Posts Tagged ‘proposal’

How About a MUNI #5 Fulton Limited Bus Line Every Day? Eric Mar’s Proposal – Big Meeting August 21

Monday, August 13th, 2012

From the mind of your Supervisor Eric Mar comes a proposal to have a 5 Fulton Limited during the morning and evenings drives Monday through Friday, plus a 5 Fulton short line from 6th Avenue to the Financh.

Like if the N Judah can get an N Judah Express, why can’t the #5 Fulton get a #5 Fulton Limited, am I right, gf?

So, if this sound good to you, as well it might, be sure to attend the big meeting on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM, 461 6th Avenue betwixt Anza and Geary:

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Hurray!

A Modest Proposal: “Sunday Streets Treasure Island” – Next Time the Bay Bridge Shuts Down – Just Walk to TI!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

So, if this is worth doing on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

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…why not let’s have a Sunday Streets on the western span the next time Caltrans or whoever does work on the eastern span, you know, the next time they shut down the bridge over a three-day weekend.

Then people could walk or ride their bikes to islands Yerba Buena and Treasure, if only for one day.

So sure, leave a lane or two open on the western span for TI residents to escape the isles and for trucks to service the eastern span. And maybe Homeland Security could have a few snipers around in case a sleeper cell tried to attack the main suspension cables.

But that’s it, that’s all we’d need to do.

All right, make it so.  

Jerry Brown Kicks Ass: Wants to Kill Redevelopment Agencies, But San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Says No

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown has arrived in 2011 taking names and kicking ass, más o menos. His latest target is on California’s wasteful Redevelopment Agencies – he wants to kill them dead, fair ‘nough.

But here comes the blowback, from, among others, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. Deets below.

Automatic for the People: No private jet for Jer-Bear, oh no. He flies the Southwest Airlines:

Jan Sturmann

(And are you aware of the phrase “Big 10 California cities?” Are they like an entity or something? Is it like, “Step away, Bakersfield and Riverside! You gots to add 20k more people before you can join Anaheim and all the rest of us in the Big Ten?”)

You sort of got to figure that if JB wanted to propose something like Ed Lee’s idea, JB already would have done just that, right? Or maybe JB is just too stupid to figure things out?

And isn’t the City and County of San Francisco free to fund whatever corporate welfare it wants on its own?

And does any politician anywhere really “create jobs?” IRL?

Anyway, all the deets:

“MAYOR EDWIN LEE TO TRAVEL TO SACRAMENTO TO SUPPORT ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL TO GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO ELIMINATE LOCAL REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

San Francisco, CA – Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced he will travel to Sacramento later this week to support an alternative to the proposed elimination of Redevelopment Agencies in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s request for revenue and reform ideas that would generate $1.7 billion in savings. Over the past several weeks, mayors have developed a viable alternative to eliminating Redevelopment Agencies that creates an ongoing revenue stream and will reform and right-size redevelopment agencies, while preserving this important tool for creating jobs and housing for California’s future.

“Redevelopment has been used as a critical tool by cities like San Francisco to transform neighborhoods, create jobs, and spur economic growth,” said Mayor Lee. “The alternative proposal addresses Governor Brown’s call for revenue and reform ideas as the State faces difficult budget challenges and would allow cities to continue to wisely use redevelopment dollars to leverage private dollars to revitalize communities, create local jobs, and stimulate the local economy.”

The alternative proposal Mayor Lee supports would provide:

· State Budget Funding: Starting in July, redevelopment agencies will transfer 5% of their property tax funding to the State on an annual basis. This will generate over $200 million each year to support over $1.7 billion in special bonds, meeting the Governor’s plan to generate $1.7 billion in 2011-12 funding from agencies.

· Enhanced Local Revenue Sharing: Redevelopment agencies will dramatically increase the share of property taxes which “pass-through” counties, schools, and other taxing entities. Starting in 2018, 40% of agency property tax increment will return to counties and schools, 20% will be used for affordable housing development, and 40% will be used for economic development activities, including investment in infrastructure and public improvements which support critical job-generating development.

· Structural Reforms: Cities will be limited in the amount of property that can be placed into redevelopment areas, and enhanced public information and hearing requirements will be put in place to ensure that all major investments are fully reviewed by the public. Restrictions will be tightened on the use of affordable housing funds, to ensure that these monies are used to meet pressing community needs.

This proposal comes on the heels of an independent analysis completed at the request of the Big 10 California cities that shows there is 50% of the $1.7 billion estimated by the State Department of Finance as available in the current fiscal year from the state’s redevelopment agencies.

In San Francisco, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA) has been instrumental in helping to revitalize communities, create jobs and generate tax revenues. SFRA has been integral to the growth and economic development of San Francisco over the past 62 years. Successful completed redevelopment projects include the Embarcadero Center and Golden Gateway complex, Hunters Point Hill, Yerba Buena Center, the Giants AT&T Ballpark, and the development of over 10,000 units of affordable housing. Current efforts include large-scale master-planned developments in Mission Bay, Treasure Island and Hunters Point Shipyard, neighborhood revitalization in the Bayview and South of Market, funding for the reconstruction of the Transbay Terminal, and the rebuilding of some of the City’s most dilapidated public housing projects.

San Francisco focused public investment in the City’s emerging neighborhoods is leveraging private investment to create new industries, jobs, and housing. In Mission Bay, the redevelopment of this former railyard has already created over 3,100 new homes (674 affordable) and 1.7 million square feet of office and biotechnology space centered around the UCSF research campus. SFRA’s investment of $110 million in public redevelopment financing for infrastructure to date has leveraged over $2.0 billion in private development and created over 10,000 permanent new jobs. Without continued redevelopment financing of infrastructure, the remaining 2,900 units of housing, (including more than 1,100 additional affordable units to be financed with tax increment), 2.7 million square feet of commercial development, and completed infrastructure for the UCSF Medical Center will be jeopardized, along with 20,000 additional permanent jobs.”

Carlos Santana Proposes to Drummer Cindy Blackman on Stage During Performance

Monday, July 12th, 2010

[UPDATE: Turns out that they got hitched in Maui at the end of 2010.]

Marin County denizen Carlos Santana asked his drummer to marry him four songs into the show at Tinley Park, IL a few days back. Deets below.

(Haven’t seen Santana since that epic day a decade ago when he played the Bill Graham at the Windows 2000 launch after being introduced by Bill Gates and actor Patrick Stewart and/or I saw him in his BMW Z8 supercar up at Stintson…)

All the deets:

Carlos Santana Engaged to Cindy Blackman Following Onstage Proposal at Chicago Stop of Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010

LOS ANGELES, July 12  — Musician and philanthropist Carlos Santana proposed toacclaimed drummer Cindy Blackmanonstage during his Friday, July 9 concert at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL.  Carlos popped the question four songs into the show–the Chicago area stop on Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010–following Cindy’s virtuoso drum solo on the Santana hit “Corazon Espinado.”  After she accepted, the just-engaged couple kissed, and the audience broke out into cheers.

“Cindy and I are blessed to have found each other,” said Carlos Santana.  “Being in love is a gift from the universe, and the spirit and vibrations that come with it are infinitely powerful.  I look forward to expressing that incredible energy through my music, and in helping to tip the balance toward more love in the world with what Cindy and I share.”

Santana’s engagement to Blackman comes almost two months into the first leg of the Universal Tone Tour 2010, with North American dates featuring Steve Winwood as opener.  Blackman is a jazz and rock drummer who has recorded and toured extensively with Lenny Kravitz, and played with a wide range of artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, and Bill Laswell.

The Universal Tone Tour’s second leg begins late September with a month-long European itinerary that follows a string of late August/early September performances of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The Joint is the only place west of the Mississippi where Santana will play live in the U.S. through 2010 (supernaturalsantana.com).

The Universal Tone Tour 2010 presents hits from Santana’s four-decades-long career, as well as songs from a forthcoming album.  Set for release September 21 on Arista Records, Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time is the first new studio album by the Santana Band since its trilogy of consecutive, award-winning blockbuster releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005).  As with those earlier classic Arista titles, Guitar Heaven–featuring guest vocalists including Pat Monahan, Joe Cocker, Rob Thomas, and Gavin Rossdale–was co-produced by Carlos Santana and legendary music executive Clive Davis.  Their partnership dates back to 1968, when Davis first signed Santana to Columbia Records–after seeing them at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, at Bill Graham’s request.

Santana’s most recent release was the 2010 reissue of Supernatural as a 2-CD Legacy Edition–featuring 11 previously unissued bonus tracks–in celebration of the classic nine-time GRAMMY-winning album’s 10th anniversary.

For more information: www.santana.com

CultureBus II? Market Street Railway Says No to MUNI’s $5 F-Line Fare Proposal

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Market Street Railway President President Rick Laubscher has some thoughts this morning about MUNI‘s proposal to raise the cash fare for the F-Market historic streetcar line.

Will the F-Line turn into another fiasco like we just had with the $7 CultureBus 74X? And how will MUNI leader Nat Ford manage to get by making an annual salary that’s merely $308,000 more per year than our Governor’s?

We should get some answers today at City Hall. Stay tuned. 

Here are Rick’s Eight Points:

1. The F-line is a core Muni service and should be treated as such.
2. Muni should collect the fares it’s already charging.
3. The F-line is cost-effective at its current fares.
4. Staff’s revenue assumptions from the fare increase are dubious
5. Different fares at the same Muni stops will slow down operations.
6. “Let ‘em buy a Fast Pass” is not an acceptable response.
7. Exceptionally high fares on the F-line hurt the city’s economic vitality.
8. Muni wants to penalize a line that “people want.”
 
And here’s Rick missive to MUNI riders:

$5 for an F-line Ride? An Open Letter to Nat Ford January 19, 2010 by Rick Laubscher, Market Street Railway
 
On behalf of Market Street Railway, I have sent the email excerpted below to SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.  All are welcome to borrow and elaborate on any of these arguments in your own communications with decision-makers on this matter.

Remember, the SFMTA Board gives initial considerations to its staff’s 2010 budget recommendations, including the proposal to raise F-line fares from $2 to $5, Tuesday, January 19 at 2 p.m., Room 400, City Hall. 

You can reach Mr. Ford at 415-701-4720 or by email here. You can register your opinion with the SFMTA Board members by emailing this address. You can also reach Mayor Newsom at 415-554-6141 or by email here. Your opinion counts.

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¿Photoshopped or Not? Sandra Bullock in The Proposal

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Here’s the ad for the new film The Proposal. Was 44-year-old Sandra Bullock Photoshopped too much, with the Liquify command or something similar, ala the historic WTF? Jennifer Lopez poster from Gigli and this recent Modelo Beer ad?

Yes, yes she was.

Just as Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery attempted to go A Bridge Too Far (to Arnhem) in Operation Market Garden, somebody in Hollywood has once again gone A Click Too Far.

Who signed off on this one?

Carry on.