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Wow. Last night’s deficient op-ed from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is still live this AM on the San Francisco Examiner website, as Erin Sherbert notes in the category of ”Media, WTF?”
Oh, this just came in from Rewrite:
(You see, the easy way to remember Isle of “Wight” is to think of all the rich white people that the America’s Cup is for.)
I wonder if the “Largest Newspaper in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties” actually printed this boner as-is hundreds of thousands of times.
As with the similarly-ailing Central Subway project, it appears that, once again, the City Family is failing us with the whole America’s Cup deal. Too bad San Diego* can’t take this white elephant (white whale?) yacht race off our hands.**
[UPDATE: Here’s the fix – “Yacht race, opportunity sailing in.” (So your big America’s Cup editorial headline doesn’t use the phrase America’s Cup? OK fine, but your hed looks like the start of a haiku now…)
*A place where it might actually make sense to build and race 72-foot-tall catamarans. I’ll tell you, it sure doesn’t make sense to do it in the Bay Area. Even Larry Ellison hisself recognizes this fact now.
**Yeah, Fun Diego actually had an AC preview race not too long ago but nobody cared, the “expected” crowds didn’t show. So the City Family members who went down there from the 415 to see how SD would handle the massive crowds ended up bored and ended up heading home early.
The first I’ve heard of this.
‘I LOVE THIS CITY’ Festival
SAN FRANCISCO AND SAN DIEGO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MAY 25th, MAY 26th and MAY 27th
OVER 40 ARTISTS. TWO CITIES. ONE MASSIVE PARTY.
ARTISTS TO INCLUDE TIESTO, SKRILLEX, LAIDBACK LUKE, STEVE AOKI, CHUCKIE, EXCISION, A-TRAK, R3HAB AND MANY MORE
THREE MAJOR HEADLINERS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 23rd
INDIVIDUAL CITY LINEUPS, ADDITIONAL ARTISTS, TICKET AND ON SALE INFORMATION TO BE REVEALED ON FRIDAY, MARCH 16th
SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2012 — If Memorial Day Weekend represents the unofficial start to summer, then this summer will be kicking off in California in a BIG way as I LOVE THIS CITY–a new Electronic Music festival event produced by Live Nation Entertainment–will make its debut as a two-day festival in both San Francisco and San Diego.
The I LOVE THIS CITY festival in San Francisco will take place Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 at The Lot at AT&T Park set on the historic San Francisco waterfront. This event will be for patrons 18 and over.
The I LOVE THIS CITY festival in San Diego will take place Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at PETCO Park. This event will be all ages.
Over 40 of electronic music’s top artists are confirmed for I LOVE THIS CITY, including TIESTO and SKRILLEX as well as THREE SPECIAL GUEST HEADLINERS (to be announced 4/23), along with Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, Chuckie, Excision, A-Trak, Crystal Method (DJ Set), R3HAB, Kill The Noise, Brodinski, 12(th) Planet, MiMOSA, Felix Cartal, Dirtyphonics, Jaguar Skills, Adventure Club, Holy Ghost!, Holy F***, Cut Chemist, The M Machine, Helicopter Showdown, NiT GriT, Harvard Bass, Shit Robot, FareOh, Picture Plane, AC Slater, Oliver, Sofi and TJR on numerous stages.
Multiple special guests including THREE major headliners will be announced on April 23(rd). Visit www.ilovethiscityfestival.com to see if you can guess the special guests.
The San Diego event will be co-produced by Live Nation and LED Presents.
Individual city lineups, additional artists, ticket and on sale information will be posted on Friday, March 16(th) at www.ilovethiscityfestival.com.
Stay tuned to www.ilovethiscityfestival.com for all the latest details on the festival including ticket prices, artist announcements, on sale information, contests and much more.
Keep up to date with I LOVE THIS CITY information on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/
About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with almost 27 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Front Line is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.
LEAVE US BEGIN:
HEY WAIT A SECOND, NEVE. THE BIG MONEY PIT AROUND TOWN IS ACTUALLY THE $2 BILLION PLUS CENTRAL SUBWAY PORK BARREL PROJECT, RIGHT? YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT ONE, DON’T YOU NEVE? OH YES YOU DO! DOES IT STILL “MAKE YOU WINCE” THESE DAYS? MMMMM…
Estimates just to tear down the sprawling, decaying parking lots run to $40 million. To update them – drive new pilings and make them safe – would cost $80 million-$100 million.
IF WE CAN’T TAKE CARE OF THEM, WHY DON’T WE JUST TEAR ‘EM DOWN WHEN THE TIME COMES AND BE DONE WITH IT? MAYBE WE COULD CANCEL THE $80 MILLION DEAL WE HAVE WITH THE TENDERLOIN HOUSING CLINIC – WOULDN’T THAT FREE UP SOME MONEY?
So when Larry Ellison’s Oracle Racing group announced it would spend millions to renovate the piers in exchange for development rights and a rent-free lease, it was a golden opportunity.
BASICALLY, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT GIVING THOSE PIERS TO LARRY. IT WAS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR LARRY YOU MEAN.
And we blew it.
YEAH? WELL, YOU KNOW, THAT’S JUST LIKE YOUR OPINION, MAN. OR IS IT? MAYBE SOMEBODY ELSE IS TELLING YOU HOW TO FEEL AND TELLING YOU WHAT TO SAY. WHO COULD IT BE? COULD IT BE…
Supervisor Mark Farrell, a former investment banker, still can’t believe it.
UH “FORMER” INVESTMENT BANKER? CHECK YOSELF, NEVE. AND REALLY, ARE SAYING HE’S IN DENIAL? BUT ISN’T THIS SEQUENCE OF EVENTS THE SAME OLD “TYPICAL CITY HALL DANCE?”
“It was very disappointing. That absolutely could have been done,” Farrell said. “Instead, we did the typical City Hall dance. Rake them over the coals, squeeze them. And they pulled out.”
WELL YES IT IS! WELL MAKE UP YOUR MIND DUDE. IS WHAT HAPPENED THE TYPICAL SITUATION OR WAS IT SO CRAY-CRAY THAT YOU STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT? IT’S GOT TO BE ONE OR THE OTHER, IT CAN’T BE BOTH.
Some members of the Board of Supervisors were convinced that Ellison had “no Plan B.”
UH, WHAT’S HIS PLAN B? I’M IGNORANT. INSTEAD OF US GIVING HIM NINE FIGURES, THE CURRENT PLAN IS TO GIVE HIM SEVEN OR EIGHT FIGURES, RIGHT? IS THAT THE PLAN B?
They thought that he was determined to snooker the city.
“THOUGHT?” NO NO, STILL DO. AARON PESKIN’S LAWSUIT IS STILL OUT THERE, READY TO GO.
Or that he had no other location for pit row, the staging area for the Cup sailboat teams.
HEY, HOW ABOUT SAN DIEGO? MAYBE THEY’D APPRECIATE LARRY IN SAN DIEGO?
In talks, the supervisors kept asking for one concession after another.
WELL IN LIGHT OF THE ABSENCE OF AN “EVENT FEE,” WHAT SHOULD SAN FRANCISCO ASK FOR? WHY DIDN’T LARRY OFFER A $200 MILLION OR SO EVENT FEE AS ANY REASONABLE MULTI-BILLIONAIRE WOULD?
Finally the word came last weekend – forget the deal. Ellison was out. The teams would stage at Pier 80, where the Oracle group is already dug in, and 30-32 could sit in the wind and waves until they fell into the bay.
YES NEVE, WE KNOW. THAT JUST SAVED US A TON OF MONEY.
“Here we had an opportunity to have someone come in to contribute the up-front capital we don’t have – and will never have – in exchange for rent credit,” Farrell said. “I think it was a real blown opportunity.”
SO WAIT A SECOND, WE HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN THE CENTRAL SUBWAY TO NOWHERE, SOMETHING THAT WILL BENEFIT NOBODY EXCEPT THOSE PAID TO BUILD IT, BUT WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO TEAR DOWN A PIER OR TWO?
The Ellison group, which was motivated to move forward with the renovation, threw up its hands and backed out.
YES NEVE, WE KNOW. THAT JUST SAVED US A TON OF MONEY. ARE YOU REPEATING YOURSELF?
At this point all we can do is root for Team Oracle to win in the 2013 America’s Cup and hope Ellison brings the event back to San Francisco.
BTW, IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW, NEVIUS, THE AMERICA’S CUP ISN’T A REAL SPORT. THE PREVIOUS WINNER RIGS THE EVENT IN HIS/HER FAVOR. SO WHY WOULD WE ROOT FOR LARRY ELLISON TO WIN?
Then we can pray City Hall has learned a lesson.
CUE SAD TROMBONE
BUT HEY, AT LEAST LARRY’S CRAZY IDEA TO PROMOTE AN UNPOPULAR SPORT IS PAYING OFF DOWN SAN DIEGO WAY, RIGHT? I MEAN, DIDN’T THEY JUST HAVE AN EVENT DOWN THERE? HEY, HOW MANY FANS SHOWED UP? I MEAN, THE EVENT WAS FREE, RIGHT?
“Numbers were disappointing especially on the final Sunday, with a count of 9-10,000, according to Murray, compared to some 17,000 the previous Sunday…”
OH WELL. POOR LARRY.
LEAVE US CLOSE WITH AC34 HYPE MAN MAYOR ED LEE. I MADE IT THROUGH ABOUT TWO MINUTES OF THIS, RIGHT WHERE HE STARTED HECTORING REPORTERS FOR REPORTING ON “LAWSUITS.”
HE ALSO SPOKE OF “FUN” IN A SUPER UNFUN WAY.
THE LESS WE SPEND ON THE AMERICA’S CUP, THE LESS WE’LL LOSE ON THE AMERICA’S CUP…
Let’s catch up with University of California President Mark Yudof:
“On Dec. 2, UC President Mark Yudof spoke to the California Chamber of Commerce Board in San Francisco regarding misconceptions about the University of California.”
(Well, that’s the belly of the beast, that’s the Fortress of Reaction right there. Mmmm.)
Anyway, here’s his myth #8, to get you started:
“#8: Only the wealthy can afford to attend UC.
Nothing belies this myth more than the incredible socioeconomic diversity of UC students.
About 40 percent of all UC undergraduates receive Pell grants. Pell grant recipients come from families with an annual household income of $50,000 or less.
To contextualize this percentage, consider this: Four of our campuses — Berkeley, Davis, UCLA and San Diego — each enroll more Pell grant recipients than the entire Ivy League combined.”
Remembering the time when TIME Magazine caught Mr. Yudof rolling up his sleeves:
Here it is:
On Dec. 2, UC President Mark Yudof spoke to the California Chamber of Commerce Board in San Francisco regarding misconceptions about the University of California. The following are his prepared remarks.
“A Baker’s Dozen Myths about Higher Education”
Thank you. It’s a pleasure for me to be here this morning, and to see so many familiar faces.
You know, Mark Twain once said, “Predictions are very hard to make — especially when they deal with the future.”
Unpredictability shapes the job of every university president. And as everyone here knows, much has happened at the University of California in the last few weeks. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about recent events during our Q&A.
Now, with apologies to David Letterman, I’ve come here today with a list. Unfortunately, it’s not very funny.
It’s a list of 13 myths about higher education.
(I should add that because I’m a big fan of Wallace Stevens, I almost called this speech “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a University.” But in deference to the language of commerce, I settled on “A Baker’s Dozen Myths about Higher Education.”)
These are the myths driving the grand narrative about universities — the grand narrative that says students are being priced out of universities like UC, while funding instead goes to new facilities or administrator salaries. So today, I’m here to dispel these myths.
#1: The cost of producing UC degrees and credit hours has gone up over the last decade.
I hear this myth all the time. And it’s frustrating, because this cost has actually dropped by more than 15 percent, in constant dollars, since the 1990s.
This cost has dropped in part due to a broad range of systemwide efficiencies: common IT systems; reduced employee travel; thousands of unfilled faculty and staff positions; one-third fewer employees at the UC Office of the President; a higher student-faculty ratio, and so on.
What has gone up, however, is the student contribution, or co-pay, to these degrees. At the same time, the state’s contribution per student has plummeted — by 60 percent in the last two decades.
To put this see-saw in perspective, UC students now cover roughly 46 percent of general fund support. But 20 years ago, their share hovered around 12 percent.
Now, sometimes I hear a variation on this myth, in the form of #2:
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I don’t know, I think this is going to be it, here’s the best media smackdown for 2011.
So there I was on the Twitter and I saw this from John Birdsall:
So then I’m all like yes, yes, yes, that’s exactly right, Jonathan Kauffman!
Go ahead, check it out, the “flawed” piece in the Chron: ”Restaurants want to put brakes on food trucks.”
To Tempest Bar’s Tony Cooney:
Uh, gee, maybe your place isn’t so hot for lunch. Why not work on that instead of crying like a baby? Perhaps you should shut down or move?
To “San Francisco merchants, property managers and restaurant owners”:
To “opponents [who] complain that the law doesn’t limit the number of food trucks that can operate in a specific location”:
To Rob Black, “a lawyer and executive director of Golden Gate Restaurant Association”:
Lo-ser! (You gotta say that one the right way, as if harrasing Darryl Strawberry from the bleachers.
I mean, c’mon, do you think that a nerdy, downtown-backed lawyer out of U.C. Hastings College of Law would ever have a prayer of becoming Supervisor of District Six?)
FUCK YOU. Oh, wait a second, that’s not my line, that’s a direct quote from Chris Daly’s wife back in 2006. And at the time I thought, “Gee, what an odd thing to say.” But I’m starting to understand what she was talking about.
For example, Chris Daly wanted letter grades from the health department posted outside of San Francisco restaurants but the GGRA put the kibosh on that. Mmmm. Now, let’s take the time to explore this.
“An overwhelming 83% of San Francisco surveyors say they agree that restaurants should be required to conspicuously post a letter grade reflecting the results of their health department inspection (as recently passed in NYC, taking a cue from LA).”
Consumers want this, but the GGRA doesn’t so guess what, we don’t have it. You know what GGRA? The bottom 20% of your members shouldn’t even be in business, so why do you spend so much time defending them?
“Sales at restaurants receiving an A grade rose 5.7 percent, or about $15,000 a year. B-level restaurant sales increased 0.7 percent, and sales at C-level establishments decreased 1 percent.”
So you don’t want that* for your members, huh, GGRA?
I don’t know why restaurant owners in San Francisco expect so much. I don’t know why they don’t expect to ever have any competition.
Remember this earlier in the year, when a struggling restaurateur went apeshit and starting parking her SUV specifically to block a food truck?
I’ll put a credit in if you want, but I don’t think you do. She’s still out there.
Oh, different day, different street, different truck, different obstructionist but the same purpose of parking vehicles in spaces to kick food trucks out of San Francisco.
I’ll put a credit in if you want, but I don’t think you do. That owner is still out there.
Struggling restaurateurs go after food trucks for the same reason they go after Yelp, IMO.
Speaking of which, maybe this is the kind of thing what fuels the wrath of legacy restaurant owners?
Foodwise: Salads = 3 stars, (Mixt Greens / Working Girls/ Sellers Mkt and even Portico or Lee’s are better though). Sandwiches = 1 star (this has become an office joke. $8+ for two pieces of meat, 1 teaspoon of sourkraut, and 1 piece of cheese. Not prepared to order, sitting in a cooler behind the counter!
Atmosphere: Awkward flow from left to right , pleasant enough tables outside
Price: Crap. My salad was smaller than any of the choices above but cost more. And I went simple.”
In closing, let’s all give thanks to SFoodie Jonathan Kauffman.
Congratulations, JK, on winning MSM Media Smackdown of the Year, 2011.
*”This study examines the eﬀect of an increase in product quality information to consumers on ﬁrms’choices of product quality. In 1998, Los Angeles County introduced hygiene quality grade cards to bedisplayed in restaurant windows. We show that the grade cards cause (i) restaurant health inspection scores to increase, (ii) consumer demand to become sensitive to changes in restaurants’ hygiene quality,and (iii) the number of foodborne illness hospitalizations to decrease. We also provide evidence thatthis improvement in health outcomes is not fully explained by consumers substituting from poor hygiene restaurants to good hygiene restaurants. These results imply the grade cards cause restaurants to make hygiene quality improvements”
Well this is different. Legacy bay area media institution KNTV is is actually adding investigative reporters to the payroll.
Get all the deets below.
Here’s Tony Kovaleski, on the left, going after a purported “Guido” executive at Pebble Beach:
And here’s lovely Jenna Susko – oh man, she’s not afraid to ask questions as this highlight reel amply demonstrates:
Bon Courage, Tony Kovaleski!
Bon Courage, Jenna Susko!
All the deets:
“NBC Bay Area Expands Investigative Reporting Capabilities - Award-Winning Investigative Reporter Tony Kovaleski To Lead New Investigative Team - Jenna Susko Joins Station As Investigative Reporter
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011 — NBC Bay Area today announced that it has added two investigative reporters to the station’s news staff, significantly increasing the station’s investigative reporting capabilities in advance of launching a new unit early next year.
Bay Area native Tony Kovaleski joins NBC Bay Area to lead the station’s investigative team after working at television stations in Phoenix, Houston and Denver. While in Denver, Kovaleski exposed problems with emergency services at Denver’s airport and uncovered inappropriate gifts given to government appointees. Kovaleski’s reports resulted in significant changes in airport operations and in tighter regulations governing gifts and travel. As the winner of the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia award in 2010, the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Journalism, the Sigma Delta Chi award, the National Headliner award and more than 26 Emmy Awards including this year’s Emmy for Investigative Journalism, he is considered one of the country’s premiere investigative reporters. Kovaleski is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism.
Investigative reporter Jenna Susko comes to NBC Bay Area after working at television stations in the southeastern United States. She has built a reputation for quality investigative reporting with stories about poor oversight of FEMA funds across the Gulf Coast, mismanagement in a court system allowing criminals to easily get cases dismissed and security flaws at a local school system. Susko has a degree from Florida State University in Communications and English Literature.
“As we increase our investment in high-quality local journalism, we are very pleased to welcome these two investigative journalists to the Bay Area and into our newsroom,” said Richard Cerussi, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area. ”Tony and Jenna are the first of many new team members who will allow us to bring Bay Area viewers more of the kind of in-depth investigations that result in positive change.”
About NBC Owned Television Stations
NBC Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 10 local television stations and their digital channels and websites, as well as a group of out-of-home properties and a production company. The 10 stations produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Connecticut, with a goal of connecting to their audiences anytime and anywhere.”
Would you like your lunchtime news an hour early and from San Jose?
Well then, you’re in luck.
Marla Tellez on the Central Coast:
“SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 15, 2011 — NBC Bay Area today announced the launch of a new weekday newscast, “NBC Bay Area News at 11AM,” debuting Monday, September 19. Broadcast veteran Jon Kelley, host of Today in the Bay, will anchor the new newscast with NBC Bay Area’s Marla Tellez. The program will air following NBC’s Today Show.
Jon Kelley has spent more than 15 years in television journalism, covering news, sports and entertainment in a variety of roles. He’s won multiple awards for sports reporting, and played football for the University of Nebraska before beginning his broadcast journalism career.
Marla Tellez is a native San Franciscan who has covered news in Northern California for several years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Communications, and has won multiple Emmys for producing and reporting.
“This expansion of NBC Bay Area news allows us to serve our Bay Area viewers with more of the high-quality international, national and local coverage they’ve come to expect from us,” said Jonathan Mitchell, NBC Bay Area’s Vice President of News. “We’re excited that viewers will be able to join Jon and Marla in mid-day for an update on the day’s most important stories.” About NBC Owned Television Stations NBC Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 10 local television stations and their digital channels and websites, as well as a group of out-of-home properties and a production company. The 10 stations produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Connecticut, with a goal of connecting to their audiences anytime and anywhere.”
Now, who’ll do the weather for this show?