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SF Mayor Breed: I’m a black woman before a mayor; we need allies, not slave owners

Mayor London Breed

San Francisco Mayor London Breed had some interesting things to say at some recent rally and protests. She sounded a little racist to me. But maybe that’s just my white privilege interpretation.

San Francisco Public Press tweeted out snippets of her comments:

“Mayor London Breed tells City Hall protesters she got into office to make real change. “I am hurting like I have never hurt before.”

“Mayor Breed: “We need you to be allies and stop telling black leaders, if you are not black, what the hell to do. I know what to do when it comes to my community. I don’t need a co-signer. I don’t need a slave owner telling me what to do.

She also said this:

Yes, I’m the mayor, but I’m a black woman first.

“But I want to say one thing. I want to say one thing, black lives matter is nobody’s joke. I’m tired of people treating it that way, I’m tired of people masking their racism in black lives matter. It is not a joke, it is not a joke. It is born out of pain, it is born out of racism that we are going to fight against, it is born out of our struggle, our blood, sweat, and tears, for all that we have struggled through in this country. Don’t get it twisted, it is not a joke.”

You can read the full transcript here from the June 1 event.

What does that mean exactly, “I’m a black woman first?”

Does Breed have a loyalty to her race and gender that takes priority above her oath as mayor?

And who exactly is a slaver owner in 2020?

Does she plan to put the priorities of “her community” before that of Hispanics? Whites? Any other race?

Apparently what it means is a reform of the policing community due to “a lack of equity in our society overall [that] leads to a lot of the problems that police are being asked to solve.”

The LA Times reports that Breed has several solutions to police reform to address the lack of societal equity that exists in San Francisco. Oddly enough, San Francisco’s societal inequity and racism hasn’t been solved since 1964, the last time there was a republican mayor of San Francisco. Guess Mayor Breed is going to be the one to finally solve systemic racism in San Francisco.

That includes the following police reforms:

• Ban the use of military-grade weapons against unarmed citizens (I suppose the police are to have X-ray vision to determine if someone is conceal carrying.)
Incorporate testing for bias and potential for abuse of force
• “Reel-back” the release of booking photos

Course the police will most likely have less encounters with citizens as the mayor’s reform includes replacing police with “trained, unarmed professionals to respond to calls for help on noncriminal matters involving mental health, the homeless, school discipline and neighbor disputes.”

Read about all of the mayor’s proposed reforms here.

You’d think that more than $12 BILLION dollars spent in the last fiscal year would have been enough to end the homeless problem and respond to their needs (which has included medical, social and psychological services; education and outreach services).

I’m sure that re-allocating funds from the police department to address noncriminal issues will solve all of San Francisco’s societal and racial problems. If after 50 years the demorats haven’t been able to fix their problems, I’m sure this black woman knows exactly what to do when it comes to her community. No joke.

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Meet the democratic socialist (and poet!) running against Nancy Pelosi

Meet the quality of candidates that California has to offer their constituents:

Nancy Pelosi has been in office since 1987. Her current term expires January 3, 2021. And their ain’t NO WAY she’s giving up her power.

Given the background and qualifications of this democratic socialist running against Nancy, Shahid Buttar, she’s more than likely to win another re-election (unless by some miracle a republican gets elected).

Let’s learn a bit more about Shahid, shall we? From his web site:

“Since graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, Shahid has worked in both San Francisco and Washington as a legal advocate, a non-profit leader, a grassroots organizer, and a poet & musician. His wide-ranging work reflects a commitment to intersectional feminism, democratic socialism, and international human rights. His passions have long aligned around a common purpose: building the movement to place human rights and human needs like peace and climate justice before corporate profits.

In addition to LGBTQ rights, privacy, and the right to encryption, Shahid’s work has also advanced immigrant rights, campaign finance reform, government transparency, international human rights, and police accountability. His writing has explored issues from the right-wing attack on reproductive freedom to the erosion of voting rights, and from effective counter-terrorism strategies to examples of counter-cultural activism promoting progressive politics at the intersection of art and organizing.

An immigrant of Pakistani descent from the United Kingdom and the youngest of four children, Shahid grew up in the midwest and first came to the Bay Area in 2000 to study law at Stanford.

While a student at Stanford Law School, he served as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and professor Lawrence Lessig’s teaching assistant for Constitutional Law. He also spear-headed a campaign to promote sustainable building practices by the university, a day of action to shut down a Lockheed Martin facility, and a student strike against the war in Iraq.

After growing immersed in the movement to end the war, Shahid moved to Washington to work for Heller Ehrman LLP, a San Francisco-based law firm that later collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis. His work there included litigation championing the right to marry the partner of one’s choice—nearly 10 years before the Democratic establishment finally embraced marriage equality—and an appeal defending bipartisan campaign finance reform from being undermined by the Federal Election Commission.”

Outside of his work as an advocate and organizer, Shahid performs as a DJ, MC, and poet. He also organizes artists, and has co-founded several collectives of politicized performance artists on both coasts.”

Some of his endorsements include left-wing actress Susan Sarandon, the anti-Semite Linda Sarsour, race-baiter Dr. Cornel West and faux black man Shaun King.

Stellar list of endorsements ‘ya got there, Shahid.

Read about all of Shahid’s unique qualifications here.

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Guess what Nancy Pelosi has quietly deleted from her Twitter timeline…

According to many folks on Twitter last night, Nancy Pelosi deleted her February 24th tweet in which she promoted visiting San Francisco’s Chinatown to show support amid Wuhan virus fears.

In case you missed it, here’s a video of her visit (unless she gets YouTube to pull all of them, too).

Internet is forever, Nancy.

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San Francisco public defender lashes out at ICE for arresting illegal alien with felony convictions

Mano Raju working hard to defend criminal illegal aliens

California doing their best to protect illegal alien criminals.

From MyFoxChicago: The San Francisco Public Defender on Thursday lashed out at ICE, criticizing federal agents for arresting a San Francisco man as he was on the courthouse steps on his way to a criminal hearing.

Mano Raju said the Election Day arrest was conducted without a judicial warrant and “therefore in violation of state law.”

In an email, Raju’s spokeswoman said the man was taken into custody on a civil immigration violation and is currently being held in ICE detention in California. He will get an administrative hearing and will not get immediately deported.

Raju’s office would not comment on why the man was in court on Tuesday.

Jonathan Moor, an ICE spokesman, identified the man as Alberto Uc Ponce, 43. He sent KTVU a statement saying that the man had three felony convictions for second-degree burglary from 2016, 2017 and 2018. ICE lodged a a detainer on the man in 2018, which was “not honored.”

Moor said the man was arrested by local law enforcement a total of seven times in the past five years, and at least eight detainers have been requested following those arrests.

On Friday, Moor provided an exact accounting of Ponce’s history:

June 22, 2015: convicted of shoplifting in Redwood City
Aug. 3, 2015: convicted of receiving stolen property in San Francisco
Feb. 2, 2016: convicted of second degree burglary
May 11, 2016: convicted of felony second degree burglary in San Francisco
Mar. 7, 2017: convicted of felony second degree burglary in San Francisco
Feb. 25, 2019: convicted of felony second degree burglary in San Francisco
Nov. 29, 2019: the San Francisco Police Department arrested him with second degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of controlled substance. Those charges are pending.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Restorative justice in SF: DA Boudin drops charges against one suspect in viral attack on Asian man

Apparently the victim decided restorative justice was the best outcome for this case. I’m sure no influence was put upon him…

From SF Gate: San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is withdrawing charges against one of the two suspects arrested in connection to a shocking viral video that shows an Asian man being robbed.

Twenty-year-old Dwayne Grayson, who police say recorded and uploaded the disturbing clip to social media, will no longer be charged with elder abuse, and will instead face “restorative justice,” which involves rehabilitation and reconciliation with victims.

“We’ve been in conversation with the victim who expressed interest in a restorative justice outcome in this case,” Alex Bastian, a spokesperson for the DA’s office, told The Chronicle. “Specifically, against the young person who videoed the incident. We respect victims and their desires and we will explore a restorative justice outcome.

Grayson was also suspected of violating probation for battery.

Earlier Monday, police arrested 56-year-old Jonathan Amerson, the person suspected of hitting the victim with a metal pole. He was charged with robbery and elder abuse, and is also suspected of robbing the same victim of his recyclables about two months ago in the same area.

Read the whole story here.

There’s almost 500 comments on this article, the majority of which are not positive. Too little, too late demorats. You gotta learn the hard way:

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Tolerant left: SF Giants snub Aubrey Huff from 10-year reunion due to his support of President Trump?

The San Francisco Giants have told former player Aubrey Huff that he will not be invited to their ten-year anniversary celebration of their World Series win. The reason?

According to SF Gate, Huff is not invited due to “a series of sexist and vulgar social-media posts.”

More from SF Gate:

“Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion,” the Giants said in a statement sent to the Chronicle and the Athletic. “Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization. While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision.”

Apparently the sexist comment was the following: Huff mocked the Giants’ hiring of Alyssa Nakken as the first female coach in major league history, tweeting he “couldn’t imagine taking baseball instruction from an ex female softball player. Have fun with that.”

Read the whole story here.

Huff ain’t having none of it. His response that he posted on Twitter (I couldn’t make graphic bigger, click on Twitter link to read original tweet):

Huff is a supporter of President Trump. See his Twitter feed here.

I find it ironic that the SF Giants consider anything Huff has said as “vulgar” considering their city hosts the perverted Folsom Street Fair. Don’t Google that with your safe search “off.”

Trust me (this link is NSFW).

Yet double standards and intolerance are to be expected from the oh-so-tolerant progressives.

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Judge finds that illegal alien cleared in Kate Steinle killing incompetent to stand trial for gun charges

From SF Gate: A Mexican man illegal alien who was acquitted of killing a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that became a national flashpoint was found incompetent to stand trial Friday on federal gun charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria (appointed by Obama) said in a court order that a psychiatric evaluator had concluded Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate was not competent to stand trial “because of mental illness that is not presently being treated.”

Chhabria said he would meet with lawyers from both sides next week to discuss the next steps. If either side objects to the findings, a hearing would likely be required to examine Garcia-Zarate’s competency. If neither side disputes the findings, the court will discuss whether the defendant should be treated locally for mental illness or sent to a federal facility outside California.

Defense attorney Tony Serra said he would contest the finding. “He is entitled to a hearing,” Serra said. “I’m protesting that he is competent enough for this case.”

Friday’s decision is the latest delay to a case that touched off a national debate over immigration and sanctuary city policies.

Garcia-Zarate was due to stand trial in January for two counts of illegal gun possession. But Chhabria postponed the trial for an evaluation amid concerns about his “apparent mental illness.”

President Donald Trump and others in his administration have repeatedly pointed to the case as a reason for toughening the country’s immigration policies. Garcia-Zarate was living in the country illegally and had been deported five times before the shooting.

Jurors in California court found him not guilty of killing Kate Steinle in 2015. But they convicted him of being a felon in possession of a gun, leading to a three-year jail sentence.

A state appeals court threw out the conviction last August, finding that jurors received improper instructions from the trial judge. Federal prosecutors then charged him with gun possession in 2017.

Garcia-Zarate acknowledged holding the gun that killed Steinle. But he said it fired accidentally when he found it wrapped in a T-shirt under a bench on the pier, where Steinle was walking with her father.

The weapon belonged to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger who reported it stolen from his parked car.

The case fueled criticism of San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy, which limits local officials from cooperating with federal immigration authorities on deportations.

The San Francisco sheriff’s department released Garcia-Zarate from jail several weeks before the shooting despite a federal request to detain him until immigration authorities could take him into custody.

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Ruh roh: SF public works director arrested by FBI; charged with public corruption

Mohammed Nuru in some deep doo-doo

SF Gate reports that San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and a local restaurateur were arrested and charged with public corruption by the FBI.

The criminal complaint charges them with wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme to attempt to bribe a San Francisco Airport Commissioner, United States Attorney David Anderson announced at a press conference.

Excerpts from their report:

The complaint describes a web of corruption involving bribery, kickbacks, and side deals by one of San Francisco’s highest-ranking city employees,” Anderson said in a statement. “The public is entitled to honest work from public officials, free from manipulation for the official’s own personal benefit and profit.”

The defendants both appeared in federal court today and were arraigned and released, each on a $2 million bond. If convicted, they face a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison.

Nuru was initially arrested on this charge on Jan. 21, and said he would cooperate with FBI officials and agreed to not tamper with or disclose the investigation. He was arrested again yesterday for violating those terms.

The main scheme described by the FBI involves the attempted alleged bribery of an unnamed SFO commissioner in exchange for a restaurant contract at the airport. According to the complaint, Nuru and Bovis (the restauranteur also arrested) schemed to give the unnamed commissioner $5,000 and free travel so that she would vote to approve a contract for Bovis’ restaurant Spinnerie. The complaint records multiple conversations between Bovis and an undercover FBI employee who was posing as a friend of a lender. The criminal complaint against Nuru states the unnamed commissioner declined the money, and the contract was never awarded to Bovis.

Anderson outlined four other alleged schemes included in the complaint as examples of the Nuru’s corrupt intentions: First, the complaint alleged Nuru benefited from a Chinese billionaire developing a multi-use project in the city, accepting gifts such as free travel and a bottle of wine valued at over $2,000. He did not report any of the gifts as public officials are required to do.

Second, the FBI alleges Nuru used his position as chair of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority to attempt to secure a desirable restaurant space for Bovis in the Transbay Transit Center. In addition, the complaint alleges Nuru provided Bovis with inside information to give him an unfair advantage in winning contracts for city public restroom projects, including portable bathroom trailers and small container-like housing units for use by the homeless.

Finally, the complaint claims Nuru used a company, which has been awarded city contracts, to work on his Colusa County vacation home at a discounted rate. The complaint also alleges the contractor delivered a John Deere tractor to the home in Stonyford and planned to provide Nuru with training on the machine.”

Nuru was placed on administrative leave effective Monday evening.

Read the whole story here.

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Some SF restaurants now charging voluntary fee to fight climate change

What a hoax.

From Yahoo: A handful of restaurants in San Francisco have opted in to a program that supports soil health and fights climate change — by making their customers’ meals a bit more expensive.

Bay Area restaurants that choose to participate in the state’s new Restore California program are adding a 1 percent surcharge on diners’ checks to support the initiative starting this month, according to a news release from Zero Foodprint, a nonprofit working with state agencies on the program.

Those restaurant surcharges will be funneled into grants supporting farmers and ranchers — money that will “directly fund carbon farming projects such as compost application, cover crop planting, tree planting and improved grazing management,’ according to Zero Foodprint.

“Restore California allows consumers to have a direct impact by shifting acres of farmland from extractive to renewable practices,” Karen Leibowitz, executive director of Zero Foodprint, said in a statement, comparing the agriculture-oriented program to how power “companies enable residents to improve the grid by funding renewable energy projects.”

“A tax is mandatory, and this is voluntary,” program organizers write on its website. “It’s more like a fundraiser for good food and farming. Restaurants and diners can opt in or opt out of Restore California.”

SF Eater reports that “while every restaurant in the state could participate, so far, it’s mostly upscale restaurants, most of them in SF: think Atelier Crenn, Flour + Water, or Lazy Bear, for example. (A full list of participating restaurants is here.)”

But the surcharge apparently hasn’t panned out perfectly everywhere.

Brandon Kirksey, co-owner of the pasta restaurant Great Gold in the city’s Mission District, said that — a month after imposing the surcharge on checks in the fall — his restaurant decided to change tactics in response to “negative” feedback from customers who wanted it taken off their bill, Mother Jones reported.

“Having that additional surcharge on there I think made a lot of people feel uncomfortable. People get a little stand-offish when it comes to change,” Kirksey said, adding that the restaurant decided to raise prices on the menu by 1 percent instead of charging a fee, according to Mother Jones. “Ever since the verbiage changed, people are more excited to learn about it, rather than complain about the fee.”

Read the whole story here.

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Liberal utopia achieved: San Francisco ends cash bail for all criminal cases

Newly elected San Francisco District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, ran on this issue.

He is the son of Weather Underground terrorists and was raised by Bill Ayers.

Yesterday the DA announced that his office will no longer ask for cash bail as a condition for a defendant’s pretrial release.

What could possibly go wrong?

More from SF Gate: Prosecutors will use a “risk-based system” and weigh whether a defendant might flee or pose a threat to public safety. The former public defender has often said that the cash bail system unfairly affects indigent and defendants and people of color.

“For years I’ve been fighting to end this discriminatory and unsafe approach to pretrial detention. From this point forward, pretrial detention will be based on public safety, not on wealth,” Boudin said in a statement.

“Mr. Boudin is in the process of building the largest criminal justice revolving door imaginable, and San Francisco will pay a heavy price for it,” said Tony Montoya, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association.

Read the whole story here.

See also:

Appears that San Francisco cares more about their homeless criminals than law-abiding citizens
Liberal utopia of San Francisco: Car break-ins double at Golden Gate parking lot
Liberal utopia of San Francisco: MacArthur Foundation gives $2M grant to DA to “thin out” jails

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