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From San Francisco Chronicle:

Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street
Matier & Ross | on August 7, 2017

Tina Lam and Michael Cheng have bought Presidio Terrace, a private street lined with expensive homes. Residents apparently had no idea the common spaces were up for sale.

Thanks to a little-noticed auction sale, a South Bay couple are the proud owners of one of the most exclusive streets in San Francisco — and they’re looking for ways to make their purchase pay.

Tina Lam and Michael Cheng snatched up Presidio Terrace — the block-long, private oval street lined by 35 megamillion-dollar mansions — for $90,000 and change in a city-run auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill. …

Presidio Terrace (the small red arrow in the above photo) adjoins the golf course of The Presidio, the old military base (now a park) at the south end of Golden Gate Bridge, where the Army set up cannons to sink Queen Victoria’s dreadnoughts in case of invasion of America.

It’s a desirable address.

Now they’re looking to cash in — maybe by charging the residents of those mansions to park on their own private street.

Those residents value their privacy — and their exclusivity. Past homeowners have included Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her financier husband, Richard Blum; House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi; and the late Mayor Joseph Alioto. A guard is stationed round the clock at the stone-gate entrance to the street to keep the curious away.

So imagine the residents’ surprise when San Jose residents Cheng and Lam wound up with the street, its sidewalks and every other bit of “common ground” in the private development that has been managed by the homeowners since at least 1905. …

“We just got lucky,”said Cheng, a real estate investor.

The homeowners, however, are crying foul and want the Board of Supervisors to negate the sale.

The couple’s purchase appears to be the culmination of a comedy of errors involving a $14-a-year property tax bill that the homeowners association failed to pay for three decades. It’s something that the owners of all 181 private streets in San Francisco are obliged to do. …

The couple, however, say they’re in no hurry to sell.

“I’m a first-generation immigrant, and the first time I came to San Francisco I fell in love with the city,” said Lam, an engineer in Silicon Valley who was born in Hong Kong and came to the U.S. for college.

“I really just wanted to own something in San Francisco because of my affinity for the city,” Lam said.

There’s a bit of irony in the couple’s purchase. Until a 1948 U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning the enforcement of racial covenants, homes in Presidio Terrace could be purchased only by whites.

Isn’t it fascinating how these days, even with the most Ayn Randish transactions — a couple of hard chargers buy a street and its sidewalks (privatizing sidewalks is second only to privatizing lighthouses in libertarian daydreaming) and are now figuring out how to charge users for it — somebody figures it’s in their interest to ladle on the identity politics. The hard chargers play the Immigrant Card while the newspaper pre-emptively accuses the other party of Historic White Privilege due to something that ended in the first half of the previous century …

 
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  1. There are likely a half dozen legal doctrines that will probably thwart this rentier scheme, including a probable prescriptive easement, as well as the ability of San Francisco to condemn the property at the insistence of what are probably well-connected folks living on that street.

    But if I lived among them, I’d be testing all of my Coke for pee-pee right about now.

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    Yes, the best case scenario for them is that they take an offer to repurchase the street for a few thousand more than they paid. If they don't, the outcome will likely be they get only the purchase price back after paying a lot of money for lawyers.

    For a People's Republic, SF has more private urban streets than any other big city I've ever been too.
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  2. They should try to parlay that into one of the houses up sale gratis the homeowners association. Then again, one is never in a good negotiating position when bargaining with a bunch of pissed-off billionaires…

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  3. This seems to serve somebody right but I’m not sure who.

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  4. Thomm says:

    If the land was legally up for sale, they have every right to buy it.

    Anyone who opposes that is a leftist of the worst sort.

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    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    The most likely circumstance was the HOA's address being that of the developer some 30 years ago (with control never having been turned over to a Board of homeowners) which subsequently went out of business/moved/wound up. Then a period passed where the $14 arrearages accrued but they didn't amount to much and San Francisco didn't pursue the balances via a judicial sale. The homeowners were probably all subsequent purchasers unaware of the title to the street. So decades later, service on the HOA gave no notice of the arrears or sale to the real parties in interest.

    The law probably wouldn't recognize any rentier scheme to charge the homeowners millions of dollars to access their landlocked parcels. This is not "leftism," but rather the expression of Anglo-American legal principles going back at least to Blackstone.

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  5. Clyde says:

    Look at it this way. These wealthy SanFran libs have paid millions in property taxes over the years and the relevant SanFran department of taxation is too lazy, affirmative actioned and stoopid to give the tenants association a few curtesy phone calls about the upcoming auctioning off of (in effect) their parking spaces.

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  6. What is a ‘first generation immigrant?’ Ok, then what is a second generation immigrant?

    You can be an immigrant, an American citizen child of an immigrant aka first generation American, and so on.

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  7. Ms Lam and Mr Cheng should be congratulated on their bold action and eagle eyes.

    If the residents were dumb enough to lose critical infrastructure through their failure to pay a piddling tax bill, then they deserve everything they get.

    But as other commenters have already hinted at, Lam and Cheng better be able to afford California’s finest property lawyers if they want to gain the benefit that is due to them. I’d suggest a $10 million fighting fund as a start.

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    I would be willing to throw in money to their fund to stick it to those people living there and help them understand the bad side of identity politics ...
    , @JimB
    Tricky Chinamen. Who'd a thunk it?
    , @bomag

    If the residents were dumb enough to lose critical infrastructure through their failure to pay a piddling tax bill, then they deserve everything they get.
     
    Too harsh; though these residents deserve no pity, we expect a reasonable effort from the bureaucrats to contact relevant people; something that wasn't done in this case.
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  8. Lot says:
    @Alec Leamas
    There are likely a half dozen legal doctrines that will probably thwart this rentier scheme, including a probable prescriptive easement, as well as the ability of San Francisco to condemn the property at the insistence of what are probably well-connected folks living on that street.

    But if I lived among them, I'd be testing all of my Coke for pee-pee right about now.

    Yes, the best case scenario for them is that they take an offer to repurchase the street for a few thousand more than they paid. If they don’t, the outcome will likely be they get only the purchase price back after paying a lot of money for lawyers.

    For a People’s Republic, SF has more private urban streets than any other big city I’ve ever been too.

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    Yes, the best case scenario for them is that they take an offer to repurchase the street for a few thousand more than they paid. If they don’t, the outcome will likely be they get only the purchase price back after paying a lot of money for lawyers.
     
    Actually, the takings clause requires only that "just compensation" be paid to the owner, which can be less than the FMV. The FMV of that street is and was probably much less than the tax balance (plus penalties and fees), so a condemnation could end in the new owners taking a bath.

    Buying a useless flag lot or landlocking other properties isn't "smart" or "shrewd" in our system (nor should it be thought so).
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  9. prosa123 says: • Website

    While most of Presidio Terrace has no Google Street View coverage (you can clearly see the guard station from the adjoining street), there is coverage of maybe a couple hundred feet on the northern part of the oval. It dates back to February 2008, when GSV was in its early stages. I don’t know how the camera car driver was able to get past the guard or why there’s such a short distance covered.

    Peter

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    I lived a few blocks away on Clay St. 40 or so years ago and I used to stroll in there without being braced by any guards by the entrance although there was usually a police car parked near the mayor's house.
    , @Pincher Martin

    I don’t know how the camera car driver was able to get past the guard or why there’s such a short distance covered.
     
    The guard is not always present, and I've never sen the gate closed. My wife and I have driven in there many times.
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  10. Those poor Presidio Terrace folks. If they’d wanted to get reamed like this, they’d be living in the Castro.

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    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Those poor Presidio Terrace folks.
     
    It’s even worse than getting crabs at Fisherman’s Wharf.
    , @Clyde

    Those poor Presidio Terrace folks. If they’d wanted to get reamed like this, they’d be living in the Castro.
     
    Great joke but last I read the Joe six pack gays were getting gentrified out of Castro to the point that it's not a gay mecca anymore.
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  11. @Thomm
    If the land was legally up for sale, they have every right to buy it.

    Anyone who opposes that is a leftist of the worst sort.

    The most likely circumstance was the HOA’s address being that of the developer some 30 years ago (with control never having been turned over to a Board of homeowners) which subsequently went out of business/moved/wound up. Then a period passed where the $14 arrearages accrued but they didn’t amount to much and San Francisco didn’t pursue the balances via a judicial sale. The homeowners were probably all subsequent purchasers unaware of the title to the street. So decades later, service on the HOA gave no notice of the arrears or sale to the real parties in interest.

    The law probably wouldn’t recognize any rentier scheme to charge the homeowners millions of dollars to access their landlocked parcels. This is not “leftism,” but rather the expression of Anglo-American legal principles going back at least to Blackstone.

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    • Replies: @Erik L
    I doubt the couple would even try that. On the other hand they could rent the parking spaces to the unwashed masses. It might even become a thing, people competing to park the ugliest vehicle in front of these homes
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  12. Cheng and Lam have to play the racial angle to get this in the news. That’s the only way they have a chance against the wealth and connections that neighborhood will field against them.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    Piffle.

    These two--who sound like a vaudeville duo or a circus freak show attraction--are professional real estate scammers.

    The real estate isn't just streets.

    It's also things like citizenship, jobs, victimhood, and power.

    Coming soon: rentier control over your genes.
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  13. @Lot
    Yes, the best case scenario for them is that they take an offer to repurchase the street for a few thousand more than they paid. If they don't, the outcome will likely be they get only the purchase price back after paying a lot of money for lawyers.

    For a People's Republic, SF has more private urban streets than any other big city I've ever been too.

    Yes, the best case scenario for them is that they take an offer to repurchase the street for a few thousand more than they paid. If they don’t, the outcome will likely be they get only the purchase price back after paying a lot of money for lawyers.

    Actually, the takings clause requires only that “just compensation” be paid to the owner, which can be less than the FMV. The FMV of that street is and was probably much less than the tax balance (plus penalties and fees), so a condemnation could end in the new owners taking a bath.

    Buying a useless flag lot or landlocking other properties isn’t “smart” or “shrewd” in our system (nor should it be thought so).

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    The current residents will not be land-locked. Having used the street since 1905 or so, anyone who buys the street from Chinagirl (and why would they?) will be subject to the existing residents' rights of passage (assuming their houses have no other possible car entrance).

    What Chinagirl CAN do is let anyone use the street, or even rent spaces on the street to whoever she feels like. Like winos, or junkies, or Mexican food trucks, or bulldozers, or hoopties, etc.

    As a Chinaman, she probably thinks she can do crazy Chinese sh!t like this to punish the residents until they pay her what she wants:

    http://oddculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/chongqing-nail-house.jpg

    ... or this:

    http://a.abcnews.com/images/International/gty_nail_house_china_highway_ss_thg_130731_ssh.jpg

    ... to force them to move out.

    But given that we have a white English legal system and not a medieval Chinese legal system, it won't work.

    The NYC (((slumlord))) approach to clearing a building for condoization is best: they get rid of all the tenants who will move out, then fill the now-vacant apartments with whores and junkies until the holdouts cannot take it any more and leave. Using a similar approach in her case, Chinagirl can just rent space on her street to scumbags until the house owners cough up a comfy profit to buy it back.

    The problem she faces now is that she likely tipped her hand too soon, i.e. before she got a city business license to rent parking spaces. But she can still let losers and crazies hang out and occupy the street.

    There is a delicious irony to all this. Go to Google maps and turn on satellite view. The building in the southeast corner of the oval is ... a Jewish synagogue. I expect the entire street was originally a small, safe, gated Jewish neighborhood.

    Jews versus Chinese. Who will win?
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  14. @Richard of Melbourne
    Ms Lam and Mr Cheng should be congratulated on their bold action and eagle eyes.

    If the residents were dumb enough to lose critical infrastructure through their failure to pay a piddling tax bill, then they deserve everything they get.

    But as other commenters have already hinted at, Lam and Cheng better be able to afford California's finest property lawyers if they want to gain the benefit that is due to them. I'd suggest a $10 million fighting fund as a start.

    I would be willing to throw in money to their fund to stick it to those people living there and help them understand the bad side of identity politics …

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  15. From the article it seems like the actual purchase happened two years ago.

    Might be hard for anyone to reverse the sale now.

    Of course, they could always invoke the Asian Exclusion Law of San Francisco …

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  16. notice says:

    “A guard is stationed at the stone gate to keep the curious away”.

    If its a private drive (several of those on the Gold Coast of Long Island), they can have the guard, but if its made a public road due to this dispute, how is this guard not looked at as a potential George Zimmerman harassing taxpayers on a street they maintain?

    The way this is handled in the uber-wealthy mini-city of Belle Meade, Tennessee (less than 3,000 residents) is that license plate reader-cameras are at the major entrances to this ” city”, and if your plate number reveals your car isnt registered from a wealthy area, or if the car is in the name of anyone with a criminal history, a police car with flashing blue lights will quickly be appearing in your rearview mirror, giving you a speeding ticket no matter how slow you are driving. An “invisible fence” keeping away “the curious”. I would heartily recommend no one poor and black even drive through Belle Meade to look at the mansions.

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    " ... if your plate number reveals your car isnt registered from a wealthy area, . . . , a police car with flashing blue lights will quickly be appearing in your rearview mirror, giving you a speeding ticket no matter how slow you are driving.

    This sounds a little hard to believe. Can you provide any proof for this?
    , @Frau Katze
    Fences and guards!

    But anyone who shows up at the Mexican border should be allowed in. We can't have a wall!

    The hypocrisy of these residents of gated communities is staggering. They shouldn't be allowed to influence things like a border fence.

    How about identifying which congressmen live in these places?
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  17. for $90,000 and change in a city-run auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill

    If that $90k isn’t a typo, I find it very hard to believe that the auction was properly run. It could have been a result of laziness, incompetence, or a little something slipped to the right person.

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    If that $90k isn’t a typo, I find it very hard to believe that the auction was properly run.
     
    More information at http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/07/golden-opportunity-san-jose-real-estate-investors-buy-mansion-lined-san-francisco-street/

    He and Lam bought it sight-unseen, he said, competing against 73 other bidders: “It was a pretty lively bidding. We just got lucky.”

    And here’s the back story: The city’s tax office, the couple discovered, had put the property up for sale because the homeowners association hadn’t paid an annual $14 tax bill for three decades. All that time, it seems, the bill had been mailed to an accountant who stopped working for the homeowners in the 1980s.
     
    I wonder who the other 73 bidders were (although I would not be surprised if that total was for all sales in that particular auction, not for just this parcel).

    How often does this sort of thing happen and what is the typical final outcome?
    , @Frau Katze
    "a little something slipped to the right person."

    Wouldn't surprise me at all. The current policy on immigration seems to attract people from grossly corrupt nations.

    Same goes for Canada, Australia, etc. Huge numbers from corrupt countries.
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  18. Cagey Beast says: • Website

    It will take more than this to instil White solidarity in these people. I think a lot of them would still be chirping “I don’t see race!!” even two months into a Bataan Death March 2.0.

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  19. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    I want to buy up the air in that area and charge people for breathing.

    PS. Why do I feel this wouldn’t be news if a Jewish couple bought it?

    That might be called ‘antisemitic’. But create impression that Asians are buying up stuff where rich Jews live.

    Isn’t it fascinating how these days, even with the most Ayn Randish transactions — a couple of hard chargers buy a street and its sidewalks (privatizing sidewalks is second only to privatizing lighthouses in libertarian daydreaming) and are now figuring out how to charge users for it — somebody figures it’s in their interest to ladle on the identity politics.

    True enough, but it’s even more disingenuous. .

    It pushes ‘yellow peril’ narrative and pre-empts criticism too by crying ‘racism’.

    It’s like Con Inc reporting news about black crime and violence and them framing it as compassion for blacks hurt by ‘Democrats as real racists’.

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  20. Chief Sam says:

    Just a thought – if I were them I would sell quickly to BLM (tell ‘em that a bunch of rich white boys live there). Then sit back and watch the fun escalate….

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    • Replies: @Ivy
    Crowd-funded street ownership could get some traction.
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  21. Erik L says:
    @Alec Leamas
    The most likely circumstance was the HOA's address being that of the developer some 30 years ago (with control never having been turned over to a Board of homeowners) which subsequently went out of business/moved/wound up. Then a period passed where the $14 arrearages accrued but they didn't amount to much and San Francisco didn't pursue the balances via a judicial sale. The homeowners were probably all subsequent purchasers unaware of the title to the street. So decades later, service on the HOA gave no notice of the arrears or sale to the real parties in interest.

    The law probably wouldn't recognize any rentier scheme to charge the homeowners millions of dollars to access their landlocked parcels. This is not "leftism," but rather the expression of Anglo-American legal principles going back at least to Blackstone.

    I doubt the couple would even try that. On the other hand they could rent the parking spaces to the unwashed masses. It might even become a thing, people competing to park the ugliest vehicle in front of these homes

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    • Replies: @oddsbodkins
    Those trucks that vacuum the muck out of porta johns have to park somewhere.
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  22. “I arrived a poor first generation immigrant from Hong Kong, with only the clothes on my back and just enough money to buy a private cul-de-sac in a ritzy San Francisco neighborhood…”

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  23. I’ve seen the movie version of this with Sir Ben and Jennifer Connolly
    Someone’s been too high or drunk to pay their tax bill
    The county sells the property out from under them to an immigrant go-getter
    It ends in tears with a police shooting and murder suicide.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Sand_and_Fog_(film)

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    • Replies: @flyingtiger
    I remember this movie. In the end the mean foreigner and his son are dead, while the nice American girl is sober and has her house back. I love movies with happy endings.
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  24. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Alec Leamas

    Yes, the best case scenario for them is that they take an offer to repurchase the street for a few thousand more than they paid. If they don’t, the outcome will likely be they get only the purchase price back after paying a lot of money for lawyers.
     
    Actually, the takings clause requires only that "just compensation" be paid to the owner, which can be less than the FMV. The FMV of that street is and was probably much less than the tax balance (plus penalties and fees), so a condemnation could end in the new owners taking a bath.

    Buying a useless flag lot or landlocking other properties isn't "smart" or "shrewd" in our system (nor should it be thought so).

    The current residents will not be land-locked. Having used the street since 1905 or so, anyone who buys the street from Chinagirl (and why would they?) will be subject to the existing residents’ rights of passage (assuming their houses have no other possible car entrance).

    What Chinagirl CAN do is let anyone use the street, or even rent spaces on the street to whoever she feels like. Like winos, or junkies, or Mexican food trucks, or bulldozers, or hoopties, etc.

    As a Chinaman, she probably thinks she can do crazy Chinese sh!t like this to punish the residents until they pay her what she wants:

    … or this:

    … to force them to move out.

    But given that we have a white English legal system and not a medieval Chinese legal system, it won’t work.

    The NYC (((slumlord))) approach to clearing a building for condoization is best: they get rid of all the tenants who will move out, then fill the now-vacant apartments with whores and junkies until the holdouts cannot take it any more and leave. Using a similar approach in her case, Chinagirl can just rent space on her street to scumbags until the house owners cough up a comfy profit to buy it back.

    The problem she faces now is that she likely tipped her hand too soon, i.e. before she got a city business license to rent parking spaces. But she can still let losers and crazies hang out and occupy the street.

    There is a delicious irony to all this. Go to Google maps and turn on satellite view. The building in the southeast corner of the oval is … a Jewish synagogue. I expect the entire street was originally a small, safe, gated Jewish neighborhood.

    Jews versus Chinese. Who will win?

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    There is a delicious irony to all this. Go to Google maps and turn on satellite view. The building in the southeast corner of the oval is … a Jewish synagogue. I expect the entire street was originally a small, safe, gated Jewish neighborhood.

    Jews versus Chinese. Who will win?
     
    Hard to say, but one thing is certain. If you switched to a decaffeinated brand of coffee, we would all be winners.
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  25. JimB says:
    @Richard of Melbourne
    Ms Lam and Mr Cheng should be congratulated on their bold action and eagle eyes.

    If the residents were dumb enough to lose critical infrastructure through their failure to pay a piddling tax bill, then they deserve everything they get.

    But as other commenters have already hinted at, Lam and Cheng better be able to afford California's finest property lawyers if they want to gain the benefit that is due to them. I'd suggest a $10 million fighting fund as a start.

    Tricky Chinamen. Who’d a thunk it?

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  26. Triggered, I care so much at first. That these foreigners would do this! Buy a public street! AND want to charge Americans in their own neighborhood to use their street their homes are on! Playing the race and immigrant cards makes me hate them. Then I remember how these San Francisco Americans could care less if I drown in a sea of foreigner migrants, on the verge of homelessness, dead soon, face down in a ditch in fly over country far away from their rich playground city, flies buzzing around my nobody deplorable corpse.

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  27. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Isn’t it fascinating how these days, even with the most Ayn Randish transactions

    The rich and successful are indeed Ayn-Randish but only quietly. It’s better to be Ayn-Fiendish.

    Randism is about ambition, success, and rising high. But it’s really for the rare individual with real super-talent, will of granite, good looks, impressive stature, vision, and lotsa luck. How many people in the real world is gonna blow up an entire housing complex, win a trial without a lawyer, get the girl(Patricia Neal no less, a true goddess), and get funding to build the biggest skyscraper.

    Howard Roark is fun but a myth, like 007 falling out of an airplane and landing on a yacht with a bunch of bikini-clad babes.

    Look at real successful people and they are gorks like Bill Gates and Carlos Slim. Smart, no doubt. Savvy and driven. But hardly men of principles or vision, and they are not above using dirty monopoly tricks to shut out the competition. Microsoft and Google both practiced monopoly business politics. I don’t care how smart Gates is. He couldn’t have gotten so big without playing dirty. And Carlos Slim feeds on corruption as his bread and butter or taco.

    So, if your average successful person acted like Howard Roark, he’d be a laughing stock. Your average rich guy looks more like Rusty Trawler.

    Another thing is Hubris is a stupid thing, and Ayn Randism is nothing without hubris. It is Triumph of the Will of the Libertarian Individual as promethean god-hero.

    The fact is even the smartest, capable, and intelligent person will make too many enemies if he acts like he’s some god-man who owns the world. So, if ambitious people feel Randian, better to keep it hid. Be a closet-Randian. Don’t flaunt it. It’s like Michael Corleone is quiet with his power and pretends to defer to others. Sonny and Moe Green talked and acted big, but look what happened to them.

    Now, the question…

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    Is there an ideology that comes to closest to the spirit of success, power, ambition, and ability. Yes, that would be libertarianism, esp of Randian kind. So, why are so few rich successful people Randians, at least publicly? The aforementioned reasons are part of it.

    But there is also a matter of official ideology. An official ideology is most effective when it makes a broad swath of people feel relevant, important, and meaningful. It’s like a modern politician won’t get very far by honestly saying “It’s all about me” even though it was all about ‘me’ for Clinton, Obama, Hillary, Blair, etc. Trump’s ego is huge, but I’m willing to cut him a little slack because he risked so much in 2016. He gambled on total ruin to run, and it means his ego is totally crazy, he awoke to nationalism, or he just wanted attention and did it as a stunt without thinking he’s win.

    Anyway, all who seek power mainly do it for their own ego. But politicians need votes. And capitalists need employees and consumers. They have to spin it as ‘for the people’. So, even if these rich folks are driven by Randism, they had to spin their enterprise or project as democratic, populist, egalitarian, progressive, etc. They had to be fiendish being Randish. It’s like a casino wants all your money but pretends like it exists to ‘serve’ you.

    Granted, there is a populist element in Randism in the sense that many Americans vicariously ‘share’ in the riches, power, and privilege of Big People. We see this with ghetto morons fantasizing they be millionaire rappers or NBA players. We see women follow the lifestyles of rich celebs. Among the more intellectual, we have libertarian thinkers cheering for the rich and successful and ‘sharing’ in the thrill of being someone like Gordon Gekko.
    But it’s too vulgar and trashy to be an ideology.

    So, even in a system is decided by ruthless machinations and manipulations of rich folks, the official ideology cannot be “I got more than you, haha”. This is why rich folks find philanthropy so useful. It is a way to bribe the intellectual class and radical class that are really driven by resentment of those who have more money and means.
    Communist power politics were also ruthless and competitive, but the ideology was about ‘equality’ and how the power existed to serve the people.

    Anyway, Randism is like the big stick while one speaks softly. It’s better to keep it hid behind your back. Use it and then hide it and smile and speak softly and kindly.

    In our world, because the richest and most successful tend to be ‘liberal’, ‘progressive’, and homomaniacal, one might fall for the fallacy that such are the very stuff of success and power.
    But it’s just a case of power and talent latching onto official ideology.
    After all, when Europe was profoundly Christian, just about EVERY successful and powerful person was a Christian. And in a communist nation, just about every talented, successful, or powerful person is a Marxist or pretend to be one. Yet, neither Christianity nor Communism was inherently about individual ambition and self-glory.

    Every social order has an official or dominant ideology, and anyone who seeks to rise to the top must either adopt it, pretend to, or at least appear in friendly terms with it. This is what Tooey understood in THE FOUNTAINHEAD and used to his advantage.
    So, just because most rich successful people happen to be a certain ideology doesn’t mean that the ideology itself is inherently amenable to success.
    In China, even capitalists cannot badmouth Mao. If anything, even many rich people say they are inspired by Maoism. How? I guess for the same reason that the rich and powerful in Europe were inspired by Jesus who preached that the rich should give up all their wealth, join the ranks of poor, be happy with little, and pray to God.

    So much of power politics is about connivance. The rich adopt the official ideology but mainly for careerist reasons.
    But then, the smart kids tend to go to top schools, and they come under official ideology. And many are raised with such from cradle. So, there could be true conviction among the rich and successful too. Many powerful and rich people throughout European history were sincere Christians even if they didn’t act very Christian. And it’s possible that many rich and successful Americans do feel real conviction for PC since it’s been drummed into them since childhood.

    But I suspect that the really smart people go for PC as official ideology for opportunism than conviction. I mean, it must be difficult to be truly smart and perceptive yet believe in the horseshi* of PC, just like the truly smart and educated people of Europe could no longer believe in Church doctrine and just like truly smart people in Communist nations saw right through Marxist dogma.

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  28. Schadenfreude, make my bed.

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  29. @prosa123
    While most of Presidio Terrace has no Google Street View coverage (you can clearly see the guard station from the adjoining street), there is coverage of maybe a couple hundred feet on the northern part of the oval. It dates back to February 2008, when GSV was in its early stages. I don't know how the camera car driver was able to get past the guard or why there's such a short distance covered.

    Peter

    I lived a few blocks away on Clay St. 40 or so years ago and I used to stroll in there without being braced by any guards by the entrance although there was usually a police car parked near the mayor’s house.

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  30. My wife and I got married in the Presidio Chapel back in 1996.

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  31. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @notice
    "A guard is stationed at the stone gate to keep the curious away".

    If its a private drive (several of those on the Gold Coast of Long Island), they can have the guard, but if its made a public road due to this dispute, how is this guard not looked at as a potential George Zimmerman harassing taxpayers on a street they maintain?


    The way this is handled in the uber-wealthy mini-city of Belle Meade, Tennessee (less than 3,000 residents) is that license plate reader-cameras are at the major entrances to this " city", and if your plate number reveals your car isnt registered from a wealthy area, or if the car is in the name of anyone with a criminal history, a police car with flashing blue lights will quickly be appearing in your rearview mirror, giving you a speeding ticket no matter how slow you are driving. An "invisible fence" keeping away "the curious". I would heartily recommend no one poor and black even drive through Belle Meade to look at the mansions.

    ” … if your plate number reveals your car isnt registered from a wealthy area, . . . , a police car with flashing blue lights will quickly be appearing in your rearview mirror, giving you a speeding ticket no matter how slow you are driving.

    This sounds a little hard to believe. Can you provide any proof for this?

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    Other than having lived in these parts all my life, hearing the umpteen stories of people from both Nashville and the counties of Sumner, Wilson, and Rutherford who took the Old Harding Road shortcut from the west side of town, or to head to or from Memphis bitching about the bullshit ticket a Belle Meade cop gave them (we we're only a couple of mph over the limit is what one always hears), not anything linkable. The license plate reader-cameras will be a news item you should he able to web-search. Belle Meade is pretty infamous for aggressive ticketing, but not for want of funds. They don't offer a driving-class to keep the ticket off your driving record, and the defendant is practically always guilty. Basically they act as invisible fence. Belle Meade is of course not alone in this.
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    OT: Meanwhile in Philadelphia rowdy Amish teens …

    Teens Turn Rowdy During Cookout At Germantown Rec Center, Again

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A flash mob confronted police Sunday night outside the same Germantown rec center where a similar barbecue event occurred just a few weeks ago.

    Police say Cookout number two was held Sunday evening at the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in the 1100 block of East Chelten Avenue in Germantown.

    Despite a police presence, a group of rowdy teens decided to pick up rocks and start shouting insults at officers as they began dispersing the crowd later around 10 p.m.

    Eyewitnesses say some of the teens even began jumping on police cars.

    The ruckus brought even more police to the scene to disperse the crowd – estimated at a couple hundred people. A police helicopter also responded to the scene.

    Police arrested three people for vandalism to patrol cars.
    At the height of the disturbance, SEPTA had to re-route some of its buses in the neighborhood because teens were blocking the streets.

    Police reported no injuries.

    A similar flash mob erupted at the same rec center on July 17 where a community barbecue was held. Police dispersed that crowd and no arrests were made at that event.

    Sounds like Philadelphia could use some Minnesota police to calm things down.

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  33. On the one side we have Chinese immigrant shysters taking advantage of naive American customs, and on the other side we have establishment liberal gentry. One side has to lose. It’s wonderful.

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    • Replies: @newrouter
    "On the one side we have Chinese immigrant shysters taking advantage of naive American customs,"


    Smart legal, in this country, people finding a really good buy vs. a neighborhood of wealthy elitists who
    can't defend their neighborhood's borders or streets.

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  34. Ivy says:
    @Chief Sam
    Just a thought - if I were them I would sell quickly to BLM (tell 'em that a bunch of rich white boys live there). Then sit back and watch the fun escalate....

    Crowd-funded street ownership could get some traction.

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  35. eah says:

    Isn’t it fascinating

    That’s one word for it.

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    Until a 1948 U.S. Supreme Court ruling

    Our bad.
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  36. eah says:
    @eah
    Isn’t it fascinating

    That's one word for it.

    Until a 1948 U.S. Supreme Court ruling

    Our bad.

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    Uhh, yeah, right -- good point.

    https://twitter.com/WeihanWang4/status/894734338469883904
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  37. @Erik L
    I doubt the couple would even try that. On the other hand they could rent the parking spaces to the unwashed masses. It might even become a thing, people competing to park the ugliest vehicle in front of these homes

    Those trucks that vacuum the muck out of porta johns have to park somewhere.

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    I usually leave mine around Kesselinperä.

    The right people will get this.
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  38. notice says:
    @Anonymous
    " ... if your plate number reveals your car isnt registered from a wealthy area, . . . , a police car with flashing blue lights will quickly be appearing in your rearview mirror, giving you a speeding ticket no matter how slow you are driving.

    This sounds a little hard to believe. Can you provide any proof for this?

    Other than having lived in these parts all my life, hearing the umpteen stories of people from both Nashville and the counties of Sumner, Wilson, and Rutherford who took the Old Harding Road shortcut from the west side of town, or to head to or from Memphis bitching about the bullshit ticket a Belle Meade cop gave them (we we’re only a couple of mph over the limit is what one always hears), not anything linkable. The license plate reader-cameras will be a news item you should he able to web-search. Belle Meade is pretty infamous for aggressive ticketing, but not for want of funds. They don’t offer a driving-class to keep the ticket off your driving record, and the defendant is practically always guilty. Basically they act as invisible fence. Belle Meade is of course not alone in this.

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  39. eah says:
    @eah
    Until a 1948 U.S. Supreme Court ruling

    Our bad.

    Uhh, yeah, right — good point.

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    Bad link?
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  40. @40 Acres and A Kardashian
    Those poor Presidio Terrace folks. If they'd wanted to get reamed like this, they'd be living in the Castro.

    Those poor Presidio Terrace folks.

    It’s even worse than getting crabs at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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  41. @eah
    Uhh, yeah, right -- good point.

    https://twitter.com/WeihanWang4/status/894734338469883904

    Bad link?

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    Same as usual, just posted a twitter link -- paging Ron Unz -- anyway it's on the timeline below -- funny new parody account.

    https://twitter.com/WeihanWang4
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  42. newrouter says:
    @a Newsreader
    On the one side we have Chinese immigrant shysters taking advantage of naive American customs, and on the other side we have establishment liberal gentry. One side has to lose. It's wonderful.

    “On the one side we have Chinese immigrant shysters taking advantage of naive American customs,”

    Smart legal, in this country, people finding a really good buy vs. a neighborhood of wealthy elitists who
    can’t defend their neighborhood’s borders or streets.

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  43. res says:
    @Clark Westwood

    for $90,000 and change in a city-run auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill
     
    If that $90k isn't a typo, I find it very hard to believe that the auction was properly run. It could have been a result of laziness, incompetence, or a little something slipped to the right person.

    If that $90k isn’t a typo, I find it very hard to believe that the auction was properly run.

    More information at http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/07/golden-opportunity-san-jose-real-estate-investors-buy-mansion-lined-san-francisco-street/

    He and Lam bought it sight-unseen, he said, competing against 73 other bidders: “It was a pretty lively bidding. We just got lucky.”

    And here’s the back story: The city’s tax office, the couple discovered, had put the property up for sale because the homeowners association hadn’t paid an annual $14 tax bill for three decades. All that time, it seems, the bill had been mailed to an accountant who stopped working for the homeowners in the 1980s.

    I wonder who the other 73 bidders were (although I would not be surprised if that total was for all sales in that particular auction, not for just this parcel).

    How often does this sort of thing happen and what is the typical final outcome?

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    All that time, it seems, the bill had been mailed to an accountant who stopped working for the homeowners in the 1980s.
     
    Which tells me the Chinese winners of the auction will make some money but they aren't going to be owning the street for long. Someone is going to be held liable for the negligence of not paying the tax bill. My guess is the original accountant passed away or retired and the city continued sending the tax bill to that person. I would think the city has some responsibility to get some confirmation that the bills have been received by an appropriate party before putting up the street for auction. It's a street. Why didn't the people on the street get some warning?

    Anyways, someone is going to pay and it's probably going to be the accountant who handles business for the HOA. They should have known that taxes needed to be paid. The Chinese guy is going to make about $150,000 and the street will be back in the hands of the HOA.
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  44. eah says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Bad link?

    Same as usual, just posted a twitter link — paging Ron Unz — anyway it’s on the timeline below — funny new parody account.

    https://twitter.com/WeihanWang4

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    Seems pretty woke:

    https://twitter.com/WeihanWang4/status/893648576030441473
    , @eah
    Seems the tweet was deleted in the meantime, but the text survived -- ? -- odd.
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  45. 3g4me says:

    @33 A Newsreader: “On the one side we have Chinese immigrant shysters taking advantage of naive American customs, and on the other side we have establishment liberal gentry. One side has to lose. It’s wonderful.”

    So much this. Very stereotypical Chinese or Jewish or market-dominant minority thing to do – take advantage of an obscure rule and/or screw-up in a what was founded as a high-trust society, and then play the innocent and aggrieved minority being persecuted for following “the rules.” At the same time, imagining the outrage of these California leftards trying to protest this dreadful injustice, yet insisting all the while on their impeccable anti-racist credentials – the schadenfreude is absolutely irresistible.

    MOAR PLEASE!

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  46. @eah
    Same as usual, just posted a twitter link -- paging Ron Unz -- anyway it's on the timeline below -- funny new parody account.

    https://twitter.com/WeihanWang4

    Seems pretty woke:

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    Weihan Wang ...this Chinese jamoke is woke! Thanks for the laughs. This parody is flying under twitter sjw radar.
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  47. Clyde says:
    @40 Acres and A Kardashian
    Those poor Presidio Terrace folks. If they'd wanted to get reamed like this, they'd be living in the Castro.

    Those poor Presidio Terrace folks. If they’d wanted to get reamed like this, they’d be living in the Castro.

    Great joke but last I read the Joe six pack gays were getting gentrified out of Castro to the point that it’s not a gay mecca anymore.

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    "I read the Joe six pack gays were getting gentrified out of Castro to the point that it’s not a gay mecca anymore."

    Whole Bay Area's ultimate fate. Might take a couple of generations, but it's such a great place for leftoids to live, it will happen. Unless we get Civil War 2.0, then all bets are off.

    Ford is sponsoring rental bicycles in SF and Oakland, the locals are knifing the tires in protest!
    , @StillCARealist
    Is this true? More info please. If gays get gentrified out of SF, I may just consider some property there. But of course that makes no sense. Gays ARE the gentrifiers. No city is considered desirable by the elite that doesn't have a nice core of men prostituting themselves to predators and then talking about how society is mean to them.
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  48. eah says:
    @eah
    Same as usual, just posted a twitter link -- paging Ron Unz -- anyway it's on the timeline below -- funny new parody account.

    https://twitter.com/WeihanWang4

    Seems the tweet was deleted in the meantime, but the text survived — ? — odd.

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  49. Clyde says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Seems pretty woke:

    https://twitter.com/WeihanWang4/status/893648576030441473

    Weihan Wang …this Chinese jamoke is woke! Thanks for the laughs. This parody is flying under twitter sjw radar.

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    My favorite Wang tweet from a while back (comment #140).
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  50. @Clyde
    Weihan Wang ...this Chinese jamoke is woke! Thanks for the laughs. This parody is flying under twitter sjw radar.

    My favorite Wang tweet from a while back (comment #140).

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  51. @prosa123
    While most of Presidio Terrace has no Google Street View coverage (you can clearly see the guard station from the adjoining street), there is coverage of maybe a couple hundred feet on the northern part of the oval. It dates back to February 2008, when GSV was in its early stages. I don't know how the camera car driver was able to get past the guard or why there's such a short distance covered.

    Peter

    I don’t know how the camera car driver was able to get past the guard or why there’s such a short distance covered.

    The guard is not always present, and I’ve never sen the gate closed. My wife and I have driven in there many times.

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    As far as ritzy neighborhoods go, I find Sea Cliff far more picturesque.

    http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/2819845.jpg
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  52. @Pincher Martin

    I don’t know how the camera car driver was able to get past the guard or why there’s such a short distance covered.
     
    The guard is not always present, and I've never sen the gate closed. My wife and I have driven in there many times.

    As far as ritzy neighborhoods go, I find Sea Cliff far more picturesque.

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    I completely agree. Sea Cliff is the best.

    Presidio Terrace is an eyesore. That huge synagogue on Lake hangs over it like a shroud. The only thing the neighborhood has going for it are large lots and a little exclusivity.

    I even find nearby Presidio Heights and Billionaire's Row more to my liking. At least those houses have a view.

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  53. Moses says:

    A guard is stationed round the clock at the stone-gate entrance to the street to keep the curious away.

    B-b-but — don’t they know that walls don’t work?

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  54. bomag says:
    @Richard of Melbourne
    Ms Lam and Mr Cheng should be congratulated on their bold action and eagle eyes.

    If the residents were dumb enough to lose critical infrastructure through their failure to pay a piddling tax bill, then they deserve everything they get.

    But as other commenters have already hinted at, Lam and Cheng better be able to afford California's finest property lawyers if they want to gain the benefit that is due to them. I'd suggest a $10 million fighting fund as a start.

    If the residents were dumb enough to lose critical infrastructure through their failure to pay a piddling tax bill, then they deserve everything they get.

    Too harsh; though these residents deserve no pity, we expect a reasonable effort from the bureaucrats to contact relevant people; something that wasn’t done in this case.

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    I hope this Chinese couple is prepared to shell out the cash required for the maintenance of their street and sidewalk they just purchased.
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  55. Dee says:
    @Clyde

    Those poor Presidio Terrace folks. If they’d wanted to get reamed like this, they’d be living in the Castro.
     
    Great joke but last I read the Joe six pack gays were getting gentrified out of Castro to the point that it's not a gay mecca anymore.

    “I read the Joe six pack gays were getting gentrified out of Castro to the point that it’s not a gay mecca anymore.”

    Whole Bay Area’s ultimate fate. Might take a couple of generations, but it’s such a great place for leftoids to live, it will happen. Unless we get Civil War 2.0, then all bets are off.

    Ford is sponsoring rental bicycles in SF and Oakland, the locals are knifing the tires in protest!

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  56. WGG says:

    Really a satisfying read. The kind of people who have 35 million dollar mansions in San Francisco are the scum of the earth.

    If I was Cheng or Lam, I would turn that guard into a ticket-taker and sell tours to the public. Make a few bucks off of that and have a few chuckles for a year or so until the pampered residents couldn’t take it anymore. Then I’d sell the street to them for $100 million and skip town.

    My hatred for limousine liberals is boundless.

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  57. @jesse helms think-alike
    I've seen the movie version of this with Sir Ben and Jennifer Connolly
    Someone's been too high or drunk to pay their tax bill
    The county sells the property out from under them to an immigrant go-getter
    It ends in tears with a police shooting and murder suicide.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Sand_and_Fog_(film)

    I remember this movie. In the end the mean foreigner and his son are dead, while the nice American girl is sober and has her house back. I love movies with happy endings.

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  58. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
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    The current residents will not be land-locked. Having used the street since 1905 or so, anyone who buys the street from Chinagirl (and why would they?) will be subject to the existing residents' rights of passage (assuming their houses have no other possible car entrance).

    What Chinagirl CAN do is let anyone use the street, or even rent spaces on the street to whoever she feels like. Like winos, or junkies, or Mexican food trucks, or bulldozers, or hoopties, etc.

    As a Chinaman, she probably thinks she can do crazy Chinese sh!t like this to punish the residents until they pay her what she wants:

    http://oddculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/chongqing-nail-house.jpg

    ... or this:

    http://a.abcnews.com/images/International/gty_nail_house_china_highway_ss_thg_130731_ssh.jpg

    ... to force them to move out.

    But given that we have a white English legal system and not a medieval Chinese legal system, it won't work.

    The NYC (((slumlord))) approach to clearing a building for condoization is best: they get rid of all the tenants who will move out, then fill the now-vacant apartments with whores and junkies until the holdouts cannot take it any more and leave. Using a similar approach in her case, Chinagirl can just rent space on her street to scumbags until the house owners cough up a comfy profit to buy it back.

    The problem she faces now is that she likely tipped her hand too soon, i.e. before she got a city business license to rent parking spaces. But she can still let losers and crazies hang out and occupy the street.

    There is a delicious irony to all this. Go to Google maps and turn on satellite view. The building in the southeast corner of the oval is ... a Jewish synagogue. I expect the entire street was originally a small, safe, gated Jewish neighborhood.

    Jews versus Chinese. Who will win?

    There is a delicious irony to all this. Go to Google maps and turn on satellite view. The building in the southeast corner of the oval is … a Jewish synagogue. I expect the entire street was originally a small, safe, gated Jewish neighborhood.

    Jews versus Chinese. Who will win?

    Hard to say, but one thing is certain. If you switched to a decaffeinated brand of coffee, we would all be winners.

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  59. Lurker says:

    A guard is stationed round the clock at the stone-gate entrance to the street to keep the curious away.

    But not, of course, to keep away refugees, PoC etc

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  60. CAL2 says: • Website
    @res

    If that $90k isn’t a typo, I find it very hard to believe that the auction was properly run.
     
    More information at http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/07/golden-opportunity-san-jose-real-estate-investors-buy-mansion-lined-san-francisco-street/

    He and Lam bought it sight-unseen, he said, competing against 73 other bidders: “It was a pretty lively bidding. We just got lucky.”

    And here’s the back story: The city’s tax office, the couple discovered, had put the property up for sale because the homeowners association hadn’t paid an annual $14 tax bill for three decades. All that time, it seems, the bill had been mailed to an accountant who stopped working for the homeowners in the 1980s.
     
    I wonder who the other 73 bidders were (although I would not be surprised if that total was for all sales in that particular auction, not for just this parcel).

    How often does this sort of thing happen and what is the typical final outcome?

    All that time, it seems, the bill had been mailed to an accountant who stopped working for the homeowners in the 1980s.

    Which tells me the Chinese winners of the auction will make some money but they aren’t going to be owning the street for long. Someone is going to be held liable for the negligence of not paying the tax bill. My guess is the original accountant passed away or retired and the city continued sending the tax bill to that person. I would think the city has some responsibility to get some confirmation that the bills have been received by an appropriate party before putting up the street for auction. It’s a street. Why didn’t the people on the street get some warning?

    Anyways, someone is going to pay and it’s probably going to be the accountant who handles business for the HOA. They should have known that taxes needed to be paid. The Chinese guy is going to make about $150,000 and the street will be back in the hands of the HOA.

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  61. Olorin says:
    @oddsbodkins
    Cheng and Lam have to play the racial angle to get this in the news. That's the only way they have a chance against the wealth and connections that neighborhood will field against them.

    Piffle.

    These two–who sound like a vaudeville duo or a circus freak show attraction–are professional real estate scammers.

    The real estate isn’t just streets.

    It’s also things like citizenship, jobs, victimhood, and power.

    Coming soon: rentier control over your genes.

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    Coming soon: rentier control over your genes.

     

    People (well, companies ; ) are trying: http://tech.mit.edu/V130/N15/cancergenes.html
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  62. @oddsbodkins
    Those trucks that vacuum the muck out of porta johns have to park somewhere.

    I usually leave mine around Kesselinperä.

    The right people will get this.

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  63. Yak-15 says:
    @Alec Leamas
    There are likely a half dozen legal doctrines that will probably thwart this rentier scheme, including a probable prescriptive easement, as well as the ability of San Francisco to condemn the property at the insistence of what are probably well-connected folks living on that street.

    But if I lived among them, I'd be testing all of my Coke for pee-pee right about now.

    “Me Chinese, me play trick, me make you pay for sidewalk trip.”

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  64. So this is where the democrat honchos, the heros and saviors of the underdogs maintain their multimillion dollar palaces, their luxury villas.

    Goddamn just how dumb does someone have to be to vote for Democrats, even though the Republicans are hardly better.

    Just the thought of scumbag grifters such as NP, MW, DF, gags me and I then again realize that I am walking around on an insane planet.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member since 1973, airborne qualified US arym vEt, and pro Jazz musician.

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  65. Beautiful takedowns your doing Steve . One after the other no less .

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  66. YOU’RE – sorry Miss R …. LOL

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  67. I don’t feel bad for Californians.

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  68. res says:
    @Olorin
    Piffle.

    These two--who sound like a vaudeville duo or a circus freak show attraction--are professional real estate scammers.

    The real estate isn't just streets.

    It's also things like citizenship, jobs, victimhood, and power.

    Coming soon: rentier control over your genes.

    Coming soon: rentier control over your genes.

    People (well, companies ; ) are trying: http://tech.mit.edu/V130/N15/cancergenes.html

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  69. @Clyde

    Those poor Presidio Terrace folks. If they’d wanted to get reamed like this, they’d be living in the Castro.
     
    Great joke but last I read the Joe six pack gays were getting gentrified out of Castro to the point that it's not a gay mecca anymore.

    Is this true? More info please. If gays get gentrified out of SF, I may just consider some property there. But of course that makes no sense. Gays ARE the gentrifiers. No city is considered desirable by the elite that doesn’t have a nice core of men prostituting themselves to predators and then talking about how society is mean to them.

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    I remember Eureka Valley before it was totally colonized by queers. In 1969 or 70 there were still regular businesses like the hardware store, cafes that served bacon and eggs or burgers, and drugstores centered around the 18&Castro business district although it was changing. The Castro Theater still played first run mainstream movies. You ran into more light in the loafer types on Polk Street, North Beach, or the Tenderloin back then.
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  70. @StillCARealist
    Is this true? More info please. If gays get gentrified out of SF, I may just consider some property there. But of course that makes no sense. Gays ARE the gentrifiers. No city is considered desirable by the elite that doesn't have a nice core of men prostituting themselves to predators and then talking about how society is mean to them.

    I remember Eureka Valley before it was totally colonized by queers. In 1969 or 70 there were still regular businesses like the hardware store, cafes that served bacon and eggs or burgers, and drugstores centered around the 18&Castro business district although it was changing. The Castro Theater still played first run mainstream movies. You ran into more light in the loafer types on Polk Street, North Beach, or the Tenderloin back then.

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    Here's an interesting documentary of the transition from the old Eureka Valley to the gay capital of the world.

    https://youtu.be/mRYb7mF4VgQ

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  71. Corvinus says:

    “The hard chargers play the Immigrant Card while the newspaper pre-emptively accuses the other party of Historic White Privilege due to something that ended in the first half of the previous century”

    Classic i-Steve manufactured outrage. In reality, it was two individuals who took advantage of an opportunity, no different than people in the past (or in the future), and seek to capitalize on their good fortune.

    But, hey, everything nowadays has to be about race, otherwise people fail to “notice”.

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  72. As the saying goes, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh…

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  73. Ofwhap says:
    @bomag

    If the residents were dumb enough to lose critical infrastructure through their failure to pay a piddling tax bill, then they deserve everything they get.
     
    Too harsh; though these residents deserve no pity, we expect a reasonable effort from the bureaucrats to contact relevant people; something that wasn't done in this case.

    I hope this Chinese couple is prepared to shell out the cash required for the maintenance of their street and sidewalk they just purchased.

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  74. @James Richard
    As far as ritzy neighborhoods go, I find Sea Cliff far more picturesque.

    http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/2819845.jpg

    I completely agree. Sea Cliff is the best.

    Presidio Terrace is an eyesore. That huge synagogue on Lake hangs over it like a shroud. The only thing the neighborhood has going for it are large lots and a little exclusivity.

    I even find nearby Presidio Heights and Billionaire’s Row more to my liking. At least those houses have a view.

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    I even find nearby Presidio Heights and Billionaire’s Row more to my liking. At least those houses have a view.
     
    Indeed they do. From the tiny fourth floor window in the attic of our house in Presidio Heights we could see the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. As a downside, one August day when it was 115 degrees in Sacramento our thermometer in the back garden registered 38 degrees F in the swiftly streaming fog.
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  75. @Pincher Martin
    I completely agree. Sea Cliff is the best.

    Presidio Terrace is an eyesore. That huge synagogue on Lake hangs over it like a shroud. The only thing the neighborhood has going for it are large lots and a little exclusivity.

    I even find nearby Presidio Heights and Billionaire's Row more to my liking. At least those houses have a view.

    I even find nearby Presidio Heights and Billionaire’s Row more to my liking. At least those houses have a view.

    Indeed they do. From the tiny fourth floor window in the attic of our house in Presidio Heights we could see the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. As a downside, one August day when it was 115 degrees in Sacramento our thermometer in the back garden registered 38 degrees F in the swiftly streaming fog.

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    38 degrees Fahrenheit in August? That's pretty extreme even for SF's microclimate. SF rarely hits 38 even in the winter.
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  76. I don’t give two shits about the race who did this or the rich pricks (based on the comments many really like the the home owners getting the shaft…..so much hate these days) that own the homes.

    But this stinks like a whore house at low tide. People do this all the time to sneak in and buy out properties on the cheap by paying off back taxes. If you don’t know you owe the taxes how can one pay them. This is an old “trick” to get properties cheap and it really should not be allowed.

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  77. Smitty says:

    People that buy homes in “homeowners associations” deserve whatever they get.

    Wait till they get the litigation assessments.

    “What litigation assessments”

    Hehe

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  78. Smitty says:

    Your local city is taking out “infrastructure equity loans” and selling municipal property to foreigners also, the City of Bell CA all 1.2 square miles of it took out loans of $180,000,000.00 in just 3 years 2004-2007, they’ve borrowed more since and are a California “ward city” surviving on freebies from the state (also liquidating public property).

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-municipals-bell-idUSKBN0LS2QV20150224

    This is how Rome was sacked and the Library of Alexandria

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  79. @James Richard
    I remember Eureka Valley before it was totally colonized by queers. In 1969 or 70 there were still regular businesses like the hardware store, cafes that served bacon and eggs or burgers, and drugstores centered around the 18&Castro business district although it was changing. The Castro Theater still played first run mainstream movies. You ran into more light in the loafer types on Polk Street, North Beach, or the Tenderloin back then.

    Here’s an interesting documentary of the transition from the old Eureka Valley to the gay capital of the world.

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  80. @James Richard

    I even find nearby Presidio Heights and Billionaire’s Row more to my liking. At least those houses have a view.
     
    Indeed they do. From the tiny fourth floor window in the attic of our house in Presidio Heights we could see the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. As a downside, one August day when it was 115 degrees in Sacramento our thermometer in the back garden registered 38 degrees F in the swiftly streaming fog.

    38 degrees Fahrenheit in August? That’s pretty extreme even for SF’s microclimate. SF rarely hits 38 even in the winter.

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    The volume and speed of the fog being sucked through the Golden Gate when it is in the hundred and teens in the Central Valley has to be experienced to be believed. I doubt my thermometer was off by very much if at all. Here is another weird phenomenon of the temperature differential: the "horn of fog" shoots directly east across the bay before slamming in to the Berkeley Hills and turning north to be sucked through the Carquinez Strait. The condensation of fog on the redwood and eucalyptus trees up on Grizzly Peak Blvd. is so intense that it actually rains under the trees while leaving the ground or pavement surrounding them dry.

    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTZbJ5blgs8lqGGRoNYeGrApN-P3NO_kCqU9nsZwBtDoeYhSTlPEw
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  81. @notice
    "A guard is stationed at the stone gate to keep the curious away".

    If its a private drive (several of those on the Gold Coast of Long Island), they can have the guard, but if its made a public road due to this dispute, how is this guard not looked at as a potential George Zimmerman harassing taxpayers on a street they maintain?


    The way this is handled in the uber-wealthy mini-city of Belle Meade, Tennessee (less than 3,000 residents) is that license plate reader-cameras are at the major entrances to this " city", and if your plate number reveals your car isnt registered from a wealthy area, or if the car is in the name of anyone with a criminal history, a police car with flashing blue lights will quickly be appearing in your rearview mirror, giving you a speeding ticket no matter how slow you are driving. An "invisible fence" keeping away "the curious". I would heartily recommend no one poor and black even drive through Belle Meade to look at the mansions.

    Fences and guards!

    But anyone who shows up at the Mexican border should be allowed in. We can’t have a wall!

    The hypocrisy of these residents of gated communities is staggering. They shouldn’t be allowed to influence things like a border fence.

    How about identifying which congressmen live in these places?

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  82. @Clark Westwood

    for $90,000 and change in a city-run auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill
     
    If that $90k isn't a typo, I find it very hard to believe that the auction was properly run. It could have been a result of laziness, incompetence, or a little something slipped to the right person.

    “a little something slipped to the right person.”

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all. The current policy on immigration seems to attract people from grossly corrupt nations.

    Same goes for Canada, Australia, etc. Huge numbers from corrupt countries.

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  83. @Pincher Martin
    38 degrees Fahrenheit in August? That's pretty extreme even for SF's microclimate. SF rarely hits 38 even in the winter.

    The volume and speed of the fog being sucked through the Golden Gate when it is in the hundred and teens in the Central Valley has to be experienced to be believed. I doubt my thermometer was off by very much if at all. Here is another weird phenomenon of the temperature differential: the “horn of fog” shoots directly east across the bay before slamming in to the Berkeley Hills and turning north to be sucked through the Carquinez Strait. The condensation of fog on the redwood and eucalyptus trees up on Grizzly Peak Blvd. is so intense that it actually rains under the trees while leaving the ground or pavement surrounding them dry.

    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTZbJ5blgs8lqGGRoNYeGrApN-P3NO_kCqU9nsZwBtDoeYhSTlPEw

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  84. jack ryan says: • Website

    When the Vietnamese Communists were victorious in 1975 uniting North and South Vietnam in to one Communist Vietnam – the Communists and just the locals turned their wrath on wealthy, or just middle class merchants who happened in this instance to be ethnic Han Chinese merchants.

    These were the original Vietnamese “Boat People”.

    Similar anti Han Chinese, anti merchants, anti banker race/class riots happened in Indonesia in the 1960s

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  85. fitzGetty says:

    … predatory incomers … given a freakishly soft ride by the press … why is that, lads ?

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    Money talks. They've taken over Vancouver B.C.
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  86. @fitzGetty
    ... predatory incomers ... given a freakishly soft ride by the press ... why is that, lads ?

    Money talks. They’ve taken over Vancouver B.C.

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  87. Gaiseric says:

    “First generation immigrant” is just a nice way of saying “Fake American.”

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