The most shameless campaign mailer of the year

You gotta be kidding

This is out-of-control shameless: David Lee -- the pro-landlord, pro-downtown, pro-any-form-of-development candidate who is running against Sup. Eric Mar in District 1, is trying to hit Mar for supporting 8 Washington.

Here's the headline: "Housing for the rich ... or housing for everyone?" There's even a picture of the proposed project. The flip side says that Mar "opposed the construction of 19,148 units of middle-class housing" while he "supported multimillion dollar condominiums on the waterfront at 8 Washington Street."

The middle-class housing at issue here is, of course, ParkMerced, where Mar joined tenant groups in opposing a deal that could wind up costing the city thousands of rent-controlled units. It's likely Lee would have supported that deal; fair enough.

The 8 Washington discussion is far more interesting -- because David Lee was far from a critic of the project and certainly not among the large group of opponents. "He never said a word against the project," Brad Paul, who helped organize the opposition, told me. "And the people who are backing him were in favor of it. This sounds like shameless political opportunism."

So would David Lee have done anything different from Mar on this issue? We can't know for sure, since Lee has announced a policy that until the election is over, he isn't going to talk to reporters. (That alone is pretty odd, but it seems to be in synch with his really expensive campaign of misleading information that there's no easy way to correct.)

But I know this: Among the most vocal propoponents of 8 Washington was the SF Building and Construction Trades Council, which is strongly endorsing and spending money on getting Lee elected. Same for the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth, a downtown front group. Let's be serious: No way Lee would ever have opposed this project.

So he's blasting his opponent for something he would have done, too -- probably with more vigor and less concern for community benefits.

Meanwhile, Mar is getting screwed here. The main reason he voted for 8 Washington, as far as I can tell, was that labor leaders (and not just the Building Trades) told him it was important to them. The idea, I'm told, was that Mar would get an early, united, and strong endorsement from labor if he went along. Not pretty, and not a great recommendation for Mar -- but that was the deal.

And almost immediately, the Building Trades went with Lee, stabbing in the back the guy who had crossed his progressive base for them.

Nice. Really nice.

UPDATE: I missed a point. In his role as a Rec-Park commissioner, Lee actually voted in favor of 8 Washington. Rec-Park had to grant an exemption to the law barring buildings from casting shadows on city parks, and 8 Washington would have shaded part of Sue Bierman Park. So he's on the record as a supporter.



Those are mighty strong words from someone who endorsed Julian Davis even though he was aware of his past.

Posted by Kristin on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as
though you relied on the video to make your point.
You obviously know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us
something enlightening to read?

Posted by Vision Without Glasses on Feb. 23, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

Kristin, give me a little credit here. We knew NOTHING about this allegation, and if we had we never would have endorsed him. In fact, the minute I learned about it we investigated and quickly rescinded our endorsement and called on Davis to drop out.

Posted by tim on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

But you did know he was a the very least a bit of a dick, like Mirkarimi, Daly and Peskin all of whom you've endorsed in the past. I think progressives need to take a hard look at whom they want to represent them.

Posted by Chris Pratt on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

All three of those you mention have a stellar record of accomplishment on the board.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

Or are you saying that "progressive" equals "jerk"?

Posted by Hortencia on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

that sometimes you need to be tough in politics. The same qualities that make some people difficult to work for, may be the same qualities that make them an effective fighter for constituents and the issues they care about.

It's great if they can be both effective and nice, but the two don't always go together.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

If Tim didn't know about Davis it's only because he didn't want to know. There were plenty of people talking about improper behavior by Davis, but since Davis was a Progressive golden boy Tim ignored it.

Tim is only motivated to dig up bad stuff on moderates. Doing so about Progressives doesn't fit his agenda.

And if there is nothing to dig up on a Moderate, like this flyer and the 'perjury' of Ed Lee, Tim will just make something up.

This has been a good week for San Francisco. The scam of Tim posing as a 'journalist' has had a huge hole shot though it.

Posted by Troll on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment.
I believe that you should write more on this subject, it may not be a taboo
matter but generally people do not talk about such topics. To the next!
Best wishes!!

Posted by talking dirty to a woman on May. 31, 2013 @ 9:55 am

What's shameless is your obvious witch-hunt of a really good, honorable man. YOU are the ones who have clearly been bought and sold.

Your string of baseless attacks on David Lee - misrepesentation and outright LIES about a really good man are sickening.

What's worse is to think that your readers are actually lapping up this sewerage. Eating it up with a spoon. Not even realizing that even Hearst would be disgusted by your yellow journalism and that YOU have been bought and sold by Mar -- and SIEU.

I have supported SIEU in their marches in the last few month -- but I have friends in the union and I have been told what they are doing. And my union-member friends are horrified, too.

Mar couldn't raise money or get endorsements because he's a BAD politician. Unethical. Smarmy. Useless, ineffectual.

And so -- already desperate at the start of the campaign, he went to SIEU and promised them anything they wanted for his endorsement. They gave it. After all, a sitting supervisor with a Chinese name in the Richmond? How could he fail?

But he IS. And he SHOULD.

And SIEU is furious. They are on the warpath -- SIEU and Mar clearly will go to any lengths to try to keep Lee from winning -- nothing is too low, too scummy for them -- and for your paper.

And I got another phone survey last night (FOURTH one!) trying to figure out what buttons to push - and this one used the OUTRIGHT LIE that Lee is against rent control -- which isn't even being discussed in the city. It's not even a live issue -- for anyone. And David Lee has always come out in support of rent control.

You know that. And yet you lie, lie, lie. Your paper is the real whore.

Posted by Homee on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

It's all that and more -you can add hypocritical to the mix -but what the hell did Eric Mar EXPECT when when voted in favor of 8 Washington?

I keep telling this to every progressive elected
- the other side will not like you ONE BIT more if you vote their way on occasion
- they will not fight you any less
- their money supply is limitless, and they will not spend ONE LESS DIME to defeat you

These people play for keeps. As we've seen with Ross, there's nothing they will stop at to destroy an opponent. They have no morals, no ethics. They know only two things:
Strength, and Weakness.

Eric Mar showed weakness with the vote on 8 Washington, and the big moneyed specal interests are only too happy to use it against him.

Let this kick in the teeth be yet another time to underscore the tough lesson in politics: Abandon your base at your peril.

I hope it's not to late for him to learn it.... but I fear it is.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

As for your man David Lee, he's a smarmy landlord-backed turd.

Of course he opposes rent control! He can't say it outright, but all the people backing him are the ones who've been fighting to repeal it for years.

Of course nobody can ask him directly because this "good man" won't talk to reporters... or Democratic clubs... or anyone who might disagree with him. That's a new one in politics. Hell, even Sarah Palin gave the occasional interview. Maybe he's afraid someone will ask him about this deceptive hit piece... or his illegal coordination with realtors on that IE... or his 90K per year "job" as a "voting rights educator." And let's not forget that he got his wife in on that gravy train to the tune of another 65K/yr. Seems like that corporate/ City Family backed bullshit nonprofit was a cash cow for the whole family! Yeah, nice work if you can get it.

And as for endorsements... seems like David Lee was too much to swallow even for Mary Jung's newly minted right-wing DCCC. Like I said above, I'm not exactly thrilled with some of the compromises Eric Mar has made this term, but this David Lee guy will take crooked to a whole new level.

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Posted by state grants on Nov. 25, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

The ad does seem misleading.

But I have to say, if I lived in the Richmond, I wouldn't list Eric Mar anywhere on my ballot. I don't think he has sufficient competence. When Elsbernd tried to get a pension reform measure through a few years ago, Mar tried to amend it by giving a raise to the SEIU. Elsbernd explained that that would cause the "reform" measure to end up costing the City more money, not saving it money, since the pensions would ultimately be based on higher salaries. Elsbernd beat Mar to pieces. Mar didn't seem to understand what the hell he was doing.

Posted by The Commish on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

So "competence" to you means eviscerating unions.

You know, this whole line of attack is one of the most irritating things about the right wing. You have these people espousing right wing ideological positions -austerity, tax cuts for the rich, eviscerating unions -positions that aren't just highly ideological, but so extreme that I'd call them radical. Yet the people espousing these positions have the gall to call themselves non-ideological. And anyone who disagrees with their radical version of "reform" isn't "serious" or "competent."

Well I reject that nasty, ideological frame. "Competence" means being creative at finding new revenue for much needed services. Competence is driving a hard bargain with the corporations that want to come to the city and make money off of us, not giving away the store and giving *them* money so that they can make even more money!

It is people like Sean Elsbernd, who cannot think of anything more creative than slashing services or slashing benefits for working people, who are truly incompetent at their jobs.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

like about the Lee/Mirkarimi affair. I think it was this commenter named "the commish" who importantly advised that the vote counters were all wet and the Elsbernd's decision would likely be a surprise...

But we know what happened. Elberned vacuously fell in with the other pro-machine votes. Was I surprised? Only by the utter worthlessness of the explanation from the D7 legal beagle.

Posted by lillipublicans on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

In Sf poltics- when in fact- I would argue there are two- The "moderate" machine- with examples like Willie Brown, Ed Lee, Gavin Newsom- really more on the left side of the mainstream democratic party- and the "progressive machine" with current members like Avalos, Campos, Mirkarimi, etc. In this case- the two machines voted pretty much along "party" lines- The exception being Mar.

Posted by D. Native on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 7:57 am

If there are two "machines," there is a Predator Drone setup on one side, and a leaky Lead Zepplin on the other.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 8:28 am

This doesn't seem like competence to me:

And spare me on the right wing stuff. Just because I think a pension reform measure should save money, not cost more, and just because I think a Supervisor should have some fiscal intelligence doesn't make me right wing.

Posted by The Commish on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 7:46 am

I'm getting really tired of reading Tim Redmond's continual trashing of David Lee and his canonization of Mar. He clearly has an agenda with Lee and will stop at nothing to trash him. Mar has been the least-effective supervisor we've ever had in the Richmond district, and the only people who seem to be favoring him are those who know him personally, have political issues in City Hall that he's endorsing (as in, labor unions) or live in other districts... how about leaving us alone and letting us make our own decisions about our neighborhood?

What district do you live in, Tim? I'm willing to bet it's not the Richmond.

Posted by Play something different, Tim on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

Put your money where your mouth is and prove it. If you know this so well, where's your proof (just ONE detail will do) that David Lee is colluding with landlords? This is a rumor that was started by Mar, simply because he couldn't get anyone to put any money into his campaign due to the fool he's made out of himself throughout his term. He's jealous that Lee's gotten the Realtors Association to help him out - Lee's focus in the campaign has been to add businesses to the Richmond, which we're sorely short of and Mar has done nothing about - so Eric's started sleazy rumors that Lee's trying to get rid of rent control. Tim Redmond's continual bashing of Lee is getting really tired... he clearly has an agenda with him and can't seem to get a grasp of what non-biased journalism is. The only people who seem to be in favor of Mar are personal friends, those with political issues they want support with at City Hall, and people in other districts besides ours in District One. How about letting us run our neighborhood the way we let you run your districts and stay out of our business? Mar has been the most narcisstic, ineffective supervisor we've had in years.

Posted by Greg: on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

Let's be clear here. The millionaire landlords backing David Lee don't give anything out of the goodness of their hearts, and they could give a rats ass about happy meals and stop signs. They're ruthless businessmen who play for keeps, and if they're parting with their money, you can bet they want something in return.

What do they want? Well that's easy -they've been fighting against rent control for decades. They want condo conversions up the wazoo. They want to build whatever they want wherever they want it. And they want to charge whatever the hell they please. Ordinary people be damned, and if they wreak havoc on the neighborhood, the could care less.

And these people are ALL backing David Lee.

ps... when posting under multiple aliases, "Greg," use different talking points. Use of the same talking points as the other posts outs you as the same troll using different names.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

Now in all caps:


Can it be any more obvious? Does this require turing red, snarling the words in your face while spraying you with spittle, grabbing you by the collar and applying a half-dozen alternating couplets of fore-hand and back-hand slaps across your cheeks?

Do NOT expect to win by screwing your base.


Posted by lillipublicans on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

So at the debate tonight... I have to hand it to Eric, he wasted no time and came out swinging and called out David Lee on his hypocrisy in a forceful manner. Obama should take some lessons.

The mental contortions that David Lee had to go through to defend his vote on 8 Washington were mind-boggling. Let me see if I can follow the twisted logic, which went something like this:
I [David Lee] was also in favor of the Lennar project, the Park Merced project, as well as 8 Washington, because I believe we need more "workforce" housing, but Eric Mar voted only for housing for the rich.

Translation: David Lee never met a developer giveaway that he didn't like. He believes in the facile canard that you can just build your way out of San Francisco's housing crunch, so he'll be ready to rubber-stamp any and all projects that make developers rich and displace rent-controlled housing. And this is supposed to make him *better* than Eric Mar!?!

Is this guy frickin' serious???

For his part, Eric Mar said that he made sure that 8 Washington would have 25% affordable housing units, and that currently the site was an exclusive swimming pool and a parking lot, so he thought it would be a better use. Weak, but it's probably the best defense of the indefensible that one could come up with.

Still, we're supposed to believe that the guy who promises to vote for developers *every* time is better than the guy who sells out only on occasion, is somehow better?

We're supposed to believe that the guy who supports tenants getting the shaft at Park Merced is going to protect our rent control?

Give me a friggin break!

Posted by Greg on Oct. 17, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

"Eric Mar said that he made sure that 8 Washington would have 25% affordable housing units"

That's a good one. Did anyone point out that he was lying?

Posted by Troll on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 7:34 am

attacks from both sides.

That said, I think both projects should go through - ParkMerced and 8Wash. Both will create new housing units, both affordable not. We can't elect MINBY's if we want to prosper.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 12:07 am

If Mar loses it will be because he made it so some families with kids can't get their kid into a school close to home, and approved closing one, Cabrillo, while families were leaving the district because they didn't want to drive across town. It's just inconvenient, 10-12 hours. I spoke with one volunteer for Lee who's put up over 300 signs. He spoke of families moving away, friends of his, because they were assigned a school far away. If Mar had supported H and guaranteed every child in the Richmond gets a spot in a public, non-alternative Richmond District school first, he'd have won. The traffic in the morning is awful and this is causing slowdowns for the parents who have to drive and anyone else who has to drive.

Mar is better on many issues, and would have won in the Mission or another area. The Richmond has great public schools, and Mar's stance you can't be guaranteed to go to one unless you're very poor and qualify for free pre-school, that you have to spin the wheel, is what will cost him the election, not donations from real estate interests. That's all secondary. However, homes will be worth more here if there is a guarantee of a local school.

Posted by Fred Dobbs on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 11:55 am

are about having to bus their kids across school all in the name of "diversity" and ideology? Do they even care? It's not evident.

Vote against any Supe who seeks to uphold 50-year old bussing policies. It's soooo 1960's.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

I have to jup in here. I have two kids in the public schools, I've been through the assigment process at both the elementary and middle-school level and I haven't always gotten what I wanted, but I have to say, having studied this at some length, the current assignment process, like democracy, is the worst possible system -- except for all of the others.

SF still has segregated neighborhoods. Public schools are, to a significant extent, supported by parent organizations. Put all the Richmond kids in Richmond schools and you'll have schools with primarily white and Asian students from families with some resources -- and the kids in Bavview Hunters Point will be relegated to secdond-class schools.

Sorry -- you can't simply have everyone go to a neighborhood school unless you want to go back, yes, to the 50s.

Posted by tim on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 8:44 pm
Posted by Troll II on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

According to you, Mar is better on many issues, but you're still voting for Lee because of something that the school board did when Mar was one of seven members on it.

It's like sure... you may not be able to afford to live here if David Lee gets his way on housing issues, but you're just sooooo mad at Mar over an issue that supervisors have zero control over, that you're just going to vote for Lee out of spite.

Cutting off your nose to spite your face there.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

Bad vote on 8 Washington, it's not an exclusive club on that site. What's exclusive is the condo project, which will even block the view of Coit Tower from the Ferry Building. Eric's vote was unprincipled, and he crumped to uncaring power against his non-institutional supporters.

I'd like to hear more, though, about the paper's "investigation" of Davis, since he would have voted in the public interest consistent with the Guardian. The paper's stance on him seems hugely consequential absent the customary expectation of public and probative evidence of criminality or malfeasance.

Please explain. I'm reading reports on nonpublic evidence, possibly beyond the truth, about possible defamation triggering a typical cease & desist notice requirement under the law. If you're curious about the truth, will we see reports now on the full set of possibilities, multiple perspectives, and political agendas? Is the Guardian itself able to admit the possibility of a lapse of fairness?

Posted by Bobby on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

It was beyond bad. But still, the alternative is worse. David Lee's own logic at the debate was that we should support him because not ONLY did he support 8 Washington, but also the horrible Lennar and Park Merced projects. And this is better... HOW???

Well at least he's consistent in being for the developers 100% of the time!

Posted by Greg on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

Why is it that Matt is too damned elitist to engage with "the commoners" by owning his own position in comments? He always gets his friends to do his dirty work for him. h. Brown is already engaged in attacking the victim by disseminating a video she acted when she was a young college student. If you don't think that this was at Matt's behest, you're kidding yourself.

Look, Julian has admitted that he was a little too forward with women in his youth, and that he has apologized for it...even though he denies that he groped them. I dont' know what really happened. But I do know that he has gone out of his way to intimidate the one woman who was courageous enough to come forward. Seems to me that the "gentleman" doth protest too much.

Posted by jn on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

The bleeding of all things Julian Davis into every other topic?

Julian Davis already has several threads devoted to him with 400+ comments between them. Can we talk about something more relevant to this race, like that massive neanderthal chin that David Lee sports?

Posted by Greg on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

My family every time say that I am wasting my time here at net, however I know
I am getting experience every day by reading such nice articles
or reviews.

Posted by on Jun. 21, 2013 @ 5:56 am

Eric Mar looked like a major league doofus on national television defending his Happy Meal toy ban.

Eric Mar didn't endear himself for his school board decisions and the JROTC debacle.

Eric Mar's nanny state policies on smoking and liquor sales certainly don't endear himself with a lot of San Francisco folks.

Eric Mar 's support of Ross Mikarimi's plastic bag ban/current bag surcharge won't endear himself to Clement St Chinatown shoppers.

Posted by Troll 3.16 on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

Many San Franciscans are just trying to get by paying the rent. They want someone who'll fight for them, not provide the 6th vote needed to demolish rental protections.

If all you care about is happy meals and plastic bags, then you must lead a charmed life, far removed from the problems of ordinary folks.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 18, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

As if all you care for is a one-dimensional supervisor fixated on rent and nothing else in the city...

you are just as narcisstic as Supervisor Mar.

Posted by Troll 3.16 on Oct. 19, 2012 @ 8:08 am

Then at least spell the word correctly!

Average rent in San Francisco: about $2500
Price of a plastic bag: 10 cents

What matters more? You do the math.

I'm not a one issue voter, but yeah, rent control is about 25,000 times more important to me than plastic bags, in accordance with the cost.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 19, 2012 @ 9:34 am

"Smarmy" is Eric Mar hiring people and the union that backed him giving paying it workers to take time off from their jobs to spread absolutely LIES about David Lee. Lee has so few supporters in the Richmond that he has actually resorted to busing in PAID people from the Mission and other parts of the city to spread lies around the neighborhood. There are people working on Geary and Arguello streets trying to get unsuspecting voters to sing a ridiculous sheet for "tenants rights": saying that David Lee is going to take rent control away.

You know as well as i do that some of these pieces are created by groups that cannot -- and do not- get David lee's approval. David is quite upset about the Realtors Assn ad and tried to get them to pull it, but they love it and wouldn't. Imagine how comfortable that would be if you were a candidate

There is every reaso for Eric Mar to be going down in flames: He's been a TERRIBLE supervisor. He has not represented the interests of his constituents He has ignored us or when he hasn't done that, he has done exactly the opposite of what we asked.

I have lived in this district for 25 years and we have never had a worse supervisor. Our neighborhood is turning into a slum. Mar has sold it off along with Phil Ginsburg of Wreck the Park to the highest bidder every chance he could. His posturing about being anti-fast food were strong as long as it was McD's he was talking about: they don't have a location in his district. the MINUTE Jack in the Box on Geary asked him to back them vs. 1000 Richmond residents who had signed a petition in just 3 days, Mar stood up in front of the Ent. Commission and stated that he loves Jack in the Box, eats there ALL the time . (It's on the official meeting video). Hmmmm...isn't that a LITTLE ODD?

Well, it isn't if you remember that campaign season was just about to start, and Mar had rasied almost no money -- why? Because NO ONE WANTS HIM TO BE SUPERVISOR..

No one. Not the residents of the Richmond . Not the owners of family businesses. Not the owners of large businesses. Not the people who own their own homes, not the people who own rental property. Not the renters. Not the gardeners. NO ONE.

This is not some "conspiracy" -- hell, we don't even speak the same language out here! this is just beause Mar is an utter failiure who was counting Mirkarimi to somehow ensure that he would continue to suck at the government teat and sell our heighbohood to the highest bidder while he hung out doing god-knows-what in the Mssion.

I've worked with Mar and I've worked with Lee on neighborhood projects. Or tried to, since Mar's commitment to neighborhood projects is pretty tepid. (Four years and we have had 4 or is it 5 meridians on Geary replanted? And boy, do they look AWFUL! IT's embarrassing, really....)

Lee brings people together and he GETS THINGS DONE. Not only that, but I have personally witnessed two incidents where he showed great courage and integrity and would not go along with things that were just plain wrong but would have been politically expedient.

We just want someone who wants the job and is at least reasonably good at doing it - -and Mar clearly doesn't.and isn't.

So get your damned carpetbaggers out of our neighbohood, Mar!

How do you think people in the Mission would feel if a bunch of Richmond district Chinese suddenly showed up trying to change their votes and lying about issues and candidates? It's disgusting. It's just SO sleazy.

So for ou to call David Lee to task on these things? No, You are pointing at the WRONG person.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 21, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

Sorry for the typos, etc. I was writing quickly -- and I don't have my glasses with me at the moment!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 21, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

David Lee is totally weird, evil and creepy. Haven't you seen the the creepy video?

I believe this guy would destroy rent control and sell out the people of SF without a second thought.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

clearly whoever wrote the above Lee commentary is totally being paid.

David Lee is ALL BAD! Backed by the Realtor's, lies to tenants and tells them that he's endorsed by some small-ass tenants association to make them think their rent control is safe and that he cares. He does not give a shit about renters. He will kick us all out for $1.99

Totally insane to vote for him.

Good job Tim!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 24, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

You're crazy, the Richmond District has all good schools and Mar passed and lied to defend the policy that kids can be forced to go to a school across town while another kid comes in from another neighborhood and takes a spot there. Families left the district due to this. Lee is 100% for rent control, not sure where you get the phony idea he's not.

Posted by Fact Check on Oct. 30, 2012 @ 2:38 am

Schools are city resources, not neighborhood ones. Why is this so hard to understand? A child living next to Clarendon has no more "right" to that school than one living in the Western Addition. The schools in the Richmond are...schools in the Richmond. Not Richmond schools for Richmond neighbors. Everybody else keep out.

Posted by Gust on Oct. 30, 2012 @ 6:40 am

Yes, schools are city resources, but isn't better for families and the environment if kids walk or bike to school instead of having to be driven an hour, stressing out their parents? The issue in this case is, Mar represents the Richmond District and passed a policy which hurt the children of his district. 60% of the Richmond District was for Prop H and in 99+% of America, including Manhattan, DC, Chicago, Boston and other very liberal areas, if you live in a district, you have the right to go to school in that district ahead of someone from another neighborhood. It's better for both kids not to have to cross each other and it forces the schools to focus on improving the work of the kids rather than appearing to by crossing paths, which makes the average of both kids quality of life and test scores drop due to driving when they could be studyin.

Mar also claimed kids would switch mid year if H passed. When you lie, and people know you know you lied, you lose a lot of respect.

Posted by Joseph on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 5:28 pm