Posts Tagged ‘soma’

What It’s Like to Stay at a Mid-Market Hotel for $60-Something per Night: “Budget Inn,” 1139 Market Street

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Well, here’s an upbeat take:

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Compare that with Yelp – a very low one-star rating:

“I want to leave, but it’s already 1am and we are both too afraid to leave our locked room. We get 4 hrs or interrupted sleep (the walls are paper thin and the doors have cracks in them), pray that we didn’t get exposed to tuberculosis, hepatitis and/or herpes and book it out of there. Trust me folks, this place isn’t worth the $60. I’ve stayed in $15 hostels while traveling though Europe that were both cleaner and safer than this place.”

And there’s this:

” If you have less than $150 night for a decent place to stay, youre actually safer just camping at golden gate park than any of these SROs…”

And there’s the bedbug allegations, natch.

Choose wisely…

ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF THE NEW “NEMA” BUILDING: A Massive Rent Increase is Coming Your Way – ‘Cause No Rent Control

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

But don’t take my word for it, listen to one of your neighbors at 8 Tenth Street, 94103, via the Yelp:

“Please read this if you are considering any non-rent control building in San Francisco. I wish someone had told me this when I moved to the city and chose Nema. Please consider this advice.

If you have visited Nema, you probably can tell that the management, amenities and staff are outstanding. You may also notice that everyone living in the building has just moved from another city or state. Here’s why:

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you rent in a non-rent control building, unless you can sign a multi-year lease. Could you afford a double digit rent increase? 50% rent increase? Is your income doubling next year? It seems far away now, but you will probably want to renew your lease. Now is the time to make a good decision about housing, not next year because you will be paying much more then.”

So basically, buildings built AFTER rent control came to San Francisco in 1979 don’t have no rent control. (The relevant date is printed on your landlord’s Occupancy Permit, but if your crib went up in 1980 or later, don’t even bother checking.)

That means that your friends renting units in older buildings will face a maximum annual rent increase limited to 60% of a certain Cost of Living Index dealing with the Bay Area. That means one-something percent per year.

OTOH, if you moved into the NeMA at $1950 per month last year (as some did, 2nd or 3rd floor, lousy view* – Unit 324, for example**) and your lease is coming up, consider that there are no units available now for less than $2800 (I’m srsly – some studios go for $4000+)

Are you, the NeMA renter, looking at a 40% rent increase soon? 

If not this year, what about the next year too? How long will it take to have a 40% increase for your unit, you know, cumulatively?

Sooner than you think Auslander.

Sooner than you think, Outlander.

Why don’t websites aimed at tourists and newcomers tell you this? Well, because they’re on the take from … The NEMA!

I assign this story to the San Francisco Chronicle – this one writes itself. (This would be a good CW Nevius, I’m seriously.)

*Compared with the rest of the units in the Nema.

**This was not a BMR (Below Market Rate) unit reserved for those people making less than $38,000 per year, no no. Those places went for around $950 per month. I’m talking about market rate units back when market rate was $1950 per month for the least desirable apartments at NeMA – that was all the way back in 2013. 

Shocking: The Term “New Market” Has Become Normalized Already – Here’s “NEMA” Right Next to SOMA No Big Deal

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

I give up, NEMA is here to stay. All it took was one little weather station high (nine stories) above Mid Market:

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How should the NEMA people celebrate this climate-related milestone? What would they say?

WEATHER, NOT PLEATHER

FORECASTS, NOT WHORECASTS

CLIMATE SAVVY, NOT SHABBY

You get the idea. (Like similarly, I could almost write one of Frank Chu’s signs after seeing so many over the years.)

Do you know that at least two people moved into the NeMA for less than $2k per month? (No, not the Below Market Rent people-some of those are paying  high thtee figs, I’m srsly.) Granted, these were studios on low floors, but still, people pay more than that now for bedbug-infested cribs across the street and a bit to the northeast in the actual Tenderloin.

So Nema tenants, brace, brace, brace – your massive rent increase is coming, soon, FYI.

Leaving you with:

CRESCENT ROLL, NOT RENT CONTROL

How the San Francisco Giants are LYING When They Say “Ticket Scalping is Illegal” in San Francisco

Friday, October 24th, 2014

C’mon focus, look at the sign, as seen this morning by Stanley Roberts of People Behaving Badly and KRON-TV

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Now it could be that this is what the San Francisco Giants organization wishes Police Code Section 869 would say, but this aint what it says.

Comes now SF Weekly writer Joe Eskenazi:

“…according to the police code cited on the sign (Good Ol’ No. 869) scalping is not strictly illegal: This is a code that prohibits folks from selling wares on the street without a peddlers’ permit. This means folks who sell their tickets online or out of their homes or offices are not violating the law. And your humble narrator was unable to find anything within the police code stating that people who buy wares from unlicensed peddlers are subject to arrest…”

So, Giants, why don’t you take these signs down, or change them? 

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Which Looks More Like a Jail – the New 8 Octavia Condo Building or the Actual San Francisco Jail in SoMA?

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Better A…

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…or better B?

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Only one of these buildings is a “stunning victory for architectural freedom over bureaucratic stupidity.”

But You Make The Call, Gentle Reader.

In other news, Octavia Boulevard continues to be a failure. What went wrong? What can we do to avoid future mistakes like Octavia Boulevard? IMO, there was waaaay to much input from self-interested millionaires who lived in Hayes Valley.

Know Your Lesser Corporate Shuttle Buses: “SF Minibus” – SFMTA Code # 13 – White Ford Econoline Van in SoMA

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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August in Frisco: Costco #144 Knows Its Customer Base – It’s Selling Thousands of Down Jackets Right at the Front Door

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This is what you see as you walk in the front door of America’s First Urban Costco – hundreds and hundreds of new-school down jackets.

‘Cause it’s August:

Introducing the “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco – What It’s Like to Ride an Amphibious Vehicle on the Bay

Monday, July 14th, 2014

IMO, writer Tony Hicks has got things spot-on right here in the San Jose Mercury News:

Taking the Kids: Quacking up and around the city by the bay

I just took the media cruise for the new-ish “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco - it starts at 7:30 PM.

Here’s Captain John:

Quacking away with people in another duck boat while passing by:

So that’s how things start in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then you begin a circuitous trip to the launch ramps down south of AT&T Park. I’ve never been up so high in an open vehicle, so this was a new experience, kind of like what I imagine the “hop-on hop-off” city bus tours are like.

So off you go, past the working part of Fisherman’s Wharf…

…past the Gary Danko (perennial No. 1 in the Bay Area for “Food, Service and Popularity” per Zagat)…

…through North Beach and on to Chinatown, where you look down upon the #30 Stocktons as you pass them by…

…and then through the tunnel to Union Square and then through SoMA to the launch area.

I gotta say that that was the touristy part of the tour, so check out Beth Spotswood’s take on that in the Tourist Trapped Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com if you want more on that.

So finally you get to launch – it looks like this:

And then you’re slowly cruising the bay, albeit near to shore for the most part.

This was the late-starting 7:30 PM sunset cruise so things were getting darker as we made our way past AT&T Park:

You might catch a little spray from the bay but most likely you won’t.

This riding-on-the-water part in a military-style vehicle with not all that much freeboard is an experience – I recommend it.

Then after puttering around on the water, you drive out of the water to take the Embarcadero back to the Wharf.

Looking back at the Bay Bridge through Doris and Don Fisher’s Cupid’s Span skate park / tourist hiking platform – plenty of oohs and ahs at this point here:

Interacting with happy passersby on the way home…

…while zipping past the historic F-Market streetcars:

These ducks look somewhat menacing at night, huh?

And there’s your trip:

So, you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to keep your reservation, I think.

And this tour can get quite cold and windy, needless to say.

If you want to see some more photos, there are some good ones on Yelp.

This was a great experience – I think it’d be good for tourists and locals alike.

 

Forget Meals on Wheels, How About Bites from Bikes? New “FastBites” Will Deliver a Single Slice of Pizza to You via Cyclists

Friday, July 11th, 2014

All the deets:

Deliver for FastBite! Flexible Hours! (SOMA / south beach)

Are you looking for a fun and reliable job? Do you love delicious food? We want you on our team!

FastBite is a new startup in San Francisco that is changing the way people order food. Customers can get pizza slices and other popular menu items delivered within minutes straight from their mobile phone. We’re looking for enthusiastic team members to help us deliver happy customers!

Job Details:
Pay: $16 per hour
Location: San Francisco
Hours: Any and all combinations of the hours below. You pick your days!
Weekday Dinner (6pm – 10pm) AND/OR
Weekend Dinner (6pm – 10pm)

Qualified applicants:
- MUST know how to check texts, email, use internet, and use maps on a smart phone
- Be smiley and personable
- Have a bicycle and easy access to the city
- Be excited about food!
- Have a clean appearance…”

OMG, The San Francisco Giants are Hiring! Become a Part-Time Tour Guide at AT&T Park – Apply by July 18th, 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Good luck with this one!

(Hourly wage? Who knows…)

“San Francisco Giants – Part Time Tour Guide (AT&T Park)

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Status: Part-Time/Hourly/Non-Exempt
Position Type: Event Staff
Position Summary:
Tour guides are responsible for conducting tours of the ballpark, as well as representing the Giants organization in a enthusiastic and professional manner.
Position Responsibilities:
 Guide public and private group tours of the ballpark throughout the calendar year
 Provide a favorable experience for all visitors and guests
 Learn the facts and figures of the ballpark and tour routes
 Adhere to ballpark policies and procedures
 Additional responsiblities as assigned by Director of Guest Services and Tours
Knowledge and Skills:
 Able to speak clearly and loudly in organizaed and entertaining fashion in front of large groups
 Able to interact, entertain and engage a wide variety of visitors and guests, of all ages and interests
 Able to walk long distances, stand for long periods of time and climb flights of stairs
 Able to retain information as well as comprehensively relaying it in a creative and energetic way
 Able to manage and control large groups while moving them through various areas of the ballpark
 Previous experience working in customer service, hospitality or working with large groups are a plus
 Fluent in English language, second language helpful in communication with visiting public
 Evening and weekend hours are required for this position
Please email resume, refer to “PGS10201 – Part-Time Tour Guide ” in the subject field. Deadline to apply is Friday, July 18, 2014.