The first permitted vendor rolls into Dolores Park on Saturday. Chicken John Rinaldi stands by with more than $700 worth of plastic puke.

Octavio Lopez Raygoza

Octavio Lopez Raygoza hails from Los Angeles. Lured by the nightlife, local eateries, and famous chilaquiles, Raygoza enjoys reporting in the Mission District. Although he settled in downtown San Francisco,...

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  1. My issue and the issue that many of my friends and allies in the progressive Latina community have is not doubting the dangers of privatization but rather the outright disrespectful, self-righteous, privileged, divisive and terribly misguided tactics of Chicken John.

    Chicken has repeatedly attacked a working immigrant family and the community-based organization that supports them, instead of targeting those who have power over the decision-making. Clearly, Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of Rec and Park, is the target. So why not picket his home, church, workplace, etc… Or why doesn’t he target any one of the 4 examples of egregious commercialization of open space- Botanical Gardens, Ferry Plaza, SOMA Rec center, Eureka Rec Center.

    Or maybe he can focus his attention on Beach Chalet, or all them lil’ parklets run by bougie businesses, and what about Rec & Park selling off sun light so developers can build giant condos next to open spaces. And what about the Hayes Valley Proxy Project. These are all public lands, public assets- bought and paid for by the people and are now being sold/leased to private interests (and in some rare cases community-based interests).

    I think Chicken John picks on Chaac Mool @ Dolores Park cause he’s got an audience of politically and culturally oblivious followers who will go to the puke-in thinking it has something to do with a PBR drinking contest. I don’t think Chicken John has the stomach, nor the race and class consciousness, nor the political vision to wage a protracted organizing campaign directed at the people who wield the power and have all the money.

    1. “I don’t think Chicken John has the stomach, nor the race and class consciousness, nor the political vision to wage a protracted organizing campaign directed at the people who wield the power and have all the money.”

      Who of us really does?

    2. Chicken John has now chickened out. I guess he doesn’t want to face up to the working people that he hates. But you can tell him via letter to either 3359 Cesar Chaves St. 94110 or to 1026 Valencia St. 94110.

      Stand up for working people. Keep the Mission real. Tell the phonies to go away.

      1. It’s 3359 Army Street. It will always be Army street.

        But your the one calling me a hater. I’ll be there tomorrow, high noon. Come say hi!

        1. Sorry John, but I will be attending the fundraiser for the youth play areas in Duboce Park tomorrow at noon. You are welcome to come by if you wish. You are also welcome to donate part of the $750 you just spent on this self serving stunt to help buy playground equipment.

          But I know that you will be in Dolores Park with your fake vomit and your phony soapbox shouting “look at me”. Just let me ask you – do you really need to burn San Francisco just so you can play the fiddle?

    3. I’d also like to note that the ice cream vendors who have been criss-crossing Dolores Park for untold years may take issue with the “First food vendor rolling into Dolores Park”

  2. Why is Chicken John still allowed to talk?

    Get a job already buddy. Over $700 in fake puke? How effective?

  3. Chicken John= white, privileged, …. I think the fact that dude has $700 to buy fake puke says it all. Instead of doing something worthy, he spends his parents money on this bs.

  4. Funny how homeboy backed down when folks called him out on his bs. Now can we get that self promoting “mural” in Cesar Chavez buffed?

  5. Tell RItual Coffee and Chicken John that you want them out of the Mission. We do not need chain stores on Valencia St (Ritual) or trust fund bigots (John Rinaldi). The Mission is a treasure filled with hard working people. SOme are construction workers, cleaning people, food industry people, mechanics, artists, journalists,house painters, etc.

    .John Rinaldi lives off of an inheritance. He began this battle in reaction to a competitor to his girlfriend’s chain coffee shop efforts to open up a small coffee trailer.

    Now he claims to be Latino. He claims no connection to Ritual Coffee. He claims that when he was misquoted when he initially said that he was organizing people to vomit on the people working the La Cocina food booth. Now he claims that he has spent $750 on prop vomit. This is how John Rinaldi chooses to spend his unearned money.

    If you earn your money, do not spend it at Ritual Coffee. That is, unless you support bigots. Chicken John, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and the ilk will say anything to raise paranoia for their own profit.

  6. Way to go, Mission Activists! Instead of focusing on concentrated power and challenging Rec and Park for using Latino businesses to get a nose under the privatization tent, you all have allowed yourselves to go all two minutes hate on Chickenshit Toilet without a word about Gavin Newsom’s Rec and Park, and in so doing, reaffirm the corporate framing here and legitimate this and future park privatization.

    This demonstrates why the Mission nonprofit operations, funded by the City and by “bougie” foundations, do nothing resembling the “protracted organizing campaign directed at the people who wield the power and have all the money” that our communities need. To the contrary, the only reason why those entities fund such agencies is to ensure that nothing ever changes by exercising fiscal control over activists.

    Over the past 20 years, Mission residents have been punched like piñatas on the receiving end of gentrification and displacement and all these master organizers have managed to organize is the entire neighborhood against them after their agencies get their public funding.

    It is so much easier to have their attention directed towards a two minute hate against a scamster than it is to do what it takes to bite the hands that feed them in a “protracted organizing campaign directed at the people who wield the power and have all the money.”

    Those who have been though campaigns before have to actually let themselves be divided in conquered.

      1. It is like we live a in a zoo where the monkeys have all trained themselves to lock themselves in their own cages and have grown to like that arrangement.

  7. Hmm, will this chicken character be fined for littering for not cleaning up his plastic puke after his stunt?

  8. The commentary outlining the limited capacity of Chicken to understand and comprehend the realities of the Mission are easily summed up in this quote..

    “It will always be Army street.”

    Sorry Chicken but no. It is Cesar Chavez and has been for round about 20 years. Pity on you for not living in reality. But you know you are really a fucking idiot..

    Can you even speak Spanish you worthless piece of self promoting white trash? People like YOU are what has RUINED the Mission. Why don’t you go back to what ever suburb you spawned from! Seriously, your inability to understand what is directly in front of your face, coupled with your constant need for attention are beyond annoying and have in fact become destructive and divisive. I think I will come over and puke on your house.

  9. Right on Chicken John! At the park this weekend. Hanging at Dolores Beach. Had $4 worth of tacos. They were decent and SUPER cheap. $1000 a month in rent is really going to help out the city. Boy! Probably will put a brick and mortars out of biz but who really cares. We don’t like their food anyway! We don’t really care about their employees and families either. Shucks. Tacos in the park. Yes! Big ugly white trailer obstructing my once view of expansive green grass and a childrens park. Hurray for the minority little guys!

  10. “It will Always be Army Street”

    Chicken John just offended many Latino activist, the Latino community, Labor Unions and all the supporters who worked many years to change Army St. to Cesar Chavez.

    1. this shouldn’t be a surprise after he personally attacked the hard working latinos of chac mool and tried to get their business venture shut down via his asinine protest

      the worst is that he claims he’s half latino as proof he’s not a racist.. a classic case of projected self loathing, i think.

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