San Francisco Weekly
December 16, 2009
Featured in "The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S."
by Benjamin Wachs and Joe Eskenazi
Isnt it interesting that the local media is finally starting to pick up on the story that the rebuild of Laguna Honda Hospital has become a taxpayer boondoggle, horribly mismanaged? Hats off to Benjamin Wachs and Joe Eskenazi for featuring the Laguna Honda rebuild project as an example of the best of San Francisco at its worst.
Wachs and Eskenazi lead off their December 16 cover story with:
They then ask, rhetorically:
Wachs and Eskenazi were referring to the former General Manager of San Franciscos Recreation and Park Department, who was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom. The authors note that city government is filled with Yomi Agunbiades and theyre hardly ever disciplined, let alone fired.
Comments from readers posted on SF Weeklys web site included this:
Wachs and Eskenazi succinctly desribe the state of affairs regarding the Laguna Honda bond project, noting:
Wachs and Eskenazi also describe Mayor Newsoms inept Accountability Matrix, Accountability Index, and Accountability Report, which three reporting mechanisms only chronicle the Laguna Honda rebuild debacle as being In Progress. Wachs and Eskenazi did not know that line staff at Laguna Honda had suggested years ago that the Mayor include more detailed and more relevant accountability outcome measures for Laguna Honda residents into his accountability matrix like the number of Laguna Honda patients receiving physical rehabilitation or restorative care annually, or who were successfully reintegrated to living in the community but they were rebuffed by the Department of Public Healths policy planners as being too much detail for the Mayor.
Nobody is made to answer to what is happening at Laguna Honda, least of all Mayor Newsom, who on June 21, 1999 as a then City Supervisor voted along with then Supervisor Barbara Kaufman against placing the Proposition A bond measure to rebuild Laguna Honda Hospital on San Franciscos ballot, and who then voted on August 16, 1999 again, along with Kaufman against placing a proponents argument in the voter guide.
As those of us who worked to gain passage of Prop. A in 1999 know, Newsom never wanted Laguna Honda rebuilt to serve the elderly at all, so its no small wonder that now just four months before the new Laguna Honda Hospital is set to be opened to the public, Newsoms team is leading an effort to once again change Laguna Hondas mission.
Since Willie Brown first appointed Newsom to be a Supervisor
in 1997, Newsom has served for a dozen years leading the Worst-Run
Big City in the U.S. in one capacity or another.
Isnt Newsom as much to blame for the Citys wretched stated of affairs and for Laguna Honda being prominently featured in Wachs and Eskenazis article as Agunbiade is? (Metaphorically, of course.)
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