While San Francisco is a beautiful city in many ways, it is also the butt of many conservatives’ jokes, and often with good reason. The city is notorious for policies that are so far left that they hurt the constituents in the end. But ideology frequently wins the day in San Francisco.
Just a few examples of what I mean:
Supervisor Eric Mar (San Francisco, being both a city and county, has a Board of Supervisors, but no City Council) instituted a ban on toys in restaurant meals that don’t meet minimum nutrition standards. He reportedly was shocked to find so many such toys in a drawer in his house. Is the implication that he believes so little in personal responsibility that he wants government to restrict him? I’m all for providing ready access to nutritional information, but I can’t get behind this sort of government intrusion. For what it’s worth, Mayor Gavin Newsom (considered by many San Franciscans to be conservative) opposed the restriction, but there were enough “yea” votes from the Board to override his veto.
The City is now in discussions over banning the distribution of bottled water at events on City property.
San Francisco resident Lloyd Schofield is working to get an initiative on the ballot to ban circumcision in San Francisco. Never mind that San Francisco has a significant Jewish population.
The city government is notorious for capriciously holding up construction projects. It took about a decade for a vacant former hardware store to be reopened as a Lowe’s. This was after Home Depot gave up. Both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s had plans to open new stores near the Castro district, but were told that they must charge for parking, a restriction not placed on other grocery stores in the city, including the Safeway within a couple of blocks of the two other stores’ planned sites and the other Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s locations around the city. These delays and restrictions nearly always come from the Board of Supervisors, late in the project design phases.
Chris Daly, one of the more outspoken Board members, publicly protested the 2008 Olympic torch passing through the city.
And this Board will choose the interim mayor, now that Newsom is heading to Sacramento to be California’s next Lieutenant Governor.
Is it any wonder that San Francisco is a lightning rod for the right?
- Mayor Gavin Newsom Vetoes San Francisco Ban On Happy Meal Toys (mediaite.com)
- San Francisco supes decide how to pick next mayor (sfgate.com)
- Takin’ it to the streets: Daly says Ammiano for mayor (sfgate.com)
- San Francisco May Vote on Circumcision Ban (newser.com)