SF Gov InAction: Supes Vote to Give Cats, Entertainment Commission Claws
I'm worried about the supes. Are they feeling all right? Are they eating enough protein? Are they celebrating legal weed a little too early?
I'm concerned because there's a federal holiday -- Veteran's Day -- right in the middle of the week, and it's the only day the supervisors are taking off. Not the day after, not the day before, not most of the week. Just the one holiday.
Does that sound like them?
No. No it does not. It sounds like something a governing body in a responsible city would do. Have I moved to Minnesota without knowing it?
Nah, that can't be right. It would be snowing in Minnesota, and bicyclists would be polite. They'd see their choice of transportation as purely a choice of transportation, rather than a symbol of moral superiority. That would never happen here.
Well all right then. Good work, Board of Supervisors (assuming this isn't Madison, Wisconsin). Keep it up.
Of course, there's still only four meetings this week, so don't gloat too much.
Monday, Nov. 9
10:30 a.m. - City Operations & Neighborhood Services Committee
This committee is only doing four things this week, and half of them involve liquor licenses. That seems like cheating to me, somehow.
Another measure is seeking more than $36 million in federal dollars to continue operating the Ryan White HIV Emergency Relief Program. That's not cheating, but unless the supervisors are going to write the grant themselves, it's not really working either.
Finally, they'll be authorizing a contract with a mental health services provider.
Are supes allowed to telecommute? Because Chris Daly lives in Fairfield now, and I wouldn't blame him at all if he didn't want to have to physically come in just to attend this meeting.
1 p.m. - Land Use & Economic Development Committee
You thought that last meeting was boring? Man, you should see this one.
First, the committee is going to spend time establishing 1500 Page Street as a "Residential Care Special Use District," a category that I'm pretty sure they just made up off the top of their heads. Then they're going to make zoning map amendments, based on that designation.
Next there will be alterations to the Technical Zoning Map of the Bayview Hunters Point Area Plan, which will zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
In my dreams, just now, I was visited by a magical kangaroo who gave me a magical walnut half that contains all the world's shampoo.
Thank you, magical kangaroo!
He also gave me a warning: I must only use this power for good.
There was a planned transfer of property between the city and Macor, Inc., Sunset Scavenger Company, and Norcal Waste Systems, Inc. (aka Recology), that Sophie Maxwell wants reviewed. And zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... the Yerba Buena Center Redevelopment Plan will be extended by a year ... Zzzzzzzzzzzz.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzz ... anybody want shampoo? ... Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... Not you, Willie Brown: You're too evil ... Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
I'M AWAKE! What? What's that? What now? A continued hearing on John Avalos' proposal to extend just-cause eviction protections for residential tenants to people in non-rent controlled units?
Now THAT'S a hearing! Magical kangaroo, you've done it again!
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. - Full Board of Supervisors.
There's only 22 items on this week's agenda. Even in Madison, Wisconsin, there'd be more items. Hell, there'd be more items at a city meeting in Bloomington, Indiana. And they have half the oppressed minority activists we do! Step it up, S.F.!
The first thing on the agenda is ... correction, the first interesting thing on the agenda is a motion to override the mayor's veto of David Campos' bill allowing city law enforcement to report the immigration status of juveniles to the feds after they've been convicted of a crime.
The override will pass, and then probably not change a thing.
When they override a veto in Madison, you can bet something changes. Hell yeah.
All the entertainment permit-based legislation is coming up for a second vote today, as is the legislation banning declawing of cats in S.F. So the supes are giving both cats and the Entertainment Commission claws.
The difference being, cats want to use them.
And that the Entertainment Commission is a feral animal lacking a conscience.
Also, cats are cute.
The supes continue to deal with the fallout from state cuts, tackling a proposal to re-allocate resources and to restore positions (primarily nurses) and salaries (primarily nurses' salaries) at the Department of Public Health.
Eric Mar and David Campos have a measure that would condemn the TV and radio advertisements of Californians for Population Stabilization and urging all local media outlets not to be racist ... which is not at all a waste of everyone's time. Supervisors Alioto-Pier, Dufty, and Maxwell have a measure commending Del Monte for keeping its headquarters in S.F., which is a pro forma use of everyone's time.
And that -- aside from a Water System Improvement Program-based eminent domain proceeding -- is that.
Seriously, that's about it. Right now the whole Bloomington city council is laughing at us.
Did you know Indiana doesn't have a budget deficit?'
Thursday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. - Government Audit and Oversight Committee
This entire session will be spent "responding" to civil grand jury reports. This is the only attention most civil grand jury reports ever get, and I'm not going to step on their special day.
It's not Veterans Day, but, it's something.