Posts Tagged ‘chronicle’

Shakedown 1998: How the Neighbors of Sutro Tower Held Digital TV Hostage for Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Friday, July 21st, 2017

[Feel free to boot up (Shakedown) 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins while you read – that’s the reference.]

Here it is, noble Sutro Tower, beloved symbol of Frisco. The vertical part in the middle is an add-on – it brought / brings digital TV to the Bay Area.

Well, two decades ago it caused consternation to certain (and certainly now) millionaire homeowners of Midtown Terrace, Forrest Knolls and basically the whole Twin Peaks area what’s located in the “fall zone.” (Uh, that’s in quotes due to the fact that this phrase was made up by some area attorney homeowner back in the day. But it’s center of gravity is like 16 underground, so as long as it stays together as a rigid body (and, you know, it probably will – I’m not promising you anything though), I don’t think it can fall down.

Anyway, noble Sutro. I think this is as close as I’ve ever been to it at an altitude higher than the base, if that makes sense:

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So, just as area attorneys (and USF law students) banded together back in the 1970’s to deprive us of our landmark, area attorneys banded together in the 1990’s to fight the relatively minor addition of a 100-foot long metal “auxiliary antenna” for digital TV broadcast.

All this digital antenna fooforall was ably covered by INTERESTED PARTY the San Francisco Chronicle in 1998. And look:

“The 977-foot Sutro Tower is owned by four television stations: KRON, KTVU, KGO and KPIX. KRON is owned by Chronicle Publishing Co., which also controls The Chronicle.” 

Hello! (The writer properly put fall zone in quote marks. Good.)

Obviously the fretful homeowner lawyers were threatening to sue, but also obviously we now have this auxiliary antenna, so how did that happen? Well, Sutro Tower Inc. (STI) had to fork over some cold hard cash:

“STI agrees to contribute:

a. $3,000.00 per year to the Midtown Terrace Home Owners Association. The initial contribution payable prior to December 31, 2008. Subsequent contributions to be made on or before July 1 of each year

b. $4,500.00 one time contribution to the Twin Peaks Improvement Association for an open space improvement project.

c. $6,000.00 one time contribution to the Forrest Knolls Neighborhood Organization to replace the Forrest Knolls entrance sign.

d. $ 10,000.00 one time contribution for the benefit of the surrounding area to purchase two drinking fountains one each at the walking paths around two area reservoirs. The contribution will be payable only when the fountains are approved by the appropriate agencies and actually purchased.”

The big winner? Well it’s gotta be the MTHOA, which gets three grand every year from here to eternity, paid for by Channels 2, 4,* 5, und 7.** All that’s gotta add up to a couple hundred thou eventually.

Read the rest of the agreement if you want. (You don’t hear so much about the RF concerns anymore – I guess people have other things to worry about these days. And what else, a few people were complaining about red and white lead paint chips falling down and landing in the soil a while back. I haven’t heard about that issue lately either.)

On the up side, the people who live there have benefited from some nice middle class welfare over the years such as mortgage interest deductibility, Prop 13, and massive massive home price appreciation since the 1970s / 1990’s, the times when the yammering was going full tilt.

It’s pretty much a happy ending. Play us out, Wiki:

Despite the initial revulsion of some residents, Sutro Tower is now recognized by many as a Bay Area icon, it appears in local art, television shows, and movies as one of the architectural symbols of the city. The tower is featured in video games, business logos, on clothing, as furniture and even tattoos. The U.S. band Information Society used it on the cover of their album Don’t Be Afraid. A local entertainment guide, SF Station, uses it as a logo, as does the collaborative art game SFZero and the Expose SF art competition.”

And Don’t Be Afraid, Midtown. Your tower is 100% Pure Energy. It brings us our Information Society.***

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And oh, I just came across this:

Sutro Tower: The Origins of an ‘Eyesore’ By Jessica Placzek

Enjoy.

*Which is no longer owned by the Chronic – it’s master is now Nexstar Media Group.

**I can’t host a Super Bowl party when NBC is doing the broadcast, cause I’m a cutter, a cable cutter since like aught-nine. And no Olympics either. 

***Or Vast Wasteland, your pick. When somebody presses the remote button wrong, the digital TV turns on. Like 16 channels – home shopping network, plus Spanish and Chinese language programs.  

Good-Bye Old School News Racks – Or Hello – Can’t Really Tell

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Most of this type of news rack were put out of business by the new-school green monster “pedmount” racks that became popular for some reason.

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“Retired” Chronicle Writer CW Nevius is Now a Part Time Sports Writer in Santa Rosa – Plus He’s Playing the Marsh

Monday, March 13th, 2017

You can take the boy out of the suburbs but you can’t take the suburbs out of the boy, one assumes.

Anyway, that’s the new news – he’ll be a once-a-week writer a way up there.

And here’s the old news – his one man show at the Marsh

“ARE YOU GOING TO BE FOR US OR AGAINST US?” by Chuck Nevius
In 1980, I arrived at the San Francisco Chronicle to cover the Oakland Raiders. I had only been to California once in my life (when I was 12 years old), didn’t know a soul in San Francisco, and was scared to death that I wouldn’t be up to covering the “Hell’s Angels of the NFL.” My previous experience was writing for the SECOND-largest paper in Colorado Springs, and four years before that I was a high school English teacher. What followed was a tempestuous, and eventually miraculous, season that seemed like it would change everything. And then life happened.”

Of course, since he moved to Cali, he’s lived mostly in the ‘burbs, way out east. NTTAWWT, but he sort of omits that part of his bio. Anyway, here’s the venue:

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Oh, he debuts tonight…

“Retired” Right-of-Center Columnist CW Nevius REBORN as an “Emerging Solo Performer” – “Chuck” Nevius Plays The Marsh March 13th & 27th

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

His new one-man show at The Marsh inside of the Hotel Utah is called “COMING SOON*” – sounds like it could get a little blue.

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So borderline septuagenarian CW emerges as friendly “Chuck,” who will be the cleanup hitter after three one-woman shows.

Let’s hope he hits a home run (and that he pays his MUNI fare on his way to the theatre.)

From MNF to Monday Night Marsh – WALSTIB. (I recommend the $100 per ticket reserved seating option for these shows, Gentle Reader.)

Break a leg, “Chuck.”

*TWSS!

How Wrong is Oakland Warriors Co-Owner Peter Guber About the “Certainty” of “E-Sports” Video Gaming Becoming “an Olympic Sport in 2020?” – VERY

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Here you go:

Gaming revolution: Millennials make e-sports billion-dollar business By Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle February 1, 2017

And here’s the problem:

“Let me say something very provocative — I think there is a high certainty e-sports will be an Olympic sport in 2020.”

Well first of all, when did video games become a “sport?” Which of course is:

an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Oh so you think video games can fit in there? What about chess then? Let me say something very provocative, Gentle Reader – I think there is a high certainty chess will be an Olympic sport in 2020. That’s the ticket.

And second of all, look for any mention of any video games at all here:

Following the 2012 Games, the IOC assessed the 26 sports held in London, with the remit of selecting 25 ‘core’ sports to join new entrants golf and rugby sevens at the 2020 Games. In effect, this would involve the dropping of one sport from the 2016 Games program. This would leave a single vacancy in the 2020 Games program, which the IOC would seek to fill from a shortlist containing seven unrepresented sports and the removed sport. On 12 February 2013, IOC leaders voted to drop wrestling from the Olympic program, a surprise decision that removed one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896,[26] and even further to the Ancient Olympic Games. The decision to drop wrestling was opposed in many countries and by their NOCs.[27][28][29][30] Wrestling therefore joined other sports in a short list applying for inclusion in the 2020 Games. On 29 May 2013, it was announced that three sports made the final shortlist; squash, baseball/softball, and wrestling.[31] Five other sports (karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu) were excluded from consideration at this point.[32] On 8 September 2013, at the 125th IOC Session, the IOC selected wrestling to be included in the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024. Wrestling secured 49 votes, while baseball/softball secured 24 votes and squash got 22 votes.[33]

So what’s up with that?

And note that the Guber didn’t say by 2020, he said “in 2020.” So I don’t see how it’s even remotely possible that there’s a “certainty” that “E-Sports” video gaming will somehow become “an Olympic sport in 2020.”

ENDOFLINE

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“Retired” SF Chronicle Writer CW Nevius Errs When Relating a Story About How He Errs – Let’s Go To The Videotape!

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Well, not really videotape. But anyway, here it is:

Let’s note a few things.

1. Uh, how many times does our Board of Supervisors issue a proclamation when somebody leaves the Chronicle? Who was behind this proclamation? Would most journalists be so proud to be honored for years of fawning coverage?

2. Did Supervisor John Avalos really go on a “rant?” And didn’t the topic have to do with Chuck, you know, purportedly, misquoting Avalos?

3. Did John Avalos really “slam” his microphone down? (I don’t know for sure, but I didn’t see it. Of course, neither did Chuck. Maybe I’d say Avalos pushed down or turned off the mic?)

4. Hey, did Peaches Christ really do that thing with the purported dildo?

5. Hey, I could go on and on. And he’s not even being honest when he says, well, that’s how I look at things. I’ll leave you with this, Gentle Reader – two bits on the wasteful expensive Central Subway. One, written before City Hall told Chuck how to feel and the other after. He was like Donald Trump on the Twitter, contradicting himself, seemingly without without realizing, and certainly without acknowledging…

Nevius: Chinatown subway plan makes me wince” – February 21, 2008

“There’s really only one question to ask about the proposal to bore a light-rail subway deep under the heart of downtown San Francisco. You’re kidding, right?

“Just the initial math makes your head hurt. Basically it works out to somewhere between $1.22 billion and $1.4 billion for an underground railway that runs for less than two miles and has only three stops. That’s not a transit system, it’s a model railroad.

“Throw in a few of the inevitable cost overruns and this could work out to a billion dollars a mile.”

“No matter. This is the kind of big, splashy project that city officials love to put their name on.”

“Basically, the argument seems to boil down to this – we’ve got the money (as if federal tax dollars grow on trees), the Chinatown community is behind it, why not build it? Oh, let me count some of the reasons.”

“But, critics say, a stop on Market beneath which BART and other Muni lines already run might have made this whole thing an easier sell. That would have created an opportunity for a single station where riders could make connections between regional and local trains, almost like Grand Central Terminal in New York. Instead, riders will have to walk all the way up to Union Square.”

“Oh, and did I mention that in order to get under the BART tube, the subway station at Union Square will have to be at least 95 feet below the surface. That’s nine stories.”

“What is it about that image of deep, underground dirt-munching machines in earthquake country that makes me wince?”

 

S.F.: City of whine aficionados” – January 9, 2014

“A subway will take traffic off some of the busiest streets in the city – try riding Muni on Stockton Street in the morning – and provide quick north-south access across the city, and it’s mostly paid for with federal funds. Who wouldn’t like something like that?”

“LEGION CORPORATION” Spotted in the Twitterloin – Using SFChron/SFGate to Spread Your Message in a Post-CWNevius World

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

It’s sort of funny how a man who likes to threaten to sue the San Francisco Chronicle ended up with this, this thing placed(?) on SFGate to praise him.

(And now with CWNevius gone, how else will this character get such laudatory coverage, one wonders.)

Anywho, this is the LEGION CORPORATION what paid for the above to appear on  SFGate, ostensibly.

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As seen Golden Gate Ave n the northern part of the taxpayer-funded Twitterloin Enterprise Zone…

19 Points About CW Nevius

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Retirement” looms.

How San Francisco’s progressives overreached

  1. “Progressive wing of San Francisco’s Democratic Party”

Chuck should just use the terms left of center and right of center, but he doesn’t and here’s why this is a problem. It’s ’cause, especially lately, people in the more dominant “wing,” what he calls the moderates, self-identify as progressive.

2. “The beginning of a Golden Age of politics for the far left”

So see how that works? What he should call the left he calls the far left because he’s not part of it  – instead he’s a member of the dominant political faction. Also, this is what you call a straw dog. Who was promising a golden age for the far left? Exactly nobody.

3. “Tenderloin Housing Clinic Director Randy Shaw”

Oh that guy – here’s the link that Chuck et. al. can’t see clear to link to. Of course Randy Shaw, cited positively by Chuck, inconveniently defines what Chuck would call a moderate as a progressive. “Every time I update this race between two progressive candidates (Josh Arce and Hillary Ronen)…” See?

4. “Julie Christensen”

So Chuck literally went on the campaign trail for this woman, and she lost, badly. Hey Chuck, perhaps you yourself “overreached?” (Last year, he seemed a lot more optimistic about her chances.)

5. “Tea-leaf readers”

No identification, yet another straw dog to slay.

6. “Lee’s poll numbers fell”

Yes, but well before the Super Bowl corporate party. A fact checker could have checked this. It’s checkable, right?

7. “The left reminded everyone…”

Once again, not identified.

8. “Progressive hold on the Board of Supervisors is no sure thing.”

Gee, did anybody say that the slim majority was a “sure thing,” either before or after the recent election? No, not at all.

Anyway, Donald Trump tweets his thoughts just as CWNevius published his thoughts in the Chronicle / SFGate. But there’s not too much of a solid connection to reality for either I’m afraid. Moving on…

Gavin Newsom has a head start on higher office

9. “A deep bench of vibrant new talent…”

Is this journalism, applying this to Gavin? And just as Marge Simpson got the recipe for her special fruit punch from the Fruit Punch Advisory Board…

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…Chuck simply adds sugar, water, and ice to whatever he gets from the Gavin Newsom Advisory Board. Bravo, Chuck. Bravo.

10. “A few off-putting characteristics of the early Newsom”

Uh, was this a complete listing, ’cause I think a lot of stuff was left out there. I mean not just this.

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But other stuff too.

It goes on and on.

And on and on. For some reason, Chuck used his MSM platform to rewrite history, oh well. I guess he was doing a favor for somebody. (Wonder how he’ll get repaid.)

11. “I have to put in a plug for..”

What is this, a press release? Sure seems that way.

12. “Newsom has always been a policy wonk.”

Uh, nope. Also checkable. Moving on…

…to this:

After 36 years at Chronicle, it’s time to move on

13. “The Chronicle sent me all over the world to cover eight Olympic Games, 10 Super Bowls and other major sports events.”

I think this is the major problem – it’s having a died-in-the-wool sports reporter covering politics.

14. “When people ask why I am leaving…”

Not “retiring,” huh? I’m sure he can find some other way to make money and pass the time. Mmmm, I wonder who could help him with that…

Oh wait, here’s another one:

Thanksgiving and a journalist’s memories of 36 years

15. “Mayor Ed Lee, who didn’t want the job in the first place.” 

Is this really true? If he didn’t want the job, then why did he take it? If the plan was that he’d be an “interim” Mayor, then why did he lie about it and stay on? (He was appointed Mayor because Gavin Newsom decided he wouldn’t leave town to start his new gig on the date what’s burned into our constitution, oh well.) Anyway, take a look at the first Gavin video above to see how an access journalist* like Chuck gets born. The sucking up gets going fast and furious, and sometimes things you used to mock become oh so wonderful.

16. “I came here in 1980…”

Well, actually he came here in 2010 – spent most of his time, a couple decades or so, far off in an east bay bedroom community, NTTAWWT. But that’s prolly where he’d be more, uh, comfortable.

17. “He’s not such a bad guy…”

Totally not the issue. You just should have fucking done your job better, that’s all. You know, after you were done with the sports.

Almost finished here, like forever, just one more:

David Talbot comes to The Chronicle: A note to our readers

18. “Routinely championing the underdog”

Strong disagree about applying this to Chuck here. (An “underdog,” like Mario Woods, for example?)

19. “Provoke and inspire”

Oh, this was Chuck’s mission statement, to troll Frisco? News to me. But perhaps not surprising. And “inspire,” what?

20 (BONUS!). “His book ‘The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government’ was a New York Times bestseller.”

Wow, man, this is what David Talbot is doing lately? Well that’s different. Let’s hope he keeps his column local and steers clear of national topics, cause this JFK-conspiracy/cover up-leads-directly-to-President-Trump is a little out there. (IRL, Oswald had a thing about shooting at authority figures, like General Walker, and with the same rifle JFK, and then with a handgun Officer Tippit, all in 1963, all by his lonesome. This is true whether DT writes a book about the CIA or RFK or whatever, or not.) But that’s another can of worms.

Anyway, I’m thinking most of the big errors in the Chronicle came from CW Nevius, so if he’s happy leaving this seems like a win-win.

Good.

P.S. Sometimes the transit cops keep working even though it’s dinner time, so let’s try to pay for _all_ our MUNI fares in future, even if we consider ourselves big shots, OK? ‘Cause this isn’t a good look.

*And it’s not just that. He’d then go to mindlessly cheer lead for whomever was feeding him tidbits of news. So, writing from Walnut Creek, CA or wherever he’s all, Holding the America’s Cup race in San Francisco is a wonderful opportunity without a downside. It is a win-win that will bring cargo bags of cash to the Bay Area and revitalize the southern waterfront.” And the plan back then was to have an America’s Cup here every three or four years. But after the inevitable “downsides” came along one after the other, SFGov decided it didn’t want to play ball with Larry Ellison after all. And who was slavishly following along for a good half-decade? One CW Nevius. And then, after Larry Ellison “abandoned” us, we got this last year:

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#rubbingitin  Can’t confirm this is Larry Ellison’s boat but if so kinda rude to fly Bermuda flag. Site of next Am Cup”

So it goes from here-just-take-our-land-with-99-year-leases, Larry to Larry-does-everything-wrong. But Larry wasn’t being “kinda rude” as that’s not his yacht, and that’s not the “Bermuda flag,” and even if it was you can’t just jump to conclusions / read into things like this. Sorry Chuck. (It’s actually a great thing that Larry took his little boat race Someplace Else – let’s focus on the positives, m’kay?)

Is Our Unleased Hibernia Bank Building a “Symbol of Rebirth for the Tenderloin” or Precisely the Opposite?

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Here’s your Twitterloin status report:

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Hey look, it’s COMING SOON FOR LEASE, which it has been for a couple years now.

Which is not to say it’s never used – the Hillary campaign used it for a few hours a few months back and the occasional conventioneer comes through, thusly:

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But here’s what the promise was:

Hibernia Bank building a symbol of rebirth for the Tenderloin

What I’m suggesting is this –  if nobody wants this building, after, what, $20 million was sunk into it, then maybe it’s not a symbol of rebirth for the Tender / Twitter Loin? Perhaps it’s a symbol of all the empty promises and projections what come year after year, decade after decade?

Anyway, look for this building to continue to be COMING SOON FOR LEASE in 2017 as well…

 

WTF is This on SFGate: LegionCorporation, StoryStudio? – Did Trump Win, Did the Russians Hack Us?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Longtime Twitterloin resident Bluoz points us to this, what, hagiography for longtime east bay resident Randy Shaw on (near?) the SFGate?

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Now, last I heard, Randy Shaw was mulling over suing the San Francisco Chronicle over something to do with this bit here, but now SFGate is hosting “sponsored” stuff like the above? (What’s that – SFGate aint the Chronicle? Well, yes and no. It sure’s hell looks like the Chron. Moving on, “Beyond the Chron”…)

To this, Comrades. The LEGION CORPORATION. Achtung, baby!

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WTF to that.

And then we’re supposed to click on About Sponsored Stories? IDTS, Brother. That’s just what The Man wants me to do. So IDK what’s on that link.

Now let’s do some reading:

“There are so many people that have stood at the forefront freeing these neighborhoods and their citizens from crime and blight like Randy Shaw. Randy Shaw is an ikon in the development of the Tenderloin. He has practiced law in the protection of the Tenderloin and its residents, developed housing as Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing, co-founded Uptown Tenderloin, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helped create of the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District in 2009 the Tenderloin Museum.”

Is this a translation from another language? Sure seems that way. And the kicker is that he/she/they spelled icon with a “k!”

I don’t know what the hell’s going on here. Who will set it straight/ this Watergate?

Specifically, I wanna know who wrote this, and why.

That’s the important part, the why.

(‘Cause you can’t have a real blog page without links and a Comments section, right?)

I’ll tell you, Gentle Reader, the Tenderloin hasn’t changed a bit since the 1980’s. Sure, it used to have a Sizzler Family Restaurant with All You Can Eat salad bar, but now it don’t, big deal. Fundamentally, not much has changed, at all.

All right, I dare anybody to read the whole* of HOW A HANDFUL OF BUSINESS OWNERS ARE HELPING THE TENDERLOIN.

And then explain it to me, like I’m a Golden Retriever.

‘Cause I aint never seen this.

*I just skimmed this one, using the Control F to get to what I think the nuf graf is. Hey, how many people would actually read this, this thing? How many real readers did it have? Who’s the target, Airbnbers from Italy staying in the Twitterloin? Or Japanese tourists suckered into staying at a bedbug hotel “near Union Square” for $299 a night? And how much did it cost to post? And how much per actual Reader? $10 a Reader? $100 a Reader? Does it make any sense at all to do this kind of thing? Or maybe there’s some other point to this exercise? I gots to know!