Posts Tagged ‘parkmerced’

Justin Herman Plaza Update: 2011 Had OccupySF, Opposing Bank of America, But 2012 Has “Bank of America Sunday Streets”

Monday, March 12th, 2012

2011:

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And this was yesterday during the kick-off of “Bank of America Sunday Streets* 2012″

You see, back in 2011, we opposed Bank of America, but now everything’s A-OK, it would seem.

2011 was bad for BofA, but spending a few thousand dollars on Sunday Streets makes up for that, the thinking goes.

“Financial partners include… PG&E, Lennar, Park Merced…”

Oh well.

*Kind of lackluster, actually. People don’t seem to care as much about this event as much anymore. It’s become more kind of a private-public, corporatist, corporate sell-out these days. Anyway, you can see some of its tents on the left and a few cyclists going past the Ferry Building, if you look hard enough.

Check Out This Poll Regarding the San Francisco General Election of 2011 – Selected Excerpts

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Now this isn’t the whole poll that was sent out to potential voters a little while back, but it’s a part.

(At the time, I wasn’t sure who it was for, but now I know.)

It’s interesting to see how the candidates are described (but parts of this poll have become obsolete already).

Sadly, there was no Anyone But Ed checkbox:

Via Steve Rhodes

All right, enjoy:


There is an upcoming San Francisco election on November 8, 2011. How likely it is that you will vote in this election?
I will definitely vote
I will probably vote
I’m not sure if I’ll vote
I probably won’t vote
I’m definitely not going to vote

Thinking about San Francisco, do you feel that it is moving in the right or wrong direction overall?
Right direction
Wrong direction

This November, there will be an election for Mayor in San Francisco. Even though the election is several months away, if you were voting today, please tell us your firstsecond, and third choices among the declared candidates below.
FIRST choice SECOND choice THIRD choice
State Senator Leland Yee
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu
Former San Francisco Supervisor Tony Hall
Former San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
Undecided
Someone else
Venture Capitalist Johanna Rees
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting
Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty

The current Interim mayor, Ed Lee, may soon decide to run for a full mayoral term this November. With Ed Lee as an option, please tell us your firstsecond, and third choices among the declared candidates below.
FIRST choice SECOND choice THIRD choice
Former San Francisco Supervisor Tony Hall
Interim Mayor Ed Lee
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
State Senator Leland Yee
Venture Capitalist Johanna Rees
Former San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
Someone else
Undecided
President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting
Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Pension Reform Charter AmendmentsThere are two pension reform measures: the ‘City’ plan and the ‘Adachi’ plan.The ‘City Plan’ is a compromise between the mayor, the Supervisors, and most Labor groups in San Francisco. Among other things, it adjusts contribution rates for current and future employees to the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, increases retirement age for new hires, caps salary that can be pensioned, and makes other changes. The ‘City’ plan is estimated to save $50 million in 2012-13 and between $90-$150 million per year after that.

The other pension reform plan is Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s pension reform initiative. It calls for an increase of all City employees’ contributions to the City pension plan, including police and fire. The ‘Adachi’ plan is estimated to save the city around $100 million per year.

The measure that receives the most votes is the one that will become law.

How do you intend to vote on the ‘City‘ pension reform plan?
I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

How do you intend to vote on the ‘Adachi‘ pension reform plan?
I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

Initiative – Repeal approval for Board’s Parkmerced decision The Board of Supervisors recently approved a $1.2 billion dollar plan to build 9,000 housing units over the next twenty years. About 1,500 rent-controlled units need to be demolished to do this, though the agreement with the developer is that they will be replaced. This initiative seeks to overturn the Board’s approval.How do you intend to vote on this initiative?
I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

More information on Repeal approval for Board’s Parkmerced decision Supporters (people against the Parkmerced project) say that the destruction of 1,500 rent-controlled units is unacceptable. Although the developer has agreed to replace the units, this may not be enforceable in court.Opponents (people who support the Parkmerced project) say this project will bring thousands of jobs, an additional 1,700 rent-controlled units (on top of the replaced units), and improved transit to the area.

How do you intend to vote on this initiative?

I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

More information on Changing rules of leasing San Francisco Park and Rec facilities Supporters of the ordinance say that public parks should not be leased for profit, and nearly all park amenities should be free, as they’re already covered by tax dollars. This prevents privatization of public spaces.Opponents say that it isn’t clear what facilities fall under this, and it’s possible that all park space becomes subject to these restrictions, including weddings and picnics. Also, Park and Rec needs all the revenue it can get for its programs.

Now how do you intend to vote on this ordinance?

I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

Apartment Complex Bike Room Showdown: ParkMerced vs. Presidio Landmark – One is Heaven, One is Hell

Friday, August 5th, 2011

(IMO, poorly-rated ParkMerced (The Mistake By The Lake) should be razed to the ground and replaced with more normal and higher density housing, and that’s pretty much what’s going to happen, sooner or later, so that’s good.)

Don’t get me started about the basements of the high-rise apartments at ParkMerced, and the people living down there (granted, this was a few years back) on mattresses and stealing electricity, and stealing your panties (just panties, thank you, nothing else) from the driers, and stealing bikes, bike parts, etc.*

Storing your bikes in the catacombs of PM, well that’s like crossing the river Styx and entering Bicycle Hell, or at least that’s my impression. As stated, IMO, the buildings of ParkMerced, well, They Should All Be Destroyed.

But what’s this, there’s a dedicated Bike Room at the Presidio Landmark Apartments and here’s what it looks like ?

OMG, it’s Bicycle Heaven!

AHL – click to expand

(Put this setup in the basement of Park Merced and then the Park handtools would be gone in an hour and the expensive tool chest would be on craigslist the next day.)

So this is where your money goes, on stuff like this, when you pay rent at the PLA.

Hurray!

*Uh, Legal, can we get a an approved stamp, you know, on possible defamation issues?

YES, “APPROVED.” LEGAL.

kthx.

East Bay Superbowl Party Update: Is Walnut Creek Denser Than San Francisco? Seems That Way in Some Places

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Walnut Creek has four-story developments now? Isn’t this place sort of dense for a what’s supposed to be a leafy suburb?

Those are the questions you ask yourself as you search for the big screen with your name on it in the Great Big Suburban East Bay.

Is the bulk of San Francisco’s ParkMerced this dense?

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If not, why not?

Why Are We Even Thinking About Not Rebuilding ParkMerced? Build It and They Will Come

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Let’s get going on this ParkMerced deal, post-haste and forthwith.

No more jibber-jabber.

The Mistake by the Lake can and will be fixed, make it so.

Hey, what would the 415 look like if it were actually a dense city with more than a million people? Something like this with the new ParkMerced on the left, Mount Tam in the distance, and all the name-brand San Francisco neighborhoods off to the right. Looking North towards a possible Future:

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(This is actually one of those -king cities in China – Nanking, Nanjiang, Chunking, Southern Capital, some kind of capital in the middle south, I forget. Wiki is using Chinese characters now and if there’s one thing that old-school ACDSee doesn’t like, it’s Chinese characters. Personally, I think ideographs and Cyrillic letters should stay out of URL bars and jpg titles for a while, but lots of people in the Old World disagree with that, of course.)

How Many Golf Courses Does the San Francisco Area Really Need?

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The suburbs of San Francisco, you know, the Parkside and Northwest San Mateo County, that whole area, seem to be about half golf course from this angle.

Shouldn’t we be going for density instead?

Why can’t we build apartment buildings to the moon and then throw a MUNI station into the mix?

Why can’t we do this now?

Who needs old-school Parkmerced? Who needs golf courses?

The New Parkmerced Vision Plan Looks Awesome – It’s a Whole New City Down There – The Future is Now

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

For starters, get up-to-speed on The Future of Parkmerced over at Curbed SF, and check 0ut the ParkMercedVision as well.

Now, here’s the news – there are brand-new reports, or at least drafts of reports, like this one available now. Enjoy:

Parkmerced Vision Plan 10.14.10 DRAFT

Personally, I think Parkmerced was an innovative idea, back in the day, but it’s one that shouldn’t have been executed. However, these plans for 2025 and 2030 could turn a zero into a hero. IMO.

Anyway, even if you don’t care about the Future of PM or its effect upon southwestern SF, the new draft pdfs have some nice photos. Like this:

Now, here’s what our Planning Commission has to say:

Upcoming Public Hearings at the Planning Commission:

November 18, 2010:

Overview of the Project and Development Agreement
(Informational Only – No Action)

December 9, 2010:

Overview of the Project and Development Agreement
(Informational Only – No Action)
Initiation of Amendments to the Planning Code, Zoning Maps, and General Plan (continued from Oct. 21)

See you there!