Posts Tagged ‘renters’

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.


A Culture Clash: Euro Airbnbers Learn How to Parallel Park, Sort of, on McAllister

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

This was at least the second attempt:

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Transportation in San Francisco certainly can be a hassle for newcomers, and the Euro Airbnbers, well, they’re like super newcomers, they’re fish out of water in SF’s low-rise western suburbs.

But they’re probably better off here in the Western Addition than in pricey Union Square or less-pricey, bedbug-ridden “Near Union Square.”

Oh, It’s On! “Renters’ Day of Action” Hits Sacramento Feb 18th, 2014 – “Reform the Ellis Act!”

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Well, here you go:

Renters’ Day of Action

March & Rally

Sacramento, CA
February 18, 2014 at 9:30am

Across the state, renters face unfair evictions by real estate speculators, rising rents, and slumlords that won’t make repairs. Now more than ever, renters need relief.

On February 18, 2014, renters and allies will unite in Sacramento for a march on the Capitol to demand a fair shake for California renters.

Our Demands:

End Evictions by Speculators – Reform the Ellis Act!
Thousands of tenants are being displaced by real estate speculators. Give cities the tools they need to protect residents from eviction.

Create Affordable Housing – Homes & Jobs!
Build safe and affordable rental homes for Californians in need.

Relief for Renters – Reinstate the renters’ rebate!
Five years ago, Schwarzenegger vetoed funds for the renters’ rebate. The funds must be restored.

Take action!

1) Register to join us!

2) Find or reserve transportation!

3) Spread the word! Download a flyer here (bilingual English/Spanish).

Would Christina Olague Have “Saved Rent Control?”

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

No, not at all.

So why did people hold a rally about former Interim Supervisor Christina Olague saving rent control?

On the steps of City Hall:

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I know not.

Now, if you wanted to say that renters as a group, overall, would have been better off with a Christina Olague, or a John Rizzo, or a Julian Davis as Supervisor of District Five, well then you might have something…

I s’pose it doesn’t matter now.