Posts Tagged ‘official’

Remembering the Time When San Francisco’s Official Tourist Association Renamed the Tenderloin as the “THEATER DISTRICT”

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

This one’s from a few years back:

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Perhaps this was the problem:

Organization History

For more than 100 years the San Francisco Travel Association has worked on behalf of its partners to promote San Francisco as the destination of choice for conventions and leisure travel. The Association is an outgrowth of the San Francisco Convention and Tourist League, a non-profit, local business association founded in 1909 to reclaim the City’s position as a world-class destination in the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire.

San Francisco Travel continues that mission today, aggressively marketing and selling San Francisco to attract visitors. San Francisco Travel is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)6 membership organization, headed by a Board of Directors made up of 45 business leaders from various companies, elected by the membership. Additionally, in 2003, the Association established a 501(c)3 foundation to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in local hospitality management programs and to produce educational programs.” 

Uh Oh: “Substantially Lower” Prices for Some Tickets for the Exceedingly Unpopular America’s Cup Yacht Match

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Crowd estimates for some days of our so-called “Summer of Racing” have gone down more than two orders of magnitude from just last year.

Yes, that means that the estimates are now at less than 1% of  the 500,000 per day that ineffectual San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was promising  all the way back in 2012.

Here’s the news:

“We have decided to substantially lower our charter prices to benefit spectators who are seeking a unique and thrilling viewing experience of the races from prime positioning on the perimeter of the America’s Cup race course,” said Captain Stephan Sowash.

Of course most people won’t pay a dime to watch this unpopular “gentlemen’s match” It may or may not be broadcast on free TV for a zero or negative(!) broadcast fee. And some tickets have already been refunded (which didn’t cost the Larry Ellison people  too much because how many people in the world would actually pay, really?)

All the deets:

America’s Cup 2013 Ticket Prices Reduced for Corporate Charter and Individuals on Official Stake Boat Odyssey with Sailing Fearless

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2013

Sailing Fearless, charter provider on an official America’s Cup stake boat in San Francisco, is pleased to announce a significant price reduction to its charter pricing for the On-The-Water Viewing Experience. Corporate charters and individual ticket prices on Odyssey, a 65 foot tri-level luxury yacht, have been reduced as much as 20% to make America’s Cup even more accessible for the public to watch the competition from the premier location on the perimeter of the race course.

“With the announcement of the schedule changes from America’s Cup on June 7th, we have decided to substantially lower our charter prices to benefit spectators who are seeking a unique and thrilling viewing experience of the races from prime positioning on the perimeter of the race course” said Captain Stephan Sowash.

As an official stake boat, Odyssey will depart from Emeryville marina to form part of the perimeter of the race course offering premium viewing of the AC72 catamarans with an unobstructed view of the competition. Odyssey offers a live feed and commentary via two HDTV’s inside the cabin, a spacious main salon with wet bar and large seating area, outdoor and indoor seating with protection from the weather, and a 360 degree view of the bay. With “gyro-controlled hydraulic stabilizers”, the yacht provides extreme stability regardless of sea conditions.

“Your experience aboard Odyssey will be the best possible when it comes to capturing the excitement of the world’s greatest yacht races. This is the closest to the action you will get within the comfort, style, and luxury of a beautiful motor yacht,” said Captain Stephan Sowash.

America’s Cup charter schedule on Odyssey is as follows:

· Louis Vuitton Cup Finals | August 17th – 30th

The Louis Vuitton Cup finals are an exciting match-up of challengers in which the winner goes on to compete against the defending America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA.

· Red Bull Youth America’s Cup | September 1st – 4th

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup features young, talented sailors aged 19 to 24 comprised of six sailors on various national teams. This is an opportunity to see the next America’s Cup generation of competitors.

· Super Yacht Regatta | September 9th, 11th and 13th

Participating in their own regatta, these magnificent super yachts will astonish as they race for the very first time in this inaugural event.

· America’s Cup Finals | September 7th – 20th

For the first time since 1851, America’s Cup is being held in picturesque San Francisco and may not be back for years to come. A great match-up between defender Oracle Team USA and the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals.

Coast Guard certified for 40 passengers, Odyssey will provide chartering from 11:30 am – 4 pm for the Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup Finals and 10:00 am – 3:00 pm for the Red Bull Youth Cup and Super Yacht Regatta with catering provided by one of San Francisco’s finest restaurants Arlequin – of the Absinthe Restaurant Group. A fully staffed professional crew will be attentive to all guests’ needs.

For more information about booking a Corporate Charter or individual tickets with Odyssey visit http://www.sailingfearless.com.

About Sailing Fearless

Sailing Fearless is a San Francisco based charter company owned and operated by Captain Stephan Sowash. With over 30 years experience on the water, Captain Stephan offers America’s Cup Charters and Dinner Cruises on a luxurious 65 foot tri-deck Hatteras yacht U.S Coast Guard certified for 40 passengers. He also Captains a 30 foot Cherubini Hunter for more intimate charters on his 6 passenger sailboat. For further information, please visit Sailing Fearless’s website at http://www.sailingfearless.com.

Read more at http://www.onenewspage.com/n/Press+Releases/74vw268ao/America’s-Cup-Tickets-Reduced-up-to-20-for.htm#51lQOdF6AXm8V7J0.99

San Francisco’s “Official Tourism Marketing Organization” Invites Tech Conventioneers to Sex / Strip Clubs?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Here’s the  giant ad from the back of today’s never-been-thinner San Francisco Examiner.

“San Francisco’s Finest Adult Clubs welcome RSA CONFERENCE Feb 25 – Mar, San Francisco Travel

Check it:

So what’s the San Francisco Travel Association logo doing in there?

I’m confused.

(But oh, let me assure all you horny nerd conventio tourists in town for the next few days. There IS sex in the champagne room (or whatever they’re calling the champagne room these days), despite what you might have heard.NB: Bring cash. NNB: Lots and lots of cash.)

Executive Team

Joe D’Alessandro
President & CEO
415-227-2698

Paul Frentsos
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
415-227-2608

Tom Kiely
Executive Vice President, Tourism
415-227-2667

John Reys
Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
415-227-2614

Matt Stiker
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
415-227-2680

Tina Wu
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
415-227-2609

James Franco and Heather Graham Filmed a Movie About the Porn Industry in San Francisco? New Trailer for “ABOUT CHERRY”

Friday, August 17th, 2012

This is news to me.

Apparently, this to-be-released film was 100% Filmed in San Francisco.

Dolores Park!

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Kink.com in the Mission!

James Franco, the young San Francisco lawyer (apparently employed, this is Hollywood after all) takes Cherry to the roof of Medjul:

Hey, it’s Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire

Whose streets? Our streets! You can’t fake this kind of verite in a Hollywood back lot:

Oh, Cherry crashes her Audi at some point. An official SFPD Harley is in that scene.

And here’s Mel’s Drive In in the background:

And here’s the trailer:

Google Maps Changes the Name of Van Ness Avenue to El Camino Real – But You Can’t Object, It’s Perfectly Legal

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Oh, c’mon, man, is this why tourists ask me where El Camino Real is?

Are you seriously, Google?  

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They are seriously and it’s all legal. Check it:

California Streets and Highways Code Section 635(b): State highway routes embracing portions of Routes 280, 82, 238, 101, 5, 72, 12, 37, 121, 87, 162, 185, 92, and 123 and connecting city streets and county roads thereto, and extending in a continuous route from Sonoma southerly to the international border and near the route historically known as El Camino Real shall be known and designated as “El Camino Real.”

So basically, everything that could possibly considered ECR is ECR – that’s what the solons of Sacramento have determined.

News to me.

You’ve won this one, Google.

Google the Devil but I Feel Lucky.

The Best Man for the Job is a Woman: Women’s Political Committee Endorses Dennis, But Shows Only Joanna’s Photo?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The San Francisco Women’s Political Committee has endorsed Dennis Herrera #1 for Mayor of San Francisco, but its mailer* shows only the #2 pick, Joanna Rees?

Apparently:

Via Steve Rhodes (who’s Everywhere You Want To Be) – click to expand

I’m sure there’s a story behind this…

*Fe-mailer?

Occupy Oakland Update: Google Maps Now Shows Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza as “Oscar Grant Plaza”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Editor Jon Brooks of News Fix, “KQED’s bay area news blog,” has this today:

So our morning anchor, Joshua Johnson, was doing a story on the Clorox earnings report, and in the process of finding exactly where their headquarters is located, came upon this:

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Try it yourself – type ”Oscar Grant” into Google Maps:

Oscar Grant Plaza, of course, is the name that the Occupy Wall Street people have given to their tent city location.

KQED has made a call down to Mountain View saying, “Hey Google, what’s the deal?”

We’ll see.

(I’m sure no one intended any dis for Frank H Ogawa.)

Great catch, Joshua Johnson.

Great post, Jon Brooks.

[UPDATE: Get more details right here. "NAParish" took steps to change the name back to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 8:44 AM this morning but that action is still pending. (It's like a Wikipedia editing war. Remember those, back in the aughts? Just like with that tiresome "Violet Blue" woman - I guess you can do the same thing on Google Maps. See below.)

[UPDATE II: Oh no, now, per Google Maps, Frank Ogawa Plaza has two names. See?

I imagine that "Oscar Grant Plaza" won't be on Google Maps at all in the very near future.]

[UPDATE III: And now it's back to normal, back to plain old Frank H Ogawa Plaza. "Google Reviewer Sanjeevi" has, once again, put the big DENIED stamp on the idea of any political name-changing. Google's "Local Names" feature is being abused no longer. Case Closed.]

“Negative note 38 mins 24 secs ago by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
This is not an “official” name, and this edit should have been denied. See commentary on previous edits.”
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“Denied on Oct 31, 2011 7:39pm by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
There are two problems with this edit. One is that Google doesn’t seem to allow this type of political commentary by “renaming” an official feature. The name that some Occupy Oakland protesters are using doesn’t fit into any of the categories Google allows (Local is for the name in the local language, like using La Tour Eiffel as the “local” name for what speakers of English commonly call the Eiffel Tower). See http://goo.gl/gCf78 for the types of names that are allowed. The other problem is that the official name is Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, not just Frank Ogawa Plaza — and the official name should not have been removed a few edits back.”

“Your Arrest!” – Only in San Francisco Do People Make Fake Signs to Enforce Laws They Want Enforced

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Can you tell which of these two signs has been posted by the City and County of San Francisco and which has been posted by area NIMBYs? It’s easy, really.

The no turn on red sign is built to last, plus it has ID numbers on the bottom.

OTOH, the “BUYING OR SELLING TRANSFERS WILL RESULT IN YOUR ARREST” sign, despite being installed well, looks like a fake POS.

See?

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Who would do this?

It’s a mystery.

The Dahlia is the Official Flower of San Francisco, So Why is This Year’s Show in Freaking San Jose?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

(You know what, girlfriend, I’m just raising the issue on this one, I don’t have all the deets.)

So, we’ve got the official flower of San Francisco busting out in Golden Gate Park right now, you know, a burst of late summer color just when most of the other flowers in GGP have gone away, and now I see that our big annual show, the American Dahlia Society National Dahlia Festival and Competition, is going to be way down there in San Jose this year on August 20-21?

So, we’ve got a whole bunch of dahlia sitting out there in Golden Gate Park (right there just east of the Conservatory of Flowers, you know that building what cost $25,000,000 to fix up) right now and we’ve got a Hall of Flowers Building right there near 9th Avenue and Lincoln as a place to host the show, as per usual, but we don’t have the show in 2011?

I cry foul.

What did you do, Rec and Park, drive away yet another event? You know, with your fees and whatnot?

I cry foul once again.

Anywho, here’s a big old bumblebee what just looooves our Dahlia Garden. But look out for that stinger – don’t mess with Texas!

Click to expand – Canon 1D Mark II with 70-200 mm 2.8 IS Classic with totally sick 500D close-up lens attachment (that I sure as Hell didn’t pay $400 for$100 is more like it, back in the day. Later on I got proper macro lenses…)

Speaking of which, we’ve also fee’d away other annual traditions, like when we sent the Love Parade over to the East Bay. You know, after just killing last year’s effort outright. Good-bye LovEvolution.

Looking at you, Rec and Park, looking at you, MayorWilleBrownGavinNewsomEdleeDowntown dynasty:

Via W. Kilinger’s Photostream 

Sometimes I just don’t know.

J’accuse!

J’accuse J’accuse J’accuse!

What will we lose next?