It’s Low Occupancy for a Reason!

I just came across the post on The Richmond District of San Francisco blog, Presidio’s Saturday celebration to bring much needed marketing for the low occupancy Presidio Landmark.

I got excited then extremely disappointed!

I would like to get a decent sized livable space for my father who is on disability and limited income. After working for over 40 years and paying his due taxes, he currently rents an overpriced tiny studio in the city. I see this post and get excited, I can finally help my father move to at least a one bedroom where he can have some space for his kids to come visit and help care for him.

However, this isn’t luxury, this is insane! At a renting rate starting at $2,125, not only is it not affordable to many, it would most likely take more then a family of four to chip in to pay THE RENT! Might as well purchase your first home… most likely outside the city where there’s no accessible transportation, friends or family nearby.

I love San Francisco and continue to live in it with the knowledge that it can be expensive at times. However, this is just ridiculous… even for an expensive city like San Francisco.


The Richmond District of San Francisco –

Politically Speaking

I thought about entering the political spectrum for a while. Well, maybe that thought got even more fueled during the Obama mania (yes I read “Audacity of Hope,” I’ll have a review of that soon). After Obama was elected and seeing history before my eyes, I too wanted to further contribute to society through public service.

I started small, volunteering as an intern at my local district supervisor’s office once or twice a week. It helped me learn that I wouldn’t do well in weekly committee meetings, meeting with companies and organizations out for their own benefit, tedious tasks of reading and summarizing ridiculous reports on how a department over spent and now needs MORE money to cover themselves (FYI, I’m not a fan of the SFMTA).

I guess that its probably the fact that I’m more of a people person rather then a meeting person. I mean, I’ll meet if I have too but weekly for three different committees going on for hours at a time, no! When does one see their constituents, partake in their fruits of labor or actually get anything done? No wonder it takes months if not years for a bill to pass and the bureaucracy behind it all, my God! I’d just die if I had to sit through a minute of it without calling out the bullshit!

Maybe I’m too loud, aggressive, assertive and have too much concern for the people that being a public servant might not necessarily be my calling. I’m not ruling out one day running for political office, I’m just speaking of my short inside look at things in San Francisco City Hall. Things could be done more effectively, with less cost, to better serve the people. That could start with our local governments.


Pictures from SF Fireworks Show

Living in SF all my life, I never got to experience the fireworks show live off of the piers! So last night, I went with my good friends and it was amazing! Check out out some of the pics I took with my Blackberry phone…