Posts Tagged ‘Aaron Sankin’

OMG, New “Leap Transit” Bus is a Replacement for the MUNI 30X – It’s $6 to Ride the Marina Express One-Way to Financh

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

[UPDATE: Kevin Montgomery of Uptown Almanac reacts.]

[UPDATE II: The Twitter-stream of one @kylekirchhoff just went private. C'mon, Bro! You gotta engage with the peeps. Today is your big day. It's not that incrimernating, is it? Bro discusses how much he doesn't like Twitter, McAfee Antivirus Inc, and how many people got shot on a MUNI #14 last year. You know, all the usual stuff. But I'll tell you, withdrawing from Web 2.0 is what criminales do, right? You're just a bro with a bus. Nothing wrong with that.]

[UPDATE III: Aaron Sankin of Huffington Post San Francisco weighs in.]

[UPDATE IV: And now Ellen Huet of the San Francisco Chronicle:

John Avalos, a supervisor who has fought against private companies use of Muni stops, called Kirchhoff’s comments “very disingenuous.”

“What a crock of s—,” Avalos said. “How does blocking a Muni stop make the city more efficient? You’re trying to make money, and you’re creating a two-tiered transportation system in San Francisco.”]

I’ll tell you, I’ve been waiting years for a MUNI alternative to pop up and look, it’s here.

Now I’m not talking about the corporate buses (like Google, Apple, FaceBook and so on) that have been around for a decade or so, and I’m not talking about Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and the like and I’m not even talking about the private version of the taxpayer-subsidized Twitter Express, the 83X.

No no. I’m talking about Leap Transit duplicating the unpopular MUNI Marina Express 30x with a private shuttle bus that costs $6 one-way.

It looks like this, as seen just yesterday:

Via Gregg Meyer

Here’s what the site looks like:

See that? The bus comes with WiFi and leather seats, but they cost three times as much as MUNI. And I’m supposing you and your wheelchair would be better off on MUNI, just a guess. And, oh yes,  you pretty much need an Apple iPhone (or as close an iOS device as possible) to climb aboard.

Now you’d think the MSM would be all over this new company, but no. So far, Leap has escaped notice, except from this bloke called  from Down Under. (Uh, he’s _not_ a fan. I haven’t seen a booting like this since Bart vs. Australia)

“This little blue bus symbolises everything that is wrong with the current bubble and boom of internet startup culture. It’s in San Francisco. It belongs to Leap Transit. And, on May 13, this “better bus” — OMFG, it has leather seats and wi-fi! — began operating as part of what’s billed as a “shuttle service for San Francisco commuters.”

Bonus bon mot:

“This socialized [x] is slow and unprofitable. Let’s start a [x] for rich people that pays its employees less.”

Leave there be no doubt, Leap Transit is a wannabe MUNI disrupter. See?

So far, reaction around town has been mixed.

To wit:

connie hwong ‏@crh17h This has come to my attention: a $6 shuttle from the Marina to SOMA, with leather seats & wifi. Seriously, SF?”

Check it:

I don’t know, if the 30X just passed you by ’cause it’s raining and you see a Leap bus coming at you and you have an iPhone and you’re already signed up, well then Leap just might be worth the six bucks.

A 28-year-old white man wants you to ride his technicolor submarine.

Will you?

All the deets:

The San Francisco Business Times Hosts Prayer Breakfast at the Hilton this AM – Praying for Ed Lee’s 49% Approval Rating

Friday, September 14th, 2012

(You know, praying that that percentage doesn’t drop too much further.)

Well, read the news and turn the pages. Here’s an recent ouchy from the HuffPo’s Aaron Sankin:

Ed Lee Approval Rating Drops: San Francisco Mayor’s Popularity Dips Below 50 Percent.

Whoops, how could that be?

Now let’s hear from Ron Russell of the Bay Area Observer. Just yesterday he pointed us to a couple things:

1. “Visa moving headquarters from San Francisco to Foster City

“…marks the departure of one of the best-known companies, with a global brand, from the city where it was born…”

2. “Gap moving workers to Pleasanton

“Social media companies and other tech companies are competing for space in San Francisco,” said Edward Del Beccaro, managing director with Transwestern Real Estate. “So other companies have to consider whether to renew their leases in San Francisco or look for other locations.”

Oh, and look at who else is leaving town. That’s right it’s the San Francisco 49ers:

Justin Herman Plaza, September 12th, 2012 - enjoy your weekend and then check out Homecoming 2012 this Sunday at 5:20 PM - this is a game you won’t want to miss – Detroit Lions. (I think I prefer the older uniforms, actually. Moving on…)

So, I’m struggling to understand how the City Family’s all-knowing, all-seeing Dear Leader Ed Lee, whose primary qualification for getting appointed appears to have been pleasing Willie Brown whether Willie Brown was doing something good or Willie Brown was doing something bad, is so obviously steering us in the right direction.

Will Twitter (the so-called “Mid-Market phenomenon”) ever employ 6000 souls in San Francisco? Hells no. So why do we base our planning around that prediction?

That’s the kind of thing I think about these days.

All right, enjoy your brekky at the Hilton, everybody, while I wonder who writes stuff like this:

“Cranes are in the air, office and residential towers are rising and San Francisco’s real estate market is red hot!”

“Join us for your tour of San Francisco’s future!”

Ooh, I have one too. It goes like:

“Let’s take the Golden State Warriors away from pathetic Oakland – It’s like stealing candy from a baby!”

Oh, and this:

“Let’s not talk about the failed America’s Cup anymore! At least not today.”

All right, back to “reality.” Here’s the invite. Enjoy:

San Francisco Structures
This event is sold out.

Building San Francisco:  Pipeline to the Future

Cranes are in the air, office and residential towers are rising and San Francisco’s real estate market is red hot!

This annual event takes a sweeping look at developments transforming San Francisco’s landscape, and the vision for the future.  Our all-star lineup of real estate and community leaders will share inside information on the pipeline of projects:  the Mid-Market phenomenon; sports team-led developments; Moscone Center expansion; key waterfront developments; what’s ahead for Mission Bay, and San Francisco is rapidly becoming the innovation capital of the world.  Join us for your tour of San Francisco’s future!

Speakers:

*Mayor Ed Lee, City of San Francisco
*Rick Welts, President & COO, Golden State Warriors
*Carl Shannon, Managing Director, Regional Director – Northern California, Tishman Speyer
*Joe D’Alessandro, President & CEO, San Francisco Travel

Partnering Associations:  BOMA San Francisco; SPUR; ULI San Francisco

When:
Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:30am-10:00am
Where:
Hilton San Francisco Union Square – Grand Ballroom B
333 O’Farrell Street

San Francisco, CA 94102″

[UPDATE: Oblvious, as expected. Who's the cheerleader now?

"Edwin Lee ‏@mayoredlee Abt to take stage @SFBusinessTimes sold out event to talk job creation in SF, the #1 area for job growth in nation #SFBTevents"]

OMG, OMG, HuffPo SF is Here! HuffPost San Francisco Has Gone Live – Finally, a Huffington Post Just For Us

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The long-anticipated Huffington Post San Francisco has just gone live.

See?

Click to expand

You’ve already met the crew – what do you think of the website?

Here are some noteworthy bits:

Consensus Pension Reform Plan* by Mayor Edwin M. Lee

A Progressive Decade in the Balance by former Supervisor Chris Daly

Bringing the Entrepreneurial Spirit Back to City Government by second-tier “Progressive** Independent” Mayoral Candidate Joanna Rees

No Time for Retreat on Homelessness by second-tier Mayoral Candidate Michela Alioto Pier

And here are a few bits from the RSS feed:

Why We Should Care Where Our Food Comes From* by District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen

Episode 38 of Necessary Conversation: SF Pride

And there you have it.

*Wow, this is _so_ not written by the purported author.

**Cough

Counting Down: The New Huffington Post San Francisco Website is Almost Upon Us – Meet the Crew

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

[Oh, here it is - they've just gone live.]

Boy, the amount of anti-Huffington Post chatter in Bay Area media circles seems to have increased lately, you noticed that?

Mmmm, perhaps it’s due to the imminent launch of the well-financed Huffington Post San Francisco website?

Could be.

Let’s meet the crew at ground control down in the FiDi/Union Square area.

Blog Editor Clare Richardson:

Via Huffington Post San Francisco 

Associate Editor Robin Wilkey and Assistant Editor Aaron Sankin:

Via Huffington Post San Francisco 

And here’s Editor Carly Schwartz with a thumbs up. Looks like they are go for launch.

Via Huffington Post San Francisco 

10, 9, 8…