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Beloved SF Bookstore Becomes Casualty Of Minimum Wage Hike

 

 

 

 

” Independent bookstores have faced tough times for quite a while. In San Francisco, neighborhood businesses have been passionately protected, so it’s hard to believe that an initiative passed by voters to raise the minimum wage is driving a Mission District bookstore out of business.

  San Francisco’s minimum wage is currently $11.05 an hour. By July of 2018, the minimum wage in San Francisco will be $15 an hour. That increase is forcing Borderlands Bookstore to write its last chapter now.

” Everyone who works here does this because they love books, they love stories, and they love being booksellers,” said book store owner Alan Beatts.

  That’s why store owner Beatts found it so tough to post a sign in the front window that the store is closing. “We’re going to be closing by the end of March,” he said.

  Borderlands was turning a small profit, about $3,000 last year. Then voters approved a hike in the minimum wage, a gradual rise from $10.75 up to $15 an hour.

” And by 2018 we’ll be losing about $25,000 a year,” he said.”

 

 

A message to their customers from the owner’s website:

 

 

” Although the major effects of the increasing minimum wage won’t be felt for a while, we’ve chosen to close now instead of waiting for two reasons.  First, the minimum wage has already increased from $10.74 per hour to $11.05 (as of January 1st) and it will increase again on May 1st to $12.25.  Continuing to pay the higher wage without any corresponding increase in income will expend the store’s cash assets.  In essence, the store will have less money (or inventory) six months from now, so closing sooner rather than later makes better business sense.  But more importantly, keeping up our morale and continuing to serve our customers while knowing that we are going to close has been very painful for all of us over the past three months.  Continuing to do so for even longer would be horrible.  Far better to close at a time of our choosing, keep everyone’s sorrow to a minimum, and then get on with our lives.”

 

 

Simple economics eludes the Left . If it costs more there will be less of it .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hurricane-Force Winds, Torrential Rain Forecast For What Could Be Storm Of The Decade

 

 

 

” Sustained winds at or near hurricane strength in the highest elevations with gusts exceeding 100 miles per hour across the Sierra summit are forecast for Thursday, with Bay Area winds easily gusting past 50 miles per hour in urban areas and 70-80 miles per hour in the local mountains and hills in what could be the storm of the decade.

  Computer models are able to break down the exact time of highest danger. By mid-morning Thursday, models indicate winds peaking.  Along the coast, 60 mile per hour winds are forecast, with higher gusts.

  The term “hurricane” is only used to refer to tropical storms, and is used when sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour. That level of wind strength is possible at extreme elevations above 9,000 feet and higher Thursday, according to the National Weather Service warning. “

 

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‘Rat Girl’ Breeds, Unleashes Rats Across San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

 

” San Francisco is in the midst of a rat problem, and one woman’s rodent obsession might be partly to blame.

” Authorities say a woman living in a residential hotel has been breeding them. And then releasing them into the public. Police say when they last checked she was living with 300 rats in deplorable living conditions.” (Via KNTV)

  KTVU obtained this 2011 footage of a rat-infested hotel room, which was formerly occupied by a 43-year-old woman known as “Erica J.” or informally, “Rat Girl.” San Francisco’s animal control department says Erica compulsively breeds the rats, which then infest wherever she lives.

  The city’s Public Safety Department ultimately had to exterminate over one thousand rats in that hotel. Since then, animal control officers have been confiscating Erica’s rats when they can, but they say she always seems to find more.”

 

 

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10 Cities Where You’re Most Likely To Achieve The American Dream

 

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” A new study from The Equality of Opportunity Project has mapped the 10 best and the 10 worst cities for economic mobility in the United States. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley used millions of anonymous earnings records to measure the chance that someone born into the bottom fifth of income earners reaches the top fifth. A full summary of their findings can be viewed here.

 

 

Upward Mobility in the 50 Biggest Cities: The Top 10 and Bottom 10 
Rank Odds of Reaching Top Fifth
Starting from Bottom Fifth
Rank Odds of Reaching Top Fifth
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1 Salt Lake City, UT 11.5% divider 41 Milwaukee, WI 5.6%
2 San Jose, CA 11.2% 42 Cincinnati, OH 5.5%
3 San Francisco, CA 11.2% 43 Jacksonville, FL 5.3%
4 Seattle, WA 10.4% 44 Raleigh, NC 5.2%
5 San Diego, CA 10.4% 45 Cleveland, OH 5.2%
6 Pittsburgh, PA 10.3% 46 Columbus, OH 5.1%
7 Sacramento, CA 10.3% 47 Detroit, MI 5.1%
8 Manchester, NH 9.9% 48 Indianapolis, IN 4.8%
9 Boston, MA 9.8% 49 Charlotte, NC 4.3%
10 New York, NY 9.7% 50 Atlanta, GA 4.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In San Francisco, It’s Illegal To Store Your Own Stuff In Your Own Garage

 

 

” San Francisco is plagued with thousands of scofflaws. Their crime? Storing anything that isn’t a car in their garage.

  According to Chapter 6 of the San Francisco Housing Code, “Private and public storage garages in apartment houses and hotels shall be used only for storage of automobiles.” Failing to comply with the law can lead to fines of up to $500.

  The law is particularly silly since many San Franciscans are proud cyclists. Take Kimberly Conley. She has a home in the Mission District with her husband, but no car. Because of the city’s code, she’s technically breaking the law every time she stores her bike in her garage:

  It’s absolutely ridiculous, especially in San Francisco, where storage space is at a premium—you expect to be able to do with your garage whatever you need to do with it. If you’re not going to use your garage for a car, it should be your space to do as you please.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Heckled By His Own ‘Supporters’

 

 

 

 

” A young man standing onstage with Obama at an event Monday in San Francisco disrupted the president’s speech by shouting pro-immigration slogans.

“There are thousands of immigrants deported every day,” yelled the heckler, who was a member of the multi-cultural crowd that the White House had assembled behind the president.

Obama, who was at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center to promote his stalled immigration-reform agenda, responded, “That’s exactly what we’re talking about. That’s why we’re here.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Batkid Instagram Photos That Will Make You Whole Again

 

 

 

 

” The hero known as Batkid spent Friday restoring peace and order to the people of San Francisco — also known as Gotham City for the day— and smiles to people all across the Internet.

If you’re just getting up to speed, “Batkid” is a five-year-old boy named Miles who’s currently battling leukemia. His biggest wish? To be Batman for a day. So the San Francisco Make-a-Wish Foundation set about making that happen. But they got more than they bargained for when more than 10,000 strangers volunteered to help bring Miles one magical day.”

 

 

” Thousands of cheering fans lined the streets of San Francisco as Batkid saved a damsel in distress after the Riddler tied her to train tracks, stopped a bank robbery, rescued San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal from the vile Penguin and attended a press conference in which Mayor Ed Lee presented him with a key to the city.

Batkid’s appreciative fans flocked to social media to record the spectacle. By 4 p.m. San Francisco time, more than 10,000 Instagram photos had been posted with the hashtag #SFBatKid. We’ve rounded up 25 of our favorites in the gallery above. And as an added bonus, you can check out footage of Batkid rescuing his damsel in distress right here:”

 

 

 

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PICS — San Francisco Turns Into Gotham To Make A 5-Year Old’s Dream Come True And It’s The Most Heartwarming Thing You’ll See All Year

 

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” Last week, we wrote about the Make-A-Wish foundation giving five-year-old Miles, who is battling Leukemia, the chance to fight crime as his favorite superhero. Today, November 15, San Francisco was transformed into Batman’s hometown of Gotham where Miles has been taking down some of the Bat’s biggest foes as Batkid along with a grownup Dark Knight.”

 

 

 

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    This is just fabulous . The whole city co-operated to make this Leukemia-stricken boy’s wish come true . Lot’s of pictures here . You can see a live video feed of Batkid and his crime fighting adventures here :

LIVE VIDEO: BATKID IN SF TO SAVE GOTHAM CITY

Eye-Opening Maps Show Vast Income Disparities Between Areas Just Yards Apart In Chicago, Boston, Miami And More

 

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From the sky: An aerial shot hides the inequalities that exist on the streets of Miami

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” When enjoying the views of some of America’s most iconic cities, it can be easy to overlook the vast income disparities that exist on the streets.

But artist and web researcher Nickolay Lamm has made the fierce differences in net worth clear as day with his new set of visualizations created for the site MyDeals.com

After superimposing graphs representing median household net worth onto aerial views of New York City in August, he has now broadened the important project to cover Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago, to startling effect.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Tilts Playing Field To One Percent

 

 

” Barack Obama has won two presidential elections promising that he had the best policies to make the U.S. economy work — not just for the wealthy, but also for the middle class and poor. So how is it that his presidency has seen unprecedented erosion in both American household income and the gap between rich and poor?

Consider the president’s visit with San Francisco billionaire hedge-fund manager and green activist Thomas Steyer this April.

Steyer is a staunch opponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline which, despite its promises of 20,000 jobs, he considers to be threat to global climate change. Thanks in part to swanky fundraisers in Steyer’s estate overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, One Percent greens have gotten their way at the expense of 99 Percenters from union workers to Michigan valve makers.

A Gallup poll of 600 small companies under $20 million this summer found 41 percent have frozen hiring due to the president’s signature achievement, Obamacare. But Big Hospital and Big Pharma, with their armies of government lobbyists, have thrived with hospitals due to reap $2 billion in Michigan alone from Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

In the energy sector, thousands of coal miners have lost their jobs as the Obama administration has waged a War on Carbon. In favoring green alternatives, the administration has showered wealthy pals like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Fisker Automotive investors with hundreds of millions in taxpayer loans. And for the well-to-do buyers of their Obama-preferred, $100,000 chariots? They get a further $7,500 taxpayer subsidy. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kiwis Almost Capsize In Cup Loss To Oracle

 

 

 

” Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsized in Race 8 of the America’s Cup, allowing defending champion Oracle Team USA to sail away to a 52-second victory Saturday on windy San Francisco Bay.

In the most heart-stopping moment of the regatta, the Kiwis’ 131-foot wing sail didn’t pop to the correct side, apparently because of a lack of pressure in the hydraulic system, as the crew tried to tack on the American boat to keep its slight lead.

The 72-foot catamaran began to tip over, with its starboard hull rising high into the air. The boat appeared to come within a few degrees of going over before the crew got the wing to pop and the boat splashed down.

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill did a great job of executing a crash tack to get clear of the Kiwi boat while it was hanging in the air. Because the American boat was coming in on favored starboard tack, Team New Zealand was penalized. The near-capsize had already done in the Kiwis, and slowing to clear the penalty allowed Oracle to sail well ahead.

Team New Zealand leads 6-0 and still needs three wins to take the oldest trophy in international sports to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Oracle Team USA, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, needs to win nine races to keep the Auld Mug.”

 

 

Published on Sep 8, 2013

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‘Fire Tracker’: Online Tool To Monitor Blaze Near Yosemite

 

 

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” Hundreds of firefighters are “digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes to keep a wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of several mountain hamlets,” The Associated Press writes Monday morning in its latest update on the huge “Rim Fire” that is threatening some of the power and water services to the city of San Francisco.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hacker Found Dead Just Days Before He Was Due To Demonstrate How To Kill Someone Fitted With A Pacemaker At Conference

 

 

 

 

” Mystery surrounds the death of a celebrated computer hacker who claimed to know how to remotely kill someone fitted with a heart pacemaker – as happened in the fictional TV spy drama Homeland.

Barnaby Jack died in San Francisco on Thursday, just days before he was due to give a speech revealing how implanted heart devices were at risk from fatal hacking attacks.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death last night but did not give any  further details.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bacon Bacon Aroma Set To End

 

 

 

” Few food items have enjoyed a more surprising recent resurgence than the savory strips of pig fat known as bacon. It is being wrapped around entrees, used to swizzle cocktails, and even serves as a flavor of ice cream.

But now a popular pork-focused restaurant in the Upper Haight must close its doors Friday following months of failed negotiations with neighbors over neighborhood concerns about porcine aroma and grease disposal.”

The announcement has created a swell of online support for the cafe, including an online petition on the Bacon Bacon website with more than 1,600 signatures from Bay Area residents who support the operation. Owner Jim Angelus said he’s overwhelmed by the support.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How The New Bay Bridge Shakes Off A Quake

 

 

” Earthquake-prone California is a far from ideal place to string metal over water and hope it stays put. But engineers of the new eastern span of the San Francisco–­Oakland Bay Bridge say the structure should last at least 150 years. This fall, when the new portion opens, the Bay Bridge will stretch 2047 feet, becoming the world’s longest self-anchored suspension bridge. 

Unlike a conventional suspension bridge, in which cables anchor on shore, the Bay Bridge can’t rely on the surrounding muddy ground—which amplifies seismic movement—for support. So the bridge is anchored to itself, with a single cable looping around the roadway and held high by a steel tower. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CA LAWMAKERS PROPOSE ‘HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS’

 

 

 

 

” State lawmakers want to make it legal to loiter, panhandle and sleep on the streets of California. One Citrus Heights City Council member calls the legislation offensive. In recent years, the city has banned panhandling at intersections and ATMS in response to police reports of mounting aggressiveness. It’s no surprise that the City Council would oppose a proposed statewide homeless bill of rights “It’s important to us, because I think there are a lot of unintended consequences to this bill,” said Councilwoman Jeanie Bruins.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marina Partiers Leave Behind Massive Fort Mason Mess

 

 

 

 

” Happy Earth Day, everybody! Just when we thought our faith in the drunkards had been restored, we spotted this disaster area left behind after throngs of Marina District revelers took their overconsumption outdoors yesterday afternoon. After a brief stop at the Marina Dateway, where the neighborhood grocery store was experiencing a run on domestic beer and ladies were overheard discussing the caloric content of various vodkas, we found this scene on the grass at Fort Mason around 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

What looked something like this during the afternoon, by sunset looked like a good place to catch Hepatitis. That’s also when the seagulls started swooping in, probably looking for beer can rings to choke themselves to death with. (Because of how disappointed in humanity they were.)”

 

 

Dolores Park Trashed on Earth Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Do The Koch Brothers Get All The Sunshine?

 

 

 

 

” Here’s a couple of data points that bear serious thought this week by transparency advocates celebrating Sunshine Week and by everybody else who cares about protecting and preserving a free and independent press:

1,130 – Number of results for search term “Koch Brothers” on The New York Times web site.

64 – Number of results for search term “The Tides Foundation” on The New York Times web site.

It’s equally certain that few reading this post know anything at all about the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, even though its roots go deep into the radical student movement of the 1960s and it has helped fund or startup virtually every significant liberal, progressive and radical cause in the years since.

Similar results appear from the same searches on The Washington Post web site, which turns up 277 links to the Koch Brothers and 11 for Tides. And on the New Yorker web site, Koch Brothers generated 35 links and none for Tides.

The contrast was even more dramatic on the Common Cause site, where the Koch Brothers were linked 4,560 times versus one for Tides.

Similar results appear from the same searches on The Washington Post web site, which turns up 277 links to the Koch Brothers and 11 for Tides. And on the New Yorker web site, Koch Brothers generated 35 links and none for Tides.

The contrast was even more dramatic on the Common Cause site, where the Koch Brothers were linked 4,560 times versus one for Tides.

 

Three Koch foundations made a total of 181 grants worth$25,405,525 in 2010 (most recent available records). The one Tides Foundation made a total of 2,627 grants worth $143,529,590 in 2010.”

 

 

 

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 The Future Of Rapid Transit As Envisioned By SpaceX

 

 

” Taking to the stage at this year’s Economist Innovation Awards, Elon Musk of SpaceX let slip a few more choice details about his “Hyperloop” high-speed transportation system that would see commuters travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco in a mere 30 minutes, describing the concept for the first time as a cross between Concorde and railgun.”

Rights ? What Rights ?

   Good for SAF , good for US . This kind of bureaucratic nonsense has to stop . Support the Gun Rights organization of your choice . Please , even if you don’t own a gun . No organizations work harder at preserving our freedom and liberties than the 2nd amendment groups . If the 2nd goes the 1st is sure to follow . 

” Last month, the Second Amendment Foundation filed a suit in federal court against the police departments of San Francisco and Oakland. The suit was over the police departments’ refusal to return firearms confiscated from individuals during the course of investigations in which those individuals were later cleared of wrongdoing.

The filing, which came just days before the similar story of wounded Afghan war veteran Lt. Augustine Kim surfaced, where, after stop for a medical appointment at Walter Reed during a trip from New Jersey to South Carolina, Kim was arrested and his firearms confiscated by DC police.”

Unf…..g Believable

This leaves me speechless ,

 

  “John Avalos and his office aides turned to a Ouija board for consultation when attempting to determine if they should vote for or against a nonbinding resolution that would name a Navy vessel after slain gay political leader Harvey Milk.”

Here is another photo essay on the San Francisco Teaparty Rally