I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.
As seen near Kezar, an Aston Martin:
As seen in GGP:
Via Peter Chu:
I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.
As seen near Kezar, an Aston Martin:
As seen in GGP:
Via Peter Chu:
IMO, writer Tony Hicks has got things spot-on right here in the San Jose Mercury News:
I just took the media cruise for the new-ish “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco - it starts at 7:30 PM.
Here’s Captain John:
Quacking away with people in another duck boat while passing by:
So that’s how things start in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then you begin a circuitous trip to the launch ramps down south of AT&T Park. I’ve never been up so high in an open vehicle, so this was a new experience, kind of like what I imagine the “hop-on hop-off” city bus tours are like.
So off you go, past the working part of Fisherman’s Wharf…
…past the Gary Danko (perennial No. 1 in the Bay Area for “Food, Service and Popularity” per Zagat)…
…through North Beach and on to Chinatown, where you look down upon the #30 Stocktons as you pass them by…
…and then through the tunnel to Union Square and then through SoMA to the launch area.
I gotta say that that was the touristy part of the tour, so check out Beth Spotswood’s take on that in the Tourist Trapped Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com if you want more on that.
So finally you get to launch – it looks like this:
And then you’re slowly cruising the bay, albeit near to shore for the most part.
You might catch a little spray from the bay but most likely you won’t.
This riding-on-the-water part in a military-style vehicle with not all that much freeboard is an experience – I recommend it.
Then after puttering around on the water, you drive out of the water to take the Embarcadero back to the Wharf.
Interacting with happy passersby on the way home…
…while zipping past the historic F-Market streetcars:
These ducks look somewhat menacing at night, huh?
And there’s your trip:
So, you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to keep your reservation, I think.
And this tour can get quite cold and windy, needless to say.
If you want to see some more photos, there are some good ones on Yelp.
This was a great experience – I think it’d be good for tourists and locals alike.
I’ll just say that “Mission Bay” doesn’t really sound like an “inland site” to me, but whatever.
Here are your key quotes from this morning’s press release:
private, inland property,
no public property”
Oh, and what does “digitally fit” mean? IDK.
Here it is:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2014
WARRIORS MAKE A PLAY FOR MISSION BAY - Team Reaches Deal with Salesforce.com for Arena on Private Property in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors announced today terms have been reached with salesforce.com to purchase land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where the team intends to build a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center.
Terms of the deal were not announced.
“We believe Mission Bay is a perfect fit,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “It is a wonderful inland site in a dynamic part of the City that is convenient for fans from all over the Bay Area. We are buying private property, but the city will also get a new 5 ½ – acre waterfront park. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
“We’ve said all along we wanted to create a spectacular cultural destination for the City and the entire region,” said Co-Executive Chairman Peter Guber “This is about a shared cultural experience: going to a beautiful and inviting place to see a game, see a show, attend a convention. It will be easily accessible, state of the art, digitally fit, and second to none.”
Although specific details of the plan remain to be announced, the Warriors said previously discussed basic elements of the event center remain in effect: the arena will hold about 18,000 seats; it will showcase NBA basketball games as well as concerts, cultural events, family shows and convention activities; and it will be privately financed on private land, virtually unprecedented among major league sports and entertainment facilities in the U.S.
The new Warriors event center will be built on 12 acres of private, inland property, bounded by 3rd, 16th and South Streets, and Terry Francois Blvd.
The transaction with salesforce.com involves no public property and no public subsidy. There are no naming rights or sponsorship rights associated with the transaction.
The Mission Bay site is well served by public transportation, and borders Muni’s 3rd Street Light Rail. The location is also within a few blocks of Caltrain, and BART connects via an easy underground connection to Muni, both at Embarcadero and at Powell Station once the Central Subway opens in 2018. The Mission Bay neighborhood already has ample parking. And a new I-280 freeway connection at Mariposa Street will land less than a block away.
Mission Bay, a former redevelopment area that became the home of UCSF’s second campus, has been emerging as a modern urban center for the past 15 years. The Warriors new home will be within walking distance of several public plazas, parks, restaurants and retail corridors. AT&T Park is only a few blocks to the north; the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill and Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhoods are just to the south.
A key piece of the long-planned Mission Bay redevelopment puzzle, the build-out of this site, will also trigger the construction of a new five-and-a-half-acre waterfront park. Across Terry Francois Blvd. from the arena, the park will feature water-oriented activities and large lawn areas, which can accommodate a variety of recreational uses, similar to Marina Green.
“We’ve spent the past two years listening. We’ve learned a lot. We’re proud of the plans we’ve put forward to date, and we’re thrilled to announce this great leap forward,” said Rick Welts, President and COO of the Warriors. “We are looking forward to engaging with the neighborhood and, ultimately, making this site ‘Warriors Ground.’ This is our path to San Francisco.”
The Warriors first arrived in San Francisco in 1960 and played their first 11 seasons in the City by the Bay. The Warriors new ownership, led by Lacob and Guber, purchased the team in 2010. In 2012, the team announced plans to build a new sports and entertainment facility in San Francisco. The team has targeted the 2018-19 NBA season to debut its new arena.
Mission Bay by the Numbers
size of parcel (in acres)
Approx. # of seats in arena
Approx. height of arena (in feet)
Blocks to Caltrain
Blocks to Muni
Blocks to BART (via underground Muni connection)
Block to freeway
Existing parking spaces in Mission Bay
Current building height limit in Mission Bay (in feet)
Number of Top 25 U.S. cities (by population) without a large indoor arena (San Francisco)
So, unlike the disastrous America’s Cup and 8 Washington campaigns, the Golden State Warriors project is based around stuff that San Franciscans can actually benefit from.
So that’s a good sign.
Remember, the more you complain now, the better this deal gets for San Francisco. You the public are the bad cop and genial SFGov figurehead Ed Lee is the good cop. And of course the good cop won’t be able to get the best deal possible for San Francisco without the bad cop.
If Ed Lee doesn’t like this game, then he can just retire, right? Or go back to his old job the way he promised to in the first place, right?
It’s too bad that Oakland will lose its team.
I’ll ask you, have you ever been to a bad Cirque du Soleil?
Now, supposedly we had a bad one blow through town a few years back down at the Cow Palace. Your local MSM Arts crew was non-enthusiastic – not all of them wanted to go review it, see? So comped tickets made it all the way down to people involved with lesser blogs, such as your truly.
And I’ll tell you, C du S in that ugly, ugly Daly City concrete blockhouse was awesome. They had like 17 bits to do and 16 of them were very impressive or better. And keep in mind that this was an older show that was put on not under the big tent.
So now we have a brand new show coming to town starting November 15th, 2013.
The time to buy tickets for it is right now. You’ll thank yourself later on.
All the deets:
|AMALUNA UNDER THE BIG TOP
ACCESS TICKETS BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE
Bonjour. Time is quickly running out for the pre-sale ofAmaluna in Northern California — tickets will be made available to the general public on June 14.*
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Don’t miss this last chance to secure the best seats before everyone else!
We look forward to seeing you under the Big Top!
À bientôt !
Well the announcement is officially coming this AM, but Messrs. Matier und Ross already have the skivvy on the brand-new, slightly-more-NIMBY-friendly proposal.
And, here, check the latest illustrations.
From the former proposal, a silvery looming UFO with kayak access…
…to the new proposal, a slightly lower silvery looming UFO without kayak access:
So Warriors, take that 13% rate down to 3% and then you might have something, you might have a privately-financed stadium deal.
Now let’s review our waterfront proposals.
The America’s Cup deal was poorly-negotiated on purpose so we could pay for Larry Ellison’s ego trip. It’s an ongoing travesty.
And 8 Washington is corruption.
But this here arena proposal seems OK fine to me, more or less.
I’ll now invite the rich, property-owning NIMBYs of SoMA to move to Fairfield, where 15% of the houses are in foreclosure.
Up first is the effort from official Mayor Ed Lee lickspittle CW Nevius:
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I’ll reserve comment else I’ll get Blocked from his Twitter feed (again. You know, for calling him an SFGov lickspittle last month, which he totally is.)
So that was the pro journalist.
Comes now, The Tens.
Oh that’s right, CW Nevius gets paid the same whether he does a half-assed job or not.
(And CW’s Conventional Wisdom writing is worse than his photography.)
(And switch cameras (or devices or whatever) and the The Tens would still take much better photos.)
A clear victor: The Tens.
Thx 4 playing…
“Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara Stadium Awaits 49ers”
YEP. HOW IS THIS NEWS?
“SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 / — The city of Santa Clara is surrounded by San Francisco to the north and San Jose next door to the south. Its population of just over 118,000 is well below these neighboring cities, yet as of August, 2014 the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers will be playing home games in Santa Clara, California. Already longtime headquarters for the team, the city is poised for permanent placement in the national and international sports spotlight.
UH, ACTUALLY, SC, YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY _SAN JOSE_ TO THE SOUTH.
ALL RIGHT, READ THE REST, GENTLE READER, TO TRY TO SEE THE POINT OF THIS RELEASE. TTFN!
“The $1.2 billion Santa Clara Stadium will have the flexibility to host domestic and international soccer, college football, motocross, concerts, various civic events, and can be expanded for major events such as the Super Bowl. In fact, it has already been announced that the stadium is one of two finalists to host Super Bowl L in February, 2016 or Super LI in February, 2017. The stadium also will be home to the annual NCAA college football Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl beginning in 2014. Santa Clara Stadium will be the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.
Surrounding this unique sports venue is the city’s Santa Clara Convention Center, California’s Great America theme park, high-tech giants including Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, and many others as well as a variety of major brand and independent hotels. For more details and images of Santa Clara, California and the new Santa Clara Stadium, visit www.SantaClara.org/Media.
CONTACT: David Andre
SOURCE Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau
Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau
Web Site: http://www.santaclara.org
So there I was feeding Pendragon and Tatsu yesterday (Veteran’s Day 2012) when I get a robocall at 7:07 PM* from Your Golden State Warriors basketball team, Caller ID 888 479 4667.
Appears that I’ll need to opt out to avoid getting another call at 7:00 PM tonight (a national holiday, Veterans Day 2012, observed) that’s going to turn into some big conference deal where I, yr obdt srvnt, will get to ask Management “any question” I want!
1. My first question will be this:
“As presented in the Conceptual Framework, no public monies will be used to fund any portion of the multi-purpose venue or any other structure. The rehabilitation of Piers 30-32 will also be privately financed by GSW. The City will reimburse GSW for the infrastructure improvements to the Pier, which will remain in City ownership, up to $120 million with a 13 percent annual return on costs.”
Follow-up: What other Easter Eggs do you have hidden inside this deal, SFGov / Golden State Warriors? And does Willie Brown get a piece of the action, like with the wasteful and expensive Central Subway? Or like with Rose Pak and 8 Washington? Or like with Thomas (“Coates Likes Boats”) Coates and the America’s Cup financing boondoggle? Or like with Ron Conway and the corrupt Twitterloin? I mean, who’s profiting off of this public private partnership?
2. My second question will be this:
Do you promise not to allow Larry Ellison to ever ever ever be involved with the new stadium deal?
Let’s get that in writing, why not. I mean, I think we’ve had enough of that deadbeat wanting us to fund his hobbies, am I right Warriors Fans? That America’s Cup is costing us eight figures, which is money that Larry Ellison should reimburse us for, like right now, the deadbeat.
3. My third question will be this:
Is Casey on the line?
Or Karlee or Amira? You know, somebody who’s a veteran Warriors Girl. No rookies please. And then I’ll have a bunch more inquiries about what it’s like to be a WG in the 510.
Oh, wait a second, I’ll be at the office,** so your call just might go to VM, Warriors.
*The 20th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Do you make all your spam calls on national holidays, GSW? Do you pay your robocallers, you know, a little extra for working evenings on a Sunday / national holiday? I hope so.
**Do I have the day off? No. Do I get paid extra for working on a national holiday. No. Oh well. Poor Pendragon. Poor Tatsu.
As seen in 1/8000 of a second at Justin Herman Plaza, September 12th, 2012:
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And see what Vernon Davis thinks about the upcoming game with the Detroit Lions Sunday night at the ‘Stick right here at TV 49.
Speaking of which, check out the New Santa Clara Stadium, which is probably going to be about 20 times better than Candlestick Park.
All right, tink happy toughts until 5:20 PM Sunday…