Renowned San Francisco photographer David Cruz caught the start of Fleet Week 2012 yesterday over at Ocean Beach.
And the video:
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”
What is this, Week Three now?
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:
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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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?
In the meantime, here’s February 2011:
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…
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?
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!
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
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!
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.
Does this huge, somewhat ungainly superjumbo jet seen above SFO today look somewhat familiar? It should, as we’ve seen its kind before. But Qantas is proud that it has the first scheduled Airbus A380 flight into San Francisco. These paying passengers came all the way from Cindy, Australia.
Check out the photos of our welcome at the International Terminal. (The kangaroo QANTAS had in Sydney yesterday at the start of the flight was a bit more lively than the specimen we had this morning at SFO, it appears. And for some reason, the Emirates A380 seems to be more luxurious. And there was no sign of Ralph Fiennes. But that’s not the problem.)
The problem is that this is all a tease and the big new metal bird is going to spend its time in sunny Los Angeles. Why? Read on.
The A380-800 looks stubby because it is. Its wings is too big for its body! But that will pay off once stretched models start coming out in a few years. Then this series of aircraft will look better proportioned, more like the graceful stretched Boeing 747. Click to expand:
Now back a half-year ago, the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services got all huffy at LAX and threatened that it would “move its flagship Airbus A380 services to San Francisco” unless Los Angeles upgraded its facilities.
Of course we’ve got mad upgrades up here in the 415. But not as many Australians want to come to the Bay Area compared with SoCal, and Oneworld connections with American Airlines are easier in LAX than in the Bay Area, and yada yada yada. So Qantas and El Lay patched things up and S.F. got left at the altar.
We’ll have to make do with regular old 747 service to Oz for a while longer anyway. But our cargo cult terminal upgrades for the new superjumbos should be worth the effort down the road, especially when the economy recovers.
And these days you can fly down under for cheap, so check the details after the jump.