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Tomorrow: Support Streetsblog and Enjoy a “Transit Oriented Beer”

Photo: Aaron Bialick

Photo: Aaron Bialick

Tomorrow’s Streetsblog Happy Hour will be special in a couple of ways. First, it’ll be our quarterly fundraising event, where 10 percent of bar proceeds help support Streetsblog, and we dole out free t-shirts and hoodies (first-come, first-served).

We’ll also be joined by Transit Oriented Beer, an informal monthly gathering of transportation planners, advocates, and folks who just want better transportation options in SF.

That’s right — “Transit Oriented Beer.” With an awesome name like that, you won’t find a more fun way to enjoy delicious drinks that support high-impact journalism for sustainable transportation.

Stop by at Virgil’s Sea Room at 3152 Mission Street (between Cesar Chavez and Valencia Streets). We’ll be on the back patio starting at 6 p.m.

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Come Out Tonight for Streetsblog Happy Hour at Virgil’s Sea Room

Join Streetsblog happy hour tonight at 6 p.m.

Just a reminder: Tonight is Streetsblog happy hour, now a monthly occurrence at Virgil’s Sea Room.

Join us on the back patio to drink and chat about the latest goings-on around biking, walking, and transit in San Francisco. You may even get to put some faces to the monikers you’ve been arguing with in the comments section.

We’ll be at a reserved table on the back patio at 6 p.m. at Virgil’s Sea Room at 3152 Mission Street (south of Cesar Chavez).

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Third Thursday Every Month Now Streetsblog Happy Hour at Virgil’s Sea Room

Now you can get your livable streets jabber every month.

Due to popular demand, Streetsblog happy hour has become a monthly institution. The sustainable transportation hootenanny happens at Virgil’s Sea Room the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.

You won’t have to contain your excitement for long — the next shindig is this Thursday.

By virtue of Virgil’s altruism, 10 percent of drink proceeds will support Streetsblog every third month. So in January, April, July, and October, your drink may taste especially delicious knowing it will help fuel advocacy journalism for safer streets.

I’m very happy that we could partner with Tom Temprano, Virgil’s owner, to give Streetsblog readers a venue to meet up IRL. Ironically, I’m going to miss the first one since my wife and I are flying out tonight for a long-planned trip to Japan and to see her family in the Philippines, returning Memorial Day weekend. (Streetsblog SF will continue posting with light coverage in the meantime.)

Virgil’s Sea Room, located at 3152 Mission Street (south of Cesar Chavez), will have a reserved table ready on the back patio each month. Here’s to the first of many revels.

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Join Streetsblog for Happy Hour at Virgil’s Sea Room on Thursday

Join the livable streets jabber at Streetsblog’s second happy hour at Virgil’s Sea Room.

After last year’s smashing success, Streetsblog happy hour returns to Virgil’s Sea Room bar on Thursday evening. Virgil’s has again generously offered to donate 10 percent of bar proceeds from 6 to 9 p.m. to Streetsblog SF, so be sure to stop by and raise a glass.

Not only will this be a chance to grab a drink with fellow advocates, Streetsblog readers, and me, but there will be free Streetsblog t-shirts and hoodies while supplies last (please RSVP so we know how much merch to bring). And if you can’t make it, you can always support Streetsblog by making a tax-deductible donation.

Virgil’s Sea Room is located at 3152 Mission Street, south of Cesar Chavez. See you there!

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Get Involved With Streetsblog — Internship Available

Streetsblog San Francisco is seeking an intern who wants to get involved in online media covering the local livable streets movement. The intern will perform tasks like posting daily headlines, updating the events calendar, maintaining the appearance of the site, and potentially writing content for the blog.

Ideal candidates will have experience in writing and communications, possess a strong familiarity with San Francisco, and share our passion for progressive transportation and planning policies that make the city a better place for transit, biking, and walking. Interns would be paid a small stipend for their work and have the opportunity to take on more challenging responsibilities over time.

Availability requires about 5 to 10 hours per week. Early morning or late night availability for up to three days per week is needed to post the day’s headlines.

People of color, LGBT individuals, women and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, references and three writing samples to abialick@streetsblog.org.

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Streetsblog’s Beginnings: Founder Aaron Naparstek to Speak in SF Tuesday

Streetsblog founding editor Aaron Naparstek will be in SF to serve as the keynote speaker at the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Golden Wheel Awards on Tuesday evening. We thought it’d be a good opportunity to look back on how Streetsblog San Francisco came to be, and get Naparstek’s take on what’s changed in the city since we launched at the start of 2009.

Streetsblog founder Aaron Naparstek talking about “bikelash” at the National Bike Summit last year. Image: Streetfilms

Naparstek founded Streetsblog in New York City in 2006 as a project of OpenPlans, our non-profit parent organization founded by Mark Gorton. Naparstek was the editor-in-chief until 2010, during which time he launched Streetsblog San Francisco, Los Angeles, Capitol Hill (now USA), and the Streetsblog Network. He recently completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and has been working as a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Naparstek was approached by a group of SF’s sustainable transportation advocates, led by SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum, in the summer of 2008 at the World Car-Free Cities Conference in Portland.

“They said, we think bringing Streetsblog here can really help energize the movement,” he said. “To me it said, there’s a community here that wants it, so let’s try to make it happen.”

With a four-year injunction on bicycle infrastructure in effect at the time, Naparstek said he’d been following SF’s issues for a while. “It seemed like there was all this pent-up demand,” he said. “I thought, San Francisco would be great for this.”

Naparstek and the SFBC worked together to organize Streetsblog SF, raising funds and interviewing candidates for editor. At one point in that process, Naparstek said Shahum recommended interviewing Bryan Goebel, who had volunteered for the SFBC and had nearly 20 years of experience in journalism, primarily in radio. Goebel was chosen to become the editor of Streetsblog SF, and was partnered with Matthew Roth, who moved from New York City after working in livable streets advocacy there. Ultimately, Goebel took me on as an intern and trained me on the job, and I was chosen to fill the position after he left.

Naparstek noted that he was impressed by Shahum’s commitment to helping launch a separate project in an environment where non-profits compete for scarce funds. “A lot of non-profit executive directors would be hesitant to bring us into their orbit because we’re another mouth to feed, looking for progressive transportation advocacy dollars, when it’s not that easy to raise money,” he said. “I was impressed that the Bike Coalition had a broad enough view of the movement as a whole that they recognized that we could help make the pie bigger.”

Streetsblog was formed around the idea of a media outlet that could cover issues around sustainable transportation and livable streets from an advocacy standpoint, highlighting stories not covered by traditional media. The aim is to promote the growing movement and shed light on the responsibility of government leaders and agencies to shape streets in ways that promote safer and more efficient ways of getting around.

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Sweater Weather Sale: Brave the SF Summer With a Streetsblog Hoodie

It’s summer in San Francisco, and you know what that means: It’s time to bundle up.

To help you brave the winds in style, our Streetsblog SF hoodies are now on sale at our online store for $29.99 (normally $49.99).

Don’t kid yourself — whether you’re walking, biking, or waiting for Muni, getting around SF in June without a sweater isn’t exactly fun in the sun. Stay cozy, and help spread the word about Streetsblog today.

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Calling All Streetsblog Superheroes: Sunday Is Your Last Chance to Give

Streetsblog’s spring pledge drive ends on Sunday, and we’re two-thirds of the way to our goal of 400 donors. Every contribution makes a difference — please give what you can and support our coverage.

Your donations allow Streetsblog to continue to challenge the misinformed and backwards positions staked out by city leaders. No other media source has done more to contest Mayor Ed Lee’s rationale for eliminating Sunday parking metering or held him to his commitment to Vision Zero.

Don’t forget, if you make a tax-deductible contribution before Sunday at midnight you’ll be in the running for a Cleverhood rain cape or a CINCH belt from Vespertine, available in one of three colors:

Think of your gift like a subscription — an awesome subscription where you get to choose how much you want to pay and get a chance to win cool stuff. And if you make your contribution as soon as possible, you can enjoy the weekend worry-free!

Thanks to all those who have already shown their support.

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Thanks to All Who Came Out for Streetsblog Happy Hour

Streetsblog happy hour: A success!

I think we can declare last night’s Streetsblog happy hour to be a huge success. It was awesome to get to meet so many of you. Several dozen of you came out for some great chats, and the show of support was heartwarming.

Congrats to our raffle prize winners — and a special thanks to Supervisor Scott Wiener, who pulled away from the Harvey Milk birthday celebration to join us (via Muni, by the way).

Hope to do it again soon!

Streetsblog won’t be publishing on Memorial Day. See you back here on Tuesday.

Livable streets talk aplenty.

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Tonight: Don’t Miss Streetsblog Happy Hour at Virgil’s Sea Room

We’ll be on the patio at Virgil’s Sea Room tonight. Photo: Workshop

Join me, fellow readers and advocates for a Streetsblog happy hour tonight at Virgil’s Sea Room. Virgil’s has generously offered to donate 10 percent of bar proceeds from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to Streetsblog. (You can also follow their lead and make your own generous donation, of course!)

Stop by, grab a drink, and chat with folks about the latest in livable streets. You might get to put some faces to some of the names of fellow commenters, and we may even be joined by Supervisor Scott Wiener.

Virgil’s, located at 3152 Mission Street south of Cesar Chavez, has happy hour specials until 7 p.m., and we’ll be holding a raffle with great prizes like a sleek titanium TiGr bike lock and some nifty Streetsblog t-shirts and hoodies. Please RSVP on Eventbrite, and grab a $5 raffle ticket while you’re at it — all raffle proceeds go directly to supporting Streetsblog San Francisco.

We’ll be on the heated back patio. Look forward to meeting you!