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Battle continues over new Commonwealth Club building; appeal set for Jan. 27

A battle continues over the Commonwealth Club’s proposed new home at 110 Embarcadero, with a contingent of neighbors taking the fight to the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 27. Delays are costing the club about $1 million, including funds spent for a move into temporary quarters at 555 Post St. earlier in January because its plans are being held up by appeals. Twice in 2014, the Planning Commission approved the club’s plans to renovate 110 Embarcadero with a modern glass facade, but David Osgood of Rincon Neighbors has filed a third appeal, this time with the Board of Supervisors. “It’s an appeal of the final mitigated negative declaration,” said Kansai Uchida, the Planning Department staffer on the case. “It’s an environmental document. It’s not an approval decision.” Copious documentation is available on the Planning Department’s website outlining the Club’s plans and the opposition and support. A 255-page packet is available here. … 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

The owners of the Holding Company are (left to right) Natalie Fasoli, Leona Browne, Danielle Browne and Marissa Browne. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

The Holding Company getting revamp from Bar Rescue

  The Holding Company has shuttered temporarily so it can undergo a revamp for the reality television series Bar Rescue on the Spike network. Owner Leona Browne said they're not being told much about the plans themselves. (Update: As of Friday, Jan. 16, a sign on a sandwich board outside of the bar says it will re-open at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.) Browne and her three sisters - who … 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

Green Bar offers an extensive selection of hot and cold vegetable and meat dishes. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

3 great places for by-the-pound food

  The heady days of heavy holiday calorie consumption are over. What better way to keep a lid on the intake than to weigh your plate before eating? Here are three great places in the Barbary Coast to get lunch by the pound. … Read Full Article

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SFPD proposing district boundary changes

The San Francisco Police Department submitted its District Station Boundary Analysis to the San Francisco Police Commission on December 10, 2014, outlining proposed district station boundary changes. A map of the proposed district station boundary is available for viewing at the Police Commission page on the San Francisco Police Department’s website: www.sanfranciscopolice.org/districtmap A … Read Full Article