“Plan C, Dufty’s Record, Lincoln Place, and Superheroes…”

by on June 19, 2006

Editor,

How many times must we read letters from Plan C’s seemingly permanent
chair, Mike Sullivan, peddling his Big Lie over and over again that his organization promotes “homeownership for the working and middle class”? This lie comes in the face of repeated surveys by the real estate industry itself that only about 11% of San Francisco families can afford to buy a home here. The 11% can in no way refer to the broad categories of “working and middle class.” Certainly an occasional family of modest means falls into some money from inheritance or the casino economy, but to continue to assert that it is possible for the bulk of the other 89% of San Franciscans to own a home is deceit repeated again and again and again.

And to further Mr. Sullivan’s agenda, we see the candidates, the ballot initiatives, and the propaganda war fueled by the wealth that he and his collaborators have accumulated, oftentimes on funds provided by rent-gouged tenants, and which force people of much more modest means than his grouping to sacrifice both scarce time and less money to fight him and his dishonest greed-inspired class warriors. No matter how much virtuousness Mr. Sullivan and his deceitful group claim to possess, the bottom line is that they are at war with working and middle class residents of San Francisco and will stop at nothing in their attempts to push out people who are vulnerable or not wealthy. It is a sickening scenario and one that needs to be exposed and rebelled against.

Alan Collins


Editor,

First, thanks for emphasizing campaign finance issues, most recently in your story about Supervisor Dufty. As San Francisco’s former Campaign Finance Officer and as a former Ethics Commissioner, I’ve been following this issue for ten years. Today, political support for political reform is paradoxically at an all time high in our country (witness the Tom De Lay scandal) while at the same time at an all time low in our City (witness Mayor Newsom’s recent ratification of the Ethics Commission’s triage budget). If we’re going to resuscitate support for reform, we need to highlight the issues raised by your story. We also need to convince all the folks across the political spectrum that we intend to use these laws in a fair and even-handed manner.

That’s why I’m writing. I don’t think your story gives the reader an accurate impression of Supervisor Dufty’s strong record on these issues. He supported Eileen Hansen’s appointment to the Ethics Commission where she serves as its strongest progressive voice. He endorsed Mayoral public financing when the Mayor was silent on the issue despite Assemblyman Leno’s personal lobbying. Supervisor Dufty has voted for significant add-backs to the Mayor’s starvation diet for Ethics. Even though the Mayor was opposed, Supervisor Dufty supported last November’s Prop C that would have strengthened Ethics’ budget. He is the only candidate whom I know who has limited his contributors to $100 contributions, and he banned corporate money from his campaign years our other Supervisor made it the law.

I don’t want this letter taken as an endorsement of Supervisor Dufty. Good government advocates, among whom I count myself, need to to appear fair and even-handed. Thus, we shy from commenting on any political issues except for those affecting good government reform. I consider Supervisor Dufty a friend, and I have friends who will contest his election. His good work here though needs to be treated with respect.

Sincerely,

Joe Lynn


Dear Randy,

Thank you for writing about Judge Janavs and how she has undermined Lincoln Place. We appreciate all the attention we can get. We tenants at Lincoln Place are proud to be the “poster child” of why the Ellis Act is bad for California and why the City of Los Angeles needs to stand up to developers and say, “we control the land use in our community”. We are hopeful the City Council is finally listening.

Keep up the good work.

LP

PS – Just to keep the facts straight, Judge Janavs was not involved in the eviction process of the tenants. She was involved in the case wherein the landlord demanded their “redevelopment project” and she forced the LA City Council to grant the 2002 Vested Tentative Tract Map No. 51337 to the developer. She was also involved last February, 2006 wherein she allowed the landlord, AIMCO, and the State Historic Commission to reach a settlement without including the Real Party in Interest, Amanda Seward, to be present. And when Amanda appeared before Judge Janavs protesting the settlement agreement without including her, Judge Janavs was nasty, belittling and dismissive and prevent Amanda from speaking.


Dear Editor,

Regarding question time with the Mayor, what could possibly be wrong with more open government? If the people were allowed to actually watch the proceedings that usually take place behind closed doors, maybe more folks would be inclined to get involved and vote, because 29% is just pitiful, pitiful. In some countries people are killed trying to vote, or terrorized into not voting, and yet they still try to exercise their right to vote. Only 56% of the population of SF is registered, but I don’t know what percentage of the voting eligible population is registered. But no matter, 29% of 56% is 16% of the population deciding who represents us at home, in Sacramento, and in Washington, D.C.
Pitiful, just pitiful.

Terrie Frye


Editor,

Interesting article. A couple of items beg for a response, however: ” “RoboCop”, and it’s various incarnations on both TV and in film have been abysmal.” Robocop isn’t an adaptation. It was a film property first, and the comic versions came thereafter. And the first film is a superb action-drama. Of course, that last bit is opinion. ” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s”, Sara Michelle Gellar is slated to return as “Wonder Woman”, ” According to whom? Nobody has been cast yet. Lastly, I completely agree on the matter of big-screen adaptations of old TV comedy series. That trend really needs to die, and soon.

Randall Lilly


Hi,

Saw in your recent piece here: https://beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=3390 that you reported Sarah Michelle Gellar is slated to play Wonder Woman. That hasn’t been reported before, and I don’t think it’s true…

-Scotto


Just to give you a little hope…

Did you stay to watch all of the credits for X-Men 3? There is a surprise, and very important, final scene after they are done…

Peace,

Eric Brooks

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