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The Drone Bros of Golden Gate Park: Whose Drone is Hovering Three Feet from Your Bathroom Window on Fell Street? This Dude’s

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Here’s the scene without any arrows pointing things out:

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And here are the arrows:

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And here are the bros:

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Now it could be that bro was just checking out his own pad using his new toy, but man, some people might have been surprised if they saw this drone hovering just outside their windows.

The drone slowly increased altitude to rooftop level and I didn’t stick around to see where it went next.

This is How We Live in 2015…

Artisanal Gas: “The Tires In This Vehicle Have Been Filled With Nitrogen” – An Institute for Nitrogen?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

OMG:

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Here’s the spiel from the “Get Nitrogen Institute,” complete with a promotional video from Jay Leno.

And here’s Click and Clack on this subject.

And here’s a dude what says the whole idea is a scam.

Now do I think the world needs a Nitrogen Institute? No, I do not.

And do I think this sticker on this car’s window is laughable?

Yes, yes I do.

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Oh, So This is Why San Francisco Has a Gigantic, Wasteful, Expensive, Underfunded, Profitable Street-Sweeping Program

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Here’s a block on Laguna:

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Of course most blocks in San Francisco get swept waaaaaay too often, even after the recent relaxation in scheduling that some areas enjoy.

So my conclusion is that street-sweeping isn’t 100% a scam for SFGov to make money, it’s just mostly a scam. And who’s going to pay for health care for street sweeper workers a half decade from now? Well, that’s SEP (Someone Else’s Problem), that’s something for the Next Mayor to work out…

How To Buy Peace for Your Event in SF: Jack Up Prices To Pay Off All the NIMBY Homeowners – BtoB and NOPNA

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Apparently, the millionaire homeowners of the Western Addition were among the most oppressed people on God’s Green Earth, ’cause each and every year you’d hear them yammering about the annual Bay to Breakers fun run and house party event.

But what about now, what about this year? Well, there’s nary a peep – it’s spooky-quiet. Check it:

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That’s quite a change over the past five years.

Now I’ll tell you, some of the non-millionaire residents of the Western Addition aren’t actually looking forward to the BtoB, but most of them handle things with maturity by planning ahead, by making plans to be away if this event bothers them so so much, stuff like that.

But the organized homeowners of the Western A, well, they like to complain. And complain they will until you give them a little hush money:

Since 2012, $88,000 has been donated to both ASNA and NOPNA…

Oh, so that’s why the homeowners groups view BtoB as more of a fundraiser rather than something to yammer about every year…

California’s CITY OF THE STARS? It’s Not Beverly Hills and It’s Not Los Angeles – It’s Brisbane 94005!

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Somehow:

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Twitter threatened to move to Brisbane a few years back of course – then Brisbane would have had at least one star, sort of. Oh well.

If You Want an Urban Fun Run, But Not Too Urban, IYKWIM, Then Enter the BtoB – Look, It’s 90%+ White People!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

I can’t believe this is an official Bay to Breakers promotional image, but there you go:

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(I guess SPUR won out in the Western Addition / Fillmore / Hayes Valley after all.)

The only thing whiter than this in the 415 is the collection of Western Addition millionaire homeowners who cry about the BtoB each and every year.

(Oh what’s that, you’re a “leader” of NOPNA, but you’re not a aging white millionaire home-owning fussbudget? Well then I’d like to meet you, ’cause you’re a rare bird indeed.)

Welcome, once again, to Frisco, BtoB!

What’s This, the ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY Has a Scholarship “Raffle” But Only for Children of SFFD Workers?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

All right, let’s see here, let’s say I’m a Fire Inspector at, IDK, the SFFD Inspection Section of the Bureau of Fire Prevention and I’m a union member and I’m a breeder, with chil’rens, expensive ones, not-so-bright kids with so-so high school grades.

Now wouldn’t it just be a dream come true to enter my teens into the Great AoA Fire Union Scholarship Raffle? I hope I win, I hope I win!

And oh, what’s this, my job is to make judgment calls when I inspect Yet Another AoA Building? Mmmmm…

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Are these scholarships handed out each year? IDK. Does the 500-word essay matter at all? Not that I can tell. Is this a four-year free ride? I think so, so long as the yoots keep their grades up. But note that everything’s at the discretion of the AoA, so maybe if the AoA decides it doesn’t like the SFFD so much next year, it will pull the scholarships? IDK.

Hey, do DBI workers get a scholarship raffle for their kids too?

Oh, what’s that, you’re living in the projects and you’d like a shot at a free scholarship too? Well, let’s see, are either of your parents pulling down six figs as an SFFD firefighter? No? So, no soup for you.

Mmmm…

In other news, when will we change the name of Van Ness to Academy of Art Boulevard?

Know Your Absurdly-Named New Microneighborhoods of SF: “WEST NOPA” – It’s West of North of East of the Panhandle

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Oh. c’mon!

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All right, work with me, people. What we’re talking about with “West NoPA” is the area west of north of east of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. At what point do microneighborhoods get absurd?

Here we go, the Panhandle is in green, the area literally north of the Panhandle is marked in dark grey, NoPA is the area to the right that’s actually northeast of the Panhandle, and the new “West NoPA” is marked in red:

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What happens next:

SoPA, for South of the Panhandle? Yes, some people already use this term IRL.

EaPA, for East of the Panhandle? No, this one hasn’t caught on, IRL.

North of NoPA, for north of northeast of the Panhandle? Yes, for reals.

DivCo, for Divisadero Corridor? Yes.

Of course, IRL this is all in the Western Addition.

And actually, the Western Addition is Everywhere. In fact, it’s where Ansel Adams was born in 1902, all the way up there at Jackson and Maple:

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The More You Know…

Anyway, now that we’ve pushed Gannett Co. Inc’s The Bold Italic all the way back to Northern Virginia, we only have our Born and Raised Nativist NIMBYs to blame for our ongoing process of microhoodization…

“What It Takes to Buy a House in the Inner Sunset” – Is This a Serious Question? ‘Cause Dr. Evil Has an Answer

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Well, here’s the question:

“What It Takes to Buy a House in the Inner Sunset?”

And here’s the answer: One Million Dollars

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You know, for a really small one.

Oh, I have some notes:

1. The IS is a “recently-discovered” gem? Um, no.

2. And just saying, but not capitalizing the word “Realtor” is among the most serious crimes in the RE racket. Of course this article has been fixed already, but I’ll give it a try: realtor. [R]ealtor, realtor, realtor!

3. And when people talk about “good Realtors,” does that imply that there are bad realtors out there? Who are they? I want names.

4. And, speaking of good and bad, the odds of a kid of the Inner Sunset getting admitted to the “good” elementary school in the area, you know, assuming you put it down as your #1 choice in the public school “lottery,” are one in 500, like literally. Oh, so that’s why the word “school” wasn’t mentioned once in the entire ad / marketing effort / article?

5. And hey, is like right now a “good time to buy” residential real estate? Oh, it is? And actually it’s a “great time to buy?” OK then. (NB: All realtors always say “it’s a good time to buy” in the area where they sell. Always. I’ll just point out that, at least sometimes, this is 100% incorrect.)

6. And four photos but only one with fog? OK fine!

Corrupt Twitterloin Update: “Beyond Chron” “Editor” and SFGov Contractor Randy Shaw Strongly Objects to SFPD’s Redistricting Plan

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

So, taxpayer spending on the ineffective Tenderloin Housing Clinic empire is up 2000% the past couple decades and what has that gotten us? Why don’t other cities do things the way we do in the Tenderloin – why is SF so unique in this regard. Why doesn’t Randy Shaw lay out how his operations benefit the city of San Francisco? No, not interested in doing that, Randy? Oh, but you sometimes spend your time threatening to sue the San Francisco Chronicle, the very “Chron” you’ve promised to get us “Beyond?” And you’re too busy singing the praises of San Francisco’s weakest-willed Mayor since … forever? OK fine.

Let’s check in on the latest in the Twitterloin*

“SF’S FOCUS TURNS TO CRIME”

One assumes this is Randy Shaw being aspirational, as they say. For example, here’s Randy Shaw from 2007: “By the summer of 2008, going “uptown” in San Francisco will mean heading to the Tenderloin.” But that’s not what uptown meant in 2008. And it’s not what it means now in 2015. So that’s just an example why whenever Randy Shaw says something, it’s not true. Randy Shaw says that the focus of the entire City and County of San Francisco is now turning to the topic of crime in 2015 – that means that the focus of the entire City and County of San Francisco is NOT now turning to the topic of crime in 2015, it’s just what Randy wants people to believe, for some reason.

“San Francisco’s economy is booming. But many are upset about crime. This is particularly true in the Tenderloin, where residents, merchants, workers, and thousands of children confront public drug dealing on a daily basis.

Public drug dealing from the residents of the residential hotels promoted by … Randy Shaw.

Why does the city allow such flagrantly illegal activities?

I don’t know, like why does the city throw $20 million a year down the Randy Shaw rathole?

After all, the Tenderloin is finally bouncing back from fifty years of decline and there are rising expectations for its future.

Again, if Randy Shaw says that the Twitterloin is bouncing back, that means that’s what he says all the time, going back decades, and it means that it’s not true. You’ll just have to take his word about expectations, and who has them.

It used to be that the Tenderloin attracted drug dealers because the city allowed them to do business there. It was a crime “containment zone,” with the entire criminal justice system backing a policy which forced low-income residents to walk down unsafe streets.

Well, that’s still kind of the case now, right Randy?

Mayor Ed Lee made it clear after taking office that the Tenderloin’s days as a crime containment zone were over.

But it’s still a containment zone, right? Hey, did I mention about how much money the Randy Shaw Twitterloin empire gets from SFGov every year? What does he do for that money? Wouldn’t we be better off just stopping giving him all that money and starting over? And shouldn’t City workers be doing Randy’s job?

And his intervention, along with resident activism, resulted in the biggest positive transformation of any single block in San Francisco.

So isn’t this where Randy Shaw should mention that he’s a government contractor from Berkeley and that’s why he sings the praises of who(m)ever is the Mayor of San Francisco? No, OK. And BTW, the unit block of Turk hasn’t really been “transformed.” It’s just where the Randy Shaw empire has a storefront, that’s why it’s such a BFD to RS.

This was through the elimination of over 100 drug dealers who used to work daily on the first block of Turk Street.

Elimination? Were they all executed by Ed Lee? Oh no, they’re still around, and some of them live in hotels of the Randy Shaw empire? OK fine.

On January 28 at 6pm at the Kelly Cullen Community Center at 220 Golden Gate, the Police Commission holds a hearing on proposed new boundaries for the Tenderloin police district. The Police Commission faces a choice between two very different visions for the Tenderloin’s future. In the vision backed by nearly all residents, merchants, workers and community stakeholders, the new boundaries will keep the Tenderloin together and target police resources where public drug dealing regularly occurs.

All right, now here’s real life: Most residents of the Tenderloin, nearly all of them, aren’t objecting to the SFPD redistricting itself as it sees fit. And I’m not sure what Randy means when he talks of the new boundaries. The new boundaries are what the SFPD is proposing, it’s what Randy Shaw super doesn’t like.

In the vision embodied in the SFPD’s proposal, the national Uptown Tenderloin Historic District is divided among three police districts.

But there isn’t any “national Uptown Tenderloin Historic District,” not IRL. That’s just a designation that Randy Shaw wanted.

It takes historic Tenderloin SROs like the Hotel Union at 811 Geary, the Hartland Hotel at 909 Geary, and the nearby Elk Hotel at 670 Eddy, and puts them outside the Tenderloin police district.

So what, Randy? How does it matter? Hey, don’t you live in Berkeley?

At the same time that core blocks in the Tenderloin are excluded from the “Tenderloin” station, the new district adds shoplifting-heavy Westfield Cente. It is located at 5th and Market, well outside the Tenderloin. The new “Tenderloin” station includes Market Street as far down as 3rd Street and  continues to Market and Van Ness before heading south as far as the intersection of Mission and South Van Ness.

What’s the obsession with maps? Why should the SFPD concern itself with what a Berkeley resident thinks about maps?

Critics of the SFPD plan understand that it is only a draft, and that the January 28 hearing is designed for public feedback.

It’s what the cops want, so shouldn’t they get it? Is there some sort of constitutional issue here? I don’t think so. So you let the cops do the job as they see fit. We want the cops to perform well, right? So why micromanage them? The “draft” map is exactly what they want, right? Oh, Gentle Reader, you have a beef with the SFPD over Some Other Issue? Well that’s different than redistricting, right? Let’s say you don’t want the SFPD to institute an unconstitutional Stop and Frisk program, you know, like the one that Mayor Ed Lee proposed after coming back from New York. Opposing something like Stop and Frisk is not micromanaging, not at all. But nitpicking over district borders is.

Because Tenderloin folks (myself included) were not paying attention in 2007, we allowed Little Saigon (Larkin from Eddy to O’Farrell) to be excluded from the Tenderloin district boundaries drawn that year.

Randy Shaw, you isn’t “Tenderloin folk,” you is longtime mansion-dwelling Berkeley Hills folk, right? Who cares what the borders of the Tenderloin are considered to be? Why does it matter?

If Westfield Center joins the still under construction Market Street Place in the Tenderloin District, the crime priorities of Abercrombie & Fitch, Nordstrom’s and J Crew will prevail over drug dealing on Leavenworth Street.

Well that’s what Randy Shaw says, but it’s not true.

Police will not ignore powerful retail interests whose sales taxes fuel the economy in order to protect seniors and kids walking on Leavenworth Street from drug dealing.

Is this what they call “framing?” IDK. It’s something, anyway. Are there a lot of cops patrolling the malls in SF? I don’t think so.

No police chief is going to throw big national retail chains under the bus by refusing to allocate police to arrest shoplifters. 

Or local chains, or convenience stores – pretty much if you call the SFPD to haul away shoplifters, they’ll go and haul them away, right?

Randy Shaw is Editor of Beyond Chron. His book, The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco, will be out this spring.

Oh, there’s sex in the Twitterloin? And there’s crime in the Twitterloin? Wow, thanks for writing the book, Randy. I can hardly wait for it…

*And that’s a New York Times-approved word. How will Randy Shaw occupy his time in the future, will he start up a Beyond Times newspaper and install himself as Editor-For-Life?