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President Barack Obama Picks Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran as New Board Members of the Presidio Trust

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Here’s the news of the day from our Presidio Trust, or perhaps it was last week’s  - I’m kind of slow on the the uptake sometimes:

“PRESIDENT OBAMA TAPS BUSINESS, CIVIC LEADERS FOR PRESIDIO TRUST BOARD – NANCY BECHTLE RE-APPOINTED BOARD’S CHAIR

Presidio of San Francisco (August 14, 2012) — President Barack Obama has named two prominent Bay Area leaders — Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran — to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. The White House also re-appointed Nancy Bechtle as board chair. Ms. Collins and Mr. Mehran are replacing outgoing board members J. Michael Shepherd and Bill Wilson.

Paula R. Collins is the chief executive officer of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Northern California, and president of Portfolio Real Estate Consulting.

Part of the original project development team for the Moscone Convention Center, Ms. Collins is a founder and director of Presidio Bank in San Francisco, a member of the national board of the Automobile Association of America and has served as an appointee to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. In addition, she is co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a member of the board of the Special Olympics for Northern California and has served on the Board of Directors of the BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Ms. Collins has been awarded the prestigious Silver Spur Award by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research organization, in honor of her dedication to improving the quality of life and economic health of San Francisco; and has been honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the San Francisco Business Times. She graduated cum laude in urban studies from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her master’s degree in city planning from MIT. Ms. Collins replaces Mr. Shepherd on the board.

A Bay Area native, Alex Mehran is the president and chief executive officer of Sunset Development Company, a San Ramon based real estate development, investment, construction and management company founded by his father almost 60 years ago.

Mr. Mehran is chair of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, a trustee of the San Francisco Ballet and a member of the University of California, San Francisco Chancellor’s Associates. In addition, he is a past chairman and current executive committee member of the Bay Area Council and is a former trustee of the Urban Land Institute and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mr. Mehran received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, where he graduated with honors. He earned a law degree, also with honors, from England’s Cambridge University. Mr. Mehran replaces Mr. Wilson.

“Alex and Paula are joining the board at a very exciting time – the Presidio Trust is now financially self-sufficient and we are seeing the benefits of a decade worth of investments in the park,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “Alex and Paula will be instrumental in helping us expand the public benefit of the Presidio to the local community and the nation.”

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Nancy Bechtle grew up across the street from the Presidio, and, as a child would scale the base’s walls to play in Julius Kahn Park. Once, she was even kicked out for riding her horse on the base. Appointed to the Trust’s board by President George W. Bush in 2008, Ms. Bechtle was first elected chair in 2009. She is chairman of the board of the Sugar Bowl Corporation, serves on the board of directors for the Charles Schwab Corporation and is a former chief financial officer and director of J.R. Bechtle and Company. A past president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Symphony, Ms. Bechtle has served on the symphony’s board of governors since 1984 and has also served on the board of the San Francisco Opera Association. In addition she has served on the board of the National Park Foundation, holding the board’s citizen chair from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Bechtle recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and has received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the California Arts Council and the Investment in Leadership award from the Coro Foundation, among her many other honors.

“I am pleased to welcome these very talented and accomplished people to the board,” said Nancy Bechtle. “The experience that Paula and Alex bring will be great assets as the Trust expands its public-serving programs while continuing to keep an eye on ensuring the park’s self-sufficiency.”

The Presidio Trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Six members are appointed by the President of the United States. The seventh is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or his designee. An executive director reports to the board and oversees a staff with expertise including environmental science, historic preservation, operations and maintenance, landscape design, planning, resource management, real estate development, public affairs and programs, law, and finance.

Biographies of all Trust board members are available at www.presidio.gov

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.”

OMG, It’s the Great San Francisco Structures Map 2012! 134 Buildings Under Construction, Approved, Etc…

Monday, June 25th, 2012

But don’t tell the San Francisco Bay Guardian, oh no. They won’t want to see certain buildings, like 8 Washington,* on this list.

Anyway, here it is, via Claudia Siegel, the San Francisco Business Times San Francisco Structures map 2012.

What an odd pattern of development, non?

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Those West-side NIMBYs sure are strong, huh?

All the places, as of June 2012, after the jump.

*Putting 8 Washington/Rose Pak on the ballot this Fall? Sure, why not? 

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Built Like a Brick Poo-House: Historic Folger Coffee Building at 101 Howard Just Bought by USF

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

You know who knew about today’s big news, this real estate deal, last week? JK Dineen of the San Francisco Bizness Timez, that’s who.

Look at this beaut:

The brick, five-story Folger Coffee Company Building at 101 Howard in San Francisco, California was the former headquarters of Folgers. It is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.]The building still has a sign saying “The Folgers Coffee Company” on one corner. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has its California campus on the top floor, where Wharton’s MBA for Executives program is offered.”

Oh baby, it’s your classic Brick & Timber:

Via Eric in SF - click to expand

This building was put up on landfill (in a place where San Francisco Bay used to be 15 feet(!) deep) and it got  finished in, wait for it, 1905, just in time for the Great Fire and Earthquake of 1906. But that was no problem at all ’cause of all the pilings it had driven 40 feet(!) into the mud. And the fires, well they just happened to stop right across the street.

See? “X” marks the spot and the dark yellow shows where the fires went:

Via Access PR 

That’s part of what makes it historic:

Folger Coffee Company Building (added 1996 – - #96000679)
101 Howard St. , San Francisco

Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Architect, builder, or engineer: Schulze, Henry A.
Architectural Style: Renaissance
Area of Significance: Engineering, Commerce, Community Planning And Development, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Industry/Processing/Extraction
Historic Sub-function: Business, Manufacturing Facility
Current Function: Commerce/Trade
Current Sub-function: Business

Built to last:

It’s an icon:

And high ceilings to boot:

Bon Courage University of San Francisco! Welcome back to SoMA!

All the deets:

“USF Purchases Historic Folger Building
08-02-2011

The University of San Francisco has agreed to buy the historic Folger Coffee Building in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Listed on the National Registerof Historic Places and located within walking distance of where USF first opened its doors in 1855 at Fourth and Market streets, the agreed purchase of the Folger Building at 101 Howard St. marks a return to the university’s roots in downtown San Francisco.

With easy access to freeways, the Bay Bridge, and public transportation, the location builds on USF’s 156-year history of service to San Francisco, while acting on the university’s goals to be more visible and more tightly woven into the fabric of the city.

“By relocating some of the university’s programming, we will have more opportunity to serve multiple audiences – allowing USF to be closer to the businesses and civic organizations with which we currently partner, while also engaging new prospects for collaboration,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “With neighbors such as Google, Twitter, DropBox, SalesForce.com, and established legal and financial services firms, this acquisition presents tremendous opportunity for new corporate partnerships and places USF in the center of innovation.”

With 90 percent of the Folger Building currently occupied by tenants, USF’s presence in downtown will be limited in the near term. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Turpin, in consultation with the deans and faculty, will finalize decisions about what academic programs will occupy the downtown space and on what schedule. No decisions have been made yet as to what administrative and non-academic units will be housed in the new building.

Written by Edward Carpenter”

Taking the Loin Out of the Twitterloin: SFPD Chief Gregory Suhr (and Mayor Edwin Lee) Continue 6th Street Clampdown

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

What is this, Week Three now?

Here’s the sitch on the Great SFPD Clampdown on Sixth Street from last week from LiveSOMA.

And here’s the latest from Bluoz – turns out the popo are all over Stevenson tonight:

Via Bluoz

[Musical interlude]

The judge said five to ten but I say double that again
I’m not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall ’cause government’s to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D’you know that you can use it?

Now, what will next week bring? Who knows.

Anyway, here’s more from last week:

JK Dineen has the deets on recent real estate activity, some changes at Sixth and Market:

Landlords cashing in on Twitter tax break | San Francisco Bidness Times

A month after an Twitter committed to taking 200,000 square feet at 1355 Market St., the private group that has long owned 995 Market St. has decided to test the investment market waters. The building is one of the relatively few large office structures included in area the Board of Supervisors recently made exempt from the city’s payroll tax. The tax break was crafted to keep Twitter in San Francisco, after the company threatened to move to Brisbane. The 97,578-square-foot building is on the southeast corner of Sixth and Market streets, an intersection on San Francisco’s skid row that a real estate marketing professional might charitably call “lively” or “dynamic.”

But that’s not all - you see what’s going on across the way at 1001 Market? There must be some kind of business going on behind all that naked wood.

Here it is. (Can you spot the corners of the 995 building where the owners gave up trying to get the green tiles to stick?)

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But that’s not all - ever since that unfortunate incident on or about Stevenson Alley a couple of weeks ago, the popo are all over the place. It’s like a major crackdown ‘n stuff.

Or so I’m told.

By somebody who would know, ’cause he keeps his eyes on things.

Mmmm… Will May 2011 be seen as the bottom for Sixth and Market?

We’ll see.

In the meantime, here’s February 2011:

25-second clip showing a woman losing her wallet on Stevenson near the Uptown Tenderloin.

Via Bluoz

Sixth Street Update: A Big Crackdown from the SFPD + “Landlords Cashing In on Twitter Tax Break”

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

JK Dineen has the deets on recent real estate activity, some changes at Sixth and Market:

Landlords cashing in on Twitter tax break | San Francisco Bidness Times

A month after an Twitter committed to taking 200,000 square feet at 1355 Market St., the private group that has long owned 995 Market St. has decided to test the investment market waters. The building is one of the relatively few large office structures included in area the Board of Supervisors recently made exempt from the city’s payroll tax. The tax break was crafted to keep Twitter in San Francisco, after the company threatened to move to Brisbane. The 97,578-square-foot building is on the southeast corner of Sixth and Market streets, an intersection on San Francisco’s skid row that a real estate marketing professional might charitably call “lively” or “dynamic.”

But that’s not all - you see what’s going on across the way at 1001 Market? There must be some kind of business going on behind all that naked wood.

Here it is. (Can you spot the corners of the 995 building where the owners gave up trying to get the green tiles to stick?)

Click to expand

But that’s not all - ever since that unfortunate incident on or about Stevenson Alley a couple of weeks ago, the popo are all over the place. It’s like a major crackdown ‘n stuff.

Or so I’m told.

By somebody who would know, ’cause he keeps his eyes on things.

Mmmm… Will May 2011 be seen as the bottom for Sixth and Market?

We’ll see.

In the meantime, here’s February 2011:

25-second clip showing a woman losing her wallet on Stevenson near the Uptown Tenderloin.

Via Bluoz

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is Bigger Than Jesus AND the Beatles, Per the San Francisco Business Times, Apparently

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The San Francisco Business Times has seen fit to update us about Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk in just four pithy grafs. Hurray!

By the numbers:

1. Can you guess which organ from his body is especially large? (Give it a try – it’s fun!)

2. Electric motors* have “crazy torque” because of Sainted Elon Musk the Divine Creator, the “Chief Product Architect” of Life and not because of the Laws of the Universe or Intelligent Design or the Blessings of Gaia the Earth Goddess or anything like that.

3. NASA sux, compared to Elon, anyway. ‘Nough said.

4. E.M. must have ”some cold fusion battery** powering him that makes him also way smarter” than All of God’s Chil’ren. (Including you, Gentle Reader.)

So, this is how the San Francisco Business Times sees Elon…

…and this is how I*** see him. (Can you imagine – his ex-wife gave birth to just five(!) of his kids while he went out and did all the work. And his ex-partner / co-Founder at Tesla Motors, well that guy let Elon the Man-Child down as well. Oh, we are not worthy, Elon, nobody else but you is Worthy, Elon!)

Take your pick.

Regardless, All Hail Elon Musk!

*Now, you can call an engine a motor but not the other way ’round. Truth.In common usage, an engine burns or otherwise consumes fuel, and is differentiated from an electric machine (i.e., electric motor) that derives power without changing the composition of matter.”

**Uuuuuuuuh… no comment.

***Actually, ’tis I what owns a pair of pink Crocs, size XXL, $14.97 from Costco back in the day. (Think this is called “projection” or something…)

Does the San Francisco Business Times Now Have a Paywall or Something? HAHAHA!

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Are you seriously, SF Bidness Times?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

You want to have influence but you want people to pay for you to have influence?

You want the proletariat to fork over hard-earned to pay for your missives directed at the proletariat?

Tell me BT, how many proles have signed up so far?