Posts Tagged ‘sfgov’

News from Inside the America’s Cup: SFGov “is very unhappy with the promised financial bonanza being anything but.”

Friday, July 5th, 2013

So let’s hear from America’s Cup 2013 Safety Committee member Jim Farmer, QC [Her Majesty's Counsel learned* in the law]:

The City of San Francisco is very unhappy with the promised financial bonanza being anything but.”

Heretofore, everything that could have gone wrong with the 2013 America’s Cup has gone wrong. All we can do now is hope that no one else dies for the sake of Larry Ellison’s ego.

Oh well.

And is this America’s Cup going to be the last big thing Larry Ellison does before he dies?

Oh well.

So there’s this – it’s the kind of thing called Harsh Reality Time:

“Much of the vision, it is now apparent, has turned to custard.  Larry Ellison’s prediction that there would be a dozen or more challengers (up to 15 perhaps) looks absurd with only 3 challengers making it to the start line and one of them not yet ready to race.   The City of San Francisco is very unhappy with the promised financial bonanza being anything but.  The tragic death of Andrew Simpson when the first (and so far only) Artemis boat disintegrated as it collapsed has cast a pall over the Event from which even the spectacular speed of these boats is unlikely to clear away.

And there’s this:

“One has to hope most earnestly that there is no further disaster.  So far these boats have not yet raced in anger and that has to be the major concern.  Two boats, each sailing at over 40 knots and closing from opposing tacks at a mark at an effective combined speed of 80 knots, is not for the faint-hearted.  Getting crew down safely or out of the water from a boat that has capsized remains a serious challenge even for sailors who are well equipped, fit and trained to deal with that situation as best they can.  Fortunately, sanity prevailed with one of the Regatta Director’s safety recommendations being a prohibition on corporate guests sitting on the back of one of these racing machines.  How crazy was that idea in the first place?”

Oh, and there’s this:

“…it will be economics that will prevent the next edition of the Cup under Ellison’s control being a success.   Three challengers this time.  It is hard to see any of those challengers continuing with the same model of the Event next time.  Yes, there will be others who will be happy to do the A45 thing, as there were this time, but the question will be whether (billionaires aside) more than one or two will be able to go to the next stage – which is the America’s Cup after all.  And even the viability of the AC45 circuit must be uncertain.  The existing model of cities paying all the costs of each mini-event, including the cost of getting the 45s there, just didn’t work this time, with a number of planned events being cancelled because of lack of financial support.”

Anyway, the point is that Appointed Mayor and Willie Brown butt-boy Ed Lee knows that this venture is a big flop, but he’s afraid to say or do anything about it.

Oh well.

Monstrous Big Red, a ticking time bomb that went off a couple months ago:

*Pepe: “Wow, Papa Homer, you are so learn-ed.” Homer: “It’s pronounced “learned.’”

The Crowded Sidewalks of Bush Street: Is There Room for Chairs Betwixt “Curry Up Now” and “Coffee Cultures?”

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Uh, no, there’s not.

See?

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Ah, here’s a quieter time between the most popular food truck in the bay area and the new cawfee shawp inside of the Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush:

Now I’ll tell you, I couldn’t care less* about this issue, but you? You have a lot of time on your hands…

If I were in charge, I’d probably say thumbs down on the street furniture, but I’d allow them some signage.

Of course, I’m not in charge and, as stated, I don’t care.

Super don’t care.

As always, I’ll find a way** to navigate the Streets of San Francisco regardless.

Courage.

*Obviously, things are going to be a bit crowded at lunchtime, ’cause that curry truck is uber popular. OTOH, passersby might not ever realize that’s there’s a new upscale coffee place there unless they see people hanging about sipping away. (This reminds me of parklets, which some business owners think they own because the process for getting one is so costly.) 

**But I don’t use a wheelchair… 

Just One Graphic from the SF Weekly Beats Everything from The Bold Italic – Plus Photos of Black Market Food

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Here ya go, it’s Down and Out in Mid-Market:

Three-Dollar Chicken: The Ethical Dilemma of the Food Pantry Black Market by Albert Samaha

1. Do you see that “Market Street Specials” graphic, The Bold Italic? It’s better than anything you’ve ever done* since you came to town to try to make money hawking made-in-San-Fran goods to clueless tourists and your fellow newcomers, you dig? It serves THE READER, right? Oh, what’s that, TBI? Your job is to lose millions upon millions year after year to serve up a fat tax break for your corporate masters Back East? Well, mission accomplished.

2. And srsly, I don’t think it’s the job of SFGov-funded COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS to confiscate food in the Twitterloin.

3. Uh, the vast majority of food market food comes on 18-wheelers, you know, on pallets and stuff. (Speaking of corporate tax breaks…)

4. Adieu, writer Albert Samaha? :( It’s been real.

5. And finally, ah memories. Find the Crispy Hexagons cereal and win:

*To wit, let’s take legible information from an Excel spreadsheet and turn it into this garbage.

Seventh Street Update: Donut, Donut, COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR, Donut, Donut, COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR, Donut, Donut, Donut

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Official San Francisco COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS:

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One time I was almost a COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR. Well actually, I was a COMMUNITY ASSISTANT CONSUL GENERAL, you know, making moves, on my way up. But then at the ANNUAL COMMUNITY GALA I upchucked on the silk dress of the COMMUNITY SECRETARY GENERAL. Later on my CCG said, due to that “unfortunate incident,” I would never ever become a COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR no  matter what.

So  I said  screw it, street diplomacy just isn’t the life for me.

Fin.

San Francisco’s SFMTA is a Jobs Program, Not a Transit Agency

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

IMO.

If the SFMTA really wanted to fight fare fraud, it could take the money it spends this bizarre fare inspection regime and put it into a program that watches cable car workers. Get together a few GoPro cameras plus a few marked $5 bills and just one “inspector” could have prosecutable proof of “fare fraud” being committed by numerous, numerous SFMTA employees.  Tie the evidence up in a bow and send it over to the DA’s office, right? Oh what’s that, SFMTA? Fighting your own corruption is hard but handing out money to new fare inspectors is easy? OK fine.

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Since Time Began:

INTERLOCUTOR: Hey SFMTA, what about [_______?]

SFMTA: If we only had more money! Give us more money.

How to NIMBY: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, 731 Market Street

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

(I was going to post this public hearing notice legibly, but I don’t want to make things too easy for the shakedown artists to come out of the woodwork.)

If you have some time to kill and you’d like a potentially lucrative hobby and you’d like a purpose in life and you’d like people to pay attention to you, then you should adopt the preservation of this old office building near Third Street.

Don’t let the owners change anything for any reason, not without a fight!

You know, if you want:

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Un Petit Corruption: Dropping the GF Off at the JC Using a White SFGov Pickup Truck – But Remember, Transit First!

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Transit First for Thou but not for Thee, that is.

Taxpayer-paid pickup fueled with taxpayer-paid gasoline:

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Why not use your sweet SFGov ride to run errands to make your life easier?

Legend: 

GF: Girlfriend. Or sister I guess.

JC: Junior College. You know, the troubled one. 

 

Bicycle Parking at the Main Entrance of the San Francisco Botanical Gardens to Move to the Back of the Bus, Way Off to the Side

Monday, April 8th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I haven’t toured Strybing Arboretum since they threw up the paywall a few years back, kind of a boycott thing.

But I remember the bicycle parking area right out front of the Main Entrance near 9th and Lincoln, you know, right where it belonged.

Well, things are changing.

In another “improvement” from the RPD, the bike parking area is a moving all the way over, as seen in the top right of this image:

Here you go, a big-ass pdf:

12 10-04_DD package Gateway Improvements

On It Goes…

San Francisco’s “Official Tourism Marketing Organization” Invites Tech Conventioneers to Sex / Strip Clubs?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Here’s the  giant ad from the back of today’s never-been-thinner San Francisco Examiner.

“San Francisco’s Finest Adult Clubs welcome RSA CONFERENCE Feb 25 – Mar, San Francisco Travel

Check it:

So what’s the San Francisco Travel Association logo doing in there?

I’m confused.

(But oh, let me assure all you horny nerd conventio tourists in town for the next few days. There IS sex in the champagne room (or whatever they’re calling the champagne room these days), despite what you might have heard.NB: Bring cash. NNB: Lots and lots of cash.)

Executive Team

Joe D’Alessandro
President & CEO
415-227-2698

Paul Frentsos
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
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Tom Kiely
Executive Vice President, Tourism
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John Reys
Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
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Matt Stiker
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
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Tina Wu
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
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