Posts Tagged ‘division’

The US Attorney’s Office Throws Down: Reaches $80k Settlement with Fremont Apt. Complex for Discrimination Against Families

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

First, take a look at this review on YP.Com:

“This place is awful!!! DO NOT MOVE HERE IF YOU HAVE KIDS!!! They act like they are family friendly but they most certainly are not. We were constantly harrassed for our 2 yr old’s night mares. We were threatened with calls to CPS because "we let him cry for more than 10 minutes", we called the police department to find out what our rights were and go figure we were doing nothing wrong. I would wake up to nasty messages from the manager about my bad parenting. Right before we moved they posted notice on all the tenants’ doors saying that kids were no longer allowed in the courtyard regardless of supervision. It said more specifically that parents were lazy and needed to make time for their kids and take them to park to play…

That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

Justice Department Obtains $80,000 Settlement In Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against California Landlord

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2014 - WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the owners and operators of Woodland Garden Apartments in Fremont, California, to settle allegations of discrimination against families with children. Under the consent order, which must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the defendants are required to pay $77,500 to the victims of their discrimination and an additional $2,500 to the government as a civil penalty. The settlement resolves a complaint filed by the department on Oct. 25, 2013.

The lawsuit alleged that the apartment complex maintained rules that discriminated against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act. Specifically, the lawsuit challenged a rule that prohibited children from playing outside in the common grassy areas of the complex and provided that families would be evicted if they violated this rule. The lawsuit also alleged that the actions of the defendants constituted a pattern or practice of discrimination.

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1500 HARRSION, VETERAN’S CAB 502-1300

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Who knows what will end up happening to the unused trapezoidal-shaped parcel in the middle of Harrison, Division and 11th Street in SoMA right across from the Costco.

But this landmark Veteran’s Cab sign looks like it will hang on regardless:

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Former District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin Owns Current District 3 Supervisor David Chiu at SFPD Presser

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

(So, you still can’t upload ten-minute-plus videos to YouTube? News to me.)

Anyway, last night’s SFPD Community Meeting on Broadway featured Supervisor David Chiu second-guessing the split-second actions of the SFPD and laundry-listing his obliquely-related legislation, pretty much. Oh, and also Aaron Peskin, who sounded like he knows what he’s talking about.

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IMO, David Chiu looked like the Man from Mars, plopped down into North Beach.

Give me a chance to get (or find) something online so I can tell you about this.

TECH N9NE vs. TEC-9: Check Out This Billboard in North Beach, Where Machine Pistols Roam

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This is the machine pistol the SFPD just took away from a drug dealer on Broadway near Columbus Saturday morning:

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And this is a small billboard for rapper TECH N9NE a couple blocks away near Stockton:

(And last night’s SFPD press conference was one block further up Broadway…)

I can’t imagine it makes sense to carry a TEC-9 around the Streets of San Francisco, so I’m forced to conclude that people get them because the name sounds bad-ass.

The name sounds bad-ass owing to the 101 California shootings of 1993 - that’s when this gun took off, fame-wise.

(Here’s your TEC-9 hard at work.)

Anyway, I think we probably have too many of these items on the streets, just saying…

For Some Reason, the SFPD Feels the Need for a Community Meeting in North Beach Monday Night Re: Recent Shooting

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

I don’t know, is this a bad thing when the SFPD bags a wild-eyed pistol* waver, who aint afraid to die without anyone getting killed?

No matter, they’re having a meeting about Saturday morning’s shooting on Monday night, September 19th, 2011. (Is there a “community” what’s upset or something? Not sure.)

Hey, maybe BART can do one of these meetings a few days after they kill their next passenger? There’s an idea…

All the deets:

“SFPD Involved in Officer Involved Shooting
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On September 17, 2011 at 2:16 AM, San Francisco Police Officers were involved in a shooting on the 400 block of Broadway.

Officers were working a uniformed foot-beat assignment near Broadway and Kearny when they detained a person they believed matched the description of a wanted suspect and whom they believed was engaged in a narcotics transaction.

After a brief contact with the officers, the suspect fled on foot. While being pursued by officer’s the suspect reached into his waist area, pulled out a “machine pistol” type of firearm fully loaded with one round in the chamber and twenty-one rounds in the magazine and pointed it at one of the officers. The officer discharged his firearm once at the suspect. The suspect dropped his firearm and was taken into custody.

The suspect was not hit by the officer’s bullet. However, an adult male and an adult female bystander were struck. The male bystander suffered a gunshot wound to the lower left leg and the female bystander sustained a wound to the upper right thigh. Both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital where they were treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

The Broadway Corridor is a popular nightlife and entertainment district heavily populated on weekend nights. While it is still unclear why the suspect was armed, the presence of such a weapon, and his willingness to point it at uniformed police officers, made him a significant threat to the public as well as the officers.

The suspect was identified as Jesus Paredes Rodriguez, age 20, of San Pablo, California. He is currently being held in San Francisco County Jail for assault charges and weapons violations.

This incident is being investigated by the San Francisco Police Homicide Detail, which investigates all officer involved shootings, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the Internal Affairs Division (Officer Involved Shooting Team) and the Office of Citizen’s Complaints.

A community meeting will be held at the Jean Parker Elementary School, located at 840 Broadway on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 6:30PM.”

Se you there, maybe.

* “Machine pistol,” really? Make? Model? I gots to know. I hope it was a Micro Uzi – that’d make an impressive show-and-tell prop at a press conference. Here’s one used for fishing, to show you what it’s like.

Crappy “Bauer’s ‘Intelligent’ Transportation” Update: “Upgrades” Wedding Limo to Corporate Van – Gets Sued by S.F. Bride

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Let’s just say that long-time Yelper Rosie S is not a fan of Bauer’s Limousine / Bauer’s Transportation / Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation. Why? Well, ’cause they sent a tacky van instead of a proper limo to her wedding a few months back. Check the excerpts:

The 10 passenger limo I ordered did NOT arrive. Instead, they sent us a VAN! The morning of my wedding. Not what I ordered.

I contacted the company when I returned from my honeymoon–note: they NEVER contacted me to explain the situation nor to apologize–and they said:

“I have checked with our operations department as to what happened this day and it appears there had been a mechanical issue with a regular stretch limo so they made the last minute decision to upgrade the vehicle to a limousine van.  This was our next best option at the moment.  I sincerely apologize that a regular stretch did not appear, but this was viewed as a free upgrade to the original vehicle reserved.”

Horrendous company, terrible service, awful fleet of cars if they have seemingly frequent “mechanical issues.”  Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY FROM BAUER’S unless you want to get ripped off and disappointed!  Especially on your wedding day….

Can you believe that? Now, if I were running a crappy limo / transportation / “intelligent” transportation company, I’d feel bad about my fail whale exploding all over a wedding and I’d apologize and then I’d give a full refund, but that’s just me.

Now, speaking of crappy, how about them Bauer limousine van / bus / whatever drivers on the 101?

Speeding? Sure, we’ve got to get you to the church (or wherever) on time! But signaling? Not so much. You see, there’s no money in signaling:

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Rosie says that the Bauer people didn’t respond to her until after she filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court, Small Claims Division. Oh well.

Now, judges might be sympathetic to plaintiffs in a situation like this, but you never know how they’d rule. Sometimes what’s in the contract is what matters and sometimes not so much. Oh well.

But I believe the gist of Rosie’s story – I don’t think that she’s committing Yelp fraud, I don’t think that she owns a rival cheesy “intelligent” transportation company or that she’s sponsored by one.

Speaking of which, there’s somebody on Yelp saying how great Bauer’s is but he neglected to add in or update the little tidbit that Bauer’s is a “sponsor” of his. Oh well. I’ll give you one guess how many Yelp stars he gives to Bauer’s IT.

Did you guess cinco?

You’re right, mi amiga/o. (And actually, it appears that purported “Luminary” and “City Bright” writer at the San Francsico Chronicle’s SFGate.com Zenophon / Zennie62 is incapable of ever giving anything less than five stars on Yelp. How sporting!)

Anyway, good luck Rosie!

San Francisco Public Library Wins Award and Cash for 2009 Fine Amnesty Program

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Remember last year when Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger and others participated in the San Francisco Public Library’s fine amnesty program? Well, it was such a success that the SFPL just got an award.

And, bonus, the Presidio Branch Library got back a 1947 print of George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman. It was 45 years overdue.

Remember, give a hoot, read a book!

All the deets:

San Francisco Public Library Receives National John Cotton Dana Award at American Library Association Annual Conference
 
Recognition for 2009’s Fine Amnesty Program, “Return the Books”
 
The San Francisco Public Library was one of six libraries nationwide to be honored with a John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award Sunday at the annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Washington D.C. The award recognizes and honors outstanding achievement in library public relations.

SFPL was recognized for its 2009 Overdue Fine Amnesty Program campaign, “Return the Books,” which led to the recovery of 29,000-plus items, valued at approximately $730,000, over the two week amnesty period in May 2009.

The low-cost, multifaceted overdue fine amnesty campaign used the tagline, “What’s Your Excuse?” and obtained free participation by local and national personalities including Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Josh Kornbluth, Beth Lisick, W. Kamau Bell, and Marga Gomez, each offering clever excuses in a series of television public service announcements about their excuses for not returning library materials. The campaign netted a 23.6 percent return on overdue materials.

The fine amnesty program was intended to help library patrons cope with the economic downturn by removing one obstacle – overdue fines –allowing them to resume using library resources. The total number of recovered items was 29,228, including 3,151 books that were more than 60 days overdue and were therefore “assumed lost” or unlikely to be returned. The value of those long overdue items was nearly $79,000. Among the older items returned was a copy ofGeorge Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman (reprinted 1947) with a due date stamp of Jan. 29, 1964, making it more than 45 years overdue from the  Presidio Branch Library. San Francisco library patrons also saved themselves $55,165 in overdue materials fines and more than 3,000 patrons were able to obtain a clean slate on their record.

The John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award, which has been awarded since 1946, is sponsored by the H.W. Wilson Company, the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). It is considered to be the most prestigious of all library awards in the field of public relations. The award comes with a $5,000 prize which is being returned to the City to help offset the general fund costs from foregoing the overdue fines over the two-week amnesty period. 

The Groovy, Moped-Riding Police Officers of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Remember the 1970′s? Well, I can’t claim ignorance of that particular decade, but nevertheless I was shocked upon first seeing this official SFPD photo of two of their officers zipping northward on official SFPD-issue mopeds.

See their nightsticks?  

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Zoom zoom.

Hey, maybe the Motor Division would like to trade in their Harleys and BMWs for something sassy like this sexy little Yamaha Riva, or something.

Wonder what the union would think of that?