Posts Tagged ‘Aaron Peskin’

The Empire Strikes Back: Board President David Chiu’s AirBNB Legalization Proposal Gets Opposed by the SFAA, Tenant’s Groups

Monday, April 28th, 2014

A fresh press release:

“NEWS RELEASE: SAN FRANCISCO CITYWIDE COALITION SAYS NO TO PROPOSED CHIU LEGISLATION - Board of Supervisors trying to convert residential housing to short-term rentals

Press conference Tuesday April 29, 2014 Steps of City Hall at 10:00 am

San Francisco — Organizations representing usually divergent interests ranging from tenants to landlords, and from hotel workers to the hospitality industry have joined forces with neighborhood and homeowner associations to oppose legislation introduced by Supervisor David Chiu to legalize the short term rentals of residential property throughout San Francisco.

“In the face of an unprecedented housing crisis, Supervisor Chiu’s legislation to legalize the short term rentals of residential property will only exacerbate the housing crisis. This practice is detrimental to our rent-controlled housing stock”, said Janan New, Executive Director of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

“Our studies have shown that with over 10,000 units of housing being rented out over Airbnb, HomeAway and other websites this practice is having a negative impact on hotel workers and San Francisco’s hospitality industry”, said Mike Casey, President of UNITE HERE Local 2.

“The proposed legislation would rezone the entire city from residential zoning to commercial zoning in one fell swoop. We hear complaints from almost every neighborhood about the detrimental effects of short term rentals on the quality of life of tenants and residents”, said John Bardis, former President of the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods and former San Francisco Supervisor.

“Supervisors Chiu’s legislation would repeal hard won controls on Single Resident Occupancy housing, threatens current affordable housing provisions for over 30,000 permanently affordable units, would transform newly approved “in-law units” into high priced motel rooms and make “below market rate” units lifetime luxury hotels. It is the single biggest threat to affordable housing ever proposed by a San Francisco Supervisor” stated longtime affordable housing advocate Calvin Welch.

“Airbnb and other hosting platforms owe the City millions of dollars in unpaid hotel taxes. It is high time that the City collect these taxes which pay for the arts and vital city services and programs. The proposed legislation does not clearly hold Airbnb and similar organizations responsible for collecting and remitting the hotel tax”, said former Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

All of these organizations are calling for Supervisor Chiu to withdraw his legislation at a press conference on Tuesday April 29 on the steps of City Hall at 10:00 am.”

New Warriors Arena to be Slightly Lower, Assuming It Gets Built in the First Place – Artist’s Conception

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

So, unlike the disastrous America’s Cup and 8 Washington campaigns, the Golden State Warriors project is based around stuff that San Franciscans can actually benefit from.

So that’s a good sign.

Remember, the more you complain now, the better this deal gets for San Francisco. You the public are the bad cop and genial SFGov figurehead Ed Lee is the good cop. And of course the good cop won’t be able to get the best deal possible for San Francisco without the bad cop.

If Ed Lee doesn’t like this game, then he can just retire, right? Or go back to his old job the way he promised to in the first place, right?

It’s too bad that Oakland will lose its team.

Oh well.

Golden State Warriors Modify Semi-Publicly-Financed Arena Proposal – Say Hello To My Little Friend!

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Well the announcement is officially coming this AM, but Messrs. Matier und Ross already have the skivvy on the brand-new, slightly-more-NIMBY-friendly proposal.

And, here, check the latest illustrations.

From the former proposal, a silvery looming UFO with kayak access…

…to the new proposal, a slightly lower silvery looming UFO without kayak access:

So Warriors, take that 13% rate down to 3% and then you might have something, you might have a privately-financed stadium deal.

Now let’s review our waterfront proposals.

The America’s Cup deal was poorly-negotiated on purpose so we could pay for Larry Ellison’s ego trip. It’s an ongoing travesty.

And 8 Washington is corruption.

But this here arena proposal seems OK fine to me, more or less.

I’ll now invite the rich, property-owning NIMBYs of SoMA to move to Fairfield, where 15% of the houses are in foreclosure.

Hey, Look Who Supports the Golden State Warriors Waterfront Arena Plan: All These People – Today’s Big Rally

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Well I suppose if the San Francisco Establishment wanted to claim that it had support “across the spectrum” for the arena deal, they’d have Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Aaron Peskin and a whole bunch of San Francisco Giants baseball players up there with them on the steps of City Hall today.

But this group will have to do.

All the deets:

“GROUP OF SAN FRANCISCANS TO LAUNCH NEW ORGANIZATION AND EFFORT TODAY SUPPORTING GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS’ WATERFRONT ARENA PLAN - Group consists of community leaders, Warriors fans, business, labor, entertainment industry representatives, and residents from across the Bay Area - Supporters plan to be out in force supporting the waterfront plan at public meetings, neighborhood events and community festivals

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A group of enthusiastic San Franciscans from across the spectrum plans to launch a new organization today supporting the Golden State Warriors’ proposed waterfront arena plan. The group consists of community leaders, Warriors fans, representatives from the business and labor community, entertainment industry representatives and residents from across the city and the Bay Area.

The group has secured a diverse mix of local leaders to serve as the co-chairs for the effort, including:

Honorary Co-Chairs

Chris Mullin, Former Golden State Warriors player

Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council*

Carmen Policy, Former NFL executive and San Francisco 49ers Team President

Community Co-Chairs

Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce*

Katherine Webster, President, South Beach-Mission Bay Merchants Association*

Shamann Walton, Executive Director, Young Community Developers*

Dr. Joseph Marshall, Founder, Omega Boys Club*

Members of the newly formed group plan to be out in force over the next several months supporting the arena project at public meetings and hearings, neighborhood events and community festivals.

The group is also planning to hold playoffs viewing parties across San Francisco to cheer on the team as they make a run for an NBA championship.

Who: More than 100 supporters are expected, including:

Adonal Foyle, Former Golden State Warriors player

Carmen Policy, Former NFL executive and San Francisco 49ers Team President

Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Joseph Marshall, Founder, Omega Boys Club

Janet Clyde, Owner of Vesuvio’s

Tom O’Connor, President, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798

Bob Graham, Supportive neighbor

Shamann Walton, Executive Director, Young Community Developers

What: Diverse group of San Franciscans to launch new organization and effort supporting the Golden State Warriors’ waterfront arena project

When: Today, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:00-1:00pm

Where: City Hall Steps, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk St. steps between Grove and McAllister Streets)”

Here’s What Tonight’s World Series Viewing Party Will Look Like – But No Alcohol in Civic Center – Vote No on Prop B

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

You’re invited to come to Civic Center tonight to see Game Four of the World Series on a makeshift “Jumbotron.”

See you at 5:07 PM (or earlier, to get a good spot if you want to be able to actually see the action unobstructed.)

It’ll look like this, but probably with more Matt Cain than Timothy Leroy Lincecum on the screen:

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The SFPD requests (more or less) that you transfer your alcohol to unmarked containers, thusly:

And, oh yes, speaking of the Rec and Park, Remember to Vote No on Proposition B (November 2012), the so-called “Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond”

Why?

Well, because Prop. B is too costly for San Francisco

And also because Reform is Needed at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Also because area lawyer Philip Alan Ginsburg would consider passage of Prop B (November 2012) an endorsement of how he’s running the RPD.

That’s why.

Now, let’s hear from San Francisco Mayor Ron Conway,* after the jump. (Spoiler: He wants you to go to Chipotle’s and spend your money before you blow town.)

PS: The after party will be in the Mission District – spread the word, bring fireworks.

*Poor Sony. It appears that any television-like contraption bigger than 100 inches now gets the generic term “jumbotron.”

Oh well.

Displays similar to the Jumbotron include:

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Prop B, That Massive $200 Million General Obligation Bond, Has Zero (0) Chance of Winning Next Month – Vote NO

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Check out this recent bit from Will Reisman over at the San Francisco Examiner.

Simply, Prop B of November 2012 is a way to give money to a mismanaged department without any requirement of reform, and without any promise of reform.

Oh well.

Let’s put this household down as a tentative NO on PROP B.

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Leave us begin:

“Mark Buell, president of the Recreation and Park Commission, said opposition to the bond is based on personal slights, and not on the content of the measure.”

UH, NO. IT’S BASED ON THE CONTENT.

“The fact of the matter is that there are people who didn’t get what they wanted from the department and they’re coalescing around this measure,” said Buell.

UH, I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE THE WAY RPD HAS BEEN HEADING LATELY.

He said that due to The City’s capital priorities and the upcoming election schedule, another parks bond measure wouldn’t be realistic until 2020.

PERHAPS THE ABOVE STATEMENT ISN’T AS EXTORTIONATE AS “DO EXACTLY WHAT I WANT OR EVERYBODY DIES!!!” BUT THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS A LITTLE EXTORTIONATE, DON”T YOU THINK?

Peskin said the parks bond was originally scheduled for 2014, and could easily be placed on a ballot before 2020.

YEP.

Supervisor Scott Wiener said any criticism against the bond measure would be short-sighted, particularly given the immense needs of the department.

NOPE. WE SHOULD STARVE OUT THIS DEPARTMENT WHILE WE’RE WAITING FOR A NEW DEPARTMENT.

“I think the opposition to this is incredibly cynical and irresponsible, because they are taking the position that, ‘We don’t like Phil Ginsburg, we don’t like some of these operational decisions,” Wiener said.

OH NO, IT’S LOVE THE SINNER, HATE THE SIN. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY HATES PHIL GINSBURG. IT’S JUST THAT PEOPLE DON’T LIKE MOST OF WHAT HE DOES. VOTING FOR PROP B WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE HIM. IN FACT, PROP B _IS_ PHIL GINSBURG, MORE OR LESS.

“‘So therefore kids should continue to play on broken-down playgrounds, people should continue to sit in puddles even when it is dry out because the irrigation systems in these parks are broken, we should continue to have substandard pools.’”

YES! YES YES YES. AND IT’LL BE PHIL GINSBURG’S FAULT.

Central Subway Update: Aaron Peskin and Quentin Kopp Object to World’s Shortest and Most Expensive Subway Line

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

It looks like it will be up to Congress to stop the horrible, out-of-control Central Subway Project. That’s our last chance.

Click on the 13-minute video below to listen to former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin succinctly make the case for killing this turkey.

And here’s some coverage from the local press:

Joe Eskenazi of SF Weekly: Central Subway Critics: Costly Boondoggle Can Still Be Stopped

Michael Cabanatuan of the San Francisco Chronicle: Reinforcements enlisted in battle against Central Subway

KQED: SF Central Subway Opponents Worry About ‘Blank Check

And oh, hey, what about San Francisco’s #1 Mayor Ed Lee Kiss-Ass / Suck-up, you know, San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius, what does he think of the Central Subway?

Nevius: Chinatown subway plan makes me wince

Oh, but that was all the way back in 2008 and, you know, these days The Nevius doesn’t have the stones, apparently, to comment about this particular boondoggle anymore. Oh well.

Enjoy:

(Is Aaron Peskin a good public speaker?

Yes, Aaron Peskin a good public speaker.)

And oh, how can Federal Transit Administration leader Peter Rogoff get away with saying that the Central Subway will reduce trip time from 27 minutes to 7 minutes?

This is a complete fantasy.

Is he seriously misinformed or is he lying? I can’t tell.

Does he mean that the pink bag mafia will spend an average of seven minutes descending 30+ yards down into Mother Earth and waiting for the short line? Is that what he means? But that by itself doesn’t get you anywhere you want to go. It just gets you 30 yards beneath C-Town.

Anyway Congress, please, please, please kill this boondoggery.

Whoa! CW Nevius Harshes San Francisco, His New-Found Home, for Rejecting Rindonkulous America’s Cup Billionaire Welfare Scheme

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

LEAVE US BEGIN:

Piers 30-32 on the Embarcadero are big, flat, money pits.

HEY WAIT A SECOND, NEVE. THE BIG MONEY PIT AROUND TOWN IS ACTUALLY THE $2 BILLION PLUS CENTRAL SUBWAY PORK BARREL PROJECT, RIGHT? YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT ONE, DON’T YOU NEVE? OH YES YOU DO! DOES IT STILL “MAKE YOU WINCE” THESE DAYS? MMMMM…

Estimates just to tear down the sprawling, decaying parking lots run to $40 million. To update them – drive new pilings and make them safe – would cost $80 million-$100 million.

IF WE CAN’T TAKE CARE OF THEM, WHY DON’T WE JUST TEAR ‘EM DOWN WHEN THE TIME COMES AND BE DONE WITH IT? MAYBE WE COULD CANCEL THE $80 MILLION DEAL WE HAVE WITH THE TENDERLOIN HOUSING CLINIC – WOULDN’T THAT FREE UP SOME MONEY?

So when Larry Ellison’s Oracle Racing group announced it would spend millions to renovate the piers in exchange for development rights and a rent-free lease, it was a golden opportunity.

BASICALLY, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT GIVING THOSE PIERS TO LARRY. IT WAS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR LARRY YOU MEAN.

And we blew it.

YEAH? WELL, YOU KNOW, THAT’S JUST LIKE YOUR OPINION, MAN. OR IS IT? MAYBE SOMEBODY ELSE IS TELLING YOU HOW TO FEEL AND TELLING YOU WHAT TO SAY. WHO COULD IT BE? COULD IT BE…

Supervisor Mark Farrell, a former investment banker, still can’t believe it.

UH “FORMER” INVESTMENT BANKER? CHECK YOSELF, NEVE. AND REALLY, ARE SAYING HE’S IN DENIAL? BUT ISN’T THIS SEQUENCE OF EVENTS THE SAME OLD “TYPICAL CITY HALL DANCE?”

“It was very disappointing. That absolutely could have been done,” Farrell said. “Instead, we did the typical City Hall dance. Rake them over the coals, squeeze them. And they pulled out.”

WELL YES IT IS! WELL MAKE UP YOUR MIND DUDE. IS WHAT HAPPENED THE TYPICAL SITUATION OR WAS IT SO CRAY-CRAY THAT YOU STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT? IT’S GOT TO BE ONE OR THE OTHER, IT CAN’T BE BOTH.

Some members of the Board of Supervisors were convinced that Ellison had “no Plan B.”

UH, WHAT’S HIS PLAN B? I’M IGNORANT. INSTEAD OF US GIVING HIM NINE FIGURES, THE CURRENT PLAN IS TO GIVE HIM SEVEN OR EIGHT FIGURES, RIGHT? IS THAT THE PLAN B?

They thought that he was determined to snooker the city.

“THOUGHT?” NO NO, STILL DO. AARON PESKIN’S LAWSUIT IS STILL OUT THERE, READY TO GO.

Or that he had no other location for pit row, the staging area for the Cup sailboat teams.

HEY, HOW ABOUT SAN DIEGO? MAYBE THEY’D APPRECIATE LARRY IN SAN DIEGO?

In talks, the supervisors kept asking for one concession after another.

WELL IN LIGHT OF THE ABSENCE OF AN “EVENT FEE,” WHAT SHOULD SAN FRANCISCO ASK FOR? WHY DIDN’T LARRY OFFER A $200 MILLION OR SO EVENT FEE AS ANY REASONABLE MULTI-BILLIONAIRE WOULD?

Finally the word came last weekend – forget the deal. Ellison was out. The teams would stage at Pier 80, where the Oracle group is already dug in, and 30-32 could sit in the wind and waves until they fell into the bay.

YES NEVE, WE KNOW. THAT JUST SAVED US A TON OF MONEY.

“Here we had an opportunity to have someone come in to contribute the up-front capital we don’t have – and will never have – in exchange for rent credit,” Farrell said. “I think it was a real blown opportunity.”

SO WAIT A SECOND, WE HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN THE CENTRAL SUBWAY TO NOWHERE, SOMETHING THAT WILL BENEFIT NOBODY EXCEPT THOSE PAID TO BUILD IT, BUT WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO TEAR DOWN A PIER OR TWO?

The Ellison group, which was motivated to move forward with the renovation, threw up its hands and backed out.

YES NEVE, WE KNOW. THAT JUST SAVED US A TON OF MONEY. ARE YOU REPEATING YOURSELF?

At this point all we can do is root for Team Oracle to win in the 2013 America’s Cup and hope Ellison brings the event back to San Francisco.

BTW, IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW, NEVIUS, THE AMERICA’S CUP ISN’T A REAL SPORT. THE PREVIOUS WINNER RIGS THE EVENT IN HIS/HER FAVOR. SO WHY WOULD WE ROOT FOR LARRY ELLISON TO WIN?

Then we can pray City Hall has learned a lesson.

CUE SAD TROMBONE

OH WELL.

BUT HEY, AT LEAST LARRY’S CRAZY IDEA TO PROMOTE AN UNPOPULAR SPORT IS PAYING OFF DOWN SAN DIEGO WAY, RIGHT? I MEAN, DIDN’T THEY JUST HAVE AN EVENT DOWN THERE? HEY, HOW MANY FANS SHOWED UP? I MEAN, THE EVENT WAS FREE, RIGHT?

“Numbers were disappointing especially on the final Sunday, with a count of 9-10,000, according to Murray, compared to some 17,000 the previous Sunday…”

OH WELL. POOR LARRY.

LEAVE US CLOSE WITH AC34 HYPE MAN MAYOR ED LEE. I MADE IT THROUGH ABOUT TWO MINUTES OF THIS, RIGHT WHERE HE STARTED HECTORING REPORTERS FOR REPORTING ON “LAWSUITS.”

HE ALSO SPOKE OF “FUN” IN A SUPER UNFUN WAY.

OH WELL.

THE LESS WE SPEND ON THE AMERICA’S CUP, THE LESS WE’LL LOSE ON THE AMERICA’S CUP…

Gee, How Out-of-Touch is Randy Shaw, You Know, San Francisco’s Government-Paid and Government-Loving “Journalist?”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Well, let’s take a look:

OK:

1. You still have “Best Local Website” up there, srsly? Wasn’t that like from half a decade ago? Don’t you know that people are laughing at you over this? Oh, what’s that Randy, your lickspittle spent hours and hours and weeks and weeks trying to get an entry for BeyondChron into Wikipedia and it didn’t work and part of the reason why is that you’ve never gotten a journalism award, is that the reason why you cling? OK fine. 

2. Uh, didn’t Aaron Peskin just save San Francisco well over $100,000,000? I think so. But you think he’s a failure because he can no longer “dine” with corrupt Willie Brown? Is that the measure of success, Randy?

3. Uh, the Board of Supervisors isn’t voting on the America’s Cup deal today, owing to the news what came out 24 hours ago. Didn’t anybody tell you, Randy? Boy, you’d think a big-city news editor such as yourself would know about stuff like this…

Hey Randy, does your house in the East Bay Hills really have six bedrooms and four bathrooms?

Maybe you’re a one-percenter?

Mmmm….

America’s Cup Give-A-Way to Larry Ellison Cancelled, Hurray – Leave Us Give Thanks to Aaron Peskin and Joe Eskenazi

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Appears as if the independent works of Democratic Party Leader Aaron Peskin and SFWeekly Writer Joe Eskenazi (and others too, I’m sure, but I don’t know exactly) have just saved San Francisco something on the order of nine figures.

Hurray.

What is the America’s Cup?

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