Archive for November, 2012

Attention San Francisco: The Great Phonebook Recycle of 2012 Has Begun – If You See a Big Stack, Recycle Immediately

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Here’s a good dozen what sat in the lobby for twelve long hours.

Guess what? Nobody took even a one.

So these books got hauled off to the big blue bin when I got home last night. Good times.

And best of all,  those The Real Yellow Pages / AT&T / YP books are surprisingly small these days, so you can carry them all in just one trip, you know, before they get all soggy:

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Uh, AT&T, what’s the point of this exercise?

Nobody in San Francisco wants your Yellow Pages.

I know you think that we do, but we don’t.

Does Verizon do this? No

Does Sprint do this? No

Does T-Mobile do this? No

So why do you do it?

I know that you can do it, you know, legally, but I don’t know why you do it.

If you want to get credit for giving minimum wage union members money, why not just give them money and be done with it?

Anyway, if I see any stack of your phonebooks anywhere about town anywhere near a big blue recycling bin or an AT&T store, they’re all going to get together tout de suite.

No charge.

See you in Hell, Yellow Pages people.

NB: Don’t try to “opt out,” San Francisco. All that does is give your contact information to AT&T so that they can ask you, every fucking year, if you still want to opt out. My conclusion: AT&T is a cancer.

Were $500-Per-Month Studios Promised for Trinity Place 4.5 Years Ago? Yes – Plus, What About Trinity Plaza Tenants?

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Ah mem’ries from all the way back in aught-eight – let’s hear from Angelo “Father of Rent Control” Sangiacomo from back in the day:

“Who the hell is building buildings today, 440 rentals in San Francisco, and paying all cash? With rents down there at $500 and $700?”

Now, what are the chances that hundreds of people will be renting $500 studios in a new building at Eight and Market anytime soon?

Absolute zero.

Oh well.

Oh, here it is, the old Trinity Plaza at Eighth and Market and its replacement, the new Trinity Place, just behind:

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Speaking of which, the existing tenants of Trinity Plaza need to move out soon, you know, for the soon-to-come implosion of the old building, but what’s up with all of these cleaning demands coming from Management?

Let’s hear from a youthful tenant who’s losing his place:

“Now we get forms with detailed instructions on everything that needs to be cleaned before you move out. In my mind, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom / toilet / sinks / oven etc should be enough. There are some pretty weird demands in here considering this building is being demolished. Some examples:

All carpets must be vacuumed and shampooed
Wood or linoleum floors must be mopped, waxed or polished using appropriate cleaning products.
Clean sink(s). Hardware should be clean, free of water spots and shiny
Cabinets must be cleaned inside and out. Scrub fronts clean to remove fingerprints and food.
Clean baseboards and coving. Clean, mop and wax linoleum floors with appropriate cleaning products.”

I cry foul.

On It Goes…

Oh, and for the record, this is the Senator Carole Migden Law – it’s in effect statewide:

“If the tenant and landlord cannot reach an agreement on the amount of the security deposit returned, the tenant can file a lawsuit against the landlord for return of the security deposit.  The tenant can sue for:

  • The amount of the deposit, plus
  • Twice the amount of the security deposit in damages. The judge may give the tenant these additional damages if the landlord retained the deposit in bad faith.

The tenant can sue the landlord in small claims, which is informal and inexpensive, as long as the total amount sued for is $10,000 or less. Click for more information on Small Claims.”

Golden Gate University Street Art: East Gallery – A Quiet Evening at “YMCA Night School”

Friday, November 30th, 2012

GGU used to be called “YMCA Night School?”

They ought to have that on a T-shirt…

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Or maybe on the diploma too, as an option, you know, the way Harvard gals can opt for a Radcliffe diploma

“Ron Conway Roulette” – Read All About it in the December Issue of San Francisco Magazine

Friday, November 30th, 2012

This graphic from Jenna Scatena’s piece looks interesting, anyway.

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When Republican billionaire Ron Conway decided to make a project of making San Francisco less Democrat and more Republican, the first thing they told him to do was to unregister as a Republican.

Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?

When Republican billionaire Ron Conway recently got caught trying to improperly influence SFGov over the issue of street parking spaces near the offices of Pinterest, he tried to lie his way out of it.

Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think? (Ron Conway First, Transit Second)

Oh Ron Conway, will you ever win?

Ron Paul for President Booster Drives Plymouth Valiant Unironically

Friday, November 30th, 2012

2016 is just four years away:

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Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Ava, Aiden, Jackson, Ethan, Liam, Mason: The Top 10 Baby Names of 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Or so they say:

“Top 10 Baby Names of 2012



To wit, here’s Aiden Jayden and Brayden:

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All the deets, after the jump


Everybody in Khakis! A Different Kind of Bus Tour Group in San Francisco’s Civic Center

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

I was thinking like California Conservation Corps but the bus they rode in on had federal plates.

Who are these people?

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This is a stumper.

Anyway, they’re probably not from The Gap.

Throwing Rocks at Girls: San Francisco’s Worst MUNI Bus Ad Campaign of 2012 Comes From David Clay Jewelers

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

I think I also saw another one about how you, the rich, hetero male, should be embarrassed if your daughter’s diamond ring is bigger than your current wife’s.

Not sure.

Anyway, the San Francisco Egotist has beaten me to the punch,* so head over there to get the low down.

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NB: IRL, diamonds are worthless – prices are propped up by the industry. Oh well.

*Condescending!  Douchebaggy! Regrettable!

Box, Cantilever, Pipe, Brace: Beautiful San Francisco Architecture – Who’s the “Starchitect” Who Came Up With This?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Near Mervyn’s Heights:

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NB: Never use the term “starchitect” without putting it inside quote marks or otherwise showing the reader what a joke the word is.

San Francisco Chemtrails, November 13, 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Oh, did I say chemtrails? What I meant to say was contrails.

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Contrails are harmless.