Posts Tagged ‘theatre district’

Remembering the Time When San Francisco’s Official Tourist Association Renamed the Tenderloin as the “THEATER DISTRICT”

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

This one’s from a few years back:

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Perhaps this was the problem:

Organization History

For more than 100 years the San Francisco Travel Association has worked on behalf of its partners to promote San Francisco as the destination of choice for conventions and leisure travel. The Association is an outgrowth of the San Francisco Convention and Tourist League, a non-profit, local business association founded in 1909 to reclaim the City’s position as a world-class destination in the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire.

San Francisco Travel continues that mission today, aggressively marketing and selling San Francisco to attract visitors. San Francisco Travel is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)6 membership organization, headed by a Board of Directors made up of 45 business leaders from various companies, elected by the membership. Additionally, in 2003, the Association established a 501(c)3 foundation to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in local hospitality management programs and to produce educational programs.” 

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Demands Response from 414 Mason, Site of Tourist Slaying

Friday, August 13th, 2010

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J Herrera is going after the owner / operator of 414 Mason, the site of the recent Union Square shootout that resulted in the death of German tourist Mechthild Schröer. (The SFPD is still working on this case – they were down in Fremont yesterday.)

Mr. Herrera is alleging that the August 8th party was illegal and overcrowded. All the deets are below.

San Francisco’s Happy Warrior, DJH:

Herrera initiates legal action against teen party venue in Union Square tourist shooting. Demand letter to owner, operator of rental space alleges Fire Code violations, unlawful business practices in ‘horrific incident’ 

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 13, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken a step toward suing the owner and operator of a Union Square venue where an illegal, overcrowded party for high school-aged youths last Sunday was marred by gunfire that injured two teens and took the life a German tourist. 

Herrera’spre-litigation demand letter to Joseph Ursino, owner of the building at 414 Mason Street, and Curtis Matthews, who rented out the party space, alleges that the two face, “at a minimum, civil liability for violating the California Fire Code and for unlawful business practices.”  Such violations can be punishable by fines and penalties as well as disgorgement of all profits related to the unlawful conduct.  The letter sent this morning acknowledges that the City Attorney’s Office is also evaluating the potential liability of Labriette Collins, the event’s promoter. 

“Because of the tragic circumstances and grave public safety concerns surrounding the event and how you and others managed it, I will seek full legal redress to affirm public confidence in laws intended to protect the safety of San Francisco’s residents and visitors,” Herrera’s letter states.  “Vigorous enforcement of these laws is additionally essential to guarantee fair treatment to the vast majority of responsible entertainment business operators, who invest the care and expense necessary to abide by the law, and who comprise one of our City’s most important economic sectors.” 

All the deets, and the demand letter itself, after the jump.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Issues Statement about Slain German Tourist Mechthild Schroer

Monday, August 9th, 2010

If this isn’t international news it will be soon. At the very least, it’s nice to see that the mayor issued a statement about it today.

Mechthild Schroer, the woman on the right in this photo, was slain in the Union Square area last night:

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The Mayor’s statement:

MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM’S STATEMENT ON WEEKEND SHOOTINGS & CLUB REGULATIONS. Mayor Newsom Offers Condolences to Victims of Violence, Signs Legislation to Give Entertainment Commission Greater Power to Revoke Problem Club Permits

San Francisco, CA – Mayor Gavin Newsom today strongly condemned this weekend’s separate shootings that resulted in the death of Mechthild Schroeer of Germany, along with four wounded in the Theater District and South of Market neighborhoods.

“On behalf of our entire City, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mechthild Schroeer, who died needlessly from this senseless violence, and to those who were injured in these disturbing incidents. I urge anyone with any information about the two shootings on the 400 block of Mason Street and near 1015 Folsom nightclub to notify the Police department immediately to aid in the ongoing investigations.  

I also commend the brave taxi driver and many pedestrians and other witnesses who aided the San Francisco Police Department in apprehending suspects in the 400 block of Mason incident. These people represent the best of our City and our values.

Though our homicide rate so far this year remains at a historic low, we will not tolerate violence in our City’s neighborhoods or senseless shootings that occur near and around San Francisco nightclubs and social clubs. Nightlife is an important part of our City’s cultural and economic vibrancy, but there is nothing more important than the public safety of our residents and visitors. We will continue to pursue every possible means to prevent violence outside clubs and hold club owners and promoters accountable.”

Today, Mayor Newsom also signed legislation strengthening the Entertainment Commission’s ability to permanently revoke the permits of problem clubs, passed by the Board of Supervisors last week. The legislation follows recent incidents near Jelly’s Dance Cafe in the Mission Bay, El Rincon in the Mission, and Suede in North Beach. In December 2009, Mayor Newsom sponsored legislation which granted the Entertainment Commission the power to issue emergency suspensions and temporary closures, along with other powers to deal with problem clubs. In May 2009, Mayor Newsom sponsored legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors to give the SFPD greater authority to discourage and prevent loitering outside nightclubs.

The 850 Geary Building – Dennis Herrera vs. Tenderloin Landlords Patricia D. and James P. Quinn

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Our three-term San Francisco City Attorney, Dennis J. Herrera, can’t abide landlords who exhibit “an egregious pattern of housing, building, health and safety code violations.” As proof of that, let’s take a look at today’s news regarding the owners of the building at 850 Geary in the Tenderloin / Trenderloin / TenderNob / Lower Nob Hill / Theatre District:

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed suit against the property owners of 850 Geary Street, an apartment building whose tenants have been forced to endure an egregious pattern of housing, building, health and safety code violations for nearly five years. According to the complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court, more than a dozen Notices of Violation and Orders of Abatement have been filed against the building owners by the San Francisco Building Inspection and Health Departments since 2005 — and all have gone virtually unheeded.

Said Herrera: “These landlords have been given every opportunity to address their code violations, but have instead chosen to flout the law, to ignore city enforcement agencies, and to allow substandard housing conditions to persist. Their continued defiance has left the City with no choice but to seek a court order to force the owners to fix the problems, to protect tenants and neighbors.”

 The City Attorney’s complaint details numerous housing code violations that establish the property as public nuisance, including:

1) lack of certification for boiler room repairs;

2) unmaintained fire escapes;

3) severe cockroach infestation;

4) lack of hot water;

5) unilluminated exit passage ways;

6) lacking heat;

7) a malfunctioning passenger elevator;

8) water intrusion damage in several apartments;

9) a broken window frame;

10) a damaged main entry door;

11) leaking radiator

12) a fire damaged electrical outlet in one of the unit’s bedrooms. 

 Health Department inspectors additionally issued Notice of Violations for bed bugs, cockroaches, and mice.

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 21, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed suit against the property owners of 850 Geary Street, an apartment building whose tenants have been forced to endure an egregious pattern of housing, building, health and safety code violations for nearly five years.  According to the complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court this morning, more than a dozen Notices of Violation and Orders of Abatement have been filed against the building owners by the San Francisco Building Inspection and Health Departments since 2005 — and all have gone virtually unheeded.

“The owners of 850 Geary Street are engaged in unlawful business practices that threaten the health and safety of their tenants and their surrounding neighbors,” said Herrera.  “These landlords have been given every opportunity to address their code violations, but have instead chosen to flout the law, to ignore city enforcement agencies, and to allow substandard housing conditions to persist.  Their continued defiance has left the City with no choice but to seek a court order to force the owners to fix the problems, to protect tenants and neighbors.”

Named as defendant in Herrera’s lawsuit are James P. Quinn and Patricia D. Quinn, who also the own and manage the building.  The City Attorney’s complaint details numerous housing code violations that establish the property as public nuisance, including: 1) lack of certification for boiler room repairs; 2) unmaintained fire escapes; 3) severe cockroach infestation; 4) lack of hot water; 5) unilluminated exit passage ways; 6) lacking heat; 7) a malfunctioning passenger elevator; 8) water intrusion damage in several apartments; 9) a broken window frame; 10) a damaged main entry door; 11) leaking radiator 12) a fire damaged electrical outlet in one of the unit’s bedrooms.  Health Department inspectors additionally issued Notice of Violations for bed bugs, cockroaches, and mice.
The case is City and County of San Francisco and the People of California v.  James P.  Quinn, Patricia D.  Quinn et al., San Francisco Superior Court, Filed Jan. 20, 2010.  A copy of the complaint is available for download as a PDF on the City Attorney’s Web site at http://www.sfcityattorney.org/ .

Beth Spotswood’s Soberversary is San Francisco’s Affair of the Decade

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

San Francisco’s online world was all a Twitter last night due to writer Beth Spotwood’s First Annual Soberversary at Yelp-rated Rye in the Theatre District.

Hundreds of well-wishers tried to pack into the place – it was truly San Francisco’s Affair of the Decade of the Aughts.

Here are just a few…

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…of Beth’s supporters.

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This was as close as I could get to the program next door due to the standing-room-only crowd. Emcee Melissa Griffinintroduced the always-dapper, besuited Senator Mark Leno, who presented an official certificate to Beth:

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And here’s Beth in action, doing spoken word in front of a brick wall.

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Congratulations, Beth. Bon courage!

Tenderloin Tableau: Pedestrian vs. a Yuppie’s Poor Volvo

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

This yuppie got delayed up a bit during his evening drive through the “Theatre District” and the Flank on his way back to San Mateo County the other day. He looked a little peeved due to the  pedestrian on the left smashing her fist onto the hood of his Volvo. It was quite the scene.

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Note the undercover cop avec bicycle and camcorder at the ready.