Posts Tagged ‘Joe D’Alessandro’

The San Francisco Business Times Hosts Prayer Breakfast at the Hilton this AM – Praying for Ed Lee’s 49% Approval Rating

Friday, September 14th, 2012

(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:

Ed Lee Approval Rating Drops: San Francisco Mayor’s Popularity Dips Below 50 Percent.

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:

1. “Visa moving headquarters from San Francisco to Foster City

“…marks the departure of one of the best-known companies, with a global brand, from the city where it was born…”

2. “Gap moving workers to Pleasanton

“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!

Speakers:

*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

When:
Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:30am-10:00am
Where:
Hilton San Francisco Union Square – Grand Ballroom B
333 O’Farrell Street

San Francisco, CA 94102″

[UPDATE: Oblvious, as expected. Who's the cheerleader now?

"Edwin Lee ‏@mayoredlee Abt to take stage @SFBusinessTimes sold out event to talk job creation in SF, the #1 area for job growth in nation #SFBTevents"]

Ready, Fire, Aim: Why Would San Francisco Cheerlead for the America’s Cup Before the Deal with Larry Ellison is Made?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Shouldn’t SFGov be trying to talk down the America’s Cup this week, you know, right before the final deal gets made? I think so.

You know, Larry Ellison’s lickspittle threatens to cancel the whole deal like every day. Has Mayor Ed Lee ever threatened that? I don’t think so. That’s part of the reason why this deal is skewed so much against future San Franciscans – our grandkids will end up paying for this coming debacle, it looks like.

Of course the Republican “Alliance for Jobs” and the unions are all for AC13, but it’s quite obvious already that this will be a bad deal for San Francisco.

There’ll be a “roundtable” cheerleading session at Pier 32 this AM, and then there’ll be this on Tuesday:

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Now, speaking of cheerleading…

The America’s Cup sailing races coming to San Francisco – starting this summer with the World Series races

UH, NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE WORLD SERIES RACES, SORRY. THIS IS A SPORT BY THE 1% AND FOR THE 1%, RIGHT?

– is a very good thing for our city. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW? WE’LL BE PAYING FOR IT OVER THE NEXT 100 YEARS – ISN’T IT KIND OF LIKE MORTGAGING OUR FUTURE, LIKE SPENDING OUR GRANDCHILDREN’S MONEY?

I say that as a San Francisco resident as well as part of the tourism community.

WELL, AS A SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENT AND A TOURIST INDUSTRY COMMUNITY NON-MEMBER, I’M CALLING BULLSHIT ON THIS WHOLE DEAL.

A major opportunity has been handed to us. 

OH, THE WAY GREECE WAS “HANDED” THE FAILED 2004 OLYMPICS?

Now is the time to get behind it and make the most of it, for now and the future of San Francisco.  Why?

ALL RIGHT, I’LL BITE WHY?

First of all, it’s going to be exciting. 

ABSOLUTELY WRONG. IT WILL BE LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY, LIKE WATCHING GRASS GROW. OTOH, DON’T YOU THINK THAT WATCHING THE GIANTS OR THE 49ERS OR THE WARRIORS WIN, DON’T YOU THINK THAT THESE NON-1% SPORTS ARE MORE EXCITING THAN THE STUPID AMERICA’S CUP? I MEAN, IF REGULAR PEOPLE WANTED TO WATCH BOAT RACES, THEN SAN DIEGO WOULD HAVE TURNED OUT FOR THE RECENT EVENTS DOWN THERE. SAN DIEGO DID NOT TURN OUT. WHAT’S THE REASON WHY THE PROMOTERS SO OVERESTIMATED DEMAND IN AN ELITE SPORT THAT NOBODY HAS CARED ABOUT FOR MORE THAN A DECADE?

The America’s Cup takes racing to an entirely new level. 

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? LARRY ELLISON, IN HIS ATTEMPTS TO WIN AGAIN, HAS CHUCKED TRADITION, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT? IS LARRY DISAPPOINTED THAT NOBODY IN TOWN KNOWS OR CARES ABOUT HOW HE BOUGHT HIS CUP VICTORY IN SPAIN OR WHEREVER? I THINK SO.

Watching these high-tech boats practically fly across the water is thrilling. 

UH, FOR WHOM? THESE WILL NOT BE “THE FASTEST BOATS IN THE WORLD” OR EVEN THE FASTEST SAILBOATS, RIGHT? I MEAN, SOME FERRY BOATS GO FASTER, RIGHT? WHY DON’T WE RACE CAR-CARRYING FERRIES ABOUT THE BAY INSTEAD, IF YOU HAVE A NEED FOR SPEED?

The gathering of sailing teams and those who love the sport from around the world will amp up the energy and diversity in the city, always a good thing.

NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE 1% EUROTRASH EXCEPT OTHER 1% EUROTRASH. AND HOW ON EARTH WILL ALL THESE 1-PERCENTER WHITE PEOPLE “AMP UP” DIVERSITY?

Second, it will showcase San Francisco and the Bay Area to the entire world.  Media coverage will introduce the beauty of our city and our region to a global audience, generating thoughts of “I want to go there” that will result in visitors arriving for years to come.

“INTRODUCE?” ISN’T SAN FRANCISCO VERY HIGH ON PEOPLE’S WISHLISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD ALREADY? WON’T WE ALREADY HAVE VISITORS ARRIVING FOR YEARS TO COME?

Third, it will give a much needed spark to our economy. 

LIKE A STIMULUS PACKAGE? SO WHY DON’T WE GIVE THE NINE-FIGURES TO THE PEOPLE NOW, INSTEAD OF TO LARRY ELLISON?

The 34th America’s Cup will create more than 8,000 jobs and pump an estimated $1.4 billion dollars into our economy. 

BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT. NUMBER ONE, YOU’RE JUST GUESSING. NUMBER TWO, ITS A WILDLY-INFLATED GUESS, AS EVERYBODY WHO HAS LOOKED INTO THIS ALREADY KNOWS. AREN”T THE CURRENT WILDLY-INFLATED ESTIMATES MUCH LOWER THAN THIS ALREADY?

Among major sporting events, the America’s Cup delivers the third largest economic impact to host destinations, exceeded only by the Olympic Games and World Cup.

THIS STAT WILL NEED TO BE RE-WRITTEN AFTER THE AMERICA’S CUP TURNS INTO A FIASCO OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR SO. WOULDN’T SAN FRANCISCO PREFER TO GET THE WARRIORS OR TO NOT LOSE THE NINERS? AND HAS MONTREAL FINALLY FINISHED PAYING OFF ITS OLYMPICS FROM LIKE FOUR DECADES AGO? WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WAS THAT? AND HOW ABOUT GREECE? WHAT DID THE OLYMPICS DO TO GREECE?

Of course, with any major event come some temporary inconveniences and sacrifices like traffic, parking and crowded restaurants.

WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THAT? WE”RE PAYING WAY TOO MUCH MONEY FOR THE CUP AND TOO MUCH OF THE RISK IS ON US. AND ALL THE NUMBERS FROM THE PROMOTERS ARE PROVING TO BE WRONG ALREADY. WHY DO YOU TALK ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS YOU GUESS MIGHT HAPPEN WITHOUT MENTIONING THE BAD?

WHY DON’T YOU TELL US WHAT IT WILL COST US? YOU DON’T SEEM TO CARE. MAYBE IF IT COST US A BILLION, YOU’D STILL APPROVE? WHO KNOWS? MAYBE.

LARRY ELLISON WANTS TO PLAY AROUND WITH BOATS, BUT LARRY ELLISON WANTS US TO PAY FOR IT AND HAVE US TAKE THE BULK OF THE RISK.

IT’S A SORRY SITUATION.

All Are Welcome to Enter the Heidi Look-A-Like Contest from Swiss International Air Lines This Thursday

Monday, October 4th, 2010

From the 7×7 comes news of the Swiss International Air Lines Heidi Look-A-Like Contest coming to Justin Herman Plaza this Thursday, October 7th, 2010.

And when I say, All Are Welcome to Enter, I mean All are Welcome to Enter, if you know what I mean.* See you there!

What: Come celebrate all things Swiss at the first-ever Heidi Look-a-Like Contest at Justin Herman Plaza. Rent a goat (at your own risk ;-) ) and pull out your Heidi Dirndl dress! Contestants will have chances to win fabulous prizes, including round-trip airfare in Business Class for 2 people on Swiss International Air Lines’ new nonstop service from San Francisco to Zurich, 3 nights deluxe accommodations in Zurich and 4-day Swiss Passes for unlimited travel on trains, buses and lake steamers in Switzerland. Don’t have access to a goat or Heidi dress? All are invited to come and enjoy Swiss giveaways and treats such as SWISS chocolates, Ricola candies, and others.
When:
 Thursday,
October 7 at 11:00am – 1pm
Where:
 Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco (near Market & Stuart Streets)

It’s Maria Heidi!

    

Now, is that the real Heidi?

Mmmm….

Oh, here she is, she’s got the goat, the enlivened hills, she’s got it all:

Benefit: The Heidi Look-A-Like Contest is brought to you by Swiss International Air Lines and benefits the Academy of Friends and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

MC: Fernando & Greg of MOViN 99.7

Judges: 

Empress XXX Donna Sachet, Performer, TV Host and Columnist
Joe D’Alessandro, President, CEO, San Francisco Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Alex Herrmann, Director of Switzerland Tourism, North America
Annette Reantragoon, Director Passenger Sales USA., Swiss International Air Lines
Hooman, Morning Show Personality with Sarah and Vinnie of Alice 97.3

Admission: Free! All are invited to join in the fun!

Registration: 11 am at Justin Herman Plaza.

*So Please don’t go around trying to rip off wigs yelling, “It’s a man, baby!”