Saturday, May 27, 2017

Jared Kushner: "Basically a shithead"

Jared Kushner is an abusive landlord and, according to someone who worked for him at the New York Observer is "basically a shithead."

Harleen Kahlon was an experienced digital media maven when she was hired by Kushner in 2010 to boost the paper’s digital outreach. The two worked closely to redesign the website, with a weekly one-on-one meeting in her office in which Kushner would come in, put his feet up on her desk and check in on the progress of the site’s redesign, for which he hired one of New York’s top digital firms...

At the end of the year, when she went to collect her performance bonus at his real estate office for meeting agreed upon metrics on page views and audience growth, Kushner told her that they couldn’t pay, citing financial concerns, and asked her to “take one for the team.” 

Instead, Kahlon abruptly quit. Ever since, whenever she sees him on TV or on the streets of New York, she points him out to people as: “the guy that stole my money.”

Just before the election, Kahlon described her former boss on Facebook thusly: “We’re talking about a guy who isn’t particularly bright or hard-working, doesn’t actually know anything, has bought his way into everything ever (with money he got from his criminal father), who is deeply insecure and obsessed with fame (you don’t buy the NYO, marry Ivanka Trump, or constantly talk about the phone calls you get from celebrities if it’s in your nature to ‘shun the spotlight’), and who is basically a shithead.” (Meet the Real Jared Kushner)

Thanks to Kevin Drum.

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City Hall's "improvements" to city streets

A letter to the editor in today's SF Chronicle:

More raised, concrete, vehicle obstacles have been installed in the middle of two-lane Lake Street. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency calls them “pedestrian safety islands.” They provide little or no safety to pedestrians and are easily mounted by cars or trucks. They’re unnecessary — it’s a very rare pedestrian who can’t safely cross a level, straight, two-lane street without having to stop halfway across.

These concrete obstacles create hazards where none existed. A slightly inattentive driver, legally driving on his own side of the center line, can easily strike one of these barriers, especially at night. The impact will not only damage his car but it can send it out of control into oncoming traffic. 

A motorcyclist who hits one of these hazards could cartwheel, resulting in death or serious injury. I’ve seen overly cautious drivers “shy away” from the barrier into the adjacent bike lane on their right side. Many bikers don’t display flashing rear lights — they’re almost invisible at night. 

These useless, dangerous obstacles are a tragedy waiting to happen. It appears that the SFMTA will go to any lengths to discourage auto use on the streets of San Francisco.

Richard Covert
San Francisco

Letter to the editor in yesterday's SF Chronicle:

San Francisco has torn up Van Ness Avenue, one of its most important arteries. And yet all week I have seen only two workers on the project (I’ve driven up and down Van Ness Avenue several times each day). Given the importance of this street, any other large city would have people working nonstop to quickly do the necessary work and get commerce, life and traffic operating once again.

Sherman Griffin 

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