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The Tadich Grill, Gene Upshaw, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” the Napa Valley Wine Train, CW Nevius, Yelp, and Willie Brown

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

All right, here’s your background.

And here’s what’s new, via right-of-center columnist CW Nevius. Now you’re up-to-speed.

The new DC location for the Tadich probably won’t make it, sorry, but let’s look at the Frisco joint.

Like literally – can you see the Financh behind a very smoky DC-8 in this shot from 1967, the year the Tadich found its current home? Sure.

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That’s a still from Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, with Sidney Portier. So, this movie was huge back in 1967, back when some(?) of the current(?) owners were what, in their twenties? Wonder what they thought of this flick – they couldn’t have missed all the commotion over it, that’s for sure.

So this is what San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is saying:

“Every tourist should go there. I have been going there for 20-30 years.”

Oh, OK. That’s funny.

And then there’s this:

“In my opinion, they need to clean up their intra-family relationships,” he said. “And do it quickly. If they don’t they are going to be riding the Wine Train.”

I was wondering how this bit from CWNevius could/would turn into a source greaser/beat sweetener and here it is. Willie Brown wants attorney / underling / minion Joaquin McCoy(sp?) to make $4 million(!) off of an out-of-county business and Willie’s doing his best to help that along. OK. (Of course, if the Tadich were in Napa and the wine train were in Frisco, then his positions would be entirely the opposite, but oh well.)

(And I don’t think you can compare the two situations. IMO, this is a serious blow for the Tadich empire – the Wine Train thing is a nothingburger compared to this.*)

Reading down we get to this, where journalist Nevius lets columnist Nevius chirp up:

“And at 23, she was young. Any parent would be concerned.”

Uh NOPE! Actually, some parents would not be so “concerned” IRL. Oh, maybe Nevius wrote an opinion column after all. (Why wouldn’t the Chron use a reporter to report what the daughter is saying? Mmmm…)

I’ll tell you, our Tadich Grill is fully radioactive now. What the half-life will be, well, we’ll see…

*Would I have kicked them off the train? NOPE. Would I have complained about them in the first place? NOPE. Would I myself would have gotten so loud as to disturb others? NOPE. Would I have driven three hours back and forth to Napa for the privilege of riding any sort of wine-related train? NOPE. Such a killjoy am I.

PEOPLE HATE US ON YELP! – How to Track the Tadich Grill “Racism Scandal” via Yelp – A Downward Spiral

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Well, it didn’t take long, after this got published yesterday:

Style, Lonnae O’Neal: Terri Upshaw says she had to choose between family and love

Now I didn’t read the bit myself, but I can see the headline – and it’s not even promising you the full truth of the story. It’s only saying what the daughter says, and that’s enough, in’nt?

So here you go, falling stars – make a wish:

DC Location, Recommended

DC Location, Not Recommended

SF Location, Recommended

SF Location, Not Recommended

(I don’t think you can easily get to this info on a mobile device, just saying. I couldn’t anyway.)

Yelplash! – 100s Upon 100s of One-Star Yelp Reviews for Napa Valley Wine Train – Also, “NAPA VALLEY RAILROAD POLICE!?”

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

This post is two posts…

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…two posts in one!

So the reason why the Napa Valley Wine Train people just caved so quickly and completely is that they needed to stop the massive bleeding pronto.

I’ll tell you, the Regular Yelp reviews for la Vallee de Napa Train de Vin are bad enough these days, but it’s Secret Yelp, well, it’s OOC – it just goes on and on


Moving on, to this – it was the “Napa Valley Railroad Police(!)” busted / escorted off the premises these women?

WTF to that.

Let’s take a look at their FAQ:

“Are Napa Valley Railroad Police Officers “real cops?

Yes.  Every one of our peace officers is a fully empowered police officer under the authority of section 830.33(e) of the California Penal Code.  Our officers have peace officer authority 24 hours a day anywhere in the State of California the same as any city police officer our county deputy sheriff.  Our primary jurisdiction extends to in and around property of the Napa Valley Railroad.

 Can Napa Valley Railroad Police Officers write traffic tickets?

Yes.  Our officers can enforce all of the laws of the State of California including all sections of the California Vehicle Code.  Enforcement is an essential component of carrying out our public safety mission.  We focus our attention on violations related to the railroad.

 Why does the Railroad need its own police department?  Is there that much crime?

The Napa Valley Railroad Company operates its own police department with the intention of limiting its reliance on public resources.  The Napa Valley Wine Train carries up to 350 people at a time on one train.  The railroad line includes over 90 public and private crossings that run over and alongside Highway 29.  Our mission includes protecting the patrons, employees, and assets of the railroad.  We believe that our presences is the most effective deterrent to crime.”

This FAQ only leads to more questions.

So, the Napa Valley Wine Train operates its own police department!? Who the fuck authorized this?

And what’s next, the Cliff House Restaurant Police? The Ronald McDonald Police Squad?

I’m baffled.

Anyway, chew on that.

The Wine Police, they live inside of my head
The Wine Police, they come to me in my bed
The Wine Police, they’re coming to arrest me, oh, no

Hayes Valley Shooting of Jan 9, 2015: Four Dead in Stolen Honda – Biggest Mass Killing in SF Since 2012 – 20 Minutes of SFPD Audio

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

I can’t recall a bigger mass killing in San Francisco since the Ingleside Howth Street Home Invasion of 2012 and, before then, the 101 California Street Shooting of 1993.

Here’s 20 minutes of audio from @ScannerSays.

(“10-30” means that the car is suspected stolen.)

Some Fair Points are Made Here by SFPD Police Chief Greg Suhr: “SFPD Response to ACLU Arrest Racial Disparity Report”

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Not exactly sure which “local newspaper” San Francisco Police Department Chief Greg Suhr is referencing today, so this bit from Chris Roberts posted yesterday in the San Francisco  Examiner will have to suffice:

Report: Blacks Arrested Four Times As Often As Whites For Marijuana

Looks like the ACLU report applies to the whole country, Vermont, Iowa, Illinois:

Anyway, here’s the response from Chief Suhr:

“SFPD Response to ACLU Arrest Racial Disparity Report.

In one of the local newspapers this morning, it was stated that African Americans are arrested at a far higher rate than whites, according to an ACLU report issued today. This is not so. The San Francisco Police Department does not racially profile. No one is arrested in sufficient numbers for marijuana possession here in San Francisco to substantiate such a claim. In fact, the article even states that there were only 11 people arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in all of 2011, Chief Suhr’s first year as Chief. 

To put this number in context, in 2011, the SFPD made over 23,000 arrests, of which 14,000 were classified as misdemeanors. Today, Chief Suhr reviewed all 11 misdemeanor marijuana arrest reports from 2011. All 11 misdemeanor marijuana charges were secondary to other charges, e.g., outstanding warrants, weapons possession, drunk in public, for which the person (four white males, three black males, two black females, one Hispanic male, and one white female) were arrested and booked. 

It is evident that the misdemeanor marijuana arrests cited in the article were made using sound police procedure pertaining to criminal activity and not by racial profiling.

San Francisco Police Department”

Does somebody want to look into these arrests, to see if the SFPD is using sound police procedure pertaining to criminal activity and not by using racial profiling?

Well, be my guest and let us know how it goes.

Until then, it looks like ACLU 0, Greg Suhr 1.

The SFMTA Has an N Judah Express, So Where’s the T Third Express? – “MUNI’s Shameful Racism”

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

CCSF student Gloria Dean has a question for the SFMTAMUNIDPTSFBC:

“I would like to know the reasons why the Muni constantly stops trains on the T-Line at 23rd Street as if the rest of Third Street doesn’t exist. 

“To see elderly women, men and children waiting over an hour for a train to get home is some of the worse treatment of citizens I’ve ever seen from a transportation system. I’ve traveled extensively all over the country as well as the world and I’ve only lived in this area for one year. However, this is obviously a classic combination of classism and racism being displayed, and it is truly a SHAME!

“I’ve decided to take my car out of the parking garage and drive. I refuse to be treated as a second class citizen. I deserve more and so do all the residents of Bayview. Last check, San Francisco doesn’t end at 23rd Street.”

Well I know the answer – it has to do with the district election system for the Board of Supervisors, and also the SFMTA’s general incompetence.

Now the Supervisor for our Bayview Hunters Point area asked about this sitch and the answer was that the T-Third zipped along at a speedy 9 MPH or something, so a T-Third Express wasn’t really needed.

Hey, here’s a jobs program. Why not tear out the T-Third and bring back the buses? Just asking. I mean the T-Third takes up a lot of space, right? Why doesn’t MUNI use it more?

Now speaking of the N Judah Express, here it is, in action, or lack thereof:

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Is that four buses sitting around on Sansome Street during rush hour? The drivers are just starting work and it’s time for a 40 minute lunch break? All right.

And here’s another on Bush, just idling away.

Actually, even when the N Judah Express band-aid operation is operational during our rush hours, the buses are totally empty, no passengers, most of the time.

Oh well.

Here’s Why London Breed Will Be Appointed District Five Supervisor Within a Week

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

This is just my WAG.*

Oh, Meet London Breed, courtesy of the Western Edition.

And Meet London Breed, through her own words, courtesy of the Twitter.

Now, let’s let Lee Hubbard of the Oakland Post Online take over:

“Among those reportedly interested in the District 5 seat are Julian Davis, president of the board of Booker T. Washington Community Service Center; Gabriel Haaland, political director of SEIU Local 1021; Phil Ginsburg, Recreation and Park Department Director; and Michael O’Connor, the co-owner of the Independent Music Hall. Breed, who directs the African American Cultural Center on Fulton Street, has expressed interest in the position.  She has a large segment of the Black activist community behind her, pushing Mayor Lee to appoint her as supervisor. “London is a woman who is definitely qualified to sit in that seat,” said Bridgette LeBlanc, with Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA).  ‘She is a native San Franciscan who was raised and works in the community. She is a leader who is electable, and she can build bridges.'”

OMG, it’s LB with the POTUS!

Here are the reasons:

1. She is the choice of Willie Brown.

2. She is the choice of Willie Brown. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but why should Chinatown power broker Rose Pak have any say in D5, which, historically, anyway, is/was, along with D10, an “African-American district?”

3. She is the choice of Willie Brown and she has waaaaaaaaay less baggage than recent mayoral appointee Mohammed Nuru. I mean, how could she have as many closet skeletons as he? So, he makes the cut and she doesn’t – would that make sense?

4. She is the choice of Willie Brown and as a matter of fact, about four years ago, Willie the Sorting Hat actually tried to place London into the Assembly(!), or into the Tri-Wizard Tournament or somewhere. That seemed a stretch at the time, but appointing LB as Supe doesn’t seem a stretch at all right here and right now. 

5. She is a 2008 “graduate” of Emerge California, which encourages women to run for elective office. And when I say “encourages,” I mean pressures. (Signing up for Emerge** is kind of like saying that you plan on running for office (or higher office) sooner rather than later.) Anyway, the questions Mayor Ed Lee’s people would have for London concern her commitment for becoming and maintaining her position as Supervisor, right? So, London, if not now, when? 

6. She is the Worst Case Scenario for San Francisco’s progressives, IMO. She would be a train wreck for them, actually. So as far as Ed Lee’s political faction is concerned, picking anybody else would be an unnecessary risk.

7. She is the choice of the Internet, más o menos.

Those are the reasons – the strongest are #1 and #6.

So, if I know my Ed Lee, London Breed will be the appointee.

Bank on it.

As that Omar Khalif guy recently said:

Ed Lee is going to pull a G. Newsom n D5 appointment. Keep yo eye on my sister.”

*Which means I’ve figured this out on my own, unlike say, a year and a half ago when I got a phone call telling me the game plan about how Mark Farrell was going to win in District 2, which he did. 

**And pay your money, but, srsly, it’s a pretty sweet deal, if you’re a woman planning on running for office soon, and if you’re not a Repub or a Green, and if you’re fortunate enough to get picked.

Nevius Watch: An Obvious Clue that London Breed Will Replace Ross Mirkarimi as Supervisor of District Five

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Uh, why would the masters of CW Nevius have him write what he wrote today?

Check it:

African American Art & Culture Complex thriving

I’d say it has something to do with the search for the replacement of Ross Mirkarimi as District Five Supervisor.

Seemingly, Nevius doesn’t just want to come out and say it.

But he wants to say something about London Breed.

So, out of nowhere, we get a few lines on the topic from The Neve.

But he left out a little bit of the story:

In August 2002, former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., appointed London Breed, as the Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC).”

Did you know about that, Nevius? Honestly, I can’t tell.

London Breed, Executive Director of the African American Art and Culture Complex, at the de Young Museum:


Anyway, when you see the headline “African American Art & Culture Complex thriving,” the way you should read that is “London Breed to be appointed District Five Supervisor by Mayor Ed Lee.” Or at the very least, “Willie Brown cashes in, appoints London Breed as Supervisor.” 

Thanks for the 411, Neve!

But it’s too bad you can’t come out and say what you mean…

Trouble in the City Family? Police Officers Association vs. Officers for Justice re: Endorsing Paul Miyamoto over Chris Cunnie

Monday, October 31st, 2011

[UPDATE: Larry Bush of CitiReport has more on this topic. And Rachel Gordon has more on this “neck-in-neck” race]

Well, look what just turned up at the City Family Dead Letter Office – it’s a missive from San Francisco Police Officers Association President Gary Delganes to Officers for Justice President Julian Hill.

It’s all about:


The endorsement of Captain Paul Miyamoto by Officers for Justice;

Betrayal against “one of our own”;

Solidarity with African American officers;

The pension of one of the highest-paid police lieutenants in the United States;

How Chris Cunnie made Julian Hill one of the highest-paid police lieutenants in the United States;

Betrayal, again; and

An invitation to the next POA meeting on November 16, 2011


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Is this good?

Is this meant for public release?

I know not.

Will YOUR Post Office Be Shut Down? Bayview 94124, Visitacion Valley 94134, McLaren 94134, Civic Center 94102

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Here’s the news of the day, via the San Francisco Business Times: 3700 post office branches are set to be shut down by the USPS.

Here’s what’s on the chopping block in San Francisco:



Now the Federal Building PO is just a little thing, sort of a secret for those in the know – no waiting there. And the Civic Center PO Box Unit, well that’s not really a PO anymore anyway.


We’re going to lose three full-fledged POs and they all just happen to be in the southeast corner?

Two in the 94134…

…and one in the 94124:




What’s that? You spent all your money sponsoring that drugged-up cyclist? All right, but this one is not going to go down well…

See the entire “Expanded Access study list” for California after the jump.