Posts Tagged ‘super bowl’

A Tent City Moves: Mayor Ed Lee’s Vietnam – He Can Take Any Hill in the Theater, But He Can’t Win the War

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

[TRIGGER WARNING: Military Analogy – “taking the hill” as in Hill 937 during the Vietnam War, for example. Also Personal Vietnam, as with DJT. Also a kind of Sports Reference, to the Big Game.]

This is 498 11th Street, let’s say. Really, it’s across the street from the end of the even side of the 400 block of 11th, but if I told you I was talking about the long-lasting Tent City (2015-2017) across the street from 498 11th, you’d go there and look around and say, “Oh, there it is.”

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How would you describe it? I almost don’t recognize the place, without tents* and parked RV/stolen-bicycle-part-processing stations.** Anyway, DPW SFPD SFMTA and other SFGov alphabet soups geared up*** to take this hill, betwixt Potrero and a Best Buy parking entrance/exit, really just part of one side of one city block, and now the water trucks come by three (3!) times a day, Mayor Willie Brown-style.

And this is 400 11th Street more or less. You can see the structure made to hold up the Veteran’s Cab sign on the left and the I-80 freeway on the right. In essence, a small Super Bowl Tent City moved one block, about 100 meters, a mere tenth of a Klick (Military Slang), to the northwest:

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IMO, absolutely nothing has changed, after this huge, years-long effort.

A solution to this whole issue is Above My Pay Grade. I’m just offering my Sit Rep.

Over and Out.

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Mayor Ed Lee’s Under-the-I-80 Tent City 2017 Looks A LOT Like His Under-the-I-80 Tent City 2015-2016

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Actually, it looks exactly the same, except there’s less of it.

2017:

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It all started with preparations for Super Bowl L:

“They are going to have to leave,” Lee said of those sleeping along the city’s Embarcadero.

On It Goes…

Our Poorly-Negotiated Super Bowl 50 Deal Keeps on Giving – Pepsi Ads Remain on Broadway, Oh Well

Friday, April 15th, 2016

It will never leave us…

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It’s Official: San Francisco’s Recent Super Bowl 50 Corporate Party for the NFL was a “SUPER BUST,” per Our Castro Merchants and Others

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Well, here’s my memory of SFGov’s recent free-to-the-NFL hosting of Super Bowl L:

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(I think this one is from shanand.)

But the grown-up rich kids running our local “Host Committee” (who of course don’t want to reimburse SFGov) think everything went so great for us that we’ll be ready to do this whole thing over again as soon as five years from now – Super Bowl LV let’s say.

But we haven’t even cleaned up all the garbage yet, and we haven’t had time to add up all our losses.

Oh well.

Oh look, our Castro merchants are now weighing in on what they’re calling Super Bust 50.” See?

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“As the Super Let Down after Super Bowl 50 starts to fade, let’s remember who is going to end up paying the biggest price for Santa Clara hosting this huge sporting event – – we are: local merchants, especially in The Castro.  But, we are not alone, we hear, as local merchant associations all over San Francisco report down, soft revenues during SB50.  From all over The Castro and Upper Market neighborhood, I’ve heard from fellow merchants.  The nine days of official SB50 events in the City ballooned, for us, into over three weeks of SB50-related interruptions.  Customer traffic (locals and visitors alike) and revenues were some of their slowest on record during what had been promised as a “busy time.”   Nightmare predictions of over-crowded streets and traffic jams kept Bay Area local folks out of San Francisco.  Running “Bustitues” instead of the F Line historic streetcars between The Castro and Ferry Building for over three weeks further hurt our area’s local and visitor traffic and revenues.”

Read all about it at our Market Street Railway.

I’ll tell you, I was in the office one time when a Marin County realtor* tried to screw over an Area Attorney by trying tack on about $3000 to the attorney’s own executed deal for him to buy a house. The realtor was like, “Well, it loks like you don’t want this deal then, Sir.”

This was his reaction:

“I’m going to sue you. I’m going to sue your supervising broker. I’m going to sue your brokerage. I’m going to sue…”

And then, magically, poof, all the supposed necessary fees went away. This is how an attorney represents an attorney’s own personal interests.

Now, do I think that the attorneys who negotiated this lousy deal between SFGov and the NFL represented We The People the way they represent themselves when, say they buy a house for themselves? No, not at all. They view this corporate party as a way to please certain parties and as a way to have fun and excitement themselves, a way to show that our not so large city is actually in fact “world-class” and a way to compensate themselves for all the stress and strain involved with putting up with us, Us The People.

Oh well.

Oh hey, is our hotel tax a one-for-one substitute for our SB50-reduced sales tax revenue for our suffering Castro merchants and others? NOT AT ALL! Take a look at where the revenue goes – some of it gets siphoned off, instead of going to run SFGov / pay our unfunded pension liabilities etc.

Oh well

At least we’re not going to get the Olympics…

*Always lower-case. This is the only entry in my stylebook.

That’s a WRAP: This #38 Geary Articulated Bus Couldn’t Possibly Have Any More Advertising on It – Super Bowl-Related?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

I suppose this was yet another Dreaded Sunny Day Way Out West in The Richmond District, so that’s why so many windows are open? (I’ll bet the ClearChannel people would like to have a windows-shut-all-the-time policy, just guessing.)

Anywho, this is one remarkable wrap:

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I’m thinking our corrupt MUNI SFMTA just gave away ad space to the NFL for #SB50 lately, so if we’re generating any kind of money from this non-Puppy Monkey Baby ad for Mountain Dew, that’s fine with me.

It’s just striking seeing this thing, that’s all…

I’ve Never Seen This: A Completely Empty Double-Decker Tourist Bus on a Dreaded Sunny Day – Thanks NFL / SB50 / Host Committee!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Obliviously, this is a knock-on effect of our recent Santa Clara Super Bowl

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This is part of the treason why SB50 was a bad, money-losing deal for San Francisco. Try telling this to the Buster Bluth rich kid running our so-called Host Committee and he’d say something like, “But I’m a good boy! I’m a philanthropist!”

Anywho, if you don’t include all the bad tings along with the good tings when you add everything up. then really, you’re part of the problem…

Sry Buster.

GIANT SKY TRIANGLES: I Don’t Think the Chemtrails Crowd Will Appreciate Illuminati Jokes from the Doritos People – Photos

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Well, here you go:

Mysterious triangles in the sky might be a Doritos ad – Tomikka Anderson

And here’s the start of it:

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And then all the triangles blew off to the southwest over Sutro Tower:

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Precision flying. GPS-assisted? IDK:

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One leg and then the other and then you have a perfect equilateral triangle, or a Dorito I s’pose:

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A 60-degree angle, every time:

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In closing, Chemtrails!

Comments re: “Super Bowl week wrapping up just in time” from San Francisco Chronicle Columnist CWNevius

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Super Bowl week wrapping up just in time

“Meanwhile, even the crustiest critic has to admit that Super Hype Week went nicely here in the city…”

Let’s see here, change crustiest to typical and critic to San Franciscan and then change the last part to “…DID NOT WANT TO PAY MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS FOR THIS PARTY AND, ERGO, DID NOT WANT THIS CORPORATE PARTY COMING HERE.” So Chuck is WRONG WRONG here. This whole thing has been a fiasco. Hey, let’s check the Chronicle!

“…although it wasn’t a great performance by prognosticators.”

CWNevius is an unedited columnist so he’s free to lie as much as, say, Willie Brown in Willie’s World? Seems that way. IRL, Chuck’s handlers in the SB50 / PR / SFGov world were fretting rain would spoil Our Big Day, so Chuck picked up on that. But who cares if it rains on a football game? IDK! Anyway, he wrote that our stupid weather forecasters “had no idea” about the forecast for The Big Game like ten days out, but IRL a quick check online at that time revealed a forecast of just a 5% chance of rain. So no big whoop, right?

“TV weather people started the week before the week with dire predictions of frog-strangling rainstorms, changed the call to “iffy, but pretty wet,” and finally settled on “70 degrees and sunny at game time, just like we said.”

So, IOW this three part narrative is a lie. (What Chuck should do is add, “As I remember it…” or “IMO…” in front of EVERY ONE OF HIS SENTENCES. I mean, that would help a lot, ’cause then there’d be a chance of what he’s saying is actually true

epic, end-of-the-world traffic jams

Straw dog. How many businesses are out a lot of money now IRL? Chucks laughs at your “Chicken Little”-ism

Even the inevitable protesters did the city proud (fingers crossed that nothing bad happens at the last minute).

Chucks frets over increased transportation hassles due to protests afore SB50 tomorrow AM, because that’s what his handlers have discussed with him. Yes, expect protests, perhaps on/near a freeway. Would that be “ugly?” IDK.

The only “reporters” called on…

Is CWNevius a reporter? I’m srsly. He’s mocking his fellow journalists? That’s rich.

And finally, in City Hall, Supervisors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin are wondering if it’s too late to get the NFL to renegotiate the financial deal.

Well, most of the city of SF wonders the same thing, right? Is Chuck against the NFL paying for its party here? Is he against asking the NFL to kick in $10-$20 million into the General Fund? Whatever you think of this fiasco, one that has put CWNevius Hero Ed Lee’s approval numbers at their lowest ever, wouldn’t it be better if the NFL kicked in for it? And we can’t even ask the NFL about it, you know, officially?

Hey, how about this – how about the NFL should pay us back at the beginning of negotiations for us doing this again for SB56 or SB57? And then, if they NFL doesn’t want to pay for its next party here, it should have it somewhere else, somewhere where it’s actually wanted…

Beast From Sky: The Message Our Super Bowl 50 “Host Committee” Has for Us is “BUD LIGHT … FOR AMERICA!”

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

This is as close as I’ll get to Super Bowl L:

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What could be more inappropriate?

At least I understood that one. This one was illegible to all concerned. Using my camera I could figure it out mostly, but I read it (from the wrong side) as JOIN US AT UNION 20 or JOIN US AT UNION 50, which I imagined to be a new (or pop-up) eatery or bar. I just couldn’t make out the squiggly on the big “Q,” oh well:

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This is the best I can do here. (Is this effective advertising?)

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Oh, here we go – some of these ads are kind of surreal, huh?

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Wondering if Bud Light ads in Canada say, “BUD LIGHT … FOR CANADA!”

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The Horror, the Unspeakable Horror: $900 NIKE Brand SB50 Bomber Jacket, $150 T Shirt – YAY Super Bowl!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Uh, $900 for this? So, you’re not a fan of this particular team, or that one, no no – you’re a fan of SB50 itself? WTF to that. Who on Gaia’s Green Earth would wear this thing, and in what context?

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Let’s see here, are you a rich, born-rich philanthropist kid (named Lurie) who thinks you deserve a medal for foisting SB50 upon us and sending the bill? Then here’s your jacket. Or are you a Mr. Magoo of a Mayor (named Edwin) who wonders WHYDON’TPEOPLELIKEMEITMUSTBEBASEDUPONRACISM after makaing a poorly-thought-out handshake deal? Again, here’s your jacket. (But under no circumstances should you wear this thing in public – just hang it in your closet.)

Oh, what else. Oh, you see the gold star in a field of fifty? That’s SB50, the only one that matters, apparently. (But IRL, SB LI will be a bigger deal than SB50, sorry. Just you wait!)

Oh, and what’s the forecast for the “Big Game?” Not a chance of rain and temps in the 70’s? Well, then let’s break out the Type A-2 flight jackets you know, for the “warmth?”

Also, “Dunk High?” WTF?

CRAFTED WARMTH FOR THE BIG GAME
The SB50 Nike Speed Destroyer Men’s Jacket celebrates a major milestone in the game’s history with premium embroidery, historical details and gleaming gold accents. A warm wool blend, leather sleeves and lightweight insulation help keep the cold at bay in the stands and on the street.
BENEFITS
Wool blend and lightweight fill provide insulation
Leather sleeves for a premium look and durability
Full zip with snap storm flap helps block out the elements
Rib cuffs and hem lock in warmth
Front welt pockets, chest zip pocket and interior zip pocket
PRODUCT DETAILS
Interior storm-flap embroidery commemorates the date of the game
Fabric: Body: 55% wool/45% polyester. Sleeves: 100% cow leather. Lining: 100% nylon. Fill: 100% polyester.
Do not wash or dry clean
Imported
DESTROYER ORIGINS
Back in 2006, Nike designers began a mission to re-craft iconic sports apparel in the most technical materials they could find. The ubiquitous American varsity jacket was an obvious choice for the experiment that would become Nike Sportswear. Raiding the All Conditions Gear (ACG) innovation cache, they found fabrics, laminates, and bonding methods that could brave nasty weather but still look fresh. The first Nike letterman jacket was for an imaginary team called the Dunk High Destroyers, and limited numbers were produced. The next version got even more technical, but the Destroyer name stuck.

No no, what you really need is a nice T for this Super Bowl. Just $150! What’s a 2000% markup, you know, among friends?

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Nike should gather up all its tacky, overpriced, unsold SB50 merch and then have a big bonfire on Monday.

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