Tyranny of the Valley
The Tea Party, alive and well in Noe Valley:
Unfortunately for the screamers, many in Noe Valley do want to try a temporary plaza. And the volume that this hysterical naysaying minority goes to against a temporary, reversible plaza tells me one thing — it is a good idea and will make Noe Valley a better place.
But I am most disappointed in Bevan Dufty. You let decibels shut down debate. You should be ashamed.
From an open letter to Bevan from Noe Valley resident Mike Underhill:
“Many of us went to last night’s meeting so that we could listen, learn and participate in this experiment we call representative democracy. What we saw and were forced to endure was instead a staged, choreographed, and role-assigned Tea Party-style, Fox News and town hall ‘meeting’ inspired takeover of a public forum by the “No Plaza” screamers, shouters and their organizers. Not only were the meeting’s sponsors (you, among others) shouted down, but citizens like myself were told to “shut up,” sworn at, and called various names that don’t merit repeating. The very fact that you even publicly referred to how it would appear if the police were called says it all.
But what troubles me most: it worked…”
“So I’ll end with three questions: What kind of leader are you and what kind of leader do you want to be? How will you respond to a small band of screamers who act like little more than grown-up bullies? And most importantly, will you lead on our behalf?”
Noe Plaza: Just try it! You might like it. Sign the petition here.
And Antiplazanistas: Your reaction makes it seem like all of 24th from Church to Castro will be one long, giant greenspace. (You’re just lucky I don’t turn it into a canal.)