Highlights of Ed Lee's nomination


An awful lot went down at City Hall today: four Board members were termed out, new Board members were moving into their offices, the old Board nominated Ed Lee as interim mayor, and Gavin Newsom revealed he'll be gone as mayor by Monday afternoon. Here in no particular order are some of the highlights:

When termed-out D6 Sup. Chris Daly suggested that Rose Pak be nominated mayor, since she apparently managed to broker the Lee deal in three short days, Pak shot back, “I would do it, only if Chris Daly would be my Chief of Staff."

Pak told me that she persuaded Lee to take the job, over the cell phone, while he was at the airport in Hong Kong.

Pak outlined her reasons for supporting Ed Lee as mayor. “Ed Lee has devoted 35 years to San Francisco. He’s earned his stripes. He’s the most qualified, the most unifying agent, and the most talented.”

 The crowd of seniors from the Self Help for the Elderly non-profit who crammed City Hall today are a likely preview of things to come during the mayor's race.

 Board President David Chiu's insistence that there were no back room deals. “Shortly after Gavin Newsom was elected Lt. Governor, I said Ed Lee should be considered as a candidate," Chiu told me. "There was never a deal.”

The strong sense that Chiu is running for mayor in November, though he hasn’t filed. Asked if he was running, Chiu said. “I’m here at the Board focused on the work.” Asked if he wasn’t running, Chiu said, “I’m here at the Board focused on the work.” (That's not a very convincing denial, David!)

On being reminded that the Year of the Rabbit kicks off in February, Chiu added,  “Hopefully, this will be a very fortunate year for San Francisco.”

Oakland and San Francisco will both have Asian American mayors—160 years after Chinese immigrants first settled in San Francisco and 129 years after the Chinese Exclusion Act sought to prevent these immigrants from rising to the top.

The rejoicing that reportedly is going in the Asian community, right now.“Chinatown is excited,” a reporter for Sing Tao Daily told me. “Ed Lee is a low-key kinda guy. No one really knows him, but as former DPW director, he was always filling up pot holes.”

The stated hope that Lee will support Sup. Avalos local hire ordinance, which kicks in Feb. 23, implement Sup. David Campos’ due process for immigrant youth ordinance, and enforce the recommendations of the Mayor’s African American Out Migration Task Force.

The growing sense that Sup. John Avalos is a strong contender as new Board President.

Sharen Hewitt’s observation that burgeoning racial tensions between African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos need to be addressed. Now.

Julian Davis' observation that while the way Lee was appointed is not something San Francisco should be proud of, the fact that we now have an Asian American mayor with the almost unanimous support of the old Board is (Daly was the lone dissenter).

Newsom's reminder that the old Board's vote was symbolic.“Today was an extraordinary historic vote,” Newsom said. “But remember, it’s symbolic. The new Board will make the appointment.”

 Newsom’s description of Lee as a ‘recruitment” as he, too, insisted there were no backroom deals. “There were no deals, no backroom deals,” Newsom insisted. “He’s the right person at the right time.”

Newsom’s claim that this isn't about Lee (or anyone else who’d been nominated.) "It’s not about you,” Newsom said, recreating a conversation he allegedly recently had to convince Lee, who’d just been guaranteed five more years employment as City Administrator, to become interim mayor for the rest of 2011. “You are that something more, that something better. You’re the one guy who can pull it altogether, including if disaster strikes, which is my biggest fear.”

Newsom’s relief that he only needs to prepare a 3-page budget brief. "Someone who understands so much of the process doesn’t need 20 pages,” he said.

Newsom’s claim that ideologues make terrible mayors."If this city gets off track, plays some ideological game, it impacts the entire region,” he said. “I love that Lee is not even in the country. If he had been here, he’d probably have been convinced not to do it. Ideologues make terrible mayors, and mayors make terrible ideologues.”

Newsom’s explanation of how Lee will be able to get back his job, though the charter prohibits people who served in elected office from working for the city for at least a year.
”Hopefully, the Board will make it easy for him. Four members of the Board can put a charter amendment on the ballot. Or Lee can do it himself.”

Newsom’s revelation that he will be sworn in as Lt. Governor at 1:30 p.m, Jan. 10, and San Francisco will find out who the next District Attorney is by then.

Newsom’s claim that 2010 was an "incredible" year. “The Shipyard, Treasure Island, the America’s Cup, Doyle Drive, the Transbay Terminal. All these things are groundbreaking,” he said.




"Newsom’s claim that ideologues make terrible mayors."If this city gets off track, plays some ideological game, it impacts the entire region,” he said.

First off, of course Newsom has no ideology, only people who disagree with him have ideologies. His way is just the natural way of the world. Second, since when is the Mayor of San Francisco the mayor of the Bay Area? Since when do other jurisdictions take San Francisco's needs into account in their policy making?

Newsom has never represented the interests of San Franciscans, instead has seen his mission as one of shifting public resources and subsidy from taxpayer's needs to developers, billionaires, commuters and contractors. Rose Pak has her finger in many of those pies and does not seem to play politics unless she's getting paid. Count on Rose getting paid.


Posted by marcos on Jan. 07, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

Because Marc Salomon represents the interests of San Franciscans?
maybe in the steam room - but thats just a subset.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 9:59 am

"First off, of course Newsom has no ideology, only people who disagree with him have ideologies. "

"Newsom has never represented the interests of San Franciscans, instead has seen his mission as one of shifting public resources and subsidy from taxpayer's needs to developers, billionaires, commuters and contractors."

San Franciscans elected him twice, just as progressobots elected that clown Daly twice. Join the world around you.

Posted by matlock on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 10:04 am

It's strange to hear Newsom say that "Ideologues make terrible mayors." To me, the most courageous moment of his long occupation of the mayor's office was when he ignored state law to authorize same-gender marriages in San Francisco. What was that if not the action of someone who puts his faith in an ideology? Unless it was a political calculation . . .

Posted by js on Jan. 13, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

I believe the mayor is incorrect in stating that four supervisors or the mayor may place a charter amendment before voters. A charter amendment can not be placed on the ballot by a mayor, and six supervisors -- a majority -- are needed to submit a charter amendment. Of course, Mayor Newsom's suggestion that Lee himself could place a charter amendment before the voters that benefitted himself is simply preposterous in any world known to humankind.

Posted by Milkcluber on Jan. 07, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

um, then how did care not cash happen?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 10:01 am

Wondering Ed Lee's opinion on Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Prize winner locked up in China. The San Francisco BOS is well positioned to condemn it.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 07, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

Because somehow I think the BOS will avoid anything that will offend China.

"Ms. Pak and other Chinese-American leaders here are particularly vexed at the actions of the city’s Board of Supervisors, which voted on April 1 to condemn China’s human rights record."

April 9, 2008
As Torch Reaches San Francisco, It Runs for Cover Before Its Run


Posted by Guest on Jan. 07, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

Thanks for reminding me of the infamous Olympic Torch fiasco

Posted by sarah on Jan. 07, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

Gosh Sarah, if you want to see something really, really funny...

"Pak has a still darker side. "Rose Pak is known to be the spokeswoman of [the] Chinese Communist Party, as well as a special agent for the Chinese Communist Party," according to the Epoch Times. Backing that assertion, the Singtao Daily reported in 2001 that Chinese Premier Jiang Zemin once honored Pak for defeating a resolution by San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly condemning China's persecution of the practitioners of Falun Gong, a Chinese system of exercise and meditation: "President Jiang was very happy … with the work done by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Rose Pak." Friends of Rose Pak told a Chinese-language reporter, "She came to San Francisco with a clear mission to go into Chinatown." And a Chinese-language reporter has recently discovered that circa 1970, while she was in Australia, Pak made frequent contact with none other than Li Peng, who between 1998 and 2003 ranked second in the Communist Party of China behind Jiang Zemin on the Politburo."

Between Heaven and Earth
Thursday, April 06, 2006
San Francisco: Terror in China

Posted by Guest on Jan. 07, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

Rose Pak is a smart, tough player.

She took the Six Guys completely by surprise. She pushed Chris Daly off into a corner by himself.

John Avalos, David Campos, and Ross Mirkarimi ended up praising Ed Lee, even though a few days earlier they were doing everything they could to stop him.

The Six Guys didn't know what them. I can hardly believe how dumb they proved themselves to be.

Well, that's what happens when people follow the Tommi Avicolli Mecca style of doing politics:

Self-righteous rhetoric combined with inept strategizing.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 9:42 am

"Self-righteous rhetoric combined with inept strategizing."

Haha! sound like a regular day in the mind of Arthur Evans.

Thanks for the late night laugh Arthur, much appreciated - "better than leno"

Posted by Sean on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 11:33 pm


Why did you give Newsom's words so much ink space? Was nobody else in the room?

Posted by Matt Stewart on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 9:57 am

The BOS and our other elected and appointed poorly trained monkeys of the city of SF need to pave the streets. The elected and appointed city idiots need not pontificate on; China, Israel, the war in Iraq, happy meals and what Arizona is up to.

If being an elected or appointed SF official is too lowly for our cities flunkies, they should run for or get appointed to some national office, or get a job with the state department or NSA.

Posted by matlock on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 10:17 am

You see the same tactics again and again. Extraordinary discipline and surprise, backed by extreme force.

"UN aerial reconnaissance had difficulty sighting PVA units in daytime, because their march and bivouac discipline minimized aerial detection.[39]:102 The PVA marched "dark-to-dark" (19:00–03:00), and aerial camouflage (concealing soldiers, pack animals, and equipment) was deployed by 05:30. Meanwhile, daylight advance parties scouted for the next bivouac site. During daylight activity or marching, soldiers were to remain motionless if an aircraft appeared, until it flew away;[39]:102 PVA officers might shoot security violators. Such battlefield discipline allowed a three-division army to march the 286 miles (460 km) from An-tung, Manchuria to the combat zone in some 19 days. Another division night-marched a circuitous mountain route, averaging 18 miles (29 km) daily for 18 days.[47]"

"After secretly crossing the Yalu River on 19 October, the PVA 13th Army Group launched the First Phase Offensive on 25 October, attacking the advancing UN forces near the Sino-Korean border. After decimating the ROK II Corps at the Battle of Onjong, the first confrontation between Chinese and US military occurred on 1 November 1950; deep in North Korea, thousands of soldiers from the PVA 39th Army encircled and attacked the US 8th Cavalry Regiment with three-prong assaults—from the north, northwest, and west—and overran the defensive position flanks in the Battle of Unsan.[103] The surprise assault forced the UN forces to retreat back to the Ch'ongch'on River, while the Chinese unexpectedly disappeared in their mountain hideouts following their victory."

wiki Korean War

Posted by Guest on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 10:36 am

David Chiu has just been re-elected prez of the board of supes, after breaking with the Six Guys Club.

The Six Guys Club is now the Three Guys Club.

Our local progressive sect is now in complete disarray. They have nobody to blame but themselves.


Posted by Arthur Evans on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

"Survives" is indeed the operative word. He certainly will not thrive after this. Neither side of the isle will trust, or put stock in, a calculating traitor.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

I can't but help think that there's some vaguely subliminal anti-asian racist vibe going on here.

Arthur doesn't think that Chiu has the testosterone that he perceived Daly had and Eric thinks he's a traitor?? (hello 1941!!!)

You boys better grown up double-quick if you're going to live in this state. Really. Its 2011! Did you even look at the census? What race are (or going to be) your children and grand-children?

Posted by Sean on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

You guys are doing a good job of playing the divisive race card, I'll give you that. Standard underhanded reactionary San Francisco politics; when the Downtown machine can't win any other way, it divides and conquers using race as a wedge to alienate good working people from eachother. You've used it on nearly every big developer project. This latest disgusting circus show is no different.

I strongly supported both Mar and Kim in their supervisor races, so you can't pin your race baiting on me you little prick.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Jan. 09, 2011 @ 9:11 am

The comment was clearly aimed at wassy wassy man and you're a reactionary pirick yourself for taking that soft bait.

I don't give a sheeitte about the downtown, though now i'd fascinated to know more about your experience with every developer project where you have seen that divde and conquer.

There is no race-baiting here.

Apologies if I registered on your radar. Good to see you're awake.

Posted by Sean on Jan. 10, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

Just watch any past videos of City Hall hearings over the Lennar Hunters Point projects, or the Combustion Turbine hearing debates, or local hiring hearings, or the CPMC hearings.

You will see cavalcades of trucked in people (and trade workers) of color, often paid to be at the hearings (usually around 50 dollars) to make the other side seem racist if they refuse the will of the trucked in crowd.

It is a standard, tried and true, Machiavellian, San Francisco political tactic, and nearly always works like a charm.

Willie, Rose, Kawa, and their disgusting ilk used it to great effect during the Ed Lee mayoral appointment decision.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Jan. 11, 2011 @ 1:15 am

I certainly did see that during Willie's election, but it was to the polls, not meetings

Posted by Sean on Jan. 20, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

You're complaining about the race card being tossed out?


Self awareness doesn't run deep.

Posted by matlock on Jan. 11, 2011 @ 10:34 am

Is this the US Senate where a minority get to rule through trickery over the majority?

What is the Chinese American population of San Francisco, like 27-30%? What is the percentage of Chinese Americans in San Francisco who are acceptable to Rose Pak? A handful?

At least when the white men ruled San Francisco, they did so on behalf of a majority of the residents. In this instance, we're seeing race used by a minority to take the two most powerful offices in San Francisco not on behalf of the minority, but on behalf of one political sect of that minority.

That imbalance is simply not sustainable, especially when it is arrived at through back room dealing and subterfuge, hardly a road to power that reflects well on a people with such an impressive heritage as the Chinese unless you think that the governing style of the Chinese Communist Party is a role model for leadership in a democracy.

Similar to Lennar. After eight years of Willie Brown's "progressive" leadership, the black population plummeted from 12% down to 6%. It is lower today. That means that a measurable number of remaining blacks are connected to the patronage bucket brigade.

All the while, Latinos and LGBT are frozen out of power.


Posted by marcos on Jan. 11, 2011 @ 7:45 am

I gave Newsom space because his words said volumes.

Posted by sarah on Jan. 08, 2011 @ 6:14 pm