Liberal Democrats have run San Francisco for decades.
They welcome the growth of grass for the homeless to legally urinate on in public places, but not the building of structures where the unemployed can get jobs. Wouldn’t want to further harm Mother Nature. As a result of anti-growth land-use restrictions, the value of remaining properties have skyrocketed, leading to mass evictions of lower and middle income residents.
Thomas Sowell remarked two years ago on how seldom he saw Black folks in his City by the Bay.
Yet, despite the fact that the purging of the poor and middle class from a city run by Democrats that claim to “care” more about them, their activists still insist upon blaming the predicament on “the rich” and/or Republicans. The rich may be implicated, but only the liberal Democrat version who got theirs and now want to make sure no one else gets any while pretending to care about the have-nots.
Enter labor unions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party, and a Guardian media they mistakenly thought would be compliant with a stunt intended to make Google employees look like representatives of “the rich” and corporate greed” fall guys during a tangential protest:
The SFMTA has a pilot plan in the works to regulate private use of public bus stops. Though the private shuttles were the crux of the day’s protest, the heart of the fight is over gentrification. As the tech revolution in SF leads to rising rents and longtime San Franciscans are being displaced.
In the video [below], a union organizer who hopped off the bus shouts down Erin McElroy, staging an argument with a protester who also heads the eviction mapping project. “How long have you lived in this city?” McElroy asked him. He shouted back “Why don’t you go to a city that can afford it? This is a city for the right people who can afford it. You can’t afford it? You can leave. I’m sorry, get a better job.”
“What kind of f-ing city is this?” he shouted, and then walked off. He mentioned repeatedly that he couldn’t get to work because the bus was blocked, and did exit the bus (indicated he was a Google employee), but the Guardian (nor a nearby Al Jazeera reporter) could not verify his job title or name. [at first, but did later](emphasis added)
Protesters blocked a private Google shuttle on Valencia street today, decrying private shuttle’s use of public bus stops without paying fees or fines.
The group of 20 or so neon-yellow vested protesters called themselves the “San Francisco Displacement and Neighborhood Impact Agency.” The company doesn’t pay San Francisco a dime to use the Muni stops — fines that private auto drivers pay regularly.
UPDATE 3:58pm: [Guardian interview with fake Google employee Max Alper, a union organizer from Oakland]interview with Fake Google Employee Max Alper…
UPDATE 1:06pm: Within an hour of our original post, the Guardian learned that Max Bell Alper, a union organizer with Unite Here Local 2850 was the man shouting down Google bus protesters earlier this morning. We asked Alper what motivated him to impersonate a Google employee.
“This is political theater to demonstrate what is happening to the city. It’s about more than just the bus. These are enormous corporations that are investing in this community. These companies, like Google, should be proud of where they’re from and invest in their communities,” he said.
When asked if he intentiionally intended to deceive media, he replied “People are talking all over the country about what’s happening in San Francisco (referring to evictions and displacement). That’s the debate we need to have here. The more we talk about it, the more we think about it, the more we’re going to see the tech companies need to contribute.”
Alper said that he did not intend to engage in theater before going to the protest, but when there made the decision, “spontaneously,” to stage the argument. When he maintained his story that this was political theater, we again asked why he did not verify his name at the protest itself — and only after the story blew up in national and local media.
“This was improv political theater,” he said.
Only ina video-hoax, improv-world can Democrats find GOP or “the rich” bogie-men that fit the false stereotype of Republicans as heartless bigots.
And even the Guardian bought into the liberal Democrat talking points that blame the “tech revolution”, that is economic growth, is leading to mass evictions. No, it is liberal Democrats’ land-use restrictions over the past 30+ years that are pricing the city out of the ability for anyone except the rich to live there.
With love from Democrats like this, the poor and middle class don’t need needs any haters?