Mayor Paul TenHaken’s office plays the bait and switch again tonight, or is it less complicated then that?

I’m actually surprised a good X-Tian like PTH doesn’t know what the NT has said about hypocrites;

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – James 1:22

So this has happened three times now;

Stehly and Starr suggest we fund pothole fillin’ more, resolution gets voted down yet the mayor sends out an army to fill potholes (a couple an hour).

Stehly and Starr suggest Events Center Book Club meetings are open to the public, resolution gets voted down (or thrown out) can’t remember. Mayor opens up the meetings (yet no recordings have happened yet).

Tonight, happens again, Starr and Stehly suggest the housing summit’s registration is FREE and video recorded. It fails in a 4/3 vote with mayor breaking tie. But during the discussion, Tea, SD resident and Housing Director for SF, Chellac Unruh announces the fee will be waived (for the poor folk) and it will be video recorded.

So if Stehly and Starr’s resolutions are so bad and fail to pass, why is the mayor implementing the policy anyway?

Oh, right, that thing about being a hypocrite, I forgot.


#1 Matthew Paulson on 05.07.19 at 9:40 pm

It feels like this got voted down simply because of the person that brought the resolution forward and that’s unfortunate.

With housing, we need the opportunity to hear from everyone that’s got a stake in the game (including low-income families that can’t find affordable housing).

It would be very easy to find a sponsor to cover lunch for 120 people at an event like this. I’ve made sponsorship asks for much less charitable things than this and those dollars are not especially hard to find.

#2 l3wis on 05.07.19 at 9:54 pm

And as Brekke and Starr pointed out, this is bad precedent moving forward.

Notice how no one answered Stehly’s question as to why we were having a public event at the Holiday Inn. Maybe they waived a rental fee, not sure, but the city owns GOBS of facilities they could have had this at rent free and paid a nomimal fee for catering.

I hate to say it, but this is what happens when you take people from the private sector (even though Chellac worked at SE Tech) and you try to implement government in the same way.

#3 Joe on 05.07.19 at 10:53 pm

the only thing new that came out tonight was that the administration was going to videotape the summit. Erica beck said weeks ago that the fee would be waived for anyone who couldn’t pay.

#4 l3wis on 05.07.19 at 11:41 pm

Joe, you are correct, but Erica didn’t say that until Theresa said she was concerned about it. It is a consistent pattern. But it’s a good thing, because while these resolutions get voted down, the administration is listening.

#5 D@ily Spin on 05.08.19 at 7:04 am

Meanwhile Joe the Plumber can’t find affordable housing so he locates to Nebraska where all city contracts come from.

#6 Conservative Here on 05.08.19 at 8:21 am

I disagree in relation to the private sector coming to public office, private sector usually have has better ideas of doing things and on a budget. First you set the budget then decide how you are going to spend that money with the parameters you set. As I sat there listening to this there were several ways to solve this that no one thought of that I could tell

Option 1 – Have no lunch catered, give an hour break for folks to go get their own lunch, problem solved

Option 2 – Make people RSVP for the event and then ask them if they want to pay for lunch, if not they dont eat but, can attend for free still. Yes I know that might not sit well with some but, there is no such thing as a “free lunch”. I know as a taxpayer I don’t want to pay for your lunch because you cannot afford it. This is not me being heartless, I just don’t think we need to subsidize everything and this includes both ends of the financial spectrum

Option 3 – Invite Food Trucks and folks can line up and get their own food of their choosing or they can bring their lunch. This would be way cheaper than $20 bucks and a good way for some small business owners to make some coin and get more exposure. I love me a good food truck!!!!

While I understand the issue of making people pay, they do have a process to get in for free if you cannot pay. When I think about this, I really dont think too many people who cannot pay are going to show up anyway and yes I know that is not the point but, its probably not going to matter that much when its done. If you really can’t pay its taken care of if you are proactive.

This kind of junk is why I prefer less government vs more, some of it seems completely unnecessary to host this event like this.

#7 anonymous on 05.08.19 at 8:47 am


Erica didn’t say that until Theresa said she was concerned about it. It is a consistent pattern. But it’s a good thing, because while these resolutions get voted down, the administration is listening.


#8 Theresa stehly on 05.08.19 at 10:07 am

Conservative Here..thanks for your common sense input. That’s good government….when we consider solutions.
I can tell you in my former citizen life, I might be inclined to drop into the summit and listen to some of the panel discussion. However, I would not pay $20 .

#9 Theresa stehly on 05.08.19 at 10:11 am

Great quote from Franklin D Roosevelt:
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

#10 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.10.19 at 12:43 pm

That’s a great FDR quote! That’s why, when people quote Reagan talking about how the problem is government itself, that Reagan was wrong and FDR was right.