Posts Tagged ‘district two’

District Two Supervisor Mark Farrell Crows About Raising $200K for Re-Election

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Gentle Reader, did you have the foresight to be born in San Francisco? No? I thought not.

Well, that’s why your campaign to unseat incumbent Mark Farrell won’t work.

BTW, did you know that he’s a ”native San Franciscan who grew up in District 2?” And now that you know, he’ll never let you forget it.

The news of the day:

“Supervisor Mark Farrell Reports Raising Over $200,000 for Re-Election Campaign

San Francisco – District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell announced he has raised over $200,000 in his campaign for re-election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  As of December 31, 2013 Supervisor Farrell reported raising $199,602 from more than 550 donors, representing a wide breadth of supporters from District 2, small business owners, labor leaders and a wide group of San Francisco residents.

 “As a native San Franciscan who grew up in District 2, it is an incredible honor to represent the neighborhoods and residents of District 2 on the Board of Supervisors,” stated Supervisor Farrell.  “I am excited about the success of our fundraising efforts, but I do not take anything for granted, and will continue to work hard and actively engage with the neighborhoods and residents of District 2 throughout the campaign and my tenure in office.” 

 “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who donated to my campaign, no matter how big or small their contributions, and I am humbled by the large number of constituents who have already signed up to support my re-election campaign,” continued Farrell. 

Approximately half of Supervisor Farrell’s contributors are District 2 residents.  Other notable contributors include local political leaders from Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to Small Business Commission President Steven Adams, labor organizations including Firefighters Local 798 and Laborers Local 261, and civic leaders including Walter and Julia Haas and Diane Wilsey.

 “As we head toward the November election, I look forward to beginning our house party program and connecting in smaller settings with the residents of District 2, sharing ideas and concerns, and working together to make the neighborhoods of District 2 the most vibrant part of our City,” continued Farrell. “My campaign held over 100 house parties in 2010 and I look forward to 100 more in 2014.”

Supervisor Mark Farrell represents District 2 in San Francisco, which includes the Presidio, Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Anza Vista, Laurel Heights, Jordan Park, the Lake Street corridor, Sea Cliff and parts of Russian Hill.

First elected in November 2010, Supervisor Farrell currently serves as Chair of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, a founding member of the 2016-2017 Super Bowl Bid Committee, and also serves on eight other local and state Boards and Committees.

Supervisor Farrell’s legislative priorities include advancing policies and projects that boost local economic development, ensure neighborhood vitality, and enhance public safety and quality of life issues that affect all San Franciscans. For more information please visit www.markfarrell.com.

Marina District Gratified by All the White People Who Showed Up for America’s Cup – But Says No to Regular Tourists

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Work with me here. The recent America’s Cup scrimmage event up in San Francisco’s Great White North got this kind of reaction in the pages of the Marina Times:

“This event brought exactly the right kind of crowd to the Marina.”

Uh, white people with some extra folding money to spend – that kind of crowd?

Mmmm…

Anyway, you’d think that the friendly Marinites would similarly welcome the Feds landing Alcatraz tour boats at Fort Mason, right?

No.

Let’s hear from socially awkward, born-into-the-one-percent District Two Supervisor Mark Farrell in the very same pages of the Marina Times:

“The National Park Service’s (NPS) intention to study Fort Mason as a possible location for its Alcatraz tour ferry service is one of those ideas with serious and long-lasting impacts that must immediately be put to rest.”

(Yeah, it’s one of those ideas, huh? So like, Alex, I want “Ideas with serious and long-lasting impacts that must immediately be put to rest” for $1600?”)

Apparently, one set of aquatic tourists is the best thing in the world and another set of aquatic tourists is the worst thing in the world?

OK fine.

Hey Marina, look at this! You think the future can’t cross a bridge ride through a tunnel?

Now here’s the kicker. The reason why the white people of the Marina are worried about the Fort Mason proposal is that it’s a lead pipe cinch, owing to the lack of NIMBY laws on federal land:

“What makes the idea even more distressing to residents and establishments in the Marina is the lack of local environmental review and input that would be available. The NPS stated that environmental review of the Fort Mason site would be conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and not under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), because Fort Mason is federal property. Without a CEQA process in place for Fort Mason, the enormous changes contemplated in the Marina will never be considered by our local government, and any NEPA appeal would have to take place in Washington through the federal courts. In my letter to the NPS, I asked that since they are prepared to undergo a CEQA analysis for the sites located at the Port of San Francisco piers, they should do the same for the NPS-owned piers at Fort Mason…”

So, don’t come here, Feds. Don’t come here where it’s super easy to do business, you know, without dealing with millionaire NIMBYs for decades, oh no, don’t even think about it! Feds, you must immediately put the idea “to rest.”

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see how that works…

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.

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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 info@votekatanderson.com 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

info@votekatanderson.com 

www.votekatanderson.com

 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.

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D2 Update: Janet Reilly Throws Down – Supports Caretaker Mayor Proposal for 2011 – Does NOT Support Peskin, AFAICT

Monday, October 11th, 2010

District Two Candidate Janet Reilly just did herself a biiiiiiiig favor by releasing a statement today about her choice for the next Mayor of San Francisco*

Read it yourself to see if this kills the idea (a conspiracy theory, of sorts) that she would clear the way for Aaron Peskin (or Some Other Supervisor, from the present or the recent past) to become Mayor. (IMO, this statement will serve to put this issue to bed, but, as always, You Make The Call.)

“Dear Friends,

If Mayor Newsom is elected Lieutenant Governor, he will vacate the Mayor’s office in January. Current policy calls for the sitting Board of Supervisors to appoint his successor. But some believe the decision will be made by the newly elected Board of Supervisors — of which I may be a member.
 
I have been asked how I would vote on this very important issue.
 
I would strongly support a true interim Mayor who pledges not to seek re-election to a 4-year term. The interim Mayor’s sole ambition should be to successfully steward the city until the people choose the next Mayor. I believe this person should be a senior statesperson or a non-partisan city official with unquestioned expertise and integrity. There may be others who have never been elected who would be suitable for the position.
 
In recent years, I have disagreed with the divisive politics of the Board. Therefore, if given the chance, I will not cast my vote for interim Mayor for any currently sitting or former Supervisor who has served with any member of the current Board. We need a caretaker Mayor who will guide San Francisco until voters choose long-term leadership in the November 2011 election. This should be a thoughtful decision.
 
The next mayoral election will give the city an important opportunity to chart its future. I think we need to let this debate take place without any one candidate enjoying the advantage of incumbency.
 
If I am elected and called upon to vote on this matter, I will vote “no” on any current member of the Board of Supervisors for interim Mayor, and I will also vote “no” on any past Supervisor who has served with any member of the current Board.
 
I would look for a moderate, custodian Mayor who will govern from the center for all San Franciscans.

Please visit my website at www.janetreilly.com 

Sincereley,

Janet Reilly”

IMO, this is a good move.

That’s your D2 Update for today.

Is D2 the “Ignored District?”

Maybe, I don’t know…

Anyway, one of these neighbors will be repping you soon:

Kat Anderson

Barbara Berwick

Mark Farrell

Janet Reilly

Vilma Guinto Peoro

Abraham Simmons

*Assuming Janet gets elected as Supervisor of District 2, and assuming Mayor Gavin Newsom gets elected as Lt. Governor, and assuming the current Board, for some reason (I don’t know how all this will play out, I don’t think it’s knowable at this point anyway), doesn’t make a decision before Janet takes office, she might have one vote of 11 when the Board of Supervisors picks Our Next Mayor in or after January 2011.

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.”

Ouch.

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 look 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!

The Hard-Working Candidates of District 2: Janet’s 3000 Door Knocks, Kat’s 15,000 Brochure Handouts

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Well, it looks as if some more candidates for Supervisorial District #2 are wearing out their shoe leather – it’s not just Mark Farrell pounding the pavement these days.

Take Janet Reilly, for instance.

She’s counted up all the doors she’s knocked upon during her campaign so far and she’s hit 3000. Wow, that’s a lot.

See? Here’s her release from yesterday:

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O.K. then.

Not to be outdone, Stanfoo-educated Kat Anderson handed out her 15,000th brochure just today. The legal eagle reports that #14,999 went to a landlord named Benny and #15,000 went to Ed and Kevin at the JetMail business at the southern reaches of the district.

  

If you print up 15k worth of brochures and you hand them all out, then it’s easy to keep count, I s’pose.

Anyway, appears as if the typical resident and the typical small business owner in District 2 are going to run into more than one candidate before all is said and done. Don’t know if that’s true in any of the other districts…

All six declared hopefuls should be at the big forum coming up next week. See you there.