“The New Evidence case on the Judi Bari bombing is riddled
with factual and logical errors. Anyone who takes an objective look
has to conclude that there's no credible evidence that Mike Sweeney
had anything to do with the assassination attempt on Judi Bari…”
to Clint Reilly Clint Reilly ran against Willie
Brown for mayor in 1999 and lost, but he understood
the homeless issue. He produced an excellent pamphlet
that analyzed the problem and proposed solutions, which
is more than either Tom Ammiano or Matt Gonzalez did.
Progressive leaders didn’t seem to think that
the problem was solvable, until Gavin Newsom came along
and showed them otherwise.
Judi Bari Bombing I’ve lived in Mendocino
County off-and-on for more than 25 years. Hence, I was
politically involved in a number of Northcoast issues
while I was a contributor to the Anderson Valley Advertiser,
a weekly owned by my brother and his wife based in Anderson
Valley. The piece below is probably of limited interest
to SF voters, but it provides readers with a sense of
my analytical skills and how my mind works. In the end,
political bullshit is bullshit, whether you find it
on the Northcoast or in San Francisco.
Speech When Tom Ammiano was in a runoff
with Mayor Brown in 1999, I sent this to his campaign
urging that he make a speech along these lines. Brown
had thrown in the towel on homelessness early in his
first administration and was vulnerable to a genuinely
progressive approach to the issue. I never heard from
the Ammiano campaign, and they never made homelessness
an important issue in a losing campaign.
» A Lecture
for the Hicks
When I first began expressing my frustration with how
SF was handling the homeless, I got some interesting feedback.
This letter was from a young woman named Rahula Janowski,
a Food Not Bombs activist. Her letter and my response
were both published in the Anderson Valley Advertiser
on July 29, 1998. This kind of feedback supported my growing
suspicion that the radical left in the city was an obstacle
to a solution to homelessness.