Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Win David Chiu's Money? Come On Down!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

click to enlarge Congratulations! Your neighborhood playground gets funding!
  • Congratulations! Your neighborhood playground gets funding!

Not long ago, we wrote about how members of the Board of Supervisors have allotted themselves $100,000 apiece to sprinkle about their districts as they see fit. On the one hand, it's hard to argue against playgrounds and sunshine and happiness and other such things the supes have pushed money toward. On the other hand, politicians with an eye on re-election or higher office freely -- and directly -- distributing money to potential future allies can come off a bit crass.

"It is the most preposterous piece of public policy. As a former member of the board, I am embarrassed," former board president Aaron Peskin told us. "Giving themselves $100,000 to hand out in little tidbits to buy political support? It's like a TV game show."

Rather than simply hand out the money to whomever he sees fit, however, Peskin's successor Supervisor David Chiu has opted to leave that decision to the public. How should District 3 residents enjoy this manna from public coffers? Let's leave it up to them! District 3 residents -- COME ON DOWN

Chiu is holding the first of many "Participatory Budgeting Voting" sessions at Sunday at 10 a.m. at 17 Walter Lum Place. And you don't even need photo identification -- so long as you're 16 and a District 3 resident, you're all set.

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And if Sunday doesn't work, Win David Chiu's Money is taping all week!

Monday through Friday, 3/25-3/29

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City Hall, Room 279

Monday, 3/25

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Larkin Pine Senior Apartments, 1303 Larkin Street

Tuesday, 3/26

2:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Chinese Progressive Association, 1042 Grant Avenue

Wednesday, 3/27

5:00 -8:00 p.m.

Lady Shaw, 1483 Mason Street

Thursday, 3/28

3:00 -6:00 p.m.

Golden Gateway, Jackson Street between Davis and Front Streets

Friday, 3/29

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard Street

So, COME ON DOWN and have a say where the funds go. As George W. Bush once said, "It's your money. You paid for it."

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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