SFSOS newsletter slams Newsom
SFSOS President Wade Randlett.
Photo by Luke Thomas
February 8, 2007
In today's Chronicle, SFSOS President Wade Randlett sounds positively
restrained about a future with five more years of Mayor Gavin
Newsom. SFSOS has a long history of backing Newsom.
Contrast those comments with the vitriol contained in the following
SFSOS newsletter that went out this morning to their mailing list.
SFSOS Newsletter, dated February 7, 2007
It's up to us to pursue a Quality of Life agenda for SF. Well,
theres no point in ignoring the elephant in the room...
The Newsom sex and booze scandal has terminated any hopes of
an affirmative agenda for Quality of Life coming out of Room 200
at City Hall, at least for the remainder of this election, and
potentially for the four long years that follow.
Supervisors Peskin, Daly, and the rest of the extreme greens
no longer need to couch their attacks on Newsom as policy attacks.
Now they can just ignore him or force him to sue for peace on
To the many ex-Newsom supporters who valiantly held out hope
that the Mayor would come to his senses and lead the charge for
the reforms that led you to vote for him in 2003, consider the
Since his 2003 election, Newsom-era policies make it harder to
own a home; harder to drive without hitting a pothole, harder
to get a garage permit for your own home; harder to find a park
gardener keeping his schedule; harder to get across town on Muni;
harder to find a parking spot; harder to afford a spot if you
find one; harder to pay your parking tickets, and harder to get
through the line just to enter a garage so you can avoid a ticket
in the first place.
As for pathologies that are merely exacerbated by City Hall malpractice
and negligence, its easier now to get mugged or murdered;
easier to get your computer bag stolen from your car in a smash
and grab; harder to walk a street un-besieged by graffiti; harder
to find a family on your block; harder to get into your neighborhood
school; and much harder to feel optimistic about your school with
the last great nationally recognized Superintendent having been
driven out undefended some 18 months ago.
There is one fly in the political ointment for the extreme greens:
Newsoms City Hall politics are not the same as the democratic
demands of San Francisco citizens. A broad majority of common
sense voters want a city government that delivers clean, safe
and paved streets, well kept parks, un-vandalized buildings, excellent
neighborhood schools, and crime that gets punished. None of those
is the case today. None of those problems was getting more than
lip service from the pre-scandal Newsom administration.
As busy as you are, achieving quality of life reforms is now
up to you. Newsoms political collapse only makes it painfully
obvious. Rather than hold onto a thin hope that a post-2007 Newsom
would pick up where he promised he would start post-Care Not Cash,
we can now look to ourselves and our neighborhood leaders to make