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D2 Update: Mark Farrell Declares Victory Over Janet Reilly – Will Meet With Michela Soon – Preparing for Office

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

[UPDATE: And Janet Reilly just conceded. Read her entire statement after the jump.]

Interesting candidate Mark Farrell has pulled off his upset in District 2. That means that he’ll become a San Francisco Supervisor come January 2011.

Read all about it, below.

Big Mark Farrell (in Giants Orange) y familia at Room 48 in City Hall all the way back in August 2009:

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“As of this evening, all the votes have been counted in District 2 by the San Francisco Department of Elections and we have won the District 2 Supervisor election. With tonight’s victory, we now turn our immediate attention to preparing for office in January.  Our transition team is in place, and I will be meeting with District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier tomorrow to kick-start the transition process.  I will also finalize the hiring of my City Hall staff within the next week.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all of my opponents – Kat Anderson, Abraham Simmons, Barbara Berwick, Janet Reilly, and Vilma Guinto Peoro – for a very exciting and challenging campaign.  They are dedicated and valued public servants who are each committed to the people and neighborhoods of District 2, and I look forward to working with all of them in the future.

While the past few weeks have been challenging as the vote count continued after Election Day, I fully recognize the need for a transparent and democratic electoral process – as such, I want to thank the leadership and staff of San Francisco’s Department of Elections for their dedication and diligence in completing this difficult task.

I would also like to personally thank all of those individuals that supported my campaign, beginning with Sheriff Michael Hennessey and in particular Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd. Thank you as well to the organizations which supported my campaign along the way, including the Small Property Owners of San Francisco, Plan C, UA Local 38, BOMA, the District 2 Democratic Club, IBEW Local 1245, the San Francisco Coalition for Responsible Growth and Rescue MUNI.

Thank you to my incredible staff, including Chris Lee, Margaux Kelly, David Latterman and Mark Randolph, and in particular the hundreds of volunteers who poured their time and energy into this campaign – we would not have succeeded without your enthusiasm, and I will be eternally grateful.

Most importantly, thank you to my amazing family – from my wife Liz and our children, to my parents, in-laws and brothers and sisters – we started this journey last year together as a family, and your unconditional support truly carried this campaign across the goal line.

While it was a long campaign and ultimately a close election, I am both honored and excited to represent the residents of District 2, and look forward to working to return common sense, fiscal discipline and neighborhood leadership back to City Hall.”

And here’s what Janet has to say tonight, after the jump.


D2 Update: Janet’s DiFi Party – Mark’s SF Chron Endorsement – Kat’s “Kat Chat” – Abe’s Candidate Profile

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Our Great White North is making the news. Let’s check in with those “cash cows,” by the numbers:

1. Janet Reilly‘s recent party with Dianne Feinstein last Thursday was a smash success. It probably looked a bit like this:


United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blum, and Janet Reilly (photo by Drew Altizer)

Willie Brown is still all excited about it:

“In fact, Feinstein just had a fundraiser at her house for Reilly. If she actually gets out and walks for Reilly, the seat is Janet’s.”

O.K. then. (Wasn’t it WB who wrote off Jerry Brown’s chances just last month? Of course, his perdictions should always be taken with a grain (or two) of salt.  

2. The big news recently is that Mark Farrell got endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle. See?

District 2: Farrell is voice of restraint.”

(Restraint? Are the other candidates wild-eyed pistol wavers/ who aint afraid to die?)

Anyway, he’s attending an average of more than one house party per dayuntil November 2nd.

3. Kat Anderson has started up “Kat Chat” – not really sure how it works, but I’m sure you can figure it out:

Live Kat Chat Schedule

Thursday – 10/21 @ 8 pm – click here to request invitation
Saturday – 10/23 @ 9 am – click here to request invitation
Thursday – 10/28 @ 8 pm – click here to request invitation
Saturday – 10/30 @ 9 am – click here to request invitation

An invitation will be emailed to you with details for attendance.  Past sessions and future dates will be announced via the website.  

Announcing Kat’s new Campaign HQ

Stop by Kat’s NEW Campaign HQ:

2326 Fillmore Street (between Clay and Washington)
San Francisco, CA 94115

Get Involved and Make your Voices Heard!  Volunteer Opportunities.

Please RVSP to or call (415) 439-0528, and let us know which events you will attend.  Thank you! 

Campaign for Kat Anderson for District 2 Supervisor 2010

2130 Fillmore Street #200

San Francisco, CA 94115

 4. Abraham Simmons has a new candidate profile up at SFGate. (Still no photo the last I checked, so I made a matching one myself:

“An attorney with a BS in Labor Relations, Abraham Simmons is most concerned with the issue of jobs and fiscal discipline in San Francisco. Simmons seeks to set new priorities, ensure the City gets value for every dollar spent and look into ways to jump-start new businesses.” 

O.K. then. Haven’t been in touch with Vilma Guinto Peoro or Barbara Berwick lately but Barbara, for her part, is the only candidate unafraid to give out secondary and ternary endorsements, her co-endorsements as some call them. Her second place endorsement goes to Mr. A. Simmons and her third place endorsement goes to both Ms. Kat Anderson and Ms. Janet Reiley.

And, oh yes in other news, D2 Democratic Club President Suki Kott is recruiting new members in the 94123. See?

And lastly, our Chronicle is out with candidate sketches for some others as well. Check it after the jump.


Raucous District 2 Forum – Melissa Griffin with Anderson, Farrell, Reilly, Simmons – Dogpile on Janet – Watch Video

Friday, October 8th, 2010

First thing you do is fire up the VidSF video of last week’s San Francisco Supervisorial District Two Forum, the Big One, the one hosted by the City Democratic Club, the San Francisco Young Democrats and the nascent District 2 Democratic Club.

While that’s cache-ing up, head on over to Matthew S. Bajko‘s bit in yesterday’s Bay Area Reporter. He nailed it.

And here’s the shorter version, from Mssrs. Matier und Ross:

“Then came Janet Reilly, who was in the cross-hairs all night, in part because of her endorsement by ex-Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who just might be maneuvering for the city’s top job. Reilly would say only that whomever she voted for as a board member would be “a very thoughtful choice” – earning her a long round of boos.”

Truth be told, I think it’d be fair to say that only half the audience boo’ed Janet.

Now, advance your video to 25:00 to see the action.

Kat, Mark, Janet, and Abe along with Melissa Griffin at the Golden Gate Yacht Club looking north across the bay to Marin County. Can you spot the four sharks* in this shot?

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So, here’s what I learned:

1. Aaron Peskin doesn’t seem to be popular at all up in the Marina.

2. Apparently, the bulk of the audience thinks some deal has been struck that would somehow have Janet Reilly voting in Aaron Peskin as Mayor.

3. Janet Reilly considers herself the front-runner – so much so that she’s acting like an incumbent.

But watch the whole video, it’s not all that long, and then You Make The Call.

Now, just after this forum ended, de jure Janet Reilly Campaign Manager Patrick Collum sent out a message about how Janet was the “clear winner” of this forum.

I don’t know. The Reilly supporters I’ve chatted with the past week called this forum “a disaster” and a “debacle.” Stuff like, “Why couldn’t Janet just have said she’d vote for Rosenfield or whoever as caretaker Mayor?”

To be fair, Janet stated up front how she most likely will never get the chance to vote in anybody as Mayor.

And, it’s not immediately obvious how much the evening hurt her chances, or if she would have been better off blowingoff the whole thing.

Now, let’s let people weigh in on matters. Here’s former Mayor Willie Brown:

“Lots of eyes are watchingthis one. Someone spotted me having breakfast with Farrell the other day at the Hotel Vitale, and within half an hour, Clint Reilly – or Satan,as he is affectionately known by insiders – had left me a message to give him a call. I did, and got an earful for an hour about all that he and Janet had done for Alioto-Pier, including how they hosted her wedding party at their house.”


Let’s hear what Mark Farrell has to say – here are some of my notes of what he said after the big forum:

This debate highlighted a real problem for Janet because the person she intends to appoint as interim Mayor is one that District Two does not want. Appointing Aaron Peskin is not in line with the desires of the people in the district.The question of who gets appointed Mayor is becoming more and more a part of the dialog in all the Supervisor races. That’s what I’ve been hearing from the voters at the house parties I’ve been attending in the area. Supervisor Sean Elsbernd would be the best choice by far for interim Mayor, so he’d have my vote.

I’m in a dead heat with Janet now and this will be a true race to the finish line. I’m very excited with the way things are going. What I’m hearing from voters is that they’re looking for a candidate who’s from the neighborhood, one who has a relevant financial and business background.

I have 28 house parties scheduled before the election – I’m fortunate that people are willing to open their homes for a true grass roots campaign. That’s what will carry me over the finish line.

O.K then.

Now, let’s hear from Kat Anderson, who is looking forward to meeting more voters at the Pacific Heights Residents Association on October 19th. [And C.W. Nevius will be there and everything.]

How can a candidate who refused to answer a simple question in a race where opinions abound, and who was “booed” by the audience, declare herself the winner?  The forum was informative, as was the intent.  Not a matter of winners or losers.  Period.

For her part, park-friendly Kat is unafraid to make a stand. Check out her position on all the issues right here. And check out her new and improved website.

And I think she’s doing something for the Blue Angels in the Marina Maze tomorrow Saturday. Contact her office to find out a good location to hang out and get to know her campaign.

That’s all I have for now.

(Brace yourselves for Janet’s Next Big Endorsement coming up soon.)

*The four lawyers you see pictured are all very sharp, above average. Probably, they could each qualify for Mensa by merely forwarding their LSAT scores, no additional testing required. However, and this is tough for some of the candidates to realize, winning political office is nothing but a popularity contest, right? I mean, literally, that’s what it is. You don’t need to be a genius to Supervise D2, manifestly. Anyway, it’d probably be tough for anybody to swim in this shark tank…

“Sweet Melissa” Griffin to Star at District 2 Debate on Thursday, September 30th

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
 Who knows who will show at the last big debate in San Francisco this season. No matter, “Sweet Melissa” Griffin, the smartest lawyer in town, will be on hand to lively up the usually-somnolent Marina District on Thursday, September 30th at 6:30 PM.
She’ll be at improbably-named 1 Yacht Road along with these candidates, or some of them, anyway: 

Kat Anderson

Mark Farrell

Janet Reilly

Abraham Simmons

[UPDATE: The following two candidates won’t be appearing:

Barbara Berwick

Vilma Guinto Peoro]

Oh, here they all are, the way they were at the big NIMBY group forum just a few weeks back.

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Actually the whole deal is just another meeting of the City Democratic Club
“Our September 30th meeting will begin with a District 2 candidates debate at 6:30pm at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Rd San Francisco, CA 94123.
After the debate, paid members will vote on our Club’s November 2010 endorsements.  Remember to bring cash or your checkbook, since according to our treasurer, nearly everybody needs to renew their membership!
The debate will be co-sponsored by the newly formed D2 Democratic club and the SF Young Democrats, will be moderated by Melissa Griffin of the SF Examiner, and will be streamed online.
Note that some of us car free folks (basically only me) feel the meeting location falls short of full transit accessibility, requiring about a half mile walk after the end of MUNI, but despite a few off message comments, no one has written in stating they need a ride, so please speak now or forever hold your peace!”
See you there!

District 2 Candidates’ Forum at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – Beth Spotwood Nails It

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

All you need to know about Monday’s big candidates forum for District Two is right here in Beth Spotswood’s detailed report. She’s spot on.

Your candidates:

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If that written report is not enough, you can see and hear for yourself. Meet candidates Kat Anderson, Barbara BerwickMark FarrellVilma Guinto Peoro, Janet Reilly, and Abraham Simmons:

Kat Anderson

Barbara Berwick

Mark Farrell

Vilma Guinto Peoro

Janet Reilly

Abraham Simmons

(Based on YouTube views, people are more interested in Mark Farrell and Janet Reilly at this point. UPDATE: Whoops, there’s been a change – see the Comments. Click on the links if you want to keep score…)

And here are a few of The Issues:

The Presidio 

Public Safety

Parking Meters / SFMTA
Budgetary problems
Yacht Harbors
O.K. then.

Betwixt Alcatraz and Inspiration Point lies the Palace of Fine Arts:

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Le mise-en-scene, with 300-something in the audience, all told:

Here’s the current Supervisor, Michela Alioto Pier…

…and the moderator:

Median age in the audience was 60-something. Is that old? I don’t know.

 A full-fledged debate should be coming soon…

District 2 Update: Mark Farrell Kicks Off Campaign, Candidates Forum Tonight at 6:30 PM

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I’ll tell you, I was surprised to see the turnout at Mark Farrell‘s campaign kickoff at Moscone Park up there in the Marina District on Saturday. They’re claiming 120 souls gathered under the pouring sun and I can believe it. Lots of people from the smaller unions were on the scene.

Here’s Mark’s dad, John Farrell, talking about the good old days when you could interview a potential babysitter without hearing about her eight body piercings. He also reminisced about his son playing ball back in the Marina in the 90’s and about his son helping out (along with Joe DiMaggio*) after the Great Fire of 1989:

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Le mise-en-scene:

The enthusiasm was infectious:

I got called away from this event early on but here are a few shots from the Facebook.

Equal time for a girl signholder:

And a thousand-gigawatt smile:

And, oh, the candidate hisself:

That’s Item One.

Item Two is the big candidate’s forum tonight up at the Palace of Fine Arts. The latest news is that Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier herself will be there to make an address. See?

Supervisor Alioto-Pier to Give Opening Address at Tonight’s District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier will address District 2 residents as the opening speaker at tonight’s District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum at the Palace of Fine Arts from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (September 13, 2010) — The
Marina Community Association (MCA) has joined other neighborhood and merchant groups in sponsoring a Supervisor Candidate Forum to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the candidates vying to represent District 2 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Alioto-Pier, who is ineligible to run for re-election as District 2 Supervisor will deliver the opening address.
The forum will provide each candidate with an opportunity to answer questions about issues that impact District 2 neighborhoods and the city of San Francisco. The event is free and open to the public. All residents of District 2 are encouraged to attend.
The event will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, September 13, 2010, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors include: The Cow Hollow Association (
The Marina Community Association (
Marina Cow Hollow Neighbors and Merchants
Marina Merchants Association (
The Union Street Merchants Association (

What’s on Michela’s mind? Well, we’ll find out soon enough.

And Item Three is the news of Janet Reilly getting endorsed by yet another big union. I don’t know how much the endorsement from the United Educators of San Francisco will help in District 2 but here it is:

And, oh, add to that, the Carpenters Union, Local 22 is also backing Janet. That’s the latest.

*IIRC, Joltin Joe DiMaggio was kind of a big jerk on Chestnut Street back in the 1990’s, trying to jump the line at a barbershop and getting all huffy when the barber said no dice, that kind of thing. JMO.

Finally! A Forum for the District 2 Supervisor Race – Neighborhood Groups to Host on September 13th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I’d bet that the average resident of San Francisco Supervisor District 2 hasn’t even begun to decide on which way to go come November 2, 2010.

So that’s why this “forum” just announced is so welcome:

“A District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum at the Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, September 13, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.”

That’s all I know. You’d imagine that these four candidates, at the very least, would be there:

Kat Anderson
Mark Farrell
Janet Reilly
Abraham Simmons

Who will win the right to represent this District 2 Great Blue Heron come 2011?

Via boltron

All the deets:

Marina Community Association Co-sponsors District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum. A coalition of neighborhood groups is sponsoring a District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum at the Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, September 13, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
The Marina Community Association (MCA) has joined other neighborhood and merchant groups in sponsoring a Supervisor Candidate Forum to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the candidates vying to represent District 2 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The general election is scheduled for November 2, 2010.
The forum will provide each candidate with an opportunity to answer questions about issues that impact District 2 neighborhoods and the city of San Francisco. The event is free and open to the public. All residents of District 2 are encouraged to attend.
The event will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, September 13, 2010, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors include:

The Cow Hollow Association (
The Marina Community Association (
Marina Cow Hollow Neighbors and Merchants
Marina Merchants Association (
The Union Street Merchants Association (

For more information, visit online at  

Candy-Ass Cow Hollow NIMBYs Object to Presidio Traffic Study

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Here’s what’s funny about the certain rich NIMBYs of Cow Hollow – they don’t want auslanders coming ’round to their backyard. So of course that’s why they oppose any increase in traffic in the Presidio due to, I don’t know, building a museum, or a lodge, 0r reopening a moribund movie house. They moan about all that potential traffic they do.

But then, when the Presidio Trust starts experimenting with closing streets to cars as a way of decreasing traffic, the neighborhood associations don’t like it neither. Here’s the thing – Congress, in its Wisdom, put the Trust, not the National Park Service, not flighty, nearby homeowners, not nobody but the Board of the Trust, in charge.

Does San Francisco want to buy the Presidio from the Feds? No. Does San Francisco want the Feds to sell the Presidio to the highest bidder and have the place go all-condo? No. So oh well.    

What’s the Law? Let’s see.

Where will the rich kids of Cow hollow joy-ride in their exoticars, fast as lightning, now? Not amongst the eucalyptus of windy Presidio Boulevard, that’s for sure.


Poor little richers

 Here’s Da Law:

Title 36: Parks, Forests, and Public Property

§ 1001.5   Closures and public use limits.

(a) Consistent with applicable legislation and Federal administrative policies, and based upon a determination that such action is necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental or scenic values, protection of natural or cultural resources, aid to scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, equitable allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities, the Board may:

(1) Establish, for all or a portion of the area administered by the Presidio Trust, a reasonable schedule of visiting hours, impose public use limits, or close all or a portion of the area administered by the Presidio Trust to all public use or to a specific use or activity.

(2) Designate areas for a specific use or activity, or impose conditions or restrictions on a use or activity.

(3) Terminate a restriction, limit, closure, designation, condition, or visiting hour restriction imposed under paragraph (a)(1) or (2) of this section.

(b) Except in emergency situations, a closure, designation, use or activity restriction or condition, or the termination or relaxation of such, which is of a nature, magnitude and duration that will result in a significant alteration in the public use pattern of the area administered by the Presidio Trust, adversely affect the natural, aesthetic, scenic or cultural values of the area administered by the Presidio Trust, require a long-term or significant modification in the resource management objectives of the area administered by the Presidio Trust, or is of a highly controversial nature, shall be published as rulemaking in the Federal Register.

(c) Except in emergency situations, prior to implementing or terminating a restriction, condition, public use limit or closure, the Board shall prepare a written determination justifying the action. That determination shall set forth the reason(s) the restriction, condition, public use limit or closure authorized by paragraph (a) of this section has been established, and an explanation of why less restrictive measures will not suffice, or in the case of a termination of a restriction, condition, public use limit or closure previously established under paragraph (a) of this section, a determination as to why the restriction is no longer necessary and a finding that the termination will not adversely impact resources of the area administered by the Presidio Trust. This determination shall be available to the public upon request.

(d) To implement a public use limit, the Board may establish a permit, registration, or reservation system. Permits shall be issued in accordance with the criteria and procedures of §1001.6.

(e) Except in emergency situations, the public will be informed of closures, designations, and use or activity restrictions or conditions, visiting hours, public use limits, public use limit procedures, and the termination or relaxation of such, in accordance with §1001.7.

(f) Violating a closure, designation, use or activity restriction or condition, schedule of visiting hours, or public use limit is prohibited.

So that’s that, right? Do you see anything in there about seeking counsel from unelected, self-proclaimed representatives of the Cow Hollow?

How they jive and jingle/ when you’re in their backyard
How they jive and jingle/ when you’re their sacrifice

 Oh well.

And oh yes, when C.W. Nevius talks about how “everybody hates” the temporary road closure, he must have a very narrow definition of “everybody.” Reality regrets the error. (Reality used to be a friend of his.)

Oh well.

And oh yes, they’re closing another one:

Battery Caulfield Road Closed October 12-26, 2009

The next phase of remediation for Landfill 10 in the Public Health Service Hospital (PHSH) District will require a temporary two week closure of Battery Caulfield Road in order to re-grade and resurface the road and adjacent parking lot. The closure will be in effect Monday, October 12 through Monday, October 26. The closure starts at Battery Caulfield and Wedemeyer Street to the north, and at 15th Avenue and Wedemeyer to the south.
There will be no “through traffic” access from Washington Boulevard to 15th Avenue through the PHSH District during this time. For safety, there will also be no PHSH District access for pedestrians, bicyclists, and hikers.
Work hours for the Landfill 10 project are 8am to 5pm. The contractor will use several pieces of equipment including a grader, a loader and an excavator, with a crew of approximately 10. Additional clean soil and other materials will be imported to Landfill 10 to raise the grade, per the approved remediation plan. Construction traffic will continue to enter and exit the site via Battery Caulfield Road. Noise impacts for this phase of work will be similar to that of current PHSH District remediation activity. Dust monitoring and control measures will be part of daily operations.
If you have any questions, please contact Diana Parker, Presidio Trust, at 415.561.5468, or dparker at the

Will people be able to find their way to the Kimochi, Inc. fundraiser this October 17th at the Officer’s Club?

Most likely.

Feel the need, the need for screed, after the jump