Not Smooth Sailing

Image Hosted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. said, “This isn’t the San Francisco that I’ve known and loved and grew up in and was born in.” after the San Francisco city supervisors voted to block her efforts to bring the USS Iowa to Fisherman’s Wharf. The USS Iowa would have been a major money making tourist attraction for San Francisco.

Even though the World War II battleship has been out of commission for years, and really quite harmless, the thought of that big bad WAR ship had the supervisors shaking in their sandals. No guns in San Francisco, no matter how big or small, how loaded or unloaded. Come on guys, if Sen. Feinstein wants the ship here just how bad could it be?

The USS Iowa may be docked in Stockton and although a fine city, it is just not “The City.”

Any port in a storm: In an emergency, we will accept help from any source and in any place, even from an unpleasant person.

14 Comments so far

  1. Joann (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 6:26 am

    The only thing I can agree with in this post — and for that matter, all your political posts — is the way you spell Joann. After that, it’s straight downhill into the conservative cesspool.

  2. joann Landers (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 9:02 am

    Dianne Feinstein is far from being a conservative. Although from time to time she does have a decent thought and bringing the ship to San Francisco was just that.

    I live in San Jose and if there was a way to drag the USS Iowa down here I would. It would look better than the goofy looking public junk San Jose calls art.

    Joann, why would a battleship, that represents freedom, scare you? You go ahead and be afraid; as the conservatives protect this great nation you get to come along for free.

  3. cd (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 10:11 am

    Even if people disagree that the ship represents freedom, it does, in fact, represent history – our history and the world’s history. I find it incredibly sad that elected officials – hopefully the community’s standard-bearers of reason and intellect – would vote agaist the preservation of history.

    Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t make it any better, doesn’t help people learn about and from the past, and does nothing to protect the future.

    It’s also economically stupid – but hey, whatever, not like the city needs money, right? I LOVE waiting 40 minutes for MUNI buses.

    This isn’t a conservative issue, it’s an educated citizenry issue.

  4. John (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    You go ahead and be afraid; as the conservatives protect this great nation you get to come along for free.

    Um, how exactly is it that just the conservatives are protecting this country? This sort of shallow thinking of us vs them is what got us into the Iraq debacle. Or are you one those that think that Iraq had something to do with 911? The only ones monopolizing the fear card are the leaders of this country. You’ve taken it hook, line & sinker it seems. Fight terror, not the Constitution!

    As for the ship, I would have liked to have seen it here in the City. It’s part of our history and could be used as a tool to learn.

  5. joann Landers (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    As a lady taxi driver, I am often asked about my safety – – the traffic, the unknown customers etc. My true challenge is being a conservative taxi driver, or metroblogging author, in the Bay Area. Ha-Ha!

    The San Francisco city supervisors chose not to welcome the USS Iowa purely for their liberal political views. No matter our side of the aisle, this was a stupid decision.

  6. anna (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

    I’m a liberal, anti-guns, but yet I would love to have another WW2 warship on our waterfront. let’s face it, the waterfront still needs help. We’ve got, what most of our piers serving as vast parking lots for limos and those god-awful fake cable cars. I think history is interesting, and we need more of it (and we have a lot already). It’s not a political issue to me, and shame on the supervisors for making it one. While I don’t agree with Feinstein on everything, I’m glad she was looking out for us in getting that ship.

  7. Pete (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    The politics of the San Francisco BOS (particularly in this instance) are idiotic, not liberal. But the real question is, why are you blogging news from last August?

  8. joann Landers (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    Pete, for you:


    The purpose of this report is to provide our website visitors with the latest information available about the status of the USS IOWA

    The ‘Latest Major Action’ concerning HR 1815 (including Senate substituted language of S 1042, as amended, in HR 1815) happened on January 03, 2006 when the bill was presented to the President. Responsibility for the IOWA will be transferred to the Navy Ship Donation Program which will administer the process to award the ship to the Port City in California that can best demonstrate, provide and guarantee financial and maintenance requirements necessary for a Naval vessel to be awarded for museum status. During the donation process, there is a six month window of opportunity for interested Port Cities to submit application(s) for the ship. The subsequent evaluation period will depend on the number of applications and the question and answer process that will follow. The time necessary to complete the evaluation and final recommendation procedure is an unknown and could take several weeks to several months.

    Presently, there are two organizations that have expressed interest in having the IOWA berthed in their City of choice; the non-profit organization Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square(HSMPS), and the Port City of Stockton. HSMPS continues to work with San Francisco’s Mayor, The Port of San Francisco and Board of Supervisors in an effort to eliminate and/or minimize issues that led the Board to vote against the first resolution. It is important to note that a NEW RESOLUTION will be submitted to the Board in the next few days with expectation that a subsequent vote will favor the IOWA becoming a museum in the City of San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Port of Stockton is also working hard to finalize its application for the Iowa. In the final analysis, it is the Navy that will decide where best to locate the IOWA, based on evaluation of applications submitted by each Port City.

    Submitted by the membership of the Veterans Association of the USS Iowa (BB-61)

    And– USS Iowa could be minority museum

    By Los Angeles Times |

    Turning a battleship around is never easy — especially in the politically roiled waters of the San Francisco Bay.

    Last July, San Francisco’s county supervisors voted 8-3 against bringing the vintage World War II battleship Iowa to San Francisco as a permanent tourist attraction. Some opponents said they were taking a stand against both the war in Iraq and a military that boots out gays and lesbians, a powerful faction in local politics.

    But now, advocates of the move are trying to woo

    the supervisors with a promise to create a

    privately funded dockside museum that will tell the story of minorities in the military, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops.

    “Our feeling was that this would make it a better fit for San Francisco,” said Jim Maloney, director of the Military Education Initiative, a group that supports the lifting of restrictions on gays in the military. “Adding in the component of LGBT service would be obviously quite unique,” he said.

    The new plan also calls for an annual peace symposium on the Iowa, which has a storied record of combat in the South Pacific and off the Korean coast.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt’s favorite battleship, the Iowa carried him to Casablanca, Morocco, in 1943, en route to a conference of Allied leaders in Tehran, Iran.

    In 1989, 47 crew members were killed in a shipboard explosion that officials blamed on a sailor who they said was involved in a failed gay relationship. The Navy later backed away from that explanation, ruling that the explosion was an accident and apologizing to the family of the dead sailor.

    “That’s a story that deserves to be told,” Maloney said.

    I am thinking it is not over yet, but if I am wrong the the City of San Francisco still messed up.


  9. cd (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

    I think it is over for SF.

    For the record, however, not all the board members were against it. Supervisors Fiona Ma, Sean Elsbernd, and Michela Alioto-Pier did not oppose having the USS Iowa in San Francisco – so don’t impute the others’ mistakes to those 3.

    Also – as for the timing: the vote did occur awhile ago, but it seemed to grow legs only after it was turned into a “process”/”SF sucks” story. The Daily Show covered it ( and you might’ve heard about it today because Fox News decided to fill some of the endless on air hours by covering it again (

    I’m sure it was followed by a mention about SF’s city ordinances being more protective of dogs than of people.

    They get mileage out of us, so they keep coming back to the trough . . . .

  10. joann Landers (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    This morning (Feb.17) I spoke with the office of Mayor Gavin Newsom and was informed that the possibility of the USS IOWA coming to San Francisco was still being considered.



    • Public Hearing to consider the placement of the USS Iowa on the waterfront

    (March 28, 2006)

    If there is a glimmer of hope we should let our support for the endeavor be heard.

  11. Pete (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    Thanks! I’ll be out of town for that hearing, but I will encourage people to show up.

  12. joann Landers (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 11:23 am

    I was not able to reach the proper person at the Port Commission to confirm if the hearing is still on — but I will keep up the effort.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein was not available and her office had no comment at this time.

  13. Deb (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    I love SF and have been considering relocation there from Virginia for some time (for business reasons). However the news of the refusal of SF to accept the Iowa was really disheartening. Many gays want to join the Armed Services to defend our country. And the USS Iowa had nothing to do with gay issues. What are you guys so afraid of? Looks like it’s really not the city I thought it was.

  14. joann Landers (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

    With its breathtaking skyline, top-notch restaurants, shows and with each of the neighborhoods offering something special and unique, San Francisco is a wonderful place to call home.

    Concerning the USS IOWA, I would like to think that the citizens of San Francisco are well educated and open minded enough to see all sides of this issue. Hopefully they are beginning to realize the benefits of having this historic ship in their city.

    Perhaps it is time to take a better look at what most of the supervisors views represent and just how these views are perceived by the rest of our country.

    DEB, come join us in the San Francisco Bay Area I’m sure you will feel welcome.

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