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First, read my California State proposition voting guide!

TL;DR; NO on B, C, D, E, F, G, I, K, L, YES on H and J, MAYBE on A

Scott Wiener
Even though I’d like to think I am a moderate, Scott Wiener is the kind of progressive senator I can get behind. He keeps authoring bill after bill that I agree with.

On housing: he authored SB 827, followed by SB 50, because he understands our dire housing crisis. On homeless: he authored SB 1045, because he understands homelessness is a mental health emergency.


I don’t know why anyone listens to me! Isn’t it too late anyway? But Hooooookaaay!

First things first. Any talk about elections in California needs to be prefaced with the most scathing takedown of our ballot proposition system. I always link to Michael Levinson’s excellent piece: Why I vote “no” on (almost) all California propositions, even if I agree with them, about what a horrible idea it is to have the citizenry legislate from the ballot box. It should be required reading before scrolling down.

Our ballot proposition system removes any responsibility from politicians to actually govern, gives them plausible deniability for everything that has gone wrong (like the billions of dollars wasted on California…


In 2018 Christine Blasey Ford accused the nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while they were in high school in 1982. Speaking to The Washington Post Ford alleged that

Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it…escap[ing] when Kavanaugh’s friend…jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling.

The allegation was serious, but the media, ignoring the 65 women (who knew Kavanaugh…


Ballots in the midterm elections will be cast this Tuesday (November 6th) and amongst the haze of federal, local, and state issues, San Francisco will be voting on Proposition C.

First of all, get off your ass and vote. It’s easy. Most of life is just about showing up, and if you show up tomorrow, you get a sticker.

Second of all, whatever you do, vote NO on Proposition C.

TL;DR scroll down to see how you should vote.

Homelessness in SF is appalling and abhorrent. Human feces and needles litter the streets. Misery is everywhere. …


I wanted to post this weeks ago, because arguing with my friends on Facebook has become less and less cathartic, but unfortunately my brain was preoccupied with REST services and API design (yes I am an engineer).

TL;DR scroll down to see how you should vote. And excuse my grammar and spelling. This was typed by tired fingers at 4am at night.

Tomorrow (June 5th) San Francisco will be voting to elect a new mayor to finish Mayor Ed Lee’s second term (he died from a heart attack in December). …

Zhen Ya

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