Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

California SB 635: What the 4am Bill Really Means for California Communities

by John Hinman 03.27.13

SB 635 is a bill that has been introduced by Senator Mark Leno to give communities the ability to  determine the hours of on-sale licensed premises (bars and restaurants).  The bill is community empowerment at its best. It enables local communities (in SF the BOS and the Planning Commission) to decide if there will be extended hours at all and, if so, the exact location where those extended hours would be allowed. These decisions should be made at the local level, not by legislative fiat in Sacramento, which is currently the case. The plan could authorize extended hours applications on one or two streets (like the Embarcadero in certain blocks, or the nightlife corridor in the new SOMA plan on 11th street) or be confined to existing areas of high density nightlife where the need for adjustable planning exists today. The community plan could require some clubs to close at 2 am,… Read more

Giants v. Dodgers, Giants v. Reds

by The Czar 06.25.12

The Positives: Well, there is Cain’s perfect game for one!  The Gigantes are playing good ball.  The defense is getting better (less errors, more spectacular plays) with every game.  The outfield (all four players, Cabrera, Pagan, Blanco and Schierholtz who is getting regular time) is the best (and the fastest) that I can ever recall seeing. Crawford and Theriot are awesome up the middle of the infield and Brandon Belt’s glove has never been questioned. Posey and Sanchez are both quality receivers and with Arias backing up the Panda in the late innings the defense is stellar. On the hitting side Belt has apparently found his home run stroke (and his power bat) which is the next step in his development as the quality first baseman that we all believe he can be (isn’t confidence wonderful?).  Cabrera continues to stun with a .351 batting average and the team as a… Read more

Giants v. Snakes and Giants v. Cubs

by The Czar 05.27.12

The Positives: This is a very difficult team to figure out (after all this last road trip was a winner, they took 2 out of 3 from the Brewers and split 2 and 2 with the Fish, surely a playoff team in the very tough NL East), maybe because of the all the injuries that have forced strange roster calls. However, as of today the G-Men are 25 and 23 (2 games over .500) in second place in the NL West and 7 games behind the Dodgers, who continue to be the hottest team in the major leagues.  That’s striking distance, especially for those of us that remember the G-Men coming back against the Dodgers at the end of the 1962 season. The real positive is Melky Cabrera (new nickname “Leche”). He is batting .369, is leading both the team and the major leagues in base hits (in fact his… Read more

Giants 2012 Exhibition Baseball vs the A’s

by The Czar 05.17.12

Needless to say we are all ready to “dive” into this season, so I started early – – right after the last season was over. This exhibition homestand features the A’s on Monday April 2nd at 7:15 and again on Wednesday April 4th at 12:45. The A’s have a fine young pitching staff, the new Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes in left and Coco Crisp in Centerfield. This is a weird series because the A’s will have already opened their season (in Japan; they play two real games against the Mariners this week but then come home for another exhibition series.  I don’t know how that is going to work (do they get to add new players for the Exhibition?).  For the Giants, these two games will determine who starts the season and who goes to Fresno. I’d be there except that I have to be in Vegas with the wholesalers next week…. Read more

Giants 2012 v. Padres, Marlins and Brewers

by The Czar 04.27.12

The Positives: The 2012 Giants are hitting the ball very well generally, just not with runners in scoring position. The G-Men just finished a 7 game road trip where they took 3 out of 4 from the Mets, and dropped 2 out of 3 to the Reds., overall a winning 4 win, 3 losses road trip. That puts them 2nd in the NL West to the smoking hot Dodgers (who are fattening up on the likes of the Padres, Pirates and Astros but who play the NL East leading Nationals this weekend). This is a team that is finding itself and playing more confidently every game.  The Panda is awesome, is batting .333, and is going for a team record 19 game hitting streak to open the season tonight. He has played every inning of every game so far. Angel Pagan hit a 9th inning 3-run dinger yesterday to take… Read more

Giants v Pirates and Phillies

by The Czar 04.13.12

I delayed this blog because I have been trying to figure out this team.  I was right about Hector Sanchez making the team as the catcher and Whiteside returning to Fresno to teach the youngsters. I was also right that the Giants hitting would improve substantially and that the Snakes were the team to beat in the NL West.  See the last blog (attached for the personnel breakdown, which I think is pretty accurate). What I didn’t figure on was the Giants strength (the pitching) being pounded on like a donkey piñata at a five-year-old’s birthday party. I don’t recall when I’ve ever seen the G-Men score not less than four runs for six straight games and then go and lose four of those games.  The sweep by the Snakes was bad enough but they totally lit up LIncecum, Bumgarner and Cain. Three one-run losses in a row. We are… Read more