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Golden State Warriors Declare New Mission Bay Proposal a “Win-Win” Already – Here’s the Press Release

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

I’ll just say that “Mission Bay” doesn’t really sound like an “inland site” to me, but whatever.

Here are your key quotes from this morning’s press release:

“Private Property, 

inland site, 

private property, 

private, inland property, 

no public property”

Ok then.

Oh, and what does “digitally fit” mean? IDK.

Here it is:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2014

WARRIORS MAKE A PLAY FOR MISSION BAY - Team Reaches Deal with Salesforce.com for Arena on Private Property in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors announced today terms have been reached with salesforce.com to purchase land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where the team intends to build a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

“We believe Mission Bay is a perfect fit,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “It is a wonderful inland site in a dynamic part of the City that is convenient for fans from all over the Bay Area. We are buying private property, but the city will also get a new 5 ½ – acre waterfront park. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“We’ve said all along we wanted to create a spectacular cultural destination for the City and the entire region,” said Co-Executive Chairman Peter Guber “This is about a shared cultural experience: going to a beautiful and inviting place to see a game, see a show, attend a convention. It will be easily accessible, state of the art, digitally fit, and second to none.”

Although specific details of the plan remain to be announced, the Warriors said previously discussed basic elements of the event center remain in effect: the arena will hold about 18,000 seats; it will showcase NBA basketball games as well as concerts, cultural events, family shows and convention activities; and it will be privately financed on private land, virtually unprecedented among major league sports and entertainment facilities in the U.S.

The new Warriors event center will be built on 12 acres of private, inland property, bounded by 3rd, 16th and South Streets, and Terry Francois Blvd.

The transaction with salesforce.com involves no public property and no public subsidy. There are no naming rights or sponsorship rights associated with the transaction.

The Mission Bay site is well served by public transportation, and borders Muni’s 3rd Street Light Rail. The location is also within a few blocks of Caltrain, and BART connects via an easy underground connection to Muni, both at Embarcadero and at Powell Station once the Central Subway opens in 2018. The Mission Bay neighborhood already has ample parking. And a new I-280 freeway connection at Mariposa Street will land less than a block away.

Mission Bay, a former redevelopment area that became the home of UCSF’s second campus, has been emerging as a modern urban center for the past 15 years. The Warriors new home will be within walking distance of several public plazas, parks, restaurants and retail corridors. AT&T Park is only a few blocks to the north; the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill and Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhoods are just to the south.

A key piece of the long-planned Mission Bay redevelopment puzzle, the build-out of this site, will also trigger the construction of a new five-and-a-half-acre waterfront park. Across Terry Francois Blvd. from the arena, the park will feature water-oriented activities and large lawn areas, which can accommodate a variety of recreational uses, similar to Marina Green.

“We’ve spent the past two years listening. We’ve learned a lot. We’re proud of the plans we’ve put forward to date, and we’re thrilled to announce this great leap forward,” said Rick Welts, President and COO of the Warriors. “We are looking forward to engaging with the neighborhood and, ultimately, making this site ‘Warriors Ground.’ This is our path to San Francisco.”

The Warriors first arrived in San Francisco in 1960 and played their first 11 seasons in the City by the Bay. The Warriors new ownership, led by Lacob and Guber, purchased the team in 2010. In 2012, the team announced plans to build a new sports and entertainment facility in San Francisco. The team has targeted the 2018-19 NBA season to debut its new arena.

Mission Bay by the Numbers

11.99:
size of parcel (in acres)

18,000:
Approx. # of seats in arena

125:
Approx. height of arena (in feet)

6:
Blocks to Caltrain

0:
Blocks to Muni

0:
Blocks to BART (via underground Muni connection)

1:
Block to freeway

9,000:
Existing parking spaces in Mission Bay

160:
Current building height limit in Mission Bay (in feet)

1:
Number of Top 25 U.S. cities (by population) without a large indoor arena (San Francisco)

Ski the Panhandle Bike Path! Get Your Gloves, Poles, Boots and Wheeled Cross-Country Thingees and Just Go

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Thusly:

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It’s Ask a Stupid Question Time: “How Did Oracle Team USA Win the America’s Cup – Twice?”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Here we go:

How Did Oracle Team USA Win the America’s Cup – Twice?

Well, I suppose this is a fair question.

AC33: You see, the America’s Cup isn’t really a sport. The defenders have an 85% victory rate because they make a lot of the rules. Despite this, the Larry Ellison BMW team won AC33 as the challenger because it had a new-school wing-sail and the defender had regular old sails. It was a stupid event that was won in courtrooms.

AC34: You see, the America’s Cup isn’t really a sport. The defenders have an 85% victory rate because they make a lot of the rules.

Now I have a question – is Julian Guthrie an objective reporter on the topic of Larry Ellison? (The answer is HELL NO.)

Oh, here’s another. Why did Larry Ellison pick her to tell his stories to? Mmmm.

And what’s funny is that she’s kind of his spokesmodel. So like Larry will tell her that death of Andrew Simpson was a “freak accident” and then that’s the same phrase she’ll use on a call-in radio show, like IDK, Forum with Michael Krasney. And she didn’t say “Larry says it was a freak accident,” you know, the way a journalist might. No no, she was expressing her own opinion, rather emphatically, for whatever reason. Oh well. And then months later, Larry hisself says something on the topic for the first time in public. He was all, “It was a freak accident.” OK fine.

So Larry Ellison wants to hold the next go-around in Hawaii? Well that’s fine, I don’t think anybody would object to that. But it would be nice if Deadbeat Larry could pay for the prior event. The latest estimate is $11,000,000 or so.

Oh, what else, oh, former Supervisor Michela Alioto Pier once told a small crowd that the reason that God didn’t allow SF to host a particular Summer Olympics was because He, and I’m srsly, wanted us to host the 34th America’s Cup and, you know, we couldn’t practically host both events so, you know, divine intervention. Srsly.

Anyway, the legacy of the America’s Cup is an eight-figure debt that we thought Larry would cover but his people merely just said that they would try really hard to cover, which actually meant they wouldn’t really try at all. Oh, and you embarrassed our very sensitive appointed Mayor – hope you’re happy, Larry, but I don’t think you are.

Now, on with the show:

“Wed, Apr 2 2014 – 6:00pm

Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA Skipper
Norbert Bajurin, Commodore, Golden Gate Yacht Club
Julian Guthrie, Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Author, The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing’s Greatest Race, The America’s Cup, Twice
Michael Krasny, Host, KQED’s Forum – Moderator

In last summer’s 34th America’s Cup, San Francisco’s home team, Oracle USA, was down eight-to-one when it pulled off a comeback for the ages, with eight straight wins against Emirates Team New Zealand. The victorious skipper, Jimmy Spithill, was at the helm supported by his team and the unlikely partnership of Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Commodore Norbert Bajurin and Larry Ellison, co-founder and billionaire CEO of Oracle Corporation. They’ll talk about the danger and drama of sailing these ultra-fast, aerodynamically designed 72-foot catamarans. Guthrie is the author of The Billionaire and the Mechanic, which tells the incredible story of how a car mechanic and one of the world’s richest men teamed up to win the world’s greatest race – twice!

Come have your photo taken with the America’s Cup trophy! Affectionately known as the “Auld Mug,” The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy, and it’s coming to the Club as well!

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:15 p.m. check-in and premium reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 non-members, $12 members, $7 for students (with valid ID); Premium: $40 non-members, $30 members

 

Saturday Saturday Saturday: The North Face is Coming to Crissy Field for an Introduction to Mountain Athletics – Expect Swag

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Apparently, there’s still time to sign up for these free sessions on March 22nd, 2014.

FYI

“Choose your goal. We’ll get you there. Join us Saturday, March 22nd at Crissy Field in the Presidio from 8am-2pm for an introduction to Mountain Athletics. Participate in a one-hour activity-specific group training led by Mountain Athlete trainers and The North Face athletes, including team ultrarunners Dean Karnazes and Hal Koerner. Pick up some schwag, check out our newest Mountain Athletics training apparel, and demo our Ultra Protection Series footwear.

“Please select one of the following sport specific Mountain Athletics training sessions:

Session 1 8:00 AM -Running Session 1 8:00 AM -Peak Bagging/Mountain Climbing
Session 2 9:30 – Running Session 2 9:30 – Peak Bagging/Mountain Climbing
Session 3 11:00 – Running Session 3 11:00 – Peak bagging/Mountain Climbing
Session 4 12:30 PM – Running Session 4 12:30 PM -Peak bagging/Mountain Climbing”

A Small Victory: Organizers Finally Recognize Hayes Street Hill is NOT the Highest Point of the Bay to Breakers

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

First things first, let’s prove that the top of the Hayes Street Hill on Hayes Street is not the highest point of the current B to B route.

Here’s a route profile, starting from the SoMA near the bay going all the way to the breakers of Ocean Beach. See that big incline just before mile marker three? That’s the vaunted Hayes Street Hill. 

Via Mishalov.net:

And here’s another shot at it:

And here’s a contour map of the Hayes Street area:

But here’s your winner. It’s the 270-something-foot-high saddle on JFK Drive betwixt Prayer Book Cross and Stow Lake / Strawberry Hill, just underneath where ”KENNEDY” is written:

So that’s it.

From the organizers:

“Under Armour will have a strong race day presence as the official sponsor of the notoriously challenging “Hayes Hill,” awarding prizes to the fastest hill runners from select racing categories.”

(People from around here call it Hayes Street Hill, but otherwise this is fine. The name of the hill itself is Alamo Heights.)

This was what the organizers used to say every year:

“Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore and Steiner, bringing them to the highest point in the race, approximately 215 feet above sea level. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park.”

So yeah, the course gradually flows downhill, but only after peaking in Golden Gate Park.

All right, let’s see how the MSM handles this in 2014…

San Francisco Gets Revenge: Huge Window Painting on Geary Shows Peyton Manning Urinating upon the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Presenting The Bronco Bowl, as seen on a giant window for tout le monde to see in the Inner Richmond.

Geary al fresco:

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Looks a little green, Peyton. You might want to get that checked out, after The Big Game.

So, Go Broncos, I guess.

A Brief History of the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

“I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.”

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man festival? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

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I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Friday, January 24th, 2014.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This big green thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater?”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued, due to what they called a “sneaker wave,” but really it was just kind of a regular wave

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And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Friday, January 23rd, 2014:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

“Seattle vs. San Francisco” – NFC Championship-Themed Chocolate Cake at Costco #144 is Surprisingly Noncommittal

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

It’s almost as if Costco were based in the Seattle area…

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I was looking for a novelty cake with flava, perhaps a peeing Calvin, you know, something to really give the business to Seattle

Alas.

Victory Lap: Frisco Chopper, FORTY-NINERS, Red and Gold, Ape Hangars

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Seen just after the recent victory over the Carolina Panthers:

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Of course, if you want to head west on Fell on a bike at leisurely pace like 7 MPH, you’re better off on the sidewalk as opposed to the middle of the slow lane. (And, indeed, you’re probably best off on the multi-use path on the south side of Fell.)

But during the current Santa Clara 49ers winning streak, you have carte blanche to do whatever you want whilst showing your true colors on a victory lap.

Make a stand before you fall
Your country needs you to play football