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The Democratic County Conway Committee

Panel sides with tech-money oligarchs across the board

Sup. Julie Christensen is all smiles as the DCCC votes to endorse the Ed Lee/Ron Conway slate
Sup. Julie Christensen is all smiles as the DCCC votes to endorse the Ed Lee/Ron Conway slate

By Tim Redmond

AUGUST 13, 2015 — It’s tempting to just say the San Francisco Democratic Party has made itself irrelevant by becoming a shill for corporate interests. The problem is that the party, through the Democratic County Central Committee, can also be a slush fund for big money: Now that the DCCC has endorsed Sup. Julie Christensen and opposed the Airbnb initiative, Ron Conway and his pals can put huge gobs of cash into the party’s slate card promoting Conway’s candidates. He’s already using other sources to dump money into D3.

Maybe we should call it the Democratic County Conway Committee.

That’s certainly the way it’s looking after the party snubbed its former chair, Aaron Peskin, and rejected reasonable controls on short-term rentals and displacement protections for the Mission – in all three cases siding with the developers, Mayor Ed Lee, and Conway, who is a major investor in Airbnb.

My correspondents at the meeting tell me that there was discussion about the various merits of the two District Three candidates, but the real issue isn’t about Peskin or Christensen’s personality or connections to individuals on the panel.

Alix Rosenthal, for example, said that Peskin had first recruited her to be on the DCCC but that Christensen is “doing a fine job.”

Indeed, if you see it that way: Christensen is doing a fine job for the mayor, and has been on the conservative side of every one of a long list of 6-5 votes that have gone against the progressives.

And that’s what this race is really about: The D3 election will determine whether tenant advocates, environmentalists, the progressive labor movement, police-accountability advocates and so many other groups that have made up the San Francisco left will have that crucial sixth vote to pass legislation and to block the Conway/Lee/corporate agenda.

So by a vote of 15-11, the party went with the choice of the tech oligarchy.

Peskin was never going to get the nod. The best he was hoping for was a “no endorsement.” It might have been closer if some of the elected officials who are members of the DCCC (and were leaning, I’m told, toward Peskin) hadn’t either ducked the meeting entirely or voted “abstain.”

Here’s the breakdown:

Voting for a No Endorsement: David Campos, Petra DeJesus, Matt Dorsey, Hene Kelly, Meagan Levitan, Rafael Mandelman, Eric Mar, Carole Migden, Fiona Ma, Mark Leno, Phil Ting.

Voting for Christensen: Kat Anderson, Joshua Arce, Malia Cohen, Bevan Dufty, Zoe Dunning, Joel Engardio, Tom Hsieh, Mary Jung, Trevor McNeil, Marjan Philhour, Leah Pimentel, Rebecca Prozan, Alix Rosenthal, Francis Tsang, Scott Wiener.

Abstaining: Bill Fazio, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, David Chiu.

Not bothering to show up or send a proxy: Nancy Pelosi and Jackie Speier.

(BTW: These people are elected officials. Please: Vote one way or vote the other, but abstaining or not showing up is weak.)

The vote on the Airbnb measure was very similar, and while I don’t think the DCCC vote in D3 will be that influential – how much can you mail to one district, and how much will one mailer matter in a small area where there are already two very active and well-funded campaigns getting out their message? – the citywide Democratic Party slate card could play a larger role.

Of course, both sides on the Airbnb initiative, which is going to be on the ballot at Prop. F, will have ample money. And Airbnb starts off well behind.

But the vote was another clear reflection of where the local Democratic Party is today: In the pockets of the powerful.

Here’s the breakdown. Voting to support limits on short-term rentals: Campos, DeJesus, Dorsey, Dufty, Migden, Mandelman, Fazio, Kelly, Levitan, Mar, Feinstein, Leno, Ting.

Voting with Airbnb: Arce, Tsang, Cohen, Dunning, Pimentel, Prozan, Rosenthal, Wiener, Philhour, Hsieh, Jung, McNeil, Engardio, Ma, Chiu.

Ducking: Harris. Missing: Pelosi and Speier.

Lest we forget that the DCCC is a nest of corporate conflicts, let me list a few. Mary Jung is a lobbyist for the Board of Realtors. Rebecca Prozan is a lobbyist for Google. Tom Hsieh is getting paid by Airbnb and its allies to work on the No on F campaign.

This is not the Democratic Party that sides with the people against corporate power. Just in case you were wondering.

Additional reporting and photo by Noah Arroyo

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.
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  32. Thank you for clarifying, Mrs. Phelan. I agree that, whenever possible, bike lanes should be placed on less busy streets running parallel to major arteries and contain signage directing bicycle riders to the preferred routes. Prohibiting bike riders entirely from a particular street seems unnecessary, if the an alternative route is signed. I often tell tourists riders of rental bikes on Van Ness or Lombard, for instance, of the better routes on nearby Polk and Greenwich. They have no idea that a safer route is nearby. That said, at this point in our policy/politics on the issue, we remain a city of mostly unconnected, unprotected bike lanes. Polk bike lanes are non-existent or unprotected for most of that street, and bitterly opposed by people who prefer retaining street side parking spaces over enhanced rider safety. So I think we have a long ways to go before we have a safe, separated set of interconnected bikeways.

  33. That’s the attitude all around. Nobody cares what happens to their neighbor as long as they have theirs. It’s the attitude that’s killing our city.

  34. voltairemistress – I’m didn’t say I was opposed to bike lanes, oh how excited I was in high school when Sunset Blvd bike route was completed for the Bicentennial, I said you can’t put bike lanes on EVERY street in SF. i.e. 19th ave for cars, 18th for bikes. Valencia for bikes, Guerrero for cars. Yes, post signs – a bike with a red circle and slash on the car only streets. Else we end up with a fluster cluck that’s dangerous for everyone.

  35. sffoghorn sober up and read – I never said I was voting for Ed, (I didn’t vote for him in the last election but I did vote for 3 Asians one being Yee). Who’s your alternative? Broke Ass is just promoting his business venture (Blog) Weiss is interesting but she her liberal dog whistles and are followed by the same old “progressive” solutions that have failed us in the past.

  36. Speak for yourself. My parents left for the suburbs in order to send my siblings and myself to better schools (because as whiteys we were bullied and picked on by the black kids).

  37. Your presumption that those who can afford to remodel to that extent are as poor as you, who view those hoops as insurmountable burdens that they can’t just throw cash at and make go away and, further, that they are single issue voters to that effect.

    To the contrary, I’d wager that a good chunk of them as well as those who are not in a position to remodel or are renters who prefer a San Francisco that does not look like any anonymous suburb.

  38. I don’t know who you are, but you sound like an amazing person. Thank you for your comments and for calling out progressives. It’s funny how the SF “progressive” agenda so often helps rich white people in the city and pays lip service to helping the working class…

  39. Tony Blair has nothing to say that’s worth hearing, except as a defendant at The Hague. At least W has the decency to shut up and paint dogs in his bathtub, hoping no one notices him.

  40. What was Aaron Peskin’s position on the Polk Street Bike Lane? He was mostly conspicuous by his absence.

  41. I just looked at the DBI database and checked two months, one in 2010 and one recently. They added together to 1851 permits for 1 and 2 unit dwellings and all included exterior modifications which would have triggered a Historical Review. Extrapolating from 2006 to the present, as I am too lazy to examine the whole data set, I estimate 40,000 remodels effected.

    There are 345,000 total units, so about 12% of the population was negatively impacted.

    Must be nice to have such a powerful and overwhelming political coalition that you can afford to throw away the support of 12% of the population on such a frivolous cause.

  42. And that certainly has the power to add a decimal place on the “remodel.”

    Wouldn’t want the City to be less one Mel Murphy, would you?

  43. Yes, our Democrats all favor gay rights so on certain social issues that have been adopted by neoliberals they are on board. Ron Conway is a lifelong Republican and he is setting the agenda. It’s a moderate Republican / libertarian agenda. Our moderate Democrats are Democrats because the Republican party is so deeply unpopular. They DCCC moderates vote for their personal careers.

  44. We all need more Artisan crap to buy that is lovingly hand crafted in small batches locally sourced according to heirloom techniques passed down generation to generation.

  45. Unfortunately, I think you’re right. Eventually, newcomers are going to settle into the the city and realize that the core of SF’s progressive activists, really a rump clique of what used to be a much larger and more balanced network of groups, are virulently anti-techie and willing to go to the mat to fight any type of construction that could theoretically enrich those they deem as members of the capitalist class.

    Yet, a quick survey shows that for many of these activists their day job is as free lance graphical artist for SF startups or they are married to a software developer for one of the trading firms in the Financial District, and that by having purchased their house 15 years ago, shortly after having arrived in the City, they’ve profited nicely by the recent real-estate run-up. Many of today’s economic migrants to SF will become aware of a great deal of naked self interest masquerading as social consciousness directed indiscriminately and with the utmost hypocrisy at themselves.

    In the next several years, if someone were to run for office clearly distinguishing themselves from that group, that could very well be enough to overcome the demographic disadvantage of running under a Republican banner.

  46. “(BTW: These people are elected officials. Please: Vote one way or vote the other, but abstaining or not showing up is weak.)”

    Weak Tim from a position of weakness parenthetically and pathetically condemns electeds for being weak.

    If we were to ask him, as Pelosi and Speier’s political consultants are thinking, “what are you going to do about it, bitch?” He’d say “why are you calling me a bitch. That is sexist and misogynist” while the neoliberals rape and pillage the City.

    This is why Tim’s progressive cohort can’t have nice things.

  47. The only people that the Housing Bond would certainly keep in their homes are those political bottom feeders who get paid to pretend to build affordable housing as a means to pretend to stop gentrification. The dedication of some of those bond proceeds towards small site acquisition will help, but does anyone really think that the commuter political hacks over at MEDA, the private property of the MEDinA family, is cut out to be a just landlord?

  48. Clearly, the economic doctrine determines that NYC has not built enough housing.

    “We need more Calgon…ancient Chinese secret, huh?”

  49. And on social issues, they’re not great shakes, supporting the ban on nudity, supporting the privatization of parks and generally prioritizing money making schemes over the day-to-day lives of residents. That’s encroaching on social conservatism.

  50. It is only as meaningful a negative as there are owners who have the resources to remodel in the first place, which is a Very Small Number Of People.

  51. Ooh, argument by the waving of the hands, as if the HPC has the power to determine what goes on inside the four walls!

  52. It is only irresponsible to attribute motive to Tim’s allies, like the corrupt Calvin Welch and Luis Granados.

  53. I lived in NYC during the 1980’s and saw first hand what happens to a great city when it’s run by out of control, PC-obsessed, NIMBY-ist Pols. Giuliani led the backlash and restored sanity to that city’s government.
    That same backlash is brewing here, in San Francisco. Don’t be to surprised when you see someone like Gascon or Suhr run for mayor (and no doubt win) on a take back the City from the Progs platform.

  54. Insulting people is rarely effective as a political tactic to make them want to join in your causes.

  55. You have peer reviewed economic research that indicates that building more housing does not lower the cost of it? Do tell!

  56. @NoeValleyJim, research and the latest stats show that building more housing in SF has not lowered rents. Check out NYC!

  57. “Corruption.” That would be fossilized dinosaur Carole Migden, who stole money using state-owned credit cards during her never-ending terms in government and was bounced out on her ass for it. Tim’s mistake, as always, is believing that politics can change anything. It can’t. And the left is just as corrupt, or worse, than the right on that account.

  58. I honestly dont know what your point is. I am saying the impact is meaningful/not trivial. Its not the most important but also its not small enough that you can trivialize it – hence meaningful. So yes, meaningful is not exact and numeric and has wiggle room, but focusing on that is missing the forest for the trees – unless you are claiming its irrelevant. In that case, we would be disagreeing.

  59. What is the number one reason then? Historical review has greatly burdened homeowners and driven up the cost of housing. Just so Peskin can enjoy his hilltop view.

  60. “With the possible exception of the housing bond — about which there is a consensus — everything else you mention has only a marginal impact on preserving SF’s affordability.”

    What, unlike the moratorium, you mean? Bwahahaha. That’s cute.

  61. Its nearly impossible to find singular causality in these sort of multi variable data sets so I am skeptical of claims of any one variable being a big driver but it is very difficult to contend that historical review is not a meaningful negative. Which I think is the more important point.

  62. I wouldn’t call those progressive votes, I’d call them easy votes. The ones that went against entrenched financial interests were turned down by the right wing majority.

  63. Exactly agreed. Blair’s article on Corbyn is a must read. The parallels to Bernie/SF/progressives/liberals/etc. are pretty interesting to try and see.

  64. I didn’t see figures in the links, but even accepting that it’s true doesn’t prove the absurd assertion that historical review “has probably been responsible for more families leaving than anything else anyone has done.”

  65. Treasure Island is a luxury development? Your hero Peksin sued to stop it. It will provide thousands of badly needed middle income housing.

  66. Any data proving that Historical Reviews add to the cost of
    remodeling? One does not have to prove the self-evident. But you are obviously unfamiliar with even the basics of the development process in San Francisco.

    “If your structure is more than 50 years old (and 85% of San Francisco buildings are) you will undergo historic review under CEQA and you may have may be required to submit revisions to your plans that comport with zoning, height and material restrictions as well as historic/architectural guidelines. This can add at least 6 months to your approval time. ”

    http://kevinandjonathan.com/buildingsf/

    The cost of the review and paperwork is at a minimum of $5,000-10,000.

  67. Well, they could only vote on the 11 measures before them, and it seems like they voted the progressive line on 8-9 of them. Pretty good track record, if you ask me.

  68. Building more housing does in fact make it possible for more people to live here. It also lower rents. You believe in fairy tales and wonder why your coalition is melting away.

  69. With the possible exception of the housing bond — about which there is a consensus — everything else you mention has only a marginal impact on preserving SF’s affordability.

    Meanwhile, gentrification in the East Side of the city is proceeding at a breakneck pace. If the housing bond passes, I wonder what there will be left to save.

  70. I get what your overall point is, Mrs. Phelan, and am often of a like mind, but I wish you would reconsider your opposition to bike lanes. These lanes are a safety measure, just like crosswalks but maybe not so familiar to people. I am working to get a lot more bike lanes and the like to keep me and my future bike riding kids safe. That’s all.

  71. I think its very important to point out the relationship between donations and political influence, but its irresponsible journalism to attribute motive without at least getting a quote from the folks you’ve accused of corruption. I don’t understand why the presumption is always that “moderates” are merely shills for monied interests. Isn’t it possibly (or even likely) that these politicians actually believe in these positions? Isn’t it possible that they believe that AirBnb is a net positive and the moratorium is a net negative, and as a result their donors contribute to their campaigns? I believe those things.

    It’s also shows pretty incredible bias not to give all the candidates the same kind of scrutiny. There have been allegations of corruption against politicians and candidates that get universally favorable press on this site (https://themissionposition.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/shakedown-at-490-south-van-ness-david-campos-is-for-sale/), with nary a mention here.

    I notice that those candidates were present at the 48 Hills anniversary gala and fundraiser (https://48hills.org/2015/04/27/48-hills-first-gala-thanks/), by your own criteria we should this site of being in the pockets of those from whom 48 Hills has received “huge gobs of cash.”

  72. Right, which is why progressives support building luxury condos that no working families could ever afford except for those who have the resources to throw around to remodel their homes.

  73. What does AirBnB have to do with working families? It’s another rich person’s property-making-money scheme, and one that kills housing availability.

  74. So you’re opposed to WWW but you’re voting for Ed Lee who is the champion of WWW? Perhaps you’ve had too many martinis and need to take a moment to collect your thoughts?

  75. Good point…who was the Progressive leader who had leadership of the DCCC as recently as 2012 and then totally squandered it away??

    Seriously, it is an amazing phenomena the way that you guys are SO blind to Peskin’s incompetence and ineffectiveness.

    Why? because he has a beard? Have you noticed that there is no upward trajectory in his career? Ever wonder why?

    If he was somehow put in charge of Netflix it would be out of business in 6 months.

  76. You write: None of these positions have anything to do with curbing skyrocketing rents or preserving the ability of people without money to stay and live comfortably in SF.
    Meanwhile, the DCCC voted to approve the $310M housing bond. They voted to approved enhanced paid leave, they approved the Mission Rock project (33% affordable), the approved the legacy business measure an well as the surplus city property measure. Every one of these has EVERYTHING to do with preserving the ability for people without money to stay in SF, so I don’t know what you’re talking about. Shit, while I have mixed feelings on it, even the AirBnB thing can reasonably be seen as a way to make SF more affordable for people.
    So all of this wailing about the DCCC being a bunch of Republicans is just nonsense. Especially when you consider that they approved the Energy Right to Know measure. They actually voted pretty progressively, but since they didn’t support Peskin, a guy who has alienated an awful lot of people over the years, they are a bunch of rightwingers who should be “shunned?” Puh-leeze

  77. You alienated environmentalists and working families, who should be your natural allies, with your obsessive focus on preservationism and subsidized housing.

  78. That’s one possibility, but a better route would be to take back the DCCC. That’s why a retrospective on how we got here would be valuable.

  79. By right wing, I mean the DCCC majority. They call themselves Democrats and liberals, and on social issues, they probably are, but when it comes to economic matters, they lean decidedly toward corporate interests and Ron Conway, who is a Republican.

    There is plenty of evidence of this in the policies they support: pro-development, pro-Airbnb, anti-Mission moratorium. All of these are about protecting the ability of rich people to make money in SF. None of these positions have anything to do with curbing skyrocketing rents (see today’s Chronicle) or preserving the ability of people without money to stay and live comfortably in SF.

    If you want more evidence, note the campaign finance article in today’s Chronicle: half of Ed Lee’s campaign contributions have come from outside SF, another hallmark of today’s corporate-driven campaign finance environment.

    And don’t forget the obvious corporate ties cited in Redmond’s story: Chair Mary Jung is a lobbyist for the Board of Realtors. Rebecca Prozan is a lobbyist for Google. Tom Hsieh is getting paid by Airbnb and its allies to work on the No on F campaign.

    I believe San Franciscans are a compassionate group and that the DCCC, and indeed, the Board of Supervisors majority, does not reflect this. Just as the Republicans took over the U.S. House of Representatives while receiving fewer votes than their counterparts, corporate and big money interests have managed to take over the DCCC (and some of the local clubs as well).

  80. Right, the head of the neoliberal politburo calls others on Stalinist tactics, you can’t make this shit up!

  81. Arce abstained on the Campos moratorium ordinance earlier this summer and voted -for- the Community’s moratorium ballot measure this week. Odd that Redmond won’t post the Moratorium vote tallies (are you there Tim?). May be because Peskin is said to oppose the Moratorium and because Campos and his staff pleaded with community members not to put the Moratorium on the ballot at the behest of Peskin.

  82. Some of my best friends are white – even my parents were white!
    It’s the wealthy-well educated-white people (WWWs) who have moved to SF and transformed neighborhoods such a Noe Valley (the hood that ate SF,) Glen Park,
    Eureka Valley, Hayes Valley (they call it NOPA,) Bernal and Potero Hill into havens of white specialness. I don’t like “stuff” white people like – parklets, bike lanes ON MAJOR THOROUGHFARES (they’re fine on side streets and safer for everyone,) $5.00 cups of coffee, artisanal food displacing affordable food…
    I’ve gone to meetings in my new neighborhoods (Vis and Portola) to discover that the city is trying to force stuff white people like on the neighborhood shopping streets (San Bruno and Leyland). The city actually declared our shopping streets “blighted.” That’s the word you use when a shopping street has no appeal to WWWs. You can’t get more WWWs to move to these neighborhoods unless the city imposes their culture of “specialness” there first…

  83. Yes, the real problem is that SF is a one-party town, so that one party has to do double duty – represent both the moderate majority and the progressive aspirants. It has to be all things to all people, and it cannot be.

    The logical outcome would be for the local Democrat party membership to split, thereby re-creating a more genuine two-party system. Call them Canposites and Wienerites, if you will. Progressives seem to complain so much about the Democrats – from the DCCC all the way up to Clinton and Obama – that they should really create their own party. Or join the Greens.

    Interestingly, the British Labour movement appears to be trying to do the same thing right now, following its recent election defeat. A popular leftist leadership candidate (Corbyn) is causing a major rift with the more traditional Blair moderate wing of the party. The left is often an uneasy and unstable coalition of disparate people with not so much in common with each other.

  84. I figured it was something like that. Once you get the presidency of the DCCC, then you get to appoint any vacancies. If the presidency is occupied by a corporatist hack, then all the appointments will be corporatist hacks. They seem to keep pushing this flunkie Joel Engardio, probably prepping him for another try at public office.
    What I’m curious about is why did Arlo Hale Smith leave? I thought he’d be on there forever. He doesn’t have much else to do since he lost his license to practice law.

  85. Peskin’s solution to the housing crisis is for everyone’s in-laws to gift them a sweet pad on Telegraph Hill just like his did.

  86. A purge, a purge! Let the San Francisco Democrats transform completely into Republicans who support same sex marriage!

  87. There seems to be a big gap between progressives and the DCCC. Is there a progressive committee/club/group they can join/start? The people who strongly disagree with the DCCC should really focus on alternative forums as apposed to lamenting the DCCC in my view. If progressives have a majority, they will win, if they dont they will lose. Right?

  88. Can you describe to us exactly what is wrong with white people, educated or not? What in particular do you dislike about that race?

  89. Not likely. My house is mortgage free. Selling my Mission Terrace home and buying in Vis Valley allowed me to bank some $ and retire. I don’t need to live with a bunch of wealthy-well educated-white people, riding their special fixies to their special artisanal farmers markets to feel special. I volunteer as a nurse at a free clinic a couple days a week, walk McLarren Park, and enjoy $6 martinis at a golf course with a view of the Bay. The likes of me will outlast the of you in this city.

  90. It continues to amaze me that the Party hasn’t thrown the Progs out, who are NOT Dems, just self-entitled NIMBYs

  91. You casually state that the DCCC is “right wing”. However it seems to me that the positions they take (while being to the right of the progressive bloc, as you’d expect) are probably around where the majority of SF voters are, which is more “moderate liberal” than progressive.

    Even the “right wing” Supervisors, and Mayor, are still Democrats and liberals, and would be regarded as progressive in any other US city.

    If the job of the DCCC is to align themselves with the majority and the community, then they are doing their job. Tim’s complaint seems to be more that the DCCC has not been sufficiently hijacked by the progressive wing.

  92. And I would ask, if time is of such an essence, what is Supervisor Conway Twitty, er Julie Christensen’s environmental record? Aaron put Prop D on the ballot in his first year in office, Christen has served longer than Aaron did when he put Prop D on, and has yet to make her environmental mark.

    The clock is ticking. Conroy, Becerrill, Olague…Christensen!

    The voters do not like women who are appointed to the Board of Supervisors by manipulative men come election time.

  93. SF Progressives are very well known for their misogyny. Just ask Peskin how many times he had drinks with H Brown.

  94. San Francisco is changing and with this progress you will find more and more votes going against your backward thinking. Get used to it

  95. Threats of retribution? What about Ed Lee’s threats of retribution against those with city business who dared to support Peskin over Christensen? Ditto for Ron Conway, who backs his threats with big money negative ad campaigns. Anything Peskin could threaten would pale in comparison to this.

  96. “He also created the Historical Preservation Commission which adds sometimes impossible hurdles and cost to anyone attempting to remodel their home and has probably been responsible for more families leaving than anything else anyone has done.”

    What an absurd comment. Are there any data to prove it? Doubtful. I think it was made up.

  97. The voters may not have voted them in, but they’ll sure as hell vote them out. This slate will make it perfectly clear just how out of touch they are.

  98. “brow beating” is hardly the right word — bullying is more like it. Alix made it clear that she had received the same kind of vaguely (or perhaps explicitly) threatening phone calls that other politically prominent women had received when they had issues with Peskin. She diplomatically termed the calls “manipulative” but we all get the drift — as a result of her disloyalty not only have they made part of her personal life public, there is going to be more “payback” from Peskin, especially if he gets elected. And as we all know from his previous performance on the BOS, that is, in his own words, “a Bitch.”

  99. Just wait. When Ron Conway and Ed Lee get through with this city, the likes of you will have to trade Vis Valley for the Central Valley!

  100. That’s me in the picture a few seats down from her. Or maybe I wasn’t there either…some sort of parallel progressive universe where we wish problems to go away and they just do…what’s my point? It’s that you don’t have one.

  101. yeah right. How many tens of thousands of delayed hours did peskin guarantee would be spent on the Tarmac or circling in the air during any of the flights delayed due to weather conditions at sfo. So green of him! SFO is one of the three worst airports in the country for experiencing regular flight delays of 20 mins or more. Who cares though right? Because: bay fill.
    Let’s also get rid of most of the financial district and mission bay and maybe even Adair street in the mission ( something about a creek)
    Let’s turn the city back to sand dunes and rip out gg park, because: natural!

  102. Shunned. And shorn, perhaps? And in stocks? How about a scarlet letter “R” on her chest?

    Your misogyny is astonishing, but not surprising when one really stops to think about the context.

  103. Yeah, so many San Franciscans have the kind of coin to throw at remodeling that the HPC has really decimated their ranks. I bet they all moved to the exurbs too, freshly developed greenfields that are not even remotely served by transit, so they have to practically use the money they would have spent on the remodel to charter a private jet to fly into the inner Bay Area to get to work. That, of course, leads to climate change and sea level rise which will make San Francisco Bay even bigger so there will be no problems filling it.

  104. So you don’t think that protecting San Francisco Bay from further bayfill is a worthy accomplishment? I bet you’d support SFO expanding runways into the bay too. Julie Christensen probably does.

  105. “…of the past few decades here.” So Aaron does something _fourteen years ago_ and we’re supposed to be enamored of his environmentalist creds?

    I don’t think at my job people are looking at what I did nearly two decades ago and making decisions about how valuable my contributions are today based on that. We shouldn’t make such decisions as this about our elected officials either.

  106. There is that, I had forgotten about it. He also created the Historical Preservation Commission which adds sometimes impossible hurdles and cost to anyone attempting to remodel their home and has probably been responsible for more families leaving than anything else anyone has done.

  107. You don’t upset me at all, you’re just being hypocritical.

    Perhaps had Rosenthal kept you as a pet as Gonzalez is wont to do with his cognitive inferiors, you’d have given her a pass as well?

  108. @sffoghorn sorry if upset you by saying most of the DCCC have sold their souls for money or favors and that Alix Rosenthal is a traitor to the progressive cause.

  109. Dude… who are you? Shunned? I am on Peskin’s side here… but whatever club you think you are part of, please feel free to shun me too. Seriously…STFU stop posting on message boards so much. G o make some fucking phone calls or walk a precinct for one of the causes that you care about, if you have the social ability to interact with other humans.

  110. Are you kidding? Arce and Peskin have been warring ever since Peskin was caught trying to build dirty power plants in Bayview, all for some corrupt real estate play, and Arce and a group of enviro and Bayview activists spanked Peskin real good. Don’t know about Airbnb but this is now the third round of regulations that people are trying. How did he vote on Mission Moratorium? Tim didn’t post for some reason…

  111. Aaron passed Prop D in 2001, the one that requires a vote of the people to fill more than 100 acres of San Francisco Bay. That’s the greatest environmental gain of the past few decades here.

  112. Did you shun Adachi and Gonzalez off of the progressive island when they took money from billionaires, promoted billionaire Pete Peterson’s anti-labor ideology and attacked public employee health care and pensions?

  113. I think Peskin will win, and that will be a pretty terrible thing for SF, and especially d3. The best part of this is his campaign slogan “for an affordable San Francisco”
    What a joke! What did he ever do to make SF affordable? Nothing. Aaron doesn’t make things happen, he makes things not happen. He is part of why SF resembles a theme park honoring city living of a certain era. He prefers to shellac things into place so that no one has to think of getting old or changing.
    My only solace in this election season is that I barely see any of his posters out on the street.

  114. Lol, this sort of behavior is exactly what has led increasing amounts of individuals to leave the “progressive” label behind. Keep it up, you only push folks like Alix Rosenthal away. The Chris Daly-Aaron Peskin brand of brow beating left the City a long time ago, literally in Daly’s case.

  115. Lol, she’s right in the picture!

    Peskin didn’t come because he already counted the votes and knew he was going to lose. The “progressives” on the DCCC tried to save face and go no endorsement, but even managed to fail at that.

  116. The DCCC is now joined at the hip with the down town interests it has sold its soul.
    Alix Rosenthal is no longer a progressive and should be shunned.
    I just posted this on Facebook, time to call a spade a spade.

  117. AS a native SFer of a certain age all I can say is get over the conspiracy theories – the pendulum is just swinging BACK to the center.
    I loathe Conway/Airbnb, but the Mission Moritorium is progressive nimbyism at its worst. I think both props will loose for the same reason prop G lost last year – they just go too far – no thinking person can vote for them.
    I like Julie Christensen, she DOESN’T support rent control for millionaires. Aaron
    Peskin would never support a means test to qualify for rent control, and he
    must know (and take donations from) plenty of millionaires paying $1,000 a month for a 2 bedroom on Russian Hill simply because they moved there in 1990. Aaron had his chance. Yes affordability is an issue in the city BUT in many ways the city is thriving and much better off than it was when progressives ruled the BOS.
    I lived in the Mission in the ‘80s and early ‘90s because I could afford to live there THEN. But I can’t afford to live there now; nor can afford I Pac Heights or Brooklyn. I just have to be content in Vis Valley. Get over it – you’re not that special.

  118. Peskin is not an Environmentalist, he is a Preservationalist. These two are not the same thing at all. In the case of The Bay Area, they are in contradiction, because we desperately need more housing in the urban core, to remove the pressure on exurban development which destroys farmlands and open space. It also helps the environment by reducing green house gas emissions. We can also reduce the upward pressure on housing prices by building more apartments and rentals.

    Peskin has consistently been against any development of any kind, with the possible exception of a tiny bit of subsidized housing.

  119. I don’t get the deal with Arce. He has done a lot of great things in his time and isn’t he filling the seat for Avalos? I have liked the dude in the past and he has fought for some great things like local hire, environment and jobs for Bayview residents. I don’t get how as soon as he gets a tiny bit of power he is just immediately aligning himself with a more corporate/conservative constituency and throwing his former allies under the bus.

  120. >”Julie wasn’t there either”

    Dude, there is a picture of her as part of this post with the caption “Sup. Julie Christensen is all smiles as the DCCC votes to endorse the Ed Lee/Ron Conway slate” .

    You guys are incredibly lazy liars. Obviously the Peskin effect.

  121. Julie wasn’t there either, so what is your point? I was with Peskin at a Ellis Act eviction in North Beach right before the meeting. What is your point? Oh, you don’t have one.

  122. I heard that Peskin didn’t even show up at the meeting. Classic bully behavior — a ‘tough guy’ who shies away from real fights.

    You know that he’ll start daydreaming about ‘payback’ as soon as the hangover wears off.

  123. Ron Conway is a lifelong Republican who supports right-wing causes and candidates. He recently sneaked into a SF Jeb Bush fundraiser to write a check to the anti-gay Republican Bush.
    This is who is funding the Christensen campaign. Moneyed right wing Republicans. This is who runs the DCCC these days.
    Democrats are supposed to speak out against big corporate Republican money flooding into politics.

  124. How did Arce, Engardio, Philhour, Prozan, and Tsang get on the SFDCCC? When did we, the voters, voter them in? None of them were on the 2012 ballot for the position.

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