Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Scott Wiener Tripped Up by Picket Line

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

click to enlarge Scott Wiener is too big for his desk -- but not nearly big enough to cross a picket line
  • Scott Wiener is too big for his desk -- but not nearly big enough to cross a picket line

If ever a city union set up a picket line outside a burning building and elected city officials came barreling toward the exit, we suspect they'd cross labor and remain alive. But, in a moment akin to Jack Benny's response to a mugger's demand of "Your money or your life" they'd take a moment to think things over.

To a lesser degree, this was the scenario that faced Supervisor Scott Wiener yesterday. As he trudged up Duboce toward a neighborhood meeting at CPMC Hospital, he greeted every last constituent. That included the troop of picketing stationary engineers from Local 39 -- and their little dog, too.

The engineers -- and their dog -- were picketing the hospital. And this posed a problem.

A politician hoping to attend a community meeting of his constituents and discovering they're gathering in a venue being picketed by labor is like finding oneself the intermediary in a dispute between mom and your spouse. You can never win. You can only lose by less.

In any event, Wiener expressed his regret he couldn't attend the meeting. It's not like he could have sneaked in -- when you're 6-foot-7, people tend to notice you. "Maybe we should start having our meetings at the Harvey Milk Rec Center," noted one of the event organizers. That would require paying for the room -- but, then, no one would set up a demonstration outside the building. And your local supervisor would attend.

Suddenly liberated for the evening at the ungodly early hour of 7:45 p.m., Wiener found himself in the unusual position of being off-schedule. "Maybe I'll try to get in a yoga class," he said before skulking off into the evening.

He waved good bye to the picketers. And their little dog, too.

Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF and @SFWeekly 

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Bio:
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"