Posts Tagged ‘white’

AFTER BARTY: I Finally Understand Lyft’s new FRIENDS WITH TRANSIT Campaign – But Lyft has NO IDEA How Slow our SFMTA MUNI Can Be

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Here’s a new one – another Friends With Transit ad:

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Now this ad I get – it’s saying how Lyft can become your “last mile” transportation solution.

Fine, but this ad here, the one I saw first seems to equate our MUNI METRO service as something akin to a fast, reliable transit system. Perhaps it might seem that the 415 has something like that to young people in NYC or whatever or whomever or wherever, but IRL you wouldn’t suffer through an N Judah ride only to take a Lyft taxi a few hundred yards north to (your home / tent / self-dug hobbit hole in) Golden Gate Park.

Now, why would our slow, corrupt SFMTA appreciate these ads? Well, it’s money for partner ClearChannel and the SFMTA, plus it’s saying how Lyft is compatible with transit, as opposed to, you know, Lyft “disrupting” the SFMTA by siphoning money away from it.

So IDK, Frisco has a ton of bus stops all over town, so I think ppl would simply walk the last quarter mile or less it takes to get home. Perhaps this ad campaign makes sense in less urban areas?


Homemade Parallel Parking Assist Lines of Dubious Legality

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Who but a Western Addition millionaire homeowner would have the temerity to start tagging up our streets?

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VISIT THE SWAMP: Claude the Albino Alligator Delights Tourists at Our California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park – Photos

Monday, November 16th, 2015

All the deets:

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So Lyft is Paying Our SFMTA to Put Up Bus Stop Ads That Make Lyft Look Like a Transit System? “STOPS THAT JUST WON’T STOP”

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Sure looks that way

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So what if a an Airbnber from Italy stopped rolling his luggage down Hayes and asked me, “Excuse please, what mean this?” Like, what would I say?

IDK. Lyft is a taxi service, I’d say. But I wouldn’t be able to explain the graphic or what STOPS THAT JUST WON’T STOP means.

Oh well.

What, No More Christmas Trees in Front of SF City Hall? – Annual Tradition Lost – A Brief History of “Holiday Trees”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

All right, I promised a history of the giant Christmas trees of San Francisco Civic Center in front of City Hall (aka the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere, believe it or not.*)

Here we go, from the mid to late Aughts, complete with a Star of Bethlehem atop. A shot from my office:


You know, keeping with Christian Tradition, as they say.

Well that didn’t go down good. So, in part due to some of my photos on SFist, back when Blogging Was King, and due to complaints of City Hall / SFGov workers objecting to having Christmas sort of imposed upon where there work – look it up on SFGate, Matier and Ross were on it – bye-bye Bethlehem star and bye-bye other overt displays of Christianity in and around City Hall.

But the tree stayed, and each and every year it came back, starless of course. And it was labeled a “Holiday Tree” in case there was any worry about it being a Christmas tree. Fine


Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.

And then, oh no, the garish lights on the tree! All those colors! Well, some rich white ladies about town thought they looked tacky, so away they went.

So that left us with this:

O.K. fine. Matier & Ross also had this story, about how the new, classier, white lights for white people cost RPD five figures, but that was OK, they said, because the colored Christmas tree lights would be able to be used in Golden Gate Park on Stanyan and perhaps they’re still in use, IDK.

Except this lack of color just wasn’t jazzy enough for other certain people.

So then came this:


Via Julie Blaustein

So, the colors came out of the tree in front of City Hall and they went into City Hall itself.

And then Mayor Willie Brown wanted ever more color.

Were these changes “improvements?”

No. But that’s what they were called at the time.

Oh well…

Anyway, that takes up to 2014, when we didn’t get any giant tree at all? NEWS TO ME! Did I not notice it wasn’t there? I forget. I tend to notice new things, I don’t tend to notice things what should be there and aren’t.

A Commenter just hepped me to the ABSENCE OF GIANT TREE, and I can see these photos from last year proving her point – no tree.

Here’s her beef:

“Hello. I was online trying to find info on why there was no Christmas tree outside of SF’s city hall in 2014, and I came across your post about the lights’ history during recent years. Regardless of any decor inside of city hall, i just don’t see why the tree was not part of last Xmas. I looked around online for info about the tree going up again this December, but any info on SF lighting ceremonies did not include a city hall plaza tree. I suppose the mayor’s argument for no tree is cost cutting and that people can go inside city hall to see some festive decor or head down to Union Square to join the tourists, but I find it pretty stunning that a major city has nixed its plaza tree. If you have an answer on this subject, I’d greatly appreciate hearing it.

Thank you,


It’s a Christmas Mystery!


*No no, the dome you’re thinking about (US Capitol Building) aint actually higher, OR it (San Jose City Hall or SuperDome) aint classical, OR it (St. Peter’s Basilica or Dome des Invalides) aint in the Western Hemisphere. Sorry. Look it up!

Kitty vs. Bunny at the San Francisco Zoo – The Grisly Things You Can See Before Opening Hour

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

It’s all happening at our San Francisco Zoo

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Hey Look, All the Invasive Frogs are GONE from Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond – Now Back to Normal – Photos

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Here it is, looking pretty normal, or about as normal as you can expect for a quarry pond in human-created Golden Gate Park:

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Now here’s your background:

Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park overrun by Vivian Ho

And here are the troublesome critters themselves – never seen one myself:


Poor little feller. Michael Linnenbach (

And this was the proposal, from a half-decade back:

Let’s just drain the Lily Pond and kill the frogs by Matt Smith

Clearly, it was time to call in the Frog Doctors:


It was time for some rehab. Yes yes yes.

Or, in the words of Rec and Park, “adjusting the PH level” was called for.

“Another example of biological controls to manage pests is the collaboration between the Department and the California Department Fish and Wildlife, in this case, the partnership has eradicated the invasive African Clawed Frogs by adjusting the PH level in the water in Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond”

By that, they meant this – going to the sto’ and then pouring in some motherfucking bleach, man:


Chemicals were everywhere:

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Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. cooked up a batch of white powdery stuff…

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…and they went to town:

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It was a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…

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Check this one-minute video of the place at that time:

PETA, well PETA was NOT happy about any of this:

“According to media reports, the California Department of Fish and Game and the city of San Francisco are considering draining Lily Pond at Golden Gate Park in order to kill thousands of African clawed frogs who reside there. Reportedly, the frogs were released from research laboratories only to be deemed “invasive” through no fault of their own. Once the pond’s water levels drop, these animals will slowly suffocate to death. PETA apprised officials of our concerns, and while they stated that other methods were on the table, they did not guarantee that this cruel initiative would be stopped. Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Please urge the California Department of Fish and Game and city officials to halt all plans to drain the pond while aquatic animals remain at the location. Also, ask them to mercifully euthanize the frogs rather than subjecting them to agonizing deaths if alternative methods of control are impossible.”

I don’t know how all that worked out, but this was the scene a couple months back, via Tony T – ‘dozer and digger:

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And that brings up up to present day, what you can see from the first photo up above.

You can’t visit just yet, as RPD is behind sked, oh well:

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And there you have it.

Nous salouns le retour, Lily Pond!

May you remain frog-free forever…

A Love Bug, But Not Herbie – Well-Preserved Volkswagen Beetle Being Towed About Town – Zero Emissions

Monday, October 19th, 2015

As seen on Ashbury, not far from Haight:

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Male Bus, Masonic – Three Views

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

How to mock the SFMTA in its own backyard:

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As seen right above a big MUNI yard:

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Close-up view:

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When You See, Hear, and Feel Fighter Jets Over Frisco, Most of the Time They’re These F/A-18’s from Naval Air Station Lemoore

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Or slightly bigger jets, these days, mostly.

As seen from the Marina Green, back in aught-13:

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Naval Air Station Lemoore, 93246

And he’s peeling off those dollar bills
Slapping them down
One hundred, two hundred
And I can see those fighter planes
And I can see those fighter planes