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Assignment Desk: Just How Fake was the Recent Episode of “Mystery Diners” Taped at Chapeau! on Clement in the Richmond?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

I’m saying very fake, or mostly fake.

Last year, Michael Bauer had the Inside Scoop on the recent Mystery Diners fiasco up at Chapeau! on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond:

“It was halfway into our anniversary dinner when things turned for the worst, as the camera crew from Mystery Diners rushed through the dining room with lights and mikes to catch a naughty bartender/actor in the act of giving away free drinks for a group of fake diners.”

I’ll tell you, I don’t have that cable TV so I can’t actually watch all the fakery, but here’s a quite gullible writer on the topic over at Examiner.Com.

I’m auspicious of this whole deal, I tell you.

Oh, EaterSF has this:

This is scripted. This would never really happen in Philippe’s restaurant. I live down the street and go there.”

So, have at it, MSM. Philippe himself prolly would have contractual reasons to tell you to go to Hell, but there are other ways of getting a scoop…

Oh, and SFWeekly had this to say about this particular TV series a few years back

In short, I call shenanigans.

How Much Does It Cost to Attend an “Intensive 3-Month Web Development Program” to Learn to Code? The Answer Will Amaze You

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Here’s the question, how much does it cost to, as they say, Learn To Code?

Speak of the Devil:

General Assembly ‏@GA Feb 13 Struggling to teach yourself to code? Apply now to our intensive 3-month web development program in SF: https://cards.twitter.com/cards/2tg4az/5ah …

And here’s the answer, 11,500 didgeridoos:

OUCH! Isn’t that a lot? That’s like $200 a day.

I don’t know, if I were a cranky middle-aged bloggger barely off food stamps and without a colledge diploma, you know, still hoping to make some big score, you know, chasing venture paper like what Twitter get, sick of arguing with white dudes on the Internet, well maybe coding class could turn things around for me. I mean, cooking school was big in the aughts and a lot of people paid $50k to earn what turned out to be worthless diplomas. Are coding schools the same thing? I don’t know. What I DO know is that four years ago, you could sign up for similar courses (like GIRLS CAN CODE! or something) for free. And then, most of the people who attended were placed into jobs soon after “graduation.” That would have been a good thing for lots of people to do.

But these days? I don’t know.

Lean Over: The Photo of a “Female Plumber” That Sheryl Sandberg Doesn’t Want You to See

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Let’s see here:

“When a friend of Sheryl Sandberg’s was looking for a stock image of a female plumber, all she found online were women posing in lingerie and clutching wrenches.”

Mmmm. What if I tried to find stock images of a “female plumber?” Here, take a look, no foolsies.

Well, wrenches, sure, that’s the whole point. Holding a plumber’s wrench = plumber, right?

But “posing in lingerie?” Not so much.

In fact not at all! But this one is close, I ‘spose:

Gentle Reader, I’ll make the impolite suggestion that billionaire* Sheryl Sandberg’s conveniently-unidentified millionaire* friend doesn’t know what she* is doing when she hunts for images online.

Why not sell books and lead by NOT (re)telling lies/stories that don’t add up?

END OF LINE.

*Prolly.

What It Looks Like When Our CIA Places Banner Ads – “STRENGTHENED BY YOUR UNIQUENESS, EMPOWERED BY YOUR POTENTIAL”

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

It looks like this:

A Tale of Two Internship Ads: SF Weekly is Doing It Right, San Francisco Magazine is Doing It Wrong

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

(Doin’ It Right is important, you know, for its own sake, right?)

This internship ad for “luxury magazine” San Francisco Magazine is straight outta 2011 or someplace. Check it:

San Francisco Magazine Editorial and Web Internships (north beach / telegraph hill)

243 Vallejo St
San Francisco Magazine Editorial Internship
Location: San Francisco, CA (North Beach)
Duration of Position: 6 months (with a 3 month review), rolling basis
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday two weeks/month; Monday-Thursday two weeks/month (10am-5:30pm)

We’re looking for ambitious budding journalists to help produce our award–winning monthly regional magazine and website. This program gives interns a rare opportunity to be exposed to the full spectrum of journalism and magazine production through first-hand experience. Interns’ primary duties are fact-checking the magazine, researching, and reporting. Interns are also expected to pitch and write stories, with opportunities for taking on more responsibilities, depending on experience. Interns also participate in editorial and pitch meetings, work closely with editors, and often help report on feature packages. After the internship is completed, interns may have an opportunity to apply for our editorial fellowship, with a $1,000/month stipend and more challenging assignments. We’re currently seeking a website/blogging intern in addition to general editorial interns.

This internship is offered on a volunteer basis, or for college credit.”

Did you spot the issue, Gentle Reader?

Here’s some perspective from the plaintiff side and from the defense side.

Now keep in mind that this gig/these gigs are being advertised as “SanFranMag hiring!”

To wit:

Erik Verduzco ‏@Erik_Verduzco18 Nov Hiring full-time positions for no money? @Jenna_Scatena: @sanfranmag is hiring edit and web interns! Inquire within. http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/wri/4188098787.html …

Now, compare that recent ad with this one:

SF Weekly:

Experience: We’re looking for interns who have some news writing experience (school newspapers count!) and are eager to tackle any story challenge (whether it be a source who isn’t returning your phone call or trying to find an interesting angle to general news story).

How To Apply: Please send your resume, clips, and cover letter to Mollie.McWilliams@sfweekly.comThe deadline for submitting is Dec. 31, and internships start mid January. Please note what sections you would like to write for.

*All interns will need to provide proof of school credit upon acceptance of an internship with SF Weekly.”

Do you see the difference?

I think you should.

Oh, what’s that, you’ve been doing things this way for years and it’s been working out?

Maybe so, but it won’t work out now. Sorry.

Oh, what’s that, your people won’t just up and sue you for peanuts?

But yes they will.

You’ll see.

Uh, What’s This – A Mini-Documentary About the SFPD Called “Cops Put Gang Members to Work” in the Mission?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

[UPDATE: The video has gone private, sorry. It used to be here.]

Yes, yes it is.

As reported earlier this year by Tim Redmond and Mike Aldax

John Cathey and David Sands are plainclothes anti-gang SFPD officers in the Mission District. This is their story in seven minutes:

“Check out the latest from The I Files- a story about two cops in San Francisco who are taking an unorthodox approach to curbing gang violence.”

The Unpublicized Picket Lines of Octavia Boulevard Housing Construction – Corish Electric Unfair?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Or so they say:

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I guess some of these people are electricians?

This is all I know…

OMG, OMG. It’s the Target Store Job Fair August 15-17! Hundreds to be Hired at City Target West, Geary and Masonic – Opens October 2013

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Giant signs don’t lie:

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It’ll be a huge cattle call the way they had for Our First City Target in SoMA on Mission last year.

But you should apply here before you show up, I s’pose.

All the deets of the job titles/positions you can apply for, after the jump.

Bon Chance!

(more…)

Target, Target, Jobs, Jobs! Target, Target, Jobs, Jobs! Employment Workshop for New Geary Masonic Store on July 23

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Wouldn’t you like to work at the new San Francisco West CityTarget?

Here’s how you can get a leg up, per District Five Supervisor London “Fuck Willie Brown” Breed:

London Breed ‏@LondonBreed The new Target on Geary Blvd will be hosting a workshop for job opportunities July 23, 6-8pm at 1290 Fillmore St”

All the deets for Our New Store:

“October 17, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO

Target is pleased to announce that it will open its second CityTarget store in the city of San Francisco in October 2013. The San Francisco West CityTarget will be 119,000 square-feet and located at the southwest corner of Geary and Masonic Streets. On October 10, 2012, the company opened the doors to the city’s first-ever Target store, also a CityTarget, at the Metreon.

“We are thrilled to call San Francisco home to our newest CityTarget at Geary and Masonic,” said Cary Strouse, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Western region. “With more than five CityTarget locations confirmed, California has always been a strong market for Target. We are excited to continue being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with guests at both San Francisco Target stores.”

The San Francisco West CityTarget will offer commuters, tourists and urban dwellers the convenience of one-stop shopping with urban living essentials, on-trend fashions and exclusive designer collections. The store also will include a Starbucks and a pharmacy to further enhance guests’ shopping experience.

San Francisco’s newest CityTarget will employ approximately 250 team members. Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, where prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Prospective candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located at all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening.

In addition to the Metreon location in San Francisco, Target opened two CityTargets in the city of Los Angeles at Westwood Market Place and a downtown location at Figueroa and 7th.  With five locations confirmed, the state of California has more CityTargets than any other state in the nation.  Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Westwood, Calif. locations were opened earlier this year.  In addition to the San Francisco West CityTarget, the company has announced 2013 openings in Portland and Los Angeles. 

Since 2011, Target has contributed more than $2 million to support the San Francisco-area community, including Field Trip Grants to San Francisco-area schools, a School Library Makeover at Sanchez College Preparatory School and support for local chapters of the United Way through store grants and employee contributions.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,781 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.

Unemployed and Living in the Sunset Richmond Fogbelt? Affirmative Action for You at the Outside Lands Job Fair!

Friday, July 12th, 2013

What are you living next to way out there in the West Bay? Is it:

1. a halfway house; or

2. a grow house; or

3. a cat house; or

4 a let’s-store-some-illegal-Fourth-of-July-fireworks-here-in-the-basement-just-temporarily-uhoh-KABOOM house?

It’s gotta be something like that.

(I know, man. ‘Cause I used to live on Ninth Avenue in the Inner Fog Belt.)

But now, Fortune favors you! You’re going to get a temporary minimum-wage* gig at the 2013 Outside Lands Music Festival.

It’s affirmative action, baby!

Per appointed District 4 Supervisor and Sunset Native Katy Tang:

“Outside Lands is hosting a Job Fair this Saturday, July 13th at the SF County Fair Building on Ninth and Lincoln. In order to promote local labor opportunities, they are giving special preference to residents of the Richmond and Sunset Districts. Don’t forget your resume!”

What’s that? You don’t live in the West Bay? Well, just use your out-in-the-Avenues friend’s address, right? Then when you get into a position of authoritah, you can use your power to help your friend sneak** in at OL13. Bingo bango!

All the deets:

“The event takes place on Saturday, July 13 at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park from 10am until 3pm. The festival is hiring for three types of positions:

*Unless you’re going to be bartending. As IRL, at Outside Lands Bartenders Make More.

**’Cause the days of easily sneaking into the Outside Lands fest are over, baby. The way to do it in 2013 is to have an Inside Man just let you in.