South San Francisco, CA September 12, 2022
While many other areas of the State are covered in a smokey haze, we are fortunate for the coastal winds that clear our air allowing for some incredible photo captures. Such as this one from South City neighbor Mel Ellison. With his permission, we share this along with his early morning thoughts, which have brought about a lively conversation on his own social media.
What are your thoughts? Please feel free to share below.
Sign Hill, South City’s venerable blue collar version of LA’s “Hollywood” sign…seen at dawn.
As the City evolves from its humble beginnings as a workingman’s town into a Bio Tech tax bonanza for the City government, the sign is beginning to look more and more quaint.
And to be sure, the rubber stamp City Council, led by a City manager who actually calls the shots, has tried to change the sign to reflect this recent Bio Tech invasion…but for the moment the residents have prevailed and thwarted that effort. For now.
Meanwhile the City, with local government’s breathless blessing, is slowly but steadily being littered throughout with Soviet Era-Eastern Bloc style so-called “affordable” apartments with no thought or concern for the overtaxed infrastructure and the nightmarish traffic this massive influx of new residents would cause.
If there is any concern, it is apparently quickly forgotten as the members of our City government are bedazzled by the trinkets of shiny and lucrative new taxes, and the prestige of being a part of creating the “Bio Tech” capital of the world. Looks great on the resume I reckon.
The original residents? The ones who built this town? Well they can go pound salt evidently. The paternalistic concept of “We know best” seems to pervade the City government and its decision making.
For us, we’re retired, don’t drive during rush hour, and aren’t otherwise affected by all this…and we watch as the price of our home soars into the stratosphere in value. Which means, I guess I’m not complaining really…..just stating the facts.
Bottom line is: follow the money.
– Mel Ellison