San Francisco has been a part of me since before i was ever born. I came here at least every month as a child and teen because my grandma lived here and we were pretty much her only family. My parents met while my dad was working at Perry’s the first year they opened in the 1960’s while my mom, she worked at The Cooperage. And not only that! I am also an ancestor of Levi Strauss, Sigmund Stern and Daniel Koshland Sr. and Jr. as well as the Haas’s.
My ancestors helped build this city that has been my home ever since i could get away after graduating high school down in Santa Cruz. I have lived here in San Francisco myself now approaching two decades. It was always home. There was never any question. It was the place i could be me and feel inspired not shunned.
What made this town so different was its modern, diverse, and accepting, progressive mindset. It was like a little european city right here in America. Free thinking, individual, intelligent, independent and accepting of all and anything no matter if it was not just like you or me. It had this sense of class and worldly-ness about it. It was beautiful in physical aspects but also in its symbiotic diversity. I was so fucking proud to have had the path that lead me to this place that i have been researching this town just to know it as well as i possibly can ever since.
I sit here with anger, shame and fear in my heart after seeing the representatives of my fair wonderland bow to the political pressure that this conservative hijacking has laid on. Shame on you! You work for us. I know that your future career moves and possibilities is i am sure important, but you have sold out and sold us down the river to big money and political wranglings. When exactly did we swap out the leaders of our people who knew what was right and what was WAY WRONG for those that are willing to go against the want of their own people or the government bylaws?
You know it, I know it and a lot of other long term or just saine and aware people know it… that this is a witch hunt. To get out a progressive who would actually hold some power so that you can cash in on the selling out of this city. You should be feeling a little twitch in the base of your abdomen when you read this because you know it is the truth and you know it is YOUR selling out that is doing long term detrimental harm to us all.
I lived in 94117 for about 14 of the last 2 decades and let me tell you. We LOVED having Ross Mirkarimi as our district rep. He was out in the neighborhood all the time. He was approachable and always had time to talk with anyone who wanted to talk with him even if he was having a coffee or going somewhere. He IS a great leader who TRULY CARES FOR SAN FRANCISCO. Or at least what we all thought San Francisco was.
You all alone, are solely responsible for tearing a family apart. Both parties were forcibly separated for political reasons. That is far more abuse than any single piece of this actual situation. You should feel sick. You should feel the shame. You should know that with every dollar of OUR money that you spend and or make, make you are a fraud.
You have one more chance to make things right. One last vote to allow Ross Mirkarimi to keep his well earned job. You know that the guidelines for having him removed have not been met. If there is one progressive left out there with deep pockets to back him, he could take it all the way to the top courts in this state and would win and you know it. Prove to us, YOUR REAL BOSSES, the CITIZENS, that you still have a kernel of credibility and gusto and vote for what WE WANT AND VOTED FOR!! You have no right to take away our vote. You rendered the citizens vote worthless and the reprocussions of that reach farther than you or even your generation could possibly know. Do NOT hand over this last piece of utopia to those who are truly evil because greed is their motivation! Please! Please let our votes be heard!
Please do not vote Ross Mirkarimi out of office! Dont break the hearts and souls of your people. Show us why San Francisco is so great! …Or show us that there is nothing left here. Nothing. No soul, no voice, no pride. Nothing.
Please dont break the dreams for many by giving in to this coup! I beg you!
Thank you for listening. I am counting on you to think for yourself and vote with your conscience in clear view. Every move you make is going to determine wether you are a worthy leader or a fraud. We are watching very carefully. This is your only chance at salvaging any possible reputation you may have with us, the citizens who know this town and KNOW what you are actually so far, getting away with, is a SHAM!
The vote of the people has got to be worth something to you all. It is afterall what you needed in order to be in this position that you are now in. If you take away our vote and the power and credibility of our vote, please think about how many generations that are still to come that you are taking from. This is not just about the now, not about Ross Mirkirami. This is about the basic foundation that created this country to be what we all think (or thought) it was. The free vote of the people.
I understand how on a national scale, the power of the people has little power, but in our very own neighborhoods, it is crucial! It is the only way to have a composed functioning metropolis. This is so important i just do not know what else i could try to say in order to impress this to you.
Please DO NOT VOTE TO REMOVE ROSS MIRKARIMI FROM OFFICE. If that is what was to happen, you would have to be then knowingly not going by the legal guidelines to do so. So you would be making up the laws as you go and that is NOT democracy!
We will wait and watch and pray that we still have the city we all love so much and not another plastictopia.
Thank you for your time!