Did you vote yet? Well, I'd like to introduce you to a minor celebrity for those of us who've actually read the S.F. voter's guide this election: Terence Faulkner. He lists himself in the voter pamphlet as Dr. Terence Faulkner, J.D., and just Terence Faulkner, J.D., and he has many titles, and he has a lot to yell about. IN ALL CAPS.
His argument against Prop D, which provides credit for years served, for retirement benefit purposes, to former employees of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency who are now city employees, now that the agency was dissolved:
BOTH IN SAN FRANCISCO AND STATEWIDE THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES HAVE DONE A LOT OF HARM AND LITTLE GOOD. NO SUCCESSOR AGENCY SHOULD BE INFLICTED ON SAN FRANCISCO.
There is no successor agency, FYI, and that isn't even part of the Prop, but he signs that one as Dr. Terence Faulkner, Golden Gate Taxpayers Association Chairman.
Then there's his ridiculous rebuttal against the Mayor's non-binding pledge to build more affordable housing.
THE 49 SQUARE MILES OF SAN FRANCISCO ARE ALREADY HAVING LOCAL OVERPOPULATION PROBLEMS AND INCREASED TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS...
As Pricenomics tells us, Faulkner is a member of the local Republican Party, a son of the late Republican State Committeewoman Susan Faulkner, and served for two years in the 1980's as the chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party.
Now, since being a Republican in this town is kind of like being a Green Party member in deepest Mississippi, we'll cut Faulkner some slack. Life has probably been quite frustrating for him in S.F. in the last several decades. But why does he have to yell?
Apparently it's something he picked up from legal documents, and he claims to have a law degree. He's 70 years old and is nothing if not a concerned citizen with a lot to say. Pricenomics actually talked to him, asking specifically about his bizarre rebuttal to the proponent's argument on Prop B which quotes from an 18th century biography of Casanova and includes the phrase, "Sorcerers have never existed, but their power has, for those who have the talent to make others believe they were sorcerers."
He just says he had a 300-word limit, and it apparently made perfect sense to him.
The more you know...