So-called DV group doing PG&E's dirty work


Any pretense that the group called San Francisco Women for for Responsibility and an Accountable Supervisor is anything more than a downtown sham vanished with the arrival in District 5 mailboxes Nov. 3 of a mailer attacking Sup. Christina Olague for supporting public power.

The mailer uses pictures of Olague and Julian Davis -- and that alone is a not-so-subtle attack on Olague. Davis has lost all credibility in the race, thanks to a string of allegations that he groped women.

It then goes after the two for "support [ing] a $20 million taxpayer giveaway to Big Oil." The utterly misleading line is based on Olague's vote to support Clean Power SF, a community choice aggregation program that has the support of public power advocates all over California.

Olague's not supporting Shell Oil; she just realized, as did a supermajority of the board (including both left stalwarts David Campos and John Avalos and the far more conservative Scott Wiener) that the program makes sense for San Francisco and will lead in the long term to much greater energy self-reliance. The only ones putting out the Shell Oil line are PG&E and its house union, IBEW Local 1245.

Oh, and now a group that supposedly advocates for domestic violence victims.

This is a disgrace, an embarassment to the district and the city. Ron Conway and Thomas Coates are attacking Olague because they're afraid she'll vote against their development and landlord interests, not because they care about domestic violence.

This election matters, a lot. It's clear where the big-money interests are; I hope D5 residents reject this attempt to buy the election.



Another vast "downtown conspiracy."

Julian was railroaded, shamed for touching a white woman. We stand with Julian

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

Three white dudes at an irrelevant news weekly arrogantly force-feed feminism down our throats and are too ashamed to even acknowledge how racist and cliche their lynching of Julian Davis is. SHAME.

Posted by William Jennings on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

Damn, you all are trotting out all of the shibboleths.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

The alarm bells are ringing at Guardian HQ - all hands on deck!

Posted by Troll II on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

Tim Redmond has lost all credibility.

Posted by lillipublicans on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

>"Tim Redmond has lost all credibility."

Another nonsensical statement by lilli.

Tim Redmond never HAD any credibility.

Posted by Troll on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

At this point, folks like Andrea Shorter and Joyce Newstat (who is a longtime friend and ally) have more than explanation needed. They owe all of us an apology for this campaign and providing cover to special interests. Beyond that, they owe an apology for using domestic violence as nothing more than a sham cover for other interests.

I am disappointed in Joyce more than I can say, and Andrea ought to step out of the way of real work on behalf of victims of domestic violence.

Posted by CitiReport on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

They must explain and even then their explanations may not be enough to save them.

Posted by Troll II on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

Why do these billionaires hate Latinas so?

Posted by marcos on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

Well some of us been calling this one from out in the wilderness ....and forced to suffer the slings and arrows.... but WE KNEW this all along from the very start of this saga. Many did not believe us now after the " invasion of the body snatchers" many of the pods have fruited and transformed a segment of the purpoted anti DV movement .... the bloom is off the rose so to speak .....along with a video by no less than the self described "Queen" of "noir" the picture is almost complete.....this cant be Kansas.

Posted by thatsthewayitis on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

I don't like to see the big money flowing in either. But please. Olague is no freedom fighter or populist firebrand. She IS the big money. She has already herself taken the maximum allowable contribution from Conway and many of his ilk. Nice how things work out so at the very end of a tough race she can run against the big money after having taken the big money. Why all these never-ending efforts to rally voters around Christina Olague? She's not even endorsed by the Guardian. And what has she ever done for us?

I live in D5. I liked and supported Ross Mirkarimi when he was Supervisor. Ross worked hard and treated people fairly. He was responsive to neighborhood issues and concerns. And his office was always very willing to get deep into the nuts and bolts of things. From what I've seen, Christina Olague is nothing but a conniving self-promoter. Before she was appointed by Ed Lee she had zero presence in the District. And since then she has not sought input from neighborhoods. She rewards supporters and punishes opponents. She pays no mind to the existing networks of people who have been working on issues for years. Her vision (if it can even be called that) for government is the people on top making decisions and imposing rules on their subjects. That is probably what Willie Brown, Rose Pak, and Ed Lee find so attractive about her. They are peas in a pod.

But, hey, if she's all that stands between us and a PG&E theocracy, then let's all man the barricades!

I'm supporting Thea Selby. She's clean, honest, smart, and hard-working and seems dedicated to the idea of public service and representing the neighborhoods. But there are other decent candidates too. I've enjoyed listening to Andrew Resignato, Daniel Everett, and Hope Johnson; they've added to the debate. John Rizzo is serious and knowledgeable and would be a solid Supervisor; too bad he seems to have given up. Julian Davis has articulated a compelling big-picture vision of a city for sale and appointment. But what do Christina Olague and London Breed give us? They are two sides of the same bad coin--petty, vindictive, ego-driven and all too ready to represent big money and the powers that be. No wonder they ache to run against each other.

Oh, and can we get someone else's picture up there for a change. At this point I'd take just about anyone. Pick a card, any card.

Posted by Gust on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

I wish I could figure out how Selby got a Bay Guardian endosement. "Neighborhood leader" may sound groovy to the uninitiated, but the Bay Guardian should reserve it's very valuable endorsements for people who have actually made a significant difference over many years of hard work.

For D5, one of the most crucial progressive districts in SF, an endorsed candidate should be someone was has fought long and hard in the trenches on substantive issues such as housing, or city budgets, or public safety, or SOMETHING important, other being a functionary for a business group that wants more profits at our expense, and whose campaign slogan is "will work hard for D5 residents." Right. Campaign pablum does not equal credibility in a city where billions of dollars of real estate wealth are always in play with development, rent control, condo conversions, and other displacement issues lurking in the background.

First Ross gets the Bay Guardian D5 endorsement after buying a TIC (a rent-control unit lost forever), and now they give an endorsement to Selby who apparently evicted a tenant for her TIC/condo (another rent controlled housing unit lost forever). If the Bay Guardian is supposedly one of the pillar institutions for the SF progressive vanguard, then the progressive movement is officially dead with endorsements like these.

It's not possible to be "progressive" when we evict others to live in SF, or when we buy housing units that were once affordable rent-controlled housing, or when we convert TIC's to condos. These behaviors are no different from shipping jobs overseas, or paying people less than they are worth, or gaming the tax system, or dozens of other exploitive behaviors where we benefit at the expense of others.

And Gust - assuming you're not Thea herself - she should make you her Best Bud Forever based on the many posts you've made here over the past number of weeks on her behalf.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

Thea apparently OMI'd but there is nothing on the record, and I'm sure they searched in 2004, that points to any evictions pursuant to Ross' TIC.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

choosing to buy TIC's and do condo conversions. Hestor, Welch, Daly etc. all did the same thing. They will support rent control as a sound bite but when it comes to their own benefit, they are as hard-nosed and indifferent as anyone else.

Breed and Olague can get things done. The rest are losers.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 12:13 am

There is absolutely nothing wrong with people wanting to own their home in SF. TICs are just the most affordable option. It's way better than giving rent money to out of state, corporate landlords.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 9:09 am

Gust gets it right once again.

Posted by Judy on Nov. 05, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

Never heard about Mirkarimi buying a TIC. If true, sure points to his hypocripsy. I'm a political radical. The so-called "progressive" leadership has almost always left me cold. I liked Ammiano when he was my supervisor in District 9. Too bad, he didn't beat Willie Brown. Wish he wasn't a Democrat. Campos, not so much. Daly lost me when he sponsored the progressive convention to find a candidate to run against Newsom, promising to run himself if no one else emerged. Then he didn't run as he promised he would. I guess he didn't want to risk losing badly. His immaturity (F word every meeting) turned off a lot of people. I supported Gonzalez for mayor. I voted for him for VP as Nader's running mate in 2008. Now, he's left the Greens and joined the 1% in scapegoating public sector workers and their generally meager pensions for the great crisis of late stage finance capitalism. That's enough for now.

Posted by Eddie on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

I thought Daly's hypocrisy was evident when he purchased his home(s) in Fairfield. He purchased (with the help of his in-laws) 2 side-by-side homes that were in foreclosure. 1 was being rented out but he had no problem kicking out the tenants and purchasing a home being foreclosed on.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

that demon "hypocripsy"..Are they the ones who wear blue or red?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

Real progressives stand with Julian/Ross

Julian is the real inheritor of Ross's D5 credo.

Posted by guest on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 8:59 pm
Posted by Guest on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 12:14 am

non-endorsement endorsement of Christina Olague y'all have put out yet.

Posted by Hortencia on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 8:32 am

...but does it say it was paid for by San Francisco Women for Accountability and a Responsible Supervisor Opposing Christina Olague 2012? (Ugh, that name. I support their efforts against Olague, but couldn't they have come up with something better than that?)

Posted by Hortencia on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 8:42 am

"Ron Conway and Thomas Coates are attacking Olague because they're afraid she'll vote against their development and landlord interests, not because they care about domestic violence."

Absolutely nothing Tim Redmond has written supports his claim. Is he trying to say that this flyer that goes after Olague and Davis over public power is paid for by San Francisco Women for for Responsibility and an Accountable Supervisor or hat group's donors? Or, because he can't say that, because he has no evidence to support the claim, is he simply trying to muddy the water with this bizarre post? Either way, it's clear he took too much antacid back in the 1980's.

Posted by A Concerned Citizen on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 9:08 am

however, if your motivation is concern for the people of District would say you think candidate X is the correct choice..

if, however, your motivation is vengeance, you'd say,"Anyone but Olague".

nuff said.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 9:14 am
Posted by Guest on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

Right, because in politics, everything is always as it seems.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

...when your name is Eliana Lopez. In that case, every pro-Mirkarimi argument hinges on whether (and when) she was telling the truth.

Posted by Hortencia on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

You want it to be something different..but it wasn't and isn't.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2012 @ 7:23 am

of the anti-Mirkarimi DV talkers that everybody ought to read:

Hortencia, of course, will prefer to continue spouting outright fabrications rather than comment on the particulars of this masterful tapestry of facts.

Posted by lillipublicans on Nov. 05, 2012 @ 8:49 am

Tim you wrote Davis has lost all credibility in the race, thanks to you and the SFBG. How much has your boss Todd Vogt over at the Examiner influenced you to sell out the progressives in D5?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 11:04 am

Who's paying for those anti-Olague popup ads at sfgate?

Posted by Bob In Portland on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 11:07 pm
Posted by Guest on Nov. 20, 2012 @ 11:57 am

No surprise that Tim Redmond and the progressive SFBG supported the person who let the wife beater back into office over the much more qualified black woman.

Luckily D5 didn't see it that way and voted the black chick in. SFBG-0

Posted by Guest on Nov. 20, 2012 @ 11:11 am