With h brown
Why Newsom will do Question Time
(and, is Ragone gone?)
February 13, 2007
Yesterday I ran into the Mayor by accident. I was exiting the
elevator on the 4th floor at the Hall and here came a small delegation
out of the hearing room where the DBI Commission was meeting.
Peskin was out in front and we shook hands as I tried to think
of something nasty to write about him today (it's below). Newsom
strode with head down behind Peskin and Gav was flanked by ever-ebullient
aide, Wade Crowfoot, who did a smiling and playful shadow box
and the compact butch-lady whom I can never decide
is either a cop or the Director of Policy. Trailing was a frightened
looking Miguel Bustos, new Appointments Secretary. Glaringly absent,
was recently 'promoted' Press Secretary, Peter Ragone.
There were no other reporters and it was clear the little entourage
thought I'd staged a coup and found out what they were up to.
Naturally, I'm way too lazy for that and it was an accident. I
was, in fact, following up on some paperwork to get myself off
City welfare and onto federal Social Security.
Newsom looked dredged. I mean, he's never been the most user-friendly
subject for any journalist, but now he just stares at the floor.
I seldom hassle the guy anyway. As a satirist, I don't have to
get exact comments. Hell, I can even make them up and often do.
Still, I shot him a comment anyway:
"Welcome to the House of Pain!"
The elevator door closed and they went on their way and I mused
as to why that particular group was together with no press in
tow. I left a message for Luke Thomas who tracked the details
to the appointment of a new DBI Director.
It took me another 24 hours or so to figure out just what that
meant. The final piece of the puzzle came together when I read
this morning in the EX that Newsom would be appearing at the SFUSD
meeting tonight when there is no reason in the world for him to
do so. It could only mean one thing.
Newsom's laying the groundwork for appearing before the Board
of Supervisors for Question
Time. And, the confrontational Peter Ragone has been promoted
out of camera range where's he's caused the Mayor nothing but
grief. Mark my words on both.
Key items at today's meeting of the Bored
Item 9 (Municipal Broadband)
Yet another attempt to forestall the privatization of another
valuable public resource. Hats off to Jake McGoldrick for coming
to bat for the local citizenry, but Peskin's a corporate whore
and he'll represent the interests of Google/Earthlink in the same
manner that he rolled over for Comcast, Home Depot and Clear Channel.
Dufty opposed a City Wi-Fi in committee. With $500 checks falling
like snow for months now, look for the final vote to be 4-7 with
McGoldrick and the people taking a bath.
In favor of Public Wi-Fi
1. Jake McGoldrick
2. Tom Ammiano
3. Chris Daly
4. Ross Mirkarimi
Voting for corporate interests
1. Aaron Peskin
2. Bevan Dufty
3. Michela Alioto-Pier
4. Sean Elsbernd
5. Ed Jew
6. Sophie Maxwell
7. Gerardo Sandoval
Item 12 (Supporting Lennar's Candlestick abortion)
Only Peskin and Elsbernd understand what's happening here. The
Board is, ironically, endorsing the plan that will guarantee that
the Niners leave San Francisco. This is all about how many acres
the City will allot the Niners in the footprint for the proposed
development. Lennar wants to give the Niners 77, so they have
plenty of room to crowd high-rise condos up to the stadium. The
Niners want the same 160-acre footprint they've always enjoyed.
Santa Clara will give it to them. Lennar, will not. And, they
are the tail that wags Pelosi, the Mayor and (now), the Board.
Lennar will win and the Board will be on record approving, yet
again, the plan that drives the Niners out of town. Any Board
member running for Mayor who tries to blame the Mayor for 'losing'
the Niners will be referred to their vote here. 11-0 without a
Today is Jens' Sunday
It may be Tuesday to you, but it's Sunday to my buddy, Jens
Nielsen who works a different schedule. A huge advantage of being
an unemployable asshole is that my own daily schedule is very
flexible. Thus, I'm able to take an extra weekend at any time.
I'm gonna do that now. I hope Peskin and Gavin aren't already
over at Jens'.
Be my valentine?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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