When a cop does something unexpected or outrageous bystanders are sometimes compelled to capture pictures or video.
What you’re seeing here is a cop issuing a $110 ticket to a driver for double parking in the bike lane. And this isn’t just any cop. This is the Captain of Mission Station.
“I tagged two people today who I’ve warned before,” Captain Perea said.
Cyclists and pedestrians alike seemed confused by the rare sighting. But none more than this Uber driver (pictured above and below) who seemed to be just hanging out between fares. Note the big empty spot he could have pulled into to allow rush hour cyclists access to the bike lane.
“What we’re doing in this district is what all stations are doing across the city. We call it Focus on the Five. Every district will identify the causes of the most collisions.”
Focus on the Five is one of the tools the SFPD is using to support Vision Zero – the city’s goal to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024. It includes both enforcement and education.
“[Focus on the Five] Is not about tickets, but enforcement is one way we can track data to see how we’re doing.“ Captain Perea continued, “We’re just trying to keep people safe. And this is what we got. So we work with what we’ve got.”
Before Capt. Perea headed out to write one more ticket, he said, “We have to make sure that the streets are safe for public travel. It’s public safety at its most basic.”
Pros: empty building finally used; good WiFi coverage for the park; nice park to rest in while awaiting Genius Bar appointments Cons: dark wood beams may conflict with Steve Jobs beech aethsetic; Pottery Barn may attempt to move into Christian Science Church next door
So, now that it’s moving to NYC and another Charles Phan restaurant is on the way to take its spot on Valencia, how do you feel about the Levi’s Workshop in retrospect? Still convinced it was some nefarious plot by a huge business entity to infiltrate our “culture”? Or were you impressed that a company like Levi’s would take the time to engage the locals?
Please tell us about your experiences there, whether they were good or bad, so the next multinational corporation with indie aspirations won’t make the same perceived missteps. Most importantly, did anyone manage to create some cool shit there? Please share!
This casual Mediterranean place from owner Christopher Totah will serve falafel wrapped in lavash ($6.95, or $7.95 with potatoes and eggplant); chicken or lamb shwarma ($7.95)—the meat will reportedly be “natural” but not organic…
It’s due to open on Tuesday June 1st but call first before heading over—delays could still occur.
“And like that, poof, he’s gone.” I am inclined to think that Otter was not in fact behind it this time. It’s a good thing that everybody and their brother already photographed this to death, because now it’s really dead. Alas, no one had the foresight to put up a sign in Cantonese warning that this art is “very hard to get it.”
Anyone know the story behind this Banksy whitewashing? Any of the other Bansky pieces throughout the city suffer a similar fate?
UPDATE!!! An anonymous commenter seems to have the scoop:
The building owner lives in Texas and received a notice from the city. Not knowing the significance of the piece, or what it was, he had it painted over. The owners of The Curiosity Shoppe live in the building and were obviously unable to convince him to keep it.
Yikes! However, this is the kind of thing that happens when you have an out of state absentee property owner who doesn’t seem to know or care about the culture of the area in which his property resides.
Also, I was able to get a free Chinese language lesson out of this too. Apparently, Cantonese and Mandarin refer only to spoken language, whereas written language is always known vaguely as Chinese. So, even though most of the residents of Chinatown happen to be Cantonese speakers, that sign was nonetheless written in Chinese. Case closed!
Laughing Squid and Telstar Logistics recently exposed us to the historical imagery feature in Google Earth. San Francisco’s 1946 layer proved irresistible, especially concerning the old SF Seals baseball stadium, now home to the Potrero Safeway and Office Depot.
As is inevitable amongst map wonks, the Telstar Logistics and Burrito Justice mapping teams started to wonder exactly where in the stores the bases were located. The alignment of the 1947 photomap is a little wobbly in Google Earth (it’s off by 30-100 feet) so we turned to another favored source for greater precision, Sanborn maps overlaid in GE. Behold the diamond of history.
Aw, fuck. Unrelated to Trauma filming, Andy writes in with some news from Valencia:
Its kind of a sad and haunting story but on my way home 16th and Valencia was closed off because there is a jumper sitting on the roof. I hope to god that he doesnt jump and that he is able to work things out. Its really a bummer and is kind of scary to see in real life.
Oy. Have also heard people on the scene are taking cell phone pics and cracking jokes. Quit being assholes.