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President Barack Obama Picks Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran as New Board Members of the Presidio Trust

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Here’s the news of the day from our Presidio Trust, or perhaps it was last week’s  - I’m kind of slow on the the uptake sometimes:

“PRESIDENT OBAMA TAPS BUSINESS, CIVIC LEADERS FOR PRESIDIO TRUST BOARD – NANCY BECHTLE RE-APPOINTED BOARD’S CHAIR

Presidio of San Francisco (August 14, 2012) — President Barack Obama has named two prominent Bay Area leaders — Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran — to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. The White House also re-appointed Nancy Bechtle as board chair. Ms. Collins and Mr. Mehran are replacing outgoing board members J. Michael Shepherd and Bill Wilson.

Paula R. Collins is the chief executive officer of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Northern California, and president of Portfolio Real Estate Consulting.

Part of the original project development team for the Moscone Convention Center, Ms. Collins is a founder and director of Presidio Bank in San Francisco, a member of the national board of the Automobile Association of America and has served as an appointee to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. In addition, she is co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a member of the board of the Special Olympics for Northern California and has served on the Board of Directors of the BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Ms. Collins has been awarded the prestigious Silver Spur Award by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research organization, in honor of her dedication to improving the quality of life and economic health of San Francisco; and has been honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the San Francisco Business Times. She graduated cum laude in urban studies from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her master’s degree in city planning from MIT. Ms. Collins replaces Mr. Shepherd on the board.

A Bay Area native, Alex Mehran is the president and chief executive officer of Sunset Development Company, a San Ramon based real estate development, investment, construction and management company founded by his father almost 60 years ago.

Mr. Mehran is chair of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, a trustee of the San Francisco Ballet and a member of the University of California, San Francisco Chancellor’s Associates. In addition, he is a past chairman and current executive committee member of the Bay Area Council and is a former trustee of the Urban Land Institute and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mr. Mehran received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, where he graduated with honors. He earned a law degree, also with honors, from England’s Cambridge University. Mr. Mehran replaces Mr. Wilson.

“Alex and Paula are joining the board at a very exciting time – the Presidio Trust is now financially self-sufficient and we are seeing the benefits of a decade worth of investments in the park,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “Alex and Paula will be instrumental in helping us expand the public benefit of the Presidio to the local community and the nation.”

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Nancy Bechtle grew up across the street from the Presidio, and, as a child would scale the base’s walls to play in Julius Kahn Park. Once, she was even kicked out for riding her horse on the base. Appointed to the Trust’s board by President George W. Bush in 2008, Ms. Bechtle was first elected chair in 2009. She is chairman of the board of the Sugar Bowl Corporation, serves on the board of directors for the Charles Schwab Corporation and is a former chief financial officer and director of J.R. Bechtle and Company. A past president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Symphony, Ms. Bechtle has served on the symphony’s board of governors since 1984 and has also served on the board of the San Francisco Opera Association. In addition she has served on the board of the National Park Foundation, holding the board’s citizen chair from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Bechtle recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and has received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the California Arts Council and the Investment in Leadership award from the Coro Foundation, among her many other honors.

“I am pleased to welcome these very talented and accomplished people to the board,” said Nancy Bechtle. “The experience that Paula and Alex bring will be great assets as the Trust expands its public-serving programs while continuing to keep an eye on ensuring the park’s self-sufficiency.”

The Presidio Trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Six members are appointed by the President of the United States. The seventh is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or his designee. An executive director reports to the board and oversees a staff with expertise including environmental science, historic preservation, operations and maintenance, landscape design, planning, resource management, real estate development, public affairs and programs, law, and finance.

Biographies of all Trust board members are available at www.presidio.gov

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.”

OMG, OMG, Watch the Giants at the White House Today at 1:00 PM Live Via UStream-TV – Here’s Your Link for Baseball History

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Barack Obama + San Francisco Giants = ???

Now, I’ve checked with the IT people from your workplace and they say that normally they don’t like it when employees use up bandwidth, but that today is a special day, so it’s all good.

Hurray!

Try this at 1:00 PM PDT. I think it’s KRON-TV Channel 4. [UPDATE: It started at 1:08 PM.]

And if that doesn’t work for you, there’s always

http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2011/07/25/watch-live-1-p-m-giants-meet-obama-at-the-white-house/ or

http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?topic_id=6261176

And look who’s there – it’s Willie Mays!

SF Giants 

Rich White People Prefer “White-Only” Christmas Lights in Civic Center – Everybody Else, Not So Much

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This is how the Holiday Tree in front of San Francisco City Hall was lit at night two years ago:

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Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.

And here’s how it looks this year, with all the color drained out:

See the difference?

Apparently, it costed five-figures to remove the color from the lights on the Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center.

O.K. fine…

“Traditional” WASP Values Cost San Francisco $13K and a Colorful Christmas Tree

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This is how the Holiday Tree in front of San Francisco City Hall was lit at night last year:

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Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.

But all that color in Civic Center offended certain WASP-y type people. People like Thurston Howell III et ux Lovey: 

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So here are the expensive new lights for 2009, or some of them anyway. These colorless lights cost $13,500, per City Insder Rachel Gordon

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That ought to placate the richers for a while.

But couldn’t Rec and Park have put this matter to a vote, maybe online using that social media and whatnot? A penniless blogger could throw up a voting system in about five minutes – can’t Rec and Park do the same? This isn’t a matter of health or safety, right? So it seems appropriate that the Gilligans, Professors and the Mary Anns should have a say as well. Why do we seem to only listen to the Howells?

Oh well.

For 2009 anyway, enjoy your boring, WASPy-white, star-free Christmas Tree, San Francisco. But don’t give up Hope for Change (is that a “traditional” train ’round the tree R&P?) next year.

The Retro Sport of the Current Recession – Playing HooverBall in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

They played Hoover Ball back in the Depression, so it’s only fitting that the kids of San Francisco are playing this volleyball-like game in 2009.

That’s not a volleyball, it’s a medicine ball!

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Heavy, man.

Play Volleyball with a Medicine Ball – It’s HooverBall in San Francisco

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

The sport of Hooverball has found it’s way to San Francisco.

Hoover-ball is a medicine ball game invented by Herbert Hoover‘s personal physician to help keep then-President Hoover fit. In general, the game is played on a volleyball type court of grass or sand and involves throwing a heavily weighted medicine ball over the net. Officially, in Hoover-ball, the medicine type ball weighs about six pounds, and is thrown over an eight-foot volleyball type net.

Here’s what HB looks like in action. Check out some more short videos here and here.

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Click to expand. Throwing around the old six-pound medicine ball in the Panhandle section of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

What’s holding you back? Start your own league today. Amazon will sell you a ball for like ten bucks.

Game on!