Port denies foul
This letter is in response to the Jan. 9 Bay Guardian article
written by Savannah Blackwell entitled "Fish Foul: Port Chief Secretly
Met with Developer."
For the record, Mr. Wong testified under oath that the Cincotta family
approached the port in 1996 about changing the use of the Jefferson
Street property from fish handling to a retail/hotel establishment.
Mr. Wong and port staff advised the Cincottas that a hotel was an unacceptable
use of the property according to the Waterfront Land Use Plan.
The story states that Mr. Wong met secretly with New York developers
in June 2000 to discuss a proposal to build a hotel and shopping complex
at the site of the fish company. This is completely false. Mr. Wong
denies meeting with any developers to discuss the property on Jefferson
Port of San Francisco
Savannah Blackwell responds: Doug Wong refused to comment
our story, so we find it surprising that he is complaining now through
a spokesperson. Last December, Wong testified in court that he
met with Tishman Speyer Properties, a New York City developer, regarding
a hotel-and-shopping-complex proposal for the property used by the Alioto-Lazio
Fish Company, sometime between early August 2000 and June 2001, according
to the transcript of the Alioto-Lazio case against the port. (We did
err in stating that the meeting with Tishman Speyer occurred in June
I can't tell you how fried I get anytime I read an article about the
shenanigans of Mr. Gavin Newsom ["Tough Love or Tough Luck?,"
1/16/02]. The thing that galls me most is that, rather than cop to his
suburban upbringing, he tries to pass himself off as a fifth generation
San Franciscan. As if that prevents him from being a fool.
By all statistics I should be a voter for Mr. Newsom. I live on Marina
Boulevard, have a small business, grew up in the "conservative"
Twin Peaks area, am a native (all the way back to Noe), and a past junior
member of the Olympic Club. I work with the opera and dearly love my
girlfriends who were charming debutantes at the cotillion. My family
has owned small businesses in this city and San Mateo since 1780. Rather
than feel that Mr. Newsom is a scion of "ours," I find Mr.
Newsom absurd a total clown, Burton-machine style. The wonderful
thing is most of my friends do too. Yuck.
Bomb the homeless!
I doubt if Gavin Newsom has ever experienced pangs of hunger or slept
on the sidewalk on a cold January night. How could he know poverty is
not a crime? True to his class, Newsom doesn't have a clue that the
homeless bums of tomorrow are the nice people being laid off today.
At a time when Ford has cut 35,000 jobs and 30,000 more homeless people
have appeared at shelters in New York City since the World Trade Center
debacle, the policies of both liberal Democrats and Republican conservatives
prove there is simply no difference between the two. With the success
of the Bush war drive, I would like to suggest a policy of bombing the
homeless. We can give the Pentagon another $30 billion, and everyone
in Pacific Heights can feel secure they won't be bothered by unsightly
Quality of life for whom?
I'm confused. When certain politicians refer to "quality of life"
crimes, are they concerned about the quality of life of people like
me, who have a warm home, comfortable bed, and three meals a day? Or
do they share my concern about the "quality of life" of poor
people who can't afford San Francisco rents and try to survive on the
street in the cold and rain, often without food?
For the record
In the Dec. 26 issue we erred in reporting the results of the San Francisco
Democratic County Central Committee's endorsements for public defender.
Fifteen members of the committee voted for incumbent Doris Ward, and
12 voted for former supervisor Mabel Teng, giving Ward the official
local Democratic Party endorsement.
Due to a misplaced quotation mark, a comment in the story "Internment
Again?" (1/2/02) was misattributed. The statement "Personally,
as a fourth-generation Japanese American whose father, grandparents,
and a dozen relatives were interned in concentration camps, I feel there's
a close link between the anti-Muslim backlash and what my dad and grandparents
experienced" was made by the author, Kenneth Masaki Tanemura, not
by Bao Phi. Kenneth Masaki Tanemura can be reached at email@example.com.
Dennis Harvey's "Her Brilliant Career" (1/9/02) misstated
the title of Gillian Armstrong's 1988 film, High Tide.