CCHO really are the trained lap dogs of San Francisco politics. First they took Prop B affordable housing trust fund of 2008 and frittered it away on orders from Newsom--either you play ball with me or I will cut you..off of city money. Then they proceeded to eviscerate onsite inclusionary with 2012's Prop C, losing ground in order to make up for the cuts to redevelopment. As a major component of the Non Profit Industrial Complex, they prove the point that any group which receives funding from the City is ethically compromised from advocating politically.
CCHO has not won a contested election in more than 25 years. The only way they are able to prevail at the ballot box is when Willie Brown lugs their ass over the finish line. CCHO is an adjunct of what is known as the San Francisco Information Clearinghouse that was set up with Calvin Welch as political director, Rene Cazanave as shin kicker, Sue Hestor as legal mind and Dale Carlson as fundraiser. This cabal has insinuated itself into the fabric of the City Family and has become devoid of any independent political component.
Now CCHO finds itself having gone to the mat in pushing Prop C only to be cut off by the Mayor who is pursuing a political project designed to drive CCHO's political base to extinction. Yet dependent upon the crack of city funding, these junkies will only pursue their own immediate financial interests. The numbers do not lie. At current rates of change, the increasing speed with which the neoliberal dominance is consolidating its power and the decreasing speed with which the CCHO is able to contest that mean that this is a game of rapidly diminishing musical chairs.
Countless times the CCHO and its nonprofit cohorts have sandbagged populist political measures at the behest of the Mayor. Affordable housing, development equity MTA reform, these clowns know how to sing for their supper.
The game will never end because the value of the CCHO is to present the illusion that the City is doing something about housing for the unrich. Given that the entirety of economic development policy in San Francisco is antagonistic to anyone who's lived here for any amount of time yet they still need our votes the careful management of appearances is paramount to preserve the appearance of careful management.