Posts Tagged ‘wasp’

SPUR = WASP? Here’s Your Racist Recent History of “SF Planning & Urban Research”

Friday, March 27th, 2015

This one from SPUR – San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association is hard to believe:

The San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association (SPUR) produced a report entitled “Prologue to Action” arguing that, to enable the city to compete effectively, city government should influence growth so that San Francisco’s population “will move closer to ‘standard white Anglo-Saxon Protestant’ characteristics.” (Hirten, Farrell, and Weese 1966)

Here you go.

And here’s the actual document itself, from our California Historical Society at 678 Mission Street:

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Here you go, under “Issue B”

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It’s, as always, the prospect of a “provincial” SF versus a world-class SF. What SPUR wants is to take tax and fee payer money and give it to … SPUR, so it then can advocate spending more tax and fee payer money on whatever flavor of the month development program its members stand to make money from. Why does SFGov give any money at all to SPUR?

What’s actually changed at SPUR the past four decades, aside from them saying that the UR in SPUR no longer stands for “Urban Renewal?”

What a horrible organization.

District Six Supervisor Jane Kim on “White Privilege” – Your 15-Second, Out-Of-Context YouTube Video of the Day

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Here it is:

Oh, the transcripts are in:

“There is a privilege to being white in this country. I’m not saying that if you’re white, you have a lot of power as an individual. But if you’re white, you might be more likely to find* a white President,** a white Senator, a white police chief. I mean I’m just saying, right?” 

Have you been to college? This is exactly what it’s like.

I mean I’m just saying, right?

*No comprendo. Do not copy. Repeat transmission, Good Buddy. So if “you” aren’t white, then you’re less likely to find a white…

**Or half-white.***

***I mean, I’m just saying, right?

UPDATE, from the Comments section – Twitter, Randy Shaw, the non-profit mafia, etc:

“sorry bout that, it seems out of context, but she actually wasn’t even asked about race, but rather gender relations…she brought up the race issue all by herself, – out of context

here’s the wider clip with the context:

you might even find this even more strange, actually…but that’s still not the whole thing…the whole thing is 55 minutes long and it was a meeting at one of randy Shaws hotels, the hartland…in fact, it appears there’s quite a bit of questionable stuff in there, especially about the corrupt twitterloin tax break

two more clips:

notice how one of Randy Shaws clients specifically says that it’s ‘unfair to put people that are just homeless into a hotel like that full of heroin addicts, meth addicts and crackheads’ and how THC staff and Jane Kim completely sidesteps the question and takes it to another context:

the tax breaks, including twitter:

it goes on..I’m working on a post myself and making clips…It really looks like the entire mid market tax break is an inside job, controlled by a tiny few non profits

this could really blow up…did she not know she was being taped, with a camera right in her face?”

Wasp Salad Being Served Up in San Francisco’s Financial District This Week – How Did This Happen?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Alls I know is that this poor little critter came along with the salad from an area lunch purveyor. (IOW, it didn’t hop in later on.)

This kind of thing is new on me:

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Poor little feller…

Rich White People Prefer “White-Only” Christmas Lights in Civic Center – Everybody Else, Not So Much

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This is how the Holiday Tree in front of San Francisco City Hall was lit at night two years ago:


Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.

And here’s how it looks this year, with all the color drained out:

See the difference?

Apparently, it costed five-figures to remove the color from the lights on the Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center.

O.K. fine…

“Traditional” WASP Values Cost San Francisco $13K and a Colorful Christmas Tree

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This is how the Holiday Tree in front of San Francisco City Hall was lit at night last year:


Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.

But all that color in Civic Center offended certain WASP-y type people. People like Thurston Howell III et ux Lovey: 

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So here are the expensive new lights for 2009, or some of them anyway. These colorless lights cost $13,500, per City Insder Rachel Gordon

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That ought to placate the richers for a while.

But couldn’t Rec and Park have put this matter to a vote, maybe online using that social media and whatnot? A penniless blogger could throw up a voting system in about five minutes – can’t Rec and Park do the same? This isn’t a matter of health or safety, right? So it seems appropriate that the Gilligans, Professors and the Mary Anns should have a say as well. Why do we seem to only listen to the Howells?

Oh well.

For 2009 anyway, enjoy your boring, WASPy-white, star-free Christmas Tree, San Francisco. But don’t give up Hope for Change (is that a “traditional” train ’round the tree R&P?) next year.