Posts Tagged ‘gavin newsom’

American-Made Storm Grates Put Out of Work by the Foreign Competition: SFGOV Tells You to “Shop And Dine” the 47 Square Miles of Frisco, BUT…

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

…it itself buys stuff from overseas.

See? This one’s from AJAX FOUNDRY of 45 Clementina, SF, CALIF:

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But this one’s from, well, simply, CHINA?

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I’ll tell you, if SFGov really wanted to, it could get these grates from closer to home, but apparently it don’t really want to.

One might think the greater SFGov entity was loaded with Frisco-centric contract steerers and multitudes of buy locallers, but I guess not. Not really.

Hey, remember when a former Mayor, the dude who pleaded with local families to not pick up and move to Neighboring County X, you know, back when he was Mayor, but then after he was no longer Mayor, packed and moved to … the very same Neighboring  County X. Isn’t it ironic?

Dont’cha think?

Anyway, that dude was the one who said that one of the reasons why the Santa Clara 49ers football team should no longer call itself the 49ers is because SF is 49 square miles, so this was like our trademark or something. But IRL, Frisco ain’t 49 sq mi, it’s 46.something. So did / does our dull-witted former Mayor actually believe the 49 square miles bit, like he’s DJT and somebody told him something was true one time, so he believes it?

You know, you can’t really tell.

Anyway, Shop and Dine the 49 should be Shop and Dine the 47, and in any event, SFGov shouldn’t be lecturing ppl on this issue anyway, IMO.

(It’s always Amazon Prime members who are lecturing you about Buying Local, in’nt? Or maybe it just seems that way. All these Shop Dine 49ers should have a ceremony where ppl could burn their Amazon Prime cards, IMO.)


MIschief Managed: “OVER 3 TONS” Route Prohibition Signs Replaced by “OVER 5 TONS” – So Now Large SUV’s are A-OK

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Allow me to explain.

Take a look at this, from back in The Aughts:

SF Mayor’s Hybrid SUV is So Heavy it Needs an Exemption to be Legal on Many Streets

And then take a look at this, from college-boy Andy Bowers:

California’s SUV Ban

Anyway, that was then and this is now:

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Now this sign aint in Frisco, but it’s the logical fix.

So if regular old SUV’s start to come close to being too heavy (be it actual weight, or curb weight, or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) for existing laws, well then simply change the laws, right?

Five tons is way heavy.  Even the massive Ford Excursion, which left us some dozen years ago  is under 5 tons no matter how you  slice it.

Anyway, that solves this intractable problem.

(So if Gavin Newsom ever visits town again and wants to see his old crib on Masonic, and he wants to get there in a large black SUV (as is his wont) he’d be barred from going up there using Masonic as a couple of the blocks up there still bar passage of OVER 3 TONS vehicles, I’m srsly. The quick fix for Frisco would be a bump to five tons, easy peasy)


“Vote Yes on Prop Q?” – There’s No Way This Is Going To Work – Kennedyesque v. Nixonian

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Here you go:


Yep yep:

Ultimately, this isn’t about helping homeless people. It’s about getting Mark Farrell’s name out there as a “homeless advocate” so that he can run for Mayor, similar to how Gavin Newsom did with 2002’s “Care Not Cash.”

And our San Francisco Chronicle is AGAINST Prop Q?

Game over, Man! GAME OVER!

If Eric Mar’s “Tech Tax” is a “Job-Killing Measure,” Then Why Did Former Mayor Gavin Newsom Sign a Very Similar Tax into Law in 2004?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Here you go, the News of the Day:

3 SF supervisors move to put tech tax on November ballot By Emily Green

And here’s the reaction:

I am appalled at the political vindictiveness of this proposed measure,” said Alex Tourk, a spokesman for San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation, a coalition of tech companies.

Supervisor Mark Farrell called it “the worst idea I’ve heard in months.”

Deirdre Hussey, spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Lee, called it a “job-killing measure.” She added that the measure “upends the grand bargain” made between business and labor that ultimately led voters to eliminate the payroll tax in 2012.

And let’s note that:

[District One Supervisor Eric] Mar’s proposal would deem stock option compensation when a company goes public as taxable payroll.

All right, all I’ve done so far is simply read the news to you. But now let’s travel back to a time when former Mayor Gavin Newsom, another Right-Of-Center Willie Brown Appointee Who Somehow Ended Up Mayor, signed into law the very same 1.5% stock options tax. So put on your white shoes and dance the blues – it’s Pillsbury, bitches:


On February 19, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom approved recent changes to San Francisco’s Business Tax ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on February 19, 2004. These changes become effective March 20, 2004, 30 days after signing by the Mayor.

…the amendments also contain significant changes such as … including stock options in the definition of payroll expense.

So, was Gavin Newsom’s stock options tax a “job-killing measure” back in 2004 the way the same tax is being portrayed here in 2016?

That’s my question – I don’t know how ppl would answer.

But I’m thinking that if this 2016 proposal gets enacted and you’re a “tech* company,” whatever that is, going IPO in Frisco will cost you millions, just as Gavin Newsom wanted back in aught-four.

So that means that Gav was a job killer, right?

*What’s a tech company? IDK. What’s a pit bull?

Ferry Bocce: Historic OccupySF Site Now Used for Bocce Ball – A Playground for Children was the Alternative

Friday, June 17th, 2016

I’ve never seen this bocce court at the south end of Justin Herman Plaza used for league play, but it looks like somebody’s making a stab at it now.

This was in the middle of the day. serving alcohol to passersby?

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And here are your sponsors:

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Well at least they’re finally using this wasted space for something. Except for Occupy, this place has been a town for ghosts the past half-decade

A playground would have worked better here, IMO. They put one in at the extreme north end at Washington, yes, but what I’m saying is that a playground would have worked better here…

Indecisive Unions: Who’s Responsible for the $15 CA Minimum Wage – Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee or Lt Gov Gavin Newsom?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

I’m not sure what the point of these giants ads is.

Anyway, here’s what you can now see in Frisco:

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And here’s what you now see in, well, it’s not exactly Sacramento, but let’s call it that, close enough:

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I don’t think we’re meant to see both these political ads.

Frisco Loses “Hometown Airline,” “Thousands of Jobs” – Let’s Look at Excessive Hype for SFO the Past Decade – QANTAS and Vaunted A380

Monday, April 4th, 2016

1. Here’s the news:

Alaska Air Agrees to Buy Virgin America for $2.6 Billion

Does this airline deal “make sense?” IDK, we’ll see.

But let’s now take the chance to take a look at the hype over Virgin America nine years ago, when the Mayor of SF boasted of the “thousands of jobs” what would come from our “hometown airline.”

Flip to the next page to see that.

2. What else, oh the already-failed Airbus A380, the “green” plane what was “going to change everything.” From 2006:

These (A380) aircraft are also very efficient.

But no, not at all, not really. Actually, that’s the problem – A380’s aren’t all that efficient.

Now, did it make sense for SFO to prepare for the arrival of the A380 starting 10-20 years ago? IDK, perhaps, since the feds were paying for most of the work. But this plane certainly was not the future of air travel, as should have obvious to anyone a decade ago.

3. What else, oh, QANTAS.

The airline plans to bring its A380 aircraft to San Francisco on a regular basis in the next few years.

Hey, did this work out? No, not at all. In fact, QANTAS completely abandoned SFO a short time later. It preferred Texas(!) and, of course, Los Angeles, for various reasons.

(And that’s the way it’s been since the 1950’s – QANTAS comes to SFO then starts losing money and then it leaves us and then it comes back to us. This really isn’t under the control of any local Mayors.)

Anyway, that’s how things have gone at SFO the past decade.


Just Saying, But Frisco Is NOT 49 Square Miles: Get Your Kicks in the 46 vs. “Shop & Dine in the 49”

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

First of all, let’s play a game of identifying the northernmost, southernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points of San Francisco. If you guess, you’re going to make mistakes.

Hint: They’re all islands, some are mere “rocks.”



All right, in no particular order, here are the answers:

Seal Rock, aka Saddle Rock

Red Rock

North Farallon Islands

Alameda Island

How’d you do? Check here.

Now, add up all the San Francisco County land area amidst these points and you’ll get 46.something square miles. Sry.

Anyway, this is wrong:

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So that’s your answer, 46 square miles. Oh, you want to round up to 47? OK. No but really you want to round up to 49, you know, for the poetry of it all?

Well, then why not round up to 50, or 100 square miles then?

Of course, back in the day, 49 square miles was a fair guess – 7×7 right? But the problem with that is geography. We were forgetting the Great San Francisco Bight, the part of SF’s northwestern corner that just aint there.

These days, of course, we have the tools to be accurate.

Just saying.

Mayor Ed Lee Decries Comparing the Super Bowl to the America’s Cup, But He Himself Does It – A Lot – Examples

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Here’s 2016:

“I’ve heard some people try to compare the Super Bowl to the America’s Cup. That’s like comparing football to yachting, it doesn’t make sense”

So that’s the Party Line these days, Comrade. But let’s travel back in time to get a different take.

Here’s 2015:

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Here’s 2014:

“We have proven we can successfully host the world’s biggest events, including the MLB World Series in 2010 and 2012, the America’s Cup in 2013 and Super Bowl 50 in 2016″

Here’s 2013:

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And on and on.

And since we’re on the subject, let’s hear from our Prior Mayor about how the deadly, failed, costly 2013 America’s Cup boat race is/was three times bigger than any old Super Bowl anyway:

The report found that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco hosting the 34th America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.4 billion, almost three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).

So, if the “East Coast Media,” that monolith, mocks us from New Yawk, DeeCee, and Bahstahn, well, perhaps we deserve it, non?

Do These Jaywalkers on 30 MPH Masonic Realize That Somebody Died in This Exact Place Doing the Exact Same Thing?

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Highly risky:

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Reverse angle:

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I’m guessing no, they do not.

I suppose I harp on this Trader Joe’s issue…