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UPDATE: Ferry Building Taco Parlour Charges a SECRET 15% Surcharge – Tourists Outraged

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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“Celebrity Chef” Traci Des Jardins Goes Beyond the Pale with a 15% “Surcharge”

So here’s the old sign, from three months ago…


And here’s how things stand today:

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See that? The notice about the 15% surcharge is gone.

So what’s up with that? Oh, our poor tourists are supposed to find out when and if they scrutineer their receipt after they’ve already been charged?

WTF to that. I mean, is this kosher, Bouboule?

So that’s my beef.

I’ll note that the printed receipts now just say “15% surcharge,” which is a big improvement over any reference to taxes, which could get you in big big twubble with our big big CA State BOE.

Let’s see, what else… oh, our tourists fucking hate this BS. Take a look:

Stale food. Added 15% surcharge over the posted prices. Rude staff.

Dishonest pricing with a bogus 15% surcharge. They should add this to the stated price of food instead of adding this to the bill.

Fundamentally dishonest. Their menu quotes a price, then sales tax, and then a surcharge of 15% – and no tip worthy service. Plus, why 15% of the sales tax?

Mucho rippo offo!!! Food was mediocre at best. And to add insult to injury they add an extra 15% surcharge?!?! Six tiny Tacos, a small basket of nachos, a kids quesadilla and a carne sandwich for over $80 is obscene!!!

Are some street tacos for happy hour! They seem to nickel and dime you, on top of adding a 15% surcharge to every order (they don’t accept tips), which it thought was interesting.

Food was decent, disappointed with the customer service. There was no explanation about the 15% surcharge until after she swiped our card, a heads up would have been nice.

If you’re willing to spend $40+ for chips and salsa, tacos and a bean burrito, this is the place for you.

Illegal labeling practice and should be shut down! The restaurant illegally labels “tips” as part of taxes on the receipt and enforces customers to pay tips. When I asked the staff why the taxes are so high (23%) out of the total bill, her answer was ” we consolidate city, state and surcharge taxes into one and it shows as taxes on the receipt”. I replied:” the surcharge is tips in this case?” She said yes. The question is how could tips be labeled as taxes? Absolutely sneaky! Absolutely illegal!

Mijita – San Francisco, CA, United States. Illegal labeling practice and should be shut down! The restaurant illegally labels “tips” as part of taxes on the receipt.

The 15% surcharge is absolutely absurd. Almost an entire extra $5 for tax and bs fees. Future patrons beware.

We just wanted to sit out in the sun and enjoy some kind of food. I didn’t know about the 15% surcharge tax they tack on, in addition to the regular tax till I looked at my bill! My tortilla soup for $8.50 turned out to be $10.83. I wouldn’t bitch so much if the soup was good. Which it wasn’t. Lukewarm and more like a stew. There were carrots in there. yuck. I won’t be back. Plus all those damn pigeons outside picking at leftovers. Can people please read the fricken signs to bus your own dishes? Jesus! Not Mjjita’s fault but still .. I am just irritated.

Beware!! A 15% Surcharge?? when asked about what the charge was for the cashier said it was their tip. TIP?? really!? Yeah it’s already over priced and not that great; and they’re charging this ridiculous 15% charge? yeah, straight bananas. I didn’t even realize the charge since the cashier didn’t give me the receipt until my friend noticed it on her order. (He was too busy trying to fix the paper on the machine). Fool me once and that’s enough, not worth coming back.

Pretty bad food (bland and tiny portions) for about 2x the cost of the fantastic Mexican food found elsewhere in the city. Then again, this restaurant probably gets enough business from tourists that accountability for their bad food doesn’t matter because repeat business is not common. Oh, and LOL: 15% surcharge “to help with employer’s rising costs”? That is just embarrassing for so many reasons. Go elsewhere.

So IDK, man.

Hey, are there any other businesses at the Ferry Building with a low low 2.5 star Yelp rating? 

“Celebrity Chef” Traci Des Jardins Goes Beyond the Pale with a 15% “Surcharge” – Mijita at the Ferry Building – Our Poor Tourists!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Via Reddit comes news to me:

Can someone please explain to me this SF specific tax?

And here it is:

“A 15% surcharge has been added to your bill to help offset rising employer costs in SF”


The degredients are listed so it wasn’t hard to see that this is poorly-rated Mijita Cocina Mexicana (1 Ferry Bldg,  Ste 44, San Francisco, CA 94111, Embarcadero, SoMa, South Beach) we’re talking about here.

SO, I’m familiar with the high costs of doing business in San Francisco.

AND, I know aboot bogus 4% surcharges already, eh?

But FIFTEEN (15!) PERCENT? That’s beyond the pale.

Now let’s here from the horse’s mouth (or whatever), you know, herself: From Fast Company: Educate customers about cost increases, and find creative ways to pass them on.”

An excerpt:

When the health-care mandate was passed three years ago, Des Jardins was already paying half of her employee’s health care, so as a line on her P&L, the costs were already significant. The change made them “unsustainable,” she says, and even then they didn’t impose cost increases for customers for six months. Today, each bill at Jardiniére comes with a 4% line-item surcharge labeled “Stay healthy, San Francisco.” “We tried to build the cost into [the menu], but you’ve got different trends in what sells and what doesn’t, so it didn’t work to cover the cost,” she says. “It was rough in the beginning, but local people have gotten used to it—they realize that they voted it in. It’s harder for people from out of town, but it’s a lot like staying in a hotel—you get the hotel price, and then 20% later, you’ve paid your bill.”

So, this was back in the day, and at another joint (the not poorly rated Jardinere), but it shows the mindset. Let’s go:

1. So, there are “creative ways” to pass on cost increases and there are HONEST ways, right?

2. It “didn’t work to cover the cost?” What does this mean? Does it mean that you couldn’t simply raise prices? But oh yes you could!

3. “They voted it in?” IDTS! First of all, the “voters” in this case were the eleven members of the Board of Supervisors, not your typical customer of Traci Des Jardins. Second of all, they didn’t vote to impose a surcharge, which is simply something that some local restaurateurs decided to do on their own.

4. And it’s “harder for people from out of town” because, because some of them realize, only too late, that they’ve been led down le chemin de [Traci] Jardin[s], or led down the garden path, right?

Now I’ve seen gas stations do the same thing, do the same kind of pouting, but, similarly, it’s tout a fait inapproprie, amiright?

And, speaking of which, what if a gas station advertised on its big signs the price per gallon BEFORE a random “15% surcharge” gets added in – would we tolerate that?

Oh, and another thing – this, this here is wrong wrong wrong:


Now what if somebody from our CA State Board of Equalization (The Nation’s Second-Largest Tax Agency, I’m srsly) looked inside the four corners of this receipt. S/he would say, “Oh, the owner of this joint has gone stir crazy and is now charging customers a 23.75% sales tax. Ergo, all this money needs to be remitted to the great State of California.” I’m srsly.

So, what “Celebrity Chef” Tracy Des Jardins should do is raise her prices 15%, or whatever she wants – I don’t care, and then ditch the absurd surcharge, which, you know, should be illegal. (Oh what’s that, you’ll go out of bidness? Fine, who cares. Make room for somebody else at Ferry Building Stall #44.)


SUPER BOWL 50 CELEBRATION Kicks Off Sept 10th – ELLIE GOULDING AND TRAIN Play Justin Herman Plaza – Free Concert

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

At 4:30 PM on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 you can head over to Justin Herman Plaza to see Ellie Goulding and Train perform live.

Hey, you know who’s hosting Super Bowl 50? That’s right, “the San Francisco Bay Area” is. (Shhh. Don’t tell our SFGov City Family about that.)

Speaking of which, SFGov is probably looking forward to getting some national attention for something other than the shooting of Kathryn Steinle.

All the deets:

NBC/NFL Network Special on Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Precedes NFL Kickoff Game:

The NFL kicks off both its 96th season and the season-long celebration of Super Bowl
50 with “2015 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY HYUNDAI” – 7:30 PM ET Thursday,
September 10, it was announced Sunday night during NBC’s national broadcast of the
annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game. Festivities will take place in both New England, home
of the Super Bowl XLIX champion Patriots, and the San Francisco Bay Area, host of
Super Bowl 50.

Celebrations will begin in San Francisco with a free concert featuring multi-platinum
singer-songwriter ELLIE GOULDING and San Francisco’s own Grammy Award-winning
band TRAIN live at Justin Herman Plaza across from the historic Ferry Building. The
musical performances and activations in San Francisco are part of the year-long On
The Fifty campaign dedicated to celebrating the Super Bowl and commemorating Super
Bowl 50.

Performances by Goulding and Train will be featured in simulcast coverage of a 60-
minute pregame show from New England 7:30 – 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL
Network. The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from

The concert and pregame show lead into the season opener between the Pittsburgh
Steelers and Patriots at Gillette Stadium (NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra on desktop and
tablet, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET).

This is the 14th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 11th time the
NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on
a Thursday in primetime. As part of the Kickoff events leading up to Super Bowl XL ten
years ago, the NFL incorporated musical performances from Los Angeles (home to the
first Super Bowl), Detroit (host of Super Bowl XL) and New England (which won Super
Bowl XXXIX).

Television’s most-watched studio show, NBC’s Football Night in America, will be live onsite
in New England.

Fans nationwide will participate in Kickoff festivities leading up to the season’s first
games. For example, in Chicago the Bears will host the “2015 Super Bears Shuffle 5K”
at Soldier Field, while Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will be home to the “Ravens Kickoff
Party” at Power Plant Live. In Pittsburgh, the Steelers will host the “Gatorade-Steelers
5K” at Heinz Field benefiting the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund. These are just a few
examples of the many ways teams and fans are getting back to football.

2015 NFL KICKOFF will be produced by RICKY KIRSHNER, the Executive Producer of
the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows, and directed by GREGG GELFAND.
In addition to presenting sponsor Hyundai, top tier sponsors for the NFL’s Kickoff
platform include Bridgestone, Bud Light, McDonalds, Microsoft, Pepsi, Snickers,
Verizon and Visa.

Media may visit to apply for credentials to cover the “2015 NFL Kickoff”
concert. The credential deadline is Friday, August 28. Media interested in covering the
game may apply for credentials through the Patriots.

Visit for tickets to NFL games.

A Hater’s Guide to the San Francisco Geography of Pixar’s “Inside Out” – Realistic Enough, But a Sort of Generic SF

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Did I say “hater?” Nah, that’s not the case, as Inside Out is a fine film. But as far as far as portraying a realistic San Francisco, it’s no Big Hero Six.

Let’s get the Lloyd Bentsen-style sanctimony out of the way – let me school this new movie:

Inside Out, I served with Big Hero Six.

I knew Big Hero Six.

Big Hero Six was a friend of mine.

Inside Out, you are no Big Hero Six.

(Big Hero 6 is awesome – it’s geographically correct, for the most part. Check it.)

Now we’ll deal with IO’s moving-to-Frisco scenes.

1. Golden Gate Bridge seen from Marin County – This view is all kinds of messed up, IIRC, and I do.

2. Looking up at GGB from its roadbed – Perfect, almost photorealistic.

3. Foot of Market Street near the Ferry Building. – Perfectly fine.

4. 1000 block of Lombard Street – Cars are too small – it’s never that crowded, actually.

5. Red cable car #25 on Hyde Street? – A generic view, but pretty good.

6. 21 Royal Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 – Well, if you’re on the unit (000) block of an alley that goes up a hill and across a regular street to continue on to the 100 block of the very same alley, well, I think we’re out of luck.

Here’s the alley. The telephone pole and blue Recology garbage / recycling can are true-to-life:

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Now here’s the real-life 21 Allen – it’s as close as I can find.

(Let’s not get into driving and parking – the driver does about average, considering he just blew into town.)

So that’s it – Inside Out shows SF well, but it’s not up to the level of other efforts.

(And oh, speaker of haters, they unloaded gallons of Hater-Ade upon poor, poor Cars 2:

The (mostly false) narrative after that was that Pixar got sequel happy and the quality dipped. Cars 2 was as much a passion project for John Lasseter as a merchandising cash cow, and the film did earn $559m worldwide despite lousy reviews and a low (for Pixar) $191m domestic total.”

Cars 2 is awesome, compared with what people say about poor poor Cars 2. Oh well.)

When Oh When Will San Francisco Be Rid of Vaillancourt Fountain? It Riffs Off a Freeway That’s No Longer There

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Vaillancourt Fountain was a comment on its former neighbor, the Embarcadero Freeway. But the freeway is all gone, so why are we still stuck with the fountain?

Remember when SFGov shut down this fountain back in 2000 to save on operating costs?

Why not let’s do that again?

Via Tobi Harriman:

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(Hey man, nice shot!)

Or better yet, let’s just take this whole thing down.

San Francisco Ferry Building in 1898: Soaring Transit Hub – Ferry Building in 2012: Upscale Shopping Mall Food Court

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

More or less.

Via Thomas Hawk:

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Declaring the SFMTA a Rogue Agency – FIX MUNI NOW Becomes FIX MUNI SOMETIME LATER – “Give Us More Money”

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

San Francisco’s “Strong Mayor System” plus the SFMTA = the San Francisco’s worst government agency, one unresponsive to the Commonweal.

Zusha Elinson explicates.

Another part-timer goes full time – Training Day in the Birmingham Electric this week:

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Oh, what’s that MUNI, you’re actually perfect and your approach to everything is and always has been perfect and Mayor Ed Lee is a Golden God and everything will get better once you get just a little (or a lot) more money?

OK fine, whatever you say, SFMTA.

Justin Herman Plaza Update: 2011 Had OccupySF, Opposing Bank of America, But 2012 Has “Bank of America Sunday Streets”

Monday, March 12th, 2012


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And this was yesterday during the kick-off of “Bank of America Sunday Streets* 2012”

You see, back in 2011, we opposed Bank of America, but now everything’s A-OK, it would seem.

2011 was bad for BofA, but spending a few thousand dollars on Sunday Streets makes up for that, the thinking goes.

“Financial partners include… PG&E, Lennar, Park Merced…”

Oh well.

*Kind of lackluster, actually. People don’t seem to care as much about this event as much anymore. It’s become more kind of a private-public, corporatist, corporate sell-out these days. Anyway, you can see some of its tents on the left and a few cyclists going past the Ferry Building, if you look hard enough.

Codename Stagecoach: Barack Obama’s Cadillac Monster Truck Passes By the Ferry Building

Friday, February 17th, 2012

All the deets of yesterday’s drive-by:

A specially designed and outfitted armored vehicle with DTS styling and a high-roof fitted to a GM four-wheel drive chassis was used in the second inauguration of U.S. President George W. Bush. While details of the modified vehicle, codenamed Stagecoach, remain classified, previous such vehicles indicate that it would have been upgraded with advanced armor and safety features in order to protect the president from various threats. 

“Its successor entered service with President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. According to GM, the manufacturer, the “2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine” is the first not to carry a specific model name. The vehicle is a combination of a Cadillac limousine body on the chassis/platform of a GMC Topkick commercial truck and bears styling cues from the CTS and Escalade models as opposed to the DTS.”

Precious memories:

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POTUS was worried that he’d get too excited about seeing San Francisco’s new and improved, almost-America’s-Cup-ready “World Class Waterfront,” so he decided to take a nap.

Best of all, it’s a Cadillac: 

Good call, Mr. President.

Come Take the Dell Ultrabook Challenge Today Near the Ferry Building: Meet the Windows Version of the MacBook Air

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

I guess. Actually they were closed forlunch when I passed by. Today they will be in the Marina in the morning and then at Fishermans Wharf starting at 2 PM.

I don’t know, maybe they’ll have some Dell swag for you as you check out their forthcoming XPS 13, which starts at $1000, which sounds a bit high to me but whatever.

A taco truck without tacos, temporarily in the 415:

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See you there, I suppose.