DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM ENTERS RACE

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LEFT ABUSIVE MARRIAGE: Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s domestic violence case has dominated SF political headlines as the SF Ethics Commission prepares to decide whether to recommend firing him to the SF Board of Supervisors. Meanwhile, the June 5 election is adding a women’s point of view with Marily Mondejar’s as she informally kicked off her campaign with First Lady Anita Lee at a Sunday brunch for the SF Democratic County Central Committee. So far the influential organizing and endorsement arm of the SF Democratic Party has stayed silent on how the Sheriff treated his wife Eliana Lopez …“I came to San Francisco not knowing anyone to leave an abusive marriage [and] to get a divorce,” said Mondejar, introducing herself. “We didn’t have divorce in the Philippines”… The organizational consultant and executive coach founded the local and now nationwide Filipina Women’s Network to support a “woman in city government who was being attacked.”

IT’S NOT HER FAULT: “I’m really relating to Eliana. I want to reach out to her, but haven’t been able to,” said Mondejar, the “Filipina soul sister” of Supervisor Malia Cohen. “When [Lopez] said I’m too educated, too rich, too independent to be a domestic violence victim, that is classic denial. I was the same thing…that’s the nature of the survivor. It’s always your fault.” Instead, the mother of two sons wants to let Lopez know “that it’s not her fault.”

FAUX ALCATRAZ: ChinaSF’s director and Chinese opera bit player Darlene Chiu-Bryant is going starry-eyed overseas as she packages “enticements” for the Mayor to draw Asian movie studios to use San Francisco as a backdrop. “Why do you have [films] on Alcatraz when it’s really not Alcatraz? I don’t understand that,” said Lee, griping about faux SF landmarks made in Los Angeles or Vancouver… “Being the first Chinese American mayor, I better get some Chinese film maker. Otherwise I’ve miserably failed. I would love to show San Francisco to 1 billion people in China about our history because there’s a connection here”…

ED LEE, NOT BRUCE: In store, maybe a cameo for Lee like predecessors Gavin Newsom (in his wife Jennifer Siebel’s 2011 documentary Miss Representation), Willie Brown (1990 Godfather III and other films) and Art Agnos (1991 Class Action)…

SEE THE MAYOR: The Asian Pacific Democratic Club led by Mary Jung and City Democratic Club led by President Jim Reilly and VPs Yoyo Chan and Mike Ho will honor His Honor tonight at 5:30 pm inside “The Lounge” of Eric Chung’s One Ferry Plaza (Carnelian by the Bay). Free APDC admission with $20 membership. RSVP at (415) 333-4338 or apdcsf@gmail.com

FAUX ADVERTISING: Lee’s initiative offsets complaints by the ubiquitously advertised Alliance for American Manufacturing, chomping now over why Ironman 3 was made in China. Funny that the American Association of Political Consultants gave AAM the award for “best campaign” after exaggerating the construction – “The Bay Bridge 100% Foreign Steel” – when bridge authorities countered 70% was made in the US…

FIRST SUPE BEFORE 2020: Where the shortest distance between two points is never a straight line, Mondejar last weekend finished reapportioning 11 SF supervisor districts – where she led efforts to preserve District 11 (Outer Mission/Excelsior) boundaries which could give rise to a Filipina/Filipino American supervisor in the coming ten years…

J-TOWN STAYS PUT: Japanese Americans were anxious about where Japantown would end up under redistricting – in the more moderate Pacific Heights/Marina District 2, represented by Mark Farrell, or progressive District 5 (Haight Ashbury/Western Addition) overseen by Supervisor Christina Olague …School board member Emily Murase said, “We wanted to stay in District 5. We wanted to include all the key markers in District 5.” One marker being the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, teetering between Districts 5 and 2… The Japantown redistricting advocates were very happy, according to Murase. Japantown shares a prewar and postwar history with African Americans over civil rights and redevelopment. “The two communities have worked pretty together well” she said, noting both fought for Rosa Parks Elementary, which is where her kids attend…FIND A SPACE: Meanwhile, California Pacific Medical Center’s proposed Cathedral Hill site is in District 5 and east of Japantown. That may create a demand for more space at Japantown Garage. The facility already leases garage space to CPMC’s existing Pacific Heights campus, north of Japantown in District 2 (Marina/Pacific Heights). However, CPMC entitlements manager Mark Farrar said that the Garage could change the terms of the spaces…

NO APOLOGY JEAN: Who said Oakland was home of the pirating Raiders? Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who “dated” appointed SF Mayor Lee to the White House in 2011, better keep an eye on her Golden State Warriors hoops team which is eyeing a move to SF. Last week at the Commonwealth Club, Lee said “it stung a bit” losing the 49ers football team to Santa Clara but “I’m not going to ever apologize for grabbing someone else’s team. Someone did it to us”… Favoring Lee might be the change in who runs Oracle Arena, home of the Warriors next to the Coliseum. Anshultz Entertainment Group is in line to run the Warriors home for five years if the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority has its way. Philip Anshultz, once publisher of the San Francisco Examiner (which had endorsed Lee for mayor) until selling it this past winter, could have put the full court press in the press for Lee to bring hoopsters here. Still, AEG could end up managing splash dunks near the bay in SF…

LEE’S FIRST 100 DAYS: Although he did dance around the name of his political mentor fixing MUNI, Mayor Lee said, “I’ve been very, very careful not to make the mistake that some politicians have made in the past – something that could be done in a 100 days….I know some very famous politician made that mistake of promising too much in their first 100 days…” And in the following Sunday, former Mayor Willie Brown penned his Sunday Chronicle sermon – “Ed Lee’s Lack of Political Experience is Showing”…

FIRST AMONG FIRST: Although school board member Hydra Mendoza is the first citywide elected Filipina American, Rebecca Delgado-Rottmann was the first Filipina American elected (1998-2002), being on the same county committee that Mondejar is aspiring to…“Help her on her questionnaires…this is so not easy,” appealed Mendoza. The mayor’s education policy advisor has had her dose of political homework on the campaign trial where most endorsing political organization will issue lengthy questionnaires and demand essay responses on key policies…

CHOW TIME: 2011 mayoral runner up John Avalos has drawn United Healthcare Workers-SEIU External Affairs Director Leon Chow for District 11 supervisor this November. Chow’s credentials match up with Avalos in a very blue collar APA district of Ingleside, Inner Mission and OMI…The progressive leaning Chow’s part of the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth coalition which includes unions but also diverse political groups including SF Chamber of Commerce, police officers and deputy sheriffs, SPUR and Plan C. Unlike Avalos whose mayoral bid came from a narrow constituency, Chow might have a shot at earning second and third ranked choices for supervisor…

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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.