Parallel Politics part 2

chicken and wolfAhimsa Sumchai

The XLT story was picked up by Indybay, and today is the last day of fundraising. Here’s a quick follow up to the Parallel Politics story, “The ART of Politics” cont.:


At the time of writing the initial story we were not aware of Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai also running, and there may be others we’ve missed. Hell knows most mainstream media isn’t going to keep us very well informed on that.

[ The Full List of Candidates as pdf file ]

Thanks Indybay crew for expanding our coverage!

Ahimsa has a press conference at City Hall Friday at noon, and more info about her HERE.

As far as further analysis of platforms, we won’t be able to examine further until next week (and lets hope they are ALL still in the running !) , so you can watch last Sunday’s debates on Josh Wolf’s site.

And you will see they are surprisingly adept public speakers and know how to manoeuver the political stage with charismatic and penetrating character, that would definitely give the vacuous Newsom some interesting and surreal challenges.

As a quick glimpse to grasp the new and fast style thinking, that could burst the bubble of the normal political somnambulism or mummification process here’s a blog entry on Chicken John’s site that might inspire you to support the OUTSIDERS:

“In 1966, NASA was faced with an interesting problem. They needed a pen that would write in zero gravity. They spent millions of dollars developing a pen that would do just that. A scientific, precision instrument that didn’t need gravity to imprint a glyph on paper.

The Russian space program used a pencil.

When I started talking to people about running for Mayor, I got a lot of hard questions about my experience. I was told that I would not be taken seriously. That I would be viewed as less than qualified. That only a highly sophisticated and expensive tool could possibly get the job done. Untrue. Sometimes you only need a simple tool. People of San Francisco, I am that simple tool.

Relevant experience? I’ve successfully run a touring circus staffed entirely by rebellious youth, which requires exactly the same skill set I’ll need as Mayor when dealing with the Board of Supervisors. Same same. It’s true, I haven’t spent the last 10 years in City Hall. Instead, I’ve bought and maintained a 100-year-old live-work space in San Francisco. I’ve operated (and continue to operate) a small business in this city, going through the crushing trials of navigating city bureaucracies and the permit process in order to make interesting things happen in (what could easily be) the most interesting city in the world. Last summer, I spent a few months building a 110’ shows of all sizes in all places. I support and advocate art and the championing of the amateur artist, with my mantra of “Art for all purposes.” I helped facilitate the opening of a dozen art spaces. I converted my 1975 GMC pick up truck to run on wood gas (page 66) in a weekend. Made of junk, runs on garbage. Soon to run on coffee grinds: the Café Racer. Alternative energy is easier then it sounds.

Me and my dog have invested all our time, attention & money for a decade to make this city the interesting, whimsical, adventure-filled place I want it to be, and that I know so many people came here to participate in.

Watching it turn into a NIMBY suburb isn’t on the menu. It’s unacceptable. You may agree with me.”

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City Of Art and Innovation

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