Posts Tagged ‘van ness’

Well, It Looks Like San Francisco’s Famous “Van Ness Auto Row” Isn’t Dead After All – Nissan and Infiniti Move In Today

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Well it appears as if “A Survey of Automobile-Related Buildings along the Van Ness Avenue Corridorwill need a new chapter ’cause Nissan has just moved into the old Ellis Brook Chevrolet building.

Get your deets below on the big news for our old Auto Row.

Buh-bye, Ellis Brooks Chevrolet. Make way for Nissan:

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“Nissan & Infiniti Open New Dealerships In Downtown San Francisco - Unique Dealerships Owned and Operated by Penske Automotive Group

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2012  – Expanding into a key sales market that is known for a strong interest in leading-edge technology and environmentally smart products, Nissan and Infiniti have appointed a new Nissan dealer and a new Infiniti dealer in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

The new dealerships are located on Van Ness Ave., one of the Bay Area’s most famous and well-traveled automotive retail corridors. Both dealerships are owned and operated by one of the largest automotive retailers in the world – Penske Automotive Group (NYSE: PAG).

“Infiniti and Nissan products and brands directly align with San Francisco’s unique customer profile, making this effort a strategic element of our plan to grow sales volume in the U.S.,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice present of Sales and Marketing for Nissan North America, Inc. “The 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF has already surpassed 11,000 sales in the U.S. alone. Along with the forthcoming Infiniti LE all-electric luxury sedan, we will make a defining statement in a region known for innovation and technology leadership. We are excited to be represented in such a dramatic way by a leading retailer like Penske Automotive Group in this pivotal market.”

The opening of the new dealerships will help contribute further to Nissan and Infiniti’s sales and market share gains in the U.S. market. In 2011, the Nissan Division posted its best-ever U.S. sales year – up 17.3 percent over the previous year – and Infiniti continues to gain ground. Nissan North America, Inc reported its March 2012 sales of 136,317 units versus 121,141 units a year earlier, an increase of 12.5 percent, and a record for any month in the company’s history.

“I’m very pleased to offer the Nissan and Infiniti brands in world-class, state-of-the-art dealerships in San Francisco,” said Penske Automotive Group Chairman Roger Penske. “Our new facilities are unrivaled within the city offering an array of automotive services, including sales, service, parts, vehicle preparation and delivery areas all under one roof.”

Nissan of San Francisco and Infiniti of San Francisco are located in the Ellis Brooks Building – which opened for vehicle sales in 1935. The 8-story, 200,000-square-foot complex is unparalleled by any other dealership in the San Francisco marketplace and is one of the largest automobile retailing locations in the United States. The building was completely renovated to provide distinct representation for each brand, and features multiple levels of indoor new and pre-owned vehicle display, service, maintenance and retail parts area, separately branded showrooms, front entrances and signage.

Ever more deets after the jump.

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Word for the Day: A “Sailbag” is a Douchebag Who Comes to Town to See the Staged America’s Cup Boat Race

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Here’s the view from the front, complete with fake Euro-style Front License Plate* and handicapped placard** allowing said sailbag the right to park wherever the Hell he wants however long he wants, for free:

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And here’s the rear view what gives the game away. See? It says right there “SAIL BAG.”

And dude’s from Marin County of course.

And there’s a yacht club logo in there as well, of course.

All that’s missing is the CHP 11-99 Foundation scam license plate holder, of course, you know, to get out of those sticky situations involving the police and the CHP, you know, because you’re a Eurotrash sailbag from god damn Marin County so you drive like a bat out of Hell.

Welcome to San Francisco, you sailbag you.

And more are coming, soon enough.***

In closing, sailbag.

*Is this a legal setup in California? NO, not at all – the DMV gave you an FLP for a reason. I’m not sure if other states still require front license plates, but CA sure does. Peace officers and meter maids both will cite you for this.

**Is this a legal use of a handicap placard? Probably. But do I think that said sailbag deserves to park for free all day on the streets of San Francisco? No. What dude’s doing isn’t exactly illegal because nobody ever gets in trouble for it. You could get a handicapped placard as well, why not? If the first doctor says no, then keep on looking, there’s nothing stopping you from doctor shopping. And then eventually you will find one to sign the DMV form. And actually, the people that have handicap placards consider you a sucker for not having a placard. Hurray! Free parking for me, the sailbag! 

***Do I have objections to rigged boat races on San Francisco Bay in general? No, not at all. But instead of us paying a sailbag like Larry Ellison eight or nine figures to host his little boat party here why don’t we reverse that and have sailbag Larry Ellison**** pay us eight or nine figures for the right to host his little boat party here? See how that works? One little oversight like that makes all the difference.

****Speaking of which, here’s what it looks like when Chief Sailbag Larry Ellison hisself comes to town to nosh on the prime rib. See his Toyota LFA there parked on Van Ness?

Welcome to San Francisco, you sailbag you.

Abysmal Building Update: Tokyo International Investment, Ltd., 1800 Van Ness, San Francisco, California, USA

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Would this abysmal building be a good place to put your money?

This is not/ America:

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I think not…

You oughta know.

Attention Tenderloin NIMBYs: You Have the Entire Month of March to Protest the New Maestro Restaurant at 555 Golden Gate

Monday, March 5th, 2012

That Paolo Lucchesi of Inside Scoop has once again scooped me, it seems. This time it’s news of the latest doomed attempt to make a go of 555 Golden Gate near Polk Street, oh well.

But here’s a close-up of the entrance. (Looks like bird poo might be a problem, as it was for the Trader Vic’s people)

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And here are the deets for your nascent protest against the opening of this brokedown palace:

Enjoy.

White Bus, Black Windows: The Google Buses of San Francisco are Surprisingly Uncolorful

Friday, December 30th, 2011

OMG, it’s Google Bus #3 heading south on Van Ness Avenue past San Francisco’s City Hall. Next stop, Mountain View, CA

Gold! Real gold. Can you see it in the background? That’s the only flava to be seen in this shot:

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You see, some people don’t like buses. They’re called NIMBYs. In the 415, they’re almost all rich, old, white people who have nothing else to do with their lives other than NIMBY. Oh well.

Anyway, Google is trying to keep a low profile, obviously. (I don’t know the current paint scheme of the Google jets, but I’ll bet it’s something more than just black and white. )

See below for other more colorful Google conveyances and appliances, spotted in San Francisco and Mountain View.

Well, here it is, the current generation Google Maps Car. (A Subaru, judging by the Pleiades icon on the nose – for some reason, Google stripped the badges from the rear of this car.)

Are there cameras and SICK laser range finders and WiFi detectors and whatnot on top of this Subie? Who knows…

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And here’s what these rides looked like before they got wrapped:

And this was the first generation Map Car, seen getting busted by the Federal popo in the Presidio.

(I have dual sources supporting contradictory stories (so that’s four people promoting two completely different stories) on why this particular Googler got busted, or not busted as the case may be. Oh well. Did the Presidio Trust tell the Google to get a permit? And did Google ignore that request? Don’t know.)

And of course, don’t forget about the Google Bikes:

And the Google office:

And the Google Kitchen – it’s just like a 7-11 except shoplifting is encouraged:

And here’s the concomitant G-Toilet – it costs $700, it has over 20 buttons for its full operation, it’s made in Japan:

So that’s Google’s world.

Bon Courage, Googlers!

Safety vs. Self Parody – The 99% Guarding the Kids of the 1% – And, “Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Children!”

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I don’t know, I’m all for safety and whatnot, but something about this Bye-Bye Buggy convoy struck me.

What is it, the orange and yellow safety vests, the orange pennant, the back-up orange pennant, the hand-held stop sign (held by a person with no authority to use a hand-held stop sign on Van Ness), and/or the flashing white LED light on said hand-held stop sign?

Crossing U. S. Route 101, aka Van Ness Avenue:

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I don’t know.

Oh wait, that’s right, it’s missing its BABY ON BOARD! sign hanging off the back. I just knew something was wrong with this scene. I’ll obtain one (or a half-dozen) and make a gift to this crew the next time I see them on McAllister or in front of City Hall.

All right, play us out of here, Helen Lovejoy.

David Chiu for Mayor Campaign HQ on Van Ness Broken Into Last Night

Monday, November 7th, 2011

[UPDATE: More deets here from Erin Sherbert.]

Mmmm…

“Statement from Chiu Campaign Manager on Campaign HQ Break-In

SAN FRANCISCO (November 7, 2011) Nicole Derse, campaign manager for the David Chiu for Mayor campaign, released the following statement regarding a break-in last night at the David Chiu for Mayor campaign headquarters at 1800 Van Ness Avenue (at Clay):

“Late Sunday night, the David Chiu for Mayor campaign headquarters at Van Ness and Clay was vandalized and burglarized.  Thousands of dollars of equipment were stolen, and the intruders rooted through confidential campaign materials – removing them from drawers and leaving them scattered on the floor.”

“If this was a politically motivated attempt to distract the Chiu for Mayor campaign on the eve of Election Day, it has failed miserably.  David and our team of volunteers are as determined as ever to get our message out to San Franciscans in these last hours before voters go to the polls.  This matter has been referred to the SFPD for a full investigation, and we are confident that they will get to the bottom of it.  In the meantime, we will get back to work.”

On the case:

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Takes on Poorly-Designed Central Subway and Its Cost Overruns – Watch Now

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Via Jerold Chinn of SF Public Press comes this.

Check out Dennis Herrera‘s thoughts on the much-more-expensive-than-promised and shorter-than-promised Central Subway “spur*,” starting at 1:00:

And don’t miss the other part either.

*”Spur?” I love it. Oh yeah, that’s right. It doesn’t go as far north as it should, or as far south neither. And it’s too deep. Maybe it just doesn’t make sense, as things stand now, except as a political payoff.

Know Your San Francisco AIDS Foundation Needle Exchange Program – Nine Operations Each Week

Monday, October 17th, 2011

It’s been a while, and things have changed a bit, so here we go again.

As seen behind the Church Street Safeway:

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All sites offer the following services:

  • Sterile syringe exchange
  • Safer injection and sex supplies
  • Printed resources and information on drug treatment, medical care, and health & social services

Additional services available at individual needle exchange sites are listed below along with site times and locations.

Site listings by day of the week

  • Monday, 7pm – 9pm: Ivy Street (between Polk & Van Ness/Grove and Hayes, next to Tom Waddell Clinic) (Yahoo! map)
    • Anonymous, free, oral HIV testing – Tenderloin Health 
    • Urgent medical care
  • Tuesday, 10am – 12 noon: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
    • Urgent medical care and referrals
  • Tuesday, 6pm – 8pm: Duboce (between Church and Market) (Yahoo! map)
  • Thursday, 12:30pm-1:30pm: Martin De Porres @ 225 Potrero Ave between 15th & 16th  (Google map)
  • Thursday, 7pm – 9pm: Hemlock Alley (between Post and Sutter/Polk and Van Ness) (Yahoo! map)
  • Friday, 12 noon – 2pm: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
    • HIV, Hep C testing, 12-2pm
  • Friday, 6pm – 8pm: 234 Eddy Street (near the Windsor Hotel) (Yahoo! map)
  • Friday, 7pm – 9pm: Mobile Outreach based at 16th Street @ Mission (Yahoo! map)
  • Saturday3pm – 11pm: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
Get the FAQ after the jump.
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Harsh Craigslist: “FOR SALE TO HIGHEST BIDDER: The Ed Lee Story: An Unexpected Mayor – $75000 (downtown / civic / van ness)”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

[UPDATE: Sadly, "[t]his posting has been flagged for removal.” Man, it’s like Fake Rose Pak‘s Twitter account all over again…]

[UPDATE II: The famous Lie Ed Lie Twitter account has scheduled a meetup for Halloween 2011 in C-Town. (Please don't take this too literally.) Anyway:

"Meet at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce where hostess Rose Pak will accept $25,000 checks on behalf of Ed Lee. And then we'll read "The Ed Lee Story" book from cover to cover - all 132 pages, plus footnotes. Rose Pak will serve Ed Lee's "No-Longer Secret" Poongaloong Recipe (page 106) for hungry attendees for an extra $1,000 per serving."]

Give me just five guesses and I’ll tell you who posted this recent craigslist ad. I’ll tell you exactly where the suspects hang out (in the daytime anyway, generally at the HQ’s of the campaigns where they are employed) so it’ll be easy for you to drop by to interrogate them.

Is posting this ad an act of catharsis, or is it a way to sway voters, or a little of both? You Make The Call.

Anyway, here it is:

Boy, Rose Pak must be the least popular person in the 415, at least that’s what pollsters seem to think. BTW, where is Rose these days, you know, after her leg injury? Is she under house arrest, kept under wraps until after Election Day? Hmmmmm…

Enjoy:

“FOR SALE TO HIGHEST BIDDER: The Ed Lee Story: An Unexpected Mayor – $75000 (downtown / civic / van ness)

Date: 2011-10-11, 11:12AM PDT
Reply to: sale-bkukb-2644294146@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

The landmark book “The Ed Lee Story: An Unexpected Mayor” is already recognized as a classic, definitive political work of fiction. Wildly expected to be a contender for next year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, “The Ed Lee Story” is a loosely fictionalized account of the life of appointed Mayor Ed Lee, who rose to political prominence based on a flat out lie. This 132-page epic tome, ghost written by ethically challenged author Enrique Pearce and funded by corrupt money from Rose Pak, presents Ed Lee as a common man yet only reinforces the notion that Ed Lee and his supporters are full of hubris. 

“The Ed Lee Story” is for sale for a minimum bid of $75,000. Corporate interests like Recology, Go Lorrie’s Airport Shuttle, & PG&E are welcome to bid. Unregistered lobbyists can use special discount code SHADYMONEY to get 10% off the book. 

Chapters in “The Ed Lee Story”:

Chapter 1: Inauguration Day: WTF?
Chapter 2: The Mayor Who Rolled Up Rose Pak’s Sleeves
Chapter 3: Crunching My Donors’ Numbers
Chapter 4: Humble Beginnings To Inflated Ego
Chapter 5: A Fledgling Bureaucrat Meets A Political Opportunity
Chapter 6: Called To Serve Recology & PG&E
Chapter 7: From Appointed Mayor to Liar
Chapter 8: San Francisco’s Future: Rose Pak-Style

Read the Early Book Reviews:

“This book was clearly not illegally coordinated with Ed Lee and his campaign. Clearly. All those personal photos, stories, and access to people didn’t come from the Ed Lee and his campaign. Really. They didn’t.” – The New York Times Book Review 

“This book was better than Twilight. After finishing this book, readers will likely decide they’re no longer Team Edward or Team Jacob, but they’ll be with Team Ed, uh, we mean Team Rose.” – Boston Review

“Our only disappointment was that we wanted to read a chapter describing how Ed Lee parted the Red Sea and walked on water.” – San Francisco Chronicle Book Reviews”

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