I believe that Newsom has done as good of a job as any Ess Eff mayor could. But he got carried away when he argued that Wi-Fi access was a "fundamental right" and allowed this quest to eat up two years of city discourse. For what? To offer something anyone can buy or access at a public library?
The conceit for free universal Wi-Fi is that it will enable young people to log on to learn more about famine in Africa or health tips. Yeah, right. Sorry, but it would be more likely to present a huge windfall for MySpace, not to mention Internet porn. I think people can pay for those pursuits.
San Francisco voters have a choice on Nov. 6. They can vote no on Proposition J and send the message that they don't want a city government that does a lot of things poorly, and that they want a city government that concentrates on making the city a safe, clean and vibrant place to live well. Enough of the gimmicks.