Archive for May, 2011

Taking the Loin Out of the Twitterloin: SFPD Chief Gregory Suhr (and Mayor Edwin Lee) Continue 6th Street Clampdown

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

What is this, Week Three now?

Here’s the sitch on the Great SFPD Clampdown on Sixth Street from last week from LiveSOMA.

And here’s the latest from Bluoz – turns out the popo are all over Stevenson tonight:

Via Bluoz

[Musical interlude]

The judge said five to ten but I say double that again
I’m not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall ’cause government’s to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D’you know that you can use it?

Now, what will next week bring? Who knows.

Anyway, here’s more from last week:

JK Dineen has the deets on recent real estate activity, some changes at Sixth and Market:

Landlords cashing in on Twitter tax break | San Francisco Bidness Times

A month after an Twitter committed to taking 200,000 square feet at 1355 Market St., the private group that has long owned 995 Market St. has decided to test the investment market waters. The building is one of the relatively few large office structures included in area the Board of Supervisors recently made exempt from the city’s payroll tax. The tax break was crafted to keep Twitter in San Francisco, after the company threatened to move to Brisbane. The 97,578-square-foot building is on the southeast corner of Sixth and Market streets, an intersection on San Francisco’s skid row that a real estate marketing professional might charitably call “lively” or “dynamic.”

But that’s not all – you see what’s going on across the way at 1001 Market? There must be some kind of business going on behind all that naked wood.

Here it is. (Can you spot the corners of the 995 building where the owners gave up trying to get the green tiles to stick?)

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But that’s not all – ever since that unfortunate incident on or about Stevenson Alley a couple of weeks ago, the popo are all over the place. It’s like a major crackdown ‘n stuff.

Or so I’m told.

By somebody who would know, ’cause he keeps his eyes on things.

Mmmm… Will May 2011 be seen as the bottom for Sixth and Market?

We’ll see.

In the meantime, here’s February 2011:

25-second clip showing a woman losing her wallet on Stevenson near the Uptown Tenderloin.

Via Bluoz

Hey, Why Don’t We Make It a Crime to Buy Fake Designer Handbags? You Know, the Way New York City Wants To

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

You know what our Fishermans Wharf has a reputation for? For counterfeit handbags, right?

Well, look and see what New York is doing about a similar problem in their Chinatown – some pols Back East want to impose a $1000 fine and six months in jail for the act of buying a fake Mark Jacob.

Check it:

“We don’t want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods,” said Councilwoman Margaret Chin, whose Chinatown district is ground zero for counterfeiters.”

(Well, I can’t tell…)

Why can’t we have a crazy law like this, too?

Shouldn’t purse buyers be afraid to buy purses in San Francisco?

Sure, why not?

CW Nevius Recalls the Past 365 Days Living in the 415 – Rediscovers “Ocean – and a Bay”

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Our CW Nevius is at it again, celebrating a year of life in the Big City.

Leave us begin:

1. “The Board of Supervisors: …definitely a greater tone of civility and cooperation.”

Well, that’s what happened when we lost your petulant, petulant buddy Gavin Newsom, right?

2. “Twitter moves to Mid-Market: The symbolism cannot be overestimated.”

Uh, Twitter moving from Third and Mission to Tenth and Market, that’s your exciting thing, Nevius? Here’s a little backgrounder for you from Gerry Shih, you know, since the story starts before you moved to town:

“Alvin Dworman, the owner of a Market Street building proposed as the new headquarters for Twitter, gave sharply discounted office space in the same building to former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign for lieutenant governor — a political contribution valued at more than $11,000, campaign finance records show.

“Weeks after the gift last fall, Newsom officials aided negotiations between Twitter and Dworman by offering the Internet company a payroll tax freeze as an incentive to move into Dworman’s building, a 1 million-square-foot art deco structure at 1355 Market St. once known as the San Francisco Mart.

You’re celebrating this, huh Nevius?

Oh, and is windblown Tenth and Market any more blighted than ugly Third and Folsom? (Not to my knowledge…)

“3. North Beach Library”

This is number three? Boy, your fuel pump is sucking air already, Nev.

“4. Parkmerced development: … there was talk…”

Don’t worry too much about what people say about your buddy David Chiu – he’ll do fine. (BTW, anything that replaces the current Parkmerced, even a toxic waste dump, would be an improvement. You rent controllers, well, things will prolly work out for you. Nothing is Forever, of course…)

“5. Interim Mayor Ed Lee: Admit it, you’ve been surprised.”

Uh, no I won’t admit it. You see, Nev, you’re at the bottom of the intellectual pyramid and Edwin Lee is at the top. Don’t you acknowledge this? And don’t you come off as a little patronizing when you use your words this way? Yes you do.

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And this is the point of your entire bit? Basically, this is what you’re saying:

Vote for Edwin Lee, Mayor of San Francisco.

How many times, in so many words, have you said this before? How many times will you say this again?

Face it Nevius, you’re a fraud. You’re extremely lucky to have your job.

Just saying, Bro.

Anyway, welcome to San Francisco….

Walking the Dog, Frisco Style: San Fran Just Loves Justin Beck

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011


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Digg’s Kevin Rose Sells Out: ABSOLUT SF = “An Enticing Blend of Grape, Dragon Fruit and Papaya”

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Sometimes I just don’t know.

(This is one of those times.)

Introducing ABSOLUT SF, or something. We’re joining the Pantheon, finally.

“‘This summer, we raise a glass to the diversity that flourishes in the City by the Bay – from the Castro to the Marina, to the ubiquitous influence of NAPA and Sonoma and the prolific Asian and Hispanic communities,’ said Laura Stephen, Brand Director of ABSOLUT VODKA.”

(Not sure why “NAPA” is favored over Sonoma, and “prolific“-what communities – those people having lots of babies – they’re gaining “market share?”)

So, does San Francisco need a spirits maker to tell our MUNI Stories and reveal our MUNI Diaires? Do we need to have somebody get paid to create murals on behalf of said spirits maker?

Sure, why not?

Anyway, What’s Your ABSOLUT SF:

ABSOLUT® VODKA Evokes San Francisco’s Freedom of Expression With Fifth City-Inspired Flavor – Limited-Edition ABSOLUT® SF Offers Bold, Enticing Blend of Grape, Dragon Fruit and Papaya; Campaign Elicits Facebook® Movement for San Franciscans with “What’s Your ABSOLUT SF?”

SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the world’s most iconic vodka announces the launch of ABSOLUT® SF, the latest limited-edition, city-inspired flavor. Capturing the unique cultures, ethnicities and culinary delights of San Francisco, ABSOLUT SF features an innovative blend of grape, dragon fruit and papaya that entices spirits drinkers with a bold flavor when mixing a perfect cocktail. Just as the flavors blend beautifully to create a unique vodka expression, ABSOLUT SF will blend the voices of San Franciscans as they share their stories of life in the City by the Bay on the campaign’s integrated Facebook® page –


Several inspirational San Franciscans are collaborating with ABSOLUT® to bring their “ABSOLUT SF” expressions to life – whether through a specially-designed ABSOLUT SF t-shirt or an exclusive song available for download. Their visions will live on- and off-line, and will serve as the call-to-action for consumers to join the conversation. Participants include, among others:

— Miguel Migs – One of San Francisco’s leading sonic ambassadors
— Christopher Collins – Fashion designer and former contestant of Project Runway
— Erik Otto – Expressive and conceptual painter, based in San Francisco
— Kevin Rose – Founder of Digg, a social news website

ABSOLUT is inviting consumers to express themselves at by answering “What’s your ABSOLUT SF? – the one thing that makes your neighborhood San Francisco’s best.” Consumers are encouraged to submit their San Francisco vision, photos and drink recipes, and will also have the opportunity to personalize and share a video that celebrates the spirit of SF. Throughout the summer, participants will have the chance for their expressions to be heard through a variety of digital and social media channels. At the end of the campaign, the “ABSOLUT Capitol of SF” will be awarded to the neighborhood with the most user support and participation. The winning neighborhood will receive a special placement on the ABSOLUT Facebook tab and a unique mural created in its honor.

“This summer, we raise a glass to the diversity that flourishes in the City by the Bay – from the Castro to the Marina, to the ubiquitous influence of NAPA and Sonoma and the prolific Asian and Hispanic communities,” said Laura Stephen, Brand Director of ABSOLUT VODKA. “Because every neighborhood has something unique to share, we’re inviting San Franciscans to express what makes their neighborhood the ABSOLUT best.”

Habitat for Humanity® Greater San Francisco

ABSOLUT is “expressing” its love for San Francisco by donating $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco to support the non-profit organization’s affordable green homes at the 7555 Mission Street development in Daly City. On Thursday, June 16, at 10:30 AM PT, San Francisco community leaders will join ABSOLUT executives and Phillip Kilbridge, Executive Director of Habitat Greater San Francisco, to celebrate ABSOLUT SF during a press conference at the 7555 Mission Street build site.

“We applaud ABSOLUT for its investment in our Mission Street development as part of the ABSOLUT SF launch,” said Kilbridge. “ABSOLUT’s donation supports not only affordable housing in our community, but also the cultural and socio-economic diversity that has made the San Francisco Bay Area one of the best places to live in the world.”

Later that evening, the celebration of Freedom of Expression will continue in an exceptional way at the official ABSOLUT SF launch party.

The ABSOLUT city-series has helped pave the way for flavor innovation in the vodka category. In the late 1980s, ABSOLUT® VODKA launched its “Cities” advertising campaign with a wink and a nod to the intrinsic flare and historical heartbeat of what makes each city special. In 2007, the brand brought the “Cities” campaign to life with the launch of ABSOLUT® NEW ORLEANS, a flavor reminiscent of the Big Easy. Every year since then, ABSOLUT has introduced a limited-edition flavor – ABSOLUT® LOS ANGELES in 2008, ABSOLUT® BOSTON in 2009, ABSOLUT® BROOKLYN in 2010, and now ABSOLUT® SF is honored as the fifth flavor in the city-inspired portfolio.

ABSOLUT SF is now available at bars, restaurants, nightclubs and retailers across the country. Bottle images and additional cocktail recipes are available upon request. Visit for more information. Pernod Ricard USA®, the ABSOLUT® brand and the “What’s Your ABSOLUT SF?” application are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook®.

The Best Photos from Carnaval 2011 via Ravi Kalaga, Bhautik Joshi, –Mark–, David Yu, and David Gallagher

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Well that’s another Carnaval San Francisco for the history books.

Here’s how the 75th Anniversary went on May 29, 2011:

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Warning: The SFPD “Speed Trap” at the Stop Sign for the Downhill Lane of Fulton at Pierce is Alive and Well

Friday, May 27th, 2011

All right, you drive in California – that’s not just a privilege, it’s your birthright. So that means that you can “California stop,” you know, roll through, slowly, all day long all over San Francisco with impunity.

However, some of you don’t do it right, some of you roll on through at like 7 MPH, which might be OK late at night at well-lit, wide open intersections in giant parking lots, but that’s considered too fast for the Alamo Square area.

So, the popo just sit and wait out of view on Pierce. But they don’t hand out tickets for those people who roll through the stop sign with caution, oh no. They wait for a good customer, somebody who maintains a good clip while crossing over the crosswalk.

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Now, if you’re on a bike, then you allowed a much higher speed, of course. But you people in cars might consider showing a little respect for da law.

‘Cause if the SFPD gives you a ticket for rolling through a stop, you not only rolled through a stop, you did it faster than anybody else…

You Ought to Go See Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” Film

Friday, May 27th, 2011

I know, you don’t like Woody Allen movies. But this one is his best since I don’t when.

What can I say, the Tomatometer is off the hook.

OMG, the 2011 Annual Spring Show Just Opened at the Academy of Art University at Van Ness and Washington

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Haven’t dropped by this year just yet ’cause the locale always seems to be uphill from wherever I am, but you, well, here are all the deets if you want to check things out.

Open House is on June 4, 2011 and the whole shebang ends on August 15th.

See you there!

Let’s Just Pronounce the MUNI’s New Nx Judah “Express” Bus a Failure Right Now – Service Starts June 13th

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Now here’s my question for people living way out there in the West Bay – is it your patriotic duty to wait for the new Nx Judah Express instead of taking the N-Judah streetcar, you know, to free up more space for people living in the InSet, the Inner Sunset?

‘Cause if you fix on the idea of taking the bus everyday from the 48th Ave. or La Playa area, it’s going to take you longer to get to work, some of the time, anyway. Transit First

So, even though the bus line is just for you, you personally won’t benefit all that much from it. Consider taking this bus as your patriotic duty to benefit those poor devils who live in the Inner Sunset or Cole Valley and might get passed up up by a totally full N Judah streetcar.

Oh well.

In other news, the CultureBus is considered a success by the people at MUNI, still.

Oh well.