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Best French Fries in San Francisco: Chow @ Church and Market

chowGreat fries at this bar/cafe/joint, which also has great ambiance and service.  The fries are thin, just crisp enough, and of course also the correct golden brown color.  Coffee is also good.  That’s all I had, so I can’t say more.

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The Best Sandwich in San Francisco

Could even be the best one in the world….
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at Avedano’s Butcher Shop and Market, in Bernal Heights, at 235 Cortland Avenue.

Smokey Moe, a panini: smoked chicken, swiss, mayo, jalapeno jelly, bacon, pepperoncini

415-285-MEAT

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Dude arrested for assaulting man who peed on his rug

CHINESE MAN aka Woo:      Ever thus to deadbeats, Lebowski.    “The Big Lebowski”, 1998

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SAN FRANCISCO — A man was arrested on Saturday after allegedly attacking and seriously injuring another man who had apparently urinated on his carpet in San Francisco’s Bayview District, police said.

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The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for injuries that were initially considered life-threatening. However, he was later upgraded to stable condition, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

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Demarea Barnes, 23, of San Francisco, admitted to knowing the victim and said the fight stemmed from the victim urinating on his carpet instead of in the bathroom, police said.

Barnes was booked into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon….

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No mention of whether or not the dude was employed.

h/t to oddculture.com for the images.

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The animals that roamed California when humans arrived

bearsOTL,S! notes this interesting piece from the San Francisco Chronicle, about the huge animals, predators and prey, that the humans found when they arrived from Asia via the Beringian land bridge, some 15,000 or so years ago.

In 1983, workers building the foundation for the Pansini Building, on the south side of Pacific a few yards east of Columbus, found fossilized bones in dark clay soil, 15 feet below street level.

Rodda found the remains of three Columbian mammoths and one giant bison.

It was the biggest discovery of Pleistocene-era mammals in the city’s history, only the fourth overall, and the first since the early 20th century.

The enormous beasts dated from the Rancholabrean age, named after the famous La Brea tar pits near Los Angeles. The Rancholabrean age started 240,000 years ago and ended 11,000 years ago, when almost all of the so-called megafauna became extinct for reasons that are still unclear. Most species died out in just 1,500 years.

A Paleo-Indian who climbed to the top of Telegraph Hill would have beheld a pageant of animal life that made the Serengeti look like a petting zoo. Rumbling across the wide grassy plain now covered by the bay were 12-foot-high Columbian mammoths with mighty curved tusks, two-ton bison, Western camels, giant horses, tapirs and giant ground sloths.
These enormous herbivores were stalked by the 2 most lethal mammalian killing machines ever known: the American lion and the short-faced bear. The American lion weighed as much as 750 pounds – 25 percent larger than the modern African lion – and had a larger brain than any other lion. As many as 800 lions may have roamed the Bay Area at any one time.

But the animal at the scary top of the food chain was the short-faced bear. The most powerful mammalian carnivore ever to live in North America, the 13-foot-long, 2,000-pound short-faced bear could run 40 mph for up to a mile and was more rapacious than modern bears.

Other predators roaming the region were dire wolves, saber-toothed tigers, grizzly bears and giant condors.

That’s only 500 generations of humans ago. People were probably pretty much like we are now. I imagine folks found ways to make life safer for their kids….and that would have involved killing those dangerous beasts.

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Santa Clara: the little city that could…go bankrupt. [updated]

The joke is on Santa Clara

In spite of a citizen’s group protest, it appears that the San Francisco “professional” football “team,” the “49’ers”, with the cooperation of a few less than intelligent city council members (who will undoubtedly get seating priority), have hornswoggled the citizens of the tiny city of Santa Clara, CA, to go into debt to the tune of some 850 million dollars (or more, who can guess the final bill?), in order to build a stadium for said “team”  (which is actually a small group of spoiled millionaire trust funders). This, notwithstanding the experience of Cincinnati and other cities, or the fact that no benefits will accrue to said citizens. The name of the team will not change to the “Santa Clara 49’ers”. (although the owners did strike gold there). The only jobs that will result will be hourly parking lot attendants and hot dog hawkers. Meanwhile, the city will have to pay overtime to police and sanitation workers; drunken jerks will wander the streets, accosting citizens, urinating in alleys, vomiting on lawns, and tossing refuse from their vehicles; and the traffic will paralyze and pollute the area for 8 hours at least on every game day.

I hope that for the coming year, the city council will authorize a similar amount for the public schools, community colleges, public transit, street repair, updating the water supply and sewage treatment plant. Because, those would contribute to actual employment and opportunity, and quality of life for its citizens…

Oh, wait…

March 14, 2012: from the San Jose Mercury News, it appears that the city is skating on thin ice. Exact figures were not given but the city is on the hook for something around 800,000,000. If the interest rate is 3.5%, then the lease payments will almost exactly match the payments on a 40 year loan. However, if the interest rate is higher or the debt load is higher, the city will have to make money on other aspects of the deal, such as naming rights, seat licensing, and concerts, in order to come out even. Apparently they are planning on making several million on naming rights and about the same on concerts. Got news: naming rights will probably not go for more than a million, and concerts? who is going to play that venue? the Beatles? oh wait….
The city could easily lose a million dollars a year and 5 million a year is not out of the question. Not much you say? Tell that to the teachers, police and firemen who will get laid off by the city so they can go work as hot dog vendors and parking lot attendants? So this stadium deal may well COST jobs instead of creating them.
Unless the Oakland Raiders use the stadium (and why would they?), Santa Clara is in the jackpot.

obtw: Stockton.

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Santa Clara: the little city that could…go bankrupt.

Why are these men laughing?

In spite of a citizen’s group protest, it appears that the San Francisco “professional” football “team,” the “49’ers”, with the cooperation of a few less than intelligent city council members (who will undoubtedly get seating priority), have hornswoggled the citizens of the tiny city of Santa Clara, CA, to go into debt to the tune of some 850 million dollars (or more, who can guess the final bill?), in order to build a stadium for said “team”  (which is actually a small group of spoiled millionaire trust funders).

The plan to pay for the 49ers’ new $1 billion home in Santa Clara will rely on the biggest loan to a public agency for any stadium in NFL history. —San Jose Mercury News

This, notwithstanding the experience of Cincinnati and other cities, or the fact that no benefits will accrue to said citizens. The name of the team will not change to the “Santa Clara 49’ers”. (although the owners did strike gold there). The only jobs that will result will be hourly parking lot attendants and hot dog hawkers. Meanwhile, the city will have to pay overtime to police and sanitation workers; drunken jerks will wander the streets, accosting citizens, urinating in alleys, vomiting on lawns, and tossing refuse from their vehicles; and the traffic will paralyze and pollute the area for 8 hours at least on every game day.

I hope that for the coming year, the city council will authorize a similar amount for the public schools, community colleges, public transit, street repair, updating the water supply and sewage treatment plant. Because, those would contribute to actual employment and opportunity, and quality of life for its citizens…

Oh, wait…

With more than four decades of evidence to back them up, economists almost uniformly agree that publicly financed stadiums rarely pay for themselves. The notable successes like Camden Yards in Baltimore often involve dedicated taxes or large infusions of private money. Even then, using one tax to finance a stadium can often steer spending away from other, perhaps worthier, projects.

“Stadiums are sold as enormous draws for events, but the economics are clear that they aren’t helping,” said Andrew Moylan, the director of government affairs at the National Taxpayers Union. “It’s another way to add insult to injury for taxpayers.”

New York Times.

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Earthquakes this week on the Peninsula along the San Andreas fault

Five small quakes in the past few days on or near the Peninsula.
This is unusual.
I don’t know what it means but I am not getting on the 280; and I do have my milkshake materials ready.

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