Adachi video attacks public financing

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This is odd: An eight-minute video narrated by Matt Gonzalez in support of Jeff Adachi devotes a considerable amount of time to attacking public campaign financing -- something Gonzalez always supported as a supervisor.

The video claims that the $4 million that "politicians" are taking to pay for their mayoral campaigns could have helped the city avoid cancelling summer school and cutting school bus routes.

Actually, the city doesn't pay for summer school or for school buses; the school district does. But I suppose the city could have scrapped public financing and given the money to SFUSD. Unlikely, but possible. (The city actually does share some money with SFUDS, under a measure that Gonzalez opposed.)

The thing about public financing, of course, is that it allows candidates like John Avalos, who won't get big business support, to run a competitive campaign. If it prevents special interests from buying elections, it saves the city far more than it costs. Public financing has always been a central part of the progressive agenda, nationally and locally.

The rest of the message is about what you'd expect -- pension reform, Recology's franchise fee, giveaways to the police and fire unions. All stuff that Adachi has made part of his campaign. It's nicely (if inexpensively) produced, and, as always, Gonzalez is a great presenter.

But what's up with the attack on public finance?

(UPDATE: Gonzalez emailed me to say that Adachi doesn't oppose public financing but thinks this is a bad year to accept it. He also said when he chaired the Budget Commitee the city sent a lot of money to the schools. But he did oppose the measure that guarantees some city funding to SFUSD.)

Comments

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 10:06 am

XXX

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

If Adachi does not win, my city job will be eventually contracted out. When I started with the dph, there was 20 positions in a very critical part of dph. Now there is 5. We've had our positions reclassified to higher managers positions so someone who has never done my work can incompetently try to manage our work or lower class position who will do the exact job at less pay or be replaced by the public health foundation position in which workers have no real rights and make almost 30% less. We are not the 100k but the less than 70K/yr. My Union has not be able or has just done nothing. I see the clerks in our dept (mostly women, pacific islanders) be laid off and rehired at two classes lower with double or triple the work. It is morally repulsive what city govt does to the 75K/yr less workers. Do I support C or D? No. But the Unions could have seen this sh&t coming. Adachi has never lost a Union job with his dept. Sorry but the others, while I'm sure decent people, will not shake things up and start some movement. These two measures will not pass. So the next mayor will need to find a better way to deal with pensions, really only a small part of the problem. Readjustment of the higher paid workforce has to happen; they are the ones who did the pension spike. Ask any lower wage worker and they thought spiking was what happened in the end zone. Who cares about pensions if we lose our damn jobs to contracting out and subsidizing the 125k/yr mid and higher mgt positions that are unnecessary for the function of the city.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

Unlike Matt Gonzalez, I do not have the money or connections to come up with my own ad. But I was just thinking, what if average San Franciscans who don’t enjoy such influence -- the 99% of us -- had the ability to make and distribute our own ads? What would that look like? What issues would be of most concern to us -- the 99%?

What if average citizens had equal time? I'm sure that each one of us could come up with spots that were truly educational and beneficial for our communities. Not the predictable dreck that politicians trot out every election, esp. negative ads like this one. (while I agree with the critique of Lee, I’m pissed at the attack on Avalos.)

The ad is pretty clever in an ironic way. First, it frames the issue by telling us how to think about certain candidates. Then it tells us that the decision is really up to us. Yet, it's such an obvious attempt to manipulate the viewer.

I’m sorry, but I’d rather be the one framing issues of concern for myself, along with others in my community. I’m tried of being told how to think about things and fed up with pols who underestimate the voters' intelligence. And I’m particularly annoyed by the onslaught of negative ads in this election season.

What if the 99% had equal time?

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

The kid who produced it is a college student- he did it for nothing. Gonzales wrote it for nothing.

You could easily make a video like that for little money.

Maybe you could make a video of pension reform supporters Adachi, Ed Lee, John Avalos and Jerry Brown dancing with billiionaires...

Posted by Guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

It cost the city, this election, and San Francisco politics, a lot of integrity...

Posted by Eric Brooks on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

Yes, the video meant the end of the world as we know it...

Posted by Guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

It costs money to buy air time, if nothing else. Or is he planning to distribute this on Facebook/ Twitter?

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

Honestly,

Such a walking stereo-type. I have a manure pile a half mile deep of people like you from which I'll composite one totally obnoxious character in the novel/play/comedy act.

thank you so much,

h.

Posted by h. brown on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

That's what I love in this video they posted of you on youtube, H. Brown, no one has ever captured you better as you dish out your best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGvD5OSkJ_Q

Don't throw it all though, you'll need some for your novel/play/comedy act.

We're gonna miss you when you sign off just over 24 hours from now!

Thanks H. Brown!

Posted by Thanks H. Brown! on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

"What almost no one mentioned, however, was the issue that prompted Adachi to run for mayor in the first place: pension reform."

If SF voters/ citizens didn't mention pension reform as their primary concern, perhaps Adachi has been barking up the wrong tree all this time. The mood of the nation right is for tax reform (tax the 1%). Adachi doesn't get it. But then he's no leader.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

the massive pension problem facing us. On that topic, he's doing a better job than Lee, while nobody else is discussing it at all, except for Hall who cannot win.

In the extremely unlikely event that Lee doesn't win, I'd support Adachi.

1. Lee
2. Adachi
3. Hall

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

Interesting how most of Adachi's support comes almost entirely from conservative voters. Was he ever a progressive? (aside from the social justice angle)

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

But it serves nobody to bury your head in the sand over the pensions crisis, and Adachi is showing realism and pragmatism

While any candidate who can appeal to both left and right has true city-wide credentials.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

Too bad he doesn't enjoy the support of progressives

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

From the San Francisco Green Party, which has endorsed Adachi with reservations~

"What concerns Greens the most about Adachi (and which made his endorsement a close call) is his leadership in championing Prop D, along with an even worse version that voters rejected last year. ... Despite our endorsement, Greens remain concerned about the way Adachi has placed the onus of solving the City's fiscal woes completely on its workers, rather than viewing retirement benefits as something that they've rightfully earned. If Adachi is elected Mayor, we'd like to see him put at least as much effort into improving City revenues through progressive taxation."

The Greens on Prop C and Prop D~

"The Green Party strongly opposes both proposals (Prop C & Prop D). At a time when we are witnessing people rise up across the country to oppose corporate greed and the scapegoating of working people and Unions, Props C and D are going in the opposite and wrong direction. Props C and D seek to balance the budget on the backs of public workers by increasing their pension contributions. This translates into smaller paychecks for the workers and their families. The pension and economic crises were created by Wall Street, not the public workers, and neither C nor D tries to fix this situation by taking anything from the banks, the corporations, or the wealthy. San Francisco's pension fund was not underfunded by its workers--instead, City officials mismanaged the funds by investing them in Wall Street schemes they didn't understand, allowing City workers' money to be stolen by billionaire banksters."

"Both C and D were financially backed by billionaires, and both were endorsed by the Republican Party (Prop C was also endorsed by the Democratic Party, Mayor Lee, and the entire Board of Supervisors). Both measures were drafted in back rooms with little to no input from Union members, workers, and retirees--a situation that has created multiple grassroots and rank-and-file campaigns against C and D. Although Prop C supporters claim it is supported by unions, rank-and-file members had no input into the proposal. In looking at financial projections, both C and D will have marginal differences in savings for the City, yet both significantly lower workers' paychecks. They are virtually equal in most long-term scenarios."

http://www.sfgreenparty.org/endorsements/24-november-2011-endorsements

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

don't have the energy currently to go through them. This is mostly talking point pablum- it doesn't appear to be serious.

But I wish someone would tell me if the pension crisis "was caused by Wall Street" (which is not true, caused in part) and Wall Street is the evil "1%" --

WHY IN GAWD'S NAME IS THE CITY PENSION FUND INVESTING HEAVILY IN WALL STREET, VENTURE CAPITALISTS, HEDGE FUNDS- RIGHT NOW you know, the 1%ers???

If unions are going to invest all their savings with these people, then please STFU.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

The SF Greens statement opposing Props C & D is perfectly accurate.

I'd be happy to debate you on any point that you are confused about.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

...and you are riddled with ringworm that has migrated up through your intestinal tract and is now sucking on what little grey matter you may have once bee cursed with.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

Right on Lisa. Jeff's original Prop B, and it's bastard offspring, Props C & D, are/were all unconscionable attacks on working people, all were crafted behind closed doors by special interests, all are funded by dubious financial backers. Adachi has been vilified and ostracized by so called 'progressives', lefties, liberals,etc, because he first opened Pandora's box. Except for Terry Baum, name me a single candidate or labor 'leader' who isn't now supporting either C or D.
A 'progressive' IRV strategy that had identified Avalos and Adachi as #'s 1 & 2 would have probably been unbeatable. But in a typical myopic hissy-fit, the 'progressive' pooh-bahs got their knickers in a twist and decided that Adachi was the devil incarnate. Prior to his 'unfortunate' introduction of Prop B, he was considered by many as one of the leading and most viable 'progressive' mayoral candidates, especially in light of his years of defending the public as opposed to Herrera's years of defending the 'status quo'.
I thank you for posting the Green Party statements, I believe I read them a few months ago; I just wish they had been more vociferous in trying to combat all the negative flak Adachi was getting. I think, like many of us who are not TeaParty trolls, that Terry most clearly articulates our ideals for a better world, but after decades of the struggle I am also a pragmatist and a realist, and my choices have to be:- #1) Avalos: #2) Adachi: #3) [lesser of remaining evils] Yee.
If Mr Ed is sworn in as our 'new' mayor, you (see above) only have yourselves to blame for perpetuating the order of succession imposed by the 'criminal enterprises that control San Francisco'. Feinstein>Brown>Newscum>Mr Ed.
Closing election eve comments.
1) Let's start a campaign of hope, change and ideals, BAUM v PELOSI. NOW!!
2) Let's start a movement to RECALL MR ED. NOW!
3) Let's occupy ourselves with reclaiming our lives, freedoms and planet. NOW!!
Just my 2.5c

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 11:19 pm
:-)

:-)

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 08, 2011 @ 4:49 pm
Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 08, 2011 @ 12:41 am

Last night I had the most surreal dream, like something out of a Fellini flick (think 8 ½). It took place in a packed gymnasium at Mission High School, where Matt Gonzalez was scheduled to speak on pension reform. Anyone who had ever been connected to Matt in his entire life was there…

The funders of Prop D sat in the front row of the bleachers. Matt's harem of mistresses, past and present, took up the row behind them. Further back were all of Matt's former political operatives and supporters from his mayoral campaign 2003. I was sitting back in the peanut gallery with other SF voters.

Ed Lee was there, sitting next to Rose Pak and Willie Brown. They were seated at the top on the highest bleacher~ almost in a back room by themselves.

As I waited, I had a chat with a few of Matt’s ex-mistresses that was most entertaining. Then a hush descended over the room, as Matt walked into the gym and sauntered up to the podium. He was dressed very spiffily in rather expensive suit with blue silk tie.

The strangest thing is that he was holding a baby in his arms. And the baby was curled up tight on in a little ball. When he lifted his head, he had the shocking appearance of a vulture. The crowd let out a collective gasp. I thought to myself, Wow, he looks a lot like Michael Moritz, George Hume and Ron Conway all rolled into one. Matt was looking kind of uncomfortable as if he couldn't figure out how he had been saddled with this kid.

The women seated next to me nudged my arm, and asked if that was Matt's child, and I said, "No, I think that's Jeff Adachi's baby." No sooner were the words were out of my mouth when Matt dropped the baby on its head. The baby didn't cry out. He didn't even appear to be hurt. He simply bounced off the gym floor as if his head were a rubber ball, and sailed all the way up into the bleachers.

And then it became a game. People were bouncing the baby about like a volley ball all over the gym. Chris Daly caught the ball and he challenged Matt, "Why did you choose to go this route, Matt? Why couldn’t you step up to the plate, be a man and demand taxes from the 1%?" For the first time in his life, Matt didn't have a glib answer. He looked wildly around, as if looking for an escape hatch, but that baby just kept bounding around the room.

Chris threw the ball, so to speak, and Tim Redmond caught the kid next. He was a bit more diplomatic, "I mean, why couldn’t you and Jeff have chosen a better alternative, Matt? What if you had combined a revenue generating measures with pension reform? You know, we would have been with you on that.”

Tim tossed the baby to Eric Brooks, who said, “Yeah, instead you chose the most divisive route, which has only served to divide progressives at a time when we are most vulnerable and in danger of losing what little power we have." Matt was about to answer him, but then the baby started wailing with all the might of its little lungs. And when he saw that it was so upset, it was turning blue, Matt clammed right up.

Finally, someone tossed the baby into the ring with Matt's mistresses. All this time, they had been busy comparing notes to see who’s baby this was. Finally, one of the ladies caught the bauling baby, and without missing a beat, she tossed it as high as it would go. It landed somewhere in the back bleachers, right in Ed Lee's lap. And that’s where remained for the next few years.

I sure hope this was just a dream -- really a hideous nightmare – and that I’m going to wake up to find out that John Avalos is mayor.

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 08, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

Last night I had a surreal dream, like something out of a Fellini flick (think 8 ½). It took place in a packed gymnasium at Mission High School, where Matt Gonzalez was scheduled to speak on pension reform.

Anyone who had ever been connected to Matt in his entire life was there…The funders of Prop D sat in the front row of the bleachers. Matt's harem of mistresses, past and present, took up the row behind them. Further back were all of Matt's former political operatives and supporters from his mayoral campaign 2003. I was sitting back in the peanut gallery with other SF voters.

Ed Lee was there, sitting next to Rose Pak and Willie Brown. They were seated at the top on the highest bleacher~ almost in a back room by themselves.

All at once, a hush came over the room, as Matt walked into the gym and sauntered up to the podium. He was dressed very spiffily in rather expensive suit with blue silk tie.

The strangest thing is that he was holding a baby in his arms. And the baby was curled up tight on in a little ball. When he lifted his head, he had the strange appearance of a vulture. I thought to myself, Wow, he looks a lot like Michael Moritz, George Hume and Ron Conway all rolled into one. Matt was looking kind of uncomfortable as if he couldn't figure out how he had been saddled with this kid.

The women seated next to me nudged my arm, and asked if that was Matt's child, and I said, "No, I think that's Jeff Adachi's baby." No sooner were the words were out of my mouth when Matt dropped the baby on its head. The baby didn't cry out. He didn't even appear to be hurt. He simply bounced off the gym floor as if his head were a rubber ball, and sailed all the way up into the bleachers.

And then it became a game. People were bouncing the baby about like a volley ball all over the gym. Chris Daly caught the ball and he challenged Matt, "Why did you choose to go this route, Matt? Why couldn’t you step up to the plate, be a man and demand taxes from the 1%?" For the first time in his life, Matt didn't have a glib answer. He looked wildly around, as if looking for an escape hatch, but that baby just kept bounding around the room.

Chris threw the ball, so to speak, and Tim Redmond caught the kid next. He was a bit more solicitous, "I mean, why couldn’t you and Jeff have chosen a better alternative, Matt? What if you had combined a revenue generating measures with pension reform? You know, we would have been with you on that.”

Tim tossed the baby to Eric Brooks, who said, “Yeah, instead you chose the most divisive route, which has only served to divide progressives at a time when we are most vulnerable and in danger of losing what little power we have." Matt was about to answer him, but then the baby started wailing with all the might of its little lungs.

Someone tossed the baby into the ring with Matt's mistresses. (all this time, they had been comparing notes with each other.) One of the ladies caught the bauling babe, and without missing a beat, she tossed it as high as it would go. It landed somewhere in the back bleachers, right in Ed Lee's lap. And that’s where it stayed for the next four years.

Yikes, I sure hope this was just a hideous nightmare, and that I’m going to wake up soon.

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 08, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

Lisa. Thankyou, beautiful, poignant and perceptive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH0FxxcaVUY
Nite, nite, sleep tight.
Hasta manana.
Whatever happens, Que carajo (thanks for that phrase!!)

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 08, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

Thanks for that lovely Dylan song, Pat :-)

Generally, I see the day after an election as a time let go of old grudges and figure where we go from here. As I've said before, I think Adachi is a great PD, perhaps the best in the nation. However, his campaign was about as divisive as it could be. And it's sad, because had we been more united (as progressives), I have little doubt John Avalos would be mayor right now, not Lee. Just my two pesos.

I woke up fearing the worst today. But, truly, I am buoyed that Avalos came so close to catching Lee...in a year with low voter turnout, no less! I don't care what the trolls say. I think it proves that progressive values are still strong in this city.

All the same, with Ed Lee occupying Room 200 (Willy & Rose pulling the strings), we have our work cut out for us. It may take time for some of us to forgive and forget, but we don't have a choice. We have to come together to defend IRV and make sure we hold on to the gains we've made thus far.

I'm reminded of that famous reconciliation scene at the end of 8 1/2, where the filmmaker joins hands with everyone he's been at odds with in his life, and together they dance around a ring~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JVJwm2c8a8&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PowGcY9wnfs

Perhaps I'm being overly idealistic here. Que carajo! ;-) But, as John Avalos said, "This work has just begun, because we're building a movement towards a San Francisco for all of us." La lucha continua...

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

The beat goes on.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YGXsw3WK9I
PS. Mille gracie for 'que carajo'!!

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

..possibly just another computer fuck up, couldn't possibly have been mea culpa!!
Will try one more time with two options, but just FYI I was trying to decide between two Edith Piaf songs, 'Plaisir D'amour" and "Je ne regrette rien", chose the latter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YGXsw3XK9I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YGXsw3XK9l
I feel sure both tunes are in your head.
XXX
Que carajo, Si se puede.
GO NINERS.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 09, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

Ah, j'adore ca, Pat. Ouais...that tune is in my head a lot, esp. lately (desolee, #2 doesn't work). I'll bet you'd like Isabelle Geffroy, better known as Zaz....have you heard of her? She does a great cover of Piaf's Dans ma rue~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOk5yYLAQvU&feature=related

Oh, and I almost forgot...here's one of the best opening dream sequences in cinema (8 1/2)~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1vPYKniKxU&feature=related

Ha! Fais de beaux reves... {sweet dreams}

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 10, 2011 @ 5:30 pm