Posts Tagged ‘weekly’

Oh, So This is Why San Francisco Has a Gigantic, Wasteful, Expensive, Underfunded, Profitable Street-Sweeping Program

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Here’s a block on Laguna:

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Of course most blocks in San Francisco get swept waaaaaay too often, even after the recent relaxation in scheduling that some areas enjoy.

So my conclusion is that street-sweeping isn’t 100% a scam for SFGov to make money, it’s just mostly a scam. And who’s going to pay for health care for street sweeper workers a half decade from now? Well, that’s SEP (Someone Else’s Problem), that’s something for the Next Mayor to work out…

SFMTA Meter Maids Refuse to Ticket Car Parked Illegally on the Sidewalk of Hayes Street Because of an Unwritten Rule

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

And that rule is that Parking Control Officers won’t give you a ticket for parking on a sidewalk so long as its street sweeping time, so, you know, the SFMTA is “making money” well enough already, thank you very much.

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That’s life in the big city…

The Time of the Week When the SFMTA Doesn’t Seem to Mind Cars Parked on the Sidewalk

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The white truck on the left is parked on the sidewalk. The SFMTA “knows” this because a dozen SFMTA-employed eyeballs have just passed by to see it. Yet, it didn’t get ticketed.

OTOH, the white car on the far right _did_ get a ticket, you can see it, for blocking a street sweeper on street sweeping day

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These practices have developed over the years – they’re a culture.

If you ask somebody from the SFMTA about this sitch, they’d be all, well, call it in and we’ll come out and give it a ticket. (When SFGov doesn’t have the will to enforce its own rules, it says the whole process is “complaint driven.”)

Anyway, this is the culture, not that you’d find it officially documented anywhere…

Ellis Act Eviction Essays from the Left and Right Sides of the Aisle, Plus a Detached Observer

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

If you use the term moderate, then that implies the opposition is immoderate, right?

So, imagine an aisle. Some are on the left of it and some are on the right of it and some have moved from left to right and some have moved from right to left and some camp out in the middle of the aisle blocking the exits.

In San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Guardian is on the left side of that aisle and San Francisco Magazine is on the right.

Keep that in mind as you peruse:

The Eviction Crisis That Wasn’t – Why carping about the Ellis Act won’t solve San Francisco’s housing problem by Scott Lucas, January 20, 2014

Ellis Act: So There Isn’t an “Eviction Crisis.” So What? by Joe Eskenazi, Mon., Jan. 20 2014

Debunking SF Mag’s Ellis Act apologist article, point by point by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, 01.20.14

A purposefully-distorted version of an already-stylized image, soon coming to an Asian American Studies curriculum near you, no doubt:

Your Federal Stimulus Money at Work: Half-Million-Dollar SFMTA MUNI Ticket Kiosk at Geary Marred with Graffiti

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Physical graffiti, the worst kind:

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Read all about it, from Joe Eskenazi

1278 Market Street – HOTEL CHASE – “Nitely, Weekly, Monthly”

Friday, June 15th, 2012

And please remember, “Use your key now 6/13/12″

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The newly-arrived Twitter people are already calling this place Hotel Chasing the Dragon.”

“Chasing the dragon” (a slang phrase of Cantonese origin from Hong KongTraditional Chinese: 追龍, Simplified Chinese: 追龙, Cantonese Jyutping: zeoi1 lung4, pinyin: zhuī lóng) refers to inhaling the vapor from heated morphineheroinoxycodone or opium that has been placed on a piece of foil. The ‘chasing’ occurs as the user gingerly keeps the liquid moving in order to keep it from coalescing into a single, unmanageable mass.[1] Another more metaphorical use of the term “chasing the dragon” refers to the elusive pursuit of the ultimate high in the usage of some particular drug.”

Former SF Weekly Editor John Mecklin’s Requium for Alt-Weekly Trade Org – “Long Live the Alt-Weekly!”

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Via Ron Russell’s Bay Area Observer comes word of this post from John Mecklin that’s been getting attention today.

The SF Weekly‘s Editor from 1997 to 2005 starts off with news of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies changing its name to the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and then he offers thoughts.


“Much of what had been staples in the bag of alt-weekly editorial tricks — event listings, music coverage, restaurant reviewing, smart-aleck attitude, general (though not universal) leftyism — was also undermined, coopted, replicated, done better or made obsolete by the rise of a host of online competitors, from the lightly staffed city observer sites (SFist, Gothamist, etc.) to Yelp to Gawker and on and on and on. In the lingo of the trade, the alt-weekly was unbundled, disaggregated, knee-capped by the kind of entrepreneurial twentysomethings the founders of many an alt-weekly had been, once upon a time, back in the historical mists of the 1970s.”

Yep, pretty much.

Read the whole thing, if you want.

Big, Big Organ: Come to the Weekly Concerts at Our Legion of Honor Musuem – Every Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s the music schedule for our Legion of Honor museum.

Now, what I used to call the organ, that thing you sit at and play, they call the “console.”

This is the organ itself, taking up most of the attic.

To the right is the dome that you can see from the main lobby – it appears to be made of something solid, but it’s made of thin fabric to let the sound go downstairs:

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And here’s just part of the organ proper – see the people down there?


Big big big.

And here’s what else is going on these days at the Legion:

August 6, 2011 – February 12, 2012
August 20, 2011 – December 31, 2011
October 22, 2011 – January 22, 2012
See you there!

“Whore Mountain” of the Mission and Uptown Tenderloin is the Lowlight of This Week’s Necessary Conversation

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Allan Hough of Mission Mission draws attention to this week’s Necessary Conversation from Famous Sweet Melissa Griffin and famous Beth Spotswood.



What’s the next stage beyond irreverence?

I think it’s snark.

Houston, we have snark.

OMG, “Necessary Conversation” Debuts – A Weekly News Video Starring Sweet Melissa Griffin and Beth Spotswood

Friday, August 27th, 2010

It begins. Famous Sweet Melissa Griffin and famous Beth Spotswood now have a new weekly joint called Necessary Conversation.

Check it:

Ever since Beth and I met, we’ve talked about doing a joint project. Well, years later, here’s the first episode of our newest endeavor: Necessary Conversation. Anyway, we’ll be putting out one of these a week. Hope you like it! (Oh, and we’ll have a dedicated NC website as soon as I figure out how to transfer the files.)”

Vimeo never looked so good:

Take a look why not?