Posts Tagged ‘sro’

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:

Hotel Tour : Budget Inn San Francisco CA by DieselDucy:

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…

Uh Oh: DPT Refuses to Ticket Parked Cars at Turk and Taylor – Are the Meter Maids Afraid of Twitterloin Thugs?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Check it, naive Oberlin grad Karin Drucker sends out a Valentine to the SFMTA MUNI DPT right here, in corrupt Randy Shaw’s corrupt, government-subsidized Beyond Chron blog.

Ouch.

I might have made a comment on her post, but, you know, corrupt Randy Shaw’s corrupt, government-subsidized Beyond Chron blog doesn’t allow comments, because Randy Shaw doesn’t want to hear what the proletariat has to say. (Isn’t that funny? And isn’t it funny that you can donate money to  the highly-political Beyond Chron blog and then deduct that donation from your taxes? How is that right? How is that legal? I don’t know.)

Of course, the average meter maid doesn’t have too much of an incentive to hang out on the 000 block of Turk, right? I mean, that’s the place where the SFPD tells criminals to do their thing, you know, when they loiter about too close to the front of Our Flagship Nordstrom, for example.

Anyway, this unticketing policy of the SFMTA is news to me.

So this means that, finally, the taxpayer-subsidized Beyond Chron has taught me something asides from how great and prescient Randy Shaw is.

Hurray!

Here’s the “unit block” of Turk as I saw it last week, just saying:  

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How Racist is the San Francisco Association of realtors? Well, Chinatown Doesn’t Appear on Its Official Map

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Now I’ve seen maps what eliminate San Francisco’s troubled Tenderloin district – that’s nothing new.

But here, our San Francisco Assoc of realtors (“REALTORS,” heh, like they’re special or something) makes room for the SRO Duchy of Randy Shaw but it omits Chinatown entirely.

Check it

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Now, our SF Association of realtors could get away with this iffin Chinatown were a part of the Nob Hill district, but Chinatown isn’t a part of Nob Hill. It’s near Nob Hill of course, but it’s not a part of Nob Hill.

Appears as if rich white people don’t like the idea of living too close to C-Town…

Hey little kid, do you think that that might be a little, you know, racist, just a little?

Ah, thought so.

But don’t ever change, SFAOR [cough, transfer tax increase, repeal of Prop 13]. 

Just keep on keeping on.

San Francisco’s Ambassador Hotel: “Attractive Rates, Drive-In Garage” – But Now It’s an SRO

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

As seen in the Tenderloin:

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This place is four-star rated on the Yelp. Per Shawn M:

THIS IS AN SRO HOTEL. DO NOT TRY TO CHECK IN FOR THE NIGHT, IT IS A RESIDENTIAL HOTEL.

I moved into the Ambassador Hotel in 2003 right after the remodel. the place had been considered a real dump before TNDC bought it and brought it up to code. there is a services pavilion, including a tv for residents who can not afford one, but more importantly, there are counselors who help residents not just with benefits management and counseling, they also are willing to just lend an ear when the desolate come to them. i suspect TNDC has a christian spirit somewhere on their board. :)

The Ambassador, and more broadly, the TNDC, supplies low income housing, so the tenancy is always a mixed bag. since most of the residents are poor and many of them suffer the ills that come with poverty, dont be surprised to see the meat wagon there a couple times a month.

The hotel is located in what was then the worst part of “The ‘Loin”, but was a far cry from my time at the Aranda, right around the corner, which had not been remodeled at that time. there is a maintenance crew on site every day, and the place is clean and “problems” are handled promptly.

When i lived there, the manageress was named Gabriella Desmond, and she turned tricks in her office and denied my application for one of the accessible rooms (about a dozen out of 134 if memory serves). i got a doctors letter explaining why i need an accessible room, and she said she would put me “on the waiting list”, but mustve been too busy doing her drugs to actually do it, because i began to see able-bodied people assigned to the accessible rooms. even tho i was supposed to be “on the waiting list” for the limited number of accessible rooms.

Anyways i heard they got rid of her, and may try to get back in now that the wicked witch is gone (but not dead).”

Ok then.

Central City SRO Collaborative Uses Colour of Authority Inappropriately on this Utility Pole Posting

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Yeaaahhhh, this might be news to some people but you don’t need to be a “City-funded contractor” to make a posting on a post legally in the 415. Get all the deets below on that score.

Anyway, here’s what this old flyer is saying, as of yesterday:

“Central City SRO Collaborative is a City-Funded Contractor – DO NOT REMOVE POSTING”

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The other thing is that whoever put up this flyer did a half-assed job so it doesn’t conform to the shape of the pole and it doesn’t have a legible posting date in the lower right hand corner. See below.

So CCSROC, you think you’re special but you not. [Minus five points for Slytherin. OMG, Harry's coming in July!!!]

The rules are easy to find an implement, right? See below.

Now, Go Forth and Sin No More, CCSROC.

Posting Signs from the DPW:

“Please Note:
The SF Cleanup Project endorsed by Quinn Cooper and Neighbors For Livable Neighborhoods endorsed by Tom Miller or Jessica Miller are not affiliated with the Department of Public Works or any City Agency in the City and County of San Francisco. If you receive a letter from one of these entities about signs you have posted, please submit it to DPW, Director’s Office, City Hall, Room 348, San Francisco, CA 94102 and DPW will deliver it to the City Attorney’s office for investigation. For more information, contact DPW’s Bureau of Street Use and Mapping at 554-5810.”

The public may post information on some utility poles if the postings follow regulations outlined in Article 5.6 of the Public Works Code. The law was adopted to ensure that flyers posted on public property do not contribute to litter or blight. Illegal postings may be removed by DPW and are subject to fines from $50 to $500.

Signs are defined as any card, decoration, poster, campaign sign, or any object containing or bearing writing that is affixed, posted or fastened to a utility or light pole that is permanently attached to the street or sidewalk. Signs do not include handbills, banners or A-Frame boards. Bulletin boards designed for neighborhood postings are exempt from this regulation. Signs attached to buildings are regulated by Part II Chapter I of the Building Code.

Tips for Legally Posting Signs on Public Property

To legally place a sign on a utility pole, it must:

Be less than 11 inches in height
No higher than 12 feet from the ground
Conform to the shape of the pole
Be attached with tape or other non-adhesive material such as twine, string or other non-metal banding material
Include a legible posting date in the lower right hand corner
Be removed after 10 days, if the sign is promoting a date specific event
Be removed within 70 days of the posting date
Not be installed on historic street light poles*, traffic signal poles or traffic directional sign poles.
* Historic street light poles are on these streets:

Market Street from 1 Market to 2490 Market
Mission Street from 16th Street to 24th Street
Grant Avenue from Bush Street to Broadway Street
The Embarcadero from King Street to Jefferson Street
Lamp Posts on Fisherman’s Wharf from Hyde to Powell
Howard Street from 3rd Street to 4th Street
Lamp Posts within Union Square
Mason Street from Market to Sutter
Sutter Street from Mason to Kearny
Kearny Street from Bush to Market

The Postal Service Should Be Ashamed It Won’t Deliver to Single-Room Occupancy Tenants

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Or alternatively, Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Accurate Census Endangered by Postal Service SRO Policy – that was going to be the title originally. Anyway, the second-largest civilian employer in the United States, your U.S. Postal Service, apparently doesn’t have enough people to deliver the mail to the 19,000 San Franciscans residing in Single Room Occupancy units.

So, what letter carriers do is just dump the mail in a big pile in the lobby, let’s say in a big building with 100 units, and then split. The Post Office treats people living for years in the same place as if they’re hotel guests. Of course a lot of SROs don’t have lockable residential mailboxes, but the reason for that is that the PO just ignores them - it maintains a mail dump policy irregardless.

This could pose a problem for the upcoming 2010 Census, right? Check it: 

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That’s what was on display today down at 688 Commercial in the Financh / Chinatown area. It’s hard to figure where  U.S. Census forms should go to get to the right people.

And here’s a scene from today’s presser from San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera and Chinatown Community Development Center Deputy Director Norman Fong.

There’s a legal process going on right now that’s taking some time to resolve. Get all the deets on San Francisco’s action against the USPS here. (Let’s see, the PO’s motion to dismiss was denied and there’s been a couple of stabs at mediation so far.)

Herrera railed about the “incredibly irresponsible” postal service while Fong looked forward to “a day when everyone will get their mail.” 

Oh yes, here’s another from Herrera:

“Someone in an SRO should have the same service as someone living in a condo in the St. Regis.”

(The only person I can think of who lives at the Reeg there on Third Street / Willie Way is former Mayor Willie Brown. Mmmmm.)

This is the building discussed today:

Inside, U.S. Census worker Jade Wu is not pleased that these census forms still haven’t gotten to the intended recipients:

And here’s an attempt at a residential mailbox:

 

Sure seems odd that one federal agency is getting impeded by another, however independent it is.

And it’s not just the census, it’s everything else you should be getting in the mail

Do Americans have a right to mail delivery?

We’ll see.

Counting SRO Tenants in the 2010 Census. Difficulties highlight discriminatory mail delivery policies being challenged by City Attorney’s lawsuit against U.S. Postal Service 
 
SAN FRANCISCO (March 25,  2010)—City Attorney Dennis Herrera will join Chinatown Community Development Center representatives and tenants of single-room occupancy residential hotels, or SROs, to discuss the difficulties of assuring a complete count of every San Franciscan in the 2010 Census.  Among the most daunting challenges facing those who do outreach to communities at-risk of being undercounted is a policy by the U.S. Postal Service’s postmaster in San Francisco that treats SROs like tourist hotels—refusing individual mail delivery, and directing local letter carriers to drop unsecured mail bundles near building entryways and at front desks.  The discriminatory mail delivery policy is at the core of a federal lawsuit Herrera filed last May.  To date, attorneys for the postal service have been unwilling to discuss policy changes that would treat residents of SROs like other residents.