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District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen vs. Fresh & Easy and All Other Grocers in the World

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Here’s the news, from , Reporter, San Francisco Business TimesOh dear:

District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview, said that Fresh & Easy did little to support its Third Street store, and was unresponsive to efforts to work with the community. “I am deeply disappointed that Fresh and Easy did not include the Bayview community in this process. As a city we have made consistent efforts to be a part of the discussion to ensure that the Bayview community was not harmed by the failures of Fresh & Easy to capitalize on the economic opportunities in San Francisco,” she said in a statement.

So, San Francisco County isn’t a hard place in which to do business? But, yes it is a hard place in which to do business! Here’s the task – go into the Bayview and operate a gro sto that makes money, but keep in mind that this goal has been attained by nobody else. And when things don’t work out, a low-level elected official will call out your alleged incompetence to tout le monde. 

“Fresh & Easy may point to the low-performance of the existing Bayview store as the primary reason for why it was not included in the acquisition agreement. However, this statement does not take into account that Fresh & Easy made little effort to support the day to day operations of the store.”

Malia Cohen, business consultant?

She said city officials “made countless offers to meet with the general manager of the store to discuss neighborhood marketing campaigns in order to ensure it would remain successful.”

So if you’re running a business in the 415, a “neighborhood marketing campaign” will “ensure” success? Really?

Supervisor Cohen said that the decision would force many Bayview residents to buy their groceries in other neighborhoods.

Oh, back to planet Earth, yes, at least we agree on this. Yes, the F&E is the only genuine grocery store in the area. Of course, there’s a Walgreens at 5300 3rd Street just five blocks away and it’s sort of a substitute for a gro sto. Here’s the extensive chip section – it’s the Great Wall o’ Chips!

(And this is just one part of The Wall.)

But it’s not really a full-on grocery, I’ll agree.

Oh, but what’s this the next block over at 5201 3rd? It’s Aguila de Oro Produce. See? It’s smack dab in the middle of the Lower Third’s purported “food desert” and yet it’s more of a “food oasis,” as defined by the Feds, than any Walgreens in the world:

Via Burrito Eater, “San Francisco’s top resource for taquerias and mustaches.”

This store serves all comers. And in a way, it has an unlimited supply.

So Malia, instead of crittercizing grocery managers who were given an almost impossible task, why not promote those who are already succeeding without the help of SFGov? I mean, the first thing I’d think about if you asked me to operate a full-on grocery in the area is why have all the other efforts failed? And then I’d think about how long will it take for my political “friends” to turn on me?

Cohen has already begun conversations with local grocers about potentially acquiring the site if Yucaipa does not reconsider purchasing the Bayview location.

Like F&E could give a fuck, right? It’s like be our guest, Malia Cohen. Go knock yourself out.

“I am committed to working with the community to determine the future of this important asset, continue our economic revitalization efforts* on the Third Street corridor and ensure that the Bayview community continues to have access to health and affordable food options,” she said.

Blah blah blah. What does all this mean? Who created this “asset?” You, Malia Cohen, or those you harsh out? And who on Earth will “ensure that the Bayview community continues to have access to health and affordable food options?” Access to health? That’s a tall order, non?

I don’t know, it might feel good to flip off those who can no longer help you, but think of The Future, Malia.

If  You Want.

*Efforts, mmm. Was the Third Street rail system an “effort?” I suppose. Is it a success? IDK. IMO, we’d be better of without it, even though the Feds kicked in a lot of money. Was Redevelopment all those years ago an “effort?” Yes. Was it a “success?” Oh no. We all agree about that, in retrospect. You live in a world of yes-men, you know, your officemates. You don’t want to lose the plot, Malia, in such an environment. You don’t want to lose touch with the Real World.

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.”

Ashton Kutcher and that Horrible San Francisco-Based PopChips Company Make the 2012 Fineman PR Blunder List

Monday, December 17th, 2012

All the deets are right here, at FinemanPR.

And there’s a little background on this after the jump.

Ashton, you’re not funny – try something else.

Ashton, your entourage (and also all the Pop Chips people) were afraid to tell you that your skits were not even remotely entertaining. What else didn’t they / don’t they tell you?

Oh, and the reviews are in:

God, Popchips are awful. The flavors suck.”

Popchips SUCK! I can believe I let you weiners influence me into buying a bag of that collossal garbage.”

(more…)

Newsflash: That New “Fresh & Easy” Gro Sto Wasn’t Put in a “Food Desert” – Most Bayview Residents Not in “Food Desert”

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Well, let’s check the official Food Desert Locator, you know, from the Feds, to see that the location of that new self-serve Fresh & Easy grocery store at 5800 Third isn’t in a “food desert” after all.

See?

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The pink areas are the purported food deserts. The blob on the right is mostly mostly-shut-down Hunters Point, where I think I’d get shot if I snuck in to look for a gro sto anyway. And the lower pink blob contains Candlestick Point, which is loaded with parking lots and a dismal state park for parking your RV and a big old stadium, so there you go.

But, even before the new F&E, the vast majority of the residents of Bayview Hunters Point weren’t living in a “food desert,” FTR.

I know it’s fun to use new catchphrases, but you shouldn’t do that when they don’t apply.

So, am I saying [insert ridiculous conclusion-jump here]?

No, I’m just saying:

That New “Fresh & Easy” Gro Sto Wasn’t Put in a “Food Desert” – Most Bayview Residents Not in “Food Desert”

That’s all.

Writers, please try harder. Pols, I know that doing things the right way doesn’t gain you any votes, but don’t you have some pride?

Just asking…

Is Bayview Hunters Point Really a “Food Desert?” No – And Is the Lower Third Street Walgreens Really a “Food Oasis?” No

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

I don’t know, is the Bayview / Hunter’s Point area really a “food desert” the way the Feds and everybody else are saying?

(Get up to speed on the recent hoopla* at the Walgreen’s at 5300 Third Street here over at the Bay Citizen.)

So before, Walgreens had some fresh food on sale but now they have slightly more fresh food on sale. O.K. fine.

But that don’t make you a “food oasis,” Walgreens.

Now, check out what’s just across the street the next block over at 5201 3rd. It’s Aguila de Oro Produce. See? It’s smack dab in the middle of the Lower Third’s purported “food desert” and yet it’s more of a “food oasis,” as defined by the Feds, than any Walgreens in the world:

Via Burrito Eater, “San Francisco’s top resource for taquerias and mustaches.”

This store serves all comers. In a way, it has an unlimited supply.

And, what it doesn’t have is the Great Wall o’ Chips near the checkout stand the way the “oasis store” Walgreens  at 5300 3rd Street has:

And this is just part of the wall.

So, Is Bayview Hunters Point Really a “Food Desert?” No.

And Is the Lower Third Street Walgreens Really a “Food Oasis” Now? No.

Just saying.

*Five views so far…

OMG, OMG Meet Andres Torres at Walgreens in the Financh Today! 275 Battery, Noon to 2:00PM

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I said it before and I’m saying it again: “Torture comes to Walgreens” today, June 20th, 2011 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM.

See you there!

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Thanks popchips!

All the deets:

popchips, the all-natural line of popped chips, invites snackers to pop into the sacramento street walgreens to meet san francisco giant’s centerfielder (and star snacker) andres torres, for an afternoon of autographs, photographs and snacking!

popchips will also host a ‘san fran fan contest’ inviting snack fanatics across the city to walgreens stores to take a photo in front of the popchips display and show their best fan face. snackers will need to post the photo to www.popchips.com/sanfranfan between june 1 and 22, then share with friends and fellow fans to gather the most votes. the fan with the most likes will win an ultimate san francisco game day prize package including two baseball jerseys & caps, an autographed baseball (signed by andres torres) and a year’s supply of popchips!

who: san francisco giant’s star centerfielder andres torres

what: popchips invites snackers to pop into the sacramento street walgreens to meet san francisco giant’s centerfielder (and star snacker) andres torres, for an afternoon of autographs, photographs and snacking!

when: monday, june 20, 2011

time: 12pm – 2pm

where: walgreens, 275 sacramento st. between davis and front st.

OMG, OMG Meet Andres Torres at Walgreens in the Financh on Monday! 275 Battery, Noon to 2:00PM

Friday, June 17th, 2011

That’s right, “torture comes to Walgreens” this Monday, June 20th, 2011 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM.

See you there!

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Thanks popchips!

All the deets:

popchips, the all-natural line of popped chips, invites snackers to pop into the sacramento street walgreens to meet san francisco giant’s centerfielder (and star snacker) andres torres, for an afternoon of autographs, photographs and snacking!

popchips will also host a ‘san fran fan contest’ inviting snack fanatics across the city to walgreens stores to take a photo in front of the popchips display and show their best fan face. snackers will need to post the photo to www.popchips.com/sanfranfan between june 1 and 22, then share with friends and fellow fans to gather the most votes. the fan with the most likes will win an ultimate san francisco game day prize package including two baseball jerseys & caps, an autographed baseball (signed by andres torres) and a year’s supply of popchips!

who: san francisco giant’s star centerfielder andres torres

what: popchips invites snackers to pop into the sacramento street walgreens to meet san francisco giant’s centerfielder (and star snacker) andres torres, for an afternoon of autographs, photographs and snacking!

when: monday, june 20, 2011

time: 12pm – 2pm

where: walgreens, 275 sacramento st. between davis and front st.

OMG, the Embarcadero Station Clipper Customer Service Center is Up and Running!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

They promised it, and now it’s here, up and running. Hurray!

Deets below.

“If there was a problem yo I’ll solve it. Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it”

That’s right, the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero Station has been “re-engineered and rebranded.”

Starting Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, your Embarcadero BART/Muni station is going all-out for Clipper. That means that you’ll have a convenient  place to go if you want to trade-in your damaged Clipper Card ‘n stuff.

“Clipper(SM) Customer Service Centers to Open in San Francisco

Background: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has re-engineered and rebranded the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero BART/Muni station to focus on Clipper card customer service. In addition to basic card purchase and add-value transactions available at all Clipper retailers (including more than 100 Walgreens stores), the kiosk offers a higher level of service and equipment, allowing travelers to:

– exchange a damaged or defective card for a new one
– receive senior and youth Clipper cards
– use transit benefit vouchers and/or debit cards to load value onto a Clipper card
– get answers to questions about the Clipper program

Clipper is now used to pay fares on 374,000 transit trips each weekday. Participating operators include AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, San Francisco Muni, Golden Gate Transit & Ferry, Dumbarton Express, SamTrans, and Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority. MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.”

 

OMG! Clipper Customer Service Centers to Open in San Francisco – Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday!

Monday, February 21st, 2011

That’s right, the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero Station has been “re-engineered and rebranded.”

Starting Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, your Embarcadero BART/Muni station is going all-out for Clipper. That means that you’ll have a convenient  place to go if you want to trade-in your damaged Clipper Card ‘n stuff.

Like my one and only. It fell to pieces after just a two-day acetone bath. Still works though, as the all-important antenna is mostly intact, mostly.

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All the deets are below.

(Now technically, this excloo event is for “the media,” but it’s not a secret or nothing – it’s been posted up for tout le monde to see. Dress up (or down, one or the other) and you’ll fit right in.)

“Clipper(SM) Customer Service Centers to Open in San Francisco

Who: Jon Rubin, MTC Commissioner, Clipper project staff

What: Unveiling of new full-service Clipper(SM) customer service center at Embarcadero BART/Muni station. After Jon Rubin’s remarks, MTC Public Information Officer John Goodwin will lead media to the Ferry Building for a photo/video opportunity at another new customer service center opening in the Bay Crossings store.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, 2 p.m. PST

Where: Concourse Level, East End Embarcadero BART/Muni Station San Francisco

Background: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has re-engineered and rebranded the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero BART/Muni station to focus on Clipper card customer service. In addition to basic card purchase and add-value transactions available at all Clipper retailers (including more than 100 Walgreens stores), the kiosk offers a higher level of service and equipment, allowing travelers to:

– exchange a damaged or defective card for a new one
– receive senior and youth Clipper cards
– use transit benefit vouchers and/or debit cards to load value onto a Clipper card
– get answers to questions about the Clipper program

Clipper is now used to pay fares on 374,000 transit trips each weekday. Participating operators include AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, San Francisco Muni, Golden Gate Transit & Ferry, Dumbarton Express, SamTrans, and Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority. MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.”

Boycott Protest in Front of CVS Pharmacy on Market in the Financh Actually Serves to Increase Sales

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Had no idea that was have a CVS now in the FiDi. But these days you can’t miss it what with all the protest signs that say “CVS.”

Went in and scored some prenatal vitamins, the kind the don’t sell at the Costco, the special magic ones that are specifically recommended, on a unexpected buy-one-get-one free basis, so that saved me $20-something or something.

Score.

Shouldn’t CVS have been allowed a real sign so that people passing by every day would notice its there?

Are these the same people you see in front of the Walgreen’s on Sacramento?

Do they have some specific cause? I asked one of them one time and he said everything I needed to know was on a sheet of paper but the other guy, the one on Front had the papers so I should go ask him about it.

Oh well.

CVS today, Target tomorrow, and who knows, maybe someday we’ll finally get something really exotic like a Lexus dealership (nope, not in SF) and a Wendys (they used to be here) or two.

Just like a real town…