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Court Jester reviews Salon, tidal power,
phone call to imprisoned journalist Josh Wolf


By h. brown


March 6, 2007

"It's amazing how much people love you.'"

(Eileen Left)

Do you get angst when you plan an event? Wonder if anyone will actually show up and if they do, will they start a fight or if you might? It's a normal host/ess thing I bet.

"Do more people come when it rains?"

(Chris Daly at Friday's Salon)

Yeah, actually, they do (he was referring to his last visit when it poured and 25 people made it anyway). It was the weekly Bulldog Salon and there were only a half dozen or so settling in for the 2 hour dine and whine I've hosted for 2 years now. I allowed that he was early (on time) and the others would straggle in as they finished filming and observing and questioning the lunch rallies and the like.

We got around 15 or more finally and it was worth his while and worth ours too. Hey, we ain't the friggin' Commonwealth Club, but we do OK. Chris brought young Jack, which is guaranteed good vibes all around.

Friday's Salon was intense and we talked about every candidate from every corner of the spectrum in every race and everyone was honest, so I can't repeat anything that was said.

Suffice to say that Salon Progressives do not yet have a candidate for Mayor or anything else.

I like to fight. Very much, actually. You gotta be on the right side in your own mind, but there ain't nothing like fighting. The method and stakes for the conflict are what defines the satisfaction you derive from the outcome. Or, the consequences.

"Talk about Josh Wolf and Tidal Power."


Yeah, all that aside, it's a day later and the Board is meeting in 5 hours and I have to alert you to one item that concerns me and should concern the planet. Hell, let's get to that now.

PG&E moves to privatize Tidal Power

Item #33 on today's San Francisco Board of Supervisors' meeting is sponsored by the Mayor's Office. The Mayor is a lackey of PG&E (which advertises heavily amongst my brothers and sisters in the alternative media).

Gavin's one of PG&E's bitches and this item is a request to accept money from a private corporation to fund meetings to:

"Engaging key stakeholders and interest groups to solicit input and build support for a tidal energy project"

Kids, this sounds like something Dick Cheney might have put together for Halliburton. Remember the big meeting he had in the White House after Bush was elected and he invited all the oil companies and still refuses to release even the list of the attendees?

This one is hide-in-plain-site. Same people. I dug into the minutes of the last SFPUC and Department of the Environment meetings and found that they gave $146k to URS (used to be controlled by Dianne Feinstein's hubby, Dick Blum … gave em that to do a tidal feasibility study. And, added another hundred grand or more for a lobbyist!

Kids, you're not only watching a potential new City owned and operated industry that could eliminate all taxes (yeah, we could build 5 plants in the Bay producing 10,000 megawatts of clean power 10 hours daily - the potential here is astounding).

It is astounding, which makes it amazing that PG&E is so cheap that they want the City to pay for their meetings and their lobbying. Item #33's calls upon the Board to accept a grant of $200k from the 'Sidney E. Frank Foundation'. It took one google search to hook Sidney Frank Imports to PG&E.

Here's a curveball

You can't stop PG&E. Virtually every major power in the City, elected and otherwise has at least one PG&E debt. I favor public power and tidal energy as the lowest of low-hanging fruit in the alternative energy spectrum. Only major oil and utility megaliths have prevented its development. Now it's gonna happen.

A shout-out to Josh Wolf

Julian Davis was at the Salon Pot Luck and he got Josh Wolf on the phone for us. It was awkward. I can't help but thinking that we've failed him and he's the only one behind bars. I fired off something about no matter what happened that he'd be rich in a year from the book and movie right, but it went over like a led balloon. You don't cheer an anarchist up by talking about material things. Josh's letter from prison is an American epistle.

3 weeks of mediation on his case. I researched the guy doing the mediation. Appointed in '98. That's Clinton, right? Presiding judge is a guy named Joseph Spero. I like the cut of his jib. He doesn't red flag in any of my paranoid/data bases. He writes well and has a broad range of abilities. These cases for arbitration do what they call: 'coming over the wheel' which, I think, means they are assigned randomly. From what I see, Josh did OK here. I wonder if Judge Spero realizes he has the most important 1st amendment case of the new millennium sitting in his in-box?

Those of you without a life, google:

Open Hydro, Scotland

Burt Hamner, Puget Sound

Hydro Venturi, San Francisco

Judge William Alsup, Guam

Just a start.

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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