Posts Tagged ‘quote’

Beat Sweetening Goes Sour: Writer CW Nevius vs. Judge Susan Illston – Dishonest Reporting in the SF Chronicle

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Meet Senior District Judge Susan Illston, Duke University (B.A., 1970) and Stanford Law School (J.D., 1973). Publications. She was appointed by Bill Clinton:


Photo via Jason Doiy

And in the other corner, comes now CW Nevius, known for his “breezy writing style” and also known for “having lived in the suburban East Bay until May, 2010, whereupon he moved to San Francisco.Publications. (He was not appointed by Bill Clinton, nor by anyone else.)

Introductions finished. So here you go – Losing a lawsuit can mean financial gainby CW Nevius:

“As Judge Susan Illston said in her ruling, ‘plaintiffs did not prevail on a single substantive motion before the Court.’”

But now let’s look at the entire sentence:

“First, although the Court has found that they gained their desired outcome, plaintiffs did not prevail on a single substantive motion before the Court.”

See how that works? Judge Illston awarded attorneys fees of $300,000-something to the plaintiffs in this particular Sharp Park Golf Course case because they gained their desired outcome.

So Avuncular East Bay Everyman Chuck Nevius chopped up the judge’s sentence because, because why? Because it would have weakened his point? Is this an honest approach for a writer to take? I don’t think so.

And then a reader of The Nevius, the Blessed Nevius, might read his bit and think to ask:

Shouldn’t we blame the judge instead of the environmental group?

And the answer is … no, no we shouldn’t, because the plaintiffs won, at least sort of:

“…[t]he Court finds that plaintiffs’ litigation goal was the halt defendants’ taking of the Frogs and Snakes without first obtaining authorization pursuant to the ESA.”

I’ll tell you, Judge Illston looked at a host of evidence when making her decision, including this bon mot from SFGov:

“…it is extremely important to be able to dispose of the litigation at long last.” 

Here you go, read the whole thing yourself, Gentle Reader. You don’t need to be up-to-speed on “catalyst theory” or whathaveyou to understand what the judge is saying.

Oh, and quoth The Nevius:

“Take the ruling in U.S. District Court on July 1, 2013, which, by any measure, rates as a legal smackdown of the institute.”

But as we’ve seen, in fact, this ruling was NOT “a legal smackdown” “by any measure.”

So, Judge Susan Illston isn’t crazy after all.

(One wonders why the City and County of San Francisco wishes to operate a money-losing White elephant of a golf course in the first place. Our Board of Supervisors has tried to unload it back in aught-eleven, to no avail. And now, in 2015, we’re in a drought what rivals what we experienced in the 1970’s. Oh well.)

IMO, the job of CW Nevius is to promote the goals of his local political faction, the dominant one. That’s why I refer “beat sweeteners” and “source greasers” and the like. He slavishly promotes SFGov’s department heads, among others, and, in return, he gets rewarded by them. That’s his gig. But sometimes the way he promotes his faction is wrong.

Simply wrong.

Julian Davis Wins “Best Act of Chutzpah in San Francisco Politics” for 2012 – Misleadingly Quotes SFBG and ‘Xam

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Here’s the latest door hangar from the ill-starred Julian Davis for District Five Supervisor campaign.

Found on an Ashbury Street sidewalk, a little soggy:

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You see the quote up top?

“…by far the best and strongest progressive in the race in District 5… SFBG 10/16/12”

Now here’s the real quote:

“…he was* by far the best and strongest progressive in the race in District 5…”


Read the whole thing, right here from Tim Redmond:

Davis needs to drop out

Here’s the first graf:

“EDITORIAL Kay Vasilyeva, a member of the San Francisco Women’s Political Caucus, has come forward with the allegation that District Five candidate Julian Davis grabbed her and put his hand down her pants at a political bar crawl in 2006. That was six years ago, but it’s still important — and more than the incident itself, the response we’ve seen from Davis is highly disturbing. He’s utterly denying that it ever happened, and retained a lawyer to send Vasilyeva a letter threatening her with legal action if she continues to talk.”

And here’s the last graf:

“We have said it many times before: People on the left need to be able to put their own ambitions aside sometimes and do what’s right for the cause. Davis can’t win. He’s embarrassing his former allies. He needs to focus on coming to terms with his past and rebuilding his life. And for the good of the progressive movement, he needs to announce that he’s ending his campaign, withdrawing from the race, and urging his supporters to vote for another candidate.”

Now, see the next quote on the Julian Davis door hangar? You know, from the San Francisco Examiner?

“Davis had impressed us with his knowledge of city issues and solutions that moved beyond the typical tax-and-cut, cookie-cutter budget moves usually proposed at City Hall. SF Examiner 10/16/12”  

You see where we’re going here?

“Davis had* impressed us with his knowledge of city issues and solutions that moved beyond the typical tax-and-cut, cookie-cutter budget moves usually proposed at City Hall. But being a leader in this city involves more than just advocating good policies.

Following revelations about the cease-and-desist letter, progressive supervisors John Avalos and David Campos have withdrawn their endorsements of Davis’ candidacy. And due to the combined effects of this new allegation and the candidate’s handling of the matter, The San Francisco Examiner is forced to do the same.

We reaffirm our pre-existing endorsement of two other candidates running in this race, and urge residents of District 5 to vote for both John Rizzo and Thea Selby when they cast their ranked-choice ballots.”

Now, are the taxpayers of SF paying for this door hangar, effectively?


*Italics not in the original but this is what was meant. Truth.

LONDON CALLING: London Breed Goes Off on Rose Pak and Willie Brown and Luke Thomas Gets It Verbatim

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

I think District Five Supervisor wannabee London Breed is still a little pissed off about not getting appointed Supervisor earlier this year, just a little:

You think I give a fuck about a Willie Brown at the end of the day when it comes to my community* and the shit that people like Rose Pak and Willie Brown continue to do and try to controls things.  They don’t fucking control me – you go ask them why wouldn’t you support London because she don’t do what the hell I tell her to do.  I don’t do what no motherfucking body tells me to do.”

Hey, you think maybe she’s been watching YouTube, just a little?

Hey, you know, the two times when Mayor Ed Lee did a little independent thinking since Willie Brown and Rose Pak got him appointed Mayor are when he appointed the fairly stupid Christina Olague to replace Ross Mirkarimi and when he advocated for the complete non-starter “stop and frisk program.”

Perhaps he should just do what he’s told 100% of the time instead of 90% of the time?

*The northeastern part of D5, one presumes.

A Bible Lesson Betwixt Nordstrom and Bloomingdales: “FALLEN, FALLEN IS BABYLON THE GREAT!”

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

This guy is still out there.

He is the Bringer of Earworms.

No pay but the perks just might be out of this world…

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Hey, let’s take measure of the “world-class” image of our “world-class” Mayor’s “world-class” City:

“OH: In no other place in America would you see so many crack pipes between Nordstoms and Bloomingdales.” A DC-er’s take on #sanfrancisco :)”

Market Street Sandwich Board Stare Down: Fallen, Fallen is Babylon

Friday, June 18th, 2010

I think I ended up losing this staring contest on Market Street.

And actually, I prefer the translations that include references to “unclean birds” and whatnot, but this fellow definitely has chosen wisely:

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There’s also the muscal version from Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Bonus.