See Jane Kim Run -- to the Right

The Tenderloin may someday be gentrified, but for now the TL has the city's highest concentration of intravenous drug users. It's probable that most of the 12,000 to 15,000 people in San Francisco suffering from hepatitis C — a liver-destroying disease that disproportionately affects people of color — live in the city's densest neighborhood. So it makes it a perfect place for a supervised injection site: a clean place where users could acquire safe needles and find a vein under the supervision of a nurse.

While the only safe injection site in the hemisphere is in left-coast city Vancouver, it's hardly a wacked-out idea — the notion has the support of a Hep C task force organized by former Mayor Gavin Newsom, and was supported during the fall election races by Jane Kim, who recently called the Tenderloin "one of my favorite neighborhoods" on her Facebook page.

But it appears a safe injection site is now not one of her favorite ideas, and "isn't something we're going to touch anytime soon," a Kim aide told the news media last month. Now Kim is receiving heat from former supporters for abandoning poor people's needs in favor of, for instance, potential tax breaks for Twitter.

"They've dropped [safe injection] like a bad habit," said Richard Marquez, a Tenderloin activist who spent 10 months working on the Kim campaign. Other far-left ideas floated by Kim during the campaign, like a "personal income tax," appear to have been buried just at the moment they could be furthered, with Kim now in good stead with Mayor Ed Lee.

Kim says of the shift-to-center accusation: "It's incredibly unfair to judge me based on what I've done in six weeks in office, based off of a vote on one piece of legislation" referring to the Twitter tax break, a sweetheart deal Newsom originally promised the company. Safe injection is a low priority for Kim now, as community leaders have been silent on it and there's plenty else to do. "Our plates are full," she says.

It could be just a sign of the times: Other Kim supporters like Randy Shaw of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic say safe injection sites should be located outside the Tenderloin, if used at all. Other Kim supporters are now silent on the issue. Kim's stance on the notion is winning her accolades from moderates like political analyst David Latterman, who said safe injection "is an idea pushed by lefty wingnuts. Good for Jane for not listening."

And now Marquez, an S.F. native, is leaving the city — to, of all places, Vancouver.

 
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Paulcurrier
Paulcurrier

I support Ending Nixon's War on Drugs. I wrote two Constitutional Initiatives to allow us as the People of our State of California to use our 10th Amendment States Rights in our Federal Constitution to call our California Citizens Constitutional Convention and really change California. We need to end the War on Drugs. We need to decriminalize all controlled substances in our State. There is no language in the Federal Constitution that allows the United States to set up any law to control substances. The 18th Amendment was Repealed in 1933 and that spoke only of alcohol. Why mention this?

Because the vast majority of California Citizens do not believe we should be treating the medical and social problems of "Alcoholic Addiction" with criminal solutions. Since that is where we are at, I strongly support "Safe Use Facilities in the Tenderloin and within one block of any clinic that dispensed Oral/Patch Methadone for the treatment of Heroin Addiction. I am not bashful to address this problem. We have an elephant in the room when DA Gascon can oversee Rogue SFPD Narcotics Cops breaking and entering private rooms in San Francisco to steal 50 plus grams of Heroin at a time, without due process of law, but the mentally ill addicts can't secure a place to shoot up the drugs the CIA imported under the oversight of GHW Bush and his International Heroin Cartel. It's time to take the crime out of all controlled substances. This would dry up all the profits. Still, we need to address the addicts and that problem. But the problem is not a crime. Where do we start to unravel this difficult problem? We all know the press will call these "Shooting Galleries". I prefer we not stigmatize the dope addicts. We do not disparage some one in a wheelchair. Heroin addiction is a real problem. It's a shame the US Government is behind the importation and distribution, mostly from Afghanistan these days. As a City and County we are left with the collateral damage of that sad war. Amnesty from prosecution should come with the safe space to address dope sickness and provide social service interfaces to agencies for help. Judge not. The kid or confused adult who gets strung out on Heroin may be your child, or parent. Heroin does not discriminate.

I am running for Mayor in 2011, and I want this topic addressed by all the Candidates.

Paulcurrier
Paulcurrier

For those who have not followed my re-entry to local politics, I have been around. In the 1960's I made it into Tom Wolf's "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" and drank and drugged with the best of them. In the Culture Wars, I was on the side with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dylan, the Grateful Dead and all the rest of us. I am also clean and sober for... well, longer than Charlie Sheen. (smile)

As the remaining founder of the Community Action Network, which I created on My.BarackObama.com (now OFA), and as the guy who coined Organizing America, I simple stick to my truth. I have a serious problem with corruption in government and plan change that, with your help.

I am a strong Jane Kim supporter. I ran for the DCCC in Assembly District 13 last June 8th 2010 and earned over 2,300 votes. I was very vocal to my dedicated supporters to "Vote For Jane "Clean Hands" Kim". I meant it then and I still support her now. I also believe her victory by about 1,200 votes was due to my support. Randy Shaw and the others you mention did not deliver votes. I did.

When a newly elected Supervisor, Assembly Person, Congressional Representative, President, or Dog Catcher starts off, they are all given 6 months usually as what we all know as a "honeymoon". So what's with the attack dog moves on Jane Kim in 6 weeks. I personally find this Sexist and Racist. What's with the editorial staff roll with this kind of sleazy journalism in these days and times, especially from the SF Weekly? Where are the "hit pieces" on the other new Supervisors?

I want to see what the new Supervisors are bringing to the table now. Where is that news? And on the Mayor's race, what's with local journalism where only the "anointed" eight get press. I don't even comment on the SFBG any more. No point. Now that we have the Internet who are the anointed to set the agenda and determine who's in the loop or not. I am very clear. Time to build a new loop. I am all about total Regime Change: Locally and Globally. Was there any thing about "Total Regime Change" that any one is missing?

randyfleming
randyfleming

This city still needs , desperately , moderates in it's governance..Even Canadians , as in Vancouver , know this. They have the NDP for their local social issues but often swing toward candidates/parties like Stephen Harper in national politics. Also 'Don Cherry' for commentary. We need moderate voices in San Francisco now as counter balance to the 'slogan chanting Maoists' that have ruled , over all and set their policies for a decade.

auweia
auweia

injection sites are already located in the Tenderloin courtesy of randy Shaw himself..What the hell do you think this is?

http://www.bluoz.com/blog/inde...

do us all a favor and stop being an idiot..I've had this info up for nearly 10 years and people in this town will ignore it even if you shove their face in it....Yep, that's corruption for ya

missiondweller
missiondweller

"poor people's needs" = a place to shoot heroine?

How about drug treatment?

gezelligsf
gezelligsf

The City has all but eliminated funding for drug treatment in the last decade. The sole treatment program for stimulants closed a couple of years ago, after Newsom cut more and more of its funding. Chris Daly -- hate on him all you want -- fought for drug treatment when everyone else wanted to abandon these programs.

triple0
triple0

I'm confused -- what did Candidate Kim *actually* say that led Marquez to believe she would support a Safe Injection site?

Then, what did she say she doesn't/no longer supports it?

It sounds like her office said 'this isn't a top priority for us' -- which she'd never said it was, right?

Are there any quotes -- like, actual commitments from the candidate or actual statements that she doesn't support it now... Something seems to be missing from this story...

sfsanity
sfsanity

I think I'm having a Rip Van Winkle episode!

Brian Says
Brian Says

so?she has decided that she wants to represent more than bums and addictsnow if she will just recite the pledge like any good American would

marcos
marcos

Love Latterman's comments, as the Hep C task force was appointed by Newsom and would hardly be amenable to "an idea pushed by lefty wingnuts." Newsom was a real lefty wingnut chucklefest, that he was.

My problem with the safe injection site proposal is that conservative media pumped that one up because it would appear as "an idea pushed by lefty wingnuts" and would make for an easy target. Everyone took the bait.

What we need to do is to prioritize what Hep C policy according to what policies save the most lives. If the safe injection site delivers the outcomes, then we should do that. My quick read of the report is that the safe injection site was not particularly prioritized over other policies.

More critically, I wonder why there is no proposal for single-use syringes in the Hep C report?

My understanding was that was the best bang for the buck intervention but that it did cost a few bucks, like $0.50 instead of $0.10 per. As one who fought to pass Prop O in 1990 that made needle exchange City policy, after Schwarzenegger signed the bill allowing localities to sell syringes without a prescription, needle exchange is now redundant, another operation that won't die after its been obviated.

If we use the needle exchange budget to subsidize single use syringes and provide vouchers to poor folks, all available out of pharmacies, then my bet is that we'll reprogram existing funds to end the potential of needle reuse.

Given that I am a "lefty wingnut," one who contracted Hep C 30 years ago when I inadvertently shared needles while partying on meth, I suppose that this idea is going no where.

-marc

h. brown
h. brown

Reverse field?

She changes directions better than any of the Niners' running backs. I asked her (I live in an SRO in the loin and have for years) if she'd work to change the visitors policy so that we can have guests on the 1st and 3rd of the month (prohibited now cause those are paydays and they assume every visitor is a drug dealer or a whore). Can all of you have Luke Thomas visit you on the 1st and the 3rd?

She responded positively but has done nada since elected.

She reminds me of a young Imelda Marcos or Madame Ch

Maria
Maria

This article is confusing. It takes the normal give and take of timing and politics and tries to twist it into some sort of judgement call about Kim. Six weeks in.

Personally, as a D6 voter, I hope she skews sane and stands up against the loud rent a mobs that the non-profit mafia has used to intimidate D6 politics ever since Daly.

But I'm doubtful.

 
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