District 5 Diary
Rob Anderson's commentary on San Francisco politics from District 5
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Wiggle ref quits, game goes on
|Morgan Fitzgibbons of the Wigg Party|
Passenger rail in the US: More insignificant than bicycles
That's why Warren Buffett invested in freight rail, not passenger rail.
Labels: High-Speed Rail
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The education of Ben Affleck
AFFLECK: There’s Benjamin Cole, owned 25 slaves.
GATES: Your third great-grandfather owned 25 slaves. He was a slave owner.
GATES (in voiceover): These holdings put Benjamin Cole among the southern elite. Only about 10 percent of all slave holders owned 20 slaves or more.
AFFLECK: God. It gives me kind of a sagging feeling to see, uh, a biological relationship to that. But, you know, there it is, part of our history.
GATES: But consider the irony, uh, in your family line. Your mom went back fighting for the rights of black people in Mississippi, 100 years later. That’s amazing.
AFFLECK: That’s pretty cool.
GATES: That’s pretty cool.
AFFLECK: Yeah, it is. One of the things that’s interesting about it is like we tend to separate ourselves from these things by going like, you know, oh, well, it’s just dry history, and it’s all over now, and this shows us that there’s still a living aspect to history, like a personal connection. By the same token, I think it’s important to recognize that, um, in looking at these histories, how much work has been done by people in this country, of all kinds, to make it a better place.
The edited version of the program below:
Labels: Islamic Fascism
Climate change and San Francisco Bay
Completing the play: Fans and foul balls
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Bikeshare customers: Young white guys who make good money
The comma queen
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Marina Community Association meeting tonight
Rob's comment: Why use the clunky, four-syllable "utilization" when good old one-syllable "use" would do the job better?
Monday, April 20, 2015
Archbishop Cordileone and "cafeteria Catholics"
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Meditation for atheists: Killing the Buddha
Friday, April 17, 2015
Vision Zero, the MTA, and Leah Shahum's career move
As Commander Ali's analysis of those accidents found, negligent behavior by the pedestrians themselves caused half those deaths.
Where's the bicycle count report 5: "Finalizing the data"
|Paul Rose: MTA media relations|
Just an update...We are still finalizing the data. I don’t have a release date yet, but getting closer.
Yes, apparently data can sometimes be hard to "finalize," even if you've already had six months to do it. If, as we suspect, the numbers are down from last year, the MTA's problem is about how to present/spin the report, not with the numbers themselves. That's what "finalizing" means in this context.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Pavement on city streets is only "fair"
|Not Jason Henderson's fight|
Labels: City Government
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Traffic deaths nationwide and in SF
One reason San Francisco has a lot of pedestrian deaths: people walk a lot more in San Francisco than they do in other cities. See page 11 here.
How stupid are cops?
Note the asshole in the white shirt who arrives late but still gets in some licks on the defenseless perp. Note too that the woman narrating the early part of the video shuts up when the beating begins.
Later: The county quickly awarded the perp $650,000 to avoid litigation it would surely lose.
Labels: Punks with Guns
Monday, April 13, 2015
Mayor Lee threatens Peskin supporters
With his goofy chest-thumping, the mayor provides the Peskin campaign with an issue.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Hillary is getting started
Kurt Vonnegut: What it's all about
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Evil in our time
|Shot for being black|
Friday, April 10, 2015
Where's the bicycle count report? 4
|Past NYC numbers|
Thursday, April 09, 2015
How the city bureaucracy grows: A case study
Labels: City Government
Civil War ended 150 years ago today
See also this.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Secretary of State Kerry explains the Iran deal
31 homeless people died in SF in 2014