Endorsement interviews: Glendon "Anna Conda" Hyde


Editors note: The Guardian is interviewing candidates for the fall elections, and to give everyone the broadest possible understanding of the issues and our endorsement process, we're posting the sound files of all the interviews on the politics blog. Our endorsements will be coming out Oct. 6th.

District 6 candidate Glendon “Anna Conda” Hyde is full of intriguing ideas for how San Francisco can bring greater dignity into people’s lives.

These include a five-year moratorium on condominiums, the establishment of safe injection sites, building a grocery store in the Tenderloin, continuum housing for youth that age out of foster care, the charging of weight-based fees on vehicles that enter the city, and the creation of a theater and cultural district on the mid-Market Street corridor.

“We have been inspiring a whole lot of people that didn’t have a voice,” Hyde, who performs as the drag queen Anna Conda, told us in a conversation that touched on hot-button topics like decriminalizing homelessness, expanding rent control, creating safe and affordable housing, and providing better and basic services for folks in low-income areas,

“I was more into the idea of rent control but people are far more willing to talk about harm reduction and safe injection sites,” Hyde said of life on the campaign trail.

“San Francisco is a magical place that draws people to it, but it’s become the place that forces people out.”

Folks often talk about the divisive rise of NIMBYism in the South of Market, but Hyde thinks there is a way to create a more unified front in the district. “People don’t understand the ramifications of not taking care of the homelessness,” Hyde said. “Your tax is putting people in jail or on the streets, where it will cost twice as much. Three nights in jail equals the cost of an entire month of housing.”

To learn more about how Hyde intends to offer permanent solutions to these challengers, instead of simply sweeping folks from a doorstep to a jail cell, listen to the interview here:


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"Too many rich people moving into the area" according to interviewees.

In the span of a few minutes,

The problem with upper Haight is too much traffic and its too crowded. I don't think the thugs are driving there, and many of the problems are at night when Haight is pretty dead.

but it gets better...

The anti traffic thing goes on for a while where interviewee wants to get rid of and limit traffic, then interviewee says that to mitigate the loss of business due to driving customers away there should be commercial rent control. With the lack of customer business mixed with rent control, business will hire more people.(?) Its too hard to open a business and keep it going in the city says the interviewee.

Then the group hazzas anti-prop 13 rhetoric, which would have commercial businesses paying more in taxes.

The tail chases the dog again. Drive out cars using mysterious justifications and NIMBY-ism, mitigate the made up car problem by creating another mandate on business, then raise taxes on business.

I'm trying to listen to all of these but its rough, so many "we need to look at" 's and "community solution" type rhetoric, and its all so confused as they try and message the mutually exclusive agenda.

I feel sorry for anyone interviewed, to get the Guardian endorsement they need to supplicate themselves or already agree with this mutually exclusive idiocy.

Posted by matlock on Aug. 28, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

I can't believe the author used the word "folks" three times in this tiny article - give me a break....

Posted by Guest on Sep. 05, 2010 @ 8:25 pm