Posts Tagged ‘newspaper’

Anti-Blight Fix-It Project from 1992 Becomes Blight Itself – Mostly Empty PedMount News Racks are the New “Blight”

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

See if you can follow this one, from the Helen Lovejoys of Frisco, Incorporated:

In 1992, San francisco Beautiful established a taskforce that included publishers, community groups, DPW, and the City Attorneys to forge a plan that would eliminate the clutter and hazards of unmitigated newsracks while preserving the publications right to sell papers. The City instituted a pilot program which resulted in the development of a pedestal mounted newsrack. The response was positive and the Public Works Code was amended to create pedestal mounted newsrack zones. Due to the decline in printed news circulation, these racks have become a contributing factor to cluttering and blighting our sidewalks”

Well, let’s see, some things are just wrong here, with this self-serving account, and other salient matters, like the huge costs this program has stuck all of us with, have been conveniently omitted. Anywho, what comes through is that the ugly busybodies about town collectively known as San Francisco Beautiful got just what they wanted but now they’re not happy.

What would you call this – a tax on the media, a fee on the media? These workers drive over from the East Bay to lovingly maintain mostly empty PedMount news racks and then send the bill whatever media entity what’s still operating in Frisco. It Takes A Village to maintain a news rack – look at all this paraphernalia:


And then they beep the bar code to prove they really came. What is this for?

What a horrible idea this was.

How much has it cost us, over the years?


You Know, the San Francisco Chronicle Has Always Been a Middle-Of-The-Road Publication – This is a Parked Delivery Truck

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

So, if you park on the double yellow line, it’s OK?

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I remember when they used to use big trucks, like this one driven by William Randolph Hearst III in an Examiner ad from back in the day.

Anyway, the driver stops in the middle of McAllister, drops off his load, and then idly chitchats with bodega operators while his minitrucks idles – this makes the block look like a crime scene, if only temporarily.

This is How We Live Now, in 2016…

Chronicle Writer CWNevius IN FAVOR OF But Also AGAINST “Endangering Our Judiciary”

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

So here’s CWNevius in June 2016, worried that the Stanford rape case might “endanger our judiciary” due to the loud complaints about the judge’s sentencing. Fine.

But here’s the very same CW Nevius, also in June 2016, telling people to “complain loudly” about the decisions of local judges. See?

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So what’s the deal? Is he trying to curry favor with our unpopular Mayor again while at the same time fulfilling an assignment to write something, anything, about a local story what’s gone national?

IDK, but it don’t add up.

Just Try to Spot the San Francisco Examiner Newspaper Box Here

Monday, May 16th, 2016

I’ve never seen this:

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Welcome to 2016

A Half-Decade Back, Journalist CW Nevius Moved to Frisco and Then Promoted the Deadly America’s Cup Fiasco – History Repeats with SB50?

Thursday, January 21st, 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:

“…a wonderful opportunity without a downside.”

But there were downsides, right?

So now five years later this same newcomer is promoting Super Bowl 50.

It looks like this, so far:

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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…

Twitterloin Update: “VILLA AROMA,” Where Something Smells – Recalling SFChron’s “DIARY OF A SEX SLAVE” Brouhaha of 2006

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

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:

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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, here it is, the full Monty, blow-backwise. (And the non-SFGate version is here.)

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…

DEBUNKING: San Francisco Chronicle’s Repeated Claims of How “Mountain Biking Started on Mount Tamalpais”

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Here you go:

“How mountain biking’s mega-success started on Mount Tamalpais”

Right here:

“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?

Here’s the map:

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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.


Whoops: Horrible JCDecaux Company Markets 17-Foot-Tall Advertisement Kiosks as “Oversized Landmarks” that “Tower Over” Us

Monday, August 10th, 2015

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:

Advertising in San Francisco

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.

Evidence Supporting the Rumors that Kristine Shine is No Longer President of SFGate / the San Francisco Chronicle – An HTML Clue

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Here you go – where’s the name “Shine, Kristine – President” here at Newsroom Contacts?

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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/“>Shine, Kristine</a><br />President<br /><a href=”“></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:

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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 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, 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?

Hearst Corporation Names Kristine Shine President of San Francisco Chronicle

And then she birthed the NEW SFGate, right?

Welcome to the new SFGate!

And then, a friendly, BOLD ITALIC-style appeal to local bidness:

Join SFGate for #LoveLocalSF celebration

And now she’s gone?

Isn’t this news, sort of?

But no? No coverage at all?

OK fine.

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.

Just asking…

*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

San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate Rumor Patrol: President Kristine Shine is No Longer President

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(As with Reddit, making money off of online viewers is HARD.)

That’s all I know.*

Kristine Shine

President at San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Bay Area
Online Media


Spot Runner,
Microsoft – MSN


Marist College”

From 2014:

Kristine Shine named president of Chronicle and SFGate

*Well, there’s this – an obsession with wringing money out of millennials / Generation Y