A large flatbed was parked across from San Francisco's City Hall at noon today as part of a protest by building and construction trade unions about implementation of Proposition J, an ordinance approved by voters last November creating a new Historic Preservation Commission.
Old-fashioned, conservative, protectionist trade unions are dying all over the country, with the U.S. auto industry being exhibit number one, and these guys (I didn't see a single female) are furious.
In the case of the "Historic Preservation Commission," however, their anger is seriously misplaced.
On a post by Rebecca Bowe at the San Francisco Bay Guardian Politics blog, the astute JoshB commented:
"Construction was my family's business, and anyone who thinks a preservation ordinance is going to cramp jobs (or is cramping jobs) is tripping. There are plenty of parking lots in this town... that's where new buildings are going up and where they should go up. Those aren't protected by any historic designations. Further, renovation of historic buildings is one of the more well-paying areas of the construction field. Let's check hot air against reality."