GM letter Call for Nominations and February BOD minutes

GM letter Call for Nominations and February BOD minutes

December 17, 2023

Dear San Francisco Suites Owners,

It is that delightful time of year when San Francisco turns into a holiday fantasy.

The hotels on Nob Hill are covered in lights, Huntington Park is even showcasing red, green, and white lights wrapped around the trees and bushes, when years ago, the rule was only white lights. The lobby of the Fairmont is full of families gazing at the Gingerbread House while sipping hot chocolate. If you have forgotten a gift, you can buy a box of See’s candies near the Concierge desk. The Ritz Carlton is featuring a gorgeous tree just around the corner. Not to be outdone, the Suites have again been transformed into a Charles Dickens Christmas with new, festive evergreen garlands adorning the mantelpiece and draped around the Concierge desk. The most perfectly shaped Christmas tree is decorated with red and green ornaments while poinsettia plants grace the windowsills and toy Nutcracker soldiers stand guard. Daily hot cider or later in the day a glass of wine is offered in the lobby, where you can sit in front of the crackling fire as Christmas music fills the air.

Strolling down to Union Square, the traditional Christmas tree greets shoppers as ice skaters swirl over the ice at the ice-skating rink and across the street the welcome sight of kittens and puppies in the windows of Macy’s, waiting to be someone’s gift.

The Board has been working very hard to keep the Suites looking elegant so when you return in January, you will find lovely roman shades that have replaced the vinyl blinds.

In March, the BOD Election will be held for one (1) position. Please look below for the link for the Call for Nominations letter, Board application, and Pledge. Applications must be received by February 1, 2023, Link To Call for Nominations

The BOD November 5 minutes are also at this link to BOD Nov. 5th Minutes

I hope everyone received the property tax bill. The 1st installment was due December 12.

Let me know if you did not receive it and I will help print out the bill online for you so that you will not incur late fees and penalties.

Lastly, if you are still looking for a special gift, why not give a gift of experiencing San Francisco for 7 nights a year? Let me know if I can assist you in purchasing a Parlor or a Master Suite at the San Francisco Suites.

Happy Holiday’s everyone and a very Merry Christmas!

Warmest wishes,
Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

 

General Manager letter November 2022

November 2022 General Manager’s Letter

The first day of November brings rain to San Francisco and with the chilly weather, thoughts turn to the holiday season which is rapidly approaching. I want to also remind owners that it is soon time to pay property taxes as the bills were sent out in October. If you are a new owner or have moved, you will need to go online to pay your tax bill or you can always contact me for assistance. I have gone to City Hall and spoken to the Tax Assessor about the addresses not being changed to the new owners and was told that due to the pandemic, there is a yearlong backlog, nevertheless, the property taxes must be paid, or your share will incur late fees.

Now back to celebrating the fall and making plans for Thanksgiving. Streamers of autumn leaves and garlands welcome you as you enter the SF Suites lobby and soon there will be the fragrance of hot cider and cinnamon in the air as you are offered a warm mug at check-in.

Many owners love to spend Thanksgiving dinner at The House of Prime Rib or Harris. If you have not already made reservations, you can always order online and bring your dinner back to the Suites to enjoy.

The Palm Court restaurant in the new Restoration Hardware Building called HR on Pier 70 is gorgeous and perfect for a special dinner out in SF. The restaurant, two cocktail bars, and a rooftop garden are nestled among the interior design galleries.

Recently, the Presidio Tunnel Top opened at Crissy Field on 210 Lincoln Boulevard. Guests are enjoying the view of the Golden Gate Bridge while taking the Cliff Walk. This is a wonderful place to take children, have a picnic, or warm yourself in front of the open-air fire pit. There are also food trucks available from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

The City is full of travelers, cable cars are spilling over with tourists and the outdoor parking lots are full of diners.

The Dream force conference in September was an enormous success, bringing in $40 million dollars in revenue while the attendees filled hotels resulting in a citywide occupancy of 85%.

The Mayor has filled her promise to bring back a safe environment in Union Square by adding more City Ambassadors and police. I attended a meeting at the Mark Hopkins that hosted GMs from Nob Hill hotels, restaurant owners, and The Chief of Police and Firefighters Associations to hear Supervisor Peskin explain the need for communities to work together to fight crime, the homeless crisis, and the need to keep the city streets clean. I have a great relationship with the General Managers of the Mark Hopkins and the Stanford Court and have received assistance in keeping our environment free of intruders and encampments.

Please call the front desk to make your holiday plans at the Suites and enjoy our beautiful

City by the Bay. As the poet, Ashleigh Brilliant wrote,

“There may not be a Heaven but there is a San Francisco”

We all look forward to welcoming you back to your home for the holidays!

Warmest wishes,
Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

11/1/22

SUMMER 2022 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 buy a parlor from the inventory of Association–owned shares. These shares have been returned to the Suites through foreclosure. And rather than adopt them, the Board has decided to sell them immediately for the price of $100 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 buy one of the shares being offered, you must also pay the 2022 assessment of $1,453.00 as well as the escrow costs of $800. You can start to use the new share while the escrow is in progress, once you pay the annual assessment. The share year will run from August 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023, allowing seven days of use.

Then, after you pay the 2023 assessment which is due on January 1, 2023, you will have seven more days, to be used based on the regular year for that share.

The parlor sale begins on July 1, 2022 and will end on July 31, 2022.

We will accept email requests for the sale during normal reservation times until 12 noon PST on Sunday, July 31.  All names received will then be pooled, and a drawing will be held on Monday, August 1.

PLEASE NOTE: Payment in full must be received by August 30, 2022.

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

Best Regards,

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

gm letter: Auction and bod march 12th

April 7, 2022

Dear San Francisco Suites Owners,

April means baseball and tax time. First, here is a gentle reminder that the second installment of the property taxes is due on April 11. If you have not received your tax bill because you are a new owner or moved and did not contact the Tax Board with your new address, I can help you pay your property taxes online:

  • Sftreasurer.org

  • Property Tax payment

  • 0256T – 139P or 039P

  • Open the bill and pay it with a credit card

Secondly, the SF Treasurer and Tax Collector will be holding an auction for owners who have not paid the past taxes and are now in default. SF Suites have received back shares through the foreclosure process that also have defaulted taxes. The Suites are not able to sell these shares which is the reason we have the Adopt A Share program to collect the assessments.

The tax default auction will be held online at https://sanfrancisco.mytaxsale.com

April 22-24

You must register online and send in a deposit of $5,000 + $35.00 processing fee by April 14
If the shares are not sold, they will be reoffered at a second auction:

May 6-8

The minimum bid will be a lessor amount.
You must register online and pay the $5,000 deposit +$35.00 processing fee by April 25
Here are the SF Suites shares that are up for auction:

88P $2,542.98

5P $2,372.88

70P $2,071.92

219P $1,937.16

229P $2,145.12

242P $1,923.50

The new Buyer will also need to pay the 2022 assessment of $1,453.00

Please find the Terms of sale on the link below:

Thirdly, spring baseball season begins on Friday, April 8:

  • SF Giants play the Miami Marlins

  • Oakland A’s play the Philadelphia Phillies

Call the concierge staff to secure your tickets for the season.

Lastly, Saturday, March 12, the Board of Directors held the first in person and Zoom meeting in the Board Room in 2 years due to the pandemic restrictions. The ballots were counted on Zoom by the Inspector of Elections. Please find the minutes of the March 12 Open Session Board Meeting and the election results on the link below:

Happy Spring and Go Giants!
Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

 

April adopt-a-share

2022 ADOPT-A-SHARE PROGRAM

Greetings, Everyone!

As you may know, certain shares owned by the Association are periodically offered for adoption by owners, by friends and family of owners, or by individuals interested in the Suites. This year we have three Parlor shares for adoption at $1483.00 per share. The cost includes the 2022 assessment of $1,453.00 plus the property tax of $30.00. The Adopt-A-Share year will begin April 21, 2022, and end April 21, 2023.

We will accept email requests for adoption during normal reservation times until 12 noon PST on Tuesday, April 19.  All names received will be pooled and a drawing will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at 11 a.m. PST. Please be advised that the Association has imposed a restriction on adopted shares that prohibits them from being rented to third parties, and they cannot be exchanged or sold through a Time Share company. They may be used only by the adopter, by his or her immediate family, and by those persons designated by owners as being entitled to Bonus Time. On Thursday, April 21, between 6 and 7 p.m. PST, we will notify the first three applicants whose names were drawn.

The San Francisco Suites City Share Association’s governing documents, including all Rules & Regulations, do apply to the adopted shares. 

PLEASE NOTE: Payments must be received by May 21, 2022.

Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in the Adopt-A-Share Program.

Best Regards,

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

General Manager News Feb. 2022

February 22,2022

Dear San Francisco Suites Owners,

The air in San Francisco is crisp and fragrant as cherry blossoms drift and swirl in the breeze reminding us that Spring is on the way.

Mark your calendars and make your reservations at the Suites so you can attend the following festive spring events:

The Year of the Tiger was celebrated at the Chinese New Year Parade on February 19th in Chinatown.

  • Salesforce Tower lit up the sky with an image of a roaming red tiger

March 12 St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2nd and Market and ends at the Civic Center

  • Start the day at the Irish Bank for corn beef and cabbage and a brew but do not forget to bring a green mask. This parade draws 100,000 people from all over the world to celebrate,

San Francisco style.

April 9 Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown

  • Sushi at Akiko’s Sushi Bar and Restaurant

You might like to plan to take a ferry or drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Tiburon for lunch at the new Michael Mina’s Bungalow Kitchen on the waterfront.

  • Indulge and order the Lobster and Truffle Pot Pie for $130.00

The City and County of San Francisco has followed the State order to withdraw the mask mandate for indoor businesses. This means that if you are vaccinated, you do not have to wear a mask while at the Suites and may enjoy the wine and cheese and crackers down in the lobby. Some restaurants, businesses and public transportation may still require the mask mandate so keep one handy when you are out and about in the City.

Please be reminded that all staff at the Suites have been vaccinated, however they may still choose to continue to wear masks.

February 24 at 1:30pm the VOTA Auction will be held across the street from City Hall where 2 Parlors and 2 Masters will be auctioned for the cost of the delinquent assessment plus foreclosure costs.

Please ask the Front Desk for details or send me an email at creidgm@sfsuitescsa.com

April 11, the 2nd installment for the property tax is due. If you did not receive a tax bill, please contact me and I can help you go online to pay your tax.

Also, in April the SF City Tax Collector will hold an online auction for shares that have delinquent tax bills. The Suites will have 6 shares that will be auctioned. You will receive a notice as soon as I am notified.

We all look forward to seeing your smiling faces and welcoming you back to your

home away from home.” Please find the BOD January 15th minutes on the link below.

Happy Spring!

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites