I believe Tony was speaking about the Conservatory of
Flowers when he made the above statement. Still, it holds true across
Tony wasn’t the only one thinking of the Conservatory
this week. Chronicle columnist Ken Garcia seemed to have taken an entire
bottle of Viagra before doing another column attacking District 5
Supervisor Matt Gonzalez in the February 9 Chron. Lemme give you the
Garcia, like the SF Weekly’s Matt Smith, is a lackey of
the bluebloods. Garcia twists & distorts simple facts to such a degree
as to make up seem down & good become bad.
I’m green with envy.
In the column Garcia leads his readers to believe
Gonzalez wants to shut down the road in front of the Conservatory of
Flowers permanently. It takes Kenny Boy over a thousand words before he
gets around to noting that the closure is only for Saturdays and is in
response to the fantastic success of the Sunday closure that has taken
place for more than 20 years, covers four times the road & accounts for
96 percent of Golden Gate Park visitors on that day.
Garcia’s bosses are in the minority here. The public
hearings that were televised on Channel 26 (the poor man’s version of
the WWF channel) pitted a few rich people and Willie’s special
assistants against hundreds of plain ole average folk.
The rich always lose in debates before the various
commissions and committees but eventually they get their way. In one of
the de Young hearings, a woman brought her servants to testify bouts
whys we needs this ugly phallus protruding from our park. One servant
forgot what she was there for & went into a little speech instead about
how long she’d kept house for this woman who brought her here & anything
she said must be ok. … I mean, jeeez, Ken.
The reality is that poor people make rich people
uncomfortable. The poorer you are, the more uncomfortable they become.
Small wonder that the rich have decided to pretty much lay claim to sole
title on Golden Gate Park Stables, Harding & Fleming Golf Courses, and
all the parking (they’ll take away your free parking above ground &
allow you to pay to park in their private garage).
Had ye all but been offa work & able to watch Rec &
Park’s Liz Goldstein explain why the poor & homeless had to be rousted
from their reclining spots & their possessions seized. … it wudda warmed
yer hart. All the plans for facilities “improvements” are simply part of
Willie Brown’s Battle Plan, which plays out as follows:
50 million here … 50 million there
Speaking of rip-offs, you been watching the slithering
boa constrictor of the Juvenile “Justice” System lock up the city’s
kids? Now, there’s a hedge that needs pruned. Even though the population
of kids is down some 20 percent in the city, we need a bigger lock-up
for them because we’re locking more of them up than we used to. Fella
testified that whereas ten years ago we only locked up 36 percent of the
kids who got busted, now we’re locking up 85 percent of them!
Whoooa! Despite all of the new programs that Kimiko got
funded by the mayor & her daddy, the kids are worse? Do the math. Twenty
percent less kids get locked up over twice as often. That would seem to
indicate that the kids are about three times as lethal.
Don’t get upset. It’s not true & they know it. They’re
only saying that … surprise, surprise, surrrprise (as Gomer used to say)
… to spend 50 million or so of taxpayer money to build a bigger building
they don’t need. First, of course, they’ve got to tear down the old
building which at 40 years old is deemed ripe for a profitable turnover.
Like the docks & the stables & the golf course & the Trans-Bay Terminal
The city has allowed the building to deteriorate in
order to strengthen Willie’s case for replacing it. Like so many other
plans (say, the Airport), Willie hasn’t waited for approval to begin
spending the cash. The January 29th meeting of the Economic Vitality,
Small Business & Social Policy Committee heard testimony that the city
had spent over 20 million on “Juvenile Justice Reform” over the past
five years. Musta been using cash to hire the mayor’s block captains at
50 to 100 grand a crack. While the streets remained filthy, Willie
appropriated 7 million bucks last year for replacing the old Juvenile
Hall & they’ve already spent 2.4 million on architects & consultants &
the like on a building that, hopefully, will never be built.
All that money, all that grease, all that payola should
go into funding free city parking for 2,000 mentors/job coaches who
agree to teach a kid (who is also paid) a couple of hours a week.
Chance? Absolutely none. Willie would rather see your
money go to Bechtel & the like.
Kimiko Burton – a proven failure
There’s a great scene in one of those Harrison Ford
movies written by Tom Clancy (hey, I have no taste) where the
president’s buddy has been revealed to be a major drug dealer. Aides
tell the prez to deny close ties to the guy. Everyone knows it’s a lie.
Interjects Ford: “Don’t give them anywhere to go with it. Tell em,
‘Yeah, he was a lifelong friend. That’s what makes it so shocking.’”
Ford knows the truth will come out & he does damage
control in advance. Kind of like Kimiko Burton & the 200 grand in
salaries for her new special assistants who were brought on because
either (a) she cannot do the job the mayor appointed her to & must have
two high-paid assistants plus herself to do the job Adachi did alone, or
(b) she’s added one hundred-grand pork-barrel position & doubled another
position to almost a hundred grand to pay off her dad & Willie for the
Like our Harrison Ford character, Burton offered a quick
pre-emptive comment on the excess patronage pork she’s made line-item
for next year’s budget. “I’m proudest of establishing a position of
finance director.“ The other new hire was her husband’s old secretary.
But, hey, that’s probably just a coincidence.
Nope, you’re not gonna get me down in the mud saying
she’s just another spoils politician like her pop & Willie. Nope, I
think more of her than that. I’m gonna go with answer (a). She’s not
dishonest. She’s just incompetent.
Take heart, Jeff Adachi, they might uh run you off but
it took three people to replace you & even those three do it badly.
It would appear that da mayor is going to do a little
variation of the Irish Kids’ game “Hide in plain sight.” Willie’s game
is called “Steal the election in plain sight.”
It seems that lots of people are going to be spending
time before & after the coming election replacing the page of the ballot
which includes the vote for Adachi/Burton. It falls under what they call
“remaking.” Seems that you’re only allowed to remake ballots if (a) they
are damaged or for some other reason cannot be counted by the machine;
or (b) your candidate is losing. Last election, they did tons of these
remakes behind closed doors when da law say they gotta allow public
oversight. Thisa time theys promising we can watch.
I’d guess you got a better chance playing Three Card
Monty at 6th & Market. I wonder if the ballot page the “remakers” are
replacing will have the same numeric designation as the front page? Save
your ballot receipts like they’re lottery tickets. I’m guessing you
could learn that even though thousands of you voted for Jeff Adachi,
that page of your ballot got deep-sixed & your vote was recorded as
being for Burton. Oh, & did you know you were also against term limits &
thus in favor of Father John Burton staying in Sacramento forever (not
that bad an idea).
Chris Daly rules!!
I am, I do believe, the only person who watches Channel
23’s News Desk Show (various times around dinner) every week. Watching
print journalists in front of a camera is kind of like stumbling in on
your great grandma naked. It’s a bit embarrassing. Still, it beats
“remaking” ballots for a living, I guess.
Part of the show is an interview period conducted by a
little right-wing wuss named Bruce (the bunny) Petit. You watch, you
tell me if I’m wrong. Petit has the presence of some small furry thing
that should be parting the bushes to peek in on the campfire.
No matter. He (or his producers) do give some face time
to my candidates and for that, I am grateful. Still, the man should do
at least a little research before he does his interviews. His interview
with 6th District Supervisor Chris Daly is a case in point. Petit had no
idea whatsoever of Daly’s eight years of work in the homeless community.
He seemed surprised to hear that Daly came from another location in the
United States & moved here specifically to work with the homeless.
Without so much as a note, Daly worked his way through
pertinent details in the city’s Continuum of Care – the official city
map for dealing with the poor, insane & addicted who inhabit our
streets. It was like Petit had invited Genghis Khan to dinner & Gregory
Peck showed up. He expected an inarticulate beast & he got an informed,
passionately committed wonk of the homeless.
Job hunt continues
I’m still looking for a 2nd District residence. Nothing
fancy. I can garden or paint or manage property. I just need to bed down
in the Marina or Pacific Heights till the second week of November.
Go polish your jewels: