Posts Tagged ‘master’

Market Street Update: Yellow Padlocks, Red Padlocks, Blue Wall, Chain-Link Fence

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

What does it mean?

I gots to know.

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(I had one of these $3 Micky Mouse padlocks in high school. The combinations were always easy to remember, like 27-17-0. You see, kids, back in the 1980′s…)

OMG, 12-Foot-Tall LEGO Santa Yoda in Union Square! 12-Foot-Tall LEGO Santa Yoda in Union Square!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

From The Stark Insider (“All things West Coast”) comes news of a 12-foot tall, 10-foot wide Santa Yoda made out of LEGO bricks. It will go up in Union Square starting Friday, November 18th,* 2011.

Get the deets at LEGOSantaYoda.Com. (No, I’m not joking, I’m srsly.)

Click on me you will. Expanding I am.

All the deets:

“LEGO Master Builders Construct 12-foot Tall by 10-foot Wide Santa Yoda out of LEGO bricks

WHAT: Inspired by the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, this three-day community build where families help LEGO Master Builders to create a 12-foot tall by 10-foot wide LEGO Star Wars™ Santa Yoda made entirely of LEGO bricks to kick-off a countdown to the holidays found at www.LEGOSantaYoda.com. Building event supports the local Bay Area Boys & Girls Club, and consumer engagement via the web site donates LEGO toys to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.

WHEN: Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th 10am-6pm daily (or until completed)

WHERE: Union Square (next to the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square), San Francisco”

(This would seem to be a more honest way of promoting LEGO than lying about a viral video ala the LEGO Indiana Jones game people.)

See you there!

*You know, it seems like Santa Yoda goes up earlier each year…

“Street Cuffs” are No Match for the Bike Thieves of San Francisco – The Little Monsters Will Get You Regardless

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Thusly.

As seen on the 00 block of Grove, the World Capital of Bike Thievery:

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But, be my guest, if you want.

Revenge of the Subtenant – Rent Board Requires Master Tenant to Refund $10,800

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Here’s the thing – if you’re renting a place in San Francisco and you’re paying your monthly rent to your roommate, chances are that you could be considered a subtenant and your roomy the “Master Tenant.”* Particularly when the rent for your unit is way undermarket, due to rent control let’s say, you might end up spending more for your space than the Master pays for the Master’s part of the apartment.

So if you’re paying $900 a month for your half of  a two-bedroom and your Master Tenant in the other room is only kicking in $100 (to pay $1000 total to the landlord for the whole place), then you can take steps to get some of that money back and lower your rent to boot.

“A subtenant who believes he or she is paying more than a proportional share of the total rent may file a Tenant Petition against the master tenant on that basis. If the subtenant prevails, the Administrative Law Judge will adjust the rent to the proportional share and order the master tenant to refund any rent overpayments.”

Is this a perfect system? No, but it’s what you end up with when your city has rent control.

Your San Francisco Rent Board just dealt with a subtenant/Master Tenant proportionality case. The names of the people involved aren’t important, but the situation is noteworthy, IMO. Let’s check it out.

Now, if you don’t like how the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) dealt with your case with your roomie, you can appeal to the board. As here, from the meeting of August 4, 2009:

The subtenant’s petition alleging that he paid a disproportional share of the rent pursuant to Rules ß6.15C(3) was granted and the Master Tenant was found liable to the subtenant in the amount of $10,800.00. On appeal, the Master Tenant alleges that he was unaware of the requirement that the amount of rent paid must be proportional; that the decision will present him with a financial hardship; and that the subtenant is going to be evicted due to his uncooperative behavior. 

MSC: To deny the appeal on substantive grounds but remand the case for a hearing on the Master Tenant’s claim of financial hardship. (Gruber/Crow: 5-0)”

See? The sub won big-time, to the tune of five figures because the rent split determined by the Master Tenant wasn’t proportional according to a judge and the full board.

But the master came back to say the ruling would be a hardship for him. From the meeting of November 17, 2009:

The subtenant’s petition alleging that he paid a disproportionate share of the rent was granted and the Master Tenant was found liable to the subtenant in the amount of $10,800.00.  The Master Tenant’s hardship appeal was granted and remanded for hearing.  In the remand decision, the ALJ finds sufficient hardship to order a repayment plan in the amount of $150.00 per month.  The Master Tenant again appeals, claiming that even the reduced amount will cause him severe hardship and possibly result in both tenants’ eviction from the premises.

MSC: To deny the appeal.  (Mosbrucker/Gruber:  5-0)”

Is this what you might call a Phyric victory? Maybe. It’s probably too early to tell. Oh well.  

Check the San Francisco Rent Board website for deets on the rules, or see you after the jump.

*The County of Los Angeles doesn’t want to buy equipment that has the term “master” written anywhere on it, like on a hard drive, a DVD burner or a brake cylinder. But in San Francisco, we freely label people “Master Tenants.” It’s our thing. 

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Ah, Memories – Parading Your Slave All Over SoMA at the 2009 Folsom Street Fair

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair 2009 went down last month, but when you shoot film(!), as photographer Mikey Baratta does when he uses his Hasselblad(!) camera, well, it takes a while to get prints back from the FotoMat and scanned for uploading.

As here. It was a great day for walkies with the slave, past the guy with the Nikon, past the guy with the Canon, past the Leather Etc…(!) store. Click to expand:

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via mikey baratta PHOTOGRAPHIC

Ah, memories.

The Hanging Birdhouses of San Francisco County – Homes for the Berds?

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Remember all those Plywood Padlock Pigeons hanging above San Francisco a year and a half ago? Sure you do, they were Everywhere You Wanted To Be.

As here, seen back in ought-seven hanging about the MoMA in the SoMA on 3rd Street Willie Brown Way:

Well, now those berds” from Browne in “Los Berdgeles, CA” can have a place to stay, courtesy of the birdhouses appearing above the Streets of San Francisco these days.

As here, in the Mission, Mission District District, with famous Sutro Tower (it’s analog AND digital, thanks for asking!) in the background:

Mystery solved.

Hey, have you heard? Teh Berd is the Word.

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Supreme Master Television is Going Global

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Well, there she is – it’s the Supreme Master going down Market Street on the side of a Honda! All to announce the news that Supreme Master Television is going global. What’s that, you can’t tune into the Eurobird or the Intelsat KU-Band? Well then just check things out on the net.

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But whatever you do, don’t call it “cult television,” the way some people do. How wude! Would “cult television” give you a joke of the day finished off with a one-second cut showing the visage of “God’s Direct Contact” herself?

Of course, there are some downsides. Spoiler alert. Supreme Master Ching Hai has directives:

  • Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings
  • Refrain from speaking what is not true
  • Refrain from taking what is not offered
  • Refrain from sexual misconduct
  • Refrain from the use of intoxicants
  • On the other hand, she raised thousands of dollars for President Bill Clinton, back in the day, and who could object to that?

    Remember, “go veg, be green, save the planet!”