San Francisco thuggery outside historic Legion of Honor on a summer afternoon

San Francisco is a tough and unforgiving place.

The visitor from Oregon, visiting the historic Legion of Honor overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was brutally cut down  as he documented the all too typical lawless act in San Francisco, a car break in.

He didn’t realize that this is a mean town. Hopefully, he will recover.

Crimes like this are common everywhere.  This is not the image  outsider visitors carry with them when they arrive in San Francisco to see the sights.

San Francisco Chronicle 7.10.2019

A sightseer was run down by two thieves in a getaway car Tuesday after he spotted them breaking into his vehicle outside San Francisco’s Legion of Honor and began snapping photographs of them, police said Tuesday.

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The unidentified victim was rushed to a local hospital with what at first appeared to be life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a silver-colored vehicle, said Officer Joseph Tomlinson, of the San Francisco Police Department.

Tomlinson said officers found the victim at 4:03 p.m. after responding to reports of a vehicle theft in the 100 block of 34th Avenue.

The victim was at the Legion of Honor when he saw a man in a hoodie exit from the passenger side of a silver car driven by an accomplice and break into his parked vehicle, Tomlinson said.

“He came outside and was taking photos of the suspect,” Tomlinson said. “The suspect jumped back in the car. They attempt to flee and they strike the victim with their vehicle. The suspects fled the scene and are still at large at the moment.”

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the driver of the silver vehicle hit the victim on purpose, Tomlinson said. The victim, who is reportedly from Oregon, was upgraded to stable condition Tuesday night with unspecified injuries.

He said detectives are looking through the victim’s photographs to see if they can identify the culprits or the vehicle they were driving. Investigators are also trying to determine whether other vehicles were broken into, he said.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Sightseer-at-SF-s-Legion-of-Honor-run-down-by-14084141.php

 

California lawmakers perform shameless act. Lap dogs for real estate industry

We know who runs California. The real estate industry continues to have a strangle hold on the State legislature.  In order to keep their  unfettered power, real estate industry and its lobbyists will spend whatever it takes to stop any pro tenant legislation.

 Big bucks are spent to crush legislation and defeat statewide ballot measures through disinformation and fake news. In 2018 the industry spent tens of millions of dollars to crush a statewide pro tenant ballot measure.

New York and Oregon have instituted strong tenant protections this year.

So much for “Progressive” California

Excepted from the San Francisco Chronicle 7.9.2019

SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers and landlords are haggling over how much California housing to carve out of a tenant protection bill that would cap rent increases and require a just cause for evictions.

In a state Senate committee Tuesday, AB1482 faced continued opposition from groups representing apartment owners, developers and real estate agents that could sink the measure in the final weeks of the legislative session.

Letitia James joins rent controlled tennants
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 13: Residences of a building listen to New York State’s Attorney General Letitia James speak at a press conference to support rent controlled tenants who have been threatened with eviction because their landlord has filed for bankruptcy on March 13, 2019 in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

The proposal has struggled to win support from legislators amid concerns that imposing new restrictions on landlords would discourage housing construction during a historic shortage.

In its current iteration, AB1482 would prohibit landlords from raising rents by more than 7 percent plus the regional cost of living increase, or a maximum of 10 percent, in a year.

The bill exempts owners of housing built in the previous 10 years and landlords who own 10 or fewer single-family homes. The law would expire in 2023, though lawmakers could renew it.

study by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley found that even with the exemptions, the cap would extend rent protections to 2.6 million to 4.6 million more households in California.

Assemblyman David Chiu, a San Francisco Democrat who is one of the authors of the bill, said the measure would protect tenants “without compromising the ability of landlords to make a healthy profit.”

Chiu said he would be open to a discussion about exempting owners of few multifamily units. But preempting local ordinances is anathema to the tenants’ rights groups that are sponsoring the bill.

Language from a companion measure requiring landlords to provide a just cause when evicting a renter, which was abandoned in the Assembly, was also recently added to AB1482.

Just causes would include a tenant failing to pay rent, breaching a rental agreement, creating a nuisance or engaging in criminal activity. The protection would not kick in until a tenant has been in a rental for a year. Renters evicted through no fault of their own, such as when a property is taken off the market, would receive relocation assistance from landlords equivalent to one month of rent.

Supporters argue that eviction protections are needed to make the rent cap effective. Otherwise, they say, landlords could just kick out tenants and raise rents by as much as they want. Landlords counter that thousands of available units are sitting idle because the owners would rather withhold them from the market than be stuck with a bad tenant they cannot evict because of local just-cause laws.

“We will be taking a step backwards with a policy that discourages development of new housing and will further worsen the housing crisis for Californians,” Sid Lakireddy, president of the California Rental Housing Association, said in a statement.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Rent-control-bill-struggles-in-California-14083866.php

“Politically Correct” San Francisco School Board votes to obliterate history

San Francisco should be embarassed that its local elected officials are bowing to a well meaning but politically tone deaf group who do not want to shine a light on America’s history of violence and racism. The advocates for obliterating history seem to think that by destroying a symbol of the past, people can forget these events took place. I posted an earlier piece on 4.28.2019

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 7.8.2019

The San Francisco school board “voted to destroy a significant monument of anti-racism. This is a gross violation of logic and sense,” according to a petition already signed by over 400 academics and educators from around the world

“What remains is a mistake in the way we react to historical works of art — ignoring their meaning in favor of our feelings about them — and a mistake in the way we treat historical works of art — using them as tools foor managing feelings, rather than as objects of interpretation.”

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Despite the San Francisco school board’s recent vote to destroy a controversial school mural, the debate over the role of art and history is still raging. The Petition will be sent to the district this week urging it to reconsider the decision.

The reason? Painting over the “Life of Washington” fresco is illogical, according to the petition circulated on nonsite.org, a peer-reviewed academic journal focused on politics, history, art history and literature.

The San Francisco Unified School District’s board voted 6-0 on June 25 to paint over the mural, which features slavery and white settlers stepping over a dead American Indian.

In fact, petitioners argued, painting over the mural would accomplish the opposite.

“It exposes and denounces in pictorial form the U.S. history of racism and colonialism,” according to the petition. “The only viewers who should feel unsafe before this mural are racists.”

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There is no public disagreement over the meaning of the images, said Charles Palermo, editor of nonsite.org and a professor of art history at the College of William & Mary.

Palermo said he expects to send the petition to the school board this week, even though supporters continue to add their names.

The Mural at George Washington High School in San Francisco’s Richmond District was painted by Russian artist Victor Arnautoff, a communist who was highly critical of America’s history of racism, Palermo said.

Chile’s September 11. USA overthrew elected government. Condor-era terror

American Operation Condor was involved  in the overthrow of the Socialist government of Salvador Allende in Chile on 9.11.1973.  Nearly 46 years later people either forget, don’t remember, dont care, have no idea or experience political amnesia.  Yes, the violent overthrow of Salvador Allende took place 28 years to the day before the 9.11 all Americans will never forget.

Photo above. Chilean presidential palace under siege 9.11.1973

Deutsche Welle 7.8.2019

An Italian court has handed life sentences to 24 ex-officials from South America over their role in Operation Condor. It’s estimated that thousands of people were murdered under the secret US-backed campaign.

Judges in Rome’s Court of Appeal on Monday sentenced a group of former military and police officials from Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay to life imprisonment for voluntary homicide.

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Chilean President Salvador Allende

The individuals were found guilty of the abduction and killing of 23 Italians in the 1970s and 80s as part of Operation Condor — the code name for a campaign of political repression that led to an estimated 60,000 deaths under South America’s dictatorships.

Monday’s verdict reversed an earlier ruling in 2017, in which eight officials were given life sentences and 19 others were acquitted.

Read moreSouth American leaders on trial for Condor Plan crimes

Among those sentenced were former Bolivian Interior Ministor Luis Arce Gomez, Peruvian ex-President Francisco Morales Bermudez, former Uruguayan Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Blanco, and a former deputy intelligence chief from Chile.

All were sentenced in absentia, except for former Uruguayan naval intelligence officer Jorge Nestor Troccoli, 69, who had been living in freedom in Italy after escaping justice in his home country in 2007. He had also been acquitted in the previous judgement.

Significant sentence

The ruling provoked a sigh of relief from victims’ relatives who had packed into the courtroom.

“It is an important and emotional sentence for Uruguay and for the victims,” Uruguayan presidential secretary Miguel Toma, who traveled to Italy for the sentencing, told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

He was joined by Javier Moncada, Bolivia’s deputy justice minister: “We have come this far, to Rome, to continue the fight against impunity, and because we have the obligation not to forget,” he told AFP.

The verdict is “a great victory of justice,” said Alicia Mejia, a lawyer representing the relatives of Jaime Patricio Donato Avendano, who disappeared in Chile in 1976.

The trial, which began in 2015, was the first of its kind in an Italian court. More than 100 witnesses were called on to give testimony over the course of the proceedings.

The sentencing comes some 20 years after Italy first started investigating the murder of its citizens under Operation Condor. The right-wing dictatorships of six Latin American countries collaborated under the secret campaign, often with US support, to repress and eliminate perceived leftist threats.

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Chilean soldiers burning books following the September 11, 1973 military coup

Under Italian law, prosecutors can investigate cases involving the murder of Italian citizens abroad. Monday’s ruling must be confirmed by the Supreme Court of Cassation before the sentences are served. Many of the defendants are already serving jail time in their home countries.

https://www.dw.com/en/italy-jails-24-south-americans-over-condor-era-killings/a-49517886

 

USA Brash, Brilliant. Wins 4th World Cup

Breaking News 4.15.2019

The Guardian 7.7.2019

Brash but brilliant.

They can attack in waves, from the Rapinoe-Morgan-Heath front line to Lavelle in midfield and back to overlapping backs.

If they could give the Golden Ball to a unit, it should be given to the US midfield and defense, which has been stifling. The “expected goals” stat may have favored France and England in those games, but that’s misleading — the USA had it in control most of the time.  Final score 2-0.

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And today, despite strong Dutch resistance, the USA were a level above. Only strong goalkeeping kept it scoreless at the half.

The US are a team worth celebrating. Enjoy.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2019/jul/07/womens-world-cup-final-usa-netherlands-live?page=with:block-5d2222ff8f0845f89e308633#block-5d2222ff8f0845f89e308633

USA Prez ‘inept’ and ‘dysfunctional’, UK ambassador. Blunt diss on a loser.

This is better than The Tabloids.  Talk about the obvious. The only surprise here is that the starchy Brits see the Huckster in the White House for what he is. A Shameless, Incompetent Loser.

Excerpted from The Guardian 7.6.2019

Britain’s ambassador in the United States has described President Donald Trump and his administration as “inept” and “uniquely dysfunctional”, according to ‘leaked’ diplomatic memos published by the Mail on Sunday.

Ambassador Kim Darroch reportedly said Trump’s presidency could “crash and burn” and “end in disgrace”, in the cache of secret cables and briefing notes sent back to Britain and seen by the newspaper.

“We don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” Darroch allegedly wrote in one dispatch.

The paper said the most damning comments allegedly made by Darroch described Trump, who was received by the Queen during a state visit to Britain just last month, as “insecure” and “incompetent”.

A memo sent following the controversial visit allegedly said the president and his team had been “dazzled” by the visit but warned Britain might not remain “flavour of the month” because “this is still the land of America First”.

He reportedly wrote that the “vicious infighting and chaos” inside the White House – widely reported in the US but dismissed by Trump as “fake news” – was “mostly true”.

Darroch is one of Britain’s most experienced diplomats whose posting in Washington DC began in January 2016, prior to Trump winning the presidency.

The Mail on Sunday said the memos, likely leaked by someone within Britain’s sprawling civil service, cover a period beginning in 2017.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/07/donald-trump-inept-and-dysfunctional-uk-ambassador-to-us-says

 

San Francisco Urban Scenes. Day after the Fourth of July

Being downtown on July 5 I snapped photos of the urban scene.

Photo aboveA street person foraging for food nearby nice hotels, restaurants and stores.

First row. A photo montage of Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett at City Hall (the street out front is named after the iconic newspaper publisher), Caffe Trieste in North Beach and Downtown Trader Joes on 4th Street.

Middle Photo. A dog napping oblivious to the scene around her.

Bottom row.  Three San Francisco public transit riders.

Photos – Lee Heidhues

 

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