Posts Tagged ‘kickoff’

Resolved: The Presidio Landmark Apartments Should Lower Rents by 20 Percent. Anyway, Big Green Party Tomorrow

Friday, September 24th, 2010

No doubt the Presidio Landmark apartments are Mega Turbo Double Awesome, but if they’ve only rented out 2% of the units after two months of trying, then perhaps a reduction in asking prices might be called for? Just asking.

Nay, demanding.

You don’t want the Landmark to turn into the Overlook, right?

So many empty hallways…

Anyway, as promised, there’s a big party tomorrow up in that whole Public Health Service District (PHSD) just north of Lake Street. All the deets are below.

(Now, don’t even think about trying to drive your fly hoopty onto the grounds of the PHSD for the big shingdig. Again, deets below.)

“FROM MARINE HOSPITAL TO PRESIDIO’S 1ST GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD – OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATES RE-BIRTH OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE DISTRICT

Presidio of San Francisco (September 23, 2010) – The Presidio’s historic Public Health Service District (PHSD),established more than a century ago to provide care to mariners from around the world, has been rehabilitated as a welcoming new gateway to the Presidio. It now features residences, cultural and educational organizations and public trails that link the Presidio’s natural, historic and recreational attractions. The Presidio Trust, along with its development partner Forest City, is celebrating the re-birth of this corner of the park with a “Green” Grand Opening Saturday, September 25 from 11am to 4pm.

Visitors to the open house will be among the first to visit the Presidio’s first green neighborhoodand explore places long hidden from public view.  They will have the opportunity to take self-guided tours of newly rehabilitated buildings and landscapes around the district; explore an EcoVillage showcasing sustainable ideas and products; enjoy local food, art, and live music; and participate in kid-friendly activities courtesy of the Presidio YMCA. 

It goes on and on, see you after the jump

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Mark Your Calendars: Public Health Service District Green Grand Opening in the Presidio September 25th

Monday, August 30th, 2010

You (but not your car) are invited to the “Green” Grand Opening of the Presidio’s Public Health Service District on Saturday, September 25th, 2010.  This joint will occur in and around the Presidio Landmark, which is just north of Lake and 15th Avenue.

Check it:

An Open House Celebrating the Public Health Service District

Saturday, September 25
11 am to 4 pm

The Public Health Service District – site of the park’s largest historic building – has been revitalized as a “green” neighborhood where people live, work, and enjoy the outdoors. Be among the first to explore and enjoy this historic area long closed to the public.

Learn more about the Public Health Service District.

As it looked just a couple years ago:

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See you there!

Questions? (415) 561-5418

  • Tour the historic former hospital (now Presidio Landmark housing), nurses’ quarters, and surgeon’s houses, and learn how they have been sustainably transformed into contemporary homes and workplaces
  • San Francisco food carts and music
  • EcoVillage showcasing sustainable ideas and non-profit organizations
  • Lobos Creek Scenic Overlook and Anza Historic Trail
  • Fun for kids provided by the Presidio Community YMCA
  • Presentations by staff who worked on the projects
  • Tenant open houses
  • Sustainable Prizes, giveaways and more

 Getting to the event:

Downlad a map with driving and transit directions

The Public Health Service District is located in the southern Presidio, inside the 14th and 15th Avenue Gates, just west of Mountain Lake. There is NO EVENT PARKING within the Public Health Service District, but free parking is available on the Main Post. Please read the transportation options below.

1) Drive to the Main Post and Take the Free Event Shuttle to the Open House
Drive to the Presidio’s Main Post and park at the south end of the Main Parade Ground (near Presidio Bowling Center). Parking is free. Special shuttles will pick you up from this point and take you to the events at the Public Health Service District. Free shuttle service runs on a continuous loop every 15 minutes between the Main Post and the Public Health Service District from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2) MUNI
The closest MUNI routes to the event site are the Geary and California lines, and the MUNI 28. After getting off the bus, walk to the Public Health Service District. Enter at either the 14th Avenue or 15th Avenue Gate.

3) Bike
Bicycle to the event and enjoy free bike valet parking. Enter at either the 14th Avenue or 15th Avenue Gate. For a map of bicycle trails at the Presidio Trust, click here.

Yes on Proposition G Headquarters Opens in the Castro – Fix MUNI Now Kicks Off

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

From SF FYI Net came the news of the kickoff of the Yes on Prop G HQ down in the Castro this AM. See?

August 21, 2010 – Saturday

Fix Muni Now – Yes on G Headquarters Opening
When: August 21, 2010 – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to ll:30 a.m.
Where: 538 Castro, San Francisco
What: Kickoff Headquarters opening for Yes on G.
Information:
info@fixmuninnow.com

A throng gathered at 538 Castro* near 18th Street to hear Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, District 8 Supervisor hopeful Scott Wiener** and others get the volunteers fired up.

Via N Judah

Frankly, I can’t see this one losing. Check out Prop G propaganda/news links after the jump. 

*Shared with Scott Wiener – he has the left-side window box and the rear of the space while Yes on G has the right side and the front. It’s quite cozy.

“*Wiener dogs come from Vienna” – that’s how you remember how to write his name. Maybe this spelling will come naturally to me before the race against Rafael Mandelman and Rabecca Prozan ends come November.

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Theresa Sparks Kicks Off Campaign for District Six on Sixth at the Newish Passion Cafe

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

I’d say that there was a moderate turnout this morning down at Sixth Street near Market for the launch of this campaign for District 6 Supervisor.

Linda Post of SF FYI Net was on the scene. Enjoy.

Theresa, Passion Cafe owner Steve and Senator Mark Leno:

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This is a view you can get of the changing Sixth Street area from the new rooftop bar:

This race, primarily with Debra Walker and Jane Kim it would seem, is 14 weeks from being over so I’ll have to start paying attention.

Here’s the release:

“Sparks Campaign Launch Big Draw. District 6 candidate brings together a true community crowd at campaign kickoff
 
San Francisco – As Theresa Sparks kicked off her campaign for District 6 Supervisor campaign at Passion Café in the Mid-Market area, one thing is clear:  there is a coalition of community leaders, elected officials and business leaders, both progressive and moderate, rallying around her campaign. Her message: we need a new direction for District 6.
 
As I look across the crowd today, it’s clear we have a unique group coming together to demand real experience and common sense in their Supervisor,” said Sparks.  “Our campaign is leading this race because of the strength of our diversity and how people of District 6 are demanding a new way.”
 
The nearly overflowing room at Passion Café included leaders from across District 6 from the Tenderloin and Van Ness to South of Market and Inner Mission.  The over 130 attendees heard from Sparks’ endorser and campaign co-chair, State Senator Mark Leno, and District 6 Supervisor Bevan Dufty talk about why they are part of the Sparks for 6 team.  Business leaders and community activists from across the District 6 and San Francisco all came together under one message: we need a new direction in District 6 and San Francisco.
 
It was the President of the Small Business Advocates, Art Swanson, who summed up the event best, “Theresa Sparks is building a coalition of business leaders and community activists, small business owners and large building owners and moderates and progressives — a coalition that has never been seen before in San Francisco.”
 
Sparks told the crowd that we need to ensure that everyone, whether live on Sixth Street or South of Market has a voice at City Hall.  As Supervisor, she pledged to use her experience as a business leader and community activist to bring people together to rebuild Mid-Market, bring jobs back to San Francisco and help revive our economy.
 
““The people here today and people across District 6 are tired of the political bickering that stifles real change,” said Sparks. “They want to bring back hope, opportunity and economic prosperity back to their neighborhoods – as the next District 6 Supervisor, that will be my top priority.”
 
For more information, please visit www.sparksfor6.com to learn more about Theresa or join the “Sparks for 6” Facebook page.”

Debut of Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market a Huge Success – Popular, If a Bit Pricey

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market kicked off yesterday and it’s already on the Yelp, believe it or not. A good time was had by all.

Mary Ladd has the deets on this latest way to grocery shop up in the Great White North. Check it.

 An anthropomorphic organic  hot dog/carrot welcomes you to the Safeway Gate at the back-door of Fort Mason:

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The mise-en-scene, not too far from our refugee Panhandle Bandshell. It’s big, baby.

Greens Restaurant is back there on the left. Mmmm….greens.

Is this a good price? No se.

Snap Pea-flavor Scream Sorbet -perche no?

And what else was up there but a mini showroom for Public Bikes, that joint from Dan Tan-Nguyen and others about town.

This event is a California Farmers’ Markets Association Certified Farmers’ Market, don’t you know:

It’ll run every Sunday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM all the way through October.

See you there!

Bay Citizen Launch Party at the Great American Music Hall a Huge Success

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[Whoops, spoke too soon - turns out that the SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle's Katie Baker was en la casa. The conspiracy of silence broken.]

Despite all the obituaries written earlier this year, The Bay Citizen celebrated its launch yesterday at the Great American Music Hall. Some TBC editors on the scene were fretting about getting a new batch of “stately idiom” finished up for the following morning, but a good time was had by all.

They literally rolled out the red carpet in the Tenderloin last night:

Who was there? Everybody. (Everybody excepting some of the hAtERz in local media who feel any new investment should go to existing concerns, you know, the ones that employ the hAtERz themselves. The hAtERz that showed somehow even managed to generate, with noticeable effort, Mona Lisa smile/smirks for the camera.) The place was packed from the get-go, baby. Check out the Party Pix from E.B.Boyd showing who all was there.

Standing room only:

Bay Citizen CEO Lisa Frazier (pronounced fraze-yah) started things off by inviting Founder Warren Hellman to play a  song.

Lois Beckett snapped the chorus and here are the full lyrics to the sing-a-long tune Hardly Strictly News.  Note the A-A-B-B rhyming scheme. Also note:

“We met with Lisa Frazier who pronounced ‘for now it will be free’/
A multi-layered news hub is the only way to be.”

What, “for now?” Uh oh:

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Anyway, F. Warren appeared to be somewhat irked by the constant chatter of the assembled throng. Oh well.

Here’s the mise-en-scene from up on the catwalk:

A big thank you to all the founding investors, founding members, patrons, and corporate sponsors. Notably, Dede Wilsey’s name isn’t on this list, so perhaps she just recently kicked in her seven figure donation? (Or let’s call it a $500,000 donation with Uncle Sucker kicking another half mil., mas o menos. That’s the thing with non-profit journalism – the federal govmint lowers your taxes by about 50 cents for every dollar you donate, assuming you pay a lot of taxes in the first place. This is the Unfair Advantage that the Chronicle people complain about. Speaking of which, nothing yet about TBC from the SFC – check for yourself.)  

Everybody’s a star:

$5 tote bags just like Trader Joe’s and the KQED, plus loads of free bumper stickers:

The lives of the party: 

Anyway, had to bail early to get down to Massive Attack at the Warfield while Arcadio was playing the TBC party. The booze was flowing and the place was still packed when I left, anyway.

Bon Courage, Bay Citizen!

All the deets, after the jump

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Divisadero Streetscape Improvements Kick Off – Cafe Mojo Parklet Officially Christened

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Here’s the scene this morning at the official ceremony kicking off all the Divisadero Streetscape Improvements and the Cafe Mojo Parklet at 639 Divisidero betwixt Hayes and Grove.

BIKE NOPA has all the deets for the new parklet in front of popular Mojo Bicycle Cafe, where you are beseeched to “ride in – hang out – get your fix – ride on.”

Of course District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimiwas there* – he was working the crowd and expressing his appreciation for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety on the Divisadero Corridor. He also pointed out the success of the nearby Divisadero Farmer’s Market, which is no longer seasonal. It’s open every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM year-round these days.

Mayor Gavin Newsom addressing a large crowd on the tiny parklet:

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And all the while, the honking yellow Hummer of Main Contractor Synergy Project Management was discretely parked across the street, as discretely as possible given that it’s a honking yellow Hummer:

I’m on the record as not being a big fan of all the changes, but oh well.

SocketSite has more info about Divis and Curbed SF has all the history, as you’d expect.

Brand new median trees and old-school streetlamps for as far as the eye can see:

These days, it’s Mojo a gogo. A fixie bike mounted outdoors as art:

 

Welcome to the New Divisidero.

*Wearing the same drip-dry suit he was wearing at the recent opening of the Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool.

All the deets, after the jump

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Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi Reopens Hamilton Recreation Center With a Splash

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

This was the scene at Geary and Steiner in the Western Addition / Japantown area today as hundreds gathered to see the debut of the new Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool. This place has it all – basketball, tennis courts, giant murals, the works.

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After hearing a performance from students at the Willie L. Brown, Jr. College Preparatory Academy

…and some brief heckling from Giants Cap, who wants laid-off RPD employees rehired…

…out comes Ross Mirkarimi, your District 5 Supervisor, to give his stemwinder, as seen on this CNN iReport (entitled “‘Bay Area Girls’” Teanage Girls perform [Pat Benatar's 'I love Rock and Roll'] at the Inaugural of the Hamilton Recreation Center”) and then cut the ribbon:

The mise-en-scene inside - it’s like a mini water park. Throw in an orca or two and then there’d be no reason to travel to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (aka Marine World) in Vallejo:

But who’s that atop the ladder for the yellow slide wearing his street clothes? It’s Ross!

Here he comes down the slide…

…and here’s the aftermath, looked like fun. Bill Wilson should have some good shots of the wettened supe. [Like this.]

OTOH, the orange slide is terrifying, apparently:

(I think you’re supposed to cross your arms like you’re an ejecting pilot – that’s what some people were doing in the orange tube/slide contraption.)

Not sure how much it costs to employ six(!) lifeguards (that would seem a lot more than required at slide-free Sava Pool in the Parkside) but oh well.

Bon courage, Ham Rec!

Jerry Brown is Looking Good at his Campaign Kickoff Today

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

But As Always, You Make The Call.

Do you think this guy is like Grandpa Simpson, rambling on about irrelevancies?

Or do you think this guy is ready to be California’s Once and Future Governor?

All the deets, after the jump

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A Big Kickoff for Census 2010 Today – Or, How the Feds Lie to Us

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Can you envision the Feds thinking about the best way to get word out about the 2010 Census – can’t you just see them all coming up with the same meme at the same time:

“OMG, OMG, Bus Tour!”*

That was the plan for early this morning, having the Great Census Bus, a prime mover of the Portrait of America Regional Census Road Tour, roll across the Golden Gate Bridge at 4:00AM and then meander to Civic Center by noon for speeches and a “Census Fair” under the dome of City Hall. Bonus: “surprise celebrity guests” will be on the scene.

O.K. fine.

Now here’s the Good the Bad and the Ugly of your 2010 Census.

The Good: Everybody will get the same ten questions this go around – the “long form” is gone. Why? Cause the Govmint randomly asking 17% of respondents how many bathrooms they have, well that pissed people off and that hurt the compliance rate. (My grandmother, for one, was hopping mad about being compelled to complete her long form ten years back. Pourquoi moi? Pourquoi moi? Je ne sais pas pourquoi. Pourquoi pas, Grand-Mère?)

The Bad: You can’t use the Internet to fulfill your obligation. Oddly enough, they let you go online in 2000, but they won’t for 2010. Pourquoi? Encore, pourquoi pas? The World Wide Web might make things easier on you, but the Feds don’t want to deal with iPhoned-up poindexters such as yourself.

The Ugly: The information you give could be used to round you up when some government agency feels like it. That’s unlikely to be a big concern for you for a bunch of reasons, but the Census Bureau has a bad record of fessing up about the times they messed up in the past. Hey, let’s review right now.

Here’s 2020 Van Ness back in the day, back in 1942 when census data was used to round up Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans (ask about our “just one drop of Japanese blood” policy!) living in the area.

Your Census Bureau at Work. Next stop: a horse stable or an “alien reception facility” in the high desert about 11 hours from here. (OMG, OMG, Bus Tour!)

The same place today, for comparison:

Now, the Boys at the Census had a defense for their failures during WWII (detailed here, from about 20 years ago), but it turns out they were lying about that. Scientific American has the deets.

I guess I wasn’t too impressed with this dog and pony show from last year. Actually, that meeting had to do with sending out letters informing people about the census in languages other than English, which is fine, as the Feds eventually decided, but IMO the Bureau should be upfront about their issues with privacy.

Just saying.

Anyway, a census requirement is burned into the Constitution, so brace yourselves for March 2010, when the forms go out.

(And thank Gaia you’re not a census worker doing Caucasian Outreach in some place like western Montana. Based upon my short stop at a Chevron near the Idaho Panhandle back in the aughts, well, representing the Feds could be a very challenging gig, is all I can say.) 

“On behalf of the San Francisco’s office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs and the Complete Count Committee, I would like to invite our community to attend the SF 2010 Census Kickoff Rally and Information Fair on Monday January 4th from 12 noon to 2:00 PM at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco.

Program highlights are drum jam opening performance by local performers on City Hall steps, remarks by the Mayor and members of the Board of Supervisors and some surprise celebrity guests.

The importance of this rally is to start the United States 2010 Census. This count happens every ten years and it is important for our community to be counted accurately so it can obtain proper allocation of the federal, state and local resources.

On Monday January 4th, the Portrait of America Road Tour bus will start at 4:00 AM at Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, filmed by national media, and drive through San Francisco neighborhoods, arriving at City Hall at Noon for the rally. The Road Tour will continue its travel across America to collect images and stories from thousands of people across the country, explaining why the census will make a difference to their community.”

*Or vehicle tour, we’ll see when it gets here – somebody from Census 2010 told me they were going to use buses, but that was a while back…