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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Michela Alioto-Pier

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier is an intellectual marina-girl and a legislative lightweight. Her focus on fluff issues -- to get her name in the paper -- is the best argument yet for a Code of Conduct for the Board of Supervisors.

Let's focus not on "grace and diplomacy" as she wants, but instead let's ban the political cheapness that rewards third-rate politicians like Alioto-Pier.

The irony with Alioto-Pier is that we already know her name, it is why she inherited a seat on the Board of Supervisors. But before her family arranged for her to ascend to the Board, she had lost every race she had every waged. And since her inheritance, she has revived her losing streak and now we all lose anytime she gets the votes to get her name in the paper.

So let's have a Code of Conduct. Let's prohibit Supervisors from pushing grandstanding bills while the needs of the City are left unmet. Let's force Supervisors to focus on the real issues instead of abusing their duty to generate headlines. Let's ban political cheapness.

If Alioto-Pier had to spend time focused on budgets and needs and services I'm sure she'd quickly bore and find another avenue for her selfish glory-quest. And if she took her side-show away from City Hall, all San Franciscans would benefit.

When Alioto-Pier is the punchline then the joke is on us. So let's pursue a Code of Conduct, but let's have it written by a real legislator.

- Bob Brigham
Bay to the Beltway
+ San Francisco Campaigns + San Francisco Politics + San Francisco Elections

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