Ok. Lets just call the big pink elephant in the room out. It is so obviously clear that there is a strong movement coming from the anals of our high ups in the corrupt world of politics & greed. Now SF looks like a circus in the world views of city govt. all in order to squeeze out ANYTHING standing in their way of under the table deals, political back scratching and money making crony appointments.
It started with our dear mayor Ed Lee. Lee was appointed to the post upon the early departure of sitting mayor Gavin Newsom. When this happened, Mr. Lee made NUMEROUS promises not to actually run for the position when his appointment ended. He waited until most of the candidates had burned out most of their funds to campaign with and then came on with HEAVY heavy advertising. He also (and most importantly) had the backing of the political powers that (although not in office, hold more power than those in politics now) can hand anyone that they chose the position. Some of these powerhouse names include Mr. Willie Brown, Ms. Nanci Pelosi, Gavin Newsom and his backers the Gettys to name a few. Needless to say, Ed Lee somehow won the mayoral election although i do not personally know of one single person who did vote for him (which doesnt mean a thing i know.)
Next it was the vicious attack on Sheriff Elect Ross Mirkirami and the BS domestic violence charge and the character slaughtering of our former Supervisor in the court of public opinion. I of course do not condone any act towards women of violence… However, when the spouse of said abuser says publicly that she is NOT being abused and this is a political witch hunt, after watching the BS unfold, i would say she is absolutely right. When on earth does a DA put into place a protective order for some one other than themselves? Ms. Lopez said publicly did not want any order of protection put onto Mr. Mirkirami but DA does it anyway, that is shady if nothing else. The political left is after total domination of the San Francisco govt. landscape and tearing a family apart is just part of the casualties of its war… No big deal right? NOT!
Now, the most recent in the push out of progressiveness is an ambush on the Sunshine Ordinance. The Sunshine Ordinance was put into place in the 1990′s as a move towards open government. Open Govt. is the wave of the future and is oh so needed in maintaining a govt. without egregious corruption. Greed and corruption is what is taking the soul out of this city to turn a penny for a few powerful players. This city has had a history with backroom dealings and shady plays. Every time it starts getting out of control, it takes its toll on the long term residents that have made this place so attractive in the first place. The Sunshine Ordinance has the requirement of placing a few appointments into our city govt. However, recently, their appointments of the incumbents as well as well qualified new possibilities for their appointments were denied or to say it in the phrasing of the SF Guardian “refused to seat two candidates” and told them to come back to them with a new list of possible apointees. It is all messy and super shady and now to me very obvious that OPEN GOVERNMENT AND ANYTHING THAT MAY STAND IN THE WAY OF WHAT THE BIG MONEY PLAYERS ARE UNDER ATTACK AND ARE TRYING TO BE WIPED OUT COMPLETELY. This is not good at all.
For those who have recently moved to this city, it may not be as apparent to you what is happening. You may think that all of this city growth and redevelopment areas are great, you are wrong. Not saying that growth is bad or that building and redeveloping is bad too, but when it is to eradicate an entire community that has been living in their neighborhood for generations just to get greedy hands on that lucrative property it is WRONG. This has been done to every single corner of our city except the lower eastern corner of Bayview/Hunters Point and Visitation Valley (vis. valley has been spared due to its such south local.) This is systematically ridding SF of more of its ethnic residents and their neighborhoods has been going on (think western addition redevelopment) for a LONG time leading us to now where the percentages of black and hispanic populations have been cut down to single digits where in the past, the black and the spanish community has been a major part of the city’s fabric.
It is just like a slow bad dream coming to fruition. Greed and power has got to be put into check and seen for what it is right now in San Francisco. We have a heavy and colorful history of fighting against ‘the man’ and hopefully it will continue on in activist movements and rebel voices. Remember that there is a lot more to any story coming from city hall than they are going to ever advertise. And that sometimes it is not worth the pretty skyline and high property values to lose its soul and flavor of the great city of San Francisco.
Former mayor Gavin Newsom