THE VICE MAYORS
Thanks so much for the great article on Climate Theater ("Still crazy after all these years," 2/25/09). I've lived and worked in SoMa since 1973 and can think of no art venue that has done more to create a vibrant, inspiring community.
If playa types like Suck Up Willie Brown (I've seen him at Hollywood parties) and our current mayor, The Talking Haircut, could live in Climate World for six months, they might develop souls.
Joegh Bullock and Marcia Crosby are the co-mayors, or shall I say vice-mayors, of South of Market. Thanks for giving them props.
THE FATE OF THE CHRON
Good riddance to the San Francisco Chronicle and good luck finding a buyer.
I know of one union that has already been cut to the bone pressmen and prepress workers, Local 4N. As a matter of fact, there will be about 200 press workers out of a job in June when the Canadian Company Transcontinental starts printing the Chronicle at the new printing facility in Fremont. Not one member from the San Francisco Local has been hired.
All production department union jobs are being outsourced. This includes mailers, machinists, and electricians. I wouldn't count on any of them giving anything up since they are going to be unemployed come June 29th.
Maybe the Hearst Corporation should cancel the 15-year, $1 billion contract it signed with Transcon. I'm sure all the unions that will be out on the street come June would be willing to sign contracts for a lot less.
Local 4N retiree, San Francisco
SF'S SLEEPING GIANT
Paging Matt Gonzalez! If truth is the first casualty of war, what is ceded in total occupation? Calvin Welch's op-ed ("It's a recession, let's get cracking," 2/25/09) reflects the nascent realization that what San Francisco lost in electing Gavin Newsom over Gonzalez, the nation has now lost in validating the pro-corporate centrist DLC (Democratic Leadership Council) wing of the Democratic Party on a grand scale.
The opposition from the right is inarticulate and, as Welch notes, the truly democratic left is hopelessly inarticulate. Sustainability, of our environment, our economies, and our health is the challenge that must be met. It wasn't that long ago that "a sleeping giant stirred in San Francisco." Can it happen again? Paging Matt Gonzalez!
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