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YOU MIGHT BE A GADFLY IF … the SF City Attorney’s Office Makes a Webpage Just for YOUR Records RequestsTuesday, October 28th, 2014
Build It And They Will Come: New City Target Store at Geary and Masonic is a Huge Success – And It’s So BigMonday, October 14th, 2013
Well, you know, the rich, home-owning, millionaire NIMBY ladies of NOPNA (the number one homeowner’s association in the Western Addition) had steam coming out of their ears a few years back when they realized how hopeless their plan of keeping Tar-ghey from infecting their “NoPA” neighborhood was becoming.
Mervyn’s Heights is now Target Tor and NoPA (North of the Panhandle) is now SoTA (South of Target). See?
Lots of produce here – a surprising amount.
And the amount of traffic is up, way up. Just like people said would happen. We’ll have to see how things shake out. I myself saw a fender bender on Masonic that prolly wouldn’t have occurred but for the Target Grand Opening yesterday.
Oh, and the traffic lights have been jiggered with, for better or worse. These days, peds at Masonic and Anza need to wait for a looong red light and then after that they need to wait for southbound traffic to turn left. In effect, the peds are going “last.” This kind of thing was considered unacceptable by the SFBC down at Masonic and Fell not too long ago. Mmmm…
Anyway, I can’t figure why some chain stores in SF are good and others are bad – I can’t find consistency in Planning is what Im saying,
But here it is.
Expect more, pay less.
“City Target” Store Opening October 13th at “City Center 3.0″ – Geary & Masonic – Mervyn’s Heights is Now Target TorMonday, May 6th, 2013
Brand-new giant signs like this one never lie:
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I’ll tell you, area NIMBYs got steamrolled on this one. It’s not that certain millionaire, property-owning ladies residing west of the Western Addition and south of North of NoPA are happy about this situation, but they didn’t get any traction due to massive community support, particularly from younger, non-millionaire mom-types, right?
And, I mean if you purchase your Great Estate next to a shuttered Mervyns with hundreds and hundreds of empty parking spaces, well, you gotta figure something’s going to replace it sooner or later.
So that’s it - Mervyn’s Heights is now Target Tor.
And NoPA (which actually isn’t north of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, take a look at a map sometime) should now be called SoTA, South of Target.
All hail the second coming of City Target to the 415.
That’s It! The City Target Store at Geary and Masonic is a Done Deal – Work Has Begun – It Won’t Be Long Now!Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Aslan is on the move at Mervyn’s Heights:
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And if that’s not enough for you, somebody hung a sign what says City Target (although it’s all bunched up so I couldn’t see it clearly.
So that’s it.
Did you know that Target likes opening new stores in October (in addition to, for some reason, April and July, I think)? It’s true.
All right, let’s travel down memory lane all the way to 2010, below.
CONGRATULATIONS. TARGET. WELCOME!
[Oh, and BTW, those NOPNA NIMBIES were all crestfallen when they saw the reaction to Target's community meeting three years ago. Consider this Target a crushing defeat for the millionaire homeowners of the Western Addition NOPA.]
“Boy oh boy, at least a couple certified San Francisco NIMBYs had steam coming out of their ears after seeing the warm reception the Target Team got last night. Oh well.
SFist has the reaction, and Alan Wang of KGO-TV / ABC7 has the story, and, oh, here are bits from SF.StreetsBlog‘s hardworking Matt Baume, the Face Book, Dain Fitzgerald, Beth “target! target! target!” Spotswood, Bike NOPA, Zach Perkins, and Katie Worth. (Interestingly, SFGate, San Francisco’s Internet Newspaper, has nothing about Our Empty Mervyn’s today, just a bit on Target’s new Harlem joint in New Yawk.)
The upshot on yesterday’s event from the Twitter:
“Not a single NIMBY hysteric. Just very understandable concerns and questions. Wow SF, sometimes your reasonability surprises me!”
Well, the NIMBYs will just have to bide their time. They’ll have to put their thinking caps on to combat the likes of lovely Target-fanatic Charlize Theron and her loyal pet, Bullseye. Too bad C.T. wasn’t in town, maybe she could have dropped by and warmed up the nabe (51 F. and windy windy) yesterday evening. Or Heidi Klum, whomever.
And oh, here’s a bit from a rich yuppie* who lives in the the Western Addition (but doesn’t know it). Apparently, he was too busy taking photos with his expensive camera with its expensive image stabilized lens (to later process on his expensive Apple computer) to address the crowd. Oh well.
Now, on with the show:
Step right in for the Community Meeting:
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Roam the halls, if you want:
Big, in’nt? About 100,000 square feet big:
But what’s this, “I Heart Target?” What kind of NIMBY meeting is this?
It’s not a NIMBY meeting at all, it’s a YIMBY affair, it’s like when can you move in, Target?
Mercy! Moving on…
Regional Development Manager John Dewes introduced himself to the crowd to kick things off. He said he was here in town “to talk and listen.”
Of course the 130 assembled San Franciscans (mas o menos, that was my nose count) had notes for Target’s straight-outta-Minneapolis Away Team, don’t you know. We had some ideas to express while noshing on straight-outta-the-SoMA-Costco biscotti and Brownie Bites.
But before all that, let’s look at some renderporn du Tar-GHEY:
That was the Geary frontage, here’s the Masonic si-iiiide:
What an improvement:
And what’s this, wind turbines on top? Yes:
The whole shebang will be in the Heart of the City, near the Masonic Trader Joes:
Here’s the close-up:
And just look at all the bus stops:
And here’s the pitch, from straight-out-of-Central-Casting architect Thom Lasley.
Target could open by early 2012, if all things go well. Generally, they open stores during the months of April, July and September, so there you go. This store would have less than 100,000 square feet of selling space, so it will be considerably smaller than a typical suburban Target, which offers you about 135,000 sq.ft. to peruse. Still, a Target is a Target so the product mix wouldn’t be too far off from what you’d expect.
Now comes Question and Answer Time.
1. Howard Epstein, Chair of San Francisco Republican(!) Party, asked about the number of employees at the store. The Masonic outlet would have about 250 employees, as would the proposed Target store down at Metreon in SoMA. Nobody could hazard a guess as to how much these stores would add to the tax base.
2. The Target Team will look into trip generation, the amount of increased activity in the area. They are well aware that they won’t be getting “traditional suburban guests.” Their customers will be younger and be more likely to bike or walk to and fro.
3. District 2 resident and political candidate and mom Kat Anderson asked about the hiring of seniors and students, the availability of a delivery service and whether T would participate in a bike share program. This garnered the replies you’d expect from fashionable Target Communications Manager Sarah Bakken. (Currently, Target does not deliver from stores anywhere in America.)
4. A University Terrace resident said her neighbors supported the proposal. Her daughter inquired about the availability of mac and cheese.
5. A resident from just across the street “loves” T but worries over parking.
6. Another local pushed for the use of renewable energy and local contractors when building time begins.
7. A pushy woman voiced concern over gender and age discrimination when hiring-time starts. Still, she thinks T would be “wonderful for the neighborhood.”
8. A Ewing Terrace resident worried about delivery times and hoped that they wouldn’t come at night. John Dewes said that there would be three to four truck deliveries per week. Then he responded to a question about a development timeline. We’re still way at the beginning now, a conditional use permit and approval from the Planning Department are a ways down the road. However, since the proposal would be just an “interior remodel,” no CEQA-style environmental impact report should be required. Anyway, project approval could come by the end of 2010.
9. A woman fretted about the line of cars on Masonic due to the nearby Trader Joes and wondered if Target would consider the use of parking attendants to direct drivers. John Dewes “doesn’t see that kind of congestion” on the horizon for Target.
10 A Duboce Park resident polled the neighbors in his building – these are people he knows shop at Target owing to all the shopping bags he sees getting recycled. He said 19 out of 20 people he surveyed supported the Target store on Masonic. He feels sales tax revenue should go to San Francisco instead of Colma. He was surprised to see the crowd’s support of the project given that “all you hear in the media” is that San Francisco is “anti-chain.”
11. A woman reminded us all that San Francisco is a “transit first city,” so she asked whether toilet paper come in something less than a 36 pack. The answer is that 12-packs would be available in light of special circumstances of San Francisco shoppers.
12. A younger fellow asked T to post hearing dates on a website so that pro-Target residents could “pack the hearings.” (Two known area NIMBYs reacted in disgust, kind of smirking at each other.)
13. Another person worried about the increase in traffic exiting on O’Farrell and also about the closeness of Trader Joes. Thom Lasley assured all that the food sold at the two stores would complement each other. TJ’s would continue to have higher end stuff while T would focus on “staples.”
You get the idea. It went on and on.
Now, let’s hear from the pols. Hardworking Richmond District Supervisor Eric Mar et filia Jade took a bunch of notes but then had to leave for another appointment:
District 5 Supe Ross Mirkarimi came to express his concerns over traffic on Masonic, local hiring, and the Geary B.R.T.
He’s seen here with property-owning KLA Geary L.L.C. representative Adam Miller, Target Communcations Manager Sarah Bakken, and Tar-chitect Thom Lasley:
Speaking of pols, aforementioned District 2 candidate Kat Anderson was a fireball of energy, typing up a mess of notes on her MacBook and graciously forwarding them to me:
Here’s just part of her shorthand:
“Target started in 1962 but grew out of Dayton Hudson (1946 policy instituted to give 5% back to the communities of our stores, which is $3 million per week). Within the Bay Area last year, community giving was almost $ 1 mill in SF and $3 mill in the Bay Area. (ie, last week: Arts and Wonder. Nonprofits going back to 1991 inc. SF Aids Foundation, Asian Art, de Young, Take Charge of Education, support to 85 schools in SF; even tho’ we don’t have a store in SF, we know that many of our guests live in SF.”
Kat typified the crowd, supporting the proposal but also expressing concern about specific issues.
Now, who else was there - how about Bill Barnes, aide to District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto Pier, and Alex Tourk, Founder of Ground Floor Public Affairs?
The whole thing went on and on until after 8:00 PM.
(People, obviously Target’s going to do traffic studies, right? So why not give them a chance to do that, right? Obviously, there will be some sort of local-hiring program imposed by the City, the same way that was done with our Costco in the SoMA. I mean, that’s baked into the cake already, right? And people, Target won’t need to have Trader Joe’s-style parking attendants because Target will have ample parking, capiche? And if you Fix Masonic people want to take out a bunch of parking spaces on Masonic to put in proper bike lanes, well, be my guest and go for it. But it’s not Target’s job to take an expensive ride on your hobby horse, right? In the meantime, just pilot your bikes onto the needlessly-wide sidewalks of the hilly parts of Masonic, as I do, depending on conditions.)
So let’s see here, as Santa Barbara goes, so goes San Francisco? Probably not.
We’ll get our Targets, finally, eventually.
Expect More, Pay Less(TM), baby. Leave Us Begin living in the red.
Bon courage, Target. Excelsior.
*Ah, a response from a The Square person, who draws attention to this “news story” link. Fair enough. Be sure to let them know if you think their bit is biased - they’re looking for feedback. And they want to know from me if I think they’re “disconnected” from the community. I don’t know, based on their editorial (linked to above), sure, they’re disconnected from the people that showed up to the meeting, anyway.
All right let’s see here, I tell you I don’t know what “parts of the Western Addition” means, actually, the whole shebang betwixt Larkin in the Tenderloin and Divisidero out west is the Western Addition, right? Check your real estate papers filed with the City and County – they’ll say “WESTERN ADDITION,” srsly.
All right, what else, apparently, I’m going to need to “research thoroughly” any comments I make online about The Square. All right, I’ll have to show my work then, uh, Canon 7D “premium” camera ownership + Canon 24-105mm IS + Apple PC + elitist attitude + strong NIMBY tendencies + poorly argued editorial + lives in the Western Addition but doesn’t know it + strongly attached to real estate industry microneighborhood marketing names = rich yuppie, somewhat disconnected from the regular people of the Western A. Is that a personal attack? I don’t know. A lot of people the world over would love to trade places, I’m sure.
Richmond District Supervisor Eric Mar Throws Down: Becomes the First Candidate of 2012 to Qualify for Public FinancingMonday, July 2nd, 2012
Here’s the latest from the Eric Mar campaign:
“Supervisor Eric Mar First Candidate To Qualify for Public Financing
SAN FRANCISCO, July 2, 2012 – Late on Friday afternoon, Supervisor Eric Mar’s re-election campaign received the official word from the San Francisco Ethics Commission that he is the first candidate in the city, from any district or any race, to qualify to receive public matching funds.
Supervisor Mar’s campaign will receive their first $20,000 in qualifying public funds from the city shortly.
Campaign spokeswoman Nicole Derse said, “This accomplishment highlights Supervisor Mar’s broad community support and the strength of our grassroots campaign. We are proud to be the only candidate in the city to have met this goal.”
To receive public financing, a candidate must collect at least $15,000 in qualifying contributions from San Franciscans for donations up to $100. Although many candidates, including Supervisor Mar, have raised substantially more funds than that, the threshold for public financing measures the quantity of low-dollar donations. Supervisor Mar’s campaign has received donations from over 450 individual donors, the vast majority of them from San Franciscans in amounts from $5-$100.
“I am incredibly honored to be the first candidate in the city to qualify for public financing. I look forward to engaging thousands of Richmond residents in our grassroots campaign over the next four months,” said Supervisor Eric Mar.
Supervisor Mar is running a strong grassroots campaign, and signature gathering and voter contact efforts will further intensify in July.
Supervisor Mar’s re-election campaign will open the doors on their new Richmond office at 5812 Geary Blvd. (at 22nd Avenue) this week and will hold an office opening celebration and signature gathering mobilization next Saturday, July 7th at 12:00 Noon.
Supervisor Mar will be updating information on his campaign regularly at his website www.ReelectMar.com“
Aslan, the Lion of the Richmond, is, once again, on the move, the same as four years ago:
Sorry, CW Nevius. The conservative-faction victory you, for some reason, so desperately seek won’t be found in District One. Not this year.
Wow, Bevan Dufty Goes After The Bay Citizen, Bevan Dufty Attempts to Defend the Central Subway and Rose PakTuesday, November 1st, 2011
[UPDATE: Transit buff murphstahoe has this reaction:
“I feel confident I am as viable as anyone else in this race.”
Disagree, respectfully. An incumbent Mayor losing is like a once-every-couple-decades kind of thing, right? Incumbents have huge built-in advantages, of course.
“I definitely feel The Bay Citizen has marginalized me and that they have reported I’m a second-tier candidate within the LGBT community – when, if you look at the details of the poll, I doubt they’ve even sampled thirty-five LGBT voters in their sample.”
It’s not TBC’s job to spin for any particular candidate, is it?
“And so, you have The Bay Citizen which is an insert newspaper for the New York Times…”
Is that an insult? Is it meant to be? I can’t tell. But I can tell you that one look at its payroll will reveal that it’s a major bay area media entity.
“…and they threw a poll. An initiative like that is about marginalizing me. It’s about telling people that I can’t win.”
Wow. The whole exercise with USF and spending $10k on independent polling was about marginalizing Bevan Dufty? Really? (Maybe I’m not reading this right.)
The Bay Citizen called me “a Zombie” and didn’t even spell my name right in the story.
“Zombie candidate,” IIRC. Some people (such as myself, for one) have issues with how RCV and public financing relate to each other under the current rules, of course.
Next up is this bit from Jerrold Chinn at SF Public Press. You can fire it up at 2:45 or so.
“Do you support the Central Subway? Why or why not?”
For the record, here’s the damning Grand Jury report.
Per the video, Bevan thinks that people don’t have any idea that Rose Pak was the first Chinese American reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle? I think they do and I’m not sure how this bears on the CS. (You know, some people want to take steps to improve the 30 Stockton corridor like right now, instead of after a decade of delays and cost overruns. Is that racist to want to improve things now? How is it that “transit justice” can only be satisfied by the current horrible, horribly expensive, Bridge-to-Nowhere Central Subway scheme? I’m baffled.)
Bevan says that “90% of the Central Subway will be paid by the federal government?” This seems impossible to me. Is this in writing? Does it include past and future overruns?
Bevan says that the CS has to come before any other major project, such as putting rails in on Geary. But he doesn’t say why.
Bevan says that we would lose in excess of $100,000,000 if we pull the plug now. I thought it was closer to $200,000,000 myself but of course bad transit decisions cost money. The question is what should we do at this point. (I think we’d all be better off taking a new tack by simply paying back the Feds.)
I don’t know, if anybody wants to go line-by-line on today’s updated critique from Save MUNI, be my guest. (To be honest, I don’t know how anybody can defend the station placement decisions, the car-length decision, the let’s stop at southern Chinatown decision, among others. The CS is a politics-first, transit-last project, IMO.
(And oh, BTW, there’s a pool going on right now around town about what position Bevan will be appointed to and when. FYI.)
O.K, enjoy, after the jump
Brace Yourselves: Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann is Speaking at the Commonwealth Club October 20thTuesday, October 4th, 2011
Michele Bachman is coming, Michele Bachman is coming to our Commonwealth Club!
Get your tickets now if you want to go – this will be another sellout crowd at the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum.
SPEAKER: Michele Bachmann, U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman
TITLE: The Revival of American Competitiveness
DATE: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
TIME: 11 a.m. Check-in, 12 noon program
PLACE: SF Club Office, 595 Market St. 2nd Floor
PRICE: $25 standard, $15 members, $10 students (with valid ID). Premium (priority seating in first few rows) $45 standard, $30 members To buy tickets call 415/597-6705 or register at www.commonwealthclub.org
All the deets:
“Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will present her views on pro-business economic policies that will allow private sector businesses to compete in the global market while addressing the need for job-skill retraining, innovation, comprehensive tax reform and reduction of regulations that threaten jobs. She will also share her thoughts on how to revive America’s competitive edge and restore the United States to the top of global competitiveness. Bachmann says she is running for president “to bring a new voice to the White House - a voice of constitutional conservatism, limited government, and a safe and secure America.”
In July 2010, Bachmann – an unwavering champion of Tea Party values including the call for lower taxes, renewed focus on the Constitution and the need to shrink the size of government – founded the Tea Party Caucus in the United States Congress. In 2006, Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. She says government has grown exponentially, with Obamacare being the most recent example of its uninhibited growth. She says government should make the kind of serious spending decisions that she says many families and small businesses have been forced to make. She champions free markets and believes in the vitality of the family as the first unit of government. She is also a defender of the unborn and stands for religious liberties.
Bachmann currently sits on the Financial Services Committee (FSC) and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Serving on the Intelligence Committee, she has consistently advocated peace through strength to ensure America’s national security.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before that, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on both civil and criminal cases. She also led the charge on education issues in Minnesota where she recognized the need for quality schools and subsequently started a charter school for at-‐risk kids there.
Bachmann received her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary. She received her B.A. from Winona State University. She and her husband Marcus, to whom she has been married over thirty years, live with their five children in Stillwater, Minn. They own a small business mental health care practice that employs nearly 50 people. In addition, the Bachmann family has opened their home to 23 foster children, which has inspired Bachmann to become one of Congress’ leading advocates for foster and adopted children, earning her bipartisan praise for her efforts.”