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San Francisco mayoral candidate, h. "Court Jester" Brown.
Court Jester analyzes Peskin as Budget Chair
June 29, 2007
"What are you gonna call them now
'Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce
(Trent Rohrer of DHS)
Rohrer's a bright guy. I've been impressed at how he hit the
ground running with Willie and has successfully managed a series
of really under-funded programs over the last few years. He's
Gavin's point man on Care not Cash. Takes some strong hits and
keeps on coming. He was reacting in outrage to a proposal by Aaron
Peskin's Budget committee that over a hundred jobs assigned to
his empire be shifted over to the domain of Jessie Blout who runs
the aforementioned MOEWD.
It was a mess and it was completely the fault of Phil Ginsberg.
No way in the world the billion dollar Health Department should
be clashing in public with the Mayor's multi-billion-dollar-project-oversight
division. Then Elsbernd starts dissing Mirkarimi for "not
giving a single fact" to support some position or other and
I felt right at home. Who needs Daly to start a fight in Budget
season? Anyway, I watched the hearing for several hours and came
away with some impressions.
Peskin's heavy-handed and has a hair-trigger on his gavel. Since
he took over chairing the committee, he's used every trick in
the book to speed up the process with no regard for consequences.
Cut the deliberations in half, which isn't good. Speed is the
enemy of transparency and Aaron has lots to hide. He's gonna brag
when this is over about how he made it all go smoothly, but the
fact is that he denied a fair voice to the people and God will
punish him for that.
OK, maybe not God, but hopefully, the voters.
The Peskin Board Presidency has been nearly devoid of accomplishment
on their behalf while Aaron has handed our land and our franchises
to some of the nastiest people and corporations on Earth. Linked
arm-in-arm with the Mayor, the gentrification and privatization
of the City hasn't missed a beat since Willie Brown left office.
It is a shame. There was such promise in 2000. And now? In coming
weeks, Peskin will guide the privatization of our golf courses
and public stables. He'll hand our public Wi-Fi spectrum to a
consortium that is both incompetent and has no concern for privacy.
He'll shake hands with Donald Fisher as Fisher's kids take over
more soccer fields. Aaron's the bagman for public property. If
you can support category killers like Home Depot (they'll kill
all your mom and pop businesses for miles) and Comcast (he gave
'em every single second of government broadcasts for absolutely
Peskin is a disgrace. He is certainly not 'progressive'
in any sense of the word. Shit, the guy even hates the Parrots
of Telegraph Hill.
District 3 Supervisor and Board President Aaron Peskin
On the bright side
Salon is on as usual at La Reina's. We've installed a mirror
outside so that you can have: "one eye in the mirror as you
watch yourself go by". Really though, for a 2-hour period
each week, we are the most objective and creative forum in town.
That's, of course, If you can put up with a raving drunk in a
baseball hat (no, not the Mayor).
Gonzalez will not enter the race for mayor. His 4-year tease
will term-out the first of August with his announcement that he
needs to spend more time working at his law firm. Tony Hall will
also quietly fold his candidacy. When the smoke clears on August
11th the political community will be looking at 2 standing candidates.
Gavin Newsom. And, me.
Avoid the rush.
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 email@example.com.
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