Election 2011

Shady financial dealings mar the "Run, Ed, Run" campaign

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Not only do the groups behind the campaign urging Mayor Ed Lee to run for mayor get lucrative city contracts, sometimes with Lee's help, but at least one of the companies has also made direct payouts to Chinatown power broker Rose Pak, who arranged to place Lee in the Mayor's Office and has been coordinating the campaign to keep him there.Read more »

Mayoral candidates scurry for signatures

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San Francisco mayoral candidates and their volunteers have been scrambling to gather the signatures of registered voters needed to reduce their filing fees and demonstrate popular support, over the weekend hitting popular gathering spots such as Dolores Park with a combination of earnest appeals and election-year gimmicks.Read more »

Chiu's choice

The man who presided over the end of the Progressive Era at City Hall needs to decide whose side he's really on

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For 10 years — from 2000 to 2010 — progressives controlled the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It was a defining era in city politics, with the left-leaning board not only providing a check on the power of downtown-backed mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom but producing a long list of important reforms that, generally, sought to level the playing field between the haves and have-nots.Read more »

Avalos and Chiu vie for bike vote at Sunday Streets

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If yesterday's jam-packed Sunday Streets event in the Mission was any indication, only two mayoral candidates are vying for the votes of bicyclists, skaters, and strolling families who appreciate carfree streets: John Avalos and David Chiu. They were the only two candidates who showed up, and both had lots of supporters with signs to help campaign for them, with Avalos supporters enjoying a slight edge in overall numbers.Read more »

USF hosts mayoral forum focused on service

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The University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service will host the political season's first major mayoral candidate forum – this one focused on public service and staged in partnership with the nonprofit group buildOn – on Thursday, May 5, at 6 pm.Read more »

Chiu's challenge

Mayoral candidate wants to demonstrate that a new consensus is possible

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steve@sfbg.com

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu launched his mayoral campaign Feb. 28 with a pledge to bring San Franciscans of all political stripes together around a common agenda. It's a message that has also been sounded by other mayoral candidates, but one in which Chiu is in a unique position to try to deliver on this year.Read more »