SF Golden Gate Plush.JPGApparently, everyone but we were at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau annual luncheon on Tuesday. And where the Examiner heardbanner year,” The Chronicle’s CW Nevius is reporting today as a “harsh reality.”

The solution (besides twitter and Facebook, geez)? Staycation.

“We want (local residents) to realize they can come to a place like Fisherman’s Wharf and spend $5 or $500,” said Rodney Fong, the incoming chairman of the visitors bureau board of directors and president of the wharf’s Wax Museum. “You’ve even got free entertainment.”

We can’t decide, by “free entertainment” does he mean heavyset fannypackers in shorts, or that fabulous selection of chain restaurants the rest of the City neglects to host?

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • SFDave

    I think the Bureau is doing a great job in a really tough economic climate. The idea of advertising closer to unassailable in these conditions. I wouldn’t be so hard on the Wharf, either. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, buy it’s a lot of fun for a LOT of people. Who doesn’t like being near the bay, sea lions, people watching and great views. Hell, I used to absolutely love it when I came here as a tourist.