Election Spam, 2016 ed., The Final Countdown

Posted Mon 07 November 2016 09:02 under category politics

As you may or may not know, today is the day before the most contentious election in recent memory. Aside from the presidential race between a competent woman and a can of orange spray paint, there are also a host of down-ballot candidates at the federal, state, and local levels, and, here in San Francisco, an outstanding 42 state, regional, and city ballot propositions. As is usual, I've received a healthy pile of 77 pieces of election spam this season; here's my tally.

2016-11 Election Ads

Overall, of the 77 pieces of mail that my wife and I received in the months leading up to this election, 15 of them were voting slates and 62 of them were either single-issue or, in many cases, dual-issue (U & P, Q & R). As far as I can tell, only a single one of them (the state-issued party-level official endorsements) even touched on the presidential campaign. Read on for details!

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Election Ads, 2016 ed., Part 1

Posted Sat 04 June 2016 13:33 under category politics

Hello readers! If you've been living under a rock (or, really, anywhere that isn't California), this coming Tuesday (June 7th) is the most important primary election in California in recent memory! As befits such a momentous occasion, I've received another batch of election spam!1

2016 Primary Election Ads

Surprisingly, the biggest issue in this election in San Francisco isn't the presidential primary, but is instead the election of the Democratic County Central Committee (the DCCC); the vast majority of election spam that I received was either a complete slate for the DCCC, or an ad for an individual candidate ...

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2015 Election Ads - Update

Posted Sun 01 November 2015 19:58 under category politics

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the election spam that I'd gotten. I figured that since voting had begun, the flow of ads would taper off. Boy was I wrong! Here's my current count:

Candidate/Issue —2015-10-18 2015-11-18—2015-11-18 Total
(so far)
Yes on Aaron Peskin/No on Julie Christensen 15 13 28
Yes on Julie Christensen/No on Aaron Peskin 8 18 26
Yes on Prop A 2 3 5
Yes on Prop D 2 6 8
Yes on Prop F 1 1 2
No on Prop F 7 3 10
No on Prop I 6 3 9
Vicki Hennessy for Sheriff - 1 1
Voting Slates 5 15 20
(total) 46 63 109

In addition to all of this paper spam, I now get between one and four phone calls a day from supporters of various candidates (and, in one case, from a candidate themselves). And three times now, I've caught campaigners tailgating into my apartment building to annoy people door-to-door.

Here's the list of distinct organizations I've gotten voting voting slates from so far:

  • San Francisco Tenant's Union
  • Alice B Toklas Democratic Club
  • Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Young Democrats Club
  • Affordable Housing Alliance
  • San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
  • Sierra Club
  • FDR Democratic Club
  • District 3 Democrats Club
  • Affordable Future for San Francisco PAC / Jane Kim

Most of these have sent three or four different ads with the same slate but different artwork or highlighting different issues.

Augh.

At least there are only two more days.

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2015 Election Ads

Posted Sun 18 October 2015 16:30 under category politics

You may or may not know this, but 2015 is shaping up to be a big election year in San Francisco. Yes, it's an off-year. Yes, there are "only" nine propositions on the ballot. Nonetheless, if you believe the rhetoric, this is the year that's going to make it or break it for the city of San Francisco. How do I know all this? It's because I read through all 46 pieces of printed advertising that I've received so far this season.

Election spam

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Serious question about urban planning policy

Posted Fri 26 July 2013 10:30 under category politics

Skye retweeted an article today which made me realize that I really don't understand something: what do people who are profoundly anti-gentrification want? The argument that I see usually goes like this:

  1. Rich people are moving into a traditionally mixed neighborhood
  2. The big spike in demand drastically drives up rent
  3. "Normal" folk can't afford to live there (usually "normal" is defined as "poor and racially diverse", sometimes it's instead defined as "people who've lived here longer than these whippersnappers")
  4. This is bad

I generally agree that a lack of diversity is bad but, uh, what's ...

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BART strike remarks

Posted Wed 03 July 2013 16:45 under category politics

This post is primarily a response to the article on the BART Strike from The Nation that seems to be making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, and all of the other blagoblag echo chambers. I've adopted this post from a Facebook message conversation I had, so it might be a little strangely-phrased. I apologize for any inaccuracies, I do not speak for my employer, and all of that necessary prelude.

I found the Nation article on the BART strike this week frustrating and inaccurate and, because someone is wrong on the Internet, I had to write a response. The BART strike is one of the more visible bits of organized labor work in the last few years, and it makes me embarassed as a stereotypical liberal that those defending to it are doing such a bad job. If the union is striking for more money, then say that. But don't misrepresent statistics to justify it. And if the union is striking for other reasons, then it would be lovely as a Bay Area resident and news-reader to know exactly what those reasons are. This well-disseminated article is nothing more than one-sided, poorly-researched editoralism masquerading as news.

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