Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Wicked Real Estate Developers: No on G
The Florida-based crime novelist John D. MacDonald (1916-1986) was one of my favorite writers in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly his 21 Travis McGee novels which all had the name of a color in the title. The latter followed a fairly simple formula, which was having the sexy and cynical houseboat stud Travis Magee being hired to help somebody out of a jam, finding a woman in the process, and then discovering that the problem was much bigger and more evil than anticipated. The woman was usually killed at some point in a sexually sadistic manner by the villains, McGee would entrap the villains and either put them behind bars or make sure they ended in a watery grave, and an air of evil would emanate from the book long after it was finished. Another recurring detail is that the villains were invariably real estate developers destroying Florida.
MacDonald's acknowledged successor, who trades more in whimsy than hardboiled crime, is native Floridian Carl Hiaasen, who has written a dozen bestsellers over the last decade where the villains are invariably real estate developers destroying Florida.
The Lennar Corporation is a huge Florida real estate development company that could be out of the pages of either MacDonald or Hiaasen's books, and one of their particular specialties has been to buy out politicians on a national level so they can redevelop all the military bases that were decomissioned during Clinton's tenure as President. (Remember when there was, briefly, a balanced federal budget? That's pretty much how they did it.)
In any case, Lennar has been handed the redevelopment rights to Mare Island, Treasure Island and now Bayview/Hunter's Point through their close ties to the deeply corrupt local Democratic party structure, which is Pelosi, Feinstein, Willie Brown, Jr., and Gavin Newsom who are all figureheads for those who actually own everything. They are spending millions of dollars on a small election to make a few changes in the San Francisco planning code so they can continue poisoning the mostly black residents of Bayview/Hunters Point while building rich people's condos along the waterfront. They are also handing out money to black ministers and community leaders to drum up support through Sam Singer's public relations company, which stinks to high heaven.
I urge you to vote No on G today.