Posts Tagged ‘deal’

New Warriors Arena to be Slightly Lower, Assuming It Gets Built in the First Place – Artist’s Conception

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

So, unlike the disastrous America’s Cup and 8 Washington campaigns, the Golden State Warriors project is based around stuff that San Franciscans can actually benefit from.

So that’s a good sign.

Remember, the more you complain now, the better this deal gets for San Francisco. You the public are the bad cop and genial SFGov figurehead Ed Lee is the good cop. And of course the good cop won’t be able to get the best deal possible for San Francisco without the bad cop.

If Ed Lee doesn’t like this game, then he can just retire, right? Or go back to his old job the way he promised to in the first place, right?

It’s too bad that Oakland will lose its team.

Oh well.

Golden State Warriors Modify Semi-Publicly-Financed Arena Proposal – Say Hello To My Little Friend!

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Well the announcement is officially coming this AM, but Messrs. Matier und Ross already have the skivvy on the brand-new, slightly-more-NIMBY-friendly proposal.

And, here, check the latest illustrations.

From the former proposal, a silvery looming UFO with kayak access…

…to the new proposal, a slightly lower silvery looming UFO without kayak access:

So Warriors, take that 13% rate down to 3% and then you might have something, you might have a privately-financed stadium deal.

Now let’s review our waterfront proposals.

The America’s Cup deal was poorly-negotiated on purpose so we could pay for Larry Ellison’s ego trip. It’s an ongoing travesty.

And 8 Washington is corruption.

But this here arena proposal seems OK fine to me, more or less.

I’ll now invite the rich, property-owning NIMBYs of SoMA to move to Fairfield, where 15% of the houses are in foreclosure.

Which Would Help the Residents of San Francisco’s 6th Street More? A “Road Diet” or a Drug Diet?

Friday, April 12th, 2013

I guess the Epoch News does real news now? News to me. Anyway:

“Another thing  Elizabeth Stampe would like to see is “road diets.’ ”They take a road that’s kind of fat, like Sixth Street, which has a lot of lanes, and they reduce the number of travel lanes,’ Stampe said.”

OMG, Get 50GB Worth of Cloud Storage for Free for Life from Palo Alto-Based Box Inc. – But Act Now

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Else this deal will go away and you’ll miss out. (Don’t worry about the Dell part – it don’t matter, just sign up.)

Or you can get just 2GB from San Francisco-based DropBox, your choice. (Oh DropBox, will you ever win?)

All right, do it.

Do it.

So the Golden State Warriors are Inviting Random San Franciscans to Ask Them Questions? Yes – Big Conference Call Tonight

Monday, November 12th, 2012

So there I was feeding Pendragon and Tatsu yesterday (Veteran’s Day 2012) when I get a robocall at 7:07 PM* from Your Golden State Warriors basketball team, Caller ID 888 479 4667.

Appears that I’ll need to opt out to avoid getting another call at 7:00 PM tonight (a national holiday, Veterans Day 2012, observed) that’s going to turn into some big conference deal where I, yr obdt srvnt, will get to ask Management “any question” I want!

1. My first question will be this:

You motherfuckers want to charge us a 13% rate of return, guaranteed, on the new taxpayer-subsidized waterfront stadium deal? WTF? Isn’t that nuts? Isn’t that kind of shady?

San Francisco Multi-Purpose Venue Project on Piers 30-32 and Seawall Lot 330 Findings of Fiscal Responsibility and Feasibility

“As presented in the Conceptual Framework, no public monies will be used to fund any portion of the multi-purpose venue or any other structure. The rehabilitation of Piers 30-32 will also be privately financed by GSW. The City will reimburse GSW for the infrastructure improvements to the Pier, which will remain in City ownership, up to $120 million with a 13 percent annual return on costs.”

Follow-up: What other Easter Eggs do you have hidden inside this deal, SFGov / Golden State Warriors? And does Willie Brown get a piece of the action, like with the wasteful and expensive Central Subway? Or like with Rose Pak and 8 Washington? Or like with Thomas (“Coates Likes Boats”) Coates and the America’s Cup financing boondoggle? Or like with Ron Conway and the corrupt Twitterloin? I mean, who’s profiting off of this public private partnership?

2. My second question will be this:

Do you promise not to allow Larry Ellison to ever ever ever be involved with the new stadium deal?

Let’s get that in writing, why not. I mean, I think we’ve had enough of that deadbeat wanting us to fund his hobbies, am I right Warriors Fans? That America’s Cup is costing us eight figures, which is money that Larry Ellison should reimburse us for, like right now, the deadbeat.

3. My third question will be this:

Is Casey on the line?  

Or Karlee or Amira? You know, somebody who’s a veteran Warriors Girl. No rookies please. And then I’ll have a bunch more inquiries about what it’s like to be a WG in the 510.

Oh, wait a second, I’ll be at the office,** so your call just might go to VM, Warriors.

Oh well.

*The 20th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Do you make all your spam calls on national holidays, GSW? Do you pay your robocallers, you know, a little extra for working evenings on a Sunday / national holiday? I hope so. 

**Do I have the day off? No. Do I get paid extra for working on a national holiday. No. Oh well. Poor Pendragon. Poor Tatsu.

Forget About That CityPlace Mall in Mid-Market – The New Name is “Market Street Place” and Work has Begun

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

That proposed CityPlace mall has a new name and they’ve just started working on getting it built.

See?

“…its name has been changed to Market Street Place, reflecting how even this blighted part of San Francisco’s main thoroughfare...”

And see? 

Click to expand

This is all new. The whitewash went up on Monday, I think, and now we have the ads what say SHOPPING PLACE and whatnot.

This is what it will look like, without the homeless and the criminals and the iPhone fences and the drug dealers milling around out front:

More photorealistic:

Reverse angle:

The mall has it all. Actually, it’s a mall like any other from Anytown, USA. (Boy, John King is going to looooooove this, huh?)

All right, now let’s all thank the Carlyle Group for helping us out:

“The following is a list of both current and former employees and advisors.

Business

Political figures

North America
Europe

The Feds Make a Deal to Set Aside More Space for Western Snowy Plovers, San Francisco’s Cutest Birds

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The Center for Biological Diversity is crowing about more room being designated for the Western Snowy Plover along the west coast.

San Francisco isn’t getting more space for these critters but they already have as much as they need here now, not that some area dog owners agree with the way things are these days.

Anyway, here are some San Francisco Snowy Plovers and the also the deets of the new agreement with the Feds are below.

(Oh, and remember, as always, plover rhymes with lover.)

A snowy plover on Ocean Beach _not_ being harassed by a dog:

Now, Ocean Beach Dog, ooh, somebody over there got an off-leash ticket from the Feds a looooong time ago. (Can you guess what year by looking at the website design? Sure you can.) Oh well. Well, the Feds don’t like Ocean Beach Dog and people what behave like Ocean Beach Dog. The Feds consider us Whacko City, USA because of outfits like OBD, oh well.

Most dogs don’t bother the boids, of course. Can you see the snowy plover?

But some dogs do harass the birds. (These aren’t actually snowy plovers near Lawton and the Great Highway but the dogs don’t know or care about that.)

(Get those Ocean Beach birds, good boy!)

And here’s the sitch up in Crissy Field:

See the birds, see the unleashed dog?

Is is surprising to you that an unleashed dog could find and chase these plovers? What was surprising to me was to hear that this particular boid flew up from Morro Bay (where it was banded and which is like way south of here) all the way up to the Marina District:

Keep on keeping on, plovers:

More Than 24,000 Acres of Critical Habitat Protected for Western Snowy Plover

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 24,527 acres (38 square miles) of critical habitat to protect the Pacific Coast population of threatened western snowy plovers in Washington, Oregon and California.

“Protecting critical habitat will help this lovely shorebird continue on the path to recovery,” said Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist at the Center. “Species with federally protected habitat are more than twice as likely to be moving toward recovery than species without it, so this puts a big safety net between plovers and extinction.”

Western snowy plovers breed primarily on beaches in southern Washington, Oregon, California and Baja California. Today’s designation includes four critical habitat units in Washington (covering 6,077 acres), nine units in Oregon (covering 2,112 acres) and 47 units in California (covering 16,337 acres).

Snowy plovers were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1993, when the coastal population had dropped to 1,500 birds and plovers no longer bred at nearly two-thirds of their former nesting sites. That Endangered Species Act protection allowed the population to increase to more than 3,600 adults by 2010.

Plovers are recovering but still face many threats, including widespread and frequent disturbance of nesting sites by humans, vehicles and off-leash dogs; crushing by off-road vehicles; global climate change; pesticide use; and habitat loss.

The western snowy plover was first granted 19,474 acres of critical habitat in 1999. In 2005 the Bush administration illegally reduced the critical habitat to 12,145 acres, eliminating protection for thousands of acres scientists believed necessary for the snowy plover’s survival and abandoning key habitat areas crucial for recovery. In 2008 the Center sued over the unlawful reduction of the plover’s habitat protections, leading to a settlement agreement with the Service and today’s revised designation.

Today’s final rule includes the reinstatement of habitat areas identified by government scientists as essential that were improperly withdrawn in 2005; inclusion of some areas not currently occupied by plovers but important for their recovery; and addition of habitats such as back-dune systems in an attempt to offset anticipated effects of sea-level rise caused by climate change.

The western snowy plover is a shy, pocket-sized shorebird that weighs less than two ounces and lives for three years. Plovers forage for worms, insects and crustaceans in wet sand and in kelp that has washed ashore. The word “plover” is thought to come from the Old French”plovier” or “rain bird” because plovers were seen on sandy French beaches during spring rains.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 375,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.”

Oh, and also remember that San Francisco is for Plovers:

Point/COUNTERPOINT: HuffingtonPost Writer Christopher Caen on the Failed and Debaculous America’s Cup Deal

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

LEAVE US BEGIN:

Friday afternoon the word went out about the lawsuit filed to stop the America’s Cup. And let’s be perfectly clear, chasing the Cup out of town was the exact purpose of that effort, because the requests to satisfy that lawsuit would have blown the Cup deadlines to pieces.

GREAT. NONE OF THE PROPOSALS WERE VERY GOOD. WERE THEY?

By Monday afternoon however, the lawsuit had almost become moot, because the America’s Cup organizers dropped the news on our unsuspecting mayor that they were pulling out of almost all the development anticipated around the races.

I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF “SUSPECTING” ON SUNDAY – ANYWAY, THE MAYOR _WASN’T_ SURPRISED. HE’S MORE CLEVER THAN HE LETS ON…

The first wave of tweets announcing the lawsuit did not come from San Francisco; instead the first barrage of tweets came from San Diego. This is not terribly surprising because if we do manage to screw this up, San Diego is going to roar in and take our event away from us, given that they already have shore facilities they have been expanding since they hosted the Cup in 1988.

WHO CARES WHAT SAN DIEGO DOES? AND HOW IS THIS “OUR” EVENT? WHO CARES IF SAN DIEGO WANTS TO HOST THE RACE?

It would not be the first time. After all, we lost out to New York City for the right to bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

ACTUALLY, WE WON THAT ONE.

And then we followed that up by enthusiastically coming up short by a country mile for the right to bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

WELL, BRAZIL WANTED IT TOO, RIGHT? THEY’VE NEVER HAD ONE BEFORE. DON’T THEY DESERVE A CHANCE?

This performance mirrored our still unexplained belly flop on the bid to host the World Cup, where people still don’t know whether we actually submitted our bid or not.

OOH, THE WORLD CUP? BUT DIDN’T THE BAY AREA ALREADY HAVE ONE OF THESE?

Right in the middle of all this we also managed to chase the San Francisco Grand Prix bicycle race out of town. So it’s not like we don’t have a track record at screwing this sort of thing up.

WHY DO WE NEED ANY OF THESE EVENTS? OH, AND YOU’RE FORGETTING ABOUT THE WORLD EXPO. YOU KNOW, THE EVENT THAT CHINA LOST A BUNDLE ON, AND BEFORE THAT, THE JAPANESE, AND BEFORE THAT, THE GERMANS.

And at this point it has gone past just your garden variety NIMBY-ism to become a genuine threat to the growth of our city.

WHY DO WE NEED TO GROW?

Which brings us back to the Cup. Three things have to be made clear here. First off, enough of the “we hate Larry Ellison” blather.

WHY’S THAT? HE _IS_ A DEFECTIVE HUMAN BEING, RIGHT?

We can’t negotiate with the America’s Cup because they are backed by a billionaire?

NO, IT’S BECAUSE HE’S A BILLIONAIRE IS WHY HE EXPECTS US TO PAY NINE FIGURES FOR A BOAT PARTY IN HIS HONOR.

Newsflash for the irretrievably clueless: with the exception of the Green Bay Packers, every sports team in the country is owned by a bazillionaire.

THAT’S FINE, BUT WHAT HE WAS OFFERING WAS WAY OFF. IT WASN’T EVEN CLOSE.

It’s odd, isn’t it? When we hear about the city negotiating with the 49ers, the Giants, or even the Warriors, the net worth of their owners never enters the conversation. 

THE WARRIORS AREN’T ASKING US TO PAY FOR THEM. THE GIANTS AND THE NINERS AREN’T EITHER. WHY IS IT THAT THE 1% SPORTS NEED THE MONEY OF THE 99% BUT THE 99% SPORTS ARE ON THEIR OWN?

But when it’s Ellison, people head to the barricades. This is just another sports team, one where none of the sailors racing in the cup make as much as your average football player makes on one Sunday.

IT’S A DECIDEDLY UNPOPULAR TEAM, ONE THAT NOBODY KNOWS OR CARES ABOUT. WHO ARE THE “PLAYERS?” NOBODY KNOWS OR CARES. WHY SHOULD SAN FRANCISCO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT A SINGLE RACE THAT A SOLITARY BILLIONAIRE CONTROLS?

Yes it’s Larry, yes everyone seems to hate him, but it should have no bearing on this.

WELL, IF HE WERE KICKING MONEY IN, THEN PEOPLE WOULD LIKE HIM MORE. WHY DIDN’T HE OFFER A HALF BILLION OR SOMETHING?

Second, let’s talk about the development deal that just went off the table. People seem to be all bent out of shape about what we were giving up, but here is the thing: We actually didn’t give up anything, as those piers are unusable today. One Supervisor gave me the actual price tag to fix up all the piers on the waterfront, and it’s enough to make your hair stand on end (hint, it’s over $2 billion). The city does not have the money to fix them, and it probably never will. Someone is going to wind up developing those piers for profit instead of the city, and that’s just the sad truth.

WELL THAT’S OK. ANYTHING’S BETTER THAN THE AMERICA’S CUP DEAL.

Third, in current San Francisco fashion, we are only looking at the short-term. Having Ellison’s group lay in some serious investment, including development deals, means greater incentive for them to stay in San Francisco if they successfully defend the Cup.

THE AMERICA’S CUP IS A JOKE, RIGHT? IS IT A LEGITIMATE SPORT IN THE FIRST PLACE?

All this development is for this Cup. If we get another Cup, or even two down the road, then the city makes out like a bandit. But by pulling all their development off the table, the Cup organizers have shaken the hook out of their mouth.

FLY AWAY FISHY. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE HERE, IT LOOKS LIKE, SO WHY DON’T YOU LEAVE?

Once again, San Diego is grinning and rubbing their hands in anticipation.

‘CAUSE THEY MADE SOOOOOO MUCH MONEY ON THAT RECENT WORLD SERIES EVENT WHAT NOBODY WENT TO SEE?

We have arrived at the point where today the only development deal that has a chance of being approved is one that is utterly perfect in every way.

OK.

Zero emission. Local hiring. Affordable housing. Bicycle racks and LEED-certified and non-radiating cell phones and whatever else our elected officials can think of tossing in. It’s ridiculous.

THE PROPOSED AMERICA’S CUP DEAL, _THAT’S_ WHAT’S RIDICULOUS. AND THE CENTRAL SUBWAY TO NOWHERE, THAT’S RIDICULOUS TOO.

And it’s also not coincidental that the same day we get the news about the Cup, Salesforce.com announces they are halting their new development in Mission Bay.

ACTUALLY, DUDE. IT _IS_ COINCIDENTAL.

At some point it has to stop. To never change anything, to never create new development with a new tax base and new jobs and new residents is to risk us becoming the Detroit of the West, with the Hibernia Bank Building as our Parthenon of Passivity.

THAT BUILDING HAS OTHER ISSUES, BUT ANYWAY.

What, you don’t know that building?

I THINK MOST PEOPLE IN TOWN KNOW THAT BUILDING. IT’S THE ONE THAT PATTY HEARST DIDN’T ROB

You should, as it stands as another icon of our inability to get rational development completed in this town.

WELL THAT’S ONE OPINION. BUT DO YOU WANT THE CITY TO PAY TO FIX UP THIS BUILDING? THAT WOULD BE LOTS CHEAPER THAN THE AMERICA’S CUP OR THE CENTRAL SUBWAY.

Even worse, at some point our reputation for being impossible to work with will make all of this a self-fulfilling prophecy. You don’t think that’s likely? When we were shot down for the 2016 Olympics, one of the reasons cited by the bid committee was a “damaged reputation” due to failed negotiations surrounding the 49ers’ stadium.

WELL MAYBE WILLIE BROWN SHOULDN’T HAVE FIXED THAT ELECTION. WHY NOT LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE IN THE FIRST PLACE?

In other words, if you can’t even get a stadium figured out with own team, how are you going to figure out an Olympics?

WHY DO WE NEED THE OLYMPICS? WOULDN’T MOST OF THE BENEFITS ACCRUE TO THE POLITICAL AND BUSINESS AND MEDIA CLASS? HOW WOULD SAN FRANCISCANS AS A WHOLE BENEFIT?

Then again, we never did figure out the stadium either, did we?

CRIME DOESN’T ALWAYS PAY FOR CORRUPT WILLIE BROWN, I GUESS THAT’S ONE LESSON.

A boat race is a strange place to draw the line. But the Cup really does represent all the political insanity that we seem to trade in these days. Don’t do business with the 1%.

NOT ON THESE TERMS, THAT’S RIGHT, DON’T DO BUSINESS WITH THEM.

Fight anything that smacks of gentrification. Make decisions that are more policy statements than legislation. Get a bunch of piers fixed that we can’t afford to repair? That sounds like a horrible idea.

UNDER THE TERMS NEGOTIATED, YES IT WAS.

All those construction jobs you just wiped out?

THEY WEREN’T WIPED OUT BECAUSE THEY NEVER EXISTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Not a big deal either, because we showed Larry.

ACTUALLY, WE _DID_ SHOW LARRY, THAT FUCKING DOUCHE.

At night we can return to our homes, and smugly watch as our piers collapse into the bay one after another. On the other hand, it will give us something to do before the Cup comes on television.

NOBODY WILL WATCH THE AMERICA’S CUP ON TELEVISION. (BY THE WAY, THE AMERICA’S CUP PEOPLE ARE _PAYING_ NBC TO BROADCAST THIS EVENT. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?)

Live from San Diego.

GOOD FOR THEM.

OH HEY, MR. CAEN, WHAT ABOUT THE GOLD DUST LOUNGE? ON THAT ISSUE, YOU’RE FIRMLY ON THE NIMBY / PRESERVATIONIST / ANTI-BIDNESS SIDE, RIGHT?

ISN’T IT IRONIC, DON’TCHA THINK?

OMG, OMG, OMG: Via ScoutMob, Free Sandwiches From Ike’s Place in the Castro District!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

OMG, this is it. [Cue O Fortuna]

It’s the fourth anniversary of obscenely-highly-regarded Ike’s Place, so ScoutMob has a free sandwich deal for you.

You can’t beat that.

(I guess Ike won that NIMBY war after all. Good for him.)

Anyway, enjoy.

Count of Monte Chase-O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
always waxing
or waning;
hateful NIMBYs
first oppress
and then soothe
as fancy takes it;
poverty
and power
but Hot Momma Huda
melts them like ice.

Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
stand malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
shadowed
and veiled
you plague Ike Shehadeh too;
now through trickery,
I bring my bare back
to your NIMBY villainy.

Fate, in health
and in virtue,
is against me,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating string;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me
Mayoose’s CA-BLT

Built Like a Brick Poo-House: Historic Folger Coffee Building at 101 Howard Just Bought by USF

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

You know who knew about today’s big news, this real estate deal, last week? JK Dineen of the San Francisco Bizness Timez, that’s who.

Look at this beaut:

The brick, five-story Folger Coffee Company Building at 101 Howard in San Francisco, California was the former headquarters of Folgers. It is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.]The building still has a sign saying “The Folgers Coffee Company” on one corner. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has its California campus on the top floor, where Wharton’s MBA for Executives program is offered.”

Oh baby, it’s your classic Brick & Timber:

Via Eric in SF - click to expand

This building was put up on landfill (in a place where San Francisco Bay used to be 15 feet(!) deep) and it got  finished in, wait for it, 1905, just in time for the Great Fire and Earthquake of 1906. But that was no problem at all ’cause of all the pilings it had driven 40 feet(!) into the mud. And the fires, well they just happened to stop right across the street.

See? “X” marks the spot and the dark yellow shows where the fires went:

Via Access PR 

That’s part of what makes it historic:

Folger Coffee Company Building (added 1996 – - #96000679)
101 Howard St. , San Francisco

Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Architect, builder, or engineer: Schulze, Henry A.
Architectural Style: Renaissance
Area of Significance: Engineering, Commerce, Community Planning And Development, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Industry/Processing/Extraction
Historic Sub-function: Business, Manufacturing Facility
Current Function: Commerce/Trade
Current Sub-function: Business

Built to last:

It’s an icon:

And high ceilings to boot:

Bon Courage University of San Francisco! Welcome back to SoMA!

All the deets:

“USF Purchases Historic Folger Building
08-02-2011

The University of San Francisco has agreed to buy the historic Folger Coffee Building in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Listed on the National Registerof Historic Places and located within walking distance of where USF first opened its doors in 1855 at Fourth and Market streets, the agreed purchase of the Folger Building at 101 Howard St. marks a return to the university’s roots in downtown San Francisco.

With easy access to freeways, the Bay Bridge, and public transportation, the location builds on USF’s 156-year history of service to San Francisco, while acting on the university’s goals to be more visible and more tightly woven into the fabric of the city.

“By relocating some of the university’s programming, we will have more opportunity to serve multiple audiences – allowing USF to be closer to the businesses and civic organizations with which we currently partner, while also engaging new prospects for collaboration,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “With neighbors such as Google, Twitter, DropBox, SalesForce.com, and established legal and financial services firms, this acquisition presents tremendous opportunity for new corporate partnerships and places USF in the center of innovation.”

With 90 percent of the Folger Building currently occupied by tenants, USF’s presence in downtown will be limited in the near term. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Turpin, in consultation with the deans and faculty, will finalize decisions about what academic programs will occupy the downtown space and on what schedule. No decisions have been made yet as to what administrative and non-academic units will be housed in the new building.

Written by Edward Carpenter”