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OMG, the New York Times Goes Long-Form re: Frisco Housing – 3500 Words on SFBARF et al – Conor Dougherty IS the Man from Mars

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Here you go:

In Cramped and Costly Bay Area, Cries to Build, Baby, Build – An activist who calls her group BARF is pushing for more housing, pitting cranky homeowners and the political establishment against newcomers who want the region to make room for them, too. By CONOR DOUGHERTY, APRIL 16, 2016″

1. Conor Dougherty? Who’s that? Let’s do a call-and-response. CALL: Meet Conor

“Aging skateboarder and New York Times reporter, in that order. I heart  Oakland, CA”



2. Conor is The Man From Mars – he’s just like Tom Wolfe:

3. Mmmm:

San Francisco does not have enough places to live. Sonja Trauss, a local…

If this piece is about Frisco, Sonja Trauss certainly is not a “local.” Like, her phone is from the 215 and she resides in the 510. It’s kind of like this:

OTOH, if this piece is about the Bay Area, then I guess she could be described that way, except it seems to be about Frisco for the most part. Note the URL:


In any event, I’d change the first two words of the 3500(!) from “San Francisco” to “The Bay Area,” you know, but that’s just me, sry.

4. Hey, are we really talking about a “federation” here?

While only two years old, Ms. Trauss’s Renters’ Federation has blazed onto the political scene with youth and bombast and by employing guerrilla tactics…

No, not all! But I can confirm the bombast, always with the bombast:

Sonja Trauss, Grand Marshall at SF Bay Area Renters’ Federation

One wonders if this kind of approach is effective. I’ll tell you, I’m quite familiar with how pro-developer forces try to sway public opinion, if there’s a lot of money to spend on one particular project. (That approach is not bombastic at all. You get somebody like Alex Tourk to work his magic. This costs big big bucks, of course.) OTOH, there’s not a lot of money swashing around these days to pay for a general BUILD BUILD BUILD movement, hence the bombast. One continues to wonder if this kind of approach is effective. One suspects it’s not effective. (AT ALL. Oh well.)

5. Check this…

In January, for instance, she hired a lawyer to go around suing suburbs for not building enough.

… and then check out last graf in the NYT. Nice stinger, Conor!

6. And while we’re on this topic, I’ll note that Junius & Rose partner Andrew J. Junius was the lawyer who was involved with this suit against Lafayette, CA last year, but then things didn’t work out, for whatever reason. And then, in December 2015:

SFBARF now has an ad on craigslist, trying to hire an attorney to handle this lawsuit.

And now Sonja has a new attorney? Good for her, $75 well spent. But I’ll just note that a good lawsuit would never be the topic of a law school exam like this, you know, because it would be too easy for test-takers. No no, you want to test students about crazy lawsuits – that’s the ticket. Or “novel,” I guess that’s the less pejorative term…

7. Wow, what a photo! It’s the opposite of a snapshot. I’ll caption it: “‘Grand Marshall’ Sonja Trauss suddenly turns her head and wonders, once again, if she has mice nibbling at her baseboards.”  Good timez.

8. Now this, this is insanity:

Donald Dewsnup, was arrested and charged with voter fraud — a move that Ms. Trauss claims is political retaliation. “There’s no other explanation for why the district attorney of a major city would investigate and charge one person for registering at an inaccurate address,” she said.

Well, here’s your background, from locally-beloved KevMo in Vice. And I’ll tell you, the DA had dead-bang prima facie evidence direct from Donald Dewsnup himself. So this “no other explanation” crap isn’t “smart” (to use one of the 3500 words), not at all. And I’ll tell you, District Attorney George Gascon was appointed by Developer-supporting Gavin Newsom, and the DA and SFBARF both endorse a similar roster of candidates, so why would the DA “retaliate” against someone who loudly supported and, allegedly, apparently, possibly, illegally voted for D3 Supervisor Julie Christensen? BTW, was Julie Christensen endorsed, IIRC, by George Gascon? He himself is a “Moderate,” right? Anyway, the DA’s investigators looked into things and now we have this prosecution. Indeed, there are OTHER EXPLANATIONS as to why SFBARFer Donald Dewsnup got charged with so many felonies, sry.

9. What what?

Kim-Mai Cutler, a reporter at the TechCrunch news site who has gone on to help found a communal-living start-up called Roam

News to me. Thx, NYT!

10. Hey, thanks for commenting upon:

City Hall, with its Beaux-Arts architecture…

Indeed. The highest classical done in the Western Hemisphere! Higher than even our US Capitol. (By just a tiny, tiny amount. On purpose.)

11. Yep yep:

Nobody seemed to get it.

KISS = Keep It Simple, Smarty. What general populace might notice is a self-indulgent, 12-person circle jerk. So, people don’t even understand your “clever” antics? Ha ha! They must be a bunch of loosers, right? Once again, one questions the effectiveness. I mean, does SFBARF have any victories yet? Oh, they’re just around the corner? (No they’re not, but anyway…)

12. I’m LOL-ing on all the lines about “Erotic Service Provider” Starchild.

“‘Prostitute’ is O.K. as long as it’s said in a respectful way.”

13. Hey, is Jeremy Stoppelman srsly here?

“When I think about all those college grads signing up to work for companies like Yelp, I think it’s a very difficult place to live and get started.”

I’ll just note this recent news:

The Yelp employee who wasn’t making enough money to eat

Does Jeremy think paying his sock puppets / flying monkeys $10k is an act of charity? IDK. But isn’t it ironic?

Dontcha think?

14. Hey, who in this graf has some serious serious rent control in Frisco?

Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of SPUR, an urban policy research organization. “What’s the matter with San Francisco? Why is it that in a city that’s two-thirds renters we have adopted a housing policy that is horrible for renters?”

To repeat, isn’t it ironic? Dontcha think?

Or it’s worth nothing, anywho.


So, that’s off the top of me head.

I’d just like to thank Conor Dougherty…

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…for explaining our tiny planet to the world. We need coverage like this, IMO.

So please, MSM. More long-form coverage like this.


It’s Come To This: An Article in the New York Times “PAID FOR AND POSTED BY MTV” – Shannara Chronicles What?

Monday, January 4th, 2016

I suppose that if you’re going to do this kind of thing

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…then this is the way to do it, with a nice disclaimer up top.

What will we see tomorrow? Will it be “The New York Times PAID FOR AND POSTED BY DONALD TRUMP?”

Welcome to 2016…

Now look at them yo-yo’s, that’s the way you do it
You place content from the MTV
That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and clicks for free

Google Cardboard from the New York Times Already Recycled by Being Placed in a Street Tree

Thursday, November 19th, 2015


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My aging cell phone, which was the King Of The Hill back in 2012, crashed after I installed the app found at NYTimes.Com/vr, oh well.

But someday I’ll VR.


The Last Time an Ad in the Yellow Pages Worked: How FEMA Found an Aerial Photographer After 9/11

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

After 9/11, FEMA needed somebody to go up in a chopper every day for nine months to document recovery and removal. A certain Mr. Brown was the man for the job.

Check it, from the NYT, via Todd Lapin:

“Do you do aerial photography?” the caller asked.

“Sure,” Mr. Brown said. “If you have a plane or a helicopter.”

“We have planes and helicopters,” the caller replied.

But, “The truth was, he had never done aerial work.” Uh oh.

Nevertheless, it was all good, and the rest is history.

From before the time the telephone book industry got demolished by the Internet:

Cameras sure were big back then, huh?

Website Name Confusion? “The East Bay Citizen” vs. BANP’s Nascent “The Bay Citizen”

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Back in the day, back around 1855-1865, the bay area had an actual physical newspaper called the “Daily Citizen” or “San Francisco Daily Citizen” or something. Didn’t last too long.

But these days, the fairly common name Citizen  (it made this list, anyway) is back in bidness in the bay area. Check it – here’s the East Bay Citizen.

See? There’s your straight-up prototypical Citizen Journalism right there, with extensive coverage of sujets civiques in San Leandro and Hayward from highly regarded Steven Tavares. Dude’s even got a manifesto ‘n stuff:

The purpose of The Citizen is to serve the areas of the East Bay that are severely under reported by the local media. The reasons your daily newspaper is sparse devoid of insight or context is either because of financial constraints leading to cutbacks in the newsroom or general dereliction of civic duty (that is the polite way of saying it).”

All right, fair enough.

Comes now the Bay Area  News Project (BANP). See?  It’s backed by more millionaires and billionaires than you can shake a stick at.  Well, next month, they’re going to start up with The Bay Citizen. Here’s their logo:

Question Time. Do you think that there might be confusion between these two outfits, owing to the similarity of the names? I do. Can you imagine how future developments could create even more confusion? Mmmm…

Do you think the person(s) who came up with the name Bay Citizen for the BANP are aware of the online existence of the East Bay Citizen? Yes, of course, how could they not be?

Now, do you think the person(s) who came up with the name Bay Citizen for the BANP bounced the idea off of Steven Tavares beforehand? No, that’s a negatory, good buddy.

And do you think hardworking Steven Tavares is pleased with BANP’s actions? No. (Not saying he’s all pissed off or anything, as he’s manifestly Too Busy To Hate, just saying he’s not pleased.)

All right, Question Time is over. Now, it’s Party Time. Check it:

The Bay Citizen Just got the green light – our launch party will be held at the historic Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on May 26th. It’s a wonderful venue for what we promise will be an amazing party!”

So, for $50 you can score two tickets and then be able to tell all your friends that you’re a “Founder” of the BANP’s Bay Citizen online venture

Party on, I s’pose.

Bay Area News Project to Go Live May 26th, 2010 – Become a Founder for Just $50

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

That Bay Area News Project / The Bay Citizen, it looks like they’re opening for bidness with a quickness. And they want your money too – actually, you might find donating a few bucks of seed money rewarding. Take a look.

Here’s the pitch I got today:

“I know that you’re passionate about local journalism, because you’ve signed up for our newsletter.  Now, you have the chance to do something positive for Bay Area news.  Help us create a vital institution for the Bay Area – become a Founder of The Bay Citizen.
“The state of news in the Bay Area is at an all-time low.  Half of the professional journalists covering the Bay Area are gone.  Original reporting about education, public policy, government, science and health, art, and other important civic topics has been hit the hardest.  What important stories are we missing?”

Now hold on, is the state of news in the Bay Area really at an “all-time low?” Really?

I’ll tell you, one of the specific examples cited by BANP Founder (the real Founder, not a run-of-the-mill-$50-donation founder) F. Warren Hellman to show the need for non-profit journalism in the bay area was the category of ballet reviews. Now, I just finished coding the HTML for a brace of reviews for the latest ballet performance in town – check it out here. Do you think this incomplete list is too short? Do you think the quality of writing from all those writers just isn’t there? Mmmmm.

Cheer up newsie, you’ll be repurposed and back in action in a couple months:

Anyway, look forward to the BANP owning the field of arts review soon. I don’t know, maybe ballet reviews in newspapers were somehow better back in the day?

Of course that’s a pretty specific nitpick, I’ll agree. But what about a century ago when Bill Hearst got people all fired up about something based on a bunch of lies ‘n stuff? Wasn’t that par for the course back then? I’m thinking things are not at an all time low, myself. Oh well.

You can read the rest of that pitch letter after the jump. Be sure to take note of all the perks of Founderdom:

“As a Founder, you will receive:
Free admission to our launch party for you and a guest.  We’re planning to have the event in San Francisco, and we promise an entertaining evening.
Permanent recognition as a Founder on a special page of our Web site which we will unveil when our site goes live.
An invitiation to help shape The Bay Citizen by participating in our surveys and focus groups.
And of course, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make history by supporting the future of Bay Area journalism.
Founders who donate over $1,000 will also receive an invitation to a small-group lunch with myself and Jonathan Weber, our Editor in Chief.

(Tell you what, you give this Citizen $50 and I’ll take you out to Chow, no problem. Now, you might not be able to deduct that from your taxes…)

As promised, the rest of the pitch, after the jump. Maybe you’ll think this offer a good deal.


BANP Update: San Francisco’s Newest Big Media Outlet is Called The Bay Citizen

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

San Francisco’s Bay Area News Project has a new name – it’s now called The Bay Citizen.*

But they’ve still not started yet. Where will BANP rank on the list of world’s longest gestation periods? Somewhere betwixt llama and African elelphant, I’ll bet. Stay tuned.

Oh, here’s some news:

“Renowned Investigative Journalist Steve Fainaru Joins The Bay Citizen

Bon Courage, Steve Fainaru.

*That’s kind of close to San Francisco Citizen**, eh? I Better Call Saul.*** Let’s hope they steer of this blog’s core coverage area of cheerleaders, beauty queens and nude Bay to Breakers participants.

**This name was the only alliterative (starting with an “S” as in Sentinel or a soft “C”) old-school 19th-century San Francisco newspaper name available, so that’s why it got picked.

***One of this blog’s half-dozen readers has already weighed in with this bon mot:

“Just saw the Bay Area News Project renamed themselves to Bay Area Citizen. Boooooooooo!”

Bay Area News Project Meets the Students from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Elements of our Bay Area News Project, that grand alliance of old money and young blood, recently headed across the Bay Bridge to meet up with the kids from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

This meet-and-greet happened a couple of weeks back but the BANP is crowing about it today, so head over and check it out, why don’t you?

Look, it’s brand-new BANP EIC Jonathan Weber and CEO Lisa Frazier at North Gate Hall sharing a few brewskis with the J students:

TwitPic via jrue, aka Jeremy Rue, multimedia training instructor for the Knight Digital Media Center and a lecturer for the Carnegie-Knight program News21

Do you fret over* these students becoming “slaves” or something? You may be richer and older than they, but they’re smarter than you – try to keep that in mind when pondering such matters. These 20-somethings will do fine – they’ll manage to get by, with or without the BANP.

Bon courage, BANP et etudiants.

*Absence of pay-wall duly noted. Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?

The Bay Area News Project Finally Makes Its Deal with the New York Times

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The Bay Area News Project, that grand alliance of old money and young blood, will soon make its debut.

Savor two bits of news released just now:

1.The Bay Area News Project appoints Lisa Frazier as C.E.O and Jonathan Weber as Editor-In-Chief (but maybe you already knew about that, of course), und;

2.The Bay Area News Project to supply news content for Bay Area sections of The New York Times

O.K. then. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

[UPDATE: The SFWeekly’s young Joe Eskenazi just grilled the principals of the BANP  just now – his report.]

So the new CEO will be Lisa Frazier, the very same woman who was in charge of the hunt for a CEO? Yes, Lisa. Is the water warm enough? We’ll soon find out.

That’s today’s news. Expect good things…

The Bay Area News Project to Supply News Content for Bay Area Sections of the New York Times

The Bay Area News Project, a new non-profit media organization, and The New York Times announced today that the two organizations are moving forward with a content collaboration. Under the agreement, Bay Area News Project journalists will provide branded news to The New York Times for its San Francisco Bay Area editions on Friday and Sunday.

The New York Times’s Bay Area section was launched in October 2009 and currently features editorial coverage written by The Times’s San Francisco news bureau and other contributors.

“This agreement with the Bay Area News Project is another big step for The Times toward two goals: helping meet the demand for the highest quality local reporting in places around the country where it is getting harder to come by, and finding ways to collaborate with trusted providers to get that job done,” said Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times.

“Our aim is to roll out expanded local reports in several key markets around the country, working with local journalists and news organizations in a collaborative way,” said Scott Heekin-Canedy, president and general manager of The New York Times. The Times has a similar arrangement in Chicago with the nonprofit Chicago News Cooperative. “This approach is designed to enhance the print experience for readers and strengthen our subscriber retention,” Mr. Heekin-Canedy said.

In related news, The Bay Area News Project also announced its new C.E.O. Lisa Frazier and Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Weber. The News Project’s publicly-supported and stand-alone newsroom will consist of at least 15 journalists during the new media outlet’s first year.  In addition to providing content to The New York Times, the News Project is developing a Web site and other platforms that will provide original reporting on a wide range of Bay Area civic and community issues.

“We believe that Jonathan Weber, a talented journalist with a world of rich experience, will build a team that can provide a superior local report for readers of The Times in the Bay Area,” Mr. Keller said. “And our agreement with the Bay Area News Project assures that his newsroom will be strictly independent, apolitical and uninfluenced by the generous donors who are making this effort possible.”

Mr. Weber, former co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Industry Standard and former reporter and editor for the LA Times, said: “We’re looking forward to working with one of the world’s leading editorial brands to deliver hard-hitting news and in-depth editorial coverage focused on the San Francisco Bay Area – one of the most intellectually curious, innovative and industrious areas of the country.”

“We are excited to start producing content about the Bay Area for the Bay Area, published in The New York Times,” said Bay Area News Project C.E.O. Lisa Frazier.  “Our print collaboration with The Times assists our sustainability model, and extends the reach of our content in the Bay Area. I am appreciative of Tom Carley, Bill Keller and the rest of their teams for all of their support over the last few months as we got the News Project up and running. We are looking forward to a successful collaboration.”

The Hellman Family Foundation has provided initial seed funding for the Bay Area News Project; other support has come from the Knight Foundation and community members interested in funding quality journalism for the Bay Area.  Investment banking firm Greenhill & Co., law firm Jones Day, and philanthropic advisory firm Hirsch & Associates, LLC have advised Warren Hellman and his working group on the formation of the entity.

About the Bay Area News Project

The Bay Area News Project is a publicly supported news organization focused on providing high-quality, original coverage of Bay Area civic and community news. The locally produced, professional news organization plans to leverage broad collaborations and new digital technologies to provide Bay Area news that reflects the region’s dynamic social and cultural diversity. Coverage will include government and public policy, education, the arts and cultural affairs, the environment, and neighborhood news.  The News Project is currently a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a 501(c)(3) organization that enables individuals and groups, working together, to create and invest in projects that benefit the public.

 For more information, please visit

The other shoe drop after the jump.


Is the SFPD Starting to Enforce Traffic Laws at the Start of the Wiggle Bike Route?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Who knows how many fatwas were issued last week against New York Times reporter Scott James – no matter. But now it seems that the cops of the SFPD are getting picky about how cars handle the now-famous intersection of Steiner and Duboce, start of The Wiggle bike route.

This aging Land Cruiser (with tiny 15-inch wheels – a 1993 model?) will never die, but it will get its fair share of tickets on the Streets of San Francisco, for both parking and, as here, yesterday night, moving violations. Oh well.

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Will this controversy result in a safer Wiggle?

Only Time Will Tell.