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YES TO THEA SELBY!! Kudos to the Guardian for recognizing her true neighborhood voice, her integrity, and her commitment to the District!

Posted by waltin on Oct. 02, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

I am one of Thea's volunteers, and have been walking with her knocking on doors for the past 5 month. The more I get to know Thea, the more passionate I get about helping her win. Her compassion for people and integrity has really touched my heart. She is NOT a Politician, she is for the neighborhoods. GO Thea GO!!!!

Posted by Cristina Goya on Oct. 03, 2012 @ 8:06 am

The notion of suing ATT and Apple because yuppies & techies are up in arms about crime in the Lower Haight is ridiculous.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

I am one of Thea's volunteers, and have been walking with her knocking on doors for the past 5 month. The more I get to know Thea, the more passionate I get about helping her win. Her compassion for people and integrity has really touched my heart. She is NOT a Politician, she is for the neighborhoods. GO Thea GO!!!!

Posted by Cristina Goya on Oct. 03, 2012 @ 8:03 am

**JULIAN DAVIS** (THE LAZY BOY)
Julian the candidate of the 99%. Ironically Mr. Davis likes to volunteer on boards and wants to impose taxes on the Citizens of SF while his mom pays his bills.

**JOHN RIZZO** (CRONY MAN)
Are you kidding me? Rizzo said he supports Chris Jackson for College Board after Rizzo took corrective action when Mr. Jackson was paid $500 for meetings he did not attend under Rizzo's management (a violation of State Law).

**THEA SELBY** (EVICTION ENFORCER)
Thea Selby enforced an eviction to move into her home. Anyone with ballz like that gets my vote.

Posted by Julian Rizzo on Oct. 03, 2012 @ 9:49 am

So disappointed in your selection of David Chiu. He has been a poor supervisor in our district. He is just another slick politician. He won't even agree to a debate because he is afraid of all the angry constituents!

Posted by Michael on Oct. 03, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

He always looks so miserable and unhappy.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 06, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

The Department of Recreation and Park (RPD) has turned its back on protecting Golden Gate Park and instead is rushing to pave, commercialize, and privatize San Francisco's premiere park.

Although the bond designates some money for Golden Gate Park, there is no clear commitment to which projects will be built or if the Golden Gate Park Master Plan guidelines will be followed faithfully. Will the money be spent to enhance parkland or used on projects that raise revenue at the expense of our open space?

We cannot trust RPD to protect Golden Gate Park from bad projects.

There can be a new bond another year. RPD must first clearly demonstrate how bond money will be used to protect our parkland for future generations. Once lost to development and privatization, our parks are lost forever.

Vote NO on "B."

Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance

Posted by Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance on Oct. 03, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

Here’s a short video where FX Crowley, Joel Engardio, Mike Garcia, and Norman Yee each take one minute to explain why they are running: http://youtu.be/NMLj-V5MiKw

Posted by Guest on Oct. 05, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

Here’s a short video where FX Crowley, Joel Engardio, Mike Garcia, and Norman Yee each take one minute to explain why they are running: http://youtu.be/NMLj-V5MiKw

Posted by Guest on Oct. 05, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

Thea has the experience and the vision. Vote for Thea. She is the one to help SF keep the great city status that it is, will be and can be. She has vision and a voice of experience. No fear to make the right decisions.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 06, 2012 @ 6:06 am

can get things done rather then posture ideologically. And they can work with all interest groups.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 06, 2012 @ 6:44 am

Join the Ghetto. You must have to learn to talk like London (but you probably know already). Birds of the feather, fly together!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

SFBG writes:
"We're not happy to be endorsing Prop. B..."
Then DON'T! Go neutral on it. Go ahead; it's still possible!

There are four options open to those considering ballot measures:
endorse, oppose, neutral, and "[item] not considered."

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RPD doesn't need the money. It still has at least half the 2008 Park Bond money to dole out.

You're correct: If they get this money from us it's as if we are giving RPD a green light to go ahead and continue privatizing and monetizing our PUBLIC parks!
Why would we want to do that?

This model wherein a city department develops its own cash flow (enterprise dept) is mirrored in the Planning Dept. In this instance developers' fees go directly to the Planning Dept and not into the City's budget (General Fund). That's why Planning always favors developers over us, the public.

It has already been happening at RPD: those who pay large (and I mean LARGE!) fees get precedence over all else.

We need RPD to return to being good stewards for our parks. When they do we'll happily and enthusiastically recommend approval.
But not with a literal Pay-to-Play model being shoved down out throats.

Vote NO on this Park Bond!

Posted by Judy B on Oct. 06, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

Thea Selby? Like all the D5 candidates she has nothing original or substantive to say about the city's "smart growth" planning policies. Her campaign logo should be a smiley face. Like the Guardian, she supports allowing UC to rip off the old extension property on lower Haight Street. And the Market/Octavia Plan. And presumably the Rincon Hill highrises, Parkmerced and Treasure Island!

And of course she supports whatever the Bicycle Coalition wants to do to our streets on behalf of an obnoxious minority of bike people.

Much like the Bay Guardian, the D5 candidates suffer from a massive intellectual deficiency, which means that any one of them will be a suitable successor to Ross Mirkarimi.

Posted by Rob Anderson on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 10:43 am

Why don't you run then, if you think you are Einstein? You just sound like a bitter person with "no life" and try to complaint about everything. Got it?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

He got a fraction of a percent. The neighborhood rejected his great ideas. That's why he's so bitter.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

=v= Those paying attention to facts rather than rants know that the SFBC's uninspiring endorsements did not include Thea, so it's not exactly clear what Rob Anderson is blathering about. She's got my vote.

Anderson's analysis exhibits its usual incisiveness, the kind achieved with a dull object. His main success in life has been to delay liveable city improvements for a few years, after which their implemention has rapidly proven their worth; so his bizarre and seemingly random allusion to the SFBC is best viewed as a type of nervous tic. Plus, he's got a burgeoning career as the media's go-to guy whenever they want to "balance" any positive coverage of bicycles, so he's got to keep the franchise operating.

Posted by Jym Dyer on Nov. 05, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

I attended debates, talked to candidates, discussed issues, and I came away thinking that, surprisingly, Thea was the choice. She offered working solutions rather than the standard 'we need to build more affordable housing' or 'we need more jobs', etc. We need peace and love too, but without a plan, it will never happen.
The strangest candidate must be Everett, who thinks that more parking for the poor is the answer.
Great to read that Mr. Anderson is still knotting his TW's over his own fictional view of the world. Polluters in this city need a voice!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

For the first time in my life I have walked with a candidate door to door and hosted a house party. I met Thea Selby at a neighbor's house party and was very impressed and became more impressed the longer I have campaigned for her. I did not know her prior to my neighbor's house party. She is truly a neighborhood candidate. She is so knowledgeable about the diverse neighborhoods in our district. She is a progressive but a thoughtful one who generally has a more nuanced view of possible solutions. She LISTENS. She has spoken to and listened to hundreds of voters in District 5. There is not another candidate in this race who has done the foot work that Thea has. She will be a wonderful, intelligent voice for our district owing nothing to anyone except the voters. Please consider this great candidate on November 6th (or earlier!)

Posted by Carolyn Harvey on Oct. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

The above comment mentions that Thea Selby successfully performed an owner move in eviction?? Is this true?

How can anyone in their right mind think that makes her a good candidate for district 5 which is comprised of mostly renters, like 2/3 I believe.

Someone at the SFBG needs to look into that, in fact, why didn't they find that out before they endorsed her?

Seriously concerned for the renter of SF! I will not be voting for Selby or Breed.
They are a danger to rent control.

WAKE UP SFBG!!!!!!!!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2012 @ 11:39 am

Are you guys for real here? Thea Selby evicted someone? Lost my vote!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2012 @ 11:46 am

If you are considering London Breed, you must be a sailor or from the ghetto, just like her. I don' want someone with a sewer's mounth to represent us. Read for yourself:
But she may have gone a bit too far when she told Fog City Journal's Luke Thomas: "You think I give a fuck about a Willie Brown at the end of the day when it comes to my community and the shit that people like Rose Pak and Willie Brown continue to do and try to control things. They don't fucking control me - you go ask them why wouldn't you support London because she don't do what the hell I tell her to do. I don't do what no motherfucking body tells me to do."

Shortly thereafter, Breed said she got a call from Feinstein's people withdrawing the endorsement. “There were just some concerns about the kind of language I used in the article,” Breed told us.
Is it CLEAR

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

I am absolutely NOT considering London Breed, she's is rent controls worst enemy --endorsed by SF creepy Realtors, did you see the cheese sandwich video? weird & creepy. Plus I think deep down she's really mean, and a major part of the conservative machine. Look at her career and whose helped her. She is the one who is really beholden to the ugly powers at be. Don't trust that shit at all.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

On another thread last week, a Guest highlighted a few of the reasons why Chistina Olague should not be on anyone' D5 ballot:

Christina Olague...

(1) was part of the team that brought San Francisco Ed Lee, after she jumped ship from the David Chiu for Mayor campaign;

(2) voted for the America's Cup when she was still at Planning when it was still in the give-away to Larry Ellison phase;

(3) voted for 8 Washington (a multi-millionaire developer's and Port Authority's wet dream gusher);

(4) voted for the re-appointment of Michael Antonini to the Planning Commission (as anti-progressive a Plannning Commissioner possible);

(5) may have lied to the press about a conversation she had with Building Inspection Commissioner Debra Walker about a different conversation she had with Mayor Lee about the fate of Sheriff Mirkarimi;

(6) is backed to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars by Rose Pak and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, (who already have very cozy insider status with Mayor Lee and Supervisors Chiu and Kim.)

(Thanks Guest for the clear adn succinct list.)

Olague's work on the Planning Commission is most telling since over the past 8 years project after project after project was approved with her mostly joining with Anti-progressive Commissioner Antonini to approve hundreds if not thousands of condos for millionaires with very few public benefits.

I'm not a big fan of the tactics and tantrums of Chris Daly, but he knew how to negotiate against monopoly capital, winning substantial public benefits in the process, while Olague has laid down with the big landlords and developers giving them carte blanche to plunder and pillage the city on her watch.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 31, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

Congressman Pete Stark
239 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Fax: 202 226-3805

Congressman Pete Stark
39300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 220
Fremont, Ca 94538
Fax: 510 494-5852

November 2, 2012

Dear Congressman Pete Stark,

We want you to know that those of us who are mothers, grandmothers and other caregivers, some in your district and other parts of California and other states, absolutely support your re-election campaign and we urge all caregivers to join us in that support.

We want to thank you deeply for your heartfelt understanding of the difficulties that mothers and other caregivers have these days in raising their children and taking care of elderly and/or differently-abled friends and relatives. The years that women have had to put their child or children in some situation so that they can struggle to find a job outside the home in this very difficult job market, which for us has meant doing a double shift of low waged work outside the home on top of unwaged work inside the home, has taken a terrible toll on both mothers and children.

Your introduction of the Work Act (H.R. 4379) is historic. We were glad to find out about it and that if passed it will allow women and men who have no partner and who want to raise their own child, to raise their child full time up to age three and not be penalized under welfare reform (TANF). It will give our young children the chance to be nurtured and breastfed, which we know will help them be healthier both mentally and physically over their lifetime. As you know the destruction of Aid to Families with Dependent Children struck a terrible blow to single mothers trying our best to raise our children by further impoverishing us and forcing us to leave our young children in the care of someone else.

Thank you for so actively caring about all the people. So many of us are struggling with the problems of raising a child alone, with taking care of aging parents, with our own disabilities and illnesses. Please let us know, even with our meager resources what we can do to support your efforts and ensure that you return to the House of Representatives.

Most Sincerely,

Jane Welford, Northern California
Pat Albright, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network (EMWM)/Philadelphia, PA
Margaret Prescod, Women of Color Global Women’s Strike/ Los Angeles, CA

Organizations who have participated thus far:
Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), Benton Harbor, MI
Bonnie Atwood, Richmond, VA
Bonnie Macri, Salt Lake City, UT
DHS/DCFS – Give Us Back Our Children/Southern California & Philadelphia, PA
Energy Rescue, Omaha, NE
Every Mother is a Working Mother Network/Philadelphia & Southern CA
Family Advocacy Movement, Omaha, NE
Family Connection Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Georgia Citizens Coalition on Hunger, Atlanta, GA
Global Women’s Strike
International Women Count Network/Breastfeeding Network
Legal Action for Women, San Francisco
LIFETIME, Oakland, CA
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Detroit, MI
Military Families Speak Out, Southern California
National Welfare Rights Union, Detroit, MI
New Life Career Center, Hempstead, Long Island, NY
Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER), Olympia, WA
Payday Men’s Network
Queer Strike
Shauna Gunderson, Santa Cruz, CA
Survival News, Boston, MA
Survivors, Inc., Boston, MA
Welfare Warriors, Milwaukee, WI
WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilitie)
Women for Economic Justice Coalition (WEJ), Oakland, CA
Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

Congressman Pete Stark
239 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Fax: 202 226-3805

Congressman Pete Stark
39300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 220
Fremont, Ca 94538
Fax: 510 494-5852

November 2, 2012

Dear Congressman Pete Stark,

We want you to know that those of us who are mothers, grandmothers and other caregivers, some in your district and other parts of California and other states, absolutely support your re-election campaign and we urge all caregivers to join us in that support.

We want to thank you deeply for your heartfelt understanding of the difficulties that mothers and other caregivers have these days in raising their children and taking care of elderly and/or differently-abled friends and relatives. The years that women have had to put their child or children in some situation so that they can struggle to find a job outside the home in this very difficult job market, which for us has meant doing a double shift of low waged work outside the home on top of unwaged work inside the home, has taken a terrible toll on both mothers and children.

Your introduction of the Work Act (H.R. 4379) is historic. We were glad to find out about it and that if passed it will allow women and men who have no partner and who want to raise their own child, to raise their child full time up to age three and not be penalized under welfare reform (TANF). It will give our young children the chance to be nurtured and breastfed, which we know will help them be healthier both mentally and physically over their lifetime. As you know the destruction of Aid to Families with Dependent Children struck a terrible blow to single mothers trying our best to raise our children by further impoverishing us and forcing us to leave our young children in the care of someone else.

Thank you for so actively caring about all the people. So many of us are struggling with the problems of raising a child alone, with taking care of aging parents, with our own disabilities and illnesses. Please let us know, even with our meager resources what we can do to support your efforts and ensure that you return to the House of Representatives.

Most Sincerely,

Jane Welford, Northern California
Pat Albright, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network (EMWM)/Philadelphia, PA
Margaret Prescod, Women of Color Global Women’s Strike/ Los Angeles, CA

Organizations who have participated thus far:
Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), Benton Harbor, MI
Bonnie Atwood, Richmond, VA
Bonnie Macri, Salt Lake City, UT
DHS/DCFS – Give Us Back Our Children/Southern California & Philadelphia, PA
Energy Rescue, Omaha, NE
Every Mother is a Working Mother Network/Philadelphia & Southern CA
Family Advocacy Movement, Omaha, NE
Family Connection Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Georgia Citizens Coalition on Hunger, Atlanta, GA
Global Women’s Strike
International Women Count Network/Breastfeeding Network
Legal Action for Women, San Francisco
LIFETIME, Oakland, CA
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Detroit, MI
Military Families Speak Out, Southern California
National Welfare Rights Union, Detroit, MI
New Life Career Center, Hempstead, Long Island, NY
Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER), Olympia, WA
Payday Men’s Network
Queer Strike
Shauna Gunderson, Santa Cruz, CA
Survival News, Boston, MA
Survivors, Inc., Boston, MA
Welfare Warriors, Milwaukee, WI
WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilitie)
Women for Economic Justice Coalition (WEJ), Oakland, CA
Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

One of very few this year. He isn't afraid to stand on his convictions. Just the fact that he's the only openly atheist congressman is a testament to what kind of a person he is. Agree or disagree with him, you've gotta hand it to the guy -he has some guts.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

Would Prop 32 cause the unions to have to appeal to their members to win the confidence of their membership if the union wanted to raise money to advance their political agenda?

Perhaps Prop 32 might end up actually being a way for the rank and file to demand accountability from an autocratic and ineffective union leadership.

Perhaps labor leadership is scared that they'll not win that vote of confidence and shouldn't that be a problem?

Posted by marcos on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

Why did you withdraw your support for Julian Davis? The article links here but there is no information.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

There's an article on their website somewhere from a few weeks back if you're really interested in searching for it, but I suspect it's more of a rhetorical question. As I recall, his recounting of the groping event(s) didn't jibe with the observations of others who were present. Sometimes it's best to be over truthful when people ask us to explain bad things that happened rather than try to massage the truth.

He and some of his supporters obviously think very highly of him, but we'll see at 20:45 Tuesday what the D5 voters think. More flash than substance? A nice resume for someone starting out in life, but maybe fairly light for a supervisor in a major city? Does a long list of progressive supporters overcome the highly-publicized groping allegations? Will the non-stop news stories during the 10 month sordid Mirkarimi affair affect progressive voter ballots? After the Mirkarimi arm grab and Davis groping allegations do the D5 voters look for a female candidate in reaction to the bad juju male testosterone?

It's difficult to defeat an incumbant. Gonzalez did it in 2004, but unlike the candidate then, Olague has long connections to certain elements of the D5 progressive community, including Calvin Welch and the deep bench of the affordable housing industry, both of whom I'd always want on my side for an endorsement.

If Davis comes in 2nd or higher in 1st place votes, or finishes a strong 3rd or higher, he may have a future in local politics. But if he doesn't make it this time, it most likely will be eight years before the D5 seat is open again. By then the district will become even more moderate as rent-controlled apartments are converted to condos and the voter demographic continues to shift. Paying $1,500 for a room in a run down 3-bedroom NOPA apartment is one thing; paying 1/3 of a $850,000 mortage (plus $50,000 downpayment) is a different voting demographic.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

Just two months ago, Olague had been excommunicated by the Affordable Housing Mafia, a broad but not particularly deep bench, for her vote on 8 Washington.

An incumbent was defeated in 2004?

Posted by marcos on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

Hiles ate the shit sandwich in 2004, but she was an appointed incumbent and was not beat by Gonzalez.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

it as not intended to be factual in the least part; not worthy of less than direct refutation.

The SFBG retraction of its endorsement for Davis seems to have either been a foolish triangulation of the percieved opinions of both its real and potential readers, or a cravenly calculated collapse of will; "settling" for Olague amid the fear that continued support for the assumedly weakened Davis would dilute the proportional vote and result in a worse outcome. In a word, lame.

And of course, Guest's waxing with great glee predicting the future regression of the politics of D5 is eerily echoing past predictions with regard to the Mirkarimi reinstatement vote -- is it not?

Posted by lillipublicans on Nov. 05, 2012 @ 2:28 am

My bet is that Lee promised to defund nonprofits unless the progressives jumped ship to Christina. There is dissension amidst our opponents right now, we do not know if it is intentional or accidental. In any event, it is successfully causing more damage to community based politics than to corporate dominance.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 05, 2012 @ 6:52 am

Sorry. DiFi makes me want to vomit. No can do.

Posted by Roxanne you know who on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 8:30 pm