I’d seen this before, but I hadn’t seen the actual sign:
Still not sure how serious this venture is…
I’d seen this before, but I hadn’t seen the actual sign:
Still not sure how serious this venture is…
[UPDATE: The graphic you can see below has been replaced, with this:
This here is pretty much all I know about Mission Local which has gotten a lot of funding from UC Berkeley over the years.
So let’s see here, try a Norelco shaver or a delightful bed from Costco.com (save $100 now!) for just a month and it will, how do we say, transform your life? OK fine! So is Prof Chavez hectoring me here? I need to “care more?” I need to become a “better neighbor?” Whoo boy.
Now the first graf here, who and what is university-degree’d-up LC taking aim at here? I’m thinking it’s directed at SFist and people like college degree-less Eve Batey, who also tried to make a go of things, back in the aughts. What a contrast. (If Lydia could link to examples of what she’s talking about, that could help her readers. Perhaps she could take the time to do that the next time she comes down to visit us from the penthouse in her ivory tower.)
And what’s this, Lydia Chavez thinks I’m naive to not pay money for news? I think she does.
And then this earnest, earnest, ever-so-earnest journalistic crusader is going to talk about her “sense of humor?” What?
And then comes the punchline of her ransom note – it’s give me money or else.
And she offers “business memberships?” IDK, seems that kind of thing might come with a bit of baggage, huh?
And IDK, until I saw all this hectoring, I never had an unfavorable impression of the ML.
An alternative would be to simply announce that you all are shutting down and then wait for the reaction? You’d get attention from the MSM and some thought pieces about you and The Bay Citizen (and the like) and whathaveyou and, through that process, maybe you’d end up with some monetary support as well.
Well here’s the come-on for the new AVA Building
“Win A Brand New Apartment in Mid-Market: This post is brought to you by AVA 55 Ninth. AVA 55 Ninth, … http://bit.ly/1bRsg0U “
And here’s a screenshot of SFist – man, that’s a lot of advertisin’:
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So, the reason why AVA won’t get mocked is that it’s not spending its marketing money as absurdly as it’s nearby competitor, NeMa.
(In short, NeMa, you crazy!)
Of course, you won’t actually be “winning” a “brand-new apartment,” but you’ll get to stay there for a year, assuming you can work out the tax implications.*
So you’re not winning an apartment per se, or a 20 year lease per se, or a life estate, per se.
But this contest could be interesting to a San Francisco newcomer.
I’ll note that this ad is clearly labeled as an ad. I’ll further note the the Gannett Co Inc’s west coast blog The Bold Italic, differs in this regard.
The Gannett blog would do different things with the money given by the property developer. Maybe form a “partnership,” something corrupt like that.
So that’s Why AVA Won’t Get Mocked the Way the NeMA Building Gets Mocked and Why SFist is Much Better Than “The Bold Italic”
*Frankly, “winning” this deal would have zero appeal to me, as it would the typical San Francisco renter. Perhaps you could work out a deal to “take the cash” as they say in the sweeps biz.
Well let’s start backwards here. Let’s start with Gannett Co Inc’s carpet-bagging west coast outlet, The Bold Italic:
(Oddly, bolded but not italicized. Here’s the ALLCAPS version: “ELBO ROOM IS NOT CLOSING – YOU CAN STOP SHARING THAT NEWS”)
And here’s the reply from Socketsite, San Francisco real estate tips, trends, and the local scoop:
“Our post and report is 100 percent accurate. What’s not accurate is the characterization that we reported that the owners are “set to demolish” the building.”
“The owners have drafted plans to raze the building. The plans do not include a replacement club, but rather condos. And the preliminary plans were submitted to San Francisco’s Planning Department for review, which is the first step with respect to developing the property.”
Ooh, testify, Sister!
“‘Not closing any time soon’ is not the same thing as ‘it’s not going to happen,’ but it has successfully distracted people from what has been going on behind the scenes.”
Man, what a burn!
So that’s the kerfuffle, from Omega to Alpha.
Hey TBI, what’s with the attitude?
Hey TBI, why not write bits like this, Elbo Room Might Not Be Long For This World, instead?
Hey TBI, this is the kind of thing that makes San Franciscans not like you.
Here’s the proof – all mentioned in the same breath:
Oh, and the comments section is worse now…
You see, it’s not just me.
Now over at San Fran’s favorite “luxury magazine,” well, PAEANS FOR SCIONS continues. See? They’re written just like press releases:
But what’s this?
This one’s certainly written like all the others, but the title there strikes a different tone, non?
IDK, maybe Gordo will think it funny.
Which San Francisco scion will get his or her paean next? I can’t wait!
Well, here’s the news, look who just got appointed to the Bill de Blasio regime in New Yawk:
“Peter Ragone, a consultant who worked with de Blasio at HUD before going on to handle communications for Al Gore‘s 2000 presidential run and for Gov. Cuomo’s 2002 primary bid, as a senior advisor.”
“[Newsom’s] admission[*] came as his aggressive and seasoned spokesman, Peter Ragone, was fighting his own battles: A local investigative television team had reported that Ragone was posting hostile comments about Newsom’s critics on a local blog under names other than his own. When confronted with the fact that the postings had been traced to his home computer, Ragone insisted that the author, “John Nelson,” was his best friend who often stayed at his home. Ragone later admitted that he had posted the comments, but he said he did so to reflect Nelson’s views. Ragone also posted under the name “Bjorn.”
Indeed. The “local blog” mentioned by the LAT is SFist.
All the deets:
After all this, Peter Ragone had to go – he got voted off the island.
So I’m afraid that I’m going to have to disagree with the quite lengthy Wikipedia entry on Peter Ragone III, you know, the one written by … Peter Ragone! Or “John Nelson!” Or “Bjorn!” You see, Ragone writes that he “sparked a minor controversy after admitting he posted…” So maybe you could spin it that way, but the real controversy was actually about all the lies he told after he got busted. That’s why he had to go.
Now let’s see how well he does on that island off the east coast of America.
(Look out, Gothamist.)
*This was around the time that man-child Gavin Newsom decided it would be a good time start hanging out** with a teenaged Republican restaurant hostess. I’ll tell you, the people behind the mayor Willie Brown / Gavin Newsom / Ed Lee administration are deeeeeeeeeeeeelighted not to have to deal with Gavin Newsom drama anymore.
**Dating? Alcohol? You make the call.
Well let’s see.
I’ll tell you, over the years I thought that TBI was just one dude, a dude that I came across all the way back in 2010. He was proud that the average TBI visitor stayed on the site (or on a webpage or something) for like five minutes. Now we’ll see about that stat in a moment, but I’m just shocked that TBI has/had all those employees plus a custom-made clubhouse complete with reclaimed wood in Hayes Valley. That’s where I’m coming from.
Hey did you know that’s there’s a website called The Gannett Blog and it’s based in San Francisco? (I didn’t.) Anywho, let’s hear about the TBI from Anonymous:
“The revenue plan was mysterious because there was no revenue. Not for the first 24 months anyway. The Bold Italic had a burn rate that rivals some of the most infamous dot.com fizz outs. They blew through $2 million a year for the first 2 years, before snagging a whopping $41k in revenue based on their skimming from entertainment ticket / event sales.”
Is that true? I don’t know. But where did that $41k figure come from? Such specificity!
Of course public relations doctrine from your S&P 500 type of companies is to say that such a specific statement such as this is “false” or “way off.” That kind of thing is called a pregnant denial by some.
So, has The Gannet Company, Incorporated spent millions and millions of dollars on The TBI the past few years?
Sure looks that way.
That’s starting to remind me of The Bay Citizen, actually. (Of course the TBC produced a lot of great journalism, IMO.)
So that’s one side of the ledger, millions upon millions spent, or wasted, whichever, but what about revenue coming in? What about the number of readers, for example.
Let’s check Alexa, The Web Information Company.
Ooh, here’s something:
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The above graph show what the Alexa people think has been going on the past week. The San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com is in there as a baseline – it’s consistently something like the 1000th most popular website in the world, or something. No surprise there.
And look, this pathetic blog, the one you’re looking at right now, the one filled with animal photos and whatnot, the one with overhead of less than $100 per year, managed to make the grade as well. I can assure you that this is anomalous – either it’s a mistake or maybe a big website pointed to one bit and that generated a burst of traffic. I don’t actually know, or care to know, to be honest, and even if I did, I don’t know how to find out, oh well.
The real test is how TBI does compared with someplace like SFist, which is basically run by one dude. Check out Alexa – you can see that TBI gets beat by SFist consistently and thoroughly, week after week, month after month, year after year.
And I suspect that blue bump you see up there, when TBI clearly broke into top 100,000 territory, mostly had to do with the controversy related to a recent post from KevMo, Kevin Montgomery of TUA, The Uptown Almanac.
And even that minutes-spent-onsite-per-visitor stat, the one that’s supposed to Have Meaning, turns out to be three minutes for both The TBI and SFist.com
Of course there are other ways of getting revenue than simply having people look at your site.
Like there’s “partnerships” ‘n stuff.
That issue will be Exhibit 2 in the case against TBI.
(I haven’t proven villainousness yet, I’ll agree. I’m still on the fence. But I’ll look into it.)
All right, TBC, To Be Continued…
Nevius, if you had been an ex-jock* writer / columnist for the Das Reich Newspaper Group, you know, back in the day, would you have gone out combing the ghettos to find One Good Jew and then made him/her an example for all to follow, by writing column after column on the same person?
Presenting, once again, CW Nevius on Larry Moore, the homeless shoeshine man.
What your dozens of columns on one single homeless person are saying, Nevius, is that it’s too bad that all homeless people can’t dress up every day, basically.
Nevius, you need an intervention.
Oh, but I’ve been beaten to the punch by Jay Barmann of SFist.
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Imagine, if you will, a 12-step Nevius:
[The Nevius] : Hello, my name is CW from the East Bay. I’m a recovering maudlin Republican and I just celebrated my two-week birthday on November 27th.
[Crowd]: Hi CW!
Nevius, how will you disappoint us next?
*Imagine that you lost the long jump to Jesse Owens in ’36 and then found a cushy part-time writing gig promoting the values of whichever regime is in power, you know, as an Jedermann, an Everyman.
Apparently, there aren’t enough printing presses available in the Bay Area to keep up with the enormous demand the public has for “The Real Ed Lee – The Untold, Untold, Story.”
(Uh…, moving on.)
Anyway, the upshot is that now you can see the text online in a searchable format. See below.
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“The book goes through the details of how Lee rose through the ranks at City Hall, along the way approving a couple of fraudulent vendors and getting caught up in Willie Brown’s sleaze. It discusses how his campaign is taking credit for other people’s work and ideas. It describes how he promised over an over not to run, then went ahead and did it anyway. It’s got a great picture of him steering a 139-foot yacht with the caption “I’m on a boat.”
(Nice link there, Tim Redmond – I hadn’t made the connection.)
All the deets:
“The Untold, Untold Story” Goes Online – Leland Yee campaign can’t print “The Real Ed Lee” book fast enough for demand
SAN FRANCISCO – The reviews are in and the “The Real Ed Lee: The Untold, Untold Story” is a smash hit!
Has a serious political point, but it’s actually funny, sometimes really funny, and it’s much easier to read than the plodding “Ed-Is-Greater-Than-God” prose of the original…. For once, we have a campaign piece that made me laugh instead of crying. – San Francisco Bay Guardian
OMG, A new best seller to be! – Some guy on the internet
Everyone is talking about it! – SFist
The 55-page parody shows Lee on the cover as downcast, grumpy and triple-chinned. The book recounts dozens of previously published stories detailing everything from the two district attorney investigations into alleged ethics violations by his supporters and alleged cronyism. – San Francisco Chronicle
The 56-page booklet is heavily footnoted with URLs – The Bay Citizen
I totally LOL’ed – The San Francisco Citizen
((*sound of crickets*)) – Interim Mayor Ed Lee
The slim volume oozes sarcasm as it covers the history of Ed Lee’s tenure as mayor, including his promise to not run for a full term and charges of inappropriate campaign donations from contractors. – San Francisco Examiner
This is the first “hit” recipe in political history. – Eric Jaye
Less than three-months hence, Lee’s campaign is beset by multiple criminal investigations into alleged campaign money laundering, ballot tampering and other campaign election violations. – Fog City Journal
[Ed Lee staff] were pretty disgusted by it. – Tony Winnicker
Painstakingly put together to resemble the original propaganda mailer to the smallest detail. The type fonts are identical. The jaunty writing style is mocked all too well. – SF Weekly
The Leland Yee for Mayor campaign has already distributed thousands of “The Real Ed Lee: The Untold, Untold Story” to voters throughout San Francisco, however, the demand for the book has been so great that today Yee’s campaign launched the book online at http://www.lelandyee.com/the-
“We can’t print the books fast enough,” said Jim Stearns, Yee’s campaign manager. “Now that it is online every San Franciscan will have the opportunity to read this accurate account of our interim mayor and be able to compare his tarnished and corruption–filled record to Leland Yee’s 23 years of leadership and experience fighting for our community, especially seniors, students, and the most vulnerable.”
“The Real Ed Lee: The Untold, Untold Story” is a response to a book produced by one Ed Lee’s billionaire IE committees, which falsely glorified the interim mayor and ignored the multiple scandals and ethics violations of his campaign. The highlights of “The Real Ed Lee: The Untold, Untold Story” include Lee becoming interim mayor on false pretenses, his approval of fraudulent contracts, giving “golden parachutes, embracing cronyism, failure to follow ethics laws, illegal campaign contributions, money laundering (well, the first time), voter fraud, and the city’s future if Ed Lee were elected. The book also includes “Willie [Brown] & Rose’s [Pak] ‘No Longer Secret’ Make-A-Mayor Recipe.”
By comparison, Leland Yee has released several detailed plans on job creation, environmental protection, transportation, and schools. Maybe the most important of his plans – “An Independent City Hall” – would clean up City Hall, bring real transparency and accountability, kick out the powerbrokers, and return our local government to the people. To read Yee’s plan, visit http://www.lelandyee.com/
The SF Weekly‘s Editor from 1997 to 2005 starts off with news of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies changing its name to the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and then he offers thoughts.
“Much of what had been staples in the bag of alt-weekly editorial tricks — event listings, music coverage, restaurant reviewing, smart-aleck attitude, general (though not universal) leftyism — was also undermined, coopted, replicated, done better or made obsolete by the rise of a host of online competitors, from the lightly staffed city observer sites (SFist, Gothamist, etc.) to Yelp to Gawker and on and on and on. In the lingo of the trade, the alt-weekly was unbundled, disaggregated, knee-capped by the kind of entrepreneurial twentysomethings the founders of many an alt-weekly had been, once upon a time, back in the historical mists of the 1970s.”
Yep, pretty much.
Read the whole thing, if you want.