Sunday, August 16, 2009

C.W. Nevius and SF progressives

That's a witless, snotty little hit-piece on C.W. Nevius by Chris Roberts in the current SF Weekly (below in italics). It's not possible that a crackhead in the Tenderloin would recognize Nevius on the street? First time I ever met Nevius was at a community awards banquet last year. Even though there were several hundred people in the room, I recognized Nevius as soon as he arrived just from years of seeing his picture next to his byline in the Chronicle (which I couldn't have done based on the crappy cartoon of Nevius the SF Weekly used next to the Roberts piece.) Why do city progs dislike Nevius so much? Because he says things about SF no one else is saying, especially about homelessness in the city, a topic city progs have tried to avoid discussing ever since Gavin Newsom ate their lunch on the issue way back in 2002 and 2003.

He recently even had the gall to write about the bike issue in SF, until now a subject on which I have been the only dissenting voice. The bike people didn't like that, even though Nevius was much kinder to them than they deserved.

Have you seen C.W. Nevius? Tenderloin kooks have
By Chris Roberts
August 12, 2009

Although he resides in Walnut Creek, San Francisco Chronicle news columnist C.W. "Chuck" Nevius is undoubtedly a man about town in the 415. Nevius, a former sports columnist who now writes about city politics, is a frequent fixture in print and on television — and, according to his July 15 column, recognizable even by "a man puffing a crack pipe" while Nevius was "walking through the Tenderloin the other day." Not only did the man recognize Chuck from the sports pages, he was also clear-headed enough to, in Nevius'[sic] words, put down his pipe long enough to ask the silver-maned scribe about the Niners' offensive line.

Impressed with Nevius' Tenderloin profile, we wandered through the neighborhood ourselves last week, picture of Chuck (stolen from Flickr) in hand, hoping to find his football-minded friend or at least earn a glimmer of recognition from another crackhead or neighborhood eccentric.

Responses ranged from the nonsensical — "I'm a native African-American, but I'm related to Al Capone. You know it — Al Capone," delivered by a man in a suit near the chess games on Fifth Street — to the somewhat hostile, like the malt-liquor–breathed "Don't play intellectual ping-pong with me, mate!" we heard at U.N. Plaza.

More folks pegged Nevius for a politico than a journo. For example, Jerome at Market and Turk said, "That's some rich guy, stealing from the taxpayers. A politician."
Tammy, smoking a Kool — not crack — in front of a convenience store, figured it might be a Nevius nemesis: "That's Chris Daly, isn't it?" On closer inspection: "Okay, that's not Chris Daly."

A Frank Zappa look-alike, replete with Zappa facial hair and a Zappa voice, on Leavenworth near U.N. Plaza: "No, I don't know who that is. Why, is he missing?"
Paul on Leavenworth at Eddy: "That's a fed, or a cop. Look at the glasses and jacket."

Try as we might, we couldn't get much out of folks who appeared to be in various stages of inebriation — we struggled even to sustain vacant stares.

One woman said that she'd seen the man in the photo before, but "I ain't telling you who he is." Then she questioned why we were asking about him in the first place: "What, he ain't showing up to work?"



At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

I love, love, love Nevius' columns. He's one of the few who actually tells it like it is, without kowtowing to the politically correct and/or the well-connected. I wouldn't recognize him if he ran into me, but his column is at the top of my reading list.

At 4:30 PM, Anonymous kwk said...

Even more moronic than sfweekly is the Tim Redmond babble in sfbg (what else would you expect from Redmond but moronic babble?). He calls Nevius a "conservative suburban twit" in two postings meant to defend Chris Daly. This might be a new low if sfbg had not set the bar of yellow journalism so far down already:
SFBG Nevius Twit pt. 1
SFBG Nevius Twit pt. 2
These sfbg types live a lot further from San Francisco than Walnut Creek, they live in some bizarre pinky-do fantasy land where they have simplistic solutions to every major and mainor problem.

Why doesn't Redmond demand that Chris Daly, who obviously has a lot of extra spending money, give the cash he paid for that second of two homes he just bought to the homeless? Why don't we see Chris Daly walking Market St. distributing $200,000 to the fine folk there? Daly would still have his condo in SF and his other home in Fairfield and our most vulnerable would be better off.

And so would the crack dealers.

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous robertholt said...

I for one ... will be glad to see the back of the Hypocrite Daly.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The poor political journalism on local issues by both the Guardian and the SF Weekly is why SF progressives seem a lot dumber than they have to be. They sneer at C.W. Nevius, but he and Kevin Fagan at the Chronicle have done the only important writing on homelessness in the city, while the Guardian seems to think that bicycles are the most important issue the city faces. But no one in the local media---except for me, of course---is challenging the city's mindless pro-density "transit corridors" theory that is encouraging the over-development of wide swaths of the city along major streets. Unlike their obsessive coverage of the bike issue, the progs at the Guardian have yet to critically address development issues, except for a lame dissent on the Rincon Hill highrises a few years ago---they wanted only two highrises, whereas the city---and Chris Daly and Aaron Peskin---successfully pushed for five.


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