Thursday, October 23, 2014

AirBNB / Hotels and Uber-Lyft / taxis

While I'm here, I thought i'd add a note about AirBNB and hotels and Uber/Lyft and taxis. 

The problem with legislating against these kids is that nobody is addressing what spawned these apps (nor do they have the ability to affect anything anyway). 

AirBNB would not exist were it not for a huge disconnect between what travelers can afford or want to pay and what hotels and motels charge. Frankly i'd rather stay in someone's home rather than an overpriced fee-you-to-death hotel. On potrero hill, home of dozens or hundreds of listings, i have no problem with all the nice folks wheeling their luggage around here. I see a dozen a week. No problem at all. Note that hotels survive mostly on biz travelers, did you see a few weeks ago that most hotel dining rooms are disappearing because of inflated costs??  It's the economy, stupid. And the disappearing middle class, Mr. Reich, but don't get me started. 

And if the taxis would service the neighborhoods instead of all hiding downtown looking for airport rides, Uber / Lyft / etc would never have gotten off the ground. You cannot find a free taxi in the 'hoods. I don't even have to write any more there. I think there should be some regulation about insurance, but "training" ???  That's smokescreen b**ls**t. Another worthless association or union screwing things up. 

Voter ID agendas

As is true of much of politics these days, the argument over “Voter ID” (Sunday Chron, 10/19) is the wrong argument, hiding the agendas of the Liberals and the Conservatives.

Noone can argue with the need for positive identification. Virtually all financial transactions today require it. Why should anyone be able to exercise our precious right to vote, without proving you are whose ballot you are voting ?

The problem is that some conservatives are hijacking the legitimate attempt at identification to create barriers to legitimate voting. Liberals are trying to make the registration process so simple that any lazy lunatic can sign up to vote. Thus the politicians are ignoring any compromise that might put in place legitimate ID processes but yet protect the right to vote. Typical.  

Getting an “Official ID Card” to prove who you are is usually a fairly simple process requiring a certain amount of personal responsibility. Yes, it might be more difficult for some minorities. But it only needs to be done once.


There should be some ID requirement to make an effort to register and vote.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Showers for the Homeless, another money pit ????


I go in spurts. Mostly because nobody really reads it, but then when i don't post, people don't vist...   oh well, this got me goin this am....


   I can't be the only one who was perplexed by the "showers" story in this am's Chron (Oct 1, Shower Buses for the Homeless). Doniece (director) raves about 625 showers since July. My engineer brain sees 7 showers a day, or 10 if you figure only five days a week. That's about an hour per ???  Now she is looking for $900k for next year. 

    My showers are usually 10 min max (remember we're in a drought). Allowing 20 min in a stall still gives 3 an hour, or 30 for ten hours. 5 days a week gives 150 (7 days gives 210) per WEEK, not per month. Clean up can't take more than a few minutes if you are efficient. Another bus would definitely help, location wise, but five buses makes NO sense financially if the utilization is absurd. 

    First, before expanding, MAKE THE UTILIZATION WORK. Their must be some of the customers smart enough to hire /volunteer as staff to expand available hours, it's ludicrous to let the bus sit empty for no staff, makes no sense. The customers must bear some responsibility to make the system work efficiently and smoothly. 

    Otherwise, you just have another "feel-good" money pit for city funding or a very poor use of charitable funds. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

I did NOT make this up, it's YOUR FOOD

If you want to know what you are eating.  I noticed that buried deep in the newspaper (print version) this am (aug 4, 2014), the news was that "Two workers at Pharmachem Laboratories in NJ were injured Saturday night when a vat exploded, rattling windows a mile away. They were cooking up a new batch of a widely used Eggnog flavoring."

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Vatican and Cordileone

The Vatican's continued retention and support of Archbishop Cordileone, whose diocese should be Wichita or Mississippi, is continued proof of the slap in the face and hatred which the Vatican has for the entire GLBT community. Sadly, only 3/4 of my Catholic friends realize this and abandoned Catholicism. It's like the pathetic support of the Log Cabin Club for Republicans.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Iraq, Vietnam, and the US Government

I should try not to be too cynical today. It's only two weeks after memorial day, and all i can think of are the young men and women who died or were maimed in Iraq for the betterment of democracy and to allow the Iraqi's to be able to choose for themselves and protect themselves.

As we learned in Vietnam (or rather, should have learned), was that when a people are divided either by ideology (communism vs dictatorship) or religion (shia vs sunni), no amount of outside pressure will make the two whole.  It is argued ad nauseum that we should have stayed in Iraq until the job was finished, probably impossible as we did learn in vietnam, or "bring the boys (and girls) home..." and get the f**k out..."   There is nothing else i can say that isn't cynical so i will shut up.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Why San Franciscans hate each other

i noted in the Worldcrunch that 71% of Russians dislike the US. The russian government did it. 

Now i know why San Franciscans dislike each other. The SF Administration and Board of Supervisors have constantly denigrated drivers to pedestrians and drivers to bicyclists and the SFMTA blames everyone else. 

No wonder our streets are war zones. No wonder drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists are so arrogant and inconsiderate, their gummint tells them to dislike each other.....a bit of a stretch, but it's correct..

<<71%.......A Russian poll conducted last month suggests 71% of Russians have negative feelings towards the U.S., the highest figure since such polls started in 1990.>>

Thursday, May 29, 2014

City "FEES" and Dealing with SF Dept of Bldg Inspecition

I needed to replace my 4' high by 20' backyard retaining wall. By the time i got done ($12k), i had a $1000 design that is heavier than my building foundation and a DBI permit that ran $900. Oh right, to park the trucks with a permit was an extra $250. If the DBI shuts down my project or says my rebar is an inch short, i feel like (**censored**). A friend built a new fence and the City made him redo it cuz it was 6" too high. My auto mechanic had his city "fees" and "taxes" go from $4k to $14k. And the contractor was less than the average bid.

I pity anyone trying to do business in this pathetic town. Maybe we should do what St. Louis does, let speed trap tickets pay for all the corrupt city administration, like the good ol' boy cities in the rural south in the 1960's. The city is "fee-ing" us to death. Potrero Hill almost got 1000 new parking meters this year. The politicians haven't a clue what is going on, they pass anything the city shoves under their noses. 

My plan is now to sell my business and house maintenance money pit (as bad as a sailboat) and move out of state. It's gonna take a year or two to disengage, but it's 80% certain. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Elected vs Appointed Interim Politicians

Supervisor Avalos is calling for voters to decide on interim appointments, ignoring the cost and the absurdly low turnout on “special” and “runoff” elections. He obviously assumes that once in office, the “incumbent” is immune to being voted out of office.

When you consider this in conjunction with the close race involving a convicted shoplifter, the absurd influence of PACS, slate cards, and 30 second robo calls, you begin to wonder if the average voter ever thinks for him or herself. If, of course, he or she even bothers to vote. 

When you think about it, even “term limits” are an admission that the average voter can not think for themselves.

Pathetic…

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Parking (redux) and SF new bldg Parking Ratios


One need only turn to Pender's column (Chron 11 May) about apps and paying for parking spaces to understand that parking in San Francisco is totally out of whack.

A large part of the problem is the abject failure of the restriction on parking in new buildings to less than one space per unit. Most owners of million dollar condos will have more than one car. Young couples with kids will put up with it, but with an early exit strategy to Marin or the Peninsula.

This is leading to the further deterioration of SF neighborhoods, where street parking is now a joke. Car break-ins and vandalism are “non-violent” crimes, with very little attention from the SFPD or DA. When an offender is caught, they are already on probation, rarely jailed.  

Something has to be done. We are already the second densest city in the country. As an employee at a local business told me today, commuting from the Richmond to Potrero Hill is impossible on Muni, and she is afraid to ride at night, so she drives. I gave up my driving volunteer work and half my clients in the city.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Facebook (Farcebook) and Rejection ???

OMG, OMG, another study:

<<  A study by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland's psychology school found that people who are ignored on Facebook can feel rejected and have a lower self-esteem.  >>

Where does that put me ??   I "inactivated" my facebook account after it spammed my email, and NOBODY NOTICED FOR FOUR MONTHS. A long lost cousin finally found me on linkedin, so i "reactivated" the farcebook. Only two people noticed that. 

First, you really can't "delete" your account, many links will "reactivate" it without your realization. Sneaky bastards. Second, full disclosure, at age 70, there ain't that many contemporaries there. Facebook is mostly for kids, although i read one newspaper report (real paper) several months ago that said many kids are abandoning farcebook for different platforms because too many of their parents are on there watching. 

The other scary thing is why we are raising kids to have so little self-esteem that they measure themselves by FARCEBOOK ???  PATHETIC. Maybe if parents taught their kids self-esteem, self-respect and respect for other people, we'd need fewer studies, fewer psychiatrists, and have fewer shootings. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

A new Police Chief for pathetic Oakland

Finally getting around to responding to Chip Johnson's (chron 5/2) excellent column on the next Oakland Police Chief. 

Let me get this straight, Sean Whent, the acting chief, "... plays by the rules; doesn't show favoritism or try to buddy up with the rank and file; eschews political gatherings (politicians think we measure their importance by the number of underlings on overtime lined up behind them), wants to be effective, not popular; and follows, and objectively enforces, department policies."

A no-brainer, right. AH BUT WAIT. He is not under the control of the police union or the department cliques, doesn't act like a politician, and probably won't be a patsy for the pathetic lunatics currently running Oakland. 

He is f**king doomed, as Oakland officials "interview" someone more to their liking.  HAS NOT GOT A PRAYER.

Chip, how do you continue writing about the right way to run Oakland, don't you ever feel frustrated in your quixotic quest for effective administration ?? 

NEWS FLASH:  14 MAY 2014  Mayor Quan (no comment) will actually listen to reason and NAME Whent the new chief. OMG OMG...

Lucas v. the Trust

Another thought i had a few weeks ago, thinking about the Lucas / Presidio contretemps. 

The whole thing strikes me as a bunch of rich egotistical kids. One side is the kid with the beautiful toys who wants a building that HE wants, WHERE he wants it. On the other side another group of rich kids with their toy (the Presidio Trust) and they want the rules that THEY wrote, not what anyone else wants. They tried to do the same thing with Fisher and see what happened. Frankly, the Fisher will do better at SFMOMA. This museum would do much better in the Presidio, with more kid appeal. 

In my viewpoint, Chrissy should have as few buildings as possible. It’s GREEN, people, deal with it. Tear down sports basement and leave it open space. There will be very little “walk-in” traffic to a museum on the Field, so why must it be there. Frankly, there will be more traffic to a building on Main Post and better parking. Maybe Lucas just wants eyeballs on his building. On that subject, but the architecture looks sorta boring, a bit like the old De Young replaced with something fantastic.   

State Budget Prop 30 Tax Revenue

Mark Leno wants to extend the Prop 30 Tax increases. Jerry Brown wants to let them expire. As much as i detest more taxes, having lived with the increases for two years, why don't Jerry and Mark sit down and work out a compromise somewhere in the middle (gee, what a novel idea, compromise)...  

There is so much c**p in the state, city, and federal budget, and so many brain-dead gummint workers and politicians trying to spend more money to buy voters, sometimes i think the tea party and paul ryan have a good idea

The Cell Phone Kill Switch

Time for a few more CCOWM rants. This one is my latest frustration about the Cell Phone Kill Switch mess in the California State Legislature. Generally, this is a no-brainer, but obviously, the corporate owners of the legislature proved their continuing power. Maybe it will finally be passed, but it just shows the CORRUPT AND IMMORAL CORPORATE AMERICA AND AMERICAN POLITICS. I plan on using my newest expression at the end of most of my posts, "....another nail."  This means "... another nail in the coffin of my dwindling respect and commitment to the city of San Francisco and California, and my ever-increasing research to find a better place to live. At 71, i ain't gonna put up with a whole lot more bulls**t.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Network TV news

David (Weigand, SF Chron)
  always liked your stuff, particularly the stories of the annual intro's to new series. I forget the expression, my memory ain't what it usta be....

No matter what anyone says or "reports" about the growth of network news, all you really have to do is look at the demographics target of the advertising. 95% of the ads are either pharmaceuticals or cars for old people.

The aging boomers joining those of us at 70 are driving the growth in viewers, but no program will thrive or survive unless they make inroads into the middle age groups, upper 30's through 50's, and unless ads targeting those groups appear as advertisers, i will never believe "reports."   This joins my favorite bs from news, "A study released today....."....

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Crossing Guards


As described in the March 4 Chron, I have always been a proponent of a School Crossing Guard Program to help kids learn how to safely cross the streets of San Francisco. The Guards could also teach kids how to wait when the crossing time gets below 6 or so. Unfortunately, many guards, the ones at the Bessie Carmichael Elementary School’s Folsom & 7th crossing come to mind, allow kids to enter the crosswalk when the number reaches 1 or 2.

This accomplishes two things. First it backs up traffic down 7th  for a block, because cars no longer have any time to turn right onto Folsom. This also teaches kids to have less consideration for drivers, which, as we know, has tragic consequences as they get older. Maybe it’s time for San Francisco to float a $10 billion bond issue and build pedestrian bridges at every intersection. Or SF could create four-way pedestrian crossings, such as Bush and Montgomery, although this just slows traffic further. Evidently, pedestrians and cars have great problems co-existing in this city. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Inequality

In light of the study in today's chron about SF being the MOST UNEQUAL CITY IN THE US, this is an interesting story about Alexander the Great and how it relates to Inequality, particularly in brazil. i have taken the article in World Crunch from Folha de S. Paulo (full link below) and created a tinyurl. one of the more interesting paragraphs i have also quoted below.

i honestly do feel that without corporations in the US and the 1% doing more to strengthen the middle class, this country WILL descend into anarchy and revolution. Every revolution in the world today, although many are religiously affiliated, has very strong roots in lower vs upper classes. A study in this morning's SF paper notes SF has the highest "inequality" in the entire united states, and many of the protests and near-riots occurring in the city and in oakland these days are economically based. Thailand, Venezueala, India, the Black riots of the mid 1960's, the elections in north western South America, are all economically based.

http://tinyurl.com/worldrevolution2014

from the article:
<<And so from an ethical point of view, what is wrong with inequality? Our ancient example reminds us that inequality is not bad in itself. What matters instead is the legitimacy of the process that may create it.

The justice — or lack thereof — of the end result depends on the means that brought us there. The crucial question therefore should be: Is the observed inequality essentially a reflection of the difference in talents, efforts and values, or is it the result of a game that was rigged to begin with. In other words, does the disparity come from a deep lack of equity in the initial conditions of life, of the deprivation of basic rights and/or of racial, sexual or religious discrimination? >>

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Traffic in SF

As i wrote to the overpaid "consultants" working for SFMTA's walking study:

"When an ignorant, inattentive or inconsiderate driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist meets an ignorant, inattentive or inconsiderate driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist, you get a tragic statistic, and it's usually not the driver.
Put another way, in traffic,
​either a pedestrian, bicyclist, or driver always has the "right of way." I would rather yield, even if I had the "right of way," than insist on it and be dead."

Friday, December 20, 2013

"Non Violent Crimes" like traffic tickets ?


I read with trepidation about District Attorney’s Gascon’s proposal to treat non-violent crimes as misdemeanors instead of felonies. The DA does not make it clear in Marisa Lagos’ December 20th Chron article about “Non Violent Crimes.” 

Does this mean that the criminals who are committing the ever increasing non-violent muggings in my Potrero Hill neighborhood, now approaching several a week, are treated like red light runners ???    Are the criminals who are smashing into cars in my neighborhood at the rate of a dozen a week to steal boxes of laundry or ipads or empty boxes treated like jaywalkers ???   His office already slaps their hands lightly anyway, as most of the criminals arrested by the Bayview District’s SFPD officers are already “on probation” and will be back out on the streets in hours. Scary…

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Another reason the SF budget is out of whack

A letter written to the Board of Supervisors of SF: 

How many tens of thousands of dollars did the Dept of Public Health spend on keeping track of how many "smoke free rental units." As a two unit landlord, i just filled out another "compliance" survey. A real "feel good" law. How many consultants were hired to design the "program." ????   The SF budget is similar to Detroit...
good grief people, and i paid six bucks to park at a meter on hayes street yesterday for lunch, another nail in my "why stay in SF??" .
Lunacy, pathetic, scary

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Another Sports Death

I am saddened again by a senseless stabbing, resulting in one death and more ruined lives. (dodgers vs giants). What appalls me is that if one person in this altercation is really part of a sports security, was not he trained in confrontational management ???   Where was his training when this occurred. I hesitate to say this about a heartbroken father, but did he leave his training back in the bar ???   The whole episode is such a waste. 

Sorry, but i am reminded again of my philosophy of civilization in this world, if you teach your children self-respect, they are more likely to respect other human beings and possibly less likely about killing another.

the Republican Party

I am an Independent. I don't trust the democrats to do what's right all the time for the normal American or San Franciscans. I rarely trust the Republicans to do what's right. 

Now that virtually EVERY repub is beholden to the party line and usually the lunatic fringe (ie tea party), I can NEVER AGAIN vote for ANY repub, since they vote in lockstep, without consideration for reasonable compromise. Shame, they have some good ideas.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Firemen and ambulances

Would someone, ANYone, please explain to me, WHY, considering the SF Fire Department's problem with overtime, WHY do fire trucks accompany many ambulances for calls ??.   I've seen it happen to the old guy across the street on potrero hill.

And if there is a reason, maybe it's not important enough considering the poor state of the city's finances..  I can't get any politician to answer this question, and i've asked it before..

SF Pedestrians bicyclists & drivers

This written to London Breed, supervisor, who tweeted about the worst problem to bicyclists is other rude bicyclists:

    I understand your position, and i respect it, as I haven't always agreed with you. My unbiased philosophy on SF traffic is:

When an ignorant, inattentive or inconsiderate driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist meets an ignorant, inattentive or inconsiderate driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist, you get a tragic statistic, and it's usually not the driver.
Put another way, in traffic, one of a pedestrian, bicyclist, or driver and another always has the "right of way." I would rather yield, even if I had the "right of way," than insist on it and be dead. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Syrian disaster and the US Government


This is my take on the Syria mess. Near neighbor Saudia Arabia doesn’t want to punish Assad for using nerve gas in their civil war, but is willing to pay the United States to do it. Immediate neighbors Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon don’t want to get involved either. Iraq, which the US turned into a basket case, is in the middle of their own civil war. Israel won’t do anything, unwilling to risk retaliation unless the US goes first.

Britain’s government can’t convince its Parliament to get involved in another Mideast war, Germany is hiding, and France is just making noise waiting for the US. Half the US population is tired of war and doesn’t want another war where the most likely winners are Al-Qaeda or other religious extremists. So that makes the US government either dumb or mercenaries, neither of which is very attractive. Without better support, there is NO shame in changing our mind about “red lines.”

As many have said, lets worry about the home front, with almost a hundred million or more un- or under- employed, a fragile out-of-control financial system, not to mention a disappearing middle class and an untried health care system.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Corrupt Bangladesh and Wal-Mart

Ok, let me get this straight. All the big clothing retailers are getting together to help the poor textile workers in Bangladesh improve their lot in life. No wait, that's not what the "agreement" says. What they WILL do is pay to improve the buildings that the workers are forced to work in, even paying the owners to keep the buildings from collapsing and killing workers, bad for the image...  But, of course, the price of the crap the cheapskate american public buys will remain the same and the workers won't make a cent more. Wal-Mart has today even refused to pay to fix the buildings. And the american public buys this ??? Are we truly that stupid and complacent. And of course the american middle-class disappears in the process. God help us.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bullets instead of Stun Guns

Ah yes, and one final DARWIN from the 4/11 Chron to the activists of SF, who would rather see the mentally ill blown away with bullets instead of a stun gun. Let’s see, while some screaming nutcase is charging the cop with a machete, they want the cop (him or her) to figure out whether they are mentally ill or intoxicated, or elderly (what’s the cutoff to prevent a lawsuit), or wet, or too thin, or near traffic. I shake my head in bewilderment.

The North Korean baby and the US Senate and the Pres.

And simply a whole host of DARWINS (from 4/11) to first the fat freak in Pyongyang. Why not just cut off his caviar and champagne and bon-bons. He’d crumple REAL quick.   

Then of course there is the Senate of the United States, the most horrific pathetic bunch of freaks that has ever populated Washington DC. Don’t even want to require background checks for all the crazy lunatic white boys with clueless parents who want fully automatics with 50 shot magazines to blow away other white kids. Lets see what will happen when some of the white kids of old white men in Washington got blown away by more crazy white boys. Having thousands of black and Hispanic kids blown away of course has NO affect on the old white men in DC. TRULY PATHETIC. 

AND WE CONTINUE TO REELECT THE OLD WHITE MEN (and women).  

And might as well throw in a DARWIN to the Pres AND the Senate, who haven’t the collective guts to actually pare down the bloated government and, instead, furlough Air Controllers. I believer one paper called it the “White House's Operation Wreak Havoc response to the sequester spending cuts.” I’m ashamed of Barak, and I voted for him twice.  

The breaking bolts on the bay bridge

Another Moron from the Chron 4/11 treasure trove: 


To the pathetic CALTRANS engineers, another bunch of bureaucrats who never met an Outside Engineer Consultant at which they didn’t want to throw money (full disclosure, I am a retired mechanical engineer). When I worked for the gummint, we NEVER hired outside engineers, did EVERYTHING IN HOUSE.

Oh right, and they’re a F***ing bunch of cowards because when the bolt people whimpered “we don’t wanna test the bolts again,” the engineers chickened out and said, “well, ok..”  

God what a bunch of losers, now we have a bridge with a completely weakened quake protection structure which will NEVER EVER be as strong as originally designed. And, of course, the media immediately jumped on the Chinese when the fault lay in our good ol’ USA.

Why not just FIRE ALL THE ENGINEERS AND FILL ALL THE CALTRANS OFFICES WITH POLITICIANS AND PR PEOPLE.

A Moron to the whole TAXI industry

A Darwin (or Moron) Award to one of several from the Chron 4/11 paper:

How about anyone involved in the Taxi industry, especially the SFMTA, which spent $400,000 on a consultant who said “the city needs more cabs.” Everything the MTA touches, from parking to parking meters to Muni, gets totally screwed up, and poor Ed R, the prime winner of the Darwin, hasn’t a clue, or if he does, he hasn’t the guts to fix it. The agency is overwhelmed with clueless bureaucrats whose sole goal in life is never face anything that they can’t spend money to hire a consultant. Why not fire all the staff and just have people manage consultants?

The taxi union, which refuses to admit that the drivers stalk downtown, because it’s easier to get fares, leaving the burbs empty of cabs. Then they complain because the smart people use the mobile phone based services.

The companies, which refuse to coordinate the dispatching service because of “turf” wars, and refuse to set up a reasonable system of “gates,” so the drivers get totally scr***d.  

So they totally f*** the whole system, and wonder why everything is so screwed up. Every person with a brain knows that to find a cab at 6:30, you go to the uptown street because every cab is racing up to 72nd or 96th to cruise downtown and pick up a fare (oh wait, wrong city)…

I SO TOTALLY DETEST THE SFMTA. 

UPDATE: May 2014, now there are quite a few "apps" to get cabs, because the taxi industry finally wised up and realize they were DEAD unless they joined the 21st century. 

SFFD Overtime or P*ss Poor Management ??

Matier & Ross (Chron 4/24) point out the abysmal record of the SF Fire Department in controlling overtime costs. To me, the solution is simple, but, of course, politically incorrect for today's pathetically cowardly politicians. I have several elderly sick neighbors, and every one of the six ambulance visits in the last couple years has been accompanied by a fully staffed fire engine. Is there an explanation for this which does not involve union political power ???

Monday, April 1, 2013

Chron shilling for PG&E, ignores serious facts


The following was written to the Chron and various members:

The article in Saturday’s Chron (3/30/13) was, as usual, a one-sided fluff piece pushing for PG&E’s attempts to gut California’s emphasis for solar power, and the second in less than a year. The Chron’s David Baker totally ignored the almost $5 per month MINIMUM that EVERY RESIDENTIAL SOLAR CUSTOMER must pay to be hooked into the power grid, whether to use electricity at night or to provide power to the grid. Or to slant it more, $60 per year. For the “… - about 80,000 - …” PGE customers, that amounts to $4.8 million per year in revenue. Now I agree it’s not the $213 million that PG&E claims that solar power costs them. But that sounds like total corporate BS, which Mr Baker is convinced need not be addressed. I’m guessing this is the “retail” loss which is BS, because PG&E pays for power from solar at a very discounted wholesale price.

My first draft had words like “apologist” and “shill.”  But it is one sided articles like this that make me think the Chron is somewhere on the level of the Examiner. It certainly further decimates my trust in the “news,” business and otherwise. I pay for the Chron for unbiased news, not corporate fluff.

I’m not submitting this to the Letters, because you’d never publish it.

A new MORON award to SFSU

I strongly believe in the Moron Awards for brilliance in managers from government and the private sector. 

The current moron award goes to the Chair of the Psychology Dept of SF State University, Ms. Julia Lewis, who by the way, refused to respond to a Chron Reporter. She believes that the free graduation is inadequate and that every struggling student should pay $85 FOR EACH FAMILY MEMBER TO ATTEND the "elite" graduation. She cites some small sample poll and the inability to fix the problem in the two months remaining until grad. Her brain should have told her this is stupid.

WHERE DO THEY FIND THESE GENIUSES ???  If you feel this needs rethinking, call the Psychology Dept at 415-338-2167. Also call the President's office at 415-338-1381

 

Canadian View (and facts) of Tar Sands oil

The following op-ed in the NYT explains succinctly why i am afraid of tar sands energy. I also think that anybody who thinks FRACKING is safe is smoking something strong. They are both ill conceived ways to feed our over active need of energy:

<<Canadians don’t universally support construction of the pipeline. A poll by Nanos Research in February 2012 found that nearly 42 percent of Canadians were opposed. Many of us, in fact, want to see the tar sands industry wound down and eventually stopped, even though it pumps tens of billions of dollars annually into our economy. 

The most obvious reason is that tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles. 

Also, bitumen is junk energy. A joule, or unit of energy, invested in extracting and processing bitumen returns only four to six joules in the form of crude oil. In contrast, conventional oil production in North America returns about 15 joules.>>

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Traffic congestion, thanks to the SFMTA

As is evident below, the dreaded SFMTA has now decided that they don't have to study the effect of projects on automobile and street congestion. BUT, they can collect fees. 

if you people don't stop the SFMTA, you will be left with a Manila or Beijing or Rome. I don't care, i won't be here.


<<
The new ATG (ed: Auto Trips Generated) system will almost never require an EIR, because the TSF money collected by the Transportation Authority is considered to be a traffic mitigation chargeHow clever:  The Transportation Authority is abandoning environmental impacts on car congestion and delays, so they can charge developers for transportation money.
The Transportation Authority now believes that any reasonable measurement of transit sustainability will satisfy CEQA requirements.
If ATG replaces LOS, the Transportation Authority has the right to do whatever it wants with San Francisco’s streets.  There is no person or agency in City government fighting for the rights of automobile drivers and their passengers.  Slower car speeds, delays, and congestion will not be as important as wider bus lanes, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and limited parking. >>

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Supreme Court and the SameSex marriage cases

A very interesting take on the question of who wanted to take the case, makes a lot of sense.
most likely we'll (us queers) win the DOMA case and get a very limited ruling in calif on the prop 8 case. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/30/us/supreme-courts-glimpse-at-thinking-on-same-sex-marriage.html?nl=us&emc=edit_cn_20130329

The dems and repubs responses to the sequester

Written to Diane, Barbara and Nancy:

This is exactly why i detest democrats and republicans equally. Maybe the republicans actually are proposing smarter things. Closing airports, stopping white house tours, closing parks, what stupidity and total disregard for our intelligence.
You certainly aren't listening to me or any other intelligent democrat. Maybe we should give the republicans a chance, Barak certainly is screwing things up.

  • March 25, 2013, 7:05 p.m. ET

The Senate After Dark

Harry Reid blocks a vote to prevent airport delays and closures..

(a whole bunch of really reasonable republican proposals in response to the White House's Operation Wreak Havoc response to the sequester spending cuts )

 Check out the full article:

A version of this article appeared March 26, 2013, on page A12 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: The Senate After Dark. 

Pedestrian Safety (or inattentiveness)

Written to Scott Weiner today:

Scott
    you know i like your work the great majority of the time. And you're doing good work on the pedestrian safety problem.
    in case you've forgotten, i think the city ignores the third leg of the pedestrian safety problem​, which is the A Triple Eye problem.
    Arrogant, Ignorant, Inattentive, and Inconsiderate
    If an "A Triple Eye" driver meets an "A Triple Eye" pedestrian, the the pedestrian loses, and the driver gets blamed because it's politically correct, but, come on, when a pedestrian walks into the SIDE of a streetcar, how is that all the driver's fault.
     Unless the city starts scaring pedestrians who walk with their head down or buried in their texts, progress cannot be made.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Letting bars close at 4 AM - What ARE you thinking?

Senator Leno (about changing bar closing to 4 am)
   Mark, i think this is A VERY BAD IDEA. 2 am is fine, the crime / fun situation will NOT get better with later openings. I'm not sure where you got the idea, but it "ain't a good'n."
  there was a another shooting last night, and of the 3 people NONE were from san francisco. Many bars in the east bay will not stay open later, and the trouble makers will just migrate to sf.
  now club cocomo wants outdoor loudspeakers, and it's only five blocks away from me, further than at&t, which i can hear a few times a year LATE.
   Please, PLEASE don't push this..

(who the hell is looking at this, 24 views yesterday??) 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

SFPD Felon arrests

The following sent to the Bayview Police Station, DA, and several supervisors. 

Capt O'Sullivan
   We on the hill GREATLY appreciate your neighborhood involvement and your informative e-newsletters.
   But i'm curious, and maybe just naive, but how does a violent parolee end up with TWO felony no-bail warrants and out on the street ??? Is this the DA's office, the Judges, seems more likely than the SFPD ????  And since he's out, he demolishes two tax-paid vehicles and endangers countless hundreds of civilians.
___________
Edward
Potrero Hill
San Francisco

<<Aggravated Assault on Officers, Stolen Auto Arrest:
On February 19th at 2:45 pm, plainclothes officers were notified by a marked unit that there was a stolen vehicle parked in the lot of a shopping center on the 300 block of Bayshore. The plainclothes officers responded to the location, found the stolen car, and set up surveillance. Several minutes later a subject walked out of the auto parts store and entered the vehicle. The officers pulled their unmarked car directly behind the stolen vehicle and got out to make the arrest. As the officers ordered the suspect out of the stolen car, he revved the engine and reversed, crashing into the unmarked police car, and lifting it off the ground. The suspect then accelerated forward over a concrete center island and took off at a high rate of speed toward the parking lot exit. The suspect then crashed into another vehicle followed by yet another collision into an SFPD van that had been driven to the scene for back up. After a brief physical struggle, the suspect was taken into custody. He was a parolee at large with two felony no bail warrants, one of which was for aggravated assault. He was booked County Jail on aggravated assault of an officer, auto theft, and his warrants. (SFPD Case No. 130145596)>>

Monday, February 18, 2013

Selling food from the Food Bank

SENT TO Leah Garchik, the "society editor" of the Chronicle:
 
   Your mention of my buddy in 2/18 Chron caught my eye, leading me to your comment about "...reselling (food bank) food ..seems immoral."
   Might i point out that this action is not only immoral, but prevents food from getting into the hands of the truly needy. If nobody else needs it, then why not shut down the food bank and put the tax money to other good uses, like fighting wars or fixing potholes. Or maybe even reducing our taxes, horrors.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ellis Act Evictions

Automatic and semi automatic weapons are for ONE purpose and one only, to KILL people. Ellis Act Evictions are for ONE and one purpose only; to EVICT tenants to increase rents or TIC or condo a building. Politicians seem to be total cowards when it comes to trying to corral these problems. Let's only vote for candidates who are willing to address these issues in the face of very powerful lobbyists in the gun lobby and the developer lobby.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

They voted "against" the nudity ban ?? Pathetic

The following was written to stupidvisors Jane.Kim, David.Campos, John.Avalos, Eric.L.Mar, Christina.Olague, copies to the other supervisors. The first five voted AGAINST the Nudity Ban proposed by Supervisor Wiener,  "... Campos argued that police resources could better be spent fighting violent crime, instead  of tracking down naked men roaming the streets. Other supervisors argued the ban seemed to infringe on people’s right to express themselves and was merely a problem in a Castro that didn’t need a citywide ban."

Supervisors:
     "Merely a problem in the Castro." ??? 
     What arrogance !!!
     What narrow minded politics !!!

"Tracking them down." !!!    good god, what stupidity.

As i said in a previous email, how about if i parade a bunch of ugly female prostitutes in their 70's in front of your wife, children, and neighbors. See if it's just their problem. You won't even allow nudity in the chambers. Pathetic.
Infuriating.

Thank god one of you is already gone. The rest of you will be gone in a few years, and Scott will be mayor. Hopefully somebody can reverse the accelerating downward spiral in the city's "livability."

VOTE  FOR  THE  BAN