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New Book: NO BOSTON OLYMPICS – How Does It Apply to Cali? – How About NO FRISCO OLYMPICS and NO LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS?

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Here it is:

No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch by Chris Dempsey (Author), Andrew Zimbalist (Author)

Man, does this certainly apply to Frisco’s inchoate effort to host the very same event.

An early review:

Going for the gold: What can we learn from Boston’s flirtation with Olympic glory? It’s a logical question given the millions of dollars and countless hours that business leaders invested in the ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of the 2024 Olympics. This time, it’s the foes doing the asking. No Boston Olympics cofounder Chris Dempsey and Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist wrote a book about Boston’s experience, also titled “No Boston Olympics,” with a launch event planned for April 28.

One warning Dempsey hopes Paris and Los Angeles can heed as they vie for the 2024 Games: the problems inherent in the “boosters’ dilemma.” Certain elements of a bid that can be good for the host community, such as taxpayer protections, can also hurt that city’s prospects with the IOC. There’s also a broader lesson, one that extends far beyond Olympics debates. For major urban projects, a broad consensus should be sought early on. The entire city should be invited to the table, not just those with seats because of their connections.

Yes indeed.

Here’s what Frisco’s effort looked like:

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Do Angelinos want the 2024 Olympics? Well, it’s a long shot, but que sera sera. If that’s what you want, LA, fine.

2014 Flashback: “FORTY Fuckin’ NINERS”

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

2014 seems such a long long time ago these days:

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And speaking of flashing back, the ribald T-shirt is Joe Montana-approved, so there’s that.

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Good-bye Golden Gate BRIDGE THEATRE, Hello “Baseball Academy”

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Nothing lasts forever.

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HIT HARD.”

Taking the Lane, Frisco-Style

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Bro is from Evolve – read all about it

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Off-Road Skateboard, Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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POSEY is Everywhere

Monday, February 27th, 2017

As seen in the Twitterloin:

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Embarcadero Center Holiday Ice Rink 2016-2017 – Not That Busy Yet – Runs Through January 8, 2017

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

All the deets.

Yelp here.

Not too busy yet, as you can see.

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(Healing Brush used to get rid of a big old light pole, as you can see, near the bottom and up high on the bridge cables. Good enough for a half-assed One Click Fix.)

Open November 2, 2016 through January 8, 2017

Sunday-Thursday: 10 AM – 9:30 PM

Friday & Saturday: 10 AM – 11:30 PM

Celebrating 30 Years of Holiday Spirit in San Francisco! The Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, a beautiful city setting and an array of shops and restaurants to enjoy. This is signature San Francisco and it’s what makes The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines, the perfect place for holiday fun. For three decades locals and visitors have been celebrating the season at Embarcadero Center. Join us and create festive, unforgettable memories to last a lifetime. Location Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building.

General Admission – $11
Children (8 & under) – $7
Skate Rental – $5

*Skating sessions begin on every even hour beginning at 10a.m. and last an hour and a half*

Sessions Closed for Private Events:
November 30, 2016: 6pm
December 1, 2016: 6pm, 8pm
December 5, 2016: 6pm
December 6, 2016: 4pm, 6pm
December 7, 2016:6pm, 8pm
December 8, 2016:6pm, 8pm
December 12, 2016:6pm
December 13, 2016:4pm, 6pm
December 14, 2016:4pm, 6pm
December 15, 2016:4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
December 19, 2016:10am
January 5, 2017: 12pm

Pour Out Your Arnold Palmers on Market Street: GOLFSMITH is Closing

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Here’s the news about this “impossible to get to location” on Market Street:

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And here’s the early reaction from area millionaires:

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All the deets:

Stores closing soon:

092 Brea — 835 E. Birch St., Brea, CA 92821
039 El Segundo — 2041 Rosecrans Ave.,  Ste. 100, El Segundo, CA 90245
090 Irvine — 16181 Lake Forest Dr., Irvine, CA 92618
041 Oxnard — 441 W. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard, CA 93036
030 Upland — 1221 E. 19th St., Upland, CA 91784
032 Woodland Hills — 21494 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
043 Pleasant Hill — 120 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
042 Downtown San Francisco — 735 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Stores remaining open:

34-Pasadena — 3635 East Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA
44-Pleasanton — 4200 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA
45-San Jose — 4070 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA
56-San Diego — 824 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA

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Costco Isn’t Cool, But It Will Make You Cool – Own the Sidewalks on Your New Penny 36″ Longboard Skateboard

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

No Batteries Required:

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Oakland Warriors Pay $25K to Plant Their Logo in Golden Gate Park – See It Starting Sept 10th

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

[UPDATE: Will the new logo be for the Warriors, like this recent effort, or will Centre Court feature something called the “Good Tidings Foundation,” located, oddly, down in the Peninsula. It all has to do with the all-important “donor recognition plan” and the “donor recognition court markings.” Note that there is “no known opposition” to all these square yards of blue paint, mostly ’cause most people don’t know about it yet. Mostly. Oh, and if you wanted local support for your corporate logos from people in the Haight Ashbury area, you’d be better off calling your nonprofit the Good Wiccan Foundation, and I’m srsly. Merry part.]

Here’s how things looked last month, August 2016, at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Basketball Courts:

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And here’s how things looked in late August – new blacktop and new blackboards, about what I expected:

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But oh ho, now it’s all like this – an ocean of blue.

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Warriors Blue:

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Specifically Warriors Royal Blue (#006BB6; RGB: 0,107,182) and Golden Yellow (#FDB927; RGB: 237,23,76).

IDK, man, isn’t that a bit much?

And look, here’s what’s coming – a GSW roundel in the middle. Like this:

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Like what the troubled Brown, Jr., Willie Middle School has, somewhat controversially.

I’ll tell you a story.

Just south of the (formerly) blacktop courts of the Panhandle…

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…lies the Panhandle Playground. It looks like this:

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It’s a Kid’s Kingdom, just like many other playgrounds in America. General Motors paid for it back in the 1990’s. But of course now you can’t see who paid for it because Area Residents chipped away at the dedication plaque until it became illegible. It used to say, “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.”

See what I mean here? This sign was pretty subtle compared with what the Oakland Warriors have in store for us.

How big will the logo be? IDK, exactly. But will it be the largest corporate logo in Golden Gate Park? We’ll see.

Oh what’s that? All this is for Nate Thurmond who just passed on? Well yeah, but it already was for Nate. See?

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This pedestal has been here since the year 2000:

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Somehow, we managed to honor Nate without a sea of blue paint.

Here’s the agreement itself, if case you want to paint GGP in your own corporate colors.

“…a grant-in-place, valued at approximately $25,000 to perform maintenance and repairs to the Courts (the “Grant”) including, without limitation:  Resurfacing the courts  Painting new court lines and center court symbol  Demolishing the existing basketball post and backboard systems  Installing new basketball post and backboard systems…”

Take a look yourself at the contract with SFGov. It says the courts “need” new paint, but, in fact, they didn’t. Paint some new court lines, sure, but where is all this blueness mentioned in the K itself? We managed just fine without the Ocean of Blue we have now and the yellow “symbol” (logo) we’ll soon get, right?

The blue dominates the dojo now, wouldn’t you agree?

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And oh yeah, the regulars don’t like the courts being closed. So they lash out:

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Actually, the courts have been playable for a while now, but I guess they’re still fenced off in anticipation of the ribbon cutting on Saturday. (Oh, and the hoops themselves each have plastic chastity belt covers locked on to prevent any premature use.)

Anyway, here’s your notice:

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All right, let’s leave this scene…

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..and ponder whether GM should be allowed to buy a $25,000 ad on the neighboring Panhandle Playground. After all, GM paid for the playground originally, and they’d even pay for all the materials for their giant logo ad. And what the heck, we could let them paint everything GM Cobalt Blue (#0F3796; 15, 55, 150), as long as they paid for the paint itself, and then Everybody Would Know how great GM is. So what’s the diff between this idea and the actual deal Rec and Park just agreed to?

I’ll tell you, the GSW new logo (one supposes it will be installed afore September 10th, 2016, the day of its coming out party) will be seen, every day, by many many UCSF people from the nearby Parnassus Campus. How do you think they’re going to react when they see it, after all the Warriors have done to screw over UCSF at Mission Bay?

We’ll see.

“GRANT AGREEMENT AND PERMIT TO ENTER Between Good Tidings Foundation and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (dated June 23, 2016 for reference purposes) This Grant Acceptance Agreement and Permit to Enter (the “Agreement”), is dated for reference purposes only as of _________________, 2016, by and between the City and County of San Francisco (“City”), acting through the Recreation and Park Department (the “Department” or “RPD”), and Good Tidings Foundation (“Good Tidings”), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (collectively referred to herein as the “Parties”) yada yada yada…