CARMEN CHU PICK SETS DOMINOES FALLING

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee last Wednesday expressed his “intention” to appoint District 4 (Sunset) Supervisor Carmen Chu to fill Assessor-Recorder seat left vacant when Phil Ting resigned to become Assemblyman (west side SF) of heavily APA 19th District last December. Chu meanwhile remains as supervisor pending the Mayor’s selection of her successor. Chu becomes the highest and only citywide female among offices of Mayor, District and City Attorney, Public Defender, Treasurer, Sheriff (See “Potstickers” on 1/31/13 at tinyurl.com/a3zdcor), aside from 8 women of 14 citywide elected College and School Board members…

District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, the political domino waiting to fall, is "family" to Chinese Chamber of Commerce's Rose Pak.

District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, the political domino waiting to fall, is “family” to Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s Rose Pak.

LUNAR PICKS: Good time for Mayor to announce his “intention” to appoint Chu as Assessor-Recorder before Lunar New Year on Feb. 10 with two weeks of high profile celebratory Year of Serpent dinners and ending with Feb. 23 parade attracting millions. Since Chu will go from representing 74,000 to 805,000 residents, she can shore up APA voter and fundraising base for election to Assessor in 2014. Likewise Chu’s District 4 (Sunset) Supervisor successor who could be SF Human Rights Commission VP Doug Chan, Chu’s legislative aide Katy TangSF Police Commissioner Suzy Loftus, mayoral deputy spokesperson Francis Tsang , veteran commissioner Art Tom and even Chinatown Community Development Center deputy Malcolm Yeung….

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS: The party isn’t over. Monday evening quarterbacking as town’s First Fans at Chinatown’s Four Seas fantasized about what if the 49ers won the Blackout Bowl. Ready with coveted second to the Vince Lombardi Trophy, SF Mayor Ed Lee had the gold Key to the City. “Had we won, that would have gone to an electrician in the Superdome”…. Organized in only two weeks, love fest that night for newly minted VP Travis Kiyota of PG&E’s Corporate Affairs as 260 APA tribal leaders honored him – Kimochi’s Steven Nakajo and emeritus Sandy Mori, Doug Chan, ChinaSF’s Darlene Chiu-BryantChinese Hospital’s CEO Brenda Yee, McDonald’s magnate and APAPA founder C.C. YinSue Lee of Chinese Historical Society of America, Lunar New Year Parade maestro Arnold Chin, uber organizer David HoChinese American Democratic Club President Eddie ChinSF Association of Realtors former President Jeff Woo, former gubernatorial Appointments Secretary Ron WongBART Director James Fang, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Robert Chua -Mr. Reset’s (Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Phil Ting) Field Rep…Usually some in the crowd are inflicting political MMA against each other…

New PG&E Vice President Travis Kiyota (center) with Mayor Ed Lee (left) and former Mayor Willie Brown.

New PG&E Vice President Travis Kiyota (center) with Mayor Ed Lee (left) and former Mayor Willie Brown.

WHO YOU GONNA CALL: Blackout-buster Kiyota watching Super Bowl Sunday confessed, “As soon as the lights go off…the first thing I do – because I’m programmed to do this – I’m looking at my cell phone waiting for Mayor Lee to call me [and] give me grief or ‘tell me when the lights will be back on’ even though we don’t serve the Superdome in New Orleans”…

Chinese Chamber of Commerce advisor Rose Pak (left) and SF Board of Supervisors President David Chiu (right) at Feb. 4 dinner honoring Vice President Travis Kiyota of PG&E.

Chinese Chamber of Commerce advisor Rose Pak (left) and SF Board of Supervisors President David Chiu (right) at Feb. 4 dinner honoring Vice President Travis Kiyota of PG&E.

MISINFORMATION?: Rumor that Yeung’s not seeking position for personal family reasons but detractors don’t believe it. Mayor Ed Lee reversed his 2011 promise not to run for his seat, much to chagrin of rivals – State Senator Leland YeeSF Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, then Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and cast of candidates…UNDER RADAR PICK: However Mayor Lee’s pick for Supervisor could replay Mayor Gavin Newsom. He appointed Carmen Chu, an unknown budget analyst in 2007 without any potentially divisive ties to above leaders… For latest developments on the Chu appointment and her Supervisor successor, see daily @SFPotstickers tweets and “Potstickers” column every Thursday at AsianWeek.com…

Uber organizer David Ho.

Uber organizer David Ho.

SANS THORNS: Emcee and Chinatown’s plucky petal Rose Pak even greeted Board of Supervisors President David Chiu with a ceasefire. “Whatever feud I have with people, I never take it out on a public event. So don’t worry,” said the long-time Chinese Chamber of Commerce advisor. Taken aback, Chiu reciprocated, “Thank you Rose, that was a truly kind introduction” as the former mayoral rival to Pak’s 2011 mayoral favorite Ed Lee honored Kiyota for breaking the corporate “bamboo ceiling”…10 APA Vice Presidents work for PG&E…And from Self-Help for the Elderly Anni Chung bestowed on former PG&E government relations senior director Kiyota a “money lei” of crispy and intricately folded bills by her seniors. Chung underscored during the utility’s tough times like the 2001 bankruptcy that Kiyota came thru. “In his 11 years, I don’t think Travis had ever turned his back on all of us,” she said…

HEAD DONKEY’S DIP: SF Democratic Party Chair Mary Jung recovered quite nicely from a bug to make two mean pans of hot crab dip easily scarfed up by Fiona Ma Super Bowl party and scavenged home by county committee member and e-entrepreneur Jason Wong… Long time Ma sidekick Francisco Hsieh, sporting plaid 49er jacket with reversible Stars and Stripes at party. Uh, Made in Korea says father of aide Frances Hsieh of Supervisor Avalos office…Jorgio Castro, a former Field Rep and Lowell High alum, kicked off his first year at Hastings Law. Like his former boss Assemblywoman Ma, he spent time in arts & entertainment as “background talent” for CSI: NYTerminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles

NAKED 9-11: Under-the-weather Jung excused herself from chairing her Jan. 23 county meeting, missing naked 9-11 denier Gypsy Taub using her free speech and strip to abridge the committee’s First Amendment. She’s still soliciting support against county member and District 8 (Castro/Upper Market) Supervisor Scott Wiener’s nudity ban backed six days later by US District Judge Edward Chen for Northern California… “I should have done the 9-11 speech,” said Taub after being escorted by security naked up to the State Building foyer…As she redressed, her cameraman asserted that the US government pulled off the 9-11 and 1993 Waco attacks. Taub then cracked, “What a great thing to say. That would have been terrific. How did I miss that?”

During Super Bowl Sunday, former legislator Fiona Ma hocks two courtside tickets and face time with lucky fans at Feb. 12 Warriors-Houston game with Jeremy Lin.

During Super Bowl Sunday, former legislator Fiona Ma hocks two courtside tickets and face time with lucky fans at Feb. 12 Warriors-Houston game with Jeremy Lin.

PECKING ORDER: As new SF Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Bob Linscheid noted at the Monday, Feb. 4 Kiyota community celebration, “Quality of life begins with a job” and presaged, “It’s about relationships”…. Meanwhile, Pak pointedly separated “friends” from “politicians”…Emeritus Mayor Willie Brown falls in the first as Rose blessed District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu: “I don’t consider her a politician, I really consider her family”….Timely endorsement for Assessor-Recorder vacancy given Chu’s selection as Assessor two days later….

HORSE GOT A PAIR: No, silly. Tweeting on Super Bowl Sunday by Ex-Speaker Assembly pro Tem as Fiona “horse” Ma beat the auction drums for a pair of Feb. 12 Linsanity courtside ducats. Added bonus: hanging with CPA and AsianWeek.com “Buzz” columnist Ma for Warriors-Rockets game. Lucky day as Fiona and hubby Jason Hodge won horse’s share of $500 Ravens-49er football pool with AsianWeek Foundation Ted Fang nabbing one Ben Franklin despite double-triple Potsticker jinx …

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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.