I have one small edit: MAKE LESS, TEACH
Remember this guy from a little while back, this Stephen Fowler asshole?
Here’s the notorious video. (Man that planning commish hearing about a certain place in Noe Valley just went on and on, huh? And hey, I wonder who ratted out that long-time Asian American dude* who lost his rental in NV owing to the lack of an Occupancy Permit? Mmmm… Anyway, Mr. Fowler is still reviled in Noe Valley.)
And before that, there was this one. Whew, good times.
And now there’s this, a new allegation that Stephen Fowler had something to do with these Marin County trees getting hacked (to death?) up in Mill Valley.
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As always, We Report, You Decide.
I mean, maybe this tale is completely made up, you know, the way people would make up stories about Mussolini having a devil’s tail, you know, sometimes people decide to not like you and then they’ll just start making stuff up.
Here they are, the allegations:
“Just wanted to pass along another example of Wife-Swapping Stephen Fowler’s example of hypocrisy. He purchased a home this spring in Mill Valley, 317 Hillside for $800,000, tore it down and is now building a 3.5 million $$ spec house to flip. When the bank foreclosed on his neighbor at 300 Hillside across the street this spring, Stephen approached the owner, a general contractor at the time, a few days before the bank took the house away and paid the home owner to have a few of his employees illegally climb 10 Heritage Redwood trees, cut 20-30 feet off the tops of them thus freeing up the view of San Francisco for Stephens new house project. For a self proclaimed tree hugger, he has balls. See the photo’s of just a few of the trees…”
Now, didn’t S. Fowler go on the TV to promote environmental awareness? I think so.
And didn’t he have all these kinds of shirts on – who made them, one wonders. Who forced poor Mr. Fowler into doing things he didn’t want to and saying things he didn’t want to say?
Anyway, somebody up Marin way might want to look into these tree allegations.
But remember, S Fowler makes more in one week than you do in one year!
*Robert Hanamura – whatever happened to that guy?
Gee, what’s wrong with appointed Supervisor Christina Olague, you know, if she can’t even get endorsed by her own Assemblymember?
Anyway, here’s the news of the day:
“Assemblymember Tom Ammiano Endorses John Rizzo for District 5 Supervisor
SAN FRANCISCO — Longtime San Francisco activist and California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has endorsed John Rizzo for District 5 Supervisor.
Ammiano has served San Francisco for three decades as a teacher, civil rights leader, SF School Board President, Supervisor, and Assembymember. He cited Rizzo’s leadership experience, both with City College and as a Sierra Club leader, as well as his commitment to finding creative and effective solutions to today’s biggest problems.
“In the years I’ve known John Rizzo, he has proven his dedication to public education, a greener San Francisco, and civil rights,” said Ammiano. “He’ll bring the kind of progressive policy solutions we need to City Hall, and has the experience to get them passed.”
“I am honored by Assemblymember Ammiano’s endorsement,” said Rizzo. “We have always shared values on issues such as education and the environment and I’m proud that he supports my bid for Supervisor.”
The endorsement comes at a great time for Rizzo’s campaign, which has been building momentum through an intensive field program that has seen campaigners on the ground in the District every day.
John Rizzo is also endorsed by Senator Leland Yee, Supervisor Eric Mar, the Sierra Club, and other elected officials and community and business leaders.
John Rizzo was twice elected to the Community College Board and is the former chair of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. He has a proven track record as an effective leader in government and education, in protecting the environment, parks and Muni, and in bringing jobs to San Francisco. Some of his accomplishments include spearheading adoption of the GoSolarSF program which quadrupled the city’s solar capacity and created hundreds of jobs, and creating a “local hire” initiative at City College, which ensures that San Franciscans are put to work on taxpayer-funded construction projects.
As a 27-year resident of District 5, John raised his daughter through San Francisco public schools and is a dedicated MUNI rider. He is committed to fighting for our neighborhoods, our schools, and our city.
So, add that to this list of Endorsements:
The Sierra Club
Leland Yee, State Senator
Eric Mar, Supervisor
Jake McGoldrick, Former Supervisor
Milton Marks, Trustee, College Board
Natalie Berg, Trustee, College Board
Chris Jackson, Trustee, College Board
Steve Ngo, Trustee, College Board
Mark Sanchez, Former President of the Board of Education
Mary Hernandez, Former President of the Board of Education
Robert Varni, Former Trustee, College Board*
Julio Ramos, Former Trustee, College Board
Dr. Carlota T. Del Portillo, Former Dean, City College Mission Campus
Bob Cheasty, Former Albany Mayor, and Citizens for East Shore Parks.
Andy Katz, East Bay MUD Board of Directors
Larry Fahn, Sierra Club National Board of Directors and Former President
Sanjay Ranshod, Sierra Club National Board of Directors
Michele Perrault, Former President National Sierra Club Board of Directors
Trent Orr, Earth Justice
Former Planning Commissioner Espanola Jackson
I don’t know, I’m all for safety and whatnot, but something about this Bye-Bye Buggy convoy struck me.
What is it, the orange and yellow safety vests, the orange pennant, the back-up orange pennant, the hand-held stop sign (held by a person with no authority to use a hand-held stop sign on Van Ness), and/or the flashing white LED light on said hand-held stop sign?
Crossing U. S. Route 101, aka Van Ness Avenue:
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I don’t know.
Oh wait, that’s right, it’s missing its BABY ON BOARD! sign hanging off the back. I just knew something was wrong with this scene. I’ll obtain one (or a half-dozen) and make a gift to this crew the next time I see them on McAllister or in front of City Hall.
All right, play us out of here, Helen Lovejoy.
The biggest loser of the great 2009 Professor* Stephen Fowler Wife Swap Debacle has got to be one Richard Hanamura, ex Noe Valley. Why?
Well, ’cause bad reality TV played a role in aging Robert Hanamura losing his upstairs place at 479 Douglass ($850k? Sounds cheap.) in NIMBY Valley.
Let me tell you here, let’s say you’re a landlord in the 415 and you have some Hanamuras living upstairs that you want get rid of. Let’s say they’ve been there for donkey’s years, using an illegally-installed kitchen. Here’s how it go back in the day:
Landlord: Hello, City? There’s an octogenarian in my place using an illegal kitchen.
City: So what. Get bent.
Landlord: Japanese blood courses through his veins. His name is HA-NA-MU-RA.
City: We’re rolling the trucks right now! He’ll be imprisoned up in the high desert at Manzanar by tomorrow’s sunset.
“Anonymous disinterested party”: Hello, City? There’s an octogenarian living at 479 Douglass – his name is Hanamura. Japanese blood courses through his veins.
City: So what. Get bent. Who are you anyway, the landlord or someone working on his behalf?
ADP: No comment. I’m “anonymous.”
City: So what. Get bent, Anonymous.
ADP: He’s using an illegal kitchen. Or, at least that’s what I’ve been told…
City: We’re rolling the trucks right now! Well, maybe not, there’s some due process thing these days. But hey, why don’t you just throw him a few bucks and get him to leave voluntarily. Tell him that kitchen’s got to come out right now, and him too, sooner rather than later.
That’s your history lesson of the day.
Hey, why not head over to the SFGOV TV and start watching at 8:30, that’s 8 hours and 30 minutes into the recent Planning Commission joint. It’s a doozy. Who will win, the NIMBYs or arrogant Stephen Fowler and his flaky “I’m a healer and I release deep emotional wounds” wife or area NIMBYs?
Hey, who was the person who anonymously informed on illegal in-law resident Robert Hanamura?
Well, who have a reason to? He’d been peacefully living there for four decades, right?
Something to think about, huh?
Stephen Fowler’s 80 foot long “monster house,” as proposed:
I’m a Greenie! Supersize Me!
*Not really! Haha
Now people, no more of this:
“He is clearly an insecure man. Insecure about the very things for which he criticizes the “swap” wife. First, an advanced degree from the London School is hardly impressive in the venture capital world. Most VC’s have received their MBA’s from Harvard or Stanford and if you were able to gain admittance to either of those schools, you would never attend the London School. Second, he claims to have scored a 99.99% on the GRE. (BTW, not the standardized test for an MBA) The GRE only scores in even percentiles. For example, he would have not received a score that said 99.99 percentile (as he states in the video), but rather it would have said 99th percentile. Samll point, but character revealing. He calls himself a venture capitalist, but he is only a “venture partner.” Anyone in the venture world knows there is a big distinction. In San Francisco, he is a small fish who lacks impressive education and business credentials and from a career perspective, he has achieved relatively little. His wife has a bunch of “certificates,” an odd occupation, and is uncouth enough to apply for and agree to a role on a reality TV show. In San Francisco, they were most likely socially inferior even BEFORE their appearance on “Wife Swap.” I’m not a psychologist, but Stephen appears to be taking out his feelings of inadequacy on this woman. Kudos to her for keeping her dignity through it all.
[UPDATE: Whoops, StephenFowlerSucks.com is still an active site, so maybe not everyone has moved on. Oh, wait a second, it's blog.StephenFowlerSucks.com so maybe it's a free website and the author actually has moved on. Can't tell.]
As I remember it, former food addict and “certified hypnotherapist / life coach” Renee Stephens took the brunt of criticism over this entire affair, but I could be wrong about that.
Anyway, it’s been a few years, so let’s let writer CW Nevius sanitize history and present the best case for the defense of notorious Noe Valley’s Stephen Fowler.
That’s right, it’s another episode of hit “reality” series CW Neviusese’s Reputation Defense!
I don’t know, is Stephen Fowler a real person or was he acting as a performance artist complete with ridiculous “tree-awareness” T-shirt and perfunctory website?
(Of course, Antics = “amusing behavior.”)
Leave us begin:
“Forty minutes on television, a lifetime of consequences,” Fowler said.
Uh, you were kind of a tool living in Noe Valley before the show, you were kind of a tool living in Noe Valley during the show, and now you’re kind of a tool living in Noe Valley after the show. So what “consequences” have there been, really? What’s changed?
For a several days after the show, security guards were posted in the neighborhood.
Rich people can afford to do a lot of unnecessary things, of course. Why use the passive voice when it’s sort of obvious that dude hired the guards?
“Everyone gets 15 minutes of fame,” Fowler said, “but mine’s gone on a little bit longer.”
Everybody gets on national TV and seen by millions of people? Really?
Fowler was fired from his job as chief financial officer when the solar company he worked for was the target of threats.
Uh, maybe the same would have occurred without the threats? So why mention any “threats?” Did the company sign-off on having its CFO appear on the television? Who knows? Has any CFO actually gotten fired over some incoming phone calls or emails? Mmmmm…
“I’m not going to bad mouth the neighbors, although I realize it is better copy if I do,” he said with a smile.
Why on Earth would dude care about what’s good “copy” or not? Why would he antagonize the crowd against him? Would that be rational behavior?
Muzzled for a year under his contract with the show, he’s now ready to answer that question everyone wants to ask – why would an intelligent, pleasant fellow with a refined English accent say such horrible things?
Uh, “muzzled?” He could have said whatever he wanted to whenever he wanted to, obviously. Why did he sign the deal then if he didn’t want to be on the television? And “everyone” wants to ask dude a question. Really? Like IRL? And “intelligent,” “pleasant,” “refined?” What kind of “journalist” would ask a question in such a kiss-ass fashion?
“Clearly it was the most stupid mistake of my life,” he said.
Uh, to the extent that people know about you, it’s the only thing people know about you. How is it then that you can say “clearly” anything?
“I was going to be Simon Cowell on steroids. The producers made it quite clear they needed confrontation.
What kind of gun did they have pointed at your head when they forced you to become (in your dreams, dude) Simon Cowell, dude? Why did you care what they “needed?” Oh, cause you wanted to be on the television? How banal.
But it can’t ruin his life. C’mon people, it is time to move on.
Nobody in town gives a flying foxtrot about this character except for you, Nevius. Everybody else has already moved on.
Recently, Fowler began teaching a class at the University of San Francisco.
Well, lah di dah!
He struggled with the idea of how to introduce himself.
Awwwww. Poor baby.
He knew that at least half the class would know about “Wife Swap,”
Objection, assumes facts not in evidence. What color is the sky in your world, dude? Does the entire universe revolve around you? Do all teenagers watch ABC? Not to my knowledge. How about, “I felt that some students in my crappy class at USF might know about my Wife Swap appearance,” you know, instead?
so he didn’t feel like he could ignore it. Finally, he decided to just come out with it.
Dude, just ignore it. You’re a tool and your toolish NIMBY neighbors [of course, most of you Noe Valley people are great, I'm seriously] can’t mind their own bidness. Sounds like Noe Valley humming along as per usual.
“The whole class just gasped,”
I’m thinking, no, the whole class, every last person being forced, more or less, to listen, didn’t gasp.
“But this one girl just laughed her head off. She thought it was so funny.”
HAHAHAHHAHAHA! I be laughing my noggin off too! Oh wait, I don’t get it.
Fowler is hoping that someday he’ll be able to laugh about it too.
Cue violins. No, no, this would be better. Maudlin endings are the best right?
Oh, wait a second, does Fowler have a Porsche?* Sadly, this important information has been left out.
*Actually, he seems more an Audi or BMW guy, complete with mad garage spaces, frustrated in his attempts to try to live a suburban lifestyle in the big city. Oh well.