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Ooh, Harsh: City Attorney Dennis Herrera Throws Down – Goes After Ed Lee’s Failed Record on Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Turns out that our “world-class City” is ranked below Boston, New York, Oakland, San Jose, and Seattle, believe it or not. See below.

Now, just how purple do you want to see your fighting City Attorney.

Better A, as seen here?

Or B, after a little Replace Color and Shadows/Highlights?

You Make The Call.

Now, a little background and then the News of the Day. Let’s list the endnotes first for a change – they are that good:

[1] Government Barometer: August 2011, City and County of San Francisco, Office of the Controller, City Services Auditor, October 18, 2011,
[2] City and County of San Francisco City Survey 2011, Final Report, prepared by the ETC Institute, October 6, 2011,
[3] Voter Information Pamphlet, Nov. 8, 2011, Proposition B: Road Repaving and Street Safety Bonds, page 46,
[4] Management Audit of the Department of Public Works, by the San Francisco Budget Analyst, January 9, 2007,

The latest from the Dennis Herrera for Mayor campaign:

“New Controller’s report confirms streets survey, audit on Ed Lee’s failed record on infrastructure

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Appointed Mayor’s decade-long mismanagement as DPW chief, City Administrator now require quarter-billion dollar streets bond to ‘finally accomplish what Ed Lee didn’t’

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 18, 2011) — City streets and public works continue to deteriorate under interim Mayor Ed Lee, according to a new report published today by the Controller’s Office, extending Lee’s decade-long record of mismanagement and neglect as the appointed bureaucrat in charge of San Francisco’s infrastructure. Today’s bimonthly Government Barometer[1] mirrors a highly critical survey released just two weeks ago that found San Francisco’s satisfaction rate with the current quality of its infrastructure to be the lowest among five benchmark cities to which it was compared. Lee’s history of lax oversight of streets, sidewalks and public works projects was also the subject of a devastating independent management audit of the Department of Public Works that the Board of Supervisors first commissioned in May 2005, while Lee was DPW director. That audit was released in 2007.

Today’s new Government Barometer identified negative trends in the City’s maintenance of streets and public works in terms of the percentage of street cleaning requests responded to within 48 hours, which have worsened both since the previous reporting period and as compared to the same period last year. A negative trend was also observed from the previous reporting period for the percentage of graffiti requests on public property responded to within 48 hours.

“For the last decade, Ed Lee did an abysmal job as the person in charge of San Francisco’s infrastructure,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “The Budget Analyst’s audit proved it in 2007; the streets survey proved it again two weeks ago, and the new Government Barometer proves it once again. Ed Lee’s record of failure is why most city streets are dirtier than ever, and in desperate need of major repairs. Now, San Franciscans need to pass a quarter-billion dollars for a streets bond, to finally accomplish what Ed Lee didn’t.”

Lee was DPW director from 2000 to 2005, and until January of this year served as City Administrator, a role whose major duties under the City Charter include coordinating capital improvement and construction projects, and appointing and removing DPW directors. As such, Lee is more responsible for the current state of San Francisco’s infrastructure than any other city official. Lee’s decade-long record contrasts starkly with his new campaign promise to be an “infrastructure mayor” who will fix San Francisco’s “roads, schools and parks.”

On October 6, 2011, the San Francisco Controller’s Office published its final report of the biennial City Survey for 2011[2], which found that:

* San Francisco had the lowest satisfaction rate with the quality of its infrastructure among five benchmark cities to which it was compared: Boston, New York, Oakland, San Jose, and Seattle.

* Overall satisfaction with San Francisco city streets, sidewalks, and infrastructure rated a woeful 31 percent, according to the survey — far below other cities. In fact, San Francisco’s rating for infrastructure was also lower than both statewide and national averages.

* San Franciscans were least satisfied with the condition of pavement citywide, with nearly 44 percent of residents grading city performance “poor/failing,” and another 38 percent describing it as merely “average.” Only 18 percent rated infrastructure “good” or better.

The new Government Barometer and streets survey from two weeks ago come as San Franciscans begin voting on a proposed $248 million bond for road repaving and street safety.[3] The nearly one-quarter-billion-dollars in new bonded indebtedness is required, according to proponents, because half of San Francisco’s 850 miles of streets — together with public structures that include bridges, tunnels, and stairways — need major repairs and upgrades.

Both the Government Barometer and streets survey also mirror a devastating independent audit of DPW that the Board of Supervisors commissioned in May 2005, while Lee was DPW chief. Even before Budget Analyst Harvey Rose’s final 269-page DPW Management Audit[4] was published in January 9, 2007, then-DPW Chief Fred Abadi responded that he “came to DPW after your audit had begun,” and that the report’s 120 recommendations “will prove useful to me as I continue to reengineer parts of the Department.” Abadi agreed and accepted all but three of the Budget Analyst’s 120 recommendations.

Among major findings of the performance audit’s of DPW under Ed Lee:

* DPW’s overall mismanagement, inefficiency and uncollected revenue combined to waste more than $5 million in taxpayer funds.

* DPW-led projects were routinely mismanaged, over-budget, and late — and city street repair projects were late by a shocking 172 days, on average.

* DPW failed to routinely track average project labor costs or productivity to ensure that Street Resurfacing and Pothole Repair Projects were completed efficiently

* DPW could not demonstrate that tax dollars being spent for street repair and maintenance (despite an amount that increased during Lee’s tenure) were spent appropriately.

* DPW allowed more than $1 million in litter fines to go uncollected.

* None of DPW’s eight bureaus fully measured performance to ensure that the bureau achieved the best possible outcomes.

* And DPW inspectors did not conduct routine inspections of streets to identify safety hazards.”

Newsflash: That New “Fresh & Easy” Gro Sto Wasn’t Put in a “Food Desert” – Most Bayview Residents Not in “Food Desert”

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Well, let’s check the official Food Desert Locator, you know, from the Feds, to see that the location of that new self-serve Fresh & Easy grocery store at 5800 Third isn’t in a “food desert” after all.


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The pink areas are the purported food deserts. The blob on the right is mostly mostly-shut-down Hunters Point, where I think I’d get shot if I snuck in to look for a gro sto anyway. And the lower pink blob contains Candlestick Point, which is loaded with parking lots and a dismal state park for parking your RV and a big old stadium, so there you go.

But, even before the new F&E, the vast majority of the residents of Bayview Hunters Point weren’t living in a “food desert,” FTR.

I know it’s fun to use new catchphrases, but you shouldn’t do that when they don’t apply.

So, am I saying [insert ridiculous conclusion-jump here]?

No, I’m just saying:

That New “Fresh & Easy” Gro Sto Wasn’t Put in a “Food Desert” – Most Bayview Residents Not in “Food Desert”

That’s all.

Writers, please try harder. Pols, I know that doing things the right way doesn’t gain you any votes, but don’t you have some pride?

Just asking…

Is the “Ed Lee for Mayor” Campaign Today Using Email Addresses Gathered by “Run Ed Run?” – Looks That Way

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Look what Bill Barnes, Campaign Manager, Ed Lee for Mayor, is sending out this AM to people.

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Are they sending it out to those who registered at the “Progress for All” “Run Ed Run” website.

Mmmm. I might have thought so, but upon further review, I just can’t say for sure.

Yeah, and what happened to all those email addresses gathered by those paid signature gatherers? Did Run Ed Run just throw them away? Or maybe, just maybe, that list of Ed Lee for Mayor boosters was forwarded to the Ed Lee for Mayor campaign. I mean, what else would anybody use it for?



Hey, remember in Kelly’s Heroes when Kelly, Oddball, and Crapgame had to make a deal with that German Tiger Tank commander in order to get access to the bank with all that gold in it? Well, the tank commander was just like David Chiu back in January 2011, you know, somebody with the power to shut down the entire operation, the power to end the 15-year Willie Brown, Gavin Newson, Rose Pak dynasty right then and there. But David made a deal.

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You can see Ed “Odball” Lee laughing* at foolish David Chiu at 2:30 right here.

In the movie, the tank commander ended up getting a share of the riches. Will David Chiu?

*Smirking, coughing, eye-rolling, whatever you call it. BTW, he’s Jack Bauer’s dad.

Well, Recuuuuuuuuuuuse Me! “Run Ed Run” + Rose Pak = Trouble for “Interim DA” George Gascon

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Oh man, candidates Sharmin Bock, David Onek and Bill Fazio  are all over “Interim* District Attorney” George Gascon these days.

Now, you kids are too young to remember the Excuse Me meme from Steve Martin, ’cause it’s from a time waaaaay before lolcats and It’s a trap!

But it went a little something like this.

Here’s Steve Martin:

And here’s District Attorney George Gascon:

Put them together and you’ve got Steve Gascon, or George Martin.

Like this:

Say it, say it!

Well, recuuuuuuuse me!

Now, George didn’t exactly say that, he said something like, oh yeah, we sent this deal over to the CA AG’s office for perusal like on Monday.

But there’s a problem already, some think:

#SFDA Problem w/ @GasconforDA reaching out to AG on Run Ed Run invest – she endorsed him & dated Willie Brown

Oh well.

Helloooooooo, Feds?

Where you at now?

*Oh man, “interim?” That’s the first I heard of this – that’s harsh.

Check Out This Poll Regarding the San Francisco General Election of 2011 – Selected Excerpts

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Now this isn’t the whole poll that was sent out to potential voters a little while back, but it’s a part.

(At the time, I wasn’t sure who it was for, but now I know.)

It’s interesting to see how the candidates are described (but parts of this poll have become obsolete already).

Sadly, there was no Anyone But Ed checkbox:

Via Steve Rhodes

All right, enjoy:

There is an upcoming San Francisco election on November 8, 2011. How likely it is that you will vote in this election?
I will definitely vote
I will probably vote
I’m not sure if I’ll vote
I probably won’t vote
I’m definitely not going to vote

Thinking about San Francisco, do you feel that it is moving in the right or wrong direction overall?
Right direction
Wrong direction

This November, there will be an election for Mayor in San Francisco. Even though the election is several months away, if you were voting today, please tell us your firstsecond, and third choices among the declared candidates below.
FIRST choice SECOND choice THIRD choice
State Senator Leland Yee
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu
Former San Francisco Supervisor Tony Hall
Former San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
Someone else
Venture Capitalist Johanna Rees
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting
Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty

The current Interim mayor, Ed Lee, may soon decide to run for a full mayoral term this November. With Ed Lee as an option, please tell us your firstsecond, and third choices among the declared candidates below.
FIRST choice SECOND choice THIRD choice
Former San Francisco Supervisor Tony Hall
Interim Mayor Ed Lee
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
State Senator Leland Yee
Venture Capitalist Johanna Rees
Former San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
Someone else
President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting
Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Pension Reform Charter AmendmentsThere are two pension reform measures: the ‘City’ plan and the ‘Adachi’ plan.The ‘City Plan’ is a compromise between the mayor, the Supervisors, and most Labor groups in San Francisco. Among other things, it adjusts contribution rates for current and future employees to the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, increases retirement age for new hires, caps salary that can be pensioned, and makes other changes. The ‘City’ plan is estimated to save $50 million in 2012-13 and between $90-$150 million per year after that.

The other pension reform plan is Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s pension reform initiative. It calls for an increase of all City employees’ contributions to the City pension plan, including police and fire. The ‘Adachi’ plan is estimated to save the city around $100 million per year.

The measure that receives the most votes is the one that will become law.

How do you intend to vote on the ‘City‘ pension reform plan?
I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

How do you intend to vote on the ‘Adachi‘ pension reform plan?
I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

Initiative – Repeal approval for Board’s Parkmerced decision The Board of Supervisors recently approved a $1.2 billion dollar plan to build 9,000 housing units over the next twenty years. About 1,500 rent-controlled units need to be demolished to do this, though the agreement with the developer is that they will be replaced. This initiative seeks to overturn the Board’s approval.How do you intend to vote on this initiative?
I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

More information on Repeal approval for Board’s Parkmerced decision Supporters (people against the Parkmerced project) say that the destruction of 1,500 rent-controlled units is unacceptable. Although the developer has agreed to replace the units, this may not be enforceable in court.Opponents (people who support the Parkmerced project) say this project will bring thousands of jobs, an additional 1,700 rent-controlled units (on top of the replaced units), and improved transit to the area.

How do you intend to vote on this initiative?

I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

More information on Changing rules of leasing San Francisco Park and Rec facilities Supporters of the ordinance say that public parks should not be leased for profit, and nearly all park amenities should be free, as they’re already covered by tax dollars. This prevents privatization of public spaces.Opponents say that it isn’t clear what facilities fall under this, and it’s possible that all park space becomes subject to these restrictions, including weddings and picnics. Also, Park and Rec needs all the revenue it can get for its programs.

Now how do you intend to vote on this ordinance?

I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

Kenneth Harding Shooting Aftermath: Man Oh Man, If Mayor Ed Lee Shows Up at Tomorrow’s Library Groundbreaking in the Bayview…

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

[UPDATE: He’s on for tomorrow, it’s confirmed.]

[UPDATE: Well, he went out there, inside of a bubble all no mas preguntas, so we’ll have put an asterix next to this one.]

Boy, that’s going to be a hot L.Z. when Temporary Interim Caretaker Mayor Ed Lee alights on Lower Third to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Bayview Branch Library at Revere Street.

Currently, he’s skedded to be on hand tomorrow morning, along with Senator Mark Leno.

We’ll just have to wait to see what happens.

All I have to say is hot L. Z., HOTEL LIMA ZULU, RTB, RTB.

“The construction of the Bayview Branch Library is part of the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), which is funded by a $106 million bond measure to upgrade or replace the city’s branch libraries. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library will provide new furniture and equipment for the new library. The new Bayview library is being rebuilt as a world-class library with separate children, adult, & teen areas; a large program room; an interior courtyard; public art; study rooms and space to provide expanded library services to the community. Designed by THA Architecture and constructed by KCK Builders, this 9,000-square-foot building will provide a seismically safe, universally accessible and environmentally sustainable library facility.”

Harsh: San Francisco Chronicle Tells Mayor Ed Lee NOT TO RUN in This Fall’s Election

Sunday, July 17th, 2011


This one is going to hurt:

Mayor Ed Lee should not run for a full term in November.”

Here are all the deets, for those willing to pony up  a little $$$:

“To read this and other exclusive print stories today, subscribe to The Chronicle’s iPad app by visiting Or purchase an electronic version of the newspaper here Chronicle Print subscribers can go to to sign up for free e-editions.”

(Wonder what Fake Rose Pak would have had to say about this…)

Oh, and there’s this (written by somebody I don’t who, I can’t figure it out):

Willie Brown today dings Ed Lee saying he was playing golf when Adachi tried to reach across the divide to find common ground on the two pension reform measures. Brown says even he couldn’t reach Ed while golfing. We haven’t seen comments like that before from Da Mayor. So betting is Ed isn’t saying Yes.”

Anyway, ouch.

Is Bayview Hunters Point Really a “Food Desert?” No – And Is the Lower Third Street Walgreens Really a “Food Oasis?” No

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

I don’t know, is the Bayview / Hunter’s Point area really a “food desert” the way the Feds and everybody else are saying?

(Get up to speed on the recent hoopla* at the Walgreen’s at 5300 Third Street here over at the Bay Citizen.)

So before, Walgreens had some fresh food on sale but now they have slightly more fresh food on sale. O.K. fine.

But that don’t make you a “food oasis,” Walgreens.

Now, check out what’s just across the street the next block over at 5201 3rd. It’s Aguila de Oro Produce. See? It’s smack dab in the middle of the Lower Third’s purported “food desert” and yet it’s more of a “food oasis,” as defined by the Feds, than any Walgreens in the world:

Via Burrito Eater, “San Francisco’s top resource for taquerias and mustaches.”

This store serves all comers. In a way, it has an unlimited supply.

And, what it doesn’t have is the Great Wall o’ Chips near the checkout stand the way the “oasis store” Walgreens  at 5300 3rd Street has:

And this is just part of the wall.

So, Is Bayview Hunters Point Really a “Food Desert?” No.

And Is the Lower Third Street Walgreens Really a “Food Oasis” Now? No.

Just saying.

*Five views so far…

SF “City Family” Venn Diagram (Works for Jeff Adachi Only) + A New Pension Op-Ed from Our Public Defender

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

First up, the Venn Diagram, as promised:

As stated, this diagram only works for our Public Defender.

Next up, oh, Jeff Adachi, what are the three telltale signs of true pension reform?

First, will the board increase the annual cost savings?

Second, will the board reject the practice of “pension spiking”?

Third, will the Board of Supervisors make the plan fair?

Thanks, Jeff Adachi!

Has San Francisco’s Population Really Grown the Past Decade? Probably Not

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I don’t know, I sort of think the Feds would have “included” the “eight most underserved neighborhoods”* in San Francisco during the last census irregardless of whether the “25-member San Francisco Complete Count Committee of civic, community, faith-based and labor leaders” existed or not.

Anyway, the numbers from the press release below don’t add up, they don’t square with reality.

Of course any city or geographic area is welcome to spend money on a consultant, as San Francisco and Fun Diego did, to challenge the Feds and raise the count. That’s the system, baby. But you gotta remember that you’re comparing apples to oranges is all I’m saying.

2009 2000 1990
Population 815,358 776,733 723,959
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 Population Estimates, Census 2000, 1990 Census

Serving the “most underserved” in Alamo Square last year:

U.S. Census Director Robert M. Groves, seated betwixt Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and City Attorney Dennis Herrera at a meeting a couple years back:

So I’d say our population grew in the 1990’s, shrank in the aughts, and as for the coming decade of the 2010’s, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Anyway, all that is something to keep in mind as you peruse the recent release, seen after the jump

*I’ll bet the real estate industry people would just loooove this phrase. Anyway, they are, officially, the Bayview, Chinatown, the Excelsior, the Mission, South of Market, the Tenderloin, Visitation Valley and the Western Addition