One of the more interesting things I’ve done this campaign is to put myself out there and look strangers square in the eye to try and convince them they should vote for me. It’s not really my style. I’ve found myself politely listening more than talking. That’s been both instructive and meaningful for me.
I’ve learned the following things: Mom really did raise me right, I listen; regular people have some really insightful ideas–like putting a Moratorium on construction projects greater than 4 stories in the Outer Sunset; these same people feel like they are not being heard–which is true, most of our elected officials are truly beholden to others; and, not to say things like “even a dog can shake hands” or any of the more colorful aphorisms which have made their way into my head–without strictly qualifying them first.
I was fortunate to receive the San Francisco Green Party’s formal endorsement. www.sfgreenparty.org
I’ll never forget my first. (Truth be told, I was Green before Green was cool. I know some of you were too.) However, our Municipal Elections are supposed to be non-partisan. In reality, they are not. So, in thinking about throwing myself, and, hopefully, not my family, into the gears of the machine, I thought about the other gears in my life. What about bikes? I made a personal appeal to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (www.sfbike.org) for their support.
Here’s what I sent along to them. Let’s see what they say.
One of the first things I did when I moved here in ’96 was get a bike.
I couldn’t handle the N-Judah commute from the Inner Sunset to Market and Stuart.
Later, for 3 1/2 years, I made the commute from the Inner Sunset to Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge. I know every rivet on that Bridge and made the ride every day even through a nasty El Nino winter.
I’ve been knocked down and knocked out (I still have the MRI, luckily only the helmet got smashed).
I’ve been cited and nearly arrested (for only sort-of-kind-of stopping at a stop sign in the Presidio where there is no longer one, and then for ignoring the officer when the lights went on, and for getting pissed when she, cut me off with the cruiser, causing me to stop short on a stretch of road with no shoulder, only culvert, got out of the car and unbuckled the strap on her gun…you probably can guess where I went from there), fought the citation in US District Court, and won (judge threw it out).
I made my own bike from a frame I got at the Bike Kitchen.
I have the formal endorsement of the Green Party, if it matters to you.
I will support a change in the MV code to allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs.
I am a real supporter of the City’s Transit First Policy. It should go without saying that I will fully support the goals of the SFBC.
I would like your endorsement. Short of that, I would discourage you from endorsing any other candidates this election. When the revolving door swings as freely as it does here in D4 (as it does all over our town), our voices are not heard and when choices are made between, say, prioritizing the importance of safe streets, looking closely at MOU’s with SFPD versus building Condos for Billionaires and cutting deals with the Port Commission, we know where the political will resides. I will be beholden to no one if elected to office. I ask for your support.