The Mistakes of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee – Chapter One: Calling the Hetch Hetchy Valley Restoration Concept “Insane”

Here it is, in the national media, in the Washington Post’s blog site, for tout le monde to see:

San Francisco’s Spectacular Hypocrisy

That bit from Amy Crawford has this nice quote about Proposition F (2012) from error-prone San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee:

“As insane as this is, it is, in fact, insane,” sputtered the usually mild-mannered Mayor Ed Lee when the initiative was announced.

Now, was it a mistake for San Francisco’s so-called Consensus Mayor to label Prop F (and, indirectly, the supporters of Prop F) as insane?

Yes. It’s not what he meant to say, it’s not what he actually thinks.

Now it certainly would be inconvenient for San Francisco to lose control of Hetch Hetchy, no argument there.

But IRL, it’s not “insane” to think that maybe, just maybe, it’d be a good idea to restore Hetchy Hetchy at some far off point in the future.

The Valley, the “counterpoint” to Yosemite, before San Francisco improperly grabbed it:

And I can see those waterfalls

And I can see those waterfalls

Click to become as “insane” as the half of San Francisco voters what are going to say “Yes” to Prop F (2012) come November.

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5 Responses to “The Mistakes of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee – Chapter One: Calling the Hetch Hetchy Valley Restoration Concept “Insane””

  1. Rob Anderson says:

    There are earlier chapters, like his dumb attempt to remove Mirkarimi from office that only created a lot of bad feeling in the city.

  2. SeanD says:

    Sometimes you gotta call a spade a spade.

  3. sfcitizen says:

    I’ll get to that, I think. And the stop and frisk fiasco too.

    This whole exercise is mostly for Falvey.

  4. Jerry says:

    So, Willie Brown and Rose Pak’s anointed Puppet Emporer (Emporer Ed Lee) thinks the idea of SF showing some class and cooperating in the return of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite Park to its rightful owners is insane and a stupid idea (to use his classless and childish wording). Does that mean that Emporer Ed also thinks the bipartisan group of real leaders supporting the idea are also insane and stupid. That would mean that three former Superintendents of Yosemite National Park (Bob Binnewies, B.J Griffin, and Dave Mihalic) are insane and stupid. And four former California Resources Secretarys (Huey Johnson, Mary Nichols, Doug Wheeler and the late Ike Livermore) are or were clearly insane and stupid. There are two Democrats and two Republicans in that esteemed group. Then there are Democratic Congressman John Garamendi and Republican Congressman Dan Lungren and the very well respected Democratic State Senator Lois Wolk. Does Emporer Ed think they are all both insane and stupid. Methinks Emporer Ed must have been looking in the mirror when he started throwing out that kind of irresponsible talk.

    Is Emporer Ed proud of the fact that SF is the only city or county of any consequence in the entire state that doesn’t recycle a drop of water? It was 21 years ago, in 1991, that the SF Board of Supervisors first passed an ordinance outlining the City’s plans for recycled water. Since that time a parade of private consultants specializing in recycled water have feasted at the trough that the City’s public utilities commission has happily refilled with ratepayer dollars year after year. Those consultants have produced thousands of pages of colorful reports; hundreds of pretty Power Point presentations; and conducted worshops and public meetings supposedly designed to elicit public comment. And yet it was just recently that the City announced that it was changing the proposed location of its very first water recycling facility. Unless the 5-member board to be created by the Prop F initiative kicks some serious rear end it will be another 21 years before the proposed recycling facility is actually in operation.

  5. It is insane. The time has passed. And, by the way, Hetch Hetchy has already been restored… to the glacier lake it used to be!

    Sierra Club is not behind RHH, only a usually non-green senator, one that Sierra Club is trying to defeat, is behind this proposition.

    NO on F. F for FAIL.

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