Friday, April 25, 2008

Separated At Birth: Christian Bale

Is my mask of sanity slipping or is San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom bearing a strikingly handsome resemblance to one of modern Hollywood’s elite cult figures - actor Christian Bale?

Bale’s most acclaimed roles are lead in Batman Begins and serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.

Suddenly and for no apparent reason, author of the controversial novel Bret Easton Ellis, begins with the lead character, Patrick Batman, stabbing a homeless man.

Spontaneous Degeneration or Careful Contemplation Evolving, Disolving Inside Out like the Spontaneous Slip of The Stranger's Neck Upon a Knife (Albert Camus) or Perhaps, a Platonic Pull pushing Ellis into Eddy in the Withering Streets of The Tenderloin Heights?

Not unlike the Newsome administration, Ellis constructed the work with no way to understand the Killer's motives, making it even more frightening. From here, the body count grows to include prositutes, gays, girlfriends and children.

And, I'm hoping he'll do the same with the Mayor’s purple latex glove wearing Valentine's Day stalker, Han Shin, in a sequel!

Meantime, Christian Bale rightfully rehearses his lines to an acceptance speech on the not so distant horizon and Newsom readys himself for some punches below the equator as he prepares to follow Actor-Turned-Politician and mentor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, for what will be his first contest since his victory over Matt Gonzalez in 2003 mayorial race -

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Separated At Birth: Pat Riley

Pictured on the left is, Pat Riley, now 23-years older than San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time. Riley has served as the head coach of five championship teams and an assistant coach to another.

Of course, Newsom’s first term was won in 2003, so his best ball is on the horizon. Thus far, he’s grazed on necessary; yet, low-hanging political fruit like, Same-Sex Marriage, Greenery and Scenery not to mention attempting to add WiFi.

He’s also tried to tackle controversial social issues such as Community Court, Care-Not-Cash and Services or Citation as well as challenge America’s War On Drugs warehousing America.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon be stepping down from a bigger office far outside The City limits and considerably more conservative.

If Gavin hopes to fill it, he won't be unopposed. He’ll have to at least defeat Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa.

And, what’s next for Matt Gonzalez and Attorney General and former Governor Jerry Brown Oval Office?

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gavin Newsom: Man Eater

Yelp Co-Founder Jeremy Stoppelman and Nish Nadaraja stopped by City Hall to visit with Gavin Newsom and deliver us this light hearted interview.

In the spirit of ‘Earth Day’ covering mostly Green subjects like: Who's the Greenest Politician in the World?

And few to gush and blush the mayor's cheeks pink:

  • Boxers or Briefs?
  • Hair Gel or Mousse?
  • Favorite places to take someone special?

  • Maybe, Yelp will add a Homeless Quotient feature to the site as a gift to me?

    After all, it is my Earth Day Birthday! Regardless, I plan to leverage Yelp's reviews as mandatory reading for my celebratory evening out!

    How about: Balboa Cafe, El Rio, Balazo Gallery, Aces, Flor de Lys or even Frijz?

    More hardball questions for Gavin to field for fellow Yelpers:

    • How do you take your coffee?
    • BART or MUNI?
    • Favorite place to take a group?
    • How do you feel about that Nader-Gonzalez ticket?

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    Sunday, April 20, 2008

    SF: Busing Homeless Across The Bay

    After conferring with the Coalition On Homelessness as well as Community and Business leaders, Mayor Gavin Newsom withdrew his veto to allow legislation unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors in which San Francisco will begin busing homeless to Marin County.

    Strangely, the controversial Busing Resolution was a jointly introduced by the unlikely alliance of Liberal Lefty District 6 Supervisor, Chris Daly, and Nouveau Conservative District 8 Supervisor, Bevan Duffy.

    Daly’s district includes the Tenderloin, an area with a huge concentration of liquor stores and one of the worst chronic drugs and alcohol problem in the nation, while Bevan Duffy’s District 8, includes the Castro, a predominantly gay neighborhood, and attributes its increasingly conservative vote to its sky rocketing real estate prices.

    Like a bad ‘80s John Hughes movie (redundant), Daly and Duffy, two warring Supes from different sides of the track bury one hatchet to bury another in the back of a mutual enemy: Poverty/Prosperity.
    Okay. Let's say, they agree on the same antidote not the same poison.

    Daly wants to help his homeless constituants, who earn an average $5.00 dollars a day, panhandling to the Tenderloin's overcrowded, depressed economy, to reach more affluent neighborhoods across the bay:
    “Just because one does not have a home in the Tenderloin, shouldn’t prevent them from not having a home in Marin County too.”
    ... While Duffy wants to serve taxpayers by helping the ambitious few who stumbled upon the Castro to find their way out.

    Regardless, San Francisco's Odd Couple lauded an independent study reporting panhandlers in Marin County earn nearly four-times as much, averaging $19.75 per day. Moreover, Marin County environmentalist advocate busing, arguing homelessness represents a positive, critical externality to the eco-system, long since missing in Marin.

    Homeless contribute to the recycling process, collecting up to three-times their own weight in a 24-hour period; and, as a byproduct, their waste helps to irrigate and fertilize front lawns as well as any dirty needle syringes left behind after entravenous drug use can help to aerate topsoil and improve drainage.
    Just imagine a full, soft clover patch so school children can run barefoot, year round!
    Meantime, liquor store owners remain cautiously optimistic opting for a "wait-and-see" approach to the homeless free trade agreement - hoping their customers will return home with full pockets and empty bellies.

    Having sold liquor to the Tenderloin's homeless for generations, the majority of shop owners, already live in Marin, and would be happy set up shop closer to home.

    "I always dreamed we move business to Marin, close to daycare center and house of worship"
    Conversely, the nomadic crack dealers with far less overhead are equally concerned to stake their claim; and plan to occupy front seats on the earliest buses out of town.

    Great News for Clean, Safe Streets!

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    Tuesday, April 8, 2008

    Free Tenderloin

    Dalai Lama meet Daly Drama.

    When District 6 (Tenderloin) Supervisor, Chris Daly aka Boy Robbing in the Hood, isn’t stealing taxes for the poor, he’s busy grounding the Blue Angles or slandering Mayor Gavin Newsom (on behalf of his agenda).

    Now, local Activist/Pacifist boob wants to start a Revolution: Free Tibet.

    We all want to change the world, but when you talk about Boycotts, don’t you know that you can count me out!

    Daly's speaking out at Human Rights Torch Relay protests of the Beijing Olympics as well as wasting our tax dollars passing useless resolutions to condemn human rights violations from 7000 miles away to China (tunneling) while a record numbers fall in the Tenderloin war zone to homicides; overdoses on his watch.

    The Dalai Lama wouldn't be caught dead in the Tenderloin; rather he reincarnate as sleazy politician, Daly Drama.

    Besides, the "Free Tibet" Volkswagon Bus pulled away 50-years ago. Leave foreign police to the Oval Office. The Executive Branch is the appropriate level for dialog with China as well as Congress to decide economic sanctions; and President George W. Bush has already contacted Chinese President Hu Jintao.

    You want to fight the Chinese, get your prayer beads and join the Tibetan Army.
    Meatime, shut the f*ck up! Sport should transcend politics. Our politicians were wrong to boycott the Moscow Games in 1980 and the Soviet Union was wrong to boycott Los Angeles 1984. Not, only did the athletes and the fans suffer; yet, human rights did too.

    Our individual quest for fleeting glory is not so unique while our ultimate defete unites all with humility, reverence and fraternity. Essentially, sport is a model as well a medium for peace... and in the darkest of times escape.

    Never Forget: 911.

    And, don’t forget “Mr. November” (Derek Jeter) who hit a 3-2 pitch over the right field fence to break a 3-3 tenth inning tie in a World Series delayed a week due to the tragic terrorist attacks that took so many lives including James W. Barbella. That homer gave pause to panic and cause to smile; most importantly for the whole world to watch - freedom prevail!

    If closed-minded, shit-for-brains politicians, like Chris Daly, interfered with the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin to protest Nazi Germany, then a Black-American athlete, Jesse Owens, would have had no voice to silence Nazi propaganda of Aryan racial superiority.

    Instead, Adolf Hitler faded into the stands and Jesse Owens triumphed with four gold medals.

    Daly would do well to quit his chirping about Tiananmen Square, Red Square, wherever; and remember his lofty supervisor perch only affords him a bird's eye view of the Union Square... so, start cleaning up San Francisco!
    If Daly can’t run for gold and won’t run for Mayor, how's he to effect any measure of change overseas? And, for all his grumbing, mumbling and stumbling he's looking less John Lennon and more Chairman Mao - ain't gonna make it with anyon, anyhow!

    Imagine all the people signing a petition to Recall Chris Daly. It's easy if you try.
    Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright, alright, alright.

    Dean Barbella, Staff Writer

    Breaking News:

    Newsom Changes Olympic Torch Route, SFist
    Who's Attacking Newsom Now!, Sfist
    Tibet Protesters Scale Golden Gate Bridge, abc7

    Outside The City Limits:

    Last Olympic Torch Relay Cancelled in Paris,
    Torch Draws Protest Fury in London, International Herald Tribune

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