Not picture: Supervisor Avalos
It's easy to feel like the Google bus is leaving you in the dust—especially when you're headed over the hill. Just ask a representative tech entrepreneur. "After 45, people basically die."
So perhaps it shouldn't come as too much of a shock that colleagues of soon-to-be termed out of office and soon to be turned fifty Supervisor John Avalos are starting to get a little worried about him.
It doesn't matter if you can write a law. If you can't write a line of code, San Francisco is a tough town to be unemployed in.
It was with tongue firmly (well mostly) in cheek that Supervisor Campos submitted the following question to the mayor for the question time at the Board of Supervisor's meeting tomorrow, asking Ed Lee to lean onto his tech industry connections to help find Avalos a new job. (The question also plays into Campos's campaign line about San Francisco's Tale of Two Cities, so there's an actual political point along with the joke.)
Here's what Campos will be asking the mayor tomorrow:
"As you know, Supervisor Avalos is in his second term. Very soon, he will be an unemployed former Supervisor over the age of fifty with no transferable skills whatsoever. Since you have such great relationships with our City’s burgeoning technology sector, could you help Supervisor Avalos get a job? Clearly, being a San Francisco Supervisor doesn’t prepare anyone for the real world and Supervisor Avalos’ advanced age is an additional handicap in the modern job market.
"Supervisor Avalos still asks lobbyists to make dittos instead of photocopy documents. He has no idea what Zynga means. He thinks Zynga is what Tom Ammiano calls a witty insult. He uses a flip phone. A flip phone. So please use your considerable clout to help Supervisor Avalos get a job lined up for after he leaves office that can make use of his limited skills but generally affable temperament. Maybe as a greeter at Twitter HQ. Does Twitter have greeters?"
Avalos told the Examiner that, "I’d rather open up a taco stand on Mission Street in the Excelsior and sell a tweety bird taco special." He also raised another possibility: "Maybe the mayor will finally get behind CleanPowerSF and get me a job installing photovoltaic cells somewhere in The City."
Hey. On the exceedingly small chance that the mayor drops his longstanding opposition to Clean Power SF in the next few month and Avalos still needs a gig, the magazine is always taking freelance pitches. Maybe he could cover the next America's Cup for us?