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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It's True: Donald Trump (Partially) Owns San Francisco Real Estate

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 1:49 PM

click to enlarge That shit's mine, motherfuckers. - YOUTUBE
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  • That shit's mine, motherfuckers.

Yesterday afternoon, a crowd of over a dozen police officers and reporters were on hand to observe the four protesters arranged in front of 555 California Street in the Financial District, the site of an anti-Donald Trump rally.

Trump, the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, has yet to make a substantive campaign stop in northern California — which is at least partially Trump country. 555 California, a Cold War-era edifice that happens to be San Francisco's biggest commercial skyscraper, is indeed partially owned by The Donald.

As if you needed another reason to avoid going downtown.

click to enlarge A Trump joint. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • A Trump joint.

The Trump Organization has owned 30 percent of the building for about a decade, when a somewhat-complicated ownership arrangement was hammered out in the courts. (Trump is ever-litigious.)

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And it's fitting: Triple-Nickel California, a dark-hued, sharp-edged monolith among San Francisco's otherwise sui generis downtown buildings, is easily the most Trump-like building in town.

It swaps style in favor of presence. You know it's there. It's crass, it's obtuse, it's in your face. It's terrific, it's a great building! 

It's not yet clear how Gov. Jerry Brown plans to keep Trump away from his property when California builds the anti-Trump wall to keep the rest of America out.
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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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