PELOSI'S WRONG ON GEORGIA
This message is a reply to an editorial appearing in the Guardian, "Pelosi can't duck the next Bush war," (8/20/08). In the editorial Rep. Nancy Pelosi sides with Republican and "bipartisan" House leaders to state that "in the strongest possible terms" that "the US is committed to Georgia's absolute sovereignty [in that region of the world]."
Now, I always thought Pelosi had the common sensibility of a good San Fransisco liberal, but to side with Republican Reps. Roy Blunt and John Boehner is an alarming sign of poor judgment in character. And for her to imagine that the Soviet state of Georgia could any more be "sovereign" in that Russian region of the world is like imagining that that the US state of Georgia (or Oregon or Massachusets, etc.) could be "sovereign" in economic power over the United States simply because it had an oil port and was being extorted by a big foreign bully unafraid to pull the trigger. This battle is not about democracy and independence but about oil money and someone trying to steal another region's resources.
I still love Nancy, though.
SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THE SFBG.COM BLOGS:
ON THE CITY REDACTING DATA FROM PUBLIC FILES
Ethics and John St. Croix have gotten the SF Redaction Cancer the exemption allowing redaction before online posting is limited to currently elected and appointed officials only.
We are talking about information commonly available in commercial mailing lists and the phone book/online search.
Imagine if the Elections Department refused to post contact information of nonincumbents running for office people who choose to be public? Or you were prohibited from accessing home sales records from the Assessor-Recorder because it has a street address. Or the large majority of court records online.
How would one easily confirm the number of homes John McCain has?
ON THE CLOSURE OF MARIAN RESIDENCE
I am sure that when the city takes over what was the Marian Residence, it will not be as well run or treat the folks with as much dignity as I have heard about the Marian Residence. I am saddened by the loss. The city should keep it as a women's shelter, just as it is, and put the respite beds at another location only for respite beds.
ON THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
While there are currently four straight white men on the Board of Supervisors, it's likely there will be only two next year. This is due to progressives' strong candidates of color in this cycle. If progressives hold my seat in 2010, the Board could be down to one straight white man.
While there are only three female supervisors and few strong candidates in this cycle, the future of women at the Board is very bright. Debra Walker, Jane Kim, Christina Olague, Marie Harrison, Kim-Shree Maufas, Jaynry Mak, London Breed, April Veneracion, and Rachel Redondiez could each hold a seat in the next decade.
FOR THE RECORD
Due to a copy error, "The Circle Game: Parsing the return of the singer-songwriter" (8/20/08) inaccurately stated that Ruthann Friedmann is deceased; the singer-songwriter is very much alive.
The 8/20 Local Artist misidentified the school where Keith Rale received his BFA and MFA. Hale grduated from (and sometimes teaches at) San Francisco Art Institute.
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