Posts Tagged ‘growth’

Recession, What Recession? Fairfield, CA, a City on the Grow, to Get Its Own LEED-Certified Mercedes Dealership

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The bay area town of Fairfield has just taken time out of its busy schedule to crow about how it’s growing like gangbusters while the rest of California is “still facing sluggish growth.”

Harsh. Deets below.

Enjoy your Mercedes Benzeses, Fairfield:

“FAIRFIELD, Calif., Nov. 15, 2010  – While many California cities are still facing sluggish growth, the San Francisco Bay Area city of Fairfield, California is experiencing an increase in construction and economic development activity.

Automotive group, Price-Simms, began construction in early October on a new 40,000-square foot Mercedes Benz dealership at Fairfield’s 31-acre auto mall. The dealership, which will have excellent freeway visibility from Interstate 80, will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Green elements planned for the building include solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, and low water use. The location of the dealership allows it to serve several counties including Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, and Yolo. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2011. The general contractor, J.R. Roberts Deacon of Citrus Heights, California, has an extensive portfolio of auto dealership construction projects.”

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Exxon Gettyburg Leaving Our Doomed Ghost Fleet – A Clean-Up in S.F. and then Death

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

If the Gettysburg (nee Exxon Gettysburg, nee Esso Gettysburg) were a little more historical then maybe she’d be getting better treatment, maybe she’d be getting turned into a floating museum ‘n stuff. But as it stands, she’s marked for death and destined for Hell.  

Seems the U.S. Department of Defense and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) just had her plucked from the Suisun Bay National Defense Reserve Fleet (aka the Ghost Fleet) and sent to San Francisco for a makeover. It’s an ongoing thing - you can see this former supertanker sitting in drydock down at Pier 70 these days while she gets a thorough cleaning from BAE Systems.

See? Hello San Francisco, good-bye marine growth and loose exterior paint!

And then she’ll get towed under our famous bridges and down through the Panama Canal and then to Texas. It’ll be her last trip ever.  

Can you see the Dos Equis on the side of the ship? Those X’es stand for Exxon, right? Yes, as in Exxon Gettysburg

Oh well. She was a BFD back in the day, back in 1957 anyway.