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This is Why San Francisco is Such a Magical Place

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San Francisco is a special place. A place where we never leave the house without layers. Where it’s normal to call in sick to work because it’s finally 80 degrees and you want to drink a beer in the park. A place where most adults have costume boxes and where we regularly dance in the streets because our sports teams keep winning everything.

San Francisco is a magical place. We run into friends and acquaintances no matter where we go. And we make local heroes out of people who’d be locked up anywhere else, people like Emperor Norton and Frank Chu. We see people walk around in bondage gear, or in nothing at all and think “Yup, that’s my city.” And when we hear “Nobody’s got it better than us,” we really believe it.

San Francisco is place for people who don’t belong anywhere else. When war tore apart Latin America in the 70s and 80s, we said “Come to San Francisco.” When queer people around the country needed a place to be safe, we said “San Francisco is your home”. When artists, and tech nerds, and musicians, and freaks, needed a place to be themselves we said “You belong in San Francisco.”

But we live in a heartbreaking place too. A place where 98 year old ladies are served with eviction notices and legendary music venues are shut down because the new neighbors think it’s too loud. We live in a place where there are nearly 10,000 homeless people and we have to walk the streets worried about stepping in human waste and needles. We live in a place where our city officials are so blatantly corrupt that it’s really, truly, honestly not funny. It’s so not funny it hurts.

But most importantly we live in a place full of people who believe they can make a difference. Who look at the world around them and say, “we can do better!” Who really, truly, honestly care about the city they live in and want to see it shine.

WE are the people who make noise when our neighbors are evicted. WE are the ones who organize and march on city hall to save our neighborhoods. WE are the ones who stand up to challenge the mayor when no one else will. And WE are the ones who say this is our goddamn city, and we’re not going anywhere!

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photo from D. Boyer Photography

Your city needs you right now. It’s in danger of losing everything that makes it wonderful, and all you have to do to save this glorious place is care…and vote.

There is a coalition of candidates fighting for you and for San Francisco. We’ve joined together in a movement called “1-2-3 to Replace Ed Lee”. By working together and using ranked choice voting there actually is a chance that we can get Ed Lee out of office.

So on election day vote Stuart Schuffman, Amy Weiss, and Francisco Herrera, in any order, for the office of mayor. This is your chance to do something for San Francisco. Just think about how much she’s done for you.

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  1. Morgan
    September 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    You’ve got my vote dude. Thank you for loving and caring so much about this city. SF needs you.

    • Broke-Ass Stuart
      September 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you!!

  2. Blair Whitmer
    September 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Hey Stuart! Congratulations on your campaign. Don’t know if you remember me, we worked together at Pasta P about 10+ years ago.

    • Broke-Ass Stuart
      September 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Hey Blair! Of course I remember you! Good to hear from you 🙂

  3. sam
    September 23, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    voter turnout in SF is more often than not abysmally low. Franciscans tend to give more of shit about the ball game than their standard of living, apparently. But yes – i agree with you 100%. Mayor Ed Lee is the about the most corrupt scum dog of ’em all

  4. Matt Wild
    September 29, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Hey Stuart. Meant to say hello this past weekend at the Tyler – Kelly wedding but I guess was partying too hard. II live in LA now and didn’t realize you were running for mayor.I appreciate your message for change and wish you luck!

    • Broke-Ass Stuart
      October 1, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Thank you! Too bad you didn’t say hi!

  5. sebra leaves
    September 30, 2015 at 1:35 am

    You tell em Stu. See you this weekend at Vision/SF and around the hood.

    • Broke-Ass Stuart
      October 1, 2015 at 8:23 am

      hell yeah!

  6. Apho
    October 21, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Do you support more housing getting built now rather than delays and moratoriums?

  7. Carlos Danger
    November 3, 2015 at 7:19 am

    You realize that, in the photograph, the banner that says “Ahorra” means “Save”, as in money? I’m sorry, but San Francisco is that ‘nice’ person that takes you out to dinner and is a complete asshole to the waiter. Not a nice person, just nice to you, as long as you have the potential to be exploitable.