Tag Archives: Newsom

Is Newsom a whore for big real estate interests?

San Francisco environmental activist attorney Jon Gollinger writes in the Chronicle.

It’s been almost three years since Lt. Gov. Newsom, in his capacity as one of the three members of the State Lands Commission, filed a lawsuit against the people of San Francisco to do just that. Now the Chairman of the State Lands Commission, Newsom continues to sue San Francisco to invalidate Proposition B, the Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act. San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved Prop. B in 2014 in the aftermath of the 8 Washington luxury condo fiasco to ensure voters always have the opportunity to weigh in on future plans to raise the existing height limits along The City’s shoreline. Three years and many legal filings later, the lawsuit is about to have its day in court at a hearing in June. Both sides have submitted lengthy legal briefs making the case to Superior Court Judge Suzanne R. Bolanos that she should rule in their favor. The impact of Bolanos’ decision will ripple far beyond one ballot measure and one city.

 

Zula Jones characterizes Gavin Newsom as “arrogant”

“Jones noted that with the defeat of the “anti-business” progressives, Lee and his moderate, pro-business supporters had to “capture that and move very fast … We just need to pick up where we left off.”
 
Under Mayor Gavin Newsom, none of this had been possible, she said.
 
“Our previous mayor, Gavin Newsom, was a fuck-up because he was arrogant,” Jones said.
 
Mayor Lee, who Jones called an honest worker bee, had little political experience and had to be told to make sure people called him “Mr. Mayor” instead of just “Ed,” as he at first wanted.
 
“You gotta walk in front of me,” Jones said she told Lee. “You get this together, brother.”
 
Gavin Newsom with Shrimp Boy Chow below:

The Reactionary Nature of Gavin Newsom’s Corporate Neoliberalism

Nancy Fraser pins the Gavin Newsom ideology down in this excellent article!

“The result was a “progressive neoliberalism” that mixed together truncated ideals of emancipation and lethal forms of financialization.”

Exactly what Gavin Newsom did as mayor of San Francisco!

Excellent Article Relevant to Gavin Newsom and the California “Progressives”

John Stauber in CounterPunch paints a perfect portrait of the “progressive” politics of Gavin Newsom!

“The professional Progressive Movement that we see reflected in the pages of The Nation magazine, in the online marketing and campaigning of MoveOn and in the speeches of Van Jones, is primarily a political public relations creation of America’s richest corporate elite, the so-called 1%, who happen to bleed Blue because they have some degree of social and environmental consciousness, and don’t bleed Red.  But they are just as committed as the right to the overall corporate status quo, the maintenance of the American Empire, and the monopoly of the rich over the political process that serves their economic interests.”

How true!

Gavin Newsom Privatized 55 Acres of Golden Gate Park!

Gavin Newsom privatized 55 acres of Golden Gate Park.

Once known as Strybing Arboretum, it is now known as the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and charges $7 admission.

If you go around behind the Hall of Flowers, however, you can find the gates open from Monday to Saturday until around 2:30 PM or sometimes later. (Vehicles line up at 3 PM to leave, and the gates are shut then. Prior to privatization, these gates were open until dusk.)

Head straight in and find the Native Plant Garden, a garden started by Menzies, Gavin Newsom’s grandfather. He must be rolling over in his grave now!

Gavin has a history of running away. 🙂

The frat boy has a way with the Gettys but an unfamiliarity with statistics.

Here is the story of the privatization:
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/12/15/18747857.php

Astonishingly, Michael McKechnie, the director who first tried to get permanent fees, now heads the Angel Island Immigration Foundation: