With h brown
San Francisco mayoral candidate, h. "Court Jester" Brown.
Sutton feasting on Ed Jew stew!
(prime-time political incest)
July 7, 2007
OK, let's get this straight, once and for all. Jim
Sutton is Ed Jew's lawyer, right? All right, all right, he's one
of his lawyers. Got that? Of course, we all know that Sutton is
one of Gavin Newsom's lawyers too, right? You also need to remember
that Sutton is also one of Kamala Harris' lawyers. And, it goes
without saying, that as the top legal mind on the local elections
codes, that Sutton does extensive work for the Downtown interests
who have attacked District elections since their inception.
Jim Sutton (center) pictured with former Newsom Campaign Manager
Alex Tourk and son, Joey, at the Excelsior Branch Libarary reopening
Do you recall Milo
One of the funniest parts of one of the funniest books ever
written ('Catch 22' by Joseph Heller) is when an enterprising
enlisted man (played by Jon Voigt in the flick) stationed in an
allied bomber wing in Italy, creates his own company and dabbles
in everything from purchasing the Egyptian cotton crop, to contracting
with the Americans to defend the air base where he's stationed
and, makes a separate contract with the Germans to bomb
As Heller notes, there was great outrage in congress until Milo
opens the books of his 'M&M Enterprises' and shows how much
money he's made. Everybody backs down.
Sutton is much worse
Milo was only working two sides of the street. Sutton is working
all corners of a 4-way intersection and also has control of changing
If you're Newsom or Harris, what better way to know what the
defense is going to do than to have a member of the defense team
on your own payroll. For years.
If you're Ed
Jew, what better way to know what the prosecution is going
to do than to have a member of the prosecution's team on your
And, if you're Jim Sutton, what better way to make money than
to get a fee from everyone involved in a complex case such as
this? I tell you my fellow San Franciscans, it boggles what mind
I have remaining. Let's toss in the Ethics Commission.
Ethics is Jim Sutton's 'bitch'
When San Francisco voters created the Ethics Commission, they
wanted to level the playing field between heavily financed Downtown
hack candidates and courageous, yet poor challengers (OK, Larry
Bush wrote it cause of what happened to Agnos and Kevin Shelley
signed his name as primary sponsor). Well, that didn't work out
very well did it?
The fact is, Ethics is controlled by the people it was created
to curtail. That is, 'Downtown'. The Chair of the Ethics Commission
was appointed by the Mayor Newsom. Her name is Susan Harriman
and she is a partner at Keker and Van Nest in San Francisco. Now,
what do you know about Keker and Van Nest?
It was founded by a guy named John Keker who was formerly a
public defender. As reported in USA Today on February 3rd in the
year of our Lord 2004 (Money Section - there's a surprise)
Keker says the idea for this 'boutique' law firm was to serve
a very specific class of clients:
"Criminals who could pay."
(Keker's own words)
They've defended Enron (Fastow and Quattrone), Mobil, Exxon,
just to name a few. Of course, along the
way, they hired people like current Matt Gonzalez partner, Whitney
Leigh for window dressing and did a few high-profile pro-bono
cases. But, get real, these guys are about protecting the fat
cows they milk to pay for their luxury living.
That's why it is disturbing that a partner in this firm is Chair
of the Ethics Commission. And, Lord Almighty! You should read
the transcripts of the way that woman defends Jim Sutton!
Watch it on SFGTV?
Well, you could if Board President Aaron Peskin hadn't reneged
on his promise to put televising the Ethics Commission ($32k -
negligible cost) into the current City budget. Not so oddly, the
Mayor didn't put it in there either.
More succinctly, when Ed Jew goes before the Ethics Commission,
he'll be facing a body completely shaped by the very Downtown
interests who want him out of office and replaced with one of
their own stooges. Here's the Ethics Commission as of 9:00 a.m.
Mayoral appointee and Chair: The aforementioned, Susan Harriman.
Board of Supes appointee: Eileen Hansen. The Sutton contingent
lobbied mightily and tried to pass legislation through Alioto-Pier
at the Board to have Hansen and former staffer turned Hallinan-appointed-Commissioner,
Joe Lynn, removed from the body.
Current D.A. appointee: Charles Ward. Guess if he'll side with
the woman who appointed him (Harris, who is also after Jew).
City Attorney appointee: Jamie Studley. Oddly, her mentor (Dennis
Herrera) is also trying to put Supervisor Jew in jail. Think Studley
is gonna have an open mind here?
Assessor appointee: Emi Gusacuma. Let's see, wasn't the Assessor
first appointed by Newsom who (here's a shocker) also wants Jew
out of office?
My point is that if this thing gets to Ethics, Jew loses at
least 4-1 just on the conflicted self-interest of the 4 commissioners
with mentorship ties to public officials elected by Downtown interests.
Let's not even get started about what happens if this case gets
to the Board of Supervisors. Aaron Peskin and Tom Ammiano have
regularly slandered Jew in the local media.
Ed Jew cannot get a fair trial in this town except in the FBI
criminal investigation, and that can take years to conclude. The
Mayor, the District Attorney, and the City Attorney all have deeply
personal and conflicted interests in seeing Jew tossed out of
He's a feather in the cap in future runs for office for Democratic
machine politicians whose own activities make Jew look like a
choir boy. Harris, Newsom and Herrera have no business prosecuting
Ammiano in full-blown Queen mode
"Well, most of us live in our districts!" Thus spake
Tom Ammiano as he kicked his pointy high heels into the body of
the prone, Ed Jew (at least wear open-toe, Tom). Yeah, Tom said
that, and much much more, to disparage the embattled 4th District
"Well, I want to thank you for coming to this hearing for
your Charter Ammendment, Supervisor McGoldrick. It's important
that when your proposed Ammendment comes to the Board, that the
supervisor be there."
The comment was one of several shots the Senior 9th District
supe took at Daly and members of his staff during yesterday's
Rules Committee hearing. Whyfore he do that?
Does Tom hear footsteps?
I told Ammiano that I'd back him for Assembly. If Daly runs
against him, I'll rescind my endorsement of Ammiano and go with
Chris Daly. In a heartbeat. Literally thousands of people feel
the same way I do on this one.
That's the only reason I can think of (short of, he just likes
to kick downed male bodies)
only reason I can think of
that Ammiano has joined Peskin in attacks upon Chris Daly. Watch
and see if I'm not right.
'Emissions reduction', my ass!
Aaron Peskin is pushing a union-busting charter amendment that
would destroy 400 union jobs at MUNI and replace the protected
workers with employees hired and fired 'at will' by political
appointees beholden to the likes of him.
That's the real purpose of this charter change that will be
coming to you on the November ballot. Oh, he tacked on 'and Transit
Reform' to cover the attack on the jobs and benefits of current
MUNI employees. I mean, shit, who can be opposed to cleaning up
the air and reforming MUNI?
You'll hear more about this down the road but this is just another
case of the Board President's complete betrayal of the Progressive
Here's a piece Pat Monk sent me which opens with a quote from
Francisco de Costa regarding the attacks on Jew. The piece itself
is by Monk.
If it walks like a duck...
(by Pat Monk, RN. Noe Valley)
Francisco Da Costa, Director of Environmental Justice Advocacy,
recently wrote a column entitled "San Francisco, most racist
city in the Bay Area". The following few examples seem to
give credence to this assertion.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera made the following statements
in his request to State Attorney General Jerry Brown for permission
to prosecute Ed Jew:
"There is a crisis in governmental legitimacy that is
unprecedented in San Francisco's modern history... the citizens
of San Francisco have a right to legitimate representation in
This from a man who recently, at the bidding of the Mayor
and a couple of the people's 'representatives', effectively disenfranchised
33,000 registered voters in an ongoing legal struggle to have
a voice in the future of their city, and question the Redevelopment
Agency's (RDA) proposal to annex and gentrify Bayview-Hunters
Point, a district populated by predominantly Black and other minority
The Board of Supervisors ceded control of this area to the
RDA who handed it over to Lennar Corporation, an odious operation
with a history of flagrant violations and abuses. There is currently
a health care crisis in the district as a result of the company's
unmonitored excavations which have released toxic particulates;
children and seniors in particular are experiencing significant
respiratory and other medical problems as a result.
This years City Budget exceeds 6 BILLION DOLLARS, and yet
those in most need; largely minorities, low income, the dispossessed,
veterans; are forced to plead with their 'representatives' for
a few crumbs for vital human services that fall off the fat cats
These proven effective Community based programs should be
nurtured and receive a substantial increase in funding, not be
replaced by more feel-good, politically driven, exercises in self
promotion like "No Cash and Less Care".
The attacks on Chris Daly for mentioning the Mayors acknowledged
substance abuse 'problems' were completely off base. He did not
accuse the Mayor of cocaine use, as erroneously reported in the
corporate media, he merely pointed
out the irony of his proposed cuts in substance abuse programs
for regular folks while he is undergoing similar treatment himself.
Of course he has access to special treatment not available
to the rest of us, are we subsidizing this?. The hypocrisy is
despicable, I'm going to cut off funding for programs that dramatically
improve your lives, but, if there's a camera in the vicinity,
I will wash your feet.
Meanwhile he, and various other Pooh-Bah's, continue their
practice of disposing of City/Public assets; eg. recreational
fields, golf course, marinas, waterfront property; to favored
entities for a dollar or a pittance, all the while claiming lack
of city resources to fund public needs.
In order to at least make a pretence of being 'fair and balanced',
I feel it should also be noted that much of the progressive establishment
has also been deficient in it's attention to institutional and
environmental racism. With a few notable exceptions there has
been very little organized ongoing support for the folks in Bayview-Hunters
Point in their struggle for survival and justice. While progressives
bemoan the lack of a credible mayoral candidate; Grumble about
Gonzo; Criticize those who decide not to tilt at windmills; Grasp
at John and Josh; they have so far given very little attention
to another declared challenger.
I trust it is not because this person is a strong, articulate,
informed, committed, black female who has fought fiercely for
years to bring justice, equality and empowerment to the Bayview
in particular, and all people in general.
Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai is running for Mayor!
While we were 'celebrating' the Fourth, I hope some also took
a few moments to lament the loss of liberty, and despair over
the demise of truly representative democracy that is occurring
everywhere, even in our beautiful but increasingly fair-skinned-city.
Thanks for the work, Pat.
Avoid sniper alley
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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