Posts Tagged ‘channel 2’

Does Chinese New Year Parade “Organizer” Rose Pak Take Ten Percent Off the Top from Corporate Sponsors?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I don’t know.

I mean, her luxury condo south of Market was only partly subsidized, right? And she doesn’t really have a job job. And I don’t think the Chinese consulate has ever 1099′ed her for the “consulting” work she does / did for it.

So lookie here to see what those gambling houses in Reno and Las Vegas have to pay to participate in the 2013 event:

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So Rose Pak is a guaranteed winner and the “Chinese community” she claims to represent is a guaranteed loser, assuming that advertising works and assuming that The House Always Wins, which is does.

Couldn’t somebody else “organize” this parade?

And maybe not do the drunk mafia grandma routine every year?

Remember Gurbaksh “G” Chahal, San Francisco’s Own “Secret Millionaire?” Well, Now He’s Crying Over His Busted Ferrari

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Remember Gurbaksh “G” Chahal and all his troubles? Well, if you don’t, watch one-minute of this video from the NBC. Good times.

(Remember when he proudly pointed out his flat-panel TV (“BAM!”) and “great mirror?” And the zebra pelt on the kitchen floor?*)

But now, there’s sadness in his life owing to his slightly older-model Ferrari getting cracked up while in the custody of his Ferrari dealership. Of course, the dealership has offered to fix it up and/or offered to let him by a newer, unused Ferrari at a higher price, but that’s not good enough for G.

Read all about it via Ryan Tate of Gawker.

Also via Ryan, an excerpt from the FB:

See that “why does this crap always happen to me?” 

Does this make “G” the “definition of a douchelord?”

At the Adam Carolla / Danny Bonaduce bachelor party, Key Club L.A. Photo via Anthony Citrano - Click to expand.

Chin up, G!

*Apparently, the people behind the Secret Millionaire show wanted to show a big delta between the lifestyle of his real-life SoMA pad vs. the Tenderloin hovel that he shacked-up in during the filming of the show. Well, some people got carried away with the made-for-TV furnishings. So that’s where the zebra pelt and chandelier came in. Ironically, you might prefer to live in that hovel on Larkin Street – it’s not that bad, right across the street from Homeland Security. Typical Americans watching had no idea that the rent on that supposedly unlivable apartment in the Tenderloin was more than their flyover country mortgage payments…

House Fire on Tamalpais and Turk in University Terrace near USF – Injuries – SFFD has Contained

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

House fire on Tamalpais near Turk, one block up from USF. SFFD has contained now. Injuries. At least one ambulance is en route to hospital now.

As it looked at 5:19 PM today:

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And five minutes earlier, with the smoke a bit blacker:

Bad-Boy Secret Millionare Gurbaksh “G” Chahal Sued by The Infinity Owners Association

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Appears that area phony and Secret Millionare Gurbaksh “G” Chahal is running into a little trouble these days. 

Via Curbed SF, the partially pay-walled San Francisco Business Times, and, finally the SocketSite FTW, here’s the latest lawsuit against poor, misunderstood G.

Perhaps he’s abusing the staff at Yelp-rated Infinity Towers because of buyer’s remorse? You know, the nearby One Rincon building in SoMA is newer and taller – maybe that could account for G’s petulance.

Keep it real, G.

Our New and Improved Sutro Tower Now Has New and Improved Digital Broadcasts

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Not that you’d really be able to tell, though. Sutro Tower Inc. has just finished a project that had some of the digital TV broadcast antennas (not “antennae” – that plural term is only used for bugs in our silly English language) gaining a higher altitude.

Not much howver, maybe a seven-percent increase, max. Does that make a big difference? No, not for most people, but at least STI is trying.

Here’s the antenna of KPIX-TV (OMG, that’s the home of Eye on Blogs – big ups, Brittney Gilbert!) a way up top, like 1700 feet above sea level. Now Channel 5 is as high as possible:

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The Future is Now, and what’s labeled “CURRENT” is history:

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From this:

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To this:

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Well, they were still wrapping the KPIX, KRON, KTVU antenna assembly, but you get the idea.

So it looks like we’re all set with the Great Digital TV Conversion of 2009. As long as Sutro Tower doesn’t get hit by a shooting star….

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…we’ll be all right.

Learn How to Turn Spin Into Win – “Meet the Press” of the NYT, SF Chronicle

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Hey bay area marketers, watcha doing tomorrow night at 6:30PM? Why not scrape up 16 bones and consider attending “Meet the Press – NY Times, SF Chronicle, SF Business Times.” It can’t hoit.

See, if you do it right, you can get ink for your product without having to pay for costly “marketing and advertising strategies,” or for whatever some people pay (or do, or whatever - ”corporate marketing?”) to get featured on Channel 2 KTVU’s Malou Review featuring Malou Nubla.

Here’s yo chance to press the flesh and meet the press, or you can just check out the attendee list [cough, stalker!, cough] to see who plans on going. FTW!

 

San Francisco Chronicle 

 

“Forget costly marketing and advertising strategies – what you need is to use the power of the Press. A newspaper article or radio mention is a poweful endorsement and can go a long way to get you more clients, better credibility and even more press.

 

Meet our speakers:

 

Jesse McKinley, bureau chief, New York Times

Andrew Ross, business columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

Mike Consol, associate publisher, San Francisco Business Times

Myles Weissleder, founder, Mylermedia and SF New Tech

 

This is a great chance to meet journalists face to face and learn:

  • What NY Times, SF Chronicle and SF Business Times look for
  • How to pitch them
  • How to build relationships with the press
  • Do you really need a press release?
  • Other PR tips

We’ll have snacks and wine!  

Just How Much of a Fraud is Fox’s Secret Millionaire Show?

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

What a tangled web we have. Click here to get up to speed on San Francisco’s recent, unintentionally hilarious spin through Fox’s Secret Millionaire Show. Now consider the case of poor, misunderstood Tenderloin Secret Millionaire Gurbaksh Chahal (or Gurbaksh “G” Chahal, or just “G” straight up, if you prefer). It seems he’s a little displeased with some of the feedback he’s been getting after his book-promoting appearance on Fox-TV a few days back:

After watching my episode of Secret Millionaire, I learned that reality-TV is all about post production. Even though the emotions and stories are all real – editing makes everything come to life.”

G is suggesting here that it’s possible to live a quarter-century on this Earth before realizing that “reality-TV is all about post production.”

At the Adam Carolla / Danny Bonaduce bachelor party, Key Club L.A. Photo via Anthony Citrano - Click to expand.

But leaving that aside, we’re left with two big issues.

1. G says:

I never actually said BAM four times in a row or said “grocery shopping – it’s not that easy.”

In fact, G said “bam” three times in a row and then said “boom,” but those were obviously scenes that were cut together and nobody could be misled by that. But check the Hulu video at 11:20 to see the trick that was played on G and all the millions of earnest SM fans. G goes:

“Grocery shopping, you know it’s not that easy.”

We see him say the second part of the sentence, but not the first. Did somebody splice together that sentence? How real is that? If that’s acceptable as “reality” then how about this:

“I like puppies” spliced together with

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to name your kids ‘Adolf Hitler’ or ’Aryan Nation!’ yielding us

“I like, Adolf Hitler!”

Is that kind of thing fair game? G is alleging that’s what the makers of Secret Millionaire did. If that sentence isn’t real, how much else isn’t real?

2. Did G’s pad look the way it did in order to please the TV people? Is this what one of those responsible really said?

I am very proud of this project as it was a challenging one. I had to “dress up” (in addition to furniture, art accessories, a new lighting plan and flooring as well as stage it) almost 4,000 sqf in one month in order to fulfill my client’s as well as Fox’s network criteria as the penthouse used to film part of the Secret Millionaire show airing in fall. Fox was thrilled with the way it turned out (as they described it- it looked like a “movie set“)”

So it looked like a movie set so it could be used for a TV show? Really? That explains a lot, actually. But that’s not a problem with postproduction, but with preproduction, right? Did G spend more money on meeting somebody’s “criteria” for his penthouse than he spent actually giving away checks on the show?

(You know what would be more interesting than Secret Millionaire? The whole process of G trying to get onto and then taping a Secret Millionaire – I’d watch that. We’d get to see G dealing with the set dressers and the bug wranglers…).

Anyway, those are the two issues.

G, the reason why you’re mocked so much in town has a lot to do with envy but you’re giving people a big, fat slow-moving target. For example, instead of going:

“I ended up gifting well over $100,000….”

…you could say “giving” and then you might not sound so much like your new-found vanga vanga friends from Hollywood. And instead of you and your PR people worrying so much about your suspicious Wiki entry, just let it run wild and see what happens. You might be surprised.  

Let’s hope you can keep your next reality production a little more real.

Ya gots to keep it real, G!

[PS: All those earnest fans in flyover country might be disappointed to learn you're actually a "down-to-earth type who flies economy class," so keep it a secret from them. Shhh...]

Secret Millionaire TV Show Stars Local Gurbaksh Chahal in the Tenderloin

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Oh boy. Via Rincon Hill San Francisco comes now Gurbaksh “G” Chahal starring on Fox TV’s Secret Millionaire show. The latest episode takes place mostly in the Tenderloin district, where death threats abound.

Secret Millionaire is a dramatic new unscripted series that takes America’s wealthiest individuals away from their lavish lifestyles, sprawling mansions and private planes and places them undercover into some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in America.”

Watch it all right now on the Hulu!

The self-professed “$300 million dollar man”, with a few supporters:

At the Adam Carolla / Danny Bonaduce bachelor party, Key Club L.A. Photo via Anthony Citrano - Click to expand.

The show starts off at G’s condo, which is now famous due to coverage from Curbed SF - “That’s Rather Hideous: Yahoo Can’t Buy You Taste.” (C’mon people, don’t hate! Over at Socketsite, some think G’s home decoration is “age-appropriate.” But as always, You Make The Call.)  

It goes like this: See G. See G boast. Boast G, boast! For example:

“We got the famous G bed, with the G pillow. Bam, there it is, bam, [pointing at flat panel TV] bam, boom, you got a great mirror…”

And then you get a glimpse of the now famous zebra pelt (“tail-on Zebra skin”) on the marble kitchen floor. Then we’re off to hardwood-equipped 508 Larkin, where G will live for a few days while he gets to know people around the area. Now you’d think G would be able to handle living with elevators and high speed Internets, with PhDs in his building in Little Saigon, kitty corner from Homeland Security HQ for northern California. But no. G thinks his $1300 a month studio with separate kitchen is something of a Hellhole.   

Get up to speed with G’s adventure here, or here.

Now about that show. G was torn over the issue of how he’s supposed to apportion money to different people and organizations, but couldn’t he just give as much money as he wanted to whomever? This isn’t explained. Also unexplained is why G only gave away $90K when he was supposed to parcel out at least $100K.

Although the minimum required donation is $100,000, during the Episode 4 airing with millionaire Gurbaksh Chahal only $90,000 was shown (two $35,000 donations & two $10,000 donations). According to Chahal’s blog, the total donations exceeded $100,000, the exact amount is unknown.

There are probably some stories behind that more interesting than the show itself, but oh well.

Speaking of stories, why does it take three story assistants (Matt Jackson, Francisco Miccolis, and Chance Carter) to work on a reality show that pretty much writes itself? What did the denizens of the Tenderloin (just north of the Flank) think about G being followed around by all those cameras and lights all the time? Who kept a whole block of parking spaces open for G’s two-door Bentley when he visited St. Anthony’s? And if G wanted to do good this year, couldn’t he have just written a check to someplace like Marian Residence without going through the hassle of being on TV?

Oh well. Check it out yourself.

The “Conspiracy of Silence” That Built San Francisco’s Sutro Tower?

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Local writer Anne Herbert, famous for coining the phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty,” recently announced on her blog:

The closer I live to Sutro Tower, the more I think it isn’t dangerous.

O.K. then. But who says Sutro Tower is dangerous? Well, for starters, the people who live around it in the Twin Peaks area, in small neighborhoods like Clarendon Heights and Midtown Terrace. Among other things, they worry about EMF radiation. They worry that the tower might fall down.

Sutro Tower at night under a shooting star. Looks safe enough:

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But there’s not much they can do about it. The time to do something would have been back in the 1960′s when it was being planned.  

So, let’s take a trip down Memory Lane and check out this 35-year-old piece from Stephen R. Barnett. He alleged:

…the project was cloaked from public view by a media blackout, a conspiracy of silence hatched by the TV stations that own the tower and joined by the Chronicle and Examiner.

Them’s fighting words, don’t you think? You might not agree with his conspiratorial tone, but we all can appreciate little nuggets such as:

“It is ridiculous to assume the FCC will require the entire tower to be painted with alternate stripes of white and orange.” Wheat declared. It “will doubtless be painted a neutral color consistent with the surroundings,” he assured the Supervisors. 

As you can see, it’s white and orange to keep the FAA happy. Note the newish 125-foot-long, 10-ton auxiliary antenna mounted vertically

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More recently,  a movement was afoot to prevent the tower from going digital, but that didn’t work out.

There are updates for the digital future slated and there’s a lot of life left in this structure, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

The sun always shines on TV.