Posts Tagged ‘sf appeal’

Marina Times Editor-in-Chief Susan Dyer Reynolds Bans Comments on Her Wild BMW SUV vs. Bike Screed

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Am I missing something here? Susan Dyer Reynolds penned a piece last month, you know, about her little incident with a cyclist on Page Street but now all the comments about her behavior have been removed. There was a whole mess of them last I saw.

Oh well.

Let’s see here, who about town is known for banning comments? Well, struggling blogger Eve Batey of SFAppeal banned me (for life!) from making comments on her blog a while back, for politely correcting her about the price of the fare for the now-defunct CultureBus, stuff like that. (I was just trying to help her, you know. Oh well.) And corrupt Willie Brown / Ed Lee lackey Randy Shaw of Beyond Chron / Tenderloin Housing Clinic, he bans comments all the time. Why’s that? He wants to get $90-something million from the City and County of San Francisco so that he can improperly influence the government into … giving him $100,000,000 the next go-around and he doesn’t want people talking about that?

Those are the two I can think of off-hand.

Anyway, I don’t think SDR planned on getting the response she got.

Do you think she received a lot of support from her rich white lady friends? I don’t.

Do you think she got negative comments from her peers? I do.

Maybe she’s learned her lesson.

We’ll see.

OH MY. HERE COMES AN ACCOUNT FROM THE GREAT WHITE NORTH, SAN FRANCISCO’S MARINA DISTRICT. (THINK OF THE PLACE AS SAN FRANCISCO’S VERY OWN LITTLE SLICE OF MARIN COUNTY.)

LEAVE US BEGIN. TAKE IT AWAY, HELEN LOVEJOY / SUSAN DYER REYNOLDS:

Page Street has become the bane of my existence where bicyclists behaving badly are concerned.”

OK, LET’S CHECK THE WICKTIONARY, YOU KNOW, JUST TO BE SURE: “A cause of misery or death; an affliction or curse.” CAUSE, YOU KNOW, I STILL DON’T KNOW WTF YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, EXCEPTING FOR YOU NOT LIKING BIKES ON PAGE STREET, WHICH, BTW, IS A FUNNY PLACE FOR A RICH WHITE LADY FROM THE MARINA TO BE HANGING OUT ON A REGULAR BASIS. BUT ANYWAY.

Driving home one recent afternoon, I stopped at a four-way sign, looked all directions, and proceeded into the intersection. Out of nowhere, a bicyclist flew through the stop sign to my left, riding right in front of me, forcing me to slam on the brakes.

UH, YOU LOOKED BUT YOU DIDN’T SEE. MMMM…. PERHAPS THE CYCLIST WAS SURPRISED THAT YOU ACTUALLY STOPPED. I’D RECOMMEND A CALIFORNIA STOP INSTEAD OF THE WAY THAT YOU STOP.

I came inches from hitting him, but he didn’t notice. As he pedaled along the right side of the street, I pulled up next to his rickety bike, rolled down my window, and said, “You have to stop at stop signs just like cars do.”

RICKETY? I THINK THAT’S MEANT AS AN INSULT? NOW ACTUALLY, RICH WHITE LADY, I THINK BIKES ARE GIVEN MORE LEEWAY IN SAN FRANCISCO THAN CARS. KEEP THAT IN MIND THE NEXT TIME YOU VENTURE INTO THE HAIGHTS.

The scrawny, pale, twenty-something with thinning curly dark hair – wearing only Bermuda shorts, a T-shirt and, of course, no helmet – flipped me off and shouted a string of expletives.

SCRAWNY, PALE, THINNING HAIR? MORE DEETS! WE GOTS TO HAVE MORE DEETS!

I felt my Sicilian blood boiling as I kept pace with him.

THIS IS WHAT SUPERVISOR JANE KIM CALLS “WHITE PRIVILEGE,” I MEAN, I’M JUST SAYING, RIGHT?

“Why is it you think you’re exempt from the law?” Suddenly and without warning, like the snake that he was, Curly whipped his head around and spit at me from the passenger side.

SNAKES WHIP THEIR HEADS AND SPIT? OK FINE, RWL.

I was in the process of rolling up the window, so his wad of spit didn’t hit me. Instead, it bubbled slowly down the window of my just-washed car.

JUST WASHED? KELL DOMAGE!

I kept pace with Curly, rolling the window down part way again. “What you just did qualifies as battery in the state of California,” I yelled, “and you should be arrested for road rage.”

UH, NOT REALLY.

Curly laughed and flipped me off with both hands as he steered the bike with his knees.

UH, IRL? I DON’T THINK SO.

“What are you going to do about it?” he asked smugly. Curly sped up and so did I, pulling in front of his bike, and trapping him between my SUV and the car parked next to him.

UH, I THINK YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TELL PEOPLE STUFF LIKE THIS? I MEAN, YOU”RE NOT SUPPOSED TO PUT THIS KIND OF A STATEMENT INTO A NEWSPAPER, NO MATTER HOW PODUNK / PICAYUNE IT IS.

As he came to a screeching halt, I rolled the window down a couple of inches. What color he had in his pale face drained and suddenly the smug smile was gone. “Are you crazy?” he asked, his voice shaking.

YOU GO GIRL! YOU GO, YOU CRAZY RICH WHITE GIRL!

Any ability I had to be rational went out my spit-covered window.

HE DROVE YOU TO IT! JUST LIKE IN THE BURNING BED!

“If I was crazy I would crush you like a bug right now,” I screamed. “Fortunately for you, I’m not crazy – but the next person you spit at might be and they could run you over or pull out a gun and shoot you.”

I’M SPEECHLESS.

Suddenly Curly was mute. Having made my point, and thinking maybe Curly learned his lesson, I rolled up the window and continued on my way home.

WOW, I THINK WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT THIS OFF. PICKING UP HERE:

More than ever, I believe it’s time to hold bicyclists accountable for their actions, and that means license numbers that are visible to cops, victims and witnesses – just like on the cars and motorcycles they share the streets with.

AND I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE PEDESTRIAN LICENSES – WHO’S WITH ME?

IN CLOSING, RICH WHITE LADY, YOU CRAY-CRAY.

AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY.

“PREFERABLE ADULTS ONLY”: Spot the Housing Rights Violation in this Apartment Ad for 1324 Jackson

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE: Turns out I'm not the only one to have been banned from posting comments at the SFAppeal.com. See Comments.]

Boy, I’ll tell you, right before I got banned, for life* from making comments at bloggish non-blog SFAppeal.com back in 2009, I made some comments about how some self-promotional attorneys over there were, ironically, misquoting Da Law. (That might have played a role in Eve Batey** banning me.*) But things are better now, cause they’ve stopped doing that and the one who’s still there, the attorney what discusses housing rights and rent control*** and whatnot actually quotes a certain Civil Code Section properly now. Not that it’s such a big deal, though. (Most people actually like being corrected, even if they later try shoot the messenger or something. Most people.)

Hey, speaking of CA housing rights ‘n stuff, what’s up with this from The Tender?

“PREFERABLE ADULTS ONLY”

Via The Tenderblog

Is that something that your California Department of Consumer Affairs would call unlawful discrimination?

“It is illegal for landlords to discriminate against families with children under 18.”

Just asking, bro.****

In my opinion, putting this kind of preference in a flyer promoting the rental of an apartment is a big no-no, one that can get your patootie sued.

But JMO.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking what if you put in a room-mate ad something about preferring females or “three young women seeking a fourth” kind of thing. I don’t know. I think the thinking at this point in time is that that’s in a different category, but I haven’t checked up on things lately. Back in the day, a woman somewhere in California (I forget exactly where) told a prospective tenant that she “didn’t feel comfortable” with the idea of having a black male room-mate. That ended up getting her in trouble and she ended up having to pay one or two thousand dollars for her transgression.

*FOR LIFE!!!

**What makes her better, in any way, than anybody else, probably dozens in all, who ever contributed to SFist.com over the years? The answer to this query completely escapes me. Oh, she helped you get a job. O.K., well there’s that.

***Competently, at the very least, it would seem. (I mean, I don’t think he’s telling people to travel from Europe to sue a shifty, crafty, somewhat bankrupt defendant in Small Claims, for example.) Now, if you appeal your rent control decision to the full board and your case could go either way, you probably don’t want your representative being on the record calling (all?) landlords “cheeseballs” or whatnot, ’cause that kind of thing could actually affect the vote of the non-tenant, non-landlord member who typically acts as the swing voter. It’s highly unlikely that this would occur, a once-in-a-lifetime kind of sitch, but this kind of thing has happened before at your San Francisco Rent Board, back in the day, back in the early aughts, actually. And raising the idea of renegotiating the rent on a rent-controlled unit without discussing the possible downsides seems reckless to me but oh well. Landlords can be sensitive beings, you know, so it might not be the best idea to nickel-and-dime them when their real estate empire has just gone underwater is all I’m saying. Bro. But the issue of how to handle a rent reduction (which, of course, could be a win-win) was not considered by the authors of San Francisco’s rent control law so it’s not a bad thing for an expert to report on these kinds of things, not at all…

****There are some nuances here, but check out that link and then You Make The Call. All the deets:

35 For example, the landlord may properly require that a prospective tenant have an acceptable credit history and be able to pay the rent and security deposit, and have verifiable credit references and a good history of paying rent on time. (See Portman and Brown, California Tenants’ Rights, pages 104, 106 (NOLO Press 2007).)
36 California Practice Guide, Landlord-Tenant, Paragraph 2:553.15 (Rutter Group 2009), citing Harris v. Capital Growth Investors XIV (1991) 52 Cal.3d 1142 [278 Cal.Rptr. 614].
37 Government Code Section 12921(b).
38 Government Code Sections 12926(p), 12927(c)(1),(e), 12948, 12955(d); Civil Code Sections 51, 51.2, 55.1(b). See Moskovitz et al., California Landlord-Tenant Practice, Section 2.27 (Cal. Cont. Ed. Bar 2009).
39 Government Code Sections 12926(p), 12927(e), 12955(a),(d). See Fair Employment and Housing Act, Government Code Section 12900 and following; federal Fair Housing Act, 42 United States Code Section 3601 and following.
40 Civil Code Sections 51, 51.2, 53; Harris v. Capital Growth  Investors XIV (1991) 52 Cal.3d 1142 [278 Cal.Rptr. 614].
41 Government Code Section 12955(m), Civil Code Section 51.
42 Government Code Sections 12955(n),(o).
43 Harris v. Capital Growth Investors XIV (1991) 52 Cal.3d 1142 [278 Cal.Rptr. 614].
44 Civil Code Section 1940.3; California Practice Guide, Landlord-Tenant, Paragraph 2:569.1 (Rutter Group 2009).
45 California Practice Guide, Landlord-Tenant, Paragraph 2.553 citing Koebke v. Bernardo Heights Country Club (2005) 36 Cal.4th 824 [31 Cal.Rptr.3d 565]. See Civil Code Section 1940.3.
46 42 United States Code Section 3607(b), Civil Code Section 51.3(b)(1). “Housing for senior citizens” also includes: Housing that is provided under any state or federal program that the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has determined is specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons (42 United States Code Section 3607(b)); or a housing development that is developed, substantially rehabilitated or substantially renovated for senior citizens and that has the minimum number of dwelling units required by law for the type of area where the housing is located (for example, 150 dwelling units built after January, 1996 in large metropolitan areas) (Civil Code Sections 51.2, 51.3. Government Code Section 12955.9. See Marina Point Ltd. v. Wolfson (1982) 30 Cal.3d 721 [180 Cal.Rptr. 496]). While the law prohibits unlawful age discrimination, housing for homeless youth is both permitted and encouraged. (Government Code Section 11139.3.)
47 Government Code Sections 12927(a)(2)(A), 12955(c).
48 Civil Code Sections 51,51.2, Government Code Section 12948.
49 Government Code Section 12927(c)(2)(B).
50 Government Code Section 12980(b).

Attention Pit Bull Lovers: “Super-Athletic, Well-Trained Pup Needs a Home ASAP,” Else She’ll Be “Put Down”

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

A 45-pound “pup,” huh?

Click to expand

And since we’re on the subject, uh 7×7 Magazine, and this is the kind of comment that got me banned, for life, from being able to comment at SF Appeal.com, that non-blog, never call it a blog, oh no, not that I ever did, run by “nice” non-blogger Eve Batey, but, 7×7 Magazine, you are not qualified to debunk myths.* ‘Cause myth-debunkers get held to a higher standard, right?

So stuff like this:

“Are Pit Bulls more likely to bite?  No.  According to the American Temperament Test Society, the three breeds most likely to bite were Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Jack Russell Terriers, while Pitts and Rottweilers finished in the bottom half of the list.”

Well, that just doesn’t fly.** I’m not doubting the “according to” part, but you’re missing the entire point, 7×7.

Anyway, leave us depart the subject of “St. Francis” Terriers before I extend my stay in the metaphorical doghouse.

Woof woof.

*Why not stick with San Francisco’s Best Burger and Top Fifty Bay Area Burritos and the like, you know, your core competency?

**They Bite Horses, Don’t They?

Just $50 Makes You a Founder of the Bay Citizen – Includes Tickets to Party on May 26th

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Here’s the lastest about the much-talked-about media joint The Bay Citizen.

Matt Baume gives fresh details of everthing a potential freelancer could want to know at this point;

CEO Lisa Frazier today extends a final invitation to get on board before launch. See below; und

Kevin Montgomery gives us a sneak peek* on what the site might look like.

That’s the wind-up, and here’s The Pitch:

Dear LADIESMAN217:

The Bay Citizen’s launch is just two days away, and we can’t wait!  Some exciting things have happened over the last few weeks:

We now have fourteen journalists in our newsroom, including twelve full-time journalists and two paid summer interns from the UC Berkeley Journalism School;

Our reporters are busy producing stories on topics including the environment and land use, health and science, education, arts and culture, and more;

We’ve started hosting partner meetings to explore collaborations with local independent media organizations, bloggers, and writers;

We recently moved into our new office at 126 Post Street in San Francisco

Become part of Bay Area history

You still have time.  Until midnight on Wednesday, you can become a Founder of The Bay Citizen by donating $50 or more.  As a Founder, your name will be permanently listed on our website and you’ll also receive two tickets to our launch party this Wednesday evening at the Great American Music Hall, where you’ll get the chance to meet hundreds of other founding members.

Become a Founder now!

And, don’t forget to check out www.baycitizen.org on Wednesday morning when it goes live.

With thanks,
Lisa Frazier, CEO

P.S. Our long-term sustainability depends on support from community members like you. Thank you for supporting The Bay Citizen.

See you there!

*I had a similar experience over the weekend when I decided to visit my giant Toyota sitting in the shop getting fixed. Even though the place was closed I was able to walk right in and take it for a quick test drive – now they told me last week my car would be ready this coming Wednesday but I wanted a sneak peek. Fuck man, the brakes sounded like shit! All screeching metalicky and whatnot. I called them up today and it turns out that they’re saying the new pads are coming in Tuesday. I don’t know, man, maybe they’ll get it done proper, but that’s a lot of work they still have to do…

The Bay Area’s Newest “Online Newspaper”: The San Francisco Appeal

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

San Franciscans, brace yourselves for a brand new “online newspaper” – the SF Appeal, or sfappeal, something like that. It’s still on the pad, in “pre-launch” as they say, but that shouldn’t stop you from heading over to Twitter (which is totally pwning the first quarter of 2009, getting all kinds of national attention, non?) and finding out how to sneak a peek at a new source of news.

 See?

Who will you find over there? Lots of familiar names.  

Take a look and see, why don’t you?