crackheads of the day #60

even more Tenderloin Housing Clinic crackheads in Mid Market, behind 1035 Market. The guy in the brown shirt once told me he's a retired auto worker from Detroit. He wasn't a crackhead when he moved here. He is now tho

Randy Shaw has churned out more crackheads than anyone else i know

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crackheads of the day #59

Yet more Tenderloin Housing Clinic residents and Randy Shaw's clients doing the crack thing in Mid Market, behind 1035 market

The only thing about Mid Market that people are confused about is where this crap is coming from and the extent to which Randy Shaw contributes to it.
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crackheads of the day #58

San Francisco Mid Market Theater and Entertainment District Benevolent Improvement Society showcasing science, movies and cartoon animated film

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crackheads of the day #57

Mid Market continues it's revival, now with vintage retro crack pipes

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crackheads of the day #56

One of the very few recession proof businesses in San Francisco's Mid Market that's actually lasted longer than 30 years

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Mid Market propaganda campaign continues

the great Mid market revival is in the news again and it's followed by even more stunning and willful ignorance

This is the one subject in San Francisco where most the of comments point out this ignorance. You just can't fool people with this shockingly blatant ignorance.. The city of San Francisco has paid for and spent 30 years to make Mid Market a containment zone, with the help of non profits in last 20 years. It will remain a containment zone no matter how many Twitters move in because the city will continue to pay for and operate a containment zone in the area for the next 20 years. That's why we call it the corrupt twitterloin. To put it even more simply YOU are literally paying to revive Mid Market and paying to keep it a crime zone, at the very same time, by the very same politicians

To put it bluntly, Crackheads of the Day will still be here in Mid Market in 10 years, guaranteed. In fact, that is more guaranteed and likely to be here in 10 years than any of the dot coms

williamb7373

8:13 AM on May 11, 2012

Ed Lee, like most San Franciscans, has no idea how bad it is in this area; he's ignorant if not blind to the anarchy in mid-Market which now has begun to stretch West of Van Ness. And until he pulls a Michael Bloomberg and no longer allows people to live and die in full view on Market St, or any street in S.F. his term of Mayor will be a failure.

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bauii

8:21 AM on May 11, 2012

You are right on point. Within the last year the scene has pushed west. Unless the City acts now rather than continuing the entitlement of people to deal and use drugs openly, to get dead drunk and all the things that go along with it...this part of Market and the streets north and south will soon sink into what 6th and Market has been for years. Oh by the way don't bother contacting District 6 supervisor Kim, she is worthless.

silom6X

6:50 AM on May 11, 2012

"Total resurgence" in the mid-Market area will not be possible until you get rid of all the winos, bums, and homeless. So far the "city that knows how", doesn't.

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Kimbo66

8:15 AM on May 11, 2012

I worked in the area for 8 years, You are totally correct.
City hall just doesn't get it.

bosguy1

9:33 PM on May 10, 2012

I walk by the businesses mentioned on a daily basis because I live in the area. The businesses themselves are fine, but outside on the street is bad news. Across from the bike shop, at any given time of day, is about thirty thugs, wobbling around, grabbing their crotch, dealing drugs and intimidating people. Where the new theatre is going, well damn, you got gang banger heaven outside the coffee shop and "check cashing" store lingering outside, asking you if "want something", along with a plethora of drug addicts and homeless grabbing your arm for money, smoking crack and urinating. Oh, and lets not leave out the "meet and greet" gang bangers that hang out and block the Civic Center MUNI/BART exits and entrances.

I give the businesses credit for moving there and try to be hopeful the area will "resurge". But, until I hear the Mayor speak about cracking down on the crime and drug dealing that goes on, I'm not so hopeful. Until that's all dealt with, these businesses don't stand a chance, period.
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al_sf

11:15 PM on May 10, 2012

Your insight is right on.
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al_sf

11:18 PM on May 10, 2012

Twitter is coming. Twitter is coming. Scratch my back. But guess what, Twitter still hasn't found a real way to make money (come on advertising? so is every other web 2.0 company out there). Ok Twitter is coming but the area still reminds me of Gotham city from the Batman movie. When it gets dark......we will see the "other" side of mid Market....the "darker" side. And 20 year old hipsters don't fight crime. Yes they fight bugs in code but not crime.
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11:33 PM on May 10, 2012

The City does not want to admit that its housing policies in SOMA and the TL are the reason mid-market continues to be an arm-pit, and will remain one.
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11:39 PM on May 10, 2012

Just wait until one of those twitter employees gets stabbed or mugged. Wait until they start complaining to management because of being hassled and feeling intimidated trying to get to and from work everyday. They would have to endure what you described right outside the civic center Bart/Muni and anywhere along that stretch trying to get lunch or whatever. Let's see how long this lasts and if Mayor Lee is going to clean it up. If not, wait for the announcement of Twitter leaving that area and possibly SF for good.

giantsmax
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12:10 AM on May 11, 2012

If the mid market area can finally be revitalized that would be a huge positive for San Francisco. My only worry is where will all the drug dealers and other bad people go---they have to go somewhere--right?
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InTransit

6:32 AM on May 11, 2012

Correct. So there's the Lower Height? Church & Duboce even? South Van Ness around Goodwill is my bet though.
Plenty of sketchy and sliding places around to pick up the slack.
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likewhatever

6:44 AM on May 11, 2012

Don't worry 6th St won't be changing anytime soon. Too many SRO's.
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gluconeogenesis

6:53 AM on May 11, 2012

Maybe the increase in demand by techies who want to live close to work will make the rental model more appealing to current SRO landlords.
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7:16 AM on May 11, 2012

16th and Mission... It's much seedier than it was 40 years ago....
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frankinsf
frankinsf

7:47 AM on May 11, 2012

San Jose.
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7:59 AM on May 11, 2012

They've already begun to migrate to West of Van Ness; specifically the 1500 block of Market, which has been decimated by a liquor store in the middle of the block that allows drug deals inside and outside it's storefront, and loitering; something that NO other businesses allow in the area. As a result, there is violence, and one can hardly get past them to the MUNI Metro at the end of the block, or to Zuni Cafe. Until San Francisco makes it illegal, like NYC, to live and die in full view on her streets NO amount of property retail rental will upgrade the area.
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8:23 AM on May 11, 2012

Let them go hang out in front of Mayor Lee's place, the homeless advocates homes, and the BOS homes. See how fast they clean up the problem!
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7:06 AM on May 11, 2012

The reality is that until this stretch gets cleaned up, these businesses don't have a chance in hell. At any given time, there are drug deals, bums, thugs, and the like hanging all up and down that stretch of street. How many people want to get off at Civic Center BART/Muni and be harrassed and intimidated on a day to day basis just trying to get to and from work?? All its going to take is a Twitter employee or another employee from one of those businesses getting stabbed or mugged before they pack up and move out. It is wonderful that they want to revitalize the area, but Mayor Lee needs to clean it up first before even thinking of revitalizing it. He's putting the cart before the horse.
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7:41 AM on May 11, 2012

I disagree. Many of the shady characters you mention will shun the light cast upon the area when businesses move into the mid-Market location. Let's let this work itself out. Why should the City spend money to clean up mid-Market when it will occur naturally?
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7:50 AM on May 11, 2012

Are you kidding?? Those new employees are going to be new targets for the thugs and bums. And YES, the city should spend the money cleaning it up. It is their responsibility for letting it get that bad in the first place. I mean, who is going to be at fault once those employees have had enough of this nonsense and those companies decide to pack up and leave?
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san_francisco

8:01 AM on May 11, 2012

twitter will be the neighborhoods new squeaky wheel and call the cops for every little problem. that is one of the cornerstones of the gentrification process.. duh...
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8:09 AM on May 11, 2012

ddeburger: you are absolutely right. The cops don't do anything about this problem until/unless someone makes a citizen's arrest (like I did last week after having been mugged near Zuni Cafe). Even then, the perps are back on the street the next day, unless one is maimed by them. San Francisco refuses to put out THE INN IS FULL sign, and until it does take responsibility for the anarchy on it's streets, Twitter employees will need to arm themselves when they come to work.
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8:20 AM on May 11, 2012

@williamb7373: Sorry that happened to you...it's terrible. For the cops not to do anything about it unless you file a citizens arrest is appalling! Whatever happened to serve and protect?
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crackheads of the day #55

Not news: crackheads of the day in Mid market, San Francisco, in the corrupt twitterloin

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Bluoz: with Mayor Ed Lee's city funded Mid Market community ambassadors

Bluoz+: the building houses a drug testing and ankle bracelet monitoring program for offenders

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a central market community ambassador responds

Hi I am one of the central market ambassador in your picture. I really appreciate your effort informing the community about our job. But I believe you totally got the hole image wrong,infact we did inform them they shouldn't be doing that since we are not peace officer's we can't enforce the Law.what we do is inform the Law enforcement. We will be glad to show you what we deal around and even can provide you with pictures and videos on our personal and work phones that the program and the ambassadors are working hard to achieve every city residents dream to clean san Franciscos streets. Don't hesitate to contact the office or any individual in the team. We look forward working with you. Personally I know you are working hard to change people life you see around TL and market st, we have the same goal let's work together. Thanks for your concern and information. Really appreciate.

It should be noted that the yellow jacket community ambassadors are not the same as the brown jacket Central market community guides which are privately funded via a levy on local business. The yellow jacket in the below photo is Department of Public Works (DPW), a city agency

the problem in this photo is that DPW is involved (again) with cleanup at the property, which is 1035 Market Street, which could result in fines for the building owner

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crackheads of the day #54

The largest privately held collection of crackhead photos on the planet is right here in the mid Market area of San Francisco

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How to really clean up mid Market and the Tenderloin

Holding land and building owners accountable for blight and nuisance in San Francisco. The real and legal and historical definition of nuisance and forcing property owners to be responsible for their own property

This has never been mentioned before in San Francisco, but it has in many other cities since 1989. This is probably because many of the people writing about blight are themselves landlords, and don't want people to know about this, and instead try to divert attention to vacant buildings

The problems associated with Mid Market and the Tenderloin are not caused by vacant buildings themselves. Vacant buildings are merely a symptom of a deeper underlying problem caused by problem residents.

California and San Francisco have nuisance abatement laws which have recently been used by the city attorney to go after a liquor store in the Tenderloin. But this is just one single store and even the Bay Guardian is questioning the effectiveness of that. Look at the comments which mirror comments made for many years in publications

You are not going to 'raze the tenderloin' and start over. You are not going to bulldoze SRO's because those are protected by law, but you can make the landlords do something about the nuisance that often originates from their own buildings

Background

In 1989 a woman named Molly Wetzel and some neighbors went after a landlord on Francisco street in Berkeley because the place was a crack house, It's very simple, except that it turned out to be one of the largest civil cases and awards in California history (unprecedented judgement against a landlord in California)

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Molly Wetzel then went on to form the organization Safe Streets Now!, which has since expanded to many cities across the country in various forms, but especially in California because California has a few extra nuisance abatement laws on the books

from > The City of Pasedena

Safe Streets Now!

Violence. Noise. Garbage. Vandalism. Prostitution. Speeding Cars. If you've ever lived near a public nuisance, you know how distressing and disruptive its presence can be.

Many communities are traumatized by public nuisances, such as drug trafficking, and the crime and violence associated with these activities. Open drug markets flourish as neighborhood residents witness and endure the encroaching blight. Unfortunately, there aren't enough police and city resources to pursue every public nuisance in every neighborhood. However you and your neighbors can shut down the whole operation on your own by getting the property declared a "public nuisance" and, if necessary, taking the owner of the property to Small Claims Court.

What is a Public Nuisance?
A public nuisance, according to state law, is anything that is:

Injurious to health
Indecent to the senses
Unlawfully impeding free use of the streets
Obstructing free use of property so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property

Why do we need Safe Streets Now!?
With Safe Streets Now! the residents come together to de­fine the standards of conduct for their neighborhood and enforce those standards at the neighborhood level. Some people view this as a community policing tool while others see it as a neighborhood and resident empowerment tool.

Is Safe Streets Now! Going to Make a Difference?
We believe Safe Streets Now! will be a valuable addition to the ongoing work of the City's Police Department, Prosecutor's Office, Councilmembers and Field Representatives, the Neighborhood Outreach Team, and the Human Services and Recreation Department. In over 800 cases where the Safe Streets Now! program was used, 80% of the cases successfully closed down targeted properties without going to court. Additionally, all cases taken to court have also been settled in favor of the neighborhoods and the Safe Streets Now! program.

How does Safe Streets Now! Work?
Safe Streets Now! is a step-by-step process that residents can use to address public nuisances in their neighborhoods. In Pasadena, Safe Streets Now! will include a part­nership between neighbors, police, city staff, and community-based organization representatives. Safe Streets Now! began in Oakland, California in 1989 and is a nationally recognized program.

Safe Streets Now! uses a State of California nuisance abatement law. This law is at the heart of the program. It affirms that residents have a right to fully enjoy the use of their homes in peace. The process for Safe Streets Now! is straightforward and includes the following steps:

Identify property creating the public nuisance.
Take notes on nuisance.
Phone each incidence to the police.
Write 'demand letter' to the property owner and threaten to take the owner to Small Claims Court if he or she does not correct the nuisance. (The majority of cases never make it to court, most landlords voluntarily remove the problem tenants from their properties after receiving the demand letter.)
Take the landlord to Small Claims Court. The plaintiffs (neighborhood residents) file a joint suit. It costs $75 (which can be waived) per plaintiff to file and each plaintiff can sue for up to $7,500. No attorneys may be used by either party in a small claims trial. Court dates are set within 30 days of the filing and judgments are issued within 30 days of the trial. Small Claims Court is swift and inexpensive.

What About Retaliation? Will I Be Safe?
Safe Streets Now! is a non-violent, non-confrontational way to rid communities of public nuisances such as drug and gang houses. Residents are safe because they will never confront or contact the gang members or drug dealers directly when documenting the problems. They contact other neighbors and the police by telephone. The demand letter includes a Pasadena Safe Streets Now! address, the name of the facilitator as the contact person, and will is sent directly to the landlord along with the residents' documentation.

Molly Wetzel's program Safe Streets Now has been so successful, that it prompted an in depth study funded by the US Department of Justice

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There are even instructional videos on Youtube on how to organize and make landlords responsible

SRO (single room occupancy hotels) in San Francisco are NOT exempt from these nuisance laws, and neither are the non profits that run many of them. The same laws have actually been used in San Francisco before, at one SRO, except it was never identified by name until now

In 1995, Antoinetta Stadlman, who is now an employee of the same Randy Shaw used this same resource to gather several neighbors and go after the landlord and won several thousand dollars in court. This is mentioned in this article in the SF Weekly

What has never been mentioned before, is that Stadlman had originally talked to the same Molly Wetzel to help start the organization process after reading about her Safe Streets Now in the paper back in 1995. More than 15 years later, the same Antoinetta Stadlman, has recently identified and made public identical issues in Randy Shaws own buildings

Antoinetta Stadlman has lived in the Baldwin House hotel since 1991. By 1995, she was fed up with its condition. Clued in by a newspaper article to a law that allows neighbors to lodge nuisance claims against property owners who allow illegal or disturbing activities to continue unabated, Stadlman and 14 other tenants took Baldwin House owner Nick Patel to small-claims court and won $5,000 each, the maximum allowable under the law.

Patel appealed the decision to Superior Court. In Superior Court, unlike small-claims court, lawyers are more or less required. Stadlman called around. A private lawyer said he'd take the case -- for $25,000, or 30 percent of the overall settlement. Stadlman thought that was too expensive, so she asked the Tenderloin Housing Clinic for help.

"Randy said he'd do it," Stadlman says. But not for free.
Specifically, Stadlman says, Shaw offered her a contingency-fee arrangement: We handle the suit for you, and we get 25 percent of the settlement, up to $20,000. And Stadlman is grateful for that -- "They gave me a $5,000 break," she says, comparing the THC's contingency rate to the private lawyer's. But still, she decided to continue looking for a lawyer who would take the case for free.

Shaw says the fees were necessary because of the amount of work the case demanded. Generally, when a lawyer takes a case on a contingency basis, he must win the case (or win a settlement) in order to be paid. If the lawyer loses, then neither the lawyer nor the law firm gets any money.

In the 17 years since 1995, Randy Shaw has become a landlord himself of sixteen different SRO's in the Tenderloin, Mid market, and Mission neighborhoods, so he would certainly know about this, since he was involved with it 17 years ago, but he has never mentioned this publicly in his beyondchron.org. The reason is obvious. Because Tenderloin Housing Clinic is the largest contractor in the city of San Francisco to house so called 'hard core homeless', many of them still on dope, and therefore a huge liability in a case like this. This is also why the City of San Francisco refuses to run these housing facilities themselves, because of the huge liability due to the nuisance...and instead contracts all of it out to private non profits

No competent attorney (Randy Shaw) in his right mind who runs such a large organization of high liability clients would ever admit this publicly, which is why you will never see this posted at beyondchron.org.

And now you know the real meaning of a massive 'containment zone' in the heart of San Francisco, funded by you..

(even worse is state privacy laws regarding welfare that applies to such non profits (State of California welfare and institutions code - reference > http://law.justia.com/codes/california/2010/wic/15633-15637.html) - as caretakers, which in itself is a highly questionable practice - simply dumping mental patients in SRO's)

This is just one part of the many buildings in San Francisco that could be a source of nuisance. It doesn't have to be in the Tenderloin, Soma, Mid Market or Mission problem areas, it could be anywhere in the city

The website to identify who the owners are of any property in San Francisco is the assessors office

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Another early article from 1989

Yep, it was San Francisco airport that started it all back in the 1980's. Ironic that it has almost never been mentioned in San Francisco itself. But since San Francisco leaders have spent over two decades moving 'the worst of the worst' out of outlying neighborhoods and into the Mid market and Tenderloin and Mission neighborhoods, it's not likely you'll ever hear more than crickets about this in the press

However, problems at the SRO's have been reported as with the undercover video scandal

According to SFPD’s Department of Emergency Management, police have been called to the Henry Hotel 143 times since early November, an average of just more than one call per day. Of seven residential hotels in the area The San Francisco Examiner inquired about, only one other, the Seneca Hotel, was the source of more calls: 287.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2011/03/henry-hotel-san-francisco-can-t-escape-controversy-or-police#ixzz1opprhYkh

The Seneca being one of Randy Shaws managed buildings. There are also crime statistics available, some of which are available by bulding adress

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Randy Shaw – Crime Crusader

Randy Shaw is such a great crime crusader, trying to clean up the Tenderloin and Mid market area and rid it of drug dealing

from http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=9802

SEIU Local 87 continues to cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars each year in police and DPW services due to its unsupervised open-air commercial parking lot at Turk and Hyde. A variety of union officials over two decades have pledged to develop the lot, but no action has followed.

I spent several months in 2011 working with Local 87 officials to reduce problems on their site, but was ultimately rebuffed. Union officials deny any responsibility for owning a lot whose adjacent sidewalk provides a business place for drug dealers and requires DPW to send at least one truck every morning to pick up accumulated trash.

Although property owners are responsible for activities on the sidewalk in front of their property, union officials refuse to staff their lot. They told me they blame District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and Mayor Ed Lee for the drug dealing adjacent to their lot, and suggested I pressure these officials and leave Local 87 alone.

You mean property owners and managers are responsible for the drug dealing in front of their buildings too?. Is that a fact? If that's the case that would mean Randy Shaw is responsible for the drug dealing in front of his own buildings. Like this one at 6th and Stevenson across from Dottie's True Blue Cafe. This is also described by Randy Shaw's own employees

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That's Dottie's on the left in this video

Lemme guess, Randy Shaw would also be responsible if his own tenants were doing dope in front of his building and up and down Mid market too? I bet he would. That's a professional crack smoker there. Blue tape to protect the lips and everything

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What if randy Shaw's own residents were getting the neighboring businesses/employees doped up on crack? Would that count too? I bet it would

The San Francisco Bay Guardian is questioning going after two liquor stores to solve the drugs problem in the Tenderloin even mentioning the very same Randy Shaw because he was a part of the reason those two liquor stores were targeted. How very ironic because Randy Shaw has another liquor store in this same building at 6th and Stevenson in the Seneca Hotel that does the exact same thing

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This is where Crackheads of the Day comes from

People sell dope in front of the Seneca, around the side on Stevenson, in front of the Stop and Go, inside the store, inside the hotel, and then they go down Stevenson to smoke it in front of the new business in Mid Market that are there because of the Twitter Tax incentive, which the very same Randy Shaw helped to broker. So basically, your tax dollars are being used to help improve Mid Market, and bring down Mid Market, all at the same time.

It's a quite a bit more than just a 'conflict of interest' here

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