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This should get some interesting responses :lookinup:

U.S. automakers are having a banner year in 2011. Sales are up and so are profits. And they’re doing it without much help from the city of San Francisco.

On April 29, the last domestic car dealership within city limits, San Francisco Ford Lincoln, closed its showroom doors and began winding down its repair and service operations, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Business had fallen off so much over the past few years that Ford Motor Co. itself had taken over the operation from its previous owner, but even support from the mother ship couldn’t keep it afloat.

Foreign automakers, including BMW, Honda, Scion and Smart, all continue to run what appear to be thriving dealerships in the area, as San Franciscans increasingly pledge their allegiance to import brands. Even the site of the last General Motors dealership to shut down in the city -- Ellis Brooks Chevrolet – is soon to be the home of a new mega-showroom for Nissan/Infiniti.

San Francisco’s tight streets, high parking rates and expensive gasoline don’t lend themselves well to the kind of large vehicles that make up the bulk of sales for the Big Three, so the appeal of smaller imports is not surprising. Still, the departure of the American brands comes at a time when Ford, GM and Chrysler are in the process of reinventing themselves with more of the compact, fuel-efficient offerings that are popular in dense urban centers.

California is the nation’s largest market for automobiles, and San Francisco is its fourth largest city, with a population of over 800,000 residents. Mel Turner, president of San Francisco Ford Lincoln, said Ford’s sales statewide have increased 37 percent this year. Nevertheless, his current and potential customers will now be referred to other dealers in the area.
 

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I find the irony in this story rather telling of the left. San Fran is one of if not the farthest left leaning city in the country. While they'll be the first group to talk about the evil corporations shipping jobs over seas, they don't support those jobs with their dollars by buying american products, but only with their mouths while their $ they will gladly buy imported goods. They will be the first to scream and march for "workers right" and march along side the unions when protesting a cause, but won't bother to spend their money to make sure the workers have product to sell. Its ok for the left to spend the tax payers money but not their own. I sense a bit of hipocracy from our liberal friends.
 

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SF may as well be it's own country. It is the true liberal utopia. To me... it is the armpit of California.
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Here's some of the news out of SF.

The Municipal Transportation Agency is on pace to bust its overtime budget by $18 million this year, a 55 percent cost overrun described as out of control by members of the Board of Supervisors Government Audit & Oversight Committee.

"This is a big deal. This is $18 million this year alone," said Supervisor Mark Farrell.

But Muni officials defended the spending.

"Overtime is not a four-letter word in transit," said John Haley, Muni operations chief.

Muni needs 1,491 operators to provide the scheduled service and on any given day is down about 300 operators, he said. That leaves management with the choice of missing runs - and angering riders - or using operators on OT at time-and-a-half pay to cover the shifts.

Board President David Chiu isn't convinced Muni's top brass is taking seriously enough the long-running issue of overtime cost overruns.

"The years of promises remind me of Groundhog Day," he said. "Management is far better at providing excuses than delivering results."

Muni budgeted $30.8 million for overtime this year and is projected to spend $48.3 million. The agency's annual operating budget is $775 million.

Sonali Bose, chief financial officer for the transportation agency, said that while overtime spending is higher than originally planned, it still falls within the agency's overall staffing budget.

City Controller Ben Rosenfield confirmed that it appears no extra money will be required to cover staffing costs this year.

But Muni, like some other departments, typically low-balls overtime expenses when the budget is adopted, knowing that the projections won't be met, he said.

"At some point, Muni needs to accurately reflect a reasonable expectation for an overtime budget," Rosenfield said.

- Rachel Gordon

EIR battle: A coalition of environmental groups and a local political power hitter say an environmental study of the Treasure Island development is inadequate and should be redone.

The Sierra Club, Golden Gate Audubon, the local environmental group Arc Ecology and Aaron Peskin, a former Board of Supervisors president, asked the full Board of Supervisors to review the Planning Commission's 4-3 approval of the proposed development's environmental report.

"This is no longer the project that it has been represented to be," said Saul Bloom, with Arc Ecology. "It is 25 percent larger and not as sustainable."

The appeal is not unexpected but will create another hoop for developers to jump through as they seek to build 8,000 new units on the island over the next 20 years.

Separately, a group of residents upset by the oft-debated plan for a new library in North Beach also appealed that project's environmental report.

The plan to demolish an old library and replace it with a new one has drawn the ire of a handful of North Beach activists who say it should be preserved. The environmental document was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission last month.

- Will Kane

New art: Empty storefronts may not have disappeared in the past year, but merchants and neighbors need not worry: The San Francisco Arts Commission's Art in Storefronts project hasn't either.

The project is coming up on its second year filling vacant windows and exterior walls with art, and a celebration unveiling six new storefront installations and five murals in the Mid-Market area takes place this evening

"It's a renewed shot of enthusiasm," said Luis Cancel, the commission's director of cultural affairs. "Artists have really transformed what was a place with tons of graffiti."

Merchants in Mid-Market, the Tenderloin, Bayview, Mission and Chinatown neighborhoods that had temporary installations last year were pleased with the results, Cancel said. The creative touches made the areas more inviting.

"People came specifically to see and experience these installations, and lingered in the area," he said.

Today's festivities take place from 5 to 7 p.m. The kickoff will be outside of the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts at 998 Market St., where two murals will be unveiled.

On top of that, three neighborhood galleries will have receptions, the Black Rock Arts Foundation will premiere two sculptures, and there will be live music and food trucks.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/12/BA771JF047.DTL#ixzz1MFOKmG9R
 

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Last time I was in San Francisco.................I was in the minority and English is the only language I speak. I can certainly understand why they do not have the "big three" auto dealers, the people buying cars don't even speak english yet..
 

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Doesn't surprise me, SF hates everything American except tax dollars entering the city.
 

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The whole state of California, has been like this for decades.

75 percent of the autos on the road there are imports.


Nothing new here.
 

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Nothing new here.

Really ? -And when was the last time NO American automakers were represented in an entire California city... let alone the entire state of California ? -as you imply ? 75% Of all vehicles are foreign ?

Dude... why do you do that ? Why do you insist on throwing **** out that you have neither fact or correct opinion on ?

We are not talking about which shoes or handbags celebrities are wearing... or which Palin you are obsessing over, today. What we are debating and offering opinion on... requires a bit more insight then the "E" channel can provide.

You have no business in these sorts of threads... You are not a serious man. Yet, here you are... dirtying the place up, again.
 

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Really ? -And when was the last time NO American automakers were represented in an entire California city... let alone the entire state of California ? -as you imply ? 75% Of all vehicles are foreign ?

Dude... why do you do that ? Why do you insist on throwing **** out that you have neither fact or correct opinion on ?

We are not talking about which shoes or handbags celebrities are wearing... or which Palin you are obsessing over, today. What we are debating and offering opinion on... requires a bit more insight then the "E" channel can provide.

You have no business in these sorts of threads... You are not a serious man. Yet, here you are... dirtying the place up, again.
Please start smoking again.....:rolleyes:
 

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