July 2017

June 14, 2017

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

Review by sfchronicle.com's theater critic Lily Janiak  


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

 

Mondays
The Women’s Building, Auditorium
3543 18th Street, between Valencia & Guerrero http://www.swingornothing.com/mondays/

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

Saturdays
Shimmytown is also producing daytime classes with master instructors https://www.evensi.us/lindy-hop-with-sonia-and-hector-masonic-temple/212708313 at the
Mission Masonic Center 169 Bartlett btwn 22nd & 23rd Streets www.MissionLodge169.com

Sundays

 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/

Stuff Happens Double Check on the Latest with lindylist.com/

 

Fusion

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 am missionfusion.com/  

St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church 500 De Haro St @ Mariposa St   (415) 255-8100  saintgregorys.org

Tango

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) 821-1155
missionculturalcenter.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) 857-1043 metronomesf.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 8pm Dance 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

 

Zouk

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  collyane@gmail.com 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

NORTH MISSION

  • 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) 558-8521 slate-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

MID -MISSION

  • Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St @ Mission St   (415) 826-4441   dancemission.com

  • El Valenciano  or El V 1153 Valencia St b/t 22nd St & 23rd St (415) 826-9561 zouk on Facebook || salsabythebay.com/el-valenciano-salsa/ 

  • Mission Masonic Center 169 Bartlett btwn 22nd & 23rd Streets

  • Little Baobab 3380 19th St   b/t Capp St & Mission St   (415) 643-3558  bissapbaobab.com

  • Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St b/t Bartlett St & Mission St (415) 647-2888 makeoutroom.com

  • Amnesia 853 Valencia St   b/t 20th St & Cunningham Pl  amnesiathebar.com

  • 19th Streets  (415) 647-6015 • www.sfcmc.org

  • The Polish Club 3040 22nd St  b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St  (415) 821-2574 polishclubsf.org

  • Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 2868 Mission St @ 25th St (415) 821-1155 missionculturalcenter.org

MISSION- BERNAL/BAYVIEW

  • El Rio 3158 Mission St b/t Powers Ave & Fair Ave (415) 282-3325 elriosf.com

  • Roccapulco 3140 Mission St near Precita Ave  (415) 648-6611   roccapulco.com Check for Touring Latin Bands at  ticketsparati.com/

  • Space 550 550 Barneveld San Francisco, California 94124 - Dance Fridays  

 

The Rest: Dance Clubs Free style

  • Skylark 3089 16th St b/t Valencia St & Caledonia St (415) 621-9294 skylarkbar.com  great free variety burlesque show on Friday nights

  • Blondie’s Bar 540 Valencia St b/t 17th St & 16th St (415) 864-2419 blondiesbarsf.com  small dance floor at least 25 gin/vodka concoctions on the menu known for generous pours

  • Bruno’s 2389 Mission St b/t 19th St & 20th St (415) 643-5200 brunossf.com Only open Friday and Saturday

  • Beauty Bar 2299 Mission St b/t 19th St & 18th St (415) 285-0323 thebeautybar.com DJs play Hip Hop

  • Asiento 2730 21st S b/t York St & Bryant S (415) 829-3375 asientosf.com

  • The Chapel 777 Valencia St b/t 19th St & 18th St (415) 551-5157 thechapelsf.com disco ball and flashy lights help make the room come alive.There's 2 bars, one located upstairs where a large balcony

  • Club 26 Mix 3024 Mission St b/t 26th St & Capp St (415) 756-2212 Very Latin with early cover charge

  • Knockout 3223 Mission St near 29th St   (415) 550-6994 theknockoutsf.com

     

sfsalsafestival.com/  10th Anniversary in 2018 Produced by John Narvaez & Elizabeth Rojas directors of the world famous SalsaMania dance company

salsabythebay.com/salsa-dancing-san-francisco/ \

 

 

Special Focus: The SF Mission's Two Sublime Music Venues
JUL 6: You're Going To Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes
JUL 28th & 29th:  Rainbow Girls  Album Release Gathering
more

 

The Lost Church
65 Capp St San Francisco, CA 94103 b/t Adair St & 16th St 
thelostchurch.org

All events now on Ticketfly

ticketfly.com/venue/10839-the-lost-church/

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." 

The first article was a dissection of the still growing costs to the local arts of the Fisher family art loan to SF MOMA

 

 

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) 731-5383 redpoppyarthouse.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/

http://redpoppyarthouse.org/programs/the-mapp-program/

 

 

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.

 

11:00am-5:00pm

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 info@playground-sf.org or call (415) 992-6677 playground-sf.org

http://hoodline.com/2017/01/potrero-hill-s-thick-house-theater-to-reopen-as-revamped-potrero-stage

 

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.

zspace.org/the-making-of-a-great-moment

Z Below 470 Florida St b/t 17th St & Mariposa St (415) 626-0453 zspace.org/z-below/

Z Below is the 78 seat theater below the 230 seat main performance space

 

JULY 16 Sunday 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

sfchronicle.com/Urban Youth Arts Festival at Precita-Park-by Lizzie Johnson  July 22, 2017

 

 

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

NEWS

 

"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."

Garrick Ramirez July 2017 sfchronicle.com/The-Mission-s-eye-catching-design-destinations-

 

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. 

sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nativeson/article/Art-illustrates-Mission-District-s-triumphs

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."

Melia Robinson Jun-2016, businessinsider.com/mission-district-tech-takeover-2016-6/#the-tech-sector-created-more-than-34900-jobs-in-the-bay-area-between-spring-2015-and-march-many-it-gurus-turned-to-the-mission-in-search-of-cool-central-housing-1

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

forbes.com/sites/johnwasik/2017/06/21/amazons-real-agenda-behind-whole-foods-bid

"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 Radfar techcrunch.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

  1. Noe Valley 3950 24th St  b/t Sanchez St & Noe St   (415) 282-4700   wholefoodsmarket.com

  2. Potrero Hill 450 Rhode Island St b/t Mariposa St & 17th St (415) 552-1155

  3. Castro /Mid Market 2001 Market Street at Dolores  (415) 626-1430

  4. SoMa:   399 4th Street, San Francisco, California

  5. Haight Street: 690 Stanyan Street 

  6. Ocean:  1150 Ocean Ave, 

  7. 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.” 

sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/SF-s-traffic-planners-weren-t-expecting-rise-11262399.php


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 HyperloopElon Musk's HSR concept has 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.

mercurynews.com/2017/06/30/tunnel-to-nowhere-elon-musk-starts-digging-in-hawthorne-but-to-where-5/
The increased Peninsula rail traffic will also benefit the underutilized Millbrae Intermodal Station 

Nary a media comment about unexpected resignation of CA HSR leader in midst of renegotiation for release of the $647 million in federal funds  fresnobee.com/Apr2017 Morales Resigns 

There does seem to be widespread consensus that the Caltrain rail corridor needs to be upzoned for high density housing. spur.org/news/2017-06-22/remaking-diridon-principles-plan-and-grow
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_High-Speed_Rail || Hyperloop

 

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.

http://sfist.com/2017/04/19/serena_williams_possibly_going_to_b.php

 

QUOTES: I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." --- Thomas Jefferson 

 

 

"A hill bomb is a prolonged, terrifying and awesome undertaking which can end brutally at any moment,” Adam Creagan wrote in Thrasher Magazine in 2014 in a photo feature titled “The Descent.”

“And it isn’t finished until you can step off the board, soak in the adrenaline, and hope that your heart doesn’t explode out of your chest. You didn’t just make it, you survived.”
Last Word on Dolores Park SFPD / Skateboarder Fracus on July 11th sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-confrontation-began-with-hill-bombing-a-11284678.php

 

"It makes no sense,” says Molly Rutherford, a family doctor and addiction specialist in Crestwood, Kentucky. “I can write 1,000 prescriptions a day for Percocet and oxycodone [two widely abused opioid painkillers] if I want, but I can’t treat more than 275 patients a month for opioid addiction.
Opiod Addiction has surpassed auto and gun accidents as largest killer in USA.
economist.com/news/united-states/21725023-combination-funding-bureaucracy-and-fear-perpetuating-addiction-are-blame-most?frsc=dg%7Ce

 

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."

sfchronicle.com/news/article/Why-we-love-living-in-San-Francisco-11344364.php

 

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