Thursday’s rally for former sellout-Progressive Christina Olague got a boost from some of her foes.
Here comes the London Bus!
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Orange = Olague, Blue = Breed
Late money is stupid money – it doesn’t get spent very efficiently, particularly in this district in this year.
What makes Ron Conway so smart? I mean, he got lucky once, being in the right place at the right time, right? What else are you going to do in your life, Con Ronway, to show that you just didn’t get lucky once? ‘Cause your efforts in D5 are a big fat joke, just saying.
And former Olague frenemy Debra Walker was on hand as well, at this event, as a supporter, as a bystander? Are we going to hear a new / different perjury story after the election? Mmmm…
John Rizzo - He fixes problems, he has an engineering background.
London Breed – She was born in District Five. She was born in District Five. She was born in District Five. One imagines she’s still turbo-pissed at Mayor Ed Lie for not appointing her earlier this year. She’s raised the most money and has the support of Kamala Harris and Willie Brown.
Christina Olague - Pronounced “oh law gee” with a hard “g?” News to me. (Does she have a cold or is that her voice? Wow.)
“Hello. My name is, uh, Christina Olague. I’m Supervisor of this District. I was appointed in January. And I’m very thrilled and excited to be, uh, serving the community as the district Supervisor.”
And oh, here’s the big pitch for supporters, which I’ll tell you I didn’t see any:
“We need your presence!!! Please come out to hold up signs, wear your Tee Shirts and pass out literature. All the Candidates will be there. We want them to see strong support for Christina Olague. Got Questions? Call 415-724-0136 – Shelley B. Bell”
So, the Olague campaign wants the other candidates to see Olague has lots of support? OK fine, if that’s the way you want to do it.
Anyway, she’s a big fat SELLOUT and that’s why she got appointed over a moderate like London Breed.
And oh, she’s lying about that whole perjury issue with the Mayor and Ross Mirkarimi. Oh well.
Thea Selby - “I am super happy to be here…” Apparently, running for Supe is “hecka more fun” than you can imagine. And, apparently, everybody should consider running.
Julian Davis – “There are pro-development interests that are controlling the agenda of City Hall.”
This was the first attack against the Interim Supe during this forum.
“How do they get away with it? I’ll tell you – they get away with it by choosing your leaders for you. Over the past two years in San Francisco we have seen an appointed Mayor, an appointed District Attorney, an appointed Sheriff, and an appointed District Five Supervisor. Ask yourself is that’s participatory democracy the way we envisioned it? The answer is that it is not.”
Hope Johnson –
“…if those people are really representing you or if they are merely selling out to the highest bidder. And as Supervisor, I would hope to continue to ensure that government acts in our best interests and try to curb the abuse of authority some of which you’ve heard Mr. Davis talk about just a few minutes ago.”
And there you have it.
[UPDATE: Well, surprise surprise, Christina Olague got an endorsement last night. See Comments.]
Christina Olague is going to win the election, that’s why.
The reason for that is because she’s already been appointed to the job.
The reason for that is because she sold out her “progressive” values in order to get appointed. Remember RUN ED RUN? That was Christina Olague.
And hey, remember that whole perjury thing involving, speak of the Devil, Mayor Ed Lie and Commissioner Debra Walker? Remember how one protagonist spoke clearly and freely at City Hall and the other panicked and ran away to hide like a stupid cow? That runner and hider was Christina Olague, who said she might have to recuse herself from the Ross Mirkarimi vote due to, due to what? Due to somebody saying something? I don’t get that.
Anywho, there are institutional reasons why it benefits all parties concerned to host/attend this shindig, so here it comes.
All the deets:
AUGUST 8 Meeting Reminder
Dear District 5 Democrat,
Don’t miss out. On Wednesday, August 8, we’ll be hosting the first debate for the District 5 candidates for Supervisor from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Park Branch Library in the Haight.
The D5 Dem Club will also be making our endorsement for Supervisor. All registered club members and Democrats who have attended at least one prior meeting in the past year will have an opportunity to vote for their top-3 preferred candidates at this important discussion.
The debate and endorsement meeting will be held at the Park Branch Library in the Haight, 1833 Page St. The debate will begin promptly at 6:30pm, but members will be able to cast their endorsement vote at any time during the meeting. Voting will end promptly at 8:30pm and votes will be tallied at that time.
All registered candidates have been invited to participate, and once again we want to thank all the members who have join our club and made introductions to our members.
The following candidates have already confirmed:
London Breed Julian Davis Daniel Everett Hope Johnson Christina Olague Andrew Resignato John Rizzo Thea Selby
We hope to see you on Aug. 8 at the Park Branch Library!
If you have any questions about our Wednesday meeting, do not hesitate to email your club president Alex Doniach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you next week!
Warm regards, D5DC Board
Oh, and to spoil the surprise, Christina Olague will get endorsed. Kell surprise.
1. This was a “fun” event, in that the candidates’ names were pulled out of a snare drum and then they got time signals from a dinging triangle. A bit twee if you ask me, but it seemed apropropriate given the crowd and the nature of the event.
2. Speaking of which, there was a good turnout, with the lower level of Yoshi’s biggest room almost filled to capacity.
3. I understand how there needs to be a viability cutoff – I mean Big Entertainment would like all the candidates to swear fealty of course, but you can’t have 50 people on stage, right? (In a couple of years, we’ll have six races and who-knows-how-many candidates, right?) However, it’s not clear to me what the cutoff standards were. There were no candidates on stage from District Two, for instance. Presumably, leading viers Janet Reilly and Mark Farrell blew off the questionnaire, leaving that to Kat Anderson and Abraham Simmons. Now, both of them applied to The Recording Academy but neither wound up gracing the stage last night. Additionally, bona fide D6 candidate Anna Conda was left wondering what the deal is, man.
4. I left just after the intra-district candidate-on-candidate queries began. (Not sure what the point is of having a D6 candidate question one from D8 at last night’s love-fest, but whatever.) But as far as the intros (complete with musical accompaniment) were concerned, Malia Cohen was the standout. (She finished up way before the triangle had a chance to ding. Bonus.) Rafael Mandelman (Mandelman! Mandelman!) also did well, speaking naturally and name-checking The Death of Fun,* but, OTOH, Debra Walker seemed to be reading notes, as if at a high school debate. JMO.
Energy, energy, energy from Malia Cohen:
This is a new kind of deal for me, to see Big Entertainment take this approach. I’m thinking that this event will, as designed, affect how our Board of Supes deals with nightclubs and similar whatnots in 2011 and 2012.
*Copyright SFBG? Don’t know who coined this term. It’s a good one…
[UPDATE: Word on the street is that it''s wide open for those who didn't RSVP - there are 130 extra seats so you'd have a shot at getting in tonight if you so desire. REUPDATE: The cold dawn of Tuesday morning reveals that the RSVP requirement was strictly enforced, at least it was on one h. Brown. I don't know, I'm used to more open debates and forums and whatnot. I'd heard from one of the campaigns that there were only 170 RSVPs the afternoon before this event, so that meant that "it doesn't matter if you rsvp'd or not." Oh well.]
You can’t elect a supe until Melissa Griffin hosts a debate of the issues. Here she was a couple years back in District 9:
SBMB Business Association Board
Chair/President – Katherine Webster
Vice President – Leslie Hennessey
Secretary – Dr. Robert Privatsky
Treasurer – Sherry Cookson
Director -Eric Rubin
Director -Eric Steckel
Director -Teresa Birch
Aim Mail Center
Andrea Schwartz Gallery
Bars & Tone
Brannan St. Chiropractic
Hennesey’s Wines and Specialty Foods
Jeffrey Lee Insurance
Linda Graham (Prudential Reality)
O’Neills Irish Pub
Pacific Corporate Suites
Primo Patio Cafe
Rubenstein Law Group P.C.
Sweet Buds Floral
The Butler and The Chef Bistro
Thistle and Company
Walgreens #1297 – 670 4th St.
Walgreens #3185 – 825 Market St.
Walgreens #4275 – 456 Mission St.
Walgreens #6291 – 116 New Montogmery
Walgreens #7044 – 88 Spear St.
This is a view you can get of the changing Sixth Street area from the new rooftop bar:
This race, primarily with Debra Walker and Jane Kim it would seem, is 14 weeks from being over so I’ll have to start paying attention.
Here’s the release:
“Sparks Campaign Launch Big Draw. District 6 candidate brings together a true community crowd at campaign kickoff
San Francisco – As Theresa Sparks kicked off her campaign for District 6 Supervisor campaign at Passion Café in the Mid-Market area, one thing is clear: there is a coalition of community leaders, elected officials and business leaders, both progressive and moderate, rallying around her campaign. Her message: we need a new direction for District 6.
“As I look across the crowd today, it’s clear we have a unique group coming together to demand real experience and common sense in their Supervisor,” said Sparks. “Our campaign is leading this race because of the strength of our diversity and how people of District 6 are demanding a new way.”
The nearly overflowing room at Passion Café included leaders from across District 6 from the Tenderloin and Van Ness to South of Market and Inner Mission. The over 130 attendees heard from Sparks’ endorser and campaign co-chair, State Senator Mark Leno, and District 6 Supervisor Bevan Dufty talk about why they are part of the Sparks for 6 team. Business leaders and community activists from across the District 6 and San Francisco all came together under one message: we need a new direction in District 6 and San Francisco.
It was the President of the Small Business Advocates, Art Swanson, who summed up the event best, “Theresa Sparks is building a coalition of business leaders and community activists, small business owners and large building owners and moderates and progressives — a coalition that has never been seen before in San Francisco.”
Sparks told the crowd that we need to ensure that everyone, whether live on Sixth Street or South of Market has a voice at City Hall. As Supervisor, she pledged to use her experience as a business leader and community activist to bring people together to rebuild Mid-Market, bring jobs back to San Francisco and help revive our economy.
““The people here today and people across District 6 are tired of the political bickering that stifles real change,” said Sparks. “They want to bring back hope, opportunity and economic prosperity back to their neighborhoods – as the next District 6 Supervisor, that will be my top priority.”
For more information, please visit www.sparksfor6.com to learn more about Theresa or join the “Sparks for 6” Facebook page.”
The powerful San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee is, once again, having elections come November. You’ll be confronted, once again, with a ballot that’s filled with a bunch of names, most of which you’ve never heard of, and the obligation to check off your dozen favorites.
If you want, you can head over to the intersection of Market and Octavia this Saturday, April 3, 2010 and then head into the the LGBT Center‘s Ceremonial Room from Noon to 5:00 PM. Then you’ll be able to see and hear some of the candidates for DCCC in 2010 address members of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club.
They’ll all be answering a few questions from the crowd. (I don’t know if you need to be a member of the club to drop by, but you should be able to join the club, of course, if you want.)
The 12th District (Assemblywoman Fiona Ma country) reps the west side and 13th District (Assemblymember Tom Ammiano country) reps the east side of town, mas o menos. Find your district and see if any of these folks will be one of your twelve favorites:
DCCC DISTRICT 12th CANDIDATES:
Sandra Lee Fewer
DCCC DISTRICT 13th CANDIDATES:
Melissa Ann A. Apuya
Robert Gabriel Haaland
Owen P. ODonnell
Joe Alioto Veronese
And, oh yes, Alex Volberding would like everyone to know that he too is running for the DCCC in the 12th. But the two lists above aren’t exhaustive, they just show who plans on showing up at the next Milk Club PAC meeting. (The entire exhausting list of candidates for S.F. has 51(!) names this go-around.)