Posts Tagged ‘michela’

Wow, San Francisco Magazine: Four Pages of Flowcharts From Chris Smith Will Tell You Who’ll Become Our Next Mayor

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Chris Smith’s article with graphics in the current San Francisco Magazine appears to have been created last month, but that’s O.K. – it still works just fine and it should stay relevant over the coming 12 months.

Check out the the half-a-yard-wide, double double-truck flowcharts right here starting at page 50.

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In related news, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu‘s star appears to be rising.

And here’s the latest take from San Francisco’s smartest media person“Sweet Melissa” Griffin.

Or, you can chuck all that and just get a Ouija board in order to consult with a favorite passed-away political consultant – your choice.

Prop L / Sit-Lie / Civil Sidewalks Update: The Reverend Billy at 1:00 PM Today – Praveen Madan’s Viewpoint – FTC’s Backyard

Monday, October 25th, 2010

First up comes the Reverend Billy, who plans to “exorcise” Proposition L today en La Mission. (Now, “Wheezy” wants me back at the Help Center so I can’t go, but this event should prove amusing.) Deets after the jump.

Next up, comes The BookSmith‘s Praveen Madan, who doesn’t like the sit / lie.

And here’s Scott James, who points out that “Without Cash, Sit/Lie Won’t Share Santa Cruz Program’s Success.”

And finally, let’s a take a look at a pro-Prop L rally from a while ago – it was held at FTC Skate Boarding, a close of neighbor of the aforementioned BookSmith book sto’.

This was the scene on Haight Street, with these people voicing opposition to L:

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And here’s FTC owner Kent Uyehara a few door down, talking about why he’s supporting Civil Sidewalks, with SFPD Police Chief George Gascon in the background there:

Now I can’t tell you all the shenanigans planned for this rally by some of the anti-L people because I don’t know all the deets, but nothing occurred because FTC’s secured and ginormous backyard was the venue. See? Look, Michela Alioto-Pier was there:

And here’s Paul Henderson, of the office of District Attorney Kamala Harris:

And speaking of District 2, candidate for Supervisor Mark Farrell was on the scene as well:

You get to this private backyard via a tunnel between two buildings on  Haight Street – it’s amazing. (Come the Revolution, this thing will become Peoples Park West, no doubt.) Note old-school bathtub:

And, oh, here’s District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu carrying water for Civil Sidewalks in the Middle / “Outer” Sunset (The Midset!) on Irving in the rain yesterday:

So that’s your Prop L / Sit-Lie / Civil Sidewalks Update.

The Rev. Billy, and more from Carmen, after the jump

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Now That Michela Alioto-Pier is Out of the District 2 Supe Race, Mark Farrell Emerges as the Interesting Candidate

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Almost feel as if I owe our City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera (who is certainly on the list of the smartest pols in town)* an apology for thinking he was tilting at windmills by pursuing the whole Michela Alioto Pier appointed-to-a-term-of-more-than-two-years thing.**

Anywho, feel free to read all three press releases I just received on this matter.

Now, on to new bidness. What up, Mark Farrell? (He’s going house to house, door to door these days – see  Comments.) Is he the dark horse?

“As fundraising leaders, we have raised more than any other candidate in this race and have over 750 individual donors – half of which are in District 2 and San Francisco.”

O.K. then. Of course he lacks the official embrace from that “Politburo” known as the Central Committee (aka DCCC), ’cause Janet Reilly has that all locked-up lock, stock, and barrel. But who knows what will happen with this race. 

We’ll find out more at the next big debate emceed by Sweet Melissa Griffin. (You’d think they’d have one skedded soon…)

Now, as promised, the dueling press releases, starting with this classy and pithy bit from MAP herself:

“I believed and continued to believe that the intent of the voters as reflected in the plain language of our city charter allows me to run for second four year term.  While I am disappointed in the outcome, I of course respect the judicial process. I will continue to work hard for the residents of my district and the people of San Francisco for the remainder of my time in office.”

And here’s the reaction from Mark (and not Mike, oh no) Farrell:

“With today’s decision by the California Supreme Court not to review the California Appellate Court’s decision regarding the eligibility of Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier in the District 2 Supervisor race, our campaign is beginning the final campaign sprint towards Election Day. 
 
I would like to state, unequivocally, that I am an ardent and vocal supporter of Supervisor Alioto-Pier and I am proud to call her my friend.  As a fellow native San Franciscan, I believeshe has represented the values of District 2 in City Hall, and I hope she will continue to seek out new opportunities to serve our City.
 
From Day 1, our campaign has been about bringing a neighborhood voice and returning real financial and budget experience back to City Hall.  I believe more than ever that my background as an attorney, finance professional and small business owner is exactly what we need at the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco, and I will work tirelessly until Election Day to ensure this message is heard throughout District 2.
 
We are excited about how far we have come in this race and we know how much we have accomplished:

·         As fundraising leaders, we have raised more than any other candidate in this race and have over 750 individual donors – half of which are in District 2 and San Francisco.
·         Our incredible field campaign has identified thousands of voters, garnered hundreds of volunteers and has captains in every one of our 60 precincts.
 
And now, we have polling data which shows, in real numbers, how much we have accomplished and how voters want real change – not the typical “institutional” political candidates that seek office simply out of a desire to become politicians.  San Francisco voters want a new direction for our City government, and I am running to bring their voice to City Hall.
 
Thank you to my supporters, friends and volunteers for sticking with us throughout this entire time.  Thank you to my amazing staff who have worked hard every day to keep us in the best position to win this race. 
 
To my wife Liz, my Mom and Dad and my children Madison and Jack, thank you for all you have done to get us to this point.  I love you all very, very much!
 
Now, with fewer than 9 weeks left, we have a lot of work to do – I am excited, motivated, and look forward to seeing everyone out on the campaign trail!”

And get the statement from Dennis Jose Herrera, after the jump.

* Along with, and in no particular order, Rafael Mandelman, Scott Wiener, Carmen Chu, David Chiu, David Campos, Eric Mar, and Phil Ting, among others.

** I don’t know, if I were charged by the electorate the task of delivering empty bottles of milk to everyone in town every morning, I’d just do it. I wouldn’t speculate on what they really meant, I wouldn’t guess and give them something sensible like 2%, I’d just give them exactly what they ordered. But that’s just me.  

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San Francisco Hearts TARGET – NIMBYs Thwarted at Abandoned Mervyns on Masonic Last Night

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Boy oh boy, at least a couple certified San Francisco NIMBYs had steam coming out of their ears after seeing the warm reception the Target Team got last night. Oh well.

SFist has the reaction, and Alan Wang of KGO-TV / ABC7 has the story, and, oh, here are bits from SF.StreetsBlog‘s hardworking Matt Baumethe Face Book, Dain Fitzgerald, Beth “target! target! target!” SpotswoodBike NOPA, Zach Perkins, and Katie Worth. (Interestingly, SFGate, San Francisco’s Internet Newspaper, has nothing about Our Empty Mervyn’s today, just a bit on Target’s new Harlem joint in New Yawk.)

The upshot on yesterday’s event from the Twitter:

Not a single NIMBY hysteric. Just very understandable concerns and questions. Wow SF, sometimes your reasonability surprises me!”

Well, the NIMBYs will just have to bide their time. They’ll have to put their thinking caps on to combat the likes of lovely Target-fanatic Charlize Theron and her loyal pet, Bullseye. Too bad C.T. wasn’t in town, maybe she could have dropped by and warmed up the nabe (51 F. and windy windy) yesterday evening. Or Heidi Klum, whomever.

And oh, here’s a bit from a rich yuppie* who lives in the the Western Addition (but doesn’t know it). Apparently, he was too busy taking photos with his expensive camera with its expensive image stabilized lens (to later process on his expensive Apple computer) to address the crowd. Oh well.

Now, on with the show:

Step right in for the Community Meeting:

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Roam the halls, if you want:

Big, in’nt? About 100,000 square feet big:

But what’s this, “I Heart Target?” What kind of NIMBY meeting is this?

It’s not a NIMBY meeting at all, it’s a YIMBY affair, it’s like when can you move in, Target?

Mercy! Moving on…

Regional Development Manager John Dewes introduced himself to the crowd to kick things off. He said he was here in town “to talk and listen.”

Of course the 130 assembled San Franciscans (mas o menos, that was my nose count) had notes for Target’s straight-outta-Minneapolis Away Team, don’t you know. We had some ideas to express while noshing on straight-outta-the-SoMA-Costco biscotti and Brownie Bites.

But before all that, let’s look at some renderporn du Tar-GHEY:

That was the Geary frontage, here’s the Masonic si-iiiide:

What an improvement:

And what’s this, wind turbines on top? Yes:

The whole shebang will be in the Heart of the City, near the Masonic Trader Joes:

Here’s the close-up:

And just look at all the bus stops:

And here’s the pitch, from straight-out-of-Central-Casting architect Thom Lasley.

Target could open by early 2012, if all things go well. Generally, they open stores during the months of April, July and September, so there you go. This store would have less than 100,000 square feet of selling space, so it will be considerably smaller than a typical suburban Target, which offers you about 135,000 sq.ft. to peruse. Still, a Target is a Target so the product mix wouldn’t be too far off from what you’d expect.

Now comes Question and Answer Time.

1. Howard Epstein, Chair of San Francisco Republican(!) Party, asked about the number of employees at the store. The Masonic outlet would have about 250 employees, as would the proposed Target store down at Metreon in SoMA. Nobody could hazard a guess as to how much these stores would add to the tax base.

2. The Target Team will look into trip generation, the amount of increased activity in the area. They are well aware that they won’t be getting “traditional suburban guests.” Their customers will be younger and be more likely to bike or walk to and fro.

3. District 2 resident and political candidate and mom Kat Anderson asked about the hiring of seniors and students, the availability of a delivery service and whether T would participate in a bike share program. This garnered the replies you’d expect from fashionable Target Communications Manager Sarah Bakken. (Currently, Target does not deliver from stores anywhere in America.)

4. A University Terrace resident said her neighbors supported the proposal. Her daughter inquired about the availability of mac and cheese.

5. A resident from just across the street “loves” T but worries over parking.

6. Another local pushed for the use of renewable energy and local contractors when building time begins.

7. A pushy woman voiced concern over gender and age discrimination when hiring-time starts. Still, she thinks T would be “wonderful for the neighborhood.”

8. A Ewing Terrace resident worried about delivery times and hoped that they wouldn’t come at night. John Dewes said that there would be three to four truck deliveries per week. Then he responded to a question about a development timeline. We’re still way at the beginning now, a conditional use permit and approval from the Planning Department are a ways down the road. However, since the proposal would be just an “interior remodel,”  no CEQA-style environmental impact report should be required. Anyway, project approval could come by the end of 2010.

9. A woman fretted about the line of cars on Masonic due to the nearby Trader Joes and wondered if Target would consider the use of parking attendants to direct drivers. John Dewes “doesn’t see that kind of congestion” on the horizon for Target.

10 A Duboce Park resident polled the neighbors in his building – these are people he knows shop at Target owing to all the shopping bags he sees getting recycled. He said 19 out of 20 people he surveyed supported the Target store on Masonic. He feels sales tax revenue should go to San Francisco instead of Colma. He was surprised to see the crowd’s support of the project given that “all you hear in the media” is that San Francisco is “anti-chain.”

11. A woman reminded us all that San Francisco is a “transit first city,” so she asked whether toilet paper come in something less than a 36 pack. The answer is that 12-packs would be available in light of special circumstances of San Francisco shoppers.

12. A younger fellow asked T to post hearing dates on a website so that pro-Target residents could “pack the hearings.” (Two known area NIMBYs reacted in disgust, kind of smirking at each other.)

13.  Another person worried about the increase in traffic exiting on O’Farrell and also about the closeness of Trader Joes. Thom Lasley assured all that the food sold at the two stores would complement each other. TJ’s would continue to have higher end stuff while T would focus on “staples.”

You get the idea. It went on and on.

Now, let’s hear from the pols. Hardworking Richmond District Supervisor Eric Mar et filia Jade took a bunch of notes but then had to leave for another appointment:

District 5 Supe Ross Mirkarimi came to express his concerns over traffic on Masonic, local hiring, and the Geary B.R.T.

He’s seen here with property-owning KLA Geary L.L.C. representative Adam Miller, Target Communcations Manager Sarah Bakken, and Tar-chitect Thom Lasley:

Speaking of pols, aforementioned District 2 candidate Kat Anderson was a fireball of energy, typing up a mess of notes on her MacBook and graciously forwarding them to me:

Here’s just part of her shorthand:

“Target started in 1962 but grew out of Dayton Hudson (1946 policy instituted to give 5% back to the communities of our stores, which is $3 million per week).  Within the Bay Area last year, community giving was almost $ 1 mill in SF and $3 mill in the Bay Area.   (ie, last week:  Arts and Wonder.  Nonprofits going back to 1991 inc. SF Aids Foundation, Asian Art, de Young, Take Charge of Education, support to 85 schools in SF; even tho’ we don’t have a store in SF, we know that many of our guests live in SF.”

Kat typified the crowd, supporting the proposal but also expressing concern about specific issues.

Now, who else was there - how about Bill Barnes, aide to District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto Pier, and Alex Tourk, Founder of Ground Floor Public Affairs?

The whole thing went on and on until after 8:00 PM.

(People, obviously Target’s going to do traffic studies, right? So why not give them a chance to do that, right? Obviously, there will be some sort of local-hiring program imposed by the City, the same way that was done with our Costco in the SoMA. I mean, that’s baked into the cake already, right? And people, Target won’t need to have Trader Joe’s-style parking attendants because Target will have ample parking, capiche? And if you Fix Masonic people want to take out a bunch of parking spaces on Masonic to put in proper bike lanes, well, be my guest and go for it. But it’s not Target’s job to take an expensive ride on your hobby horse, right? In the meantime, just pilot your bikes onto the needlessly-wide sidewalks of the hilly parts of Masonic, as I do, depending on conditions.)

So let’s see here, as Santa Barbara goes, so goes San Francisco? Probably not.

We’ll get our Targets, finally, eventually.

Expect More, Pay Less(TM), baby. Leave Us Begin living in the red.

Bon courage, Target. Excelsior.

*Ah, a response from a The Square person, who draws attention to this “news story” link. Fair enough. Be sure to let them know if you think their bit is biased - they’re looking for feedback. And they want to know from me if I think they’re “disconnected” from the community. I don’t know, based on their editorial (linked to above), sure, they’re disconnected from the people that showed up to the meeting, anyway.

All right let’s see here, I tell you I don’t know what “parts of the Western Addition” means, actually, the whole shebang betwixt Larkin in the Tenderloin and Divisidero out west is the Western Addition, right? Check your real estate papers filed with the City and County – they’ll say “WESTERN ADDITION,” srsly.

All right, what else, apparently, I’m going to need to “research thoroughly” any comments I make online about The Square. All right, I’ll have to show my work then, uh, Canon 7D “premium” camera ownership + Canon 24-105mm IS + Apple PC + elitist attitude + strong NIMBY tendencies + poorly argued editorial + lives in the Western Addition but doesn’t know it + strongly attached to real estate industry microneighborhood marketing names = rich yuppie, somewhat disconnected from the regular people of the Western A. Is that a personal attack? I don’t know. A lot of people the world over would love to trade places, I’m sure.

Don’t Forget About Target’s NIMBY Extortion Meeting at the Abandoned Mervyn’s on Masonic

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

[UPDATE: There was a good turnout with lots of media on the scene.]

It’s on tonight at 6:30 PM! Here’s your scorecard right here from Bike NOPA, which has lately received nothing but snark from the likes of Matt Smith and “Crazy” Rob Anderson.*

Is a one-hour meeting going to be long enough to record all the demands from all the NIMBY’s?

Now what about this? What if Target Corporation just buys off the NIMBY extortion groups with a little cashola? I’ll tell you, it worked for STI, the owner of Sutro Tower, didn’t it? Oh yes, that’s why those people up there don’t gripe as much about that big old structure raining paint chips down on them and whatnot. See?

13. STI agrees to contribute:

a. $ 3,000.00 per year to the Midtown Terrace Home Owners Association. The initial contribution payable prior to December 31, 2008. Subsequent contributions to be made on or before July 1 of each year.

b. $ 4,500.00 one time contribution to the Twin Peaks Improvement Association for an open space improvement project.

c. $ 6,000.00 one time contribution to the Forrest [sic] Knolls Neighborhood Organization to replace the Forrest Knolls [sic again - Run Forrest Run!] entrance sign.

d. $ 10,000.00 one time contribution for the benefit of the surrounding area to purchase two drinking fountains one each at the walking paths around two area reservoirs. The contribution will be payable only when the fountains are approved by the appropriate agencies and actually purchased.

That’s how the game gets played in the 415. (A little hush money can work wonders.) Or sometimes, the president of the nimbyhood group will get a private meeting with a developer and a deal will be struck where a family member of the Chief NIMBY will get hired on as a “consultant” or something. Or the deep pockets will fund a pet project that the NIMBIes themselves don’t want to pay for. Same deal.

But the idea of  this store coming to town is so popular (OMGTARGETMIGHTGOWHEREMERVYNSUSEDTOBEONMASONIC!) that perhaps the Target people need offer only a few palliative cliches to make the nimbyhood groups go away. We’ll see.

As far as The People, La Raza, are concerned, well they’ve picked up the ball by starting a leafletting campaign. As seen at Geary and Masonic:

Can you see the Masonic TJ’s in the background? It certainly messed up traffic on Masonic but that’s because it wasn’t allowed enough parking spaces because of some reason or other. Oh well.

(I’m not into extortion myself, so I’ll miss this joint.  But when the time’s right, I am going to ask them to consider putting the Chemical Brothers’ We Are the Night in heavy rotation on the store’s Muzak system, at least when they first open.)

On It Goes…

Shakedown 1979 2010/
NIMBYs always have the time

*NB: “Traffic calming” means frustrating drivers so much that, it is hoped, they’ll eventually abandon their preferred means of transport.

Finally! Target Stores Community Meeting on July 21st at Geary/Masonic Mervyn’s Site

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Via BIKE NOPA comes news that the first NIMBY Meeting has been scheduled for the proposed Target store at The City Center mall near the corner of Geary and Masonic. That means that we’re on track to finally have a Target in San Francisco County. (I’ll tell you, I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords.)

Now, what kind of tar-ZHAY do you want? Well, come on over to the empty Mervyn’s on 2675 Geary at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, July 21st and just tell the Target people yourself.

[Via SFist comes word of an unofficial FaceBook page. Already.]

And, believe it or not, even Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, the Mayor of Mervyn’s Heights, is on board with the deal:

“There will be a lot of construction jobs [really? Probably not but...] and more hiring once it opens. Those spaces have been vacant for a long time, so it’s good to see a long-term tenant,” she said. “People seem pretty excited to see the vacant space filled with a Target.”

See? (Wonder what Janet Reilly (campaign kick-off tomorrow!) and/or Kat Anderson [UPDATE: Kat's for Target - check the Comments] think should happen with this giant hulking abandoned structure…)

There aint no stopping us now. Expect good things!

Pathetic Mervyns Heights could use some help, non?

via Dale331

Bon Courage, Target.

See you there!

Ain’t no stoppin’ us now
We’re on the move (yeah-ee-a, yeah-ee-a)
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now
We’ve got the groove
Spice Girls, check it out

There’ve been so many things that have held us down
But now it looks like things are finally comin’ around, yeah
I know we’ve got a long long way to go, yeah
And where we’ll end up
I don’t know
But we won’t let nothing hold us back
We gonna get ourselves together
We gonna polish up our act, yeah
And if you’ve ever been held down before
I know that you refuse to be held down any more, yeah yeah
Don’t you let nothing, nothing
Nothing stand in your way
And all we gonna do
I want you to listen, listen (That’s right)
To every word I say
Every word I say about it

Ain’t no stoppin’ us now
We’re on the move
(You said it, we’ve got the groove)
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now
We’ve got the groove (Whoo-hoo-oo-oo Whoo-hoo-oo)
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now
We’re on the move
(We’ve got the groove)
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now
We’ve got the groove (Yeah)

Look, Lemme tell you this
I know you know someone who’s got a negative vibe (Euhh)
And if you only help it will only keep it alive (Sh-yeah)
They really don’t have nowhere to go
Ask ‘em where they’re going
They don’t know
But we won’t let nothing hold us back
We gonna get ourselves together, come on
We gonna polish up our act, yeah
And if you’ve ever been held down before
I know that you refuse to be held down any more, Oh oh oh

Don’t you let nothing, nothing
(I won’t do it) Stand in your way (No no)
And all we gonna do
I want you to listen, listen
To every word I say
Every word I say about it

Ain’t no stoppin’ us now (That’s right)
We’re on the move
(Nothing gonna, nothing gonna)
(Stop us now, stop us now)
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now, Come on
We’ve got the groove (Whoo-oo-oo yeah yeah)
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now (No no no)
We’re on the move
(On the move, yeah-ee-a, yeah-ee-a)
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now
We’ve got the groove (Yeah)

Now, let’s see it
Don’t wanna stop
Please don’t make me stop (I don’t wanna)
Don’t wanna stop
Please don’t make me stop (No-oh No-oh)
Don’t wanna stop
Please don’t make me stop (I don’t want to)
Don’t wanna stop
Please don’t make me stop
(Uh, y’all spell it out for me)

S-T-O-P-P-I-N
Ain’t no (Doo-oo, Yeah-heh-a)
S-T-O-P- (to the) P- (to the) I-N (You got it)
Ain’t no (Ain’t no, no-no)
S-T-O-P-P-I-N (Go ahead)
Ain’t no (Ain’t no, no-oh-no, no-oh-no)
S-T-O-P- (to the) P- (to the) I-N (Come on)
Ain’t no (No, yeah-ee-a, yeah-ee-a)

Ain’t no stoppin’ us now
We’re on the move
Don’t wanna stop, please don’t make me stop (Yeah yeah)
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now (Yeah)
We’ve got the groove
Don’t wanna stop, please don’t make me stop
(Whoo-oo, Come around with me)

Ain’t no stoppin’ us now
We’re on the move

NIMBY Mentality Revealed in the MUNI / Union Street Showdown

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Apparently, there’ll be some showdown this afternoon at the City Hall SFMTA meeting regarding the proposal to add trailers to some buses on Union Street. That plan, according to some Cow Hollow NIMBYs, turns buses into “monsters.” Perhaps not as monstrous as this 300-passenger job from China or the Knight Bus, but enough to “destroy” the entire neighborhood.

Let’s hear from C.H.N. Marcie Judelson, from her recent letter to the Chronicle. Some excerpts from “No monster buses“:

“monster disturbing huge loud narrow totally inappropriate outraged struggling crippling noisy disturb ruin historic threatens destroy totally outrageous”

You get the idea.

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Here’s something to ponder – if 60-foot buses going down the street destroys the surrounding area, that means that all the other hoods in town with 60-foot buses have already  been destroyed, right? So all you godforsaken souls in the Mission and the Richmond, well you’re dead but you just don’t know it. How can you tolerate subsisting in your non-charming non-village?

That’s the NIMBY mentality.

But, maybe the buses will roll and Life in the Cow Hollow will go on as before?

Yes, in all probability, yes.

Union Street NIMBY Business Owners Have a Good Cry Over New Bus Stops

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Let’s check  in with the Cow Hollow area on Union Street, where lots and lots of business lots are for rent these days, per this recent bit from Sally Kuchar at CurbedSF. Well, here’s the news of the day: There’s a new proposal from MUNI to have bigger bus stops and longer buses on the 41 Union line.

The reaction? Crazy, Kramer-esque banners from millionaire homeowners. See? But don’t laugh, signs like these get results, sometimes. Like when the World’s Smallest Burger King over in the Inner Sunset went under after being subjected to one man’s incessant campaign. RangeLife has the story on that one.

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But let’s hear from today’s Union Street NIMBYs themselves. Happy reading!

60 FEET-LONG MONSTER MUNI BUSES
THREATEN TO PUT SMALL UNION STREET INN OUT OF BUSINESS
 
A SF Muni proposal is currently in the works to establish a 291 feet long Bus Terminus at Union & Fillmore. This is to accommodate 60 feet long articulated buses which are planned for service on Union Street. This act of folly places the terminus at the very doorstep of the Union Street Inn, and could place the very existence of the jewel-like Inn in jeopardy.
 
Objections to the ill-conceived plan voiced by merchants of the Union Street Association at recent meetings were summarily dismissed, leaving the impression that the plan is a done deal. The proceedings were termed “farcical” by some merchants.
 
The impact on The Union Street Inn and other merchants in the area could be crippling. With the small inn already struggling to survive in a bruising economy it is inconceivable to think that Muni would even consider removing five revenue-earning meters directly outside the Inn in order to make way for a totally inappropriate, peace-disturbing terminus that would start operation at 5 am and continue throughout the day.
 
Closure of the award-winning Inn would not only be a tragedy, wrought by bureaucracy run amok, but would also result in a loss of  $40,000 a year paid by the inn through the City Hotel Tax.
 
An appeal for intervention by Supervisor Alioto-Pier has, as yet, only elicited a polite formal response from a Legislative Assistant.
 
CONTACTS: David Coyle, Innkeeper, Union Street Inn, 2229 Union Street; Lesley Leonhardt, Union Street Merchants Assn.