Posts Tagged ‘press release’

SFO Update: “United Airlines to Launch Nonstop Service Between San Francisco and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport”

Monday, May 12th, 2014

If your destination is Tokyo, why not fly there direct instead of landing in the next prefecture over at Narita?

“United Airlines to Launch Nonstop Service Between San Francisco and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

Daily flights to Tokyo’s close-in airport complement new service this year to Taipei, Chengdu

SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — United Airlines, the U.S. carrier with the most extensive global reach, today announced it will add Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to its route network, with daily nonstop service from San Francisco effective Oct. 26, 2014, subject to government approval.

Haneda Airport will be the tenth trans-Pacific destination that United serves nonstop from San Francisco, and the third new Asia-Pacific airport – also including Taipei and Chengdu – for United this year.

“We are excited about adding Haneda Airport to our global route network,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “By providing nonstop service from our San Francisco hub to both Tokyo airports, we will maximize choice and convenience for customers traveling from across the Americas to Tokyo, and to points beyond on our joint-venture partner ANA.”

Flight 875 will depart San Francisco International Airport daily at 6:35 p.m., arriving at Haneda Airport at 10:05 p.m. the following day (all times local). On the return, flight 876 will depart Haneda daily at 12:05 a.m., arriving in San Francisco at 5:15 p.m. the previous day, after crossing the International Date Line. Flying times will be approximately 11 hours, 30 minutes westbound and 9 hours, 10 minutes eastbound.

Effective Nov. 2, 2014, San Francisco arrival and departure times will be one hour earlier due to the end of daylight saving time.

The flight schedules enable customers to use convenient public transportation between Haneda Airport and central Tokyo and Yokohama.

Connecting Flights
United customers traveling on the new Haneda flights will be able to make one-stop connections at the San Francisco hub to and from 28 cities throughout North America and beyond. In addition, the new service will provide connections at Haneda on the extensive network of United’s joint-venture partner ANA to other international destinations, including Bangkok and Singapore.

With the introduction of the San Francisco – Tokyo/Haneda service, United will operate once-daily service between San Francisco and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, rather than the twice-daily service currently offered. The airline also operates daily service to Tokyo/Narita from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

United in San Francisco
United is the largest carrier at San Francisco International Airport, offering nearly 300 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in the U.S. and around the world, more service than any other airline from the Bay Area. From its San Francisco hub, United also offers more nonstop trans-Pacific service to and from the United States than any other carrier hub. United currently operates nearly 30 daily nonstop flights from San Francisco to 21 international destinations and will add nonstop service from San Francisco to Chengdu, China, in June, pending government approval.

Onboard Products and Services
The Haneda service will be operated with Boeing 777 aircraft with 269 seats – eight in United Global First, 40 in United BusinessFirst and 221 in United Economy, including 104 United Economy Plus extra-legroom seats. Both Global First and BusinessFirst feature flat-bed seats, along with a wide range of premium-cabin services and amenities.  All seats on the 777 feature a personal on-demand entertainment system.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 369 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, will take delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including the B787-9 as the North American launch customer, and will welcome 27 new E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

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Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Sues Short-Term Rental Scofflaws for Illegal Conversions, Unlawful Business Practices – Ellis Act, Baby!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

[UPDATE: Direct link here and the full press kit with complaint here.]

City Attorney Dennis Herrera, The Happy Warrior:

“Herrera sues short-term rental scofflaws for illegal conversions, unlawful business practices

Two cases target ‘egregious offenders’—both involving Ellis Act evictions of disabled tenants to illegally convert residential apartments into tourist lodging

SAN FRANCISCO (April 23, 2014) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed two separate lawsuits against short-term rental scofflaws for illegally converting residential apartments into commercial tourist lodging, which the property owners then marketed through such online platforms as Airbnb, Homeway.com and VRBO.com.  In both cases, the defendants had previously evicted long-term residents from their apartments under the Ellis Act, a state law that allows landlords to evict tenants and withdraw their properties from the residential rental market.  Two of the evicted tenants were disabled, according to San Francisco Superior Court and Rent Board records cited in today’s pleadings.

“In the midst of a housing crisis of historic proportions, illegal short-term rental conversions of our scarce residential housing stock risks becoming a major contributing factor,” said Herrera.  “The cases I’ve filed today target two egregious offenders.  These defendants didn’t just flout state and local law to conduct their illegal businesses, they evicted disabled tenants in order to do so.  Today’s cases are the first among several housing-related matters under investigation by my office, and we intend to crack down hard on unlawful conduct that’s exacerbating—and in many cases profiting from—San Francisco’s alarming lack of affordable housing.  I’m grateful to the city departments, including the San Francisco Planning Department, and community advocates who have worked with my office to help us pursue these kinds of scofflaws.  And I encourage tenants and neighbors to report housing-related wrongdoing online to my office through our Up2Code.org website or the Up2Code app, or by calling our Code Enforcement Hotline at (415) 554-3977.”

Herrera’s complaints filed in San Francisco Superior Court this morning detail pervasive violations of the city Planning Code and state Unfair Competition Law at three addresses: 3073-3075 Clay Street, owned by defendants Darren and Valerie Lee; and 734 and 790 Bay Street, which is owned or managed by defendants Lev, Tamara and Tatyana Yurovsky.  If successful, the litigation could result in permanent court-ordered injunctions; civil penalties of up to $200 per day for Planning Code violations; up to $2,500 for each unlawful business act; disgorgement of illegally obtained profits; and attorneys’ fees.  Though the Ellis Act itself does not preclude the commercial use of properties for tourists where long-term tenants have previously been evicted, Herrera’s litigation emphasized longstanding city policy that tourist conversions of residential properties be aggressively policed “in order to protect the residents and to conserve the limited housing resources.”

According to one of Herrera’s civil actions, defendants Darren and Valerie Lee purchased 3073-3075 Clay Street in 2004, and invoked the Ellis Act in 2005 to evict their tenants from both of the property’s residential units.  One of the evicted tenants was disabled.  Evidence presented in the complaint found that the Lees have marketed 3075 Clay Street, a four-bedroom, three-bathroom property, for tourist lodging on such vacation websites such as Homeaway.com and VRBO.com since 2009, describing it as an “exquisitely renovated home, in prime Pacific Heights.”  The Lees charged their guests between $395 and $595 per night for a minimum stay of three nights.  But in doing so, the owners flouted the city’s required conditional use authorization process—depriving neighbors and city planners of their role to first determine whether the conversion is necessary or desirable; compatible with the neighborhood; detrimental to the City’s housing stock; or consistent with the city’s Planning Code or Planning Department’s General Plan.  According to Herrera’s complaint, San Francisco’s Planning Department repeatedly cited the Lees for their illegal use of the property for commercial tourist lodging, even collecting penalties of as much $250 per day for violations.  The Lees—who at one point assured Planning Department officials that their illegal conduct had stopped—then defiantly resumed marketing and renting their property to tourists.  In 3073 Clay Street, the Lees evicted a disabled tenant who had lived in the unit for more than ten years and, until evicted, was paying $1,087 per month.  By invoking the Ellis Act, the Lees were legally restricted until August 25, 2011, from re-renting the unit at market rate.  But evidence presented in Herrera’s action shows that the Lees admitted to the Planning Department that they had, in fact, re-rented 3073 Clay Street and charged their new residential tenants between $5,000-$7,038 per month.

Herrera’s other civil complaint against Lev, Tamara and Tatyana Yurovsky notes that they, too, used the Ellis Act to evict long-term residential tenants — including one who was disabled — from one of their properties, at 734 Bay Street.  Together with a residential unit at another of their properties owned by Lev and Tatyana and managed by Tamara, at 790 Bay Street, the Yurovskys illegally converted their apartments into tourist use beginning in 2010.  They marketed the rentals to tourists on Airbnb.com and “greatsfvacation.com” for rates of between $165 and $320 per night, with three-night minimum stays.  Though the Yurovsky defendants boasted on social media that they had hosted several hundred tourists, according to evidence detailed in the complaint, they too flouted the city’s conditional use authorization process, violating the San Francisco Planning Code and state law.

The cases are: City and County of San Francisco and People of the State of California v. Darren Lee et al., San Francisco Superior Court No. 538857; and City and County of San Francisco and People of the State of California v. Tamara Yurovsky et al., San Francisco Superior Court No. 538854.  Additional documentation from the case is available on the City Attorney’s website at:http://www.sfcityattorney.org/.

Calling BS on Jeff Adachi’s Public Defender’s Office: All the Dozens of Drug Court Graduates are “Drug-Free,” Really?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Well, here’s the latest from San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi:

“Why should defense lawyers engage the media? http://modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/theres-no-such-thing-bad-press-

Do you want me to tick off about five reasons it just might possibly be a bad thing to issue a “hilarious” press release after the latest public defender “success,” about why taking a victory lap after every case might not be the best idea?

Well, I can do it, but I’ll save that for another day.

Today’s bidness, via Mission Local – a News Lab for Everyone, is the claim that 53 recent “Graduates” of “Drug Court” are currently drug -free, safely-housed, and with a legal source of income.

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Who on Gaia’s Green Earth is believing this?

Can you, Gentle Reader, name me a cohort of 53 people of any stripe who are “drug-free?” How about 53 random Yale professors, for instance?

See? You can’t do it.

I cry foul.

The “Bay Area Council Economic Institute” Denies Failure re: the America’s Cup – The BACEI Shouldn’t be Trusted

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A few notes here. The “thrilling comeback by Oracle Team USA” was tainted by the cheating scandals involving …Oracle Team USA, wasn’t it? The so-called “economic impact” is about 96% lower than the highest number initially given by … the BACEI. The 3,800 “jobs” referred to are in fact … merely job-years, so, in fact, all the “jobs” “created” are now gone and some of the “jobs” “created” paid less than minimum wage, and some of the workers still haven’t been paid as agreed, and lots of workers came up from SoCal since billionaire Larry Ellison was too cheap to pay Bay Area workers. The America’s Cup “captivated a worldwide audience?” No it did not. And of course the America’s Cup “produced tax revenue” but it also stole tax revenue from San Francisco and net result is a loss to the tune of millions of dollars.

I’ll note that there’s no apology for what everybody now knows was a flawed study from the BACEI in 2010. It’s all spin.

The 2010 report was a big pile of garbage. This after-the-fact press release is a smaller pile, but it’s still garbage.

OTOH, if you want to promote some event in the bay area and you need some wildly optimistic numbers in a report, the BACEI is the corrupt think tank for you.

All the deets:

HOSTING 34TH AMERICA’S CUP GENERATES $550 MILLION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, CREATES MORE THAN 3,800 JOBS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The thrilling comeback by Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup capped an historic event that generated $550 million in economic activity, created more than 3,800 jobs and contributed almost $6.6 million in tax revenue to the City of San Francisco, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

These figures include a new cruise terminal whose construction was accelerated by the America’s Cup races in San Francisco. In the absence of a new cruise terminal, conservative estimates show that the America’s Cup generated $364 million in economic activity, created almost 2,900 jobs and contributed almost $5.7 million in tax revenue to San Francisco.

The figures also do not include economic activity created throughout the region, local and Bay Area visitor spending, or the benefits associated with gripping media coverage of the high-tech competition that captivated a worldwide audience and showcased the Bay Area as an international tourist destination.

“The $550 million in economic activity generated by the America’s Cup is substantial,” said Sean Randolph, President of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. “The activity benefitted hundreds of small businesses and other employers in San Francisco and the Bay Area and produced tax revenue that supports a wide range of important city services.”

The economic benefits came from almost $280 million in overall spending by the various teams that competed, the hundreds of thousands of visitors that flocked to the waterfront to watch the most innovative and technologically advanced sailboats in the world and the many events that accompanied the races.

“Hosting the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco showcased our beautiful City to the world and brought thousands of new jobs, long-overdue legacy waterfront improvements, international visitor spending, and a boost to our regional economy,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “Our investment brought in significant revenue to the City and the lessons we learned will help us deliver even better world-class events in the Bay Area in the future.”

The bulk of the tax revenue — almost $3.7 million — came from hotel stays, while payroll-related taxes produced $2 million and tax revenue from parking and retail spending combined reached $2.1 million.

The largest segment of economic benefits — $126.7 million — stemmed from spectators who traveled to San Francisco to watch the competition’s sleek catamarans zip across the bay at speeds approaching 55 miles per hour.

A full Economic Impact Report will be issued before the end of the year.

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About the Bay Area Council Economic Institute
The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is a partnership of business with labor, government, higher education and community leaders that works to support the economic vitality and competitiveness of California and the Bay Area. It produces authoritative analyses on key economic issues in the region and the state, and mobilizes leaders from diverse backgrounds around targeted policy initiatives. A sought-after source of economic perspective, its public-private governance and fact-based approach to economic analysis underpin the Institute’s forward-looking thought leadership (www.bayareaeconomy.org).

Rufus Jeffris | Vice President, Communications | BAYAREA COUNCIL
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Bay Area Bike Share Declared a Huge Success by … Bay Area Bike Share

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Let’s see here:

“wildly popular”

“Maddox took the opportunity to trumpet the program’s successes”

“Bike Share is popular”

But this assumes that the program costs nothing, right?

And this assumes the program is well-run, right? Is it? IDK

What I do know is that for the amount of money we’re talking about here, we could buy over 100,000 bikes and not just rent them out but simply GIVE THEM AWAY.

We’re talking about bikes that would be much lighter and have many more gears.

(I realize that giving away bikes isn’t what BABS is about, but that’s a comparison.)

What BABS is is a jobs program, one that pays workers the whopping total of $13.50 per hour.

That’s one of my beefs.

Here’s another – what does this even mean?

“In order for the program to ‘break even’ operationally, Maddox said, the program would need to expand to 2,500-3,000 bikes in total inside of San Francisco.”

You know, I went to the colledge, but I can’t for the life of me understand what “break even” means in this context.

Anywho, here’s the latest. But please remember, that the people behind this bike share program have never ever ever violated any labor laws and they’re, well, they’re the most perfect non-rent seekers ever to cut a deal with SFGov, so don’t dare to ask any questions about their Wonderful One-Hoss Shay:

“Bay Area Bike Share off to a strong start

Pilot Program prepares for full expansion in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With over 178,000 miles traveled since the launch of Bay Area Bike Share, a distance that would allow a bicyclist to circle the Earth more than seven times, ridership in the popular regional bicycle sharing program continues to grow.

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The three-month-old system has now racked up more than 80,000 rides with over 3,200 annual members and more than 10,000 casual members since the program began on August 29.  More area residents and visitors continue to sign up every day, increasing momentum for the program.

“The Bay Area Bike Share program is transforming the way people travel in our region,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District.  “These bicycles offer an important connection for that last mile of transportation between public transit and final destinations.  The success of this program will result in long-term health and quality-of-life benefits for our region.”

The bike sharing system launched this summer with 700 mint green colored bicycles, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 70 stations in five cities along the Caltrain commuter rail corridor — San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose.  A full expansion of the pilot system in 2014 will boost those numbers to 1,000 bicycles at 100 stations.  Bay Area Bike Share is the first bike share system in the country to launch as a regionally integrated system serving cities spread out over 50 miles.

Offered as a “first and last mile solution,” as well as a stand-alone transportation option, the aim of the pilot program is to test the effectiveness of bike sharing in the region.  The program encourages Bay Area residents and visitors alike to make short trips by bike, both in conjunction with public transit and for non-transit linked trips, resulting in reduced air pollution in and around the areas served.

Significant emission reductions from the transportation sector will help protect public health and ensure the Bay Area meets state and national air quality standards while reducing greenhouse gases.

Annual Memberships: Bay Area Bike Share offers two types of annual memberships. The Pacesetter Membership ($88), includes unlimited rides up to 30 minutes each. The Frontrunner Membership ($103), also includes a t-shirt and two 24-hour memberships. For more information, please visit bayareabikeshare.com/membership.

Corporate Partnerships: Bay Area Bike Share has just launched a corporate membership program, where businesses and organizations of all sizes can offer discounted and subsidized annual memberships to employees. There are five levels of partnership that are based on company size, number of participating employees and company contribution. For more information, please visit bayareabikeshare.com.

The cost of the full pilot totals $11.2 million, and is funded using Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality ($7.1 million), Transportation Fund for Clean Air ($2.8 million) and other local funds ($1.3 million). The program is managed by the Air District in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and local partners.

In addition to the Air District and MTC, the pilot project is a partnership among local government agencies including the City and County of San Francisco, SamTrans, Caltrain, San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the County of San Mateo, the City of Redwood City and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

Bay Area residents and visitors can learn more about the bike share system at:
      –       www.bayareabikeshare.com
      –       www.facebook.com/bayareabikeshare
      –       www.twitter.com/sfbaybikeshare

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the nine-county Bay Area. For more information, visit www.baaqmd.gov.

SOURCE  The Bay Area Air Quality Management District

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CONTACT: Tom Flannigan, 415.749.4948

Web Site: http://bayareabikeshare.com

Let’s review:

I own more bikes than you do.

I have more miles

Do You Like Chipotle? Well Then Join the “Grass Roots Effort” to get Permiso de Uso Condicional for Church and Market

Friday, February 8th, 2013

(Boy I’ll tell you, if I were blogger Eve Batey and I was on the receiving end of a press release from an area business, what I would do is criticize other bloggers for giving free publicity for said business. Then I’d say that it would be better to contact said business, you know, to hit them up for an advertising deal. Then word would get out about that. Then I’d get criticized by members of the local professional media – they’d label such behavior “unethical” or something. Then I’d call out said members of the local professional media for being “haters.” Then, I’d have more my popular friends also call said members of the local professional media “haters.” If I were blogger Eve Batey.)

And best of all, the new Chipotle’s “Mexican” Grill at 2100 Market will have a MURAL DE ART PUBLICO.

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(What’s next, a Chipotle at 20th and Mission? On top of the Mission Dolores Cemetery? At the northeast corner of Dolores Park?)

I’ll tell you, the proper way to get a conditional use permit is to write a check for $15,000 made out to Alex Tourk, you know, to get the ball rolling. Then he’ll tell you what the add-ons will cost you. (You’re going to get a few add-ons, you know, like for pizza night at City Hall.) And then, before you know it, in a matter of days, weeks , months, or years, you’ll get your CUP and then open for bidness.

Hooray!

(Or you can go cheap route by trying to tap your fan base on the Facebook, either way.)

Impresionante!

Here’s your grass roots petition from Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSECMG, in case you want to invest some of your hard-earned pesos – ask your broker!).

“Castro/Upper Market Chipotle

Dear San Francisco Planning Commission,

I support bringing a new Chipotle Mexican Grill to 2100 Market Street, the former location of Home Restaurant. This property has been vacant for over a year and has become an eyesore in our community.

Chipotle plans to do a complete façade remodel including the addition of an outdoor patio. The design, which includes a public art component, would be unique to our neighborhood and created with input from the community.

I also support Chipotle’s commitment to finding the very best ingredients, partnering with suppliers that raise their livestock humanely and farmers that respect the environment. These practices are consistent with San Francisco’s values.

Please vote in favor of revitalizing this corner with a new Chipotle Mexican Grill.

View Signatures without signing

TTFN. But first  check the Facebook of this international S&P 500 corporation:

Hello SF friends! We request your assistance with a petition - http://Chipotle.epetitions.net/ - to help us build a restaurant at 2100 Market Street in the Castro.

Or you can write us at CastroRestaurant@chipotle.com

The petition results and emails will be sent to planning commissioners in support of our effort to secure a conditional use permit to build our restaurant. Thank you for your time and effort! – Joe

  • Vincent Tamariz: There are three small business mexican restaurants (and good ones!) all within blocks of this spot. Not a fan of sub-urbanization and losing our character. It offers no “new or needed” service.

The Tiny Town of Santa Clara Says,”I’m a Big Boy Now!” – An Odd 49ers/Super Bowl-Related Press Release

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

“Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara Stadium Awaits 49ers”

YEP. HOW IS THIS NEWS?

“SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 / — The city of Santa Clara is surrounded by San Francisco to the north and San Jose next door to the south. Its population of just over 118,000 is well below these neighboring cities, yet as of August, 2014 the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers will be playing home games in Santa Clara, California. Already longtime headquarters for the team, the city is poised for permanent placement in the national and international sports spotlight.

UH, ACTUALLY, SC, YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY _SAN JOSE_ TO THE SOUTH.

RIGHT?

ALL RIGHT, READ THE REST, GENTLE READER, TO TRY TO SEE THE POINT OF THIS RELEASE. TTFN!

“The $1.2 billion Santa Clara Stadium will have the flexibility to host domestic and international soccer, college football, motocross, concerts, various civic events, and can be expanded for major events such as the Super Bowl. In fact, it has already been announced that the stadium is one of two finalists to host Super Bowl L in February, 2016 or Super LI in February, 2017. The stadium also will be home to the annual NCAA college football Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl beginning in 2014. Santa Clara Stadium will be the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.

Surrounding this unique sports venue is the city’s Santa Clara Convention Center, California’s Great America theme park, high-tech giants including Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, and many others as well as a variety of major brand and independent hotels. For more details and images of Santa Clara, California and the new Santa Clara Stadium, visit www.SantaClara.org/Media.

www.santaclara.org

CONTACT: David Andre
408.380.1235
david.andre@santaclara.org

SOURCE Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau

Web Site: http://www.santaclara.org

Two Words That Don’t Belong on the Same Press Release Headline Together: “JetBlue and KaBOOM!”

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

You know, like this:

“JetBlue Airways and KaBOOM! Embark on their 15th Playground Build Together”

Speaking of which, do you know how long it’s been since somebody in America got on a big jet plane and then died from an aviation incident?

It’s been 11 years.

It’s been 11 years since a pilot above Lon Guyland destroyed an Airbus by treating his rudder pedals like a StairMaster machine.

KaBoom:

 

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But that was all the way back in 2001.

A pretty good record, non?

When I was as young as you, Gentle Reader, Boeings and Airbuses and McDonnell Douglases and Lockheeds would fall out of the sky all the time. Engines would fall off, planes would crash into each other, terrorists would hijack and whatnot, but the past decade there’s been nothing.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking, but that was a propeller plane, not a jet.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking, but that was a little jet, one of them tiny corporate jets, or a “regional” jet, not a “big jet plane.”

Oh, I know what you’re thinking, but that was a airport worker what got killed, not a passenger.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking, but that was a flight leaving Brazil, not a flight leaving or coming to America.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking, but that was an accident what occurred before 2002.

A remarkable record, IMO.

But even so, “JetBlue Airways and KaBOOM!” probably shouldn’t be so close together on the same press release.

Took my chances on a big jet plane 
Never let them tell you that they’re all the same. 

How the Commenters of SFGate Ruined, Just Ruined, This Press Release/Advertorial for the McRoskey Mattress Co.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Let me tell you something here – if you can get a good night’s sleep ONLY in a McRoskey Mattress, you know, the way the McRoskey Mattress Company wants you to think, then there’s something wrong with you asides from your back or your neck or whathaveyou.

There’s something wrong with yo noggin, is what I’m saying.

Anywho, comes now the longtime San Francisco-based McRoskey Mattress Co. with its new square bed what costs five figures(!).

Let’s see how the readers of the Chronicle SFGate respond to the advertorial in the electronic pages of the SFGate. Here are the first two:

“FINALLY! A mattress with the 49 square feet of space I NEED, and at a $12,000 price tag I can AFFORD!”

“Almost 12 grand for a mattress… it should improve sleep, sex, and prolong my life by 10 years for that.”

Here’s how it will look in the corner of your live-work mansion:

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And here’s the original release, below, if you want to compare.

McRoskey, if I put one of your 7×7 box springs on the sidewalks of San Francisco, it would sit there for weeks because nobody would realize it’s worth thousands of dollars.

(Oh, because it’s not worth thousands of dollars.)

McRoskey, if you took a 1×1 bite out of the upper left corner of this mattress combo, I’d give you points for style. But you didn’t do that.

McRoskey, nobody wants your $12,000 beds.

(And oh, Gentle Reader, if you want a good night’s sleep for two, why not get a queen mattress from the Costco? $475 delivered – it comes in a surprisingly small box, one that you yourself can move around. Let it air out for a couple of days after it expands, and you’re in business. This is the modern way of sleep during our Great Recesssion.)

“McRoskey Mattress Introduces The New 7′X7′ San Francisco King

McRoskey’s newest standard size is for people who really love to stretch out

SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – McRoskey Mattress Company introduces a new standard size mattress set, the 7′X7′ San Francisco King©. This seven foot square mattress is the perfect size for people who want more freedom of movement while sleeping, love sleeping with their pets or just want more room to cuddle with the kids.

According to McRoskey President Robin McRoskey Azevedo, the 7′X7′ San Francisco King was created to address these needs, providing more space and more comfort. “Because we’ve received ongoing requests for custom over-sized mattresses from customers – especially professional athletes — who want a bigger sleeping surface, we have introduced this new, larger standard size.” She adds, “Our new 7′X7′ San Francisco King is an ideal mattress for an open loft area, a spacious penthouse or a large master bedroom suite. And as a San Francisco-based manufacturer, we love the fact that the new size connects with San Francisco’s seven-by-seven square mile footprint.”

Like every McRoskey mattress set, the new San Francisco King is handcrafted to order at the McRoskey factory in San Francisco’s Central Waterfront neighborhood. The 7′X7′ San Francisco King comes complete with linens and mattress protector and is available in McRoskey’s byDesign and Classic comforts.  Box spring heights can be customized.

This new San Francisco King set retails for $11,777 in the byDesign line. Retail pricing for the set in the Classic line is  $7,777.

About McRoskey Mattress Company

Family owned and operated, the McRoskey Mattress Company has been handcrafting mattresses and box springs in San Francisco, California since 1899. McRoskey mattresses are available in standard and custom sizes. McRoskey has showrooms in San Francisco and Palo Alto. http://www.McRoskey.com or Facebook or Twitter: @McRoskey.

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The San Francisco Bath Salts Company Tells Us That That Zombie Attacker in Miami Was NOT High on “Bath Salts”

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

You know, that whole Miami face-eater incident has put our San Francisco Bath Salts Company (“THE AUTHORITY ON BATH SALTS”) on edge these days. So much so that its president just issued a press release to tell us all not to fear.

Deets below.

Fret not, it’s just salt, pretty much, so go ahead and take a bath:

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“Zombie Attacker Not High on ‘Bath Salts’ – San Francisco Bath Salt Company Reacts

SAN FRANCISCO, July 2, 2012 — Following weeks of assumption that the street drug “bath salts” was to blame for Miami’s flesh-eating attack, local and national media outlets are reporting that medical examiners determined that Rudy Eugene did not have any “bath salts” in his system at the time of the attack. San Francisco Bath Salt Company (SFBSC), a manufacturer of legitimate bath salts, is pleased to learn that the sensationalized controversy over bath salts and whether they will turn you into a crazed zombie has finally been debunked.

“It was clear from the beginning that real bath salts were not the cause of this attack,” SFBSC president Lee Williamson said. “However, it is reassuring to finally put the speculation surrounding this particular issue to rest.”

Though most commonly known as “bath salts,” the street drug is also sold under other innocent names such as “plant food” and “glass cleaner.” “The mass media really overused the term ‘bath salts’ with this case. They were able to take something so seemingly innocuous as ‘bath salts’ and elevate the story to national prominence with shock value,” adds Williamson.

“Any extra exposure that our industry can get is generally a good thing. But I never would have imagined that a street drug commonly known as ‘bath salts’ would become a national crisis, resulting in a media frenzy,” Williamson admits.

The bath salts manufactured and sold by SFBSC contain only natural sea salt enhanced with other quality ingredients such as essential oils and natural fragrances. Their products are manufactured to offer therapeutic solutions for sore muscles and dry skin, among other benefits.

Visit the new SFBSC website for more details on the vast array of bath salts available at http://www.sfbsc.com.

About San Francisco Salt Company

The San Francisco Salt Company designs, develops, and sells an extensive line of bath and shower salts to soothe, cure, and promote relaxation, as well as a line of gourmet chef salts to guarantee just the right flavors for your dishes.

Their mission is to raise your awareness of the amazing benefits of natural sea salts – to harness the power of the ocean to enhance your well-being, from the inside out.”