SMALLER CPMC BETWEEN JAPANTOWN & LITTLE SAIGON

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SMALLER CPMC BETWEEN JAPANTOWN & LITTLE SAIGON

California Pacific Medical Center CEO Warren Browner and Mayor Ed Lee have scaled back the $2 billion hospital project as of last Tuesday. Proposed Cathedral Hill campus – squeezed between Japantown and Little Saigon at key Van Ness-Geary intersection – cuts back from 555 to 274 beds (with an option for 30 more) while boosting St. Luke’s from 80 to 120 in southeast SF. As part of Development Agreement, CPMC provides charity care to the neediest and $80 million cash for affordable housing, transit, workforce training, healthcare… MAYOR GETS BACKING: Mayor Lee has support from wide political spectrum of the board as he announced compromise at St. Luke’s with liberal SF Board of Supervisors President David Chiu of District 3 (Chinatown/North Beach), progressive (left of liberal) David Campos of District 9 (Mission) and moderate Mark Farrell of District 2 (Pacific Heights/Marina). Proposed Cathedral Hill campus sits in or near Chiu and Farrell’s districts while St. Luke’s is in Campos district…

Supervisor David Campos speaks on CPMC compromise with mediator Lou Giraudo and Supervisors Mark Farrell, David Chiu and Mayor Ed Lee

Supervisor David Campos speaks on CPMC compromise with mediator Lou Giraudo and Supervisors Mark Farrell, David Chiu and Mayor Ed Lee

“THREE AMIGOS’: With deal mediated by SF Boudin Bakery owner and civic leader Lou Giraudo, Chiu improved chances St. Luke’s stays open. Last July, he with District 10 (Bayview/Visitacion Valley) Sup. Malia Cohen and District 5 (Japantown/Western Addition) Christina Olague blew lid off original 635 beds project when discovered financial projections alleged CPMC would close St. Luke’s – a no go for City Hall…. Budget Committee Chair Farrell focused on “securing financial future of our City” given $800 million annually on health care spent and $4.4 billion unfunded future health care liability…Campos “came full circle” in “insuring the long-time viability of St. Luke’s.” The hospital ER saved his mom’s life and he used it as an uninsured college graduate. He touted increase in affordable housing from $29 to $36 million. Venue announcing new deal was in lobby of St. Luke’s on Campos’ political turf, signifying SF wants to keep it open…Last year, original larger CPMC package attracted no sponsors including Farrell and other pro-mayor moderates of District 4 (Sunset) Carmen Chu, District 7 (West of Twin Peaks) Sean Elsbernd. Even District 5 mayoral appointee Olague did not sponsor package…

CPMC CEO Warren Browner

CPMC CEO Warren Browner

NO BLOWING SMOKE HERE: While SF Magazine’s provincial cover recently regaled Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s Rose Pak running the town with stogie clinched between lips, it’s hard to beat this non-smoking trio of California APA power women appearing together at a December reception in a Financial District law office – Weili DaiKamala Harris and Maggie Wei. Dai founded and owns Santa Clara-based MARVELL, one of world’s largest chipmakers and Wei – VP of family running COSCO as in China Ocean Shipping Company, moving goods back and forth from China. Kamala won her $18 billion mortgage fraud settlement from big banks…California State Assembly honored chipmaker Dai this week with “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award for founding MARVELL…

The Supremes and one guy - MARVELL co-founder Weili Dai, State Attorney General Kamala Harris, COSCO executive Maggie Wei and Jonathan Leong of Asian American Donor Program

The Supremes and one guy – MARVELL co-founder Weili Dai, State Attorney General Kamala Harris, COSCO executive Maggie Wei and Jonathan Leong of Asian American Donor Program

MOMMY MOOT: Second Vice Chair Alix Rosenthal of SF Democratic Party last week withdrew her resolution encouraging Mayor Lee to appoint a mother for District 4 Supervisor after he appointed Katy Tang, who’s not a mom. Rosenthal although was “glad” resolution sparked citywide conversation about lack of mothers in political office. She wasn’t favoring any particular District 4 mom, whether it was SF Police Commissioner Suzy Loftus or Jaynry Mak, 2006 supervisor candidate and chair of Community Youth Center board…Resolution drew ire of party treasurer Tom Hsieh, taken aback by resolution’s lack of “any appreciation of Asian American issues” in District 4 which is half Asian Pacific American (APA)… 2013 is 25th anniversary of election of Hsieh’s father Tom, first APA ever elected citywide supervisor (Gordon Lau was elected under 1977 district elections and appointee George Chinn lost 1973 citywide election). His father in 1991 also became first credible APA to run for mayor, contributing to former Police Chief Frank Jordan’s upset of incumbent Art Agnos…Hsieh said it had taken “164 years of struggle to get to where we are at” – electing in 2011 the first APA and Chinese American mayor Ed Lee who defeated four well qualified APAs – State Senator Leland Yee, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. None of five got endorsement of SF Democratic Party…Rosenthal said she did not draft resolution with an “ethnic lens” in mind and “did not intend to offend” APAs…

Tom Hsieh criticizes resolution calling for appointment of mother to District 4 Supervisor

Tom Hsieh criticizes resolution calling for appointment of mother to District 4 Supervisor

WILL LABOR WORK?: District 1 (Richmond) Supervisor Eric Mar’s “evil twin” brother Gordon led labor-community organization coalition of more than 50 organizations to “Rebuild CPMC the Right Way” under San Franciscans for Healthcare, Housing, Jobs and Justice. Reacting to CPMC compromise, his coalition was “encouraged by these significant improvements and will review the details to make sure the benefits…are real.” Mar’s coalition pointed out labor peace was not fully achieved. While National Union of Healthcare Workers, representing service and maintenance workers, had reached one-year contract with CPMC, registered nurses through California Nurses Association - had no resolution…CPMC doesn’t get a bigger hospital. Does that mean fewer construction jobs for SF Building and Trades Council, big project backers? With guarantees at least 30% of construction jobs be local hire and $4 million for training, Secretary-Treasurer Michael Theriault stood in solidarity with mayor, supervisors and CPMC CEO last Tuesday. Not only fewer beds but CPMC scales down size and hours of parking garage at Cathedral Hill. CNA won’t be organizing or representing nurses minding 241 beds lost under compromise…

NEW STATE GOP VICE CHAIR: Attorney Harmeet Dhillon elected as “conservative” as Vice Chair of California Republican Party last weekend in Sacramento. Irony is that SF Republican Party chair is also former board member of ACLU of Northern California, whose Drumm Street offices are where homeless freely congregate, sleep and solicit…The Sikh American chairs SF GOP outnumbered 55% to 8% by Democrats – hence the label YODA – as in Your Only Democratic Alternatives get elected in town…

PRECOCIOUS TWEETS: Precocious twitter used @District4Supe imitating as “Supervisor Katy Tang” as early as Feb. 7 – three weeks before she became Supervisor. Faux Tang mocked Chinese American personalities and culture as reformed Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce advisor Rose Pak and Chinese hackers while calling for tax-free “dried ducks”… @District4Supe even parodied short tenures of District 4 supervisors – Leland Yee and Fiona Ma who went to the State Assembly, Ed Jew who fell from grace and Carmen Chu, now running Assessor-Recorder office…Real Supervisor Tang started tweeting @SupervisorTang on March 5…

IN KNOTS: Former Cupertino native Jay Cheng – one of Phil Ting’s right hand guys during 2012 Assembly race – is officially knotted with Patricia Nguyen of Pittsburg at SF City Hall. Plans for UC Irvine alum are for full-blown ceremony in two years with friends and family….

Newlyweds Jay Cheng and Patricia Nguyen (Courtesy of Jay Cheng)

Newlyweds Jay Cheng and Patricia Nguyen (Courtesy of Jay Cheng)

SQUIRM LIKE A SNAKE: Executive Secretary Lenore Crawford of SF Department of Technology won annual Coalition of Asian American Government Employees Lunar New Year luncheon on Feb. 22. While spurring on raffle benefit for Girls Camp and Charity Cultural Services Center, she mimicked twisting and turning of a snake before 400 civil service workers and beating field including former school board candidate and red blazer Bayard Fong of SF Human Rights Commission

Commissioner Claudine Cheng and snake dancer Lenore Crawford at CAAGE luncheon

Commissioner Claudine Cheng and snake dancer Lenore Crawford at CAAGE luncheon

KNOCK, KNOCK, WHO’S THERE: Subway door ripped right off train on Feb. 28 between Castro and Church and minutes after driver inspected car doors at Forest Hill Station. No panic albeit calm riders moved back from increasingly loud thuds at front of driverless second car inbound to Church Station and @SFPotstickers alerted driver via 911 intercom when train stopped. Story and photo on sfgate.com at tinyurl.com/afyfyrm @SFPotstickers takes back crack last year about keeping distance from Supervisor Scott Wiener on outbound train to Castro, given subway doors stayed opened in 2011 as District 8 (Castro/Upper Market) legislator stood with one APA calmly staring at car ceiling and another sporting headphones…Credit them with forming human shield around door and preventing passengers from falling out…

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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.