Ronald Reagan proved that California Democrats will vote for a Republican and Willie Brown proved San Francisco Republicans will vote for a Democrat. Now Ed Lee will prove it again.
In 1995, the San Francisco Republican Party endorsed Willie Brown to defeat radical leftist Tom Ammiano. In 2003, Republican votes gave Gavin Newsom his narrow victory over the Green Party semi-socialist Matt Gonzalez.
In 2011 the San Francisco Republican Party knows The City needs an experienced mayor who will work with business and community leaders. The party also knows it needs an electable candidate, so it officially “supports” Mayor Ed Lee for re-election.
The Republican Central Committee rightfully “endorsed” Tony Hall — a conservative independent who courageously supports Republican issues. But as Chairwoman Harmeet Dhillon said, “It’s about winning.” And most Republican leaders agree that The City needs to win.
Odd 28L service change
I recently had the experience of riding the new 28L 19th Avenue detour, which had been marketed to riders as a faster and more intelligent way to reach Fort Mason. But of course, the 28L buses don’t pick up or drop off people once they turn onto California Street all the way until the Marina district.
Why in the world would we need buses riding empty when we have every corner on California overflowing with passengers waiting for a ride? Muni cancelled three important stops on the 28L in exchange for this. Even the drivers don’t agree with this new plan, much less riders who have efficiency and convenience in mind.
Center’s 90 glorious years
Happy 90th birthday to the San Francisco Community Music Center! I have been a student at this wonderful music school for years.
At the center, I see students of every age, ethnicity and race. The teachers and staff are dedicated.
Here, I learned how to play the violin and the electric bass, and I am now learning to play the upright bass. I sang in the children’s choir, and my father and I enjoyed singing in Spanish in the Christmas pageant “Los Posadas.”
The center helped me grow as a musician and taught me how to be disciplined in achieving my goals in a fun and beneficial way. It has taught me that music is one of life’s most precious gifts.
Minh Jeffrey Anh Le