Board of Supervisors President London Breed Introducing Legislation for Homicide Tip Reward Fund – Up To $250K

October 6th, 2015

Just released:

“At today’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, Board President London Breed will introduce a drafting request for legislation creating a permanent city Reward Fund to pay up to $250,000 to those who provide information leading to an arrest and conviction in an unsolved murder case in San Francisco.

President Breed released the following statement:

“In the past six years, San Francisco has averaged about 50 homicides per year. Each one is a tragedy. Each one is a lost son, sister, father, or friend. Each one never should have happened. And each one deserves our every effort to bring justice.

We are, according to most metrics, the wealthiest big city in the country. And with that wealth comes some obligations. As the Bible says: ‘From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.’ When it comes to the worst crimes our city faces, we should put our wealth to use—both to help the families of victims and get the most violent offenders off the streets.

The city has at times offered rewards in specific cases. But it’s done on an ad hoc basis, and there’s no established fund or consistent process. This can lead to the perception that some cases are more important than others, which they are not.

I am proposing a permanent city fund to provide rewards of up to $250,000 to anyone who brings information that leads to an arrest and conviction in an unsolved murder case. The legislation will establish specific criteria, because in many cases our police department solves cases without the need for a reward.

So the fund should be limited to homicide cases that have gone unsolved for one year, in which the police have exhausted all investigative leads, and for which the Chief of Police has, in his or her discretion, determined that public assistance and a reward is necessary. The Reward Fund should be subject to annual appropriations with money from previous years carrying forward.

All in all, this will require a small amount of taxpayer money, because—thankfully—we’re talking about a small number of cases. But in those cases, we should be doing everything we can. And in those cases,
this reward can make a world of difference.

San Francisco actually already has one such witness reward fund. It’s in Section 640 of the Police Code, and it deals with cases of people pulling false fire alarms. If we can do it for fire alarms, surely we can—and should—do it for unsolved murders.”

Twitterloin Update: “VILLA AROMA,” Where Something Smells – Recalling SFChron’s “DIARY OF A SEX SLAVE” Brouhaha of 2006

October 6th, 2015

As always, start with the Yelp:

“There is a certain je-ne-sais-quoi, a special sort of class, that imbues a neighborhood when it is sporting its very own windowless massage parlor with neon lights and a locked gate even during business hours (ring bell for admittance–I guess they don’t take walk-ins). The “carvings” on the wall seem to be intended to be reminiscent of something Roman.”

Here’s this place today in 2015:

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And now let’s learn about how things were back in aught-six, via the San Francisco Chronicle:





IIRC, this series was the talk of the town. Even back then, it was unusual for a newspaper to devote so many resources on one basic story.

And the story itself was single-sourced for the most part – it seemed as if the Chron simply assumed that everything the subject said about the journey from There to Here was true. Oh well.

Anyway, right from the get-go, the Chron started pulling back a bit, getting rid of photos what were “too sexy,” or something, IIRC.

And then came the blowback, hoo boy. This forgotten webpage has the deets:

“Instead of educating Chronicle readers about the cultural background of South Korea, the world’s 10th largest economy, the “Diary” series dwells at length, and with questionable purpose, on the titillating details of one individual’s forced sex acts and non-typical family history. The Chronicle series includes many cultural inaccuracies and paints a distorted picture of Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city. Busan is an international coastal resort known for its open-air seafood — not sex — markets, and as host of the annual International Film Festival, the largest such event in Asia.”

Oh, here it is, the full Monty, blow-backwise. (And the non-SFGate version is here.)

Oh, scratch that, oh here it is, the Great Concessions:

Among the promises won, the San Francisco Chronicle (owned by the New York-based Hearst Corporation) pledged “in principle” not to syndicate the series, to provide the community more “constructive coverage” and access to the paper, and to continue a dialogue with the community to improve development of stories and their sources. Kim herself remained cautious, however: “We need to maintain a vigilant posture to ensure that there is, in fact, meaningful follow-through based on our initial meeting.” “[The syndication] was of utmost concern to our community members, as we feel the culturally damaging impact would be magnified,” emphasized Kim. ”We had also pointed out to the Chronicle’s management that based on the underlying facts of this case, there is a clear legal case to be made for racial bias,” said Kim.

Now, I may be just a simple hyperchicken, but I don’t think you can sue the Chron in a “legal case” for “racial bias” just because you don’t like one of its stories. Or if you do, you’ll get hit with an anti-SLAPP motion what will suspend your discovery process cold, and then make you wish you never ever sued the Chronicle, like the hardest work for the Chron’s attorneys would be proving up the $50,000 in attorney’s fees that you’ll end up paying to the Chron for bringing your nonsensical suit, for “racial bias.”

Or something like that.

Anyway, that’s what I think about whenever I pass by the Twitterloin’s  Villa “Aroma,” where something smells, even today…

If You Ran a Corrupt Art School/Real Estate/Car Empire, What Would Call Your Sports Teams? ANSWER: Urban Knights

October 6th, 2015

“Now, a scathing expose in Forbes by Katia Savchuk is highlighting the plight of AAU’s grads. In her article, Ms. Savchuk describes the 86-year-old for-profit institution as little more than a masterful scam, which sinks prospective arts students into debt and leaves them with few job options and little career guidance. And with federal loans paying lots of the bills, the school’s founders aren’t too concerned about graduates’ ability to pay back their hulking loans.”

As seen in GGP, rather far afield from any Academy of Art locations I’m aware of:

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(As opposed to Country Knights?)

Ah, art school.

Bonus: What would you call the cheerleaders? ANSWER: The KnightinGals? That’s one possibility.

Unused SFFD Ambulance Just Sitting Around at the Former Lowell High School on Grove

October 6th, 2015

UPDATE: Oh, CCSF has a paramedic training program here – my bad. See Comments.

Maybe there’s a good reason for this, IDK:

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Grove and Ashbury, John Adams Campus, CCSF.

Not a good look for this department, in particular

Strut, 94115 – Under the Ugly Pagoda Tower, Under Concrete and Clay and General Decay…

October 5th, 2015

As seen in Japantown:

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Beanbags of our Fathers, Abandoned on Sidewalks

October 5th, 2015

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Accident vs. Collision vs. Crash: The “VisionZero” 2024 Crowd Attempts to Shame Journalists from Calling an Accident an … Accident

October 5th, 2015

Sometimes, the Vision Zero people show their work, they show how they came to their faulty conclusions, hence this posting.

So here’s the

When a plane crashes, we don’t call it an “accident.”

Uh, yes we do:

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All the time, as a matter of fact. Oh well.

Let’s try again:

“Another reason is that “accident” is not neutral. It implies a lack of guilt.”

No. It, at the very least, implies a lack of intent, actually.

Oh well again.

It’s hard to find much against the new-ish term Vision Zero, but here’s a stab at it:

“Chasing infinity rather than incremental improvements looks even dumber.”

Yep, pretty much…

Twitterloin Update: How Do I “Live NeMa?” – I’m Glad You Asked, New Market Building! – SF’s City Part of Town

October 5th, 2015

Here’s the question, from the new NEw MArket Building on Market in our Twitterloin / Mid-Market /South of Market / Tenderloin Adjacent area, you know, The City Part of Town:

How do you #liveNEMA?

And here’s the answer – like this, via The Lofts at SoDoSoPa:

And here’s your catchphrase:

NeMa: 24 months old and still no rent control.**


* NEW YORK TIMES: The prospective changes to the Tenderloin — a noirish haunt of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade and arguably the central city’s last working-class neighborhood — have given rise to a new nickname: the Twitterloin.

* FORTUNE: Welcome to the Twitterloin, where tech-savvy cool meets gritty hood

**After 10 months of living in the NeMa, you just might ask yourself why you’re getting hit with a rent increase what’s 25 times more than most of your coworkers are facing, just saying…

South Bay Update: HALLOWEEN WHOPPER – Deliciously Dark – But Beware the “Green Poop” – Scary Food Dyes?

October 2nd, 2015

This is how they roll down Hayward(?) way:

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And here’s a review:

Oh, why did I eat that? Burger King’s black bun Halloween Whopper has ‘colorful’ after-effects


As Tolstoy said in Quotable Notables, “Give me learning, sir, and you may keep your black bread”

All the deets:


How Long After Your Wedding Are You Simply MARRIED Instead of JUST MARRIED? – This Car Raises the Question

October 2nd, 2015

IDK, three months?

All right, Honey, I’ll be in the garage scraping off the just:

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A year?