Saturday, July 25, 2009

The story behind the story about Chris Daly

The story about SF Supervisor Chris Daly (right) buying two houses in suburban Fairfield has an interesting timeline:
    • He bought the houses in April.

    • On Wednesday (July 22), the Chron's C.W. Nevius (left, below) confronts Daly via e-mail with the fact that he had bought a house in Fairfield.

    • Later on Wednesday, Daly admitted to buying the house in an opinion piece he posted on a friendly Web site, Fog City Journal.

    • Thursday morning, Nevius reports in his column (placed on page 1) that Daly has moved his family to Fairfield.

    • Thursday at 6:08 p.m., the SF Weekly posts a report saying Daly actually bought two houses, not one as the Chron had said.

    • Friday afternoon, the Guardian, which has strongly backed Daly over the years, post two columns ("Chuck Nevius is such a twit" by Steven T. Jones and "Why Nevius really annoys me" by Tim Redmond)

    • Saturday morning, Nevius shoots back at the Guardian. He mentions that he sent Jones an e-mail saying: "Give journalism a try."
We pieced together the first part of this timeline from Will Harper's piece on the SF Weekly Web site headlined, "Looks Like Daly Purposely Ruined Chron's Scoop." From Harper's story: "Chron metro editor Audrey Cooper says she thinks the timing of Daly's statement was no coincidence — Daly chose to do a pre-emptive infomercial on a friendly blog rather than answer to the city's paper of record."

This story has several angles, including:
    1. Isn't this what former supervisor (now prison inmate) Ed Jew was caught doing? We're not talking about shaking down tapioca shops for money to expedite their permits, but Jew also had a house in Burlingame, where his family lived.

    2. Daly and his liberal allies often clashed with those who wanted to make the city more suitable for middle-class families with children. Those famililes often leave SF when their kids reach school age. Now Daly is doing exactly what his critics have done.

    3. Since the Chron decided let Nevius break the story in his column, rather than a straight news story, Nevius has become fair game for critics. And his critics are asking where Nevius, who lives in Walnut Creek, gets the moral authority to scold Daly for moving his family out of the city?

    4. And if Daly is convinced there's nothing wrong about moving his family in Fairfield, why did he wait three months to tell anybody about it? Was he ever going to tell anyone?

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is not like Supervisor Ed Jew - who did not actually live in his San Francisco home. There are also allegedly unresolved residence allegations about Alioto-Pier, Elsbernd and Maxwell.

Anonymous said...

Now this is a good blog post - informative, interesting and well written... as opposed to using the Press Club blog to satisfy your hatred of Media News Group.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what's more pathetic - the name calling and the lying by the Bay Guardian you so dearly love, or the stupid, insipid, pro Newsom reporting by the Chronicle.

Either way, this whole incident shows why newspapers are dying - no news, lots of hot talk, and little information. You should be ashamed of the fact you back such "papers". They need to be euthanized and replaced for democracy's sake.

Josh Wolf said...

I don't know who posted these questions, but as I think they originated on this blog I'll go ahead and drop my thoughts on each of them here:

1. Isn't this what former supervisor (now prison inmate) Ed Jew was caught doing? We're not talking about shaking down tapioca shops for money to expedite their permits, but Jew also had a house in Burlingame, where his family lived.

I think for most of us the extortion is the larger issue compared to where Jew lived most of the time. Further, Jew was a freshman Supervisor who didn't really represent the district. Whereas Daly is an exiting supervisor who is planning for his future after political office.

Not that I don't take issue with people living outside the district, but I can think of at least two other SF politicians who likely spend most of their time at their residence outside their jurisdiction.


2. Daly and his liberal allies often clashed with those who wanted to make the city more suitable for middle-class families with children. Those famililes often leave SF when their kids reach school age. Now Daly is doing exactly what his critics have done.

That's an interesting point, I'm curious how Daly would respond to that. My guess is something like, "Our side is losing that battle, and I have to take care of my family."

As H. Brown pointed out in an e-mail missive, Daly's made more enemies than friends when it comes to people with money and influence during his tenure on the board and the economic realities for him may indicate a move to cheaper real-estate is needed to continue to flourish.


3. Since the Chron decided let Nevius break the story in his column, rather than a straight news story, Nevius has become fair game for critics. And his critics are asking where Nevius, who lives in Walnut Creek, gets the moral authority to scold Daly for moving his family out of the city?

In terms of Daly's responsibility to reside in SF as supervisor, Nevius' residency is irrelevant. But when it comes to how one relates to the community that is their purview, whether journalist or politician, than one's decision to live elsewhere or to move out is fair game, in my opinion.

4. And if Daly is convinced there's nothing wrong about moving his family in Fairfield, why did he wait three months to tell anybody about it? Was he ever going to tell anyone?

I don't think where Daly's family lives is public information to the extent that he should need to actively announce it. The people of San Francisco elected Chris Daly not "Chris, Sarah and child."

We also don't know the entire dynamic of why they decided to move. We know that many members of Sarah's family live in Fairfield. One or more of them may be in ailing health.

Even if Sarah is a public figure, does Supervisor Daly have a duty to tell the people of San Francisco that his wife and child have moved to Fairfield so they can be with Sarah's hypothetical dying sister?

Anonymous said...

I don't understand the significance of where C.W. Nevius lives. He's not a supervisor representing a district in San Francisco. Whether Nevius lives in Walnut Creek, or Walnut Grove makes no difference in my opinion, just as it would make no difference if the story was broken by a NY Times writer leaving in Manhattan. Nevius ISN'T the story - Chris Daly is. Daly was caught in a very embarassing situation and he scrambled to try and spin it the best he could. The whole ordeal reflects badly upon him. His policies have gone a long way towards making the City unfriendly to middle class families, and now he too joined the "white flight" out of town demonstrating that he is a coward and a hypocrite. As a SF native (West Portal) I hope he leaves forever. He has brought nothing but shame and disgrace upon our city. Too bad the old hamburger joint "Clown Alley" is no longer around, because after his career as a supervisor ended, he would have made a great spokesman for that establishment...

Anonymous said...

I've never seen any evidence of hatred by the Press Club against MediaNews. To the contrary, MediaNews creates its own bad news all the time, and a little bit of it shows up here. If MediaNews was improving its newspapers and websites, everybody would be applauding the company for its efforts. But that's not what's happening.

Anonymous said...

Can anonymous poster No. 2 on this thread name even one example of "hatred" toward MNG on this Web site. I'd argue the Press Club has been way too tame toward MNG, and certainly hasn't shown any "hatred." But prove me wrong. Where is the hate?

katie said...

Regarding #3 - doesn't anybody know the difference between working in San Francisco and WRITING about it versus LIVING OUTSIDE San Francisco, VOTING there and more importantly LEGISLATING there?

Nevius has nothing to answer for while Daly has plenty.

Anonymous said...

Daly makes me so angry. He's not only misled the community, he's misled his supporters who believed in what he was saying.

Anonymous said...

Tbe comment about white flight is interesting. I seem to remember the articles in the press about there being a lot of blacks leaving SF. People come and go all the time. Worrying about their race seems to fill large blocks of the press' attention with little or no value added.

Anonymous said...

It's obvious that Daly supporters are trying to spin this site, too with accusations about Nevius' residence. Who care where he lives? Daly was elected to represent a district in the city, and apparently he's in the process of abandoning that contract with voters.

Anonymous said...

Have you been to Fairfield? It's not what I would call lily white.

Anonymous said...

"Can anonymous poster No. 2 on this thread name even one example of "hatred" toward MNG on this Web site. "

Well, here are simple searches of the terms "MediaNews" and "Palo Alto Daily News" on the blog.
http://sfppc.blogspot.com/search/label/MediaNews

http://sfppc.blogspot.com/search/label/Palo%20Alto%20Daily%20News

The results show an excessive amount of negative attention given to MNG. While I grant you the fact that MNG does create its own bad news, the simple fact that the author of this blog had a business relationship with MNG (as sellout and former employee) makes my point. He uses a medium designed for members of the Peninsula Press Club to denigrate his enemy. Check out the search for his other enemy, the Examiner:
http://sfppc.blogspot.com/search/label/Examiner

And finally, the coup de grace... Do the same search for Price's own paper, the Palo Alto Daily Post:
http://sfppc.blogspot.com/search/label/Palo%20Alto%20Daily%20Post

Could these posts be any more self-promotional? If the Press Club board knew any better, they'd have a little more ethical and honest management of this blog!

Anonymous said...

If the previous anonymous poster is such a strong advocate of ethics and honesty, why did he or she identify themselves by name? At least Price identifies himself and discloses his conflicts.

Anonymous said...

How did this thread about Chris Daly get hijacked by the folks at the Palo Alto Daily News?

Anonymous said...

the chron says daly paid for the houses with cash ... where did he get the money? sounding more and more like the ed jew case every day!

Sarah said...

The fact that Chris got a loan is immaterial to anyone outside his family. It has no bearing on services, or the lack thereof, in the city.

What annoys me is the connotation in the Chron's story that Chris somehow got illicit cash, or that he overpaid such that he can afford to pay for homes in cash, whereas the facts state no such thing.

Anonymous said...

I've heard some people in recent days defend Daly as doing what was best for his family. The real point is that there are thousands of people in San Francisco who wish Supervisor Daly would have used his office to do the right thing for them and their families. Instead, Daly has championed the politics of povery which in many cases has prevented ordinary San Franciscans from investing in property and building a better life for themselves.

Daly is a political dead-ender and bomb thrower who has watched helplessly as a grenade blew up in his own face. The irony here is Zeppelin-sized.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see the city attorney has opened an investigation into Daly's residency. His claims to be a resident of SF seem very suspect at this point, despite the fact that he shares an apartment with a number of other people.

Ross M said...

I hope the Press Club does not buckle to the anonymous person who represents Medianews and posted two comments above. I reviewed the links offered by this person and found no signs of "hatred" but rather a lot of straight up reporting written in a neutral, professional manner. Nearly all of the items were links to reports in other media. I hope the Press Club continues to report on Medianews, the good, bad and indifferent.

Anonymous said...

How Orwellian! We have a NEWSpaper company pressuring a press club to suppress news about the NEWSpaper company. Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

Anonymous said...

Regardding Chris Daly, if hypocrisy or the apprearance of hypocrisy were the sole factor for a politician resigning, we would have very few politicians in office anywhere. Most are scum whether they have a D or R after their name, and most do hypocritical things at one time or another. Now if he did something illegal, that would be a different thing.