Posts Tagged ‘commission’

All Film Commissions are Worthless: “Mendocino County Film Commission’s Efforts Generate $3 Million for Mendocino County!”

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Greece had the 2004 Summer Olympics, San Francisco had the 2013 America’s Cup, and Mendocino has, what, Need for Speed, which is, what, a Fast and Furious ripoff?

Anyway, the multiplier effect is a lie, as always.

Enjoy:

“Mendocino County Film Commission’s Efforts Generate $3 Million for Mendocino County!

FORT BRAGG, Calif., Oct. 11, 2013 — “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul was just one person in the 160 person cast and crew which helped to boost the economy of rural Mendocino County earlier this year. Paul stars in the upcoming film produced by DreamWorks Pictures, NEED FOR SPEED, which filmed in Mendocino County and San Francisco before moving on to film in various locations across the country. 

NEED FOR SPEED is based on the popular Electronic Arts video game and marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes–one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Driving scenes showcased the spectacular Mendocino coastline, wine country and rolling hills, filmed in the county, thanks to the support of businesses, residents, county supervisors, cities and the Mendocino County Film Commission.

The direct spend in the county was about $3 million, which included $490,766.66 in lodging expenses alone! Catering, groceries, location fees, hardware, lumber supplies, office rental, equipment, supplies, local wages, local purchases, gasoline, city, county, other government permit fees, off duty personnel (police & fire) are examples of some of the expenditures.

According to the LAEDC (Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation) every dollar spent has a multiplier effect of 2.95. Which means each dollar spent on film production in California generates total output (business revenues) of $2.95 statewide, including the initial dollar.

Carmel Angelo, CEO for Mendocino County said, “Films like NEED FOR SPEED bring much needed revenue to Mendocino County. As Chief Executive Officer, I’m always looking for ways to improve the financial picture. Producing films here is one way to enhance our local economy.”

Mendocino County Film Commissioner Debra De Graw worked with Location Manager Patrick Mignano and Director Scott Waugh. The permit process alone began as early as August 2012 and involved liaising and problem solving with multiple government and film agencies.

Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Chair, Dan Hamburg, said, “The Board of Supervisors strongly supports having the film industry at work here in Mendocino County.”

Release date for the film is scheduled for March 14, 2014.

SOURCE  Mendocino County Film Commission

Mendocino County Film Commission

CONTACT: Debra De Graw, 707-961-6302 / debra@filmmendocino.com

OMG, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Fox, 2014) is Filming RIght Now in North Beach – San Francisco is NOT Looking Its Best

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Per Twitterer AlexSavidge

“North Beach looks like a disaster. Luckily it’s Hollywood magic, filming scenes from new “Planet of the Apes” movie pic.twitter.com/yoLpHuN6jZ

As seen Saturday AM, July 27, 2013:

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And here’s a shot from lovely @katieutehs, Freelance Reporter @KTVU/Cyclist/Skier/@UW  katieutehs.com

This is 800 California near the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Stockton Street:

And here are your teaser trailers.

Directed by Matt Reeves
Produced by Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Screenplay by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Scott Z. Burns
Mark Bomback
Story by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Based on Premise suggested by Planet of the Apes
by Pierre Boulle
Starring Andy Serkis
Gary Oldman
Jason Clarke
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Keri Russell
Judy Greer
Music by Michael Giacchino[1]
Cinematography Michael Seresin
Studio Chernin Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • July 18, 2014
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million

Well, As Expected, the $7 Fee at the Strybing Arboretum is Going to Become Permanent – A Little History

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Boy there’s a lot of overhead involved with the whole process of charging people $7 to walk through the former Strybing Arboretum, it sure looks like.

Anyway, here’s a little background on how we’ve gotten to this point:

LMA-BOS-Supporter Talking Points-6-4.21.13 Budget Hearing

Arboretum Contract Critique

And here’s a post from 2010:

“Not sure how many people were at last night’s “workshop” to discuss the idea of charging admission at San Francisco Botanical Garden (aka Strybing Arboretum) in Golden Gate Park ’cause I left before it ended. But the hand-count totaled 225 souls, so let’s call that a gentleman’s 250 altogether for the crowd.

Here’s the thing – people on both sides all seem to know each other and care deeply about The Garden. This conflict seems a kind of civil war (hence the Antietam name check, yes it rhymes exactly), a family squabble. It’s plant-loving Brother against plant-loving-but-other-stuff-too Brother. Get up to speed on this dispute here.

Now, once more into the breach, dear friends.

The mise-en-scene last night. It’s Recreation and Park Commission President Jim Lazarus taking individual questions from a hostile crowd, split up unnecessarily, it turned out, into three sections. This is what the bulk of the meeting looked like. Click to expand:

But let’s start at the beginning. Below, it’s the organized neighbors! They taped up hundreds of small signs to draw attention to the meeting. Did workers from DPW spend a lot of time taking down the unofficial notices? Apparently. Were any official notices put up, like last time? Not that I could see.

Inside, the fellow on the left, (didn’t get his name, someone called him The Kid) tried to get things started, but vocal members of the crowd didn’t like the agenda that was handed out, particularly they didn’t like being split up into three groups.

The guy with the ponytail went off, and the Eli in the Yale jacket on the right pleaded for calm. Thank Gaia for Yalies:

After a couple go-arounds like that, The Kid threatened to cancel the meeting. (Arboretum staff appears to view hosting public meetings like these as doing a favor to Arboretum visitors, and truth be told, if San Francisco officials are dead-set on allowing the charging of admission, they can do it regardless of what regular Arboretum visitors want.) Here’s a ten-minute video of the action.

But after a brief huddle, redolent of a friendly car salesperson taking your low-ball offer to the Big Guy…

…out comes lawyer Jim Lazarus calling an audible to change the meeting’s format. He seemed every bit the experienced pol he is.

The new agenda that got worked out with leadership elements from the masses: an uninterupted 10-15 minute “general presentation” of the plan. “Then you can decide how much you want to beat us up after that,” said Jimbo. “You can shoot us all when it’s over.”

This Lazarus Effect resuscitated the meeting. So, let’s hear The Proposal.

The Arboretum would set up pre-fab ticket kiosks at the Main Gate and the Friend Gate (near the Japanese Tea Garden) for $65K and then hire four part-time cashiers, a manager(?), and also a part-time accountant for $148K per year. San Francisco residents would enter for free after showing some sort of ID. Those useless freeloading parasites known as Everybody Else in the World would pay $7, or $4 (students and seniors), or $2 (kids) each time they go in. They’d have the option of getting a $75 annual pass that would also allow entry at the Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers – something like that.

The projected 100,000 in paid admissions would have a “blended average” of $5.50 per, resulting in a gross take of $550K. Take away $150K for expenses and you end up with an annual net of $400K, of which $100-150K would go into the Rec and Park kitty and the rest could go into whatever, like hiring more gardeners at $68K salary (plus 25% more in benefits).

The goal would be to eventually get up to a full complement of 16 gardeners, which will “never happen” without some new source of Arboretum-specific cashola.

That’s it.

“KEEP THE ARBORETUM FREE”

What about residents of neighboring counties in the Bay Area you say? It doesn’t matter, all auslanders gotta pay.

What about the rumoured $1.3 million cost of building the kiosks and other related expenses? That was just a “Cadillac proposal” dreamed up by somebody or other – the bare bones approach discussed last night would not be as nice, but it would get the job done.

This charismatic-messianic type got lots of applause for questioning the whole idea of charging anybody anything, regardless of the numbers:

Mr. Lazarus acknowledged the fear San Francisco residents have of being the next in line to be charged, the fear that admission prices would then increase after that. No promises on that front. Que sera sera.

But I’ll let the Keep the Arboretum Free people delve into these issues more. When I left, Lazarus was answering questions one by one, Phil Donahue-style.

“FREE means NO FEES, NO I.D.s”

Oh yes, the “next terrible meeting” promised by Jimbo will concern paid parking in Golden Gate Park. (Do people really plant their vehicle in the park for free and then run all over town all day? People do.)

Random observations:

The estimate of $148k annually to pay salaries for  the paid admission scheme sounds low. Way low, particularly in light of what cashiers at the Japanese Tea Garden get paid.

Park and Rec knows how to notice a public meeting but, for whatever reason, it appears to have done a bush-league job of noticing last night’s workshop.

Next up next month in June: the action will move over to City Hall and the Board of Supervisors. When will our civil war end?

Public Workshop – Botanical Garden

When: May 28, 2009 – Thursday 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: County Fair Building, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, San Francisco
What: In response to the feedback received on the proposed admission program at Botanical Garden, the Rec & Park Department decided there will not be a fee for residents. The revised proposal does include a $7. fee for nonresident visitors. Public workshop is to take feedback regarding revised proposed admission fee and will be seeking topics including:
Implementation of the new fee for non-San Francisco residents.
Amenities at the Garden.
Potential new revenue sources.

To Be Continued…

How to NIMBY: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, 731 Market Street

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

(I was going to post this public hearing notice legibly, but I don’t want to make things too easy for the shakedown artists to come out of the woodwork.)

If you have some time to kill and you’d like a potentially lucrative hobby and you’d like a purpose in life and you’d like people to pay attention to you, then you should adopt the preservation of this old office building near Third Street.

Don’t let the owners change anything for any reason, not without a fight!

You know, if you want:

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Point/Counterpoint: Former Mayor Willie Brown Opposes Renaming SFO Havery Milk International for One Reason Only

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

“Supervisor David Campos is making a terrible move with his call to rename SFO for Harvey Milk.

WELL, THAT’S YOUR OPINION, ISN’T IT, WILLIE? HEY, HOW’S IT GOING WITH RENAMING 3RD STREET “WILLIE L BROWN, JR BOULEVARD” THE WAY YOU SO DESPERATELY WANT? YOU KNOW, LIKE THIS:

OH, WHAT’S THAT? YOUR IDEA “BOMBED?”

WELL GEE, WHY WAS THAT? WAS IT DUE TO HOMOPHOBIA? NO. SEXISM? NO. RACISM? HEY THAT MUST BE IT, RIGHT? ALL RIGHT, GO ON, WILLIE.

If it makes the ballot and loses, it will be a disservice to Harvey’s memory.

NO IT WON’T. HEY, REMEMBER WHEN YOU WANTED TO RENAME SFO THE WILLIE L BROWN JR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT? HEY, THAT IDEA BOMBED TOO, RIGHT? BUT I’D BET YOU’D BE WILLING TO TAKE THE CHANCE ON A BALLOT, WOULDN’T YOU? YOU’RE LYING AGAIN, AREN’T YOU?

It will only create divisions within the city. Not because Milk was gay, but because renaming the airport after him makes no sense.

WELL, I DON’T KNOW. IT CERTAINLY WOULD MAKE SOME SENSE. THE QUESTION IS ABOUT WEIGHING THE PROS AND CONS.

Moscone Center is named after Mayor George Moscone because he negotiated the deal with various factions to get the place built, and a lot of low-income housing along with it.

WELL THAT WASN’T A GOOD IDEA NOW WAS IT? PERHAPS WE SHOULDN’T NAME ANYTHING AFTER POLITICIANS? AND WHY IS JFK AIRPORT NAMED AFTER JFK?

Harvey had no relationship with the airport. What Campos is doing is trying to heighten Milk’s symbolic stature as the liberator of gays.

WELL, IS THAT A CRIME?

It’s a mistake, and I hope enough gay leaders say so before this splits the town.

NO, WHAT YOU HOPE FOR IS THE WILLIE L BROWN JR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WHY DON’T YOU JUST COME OUT AND SAY IT?

OH, AND IN NEWS FROM OTHER LYING POLITICIANS:

“I just want to make sure there is clear thinking about it, and the whole city family should be engaged in it.

OR MAYBE THE VOTERS WILL DECIDE AND THE “WHOLE CITY FAMILY” WILL JUST HAVE TO DEAL, HUH?

THAT’S THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING NOW. C’MON, THINK. HEY, WHAT ABOUT THAT LETTER HARVEY WROTE TO  JIMMY CARTER? WHY DON’T YOU PUBLICIZE THAT? OR GET BEHIND  SOME OTHER CANDIDATE? CAUSE, RIGHT NOW, THE WILLIE BROWN ED LEE POLITICAL FACTION IS LOSING ON THIS ONE.

JUST SAYING…

The Real Cost of Renaming SFO as Harvey Milk International Airport is Much More Than $250K – It’s Billions and Billions

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The real cost of renaming SFO for Harvey Milk would be the losing the equity of the highly-recognized SFO “brand.”

What’s it worth? IDK, but it’s on a par with the annual budget of the City and County of San Francisco.

Check out the effort those crazy kids down in Millbrae make in order to curate SFO’s brand identity. To wit:

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Like, go around the world and show people the letters SFO and they’ll tell you what it means.

SFO is a “world-class” IATA code, right up there with LAX and JFK, right?

Also, what if we kick-off an SFO renaming campaign for Harvey and the process gets hijacked by San Francisco Shadow Mayor Willie L Brown Jr.?

You know he wants something like that, right?

Real bad.

Just saying.

PS: Oh, and what would the new IATA code be? MLK? Well, that code is already taken, by someplace in Montana. And also, well, MLK, just don’t go there, girlfriend. If you wanted to say something like “SFO, An International Airport from Harvey Milk” or something like that, the damage would be lessened.

Here It Is: The First Ever S.F. Sheriff’s Newsletter – From Ross Mirkarimi – Poor Andrea Shorter! – Poor Ron Conway!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Let me tell you, there are two kinds of commission heads in the 415.

There’s the kind what graduates from real Harvard and actually shows some backbone and…

…the kind what goes to fake* Harvard and, actually, appears to be invertebrate.

Just saying.

Hey, speaking of Ross Mirkarimi, guess who’s settling into his new job.

See?

I’d give you a link to this newsletter but I don’t know how.

This guy might know tho:

© 2012 San Francisco Sheriff’s Department 
Information Technology Support and Services  
Questions and comments to 

david.hardy@sfgov.org

Now, what’s left. Or should I say, what’s right, what’s a right-wing Republican billionaire like Ron Conway doing trying to make San Francisco bidness-friendly?

But oh no, now it appears he’s grown tried of politics?

Say it isn’t so!

Things, allegedly, were working out so well before, back when naive Ron Conway was spending money to elect and unelect Christina Olague AT THE SAME TIME. You’re not that politically astute, are you, Ron Conway?

Ah memories.

I’m sure Andrea Shorter the spineless jellyfish and Ron Conway the Decline To State Republican can figure something out over the coming weeks, months, years or decades.

In the meantime, we’ll just have to make do with Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. 

*You make the call on this one. If you, a government functionary, sign up for and attend a 19-day course at Hahvard, would you later put the experience on your Linked In? I wouldn’t.

And if you, the high-level worker at Equality, labored there during that controversial period, would you put it on your Linked In? I wouldn’t relish doing that neither.

Anyway, have at it:

“Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Senior Executive Education
2009 – 2009

Activities and Societies: David Bohnett Fellow

Education
Senior Executive Education at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

 Atlas Leadership Strategies is a political coaching and consulting firm specializing in client specific advanced political leadership skill development by providing discreet, highly confidential one-to-one support to:Chief Executive Political Coach and Consultant

Atlas Leadership Strategies
January 2011 – Present (2 years)

- persons considering running for office – for the first time or following a defeat

- newly elected and appointed officials to help set their agenda for the first few months in office

- experienced elected and appointed officials considering running for another office or transitioning out of public office (retiring)

Chief Executive Political Coach and Consultant Andrea Shorter, brings 25 years as an accomplished public official, cutting edge public policy leader, political strategist, and civil and human rights advocate. She has developed a results oriented one-on-one political leadership coaching style sought by state and local government officials. She continues to provide public policy, messaging strategies, and crisis management consultation to candidates, non-profit and political organization leaders, and key elected officials including Mayors, District Attorneys, State Legislators, County Supervisors, School Board Commissioners, Trustees, and the California Attorney General.

In 2009, Andrea was awarded the prestigious David Bohnett Fellowship at the Harvard-Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program in State and Local Government”

Prop B, That Massive $200 Million General Obligation Bond, Has Zero (0) Chance of Winning Next Month – Vote NO

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Check out this recent bit from Will Reisman over at the San Francisco Examiner.

Simply, Prop B of November 2012 is a way to give money to a mismanaged department without any requirement of reform, and without any promise of reform.

Oh well.

Let’s put this household down as a tentative NO on PROP B.

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Leave us begin:

“Mark Buell, president of the Recreation and Park Commission, said opposition to the bond is based on personal slights, and not on the content of the measure.”

UH, NO. IT’S BASED ON THE CONTENT.

“The fact of the matter is that there are people who didn’t get what they wanted from the department and they’re coalescing around this measure,” said Buell.

UH, I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE THE WAY RPD HAS BEEN HEADING LATELY.

He said that due to The City’s capital priorities and the upcoming election schedule, another parks bond measure wouldn’t be realistic until 2020.

PERHAPS THE ABOVE STATEMENT ISN’T AS EXTORTIONATE AS “DO EXACTLY WHAT I WANT OR EVERYBODY DIES!!!” BUT THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS A LITTLE EXTORTIONATE, DON”T YOU THINK?

Peskin said the parks bond was originally scheduled for 2014, and could easily be placed on a ballot before 2020.

YEP.

Supervisor Scott Wiener said any criticism against the bond measure would be short-sighted, particularly given the immense needs of the department.

NOPE. WE SHOULD STARVE OUT THIS DEPARTMENT WHILE WE’RE WAITING FOR A NEW DEPARTMENT.

“I think the opposition to this is incredibly cynical and irresponsible, because they are taking the position that, ‘We don’t like Phil Ginsburg, we don’t like some of these operational decisions,” Wiener said.

OH NO, IT’S LOVE THE SINNER, HATE THE SIN. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY HATES PHIL GINSBURG. IT’S JUST THAT PEOPLE DON’T LIKE MOST OF WHAT HE DOES. VOTING FOR PROP B WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE HIM. IN FACT, PROP B _IS_ PHIL GINSBURG, MORE OR LESS.

“‘So therefore kids should continue to play on broken-down playgrounds, people should continue to sit in puddles even when it is dry out because the irrigation systems in these parks are broken, we should continue to have substandard pools.’”

YES! YES YES YES. AND IT’LL BE PHIL GINSBURG’S FAULT.

Unbiased Report Concludes That CA State Film Credit Program Benefits are Exaggerated – What About SF’s?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Does the “Scene in San Francisco” program work? I’m sure it does for some people, but does it succeed overall, you know, for the Commonweal?

No.

It’s the same deal with the CA state film subsidy program, which was recently looked at by the CA State Legislative Analyst’s Office.

See below.

Did San Francisco subsidize the horrible NBC non-hit show Trauma? Yes. Should it have? No. 

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All the deets:

Net Credit Benefit Likely Much Less Than Reported.

We have discussed five issues that could affect the results of the LAEDC and/or UCLA-IRLE studies:

 Unknown assumptions embedded in the LAEDC economic models and their failure to consider the benefits of alternative public or private uses of tax credit funds (which could result in the credit program having significantly less net benefit than shown in the studies).

 In-state film activity that would occur in California without any tax credit (which results in the credit program having less economic and tax net benefits than shown in the LAEDC study).

 In-state economic and employment activity resulting from out-of-state productions (which results in the credit program having less net benefit than shown in the studies).

 Crowding out effects (which result in the credit program having less net benefit than shown in the studies in at least some years).

 Effects of film-related tourism (which would likely not result in significant changes in net benefits in most years).

While the total effects of these issues are impossible to quantify, their combined effects are likely to be negative in any given fiscal year—that is, resulting in the net benefit of the credit program being less than shown in both the LAEDC and UCLA-IRLE studies.

Given the conclusion that the net benefit of the credit program is likely less than shown in the LAEDC study, the LAEDC’s finding that the output-to-credit ratio was about 20-to-1 is likely overstated, as is its estimate of job gains resulting from the credit program. Moreover, given that UCLA-IRLE adjusted downward to $1.04 the projected state and local tax revenue return from every credit dollar and given that we find that this also was overstated, we believe it is likely that the state and local tax revenue return would be under $1.00 for every tax credit dollar—perhaps well under $1.00 for every tax credit dollar in many years.

In any event, even if the combined state and local tax revenue return is right around $1.00 for every tax credit dollar, the state government’s tax revenue return would by definition be less than $1.00 for every tax credit dollar. The credit program, therefore, appears to result in a net decline in state revenues.”

Davis Street, Bookended By OccupySF, Hosts an Elaborate Film Shoot for the BMW 740 Li, a Car for the Two Percent

Monday, December 12th, 2011

So here are the bocce ball courts at Justin Herman Plaza, which used to host OccupySF until recently. (Our City Family now regards the place as something worse than a toxic waste dump. Anyway, expect new grass to be rolled out anytime. Believe it or not, getting this Eurocentric playing field installed was a major priority for our asinine former Mayor.)

Tons and tons of SFPD are still on the scene, keeping busy not doing whatever they used to be doing. So gang task force officers from the Bayview, seen camera left, get to stand around for hours and hours on the lookout for anyone with a tent:

Anyway, the Occupiers, some of them, moved on to 101 Market, until they get kicked out of there as well. But nothing’s stopping this crew from just milling about in the daylight hours so that’s just what they did. This was the scene yesterday AM, with lots of cops and a few newsbabes on hand. This is the foot of Davis, where it meets Market:

But Davis Street was rented out to BMW this past weekend, I surmise. Here’s a small, red, 3-series chase car and a large, black 740 Li sedan a bit up Davis at the staging area yesterday:

And here’s the scene from last night betwixt Embarcaderos 2 and 3. (Note matte black Porsche Cayenne minivan light car camera left.)

Well guess what, the other end of Davis, starting at the 400 block, was where a good dozen or so Ocuppiers ended up last night, having been chased away from their temporary Market Street digs.

Anwway, and this is news to me, the 740 Li is a recession-special of sorts, offering the 2 percent* a small 3.0 litre six-banger** engine in a large sedan instead of the expected 4.0-litre V8.

So there’s your weekend in the Financh, with scores of cops just hanging out collecting mad OT for doing basically nothing. And, hopefully, San Francisco scoring some coin from BMW (unless, of course, the Film Commission is subsidizing the entire shoot. I honestly don’t know how much taxpayers spend paying cops on these gigs. Ostensibly, the makers of the commercials pay the cops but then maybe get some kind of kick-back as a make-up, typically.)

On It Goes…

*The 1% would go for a V8 or V12, Great Recession or no.

** A quarter century ago, BMW pulled with same trick with the “745i,” which had a turbocharged six-cylinder engine displacing either 3.2 or 3.4 litres. You do the math to figure out whether BMW was lying more then or now.