Posts Tagged ‘Northern California’

Seen on the Street: WeekendHouseSwap.com – A Source for “Northern Califronia Getaways” – But How Does It Make Money?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

I don’t know.

All the deets

They say they’re not all about making money…

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

Friday, September 14th, 2012

(You know, praying that that percentage doesn’t drop too much further.)

Well, read the news and turn the pages. Here’s an recent ouchy from the HuffPo’s Aaron Sankin:

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

Whoops, how could that be?

Now let’s hear from Ron Russell of the Bay Area Observer. Just yesterday he pointed us to a couple things:

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

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

2. “Gap moving workers to Pleasanton

“Social media companies and other tech companies are competing for space in San Francisco,” said Edward Del Beccaro, managing director with Transwestern Real Estate. “So other companies have to consider whether to renew their leases in San Francisco or look for other locations.”

Oh, and look at who else is leaving town. That’s right it’s the San Francisco 49ers:

Justin Herman Plaza, September 12th, 2012 - enjoy your weekend and then check out Homecoming 2012 this Sunday at 5:20 PM - this is a game you won’t want to miss – Detroit Lions. (I think I prefer the older uniforms, actually. Moving on…)

So, I’m struggling to understand how the City Family’s all-knowing, all-seeing Dear Leader Ed Lee, whose primary qualification for getting appointed appears to have been pleasing Willie Brown whether Willie Brown was doing something good or Willie Brown was doing something bad, is so obviously steering us in the right direction.

Will Twitter (the so-called “Mid-Market phenomenon”) ever employ 6000 souls in San Francisco? Hells no. So why do we base our planning around that prediction?

That’s the kind of thing I think about these days.

All right, enjoy your brekky at the Hilton, everybody, while I wonder who writes stuff like this:

“Cranes are in the air, office and residential towers are rising and San Francisco’s real estate market is red hot!”

“Join us for your tour of San Francisco’s future!”

Ooh, I have one too. It goes like:

“Let’s take the Golden State Warriors away from pathetic Oakland – It’s like stealing candy from a baby!”

Oh, and this:

“Let’s not talk about the failed America’s Cup anymore! At least not today.”

All right, back to “reality.” Here’s the invite. Enjoy:

San Francisco Structures
This event is sold out.

Building San Francisco:  Pipeline to the Future

Cranes are in the air, office and residential towers are rising and San Francisco’s real estate market is red hot!

This annual event takes a sweeping look at developments transforming San Francisco’s landscape, and the vision for the future.  Our all-star lineup of real estate and community leaders will share inside information on the pipeline of projects:  the Mid-Market phenomenon; sports team-led developments; Moscone Center expansion; key waterfront developments; what’s ahead for Mission Bay, and San Francisco is rapidly becoming the innovation capital of the world.  Join us for your tour of San Francisco’s future!

Speakers:

*Mayor Ed Lee, City of San Francisco
*Rick Welts, President & COO, Golden State Warriors
*Carl Shannon, Managing Director, Regional Director – Northern California, Tishman Speyer
*Joe D’Alessandro, President & CEO, San Francisco Travel

Partnering Associations:  BOMA San Francisco; SPUR; ULI San Francisco

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

San Francisco, CA 94102″

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

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

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.”

All the Michelin-Starred Restaurants of the Greater Bay Area for 2012

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Here they are, all the Michelin-starred restaurants in the greater Bay Area for 2012.

Get all the deets, after the jump.

Three Stars

French Laundry
Restaurant at Meadowood

Two Stars

Baumé
Benu
Coi
Cyrus
Manresa
Saison

One Star

Acquerello
Alexander’s Steakhouse
Ame
Applewood
Atelier Crenn
Auberge du Soleil
Aziza
Bouchon
Boulevard
Campton Place
Chez TJ
Commis
Dio Deka
étoile
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Fleur de Lys
Frances
Gary Danko
La Costanera
La Folie
La Toque
Luce
Madera
Madrona Manor
Masa’s
Michael Mina
One Market
Plumed Horse
Quince
Redd
Santé
Solbar
Sons & Daughters
Spruce
Terra
Terrapin Creek
Ubuntu
Village Pub
Wakuriya

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Here are the 77 Michelin Guide Bay Area Bib Gourmand “Good Value” Restaurants for 2012

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Just announced, what you’ll see when your Michelin Red Guide comes out next week.

Someday, I’ll tell you about the kick-ass Michelin tires what have been in service on my giant Toyota for tens years now:

“Michelin Offers List of 77 Bay Area ‘Bib Gourmand’ Restaurants for 2012

Full Selection to Be Announced Oct. 25

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2011 / — To whet the appetite of Bay Area residents for the sixth edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country being released next week, Michelin announced today the 77 Bib Gourmand restaurants listed in its 2012 edition. Bib Gourmand selections are restaurants serving two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).

Introduced in the 1997 editions of the MICHELIN Guides in Europe, the Bib Gourmand is identified in the guide by a red symbol depicting the head of Bibendum, the Michelin Man. This year, 19 restaurants in the Bay Area are new to the Bib Gourmand category, which indicates the inspectors’ favorites for good value. The full selection of restaurants — including those garnering the famous MICHELIN stars — will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 25, when Michelin officially introduces its complete selection for the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012. The guide will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 26, at $18.99.

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 covers a wider geographic region than most of its peers, stretching from Los Gatos in the south to Geyserville in the north. Over the past year, Michelin inspectors have analyzed restaurants throughout Northern California, always anonymously. MICHELIN inspectors share insights from their many meals on Twitter at @MichelinGuideSF.

The Bib Gourmand selections for 2012:

A 16

Artisan Bistro

Bar Bambino

Bar Tartine

BarBersQ

Bay Wolf

Bellanico

Betelnut

Bistro 29

Bistro Aix

Bistro Jeanty

Boon Eat + Drink

Bottega

Burma Superstar

C Casa

Chapeau!

Chevalier

Chu

Colibri

Contigo

Cook St. Helena

Corso

Cotogna

Crouching Tiger

Cucina Paradiso

Delarosa

Delfina

Domo

Dosa

eVe

Fish Story

FIVE

flour + water

Fringale

Gather

Hachi Ju Hachi

Hibiscus

Hot Box Grill

Incanto

Insalata’s

Ippuku

K & L Bistro

Kabab & Curry’s

Kappou Gomi

Kitchen (The)

Kokkari Estiatorio

LaSalette

Laurus

Le Charm

Le Garage

Mamacita

Marinitas

Monti’s Rotisserie

Namu

Oenotri

Osteria Coppa

Perbacco

Pican

Plum

Risibisi

Rivoli

Sazon

Scopa

Slanted Door (The)

Slow Club

Sociale

SPQR

Starbelly

Sumika

Sushi Ran

Thai House

the girl & the fig

Troya

Willi’s Wine Bar

Wood Tavern

Yank Sing

Zero Zero

With more than one million copies sold in approximately 100 countries, the MICHELIN Guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selections, especially with small establishments offering a high-quality dining experience at an affordable price. Both the popularity and importance of the Bib Gourmand category and the Under $25 category are reflected in the 2012 edition. Moreover, inclusion in the MICHELIN Guide is, in itself, synonymous with quality, because only the best establishments in each comfort and price category are featured in the guide.

Enhancing mobility is not only the mission of the Michelin Group but also of the MICHELIN Guide, which was created to assist travelers — and motorists, in particular — by making their journeys more enjoyable. Now representing 23 countries and three continents, the collection of 27 MICHELIN Guides includes more than 45,000 addresses. In North America, three U.S. cities — New York, San Francisco and Chicago — currently have guides. For more information about the guides and the inspection methodology, visit www.michelinguide.com.

OMG, Those Who Raise $1000 for the Special Olympics Will Get To Rappell Down the Grand Hyatt Union Square July 22-23!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

What’s this? People rappell down the Grand Hyatt Union Square? People do.

Those people who raise enough cash for the Special Olympics Northern California do, anyway.

See?

Via 7×7, comes news of Over The Edge 2011.

This could be you:

If you’re into this, it’s not too late to get in on the fun.

Get cracking!

OMG, It’s the 2011 Northern California Soy & Tofu Festival this Saturday! Discover the Joy of Soy in J-Town

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I don’t know, this cartoon tofu looks a little evil to me, but anyway, why don’t you come out for the first annual Northern California Soy & Tofu Festival this Saturday, June 11, 2011, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m?

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See you there for “Soy Education!”

“Come out for the 2011 Northern California Soy & Tofu Festival – Come Discover the Joy of Soy!

* Tofu Dessert Competition

* Soy and Tofu Food Booths

* Live Performances

* Soy Education

* Raffle

* Free Samples”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO — The Nichi Bei Foundation is planning to launch an exciting, new event called the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival: Discover the Joy of Soy, on Saturday, June 11, 2011, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza, at Post and Buchanan streets. This innovative day-long festival will focus on the health benefits of soy and tofu, feature various soy-related vendors, and center around a Tofu Dessert Competition. There will be live performances, audience participation games and a raffle as well.

The event will be emceed by NBC Bay Area reporter George Kiriyama and KTVU-2 reporter Jana Katsuyama, with the Tofu Dessert Competition emceed by Kara Tsuboi, the Oakland A’s in-game host and contributor to CBS News.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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This is the Final Weekend for Your 44th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Your 44th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco Japantown is on, once again, for 2011.

Here was the setup for Day 3 this AM complete with Honda generators and mad sake. You know, this pretty much looks just like every annual village festival in Japan:

But sadly, once again, my Hello Kitty SmartCar wan’t allowed to roll with all the Japanese iron. Oh well:

Here’s your overview, your sked, and your FAQ.

And the Big Parade comes tomorrow, Sunday, April 17th, 2011

And St. Mary’s Medical Center will conduct free medical screenings at the east end on Post near Laguna, same as usual:

It’s on!

All the deets, after the jump

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USF Undergraduate Jeddie Kawahatsu Crowned Queen of Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival 2011

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Famous San Francisco photographer David Yu was on hand over the weekend to photograph the 2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program.

Get all the deets, after the jump.

Princess Richelle Farley, Princess Kaori Saito, Princess Lauren Kawawaki, First Princess Tamiko Escalante, and Queen Jeddie Kawahatsu along with the gang from the 2010 Queen Program:

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All the deets, after the jump

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OMG, the Weather’s Great for the 44th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 2011 in Japantown – April 9, 10, 16, 17

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Your 44th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco Japantown is on for 2011.

Here’s your overview, your sked, and your FAQ.

And tonight starting at 6:00 PM at the Sundance Kabuki Theatre, there’ll be the NCCBF Queen Program

…featuring Kaori Saito, Tamiko Escalante, Richelle Farley, Jeddie Kawahatsu, Lauren Kawawaki for 2011:

And on all four days, St. Mary’s Medical Center will conduct free medical screenings at the east end on post near Laguna, same as usual:

It’s on!

All the deets, after the jump

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