Posts Tagged ‘board’

A Plea from “NoPa Neighbors” to “Protect” a Solitary 21 Hayes Bus Stop from Being Used by Too Many People

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

[UPDATE: Oh, here you go, NIMBYs:

"Carli Paine, an SFMTA transportation manager, said about 80 percent of shuttles using Muni stops take passengers to destinations within San Francisco, while the other 20 percent take passengers to destinations outside the city."

So I don't know what that means for this particular stop - it could be that only one entity wants to use it. So it could be 100% intra-city, who knows. Oh, what's that, NIMBY. You're still upset? You're all offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I decline? OK fine. Have it your way. But keep in mind that most of your "neighbors" aren't up in arms over this issue, most of your "neighbors" disagree with you. And in any event, August 1st, 2014 will not be the End Of The World As We Know It. You'll feel fine.]

Here’s a direct mail campaign to “save” the SFMTA MUNI DPT bus stop at Hayes and Clayton.

It comes from somebody who has a lot of energy to post and mail flyers, but this effort is coming waaaaay too late in the process.

Now I’m probably a little too close to this issue myself, but I’ll point out that UCSF employees could be the biggest beneficiaries of having the corner of Hayes and Clayton included as inbound and outbound stops during the trial. And I’ll note that UCSF simply gives money to the SFMTA by, among other things, using the bus stops of the 21 Hayes for public relations advertising. And actually, there are so many UCSF shuttles on Fell and Oak that the unneighborly “neighbors” of NoPA probably don’t even notice them any more.

In any event, it’s a free country so you’re free to mail anybody anything.

And I’ll say that it would be nice if our slow and expensive MUNI system would itself use these bus stops more often. (And the 21 Hayes, in particular, still has too many stops.)

Reader Note: If you can’t read the above, I took another shot and posted it below. One photo used a smaller lens and the other one, well, it has focus issues owing to the bent paper, oh well. And I amazed by how different the yellow-y colors look using auto white balance from two different cams, oh well.

Lisa: I’d like 25 copies on Goldenrod.

Clerk: Right.

Lisa: 25 on Canary.

Clerk: Mmhmm.

Lisa: 25 on Saffron.

Clerk: All right.

Lisa: And 25 on Paella.

Clerk: Ok, 100 yellow.

What’s The Perfect Age to Be? Old Enough for Coffee Drinking But Young Enough for Skateboarding

Monday, June 30th, 2014

And if you want to look cool, you gotta put your free hand in your jacket pocket.

As seen in Golden Gate Park: 

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Judgment Day is Nigh: Signs for the “Oversize Vehicle Overnight Parking Restriction Pilot” Have Been Posted

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

I don’t actually know if they’re enforcing the new RV parking restrictions in the Panhandle part of Golden Gate Park yet, but here are the brand-new signs, anyway:

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Of course, 22 feet is pretty long – that’s enough to cover your Ford Excursions, your Chevy Suburbans and even your Maybach 62‘s. And seven feet is pretty high, so the rules seem fair enough if the goal is to kick the RV liveaboards out of the Panhandle.

But I haven’t heard or seen any RVs getting the heave-ho yet…

Domestic Violencer Gurbaksh Chahal Resigns from Board of RadiumOne: Here’s His Nonsensical Open Letter

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I’m not sure what Gurbaksh Chahal is talking about with this “exoneration” stuff. The best he could have hoped for was a “not guilty” verdict, and that’s not anything close to exoneration, not at all.

Did he have an agreement allowing himself to be convicted in San Francisco in exchange for something from the Board of RadiumOne? Is any such agreement in writing? Would it even be enforceable? IDK.

Did his father have a heart attack from the stress associated with the assault upon the girlfriend? IDK.

And who’s the primary owner of RadiumOne these days? IDK.

Anyway, here it is, entitled “Greed, Betrayal, and Honesty.”

An Open Letter to the Board of RadiumOne

To the Board of Directors of RadiumOne:

As you all know, I resigned from the board of directors on Tuesday. In light of recent events and to stay transparent and forthright, you give me no other vehicle than an open letter to communicate adequately.

I am deeply disappointed by your actions and decisions over the last few weeks.

All of you were well aware of the legal matter I had been struggling with since August, just as you were aware that of the exaggerated allegations against me. You supported me from the beginning both in person and in writing, and you made it clear that you had every intention of standing by me until justice prevailed.

(more…)

Well, Here’s What the New Signs in the Panhandle Look Like: “PARK HOURS – 5AM-Midnight – PARK CODE 3.21″

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Apparently, our Board of Supervisors is unaware that the paved path on the south side of the Panhandle, the one that goes along right next to Oak, is NOT a bike path.

Oh well.

   (a)   Persons may enter and use any park from 5:00 a.m. to midnight daily, provided that the Department may set different hours in a permit, contract or lease. This subsection shall not apply to buildings, such as recreation centers, restrooms and clubhouses, or to athletic fields, which may have different hours of operation, as determined by the General Manager or the Commission, as the case may be.
   (b)   Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), the Commission may by resolution and at any time set different hours of operation for any park or part thereof, based on operational requirements or neighborhood impacts.
   (c)   No person shall enter or remain in any park without the permission of the Department outside of the hours open to the public as set in subsection (a) or under subsection (b), except that:
      (1)   In the case of Balboa Park, Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park, and McLaren Park, persons may use a vehicle (including but not limited to a car, truck, bicycle and motorcycle) on the roadway(s) in those parks or walk on paved sidewalks immediately adjacent to such roadways, at any time for purposes of transversing the park only;
      (2)   In the case of the Panhandle, persons may walk or ride a bicycle on the bike paths at any time for purposes of transversing the park only; and,
      (3)   In the case of Union Square, Civic Center Plaza, and Justin Herman Plaza, persons may walk on the paved portions of those plazas at any time for purposes of transversing the plaza only.
   (d)   (1)   Except as provided in subsection (2), a violation of subsection (c) shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Park Code Article 10.
      (2)   A person who is found sleeping in a park outside of the hours open to the public in violation of subsection (c) shall not be cited under this section for being present in the park while sleeping. Such a person may be cited only under Section 3.13 of this Code.
   (e)   The Department shall post the hours for each park (1) at the park in a location designed to provide notice to members of the public, and (2) on the Department’s website.
   (f)   The Department shall issue an annual report to the Board of Supervisors and Mayor by September 1 of each year providing the following information for the preceding fiscal year: (1) the number of citations issued by the Police Department and Park Patrol for violations of this section and the age and race of individuals cited, (2) the Department’s costs for repairs and maintenance, including graffiti abatement, resulting from vandalism in parks, and (3) the Department’s costs associated with enforcing this section.
   (g)   Nothing in this section shall limit the authority of the General Manager and the Commission under section 3.03 of this Code.
(Added by Ord. 265-13 , File No. 130766, App. 11/27/2013, Eff. 12/27/2013)

Sure, Re/code and the Huffington Post are Against Gurbaksh Chahal Now, But Why Did They Partner with Him Until Last Month?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Was the biggest owner of RadiumOne allowed to promote himself on Re/code as recently as April 9th?

Sure looks that way:

And here’s some similar claptrap from the HuffPo

So let’s see here, we knew about the 911 call and the existence of the damning video evidence all the way back in 2013, right?

So what’s changed?

I don’t get it.

Anyway, Re/code and the HuffPo, to their credit, haven’t allowed him to promote himself, AFAIK, since his convictions, so I guess that’s a start.

Oh well.

Attention MSM: RadiumOne’s Gurbaksh Chahal Wasn’t Actually Accused of “Hitting” Juliet Kakish 117 Times – A “Negative Pregnant”

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Here we go:

While acknowledging in the first post that “my temper got the better of me,” Chahal denied hitting his girlfriend 117 times as accused and called the reaction an “overblown drama.”

OK, but G wasn’t accused of hitting her 117 times, it was hitting or kicking or whatever.

So maybe he was trying to be reaaaaally Clintonian here with his denial – it’s hard to tell. Moving on.

Oh, what’s this:

negative pregnant (sometimes called a pregnant denial) refers to a denial which implies its affirmative opposite by seeming to deny only a qualification of the allegation and not the allegation itself. 

in this case, the denial is one of assault or battery or domestic violence or intimate partner violence* or whatever it was that caused Juliet to call 911 in August last year and also allege that G struck her on July 4th last year. (Perhaps attorney Mark Geragos and or Juliet herself could offer up more details, but they’re most likely prevented from doing so at this point.)

It could be that G writes what he writes mostly for his true believers and relatives and all this doesn’t really matter, who knows.

But anyway, RadiumOne’s Gurbaksh Chahal Wasnt Actually Accused of “Hitting” Juliet Kakish 117 Times, that’s my point.

*That’s a new one on me – is G already in his counseling sessions? Sounds like it. Regardless, some things get through to his high school dropout mind, and some don’t.

Gurbaksh “G” Chahal in His Own Words – Speaking Out on the Weekend He Got Fired as CEO of RadiumOne Due To Recent Domestic Violence Convictions

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Well, here’s a fresh blog post from infamous Gurbaksh “G” Chahal:

Can You Handle the Truth? By Gurbaksh Chahal | April 27, 2014 |The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth;

DO PEOPLE REALLY GET TAKEN IN BY THIS “THE TRUTH” STUFF? WASN’T THE SOVIET UNION’S BIG NEWS AGENCY CALLED “THE TRUTH?” WHO IS THIS FOR, “G?” YOUR RELATIVES, YOUR “TRUE” BELIEVERS? AND WHY DID YOU PAY DISASTER MASTER SAM SINGER ALL THAT MONEY IF THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO? DID HE APPROVE THIS? I DON’T KNOW…

Right now there are many people calling for my head. I am the recipient of death threats and hateful language aimed not just at what I was accused of, but attacking me for my ethnicity, my social class, and even my gender. Many would gladly lynch me based because of my origin–and not the facts of my case.

NOBODY WANTS TO KILL YOU, “G,” NOT REALLY. SO YOUR “DEATH THREATS” AREN’T ALL THAT SERIOUS IRL. AND YOU’RE PLAYING THE RACE CARD NOW? YOU’RE NOT DOING IT WELL, DUDE. ALL THESE UNIDENTIFIED HAZARDS FOR POOR DEFENSELESS “G?” OMG, HOW SAD FOR YOU, G! BUT I THINK OUR TOLERANCE FOR MAUDLIN THROAT-CLEARING IS REACHING A LIMIT…

I know that I cannot change the minds of those who choose to hate me without cause—and base their hate only on the misrepresentations they have read, but I hope that others will be open minded and give me the opportunity to tell my story and paint a broader and very different picture.

MAYBE THEY HATE WHAT YOU DID AND THEY DON’T ACTUALLY HATE YOU. MAYBE IF YOU APOLOGIZED FOR WHAT YOU DID, THEN PEOPLE WOULD LIKE YOU MORE, JUST SAYING.

Before I begin, I want to make it abundantly clear that I abhor violence of any kind, most especially against women. I created a foundation to fight hate crimes. I consider intimate partner violence and domestic violence in that same category.

WHAT’S THIS? “INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE?” THAT’S A NEW ONE ON ME. BUT WEREN’T YOU CONVICTED DUE TO CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? IDK. ARE YOU SAYING THE WOMAN YOU ATTACKED WASN’T/ISN’T YOUR GF?

I was charged with 45 felony counts of domestic violence.

HEY, WHY’S THAT, G? BECAUSE JULIET KAKISH CALLED 911 ON YOU. WHY WOULD SHE DO THAT, G?

All of those charges were dropped,

BECAUSE YOU HAD A DEAL TO GET CONVICTED OF CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, RIGHT?

and ultimately the case settled when the DA’s office recognized they had no case

IF THEY HAD NO CASE, THEN WHY DO YOU GET CONVICTED OF CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? DUH.

and offered me a misdemeanor plea. I accepted that plea, because after a lot of soul searching I believed I was acting in the best interest of my company, my employees, my customers, my family, my friends and my investors.

DO YOU THINK YOU WERE ACTING IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL THESE PEOPLE AND ENTITIES WHEN YOU WERE ATTACKING JULIET?

I fully understand the outrage of those who believe I got off “lightly” as asserted by numerous postings on social media sites.

AND NEWSPAPERS TOO, RIGHT?

But the $500 fine I agreed to pay, the equivalent of a speeding ticket, is simply what those misdemeanors require, and in no way reflects the toll that this ordeal has exacted on me.

ALL RIGHT, WELL YOU ALSO ARE ON PROBATION FOR THREE YEARS, RIGHT? AND YOU AGREED TO HOW MANY CLASSES ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? OH, AND HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU SPEND ON PUBLIC RELATIONS? A LOT, I’LL BET. AND SPEAKING OF WHICH, HOW MUCH OF YOUR MONEY WENT TO INFAMOUS ATTORNEY MARK GERAGOS? EVEN MORE, I’LL BET. AND HOW MUCH OF YOU MONEY WENT TO JULIET? EVEN MORE AGAIN, I’LL BET. THAT’S HARDLY A ‘SPEEDING TICKET,” G. AND THE PRICE OF YOUR CRIMES, THE LITERAL PRICE, ISN’T MEANT TO REFLECT ANY “TOLL” ON YOU – THERE’S NO RELATIONSHIP, SO YOU SHOULDN’T EXPECT YOUR GULLIBLE READERS TO EXPECT A CONNECTION, RIGHT?

There can be no dollar value placed on the pain and suffering I have caused my family and friends, my employees and customers my investors, and everyone else who has looked up to me in the past. The humiliation and shame I feel is immeasurable. The dollar cost to my business and my reputation is incalculable.

NOT REALLY, BUT ANYWAY…

I could have spent another year fighting the charges against me, which I truly wanted to do for my family’s sake. I would have prevailed in this fight because the allegations by police against me were overblown and grossly exaggerated.

UH OH, YOU MIGHT MAKE YOUR JUDGE START FEELING PANGS OF REGRET.

They made good press, but quite literally, they did not hold up in court.

UH, THIS IS WHAT YOU SAY ONLY AFTER GETTING ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES OR WHEN ALL THE CHARGES AGAINST YOU HAVE BEEN DROPPED. THAT DIDN’T OCCUR IN THIS CASE, RIGHT?

I want you to know that this is not an excuse. I know that intimate partner violence is never excusable under any circumstances.

SO I GUESS SHE WAS NEVER YOUR GF, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE SAYING?

I recognize that my temper got the better of me, and I will regret that for the rest of my life.

ANY OTHER SIMILAR INCIDENTS THAT YOU REGRET, G? (OH, DON’T ANSWER THAT ONE.)

But there is a difference between temper and domestic violence,

I THINK I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO SAY HERE, G, BUT YOU AIN’T TALKING GOOD HERE, JUST SAYING.

and the truth of what actually happened is no where close to what the police claimed nor anywhere near what the online chatter and pundits are now making it out to be.

WELL, SHOW US YOUR VIDEO AND THEN LET US DECIDE, WHY NOT? YOU REMEMBER THAT VIDEO? IT GOT SUPPRESSED BY A JUDGE, LUCKY YOU.

I have two sisters, a niece and a mother. I love them all to death, and would never want any harm to ever come their way.

ALL RIGHT, THIS ISN’T REALLY RELEVANT, BUT WE’LL GIVE YOU THIS ONE.

The situation that resulted in my legal case began when I discovered that my girlfriend was having unprotected sex for money with other people.

OH, GIRLFRIEND, ALL RIGHT, I DIDN’T KNOW. BUT YOU BETTER BE CAREFUL HERE, G, AS MR. MARK GERAGOS MIGHT COME AFTER YOU IF HE THINKS YOU’RE BREAKING YOUR AGREEMENT WITH JULIET. OH, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE BEING CAREFUL – GOOD FOR YOU, G!

(She testified to this in her interviews with the cops.)

AH, YOU’VE BEEN COUNSELED ON THIS ISSUE, I SEE. YES, VERY CLEVER, G. IF SHE SAID THEN YOU CAN SAY IT, RIGHT?

I make no excuse for losing my temper. When I discovered this fact and confronted my girlfriend, we had a normal argument.

NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE SAYING HERE, G. SHE WENT FOR A WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS AND SHE SAID SHE HAD SEX WITH SOME GUY AND SHE GOT $2500 “FOR EXPENSES.” SHE DIDN’T SAY SHE ENGAGED IN PROSTITUTION I DON’T THINK.

She called 9-11 after I told her I was going to contact her father regarding her activities.

DIDN’T YOU SAY YOU WERE GOING TO KILL HER AS WELL?

And yes, I lost my temper. I understand, accept full responsibility and sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart for that. But I didn’t hit her 117 times, injure her, or cause any trauma as the UCSF medical reports clearly document.

WELL THE REPORTS DON’T INDICATE YOU ACTUALLY HIT HER 117 TIMES. BUT HOW MANY TIMES _DID_ YOU HIT HER, G? (IN ADDITION TO EVERYTHING ELSE, G, YOU’RE NOT THAT BRIGHT, ARE YOU, G?)

This was all overblown drama because it generates huge volumes of page views for the media given what I have accomplished in the valley.

SO YOU DIDN’T HIT HER? SO YOU DIDN’T THREATEN TO KILL HER, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE SAYING?

Thee tape in question that was thrown was also bullshit.

IT’S ON TAPE? DIDN’T KNOW THAT G. THE VIDEO YOU MADE WAS “BULLSHIT?” DO TELL MORE.

If anything, it actually made the SFPD look bad because they violently assaulted me as I opened my door despite my being fully cooperative.

RELEASE IT THEN, G

The girl in question here, was herself so appalled by the false allegations made by the police, that she agreed to be photographed to demonstrate that there were no bruises or injuries.

REALLY? HEY G, DID YOU GIVE HER ANY HUSH MONEY, CAN YOU REMEMBER THAT FAR BACK?

She could have left my apartment at any time during the argument. She felt safe and chose to stay. Those pictures she agreed to take would have been entered into evidence had my case proceeded, and they would have proven that the police claims were egregiously misleading.

SO RELEASE THE VIDEO THEN, G

Celebrities in sports, entertainment and business, and high net worth individuals in general are all potential targets. It was only a matter of time when I would fall prey.

HEH, HEHE, AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! POOR “G!” HEY G, COULD THIS KIND OF THING BE CONSIDERED “DISPARAGEMENT?” MMM…

I have to accept that many will still want to hate me no matter what I say to bring clarity to my legal case which is now over.

WELL, YOU ARE KIND OF JERK, YOU KNOW, ANYWAY.

But the fact of the matter is that they are jumping to conclusions based on falsified allegations.

SO WHY DID YOU TAKE THE PLEA?

My case could not have settled in the way that it did if the allegations were true.

WELL, TELL US ALL THE DETAILS FIRST, G. UNTIL YOU DO THAT, WE’LL NEVER KNOW, HUH?

Trust me, the DA’s were like a pack of rabid dogs coming after me.

THAT’S THE HIGHEST COMPLIMENT YOU COULD PAY TO THEM AT THIS POINT.

If they had a case, they would have stuck with it.

THEY DID STAY WITH IT. U R CONVICTED, G. YOU’RE ON PROBATION, G. AND YOU’RE TAKING MANDATORY CLASSES, RIGHT?

I only hope for two things: first that people who I work so hard to inspire are not discouraged by the false allegations and blogosphere spins,

HEY G, DON’T KNOCK YOURSELF OUT. YOU’LL STILL HAVE SOME TRUE BELIEVERS REGARDLESS.

and, secondly, I hope others who are not in my shoes–and who have jumped on the bandwagon of criticism against me after the conclusion of my legal proceedings—will be open minded and give me the opportunity to tell them the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

WELL RELEASE THE VIDEO THEN, G.

I apologize to my family, my friends, employees, my customers and my investors all who have suffered from this bad publicity related to my personal matter.

THIS ISN’T APOLOGY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR FROM YOU, G. FRANKLY.

I have learned a lot from this experience, and I will continue to grow. As CEO of RadiumOne, I vow to make it a hugely successful company, a great place to work, and a wonderful partner in the community.

WELL, YOU AIN’T CEO NO MO, RIGHT? DIDN’T YOU KNOW THE BOARD WAS MEETING WHEN YOU WROTE THIS?

I’ve always wanted the best for others.

I’LL DENY THIS. SORRY.

I have been a tireless fighter against hate crimes through my Foundation, and a huge supporter of education through my scholarship funds.

MEH.

What I am proudest of in my success thus far in life is that I have created jobs and opportunities for people, while building commerce and strengthening our community. Actions speak louder than words, and it is these actions, not the false allegations and spins that you might have read through these various blogs shine light on my real character, on the person I truly am and always want to be.

G, YOU’VE BEEN CONVICTED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. LIKE RECENTLY, RIGHT?

What is the American Dream? That you can come from nothing and make something of yourself not once, not twice but three times, only to have all of it come crashing down from misinformation, that is spun wildly out of control into the world of make believe and then goes viral into the blogosphere.

WOW. ARE YOU AGAINST THE INTERNET, G?

We need to hold on to the American Dream, and reject those who would rather make it a nightmare. Our Founding Fathers believed in the dream, why not the bloggers.

ALL RIGHT, THIS IS UNUSUAL TESTIMONY, BUT I’LL ALLOW IT.

WELL THAT’S IT. WHEN RADIUMONE GOES UNDER, WHENEVER THAT HAPPENS, YOUR RECENT CRIME WILL BE IN THE OBITUARY, G.

Sunday Morning Press Release: “RadiumOne Terminates Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO – Chairman Bill Lonergan Appointed as CEO”

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Gurbaksh Chahal just got convicted after charges of domestic violence were filed against him by the SFDA. Here is one of the effects.

But I don’t think this move will stop the bleeding if Gurbaksh Chaha still has an ownership interest. OTOH, if people on the board of RadiumOne have dreams of becoming an ambassador or governor, then this will be enough.

“RadiumOne terminates Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and Chairman

Bill Lonergan appointed as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — At a board meeting yesterday evening, RadiumOne’s board of directors voted  to terminate the employment of Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and Chairman of the company. Bill Lonergan, the company COO, will take over as CEO of the Company immediately.  Bill has an extraordinary professional background and has helped build Blue Lithium and RadiumOne into industry leading brands. We are confident he will continue RadiumOne’s impressive trajectory.

RadiumOne builds software that automates media buying, making big data actionable for digital marketers.

RadiumOne uses programmatic advertising to connect brands to their next customers by incorporating valuable first-party data about behaviors, actions and interests demonstrated by consumers across web and mobile touch points.

Based in San Francisco, RadiumOne has offices across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

To learn more about RadiumOne, please visit http://www.radiumone.com.

Contact:
Aman Battish
(202) 386-8586
abattish@brunswickgroup.com

SOURCE  RadiumOne

RadiumOne

Web Site: http://www.radiumone.com

Wow, a Master Tenant Tells KQED He Rents Out Room for More Than Allowed by Rent Control – WTF? Plus, a Simple Solution

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

All right here we go:

In San Francisco, Rooms for $1,000/Month Are Now Scarce - Sam Harnett | April 2, 2014

“Brian Harrigan is on the other side of the equation. He is on the lease of an iconic four-bedroom Victorian in the Lower Haight. He could probably rent the rooms out for as much as $1,500 each, but he doesn’t want to be greedy. At the same time, he said, ‘If I was to rent it out at like $500 I would have hundreds of emails. You would get everyone applying for it, and it wouldn’t be manageable.’ Harrigan recently had a room open up in the apartment and he decided to put it up at $1,000 — about double the rent-controlled rate and $500 below what he could have charged. Even with the inflated price, he received about 50 applications for the one room.”

What what what – the rent for the room is “about double the rent-controlled rate?”

Non non non! You can’t do it that way in SF.

Here are the three rules, IIRC:

1. Total rent paid by the subtenants may not exceed the rent paid by the master tenant to the landlord.

2. Rent paid by subtenants to the master must be proportional to the total rent – so if the rent controlled rate is for a two-bedroom is $1000 per month to the landlord and the master and sub each share 50-50 (like the rooms and everything else are identical) then the rent charged to the sub should be $500, or close enough to $500.

3. The rent paid by the master to the landlord shall be disclosed in writing to the sub before the sub moves in in the first place.

Those are the rules – live it love it learn it.

Now, can a subtenant get back money from the master if the rent charged is deemed to be disproportionate? Hell yes, going back years.

So is it wise to tell KQED how you set the rate for a room in rent-controlled San Francisco if you’re not sure you’re doin it right? No.

So what should master tenants do then? ‘Cause if you advertise a room for $400 a month on craigslist the world will beat a path to your door, right?

Here’s what you do, you figure what the rent should be for a room but you keep it a secret at first. Then you advertise the room at a market rate, $1400, whatever – and that will cut down on the riff-raff, that will avoid a 50-person beauty contest from every state in the nation, right? And then after you pick somebody to be your new roomie, then comes The Reveal, which is actually the rent is only $400 a month are you cool with that. And it will be, I guarantee it.

What’s that, this strategy isn’t for you because ____? Well all right, have it your way. But just make sure* you split the rent proportionally, that’s what I’m saying.

*Heavy is the head what wears the master tenant crown, right? Of course, there are pros and cons to being a master tenant in rent controlled SF – it’s not for everyone.