City Hall through the Fog of H

Bulldog 2007 Article 177

(12-20-07)

"C'mon McKinleeeey . beat Roosevelllt!"

"Hoorah McKinley, Hoorah McKinley, someone's in the stands yelling 'Hoorah McKinley!"

(if you're lucky, high school never ends)

Let's have a big San Francisco welcome to the half dozen former classmates from McKinley High School in St. Louis (class of '62) that I'm adding to my mailing list today. The rest of you treat them well. They won't have a clue of what I'm talking about when I rave about the crooked local Public Utilities Commission or even, God forbid, Mayor Gavin Newsom. Nevertheless, they're good folks and if the revolution fails, maybe we can all go and live with them. In St. Louis, global warming isn't a concern. It's naturally 110 degrees in the summer and -10 degrees in the winter and they're over a thousand miles from any ocean, so not much is gonna change. And, can they ever play music and dance! I think it's some kind of cosmic trade-off for being born, raised and buried in environmental Hell. Hi Goldbugs, I never forgot you. How did Harry Chapin put it? I know:

"through the too many miles

and the too little smiles .

I still remember you"

The San Francisco Beat

Things have been good. Last night Jens and I stumbled over to the Green Party headquarters with Luke Thomas and Elaine Santore where we tried again to show the geek squad how to have fun. It was a close call but I think we succeeded. It was their annual holiday party. While the rain pounded outside, they threw caution to the wind and used electric lights. As a carbon footprint trade-off I tried to get all the girls to take off their clothes. Sadly, none seemed to get the connection.

Why do women hate me?

It can't be my fault. That's clearly out of the question. So, what's wrong with the women in this town? Only lesbians really listen to me and those things never last long. There were lots of luminaries at the gathering (Johnny Rizzo from the College District and Mark Sanchez, President of the School Board and Amy Macdonald Chadonia) . but, I went right after Debra Walker (Chair of DBI Commission) about Director Isam Habenn's ("as you stare into the vacuum of his eyes, you know he's not buying any alibis" - he's new and he's smart and he's kind of scary) . Habenn's new plan to re-organize her department and she seemed surprised that anyone actually knew they had a meeting.

I mean, shit dude, it was on TV! They had to figure someone was sans personal life enough to tune them in. But, I'm still not certain what I saw. That happens to me lots. So, I had to grab Walker and grill her in my patented friendly fashion. Lemme sketch it out and see if you can figure out what was going on. Key facts first.

The Mayor hates DBI (Department of Building Inspections) . he hates them, which is his right. Like all major departments, someone is always on trial over there for extortion or arson or threats of physical violence but, hey, that's regular City business most places.

Did you know, for instance, that the mayor of St. Louis once had to live in a 'safe house' because the PD considered a threat made against him by the President of the Board of Supervisors to be legitimate but not raising to the level of prosecution of the Board prez?

I shit you not. In San Francisco, it's usually the Board President who gets threatened but, let's not get off track here. Don't you let me get off track here. Our time is too valuable to be wasted reading things that add nothing to neither your life nor the public domain. Huh?

So, the Mayor came into office promising to destroy Joe O'Donoghue and the RBA (Residential Builders Association). I mean, these guys are carpenters and one of them has the fastest boat in the world that costs him something like $100,000 a second when he runs it full-out to set records. That kind of conspicuous consumption, the Mayor rightfully feels, shouldn't be allowed for the Irish rabble.

No, that's for Donald Fisher who has given the Mayor more money than any contributor not named Getty and who rides from one end of the City to the other with a pack of heartless lawyers stealing title to one municipal property after another as his rightful plunder for his profits gained through employing Asian children as slave labor in his Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy sweat shops.

I'm chasing rabbits again. What I really meant to say was that Walker is a funny and charming lady who has done a good job at the DBI where I'd expect Board President Peskin to re-appoint her in the new year. Whether she'll continue as president is anyone's guess. But, the Mayor's people have other ideas.

The big argument for the meeting . let me emphasize that when I phoned Luke Thomas to tell him to tune it in that he said that it had to be a replay because no one was meeting over the holidays . I figured that such a meeting whose existence I only discovered cause I have no life and read about it online at 3am . where was I?

So, I'm always suspicious when I see meetings scheduled under the radar (legally posted?) where the Mayor will attend and present a new program that will completely alter the lines of power anywhere and about anything. When that happens, I normally pour another bourbon, roll a big fat joint and prop myself in front of the TV to see whose ox our 'Ken doll' puppet is going to gore.

"These firemen are not real building inspectors."

(fighting words)

"I want to compliment you on the new BPR."

(Business Process Review)

As Skip Soaib used to say: "You know me and I'm not one to cause trouble, but" . part of the plan seems to be to cut the fire department out of the plan checking process in some way or another. I'm smarter than you and I couldn't really figure out what they were saying, so I completely understand your confusion. Want a drink?

Let's cut the shit and get on the same page here. The above remark was made by one of the Mayor's people at the hearing and the only people to refute it were off duty and retired SFFD personnel. This is probably (don't quote me on this) part of the larger battle about fire defenses in new buildings and whether they should have a traditional stand-pipe system or a circular alarm running around a whore house or have elevators safe for access to upper floors or just pull the firefighters up by using a pulley and a rope with a noose around their necks or . yeah, I didn't really pick it up either but, trust me, it means millions in difference in construction and that's why they're cutting the firefighters out of the deal. Keep in mind, that's why they had the meeting when they did. I'll figure it out because I was a firefighter for 5 years and it's in my blood and I care. Whatever, the safety and integrity of our City's structures was at stake in these 'reforms' that were introduced yesterday and I don't know what happened. Worry about that until I get back to you. If you want to make your own judgement, go do DBI archives and watch 12-19-07. Now, about Susan Leal and the PUC.

Real Americans watch SFPUC's 12-11-07 Meeting

Go to SFGTV.org and click on the archives of the SFPUC and bring up the 12-11 meeting. That's only if you're in a position to want to claim credibility as a consultant to anyone about how around 10 friggin' billion dollars is gonna get spent over the next decade. Cause, the crooks done changed the rules to the game and they have an incentive to make both the Hetch-Hetchy rebuild and the new SF General Hospital construction (totally and completely unnecessary) to cost you more and more and more.

Only commissioner, Dick Sklar raised a hand to say: "Whoa, this does not pass the smell test. Isn't there an incentive for this company to estimate higher and higher because they get 8.5 percent of the total estimate with no cap?". Yeah, he said that and he was right.

It's a 3 and a half hour hearing but, as I said, you need to zero in and watch items 15 and 18-20 to see the way Newsom and his boys are planning to piss away your money. Think 'Big Dig'. Think 'up your ass'. Sklar slowed them but he didn't stop them and he was all alone like that mouse in the field with the hawk bearing down.

Let me bottom-line this for you. These items are proto-types for the way 10 billion in your money is going to get spent. Item 15 is a proto-type for a 'bottomless commitment' and items 18-20 are proto-types for 'Old Boy' rewards. An accountant from PUC actually said that although no company in the United States had ever gotten a contract like the one proposed in item 15, that this was the model for how the big bucks from this and the coming SF General rebuild will be spent. Your worst enemy here is SFPUC Commission President, Ryan Brooks who was appointed by Willie Brown and acts like it. Your next worst enemy is the City Attorney's office whose representative thinks that these are good contracts.

Then, comes the SFPUC staff and that's all Leal all the time. Thus, I'm starting to think that giving her a half million bucks to tide her over til she finds a new slop trough might actually be a bargain. I mean, shit dude, if she is the enabling power behind item 15, dumping her could save at least tens of millions of dollars. You be the judge. But then, you'd have to watch item 15. Tell me if I'm not right. Leal doesn't complain at all. She and Brooks and most of the commission and all of the staff and the Deputy City Attorney all like this deal and that proves they're all dung beetles.

"Over the river and through the woods,

to Alexandra Jones' place we go."

I interviewed for a part-time job a couple of days ago. Trying to get off Skid-Row. Imagine my surprise to find that the building I want to manage was in an even worse neighborhood. In fact, the queue for the longest soup kitchen line in Northern California starts in front of the place. Anyway, it would appear that I didn't get the job and it makes me all the more grateful that I have friends like Alexandra who let me stay in their places while they're out of town. A little relief from the bedlam of the Tenderloin is always good.

I'm gonna have two official gatherings at AX's atween now and the 7th when she returns. The first will be on Christmas day for those of you who are pagan or otherwise dispossessed and the second will be on New Year's eve. If you want to attend either, let me know via email. Otherwise, I'll expect you at Salon tomorrow.

If you call a woman or man who dates someone far younger than them a 'cradle robber', what do you call someone who dates someone like me? One reader says: 'a grave robber'. Let's hope that's not too literal and you have a good week leading up to the orgasmic capitalist conclusion of our year. Lay off the delete button and take a chance now and then. Is Hope Johnson a cougar?

Salon tomorrow.

Bulldog holiday is every day.

Thongs rule!

    h@ludd.net

Isn't it a bit appalling that a Marxist seems to be the only one
uncovering some of these economic scandals in local government? 8)

    ((( starchild )))

Bulldog 2007 Article 177

(12-20-07)

“C’mon McKinleeeey … beat Roosevelllt!”

“Hoorah McKinley, Hoorah McKinley, someone’s in the stands yelling
‘Hoorah McKinley!”

(if you’re lucky, high school never ends)

Let’s have a big San Francisco welcome to the half dozen former
classmates from McKinley High School in St. Louis (class of ’62)
that I’m adding to my mailing list today. The rest of you treat
them well. They won’t have a clue of what I’m talking about when I
rave about the crooked local Public Utilities Commission or even,
God forbid, Mayor Gavin Newsom. Nevertheless, they’re good folks
and if the revolution fails, maybe we can all go and live with
them. In St. Louis, global warming isn’t a concern. It’s naturally
110 degrees in the summer and –10 degrees in the winter and they’re
over a thousand miles from any ocean, so not much is gonna change.
And, can they ever play music and dance! I think it’s some kind of
cosmic trade-off for being born, raised and buried in environmental
Hell. Hi Goldbugs, I never forgot you. How did Harry Chapin put it?
I know:

“through the too many miles

and the too little smiles …

I still remember you”

The San Francisco Beat

Things have been good. Last night Jens and I stumbled over to the
Green Party headquarters with Luke Thomas and Elaine Santore where
we tried again to show the geek squad how to have fun. It was a
close call but I think we succeeded. It was their annual holiday
party. While the rain pounded outside, they threw caution to the
wind and used electric lights. As a carbon footprint trade-off I
tried to get all the girls to take off their clothes. Sadly, none
seemed to get the connection.

Why do women hate me?

It can’t be my fault. That’s clearly out of the question. So,
what’s wrong with the women in this town? Only lesbians really
listen to me and those things never last long. There were lots of
luminaries at the gathering (Johnny Rizzo from the College District
and Mark Sanchez, President of the School Board and Amy Macdonald
Chadonia) … but, I went right after Debra Walker (Chair of DBI
Commission) about Director Isam Habenn’s (“as you stare into the
vacuum of his eyes, you know he’s not buying any alibis” – he’s new
and he’s smart and he’s kind of scary) … Habenn’s new plan to re-
organize her department and she seemed surprised that anyone
actually knew they had a meeting.

I mean, shit dude, it was on TV! They had to figure someone was
sans personal life enough to tune them in. But, I’m still not
certain what I saw. That happens to me lots. So, I had to grab
Walker and grill her in my patented friendly fashion. Lemme sketch
it out and see if you can figure out what was going on. Key facts
first.

The Mayor hates DBI (Department of Building Inspections) … he hates
them, which is his right. Like all major departments, someone is
always on trial over there for extortion or arson or threats of
physical violence but, hey, that’s regular City business most places.

Did you know, for instance, that the mayor of St. Louis once had to
live in a ‘safe house’ because the PD considered a threat made
against him by the President of the Board of Supervisors to be
legitimate but not raising to the level of prosecution of the Board
prez?

I shit you not. In San Francisco, it’s usually the Board President
who gets threatened but, let’s not get off track here. Don’t you
let me get off track here. Our time is too valuable to be wasted
reading things that add nothing to neither your life nor the public
domain. Huh?

So, the Mayor came into office promising to destroy Joe O’Donoghue
and the RBA (Residential Builders Association). I mean, these guys
are carpenters and one of them has the fastest boat in the world
that costs him something like $100,000 a second when he runs it
full-out to set records. That kind of conspicuous consumption, the
Mayor rightfully feels, shouldn’t be allowed for the Irish rabble.

No, that’s for Donald Fisher who has given the Mayor more money
than any contributor not named Getty and who rides from one end of
the City to the other with a pack of heartless lawyers stealing
title to one municipal property after another as his rightful
plunder for his profits gained through employing Asian children as
slave labor in his Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy sweat shops.

I’m chasing rabbits again. What I really meant to say was that
Walker is a funny and charming lady who has done a good job at the
DBI where I’d expect Board President Peskin to re-appoint her in
the new year. Whether she’ll continue as president is anyone’s
guess. But, the Mayor’s people have other ideas.

The big argument for the meeting … let me emphasize that when I
phoned Luke Thomas to tell him to tune it in that he said that it
had to be a replay because no one was meeting over the holidays … I
figured that such a meeting whose existence I only discovered cause
I have no life and read about it online at 3am … where was I?

So, I’m always suspicious when I see meetings scheduled under the
radar (legally posted?) where the Mayor will attend and present a
new program that will completely alter the lines of power anywhere
and about anything. When that happens, I normally pour another
bourbon, roll a big fat joint and prop myself in front of the TV to
see whose ox our ‘Ken doll’ puppet is going to gore.

“These firemen are not real building inspectors.”

(fighting words)

“I want to compliment you on the new BPR.”

(Business Process Review)

As Skip Soaib used to say: “You know me and I’m not one to cause
trouble, but” … part of the plan seems to be to cut the fire
department out of the plan checking process in some way or another.
I’m smarter than you and I couldn’t really figure out what they
were saying, so I completely understand your confusion. Want a drink?

Let’s cut the shit and get on the same page here. The above remark
was made by one of the Mayor’s people at the hearing and the only
people to refute it were off duty and retired SFFD personnel. This
is probably (don’t quote me on this) part of the larger battle
about fire defenses in new buildings and whether they should have a
traditional stand-pipe system or a circular alarm running around a
whore house or have elevators safe for access to upper floors or
just pull the firefighters up by using a pulley and a rope with a
noose around their necks or … yeah, I didn’t really pick it up
either but, trust me, it means millions in difference in
construction and that’s why they’re cutting the firefighters out of
the deal. Keep in mind, that’s why they had the meeting when they
did. I’ll figure it out because I was a firefighter for 5 years and
it’s in my blood and I care. Whatever, the safety and integrity of
our City’s structures was at stake in these ‘reforms’ that were
introduced yesterday and I don’t know what happened. Worry about
that until I get back to you. If you want to make your own
judgement, go do DBI archives and watch 12-19-07. Now, about Susan
Leal and the PUC.

Real Americans watch SFPUC’s 12-11-07 Meeting

Go to SFGTV.org and click on the archives of the SFPUC and bring up
the 12-11 meeting. That’s only if you’re in a position to want to
claim credibility as a consultant to anyone about how around 10
friggin’ billion dollars is gonna get spent over the next decade.
Cause, the crooks done changed the rules to the game and they have
an incentive to make both the Hetch-Hetchy rebuild and the new SF
General Hospital construction (totally and completely unnecessary)
to cost you more and more and more.

Only commissioner, Dick Sklar raised a hand to say: “Whoa, this
does not pass the smell test. Isn’t there an incentive for this
company to estimate higher and higher because they get 8.5 percent
of the total estimate with no cap?”. Yeah, he said that and he was
right.

It’s a 3 and a half hour hearing but, as I said, you need to zero
in and watch items 15 and 18-20 to see the way Newsom and his boys
are planning to piss away your money. Think ‘Big Dig’. Think ‘up
your ass’. Sklar slowed them but he didn’t stop them and he was all
alone like that mouse in the field with the hawk bearing down.

Let me bottom-line this for you. These items are proto-types for
the way 10 billion in your money is going to get spent. Item 15 is
a proto-type for a ‘bottomless commitment’ and items 18-20 are
proto-types for ‘Old Boy’ rewards. An accountant from PUC actually
said that although no company in the United States had ever gotten
a contract like the one proposed in item 15, that this was the
model for how the big bucks from this and the coming SF General
rebuild will be spent. Your worst enemy here is SFPUC Commission
President, Ryan Brooks who was appointed by Willie Brown and acts
like it. Your next worst enemy is the City Attorney’s office whose
representative thinks that these are good contracts.

Then, comes the SFPUC staff and that’s all Leal all the time. Thus,
I’m starting to think that giving her a half million bucks to tide
her over til she finds a new slop trough might actually be a
bargain. I mean, shit dude, if she is the enabling power behind
item 15, dumping her could save at least tens of millions of
dollars. You be the judge. But then, you’d have to watch item 15.
Tell me if I’m not right. Leal doesn’t complain at all. She and
Brooks and most of the commission and all of the staff and the
Deputy City Attorney all like this deal and that proves they’re all
dung beetles.

“Over the river and through the woods,

to Alexandra Jones’ place we go.”

I interviewed for a part-time job a couple of days ago. Trying to
get off Skid-Row. Imagine my surprise to find that the building I
want to manage was in an even worse neighborhood. In fact, the
queue for the longest soup kitchen line in Northern California
starts in front of the place. Anyway, it would appear that I didn’t
get the job and it makes me all the more grateful that I have
friends like Alexandra who let me stay in their places while
they’re out of town. A little relief from the bedlam of the
Tenderloin is always good.

I’m gonna have two official gatherings at AX’s atween now and the
7th when she returns. The first will be on Christmas day for those
of you who are pagan or otherwise dispossessed and the second will
be on New Year’s eve. If you want to attend either, let me know via
email. Otherwise, I’ll expect you at Salon tomorrow.

If you call a woman or man who dates someone far younger than them
a ‘cradle robber’, what do you call someone who dates someone like
me? One reader says: ‘a grave robber’. Let’s hope that’s not too
literal and you have a good week leading up to the orgasmic
capitalist conclusion of our year. Lay off the delete button and
take a chance now and then. Is Hope Johnson a cougar?

Salon tomorrow.

Bulldog holiday is every day.

Thongs rule!

    h@ludd.net

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