Feds, Colliers Realty Leave Blight at Closed SF Pot Club
When U.S. federal prosecutor Melinda Haag forced the Mr. Nice Guy pot club at 176 Valencia Street in late 2011 to close, she didn't do our neighborhood a favor. The club employed dozens, paid the rent on what had been a long vacant storefront and kept the building free from graffiti.
Since the club went out of business because the Obama administration's war on medical marijuana clubs, Mike and I, who live two-blocks from the site, along with a few neighbors, have been displeased the store remains empty and its facade serves as a canvas for graffiti and blight.
Today I called 311, San Francisco's municipal service hotline, to register a complaint about the ugly situation and the service agent took the info and soon found that someone else called in a complaint yesterday. Many thanks to that neighbor! The agent assured me he would note the second complaint on the record that will be sent to the graffiti-abatement program.
One solution to this blight would be for Colliers International Real Estate, the firm trying to lease the property, and its agent Karen Hoke who is the realtor for it, to regularly visit the property and clean up the graffiti within days of it appearing.
After months of seeing this blight, I label Colliers a bad neighbor for allowing the storefront to stay ugly for so long. It would help our neighborhood, not to mention Colliers having an attractive property to show potential renters.