Posts Tagged ‘sales’

Annual “4-20 Day” Irks SFGov Because It Can’t Make Money Off Of It – But Whole Foods Stanyan Just Looooves It

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

It’s funny how some of the white, wizened, wealthy homeowners of the Western Addition (you know, the Nopa, the NOPNA, the Alamo Square) used to try to lobby the corner liquor stores of the 94117 to shut down on their busiest day of the year, Bay to Breakers Sunday.

Needless to say, the lika sto owners told the richers to go to Hell, you know, effectively, by staying open and selling all the booze they could sell.

Now let’s head over to SoPa (South of Panhandle, I’m srsly, that’s the term some realtors use) to see the Haight Stanyan Whole Foods getting ready on the day before its busiest day of the year, April 20th:

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So, WF is happy, but Rec and Park is all, “Well, how is this event good for us?”

Sorry RPD, 420 is NOT good for you. (Why not just shut it down? Oh, that’s right, you can’t.)

Oh well.

Here’s how things will go in 2016 – it should be a relatively mellow Hump Day Wednesday:

The unofficial time line of 420 day
An example of the typical rundown from – things may change from year to year, especially if 4/20 falls midweek.

  • 10:30 am – The “unofficial” vendors usually begin to arrive
  • 1 pm – The crowds start to get a bit thick as does the haze of smoke over the crowd
  • 3 pm – It’s now wall-to-wall stoners
  • 4:20 pm – It’s go time: crowd is at their peak, drum beats get more frenzied, and hippie girls twirl faster as 4:20 approaches

A good day to call in sick / play hooky..

It’s Official: San Francisco’s Recent Super Bowl 50 Corporate Party for the NFL was a “SUPER BUST,” per Our Castro Merchants and Others

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Well, here’s my memory of SFGov’s recent free-to-the-NFL hosting of Super Bowl L:


(I think this one is from shanand.)

But the grown-up rich kids running our local “Host Committee” (who of course don’t want to reimburse SFGov) think everything went so great for us that we’ll be ready to do this whole thing over again as soon as five years from now – Super Bowl LV let’s say.

But we haven’t even cleaned up all the garbage yet, and we haven’t had time to add up all our losses.

Oh well.

Oh look, our Castro merchants are now weighing in on what they’re calling Super Bust 50.” See?

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“As the Super Let Down after Super Bowl 50 starts to fade, let’s remember who is going to end up paying the biggest price for Santa Clara hosting this huge sporting event – – we are: local merchants, especially in The Castro.  But, we are not alone, we hear, as local merchant associations all over San Francisco report down, soft revenues during SB50.  From all over The Castro and Upper Market neighborhood, I’ve heard from fellow merchants.  The nine days of official SB50 events in the City ballooned, for us, into over three weeks of SB50-related interruptions.  Customer traffic (locals and visitors alike) and revenues were some of their slowest on record during what had been promised as a “busy time.”   Nightmare predictions of over-crowded streets and traffic jams kept Bay Area local folks out of San Francisco.  Running “Bustitues” instead of the F Line historic streetcars between The Castro and Ferry Building for over three weeks further hurt our area’s local and visitor traffic and revenues.”

Read all about it at our Market Street Railway.

I’ll tell you, I was in the office one time when a Marin County realtor* tried to screw over an Area Attorney by trying tack on about $3000 to the attorney’s own executed deal for him to buy a house. The realtor was like, “Well, it loks like you don’t want this deal then, Sir.”

This was his reaction:

“I’m going to sue you. I’m going to sue your supervising broker. I’m going to sue your brokerage. I’m going to sue…”

And then, magically, poof, all the supposed necessary fees went away. This is how an attorney represents an attorney’s own personal interests.

Now, do I think that the attorneys who negotiated this lousy deal between SFGov and the NFL represented We The People the way they represent themselves when, say they buy a house for themselves? No, not at all. They view this corporate party as a way to please certain parties and as a way to have fun and excitement themselves, a way to show that our not so large city is actually in fact “world-class” and a way to compensate themselves for all the stress and strain involved with putting up with us, Us The People.

Oh well.

Oh hey, is our hotel tax a one-for-one substitute for our SB50-reduced sales tax revenue for our suffering Castro merchants and others? NOT AT ALL! Take a look at where the revenue goes – some of it gets siphoned off, instead of going to run SFGov / pay our unfunded pension liabilities etc.

Oh well

At least we’re not going to get the Olympics…

*Always lower-case. This is the only entry in my stylebook.

BETTER THAN REAL: Hey, What’s Better than Real Grass? ARTIFICIAL GRASS, That’s What – Here’s the Truck That Proves It

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

How We Live, 2015:

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The Reason Why Samy’s Camera of SoMA Should Have a “We Pay Your Sales Tax Sale” Instead of a “No Tax Sale”

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

The reason why is that California tax officials don’t like the idea of some items not having sales tax. When you say “no tax sale,” it makes it seem that you the store might not be forwarding sales tax to Sacramento.

IRL, Samy’s is forwarding the money, but the FTB and the BOE both want to make sure consumers know this.

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This might seem like a small deal to you, but it’s a big deal to the authortahs…

A Billboard I Didn’t Understand: “M&A HACK”

Monday, September 15th, 2014

At first I though this billboard had something to do with the recent ill-starred Hackathon.

Then I thought it was a beef from a laid-off salesperson.

But now I see it’s just another promotion for a business idea / patent.

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Boy, I love patents, don’t you?

Here’s my favorite:

“Method of exercising a cat
US 5443036 A
A method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.”

Isn’t it adorable?

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LONDON CALLING! 4/20 Day 2014 Coming This Easter Sunday – Haight-Ashbury Supervisor London Breed Wants a Crackdown

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Here’s what Annual 420 Day looks like, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.

That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:

An excellent capture from world-famous Broke-Ass Stuart.

All right, Happy 420 Day 2014!

And now, let’s hear from London Breed:

“April 16, 2014

Sunday, April 20th Activities in Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury

This Sunday, April 20th, will see not only Easter celebrations throughout the City, but the likely return of an informal and unpermitted “4/20” gathering in Golden Gate Park and the Haight, which has caused significant problems in the community over the years and was particularly problematic last year.

Crowds strained police, Muni, and park resources, overwhelmed residential streets, and in several instances, damaged public and private property. Traffic came to a standstill as cars swarmed thearea. Garbage overflowed from curbside cans that proved unequal to the occasion. And on Sunday, 4/21, staff and volunteers with the Recreation and Parks Department had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks, not to mention the trash collected by the Department of Public Works from the upper Haight to Hayes Valley.

I am determined not to allow these impacts again this year. Over the past months, I have worked closely with the Police and Parks Departments, Mayor Lee’s office, and the MTA on a comprehensive city approach to this event. There is no sponsor for 4/20, no organizer to hold to account. But I want the community to know that their Supervisor and their government are doing everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents.

San Francisco, as always, welcomes celebrants with open arms, but this Sunday there will be boundaries to keep the community safe, and there will be no tolerance for anyone using 4/20 as an excuse to harm our parks or neighborhoods.

 There will be increased law enforcement presence both uniform and plainclothes—including Juvenile Probation Officers—in the Park, upper and lower Haight, and surrounding neighborhoods with a strict enforcement approach to all code violations.

 Parking is very limited in the area, and there will be Parking Control Officers (PCOs) ticketing and/or towing vehicles parked illegally in any way, e.g. on lawns or in neighbors’ driveways. PCOs will also be deployed at busy intersections to keep traffic and transit moving.

 Unpermitted booths and concessions in the Parks will not be allowed. Such enterprises will be immediately cited and removed.

 Traffic control officers, SFPD, and Muni will be on hand in the afternoon to help move visitors out of the neighborhoods quickly and safely. Muni will reroute buses off Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to avoid delays. 

If our neighborhoods and parks are expected to continue hosting a large gathering, without an organizer or any resources beyond those provided by the taxpayer, we must all be vigilant in ensuring the event is safe, clean, and responsible.


City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, California 94102-4689 (415) 554-7630

Fax (415) 554 – 7634 TDD/TTY (415) 554-5227 E-mail:

The Danger of Offering a “No Tax Sale” is What the Board of Equalization Will Think About It

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Cause this kind of ad, as seen on Geary, might suggest that nobody is going to pay the sales tax for the purchase of your overpriced* mattress.

And I’ll tell you, our BoE doesn’t really care who pays them the money as long as it gets paid. So something like “We Pay Your Sales Tax” is preferred.

Just saying.

*I need a commissioned salesperson to buy a bed? I didn’t have one when I bought my car, so why should I have one for a simple mattress purchase? Anyway, something like this will work for you.


CODA Automotive, the Company What Builds Crappy Electric Cars in the Bay Area, Has Sold Just 78 Vehicles?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Why on earth are we subsidizing the totally crummy CODA Automotive electric car company? It baffles me. What makes it a good company, what makes it worthy? Nothing.

Anyway, here’s the latest, as expected, the first recall notice has come early, before CODA even delivered 100 cars worldwide.

Here’s their “Statement” about the matter:

“CODA Automotive is committed to safety and has voluntarily recalled* 78 of its 2012 CODA model year vehicles within the VIN range of 53G1U4A48CB000026 to 53G1U4A48CB000260. The recall campaign was issued because of the potential that the side curtain airbags in certain vehicles may not deploy as intended due to an improper installation. Certain 2012 model year CODA vehicles may have this condition. There are no known injuries related to this recent discovery. CODA Automotive holds itself to the highest safety standards and continually strives to offer the most reliable product for its consumers.”

Now, I’ll ask you, how many tens of thousands of these vehicles were supposed to have been sold by now? Well, I’ll answer you: SEVERAL! And yet this recall notice shows just how unpopular this product is, even though I can think of at least four huge subsidies the government grants to its owners.

Oh, but what’s this, it’s a non-crappy electric car what’s cheaper than anything from Coda. It’s a Nissan Leaf, which the Coda people have been criticizing for years. Oh well. Anyway, adorable, non?

BTW, 35,000 LEAFs have been sold so far, worldwide.

So, CODA, why don’t you take your assets and try to give them to the govmint to make up for all that you have cost us?

Solyndra shut itself down, so can you!

*This recall is a nothingburger, really. I mean, my giant Toyota doesn’t have side-curtain airbags and nobody’s recalling it, right? The recall notice is important because it gives us a clue to CODA’s abysmal sales….

Subway Sandwich Trilogy: Toasting Costs Extra – You Pay Sales Tax on Toasted Subs, But Not on Nontoasted Subs

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012


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So the only way to stick it to the Man is to say, “No toasting for me, please.”* (And, of course, get it to-go, as young Akit helpfully points out.) Then, you save like 75 cents every time you get lunch.

This situation really isn’t the fault of the California State Board of Equalization, but it just happens to be the agency what has the job of interpreting and enforcing some of the cray-cray laws** passed in Sacramento, so what can you do?

*And no cucumbers. Cucumbers are horrible, IMO.

**You’re too young to remember the famous snack tax, but I’m not. It didn’t last too long.

OMG, Train Announces “The San Francisco 2012 Tour” – Six “Intimate Performances” in April – Du Nord, Slim’s, Fillmore, GAMH

Monday, February 27th, 2012

This is the one I know. (No matter how drunk the sorority girl, she could sing along with the “na-na, na-na” refrain, so that was a bonus, back in the 90’s.)

Anyway, deets below.

“Train Announces The San Francisco 2012 Tour

Intimate Shows in Band’s Hometown – New Release CALIFORNIA 37 Coming April 17

“Drive By” Video Premieres on VH1; Top 10 At Radio

Lead Singer Pat Monahan Sings National Anthem for 54th Annual Daytona 500 on February 26

NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2012– Grammy Award-winning band Train is gearing up for the group’s San Francisco 2012 Tour, a special hometown run of club shows, in expectation of the upcoming album CALIFORNIA 37, out April 17 on Columbia Records. The band kicks off six intimate performances in San Francisco starting April 10 at Cafe Du Nord and finishing up April 15 at the Fillmore. A portion of the ticket sales proceeds will go to the San Francisco charity Family House, which provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children. Train referenced their commitment to the Bay area and their fans where they began their illustrious career in 2009’s multiplatinum album, SAVE ME, SAN FRANCISCO. Full list of dates below. The band is also revealing the CALIFORNIA 37 cover art on today (and attached here).

The first single from CALIFORNIA 37, “Drive By,” continues to climb the radio charts and has already entered the Top 10 at both the AAA and HOT AC formats. It is also charting at Top 40 and moving up quickly. “Drive By” has sold over 200,000 singles since its release in January. The “Drive By” video premiered on VH1 on February 18 and has gone into rotation there and with support from VEVO. Internationally “Drive By” has been embraced in the UK, Canada, Japan, France, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries.

Train is heading to the premiere NASCAR event, the Daytona 500, on February 26 when lead singer Pat Monahan will perform the national anthem before thousands of fans live and millions watching on television. The Daytona 500 will air at 1:00pm EST on Fox.

The multiplatinum band TRAIN made its mark on music history with their GRAMMY-Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.” Train earned their third GRAMMY in 2011 for the worldwide smash “Hey Soul Sister” from SAVE ME, SAN FRANCISCO. “Hey Soul Sister” was the biggest selling single of 2010 and hit #1 at radio in the US and in 15 countries abroad. SAVE ME, SAN FRANCISCO has sold over one million albums worldwide and over ten million tracks. In addition to taking the sales and radio worlds by storm, Train has been all over television. They have performed on the NFC Championship Game, American Music Awards, the Grammy Nomination Concert, Crossroads, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Monday Night Football, A&E Private Sessions, America’s Got Talent, The View, Dancing With The Stars, and Live With Regis and Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Bachelor,Rachael Ray and more.


APR 10 – Cafe Du Nord
APR 11 – Great American Music Hall
APR 12 – Bimbo’s
APR 13- Slim’s
APR 14 – Independent
APR 15 – Fillmore

SOURCE Columbia Records