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Hey timid,

Where's Adachi? Where's Gonzalez? You are really and truly some piece of work.

go Giants!

h.

Posted by Guest h. brown on Apr. 27, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

Gonzalez and Adachi are Timid.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 27, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

Don't forget Tony Hall!!!

Posted by Guest on Apr. 27, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

Adachi crafted his pension 'reform' measure with PG&E tool and corporate manipulated 'Democrat' Joe Nation. Adachi's gone to the dark side if he's working with that bastard.

You can stay home Jeff.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 9:21 am

Use of "tool" says a lot. A projection perhaps...?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 9:54 am

Eric Brooks is right. Adachi has teamed up with former state Assemblyman Joe Nation to craft the latest "pension reform" proposal ("son of 'B'"). And there is just no way to put lipstick on this pig.

In 2008, Nation received $237,319 from the healthcare, pharmaceutical and insurance industries. He has also accepted $350,000 from the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), a pro-business PAC funded by pharmaceutical companies and oil companies.

Moreover, he is completely out of step with SF's liberal/progressive values. Nation's position on the war in Iraq, gay marriage, universal health care, financial privacy, and consumer protection are decidedly regressive and reactioanry.

Now, take a look at the main funders of "Son of 'B'" -- Howard Leach, Michael Moritz and David Crane. Adachi likes to tout the fact that Moritz is a Democrat who supported Obama (not saying much). If that's so, why did Moritz contribute $11,000 to John Kasich's campaign for governor of Ohio? John Kasich just signed a law to put a limit on the collective bargaining rights 350,000 public workers.

What about David Crane? Isn't he a Democrat? As Sarah Phelan reports, "public records reveal Crane to be less a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and more of a Bushocrat, an ultra-rich investor who supported G.W. Bush through two elections, and repeatedly frames the collective bargaining rights of government employees as an obstacle standing in the way of pension reform and budget balancing."

Indeed, Crane wrote an op-ed for the Chronicle in which he called for an end to collective bargaining rights for public workers.

Last but not least, Howard Leach --the largest donor to Adachi's campaign-- is a former Bush appointee and an unabashed warmonger who has contributed to conservative governors pushing anti-worker measures in a number of states.

If Adachi runs for mayor, these are the folks he will be beholden to. It's getting increasingly expensive to run a successful campaign. Undoubtedly, he will look to these folks again for their largesse -- all of them died in the wool conservatives, Bushocrats or "blue dog" Dems.

It's time for progressives to face the truth. Adachi and Gonzalez are ambitious men, who are about as progressive as David Chiu or Jane Kim. They will dance with the ones that brung 'em.

Posted by Lisa on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

Horrific! How dare anyone be ambitious! They've really crossed a line there!

Like Avalos for example - he's not at all ambitious.

And Lisa, quoting The Guardian's writers to support your comments on The Guardian is ridiculous.

Go back to hanging out with Gabby Haaland and tell him to stop using you as his sockpuppet.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 4:07 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

But Lucretia Snapples.

If it's too much then don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

Lisa- that is the best I can say about your posts- all smears, no math.

Stay away from the math. Just a couple of your misstatements (1) the single largest donor to the Prop B campaign was Mr. Moritz and his wife, not Mr. Leach and (2) you've listed donors to Prop B and inaccurately stated they are the funders of "Son of B" or Prop B II. Stick to the smears.

I am glad you think there is nothing untowards about the $1.8 million (more than Adachi) the unions donated to defeat Prop B with donations larger than Adachi could muster. It's your friends who are bankrupting the City, not Adachi's...

But keep smearin'- it's what you people do best...

Posted by Guest on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

I was talking about "Son of 'B'", the latest measure. It is my understanding that Leach is the primary funder for that. Guest, list your name before you accuse someone of making 'smears'. Otherwise, you're little more than a coward.

~Lisa Pelletier

Posted by Lisa on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

The only candidate is Michela Alioto-Pier. Third generation San Franciscan, pro job creation and a disabled woman who won't be pushed around by anyone.

Posted by Independent on Apr. 27, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

What Michela lacks in intelligence she makes up for in laziness.

-marc

Posted by marcos on Apr. 27, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

Michela Alioto-Pier is inarticulate. And I don't know what she did for her district during her tenure.

Yet, she remains pretty popular for reasons that are beyond me.

Posted by The Commish on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 10:20 am

Medea Benjamin

Yvonne Daley

Josh Koenig

Cheech Marin

Ross Mirkarimi

Premal Shah

Theresa Sparks

Reverend Cecil Williams

Posted by guess on Apr. 27, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

Tim and Guardian, why ask readers to pick from expired politicos?
See my partial list of candidates below

Medea Benjamin

Yvonne Daley

Josh Koenig

Cheech Marin

Ross Mirkarimi

Premal Shah

Theresa Sparks

Reverend Cecil Williams

All of the above people have demonstrated leadership and innovation, they've already made SF a better city.

Posted by guess on Apr. 27, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

john avalos
mesha Irizarry

Posted by Guest on Apr. 27, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

1st: Terry Baum (just entered the race as Green Party candidate)

2nd: John Avalos

3rd: Leland Yee

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 27, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

but Leland Yee, Eric? Yikes!

Posted by Lisa on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

(sorry, my error)

Terry Baum for Mayor!

Posted by Lisa on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

Sorry to further correct you but Terry Baum is a woman (an out lesbian) and a playwright. She ran in 2004 as a Green against Nancy Pelosi.

See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Benjiboi/Terry_Baum

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

Sorry to further correct you but Terry Baum is a woman (an out lesbian) and a playwright. She ran in 2004 as a Green against Nancy Pelosi.

See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Benjiboi/Terry_Baum

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

My apologies to Terry. I admit that I've only seen one interview with her on FB...then it slipped my mind after a while (hence the error). Anyway, I was very impressed by what she had to say, esp. concerning pension reform. Now I'm even more excited. Finally, a female candidate for mayor!

btw, here's the interview~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7XRDmanKN8

Posted by Lisa on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

First you see that Eric Brooks likes this Terry Baum woman, so you claim to like her for Mayor too.

Except you think her name is Ted and that she is a man.

Then you correct yourself, noting you know her name is Terry.

Then Eric corrects you, noting that she is a woman.

Then you claim to have have previously watched a video of her, even though you previously posted she was a man named Ted?

Come on.

Posted by The Commish on Apr. 29, 2011 @ 10:06 am

Come on 'Commish', don't be an asshole. Lisa's explanation is perfectly legitimate. I'm sure all of us who follow so many political figures at once get them mixed up now and then. I know I have.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 29, 2011 @ 10:50 am

I get it that it's possible to mix up candidates, especially in this town where politics tends to be the hobby for half the residents. But getting a candidate's gender wrong, then claiming that the candidate was her first choice for mayor seemed to defy credulity.

Posted by The Commish on Apr. 29, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

John Avalos is my first choice, followed by Terry Baum, David Campos, Chris Daly, Michael Hennessey. I wasn't familiar with Ms. Baum until I caught that interview on Tony De Renzo's fb page. I'm trying to keep track of dozens of candidates at the local, state and national level. Unfortunately, Ms. Baum doesn't have a lot of name recognition yet, but I hope that will change.

Listen, I couldn't feel more chagrined by my error. I am human, I make mistakes. Why do you care so much, Commish?

Posted by Lisa on Apr. 30, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

I would encourage you to rank Terry Baum first. This helps the Greens get more overall votes and a higher status in local politics. Most Greens will likely mark Avalos second anyway. It doesn't hurt him to rank a long shot above him as long as you put him in your second rank.

Contrarily, the lower you rank your long shot candidate, the less relevant your vote for her will be if she is eliminated early on, because she will drop out of the running without ever getting your vote at all.

The whole point of ranked choice is to allow voters to both 1) vote their conscience and 2) support third parties and independents by ranking them first with no fear of a spoiler effect.

If we'd had ranked choice in the last four presidential races, Nader would likely have gotten at least a quarter of the vote in each election, totally changing the debates and public dialogue.

Green first. Then awesome progressive Democrat ;)

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 30, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

I'll be sure to do that. And hey, why not draft Agnos in place of Yee? Whaddya say? Here's my new ranking~

1) Terry Baum

2) John Avalos

3) Art Agnos

Posted by Lisa on Apr. 30, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

Nope. Agnos is bad news. Much less progressive than Yee. He supported the incredibly destructive mega development on the salt flats that is being forced down Redwood City's throat. See http://www.baycitizen.org/real-estate/story/showdown-salt-flats/

Agnos has joined the bad guys and is now no better than pro-Lennar David Chiu.

Yee, on the other hand, opposed Lennar corporation's grab of state park wetland habitat last year for its Bayview Hunters Point monstrosity, even when most of the SF Board of Supervisors supported both the land grab, and the project.

That vote was a clear signal from Yee that he wants to join the progressive camp.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 30, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

What is it with progressive males breaking our heart(s)? he,he. Just kidding. But damn, that list grows bigger by the day.

Posted by Lisa on Apr. 30, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

"That vote was a clear signal from Yee that he wants to join the progressive camp. "

Uh huh, yeah, right.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 30, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

Ok, point taken. A clear signal that he is at least posturing as a progressive.

That still ranks much higher in my book than the Downtown cabal. ;)

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 30, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

Dear God, and to imagine, the progressives wanted to get behind Agnos for interim mayor. Do you guys ever make decisions that your won't end up regretting later, and do you ever not throw your former allies under the bus?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 30, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

Wrong yet again Guest-thur.

I was one of the progressive organizers in the thick of the interim mayor fight. We had some strong disagreements on whom to push for and when, but on one matter we did not disagree. We ended up rejecting Agnos in favor of Hennessey as a 'caretaker' mayor in the case that a true progressive couldn't prevail. Recall that Agnos had a brief but inconsequential surge in the voting by the progressive Supes themselves; but then, just as we organizers had, they settled on Hennessey.

In fact it was the aforementioned involvement with that salt flats mega-development that tipped the scales against Agnos.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Apr. 30, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

Chairman Mao

Saul Alinski

Mr Good Intentions

Posted by matlock on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 1:05 am

Joel Ventresca

Leland Yee

Angela Alioto

Posted by Guest on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 5:50 am

Pol Pot
Noam Chomsky
Kim Jung-Il

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 8:53 am

Don't you mean Pol Pot in a MuuMuu?

PS I hope you're jilling off to your tube version of 'Borgia'

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

I didn't list Adachi or Gonzalez, h, because both of them at this point are saying they aren't candidates. If that canges, we'll do a new poll. Matlock, you have a great idea -- Saul Alinski would make a wonderful mayor. Sadly, he's not a San Francisco registered voter. Oh, and he's dead. Other than that, I'd vote for him.

I fear Chairman Mao lacks the fashion sense to be a San Francisco mayor. Oh, and he's dead, too. Damn. Keep looking.

Posted by tim on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 10:02 am

OK, you're right and I realized Pol Pot's dead as well. That severely limits my choice of genocidal dictators.

Here's the new list

Tania (aka Patty Hearst)
King Jong-Il
Robert Mugabe (he knows all about redistributing land and wealth!)

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 10:53 am

squeeky Fromme over Tania.

Posted by maltlock on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

Looks like of female 70's radicals Tania is your best bet. Angela Davis might be a good bet as well.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

We really missed out as a nation not having a Gus Hall/Angela Davis presidency.

Posted by maltlock on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

Sorry, dude: Tania moved to New York years ago.

Have you seen the way Kim (not "King") Jong-Il dresses? And his hair style? Never going to work in this town.

And I'm afraid Mr. Mugabe's got a term-limits problem.

So I guess you're stuck with our local lineup. Unless you want to run yourself.

Posted by tim on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 11:42 am

Bevan Dufty
Dennis Herrera
(I don't know who for this spot)

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 11:46 am
Posted by Sambo on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

in a second. Far more liberal than all the employees of the Bay Guardian put together.

Posted by maltlock on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

Starchild isn't a liberal; he's a libertarian. I agree with him on social issues (pot, same-sex marraige, prostitution) but not on economic issues (taxes) or gun control. He's not more (or less) "liberal" than the Guardian; libertarians live in a different political universe.

Posted by tim on Apr. 29, 2011 @ 11:27 am

The declared mayoral candidates so far are Munchkins, with each claiming to be the tallest.

In the meantime, two possibilities of somewhat taller stature wait on the sidelines.

The first is Ed Lee. If he breaks his promise not to run, he will wipe out the opposition. His low-key, non-posturing style of governance is proving to be a hit with voters. It's a welcome contrast to mayors of recent years.

The second is Mark Leno. He insists he's not running. Whether that's really the case remains to be seen. It's in his interest to hold off making a decision until August.

On the outside, Leno has good social skills and a glossy, ingratiating manner. On the inside, he has a steely resolve and rarely makes a tactical mistake. He would be a formidable contender.

But even with Lee and Leno in the game, there's not much that's inspiring (not to mention, noble) with any of these characters.

Luckily, the city will continue to survive the mediocrity of its governing class.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Apr. 28, 2011 @ 12:54 pm