Posts Tagged ‘dealers’

Twitterloin Update: Adieu Big Boy Market – More Uncritical Source Greasing from CW Nevius – La Muerte del Niño Grande

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Here’s a statement about the northern Twitterloin from CW Nevius inTenderloin nonprofits vs. bad apple corner stores:

“He hired a security guard and installed lights and cameras, but he and the people at the neighborhood’s other service agencies know where the real problems originate — the handful of lawless corner stores.

So, the “real problems” of the Tenderloin originate from a handful of lawless corner stores?

Uh, nope!

The test will be when the handful of corner stores get shut down and then the New Day doesn’t dawn, of course.

(One supposes that Nevius needs to “add drama” in order to justify his high-salary, low-effort gig.)

Now obvs, if SFGov is sufficiently motivated, it can “dramatically” change the character of a high-crime corner or a block pretty much at will. (Like at Jones and Market, the former open-air, stolen iPhone Apple store in front of the check-cashing place. Post an officer not just for one shift, but for all shifts and then people will get the message to move on.) But I’m skeptical of SFGov doing much more than that, of it “bringing a new day” to the TL. I heard the same type of thing when I lived in the area, back before Nevius white-flighted to The Creek in the East Bay, and periodically I keep hearing the same-old-same-old from some of the bad apple service agencies that Nevius is in communication with. (You know, like the one with the chief exec who sometimes threatens to sue and almost always belittles The Neviusese’s employer, for instance.)

Naive newcomer Nevius is far more optimistic than I on this score.

In any event, if SFGov can shut down an individual store and CW Nevius wants to cheerlead from his empty nest condo in SoSoMA, that’s fine. But it’ll be a long wait for a “new day” in the TL.

Oh well.

Background: The Big Boy Market at 180 Golden Gate is no more as of 2014.

And here’s a shot I took, from 2011 – it seemed to piss off the people hanging about. (Everything’s filtered ‘cept for the DRUG-FREE SCHOOL ZONE (or should it have been SCHOOL-FREE DRUG ZONE?) sign:

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Hey Nevius, why don’t you spend a Night in the Twitterloin ala this guy? You know, have a hat cam on, or have a drone hovering overhead to record your interactions. Or, just keep on doing the same old, waiting for Randy Shaw to email you with his latest Crusade, that kind of thing. I suppose you get paid the same either way…

‘Til next time, Niño Grande.

The death of a giant baby
Well, it happens a lot ’round here
And if you think peace is a common goal
That goes to show how little you know
The death of a giant baby
Well, I’d rather not get involved
I never talk to my neighbor
I’d rather not get involved
Love, peace and harmony?
Love, peace and harmony?
Oh, very nice, very nice, very nice, very nice
But maybe in the next world

Sponsored Link: Your Honda Story Could Be In Honda NorCal’s Next Short Film!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

I know all about Honda, the Founder, ’cause I read this book back in the 1980’s. I’ll tell you, Mr Honda was obsessed with the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle races – that was a big part of the biography, IIRC. As you can see by the prices of used copies, that book is now a collector’s item.

Speaking of which, if you’re among those people who’ve enthusiastically held on to your Honda over the years and decades, this offer is definitely for you:

The Northern California Honda Dealers Advertising Association is giving Honda owners an opportunity for their Honda “special moments” to be included in a short film produced and distributed online.

Your Honda “special moments” can include almost anything where a Honda vehicle has played a special role in your life, like:

 Driving you to the hospital for the birth of a child

 Your first vehicle owned as a married couple

 A memorable road trip taken in a Honda

 A Honda that’s been in the family for generations

 Any unique modifications done to a Honda that display your personality

 Why you chose Honda over another car brand

The key is to tell your story the best way you can. Be emotional, factual, exciting, entertaining…whatever works best for you.

It’s really easy to enter, just upload your entry to

by Jan 31, 2015 at 11pm Pacific Standard Time. Your story must be 1,500 characters or less, and should include a photo showing you (or the owner) and the vehicle. Winning submissions will be featured in Honda’s #NorCalGetsIt campaign as short films.

If you’re selected as a winner your story will be re-imagined as a short film in Honda’s #NorCalGetsIt campaign. A little tip…be sure to read the rules before you enter to make sure you do everything possible to chosen. And, don’t forget to Follow NorCal Honda Dealers on Facebook:


This is a sponsored post. Consideration will be paid to this website by The Northern California Honda Dealers Advertising Association.

Honda-Lovers Who Want to Become Famous Should Enter This Northern California Honda Dealers Contest by Jan 31, 2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Here you go:

Share Your Honda Story – Star in Our Campaign.

Remember me after you become famous…

The SFPD vs. the Drug Dealers of the Alvord Lake Bridge – A Game of Cat and Mouse – Running Across Kezar Drive

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Does the SFPD drive its big Ford Crown Victorias ‘neath the first reinforced concrete bridge built in America just to chat with area drug dealers? Yes, yes it does. Officers simply drive past the world’s smallest lake (sadly just two-star rated) and then under Kezar Drive.

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And then they hang a left to do a little 2WD off-roading.

Oh, what’s this, lazy drug dealers who don’t know enough to run away? In this case yes. But in other cases, more motivated dealers hoof it up the hill and across three lanes of traffic on Kezar Drive.

On it Goes…

Uh Oh: DPT Refuses to Ticket Parked Cars at Turk and Taylor – Are the Meter Maids Afraid of Twitterloin Thugs?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Check it, naive Oberlin grad Karin Drucker sends out a Valentine to the SFMTA MUNI DPT right here, in corrupt Randy Shaw’s corrupt, government-subsidized Beyond Chron blog.


I might have made a comment on her post, but, you know, corrupt Randy Shaw’s corrupt, government-subsidized Beyond Chron blog doesn’t allow comments, because Randy Shaw doesn’t want to hear what the proletariat has to say. (Isn’t that funny? And isn’t it funny that you can donate money to  the highly-political Beyond Chron blog and then deduct that donation from your taxes? How is that right? How is that legal? I don’t know.)

Of course, the average meter maid doesn’t have too much of an incentive to hang out on the 000 block of Turk, right? I mean, that’s the place where the SFPD tells criminals to do their thing, you know, when they loiter about too close to the front of Our Flagship Nordstrom, for example.

Anyway, this unticketing policy of the SFMTA is news to me.

So this means that, finally, the taxpayer-subsidized Beyond Chron has taught me something asides from how great and prescient Randy Shaw is.


Here’s the “unit block” of Turk as I saw it last week, just saying:  

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TL Update: Is Leavenworth and Golden Gate a “Drug-Free School Zone” or a School-Free Drug Zone?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The sign that you can see in front of the Big Boy Market (aka Niño Grande with the “e” in a different font, showing that it was forgotten about, initially) indicates the former, but my eyes, after witnessing zero schools and mad drug dealers shouting, “Five-oh, five-oh,” well my eyes say the latter.

But why don’t you drop by to say hi and then judge for yourself. After all, this part of the unreconstructed Uptown Tenderloin Crime District is rated a perfect 100 by Walk Score. It’s a Walker’s Paradise, they say. (But IRL, it’s not – you should totally stay out this part of the TL, IMO.)

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‘Til next time, Niño Grande.

The Hanging Tennis Shoes of Haight Ashbury

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Lots of shoes hanging on overhead wires are visible in Haight Ashbury these days.

Could it be the work of the sit/lie bullies, you know, the ones behind the purported “unpleasant transformation” in the area over the past year?


No one knows…

Sarcastic San Francisco Chronicle “Thanks” Toyota for 25 Years of NUMMI in the Bay Area

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

So, somehow, Toyota’s recent departure from Fremont’s NUMMI auto plant is connected with:

1. Our nation’s ridiculous Cash for Clunkers federal bailout, and/or

2. Nissan pulling financing from a car dealership in Oakland.

That’s the conclusion you’d reach if you gave Chronicle editorial “Thanks a lot, Toyota a gander. Hey Chronicle: WTF?

A typical San Francisco car crash scene, in this case on Hayes Street. Note the make of the vehicles making up the bread part of this sandwich – “Thanks a lot, Toyota!”



Toyota’s U.S. market share has something to do with the Cash for Clunkers program? Really?

Isn’t C4C a federal program, and isn’t Toyota moving production to other North American plants, so isn’t it pretty much a wash anyway?

Didn’t Toyota lose a boatload of money on NUMMI the past quarter century? 

So, in fact, hasn’t Toyota done the bay area huge favor by operating the plant and paying those high-salary (no, not BART-driver six-figure money but close enough) union jobs?

So you all want Toyota to continue to lose money on NUMMI indefinitely on into the future making products people don’t seem to want to buy?  

Does it make sense to build cars in California these days?  

Don’t all Enterprise Zones generally suck anyway?

Has Toyota ever before pulled out of a production plant anywhere in the world in its history? So why would they single out poor little California in 2009?

Perhaps Oakland and Northern California already have too many car dealerships anyway?

(Do I want undercoat(!) on my new car for $600, or chrome on the wheels for $1800 and how much added dealer markup would I like to pay? Well gee, give me ten minutes* to think about it, and why don’t you make out with my girlfriend right here in the showroom while I’m deciding.)

Perhaps we don’t need evil car dealerships at all anyway?

Oops, of course the San Francisco Chronicle needs car dealerships, but what about everybody else in the bay area?

People can buy expensive things, like MacBooks Air**, online, so why can’t we buy a Yaris Hybrid or something online?  

Oh, that’s right, it’s illegal or something. Well why’s that?

[Sarcasm Mode= ON]

Thanks a lot, San Francisco Chronicle!

[Sarcasm Mode= OFF]

*En realidad, I’ve purchased one new vehicle in my life, and that deal took 7 minutes to complete, a hefty, hefty, hefty discount off of MSRP, no test drive – car dealerships are evil, and let me tell you, the sole curriculum at so-called Toyota University seems to be how to extract as much money as possible for routine service.

**The plural form of MacBook Air.