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DISTRICT 5 (Haight-Ashbury/Japantown, 17% Asian Pacific American residents as of 2010): Call this San Francisco’s version of the GOP’s Akin-Mourdock Senate races with the same result. National Republicans lost a chance to retake the US Senate on Nov. 6 while SF progressives fumbled an automatic District 5 seat to rail against Mayor Ed Lee and the political establishment. Unofficial ranked choice voting has African American Art and Cultural Complex director London Breed beating lefties like non-profit leader Julian Davis (accused of sexual harassment), College Board memberJohn Rizzo and mayoral appointed Supervisor Christina Olague, a key vote releasing former D5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi from suspension as SF Sheriff for domestic violence…Davis ran in a district that produced former Supervisor Terence Hallinan – also the “most progressive DA in America” and winner of tough re-elections despite being dogged with settling a sexual harassment case. Hallinan won with Mirkarimi managing his campaigns and working for him in the DA’s office…With Breed winning 56% under unofficial ranked choice voting and indirectly District 5 voters rejecting Olague for her Mirkarimi role and Davis over groping, that’s injected life into a recall Sheriff Mirkarimi movement in 2013…Meanwhile, Breed – cast as too moderate for the district – picked up votes from her progressive counterparts in rank choice balloting. In the final round of counting voter second and third choices, Breed and Olague respectively picked up 1,345 and 1,521 votes from former Sierra Club chapter chair John Rizzo…

District 5 Supervisor candidate London Breed has an unofficial lead for the seat representing Haight-Ashbury, Western Addition and Japantown.

CARROT AND STICK: If you spill a little blood in the beginning of your administration, you’ll set the tone for governing. That was the case with President Ronald Reagan in 1981, when he started his tenure by firing unionized flight controllers, which ended major illegal work stoppages under his administration. In the 20 years prior, the federal government had 39 such stoppages…After taking office, MayorWillie Brown slashed funding to community non-profit ASIAN Inc. after its allies supported his defeated opponent Frank Jordan for re-election in the 1995 mayor’s race. After nearly two years of being the kindler and gentler mayor, Ed Lee has shown his stick against his own District 5 supervisor appointee, Christina Olague…For turning against his recommendation that Sheriff Mirkarimi be removed from office, Lee stopped campaigning for her and his allies poured at least $52,000 in mail and robocalls against her for abetting domestic violence and voting to switch residential households electricity thru Shell. That should get the supervisors attention before the 2014 election…

Major appointment of Mayor Edwin Lee (above) is defeated in first run for office. (Photo by Germaine Lau)

DISTRICT 7 (West of Twin Peaks, 34% APA population): School Board President Norman Yee and labor leader FX Crowley are the early favorites in unofficial ranked choice counts. With more than 80,000 votes to be counted overall (not all of them in District 7) as of Wednesday morning, Crowley led Yee by 338 votes in San Francisco’s most conservative districts. Early on in the campaign, former President of the Appeals Board and Ethics Commission Mike Garcia had targeted Yee as being too progressive for the district…In recent weeks, attempts were made to get Crowley and Garcia to mutually help each other in hopes that both would benefit from each other’s second and third choice votes. Although a pact failed between the two, Garcia voters gave their second or third rank votes to Crowley (1,926 votes) by two to one margins over Yee (951) in an unofficial final round of ranked choice balloting. Garcia’s kingmaker votes allowed Crowley to leapfrog Yee’s early first place lead…

District 7 Supervisor candidate Mike Garcia (right) votes may hurt the campaign of School Board President Norman Yee in ranked choice voting.

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: Key to Crowley’s success so far with ranked choice voting has been his ability to build bridges, resonating with Garcia supporters and more than 6,000 Republicans (2ndlargest among 11 supervisor districts after District 2’s Marina/Pacific Heights). The SF Labor Council leader not only had won the endorsement of the SF Democratic Party but also the third ranked consolation endorsement from the SF Republican Party. Meanwhile, the GOP urged its voters: “DO NOT VOTE FOR NORMAN YEE”…Besides Crowley, District 3 (Chinatown/North Beach) Supervisor David Chiu received the joint endorsements of the SF Democratic and Republican Parties. It’s notable given Chiu is an elected member of the SF Democratic County Central Committee, the party’s organizing and endorsement arm…Then again Chiu and the elephants have a common denominator – steakhouses. Chiu held his victory party at 5A5 Steak Lounge, while the pachyderms herded into Alfred’s Steakhouse. Although, the GOP’s party was a quick death as Mitt Romney and the Reps were gone by around 9:30 pm, early by celebration standards….


Former SF Port and PUC Commissioner FX Crowley (right) is leading District 7 supervisor race against Norman Yee. Crowley is with Assembly pro Tempore Speaker Fiona Ma (left). (Photo courtesy of Crowley campaign)

DISTRICT 3 (Chinatown/North Beach, 45%): Board President David Chiu completes a major turnaround after looking vulnerable a year ago after losing key District 3 precincts in a run for Mayor and crossing swords with Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s Rose Pak, who was threatening to run a candidate against him for supervisor. Well, Chiu won June re-election handily to the SF Democratic County Central Committee, especially for a straight SAM beating a heavily progressive and LGBT field in Assembly District 17 (eastside SF). And then for Nov. re-election to the supervisor, he won the war without shedding blood. He took a stance against the 8 Washington Street luxury condos in his district, which scored points with environmentalists and neighborhood NIMBYs, especially among scenic sensitive Telegraph Hill inhabitants. The end result – unofficial results have him winning 75% of the vote which indirectly affirms District 3 support for the Central Subway, target of lawsuit by and architect Howard Wong…Chiu winning his second and final term leaves the question of what next – an unprecedented third term as Board President, scoping out Tom Ammiano’s 17th District Assembly seat in 2014 or wondering whether SF’s Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (District 12) will move on or fight to regain the House in 2014 for the Speakership …Although, there’s talk about Chiu’s former roommate, District 6 (Tenderloin/Little Saigon) Supervisor Jane Kim, being contender for Board President which could raise her profile for higher office. Chiu’s Board Presidency for three years was a launch pad for a 2011 run for mayor and early 2011 consideration by then Mayor Gavin Newsom for SF District Attorney post vacated by Kamala Harris’ ascension to California Attorney General. The board president could control the legislative agenda and juice committees like Rules, Budget/Finance and Land Use…

District 5 Supervisor appointee Christina Olague

XMAS ON GRANT: Campaigning on Chinatown’s Grant and Commercial occasionally was perennial and District 3 supervisor candidate Wilma Pang, appearing with A Better Chinatown Tomorrow Chinese troupe playing a few early Xmas jingles before the Nov. 6 Election…

DISTRICT 1 (Richmond, 43% APA): Incumbent Supervisor Jake McGoldrick defeated retired Superior Court Judge Lillian Sing in 2004. Now McGoldrick’s treasurer and successor Eric Mar defeated David Lee, director of the non-partisan Chinese American Voters Education Committee and Park/Rec Commissioner. Sing toiled as a judge for about 20 years, which kept her out of the give and take of politicking when she served as a SF College Board member in the1980s with Julie Tang, who also later became a judge. Like Sing in 2004, Lee might have prematurely gotten back into the partisan game. For nearly 20 years directing the non-partisan CAVEC (which Sing and Tang once had ties to), he was prohibited from supporting candidates and most issues. That limited his ability to amass political chits on citywide or District 1 issues or build long-term relationships with political apparatchik or organizations. By the time Lee ran for District 1 supervisor, he had to define himself on key issues. Otherwise, he was vulnerable to being defined by Mar and his allies in the final weeks on issues like rent control. To voters, Lee – despite insisting he supported rent control – was a contrast to Mar’s longer pro-tenant voting record….


District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar (above) defeats former commissioner David Lee.

HELP WANTED: Triple play in the works. With Phil Ting elected and departing in December for the 19th District (Westside SF) State Assembly seat vacated by Fiona Ma, whom does the Mayor appoint to fill Phil’s Assessor-Recorder seat? One name raised has been District 4 (Sunset) Supervisor Carmen Chu. Timing of the appointment, says Alex Clemens of Barbary Coast Consulting at last wonky Wednesday’s SPUR post-election forum, could determine whether Chu’s successor as supervisor gets to serve the remaining two years on her term but also whether the appointee can run in the future for one or two four-year terms….


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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.