GO LEFT YOUNG MAN IN ’14

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potstickers sigWhich way does the electoral weathervane of SF Supervisor David Chiu point?  The District 3 legislator (Chinatown/North Beach) was re-elected by his colleagues last Tuesday to an unprecedented third consecutive two-year term as Board President…MIDDLE OF THE ROAD: The bicyclist hung out with Jim Hightower’s dead armadillos and median strips when he broadened his citywide appeal in advance of his 2011 mayor race by moving towards the center on issues like Parkmerced redevelopment and Mid-Market Street tax credits (aka Twitter)…MAKE A LEFT TURN: Prior to his successful 2012 re-election for District 3 Supervisor, he shifted left to accommodate neighborhood associations and environmentalists by opposing developments in or next to his District 3 like 8 Washington luxury condos, torpedoing Mayor Ed Lee’s California Pacific Medical Center deal at Cathedral Hill and scaling back America’s Cup developments at Piers 30 and 32. With speculation he’s positioning for a 2014 run for the liberal-progressive leaning 17th District Assembly seat (eastside San Francisco), he’s likely to accommodate NIMBYs and environmentalists again like he did in 2012…SNOW WHITE & TEN LIL’ SUPES: Securing a third two-year term as Board President helps, considering 17th District Assemblyman Tom Ammiano raised his profile as Board President to run for Mayor in 1999 and successfully run for the old 13th Assembly District (eastside SF) in 2008…

Supervisor Jane Kim

Supervisor Jane Kim

 

ALL ASIAN POLS LOOK ALIKE: Acknowledging the historic number of APA supervisors (5 out of 11 legislators), Mayor Ed Lee spun off last Monday night how much he and District 7 (West of Twin Peaks) Supervisor-elect Norman Yee share in common: political firsts – first APA supervisor from District 7 and first APA mayor in SF, married to campaign stumping wives in Cathy Chung and Anita Lee and blessings of raising two daughters. However, his honor drew the line between him and Yee: “Because I eat salsa, you dance it”… Just like San Francisco Magazine’s confusion in its December issue, District 10 (Bayview) Supervisor Malia Cohen remarking on unprecedented “five members of the Chinese American community” on Board of Supervisors. Correct on Chinese Americans Carmen Chu, David Chiu, Norman Yee and Eric Mar, but Jane Kim is Korean American and has ties to non-profit mover and shaker Chinatown Community Development Center run by Rev. Norman Fong (aka Santa Claus for CCDC)…SISTERS FOR PRES: Kim and Cohen on Tuesday nominated each other for Board President. Cohen passionately said, “Jane and I wanted to make a statement” about the gender gap (4 women supervisors out of 11) before they withdrew and left Chiu as Board President…

 

 

Al Perez (right) with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario (left) and PhilippinePresident Benigno Aquino III (center) (Photo courtesy of Malacanang Photo Bureau)

Al Perez (right) with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario (left) and Philippine
President Benigno Aquino III (center) (Photo courtesy of Malacanang Photo Bureau)

PEREZ, PEAS & HEAT: Anointed last month with Banaag Award by Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, SF Entertainment Commissioner and Filipino American Arts Exposition President Al Perez…Banaag is one of four award categories bestowed to overseas Filipinos and non-Filipinos for advancing 10 million overseas Filipinos, including four million in the US as of 2011…Perez joined 29 honorees in 2012, including Allan Pineda Lindo, also known as hip hopper “Apl.de.Ap” of Black Eyed Peas and head coach Eric Spoelstra, whose Miami Heat won 2012 US NBA championship… Lindo performed “Bebot” at Malacañang Palace while Spoelstra was too busy coaching LeBron James in US… PLAY BALL: Speaking of hoops, newly baptized Board of Appeals Commissioner Darryl Honda’s seat mate at Monday’s Supervisor-elect Norman Yee community celebration in Chinatown’s Far East Cafe - Joe Lacob, owner of the Golden State Warriors cozying up to Chinatown community to get Bay Bridge portside Piers 30-32 arena thru government and NIMBY activist red tape…

ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY…: David Chiu outlining his vision and coming off Kennedysque when he repeated phrase “together we can do better” after re-election as Board President. He was paraphrasing presidential nominee and Sen. John F.  Kennedy’s foil of “we can do better” against Sen. Richard Nixon in the classic 1960 Presidential Debate …

Board President David Chiu and Candace Chen (Fog City Journal)

Board President David Chiu and Candace Chen (Fog City Journal)

CHECK REARVIEW MIRROR: Steep staircases of Chinatown restaurants remind one about snickering hom sup low. He loved driving for one candidate so much for the perk of walking up the stairs behind one “hot” looking APA aspirant. And he wasn’t checking out the politico’s stiletto heels. Suggest candidates should reverse pivot just to keep followers honest…GATEKEEPERS: Uber-organizer David Ho and expeditor Walter Wong waiting at the doors to the Norman Yee celebration…

LEFT OF ADDAMS FAMILY: Nudist Gypsy Taub railing against anti-nudity District 8 (Upper Market/Castro) Supervisor Scott Wiener and Supervisor David Chiu to prevent them from being Board President to represent “corporate interests.” Gypsy is doing both a favor by basically saying Scott and David are not with the creepy and cooky of SF. Meanwhile, Jane Kim got support for Board President from the SF League of Pissed Off Voters and Taub, who surprisingly didn’t take it off in City Hall historic chamber…

OUTRANKED: The Board of President election was conducted conventionally, avoiding the torture SF voters go through with rankedchoice, which Chiu praised. “Under [ranked choice voting] we are the most diverse Board in San Francisco history,” he said in front of five Asian Pacific (Yee, Chu, Chiu, Yee, Kim), two African (London Breed, Malia Cohen), two Latino American (David Campos, John Avalos) and two Caucasian legislators (Mark Farrell, Scott Wiener). Among them – two out LGBT members (Wiener, Campos) while Kim and Cohen pointed out the gender gap (add Breed, Chu equals four women)…

Supervisor Eric Mar and Debra Leow at a Oct. 2010 event (PanachePrivee.com)

Supervisor Eric Mar and Debra Leow at a Oct. 2010 event (PanachePrivee.com)

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS: Chiu introduced partner Candace Chen, who has never been introduced in the City Hall chamber. Eric Mar unveiled Debra Leow without much fanfare months after sending a pre-Labor Day release about separating from wife Sandra Chin after 25 years. Most of Mar’s opponents at the height of the campaign refused to make Mar’s family life an issue, especially with daughter Jade involved…Campos acknowledged long time “love of my life” and partner Philip Hwang…

PROSECUTOR POSSE: Spiky white haired town’s top prosecutor shares genetic defect of unruly hair with APAs. DA George Gascon and wife Fabiola Kramsky left 650 person sold out Norman Yee dinner and followed by Chinatown power duo of Benny Yee and Pius Lee, hoping to overturn shark fin ban in court. Gascon and Mayor Ed Lee benefited by prosecuting (or persecuting according to the left) Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi for domestic violence and eliminated him as a potential mayoral contender in 2015. Although, neither Lee and Gascon finished him off…

CERTIFIABLE: California Board of Equalization candidate Fiona Ma’s Certified Public Accountant title gets bigger play on her campaign literature than her former legislative titles of Assemblywoman and Assembly Speaker pro Tempore…

BAD,BAD JERRY BROWN: Long-time Chinatown institution leader and epitome of Ms. Congeniality stunning people in acoustically cavernous Portsmouth Square garage by blurting out that the Governor Jerry Brown’s been “mean”…RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP: Advice for SF College Board member – representing 40% APA City College of SF student body.  Whether in sub or subway he was chatting aloud about how votes will sort out for Board President with an APA MUNI passenger…Lesson learned after mouthy potstickers columnist yakked too loud once to a future APA commissioner within ear shot of SF College Board member and supervisor candidate Juanita Owens years ago outdoors over latte at Café De La Presse…

VOTE FIRST, JOBS LATER: Assemblyman Phil Ting’s first bill – internet voter registration while representing westside San Francisco, a city where jobless rate is 6.9% and California at 10.2%… ROOM WITH A VIEW: On Spare the Air Day you can see forever. You could count Farallon Islands peaks peeking from Pacific horizon on Jan. 1 from Golden Gate Heights compound of William, Sophia Ma and their kids Mike, Samantha and Fiona with hubby-Oxnard Harbor Commissioner Jason Hodge…Relaxed 2013 New Year moment as Fiona, SF Democratic Party Chair Mary Jung, Jason and friends played rounds of “Taboo” with not an election in sight for 2013…

 

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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.