Posts Tagged ‘zombie’
Wow, Bevan Dufty Goes After The Bay Citizen, Bevan Dufty Attempts to Defend the Central Subway and Rose PakTuesday, November 1st, 2011
[UPDATE: Transit buff murphstahoe has this reaction:
“I feel confident I am as viable as anyone else in this race.”
Disagree, respectfully. An incumbent Mayor losing is like a once-every-couple-decades kind of thing, right? Incumbents have huge built-in advantages, of course.
“I definitely feel The Bay Citizen has marginalized me and that they have reported I’m a second-tier candidate within the LGBT community – when, if you look at the details of the poll, I doubt they’ve even sampled thirty-five LGBT voters in their sample.”
It’s not TBC’s job to spin for any particular candidate, is it?
“And so, you have The Bay Citizen which is an insert newspaper for the New York Times…”
Is that an insult? Is it meant to be? I can’t tell. But I can tell you that one look at its payroll will reveal that it’s a major bay area media entity.
“…and they threw a poll. An initiative like that is about marginalizing me. It’s about telling people that I can’t win.”
Wow. The whole exercise with USF and spending $10k on independent polling was about marginalizing Bevan Dufty? Really? (Maybe I’m not reading this right.)
The Bay Citizen called me “a Zombie” and didn’t even spell my name right in the story.
“Zombie candidate,” IIRC. Some people (such as myself, for one) have issues with how RCV and public financing relate to each other under the current rules, of course.
Next up is this bit from Jerrold Chinn at SF Public Press. You can fire it up at 2:45 or so.
“Do you support the Central Subway? Why or why not?”
For the record, here’s the damning Grand Jury report.
Per the video, Bevan thinks that people don’t have any idea that Rose Pak was the first Chinese American reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle? I think they do and I’m not sure how this bears on the CS. (You know, some people want to take steps to improve the 30 Stockton corridor like right now, instead of after a decade of delays and cost overruns. Is that racist to want to improve things now? How is it that “transit justice” can only be satisfied by the current horrible, horribly expensive, Bridge-to-Nowhere Central Subway scheme? I’m baffled.)
Bevan says that “90% of the Central Subway will be paid by the federal government?” This seems impossible to me. Is this in writing? Does it include past and future overruns?
Bevan says that the CS has to come before any other major project, such as putting rails in on Geary. But he doesn’t say why.
Bevan says that we would lose in excess of $100,000,000 if we pull the plug now. I thought it was closer to $200,000,000 myself but of course bad transit decisions cost money. The question is what should we do at this point. (I think we’d all be better off taking a new tack by simply paying back the Feds.)
I don’t know, if anybody wants to go line-by-line on today’s updated critique from Save MUNI, be my guest. (To be honest, I don’t know how anybody can defend the station placement decisions, the car-length decision, the let’s stop at southern Chinatown decision, among others. The CS is a politics-first, transit-last project, IMO.
(And oh, BTW, there’s a pool going on right now around town about what position Bevan will be appointed to and when. FYI.)
O.K, enjoy, after the jump
Per writer Matthew S. Bajko, the SFPD is pointing to photos from famous Berkeley-based zombietime website as evidence that things got a little out of hand at last year’s Up Your Alley Fair in the SoMA area. From today’s copy of the Bay Area Reporter:
“The fair promoters are the ones who have to take charge; this is their event. If they don’t run it properly, they will not be having it again,” said SFPD Lieutenant Nicole M. Greely, who oversees street closure issues for the police department’s Southern Station. “If this event doesn’t go well, we can’t continue to approve their permit unless it is safe for everyone involved.”
So it looks like this event will be on double secret public probation for 2009 at least.
Here’s a link to the somewhat-NSFW, somewhat censored version of Zombie’s report on UYAF ’08. How this all will shake out in 2009 Remains To Be Seen.
The Up Your Alley Fair will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 11AM to 6PM. The fair is located in San Francisco’s South of Market district on Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard Streets. We expanded to the adjoining block of Folsom Street between 9th and Juniper Streets and on to Tenth St. in 2008 to give the crowds some breathing room.