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The Bay Citizen Plans Leadership Transition for 2012: Lisa Frazier to Step Down as President and CEO

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Well, you know, I’m not an “internet entrepreneur” on food stamps and Healthy San Francisco, so I lack the time necessary to natter excessively about Bay Area media hirings, firings, promotions, resignations, and whathaveyou. You know, I’m not up to speed on industry gossip the way some people are.

But here’s this:

“The Bay Citizen Plans Leadership Transition for 2012 – Lisa Frazier will step down as President and CEO in Q1 2012 but will continue to serve on the Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 21, 2011 — The Bay Citizen announced today that it will begin a search for a new Chief Executive Officer. Lisa Frazier, who co-founded the award-winning news organization two years ago, will step down as President and CEO in the first quarter of 2012 to pursue other opportunities. She will remain on The Bay Citizen’s Board of Directors and participate in the search for her successor.

“Through her unbelievable passion, tenacity, and tremendous operational and strategic expertise, Lisa transformed an idea to innovate and reinvent local journalism into a vibrant, award-winning online news organization,” said Warren Hellman, Chairman of the Board of The Bay Citizen. “Over almost three years, Lisa designed the business model, marshaled community support and succeeded in building a strong organization.”

Frazier has been The Bay Citizen’s President and CEO since its inception in January 2010, after leading the effort to create and develop the organization in 2009. She built The Bay Citizen from the ground up, hiring key editorial, technology and business staff, expanding the organization to 30 employees and establishing pivotal partnerships with The New York Times, KGO radio and the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She raised more than $17.5 million dollars from major donors, members, corporations and foundations that will continue to support the organization through 2014. The Bay Citizen’s growing network of individual donors tripled this year and now exceeds 6,000. Its editorial content appears online, in print and on the radio, supplementing the fast-growing audience at, which now averages over 275,000 unique visitors per month.

“With its growing readership and expanding network of supporters, The Bay Citizen is in an excellent position to bring on new leadership,” Hellman said. “Lisa accomplished all that she set out to do and more as the leader of the organization. I am pleased that she will continue to serve on the Board and assist in the search for her successor.”

The Bay Citizen newsroom, now led by Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Fainaru, has won several awards, including a national Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative reporting. Along with Chief Technology Officer Brian Kelley, Frazier developed The Bay Citizen’s industry-leading technology program, including Project Armstrong, an open-source content management and business platform funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“We are proud to partner with The Bay Citizen to provide our Bay Area readers with high quality regional news coverage,” said Scott Heekin-Canedy, President and General Manager of The New York Times. “We see this as an enduring collaboration not only because of The Bay Citizen’s talented editorial team, but also because of the critical work done by Lisa and her team to build an effective model and infrastructure for our collaboration.” The Bay Citizen’s newsroom produces the articles in The Times’ Bay Area report every Friday and Sunday.

Frazier will join fellow Board members Hellman, Jeff Ubben and Susan Hirsch on the search committee for a President and CEO, support the transition process and continue to serve on The Bay Citizen’s Board of Directors.

“Close to three years ago I was surrounded by constant discussion of the death of the newspaper business in the United States,” Frazier said. “I reached a point where I felt it was time to jump in and take action. I was so fortunate to be able to tap the Bay Area community’s energy, spirit and passion for innovation to help develop a new model for sustainable local journalism. My goal was to establish a foundation upon which The Bay Citizen could sustain itself, provide great value to the Bay Area community, and lead technology innovation within the industry. I am incredibly proud of our team. They are innovators who see challenges as opportunities and I am confident they and my successor will continue the incredible progress we’ve made to date. I look forward to remaining on the Board and continuing to be a part of this talented and dedicated organization.”

The Bay Citizen is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member-supported news organization that provides in-depth original reporting on Bay Area issues including public policy, education, the arts and cultural affairs, health and science, the environment, and more. The Bay Citizen’s news can be found online at as well as in print in The New York Times Bay Area report on Fridays and Sundays. For more information, please visit”

Prison Realignment Starts Tomorrow, October 1, 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Rina Palta of KALW News has a  bit on prison realignment this morning. (That’s just the kind of thing you can find at THE INFORMANT: Cops, Courts, and Communities in the Bay Area.)

And here’s some related information about parolees from candidate for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, below.

Welcome back:

“October 1: State transfers parolees to San Francisco’s probation programs and jails – The City braces for influx of ex-offenders starting Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO — On Saturday, October 1, the first group of state prison parolees scheduled for transfer to San Francisco will begin arriving in the City under Realignment — legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4, 2011.

The City has created a comprehensive program to shift ex-offenders to local control, including increasing electronic monitoring, social and rehabilitation programs, and preparing for an increased jail population.

Some details on the parolees and program:
· Expected number of new parolees in 2011-2012: 700
· Average age of transferred parolee: 39
· Average number of prior convictions: 7
· Time in which parolees have to report to the City after release: 48 hours
· Crimes: Non-serious, nonviolent and non-sexual offenses
· Transportation for parolees: City will transport most; some travel by bus

Questions remain:
· Recidivism: How will the City’s new parolee population impact jails?
· Funding: State funding is short of City needs and only budgeted for nine months. How will programs be sustained?
· Impact on City agencies: How will law enforcement, social and health services be affected by the increased ex-offender population?

Supervisor Mirkarimi, Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee, convened hearings on Realignment and sponsored several ordinances to address the ex-offender transfer.”

August 3rd at the Commonwealth Club: “San Francisco’s 2011 James Beard Award Winners: What Makes a Restaurant Great?”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

OMG, famous Paolo Lucchesi, Charles Phan, and Michael Tusk will all be on hand at the Commonwealth Club on August 3rd, 2011!

This is going to be mega. Get your tickets right now.

All the deets:


Joshua Aidlin, Architect, Designer and Owner, Aidlin Darling Design; Owner and Designer, Bar Agricole; James Beard Award, “Outstanding Restaurant  Design”

Paolo Lucchesi, Author, “The Scoop,” SF Chronicle; James Beard Award, “Best Food Section”

Charles Phan, Owner and Chef, The Slanted Door; James Beard Award, “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees”

Michael Tusk, Owner and Chef, Quince; James Beard Award, “Best Chef in the Region”

Marcia Gagliardi, Founder, and; Author, The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco - Moderator


TITLE:           SF’s James Beard Award Winners: What Makes a Restaurant Great?

DATE:            Wednesday, August 3, 2011

TIME:             6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 reception

PLACE:          SF Club Office, 595 Market St. 2nd Floor

PRICE:           $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)

To buy tickets call 415/597-6705 or register at

Several of this year’s San Francisco winners of the James Beard Award, “the Oscars” of the food world in the words of Time magazine, will reveal the secrets of their success and discuss their views on what makes a restaurant great. This panel of chefs, restaurant owners, critics and designers represents some of the brightest stars of San Francisco’s restaurant scene, widely regarded as one of the nation’s richest culinary centers.

Ever more deets, after the jump


OMG, the Whiffenpoofs are Coming! Yale’s Whiffenpoofs are Coming to Play Marines’ Memorial May 27th!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

(Let’s hope San Franciscans don’t rise up and attack this Yale singing group, you know, the way things went down that time with the Baker’s Dozen)

This one will sell out our historic Marines’ Memorial Theatre, fer sure. Get your tickets now.

Bon Courage, Whiffenpoofs!

All the deets, below:

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“Yale’s Whiffenpoofs to perform at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre Friday, May 27th - 7 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (April 12, 2011) – The Whiffenpoofs – Yale University’s famed a cappella group – will make a rare Bay Area appearance at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter St.) for one night only on Friday, May 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $50 – 100 and are on-sale now at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre box office, by phone at 415-771-6900 and on the Web at

Recently featured  on the second season of the hit NBC show, “The Sing-Off,” the Whiffenpoofs are widely recognized as the first college a cappella group and, to this day, are one of the most in-demand a cappella choirs in the world, singing over 200 concerts annually. The Whiffenpoofs have performed in such countries as New Zealand, Kenya, Denmark and India and have been featured on “Saturday Night Live,” “Jeopardy!” and “The West Wing.”

“We are very excited to once again perform in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Daniel Turcza, Business Manager for the Whiffenpoofs.  “Television shows like ‘Glee’ and ‘The Sing-Off,’ have reinvigorated America’s fascination with a cappella groups, so we look forward to connecting with fans, both old and new!”

Featuring such songs as “Midnight Train to Georgia” (Gladys Knight), “Space Oddity” (David Bowie) and “All in Love is Fair” (Stevie Wonder), the set-list will include everything from pop songs and show tunes to jazz standards and traditional Yale songs, including “The Whiffenpoof Song” – famously recorded by Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley and many more.

The Whiffenpoofs will perform at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre for one night only on Friday, May 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $50 – 100 and are on-sale now at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre box office, by phone at 415-771-6900 and on the Web at

For more information on the Whiffenpoofs, visit


More than 100 years ago, on a frosty January night in New Haven, Connecticut, five of the Yale Glee Club’s best singers convened at Mory’s Temple Bar to escape the cold. Louis Linder, the tavern’s barkeep and a music aficionado, welcomed them in, beginning an institution that survives to this day.

Of those original five singers, four were members of the Glee Club’s prestigious Varsity Quartet, a group that sang together regularly at various alumni events. Unwilling to restrict themselves to performances at public functions, the group began to meet on a weekly basis at Mory’s, where they improvised harmonies to the songs they loved so well. These weekly meetings soon became a hallowed tradition amongst the singers.

As their fame on campus grew, the quintet began their search for a name. Denton ‘Goat’ Fowler, tickled by a joke featuring a mythical dragonfish named the Whiffenpoof, suggested the name to his companions, who found the name an apt reflection of the atmosphere of levity that accompanied the group’s gatherings. The word quickly caught on with the group’s admirers, and the name stuck.

In the years since, each generation of Whiffenpoofs have taken up the mantle of their forebears. For more than one century of songsters, the name, the song, and the weekly date at Mory’s have remained inviolate traditions that continue to bind them together.

Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs.  Sadly, the Whiffenpoof lifespan is short.  Membership lasts one year, and re-auditioning is not permitted.

Excellence in San Francisco Local Blogging: The Richmond District Blog, Haighteration, Tenderblog, and The Tens

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Just wanted to note the excellence of these relatively new San Francisco-area local blogs. AFAIK, they weren’t around a couple of years ago, yet they’ve all matured into awesome sites* already.

From West to East:

The Richmond District Blog

Haighteration (Lower Haight)

Tenderblog (The Tenderloin)

The Tens  (The Tenderloin)

From Tenderblog, with news from this AM:

Most of the people behind these websites have full-time jobs and/or school schedules, right? (And, AFAIK, they’re far more click-ish, than clique-ish so that’s A Good Thing.)

So, what’s stopping YOU from doing the same in YOUR AREA?

Why is there no “Sunset District Blog” that’s of the caliber of the Richmond District Blog? Where’s a BayView / Hunters Point Blog? Where’s my Marina / Cow Hollow Blog with frequent postings?* (Of course the Mission has Mission Mission, the doyenne of area local blogs, but there’s still lots of unscrutinized territory out there.)

It’s not too late to get going – less than $1 a month for your URL and $3.88 a month for unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage on a server that’s RAIDed-up six ways to Sunday. Or get started at for just nothing per month. Or even the Tumblr (“the easiest way to blog’) – it’s free as well, right?

You have been informed – it’s still totally wide open.

Carpe Diem

Get going.

*I’m sure I’m missing some good efforts from people. Tell me, send me a URL and I’ll take a look at your joint.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Aspires to be a Roller Derby Referee in Haight Ashbury

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Owing to Program 4 at the San Francisco Ballet, I missed my chance to see Steve Wozniak emcee the Bay City Bombers’ season opener last weekend. But this short vid eases the pain. Will this Apple co-founder join in on the fun in the near future?

You Make The Call.

The Woz at Kezar Pavilion on Stanyan last Saturday:

Your next chance to pay $10 to see banked tracked roller derby comes up May 1st, 2010, when Orlando’s finest rollers come to town.

See you there!

Pay $10 to See Steve Wozniak Host Roller Derby in Haight Ashbury, March 6th

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Via SFist comes the news of Steve “The Woz” Wozniak starting up the Roller Derby game at Kezar Pavillion at 775 Stanyan Street just up from Haight this Saturday, March 6th, 2010.

Will he bring his Segway along, or maybe Steve Jobs too? We Can Only Hope. Tickets still on sale.

After this, maybe San Francisco will get it’s own ‘Woz Way” the way they have it down in San Hoser.

Your Bay City Bombers in action on the banked track. Ask yourselves, if it’s not on a banked track is it really Roller Derby?

via xispo

See you there!

Is There Any Doubt as to Which Residential High-Rise is San Francisco’s Tallest?

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

I’m not sure who would think that One Rincon Hill isn’t the tallest residential high-rise in San Francisco, but apparently, that’s what some people are thinking, per Curbed SF.

Here’s how 1RH stacks up against The Infinity Towers (home of ridiculous “Secret Millionaire” Gurbaksh “G” Chahal).

And the Millennium? I’m not even sure where it is, frankly – that’s how stubby it is.

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Cameras don’t lie, of course.