Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

SFGov’s Vaunted “Baldies” Revealed to be Mere Minions

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Does our giant SFMTA/SFGov operate giant Navistar International trucks painted yellow? Apparently.

Anyway, here they are, the “baldies” of SFGov:

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Western Addition Sidewalks Endorse “DEAN PRESTON FOR D5 SUPERVISOR”

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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“The Grocery Tax” isn’t a Grocery Tax – Sry

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here’s what Prop V is.

And here’s how things are working out in Berkeley.

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Owner? Former owner? Current owner? Part owner?

And is this the Mi Terra Market the “No on V, Enough is Enough, Don’t Tax Our Groceries, with Major Funding by American Beverage Association California PAC” people are citing? IDK.

Anyway, perhaps it’s this mailer itself what’s “wrong?”

This one’s especially bad, even for Frisco.

Just saying.

If Eric Mar’s “Tech Tax” is a “Job-Killing Measure,” Then Why Did Former Mayor Gavin Newsom Sign a Very Similar Tax into Law in 2004?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Here you go, the News of the Day:

3 SF supervisors move to put tech tax on November ballot By Emily Green

And here’s the reaction:

I am appalled at the political vindictiveness of this proposed measure,” said Alex Tourk, a spokesman for San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation, a coalition of tech companies.

Supervisor Mark Farrell called it “the worst idea I’ve heard in months.”

Deirdre Hussey, spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Lee, called it a “job-killing measure.” She added that the measure “upends the grand bargain” made between business and labor that ultimately led voters to eliminate the payroll tax in 2012.

And let’s note that:

[District One Supervisor Eric] Mar’s proposal would deem stock option compensation when a company goes public as taxable payroll.

All right, all I’ve done so far is simply read the news to you. But now let’s travel back to a time when former Mayor Gavin Newsom, another Right-Of-Center Willie Brown Appointee Who Somehow Ended Up Mayor, signed into law the very same 1.5% stock options tax. So put on your white shoes and dance the blues – it’s Pillsbury, bitches:

3/26/2004

On February 19, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom approved recent changes to San Francisco’s Business Tax ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on February 19, 2004. These changes become effective March 20, 2004, 30 days after signing by the Mayor.

…the amendments also contain significant changes such as … including stock options in the definition of payroll expense.

So, was Gavin Newsom’s stock options tax a “job-killing measure” back in 2004 the way the same tax is being portrayed here in 2016?

That’s my question – I don’t know how ppl would answer.

But I’m thinking that if this 2016 proposal gets enacted and you’re a “tech* company,” whatever that is, going IPO in Frisco will cost you millions, just as Gavin Newsom wanted back in aught-four.

So that means that Gav was a job killer, right?

*What’s a tech company? IDK. What’s a pit bull?

Read Your Mail and Then Conclude: Striving Politico Josh Arce is EVIL! – Let’s Take a Look

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Well, he is spending big money to get your vote. So far, so good:

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Hi Josh. You kind of look like Angry Tom Cruise, or Angry Tony Robbins, or Angry Gavin Newsom, just saying. Anyway, well, yes, he’s in the big right-of-center political faction, so yes, he’s going to be backed by realtors, sure. And he’s an Airbnb booster, sure. But I think “evades” is a bit strong here. Implies illegality, IMO. Do we know that? Moving on…

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…to this. Yes, he’s prolly going to be a lot more tolerant of the SFPD Police Officers Association than the typical Friscan. And oh, Ed Lee is unpopular these days. (I’ve never seen a photo like this with Our Appointed Mayor used negatively.) And yes, if you’re going to be in Frisco’s dominant political faction in 2016, you’re going to be getting a lot of money from Developers, so that’s fair enough:

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So that’s it. Josh Arce is EVIL, or not, your choice…

If Donald Trump Wants to Hold a Political Rally in Frisco He Should Do It Here, In Front of the Mt. Davidson Cross

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Frisco’s highest point, you know:

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He’d have no problem filling all available space with spectators.

It would be a spectacle and it would help him with Cruz supporters, just saying…

Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s Electric-Yellow Electric Convertible Spotted in North Beach

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

This ride has about 47 pieces of Aaron flair:

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(Hey, remember when longtime Republican Ron Conway said that giving a lot of his money to support the appointed D3 incumbent might cause a “backlash?” Good times.)

I’m not sure if this car is for the last election or the next one…

Sandra Lee Fewer Looks Unbeatable for District One Supervisor – Campaign Kickoff at Sutro Elementary

Monday, April 11th, 2016

I was in the nabe, so I dropped by at the campaign kickoff the other day:

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Left early, but it ended up looking like this:

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I’ve heard nothing from these people…

Sherman D’Silva, Richie Greenberg, Brian Larkin, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley

…so it looks like SLF is going to win come November.

(Wake me up if anything changes)

Why is Appointed Mayor Ed Lee So Unpopular, Ch. LXXVI: Owner of Popular Cassava Restaurant in the Richmond Questions Twitter Tax Break

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline here. So yeah, Ed Lee’s not popular these days, for a host of reasons. Look it up. And I believe this person could be described as an owner, of Cassava, which certainly is popular

And Twitter Tax Break, well that’s a term people use. Here’s how things* got started, but we’re not only subsidizing Twitter in the Twitterloin area – there are other outfits too. It’s complicated.

But anyway, here you go:

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*Part of the problem the tech bros had was a law signed into law in 2004 by Gavin Newsom, which was designed to close a “loophole” in the payroll tax having to do with IPOs. Anyway, the loophole’s back. 

The Case For and Against the Arrest of Donald Dewsnup for Voting Fraud

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Today from the SFDA:

“MAN CHARGED WITH REGISTERING TO VOTE USING FALSE ADDRESSES

SAN FRANCISCO— Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Donald Dewsnup, age 49, of San Francisco, was arraigned on charges of registering to vote using a false address. Dewsnup’s fraudulent voter registration enabled him to vote in a supervisorial district in which he did not reside.

“San Francisco’s supervisorial races can be decided by a small number of voters,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “A healthy democracy benefits from zealous debate, but can be undermined by fraud and deceit.”

To ensure the integrity of the electoral process, California law requires voters to put their true residential addresses on their voter registration forms. Dewsnup, a licensed realtor, is also accused of providing a false address to the California Bureau of Real Estate. He is charged with three felony counts of filing a false document with a government agency, two felony counts of perjury, and two felony counts of false voter registration. According to court documents, Dewsnup used these false addresses in order to infiltrate a neighborhood association on Telegraph Hill, where he did not reside, with the purpose of advancing his personal political agenda.

Dewsnup was arrested by San Francisco District Attorney Investigators yesterday. He was arraigned on the felony charges today, and was released on his own recognizance. He will appear in court again on April 19th for a prehearing conference.”

Well, here’s the news, from Jonah Owen Lamb.

And here’s the story from last year, from Kevin Montgomery.

And here’s the full-throated defense, from SFBARF.

(And then there’s this document, from I don’t know where.)

Leave us begin:

“Pro-Development Activist Suffers Politically Motivated Arrest in SF

1. CAREFUL NOW – GETTING CLOSE TO DEFAMATION.

He registered at an address he thought approximated a location where he was sleeping at the time.

2. MAYBE. THIS IS EASY TO ALLEGE, BUT TOUGH TO PROVE. OF COURSE, THERE ARE OTHER VERSIONS OF THIS STORY. AND IT LOOKS LIKE HE USED LOTS OF ADDRESSES.

This arrest is without question politically motivated. There’s no other explanation for why the District Attorney of a major city would investigate and charge one person for registering at an inaccurate address.

3. WAS D4 SUPERVISOR ED JEW’S PROSECUTION POLITICALLY MOTIVATED TOO?

I am looking forward to discovering who made the complaint to the DA, and how the DA was convinced to spend precious public resources on this issue.

4. SOMEBODY MADE A COMPLAINT, REALLY? DO WE KNOW THIS? DIDN’T DONALD DEWSNUP POST A PHOTO OF PART OF HIS BALLOT (ARGUABLY ILLEGAL IN ITSELF, IN CA, BUT NEVER PROSECUTED AFAIK) WHAT SHOWED HIM VOTING FOR PRO-DEVELOPMENT, APPOINTED SUPERVISOR JULIE CHRISTENSEN?

In doing this activism, Donald apparently antagonized anti-growth incumbents.

5. IS SUPPORTING LONGTIME REPUBLICAN RON CONWAY’S CHOICE CONSIDERED “ACTIVISM” THESE DAYS? IDK. IDTS

I knew that a policy change as radical as the one we’re calling for would not be won easily, however I am shocked the DA would harass a housing advocate, who happens to be homeless, for trying to vote.

6. OF COURSE, THE HOUSING STATUS WHAT MATTERS HAS TO DO WITH RESIDENCY TO QUALIFY FOR VOTING FOR JULIE CHRISTENSEN LAST YEAR, RIGHT?

“Voter fraud is serious…”

7. WELL, NOW YOU’RE ON THE TROLLEY. (WHAT YOU DO IS SAY, OH, I GOT CARRIED AWAY AND THEN I DID SOMETHING I SHOULDN’T HAVE. YOU SHOW CONTRITION. YOU SAY YOU’LL NEVER EVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS EVER AGAIN. THEN YOU CAN JOIN THE LIST OF PEOPLE IN TOWN WHO DO BAD THINGS BUT DON’T GET JAIL TIME.) ALL RIGHT, IT SOUNDED LIKE YOU ALL WERE GETTING A LITTLE CRAZY THERE, BUT, OH WHAT’S THAT, THERE’S MORE?

“…but more serious still is living in a city where a vindictive Supervisor can order people arrested at will.”

8. OH. OK. ENTERING LIBELTOWN, POPULATION: YOU

Sonja Trauss
Founder, SF Bay Area Renters’ Federation
(215) 900 1457″

9. NOW THAT’S A NICE LOCAL PHONE NUMBER! TORTURE ME AND I WOULDN’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. I’D BE YELLING OUT SASKATCHEWAN! SASKATCHEWAN?

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Norman Schwartzkoff
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