SF Proposition I: No Difference Between Dirty Politics and Dirty SF Streets

I am as disgusted with San Francisco’s dirty politics, as the 17 million annual tourists are with The City’s dirty downtown streets. And make no mistake about it, this is no coincidence. The correlation between San Francisco’s dirty politics and dirty streets is clear to many longtime San Franciscans.

Streets of San Francisco

I wrote Proposition I; aka “Relocation of Professional Sports Teams” to draw attention to the corruption/dirty politics of San Francisco City Hall. And the latest episode of SF City Hall corruption is a royal scam that must be condemned by not only San Francisco voters but sports fans everywhere.

The move of the Golden State Warriors from their longtime home in Oakland, CA to San Francisco that was assisted by corrupt forces at SF City Hall was a classless act by our city government. But with Proposition I we have the democratic opportunity to formally condemn it or condone it.

To treat a neighboring city with such disregard is also heartless. But when one considers the Oakland community most negatively impacted by the move, this move is best defined as being racist.

Proposition I does not have the power to stop an ill-advised basketball arena from being built across the street from a major SF hospital, in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. But the measure does have the power to drag City Hall’s dirty politics out of the closet for all the world to see.

And when one considers SF City Hall and top SF Democrats couldn’t care less that the Warriors are vowing to stiff the city of Oakland with an unpaid bill of $40 million upon their exit, it should be as easy as getting this measure on the ballot was easy. Funded with $50,000.00, we turned in to the SF Department of Elections 14766 signatures in just ten weeks.

While attending the April 30, 2018 mayoral forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters SF and SF Neighborhood Coalition at the Southeast Community Facility, I was pleased to hear the last question by the forum’s moderator. It was about my Prop. I. But the “answers” given by the candidates caused me, and I’m sure the 200 other attendees to forget the question.

A boisterous Angela Alioto did answer the moderator’s question of, do you support Prop. I? She responded by first stating they are the “San Francisco Warriors.” Then she told the assembled 200 or so who attended the forum that Oakland took the Warriors from San Francisco.

But Angela Alioto might consider suing me. Contained in the SF voter’s pamphlet is the real story behind why the Warriors left in the first place. FACT! Her father, the late Mayor Joseph Alioto reneged on a bond plan to build the “San Francisco Warriors” an arena in 1971. Days later the owner changed the team’s name to the Golden State Warriors and vowed to leave.

Not to be outdone was David Campos head of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. In a published report he explained the reason Campos and 29 top Democrats including Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi cast a vote “No” recommendation at their March 29, 2018 meeting was, they “did not understand” the measure.

Proposition I is basically an apology by San Franciscans, to the City of Oakland for the corrupt SF City Hall politics that assisted in the team’s relocation. In addition, the measure is a vow by SF to take a stand against any professional sports team from walking out on a public debt; since the Warriors have vowed to walk out on their estimated $40 million Oakland and Alameda County bill in the process as reported.

If David Campos, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi and all members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors do not understand, taking a stand against billionaires who attempt to walk out on public debt, it makes them self-servants, not “Public servants.”

Homeless San Franciscan performing his daily routine of picking up other people’s trash

If San Francisco voters elect not to pass Proposition I on June 5, 2018, it would be tantamount to kicking trash you dropped on the street when you could have easily bent down and picked it up.

Conversely, if you believe SF City Hall deserves a black eye, vote Yes! on Propsition I.

Same homeless man ponders how best to pick up glass from an apparent “Smash and grab”

1983 to 1993 Bible Study teacher at SF juvenile hall. Currently prison reform activist and author of Case Game - Activating the Activist; an autobiography.

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