Posts Tagged ‘Rate’

Money Changer Update: Does the Burger King Near the Powell Street Turnaround BUY YOUR EUROS? Hell Yes

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

See?

Now, does it offer a good exchange rate?

I don’t think so.

Anyway, at least Euro tourists can buy food afore they hit a bank or whatever…

New Warriors Arena to be Slightly Lower, Assuming It Gets Built in the First Place – Artist’s Conception

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

So, unlike the disastrous America’s Cup and 8 Washington campaigns, the Golden State Warriors project is based around stuff that San Franciscans can actually benefit from.

So that’s a good sign.

Remember, the more you complain now, the better this deal gets for San Francisco. You the public are the bad cop and genial SFGov figurehead Ed Lee is the good cop. And of course the good cop won’t be able to get the best deal possible for San Francisco without the bad cop.

If Ed Lee doesn’t like this game, then he can just retire, right? Or go back to his old job the way he promised to in the first place, right?

It’s too bad that Oakland will lose its team.

Oh well.

Once Again, SFPark Overestimates Demand for Parking, This Time It’s Near Japantown

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Hey, I know! Why not base the SFPark on market pricing?

Uh, SFMTA? Just because something “makes money” for you doesn’t mean that it’s good for San Francisco…

Golden State Warriors Modify Semi-Publicly-Financed Arena Proposal – Say Hello To My Little Friend!

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Well the announcement is officially coming this AM, but Messrs. Matier und Ross already have the skivvy on the brand-new, slightly-more-NIMBY-friendly proposal.

And, here, check the latest illustrations.

From the former proposal, a silvery looming UFO with kayak access…

…to the new proposal, a slightly lower silvery looming UFO without kayak access:

So Warriors, take that 13% rate down to 3% and then you might have something, you might have a privately-financed stadium deal.

Now let’s review our waterfront proposals.

The America’s Cup deal was poorly-negotiated on purpose so we could pay for Larry Ellison’s ego trip. It’s an ongoing travesty.

And 8 Washington is corruption.

But this here arena proposal seems OK fine to me, more or less.

I’ll now invite the rich, property-owning NIMBYs of SoMA to move to Fairfield, where 15% of the houses are in foreclosure.

Hey, Guess Who’s Jacking Up Its Rates for 2013? PG&E, That’s Who – Why? PG&E Incompetence, San Bruno Explosion

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Hey PG&E! Are you going to end up turning a profit on the killing of those eight people down in San Bruno?

You remember them, right? The eight people you killed?

Thusly:

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Hey is San Francisco shadow-Mayor Willie Brown still on PG&E’s payroll?

Sure, why not?

And hey, is the leader of the San Francisco Democrat party still on PG&E’s payroll?

Again, sure, why not?

Is that a good thing?

Oh well.

Here’s today’s happy talk from your energy monopoly:

“PG&E Rates to Change Modestly at Start Of 2013

Gas Rates Will Dip, Electric Rates Will Rise in Line with Inflation to Pay for Enhanced Safety, Reliability and Clean-Energy Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said today that with the start of the new year, residential customers will see a significant decline in natural gas rates, and a modest increase in electric rates to cover the utility’s costs of maintaining and modernizing its system and of meeting a state mandate to buy more renewable energy. (See table below for average estimated bill impacts.)

PG&E’s average rates for residential gas customers will dip in January almost six percent compared to January 2012, thanks in part to lower wholesale costs for gas. However, customers should expect an increase in gas rates of about two percent as early as February, reflecting spending approved this month by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for PG&E’s Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan. This plan, one of the most aggressive and comprehensive gas pipeline modernization programs in the United States, will help PG&E achieve its goal of operating the safest and most reliable natural gas system in the country.

Average residential electric rates will increase about 2.6 percent system-wide compared to last January, close to the rate of inflation in Northern California. The increase is driven primarily by higher costs for acquiring clean, renewable energy to meet state mandates, and by spending previously approved by the CPUC for operating, maintaining and upgrading PG&E’s electric generation and distribution systems. Thanks to such upgrades, electric customers recently experienced the lowest rate of outages in the utility’s history.

Customers will likely face another electric rate increase this May of about two percent to pay for additional electric transmission infrastructure to modernize California’s power grid and deliver more renewable energy to customers.

“We know our customers care more than ever about their energy bills during these difficult economic times, so we continue to focus on keeping rate increases as modest as possible while raising enough revenue to continue improving our safety and reliability,” said Tom Bottorff, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for PG&E. “These revenues help us serve customers by reducing the frequency of electrical outages, improving the responsiveness of our call centers, providing more convenient services and, above all, continuing to upgrade the safety of our gas and electric operations. Although electric and gas rates fluctuate from year to year, our average customer bills remain well below the national average.”

Bottorff added, “We try to empower all of our customers with tools to help them better understand and manage their energy needs so they can control their bills and make the best use of our services.”

SmartMeter-enabled online tools like MyEnergy, money-saving programs like Winter Gas Savings, rebates for energy-efficient appliances and home retrofits, and bill payment options make it easier than ever for customers the get more value for their money.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

RESIDENTIAL ELECTRIC BILLS

     Customer Usage January 2012         January 2013       Change
     ————– ————         ————       ——
         550 kWh                  $89.31             $91.60        $2.29
         ——-                  ——             ——        —–
         850 kWh                 $184.23            $188.05        $3.82
         ——-                 ——-            ——-        —–
        1,200 kWh                $301.54            $307.13        $5.59
        ———                ——-            ——-        —–
JANUARY RESIDENTIAL GAS BILLS @72 therms

     January 2012       January 2013       Change
     ————       ————       ——
                 $82.37             $77.47        -$4.90
                 ——             ——        ——

SOURCE  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

CONTACT: PG&E External Communications, +1-415-973-5930

Web Site: http://www.pge.com

So the Golden State Warriors are Inviting Random San Franciscans to Ask Them Questions? Yes – Big Conference Call Tonight

Monday, November 12th, 2012

So there I was feeding Pendragon and Tatsu yesterday (Veteran’s Day 2012) when I get a robocall at 7:07 PM* from Your Golden State Warriors basketball team, Caller ID 888 479 4667.

Appears that I’ll need to opt out to avoid getting another call at 7:00 PM tonight (a national holiday, Veterans Day 2012, observed) that’s going to turn into some big conference deal where I, yr obdt srvnt, will get to ask Management “any question” I want!

1. My first question will be this:

You motherfuckers want to charge us a 13% rate of return, guaranteed, on the new taxpayer-subsidized waterfront stadium deal? WTF? Isn’t that nuts? Isn’t that kind of shady?

San Francisco Multi-Purpose Venue Project on Piers 30-32 and Seawall Lot 330 Findings of Fiscal Responsibility and Feasibility

“As presented in the Conceptual Framework, no public monies will be used to fund any portion of the multi-purpose venue or any other structure. The rehabilitation of Piers 30-32 will also be privately financed by GSW. The City will reimburse GSW for the infrastructure improvements to the Pier, which will remain in City ownership, up to $120 million with a 13 percent annual return on costs.”

Follow-up: What other Easter Eggs do you have hidden inside this deal, SFGov / Golden State Warriors? And does Willie Brown get a piece of the action, like with the wasteful and expensive Central Subway? Or like with Rose Pak and 8 Washington? Or like with Thomas (“Coates Likes Boats”) Coates and the America’s Cup financing boondoggle? Or like with Ron Conway and the corrupt Twitterloin? I mean, who’s profiting off of this public private partnership?

2. My second question will be this:

Do you promise not to allow Larry Ellison to ever ever ever be involved with the new stadium deal?

Let’s get that in writing, why not. I mean, I think we’ve had enough of that deadbeat wanting us to fund his hobbies, am I right Warriors Fans? That America’s Cup is costing us eight figures, which is money that Larry Ellison should reimburse us for, like right now, the deadbeat.

3. My third question will be this:

Is Casey on the line?  

Or Karlee or Amira? You know, somebody who’s a veteran Warriors Girl. No rookies please. And then I’ll have a bunch more inquiries about what it’s like to be a WG in the 510.

Oh, wait a second, I’ll be at the office,** so your call just might go to VM, Warriors.

Oh well.

*The 20th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Do you make all your spam calls on national holidays, GSW? Do you pay your robocallers, you know, a little extra for working evenings on a Sunday / national holiday? I hope so. 

**Do I have the day off? No. Do I get paid extra for working on a national holiday. No. Oh well. Poor Pendragon. Poor Tatsu.

Manager of Empty, Graffiti-Strewn Financial District Building Strikes Back Against Street Youth Culture

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Here’s the Before

…and here’s the After:

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You’d think the managers would have a better strategy against graffiti, but you’d be wrong…

Here’s What San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco Looks Like: Empty, Graffiti-Covered Buildings in the FiDi

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Like this, at California and Battery in the Heart of the Financial District.

Physical Graffiti, the worst kind: 

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Is this your “Innovation Capitol of the World?”

Oh that’s right, you’re all about jobs jobs jobs. And you regularly issue press releases taking credit whenever our unemployment rate goes down.

But what about the time, just recently, when our unemployment rate went up, by half a percentage point?

Oh, so you don’t issue a press release taking credit for that, huh?

How is it possible for San Francisco’s unemployment rate to go up under your watch? How do you explain that?

Oh, that’s right, you don’t.

Maybe it’s possible that you have no effect upon the unemployment rate?

Maybe it’s possible that talking about jobs jobs jobs solely benefits you and your political faction?

Food for thought.

PS: You’re a national laughingstock, in case you don’t know. Why not do something to show that you’re, somehow, slightly independent of Willie Brown and/or PG&E? Just something, anything. Or are you going to be just a Nine-Year Do Boy? 

When Will the SFMTA Bring Free-Market Pricing to Employees of the Port of San Francisco? Oh, How About Never?

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

I don’t know, wouldn’t some SFPark meters look good right here, right where Port of San Francisco employees park their BMWs and Mercedes Benzeses for free all the live-long day at the north end of Davis?

You know, since market pricing is the rage ‘n stuff  these days?

Yes, that’s BMW, BMW, BMW and Mercedes, Mercedes, Mercedes all in a row. Oh wait, some clown parked a Toyota right where a Port of San Francisco worker (average salary package well into the six figures) was going to park a Mercedes that we all paid for? Oh well. Let’s hope that Toyota got booted or towed with extreme prejudice by Auto Takeaway Return:

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SFPark Fever: Catch It

Congratulations, Oakland. You’ve, Once Again, Made Top Five in the “City Crime Rankings” Book

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
“City Crime Rankings” from CQ Press is now out for this year. Oakland, CA placed fifth, which might disappoint some of its cheerleaders.
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“St. Louis has the highest crime rate ranking, and had the second highest rate of violent crime for 2009, with 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 population, compared with a national average of 429.4. Behind St. Louis with the highest crime rate ranking are Camden, New Jersey which occupied the top spot last year; Detroit, Michigan; Flint, Michigan; and Oakland, California.”

A nice graphic from Justin Beck / SF Chronicle:

Oh well.