Posts Tagged ‘week’

Checking In on a Typical Mayor Gavin Newsom Press Conference a Half-Decade Later: Who Lost Qantas?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Well, nobody really “lost” QANTAS, but SFO used to have the big Australian carrier like for a half-century and now it doesn’t so that’s what SFGov was upset about back in the day. Let’s review.

Here’s 2009, from Qantas:

“In 1954, San Francisco became Qantas’ first US mainland destination and we have a long association with the city. We are delighted to showcase our new aircraft to the people of San Francisco.”

And here’s 2009, from Newsom:

“San Francisco International Airport was designed to accommodate the new A380 aircraft, and we are extremely pleased today to welcome Qantas Airways in the first commercial A380 flight to SFO,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “This state-of-the-art, environmentally sensitive new aircraft provides yet another bridge of friendship between San Francisco and Australia, and we look forward to continuing our long and successful partnership with Qantas.”

Now IRL, the Airbus A380 was and is just another airplane in the sky. And IRL, the state of the art of large commercial aircraft would be to use two large engines instead of the A380′s four smaller engines. And calling it “environmentally sensitive” was and is a bit of a stretch and, in fact, these days it’s considered a guzzler and so much so that Airbus is considering certifying completely different engines.

Anyway, what happened soon after this press conference in 2009 is that Qantas shut down operations at SFO and went to Texas. So instead of upgrading airplanes coming into town, they just upped and quit on us, they couldn’t wait to get out of here.

Why? Because it made sense for them to do so and also the airport people at Dallas Fort Worth came up with millions of dollars to throw at Qantas.

Who knows, Qantas might come back to SFO at some point (but it doesn’t really matter all that much).

Pretty much everything he said at his press conferences turned out to be wrong – this is just an example.

OMG, It’s Republican Week at the Commonwealth Club: P.J. O’Rourke, Tom Perkins, and Amy Chua & Feb 12-14

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Your Commonwealth Club has gone stark raving mad for the Grand Old Party this week!

Check it here are the top three joints that the CC is promoting right now:

PJ O’Rourkewas the original Republican Party Reptile.

And Tom Perkins, he’s registered, baby. (NB: Nobody gives a flying foxtrot about your golf-delta watch, Tom Perkins. So you shouldn’t ever show it to people without them asking about it first.)

And Tiger Mother Amy Chua* et vir,** well, they sure sound Republican.

But rest assured, the following week features Barbara Boxer and other Dems flogging their books and causes and whatnot, so everything’ll be back to normal soon ‘nough.

Hurray!

This concludes OMG, It’s Republican Week at the Commonwealth Club: P.J. O’Rourke, Tom Perkins, and Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld Feb 12-14.

*”Provocative and profound, Chua and Rubenfeld will transform the way we think about success and achievement.” Uh, nope!

**Namely, Tiger Mother Baby Daddy (TMBD) Jed Rubenfeld. Who’s he? Let’s check his Wiki – “Personal life: Rubenfeld is Jewish.” OK then.

San Francisco Invaded by Hovercraft and Helicopters – See and Hear the Action, Courtesy of David Cruz

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Renowned San Francisco photographer David Cruz caught the start of Fleet Week 2012 yesterday over at Ocean Beach.

Check it:

Via David Cruz

And the video:

Get To the Chopper! The West Side of San Francisco to be Invaded by the US Military this Morning

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Or so they say:

“This morning from 10-11 am a large military watercraft will arrive on Ocean Beach. This is part of an exercise and is only a drill.”

“This morning 11am-1pm there will be an exercise w/2 helicopters at Sunset Blvd & Lake Merced Blvd. Noise will be elevated. It’s only a drill”

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Flies Rainbow Flag for Gay Pride Month, 2012

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Like this:

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But there are no complaints, unlike the recent situation in Virginia at the Fed Bank there.

Taking the Loin Out of the Twitterloin: SFPD Chief Gregory Suhr (and Mayor Edwin Lee) Continue 6th Street Clampdown

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

What is this, Week Three now?

Here’s the sitch on the Great SFPD Clampdown on Sixth Street from last week from LiveSOMA.

And here’s the latest from Bluoz – turns out the popo are all over Stevenson tonight:

Via Bluoz

[Musical interlude]

The judge said five to ten but I say double that again
I’m not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall ’cause government’s to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D’you know that you can use it?

Now, what will next week bring? Who knows.

Anyway, here’s more from last week:

JK Dineen has the deets on recent real estate activity, some changes at Sixth and Market:

Landlords cashing in on Twitter tax break | San Francisco Bidness Times

A month after an Twitter committed to taking 200,000 square feet at 1355 Market St., the private group that has long owned 995 Market St. has decided to test the investment market waters. The building is one of the relatively few large office structures included in area the Board of Supervisors recently made exempt from the city’s payroll tax. The tax break was crafted to keep Twitter in San Francisco, after the company threatened to move to Brisbane. The 97,578-square-foot building is on the southeast corner of Sixth and Market streets, an intersection on San Francisco’s skid row that a real estate marketing professional might charitably call “lively” or “dynamic.”

But that’s not all - you see what’s going on across the way at 1001 Market? There must be some kind of business going on behind all that naked wood.

Here it is. (Can you spot the corners of the 995 building where the owners gave up trying to get the green tiles to stick?)

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But that’s not all - ever since that unfortunate incident on or about Stevenson Alley a couple of weeks ago, the popo are all over the place. It’s like a major crackdown ‘n stuff.

Or so I’m told.

By somebody who would know, ’cause he keeps his eyes on things.

Mmmm… Will May 2011 be seen as the bottom for Sixth and Market?

We’ll see.

In the meantime, here’s February 2011:

25-second clip showing a woman losing her wallet on Stevenson near the Uptown Tenderloin.

Via Bluoz

Diesel’s “Happy Pride 2010″ Underwear Window Display Causing a Stir

Friday, June 25th, 2010

This is the scene down in Union Square at the Diesel Jeans store on 800 Market these days:

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The people waiting for iPhones 4 around the corner at 1 Stockton didn’t seem to mind…

On It Goes…

Debut of Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market a Huge Success – Popular, If a Bit Pricey

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market kicked off yesterday and it’s already on the Yelp, believe it or not. A good time was had by all.

Mary Ladd has the deets on this latest way to grocery shop up in the Great White North. Check it.

 An anthropomorphic organic  hot dog/carrot welcomes you to the Safeway Gate at the back-door of Fort Mason:

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The mise-en-scene, not too far from our refugee Panhandle Bandshell. It’s big, baby.

Greens Restaurant is back there on the left. Mmmm….greens.

Is this a good price? No se.

Snap Pea-flavor Scream Sorbet -perche no?

And what else was up there but a mini showroom for Public Bikes, that joint from Dan Tan-Nguyen and others about town.

This event is a California Farmers’ Markets Association Certified Farmers’ Market, don’t you know:

It’ll run every Sunday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM all the way through October.

See you there!

Yelp Drinks Week 2010 Coming to the West Bay, East Bay, South Bay: Booze Half Off

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

From Laura at the Uptown Almanac comes news of Yelp Drinks Week 2010, a solid week of discounted, “hand-crafted” (no robots, no no no) drinks available at selected joints.

San Francisco: March 1-7

Silicon Valley / San Hoser: March 8-14

East Bay: March 15-21

Soon, you’ll be able to get a $1 cans of Olympia at Oakland’s Kingfish Pub or a “Yelp, I Need Somebody”(?) at San Francisco’s Four Seasons for $7.50 – your choice. Just mention the Y-word and then order away. Deets below.

Here’s the flyer for SF:

Of course there are a few rules:

“Yeah, boyeeeee! Who’s up for a sweet Bay Area-wide happy hour?!?

For three weeks in March, Yelp brings you YELP DRINKS, where you’ll get a chance to sip on lip-smackingly good adult libations at locations that locals love all over the Bay Area! Participating bars and restaurants will feature up to 3 delicious, hand-crafted cocktails for 50% off throughout the promotion. Nothing like saving a few ducks while you get crunk, huh?

San Francisco Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 1st – Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Silicon Valley Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 8th – Sunday, March 14th, 2010

East Bay Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 15th – Sunday, March 21st, 2010

A few quick notes:

1) Though we’re calling this a happy hour, it’s better – Yelp Drinks prices are good all day Monday through all day Sunday *while supplies last.
2) Please tip on the regular price of the drinks.
3) And please, consume responsibly!”

All the places, after the jump

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It’s Winnie Week in San Francisco! International Winston Churchill Conference Begins

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Hey, you know who’ll be in town this week for the 26th International Winston Churchill Conference? How about Former Secretary of State George Shultz, Political Analyst Chris Matthews, Historian Michael Beschloss and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?

It’s going to be on!

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All the deets, below.

See you there!

“Mayor Gavin Newsom Proclaims Sir Winston Churchill Week and San Francisco Hosts International Churchill Centre Conference

- Former Secretary of State George Shultz, Political Analyst Chris Matthews, Historian Michael Beschloss And Supreme Court Justice Clarence ThomasAmong Keynoters; – September 9 – 12 Conference Will Focus On The Relevance Of Churchillian Policies And Principles In Today’s World.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 8 – The Churchill Centre today announced that Mayor Gavin Newsom has designated this Sir Winston Churchill Week concurrent with the major International Churchill Conference taking place in San Francisco. The Churchill Centre chose San Francisco for this year’s conference to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s visit to the city. The conference will focus on the relevance of Churchill in today’s global political theater and will be headlined by former secretary of state George Shultz, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss and political commentator Chris Matthews, amongst others.

In speaking of the upcoming conference, Sir Winston’s daughter Lady Soames remarked that the subject matter could “not be more appropriate than now in the early years of the 21st Century. In the early years of the 20th Century my father faced the same issues in the Middle East, and the same economic and political issues as today.”

The Conference will be held September 9 – 12 at the Westin St. Francis.  Conference registrations or single day tickets may be purchased onsite, along with tickets for the Conference dinners. About The Churchill Centre (www.winstonchurchill.org)

THE CHURCHILL CENTRE, successor to the Winston S. Churchill Study Unit (1968) and the International Churchill Society (1971), was founded in 1995 to educate new generations on the leadership, statesmanship, vision, courage and boldness of Winston Spencer Churchill. The focus of the Centre is education; its aim is to impress Churchill’s qualities of leadership firmly on the leaders of the 21st Century. The Centre is based in Chicago and London and sponsors conferences, tours, lectures, seminars and symposia for students and teachers from grammar school to post-graduate levels. It’s London organization includes the world recognized Churchill Museum and War Rooms.