Posts Tagged ‘Welfare’

Our Inefficient, Wasteful San Francisco Film Commission is Desperately Trying to Justify Itself – Potential Marketing Efforts

Friday, October 31st, 2014

These aren’t real ads, not yet. But they show you how the SFFC is thinking:


(BTW, what the SFFC calls a “job” is what I’d call a gig, some of which are offered at less than minimum wage, just like the America’s Cup)

All film commissions are bad.

How is the SFFC better than any of the rest?

How is the SFFC better than SF’s recent hosting of the disastrous America’s Cup?

BTW, NBC’s Trauma medical drama was a big piece of shit, you know, frankly. Now people might say that I shouldn’t say that, but I don’t think they’d contradict me. Yes, the Trauma people spent some money and some people benefited, but there’s no reason why they should be treated any different than any other group of visitors coming to town. Anyway, Trauma sucked, big-time, despite what the SFFC people said about it. And part of the reason why it was cancelled had to do with how damn expensive it was to film on the Streets of San Francisco. So, what I’m saying is that maybe the whole concept of filming Trauma on location in SF was a bad idea – I’m certainly not saying we should have subsidized its production even more than we did.

And if Hollywood says it doesn’t want to come here to film, that’s O.K. Some productions, the ones that make sense, will come anyway.

Anywho, look for one of these feel-good banner ads to appear on your screens soon…


GAVIN NEWSOM for LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR in the Twitterloin Corporate Welfare Zone – As Seen A Couple Days Ago

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Now it’s been a half a year since Gavin Newsom needed these signs around, so why are they still around?

As seen on Market Street USA, in April, 2011:

Maybe Twitter’s going to move in with some of their 6000(?!) employees and call it Twitter North?

Could be…

Shameful Twitter Corporate Welfare Zone Update: Mirkarimi in the Sainted New York Times – Plus, Where’s the TL?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

One of these days, I’ll tell you about the time I first saw Ross Mirkarimi at a fund-raiser with special guest that-Hollywood-guy-what-climbed-up-the-Golden-Gate-Bridge-to-protest-something (think that incident was around 2002 or so and the fund-raiser was back in 2003). I was thinking, “Gee, why isn’t this Mirkarimi guy famous already?”

Anywho, let’s fast-forward to 2011 and catch this bit from your District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in the SNYT:

“A Pandora’s box has already been opened,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, a member of the Board of Supervisors’ budget and finance committee, who has expressed concern about tailoring legislation for one company. “We’ve been going about this the wrong way,” he said.

Yes, we certainly have, Ollie.

Moving on.

Now, can somebody explain why the Newsom / Shorenstein / Twitter building, which is right there on the way to the Costco, right there on the corner of 10th and Market, is considered a part of the Tenderloin by some?

Actually, the new Twitter building is south of Civic Center, which is south of the crime-ridden Uptown Tenderloin. How will the Twitterers get there for mandatory ethnic* lunch? Will there be a shuttle? I gots to know.

Oh, here’s the official map, from always wildly optimistic SF OEWD:

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Who’s drawing the borders of the Twitter Mid-Market/Tenderloin Corporate District? Who decides which buildings to include? Who’s telling the map drawer how to draw the map? Is gerrymandering going on?


*I looked at the proposed Community Benefits District in a sidebar of the physical San Francisco Examiner yesterday and spotted two potential lawsuits in two seconds. I can get more specific when the details of the CBD get more specific, you know, whenever that happens…


Mid-Market Corporate Welfare – Nevius vs. Daly CCLXI – Smart Women Foolish Choices – Twitter, Don’t Be Evil

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Oh, that’s right, Twitter, you never promised not to be evil, so go ahead, choose evil. And as a matter of fact, why don’t you just tell us right now, you know, since, apparently, you feel you’re carrying the water for the entire 415, how much of our money you need? Why stop at $5, 10, 20, or 40 mil? What about $100,000,000 or even $1,000,000,000? You’ll get your eight figures of corporate welfare but you think deserve more, right?

Everybody’s laughing at you Twitter, everybody in Counties Mateo and Clara. Can you hear the laughter? “HA-HA,” they’re saying. Twitter can’t make it on its own, they’re saying.

So let’s free up the headline from “Twitter, Don’t Be Evil,” and substitute “Plagiarizing Steven T. Jones.” Thusly:

“Yet Mirkarimi and others also say integrity has already been lacking from a process he called “sleazy,” with properties being added willy-nilly to the tax-exclusion zone by a private power broker with an apparent conflict of interest; no fiscal analysis given to the Muni line, police foot patrols, and other perks promised to Twitter; and little thought given to the bad precedent this sets for other businesses (a point given real resonance today when Bay Citizen reported that Zynga is also threatening to leave the city if it doesn’t get a deal similar to Twitter’s).”

Well, that just about covers the bases, huh? Moving on…

What’s the point of having intelligent women in local government  if the process of how they got there makes them so beholden to the process that got them there? Oh well.

Now Nevius, you can’t blame Chris Daly for everything for ever, right? That train has left the station. But you are correct about the shakedown issue – why can’t each and every Supe go to some taxpaying entity and say, “Do a little community outreach in my district and for every dollar your spend, I’ll lower your taxes by $10,” huh? Oh, and what about Zygna and all the others – you forgot about them, right? And do you think Mark Farrell or somebody would agree to buy a house or a car first and only then negotiate the terms? What good is there in electing “fiscal conservatives” if they don’t treat the Wealth of the People, of the Commons, as if it were their own? Mmmm. And what about all the failed programs in the area that have already been tried – aren’t they worth a mention? And is the Mid-Market Corporate Welfare Zone really an example of “market failure,” really? Isn’t it an example of government failure instead? And while you’re pondering that, why don’t we just buy out your buddy Randy Shaw right now? Just take the $80,000,000 all for yourself, RS, and leave town and never come back. (Two things San Francisco would have been better off without are Redevelopment and Randy Shaw, Inc., oh well. And the funny thing is that we paid small fortunes for both. Even if they had come for free we’d have been better off without them.)

And, oh, one more topic. Let’s go all the way back to 1880’s-style corporate welfare in San Francisco. That particular bit of improper  favoritism got struck down by the United States Supreme Court. But who’ll save us from the mess?

And, oh, Lady Gaga came by, huh? Well, good for you, Twitter.

Good for you.

Twitter + Jane Kim + Randy Shaw + Douglas Shorenstein = San Francisco Corruption = Corporate Welfare

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Hey Twitter, it’s me, San Francisco. You know what would really help right now would be if you all wrote a kind of fake ransom note, a letter threatening to move away from the 415 unless we carve out a tax break just for you and a few other select corporations. Kind of an extortion-between-friends kind of thing.

Twitter: You mean like this?

Sure, that’s it, that hits the spot. We’ll have our people change a few of the lines, just a little editing. And then we’ll add that on top of this bullshit report that assumes things that just aren’t going to happen and then we’ll call it a day, we’ll say it’s good enough for government work.

Wow, man, like wow.

Hey Twitter, don’t you want you to see if you can make it without government subsidies?

Who knows? Maybe you would be happier in San Mateo County.

Who can turn the world on with its smile?
Who can take a nothing site, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you Twitter, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all (with a little bit of 8-figure* corporate welfare)
You’re gonna make it after all (with a little bit of 8-figure corporate welfare)

How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, Twitter this time you’re all alone
But it’s time you started living
It’s time you let someone else do some giving

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all (with a little bit of 8-figure corporate welfare)
You’re gonna make it after all (with a little bit of 8-figure corporate welfare)

*Seven, Six, Five, who knows? But Twitter, you will never employ 6000 people in San Francisco, even if you count in all those “some college” people you say you’re going to hire… (OTOH, WiFi for Civic Center, ooh that’d be nice! Don’t screw up that implementation, Twitter.)

Something New Under the Sun: California Watch Joins the New Media Pantheon

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Look out Alta California, ’cause there’s another online media presence in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On the heels of the relatively new Bay Area Blog from the New York Times and the San Francisco Edition of the Wall Street Journal comes California Watch. It’s a joint from Center for Investigative Reporting and it’s a fully operational mothership as of January 2, 2010.
They’re promising “bold new journalism.” La declaracion de la mision:

“California Watch, a nonprofit and independent investigative reporting team, exposes injustice, waste, mismanagement, wrongdoing, questionable practices, and corruption so that those responsible can be held to account and so the public can be armed with the information needed to debate solutions and spark change.”

O.K. then.

Question: Will students play a role in the reporting? Oh yes. What will a bunch of college kids from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Sacramento State University (aka CSU Sacramento) come up with?

Expect good things.

Bon courage, California Watch!

PS: Here the people behind CW:

Advisory Board

Judith Bell's picture

Judith Bell

President, PolicyLink
Belva Davis's picture

Belva Davis

Television Host, KQED
Bill Deverell's picture

Bill Deverell

History Professor, University of Southern California
Mark DiCamillo's picture

Mark DiCamillo

Director, California Field Poll
Anh Do's picture

Anh Do

Vice President, Nguoi Viet Daily News
Andrew Donohue's picture

Andrew Donohue

Gloria Duffy's picture

Gloria Duffy

President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club
Jon Funabiki's picture

Jon Funabiki

Journalism Professor, San Francisco State University
Richard Koci Hernandez's picture

Richard Koci Hernandez

Multimedia Producer/Ford Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Parks's picture

Michael Parks

Journalism Professor, University of Southern California
Arnold Perkins's picture

Arnold Perkins

Public Safety and Community Health Consultant
John Raess's picture

John Raess

Northern California Bureau Chief, Associated Press
Rick Rodriguez's picture

Rick Rodriguez

Journalism Professor, Arizona State University
Pedro Rojas's picture

Pedro Rojas

Executive Editor, La Opinión
Dan Rosenheim's picture

Dan Rosenheim

Vice President of News, KPIX-TV
Melanie Sill's picture

Melanie Sill

Executive Editor, Sacramento Bee
Alan Snitow's picture

Alan Snitow

Independent Filmmaker/President, Snitow-Kaufman Productions
Jo Anne Wallace's picture

Jo Anne Wallace

Vice President and General Manager, KQED
Steve Weiner's picture

Steve Weiner

Co-Chair, Common Sense California
Leo Wolinsky's picture

Leo Wolinsky

Editor, Daily Variety