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You Know, the San Francisco Chronicle Has Always Been a Middle-Of-The-Road Publication – This is a Parked Delivery TruckTuesday, July 12th, 2016
So, if you park on the double yellow line, it’s OK?
I remember when they used to use big trucks, like this one driven by William Randolph Hearst III in an Examiner ad from back in the day.
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.
This is How We Live Now, in 2016…
Horrible SPUR Organization Supports the Billion Dollar “Prop A 2014,” But How Did “Prop A 2007” Work Out?Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Work with me here, people.
“…the strengthening of the MTA’s independence, the included labor reforms, the infusion of cash and the mandate to address global warming all make this a very important reform of the Municipal Transportation Agency and a positive step toward the improvement of Muni service. SPUR recommends a “Yes” vote on Prop. A.
But here’s how things worked out IRL:
Muni’s mismanagement of Prop. A may hurt future funding tries by Will Reisman
Where the SFMTA’s Prop. A money has gone by Will Reisman
Now here we are in 2014. Here’s what SPUR, those horrible people behind Redevelopment, is saying about Prop A 2014:
“The city has done the hard work to gather stakeholders, assess needs and prioritize transportation expenditures.”
So, handing a blank check to the SFMTA for it to waste has something to do with “hard work?”
Hey SPUR, what about Prop A 2007? Weren’t you all wrong, so very wrong, about that?
So why would you expect Prop A 2014 to work out any better?
Newly Combative District Four Supervisor Katy Tang Takes Aim at Pro-Tenant Legislation in the Pages of the SF ExaminerMonday, March 3rd, 2014
I say “pages” as I assume that this was printed in yesterday’s SF ‘Xam.
The most interesting observation: We weren’t hanging in the Mission. We were in the Outer Sunset, that foggy Siberia mostly known for extended Asian families living in rows of attached homes built on barren sand dunes.
THERE’S A REASON WHY REAL ESTATE VALUES ARE LOWER IN THE OUTSET, RIGHT? DO YOU WANT TO GET INTO THAT?
Yet the trend behind the toast tweeted around the world started at Trouble Coffee on Judah Street.
If trendy cafes are copying Trouble Coffee’s fancy toast, how did the Outer Sunset become a trendsetter? “My office can’t take credit for it,” said Tang, who recently turned 30 and is the youngest member of the Board of Supervisors. “What you see just sprang up and has a life of its own.”
WHETHER THE SUPERVISOR OF THIS AREA IS KATY TANG OR ED JEW, THAT HAS ZERO EFFECT ON WHAT THE OUTER SUNSET IS LIKE, RIGHT. KATY TANG, YOU DON’T “CREATE” ANYTHING, CAPISCHE? SIMILARLY, YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME FOR THE MANY ISSUES THIS AREA HAS – SEE HOW THAT WORKS?
I love that it’s so organic. People have a more independent attitude out here. They don’t like bureaucracy and government intervention. They are free spirits. It might be something about being by the beach.”
KATY TANG IS AGAINST “BUREAUCRACY” AND “GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION,” REALLY?
Westside residents have historically been against growth, but Tang said she’s “hearing a tone of change.” She will discuss her ideas for “responsible development” at the Sunset Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
(LOTS OF LUCK WITH THIS ONE, KATY. IT COULD BE A BUMPY RIDE.)
“For so long we made it difficult to grow neighborhoods. Now we just keep going in circles with sensational eviction stories and legislation against property owners,” Tang said. “I feel bad about evictions, but we need balance because more burdens on property owners will only create a backlash. They’ll just throw their hands up and refuse to rent anymore. That’s why we have to create more supply.”
WOW, SOMEBODY FEELS SECURE IN HER JOB!
Tang said she is troubled by City Hall’s volume of reactionary legislation, like last year’s creation of a decadelong ban on converting rentals into condominiums. It was touted as a way to keep tenants in rent-controlled units but had the reverse effect.
SCORECARD PLEASE: “PROGRESSIVE LEGISLATION” = “REACTIONARY LEGISLATION?” REALLY?
There used to be an economic incentive to not evict tenants because a building with a clean eviction history was eligible for the lucrative condo lottery. With that hope now gone, petitions for Ellis Act evictions increased substantially (32 affecting 130 units were filed in the six months leading up to the condo ban compared to 50 for 211 units during the six months after). Predictably, with nothing to lose by an Ellis eviction, property owners are now cashing out to buyers willing to sell units as tenancies-in-common.
I DON’T KNOW WHOSE WORDS THESE ARE – I DON’T THINK THEY’RE OPERATIONAL, IRL. LANDLORDS NOW HAVE “NOTHING TO LOSE BY AN ELLIS ACT EVICTION?” REALLY? I DON’T THINK SO.
“I worry that we’re ignoring the unintended consequences of all the legislation in the pipeline,” Tang said. “Instead of solving our housing problem, we may end up hurting more tenants in the long run.”
CERTAINLY, RENT CONTROL CREATES WINNERS AND LOSERS. KATY TANG, ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF RENT CONTROL? YES? SORT OF? MMMM…
“I never expected to be in elective office,” said Tang, who was appointed to complete her predecessor Carmen Chu’s term and can serve two terms of her own.
KATY TANG WAS APPOINTED TO DO WHATEVER SHE’S TOLD TO DO BY THE PEOPLE WHO GOT TOGETHER TO APPOINT HER, OBVIOUSLY.
“I don’t need to introduce quick-fix legislation five times a week.”
THIS IS A LITTLE, HOW DO YOU SAY, COMBATIVE, HUH?
Assignment Desk: Just How Fake was the Recent Episode of “Mystery Diners” Taped at Chapeau! on Clement in the Richmond?Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
I’m saying very fake, or mostly fake.
Last year, Michael Bauer had the Inside Scoop on the recent Mystery Diners fiasco up at Chapeau! on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond:
“It was halfway into our anniversary dinner when things turned for the worst, as the camera crew from Mystery Diners rushed through the dining room with lights and mikes to catch a naughty bartender/actor in the act of giving away free drinks for a group of fake diners.”
I’ll tell you, I don’t have that cable TV so I can’t actually watch all the fakery, but here’s a quite gullible writer on the topic over at Examiner.Com.
I’m auspicious of this whole deal, I tell you.
Oh, EaterSF has this:
“This is scripted. This would never really happen in Philippe’s restaurant. I live down the street and go there.”
So, have at it, MSM. Philippe himself prolly would have contractual reasons to tell you to go to Hell, but there are other ways of getting a scoop…
Oh, and SFWeekly had this to say about this particular TV series a few years back
In short, I call shenanigans.
First it was free and then it cost $1 at newsstands.
But that didn’t work out, obliviously.
So this is the latest tack – a price reduction:
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“Most of the paper’s editorial staff are still Chinese, whose English reports are ‘polished’ by a small group of expatriate editors employed on short-term contracts.”
Oh, I see.
Carry on then.
OMG, the San Francisco Examiner is Hiring a General Assignment Reporter – Apply Today – Srsly, Today, June 10, 2013Monday, June 10th, 2013
Else you’ll miss the deadline.
“General Assignment Reporter
The San Francisco Examiner seeks an experienced reporter. We are looking for an enthusiastic reporter who knows the region and has good news judgment and a knack for finding stories that others miss. You must be aggressive about covering local and breaking news, creative about generating story ideas, and adept at contextualizing news stories.
Since Examiner reporters typically write two short stories each day, the ideal candidate will be able to write tight, compelling, focused articles and turn around stories quickly. Strong research and investigative skills and the ability to create compelling, succinct stories about complex issues are a must.
Applicants should have a minimum of two years of reporting experience. Bilingual skills are a plus.
Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and five clips by June 10, 2013 to NewsroomJobs@SFExaminer.com and reference: “Reporter.” Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for any employer. The Examiner is an EEO Employer. The Examiner offers a competitive compensation package and a full benefits program that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k).”
Some Fair Points are Made Here by SFPD Police Chief Greg Suhr: “SFPD Response to ACLU Arrest Racial Disparity Report”Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Not exactly sure which “local newspaper” San Francisco Police Department Chief Greg Suhr is referencing today, so this bit from Chris Roberts posted yesterday in the San Francisco Examiner will have to suffice:
Looks like the ACLU report applies to the whole country, Vermont, Iowa, Illinois:
Anyway, here’s the response from Chief Suhr:
“SFPD Response to ACLU Arrest Racial Disparity Report.
In one of the local newspapers this morning, it was stated that African Americans are arrested at a far higher rate than whites, according to an ACLU report issued today. This is not so. The San Francisco Police Department does not racially profile. No one is arrested in sufficient numbers for marijuana possession here in San Francisco to substantiate such a claim. In fact, the article even states that there were only 11 people arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in all of 2011, Chief Suhr’s first year as Chief.
To put this number in context, in 2011, the SFPD made over 23,000 arrests, of which 14,000 were classified as misdemeanors. Today, Chief Suhr reviewed all 11 misdemeanor marijuana arrest reports from 2011. All 11 misdemeanor marijuana charges were secondary to other charges, e.g., outstanding warrants, weapons possession, drunk in public, for which the person (four white males, three black males, two black females, one Hispanic male, and one white female) were arrested and booked.
It is evident that the misdemeanor marijuana arrests cited in the article were made using sound police procedure pertaining to criminal activity and not by racial profiling.
San Francisco Police Department
Does somebody want to look into these arrests, to see if the SFPD is using sound police procedure pertaining to criminal activity and not by using racial profiling?
Well, be my guest and let us know how it goes.
Until then, it looks like ACLU 0, Greg Suhr 1.
It All Comes Together: Our SFMTA Balances Out an Anti-Semitic Ad With a Pro-Semitic Ad ON THE SAME BUS!Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
All right, get up to speed here and then check out demiurgic Chris Roberts right here in the San Francisco Examiner.
From the back:
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And from the side:
See how that balances out?
Actually, I don’t think these ads are necessarily pro or anti semitic.
But I didn’t see how the prior ads were “anti-gay.”
On It Goes…
OMG, the BIggest Mountain Bike I’ve Ever Seen – It’s the “DirtySixer” with Wheels One Yard Tall – “Lebron: Call Us”Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Have you seen Lebron James on a Cannondale? It’s not pretty.
There it is, parked at Erin Sherbert’s favorite bike rack. Go ahead, click the link. This shot shows the very same rack, but look how different the bikes’ tires are:
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Looking at this thing freaked, me, out.
Now myself, I’m 6 foot 1 and a ton of fun so you’d figure one of these rigs would be great for me. But no, I’m not even close to qualifying for the DirtySixer club. You gotta be like 6 foot 5 or taller to fit proper.
Perhaps District Eight Supervisor Scott Wiener could use one of these rides for Bike To Work Day 2013 tomorrow? Why not?
Oh, the expense, what must be the crushing expense. I can only imagine what the MSRP is. That’s real titanium for the frame, BTW.
Now myself, I’ll have to make do with the MTBs sold for $200-something at the Marin Bikes Warehouse at 7th and Folsom in SoMA. (Here’s me on Fulton Street in 1st gear: Man, why can’t 1st gear be lower? And here’s me in the Broadway Tunnel eastbound (scary scary): Man, why can’t 21st gear be higher? Srsly. It’s like I’m being punished by Shimano for not spending enough or something.)
Anyway, contact Dave French if you’re interested.