Shut Her Up?
Kinda, anyway. Richard Salzman's My Word column in the Times- Standard today starts off by asking how long the T-S will "subject its readers to.....Kay Backer"- Backer being the hired spokesgal for the Humboldt Economic Land Plan, a group of developers and others that want more land available for development.
Salzman then goes on to suggest Backer shouldn't even be considered as a legitimate voice in local affairs, if only because she's from out of town and a hired spokesperson. Once again, don't listen to her. She's just a hack for corporations....blah, blah, blah.
I actually agree, at least in part, with Salzman's critiques of HELP's solution to the supposed housing crisis. I don't think simply building thousands of more homes will make housing all that much more affordable to anyone.
That said, I am turned off by the conspiratorialist, evil capitalist tone of his message. This was the same sort of thing that reared its ugly head, coming from the Neely side, during the Flemming/ Neely campaign for the Board of Supervisors seat of which Salzman was involved with [on Neely's side].
Salzman's us vs. them rhetoric might serve him well amongst the hard Left, many of whom have expressed similar sentiments here. I think it might fall short amongst those with cooler heads. In fact, the us vs. them type argument might well turn off many of those who Salzman might actually need for support.
He should stick with fact based arguments rather than evil capitalist conspiracy type stuff. That said, except for his obsession with people making money, he does make some points in this latest My Word column.
One, for Salzman International, is simply his business web page and not much info of interest there, at least to me. Interesting though that, of the three phone numbers listed, the first two are for San Francisco and New York. The third one actually has a 707 area code but is listed as a FAX number.
Of course, often a FAX machine can serve as a regular phone as well as a FAX. Regardless, I think it's fair to assume Salzman International doesn't qualify as local corporation under Measure T.
The second web page is simply a collection of his past writings, as one would expect. Nothing wrong with that, I guess. One could argue that's what this blog is for me.