Posts Tagged ‘Mayor’

What It’s Like to Flee Unpopular “Interim” Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco with Broken Auto Glass

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

It looks like this:

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Jump in S.F. car break-ins prompts frustration, finger-pointing

The Difference Between Willie Brown and Ed Lee: Purposefully Spraying Homeless with Water Trucks v. Purposefully Not

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Former Frisco Mayor Willie Brown:

When I was mayor, I had the Department of Public Works send the street sweepers down Market Street at 3 a.m. If you were sleeping on the streets, you knew that water truck was coming. I never got in any trouble for it, because at the same time I was spraying the homeless…”

Market looks like this after a few runs from an early morning water truck or two:

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But look at this – just the other day the driver of a water truck deliberately drove around this steam grate on Market inbound near 4th so as to not spray this guy:

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Maybe not a big difference, but it’s a difference.

Word On The Street: “ED LEE IS BEARLY COMPETENT”

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

El Gran Oso de la Misión:

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What Is Going On With Mayor Ed Lee?

Ed Lee drops stop-frisk plan amid uproar

S.F. Mayor Ed Lee serves notice about supporting Aaron Peskin

One Block of Golden Gate Avenue in Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco: Smashy Smashy

Friday, July 1st, 2016

(Young Bart Simpson had good reason to break a window here, but then he went too far – “smashy smashy.”)

I’ll tell you, I see more broken auto glass on the Streets of San Francisco by 9:00 AM than most people see all day. And yesterday, I saw the most broken auto glass in one day in Frisco than I ever have before.

Hence this photo. What do you see here, Gentle Reader? What if somebody ordered you to, “Fix this” ‘n stuff? Where would you start? Like, what do you see here?

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How many people do you see here, just after sunrise? (There are at least four.)

Oh well…

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?

Chronicle Writer CWNevius IN FAVOR OF But Also AGAINST “Endangering Our Judiciary”

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

So here’s CWNevius in June 2016, worried that the Stanford rape case might “endanger our judiciary” due to the loud complaints about the judge’s sentencing. Fine.

But here’s the very same CW Nevius, also in June 2016, telling people to “complain loudly” about the decisions of local judges. See?

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So what’s the deal? Is he trying to curry favor with our unpopular Mayor again while at the same time fulfilling an assignment to write something, anything, about a local story what’s gone national?

IDK, but it don’t add up.

Life in Appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s Frisco, the Broken Car Glass Capital of the World

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

As seen in NoPA, at the Top Of The Hill:

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Don’t simply look at police statistics, just talk to people in the auto glass industry and ask how busy they are these days. Busy busy busy!

But Ed Lee went to the law school, so he has a solution. He wants people to go to preliminary hearings and then boo judges who don’t rule the way property insurance companies would like. I”m srsly.

Breaking Car Windows on McAllister Across the Street from City Hall in the Daytime

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Here’s* the problem, maybe…

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…and here’s the solution, maybe not?

*This looked like casing to me. 

Indecisive Unions: Who’s Responsible for the $15 CA Minimum Wage – Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee or Lt Gov Gavin Newsom?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

I’m not sure what the point of these giants ads is.

Anyway, here’s what you can now see in Frisco:

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And here’s what you now see in, well, it’s not exactly Sacramento, but let’s call it that, close enough:

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I don’t think we’re meant to see both these political ads.

Our SFMTA’s New Corporate Bus Terminal on Fell Near Masonic is Off to a Rough Start – Poorly-Placed Signage?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

I remember how the SFMTA kicked off its new corporate bus-only terminal on Fell betwixt Masonic and Ashbury as if it were yesterday, or the day before yesterday anyway.

Way back then, the temporary signs notified locals* to not park there and the locals complied. But now we have more permanent signage, see?

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The problem is that they’re harder to see. Now you’d think that they could have put one on this metal pole here, but they didn’t:

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No no, they’re mounted only on concretey light poles way up high:

 

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So here come the parkers, during the evening drive yesterday, betwixt 4:00 and 8:00 PM:

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This Prius is parked right under one of the two news sign. Is this kosher? I can’t tell. I don’t think it is.

Hey SFMTA! Don’t most bus stops / terminals have lines marked out on the street? I think so! Anyway, your three temporary no parking signs were doing a better job than your two brand-new permanent signs, just saying.

On It Goes…

*One time, a Facebook Teamster from Stockton(!)** asked me, “What’s Divisidero?” We were both on Masonic at the time…

**Man, how can you live in Stockton and work in Frisco doing a decidedly non-telecommuting job?