April 30, 2024

The City by the Sea – San Francisco

April in SF brings the promise of Spring with the super bloom, cherry blossoms, basketball, and baseball but it is also National Poetry Month which brings me to George Sterling, SF Poet Laureate during the turn of the century. His poem, The City by the Sea reminds us of the unique geographical location of a city, on a peninsula, surrounded by water and the intimate relationship it has to the maritime environment. I invite you to read the poem below where he evokes the beauty of the bodies of water seen at the eastern edge, where the rising sun can be found, and then the fog that swirls in from the west. Just imagine viewing sailing vessels with their masts (spars) and yards sailing in and out of the Bay, seen from afar on the hilltops against the blue water. The poem ends evoking the evening and nighttime, as the sun sets, and the stars appear. The wind that had blown in from the ocean now returns, carrying the ships back home to the city’s waterfront. The ending enforces the cyclical nature of SF’s relationship with the sea, as the stars that sink into the Pacific are the same ones that rise over it in the east.

“At the end of our streets is sunrise;
At the end of our streets are spars;
At the end of our streets is sunset;
At the end of our streets are stars.”

The City is made up of such beautiful vistas, but the negative media stays focused on the failing of downtown and financial district which has been brought on by the massive tech layoffs and change in work culture that allows for remote working from home.

“With US cities struggling, San Francisco has become a shining model of recovery “

The article in The Hill, written by John Bortz and Alex Bastion continues;

‘In the SF of spring 2024, you instead find commuters grabbing coffees and heading into their offices; tourists admiring the streets comprised of unique Edwardian and Victorian architecture; friends enjoying the fresh fish at outdoor restaurants; and families playing in the beautiful parks. There is less crime and a greater presence of police and city ambassadors.’

There is some good news. Union Square is looking forward this summer to the opening of Michelin star Chef, Bruno Cheme’s new French bistro, Le Parc Bistrobar on 185 Sutter at the site of the recent Gaspar Brasserie.

The Ikeia food court at the end of Market is flourishing and Warrior fans are heading to Chase Stadium via the new Central Subway Station on Powell at Union Square. Do not forget to book a table at the Miller and Lux Steakhouse for a classic steak dinner.

“At the end of our streets is sunrise;”

The recently redesigned gardens, ponds, restaurants, and walkways in the Presidio make for a delightful afternoon stroll ending at the Tunnel Tops, where you can pick up a freshly made focaccia sandwich and a coffee or a glass of wine from Il Parco and then sit on the bluff, in an oversized red garden chair and watch the sailboats on the Bay and catch a view of the top of the GG Bridge, as the fog swirls by.

“At the end of our streets are spars;”

  • Il Parco 215 Lincoln Blvd

  • Sessions at the Presidio 1 Letterman Drive

  • Dalida romantic Mediterranean 101 Montgomery Street, Presidio

The Board of Directors arranged a farewell dinner for retiring board members, Chuck Meibeyer and Jeff Reichel at the Waterbar Restaurant on the Embarcadero. A sumptuous feast was laid out on a long table which ended with a window view of the sparkling Bay Bridge. Many toasts, poems and tributes were made to honor Chuck and Jeff who both served as President and Treasurer during their time in office. In his farewell address at the end of the board meeting held on March 9th, Chuck Meibeyer listed the many improvements made to the Suites during the last ten years.

“At the end of our streets is sunset;”

April is also tax season, and the SFS property tax #2 installment was due on April 11. Please contact me if you have moved or did not receive your tax bill and I can help you pay it online.

Lastly, I would like to invite your friends or family members for a complimentary night at the Suites, if they are interested in owning a little bit of San Francisco. We have parlors for $100 + $1,727 which includes 2 weeks rather than 7 days during the first year, however, caution is advised, since once they step into the lobby and experience true hospitality, they will fall in love and want to become an owner.

“At the end of our streets are stars.”

I invite you, as a San Franciscan, to make plans to celebrate the Spring in the City, to look up and away from the challenges and discover and rejoice in the beauty of this great City and the beauty of your “home away from home” at the San Francisco Suites.

As George Sterling reminds us.
“At the end of our streets is sunrise;
At the ends of our streets are spars;
At the end of our streets are sunset;
At the end of our streets are stars.”

Happy Spring,

Cynthia Reid
General Manager
San Francisco Suites

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Past President, Chuck Meibeyer’s list of Improvements at the Suites 2014-2024

Exterior repainting

Decorative window metal grills

Protective metal grills on Powell Street door

Frosted windows along Powell Street

Powell and Pine Street awnings

Flag poles and flags.

Pine Street Gate

Security cameras interior and exterior

Decorative trees outside

New street trees

Remote door openers

Staff dressing room improvements.

Storage rooms improvements

Concrete floor repair in boiler room

New water heater

Upgraded computers.

WIFI upgrade

Improved cable access

New wallpaper in all lobbies

New carpet in lobby, hallways, and boardroom

New hardwood flooring in the lower lobby

Back office and wine storage room improvements

Covid screening

Defibrillator

Upgrades in boardroom

Keurig coffee maker in the boardroom

New lower lobby rug

New gas fire log fireplace

Furnished lobby with Chinese and crystal decorative items


Plumbing upgrades

4” units fully remodeled

All new kitchen appliances

Kitchen cabinet refacing to eliminate oak surfacing, and changed from oak to cream-colored cabinet and doorway trim color.

Elimination of brass fixtures and installation of nickel fixtures, white ceramic sink and soap dispensers.

Toto toilets

Upgraded shower curtains and more spacious shower curtain rod shape.

New grab bars in all tubs and make handicapped shower seats available.

New sofa beds

Upgraded cushions in the living room and bedroom window seats.

Privacy shades between living and bedroom in “1” and “2” units

New flat-screen TVs in all units

Furniture and artwork repair

New gazebo furniture

Added cushions for lower lobby and boardroom chairs that had inadequate cushioning.

Upgraded roof deck access and railings.

Gazebo repainting Replaced roof plants.

Upgraded electrical outlets with USB plugs.

Installed air purifiers in the lobby and board room.

Digital Fire Alarm System Upgrade

New Roman shades in all units

New carpeting in all units

 

Hiring of General Manager with extraordinary hospitality experience who upgraded staffing in many positions which resulted in substantial improvements in Guest Service for our owners an improved work environment for our staff.

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The City By the Sea — San Francisco

At the end of our streets is sunrise;
At the end of our streets are spars;
At the end of our streets is sunset;
At the end of our streets the stars.

Ever the winds of morning
Are cool from the flashing sea—
Flowing swift from our ocean,
Till the fog-dunes crumble and flee.

Slender spars in the offing,
Mast and yard in the slips—
How they tell on the azure
Of the sea-contending ships!

Homeward into the sunset
Sill unwearied we go,
Till the northern hills are misty
With the amber of afterglow.

Stars that sink to our ocean,
Winds that visit our strand,
The heavens are your pathway,
Where is a gladder land!

At the end of our streets is sunrise;
At the end of our streets are spars;
At the end of our streets is sunset;
At the end of our streets the stars.

George Sterling