Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

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
Something tells me you want to go home
Champagne, bibles
Custom clothes you own
Calling up from special area codes

Here We Go Again: “SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN AND LONDON BREED’S STATEMENT REGARDING TEXT MESSAGES BY SFPD OFFICERS”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Just released, below.

And here’s two cents from CWNevius, to compare.

Mario Woods day stand shows S.F. supervisors are clueless

Disorderly conduct at top of SF law enforcement

(He seems much less demanding of the SFPD.)

“*** STATEMENT ***
SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN AND BOARD PRESIDENT LONDON BREED’S STATEMENT REGARDING RECENTLY REVEALED TEXT MESSAGES BY SFPD OFFICERS

SAN FRANCISCO – At the full Board of Supervisors meeting today, Supervisor Malia Cohen and Board President London Breed issued the following joint statement regarding the recently revealed racist and homophobic text messages sent by a new group of San Francisco police officers.

“It has barely been a year since the last time we issued a joint statement about racist and homophobic text messages exchanged by SFPD officers. In that time, we’ve witnessed the tragic shooting of Mario Woods; the launch of multiple investigations; our community gripped by protests and pain; and—in a maddening twist—officers from the last texting scandal back on duty in SFPD uniforms.

When is enough, enough? We talk about implicit bias training, yet time and again are confronted with explicit bias by those who are sworn to protect the community. This behavior cannot be tolerated without consequence; the City must rededicate itself to police reform. 

As Supervisors, we have written June’s ballot measure to require independent investigations of all officer involved shootings. We pushed for and helped fund body cameras for every officer. We called for the federal investigation into Mario Woods’ shooting. And we led the effort to stop the proposed $300 million jail. 

But there is clearly more work to do. We need more diversity and bias training, culturally competent community relations, data collection, independent investigations, accountability, and transparency. And as we recruit more officers, it’s imperative we continue to fight for increased diversity on the force.

We urge the Police Commission and Chief to seek the fullest possible disciplinary action for the officers involved in this recent action, and we will work with the Mayor, the Department, and community stakeholders to create an action plan to prevent these incidents from ever happening again.”

Word on the Street, From Aging Millionaires in an Aging BMW Convertible: “BILLIONAIRES CAN’T BUY BERNIE” – Poor Hillary!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Just assuming on the millionaire part, but this very clean 80’s-style orthogonal Beemer has been garaged for decades, obvs, so that and the white hair suggests long-term bay area house ownership, and all that suggests millionaires to me…

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The Pro-Bernie Sanders “BernBus” (Metaphorically) Runs Out of Gas at the Fell Street DMV, San Francisco, California, USA

Monday, March 21st, 2016

You know, metaphorically:

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California doesn’t really have much input on presidential elections (and even this year, we participate more by giving money, rather than by voting). If only Bernie had had more fuel in the tank…

All the deets.

A Postcard from Five Years Ago, as Seen on the Streets of San Francisco: “TRUMP / SHEEN 2012” – So, Donald + Charlie = SERIOUS CHANGE?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Here’s how things looked back in aught-eleven:

Change that 2012 to 2016 and you’ve got yourself a revivified meme.

Ahora mas que nunca!

(But some persuasion might be required…)

Sweet Home, Sacramento

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Where skies are blue

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In Birmingham they love the governor/
Boo! Boo! Boo!/
We all did what we could do