Posts Tagged ‘Paul’

Trendy Lingo Update: “CRO” – SF Now Has a “Chief Resilience Officer?” – Come Meet SFGov’s Overpaid Patrick Otellini

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

When I first heard the neologism Chief Resilience Officer, I figured things out pretty quickly – I thought about earthquakes in the 415, fine.

And then I thought, “What’s the angle? How does this concept put money into the pockets of the members of San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown’s political faction / machine?”

And I couldn’t think of an angle, so I thought maybe this could be a rare case of SFGov just trying to do its job, you know, sans politique.

And then I looked into it and came away mostly disappointed. I’ll tell you why below.

But you reporters out there should get on this new CRO business – it’s terra incognita, locally. [UPDATE: Whoops, I missed this one.]

So here it is:

Meet San Francisco’s Patrick Otellini, the world’s first Chief Resilience Officer.

And here’s his headshot:

CaptureCRO

And here’s the rah rah SFGov, born-and-raised blather, redolent of Supervisor Mark Farrell:

“I am unapologetically pro-San Francisco. Four generations of my family currently live here and I love this city. San Francisco’s work regarding resilience has been substantial. This work has been developed by the community just as much as it has been by City Hall.”

Is Dude running for office? It sure seems that way. But IRL, SF is the most corrupt big American city west of Chicago, so how does that square, cadre? STRIKE ONE. Moving on…

And oh no, SPUR! Is Dude a member of SPUR, that infamous outfit responsible for Urban Renewing the Fillmore, you know, because it was the trendy thing to do at that time? Take a look:

“San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) released a report called ‘Resilient Cities’ a few years ago, which has become the roadmap for resiliency planning in San Francisco.”

Turns out that Dude is a card-carrying Member of SPUR. STRIKE TWO.

And what does this Brownie-youre-doing-a-heck-of-a-job-type job pay? Like how many hundreds of thousands of dollars per year? The answer is two:

“Total pay & benefits: $183,397.91.”

More or less. I mean, that was Dude’s pay package last year when he was only Director of Earthquake Safety, so you gotta figure he’s gotten a big bump to go along with the new CRO title, right? What’s that, not really? He’s still just another SFGov MANAGER IV but now with a shiny new title? OK fine, it’s old wine in a new bottle. Let’s call that BALL ONE.

But what’s this, IRL what you are actually is a long-time, politically-connected “building permit consultant and expediter?” Mmmm… STRIKE THREE!

Speaking of which:

OTELLINI PAUL MR., INTEL CORP., CEO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123 - $51,800.00
OTELLINI PAUL MR., INTEL CORP., PRESIDENT, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123 - $2,000.00
OTELLINI PAUL, INTEL, CEO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123 - $1,000.00
OTELLINI PAUL, INTEL, CEO, SANTA CLARA, CA 95054 - $40,000.00
OTELLINI PAUL, NONE, RETIRED, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123 - $50,000.00
OTELLINI SANDY, N/A, RETIRED – ATTORNEY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123 - $25,900.00

Which then yields this. [Welcome to Scion Country Safari, Africa USA.]

So, Brownie, bring on the earthquake-related ruckus, bring on the blather, the Newspeak, fine. Maybe you’ll be appointed Supervisor, and then maybe Mayor, someday.

But be sure to count your lucky stars, to say your prayers every night to Thank Goodness you live in a town where Scion/Expediter is a career path…

Via the Prelinger Archives: “San Francisco: Story of a City (1963)” – A Nice 22-Minute Video from a Half-Century Ago

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

From Paul Hoefler Productions, it’s “San Francisco: Story of a City (1963)

Prolly could have addressed the wobbly projection issue with a simple one-click fix, but this is a great video.

SamSingerWatch: Did “Three Men” Really “Attack” Tatiana the Tiger at the San Francisco Zoo?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Here’s the latest from “Master of Disaster” PR Man Sam Singer:

“S.F. Zoo gets Martha the tiger to replace Tiger Shot after attacked by 3 Men Christmas 3 years ago”

Uh, en realidad, we don’t actually know that “3 Men” “attacked” that tiger, do we? Hey, what about the minor who died? He was less than 18, right? Oh, and you’re saying he attacked the tiger along with brothers Dhaliwal, you know that for a fact that all three of them did that, huh? You and the zoo have videotape you’ve been sitting on all these years, maybe…

Is this kind of thing what pays your mortgage, Sam?

[Electronic Cockpit Voice]: “Libel, libel… pull up, pull up.”

A post-Tatiana big cat enclosure at the, frankly, poorly-run, San Francisco Zoo:

And the shrine that got set up at the entrance of the zoo, back in the day:

Not Too Many Takers in the Twitterloin for SOBER LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO, But at $655/Mo, It Could Be Woise

Friday, April 29th, 2011

O.K. then:

“We are a group of recovering men and women who are voluntarily dedicated to our sobriety.

From $655-$1050.

Call Paul for Details. 510 612-7310

As seen on Market Street:

 

“Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond” Show Kicks Off at the de Young Museum – Hear All About it on KQED-FM Right Now

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park just kicked off its new show. It’s called Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and it runs from September 25th to January 11, 2011

Here’s what the kick-off looked like.

John Buchanan, Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), says this is your “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Listen to him talk all about the new show on KQED-FM’s Forum program – it’s on right now.

Post-Impressionists From the Musee d’Orsay
We discuss the second of two exhibits hosted by San Francisco’s de Young Museum, featuring Impressionist masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
This exhibit highlights Post-Impressionist works from Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond. We talk with the directors of both the Musee d’Orsay and the de Young Museum.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Guy Cogeval, president of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris
  • John Buchanan, director of Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, including the de Young Museum”

But if you miss the radio show, they’ll post an mp3 soon enough.

It’s Didi! Diane B. Wilsey, Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), reminded everybody about the goings on at the “little sister” Legion of Honor Museum just to the north of the de Young:

And here’s Romain Serman, our brand new French Consul General. He’s been on the job in San Francisco for seven weeks. He says that we’re “truly the sister of Paris.”

And here’s Guy Cogeval, President of the Musee D’Orsay. He says this exhibit is more beautiful than the first one he loaned us this year.

See you there!

Post Impressionists Countdown – Two Days Until the Big Show at Our De Young – Win Free VIP Tickets!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
  
 
Get your tickets right here.
 
Or, better yet, get your V.I.P. tickets over at the Richmond District Blog, where you can answer a question to win your fair share of the six available.
 
OMG, it’s Paul Gauguin’sPortrait of the Artist With the Yellow Christ.” See it getting unboxed and hung last week at SFGate.
 
 
Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ.  1890-1891.  Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).  Oil on canvas, 15 x 18 1/8 inches. RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/René-Gabriel Ojéda
  
It’s three paintings, three paintings in one! (And Paul looks just how I imagined waiter Jean-Luc in that General Foods International Coffees commercial* from back in the day. Bonus.) 

See you there Saturday morning. Get all the deets, after the jump.

*Unlike you, I know the 1980′s from personal experience…

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Post Impressionists Countdown – Three Days Until the Big Show at Our De Young – Starry Night Over the Rhone

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Here it is, baby. It’s Starry Night Over the Rhone and it’s already hanging in the lower level of our de Young Museum right now, direct from Paris, France.

This isn’t exactly the painting that Don McLean was singing about four decades back, but it’s close enough.

See how close you can get your nose to the details of the three-dimensional brush-strokes (if you get Tasered, you were too close), starting September 25th, 2010:

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What do you think, how’d VVG do?

Starry starry night
paint your palette blue and grey

look out on a summer’s day
with eyes that know the
darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
sketch the trees and the daffodils

catch the breeze and the winter chills

in colors on the snowy linen land.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they did not know how

perhaps they’ll listen now.

Starry
starry night
flaming flo’rs that brightly blaze

swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in
Vincent’s eyes of China blue.
Colors changing hue
morning fields of amber grain

weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath the artist’s
loving hand.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
perhaps they’ll listen now.

For they could not love you
but still your love was true

and when no hope was left in sight on that starry
starry night.
You took your life
as lovers often do;
But I could have told you
Vincent
this world was never
meant for one
as beautiful as you.

Starry
starry night
portraits hung in empty halls

frameless heads on nameless walls
with eyes
that watch the world and can’t forget.
Like the stranger that you’ve met

the ragged men in ragged clothes

the silver thorn of bloddy rose
lie crushed and broken
on the virgin snow.
And now I think I know what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity

how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they’re not
list’ning still
perhaps they never will.

The Great Uncrating – De Young Museum Unboxes Van Gogh Self Portrait – Post Impressionists Show Starts Sept 25

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Brace yourselves, another huge exhibit is coming to our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

It’s called Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and it runs from September 25th to January 11, 2011

A bunch of post impressionist masterpieces have just come in from the D’Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay) in Paris, France – here’s what it was like when they unpacked one of those Van Gogh Self Portraits yesterday. (It was just like when they uncrated Paul Gauguin’s Portrait of the Artist With the Yellow Christ a few days back.)

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Easy does it:

Just put it down next to a Bedroom at Arles,wherever you want. It’s like all those paintings you learned about at Wellesey College have been gathered together in one place, real close to where you live.

And then the inspection comes, to make sure nothing got damaged:

They compare what they see with handwritten charts that show existing defects, just like when you turn in a rental car:

Everything should be ready by Saturday.

See you there!

September 25, 2010 – January 18, 2011

The second of two exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsayfollows on the heels of the first witha selection of the most famous late-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, as well as works representing the individualist styles of the early modern masters, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and the Nabis Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard.

It is here where the Orsay’scollection shines brightest with masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhone, a haunting Portrait of the Artist, and Bedroom at Arles. The exhibition includes a superior collection of paintings from the Pont-Avenschool, including Gauguin’s masterpiece Self-Portrait withThe Yellow Christ. The exhibition concludes with the Orsay’s spectacular collection of pointillist paintings, represented by the masters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.

Like the previous exhibition (“Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay”), this treasured collection is on loan from the The Musée d’Orsay in Paris while they undergo a partial closure for refurbishment — the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings will be reinstalled in their permanent galleries in spring 2011 in anticipation of Musée d’Orsay’s 25th Anniversary.

The de Young is the only museum in the world to host both of the Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibitions, and this particular combination of paintings will never travel again — so get your tickets now before they sell out.

Olympic Hero Jonny Moseley to Star at Grand Opening of House of Air Trampoline Park in the Presidio

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Remember that guy who started up the Icer Air urban ski jump thing on Fillmore Street a half-decade ago? Well, he’s back, baby!

Back to help by serving as Brand Ambassadair at the Grand Opening Weekend of our new House of Air Trampoline Park.

JM loves to fly and it shows. Above Cow Hollow back in aught-five:

Via Thomas Hawk

All the deets:

Olympic icon Jonny Moseley partners with House of Air, will host Opening Weekend festivities as ‘Brand Ambassadair’

SAN FRANCISCO (September 16, 2010) – On the day after House of Air
opened its doors to the public, owners Paul McGeehan and Dave
Schaeffer
were thrilled to announce a new partnership with Olympic
Gold-Medalist Jonny Moseley.  The former “Sportsman of the Year” will
serve as an ‘Ambassadair’ for the ground-breaking trampoline park,
helping to spread the word about the venue’s ability to make “Flyers”
out of all of us.

“When I first heard about House of Air, I knew it was something that I
wanted to be a part of,” said Moseley.  “What I like most about it is
the fact that it offers something for everyone.  Whether you’re a
highly-skilled athlete looking to hone your skills, or an adult or
child looking to experience the joy of flying, you’re guaranteed to
have a great time.”

Moseley also stated that he will be hosting House of Air’s grand
opening celebration, which will begin on Friday, September 17 and
continue throughout the weekend.  The celebration will include live
DJs, exciting raffle giveaways, and demonstrations from expert
jumpers.  “We’re going to have a lot of fun this weekend,” added
Moseley, who will be doing interviews with the media throughout the
weekend.  “I’ll be judging a “dinner roll” competition on Friday
evening.  The winner will receive a pair of K2 HardSide skis, so
hopefully lots of people will be eager to show off their moves.”

The weekend’s festivities will kick off on Friday at 1:00pm with a
ribbon cutting ceremony, and will last all evening, before resuming
again on Saturday morning.  Those who would like to purchase tickets
to jump during these or any other times can do so by visiting
www.houseofairsf.com.

House of Air is located at 926 Mason Street at West Crissy Field in
the Presidio of San Francisco.  Prices start at $14 per hour for open
trampoline jump time; each additional hour is $10.  House of Air will
be open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 11
p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.  House of
Air will also be open for fitness classes at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. daily.
For more information, or to make a reservation for a birthday party or
corporate event, please visit www.houseofairsf.com.  You can also
follow House of Air on twitter @HouseofAir and find House of Air on
Facebook www.facebook.com/houseofair.

OMG, Tramampoline! House of Air Trampoline Park to Open in the Presidio September 15th

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Folks at the not-yet-Yelp-rated House of Air Tramp Park are counting down to T-Day, the day it finally opens.

And they’re bursting with pride already. Check their Media Page for quotes like these:

“…the best thing to have happened to San Francisco since the chicken and waffle box, indoor trampoline park House of Air – Brock Keeling – SFist.com

We’ll be offered Trampoline Dodgeball and Trampoline Basketball and what could be better than that (other than Trampoline Thunderdome ultimate fighting with no holds barred)?

It’s here, it’s finally here! An hour of tramping will cost just $14:

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Will you attend any of the Grand Opening days? Remember it’s not really at the 900 block of Mason Street atop Nob Hill and it’s not at Fort Mason, neither. It’s in the Presidio on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge 

See you there!

A different kind of flying at historic Building 926:

All the deets:

Countdown To Liftoff Underway at House of Air. Revolutionary Trampoline Park Set to Open on September 15, 2010

With exactly one week until the official opening of their ground-breaking trampoline park, owners Paul McGeehan and Dave Schaeffer are thrilled to begin counting down to the day they have long dreamed of.  Beginning on Wednesday, September 15, people of all ages and ability levels will be able to take flight at House of Air, which is located at the western edge of San Francisco’s
Chrissy Field.

McGeehan and Schaeffer are also excited to announce that, beginning on Friday, September 17 and continuing all weekend, the venue will be staging a Grand Opening Celebration.  The event will feature demonstrations from experienced flyers, a live DJ, food and drinks,
and other exciting details that will be announced soon.  “We can’t believe we’re only a week away from opening,” said Schaeffer.  “We
encourage anyone and everyone to come get a firsthand look at this amazing space.”

“House of Air was designed to appeal to everyone,” added McGeehan. “Flyers will be able to soar on any of House of Air’s multiple trampoline structures, each of which were created to fulfill a different thrill.”

Ever more deets, after the jump

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