Early line on mayor: 2004
Gavin Newsom is looking good. So is Jake
McGoldrick. Jake has definitely made the greatest sartorial
gains in the six months since he became District 1’s
supervisor. Matt Gonzalez is competitive vis à vis wardrobe.
However, this is San Francisco where the last mayor appeared
nude in a shower with a couple of shock jocks (sans jocks).
After a week away, I turned on Channel 26
and reassessed the City Hall scene. The differences. …
Gavin Newsom has rejoined the board. He made
a serious error in leaving the arena to the new reform board.
Gavin is a bright guy and fast on his feet, but he sorely
underestimated the likes of Matt Gonzalez. In the months Gavin
sat in the wings and pouted and cheap-shotted the new board,
it left him behind. Now, Newsom is back dividing his time
between keeping kids of color off the docks this summer (a big
success for Gavin and the Marina Bigots Association —
although they ALL support the IDEA of having the little
buggers crawl all over the piers … just not this summer) and
Gavin, to his credit, got sprinklers for
SROs to the board, but …
he’s also been pushing against real reform
in the city’s relationship to PG&E by tossing out a
Trojan Horse loophole-laden charter amendment aimed solely at
keeping your cash in the pockets of PG&E forever and ever
and ever, and…
Gavin wants to keep confusion king in the
Department of Elections by allowing the new (mayor-anointed
via city administrator) director of elections to make around
2,000 “waivered” appointments from the ranks of city
employees and others with allegiances to something other than
a fair outcome to the day’s contests. As one person in the
audience said in a description of the kind of poll employee
Gavin’s legislation would allow: “The poll inspector wet
himself as he picked up the ballots.”
This board has some developing heavyweights.
I once said that I’d vote for Ammiano for mayor as long as
he was alive because I thought he deserved it. But, hey, I see
him backing off from the good fight and I won’t support
that. It began with the corporate tax give-back and ended with
him fronting for the mayor last week to protect 2 million in
special assistants for Willie.
Anyway, while Tom fades to fog, Matt
Gonzalez, Aaron Peskin, Jake McGoldrick, and Gavin Newsom have
all caught fire. None has had the cajones to sign the petition
to recall Willie Brown (thanks, Jim Reid) but they have all
benefited from the effort. The number of disgusting acts
committed by the mayor has faded in direct relationship to the
birth and growth of the petition to recall Willie Brown. Last
week the real Willie raised his head and fired a nineteen-year
employee of the Port Authority in order to keep a young female
special assistant with less than a year on the job. Willie
relayed the rationale for his choice through his “crack”
staff: “She’s black!” Willie noted.
We’ve come a long way, baby.
There was good news. I lived through a
flight back to see my mom. Along the way, I realized a few
facts which related directly to the issue of whether to extend
SFO to include lotsa bay.
As I said before, it ain’t necessary.
SFO’s flights were down 7 percent last
year while both Oakland and San Jose saw their traffic
increase by double-digit numbers. Here’s why.
My mom & sister bought my plane ticket
back home. Round-trip SFO to St. Louis was more than $600.
From Oakland, it was $302. That’s half!
I live in the Tenderloin & it took
less time to get from my place to Oakland’s airport (40
minutes) than to SFO, at about 1/3 the cost. I paid $2.75 to
ride from the Civic Center to the Oakland Coliseum, where I
purchased a $2.00 BART ticket (only legal tender on the
shuttles) and entered a waiting cute little coach which
dropped me in front of my airline door. The return was the
same in reverse in less time. Shuttles to SFO are around
I changed planes in Denver twice. First
time there since they did their expansion. My God!!! You can
literally walk about two miles between gates. SFO is
presently around 5,600 acres. The only larger continental
airport is Denver. You don’t want that. Pretty soon SFO
will be larger than San Francisco.
We’re off the racks for the next four
weeks. We’ll still be at www.sfcall.com
for you particularly perverted friends. As our esteemed
publisher notes, we could get daily columns plus more going
there. Visit us.
“how high’s the water, momma?” … firstname.lastname@example.org