Posts Tagged ‘Work’

The Onions are Done – Giant Golden Domes of Geary are Fortified to Face the Rigors of the Great Geary Fog Belt

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Holy Virgin Cathedral, 6210 Geary, Before:




And After, same as it ever was:


Same as it ever was…

“V-O-Cal?” – RPD Chain Gang, Twin Peaks – “You can make friends and earn community service hours!”

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Here’s the scene, located hundreds and hundreds of feet above us Frisco Flatlanders:

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And here’s the pitch, from the RPD, and from V-O-Cal (Volunteer for Outdoor California).

IDK, man, I think they’re pushing this outdoor metaphor a bit far, you know, for an urban area:

5pm – Registration and camping opens
7:30am – Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am – Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm – Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm – Head back to camp.
4pm – Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm – Dinner and entertainment.
8am – Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am – Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am – Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm – Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm – Celebrate the work and say goodbyes

(It’d be like “camping” at Piers 30-32 and then “hiking” to Pier 39 to do some yard work, IMO.)

Anyway, thanks for your work, V-O-Cal volunteers.

And I’ll tell you, TP is a “smaller” place now – it seemed to be at capacity and yet there wasn’t a whole big crowd of people there the way we had, on dreaded sunny days, back before RPD and the SFMTA took away all those parking spaces…

Another Fixer-Upper in the Richmond: Golden Onion Domes of the Russian Orthodox Holy Virgin Cathedral Shrouded by Scaffolding

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The Outer Richmond District on a recent Dreaded Sunny Day:

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Those domes have real gold on the outside, as real as the gold flakes on the highly regrettable Big 5-0 Sausage from our highly regrettable Bay Area Super Bowl 50.

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Our Holy Virgin Cathedral at 6210 Geary will be back in shape in now time, I’m sure.

Golden Gate Park is Going Back to Nature a Quarter-Acre at a Time? – Look What’s Growing on This Formerly Grassy Knoll

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Here’s the update for the Panhandle’s formerly grassy knoll between the intersection of Fell / Ashbury and the Panhandle Bathroom:

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So the bacteria is chugging away down there and whatever wants to grow there is a growing. This is quite a change from the quite unnatural and quite thirsty grass what made this little hill look like a small part of a big golf course.

In a way, this patch is almost an experiment ala our California Academy of Sciencese’s Living Roof, non?

To be continued…

Look Closely – Our SFMTA N Judah Express Jammed Up at Oak and Masonic – Urban School Work + Poor Design

Friday, September 4th, 2015


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Is somebody in charge here?

‘Cause if somebody is, I’d have a few notes.

Our Rec & Park Gods Must Be Crazy: Grassy Knoll in the GGP Panhandle Newly Turfed, But Now Deturfed – Brown Brown

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Here’s shot of a 2000-something square foot knoll from a couple years back, in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle – keep off our expensive new turf, man is what RPD was saying with the temporary cyclone fencing:

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Nice and green, huh? This was the color of the Mound when these volunteers installed a (fake*) Rain Garden, seen on the other side of the benches:

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But now here’s how things stand today betwixt the Panhandle Bathroom Building the and Panhandle Bike Path:

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This brown mound will become a “planted area,” whatever that means:

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Trot out any RPD spokesmodel with an explanation and I’ll have a counter for it. Hey, maybe the Panhandle shouldn’t be one giant lawn? Hey, maybe decisions about how to handle Our Current Drought shouldn’t be driven by the concerns of Area realtors? Hey, maybe we should repave the Panhandle’s currently abysmal Oak-side walking path now and worry about installing a bunch of “irrigation” later? Or, hey, maybe just forget about irrigation and let Gaia take its course?

Just asking.

*Look at the definition and then YOU MAKE THE CALL, Gentle Reader. This “rain garden” is heavily watered, just like the center pivot irrigation circles you see in Flyover Country. 

Ross Mirkarimi Update: “Sheriff Mirkarimi Confirms Valid Driver License”

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Our San Francisco Chronicle went wall-to-wall, all over the Twitter, with this one, which turned out much easier to resolve than, say, our ongoing Pay-To-Play culture at City Hall.

Just saying.

Just released:

“Sheriff Mirkarimi Confirms Valid Driver License

San Francisco, CA – Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi today announced that the matter regarding his driver license has been resolved.

“I used the public phone numbers for the DMV and traversed their process. I found them to be efficient and helpful, and after explaining the matter and filing the proper paperwork the matter has been resolved.”

Sheriff Mirkarimi was informed for the first time on Monday that the DMV had suspended his driver license, except for his ability to drive for his employment duties, for a failure to file an accident report. In fact, the Sheriff immediately reported the accident to his insurance company as well as to SFSD personnel. He was informed by his insurance company that the matter would be processed. The Sheriff learned only yesterday that his insurance provider did not file a report with the DMV as he believed. That report has now been filed.

Neither the Sheriff nor his insurance company had been notified by the DMV or any other entity regarding a license suspension or restriction. The Sheriff’s insurance coverage has remained uninterrupted.

Sheriff Mirkarimi was involved in a non-injury accident on 10/2/14. There was no damage to the City car that the Sheriff was driving but there was claimed damage to the other car. He provided his personal insurance information to the other driver as there was no City insurance information accessible in the City car.

Sheriff Mirkarimi will work with City administration on completing any remaining requirements.

Press Release: “Statement on the Status of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s Driver License” – The Importance of DMV Form SR1

Monday, August 10th, 2015

I don’t know, I tell people to be sure to file their SR1 form with the DMV all the time, but nobody seems to care all that much about it. They say, “I’ll let my insurance company take care of that.” That doesn’t exactly match the rules – oh well.

Anyway, here’s the latest on this one.

“Statement on the Status of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s Driver License

San Francisco, CA — Sheriff Mirkarimi has only learned today, through press inquiries, that the DMV suspended his license — except for his ability to drive for his employment duties — for his failure to properly report an accident. Neither the Sheriff nor his insurance company has ever been notified by the DMV or any other entity regarding a license suspension or restriction.

Sheriff Mirkarimi was involved in a non-injury accident on 10/2/14. The accident took place while he was driving his City vehicle. The non-injury accident resulted as the Sheriff was merging with other traffic to avoid a closed lane. There was no damage to the City car but there was damage to the other car. The Sheriff traded information with the other driver, including insurance information. He provided his personal insurance information to the other driver as there was no City insurance information accessible in the City car.

The Sheriff immediately reported the incident to his insurance company as required. Sheriff Mirkarimi was informed by his insurance company that they would take care of the matter. He has confirmed with his insurance company that his coverage has always remained in effect.

Sheriff Mirkarimi received a citation for a traffic violation by a San Francisco Police Officer in June. The Sheriff was not advised of any license suspension or restriction at that time. This citation has been resolved.

Sheriff Mirkarimi is working immediately to resolve the issue of his restricted license. He has contacted his insurance representatives to determine why the proper report was not submitted to the DMV. Sheriff Mirkarimi is expediting the resolution of the matter.”

Well, Here It Is – Here’s Your Newly-Repaved Kezar Drive, July 2014

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

For the life of me, I can’t tell the difference between the bad, terrible, bumpy old Kezar (seen in the background) and the new, wonderful, freshly-paved Kezar (seen in the foreground), you know, except for the color.

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So Yeah, Kezar Drive Will Be Closed Until July 3rd Starting Today, But Only at Night – From 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

[UPDATE: Here’s a FaceBook posting from June 20th, from a less-than-reliable-source, one that earlier stated that this job already would have been done by now, that I don’t think you could find even if you searched for it, that’s designed mostly to take credit for a “job well done” (as opposed to informing the affected public (most of whom don’t even live in District Five)), that doesn’t even mention the terms SFMTA or DPW, that I suppose is a kind of official notice.]

Earlier, I read this sign as Kezar Drive Closed From June 23rd to July 30th, so I was baffled as to why there was nothing posted online on this topic.

So now, after taking a photo and looking at it, I see that the closure is for just 11 scheduled days and only at night.


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I’m still baffled as to why no SFGov entity has posted anything about this online, oh well.

Anyway, this thing kicks off tonight – here’s the foreperson getting ready for work.