City gives nudists a pass, tech fights gentrification blues
April is starting out like gangbusters with a heavy hitting news day today.
First up, the Board of Supervisors met during an emergency session yesterday evening to approve a one day reprieve on the ban against nudity throughout the city and specifically the Castro. Nudists who have been fighting to win back the privilege of traversing the city streets sans clothing or sock dongles will be allowed to roam the streets in the buff for the entire day today without harassment from the SFPD. Blinders will be given out for free at Jane Warner Plaza to pearl-clutchers and children who want to avoid getting an eyeful of balls. Supervisor David Campos moved to have the Castro’s Supervisor (and brain-child of the nudity ban), Scott Wiener, join in the fun by requiring him to live as a nudist for a day. President of the Board of Supervisors, David Chiu, seconded the motion and the motion passed with a vote of 10-1, Wiener being the lone dissenter.
Wiener, a Harvard Law graduate, said in response to an email from the Castro Biscuit seeking comment that he is not sure if the Board of Supervisors can force him to actually remain in the buff for the entire day, “I don’t think there is precedent that would compel me to participate in what the full Board is requiring of me, but I’m a good sport so I’m just going to go with it. Besides, I think this is a good way for folks to see what I have to offer in preparation for my reelection campaign this year.”
Next up, in what seems to be a move to help gain some sort of goodwill from the community after a tough year of negative press aimed at the tech sector in the bay area, Twitter, Apple, Facebook, and Google announced in a joint press release this morning that they would be hosting a “Tech Bus Party” in the Castro, opening their busses to the public for one night only complete with champagne bubbly and tenants rights advocates available for consultation (towards the back of the bus). Each company will be donating 3 busses (12 total) that will line Castro Street from Market to 19th from 6PM to midnight, effectively shutting down Castro Street. Along the road between the busses the tech giants will set up a rainbow colored slip ‘n slide that will extend from Market to 18th.
Since Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency over the State’s scarce water supply, Twitter’s founder, Jack Dorsey, contacted college roommate Michael Trigg, CEO of WET Lubricants, who has offered to supply 5,000 gallons of lubricant to power the slip ‘n slide.
Moving along… Not to be outdone by AVA 55 Ninth downtown which is offering free rent for a year and in a final push to fill empty condos in the new build The Century (located at the nexus of Market, 15th, and Sanchez), Vanguard Properties has purchased two of the condo spaces and will be offering them for rent at below market rate prices to the first 2 people to email them at [email protected]. The two units being offered are the coveted corner “triangle” floorplan units located on the east corner of the build. Each condo space is 2 bedroom, 2 bath, appointed with Design Within Reach furniture, Nest thermostats, and smart appliances that notify you when you’re low on food, your dishes are clean, or when your unmentionables have finished washing. Get in quick!
And finally… while West Coast Leather (400 Castro Street), is on its way out of the iconic building located at Market and Castro, a new tenant is already lined up and ready to move in. The Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association and the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association voted unanimously to recommend an approval of the conditional use permit from the SF Planning Department for Gap, Inc to take over the location for its popular Baby Gap brand. That’s right, the Castro is getting a Baby Gap. Though Baby Gap operates 11 or more locations in the United States and is considered formula retail, the neighborhood associations and many Castro residents feel like the area has been underserved due to the rise in gay marriages and the changing demographics of the neighborhood. The Castro Merchants Association (formerly MUMC) President, Terry Asten Bennett, said the chain store is welcome in the area and worked with Gap, Inc. to make sure the chain added a special Castro flair to its merchandising. “We worked with Gap, Inc. on some new clothing ideas that we think will please parents shopping for clothes for their infant or toddler.” Amongst the new fashions to be featured are baby wrestling singlets and rainbow colored baby ascots. “We think the Castro will love them,” said Gap, Inc. CEO, Glenn Murphy, who will be at the ribbon cutting today at noon.