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Photo exhibit captures old SoMa

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photo: Janet Delaney

by KENNETH BAKER
from SFGate

“Janet Delaney: South of Market,” at the de Young Museum, contains 40-odd 1980s color photographs whose time, regrettably, has come back. Delaney’s work celebrates photography as a medium of civic memory. To call it “street photography,” though much of it consists of street views, belittles its activist spirit. Continue reading →

 

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Supervisor London Breed takes aim at your “right to quiet enjoyment”

by JIM MEKO

London Breed, the newly elected President of the Board of Supervisors, has been dragged into the perennial conflict between neighbors and nightclubs, siding with the entertainment lobby of course, as it continues to buy influence at city hall to pursue its mean-spirited agenda.  Continue reading

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Robin Reichert, rest in peace

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This YouTube memorial video was posted on October 30, 2014  (click here).

by JIM MEKO

Robin Reichert, the proprietor of the Paradise Lounge at 11th and Folsom Street dating back to 1981, has passed away. No word as to the cause of death but survivors of the new wave revelry of that era are already making plans for a memorial service to be held on December 1 at the site of the former Transmission Theater next door.  Continue reading

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11th Street drag performance space clears last hurdle at city hall

District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener dragged out the same mischaracterizations of the Western SoMa Plan he always uses when entertainment folks are present, as the Land Use Committee of the Board considered a zoning amendment to legalize a nightclub in close proximity to the Kissling Alley Residential Enclave District. Relying on industry lobbyist Terrance Alan, the ethically-challenged former Entertainment Commissioner, for his facts, Wiener repeated his claim that the Plan was “unfriendly to entertainment.” He knows better but panders to the entertainment community every chance he gets.

Drag show impresario Heklina, a.k.a. Stefan Grygelko, has bought the building on the northwest corner of Folsom and 11th, formerly home to Caliente, the Oasis and Club VSF.

The committee agreed to send their positive recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors where a yes vote is a sure thing. No one votes against fun.  Continue reading

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Respected local architect designs 11th Street’s first non-residential building

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Stanley Saitowitz, a Principal in Natoma Architects of San Francisco, presented drawings for a four story office building proposed for 350 11th Street, the site of the notorious “purple building,” at a pre-application meeting last night. The possibility of more residential development on the entertainment corridor sent lobbyists into a frenzy and led Supervisor Jane Kim to amend the Western SoMa Plan to prohibit housing in the neighborhood.

Stanley Saitowitz is professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. His design for the Beth Sholom Synagogue (2008) in San Francisco garnered international praise and awards, such as the High Commendation Award, Religion & Contemplation at the 2008 World Architecture Festival 2008.  Continue reading

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Board loosens controls on Mechanical Amusement Devices in bars

by GLENDON HYDE
Neighborhood Rep/Vice Chair Entertainment Commission

Please note that Supervisor Breed’s legislation (file #140776) passed unanimously at the Board of Supervisors.  It will have a second reading on September 2. This legislation means that 73 of the current 81 mechanical amusement device (m.a.d.) permits will no longer be under the jurisdiction of the Entertainment Commission.  This is a $23,000 decrease in our annual license fees.  From now on, bars wishing to apply for up to four m.a.d.s need not submit or pay for an application.  Previously we received between 4 and 10 applications a year, so there will be another decrease of approximately $6000. Continue reading

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Jane Kim cleans up her 11th Street zoning mess

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by JIM MEKO

The entertainment lobby thought they were too cute by half when they talked Supervisor Jane Kim into wrapping the 11th Street corridor with a zoning proposal (WMUO) designed for the area surrounding the Caltrain depot. The good news, in their opinion, was that nighttime entertainment would become a fully permitted use and housing was no longer allowed. The downside was that it came with a prohibition of new nightclubs within 200 feet of recognized Residential Enclave Districts (REDs).  Continue reading

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