Today, I came across two advertisements one on top of another on a post in the Dogpatch. Actually, it was 4 separate postings for 2 candidates.
We see them in every election – signs. The yard signs that says so and so is running for Supervisor (or some other political office) in District XX. The signs generally have no additional information, and to the extent that there is additional information, its says that so and so running for Supervisor is for a better San Francisco. (I have yet to see someone run who wants a worse San Francisco.)
I can see how having the signs will create impressions when there is only one candidate but when there are two or more candidates, each putting up signs side by side, what does it really accomplish? In Mission Dolores, I found three candidates putting up signs side by side by side. Here, two signs for each candidate.
Yet, the signs keep going up, and paper, tape and volunteers are used, but what does it really accomplish? Given the gravity of the issues, should we vote for a candidate based on a posting in the lightly traveled part of the Dogpatch?
What makes it worse is that that San Francisco prides itself on being at the forefront of the green movement. The folks over at the People’s Cafe in the Haight Ashbury are struggling to educate customers that paper in the restroom comes from trees, and that garbage takes up space in landfills. Even McDonald’s in the Mission is trying to educate customers on that garbage equals landfill.