To the Editor…

by on December 9, 2016

Subject: 60 Minutes Slams ADA, Boosts Trump Agenda

60 Minutes must have checked out the Richmond District blog

Thomas Frankovich is the attorney behind a slew of ADA lawsuits in the city. One of Frankovich’s partners in these lawsuits is Craig Yates, who is the disabled plaintiff in the cases. Yates identifies a business (that is not in compliance), and Frankovich files suit. It could be a business that has a 4 inch step at their threshold that prevents a wheelchair from entering, or a restaurant that does not have accessible restrooms.

A quick search of dockets under Craig Yates on justia.com yields 183 results. Not all of them belong to THIS Craig Yates, but there are dozens of ADA lawsuits with him as plaintiff.

Let’s have a look at the suits just here in the Richmond District with Yates as the plaintiff; I’m sure a few of your favorite neighborhood spots are on the list:

1) Taishan Cafe, 1125 Clement Street | 1/11/2011 (info)
2) Building on southwest corner of Clement & Arguello including Village Pizzeria, Thidwick Books (CLOSED), Period George | 11/29/2010 (Yee Mei Cheung & Family et al) info)
3) Mayflower Seafood Restaurant, 6255 Geary Blvd | 10/26/2010 (info)
4) Prime Rib Shabu, 308 5th Avenue | 9/15/2010 (info)
5) Gordo’s Taqueria #1, 2252 Clement Street |6/4/2010 (info)
6) Le Soleil Vietnamese Restaurant, 133 Clement Street | 5/19/2010 (info)
7) Pho Clement Restaurant, 239 Clement Street | 4/2/2010 (info)
8 ) Pot de Pho Noodle House, 3300 Geary – CLOSED | 2/5/2010 (info)
9) Chiang Mai Thai Cuisine, 5020 Geary | 1/26/2010 (info)
10) Clement Street Restaurants, Inc., 621 Clement | 8/27/2009 (Case dismissed 10/25/2010; info)
11) Superior Palace Seafood Restaurant, 357 25th Avenue | 7/27/2009 (info)
12) Clementine Restaurant, 126 Clement Street | 7/1/2009 (info)
13) Thai Me Up – NOW CLOSED | 10/1/2008 (info)
14) Fune Ya Japanese restaurant, 354 Clement Street | 9/24/2008 (info)
15) Zephyr Cafe, 3643 Balboa Street | 5/2/2008 (info)
16) King of Thai Noodle House #2, 346 Clement Street | 4/8/2008 (info)

16 lawsuits against businesses in the Richmond District alone. And those are just the ones recognized in the justia.com search results;

Tony Belway

San Francisco

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