Moms, Yoda, and Ong

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Rebecca Ong's letter for daughter and Assembly candidate Jennifer could resonate with women and moms (Photo courtesy of Ong campaign).

YODA DISTRICT: Assembly District 20 a redistricted Castro Valley, Hayward and Fremont is 54% Democrat, 17% Republican and other 22% No-Party Preference, making it a supposedly YODA district – “Your Only Democratic Alternative.” Dems were once hands down favorites, but the open primary gives NPP voters (which have a high proportion of APA voters) a key shot at supporting optometrist Jennifer Ong’s June 5 run for Assembly, making her California’s first Filipino American state legislator…A Mother’s Day week letter from mom could be key. Although five are running, the race is shaping up into a race between two better funded Democrats – Ong and Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk. And then there’s potential spoiler and former Democrat, Union City Mayor Mark Green who lags behind them in campaign contributions. Under the new open primary, top two June finishers go to November election regardless of party of majority…

NOT ONE OF THE BOYS: District 20 is now represented by termed out Mary Hayashi. The top three who might replace her are two guys and one gal. And the implicit Ong message was to women in a Mother’s Day letter from her top endorsement – mom Rebecca. Attached to a pot holder, the letter implied key women and mom’s issues as Rebecca wrote about balancing Jennifer’s diet as a kid (i.e. kid’s health) and her daughter’s organizing against Hep B and for eye care for the poor (public service and more health)….Two other candidates are running Sarabjit Cheerma, an Indian American woman Democrat on the New Haven Unified School District board and Latino American Republican, Luis Reynoso of the Hayward Unified School board…

DEAD MAN TELLS NO TALES: Meanwhile, a government filing signed under penalty of perjury is supposed to hide true nature of hush-hush six-figure settlement between pioneering organization and prominent civic family. Allegedly organization with very loose internal accounting held closed-door meeting settling a key leader’s co-mingling of business and personal expenses to pay vacation and credit card bills. Letter sent to California Attorney General Kamala Harris despite threats by presiding officer against whistleblowers. Key witness is dead…

Assembly candidate Phil Ting faces rival who has fetish for Mayor Ed Lee's mustache.

FEAR THE WEIRD: Time for Phil Ting to press his “RESET” button on his rival. 19th District Assembly candidate Michael Breyer’s campaign against the Assessor-Recorder is so dependent on the rallying cry of “Follow the Mustache.” It’s a tactic to ride the coat tails of mustachioed Mayor Ed Lee, whose favorable/unfavorable ratings were 68%-16% as of February, according to the SF Chamber of Commerce. The hairy piece comes after Breyer’s mailer opposed the “wild antics” of political boogieman Chris Daly….And then there’s political newcomer Breyer’s own “wild antics” – his mailer inaccurately associates Daly to banning pet goldfish (the board did not, but Eric Mar banned chain pet stores to protect small businesses), phone books (introduced by David Chiu and passed, giving greater consumer choice in receiving them) and McDonald’s Happy Meals toys (introduced by Mar). Daly did not initiate these measures or had left the board by end of 2010 …

GIRL POWER: Looks like Supervisor Jane Kim’s sister on the cover of “Elect Women 2012” mailer exhorting voters to “change the face of San Francisco politics” by electing 15 SF Democratic County Central Committee women candidates, including newbie Marily Mondejar and incumbent Mary Jung…The mailer noted only 4 of 11 supervisors are women, including Kim, Carmen ChuChristina Olague and Malia Cohen

First Lady Anita Lee (center) with Filipina Women's Network director Marily Mondejar (left) and School Board member Emily Murase (right).

HANNA AND HER SISTERS: College Board candidate and attorney Hanna Leung is getting some serious consideration by some miffed English teachers …

“V” POWER: Mondejar is the only candidate who has gotten SF’s political community to think of the “V” word as in Vagina Monologues…First Lady Anita Lee stumbled over the word during April fundraising remarks for Marily…MOANING AND GROANING: Last Friday at the Herbst, Mondejar casted two former 2011 SF District Attorney rivals – Alameda prosecutor Sharmin Bock to costar with Fabiola Kramsky-Gascon, wife of winning DA candidate George Gascon in Monologues benefit directed by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma’s aide, Genevieve Jopanda…Awkward moment as both mistakenly came to the mike to perform suggestive moaning with an Iranian (Bock) and Latina (Kramsky-Gascon) slant. Both courteously tried to defer the first moan to the other…ALSO MOANING AND GROANING: SF Human Rights Commission Chair Cecilia Chung, Tita Aida of API Wellness Center and Status of Women CommissionerVice President Julie D. Soo. Proceeds go to Mission District Tagalog anti-domestic violence billboard raising awareness eight years after murder of Filipina American Claire Tempongko in front of her two kids…

Former SF District Attorney candidate Sharmin Bock (left) pictured with Florence Kong, gets her moans and groans crossed up with the wife of her former opponent, SF District Attorney George Gascon in Vagina Monologues.

PRECINCT WALKS, NOT CAT WALK: Back in 2011, Jennifer Ong had a nice problem – proofs of her official photos looked better for the show “Runway” rather than an optometrist running for office. She admitted to “dumbing down” her glam shots. Coincidentally she sported spectacles and casual attire one weekend at an Asian Americans for Good Government get together in Palo Alto with Bay Area entrepreneurs like Dr. Hsing Kung and C.C. Yin.AAGG, Kung and Yin have endorsed her…

ETCH-A-SKETCHY: After SF Redistricting Task Force support of the Nihonmachi zig-zag (see “Potstickers” 5/24/12) in District 5, one redistricting expert shook his head as to why the task force, including Chinatown-based Jenny Lam of Chinese for Affirmative ActionMarily Mondejar of Filipina Women’s Network and Myong Leigh, Deputy Superintendent for SF Unified, missed opportunity to strengthen APA representation of North Beach/Chinatown District 3. Instead, the task force added mostly white areas of Russian Hill (only 13% APA), placed Yick Wo Elementary School in D3 while excluding heavily APA Rincon Hill area (38% APA). APA representation increased slightly to 45%, rather than solidifying chances of electing an APA in district represented by David Chiu…

College Board candidate Hanna Leung makes connection with City College instructors.

TALKING ‘VAGINA’: Tony-winning VM playwright Eve Ensler will appear with Mondejar in a “conversation” event at 5:30 pm, June 3 at Bindlestiff Studio…Timing for all this comes as suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was waging campaign for his job at the SF Ethics Commission last Monday to not recommend his removal to the SF Board of Supervisors this summer over alleged domestic violence charges…

LEFT AND LEFT OUT: Bay Guardian newspaper and Potrero Hill advocates like former supervisor candidate Tony Kelly pushed for “Unity” map which basically gerrymandered heavily APA Portola out of District 10 (Bayview/Hunters Point, 34% APA) and into heavily Latino (38%) and progressive District 9 (Mission, 23% APA) represented by Supervisor David Campos. That boosted power of progressive Potrero Hill in D10 while diluting APA representation from 36% to 34%, the largest group in historic African American (21%) supervisor district represented by the board’s only African American Malia Cohen…

CASH FROM TRASH: There’s so much June 5 campaign money (including SF’s Prop A to open up bidding for trash collection) that one voter – a straight Chinese American grandma – received well-funded slate mailers from Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and Mexican American Political Association …

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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.