As seen on Ashbury:
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The secret is to make your super-tall aftermarket wheels thin, the better to allow your whip to, you know, turn left and right:
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Conestoga Wagon Wheel Fever – Catch It
[Oh, here we go, it's the Citizen of Tomorrow Awards, just posted.]
Now, the problem I had last night was being too ambitious, thinking I could drop by the First Birthday Celebration of The Bay Citizen and then hustle it uphill to the Specfic Whites neighborhood by nine-ish, thinking that this year’s party would be like last year’s, you know, the one they had in the Twitterloin. That one was off the hook.
Anyway, here it is at the stated 8:00 PM starting time. (A dozen people to park your car, but only one to check you into the place.)
(Why, yes, Terra _is_ 200 feet away from a bridge and two miles away from a tunnel – why do you ask?)
And here are your food trucks. (Everything seems to taste better when it’s from a truck, non?)
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I guess things got going later in the evening. But I’ll tell you, if you skipped the first hour of last year’s soiree, which was off the hook, you would have missed a lot.
The good thing is that The Bay Citizen produced, as designed, a lot of good stuff the past year.
Anyway, Bon Anniversaire, The Bay Citizen.
[UPDATE: Welcome Salesforcers! I'm just teasing you all, man. Mission Bay was supposed to be About Biotech and the synergy and whatnot. So it would have been nice to have had a Genentech going large in Mission Bay, but you all are welcome, of course....]
Wow, Salesforce.com must be bullish on San Francisco, based upon today’s big announcement.
“The purchase price for the eight parcels of land, including parking rights in an existing garage and other entitlements and improvements associated with the land, was approximately $278 million. No date for construction has yet been set on the land, which includes the undeveloped portions of Mission Bay lots 26 and 27 and all of Mission Bay lots 29 – 34.“
And, bonus, CEO Marc Benioff will be able to visit the Children’s Hospital that he’s building for UCSF right across the street.
Course it would be nicer to have a Genentech in there, but we’ll take what we can get. All the deets, below.
All the deets:
Salesforce.com Purchases Site for New San Francisco Global Headquarters
14 Acre Corporate Campus Planned Over The Next Decade; Provides for Almost 2 Million Square Feet of Space
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1 – Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced the purchase of approximately 14 acres of undeveloped land in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco from Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE). The company plans to build a facility that will become its new headquarters. The land, which is adjacent to the UCSF campus on one side and the San Francisco Bay on the other, is part of the San Francisco Mission Bay redevelopment area. It is located directly on the San Francisco Muni T line at the UCSF station, and is also directly accessible from the Mariposa Street exit off of 280.
“We are excited to start work on building a new San Francisco global headquarters,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. “Our planned, nearly 2 million square-foot campus over 14 acres at Mission Bay will help us continue to attract and retain talented, world-class employees. This new home for salesforce.com will provide an innovative, dynamic environment for our future growth.”
The purchase price for the eight parcels of land, including parking rights in an existing garage and other entitlements and improvements associated with the land, was approximately $278 million. No date for construction has yet been set on the land, which includes the undeveloped portions of Mission Bay lots 26 and 27 and all of Mission Bay lots 29 – 34.
And, bonus, a statement from the Mayor’s office, after the jump.
I’ll tell you, there was never anything too much wrong with the Clinton-era Lexus SC400 / Toyota Soarer. The 1UZ-FE engine inside these rigs was built to last so there’s nothing stopping these vehicles from rolling into the future, excepting for the small stock wheels they came with.
The owner of this ride is saved from that embarrassment by a set of aftermarket wheels, 24 inchers if I had to guess.
See? You can’t say these wheels are too small, that’s for sure.
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This car is totally ready for the twenty tens, certainly.
(But don’t go crazy and try to use 26 inch wheels. You want to make sure your car still can turn of course.)
I don’t know, I think they could have figured out a way to have Pride Weekend and the World Cup at the same place at the same time this A.M.
Or, in other words:
They were still setting up this stage when the action started in South Africa:
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Fans forced indoors tried to make the best of it, craning their necks as if they were in the front row of a Metreon movie theatre:
(Of course, batting practice precluded AT&T Park’s JumboTron from showing the contest.)
Fans arriving at Civic Center this morning were told to go to “some bar” to catch the match. One fan announced that he was “mega-bummed.”
Despite all the obituaries written earlier this year, The Bay Citizen celebrated its launch yesterday at the Great American Music Hall. Some TBC editors on the scene were fretting about getting a new batch of “stately idiom” finished up for the following morning, but a good time was had by all.
They literally rolled out the red carpet in the Tenderloin last night:
Who was there? Everybody. (Everybody excepting some of the hAtERz in local media who feel any new investment should go to existing concerns, you know, the ones that employ the hAtERz themselves. The hAtERz that showed somehow even managed to generate, with noticeable effort, Mona Lisa smile/smirks for the camera.) The place was packed from the get-go, baby. Check out the Party Pix from E.B.Boyd showing who all was there.
Standing room only:
Bay Citizen CEO Lisa Frazier (pronounced fraze-yah) started things off by inviting Founder Warren Hellman to play a song.
Lois Beckett snapped the chorus and here are the full lyrics to the sing-a-long tune Hardly Strictly News. Note the A-A-B-B rhyming scheme. Also note:
“We met with Lisa Frazier who pronounced ‘for now it will be free’/
A multi-layered news hub is the only way to be.”
What, “for now?” Uh oh:
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Anyway, F. Warren appeared to be somewhat irked by the constant chatter of the assembled throng. Oh well.
Here’s the mise-en-scene from up on the catwalk:
A big thank you to all the founding investors, founding members, patrons, and corporate sponsors. Notably, Dede Wilsey’s name isn’t on this list, so perhaps she just recently kicked in her seven figure donation? (Or let’s call it a $500,000 donation with Uncle Sucker kicking another half mil., mas o menos. That’s the thing with non-profit journalism – the federal govmint lowers your taxes by about 50 cents for every dollar you donate, assuming you pay a lot of taxes in the first place. This is the Unfair Advantage that the Chronicle people complain about. Speaking of which, nothing yet about TBC from the SFC – check for yourself.)
Everybody’s a star:
$5 tote bags just like Trader Joe’s and the KQED, plus loads of free bumper stickers:
The lives of the party:
Bon Courage, Bay Citizen!
All the deets, after the jump
But you, you don’t let that hold you back. So how big are these dubs? Twenty-something inches, anyway. They’re the primary reason this 4-seat (sort of) coupe, straight outta of the Higashifuji Technical Center, is San Francisco’s Best Imported Vehicle of 2009.
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