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Monday, April 27, 2009

Twitter This, Gavin

From yesterday's SFist:

"While Gavin Newsom tours California to tout his successes as mayor of San Francisco -- not to mention spending the weekend at the insider-baseball-y Democratic Convention in Sacramento, along with practically every other SF progressive and wonk -- he hasn't solved San Francisco's ails as thoroughly as he might want you to think he has...."

"While finding anything about homelessness on Newsom's site has proven fruitless, the San Francisco mayor talks about 'care not cash,' saying the numbers have improved. But 'care not cash' just isn't working, at least in this case. Yes, K has a social worker, but it sure doesn't sound adequate to keep her family on its feet. (She doesn't even have a way to keep milk/formula for her baby!)"


Yep, that's right. While Mayor Newsom managed to Twitter up $15,ooo for his gubernatorial campaign last week, you've got to wonder what exactly he did for this city that proves he's ready to govern the state. Jerry Brown, are you reading?

San Francisco is sorely lacking in shelters for battered women, which is an entirely different type of resource than a regular shelter. Facilities and programs for abused women and their families in dire need are few and far between here in San Francisco. Had the situation been otherwise, I would have never met K and her family.

Thank you, SFist, for getting out there and saying what needs to be said about what's not getting done in this city to help the people who need it the most. I was too busy trying to help K and the kids to twitter in my donation.


ps.: Oh, and Gavin, if you'd like to meet this mom and her kids to discuss how well your "care not cash" promise is working here in your city, I'd be happy to set up a meeting between your people and K's people. Email me. I'm not on Twitter.

pss.: And one more thing, Gavin, I know your Russian Hill penthouse is up for sale ($2,995,000). If you're traveling a lot for your campaign, I know a little family that could use a nice place to live until room in a shelter becomes available.


paris parfait April 27, 2009 at 3:17 PM  

Hear, hear! Yes, I, too have been wondering about Gavin Newsom's commitment to solving San Francisco's problems. Wonder if you can get anyone in his office on the phone to address Kelaya's issues?

Kelly Kilmer April 27, 2009 at 6:20 PM  

HUGE Kudos for a most awesome post!

namastenancy April 27, 2009 at 6:40 PM  

You are AWESOME! I just wish that the apartment above me, currently occupied by a couple of trust fund jerks, was empty. It was for years until the landlord decided that it would be a great pad for his surly and rude son. I'd help her squat there if I could. There is something so wrong with the world when Mayor Hair Gell can get $2,995,000+ for a penthouse and there's no housing for women fleeing from domestic violence.

Adam April 27, 2009 at 7:15 PM  

*stands with mouth wide open and starts the famed.....slow clap*

Very nice!

Anonymous April 27, 2009 at 11:38 PM  

When we saw those twitter updates we were wishing we knew how his campaign could raise so much $$ in such a short period of time. Does he tweet his own stuff? We've just been trying to get some folks to buy some homeless moms-in-need some diapers and wipes (http://helpamotherout.org/may-donation-drive/)and having a heck of a time at it (via Twitter anyway). - Lisa from helpamotherout.org

Living on the Spit April 28, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

PERFECTO POST!!! You totally rock Tangobaby Girl...

SE'LAH... April 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM  

I love the way you raise consciousness so boldly and loudly.