponsors U.S. Department of Energy Green Button Apps Contest
Utility Offers $25,000 Toward National Prize for Top Energy Apps
SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2012 — After seeing the potential for customers to save energy and money by downloading personal energy data through its Green Button service, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is supporting further industry innovation by sponsoring a nationwide search for the best Green Button energy apps.
The Apps for Energy contest is a partnership with the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. technology firms. The developer finalists who create the winning apps for phones and computers will take home part of a $100,000 cash prize from sponsors PG&E, Itron and the DOE, as well as national bragging rights.
“Green Button will arm millions of Americans with information they can use to lower their energy bills,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “Innovative tools like these are good for our economy, good for the health of our communities, and an essential part of our approach toward a secure and clean energy future that works for Americans.”
PG&E launched the Green Button in December 2011, responding to a challenge from the White House to design a standard format for customers with SmartMeters(TM) to download their energy use data online. The Green Button aims to promote personal energy awareness and development of phone and computer apps to aid customers in making informed decisions about their energy use and help them save money on their monthly energy statement. To date, there have been about 220,000 Green Button downloads.
“There is incredible power and potential in providing our customers with new visibility into their energy use, with information that’s clear accurate, timely, and easy to use,” said Tony Earley, PG&E Corporation’s Chairman, CEO and President. “Today’s announcement shows PG&E’s commitment to stimulating growth and innovation in the developer community. When it comes to energy management, we are driven to help transform the way our customers manage energy in their home.”
The DOE has long supported energy innovation, driving a nationwide push for more renewable energy sources and encouraging every American to become more engaged with how they use energy.
“Providing consumers with easy access to data on their energy consumption can help give them the tools they need to make informed decisions about their energy use,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has said. “Developing applications and services to help consumers understand and control their energy use is a field ripe for American innovation.”
App developers will be able to participate by registering at challenge.gov and submitting a description, video, photos, and a link to their app. The website energy.gov/developer will be the main resource page for developers. Both sites will go live April 5. Until then, the public can submit ideas for energy apps at energy.gov. The winner is planned to be announced in May.
PG&E customers with an electric SmartMeter(TM) and a My Energy account can log on at pge.com/myenergy, click on the Green Button icon, and download up to 13 months of their hourly electric usage data. About half of the utility’s electric customers – or 2.3 million – are registered with My Energy.
Green Button is one of many energy- and cost-saving benefits available to PG&E customers with a SmartMeter(TM). Other benefits include:
– Hourly electric and daily gas usage data charts via a secure PG&E
— Energy Alerts to notify customers when they’re approaching a
higher-priced electric tier and to encourage a change in their energy
— Outage detection to help PG&E quickly restore service
— Remote service connection as a convenience for customers
— Special time-varying rate programs like SmartRate(TM)
— Enabling in-home energy management devices that display the energy usage
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.
SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company”
[UPDATE II: And here comes Joe Eskenazi to rip the cover off of the ball:
“Lee presided over a heartwarming, press-friendly event featuring kiddies, baseball, and the company that blew up the adjacent town.”
Mercy! Take the next three days off, Joe. You deserve it. Oh, and readers, don’t miss this part:
“Mayor Lee’s comments praised PG&E’s support of a literacy program — period,” said Lee spokesman Tony Winnicker.
Uh no, maybe that’s he meant to do, Icky Renown Nit (do the math, kids that’s “Tony Winnicker” rearranged – it means, well, forget about what it means – “wonky” is in there too but I couldn’t get the rest of the letters to cooperate), but, in fact, what he did was call PG&E “a great local corporation” and “a great company that get’s it.” Spinning too much, as you oftentimes do, Tony, well, that’s called “lying.”
But, prove me wrong. Tell me, when, exactly, did Ed Lee ever “hold PG&E accountable” for its lies about the issues at hand, you know, the ones that have just recently come to light? Ever? Recently?]
ZOMG. In the words of Hannibal Lecter, what could be more inappropriate?
Per “Interim Mayor” Ed Lee and via writer Amy Crawford:
“Isn’t that a wonderful contribution from a great local corporation?” Lee said. “They’re a great company that gets it.”
Now, truth be told, this “gets it” language comes straight from the Gavin Newsom administration – this was one of Gavin’s pet phrases for the City’s public-private Corporation of the Day. So it’s understandable how it could sneak into Ed Lee’s brain.
But, again, WTF?
Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job:
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Anyway, here’s the pouncing. so far.
From City Attorney Dennis Herrera:
“Herrera criticizes Ed Lee’s lavish praise for PG&E on eve of one-year anniversary of San Bruno blast
Against the backdrop of devastating findings by NTSB earlier this week—a day after another gas line blast in Cupertino—Lee calls PG&E ‘a great company that gets it’
San Francisco – City Attorney Dennis Herrera today criticized interim Mayor Ed Lee for poor judgment and insensitivity to the families of San Bruno blast victims for participating in a PG&E public relations event yesterday, and praising the state’s largest utility for being “a great corporation” and a “great company that gets it.” Lee’s quote was reported in this morning’s edition of the San Francisco Examiner, which also questioned the timing of Lee’s participation with PG&E-sponsored corporate publicity just days after the National Transportation Safety Board issued devastating findings that blamed the utility for the deadly explosion of a gas transmission line in San Bruno, Calif. last, which resulted in the loss of eight lives and the total destruction of 38 homes.
The one-year anniversary of that tragedy is coming up next week, on Sept. 9.
“Ed Lee’s lavish praise for PG&E as ‘a great corporation’ on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno tragedy, just days after federal regulators blamed the utility for a ‘litany of failures’ that claimed eight lives, is unconscionable,” said Herrera. “It shows insensitivity to victims’ families, and poor judgment for allowing his office to be used as a corporate PR tool. No less troubling, it ignores the serious work my office and others have done to protect San Franciscans from PG&E’s negligence, to prevent further explosions like those in San Bruno last year and in Cupertino on Wednesday. The interim Mayor should reassess his laudatory view of PG&E, and apologize to San Bruno victims’ families.”
PG&E, which according to its most recent annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission generated $13.8 billion in revenue in 2010, donated $250,000 to a local youth program at a corporate PR event yesterday.
PG&E runs three major gas transmission lines whose integrity and safety has come into question under nine high-population-density neighborhoods in San Francisco, where hundreds of thousands of people live and work. One of those includes the very same line that failed catastrophically in San Bruno last year, and another that dates back to the 1930s. Major facilities threatened by the failure of these inadequately inspected transmission lines include numerous schools and recreation centers, San Francisco City College, and San Francisco General Hospital, which typically contains more than 5,000 acute care patients and visitors, medical professionals and staff. Significant stretches of Highway 101 and Highway 280 additionally run over the antiquated lines.
On July 14, 2011, Herrera took the first step toward suing state and federal regulators for not reasonably enforcing gas pipeline safety standards against PG&E as required by the federal Pipeline Safety Act. Herrera’s notice of intent to sue is a legally required precursor to civil litigation by San Francisco, which will seek a federal court order to compel the CPUC and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to enforce federal pipeline safety standards in an effective manner against the utility giant.”
And from Supervisor John Avalos:
Statement from Supervisor John Avalos on Ed Lee Calling PG&E is “A Great Corporation”
I was frankly astonished to read Mayor Lee praising PG&E in the newspaper this morning, mere days after the National Transportation Safety Board found that the 2010 blast in San Bruno that killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes was the result of PG&Es “multiple, recurring deficiencies” which were “evidence of a systemic problem.”
Ed Lee called PG&E a “great corporation” yesterday–a great corporation who spent $50 million last year trying to pass a ballot measure that would ensure their monopoly in places like San Francisco instead of repairing and inspecting pipes like the one that caused this terrible destruction. Now this “great” corporation want its customers to foot the bills for its negligence and bad practices? Ed Lee says that this corporation “gets it.” PG&E seem to “get” that a symbolic donation to a charity at the height of their unpopularity might help their rate-payers forget the catastrophic results of their negligence and bad practices.
The residents of that neighborhood in San Bruno will not forget. The families of those who lost their lives that day will not forget. And anyone who fought to defeat Proposition 16, in an effort to maintain a city’s right to produce their own power won’t forget the blatant cynicism of this corporation.
I’m deeply disappointed, and I would like Mayor Lee to tell San Franciscans what makes this corporation “great” and what it is besides insider politics and business as usual that PG&E “gets.”
ABOUT JOHN AVALOS:
John Avalos represents San Francisco’s District 11, including the neighborhoods of the Outer Mission, Excelsior, and OMI. He is a third generation Mexican-American, the son of an ILWU longshoreman and an office manager. He is one of seven children. John earned a master’s degree in social work from San Francisco State University. He and his wife, Karen Zapata, a fourth-grade teacher at San Francisco Community School, own a home in the Excelsior. Their young children Rene and Emiliano attend San Francisco Community School, a District 11 public school.”
Here’s the old title of this bit:
Dear Mayor Ed Lee: Just Because PG&E Supports Your Political Faction Doesn’t Make It a “Great Local Corporation”
But then I got these releases so I changed it.
Anyway, how much of a bubble is Ed Lee in? How long did that take, less than eight months? Doesn’t he know how the real world perceives Rose Pak? Doesn’t he know that PG&E just got busted by the Feds for it’s behavior before, during and after the San Bruno pipeline explosion?
“Holding court at the party for the opening of the new airport terminal, Rose was seated at the table with interim Mayor Ed Lee and his wife, Anita, and a host of other local officials.
“I want every one of you to call his office and tell him he should run for mayor,” Rose told the table. “And do it right away so that there’s no misunderstanding.”
Then she turned to the architect David Gensler.
“Didn’t you do this terminal?” she asked.
“Yes,” he said.
“Didn’t you remodel this terminal before?”
“Yes,” he said.
“Then your firm should raise a million dollars for his election campaign.”
Poor Gensler, he didn’t know what hit him.”
And here’s PG&E’s view of the affair:
“San Francisco: With Support from PG&E, RBI Program Goes to Bat for Literacy at Bessie Carmichael School
An innovative program that helps improve the reading skills of students at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in San Francisco got a boost from PG&E on Thursday, Sept. 1.
San Francisco RBI, in a partnership with Major League Baseball, was created in 2010 to help ensure that local at-risk youth in underserved areas of the city can learn essential life skills and the fundamentals of baseball and softball. San Francisco RBI provides year-round programs to the students at Bessie Carmichael School, with a focus on literacy, the arts, health, nutrition, and baseball and softball skills.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee reads to students at Bessie Carmichael School on Thursday.
On Thursday, PG&E contributed $250,000 to the program at an event at the school and the adjacent Victoria Manalo Draves Park baseball diamond in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.
Local leaders, including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, Recreation and Parks Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg and Board of Education President Hydra Mendoza, read to the students. San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia and sports media personalities Vern Glenn (KRON-TV) and Kevin Radich (KGO radio) also took part in the event.
“These are challenging economic times and it is important for us to unite as a community to support the children of San Francisco as they learn and grow in our schools and on the field to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. He thanked San Francisco RBI and PG&E for partnering with the city “to offer a unique investment in our youth as they prepare to compete in the 21st century workforce.”
After throwing out a first pitch to Jim Messemer, executive director of San Francisco RBI, Mayor Lee told about 200 kindergarten and first-grade students to follow the group’s credo: Reach. Believe. Inspire.
He also praised PG&E for its involvement in the project and the community.
“PG&E is a great local company who gets it,” Lee said. “A great corporation has given a grant to RBI to help local kids.”
The partnership with San Francisco RBI is a good example of PG&E’s efforts to support the communities where it provides power and where its 20,000 employees work and live.
“As a longtime member of the San Francisco community, we are proud to team up with San Francisco RBI and Bessie Carmichael School to give these students the resources they need to succeed,” said Chris Johns, PG&E’s president and a board member of the PG&E Corporation Foundation. “Expanding the reach of this exciting literacy program is critical to ensuring that we are developing the young minds that will help shape our future.”
School principal Jeff Burgos spoke to the students in three languages – English, Spanish and Tagalog – while Police Chief Suhr told them, “The better you read, the safer you can be.”
[UPDATE: Oh, here we go. Look who was there:
From left to right: Michael Uribe, General Manager, Zipcar San Francisco; Jane Kim, District 6 Supervisor; Dan Grossman, Regional Vice President, West Coast, Zipcar:
Here are the people who will greet you when you step into the new, bigger home office for ZipCar in San Francisco:
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It’s like a clubhouse, sort of.
All the deets:
“Newly Expanded San Francisco Zipcar Office Debuts
District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and local Zipsters Helped Welcome Zipcar to its New Space
SAN FRANCISCO, July 22, 2011 – Zipcar, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIP), the world’s leading car sharing network, announced the grand opening of its newly expanded San Francisco office, located at 191 2nd Street, South of Market. Zipcar celebrated the opening with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony with special guest District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, along withan event for local-area members, who the company calls “Zipsters,” featuring a raffle and complimentary treats from Jamba Juice and the local Rib Whip food truck.
The new office is a result of Zipcar’s growing success in the San Francisco area and provides the city the opportunity to further reduce congestion, emissions and parking demand. Zipcar first began operations in San Francisco in 2005, with a fleet of 29 vehicles in three neighborhoods. Over the past six years, the company has grown to offer nearly 1,000 vehicles in over 33 neighborhoods throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, making San Francisco one of Zipcar’s most popular markets in the nation.
“We have an extremely enthusiastic base of Zipsters here in San Francisco, and I want to thank our members for their loyalty and for helping us grow to where we are today,” said Michal Uribe, general manager, Zipcar San Francisco. “With the opening of our newly expanded office and the addition of new cars this summer, we’re pleased to now offer even more convenient car sharing options to residents, college students and businesses in the Bay Area. Zipcar’s long-term vision is a world where car-sharing members outnumber car owners in cities around the world, and our growth in San Francisco is helping bring us closer to this vision every day.”
Zipcar provides a viable alternative to car ownership, making it an important component of a sustainable transportation network in San Francisco. National studies have shown that each shared Zipcar takes 15 privately owned vehicles off the road and that vehicle miles traveled per driver is reduced almost 50 percent when car owners switch to car sharing. In addition, a recent Zipcar survey revealed that Zipcar members reported a nearly 50 percent increase in the use of public transit after becoming members – in addition to a 10 percent increase in cycling and 26 percent increase in walking – all of which help to reduce congestion, mitigate traffic and parking issues, and help reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car sharing network with more than 575,000 members and more than 8,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.
With all the alum of the bear schools (UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSF, UC Hastings College of Law*) in town, you gotta to expect to see more than your fair share of bear murals on the streets of San Francisco.
Like this one, from the Society of California Pioneers Museum & Library at 300 4th Street.
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Nearby, also in SoMA:
The best mural ever, as shown at the Uptown Almanac
Nearby, also in SoMA:
Nearby, also in SoMA:
Artist Chad Hasegawa
And don’t forget about the famous Chevron Towers Bears** South of the Slot:
In conclusion, them bears are Everywhere You Want To Be in SoMA
*Arguably, given its history as Yet Another UC Berkeley Spinoff. There was that student mascot election what was won by “shark” back in the day, but that wasn’t official or nothing.