October Stats

Some fun new facts for ya’s: First here’s some general station info:

Number of podcast requests by day of the month:
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On average, by Day of the week:
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This shows that RSS and iTunes is still king:
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And that our website is still king on the source of podcast downloads:
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And now the individual shows:
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By individual files:
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LIVE LISTENERSHIP:
by day:
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By Hour:

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Big Pauper “Beyond My Means”

Delivering genre-agnostic, sampledelic bombast, Portland’s Big Pauper (formerly Panzah Zandahz of Radiohead mashup fame) leaves no media unraided for his debut LP. Tripping among big downtempo beats, B-movie dialog, and waves of distortion you’ll find a sophisticated sense of melody that can reference 60s garage and soft rock with equal aplomb. A spacey, glitchy ride that sounds like someone flipping AM radio channels while a sci-fi double feature plays at the drive-in.

Recommended tracks:
The Stale Breath of 1000 Club Bangers
Bread & Puppet
For fans of: The Avalanches, Tobacco, Madvillain, DJ Shadow

Why I Oppose Food Trucks in Dolores Park

Written by Jeremy Pollock

It’s unfortunate that this debate has been soundbited (soundbit?) as Chicken John vs La Cocina. It sounds so petty and distasteful. I’ve been surprised by the ambivalent or hostile way a bunch of my activist friends have reacted to this, although I was actually ambivalent about it at first too. But this isn’t a story about a Chicken. If you’ll indulge a trite parable, it’s the classic story of frogs in a pot of gradually boiling water. San Franciscans are the frogs. The water is our public space. And the heat is privatization and commercialization.

 

This is the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle over how San Francisco views its public space. Phil Ginsburg, the General Manager of Rec and Park, is very clear about his vision: he wants Rec and Park to be an “enterprise department” like the Airport or the PUC and generate all its revenue without being dependent on tax dollars.

 

The PUC sells water and electricity. The Airport leases space for airlines and shops. What would Rec and Park sell or lease? Our public space. For a few quick bucks, Rec and Park is reducing access to public space all over the City:

 

1. Last year a big chunk of the park across from the Ferry Building was leased out for 6 months for a production of Peter Pan. Don’t have money for a ticket? Then that park isn’t for you.

http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-04-11/bay-area/20848227_1_ferry-building-willie-brown-city-park

 

2. Over at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park, you used to be able to stroll in and out at your leisure and enjoy the gardens. Now non-residents have to pay $7 and residents have to show ID. Do you have an ID with a non-SF address? Tough luck. That’ll be $7 please. It used to be open to the public. Now it’s locked up behind turnstiles. The next step will be to charge residents. And then reduce the public hours so the Botanical Garden Society can have more private events.

http://keeparboretumfree.org/

 

3. Rec and Park also wants to make money off our rec centers. The Eureka Valley Recreation Center used to be a safe place for queer homeless youth to hang out. Now it’s a place where you can pay for Latin dance and Zumbatomics lessons.

http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5642

http://missionlocal.org/2011/04/at-the-district-8-town-hall-more-coyotes-than-budget/

 

4. R&P did the same thing to youth in the Tenderloin and SOMA at the Gene Friend Rec Center. A group called United Playaz ran a free after-school program there, until they were kicked out so Rec and Park could charge for a similar program that’s only open to youth ages 6 to 12. Sorry Tenderloin teenagers, go play on the streets or something. What’s the worst that could happen?

http://somarec.wordpress.com/about-the-campaign/

 

The list goes on and on.

 

In each case, Rec and Park pleads poverty and says they need to do it because of the deficit. But this nickel and diming will never balance the budget. Dolores Park isn’t being sold out; it’s practically being given away. The La Cocina truck will pay the City around $12,000 to $35,000 a year. (For exclusive access to a park with a million visitors a year!) Rec and Park’s general fund budget is $70 MILLION. They’re current deficit is about $7 million. Unless they can cram 200-600 food trucks into our parks, that’s not a realistic way to deal with their budget. There are real ways to deal with our budget problem: reforming the business tax, pension reform, a tax on vacant commercial space, a parcel tax for our parks, etc. That’s another story.

 

This isn’t a budget story. $35,000 is decimal dust in a City with a $6.7 billion budget. If you take away the fake budget argument, what reason is there for commercializing parks?  Either Rec and Park misguidedly believe this is the way to balance the books, or they deliberately want to limit public access to the parks. Either they’re wrong or immoral. Either way, there’s just too little public space in this town to keep chipping away at it. Leasing park space to a low-income immigrant family business is a deviously brilliant way to turn the heat up on the commercialization, but we can’t let it get any hotter.

 

Would a food truck in Dolores Park be the end of the world? No. I’m more passionate about the other examples I cited above. But they’re all part of the same fight. There’s two main parts of the fight: we need a ballot measure to reform the Rec and Park Commission, and we need to elect a Mayor who will hire a Rec and Park General Manager who respects public space. That’s what I want to do on November 8th.

 

And if Dolores Park needs tacos so bad, can’t we just reserve a couple of parking spaces on Dolores and park the truck at the curb, like any other vehicle?

By Jeremy Pollock
listen to his show The League of Pissed Off Voters every Friday 6-8pm