BANANA SPLIT IN 2014 CONTROLLER’S RACE

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Posticker Sig revisedCalifornians Allied for Patient Protection’s “thank you” mailer on behalf of Assembly Speaker John Perez well outside of his LA district. Mailer was a prelude to Perez’s declaration to run for California Controller (now held by John Chiang who’s running for Treasurer in 2014) last Wednesday against Board of Equalization member Betty Yee of Alameda County and also Perez’s bid to compete for statewide APA vote….Health mailer in Chinese and English timed with open enrollment for Covered California, or the state’s Obamacare. The piece also features praise by Assemblyman Richard Pan, who is Perez’s chair of Assembly Health Committee. Pan’s support indicative APA legislators have not automatically fallen in line with Yee with Assembly members Rob BontaDas WilliamsEd Chau and State Senators Ted LieuCarol Liu and Leland Yee neutral so far (Perez will release his endorsements in coming weeks). Assembly members Paul FongAl MuratsuchiMariko Yamada and Phil Ting declared their support for Yee. Ting is one to watch given his friendship with Perez. Dual endorsement could be in offing…While Betty Yee had $471,000 in her 2013 semiannual campaign finance report, Perez has transferred over $1.5 million out of over $2.7 million from his 2010 and 2012 Assembly campaign, ballot measure and 2018 Lt. Governor accounts. The CAPP mailer is a barometer of additional soft money Perez can tap into…

California Controller candidate Betty Yee with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

California Controller candidate Betty Yee with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.


SHE’S NOT ONE OF THE BOYS?: Former State Treasurer Phil Angelides could cast his hat into the ring after chairing the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission delving into causes of 2008 Great Recession. Angelides and Perez may perceive each other as the likely rival which may degenerate into a mud wrestling match between two highly partisan Democrats while overlooking Yee for what is the state’s government watchdog post. Angelides once chaired California Democratic Party and was the 2006 Democratic nominee for Governor while Perez leads the State Assembly’s overwhelming Democratic majority…
DOUBLE Cs & ARCHES: Roll those double arches of McDonald’s sideways left and you get CC, as in C.C. Yin whose 23 restaurants stretch into four San Francisco locations – including 145 Jefferson Street inside Planning Commissioner Rodney Fong’s Waterfront Terraces of Fisherman’s Wharf and venue for this year’s Rep. Mike Honda-Mayor Ed Lee ping pong bash. It’s also the future SF Dungeon. No, not the Kink.com variety but of the waxy variety replacing his former Wax Museum…Yin has the patented grassroots franchise model as founder of the APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association) with 11 chapters or regions in California, New York, Florida and Texas. Start thinking electoral college votes, as his group educates and registers more APA voters like his Sacramento chapter did on Sept. 29 at CSU

McDonald's CC Yin and wife Regina Yin at APAPA voter education forum in Sacramento

McDonald’s CC Yin and wife Regina Yin at APAPA voter education forum in Sacramento


DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?: When you think scratchers, winning numbers and a billion dollars annually to California public schools, think Amy Tong, CIO of the California Lottery and national Vice Chair of APAPA. At a National Association of Asian American Professionals (SF chapter) “Gate to Leadership” panel last Saturday on tips to break the corporate bamboo ceiling, Tong said “stalking is good” as she corners employees in their cubicles in anticipation of hearing their 30-second elevator speech. APAs, typecast as not being talkative, can find being reserved or quiet also as an advantage. So when Tong speaks, the response to her is, “Oh my God, Amy speaks!” Tong noted for more than 200 NAAAP attendees it’s the substance of what’s said. “Talk is cheap, action speaks volumes,” as she dismissed any chit-chat about golf. But if sports is the topic, at least gab about her favorite 49ers…Noting her professional work and community involvement at APAPA, Tong said, “I always felt like I had two jobs, and a family”….Her husband’s name is Duper, which rhymes with Super…

California Lottery CIO and APAPA Vice Chair Amy Tong (second to left) at NAAAP-SF panel

California Lottery CIO and APAPA Vice Chair Amy Tong (second to left) at NAAAP-SF panel


REAMED BY PAPER: If Amy’s looking for a lottery spokesperson, try Fiona Ma’s standup performance at the conclusion of last Friday’s ASIAN Inc. annual dinner hosted by President Mike Chan and board members like architect and long-time commissioner Frank Fung and e-commerce author Shirley Tan (wife of former SF Association of Realtors prez Jeff Woo). Unlike the usual droll drawing by the small business development non-profit, the Board of Equalization candidate entertained raffle ticket holders as she kept drawing business card after business card trying to fish for winners of equally bland boxes of recycled sugar-cane paper donated by board member and Asian American Donor Program’s founding bone marrow-sucker and tester Jonathan Leong, also an ASIAN Inc. board member… If you weren’t there to collect, you or your company (including a bank or two) got dissed by Ma for being a no show. The CPA hasn’t forgotten her roots, returning to haunt the ASIAN Inc. board where she headed the Asian Business Association in the 1990s…

SWIPE AND VOTE: Leland Yee, who revolutionized voting by online registration in 2012, has to put this on his political bucket list. If elected Secretary of State in 2014, he should arm every county official during outreach with iPads to get everyone to register online, instead of relying on snail mailed voter registration forms provided by a Sacramento county election official during the APAPA voter education and candidate forum in Sacramento….Former school board member Keith Jackson and his senior consulting partner Rex Tabora will continue to represent Lennar as they build out the next great SF neighborhood in the old Bayview/Hunter’s Point naval shipyard for years to come. Next big project – baking dough to raise $5 million for State Senator Yee’s 2014 race for Secretary of State…

CALIFORNIA CONTRACTS: When money talks, people stop talking at ASIAN Inc.’s dinner as Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and California High Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard talked about billions of dollars in opportunities for small businesses. Otherwise, it’s just another Chinatown banquet where speakers get a grace period before they’re drowned out by a rising dinner conversation….

Assemblyman Richard Pan at APAPA voter education forum on the Affordable Care Act in Sacramento.

Assemblyman Richard Pan at APAPA voter education forum on the Affordable Care Act in Sacramento.


SHERIFF-IN-WAITING: Third in command, Assistant Sheriff Paul Miyamoto, and recently seen at NAAAP. He’s expanded his duties, having operational command of over 800 deputies…Says that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is expected to run in 2015. Because of civil service protections, no Sheriff can demote him lower than Captain. But Miyamoto is well positioned to run for Sheriff if Mirkarimi calls it quits after 2015…
 

ON THE LOW DOWN: Actually Wongs in the paper son vein talking at last week’s fundraiser – honoree and Assembly candidate Evan Low and attorneyAllan Low – son of former California Appellate Justice and former Insurance Commissioner Harry Low

SHANGHAI READING: Going to “communist” Shanghai with the Mayor this month, deputy mayor press secretary Francis Tsang reading tidbits about his “communist” boss in his chosen book for the transpacific flight: David Talbot’sSeason of the Witch about SF’s culture and political near anarchy from 1967 to 1982. The book opens with the colorful Hallinans (patriarch Vincent and matriarch Vivian and their raucous sons, including pugnacious and former DA Terence) and ends with AIDS Quilt founder and former Supervisor candidate Cleve Jones’brush with his own mortality as the 49ers won their first Super Bowl. In the book, Talbot details Ed Lee’s days being labelled a “communist” for defending Ping Yuen and I-Hotel tenants in the 1970s during his Asian Law Caucus days…Tsang operates under code-tweet @BallisticBunnee

Pius Lee keynotes Salvation Army dinner.

Pius Lee keynotes Salvation Army dinner.


THREE OF A KIND: Three Lees at the VIP head table of keynote speaker and long-time Chinatown advocate Pius Lee (more about him in the future) at the Sept. 27 Salvation Army dinner. Wife Carolyn Lee complained husband and formerChief Administrative Officer and Planning Commissioner Bill Lee “looking for things to do” after 18 months of retirement. Annoyed since she’ll see more of him putzing around at home when she pensions out in a year from the SF Unified School District. Although Bill, who won a flat screen TV at the Salvation Army raffle, needs some assistance given his eyesight and hearing. He’s still on the lecture or consulting circuit with a trip to Indonesia this month…

EARLY WORM: For the first time anyone recalls that Director John Artnz’s SF Department of Elections Chinese voter handbook arrived at homes in the first week of October at the same time or earlier than English voter handbook for the Nov. election. In years prior, DOE sent the more than 19,000 handbooks which arrived much later than (as long as two weeks later) the English handbook to over 415,000 voters…

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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.