The gloves are coming off in competitive D5

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District 5 includes the Haight, Lower Haight, Panhandle, and Western Addition.

Candidates in the District 5 supervisorial race – where one recent poll showed almost half of voters undecided about a field of imperfect candidates seeking to represent the city's most progressive district – have been sharpening their attacks on one another, learning lessons about hardball politics, and fighting over key endorsements.

Christina Olague, the incumbent appointed by Mayor Ed Lee earlier this year, has been taking flak in recent debates from competitors who are highlighting the schism between her progressive history and her more conservative recent votes and alliances. That gulf was what caused Matt Gonzalez to pull his endorsement of Olague this summer and give it to Julian Davis.

London Breed has now suffered a similar setback when US Sen. Dianne Feinstein revoked her endorsement following colorful comments Breed made to the Fog City Journal, which were repeated in the San Francisco Chronicle, blasting her one-time political patron Willie Brown. Breed, whose politics have been to the right of the district, seemed to be trying to assert her independence and win over progressive voters who have different worldviews than her more conservative endorsers.

But she may have gone a bit too far when she told Fog City Journal's Luke Thomas: "You think I give a fuck about a Willie Brown at the end of the day when it comes to my community and the shit that people like Rose Pak and Willie Brown continue to do and try to control things. They don't fucking control me - you go ask them why wouldn't you support London because she don't do what the hell I tell her to do. I don't do what no motherfucking body tells me to do."

Shortly thereafter, Breed said she got a call from Feinstein's people withdrawing the endorsement. “There were just some concerns about the kind of language I used in the article,” Breed told us.

Sources say Brown has been in payback mode ever since, urging Feinstein and others to stop supporting Breed and switch to Olague. Neither Brown nor Feinstein returned our calls. On the record, Breed was contrite when we spoke with her and reluctant to say anything bad about Brown or Feinstein, except to offer us the vague, “There are a lot of people who respect and like me, and they don't like what they see happening.”

Breed went after Olague hard during a Sept. 18 debate sponsored by the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council and other groups, blasting Olague for her ties to Brown, Lee, and Chinatown power broker Rose Pak, claiming Olague is too beholden to that crew and D5 needs a more independent supervisor.

Asked to respond to the attack during the debate, Olague said, “I won't dignify that with a response.” But it seems clear to anyone watching the race that Olague has been getting lots of support from Lee, Pak, and Brown and the political consultants who do their bidding, David Ho and Enrique Pearce, which is one reason many progressives have been withholding their support.

The Breed campaign this week trumpeted its endorsement by three prominent progressive activists: Debra Walker, Roma Guy, and Alix Rosenthal. But it has been Davis that has captured the endorsements of the most progressive individuals and organizations, including a big one this week: the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, which gave Davis is sole endorsement even though he's straight and Olague is from the LGBT community.

Davis also snagged the number one endorsement of the San Francisco Tenants Union, a big one for D5, as well as the sole endorsements of Gonzalez, former Democratic Party Chair Aaron Peskin, and Sup. John Avalos. Assembly member Tom Ammiano also endorsed the Davis campaign, adding that to Ammiano's earlier endorsement of John Rizzo, the other solid progressive in the race. Rizzo also got the Sierra Club and the number one ranking by San Francisco Tomorrow.

But Olague is enjoying quite a bit of union support, including snagging the sole endorsement of the San Francisco Labor Council, whose members in the trades like her controversial vote on the 8 Washington project more than progressives or her competitors, who all opposed the deal. Olague was also endorsed by the United Educators of San Francisco and California Nurses Association.

The biggest union of city workers, SEIU Local 1021, gave its unranked endorsements to Davis, Olague, and Rizzo, as did Sup. David Campos. Sup. Jane Kim – who has also occasionally parted ways with progressives after Ho and Pearce ran her campaign against Walker – gave Olague an early endorsement, but late this week also extended an endorsement to Davis.

"As someone who has championed rank-choice voting, it is important for me that progressives are thoughtful about how we strategize for victory.  I have known Julian Davis a long time, and I believe that he would be a strong leader that fights for progressive values that District 5 cares about, including sustainable streets and livable neighborhoods,” Kim said in a statement given to the Davis campaign.

Another important endorsement in D5 is that of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which carried a faint whiff of controversy this year. The group gave Olague its number one endorsement and Davis its number two, but some SFBC members have secretly complained to us that the fix was in and that Davis actually got more votes from SFBC members, which most people thought was how its endorsements are decided.

SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum told us she wouldn't reveal who got the most member votes, but she did say that the SFBC Board of Directors actually decides the endorsements based on several factors. “The member vote is one of the factors the board took into consideration,” she said, listing a candidate's record, relationship with SFBC, personal history, and other factors. “Nothing special was done in that vote, by any means.”

SFBC has been playing nice with Mayor Lee in the last couple years, despite his broken promise of getting the critical yet controversial Fell/Oak separated bike lanes approved by the SFMTA, which he first said would be done by the end of 2011, then by the end of 2012, but which lately seemed to be dragging into 2013.

At SFBC's urging, Olague recently wrote a pair of letters to the SFMTA urging quicker action on the project, and it seems to have worked: Shahum said a vote on that project has now been scheduled for Oct. 16, and she's hopeful that it might now be underway by the end of the year after all. As she said, “We're thrilled.”

BTW, in case you're curious, the Guardian's endorsements come out on Oct. 3.

Comments

In case we are curious? As if the world doesn't already know who you're going to endorse in 5

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

Fiendstein probably polls lower in D5 than just about anybody.

Breed actually wins points for colorful language whether contrived or not. Anybody who *doesn't* sort of lose it while contemplating Willie Brown is an asshole.

Posted by lillipublicans on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

At the League of Pissed Off Voters' endorsement meeting this week I was chatting with London.

She said that she was the most pissed off candidate in the race.

Asked her if she was more or less pissed off than Chris Daly was portrayed to have been.

Posted by marcos on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

I hope she answered, "Fuck you!"

Posted by Guest (the same one) on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

We have some great candidates, people like Thea and London who have served their community, who try to do the right thing. And Willie Brown is trying to force this corrupted hack on us so she'll continue to rubber stamp all the development projects he makes money off of.

I don't really care if you swear. I care if you stop that corrupt shit from happening any more.

Posted by D5 Resident on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

i kinda do care if you swear. i want someone who will stop the corruption, stand for a balanced, healthy community, and not lose it like that when being interviewed for public consumption. If this sounds prudish, well i assure you i am not...i just think it says something when someone who wants to be a leader uses language like that when being interviewed...
what's she trying to do, act all tough? cursing like that doesn't prove anything...
if she's done stuff for her community--great. but you lose points if you fly off the handle like that. just sayin'. Got a beef against Willy et all? Then tell us why and what and spare us the "color"...you oughtta be able to get your points across a little more elegantly.
Language matters. Your use of it is a reflection of something, like it or not. That's why I'm glad to see the debates becoming more...like real debates. You can learn something about the candidate beyond the rehearsed, rehashed scripts. So bring it on, and let's see what these people are made of.

Posted by Daniele E. on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

I hope you haven't lost all respect for me; and I'll take your comment to heart and try to focus on keeping to elegant speech in the future.

Posted by lillipublicans on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

well, it's not like you gotta be elegant all the time, but if you're up for a leadership position, i think it helps if you avoid language from the gutter, or language that shows disrespect, even if you don't agree with someone.
language reflects a lot...that's why a real debate is a cool thing to have.

i learned one cool thing just by listening to marshall rosenberg, author of nonviolent communication: the minute you bash someone w/ your words, it's like the master/slave mentality being paraded right there before you. i never forgot that. it was just so clear an insight to me. something to think about.

Posted by Daniele E. on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

It hurt my ears when you said *&###@@@$! Was that really called for?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

sorry!

Posted by Daniele E. on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

Nah, she laughed because it was funny.

Posted by marcos on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 7:43 pm
Posted by Guest on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

What we're seeing with both Breed and Olague is the fact that not all San Francisco politics can easily broken down to "progressive" vs. "machine." That drives Bay Guardian types crazy, but that's just the way it is.

Posted by Guest (the same one) on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

I'm supporting and have given money to Olague, Davis and Rizzo, what's your problem?

Posted by marcos on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

It looks like the machine is really scared that London can win this and won't play ball. Bravo to her.

All these backroom deals, hit pieces and strong arm tactics make me sick. It just goes to show who owns this town -- rich developers and political cronies.

London is the only candidate that has the hutzpa to tell it like it is, be independent and actually get stuff done.

I'm not surprised about Feinstein pulling her endorsement. She plays it safe and can't stomach a strong independent voice that sometimes uses colorful words.

This is district 5 not DC. Get over it!

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

Except that London reliably carried water for developers on the Housing Authority and Redevelopment Commissions. Disqualified.

Posted by marcos on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

People need to understand that in the past Willie Brown has used the clever trick of pretending to oppose things that he secretly wants progressives to vote for, and now he is doing it again around London Breed. This supposed spat between Brown and Breed is a total illusion show raised to high art, to trick voters into believing the ridiculous fiction that Breed is a progressive.

Breed is a corporate bought shill who never saw a Wall Street real estate developer she didn't like, and who has voted for every monstrous developer project that has crossed her desk as a Redevelopment commissioner.

Olague has voted -against- every such project with the one, I repeat one, notable -exception- of 8 Washington.

Olague is the one who is doing her best to stay independent of her political relationship with Willie Brown et al, and to remain a real progressive.

Breed is only cleverly pretending to do so, while concealing a dagger for progressives behind her back; and the fact that she used an incredibly over the top, almost cartoonish, narrative full of expletives in public to do this, ought to tip us off that her supposed break with Brown is nothing more than reality show style fiction.

If Breed were to win, she would totally change her tune once in office and continue to be a rubber stamp for the Wall Street corporations who pay Willie Brown's various salaries, as she always has done since day one of her becoming a public official.

Progressives like Davis and Rizzo need to stop attacking Olague and focus on the much deeper and more destructive pro-Wall-Street pro-Redevelopment record of Breed, or there will be a danger under ranked choice voting that Breed might unacceptably squeak through and get elected.

That would be a terrible and devastating result for the City, and would tip the Board of Supervisors far more deeply into the control of Downtown and Wall Street.

So the true progressive D5 candidates need to show the leadership and wisdom to prevent that from happening at all costs and sharply call Breed to the carpet for her disastrous record; while cutting Olague some slack and acknowledging her incredibly progressive record as a Planning Commissioner, and in almost all of her votes as Supervisor.

In this election we need Rizzo, Davis and Olague to strongly -share- votes and respect, in order to make sure that one of them wins, and thereby also ensure that Breed is kept OUT.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 11:41 am

People need to understand that in the past Willie Brown has used the clever trick of pretending to oppose things that he secretly wants progressives to vote for, and now he is doing it again around London Breed. This supposed spat between Brown and Breed is a total illusion show raised to high art, to trick voters into believing the ridiculous fiction that Breed is a progressive.

Breed is a corporate bought shill who never saw a Wall Street real estate developer she didn't like, and who has voted for every monstrous developer project that has crossed her desk as a Redevelopment commissioner.

Olague has voted -against- every such project with the one, I repeat one, notable -exception- of 8 Washington.

Olague is the one who is doing her best to stay independent of her political relationship with Willie Brown et al, and to remain a real progressive.

Breed is only cleverly pretending to do so, while concealing a dagger for progressives behind her back; and the fact that she used an incredibly over the top, almost cartoonish, narrative full of expletives in public to do this, ought to tip us off that her supposed break with Brown is nothing more than reality show style fiction.

If Breed were to win, she would totally change her tune once in office and continue to be a rubber stamp for the Wall Street corporations who pay Willie Brown's various salaries, as she always has done since day one of her becoming a public official.

Progressives like Davis and Rizzo need to stop attacking Olague and focus on the much deeper and more destructive pro-Wall-Street pro-Redevelopment record of Breed, or there will be a danger under ranked choice voting that Breed might unacceptably squeak through and get elected.

That would be a terrible and devastating result for the City, and would tip the Board of Supervisors far more deeply into the control of Downtown and Wall Street.

So the true progressive D5 candidates need to show the leadership and wisdom to prevent that from happening at all costs and sharply call Breed to the carpet for her disastrous record; while cutting Olague some slack and acknowledging her incredibly progressive record as a Planning Commissioner, and in almost all of her votes as Supervisor.

In this election we need Rizzo, Davis and Olague to strongly -share- votes and respect, in order to make sure that one of them wins, and thereby also ensure that Breed is kept OUT.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 11:41 am

and you're not posting as "lillipublicans" this time. Must be important. But isn't Olague in Mayor Lee's pocket (like Breed), and by extension, just another puppet for downtown corporate interests?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

I too feared that Olague would side with Brown due to her appointment by Lee, but this has simply not borne out in reality. On only one key vote (8 Washington) did Olague let us down, and I believe her when she says her vote was to support labor.

And her support of CleanPowerSF, which Willie Brown's primary employer PG&E despises, is strong proof that she is going to be independent of Brown.

London Breed however, has a long disturbing history of voting in the interest of Brown and his environment and community destroying corporate masters at every opportunity.

ps: I very rarely post anonymously, and never as 'lillipublicans'.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

It's not enough for Rose Pak, Ed Lee, Wille Brown etc to appoint Olague and shower her with money. Now they're calling a US Senator to badger her into withdrawing an endorsement? It's almost pathetic.

Does Olague have to take the stairs so her puppet strings don't get caught in the elevator door?

Posted by Enough on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

Breed and Olague are two heads of the same coin, no matter how hard Breed tries to distance herself from her Willie Brown-nepotism roots. Just because she shit-talked him doesn't mean she isn't riding high on more than $100,000 of his friends' money. Let's get real for second here: the establishment would love nothing more than either an Olague OR Breed victory.
Davis may not have the endless funnel of Rose Pak cash that Olague has, but he definitely has the strongest ground game and most house signs up.
I'm also noticing that Rose Pak is bussing in young Newcomer high school students from outside the district to carpetbomb the neighborhood with door hangers. She can't even get real volunteers. Gee--I wonder why.

Posted by Political Realist on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

London Breed has nothing of substance to show D5 progressives that she sympathizes with their concerns, so she trash-talks Willie Brown (and adds some colorful language just to show that she's one of the 'cool kids'). It's and act, and it's so transparent it's pathetic. It looks like she's flailing as a candidate and smells of desperation.

The idea that she's some sort of "independent" is absurd.

Posted by Greg on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

If Rose and Walter Wong pay those FOB kids cash money under the table to do that work, it should be reported.

Posted by marcos on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 8:00 am

im not going to rush to judgement but what is a FOB? please explain what you mean. Your attitude should be reported. thank you.

Posted by FOB on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

Fresh Off of the Boat, as in new immigrants, except they flew here in the comfort of an airliner, most often with and to the support of established families, not in the bottom of a ship into tenement ghettos like my great grandparents.

Posted by marcos on Sep. 23, 2012 @ 7:50 am

LOndon Breed is the only one in this race who has the courage to speak truth to power. THat shakes the special interests , all of whom have axes to grind and fret about their grip on power. We need more people like London, and fewer who are sarrogates of the big money, power play politicos who are used to running the show at Silly Hall. JUst think what a hissy fit Romney and Ryan would throw if we used blunt language to call them on their lies. You go, London. Give 'em hell.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

Can you cite a single example of Breed speaking truth to power at the fire department? She sits on the fire commission and as far I know, she's done nothing to challenge the SFFD bosses, nor has she lifted finger to get the commission meetings moved to City Hall or shown on SFGOV TV.

Posted by MPetrelis on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

What is your big beef with SFFD?

Posted by D. Native on Sep. 23, 2012 @ 11:33 am

what D5 needs is all of these political insidery types to back the hell down and let someone who can get to its roots speak for a change... try thea selby on for size. I thought she did well at the debate — was certainly the only woman (OR man) in that room who came off not sounding like a harpy.

Posted by waltin on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

I'd appreciate a response from Breed to my sunshine questions posed to her last month:

http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2012/08/d5-sup.html

London Breed is a San Francisco native who currently sits on the SF Fire Commission, serves as state Attorney General Kamala Harris' proxy to the Democratic County Central Committee and is also the executive director of the African American Arts and Culture Complex, and she's running for the District 5 Haight seat on the Board of Supervisors. In June, I asked what she thought about moving the commission meetings to a location where they could be broadcast on SF Gov TV, to bring some much-needed transparency to the panel. Like a good pol, she take a vague position:

I am supportive of exploring the option to move fire commission meetings to City Hall and placing them on public access television.

Doesn't sound like she's too excited to get those meetings on TV. I send the following questions to her more than a week ago, and unfortunately, I have not heard back from her. Maybe posting the questions here will prod a response from her:

I'd like to follow up on this statement of yours from June, saying you are interested in exploring potentially moving SF Fire Department Commission meetings to City Hall, where they would be broadcast on SFGov TV. If you can answer these questions, that would be appreciated.

1. What steps can you take before the election to explore the option of holding the fire commission meetings at City Hall?

2. It's my understanding that the meeting room at SFFD headquarters on Second Street is not equipped with TV cameras, and that is why the commission meetings are not currently broadcast on SFGov TV. Is that correct?

3. A few members of the public feel the current location of the commission meetings is isolated and not easily accessible via public transit or as centrally located as city hall where the police commission meets. Do you agree?

4. What arguments would you make for putting the fire commission meetings on an equal footing as the police commission meeting, held at City Hall, full of public comment and aired on SFGov TV?

5. Minutes from fire commission meetings rarely show any member of the general public in attendance and using public comment time. Many minutes show public comments occasionally from the fire union or folks connected to the department, like former fighters. Can you point to any minutes where one or two members of the general public spoke?

6. In terms of city wide sunshine, are you aware that the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force is not meeting this month because they are not in compliance with the requirement to have a disabled member?

7. How would you make sunshine/open government principles a key part of your D5 campaign?

8. Sunshine advocates believe the Ethics Commission and City Attorney are very lax in enforcing rulings from the SOTF against city agencies and employees. How would you, as the D5 supervisor, bring about enforcement of all SOTF rulings?

9. In general, what your views on how best to expand sunshine at City Hall and educate San Francisco residents about sunshine principles and the SOTF?

Posted by MPetrelis on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

You copy and paste the same inane crap onto every article about this race. There are much bigger issues at stake here than the location of the SFFD commission meetings. Get a cab if you're so interested.

Posted by Give it a rest on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 10:34 am

Michael may be wack but London is a total hack who has carried water for the corrupt machine and done her best to keep her handiwork out of the public spotlight.

That corrupt machine that usually rewards such loyalty has now abandoned London for her efforts.

Posted by marcos on Sep. 23, 2012 @ 8:07 am

I had a chance to meet London in person, and it was refreshing to interact with someone who's answers were not all predetermined by some back room analyst. Robotic answers drive me up the wall.
"I wont dignify that with a response" is like saying I don't know, and am too scared to try and come up with my own answer.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 10:09 am

Olauge is brought and paid for, do we need another Rose Pak, Willie Brown puppet on a string as a supervisor at city hall.

Posted by The real truth on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 10:20 am

By, among others, marcos, who says he's given her money.

Posted by Hortencia on Sep. 24, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

@ Guest: And Breed is not.Get real ! Olauge has a real history of progresive endevours to name a few, the SF Peoples Organization, Transit Riders Union and Senior Action Network. Look at Breeds history, Willies girl from the time she interened in his office, all the way through to her last appointment as San Francisco Fire Commisoner. WHO IS BROUGHT AND PAID FOR.

Posted by another guest on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

Breed was appointed to the fire commission and the redevelopment commission by Gavin Newsom, not Brown. Olague was appointed supervisor by Rose Pak.

Posted by a 3rd guest on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

An appointment that the Guardian applauded at the time, IIRC.

Posted by Hortencia on Sep. 24, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

Are you people serious? London Breed is the type of person that starts a fire in a crowded theatre, then runs outside and yell's FIRE, then tries to put the fire out with...MORE FIRE! LOL.

Ms. Breed has a deeper relationship with Mr. Silly Willie than meets the eye. A woman throwing out that type of vitriol, is a woman scorned. Sorry. Losing big (whether you like them or not) wig SF endorsements...isn't an illusion. It's not a MAGIC SHOW. It's politics, and Ms. Breed doesn't know how to play the game. She, nor her whack supporters have the power to stand up to the type of powers that are helping her sink her campaign. She's SELF destructive and too combative to effectively lead. This is the type of bs politics and desperate grandstanding that caused San Francisco to lose our football team to Santa Clara.

Olague and Rizzo right now seem to be the above board candidates. Who cares about back room deals? Anyone with any political clout in SF, got their clout through a back room deal. Who do you folks think your fooling?

Posted by Guest B Kempton on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

Are you people serious? London Breed is the type of person that starts a fire in a crowded theatre, then runs outside and yell's FIRE, then tries to put the fire out with...MORE FIRE! LOL.

Ms. Breed has a deeper relationship with Mr. Silly Willie than meets the eye. A woman throwing out that type of vitriol, is a woman scorned. Sorry. Losing big (whether you like them or not) wig SF endorsements...isn't an illusion. It's not a MAGIC SHOW. It's politics, and Ms. Breed doesn't know how to play the game. She, nor her whack supporters have the power to stand up to the type of powers that are helping her sink her campaign. She's SELF destructive and too combative to effectively lead. This is the type of bs politics and desperate grandstanding that caused San Francisco to lose our football team to Santa Clara.

Olague and Rizzo right now seem to be the above board candidates. Who cares about back room deals? Anyone with any political clout in SF, got their clout through a back room deal. Who do you folks think your fooling?

Posted by Guest B Kempton on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

with the street. She's one classy bitch. Just what our Board needs - because trash talking solves so many problems. Just look at the hoods in Hunts Point if you want to see how far that got them.

Posted by Troll II on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

Things haven't been looking so good in the Point since at least the '50s, Troll II, not that trash-talking necessarily gets the credit. But I find Breed's label-ripping frankness refreshing in the short term.

Posted by Hortencia on Sep. 24, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

I'm sorry that I renewed my membership in this organization and will not re-up next year.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2012 @ 7:58 am

The SFBC is a venue for individual action masquerading as a social club.

Seems like the obsequious posture of the SFBC to City Hall brings a revolving door aspect to their operation as well.

Posted by marcos on Sep. 23, 2012 @ 8:13 am

You are upset because the SFBC seems to have ignored the actual voters and let the board make the endorsement?

That does seem to be be fairly common in most progressive/true believer operations really, SEIU leadership doesn't like membership all that much for example.

As a 22 year rider in the city , some of those years as a messenger I don't have the slightest interest in joining. I don't quite understand why a bike group is also an arm of uniform progressive policy... err dogma, much of it outside of actual bike issues.

Posted by matlock on Sep. 23, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

Because apparently it's progressive to do everything possible to reduce the amount street-surface devoted to autos. Devoting more of it to bikes is one way. I wonder if it's in some progressives' imaginations to do away with private automobile use in the city altogether. If it is, I wish they'd say so.

Posted by Hortencia on Sep. 25, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

willie brown is still pulling the puppet strings, and apparently S.F. is happy to oblige. it's that charming smile he has while he's fleecing you that makes it so easy to forget that he really doesn't care about you or your neighborhood. good for london, an F-bomb to the man is refreshing.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

The frontrunners are all endorsed by the mainstream hacks (such as Avalos, Mar, Campos, Kim, Leno, etc.), and they are all afraid to REALLY challenge our plutocracy!

Posted by Guest on Sep. 25, 2012 @ 9:28 am

Nice fireworks last night. Julian said Christina was a purjerer and Christina said Julian had never worked a day in his life.

The only thing missing was another dirty-work screaming diatribue by London.

Tune in for more action...

Posted by Barton on Sep. 28, 2012 @ 7:33 am