LIST:SOCIAL/PARTNER DANCE VENUES --- July 16 Sunday Streets on Valencia ---Frozen Filmfest --- SF Marathon --- Two Special Intimate Music Venues
NEWS: Amazon buys Whole Foods ---TRANSIT E-Caltrain Coming --- Lyft/Uber Success not Understood --- Stationless Bikes Coming JULY 4 Dolores Park SF Mime Troupe 2017 Season Opening
Walls 2017: Book by Michael Gene Sullivan. Music by Michael Bello. Lyrics by Piero Amadeo Infante. Directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe. One of the Mission's great traditions is the SF Mission's own MIME Troupe opening their season in Dolores Park. Various Northern California parks through Sept. 10. 80 minutes. (415) 285-1717.Tue, Jul 4th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30) 19th St. & Dolores St., San Francisco Ticket Info: FREE (donation) www.sfmt.org
Fourth of July from Bernal Heights Hill Dazzling 360 view of fireworks particularly the southern City, Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Dress warmly.
There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. — Vicki Baum
Swing Lindy Hop, a high-energy form of swing dancing. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway, and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family. Lindy Hop is a partner dance and is the original form of Swing dancing created by teenagers in the 20's and 30's in Harlem, NY. Like hip hop is today, lindy hop was a street dance made up by youth and retains its improvisational and social nature today.
It’s important to wear comfortable shoes; flat shoes that won’t slip off your feet are best and expect to change dance partners often
Verdi Club 2424 mariposa (415) 226-9202 .shimmytown.com/ https://www.facebook.com/shimmytown/
Tuesdays Tuesday Night Lindy Hop @ Club Verdi + Balboa Classes Join the fun at the Woodchopper's Ball at the Verdi Club!with Hep Jen & Ken Watanabe http://www.hepjen.com/
Hep Jen is also well-known as the head instructor at Lindy In The Park on Sunday afternoons.
Wednesdays: West Coast Swing at the Polish Club on Wednesdays Mission City Swing 3040 22nd St b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St (510) 545-3173 missioncityswing.com at the polishclubsf.org Every Wednesday Lessons at 7 Dancing 9 - 11:30pm West Coast Swing (WCS) is a smooth, slotted swing dance.Slower than Lindy and East Coast Swing, which are danced to up-tempo swing and big band music, but it is very improvisational, creative, and musical. Cats Corner @ Balancoire Variety of swing & Lindy Hop classes on two dance floors starting at 7pm and ending with a live music dance party .catscornersf.com/ Balancoire Nightclub 2565 Mission Street, means “Swing” in French and is a spirited nightclub
Since August of 1996 Lindy in the Park is free social swing dancing every Sunday (weather permitting, of course) from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. on John F Kennedy Drive (JFK Dr) in Golden Gate Park, between 8th and 10th Avenue. (No automobile traffic is allowed in this area on Sundays) Produced by Hep Jen, DJ Naomi, DJ Ken Free lesson at 12 noon http://www.lindyinthepark.com/
SHADES OF BLUES at the Polish Club 8:00p - 9:00p Drop-in Class 9:00p - 12:00a Dance partner dance to many styles of music, exploring different styles of movement to go with it. To blues music we dance blues dances Shades of Blues = wejustdance.com/shades The Polish Club 3040 22nd St b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St (415) 821-2574 polishclubsf.org
Electronic Partner Dancing every other Saturday at Saint Gregory Mission Fusion® runs a twice-monthly (electronic partner dancing) in this beautiful Church Lesson/ Dance lab from 8:30-9:30 Dancing from 9:30 to 1:00 ammissionfusion.com/
St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church 500 De Haro St @ Mariposa St (415) 255-8100 saintgregorys.org
Argentine Tango is one of the most romantic and elegant of the social dances
Tango on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Mission Cultural Center
(beginner and intermediate) with Nora Dinzelbacher bring your dancing shoes: high heels with straps suggested for women, tango or character shoes with a leather sole for men. Dance sneakers are ok. No tennis shoes please. No partner required. Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts 2868 Mission St @ 25th St (415) 821-1155missionculturalcenter.org Tango at CMC Music Center Every 2nd Saturday of the month, CMC and Tango dance faculty member Sonja Riket host a monthly Milonga (Argentine Tango social dance gathering) with a drop-in class and dancing to Tango music http://tangorevolution.blogspot.com/ CMC Concert Hall 544 Capp St between 20th & 19th Streets (415) 647-6015 •www.sfcmc.org
Salsa Mondays Wednesdays & Most Sundays Metronome Dance Metronome Dance 136 Missouri St b/t Mariposa St & 17th St (415) 857-1043metronomesf.com/ Learn to dance salsa, swing, tango, ballroom, wedding dance & more. In the montecristosf.org/ club
Mondays & Tuesdays with Tianne at Danzhaus Danzhaus Dance Center / The Gingerbread House Danzhaus 1275 Connecticut St. (415) 970-0222 http://danzhaus.tripod.com/ A great venue with two floors and a bar. Don't park too far up the hill though. To understand where all the patterns/moves are coming from, then you should go to Tianne's salsa classes. tiannefrias.com/ Wednesdays Yerba Buena @ Verdi Club, is a weekly Wednesday salsa experience. Beginner and Intermediate level salsa lessons taught “On 1” with Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman at Latin Sybolics. Cuban salsa lessons taught at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco every Monday and Wednesday by Ramon Ramos Alayo. A Wednesday night Timba salsa party at Bissap Baobab in San Francisco. $5 cover, and dancing until 1:45am. eventbrite.com/e/bachata-dance-lessons hosted by Kristian Sanchez Thursdays Roccapulco Salsa Thursdays with live salsa bands Cover is just $10 before 10pm Roccapulco 3140 Mission St near Precita Ave (415) 648-6611 roccapulco.com Fridays Dance Fridays LIVE Salsa Dance Lessons at 8pm Space 550 is in the Bayview warehouse district at the base of Bernal Heights and features a live Salsa Band in multi-room 9000 sqft space with good street parking. Dance lessons at 8pmDance Fridays Space 550 550 Barneveld b/t Apparel Way & Dorman Ave (415) 550-8286 Treasure Island on Fridays for Bachata Night Kristian Sanchez's class willbe 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Aracely Cafe and Event Center 401 13th St (415) 985-7117 aracelysf.com Sundays Same Sex Salsa Sundays at El Rio Every 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons, Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia bands from the bay area on the Patio. DJEmotions spins on the patio! 3:15 Free Dance Class with Karla Bands play from 4-8p
Developed in Brazil after the demise of Lambada in the early 90, combiing elements of Swing , Salsa and even Samba. Brazilian Zouk is the fastest growing social partner dances on all continents Thursdays Zouk at El V★ with Anthony & Collyane | 915PM | Zouk w/ Anthony & Collyane 10PM - 130AM | PARTY At the door Zouk Class $15 Party only $12 firstname.lastname@example.org Venmo 424-302-2185 Facebook El Valenciano Restaurant & Bar 1153 Valencia St b/t 22nd St & 23rd St (415) 826-9561
In today's modern world, it's easy to become disconnected from our bodies and from each other. The best dancing is about “connection”
SOCIAL/PARTNER DANCE VENUES
Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St b/t Potrero Ave & Hampshire St. (415) 861-9199 verdiclub.net
Women’s Building 3543 18th St b/t Valencia St & Guerrero St (415) 431-1180 womensbuilding.org
Symbolic Dance & Fitness 672 S Van Ness b/t 17th St & 18th (415) 681-8140 symbolicdance.com
ODC Theater 3153 17th St (at Shotwell St) odcdance.org
ODC Dance Commons and Rhythm & Motion Dance 351 Shotwell St b/t 17th St & 18th (415) 863-9830
Z Space 450 Florida St (at Mariposa St)
Slate Bar 2925 16th St b/t So. Van Ness Ave & Capp St (415) 558-8521slate-sf.com
Elbo Room 647 Valencia St b/t Sycamore St & 17th St (415) 552-7788 elbo.com
Il Pirata 2007 16th St b/t Potrero Ave & Utah Streets (415) 626-2626 ilpiratasf.com
Public Works 161 Erie St (at Mission St) (415) 496-6738 publicsf.com
Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission b/t 13th & Otis St (415) 800-8782 brickandmortarmusic.com
Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St @ Mission St (415) 826-4441 dancemission.com
Inside is seating for about 50 people, a stage, a tiny bar and a small patio upstairs.
65 CAPP STREET was built in 1979 by the late David Ireland, renowned San Francisco sculptor. As his first architectural piece, the original 1904 single story structure was transformed into his minimalist approach to maximum light and irregular angular structure. 65 Capp became “The Capp Street Project” in 1983, after philanthropist Anne Hatch purchased the building. The Capp Street Project during the years of 1983-1990 hosted a variety of installation artists who would stay in the building while they transformed it for their ultimate project. The Capp St. Project ultimately moved to a new location and the building was acquired by Creative Director - Brett D. Cline and Executive Director - Elizabeth Jones Cline in 1997 they opened The Lost Church to live audiences in Feb. 2011
Charles Desmarais, our SF Chronicle Art Critic, has won the inaugural 2017 Rabkin Art Prize after submitting an article about David Ireland's other house at the corner of Capp and 20th Streets. In announcing the price July 19, 2017 the Rabkin Foundation said "The second article demonstrated his ability to be touched emotionally by an artist and convery it to a reader in a complex way."
July 7 Trio Colibrí: Classic & Original Latin American Music
July 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Boca do Rio: A Brazilian Celebration Red Poppy Art House,2698 Folsom St. @ 23rd St San Francisco, CA 94110 United States (650) 731-5383redpoppyarthouse.org
Trio Colibri is comprised of John Santos, Jose Roberto Hernandez, and Manuel Constancio, three stalwart Bay Area musicians drawn together by a common passion for the lyrical and poetic music of Latin America. Using guitars, Afro-Latin percussion, and beautiful vocal arrangements, they transport audiences to other countries, realms, and eras – always with an element of originality – while honoring profound musical traditions and innovators. Mambo, bolero, son, joropo, and guaracha are some of the rhythms they use, igniting dancers
Boca do Rio, the immensely danceable result of a two-decade musical partnership between guitarist/singer Kevin Welch and percussionist Alex Calatayud, brings their multi-layered electro-funk party boat to the Poppy. Their musicá organicá, born of Brazil and the San Francisco Bay, showcases the rhythms of living and working between the Americas
MAPP is a familia a community and a series of arts, music and activis events that has been taking place in the Mission for over 13 years. MAPP is always the first Saturday of the even month such as August 5, 2017. Check for updates https://mappsf.bandzoogle.com/
JULY 7TH, FRIDAY Frida Kahlo 110th Birthday Celebration
Dancing with DJ SABOR TX, live performance by Grupo Córima, fun and Community. Featuring local FRIDArte vendors, food by La Cocina Entrepreneurs. More to be announced. 6:00-9:00pm Tickets: $10 Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts –2868 Mission St missionculturalcenter.org/events.html
JULY 8TH, SATURDAY Calle 24 Paseo FRIDArtistico
A celebration of Frida and la calle 24. Several participating vendors, FRIDArte activities, an hourly screening of “The Life and Death of Frida Kahlo as told to Karen and David Crommie” sponsored by Cine+Mas SF.
Get your FRIDiscount card and shop all the vendors on the street. Spend at least $30 with 3 different participating retailers and receive a limited edition FRIDArte screen print. Location: Multiple 24th Street between Mission and Potrero, see map at FiestasFridas.com for participating vendors.
Saturday, July 8th, King of the Streets
6pm on Mission Street
Join Chuy Gomez of HOT 105.7 / 100.7, Roberto Hernandez of Carnaval SF and the San Francisco LowRider Council as they Cruize the Boulevard
and hang out south of 24th St
VIGNETTES ON LOVE Sometimes Love Stings
July 6-30, 2017 at Potrero Stage, SF a new multi-media play by David Steele co-written by Victoria Chong Der soundtrack curated by Noise Pop directed by Jim Kleinmann original films by Dances With Light PlayGround, the local incubator for emerging playwrights,reopened its Potrero theater in February of 2017, with significant improvements from the former Brickhouse venue. The theater itself has been reconfigured, with a new, wheelchair-accessible seating design and a slightly smaller stage, allowing room for 99 patrons, instead of the previous 78. PlayGround has also added new access points to the stage and backstage area, enhanced backstage features for props, new LED worklights, a new LED stage lighting system and a Green room or rehearsal space.
Playground at Potrero Stage 1695 18th St. near Arkansas St. San Francisco, CA , 94107 email@example.com or call (415) 992-6677 playground-sf.org
Brava! for Women in the Arts presents the theatrical world premieres of Marisela Trevino Orta's haunting, beautiful play Ghost Limb, July 6 - 23.
July 6-23, Thur 7pm, Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm
Brava! for Women in the Arts presents the theatrical world premieres of Marisela Trevino Orta's haunting, beautiful play Ghost Limb, July 6 - 23.
Set in Argentina during the Dirty War and riffing on the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter, Marisela Trevino Orta's Ghost Limb tells the story of los desaparecidos-the disappeared of Argentina-and the mothers who fiercely protested the military dictatorship who took their children. https://www.brava.org/all-events/2017/7/6/ghost-limb
Z SPACE Production from the writer of "House Tour"
THE MAKING OF A GREAT MOMENT
JUL 26 - AUG 26 at Z BELOW
An exuberant new comedy by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Sean Daniels, and starring Danny Scheie and Aysan Celik. Actors Mona and Terry are on an ambitious quest: tour their play Great Moments in Human Achievement across the country... by bicycle. Surely they’ll bring inspiration to millions! But as they pedal across the nation reenacting history’s high points, finding laundry facilities proves just as tough as their unruly audiences. When the day is done, can our heroes manage a great moment of their own? An exuberant comedy about all the potholes on the road to sheer brilliance.
Z Below is the 78 seat theater below the 230 seat main performance space
JULY 16Sunday Streets SF
creates miles of car-free streets for neighborhoods to enjoy as community spaces for people to walk, dance, skate, bike, play, and explore. WHEN? WHERE? Sunday, July 16 11 am to 4 pm Valencia Street from Duboce to 26th Street
JULY 20-23 “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival Roxie Theater Showcasing the year’s best new independent avant-garde pop culture films, the Frozen Film Festival takes its name from the distinct chill of the San Francisco summer.. Filmmakers whose work is accepted into the festival are invited to come to the city by the bay in the dead of summer to screen and discuss their work. From the opening night gala featuring local musicians, local performers and local fine artists, to cutting edge student work, the Frozen Film Festival is helping to lead the film industry through an independent grass roots movement. Creative thinking and raw talent will rise if given a chance. frozenfilmfestival.com
Roxie Theater 3117 16th St at Valencia St (415) 863-1087 roxie.com
July 23rd, 2017 The San Francisco Marathon The 40th running of The San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, 1st Half Marathon, 2nd Half Marathon, 5K and Ultramarathon) has SOLD OUT as San Francisco’s streets will host over 27,000 seious runners. This race runs through the North Mission in the morning on 15th, 17th & 18th Streets.thesfmarathon.com/
July 27-29 ODC DANCE SUMMER SAMPLER ODC/Dance, San Francisco's world class contemporary dance company, presents its annual summer event, Summer Sampler, July 27-29, 2017. The three-night series gives audiences a chance to experience the dynamic ODC dancers up close in the company's intimate Mission District theater on the ODC Campus. odc.dance/summersampler
"San Francisco’s Mission District has earned its reputation as the city’s creative hub: Residents have found innovative ways to beautify their homes and streets, either by refreshing weathered exteriors with vibrant murals, restoring and repurposing warehouses or transforming blacktops into compact parks and gardens. Now, the neighborhood has the city’s largest collection of shops and studios showcasing handcrafted works, from ceramics to botanicals. This is the place to haunt if you’re looking for the best of Bay Area design."
The heart of the Mission at 24th & York: the venerable St. Francis Fountain and Pop’s Bar, reflect the neighborhood’s Irish and Italian past while catering to the young and hip and not Latino. While nearby is the Brava Theater, which "The Heart of the Mission” author Cary Cordova calls “a critical space for Latino arts and culture.” In the other direction is a marvelous mini park, with a children’s playground. On the York Street side is a huge mural, all in blue, of La Llorona, the ghostly weeping woman of Latino mythology by the Mission's celebrated artist Juana Alicia. "You can hear her at night, it is said, crying for the children she has lost.This small corner may be the heart of the Mission." writes Bernal Heights journalist Carl Nolte in his Sunday 7/917 "Native Son" Column.
In 2002 the art world began its formal recognition of a "Mission School" of art that was galvanized by the success of the Clarion Alley Mural Project. However, despite the obvious connection to Latin arts, mural and otherwise, contemporary art critics shows little acknowledgement of the prior movement's past or present. So begins the introduction to Cary Cordova's book University of Pennsylvania Press (May 25, 2017) "It's evident that the evolution of the Mission is far from finished."
Local Control on Bar Closing Times Advances State Sen. Scott Wiener, (D) San Francisco, said, “Right now, our cities in particular with strong night life are at a competitive disadvantage to the many cities around the country. If the bill passes, bars and restaurants would need to apply for a permit to establish a new closing time," in short Weiner concluded “This bill is about local control.” Wiener's predecessor Mark Leno last attempted to pass this legislation in 2013. sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article134624749.html
ADA Driveby Lawsuit Reform Targeted by Jackie Speier
SF and Peninsula Congress woman Jackie Spier (D -14th Dist.) is cosponsoring a reform bill that would prohibit civil actions based on the failure to remove an architectural barrier to access into an existing public accommodation unless the responsible party, usually a small business owner, was first given a chance to correct. congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/620?r=82
Amazon.com Buys Whole Foods: Retail on the Ropes with automation and supply chain collapse, thousands of retail jobs may disappear
In the deal, Amazon will gain roughly 460 stores, most in the range of 30,000 to 45,000 square feet in size — or 18.2 million square feet in prime real estate in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Till now, big-box chains had enjoyed a major advantage over Amazon by remaking their supply chain so retail stores can fill online orders. This acquisition moves Amazon fulfillment from the outskirts into the neighborhood. "The interesting question: Will Bezos seek to keep Whole Foods’ lush operating margins? Or will he cut prices and bring his take-no-prisoners approach from e-commerce to the produce aisles?" --- Thomas Lee sfchronicle.com/business/article/With-Whole-Foods-Amazon-seeks-to-conquer-11234456.php
"To understand why Amazon wants to be a major player in the grocery business, you have to look at the system behind the industry. It's complicated, but Amazon may tear it down to eliminate middlemen. That's how it built its retail empire, which is threatening every shopping mall, independent store and old-style department store chain." --- John Wastik
"Despite a host of services, including AmazonFresh, Instacart and Peapod as well as many supermarkets themselves, interest [in delivered groceries] has been far from explosive. Having a stranger pick out and delivery your ribeye steak, it turns out, is not the same as having someone deliver your Christmas presents." --- David Pierson latimes.com/business/la-fi-tn-grocery-delivery-20170620-story.html
"We will choose the most convenient options that align with their pocket-book and values, in that order.
Over the past few years we’ve seen Amazon testing new ways of getting groceries in consumers fridges, with Amazon Fresh, Amazon Fresh Pickup, drone delivery, and Amazon Go. As I look back with this acquisition, I can’t help to think, “Were they just preparing for this the whole time or did they realize they couldn’t do it alone?” --- Cyrus Radfartechcrunch.com/2017/06/19/is-whole-foods-a-healthy-option-for-amazon/
AMAZON.com DRONE HIVE PATENT APPLICATION ILLUSTRATION There may be far more changes to the well located large outlets than anyone realizes
WHOLE EARTH OUTLETS less than 2 miles from the Inner Mission Corridor
Noe Valley 3950 24th St b/t Sanchez St & Noe St (415) 282-4700 wholefoodsmarket.com
Potrero Hill 450 Rhode Island St b/t Mariposa St & 17th St (415) 552-1155
Castro /Mid Market 2001 Market Street at Dolores (415) 626-1430
SoMa: 399 4th Street, San Francisco, California
Haight Street: 690 Stanyan Street
Ocean: 1150 Ocean Ave,
Franklin: 1765 California St
June 22 2017 Amazon has made the next leap toward a future reality in which drones drop recently-ordered goodies off in your yard, filing a patent for a “multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Lyft / Uber Winning Ways Unaccounted in Transit Planning
Muni Use Down while Lyft/Uber use is above 9%
"Public policy often aims for a certain outcome — and as such, it can be harder to predict what you don’t want to happen, so you don’t see it,” Randy Rentschler of the MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission)
A knee jerk reaction has resulted from two Mayoral candidates as City Attorney Dennis Herrera has subpoenaed documents from Uber and Lyft to try to determine adequate compliance with disability access and environmental regulations while Supervisor Jane Kim has suggested a 20-cent-per-ride fee to raise money for unspecified anticongestion measures. Meanwhile Supervisor Aaron Peskin says instead that it might be time to take a step back telling Matier-Ross, he is against the thinking that ‘If you can’t beat ’em, tax ’em,’ but at this point I’d just like them to give us more information so we can see what is really going on.”
E-CalTrain Coming Soon Dedicated funding finally in sight after 150 years
Senate Bill 797 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo would authorize county governments and transit authorities to place a 1/8-cent sales tax hike on a future ballot. The revenue would generate roughly $100 million annually for Caltrain as it electrifies and expands its capacity to shuttle riders between San Francisco and San Jose, creating a steady funding source for a train that now depends on voluntary payments from three counties. Arecent poll shows 74% of the voters said they would, according to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group mercurynews.com/2017/06/26/caltrain-sales-tax-proposal-draws-huge-voter-support-poll/
CalTrain Peninsula Corridor Offers Hope to Housing Crisis Electrification will double capacity & set stage for Bullet Trains from the Valley The Caltrain plan to switch to its electric system by 2021 and double the overtaxed capacity for 65,000 daily commuters is back on track and thus able to barely meet June 2017 construction deadlines.. A letter penned by the California’s 14 Republican members of Congress, including Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, the House majority leader, called the $64 billion project a “boondoggle” and described the $647 million Caltrain grant as an “irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars. resulting in US transportation secretary Elaine L. Chao, withholding funding because the electrified system also would be used for the state’s bigger high-speed rail project which reminds some of them of the SF Bay Bridge replacement fiasco.Governor Jerry Brown has largely resisted calls for reform of the State Transportation bureaucracy that delivered a less seismically safe Bay Bridge, billions over budget, a decade later than expected. California Republicans based in the central valley who are in the thick of rail aqueducts running over flat land are not backing down on their call for a reset of nonviable designs stubborning insisted upon.
sfchronicle.com//Brown-s-cap-and-trade-deal-could-eventually-kill high sppeed rail Jim Wunderman of the Bay Area Council and others were able to make the case in Washington DC that operating with slow, outdated and dirty diesel trains, Caltrain has struggled to keep pace with record ridership growth on one of the nation’s most economically productive corridors.The remaining two-thirds of the project funding will come from state and local budgets. Plans call for HPR trains reaching San Jose, at 220 mph then the speed will slow to 110 mph for the "blended Caltrain corridor" on the Peninsula, an increase from the current 79 MPH maximum. In 2016 however, Mayor Ed Lee's office made the final connection at the new Transbay Terminal unclear as Potrero Hill neighbors dig in for a fight for a realignment that would free up land for further development. San Jose Diridon to San Francisco Transbay Terminal Over the next decade, more than $10 billion of transportation investments will start to remake San Jose’s Diridon Station into the first high-speed rail station in the country and the busiest transportation hub west of the Mississippi. Remaking Diridon Station and the 240-acre area around it will fundamentally reshape San Jose's relationship to the rest of the Bay Area. Meanwhile the San Francisco Transbay Terminal will open later in 2017 as the world's most expensive bus terminal with no vision for a second rail crossing connection and no consensus on how to bring the rail extension forward to its ground floor. mercurynews.com/2017/05/22/federal-fta-grant-caltrain-electrification/ wired.com/2016/02/california-bullet-train-changes-tack-to-silicon-valley/The 2016 pivot to providing commuter central valley housing for booming Bay Area conveniently allowed the abandoning of the engineering challenge of the mountains between Bakersfield and Los Angeles. This was good news to some but many others were disappointed by the loss of vision. In 2012, one disillusioned observer with a special interest in linking the West Coast urban areas was inspired to introduce the viability of the Hyperloop. Elon Musk's HSR concepthas since become the next big thing in high speed transit with a Korean project in the works and many more proposed elsewhere than California.
Meanwhile Elon has moved on and now wants to solve his SpaceX Los Angeles commuting problems by building tunnels. Tunnel technology is ripe to solve many transit problems including the much called for next crossing of the SF Bay. Recently the SFPUC bore a new water supply tunnel linking the Hetch Hetchy and Crystal Springs Reserviors well under budget. The goal of improving tunnel boring technology enough to make hyperlooping transit viable led Mr. Muskto announce "verbal" government approval to build the world's longest tunnel between New York City and Washington D.C. for a 30 minute hyperloop connection.
1000 Megs up/down internet by SONIC with Revolutionary Pricing SF Mission is a targeted neighborhood Pricing at a fraction of of COMCAST business rates. Rollout takng place over many months and may not include your block but definitely worth the switch if it is available. WAVE which has not expanded its limited coverage in many years is trying to price match. Comcast is pushing multiyear contracts and a new service support standard. ATT needs to spend more on fiber optic and less on marketing. Sonic is the largest independent internet service provider in California and it is now expanding our San Francisco Gigabit Fiber internet service to include the Mission District and surrounding neighborhoods .sonic.com/sanfrancisco
Liberty Hill Gossip
Alexis Ohanian, the Reddit co-founder, who lives in the Liberty Hill neighborhood above Dolores Park, has become an international celebrity following his engagement to Serena Williams the tennis star. Unlike fellow Liberty Hill tech residents, Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan, who have yet to be seen on Valencia Street with or without baby stroller. Alexis and Serena, who met in Rome, has created stirs about the Mission scene several times most notably when Serena chased down a Mission Chinese cell phone thief and played tennis on a whim in Dolores Park. Mr Ohanian has written the bestselling book Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed, which was published in 2013. He is also a political activist particularly around worldwide web issues. Thus folks are wondering if sightings of Florida resident Serena pushing a baby stroller in 94110 can be expected in the near future. Meanwhile on upper 21st St the news is about WG Kinzer, a transient car dweller who seems obsessive about challenging Facebook security personel despite a stay away order.
Why we love living in San Francisco By Glen Park Resident to 24th St BART regular and featured Chron columnist Heather Knight July 25, 2017 "For starters, there’s the beauty that bursts forth from pretty much any vantage point"
Though provoking comment by Jack Wheeler on the local "Poverty-Industrial Comples who have "replaced small charitable organizations with a six-figure salary poverty bureaucracy incentivized to perpetuate and grow the problem."