Thursday, August 11, 2005

Chris Daly: "Why should I care?"

From Supervisor Daly (Aug. 11, 12:35 p.m.): "Rob, I checked your website and couldn't find out any info about you. Who are you? What do you believe in? Why should I care?"

Rob to Chris:
You mean I have to present my credentials before you make a substantive response? It's pretty clear from my website and this blog what I believe in and who I am politically. I think you and other progressive leaders have been a disaster for the city: first, on the homeless issue and, increasingly, on the housing issue. You seem to be willing to sacrifice whole sections of the city in a misguided attempt to produce housing---housing, in the case of Rincon Hill, that isn't even affordable to the working people of San Francisco. You don't have to care, but you may be hearing criticism like mine a lot more in the future, as people wake up to what you and the We Need Housing movement are doing to the city.

From Supervisor Daly (Aug. 11, 8:35 p.m.): "OK, but who are you?"

Rob to Chris:
Have you finished your reading assignment? What more do you need to know? Am I supposed to submit a resume? You may be surprised to hear this, Chris, but this is not about you and me; it's about San Francisco and what grotesquely large housing projects like Rincon Hill will do to the city. 2200 condos in 50-story highrises in that area will completely obliterate that part of town for generations. You seem to think that your shakedown of the developers is a victory for the city and a reasonable tradeoff for trashing that part of town. It reminds me of what the US officer said after destroying a village in Vietnam: "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

From Supervisor Daly (Aug. 12, 1:18 p.m.): "Just wondering what type of person gets so worked up over such simple questions."

Rob to Chris:
Just like I'm wondering what kind of supervisor would allow a project like this in his district. Here's a chance to make your case for the shakedown deal. While you're at it, why don't you explain your appointment of Adam Werbach to the PUC while Mayor Brown was out of the country? Seems like you have a problem with means and ends, Chris. Perhaps you'd like to talk about it.

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