Posts Tagged ‘state’

Transformers 6 Now Filming in Peacock Gap, San Rafael – We’re Paying $22 Million for “Bumblebee” – Code Name: “Brighton Falls”

Monday, July 24th, 2017

So some people are calling this joint “Transformers 6,” but it’s more of an offshoot, a part of the Transformers Universe, hence the name Transformers Universe: Bumblebee.

Our North Bay MSM is on the case. See?

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Who knows where they will film next in the bay area. Could be Frisco, why not? (Well, why not if you don’t factor in our $14 an hour minimum wage, which the Hollywood set still can’t wrap its head around.)

Hey, speaking of money, we’re paying $22 million for this production? Ouch. But here’s the pitch:

“Canada provides large tax credits to production companies for shooting up there, which has resulted in an enormous loss of productions to Canada from California, taking with them all their salaries and taxes. By California providing credits it creates balance and ensure that productions, which inject huge sums of money into the local economy through equipment, hotel and home rentals, wages, sales taxes and more, stay in California. Productions also provide large numbers of jobs for PAs, ADs, DPs etc… Since the average cost of filming often exceeds $1 million a day, you can see how much having these productions shot in Marin, or California, feeds back into our economy. It’s one of the best investments we can make, as Hollywood is an enormous part of our state economy.”

I’m sorry, what a load of horse shit that was. Now here’s the reality, from the House Organ of Hollywood:

Film Tax Incentives Are a Giant Waste of Money, New Study Finds

Yep yep.

Now lately, Transformers movies have mostly been made for China. I’m srsly. (We can talk about this, if you want.) So why not have the People’s Republic of China pay for this movie instead of the tax and fee payers of California, one wonders.

And better yet, why not just film the whole deal over in China as well? Just asking.

However, this film will be Michael Bay-free, so who knows, it might end up being perfectly cromulent. It’s a live-action Iron Giant with a female lead, right?

Filming is supposed to wrap by November 15th, 2017. Hopefully, if you aspire to be an extra, you and your friends can hop on the gravy train and somehow make some cash from this production.

And what of the future? There are currently 13 other Transformers films in development. I’m srsly.

Play us out, Bobby Bolivia. Play us out, Bumblebee:

Pwned: The Sunny State of Arizona (“72 Degrees AND SUNNY”) vs. Frisco’s Richmond (52 Degrees AND FOGGY) District

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

These are fighting words out on the west side:

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SF Loses Yet Another McDonalds, This Time at the Base of One of the Chevron Towers Near 2nd and Market – Whither Frisco’s McDonaldses?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

First at 441 Pine

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And then at Golden Gate and Van Ness:

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And now at Market Center:

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When will the next domino fall?

Frisco Landscape: Range Rover, Shuttered McDonalds, Graffiti, Woman, Lexus, Another Lexus, Federal Building

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

And State Highway 101 to the left:

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What’s Going on Here, a Caravan of Consecutively-Numbered, Blacked-Out SUV’s Carrying Chinese People from Louisiana?

Friday, February 12th, 2016

[UPDATE: Oh, I see, “California State Public Highway One” (in simplified Chinese) SUV Tours, something like that. A mystery solved…]

Photographer James Corrigan is wondering what’s going on here out in the west si-ide:

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I aint never seen this. The left side means Californy and the right side means public something or other?

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IDK. But I’ll find out, soon ‘nough.

(Maybe it’s a race to see who can buy more houses in the Sunset?)

The Drone Bros of Emerald Bay State Park go MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Ah let’s head back to nature. Do you see – it’s hard to spot:

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This is better:

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Here we go, at the bottom – there’s a clear shot:

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And then, back to its master:

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Are drones legal in California State Parks like 4.5 starred Emerald Bay?

Sure, for now.

That’s good, ’cause people be flying drones all over the place these days. (You’ll hear them before you see them, most likely. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…)

The Giant Church in Golden Gate Park: CHRIST EMBASSY, in Our Hall of Flowers – CHURCH, MEET STATE and STATE, MEET CHURCH

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Our iconic Hall of Flowers regularly becomes a House of God, apparently.

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I guess they were they highest bidder? Did they need to hire a lobbyist, a fixer, an expediter, to get this deal through? I know not.

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The Soul is For Hire/
And They’ve Sold the Heart

Better Know Your Local Start-Ups: OneLessThingSF.Com – What If Your TaskRabbits Were Students, Solely?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Or “recent graduates” too? (‘Cause nobody wants an oldster, you know, a geriatric bunny, a daddy rabbit such as myself, at their house – it appears that perkiness is the order of the day)

Here’s the new SFMTA MUNI bus ad from OneLessThingSF:

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Oh, and there’s craigslist too.

On It Goes in start-uplandia…

What Those FOREIGN ORGANIZATION License Plates Mean – In This Case, They Mean Taiwan

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

If the United States figured Taiwan for a genuine country, this diplomat’s ride would have a light blue license plate from the Feds.

It can’t, so the next best thing is this.

As seen on Market:

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So Taiwan ends up with these FOREIGN ORGANIZATION plates.

On It Goes…

Who’s Looking Out for San Francisco Taxpayers? The Republican Caucus of the State Senate – America’s Cup Fiasco

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Well, Larry Ellison has decided to take his little boat race to Bermuda for 2017. Now here’s the coda to his scandal-plagued 2013 effort in the 415. It was written last year but it’s still pretty much up to date:

Briefing Report: America’s Cup – The Economic Boon That Wasn’t

What a burn.

From the conclusion of the analyst’s full report:

Because both the America’s Cup Organizing Committee’s fundraising and tax revenues generated by the America’s Cup events fell short of the original projections, the City’s General Fund incurred net costs of nearly $6.0 million and the Port incurred net costs of nearly $5.5 million, totaling nearly $11.5 million.

Moreover, according to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office, it would appear that San Francisco also failed to meet expectations of job creation and small business involvement:

The impact of America’s Cup tourism on hotel occupancy was minimal with increases in hotel occupancy rates during the events generally less than one percentage point versus prior non-event years.

The Event Authority did not notify or work with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to recruit San Francisco residents for Event Authority Contracts in 2012.

The America’s Cup provided jobs for 517 city residents out of a total of 2,800 jobs (note original projections stood at 8,840 new jobs).

Neither the Event Authority nor OEWD sufficiently tracked small business participation in Event Authority contracts.

What an embarrassment.