SF's culture of corruption - Page 2

In many ways, San Francisco hasn't changed. It's still the old Barbary Coast, ruled by capitalist thugs and corrupt politicians, only with glossy modern spin

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Throughout his political career, Yee has carried water for Pacific Gas & Electric, perhaps the most corrupting contributor to political campaigns in the city's history. PG&E's influence at City Hall had thankfully waned in recent years as a result of overreach and deadly criminal negligence, until Lee and his appointees last year killed CleanPowerSF (see "Challenge Mayor Lee and his lies," 9/17/13) on a pretext so thin it could only be gift to PG&E.

In many ways, San Francisco hasn't changed. It's still the old Barbary Coast, ruled by capitalist thugs and corrupt politicians, only with glossy modern spin created by armies of well-paid political consultants. But we all deserve better.

Yee and Jackson should go to prison if there’s even a slice of truth to the allegations against them. And maybe they’ll cut deals and take other political figures down with them, giving us more of a peek behind the curtain of political power. But it’s up to all of us to break the close ties between economic and political power and begin to restore the democratic power of everyday people.

Comments

I must say, that is one of the most succinct articles, only two columns, that sums up San Francisco politics today. Kudo's for the summary. Now will that pesky carpetbagger from Silly Con Valley, Ron (patent expert) Conway, get a real life?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

Only after those carpetbaggers Daly, Avalos, and Campos do so first.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 6:06 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

The funniest part is that Steven Jones said Yee "already had a reputation for, at best, political pandering and influence peddling; or at worst, corruption, a label for Yee long used in private conversations among figures in the local political establishment."

As Tim Redmond wrote before the mayoral election: "He's the best chance progressives have of keeping the corrupt old political machine out of City Hall — or he's a chameleon who will be a nightmare for progressive San Francisco."

So I guess a pol can be corrupt as long as he votes the BG way and isn't connected to Willie Brown, Gavin Newsom, and Ed Lee.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

SFBG is so hopelessly out of touch these days

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

Just to clarify, Yee was the Guardian's third place endorsement in that race, after John Avalos (first) and Dennis Herrera (second). We also did more to expose his history and credibility problems than any other news outlet in town, running this cover story (which has gotten tons of hits since Yee was arrested, helping inform people's understand of him): http://www.sfbg.com/2011/08/30/real-leland-yee
Why did we endorse Yee at all? We knew at the time that Ed Lee was part of a corrupt political machine, and he has been every bit as bad as we feared he would be, maybe even worse, and we detail just a little of that in this editorial. Frankly, given that Yee was running on a somewhat progressive platform and had some progressive support, he probably wouldn't have been the shameless shill for greedy capitalist interests that Mayor Lee has been, but that's obviously just pure speculation, and nobody knew at the time just how far Yee would go to further his political self-interest (did anyone really think he was capable of setting up international arms deal for campaign contributions?). Knowing what we know now, we probably would have given Chiu our third place slot, despite being troubled by his betrayal of the progressives who put him in office and his swing vote on appointing Lee. But for us, that third place slot was simply a hedge against Lee, so we chose the most palatable of the top-tier candidates in the hopes that we would avoid the culture of corruption that has descended on this city.

Posted by steven on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

While Lee takes it from big business Avalos takes it from the public employee unions and Non Profit Inc. Neither is much concerned about the interests of the public at-large, at least with Lee the city benefits from an increased tax base.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

lee's side beat the progressives at scheming and Steve's bitter.

Moderate mayors have been the norm for some time, Steve's upset that invasive and busy body progressives couldn't scheme one of their own in against the majority of citizens.

Citizens that progressives claim to speak for but somehow these citizens never vote right.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

then SFBG would have turned a blind eye. but of course he lost to Lee by such a huge margin that even the SEIU bully boys could not rig the result.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 5:35 pm

The last time SF had a progressive mayor was Art Agnos and he was voted out after one term. And the BOS only had a progressive majority for a short period too back in 2000 and people saw how well that turned out and went back to a moderate majority. Progressives constantly claim they speak for the city, yet their candidates and proposals constantly get defeated at the polls.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

Progressive leaders would rather cast their lot with the poverty nonprofits and their corrupt relationship with the City Family than with San Franciscans who many of them deeply detest.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 5:55 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 08, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

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