EARLY MOTHER’S DAY FOR KATY

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Before Mother’s Day (May 12), signs that appointed District 4 (Sunset) Supervisor Katy Tang is consolidating her support to blunt any challenge to her election this Nov. Among her pro-mommy backers – Alix Rosenthal and Suzy Loftus hosting and co-hosting last Tuesday’s Apr. 30 “Women for Katy” fundraiser. Rosenthal had tried and then relented on getting the SF Democratic Party’s county committee to persuade Mayor Lee to appoint a mother (See 3/7/13 at tinyurl.com/bpbyvpn) to motherless SF Board of Supervisors. Loftus – a mom, police commissioner and former top deputy to California Attorney General Kamala Harris – was among leading contenders for District 4 supervisor appointment with mayor’s communications deputy Francis Tsang, another contender throwing his support to Tang at Sunday’s Caryl Ito event for Tang. At the Rosenthal shindig, a Ma not mom – as in former Sunset district supervisor and Assemblywoman Fiona – was backing Tang along with ex-Supervisor and now Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu. “Men are invited, as are non-parents,” joked Rosenthal….

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (right) endorses Ro Khanna for Congress in 2014.

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (right) endorses Ro Khanna for Congress in 2014.

SULUS & THE STONERS: The Ro Khanna-Mike Honda 2014 Silicon Valley congressional battle threatens to turn into a political generational gap…Lt. Governor and former SF Mayor Gavin Newsom is the lone major endorsement for Khanna. While older GenerAsian George Takei and original Sulu is siding with Rep. Mike Honda, it’s not too late for Khanna to claim Hikaru Sulu 2.0 in Korean American and younger GenerAsian John Cho, returning this month in Star Trek: Into Darkness…Although Ro will have to split the stoner icons since Honda has the other half of Harold & Kumar in Kal Penn, Indian American and Obama’s Associate Director for Public Engagement Office…

Rep. Mike Honda (left) and Mayor Ed Lee play a round of ping pong.

Rep. Mike Honda (left) and Mayor Ed Lee play a round of ping pong.

SENIOR MOMENT: Days after taking it for SF’s Super Bowl hurt pride (see below), San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee did score a round one ping pong victory on Monday over Silicon Valley’s Honda before taking on SF Democratic Party Secretary Kat Andersen and Planning Commissioner Rodney Fong…Before ponging Honda, the mayor pinged the six term Congressman’s membership on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. “We need that seniority at this level and at this time…”

House candidate Ro Khanna (left) competes for younger generation votes.

House candidate Ro Khanna (left) competes for younger generation votes.

NOT FOR FOLSOM STREET FAIR: As part of a $50,000 fundraiser for Honda, the Spanish-speaking former teacher and Mayor Lee autographed a pair of US-China paddles representing “historic ping pong diplomacy”…Uber organizer David Ho won the ball whackers at last Monday’s auction for $600 after Fisherman Wharf McDonald’s CC Yin jumpstarted lethargic bids inside Planning Commissioner Rodney Fong’s Waterfront Terraces. Ho plans to slap a few instead of displaying his paddles sleeves adorned with SF City & County seal and US-China flags…

McDonald and AAGG's CC Yin drives up auction price of ping pong paddles to benefit the Honda campaign.

McDonald and AAGG’s CC Yin drives up auction price of ping pong paddles to benefit the Honda campaign.

BUCKING FOR BALLS: Asian Americans for Good Government’s Christine Young anted another $800 for Honda-Lee chicken scratches on three balls…AAGG – including APA and Silicon Valley heavyweights like Yin, CSU Trustee Hsing Kung of Acorn Campus Ventures and H&Q Asia Pacific Chair and Founder Ta-lin Hsu – agreed to raise half of the $50,000 for Honda in his run against Khanna, who has more than $1 million in the bank…

Mayor Ed Lee (left) and Rep. Mike Honda (right) autographed ping pong balls won at auction by Christine Young of Asian Americans for Good Government (AAGG).

Mayor Ed Lee (left) and Rep. Mike Honda (right) autographed ping pong balls won at auction by Christine Young of Asian Americans for Good Government (AAGG).

RISING STARS: And the Star of David. Israel’s Director for Congressional Affairs in Washington DC Zvi Vapni at Israel’s Consul General SF office in March chatting with @SFPotstickers about APA national and state politics and trends after the November election…Vapni, former Ambassador to the Philippines, spent five years starting in 2000 as Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles sizing up Latino politics in California…

HERDING PEOPLE: It’s easier to herd cats than people as Board President and Supervisor David Chiu looks for Central Subway consensus. “North Beach, this neighborhood, just takes a little while,” he confessed last month (See 4/27/13 at tinyurl.com/d3aqyk6), while citing the community’s branch library was the last to be revamped in SF and Joe DiMaggio Playground had its own challenges…One subway challenge is shifting consensus, urging Chiu, for example, to “start a community conversation in this room again and again” about locating a North Beach station at the former Pagoda Palace theater or elsewhere…Chiu can’t rely on a supposed mandate in his comfortable re-election over two Central Subway critics last November. Adding to the political quicksand, he observed an audience member jeered for concluding there’s “division in the room” about having North Beach and Fisherman Wharf subway stations. Another observer, asking for a straw poll on pushing the subway to the Wharf, got shouted down when another claimed that half the attendees had left and could not express their opinions…

PICK YOUR POISON: Jolly Honda claimed he wasn’t a ping-pong “champion” of Fisherman’s Wharf and was “recruited” for this. “I’ll be lucky if I could hit that ball,” whined Honda while preferring a fencing match between him and SF Mayor. One audience member shouted for a karaoke sing-off. But to jeers, Honda countered, “Karaoke belongs to the Pilipinos”…Mayor Lee meanwhile chortled, “The Japanese and Chinese are the best ping-pong players in the world…If you don’t play ball, you’re going to reinforce the other stereotypes…”

WEEKEND B-DAY BOYS: Table tennis host Rodney Fong – having early fete for his b-day this Saturday by playing pong with the Mayor who’s observing the fortieth anniversary of his 21st birthday on Sunday…Fong’s landlord to McYin, who seems to have a McDonald’s franchise for every non-profit California Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs chapter…As he seems to do after a late APAPA meeting or civic event between SF and Sacramento, CC was downstairs in McD’s noshing on Big Macs and McNuggets with Ho, ping pong emcee and APAPA Bay Area Vice Chair Phong La, SF Appeals Commissioner Darryl Honda,Asian American Donor Program founder Jonathan Leong and consultant Enrique Pearce

DUNGENESS SPARED FOR NOW: One CNN/C-SPAN lens shot but no Conan O’Brien punch line roasting Mayor Lee, hanging with Japantown District 5 Supervisor London Breed at last Saturday’s annual White House Correspondents annual dinner in Washington DC…The shot coincided with last day of NFL player draft where 49ers are rearming for another Super Bowl run. At same time, SF and Mayor Lee finished days of humble pie for Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake collecting on “friendly” Super Bowl wager of public service like tutoring at Third Grade Reads, painting and repairing Western District Police Station, revitalizing a vacant lot with AmeriCorps & Power in Dirt….On Friday AM to relief of SF’s local Dungeness, Mayor Lee cooked Baltimore blue crabs for dining at Lexington Market…

NO DRAMA OBAMA: Dinner’s co-jester and late nite host O’Brien cried about jester-in-chief Obama’s exalted coolness. It’s easy given the lack of “cool” competition among his cabinet secretaries like ex-Lawrence Livermore Lab director and outgoing Steven Chu of Energy and Agriculture’s Tom Vilsack doing Harlem Shake…

WALL IN THE HOLE: One year closure anniversary last April 20 of Sam Wo as options considered to finance and reopen former home of world’s rudest, worst and insulting waiter, the late Edsel Ford Fong…Among them: selling shares to owners at the Ho family, landlord and SF residents for the Washington Street former hole in the wall and now wall in the hole…

NO HOOK & LADDER: Supervisor Katy Tang’s boyfriend is an engineer, not a firefighter in the tradition of APA power women from District 4 (Sunset) – Carmen Chu’s Scott Hua and Fiona Ma’s Jason Hodge…Don’t expect President Tom O’Connor of the SF Firefighters Union to unleash any Dalmatians over this…

 

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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.