"I have tremendous respect for veterans and I have sponsored many resolutions at the Board of Supervisors supporting veterans' benefits. In fact, I put a $120 million measure on the ballot in 2002 to rebuild San Francisco's War Memorial."Supervisor Sandoval found himself in front of an audience outside of the 48 square miles that comprises San Francisco proper, in other words it was hostile territory... otherwise known as Fox News' Hannity & Colmes. Incredibly, he said that the U.S. should not have a military, said it not once but twice and again today in an op-ed in the SF Comical. I don't know what this guy is thinking but it really is scarry to think that SF has gone this far into the abyss.
Back to the quote of the day, and it's a real laugher. Sandoval takes pride in his respect for veterans, which I presume is intended to have us believe he respects the military in general. As evidence of this deep respect he reaches into his deep bag of legislative victories and points proudly to the, drumroll, ballot measure he sponsored to rebuild the War Memorial. Now I know that many of you reading this are not from the area and are asking yourself "but Jeff, what's the big deal, it's a war memorial right?". Allow me to give you the full name for the war memorial in question: San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. Yes, it is the opera house that Sandoval spent $120 million of SF taxpayer money to rebuild. There is a Veterans Building that is also part of the complex; The Herbst Theater, as well as the SF Arts Commission Gallery call that building home... I don't know if there are any actual veterans in the area but a large number of the panhandlers out front do have "veteran" on their signs.
Finally, a war memorial that most San Franciscans can support. As for me, I'd rather have the USS Iowa berthed here.
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