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AARON THE GIANT HAS A POSSE: How Aaron Peskin Would Beat Interim Supervisor Julie Christensen, Were the District 3 Election Held Today

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Here’s your Aaron Peskin running hard, once again, for Supe of District Three:

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As you can see, Aaron has a posse.

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Have you seen the polling? The thing is that gaffe-prone Julie Christensen, the Sarah Palin of SF politics, still has a few more months to introduce herself to her constituents and we still don’t know what kind of effect the “uncoordinated” and inevitable Ron Conway-type money-dump against Aaron will have.

Now let’s hear from Julie, the unknown redshirt, the redshirt freshman in her 60’s, you know, talking about economic classes, trying, you know, to give a shout-out to her temporary fiefdom:

…both lower and upper and middle, middle upper, lower, you know, fisherman’s wharf, the financial district, the waterfront…”

I think, you know, that’s enough for now.

All right, place your bets:

D3 is Rose Pak’s Chinatown district, and according to Rose, Julie Christensen “doesn’t know jack shit about Chinatown.”http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanf…  She’s also facing former D3 supervisor Aaron Peskin, who can boast significantly greater name recognition.”

As you can see by clicking on the above link, JC is not the favorite in this race, oh well.

All right, play us out, Mssrs. Matier & Ross:

“San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is dropping his affable smile when it comes to Aaron Peskin. The mayor grew a set of fangs last week, warning a collection of the city’s business, labor and tech leaders that there would be consequences if they help the former Board of Supervisors president’s bid to unseat Lee’s handpicked District Three incumbent in November, Supervisor Julie Christensen. “I am paying attention,” the mayor told the assembled guests at a closed-door meeting Tuesday at the Hanson Bridgett law offices, according to people who were there.”

And here’s the stinger:

“And tech investor Ron Conway, one of the mayor’s biggest backers, urged the business community to step up to the plate for Christensen — saying there would be a backlash if he and his tech friends wrote the checks for the mayor’s candidate.”

We’ll see…

Postcard from Sacramento County: “DOES THIS ASS MAKE MY TRUCK LOOK BIG?” – NOT an Obama Voter, Certainly

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

I think food manufacturers test-market a lot in Sac County ’cause it’s like a small snapshot of America, demographically speaking.

Anyway, here’s one voter:

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(This was right by the freeway what has, about 80 miles away, a metal highway clean-up sign thanking “FRIENDS OF OBAMA” – I’ll have to try to get a shot of that sign the next time I pass through…)

“Plaza 16″ Group Makes Itself Look Foolish in Gadfly Michael Petrelis Video – Reporter George McIntire Ejected?

Friday, June 12th, 2015

[CORRECTION: George Mcintire is a freelance journalist working on behalf of Vice for an article. I thought he was on staff.]

Personally, I wouldn’t expect to see something like this at any “community meeting.”

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And actually, I’ve popped into hundreds of community meetings around the bay area over the years, and I aint never seen anything like that, just saying.

Get all the deets right here.

And here’s a well-edited video:

Frisco Disses Texas – Flies State Flag Upside-Down at Civic Center in Front of Historic City Hall – Poor Tech-sas!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Here’s the scene down in Civic Center, with 18 flags in front of the Highest* Classical Dome in the Western Hemisphere (and fifth-highest in the world, I believe):

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You can see the state flag of Texas camera left, red side down, as it’s supposed to be.

But here’s how things look these days:

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See? It’s flying butter-side-down:

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IDK if this is being done on purpose, as a dig against Our Great Competitor, or if this is being done out of ignorance. It’s been this way for a while – this isn’t just a one-day thing. (Maybe we’re still mad about losing QANTAS to Dallas/Fort Worth.)

Now, is the 415 an unlikely place for the Lone Star Flag? Some think so:

Only Berkeley would be more unlikely.

Here’s your answer:

The name and star [of CA’s original flag] are said to be inspired by Texas, so maybe that’s why that state got included.”

*Yes, higher than the Capitol Dome in DC. By like a foot or two. On purpose. And any other dome you’re thinking about isn’t classical and/or it’s in the eastern hemisphere…

What It Looks Like When a Furry Holds a Protest in Pacific Heights

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

It looks like this, with a bear and two protesting bear handlers being outnumbered by the press corps:

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Tom Steyer + Hillary Clinton + Keystone XL Pipeline = This

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The Proposed San Francisco “Dignity” Fund Set-Aside / Earmark is Exactly What’s Wrong with SFGov

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Taking a page from the Jim Jones handbook, comes now an assortment of non-profits giving something to our pols to ponder.

Some places have not enough democracy, and some have too much.

We’re in a place that has too much, I’m afraid:

“SAN FRANCISCANS PRIORITIZE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND VETERANS – New Citywide Poll Finds Strong Support for the Dignity Fund

A recent citywide poll conducted by Tulchin Research (memo attached) found that San Franciscans strongly support the Dignity Fund (69% support), a set aside which would take 2% of property tax revenues from the General fund, and dedicate them to providing services for seniors and adults and veterans with disabilities, similar to the long standing and recently renewed Children’s Fund. The Dignity Fund measure would provide a dedicated local funding source for these services during a time when demand for them is on the rise.

The Dignity Fund is backed and funded by a coalition of community based organizations (full list below), including Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, Centro Latino, Episcopal Senior Communities, Independent Living Resource Center, Institute on Aging, Open House, San Francisco Village, Self Help for the Elderly, Senior and Disability Action, and Swords to Ploughshares. The proposed measure comes at a time when the cost of living citywide is rising rapidly, and critical services have been reduced due to pressure from state and federal government cuts.

“The funds generated from this measure would help support critical services that are in need of funding to be fully realized for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans,” said Herb Levine, Co-Chair of the Dignity Fund Coalition. “The City budget does not have a dedicated funding source for these services. The Dignity Fund would create that source without raising taxes.”

The survey tested a specific proposal that would set aside 2% of property tax revenues in the General Fund and dedicate them to providing services to seniors, adults and veterans with disabilities, similar to the Children’s Fund. The survey makes it clear that voters, regardless of age or ideology, offer overwhelming support for creating a Dignity Fund.

“We are taking the steps necessary to place this measure on the 2015 ballot, because now is the time to ensure stability for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans,” said Ramona Davies, Co-Chair of the Dignity Fund Coalition. “As our populations grow, it behooves us to ensure that the funding is available for these important programs which provide our communities with services that impact us every day.”

Dignity Fund Coalition Members
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
Community Living Campaign
Episcopal Senior Communities
Felton Institute (Family Service Agency)
Home Bridge (formerly IHSS Consortium)
Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco
Institute on Aging
Kimochi, Inc.
Meals on Wheels
On Lok
Open Hand
Openhouse
San Francisco Village
Self Help for the Elderly
Senior and Disability Action
SteppingStone Adult Day Health
Swords to Plowshares
YMCA of San Francisco
Centro Latino
Curry Senior Center
Episcopal Community Services”

Game of Thrones: Ed Lee’s Handler’s Ignore Advice from Jim Ross – A Photo Op in the Iron Throne

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

First there was this, from a couple years ago:

And then yesterday, there was this warning, from political consultant Jim Ross:

 If any elected official sits in this, their staff should be fired.”

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And then a couple hours later, there was this, via Villy Wang:

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Oh well.

Once Again, We The People Have Failed Our Mayor, Willie Brown – What “Crushed” His Spirits Will Amaze You

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Hey, is this new, this OPINION header for Shadow Mayor / professional SFGov lobbyist / San Francisco Chronicle columnist Willie Brown, you know, for his columns? IDK.

Anyway, check it:

OPINION

Hillary Rodham Clinton and the perils of being early front-runner

By Willie L. Brown, Jr.March 6, 2015

“What a mess. The public and the press love to slam Gov. Jerry Brown and me for holding up the building of the new span, but in hindsight, maybe we should have held it up even longer.

“On the subject of the bridge: I was at the ceremony Thursday night commemorating the light show on the western side going dark for repairs. Speaker after speaker got up and praised the lights, praised the generous folk who made them possible, praised the generous folk whose money will bring them back next year — and not a single person referred to the span by its proper name: the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge. 

“I was crushed.”

So:

1. Somebody held a ceremony to turn off some decorative lighting project on part of a historic public works fiasco? OK fine!

2. And is Willie serious here? The proper name of course is the Western Span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, right?

3. And I think the NAACP got things wrong here, because it’s properly called a span and not a bridge. So even though the new bore of the Caldecott Tunnel is a tunnel itself, ’cause it certainly meets the definition of a tunnel, we call that bore a bore. That’s why we would call the so-called Willie Brown Bridge the Willie Brown Span, except…

4. Except nobody that calls it Willie Brown anything IRL. We call it the western span, to distinguish it from the eastern span. I mean, what does he want, does he want the Cosco Busan to come back and hit the delta tower of the western span and spill 50,000 gallons of bunker fuel again so that headlines will read “Container Ship Strikes Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge?”

5. Speaking of which, that expensive tower on the eastern span is merely decorative, meaning that it wasn’t necessary, right? We don’t need big ships going under the eastern span, right? Meaning that we should have gone the cheap and easy route of retrofitting what was already there or gone with the cheaper, easier “freeway-on-stilts” option. Willie now seems to be trying to blame his massive bridge failure on others. Moving on…

6. To this! Here’s Willie’s sandwich board from when he was shilling for renaming the entire length of Third Street to honor … the honorable Willie Brown, natch:

7. And then there was the time back in the 1990’s when Willie had a push to rename SFO, the whole thing, not just a terminal, after, wait for it, Willie Brown, of course! No no, not Harvey Milk, me, Willie Brown!

Oh well.

Word on the Street: “Paracel Islands & Spratly Islands Belong to Viet-Nam”

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Well, I get your point, taxi driver, even though I sort of have to disagree, sort of.

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(Let’s hope Chinatown power-broker and New Year’s Parade money-skimmer/consultant and Chinese Consulate consultant/protest organizer Rose Pak doesn’t have any say about your life in the future.)

The last time an ambitious imperial power tried to take over the entire South China Sea, our US Navy put a stop to it, back in the 20th century.

I’m not sure who’ll put a stop to it this go-around, in the 21st century…

SFBARF: Grass Roots or Artificial Turf? Hooh Boy, It’s So Artificial Turf, This Woman Won’t Say Who’s Paying Her

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Let’s see here, San Francisco’s rich homeowners have a right-side-of-the-aisle group to represent them called SF Moderates and it’s giving five four figures ($5000 as it turns out) for some East Bay apartment-dwelling woman to lobby SF for new right-of-center public comment rules?

Apparently:

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Another group/person what funds her is so unpopular she dare not speak its name. It could be the American Nazi Party, who knows. Prolly not, but maybe it’s Sean Parker, or Con Ronway, or sf.citi or some other entity that wants to keep its sock puppetry on the DL.

Oh well.

Pro-development activist group SFBARF agitates for more housing
By Jonah Owen Lamb

Bay Area renters group advocates for more density to solve housing crisis
By Roland Li

How a prep school math teacher has exploded the debate over affordable housing in San Francisco – Rents in cities like San Francisco are soaring. Is it just a matter of building more housing?
By Lydia DePillis