Well, the outside of 601 Broderick is finished.
And don’t miss James Hill, Architect:
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This is the scene in the Western Addition at 601 Broderick and Grove, the site of Gethsemane Baptist Church
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The graffiti is new, you see it? It’s all, “THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD.”
Let’s take a closer look:
“The proposal is to convert the existing church into a single family residence.”
Well, that’s direct, huh, right there in black and white.
[RACIAL SUBTEXT MODE = ON] Uh, so the Western Addition is losing yet another African-American church so yet another millionaire white family can move in, except realtors* call it the North of Panhandle Area now because it doesn’t have the baggage associated with the Western A? That’s my guess, but tell if I’m way off on this one, Gentle Reader. [RACIAL SUBTEXT MODE = OFF]
Via Redfin.com: “601 Broderick is a charming old church … in
So that’s the sitch and the graffiti artist is doing all s/he can to draw attention.
On It Goes…
*Always in lower case
Or maybe John Lee Hudson isn’t back but his car sure is, having been spotted in the Financh on Friday.
(Parked illegally, of course, with the four-way flashers flashing.)
As seen on Halleck Alley in the heart of the 94111 – note ogler taking a snap while gushing about this 100% fake 1928 Mercedes Benz SSK replicar:
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Now, if I had gotten taken down by Jim Cox over at the Socketsite in this fashion, well, I’d have left town vowing to never come back.
But some people are shameless.
Even more shameless than Hollywood Foreclosure King Nicolas Cage, who used to own 1945 Franklin* before JLH et ux.
Anywho, this ride is not a “Refurbished 1936 Mercedes Excalibur,” just saying.
*I think he was the one who added the garages to the front – at least that’s what the nanny told me back in the day.
[UPDATE: Senator Leland Yee is on the case this AM – he’s doing a presser involving this latest allegation. (I guess it’s too late to call this an October Surprise, and frankly, it’s not all that surprising neither. Let’s call it a November Expectation. Brace yourself for more.) Oh, and Leland is onto some Chinatown voting sting operation as well.
And there’s this: “Statement from Chiu Campaign on Money Laundering Allegations - SAN FRANCISCO (November 2, 2011): Addisu Demissie, spokesman for the David Chiu for Mayor campaign, released the following statement about a San Francisco Chronicle report of potential money laundering by supporters of Mayor Ed Lee:
“This is now the fourth allegation of illegal conduct by Mayor Lee’s supporters, and it should be investigated fully by the District Attorney and appropriate authorities,” Demissie said. “With six days to go before Election Day, it will be up to the voters to decide whether this kind of bullying, pay-to-play politics is what they want to see at City Hall for the next 4 years. David is going to spend the last 6 days of this race talking about why he represents a new generation of leadership for San Francisco that will stand tough against the special interests and shake things up at City Hall.“
Paid for by David Chiu for Mayor 2011, P.O. Box 641541, San Francisco, CA 94164, FPPC##1337108]
Well, it looks like early-rising City Attorney Dennis Jose Herrera is the first one out of the gates to follow up on today’s piece from San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writers John Coté and Heather Knight.
“Too many of Ed Lee’s supporters act as though they’re above the law — on money laundering, on ballot tampering, and more – and Ed Lee isn’t strong enough to stop it.
Earlier this year, Ed Lee was picked unanimously to be an Interim Mayor. He wasn’t picked to be a Reformer. He’ll never be a Reformer.
In Ed Lee’s world, the notorious Willie Brown Administration deserves an A+, Rose Pak is not a cancer on Chinatown, and corner-cutting PG&E (“KABOOM!“) is simply “a great local corporation” and a “great company that gets it.”
Is Ed Lee Breaking Bad? Has the City Family corrupted him? Or has he corrupted the City Family? A little of both?
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All the deets:
“Herrera calls on FPPC to join D.A. in investigating new Ed Lee campaign money laundering charge - CitiApartments’ former eviction goon led reimbursement-for-donation scheme, suggesting political payback for City Attorney’s 2006 tenant-protection lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 2, 2011) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera this morning called on the state Fair Political Practices Commission to join District Attorney George Gascón in reviewing new allegations reported in today’s San Francisco Chronicle that Ed Lee’s mayoral campaign received donations that appear to have been illegally laundered to skirt San Francisco $500 per donor contribution maximum. Andrew Hawkins, a property services manager whose harrowing tenant intimidation tactics were central to Herrera’s lawsuit five years ago against the Lembi Group landlords’ once high-rolling CitiApartments empire, promised reimbursements to at least sixteen employees in exchange for maximum contributions to Ed Lee’s mayoral campaign at an Oct. 18, 2011 fundraiser, according to the Chronicle.
It is the second major allegation of campaign money laundering to benefit Ed Lee’s campaign. The first, involving GO Lorrie’s airport shuttle, is the subject of separate investigations by Gascón’s office and the FPPC, the state commission responsible to investigate and impose penalties for violations of the California Political Reform Act. Such schemes have been prosecuted as felonies in California for conspiring to evade campaign contribution limits, and for making campaign contributions under false names.
“I think San Franciscans have now seen enough,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “Too many of Ed Lee’s supporters act as though they’re above the law — on money laundering, on ballot tampering, and more — and Ed Lee isn’t strong enough to stop it. If this is how they behave before an election, just imagine how they’ll behave after the election, if Ed Lee wins. This scheme is clearly a bid for political payback by CitiApartments henchmen for my litigation to protect tenants five years ago. It is patently illegal, and I call on the FPPC to join the District Attorney in investigating.”
Hawkins is listed in Ed Lee’s campaign disclosures as the owner of Archway Property Services. As the one-time head of CitiApartments’ “tenant relocation program,” the gun-carrying Hawkins is reported to have coerced more than 2,500 tenants out of their rent-controlled units, and once boasted in civil court testimony, “I run people out of their apartments for a living. It’s what I do.“
Several recipients of Hawkins’ email invitation to an Oct. 18 event on Russian Hill made contributions to Ed Lee’s campaign on the same date. All contributed the maximum $500.
Herrera sued the CitiApartments residential rental property behemoth in Aug. 2006 for an array of unlawful business and tenant harassment practices, which sought to dispossess long-term residents of their rent-controlled apartments. The coerced vacancies freed the company to make often-unpermitted renovations to units, and then re-rent them to new tenants at dramatically increased market rates. The illegal business model enabled CitiApartments, Skyline Realty and other entities under the sway of real estate family patriarch Frank Lembi to aggressively outbid competitors for residential properties throughout San Francisco for several years — before lawsuits and a sharp economic downturn forced the aspiring empire into bankruptcies, foreclosures and receiverships.
A 2009 San Francisco Magazine feature story on the Lembi real estate empire described Andrew Hawkins as “a burly former nightclub bouncer who headed up CitiApartments’ relocation program.” Hawkins reportedly led teams as large as 14 full-time employees, according to the report, and the company estimated that “Hawkins relocated more than 2,500 tenants.” An earlier exposé in 2006 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian cited civil court testimony in which Hawkins boasted to one tenant’s family member, “I run people out of their apartments for a living. It’s what I do.”
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1. Submit detailed information about their operations, including copies of the contracts signed by their clients, to the California Attorney General’s Office; und
2. Post a $100,000 bond if they want to continue their operations in the Golden State
Read all about the new rules here and below.
JB only has a quarter million followers on Twitter these days - that’s not much compared with Oprah, she has like a million:
Oakland — Continuing his fight against scam artists who “prey on” vulnerable Californians, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a directive forcing foreclosure consultants to register with his office and post a $100,000 bond by July 1, 2009.
Those who fail to do so will be in violation of state law, subject to criminal penalties of up to a year in jail and fines ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 per violation.
“California is awash with con artists who prey on vulnerable families facing foreclosure,” Brown said. “By forcing foreclosure consultants to submit detailed information to my office and post a $100,000 bond, this registry will help bring long-overdue transparency to this shadowy world.”
Up and down the state, scam artists pose as legitimate foreclosure consultants, promising homeowners they will prevent foreclosure. In reality, these scam artists charge huge up-front costs, but don’t provide an ounce of help.
Earlier this month, Brown’s office prosecuted a scam artist who provided hundreds of homeowners with forged bank documents and directed them to send their mortgage payments to accounts she had created, instead of the homeowners’ lender.
Additionally, Brown’s office has seen a significant increase in the number of complaints from homeowners regarding foreclosure consultants.
The registry unveiled today will provide Californians with information about potential consultants and recourse in the event that a consultant violates the law.
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Here’s the Message of the Year for tenants living in San Francisco – if your landlord defaults on his or her mortgage or fails to pay the utilities during these difficult times, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you will have to move out of your residence. City Attorney Dennis Herrera just created a big memo going over all the details, but if you’ve got a problem you shouldn’t worry about that – you should get help, possibly for free.
“Though the legal advice was issued as a published, public interest memorandum, Herrera urged tenants facing possible adverse consequences of property foreclosures to consult with private legal counsel or appropriate community organizations for information relating to their particular circumstances. Resources that may be available to tenants dealing with these matters include the following:
* The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Lawyer Referral and Information
Phone: (415) 989-1616
* The San Francisco Tenants Union
Phone: (415) 282-6622
* Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 703-8634
* Comite De Vivienda (St. Peter’s Housing Committee)
Phone: (415) 487.9203
* Asian Law Caucus
Phone: (415) 896-1701
* AIDS Housing Alliance
Phone: (415) 552-3242
San Francisco’s happy warrior, keeping busy in 2009:
Here are the full deets.
Herrera Asserts Rights of S.F. Tenants During Foreclosure Crisis
Legal Memorandum Outlines Rights of Tenants to Stay in Rentals, Receive Utility Service When Property Owners Face Foreclosure
SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 16, 2009) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued a public memorandum detailing the rights of tenants in San Francisco under state and local law to remain in their rental units and continue to receive utility service when residential property owning landlords face foreclosure by creditors or delinquency on utility bills.
“It’s vitally important for tenants to know their rights and understand how to protect themselves from losing their homes if a landlord defaults on a mortgage or utility service,” Herrera said. “Though San Francisco has been lucky so far to avoid the widespread crisis we’ve seen in other cities, foreclosures here are still on the rise. State and local law affords tough protections for most tenants, and prudence dictates knowing your rights and the availability of legal and community resources in the event they’re needed.”
Herrera’s 11-page memo, which was issued to Acting Director of the Department of Building Inspection Vivian Day, PUC General Manager Ed Harrington and Director of Public Health Dr. Mitch Katz, holds that the San Francisco Rent Control Ordinance protects tenants in rent controlled units from evictions as a result of foreclosure on the deed of trust or mortgage of the building.
The memo confirms that existing policies of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission shield all City tenants from termination of water and wastewater services when property owners become delinquent on payments, and identifies provisions of state and local law to compel such privately-owned utilities as PG&E to continue gas and electric service when a public health or building officer certifies its necessity to protect life, health or safety. State and local law additionally provide for penalties for violations by private utilities of up to $1,000 per day, and recovery of attorneys’ fees for prevailing litigants.
Here’s Michael Jackson and Bubbles, as seen at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco a while back. The situation at Neverland was touch and go for a while there, but things are looking up for Michael and his menagerie.