Posts Tagged ‘Federation’

OMG, the New York Times Goes Long-Form re: Frisco Housing – 3500 Words on SFBARF et al – Conor Dougherty IS the Man from Mars

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Here you go:

In Cramped and Costly Bay Area, Cries to Build, Baby, Build – An activist who calls her group BARF is pushing for more housing, pitting cranky homeowners and the political establishment against newcomers who want the region to make room for them, too. By CONOR DOUGHERTY, APRIL 16, 2016″

1. Conor Dougherty? Who’s that? Let’s do a call-and-response. CALL: Meet Conor

“Aging skateboarder and New York Times reporter, in that order. I heart  Oakland, CA”

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RESPONSE: Hi Conor!

2. Conor is The Man From Mars – he’s just like Tom Wolfe:

3. Mmmm:

San Francisco does not have enough places to live. Sonja Trauss, a local…

If this piece is about Frisco, Sonja Trauss certainly is not a “local.” Like, her phone is from the 215 and she resides in the 510. It’s kind of like this:

OTOH, if this piece is about the Bay Area, then I guess she could be described that way, except it seems to be about Frisco for the most part. Note the URL:

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In any event, I’d change the first two words of the 3500(!) from “San Francisco” to “The Bay Area,” you know, but that’s just me, sry.

4. Hey, are we really talking about a “federation” here?

While only two years old, Ms. Trauss’s Renters’ Federation has blazed onto the political scene with youth and bombast and by employing guerrilla tactics…

No, not all! But I can confirm the bombast, always with the bombast:

Sonja Trauss, Grand Marshall at SF Bay Area Renters’ Federation

One wonders if this kind of approach is effective. I’ll tell you, I’m quite familiar with how pro-developer forces try to sway public opinion, if there’s a lot of money to spend on one particular project. (That approach is not bombastic at all. You get somebody like Alex Tourk to work his magic. This costs big big bucks, of course.) OTOH, there’s not a lot of money swashing around these days to pay for a general BUILD BUILD BUILD movement, hence the bombast. One continues to wonder if this kind of approach is effective. One suspects it’s not effective. (AT ALL. Oh well.)

5. Check this…

In January, for instance, she hired a lawyer to go around suing suburbs for not building enough.

… and then check out last graf in the NYT. Nice stinger, Conor!

6. And while we’re on this topic, I’ll note that Junius & Rose partner Andrew J. Junius was the lawyer who was involved with this suit against Lafayette, CA last year, but then things didn’t work out, for whatever reason. And then, in December 2015:

SFBARF now has an ad on craigslist, trying to hire an attorney to handle this lawsuit.

And now Sonja has a new attorney? Good for her, $75 well spent. But I’ll just note that a good lawsuit would never be the topic of a law school exam like this, you know, because it would be too easy for test-takers. No no, you want to test students about crazy lawsuits – that’s the ticket. Or “novel,” I guess that’s the less pejorative term…

7. Wow, what a photo! It’s the opposite of a snapshot. I’ll caption it: “‘Grand Marshall’ Sonja Trauss suddenly turns her head and wonders, once again, if she has mice nibbling at her baseboards.”  Good timez.

8. Now this, this is insanity:

Donald Dewsnup, was arrested and charged with voter fraud — a move that Ms. Trauss claims is political retaliation. “There’s no other explanation for why the district attorney of a major city would investigate and charge one person for registering at an inaccurate address,” she said.

Well, here’s your background, from locally-beloved KevMo in Vice. And I’ll tell you, the DA had dead-bang prima facie evidence direct from Donald Dewsnup himself. So this “no other explanation” crap isn’t “smart” (to use one of the 3500 words), not at all. And I’ll tell you, District Attorney George Gascon was appointed by Developer-supporting Gavin Newsom, and the DA and SFBARF both endorse a similar roster of candidates, so why would the DA “retaliate” against someone who loudly supported and, allegedly, apparently, possibly, illegally voted for D3 Supervisor Julie Christensen? BTW, was Julie Christensen endorsed, IIRC, by George Gascon? He himself is a “Moderate,” right? Anyway, the DA’s investigators looked into things and now we have this prosecution. Indeed, there are OTHER EXPLANATIONS as to why SFBARFer Donald Dewsnup got charged with so many felonies, sry.

9. What what?

Kim-Mai Cutler, a reporter at the TechCrunch news site who has gone on to help found a communal-living start-up called Roam

News to me. Thx, NYT!

10. Hey, thanks for commenting upon:

City Hall, with its Beaux-Arts architecture…

Indeed. The highest classical done in the Western Hemisphere! Higher than even our US Capitol. (By just a tiny, tiny amount. On purpose.)

11. Yep yep:

Nobody seemed to get it.

KISS = Keep It Simple, Smarty. What general populace might notice is a self-indulgent, 12-person circle jerk. So, people don’t even understand your “clever” antics? Ha ha! They must be a bunch of loosers, right? Once again, one questions the effectiveness. I mean, does SFBARF have any victories yet? Oh, they’re just around the corner? (No they’re not, but anyway…)

12. I’m LOL-ing on all the lines about “Erotic Service Provider” Starchild.

“‘Prostitute’ is O.K. as long as it’s said in a respectful way.”

13. Hey, is Jeremy Stoppelman srsly here?

“When I think about all those college grads signing up to work for companies like Yelp, I think it’s a very difficult place to live and get started.”

I’ll just note this recent news:

The Yelp employee who wasn’t making enough money to eat

Does Jeremy think paying his sock puppets / flying monkeys $10k is an act of charity? IDK. But isn’t it ironic?

Dontcha think?

14. Hey, who in this graf has some serious serious rent control in Frisco?

Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of SPUR, an urban policy research organization. “What’s the matter with San Francisco? Why is it that in a city that’s two-thirds renters we have adopted a housing policy that is horrible for renters?”

To repeat, isn’t it ironic? Dontcha think?

Or it’s worth nothing, anywho.

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So, that’s off the top of me head.

I’d just like to thank Conor Dougherty…

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…for explaining our tiny planet to the world. We need coverage like this, IMO.

So please, MSM. More long-form coverage like this.

Moar!

SFBARF: Grass Roots or Artificial Turf? Hooh Boy, It’s So Artificial Turf, This Woman Won’t Say Who’s Paying Her

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Let’s see here, San Francisco’s rich homeowners have a right-side-of-the-aisle group to represent them called SF Moderates and it’s giving five four figures ($5000 as it turns out) for some East Bay apartment-dwelling woman to lobby SF for new right-of-center public comment rules?

Apparently:

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Another group/person what funds her is so unpopular she dare not speak its name. It could be the American Nazi Party, who knows. Prolly not, but maybe it’s Sean Parker, or Con Ronway, or sf.citi or some other entity that wants to keep its sock puppetry on the DL.

Oh well.

Pro-development activist group SFBARF agitates for more housing
By Jonah Owen Lamb

Bay Area renters group advocates for more density to solve housing crisis
By Roland Li

How a prep school math teacher has exploded the debate over affordable housing in San Francisco – Rents in cities like San Francisco are soaring. Is it just a matter of building more housing?
By Lydia DePillis

Strategist Nate Ballard Takes a Victory Lap in the New York Times over Jeff Adachi’s Proposition B Going Down in Flames

Friday, November 5th, 2010

San Francisco’s Nate Ballard is being celebrated today in the New York Times. Check it:

“’Like it or not, unions are still the most potent political force in California,’” said Nathan Ballard, a Democratic strategist and former Gavin Newsom aide who once worked for the California Labor Federation. Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor, ‘persistently demonized the unions,’ Mr. Ballard said. ‘It was a miscalculation on her part. She greatly underestimated their influence.’”

So it would seem. A few months back, I certainly thought that Prop B would do a lot better than it did.

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Proposition B‘s lopsided defeat will make people think twice before creating other initiatives that affect organized labor in the 415, it would seem.

Japantown Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance 2010 a Huge Success

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Yeasterday’s Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown was well-attended. Here’s some video and  here’s the dragon, courtesy of the SFNoobs.

Now, I didn’t stick around for nightfall, but here’s what things looked like early on, under the pouring sun.

The parade coming…

…and going:

People were encouraged to wave their hands in the air like they just didn’t care. (Note Retail for Lease sign in background.)

And here comes the queen and court for the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program 2010 

Amd here’s what people were carrying:

And here’s the only pol that I saw, Emily Murase. She’s running for the San Francisco Board of Education in November:

All this was taken in by a (mostly) enthusiastic crowd:

Takko, the garlic capital of  Japan, sounds like my kind of town:

People were dusting off their summery yukata to join in:

See you next year!

Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown Sunday Night: 150th Anniversary

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Per Hokubei.com:

“Inspired by the 1936 Chochin Gyoretsu (Lantern Parade) commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Kanrin Maru’s arrival, the Japanese Benevolent Society of California, the Japantown Merchants Association, the Japanese American Religious Federation, and other Japantown community organizations have organized a lantern parade celebrating the 150th. “Yosakoi,” a traditional folk dance of the Kochi region, which will host the 2011 Grassroots Summit, will be performed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to participate. The Bon Odori/Lantern Parade will follow from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.”

See you there.

Russian Navy Invades San Francisco, Cleans Out Liquor Stores. Tour Varyag Thursday

Monday, June 21st, 2010

It was all pomp and circumstance today down at Piers 30-32 when Russian Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag (Viking, mas o menos) made a courtesy call. See for yourself at Japan Security Watch

Here she is after coming through the Golden Gate yesterday:

Russian Federation Navy Missile Cruiser Varyag transits through San Francisco Bay while Coast Guard boat crews provide a security zone around the vessel, Sunday, June 20, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns – 100620-G-7265M-047″

All sorts of government officials went aboard today – people like Mayor Gavin Newsom and elements of every alphabet soup federal agency extant.

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There are some of your 16 huge launch tubes right there:

Then it was all over to Pier 7 or someplace for a ceremony with George P. Shultz and the Russian Ambassador:

They were all addressed by this avuncular Russian cowboy:

(This Rear Admiral has a few medals, huh?)

And then it was time to hit the town and do a little alcohol shopping. Thusly:

Employees at John Walker & Co. store (man, that’s a little too close to Johnnie Walker, don’t you think?) were pleased, to say the least.

Now, if you want to get on this aging cruiser to see how the recent refurbishment went, well, get there early at the foot of Bryant Street on Thursday. It should be a very popular tour (from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or whatever they decide to do.)

Orchids Everywhere at the Asian Art Musuem – Tribute to Doris Duke Runs Through Sunday

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

In between downpours yesterday, made it over to the Asian Art Museum where they were getting ready for Orchids: A Tribute to Doris Duke, starting today and running through Sunday, October 25, 2009.

Turns out that Doris Duke was heavy into orchids, she was “collector, cultivator, and preservationist” all in one. Plus, some of her pieces will be on display in the Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam & Burma, the new exhibit starting this Friday, October 23rd. So why not turn the AAM into a mini Conservatory of Flowers for a little while, huh?  

Orchids: A Tribute to Doris Duke
Tuesday, October 20 through Sunday, October 25
Main Lobby, North and South courts
FREE with museum admission

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“Orchids (Orchidaceae) are flowering plants commonly found in Southeast Asia and other tropical parts of the world. This is a botanic description of orchids, but for most of us orchids are the most exotic of plants with an enormous diversity of shape, size, color. Doris Duke, who collected many of the artworks presented in Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, was an avid orchid collector, cultivator, and preservationist. As an homage to Doris Duke and her passion for collecting, for the first time and for five days only, the museum will present a striking display of orchids. The display features arrangements by members of Ikebana International and Ikebana Teachers Federation, San Francisco Orchid Society, San Francisco Garden Club, Asian Art Museum Flower Committee, de Young Flower Committee; floral designers, orchid aficionados, and others.”

See you there!