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Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Socialists," "Racism," And "The American Way": Planning Commissioner Has Hot Takes On Election

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

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"Something wonderful is happening in San Francisco," Michael Antonini writes. "Our children and their friends as well as newcomers much like them are now filling neighborhoods that, just a few years ago, were totally undesirable."

Antonini is a West of Twin Peaks dentist who has sat on the city's Planning Commission for 14 years. He has the distinction of being one of the few registered Republicans active in city government — and he is a man of strong opinions, some of which he shared among like-minded voters in a guide to next week's election.

The above celebration of the revitalization of once-dodgy parts of town — Mid-Market is now so nice that even daughters and sons of dentists are comfortable! — is not Antonini's hottest take. Not by far.

Read on for his views on the "socialist left" that's practicing "reverse racism" in the Mission and wants to "destroy industries that attract responsible" people to San Francisco, the city that "gives edgy people from all over the world special treatment under the law."

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Chronicle Columnist Endorses Harassing Homeless And Forcing Them to Work for Free

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 10:44 AM

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As the Chronicle's Summer of Shitty Opinions transitions into a Fall of No Compassion, token conservative Debra J. Saunders continues to press her grievance against the beleaguered.

Following a late August trip to New York City, Saunders compared her olfactory experiences in the Big Apple to those in her home town, and found Manhattan smelled sweeter. 

According to Saunders, the reason for the disparity is pride (and Republican leadership). New Yorkers are proud of having shiny sidewalks, while San Franciscans are proud of not being dicks (or something). Saunders cites approvingly the response to the less-fortunate of ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani: 
Giuliani recently made news when he visited his local police precinct to complain about a homeless man camping on his block. Giuliani told WNBC the man had been urinating and defecating at a nearby stoop: “Do you know when people lived on the streets and didn’t use bathrooms inside? It was called the Dark Ages.” Giuliani also expounded on his approach to the homeless in the 1990s: “You chase ’em and you chase ’em and you chase ’em and you chase ’em and they either get the treatment that they need or you chase them out of the city.”
In a follow-up to her column, Saunders published a letter from reader Marc Vandenplas. 

Vandenplas, who apparently traverses the Financial District in a Brioni suit everyday, enjoys telling people on the street "just how disgusted" he is with their existence. He also proposes a "tried and successful solution" to homelessness: "Confront them and make them leave." (Vandenplas doesn't seem to care that that's not a solution to homelessness. That's a solution to him having to see something that disgusts him while he walks around in his Brioni suit.)

Vandenplas, who apparently loves to share tales of being a dick with local papers, "systematically played good Samaritan" to a homeless man by waking him up every time he saw him sleeping in a park and telling him to pick up the trash (i.e. do a job that the city employs people to do, for free). He also recorded these encounters, presumably without the consent of the people he was harassing. 

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

San Francisco Anti-Uber Protesters Have Nothing on the French

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

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San Francisco taxi drivers protested outside Uber's headquarters earlier this week, when attendees of the US Conference of Mayors took a tour of the ride-hail company's Market Street office. According to 48 Hills, the protest jammed up traffic and brought out a large police presence, but the disruption was nothing compared to what's happening in France.

According to the Associated Press, French taxi drivers are smashing cars, lighting fires, and blocking highways as part of a nationwide taxi strike specifically aimed at Uber. The drivers object to UberPop, the startup's cheapest service in France. Per the AP:

Taxi drivers justified their rage, saying Uber’s lowest-cost service UberPop was ruining their livihoods.

Despite repeated rulings against it and an October law that explicitly outlaws UberPop, its drivers continue to ply French roads and the American ride-hailing company is actively recruiting drivers and passengers alike. Uber claims to have a total of 400,000 customers a month in France.
Twitter users around France shared photos of the mayhem.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chronicle Columnists Call for End of First Amendment in Oakland

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 5:04 PM

Vandalism on Oakland's Auto Row Friday Night - JULIA CARRIE WONG
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  • Vandalism on Oakland's Auto Row Friday Night

The First Amendment would no longer apply in Oakland, if San Francisco Chronicle columnists Debra J. Saunders and Chip Johnson had their way. 

Friday evening's "May Day for Freddie Gray" march in Oakland saw a particularly large amount of property damage, especially on Auto Row (a stretch of Broadway with numerous car dealerships), where dozens of windows and cars were smashed by protesters, and one car was set on fire. (The Sears Building in downtown also had its windows smashed and was tagged with the ominous message, "If you build it we will burn it." The building is rumored to be a possible future site for Google offices.)

Property damage has long been a feature of evening protest marches in Oakland, where the protest culture is more insistent on an openness to "diversity of tactics" than here in San Francisco. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is undertaking a "review" of policing tactics on May Day, according to KTVU, but the Chron's columnists have a much more simple solution: toss out the Bill of Rights. 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tenderloin Residents Say Eddy Street Parking Encourages Drug Deals

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Removing parking spaces anywhere in San Francisco isn't a popular position — unless of course it's for a good cause. 

Tenderloin residents and community members started a petition this week to remove parking on one block of Eddy Street, which they say provides cover for drug dealing. The block in question is the stretch between Taylor and Mason streets. In addition to alleged drug deals, it also hosts the Exit Theatre and Pandora Kareoke and Bar, according to the petition.  

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Protesters Block Entrance to Mission District Police Station

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Protesters got to work early this Monday morning by chaining themselves to the entrance of the Mission District police station to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 28-year-old Alex Nieto.  

According to the Twitter world, the protesters marched down Valencia Street early this morning, pounding drums and holding signs, shaming San Francisco police one year after shooting Nieto to death in Bernal Heights Park after they mistook his Taser for a pistol. Yes, parts of Valencia Street has been shut down for the morning commute.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bitter Lovers Can Adopt Cuddly Cockroach for Their Exes on Valentine's Day

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 11:19 AM

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Out of consideration for you, we were going to avoid the topic of Valentine's Day altogether this year. But plans changed after this one pitch came across our desk: Adopt a cockroach and name it after your (least) favorite ex-lover. 

The San Francisco Zoo has found a way for everyone to participate in Valentines Day this year, including bitter, screwed-over singles. Instead of buying yourself a box of candy and sulking on the sofa, how about shelling out some cash to name a four-inch hissing cockroach after someone you once dated.  

It's worth noting that the Madagascar hissing cockroach is believed to be the only insect that can hiss this Hallmark holiday away. 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Local Killjoy Starts Petition to End Giant Waterslide, Says It's a Giant Waste of Water

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 8:40 AM


An anti-waterslide movement is abound in California after word got out that the 1,000-foot Slip 'n Slide was indeed coming back to San Francisco's hilly terrain. 

A guy named Paul Duffy has started a petition to put an end to the "Slide The City" event where thousands of waterpark enthusiasts will gather on the city streets to take a ride down the world's largest slip 'n slide.

But it's not because Duffy hates fun or even slides for that matter. It's because he hates wasting water, especially during a drought.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oakland Superintendent Calls Parents, Warns That Students Plan to Walk Out of Class Today

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Oakland police wait for the action outside City Hall. - STEVE RHODES
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  • Oakland police wait for the action outside City Hall.
After receiving multiple reports that Oakland students will stage another anti-police brutality walkout today, school superintendent Antwan Wilson tried to preempt the protest by robo-calling their parents.

In a message left on voicemails throughout the district last night, Wilson said that, while the district encourages students to express their opinions on racism and police accountability, they'd do better to air those sentiments in a classroom setting.

"We want students to do this in an environment where they're safe, and where their future prospects aren't compromised," Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint says. "That's in school and not on the streets."

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Files Claim Against His "Stalker"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 7:32 AM

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  • Travis Kalanick, target of credible threats
Uber's spying scandal proves the Silicon Valley darling is no stranger to shady behavior. Neither is Travis Kalanick, it turns out: The Uber CEO has his very own stalker.

A "deeply disturbed" disbarred San Francisco lawyer with substance abuse problems and "possible military training" has unnerved Kalanick enough for the tycoon to seek a judge's protection, according to court records.

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