Archive for the ‘housing’ Category

A Tent City Moves: Mayor Ed Lee’s Vietnam – He Can Take Any Hill in the Theater, But He Can’t Win the War

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

[TRIGGER WARNING: Military Analogy – “taking the hill” as in Hill 937 during the Vietnam War, for example. Also Personal Vietnam, as with DJT. Also a kind of Sports Reference, to the Big Game.]

This is 498 11th Street, let’s say. Really, it’s across the street from the end of the even side of the 400 block of 11th, but if I told you I was talking about the long-lasting Tent City (2015-2017) across the street from 498 11th, you’d go there and look around and say, “Oh, there it is.”

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How would you describe it? I almost don’t recognize the place, without tents* and parked RV/stolen-bicycle-part-processing stations.** Anyway, DPW SFPD SFMTA and other SFGov alphabet soups geared up*** to take this hill, betwixt Potrero and a Best Buy parking entrance/exit, really just part of one side of one city block, and now the water trucks come by three (3!) times a day, Mayor Willie Brown-style.

And this is 400 11th Street more or less. You can see the structure made to hold up the Veteran’s Cab sign on the left and the I-80 freeway on the right. In essence, a small Super Bowl Tent City moved one block, about 100 meters, a mere tenth of a Klick (Military Slang), to the northwest:

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IMO, absolutely nothing has changed, after this huge, years-long effort.

A solution to this whole issue is Above My Pay Grade. I’m just offering my Sit Rep.

Over and Out.

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ATTENTION FRISCO LANDLORDS: You Can’t Charge a $49.50 Application Fee – Take a Look at This Example on Page

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Here we go:

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Now let’s hear from the California Apartment Association:

“As you consider prospective renters in 2017, remember that your applicant screening fee can only cover the expenses you incur in the process. This includes the actual money spent gathering information, as well as time spent by you or your staff. But no matter how much you pay for tenant screening, your fee to applicants may not exceed $47.72. That figure represents this year’s maximum applicant-screening charge. Each December, the state of California adjusts its cap on applicant-screening fees based on changes to the Consumer Price Index. This year’s adjustment amounted to an increase of $1.05.”

A landlord not following what the CAA says is a bad sign from the get-go.

The kind of people who overcharge on the application fee are the kind of people who do other things wrong as landlords as well.

(OTOH, I’m sure many landlords would prefer naive, moneyed tenants who say, “Take my money, take my money,” as they are less likely to complain about other issues.)

Anyway, the cost of doing a background check has come down over the years, non? So why not just charge prospective tenants the eight dollars or whatever you are out of pocket? Cause I’ll tell you, this isn’t a good look, this nickel-and-diming at the start of a potential $40-something thousand dollar land deal.

Speaking of which, back in the day, Before the Aughts, back during DotCom 1.0, let’s say 1998 or so, you’d see 50 people showing up at open houses. They’d each pay an application fee of $50 or so and then the manager / landlord / agent would have a nice multi-thousand dollar tax-free payday just by depositing a bunch of checks at the bank. Not bad for a few hours “work.” And they wouldn’t even do a background check on you, the sucker prospective tenant, ’cause that would increase costs.

A cite from that era:

“Some landlords in the San Francisco Bay Area were found guilty of charging application fees of $50 or more and/or collecting application fees when no rentals were even available.”

That’s what happens when people treat the application process as a profit center.

Anyway, choose wisely, tenants.

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Troll Life: Could This Stairway on Post be Turned into an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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An accessory dwelling unit is a really simple and old idea: having a second small dwelling right on the same grounds (or attached to) your regular single-family house, such as: an apartment over the garage. a tiny house (on a foundation) in the backyard. a basement apartment.

Pac Heights Resident Tells Passersby, “Please Look at My Bathtub,” (More or Less) + No Window Treatment = Bold Bathing

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

As seen from the near sidewalk.

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(From across the street you’d be able to peer into this bathroom almost level. Oh well.)

Anyway, nice tub.

Ungradeable Backyard, Frisco, Just a Few Miles from the San Andreas Fault

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

This is the high-rent district of Sea Cliff, where you can’t expect much from your backyard except making sure your house doesn’t slide away during the next Big One:

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The 94117 Vs. London Breed: “MISSING – Have You Seen Me? LOST LAW” – Yes, I’m Only a Bill

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

As seen about town:

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Looks like somebody is trying to get her to keep a promise?

Outrageousness: Six Tourists Bunking Up in Just One Room on Ocean Paying $6000 per Month?

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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This is a part of “Coliving Club Ocean,” which self-ID’s as:

  • 40 Beds
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms

The cost to said newcomers is $998 per month, so that means that just one room is potentially generating $71,976 for somebody, or some entity, each year. And this location is by no means in any of Frisco’s typically high rent districts.

Wow.

(Hey, are these bunk beds made for adults? IDK. Hey, do they have a weight limit like, IDK, something like 165 pounds? Just asking.)

Anyway, wow

Here It Is: Your New Homeless “Navigation” Center in Dogpatch – Opening March 2017

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Via Dogpatch Block Party:

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Volunteers wanted…

The Richmond District’s Classiest Entranceway: Fish and Bubbles

Monday, November 14th, 2016

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IS THIS KOSHER? Micro-Unit Apartment Parked on 9th Street Tells Citizens How to Vote

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Here’s the description:

Inside a tiny prefab home for the homeless – A possible solution for San Francisco citizens without a place to call home BY ADAM BRINKLOW

And here’s the unit, complete with signs telling you to vote for Propositions J & K:

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Is this what special parking permits from SFGov are for?