Posts Tagged ‘ft. mason’

Do You Think the Rich White People of the Marina District Want a Ferry Landing at Fort Mason? Hells No!

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Our National Park Service is thinking about moving the Alcatraz ferry landing from Fisherman’s Wharf to Fort Mason. And maybe they’d go to other places like the Marin Headlands or Sausalito.

Sounds all right to me, but the Marina Community Association is not pleased with the idea of all those non-white people messing things up in the Great White North of San Francisco.

Now, let’s hear from the King of the NIMBYs, District Two Supervisor Mark Farrell:

Check it:

“Adding the potential of 5,000 visitors per day or 35,000 visitors per week will more than double the population of the Marina…”

Except that adding the potential of 5,000 visitors per day or 35,000 visitors per week would not more than double the population of the Marina.

So there’s that.

Anyway, go for it, Feds, go for Fort Mason, why not?

All the deets:

Notice Of Intent To Prepare An Environmental Impact Statement For Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation Site.

In accordance with § 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and pursuant to the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-08), the National Park Service (NPS) is initiating the conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process for the proposed establishment of a long-term ferry embarkation site for passenger ferry service between the northern San Francisco waterfront and Alcatraz Island. In addition to considering the Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation site, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will also evaluate potential for a secondary ferry transit service offering a cross-bay connection from the San Francisco embarkation site to Sausalito and/or Fort Baker. NPS is the lead federal agency for the environmental review under NEPA, and is developing the project in coordination with the Port of San Francisco (Port) and City and County of San Francisco (City) planning and transportation agencies.Show citation box

As set forth in 36 CFR 800.8(c), the NPS is also using the NEPA process to fulfill certain provisions of § 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act related to consultation and public involvement. In addition, the NPS has requested that the Port and the City be cooperating agencies for the EIS. In the event that a site on Port property is identified as the preferred alternative, environmental review of the project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) would be required, and would be initiated at a later date.Show citation box

All scoping comments must be postmarked or transmitted not later than July 31, 2012.Show citation box

Background: Alcatraz Island, the site of pre-Civil War fortifications, was the nation’s first military prison. It later became the most notorious maximum security penitentiary in the United States, and subsequently was the site of the occupation that helped ignite the movement for American Indian self-determination. Over 1.4 million people visit Alcatraz Island annually from the existing ferry embarkation site at Pier 311/2in San Francisco, managed by Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation EIS will build upon several studies completed by NPS, the Port, the City, the State of California, and the California Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA; formerly the Water Transit Authority).Show citation box

A 2011 draft feasibility study identified potential sites for consideration located among GGNRA, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the northern Embarcadero. The sites studied included Port piers 191/2, 291/2, 311/2, 41, and 45, and GGNRA piers 1, 2, 3, and 4 at Fort Mason. If suggested during scoping, other sites that meet the project purpose and need could also be considered. The draft feasibility study and subsequent investigations also analyzed the surrounding area, identified the programs and facilities needed to operate the sites, existing conditions at the sites, and criteria to evaluate the sites.Show citation box

The NPS seeks to secure a site on the northern San Francisco waterfront that provides for a long-term (50 years or more) orientation and ferry embarkation facility for visitors to Alcatraz Island. NPS desires an identifiable, adequate, and quality visitor welcome and support area that begins to connect visitors to Alcatraz history, GGNRA, and the national park system. The NPS also seeks to establish ferry connections between the embarkation site and existing piers at Sausalito and/or at Fort Baker, which is managed by GGNRA.Show citation box

The need for the project is driven by the following factors:Show citation box

  • Alcatraz ferry service is currently subject to location changes every 10 years which has led to visitor confusion, community concerns, and inconsistency in visitor support services.Show citation box
  • Ability to make improvements at the existing site is constrained by lease provisions between the Port and the concessioner, with substantial amounts of revenue spent on rent, reducing the amount available to invest on Alcatraz and other GGNRA sites.Show citation box
  • The condition of existing facilities constrains and negatively affects NPS and the concessioners’ abilities to create a recognizable identity and quality visitor experience.Show citation box
  • The current facility has insufficient space to appropriately orient visitors to Alcatraz or provide information to the many visitors who are unable to visit Alcatraz.Show citation box
  • There is very limited opportunity to provide cross-bay ferry service to other GGNRA areas.Show citation box

The objectives for this project include creating a ferry embarkation site that:Show citation box

  • Establishes a long-term (50 years or more) primary location for visitor access to Alcatraz Island.Show citation box
  • Is economically feasible and sustainable, and generates revenue for investment on Alcatraz and other park facilities and visitor programs.Show citation box
  • Accommodates critical visitor and operational programs and facilities, and provides for efficient land and vessel operations.Show citation box
  • Provides an identifiable area for quality welcome, orientation, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, scenic and recreational resources of Alcatraz, the larger GGNRA, and the national park system.Show citation box
  • Provides facilities for cross-bay ferry service to accommodate existing and future visitor demand for travel to Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods, and the Marin Headlands.Show citation box

Public Scoping Comments and Further Information: This notice serves to formally open the agency and public scoping comment phase for this EIS. Key impact topics which are expected to be addressed in the EIS include transportation, visitor experience, aesthetics, economics, cultural resources, natural resources, and air quality—however, agencies, members of the public, and interested organizations are encouraged to provide any comments on the spectrum of issues and concerns that should be addressed. Respondents will also assist with defining a suitable range of alternatives; advise on the nature and extent of potential environmental impacts, including natural, cultural, socioeconomic and other topics; and suggest possible mitigation strategies that would reduce potential impacts from project development.Show citation box

Several public scoping meetings will be scheduled in San Francisco and Marin Counties. Meeting dates, times, and locations will be publicized through local and regional news media, by email to the park mailing list (to be included on the EIS email list, please visit: www.nps.gov/goga and click the “Join the Mailing List” link), and via the project Web site http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ALCAembarkation. This Web site will also provide relevant information, including the project description, planning process updates, meeting notices, reports and documents, and useful links associated with the project. You may also contact theGGNRA Planning Division at goga_planning@nps.gov or (415) 561-4700 for further information.Show citation box

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be mailed to the following address: Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Attn: Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation EIS, Fort Mason, Bldg. 201, San Francisco, CA 94123. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.Show citation box

Decision Process: At this time, it is anticipated that the Draft EIS will be available for public review in mid-2013. Availability of the document for review will be announced by the publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, through local and regional news media, via the project Web site, and by email to project email recipients. Additional public meetings will be held after the Draft EIS is distributed to provide further opportunities to comment on the proposed project. Following due consideration of all comments received on the Draft EIS, preparation of the Final EIS is anticipated to be completed in 2014. As a delegated EIS, the official responsible for the final decision regarding the proposed ferry embarkation site is the NPS Regional Director, Pacific West Region. Subsequently, the official responsible for implementation will be the GGNRA Superintendent.Show citation box

Dated: April 6, 2012.

Patricia L. Neubacher,

Acting Regional Director, Pacific West Region.

OMG, Get Your Tickets Now for the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason! Sunday, April 17th

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Once again, it‘s on.

Deets below.

Here’s what it looked like last year:

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And here’s somebody’s shot from 2008. (Not sure if you can get your body painted if you show up in a bathing suit but, you know, anything’s possible…}

All the deets:

“The lips of Bay Area food and wine lovers are again tingling in anticipation and excitement as TasteTV prepares for the return of the 5th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon on April 17th, www.SFChocolateSalon.com.

An unforgettable chocolate stimulus for their tastebuds, chocolate aficionados, fanatics, lovers and addicts will taste & enjoy the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate in one of the world’s great culinary metropolitan areas.

Featuring a delicious selection chosen and curated by the Organizers, International CHOCOLATESALON participants include over 50 master chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans.

The 5th Annual San Francisco International CHOCOLATE SALON participants include The Tea Room chocolate, Guittard Chocolate Company, Christopher Michael Chocolates, Plumeria Flours, Saratoga Chocolates, Choclatique, DivineChocolate, Landru Chocolates, Alter Eco Fair TradeChocolate, Goat Milk Candy Company, Snake & Butterfly, Clarine’s Florentines, Salt Side Down Chocolates, Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe, Neo Cocoa, Fabrica de ChocolateMomotombo, CocoTutti, Her Coconess Confections, Marti Chocolatt, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Gateau et Ganache, Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates, Vice Chocolates, Socola Chocolatier, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Cacao AtlantaChocolate Co., William Dean Chocolates, Seattle ChocolateCompany, Jade Chocolates, Kika’s Treats, CJ’s Toffee and Toppings, Valrhona Chocolates, Pure Dark, Taza Chocolate, 5th Avenue Chocolatiere, New Tree, Madecasse, Sterling Confections, Lulu’sChocolate, Quady Winery, Punk Dog Wines, Sol Rouge / Winery Collective, Greater Purpose, The Winery SF, and the East Bay Vintner’s Alliance, including R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine Company, Respite Wines, and more.

NEW CELEBRITY SPEAKER ADDED

Q&A with a Chocolate Master, Chef Stephen Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America, and contestant on the Food Network’s “World Chocolate Masters” (12:45 PM)

IN THE NEWS

This week catch chocolatier Jim Martin of Sterling Chocolates on the Food Network’s program, “Kid in a Candy Store” (“Whimsical Chocolates” episode). Also on television, Bill Brown of William Dean Chocolates is once again on HSN (see previous video)

More about the SF Chocolate Salon in LA Times TravelFlavorPillSFStation.com944 MagazineSF.Eater.com, and more.

Advance Tickets available through April 16th for 25 USD, while quantities last. (Tickets are 30 USD at Door) at www.SFChocolateSalon.com.

UPCOMING CHOCOLATE SALONS

To view a schedule of other upcoming TasteTV Chocolate Salons in Seattle, Napa, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and more, go to www.LuxuryChocolateSalon.com

See you there!

How to Deal With Hollywood Jackholes What STILL Haven’t Paid “Contagion” Film Extras Since February

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Now it was a little funny earlier this year when a high level person at Rich King* Casting started quoting sub-minimum wages for extras in that new Contagion movie starring, I don’t know, everybody, you know, these people right here (and let’s throw in Famous Movie Director Steven Soderbergh too – he’s a luminary as well):

But then somebody, no not somebody from the local Film Commish and not any MSM reporters (who don’t seem to be aware of what the minimum wage is in the place where they live and work), but somebody up here in the 415 got word down to Los Angeles County about The Law ‘n stuff.

So fine, the RKC people changed their minds and decided to pay extras “$80″ for up to eight hours (and then they finally did the math and decided that $79.36 would be the wage, cause, you know, después de todos, dinero es dinero.)

But now word comes that RKC thinks it’s OK to pay people up to six weeks** later?

And the extras still haven’t all been paid?

And RKC is ignoring contact attempts from said extras?

Could all this be true?

Well let’s hear from a Real Life Contagion Extra:

“I got in the film as well, but its now mid April, and I have not seen the payment in the 6 weeks that the casting company stated. Got my work receipt right here – would be nice if someone from this casting agency would follow up with my contact attempts.

“It was still a really cool day either way. I got to see an amazing set up of the set @ Candlestick and didn’t mind standing/sitting around all day. That is what background extras do. All of these girls were being very rude that day saying “when are we going to meet the stars”, and “I can’t believe they are making us stand around”, and “come on! I wan’t to be in the movie already!! Shortly after one of the assistants heard those remarks, our group was dismissed for the afternoon. It is like they never listened to what they told us at the casting meeting at Fort Mason, or the information the casting directors told us over the phone when they offered us the part. I did not get an email confirmation after that day, but a personal phone call.

Would be nice to see my check, but I will give them a bit more time to respond since I bet the other 5,000 are hounding them as well. I mean come on – I am on unemployment – it would be nice to have the $79 bucks right now, but I can wait a bit”

Now, isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think, that a company what has a cavalier attitude about at least one kind of wage and hour rule would drag its feet about making payments? (Well, maybe not, in my experience.)

Anyway, all you non-union extras ought to form a union or something so you can start playing hardball with the Hollywood vanga vanga.

So why don’t you pay all your extras ASAP, Rich King Casting? Like posthaste or something.

Thank you.

Now, speaking of Hollywood, wouldn’t you like to see a list of all the movies that Steven Soderbergh has seen the past twelve months? Sure you would. See it after the jump.

*Forget about Obama’s birth certificate – I want to see the one with “Rich King” printed on it, and oh, Sandy Beach too, I want to see one of those as well – I think Hollywood still has a few guys around with that name.

**I should make a horror film – it’ll be about the horrors of Regular People dealing with Hollywood People. It’ll be called 42 Days Later.

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What a Sec, Could the America’s Cup Result in the Return of the E-Line to the Presidio? Hurray! SPUR Wants Spur

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Put down your corn flakes and brace yourselves, you Marina NIMBYs. ‘Cause it turns out that the America’s Cup, that “Gift From God” Herself, might result in the re-opening of our moribund Fort Mason Rail Tunnel.

Will streetcars end up going all the way to the Presidio’s Main Post? Will they turn the Marina Green into something like Powell Station?

Who knows. Maybe.

OMG, the E!

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Now they’re talking about just an F-Line extension now, but once that tunnel’s open again, it’ll be Katie Bar The Door, it’ll be Run For The Hills, Ma Barker.

Take it away, SPUR.org:

“1.Build the F-Line extension to Fort Mason. Cup organizers expect 200,000 to amillion visitors per day to the events. To deliver effective public transportation services to the on-shore spectator areas, we must invest in rail. There simply is no way to add enough vehicle volume to accommodate those numbers. The extension of the historic F-line streetcar to Fort Mason would serve the anticipated spectator venues from Crissy Field to Aquatic Park. With support, creative financing, and expedient action, it is entirely possible for the project to be completed in time. For proof, one need only look to Seattle, whose streetcar line went from a policy decision to construction to operation in less than two and a half years. And it covers four times the distance of the proposed San Francisco extension.”

Remember, the F Extension will lead to the E, and that rhymes with T and that stands for trouble, or something.

Good News for You Extras Working Matt Damon’s “Contagion” Movie: You’re Getting a Pay Rise – Now, $80 Per Day

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Turns out that you extras working on the local Contagion shoots are going to get $80 per working day instead of the $64 that Rich King Productions was talking about the other day.

Simply, the people at JKP were unaware that S.F. has its own minimum wage of $9.92 per hour.

Anyway they’re back down in Los Angeles now, but they’ve just sent a message to me how they going to pay $80 for starters and then more after the first eight hours, if necessary.

Break a leg!

Attention Extras in that Matt Damon “Contagion” Movie: SF Minimum Wage is $9.92 Per Hour

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: It's all good, hard-working extras. Just got the call from Down South about how you all are going to get at least $80 per working day. They were all apologetic, saying stuff like, "Thanks, you really saved our bacon on this one." Turns out that San Francisco County is the only place in the entire state what has a higher-than-CA min. wage.]  

That means that $64 ($8 times 8 hours) isn’t going to cut it, right?

Remember those “unfortunate,” “innocent” 18-year-old faux prostitutes in Chinatown from the time that horrible Trauma series came to the 415 all lies and jest? Those people got paid way more than $64 a day – it was close to $80. So why should you Contagion extras get paid any less?

Is it possible that Rich King* Casting doesn’t know the minimum wage in the area where it’s casting?

Yup!

Those playing hos back in ought-nine got paid minimum wage, so why not you?

Feel the excitement:

(And the beauty part is that there are “no fees to apply” Really? No fees to stand around for hours trying to get a gig that doesn’t pay minimum wage? Sweet, Thanks Rich King Casting.)

So, extras, practice this line: “I knows I gots to get paid!”

Start chanting all together and then your $64 paychecks will increase to $79.36 paychecks tout de suite.

Of course, if they take you to the East Bay or if they shoot on Federal land(?) in the 415, well then maybe you won’t get your full $9.92 per hour. But they’re talking about filming at Candlestick Park and Chinatown,** where San Francisco laws are in full effect.

In closing, these pretzels are making me thirsty!***

Extras Needed for New Matt Damon Film “Contagion”
Filming in SF February 9-19, 2011
Casting Call
- 1/29/11 Fort Mason,
- 1/30/11 Embarcadero YMCA

Filming starts on February 9th and goes through the 19th. Before shooting though, we will be coming to San Francisco to do an open casting call for those who may be interested in working on this film on Jan 29th and 30th. We are looking for Men and Women all shapes, sizes, types and ethnicities to be background performers for this feature.

We look forward to offering the opportunity for fun,exciting PAID work to San Francisco and Bay Area area residents. We will be casting lots of locals in the production.

The date and times for the open call castings are:

January 29, 2011 (2pm-6pm)
FORT MASON CENTER
Landmark Building C
Room C260

and

January 30, 2011 (10am-4pm)
Embarcadero YMCA

All applicants need only a pen, a small photo of themselves and a great attitude. It’s as easy as that!

>> For more information about the casting call: 415-373-4202

*C’mon, “Rich King?” I suppose that’s better than Sandy Beach or something. (Never trust anyone from the movie biz.)

**Contagion in Chinatown? Hey, remember SARS? Restaurant owners would come out on Grant and to try to, physically, pull diners inside.  Bad times.

***That’s from the comments section on SFGate. (Kramer was going to be more than an extra on that Woody Allen film, but anyway…)

Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon 2010 at Fort Mason a Huge Success

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Last weekend’s Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason was smaller than the one we had in earlier this year, but, nevertheless, a huge success anyway.

You had to wait your turn but there were free samples galore for all attendees.

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A new one: Momotombo, Momotombo, Momotombo!

See you next year!

San Francisco Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon Coming to Fort Mason Sunday, Nov. 14th – Tickets Still Available

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

San Francisco’s Fall Chocolate Salon starts at 10:00 AM on Sunday, November 14th, 2010.

It’ll look just like this, except maybe a little smaller this go around.

Get your tickets here.

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See you there!

The whole deal comes from the Taste TV people, who are taking their TASTY Awards show south this year for the second annual:

“Congratulation the Bay Area Nominees for the 2nd Annual TASTY Awards. The TASTY Awards celebrates the year’s best in food, fashion and home lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, and Online. Last year it was in San Francisco at the Kabuki, and the next one in January will be in Hollywood.
The nominees were announced on Tuesday.  Local nominees are:

Thirsty Girl TV (Leslie Sbrocco)
CHOW.com
The Culinary Institute of America (in Napa)
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (Food Network – Guy Fieri)
Farmers’ Market Gourmet (Cindy Harris)
What Would Brian Boitano Make? (Food Network)
Food Wishes
Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef (PBS)
FoodCrafters (Cooking Channel – Aida Mollekamp’s show)
The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network – Tyler Florence’s show)
Check Please, Bay Area (PBS/KQED)
Fresh the Movie  [Michael Pollan’s movie)”

Septemberfest? Hurray for Oktoberfest by the Bay, Which Will Have Lower Ticket Prices for 2010

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I’m already on the record about my opinion of Oktoberfest by the Bay, that annual joint held at Pier 48 in the SoMA. However, I’m compelled to cheer about that fact that this year’s event (which, for some reason, will go down in September, from the 23rd to the 26th) will have slightly lower ticket pricing.

It’s up to you all to decide: OBTB, Is It Worth It?

(I’ll also note that their Yelp rating is fairly low, despite some fairly obvious five-star shilling from 20% of the Yelpers voting.)

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Anyway, hurray for lower pricing. And check out their coupon/discount deals on the less popular days.

As always, be on the look out for the Jagermeister Jagerettes:

via Augie Schwer

They’ll be sure to have expensive test tubes full of der Jager for sale, assuming they show this year:

Or you can go the cheap route and get pre-loaded before entrance. Your choice:

via YoHandy

See you there! (Maybe.)

Gemutlichkeit Night
Thursday, September 23, 2010 — $25 Admission includes the first beer and a Bratwurst in a bun dinner. We can even reserve tabes for groups of ten or more!Gemutlichkeit Night
 Fabulous Friday!
$10 Off Admission
Friday, September 24, 2010 — Grab your friends and head down after work.Use promo code: oktoberFabulous Oktoberfest Fridays
 German Day Sunday
2-for-1 or 50% Off Tickets
Sunday, September 26, 2010 — Fun for the whole family.Use promo code: funday2-for-1 Oktoberfest Sunday

Norway Day Festival 2010 Comes to San Francisco This Weekend – May 1-2, 2010

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Have you been to Norway? The whole place is filled with Beautiful People – everybody looks like they are or they used to be Abercrombe & Fitch models. Well, guess what, this weekend Norway is coming to the Bay Area and YOU”RE invited.

It’s Norway Day Festival 2010 and it’s coming to San Francisco’s Fort Mason this weekend, Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd, 2010! It’s as cheap as nine bucks to get in, or something. (Pretty cheap compared to Oktoberfest By The Bay or something.)

Typical Norwegians. They’ll be there, just like last year:
 
 
via Bea Ahbeck
 
And best of all, Tom Perkins will be there too, giving the keynote. And straight outta Osloartist Kristine Maudal, who came to SoMA last year to do Norwegian Instant Art, will also be there. Here’s her release:  Other Rhythms_press_eng 
 
And bonus, free Iced lattes from Seattle’s Best Coffee. The big red fridge will be there in Fort Mason giving cold cans away on both days.
 
All right, see you there!
 
2010 Norway Day Festival Schedule
 
Saturday, May 1
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Time Event
 10:00 a.m.  Festival Opens
 10:45 a.m.  Opening Ceremonies w/National Anthems
 11:00 a.m.  Entertainment Begins on Main Stage & in Pub
 6:00 p.m.  Last Entry Into Festival
 7:00 p.m.  Festival Closes
 8:30 p.m.  Evening Concert Event at Cafe Du Nord

Sunday, May 2
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Time Event
 10:00 a.m.  Festival Opens
 11:00 a.m.  Entertainment Begins on Main Stage
 12:00 p.m.  Entertainment Begins in Pub
 4:30 p.m.  Raffle on Main Stage
 5:00 p.m.  Festival Closes