Posts Tagged ‘CEO’

Paris is Not THE Sister City of San Francisco – And Paris Never WILL NEVER BE Sister City with San Francisco – Here’s Why

Monday, March 12th, 2018

This issue comes up from time to time, and recently as well, so here’s the detailed answer.

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Something to consider when sister feelings call.

Leaving you with the new list, which omits 2012 Frisco for some reason, but here’s the list from a few years back. Note who’s the Twin Exclusive – it aint us:

2012: San Francisco
2011: Dakar
2011: Sao Paulo, signed an amendment to the Cooperation Agreement of 2004
2011: Yerevan
2011: Rio de Janeiro
2011: Ramallah, signed a pact of friendship and cooperation inauguration, the Garden of Nations, a bust by French sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), including Ramallah to Paris
2010: Doha
2010: Tel Aviv-Jaffa
2009: Istanbul
2009: Quebec
2009: San Francisco  
2009: Rio de Janeiro
2009: Quebec
2009: Jericho
2009: Istanbul
2007: Phnom Penh
2006: Montreal
2006: Cairo
2006: Beirut
2005: Copenhagen
2004: Tunis
2004: Sao Paulo
2004: Rabat
2004: Casablanca
2003 St. Petersburg
2003: Quebec
2003: Algiers
2002: Geneva
2001: Porto Alegre (joint statement)
2001: London
2000: Madrid
2000: Athens
2000 (updated in 2004): Washington
1999: Warsaw
1999: OVA (Arab Towns Organization)
1999: Mexico
1999: Buenos Aires
1999: Amman
1998: Sydney
1998: Sofia
1998: Lisbon
1998: Yerevan
1997: Tbilisi
1997, Santiago
1997: St. Petersburg
1997: Riyadh
1997: Prague
1997: Beijing
1996: San Francisco 
1996: Quebec
1996: Chicago 
1995: Jakarta
1993: Beirut
1992: Moscow
1991: Seoul
1987: Sanaa
1987: Berlin
1987: Amman
1985: Cairo
1982: Tokyo
1958: Kyoto
1956: Rome (Twin Exclusive)

In One Photo, How SFGov’s Vaunted “VISIONZERO 2024” Campaign Isn’t Going to Work Out – By 2024 or Ever – An Unfunded Mandate

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Do I have that right? Like SFGov simply mandated away any and all transportation-related injuries and deaths starting in 2024 and continuing into eternity – that’s SF’s Vision Zero.

Note that this plan will fail only after all incumbents have termed out, how convenient that is.

The thing is that the amount of effort required to even come close to attaining this vision, one that governmental employees are compelled to say they think could actually come true, I mean they have to say it even though there’s no way that they could actually believe, I mean their $300K+ per year pay packages require them to say that, is not even close to being funded.

So this is the kind of thing we end up with:

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Now, is this “improvement” an actual improvement, you know, ’cause some “improvements” are later disavowed by the SFMTA and other so-called improvements don’t actually improve anything? Well, sure, a bigger, better traffic signal. Fine.

But has this intersection now been “transformed” in preparation for 2024 when Frisco will become the only city in the world with a population of more than a half-million to have zero transportation-related injuries? No, not at all.

And is Frisco going to revisit this intersection afore 2024? I seriously doubt it, based upon their scheduling.

So this is it, this one intersection is now Vision Zero 2024-ready.

Except it’s not. And that’s because traffic signals don’t cause traffic accidents, people do.

In almost all of the cases of course.

IRL, traffic accidents are caused by negligence or recklessness. And that kind of thing is what our SFMTA isn’t addressing, not really.

Of course, we could simply ban private vehicles from San Francisco, but even that wouldn’t make the quite impossible Vision Zero possible. And of course banning private vehicles would be quite a heavy lift.

So that’s the state of Vision Zero 2024 from the standpoint of 2017…

THEORY: If a Corporation Illegally Markets on the Sidewalks of Frisco, It Will be Coerced Into Buying SFMTA MUNI Bus Ads

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

So here’s the theory. Say your marketing people go hog-wild with the chalk ads on the Streets of San Francisco, like this:

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So then somebody calls 311 or somebody else posts a photo on the Twitter and then an investigator at the City Attorney’s Office takes a look at things and then the people at Parlophone / Warner Bros. get a jingle and then somehow things get smoothed over by the Brothers Warner or somebody else making at buy at the SFMTA MUNI for some hastily-created and more or less useless ads such as:

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Cf. the Blue Wolf at a Dream Force about 1.5 years ago:

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And then these hastily-created and more or less useless ads started to appear:

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Just a theory, man.

And here’s the thing about chalk. You can’t scrub it off your car tires to avoid a citation and you can’t scuff into Frisco’s sidewalks, I’m srsly. What’s that, UBER, Microsoft, Verizon, et al, it’s “only temporary?” Well, yeah, sure, that’s what I’m talking about, it’s agin the rules, temporary or not.

Learn about all the horrible things people do with chalk about town right here – just keep on scrolling, next page etc

FuelPanda is Here – “Your car refueled every week while it’s parked” – Is This Real Life?

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Here you go – FuelPanda

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Oh I see – the gal popped the fuel filler door on the day she knows the panda would drop by. I suppose that (sort of) takes care of the key issue, and I’m sure there might be other ways to handle it.

Well, this is new.

The UPSHIFT Car Rental Delivery Service is On The Road in Frisco

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I hadn’t thought of this new biz for a couple years, but now here it is, spotted in the wilds of the Financh:

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I guess Bro here just drove a rental Prius to somebody’s home, took out his Bianchi and is now heading home? I think that’s how things work.

Le Update: “ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA / ANNAPURNA PICTURES TO KEEP LE VIDEO ARCHIVE COLLECTION TOGETHER IN A NEW LOCATION”

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Just released.

So this is how it ends for Le Video, which, back in the day, managed to fight off a BlockBuster Video what was one week away(!) from opening up less than one block away on 9th Avenue.

But streaming? Nothing beats streaming.

So, it’s come to this.

If you want, read their Yelp reviews from the bottom up, you know, for a laugh.

(I should add that Alamo Drafthouse at the old New Mission is looking awesome, with ticket prices looking surprisingly low to this old-timer.)

“ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA AND ANNAPURNA PICTURES JOIN FORCES TO KEEP LE VIDEO ARCHIVE COLLECTION TOGETHER IN A NEW LOCATION

San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2015 – Following the November closing of long-running San Francisco neighborhood video store and archive Le Video, it was announced today that Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League, along with Academy Award-nominated producer Megan Ellison and he, has arranged for the preservation of the Le Video collection.

Bay Area residents will soon be able to access portions of the Le Video archive at San Francisco’s new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Exact details are still pending, but Alamo Drafthouse will partner with Mission neighborhood video store Lost Weekend to rent selections from the Le Video archive in the spacious lobby of the new theater, along with a deeply curated collection of films from the Lost Weekend archive.

“The experience of going to my local video store when I was young made me the movie fan I am today,” says Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. “Despite the fact that great video stores like Le Video are closing all over the country, I am confident that a new iteration of the video store experience can exist, and even thrive today. A passionate video store clerk can do what no algorithm can. They can recommend your new favorite movie, one that can’t be predicted from your past viewing habits.”

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open for Star Wars on the 17th of December.  The Lost Weekend lobby video store is slated to begin in January.  Subscribe to the Alamo Drafthouse newsletter or follow @drafthouseSF on twitter for news as it happens.”

So tune up your VHS machine and wait for 2016…

When I’m at the pearly gates
This’ll be on my videotape
My videotape
My videotape
When Mephistopheles is just beneath
And he’s reaching up to grab me
This is one for the good days
And I have it all here
In red blue green
In red blue green
You are my center when I spin away
Out of control on videotape
On videotape [x6]
This is my way of saying goodbye
Because I can’t do it face to face
So I’m talking to you before it’s too late
No matter what happens now
I shouldn’t be afraid
Because I know today has been the most perfect day I’ve ever seen.

(more…)

Just 14 Points About Kara Swisher’s Fawning Interview / Prop F Victory Lap with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Here you go, a podcast from yesterday:

November 29, 2015 | Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher – Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO; Holiday Gift Guide

“Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky talks with Kara Swisher about the attacks in Paris, raising “a couple billion” and the future of…”

Start at 14:00:

  1. No Airbnb, you can’t really say you had a recent “victory” in SF. A pyrrhic victory, maybe. (But your $8+ million helped to defeat Prop F, I’ll concede that.)
  2. “It’s hard to be a tech company in SF.” What on Earth does this mean? Why don’t you leave then, if things are so, so hard (but not really, not IRL) here?
  3. Oh, so using SF’s direct democracy ballot system when, as in this case, we have regulatory capture of the $F Democratic Party (and other$) is not only immature but “ridiculously immature?” Again, one wonders why Airbnb chose to come here to this horrible, horrible place.
  4. In regard to the “Airbnb Law,” didn’t Airbnb meet with then-Supervisor David Chiu something on the order of sixty (60) (!) times to craft regs as favorable to Airbnb as practically possible? I think so. Am I wrong on this? David Chiu was/is a partner of Airbnb, non? David Chiu is now in the Assembly thanks, in part, to Airbnb, non? So that’s what some people mean by the term Airbnb Law. (And incidentally, it was/is an unworkable mess, with a very low compliance rate, so far.)
  5. No, Airbnb, Prop F would not have “ban[ned] in-law units.”
  6. No, Airbnb, Prop F would not “have created a private right of action,” for the simple reason that Prop F didn’t pass and yet San Franciscans have a private right of action right now.
  7. Let’s stop now to ponder – does Kara Swisher know any of this stuff? She’s not up-to-speed, apparently, or she is and she wants to conduct a fawning interview. I’ll tell you, so far so good, KS. Mission accomplished.
  8. Does one need to be “against Airbnb” to approve of regulating Airbnb?
  9. “Even the San Francisco Chronicle…” I don’t know what this means. Was this editorial from the Publisher a surprise? Not at all. Also note that the Chron calls for changes to the regs cooked up by Airbnb and David Chiu…
  10. “[T]here’s this notion that we aren’t paying our share of taxes.” Well, here’s where that comes from. How much in hotel taxes should Airbnb have remitted as opposed to the mystery amount that it actually did – well, that’s not really knowable from outside of Airbnb.
  11. “We’re not jerks.” So why not explain what happened with the bus ads? Your choice, Airbnb. Are the people down in Socal who made the ads jerks? What did you do, just throw money around and say, oh don’t bother us, just make a contract with ClearChannel after you run it by a solitary Airbnber – that’ll be fine. We like surprises! And of course, this ad campaign was totally totally independent of anything having to do with Prop F. Of course.
  12. “Volunteers” knocking on 285,000 doors? Weren’t some of those “volunteers” actually paid, like with cash money? Yep. You want to get into this? We can get into this.
  13. Reference to “party houses.” I don’t think this issue was addressed. Or Airbnb Hotel, neither – these We Heart Airbnb podcast people didn’t have time to get into these things. I guess they were too busy with the “Holiday Gift Guide,” IDK.
  14. And what’s this – “I think the vast, vast majority of people are renting the homes they live in.” So what’s that as a number, is it 51%? IDK. Doesn’t Airbnb know this stat for San Francisco, like down to five significant digits? I think so. And how about this – most Airbnb units in SF are being rented out by people who rent out multiple Airbnb units. Is that true? Isn’t that a problem?

I think we’re at 24:00 now, so that’s ten minutes of audio for you to listen to.

(I don’t think I could have handled much more anyway.)

I leave you with this – here’s how one City Hall insider viewed things last summer:

“After Mayor Lee and the Board of Supervisors screwed up short-term rental legislation not once but twice, voters now face a choice: keep current law or replace it with Prop F. Those upset over “ballot box planning” should blame City Hall for not enacting the handful of changes that would have either prevented Prop F from going to the ballot or ensured its defeat.”

Airbnb don’t want no Prop F, so one assumes it’s all prepared for City Hall to take a fresh look at this regulatory mess (that Airbnb helped create) come 2016. Fine.

Oh, and just One More Thing:

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Sometimes when you win, you also lose…

Hey, is That Notorious “Bluewolf” Salesforce DreamForce Chalk Ad Company Making Amends with SFMTA Bus Advertising?

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

IDK.

Here’s your background.

I’ve never seen an ad like this afore:

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How long did it take to create, one wonders? About two seconds?

No matter, I’m sure SFGov is starting to think of the bluewolf as a good corporate citizen now…

Dreamforce Nightmare: Ohio-Based Advertising Firm Glee-fully Mocks SF – Boasts of “Earned Media Impressions” from Illegal Graffiti

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Here’s a typical tweet about yesterday’s L’Affaire du Bluewolf:

“Why not tell what you think of his blithe, scofflaw attitude in smearing his graffiti all over SF?

And here’s the write-up by Joe Garofoli: “Tech company defies San Francisco graffiti ban at Dreamforce.”

Now let’s hear from the people at CivitasNow, the company what promised to clean up the sidewalks of SoMA and the Financh yesterday afternoon:

You see that? They think this whole sitch is funny.

I think I see the problem here, I think the CivitasNow people are thinking they might get a ticket for two or three or four or five figures, but, IRL, what they might end up with is a settlement for six or seven figures if they continue to embarrass / piss off / mock area residents, such as a Mayor, or a City Attorney, or even a Benioff or two.

Hey CivitasNow, hey Bluewolf, do you think there might be a reason why some DreamForcers covered up some of your numerous chalk ads?

Perhaps you all have reached Pariah status, but you don’t even know it?

Marc Benioff’s DREAMFORCE 2015 Starts Off on the Wrong Foot: Illegal Ads from “Bluewolf” Mar Sidewalks of SoMA

Monday, September 14th, 2015

[UPDATE 2: Tech company defies city ban against putting logo on sidewalks]

[UPDATE: This webpage (“Dreamforce Swag”) was just pulled by “Bluewolf.” Here’s what it used to look like:

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So that takes care of that.

So, no you didn’t have permits, right, Bluewolf people? Or if you do, then share the info – it sure would interesting to see that. Thank you, drive through. END OF UPDATES]

Via KatieOnViolin, you can’t do this:

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Oh, what’s that, it’s only temporary? Well, that’s what they all say.

And there’s this:

“Citizens can obtain permits for sidewalk stencils, but there is no legal means for a company to advertise using sidewalk stencils, Gordon said. Still, many companies throughout the years have created guerrilla marketing campaigns on city sidewalks, including Zynga and IBM.”

What you bluewolfers ought to do, you know, wikiwiki, is come on downstairs, buy some brushes at a CVS, and then start scrubbing…