Below are my recommendations for the Proposition Votes. They pretty much reflective of the progressive positions for the groups I associated with the conviction that we need the diversity that makes San Francisco great.
Y: A - Affordable Housing Bond
Y: B – Paid Parental Leave for City Employees
N: C – Expenditure Lobbyists
Y: D – Mission Rock
N: E – Requirements for Public Meetings
Y: F – Short-Term Residential Rentals
N: G – Disclosures on Renewable Energy
Y: H – Defining Clean, Green and Renewable Energy
Y: I – Mission Moratorium on Market Rate Building
Y: J – Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund
Y: K – Surplus Public Land
I especially concentrate on vote Yes on Prop I because that is so relevant to Freedom West and the Western Addition even though it’s only a building moratorium at the Missions. Inasmuch the struggle in the Mission District is the same as the struggle in Freedom West and the Western Addition.
My father just passed away and I’ll relate how that strengthens my resolve to fight those corrupt people and traitors in Freedom West. I will fight those sellout people and their contemptible attempt to evict me from the community.
SAY YES TO PROP I TO SAVE THE MISSION DISTRICT
Again, I lifted this from San Francisco Tomorrow. It’ll suffice for our purpose:
Gentrification is essentially the process of replacing the affordable with the unaffordable; it drives up the price of everything in the neighborhood, incentivizes property owners to raise rents, and destroys local blue-collar businesses. It drives out a non-wealthy population and replaces it with a wealthy one, the modern version of 18th-century Enclosure Acts.
Our current government sheds a mock tear and tells us that “nothing can be done” about the wild-west building boom that is not only displacing people, but wiping out many of the businesses that used to make San Francisco fun and interesting. Of course something can be done! We are the city, the government belongs to us, and we do not have to let invaders turn the place into yet another sterile playground for the rich, many of whom will never even live here.
Capitalism has always had to be tempered with a bit of sense to make it viable. We need to lay down the law that whatever else happens in the Mission, space must be retained for current residents, and for some of the non-wealthy people who actually work in our shops and hospitals and schools. Prop I would impose an 18-month suspension of city permits for large-scale demolition and high-end development in the Mission, with a 12-month extension available via Supervisor vote. The purpose of the moratorium is to develop a “Neighborhood Stabilization Plan” (and there are a lot of good ideas out there) by January 2017, that will ensure that at least 50% of all new development in the neighborhood is affordable to low, moderate, and middle-income households, with priority of occupancy given to current residents.
The first thing to do is stop digging the hole deeper.
HOW "PROP I" RELATES TO PEOPLE IN FREEDOM WEST
We people in Freedom West should vote “Yes” on Proposition I. Although the Proposition is talking about a moratorium in the Mission District, every one of us in Freedom West could see the writings on the wall all around us, buildings across Fulton Street on our south side, buildings in the east across from Gough Street, buildings few blocks away, etc. The way things going on now, only few of us will be left around here in three or four years. We are even more in danger of displacement than people in the Mission District, just that people in the media are not noticing or talking about us.
Proposition I is a reaction of the native residents pushing against the invasive economic forces that bedevil San Francisco that’s pushing out our diverse native population of blacks, Latinos, poor and middle income classes. These are the economic and global forces which we have no control over. Proposition I is our last stand to say enough is enough and we native population have to take matters into our own hand and that we who live in the community have every right to affect how our community’s going to develop. When the City is not capable to provide a viable solution we’ve got to say “STOP”.
We people who live here a long time are not going to let those impersonal forces and the people behind it to push us around because we are going to do it our way, the neighborhood’s way, not the speculator’s way, not the power in the finance industry, the building industry, or the tech industry’s way. That means we want to develop the Mission neighborhood, the Western Addition, and the Freedom West way. We would not be snookered by the crumbs unprincipled developers and speculators’ leftover for us and fooled by traitorous bunch living among us who offers those crumbs to us.
That what Proposition I is talking about. STOP and wait a minute. We neighborhood are not going to get rolled over by the rumbling momentum of outside finance and economic forces and get crushed while doing nothing. We are going to put together Neighborhood Stabilization Plans to allow we the people to stay behind. And that can be done and we’re going do it because it’s our last stand and we are not going to leave without a fight. SO VOTE YES FOR PROPOSITION I is not just about the Missions, but about the people in Western Addition and people in Freedom West. Supporting people in the Missions means supporting and protecting our own selves and our own livihood here.
FREEDOM WEST IS GOING TO PRESENT ITS OWN NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PLAN
Praise the Lord Freedom West is a people-own cooperative and we do have the power to put together our own “Neighborhood Stabilization Plan”, now. But we have to do it quickly now before the unprincipled developers come with the help of inside traitors cutting the entire Freedom West to pieces in two years. The plan I submitted to HUD in June was part of my effort in this regard.
We people in Freedom West is in greater danger than people in the Mission at this moment in time. How we are dealing with the problems in Freedom West will be an example for the people in Missions District. We must all realize it.
MY FATHER AND FREEDOM WEST
I will explain it further presenting the plan I submitted to HUD. But for now I’ll be busy being Election Inspector Tuesday. Not only that, my father just passed away over the weekend and I would be busy over funeral arrangement and program preparations. My father, William Tse, was a social worker at San Francisco General Hospital and devoted himself helping many disadvantaged people in his job.
My father also served in the first Freedom West Board 40 years ago. Even as regular shareholders he always concerned about events in Freedom West and encouraged, to no avail, me to care more about where we live. For his many credits he has an abiding sense of social justice. I think I inherited that same trait from him even though he never taught me as such. It came with the gene, I guess. As I am also a Freedom West board member, so it’s very interesting that you have a “Tse” father and son duo to bookend Freedom West’s forty years history.
I MUST NOT LET MY FATHER'S FLAME EXTINGUISHED
Months ago I talked with an Establishment type and he told me I made some, presumably Downtown People uneasy. But he encouraged me to continue to do what I was doing. That meant those Downtown People who want to control Freedom West are seeing me as a threat. To them “David Tse” is bad news.
That was good because I’m getting affirmation that I’m doing something right. To these people I must be someone to be get rid of because I became the downtown crowd’s biggest obstacle insofar as Freedom West is concern. They are now using traitors and foolish people in our midst for their biddings. At this point they are actively grinding me down and are going to evict me from Freedom West using all possible tricks. They figured having me out of their way they would have smooth sailing taking over Freedom West and they can run over rest of you.
But I won’t let them get away with it. Mark my words: As long as I still have my last breath and if you still seeing me walking around, you will find someone out to fight for you from being displaced out of the community. It is my mission and I will not quit even as those benighted and sellout gang doing their part to disable me in the service of their downtown masters. I owe it to my father, I owe it to the people who had the visions to created Freedom West in the first place, and I owe it to supporters in our community who put their trust in me to protect their rights to live here.
My father marked the birth of Freedom West but I don’t intend to mark its end. I don’t intend to quit fighting for you because I must carry on his legacy for the welfare of Freedom West. My father got a massive stroke just prior to me first lit up the Freedom West Insurrection after elected board member. He was pretty much in a non-cognitive state throughout his last years and I don’t believe he was aware of what I was doing in the Freedom West struggle. I hadn’t intent to tell him lest he worried about me. But I’m sure he would approve what I did and how I continue to struggle for this community.
After I’m done with my Dad’s business, I will lay out for you on what’s going on in Freedom West now, the personalities involved, what happened during my lull when you heard nothing from me, the plan I submitted to HUD, the important issues, and what we can do to protect ourselves now and to create a better tomorrow. Of course, I would let you abreast of my struggle against those traitors and corrupt bunch who see me as thorn in their eyes and who at this moment are out to get rid of me.