“EDITORIAL Kay Vasilyeva, a member of the San Francisco Women’s Political Caucus, has come forward with the allegation that District Five candidate Julian Davis grabbed her and put his hand down her pants at a political bar crawl in 2006. That was six years ago, but it’s still important — and more than the incident itself, the response we’ve seen from Davis is highly disturbing. He’s utterly denying that it ever happened, and retained a lawyer to send Vasilyeva a letter threatening her with legal action if she continues to talk.”
And here’s the last graf:
“We have said it many times before: People on the left need to be able to put their own ambitions aside sometimes and do what’s right for the cause. Davis can’t win. He’s embarrassing his former allies. He needs to focus on coming to terms with his past and rebuilding his life. And for the good of the progressive movement, he needs to announce that he’s ending his campaign, withdrawing from the race, and urging his supporters to vote for another candidate.”
Now, see the next quote on the Julian Davis door hangar? You know, from the San Francisco Examiner?
“Davis had impressed us with his knowledge of city issues and solutions that moved beyond the typical tax-and-cut, cookie-cutter budget moves usually proposed at City Hall. SF Examiner 10/16/12″
Following revelations about the cease-and-desist letter, progressive supervisors John Avalos and David Campos have withdrawn their endorsements of Davis’ candidacy. And due to the combined effects of this new allegation and the candidate’s handling of the matter, The San Francisco Examiner is forced to do the same.
We reaffirm our pre-existing endorsement of two other candidates running in this race, and urge residents of District 5 to vote for both John Rizzo and Thea Selby when they cast their ranked-choice ballots.”
You know, I could pick apart this recent statement line by line, sentence by sentence for the first twelve sentences or so…
This kind of thing is what P.R. people tell you what to do in these kinds of situations, but I don’t approve.
Anyway, here it is, entitled, “Please stay with me Monday.”
“The progressive community is currently deeply divided on how best to create a safe and productive space for a dialogue on domestic violence and abuse issues. No one can deny that there is presently a heightened sensitivity around these problems in San Francisco—something I respect and appreciate.
In order to come up with real and lasting solutions, we need to have a sustained dialogue and come together as a community. The current volatile and divisive rift that has emerged, three weeks before Election Day and on the heels of the Mirkarimi decision, is not productive.
To be clear: the allegation of sexual assault brought against me is completely false. I will admit, as I did many years ago, that I was at times overly flirtatious in my past. I took this very seriously, and have since apologized, had my apology accepted, and made amends.
In regards to the cease-and-desist letter I sent to Kay Vasilyeva, I understand why the letter created the reaction it did, but I ask you to look at this from a human perspective. My intention was never to intimidate her from speaking but to protect myself from defamation. Given the magnitude of her false accusation, I exercised my rights, knowing that in the court of public opinion, many would care that her claim is uncorroborated.
I ask you to stay with me now because I am still the most progressive candidate running. I have a long-standing history of advocating for the issues most important to the Milk Club and believe I can best serve you in City Hall.
As Supervisor I will work tirelessly to advance the position of women in San Francisco politics. I will be an outspoken advocate against domestic violence and work to promote awareness of this issue. I will advocate for LGBT issues affecting our community. I will work to preserve the cultural history of the LGBT community. I will work against transgender violence and work with the police for increased dialogue and support for victims. My agenda of working for families includes families of all forms, including queer youth. I have been a long-time supporter of marriage equality. The LGBT community has been an influential force in making San Francisco the special city that it is. I will build on the community’s accomplishments.
I’m eager to continue working with progressive leaders and grassroots organizations like the Milk Club to enact policies that will benefit our communities. I cherish the relationships I have built with Milk Club members over the years and encourage you to call me with any concerns you may have. [Cell phone # omitted.]
Please reaffirm your endorsement Monday and together we will share a sustained and productive dialogue for LGBT and domestic violence issues.
The meeting will take place Monday, October 22, 7-9 p.m. in the Ceremonial Room of the LGBT Center.
I look forward to serving you with honor and distinction.
Paid for by Julian Davis for Supervisor 2012, FPPC #134785″
And here’s what’s on the agenda tonight:
“EMERGENCY MEETING ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, LGBT CENTER, Ceremonial Room, 7-9pm.
The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club will hold an Emergency General Membership MeetingMonday, October 22 to discuss and vote on the reconsideration of the Milk Club’s endorsement of Julian Davis for District 5 Supervisor. This was proposal was moved and seconded at the October 17 General Membership Meeting and carried by more than a 2/3 vote.
A second motion was madeto suspend the bylaws tonight in order to vote on the process for Monday night. This motion suspended Article 8, letter B: single seat multi-choice races.The motion was carried by more than a 2/3 vote.
A final motion was then madeto do an unranked endorsement of Christine Olague, John Rizzo and Thea Selby as a slate endorsement to be voted on Monday, Oct. 22.Carried by more than a 2/3 vote.
Decisions will take place by ballot vote. The ballot will contain the following questions:
Shall the club rescind its endorsement of Julian Davis for District 5 Supervisor?
If the club rescinds this endorsement, should the club approve an unrnanked triple endorsemnt of Christina Olague/John Rizzo/Thea Shelby?
“It started with a bike ride in San Francisco on Sept. 25, 1992. About 50 people cycled in a pack along Market Street, hoping to earn some respect from drivers who sometimes ignored them or edged them off the road. They called it the “Commute Clot.” Today it’s known as Critical Mass, a movement that’s spread worldwide. Supporters say it promotes cycling and the rights of bicyclists. But critics say it is illegal, clogs traffic and antagonizes drivers. We talk about Critical Mass’ 20th anniversary, and its effects on the city.
Host: Michael Krasny
Chris Carlsson, co-founder of Critical Mass who was part of the first ride on Sept. 25, 1992, and has since participated in Critical Mass rides in Milan, Vancouver and Porto Alegre, Brazil
Tune in at 10:00 on your radio or on your device, Listen Live.
*The SFBC raises money through fees but it also gets mucho dinero directly from SFGov. So that’s why it endorsed Ed Lee for Mayor even though SFBC’s members generally did not and still do not like Ed Lee. Similarly, Chrstina Olague, Mayor Ed Lee’s hand-picked recruit for District 5 Supervisor, gets endorsed over Julian Davis even though SFBC members actually favor JD. The SFBC is basically a quasi-government agency now, so it’s very afraid of seeming to say something negative about certain members of the City Family. It’s also afraid of hurting the chances of its officers someday getting jobs / health care directly with SFGov / SFMTA. Anyway, that’s why the SFBC is basically a SFGov kiss-ass these days. It will lobby San Francisco government, certainly, but that’s about as far as it wants to go. (Think about it – who would the SFMTA endorse for Mayor?)
If you voted for Ed Lee for Mayor, your choice for the next D5 Supervisor is London Breed.*
OTOH, if you voted against Ed Lee for Mayor, your choice for the next D5 Supervisor is Julian Davis. Throw in a couple other choices if you want, but make sure neither one is London Breed or Interim Supervisor and Total Sellout Christine Olague. (Or should I say Christine “8 Washington” Olague? Or should I say Christine “Perjurer Accomplice” Olague?)
Come out and say hi to Julian, I’m sure he’ll be there, this Sunday:
(I wish San Francisco had just an average kind of utility monopoly instead of motherfucking PG&E. Speaking of which, a while back they inquired about how much it would cost to advertise some PR campaign on this tiny blog. I was like GTFO – I ignored it. Interestingly, presented with a similar offer, the San Francisco Bay Guardian said bring it, and so then PGE’s signature blue banner ads started appearing at SFBG.com, I’m seriously. Ah memories. )
Anyway, see you at Sunday Streets Western Addition 2012.
*I’m sure he’d be delighted to have her on board. Now, she’s a little PO’ed these days about how she kind of got screwed over by Interim Mayor Ed Lee earlier this year, oh and by Willie Brown and Rose Pak and all, but I’m sure Mayor Lee and his minders would adapt to London’s election swimmingly. (Of course Ed Lie said he would stay out of this particular race and of course now he’s now picking sides in D5, you know, just a few months later, but he also said he wouldn’t run for Mayor. In fact that’s why he became Interim Mayor, based on that other promise. Hence the sobriquet Ed Lie.) Anyway, Republican billionaire Ron Conway threw her a few bucks a little while ago – that’s telling, IMO. Oh, and DiFi just endorsed her, and you can’t get any more Establishment than DiFi I don’t think.
I’ll tell you, if you like Ed Lee’s neo stop-and-frisk policy for the SFPD, then you should vote for Christina Olague, cause, you know, she worked hard to ensure that voters would choose Ed Lee over Supervisor John Avalos in the last mayoral election.
“EMPRESS HAS NO CLOTHES: Some overconfidence in District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague’s campaign before last week’s August 15 SF Democratic Party county committee endorsement vote. Only days before, Bill Barnes, veteran campaign manager, government staffer and former District 5 candidate himself, came in to corral votes for the supervisor representing Japantown, Haight-Ashbury and Western Addition. One strategic error made – assuming an inflated head count that Olague would snag the important SF Democratic Party endorsement. In reality, no consensus had developed for Olague and her rivals - London Breed of the African American Arts and Culture Complex, Julian Davis of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center or College Board member John Rizzo. The outcome – a public embarrassment for Olague, the Mayor Ed Lee appointee…”
Julian Davis – Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening and Mobilization When: August 18, 2012 – Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Where: 609A Haight Street, San Francisco What: Join Julian Davis, candidate for supervisor in District 5. Grand opening and mobilization. Fresh breakfast, hot coffee. Speakers, plans for marching to victory in November and then hit the streets. Information: juliandavis.org
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.