Incidentally, Smart Feller! is the most consistently funny cartoon (or piece of comedic writing, period) in the Bay Area. Eggers and Leon should get a full page to themselves. Go adorable kittens!
On the Prop. A Dole
I'm glad to see someone still raising concerns about Prop. A ("Welcome to S.F. -- Give Us Your Money," Shafer, March 6). You would think from the political unanimity out there the need for Moscone III is simple and obvious. It isn't. We're going to use up our last $157 million of bonding capacity and the last 2 percent increase we can realistically take in the hotel tax to expand a facility that's already successful, at the expense of infrastructure and public services that desperately need upgrading. The CAO has already raised the city's prudent debt limit from 2.4 to 2.8 percent to issue the Moscone bonds; because this is not an essential infrastructure project it could actually cause a drop in the city's bond rating for the future.
Prop. A is on the ballot because the traditional hotels are having their lunch eaten by Kimco on one end of the market and giants with low per-room overhead like the Marriott on the other. They see a hotel-tax increase on the horizon anyway and want to be sure they are the direct beneficiaries -- not arts programs, museums, or other visitor attractions.
The well-paying jobs from Moscone expansion are all temporary, in the building trades. The ripple effect in the economy doesn't fan out. Bottom line: Prop. A is a giant welfare check for special interests.
Regarding "Journey Is Back" (Smart Feller!, Feb. 28): As reprehensible as Eggers and Leon may find the very concept of Journey (let alone Steve Perry's truly goofy face), I have to ask what is the point of couching a lampoon of Journey in yet another round of Dead-bashing? Oh my! How hip, how smart, how very original to take shots at the Dead and their most visible, most vagabond grouping of fans! Whether the Dead (or even Journey) are a band of aging, bloated quasi-musicians is certainly debatable, but that ain't the ax I'm grinding today. Why don't Eggers and Leon hone their chops and their ideas and come up with something to say?
Regarding "Judging Matthew Rothschild" (Feb. 28): Does George Cothran know that 52 percent of S.F.'s voters are women? If so, why did he virtually ignore Kay Tsenin, the only woman in the upcoming Municipal Court judge's race? Tsenin has more qualifications and experience than her two male opponents.
The National Women's Political Caucus and the National Organization of Women have both endorsed and are actively supporting Tsenin. They have two of the largest memberships of the endorsing groups in the city and rarely agree on local candidates, but are united on Tsenin. Supervisors Barbara Kaufman, Susan Leal, and Angela Alioto are actively supporting Tsenin. Sitting Judges Lillian Sing and Julie Tang are also endorsing Tsenin.
Tsenin's financial situation is nothing new -- women candidates typically have less money than male candidates.
On a positive note, thanks to Cothran for detailing the "legal history" of her opposition.
The Feb. 28 cover story by George Cothran, "Judging Matthew Rothschild," incorrectly reported that Pamela Ayo Yetunde was fired from her position as executive director of the San Francisco Democratic Party Central Committee. Yetunde says that she resigned her position, consistent with having given 2 1/2 months' advance notice. SF Weekly also incorrectly reported that she threatened to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit. In fact, Yetunde says that she considered filing a defamation suit after she heard that the Democratic Central Committee workers and other city workers were being told that she left her post without notice and without providing a reason for her departure. SF Weekly regrets the error.