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No runs, no hits, no errors when playing hardball. You’d thought it was a celebration of hapa Filipino American Giants Timmy Lincecum’s second career no hitter last June 25. That evening, SF Democratic Party Chair Mary Jung attracted many sporting Giants colors – orange bows and wearing black. Jung, accused of not following committee protocol for accepting what appeared to be a typical slate card donation, pitched her own no hitter. First, her detractors – from a very divided and divisive progressive wing (more about that in the July 10 column) – did not even dare any move against her including demanding her resignation – in the face of more than 100 Jung supporters and speakers. Then she produced a SF Ethics Commission letter shooting down the frivolous charge by proponents of Prop B, last month’s successful measure calling for voter approval on waterfront development. Finally, towards the end of two hours of charges and countercharges that evening, she read a four page report, refuting attacks against her as “baseless and politically motivated” and threw down the gauntlet, “So let me be clear – if you want to come at me – bring it. But let’s play fair – and let’s be honest”…And here’s the funny thing. The Yes on Prop B “No Wall on the Waterfront” folks won last month and also shot down a high end waterfront condo development last November. Sounds like a case of sore winners while the Democratic Party lost after recommending SF residents vote against it…

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum

TORTURE LIKE THE GIANTS: Board of Equalization member Betty Yee (a SF Parkside native) now holds the nickname of “landslide” this week by winning second place and the right to face Republican Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin in November for State Controller, a seat held by aspiring Treasurer John Chiang. Yee’s “victory” is not final, pending Secretary of State Debra Bowen certifying the statewide election and then Assembly Speaker John Perez, who’s in third place behind Yee by 481 votes (or 0.05% of Yee’s votes), deciding whether to wage a recount and legal battle…

BETTY’S FORMER NEIGHBORS: There must be something in the foggy, salty air around Betty’s old neighborhood with APAs winning by “landslides”. 2012 winner for SF District 7 (West of Twin Peaks) Supervisor Norman Yee beat veteran city commissioner and labor leader FX Crowley by barely 132 votes…Twelve years earlier Mabel Teng, incumbent citywide supervisor, running for Yee’s similar District 7 seat lost by 39 votes in an extremely low December voter turnout to court administrator and crooner Tony Hall. Teng, in also a mudslide of a negative race, had a 44%-22% lead over Hall in the November 2000 election that featured the infamous Gore-Bush nail biter decided by equally nail biting 5-4 US Supreme Court decision…A denizen and neighbor of Supervisor District 7 James Fang beat future College Board member Rodel Rodis by 56 votes in 1990 for a BART seat. Rodis went on to contribute insightful Filipino American community columns to Fang’s AsianWeek newspaper …

Rodel Rodis

Rodel Rodis

DEWEY DID NOT WIN: You read it here first, this column made an educated guess on June 26 that Betty Yee would win the second place slot for California Controller by more than 400 votes (See “Potstickers” on June 26 at tinyurl.com/n6eldra). …

THAT WAS YELLOW POWER, NOT PUBLIC POWER: Did anyone notice the lead characters in the Chronicle’s “Power Initiative Stalled at City” page one story on June 23? The story implied Asian Pacific Americans have lined up against oxymoronic CleanPowerSF/Shell Oil deal to allegedly sell clean power to SF residents. Instead, they’re backing PG&E because of its philanthropic generosity. Mayor Ed Lee was accused of dismantling untested CleanPowerSF/Shell for existing solar power programs for homeowners and having alleged cozy relationship with PG&E Vice President Travis Kiyota who’s been a ubiquitous community leader…the Chronicle didn’t disclose full context of an AsianWeek.com column about the Kiyota-Lee relationship. Kiyota at a Chinatown community dinner honoring him was joking after the 49ers 2013 Super Bowl appearance in the blackout bowl or Super Bowl that he was expecting a phone call from his honor even though the game was in New Orleans but months after a nationally televised Monday Night game in Candlestick which also blacked out. Remember that the 49ers were bidding on the Bowl and the mayor wanted to put the best lights on for San Fran for what became Super Bowl L…At the same time, the utility showed its generosity by supporting major APA institutions – Chinese Hospital rebuild, Chinatown Community Development Center’s nonprofit housing work and Chinese Chamber of Commerce work in the business community. And where is Shell’s generosity as gas rates go up this summer with vacation driving and conflicting Kurdish, ISIS and regime claims on Iraqi oil fields?

NOT THRILLED WITH CLEANPOWERSF: This APA “conspiracy” reflects opposition to CleanPowerSF/Shell which is overseen by 13 member executive team and SF Public Utilities Commission that has only one APA (Tommy Moala, Assistant General Manager and no APA commissioners). Yet, the same SFPUC, not PG&E, commissioned an independent survey asking over 3500 residents whether they would “buy in” to CleanPowerSF. The survey found 60% to 80% of residents in major APA neighborhoods would not remain with CleanPowerSF. Neighborhoods included Supervisor Districts 1 (Richmond), 3 (Chinatown/North Beach), 4 (Sunset), 7 (West of Twin Peaks), 10 (Bayview/Hunters Point) and 11 (Outer Mission/Ingleside). See “Potstickers” and map on 9/27/12 at tinyurl.com/9myuccf… In the 2012 run up to the vote on the CleanPowerSF/Shell Oil deal, APA political leaders – Mayor Ed Lee and SF Supervisors had reservations, including whether LEP communities would understand the confusing, state mandated opt-out provision that automatically enrolled households. Potentially, immigrant, seniors and fixed income families were most vulnerable to SFCleanPower/Shell enrolling them into a program whose affordability, sustainability and job creation was hotly debated. The contract passed but not before APA supervisors tried to ameliorate effects of opt-out and potential high rate costs. Supervisors Jane Kim of District 6 (Little Saigon/Tenderloin), Eric Mar of District 1 and David Chiu of District 3 amended the contract protecting immigrant and low income communities while Carmen Chu of District 4 voted against it…

SHRIMP BOY WASN’T HERE: 99 Ranch market in Daly City selling in seafood section…uh, coon shrimp? Hopefully it’s a reference to raccoons…

MISS ME?: Email Samson Wong at potsticker@prodigy.netand follow him at Twitter @SFPotstickers…

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.