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Supervisor John Avalos “Encouraged By Mayoral Election Numbers,” Declares “Victory for Progressive Agenda”

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

All the latest from the Avalos campaign, below.

Your Supervisor John Avalos on McAllister Street:

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Avalos Campaign Speculates Final Tally Will Edge in Their Favor, Pleased With Direction They Turned Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Wednesday, November 9th — Mayoral candidate John Avalos responded to results from first round of votes, putting him in a strong second place.

“We are incredibly proud to have run a clean, issue-based campaign, with 99% of the work done by volunteers. We defied expectations, and to have come this far is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers,” Avalos says. “But we are equally proud of the fact that we were able to change the debate, to make sure that the issues that matter to the everyday people in this City are now on the table and are getting the attention they deserve. We are confident that the results will wind up in our favor; I think everyone is in for a surprise.”

In spite of entering the race late, and spending less than a quarter of the budget of the Lee campaign, Avalos saw a surge in both the polls and on the streets. His campaign had enormous grassroots support from a broad cross-section of San Franciscans, with over 90% of donations coming from everyday San Franciscans, and 85% being under $100. This is markedly different from other campaigns who relied on negative character attacks, hit pieces, television commercials, and the efforts of big-dollar unregulated independent expenditure committees to make up the difference.

“This campaign is about building unity, building connections within the community of people who have been left out of the political process. We have been proud and inspired to see people from the Tenants Union working side-by-side with people from the Bike Coalition, to see members of DogPAC working with community members from the Bayview,” says Rosi Reyes, campaign spokeswoman. “These connections are integral to ensuring a new era of progressive policymaking in San Francisco, and we believe it is just a glimmer of what is to come with an Avalos administration.”

In addition to generating enormous grassroots enthusiasm, Avalos garnered some of the most-coveted endorsements in town. He was endorsed by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the San Francisco Democratic Party, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democractic Club, the San Francisco Bike Coalition, and the largest public-sector union, SEIU 1021. He was also endorsed by the United Educators of San Francisco, the California Nurses Association, and San Francisco Rising Action Fund, among many others.”

Board President David Chiu Goes His Own Way – Giving a Mayoral Race “Closing Argument” This AM at City Hall

Friday, November 4th, 2011

[UPDATE: This thing will be ON regardless of today’s rainy weather. But it won’t be raining then anyway, pinky swear.]

[UPDATE II: See David’s remarks, after the jump.]

For whatever reason, District 3 Supervisor David Chiu is going his own way in the race for Mayor. These days, he’s taking steps to let you know he’s separating himself from the pack.

Fair enough.

DC pressing the flesh on the sidewalks of Clement Street yesterday:

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So, maybe he missed yesterday’s event on the steps of City Hall, but he’ll have his own today. Seems as if it will be more like a rally…

All the deets, after the jump


Senator Leland Yee Donates $1000 to Haitian Earthquake Relief, Recommends Five Non-Profits

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Your Senator, Leland Yee, just pledged $1000 to help the survivors of the big earthquake in Haiti.

Read below to see how you can join the cause. (You don’t want to donate to a nonworthy organization, of course)

Senator Yee, PhD:

Here’s the release from his conference this afternoon at La Casa de las Madres on Valencia Street: 

Local Community Launches Relief Efforts for Haiti
Senator Yee donates to effort, urges local residents to help people of Haiti
In response to the earthquake in Haiti, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) joined several local organizations and members of the local Haitian community today to highlight relief efforts in the San Francisco Bay area.  In addition to urging local residents to help provide assistance, Yee also donated $1,000 to the relief effort.
“The enormity of this disaster is indescribable,” said Yee.  “The people of Haiti, who were already extremely underprivileged, need the world’s help.  I urge everyone in the Bay Area to give what they can, even if that is $5 to help save lives.”
The 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti earlier this week has left hundreds of thousands of people dead, missing, or hurt.  The nation’s already weak infrastructure has been crippled.
“We have unfortunately seen many disasters around the world, but this may be the most catastrophic we have ever seen,” said Yee.  “Considering the poor condition of Haiti prior to the earthquake, coupled with the complete collapse of what they had, this is truly a dire situation.  As a child psychologist, my heart cries out for the children of Haiti, who have lost mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, and in some cases their entire family.”
Even prior to the earthquake, Haiti was one of the world’s poorest and least developed nations, and the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  It had a gross domestic product (GDP) of only $7 billion in 2009 (San Francisco alone as a GDP of nearly $300 billion).  Per capita GDP was $790 (San Francisco has a per capita GDP of $62,300).
Haiti’s 9.7 million people have the lowest literacy rate in the region (65.9%).  Only half of Haiti’s children are unvaccinated.  Prior to the earthquake, nearly half the causes of death were attributed to HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, meningitis and other diseases (World Health Organization).   Approximately 30,000 people each year suffer from malaria, and tuberculosis is ten times higher than any other Latin American country.
Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained through a successful slave rebellion.
Today, Yee recognized several organizations for their relief efforts and urged local residents to make contributions to the following:

California Nurses Association
NNU Haiti Disaster Relief Fund
2000 Franklin, Street
Oakland, CA 94612
American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

85 Second Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Direct Relief International
27 S. La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
2362 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Partners In Health

P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578