Monthly Archive: January 2013

Coalition of Tenants protesting TIC law at City Hall on 1/28. (Photo: Waiyde Palmer) 6

Post Protest: Castro Controversy Erupts After Hotly Debated TIC Condo Conversion Legislation Gets Tabled

Monday a wide coalition of 200 activists from the Castro and nearly every City neighborhood gathered on the eastside steps of SF City Hall to voice their outrage over Supervisors Scott Wiener (Dist. 8) and Mark Farrel’s (Dist. 2) proposed legislation altering how Tenancy-in-Common (TIC) properties convert into non-rent controlled condos....

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Fed Judge Upholds City Nudity Ban

The last bell has rung in the fight between the pro-nudity camp and the City. On Tues. the 29th a Federal Judge reviewing the case ruled the City’s pick and choose nudity ban didn’t violate anyones First Amendment rights of self-expression. The new law, penned by the Castro’s own Dist....

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UPATED: Diesel Closes. Apple Store Coming?

UPDATE (5:49PM): We spoke with Andrea Aiello, the Executive Director of the Castro/ Upper Market Community Benefit District about the recent exodus of Diesel from their Market and Castro location so we could put this rumor mill to rest. Apparently, the reason why Diesel left was because of poor sales and a new...

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Castro Eateries Caught Up in City Probe Around Healthy San Francisco Fees

On Friday, Jan. 25, City Attorney, Dennis Herrera announced dozens of SF’s 3500 restaurants are under investigation for possibly scamming funds for their own use through customer surcharges that should-be earmarked for their employees healthcare. Five of those 93 targeted eateries, listed by CBS News, under scrutiny are Castro establishments of note: Squat...

Rendering of the Castro Sausage Grill below the Castro Country Club. (via Tecta Associates) 11

Castro May Get New Sausage Eatery

The Bay Area Reporter and Grub Street reported that George “Jorge” Maumer, owner of Superstar Video on Castro Street, will be opening a new restaurant called The Castro Sausage Grill below the Castro Country Club at 4058 18th Street pending Planning Commission approval. Maumer is currently in the process of...

Dist 2 Sup. Mark Ferrell and Dist. 8 Sup. Scott Wiener (Photo: BeyondChron) 9

Sup. Wiener’s Condo Conversion Plan Angers Many-City Hall Protest Monday

Castro’s Sup. Scott Wiener and Dist. 2 Sup, Mark Ferrell, have introduced legislation which, if passed, could allow owners to repeal rent control from thousands of landlord-occupied apartment buildings. Their plan will let Tenant in Common (TIC) buildings become condominiums automatically, bypassing the condo conversions lottery and tenant protections in the...