Monthly Archives: January 2012

Entertainment and hate speech

This nasty dispute between neighbors and nightclubs over the question of establishing an entertainment zone on 11th Street has gotten a lot of people worked up.

“People who don’t want noise from people enjoying music and each other shouldn’t live in SOMA, or in the big city at all,” declared one of Entertainment Commissioner Glendon (Anna Conda) Hyde’s supporters.

The last time this idea surfaced,  passions became so inflamed by the industry’s “Save the Music” campaign that a nearly completed 15 unit live/work building at the corner of 11th and Harrison Street burned to the ground. The fire was ruled arson but no one was ever prosecuted for the crime.

Maybe it’s time for folks on all sides of the issue to tone down their rhetoric a bit.

Jim Meko, chair
SoMa Leadership Council 

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Market Street billboard promoter files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The much-hyped revival of Mid-Market didn’t come fast enough for David Addington and his company Fair Market Properties. J.K. Dineen reports in the San Francisco Business Times that Fair Market Properties, which bought 1028-1056 Market Street in 2004 for $6.4 million, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Jan. 18, according to public documents. Addington owes about $4 million to East West Bank.

Jim Meko, chair
SoMa Leadership Council 

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SoMa-based architects honored for affordable housing design

Bob Herman and Susie Coliver, principals of Herman Coliver Locus Architecture, will be honored at Episcopal Community Services’ Annual Awards Luncheon for their work designing affordable housing which contributes to the health and humanity of our community.   Continue reading

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EC commish targets 11th Street, tells Bay Area Reporter “it is time to be really loud and proud”

Matthew Bajko, the Bay Area Reporter’s political correspondent, covers the SoMa Leadership Council’s upcoming entertainment summit in his latest column. “I have absolutely endorsed an entertainment zone for 11th Street,” said gay Entertainment Commissioner Glendon Hyde, also known as drag queen Anna Conda. “It is time to really be loud and proud about our culture and make sure it doesn’t disappear for condos.”

click here to read his report

Jim Meko, chair
SoMa Leadership Council 

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St. Joseph’s renovation faces Historic Preservation hearing on February 1

Chris Foley and the Polaris Group will be going before the Historic Preservation Commission on February 1 to present their plans for the renovation and adaptive reuse of St. Joseph’s Church. The landmark South of Market structure at 10th and Howard Street has sat empty since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and Foley bought it from the Archdiocese for a dollar after assuming all the seismic obligations attached to the beautiful old building.  Continue reading

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First draft of new D6 nixes Kim, Walker, Daly … and the poor

The first map released by the Redistricting Task Force cuts off the Hayes Valley and north Mission portions of District 6, which coincidentally includes the homes of Debra Walker, Chris Daly and our current Supervisor Jane Kim.

The Redistricting Task Force released their first draft of a redesigned District 6 last week. The newly drawn boundaries shed 29% of excess population by eliminating Hayes Valley and the north Mission.  Continue reading

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Job Fair January 26th at the Metreon

From Kimberly Ng, South of Market Employment Center: Mission Hiring Hall/South of Market Employment Center is holding a job fair on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in the City View Room at the Westfield Metreon. The job fair will run from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will feature employers from the retail, hotel/hospitality, and security industries. This job fair is sponsored by Westfield.  Continue reading

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