I’ve never seen this:
Welcome to 2016
“There has been speculation among officials that the boat capsized due to a large, rogue wave, although the matter is still under investigation.”
Non, non, non!
“Rogue waves (also known as freak waves, monster waves, episodic waves, killer waves, extreme waves, and abnormal waves) are large and spontaneous surface waves that occur far out in open water, and can be extremely dangerous, even to large ships such as ocean liners.”
Ocean Beach aint in open water, right?
So SFGov spokesmodels should pick a different adjective.
How about sneaker wave? You know, the kind that sneak up on the unwary. Or sleeper wave, for the sleepyheaded mariner. Or set wave, if you’re a surfer.
Speaking of which, take a look:
I suppose, if you don’t know what you’re doing, then you could try to pass the buck by calling this a rogue wave (or an Act of God). But that would just go to show that you didn’t know what you’re doing.
Oh here we go, CNN does my job for me here.
How common was the wave what overturned our rescue boat? Was it a once in a day wave, or a once every ten years wave? IDK. But it certainly wasn’t a rogue wave.
If only we had a highly trained branch of the US military stationed nearby, standing by to help people in the water…
Semper Paratus, Gentle Reader
Here’s CWNevius in 2015:
“In an innovative and clever legal maneuver, the city attorney’s office is asking the courts to treat the city like any other property owner and allow it to sue for damages to pay for graffiti cleanup.”
And that process ended up with a six-figure judgment, mostly for attorney fees that we spent in order to get the six figure judgment:
The problem with this that graffiti tagger Terry Cozy is never going to pay us back for all the attorney fees, obviously not before the now-passed February 2016 “deadline” but, equally obviously, not after either.
The amount of effort spent to collect on this uncollectable person is astounding. Check for yourself here. How about $149K in attorney fees, so far, as of January 2016, creating documents such as this:
So this declaration proves up that the San Francisco Examiner had to pay $100-something to repair a graffiti’ed ‘Xam newsbox. Man, this looks like a lot of work, on a fruitless task. JMO.
Anyway, here’s where Nevius was wrong with his mindless cheerleading:
This kind of action isn’t “innovative” since it’s been done in the past. Let’s check back on the case of Carlos Rivera from a decade ago, back when SFGov was only half as big. It’s the exact same same approach – let’s sock it to these taggers with a huge judgment, that will show them! Or, in the words of Chuck: “Put that in your spray can.”
This kind of action isn’t necessarily “clever” since we’re spending a ton of money to run up the score on a defendant who’s never going to pay us back five figures, much less six figures. Does this make sense? $66,167.64 of PRINCIPAL but with $149,067.00 in ATTORNEY FEES?
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Edited for spoiler removal:
“HELLO, welcome to THE INTERSECTION. The new podcast from KALW, which explores change in the Bay Area, launches today.
Season 1 of THE INTERSECTION is a six-episode portrait of one Tenderloin corner: Golden Gate Avenue & Leavenworth Street. SF’s poorest neighborhood has a reputation for crime, drugs and poverty, but it actually has the city’s highest density of kids, seniors and the unhoused.
Listen to the first episode about being homeless and finding a home in the tightest real estate markets in the country.
I suppose that if you’re going to do this kind of thing…
…then this is the way to do it, with a nice disclaimer up top.
What will we see tomorrow? Will it be “The New York Times PAID FOR AND POSTED BY DONALD TRUMP?”
Welcome to 2016…
Now look at them yo-yo’s, that’s the way you do it
You place content from the MTV
That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and clicks for free
“Journalism, as a public good, exists to serve a multitude of purposes, one of which is to be a mode of recording and documenting both the major and minute of our world and to comment on the expansion and changes of the developing societal fabric.
SFBay holds this journalistic tenet at its core. As such, a change is coming.
To faithful SFBay readers, I’m elated to announce the birth of the Culture and Arts section of this news organization, with yours truly at the helm.”
As always, start with the Yelp:
“There is a certain je-ne-sais-quoi, a special sort of class, that imbues a neighborhood when it is sporting its very own windowless massage parlor with neon lights and a locked gate even during business hours (ring bell for admittance–I guess they don’t take walk-ins). The “carvings” on the wall seem to be intended to be reminiscent of something Roman.”
Here’s this place today in 2015:
And now let’s learn about how things were back in aught-six, via the San Francisco Chronicle:
IIRC, this series was the talk of the town. Even back then, it was unusual for a newspaper to devote so many resources on one basic story.
And the story itself was single-sourced for the most part – it seemed as if the Chron simply assumed that everything the subject said about the journey from There to Here was true. Oh well.
Anyway, right from the get-go, the Chron started pulling back a bit, getting rid of photos what were “too sexy,” or something, IIRC.
And then came the blowback, hoo boy. This forgotten webpage has the deets:
“Instead of educating Chronicle readers about the cultural background of South Korea, the world’s 10th largest economy, the “Diary” series dwells at length, and with questionable purpose, on the titillating details of one individual’s forced sex acts and non-typical family history. The Chronicle series includes many cultural inaccuracies and paints a distorted picture of Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city. Busan is an international coastal resort known for its open-air seafood — not sex — markets, and as host of the annual International Film Festival, the largest such event in Asia.”
Oh, scratch that, oh here it is, the Great Concessions:
Among the promises won, the San Francisco Chronicle (owned by the New York-based Hearst Corporation) pledged “in principle” not to syndicate the series, to provide the community more “constructive coverage” and access to the paper, and to continue a dialogue with the community to improve development of stories and their sources. Kim herself remained cautious, however: “We need to maintain a vigilant posture to ensure that there is, in fact, meaningful follow-through based on our initial meeting.” “[The syndication] was of utmost concern to our community members, as we feel the culturally damaging impact would be magnified,” emphasized Kim. ”We had also pointed out to the Chronicle’s management that based on the underlying facts of this case, there is a clear legal case to be made for racial bias,” said Kim.
Now, I may be just a simple hyperchicken, but I don’t think you can sue the Chron in a “legal case” for “racial bias” just because you don’t like one of its stories. Or if you do, you’ll get hit with an anti-SLAPP motion what will suspend your discovery process cold, and then make you wish you never ever sued the Chronicle, like the hardest work for the Chron’s attorneys would be proving up the $50,000 in attorney’s fees that you’ll end up paying to the Chron for bringing your nonsensical suit, for “racial bias.”
Or something like that.
Anyway, that’s what I think about whenever I pass by the Twitterloin’s Villa “Aroma,” where something smells, even today…
Here it is:
WELCOME TO THE NEW BOLD ITALIC, by SUNIL RAJARAMAN & SONIA ARRISON SENKUT, Aug 12 at 8am
Let’s take a look:
“built a great brand over the course of several years.”
Great? Mmmm… Take a look here at the now-defunct Gannett Blog. What TBI was was a way for a Fortune 500 media company to spend millions upon millions on an experiment, one that didn’t work out. Any chance at sustainability was squandered on highly-paid design consultants and also squandered on the crushing rent burden of an expensive reclaimed wood clubhouse betwixt the gritty Twitterloin and trendy Hayes Valley. So, a great tax write-off for Gannett Co, Inc? YES. But a “great brand?” NO.
“we were surprised that TBI was shutting down”
Well, you shouldn’t have been. It was nice that a DC-area corporation could pay people money in SF, but the whole shebang wasn’t real, it wasn’t sustainable.
“One of the reasons people love TBI is its focus on the authenticity of the San Francisco experience…”
Objection, Your Honor – this clause assumes facts not in evidence. At least they aren’t evident to me. Sorry, but I gots to keep it real, I gots to be authentic.
After all, we all deserve a chance at a new start*…
*Including The Sans Serif…**
Here you go – where’s the name “Shine, Kristine – President” here at Newsroom Contacts?
Did somebody go in and simply delete Kristine’s entry within the past couple weeks and that’s why there’s a tell-tale glitch in the spacing betwixt entries?
It sure looks that way to me. WE’RE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, PEOPLE!*
Here’s the coding that should be in there:
<br /><p class=”email“><a href=”/web/20150713173819/http://www.sfchronicle.com/author/kristine-shine“>Shine, Kristine</a><br />President<br /><a href=”mailto:email@example.com“>firstname.lastname@example.org</a></p>
If only we could go back to see what the Newsroom Contacts page looked like a couple weeks ago.
Oh, here we go:
And this webpage here has been disappeared down the Memory Hole as well:
Here’s what that page said just a few days back:
“This is Google’s cache of http://www.sfchronicle.com/author/kristine-shine. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Jul 17, 2015 11:47:36 GMT:
“About this Author: Kristine Shine is the president of the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com, the Bay Area’s most-read sources of local and national news, reaching 22 million users around the world each month. Prior to this role, Shine served as chief revenue officer at PopSugar– a leading digital lifestyle brand for women. In her time at PopSugar, Shine also served as vice president of sales from 2008 to 2010, developing PopSugar’s go-to-market and sales strategy and delivering high double-digit revenue growth year after year. Prior to PopSugar, Shine served as vice president of sales at Spot Runner in 2008, and as director of sales for Microsoft from 2004 to 2008. Previously, she held online and print sales positions at BusinessWeek, and began her career in print advertising at Icon International.”
So, as stated, that’s evidence to support the recent rumors.
Oh what’s that, Gentle Reader – so what, you say?
All right, but news of her hiring last year was a BFD, right?
And then she birthed the NEW SFGate, right?
And then, a friendly, BOLD ITALIC-style appeal to local bidness:
And now she’s gone?
Isn’t this news, sort of?
But no? No coverage at all?
Hey, didn’t troubled former Interim CEO Ellen Pao make the news when she left Reddit just recently? Seems like they had similar gigs – the turning of clicks into bucks.
Anyway, who knows what’s going on.
*From Oliver Stone’s abysmal JFK conspiracy film. If you want a dose of reality, check out Case Closed from local UC Hastings Law grad Gerald Posner.