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Presenting Your Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe “Restoration Time” Menu: $3.25 Hot Dogs, $6.95 Sustainable Tuna Salads

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

At long last, it’s here. It’s the interim menu for our Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe.

Is this menu too foo-foo yuppie for you? Is $3.25* too much for a Let’s Be Frank grass-fed beef** hot dog?

As always, You Make The Call: 

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*Well, I’ll tell you, that’s cheaper than what the former tenant was charging. Here’s some more from the clinically-absurd SaveStowLake.org crowd:

“Seniors will no longer be able to gather freely at the boathouse. Prices will be more than doubled on all food items. Middle class and low-income families will be driven out of this spot that is designed to be for all…not just the wealthy.”

I’ll tell you, everything that the Save Stow Lake people have predicted has turned out to be shrill, alarmist bullcrap. JMO.

** These snappy dogs are loaded with flavor, not junk! Using premium cuts from cattle raised on pasture in California (naturally high in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids!) and organic spices, we’ve crafted a delicious dog that’s lower in fat, calories and sodium than conventional franks. No nitrites, nitrates, hormones, or antibiotics, ever.”

It’s Official: The Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe Will Open Wednesday – And Here are the New Boats

Monday, October 10th, 2011

[UPDATE: Rachel Gordon has the deets of Opening Day right here.]

I don’t know, if I had an expired lease with the City and County of San Francisco and they asked me to leave by a certain date, I think I’d leave by that date. But the former tenant at the Stow Lake Boathouse doesn’t roll that way, so he kept on running the place, overstaying his lease, defending an eviction action through the drier $pring and $ummery tourism months. The result is that the new tenant is taking over in Autumn, in the rain. O.K., did that help San Francisco? No.

Also, the old tenant charged $25 per hour for paddleboats and $20 for rowboats until he got caught, even though the contracted rate was for $20 and $15 per hour. O.K., did that help San Francisco? No.

Oh, and the workers for the former tenants left little surprises for the new tenants haha. O.K., did that help San Francisco? No.

Oh, and the trial pitting the former tenant against all of us is skedded for March 2012.

Moving on…

Your new Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe will open on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, rain or shine, boats and food. It’s official ‘n stuff.

Meet your new fleet:

1. Electric boat – lead-acid type batteries, like from Your Father’s Oldsmobile;

2. Paddleboat – Captain and First Officer/Stoker facing forward with two passengers facing rearward;

3. Rowboat

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And actually, the forecast is for Cloudless Skies on Wednesday, so you’ll be richly rewarded if you skip out of work to see the soft opening.

See you there!

Rain Delay: Our New Stow Lake Boathouse and Cafe Won’t Be Opening This Week – How About Next Week?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Well, it seems that rain has delayed the planned quick fixes to our historic Stow Lake Boathouse, so don’t expect it to open by the promised October 6th deadline. The place is a ghost town right now.

Oh, and there were a few unanticipated electrical issues in the kitchen too.

Oh, and a little while back there was a hole in the Stow Lake levy that cropped up right near the boathouse during the long-planned repaving job for, among other places, the Stow Lake area and a good section of JFK.

Oh, and the swan boats, well, you’re going to have start a petition to get those any time soon. But they’ll have plenty of regular, non-avian-themed paddle boats.

In any event, work proceeds. Get all the deets on the new and official website.

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And if you want to rent a bike in Golden Gate Park, you’ll need to go to the new vendor:

ParkWide Activities LLC

You’ll find them operating behind the bandshell in the Music Concourse betwixt our de Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences.

Their Grand Opening will be next week but they’re open for business now, even during these rainy days.

Bon courage, SLBH and ParkWide.

Stow Lake Boathouse and Café to Reopen by October 6 – New Website, Blog, Twitter Account, Manifesto

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Well, per the people at the Stow Lake Boathouse, the joint will reopen soon:

“We will reopen operations with food service and boat rentals no later than October 6th.”

Here’s how it looks today, with a fresh layer of asphalt:

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Here’s the Twitter and the Facebook and the blog.

And here’s the manifesto:

“A trip to Golden Gate Park isn’t complete without a sojourn to Stow Lake Boathouse. Join us for a relaxing boat ride that will transport you to an idyllic retreat in the heart of San Francisco. Share time with friends and family at our nostalgic boathouse café. Invite the peace of nature to your day with an excursion to one of America’s most visited city parks.

We are very excited about our proposed vision for the Stow Lake Boathouse and Café. Our highly sustainable new caféimprovements to the boathouse itself, and our new and improved fleet of boats offer a number of benefits to the City and visitors to Golden Gate Park.

Stow Lake is a valuable part of San Francisco’s heritage and it needs to stay that way. It should remain a venue for grassroots and other volunteer organizations, while becoming a place where future generations can learn firsthand about the variety and complexity of nature. Stow Lake is also home to many plant and animal species. It hosts so many natural wonders, that it’s hard to believe such a marvelous ecosystem exists so close to downtown San Francisco.

We pledge to be outstanding stewards of Stow Lake, and to work with our community partners in order to further the awareness and appreciation of this beautiful microenvironment. By establishing meaningful partnerships with local groups, we plan to continue and curate the legacy of Stow Lake for the San Franciscans of today as well as tomorrow. We are dedicated to meeting and exceeding existing stewardship standards in order to preserve and protect the richness of these plant and animal species, as this community has done in the past.”

OK then.

But at least 36 people on Gaia’a Green Earth don’t approve of the new tenant:

It’s not over yet! The civil lawsuit begins March 2012 and will expose the truth about all the many laws that Rec & Park broke in order to bring in an out-of-state chain, with no boating experience to take over this historic boating recreation site.”

March 2012, huh? Sounds like a long ways off at this point.

Anyway, bon courage, new Stow Lake Boathouse and Café.

Stow Lake is Closed From September 19-23, Per This Sign – A Quiet Time for the Boathouse

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Here’s a tour of the Stow Lake Boathouse area these days.

Looks like you won’t be able to park your car around the lake this week:

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They’ll probably let you walk around most of the place most of the time, but the whole area will be getting worked on through the end of September 2011, looks like.

The boats are gone:

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And the protest signs as well:

Frank Klein has the keys now:

“Got the keys to Stow Lake Boathouse today! Great feeling beginning to restore this landmark property for the next generations of SF residents”

Mayor Ed Lee’s “City Family” Evicts Stow Lake Boathouse Operator – Rent-Free Blowout Party Sept 10th

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Well, you probably already know all you want to know about the Stow Lake Boathouse, but here’s the latest.

(Oh, Joan, this vendor lost 5-0. Was that competition rigged, do you think? I don’t know, if you don’t like Rec and Park, you take it out on the Mayor, right?)

The case against the current operator:

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IndyBay weighs in:

“The local concessioner is being evicted by SF Rec & Park in retaliation for protesting unfair bidding process.”

Uh no, it’s more like local concessioner refuses to leave after losing competition, legal proceedings. IMO.

Let’s see, I can write maudlin headlines too. How could I spin a different type of possible news:

“Beloved, local 68-year-old rapist apprehended by vacationing, off-duty, out-of-state, evil cop from New Mexico. SaveStowLakeRapist.org”

Or something like that.

Now, realize that the boathouse isn’t going anywhere, IRL, but, anyway here are the last gasps of the most ridiculous grass roots effort I’ve ever seen:

“Yet another treasure lost!”

And Phil Ginsburg Lied, People Died, something like that:

Do the blondie Euro tourists care that the Stow Lake Boathouse will have a new operator?

Not in the least!

The only thing left to do is to have a blowout party on September 10th, since, you know, you’re not paying rent anyway:

It’ll cost $500 each* (or best offer) for the faded paddleboats. Apparently, they went for $3000 when new. Apparently, their faded surfaces will “buff out real good.” (But if you’re 5’8″ or taller, you won’t fit in so hot…)

The KTVU was on hand, for the finale:

Maybe they’ll have something for you to watch, sometime. (Oh, here it is. This report is somewhat more maudlin than expected. Realize that the current operators were given extra points for being local, for being in operation for so long. Even with this kind of affirmative action/legacy/locals-only type of assistance, the current operator lost five votes to zero. Oh well.)

All right, as long as nobody torches the place this month (which would take some doing in this kind of foggy weather), look forward to a revivified Stow Lake Boathouse soon…

*Oh, the old paddle boats “start at $200,” per KTVU-TV. Hey, why not buy one and then put rubber tires underneath? You’d be all set for the Burning Man Playa next year, or a Critical Mass or something. Hey, even better, pilot the thing to La Playa in Nevada next year, why not? That would be quite a road trip…

Is Simple-Minded Sportswriter CW Nevius Claiming Copyright on a Crime Photo Given To Him by the SFPD?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Seems that way.

Check it.

Here’s a version of a security camera shot of a recent cell phone “heist,” or what what the world’s non-Nevii would probably call a robbery:

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Should I claim credit for this photo as well? I mean, do you think that you took this photo yourself, Nevius?

Moving on:

“As he headed down the street, he must have thought the heist* had gone perfectly.”

Uh, hello, Nevius. You’re not telling a story in a bar here, you’re writing for the Paper of Record. So you shouldn’t make up what the thoughts of strangers are. Remember, fundamentally, you’re just a simple-minded sportswriter – you’re not God, you’re not omniscient, right?

“What he didn’t know was that new technology captured everything on video.

It’s not new technology, Neve. It’s the opposite of new technology. Do you even know what the word “technology”** means, Neve? I don’t think you do.

“Civil libertarians are likely to complain about creeping Big Brother-ism, but that horse has long since left the barn.”

Well that’s sort of their job, by definition. Do you think a phalanx of monolithic civil libertarians will react to this incident as you suggest they will?

I don’t.

Nevius, do you have somebody who could look over your words before the hot metal starts to fly? Maybe somebody could be around to tell you, “No Neve, you can’t just make up what you think others were thinking.” You know, stuff like that.

Just saying, bro.

*Was this a heist, really?

“A heist is a term used to describe a robbery from an institution such as a bank or a museum, or any robbery in which there is a large haul of loot.” Are you trying to minimize the importance of this crime, Neve? Like you’re a sarcastic public defender? I don’t think so. Oh well. 

**An application of science, simply put.

[UPDATE: The SFPD weigh in here:

San Francisco Police Arrest Cell Phone Thief with the Assistance of a Cab Driver
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Posted Date: 8/2/2011
San Francisco Police arrested a man who committed a brazen robbery of a cell phone. In this incident, which occurred on 07/22/11 at around 7:10PM, a 27 year old victim was walking in the intersection of Polk and Francisco Streets. The suspect was seen coming up from behind the victim and forcefully grabbed the victim’s cell phone, which she was using and talking on at the time.

A courageous taxi cab driver, who happened to be at the corner parked, saw this occur. The cab was also equipped with a new camera technology system which captured the incident. This new technology records the front of the cab as well as the interior of the cab.

The cab driver pulled up to the victim and assisted the victim by having her get inside his cab and handed her his own cell phone to contact police. The victim gave police dispatchers the location of the suspect as the cab driver followed him. The suspect was subsequently taken into custody by police with the help of the cab driver and the victim.

The cab driver is to be commended for his actions, which helped police take a robbery suspect off the streets of San Francisco.

The police department will be presenting the cab driver with an award at the Police Commission meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 honoring him for his assistance.

Taken into custody was Brandon C. West, 20 years old, San Francisco resident. He was booked for 211PC (robbery) at San Francisco County Jail.]

How Much Money is the City Getting from Renting Out the Busy Stow Lake Boathouse This Summer: How About Zero Dollars?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Well, here’s the answer to the question Whatever Happened to That Promised Stow Lake Boathouse Eviction?

It proceeds, slowly but surely, AFAIK.

That takes time.

In the meantime, it’s bidness as usual at the old boathouse this summer excepting that the tenant running the boathouse isn’t paying rent to the City and County of San Francisco no mo, apparently.

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Are we ever going to see that money?

Is this why the current tenant isn’t leaving the way it should have already?

And didn’t the existing tenant lose 5-0 when compared with the incoming tenant?

Yep.

And yet…

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!

Hey, Whatever Happened to That Promised Stow Lake Boathouse Eviction? The Stow Lake Corporation Carries On, Regardless

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Looks like business is booming in Golden Gate Park these days.

But weren’t we supposed to have our upgrades and whatnot by now?

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Why is the Stow Lake Corporation still onsite at this late date?

Mmmmm….