Of course there are pros and cons to the proposed sugar tax you’ll get a chance to vote on in November
As seen in SF:
Generic soda at Lucky costs about $2 a gallon. Prop E would raise that to about $4.50 a gallon, more than gasoline is these days, not that I care.
First they came for the cigarettes, and I did not speak out—
Because I am not a smoker.
Then they came for the gasoline, and I did not speak out—
Because I don’t spend much on gasoline, usually less than $1000 per year .
Then they came for the sugary soda, and I did not speak out—
Because I don’t drink sugary soda – too sweet.
But if they come for refreshing Diet Cherry Coke, there will be no one left to speak for me. Oh well.
“Signs we have reached peak-app? Cabbie in SF running 5 dash mounted phones”
Yowzer, what a photo.
All right, your move, SFMTA.
All right, your move, Ed Reiskin.
(Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.)
This has been a remarkable change, over the past half-decade.
You see them, all over the place, every day, coming and going, taking photos of buildings, looking at maps, asking where “the Seven Ladies” are, asking where the “Full House house” is, and rolling luggage up and down the street, you know, that kind of thing.
Sometimes I don’t know if they’re Airbnb people, but other times, like this time, it’s easy to tell:
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I don’t have a generalized beef against tourists – that makes me different from the typical Western Addition NIMBY.
In any event, this is what Airbnb looks like IRL on the street.
It sends youthful orange-shirted attractivas with iPads out to approach tourists in Golden Gate Park.
Feigned excitement: “Oh it’s your birthday tomorrow!?”
We can’t afford to operate the Strybing Arboretum without soaking the tourists, but we can afford this?
What’s going on, SFGov. Do you do everything a special interest tells you to do?
Well, this was the big rumor of May 2014:
But the Taylor Swift people said no way, Jose.
But hey, look what’s on the front door now, a weathered posting:
Here’s my stab at it:
MR HU XU AND I MISS XIA XU
OWN OUR PERMANENT RESIDENCE
3800 AND 3810 WASHINGTON STREET
IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
THIS PROPERTY IS NOT FOR SALE
MISS XIA XU
But here’s the For Sale sign that’s still there. (Note the smallish 3810 Washington next door on the left.)
And here’s the web site still offering the place for sale. Check it out – the floor plans make this place look amazing, with levels up and down into the earth
And here’s the current listing.
This certainly is a mystery…
Subterranean by design
I wonder what I would find
If I met you, let my eyes caress you
Until I meet the thought of Miss Princess Xu?
A fresh press release:
“NEWS RELEASE: SAN FRANCISCO CITYWIDE COALITION SAYS NO TO PROPOSED CHIU LEGISLATION - Board of Supervisors trying to convert residential housing to short-term rentals
Press conference Tuesday April 29, 2014 Steps of City Hall at 10:00 am
San Francisco — Organizations representing usually divergent interests ranging from tenants to landlords, and from hotel workers to the hospitality industry have joined forces with neighborhood and homeowner associations to oppose legislation introduced by Supervisor David Chiu to legalize the short term rentals of residential property throughout San Francisco.
“In the face of an unprecedented housing crisis, Supervisor Chiu’s legislation to legalize the short term rentals of residential property will only exacerbate the housing crisis. This practice is detrimental to our rent-controlled housing stock”, said Janan New, Executive Director of the San Francisco Apartment Association.
“Our studies have shown that with over 10,000 units of housing being rented out over Airbnb, HomeAway and other websites this practice is having a negative impact on hotel workers and San Francisco’s hospitality industry”, said Mike Casey, President of UNITE HERE Local 2.
“The proposed legislation would rezone the entire city from residential zoning to commercial zoning in one fell swoop. We hear complaints from almost every neighborhood about the detrimental effects of short term rentals on the quality of life of tenants and residents”, said John Bardis, former President of the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods and former San Francisco Supervisor.
“Supervisors Chiu’s legislation would repeal hard won controls on Single Resident Occupancy housing, threatens current affordable housing provisions for over 30,000 permanently affordable units, would transform newly approved “in-law units” into high priced motel rooms and make “below market rate” units lifetime luxury hotels. It is the single biggest threat to affordable housing ever proposed by a San Francisco Supervisor” stated longtime affordable housing advocate Calvin Welch.
“Airbnb and other hosting platforms owe the City millions of dollars in unpaid hotel taxes. It is high time that the City collect these taxes which pay for the arts and vital city services and programs. The proposed legislation does not clearly hold Airbnb and similar organizations responsible for collecting and remitting the hotel tax”, said former Supervisor Aaron Peskin.
All of these organizations are calling for Supervisor Chiu to withdraw his legislation at a press conference on Tuesday April 29 on the steps of City Hall at 10:00 am.”