Posts Tagged ‘taxes’

So Who Owns the Koshland Mansion at 3800 Washington Anyway? Taylor Swift or CNET’s Halsey Minor or “Miss Xia Xu?”

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Well, this was the big rumor of May 2014:

Taylor Swift Rumored To Buy Historical Presidio Heights Mansion for $18M

But the Taylor Swift people said no way, Jose.

But hey, look what’s on the front door now, a weathered posting:

Here’s my stab at it:

MR HU XU AND I MISS XIA XU

OWN OUR PERMANENT RESIDENCE

3800 AND 3810 WASHINGTON STREET

IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

THIS PROPERTY IS NOT FOR SALE

MISS XIA XU

But here’s the For Sale sign that’s still there. (Note the smallish 3810 Washington next door on the left.)

And here’s the web site still offering the place for sale. Check it out – the floor plans make this place look amazing, with levels up and down into the earth

And here’s the current listing.

This certainly is a mystery…

Subterranean by design
I wonder what I would find
If I met you, let my eyes caress you
Until I meet the thought of Miss Princess Xu?

The Empire Strikes Back: Board President David Chiu’s AirBNB Legalization Proposal Gets Opposed by the SFAA, Tenant’s Groups

Monday, April 28th, 2014

A fresh press release:

“NEWS RELEASE: SAN FRANCISCO CITYWIDE COALITION SAYS NO TO PROPOSED CHIU LEGISLATION - Board of Supervisors trying to convert residential housing to short-term rentals

Press conference Tuesday April 29, 2014 Steps of City Hall at 10:00 am

San Francisco — Organizations representing usually divergent interests ranging from tenants to landlords, and from hotel workers to the hospitality industry have joined forces with neighborhood and homeowner associations to oppose legislation introduced by Supervisor David Chiu to legalize the short term rentals of residential property throughout San Francisco.

“In the face of an unprecedented housing crisis, Supervisor Chiu’s legislation to legalize the short term rentals of residential property will only exacerbate the housing crisis. This practice is detrimental to our rent-controlled housing stock”, said Janan New, Executive Director of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

“Our studies have shown that with over 10,000 units of housing being rented out over Airbnb, HomeAway and other websites this practice is having a negative impact on hotel workers and San Francisco’s hospitality industry”, said Mike Casey, President of UNITE HERE Local 2.

“The proposed legislation would rezone the entire city from residential zoning to commercial zoning in one fell swoop. We hear complaints from almost every neighborhood about the detrimental effects of short term rentals on the quality of life of tenants and residents”, said John Bardis, former President of the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods and former San Francisco Supervisor.

“Supervisors Chiu’s legislation would repeal hard won controls on Single Resident Occupancy housing, threatens current affordable housing provisions for over 30,000 permanently affordable units, would transform newly approved “in-law units” into high priced motel rooms and make “below market rate” units lifetime luxury hotels. It is the single biggest threat to affordable housing ever proposed by a San Francisco Supervisor” stated longtime affordable housing advocate Calvin Welch.

“Airbnb and other hosting platforms owe the City millions of dollars in unpaid hotel taxes. It is high time that the City collect these taxes which pay for the arts and vital city services and programs. The proposed legislation does not clearly hold Airbnb and similar organizations responsible for collecting and remitting the hotel tax”, said former Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

All of these organizations are calling for Supervisor Chiu to withdraw his legislation at a press conference on Tuesday April 29 on the steps of City Hall at 10:00 am.”

Disgraced Michael Milliken Has an “Institute” That Wants to Give More Taxpayer Money to Hollywood? Oh My!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Read the news and turn the pages:

Viewpoints: New York is eating California’s lunch with bigger, smarter film incentives, by Priscilla Hamilton and Kristen Keough

As California sits back in the incentives race, will New York’s incentives enable the state to surpass California as the leading entertainment cluster in the United States? Thanks to these incentives, New York produced four critically acclaimed films in 2013: “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.” In all the categories excluding animated, foreign and documentary films, movies made or produced in New York collected 20 Academy Award nominations. Cate Blanchett won best actress for “Blue Jasmine,” which was filmed in San Francisco but which had most of its production in New York.

California even fell behind Louisiana, which collected 14 nominations and six wins including best picture for “12 Years a Slave” and best actor Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club.” California only had four nominations and one win for “Her,” best original screenplay.”

Uh, in fact, California had no nominations for any Academy Award.

In fact, California is ahead of Louisiana because we don’t spend as much money per capita on film production corporate welfare.

In fact, there is no “race” among states except for the race to the bottom.

Why not this, why not have California stop paying Hollywood any “incentives” at all? Then they people who want to make movies here can do so and the people who don’t can move to NYC or Louisiana or Vancouver or wherever.

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Huge Panel of Glass Crashes Into the Twitterloin – Photo of Scene Near Twitter and NeMA – Crystal Blue Dissuasion

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Today’s lunchtime scene of the the Mid-Market Twitterloin Tax-Free Enterprise Zone via Kevin Montgomery and his excellent Uptown Almanac site:

“Outside Twitter HQ, a giant window pane falls. Man on the street starts yelling ‘Crystal Blue! Heiiisenberggg!’”  

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Did all this glass (you tell me, glaziers – Azuria (nee Azurlite?) fall from a truck or did it come from up high? IDK.

I’ll tell you, the whole reason that Twitter has a bad image around town started off with this:

Prospective Twitter Landlord Gave Newsom Rent Deal

In fact, you all might have better off moving to Brisbane after all, Twitter. A fair percentage of your employees would have preferred that, actually. And it’s not too late to pay your taxes, you know. Why not go back and redo your taxes using the laws that existed a decade ago, the ones signed into law by… former Mayor Gavin Newsom? Yes he signed a payroll tax law that caught part of a company’s stock options when they went public. Why not figure this amount and just donate it to the SF General Fund? People would appreciate it.

OMG, Airbnb is Having a Sale – Airbnb Virgins Can Now Get One Night Free

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Or in other words:

“Book your first trip between January 13 – 17 for travel by March 31, and one night of your stay of at least two nights is on us (value up to $300).”

All the deets:

“Airbnb offers one night’s stay to all qualifying guests worldwide

Declares 2014 the “Year of the Yurt” and shares top trending destinations

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, today introduced a new offer to cover one night of travel for qualifying guests (details available at www.airbnb.com/onenight). First-time Airbnb guests who book a trip between January 13-17 for travel by March 31, for stays of at least two days, will receive a one night discount (up to $300) on their trip. With the start of the new year, Airbnb also shared the top trending destinations for 2014 – with Andorra grabbing the top spot.

“Every year people resolve to travel more, this year Airbnb wants to make that dream a reality for people all over the world,” said Amy Curtis McIntyre, CMO, Airbnb. “In 2014 we’d like to help travelers everywhere embrace the adventure and stay at one of Airbnb’s 500,000 properties worldwide.”

Airbnb is home to some of the most diverse properties on the planet and 2014 is clearly the “Year of the Yurt.” Yurts are the most popular type of property on the site followed by Treehouses, Caves, Cabins, and Boats. Yurts should watch out for Tipis as they have seen the highest year over year growth in popularity.

Over 10 million guests have stayed on Airbnb throughout its five-year history. The peak night was on New Year’s Eve 2013 with over 250,000 guests; globally a guest on Airbnb checks in every 2 seconds.

Terms & Conditions:
The discount is valid only for guests who have never completed a booking on Airbnb. To receive the discount, you must book via the Airbnb website with promo code ONENIGHT and successfully complete Airbnb’s Verified ID process prior to booking. You must complete a booking (including host acceptance) using the code between 12:00am PST (California time) on January 13 and 11:59pm PST (California time) on January 17. The discount applies to one night of your stay up to a maximum of USD$300. The cost of “one night” is calculated by averaging the base reservation rate for each night, excluding taxes or other fees charged by your host, such as cleaning fees. Your stay must be at least two nights in length at the same listing, and must begin no later than 11:59pm PST (California time) on March 31, 2014. Limit one discount per new user. The offer is valid for a single use and is not transferrable to another user or redeemable for cash. If your booking later qualifies for a refund, the maximum refund you may receive is the amount you actually paid. The code cannot be used for bookings made through Airbnb’s mobile apps. The code may not be combined with another Airbnb coupon or discount code. Host payouts will not be affected by permissible guest use of the code. Airbnb reserves the right to any remedy, including denial of the discount or cancellation of your account or reservations, if fraud, tampering, violations of Airbnb’s Terms of Service or technical errors are suspected.

About Airbnb: Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 35,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

SOURCE Airbnb”

The Danger of Offering a “No Tax Sale” is What the Board of Equalization Will Think About It

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Cause this kind of ad, as seen on Geary, might suggest that nobody is going to pay the sales tax for the purchase of your overpriced* mattress.

And I’ll tell you, our BoE doesn’t really care who pays them the money as long as it gets paid. So something like “We Pay Your Sales Tax” is preferred.

Just saying.

*I need a commissioned salesperson to buy a bed? I didn’t have one when I bought my car, so why should I have one for a simple mattress purchase? Anyway, something like this will work for you.

 

OMG, the “Google Shopping Express” Trial is Finally Here – It’s Like Amazon Prime on Steroids – Apply Today

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

It’s now, it’s wow, it’s Google Shopping Express.

And it’s free to check out for six months, if you qualify.

Check it:

“Get free delivery for six months. We’re opening our pilot to a limited number of testers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Testers receive a free6-month membership for unlimited same-day delivery.”

Brace Yourselves: Amazon.com Lockers are Here – A New Way to Beat the Moms and Pops – Amigo! – Brogan!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Now that Amazon.com is charging sales tax (or “use tax” IRL, same smell), there’s no reason that it can’t set up local warehouses and then offer same-day delivery service,right?

So you go to work in the Financh, decide you want a replacement battery for your car keys and order online. Then that evening on your way home you’ll pick it up at an Amazon Locker at 300 California. Or wherever.

That’s called Same Day Delivery. I don’t know if we have that yet but what we do have some new lockers installed all over town these days.

See? 

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Hi Hayes!

The locker names are kind of goofy.

See?

All the deets:

1. Search for a Locker location near you.

2. “Select” a Locker to add it to your Address Book. Next time you add an item to your cart, click “Ship to this address” to ship it to your favorite Locker location.

3. Once your package is delivered to the Amazon Locker, you’ll receive an e-mail or text message with instructions and a unique pick-up code. Enter your pickup code and the Locker slot with your package will open. Your package will be available for pick-up for three business days after you receive your pickup code.ow Amazon Locker Works - To ship your order at an Amazon Locker:

Mid-Market Promise: “SHOPPING PLACE” – Mid-Market Reality: “SLEEPING PLACE” – Twitter Loin Update 2013

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Hey Twitter! You’re worth $20 billion now or something?

Great!

So why not pay your share of your fucking taxes now? You know, pay them assuming the Newsom tax of 2004 is still in effect. You remember him, right? That Al Jareera correspondent and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom who signed the “job-killer” Twitter tax into law less than a decade ago? (If you need help on figuring the details, I’ll provide it no prob. And yes, before he was against the Twitter tax, he signed it into law.  But then a few years later he used a certain building for his campaign HQ  for free ‘n stuff. Can you guess which one, Twitter? Hint: It’s a big boxy thing in the Twitterloin!)

Or, in the alternative, why not just cut a check for $20 million (or $50 million) and send it off to San Francisco’s General Fund? Wouldn’t that be more effective than the half-assed $2,000,000 Supervisor Jane Kim slush fund that was supposed to be used to provide WiFi to all the Twitterloin by now? I think so.

What’s that, no you say? No? OK, well, instead, why not just come out and say that you don’t support the unnecessary MUNI bus Twitter Line betwixt the Twitter Building and CalTrain? At least that would save us some money, right?

San Francisco’s Twitterloin Enterprise Zone, Market Street sidewalk near 6th Street, 2013:

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Most people in San Francisco don’t want you here, Twitter.

Just saying…

Microsoft: Not Evil

Amazon: Not Evil

Google: Not Evil

FaceBook: Evil, from the beginning

Instagram: Started off not Evil but Evil now.

Twitter: Started off not Evil but… 

Jerry Brown Graces San Francisco Thursday – Will Address the Commonwealth Club re: Prop 30 – Tickets Available

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

All the deets:

Governor Jerry Brown

Thu, Nov 1 2012 – 12:00pm

Just Added: Governor Jerry Brown

The California Dream was built on a system of public schools and colleges that gave every Californian access to the education needed to get ahead. Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing hard for Prop. 30 because he says “we can’t keep cutting our schools and still keep the economy strong for the next generation.” In the last four years alone, California schools have been hit with $20 billion in cuts, over 30,000 fewer teachers and class sizes that are among the largest in the country. Brown says his Prop. 30 stops the cuts, stops the steep tuition hikes, and invests in our schools and colleges to prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future. To protect schools and invest in the future, Prop. 30. Prop. 30 asks California’s wealthiest to pay a little more so that the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden; families making below $500,000 a year will pay no additional income taxes, and the sales tax will be established at a level lower than it was last year.

The governor says that Prop. 30 protects taxpayers with tough accountability measures: all new revenues are put into a dedicated account that Sacramento politicians can’t touch, and Prop. 30 requires annual audits posted online for everyone to see. Rejection of Prop. 30 would trigger $6 billion in state spending cuts on January 1, mostly from K-12 schools, which would be authorized to cut short their school year. Additionally, there would be a 5 percent tuition hike at the California State University system, 20 percent tuition hikes at the University of California, and a reduction in funding to community colleges.

Governor Brown has said,”There are a lot of people who I am confident will vote ‘yes’ if they get the facts.” Come hear the governor up close – and bring your questions.

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 11 a.m. check-in; noon program
Price: $25 standard, $15 members; Premium (seating in first rows) $45 standard,$30 members
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