Mayor Ed Lee’s “City Family” Evicts Stow Lake Boathouse Operator – Rent-Free Blowout Party Sept 10th

Well, you probably already know all you want to know about the Stow Lake Boathouse, but here’s the latest.

(Oh, Joan, this vendor lost 5-0. Was that competition rigged, do you think? I don’t know, if you don’t like Rec and Park, you take it out on the Mayor, right?)

The case against the current operator:

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IndyBay weighs in:

“The local concessioner is being evicted by SF Rec & Park in retaliation for protesting unfair bidding process.”

Uh no, it’s more like local concessioner refuses to leave after losing competition, legal proceedings. IMO.

Let’s see, I can write maudlin headlines too. How could I spin a different type of possible news:

“Beloved, local 68-year-old rapist apprehended by vacationing, off-duty, out-of-state, evil cop from New Mexico. SaveStowLakeRapist.org”

Or something like that.

Now, realize that the boathouse isn’t going anywhere, IRL, but, anyway here are the last gasps of the most ridiculous grass roots effort I’ve ever seen:

“Yet another treasure lost!”

And Phil Ginsburg Lied, People Died, something like that:

Do the blondie Euro tourists care that the Stow Lake Boathouse will have a new operator?

Not in the least!

The only thing left to do is to have a blowout party on September 10th, since, you know, you’re not paying rent anyway:

It’ll cost $500 each* (or best offer) for the faded paddleboats. Apparently, they went for $3000 when new. Apparently, their faded surfaces will “buff out real good.” (But if you’re 5’8″ or taller, you won’t fit in so hot…)

The KTVU was on hand, for the finale:

Maybe they’ll have something for you to watch, sometime. (Oh, here it is. This report is somewhat more maudlin than expected. Realize that the current operators were given extra points for being local, for being in operation for so long. Even with this kind of affirmative action/legacy/locals-only type of assistance, the current operator lost five votes to zero. Oh well.)

All right, as long as nobody torches the place this month (which would take some doing in this kind of foggy weather), look forward to a revivified Stow Lake Boathouse soon…

*Oh, the old paddle boats “start at $200,” per KTVU-TV. Hey, why not buy one and then put rubber tires underneath? You’d be all set for the Burning Man Playa next year, or a Critical Mass or something. Hey, even better, pilot the thing to La Playa in Nevada next year, why not? That would be quite a road trip…

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7 Responses to “Mayor Ed Lee’s “City Family” Evicts Stow Lake Boathouse Operator – Rent-Free Blowout Party Sept 10th”

  1. George says:

    This seems to be very biased!

    The Ortegas NEVER should have been given this contract!

    This peaceful spot will have been ruined!

  2. George says:

    Also, where did this note come from?

    The Citizens Advisory Panel was a joke because anti-recycler Andrea Jadwin (an infamous character for negative activities in the Inner Sunset) was on the panel!

  3. sfcitizen says:

    We’ll see.

    A 68 year lease isn’t forever, of course.

    Why Bruce didn’t even attempt to compete for the contract is a mystery…

  4. George says:

    According to the manager, he was quite competitive!

    For Ortega, this is a loss leader.

    The point is that it should not have gone to Ortega, and I missed the meeting where the future (or even present) of this boathouse was being discussed.

    Ortega will lose money on this, but it will be ruined forever and will also become quite a different place than before!

  5. sfcitizen says:

    Everybody’s notes were pretty detailed. Bruce never ever addressed them.

  6. sfcitizen says:

    Bruce is allowed to say whatever he wants. Will he ever pay rent on the boathouse for this year up to the middle of Sept or whenever he turns over the keys? I doubt it.
    Wasn’t this the operator that raised boat rental prices $5 each without authorization until it got caught? Yep
    Bruce said that he didn’t make any money for the boathouse either.
    Some people lose and some people win any competition, right?
    We’ll see.

  7. Dyson says:

    Cracking article.

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