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San Francisco Assessor / Recorder Phil Ting managed to kick off his re-election campaign on Saturday while on his way to SFO to join San Francisco’s official junket to China.
“Please join me on June 12 at 9:30 a.m. for our Leadership Mobilization – you’ll meet my campaign team and volunteers, receive action packets and learn more about my campaign for re-election as San Francisco’s Assessor-Recorder.
Please RSVP for our Leadership Mobilization below or contact Eddie Ahn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 690-3293 for more information.
Here are the details:
Where: Dianne Feinstein Elementary School
2550 25th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116-2901″
Up next is his summer soiree on June 28th, 2010.
Volunteers will have a busy summer, looks like:
But Phil’s daughter Isabella ended up being the center of attention:
Happy Birthday, Phil!
Our Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D. doesn’t want you to be required to register a way ahead of election day. So, he’ll soon have a bill that would let you be able to go to the polls, register tout de suite and then vote. Easy peasy, right?
Dr. Yee plans to officially introduce the bill in the next two weeks, with the first hearing likely in March.
Senator Yee speaking this morning at San Francisco’s State Building, with San Mateo County Elections Manager David Tom, San Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon, and San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer / Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Warren Slocum:
He had San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu on hand to warm up the crowd. Seems they’ve known each other 17 years, ever since their days at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Turns out that Phil speaks Twitter. His latest missive regarding the company called “Property Tax Adjusters”
“Dont be scammed. Ignore the letter frm Property Tax Adjusters. Apply in our office 4 a reduction btwn 1/4 – 3/31/2010″
Here’s the mise-en-scene last night with Phil addressing the crowd. Click to expand:
David Chiu, Emcee:
And hey, speaking of elections, Randy Shaw has a rundown of how things stand with next year’s mayoral election.
This was the scene yesterday on the steps of San Francisco City Hall yesterday. What did people make of this Assemblymember Dave Jones for State Insurance Commissioner rally? Read on.
A friendly knuckle knock (“or a fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab?“) from Supervisor Chris Daly amuses both Dave Jones and Julian Davis. Click to expand:
First of all, who showed up? San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisors Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, John Avalos, David Campos, and Eric Mar, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Assessor Phil Ting, Board of Education President Kim-Shree Maufas, Democratic County Central Committee Chairman Aaron Peskin, as well representatives from the offices of Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymembers Fiona Ma and Tom Ammiano. Add those people to the list of endorsers, which also includes State Senate President Darrell Steinberg and State Controller John Chiang.
And what did the media have to say?
San Francisco Chronicle – 19 hours ago
It’s not often you find such unanimity.
This was the smaller, quieter labor rally at Civic Center today – basically, it was aimed at just one person, Senator Diane Feinstein. A host of elected officials called on her to support the federal Employee Free Choice Act on the steps of City Hall.
Read all about it, below.
Supervisor Eric Mar, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Assessor Phil Ting and John Rizzo were all up there behind the podium this afternoon:
Local Asian and Environmental leaders Come Together to Support Workers’ Rights
Coalition Says Employee Free Choice Act Provides Critical Protections for Vulnerable Workers; Calls on Senator Feinstein to Support Critical Legislation
San Francisco, CA (May 28th, 2009) — Local Asian and environmental leaders today called on Senator Diane Feinstein to support critical workers’ rights legislation pending in the United States Senate. The Employee Free Choice Act, which will allow workers the choice to form a union and toughen penalties against corporations that violate workers’ rights, is critical to leveling the playing field for working people and creating good jobs with health care and secure retirement.
“San Francisco’s Asian and immigrant community is particularly affected by unfair and unsafe workplace practices like exposure to toxic chemicals and workplace discrimination,” said San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar. “The Employee Free Choice Act provides important protections for all workers, including the most vulnerable, and that’s why it’s so important that Senator Feinstein support this legislation.”
The Employee Free Choice Act will allow workers the choice to form a union through majority sign-up, helps workers secure a contract with employers in a reasonable amount of time and toughen penalties against corporations that harass or intimidate workers who are trying to form a union.
As union members and environmentalists come together to urge the creation of millions of new jobs in the clean energy economy, it is important that these green jobs be good jobs. Union workers earn roughly 30 percent more than their non-union counterparts, and are more likely to be covered by health insurance and have a pension. In addition, efforts to improve workers’ rights are closely linked to protecting the environment.
“Working people are the front line of defense against hazardous pollution and dangerous chemicals in the workplace. Providing a fair way for workers to form a union is an important way to make sure our economy is safe, productive, and fair for everybody,” said John Rizzo, an activist with the local Sierra Club Chapter. “The Employee Free Choice Act would give workers the ability to protect themselves and their workplaces, to work for decent pay, be treated with dignity and take care of their families.”
Sierra Club President Allison Chin recently noted, “Sierra Club members overwhelmingly support Employee Free Choice Act because they understand that the right to organize would not only help safeguard the health and safety of workers, but also increase access to good jobs in the growing green economy, particularly for traditionally under-represented communities, such as women and Asian Pacific American minorities, who have suffered from workplace discrimination.”
Also in attendance at today’s event were Board of Supervisors President David Chiu; Assessor Phil Ting; Leon Chow, SEIU-UHW; Chinese Progressive Association; Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance San Francisco Chapter; Chinese For Affirmative Action; National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.