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President Barack Obama Picks Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran as New Board Members of the Presidio Trust

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Here’s the news of the day from our Presidio Trust, or perhaps it was last week’s  - I’m kind of slow on the the uptake sometimes:

“PRESIDENT OBAMA TAPS BUSINESS, CIVIC LEADERS FOR PRESIDIO TRUST BOARD – NANCY BECHTLE RE-APPOINTED BOARD’S CHAIR

Presidio of San Francisco (August 14, 2012) — President Barack Obama has named two prominent Bay Area leaders — Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran — to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. The White House also re-appointed Nancy Bechtle as board chair. Ms. Collins and Mr. Mehran are replacing outgoing board members J. Michael Shepherd and Bill Wilson.

Paula R. Collins is the chief executive officer of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Northern California, and president of Portfolio Real Estate Consulting.

Part of the original project development team for the Moscone Convention Center, Ms. Collins is a founder and director of Presidio Bank in San Francisco, a member of the national board of the Automobile Association of America and has served as an appointee to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. In addition, she is co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a member of the board of the Special Olympics for Northern California and has served on the Board of Directors of the BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Ms. Collins has been awarded the prestigious Silver Spur Award by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research organization, in honor of her dedication to improving the quality of life and economic health of San Francisco; and has been honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the San Francisco Business Times. She graduated cum laude in urban studies from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her master’s degree in city planning from MIT. Ms. Collins replaces Mr. Shepherd on the board.

A Bay Area native, Alex Mehran is the president and chief executive officer of Sunset Development Company, a San Ramon based real estate development, investment, construction and management company founded by his father almost 60 years ago.

Mr. Mehran is chair of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, a trustee of the San Francisco Ballet and a member of the University of California, San Francisco Chancellor’s Associates. In addition, he is a past chairman and current executive committee member of the Bay Area Council and is a former trustee of the Urban Land Institute and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mr. Mehran received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, where he graduated with honors. He earned a law degree, also with honors, from England’s Cambridge University. Mr. Mehran replaces Mr. Wilson.

“Alex and Paula are joining the board at a very exciting time – the Presidio Trust is now financially self-sufficient and we are seeing the benefits of a decade worth of investments in the park,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “Alex and Paula will be instrumental in helping us expand the public benefit of the Presidio to the local community and the nation.”

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Nancy Bechtle grew up across the street from the Presidio, and, as a child would scale the base’s walls to play in Julius Kahn Park. Once, she was even kicked out for riding her horse on the base. Appointed to the Trust’s board by President George W. Bush in 2008, Ms. Bechtle was first elected chair in 2009. She is chairman of the board of the Sugar Bowl Corporation, serves on the board of directors for the Charles Schwab Corporation and is a former chief financial officer and director of J.R. Bechtle and Company. A past president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Symphony, Ms. Bechtle has served on the symphony’s board of governors since 1984 and has also served on the board of the San Francisco Opera Association. In addition she has served on the board of the National Park Foundation, holding the board’s citizen chair from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Bechtle recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and has received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the California Arts Council and the Investment in Leadership award from the Coro Foundation, among her many other honors.

“I am pleased to welcome these very talented and accomplished people to the board,” said Nancy Bechtle. “The experience that Paula and Alex bring will be great assets as the Trust expands its public-serving programs while continuing to keep an eye on ensuring the park’s self-sufficiency.”

The Presidio Trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Six members are appointed by the President of the United States. The seventh is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or his designee. An executive director reports to the board and oversees a staff with expertise including environmental science, historic preservation, operations and maintenance, landscape design, planning, resource management, real estate development, public affairs and programs, law, and finance.

Biographies of all Trust board members are available at www.presidio.gov

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.”

Top Five Food Trends Spotted at Our Recent Fancy Food Show: Pickling! Nutty Drinks! Gluten-Free 2.0! Coconuts! Ancient Grains!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The recent Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center revealed a bunch of food trends. Check them out, below.

This thing was big, baby. You’d have need about four hours to check everything out:

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“Top Five Food Trends Spotted at Winter Fancy Food Show

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17, 2012 — The top five food trends for 2012 have been identified by a panel of trendspotters at the 37th Winter Fancy Food Show, which ends today in San Francisco.  It is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, with 80,000 products on display from 1,300 exhibitors from the U.S. and 35 countries.

The trends are:

Pickling 2.0
—  Unbound Pickling: Pickled Peas and Carrots
—  Boat Street Pickles: Pickled Golden Raisins
—  Sonoma Brinery: Raw Sauerkraut

Drinks Go Nuts (and Seeds and Grains)
—  Victoria’s Kitchen: Almond Water
—  Simpli: Chocolate Oat Shake
—  Chill Drinks: C+Swiss Hemp Iced Tea

Gluten Free Grows Up
—  Cup4Cup: Gluten-free flour blend from Thomas Keller
—  Stonewall Kitchen: Gluten-free Herbed Pizza Crust
—  Love Grown Foods: Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola

Coconut Cracks Open
—  Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss: Ginger Cookie Caramel Coconut Ice Cream
—  Noh Foods of Hawaii: Coconut Pudding Mix
—  Hey Boo Jams: Hey Boo Coconut Jam

Ancient Grains
—  Culinary Collective Zocalo Heritage Grains: Pink Amaranth
—  Al Dente Pasta: BonaChia Pasta
—  Origen Chilean Gourmet: Quinoa Puffs

Other trends identified at the Winter Fancy Food Show include savory sweets such as bacon brittle, mindful snacks such as raw bars, bean chips and seaweed, cocktail mix makeovers, new takes on chai, and everything fig. Read more about these trends and their related products on foodspring.com.

The trendspotters are Stephanie Dean, Sunset Magazine; Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker; Nancy Wall Hopkins, Better Homes & Gardens; Kara Nielsen, CCD Innovation; Evan Orensten, Cool Hunting; Jennifer Pelka and Ruth Reichl, Gilt Taste; Denise Purcell, Specialty Food Media; Kalena Ross, Blackboard Eats; Stephanie Stiavetti, contributor to NPR, KQED, Huffington Post; Susie Timm, Girl Meets Fork; and Joanne Weir, PBS television host, cookbook author and chef.

About the NASFT The NASFT is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Based in New York City, is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 that fosters trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food trade. The NASFT’s website for consumers, foodspring.com, provides an insider’s look at specialty foods and the entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For information about the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com.”

OMG, Fancy Food Show 2012 at Moscone Center a Huge Success – Continues ‘Til Tuesday – Our Great Recession is Over

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The Winter 2012 Fancy Food Show from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade that continues through Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at Moscone Center is unbelievably huge.

Like this. Can you see the Canadian Pavilion and the German? This is less than 10% of the exhibit hall space. It would take you hours to check out all the exhibitors:

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Now if you want, you can pay your $60 to check things out for yourself, but expect to find a trade show – it’s not oriented towards consumers at all. But every last food trend you could imagine (and some you could not) is in the house and everybody’s handing out samples and related swag.

And every last nook and cranny of Moscone North and South is filled up. The place is hopping. I expected to see at least a few attendees bummed out over the state of the economy, but I didn’t. The Great Recession is Over, people.

This truly is a world-class* event, as defined.

Bon courage, people of Fancy Food Fest ’12!

*The tedious cliche “world-class” was overused in the 415 already by former Mayor Gavin Newsom and those in his administration and, now, the current Ed Lee holdover administration (which is basically the same people but with rearranged titles) has stepped up its use. IRL, not everything what touches the City and County is “world-class,” capiche? And, IRL, not everything what touches San Francisco needs to be “world-class.”

So, why don’t we save this term for events and organizations where it truly applies, like for outfits like the San Francisco Ballet (oh, the debut of Onegin kicks off the 2012 Season on January 27th, get your tickets here) for instance? All right, carry on. 

The 2011 San Francisco International Auto Show at Huge Success at Moscone Center – Mini Cooper Coupe, Scion IQ

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Our San Francisco International Auto Show runs through Sunday, November 27th, 2011 down at Moscone Center.

See hundreds of photos of this year’s show courtesy of Eric Broder Van Dyke.

That’s Fisker Automotive down there on the left. They make the Karma hybrid car. (Half a decade ago, Fisker competitor Tesla Automotive had this very space, but they’ve run into trouble since then and they were nowhere to be seen in 2011):  

This is the second thing you’ll see as you descend from Howard Street:

From the Academy of Art University (“the Art School of Art Schools”) collection:

Isn’t it cute?

It’s a 1959 Autobiancho Bianchina Transformabile, “the rich man’s Fiat 500.”

Lot’s of nostalgia on hand this year, as per usual:

Classic 1965 Ford Mustang pool table with working headlights:

Here’s your Best in Show #1, the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe:

All the deets:

A huge Nissan something or other:

The American Pride Camaro:

Here’s the Aftermarket Avenue. Why would you need even one flat panel TV in your trunk?

Oh look, Tesla Automotive makes gasoline-powered cars now! These Lotus cars are shorter and lighter than those failed Tesla Roadsters, so handling is probably much better. Oh, they’re a lot cheaper to boot:

Does your Rolls Royce convertible have suicide doors? If not, why not?

Toyota will slam your Prius hybrid these days. What’s next, a factory chop and channel job?

And here’s your other Best in Show, the Scion IQ 3+1. That 3+1 means that the seat behind the driver has zero legroom, basically, but the seat behind the front passenger is roomy owing to the front passenger seat being mounted closer to the windshield than the driver’s seat. Check it:

See you there!

Forget About Shopping on Black Friday 2011 – Come Meet the 49er’s Gold Rush Cheerleaders at the Big Car Show!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Word on the street regarding the San Francisco International Car Show at Moscone Center on Howard between 3rd and 4th:

“Meet and take pictures with some of the SF 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders in the Toyota display on Friday, November 25th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM”

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The show itself will run through Sunday night til 8:00 PM:

NOVEMBER 19-27, 2011
LOCATION: MOSCONE CENTER
SHOW TIMES:
10 AM — 10 PM (Sat. Nov. 19 – Sat. 26)
10 AM — 8 PM (Sun. Nov. 27)
ADMISSION: $9.00. Children 12 & under free when accompanied by an adult.

Hurray!

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Don’t forget your official calendars and Sharpies:

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Gaia Bless These Hysterical Anti Central Subway NIMBYs from SaveMUNI.com – Let’s Hope They Win

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Check out Katie Worth’s bit on yesterday’s presser from the SaveMUNI.

Can stereotypical NIMBY tactics save us and Federal taxpayers from the potentially disastrous Central Subway?

We’ll see….

Is this project Too Big To Fail Already?

Will this become our Big Dig, our Bridge to Nowhere?

Back last year at the premature groundbreaking:

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PRESS CONFERENCE

Date: Monday, March 28, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: St Francis of Assisi Church, 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco
On Monday March 28, SaveMuni.com will bring out the little known facts that MTA officials have hidden from the public about the Central Subway. Speakers will direct probing questions to Mayor Ed Lee about the effects the proposed Central Subway will have on Muni operations and finances. Recent MTA financial reports show that Muni will rack up operating and maintenance deficits of $1.6 billion over the next 20 years. SaveMuni.com questions how the Mayor plans to cover these deficits and handle the inevitable cost overruns from the Central Subway. SaveMuni.com will press the Mayor to justify spending $1.58 billion on a subway that will attract only 5,000 new riders a day (an increase above current Muni ridership of just .07%) as Muni faces large and growing safety, security, operating, maintenance and capital needs. Instead of addressing these issues, the MTA has embraced a costly subway that offers few benefits to Muni riders.
A distinguished group of speakers will address Muni’s problems, clarify Muni’s critical financial situation, and lay out a strong case against the Central Subway.
Presenters invited:
San Francisco architect Howard Wong

Financial expert Tom Rubin, CPA
BART Director Tom Radulovich

President, Coalition for S.F. Neighborhoods, Judy Berkowitz

President of TRANSDEF, David Schonbrunn

The Press Conference will be moderated by public policy consultant,Bob Feinbaum.
SaveMun.com is a two year old group of transit activists, environmentalists, and neighborhood leaders working for better Muni service to Chinatown and throughout San Francisco. Our White Paper entitled, “Improving Muni Service in Chinatown,” laid out a strategy for providing better transit service to Chinatown at far less cost than the Central Subway boondoggle.
The White Paper and other information is available at:http://www.savemuni.com/.

 

 

That’s How They Get You: San Francisco’s Costco Sells Jollibee Gift Cards But Our Sole Jollibee is All Shut Down

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Now, you’d think that San Francisco would have a straight-outta-Quezon City Jollibee Chicken & Burgers fast foodery but you’d be wrong. We used to have one down near that whole Lapu Lapu, Mabini, Bonifacio, Rizal alley maze situation in the SoMA, but  it’s gone. Our sole JB is all gone.

So what’s the point of getting this card to give away for Christmas if all you’re doing is forcing the recipient to journey to another county or state to cash it in?

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Next thing you know, our Costco #144 will be selling Sonic gift cards.

Anyway, that’s how they get you.

  • Amar
  • Beverly Blvd.
  • Carson
  • Cerritos
  • Chino Towne Spectrum
  • Daly City
  • Eagle Rock Plaza
  • Great Mall Milpitas
  • Jollibee Concord
  • Mira Mesa
  • National City
  • Panorama City
  • Puente Hills Mall
  • Sacramento
  • San Bruno
  • San Jose
  • Southbay Pavillion
  • Stockton
  • Union City
  • Vallejo
  • Westfield Plaza Bonita
  • Westfield Plaza West Covina
  • Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March Coming Saturday, Nov. 27th, 2010 – Starts at Castro and Market, 6:00 PM

    Friday, November 26th, 2010

    It might be a little rainy this Saturday, but the forecast for 6:00 PM is actually pretty positive so get on out there why not.

    Sean Penn making that Milk movie, back in aught-eight:

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    “The Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March will take place this Saturday, November 27, 2010. The vigil will take place on the anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, starting at 6pm. The vigil will last approximatly 1 hour and the march will begin at the Castro Muni station (Castro & Market Streets) at 6:45 PM.

    The March commemorates the assassination of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone and is an opportunity for the community to mourn the loss of two of our city’s most progressive elected officials, reflect on their visions for San Francisco, and learn more about their lives through testimony from family and friends of Harvey. The event has been a community tradition annually since the assassinations. The speakers will be:

    Cleve Jones, Founder, Names Project, and friend of Harvey

    Harry Britt, former Supervisor, and friend of Harvey

    David Campos, SF Supervisor

    Carol Migden, former State Senator

    Tom Ammiano, State Assembly member

    The Milk Memorial Education Committee was founded in 2004 to plan for and install the bust of Harvey in San Francisco City Hall. The bust was installed in May 2008. The Committee is now engaged in educational programs at the SF Unifed School district and City College of San Francisco, on behalf of LGBTQ students. For more information see MilkMemorial.org or Rick Hauptman at 415-678-8919.

    MILK MEMORIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE 4104 24th Street #388 – San Francisco, CA 94114

    53rd Annual International Auto Show a Huge Success in 2010

    Saturday, November 20th, 2010

    It’s the 53rd San Francisco International Auto Show!

    No matter, our Academy of Art University is going all out at this show, as per usual.

    Here’s a ’59 Eldo Caddy – it’s your Best in Show:

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    And they’re open Thanksgiving all day, for better or worse.

    The 53rd San Francisco International
    Auto Show
    DATE: Nov. 20 — Nov. 28, 2010
    LOCATION: MOSCONE CENTER
    SHOW TIMES: 10 AM — 10 PM (Nov. 20 – Nov. 27)
    10 AM — 8 PM (Nov. 28)
    ADMISSION: $9.00. Children 12-and-under are free with an adult.

    And car show babes have been banned forever in the 415, it would appear. Oh well.

    Things were different back in the 20th century:

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    Christina Applegateyou gotta put me on/

    “Academy of Art University Classic Cars

    Academy of Art University is proud to be part of the 53rd Annual San Francisco International Auto Show. We are excited to present “Timeless Classics” a selection of automobiles from the 1920′s-1960’s with 37 cars that represent the Elegance, Style, Craftsmanship, Technology and Innovative spirit of each era. This collection is primarily used for student reference in our School of Industrial Design. Also on view is the Academy of Art University Traveling Show, showcasing the best student work from each one of our 16 majors.

    With more than 16,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation’s largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, MA, M.Arch and MFA programs in 16 different majors, as well as continuing art education, with classes in Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music for Visual Media, Photography and Web Design & New Media. Art Education is the school’s newest major, offering BFA and MA degrees. Students can also enroll in flexible online degree programs in most majors.

    Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

    For more information, visit www.academyart.edu or call 1-800-544-2787.”

    Brace Yourselves! ISAPS Plastic Surgeon Convention Hits San Francisco Tomorrow

    Friday, August 13th, 2010

    I don’t know, I wouldn’t call the huge convention of plastic surgeons that starts tomorrow at Moscone Center a “Biennial Congress,” but that’s just me. (In other news, I wouldn’t call the Oscar awards show the Academy Awards, so there you go.)

    It’s all safety and science and marketing and isn’t plastic surgery great, etc…

    Anyway, it’s the reason for all the hubbub in the SoMA today.

    The World’s Leading Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Convene in San Francisco -The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 20th Biennial Congress – San Francisco – August 14-18, 2010

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