I’ve never seen this:
Welcome to 2016
I’ll tell you, back in the day, a way back in 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle’s CW Nevius decided it would be neat to move to San Francisco from someplace in the east bay, like Walnut Creek or Concord or Pleasant Hill (or, well, it’s all the same basic place right?) and then start promoting the idea of his new-found home hosting Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup. He called this eventual fiasco:
But there were downsides, right?
So now five years later this same newcomer is promoting Super Bowl 50.
It looks like this, so far:
But most people in San Francisco don’t want the Super Bowl, right?
And isn’t it funny that it’s only CW Nevius, who’s had his pom poms revoked due to the America’s Cup fiasco, is the only Member of the Media cheering on SB50?
I think so…
As always, start with the Yelp:
“There is a certain je-ne-sais-quoi, a special sort of class, that imbues a neighborhood when it is sporting its very own windowless massage parlor with neon lights and a locked gate even during business hours (ring bell for admittance–I guess they don’t take walk-ins). The “carvings” on the wall seem to be intended to be reminiscent of something Roman.”
Here’s this place today in 2015:
And now let’s learn about how things were back in aught-six, via the San Francisco Chronicle:
IIRC, this series was the talk of the town. Even back then, it was unusual for a newspaper to devote so many resources on one basic story.
And the story itself was single-sourced for the most part – it seemed as if the Chron simply assumed that everything the subject said about the journey from There to Here was true. Oh well.
Anyway, right from the get-go, the Chron started pulling back a bit, getting rid of photos what were “too sexy,” or something, IIRC.
And then came the blowback, hoo boy. This forgotten webpage has the deets:
“Instead of educating Chronicle readers about the cultural background of South Korea, the world’s 10th largest economy, the “Diary” series dwells at length, and with questionable purpose, on the titillating details of one individual’s forced sex acts and non-typical family history. The Chronicle series includes many cultural inaccuracies and paints a distorted picture of Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city. Busan is an international coastal resort known for its open-air seafood — not sex — markets, and as host of the annual International Film Festival, the largest such event in Asia.”
Oh, scratch that, oh here it is, the Great Concessions:
Among the promises won, the San Francisco Chronicle (owned by the New York-based Hearst Corporation) pledged “in principle” not to syndicate the series, to provide the community more “constructive coverage” and access to the paper, and to continue a dialogue with the community to improve development of stories and their sources. Kim herself remained cautious, however: “We need to maintain a vigilant posture to ensure that there is, in fact, meaningful follow-through based on our initial meeting.” “[The syndication] was of utmost concern to our community members, as we feel the culturally damaging impact would be magnified,” emphasized Kim. ”We had also pointed out to the Chronicle’s management that based on the underlying facts of this case, there is a clear legal case to be made for racial bias,” said Kim.
Now, I may be just a simple hyperchicken, but I don’t think you can sue the Chron in a “legal case” for “racial bias” just because you don’t like one of its stories. Or if you do, you’ll get hit with an anti-SLAPP motion what will suspend your discovery process cold, and then make you wish you never ever sued the Chronicle, like the hardest work for the Chron’s attorneys would be proving up the $50,000 in attorney’s fees that you’ll end up paying to the Chron for bringing your nonsensical suit, for “racial bias.”
Or something like that.
Anyway, that’s what I think about whenever I pass by the Twitterloin’s Villa “Aroma,” where something smells, even today…
Here you go:
“When Joe Breeze did what thousands of Mill Valley kids had done before him — stood on Miller Avenue across the street from the 2 a.m. Club and stuck out his thumb to hitch a ride — he didn’t know he was changing history.“
Let’s chalk some of this up to a kind of CW Nevius-style local rah-rahing.
Now let’s compare that with a less patriotic, a less Bay Area-centric source like Wiki.*
What’s that, it was only the “mega-success” of MTB what got started on Mt. Tam?
Al right, but that means Cascade Canyon Road is on “a western ridge of Mt Tam …”
“They all came together to race Repack, a steep downhill drop on a western ridge of Mount Tam, plummeting 1,300 feet in 2.1 miles.”
…as opposed to it being on nearby Pine Mountain, right?
So on this map (which isn’t exactly pointing north, oh well) the peaks of Mt Tam are on the lower right, and Pine Mountain is on the left across a chain of lakes, and Cascade Canyon Fire Road (aka “Repack” – you can’t expect Marin Co guv’mint/The Feds to honor that bike-centric name) is in the upper left.
Here’s another map, with Mt Tam way off your screen, down and to the right – knock yourself out.
Anyway at least now, a Chron writer is showing his/her work. So, if you think Pine Mountain / the San Geronimo Ridge / Cascade Canyon Road/Repack is a part of Mt. Tam, then, maybe mountain biking gestated, a little, on Mount Tam, sort of.
But if not, then not.
I’ll tell you, IRL, Repack is way far away from the West, Middle, and East peaks of Mt Tam, so that’s why I’m saying mountain biking was NOT born on Mt Tam.
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Here’s the sitch – Frisco locked itself into a 20-year deal with that fucking JCDecaux (JEE-SEE-DE-KOO, mon amie) company, so now we’re stuck with 100-something of these 17 foot tall kioskses
(Hey, that’s what you need more in your life, Gentle Reader – more booze, hurray! Catchphrase: Booze – it’s what’s for dinner.)
(Note now-useless and obsolete newspaper sidewalk sales feature. Also note that this sidewalk monster is labeled as “street furniture,” as if that’s a good thing. Also note cheesy gold-toned metal accents – tres chic, non?)
Of course we’ve been down this road before, Gentil Lecteur, but I wanted to attract your eyes to this – here’s how JCD markets SF’s public property:
Overview: In San Francisco, our 113 advertising kiosks cannot be missed. These elegant, 24-hour backlit, 17-foot kiosks tower over the city’s most populated streets, providing advertisers with oversized landmarks to showcase their messages. Our kiosks are the most striking outdoor media platforms to reach pedestrians and vehicular traffic in the Bay Area.
Each kiosk has two ad panels. The panels are divided into pre-set networks, each with equal exposure to top locations.
Kiosks are located throughout the heart of San Francisco’s high-density business, entertainment, and shopping districts including Union Square, the Financial District and Fisherman’s Wharf…”
So help me out here. If we have OVERSIZED LANDMARKS, you know, some “STREET FURNITURE” what TOWER OVER us, you know, what CANNOT BE MISSED so that some rich Euros straight outta, and I’m srsly, fucking Neuilly-sur-Seine, France can make some more Euros, then I ask you, “Is This A Good Thing?”
Just asking, Jean-Charles.
Here you go – where’s the name “Shine, Kristine – President” here at Newsroom Contacts?
Did somebody go in and simply delete Kristine’s entry within the past couple weeks and that’s why there’s a tell-tale glitch in the spacing betwixt entries?
It sure looks that way to me. WE’RE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, PEOPLE!*
Here’s the coding that should be in there:
<br /><p class=”email“><a href=”/web/20150713173819/http://www.sfchronicle.com/author/kristine-shine“>Shine, Kristine</a><br />President<br /><a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org“>email@example.com</a></p>
If only we could go back to see what the Newsroom Contacts page looked like a couple weeks ago.
Oh, here we go:
And this webpage here has been disappeared down the Memory Hole as well:
Here’s what that page said just a few days back:
“This is Google’s cache of http://www.sfchronicle.com/author/kristine-shine. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Jul 17, 2015 11:47:36 GMT:
“About this Author: Kristine Shine is the president of the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com, the Bay Area’s most-read sources of local and national news, reaching 22 million users around the world each month. Prior to this role, Shine served as chief revenue officer at PopSugar– a leading digital lifestyle brand for women. In her time at PopSugar, Shine also served as vice president of sales from 2008 to 2010, developing PopSugar’s go-to-market and sales strategy and delivering high double-digit revenue growth year after year. Prior to PopSugar, Shine served as vice president of sales at Spot Runner in 2008, and as director of sales for Microsoft from 2004 to 2008. Previously, she held online and print sales positions at BusinessWeek, and began her career in print advertising at Icon International.”
So, as stated, that’s evidence to support the recent rumors.
Oh what’s that, Gentle Reader – so what, you say?
All right, but news of her hiring last year was a BFD, right?
And then she birthed the NEW SFGate, right?
And then, a friendly, BOLD ITALIC-style appeal to local bidness:
And now she’s gone?
Isn’t this news, sort of?
But no? No coverage at all?
Hey, didn’t troubled former Interim CEO Ellen Pao make the news when she left Reddit just recently? Seems like they had similar gigs – the turning of clicks into bucks.
Anyway, who knows what’s going on.
*From Oliver Stone’s abysmal JFK conspiracy film. If you want a dose of reality, check out Case Closed from local UC Hastings Law grad Gerald Posner.
(As with Reddit, making money off of online viewers is HARD.)
That’s all I know.*
San Francisco Bay Area
Microsoft – MSN
*Well, there’s this – an obsession with wringing money out of millennials / Generation Y.
Meet Senior District Judge Susan Illston, Duke University (B.A., 1970) and Stanford Law School (J.D., 1973). Publications. She was appointed by Bill Clinton:
And in the other corner, comes now CW Nevius, known for his “breezy writing style” and also known for “having lived in the suburban East Bay until May, 2010, whereupon he moved to San Francisco.” Publications. (He was not appointed by Bill Clinton, nor by anyone else.)
Introductions finished. So here you go – “Losing a lawsuit can mean financial gain” by CW Nevius:
“As Judge Susan Illston said in her ruling, ‘plaintiffs did not prevail on a single substantive motion before the Court.’”
But now let’s look at the entire sentence:
“First, although the Court has found that they gained their desired outcome, plaintiffs did not prevail on a single substantive motion before the Court.”
See how that works? Judge Illston awarded attorneys fees of $300,000-something to the plaintiffs in this particular Sharp Park Golf Course case because they gained their desired outcome.
So Avuncular East Bay Everyman Chuck Nevius chopped up the judge’s sentence because, because why? Because it would have weakened his point? Is this an honest approach for a writer to take? I don’t think so.
And then a reader of The Nevius, the Blessed Nevius, might read his bit and think to ask:
And the answer is … no, no we shouldn’t, because the plaintiffs won, at least sort of:
“…[t]he Court finds that plaintiffs’ litigation goal was the halt defendants’ taking of the Frogs and Snakes without first obtaining authorization pursuant to the ESA.”
I’ll tell you, Judge Illston looked at a host of evidence when making her decision, including this bon mot from SFGov:
“…it is extremely important to be able to dispose of the litigation at long last.”
Here you go, read the whole thing yourself, Gentle Reader. You don’t need to be up-to-speed on “catalyst theory” or whathaveyou to understand what the judge is saying.
Oh, and quoth The Nevius:
“Take the ruling in U.S. District Court on July 1, 2013, which, by any measure, rates as a legal smackdown of the institute.”
But as we’ve seen, in fact, this ruling was NOT “a legal smackdown” “by any measure.”
So, Judge Susan Illston isn’t crazy after all.
(One wonders why the City and County of San Francisco wishes to operate a money-losing White elephant of a golf course in the first place. Our Board of Supervisors has tried to unload it back in aught-eleven, to no avail. And now, in 2015, we’re in a drought what rivals what we experienced in the 1970’s. Oh well.)
IMO, the job of CW Nevius is to promote the goals of his local political faction, the dominant one. That’s why I refer “beat sweeteners” and “source greasers” and the like. He slavishly promotes SFGov’s department heads, among others, and, in return, he gets rewarded by them. That’s his gig. But sometimes the way he promotes his faction is wrong.
Bro was cruising right along…
Hanging ten is when the surfer positions the surfboard in such a way that the back of it is covered by the wave and the wave rider is free to walk to the front of the board and hang all ten toes over the nose of the board.
Get up to speed here.
So “Safer” Market Street is going to ban “private vehicles” including Lyft and Uber-type vehicles, but does that include rides with properly-displayed handicapped placards?
IDK. It seems our SFMTA doesn’t want to deal with this issue.
(Actually, it seems our SFMTA deals with embarrassing issues discussed on the SFMTA website by simply deleting webpages/URLs as soon as members of The Public link to them. Boy, it sure seems that way lately. But moving on, moving “forward” as they say.)
Oh look info about the SFMTA not located at the official SFMTA site – so here’s a link I cite without worrying that it will go bad within 24 hours:
• Bob Planthold: Taxi drivers say they can travel where Muni goes as stated by City Charter. The City will need investigate this. Also broader phrasing is needed regarding disability because “Red & Blue Placards” cannot be restricted.
Read the whole thing, if you want. It’s about all the plans the SFMTA has for this area.
So, is the SFMTA going to ban drivers of private vehicles with handicapped placards from turning onto Market at most places between 3rd and 8th?
Serious question. I think they are…