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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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Tax-break tech hiring a bust in Tenderloin

Positions to date: 1 full-time, 5 summer interns

 

from the CENTRAL CITY EXTRA

When the Twitter tax break was signed, the mayor’s office had high hopes that the expanding technology boom would explode with local hiring and that the incoming Internet companies could help make his dream of 2,500 new tech jobs come true.

Read the complete story at Central City Extra.

 

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Recycling center looks DOA

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by JIM MEKO

[Update: “With recycling centers dwindling in SF, one operator plans to bring the people to his business,” September 19, 2014, San Francisco Examiner]

Is this the last we’re going to hear about the recycling center at 10th and Harrison Street?

The available sign went back up yesterday. Ors Csaszar from Our Planet Recycling has cleared the lot over the last few weeks and it looks like he’s taking his bottles and cans and going away.  Continue reading

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LWVSF hosts a District 6 candidate event

The League of Women Voters of San Francisco has announced a Board of Supervisors District 6 Forum on Friday, September 19, 6:00 pm at Golden Gate University School of Law, 536 Mission Street, Room 2201. The declared candidates include incumbent Jane Kim, Jamie Whitaker, Michael Nulty and David Carlos Salaverry. A reception hosted by the student association in partnership with Golden Gate University follows.

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Kim protects PDR (at least until the November election)

by JIM MEKO

Supervisor Jane Kim followed through with her promise to the Flower Mart workers by introducing Interim Controls on Tuesday that would slow down the conversion of PDR (production, distribution and repair) businesses into high tech offices but put a 45 day lid on the controls. That’s just enough time to get her reelected in November.  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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Turn the Flower Mart into tech offices? Say it’s not so …

Zelda Bronstein, former chair of the Berkeley Planning Commission and author of many articles on the struggles of the service and light industries in San Francisco and beyond, was front and center at yesterday’s Flower Mart press conference and posted the following background piece on Tim Redmond’s 48 Hills online news site this morning. To continue on to “Turn the Flower Mart into tech offices? Say it’s not so,” click here.

 

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