Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco

From today’s Chron:

Soon-to-be-dethroned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have been a favorite target of Republican candidates in the midterm elections Nov. 2 – by one count more than 400 of their ads featured her as the enemy – but voters in her famously liberal home turf of San Francisco still love her.

A look at election results in the city showed her with the highest support, percentagewise, of any candidate running for state or federal office. Pelosi, who is vying to become the House minority leader in the 112th Congress, claimed 79.97 percent support in her re-election bid.

That was a tad higher than incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who secured 79.85 percent of San Francisco’s vote, according to the latest election results.

Jerry Brown, in his bid for governor, grabbed 78.71 percent of the vote. Support dropped for Mayor Gavin Newsom. He secured 75.41 percent of the San Francisco vote in his race for lieutenant governor.

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, meanwhile, won 70.87 percent backing from city voters. By the way, with the exception of Harris, all the Democratic candidates mentioned above won. The outcome of Harris’ race against GOP rival Steve Cooley is still too close to call.

Keep those numbers in mind as you peruse Zombie’s latest post, this one taking you on a wild ride through behavior not only tolerated, but encouraged, in Pelosi’s San Francisco. (Serious content warning: Do not read Zombie’s post in a public place or with children around. Be aware, though, that every single picture Zombie includes took place openly on the streets of San Francisco.)

All of the ugliness Zombie documents takes place in a City that is falling apart, clearly with the active encouragement of the vast majority of its citizens.  Last week, I had occasion to make four separate trips to the City.  Each was unpleasant.

The first trip, I got a flat tire from broken glass in the street.  I know that can happen anywhere, but it’s more likely along the Market Street stretch I had to travel.

The second trip, I found myself at a corner that boasted both a stop sign and a red light.  This was ludicrous, confusing and, therefore, dangerous.  This is manic control run amok.

The third trip, I almost got a ticket when I parked at what appeared to be a non-metered space.  Half the block had parking meters; half the block, the part where I was parking, didn’t.  It was only because a nice pedestrian warned me that I learned that there was an electronic kiosk about 25 feet away from my car that sold parking passes for the car’s dashboard.  Other than that word of mouth tip, there were no signs at all warning that, while half the block had old-fashioned meters, the other half had switched to a computer system.

The fourth trip, my husband and I were walking down Gough Street towards the Opera House at dusk.  Between the failing light and the broken and dimmed street lights, it was impossible to avoid the hazards of pitted, jagged, broken uneven sidewalk.  It was only because we’re in good shape, with decent balance, that the two of us avoided a painful tumble.  I won’t even describe the smell of urine and sewage that kept wafting up towards us as we walked along.

Welcome to Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco.

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  • Tonestaple

    I refuse to be impressed by La Pelosi.  “Baghdad Jim” McDermott was re-elected in Seattle by 82% of the voters.  I was not among them.

  • Charles Martel

    I had my tonsils removed when I was 12, my parents’ solution to the unceasing bad sore throats I’d suffered for three years. Voila, no more bad sore throats! It was not until years later that I learned tonsillectomies had fallen out of favor because doctors now realized that tonsils functioned as the body’s combination early warning system/quarantine wing. The theory—now prety much proven—is that the tonsils isolate incoming infectious agents where T cells can go after them hammer and tong. The fight produces some godawful pain and inflammation, but usually the throat is as far as infections get.

    San Francisco is a tonsil, and we should thank God it is there. Without it we might never have so graphic an example of the consequences of bent, distorted thinking, philosophy and sexuality. Unfortunately, in this case the tonsil is almost out of T cells. Most of them moved to the suburbs long ago, leaving the city to feral intelligences that spend their time hatching the next inane or irrational proposal for tightening control over peoples’ lives. (The latest fantasy is a proposal to section off high-traffic areas of the city and charge vehicles up to $6 to leave/enter them at certain times of day. I have no idea what black hole the revenues would be tossed down.)

    Ironies abound. The Bay Area’s greenest big city has miles of sidewalks spattered with urine and feces. The Bay Area’s most tolerant city has lost about 50% of its black population over the past 40 years. The Bay Area’s most educated big city (about 40% of residents 25 years or older have college degrees) graduates high school classes where 40% of the students are functionally illiterate and need remedial classes when they enter college (college?!). The Bay’s Area’s most socially progressive city, dedicated to building a nurturing environment where all classes and races can live in harmony, is now almost finished with the task of destroying its middle class.

    And 25 years after HIV/AIDS struck the city with a massive plague, the best the city can do in the face of an exploding rate of STDs is to implore the poor dears who just can’t help themselves to use more rubbers. In the meantime, the city continues churning out piles of brochures and clever bus shelter ads telling people how to debauch safely. 

    Whatta town!

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  • Indigo Red

    And San Francisco used to be such a nice town. (sigh)

  • Gringo

    Those are definitely examples of a poorly governed town. While San Francisco always had a touch of eccentricity, it was  a place that “ordinary”  people could  find a comfortable  niche, as long as they had an open mind. No more, apparently.
    I am thinking of the Pelosi youtube where she is very tolerant of Code Pinkers interrupting her to protest Dubya- “that’s the way we are in San Francisco” – contrasted with how she reacted to the Tea Party. Stream of unconsciousness.

  • SJBill

    It’s a good thing the SF climate is warm the year yound, otherwise the spit and vomit would remain frozen till March – like in New York.

  • Ymarsakar

    The Sunnis still loved Saddam too, even though he got them into a war with the US.

  • Kirk Strong

    Looking at Zombie’s pictures of the rallies in San Francisco, I couldn’t help comparing them in my mind to pictures I remember from some of the Tea Party rallies.  Remind me, please, because I’m easily confused.  Is it the left or the right who are supposed to be the angry tea-baggers?

  • Ymarsakar

    The Left is always going to be the carpetbaggers

  • JKB

    I was checking out the internet archive for some old films when I found this ACLU  rebuttal against the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) film covering when SF police washed student protestors out of City Hall in May 1960  Internet Archive: “San Francisco: Political Activity” Turning the fire hoses on the protestors in SF might still be a good idea but they’d need to squirt some soap on them first.  Want to bet some of the old dudes in Zombie’s photos were at this protest and that they actually were communists?
    Now the real interesting part is the HUAC was using the same tricks as the Congress People did during the town halls, e.g., loading up an “open meeting” with supporters via the side door, using the cops to intimidate anyone who tries to get heard when not recognized, etc.  Given this is a rebuttal film by the ACLU using the HUAC film, we really can’t tell what the truth was.


    The photos certainly explain her popularity – she would easily blend in with all the other oddities and  I can envision her holding a sign: Botox is a happy drug – I can’t get this grin off my face!
    What the photos don’t explain, is why on heaven’s earth do intelligent, socially acceptable, somewhat normal people live there. I love going to the zoo, but I certainly don’t want to live in one.
    I won’t even describe the smell of urine and sewage that kept wafting up towards us as we walked along.
    You made my point, Bookworm, even a zoo gets cleaned daily. San Franstinky!

  • Ymarsakar

    JKB, they didn’t happen to have Senator McCarthy at the House Committee did they?

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