``There were some doozies out there, weren't there?''

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Mon, 18 Oct 1999 21:32:38 -0800


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Here's another of the many reasons why I'm going to write-in Tom 
Ammiano for Mayor of San Francisco.  This IS NOT a COH endorsement, 
we don't do that.

Peace,
chance martin
Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco

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Loose Lips Make Debate Slips
John Wildermuth,
Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, October 16, 1999
1999 San Francisco Chronicle

URL:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999 
/10/16/MN99651.DTL

In politics, live television is always a roll of the dice, and those
dice came up snake-eyes at least part of the time when the three leading
candidates for mayor debated on KRON-TV Thursday night.

``There were some doozies out there, weren't there?'' said one campaign
staff member, who seemed unsure whether to grin or grimace.

Over the hour, each of the candidates had a chance to take target
practice at his own toes.

Mayor Willie Brown led off the blooper reel when he talked about the
city's homeless problem. Homelessness combines those who are mentally
ill, those who are substance abusers and ``those of us who are
alcoholics,'' he said.

Not to be outdone, Clint Reilly pulled a double, double take when asked
about his record on Mission Bay.

``I supported, I opposed Mission Bay because it was a bad deal for the
taxpayers,'' he said.

Then, a few seconds later, he stated that ``I have supported development
issues, neighborhood issues in this city for my entire adult life.''

It was former Mayor Frank Jordan, however, who raised the most eyebrows
when he was asked what a new Jordan administration would be like.

``How are you different from the man (voters) rejected four years ago?''
asked Chronicle reporter Susan Sward.

``Well, No. 1, I tell the truth,'' Jordan answered.

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Local political junkies now can learn all they want and more about San
Francisco candidates and ballot measures at a new Web site,
www.faqvoter.com.

The site, which is being run by Acme Software of Santa Clara, gives
people a chance to question and receive answers from almost every local
campaign.

``We're getting 1,000 to 2,000 visitors each week, and the number has
been steadily growing since the site was launched in September,'' said
Suzanne Deppe, a spokeswoman for Acme.

There's plenty of information on the site, but because just about
everything comes directly from the campaigns, anyone looking for deep
insights or startling revelations is shopping at the wrong store.

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There's no more obvious place to see that Frank Jordan's campaign is on
a tight budget than at his Parkside District headquarters.

Unlike Clint Reilly's headquarters, whose startlingly bright blue and
green facade and 44-foot-tall ``Reilly'' sign on the roof make it one of
the most visible buildings on Mission Street, no one is going to find
Jordan's headquarters at 19th and Taraval who isn't looking for it.
Until the last week or so, there weren't even any signs up because the
campaign hadn't paid to have them made.

The headquarters itself is over the onetime Zim's restaurant and is
reached by a narrow stairway covered by an aged and tattered carpet.

When the former mayor met with reporters yesterday, he sat behind a
school-cafeteria-style table and provided folding chairs for his guests.

While raising money has admittedly been tough, Jordan has tried to make
a virtue of necessity.

``I've spent maybe $200,000 and the other campaigns have spent, what,
maybe $2 million each,'' he said. ``But when people get calls from my
campaign, they're coming from right here in San Francisco and not from
phones in five other states (like the other campaigns).

``I like the idea of the grassroots approach,'' Jordan said, which is
good, because that's about the only type of campaign he can afford.

---- --

When Jim Reid, one of the second-tier candidates in this year's mayoral
race, talks about affordable housing, he's talking about really, really
affordable housing.

Reid, a retired building contractor, is proposing to put up 10,000
cubicles for the homeless at a cost of $6,000 each. The $60 million
total is about what the city spends on homeless programs each year.

Of course, there's a trade-off. The units measure 10 by 10 feet, which
are pretty tight quarters, especially when you consider that the average
state prison cell is about 8 by 10 feet.

Reid says his units would be completely self-contained, with bed, bath,
closet, sink and refrigerator, although if you're rooting through the
fridge, you better make sure no one opens the front door.

A crew of 100 formerly homeless volunteers would build 20 of these units
a day for two years to reach the 10,000 total, Reid said. Volunteers who
agreed to work 24 hours a week on the cubicles would be allowed to live
in one and would own it after 10 years.
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COZY HOME FOR $6,000 Mayoral candidate Jim Reid is pushing

his idea for stackable 10- by 10-foot cubicles to house the

homeless. Volunteers who agree to work 24 hours a week on the

housing project would be allowed to live in a cubicle. Reid,

a retired building contractor, created this schematic.

1999 San Francisco Chronicle   Page A22












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