WE BELIEVE YOU ANITA…AND ELIANA?

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Eliana Lopez, estranged wife of suspended SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi could be Anita Hill of the 2012 San Francisco elections. Here’s how. What if SF Democratic County Central Committee – platform arm of SF Democratic Party – votes on resolution presented by outraged women committee members like Asian Pacific Americans Mary Jung, school board member Sandra Lee Fewer or reps for Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and Attorney General Kamala Harris to condemn, if not oust Mirkarimi. That puts 24 county committee members and 5 ex-officios up for June 2012 re-election on the spot over SF Sheriff. That includes especially five male SF Supervisors and Mirkarimi’s progressive allies for Sheriff - John Avalos, David Campos and Eric Mar - along with Scott Wiener and David Chiu who did not endorse him for Sheriff. Outside of Wiener, they’re also up for re-election as supervisor in Nov. 2012 where the Mirkarimi issue could tap into the third rail of gender politics that Hill did… WILL SUPES TOSS ROSS: It’s a test vote on whether Mayor Ed Lee’s suspension of Mirkarimi can garner a 9-2 supervisor supermajority for ouster…And test for district elections which have relegated women supervisors to minority status since 2001 – including current class of Jane Kim, Carmen Chu, Christina Olague and Malia Cohen – on the 11 member board …

Will Supervisor Eric Mar support Sheriff Mirkarimi, despite domestic violence charge?

QUITE APPEAL-ING: Architect and long-time local and statewide Council of Asian American Business Associations poo-bah Frank Fung is now campaign treasurer for Mike Garcia, candidate to succeed Sean Elsbernd for supervisor in District 7. Fung’s CAABA group has long advocated unbundling projects like California Pacific Medical Center’s Cathedral Hill and St. Luke campuses (see “Potstickers” 3/29/12) so APA small businesses can work as primes or subs…Both are colleagues on powerful SF Board of Appeals…

SOMETHING ABOUT MARY: Demonstrating how important Mary Jung’s SF Democratic County Central Committee position was high number of District 7 supervisor candidates at her March 15 fundraiser, especially considering she’s a D7 resident and key vote for coveted SF Democratic Party endorsement. Among D7 wannabees present: Garcia, School Board member Norman Yee and journalist Joel Engardio. They along with Port Commissioner FX Crowley will have to answer how they’d vote on proposed CPMC development agreement as well as apparently unresolved labor issues being pushed by Supervisor Eric Mar’s twin brother Gordon and the California Nurses Association …Garcia’s also an arbitrator with FINRA – Financial Regulatory Authority – which will arbitrate case of Santa Clara-based Marvell co-founders Weili Dai and Sehat Sutardja in their claim (see “Potstickers” March 22 and 28) against Goldman Sachs where Lloyd Blankfein has avoided pressure to split his CEO and Board Chairman roles and calls to change Goldman’s board membership…

David Chiu: SF Democratic Party Chair Aaron Peskin has called on Sheriff Mirkarimi to resign. Will Board of Supervisor President David Chiu (above)?

ASK GEORGE: If county members have forgotten Anita Hill of 1991, they could ask Dianne Feinstein’s rep, George Broder – spouse of Asia Society’s Wendy Soone-Broder. The US Senator and colleague Barbara Boxer were elected in 1992 or “Year of the Woman” after women stormed Capitol Hill over infamous and mostly male dominated Senate confirmation hearing of Hill’s sexual harassment testimony against Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas…

TRANSFER TAX HIKE?: The SF Association of Realtors has ramped up more than 1,400 signatures opposing annual $50 million transfer tax hike for housing fund proposed by Mayor Ed Lee. Now SFAR has translated the change.org/

petition into Chinese to persuade mayor not to field November ballot measure raising the tax by half percent for properties less than $1 million and one percent for over $1 million. The petition is going thru Chinese Real Estate Association of America (where AsianWeek is a media sponsor), which has strong ties to SFAR presidents, including Jeff Woo for this year as well as previous leaders John Yen Wong, John Lee and Allen Okamoto …Chinese American voters are a “critical swing vote” and believe “in the importance of homeownership,” said Woo. “The proposed transfer tax increase, which would be the third in five years, would increase the cost of buying a home and make it much more difficult for owners who are underwater to do a short sale”…

MASS ESCAPE FROM COPS: Attracting scrutiny by Wall Street Journal and Police Chief Greg Suhr, majority of Richmond Station’s police advisory board, along with chair David Lee, has resigned over unjustified firing of colleague and attorney Christopher Rillo for alleged conduct in debate restricting Geary Street Jack in the Box hours. Who said what? The police captain or Supervisor Eric Mar questioned “belligerent behavior” or “unprofessional” conduct of Brillo and whether or not it “intimidated” Mar. Brillo has demanded retraction, given his reputation as attorney is on the line. Mar of the legislative branch also faces charter questions about interference in executive branch of government. It’s likely to re-stir Supervisor challenges to Mar – including Lee, who earlier was not inclined to run, as well as Planning Commissioner Rodney Fong of the Wax Museum. A Fong-Lee run sets up replay of former California Democratic Party Vice Chair Alicia Wang and museum executive Sue Lee’s ranked choice voting alliance that nearly overtook Mar in 2008…

FIRST LADY’S TURN: Who’s more a draw, Mayor or the First Lady of SF? After his honor packed Mary Jung’s re-election fundraiser last month, wife Anita Lee will take up challenge as guest of honor for SFDCCC candidate

SFDCCC candidate Marily Mondejar (Photo courtesy of Filipina Women's Network)

Mondejar who last month got some play on KQED-TV, honoring her as Women’s History Month hero. Mondejar’s Sunday brunch bash is on April 15 at 11:30 am, Richard Gervais Garden Gallery, 965 Natoma Street… By then, the founder of Filipina Women’s Network and President of Friends of the SF Commission on the Status of Women will have finished etch-a-sketching new supervisor district boundaries. Filipino American community hopes she’ll be a hero and create an opportunity for the first Filipino district supervisor out of District 11 Crocker-Amazon, Excelsior, Ingleside and Oceanview communities…

THREE OF A KIND: Hanging out at SF fundraiser together – Democrat Jay Chen for US Congress (39th District), staffer Jay Chen for Jay Chen’s campaign and Jay Cheng, staffer for Democratic Assembly candidate Phil Ting. Got that? Candidate Jay Chen will return from Hacienda Heights to SF Bay Area to raise funds for June 2012 primary campaign…

HANNA 4 HARVARD OF OUTER MISH: Looking to be on November ballot for College Board is Hanna Leung, attorney and Community Youth Center Board member. If elected, she’d be first APA woman since 1980s dynamic duo of Lillian Sing and Julie Tang set policy and personnel for City College where now at least two-fifths of students are APA…Former Broadmoor police commission candidate Hanley Chan introduced Leung around the Chinese American Democratic Club dinner last Friday featuring State Controller John Chiang and Mayor Lee… Leung’s taking the elected route while husband Bruce Chan took the appointed route – becoming Superior Court Judge thru Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in ’09. Hanna’s vying for one of four seats with last September’s potsticker-eating contestant (see Sept. 29 “Potstickers”) and incumbent Steve Ngo…

Democrat Jay Chen for US Congress (39th District), staffer Jay Chen for Jay Chen's campaign and Jay Cheng, staffer for Democratic Assembly candidate Phil Ting.

NO BIG EASY FOR CAO: Odds of SF ever electing a Republican House member? SF-based filmmaker S. Leo Chiang’s Mr. Cao Goes to Washington offers glimpse in former Rep. “Joseph” Cao Quang Anh, a Republican and first Vietnamese American congressman, defying convention of congressional district designed for an African American Democrat in post-Katrina New Orleans. The five-foot-three former Jesuit seminarian defeated a 2008 indicted incumbent but got turned 180 degrees as he ran for reelection, attacking a 2010 African American Democratic challenger for bribery, including storing $90K in freezer … OXYMORON – LIBERAL REPUBLICAN: In between elections, allies cancel fundraisers and donors demand refunds after Cao, seeing one-quarter of his constituents uninsured, is only Republican to vote for 2009 Obama health care reform bill. But because it expands “absolute moral evil” of abortion he opposes bill on second vote and the President he idolized…. Left out of film, Cao’s one of three GOP members against military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which helped him receive National Journal’s grade as House’s rare and most liberal Republican in the House. For screenings, go to mrcaofilm.com/

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About the Author

Veteran columnist has appeared in up to 450,000 households weekly in the SF Independent, Examiner (2000-04) and AsianWeek since 1996. As Editor-in-Chief (2003-07), AsianWeek and Samson received wide recognition from the California Legislature, New American Media, League of Women Voters, GLAAD, Organization of Chinese Americans, SPUR and APA civic groups. Thru the SF Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections, SF Elections Task Force and Chinese American Voters Education Committee, Wong helped boost APA influence from 25,000 in the 1980s to over 50,000 voters by the early 1990s.