The Washington Money Pittvilion

Not only has the WP been successful at not telling the public a damn thing about what is going on in their Development Office (You know, the entity responsible for raising money for the joint) They continue to bilk SF taxpayers each year for ‘Stuff’.

In the Mayor’s recommended 2014 CIP Plan the WP is asking for $1,288,665.


Building Improvements $378,719 (I wonder if Operations Manager Jon Loos remembered to include ‘Labor’ in these numbers)

Science Center Exhibits $372,346 (They have been after this for years, I think the first time they requested this expenditure it was after the place was only open about 3-4 years)

Security System $180,000 (I wonder what has been keeping the building ‘Secure’ for the first 13 years?)

AVV Equipment $108,550

Cinedome seat replacement $86,000 (I find this one a bit ironic because during the council’s work session Director Larry Toll said the seats needed to be replaced because they were worn out and can’t even really be cleaned anymore, which is understandable, but one of the main reasons the WP didn’t want to do Laser Light shows of hard rock bands in the cinedome was because they felt audience members would destroy the seats. What a perfect opportunity to put in more durable seating and bring in the hard rock light shows!)

Cinedome Control System $78,500 (Like I said above about the security system, what’s been ‘controlling’ the cinedome up to this point?)

Lighting and Console – Phase II $59,550

Projection System $25,000 (What a bargain! Maybe you need to tell those folks over at the State Theater where they can get a $25,000 projection system instead of a $64,000 one . . . wait . . . it’s not the State’s money, so what do they care? Of course the $25,000 isn’t the Pavilion’s either 😉


#1 hornguy on 07.26.13 at 4:21 pm

Is their assumption that modestly inebriated adults would be harder on the Cinedome seats than grungy little kids? That would seem specious. I’ve lived here for six years and I still can’t figure out what the point of the Cinedome is. Field trips for grade schoolers? Is that it?

#2 Detroit Lewis on 07.27.13 at 10:57 am

Cinedome movies are great. I almost made my mom puke once when I took her to a movie there, motion sickness. But light shows are the bomb. But you know ‘Respectable’ peeps don’t go to those kind of ‘things’.

#3 cr on 07.27.13 at 11:53 am

I think this visual is exactly what many SF residents think of the Pavilion.

One big money pit FOR TAXPAYERS!!

#4 LJL on 07.28.13 at 4:57 pm

We all knew that the Pav is, was and forever will be a major bend over and take it in the hole screwing.

We took our urchins to the Zoo today. Couldn’t help noticing that the penguin exhibit looks like SHIT. I mean it looks like penguin hell. Like Alcatraz for the world worst penguins. Is this being done on purpose to pressure the city to build a new South Pole sanctuary? Seriously, the animals looked like hell, the entire pen was covered in shit and the water was filthy.

#5 Detroit Lewis on 07.29.13 at 9:48 am

LJL – Wouldn’t surprise me if that was the tactic. Isn’t it ironic that they refurbished the entrance and have the new monkey exhibit and heated floors for the Rhinos and the Penguins are living in filth.

#6 hornguy on 07.30.13 at 7:13 pm

I bet this new guy from Lodgenet could spice up the Cinedome programming a little. Or shall we change the name to Sinedome?

#7 Detroit Lewis on 07.31.13 at 3:11 pm

HG – Funny. But that wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. Why would you make a guy co-president of a facility that has been riddled with financial problems, when he comes from a company that has never made a profit under his leadership. Still laughing.

#8 anonymous on 08.02.13 at 8:08 am

Scott C. Petersen was the Chairman and CEO of LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (NASD: LNET). Mr. Petersen joined the company in 1987 as Senior Vice President for Corporate and Legal Affairs. As its 11th employee, Mr. Petersen has been a driving force in the company’s impressive growth. Mr. Petersen was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1991 and guided the Company through its IPO in 1993. Promoted to President & CEO in 1998, Mr. Petersen was named as the company’s Chairman of the Board in October 2000. Prior to 1987, Mr. Petersen was in a private legal practice specializing in corporate law and real estate development and syndication.

Lodgenet’s Current Status: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

In a recent interview (KELO) Mr. Petersen says he retired in 2012 because he had reached his 25th anniversary with the company.


#9 Detroit Lewis on 08.02.13 at 9:36 am

Yeah, a Bankruptcy & a Retirement at the same time.

Coincidence? HA!

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