THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A GEORGIA – Facing Crisis the San Francisco and Polish Way

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A GEORGIA

FACING CRISIS THE SAN FRANCISCO AND POLISH WAY

BELIEVE IT OR WHAT
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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Forget cost of housing… San Francisco middle classers may bail out in droves because the streets are so greasy five miles anywhere from City Hall…

Maneuvering the City went wobbly when Supervisor Ed Jew turned brown bagging into a pre-school morality play

Then Supervisor Chris Daly elbowed spotlight back to himself with unforgettable reminder anything still goes

FIRST ROUND LUBRICANT

From The Heavyweight Mayor Newsom: “Dear President Preskin. Yesterday (June 19), Supervisor Chirs Daly made false allegations about me during a Board of Supervisors Meeting.

“Raising such damaging allegations on the floor of the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers is inappropriate behavior that should be condemned.

“Our constituents have entrusted us to work together on issues that are of vital importance to them. When the discourse in City Hall sinks to such a low level, it demeans our constituents. San Francisco deserves better.

“I write today to ask you to take action to address Supervisor Daly’s conduct and to ensure that in the future this kind of conduct does not discredit the Board of Supervisors, City government, and our community as a whole.

“I respect the tremendous service you have given to San Francisco and I know how much effort you have invested in elevating policy discussion in this city. I look forward to your ideas about how to advance these efforts and to address this important issue.”

From The Won’t Quit Kid Supervisor Daly: “In my remarks (June 19), I also noted that the Board of Supervisors consistently restores cuts to essential health programs that are proposed by the Mayor, and that I am confident that the Budget Committee will again make the restorations. However, I expressed that it is unfair and unnecessary that those who are greatly in need of services are forced to come to City Hall to beg for these restorations when it is the basic duty of government to provide this public safety net.

“I spoke for at least eight minutes highlighting the Mayor’s proposed cuts to mental health and substance abuse programs before mentioning that the Mayor has artfully dodged questions about allegations of his own coctain use. I did not accuse the Mayor of using cocaine. I only pointed out the constradiction that Mayor Newsom who has admitted to his own substance abuse programs would continuously propose major cuts to substance abuse programs for poor people.”

ARTFULLY DODGING A QUESTION OF CENSURE

From Board President Peskin: “I have the pleasure of chairing the Budget Committee and that is my first, second, and third priority.”

From The Won’t Duck Supervisor Jake McGoldrick: “I disagree with using the public forum for that kind of attack that way in a way in which I think it appears is a way to accuse the Mayor of having done something without any substantiation.

“I think you’ve always got to be able to substantiate your assertions. That’s what I always taught my students when I was a teacher — substantiate your assertions.

“Anybody can rumor about anything but you know we’ve all heard rumors about everybody under the sun in the City, but you got to get some facts on the table.”

From Supervisor Mirkarimi: No comment.

From Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval: No response received by the Sentinel.

From Supervisor Sophie Maxwell: Come by later.

From Supervisor Alioto-Pier’s office: She’s still living in it.

From Supervisor Dufty: No response received by the Sentinel.

From Supervisor Jew’s Office: He has his own thing right now.

From Supervisor Ammiano: No response received by the Sentinel.

From Supervisor Elsbernd: No response received by the Sentinel.

BY THE WAY, THE STREETS ARE STILL VILE

What is taking the Police Commission so long to select a policy analyst?… Candidates pared down to three since February…

NEVER A BLUE SAN FRANCISCO DAY

Take ten minutes to be happy you love Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks too, be glad you aren’t outside Tulsa kicking a flat tire, and go out and keep Georgia on your mind…

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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