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September 29, 2006


By h. brown

"I got bottom!!"

(Ammiano responds to word of my column series)

Lots has happened since I spoke to you as a group. First, I keep writing and re-writing (very, very rare for me - I should never listen to friends) ... writing and re-writing the second installment of my election season scenario built around how Tom Ammiano and I save the City from Fisher and Shorenstein.

The opening quote from Tom came when I passed he and a couple of his staff on the sidewalk in front of City Hall last week. I called out that I was writing a 10 part series about he and I, and he called out the "bottom" line. The guy is really funny. Course, I changed his name in the series so's no one would know who he is. I call him Tom Ammianyo. (No one will ever guess who it is).

Let me get some things out of the way here cause I promised Luke a column by noon. I'm just gonna rattle things in the order I see them, vis-a-vis import.

Pelosi and the League of Women Voters

The SF League of Women Voters is a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi, has been for years. It is the only SF race the SFLWV refuse to schedule a debate for. This is because Nancy is completely unpredictable in front of a microphone and tends to fold in debates. This time around, with great speakers like Mike DeNunzio, Phil Berg and Krissy Keefer in the hunt, it makes sense they keep her in Washington, or protected in closed studios before a hand-picked audiences of transfixed supporters.

The usurption of the League by Pelosi's forces is particularly disturbing.

Pelosi lackey heads up SF League of Women Voters

The president of the SF League of Women Voters is a lady named Jody Sanford. For years she's also been the Public Affairs Officer for the Presidio Trust, founded by Pelosi for the benefit of the rich. Now, I don't know about you, but I find it outrageous that someone who effectively works for Pelosi, is refusing to schedule a public debate with Pelosi, under the auspices of the League. Not even having touched upon Pelosi's practice of passing prime closed military-base property all over the country to a company that made her nephew a Senior Vice President (now he works for an investment company that lends money to them).

Yeah, the League hasn't been the neutral body it claims to be for many years, but on the issue of inviting Pelosi to a debate, they've gone over the edge into a purely partisan stance.

The local League sponsors debates for every single City office,"that is of concern, or effects San Franciscans," but refuses to sponsor a debate for the 8th Congressional District of the United States Congress which is located wholly within the San Francisco City limits.

When I called and wrote to ask why they wouldn't hold a debate, their sole staffer (nice lady named Gandri) emailed me to say that they couldn't do "EVERYTHING" and that if I thought it was so important that Nancy debate, I should join the League and push the idea. She noted that they didn't feel the people of San Francisco were interested in a debate between congressional candidates. Also, she noted that League President, Sanford, was very busy and might look at our proposal (DeNunzio, Berg and Keefer have already debated on Access TV's on Steve Seltzer's, 'Labor Talk'). Ms. Gandri said Sanford might look at the proposal, "if she got around to it".

h brown challenges the League of Women Voters:

To prove me wrong, extend an invitation to all the candidates who wish to represent the City and County of San Francisco in United States Congress, and that includes Pelosi who has so far refused all candidate requests for debate. The argument that San Franciscans would NOT be interested in such a debate is the biggest pile of bullshit I have ever heard in my life. At 10 bucks a head, the debate would sell out PacBell Park! Could it be that Pelosi is vulnerable for her appropriations support of the Iraq war in a city that is largely anti-war?

Now, what would the PR chief in the Presidio be so busy with in the meantime? Maybe covering the tracks the Pelosi Cartel leaves all over the country as she uses her position in the House of Representatives to enrich her family and friends to the tune of billions and billions of dollars. This is not an exaggeration. Hey, you know me, I'm definitely susceptible to exaggeration but reality is beyond my meager imagination when it comes to Pelosi and the nepotistic way she uses her office. Let's start with her nephew, Laurence Pelosi...

Pelosi ties to mega-developer Lennar

... Laurence Pelosi resigned from Lennar to become Gavin Newsom's 2007 re-election Campaign Treasurer. The Mayor has pushed Lennar interests on Treasure Island, at Hunters Point, in the Presidio, and in the Trans Bay project, on and on and on - and that's just in the City!

Lennar also has control of Mare Island and a scad of other base projects around the country under Pelosi's thumb.

Laurence Pelosi may have left Lennar, but he's still on the same team.


Ability to be a bag man, maybe. But, don't get me wrong. I don't think Nancy Pelosi is in charge of anything, no mare than Gavin Newsom makes any important decisions in San Francisco, no more than Sophie Maxwell believes the Redevelopment Agency is good for African Americans.

These elected officials aren't their own people.

Jose Cisneros invests the City's money as Warren Hellman tells him to invest it. When Hellamn goes after check-cashing establishments, Jose doesn't understand that Hellman's Wells Fargo bank owns a ton of them and will profit mightily by tossing out the independents. He doesn't understand that Hellman wants to rule the entire financial world before he dies and that driving Lutheran Social Services out of handling the welfare checks of people like me is included on the chopping block.

... ... ... let me get out of this mode ... ... ... another topic ...

Dennis Herrera advised by brain-damaged chimps?

(Races to right in left wing town)

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has sparkling blue eyes. That's about it. Since he took the reins in that office from giant python, Louise Renne, he's managed, astoundingly enough, to lower the bar there. Few would have thought that possible, but let's look at a few of the things that Dennis 'the menace' has accomplished:

1. He's refused to enforce the Raker Act (to give San Franciscans Public Power). For some reason, Brugmann of the Bay Guardian has let him slide on this. Maybe it's Denny's blue eyes?

2. He's produced contracts extending the control (at the behest of the Mayor's office) of Comcast over local cable and now, Google on WiFi opertions.

3. He told 140,000 Bay View residents their petition to delay their eviction from their homes by the Redevelopment Authority was no good even after the Department of Elections certified the petition! Herrara killed the democratic opposition of the very community the Bayview Redevelopment Plan impacts.

4. He had a photo-op to brag about arresting some old Latino dude with a truck who was dumping carpet scraps in the Bay View. I mean, he spent God knows how many hours photographing this guy dumping carpet and investigating him before he jumped on this humble environmental disaster. I mean, the guy was wrong; give him a ticket and get on with life. He wasn't worth a CNN special.

5. He had a press conference to announce he'd caught a major graffiti artist. Let's not even get into asking what the hell Dennis is doing following taggers around in the middle of the night.

Connect the dots

Even given the idiocy of every single decision, there is clearly a pattern here and a conclusion to be drawn. Blue Eyes is positioning himself to run for another office. More likely, someone elses (I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt here that you aren't this dumb, Dennis)... more likely, Downtown interests are implementing some scheme to establish Dennis as a friend of the environment, against scofflaws ... but why now?

Feinstein to quit?

It's the only thing that makes sense and if it's not too late for her to withdraw, it's damned near. It would explain why the trio of Aaron Peskin, Kamala Harris and Dennis Herrera (Wednesday meetings, I'm told, have been going on with the three for some time to determine which one gets the Demo nod to run for mayor when Newsom leaves) ... hey, I know it's crazy but, like Colombo, I get these hunches.

It would explain why Peskin goes easy on cops and Home Depot and Comcast and Google and Downtown business on their taxes. And, why Harris won't prosecute drunks who throw their wives out the window to their deaths - cause it wouldn't be a slam-dunk. And why Herrera has been even worse than former City Attorney Renne.

Hey, unlike your cowardly ass, I get out there with opinions and positions. I want drinks all around - on you - if my hunch is right and Feinstein withdraws in favor of Newsom for U.S. Senator.

That's enuff. This column gets published on Luke's Fog City Journal first and migrates to the Bulldog archives next week. Luke has column nods from the likes of Matt Gonzalez, Sup. Sean Elsbernd, Sup. Jake McGoldrick, Sup. Fiona Ma, and even the Mayor is mulling over doing a piece.

Fog City is the best thing on the local political net, and getting better daily.


h. brown is a 62 year-old keeper of sfbulldog.com, an eclectic site featuring a half dozen City Hall denizens. h is a former sailor, firefighter, teacher, nightclub owner, and a hard-living satirical muckraker. Email h at h@ludd.net.


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