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Board of Supervisors vote to allow go-ahead on Commonwealth Club building

  In the latest development in the lengthy fight over the Commonwealth Club's new home on the Embarcadero, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Jan. 27, voted unanimously to allow the go-ahead for them to renovate the building as planned. As reported in several articles in the Barbary Coast News, the Club has been blocked by opponents who primarily don't like the building's modern glass facade. The Club has rented space in San Francisco for its more than 100 years in existence and bought a building at 110 Embarcadero that it hopes to call its own for generations to come. Due to delays, it is temporarily moving from its previous location at 595 Market St. to 555 Post St. Programming will begin Feb. 1 in the new space. For more background on this, search the site for "Commonwealth Club." … Read Full Article

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BCNA News: Review of Civil Grand Jury report on the Port of SF

This is another article on the remarkable 2013-2014 San Francisco Civil Grand Jury. Three of the Grand Jury's six timely reports were chosen to highlight herein because of their special relevance to the Barbary Coast neighborhood. Affordable Housing and Sea Level Rise were discussed earlier. Now, the subject is the historic Port of San Francisco. The Grand Jury's findings and recommendations … Read Full Article

The Commonwealth Club is moving from 595 Market Street to its own building at 110 Embarcadero. Photo courtesy of the Commonwealth Club.

Letter: Commonwealth Club’s claims refuted

Dear Barbary Coast News, I notice the Commonwealth Club’s claim of having lost $1 million due to delays is not quoted or attributed to any specific source.  It’s just stated as if we should just accept this as fact.  We filed our appeal just last July, and it is hard to believe that the club would have rebuilt and occupied this building by now.  Apparently it is easier to blame preservationists … Read Full Article

After a makeover by the reality television show Bar Rescue, The Holding Company in 2 Embarcadero Center re-opened on Jan. 17 as Patriot House: An American Gastropub. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

After Bar Rescue re-do, The Holding Company is now Patriot House

  After a makeover from the reality television show Bar Rescue, The Holding Company in 2 Embarcadero Center re-opened to a packed house on Saturday, Jan. 17 as Patriot House: An American Gastropub. The interior is basically the same, but the wall decor was changed to reflect a patriotic theme. It includes portraits of presidents, Revolutionary War-era flags, state seals and a light bulb … Read Full Article

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AirBnB gets a lift: City to accept applications for short-term rentals

    San Francisco Planning will begin accepting short-term residential rental applications on Feb. 2. Property owners and tenants are encouraged to determine eligibility for this new law, which is effective Feb. 1. (Note: The Gateway Apartments and Townhomes forbids subletting, so this law will not affect those residents.) With new legislation soon taking effect allowing … Read Full Article

San Francisco's Waterfront has seen major changes from 1997-2014, and the Port will outline them in a presentation during the Planning Commission meeting at 3:15 p.m. Aug. 12. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

Blue Bottle Cafe in Ferry Building undergoing renovations

Blue Bottle Cafe in the Ferry Building is undergoing renovations. Excerpted from its website: "Located inside one of San Francisco’s most recognizable landmarks, this café consists of two coffee bars: The first, located in the main arcade, pulls Hayes Valley Espresso on a three group La Marzocco paddlewheel. The north (or “secret”) coffee bar is tucked away around the corner in a side … Read Full Article

Bartenders at CUESA's Bar Lab mix farm-fresh creations they'll unveil at CUESA's The Art of the Modern Drink on May 21. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

Jazz on the Rocks features cocktails with seasonal bounty

Jazz on the Rocks: Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market Details: It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing—or, in this case, a drink with a bit of a kick. Join CUESA, the local chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild, and SFJAZZ for a night of celebrating two truly American innovations: jazz and cocktails. When:  5:30 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 Where: San Francisco’s Ferry … Read Full Article

The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 includes a two-and-a-half acre public park with greenery. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

Port, Metro answer questions on Pier 27 events

The Port of San Francisco hosted a meeting from 5:30 to about 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, to give information and answer questions about special events scheduled for the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27. While the terminal’s main purpose is cruise calls, it was always part of the Port’s plan for the building to be rented out for additional revenue for events such as corporate meetings, … Read Full Article