We Have Met the Enemy
¾ And It Ain’t Us
a rumor that the San Francisco Democratic County Council is writing a
the present hard economic times, this business plan is not designed to
figure out how the city can meet its $300 million shortfall. Or how
the city can find ways of getting more revenues into its coffers to
fund vital services.
era of rising health costs, this plan will not even mention how the
city can provide health care to the thousands of families that are
though hundreds of people now live in our streets, it will not address
the issues surrounding this homeless population.
not even provide support for the altruistic self-interest of the
Democrats to bring unregistered voters into the electoral process.
the sole purpose of this plan is to outdo and “cut the wind out of the
sails” of the San Francisco Greens.
go over the facts, shall we? Thirty-six locally elected officials
serve the city of San Francisco. This includes the School Board,
Community College Board, City Hall, State Senate, and State Assembly.
Only four of these positions are held by non-Democrats. Three are
these three Greens are not just ordinary politicans — but are rather
smart, thoughtful, principled political leaders with long and
promising political futures in front of them. (I concede that point to
you, Dems, with a great deal of joy.) But in any sport
(including politics), 36-3 is considered a rout.
to San Francisco Democrats: The Greens are not your enemy.
million deficit in our city’s budget is the enemy.
presence of people starving in our city’s streets, shelters, and homes
is a true crisis.
the anguish of sick people (including small children) waiting for
hours for health care at San Francisco General Hospital because of
adequately teach our city’s future leaders in overcrowded schools that
lack books and resources is a genuine dilemma in our current times.
Providing support for underpaid, overworked teachers who are expected
to provide pencils, paper, and other supplies for their students is a
challenge that both the Democrats and the Greens should be addressing
at this very moment.
Greens, like the Democrats, are a group of dedicated and active
issues, they work side by side with the Democrats. Together, they
worked for many of the same issues on the November ballot. There
were Greens working for Hansen and Dufty in the December
sure, the two parties don't agree on every single issue. That's what
makes a democracy. I believe that the choice of a political party is
even mentioned (affirmatively) in the U.S. Constitution.
members of these parties are united in wanting a better city. This, in
fact, was often the reason that they became active in politics. To
help create a better San Francisco. A city that feeds all who are
hungry. A city that provides mental health care and drug/alcohol
rehabilitation on-demand. A city that houses everyone who wants
shelter. A city that can assure the services of a public defender with
time and resources to accurately represent everyone who is
accused of a crime.
us (Democrats and Greens) moved to San Francisco because it held out a
promise of compassion, vision, and leadership. The city was reputedly
outspoken in its determination to take up the cause of the underdog,
to give voice to the unrepresented, and to offer care to those who
over small pieces of a political pie diverts energy from the fight
that really matters — the welfare of our city's residents. Rather,
fighting stifles the vision and leadership needed to surmount the
crisis of a $300 million deficit. Only by working together can we
continue to move San Francisco toward the vision that we (Democrats
and Greens) all share.