Today’s identity politics in San Francisco is manifested in a bloated, physically irresponsible bureaucracy. This has been a disservice to the forgotten citizens – the taxpayers.
We must thus make use of our proper resources, educationally, and to educate ourselves further to see all sides of a question, rather than pound one-sidedness and inaccuracies into people’s minds.
Mr. Kopp has decades of experience in SF and California politics and an impeccable reputation. He is probably the most respected political veteran in San Francisco. His years of experience allow him to present a historical perspective second to none.
I would like to provide a countering perspective to the letter submitted by Nancy DeStefanis in criticism of Quentin Kopp’s column.
“An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.” So stated George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) in 1866.
At least half the supervisorial candidates in District 7 refuse any campaign contributions from the police and sheriffs’ unions. Law enforcement remains a local obligation. Here, the defunders control. Watch crime increase.
The current fad and demand to remove statues in San Francisco and elsewhere was analyzed by the chancellor of Oxford University on BBC last month in commenting upon a student demand to remove a bronze statue of Cecil Rhodes as a symbol of “institutional racism” and “white slavery.”
Quentin Kopp praises Harry S. Truman.
Quentin Kopp speaks out against affirmative action.
It reflects eloquently on City Hall corruption, now revealed not by our district attorney, city attorney or Ethics Commission, but by United States Attorney David Anderson, who elevated the notion of honest government in San Francisco at the cost to national taxpayers
Although she has ended her fanciful campaign for president of the United States, the heuristic Kamala Harris remains a United States senator. As Savannah Blackwell, SFProgressive editor, wrote 15 years ago: “… by law, Harris should not even be the city’s district attorney.
On its website, the Common Sense Party is framed as a needed antidote to the lack of choices in California, the polarized nature of the two-party system and the inefficiencies of current government.
Former President Herbert Hoover responded to a 1964 interview: “Honesty is not the exclusive property of any political party.” We don’t elect local officials in California on the basis of a political party, but Mr. Hoover’s answer applies federally with an incumbent president confronting certain articles of impeachment and a predictable U.S. Senate trial in January 2020 (Mr. Hoover’s opinion is undoubtedly irrelevant in California, which has only one political party, for all intents and purposes.)
As I write, local election results are unknown, including the sickening process of replacing the former district attorney who resigned last month to take his prosecutorial ignorance to Los Angeles County to oust a two-term incumbent,
The most important endorsement is district attorney, and I repeat my even stronger recommendation of Nancy H. Tung, Esq., for that position. The other three candidates show less than stirring dedication to enforcing criminal laws and respecting police officers who perform dangerous tasks in protecting society.