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Chinatown’s Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation Gets a 40-Year Lease for the Great Garage of Kearny Street

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Our 3.5-star-rated Portsmouth Square Plaza Garage has a new 40-year lease. Hurray?

Is this arrangement a “Transit First” kind of deal?

Sure, why not.

Will this arrangement please Mayor of Chinatown Rose Pak?

Only Time Will Tell.

Anyway, all the deets, below.

“Board of Supervisors Approves New Lease with Community non-profit Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation for the Portsmouth Square Garage – Chinatown based non-profit will operate the Portsmouth Square garage for the next 40 years.

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a 40-year lease with the Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation, Chinatown based non-profit for the operation of the Portsmouth Square Garage.

The lease, which was sponsored by Board of Supervisors President and Supervisor for Chinatown, David Chiu, will ensure that the garage will continue to be overseen by Chinatown community leaders. Under the terms of the lease, the Recreation and Park Department will receive all operating profit from the garage while the Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation operates the garage without receiving a management fee or share of the profits.

“In 1962, the Chinatown community banded together to build the Portsmouth Square Garage,” said Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “Today’s approval means that this neighborhood asset will remain in the hands of the residents and businesses that it serves for generations to come.”

The Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation was founded by Chinatown business and community leaders in 1960 in response to the growing need for a parking garage in the neighborhood. Since that time the non-profit Board of Directors has constructed, financed and operated the garage for nearly five decades, all without ever receiving any compensation.

“For 50 years the Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation has served the Chinatown community both in operating this garage and in providing small grants to other community based non-profits,” said President Chiu. “For the next forty years, this community non-profit will provide high quality local jobs, help develop the Chinatown and San Francisco economies and support the numerous non-profits that provide services to Chinatown.”

Built in 1962, the Portsmouth Square Garage has 504 parking spaces and generates approximately $1.3 million annually to support the Recreation and Park Department. The Garage is one of five City owned garages operated by non-profit Boards including the City’s two largest Garages, the Fifth and Mission and Sutter-Stockton Garages.

“Our Board and the entire Chinese Community are pleased that the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the new 40 year lease,” said Jerry Lee Chinatown based Attorney and Treasurer of the Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation. “Now comes the challenge of updating the garage to increase parking, energy efficiency and revenues to benefit both the City and community.”

San Francisco Marks 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre with Candlelight Vigil

Friday, June 5th, 2009

This was the scene last night in Chinatown, where people turned out with their candles to mark the 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre.

All photos by Whole Wheat Toast. See more at the Toasted Blog.

Portsmouth Square, San Francisco:



The Goddess of Democracy:


Tiananmen Massacre Anniversary: All Quiet at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

There doesn’t appear to be a whole lot going on to mark the 20th anniversary of  the Tiananmen Square Massacre (aka June 4 Incident, aka “6-4“) around San Francisco today so far.

This is the scene at the sometimes-busy Chinese consulate in the Western Addition – barricades are ready to be used if needed.


Appears as if there’ll be a candlelight vigil in Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square at the Goddess of Democracy statue around 7:30 or 8:00 PM tonight.

Candlelight vigil 4th June at 8p at Portsmouth Sq, Chinatown, San Francisco re: Tiananmen Square”

Here she is, the GoD, being ignored last year by Mayor Gavin Newsom in all the excitement leading up to the international Olympic Torch Relay fiasco of 2008. (Don’t look forward to any more of those international relays – they’re cancelled forever by the International Olympic Committee due to actions from the Sacred Flame Protection Squad, etc.)


June 4th is being remembered in San Francisco, but it doesn’t seem to be that big a deal at this point. Here’s one account from Tiananmen, in the virtual pages of SFGate:

Our eyes locked. He was attractive in a stern sort of way, with wide-set eyes and a strong, dimpled chin. He was probably four or five years my junior. We looked into one another’s eyes for a few seconds, our limbs locked in this aggressive parody of a dance. I had an absurd memory of senior prom…” On it goes.

Anyway, it looks like Chinatown will be the venue for the biggest 6-4 observation in town today.

Save the Shark Protest Scheduled for San Francisco’s Chinatown

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Do you like shark fin soup? Some folk do, especially in San Francisco. But the people behind the Shark Safe Project DO NOT approve. So they’ve skedded a Shark Finning Protest Demonstration for January 25th in the heart of Chinatown.

Will San Francisco become the first “Shark Safe” city in the USA? Looks like we’re on our way

And will the graffiti kids switch from girafa to friendly, smiling shark?

via that_james’ photostream Click to expand

Only Time Will Tell.

No matter, these wailing souls will release their shark attack against various restaurants starting at noon on January 25th, 2009 in Portsmouth Square 花園角. (NB: Go before you go.) 

Which restaurants?

Find out, after the jump.