First they try to move across the street from UCSF Mission Bay and now this:
Oh Joe, will you ever win?
All the deets:
TONIGHT: COALITION GATHERS AT THE RAMP TO SUPPORT THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS’ SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
NBA Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy To Be Displayed At Tonight’s Event Hosted By Neighbors, Small Business Owners, Community Leaders
SAN FRANCISCO – Tonight Warriors Ground SF, a coalition of neighbors, small business owners, and community leaders, is partnering with the South Beach Mission Bay Business Association to host a special event supporting the 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors and their proposed sports and entertainment center.
Attendees will include fans and supporters who live or work near Mission Bay and South Beach. Newly appointed Golden State Warriors Arena Project Chief Operating Officer Stephen Collins will be on hand to conduct a Q&A with attendees, moderated by South Beach Mission Bay Business Association President Patrick Valentino.
***Guests will also have the opportunity to take a picture with the NBA Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.***
WHAT: Community Event Supporting the Golden State Warriors’ Proposed Sports and Entertainment Center; Photo Op with Trophy
WHO: Stephen Collins, Chief Operating Officer of the Golden State Warriors Arena; Neighbors, Project Supporters
WHEN: TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Ramp, 855 Terry A. Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA
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About Warriors Ground SF
Warriors Ground SF is a neighborhood organization that brings together enthusiastic supporters of the Golden State Warriors’ mixed-use development project in Mission Bay – including community leaders, fans, business, labor, entertainment industry representatives and residents from across the entire city.
Our coalition is about more than just basketball. Warriors Ground SF has been made possible by months of open, above-board dialogue and community planning. In a larger sense, it is the result of many years of public planning for our neighborhood. Many of our supporters have been participants in this extensive public process, which has shaped the Warriors’ development so that it meets the community’s needs.
About South Beach Mission Bay Business Association
SBMBBA represents restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and professional services businesses in the South Beach Mission Bay neighborhood in San Francisco.
Our mission is to actively engage neighborhood businesses through sustained outreach, monthly meetings, networking and small business related events. SBMBBA promotes and advocates for member businesses, while working with city departments to build a stronger local community.
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.
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.
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At first I was thinking…Easter?
And then I thought Boston Marathon.
And then I realized it was for the GSW.
Is it a little cheesy to do this so far ahead of time?
Oakland doesn’t have much, you know.
They were going to get a pair of pandas from China, but that didn’t work out.
That’s Venus, the Evening Star, to the right of the dome, BTW.
And that’s a #5 Fulton hover bus heading inbound on McAllister…
Well I suppose if the San Francisco Establishment wanted to claim that it had support “across the spectrum” for the arena deal, they’d have Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Aaron Peskin and a whole bunch of San Francisco Giants baseball players up there with them on the steps of City Hall today.
But this group will have to do.
All the deets:
“GROUP OF SAN FRANCISCANS TO LAUNCH NEW ORGANIZATION AND EFFORT TODAY SUPPORTING GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS’ WATERFRONT ARENA PLAN – Group consists of community leaders, Warriors fans, business, labor, entertainment industry representatives, and residents from across the Bay Area – Supporters plan to be out in force supporting the waterfront plan at public meetings, neighborhood events and community festivals
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A group of enthusiastic San Franciscans from across the spectrum plans to launch a new organization today supporting the Golden State Warriors’ proposed waterfront arena plan. The group consists of community leaders, Warriors fans, representatives from the business and labor community, entertainment industry representatives and residents from across the city and the Bay Area.
The group has secured a diverse mix of local leaders to serve as the co-chairs for the effort, including:
Chris Mullin, Former Golden State Warriors player
Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council*
Carmen Policy, Former NFL executive and San Francisco 49ers Team President
Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce*
Katherine Webster, President, South Beach-Mission Bay Merchants Association*
Shamann Walton, Executive Director, Young Community Developers*
Dr. Joseph Marshall, Founder, Omega Boys Club*
Members of the newly formed group plan to be out in force over the next several months supporting the arena project at public meetings and hearings, neighborhood events and community festivals.
The group is also planning to hold playoffs viewing parties across San Francisco to cheer on the team as they make a run for an NBA championship.
Who: More than 100 supporters are expected, including:
Adonal Foyle, Former Golden State Warriors player
Carmen Policy, Former NFL executive and San Francisco 49ers Team President
Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Joseph Marshall, Founder, Omega Boys Club
Janet Clyde, Owner of Vesuvio’s
Tom O’Connor, President, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798
Bob Graham, Supportive neighbor
Shamann Walton, Executive Director, Young Community Developers
What: Diverse group of San Franciscans to launch new organization and effort supporting the Golden State Warriors’ waterfront arena project
When: Today, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:00-1:00pm
Where: City Hall Steps, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk St. steps between Grove and McAllister Streets)”
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:
“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.
*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.
(You know, praying that that percentage doesn’t drop too much further.)
Well, read the news and turn the pages. Here’s an recent ouchy from the HuffPo’s Aaron Sankin:
Whoops, how could that be?
Now let’s hear from Ron Russell of the Bay Area Observer. Just yesterday he pointed us to a couple things:
“…marks the departure of one of the best-known companies, with a global brand, from the city where it was born…”
“Social media companies and other tech companies are competing for space in San Francisco,” said Edward Del Beccaro, managing director with Transwestern Real Estate. “So other companies have to consider whether to renew their leases in San Francisco or look for other locations.”
Oh, and look at who else is leaving town. That’s right it’s the San Francisco 49ers:
Justin Herman Plaza, September 12th, 2012 – enjoy your weekend and then check out Homecoming 2012 this Sunday at 5:20 PM – this is a game you won’t want to miss – Detroit Lions. (I think I prefer the older uniforms, actually. Moving on…)
So, I’m struggling to understand how the City Family’s all-knowing, all-seeing Dear Leader Ed Lee, whose primary qualification for getting appointed appears to have been pleasing Willie Brown whether Willie Brown was doing something good or Willie Brown was doing something bad, is so obviously steering us in the right direction.
Will Twitter (the so-called “Mid-Market phenomenon”) ever employ 6000 souls in San Francisco? Hells no. So why do we base our planning around that prediction?
That’s the kind of thing I think about these days.
All right, enjoy your brekky at the Hilton, everybody, while I wonder who writes stuff like this:
“Cranes are in the air, office and residential towers are rising and San Francisco’s real estate market is red hot!”
“Join us for your tour of San Francisco’s future!”
Ooh, I have one too. It goes like:
“Let’s take the Golden State Warriors away from pathetic Oakland – It’s like stealing candy from a baby!”
Oh, and this:
“Let’s not talk about the failed America’s Cup anymore! At least not today.”
All right, back to “reality.” Here’s the invite. Enjoy:
“San Francisco Structures
This event is sold out.
Building San Francisco: Pipeline to the Future
Cranes are in the air, office and residential towers are rising and San Francisco’s real estate market is red hot!
This annual event takes a sweeping look at developments transforming San Francisco’s landscape, and the vision for the future. Our all-star lineup of real estate and community leaders will share inside information on the pipeline of projects: the Mid-Market phenomenon; sports team-led developments; Moscone Center expansion; key waterfront developments; what’s ahead for Mission Bay, and San Francisco is rapidly becoming the innovation capital of the world. Join us for your tour of San Francisco’s future!
*Mayor Ed Lee, City of San Francisco
*Rick Welts, President & COO, Golden State Warriors
*Carl Shannon, Managing Director, Regional Director – Northern California, Tishman Speyer
*Joe D’Alessandro, President & CEO, San Francisco Travel
Partnering Associations: BOMA San Francisco; SPUR; ULI San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94102″
[UPDATE: Oblvious, as expected. Who’s the cheerleader now?