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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ranked Choice Vote Favors Asian SF Mayor published at CalWatchDog. Here we have the topic of race again. First Redistricting and the battles over racial identity make up and hacks (see Friday, July 15 in this blog.) and now this.

Does race matter if the choice comes down to the top four candidates who all happen to be Asian? If I lived in S.F. would that render me disenfranchised because I'm not Asian? No. Of course not. What I want to know is what do they each stand for?

San Francisco's Jeff Adachi, the City's Public Defender is Asian. I would vote for him. I applaud his integrity on the City's Public Pension crisis. If I lived in SF would I vote for him over a candidate who was Latino? Unless that Latino Candidate had been building credentials as a bonafide reformer who is committed to addressing the issue of public debt and costs of employees and services, absolutely! Unquestionably! Race is not relevant to me, unless a candidate makes it relevant; if he or she makes it relevant it's because he is thin and shallow in areas that would capture a plurality of voters who want responsible, accountable government. 

Based on and limited to the the information in this piece, Hall would be my choice candidate and I would vote for him as my number one, two and three choice.  Is that correct? Is that how you get the biggest boost for your candidate?   Click here to read the article.

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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