Endorsement interviews: London Breed for D5 supervisor

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District 5 candidate London Breed has an amazing life story. She grew up in the Western Addition projects, living with her grandmother at a time when many of the people around her were killed or wound up in prison. She survived, went through public schools and UC Davis and now runs the African American Art and Culture Complex. She's served on the Redevelopment Commission, where she voted in favor of the Lennar project, and is now on the Fire Commission. "I am here as the result of progressive politics in this city," she said. She also talked about fiscal responsibility, and how it's good to have someone at City Hall "who knows the value of a dollar."

Listen to the full interview after the jump.

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Posted by Guest on Sep. 10, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

London Breed Is Corporate Bought Rubber Stamp For Toxic Wall Street Real Estate Developers

During her tenure on the Redevelopment Commission, Breed unwaveringly and repeatedly voted to support Lennar Corporation's toxic gentrification assault on the Bayview Hunters Point community through its various Shipyard redevelopment schemes.

Even after Lennar was fined a whopping half a million dollars for repeatedly exposing Bayview Hunters Point residents to illegal levels of asbestos, Breed still voted for every single approval of Lennar's neighborhood destroying condo projects.

Lennar has also repeatedly promised affordable and rental housing in the Bayview, Orange County, and Oakland, only to later abjectly abandon those promises; a fact of which London Breed was quite well aware for years, as she continuously voted to screw the Bayview Hunters Point community for corporate profits.

Breed's malfeasance has likely led directly to soaring rates of asthma and even asthma deaths in that neighborhood, and will lead to hundreds, if not thousands, of future deaths and hospitalizations from exposure to asbestos and other toxins in that project area.

Breed's protestations in your interview that she complained about Lennar's abuses are ludicrous bullshit. When the VOTES came down, she dutifully and gutlessly voted to allow Lennar to continue its destruction of the Bayview every, single, time.

London Breed is a corporate shill. Period.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 6:32 am

Like the first fall of the leaves, you can almost set your watch by him.

Yay, Baum for mayor!

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 6:52 am

The Shipyard wasn't polluted by Lennar, but the US Navy. Unless you have some futuristic forcefield bubble that envelops the area both above and below the ground, you aren't going to be able to do much there without exposing the area to some pollution.

But what about jobs, job training, and all that? It's a tough decision to make. Do you help an economically deprived neighborhood pull itself out of drugs and crime as the main way to make a buck in that area? Or do you pass on over 7 million in funding for job training, and hundreds of jobs, to try and stave off the inevitable.

And in case ya didn't know, the pollution at the shipyard was poisoning the people of Bayview Hunter's Point when the area was just sitting idle.

If that's your case for London being a "corporate shill", it's lame. There are no perfect choices, and who would pass on jobs because of pollution that is ALREADY there? What would you rather do: Be unemployed and be exposed to pollution, or be employed and exposed to pollution?

The London I have always known has been a leader. Really focused on community. But I'm just a lifelong resident who has raised a family, worked hard, and all that rah. I'm no expert.

Posted by The recluse (lifelong resident) on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

With respect, your statement is simply not correct.

Lennar illegally stirred up massive amounts of extremely carcinogenic natural asbestos rock as a toxic dust, was found criminally responsible for this deadly pollution, and then was fined half a million dollars for its violations.

Here is a report on the matter:

http://www.baycitizen.org/environmental-health/story/alleged-cover-envir...

And London Breed still voted in favor of all Lennar approvals after this...

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

The Shipyard wasn't polluted by Lennar, but the US Navy. Unless you have some futuristic forcefield bubble that envelops the area both above and below the ground, you aren't going to be able to do much there without exposing the area to some pollution.

But what about jobs, job training, and all that? It's a tough decision to make. Do you help an economically deprived neighborhood pull itself out of drugs and crime as the main way to make a buck in that area? Or do you pass on over 7 million in funding for job training, and hundreds of jobs, to try and stave off the inevitable.

And in case ya didn't know, the pollution at the shipyard was poisoning the people of Bayview Hunter's Point when the area was just sitting idle.

If that's your case for London being a "corporate shill", it's lame. There are no perfect choices, and who would pass on jobs because of pollution that is ALREADY there? What would you rather do: Be unemployed and be exposed to pollution, or be employed and exposed to pollution?

The London I have always known has been a leader. Really focused on community. But I'm just a lifelong resident who has raised a family, worked hard, and all that rah. I'm no expert.

Posted by The recluse (lifelong resident) on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

With respect, your statement is simply not correct.

Lennar illegally stirred up massive amounts of extremely carcinogenic natural asbestos rock as a toxic dust, was found criminally responsible for this deadly pollution, and then was fined half a million dollars for its violations.

Here is a report on the matter:

http://www.baycitizen.org/environmental-health/story/alleged-cover-envir...

And London Breed still voted in favor of all Lennar approvals after this...

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

Olague voted for the brutal beating of women; i.e., Ross the Iranian Mackareemy!

Olague has failed as a supervisor.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2012 @ 10:00 am

Will she bring her own toilet paper if elected or will Willie Brown provide that for her?

Posted by marcos on Sep. 10, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

London Breed is clearly the most qualified candidate, and not someone who was appointed as a favor to a crony. She has the experience and skills and grew up in the neighborhood.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 10, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

People need to understand that in the past Willie Brown has used the clever trick of pretending to oppose things that he secretly wants progressives to vote for, and now he is doing it again around London Breed. This supposed spat between Brown and Breed is a total illusion show raised to high art, to trick voters into believing the ridiculous fiction that Breed is a progressive.

Breed is a corporate bought shill who never saw a Wall Street real estate developer she didn't like, and who has voted for every monstrous developer project that has crossed her desk as a Redevelopment commissioner.

Olague has voted -against- every such project with the one, I repeat one, notable -exception- of 8 Washington.

Olague is the one who is doing her best to stay independent of her political relationship with Willie Brown et al, and to remain a real progressive.

Breed is only cleverly pretending to do so, while concealing a dagger for progressives behind her back; and the fact that she used an incredibly over the top, almost cartoonish, narrative full of expletives in public to do this, ought to tip us off that her supposed break with Brown is nothing more than reality show style fiction.

If Breed were to win, she would totally change her tune once in office and continue to be a rubber stamp for the Wall Street corporations who pay Willie Brown's various salaries, as she always has done since day one of her becoming a public official.

Progressives like Davis and Rizzo need to stop attacking Olague and focus on the much deeper and more destructive pro-Wall-Street pro-Redevelopment record of Breed, or there will be a danger under ranked choice voting that Breed might unacceptably squeak through and get elected.

That would be a terrible and devastating result for the City, and would tip the Board of Supervisors far more deeply into the control of Downtown and Wall Street.

So the true progressive D5 candidates need to show the leadership and wisdom to prevent that from happening at all costs and sharply call Breed to the carpet for her disastrous record; while cutting Olague some slack and acknowledging her incredibly progressive record as a Planning Commissioner, and in almost all of her votes as Supervisor.

In this election we need Rizzo, Davis and Olague to strongly -share- votes and respect, in order to make sure that one of them wins, and thereby also ensure that Breed is kept OUT.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 22, 2012 @ 11:52 am

I hope she and her campaign eventually get around to addressing a few easy questions about transparency in SF government, of the lack thereof, that I posed here:

http://tinyurl.com/8sdnk3a

It sure would be great if she made moving the SF fire commission meetings out of the Siberia where they are currently held, at SFFD headquarters on 2nd Street, and holding the meetings at City Hall and broadcasting them on SFGovTV.

Posted by MPetrelis on Sep. 10, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

I like the fact that Miss Breed tells it like it is. Refreshing given all the B.S. at city hall.

I don't think Olague cares much about D5 -- only what Rose and Ed tell her to care about.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 10, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

Willie Brown is not London's mentor. Kamala Harris is. You know, that San Francisco woman who spoke before Bill Clinton at the Democratic Convention? Willie Brown is supporting the acting supervisor. Rose Pak's pick is a stranger to this district, and panders to voters with useless legislation. She supported the 8 Washington project, repeatedly. She hasn't a clue about dealing with the real issues that face D5. London does. London Breed deals with the issues of small business development, public safety and community development EVERY DAY. She deserves our votes, so that we get real progressive ideas for our district coming from our representative. London Breed for Supervisor!

Posted by Guest on Sep. 10, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

Willie plays all sides. Kamala is Willie's gal in Sacramento making sure, along with Gascan, that nothing that Willie makes happen here sees the investigative light of day. I guess that Kamala appointed Breed to Redevelopment which was one of the least corrupt of all commissions, right, until Brown made it go away. Then, Breed was appointed to the Fire Commission, another place where the only pork on the menu is pulled, as in the wool over your eyes or your your legs.

Posted by marcos on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 6:46 am

My thoughts exactly!

Posted by The recluse (lifelong resident) on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

What an amazing candidate! Principles, trustworthy and honest - A worthy candidate for a worthy community!!!!

Posted by Tm on Sep. 10, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

"Sit and Lie" and the cost of Post It notes are not the real issues facing D5 at this time. Take a listen to Julian Davis' interview to hear a clear minded leader articulate a vision for our District.

Posted by GOLSF on Sep. 10, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

About electing a guy who innapropriately puts his hands on women, or do you really want to go down that road again? Julian Davis? Give me a break.

By the way, is "GOLSF" a pseudonym for Steven Jones b/c it’s pretty clear he’s completely in the bag for Davis. Most papers might think it wise to recuse a writer when his personal friend is looking for an endorsement. I guess SFBG is not most papers.

Posted by Haven't we learned our lesson? on Sep. 10, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

Re. Haven't we learned our lesson?
That a pretty heavy accusation you have laid on Davis, were is the proof? Or are you just a troll for one of the other candidates, doing a Karl Rove by creating a big lie and hoping readers belive it? Any person involved in politics knows that the Karl Rove playbook is worn out by over use. Find another tatic if you want to slander someone.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 11:19 am

Any person even remotely familiar with San Francisco politics knows what I'm saying is true. It's the worst kept secret in town.

Posted by Haven't we learned our lesson? on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

Again you are using an over used, worn - out Karl Rove tatic, Proof please, or try another tatic.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

Look, I don't have an ax to grind here. I'm only stating what I (and a lot of others) know to be the case. I kind of doubt there are videos of the incidents. But if you want proof or substantiation, I bet some women will come forward soon.

Posted by Haven't we learned our lesson? on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

I head about Julian Davis having some fight with a woman in a public setting about a year ago. I wasn't there, so I don't know for sure what happened, but this isn't a "new" thing to hear about him. I've met him and he seems like a really nice, capable guy with a focus on community. But who knows? Do we need another scandal in the neighborhood? After the whole Mirkarimi thing, I'm hesitant to even take a chance on someone who "might" have a domestic violence issue representing out neighborhood.

Posted by The recluse (lifelong resident) on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

One part of the machine attacking the other. London is on the
attack, At the end of London's closing statement she really rips into
Olauge for being brought and paid for. " I see some one that is brought
and paid for, you all 3 know it (the interviewers are Redmond, Jones and another
person), you know we have a supervisor that is there because she is
brought and paid for and we deserve better."

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

@ The recluse (lifelong resident) London Breed and Julian Davis agreed not to attack or slander each other, and run a clean campaign, you have just violated that agreement by creating this slanderous rumor.

Posted by DavidinSF on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

Dude, get over yourself. I'm not London Breed, Julian Davis, or involved with either campaign. Go join the thought police or something.

Posted by The recluse (lifelong resident) on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

Not everything is about campaign intrigue. Sometimes the truth is just the truth. We don't need another guy who puts his hands on women.

Posted by Haven't we learned our lesson? on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

There is only one person out there propagating the myth that Julian "puts his hands on women," and she is an Olague operative. So transparent and sad. Show me some actual names/allegations/details. Total character assassination from the political establishment.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

I first met Ms. Breed at a neighborhood safety confab at Yoshi's on Fillmore about 5 years ago. I was impressed right away with her warmth and openness. I support her over the current incumbent, who I've sat with often in various venues discussing not only planning issues but many good government issue.
London Breed is a balanced and pragmatic public servant who has worked in and for her community and neighborhood for many years. Christina Olague is a politician. She behaves like one and she does what moves her career forward, not what is best for her community especially if the community isn't her self-identified cabal.

Posted by Jed Guest on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

Dear Haven't we learned our leason? and The reculse (lifelong resident) me thinks you are the same troll. You need to be a lot more intelligent in your writings, as you are so obvious.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

Honestly have no idea who that person is.

Posted by Haven't we learned our lesson? on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

Guest, I see that you are a Breed supporter, its like the pot calling the kettle black, Breed has a history of being Willie's girl since she interned in da mayors office. If any one is brought and paid for its London Breed.

Posted by The real truth on Sep. 12, 2012 @ 10:28 am