Posts Tagged ‘taxes’

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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PURCHASE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ONLINE HERE, OR CALL OUR BOX OFFICE AT 415-597-6705.

Here’s What Tonight’s World Series Viewing Party Will Look Like – But No Alcohol in Civic Center – Vote No on Prop B

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

You’re invited to come to Civic Center tonight to see Game Four of the World Series on a makeshift “Jumbotron.”

See you at 5:07 PM (or earlier, to get a good spot if you want to be able to actually see the action unobstructed.)

It’ll look like this, but probably with more Matt Cain than Timothy Leroy Lincecum on the screen:

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The SFPD requests (more or less) that you transfer your alcohol to unmarked containers, thusly:

And, oh yes, speaking of the Rec and Park, Remember to Vote No on Proposition B (November 2012), the so-called “Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond”

Why?

Well, because Prop. B is too costly for San Francisco

And also because Reform is Needed at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Also because area lawyer Philip Alan Ginsburg would consider passage of Prop B (November 2012) an endorsement of how he’s running the RPD.

That’s why.

Now, let’s hear from San Francisco Mayor Ron Conway,* after the jump. (Spoiler: He wants you to go to Chipotle’s and spend your money before you blow town.)

PS: The after party will be in the Mission District – spread the word, bring fireworks.

*Poor Sony. It appears that any television-like contraption bigger than 100 inches now gets the generic term “jumbotron.”

Oh well.

Displays similar to the Jumbotron include:

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“SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT PTA LEADERSHIP AGAIN URGES STATE PTA TO MAKE A DUAL ENDORSEMENT ON PROPS 30 AND 38″

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The headline says it all, but here’s the entire release:

“SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT PTA LEADERSHIP AGAIN URGES STATE PTA TO MAKE A DUAL ENDORSEMENT ON PROPS 30 AND 38

San Francisco — The Second District (San Francisco) PTA leadership recommended in July a dual endorsement of state ballot measures, Propositions 30 and 38, to the California State PTA after hearing from PTA members across the City that funding education was a high priority. At that time, the State PTA held its “Yes” on Prop 38 and voted to approve a “Neutral” position on Prop 30.

In light of recent public polling and campaign dynamics with both initiatives, and again with the encouragement of its members, the District PTA leadership is re-recommending the State PTA take a “Yes” position on Prop 30 to add to its current “Yes” on Prop 38 at the State PTA Board of Managers Meeting October 27.

It is critical that education be funded at a higher level, or at the minimum, maintain current funding in order for all of California’s children to be prepared to be successful in college, career and life. Either Prop 30 or Prop 38 must pass for this to happen. The District PTA also strongly encourages both campaigns to refrain from negative messaging about the other to increase the possibility that at least one measure will receive the required 50% + 1 votes.

Prop 30 would prevent further cuts to K-12 public schools and higher education funding through an increase of around $6 billion per year for 7 years to the state’s general fund budget. Prop 38 would increase funding to K-12 schools, early education and school bond debt payments by $10-11 billion per year for 12 years. Prop 38’s increase in funding would greatly mitigate the result of state education budget cuts of over $20 billion statewide and the laying off of over 40,000 educators over the last three years alone.

For more information: http://www.prop38forlocalschools.org/ and http://www.yesonprop30.com/

For a comparison of both propositions go to http://www.edsource.org/infographic-initiatives.html

I don’t know, if San Francisco’s Nate Ballard and Planet Neptune’s Molly Munger want to drive over the cliff* holding hands ala Thelma and Louise, that’s their business:

Image Photoshopped slightly, courtesy of the Gavin Newsom for Governor Lt. Governor campaign

But I’ll tell you, the People of the State of California are not going to follow them.

Hey Molly, if you’re so great, why don’t you just give all your inherited money to the California Teachers Association no strings attached?

You know, instead of driving over the cliff with Prop 30 stashed in the trunk?

*In a Porsche paid for by Daddy, of course.