With h brown
Court Jester reviews Newsom's 'beards'
and the price of gas
March 13, 2007
The answer to the deeply buried question in the heading is that
the price of gas is much more important than the age, gender,
intelligence, religious affiliation or sincerity of whomever is
now giving the Mayor blow jobs.
Can you believe that I can write a paragraph like that and have
it considered real news? Well, thank you, Bill Clinton!!
Really campers, the Mayor is a political Ken doll whose handlers
tell him everything from what to wear, when to use hand gestures
and what to say. They design the stage sets upon which he does
his puppet dances and even choose the women who adorn his arm.
Gavin Newsom is a political construct who has never had an original
idea and merely follows orders.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
The most important thing lost in all of this shallow
sexcapade landscape is that real issues and the Mayor's failure
to address them. Hey, c'mon, he can't address them because he's
not smart enough.
That cruel? It's true though and you know it. Do you really
think the Mayor understands the long-range implications of Mello-Roos
bonds vis a vis the survival of neighborhood cultural identity?
Do you really believe that the Mayor lays awake at night musing
about the municipally owned San Francisco Tidal Power enterprise
and its revolutionary power as the springboard that frees the
world from a dependence upon the combustion of carbon based fuels
and the resultant destruction of our atmosphere and total habitat?
Of course he doesn't. He doesn't have the candlepower. And,
combine that funded
the boy's political career likes it that way. They chose him for
the same reason they chose each of his 'romantic' partners. Because
they can make all of the really important decisions behind the
scenes and the Mayor will read the scripts that put a positive
spin to their theft of public jewels and the forced migration
of the poor, lower, lower-middle and now, middle classes from
Gavin's not going to challenge them. He doesn't have a friggin'
clue what they're doing.
Phil Ginsburg is the real Mayor of San Francisco
Newsom administration Chief of Staff Phil Ginsburg
The worst thing all of this sexual scandal has done is to allow
the cabal of Downtown and international business interests to
remove anyone with a heart from top positions on the Mayor's staff.
Mike Farrah doesn't have a 2 room suite next to Room 200. Nope,
that went to Stuart Sunshine who is rumored to be a spy ensconced
to protect the political investment of his primary financial backers.
Newsom Deputy Chief of Staff Stuart Sunshine
Farrah? Ginsburg moved him to sit as a useless monitor of the
Commission. Hey, now that's an real insult. Farrah grew up
in the Mission, son of a small business owner. They've sent him
back to the small time.
Mike "Whiskers" Farrah and son, Finnegan.
The Mayor doesn't decide who he's going to see on a given day.
Steve Kawa, who has a big heart doesn't have any input either.
Newsom administration Chief of Staff Steve Kawa
out and the aforementioned Ginsburg
is in. Newsom is left touring schools where he reads childrens'
books much like President Bush does.
"I've made a decision. Here's what I want you to do."
(words you'll never hear from Gavin Newsom)
He's not going to say that to his staff, anyway. They tell him
what to do and it's all channeled
from Downtown, simplified, obfuscated and handed to the Mayor
in media bytes for Gavin to present in short presentations.
Bobby Coleman supporting Glover
The latest buzz in the 'phony' mayor's race is that Danny Glover
would be the best candidate to represent San Francisco Progressives.
Former Matt Gonzalez campaign chauffeur, scribe and adviser, Bob
Coleman sent me an email a few days ago promoting Danny Glover
I couldn't' agree more, but it made me wonder. If an inner-circle
player like Coleman is jumping ship, does that mean Gonzalez is
out of the race? Could just be a fundraising ploy.
Yesterday's Public Safety Committee
Ross Mirkarimi's Public Safety Committee met yesterday and heard
3 hours or so of testimony from organizations that have been set
up since the early 70's to fill the gap left by the desertion
of the SFPD from the Streets of San Francisco. Groups that primarily
organize neighborhood citizens to identify and monitor neighborhood
murderers, drug dealers, pimps, thieves and generic punks.
Wait, isn't that the job of the cops?
Used to be. It was the job of hundreds of individual cops who
walked single officer foot patrols in the neighborhoods until
the POA got strong enough to get them off those mean streets and
into comfortable patrol cars.
It was a good start in a series of hearings that will, hopefully,
give an overview of the actual condition of the City's defenses.
From who looks out for the little old lady making her way for
groceries, to the location of potable water available when your
faucets go dry in an earthquake. Mirk began by hearing presentations
from the various entities that have evolved.
Mau-Mau'ing the MOCJ
The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice was created to make certain
that the 'right' people get money for programs created to make
up for police failure in the neighborhoods. These are the 'squeaky
wheels' who either really care, or see an opportunity to cash-in
by creating some high profile window dressing on behalf of the
administration. Keep in mind that all of the organizations sprout
up to fill the vacuum left by the extinction of the single-officer
foot patrol. Here's the power tree as best I can figure.
Run by a lady named Lenore Anderson who has the warmth of a
rattlesnake. She can afford to be nasty because all of the groups
under the MOCJ umbrella depend upon her good graces for funding.
MOCJ Director Lenore Anderson
Among those groups:
The POA (Police Officers Association - their union) pretty much
killed foot patrols in the early 70's. Within a few years, the
institutional memories of the beat cops were gone and Officer
Friendly who knew every neighbor and merchant and thug on sight
was replaced by robo-cops who only know the thugs and are suspicious
of everyone else. SF Safety created programs like Neighborhood
Watch which act as unpaid snitches for the cops. Funded 90% by
the cops, programs like this give the illusion that the cops and
politicians are trying.
As things got worse, another bandage was added to cover police
indifference. Not to say that the people who work for Safety Net
don't care, but their mission of bringing together cops and the
public is hamstrung by little things like the cops being unwilling
(8 of 10 districts) to meet with neighborhood people anywhere
but in their precinct stations.
Community Response Network
These entities are made up of figureheads who get money from
the City for a variety of programs. Again, they're there because
the cops don't do their job. Among their programs are a couple
that set up street shrines for murder victims and hold candlelight
processions for them. While they're useless as tits on a boar
hog, it keeps their leaders in place and gives the Mayor's office
the pretense of having responded to the growing public safety
There are study groups and commissions that are the same bullshit.
All of them responding to problems caused by the disengagement
of the the SFPD from the neighborhoods.
SFPD's continuing disconnect
The cops are the City's worst investment. They cost more every
year and do less. Wealthy merchants are getting past the dysfunctional
PD by creating BID's (Business Improvement Districts) that are
basically formed to protect their storefronts and protect their
customers. Because, the cops won't do it.
Huge irony here is that lots of the private security money spent
by the BID's goes to off-duty cops who will agree to walk a business
district for a private security company, but refuse to do it while
Watching bulls ice skate
(police foot patrols)
The weather's been great, huh? Even the cops think so. Yesterday
I was coming back from Safeway through the lower Haight and came
upon 4 cops doing a foot patrol!! I mean, have you ever seen such
There were no cop cars in the vicinity. They were clearly assigned
to be walking a beat instead of driving one and they didn't have
the faintest friggin' idea how to walk a beat.
What was the reality at 3pm at Waller and Fillmore was 4 fat
cops standing on a corner next to a coffee house talking to only
each other and ogling passing women.
Clueless. This force is clueless. I shook my head in disgust
and moved on wondering how many people these clowns could meet
on such a beautiful day if they set off individually in opposite
directions for their patrols.
They could make a difference if they only gave a shit. Granted,
none of the cops have any people skills, but the neighborhood
residents can more than make up for that. But, who the hell's
going to walk up to 4 cops talking to each other and drinking
coffee? For that matter, who's gonna walk up to 2 cops walking
a beat and introduce themselves?
Virtually no one will. And those who do, will soon find out
that they (as San Franciscans) are viewed with distrust and even
hate by the men in blue wearing badges and carrying guns.
That was 20% of the City's foot patrols
That's why I'm pissed. There are 10 police districts and according
to the Mirkarimi legislation (vetoed by the Mayor) requiring 2
foot patrol cops per district, those 4 cops comprised 20% of the
on-duty foot patrols in the City at that time and they were all
talking to each other on one corner drinking coffee!
And, they were on the corner of Waller and Fillmore in front
of a little yuppie coffee shop. That meant that there was no foot
patrol in the upper Haight or Golden Gate Park (Parkside) or in
the Civic Center (Northern) where the 4 cops came on duty that
morning. They were all out of the action, bullshitting with each
other on a quiet corner.
Let's toss in a few facts and bottom-line this
The streets of San Francisco have been getting more dangerous
since the early 70's when the POA traded the danger of the street
to the safety of their patrol cars as a viable exchange to some
mayor. Some say it was the Zebra killers who drove them into their
patrol cars and I'm not going to doubt that. I do know that that
period was the last time anyone had a neighborhood beat cop
Oddly, this scenario has played itself out in San Francisco before,
so I can predict how it will end. In the end game (when the POA
gains total control and there is no police protection at all)
when we reach end-game, Neighborhood Watch becomes the
core for Vigilante justice. That, or martial law. Don't laugh
too quickly. It's happened several time in San Francisco. When
the cops don't do their jobs here or when you can't tell them
from the thugs (who do you fear most?), the local populace has
moved in to police the streets themselves.
Neighborhood Watch and the other SF Safe programs weren't nearly
enough as cops didn't stop with cutting out foot patrols. The
police cobans in high crime areas went next ("people shot
at those things" a PD captain told me). Then, the helicopters
So, the Board of supes under pressure from the community set
up the SF Safety Net in 1990. That's the outfit (13 workers) that
Quentin Mecke coordinates setting up meetings between the cops
and the neighborhoods. That's tough too because for the most part,
the cops, as I said, refuse to come into the neighborhoods to
meet with the people and lots of folks don't want to go to police
stations to demand things because they fear the cops for damned
Well, guess what? That didn't work either as the cops once off
the streets and out of helicopters and cobans, got off buses and
took up steroids like the Steelers. So, more band aids were added.
A new Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice created a couple of new
bureaucracies to dispense money to local squeaky wheels who were
generally more interested in the City's cash than they were/are
in criminal justice.
When that didn't work, the richer merchants began to form the
Business Improvement Districts and hiring their own security while,
all the time, also paying for the local cops who refused to do
We've reached the point of what Tom Wolf called: 'mau-mau'ing'.
All because the cops won't do their jobs. While what you need
is single cops on neighborhood beats, that's the last thing that
will happen. With the present Mayor and police administration.
Let's bottom line this and go get another beer. The police department
can be reformed but it will take a mayor who doesn't fear them.
Until we get a truly Progressive mayor, we're just going to watch
band aid after band aid placed over the compound fracture that
is SF law enforcement.
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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