San Francisco's ballot is pretty scant this time around, containing a mere five propositions and two city government races.
In the two "races" we have two entrenched, establishment liberal incumbents running unopposed to extend their jobs for another 4 years. BOOOOORING. This is sadly becoming the norm in San Francisco - a one-party state rapidly resembling the former Soviet Union, at least politically anyway. There is almost no diversity of opinion here.
In the first race, Dennis Herrera is being re-upped for another term as City Attorney. Now, we would love to see a City Attorney (or even better the District Attorney) go after all the Froot Loops in this town, but Dennis has decided to go after the makers of Froot Loops...
He's fought for universal health care and same-sex marriage. He's taken on the Mirant power plant, gang injunctions and the city's right to ban cigarette sales in drug stores. And now, City Attorney Dennis Herrera - also eyeing Room 200 in 2011 - has a new target: Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies cereal.
Herrera recently wrote to the president and CEO of Kellogg's to demand substantiation for the claim on boxes of Cocoa Krispies that the cereal "now helps support your child's immunity." The cereal has begun showing up on San Francisco grocery store shelves - just when parents are worried about protecting their children from the swine flu, Herrera points out in his letter.
"I am concerned that the prominent use of the Immunity Claims to advertise a sugar-laden, chocolate cereal like Cocoa Krispies may mislead and deceive parents of young children," he writes.
Herrera's spokesman, Matt Dorsey, said California's unfair competition law allows city attorneys to demand the facts behind companies' advertising claims. Dorsey said there's no threat of legal action yet, but that the city attorney will decide what path to take after he gets a response from Kellogg's.
Besides, Dorsey quipped, maybe sugar, chocolate and high-fructose corn syrup really does boost immune systems. "Wouldn't it be great if it turns out that's all good for us?" Dorsey said.
Which prompted this comment from companyman...
Welcome to San Francsico. Murder? Go for it. Poop and peeing in the streets? Why, help yourself. Driving on a suspended license? Who cares, not us. Drugs? What kind do you need? Guns? Well, we don't like em, but hey we're not gonna stop you. What's that? You're an illegal immigrant transporting narcotics? Welcome home! Wait...is that a box of Cocoa Krispies? Oh hell no! Not in this town! We have rules here pal!
The second race is for City Taxman Jose Cisneros - who, among other things, helped initiate the "Bank on San Francisco" program that primarily helps illegal aliens open checking accounts using Matricular Consular cards and other forms of questionable ID.
While both are dull, normally level headed bureaucrats (by San Francisco standards anyway) the Froot Loops episode shows Herrera is not adverse to tilting at windmills for publicity's sake. Apparently he felt the need to get some batshit lunatic street cred in the event that people in SF start suspecting he's not weird enough. Normally he behaves in a very professional matter, though, and his recent expressions of concern regarding SF's Sanctuary Policy and the ways it is implemented shows that he is, in fact, SANE (again, by San Francisco standards).
Vote for either of these two if you want. Or don't. It's not like it matters. In a one-party state democracy means surprisingly little.
Onward to the Props!
Prop A - Budget Tweaking - YES
A fairly boring restructuring of the City budget process which will make sniping season every two years instead of every year.
Prop B - Unlimited Aides for Crazy Supervisors - NO
Each batshit lunatic in the Board of Supervisors gets two aides. Not much I grant you, but this measure puts no cap on the number of aides they can have to wreak their Marxist version of class war on us. Fuck 'em.
Prop C - Candlestick Naming Rights - YES
The Niners aren't going anywhere for several more years so we might as well get some money out of it. We'll all keep calling it Candlestick anyway.
Prop D - "Brightly-lit Windows Theory" - YES
The litmus test of any proposed San Francisco legislation is not will it make things better, but will it make things worse. And this probably won't make mid-Market any worse than it already is. We may just have more brightly lit urine-soaked sidewalks and hordes of zombified drug addicts lurching up Market like something out of "Night of the Living Dead," but it just might bring a little joy to this area. It could hardly make things any worse.
Prop E - Advertising Ban - NO
I like Adbusters as much as the next guy. I also like bus stops that aren't vandalized and used as a canvas for some disaffected punks spreading their (gag) "art." Put on the ballot by the usual Marxists on the Board... well, that right there is reason enough to vote no.
Of course... the main action on Tuesday will be in the 10th Congressional District where former Lt. Gov and pubic option guru John Garamendi faces a closer than expected race from Republican David Harmer. While it hasn't gotten the attention of the nutso race in NY's 23rd, the GOP has said that even if Harmer loses by 5 points it will be seen as a bellweather moment in Pelosi's backyard.
In addition to these two races, the place to watch is Virginia. The races there, including the Governor's race, can rightly be seen as a referendum on the Obama administration. Less than a year ago, Virginia was touted as a now blue state where the evils of Southern-ness had been vanquished by the Messiah.
We shall see. Oh yes. We shall see.