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The Crappie Awards highlight the worst in tech

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While the rich and their acolytes celebrated at Davies Hall, the fun was outside on the streets

Ron Conway was only there in spirit, but was the star of the show
Ron Conway was only there in spirit, but was the star of the show

By Calindra Revier

February 6, 2015 – As the local tech industry was celebrating its gala “Crunchie Awards” inside the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, a mockery style protest titled the ‘Crappy Awards’ was taking place on the sidewalk.

Thirteen awards were given out to the mock versions of influential ‘Techies’ in the industry, among them the “There goes the Neighborhood Award” to Jean-Paul Greze from Dropbox for his involvement in a highly publicized interaction between neighborhood kids and the Dropbox soccer team involving public space rules. Another was the “Evictions Profiteers of the Year” award, which was given out to the mock “Danny Haber” and “Alan Gutman,” for finding opportunity in the wake of a devastating Soma fire.

There was music, chanting, stand up directed at influential tech companies and people dressed as pigs holding signs that said things like, “Ron Conway is Pure Crap,” and “Gentrify this.” Candice Roberts sung a song she wrote titled “It’s not my city anymore,” which can readily be found on YouTube.

Erin McElroy, an organizer from the Anti-Eviction mapping project, had this to say I think that when you’re protesting evictions day in and day out, it’s helpful to have a protest that is also, I would say lively and joking. I think its uplifting for people who are just so down-trodden by what’s been going on.

“It’s horrific the different acts that are so egregious that these people are responsible for in these corporations.”

The mock version of billionaire Ron Conway, played by Joe Wicht, hosted the Crappy Awards wearing a fitting white short bob wig and made jokes like “I don’t know exactly why we’re standing here, I didn’t pay for this building. Let’s start this awards ceremony…”

Wicht, who works for a large non-profit, said “I’m shocked from what I’ve seen in the past six years. Right now were in front of a place where they’re giving out self-congratulatory awards tonight. Patting themselves on the back and giving themselves more influence to keep doing what they’ve been doing up until this point. It’s not acceptable.

“The city is not for sale. The city is not for sale,” he said.

Inside the Crunchie Awards, the mood was light. Comedian T.J. Miller prepared for his role as Master of Ceremonies and did a quick pre-award show interview that was projected onto a massive screen on stage.

Quint Boyle, designer and creator of Private Sensei, an application that connects Japanese students with English teachers, stood in the back of the symphony hall “It’s nice to be in a room full of maybe like $500 billion,” he said.

Another protest was going on directly outside the entrance of the hall – the SF Taxi Workers Alliance was protesting Uber and Lyft. The drivers combined forces with those left from the crappy awards to chant, “How do you spell displacement?…G..O..O….G..L..E, How do you spell displacement?…A.I.R……B.N.B.”

Here, directly from the press release, are the 2015 Crappy Awards:

Eviction Profiteers Of The Year Award: Negev LLC: Danny Haber and Alon Gutman

To find opportunity in disruption and even disaster, it takes a special entrepreneurial spirit. When a fire displaces tenants of a South of Market SRO, that spells OPPORTUNITY! For taking on a burnt out hotel on Folsom Street, slicing up the units — and then recruiting credulous young techsters to pay tripled rents.

There goes the Neighborhood Award:  Jean-Paul Greze of Dropbox

The judges were torn between the nominees this year: Phil Ginsburg of the Dept. of Recreation and Parks, the Fisher Family of Plastic Fields Foundation, or the techie soccer players from Dropbox and AirBnb. However the judges agreed that it was his “Doucheboxness” that  transformed a simple scrimmage into a beacon for the world to see and got one of the quickest legislative u-turns ever achieved.

Labor Fairness Award – Uber

Uber and Lyft’s drivers are private contractors. To grant their employees rights under California Labor laws, an issue that’s currently in the courts, “would cost the companies a lot of money.” We know that is really tough for Uber with its recently reported $40 billion valuation. Keep ‘em desperate! If they act up, “ban their ass,” as the Human Resources Director recently put it to a driver.

Gold Pocket Napoleon Complex Award : David Chiu

Democracy is a fragile thing. David Chiu has a golden future ahead of him with his gold lined pockets. Kaching!

Federated Gold Nugget Award:  David Plouffe of Uber

David Plouffe has left his post in the Obama Camp for a top position at transportation disruptor Uber. So when the next underpaid, hammer-wielding price-gouging loon takes it out on you, don’t expect protection

Gold Digger Award : David Owen and AirBnb

There is gold in policy making. From Board of Supes chief of staff, to Platinum Advisors Lobby Group to full time at AirBnb, David works in the Sharing Economy sector of government gifting. Housing is the new gold nugget, and David is digging it out of the hills of San Francisco.

McMansion Award /Best 100 Yard Dash: Google Employee Jack Halprin

Supersize It! Tearing out the walls of two apartments to make his own private Idaho right on Guerrero Street, was full of space but still feeling hungry. Housing bulimic Halprin has an empty place inside of himself where his heart should be, and he supersizes to try to conquer his emptiness. Recently chased home at dawn from his Google Bus Stop, he gets recognition for the Best 100 Yard Dash.

Urban Regression Award: Y-Combinator

For turning a sophisticated and mature city into a frat house. Thank you Y-Combinator for adding weight to the big Big Bubble Fart.

The What’s in the Past is the Past Award : Snapchat’s CEO and founder Evan Spiegel

The world caught a glimpse into Evan’s soul in some leaked emails from his recent college days. He told his frat brothers to “have some girl put your large kappa sigma dick down her throat.” His edgy worldview didn’t put a damper on his success though. He was rewarded with a healthy round of funding and Snapchat is now worth $10 billion dollars.

 Fair Housing Law Disruptor Award : Chez JJ Digerati Dorm

At Chez JJ Outer Mission you can sleep on a bunk bed in a room with three other people for $929. For $1568 you get your own room. Your ChezJJ “captain” will screen all applicants to ensure you only live with the coolest and the hippest. Should be called the LOGANS RUN award. But if you get that reference you are too old!

Give Away the Streets Award – Ed Reiskin and the MTA

You’ve heard of “take back the streets”? This is not that. After granting special privileges to streets and bus stops for a few years with a recognized “handshake agreement” that allowed the lumbering Google Bus to become a troubling symbol of the Venture Takeover of the city, Reiskin was not embarrassed when caught. “ An environmental review will doom the project.” he told the news, “And the unregulated, ad hoc experience that we have right now with these shuttle buses would more or less continue.” No parking enforcement was possible.

Get Out of the Way Award : Travis Allen

A Republican from Huntington Beach, CA, Allen is proud to represent the first community in the nation to repeal a plastic bag ban. With his largest campaign donation coming from the Association of Realtors, San Franciscans know that he is looking out for the community. His newest bill, AB61 seeks legalization of “shuttle” buses across the state and would grant them the right to block municipal buses and school buses without regard to local regulation. Like an Ellis Act for public buses.

AirB and E Award : Brian Chesky

This is the award for the man who fits into so many of the other Crappy categories. A member of the Y-Combinator fraternity, a driving force for so many of the eviction profiteers and housing gluttons we honor, a disruptor of rules and regulations extraordinaire, with Gold Davids and Mayor AirBnLee on his team, this Crappie honors Chesky and his gold gazillion wealth for breaking and entering our community, and making off with so many of our homes.

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.

130 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t read this anymore. I’m sorry Tim. I’m unsubscribing as soon as I post this comment. This isn’t a lively debate amongst informed, intelligent mature individuals who share strong civic values and a common interest in the welfare of The City as it ought to be. Unfortunately the comments are dominated by a few individuals who engage in a rabid and painful to read tug of war each and every time you post a new article. There’s absolutely no room to join the discussion because it’s obvious no one can safely state an opinion or venture a proposal or even learn anything whatsoever for fear of being shredded to bits by the omnipresent bullies who terrorize everyone else from participating in the discussion. I’m certain, not more than two minutes will elapse before one of your most zealous commenters will reply to this with something along the lines of, “if you’re not mature enough to follow the guidelines set forth in the discussion, blah, blah, blah…” I’m sorry to say I won’t be sticking around to find out however.

    Keep up the good work Tim. I greatly admire you and the quality of your reporting.

  2. No, gentrification is simply the natural process of people wanting to better themselves and their neighborhoods. Money actually doesn’t have much to do with it, but rather is a symptom of the underlying progress.

  3. I read the Pettis piece on naked capitalism this morning. Obviously is it much more in depth than anything I’d post on 48hills.

    There is also Michael Hudson and the economics department at UMKC’s work on Modern Monetary Theory that focuses on sectoral balances that I find instructive.

    Gentrification, on the other hand, is generally a product of speculative finance surpluses. In NYC during the Wall Street boom of the 80s, and in the dot.com and in the current bout of money printing where inflation is shunted into the stock market we have seen the same kind of non-wage money chasing housing and driving prices to the point where they become detached from the local wage base.

    There is no process, it is not like the presence of artists causes gentrification. Once the money in sufficient amounts seeks its level, the neighborhood’s days are numbered.

  4. Once the demand for repayment has been called as a bluff then Germany has no more cards and is out €500m. The German economy will as a result end up worse shape than Greece’s economy.

  5. It’s not unusual for SF progressives to be fighting each other in this way. Not only do the bike/transit mob support the gentrification that other progressives appear to hate. But then you have progressives who claim to want more housing also advocate for NIMBYism and the over-regulation of land, which has the exact opposite effect.

    Very soon progressives find themselves ironically opposing almost anything that might reasonably appear to be progress (better jobs, better transit, more housing, less crime, less blight) because it is all supposedly is bad for their chosen constituency – the poor, the homeless and the under-employed,

    Watching progressives contradict themselves and each other, and fragment into splinter groups hating on each other, is a highly entertaining spectator sport in this city. Luckily for most residents and voters, it’s also almost completely irrelevant because the city moves forward while the lefties bicker at and blame each other for their failures.

  6. The upgrading of neighborhoods benefits the people, and so the people support it.

    Nobody wants more ghettoes and more crime.

  7. A million dollar condo is not luxury. It’s about the average for SF.

    Heck, even you own one, marcos. So how special can that be?

  8. Greece just got downgraded to junk status and their banks are on the brink of bankruptcy.

    Developers don’t say that people need housing. It’s the people who say they need housing. Developers are the ones who deliver it.

  9. Developers say that people need housing, I say that people need gold bricks. Who is to say that one is a legitimate demand to satisfy and one is not? Clearly public policy has allocated gold bricks to Wall Street and Wall Street is using those gold bricks to commandeer the political system. Why not cut out the middle man and share the wealth directly like Greece and Spain are about to do? Who needs Wall Street anyway>?

  10. I see Marcos is again posting under guest. I have seen his “bring me gold bars on pillows” fantasy posted on many other blogs he posts on

  11. Gentrification happens because Wall Street froths and those with Wall Street froth like Ron Conway spend lavishly to win elections and co-opt progressives with nonprofit jobs.

  12. Indeed, the Dali Lama talks about how envy, anger and jealousy are negative thoughts and feelings that take you away from a sense of enlightenment, and put you in the gutter of human relationships. Contrary to popular belief I guess the left is not very Zen.

  13. I assume a “Teach-In” was a gaggle of people who haven’t showered in a week boring each other.

    Kinda like Occupy before they all went home to mom?

  14. By the global definition of the one percent, two thirds of San Franciscans are in the one percent, and one third of all Americans.

    So I guess we hate ourselves.

    There is nothing new about people like Guest and Gary hating people with more than they have. It’s not very attractive, of course, but envy and resentment is understandable. And so much easier than the hard work involved in becoming successful themselves.

  15. Why do you assume that gentrification is a bad thing which should be opposed?

    Most people prefer new homes, less crime and blight, better stores and restaurants, and more transportation options. That is what they voted for when they gave Ed Lee his landslide victory over the anti-gentrification, anti-jobs Avalos.

    Gentrification happens because a majority want it and not because of how much money is sloshing about.

  16. Nnkkkkayyy “Guest”- you give two anecdotes of trust fund kids and all of a sudden every wealthy person got it through inheritance. Bias much?

    And Gary….cmon man, hating on SF’s 1%ers as if they are inferior to NYC or London 1%ers…well that just strikes me as boorish and a bit mean spirited.

    Also, all you need is about $8 mil to be a 1%er. It’s not that much. It’s more the 0.1%ers that have the real wealth that I think all you guys hate so much. Those with $50 mil and up are the ones that really start to have an influence. Millionaires are basically upper middle class these days, and in SF millionaires are basically middle class (you really need at least $3-4 mil to have any lifeatyle. I tell ya, a million Bucks sure ain’t what it used to be. Take pity!

  17. Ok, but how does this actually work? Surplus finance profits plus deregulatory bubbles drives increased housing prices by what mechanism?

    The reason I thought of the Michael Pettis piece was that he has a not dissimilar thesis, but he provides a cogent mechanism plus evidence for same. As a result, I absolutely believe Pettis. His is the best piece I have read on the mess in Europe, bar none.

    Your argument, by contrast, does not gel for me.

  18. So can we do a group nomination of all the bought-and-paid-for hacks wasting everyone’s time here for “Most Boring Troll”? I’d hate to just single out the obvious choice and leave his brethern in the dust…

  19. Episodes of gentrification are powered by finance froth. It happened in NYC in the 1980s, in SF in the late 1990s and now. The production of surplus finance profits during periods of deregulatory bubbles is what drives increased housing prices.

  20. So you admit that your post claiming that SF was the world’s favorite was a lie, just talking out of your ass, shitstain!

  21. “Teach-in”! Seriously? Let me guide you to this little thing called the “internet” and no one is interested in Teach-Ins today. We all march to our own drums today and no, we can’t be persuaded to go leftward. Young people today are libertarianish and hate high taxes. That is how we will go forward. And even if you DID have a “Teach-In”, the only people attending would be the people who agree with you. Time has moved on from 50 years ago.

  22. What drove gentrification was not the street car investment. When Wall Street froths, then land speculation booms as well and that is what drives gentrification.

    The SFBC, Walk SF and Livable City abandoned any pretense of being progressive and have cast their lot with the luxury condo developers. It is a pro-cyclical policy like that which these nonprofits support which facilitates Wall Street’s gentrification more so than facilities improvements.

    In both cases, the housing and transportation nonprofits have cast their lot with the developers. Bike lanes are cheap, rail lines are directed to the politically connected and generate political capital. Housing for the very poor is expensive and is allocated by the trickle, slow walked until the end game is complete and gentrification completely remakes formerly mixed income communities.

  23. What really makes things worse here is that the SF 1%ers couldn’t make it in wealthy enclaves of Manhattan, London, etc. So what we have here are the rejected, misfit 1% – people with money, droll personalities and no social skills and many near sociopaths. They make Larry Ellison look like a good guy, and that’s pretty difficult to do.

    But, as a friend said to me, people don’t remain hungry for too long. Ed Lee is now trying to play both sides, and he isn’t convincing anyone.

  24. Many of the transportation and bike activists know full well that adding transportation “investments” and bike lanes drive up real estate values, gentrify neighborhoods and cause displacement. They called themselves “progressives” for many years since that’s where the political mindset has been the past 20 years, but with the ascendancy of Mayor Lee’s regime, and Scott Weiner hot on his heels, they’ve been able to more easily dissociate themselves from housing and tenant activists who are playing a more reactionary game.

  25. “Earned wealth”?

    Two of 4 units in my former building had transplants from back east (Chicago and NY) who inherited millions. One got her millions from dad (law) and one from her mom (manufacturing). They spent most days at the gym, cafes and restaurants with their separate friends, who were also from the inherited wealth class. Even a fair number of local activists are living in SF on inherited wealth.

    The rumblings you hear on the streets are not from jealousy, but from the fear and anxiety of being evicted from their homes never to return to SF because Mayor Lee, and Gavin Newsom and Willie Brown before him, are catering to real estate speculators and developers who primarily build multi-million dollar condos for their favored wealthy buyers, which further gentrify surrounding areas and put added eviction pressure on tenants in surrounding buildings.

  26. San Francisco progressives want the city to be the Greece of Europe.

    It will be highly entertaining to watch Greece get slapped down big-time.

  27. Bayview is the last frontier. Little did the whiners understand that when they built the racially-motivated “streetcar to nowhere” (AKA the K/T third street streetcar) the result would be the gentrification of the SE corner, starting with DogPatch and ending up, eventually, with even the no-go area Hunters Point becoming tenable.

    Gotta love this city.

  28. Ok, me back. Just popped my top 1%er TJ pizza in the oven.

    To conclude, I must say the Sam is absolutely right that “the left” as typified by the Crappies, many housing activists, this blog and bender supervisors, have a marked undercurrent of jealousy and resentment towards earned wealth. Not so much that they don’t have it, but more perhaps that other people want it, and some actually succeed at attaining it. There is almost an obsession in tracking this to the Nth degree. And their political will reflects this, to an absurd level. Basically, if the city did everything the left wants everyone would have subsidized housing, get paid lots of money for blue collar and menial labor and have other services provided cheaply. Of course that type of city would quickly be shut out of having any newcomers, as present squatters would “fill all the beds.” So basically they want an easy peasy system for those that are already here, like they have some special, existential right over anybody else. Pretty self serving if you ask me. Might as well get a few tech richies to spend time in the mission to provide some diversity.

  29. A gentle parody about why a “teach in” would be ineffective is surely within the realm of reasonableness.

    And certainly less offensive than calling someone a “shitstain”.

  30. Yep, I was gonna mention the NYT article. Could of been written by 48 hills. The obsession with “uncovering” wealthy top 0.1%ers is almost comical. The writers were clearly grasping for any shady Russian or Mid East oligarch and blow it up to something sinister. The paranoi in the article was palpable, and laughable! So what if wealthy people want to buy RE under LLC’s and shell companies. As long as they are not criminals under US laws, they can buy what they want.

    And I’m glad some of that high end money is coming to SF. That, and the mid-to-high tech money is a good thing for the city. Enough of this tenderloin housing project piss fest, that benefits non profits and city hall. This city needs rebalancing in a major way, and tech is the perfect antidote.

    Personally, I’m investing in the Bayview. And I look forward to the day Bayview = Mission 2014!

  31. Why is it necessary for you to be so nasty? You could have conveyed the same message without being a prick.

  32. Great idea, we should have a “teach in” (whatever that is). Yeah, that will instil terror in the hearts of those with far more money than you.

    I have news for you. The 1970’s are over, along with those pointy collars, perma and tie-dyes. You had your moment in the sun, and it’s done.

  33. Actually I’d agree. It’s provincial. But it is desirable and expensive, meaning that not everyone who aspires to live here can afford to do so, and there is nothing wrong with that.

  34. LOL, exactly who do you think Ed Lee is scared of? Who ever turns away funds?

    The money deters anyone running against him. It makes perfect sense to remove the last shreds of doubt about his inevitable re-election.

  35. If you were correct about that, Ed Lee would not be raising money hand over foot to fend off nonexistent challengers.

  36. If there are enough wealthy people to buy or rent every market-rate home available, then clearly prosperity is not so narrowly held as is believed.

    And if inequality is caused by some people becoming more prosperous, then that is a good thing.

    Not everyone can afford to live in the world’s favorite city.

  37. No worries, Guest, when Gary resorts to fecal disparagement, readers know that I have won the debate. It’s not Gary’s fault that he cannot compete rhetorically or logically, so do not be so harsh on him.

  38. Those “people” voted for affordable housing and jobs for them, not for the phony “greed” of a bubble economy where only a few are winning like Moscow.

    The greed is clear enough. Hating San Franciscans because they have a stake in the community cannot be described any other way.

  39. In the Mayor’s Housing Task Force report issued late last year I believe it showed nearly 40% of all SF households make higher than 400% of SF’s median income. About 30% of SF households make for below the median income, with the remaining 40% of the population falling between those two extremes. Every time a moderate income home-owner or tenant leaves the city, they are replaced by a high-income new resident. The massive demographic shift in the city is a freight train that can’t be stopped, although walking by the occasional gentrification protests can be humorous.

    The NYT has an interesting and extensive article about high-end NY real estate being bought by foreign money. The story could have been written about SF too. The housing, gentrification and displacement issues are global in nature and more complicated than merely the extreme disparity in the number of jobs created in the region last year (114,000) compared to the number of housing units built in the region (roughly 14,000). If it was the 1970’s again there would be teach-ins and other free-form education activities to address the global trends and discuss what to do about it, but those days seem long past.

  40. Shitstain, your uncivil and disrespectful remarks to the author of this article eliminate any standing you have to invoke a civility imperative.

    You even attack her name. You are despicable, and being such, shitstain is appropriate.

  41. But those “people” voted for a pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-development mayor, and not for the phoney “equality” of a depressed economy where everyone is losing, like Detroit.

    The envy is clear enough. Hating tech workers because they are successful cannot be described any other way.

  42. Sam, I see no envy. Where is it that you claim to see envy? Or do you think that any attempt to call income disparity as inherently envious? Is the equitable distribution of wealth a bad thing intrinsically to the small minority that think like you?

    The real sad tragedy here is how the right fetishizes greed and corruption and rent seeking. I’ll take the people over the oligarchs any day.

  43. Guest, I see no greed. Where is it that you claim to see greed? Or do you think that any attempt to achieve success is inherently greedy? Is the creation of wealth a bad thing intrinsically to the small minority that think like you?

    The real sad tragedy here is how the left fetishizes failure and poverty and criminality. I’ll take winners over losers any day.

  44. marcos, while I would agree with you that Jennifer’s efforts are misguided and ineffective, it is hard to actually blame her or others like her for the failures of the left to win the crucial debates in this town.

    You look to blame other progressives for progressive failures but the real problem is that there is no way you could ever have won these debates in the first place.

    Even in the heyday or progressivism (2000?) the left never really had a majority city-wide. You never won room 200. And now, with the demographic changes we can all see, and tech enriching so many of us, that ideal has slipped even further away.

    While progressives like you and Jennifer exhaust all your energy fighting and blaming each other, the silent majority moved on with their lives and found that they do not need either of you.

    If the center-left cannot win, then the purist left-left has even less chance. Your ideas are too far out of sync with what ordinary voters think and believe. So much so that you don’t even see the disconnect.

  45. You just support greed because you like greed, and engage in the mindless gainsaying of those who have the audacity to speak out and try to fight back against the proven damage that greed and wealth accumulation are doing to the middle class.

  46. Jennifer, what is left of progressives are tearing down the people who are beating you politically instead of organizing to empower San Franciscans beat these corrupt plutocrats politically and you are tearing down anyone who calls the progressive rump on it.

    The crappie awards should go to the zombie activists who go through the motions of protesting without any care as to whether they are successful politically. Until there is a cultural change in resistance, we who remain here in SF will continue to lose.

  47. No, you might be losing, but most of us are doing great, hence Ed Lee’s continued popularity.

    And calling someone a “shitstain” is not consistent with Tim’s civility imperative. Your lack of tolerance may explain why you are losing while so many are winning.

    Up your game.

  48. Sam (aka Shitstain), it isn’t over until it’s over. And I’m not losing – San Francisco is losing. Enjoy your swing of the pendulum while you can.

  49. So true. And moreover Ed Lee will be in office until 2020, by which time the city will be even further from the hopeless wet dream of the resident socialists here.

    But when will they finally admit defeat?

  50. True, 4th, and it is invariably progressives who take everything so seriously, and have no sense of humor or light-heartedness about what goes on in the city.

    But there is a delicious irony to jjfieber criticizing us for “tearing other people down” when the entire point of their dumb piece of theater was to try and tear down techies.

  51. That’s my view too. Change has already happened in SF. There is no going back to how it “was”, not ever. And I’ve seen progressives that are on Twitter, say shit about Tech and developers, yet they need these people for jobs and places to stay. I get that progressives think they still “own” SF, but actually, no they don’t. That bird has left the cage and it’s a new world. And if people think they will be “safe” in the East Bay, the North Bay, Bayview, Richmond. San Leandro, or possibly even Antioch, no, you won’t. It is a Leviathan, it’s already happening.

  52. I’m sure it was fun for the people who attended the Crunchies too. One thing I noticed on Twitter was that people who attended did not mention the people outside, at all. And many were looking for Uber & Lyft & Sidecar after their fun. Come on, it’s all fun. The people inside had fun and schmoozed, the people outside performed for mostly the media, the drivers all got some money, the media had a field day, progressives in SF got another chance to say bad shit about techies, techies ignored the progressives, progressive media gets to rant, and commenters get to say their share too. Actually it’s ALL fun.

  53. Ed Lee has no opposing viable candidate, as he is unbeatable. The board is moderate. Change is not occurring it has happened.

  54. Why You gotta be so hateful, all the time? This was good fun for all that performed or witnessed it and pretty lighthearted. Way better than a night of trolling.

    If it’s not your bag, go watch Netflix or something…but I don’t see why energy has to be spent on tearing other people down. Plus the haters hating isnt going to stop the revellers one bit.

  55. Ammiano and Leno have both effectively admitted that they are too scared to run against Lee, for fear of losing.

    Avalos has already lost to Lee and Campos couldn’t even win the east side against Chiu. Daly and Gonzalez have given up. Mirk is toxic after BitchSlapGate.

    Who exactly did you have in mind?

    Lee will leave office in January of 2020. To be probably replaced by eight years of Mayor Scott Wiener. You lost.

  56. Yes, those who are far more successful than you can imagine are terrified that you might don a stupid costume and act out your petty envy. The evidence is clear for all to see.

  57. I said nothing about greed. I spoke of the mindless gainsaying of success by those who fail and who are consumed with envy.

  58. Fake name, Spam-John? And who envies flaming assholism? This protest was great, riotous theater. And the Google bus protests are back. Who says San Fran is dead?

  59. Anyone who challenges the rich is envious?

    And anyone who fetishizes and defends excessive greed is, er, what, exactly? Sociopathic? Self-hating? Intolerant?

  60. I know that this event must be cathartic to some. But we need solutions, not entertainment. How about trying to find a candidate to run against Ed Lee?

  61. So anyone who is successful and prosperous is greedy?

    And anyone who hates and envies success is, er, what exactly? Noble? Gracious? Tolerant?

  62. Good job to the crappies for another event aimed at villifying and scapegoating The Other. I feel it; a little more push on the part of the SF left, and the pogram can begin.

  63. And the deluded sense of self-importance award goes to Calindra “fake name if ever I heard one” Revier for assuming that we are all dripping in envy as much as she evidently is.

  64. I saw the pix on Joe Fitz’s twitter account. Many of the attendees to this were reporters and it looked like about 15 max people attended.

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The latest nasty — and inaccurate — attack on Chesa Boudin

No, the DA's Office did not release a burglary suspect who went on to attempt a rape.

Screen Grabs: Who will live in cities? Who will save our parks?

Political docs 'Push' and "Public Trust' raise unique yet urgent questions, and go beyond the usual 'You better vote' message

Banjos, bandanas, & a Monkee—the scene at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

The weather was gorgeous and the crowd broke records at the 19th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, which seemed to include a lot more roots...

Foreign Correspondent: The turmoil in Belarus

Belarusian political activists face a difficult situation, caught between a ruthless dictator and a potential Western takeover of their country.

A displacement housing bill barely dies — but it will come back

Measure to turn any single-family lot into four units -- with zero affordable housing -- is the top of the Scott Wiener/Yimby agenda.

Gavin Newsom’s climate hypocrisy

Sure, electric cars are great -- but what about ending oil and gas extraction (including fracking) in California?

The end of Shahid Buttar’s campaign — and the lessons

Shahid Buttar’s campaign against Rep. Nancy Pelosi was always a longshot. He was challenging the person most responsible for challenging Donald Trump, and while...

RIP, the Notorious RBG

How one woman, one petite woman with a mighty intellect and a grit true to her Brooklyn roots, became not just a role model, but a revered symbol of the struggle for women’s equality.

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