BATTLING FOR THE WATERFRONT

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Posticker Sig revisedDid this column say this election would be a “Ho-Hum and Chiu-Chu Affair This November” (See “Potstickers” on Aug. 22 at tinyurl.com/madw5b7)? No “Ho” or “Hum” running except for David Chiu and Carmen Chu (and a dose of Supervisor Katy Tang for District 4 voters of the Sunset) rousing sleepy Ho-Hum SF citizens to vote on Nov. 5 …Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Mayor Ed Lee getting major play on opposite ends of Props B and C – the 8 Washington Street measures allowing waterfront condo construction. The pro-B and C mayor’s not on the ballot himself until 2015. But District 3 (North Beach/Chinatown) Chiu’s anti-B and C stances are timely, seven months before his 2014 primary election run for the 17th Assembly (terming out Tom Ammiano’s east side SF seat) race against colleague and District 9 (Mission) Supervisor David Campos. With the only sexy race being B and C’s arguments about waterfront development and whether the condos will generate new housing and open space, Chiu is getting more No on B and C citywide exposure than Campos. Chiu has the citywide profile as Board President, but Campos – who did serve as a citywide school board member – has to break out of the confines of being a district supervisor, especially out of his District 9 Latino and progressive LGBT constituency…

WATERFRONT ON HIS MIND: With 8 Washington condos (Yes on Prop B and C) and the Warriors basketball arena on his mind, Mayor Lee last month thanked Assembly Democratic Caucus leader Phil Ting for getting Assembly Bill 1273 passed to allow basketball by the Bay. Inside Sterling Bank and Trust office of Senior VP Stephen Adams in the apex of the Transamerica Pyramid, the mayor called it “part of our future success” and “really important to me…that would signal the city’s interest in our waterfront, irrespective of what we want to do with Pier 30 and 32 [for the arena]”….
Mayor Ed Lee (left) hosts fundraiser for Assemblyman Phil Ting (center) at Transamerica Pyramid, with with Stephen Adams (right), Senior Vice President/Regional Manager at Sterling Bank & Trust

Mayor Ed Lee (left) hosts fundraiser for Assemblyman Phil Ting (center) at Transamerica Pyramid, with with Stephen Adams (right), Senior Vice President/Regional Manager at Sterling Bank & Trust

RAISING MOTHER’S MILK: The mayor was replenishing Ting’s election coffers after the State Assembly candidate spent over $1.1 million for the 2012 election to beat down $1.3 million from Michael Breyer, well-financed son of US Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Ting, former roommate of Assembly Speaker John Perez, told the mayor and donors, “What am I raising money for? I’m hoping not to have a race, knock on wood.” For the upcoming 2014 race, Ting has raised $229,000 but he said, “Most of the resources I end up raising go to swing districts” to help Democrats hold the Assembly and retain a supermajority to pass taxes or emergency laws over GOP objections. Among key Democrats he hopes to retain: Lancaster/Palmdale’s Steve Fox who won by 125 votes, becoming the key 55th Democrat in 2012 to enable the party to pass a budget over GOP objections. Another Democrat squeaking by with Ting support - Sharon Quirk-Silva in Orange County and former mayor of Fullerton who beat GOP incumbent Chris Norby by four percent in the Nov. 2012 election after finishing second and behind him by 17% in the June primary….
REPEAT RESET: Chiu’s free publicity thru Props B and C (no public financing here) is similar to the Phil Ting “Reset SF” playbook. The former Assessor-Recorder reset his Nov. 2011 publicly financed mayoral campaign into a successful June 2012 primary which led to his win in the 19th Assembly seat (the west side seat once held by 2014 Board of Equalization candidate Fiona Ma) in Nov. 2012. Ting had to make the best of a losing hand for mayor because he could not withdraw or he would reimburse City Hall the pricey subsidy financing his mayoral campaign…
SF Political Movers and Shakers Face Off in Potstickers Eating Contest

SF political movers & Shakers to face off in Potstickers Eating Contest at the Drake on Oct. 24th.

LONG SERVING & LONGEVITY: At last week’s Asian Police Officers Association scholarship dinner, one realtor serving the Chinese American market observed that former SF Police Chief Fred Lau looks younger than his 64 years…At the dinner inside New Asia Garden, Lau, on the job heading TSA in Oakland and in an apparent sign of maintaining his good health, turned down a shot to compete at this column’s 3rd annual potsticker eating contest at the Drake on Oct. 24. Longevity may run among the city’s long serving police chiefs. Lau holds the municipal record for second longest serving top cop (1996-02) after Tom Cahill (1958-70) whose name adorns the SF Hall of Justice. The former Chief, who unveiled the Mafia to the Kefauver Commission from 1950 to 1952, still had the strong grip into his 90s decades after working as a 19-year old ice deliveryman. Cahill passed away at 92 (See the Independent, 10/22/02 at tinyurl.com/myvy2jo)…Also there with Lau, SF Police Officers Association Marty O’Halloran, president as of last May, attending the dinner led by APOA President Paul Yep. O’Halloran succeeded Gary Delagnes who clashed with Yep and APOA over the Nov. 2011 Sheriff election endorsement. While Delagnes and the SFPOA wanted to endorse a single candidate in former SFPOA President and former Undersheriff Chris Cunnie, Yep and APOA – as well as the African American Officers for Justice led by Julian Hill – wanted to endorse Cunnie and then Sheriff Captain Paul Miyamoto, who is now Assistant Sheriff….

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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.