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Writer CW Nevius Brings an East Bay Perspective to San Francisco Politics: He Fights for Prop B for No Obvious Reason

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

[UPDATE: Comes now John King to contradict poor CW Nevius: "The fact is, the creators of Prop. B make several valid points."]

Appointed head coach Ed Lee is calling for a punt, but head cheerleader CW Nevius is cheering for a Hail Mary on 4th down with 38 yards to go:

Let’s begin by saying this is a waste of time. I know, that’s not much of an incentive to read, but it is the hard truth.

SO WHEN DID YOU MOVE HERE FROM THE EAST BAY, NEVIUS – A COUPLE YEARS AGO? FINE, BUT WHAT’S THE “WASTE OF TIME?” ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT WASTING _YOUR_ TIME TRYING TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF AN UPCOMING ELECTION? ISN’T THAT A BIT MUCH? LIKE, DO YOU THINK SAN FRANCISCANS WOULD PONDER MOVING TO WALNUT CREEK OR WHEREVER THE HELL YOU’RE FROM TO INFLUENCE ELECTIONS THERE?

Proposition B is almost certainly going to pass. That’s the ordinance that will mandate an election on any construction on the waterfront that exceeds the existing height limit.

WELL THAT’S ONE WAY OF PHRASING IT, I SUPPOSE. BUT HOW ABOUT “PROP B WILL PREVENT POLITICIANS FROM IGNORING THE CURRENT HEIGHT LIMITS ON THE WATERFRONT,” YOU KNOW, INSTEAD?

It’s got a snappy slogan – “Let the people decide” – an enthusiastic base of supporters and the always compelling what-the-heck factor. Why not vote for it? What’s the harm? I believe the potential harm is greater than you think.

WELL, FAIR ENOUGH, NEVE. BUT I THINK YOUR SELF-APPOINTED ROLE OF BEING THE SAN FRANCISCO ESTABLISHMENT’S “MAN AT THE CHRONICLE” DOES MORE HARM THAN _YOU_ THINK – HOW ABOUT THAT? YOU JUST MOVED TO THE MOST CORRUPT BIG CITY WEST OF CHICAGO, BUT YOU SEEM TO THINK THE DOMINANT POLITICAL FACTION WHAT RULES THIS TOWN IS JUST HUNKY-DORY. BUT I DIGRESS. PLEASE DO GO ON, NEVE, EVEN IF IT IS A BIG WASTE OF YOUR PRECIOUS, PRECIOUS TIME.

Not that it matters. This is seen as such a slam dunk that not a single San Francisco politician is willing to stand up and oppose it. Someone ought to express some reservations.

I BELIEVE ED LEE HAS “EXPRESSED RESERVATIONS” REGARDING PROP B. ALSO, PROP B OPPONENTS HAVE DESCRIBED THE MAYOR AS BEING OPPOSED.

Although supporters continue to call the 8 Washington vote a landslide, citywide win, the numbers aren’t convincing.

UH, NO, THEY’RE _HIGHLY_ CONVINCING. OTHERWISE MARK FARRELL OR SCOTT WIENER OR ED LEE WOULD HAVE GONE ON THE RECORD AGAINST PROP B.  ALSO, IT’S NOT JUST “SUPPORTERS” WHO CONSIDER THAT VOTE A LANDSLIDE.

Just 27 percent of registered voters cast ballots, so you could say that almost three-fourths of voters couldn’t be bothered to mark a ballot.

THEREFORE WHAT? THE ELECTORATE IS THE ELECTORATE, NEVE – DEAL WITH THAT. YES, YOU’RE PARROTING THE PARTY LINE, ESPOUSED BY OTHER ESTABLISHMENT SPOKESPEOPLE IN ADDITION TO YOU, NEVE, BUT THE TURNOUT WAS WHAT THE TURNOUT WAS.

It did win across the city, but in places like the Marina and SoMa, turnout was barely 20 percent. And in Bayview and Ingleside it was closer to 10. Still, that’s enough when 50 percent of Telegraph Hill area voters turn out. That’s the strategy. Target an off-year election with low turnout, mobilize the base of voters who favor the position and then claim you’re surfing the new wave of public opinion.

BUT THERE _IS_ A NEW WAVE OF PUBLIC OPINION, RIGHT? SO YOU’RE DEAD WRONG THERE.

So if you liked 8 Washington, you’re going to love Prop B. It’s on a June ballot that will see low turnout, vociferous support from a dedicated core and Agnos haranguing anyone who dares to oppose it.

NEVIUS, DOES ANYBODY ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE EVER DO ANY “HARANGUING?” YOU MIGHT THINK NOT BUT MAYBE THEY DO, NEVE. AND DO YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN BARS TALKING WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT? ‘CAUSE YOU SURE SOUND LIKE YOU DO.

But since he’s already mad at me for calling his group the Flat Earth Society, I’d say this: First, if this is such a good idea, why stop there? Shouldn’t other neighborhoods be able to vote on height limitations?

UH, _ALL_ NEIGHBORHOODS JUST VOTED ON HEIGHT LIMITATIONS, RIGHT? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, NEVIUS? WHAT ARE YOU SUGGESTING? DO YOU HAVE AN EDITOR? IT DOESN’T SEEM THAT WAY. WHY DO OTHER PEOPLE AT THE CHRON WHO ARE, YOU KNOW, WAY SMARTER THAN YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH AN EDITOR BUT YOU CAN JUST WRITE WHATEVER YOU WANT, REGARDLESS OF REALITY?

Or homeless shelters. Or Muni routes? Or whether the mayor should have soup or salad for lunch?

ALL RIGHT, NEVE, HERE WE GO. WE DON’T CURRENTLY HAVE ANY RULES ABOUT WHAT THE MAYOR SHOULD EAT, DO WE? HOWEVER, WE _DO_ HAVE A RULE ABOUT HEIGHT LIMITATIONS NEAR THE WATERFRONT. THE CURRENT PROBLEM IS THAT THERE’S NOTHING STOPPING A DEVELOPER FROM DONATING A RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT, SAY GIVING $25,000 TO SOMETHING HAVING SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE AMERICA’S CUP, YOU KNOW, TO “HELP OUT” OUR POOR POOR MAYOR AND THEN, LATER ON, WE’RE LEFT WITH A SITUATION WHERE WE DON’T KNOW WHY THE MAYOR PRESSURED HIS APPOINTEES TO JUST IGNORE THE WILL OF THE VOTERS. I’LL TELL YOU, I WOULDN’T EVER DREAM OF MOVING TO WALNUT CREEK OR WHEREVER AND THEN START TELLING PEOPLE HOW TALL THEIR BUILDINGS SHOULD BE. HEY, WHY NOT THIS, NEVE, WHY DON’T YOU LOBBY FOR A VOTE TO RAISE THE HEIGHT LIMITS ON THE WATERFRONT OR JUST GET RID OF THEM ALTOGETHER? WHY DON’T YOU BE DIRECT ABOUT THIS SITUATION, THE ONE YOU CARE SO MUCH ABOUT?

Elections are expensive and time consuming.

I SUPPOSE NEVE, BUT THE REASON WE HAVE THE PROPOSITION SYSTEM HAS TO DO WITH A WELL-PLACED CONCERN OVER POLITICAL CORRUPTION

They’re also a formula for gridlock. The Giants have prepared a terrific plan for a retail center on their parking lot A.

WHO SHOULD DECIDE HOW “TERRIFIC” ANY PLAN FROM THE GIANTS IS, NEVIUS? YOU, THE NOT-TOO-BRILLIANT SPORTS JOCK? YOU, THE ONE WHO JUST LOVED THE _INITIAL_ AMERICA’S CUP PROPOSAL BACK WHEN YOU LIVED IN THE EAST BAY, REMEMBER? WHY SHOULD WE TAKE YOUR WORD ON THIS?

Now they might have to prepare an election strategy.

FINE, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT? PERHAPS THEY SHOULD LEAVE IF THEY DON’T LIKE THINGS HERE. (AND PERHAPS YOU, THE MIGHTY NEVIUS, SHOULD LEAVE IF YOU DON’T LIKE THINGS HERE.)

Second, the elections-for-everything meme short-circuits the political system.

FINE, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT?

We elect public officials and expect them to use their good judgment, regardless of the views of a small, rabid group.

DID WE “ELECT” ED LEE? NO WE DID NOT. HE WAS APPOINTED FOR, EFFECTIVELY, NINE YEARS, BASED UPON A PLEDGE HE MADE THAT TURNED OUT TO NO PLEDGE AT ALL, A BIG FAT LIE. AND IF THE GROUP YOU OPPOSE IS SO “SMALL,” HOW IS IT THAT THEIR PROPS KEEP WINNING?

There are those who want to compare Agnos’ small, dedicated core to the Tea Party, which also wants to take government out of our lives.

DOES ART AGNOS REALLY WANT TO “TAKE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR LIVES?” NO, NOT AT ALL.

But a better comparison would be Howard Jarvis‘ “people power” revolution in 1978. Jarvis became a national sensation when he championed Proposition 13, which clamped down on property taxes in California.

HEY NEVE! WERE YOU ABLE TO TRANSFER YOUR PROP 13 TO FRISCO COUNTY, YOU KNOW THE WAY SOME EMPTY NESTERS IN CALIFORNIA ARE ABLE TO DO? MMMM… BUT IF NOT, YOU’RE KIND OF GETTING SCREWED BY PROP 13 NEVE, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT ALREADY.

The result was immediate and disastrous.

WELL, IN YOUR OPINION, NEVE. AT THE TIME, NANAS AND POP-POPS WERE BEING FORCED TO SELL THEIR HOMES ALL OVER THE STATE DUE TO REAL ESTATE INFLATION. SO, IRL, THERE WERE WINNERS AND LOSERS DUE TO PROP 13. DON’T YOU KNOW THIS, NEVE? ISN’T THERE ANY NUANCE THERE BEWIXT YOUR EARS, NEVE?

Schools suffered, in particular, and only now is there a concerted effort to walk back some of the tax breaks for businesses, which are using the measure to game the tax system.

HEY NEVE, WHY NOT SUGGEST GETTING RID OF PROP 13 ALTOGETHER, IF YOU HATE IT SO MUCH?

Prop. 13 was supposed to be exciting, innovative and life-affirming.

UH, CAN YOU LINK TO THESE QUOTES, NEVE? I THINK YOU’RE JUST MAKING UP ADJECTIVES IN ORDER TO CLOSE YOUR BIT. HEY, CAN I GET A RULING HERE, EDITOR? HELLO, ED? ANYBODY THERE?

Instead, it was just the product of lazy, simplistic rhetoric. So is Prop. B.

HEY NEVE, WHO AT THE CHRONICLE IS LAZIER AND SIMPLER THAN YOU? SERIOUSLY. YOU DON’T DO ALL THAT MUCH WORK AND YOU’RE NOT THAT SMART, RIGHT?

This isn’t the Arab Spring, it is spring break. I’d worry about the hangover.

I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT NEVE. IF YOU WANT TO GET RID OF HEIGHT LIMITATIONS, THEN YOU SHOULD PUT THAT ON THE BALLOT. BY THIS POINT, POLS SHOULD KNOW IF THEY ABUSE THE VOTERS TOO MUCH, IF THEY PRESSURE THEIR APPOINTEES TO JUST IGNORE PRIOR VOTER RESULTS THEN THE VOTERS JUST MIGHT RISE UP AND TURN SOMETHING THAT WAS ADVISORY INTO SOMETHING MANDATORY.

WHAT COLOR IS THE SKY IN _YOUR_ WORLD, CW NEVIUS?

I Never Realized What a Big Sack of Crap David Chiu Is Until I Saw This David Campos Attack Ad: “Raised in Massachusetts …Harvard”

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Just look at this:

How are we supposed to react here, thank Goodness David Campos was born and raised in San Francisco and thank Goodness David Campos was never ever infected by that horrible Harvahd institution, am I right voters?

Actually, the big problem in this race is that President Chiu and Supervisor Campos are pretty much peas in a pod. Chiu would be a bit more pro-bidness and most likely he would be less in favor of affirmative action at UC campuses – those are the two issues I can think of where they’d differ. Otherwise, they’d carry similar bills, vote the same way, yada yada yada.

Anyway, here’s what you get from your mailbox, you get to see David Chiu staring at you from an anti-Chiu attack ad, which wouldn’t be an attack ad at all in the places where The Davids grew up…

Observations re: the Domestic Violence Conviction of RadiumOne Founder Gurbaksh “G” Chahal

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Here’s the Wiki entry, for reference:

1. Mssrs. Matier & Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle appear to have pushed source greasing a bridge too far here.

Domestic front: It sure pays to have a good attorney.”

Well yeah, but this kind of suppression motion would have been made and won by anybody, so I don’t know if the result in this case is proof of anything. But throwing out excellent evidence such as a video showing a domestic violence defendant hitting and kicking like that, well, that’s a rare thing. Why did that happen?

2. It happened because people at the SFPD screwed up. You see a bunch of somewhat pervy cameras all around so then you should go to a judge for permission to see if there are recordings too, right? That’s the system, baby. Of course there are reasons, sometimes good ones, for not going to a judge first. Who judged the SFPD in this case?

3. Gurbaksh “G” Chahal lucked out in the judge lottery. Governor Jerry Brown might consider these two recent appointments as “balanced” because they came at the same time, but only one judge is going to decide whether your video gets thrown out. Take a look here and pick which judge you want hearing your motion:

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Brendan P. Conroy and Braden C. Woods to judgeships in the San Francisco County Superior Court…”

4. Hiring public relations “Master of Disaster” Sam Singer during your legal troubles seems tantamount to a guilty plea. Just saying.

5. Gurbaksh “G” Chahal seems to really really care about his Wikipedia entry. Take a look at the photo with Barack Obama he bought – who posted that? Mmmm… Hey, do you know something? Do you know that a person (or persons) from Gurbaksh “G” Chahal’s companies have been caught editing his Wiki page? Perhaps Gurbaksh “G” Chahal himself edited his Wiki entry and perhaps he’s still doing it – that would explain a lot. Anyway, just because it looks as if some PR firm is altering Wiki doesn’t mean that some PR firm is actually altering Wiki.

That’s it for now.

Free Advice for Marc Benioff, Who’s All Kinds of PR-Sensitive These Days – The “Ron Burgandy of Tech”

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Well, here it is:

The Benioff Doctrine – Marc Benioff has a message for his rich tech friends: Give back or get out. A candid conversation with the Salesforce CEO and philanthropic alpha dog.

Um, but I think Bill Gates is the philanthropic alpha dog, right? And others in the Bay Area have given more as well, and they did it, um, more quietly.

This is part of a coordinated push from Benioff’s PR people. One supposes the San Francisco Chronicle is too hostile a journalistic environment for this type of message, so San Fran Mag and the San Francisco Bidness Times will have to suffice

All right, here we go.

1. Don’t just look at the title, read all or part of this bit here:

Marc Benioff Is the Ron Burgundy of Tech

This is how others perceive you, MB. Is this perspective totally wrong? Is it from Crazy Town?

2. Now here’s MB in his own words:

They are using the Ellis Act during this unbelievable boom time, to toss everyday residents out of their homes. I think is unfair and I think it has to change. I think that our government, our industry leaders and everyday citizens — all three stakeholders — need to come together in a conversation and change that. I think these buses — which if you hang out in the Mission, [they come] every five minutes — they’ve got to be massively regulated, we have to get them off our streets”

All right, Marc. Well, why not just throw a couple hundred grand at every Ellis Act evictee in SF County? You could afford that, easily. I “call upon” you to do it, how’s that? And there’s a reason why we have the Ellis Act – it helps to make rent control constitutional. Do you know that, MB? And since when do you care about the Ellis Act, MB? You’re a follower and not a leader, huh MB? And since when are the streets of San Francisco your streets?

3. Here’s his 1-1-1 plan. Hey Marc, I call upon you to upgrade this to the 5-5-5 plan. C’mon! I’ll hector you the way you hector Zuck. Let’s dream into action. I’m the best person in philanthropy because I say I’m the best person in philanthropy! It’s as simple as that.

4. Sean Parker. Whoo boy, aren’t you supposed to temper the Billionaire Boys Club, Marc? Isn’t that your role? No, you’d rather add fuel to the fire, you’d rather encourage them?

“Amazing post by Sean Parker. One of the great visionary leaders of our time. I could not agree more with his view. http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/27/weddings-used-to-be-sacred-and-other-lessons-about-internet-journalism/

Here’s what you could have told Sean Parker, you could have told him that having a wedding like that in that location is HARD. It takes a lot of work, which is why most people don’t attempt something like that. But why do a half-assed job on it, why didn’t Sean Parker know enough to do things the right way? He’s not stupid, right? He just lacked perspective. Kind of like you, MB.

5. Mission Bay fiasco. Oh, that’s right, you’ve moved on, after all that bluster, you’ve moved on. Fair enough, enough said.

6. America’s Cup fiasco. Why not call upon your great pal Larry Ellison to pay our general fund about $11,000,000?

7 Twitter Enterprise Zone. Why not call upon Twitter to pay its taxes under the old rules? Shouldn’t Twitter “give back” as well?

Well, those are a few recent things ever since you became almost famous by giving big bucks to UCSF the first time. People applauded you for it, as did I. But you, Marc Benioff, aren’t the King of Philanthropy. Not yet, anyway.

So it’s sort of funny to hear you spout off like this.

That’s all.

(But oh, if you want to start doing something, why not start with Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic, which has recently been fee’d out of existence by the very government you so admire. Or why not do things like that in addition? You know, instead of criticizing those who don’t line up behind you like ducklings just because you ask them to?)

 

Neighbors at Odds in the Western Addition – One Window Sign Leads to Another – A Civil War, Upstairs Downstairs

Friday, April 4th, 2014

And actually one of the candidates in the most recent election lives in this building

Not sure if these exact signs are still up, prolly not, prolly new issues are promoted.

On It Goes…

Harsh! San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone Says No Communion for Unworthy Catholic Politicians

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Apropos of something I don’t know, Archie Cordielone GOES OFF on the topic of whether Catholic politicians* should be allowed to receive Communion if they dissent from Church teachings. Check it:

“Archbishop Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco speaks with LifeSiteNews.com regarding the worthiness of a Catholic (politician) to receive Holy Communion who goes against Church teaching on life and family issues. Recorded in Sacramento California March 26, 2014″

OK then.

*And non-politicians as well, one supposes. Anybody, really.

OMG, Ron Paul is Coming, Ron Paul is Coming to the Commonwealth Club! April 10th, Just Announced

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

This one will sell out soon….

Ron Paul, Former U.S. Congressman; Twitter @RonPaul

The term “liberty” is so commonly used in our country that you might say it has become a mere cliché. But do we know what it means? What it promises? How it factors into our daily lives? And most important, can we recognize tyranny when it is sold to us disguised as a form of liberty? Paul posits that to believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation. It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions. In fact, Paul calls liberty the seed of America.

Time: 9:15 a.m. check in, 10 a.m. program, 11 a.m. book signing
Location: SF Club Office
Cost: $25 non-members, $15 members, $7 students (with valid ID);
Premium (includes priority seating and copy of book): $45 non-members, $35 members

- See more at: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-04-10/ron-paul-liberty-defined#sthash.xFoEv9Uh.dpuf”

Twitter Gets Unwelcomed to the Twitterloin by Kahn & Keville, a Beloved Local Garage

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Via Brian Rinker:

Click to expand

You know Twitter, it’s not too late to pay your taxes under the rules signed into law by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004. You know, just put it into SFGov’s General Fund where it belonged in the first place. How much are we talking about here, a $100,000,000 or so? I mean, you left a lot more than that on the table during your recent IPO, right? And then you could amend your federal returns and then you wouldn’t get so much static from the locals. And then you could also do your little charity efforts, you know, in addition to paying your fucking taxes* like everybody else.

JMO.

*I’m sorry, unpaid Twaxes.

Expurgating Keith Jackson: “Master of Disaster” Sam Singer’s Singer Associates, Inc _Almost_ Does a Perfect Job

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Take a look, nothing to see here anymore at:

http://www.singersf.com/team/keith.html.

Until the recent troubles, that page looked like this:

Here’s the whole team. Look who’s no longer there:

But this “20-person public-relations agency” now numbers just 19.

So you all might want to fix that.

(And, just saying, sometimes you get arrested and then the Feds never even file charges, just saying.)

Wife of Republican George P. Shultz has Trouble Accounting for Public Funds – Gadfly Petrelis Shoots, Scores

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

SFGov gadfly and convicted City Hall bathroom “peak”-er* Michael Petrelis alleges that this is how Charlotte Mailliard Shultz accounts for sacred money raised through taxes upon The People:

Are you fucking serious, a photocopy of adding machine tape?

I cry foul.

*And the difference betwixt you and the Chronicle photographer is that she had consent so the fact that they happened to be in a bathroom don’t matter.