With h. brown
h. "Court Jester" brown
Court Jester reviews Board of Supervisors agenda
February 5, 2008
I voted for Barack Obama!
You vote for whomever you want but get your ass out and vote
and try and get at least
one person you know wouldnt have otherwise voted to go out
Todays Board agenda
You always have to watch it when the Board meets on an election
day. They dont think youre paying attention and theyll
try and run some bad, bad shit past you. Today is no different.
Heres the ones that stink the most:
Item #15 Giving twice the money to King Security
These people are union busters. But, theyve given money
to every single major politician in this City and thats
why they jump past lower bidders everytime. Enter their home offices
and youll see pictures of both Mark Leno and Carole Migden
hanging along their walls.
The new contract seems to be a payoff for their cooperation in
pushing Aaron Peskins cabdriver killing Prop A.
This is double the money they got last year and theyve
been busted for not just opposing union organizing, but firing
workers for doing same. It should be sent back to committee where
the whole thing should be opened up again.
Who the hell do these people think they are, Clear Channel?
Item #16 Moral turpitude?
Moral turpitude? Moral turpitude? Moral turpitude?
Item #18 Money for Dick Blums buddies
This is another year of Smarte Carte at the airport. Actually,
theyre at another 1,000 airports too. Nothing wrong with
that except that theyre there because Senator Dianne Feinstein
was on a committee in the U.S. Senate that gave them the inside
track while her hubby, Blum was a major stockholder.
Item #19 A bridge with its own lobbyist?
Whats this about? The 4th street bridge project was a
disaster that only Matt Gonzalez could sort out. Which he did.
The reconstruction is complete. Why the hell does the City need
to pay TRC-Imbsen to consult them for 10 more years?
Item #26 Minimum qualifications
This is a Downtown push through Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
(who else?) to dump Progressive commission representatives. It
sucks. Vote no. Wait, you dont get to vote. Vote for Obama
and then call for your supe to vote no on this piece
Item #31 Charter amendment for even-numbered year voting
Love that Supervisor Jake McGoldrick guy to death but this one
wont fly for me. It would mean that I cant lobby Jeff
Adachi to run for Mayor in an off-year (for him) election for
Mayor. Thanks for the effort, Jake but I gotta turn thumbs down
on this one.
Item #32 Charter for elected MTA Board
I dont know. You know? It would take some power from the
Mayor and I like that except if one of my guys or girls becomes
Mayor. Some of the Salon crowd says that it would give an advantage
to the swells because City-wide elections always favor money.
Im not certain I agree with that. Ill follow my
usual course and vote no on something where I have
doubts. Although, Id enjoy more candidates and elections
Item #33 More diversity in City commissions
Who could be against that? No one. Except thats the first
part of the legislation. The second part says that City employees
couldnt serve on City commissions. Im gonna go with
Robert Haaland on this one (get out the smelling salts) and say
this one should be voted down. Hell, some of my best friends are
Item #34 Elsbernd screws with retired City workers
This is an attempt to weaken the Citys promise of health
benefits to retirees. As a retiree who barely makes anything for
47 years of public works, this one gets the hair on the
back of my neck up.
Item #36 RIP-OFF OF CAB DRIVERS !!!!!
This is the worst thing on the agenda. It is shameless. It is
the first time the Republican cab company owners have been able
to put forward a raise for them (gate fees) without a raise for
the drivers (meter). The fact that it got this far is a disgrace.
Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval sitting in with Supervisor Alioto-Pier
and Sean Elsbernd to push it forward guarantees that Ill
never back him for anything ever again. This is mother friggin
highway robbery of the middle class cab drivers with an ink pen
instead of a gun.
Item #40 Study the Zoo
Oh yeah. In the City of St. Francis? Oh yeah. Lets take
care of the shivering koalas (turn 'em loose in the eucalyptus
forest on Mt. Sutro?) and make our operation a rescue-only thing
with no public there to taunt the recovering animals.
Item #41 Mayors MTA raids
While this one has an air of hypocrisy (Peskin made 500 of Willies
special assistants permanent) about it, Ill encourage the
thing be sent to Budget and Finance with Daly as chair. Air this
bedding in public. Hang the bloody sheet out the window and check
Item #47 Dr. Philip R. Day Jr. Day
Tell me this isnt the guy who stole all the money from
the kids and spent it on a campaign for more money and used it
to hire political lobbyists who are friends of Peskins?
We gonna have a Jim Jones Day next?
Items #49 and #50 Allowing filming of Milk film at City Hall
Oh yeah. Let the world see the gem that is SF City Hall. Once
again. Remember right after it re-opened all prettied up and someone
wanted to film there and Willie followed them around with a bucket
and rag making certain everything was perfect? Our lady (da Dome)
deserves to be in film after film after film after film.
Item #45 Farmers Market on OFarrell between Fillmore
I think this is the one where Karen Babbitt works Saturdays.
Id support it anyway and so would you. Farmers' markets
rock and should be a damned near automatic approval.
Legislation in the colon and about to be crapped:
080136 ISO deal with FERC
This one needs to run by PUC Commissioner Dick Sklar and Bruce
Brugmann before it goes anywhere. The fact that it needs Board
approval gives us our only shot for input to a deal put together
by our PG&E friendly City Attorneys office.
Sklar said at a PUC meeting that he didnt think the ISO
should be allowed to require us to have more fossil fuel plants
because we didnt need that much power.
ISO works for PG&E. Fight them at every turn. They want
peaker power plants? Let 'em build 'em in Turlock.
080141 Give Olivia Chen Consultants a 50 percent raise?
This is the kind of PUC contract that Dick Sklar fights at every
meeting. I dont know who this woman is but I know that bottomless
contracts are not good for you.
080137 Payoff of gangster trash company
A black trucking firm was the low bidder here. They were passed
over because the City was in their pocket and staff argued that
they didnt believe the black truckers had the competence
to do the work at the price they bidded. Now, Sunset Scavenger,
after vanquishing the black truckers, says that the high bid they
submitted isnt enough and they want even more. Screw 'em!
080140 Construction Management (CM) agreement
Fifteen million bucks for what? Try Googling the group being
handed this cash. Parsons Transportation Group in partnership
with EPC Consultants, Inc. and Allen Group LLC. Its pretty
much a straight giveaway.
Superior Court wants a supplemental of over 2 million dollars?
I didnt know we even paid for the Superior Court. How
many Republican judges do they have over there? This is at least
worth a hearing before a Board committee to educate idiots like
me as to how the Superior Court is infrastructured. Theres
a new word for you.
Vote early and often.
Angela, you there? See you at noon.
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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