While McDonald was adamant that the Green Party's entry into a political walkabout was an unmitigated good, she admitted that this was a financially motivated move. If the party had the money it would keep paying rent and there'd be no talk about how it's great to not have enough money to pay rent."In no way is the Green Party going away," said former county council member Sue Vaughan. "We're just conserving resources."
The Greens have been at the Howard Street office since early in this decade after a spell at a location on Mission near 15th. While the party often brought in its rent money in the past by leasing out the office to serve as headquarters for candidate or initiative campaigns, McDonald notes that there's no shortage of available office space in San Francisco of late -- and this lucrative moneymaker has dried up for the Greens.
Instead, they'll hold their meetings and events at an assortment of local community centers or even restaurants. Instead of sinking money into rent, they'll be funding more community events and paying for fliers, pamphlets, etc. When asked where the party will receive its mail, or what phone number it will list as a contact, McDonald wasn't quite certain. But she noted that the local Democratic and Republican Parties don't have offices. So why should the Greens?
Well, perhaps the Greens will be able to sell the Dems and GOP on the merits of a political gypsy lifestyle -- because the two major parties do indeed have offices in this city. The Dems' is at 601 Van Ness Ave. while the Republicans' is listed at 110 Pacific Ave. (and a P.O. Box is also given on the local GOP Web site).
Either way, it sounds like a hell of a party on Tuesday. And, again, everyone is welcome -- even cynical journalists.