District 5 Diary
Rob Anderson's commentary on San Francisco politics from District 5
Thursday, April 28, 2016
A Muslim mayor of London?
It is worth noting that after being ousted from the Labour Party, he was able to replace it with a notionally “independent” but in practice sectarian group, even though Muslims officially make up only a third of the population. The Muslim “block vote” is such a formidable electoral force that for Islamists to dominate a city it does not need to have a Muslim majority.
Labels: Islamic Fascism
Prince was a religious crackpot
Can't claim that I was ever a big Prince fan, but I didn't know that he was a religious crackpot who opposed gay marriage, which of course doesn't necessarily say anything about his talent. Raised as a Seventh Day Adventist, he later became a Jehovah's Witness who did the door-to-door thing:
Labels: Atheism and Religion
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Hillary the hawk is a myth
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Tim Redmond and the failure of the left
Garnering myriad single word cliches
Monday, April 25, 2016
Where's the story?
|Updated graph will show a sharp 7% 2015 dip|
Sunday, April 24, 2016
"Just tell him you’re the president”
Labels: President Obama
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Matt supports Dean
A fund-raising letter from Matt Gonzalez:
Except for housing, specifically which "important issues" has Preston been on the "right side" of? He's opposed to chain stores on Divisadero, which is good. But he also opposed a bank, which seemed problematic to me. He's evidently on the side of the angels on housing---against evictions and for more affordable housing---but what else does he stand for? You won't find out from his campaign website, which is all happy-talk and housing. It's fair to say that so far Dean Preston is essentially a one-issue candidate.
Nor is Matt Gonzalez a very reliable guide to "the right side" of city issues. As a supervisor, he and the Bicycle Coalition led the city to screw up the Market/Octavia intersection; he neglected the homeless issue, which led to Gavin Newsom's election as mayor in 2003; as he was leaving office, he thought it was cool to allow a graffiti "artist" to deface the walls of his City Hall office with juvenile political slogans; and he helped give birth to the undemocratic ranked choice voting system that led to the election of Preston's political opponent, Supervisor London Breed, who has been wrong on almost every issue since she took office.
Supervisor Breed has been running with the City Hall lemmings and the Bicycle Coalition on the Masonic Avenue bike project, which will screw up traffic in this part of town. Does Preston think he won't have to take a position on that? What about the dumb idea of eliminating the Fillmore/Geary underpass? Breed supports it. What does Preston think about that?
Incumbent Breed will probably be able to fuzz the housing issue by essentially agreeing with Preston that eviction is bad and that we need more affordable housing, which means he'll have to define himself by his positions on other issues.
He could start my mulling over these questions that were ignored by the 2012 candidates.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
High-speed rail project still doesn't have the money
More on the cap-and-trade issue.
In an editorial, the Chronicle doubles down on dumb:
High-speed rail is still a worthy project that could bring incredible benefits to the state and to the next generation of Californians. But there’s growing bipartisan concern about whether the authority is on the right track.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Hillary and guns
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The MTA's information control
There won't be any more Transportation Fact Sheets released by the MTA, and there won't be any more Collisions Reports. Why? Because these documents often had information that contradicts the party line from City Hall and the MTA, particularly about all the "improvements" the city is making to city streets.
I asked the MTA about the Transportation Fact Sheet last December but got the usual runaround from Paul Rose. So why didn't I push for an answer? Because the answer is obvious: the MTA isn't going to issue any more of those informative documents.
The Transportation Fact Sheet not only has information about how many vehicles are registered in the city, how people commute in the city, how many vehicles per household, etc. It also has the numbers on how many parking tickets the city issues and how much money it makes on those tickets. Why would the city voluntarily provide this information if it doesn't have to? Our "progressive" representatives in City Hall aren't complaining. Instead, make people file a Sunshine request to get it.
The Collisions Reports included a list of the Highest Injury Collision Intersections with an analysis that showed what the city was doing to make them safer. Now the city simply declares that every busy street in the city is part of a high-injury network. No need to analyze accidents to determine exactly how and why they happen. Besides, there's supposedly no such thing as an accident under the city's fatuous Vision Zero campaign, which is a slogan disguised as a policy.
Now the city just counts accidents---I mean "collisions"---and gives the numbers to the city's many house-broken journalists without any analysis like what Commander Ali did on all the 2014 fatalities on city streets (The Chronicle's Heather Knight, however, did a story on Ali's report, but no city paper has done anything on that damning UC study).
Even though the MTA has 5,745 employees, it won't assign anyone to analyze every traffic injury accident and make that information public because it would undermine its happy-talk Vision Zero bullshit and also raise doubts about all the "improvements" the city is supposedly making to our streets.
The city's policy limiting the release of useful information goes back to the trauma inflicted on the MTA back in 2013 when its gross incompetence at counting traffic accidents was exposed by the NY Times.
Monday, April 18, 2016
The 2015 Bicycle Count: A 7% decrease!
Joe Rodriguez in the Examiner of course buys all of the MTA's propaganda and obviously didn't take a close look at the report, which is what he also does on Masonic Avenue (here and here).
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Albert Hoffman takes the first acid trip
Quote of the Day
Friday, April 15, 2016
We'll soon know exactly how dumb SMART will be
|Posted by a skeptical commenter|
That is, the folks at SMART have no idea how much to charge an unknown number of future passengers. They also don't know how much the system itself is going to cost to operate, a crucial factor when calculating ticket prices.
Our Muni system here in San Francisco collects only 25% of its operating costs from fares. How much better than that will SMART do? The problem: If ticket prices are set too high to offset operating costs, ridership and revenue decline.
Later: How Many Riders Will SMART Really Have?
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Your drought report card
Updating UC's pepper spray issue
See also this and this.
Labels: Chart of the Day
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
3,979 more motor vehicles in SF
|DMV San Francisco: Get in line|
"Shocking and shameful"
From the Chronicle's Letters to the Editor, April 12:
Labels: Punks with Guns
Paul Ryan is a phony
|Photos: Charlie Neibergall/AP, Oscar White/Corbis|
From Paul Krugman:
Hype springs eternal — certainly when it comes to Paul Ryan, whose media image as a Serious, Honest Conservative and policy wonk seems utterly impervious to repeated demonstrations that he is neither serious nor honest, and that he actually knows very little about policy. And here we go again.
But what really amazes me about the latest set of stories is the promise that Ryan will finally deliver the Republican Obamacare alternative that his colleagues in Congress have somehow failed to produce after all these years. No, he won’t — because there is no alternative.
Or maybe I should say that there is no alternative to the right. Alternatives to the left do exist. True socialized medicine — an American NHS — would be feasible economically; so would single-payer, in the form of Medicare for all. The reasons we aren’t doing those are political.
But on the right, is there a more free-market, more privatized system that could replace the Affordable Care Act without causing the number of uninsured to soar? No, as some of us have tried to explain many times...
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Nevius in the lead for Pangloss award
Monday, April 11, 2016
Saudi Arabia and 9/11
Maybe this story the other day was part of a Saudi campaign to mitigate the impact of the anticipated 60 Minutes story.
Later: See also this 28 pages: the controversy over Saudi Arabia and 9/11, explained
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Saudi TV host: Terrorists are "Arab and they adhere to the religion of Islam"