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All You Need to Know About Lobbying, Recreation and Park Department “Corruption,” and the Stow Lake Boathouse

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

All right, here’s what you need to know about the Stow Lake thing (oh, more here as well):

The vote against hanging on with the existing tenant, the one what’s filed a lawsuit, was five to zero from those people who poured over all the competing bids.

So, the question to the hysterics at SaveStowLake is why did the existing tenant lose 5-0? Do you wanna say that the five were hand-picked recruits for ghastly pursuits, well, then, come out and say it, allege it. I mean, there are reasons the existing tenant lost, right? They have been detailed, in authentic-looking, hand-written notes. If you want to find corruption, I invite to look there.

(And of course, Supervisor Eric Mar, who seldom finds himself “in the pockets of the corporations” or wherever, stabbed you in the back or something. Fine.)

Oh, in other business, this statement from the Northside rag is a lie:

“The Ortegas even offered to more than double their yearly base rent to $315,000 and run the boathouse as-is, but Ginsburg’s cash-strapped department turned them down.”

I know where this idea comes from, it comes from the end of a hearing at City Hall, but you can’t quote a clause as a complete sentence, that’s the basic problem with that.

All right, first some duckies from Stow Lake, and then, after the jump, all the deets on why Ortega won the contract.

Enjoy.

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OMG, Nine Bay Area High School Seniors Picked as Finalists for Beach Blanket Babylon Scholaraship! Big Show on June 6

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Well there’ll be a cavalcade of stars (including hat lady Jan Wahl and area billionaire Gordon Getty) judging the live performances of nine high school seniors at Club Fugazi at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in North Beach on June 6th, 2011.

All the deets, below.

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The deets:

SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS CHOSEN! THE STEVE SILVER FOUNDATION AND BEACH BLANKET BABYLON SELECT NINE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO COMPETE FOR THREE $10,000 CASH SCHOLARSHIPS

FINALISTS TO PERFORM LIVE AT CLUB FUGAZI ON MONDAY, JUNE 6th

SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2011) – Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, announced today the selection of nine Bay Area finalists for the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” One winner in each category will be presented with a check for $10,000 towards their college education. The nine high school seniors who will perform live on Monday, June 6th are:

ACTING
JESSICA CHANLIAU – Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, Novato
TAYLOR EDELHART – Lowell High School, San Francisco
ANYA RICHKIND – Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco

DANCING
MADELINE BAGBY – Castilleja School, Palo Alto
DARIUS DROOH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
ALEX LYASHEVYCH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco

SINGING
JILLIAN BUTLER – Liberty High School, Brentwood
ZACHARY PISER – Piedmont High School, Piedmont
CARA WODKA – Fremont Christian High School, Fremont

“Every year I’m impressed by the talent and caliber of the entries we receive, and this year was no exception,” said Schuman Silver. “Narrowing the field down to just nine finalists was not an easy task.”

Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Star 101.3′s Don Bleu. The celebrity panel of judges scheduled to appear include: San Francisco Ballet’s Principal Character Dancer & Choreographer Val Caniparoli, singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio, KGO Radio’s Jerry Friedman, Composer Gordon Getty, San Francisco Opera’s General Director David Gockley, KMEL’s Chuy Gomez, California Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, American Conservatory Theater’s Artistic Director Carey Perloff, ABC7′s Don Sanchez and KRON4/KCBS Radio’s Jan Wahl.”

(I don’t know about ticket availability or anything at this point – they’ll be tough or impossible to get, one might imagine.)

Bon courage, contestants!

SaveStowLake, the Worst “Grass Roots Organization” Ever, Gets Crushed at the SFBOS – Stow Lake BoatHouse Revived

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Thank Gaia they didn’t allow public comment at the Stow Lake Boathouse-related drubbing at the Board of Supervisors yesterday.

No matter, this amazing multicolor, multi-fonted, center-aligned one-page website, SaveStowLake.org, should be preserved, in situ, forever.

(And you should have seen it back when it was 30 MB – you could have used it as a speed test for your internet connection.)

Anyway, you community groups should study this case for tips on what not to do, how not to behave.

Just saying, Bro.

And all you wealthy, white, weathering homeowners out there, instead of being so demanding of the govmint, why don’t you all go out and do something?

These quiet, good-natured people are your loadstars:

Emulate them, why not?

Let’s see here, what’s next, landmarking all of Golden Gate Park?

WTF, man, why don’t we just landmark the entire freaking city right now, every last structure from the Farallones to the Alameda NAS, from Candlestick to Red Rock?

All right, play us out of here, Erin Sherbert.

Anyway, all the deets on the boathouse news, from the RPD:

“A New Era Begins at Historic Stow Lake Boathouse

Board of Supervisors Approves Lease with New Operator to Turn Around Concession

SAN FRANCISCO-- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted today to approve a lease agreement with award-winning concessionaire Ortega Family Enterprises to rejuvenate and operate the historic Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden GatePark.

Ortega Family Enterprises (d/b/a “Stow Lake Boathouse, LLC”) will invest $233,000 toward capital improvements to the popular but deteriorating boathouse with the overall goal of improving the visitor experience at the facility.

A new indoor café area will be created from the existing boat repair area to allow visitors a spot to enjoy a snack and take in the charming ambience of StowLake.  The café will recreate the atmosphere of the boat maintenance facility by incorporating boat repair memorabilia, historic photographs of Stow Lake Boathouse, and furniture created from reclaimed materials from fallen piers and old boats.

The Ortega family will also provide healthy, local sustainable food options to the public, as well as traditional Stow Lake favorites like pink popcorn.  Menu items will remain affordable, ranging from $1 to $11.75, with most items available from $4.95 to $8.95.

Ortega will also purchase a new fleet of boats, valued at $152,000, to replace the existing aging fleet.

The new lease will run for a 15-year term, beginning in March of 2011, with a potential five-year extension.  The vendor will provide a minimum annual rent of $160,000 to the City, with projected revenue to the City of $200,000.

“Ortega is an ideal partner to return the boathouse to its former glory,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.  “They have the expertise to rehabilitate such a treasured building and understand the importance of retaining the charm that visitors have come to know and love.”

Ortega Family Enterprises has more than 20 years of experience working in public parkland and 22 years of accident-free boat and kayak rental management experience. It is a family-run enterprise that emphasizes environmental sustainability and best practices in all phases of its business and has a proven track record of turning around underperforming park concessions and maximizing their potential, including concessions at four National Park Service locations: Bandelier National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument and Muir Woods National Monument in the Bay Area.

In 2009, the Ortega family won the Marin Conservation Council’s Green Business Award for its renovation and rejuvenated operation of the historic Muir Woods concession. They incorporated sustainable construction materials, implemented a trash disposal system that recycles and composts 90 percent of waste, and achieved significant electric and water savings.

The Board of Supervisors’ action follows the Recreation and Park Commission’s approval of the lease back in December.”

Point, Counterpoint: “Save Stow Lake” vs. Reality – Board of Supervisors Vote Coming February 1st, 2011

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Here we go, the last Stow Lake Boat House post you’re going to see here for at least a week. Happy?

First with the photos, then with the words.

You ever get the feeling people take too many pitchures sometimes? Anyway, this is what you get from Google images when you type in Stow Lake SF:

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Oh. It’s the SL GBH clean-up crew:

And here is where the treasure is buried. “O” marks the spot:

Finally, the Boat House itself. This will be a bustling cafe soon:

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Now, on with the show:

Not over yet!

Oh yes it is.

Rec & Park General Manager, Phil Ginsburg, negotiated a give away lease to the New Mexico souvenir chain, Ortega Family Enterprises!

Objection, badgering. In fact, a nice lady came down from Marin just to say how well things are working up there at Muir Woods. What’s the deal with “souvenir chain?”

Ortega offered $315k in rent and Ginsburg’s department refused it!

Of course this wasn’t a real offer, it was a facetious offer from Ortega saying sure, we could offer a high guaranteed rent if we didn’t have to do all the stuff that we’ve already agreed to do.

What’s going on with Ginsburg who says he has no money, and is laying off recreation directors and gardeners while he looses money and spends money he says he doesn’t have.

He looses money, huh? What a looser.

Not only did Ginsburg leave thousands of dollars on the table,

Objection, asked and answered.

he committed the taxpayers to pay all of the Ortega’s gas, water and electric bills for the next 15-20 years! Why didn’t Ginsburg demand Ortega to put in new gas, water and electric meters as part of their major remodel of the boathouse???

Uh, I don’t know. Boy you sure do know a lot about this lease for a typical no-nothing, NIMBY, grass-roots group. Hey, is there any daylight betwixt your position and the current tenant’s? No, not at all? Interesting…

Both the SF Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Golden Gate Audubon Society support us in protecting the boathouse and the fragile Stow Lake environment.

Stow Lake is fragile? Nooooope. Isn’t it some kind of artificial deal around Strawberry Hill? Yuuuup.

Armand Ortega uses the phony “Audubon International”, a group that promotes golf courses and abuses the name of the real Audubon Society, to show how “green” he is. The real Audubon Society supports us in our efforts to protect the wildlife and community at Stow Lake.

Objection, relevancy. You might have a point on that score, but it doesn’t matter anyway.

Come to the Board of Supervisor’s meeting Tuesday, February 1st at 2 pm. Everyone is needed to stop the poorly constructed lease from moving ahead.

This train has left the station. The horse has left the barn.

Public comment is closed but the Supervisors need to see the support for sending this lease back! City Hall – Room 250

“We Don’t Need Another Caesar Salad” – Perhaps Not, But, Irregardless, Your New Stow Lake Boat House Is Coming Soon

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Well the new contract for the Stow Lake Boat House just sailed out of committee yesterday, so that’s that. Expect a rubber APPROVED stamp from the Board of Supervisors and then that will be that.

Yesterday’s debate had detailed discussions about whether Heron Island is opposite Strawberry Hill or the Boat House, and who will be on the hook for ADA and seismic reconstruction costs and stuff like that. If you didn’t like the new tenant, you could have said something like, “We don’t need another Caesar salad.” (In reference to the new cafe, of course.)

No matter, Supervisor Eric Mar spoke about how the proposal from the new tenant was superior in many areas, particularly capital improvements. So that was that. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi expressed concern over the “Disneyfication” of the Stow Lake area – we’ll see how that goes…

All right, check out RPD press release and also, what the opposition had to say a few weeks back, below.

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“The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee voted today to recommend to the full Board the approval of a lease agreement with award-winning concessionaire Ortega Family Enterprises to rejuvenate and operate the historic StowLake Boathouse in Golden GatePark.

The full Board of Supervisors will consider the item on February 1.

Ortega Family Enterprises (d/b/a “Stow Lake Boathouse, LLC”) will invest $233,000 toward capital improvements to the popular but deteriorating boathouse with the overall goal of improving the visitor experience at the facility.

A new, indoor café area will be created from the existing boat repair area to allow visitors a spot to enjoy a snack and take in the charming ambience of StowLake.  The café would recreate the atmosphere of the boat maintenance facility by incorporating boat repair memorabilia, historic photographs of Stow Lake Boathouse, and furniture created from reclaimed materials from fallen piers and old boats.

The Ortega family will also provide healthy, local sustainable food options to the public, as well as traditional StowLake favorites like pink popcorn.  Menu items will remain affordable, ranging from $1 to $11.75, with most items available from $4.95 to $8.95.

Ortega will also purchase a new fleet of boats, valued at $152,000, to replace the existing aging fleet.

The new lease would run for a 15-year term, beginning in March of 2011, with a potential five-year extension.  The vendor would provide a minimum annual rent of $160,000 to the City, with projected revenue to the City of $200,000.

“Ortega is an ideal partner to return the boathouse to its former glory,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.  “They have the expertise to rehabilitate such a treasured building and understand the importance of retaining the charm that visitors have come to know and love.”

Ortega Family Enterprises has more than 20 years of experience working in public parkland and 22 years of accident-free boat and kayak rental management experience. It is a family-run enterprise that emphasizes environmental sustainability and best practices in all phases of its business and has a proven track record of turning around underperforming park concessions and maximizing their potential, including concessions at four National Park Service locations: Bandelier National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument and Muir Woods National Monument in the Bay Area.

In 2009, the Ortega family won the Marin Conservation Council’s Green Business Award for its renovation and rejuvenated operation of the historic Muir Woods concession. They incorporated sustainable construction materials, implemented a trash disposal system that recycles and composts 90 percent of waste, and achieved significant electric and water savings.

The Committee’s recommendation follows the Recreation and Park Commission’s approval of the lease back in December.”


“Save the Stow Lake Boathouse Coalition. It’s not over yet!

The lease has not yet been approved by the Board of Supervisors and there are many reasons it should not be approved. Both the SF Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Golden Gate Audubon Society support us in protecting the boathouse and the fragile Stow Lake environment.

Come to the Board of Supervisor’s Budget & Finance Committee meeting Wednesday, Jan. 26th at 11 am. We are 1st on the agenda, so please be on time. Everyone is needed to stop the poorly constructed lease from moving ahead.

City Hall – Room 250

The new Budget and Finance Committee is as follows:

Chair, Supervisor Carmen Chu
Supervisor Jane Kim
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimin

If you cannot attend the meeting please be sure to call or email these supervisors and Mayor Lee to let them know your opinion! (Contact information is listed below.)

Supervisor Eric Mar sold out thousands of his constituents and began fast tracking the deeply flawed lease to a New Mexico based souvenir chain with no boating experience NINE days BEFORE the Rec & Park Commission voted to approve it. In spite of overwhelming opposition from the community and a lease that gives the New Mexico chain a discount, is full full of inaccuracies and embedded with high hidden costs to the taxpayers, Mar is sponsoring this lease. WHY?

It’s Stow Lake Boat-House Budget and Finance Committee Judgment Day! (Don’t Forget Your No-Doz Tabs)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

One of these days, I’ll figure out what drove the people involved with the whole Stow Lake Boat House kerfuffle.

Anyway, all the deets are right here. (Zzzzzz…….)

(All right, I’m get back to my cooking, let’s see, I need half a cup of mirkarimin but I’m fresh out. Darn)

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The biggest one-page website in the 415:

“Save the Stow Lake Boathouse Coalition. It’s not over yet!

The lease has not yet been approved by the Board of Supervisors and there are many reasons it should not be approved. Both the SF Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Golden Gate Audubon Society support us in protecting the boathouse and the fragile Stow Lake environment.

Come to the Board of Supervisor’s Budget & Finance Committee meeting Wednesday, Jan. 26th at 11 am. We are 1st on the agenda, so please be on time. Everyone is needed to stop the poorly constructed lease from moving ahead.

City Hall – Room 250

The new Budget and Finance Committee is as follows:

Chair, Supervisor Carmen Chu
Supervisor Jane Kim
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimin

If you cannot attend the meeting please be sure to call or email these supervisors and Mayor Lee to let them know your opinion! (Contact information is listed below.)

Supervisor Eric Mar sold out thousands of his constituents and began fast tracking the deeply flawed lease to a New Mexico based souvenir chain with no boating experience NINE days BEFORE the Rec & Park Commission voted to approve it. In spite of overwhelming opposition from the community and a lease that gives the New Mexico chain a discount, is full full of inaccuracies and embedded with high hidden costs to the taxpayers, Mar is sponsoring this lease. WHY?

San Francisco’s Worst NIMBY-Historical-Neighborhood Group of 2010 Has Got to Be “Save Stow Lake”

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I don’t know, numerous people have told me that the people behind the Save Stow Lake website/group/social movement have been paid off by the long-time tenant of the place, but I don’t have any evidence of that except for the monomaniacal focus the people behind the group manifest.

I’ve seen a lot of NIMBY / homeowner / historical groups in my day, but these people take the cake.

Could it be parody, or performance art? Maybe somebody wants to tarnish ALL historical groups? I can’t tell…

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Anyway, have at it, see if you can tell from their latest missive. Enjoy:

Save the Stow Lake Boathouse Coalition
It’s not over yet!


The lease has not yet been approved by the Board of Supervisors and there are many reasons it should not be approved.


Supervisor Eric Mar sold out thousands of his constituents and began fast tracking thedeeply flawed lease to a New Mexico based souvenir chain with no boating experienceNINE days BEFORE the Rec & Park Commission voted to approve it. In spite of overwhelming opposition from the community and a lease that gives the New Mexico chain a discount, is full full of inaccuracies and embedded with high hidden costs to the taxpayers, Mar is sponsoring this lease. WHY?
Contact Supervisor Eric Mar [Redacted]


Phil Ginsburg, Rec & Park General Manager, says “every dollar counts” and that Rec & Park has a huge deficit, which is why he lays off gardeners, rec directors for our kids… but on Dec. 2nd, Rec & Park refused the New Mexico chain’s offer to pay an extra $175k guaranteed rent each year! Clearly Rec & Park staff Phil Ginsburg & Nick Kinsey, failed to negotiate the best terms available to San Franciscans who are facing a huge budget deficit and our giving business and our boathouse to an out-of-state company.

Absurd: Recreation and Park Commission Goes Into Extra Innings – 7.5 Hour Meeting Results in a New Tenant at Stow Lake

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Get up to speed right here. Your takeaway is that swan boats and Frank Klein-inspired food are a coming to Golden Gate Park.

[UPDATE: And Chef Chad Newton has the final word:

"Long but very successful Stow Lake hearing at City Hall last night. Board approved lease with 6-1 vote, progress!"]

Among the millionaire ladies* and others on hand to testify at tonight’s Rec and Park Commission meeting** was Armand Ortega hisself, talking about how he’d improve tings at the Stow Lake Boat House.

At the end of the session (the only part I caught), Mr. Ortega, responding to the previous speaker who was speaking on behalf of the current tenant, jokingly offered to pay more rent than he’s heretofore proposed, but only if he could renege on all the other commitments he’s made.

He did that to, you know, to make a point. Now, leave us listen in to the board’s discussion after the end of public comments:

Commissioner Lee: Mr Ortega, you just offered to raise your minimum rent.

Mr. Ortega: Sure, I could offer Rec and Park $315,000 a year the same way the Stow Lake Corporation people did. Sure I could offer Costco*** food, 60-year-old boats, no preservation. But what we’re offering includes environmental measures to make it something special. What we’re offering is totally different and much much better.

Commissioner Lee Is there some halfway point where we could increase the minimum rent?

RPD’s Nick Kinsey: The RFQ emphasized capital improvements.

Commissioner Lee: This is the first I’ve heard of Mr. Ortega’s offer. Are we getting the best deal we possibly can?

Other Commissioner: If he matched apples to apples with the McClellans then he could offer more money as well. That’s a fair statement. I don’t think it’s appropriate tonight to reneogtiate the lease.

Commissioner Lee: I agree but I voted no before  because I wanted to emphasize the rent. So that’s why I will vote no tonight, for that reason and other reasons. [Golf applause.]

Direct democracy runs amok under the dome of City Hall:



All right, let’s see the vote:

Commissioner Lee opposes and all the others vote aye so that’s that.

*I swear, I’ve never not met a NIMBY who’s a millionaire. “No, I’m not a millionaire” – that’s what they all say but they’re all lying to you.  Let’s put that together now – I’ve never not met a NIMBY who’s a millionaire who claims NOT to be a millionaire. It’s uncanny. If you bought a house and didn’t move for 30 years, you’d go NIMBY yourself, prolly…

**To be fair, the issue of Stow Lake came in at the end of an already-long session. The bulk of the meeting concerned how much everybody hates some guy named Hank.

***Ouch, that’s like all I eat, the Costco food.

Stow Lake Boathouse Judgment Day is Finally Upon Us – Listen In at 2:00 PM as the “Historic Snack Bar” Gets Terminated

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Terminated with extreme prejudice, that is.

I don’t know man, I’ve seen more than my fair share of NIMBY groups and hysterical societies in the 415 over the years, but the absurdly-named Save Stow Lake campaign is, without a doubt, the worst in recent history.

See the NIMBYs  go down in flames starting at 2:00 PM (at the earliest, tonight’s meeting could be a long one) at the SFGTV.

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Here’s a mini photo essay and here are all the deets.

Artist’s conception of the Stow Lake boat repair facility, post-termination. It will be a cafe soon:

Recreation and Park Commission to Approve New Vendor at Stow Lake Boathouse December 2nd, or Soon Thereafter

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Appears as if there’ll be some changes coming to Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake Boathouse – our Board of Rec and Park will vote on the matter on December 2nd, 2010, anyway.

Check out the PowerPoint and the new lease if you want.

(The phrase “pink popcorn” is used three times, IIRC)

Out with the boat repair room and in with a cafe:

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All the deets:

“On December 2, 2010, the Recreation and Park Commission will consider approving a Lease with Ortega Family Enterprises, doing business as Stow Lake Boathouse, LLC for the lease and operation of the Stow Lake Boathouse. The Commission meeting will be in City Hall Room 416 and will begin at 2:00 PM.

The lease is available for review on the Department’s website by following the link below.

Lease
http://sfrecpark.org/documents/Ortega_Stow_Lake_Lease.pdf

To review the Department’s Presentation from recent Community Meetings regarding Stow Lake, please follow the link below.
http://sfrecpark.org/documents/Presentation_of_Ortega_Proposal_and_Lease.pdf

LEASE
between
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, Landlord
and
Ortega Family Enterprises
dba
Stow Lake Boathouse, LLC. Lessee
For the Lease and Management of
the Stow Lake Boathouse
in
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California
November 22, 2010
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO RECREATION and PARK COMMISSION
Mark Buell, President
Tom Harrison, Vice President
Gloria Bonilla, Commissioner
David E. Lee, Commissioner
Meagan Levitan, Commissioner
Lawrence Martin, Commissioner
Philip A. Ginsburg, General Manager