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?)
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…
“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?”
“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?”
“Progressive wingof 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?
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:
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.
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:
“#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?)
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…
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!
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!”
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.
*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!
Anyway, the driver stops in the middle of McAllister, drops off his load, and then idly chitchats with bodega operators while his minitrucks idles – this makes the block look like a crime scene, if only temporarily.