Two Luxurious SUVs With Distinctive Fashion – San Francisco Bay Occasions

By Philip Ruth –

Blocky or smooth? Outdoor or urban chic? SUVs have as many flavors as Baskin-Robbins, so you can probably find one that suits your taste.

The two we’re about to examine here are downright polar opposites in terms of niche and purpose, and both are so satisfactory to drive that you’d likely live in harmony with both of them. The decision between them depends on what you want to do with your new purchase and how you want to look. Land Rover has a long history of selling paid off-roaders, while Genesis is an emerging brand of the budget-conscious Hyundai.

I recently talked about the Genesis GV80 – the bigger brother of the $ 64,045 GV70 AWD 3.5T Sport Prestige featured here. Genesis have something interesting to do with their style as both of them were eye catchers. This GV70, in its $ 500 Adriatic Blue livery, added an unusually pleasant and masculine presence. The GV80 got curious looks, while the GV70’s attention was more focused and intense, similar to lust.

The Land Rover Defender 110 SE is typical of the brand and at first glance appears functional with many interesting shapes and design flourishes when the gaze lingers. The doors and hatch are a comfortable weight, and the rear skylights are a cool retro touch, while the floating trim panel on the B-pillars is refreshingly modern. The well-equipped 2021 tester cost less than $ 70,000.

The hot ticket for people who regularly park in parallel is the Defender 90, an arbitrary 20 of the 110 tested. But with two fewer doors it measures 180.4 inches compared to the 197.6 of the 110. That makes the Defender 90 shorter than a Civic or Corolla sedan, which greatly increases your chances of squeezing into one position. The GV70 can also be parked at 185.6 inches.

The high-300-horsepower club is a quick place, and the Genesis 375 and Defender 395 reviews translate into two-ton luxury SUVs that are consistently nimble, with muscles off the line and powerful bumps to overtake. The mileage is checked at 21 for the GV70 and 19 for the Defender.

The surroundings are correspondingly special inside. The Defender’s 14-way heated and cooled storage seats make you the commander of your domain. The instrument panel is long and wide, a contrast to the cockpit-like shapes of most modern cars, and the large windows add light whether your safari is through sunny Castro or the misty Sunset District.

The Genesis leans more towards the sports car as it feels more intimate. It has the brand-typical horizontal single-spoke wheel, and the dashboard behind it is gracefully curved and contoured. Sparkling lighted details light up the armrests and console, and there is just enough shiny stuff to make it feel like it all goes with it.

We discuss these different vehicles in the same breath because they are priced close together, and also because they are both fun. The Defender 110 was unexpectedly nimble, while the GV70’s ability to carve corners could make sports sedans obsolete. Both are worth an enthusiastic test drive.

Philip Ruth is a Castro-based automotive photojournalist and consultant with an automotive staging service.

Published on December 2, 2021

GM-backed Cruise seeks last approval for robotaxis in San Francisco

Cruise Origin driverless shuttle


General MotorsUS government-backed Cruise is seeking final California approval to begin commercializing its robotaxi fleet in San Francisco.

The self-driving car start-up announced Friday that it has filed for approval with the California Public Utilities Commission to allow autonomous vehicles to be used. It is the last of six permits required by the CPCU and California DMV to charge the public for travel.

It is unclear how long the review and approval process will take. Cruise is the first to apply for approval. Cruise CEO Dan Ammann recently said the company expects to begin commercialization as early as next year, pending regulatory approval.

If approved, Cruise could be the first to operate a taxi fleet without human drivers. alphabet-supported Waymo has also received approval from California DMV to bill Robotaxi rides, but their approval still requires a “safety driver” in the vehicle in the event of a problem.

The latest permit allows Cruise vehicles to operate on public roads in certain parts of San Francisco between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, even in light rain or fog. However, according to the DMV, they must not exceed 30 miles per hour.

Commercializing autonomous vehicles has been far more difficult than many predicted a few years ago, but Waymo and Cruise are considered two of the frontrunners.

Cruise was scheduled to launch a public transportation service in San Francisco in 2019. The enterprise delayed these plans this year to conduct further testing and obtain necessary regulatory approvals.

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Cruise received DMV approval for self-driving vehicles for the first time in June 2015. Since then, the company has slowly expanded its test sites and expanded its fleet to hundreds of autonomous vehicles, while also obtaining additional permits.

Cruise’s current fleet of vehicles includes Chevrolet Bolt EVs that are retrofitted with self-driving vehicle software and additional technologies such as cameras, radar and lidar that enable vehicles to “see” their surroundings.

The next fleet of vehicles is expected to consist of the Cruise Origin, a rectangular shuttle-like vehicle designed exclusively as an autonomous vehicle. Ammann said earlier this year that GM is expected to begin producing the Origin for Cruise early 2023.

GM acquired Cruise in 2016. Since then, it has been like investors Honda engine, Softbank Vision Fund and, more recently, too Walmart and Microsoft.

How a lot cash it is advisable afford lease in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – How much do you really have to earn to comfortably afford an apartment in the Bay Area?

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has a comprehensive report this shows what the residents have to earn annually in order to be able to afford a bedroom from zero to four in different areas.

In San Francisco, renting a one-bedroom apartment alone costs a six-figure salary; specially $ 116,920.

Broken down into an hourly wage, that would be $ 56.21 an hour to have a bedroom to yourself.

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Anyone who only earns the minimum wage of $ 14 an hour in San Francisco can easily afford $ 728 in rent, according to the coalition. The minimum wage worker would have to work 161 hours a week to be able to afford a bedroom alone.

Unsurprisingly, San Francisco is the most expensive place to live in California – followed by San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Oakland-Fremont.

Functions for San Francisco Music and Leisure Venues Grants Set to Open – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – City officials announced Monday that the San Francisco Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund will be accepting grant applications starting this week.

The $ 10,000 minimum grants are available to all eligible San Francisco entertainment venues, which in many cases have been closed for a full year due to COVID-19.

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Mayor London Breed announced that the fund will begin accepting applications for grants from Wednesday April 21st. The fund was set up to financially support live music and entertainment venues in San Francisco to keep them from closing permanently due to U.S. pressure pandemic.

According to the press release, the fund supports recommendations by the city’s Economic Recovery Task Force to support the arts, culture, hospitality and entertainment sectors. The fund is also in line with San Francisco’s other entertainment support efforts, including Mayor Breed’s $ 2.5 million entertainment fee and tax break and the arts and culture support proposals under the Framework of the Mayor’s Small Business Recovery Act.

“These music and entertainment venues are part of what makes San Francisco a special place to live and visit,” Mayor Breed said in the press release. “The past year has been devastating for the entertainment sector and this local funding will help these companies stay until they can get back up and running.”

Last month, Mayor and manager Matt Haney agreed to allocate $ 3 million to the fund as part of $ 24.8 million for small business loans and grants in the current year surplus expenditure plan. In the first round of grants, all $ 3 million of the same amount will be spent on each eligible venue. According to official figures, the grants for each venue are at least $ 10,000. However, this amount depends on how many venues are qualified for the program.

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“Our independent music and nightlife venues have been badly hit over the past year and are in dire need of the support this fund will provide,” said Supervisor Matt Haney. “Night life and entertainment are cornerstones of our city’s economy and culture. When we reopen and recover, we need our city’s venues to not only survive but also to grow stronger. “

The fund is managed by the San Francisco Office of Small Business and was developed in consultation with stakeholders from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Entertainment Commission, the Small Business Commission, the San Francisco Venue Coalition, and the Independent Venue Alliance.

The fund is also available to receive donations from the public. All private donations received before the first round of scholarships will be distributed during this round. If the city adds additional money to the fund from the city or through donations after the first grant round, this money will be awarded in the following grant rounds.

“Live music venues couldn’t be open for even a single day in any way for over a year. They’re among the hardest hit companies in San Francisco, so they’re hanging by a thread, said Sharky Laguana, president of the San Francisco Small Business Commission. “Many had to close permanently. Music is central to San Francisco’s identity and history, and as a musician, I don’t even want to think of our city without our beloved venues. “

The deadline for applying for grants is May 5th. Venues eligible for funding must have an entertainment commission location approval prior to the start of the pandemic, including a track record of extensive live entertainment programming, including eligibility criteria.

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Metropolis to reopen workplaces, outside bars, and dwell leisure beneath orange COVID-19 tier – The San Francisco Examiner

The San Francisco reopening is set to move forward next week with an expected shift to the state’s orange COVID-19 tier that will allow for the reopening of offices, outdoor bars, and live outdoor entertainment and festivals.

Earlier this month, San Francisco moved from the most restrictive purple tier in the state to the second most restrictive, allowing The City to reopen indoor dining.

The Ministry of Health said it plans to adhere to the state’s orange tier regulations as closely as possible, but will impose stricter restrictions.

“The reopening that we have planned for the orange stage is more than it has ever been since the beginning,” Mayor London Breed told Breed on Thursday. “So this is great news and I hope we can continue like this.”

The most notable changes allowed under the orange tier include the opening of offices, outdoor bars, and live entertainment and outdoor festivals, while many other allowances under the orange tier expand the capacity of already reopened businesses and activities.

The city allows outdoor art and music festivals with no seating for up to 50 people. Offices can be reopened for personal work, but only at 25% capacity, although health authorities continue to encourage workers to telework.

But Breed said reopening offices was an important step in revitalizing the inner city.

“We know it will take time, but our inner city is so important to the future of this city,” said Breed. “It supports our economy. It supports our small businesses and we will do everything we can to bring it back safely. “

Bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries can also be reopened for outdoor table service without food.

Restaurants will see relaxed restrictions.

Indoor dining can be expanded to 50% of the capacity and has tables for up to six people from up to three households. Currently, indoor dining only allows 25% capacity with just one household and up to four people per table.

Indoor dining can stay open until 11 p.m., one hour later than currently allowed.

There are no longer any restrictions on the number of households at one table for al fresco dining, but there can only be six people per table.

City officials said San Francisco could move to the least restrictive tier in the state in just three weeks. Breed urged businesses and customers to follow guidelines to keep The City on track and to keep opening more.

She also said The City is continuing to work on the guidelines that will allow people to participate in the Giants’ opening game at Oracle Park on April 9th. Under the orange tier, starting April 1, the state allows reopening of outdoor spectator sports and live entertainment for in-state audiences up to 33% capacity. “

“We know the Giants opening day is coming soon and we are definitely working on it,” said Breed.

There are currently four counties in the Orange Plain, including San Mateo County, which was the first county to move in the Bay Area this week.

There are an average of seven new COVID cases per day in San Francisco. During the pandemic’s worst spike, The City recorded a high seven-day average of 374 cases per day.

“The cases are still low,” said Dr. Susan Philip from the Department of Public Health. “We have to be careful, however, because when we open again, we come closer and closer to each other, more and more possibilities for transmission.”

She noted that more contagious variants of the virus remain a “wild card”.

The expected transition to the orange tier is as cases continue to decline and more people are getting the vaccine for COVID. City data shows that 35% of residents aged 16 and over, or 269,970 received at least one vaccine dose and 126,992 received a second dose.

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses to be effective. Johnson & Johnson has started delivering a single vaccine, the Breed was recently vaccinated With. The data does not indicate how many received the J&J vaccine.

Eleven counties remain in the most restrictive purple level of the state, 42 in the red and one in the less restrictive yellow level. The state announces an update of the district’s status every Tuesday. San Francisco’s new guild lines would go into effect on Wednesday.

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San Francisco Metropolis Corridor Scandal: Cash laundering duo to plead responsible

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – The San Francisco City Hall corruption investigation has further implications.

Former city official Sandra Zuniga has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

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The US prosecutor says Zuniga will plead guilty of money laundering and work with investigators.

She is the former head of the mayor’s office for neighborhood services and the city’s fix-it team for safe and clean roads.

Prosecutors say she conspired with her romantic partner, Mohammed Nuru, the former head of the public works department.

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Zuniga is the fifth defendant to plead guilty to the extended investigation.

She has since been sacked by Mayor London Breed after being charged in June 2020.

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EDD Debit Card Victims Getting Taxed For Cash Hackers Stole From Their Accounts – CBS San Francisco

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So San Francisco is not broke. The place is the cash?

Tom Ammiano, who served four years on the Board of Education, 14 years on the Board of Supes, and six years in the State Assembly, saw many budgets in his time. And years ago he gave me great advice:

“When you try to do something good in public office, they always say the money is not there. But there is always the money. It may be tucked away somewhere, on a closed-door budget deal, but the idea that there is no money is usually a lie. “

If we chose to attract artists instead of tech companies, cool restaurants might not be crowded out. illustration by Mona Caron.

Yes: when powerful people want a tax cut for rich people or for tech companies or political friends, money is never a problem. But when budgets are tight and low-ranking workers, for example, want to meet the promised increases, this is a terrible crisis and will bankrupt the city.

So after all the downfall and darkness from the mayor’s office, including sharp criticism of union workers (but not the cops, who has everything they wanted) It turns out the city currently has a budget surplus. This is mainly due to higher property taxes and taxes on high-end property sales – and federal funds expected from the Biden administration.

Of course it is Chron still says “Deficits threaten.”

We have no idea What will the economy look like after COVID SF or California? The Business Times says We are on the way to disaster unless we (where did you hear that before?) lower corporate taxes. That never worked.

(I keep hearing people say the rich are moving to Austin, Texas for lower taxes and better local services, but Texas doesn’t have Prop. 13 – real estate is valued at full value every year. That means Texas has some of the highest property taxes in the country. For example, if you bought a home in Austin for $ 250,000 25 years ago and now it’s worth $ 850,000 thanks to all of the Californians moving there, your property taxes are down to about $ 4,500 a year Up $ 15,000 a year. And they increase every year with the value of your property. In San Francisco, this house is still taxed at about $ 3,000 a year.)

I don’t hear much from the mayor’s office about how to plan for post-COVID. There are so many possibilities; For example, we could try using empty downtown office space as space for the arts. Instead of offering tax breaks to big, rich tech companies, we could offer artists, writers, performers, musicians cheap studio, rehearsal, and performance space and tell the world if all you need is inexpensive space and low rents, San Francisco wants you.

Artists use charcoal and other materials salvaged from the Northern California fires to create a climate justice mural. Would this be a better future for SF?

Indeed, it might be a good idea to attract 50,000 new artists to a city where 50,000 technicians have left. Musicians need to work together and have an audience. Painters cannot work online. Stage performers must be in the same room. This could be a perfect strategy for COIVD economic development. (Artists buy coffee and go to restaurants too – but they don’t tend to crowd out existing businesses because they’re not rich. So the cool old places with cheap food could survive.)

Of course, this would not be so good for the landlord. But for half a century everything we have done in economic development has benefited owners and tenants. Maybe we’ll try a different approach.

Anyway, Sup. Matt Haney has called for a hearing on “Economy, Financial Condition and Other Issues in the City” that could help us get a better picture of the present and the future. In my experience, mayors have always tried to keep budgets looking bleak so they can cut whatever they don’t like at will, and they have made it as difficult as possible to find out if the money is “really there”.

The Wednesday / 17 The hearing before the Budget and Appropriations Committee starts at 1:30 a.m.

Oh, and while we’re talking about money: After years of legal battle (which probably cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in prosecution work), San Francisco will finally pay out $ 2.5 million to a man who was framed and wrongly condemned through the actions of the SFPD.

MissionLocal did an excellent job on this story, pointing out that Maurice Caldwell was released from the courts after 20 years in prison The prosecutor fought against any payment.

Now that the case is on trial, the city appears poised to reduce its losses. The Government Audit and Oversight Committee will be heard Thursday / 18th a proposal to settle the case. The officer, whom the courts approve, retired years later with the rank of commander without disciplinary action.

And the San Francisco taxpayers will pay the bill.

Sup. Hillary Ronen is concerned about the city’s recovery rights – which pays $ 1,285 to anyone who test positive for COVID and have to quarantine and miss work – is underfunded and does not deliver the promised benefits. She has requested a hearing in the Budget and Finance Committee

to discuss how many times the program has been suspended for lack of funds, how many eligible people have not received this economic support since the program started, how much money is currently available to help COVID-19 positive program residents, how It is estimated that additional funding will be required to fully fund the program throughout the duration of the pandemic, the impact of the program on those who have received funding, and public health as a whole.

The Wednesday / 17 The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m.

Famed San Francisco non-public eye Palladino dies after assault | Leisure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Jack Palladino, the flamboyant private investigator whose clients ranged from presidents and whistleblowers to scandal-plagued celebrities, Hollywood moguls and sometimes suspected drug traffickers, died Monday at the age of 76.

Palladino suffered a devastating brain injury Thursday after two potential robbers tried to grab his camera outside his home in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.

He held on to the camera but fell and hit his head. The photos he took before his attackers escaped were used by police to track down two suspects. They were charged with assault with a lethal weapon and other crimes.

“He would have liked to know,” his wife Sandra Sutherland told The Associated Press on Monday. She added that she had said to her husband while he was unconscious in the hospital, “You know what, Jack, they have the bastards and it was all you do.”

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Palladino worked for a who’s who of the famous and sometimes infamous, alternately hailed as a hero or denounced as a villain, depending on who his client was at the time.

He was hired by Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign to protect women who stood up to claim they had sex with the future president.

He was also the family investigator for a 14-year-old boy who won a multi-million dollar settlement from Michael Jackson after accusing the entertainer of molesting him. Jackson was never charged with a crime in this case.

Two of his best-known clients were former tobacco company executive and whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand and former automotive executive John DeLorean.

In the Wigand case, Palladino exposed a deliberate campaign by Big Tobacco to target the former executive of Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. smeared after his allegations that chemicals were added to tobacco products to be addictive became public. Palladino also starred in “The Insider,” the 1999 film about the case.

For DeLorean, he found that the former General Motors chief executive officer had been installed by authorities accusing him of trafficking millions of dollars in cocaine. This was a failed attempt to shore up his failing DeLorean Motor Co. DeLorean was acquitted.

“Jack was a pillar of the legal and professional community. He firmly believed in due process, the rights of the First Amendment, in particular freedom of expression and the press, “said Palladino’s attorney Mel Honowitz in an emotional statement confirming Palladino’s death.

Although he still occasionally took cases, Palladino largely retired a year ago, his wife said, adding that the two were looking forward to traveling and photography, which was a passion for both.

The couple married in 1977, the same year they founded Palladino & Sutherland Investigations.

While many are holding back in their business, they have fared from doing anything. They publicly filmed high profile cases while the media sometimes compared them to Nick and Nora Charles, the fictional, clever high society detective team of husband and wife in the Dashiell Hammett potboiler “The Thin Man”.

Her clients included everyone from the Black Panthers and Hells Angels to celebrities like Courtney Love, Robin Williams and Kevin Costner. They once found a truckload of stolen gear for the Grateful Dead, and Palladino has spent years investigating the Jonestown cult’s mass suicide in Guyana.

Some celebrity customers, such as Williams and Costner, have been the target of fan or tabloid abuse. In Love’s case, she has been linked to unfounded allegations that she played a role in her husband, Kurt Cobain’s suicide.

“I’m someone you call when the house is on fire and not when there is smoke in the kitchen,” Palladino told the San Francisco Examiner in 1999. “You are asking me to deal with this fire, save you and do whatever it takes to be made fire – where does it come from, where does it go, will it ever happen again? “

Over the years, some people, including the women who made allegations against Clinton, complained that Palladino sometimes threatened and molested them, their families and friends.

Although he would admit that he wasn’t afraid to ask difficult questions, Palladino denied ever crossing the line, ethically or legally.

All he ever was was the truth, he said, adding that he could understand it better than most other private eyes.

“I am not a selfless person,” he told the examiner. “I’m a motivated, arrogant person who holds myself and everyone around me to incredibly high standards.”

John Arthur Palladino was born on July 9, 1944 in Boston, the son of a pipe fitter.

After graduating from Cornell University in English, he studied law at the University of California at Berkeley and passed the 1978 state bar exam. By then, however, he had already discovered that his real passion was research.

When he was a student in 1971, he was jailed in an undercover operation in New York’s Nassau County to expose rampant crime in the county’s prisons. In 1974 the family of newspaper heir Patricia Hearst hired him to investigate members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the gang of young revolutionaries who had kidnapped them.

“I planned to be a lawyer,” he told People magazine about his college years. “I didn’t know then that investigations would make everything else seem boring, unchallenged and uninvolved.”


Rogers reported from Los Angeles.