Posts Tagged ‘351’

Ah, the 351 California Building: Erupting Office-Worker Poo onto the Sidewalk of Sansome on a Daily Basis

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Here’s some background and now let’s have an update.

San Francisco’s Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea of poo:

Stepping over and on raw sewage, on a daily basis:

Is this rainwater? You wish. It’s the accumulated sewage from the previous eruption. Most of the time this area is wet:

Oh well.

The Poo Problems of 351 California Street – Why Does Raw Sewage Erupt on the Sidewalk Here all the Time?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

This is the sidewalk of Sansome betwixt Pine and California near our tony Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The vent you see on the right regularly overflows with stinky raw sewage.

Why does that happen?

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And stuff that looks like toilet paper, is toilet paper, Gentle Reader.

And this is the same thing on Clayton near the 94117 Post Office:

But in this location, this condition doesn’t seem to be a regular thing.

The problem near the corner of California and Sansome near the new CVS in the Financh is ongoing.

It’s chronic.

Oh well.

Supervisor Eric Mar and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma Host Meeting Regarding Alcohol Sales at Self Checkout Machines

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Word from District One Supervisor Eric Mar:

“Please join me this Friday along with Assemblywoman Fiona Ma for a community meeting to discuss Assembly Bill 183, regarding Alcohol and Self-Checkout machines at grocery stores/supermarkets. Leaders in our community have expressed concerns about the sale of alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons through automated self-checkout machines. Learn more about what we’re doing and how we can work together to make our communities safer.

When: Friday September 16th
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Location: Richmond Branch Library, 351 9th Avenue”

See?

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I’ll spare you my thoughts (cough regarding unions! NIMBYs! cough) on this matter.

Uh Oh: Is Our Cafe Gratitude Running Afoul of CA’s “Tip Pooling” Law? – “Direct Table Service” and “Chain of Service”

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Comes now Cafe Gratitude server Sarah Stevens, who alleges that she is:

“…required to participate in an unreasonable and uncustomary tip pooling scheme that leaves her with a very small percentage of the tips she earns as a server. Specifically, Stevens alleges that after tipping out 20% of her daily tips to the “central kitchen” — an offsite kitchen on 14th street — Stevens then splits the remaining 80% of her tips equally with all of the Café Gratitude staff, including the “shift leaders” and retail employees.”

Improper involuntary tip pooling? No thank you!

Today’s special – Greens ‘n Gruel. All right, eat up, after you thank me!

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Per John Birdsall, CG is engaging in shady behavior:

“I Am Shady RT @EastBayExpress Cafe Gratitude sued for labor-code violations http://t.co/Dr9qHQd

Uh Oh. If Sarah can prove what she’s saying, she’ll have a nice case against CG, leaving aside other issues, like her not getting proper breaks ‘n stuff like that.

‘Cause our Department of Industrial Relations does not approve of servers splitting tips with anyone who doesn’t provide “direct table service.”

Check it:

“According to a California court, Labor Code Section 351 allows involuntary tip pooling. Therefore, your employer can require that you share your tips with other staff that provide service in the restaurant. In this regard, it’s DLSE’s position that when a tip pooling arrangement is in effect, the tips are to be distributed among the employees who provide “direct table service.” Such employees could conceivably include waiters and waitresses, busboys, bartenders, host/hostesses and maitre d’s. Employees who do not provide direct table service and who do not share in the tip pool include dishwashers, cooks, and chefs, except in restaurants where the chefs prepare the food at the patron’s table, in which case the chef may participate in the tip pool. Additionally, tip pooling cannot be used to compensate the owner(s), manager(s), or supervisor(s) of the business, even if these individuals should provide direct table service to a patron.”

(California’s laws are biased towards waitstaff at the expense of food preparers, IMO, for whatever reason.)

[UPDATE: Stop the presses! An employment lawyer in the Comments section has just pointed out the “chain of service” concept that some judges worked out a couple years ago. News to me. Anyway, the trend is that our courts are more accepting of mandatory tip pooling schemes than they were a few years back. But still, management has to keep its paws off of tip money in CA no matter what.]

Anyway, from where I’m sitting, this looks like game, set, and match for server Sarah. You hear that, restaurant owners? This is a dead bang, this is a lead pipe cinch. Just saying.

Thank you!

The Refurbished Richmond Branch Public Library Looks Good From the Back Also

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The Richmond Branch of the San Francisco Public Library looks pretty good, don’t you think?

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Look for it on Ninth or Tenth Avenue.