According to Jean Choung in last week’s
Independent, there are only five horses left at Golden Gate
Stables in Golden Gate Park. For 131 years there have been
horses in those stables. Wars, epidemics, depression, and bad
rock & roll concerts have been unable to clear the public
stables. However, SF Mayor Willie Brown’s NYC hired gun, Rec
& Park’s director Elizabeth Goldstein is one trip to
court away from getting the job done in under a year.
Oh, the stables will be back. They’ll be
“world class” too. That’s another way of saying only the
rich will be able to afford the facilities. Few of the old
tenants will return. Getting rid of the old tenants and their
low rents is the game. Just as tossing out the present human
tenants from the North Beach Housing Projects will do away
with most of them forever. Same with the boat slips down in
the Marina. And the facilities at Harding Golf Course.
It got me to looking out the back window at
the orange tree in the corral behind my friend’s building.
Almost every downtown block still has at least one stable.
They’re the one-story structures that have morphed into
garages or grocers.
Speaking of garages…
The rape of “Ferry” Park continues with
empire-building Supervisor Aaron Peskin handing out pieces of
the little gem like hunks of pork at a cook-out. Kate
Williamson, writing in the Guardian on October 17 described
Peskin aide Wade Crowfoot as “skeptical” and “asking
questions.” About whether “this is an effective
prioritization of our money for transit.”
Odd, it was Peskin who carried the ball for
the port every down on this one. It was Peskin who introduced
the legislation in the board’s Land Use Committee and herded
the odious item through there and then, right on past a
Sue Bierman’s retirement left the space
with no elected protector and the vultures were on the space
within days. Rose Pak was able to put usually progressive
land-use attorney Sue Hestor in yoke with new supervisor
Peskin and together they plowed under and paved over the
Chinatown end of the park. Peskin then buddied up with DPW to
guarantee a permanent swath of the park for DPW. Peskin then
arranged amendments promising more pieces of the park to Muni.
He capped off the vivisection by handing the sub-surface of
the eastern end of the parcel to the Port Authority. The same
authority, incidentally, which was advertising in brochures
that it had over 2,000 parking spaces around the Ferry
Building. Why more? Why ask?
Peskin is an outdoors kind of guy. I don’t
think he hates parks. This is about brokering power. It’s
about millions of dollars in construction first. Imagine the
money going into this little space. Imagine the construction
contracts. Instead of just leaving a cool green space with
large trees where thousands can relax … get everyone
involved! Bring in DPW to build a road and a maintenance shed.
Muni can build a platform or two. The Port Authority can build
a big garage and putting the thing under Rec & Park makes
it eligible for part of that 450 million dollar bond pie
burning a hole in Willie’s pocket.
So what if you have to toss out old people
and horses and dogs and boats and golfers and … you get the
City attorney … Eisenberg, please
Other than when I got pissed and recommended
nuking half the world on September 12, I’m generally, a
lock-step progressive kind of guy. It is thus, with great
sadness, that I again break ranks and re-endorse Neil
Eisenberg for city attorney.
Hey, folks, he’s best. Did y’all see the
League of Women Voters’ debate? Lazarus and Herrera are a
pair of ventriloquists’ dummies. I really liked Williams. He’s
lost the glasses and the blow-dry and projected something of
an innocence. Still, there’s that Peskin machine connection.
Williams and Hestor partook in the Ferry Park sell-out when it
suited them. Hey, they’ve done more good than bad, but they
are, after all … lawyers. The only reason my friend Jerry
Threet had such a shopping list of Eisenberg sins over the
years is simply that Eisenberg is older. If you judge lawyers
by their clients, … well, don’t go there.
Judge em on ability and independence. As
best I can determine, I’m the only person in town supporting
Eisenberg. That makes him very independent. If I can get him
to shave his head, throw in a heavy gold loop earring and
maybe take on a strategic tattoo or two, the man could turn a
head or two.
OK, maybe that ain’t the path. How’s
about this: go to just one of their debates or watch one on
Channel 26. There is really no comparison. God didn’t give
Neil Eisenberg the wardrobe, looks, hair, or slick personality
she gave the others in the race. Neil got the brains. Lots of
em. He’s gruff. He’s sarcastic. He’s tough. He’s
neither owned by nor cowed by anyone in this town. He’s
already proven he’ll stand up to the biggest bullies in
town. Eisenberg for city attorney.
Thanks to Jim Reid
I want to thank MUD District Rep candidate
Jim Reid for keeping Willie Brown’s trap shut for the past
nine months. Reid is the builder who ran the “Recall Willie
Brown” effort for the past year or so. I’m truly sorry it
didn’t succeed in unhorsing The Mayor but it sure kept him
looking over his shoulder. No doubt it kept Reid looking over
his shoulder too. Thanks, Jim. How about a new “Recall the
Mayor” petition for next year? It’s never too late to
challenge a tyrant.
Jeff Adachi for public defender. Cause his
daddy didn’t get him the job.
Susan Leal for treasurer. Cause I always
wanted to be a lesbian.
Yes on every single proposition except “A.”
That’s opposite the mayor’s recommendations and that’s
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