The Millennium Tower -
sinking and tilting -
the determination to save or demolish this 58 story -
tall building - has opened a can of worms.
Anyway you look at it - in the Court of Law - our City Attorney, our Department of Building Inspection - other agencies that have been pussyfooting around - are now sweating - waiting for the ax.
The buck stops at the Mayor's office.
No incident has come so close - to reveal the Mayor's role - and his ineptness and shallowness - on topics and issues of importance.
This time - Mayor Edwin M. Lee's roll and his ineptness - has been highlighted - for all practical purposes - the Mayor has no clue.
What is truly happening - at the Department of Building Inspection and more with the San Francisco Planning?
For all practical purposes the SF Department of Building Inspection - does not have the digital software -nor has it met the timelines and goals - to sync its digital information - with the SF Planning Department.
Some contract in the pipeline has been taking forever - more than four years - counting.
Both Departments have their own hidden agenda.
Both departments have not met transparency and accountability standards - when it comes to the community at large.
Requests under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act - are met with hostility - by the Department of Building Inspection - failing to comprehend - that under the SF City's Charter - any City Department -has to meet full disclosure.
The Mayor's office and the City Administrator's office has been fast asleep - permitting - many Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to be treated with - disdain - too.
When it comes to issues linked to liquefaction, seismic issues, structural engineers that matter - the various models that meet sound foundation standards - soil testing and so on - those City Departments linked with the above issues and concerns - turn to experts - from outside - outsource contracts - and play second fiddle.
The Department of Building Inspection - has tried its best - and once too many times - failed - to address projects that are out of the norm. Again and again the Department of Building Inspection - has to take a risk - because their internal experts - truly cannot fathom - complex issues - linked to liquefaction and related issues.
The Millennium Tower did not follow the proper guidelines - more because it decided to circumvent the three main designs that the SF Building Inspection has under its design built modality.
On the other hand the owners of the Millennium Tower - the DeSimone Structural Design Consultants - have done due diligence - ( we do not have the correspondence to read - but the hearings - and my contacts - all seems - to point in the right direction).
The DeSimone structural consultants - would not take any risk - to compromise - their clients and their sound businesses - the DeSimone entity has been involved with hundreds of skyscrapers in Nation and all over the world.
It would be foolish for DeSimone to take a huge risk and loose too much - minimal or maximum - on a project such as the Millennium Tower - measly 58 Tower Building.
Right off the back - the lack of experience and more understanding of the latest software - has stressed the Department of Building Inspection - on many levels - Smithsonian.
The SF Department of Building Inspection has been trying to make amends to understand - the very complicated calculations - the many stress and other required stress tests. It has been an exercise in futility.
Powerful computers costing thousands of dollars - demanding computers and experts that can run them - that the Department of Building Inspection lacks.
More, experts, recent applicable software, and experience - that we all know the SF Department of Building Inspection - lacks.
It is easy for the Mayor Edwin M Lee or the Mayors before him to wheel and deal - take our many City Department heads - for granted and when caught with his hand in the cookie jar - the Mayor - disowns them - as any panderer - would.
Again and again - I have been saying - in the land of the Muwekma Ohlone - not Mayor Edwin M. Lee backyard - we do not want any skyscrapers.
It is just a matter of time - these skyscrapers come toppling down.
We have seen a preview int he Movie Calavares - it may be non reality - but it is a foreshadow - of what can happen - in reality - when the Big One - strikes.
We all the constituents have to remember - that our SF Mayors in the past - and this one too Mayor Edwin M. Lee - love to talk the talk but cannot walk the walk.
Wheeling and dealing - pay to play - in San Francisco - is like breathing air - never mind in many places - it is foul.
At San Francisco City Hall - most everyone knows that Room 200 reeks with Sulphur. On further inquiry they say - the Mayor makes his abode in that location - I stay away from the Room - and from the devils - that are busy - doing more harm than good.
I can go into detail - and reveal names - but it would not do the others - who are involved - in the many shenanigans - who are already stressed any good.
If I would have to name - the crooks and corrupt - they are so many.
The many - that have no clue - about many engineering projects - the many loop holes - the many faults - that these City Departments heads - and even SF Board of Supervisors are clueless - on the issues we are talking about.
Maria Ayerdi - Kaplan -
she removed herself from the
Transbay Project - because of huge -
over runs - over 400 million plus.
As many constituents of San Francisco - toil - work hard - many working two jobs, some three - and some even four.
We have the " greed " occupying condominiums costing millions of dollars - the Millennium Tower - have some 400 plus resident - and their condominiums cost from $2 million to $10 million each.
Greed knows no bounds - and for sure in San Francisco - all that I have said and revealed all these many years - is coming to roost.
It is just a matter of time - the Millennium Tower - is demolished. The experts say - the two principal solutions - jacking up the building is next to impossible.
The second solution to inject some chemicals to strengthen the soil - in this case does not work.
As months - turn to years - the cracks in the building will get wider.
The elevators will NOT work - as the building tilts and adversely impacts the elevators - the many large windows - and other important things - that will be affected by gravity - that will prevent opening windows and doors - and other critical entry ways.
Our City head of Departments - have chosen to look the other way. They have failed miserly to adhere to standard. We see this daily - but now the world knows - how the SF Department of Building Inspection operates.
The SF Building Commission - conducting the many long, drab meetings - in a nonchalant manner.
It would be interesting - to witness - how the SF Building Inspection Commission - conduct their discussions - on the now famous Millennium Tower - and the can of worms that has been opened - for all the world to see.
Our City employees - making big bucks - the heads of Department making on an average - $300, 000 plus benefits - are having a good time - failing to apply themselves - and failing to represent the people they must serve.
Many of them have NOT had an evaluation in years.
Corruption and nepotism galore - it is who you know - nothing about stellar skills - lees about morals and standards - case in point Juliet Ellis and others like her - still lingering around.
Other have special contracts - and make in access of $375, 000 plus benefits. These special contract employees - have failed to represent San Franciscans.
The Millennium Tower is not the first project to open a can of worms. Now the hearings will reveal more - the role of Mayor Edwin M. Lee - the other City Departments - let the fire works - begin.
There are other skyscrapers - waiting to sink - and some other projects - that have serious structural - faults.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee -
he has set this City on Fire.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee - is now on the hot seat - everything STOPS at his desk.
Right now the Mayor is shitting bricks - he will have to account to his departments - the many who whisper sweet nothings - and are do nothing at all.
The aged Senator Diane Feinstein - sent an inquiry - about the Millennium Building and that took time.
The Millennium owners and project managers were told that they had to wait by the SF Department of Building Inspection - at times they were told the person that they need to talk - is on vacation.
Other callous excuses that the Department of Building Inspection Commission - should be shocked to hear - they all were listening - to the deliberation held September 22, 2016 at 10 am - in Room 250 at City Hall - and there is more.
If this case is taken to Court - knowing all that we know - now - and if the City looses - with its deep pockets status.
We the tax payers will have to dole out - over $600 million plus.
We could use that money for something worthwhile - but not while the crooked and the corrupt - are wheeling and dealing in Room 200 at City Hall.