Posts Tagged ‘debut’

But What’s The Rent? – A 65 Square-Foot Studio Trailer Gets Parked on Market, to “Activate” the “Street Scene”

Friday, July 10th, 2015

This is what it looks like:

Studio-1a

Sam Whiting explains here in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Art studio on wheels moves down Market Street

Mmmm, no comments? Perhaps this attempt at a paywall is working too well.

But all right, here’s the SFGate version – surely the rabble will chirp up with comments like, “Well, what’s the rent?” Or maybe, “Smallest Studio in the Twitterloin, 0 bdrms, o bths, reclaimed wood?” 

Art studio on wheels moves down Market Street

Nope. Just one comment. This is the least amount of NEMA-mocking I’ve ever seen, when the topic of the NEMA is raised:

“So, if Studio One were to break down, would it be NEMA-towed?”

Get it? Nematode – cause like “worms,” right? (Oh, I don’t get it, oh well.)

Hey, speaking of NeMA, there’s still no rent control there, so giant rent hikes are coming your way. It will happen like this:

“We looked at what we’re charging for new rents and what the rent trends are in the market. We came up with the following renewal offer by lease terms…”

And then BAM! You get hit with a 24% (or whatever) rent increase (on top of an already high rent) after just one year. Speaking of which, here’s what one Yelper recently had to say about the NEMA. So many details!

I’ll tell you, lots of SF newcomers move into buildings without knowing that rent control won’t apply to them. And they don’t know the first thing about rental deposit refunds until they hit for charges that they don’t have to pay and that they shouldn’t pay. IMO.

And I’ll tell you, I don’t work for SFGov, so it’s not my job to “activate” the “New Market” “Streetscape” with umpty-up art displays. IMO. SFGov should focus on the basics.

JMO

Advice for San Francisco Newcomers: What’s “Rent Control?” It’s Something You Might Want – Not Now, But Next Year

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Or not. It’s hard to say how much rent control would benefit you next year once your lease is up.

But these days, there’s a ton of SF newcomers who are just figuring out the big benefit of RC.

Check it:

“Unfortunately most residents can’t afford to stay longer that 1 year. We’ve been living at Argenta for 10 months and have been very happy with the apartment. But we began to suspect that things weren’t quite right with management shortly after moving in. People we met in the elevator, lobby and our floor were all saying the same thing — rent had been raised to ridiculous heights and they were moving out. Over the last 10 months we have watched many of the tenants on our floor leave because of the rent increase.”

So that’s what you get with your brand-new building – a huge rent increase after your first year.

Generally speaking, older buildings have rent control and newer buildings do not. One exception is federal land, like Treasure Island and The Presidio. In those places, you can live in an older building but still get with huge rent increases.

Of course, it always pays to check.

Here’s a test – can you tell which places are rent controlled?

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You see, it’s hard.

Choose wisely.

ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF THE NEW “NEMA” BUILDING: A Massive Rent Increase is Coming Your Way – ‘Cause No Rent Control

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

But don’t take my word for it, listen to one of your neighbors at 8 Tenth Street, 94103, via the Yelp:

“Please read this if you are considering any non-rent control building in San Francisco. I wish someone had told me this when I moved to the city and chose Nema. Please consider this advice.

If you have visited Nema, you probably can tell that the management, amenities and staff are outstanding. You may also notice that everyone living in the building has just moved from another city or state. Here’s why:

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you rent in a non-rent control building, unless you can sign a multi-year lease. Could you afford a double digit rent increase? 50% rent increase? Is your income doubling next year? It seems far away now, but you will probably want to renew your lease. Now is the time to make a good decision about housing, not next year because you will be paying much more then.”

So basically, buildings built AFTER rent control came to San Francisco in 1979 don’t have no rent control. (The relevant date is printed on your landlord’s Occupancy Permit, but if your crib went up in 1980 or later, don’t even bother checking.)

That means that your friends renting units in older buildings will face a maximum annual rent increase limited to 60% of a certain Cost of Living Index dealing with the Bay Area. That means one-something percent per year.

OTOH, if you moved into the NeMA at $1950 per month last year (as some did, 2nd or 3rd floor, lousy view* – Unit 324, for example**) and your lease is coming up, consider that there are no units available now for less than $2800 (I’m srsly – some studios go for $4000+)

Are you, the NeMA renter, looking at a 40% rent increase soon? 

If not this year, what about the next year too? How long will it take to have a 40% increase for your unit, you know, cumulatively?

Sooner than you think Auslander.

Sooner than you think, Outlander.

Why don’t websites aimed at tourists and newcomers tell you this? Well, because they’re on the take from … The NEMA!

I assign this story to the San Francisco Chronicle – this one writes itself. (This would be a good CW Nevius, I’m seriously.)

*Compared with the rest of the units in the Nema.

**This was not a BMR (Below Market Rate) unit reserved for those people making less than $38,000 per year, no no. Those places went for around $950 per month. I’m talking about market rate units back when market rate was $1950 per month for the least desirable apartments at NeMA – that was all the way back in 2013. 

I Don’t Know, a Studio Apartment in the New NEMA “New Market” Building for $1950 Per Month Doesn’t Sound All That Crazy

Monday, June 24th, 2013

NEMA begins showings today.

Here’s Unit #324 at 469 square feet:

Based upon what bedbug-ridden studios in the Tenderloin go for these days, $1950 doesn’t sound all that cray-cray…

OMG, the New Nintendo Wii U is Here, the New Nintendo Wii U is Here! iPhone-ish Lines at Midnight

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This was the crowd at the 800 Market Game Stop near Stockton and Fourth last night as the midnight hour approached:

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This new Nintendo Wii U is news to me.

Check it:

OMG, Les Miserables Debuts, Once Again, at the Orpheum Theatre – Standing Ovations – A Really Big Show

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The debut of the 25th Anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES was a huge success at our Orpheum Theatre last night.

Man, this show is big.

(So, as I said yesterday, get your tickets at SHN now – they’re not getting any cheaper and this musical leaves us on August 26th, 2012.)

Now here’s Emily L’s review from the Orchestra Section’s Row U:

“Extraordinary musical! Les Miz is a beautiful story of a man’s life struggles, portraying bourgeois issues such as poverty, child abuse, prostitution and other political corruption in 1800 France. I was instantly enthralled from the very first scene of the show. This cast is amazing and captivating in every way. The voices went with each characters’ every movement and the visual sets were stunning. The orchestra seating was a special treat as the sound resonated throughout, spot on with the actors. In 2 hours, Les Miz will bring out smiles, pains, laughs, cries, ‘aww’s, and cheers – it’s a roller coaster ride definitely worth riding at least once!” 

So there you have it.

Les Miz reminds me of that other famous, long-running show, Phantom of the Opera, in a way. But guess who says Les Miz is “far superior?” It’s Steven Winn of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Vive ‘Les Miz': Pop opera returns to S.F.”

Now let’s hear from Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi, who also caught yesterday’s debut:

“Les Misérables @shnSF. Entire cast deserved standing ovation, but WOW -Javert @AndrewVarela525 & Jean Valjean @Peter_Lockyer – mesmerizing!”

And here’s Diane Dwyer of NBC Bay Area:

“Just saw #lesmiserables‬ @shnsf at the Orpheum – perfection – standing ovation .. Highly recommend it!”

All right, see you there!

“Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House” and many more.

For more information, visit: www.lesmiz.com.”

This could be you:

 

Starting Monday, Jon Kelley and Marla Tellez will Have the Noon News Early: It’s “NBC Bay Area News at 11AM!”

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Would you like your lunchtime news an hour early and from San Jose?

Well then, you’re in luck.

Marla Tellez on the Central Coast:

Via her FB.

The deets:

“SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 15, 2011 — NBC Bay Area today announced the launch of a new weekday newscast, “NBC Bay Area News at 11AM,” debuting Monday, September 19. Broadcast veteran Jon Kelley, host of Today in the Bay, will anchor the new newscast with NBC Bay Area’s Marla Tellez. The program will air following NBC’s Today Show.

Jon Kelley has spent more than 15 years in television journalism, covering news, sports and entertainment in a variety of roles. He’s won multiple awards for sports reporting, and played football for the University of Nebraska before beginning his broadcast journalism career.

Marla Tellez is a native San Franciscan who has covered news in Northern California for several years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Communications, and has won multiple Emmys for producing and reporting.

“This expansion of NBC Bay Area news allows us to serve our Bay Area viewers with more of the high-quality international, national and local coverage they’ve come to expect from us,” said Jonathan Mitchell, NBC Bay Area’s Vice President of News. “We’re excited that viewers will be able to join Jon and Marla in mid-day for an update on the day’s most important stories.” About NBC Owned Television Stations NBC Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 10 local television stations and their digital channels and websites, as well as a group of out-of-home properties and a production company. The 10 stations produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Connecticut, with a goal of connecting to their audiences anytime and anywhere.”

Now, who’ll do the weather for this show?

This is like the front page of the Daily Prophet, huh? It’s mesmerizing. It just keeps going and going…

Look at That S-Car Go! Forget About the SmartCar, You Need a Four-Seat 2012 Scion IQ – Coming October 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, San Francisco Toyota / San Francisco Scion has a clip from Golden Gate Park.]

All I know about the new 2012 Scion IQ is that it’s a total chick-magnet, and that it’s so small it’s going to be perfect for San Francisco.

See?

But I want to talk about the IQ’s distinctive S-curves, so ladies…

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…please clear out:

That’s an improvement, but I want people to be able to see the C-pillar

Tres chic,* Euros but…

Oh, here we go. See the S-shape between the side and rear windows? Look at that S-Car go! Zoom zoom.

So that’s how you’ll know you’ve spotted the new Scion IQ and not the old Smart Car.

Now, did you see these little cuties when the international motoring media showed up in the 415 for a test-drive not too long ago? I did. It went a little something like this. (You know, Scion could have picked anywhere in the world, but they chose us. Hurray!)

They’re calling it a 3+1 because the seat behind the driver is the smallest? It’s for “a child or a pet?” All right.

Of course the competing Smart Car is a just a two-seater. And the Smart isn’t made by Toyota, which is, of course, far and away, the best car manufacturer in the world.

In closing, hurray Scion IQ!

All the deets, after the jump.

*You know, I’ve been to a lot of car shows but I’ve never seen car show babe IRL – I must have missed that era. You’ll need to go to the Old World to see an old school car show it would seem. 

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Debut of Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market a Huge Success – Popular, If a Bit Pricey

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market kicked off yesterday and it’s already on the Yelp, believe it or not. A good time was had by all.

Mary Ladd has the deets on this latest way to grocery shop up in the Great White North. Check it.

 An anthropomorphic organic  hot dog/carrot welcomes you to the Safeway Gate at the back-door of Fort Mason:

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The mise-en-scene, not too far from our refugee Panhandle Bandshell. It’s big, baby.

Greens Restaurant is back there on the left. Mmmm….greens.

Is this a good price? No se.

Snap Pea-flavor Scream Sorbet -perche no?

And what else was up there but a mini showroom for Public Bikes, that joint from Dan Tan-Nguyen and others about town.

This event is a California Farmers’ Markets Association Certified Farmers’ Market, don’t you know:

It’ll run every Sunday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM all the way through October.

See you there!

Spectacular Little Mermaid Ends, New Shows at San Francisco Ballet Start April 8th

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Check out the San Francisco Ballet‘s Facebook Wall to see how much people liked Program 5, the Little Mermaid, the past week.

Programs 6 and 7 are coming up soon – get the deets on them below. They’re what you can see on a Friday or Saturday night for just a little bit more than the price of a movie theatre ticket.

O.K. then. Program 5 certainly was a spectacle. Check the reviews, below.

Yuan Yuan Tan as the Little Mermaid, by Erik Tomasson:

Allan Ulrich: Dance review: ‘Little Mermaid’ casts spell

Chloe Veltman: Taking a Children’s Tale to Dark New Depths

Janos Gereben: Dancing away Andersen’s ‘Mermaid’

Ann Murphy: Stunning ‘Mermaid’ flounders at times in S.F.

Rachel Howard: San Francisco Ballet Star Shines Under the Sea

Sean Martinfield: THE LITTLE MERMAID – “This Girl’s Got Everything!”

Becca Hirschman: SF Ballet’s The Little Mermaid Reviewed: It’s a Bewitching Tale

Barbara Koh: Review – The Little Mermaid

Katie Gaydos: San Francisco Ballet’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Dives into Dark Waters

And here’s what’s coming up:

Program 6

“Haffner” Symphony
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Translating Mozart’s elegance and warmth into visible patterns, Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner” Symphony is a gracious celebration of effervescence and refinement.

Read the program notes.

Underskin – New!
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella

Set to a complex, passionate composition by Arnold Shoenberg, Renato Zanella’s world premiere, Underskin, is an emotional voyage through mysterious and deep emotions.
 
Read the program notes.

Russian Seasons
Composer: Leonid Desyatnikov
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky

Following its SF Ballet premiere last season, Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons is a work of both reflection and evolution as classical poses unravel into contemporary gestures.

Read
the program notes.
 
Thu Apr 8, 8pm* | Sat Apr 10, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 13, 8pm | Fri Apr 16, 8pm* | Sun, Apr 18, 2pm* | Wed Apr 21, 7:30pm
 
Total running time: 2:16
 
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Thu, Apr 8, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 13, 2010, 8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 16, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 18, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 7:30 PM

 

Program 7

Rush©
Composer: Bohuslav Martinu
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Set to a forceful and energetic score by Bohuslav Martinu, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush sweeps, swirls, and flows with sophisticated movement.

Read the program notes.

Classical Symphony – New!
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

 
For his ninth work for SF Ballet, Yuri Possokhov turns to his roots with Classical Symphony, a neoclassical flow of patterns, dancers, and space.

Read
the program notes.

The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody)
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins

Returning this year, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert is a truly fun-filled parody and stroke of choreographic genius.

Read
the program notes.
 
Fri Apr 9, 8pm* | Sun Apr 11, 2pm* | Wed Apr 14, 7:30pm• | Thu Apr 15, 8pm | Sat Apr 17, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 20, 8pm
 
Total time: 1:56
 
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Fri, Apr 9, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 11, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 14, 2010, 7:30 PM

Thu, Apr 15, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 8:00 PM