Blue bamboo (Himalayan Blue Bamboo, Himalayacalamus hookerianus) is totally blue, who knew?
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I’m going back someday
Come what may
To blue bamboo
Doesn’t San Francisco already pay seven figures a year to run the San Francisco Botanical Garden? So why should people have to pay to get into the thing? Oh, it costs money to run, a whole lot? Well, then why don’t we just shut it down?
One might wonder.
Jim Lazarus, past president of the Recreation and Park Commission, gets it wrong here:
“Some members of the Board of Supervisors want the department to repeal a $7 fee for nonresidents to visit the Botanical Garden…”
Well actually, Jimbo, why not let’s do nothing and then the fee would go away by itself, right? No repeal is necessary, actually, as you already know, huh Jimbo?
Now here comes simple-minded Randy Shaw of Beyond Chron, who doesn’t seem to understand that the purported quarter-million a year that’s “expected” (by whom, some wildly optimistic person, obviously) to be generated by the fee will for pay three “extra” unionized gardeners at the Arboretum. There’s no way on Gaia’s Green Earth that the fee at Strybing will pay for social services.
And here’s the Chronicle, what can look past the almost-certain permanent imposition of fees at Strybing and see that residents will soon be charged admission as well. That”s something that simple-minded Randy Shaw can’t seem to understand. Oh well.
So the temporary boycott of San Francisco Botanical Garden will soon become permanent. O.K. fine.
Good-bye, animals of Strybing Arboreum:
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SF Crime Examiner Thomas Pendergrast has pretty much all you need to know about the plan to make permanent the access fees at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
And looky here, here’s a pdf from Budget and Legislative Analyst Harvey M. Rose, CPA:
Ouch, that’s got to hurt.
When an accountant calls your forecasts “highly optimistic,” what’s he really saying?
I guess the BOS will soon vote to make the temporary boycott of the San Francisco Botanical Garden a permanent boycott.
As seen last Saturday:
Oh, and look what else is coming up:
“Thursday, April 7, 2011
City Hall, Room 416
11a. GOLDEN GATE PARK ACCESS PASS
Discussion and possible action to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve an ordinance amending Park Code Article 12 authorizing the Commission to discount admission fees for the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden as part of a Golden Gate Park Access Pass. (ACTION ITEM) Staff: Brent Dennis.
Hey. what’s a GOLDEN GATE PARK ACCESS PASS? We’ll find out soon enough…
Let’s call it a crowd of 150 today that gathered at the Main Gate of Strybing Arboretum to protest the permanent imposition of admission fees.
Quintin Mecke was on hand representing Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s office and somebody else spoke for Supervisor John Avalos. Noticed Aaron Peskin in the audience as well.
All the while, there was absolutely nobody on or near the Main Lawn just inside the admission gate. Presenting your empty Strybing Arboretum:
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But that’s the way the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society likes it.
You see, they love plants but they hate people.
It’s on at San Francisco’s Arbo today.
Deets below. See you there!
Do any of these people approve of the new fees at Strybing Arboretum? A few, the gardeners mostly:
On April 6th, 2011, the Budget Committee of the Board of Supervisors will be making a crucial decision on the future of the fee, either free admissions for all or a permanent non-resident fee.
SUPPORT- Ordinance 110113 sponsored by Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Kim, Mar and Mirkarimi to use Prop N tax revenues as a sustainable solution to support a free public garden.
OPPOSE- Ordinance 110225 sponsored by the Mayor for a permanent fee.
After 7 months the fee has been a failure. Only $54,800 out of a promised $250,000 has been collected. Attendance, based on Rec & Park figures, has declined sharply with non-resident visitors down 70% vs. estimates and resident visitors down 36%. RPD’s strategy is to market Strybing Arboretum as the new Japanese Tea Garden.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THIS HARMFUL FEE:
Attend the Budget Committee Hearing on Wed. April 6 (time TBA)
Call (by far most effective), e-mail and write potential swing-vote Supervisors to eliminate the fee:
David Chiu – 554 -7450 email@example.com
Malia Cohen – 554- 7670 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Weiner – 554- 6968 email@example.com
Join The Rally To Remove The Fee ! Saturday April 2nd between 1:00PM – 2:00PM at the Arboretum Main Gate
Boy, if there’s anything I hate it’s got to be all them foreigners what come to my City and County of San Francisco to empty their pockets and then leave. You know? I’m talking about the hordes from Belgium and Sicily and Marin County and the goddam East Bay coming here and just sucking up all the oxygen and walking around like they own the place.
So I was overjoyed when RPD started charging admission at the San Francisco Botanical Garden (fka Helene Strybing Arboretum, but she got old and died so nobody cares about her anymore, you know, the lady what paid for the place) cause I live here in the 415 so I can walk in just by showing my ID. I love that, it makes me feel special, I just walk past those loosers and I say something like, “Suck-eeeeers!” Or, “I’m a Neighbor, I’m a Res-I-Dent, bi-atches. Respect!” You know, something clever like that.
So imagine my shock when I first saw this GroupOn-style deal. See that? The SFBG is now half-off for auslanders!
I don’t know, but won’t this encourage visits? I mean, aren’t we trying to empty the arbo of people and starve out the squirrels and the Canada Geese in order to become “world-class” ‘n stuff?
And won’t this cut into revenue? Aren’t there some days already when the total gross doesn’t even cover expenses to charge people to get in? You know, talking about those $11-an-hour-no-benefits toll-takers. (Hey, shouldn’t the people who sell tickets in those boxes be in a union too? Couldn’t they have a vote, you know, get the NLRB in here to monitor a little election? Why not?)
On It Goes…
The New York Times, The Bay Citizen – you pick ‘em:
Yep and yep.
Is Phil Ginsburg the new village idiot now that the old Mayor has blown town? Does Phil Ginsburg have a “Life Coach” too, you know, someone to tell him how he’s always right and how he can See The Future better than anyone else? Tony Robbins, here we come.
Anyway, for some reason, our Strybing Arboretum needs to impress people on the East Coast, people in Boston, New York, and D.C. You know, an “Our arbo is better than your arbo” kind of deal. That’s what drives the Great Fencing Off of Strybing. And you taxpayers, you visitors, you foreigners, you auslanders, well you can just go to Hell.
The Moon-Viewing Garden as it looked before the Botanical Garden Boycott of 2010 to whenever:
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So many koi, so little time….
All right, imagine you are in charge of running the paid admissions program at San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. (Now, I’m going to make things hard on you by picking December 8th, 2010 to run this exercise, so brace yourself.)
Of course, you can only charge people who can’t prove they live in San Francisco and you have two gates to worry about so it’s tough. Your Main Gate got six paid visitors on Dec 8th so you took in $42 at $7 per. And the Friend Gate (that was dude’s last name, but apparently RPD will take your name off of whatever they used your money to fund after you die (like Strybing Arboretum, the former name of the whole joint)), aka North Gate, well, three teens came in that day so that’s $15 at $5 per head.
Your gross for the day is $57. The question is how much should you pay the two ticket seller/SF resident ID checkers in your employ to make the program to charge admission to non-residents sustainable?
Maybe one dollar per hour? Check it:
Well actually, the non-unionized toll-booth collectors make $11 an hour (since the minimum is $9.92, no benefits of course) so that the Arboretum can make enough scratch to fund three (3) unionized gardeners who make a lot more and, of course, get benefits.
Here are all the deets that I have about the paid admissions program:
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Now, what about San Francisco residents? How is that boycott coming along? Well, you make the call:
Hey, what if we charged everybody, residents and non-residents alike, money to get in? Wouldn’t that cut down on visitors even more?
Well, sure. Its all has to do with the elasticity of demand – how many people will just forget about the arbo (as I’ve already done) when they start having to pay.
Keep in mind that you taxpayers are still giving a ton of money each year to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Maybe they should just go private? You know, could just raise money to buy the land and then the new owners could run the place as they see fit? Why not? It would save San Franciscans a lot of money every year, right?
Now, Supervisor John Avalos has a solution to all this – he has an idea to take down the pay gates.
We should all listen to him.
But guess what, the Arbo is working on newer, betterer toll gates to replace the temporary boxes on wheels they use now.
This should be quite a fight…
Unit 1502 at the Ritz-Carlton Residences on Market Street could be yours if you win the live Internet auction coming up on December 10th, 2010. That’ll be just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day!
But check it:
“Given that this is a bank-owned condominium, the commitment to sell is evident.”
Seems like the seller couldn’t be any more motervated, huh?
Just think, this could be yours for a million bucks or so:
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All the deets:
Bank-Owned Ritz-Carlton® Condominium in San Francisco, California to Be Sold at Auction By Concierge Auctions
Live auction of luxurious downtown condo to take place on December 10
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2010 — A bank-owned condominium, located within the luxurious Ritz-Carlton® Residences on historic Market Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco, will be sold during a live auction on December 10, Concierge Auctions has announced. Originally listed for $1,274,490, there is no minimum bid required to participate. The sale is being conducted in cooperation with listing broker Jeffry Peargin of Pacific Union International, an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates.
“I’m excited to be working alongside Concierge Auctions,” stated Peargin. “Given that this is a bank-owned condominium, the commitment to sell is evident. With the highest-caliber amenities of the Ritz-Carlton® and immediate access to world-class museums, upscale shopping, and gourmet restaurants, we’re confident we will find the ideal owner for this gorgeous residence.”
Unit 1502 within the Ritz-Carlton® Residences is a 1,195-square-foot, classic luxury condominium boasting two opposing master suites with unparalleled views of downtown San Francisco. The property contains two and a half bathrooms with modern luxury finishes throughout, including wall-to-wall carpet in the bedrooms, polished hardwood flooring in the living areas, Italian-marble flooring and hand-hewn tiles in the kitchen and baths, and double-paned windows for sound minimization. An open gourmet chef’s kitchen includes top-of-the-line amenities – Kohler fixtures, granite countertops, a Viking refrigerator and Miele dishwasher. Each bathroom also has Kohler fixtures, and the convenient laundry closet is outfitted with a GE washer and dryer.
Constructed more than a century ago by Chicago architects Daniel Burnham and John Root as the original Chronicle Building, the West Coast’s first skyscraper, this historic structure eventually transformed into The Ritz-Carlton® Club and Residences, San Francisco. Owners of the 101 individual residences enjoy access to unrivaled services and amenities, including private lounge access, wine storage, valet parking, a fitness center and full service doorman. The Ritz-Carlton® Residences are perfectly situated in the heart of San Francisco among some of the most prestigious addresses in the world, steps from significant locations including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Jewish Museum, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Giants ballpark. The Ritz-Carlton® Club is mere blocks from the Powell Street cable car turn-around and is only 20 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport; 30 minutes from the Oakland International Airport; 25 minutes from Sausalito and Berkeley; and one hour from Napa and Sonoma.
“At Concierge Auctions we are specific about the properties we represent,” stated George Graham, CEO of Concierge Auctions. “Our success is predicated upon partnering with the most premier luxury product, and it doesn’t get any more exclusive than the Ritz-Carlton® Residences. The new owner will name their price amongst other bidders during a live auction in an open, transparent forum, and in less than thirty days will be enjoying the utmost in luxury and amenities on one of our nation’s most sought-after cities.”
The live auction of Unit 1502 within the Ritz-Carlton® Residences, San Francisco will be held on December 10. No minimum bid is required to participate. A 2.5-percent commission is offered to the buyer’s broker. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. The property is open for preview daily by appointment from 1 to 4pm. To schedule a preview, call 877-214-3785. For more information, visit www.SanFranRitzAuction.com.
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I remember our former Strybing Arboretum (home to red foxes, pink berries, orange hummingbirds, yellow poppies, green beer cans, or rather, green herons, blue herons, indigo blue jays, and violet flowers – I think that’s pretty close to Roy G. Biv, that rainbow mnemonic I learned in junior high school back in the 80′s, back before you were born).
I remember thinking that if people temporarily stopped going to Strybing during the 12 month trial period, then the workers getting paid $11 an hour to collect your $7 admission / scrutinize your photo ID would have the chance to find new jobs instead huddling in a wooden pillbox on caster wheels all the live long day. And then, once again, anyone could enter, just the way it was for the past 65 years.
I think these trees are the ones atop Heidelberg Hill – they’re whichever ones you can see looking south from the Waterfowl (Wildfowl?) Pond. (300mm lens plus a lot of digital zoom.) Click to expand