Posts Tagged ‘commissioner’

Impressions, Strybing: There’s a Riot of Color Going On in Golden Gate Park These Days, For Those Who Break the Boycott

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

This is what you can see inside Strybing Arboretum this time of year:

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And outside, what you’ll see are a bunch of tourists debating the merits of paying $28 or whatever to enter the gates. Usually, they walk off dejectedly.

Oh well.

Take a Look at Strybing Arboretum (aka San Francisco Botanical Garden) After the Admissions Boycott

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Why does our Strybing Arboretum (aka San Francisco Botanical Garden) need to become “world-class?”

Nobody’s ever explained that one to me. But that’s the rationale for charging admission these days (after six decades of free admission.)

Now, why isn’t our Strybing Arboretum called Strybing Arboretum anymore?

So it can become “world-class.” (Apparently, naming an arboretum after the woman who gave the money to start things up is considered provincial Back East. Plus Founder Helene Strybing made the mistake of becoming old and dying so nobody gives a ROMEO ALPHA about her anymore.)

Anyway, they started charging admission so the place turned into a ghost town, a “museum of plants and trees.”

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Oh well.

They said if things didn’t work out, they’d stop charging admission.

They said.

Check Out the New Ticket Booths for Strybing Arboretum – Would You Want to Work in This Box for $11 Per Hour?

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Here are your deets for the new ticket booths at the San Francisco Botanical Garden:

59K for kiosks

And here’s your bill:

And here’s what they look like. Yes, there’s a bathroom in there:

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Myself, I haven’t been back into Strybing (except to poke my head in to see how few people are there) since they started charging admission.

Maybe I’ll visit again when they stop charging…

But these booths need hawkers, you know, just like the strip clubs in North Beach. Why don’t you sign up?

You’ll need sales skills of course. Check out the job posting below.

BTW, your pay as a  “Garden Ambassador” will be $9.92 below minimum wage (aka nothing) and your commission will be zero (0) percent. (Can you imagine what hawkers would do on slow days if they got paid a commish of one dollar per entry ticket? OMG,

“Description

Greet visitors at the North Gate of the Botanical Garden and encourage them to visit this outstanding garden. Many visitors approach the admissions kiosk and don’t know about the amazing garden that lies just beyond the gates.

Skills

  • Public Speaking, Sales

Requirements

Willingness to approach the public. Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively. Sincere desire to share basic knowledge about the Garden. Genuine love and appreciation for the SF Botanical Garden.”

Remembering Strybing Arboretum Before They Started Charging $7 Per, Before the Boycott: Blue Bamboo

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Blue bamboo (Himalayan Blue Bamboo, Himalayacalamus hookerianus) is totally blue, who knew?

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Maybe it will still be there when the paywall comes down in a couple years at the now-emptied Strybing.

I’m going back someday
Come what may
To blue bamboo

 

Wouldn’t Just Shutting Down Strybing Arboretum Generate More Money Than Charging Admission?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Doesn’t San Francisco already pay seven figures a year to run the San Francisco Botanical Garden? So why should people have to pay to get into the thing? Oh, it costs money to run, a whole lot? Well, then why don’t we just shut it down?

One might wonder.

Jim Lazarus, past president of the Recreation and Park Commission, gets it wrong here:

“Some members of the Board of Supervisors want the department to repeal a $7 fee for nonresidents to visit the Botanical Garden…”

Well actually, Jimbo, why not let’s do nothing and then the fee would go away by itself, right? No repeal is necessary, actually, as you already know, huh Jimbo?

Now here comes simple-minded Randy Shaw of Beyond Chron, who doesn’t seem to understand that the purported quarter-million a year that’s “expected” (by whom, some wildly optimistic person, obviously) to be generated by the fee will for pay three “extra” unionized gardeners at the Arboretum. There’s no way on Gaia’s Green Earth that the fee at Strybing will pay for social services.

And here’s the Chronicle, what can look past the almost-certain permanent imposition of fees at Strybing and see that residents will soon be charged admission as well. That”s something that simple-minded Randy Shaw can’t seem to understand. Oh well.

So the temporary boycott of San Francisco Botanical Garden will soon become permanent. O.K. fine.

Good-bye, animals of Strybing Arboreum:

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Budget and Legislative Analyst Harvey M. Rose Calls Revenue Forecasts at Strybing Arboretum “Highly Optimistic”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

SF Crime Examiner Thomas Pendergrast has pretty much all you need to know about the plan to make permanent the access fees at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

And looky here, here’s a pdf from Budget and Legislative Analyst  Harvey M. Rose, CPA:

Rose-Avalos-Lee_Arboretum_Fees_Ordinance

Ouch, that’s got to hurt.

When an accountant calls your forecasts “highly optimistic,” what’s he really saying?

Oh well.

I guess the BOS will soon vote to make the temporary boycott of the San Francisco Botanical Garden a permanent boycott.

Oh well.

As seen last Saturday:

Oh, and look what else is coming up:

“Thursday, April 7, 2011
2:00 p.m.
City Hall, Room 416
11a. GOLDEN GATE PARK ACCESS PASS
Discussion and possible action to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve an ordinance amending Park Code Article 12 authorizing the Commission to discount admission fees for the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden as part of a Golden Gate Park Access Pass. (ACTION ITEM) Staff: Brent Dennis.

Hey. what’s a GOLDEN GATE PARK ACCESS PASS? We’ll find out soon enough…

Oh well….

Arboretum Fees Don’t Even Pay the Bills

Keep the Arboretum Free

Keep the Strybing Arboretum (Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park) Free!

Debate Over the Garden Fee


Whither Slim’s Nightclub? OMG, It’s the Entertainment Commission’s “San Francisco Neighborhood Summit” on April 6

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I know where you’ll be this coming Wednesday after work – you’ll be at the San Francisco Neighborhood Summit near Sixth and Folsom, natch.

And you know who else will be there? Numerous members of the San Francisco Entertainment Commish, plus that dude what’s from the SFPD Alcohol Liaison Unit, plus a Sound Technician, plus NAYYYYYYbor “Advocates.”

So let’s see here, we’re going to have The City, the SFPD, a sound guy, and officially-designated NIMBYs all meeting South of Market just a few weeks after the Slim’s Nightclub / Jeanmarie Guenot / Other NIMBYs* L’affaire Du 2011. Gee, I’m thinking that the topic of the ABC’s recent action against Slim’s just might come up.

All the deets, below.

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The deets:

San Francisco Neighborhood Summit

When: April 6, 2011 – Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Gene Friend Community Center Auditorium, 270 Sixth Street, San Francisco

What: San Francisco Entertainment Commission in partnership with the San Francisco Police Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services invite you to the San Francisco Neighborhood Summit. Organized to nurture relationships between the SF Entertainment Commission, City Departments, community leaders and neighbor advocates.  Meet, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration to foster  healthy, safe and vibrant neighborhoods in San Francisco

Speaker’s Panel Inspector Dave Falzon - Alcohol Liaison Unit, San Francisco Police Department Vajra Granelli – Sound Technician, SF Entertainment Commission Audrey Joseph – Commissioner, SF Entertainment Commission Jocelyn Kane (moderator) Executive Director, Entertainment Commission Kirsten Macaulay, Neighborhood Liaison, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Service Cmdr. Greg McEachern, Entertainment Liaison, SF Police Department Jim Meko, Commissioner, SF Entertainment Commission Edgar Oropeza, SF Planning Department Al Perez, Commissioner, SF Entertainment Commission

Price: Free – open to the public

RSVP sfec.info@gmail.com “

See you there!

*Leave us not forget the other NIMBYs of SoMA, of course.

“NIMBY People are easily startled but they’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers…”

Admission Fee Protest at Strybing Arboretum: A Large Crowd Gathered at the Main Gate of the Botanical Garden Today

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Let’s call it a crowd of 150 today that gathered at the Main Gate of Strybing Arboretum to protest the permanent imposition of admission fees.

See it for yourself – you can catch Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi offering his thoughts:

Quintin Mecke was on hand representing Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s office and somebody else spoke for Supervisor John Avalos. Noticed Aaron Peskin in the audience as well.

All the while, there was absolutely nobody on or near the Main Lawn just inside the admission gate. Presenting your empty Strybing Arboretum:

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But that’s the way the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society likes it.

You see, they love plants but they hate people.

Oh well.

Arboretum Fees Don’t Even Pay the Bills

Keep the Arboretum Free

Keep the Strybing Arboretum (Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park) Free!

Debate Over the Garden Fee

 

Rally to Tear Down Pay Wall at Strybing Arboretum Today at 1:00 PM: Protest at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

It’s on at San Francisco’s Arbo today.

Deets below. See you there!

Do any of these people approve of the new fees at Strybing Arboretum? A few, the gardeners mostly:


Saturday April 2nd, 2011
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Arboretum Main Gate
(9th Avenue & Lincoln)

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW

On April 6th, 2011, the Budget Committee of the Board of Supervisors will be making a crucial decision on the future of the fee, either free admissions for all or a permanent non-resident fee.

SUPPORT- Ordinance 110113 sponsored by Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Kim, Mar and Mirkarimi to use Prop N tax revenues as a sustainable solution to support a free public garden.

OPPOSE- Ordinance 110225 sponsored by the Mayor for a permanent fee.

After 7 months the fee has been a failure. Only $54,800 out of a promised $250,000 has been collected. Attendance, based on Rec & Park figures, has declined sharply with non-resident visitors down 70% vs. estimates and resident visitors down 36%. RPD’s strategy is to market Strybing Arboretum as the new Japanese Tea Garden.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THIS HARMFUL FEE:

Attend the Budget Committee Hearing on Wed. April 6 (time TBA)

Call (by far most effective), e-mail and write potential swing-vote Supervisors to eliminate the fee:
David Chiu – 554 -7450 david.chiu@sfgov.org
Malia Cohen – 554- 7670 malia.cohen@sfgov.org
Scott Weiner – 554- 6968 scott.weiner@sfgov.org

Join The Rally To Remove The Fee ! Saturday April 2nd between 1:00PM – 2:00PM at the Arboretum Main Gate

 

OMG, the Embarcadero Station Clipper Customer Service Center is Up and Running!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

They promised it, and now it’s here, up and running. Hurray!

Deets below.

“If there was a problem yo I’ll solve it. Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it”

That’s right, the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero Station has been “re-engineered and rebranded.”

Starting Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, your Embarcadero BART/Muni station is going all-out for Clipper. That means that you’ll have a convenient  place to go if you want to trade-in your damaged Clipper Card ‘n stuff.

“Clipper(SM) Customer Service Centers to Open in San Francisco

Background: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has re-engineered and rebranded the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero BART/Muni station to focus on Clipper card customer service. In addition to basic card purchase and add-value transactions available at all Clipper retailers (including more than 100 Walgreens stores), the kiosk offers a higher level of service and equipment, allowing travelers to:

– exchange a damaged or defective card for a new one
– receive senior and youth Clipper cards
– use transit benefit vouchers and/or debit cards to load value onto a Clipper card
– get answers to questions about the Clipper program

Clipper is now used to pay fares on 374,000 transit trips each weekday. Participating operators include AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, San Francisco Muni, Golden Gate Transit & Ferry, Dumbarton Express, SamTrans, and Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority. MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.”