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Historic March and Festival, Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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March/Rally October 4 2014

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WE ARE THE PLAZA 16 COALITION

We are neighborhood residents, businesses, and community organizations from the 16th and Mission neighborhood and Mission District.

We believe in equitable development that creates healthy, vibrant, communities of opportunity. We believe this requires thoughtful, intentional, and community-based strategies to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color participate in and benefit from the decisions that shape our neighborhoods and our city’s transit-oriented development.

View a PDF of the presentation from our May 15th Community Forum at the Victoria Theater.

Learn more about the Plaza 16 Coalition and how you can join our efforts.

Read our vision statement for development in our neighborhood and our demands for development at 1979 Mission Street at the 16th and Mission BART plaza.

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Asking 1 Million Dollars for a 1906 Earthquake Shack in Bernal Heights

Asking 1 Million Dollars for a 1906 Earthquake Shack in Bernal Heights.

Asking 1 Million Dollars for a 1906 Earthquake Shack in Bernal Heights

Buyers looking to own a piece of San Francisco history need look no further: 331 Prentiss Street, a former earthquake shack in Bernal Heights, has recently come to market at $1.15 million. The two-bedroom, two-bath house has undergone some major renovations, including a new foundation, new kitchen and new bathrooms, and is more than twice its original 550 square feet. But it still contains three of four “shack” walls, including its historic facade (though a window and wraparound porch have been added).

The home’s current owners say the structure originally built on the land burned down in the fires caused by the city’s famed 1906 earthquake. The displaced residents had to move into one of the “refugee shacks” built to provide housing in the aftermath of the quake. When the parkland refugee camps began closing in late 1907, the Prentiss property owners hauled two shacks (one of the larger 14′ x 18′ models and one of the smaller 10′ x 14′ cottages) back to their property and combined them together to create one home. As The Chronicle recently reported, almost all of the approximately 5,000 shacks built for quake refugees are now gone, but the largest concentration that remains can be found in Bernal Heights. (A few have also been found in the Sunset, Ocean View, Daly City and even Santa Cruz.)

The current owners of the Prentiss property kept the shape of the combined shacks and added traditional trim work to the new addition to maintain the look and feel of the historic home. A sense of history was also on the owners’ minds when creating their beadboard-backsplashed kitchen and traditional bathrooms with features like a clawfoot tub and subway tile. But the home has definitely been modernized with an open floor plan, overhauled plumbing and electrical systems, and double-paned windows. The backyard also underwent a transformation of its own, with the addition of a patio, eat-in solarium and private hot tub area.

Also transformed: the price. After the quake, refugees typically paid $2 a month toward the $50 cost for their shacks. But more than 100 years—and a  major renovation and expansion—later, the $891 per square foot asking price at 331 Prentiss is actually a bargainfor the neighborhood.

From SF GATE,

Emily Landes is a writer and editor who is obsessed with all things real estate. She also has a DIY problem that she blogs about at pritical.com

 

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Explore San Francisco: Explore The Folsom District. Free Event

Explore San Francisco: The Folsom District

Free Event This Saturday July 14th

 We’ll start in the heart of the old SOMA District, “South Of the Slot”.  See this blue collar neighborhood as it used to be before re-development.  Then we will travel to a former gay entertainment strip, the area is now commonly called, “Crack Alley”.  Before it is destroyed forever, see the Hugo Hotel and the world famous art installation known as, “Defenestration”.
Next up, we’ll cruise the 1970’s “Miracle Mile” of the Folsom District. This area was Mecca for the Gay Leather community and withstood re-development until the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s decimated much of the population, leaving the community weakened and vulnerable. The Folsom Street Fair was created out of this crisis, and is the largest leather/fetish event in the world and the third largest, single-day outdoor event in California. We will see the Fairgrounds but we are really here to celebrate the Folsom’s heyday. During that time this area boasted over 30 gay bars and bath houses, as well as lesbian bars, shops, hotels, retail, private sex clubs, eateries and motorcycle clubs. This was called the “Valley of the Kings“, and you will see why.
We will stop at Wicked Grounds ‘kink” coffee shop for refreshments and snacks. Shopping stops and tours are at Mr. S Leather and Good Vibrations. Many more stops and places of interest are included on this one of a kind tour. This tour ticket does not include the Armory. Please see The Folsom District & The Armory listing if you wish to attend both. For further information please call 415.793.1104 or email info@exploresf.biz

To reserve your space for this free event please sign up at: http://www.facebook.com/events/200800926712135/

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Pacific Telephone Building From Condos To Yelp



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Scraps Plans For Condos

Yelp Is Moving to 140  Montgomery Street

 

Back in 2007, developers Wilson Meany Sullivan (of Ferry Building and One Powell fame) acquired the Timothy Pfleuger art deco skycraper at 140 New Montgomery Street. Known as the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building, the tower was one of the tallest skyscrapers on the West Coast at the time it was constructed in 1925. The developers had grand plans to renovate the building into luxury condos, and even got through the permitting and entitlements labyrinth in 2008. Unfortunately for them, the plans were hatched right before the recession, and the loss of funding cause the project to stall out for the past four years.

Fast forward to today and the office market has started to boom again, so the developers have redirected the project. With a $50 million-plus modernization project about to begin, the new rehabilitation will include a major seismic retrofit and upgrading the skyscraper’s 280,000 square feet of available office space to house potential tech start-ups, venture-capital firms and others. According to the project website, the space will included high-end amenities like a private

outdoor tenant garden, showers, bike parking and repair rooms, and first-class ground-floor dining. Are you listening, future fancy tenants?

Designed by local superstar architect Timothy Pflueger (art deco mastermind behind the Transbay TerminalNew Mission TheaterCCSF, and the Paramount Theater in Oakland), it has soaring terra-cotta piers, art deco details and 13-foot-tall eagle statues at the top – not to mention a pretty fierce marble lobby. There’s also a 26th floor auditorium (sure, why not?), complete with bas reliefs with a snake charmer, elephants and other animals. According to the plans, WMS seeks to maintain the architectural integrity of the building – vintage light fixtures in the lobby will be restored, original bronze medallions on the elevator doors replicated, and the old mail chute retained.

It won’t be all historic sentimentality though, as the plan also include measures to modernize and add safety features to the building. They will replace 1,300 of the building’s 1,700 steel-frame windows, install seismic bracing and modernize the elevators. The developer also plans to create two new retail or restaurant spaces off the restored main lobby. According to the Wall Street Journal, the building should beready for occupancy in the summer of 2013.


UPDATE**** YELP Moving in

Yelp has given San Francisco a five-star rating, committing itself to stay in its hometown through at least 2021.

The popular online review site, one of the first dot-coms to set up shop in the city after the Internet bubble burst, will announce Thursday that it has signed a roughly 100,000-square-foot lease at the Pacific Telephone Building, an Art Deco classic of the city’s skyline.

Pac Bell Building

Pac Bell Building (Photo credit: jgatts)

“We’ve grown up here in the city, and it’s fair to say that Yelp wouldn’t have been as successful had we not started in a city like San Francisco,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, chief executive of Yelp, in describing why the company decided to keep its headquarters here. “It’s a very dynamic cultural scene, lots of restaurants and nightlife, and all those things feed nicely into what Yelp is about.”

Contributing factors included the deepening design and engineering talent pool in the city, the convenient commute to that slice of South of Market and the unique character of 140 New Montgomery St., he said.

Designed by prominent architect Timothy Pflueger in the 1920s, the Pacific Telephone Building is considered one of the finest Art Deco skyscrapers in the city, routinely praised in local architecture guides.

Yelp will relocate from its current space at 706 Mission St. in the fall of 2013. The new space will accommodate around 800 employees, room to grow from the roughly 500 San Francisco workers Yelp has today.

 

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EXPLORE San Francisco: The Folsom District

Folsom District Walking Tour- Free Event…

Public Event · By Explore San Francisco

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  • Sunday July 1st 2012
  • 1:15pm until 3:00pm
  • Meet on Mission Street at 4th
  • Adults only
  • Sign up on Facebook

We’ll start in the heart of the old SOMA District, “South Of the Slot”. See this blue collar neighborhood
as it used to be, before re-development.

Then we will travel to a former gay entertainment strip, the area
is now commonly called, “Crack Alley”.

Before it is destroyed forever, see the fantastic Hugo Hotel and
the world famous art installation known as, “Defenestration”. Watch out for falling furniture…

Next up, we’ll cruise the 1970′s “Miracle Mile” of the Folsom District. This area was Mecca for the Gay Leather community
and withstood re-development and thrived for a couple decades until the AIDS crisis of the
1980′s decimated much of the population, leaving the
community weakened and vulnerable.
The Folsom Street Fair was created
out of this crisis, and is the largest leather/fetish event in the
world and the third largest, single-day outdoor event in California.

English: Folsom Street Fair banner (simplified...

Folsom Street Fair banner

We will see the Fairgrounds but we are really here to celebrate the Folsom’s heyday. During that time this area bosted over 30 gay bars and bathhouses, as well as lesbian bars, shops, hotels, retail, private sex clubs, eateries and motorcycle clubs. This was called the “Valley of the Kings”, and you will see why.

We will stop at Wicked Grounds ‘kink” coffee shop for refreshments and snacks.
Shopping stops are at Mr. S Leather and Good Vibrations.
Many more stops and places of interest are included on this “one of a kind” tour.

This tour ticket does not include the Armory. Please see The Folsom District & The Armory listing if you would like to attend this tour.

For further information please call 415.793.1104 or email info@exploresf.biz.

This is a free event but guides will gladly accept tips.

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The Weeknighter: Churchill

The Weeknighter: Churchill

 

Churchill, Church Street at Market

The Weeknighter: Churchill

Photo from Churchill’s website

Weekends are for amateurs. Weeknights are for pros. That’s why each week Stuart Schuffman will be exploring a different San Francisco bar, giving you the lowdown on how and where to do your weeknight right.  From the most creative cocktails to the best happy hours, Stuart’s taking you along on his weeknight adventures into the heart of the City’s nightlife. So, who wants a drink?

I was thinking of the line in “Steady Rollin’ ”, the Two Gallants song, that goes “You might’ve seen me ‘neath the pool hall lights/Well baby I go back each night.” It was a Monday night atChurchill and it was Andy’s turn to shoot. He was on my team while we played pool against Geri-Ayn, Tiffany, and Maggie; it was boys against girls. I was fucking with Instagram, trying to get a good picture that felt the way the night did, but got this one instead. Later on in the week and especially during weekends, Churchill is packed with people drinking and talking and trying to figure out if they’re going home alone or with someone else. The crowd is full of of gays, straights, and in-betweens, a reflection of one of The City’s best crossroads, where the Lower Haight, The Mission, and the Castro all collide and collude to make a place called Church and Market.

But like I said, it was Monday, and while there were other people in the bar, we had the pool table (and more importantly the jukebox) all to ourselves. Andy popped on Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” while Maggie lined up a shot, and I looked out the window and watched The City’s weird, sad parade of homelessness trudge by. “I need a drink. Who else wants one?” I asked and only Tiffany joined in, so we walked to the bar and she bought me a drink because I opened my wallet and realized I’d run out of money. The other people at the bar were imbibing pretty things with names like Bees Ness, El Diablo, and The Homefront. The cocktails at Churchill are seasonal so the drink list changes fairly often. But I got what I always get, a vodka soda with a lemon. I gotta watch my girlish figure after all.

A couple incarnations ago the joint was called The Transfer. It was a skeezy gay bar with cheap drinks and had dance parties where everyone was young, wasted, and androgynous. It was a lot of fun and a lot of weird. Churchill has come a long way since then. The crowd is decidedly more upmarket and the interior is quite lovely, something that never could’ve been said about The Transfer. Dotting the big open space are fixtures reminiscent of another time. The theme here is WWII era watering hole so there’s a massive American flag with only 48 stars (sorry Alaska and Hawaii), ropes and repurposed wood for a ceiling, vintage lamps, and a portrait of the bar’s namesake, Winston Churchill.

After the pool game and a couple more drinks it was time to go. It was at least 1 am and people had to get up for work the next day and I needed to work on this article. So we all went our separate ways. While walking home I got to thinking about how wonderful my life is. The fact that it’s totally a normal thing to spend Monday night in an awesome bar with brilliant friends is a testament to San Francisco. People my age in the rest of the country had already been in bed for hours dreaming about how much they hate their bosses. I got to be out late and be paid to write about it. It reminded me of another line from the same Two Gallants song, “Out waltzing with the holy ghost/from the Bowery to the Barbary Coast/the land I’m from you know I love the most/steady rollin’ and I keep going.”

Stuart Schuffman has been called “an Underground legend” by the SF Chronicle, “an SF cult hero” by the SF Bay Guardian, and “the chief of cheap” by Time Out New York. He is also the host for the IFC travel show Young, Broke & Beautiful. Follow him @BrokeAssStuart.

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No More Pot Truffles In Dolores Park?!?: SFist

No More Pot Truffles In Dolores Park?
“The Yuppies are destroying everything sacred in this city”, said a Hipster on the scene.

dolorespark_dannebrog.jpgDolores Park, on a nice day. Credit: Greg/dannebrog

The idea that the SFPD might try to remove one of the most charming aspects of Dolores Park — namely the rampant sale of mushroom chocolates, THC-laced candies, and everyones favorite truffle guy — should prompt a battle cry from all those who call the park their warm-afternoon home.
But its already happening! Uptown Almanac and Dolores Park Works report on the SFPDs stepped-up strategy for cleansing the park of everything that makes it marvelous, including the removal of all alcohol and drug sales the sad, emasculated Cold Beer Cold Water guy now only sells cold water.

Theyve been issuing citations, and sending in plain-clothed operators to make purchases from these small businesspeople, and they claim that theyve had to issue tickets for “keggers that get little bit out of control.” Keggers?Anyway, the only solace here is that they say they dont have the resources to actually crack down on all booze consumption right now, but as weve been sensationally proclaiming here at SFist for months now, the war on fun is most certainly stepping up.

There will come a day when cops are wandering around on the regular issuing tickets for your bottle of rosé, and that, dear friends, is an abomination against all things good and holy. What makes San Francisco great if not our laissez-faire attitude toward nudity, sado-masochism, and public drinking?!?

We ask you this.Fight for your rights, people.

[Uptown Almanac]PREVIOUSLY: Etiquette Week: How to Go to the Park

via No More Pot Truffles In Dolores Park?!?: SFist.

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Scott Weiner is anti- tenant and pro republican, pro developer

Over the last few days, Weiner’s PR team has been hard at work getting as much positive press about the Weiner in the media in an attempt to bury the story about him getting his anti-historic preservation bill through the Board of  Supervisors, that will amongst other things make it very very difficult now to get the Gay Historic Corridor approved for The Folsom District. He knows it is going to look bad to his very gay district when people find out that instead of working on behalf of his constituents to preserve what is left of the iconic Folsom, he has been working with the developers and moneyed elite to raze the area for expensive condos for non-San Franciscans working in the dot.com sector to move in and displace residents who have lived here for decades.

Why is he doing this? No one can be sure but clearly he is getting something out of the deal, probably financial backing. So he is motivated by greed and homophobic. Great- a homophobic self loathing gay man in Harvey Milk‘s old seat. So to hide this from the public, almost daily for the last week, his office has been releasing to the press cute little stories about how he is pro-dog, pro-tamale lady , pro -trees,  etc. But if you really want to see what he is all about, slow down next time you drive past Dolores and Market and realize that in that spot Weiner and the other  corrupt cronies in City Hall pushed through a nine story condo complex with only .5 parking spaces per unit. Then to make matters worse, they have gotten Whole Foods to go into the bottom floor and this un-needed store will only have about 25 parking spaces available to it. If this scenario is not bad enough, unbelievably, one lane of traffic will be removed from that block in either direction, to widen the sidewalks. In case you have never noticed the sidewalks on Dolores have always been wide enough to drive two cars on them side by side. Apparently, Whole Foods, who is run by a Republican man in Texas, wants sidewalk seating.

Weiner and company says that they want to get people out of their cars. Thats a joke, building a Whole Foods, encourages people to drive to the neighborhood, It will block traffic coming up Duboce and block Market Street while people wait to turn onto the one lane left on Dolores for a valet to park their SUV in one of the 25 spaces. They will have to do that because there won’t be much parking left in the neighborhood now. If they really wanted to get people out of cars, why not remove the asphalt over the existing street car tracks on Dolores and run Street Cars again up that once beautiful Street as it was originally designed? Scott Weiner needs to be exposed for what he really is.

A tool for the developers.

 

What the preservation vote says about the 2012 supervisors

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UPDATE: Important update at the end of this story

What does it mean that a historic preservation law favored by developers and promoted by Sup. Scott Wiener passed the Board of Supervisors 8-3? Maybe nothing. Historic preservation is a strange poliltical issue, favored by some of the wealthy white homeowner types who love pretty buildings (and aren’t so good on other issues), and this thing was sold as a way to help low-income people and affordable housing. But the reality is that the Wiener measure will make it harder to declare historic districts, and thuswill take away a tool that the left can use to stop uncontrolled commercial development. And remember: The affordable housing community wasn’t pushing this bill, and, for the most part, hasn’t had problems with historic preservation. The most progressive political club in the city, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, came out strongly against the measure and urged Sup. Christina Olague, a co-sponsor, to oppose it:

 

We are extremely troubled that you appear to be buying into the flawed, bogus and self-serving arguments by SPUR and other supporters of this legislation that historic preservation is classist and leads to gentrification, interferes with the production of affordable housing and is a tool of San Francisco’s elite.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

There was a way to address the issues of low-income people in historic districts without making it harder to block inappropropriate development, but Wiener’s bill went much further. And while I respect Scott Wiener and find him accessible and straightforward, and I agree with him on some issues, he isn’t someone whose basic agenda promotes the interests of tenants or low-income people. His supporters are much more among the landlord class and the downtown folks. The San Francisco Chronicle, which is a conservative paper on economic and development issues, loved the legislation.

So what happened when this got to the Board? Only three people — the ones the Chron calls “the stalwart left flank of the Board” — voted no.

John Avalos, David Campos and Eric Mar. They are now the solid left flank, the ones who can be counted on to do the right thing on almost every issue. Once upon a time, there were six solid left votes. Now there are three.

What does this mean for the other key issues coming up, including CPMC, 8 Washington, and the city budget? Maybe nothing. As I say, this issue is complicated. Olague told me, for example, that she’s really worried about working-class people who can’t afford to comply with the increased regulations that come with historic districts. Her vote doesn’t mean she’s dropped out of the progressive camp, or that she (or Sups. Jane Kim and David Chiu) can’t be counted on in the future. I really want to believe that this was just an aberration, a vote where I’ll look back in the fall and say: Okay, we disagreed on that one, but nobody’s perfect.

Still, it’s kind of depressing: The dependable progressive vote is down to three.

UPDATE/CORRECTION: I didn’t know when I posted this that Olague had spoken to the Milk Club leadership after the club’s statement went out and the club has since issued a correction:

Due to a misunderstanding, Supervisor Christine Olague’s position on the Historic Preservation Commission’s critical role in the life of San Franicsco was misrepresented in our weekly newsletter. Supervisor Olague is looking into ways to help continue Historic District status for the Queer community, the Filipino community in the South of Market area, and the Japantown area. She is specifically looking for wording that would help these plans remain viable and welcomes any questions on her position and on her plan. Our apologies to the Supervisor for this unfortunate mistake.

 

Comments

“And while I respect Scott Wiener….”

Why? What is there to “respect” about Scott Wiener? Mr Anti-Homeless. Mr Sit-lie. Mr Anti-Naked Guys. Mr SFPD/FBI spying on SF resident. (That’s the short list). What has he done to EARN your respect or do you just respect someone because they have a title and hold a position? Or is this “respect” you talk about something you feel the need to say so he would agree to future interviews with you?

No one should be surprised by this vote, if one has been paying attention to see what is happening nationally and locally. I and others saw this coming and said so on this site previously. I’m surprised the vote wasn’t 11-0. It seems that that Wiener guy gets whatever he wants. That people just bow down to him and eat ass while he’s unofficially running for mayor.

You see what “pushing to the left” does? It goes in the *opposite* direction as it has done at the national level. I also said that Olague would ignore the “push to the left” letter from the Milk Club. Apparently she did.

A “progressive” camp? Dreaming. A thing of the past, unfortunately.

Due to gentrification, the city seem to be very quickly changing into a city for the wealthy.

The wealthy = conservative/right-wing (usually).

Posted by Guest on May. 10, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

the blue states mostly affluent while the red states are mostly poor?

Seems things are the exact opposite of your claim.

But there is no particular reason why SF should be extremely left-wing either. Most SF’ers I’ve met are moderate politically, so a Mayor like Lee and a BofS with six moderates is well representative of the majority.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:09 am

Quote: If the “wealthy = conservative/right-wing” then why are the blue states mostly affluent while the red states are mostly poor? End Quote

Well that’s not true. Texas, for example, is very wealthy and it’s fire red. Your statement is a rather blanket ignorant statement, as per usual. It really depends upon where one lives. The few wealthy people I know are quite right-wing/conservative and some of them live right next to poor areas.

You and others like to constantly hide behind the word “moderate” because it sounds tamer, less offensive, but these politicians are not “moderates.” The word “moderate” is newspeak. Intended to deceive and hide the real agenda of the politician. Make the politician appear less rabid. There’s nothing “moderate” about hating the homeless and allowing the SFPD/FBI to spy on SF residents, as examples. That’s draconian. During the sit-lie campaign, the right-wing/conservatives were foaming at the mouth with their necks red writing the most hateful posts about the homeless on message forums. The same for the topics of bicycles/cyclists and immigration. Comments full of right-wing hate written by people charading as “moderates.”

Most SF’ers I’ve met are liberal politically and can’t stand the “moderate” lie/deception that you and others continually promote for your right-wing agenda. I guess you think if you speak the lie enough times, people will believe it.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

Well, most SF’ers voted for lee over Avalos, and reduced the liberal flank on the BofS from six to three. So I suppose it depends on what you mean by “liberal”.

The evidence shows that most SF’ers are moderate. Your circle of acquantances may well not be representative of the majority.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

“Well, most SF’ers voted for lee over Avalos”

Wrong.

You thrive on being ignorant and putting out disinformation, don’t you?

The fact is most SF’ers did not vote at all for anyone because nearly 60% of the registered voters (i.e. most SF’ers) did not vote for Lee, Avalos or anyone.

The turnout for that election was 42.47%, meaning most SF’ers did not vote so “we” don’t know what they are…liberal or conservative. You just like to assume they are one of you: right-wing/conservative hiding behind the little passive, mealy-mouthed, wet-doily word “moderate.” Why are you and other right-wing nut jobs/conservatives so afraid to come out of the closet and be (and say) who you really are?

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

If you don’t vote, you aren’t counted.

But there is no evidence the non-voters would have voted differently anyway.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

Your too lazy to vote you have no right to bitch because the mess is your problem for not voting…

Posted by Joe Smuchatelli on May. 20, 2012 @ 10:16 am

I am so sick of this BS. Sure the turn out was in the 40’s same as the last few mayoral elections. Lee pretty handily won the election. Get over it.

Posted by Dnative on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

I’m also tired of that sophmoric stupidity. A voter is defined as someone who votes and, as Dnative just said, Lee’s turnout numbers were basically in line with other Mayoral elections.

It doesn’t mean that the guy is going to stop, he obviously isn’t very bright. We’re just going to have to ignore him.

Posted by Steroidal Progressive on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

“Get over it.”

How mature. Coming from the resident immature troll that tells the BG to mature while the childish troll whines and whines about them and others (while accusing others of whining). Trolls never look inward at themselves.

The only people I’ve ever heard use that childish “get over it” by-line is the right-wing. Not surprising. It was used on some of us when we protested the stolen 2000 election. At the time, we responded: Adults do not “get over” the stealing of “democracy”/elections regardless of which candidate “wins.” “Get over it” has been used ever since by the right-wing when the left challenges their sloppy language and half-truths and distortions of the truth to promote their right-wing agenda of deception. To the right-wing mierda, the ends justify the means. They have no ethics or character whatsoever. Do whatever you have to do to be “victorious.” Put out as many lies as necessary. The facts don’t matter to them. It’s all about their right-wing agenda. Who else uses “get over it?” Right-wing Scalia:

Read: Scalia Lies About Bush V. Gore – Tells Crowd To ‘Get Over It’

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

Even after all the practice you’ve had.

Learn how to lose with dignity.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

Still think you need to get over it.

Trying to draw a comparison between lee’s election and Bush’s first is just futile.

Posted by D. native on May. 11, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

I love how the left pulls this argument out when their guy (and it’s always a boy) loses, but when their guy wins (and come on, it’s always a boy) they put a blanket on ranked choice and turnout.

any way you cut it, Avalos got his ass seriously kicked. The fact that so many people were not motivated to vote means they either don’t care or approve of the status “City Family” quo. Whether that’s a good thing or not is a different subject. The numbers do not lie – Avalos lost, the progressives have lost power at the Board, and the Guardian endorsed candidates lost big time in 2010. Who’s out of touch NOW?

Posted by Guest on May. 12, 2012 @ 7:56 am

you are happy with the status quo and, since that was Lee, indicates that if anything the non-voters liked Lee even more than the actual voters.

And since Avalos clearly had no chance anyway, many Lee supporters knew they could safely stay at home.

Posted by Guest on May. 12, 2012 @ 8:47 am

you obviously don’t have the homeless pissing in your doorway everyday or you would feel different about them too, even on any mildly warm day and all you smell downtown is piss..

Posted by Joe Smuchatelli on May. 20, 2012 @ 10:12 am

To Red State Guest,
If what you say is true, then why are all the red state Republicans among the richest in the country with absolutely no pulse of their own red states, ie, Mitt Romney?

Furthermore, again, if what you say is true, then why are none of their budget policies aimed at these low-income communities? Instead it’s saving Big Bank, Big Oil, Big Alcohol, Big Pharma, Big Military, Big (you name it).

Then, there is the Civil War and classism.

Your arguments are typical shallow Republican double-speak.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2012 @ 8:07 am

I notice that George Soros is super right wing and I don’t see him wanting a higher inheritance tax…

Posted by Joe Smuchatelli on May. 20, 2012 @ 10:14 am

To SF Liberals Guest,
If you believe that then you are just a naive armchair gadfly.

Lee won because he had unlimited funds through independent expenditure (IE) groups and other moneys backed by cronies like Olague who ran the Run-Ed-Run IE plus a whole mono-culture community most of which don’t represent more than 30% of the city.

Get over it, already.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

nearest rival, then you cannot simply write that off as a mere fiscal advantage. It’s a landslide that isn’t possible without very broad support.

30% of the city doesn’t explain 60% of the final vote tally. Not even close.

And calling Asians a “monoculture” is racist.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

Getting any kind of development thru the city’s processes is nightmareishly complicated, requiring reams of analysis and study, and invariably requiring specialized expediters.

Most people would argue there is already too much “control” without making things any worse.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 5:51 am

Otherwise the city’s permitting process will wipe the floor with you. Since SF demands a permit for any repair on your home exceeding $500 in value (permit required for new windows, permit required for new cabinets etc…) or for new construction you can count on paying an expediter in addition to the 10% of total construction value which the city demands as its due.

The end result of this is corruption. Everyone lies about the real cost of their new construction/remodel so they don’t have to pay, the city’s inspectors know and understand this and they in turn cruise neighborhoods looking for people doing non-permitted new carpet installs so they can nab them and fill the city’s coffers.

Posted by Troll II on May. 11, 2012 @ 9:40 am

who are already on a fat pension, happily splitting their expedition fees with their buddies at DBI.

If it’s any consolation, building inspector corruption is even worse in Oakland.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 9:57 am

You dont need a permit to install a carpet. What an idiot.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

mandates a permit. Read the city code.

Posted by Troll II on May. 11, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

No permit needed for carpets, or cabinets, or other non-structural, non-mechanical, non-electrical, and non-plumbing projects in the interior of a home. There are limits to what and how much can be gutted, but carpet and cabinets do not require permits.

Posted by worldbfree on May. 11, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

Trolls suck the life out of intellectual discourse by disgorging voluminous quantities of filth to obscure truth wherever they find it.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 12, 2012 @ 6:28 am

on anyone who tries to improve their home. DBI runs as a revenue operation – it’s a disgrace.

Posted by Guest on May. 12, 2012 @ 6:30 am

“They are now the solid left flank, the ones who can be counted on to do the right thing on almost every issue.”

Interpretation: they are the three who will read my editorials and vote consistent with my wishes.

Posted by The Commish on May. 11, 2012 @ 6:44 am

David Chiu has played a key role in saving the city from the dogma driven, bloc voting ‘Gang of Six’ that Redmond obviously misses so much. Of course, the voters helped also by rejecting the SFBG’s endorsements in favor of Jane Kim and Scott Weiner (along with Farell and Cohen).

But remember when Chiu broke with the pack to vote for Lee for Interim Mayor, and how Daly was incredulous? I think that was a key moment when someone stood up to the bullies and came away stronger for doing so. Now we still have 3 anachronisms who vote the way that they are told but we also have a moderate block who looks at each issue on its merits and vote more or less independently.

Also mentioned in the SFGate article is the fact that Peskin was lobbying for the legislation, most likely to support his own litigiousness hobbies. One thing that really needs historic preservation is Peskin’s influence.

The Board is becoming more pragmatic and independent, Peskin has been rendered harmless, the SFBG’s endorsements are a kiss of death and most of the people who read Redmond’s articles have to try and hold back the laughter.

Better days are ahead!

Posted by Troll on May. 11, 2012 @ 7:41 am

It’s like a breath of frsh air.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 7:58 am

by writing comments they think will be disturbing to others; it is their concept to attain a sense of power for themselves. But once understood for what it is, such behavior actually elicits feelings of pity towards them.

I feel sorry for you trolls.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:15 am
Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:24 am

Irony

Posted by lillicrats on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:58 am

The common definition of ‘Troll’ is indeed someone who posts on an internet board just to cause a stir. But Tim Redmond has used it repeatedly to disparage people who disagree with him, so here on SFBG it has a different meaning.

And it really does. Look at my earlier post which was filled with facts. And to @lillipublican that is something that just evokes pity. The Progressives really do have a hard time when someone disagrees with them and usually resort to tantrums.

Should tell them something, but it won’t.

-Troll

Posted by Troll on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:44 am

So why would it object when others do the same?

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:54 am

So, Tim, how did we get from 6 to three?

Posted by marcos on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:46 am

Mostly it is just the inevitable evolution of demographics, which leads to a more moderate constituency.

That is part of why Tim objects to every new business and housing development – each in its own way slightly tilts the electoral demographic more to the center.

But Tim doesn’t want moderation and balance. He wants a left-wing nirvana here. But that is an increasingly out of touch ambition and, deep down inside, I think he knows that with each lost battle, the war has been lost.

Posted by Guest on May. 11, 2012 @ 8:57 am

Development for itinerant tech workers and the elites is part of it.

The bulk is the nonprofit and labor core that see the world in the mirror image of Willie Brown, in that anyone who makes more than $50K has no business living in San Francisco because they are conservative.

Writing off 2/3 of the electorate is a very good way to lose elections.

Posted by marcos on May. 11, 2012 @ 9:28 am
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The Early Word on Gioia Pizzeria in Russian Hill – Good News/Bad News – Eater SF

The Early Word on Gioia Pizzeria in Russian Hill

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, by Eater Intern

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the_early_word_on_gioia_pizzeria_in_russian_hill.php.pngWith an established fan base in Berkeley, Gioia Pizzeria made it’s jump from a pizza-by-the-slice East Bay joint to a full fledged restaurant in San Francisco in mid-April. Started by Brooklynite Will Gioia and his wife Karen Gioia, the brand’s pizzas have been hailed a go-to for New York expats looking for an East-Coast-ish slice and what Karen calls “a California mentality.” Illustrating the kitchen’s pedigree from places like Chez Panisse, Zuni Cafe, and Bar Jules, the Polk Street menu also has things like radiatore pasta with guinea hen ragu, and soft shell crabs when they’re in season. How has the leap to SF fared in the public eye? To the Early Word, for a read on the situation.

The Pizza News: Tasting Table, on the pizzas: “chewy but pliant enough to fold, and toppings are applied with a light hand.” SF Station’s Brad Japhe explains that the “East Coast-style thin crust pizza… comes crisp with billowing cornicion from a large Montague oven.” He recommends the Salsiccia pie: “[an] optimal blend of spicy and savory and I wish had another slice or 4 in front of me as I type this.” David Kover at Serious Eats digs the Julian, “a pie named for the Gioias’ four-year-old son, with toppings that change to match his temperament…the combinations on this pie usually have some heat. These days, it’s sweet and spicy prosciutto cotto, along with some chili, red onion, garlic, and provolone.” And Urban Daddy writes “We’d steer you toward the funghi pie”

The Decor News: “The design elements are as artisanal as anything you’ll find in the walk-in [fridge].” writes Meesha Halm at Zagat, and Tablehopper calls the decor “industrial-yet-rustic” and “appealing.”

The Compared-To-Berkeley News: “If you’re familiar with the original Berkeley locale, expect the opposite,” writes Urban Daddy and Halm at Zagat reviews, “this new buffed-out Russian Hill outpost bears little resemblance in (food, looks or seating) to the original.” FoodNut writes, “The San Francisco location is much nicer, with lots of tables, but you still need to go up to the counter to order your food.” and is overall “much more appealing than a pizza slice store.” SF Station reviews that it is “quite an evolution beyond the cozy pizza parlor vibe of the East Bay original. “

The Crowd News: “Dinner brought one-hour waits as Russian Hill swells and pie-freaks lined up to see what all the fuss was about,” Zagat writes. SF Station ensures that the “several notable additions make it well worth the wait.” On Four Square, john r. offers this advice: “Avoid dinner crowds. Eat there for lunch.”

The Lunch News:Food Nut describes how the “Chicken Parmesan Sandwich with Mozzarella, Chicken Cutlet, Parmesan, Marinara ($11) came on an Acme bun and proved to be a pretty large sandwich, fresh out of the fryer. Good stuff.”

The Entrée News: “Don’t let the pizza define the experience.” writes Tasting Table adding, “It would be a shame to miss the fried squid, broccoli and spring onions ($12), sided by a big dollop of aioli” as well as the “Five Dot Ranch skirt steak glistening with bagna càuda ($26)”

The Antipasti News: “the sous chef [Ryan Cantwell] has a thing for pickles” Zagat writes and they “can be ordered as a separate antipasti plate and occasionally turn up as a topping on the pizza.” SF Station reviews: “The housemade charcuterie as well as the Bellwether Farms cheese-stuffed shells appear to be standouts.” And simply put by Raffi K. on Four Square: “Best meatballs I’ve ever had.”

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