Over the weekend, and through yesterday, I looked through the newspapers expecting to find profiles of the two new commissioners -- Adam Werbach and Robin Chiang --- stealthily sworn in by Mayor-for-a-Moment Chris Daly as members of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Since I found nothing in either of the dailies, I decided to do a little research of my own. I didn’t discover much one way or another about Chiang, an architect. But on Werbach, I found a lot. And it’s scary. So while I hate to go on day after day about politics, it’s time to take a look at this fellow. If Werbach had been nominated in a normal fashion, all of what follows here would certainly have been brought out in public debate. But he was sworn in without benefit of notice to the public, without benefit of scrutiny by the public. Big Irony there, considering he was national president of the Sierra Club, a group that quite correctly has insisted on plenty of sunshine when govt. makes public policy..
But when you see some of the question marks that even a day’s inquiry into Werbach’s past raises, you’ll see that perhaps his sponsors thought it best that he be snuck into office. And, frankly, so bizarre is his record, I suspect as well that Werbach has hidden some of his past from his sponsor, Supervisor Daly, a supervisor who represents a district with a large immigrant population. In this caper, Daly – if in fact he is the original author of this nomination, and not just a dupe -- may be the trickster, tricked. And perhaps Matt Gonzalez, who described Werbach the other day as “exceptionally qualified” may not have known that Werbach was exceptionally weasel-worded when it came time for the Sierra Club, of which Werbach was then national president, to quash immigrant bashing. There many questions about this backroom appointment.