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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Giant, Illegal Super Bowl Ads Will Be Gone By End of Today…Except, Only Part of Them

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM

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The clock is ticking, and those tower-sized Super Bowl ads downtown are coming down...sort of. City officials did a double-take when the huger-than-huge Verizon and VISA billboards appeared on the sides of Embarcadero Four and One Market Street, respectively. If they’re not gone by 5 p.m. today, subpoenas will fly.

According to the city attorney, at least the Verizon ad is illegal twice over. First, it’s a violation of Article 6 of the planning code, a venerable 1965-era law that says you’re only allowed to put a giant sign on the side of your building if it’s advertising the businesses in that building. On top of that, voters passed a law in 2002 barring new billboards. City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s complaint letter to Verizon spells it out:

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Venture Capitalist Rants About Tesla's "Unacceptable" Model X Unveiling

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 2:44 PM

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Last night, Tesla debuted its new $130K Model X — an electric SUV with self-opening gull-wing doors, a bioweapon defense button, and other bells and whistles that have tech gawkers calling this thing a computer with tires. Two years in the making, the car has generated a lot of hype, but its big unveiling last night near the Tesla factory in Fremont left some people pretty pissed off.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Russian Tech Billionaire to Give $100 Million for Alien Research Led by UC Berkeley

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 10:20 AM

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Yuri Milner, a Russian billionaire and tech entrepreneur, announced today that he’s donating $100 million to a 10-year international effort led by UC Berkeley to make contact with extraterrestrial life. As the Chronicle reports, Berkeley has a major Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project at its Science Space Laboratory.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Ellen Pao Resigns, Reddit Celebrates, and Sexism Continues

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 4:32 PM

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Ellen Pao’s resignation today as interim CEO of Reddit marks the sorry end to a saga of sexism and racism that, by now, is a familiar one in tech. In an interview quoted by The New York Times, Pao described her reasons for leaving as creative and strategic differences with Reddit’s board, but last week’s raucous insurrection from Reddit users and moderators almost certainly played a part.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Twitter CEO Steps Down, Stock Goes Up

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 2:38 PM

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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo (@dickc) is stepping down July 1 and will be replaced by co-founder Jack Dorsey (@jack) on an interim basis. 

Twitter confirmed the news via the Twitter investor relations Twitter account.  Two minutes later, the main Twitter Twitter account tweeted the news as well, using the godawful hashtag #TWTRannouncement (it's just too many characters y'all). 

In a statement, Twitter said Costolo would remain on the Twitter's Board of Directors and Dorsey will continue as CEO of Square.

In news that's got to kind of sting for Costolo, Twitter's stock price jumped almost 8% after the announcement, according to the San Francisco Business Times

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

David Campos Has a Plan to Make Sure SF Keeps its Soul

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 1:32 PM

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The cost of doing business in San Francisco, like the cost of everything else, is unforgiving. According to the San Francisco Business Times, a city report released last fall showed an 884 percent increase in business closures and relocations, with much of the turnover affecting nonprofits and so-called “legacy businesses.” Indeed, some of the city’s most vibrant outposts — including Esta Noche and the Lexington Club — have shuttered in the past few years, leaving a vacuum in the city’s cultural life.

Supervisor David Campos has a plan to stanch the bloodletting. Per the Business Times, Campos and three other supes have endorsed a ballot initiative to establish a city fund for historic businesses. This follows the board’s unanimous decision last year to designate up to 300 businesses per year as “cultural assets,” meaning they’ve operated for at least 30 years and play a vital role in their neighborhoods.

The legacy fund will pay $500-per-employee grants to qualifying businesses, while landlords will get $4.50 per square foot (up to a max annual grant of $22,500) if they offer legacy businesses a 10-year lease. Campos told the Business Times that 3,000 businesses may be eligible for the fund and estimated the cost of the program at $3 million per year.

This is welcome news for small business owners facing untenable rent hikes. Earlier this year, Jeffrey’s Toys, which had operated in the city for 45 years, was forced to close up shop after being told its rent could jump to $40,000 per month. And the flight of nonprofits out of the city to Oakland and other cities in the Bay Area as rents rise continues apace. In November, Bloomberg quoted a city report indicating that nearly 2,000 nonprofits (one-quarter of the city’s total) had to decamp or shut down between 2011 and 2013.

It seems just a matter of time before even franchises can’t afford to stay afloat in San Francisco. According to CBS 5, at least three McDonald’s locations have closed recently. It’s a cutthroat situation that mirrors New York’s, where cracks have started to appear in Starbucks’s stranglehold on real estate — some stores are downsizing rather than pay astronomical leases. 

Campos told the Business Times that the legacy fund he’s proposing would be the first of its kind in the country. “We helped Twitter, why not help these businesses that have truly given character to these neighborhoods?” he added.


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Monday, January 19, 2015

San Francisco Giants Searching for Ballpark Workers: Do You Have What it Takes?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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Amid offseason transactions, the San Francisco Giants have advertised a need for ballpark workers on the same place they apparently picked up Nori Aoki: Craigslist. 

Your World Champion Giants are in the market for ushers, Fan Lot attendants, events staff, recycling center workers, maintenance employees, field crew, and a third baseman. Each position comes with surprisingly detailed requirements. If a career in ballpark service sounds appetizing, check out these stipulations:  

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

High-End Marijuana of the Month Club Hits San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 1:20 PM

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Cannabis connoisseurs rejoice, there's now a new weed delivery option catered exclusively to you. San Francisco-based Marvina is a new marijuana delivery service in the city, but with a twist: It aims to deliver a mix of new top-shelf strains every month, hand-selected for customers. 

“It’s like when you’re in the grocery store at the wine aisle; we didn’t know what to do,” Marvina co-founder Dane Pieri told OZY.com. Picking the right strain from a budtender brought an intimidation factor, leading to the foundation of Marvina as a way to educate amateur stoners on the best strains out there.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

San Francisco Makes USOC 2024 Olympics Pitch Today

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM

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San Francisco's bid to host the 2024 Olympics remains a divisive issue at home, even as Mayor Ed Lee, Giants CEO Larry Baer, and venture capitalist Steve Strandberg gear up to make their pitch in Redwood City.

They'll be sparring with mayors from Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C. for the honor, which might not be that daunting. Boston's anti-Olympics bloc has already hired TaskRabbits to hold a banner decrying their city's Olympic effort. Opponents have also created a fervid No Boston Olympics Twitter feed to promote their cause. D.C., meanwhile, seems like a lost cause, according to local blogger SFCitizen. 


That makes Los Angeles the only real competitor. Or maybe Los Angeles is the only city that had a shot, in the first place.

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