Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rose Pak plays the race card

OMG, a picture from Jim Herd's blog. Oh well

Rose Pak plays the race card on the Central Subway issue, as if criticism of the costly boondoggle is based on anti-Chinese sentiment:

“Usually they[Peskin and Herrera] speak nicely, because there are so many Chinese in San Francisco. But now there’s a chance that a Chinese will become mayor, and some people don’t want to see that happen, so they don’t stint from attacking the Chinese community. This is fundamentally racism.”

Pak played a more statesman-like role several years ago during the Ed Jew scandal, when some were claiming that those calling for his resignation from the Board of Supervisors were racists:

Rose Pak, a powerhouse at the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, recently called for [Ed]Jew's resignation and said his supporters are spouting baseless conspiracy theories. "Our community leaders should not bury their head in the sand and try to blame it on somebody else," Pak said. "I wish these people would stop talking so everybody doesn't think we're all morons."

Evidently Rose Pak has now joined the "morons."

An earlier post on the Ed Jew issue

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At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Central Subway itself is actually what is racist. Instead of providing a proper connection from BART and MUNI Metro to the CS/T lines, the stop is at Union Square. Union Square merchants get a stop at Union Square to the detriment of people who now transfer at Powell from MUNI/BART to the 30/45 - primarily people going to/from Chinatown.

Which is stupid - who will take the T to Union Square? The people from Bayview? Chinatown (probably quicker to just walk..)? Ridiculous.

But Rose Pak is not one of those people who would take this transfer - she merely stands to make big $$$ from the project.

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob hates central subway, but also thinks that transit-only Stockton is a bike-nut plan.

He is just railing against the establishment. If he really cared about Muni, he'd be fighting on a lot of different fronts. Instead he just bitches and ties it all back to the bikes.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Stockton Street is the main street in Chinatown. People have to be able to drive on it, especially all the delivery trucks for that major shopping district.

The point about the Central Subway is that the city is obligated to spend as much as $200 million of our transit money on that project, even though our Muni system is chronically in the red. It's just a dumb way to spend that money.

No to mention the $248 million bond just to take care of our streets, which should be paid for out of our normal revenue flow. The whole city is grossly mismanaged, and a lot of that bad management has to do with transportation.

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stockton Street is the main street in Chinatown. People have to be able to drive on it, especially all the delivery trucks for that major shopping district.

Lowest rate of car ownership in the city, people drive *thru* Chinatown, not *to* Chinatown.

Delivery exception made for 6am-8am. Petty excuses to continue to bow to the car.

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rose Pak drives in Chinatown. So she wants a subway to get the damn buses out of her way.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Actually, the more I think about it, you may be right about Stockton Street. Clear it for the #30 bus and deliveries---there's no need to restrict deliveries to such a narrow time-frame---which would serve Chinatown better than the present chronic traffic jam.

Easy for us to say, but the city will still have to clear it with Rose Pak!

At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe that time frame is way too narrow, just starting a discussion.

And hell, if there are a dozen delivery trucks an hour (or even half hour) over the course of the day, still plenty of room for Muni to navigate. The city could even do its 6pm on a Saturday garbage collection.

Solutions are easily had, and won't cost $1.6B+.


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