Posts Tagged ‘year’

Why Don’t We Elect Mayors at the Same Time We Elect U.S. Presidents? Why Have We Been Doing It a Year Early?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I don’t why, and it doesn’t really matter, we elect the Mayor of San Francisco one year ahead of the U.S. President. But check it, here’s the Wiki:

“The mayor of San Francisco is elected every four years; elections take place one year before United States presidential elections on election day in November.”

So, what we have is a situation where it’s likely that future Mayors looking at higher offices will leave a year early, since they get elected a year early.

Just like our current situation.

Why don’t we decide to give an extra year to some Mayor of the Future? Like if you get elected in November 2011 then you’ll take office in January 2012, but you’ll get to stay in office until January 2017 or 2021 if you win reelection. That way when you run for President and win, you’ll have a nice clean exit and the City you just vacated will be back on track in perpetuity.

Artist’s conception of former Mayor Willie Brown bypassing election and zip-lining past Fox Plaza and into Room 200 come 2011:

Wouldn’t it be better to elect our mayors instead of setting up a situation where there’s a good chance they’ll just be appointed instead?

Happy New Year from San Francisco – What Our Waterfront Fireworks Looked Like in 2010

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Via the beloved Laughing Squid blog (which is celebrating its fifth anniversary today – congratulations to the King of All Webhosts!) comes this link to The Big Picture showing New Year celebrations from around the world.

And this below is what the fireworks performance around the Ferry Building looked like early this morning via the camera of sebastiansuk, who now has a nice set of photos to remember his visit to San Francisco.

Would having people in these fireworks photos (plus seeing their names and hometowns) appeal to you? Well then click here.   

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Have a great 2010!

San Francisco’s Best Parallel Parker of 2009 Has Got to be This Guy

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Even with a spotter, trying to park this trailered rig on the left side of Fell Street, well that can’t be a picnic. The very prospect of thinking about which way to turn the stearing wheel gives me a headache.

Didn’t see how this one turned out, but just for the bold attempt, and considering the degree of difficulty, this man deserves to be San Francisco Parallel Parker of the Year, 2009.

¡Bienvenido a San Francisco!

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“Surf Alaska” Land Cruiser Dude – San Francisco’s Hipster of the Year, 2009

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

An immaculate black FJ-40 Toyota Land Cruiser is the primary reason this Matrix Morpheus-looking dude just won SF HoTY ’09.

Just look at the details:

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Aging FJ-40 model (豊田 ランドクルーザー, Toyoda Rando-Kurūzā). Of course! Dude could buy a much newer Bland Cruiser (2009 price = $50k-something) instead of this (possibly amazingly expensive) torture box, but where’s the fun in that?

Alaska license plate: SURF. Of course! Our 50th state is the next frontier of surfing, don’t you know.

Right Hand Drive (RHD). Of course! Dude’s driving on the wrong side of the vehicle. Why? Why not?

Snorkel. Of course! Can you see the urban snorkel air intake standing up on the left side? Very handy when our streets are under five feet of water. Snorkle! Snorkle! Snorkle!

Original diesel engine. Of course! A Chevy small block would just drop right in, but where’s the fun in that?

No doors. Of course! How can people see your stylish shoes and socks with doors blocking the view?

The hat and the fogglasses (on a very dark summer day)  put him over the top. Nobody could possibly best this fellow, that’s why he’s San Francisco’s Hipster of the Year, 2009.

2009 Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco: Year of the Ox

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Well just like last year, this year’s San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade went off without a hitch. Who was there? Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senator Leland Yee, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, newly-installed President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu, Supervisor Eric MarPolice Chief Heather Fong and a host of others.

What did Chinatown look like last night? Check out David Yu’s photos right here and you’ll also get to see what last week’s Miss Chinatown USA Pageant 2009, an event that included participants Amy Chu and Angela Chu and winner Cindy Wu, looked like as well.  

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And check the videos to hear what it sounded like.

Gung hay fat choy! See you next year.

Year-End Holiday Festivities in San Francisco’s Japantown

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

It’s been a busy year for San Francisco’s historical Ja pantown, but now that the neighbors have settled down, it’s time for Year-End Festivities.

Looks like things might be a little less festive this weekend since 50 degree weather isn’t exactly conducive to hula dancing, but there’s stuff going on until the end of the year.

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This weekend’s sked is below, with other days after the jump.

See you there!

Saturday, December 13
10 am-4 pm  –  Silver Bells Arts & Crafts Faire – Kimochi Kai  (St. Mary’s Cathedral Event Center)
Noon       –  Koto performance – Murasaki Ensemble (Japan Center Kinokuniya Bldg.}
1 pm       –  Taiko drum performance – Somei Yoshino Taiko (Japan Center Kinokuniya Bldg.)
2 pm       –  Hawaiian dancing – Performance by Keolalaulani Hawaiian Dancers – Canceled due to weather.

Sunday, December 14
1 pm       –  Japanese classical dancing – Michiya Hanayagi Dancers – Canceled due to weather.
3 pm       –  Traditional Okinawan dancing – Ohtori Kinsen Kai – Canceled due to weather.

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San Francisco’s Parallel Parker of the Year, 2008

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

The driver of this aging Volvo either managed to parallel park with amazing aplomb, or managed to get stuck through the poor practice of at least one other driver.

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You should always leave room for others to get out, of course.