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Uh Oh: “New Violations Escalate Mel Murphy Case” – “Yet Another Illegal Conversion” – More Trouble in the Troubled Mission District

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Oh, this guy is still a Port Commissioner?

(Oh fuck, Man.)

Hey, I’ll give you just one guess as to who wrote this mini-hagiography:

“Mel Murphy, Commissioner 

Commissioner Mel Murphy is a licensed California Real Estate Broker, Licensed California General Contractor and successful real estate developer in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona. Commissioner Murphy manages Pattani Construction, a development property management firm. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Murphy & O’Brien Real Estate Investments.

Commissioner Murphy was appointed to the Port Commission by Mayor Edwin Lee in March 2013. He previously served on the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission from 2006 to 2012. Appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, Commissioner Murphy served two terms as President and two terms as Vice President of the Commission. Commissioner Murphy is a founding member of the San Francisco Coalition for Responsible Growth, a group that has a mission to promote public policies which will provide responsible growth and rational community development in San Francisco.

Commissioner Murphy was born in Westmeath and educated with the Christian Brothers and St. Mel’s College of Technology in Longford, Ireland, where he developed a lifelong interest in construction engineering and management.

In the early 1970’s he moved to San Francisco where he was headhunted by Bechtel Corporation who appointed him to manage large construction projects in Saudi Arabia. Commissioner Murphy’s technical and managerial competencies were further recognized and he was selected for other projects including the Alaskan pipeline and oil rigs in the North Sea and Chile. Commissioner Murphy returned to San Francisco in 1976.

News from Dennis Herrera’s City Attorney’s Office:

“New violations escalate Mel Murphy case. – Yet another illegal conversion of a residential development by city commissioner demonstrates ‘a pattern that is well-devised, carefully-executed and, above all, willful’

“SAN FRANCISCO (July 28, 2015) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera has amended his civil suit against city commissioner Mel Murphy to include another residential property that the veteran developer converted in violation of state and local laws, and then deliberately concealed for years from his annual disclosures to the San Francisco Ethics Commission.

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Frisco’s Shortest Railroad: This Huge, Century-Old House on Oak Street is Rolling Today – “A Little to the Left” – Photos

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Get up-to-speed on the massive Urban School Oak Street expansion here and also from Camden Avery at the Hoodline

This has been the scene in the Upper Haight / SoPA (South of Panhandle Area – srsly, some people actually use this term) lately:

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And here’s how things looked yesterday – we’re all set to go:

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See that, the entire crib has been mounted on rails. The entire house is going to start moving today, Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 8:00 AM, or at least that was the plan at the close of bidness a few days ago.

Here’s your detail:

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All right, bon courage L’ecole Urbaine!

Here It Is: The Urban School’s Huge Pixar UP House, Completely Surrounded by Earth Movers – Soon to be Moved

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Where they’ll move it to – no one can say:

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It won’t be long now…

1637 Oak Street Now Looks Like Carl Fredricksen’s House from Pixar’s Up Movie – The Urban School’s “Oak Street Project”

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Here’s real estate holdout Edith Macefield’s house from up north.

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And here’s Carl Fredricksen’s house in the east bay as seen from a scene in Up

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And this is 1637 Oak as it looks right now – The Urban School’s Oak Street Project worksite complete surrounds the place now:

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It was built in 1904 – this is no way to celebrate your eleventy-first birthday, I’ll tell you. All the deets:

1637 Oak St has 1 bath and approximately 2,850 square feet.

(Well, that’s what they call obsolete in the real estate biz.)

Anyway, this house is empty now, and they’re fixing to move it someplace, I don’t know where, this summer.

Then this parcel will look like this, sort of:

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(I’d add about ten times as many cars to this depiction, but that’s just me.)

IDK how they’ll move it – I suggest balloons:

Get all the deets about all the hullabaloo from the Urbanists themselves right here:

“Over the past two years, Urban and St. Agnes have shared our plans with local community groups and our neighbors. We are committed to keeping our community informed throughout the approval process and are available to answer your questions. We invite you to contact us at any time via phone (415 626 2919) or email oakstreetproject@urbanschool.org.

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Aspirational – Marketing a New Apartment Building to Newcomers in Hayes Valley

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

[Camera Left] That’s who I am, I’m a god-damned troubadour! (Well, maybe not yet, but that’s who I am inside – that’s the kind of person I am. Man, I gots to get me an axe as soon as I move to Frisco…)

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[Camera Right] I’m a City Girl, here’s my Vespa – BEEP BEEP! I’m going to use it to buy a baguette every day, soon as I move to the 415.*

As seen at the horrible, man-made** disaster known as Octavia “Boulevard.”

*NO NO NO NO, I want 415! Area code 628?! WTF. 

**Person-made? Is that a phrase? Octavia was supposed to spawn a “boulevard movement” across the country. It didn’t. 

Blaming the Suburbs: A CityLab Urbanist Parachutes into Frisco to Diagnose Our High Rents – Oh the Urbanity!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Here it is:

The Biggest Problem With San Francisco’s Rent Crisis – The Suburbs, by Henry Grabar

This is in Slate, so it can’t be ignored, right? Read along with me, by the numbers.

1. “Crisis.” Well, our current sitch of high inflation of rents and property values is a crisis for some, but not for all. What if certain people, certain industries actually approve of this “crisis,” what then? Of course most renters in town pay slightly to substantially less than a market rate rent because most have the benefits of rent control. Is the author aware of this? We’ll see.

2. Photo. This one – I’ve seen it before. Since we’re toning down the words in Slate, let’s take the time to do the same to Slate’s illustrative photo illustrations. Here’s my stab at how things really looked in this part of Frisco, the ‘burbs of Frisco, if you will. Note the lack of nuclear yellow trees:

3. San Francisco “doesn’t deserve to be the poster child for inaction in the face of inequality?” Uh, why not? (One suspects author Hank has been talking with too many local urbanists.) Why doesn’t SF build more housing if it wants more housing? That’s what I’d ask myself before demanding other towns and counties to “do more.”

4. “The biggest problem with housing in San Francisco isn’t actually in San Francisco.” There’s your SlatePitch, there’s your everything-you-know-is-wrong. I’m not seeing any possibility of this article being useful at all. But let’s continue.

5. “‘The smaller communities, in my opinion, need to step up, and I don’t see that happening,’ San Francisco planning director John Rahaim says.” This sounds like a another pitch for regional government. I’ll agree – I too don’t see that happening. This is a big non-starter.

6. Prop 13. Yep. But are you going to get rid of Prop 13? IDTS. Hey, we’re halfway through.

7.  The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). Yep, there’s your regional government, your corrupt regional government what can’t understand how unpopular it is.

8. “For municipalities, Rentschler said, the offer is simple: Build more housing, get more money.” So this is the point – a promised $1.5 billion per year for transit from the MTC? I’m not seeing this as a game-changer.

9. “Naturally, some conservatives see Plan Bay Area as part of the broader, Soviet-style plot to urbanize America.” Whoah! Uh, the people who are against all that this Slate bit endorses mostly voted for Obama – they’re mostly big “D” Democrats, right? (This could be confusing to Slate’s readers, non?)

10. “Agenda 21?” Man, poll Bay Areans about “Agenda 21″ and less than 5% would have any idea what it means, just saying.

11. “Writing in National Review, Kurtz warned AFFH would ‘urbanize suburbs and Manhattanize cities.’” Uh, Dude, didn’t you have the same person making the very same point two just grafs above? Get me Rewrite!

12. “But a modern-day building boom in the inner suburbs wouldn’t repeat those mistakes—it would correct them. This time, it would do a city like San Francisco good.” Huh, so that’s it, huh?

Well, I don’t see a modern-day  building boom happening anytime soon in Frisco’s “inner suburbs,” so I guess that’s that. We’re talking Pie In The Sky here. JMO

And sorry, Newcomers. Everything’s stacked against you here in the 415.

Sorry.

Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say
Look who’s in the big town
But my bed is in a small town
Oh, and that’s good enough for me

How to Live Rent-Free in San Francisco: Get an RV and Then Park It In Front of a Church (and Not a House)

Friday, June 19th, 2015

‘Cause if you sleep in your RV in front of a house, its millionaire homeowners will, hackles raised, not rest until you are gone gone gone.

But churches are a different story – you’re less likely to have to deal with complaints to the SFPD / SFMTA. (You might trigger an internal debate about why-do-we-even-have-this-congregation-in-the-first-place, you very well might do that.)

Simply, church-goers are much, much less likely to call out the popo on you.

As here:

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I’ll tell you, the same RVs I saw ten years ago parked on Post and Geary and Fell and Oak at night are now, after recently being chased away by new legislation, parked on Masonic and Presidio and Hayes, as here.

On It Goes…

The Doomed Houses of Westlake, Daly City, USA – A Legacy of Hank Doelger

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Down to the Sea Again – A Real Cliff-Hanger in Daly City

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“In the 1950s, however, when Henry Doelger was building Westlake Palisades, we knew little about coastal erosion, the ongoing Mussel Rock landslide, or the San Andreas Fault. Despite the futile efforts of the Ocean Shore Railroad to maintain a roadbed across the flowing cliffs and the repeated failure of Highway 1, the coastal view remained irresistible. Doelger learned a quick lesson about geologic processes when 11 of the homes he was building on the north side of Westline Drive, along the upper edges of the landslide, began to move downhill soon after construction. Doelger bought them back and moved them to inland lots.”

Twitterloin Update: At the NeMA “New Market” Building Across the Street from Twitter HQ – A Dream Realized

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

What have we here, in the historically troubled Mid Market Twitterloin area?

We have luxury cars (Mercedes Benz, BMW, BMW), inane slogans, and $4000 a month studio apartments, not that I care.

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Mission Accomplished, I suppose. Somebody’s mission, anyway.

Enjoy your New Market Street, everybody.

This is How We Live Now, 2015.

Drought, What Drought? – Front Yard Waterfall, Pacific Avenue, Pacific Heights 94115 – Glug Glug Glug

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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