Through a tax, or a fee, or some new onus owed to some millionaire homeowners association, we’re paying for this:
And what is it? Does it “transform” the area? Really?
Hey look – it’s the streetcar what’s named Desire:
Or at least it’s somebody’s view of what big city living should look like.
Lover I’m off the streets
Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet
With a red guitar, on fire
And best of all, if we’re looking at the History of Forest Hill, and I think we are, there’s not any pesky Chinese laundryman playing basketball on his roof across the street…
Well, here’s my memory of SFGov’s recent free-to-the-NFL hosting of Super Bowl L:
(I think this one is from shanand.)
But the grown-up rich kids running our local “Host Committee” (who of course don’t want to reimburse SFGov) think everything went so great for us that we’ll be ready to do this whole thing over again as soon as five years from now – Super Bowl LV let’s say.
But we haven’t even cleaned up all the garbage yet, and we haven’t had time to add up all our losses.
Oh look, our Castro merchants are now weighing in on what they’re calling “Super Bust 50.” See?
“As the Super Let Down after Super Bowl 50 starts to fade, let’s remember who is going to end up paying the biggest price for Santa Clara hosting this huge sporting event – – we are: local merchants, especially in The Castro. But, we are not alone, we hear, as local merchant associations all over San Francisco report down, soft revenues during SB50. From all over The Castro and Upper Market neighborhood, I’ve heard from fellow merchants. The nine days of official SB50 events in the City ballooned, for us, into over three weeks of SB50-related interruptions. Customer traffic (locals and visitors alike) and revenues were some of their slowest on record during what had been promised as a “busy time.” Nightmare predictions of over-crowded streets and traffic jams kept Bay Area local folks out of San Francisco. Running “Bustitues” instead of the F Line historic streetcars between The Castro and Ferry Building for over three weeks further hurt our area’s local and visitor traffic and revenues.”
Read all about it at our Market Street Railway.
I’ll tell you, I was in the office one time when a Marin County realtor* tried to screw over an Area Attorney by trying tack on about $3000 to the attorney’s own executed deal for him to buy a house. The realtor was like, “Well, it loks like you don’t want this deal then, Sir.”
This was his reaction:
“I’m going to sue you. I’m going to sue your supervising broker. I’m going to sue your brokerage. I’m going to sue…”
And then, magically, poof, all the supposed necessary fees went away. This is how an attorney represents an attorney’s own personal interests.
Now, do I think that the attorneys who negotiated this lousy deal between SFGov and the NFL represented We The People the way they represent themselves when, say they buy a house for themselves? No, not at all. They view this corporate party as a way to please certain parties and as a way to have fun and excitement themselves, a way to show that our not so large city is actually in fact “world-class” and a way to compensate themselves for all the stress and strain involved with putting up with us, Us The People.
Oh hey, is our hotel tax a one-for-one substitute for our SB50-reduced sales tax revenue for our suffering Castro merchants and others? NOT AT ALL! Take a look at where the revenue goes – some of it gets siphoned off, instead of going to run SFGov / pay our unfunded pension liabilities etc.
At least we’re not going to get the Olympics…
*Always lower-case. This is the only entry in my stylebook.
I don’t think NoPA is so special.
Hey look, your precious Northeast of Panhandle Area is actually in the Western Addition – here’s a map from just part of part of the WA:
And don’t ever search your house’s property records for the term “Western Addition,” ’cause you’ll be disappointed to find that term in there, over and over.
But no no, area millionaire homeowners association – please go on and on about your petty concerns. Tell EVERYBODY.
As seen a few days back – that square, that’s your elevator car. Haven’t seen it in a while:
And here’s the close-up color version, from all the way back in 2004:
(I remember thinking how the workers in the basket should have appeared clearer in this photo. I guess I was super-far away, oh well.)
In closing, take that, Great Pyramid. Pwned:
Apparently, the millionaire homeowners of the Western Addition were among the most oppressed people on God’s Green Earth, ’cause each and every year you’d hear them yammering about the annual Bay to Breakers fun run and house party event.
But what about now, what about this year? Well, there’s nary a peep – it’s spooky-quiet. Check it:
That’s quite a change over the past five years.
Now I’ll tell you, some of the non-millionaire residents of the Western Addition aren’t actually looking forward to the BtoB, but most of them handle things with maturity by planning ahead, by making plans to be away if this event bothers them so so much, stuff like that.
But the organized homeowners of the Western A, well, they like to complain. And complain they will until you give them a little hush money:
Oh, so that’s why the homeowners groups view BtoB as more of a fundraiser rather than something to yammer about every year…
Apparently, some millionaire land-owning burgers down in San Mateo, specifically San Carlos, specifically east San Carlos, right next to the 101 are/were mad about taking one for the team, about losing the parking spaces in front of their hou$e$ for the Greater Good.
I know that because I saw all these signs. You see, it’s OUR PARKING SPACES vs. THE CONCERNS OF EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD.
Or, as they put it, it’s CARS vs. KIDS:
The problem with this is that all roads in California are highways, pretty much.
So, in fact, HOLLY STREET IS A HIGHWAY.
And actually it has it’s own freeway offramp – some people might think that’s a good thing, IDK
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Perhaps this was the problem:
For more than 100 years the San Francisco Travel Association has worked on behalf of its partners to promote San Francisco as the destination of choice for conventions and leisure travel. The Association is an outgrowth of the San Francisco Convention and Tourist League, a non-profit, local business association founded in 1909 to reclaim the City’s position as a world-class destination in the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire.
San Francisco Travel continues that mission today, aggressively marketing and selling San Francisco to attract visitors. San Francisco Travel is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)6 membership organization, headed by a Board of Directors made up of 45 business leaders from various companies, elected by the membership. Additionally, in 2003, the Association established a 501(c)3 foundation to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in local hospitality management programs and to produce educational programs.”
Here’s the giant ad from the back of today’s never-been-thinner San Francisco Examiner.
So what’s the San Francisco Travel Association logo doing in there?
(But oh, let me assure all you horny nerd conventio tourists in town for the next few days. There IS sex in the champagne room (or whatever they’re calling the champagne room these days), despite what you might have heard.NB: Bring cash. NNB: Lots and lots of cash.)
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Executive Vice President, Tourism
Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
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