My apologies to both San Francisco Treasurer
Susan Leal and to Carlos Petroni, her challenger in the coming
election. Once again, I’ve changed my mind.
I endorsed Leal before I saw the two of them
give presentations and be interviewed by the League of Women
Voters. After seeing that presentation (repeated with all
candidate debates, proposition profiles & much sexier
stuff) on local cable Channel 26, I felt it’s really your
call, but Petroni looked much, much better to me. He came
across like a demure sophisticated Marcello Mastroiani giving
an interview in his vineyard overlooking the Mediterranean.
Of course, I don’t know what he actually
said. Does it matter? Hell, Last week I endorsed Treasurer
Leal just because she was a lesbian.
You getting the message here? Do not trust
any newspaper editor, columnist, or reporter. MAKE
UP YOUR OWN DAMNED MIND!!!
Most people don’t take the time to study
the candidates or the issues upon which they will make
life-changing decisions when they vote. That’s
understandable. After all, the whole aim of most of the
advertising you see and read is to lie to you and confuse you
and get you to vote for the interest or body of the side that
raised the most money. Usually, they succeed. But … for some
unknown reason … they don’t succeed with YOU.
Bravo for district elections!
Last year, for the first time in decades,
the people of San Francisco were able to choose an
eleven-member Board of Supervisors who, in FACT, lived in
their own neighborhoods, Instead of the eleven lackeys who
were given the most money by their downtown masters. A major
message from that election was that San Franciscans do NOT
trust the advice of the city’s major daily newspapers! Don’t
expect any long thoughtful editorials from the Chronicle or
the Examiner as to just why the hell no one listens to them.
The rich advertisers who determine the papers’ endorsements
on everything from cuisine & movies to architecture wouldn’t
want to pay for a news outlet which lacked credibility with
As a public service — don’t quote me on
this, though — here’s what we know for sure. It looks like
(if prior elections are any indication) Neil Eisenberg will be
the new city attorney (the dailies hate him worst), and Carlos
Petroni will be the new treasurer.
All of the propositions will pass except A.
You will begin to build the largest selection of solar
collectors on the planet & have no need of the state of
Texas by 2020 or sooner. You will make all power public-owned,
and you are headed toward moving all power plants of the old
variety out of town. You’ll take the crown from Willie Brown’s
head by removing his control of the Elections and Ethics
Commissions. Not just Willie’s. No mayor should have
absolute control of those vital commissions. Instead of having
a drinking buddy of the mayor in a commission seat, you’ll
have an elected official as a commissioner. You’ll have to
ignore the fact that this person got elected by being a
drinking buddy of the mayor, but hey, no reforms are perfect.
Remember your basic Churchill.
Conflicts of interest
I’m not a very good reporter. I hate to
talk on the phone and since I spend all my time spying on the
politicians anyway, it makes me kind of uncomfortable to see
them in person. So, when the recent fluff arose between Board
President Tom Ammiano and Board Rules Committee Chair Matt
Gonzalez (definitely my two favorite board members — Budget
Analyst Harvey Rose is my favorite city employee) … anyway,
when this fluff arose, I sent them each a short list of
The two of you are the only two “progressive”
politicians whom I personally feel (I’m usually wrong)
have a prayer of beating Gavin Newsom in a run for mayor in
’04. I’d like to take a moment to stick a metaphoric
thermometer up each of your behinds on behalf of the rest of
Question one (for both of you):
Why didn’t you sign the petition to
recall the mayor?
Tom: Why did you call Matt an asshole?
Matt: Are you, in fact, an asshole?
Question three (for both of you):
If you do not run for mayor, please name
three people whom you feel (with your support) could beat
Gavin Newsom in a race for mayor.
Matt: Ammiano took a lot of abuse as the
“lone voice crying in wilderness” under the last board
without quitting anything. Would you consider reversing
your decision and continue to be a progressive presence on
the Finance Committee?
Tom: Would you allow him to reconsider?
Question five (for both):
Generally speaking … how’s it hanging?
Nosy people want to know.
h. brown, SF Call
thanks for the good intention, don’t
believe everything you read Matt and I are on good terms we
differ from time to time which is healthy and then kiss and
make up, the reporter is claiming his editor changed the
story distortions and all.
Hmmmm. Although he didn’t answer any of my
questions, he did give me something to work with. Possible
lead off that reply: “Ammiano admits kissing Gonzalez!”
(Gonzalez had not answered by press-time)
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