With h. brown
San Francisco mayoral candidate, h. "Court Jester" Brown.
Red Moon, Heart by-pass, Hall drops
August 31, 2007
Well, haven't we had ourselves some week?
I have anyway.
One of my best friends (Doug McAbee), a young 44, has his plans
for an international employment change (he was scheduled to teach
in Istanbul as he has in Japan and Korea)
finds he has
to undergo by-pass surgery to make it to 88. This, after he sold
his car and most of his things and made an orderly transition
out of his apartment in the Presidio. Fortunately, his girlfriend
is a cardiac care nurse and he has an option of staying with best
buds Beth and John (John being a radiologist) on top of Sanchez
Street (stay off the hills for a few months guy). So, on the upside,
the best luxury property manager in the City will be staying indefinitely
and maybe I can get him to do an Odd Couple routine and co-manage
a nice building as he recovers. Not that I want to get out of
the Tenderloin after 30 or so short years.
Good luck, Tony
And, Tony Hall dropped
out of the race for Mayor as the red-moon of the 3am lunar
eclipse hung like a drop of menstrual blood over the San Francisco
sky. It would seem that total changes of direction are the order
of the day. Who knows what can come of such things when we are
caught like small feathers in the rush of the Creator's hurricane?
Or, it could just be bad luck. I don't buy that though. Too
many coincidences. Naw, the Indians and all the 'primitives' knew
things we don't know when they warned of personal cataclysmic
events that would certainly accompany the gods' celestial light
shows. The rest of us should get prepared for some shocking changes
of direction too. Hey, not all sharp and unexpected changes end
up being for the worst. My own battle with Eric Jaye in our rush
to 6-pack abs being a case in point.
Newsom's pig calls us "barnyard animals"?
Eric Jaye does political consulting like the Giants' relievers
save late inning games. You give the bastard a 70 run lead and
a 500-1 fundraising advantage and he manages to fuck up so badly
that he makes a cliff-hanger out of it on election day.
I'm told that Jaye is intentionally gaining weight during the
campaign so that he can look like a fat barnyard pig with pretty
blue eyes at the Newsom victory party. And, he calls the Mayor's
animals"? This slop-hog has taken over a quarter of a
million dollars from the Newsom re-election account over the past
6 months (that's more than 10 times what any of Gavin's opponents
have raised en-totale just for this one monument to gluttony).
You know what this dildo is going to do?
He's gonna lose the crowd
He's gonna make the crowd sympathize with the opposition Candidates
Collaborative that meets to debate for the third consecutive Friday
later today below Gavin's windows (5-6:30pm in Alioto Plaza).
Til now, barely anyone knows that we've been there. The City Hall
bureaucracy refuses to answer our requests for recognition. That
makes us all liable for arrest at anytime and that's the kind
of intimidation Jaye specializes in.
Just how stupid is Gavin Newsom?
Not very much. Really, it's all Jaye that makes him look dumb.
Take the case of the 'Free' Wi-Fi that Gavin has been pushing.
It makes Gavin look really bad and the evidence is right there
in the same edition of the Hearst's rag, Chronicle.
On the front page (8-29-07), Newsom blames the Board of Supervisors
for not rushing into a contract with his buddies at Earthlink
and Google that would tie the City and its airwaves up for a decade
or two to a system that has proven inferior everywhere it has
'Universal' free Wi-Fi my ass. There is absolutely nothing in
the contract that requires the providers to extend service to
blacks in the Bay View or the poor in the Tenderloin. Comcast
certainly never did. The system will essentially only reach people
in sidewalk cafes (which already have the stuff for free) and
those lucky enough to live in a front apartment.
And, the service is slow and all of your thoughts are tracked
and it is just a plain stupid idea that has no right to even be
under consideration in a city that calls itself innovative. Another
article in the same edition of the Chron (8-29-07, reprint from
Washington Post's Blaine Harden)
Harden tells us how forward
looking city's act.
"Americans invented the Internet,
but the Japanese are running away with it."
"Japan's lead in speed is worrisome
because it will shift Internet innovation
away from the United States."
How does Tokyo's system compare with Gavin's best?
It's 300 times as fast and costs half as much and it goes absolutely
everywhere. That means that a work-from-home graphic designer
in Tokyo can have a service up to 30 times faster than Comcast's
best which is in turn, 10 times faster than the Wi-Fi Newsom proposes.
The answer is municipal fiber optics and the City already has
a start on the system but to use what they've already built for
citizens instead of just governmental agencies will require going
to court (Comcast put in a rider saying City couldn't compete
Tokyo has a rocket, Newsom offers SF an antique soap box car
Only a complete buffoon like Jaye would have the Mayor ranting
in such a public manner about the loss of a system that would
have put the City at an international competitive disadvantage
for the next 30 years at least.
I'm proposing that the City place a $500 million dollar bond
measure on the ballot as soon as possible for the purpose of constructing
a municipally owned broadband fiber optics system the equivalent
of the one in Tokyo.
First, the thing would pay for itself in business expansion
within a decade. And, secondly, providing the latest tools to
the geniuses who abound by the block in this burg would be the
second-best investment the City could be contemplating.
First, SF Land Trust to keep artists in town
At least 15% and preferably, 20% of the land in San Francisco
should be land trusted to remove the incentive for real estate
speculators to grab it for turnover.
The YMCA on Golden Gate comes to mind. For 35 million bucks
the City could make the several hundred rooms in the Y into a
permanent home for musicians and artists and geeks from around
the entire world. All you gotta do is break even. And, again,
the monetary value of the creativity we are losing due to high
real estate costs is inestimable.
The federal government housing projects are another obvious
target for Land Trust. Newsom has failed to apply for federal
funds to maintain them since he was elected. The plan is to allow
them to fall into such a state of disrepair that the people will
clamber for billionaires like Walter Shorenstein and Donald Fisher
and Warren Hellman to 'save' them.
That's already happening. If Gavin cared about the projects
or the people who live inside them, why didn't he apply for available
federal Hope VI funds to keep them up? Why is he touring the projects
with the best views with unnamed billionaires?
Public Power and beyond
As Mayor, I'd push hard for another Public Power initiative
aimed at recapturing the City's Hetch-Hetchy generated electricity.
And, I'd push for another $500 million dollar bond issue to invest
in a Tidal Power project such as the one scheduled to go online
under a Gonzalez mayoralty. We should dump Comcast and AT&T
as fast as possible. They've both done shitty jobs and fucked
every resident possible every time possible. A City should own
and operate their own utilities.
Salon at 1pm
Collaboratives party 7:30pm
Good luck, Tony
Good luck, Doug
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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