Brown, Kim raise money for Lee -- in Millbrae


I guess they couldn't find a suitable restaurant in San Francisco, so Willie Brown and Sup. Jane Kim will be hosting a $5,000-a-table fundraiser Oct. 3 for an Ed Lee independent expenditure committee at The Kitchen on El Camino Real in Millbrae. Officially, the invite is from the Committee for Effective City Management, which is trying to raise big gobs of unregulated cash to promote Lee. It reads:

Please Join the Committee for Effective City Managment in honoring Mayor Willie Brown and Supervisor Jane Kim for their dedication to advancing accountability in government.

Yes, that's right. Willie Brown, the least accountable politician in modern San Francisco history, a mayor who didn't even allow his staff to take notes in meetings for fear someone could demand them under the Sunshine Ordinance, and a supervisor who won't talk to her critics (us, for example) are being lauded for "advancing accountability in government." In Millbrae. To help Ed Lee get elected mayor of San Francisco.

When I called the person who is listed as a contact for tickets, Melanie Lok, and introduced myself as a reporter, she hung up on me. I called right back and she didn't pick up the phone.

The treasurer of this here committee is my old friend David Looman. I called him and asked him about the Millbrae event, and he didn't know anything. "My job is to make sure that we have a contract and an invoice for all vendors, or I'm not writing any checks," he said. Who is the head of the committee? Francis Wong. "I communicate with him only by email," Looman said.

The fact that Looman -- who has been very involved in Asian community politics over the years -- doesn't know Wong except as an email contact (and other Asian political leaders we've spoken to say they don't know him either) suggests that Wong hasn't been very active in city politics. There's a Francis Wong who gave $100 to the Progress For All (that is, the Run Ed Run committee) on June 23, 2011, and he lists his occupation as "accounting, Friendster." We found what appears to be a facebook page for him -- or at least, for a Francis S. Wong who worked at Friendster --  suggesting that he's a tech guy. I've emailed him but I haven't heard back.

That's the thing about these i.e. committees -- they can be set up and operate with nowhere near the scrutiny that normal campaign committes get. But they can raise a buttload of money. And Brown and Jane Kim are helping them do it.

In Millbrae.

Shop local, Ed. Shop local.



Et tu, Jane? Oh well, I guess they'll always have Burning Man (all 24 hours of it).

Posted by Greg on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

It's fitting that Willie Brown would hit up the big technology company execs in San Mateo county since that's where so many employees work who are the "new San Franciscans," pushing up rents and housing prices for all.

A big part of Willie Brown's career has always been about real estate - big deevlopment deals; easy TIC and condo conversions; limiting protections against evictions; giving billion dollar tax subsidies to landlords and real estate specualtors. This event fits that same pattern.

For Jane Kim I think she would like to be mayor in 4 or 8 years, and who wouldn't want to use Willie Brown's or other connected politican's coatails for an extra push towards that goal?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

Oh.. I don't know... Someone with personal integrity and ethics...

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 10:46 pm


I've always wanted to set up an Independent Expenditure committee that only accepts contributions in liquor and pot. Does that make me a bad person?


Posted by h. brown on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

The Kitchen ran half page ads during the Spring in Sing Tao with huge pictures of Mayor Ed Lee in the advertisement. These were the days when Ed Lee "would be strongly neutral" according to Sing Tao.
There is an obvious connection between the owner of the Kitchen and Ed Lee's core supporters.
The food there is pretty good, but the markup for what you get by Hong Kong standards is very high.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 1:20 am

@h, yeah dude, you 'bad', badder 'n a mothah-fuckah.

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 2:09 am

While our event today doesn't speak directly to this issue, per se, hearing how mayoral candidates respond about our four-legged companions can help us as voters understand how a new mayor will operate if elected. Check it out.

WHAT: DogPAC of SF Mayoral Forum
WHEN: TODAY, October 1, 2011
TIME: 2-4pm
WHERE: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
290 Dolores St @ 16th St
SF, CA 94103

Note: This location does not allow dogs except service animals. Thank you for your cooperation.

Posted by DogPAC of SF on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:00 am

Leland YEE
UNFIT to be the MAYOR of San Francisco!!!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:02 am