January 2024 GM Letter

January 2024 GM Letter

“Everything is beautiful at the ballet.”

The famous line from Chorus Line rang true last week when the San Francisco Ballet held the opening night Gala at the War Memorial Opera House and then a party later at City Hall on January 24. US House of Representatives Speaker of the House Emerita, Nancy Pelosi, and her husband, Paul Pelosi were honorary chairs for this special event, which showcased the marvelous artists and musicians of SF Ballet and gave the City who knows how to celebrate a reason to. Call the Concierge desk to secure your ballet tickets and make a reservation at Absinthe or Bistro Benjamin for an early dinner before the performance.

The next time you walk up to the corner of Powell at California, as you look down Powell to Fisherman’s Wharf, look for the brightly lit Skye Star Ferris Wheel which has just been moved from Golden Gate Park. Plan a visit to the Wharf, look out over the bay as you ride on the Ferris Wheel and then dine on cioppino at Alioto’s.

Please be reminded of the following:

  • February 1 SFS reopens with fresh new lobby wallpaper, plush, gorgeous new guest carpets and the new mandatory digital fire alarm system.

  • February 1 BOD applications must be received by 5 pm

  • February 1 a 10% late fee will be added to the $1,727 assessment that was due January1.

  • March 9 is the Annual BOD Meeting and Election

  • The Board holds a Special Master Sale for the shares that did not sell at the auction.

Please contact creidgm@sfsuitescsa.com for more information.

  • For those owners who are unable to travel to San Franciso, please find below the procedure to sign up with an Exchange Program, bank your 7 days, and then make a booking with another resort in another part of the country or beyond.

  • SFS staff promotions. Please congratulate:

Tony Verastegui who has been promoted to House Manager

Erik Tedeev who has been promoted to Front Desk Supervisor

  • January 6 BOD Open Session Minutes

Lastly, if you are shopping in Union Square or going to the theatre on Geary Street, there is a new Ligurian Italian restaurant, Corzetti at 398 Geary at Mason. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Spring will soon be here and celebrations will begin for The Year of the Golden Dragon and the Chinese New Year on February 24. Make your reservations at the Suites and enjoy the refurbished lobby and plush new guest carpets.

Everything is beautiful at the San Francisco Suites!

Come celebrate!
Warmest wishes,
Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

vota foreclosure auction

Dear San Francisco Suites Owners:

The 2023 delinquent assessment foreclosure auction will be held on

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 1:30 pm.

Please find below the 13 shares that will be up for auction with the minimum bids.

The new owner will also be responsible for the past due property taxes on some of the shares and the 2024 assessment which is $1,727.00.

Master

 408M $2,280.50 ($282.34(tax due)

224M $2,200.50 ($807.80)

357M $2,200.50 ($807.80)

123M $2,200.50($807.80)

20M $2,340.50 ($208.76)

284M $2,340.50 ($158.76)

58M $2,340.50 ($200.32)

282M $,2340.50($200.32)

 

Parlor

263P $2,200.50 ($393.24 tax owed)

196P $2,200.50 ($721.90)

278P $2,200.50 taxes paid

345P $2,340.50 ($259.06)

103P$2,244.50 ($246.26)

The shares will be sold at auction as follows:

Vacation Ownership Title Company will hold the auction at:

Outside the Memorial Gates
by Van Ness between 301 and 401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA.94102

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 1:30 pm

The estimated minimum bids are located above.

Please be advised, that there may be additional costs.

You are invited to bid, and the highest bid will sell for cash payable at the time of sale in lawful money of the United States, in cash, or cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, state or federal credit union, state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in the State.

December 2023 GM Letter

December 2023 GM letter

“There is no place like home for the holidays…”

Come to your San Francisco home at the Suites to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Owners are entertaining with lobster and crab feasts in their room or the Boardroom.

Bring your friends to enjoy a glass of wine around the fireplace that is festooned with Christmas garlands, while gazing at the festive decorated tree.

San Francisco, during the holidays, is like a brightly wrapped gift waiting under the tree to be discovered.

Huntington Park on Nob Hill is wrapped in cool blue and white lights and the Mark Hopkins features a brightly lit igloo on the entranceway, where you can sip a glass of champagne surrounded by falling snowflakes. Across the way, the iconic gingerbread house beckons from the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel. Grace Cathedral is home to the American Bach Concerts during December. Enjoy a great steak dinner at Osso Steakhouse and then walk across the street to Grace, to hear Handel’s Messiah performed on original 17th century musical instruments.

Union Square Plaza presents a symbol of optimism with the lighting of the Christmas tree and Menorah earlier in the month. The square is also brightly lit and may continue to be during the year as skaters glide by on the adjoining rink and shoppers pause for a coffee and decadent croissant filled with titian cream from Miller & Lux Patisserie or dine on roasted chicken and truffle potato salad across the square at the Miller & Lux Provisions

Looking for an unusual gift or a quiet place for lunch in a garden, The Magic Flute, and Sacramento Street is the answer.

Take an afternoon off and explore Sacramento Street

  • Michelin star Spruce serves the famous Spruce burger on the bar menu

  • This burger is so special that a new restaurant, Louie’s Original, was opened on Mariposa to feature the Spruce burger.

  • Go to the movie at the Vogue, shop for unusual gifts at Sue Fisher King and for one-of-a-kind pearl earrings at Mabel Chung.

New Year’s Eve festivities include:

  • watching the midnight fireworks on the Embarcadero from the Waterbar restaurant

  • taking a dinner cruise on the Bay with Belle of the Ball,

  • Broadway musical, Guys and Dolls at the SF Playhouse

  • NYE Baroque concert at 4 pm at Hearbst Theatre

A fantastic way to welcome in the new year.

If you choose to stay at your second home in San Francisco for the New Year’s, there is much to celebrate. The colorful garlands and Christmas tree will still be up in the lobby with the fragrance of hot apple cider in the air. While sharing a glass of wine in the lobby is always entertaining, you could take your glass upstairs and enjoy the last day of 2023 in the gazebo overlooking the City.

Lastly, if you choose to dine at home on New Year’s Day, after the plunge in the Bay, you could order take out of Prime Rib and Lobster from House of Prime Rib to enjoy at the Suites.

SFS reminders:

  • December 22 property taxes are due.

  • January 1 Call for Nominations is sent out to fill two positions on the Board.

  • January 9 Delinquent assessment foreclosure auction for 8 Masters and 5 Parlors

  • Owners who are not able to travel to SF could bank the 7 days with an exchange company and plan a trip to Hawaii, New York, or Paris

We all look forward to welcoming you back home for the holidays and celebrating with you the brand-new 2024!

Warmest wishes,

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

fall 2024 parlor sale

Dear Owners and Friends,

The Board of Directors is pleased and excited to announce an opportunity for you, your family, or friends to acquire a parlor from the inventory of Association–owned shares. These shares have been deeded back to the Association by their former owners. And rather than adopt them, the Board has decided to transfer them immediately for the price of $100.00 per share. In doing so, the Board hopes to add committed owners to our Association and to avoid the loss of assessment revenue that this large inventory creates.

If you decide to acquire one of the four shares being offered, you must pay the 2024 assessment of $1,727 and the Suites will cover the transfer cost. You can start to use the new share while the transfer is in progress.

The parlor transfer offer is ongoing throughout 2024

We will accept email requests for the transfer during normal reservation times.

Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in the 2024 Fall Parlor Sale.

Best Regards,

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

APEC conference

Apec Conference November 11-17, 2023

The Apec Conference will be held at the Moscone Center with President Biden, White House staff, and foreign dignitaries staying on Nob Hill at the Mark Hopkins and Fairmont Hotels.

20,000 attendees are expected.

These 2 areas are designated as Red Zones and will be highly monitored by 1,000 Secret Service personnel.

The Apec Conference will be the biggest gathering of world leaders in San Francisco since the founding of the United Nations here in 1945.

The Charter was adopted at the SF Opera House on June 25, 1945. The next day, it was signed at the Herbst Theatre Auditorium of the Veterans War Memorial.

It will be a challenge traversing the City during this time, We were just informed by the Secret Service that Powell Street is in the Red Zone and cars will not have access to the Powell St Loading Zone. Valet service has been discontinued since November8-19

 Fortunately, Pine Street is considered a green zone and accessible by car. You can arrive at the Suites before 3 pm, park your car and the Houseman will help bring your bags in. Then you will need to 

self-park at 750 Bush Garage.

There is a lot going on at Union Square this November, the Christmas Tree arrives November 9 and the ice rink is open from 10 am to 11:30 pm

After checking out the sales and commencing with holiday shopping, stop by for lunch:

  • Miller & Lux Provisions Patisserie and Miller & Lux Provision’s Rotisserie on Union Square Plaza
  • Rotunda at Neiman Marcus
  • Chotto Matte rooftop restaurant across from Macy’s

Call the Concierge to secure your Thanksgiving reservations or if you want to have dinner at the Suites, you can always order a takeout turkey feast from Harris’

The hot theatre ticket this holiday season is “To Kill A Mockingbird” with Richard Thomas at the 

Golden Gate Theatre December 12-January 17. This was one of the finest theatrical experiences that I have attended in the last 20 years. It is recommended highly.

Lastly, if you happen to be at the Suites on November 13 and you see our President of the Board, Chuck Meibeyer, you can wish him “Happy Birthday”.

Let’s hope that the other two Presidents; President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China have a peaceful and fruitful meeting during the Apec Conference.

I enter this holiday with much gratitude for the wonderful owners, board members and excellent staff at the San Francisco Suites.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cynthia Reid

October Light in san francisco

October Light in San Francisco

The “sea light” as the SF poet Laurate, Ferlinghetti, called the special light in San Francisco, becomes softer and more burnished with the beginning of autumn. The Hunter’s moon will be revealed this weekend to herald in the Halloween festivities. The lobby in the Suites is draped with garlands of orange and yellow foliage and festive wreathes are hung at the two entrances and soon the welcoming fragrance of hot cider will fill the air.

At the beginning of October, Fleet Week returned with the Blue Angels after a year hiatus. They flew overhead during the memorial service for the San Francisco icon, Senator Diane Feinstein, and left a heart in the sky. It was a fitting tribute to the first San Francisco woman mayor who took over the leadership during the assassination of Mayor Moscone and Harvey Milk and brought calm to the City. Diane Feinstein was instrumental in bringing Fleet Week and the Blue Angels to the City in 1981 and without her foresight the San Francisco cable cars would have become extinct. The City mourns her passing but she has left a lasting legacy.

Union Square has just welcomed Chotto Matte, a new Japanese Peruvian rooftop restaurant and bar that seats 400 and has sweeping views of the Bay. 50 O’Farrell where Macy’s Men’s department store was once located. The restaurant is open from 11:30 am to 12 midnight, This will be a difficult reservation to secure but there are a few seats at the bar for walk-ins.

Over at the Presidio, the romantic Mediterranean restaurant with views of SF Bay, Dalida has opened at 101 Montgomery near the Presidio Inn. The hours are 5-9 pm.The restaurant serves eastern Mediterranean cuisine by the husband-and-wife team, Laura and Sayat of Noosh.

The Apec Conference will be held November 14-19. 20,000 attendees and dignitaries from 20 economies will meet at Moscone Center. Security will be will tight at Moscone, Union Square, Embarcadero, and Nob Hill. Please be aware that you will not be able to park on Powell as it will be blocked off. You can arrive to the Suites on Pine St and the valet will park your car or you can self-park at the Bush Street garage. Please call the front desk for assistance. www.apec2023sf.org

If you are looking to purchase additional shares, VOTA will hold a foreclosure auction in January 2024 for shares that have delinquent assessments. 8 Masters and 5 Parlors will be listed for auction. The minimum cost, as of today, starts at $2,340.50. Some shares have unpaid property taxes. I will send out a more detailed notice to the Association in December.

Lastly, if you need to experience more of the special San Francisco sea light or are in need of a restorative time to meditate during these difficult times, please visit Grace Light at Grace Cathedral which is an immersive light installation with music to heal your soul and then return to your “home away from home” and sit by the fireplace and sip a cup of hot cider.

 

Warmest wishes,

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites