Posts Tagged ‘pier’

San Francisco Photographer David Yu’s Futuristic City: 15 Shots All Stitched together

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Click right here for the big version.

(Landmarks such as 555 California and 345 California and the Transamerica Pyramid and One Rincon don’t appear too prominent from this angle.)

Via David Yu

Pretty good, huh?

Ready, Fire, Aim: Why Would San Francisco Cheerlead for the America’s Cup Before the Deal with Larry Ellison is Made?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Shouldn’t SFGov be trying to talk down the America’s Cup this week, you know, right before the final deal gets made? I think so.

You know, Larry Ellison’s lickspittle threatens to cancel the whole deal like every day. Has Mayor Ed Lee ever threatened that? I don’t think so. That’s part of the reason why this deal is skewed so much against future San Franciscans – our grandkids will end up paying for this coming debacle, it looks like.

Of course the Republican “Alliance for Jobs” and the unions are all for AC13, but it’s quite obvious already that this will be a bad deal for San Francisco.

There’ll be a “roundtable” cheerleading session at Pier 32 this AM, and then there’ll be this on Tuesday:

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Now, speaking of cheerleading…

The America’s Cup sailing races coming to San Francisco – starting this summer with the World Series races

UH, NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE WORLD SERIES RACES, SORRY. THIS IS A SPORT BY THE 1% AND FOR THE 1%, RIGHT?

– is a very good thing for our city. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW? WE’LL BE PAYING FOR IT OVER THE NEXT 100 YEARS – ISN’T IT KIND OF LIKE MORTGAGING OUR FUTURE, LIKE SPENDING OUR GRANDCHILDREN’S MONEY?

I say that as a San Francisco resident as well as part of the tourism community.

WELL, AS A SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENT AND A TOURIST INDUSTRY COMMUNITY NON-MEMBER, I’M CALLING BULLSHIT ON THIS WHOLE DEAL.

A major opportunity has been handed to us. 

OH, THE WAY GREECE WAS “HANDED” THE FAILED 2004 OLYMPICS?

Now is the time to get behind it and make the most of it, for now and the future of San Francisco.  Why?

ALL RIGHT, I’LL BITE WHY?

First of all, it’s going to be exciting. 

ABSOLUTELY WRONG. IT WILL BE LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY, LIKE WATCHING GRASS GROW. OTOH, DON’T YOU THINK THAT WATCHING THE GIANTS OR THE 49ERS OR THE WARRIORS WIN, DON’T YOU THINK THAT THESE NON-1% SPORTS ARE MORE EXCITING THAN THE STUPID AMERICA’S CUP? I MEAN, IF REGULAR PEOPLE WANTED TO WATCH BOAT RACES, THEN SAN DIEGO WOULD HAVE TURNED OUT FOR THE RECENT EVENTS DOWN THERE. SAN DIEGO DID NOT TURN OUT. WHAT’S THE REASON WHY THE PROMOTERS SO OVERESTIMATED DEMAND IN AN ELITE SPORT THAT NOBODY HAS CARED ABOUT FOR MORE THAN A DECADE?

The America’s Cup takes racing to an entirely new level. 

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? LARRY ELLISON, IN HIS ATTEMPTS TO WIN AGAIN, HAS CHUCKED TRADITION, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT? IS LARRY DISAPPOINTED THAT NOBODY IN TOWN KNOWS OR CARES ABOUT HOW HE BOUGHT HIS CUP VICTORY IN SPAIN OR WHEREVER? I THINK SO.

Watching these high-tech boats practically fly across the water is thrilling. 

UH, FOR WHOM? THESE WILL NOT BE “THE FASTEST BOATS IN THE WORLD” OR EVEN THE FASTEST SAILBOATS, RIGHT? I MEAN, SOME FERRY BOATS GO FASTER, RIGHT? WHY DON’T WE RACE CAR-CARRYING FERRIES ABOUT THE BAY INSTEAD, IF YOU HAVE A NEED FOR SPEED?

The gathering of sailing teams and those who love the sport from around the world will amp up the energy and diversity in the city, always a good thing.

NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE 1% EUROTRASH EXCEPT OTHER 1% EUROTRASH. AND HOW ON EARTH WILL ALL THESE 1-PERCENTER WHITE PEOPLE “AMP UP” DIVERSITY?

Second, it will showcase San Francisco and the Bay Area to the entire world.  Media coverage will introduce the beauty of our city and our region to a global audience, generating thoughts of “I want to go there” that will result in visitors arriving for years to come.

“INTRODUCE?” ISN’T SAN FRANCISCO VERY HIGH ON PEOPLE’S WISHLISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD ALREADY? WON’T WE ALREADY HAVE VISITORS ARRIVING FOR YEARS TO COME?

Third, it will give a much needed spark to our economy. 

LIKE A STIMULUS PACKAGE? SO WHY DON’T WE GIVE THE NINE-FIGURES TO THE PEOPLE NOW, INSTEAD OF TO LARRY ELLISON?

The 34th America’s Cup will create more than 8,000 jobs and pump an estimated $1.4 billion dollars into our economy. 

BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT. NUMBER ONE, YOU’RE JUST GUESSING. NUMBER TWO, ITS A WILDLY-INFLATED GUESS, AS EVERYBODY WHO HAS LOOKED INTO THIS ALREADY KNOWS. AREN”T THE CURRENT WILDLY-INFLATED ESTIMATES MUCH LOWER THAN THIS ALREADY?

Among major sporting events, the America’s Cup delivers the third largest economic impact to host destinations, exceeded only by the Olympic Games and World Cup.

THIS STAT WILL NEED TO BE RE-WRITTEN AFTER THE AMERICA’S CUP TURNS INTO A FIASCO OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR SO. WOULDN’T SAN FRANCISCO PREFER TO GET THE WARRIORS OR TO NOT LOSE THE NINERS? AND HAS MONTREAL FINALLY FINISHED PAYING OFF ITS OLYMPICS FROM LIKE FOUR DECADES AGO? WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WAS THAT? AND HOW ABOUT GREECE? WHAT DID THE OLYMPICS DO TO GREECE?

Of course, with any major event come some temporary inconveniences and sacrifices like traffic, parking and crowded restaurants.

WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THAT? WE”RE PAYING WAY TOO MUCH MONEY FOR THE CUP AND TOO MUCH OF THE RISK IS ON US. AND ALL THE NUMBERS FROM THE PROMOTERS ARE PROVING TO BE WRONG ALREADY. WHY DO YOU TALK ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS YOU GUESS MIGHT HAPPEN WITHOUT MENTIONING THE BAD?

WHY DON’T YOU TELL US WHAT IT WILL COST US? YOU DON’T SEEM TO CARE. MAYBE IF IT COST US A BILLION, YOU’D STILL APPROVE? WHO KNOWS? MAYBE.

LARRY ELLISON WANTS TO PLAY AROUND WITH BOATS, BUT LARRY ELLISON WANTS US TO PAY FOR IT AND HAVE US TAKE THE BULK OF THE RISK.

IT’S A SORRY SITUATION.

The Crazy Windmills of Pier 23 Plus Those “Free Leonard” Banners

Friday, January 27th, 2012

What’s this big metal tower thing on the left?

Of course it’s not actually a windmill, but maybe it’s some kind of air exhaust for something underneath the streetcar tracks of the Embarcadero?

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Now, the “Free Leonard” tree banner, well, I think it’s this, but I remain baffled by that tower…

Happy Holidays from Photographer David Yu at Pier 2: Bay Bridge, Lit Cityscape

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Here it is:

Via David Yu – click to expand

Official CA Agency CalRecycle Declares War on Car Dealerships: Says DON’T Change Motor Oil Every 3000 Miles – Let it Slide

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), a division of our California Department of Conservation, doesn’t want you changing your car oil as much. They want you to follow the recommendation in your car’s owner’s manual, as opposed to your service manager’s “every 3000 miles no matter what” mantra.

(I don’t think car dealerships and oil change places will like this one bit.)

Anyway, CalRecycle is coming to town tomorrow to pay for free parking for motorists who pledge to increase their oil change intervals. (But don’t anybody tell StreetsBlog SF about the free parking reward – they won’t like that at all. Srsly.)

It’s called the Check Your Number campaign

All the deets, after the jump

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Wow: Complete Poll Results for the Mayor’s Race from The Bay Citizen and USF – A Ranked Choice Voting Simulator

Monday, October 17th, 2011

[UPDATE: Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal offers a listing of reactions from many mayoral campaigns.]

[UPDATE II: Feisty TBC Editor-in-Chief Steve Fainaru promises there's more to come:

"We are analyzing and pumping out this information as fast as we can. The package you see today — including San Francisco’s most sophisticated ranked-choice voting simulator, masterminded by news applications developer Shane Shifflett and lead software engineer Aurelio Tinio — was completed around 2 a.m. Monday; it was up on our website at 4 a.m. Next we will bring you information about the controversial pension reform initiatives and the races for district attorney and sheriff. Finally, we will put up the full data set, so people can take their own look and draw their own conclusions."]

Well, here they are, the results of the big The Bay Citizen / University of San Francisco poll on who will be Mayor of San Francisco for the next four years.

See?

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The Bay Citizen political writer Gerry Shih* has the deets.

Writing history as it happens:

“When the Board of Supervisors named Lee interim mayor in January, after former Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor, Lee promised not to run for a full term. But after two of his biggest political supporters — Rose Pak, the powerful Chinatown lobbyist, and former Mayor Willie Brown — led an effort to draft him into the race, Lee changed his mind.”

[I should note that infamous Rose Pak, for some reason, operates as an unregistered lobbyist, apparently, AFAIK.]

Are you surprised by any of these results? I’m not.

But what’s nice about this independent exercise is that it shows you how RCV “works.”

Oh, and don’t miss the breakdown for gay and Chinese-American voters.

Anyway:

“Exclusive Bay Citizen/USF Poll: Ed Lee Dominating San Francisco Mayor’s Race

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17, 2011  – An exclusive poll conducted by The Bay Citizen and the University of San Francisco (USF) Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good shows interim mayor Ed Lee poised to win the November 8 mayor’s race handily. The poll shows Lee with broad support across the city, particularly among Chinese voters.

Lee won 31.2 percent of first-place votes, surpassing his closest challenger, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who won 8.1 percent. Supervisor John Avalos finished third, with 7.4 percent of first-place votes.

At baycitizen.org, the poll results power a computer simulation that shows how the election may unfold under “ranked-choice voting.” This is the first competitive San Francisco mayor’s race to use the system that asks voters to select their top three candidates in order of preference.

The Bay Citizen simulation allows readers to view how votes are redistributed after candidates are eliminated. It projects Lee the winner if the election were held today.

On Tuesday, October 18 The Bay Citizen and the University of San Francisco will release poll results on the San Francisco District Attorney’s race, the Sheriff’s race, and Propositions C and D, the two pension reform measures on the ballot.

For more information and deeper analysis of the Bay Citizen/USF poll please visit: www.baycitizen.org/data/polls/sf-2011-elections/

The poll results are based on telephone interviews of a random sample of 551 likely San Francisco voters between Oct. 7 and Oct. 13, 2011. The survey was conducted by MAXimum Research, an independent research firm, in English and Cantonese; Spanish was not used because only 1 percent of San Francisco voters request ballot materials in Spanish. Of the respondents, 115 were contacted by cell phone and 436 by landline. After the interviews, the data were weighted to match the demographics of the known likely voting population. The sampling error for findings based on the overall pool of likely voters is +/- 4.2 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. The margin of error for population subgroups is larger.

About The Bay Citizen

The Bay Citizen is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member-supported news organization that provides in-depth original reporting on Bay Area issues including public policy, education, the arts and cultural affairs, health and science, the environment, and more. The Bay Citizen’s news can be found online at www.baycitizen.org as well as in print in The New York Times Bay Area report on Fridays and Sundays. For more information, please visit www.baycitizen.org.

About the University of San Francisco (USF)

The University of San Francisco is in the heart of one of the most innovative and diverse cities and features a vibrant community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields while building a more humane and just world. University of San Francisco students, faculty, and alumni are involved in the entrepreneurial city of San Francisco and work in all industries, from technology to nonprofits. With dedicated professors and exceptional academic programs to choose from, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to develop into ethical leaders who are sought after in their professions. USF’s diverse student body benefits from direct access to faculty, small class sizes, and a broad array of programs and co-curricular opportunities. Informed by the university’s 156-year-old Jesuit Catholic mission, the USF community ignites students’ passion for social justice and the pursuit of the common good. For more information about the University of San Francisco, please visit www.usfca.edu.

About USF Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is dedicated to inspiring and equipping students at USF to pursue lives and careers of ethical public service and service to others. The Center provides a non-partisan forum for education, service and research in public programs and policy-making. The McCarthy Center values civic engagement and seeks to promote public interest research that encourages civil discourse and constructive interaction among the great diversity of residents and officials in the Bay Area. The Center strives to accomplish its goals by being transparent, nonpartisan and rigorous in designing its work and products. For more information please visit www.usfca.edu/centers/mccarthy

Contacts: The Bay Citizen, Keith Meyer, VP Marketing, media@baycitizen.org

SOURCE The Bay Citizen

CONTACT: Keith Meyer, VP Marketing of The Bay Citizen, +1-415-852-5100, media@baycitizen.org

Web Site: http://www.baycitizen.org”

*The uncredited instigator of this recent bit here in the San Francisco Chronicle

The Kashima is Back in Town: Who’s Going to Hunt and Kill Chinese Submarines if Not the Japanese Navy?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

JDS Kashima (TV-3508) is back in town, so here are 21(!) shots from the SFGate.

Enjoy.

From above:

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OMG, You Gotta Go See Teatro Zinzanni Before It Leaves Us to Make Way for that Money-Losing America’s Cup 2013

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Here’s how you know when a relationship over, when your supposed beau says something like:

“I’d be happy to introduce you to other men not in this immediate area, or facilitate a conversation with men in the City, or perhaps a matchmaking service. I’ll email you their phone number or something.”

That’s it, it’s over, baby. HJNTIY.

So imagine how the hard-working people at highly-rated Teatro Zinzanni feel about their coming eviction to make way for the NASCAR-esque, tradition-be-damned America’s Cup 2013, aka Larry Ellison’s boat race.

Here’s what the Port of San Francisco is saying about the sitch:

We’d be happy to show them locations that are not in this immediate area, or facilitate a conversation with other city departments or commercial real estate agents.”

Or, in other words, GO TO HELL.

Anyway, put Teatro Zinzanni at the top of your Bucket List right now, before it goes away.

Ooh, backstage:

Ooh, bobbles!

To sum up:

Boo, America’s Cup Eurotrash

Yay, Teatro Zinzanni


Spend a Minute to Watch the Sun Set Behind the Golden Gate Bridge – HD Video from the Berkeley Pier

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Starting….now!

Boy, it looks warm, huh?

Just another joint from famous Bay Area Photographer David Yu

Now That Michela Alioto-Pier is Out of the District 2 Supe Race, Mark Farrell Emerges as the Interesting Candidate

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Almost feel as if I owe our City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera (who is certainly on the list of the smartest pols in town)* an apology for thinking he was tilting at windmills by pursuing the whole Michela Alioto Pier appointed-to-a-term-of-more-than-two-years thing.**

Anywho, feel free to read all three press releases I just received on this matter.

Now, on to new bidness. What up, Mark Farrell? (He’s going house to house, door to door these days – see  Comments.) Is he the dark horse?

“As fundraising leaders, we have raised more than any other candidate in this race and have over 750 individual donors – half of which are in District 2 and San Francisco.”

O.K. then. Of course he lacks the official embrace from that “Politburo” known as the Central Committee (aka DCCC), ’cause Janet Reilly has that all locked-up lock, stock, and barrel. But who knows what will happen with this race. 

We’ll find out more at the next big debate emceed by Sweet Melissa Griffin. (You’d think they’d have one skedded soon…)

Now, as promised, the dueling press releases, starting with this classy and pithy bit from MAP herself:

“I believed and continued to believe that the intent of the voters as reflected in the plain language of our city charter allows me to run for second four year term.  While I am disappointed in the outcome, I of course respect the judicial process. I will continue to work hard for the residents of my district and the people of San Francisco for the remainder of my time in office.”

And here’s the reaction from Mark (and not Mike, oh no) Farrell:

“With today’s decision by the California Supreme Court not to review the California Appellate Court’s decision regarding the eligibility of Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier in the District 2 Supervisor race, our campaign is beginning the final campaign sprint towards Election Day. 
 
I would like to state, unequivocally, that I am an ardent and vocal supporter of Supervisor Alioto-Pier and I am proud to call her my friend.  As a fellow native San Franciscan, I believeshe has represented the values of District 2 in City Hall, and I hope she will continue to seek out new opportunities to serve our City.
 
From Day 1, our campaign has been about bringing a neighborhood voice and returning real financial and budget experience back to City Hall.  I believe more than ever that my background as an attorney, finance professional and small business owner is exactly what we need at the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco, and I will work tirelessly until Election Day to ensure this message is heard throughout District 2.
 
We are excited about how far we have come in this race and we know how much we have accomplished:

·         As fundraising leaders, we have raised more than any other candidate in this race and have over 750 individual donors – half of which are in District 2 and San Francisco.
·         Our incredible field campaign has identified thousands of voters, garnered hundreds of volunteers and has captains in every one of our 60 precincts.
 
And now, we have polling data which shows, in real numbers, how much we have accomplished and how voters want real change – not the typical “institutional” political candidates that seek office simply out of a desire to become politicians.  San Francisco voters want a new direction for our City government, and I am running to bring their voice to City Hall.
 
Thank you to my supporters, friends and volunteers for sticking with us throughout this entire time.  Thank you to my amazing staff who have worked hard every day to keep us in the best position to win this race. 
 
To my wife Liz, my Mom and Dad and my children Madison and Jack, thank you for all you have done to get us to this point.  I love you all very, very much!
 
Now, with fewer than 9 weeks left, we have a lot of work to do – I am excited, motivated, and look forward to seeing everyone out on the campaign trail!”

And get the statement from Dennis Jose Herrera, after the jump.

* Along with, and in no particular order, Rafael Mandelman, Scott Wiener, Carmen Chu, David Chiu, David Campos, Eric Mar, and Phil Ting, among others.

** I don’t know, if I were charged by the electorate the task of delivering empty bottles of milk to everyone in town every morning, I’d just do it. I wouldn’t speculate on what they really meant, I wouldn’t guess and give them something sensible like 2%, I’d just give them exactly what they ordered. But that’s just me.  

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