Posts Tagged ‘star’

The NeMA “New Market” Building People Boast About Their Mysteriously High Yelp Rating – But Uh Oh, Still No Rent Control

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Here’s the boast:

“NEMA residents, we appreciate you. Did you know? NEMA’s 4.5 stars is the best rating of any San Francisco apartment complex on Yelp. ‪#‎CHInspired ‪#‎liveNEMA”

And here’s the Yelp page.

Hey NeMa, can I ask who’s posting all the five-star shill reviews? Nobody in your employ, you say? But how do you know that? 

Hey NeMa, do you really spend your time aggressively getting Yelp to take down non-five-star reviews so that you can boast about your then-higher Yelp rating? 

Hey NeMa, what do people say about you after they leave you in light of the absence of the price control aspect of San Francisco rent control?

Just asking.

Reader Notes:

Here are the reviews from the bottom of the barrel.

And here are the ones what don’t factor into NeMa’s high Yelp rating, for whatever reason.

And see if you can find any trace of this one:

“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.”

This person’s thoughts are Down The Memory Hole, it seems?

Gratuitous Window Pentagram, 94117 – The Giant Star of Clayton Street

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

I’m thinkin’ Wiccan, but I could be wrong.

Cf. the star-less window below:

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(Hey, Did you know that you can get a pentacle put on your tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery, you know, if you’re a Wiccan soldier?


News to me!)

Anyway, some tenant did an art project in the bustling Haight Ashbury, so passersby will be noticing it for the next hundred years prolly. This is a kind of immortality.

Merry part…

Jupiter Descending, Over a Benihana – Along with la Luna y Venus – Conjunction, What’s Your Function?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Check it, it’s the moon together with Jupiter, the Gas Giant, up high and Venus, the Evening Star on the right, all converging, equilateral trianagularily, over a Benihana Japanese Steakhouse.

As seen during Summer Solstice 2015:

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Merry part.

Frisco Disses Texas – Flies State Flag Upside-Down at Civic Center in Front of Historic City Hall – Poor Tech-sas!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Here’s the scene down in Civic Center, with 18 flags in front of the Highest* Classical Dome in the Western Hemisphere (and fifth-highest in the world, I believe):


You can see the state flag of Texas camera left, red side down, as it’s supposed to be.

But here’s how things look these days:

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See? It’s flying butter-side-down:

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IDK if this is being done on purpose, as a dig against Our Great Competitor, or if this is being done out of ignorance. It’s been this way for a while – this isn’t just a one-day thing. (Maybe we’re still mad about losing QANTAS to Dallas/Fort Worth.)

Now, is the 415 an unlikely place for the Lone Star Flag? Some think so:

Only Berkeley would be more unlikely.

Here’s your answer:

The name and star [of CA’s original flag] are said to be inspired by Texas, so maybe that’s why that state got included.”

*Yes, higher than the Capitol Dome in DC. By like a foot or two. On purpose. And any other dome you’re thinking about isn’t classical and/or it’s in the eastern hemisphere…

Explaining Why the “Haight Street Rat” Isn’t “as close as you can get to the intention that Banksy had”

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Here it is, back in 2010. That greenish building that used to be a bank housed Villains Vault at the time:

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Detail, camera left:

Und camera right:

A thin red line connects these two elements, one assumes.

Here’s the update:

Banksy’s ‘Haight Street Rat’ graffiti holes up in an S.F. gallery by Rachel Howard

Now let’s say that Banksy caught Villains Vault displaying and selling unlicensed Banksy reprints as well as stuff from other street artists, you know, flagrantly, back in 2010. So then Banksy was all enough is enough, so he was all THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE.

And then he drew the line.

So really, the line is the piece, instead of the rat, right?

So if you just have the rat, you’re missing part of the story, right?

So it’s not just The Rat In The Hat Comes Back, right? I’m not saying that Banksy is all that deep but he’s deeper than a simple put-a-beret-on-it.

Now I understand why that KRON guy just went for the rat, but to do this job “as close as you could get to the intention Banksy had,” you’d have gotten the rest of the piece.

Just saying.

Or, IOW:

“The original Haight Street Rat stencil is a beret-wearing rat clutching a marker and a red line that extends from the rat to the neighboring building on the corner of Haight Street and Belvedere Street. On the adjacent building, the rat has seemingly written the text “THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE” in red which can be seen from the street above a clothing store that allegedly took street artists’ works and printed them on T-shirts and other apparel for sale without giving the artists any credit or revenue.”


“Named the Haight Street Rat for its placement atop a Victorian building on Haight Street, the stenciled rat clutching a red marker is now neatly framed and displayed in a location entirely unlike the one in which it was created: the lobby of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A., the city’s tallest tower and perhaps its most conspicuous symbol of capitalism. It’s a baffling venue for a piece of site-specific street art that initially wrapped across two buildings…

Honda-Lovers Who Want to Become Famous Should Enter This Northern California Honda Dealers Contest by Jan 31, 2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Here you go:

Share Your Honda Story – Star in Our Campaign.

Remember me after you become famous…

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…

The Least SFPD Cop-Looking SFPD Cop I’ve Ever Seen, I Think – What Kind of Police Uniform is This?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

So what’s this, yellow for visibility instead of SFPD blue? No seven-pointed star? No oro en paz, fierro en guerra screaming chicken on the shoulder patch, which I don’t know about since I couldn’t see any patch from the side anyway.

I’m forced to assume* that you’d be able to tell dude’s SFPD from the front.

Here he is, on Randy Shaw’s traffic sewer, the first block of troubled Turk Street, in the twoubled Twitterloin:

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I approve not, Gentle Reader.

*Or maybe he’s BART? I’m still not sure. In all my years, I’ve never had this much trouble ID’ing the SFPD.

OMG OMG, Jerry Seinfeld Plays Santa Rosa! – May 16th, 2014 at WELLS FARGO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Jerry? Jerry! I’m busting! I’m busting! 

All the deets:




FRIDAY, MAY 16 at 7pm & 10pm


“Santa Rosa, CA (March 27, 2014) – America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at theWells Fargo Center for the Arts (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa) on Friday, May 16 at 7 pm and 10 pm. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2014.   Tickets are available starting Friday, April 4 at 12 pm, online at, by phone at 707.546.3600 or at the ticket office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.

About Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

A 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and events center, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular civic events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 100 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving 30,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain.

Real-Life Carl Fredricksen: This Homeowner on Oak Street Looks Like the Star of Pixar’s “Up” Film

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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