Posts Tagged ‘business’

Wheeeeeeee! What It’s Like to Skateboard Down Masonic Avenue

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

It’s like this, on the steepest block coming down from Mervyn’s Heights.

I Believe I Can Fly:

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Is this illegal? I don’t know.

Maybe not.

Area Whacko Elisabeth Thieriot Hosted a Mayan Spiritual Leader in Tiburon and She Wants You To Know ALL About It

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I suppose.

I can’t think of any other function for this press release, seen below.

Now, be careful what you say about Elisabeth Thieriot. ‘Cause I’ll tell you, the San Francisco Examiner seems to be in fear of her, or her lawyer, or perhaps I’m jumping to conclusions here but this page used to have a few words about ‘Lisbeth and also a reference to a Reuters article about some allegations about Mexico (or Guatemala?) and the police and some purportedly stolen stuff and some movie about 2012 and the Mayan Calendar and other things that rich people in Marin County seem to enjoy.

No no, you’re best off just calling her a “famed business woman“ and moving on.

To this:

Elisabeth Thieriot is a prominent San Francisco Philanthropist and founder of Seasons San Francisco, a lifestyle company promoting natural beauty through healthy skin, diet and seasonal living. The philosophy of Elisabeth Thieriot is based on the universal law of cycles, macrobiotics, and living water, body type consumption, healing botanicals and being aware of the environment. This philosophy, along with the proper care and feeding of the body and the skin, sleep, healthy living and awareness of the seasons and their transitions will bring out the natural beauty and vitality that we possess. It removes illness and allows the body to do its work for physical, mental and emotional health. Beauty is not skin deep, it comes from within which is dependent on our attitude, what we eat, what we put on our skin, what we come into contact with and our physical activity. Attention to these things is what creates timeless, ageless longevity and truly represents the fountain of youth.”

All right, here it is, the best Bay Area-related press release so far for 2012:

“Head Mayan Elder, Apolinario Chile Pixtun, Visits San Francisco to Discuss Mayan Calendar - Executive Producer and Financier of ‘Decoding B’aqtun,’ Hosts Head Mayan Elder in a Questions + Answers Session

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2012  – Elisabeth Thieriot, a San Francisco-based business woman, co-founder of PhoneCharge, Inc, philanthropist and author of Be Fabulous at Any Age hosted a questions and answers session for the Head Elder of the Mayan Council, Apolinario Chile Pixtun, on June 27th for friends and media at her home, Lions Gate in Tiburon, CA.

“I always enjoy coming to Elisabeth’s house because she is a gracious host and has a warm heart,” says guest, Sudha Pennathur. “It’s even more of a pleasure to be invited to Lions Gate and get the rare chance to meet Apolinario to learn about the Mayan culture and her [Thieriot's] film that has been a big part of her life this year.”

Guests sipped wine and savory hors d’ouerves, while Thieriot and Pixtun answered questions one by one from guests and media. Question topics ranged from the Mayan culture and the calendar, to the upcoming movie “Decoding B’aqtun.” Guests represented a wide range of backgrounds, from the Catholic Church, a Cryptologist, an Indian jewelry designer, a Guatemalan female empowerment advocate and more.

Pixtun clutched his Mayan spiritual guidance stick while explaining spirituality in the Mayan culture and the meaning of this b’aqtun in particular. He also discussed the film, “Decoding B’aqtun,” and the pleasure of working with Thieriot.

“[Working] with Elisabeth was different. It is a different work relationship. It is a different way of seeing life,” Pixtun explained. “Working with her is good and especially working on a project that will save humanity.”

Thieriot and Pixtun worked well together and bonded in a strong friendship during production. This is why Pixtun made a stop to Thieriot’s house on his U.S.A. tour of hosting various Mayan conferences.

The film is a guide to the secret of how to live a fulfilled life through spirituality by the Mayan example. While Pixtun explained the Mayan culture, there is more to be revealed that the film touches on. “Decoding B’aqtun” is scheduled to come out at the end of 2012.

To watch the interview of Thieriot and Pixtun, respectively, as well as highlights from the question and answer session, tune in on July 29 at 5:25 p.m. to “It’s a Red Carpet Life…” Red Carpet Bay Area’s summer shorts on KICU TV36 and re-watch the segment with additional photos here.

About Apolinario Chile Pixtun
Apolinario Chile Pixtun is the Head Elder of the Mayan Council. He is a spiritual guide. He carries the wisdom of his Mayan ancestors and passes it on to generations. He travels around the world to hold Mayan conferences and speak about the calendar.

About Elisabeth Thieriot
Elisabeth Thieriot is a San Francisco-based business woman, co-founder of PhoneCharge, Inc, philanthropist and author of Be Fabulous at Any Age. She executive produced and financed the movie “Decoding B’aqtun.”

About “Decoding B’aqtun”
The film does not yet have a debut date. Shot in Guatemala, the film uncovers previously seen Mayan artifacts from the sites of Tikal and Quirigua, Guatemala. It takes its audience on a journey to discover the optimum quality of life through the Mayan prophecies and example.

SOURCE  Elisabeth Thieriot

Elisabeth Thieriot

CONTACT: Hernan Horario Mendez

Web Site: http://elizabeththieriot.com

Only in Marin…

You’re such a wonderful person living a fabulous life
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Subway Sandwich Trilogy: Five Dollar Footlongs Banned in San Francisco – Why, Mayor Ed Lee, Why?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Do you know why San Francisco is the only county in America to have SUBWAY sandwich stores without refreshing five dollar footlongs?

Take a look:

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I’m thinking it has something to do with the high cost of doing bidness in town.

So, unless you’ve already been partying with the current Mayor’s political faction or unless you’re already running a high-status internationally-famous operation (like Twitter or Facebook or whathaveyou), you’ll find doing business in San Francisco is a PITA.

Try it, you’ll see.

Anyway, no $5FLs for you, San Francisco.

Today’s Mayor Ed Lee Electoral Victory Lap Around San Francisco is Nothing But a Big F.U. to David Chiu

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Ah, let’s see what’s on the agenda today – oh it’s a tour of the City, a kind of victory lap to celebrate yesterday’s big news.

Mr. Mayor will drop by Districts #4, #7, and  #10 with  area Supervisors. Check it:

“Mayor Lee to visit Sunset neighborhood merchants along Irving Street with Supervisor Carmen Chu to discuss jobs & small businesses.
Merchant walk to start at Sunset Super”

“Mayor Lee to visit West Portal neighborhood merchants along West Portal Avenue with Supervisor Sean Elsbernd to discuss jobs & small businesses.
Merchant walk to start at Squat & Gobble”

“Mayor Lee to visit Portola neighborhood merchants along San Bruno Avenue with Supervisor Malia Cohen to discuss jobs & small businesses.
Merchant walk to start at North East Medical Services (NEMS)”

Fair enough, but oh, here’s another one – it’s in District #3, you know, the realm of Board of Supervisors President David Chiu.

“Mayor Lee to visit Chinatown neighborhood merchants along Stockton Street to discuss jobs & small businesses.
Merchant walk to start at Self-Help for the Elderly”

You notice anything? That’s right, Supervisor Chiu isn’t invited to a merchant walk in his own district.

Do you think that this is a mere oversight on behalf of the scheduling secretary?*

I don’t.

This is WillieBrownRosePakEdLee saying Foxtrot Yankee to poor DC for, among other things, Speaking Truth to Power a few months back.**

Oh well.

President David Chiu (along with Dr. Malcom-esque District #1 Supervisor Eric Mar) in mayoral campaign mode last week. 

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Soon, if not already, he’ll be in supervisorial campaign mode once again. What do WillieBrownRosePakEdLee have in store for David Chiu for 2012?

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see…

*Will Ed Lee be the first San Francisco Mayor since the 1990′s to NOT have sex with a young, attractive, female, SFGov mayoral scheduling secretary? Why yes, you can bank on that. How refreshing!

**Play us out, Managing Editor James Gardner:

“’So, Ed,’ began David Chiu, recounting a private conversation he claims the two had shortly before Lee reversed his longstanding insistence he wouldn’t run. ‘You told me you didn’t have the fire in the belly. You’d looked in the mirror and said you didn’t want to run … but you didn’t know how to say no to Willie Brown and Rose Pak.’

OK, there’s a genuine gotcha. Ouch.”

City Family Unites for “Yes on C, No on D” Campaign Kickoff – Warren Hellman and the Wronglers Play

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Public Defender Jeff Adachi was nowhere to be seen this AM during the big Yes on C, No on D campaign kickoff in the Western A today.

Warren Hellman (who used to be on the other side) and the Wronglers provided music. (Believe it or not, this is Warren’s most understated Star of David getup.) 

Via Steve Rhodes

Supervisor Carmen Chu, seen just behind Mayor Ed Lee, could hardly contain her enthusiasm – there was no place in the world she would have preferred to have been than right here, obviously:

Also via Steve Rhodes

A few deets:

“SAN FRANCISCO, September 23, 2011“Yes on C, No On D” pension-reform campaign will hold its campaign kickoff. Warren Hellman’s “old time” band, the Wronglers, will provide entertainment.

WHAT: Yes on C, No on D Campaign Kickoff
WHO: Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor John Avalos, business and labor leaders
ENTERTAINMENT: The Wronglers
WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 10:30 AM
WHERE: African American Art and Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton St. (@Webster), San Francisco”

That ZenDesk Company Can’t Afford Gavin Newsom’s 2004 “Twitter Tax,” But It CAN Afford $1 Million to Charity?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

[UPDATE: So is Zendesk the only San Francisco company that hasn't threatened to move out of San Francisco lately? Apparently, see the Comments. BTW, did you know that:

"[a]ny tweets that mention Zendesk are immediately turned into what we like to call a “twicket,” that is, a tweet that is converted into a support ticket.

Well, that’s news to me.

Oh, and here’s your chance to get in on the land rush:

“Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion is now publicly available and can be found on the Office of Economic and Workforce Development website, www.oewd.org, as well as on the new Central Market Partnership website, www.centralmarketpartnership.org. Applications are being accepted now, and the deadline to apply for the 2011 tax year is November 1, 2011. Please contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development at 415-554-6969 with any questions regarding the application for the Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion.”]

I don’t really get this one here. Zendesk needed corporate welfare to move into the Mid-Market and it wasn’t going to do so anyway, do I have that right?

Leave us review. Former Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a payroll tax into law back in 2004. But a half-decade later, Twitter decided that it didn’t like Gavin Newsom’s tax, so an exemption was made for Twitter, and others so bold as to set up shop in an area that was mapped out by real estate interests and others, only Gaia knows.

Now we hear that ZenDesk agreed to expand in Mid Market thanks to the recent Twitter Tax waiver?

Is that the narrative?

A tourist takes it easy after an eventful day in the Mid Market a couple months back. I forget how many people got shot all told:

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So here’s the latest:

“We <3 SF. To prove our commitment to this rad city we’ve pledged $1M to @UCSF @Benioff Children’s Hospital: http://prn.to/pzzYwt

Now, is it possible that ZenDesk didn’t need that subsidy to move into the Twitterloin? Sure seems that way. Mmmm…

And let me assure you that nothing has substantively changed betwixt Dot Com Era I of the late 90′s  and our current Dot Com Era II as far as stock options are concerned. Obviously, a San Francisco company going public might not want to deal with the 2004 tax signed into law by Gavin Newsom. Obviously. So what’s changed the past seven years?

Here’s “interim” Mayor Ed Lee from this year:

We’re not about punishing any companies that need to grow and grow fast,” said Mayor Lee.

So why did Gavin Newsom sign his tax into law back in aught-four? Did he do it to “punish companies?” Did he do it to “kill jobs?” Was Gavin Newsom a “job killer?”

Apparently.

Hey, how about this? Why not treat all companies the same? Why not get rid subsidies for biotech? Why not address concerns about Mid Market without corporate welfare?  

“SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31, 2011 — Zendesk, the leading provider of proven, cloud-based help desk software, today announced a $1 million pledge to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

“Zendesk was founded in Denmark and moved to San Francisco in 2009,” said Mikkel Svane, Zendesk’s CEO. “We have been humbled by the wonderful way we have been welcomed to this city and its vital high-tech community. As Zendesk continues its rapid growth, we want to share our good fortune with the city and people that helped make it possible. As a father and client of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, this charity is especially meaningful to me.”

Zendesk is kicking off this year-long effort with a sponsorship of the Salesforce Foundation’s Concert to Benefit the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to be held on Thursday, September 1, 2011. Zendesk will host its customers, partners and employees to attend this charity event. Throughout the next year, Zendesk will donate a portion of its sales, as well as hold other fund-raising events, to deliver on its $1 million pledge. In addition, its employees will participate in volunteer programs for the hospital.

“The Salesforce Foundation has been an inspiration to us on how to integrate philanthropy into a company’s culture,” Svane added. “Today’s announcement is just the first of many demonstrating Zendesk’s gratitude to the city of San Francisco. Having just moved into new headquarters in the Central Market, we also look forward to making our new neighborhood a better place to work.”

“It’s great to see Zendesk, one of San Francisco’s rapidly growing tech companies, already giving back to the citizens of San Francisco,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “We are grateful to them for their generous pledge to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.”

About Zendesk

Zendesk is the leading provider of proven, cloud-based help desk software. For growing organizations, Zendesk is the fastest way to enable great customer service. More than 10,000 Zendesk customers, including Adobe, MSNBC, Sony, OpenTable and Groupon, trust Zendesk with their most valuable assets, their customers, partners, and employees. Founded in 2007, Zendesk is funded by Charles River Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Matrix Partners. Learn more at www.zendesk.com.”

Built Like a Brick Poo-House: Historic Folger Coffee Building at 101 Howard Just Bought by USF

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

You know who knew about today’s big news, this real estate deal, last week? JK Dineen of the San Francisco Bizness Timez, that’s who.

Look at this beaut:

The brick, five-story Folger Coffee Company Building at 101 Howard in San Francisco, California was the former headquarters of Folgers. It is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.]The building still has a sign saying “The Folgers Coffee Company” on one corner. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has its California campus on the top floor, where Wharton’s MBA for Executives program is offered.”

Oh baby, it’s your classic Brick & Timber:

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This building was put up on landfill (in a place where San Francisco Bay used to be 15 feet(!) deep) and it got  finished in, wait for it, 1905, just in time for the Great Fire and Earthquake of 1906. But that was no problem at all ’cause of all the pilings it had driven 40 feet(!) into the mud. And the fires, well they just happened to stop right across the street.

See? “X” marks the spot and the dark yellow shows where the fires went:

Via Access PR 

That’s part of what makes it historic:

Folger Coffee Company Building (added 1996 – - #96000679)
101 Howard St. , San Francisco

Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Architect, builder, or engineer: Schulze, Henry A.
Architectural Style: Renaissance
Area of Significance: Engineering, Commerce, Community Planning And Development, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Industry/Processing/Extraction
Historic Sub-function: Business, Manufacturing Facility
Current Function: Commerce/Trade
Current Sub-function: Business

Built to last:

It’s an icon:

And high ceilings to boot:

Bon Courage University of San Francisco! Welcome back to SoMA!

All the deets:

“USF Purchases Historic Folger Building
08-02-2011

The University of San Francisco has agreed to buy the historic Folger Coffee Building in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Listed on the National Registerof Historic Places and located within walking distance of where USF first opened its doors in 1855 at Fourth and Market streets, the agreed purchase of the Folger Building at 101 Howard St. marks a return to the university’s roots in downtown San Francisco.

With easy access to freeways, the Bay Bridge, and public transportation, the location builds on USF’s 156-year history of service to San Francisco, while acting on the university’s goals to be more visible and more tightly woven into the fabric of the city.

“By relocating some of the university’s programming, we will have more opportunity to serve multiple audiences – allowing USF to be closer to the businesses and civic organizations with which we currently partner, while also engaging new prospects for collaboration,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “With neighbors such as Google, Twitter, DropBox, SalesForce.com, and established legal and financial services firms, this acquisition presents tremendous opportunity for new corporate partnerships and places USF in the center of innovation.”

With 90 percent of the Folger Building currently occupied by tenants, USF’s presence in downtown will be limited in the near term. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Turpin, in consultation with the deans and faculty, will finalize decisions about what academic programs will occupy the downtown space and on what schedule. No decisions have been made yet as to what administrative and non-academic units will be housed in the new building.

Written by Edward Carpenter”

This Little Scamp in SoMA is Just Part of the Reason Why It’s Hard to Do Bizness in the 415 – Skipping Stones Across 9th Street

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

This street imp was looking like all the others, just a slob like one of us, until he pulls a rock out of his hoodie and hurls a 70 mph fastball across 9th without really breaking stride. He reared back and hurled but then resumed walking with a quickness.

I was supposing he was throwing the rock at a person but his target was a business vehicle, a white van.

The thing is he threw it down and counted on a random bounce get it up to where it could do some damage.

Anyway, here he is, walking away, all casual, IndyBay personified. If you looked around after getting struck you wouldn’t necessarily suspect him. This kid’s a pro, a professional:

And here’s his rock, found right in the middle of the sidewalk across the street, seen next to a fat lawyer’s shoe for comparison:

How many more stones does this kid have in his hoodie’s marsupial pocket? Probably lots.

So this is why your window gets broken randomly, for no reason.

Now you’d think the hormones coursing through his veins would be telling him to get out there and try to impress girls, or boys, or whomever, you know, so he could have sex or something, right? But no, all that frustration and energy gets poured into another kind of release, the satisfaction of hearing breaking windows or causing grievous bodily injury to random pedestrians on the mean streets of San Francisco.

Oh well…

Is Carpetbagging CW Nevius the Randy Shaw of Haight Ashbury? Is The Nevius in Favor of Commercial Rent Control?

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius blew into town just last year to live in District 6, but already he’s adopted far-off Upper Haight as one of his causes.

See?

“…shops continue to have an alarmingly difficult time of making a go of it, even if the corner of Haight and Ashbury is still on every tourist’s must-visit list…. They’ve reached out to the San Francisco Travel Association to aggressively market the area and are considering street lighting and flower planters to dress up the street. But none of that is going to matter as long as Haight landlords continue to burden the corridor with unreasonable rents.

Always with the real estate, huh? As it is with fellow East Bay carpetbagger and Official Nevius Buddy (ONB) Randy Shaw, who just loooooves getting money from the City and County of San Francisco and, coincidentally, cheerleading for real estate interests and the campaign of Mayor Ed Lee.

Anyway, you’d think that commercial property owners in the 94117 would know exactly how much to charge for rent, but you’re WRONG WRONG WRONG! Only The Nevius knows the precise amount you should charge.

He knows What’s Best For Us.

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Oh Nevius, please, please tell us more!

Don’t stop. Don’t ever stop your part-time, six-figure job.

The White Gods!
Come from the East at last!

Mayor Edwin Lees Says Payroll Tax is a “Business Punisher,” So Why Did Gavin Newsom Sign It Into Law in 2004?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

All right, work with me here, “Interim Mayor” Edwin Lee is now saying that San Francisco’s unique stock option payroll tax scheme is a kind of “business punisher,” right?

Edwin Lee, seen here with popular new Supervisor Malia Cohen:

Check it, from a recent ditty from Adam Lashinsky in Fortune magazine:

“We have kind of a unique taxing system here in San Francisco where historically we’ve actually taxed employees’ growth, and that’s kind of a business punisher, if you will. If you’re going to grow the employees, why would we punish that?”

All right, so who signed this horrible, terrible, horrible tax into law? None other than former Mayor Gavin Newsom just seven years ago.

Check it:

On February 19, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom approved recent changes to San Francisco’s Business Tax ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on February 10, 2004. These changes become effective March 20, 2004, 30 days after signing by the Mayor.”

So, how can we reconcile this? Here’s a stab at it, again from Mayor Lee:

“Now, we’ve never really distinguished stock options; we’ve always taxed compensation just like any payroll tax would. But we didn’t realize that stock options was something very special to the tech companies. And as they’ve grown, they’ve educated us about how valuable those stock options are.”

But didn’t we have stock options and tech companies about back in the dotcom era? Yes we did. Has anything changed since then, are stock options new? No, not at all.

I cry foul.

And I’ll tell you, I don’t see a way out of this one. Tell me, Gentle Reader, how can we reconcile dese tings?

(Also, note how the Supervisors voted back int the day. Do you think Sean Elsbernd, if he had gotten his current gig just a little earlier, would have voted against this “job punishing” biz tax back in the day? Don’t know. It’s hard to imagine him defying Gavin Newsom, but anything’s possible, I suppose.)

Enjoy:

031990

[Business Tax]

Supervisors Ma, McGoldrick

Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to: (1) amend Article 12-A (Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance) to (i) conform Article 12-A (Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance) with the amendments to Article 6 (Common Administrative Provisions) and (ii) consolidate exemptions, definitions and other administrative provisions, as amended, that apply to Article 12-A (Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance) and other Articles of the Business and Tax Regulation Code, and place them in Article 6 (Common Administrative Provisions); (2) amend Article 12 (Business Registration Ordinance) to conform business registration requirements with amendments to Article 12-A (Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance) and Article 6 (Common Administrative Provisions); and (3) amend Article 6 (Common Administrative Provisions) to (i) clarify common administrative provisions and conform them with amendments to Article 12-A (Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance) and Article 12 (Business Registration Ordinance), (ii) consolidate exemptions, definitions and other administrative provisions that apply to Article 12-A (Payroll Expense Tax Ordinance), Article 12 (Business Registration Ordinance) and other Articles of the Business and Tax Regulations Code, and (iii) eliminate the Board of Review. (Treasurer-Tax Collector)

PASSED ON FIRST READING by the following vote:
Ayes: 11 – Alioto-Pier, Ammiano, Daly, Dufty, Gonzalez, Hall, Ma, Maxwell, McGoldrick, Peskin, Sandoval”