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SF's Exploratorium forced to lay off staff members [20% of California Biz: GONE]
KTVU-TV ^ | 8/16/13

Posted on 08/19/2013 11:06:15 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

Just months after the Exploratorium opened its expanded new facility on the San Francisco waterfront, the science museum announced staff cuts Friday because of attendance figures falling short of projections.

There were tears from some upset workers amid the science exhibits at Pier 15. Four months into its new location, best laid plans at San Francisco's Exploratorium are going up in smoke.

"People are angry, upset, crying," said Exploratorium exhibit tech Earl Stirling.

The science museum yesterday notified 80 workers they are being laid off. That accounts for nearly 20 percent of the total staff.

(Excerpt) Read more at ktvu.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; democratutopia; jobs; layoffs
Obama and Jerry Brown have failed. Miserably.
1 posted on 08/19/2013 11:06:15 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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I went there YEARS ago. No way I would take my kids to San Francisco, though. Could this be the reason for poor attendance?

http://www.exploratorium.edu/


2 posted on 08/19/2013 11:09:34 AM PDT by Rio
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To: SoFloFreeper
One laid off worker was heard to say: “If only Obama knew about this, he wouldn't let it happen...” /sarc
3 posted on 08/19/2013 11:10:06 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Exploring a socialist utopia has its costs.


4 posted on 08/19/2013 11:10:14 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SoFloFreeper

was this a stimulus project??


5 posted on 08/19/2013 11:12:29 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I used to go to the Exploratorium often. It was a lot of fun. But I can’t imagine how it could possibly need 400 workers.


6 posted on 08/19/2013 11:13:13 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: SoFloFreeper
It's simple, Exploratorium is geared toward children.

San Francisco is the most child unfriendly, gay friendly and transitioning to unsafe city in the US.

Lots of children will not get anywhere near it for those reasons.

7 posted on 08/19/2013 11:15:49 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Zactly what I was thinking? Geeze, what are they doing? Performance “science” ?


8 posted on 08/19/2013 11:26:45 AM PDT by fuente (Liberty resides in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box--Fredrick Douglas)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Zactly what I was thinking? Geeze, what are they doing? Performance “science” ?


9 posted on 08/19/2013 11:27:18 AM PDT by fuente (Liberty resides in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box--Fredrick Douglas)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Attendance has since jumped, but the museum has been also hit with lowered revenue from lowered ticket prices.

Or as people in the real world would put it, they were overcharging and had to lower prices to get people to come. Imagine that, the laws of economics even apply in San Francisco.

10 posted on 08/19/2013 11:27:31 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: SoFloFreeper
Attendance has since jumped, but the museum has been also hit with lowered revenue from lowered ticket prices.

Or as people in the real world would put it, they were overcharging and had to lower prices to get people to come. Imagine that, the laws of economics even apply in San Francisco.

11 posted on 08/19/2013 11:27:37 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: SoFloFreeper

Several probable reasons -
- Lower attendance due to change in facility. The new one is a change and arguably the transition has deterred some people. Its in a more crowded area; driving and parking anywhere near Fishermans Wharf on a weekend is hopeless.
Fishermans wharf-driven walk in business is not likely to be as strong as expected, as that tourist crowd has few kids.
- The current location is less attractive, smaller, has less stuff than the original.
- Kids attraction in a place thats losing kids - very likely reason. A lot of visitors would be out of towners, but these days I suspect the population of kids in fairly well to do families in the whole area, not just SF proper, is on the decline.
- Did the transition over the summer losing a lot of the summer camp business.


12 posted on 08/19/2013 11:32:24 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: buwaya

I think your first reason is most likely. Most kids would be coming from the surrounding Bay Area, and that means families driving into the city. As you said, SF is very car unfriendly.


13 posted on 08/19/2013 11:41:54 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: buwaya

I think it is a combination of all the reasons you list...
few families with young children in SF in general, families that can afford to pay the admission, parking (or transit fare) just don’t see it as worth the hassle (at least not on a regular basis). Schools in the nicer (suburban) areas have expanding enrollment (and not from illegals where homes cost >$1M). The target audience is tech-savvy parents that can afford to spend a bit. But those parents are quite hassled by a trip to the Exploratorium... why bother with so many other good options much closer. The choice becomes the Exploratorium, or say... the Hiller Aviation Museum and an afternoon at the beach (with a fraction of the hassle and for less $).


14 posted on 08/19/2013 11:49:37 AM PDT by leakinInTheBlueSea
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To: SoFloFreeper; All

I wonder if global warning agitprop had anything to do with it.


15 posted on 08/19/2013 11:49:41 AM PDT by pluvmantelo (A Greenie is one distraught knowing that somewhere, someone is living above subsistence level.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Just months after the Exploratorium opened its expanded new facility on the San Francisco waterfront, the science museum announced staff cuts Friday because of attendance figures falling short of projections.

What were they thinking? The Exploratorium is a fascinating place, but half the charm was the architecture and history where it was formerly housed. I have visited it many times at the old location.

At the new tourist-trap venue?
Not likely.

16 posted on 08/19/2013 11:53:00 AM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: publius911
400 employees?
I wonder what sort of taxpayer scam pays for all those parasites?
As I recall, when the idea was first introduced, most of the "employees" and exhibitors were volunteers!
17 posted on 08/19/2013 11:55:32 AM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Kids? In San Francisco? Why hasn’t some kind of rescue operation been launched?


18 posted on 08/19/2013 12:02:51 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: elpadre
a stimulus project??

BULLSEYE!!


19 posted on 08/19/2013 12:11:12 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Tyranny Response Team Block Captain)
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To: JoeDetweiler

400 workers working 8 hours a week to avoid Obamacare no doubt.


20 posted on 08/19/2013 12:15:45 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Rio
No way I would take my kids to San Francisco, though. Could this be the reason for poor attendance?

It's one reason I think. I've personally avoided S.F. for years. But I think Obama's policies are the most important reason. High unemployment, inflationary food costs and gas at $4+ a gallon isn't the best way to stimulate tourism.

21 posted on 08/19/2013 12:17:52 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: JoeDetweiler; Navy Patriot

Joe, you and Navy Patriot nail it with your two posts.

I went about 20 years ago, and can’t imagine how it would need that many employees. Atlanta had a similar thing for about a decade that went under completely.


22 posted on 08/19/2013 12:21:16 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: SoFloFreeper
"People are angry, upset, crying,"

And so once again, we see liberals acting like spoiled children... Which is exactly what they are.

23 posted on 08/19/2013 12:30:21 PM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: SoFloFreeper
"People are angry, upset, crying,"

And so once again, we see liberals acting like spoiled children... Which is exactly what they are.

24 posted on 08/19/2013 12:30:25 PM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: fuente
... what are they doing? Performance “science” ?

Some.

It's mostly real science by demonstration rather than lecture, and presented in a way that children engage, but they do have a leftist bias, and present "consensus" on AGW climate change as proved fact.

25 posted on 08/19/2013 12:45:35 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: buwaya

“Several probable reasons...”

Remember, they are competing with the Tech Museum, as well. Kids in the East Bay and South Bay go there. Lots of fun.


26 posted on 08/19/2013 1:12:54 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: Navy Patriot

with 400 employees? Really? It must cost $40 for admission.


27 posted on 08/19/2013 1:39:53 PM PDT by fuente (Liberty resides in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box--Fredrick Douglas)
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