• San Francisco’s next bi-annual count of homeless persons will take place on Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 7pm to 12am and they need more volunteers. As Andrew Dalton over at SFist points out, since some of you already make it a personal hobby to note anyone sitting/lying along your route to work, you’re already qualified. [Local Homeless Coordinating Board]
  • SF Planning Commissioner Hisashi Sugaya apparently offended Tenderloin residents (and by residents, they mean representatives of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic who mostly don’t live in the hood) with a drug joke. The “community” demands apology (really? we’ve heard worse –we’re looking at you, Chron). [The Snitch]
  • Despite the recent introduction of double fines for traffic citations pedestrian accidents on Van Ness Avenue have skyrocketed in the past two years, especially at the intersections with Market and Geary. Stupid pedestrians, this is obviously your fault, when will you ever learn… [SF Examiner]
  • SFPD has been running Robbery Apprehension Teams (colloquially known as RATs), sending plainclothes officers into the street to draw out would-be robbers. Unsurprisingly, the majority of their operations from 2007 to 2010 were conducted in the Tenderloin. Jeff Adachi is calling RAT a rat, alleging that SFPD is intentionally targeting poor neighborhoods and people of color to boost arrest numbers. When asked if his head was up his ass, Adachi decried that as an offense to all who suffer from recto-cranial inversion and get free parking at City Hall and Muni because of it. Jeff’s so sly… [The Informant/KALW News]
  • Todd Gilens (who recently designed sloped bike racks that can be seen around the Civic Center) has now painted four Muni buses with images of endangered species. With this project, named Endanger Bus, he hopes people will see public transportation in a different light. Or as a rarity of nature, much like Muni buses running more than once an hour. [Muni Diaries]
  • Blogger finds abandoned boxer briefs, used condom and male enhancement pills on the streets of… not the Tenderloin! Ingleside better back off and not be stealing our thunder. [Hoodscope]
  • Winnie, the bartender at Cinnabar, is friendly and pretty. Just so you know. Now if only the hot bartender/great bartender threshold could be crossed some day. [My life, as far as I know]
  • Woman blatantly violating San Francisco’s sit/lie law on O’Farrell Street outside of Great American Music Hall. Shame on her. [The Tens]
  • Plywood preview of French cafe Mirtille, coming soon to a big space on MacAllister by the UN Plaza. Their liquor license should be approved just in time for the 2013 yacht races. [Eater SF]
  • Show Dogs unveiled their new breakfast menu yesterday, featuring the Sunrise ShowDog with maple bacon sausage, egg, piperade, organic cheddar, and arugula served with celery root (!) hash browns ($7.95). That might be a tad too fancy for most of us who can’t taste the difference between deep fried dirt and quiche lorraine in the AM. Just sayin’.[Grubstreet SF]
  • Some claim alcohol doesn’t actually kill brain cells. Those who walk around the Tenderloin regularly might disagree, but they’re probably stoned, so screw them and suck down some science. [The Atlantic]

Photo ‘My name is karma‘ by Troy Holden, from The Tender’s Flickr pool.