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The Fate of America's Most Corrupt City The San Francisco's Mayor's Race

The San Francisco Mayor’s Race

by BRUCE ANDERSON

Next week’s Frisco election is shaping up as a pivotal one, not only for America’s most corrupt small city, but for the even more corrupt two-party dictatorship ruling US and the rest of the world. If Matt Gonzalez, a member of the Green Party, is elected mayor of San Francisco, it will be a dagger straight into the rotted heart of the Democratic Party because Baghdad by the Bay is home to the party’s biggest wigs. Which is reason enough to vote for Gonzalez, but he’s also better on the issues — all of them — than his opponent because he wants to represent the many against the fortunate few the present mayor has faithfully represented for years now.

Naturally, the Frisco Democrats, all of whom are millionaires, as is their vacuous candidate for mayor, are portraying Gonzalez as a dangerous radical because he’s a Green. The Green Party represents reform, not revolution. (In Mendocino County the Greens barely represent that much. So far, the Mendo Greens have boldly stood for an advisory measure aimed at abolition of the laws restricting marijuana production and consumption and are presently behind a comparably wimpy measure that would prohibit the growing of genetically altered foods in the county, an issue of no local pertinence except to child-like persons whose politics revolve about their own smoking and eating practices. The Mendo Greens also operate a public radio station partly sponsored by the corporations promoting genetically altered food products.) Thank the goddess a few persons with real ability put themselves forward as Green Party candidates.

Terence Hallinan is also running for reelection as District Attorney for San Francisco. Hallinan is the first DA in the modern history of The City to stand up to the SFPD, a police department recently presided over by men who should have been packed off to prison themselves a long time ago. Lots of rank-and-file cops are supporting Hallinan because they understand that framing people for murders they didn’t commit and attempting to cover up crimes committed by well-connected off-duty police officers as in the fajitagate episode, makes the whole department look like a bunch of thugs.

Chris Cunnie, president of the San Francisco Police Officers’ Association, unintentionally made the case for Hallinan’s re-election in last week’s Chronicle. Cunnie told the Chronicle that the Police Officers’ Association was supporting Kamala Harris for DA because "When the district attorney indicts 10 officers in one year, that’s a problem." When ten cops are indictable in a year is a much bigger problem, Cunnie, and if you can’t see that elephant standing next to you one wonders what else you don’t see.

Harris’ qualifications for office are that she’s a she, she’s a member of an ethnic minority, she’s a former girl friend of Willie Brown. (As are about half the upscale babes in The City.) Which nicely summarizes Democratic Party principles these days — race, gender and indiscriminate, serial humping. And lib-labs are still walking around scratching their heads trying to figure out why there’s an imbecile in the White House with a home grown Taliban functioning as his brain!

The funniest non-issue in the Frisco mayor’s race arose Monday when Newsom, Demo Hackdom’s candidate, claimed that someone in the Gonzalez camp sent out an e-mail asking Greens to picket Al Gore. Gasp. Something wrong with that? But to picket Gore you’d have to somehow get in front of the limo ferrying plastic man from Feinstein’s mansion one of Getty’s palaces. Anyway, picketing Gore makes about as much sense as a sit down demo at Hubert Humphrey’s grave.

BRUCE ANDERSON is the publisher of the Anderson Valley Advertiser, America’s best weekly newspaper.