Posts Tagged ‘Douglas Shorenstein’

Shameful Twitter Corporate Welfare Zone Update: Mirkarimi in the Sainted New York Times – Plus, Where’s the TL?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

One of these days, I’ll tell you about the time I first saw Ross Mirkarimi at a fund-raiser with special guest that-Hollywood-guy-what-climbed-up-the-Golden-Gate-Bridge-to-protest-something (think that incident was around 2002 or so and the fund-raiser was back in 2003). I was thinking, “Gee, why isn’t this Mirkarimi guy famous already?”

Anywho, let’s fast-forward to 2011 and catch this bit from your District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in the SNYT:

“A Pandora’s box has already been opened,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, a member of the Board of Supervisors’ budget and finance committee, who has expressed concern about tailoring legislation for one company. “We’ve been going about this the wrong way,” he said.

Yes, we certainly have, Ollie.

Moving on.

Now, can somebody explain why the Newsom / Shorenstein / Twitter building, which is right there on the way to the Costco, right there on the corner of 10th and Market, is considered a part of the Tenderloin by some?

Actually, the new Twitter building is south of Civic Center, which is south of the crime-ridden Uptown Tenderloin. How will the Twitterers get there for mandatory ethnic* lunch? Will there be a shuttle? I gots to know.

Oh, here’s the official map, from always wildly optimistic SF OEWD:

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Who’s drawing the borders of the Twitter Mid-Market/Tenderloin Corporate District? Who decides which buildings to include? Who’s telling the map drawer how to draw the map? Is gerrymandering going on?


*I looked at the proposed Community Benefits District in a sidebar of the physical San Francisco Examiner yesterday and spotted two potential lawsuits in two seconds. I can get more specific when the details of the CBD get more specific, you know, whenever that happens…


Mid-Market Corporate Welfare – Nevius vs. Daly CCLXI – Smart Women Foolish Choices – Twitter, Don’t Be Evil

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Oh, that’s right, Twitter, you never promised not to be evil, so go ahead, choose evil. And as a matter of fact, why don’t you just tell us right now, you know, since, apparently, you feel you’re carrying the water for the entire 415, how much of our money you need? Why stop at $5, 10, 20, or 40 mil? What about $100,000,000 or even $1,000,000,000? You’ll get your eight figures of corporate welfare but you think deserve more, right?

Everybody’s laughing at you Twitter, everybody in Counties Mateo and Clara. Can you hear the laughter? “HA-HA,” they’re saying. Twitter can’t make it on its own, they’re saying.

So let’s free up the headline from “Twitter, Don’t Be Evil,” and substitute “Plagiarizing Steven T. Jones.” Thusly:

“Yet Mirkarimi and others also say integrity has already been lacking from a process he called “sleazy,” with properties being added willy-nilly to the tax-exclusion zone by a private power broker with an apparent conflict of interest; no fiscal analysis given to the Muni line, police foot patrols, and other perks promised to Twitter; and little thought given to the bad precedent this sets for other businesses (a point given real resonance today when Bay Citizen reported that Zynga is also threatening to leave the city if it doesn’t get a deal similar to Twitter’s).”

Well, that just about covers the bases, huh? Moving on…

What’s the point of having intelligent women in local government  if the process of how they got there makes them so beholden to the process that got them there? Oh well.

Now Nevius, you can’t blame Chris Daly for everything for ever, right? That train has left the station. But you are correct about the shakedown issue – why can’t each and every Supe go to some taxpaying entity and say, “Do a little community outreach in my district and for every dollar your spend, I’ll lower your taxes by $10,” huh? Oh, and what about Zygna and all the others – you forgot about them, right? And do you think Mark Farrell or somebody would agree to buy a house or a car first and only then negotiate the terms? What good is there in electing “fiscal conservatives” if they don’t treat the Wealth of the People, of the Commons, as if it were their own? Mmmm. And what about all the failed programs in the area that have already been tried – aren’t they worth a mention? And is the Mid-Market Corporate Welfare Zone really an example of “market failure,” really? Isn’t it an example of government failure instead? And while you’re pondering that, why don’t we just buy out your buddy Randy Shaw right now? Just take the $80,000,000 all for yourself, RS, and leave town and never come back. (Two things San Francisco would have been better off without are Redevelopment and Randy Shaw, Inc., oh well. And the funny thing is that we paid small fortunes for both. Even if they had come for free we’d have been better off without them.)

And, oh, one more topic. Let’s go all the way back to 1880’s-style corporate welfare in San Francisco. That particular bit of improper  favoritism got struck down by the United States Supreme Court. But who’ll save us from the mess?

And, oh, Lady Gaga came by, huh? Well, good for you, Twitter.

Good for you.

Twitter + Jane Kim + Randy Shaw + Douglas Shorenstein = San Francisco Corruption = Corporate Welfare

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Hey Twitter, it’s me, San Francisco. You know what would really help right now would be if you all wrote a kind of fake ransom note, a letter threatening to move away from the 415 unless we carve out a tax break just for you and a few other select corporations. Kind of an extortion-between-friends kind of thing.

Twitter: You mean like this?

Sure, that’s it, that hits the spot. We’ll have our people change a few of the lines, just a little editing. And then we’ll add that on top of this bullshit report that assumes things that just aren’t going to happen and then we’ll call it a day, we’ll say it’s good enough for government work.

Wow, man, like wow.

Hey Twitter, don’t you want you to see if you can make it without government subsidies?

Who knows? Maybe you would be happier in San Mateo County.

Who can turn the world on with its smile?
Who can take a nothing site, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you Twitter, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all (with a little bit of 8-figure* corporate welfare)
You’re gonna make it after all (with a little bit of 8-figure corporate welfare)

How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, Twitter this time you’re all alone
But it’s time you started living
It’s time you let someone else do some giving

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all (with a little bit of 8-figure corporate welfare)
You’re gonna make it after all (with a little bit of 8-figure corporate welfare)

*Seven, Six, Five, who knows? But Twitter, you will never employ 6000 people in San Francisco, even if you count in all those “some college” people you say you’re going to hire… (OTOH, WiFi for Civic Center, ooh that’d be nice! Don’t screw up that implementation, Twitter.)