Bernie embodies San Franciso values

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders' stance on LGBTQ rights, the environment and health care seem to align with many San Francisco residents.

We love us some Bernie Sanders in San Francisco. He represents and sticks up for so many S.F. values like universal health care, LGBTQ rights, ecology, living wages and racial justice.

It’s like he’s one of us, like he gets us, like he’s speaking for the Bay Area when he says, “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, then don’t go to war,” and, “Nobody who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.”

People are rightfully losing their minds over Sanders because, finally, there is a presidential candidate saying things on a national level that have been the core of our ideological beliefs, on a local level, for decades.

So why is it, then, that we cheer Bernie on for trying to get money out of politics, while we let corporate interests buy up our city? How can we look ourselves in the mirror and say, “I’m voting for Bernie!” and then shrug our shoulders at the things happening in San Francisco and say, “That’s just the way things go here.”

I imagine that a large number of people in the Democratic County Central Committee would say they support Bernie, yet just last week they passed a slate that endorses the candidates and ballot measures that fall in step with Mayor Ed Lee and his moneyed backers. The DCCC endorsed Supervisor Julie Christensen, who was handpicked by Lee and has received campaign donations from Ron Conway. They voted “no” on Measure F, which would restrict Airbnb rentals, when it’s well known that Airbnb heavily supports Lee and his cronies.

They also voted “no” on Measure I, the Mission Moratorium, when it is also well known that the mayor has close ties with the developers, who stand to make insane profits if the moratorium is shot down.

I mean, are you kidding me? Get your shit together, San Francisco!

How can you support a presidential candidate whose main goal is to get money out of politics when we don’t hold our own mayor accountable for the same betrayals?

This is a mayor who has given huge tax breaks to tech companies and whose solution to Google buses clogging up our Muni stops was to charge them $1 a
day. This is the same mayor who has been financially supported by the heads of the companies who received said tax breaks and $1 rental fees.

So I repeat: Are you kidding me? Get your shit together, San Francisco!

Personally, I endorse Bernie Sanders. I really, truly believe he has the potential to finally break the stranglehold that big money has on Washington. Or at least the potential to loosen its grip. And I have a feeling you support this same ideology, too. But there’s no way we can support Bernie on one hand and then on the other let the same economic gangsterism run rampant in our own city.

Lee and his cronies have already sold too much of San Francisco, and enough is enough. It’s time we make a change. If you’re with me on this, drop me a line at and I can tell you more.

P.S. Big shout out to Amy Farrah Weiss for giving me good food for thought on this.

Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at Broke-Ass City runs Thursdays in The San Francisco Examiner.

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