My LTE on the 1906 centennial


  One hundred years ago this week, San Franciscans and workers from all over were coming together to rebuild a grand new city from the ruins of the 1906 earthquake and fire.

  They quickly put up thousands of buildings without zoning laws, building codes, work permits, public hearings before the planning commission, environmental impact reports, shadow studies, union work rules, etc.

  Was this lawless construction a horrible disaster? No, it was a marvelous success. Some of the city's most beautiful buildings date from that era and are still standing proudly today.

  San Francisco used to be called "The City That Knows How." Today a more fitting nickname would be "The City That Can't Blow Its Own Nose Without Government Oversight And Assistance."

  Maybe we can learn something from the San Francisco of 1906.


Candidate For Supervisor, District 8
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