Posts Tagged ‘sb50’

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:

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(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.

GIANT SKY TRIANGLES: I Don’t Think the Chemtrails Crowd Will Appreciate Illuminati Jokes from the Doritos People – Photos

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Well, here you go:

Mysterious triangles in the sky might be a Doritos ad – Tomikka Anderson

And here’s the start of it:

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And then all the triangles blew off to the southwest over Sutro Tower:

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Precision flying. GPS-assisted? IDK:

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One leg and then the other and then you have a perfect equilateral triangle, or a Dorito I s’pose:

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A 60-degree angle, every time:

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In closing, Chemtrails!

Comments re: “Super Bowl week wrapping up just in time” from San Francisco Chronicle Columnist CWNevius

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Super Bowl week wrapping up just in time

“Meanwhile, even the crustiest critic has to admit that Super Hype Week went nicely here in the city…”

Let’s see here, change crustiest to typical and critic to San Franciscan and then change the last part to “…DID NOT WANT TO PAY MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS FOR THIS PARTY AND, ERGO, DID NOT WANT THIS CORPORATE PARTY COMING HERE.” So Chuck is WRONG WRONG here. This whole thing has been a fiasco. Hey, let’s check the Chronicle!

“…although it wasn’t a great performance by prognosticators.”

CWNevius is an unedited columnist so he’s free to lie as much as, say, Willie Brown in Willie’s World? Seems that way. IRL, Chuck’s handlers in the SB50 / PR / SFGov world were fretting rain would spoil Our Big Day, so Chuck picked up on that. But who cares if it rains on a football game? IDK! Anyway, he wrote that our stupid weather forecasters “had no idea” about the forecast for The Big Game like ten days out, but IRL a quick check online at that time revealed a forecast of just a 5% chance of rain. So no big whoop, right?

“TV weather people started the week before the week with dire predictions of frog-strangling rainstorms, changed the call to “iffy, but pretty wet,” and finally settled on “70 degrees and sunny at game time, just like we said.”

So, IOW this three part narrative is a lie. (What Chuck should do is add, “As I remember it…” or “IMO…” in front of EVERY ONE OF HIS SENTENCES. I mean, that would help a lot, ’cause then there’d be a chance of what he’s saying is actually true

epic, end-of-the-world traffic jams

Straw dog. How many businesses are out a lot of money now IRL? Chucks laughs at your “Chicken Little”-ism

Even the inevitable protesters did the city proud (fingers crossed that nothing bad happens at the last minute).

Chucks frets over increased transportation hassles due to protests afore SB50 tomorrow AM, because that’s what his handlers have discussed with him. Yes, expect protests, perhaps on/near a freeway. Would that be “ugly?” IDK.

The only “reporters” called on…

Is CWNevius a reporter? I’m srsly. He’s mocking his fellow journalists? That’s rich.

And finally, in City Hall, Supervisors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin are wondering if it’s too late to get the NFL to renegotiate the financial deal.

Well, most of the city of SF wonders the same thing, right? Is Chuck against the NFL paying for its party here? Is he against asking the NFL to kick in $10-$20 million into the General Fund? Whatever you think of this fiasco, one that has put CWNevius Hero Ed Lee’s approval numbers at their lowest ever, wouldn’t it be better if the NFL kicked in for it? And we can’t even ask the NFL about it, you know, officially?

Hey, how about this – how about the NFL should pay us back at the beginning of negotiations for us doing this again for SB56 or SB57? And then, if they NFL doesn’t want to pay for its next party here, it should have it somewhere else, somewhere where it’s actually wanted…

Beast From Sky: The Message Our Super Bowl 50 “Host Committee” Has for Us is “BUD LIGHT … FOR AMERICA!”

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

This is as close as I’ll get to Super Bowl L:

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What could be more inappropriate?

At least I understood that one. This one was illegible to all concerned. Using my camera I could figure it out mostly, but I read it (from the wrong side) as JOIN US AT UNION 20 or JOIN US AT UNION 50, which I imagined to be a new (or pop-up) eatery or bar. I just couldn’t make out the squiggly on the big “Q,” oh well:

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This is the best I can do here. (Is this effective advertising?)

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Oh, here we go – some of these ads are kind of surreal, huh?

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Wondering if Bud Light ads in Canada say, “BUD LIGHT … FOR CANADA!”

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The Horror, the Unspeakable Horror: $900 NIKE Brand SB50 Bomber Jacket, $150 T Shirt – YAY Super Bowl!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Uh, $900 for this? So, you’re not a fan of this particular team, or that one, no no – you’re a fan of SB50 itself? WTF to that. Who on Gaia’s Green Earth would wear this thing, and in what context?

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Let’s see here, are you a rich, born-rich philanthropist kid (named Lurie) who thinks you deserve a medal for foisting SB50 upon us and sending the bill? Then here’s your jacket. Or are you a Mr. Magoo of a Mayor (named Edwin) who wonders WHYDON’TPEOPLELIKEMEITMUSTBEBASEDUPONRACISM after makaing a poorly-thought-out handshake deal? Again, here’s your jacket. (But under no circumstances should you wear this thing in public – just hang it in your closet.)

Oh, what else. Oh, you see the gold star in a field of fifty? That’s SB50, the only one that matters, apparently. (But IRL, SB LI will be a bigger deal than SB50, sorry. Just you wait!)

Oh, and what’s the forecast for the “Big Game?” Not a chance of rain and temps in the 70’s? Well, then let’s break out the Type A-2 flight jackets you know, for the “warmth?”

Also, “Dunk High?” WTF?

CRAFTED WARMTH FOR THE BIG GAME
The SB50 Nike Speed Destroyer Men’s Jacket celebrates a major milestone in the game’s history with premium embroidery, historical details and gleaming gold accents. A warm wool blend, leather sleeves and lightweight insulation help keep the cold at bay in the stands and on the street.
BENEFITS
Wool blend and lightweight fill provide insulation
Leather sleeves for a premium look and durability
Full zip with snap storm flap helps block out the elements
Rib cuffs and hem lock in warmth
Front welt pockets, chest zip pocket and interior zip pocket
PRODUCT DETAILS
Interior storm-flap embroidery commemorates the date of the game
Fabric: Body: 55% wool/45% polyester. Sleeves: 100% cow leather. Lining: 100% nylon. Fill: 100% polyester.
Do not wash or dry clean
Imported
DESTROYER ORIGINS
Back in 2006, Nike designers began a mission to re-craft iconic sports apparel in the most technical materials they could find. The ubiquitous American varsity jacket was an obvious choice for the experiment that would become Nike Sportswear. Raiding the All Conditions Gear (ACG) innovation cache, they found fabrics, laminates, and bonding methods that could brave nasty weather but still look fresh. The first Nike letterman jacket was for an imaginary team called the Dunk High Destroyers, and limited numbers were produced. The next version got even more technical, but the Destroyer name stuck.

No no, what you really need is a nice T for this Super Bowl. Just $150! What’s a 2000% markup, you know, among friends?

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Nike should gather up all its tacky, overpriced, unsold SB50 merch and then have a big bonfire on Monday.

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There are PLENTY o’ SFPD Available to Enforce Traffic Laws Outside of Super Bowl City, It Appears

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Just My Observation, but there are lots of cops around to pull people over this week in the 94117. As here on Oak:

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I assumed that this ride had been pulled over for an expired registration, and I was correct, ’cause like you can’t really speed on this stretch of Oak.

I’m thinking the SFPD really likes to use license plate scanners in this area since lots of drivers get shunted into the Fell Oak corridor and it’s like fish in a barrel.

Generally speaking, having one-month expired registration tags (tabs?) is not that big of a deal, but whoo boy, once you get past six months, well Katie Bar The Door – the CVC takes a very dim view of waiting half a year to get your annual registration completed, just saying.

Anyway, it’s rare to see a business vehicle with expired registration, but these days, with license plate scanners all about, you just might get pulled over, with a quickness…

How AT&T Beat Verizon During Super Bowl 50: AT&T Has a Better Musical Line-Up, a Better Venue, and It’s Not Violating our Advertising Laws

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

I can’t believe that the Verizon people paid millions for the right to look like a bunch of jackasses during Super Bowl 50’s Super Week in Frisco.

Verizon doesn’t know/respect SF advertising laws? Apparently. Now it wants money back from our local Host Committee, the same committee that has committed to pay us, the people of San Francisco, back money if things don’t work out with SB50?

So that’s STRIKE ONE. STRIKE TWO is that even though AT&T DIRECTV isn’t an OFFICIAL SPONSOR, it has a BETTER LINE UP than what you can see up at SUPER BOWL CITY. See below. (IDK how available tickets are for any of these events now. I heard a radio ad when I was down at Pier 70 the other day but not since, oh well.

And STRIKE THREE is that AT&T’s party is down at PIER 70, where it belongs. Hey, why couldn’t Verizon have its parties down in that area instead of making office workers go through metal detectors in the Financial multiple times a day? (And man, Pier 70, the whole complex is amazing – there’s a lot of character / history here. Oh a and a few leaks when it rains, but they’re working on it…)

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And of course, AT&T is working on making sure your phone works in the bay area over the next few days, no matter how many people are around you. But of course so is Verizon so it’s anybody’s guess who will win that race. I bet they’ll both do fine…

S0 BOO, Verizon. (Hey why not offer to pay SFGov all the money we’re out for your street party, Verizon? Write a fat check payable to “SF GENERAL FUND,” I’m srsly.

And YAY AT&T, why not?

Read all about it below: 

“Feb. 4-6 Event Overview:

DIRECTV will partner with Pepsi to bring fans an unforgettable weekend of music, technology and art around Super Bowl 50. Attendees will be treated to the ultimate experience at San Francisco’s Pier 70, when they host three nights of live concert performances featuring Dave Matthews Band, Pharrell and more.

The innovative and premium space will be designed specifically for never-before-seen fan engagement and features state-of-the-art sound systems, unique artistic designs and projection-mapped photo walls for an immersive social media experience. 

Artists performing each night include:

+ DIRECTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night, February 4: Dave Matthews Band

+ Pepsi Friday Night Live, February 5: Pharrell Williams

+ DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Co-Hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, February 6: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Technology Overview:

DIRECTV COW at Pier 70: Sitting right outside the venue for the DIRECTV concert series, we have multiple antennas on the COW as well as two antennas inside the building that run with cables back to the COW. We can provide a tour and more details about network upgrades throughout the Bay Area and especially at Levi’s Stadium.

AT&T expanded its mobile Internet coverage: We invested more than $25 million so fans can post and share experiences on social media faster and easier than ever. This is part of our continuing investment to support growing demand for wireless devices and services… and, especially, to keep our customers connected from the moment they arrive for the big game.

Typical San Francisco Tourist Attractions Look Like a Ghost Town During This Super Bowl Week – SUBSTITUTION in Action?

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

What’s this, the gigantic aquarium at our California Academy of Sciences at 1:58 PM on a Wednesday afternoon? Oh, that’s right, we’ve lost our Regular Visitors due to all the hassles of our money-losing Super Bowl.

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Is it usually like this? IDK, but I ain’t never seen this area totally empty afore.

And let’s look across the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse to the alleged* Fourth Busiest Museum in America, our de Young Museum:

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Similarly, I’ve never seen it look like this during operating hours. I saw one cab waiting for bidness (and another one to camera right – I cropped that one out). Maybe a couple ppl milling about. Mind you, this is more than two hours afore Closing Time.

And let’s head down to the entrance of The Academy on our way out. Camera left had a few people in front of the Cafe on the west side (I think? The ocean side, the makai side, Bruddah) of the building. In mitigation, at one point at least, the small Explorer’s Cove was full up (with the keiki, Bruddah) as evidenced by one baby in a stroller waiting in line to get in.

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Again, never seen it like this.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Contact our cultural institutions and ask them “How’s bidness during this relatively rain-free Super Week?” And then, contact any old economist to discover why paying million to host a Super Bowl party might not actually be “GOOD FOR EVERYBODY IN SAN FRANCISCO.”

Aloha.

Bruddah

*Certainly, this was the case, say, around the time when we had the King Tut roadshow. As to whether that’s the case now, or in a typical year, I know not…

Here’s What It Looks Like When the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) Ventures Out to the End of Hayes Street – Super Bowl 50-Related?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

I’m sure the HOT ppl come out here “all the time,” out here west of Masonic and north of the Panhandle, but I never really see them, certainly not in a distinctive vehicle like this:

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I’ll tell you, the 21 Hayes was working just fine over the weekend, which just happened to be the weekend opening time of Super Bowl City. That means that you’d see empty or emptyish 21 Hayeses on empty streets like at 6:30 AM. And you’d see two buses together as well, and this is important, they’d be heading in OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS and not bunched up tailgating each other. That’s the key, MUNI.

Anyway, if MUNI spends all sorts of time and attention and (our) money to focus on one weekend, it can operate a decent bus line for a handful of ppl early in the AM – that’s the lesson I’m learning from over the past weekend.

So that’s it, that’s about as close as I’m going to get to #SB50, now that the NFL ppl have hauled off their garish “50” ad from Alamo Square.

I’ll be on the lookout for more HOT vehicles on patrol, but I think it’ll be 2017 afore I see another one out here…

This is the Large Bell 412 Helicopter That’s Flying Low Over Town Right Now – It’s Sniffing for Radiation – Super Bowl 50-Related?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Whucka, whucka, whucka, whucka…

This National Nuclear Security Administration bird is shaking the building I’m in right now, oh well. This is what is looks like:

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And here’s a shot from Frisco – yesterday, closer to the Financh

Bell 412, baby!

Stay frosty, people!

Whucka, whucka, whucka, whucka…

San Francisco Bay Area Aerial Radiation Assessment Survey

Press Release
Jan 27, 2016

(SAN JOSE and SAN FRANCISCO, California) – A helicopter may be seen flying at low altitudes over portions of the San Francisco Bay Area from January 29 through February 6, 2016. The purpose of the flyovers is to measure naturally occurring background radiation.

Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced that the radiation assessment will cover a collection of areas spanning approximately 22 square miles. A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Nellis Air Force Base, will be equipped with radiation sensing technology. The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the areas at 150 feet (or higher) above the ground surface at a speed of approximately 80 miles per hour. Flyovers will occur only during daylight hours and are estimated to take about three hours to complete per area.

The measurement of naturally occurring radiation to establish baseline levels is a normal part of security and emergency preparedness. NNSA is making the public aware of the upcoming flights so that citizens who see the low-flying aircraft are not alarmed.

Follow NNSA News on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.