Well, the outside of 601 Broderick is finished.
And don’t miss James Hill, Architect:
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Sidecar driver Eric of Baghdad By The Bay has the deets.
Now here is where San Francisco Police Department Commander / fully-license CA attorney Richard Corriea distinguishes betwixt picking up and dropping off, but I don’t know how operational that distinction is currently.
I mean, for example, a cabbie out of a non-San Francisco locale such as Daly City is currently allowed to drop off fares legally but is not allowed to pick up anywhere at SFO. To do so is a misdemeanor. (Even San Francisco hacks are prevented from picking up at SFO without first paying a fee* and waiting in line.) So I guess there’s still a distinction, but Eric is saying there isn’t one anymore as far as TNC’s are concerned.
Here’s what I didn’t know, from Eric’s report of July 16th, 2014:
“Some of the TNC’s are being a bit passive aggressively defiant in that they are telling drivers they will cover the cost of the ticket [which I have heard runs between $220-$600 depending on what they write you up on], but they aren’t telling drivers not to take people to the airport. This makes some of these TNC’s look bad to the CPUC who has given them the right to operate in California. Sidecar has officially told all of it’s drivers to not accept rides to or from SFO and that is easy because riders have to put in their destination when they request a ride. Sidecar is also working on blocking requests to the airport until they can resolve the problem with SFO. Those other TNC’s aren’t doing this.”
If I were a TNC driver, I don’t know how happy I’d be after getting $600 from my employer as compensation for a misdemeanor rap.
I’ll tell you, I don’t know how proud SFGov should be of the existing taxi system.
For example, here’s a fully-licensed and insured and regulated San Francisco taxi taking tourists from SFO to SF in 2010. They died.
Will TNC cars end up catching on fire and killing people? We’ll see.
I’m sure that this sitch will sort itself out sooner or later, but things are pretty messed up right now…
*Back in the 1990′s, some SF taxi drivers would also pay a bribe to get to the front of the line. At SFO, there are SFGov employees called “starters” who organize taxi operations. A system was set up to allow drivers who paid a $5 bribe to improperly get into the “short” line of drivers waiting to pick up arriving passengers. So a driver might end up paying $60 in bribes but get in exchange receive twelve or so lucrative “airport runs” in just one shift. So I guess this was a win-win for the bribe offerer and bribe receiver…
Here it is:
“SFGate.com is looking for a freelance blogger with extensive San Francisco and Bay Area music and nightlife knowledge to write posts for the site’s Culture blog. The blogger will work with the Entertainment web producer to formulate, format and schedule posts two to three times per week. Payment will be on a per post basis.
Key requirements of the freelance blogger:
– Although national music and nightlife news is welcome when applicable, most blog posts should cover trends, shows, musicians, clubs and events in San Francisco or the surrounding Bay Area.
–Ideas should be fresh or offer a new take on widely reported music and nightlife coverage.
–Posts should be concise, and written in a lighthearted but authoritative voice.
Interested candidates should email a resume and brief cover letter that describes your music background along with link(s) to an online portfolio or blog posts that showcase your writing abilities to: firstname.lastname@example.org”
For those about to blog, we salute you.
Well let’s start backwards here. Let’s start with Gannett Co Inc’s carpet-bagging west coast outlet, The Bold Italic:
(Oddly, bolded but not italicized. Here’s the ALLCAPS version: “ELBO ROOM IS NOT CLOSING – YOU CAN STOP SHARING THAT NEWS”)
And here’s the reply from Socketsite, San Francisco real estate tips, trends, and the local scoop:
“Our post and report is 100 percent accurate. What’s not accurate is the characterization that we reported that the owners are “set to demolish” the building.”
“The owners have drafted plans to raze the building. The plans do not include a replacement club, but rather condos. And the preliminary plans were submitted to San Francisco’s Planning Department for review, which is the first step with respect to developing the property.”
Ooh, testify, Sister!
“‘Not closing any time soon’ is not the same thing as ‘it’s not going to happen,’ but it has successfully distracted people from what has been going on behind the scenes.”
Man, what a burn!
So that’s the kerfuffle, from Omega to Alpha.
Hey TBI, what’s with the attitude?
Hey TBI, why not write bits like this, Elbo Room Might Not Be Long For This World, instead?
Hey TBI, this is the kind of thing that makes San Franciscans not like you.
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See you next year, same time, same place!
Until then, enjoy this folk art now installed on Geary in the Inner Richmond District:
Your position on this matter is incoherent.
Hey, here’s what the Chronicle itself had to say back in 2010:
Chronicle outdoors writer Tom Stienstra and his wife were arrested at their Northern California home on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, and later released with no charges filed pending an investigation, officials said.
Siskiyou County sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp said deputies found “a sophisticated marijuana cultivation operation in the barn” at Stienstra’s home in Weed, a small town 30 miles south of Yreka, when they searched it March 25.
Authorities seized 60 marijuana plants, 11.1 pounds of processed marijuana, scales, packaging materials and other paraphernalia from the barn and the home, Gravenkamp said.”
Are you going to sue the Chronicle too?
Weren’t you actually arrested “on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale?” I mean, that’s the question, right?
And boy, if somebody turned me down for a vacation rental you know what I’d do? I’d find another vacation rental and everything would be rosy.
Hey, here’s an idea. Why not just move on and quit while you’re behind?
This post from 2010 is what Tom Stienstra was mad about:
So, Tom Stienstra, you’re going to have to better than this.
“Scott Wiener was standing at the urinal and had just started to tinkle as I entered and the camera took 4-6 seconds to focus, enough time for him to put away his wiener and zipper up.”
Of course when I think of the word “peeking,” I’m thinking it’s to:
“Look quickly, typically in a furtive manner.”
Now let’s see how California Penal Code subdivision 647(j) might apply here:
“647. Except as provided in subdivision (l), every person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor…
…(j) (1) Any person who looks through a hole or opening, into, or otherwise views, by means of any instrumentality, including, but not limited to, a periscope, telescope, binoculars, camera, motion picture camera, camcorder, or mobile phone, the interior of a bedroom, bathroom, changing room, fitting room, dressing room, or tanning booth, or the interior of any other area in which the occupant has a reasonable expectation of privacy, with the intent to invade the privacy of a person or persons inside. This subdivision shall not apply to those areas of a private business used to count currency or other negotiable instruments.”
So, where’s the “injustice” here?
I’m not seeing it.
Les mise-en-scene. (This shot could be used to show how the mirrors on the second-floor bathroom at City Hall were mounted too low, just saying)
“It gives me great pleasure to announce that my legal hassle with an elected official, after he abused the power of his office as a member of the Board of Supervisors to put me through the law enforcement wringer over eight months and waste $26,000 in City dollars, has concluded.”
…is wrong. It’s the kind of thing you’d say after getting acquitted perhaps, but it doesn’t apply to this case, IMO.
And this too…
“Had I taken a photo of an ordinary gay citizen in a public men’s room, and he complained to the legal authorities about it, I seriously doubt the complaint would have resulted in the investigation and prosecution I have faced.”
…is wrong. I mean, this is testable, right? Go do the same thing again to an “ordinary gay citizen in a public men’s room” and you just might have another expensive legal hassle from The Man.
Supervisor Scott Wiener is super-human. That’s why he’s so tall and why he only needs to sleep just three hours* every Earth-day, correct? He came to our planet to fight for the rights of millionaire property owners and members** of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, which is his right to do.
He should be able to do so without having to worry about camera-toting Mike Petrelis whenever nature calls.
Anyway, that’s not necessarily what people are saying online.
It’s just what most people are thinking.
*Or so I’ve been told, something like that. Prove me wrong!
**The members with unpopular restaurants especially. These crybabies want a free market except when they don’t. Someday we’ll get San Diego-style cleanliness letter grades posted in front of restaurants the way Chris Daly wanted. Someday.