Posts Tagged ‘prostitution’

More Signs of Life at 1751 Fulton, the Death Zone for Restaurants – Former Poleng Lounge / Social Club / Storyville Avail for $18K/Mo

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

I don’t know, what kind of business could you run to cover the $4 per square foot per month rent on this foggy, windblown section of Fulton across the street from the Lucky?

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Back in the day, it looked like this on the weekends, with college kids barfing up here and there:

Of course, back in the day the business that actually made money on this side of the block was the quite active whorehouse called Gabin. These days, it’s world famous Papalote what’s earning the dollars with their expensive burritos.

But what kind of restaurant would you put in to meet your payroll and pay the rent of $1000 a day in this out-of-the-way location?

I’m clueless

 

Finally, Some Activity at the Former Poleng Lounge on Fulton Near Masonic in the NoPA Western Addtion

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Whether it’s to open something new or to hunker down until better times I don’t know.

Anyway, it used to be like this but now it’s like this:

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Pack of Youths Bring Much-Needed Culture to the Sunset District – Video of Brian Peck, Comet Skateboards

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Finally, the Land of Misery way out there by Ocean Beach west of San Francisco is getting a little action.

Now, in addition to all of the Sunset District’s cat houses, grow houses and halfway houses, we have this, from a recent dreaded sunny day:

 

 

San Francisco’s “Official Tourism Marketing Organization” Invites Tech Conventioneers to Sex / Strip Clubs?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Here’s the  giant ad from the back of today’s never-been-thinner San Francisco Examiner.

“San Francisco’s Finest Adult Clubs welcome RSA CONFERENCE Feb 25 – Mar, San Francisco Travel

Check it:

So what’s the San Francisco Travel Association logo doing in there?

I’m confused.

(But oh, let me assure all you horny nerd conventio tourists in town for the next few days. There IS sex in the champagne room (or whatever they’re calling the champagne room these days), despite what you might have heard.NB: Bring cash. NNB: Lots and lots of cash.)

Executive Team

Joe D’Alessandro
President & CEO
415-227-2698

Paul Frentsos
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
415-227-2608

Tom Kiely
Executive Vice President, Tourism
415-227-2667

John Reys
Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
415-227-2614

Matt Stiker
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
415-227-2680

Tina Wu
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
415-227-2609

San Francisco’s Sunset District Gets Called “Land of Misery” in National Media: “Fog – Thick, Endless, Depressive Clouds”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Cover your eyes, avert your gaze, West Bay realtors:

“If you start at the Bay Bridge and head west along most major streets in San Francisco, you’ll eventually get to a magical land of misery known as the Sunset. The name is a joke, and perhaps even a way to trick tourists: The sun rarely visits the Sunset, not even when it sets. The primary weather element in the Sunset is fog—thick, endless, depressive clouds of it that wash up from the ocean to completely saturate the land. I lived in the Sunset for a single, terrible year. Before I moved there, I used to be one of those snobby city-dwellers who’d look down on suburbanites who couldn’t handle San Francisco’s famously capricious climate. I’d heard the Sunset’s weather wasn’t great, but hey, how bad could it be?

It was bad. Too bad for me; after our lease was up, my wife and I moved to the suburbs. Looking back, what bothered me most wasn’t the terrible climate—though I did hate it—but the vast difference between the Sunset’s weather and the weather everywhere else. Whatever meteorological patterns applied in normal parts of San Francisco didn’t seem to apply to the Sunset, which meant that forecasts for the city held no sway there. If the weatherman said it was going to be 80 and sunny, it was probably 55 and cloudy at my house.

Wow, harsh.

Of course, former Supervisor Ed Jew famously claimed to live in the Sunset, but instead of actually doing that he preferred to risk jail, which is where he’s at right now. Oh well.

What a great place for a high-cost, low-productivity photovoltaic power plant using panels costing many times more than the going market rate. Oh well: 

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But it could be worse. The writer could have started talking about the “houses” of the Sunset District. Here they are, in no particular order:

Halfway houses

Cat houses

Grow houses

Oh well.

Keep on keeping on, Sunset District.

Finally, Corruption in Chinatown that Rose Pak has Nothing to Do With – 1885 Map: “White Prostitution, Chinese Prostitution”

Friday, December 16th, 2011

It’s Farwell’s Map of Chinatown in San Francisco (1885) by way of The BIGMAPBLOG.

Here’s Grant Avenue and Pacific, which then, as now, is just to the west of Columbus, which you can see in the lower right corner:

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Here’s your legend:

        CREAM: “General Chinese Occupancy” 
        SALMON: “Chinese Gambling Houses” 
        GREEN: “Chinese Prostitution” 
        YELLOW: “Chinese Opium Resorts” 
        RED: “Chinese Joss Houses” 
        BLUE: “White Prostitution” 

People were very direct back in the day, non? 

Oh, hey, speaking of 1880′s San Francisco, here’s what happens when you let “downtown” take over San Francisco municipal government, when you try to help legacy businesses fight back against “unfair” competition:

In the 1880s, Chinese immigrants to California faced many legal and economic hurdles, including discriminatory provisions in the California Constitution. As a result, they were excluded, either by law or by bias, from many professions. Many turned to the laundry business and in San Francisco about 89% of the laundry workers were of Chinese descent.

In 1880, the city of San Francisco passed an ordinance that persons could not operate a laundry in a wooden building without a permit from the Board of Supervisors. The ordinance conferred upon the Board of Supervisors the discretion to grant or withhold the permits. At the time, about 95% of the city’s 320 laundries were operated in wooden buildings. Approximately two-thirds of those laundries were owned by Chinese persons. Although most of the city’s wooden building laundry owners applied for a permit, none were granted to any Chinese owner, while only one out of approximately eighty non-Chinese applicants was denied a permit.

Yick Wo (益和, Pinyin: Yì Hé, Americanization: Lee Yick), who had lived in California and had operated a laundry in the same wooden building for many years and held a valid license to operate his laundry issued by the Board of Fire-Wardens, continued to operate his laundry and was convicted and fined $10.00 for violating the ordinance. He sued for a writ of habeas corpus after he was imprisoned in default for having refused to pay the fine.

The state argued that the ordinance was strictly one out of concern for safety, as laundries of the day often needed very hot stoves to boil water for laundry, and indeed laundry fires were not unknown and often resulted in the destruction of adjoining buildings as well. However, the petitioner pointed out that prior to the new ordinance, the inspection and approval of laundries in wooden buildings had been left up to fire wardens. Yick Wo’s laundry had never failed an inspection for fire safety. Moreover, the application of the prior law focused only on laundries in crowded areas of the city, while the new law was being enforced on isolated wooden buildings as well. The law also ignored other wooden buildings where fires were common—even cooking stoves posed the same risk as those used for laundries.

The Court, in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Matthews, found that the administration of the statute in question was discriminatory and that there was therefore no need to even consider whether the ordinance itself was lawful. Even though the Chinese laundry owners were usually not American citizens, the court ruled they were still entitled to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. Justice Matthews also noted that the court had previously ruled that it was acceptable to hold administrators of the law liable when they abused their authority. He denounced the law as a blatant attempt to exclude Chinese from the laundry trade in San Francisco, and the court struck down the law, ordering dismissal of all charges against other laundry owners who had been jailed.

Yick Wo totally pwned corrupt San Francisco government back in the day. (Shortly after, we went in a different direction. “Separate but equal” came along and kind of messed things up, but anyway.)

Thanks for the map, Big Map Blog!

A Scuffle in the Twitterloin: Guardian Angels Attempt to Impose Sharia Law on Prostitutes in SoMA

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Let’s go on patrol with the San Francisco Guardian Angels near 7th Street just south of Market (aka the quieter part of our corrupt Twitterloin):

We ran into two women that were showing off their body parts so JD stopped the group and we went over there to check it out and see if there was anything we could do. But not too long later, Sparky got assaulted with some keys and we had to call the police at this point.”

Here’s the aftermath:

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Now, what gives the San Francisco Guardian Angels the right to impose their values, you know, regarding issues such as the appropriate amount of body-part-showing-off you should be doing, in San Francisco?

I don’t know.

*Can you imagine? Like, what if these GA’s started patrolling the Castro or red carpet walks in front of the Academy Awards?

OMG, It’s Free Slurpee Day All Over Town! Plus, a Special Celebration at 30th and Mission – Happy B-Day, 7-11!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Via SFFunCheap comes the news of Free Slurpee Day.

On a drizzly day in the Godforsaken West Bay, a 7-11 is the Beacon of Culture amongst the grow- and cat- and halfway- houses:

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“Monday, July 11th is Free Slurpee Day at almost every 7-Eleven in the country, but a few locations in the Bay Area are actually holding full on “7-Eleven Day” celebrations.

One 7-Eleven location in San Francisco (3400 Mission Street at 30th Street) hosts four hours of brainfreezing fun with not only free slurpees for all comers, but also fun competitions like Brain freeze contests (exactly what it sounds, who can slurp a slurpee the fastst), with prizes, a jump house with a slide, balloon artist, KYLD radio from noon to 2pm and a live mariachi band at 11am.

This event is free and open to the public. There’s also another free 7-Eleven Day celebration in Sunnyvale from 1p-5p.

Free Slurpee Day 2011 Celebrations

  • What: Free Slurpees throughout the Bay Area can only mean one thing…that’s right, it’s 7-Eleven Day. To commemorate 7-Eleven’s 84th birthday on July 11, aka 7-Eleven Day, Bay Area 7-Eleven stores will show their love by offering free 7.11-ounce Slurpees and hosting a series of competitions, including 84-second timed Slurpee-drinking contests
  • Why: Because 7-Eleven wants to say thank you to the Bay Area and invite y’all
  • Where: Nearly 400 participating Bay Area stores will offer free Slurpees.
    Two Bay Area stores will host big 7-Eleven Day celebrations at::
    - 11 am – 3 pm: 3400 Mission Street (at 30th) in San Francisco
    - 1 pm – 5 pm: 708 N. Fair Oak Ave in Sunnyvale
  • When: Monday, June 11, 2011 – 7 am – 11 pm, while supplies last”

And here’s a stab at participating locations:

1
7-ELEVEN #33434
1.1 mi
711 MARKET @ 3RD ST
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94103 (415) 495-0740Directions
2
7-ELEVEN #33437
1.1 mi
217 SUTTER STREET @ KEARNY
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94108 (415) 362-0590Directions
3
7-ELEVEN #33501
1.2 mi
564 MARKET STREET DELI CAFE
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94104 (415) 956-3368Directions
4
7-ELEVEN #24139
1.4 mi
3998 18TH STREET
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94114 (415) 552-8611Directions
5
7-ELEVEN #33429
1.6 mi
43 DRUMM ST
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94111 (415) 837-0161Directions
6
7-ELEVEN #33006
2.0 mi
2650 MASON ST
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94133 (415) 391-7499Directions
7
7-ELEVEN #39475
2.6 mi
3400 MISSION ST
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94110 (415) 398-5315Directions
8
7-ELEVEN #22627
3.0 mi
5100 GEARY BLVD
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94118 (415) 750-1711Directions
9
7-ELEVEN #20643
4.4 mi
2000 OCEAN AVE
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94127 (415) 584-7111Directions
10
7-ELEVEN #20473
4.6 mi
2222 TARAVAL ST
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94116 (415) 665-4747Directions
11
7-ELEVEN #21389
4.7 mi
2200 BAYSHORE BLVD
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94134 (415) 468-8646Directions
12
7-ELEVEN #20450
4.8 mi
1388 46TH AVE
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94122 (415) 661-5577Directions

Physical Graffiti: Shuttered Poleng Lounge Now Looks Like 1970′s Detroit, But It’s Right Next to Bustling Papalote

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

So why don’t you give it a go, start up your own place on the 1700 block of Fulton near Masonic?

You’d be right next to some new condos and the Starbucks our former mayor used to get coffee from (up to last year), and the nationally-famous Paplote (West) taqueria, and the very active cat house that got shut down not too long ago, and, across the street, you’ll have a Lucky Supermarket – check it out.

“New Look” BMW and some kind of Custom Cruiser station wagon – the 70′s are back in the NoPA

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Now, mind you, you’d have to put up with the nastiest NIMBY infection the City has ever seen – the Northeast of Panhandle Millionaire Homeowner / Neo-Ladies Temperance Union, whatever they call themselves, will work against you, try to push you around, and the little monsters, the area teens, they’ll graffiti your joint inside and out. But why don’t you give it a go, start up your own place?

Michael Chidamburam would love to hear from you at 415 (752-7299)

Now, mind you again, the freaks come out at night, but only if you invite them to come down the hill from USF:

Otherwise, it’s all good, baby.

Online Pervs Bounce Back from Craigslist Erotic Services Ban – Village Voice Media’s BackPage.com Picks Up the Slack

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Well, turns out that VVM’s BackPage.com classifieds site is “the new leader in online sex advertising” since craigslist pulled Erotic Services in the Land of the Brave and the Home of the Free.

Get all the deets below.

They came first for the Craigslist, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t Craig…

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How to Stop a Predator…? Don’t Ask Backpage, Yet.

–Online classified sites have to go all the way to protect girls from being trafficked–

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12, 2010 – Ongoing independent research commissioned by Women’s Funding Network, in partnership with the Georgia-based “A Future. Not A Past.” campaign, has exposed Internet classified sites as the most commonly used platform for buying and trafficking adolescent girls.

A report released in October by the AIM Group, a global team of consultants in interactive and traditional media, found that Village Voice Media, with its backpage.com classifieds site, is the new leader in online sex advertising.  The site recently announced the acquisition of an online security specialist and an initial take-down of roughly half of their sex-related categories while putting others under review. The other half of the frequently misused categories to advertise illegal sex, often related to trafficking, remain active and girls continue to be exploited on backpage.

A CNN segment aired yesterday highlights the plight of just one of thousands of girls trafficked online every day.  A young woman who was coerced into the sex trade at 14 is suing Village Voice Media, accusing the newspaper conglomerate of knowingly allowing her trafficker to advertise her sexual services on backpage.com, alleging that websites like backpage provide a “safe house” for traffickers and predators to buy and sell girls for sex.

“How many more girls will be trafficked before Village Voice Media takes comprehensive action to protect them? From what we’ve seen so far the answer is not nearly far enough,” says Deborah Richardson, chief programs officer at Women’s Funding Network. “The fact is that girls are being bought and sold online while media companies that provide a platform for this illegal activity increase their profits and market share,” Richardson adds.

“Drastic steps must be taken to combat sex trafficking of girls in the United States. Instead of applying a band-aid approach to the problem, companies like backpage must take action to truly protect girls through improved screening and monitoring, and increased cooperation with law enforcement,” concludes Richardson.

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