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ONE MAN'S FIGHT

Allen Jones has lived in San Francisco since 1960.

In the course of his activism on other matters concerning San Francisco, Jones noticed and was surprised, as a 49er fan to hear that in December 2011, the NFL had loaned the San Francisco 49ers $200 million to build a new stadium 35 miles south of San Francisco.

Aware of the NFL’s "Commitment to the Community Letter" dated June 15, 2011 made it even harder to believe. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised to support communities that support the NFL. Six months later in December 2011, the NFL owners voted to loan the 49ers $200 million to leave the Black community of San Francisco that had supported the team for more than 40 years.

Jones firmly believes any sports team has the right to take its business anywhere it can make the most profit. However, there is a right way to leave and a wrong way to leave. Jones believes something was seriouly wrong with how the team moved away from San francisco's struggling Black community.

Looking into the matter further, Jones discovered more blatant hypocrisy by elected city officials of San Francisco concerning the 49er departure. That has caused Jones to revolt as a fan of not only the 49ers and also as a fan of "Everyone's favorite city."

In respect for the struggling Bayview Hunters Point where Candlestick Park was located and respect for the name San Francisco, Jones felt the duty to fight back.

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This site was created for the purpose of chronicling the racism I viewed from the SF 49ers owner Denise York as she successfully relocated the team out of San Francisco. Now that the team has relocated, I now dedicate SF 49er Fan Revolt to the continued racism I see perpetrated by SF City Hall.

Saturday
Feb062016

Unusual Black-on-Black crime involving San Francisco and Oakland, CA

With much anticipation I woke up on February 4, 2016 to watch a longstanding traditional ceremony. U.S. presidents have invited the winning champions of our nation’s professional sports teams to the White House.

I knew Obama would be hosting my…I mean the 2015 champion Warriors. And couldn’t wait to hear President Barack Obama the comedian. He did not disappoint, especially when he took a swipe at congress. YouTube it.

Before I heard the president in great humor and praise of my favorite NBA team, I was reminded by reading this same day was also the birthday of the late and great civil rights icon, Rosa Parks; born February 4, 1913. I don’t see this as a coincidence. I clearly see that in the year 2016, another civil rights movement is in order.

The mission of this movement should be to stop a most unusual Black-on-Black crime that has already jumped off in the Bay Area, pitting San Francisco against our brothers and sisters in Oakland, CA.

The perpetrators of this Black-on-Black crime are San Francisco City Hall and their willing accomplice, the owners of the Golden State Warriors. They have demonstrated a blatant disrespect of these two neighboring Black communities.

Though Rosa Parks was not the first Black person to resist the disrespect of being relegated to the back of a bus, it was her refusal on December 1, 1955 to give up her seat to a White man and subsequent arrest that called for a “One day” bus boycott by the Montgomery, Alabama NAACP chapter. The boycott lasted 381 days and caused many Blacks to walk as well as sit with their heads held high for decades.

If SF Blacks do not respect ourselves, we can’t expect the majority of San Francisco, let alone the nation who otherwise empathizes, to be in cahoots when we rise up and demand respect in a 2016 movement.

The gospel, soul and R&B group, The Staple Singers said it best; in one of their many hits: “Respect Yourself”, released in 1972. “…if you don’t respect yourself, ain’t nobody gonna give a good cahoot…”

On July 15, 2010 a group of investors led by a man named Joe Lacob purchased the Golden State Warriors. Immediate rumors began that Lacob wanted to build another arena for his team. I recall hearing that he already had his eyes set on San Francisco. Nevertheless, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee sent a letter to the Warriors owner suggesting a piece of land along the city's Embarcadero.

It was followed up with a strange Embarcadero ceremony at the site. The mayor and top executives; along with a couple of stars from the team on stage. The fact that Mayor Ed Lee mispronounced the name of the team’s star player, Stephen Curry, by introducing him as “Steven Curry”, was the first clue that, this mayor could care less about basketball.

To silence the cries from the jobs for Blacks crowd, the owners of the team and SF politicians got together and came up with a scheme. A promise to hire a certain number of Blacks to get their way. They even had the audacity to have another public ceremony where they signed the agreement.

This meant absolutely nothing to the rich people whose view would be blocked by the project. The rumblings by rich people whose views of water were being threatened put the matter before voters in a well-financed and well organized campaign that sent SF politicians and the Warriors back to the drawing board.

I will never forget the time a Black man approached me outside a supermarket to sign a petition to place the project before the voters. He argued, "We don’t want it to block the view of the water." He sounded as if he was one of the rich property owners. But based on his appearance, I am certain he was a homeless person paid to collect signatures for something where he had no stake in the outcome.

A new site in the city became available when another billionaire offered up for sale some land that the Warriors viewed as promising. Located across the street from a newly built UCSF hospital, which has an emergency room causing another commotion.

But with the help of what I would describe as a shady Environmental Impact Report that sailed across the bay with approval and a questionable “$60 million” traffic abatement promise that the Warriors agreed to pay for, it made the project 99% possible.

This traffic abatement promise angered Mission Bay Alliance, a group already opposed to the project. This group consisting of locals, as well as medical professionals in the area smelled a rat and had a promise of their own.

Mission Bay Alliance went to court with a legitimate legal complaint of how a powerful nurse's union group who once opposed to the project, on the grounds that an 18,500 person arena spelled traffic nightmare, was persuaded to change its position after the $60 million for traffic abatement promise worked out with the team and City Hall.

Though I am no lawyer, I do not believe this lawsuit has a chance in hell. I’ve been around long enough to know logic and a little money does not trump a lot of money. However, the Mission Bay Alliance lawsuit did push back the Warriors planned opening date by one year.

But more should be done to send a strong message of respect for the Black communities of San Francisco and Oakland must be mounted, if SF Blacks are determined to respect themselves.

Keep in mind that the voters of San Francisco said, “No” to attempts to block the view of water. But if this project was to get the go ahead it would be saying yes to blocking traffic next to an emergency room hospital. Now, I could be wrong, but I do not believe that this is the real spirit of San Franciscans.

Nevertheless, there is a way that we SF Blacks can remind SF City Hall and sports franchises everywhere that the spirit of Black San Franciscans is clear. We not only respect ourselves, but we also respect the Black community of Oakland who stand to lose the most from this proposed San Francisco Warriors arena.

First, let me identify the Black on Black crime. The Golden State Warriors are the talk of the sports world and their headquarters has been located in a Black community, Oakland, CA since 1971. The city of Oakland, which like San Francisco has a dwindling Black population, but still can boast of a 26% Black population. Living across the bay in San Francisco it is 6 percent.

But the position of SF Blacks should be that we do not take, from our brothers and sisters, we help them.

If the Black residents of San Francisco collected enough signatures to place on the November 2016 ballot a proposed law that, prohibits building of any sports or large scale arena within one mile of a hospital that has an emergency room; retroactive to January 1, 2015, we will cause all greedy professional sports franchise owners and their greedy co-conspirator politicians to think twice before using poor communities any way they please.

Sure, San Francisco would lose out on bragging rights of having the hottest team in the NBA. But I am willing to go out on a limb and say we SF Blacks would be just as proud to have that team right next door.

Now, I can’t speak for Rosa Parks, but I can imagine her hearing our campaign slogan: “The proposed Golden State Warriors San Francisco arena is a Black San Francisco, on Black Oakland crime that you don’t have to be Black to help prevent”, would get her vote.

Tuesday
Feb022016

Good News, Bad News for those who see SF Mayor Ed Lee's Dirt

First, the bad news: San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, does not have a scintilla of evidence against Ed Lee, as he, (Gascon) is set to prosecute what I believe were three sycophants.

Nazly Mohajer, Zula Jones and Keith Jackson were arrested on bribery and money laundering charges that evidence suggests went towards helping pay off Mayor Ed Lee’s 2011 campaign debt.

DA Gascon would not have sent out a letter to the mayor, which was published this past week demanding additional funds for other DA investigations if he had evidence linking Ed Lee to the sycophant 3. It would be too obvious of an unethical act for the District Attorney to then come up with an indictment in the coming weeks against the mayor.

The Good news: Ed Lee, is in no way off the hook.  

  1. Larry Brinkin. June 25, 2012 SF Weekly’s The Snitch reported his child porn arrest. Brinkin worked under Ed Lee when Lee was director of the Human Rights Commission.
  2. Theresa Spark. July 5, 2012 SF Bay Area Reporter reported that the city and Sparks was being sued in a case involving racial and sexual orientation misconduct by Sparks. The suit was settled in 2013 for $210,000.00. Ed Lee reappointed her to her position where she remains.
  3. Zula Jones, a retired staffer with the Human Rights Commission worked with Lee during his time at the commission and is named in the latest criminal complaint.
  4. Nazly Mohajer, a former Human Rights Commission member reappointed by Ed Lee in 2012 and abruptly quit her position on the commission weeks after State Senator Leland Yee and Keith Jackson were arrested. The federal indictments of Yee and Jackson contained the name of Mohajer and others.

If the embarrassment of how Lee is connected with four of these criminal and civil defendants from the SF Human Rights Commission in the last four years, is not enough to cause him to consider retirement, the stench of coincidence asks: How can these four individuals stink up the Human Rights Commission, let alone The City and result in Mayor Ed Lee come out smelling like a rose?

In fact and to the best of my knowledge, the only other city agencies with smellier criminal acts amongst its ranks are, the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

Furthermore, Ed Lee is in violation of city Ethics rules, whether he knew what was going on or not and must pay one way or the other.

Just ask Supervisor Mark Farrell. This supervisor claimed he was not aware of what was going on in his campaign and the Ethics Commission could not prove that he was aware that was in violation. But that did not get him off the hook of the $191,000.00 that the Ethics Commission continues to rightfully pursue from Farrell’s 2010 campaign.

The Ethics Commission has no problem with showing a jury that the city charter does not accept the excuse of ignorance as a reason to keep tainted or illegal campaign funds.

What I find strange in the Mayor Ed Lee Ethics matter that I filed against the mayor is, the fact that the SF Ethics Commission “cleared” the mayor of any campaign violations without addressing my timely filed Ethics Complaint No. 01-150121.

The case is still open or “Suspended,” until the latest Gascon indictments are completed, according to my last correspondence with the Ethics Commission.

More bad news: As a longtime resident of the city (1960) and a Black man, I claim that Mayor Ed Lee and the SF Human Rights Commission treats the SF Black community like dirt.

More good news: If you believe as I do, we can all become the city’s official janitor and remind the mayor that the proper use of the official City Hall broom is to sweep the dirt out of office, not sweep this dirty abuse of power under the rug. 

Wednesday
Jan272016

A simple question for Mayor Ed Lee to Answer

March 1, 2012 Mayor Ed Lee Appointments: http://www.sfmayor.org/index.aspx?page=699

Human Rights Commission
Doug Chan
Susan B. Christian
Nazly Mohajer 

From SF Examiner article: “On March 9, 2012, Jackson, Mohajer and Jones received a $10,000 bribe from the agent, according to court documents. On April 23, 2012, the three reportedly received a $5,000 bribe, and on May 7, 2012, they received a $5,000 bribe.”

The common sense question: How likely would Nazly Mohajer have picked up these funds for the mayor’s 2011 campaign debt, if she was not reappointed to the HRC on March 1, 2012?

Answer: Not likely. In fact I say impossible. Nazly Mohajer would have to be an idiot to play for no pay. Even a sycophant like Mohajer ain't dumb enough to not get something from "Giving" Ed Lee's campaign $10,000.00.  

This is the Ethics violation that caused me to file a complaint. And why the media is not questioning the mayor on this non-coincidence is frustrating to me.

According to the charter, a confession might be needed to say for sure. However, even if Mohajer and the other two are as I claim sycophants, the mayor is a trained lawyer who know to avoid even the appearance of wrong.

SF City Charter:

SEC. 3.208.  APPOINTMENTS AND NOMINATIONS.

No person shall give or promise, and no officer or employee of the City and County may solicit or accept, any money or other valuable thing in consideration for (i) the person's nomination or appointment to any City and County office or employment, or promotion or other favorable City and County employment action, or (ii) any other person's nomination or appointment to any City and County office or employment or promotion or other favorable City and County employment action. (Added by Proposition E, 11/4/2003)

Wednesday
Jan272016

My Letter to SF Mayor Ed Lee

Honorable Mayor Edwin M. Lee,

For the last two years I have been publicly criticizing how the San Francisco Human Rights Commission is being run. There is no clearer bit of evidence then to look at the 2015 HRC calendar of regular scheduled meetings. For the entire year 2015, 23 scheduled meetings and 22 have been canceled.

Sure there may be a good reason for this i.e. advice from the City Attorney after it was revealed that an investigation into the actions of former commissioner Nazly Mohajer and yourself began. However, if you had no role in the actions of Ms. Mohajer as you and your liaison Nicole Wheaton Elliot claim, I urge you to address this issue.

I am aware of the fact that you were its director for five years and should know that it has spun out of control. But how can you claim clean hands when you shook hands with all four with ties to embarrassing and reprehensible acts.

For instance:

Larry Brinkin. SF Weekly, June 25, 2012 The Snitch reported: The warrant claims these e-mails contained images of children as young as perhaps a year old being sodomized by and performing oral sex on adult men. Zack3737@aol.com -- whom the police allege is Brinkin -- provided graphic commentary on the photos of interracial adult-child sex. Comments included "I loved especially the nigger 2 year old getting nailed. Hope you'll continue so I can see what the little blond bitch is going to get. White Power! White Supremacy! White Dick Rules!"

Less than a month later July 5, 2012 The Bay Area Reporter reported: Current director Theresa Sparks and the city were sued by a former staffer. This matter was settled by the city for $210,000.00.

Larry Brinkin, Theresa Sparks, Zula Jones and Nazly Mohajer all worked under or alongside of you as director of the agency or mayor of San Francisco.

I am sure that the San Francisco media has no intention of reminding you that the San Francisco Human Rights Commission was first formed to help fight against discrimination against Blacks in San Francisco in 1964. Fifty years later it appears as though this commission is working for Ed Lee.

How can you claim that you are doing everything you can to be transparent and not clean house of a commission that evidence demands you do so?

My relentless pursuit and demand for new leaderships at the Human Rights Commission has to do with the fact that when it comes to the human rights of SF Blacks, the current leadership, including you as mayor have, failed the Black community miserably. And when it is this blatant, you cannot hide behind the excuse of implicit bias.

Tuesday
Jan122016

Proper way to Honor Mario Woods 

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was booed in the rotunda of City Hall during his inauguration on January 8, 2016, by protesters calling for the firing of the City’s police chief.

On December 2, 2015, SF police shot and killed another young Black man, 26-year-old Mario Woods in what one elected city official described aptly as, a “Firing squad.”

I support the call for the SF police chief to be replaced, not only for this latest unjustified killing by SF police but also, the culture of arrogance and inflated egos that make up too large of a portion of the San Francisco police force.

However, there is an approach, to remind law enforcement for generations to come that, 21st century San Francisco will honor those unjustifiably gunned down by law enforcement. 

When a police officer anywhere is gunned down in the line of duty it is appropriate for morale that the officer be honored for his or her service. But what about the morale of loved ones left to bury victims of police use of excessive force? Even though Mario Woods had a knife and was a suspect in an earlier stabbing the same day 5 members of SFPD gunned him down, he was no threat to the police, as the video clearly reveals.

The perfect response to this police shooting was the lawsuit filed by the family of Mario Woods. However, lawsuits are not the solution for preventing future police firing squads. 

In my brief stay on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s “Equity Advisory Committee”, I suggested that City College of San Francisco should be renamed, “Trayvon Martin Community College San Francisco.” Allow me to explain: 

No person should be denied the right to walk home, simply, because someone in authority had a gun and a bias. And no young person should ever forget what happened to Trayvon Martin. In addition, I believe any parent would jump at the opportunity to allow the loss of their child to inspire others into seeking a higher education in the name of their lost love one. And though there are way too many candidates to select from; unfortunately, I would not be opposed to putting in the hands of voters a more deserving candidate. 

Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers was slain outside his home in Jackson Mississippi on June 12, 1963 because he fought for Blacks to gain admission in public universities as well as voting rights in the state. It is only fitting that this unjust killing was answered by honoring him with Medgar Evers College in New York. And the visionaries who made this possible could not be more pleased to know that this New York community college has educated and inspired thousands of young people in the last forty plus years of operation. 

I sincerely believe the 5 officers who shot and killed Mario Woods regret their actions. Nevertheless, the San Francisco Police Department has taken on a disrespectful, defensive and arrogant position on this killing. During a Police Commission meeting, to discuss the shooting the police chief stated there was no one who wished this police shooting did not happen more than him. What a disrespectful statement to Mario Woods’s mother and family. And for the president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, Martin Halloran to pay for a radio spot to refuted claims that the SFPD was racist, for proof he said the officers who shot Woods were “minority”, which proves nothing. 

These assertions must be dealt with by the citizens to remind the SFPD that they need to wake up. 

The closest police station to where Mario Woods was gunned down was the “Bayview Police Station.” And I could not think of a better way to tell SFPD that this killing was unacceptable than to renaming Bayview Station, “Mario Woods Police Station.”

The bottom line is that the next generation of law enforcement should be taught, by this generation, that the Oscar Grant’s, Treyvon Martin’s, Mario Woods’s Michael Brown’s, Tamir Rice’s and too many others to mention will have an everlasting reminder that we don’t have legal firing squads in America anymore. And if this one gesture cleared out all Bayview Station cops, who are of the mind that only police should be respected, so be it. 

Renaming a police station, or any other structure after anyone can be difficult, no matter who we intend to honor. But just think: Mario Woods would smile a lot more if, renaming a public building after him, as a reminder of what police should not be doing, would also allow him to really rest in peace.

The body of Mario Woods is wheeled in to Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in preperation for his funeral Thursday, December 17, 2015. Woods was shot and killed by police directly across the street from the church on December 2, 2015. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

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