D-6 candidate David Carlos Salaverry on San Franciscos Airbnb law

this was posted in the comments on 48 Hills Online and that comment debate is an interesting read. Salaverry is also currently running for District 6 Supervisor against incumbent Jane Kim

Here s the quote

I sat through the entire BOS meeting armed with my “tedious” public comment. Sam-whoever-he-am wants my voice silenced but probably only on this issue that his side won. On the ones his side loses, he likely wants full throated public comment. Witness his nonstop blather on 48 Hills.

This decision by the 11 dwarves may be a watershed for San Francisco. It is clearly a win for the self-interest at the expense of community. It’s a win for the ownership class—which includes the rent control master tenant class—against the property-less free spirits. It’s the plodding ants crushing the flighty grasshoppers. It’s those that gots winning against those that ain’ts.

It’s the tech corps with their PR astroturf operators trouncing the bumbling, disorganized progressives. The astroturf at the hearing—by my observation about 95% white and upper middle class—seemed to be exclusively Airbnb property owners. One or two lone progressives (was that Fernando in the hat in the front row?) booed and clapped like hooligans, especially when Campos made his impassioned speech calling out the unfairness of Airbnb nonpayment of taxes.

But the nice-whites with their identical, corporate-sponsored “HomeSharing” stickers over hearts throbbing in unison for Chiu outnumbered the progressives at least 10-1. They did the finger wiggle-waggle in silent, gleeful support, the wiggle oddly a relic of Occupy, corporations absorbing and repurposing the social inventions of the grassroots.

The political madness that is San Francisco is fascinating. But there is tragedy beneath the surface, the age old calamity of the displacement of peoples. San Francisco is unique not because of its location, its climate, its architecture or even its history. It’s unique because it has long been the home of weirdos, social adventurers, radical artists and political pioneers. These are the people that lost big yesterday.

Progressive politics in SF may be over—Airbnb may prove the bellwether. The forces of the Organized Money Power have triumphed both from within—in the decades of real estate appreciation that have enriched even progressives—and from without in the invasion of the techie corporatists. The biggest tragedy—IMHO—is that the socio-economic stratification Campos tries in vain to make a campaign issue has been approved by the supes and will roar forward, emptying out what’s left of the middle in SF and destroying social space for the true creatives.

The progressives will hold turf for a while. Randy Shaw got part of what he wanted in Jane Kim’s Tenderloin, the private right to sue to preserve his bailiwick of SROs. So these particular progs will hold onto their colonized poor, to the addicts, the mentally ill, the parolees that are the base of their power in the TL. But the Tenderloin—I live in an SRO—is on the chopping block. Pieces of it are being cut off quietly by the Money Power.

In the Mission the progressives will fight a rear guard action for a season. Local 2 lost big. Airbnb will put their unionized Latino ladies out of work. And of course, Campos is the biggest loser and thus the radical left Latino and gay activist sensibility he represents.

If Campos cannot counter the Airbnb victory laps Chiu will take on his way to the assembly race, Chiu may win handily. The transactional political mechanic; the assembler of complex middle way legislation; the smooth legislative operator (Chiu) may crush the passionate “man-of-the-people”; immigrant-turned-Harvard-lawyer; Milk-Ammiano gay activist (Campos.)

Campos’ problem—from my perspective—is the problem of the entrenched, reactionary progressive movement in SF. Its moral politics is narrowly focused and increasingly ineffective. I’m all for moral politics, but if the glasses through which you see the black hats and the white hats, the victims and oppressors are too narrow, you become absurd.

And then the dwarves rise to the top, like Avalos, Mar and before them Mirkirimi, Daly and Dufty. And lone rangers like Campos—guys who are genuinely passionate—are left to flounder when they blast away invoking the Fair Share meme on Airbnb taxes, with a bit of hooligan clapping from Fernando and Calvin in the peanut gallery.

Is there any hope for the future of progressive politics in SF? I’m putting my money on Jane Kim.

As four of the eleven dwarves offered up transactional, supportive amendments yesterday (Breed, Weiner, Farrell, Cohen) to curry favor with boss man Chiu and as three of the eleven dwarves offered poison pill amendments (Mar, Avalos, Yee) that were going nowhere, only Jane Kim seemed to have independence. Her amendment was—admittedly—to carry water for Randy Shaw who has been pounding his private interest to sue in his blog. But Kim seemed the canny, autonomous insider.

First, Kim effectively bitch-slapped Weiner on his preposterous litigator-at-the-dock BS re the “extremity” of her amendment. Weiner was left whimpering by Kim’s reference to hard data re frivolous lawsuits and the use of this meme by the Koch Bros. But she also admitted that she’d watered down her non-profit-right-to-sue amendment in consultation with the Mayor’s office.

This raises the question: is Kim the more effective champion of the left-progressive moral vision than Campos? Jane Kim doesn’t wear her morality on her sleeve. She doesn’t give stump speeches to the other supes, antagonizing them. But she brings home the bacon to Randy, which Campos does not.

San Francisco needs a revitalized progressive movement. After decades of pitched battles with the Money Power— a power which like Sauron never, ever sleeps—SF needs not just new faces. It desperately needs a larger, wider progressive left vision. Absent that—and absent a new libertarian or conservative vision from the other side of the moral debate that divides us all— Onward Dwarves!

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Jane Kim 2014 campaigning inside city funded non profit Tenderloin Housing Clinic

It’s no secret that Randy Shaw and his staff have been big supporters of the Jane Kim in the 2010 campaign. The 2010 Jane Kim campaign was also the subject of a ethics commission probe and was also caught on camera in 2010 campaigning inside this very same Tenderloin Housing Clinic building

In case you think the SRO vote is insignificant, this same article claims Jane Kim won (the SRO vote) over Debra Walker in 2010 by only 140 votes and the SRO vote is the reason Chris Daly got re-elected in 2006

As a result of Randy Shaw allowing Jane Kim to campaign inside his city funded non profit buildings, Randy Shaw must now allow all other District 6 candidates to campaign in all 16 of his master leased SRO’s. Randy Shaw can get into some serious trouble now if he doesn’t allow any other candidate to enter any of his buildings

September 27, 2014, 11:42am – Jane Kim flyers being distributed at the Seneca Hotel, one of Randy Shaws master leased SRO’s in Mid Market, San Francisco. Bonus: One of Randy Shaws own clients calling the team “you’re all backed by the mob”, which would mean his own clients calling Shaw the mob

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correcting the city attorneys office

The San Francisco City Attorney recently sued SRO owners for housing violations and the entire first amended complaint is included below Continue reading »

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why ALL non profits should be monitored – MJ Isabell

Latest video from MJ isabell describing how the SF AIDS foundation is handing out needles in front a senior center resulting in the seniors feeling unsafe.

The SF AIDS Foundation also happens to be housed in the same building at 1035 Market where Crackheads of the Day is regularly located

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Americas Cup protest at San Francisco city hall

It looks like an ongoing protest

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The Sunset gets Twitterloined

You know it’s getting bad when a discussion on Sunset architectural gems turns into a discussion on the Tenderloin only because Randy Shaw opened his mouth

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Bay Guardian does another Beyondchron critique

This isn’t the first time as the Bay Guardian has criticized Randy Shaw. They did so during the debate for the Mid Market twitter tax break and questioned whether Randy Shaw has a conflict of interest

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Kezar Gardens celebration – July 15, 2012

updated > Kezar gardens now has a pile of photos of people all chained up!

Some scenes from the Kezar Gardens celebration on Sunday, July 15, 2012 (previous post some history links)

this video is most of the awards ceremony and speeches by two upcoming district 5 candidates for 2012, John Rizzo and Thea Selby, both of whom support community gardens and the recycling center

The awards for community gardeners were from State assembly speaker Tom Ammiano’s office
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Haight Ashbury Recycling Center – La-La-La

Updated > SF Citizen has another post on this. There is also now a rebuttal to Nevius posted in the same Chronicle today (one columnist goes after another in the same paper). some more history about the Haight Ashbury Improvement associations involvement with this is on uppercasing blog. This is also covered in the My Garbage Film blog

Chuck Nevious is at it again

It’s been five years since the city formally decided that an industrial recycling center was a poor use for Golden Gate Park. Supporters, like site Director Ed Dunn, have debated, cajoled, protested – and in a last-ditch attempt – created a native plants garden.

I can confirm that the Haight Ashbury native plant nursery was not started as a ‘last ditch attempt to save the recycling center”. I worked there for an entire year in the late 80’s and Greg Gaar was trying to get it started even back then. It finally got started in the around 2000. It actually took that long just to get space set aside for it from the Parks Department

CW Nevius didn’t mention the video that was recorded while he was at the recycling center this week, via the recycling center’s own blog

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Turning Mid Market workers into crackheads

This is an example of how some of the non profits are actually turning neighboring businesses in Mid Market into crackheads

Meet Italo Gomez. he used to make picture frames for paintings and ran his own picture framing shop at 1019 Market. He was married and had a nice car and successful business in Mid Market, San Francisco

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