Monday, July 02, 2018

Fourth of July 2018: San Francisco Bay Area Events

  • All-City Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza: Noon, Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. Carnival games, live entertainment, food, free public swimming and more. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • California’s Great America Fireworks Show: 9:45 p.m. July 4. Fireworks set to patriotic music. Current and past military will be honored with free admission with valid ID, plus $23.99 admission for up to six guests.
  • Rose, White & Blue Parade: 10 a.m. Parade starts on Dana Avenue and ends at the festival area located on The Alameda near Shasta Avenue. Marching bands, dance groups, antique cars, and more. The festival features live music, artisan booths and food.
  • Rotary Centennial Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. Discovery Meadows, 180 Woz Way in downtown San Jose. Organized by the Rotary Club. Free.
  • San Jose Giants: Municipal Stadium, 599 E. Alma Ave. Fireworks will follow the conclusion of the game that begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $10-$30.
  • Fourth of July Celebration: 1-4 p.m. “Waving the Red, White & Blue” Pool Party. 7-10 p.m. “Red, White & Boom” Fireworks and concert. Fireworks entry, $3; pool party is free. Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.
  • Children’s Parade & Concert in the Park: 7-11 a.m. pancake breakfast, Quinlan Community Center. 9-11:30 a.m. children’s carnival, 10 a.m. children’s parade, Memorial Park, 21121 Stevens Creek Blvd. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Concert, Memorial Park Amphitheatre, 21163 Anton Way. Featuring music of the Cocktail Monkeys. Fireworks show approximately 9:30 p.m. Viewing sites: Creekside Community Church, Creekside Park, Sedgwick Elementary, Miller Avenue (between Bollinger and Phil).
  • On-the-Water Viewing of Fireworks: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd. The Boathouse & American Bistro at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View will have on-the-water viewing of fireworks — from a pedalboat, rowboat, canoe or kayak. Barbecue picnic from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., $13-$17. Also offering pre-prepared picnic baskets offered by the American Bistro, $30 for two. Reservations:
  • San Francisco Symphony with Fireworks: 8 p.m. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway. Music will be performed from the classic score of “Star Wars” along with tracks from Pixar. $34 and up.
  • Chili Cook-Off: Noon-5 p.m. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive. 37th annual chili battle plus music, food trucks and kid’s activities.
  • Independence Day Parade: Northern California’s largest Fourth of July parade, the city’s 80th annual, starts at 10 a.m. at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street and winds through downtown. Marching bands, floats, veterans. Followed by downtown festival. Free.
  • Old Fashioned Fourth: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway. Children can hand-crank homemade vanilla ice cream. Traditional Independence Day crafts to take home. At 1 p.m. view vintage films from the museum’s archives. Museum admission will be half-price that day: $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, free for kids 5 and younger.
  • Fireworks: Concert at the Port of Redwood City starts at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Los Altos Hills Fourth of July Parade: 9:30-11 a.m., Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road. Parade down Fremont Road and conclude at Gardner Bullis School, where you can enjoy a beverage and watermelon treat.
  • Fourth of July Parade and Celebration: 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Parade beginning at Wells Fargo parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street, followed by celebration at noon, Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St. Live music, jump houses, rock walls, crafts, games, crafts, face painting, food and more. Free; $8 wristband required for some activities.
  • Angel Island Fourth of July Experience: 7-11 p.m. San Francisco Bay. Round-trip shuttle to battery Ledyard (fireworks viewing area), where you can see views of the San Francisco fireworks, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Music, food and drinks. Special picnic dinners available for purchase. Tiburon ferry leaves at 7 p.m. (begins boarding at 6:40 p.m.) and returns 10:45-11 p.m. San Francisco ferry leaves at 6 p.m. (begins boarding at 5:20 p.m.) and departs Angel Island promptly at 10:50 p.m. $52-$73. Tiburon Ferry or San Francisco Ferry.
  • 4th of July Celebration at The Pier: 3-9:30 p.m. Pier 39. Live entertainment on Entrance Plaza Stage featuring Tainted Love, the best of the 1980s live from 3-6 p.m. Fireworks 9:30 p.m.
  • Blue & Gold Fleet Cruise: 8:15 p.m. (alcohol free) and 8:30 p.m. from Pier 39; also boardings at 8, 8:20 and 8:40 p.m. from Pier 41. Cash-only snack bar available. Boarding will start 30 minutes prior to departure. $85-$430.
  • Hornblower 4th of July Cruises: Celebrate the Fourth of July with a scenic San Francisco Bay Cruise. Choose from a Beer Lunch Cruise with free-flowing beer or a Premier 4th of July Dinner Cruise with premium open bar, four-course dinner and front-row seats to the San Francisco fireworks show.
  • Red and White Fleet Cruises: Departures: 7:45, 7:50, 8:15 and 8:20 p.m. from Pier 43 ½. Hosted bar and snack stations. $90-$110.
  • SS Jeremiah O’Brien: Fourth of July Fireworks Dockside Viewing: 7 p.m. Pier 45. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets include hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. $10-$80.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Vancouver's real estate bubble

British Columbia is trying to tax Vancouver's crazy expensive housing market into submission – and homeowners think it's great. "If I got to lose 200 or 300 grand to keep the kids and the future of this place, so be it." Condominium towers in Vancouver, British Columbia, where housing costs are up by about 60 percent over the past three years. About a fifth of local homeowners in a survey said they’d like to see prices fall by 30 percent or more.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Eminent Domain Is On The Way For Palo Alto

The California high speed rail will create a significant amount of eminent domain in Palo Alto. For example the railroad reconfiguration at Churchill Avenue and Alma Street could cause 36 properties to be seized through eminent domain. At $5 million per residential parcel, taking residential property in Palo Alto is the question. The acquisitions would add $200 million to the project cost before construction even begins considering the cost of Palo Alto homes. The Churchill and Alma Street crossing is the first intersection that could be redesigned. It is one of four in Palo Alto, including Palo Alto Avenue, Meadow Drive and Charleston Road.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Concar Shopping Center

San Mateo's Concar Shopping Center near near the Hayward Park Caltrain Station will be transformed from an outdated shopping center into housing and retail space - Passage at San Mateo. Mixed-use development will have 935 residences and 35,000 square feet of retail space. The site is the current location of Trader Joe’s, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, 7-Eleven, Shane Co., Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx and Rite Aid stores. The future plans suggest retaining a Trader Joe’s and 7-Eleven. The builders plan to have 1,291 residential parking spaces, 102 visitor spaces and 195 retail spaces which is probably would be not enough to keep all the cars of future residents on site.

Not long ago the owner of the Rite Aid Pharmacy in San Mateo is suing the developer of a large office complex under construction nearby, saying that dewatering at Hines office complex project caused the store’s floor to sink up to 9 inches in some places, resulting in extensive damage.

Dewatering involves temporarily removing water from the ground around a construction site. If you dig a hole deeper than the water table, the hole will fill up with water, like it would if you dug a hole in the sand near the ocean.

When builders excavate below the groundwater table, they often first sink small wells around the perimeter of the hole to lift water out of the soil. That lowers the water table in the construction site and prevents the excavation from filling up with water. Depending on the type of soil and geology under the sites, it can also cause settling under neighboring buildings.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fremont Condo HOA prohibited kids from playing outside

According to the local media:
Families in Fremont have scored a huge legal victory after they sued their condo complex because it wouldn’t let their kids play outside. For years, kids were not allowed to play outside in the gated complex located on Sequim Common, home to dozens of families. The homeowners association, Silvertree Mohave HOA, had set up the rules, but now an $800,000 settlement is forcing management to pay up.
Looks like the families sued themselves and won. Plaintiffs are former homeowners in the Silvertree Mohave HOA condominium complex in Fremont, California. The people who own homes in a community with a HOA are the HOA.

As it stands now here is the final score:

  • Lewis Family: +$35K
  • Project Sentinel: +$19K
  • Lewis' "pro-bono" Lawyers +296,020
  • Each of the members in the class action: +$2,335 x 334 ($800k)
  • Families currently living there AKA Silvertree Mohave HOA -$1,150,020 (or $10,648 each)
Somehow I do not see a huge legal victory for the families living in HOA. Now they are going to have a special assessment to pay themselves. As part of the settlement, the Silvertree Mojave HOA must also post signs letting residents know that children can play outside. The children being children, upon seeing the signs never played outside ever again.