[Hpn] ELECTORAL REVOLUTION
Wed, 13 Dec 2000 15:51:18 0
My congrats to the people of San Francisco. We must remember it wasn't just homeless persons who voted for these people with numbers like these obviously even the silent majority is getting more than a little fed up. This is how coalition form. And we will find ourselves allied with some pretty surprising colleagues. we don:t have to agree on everything ~ but we will have to decide what are the important issues we have in common. The republicans and the "right" have spent 30 years building coalition while the rest of us have been arguing over who is holier and purer than the other. The idea isn't to scare the suits and straights but to get them to remember that we are FAMILY. There is much I have read here that isn't what I believe or think. So bloody what, it is a big world and I don't want you following me ( For one thing, I'm probably lost! ) and you don't want me following you. Trust me on that last one.
But if we can learn to put aside our honest differences then we can move the world. Remember the FBI and others did their best to cause and increase the internal strife in the Nation of Islam and Peace movements. And WE let them have their way. In the end the fault for the disintegration of the movements in the late 70s and 80s is ours, not theirs.
They opened a vag and we jumped into it. Maybe with the best of intentions but we didn't do what was needed.
One thing I see us as having to work on is what the people of San Francico have done. Work locally to get our people in. Screw the Presidency, for the most part what can a Pres. do besides be a figure-head. Yes that is useful but only to a limited extent. Unless of course the whole of Congress and the people are with him. But by then who needs him!
The people upstairs are always conscious of which way the wind blows.
Remember in America Willie Brown is considered a "leftist". I'm sure we can all see the resemblance to Leon Trotsky (sic).
On Wed, 13 Dec 2000 chance martin wrote:
> Call me tickled, because I am!
> Every candidate backed by Mayor Willie Brown in yesterday's runoff election
> for district supervisor went DOWN! DEFEATED! And in the case of district 6,
> where I live and work, affordable housing and tenant rights advocate Chris
> Daly got 82%! In district 5, COH ally Matt Gonzalez made history by becoming
> the first Green Party candidate to win a seat on the Board of Supervisors!
> In fact, the unbelievable truth is the Coalition on Homelessness has more
> allies on the Board of Supervisors than the Mayor!!!
> And that's a very good thing, because a Bush presidency can only mean we're
> going to need all the friends we've got.
> S.F. Election Loosens Mayor's Grasp on Board
> Edward Epstein, Ilene Lelchuk, Chronicle Staff Writers
> Wednesday, December 13, 2000
> ©2000 San Francisco Chronicle
> UPDATED ELECTION RESULTS
> San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown lost his iron grip on the Board of
> Supervisors last night as candidates he backed appeared headed for defeat in
> contests that will determine control of the board for the next two years.
> Brown was the main issue in the runoffs, as he was in the first round of the
> supervisors' district elections Nov. 7, with insurgent candidates out to end
> the power the mayor has enjoyed over the board in his first five years.
> The mayor mounted an all-out effort to keep his loyal board majority, even
> sending City Hall aides on their own time to work in the campaigns of
> several candidates he backed in yesterday's voting.
> But it appeared the work hadn't paid off with city voters, who, according to
> unofficial results, turned aside Supervisors Michael Yaki and Amos Brown --
> both of whom were first appointed to the board by the mayor and remained his
> steadfast allies.
> The runoffs produced several new faces on the 11-member board as the city
> tried district elections again after 20 years of electing supervisors in
> citywide contests.
> For Brown, it appeared his words last October in his annual State of the
> City speech had come back to haunt him.
> "I just hope that the irresponsible advocates of electing people just
> because they oppose Willie Brown don't load us down with a lot of crazy
> people, " he had said.
> Unofficial results showed challenger Jake McGoldrick had defeated Yaki in
> District 1 in the Richmond. In District 3 in the city's northeast corner,
> neighborhood activist Aaron Peskin topped City College board member Lawrence
> Wong, who had Brown's nod in the runoff.
> Supervisor Leland Yee, a Brown critic, defeated challenger John Shanley in
> the Sunset's District 4, while community organizer Chris Daly won a big
> victory over Brown's choice, businessman Chris Dittenhafer.
> In West of Twin Peaks District 7, court administrator Tony Hall narrowly led
> Supervisor Mabel Teng -- a Brown loyalist -- in a race too close to call. In
> another close contest, Supervisor Mark Leno appeared to have defeated
> challenger Eileen Hansen in District 8, which includes the Castro and Noe
> In District 10 in Bayview-Hunters Point and Potrero Hill, challenger Sophie
> Maxwell topped Brown's choice, Linda Richardson.
> And in District 11, Deputy Public Defender Gerardo Sandoval defeated Amos
> Brown, perhaps the mayor's closest ally on the board.
> Supervisors Gavin Newsom in District 2 and Tom Ammiano in District 9 won the
> needed majorities in the first round of voting last month and avoided
> Yaki and Amos Brown, first appointed by the mayor, had gone on to win
> election in their own right. Leno also was appointed by the mayor, who has
> named six supervisors to the board during his tenure and built a reliable
> The mayor wasn't available for comment last night, but his press secretary
> P. J. Johnston admitted the outcome was grim.
> "It's pretty disappointing. It's a rough night," he said.
> Johnston denied the election was a referendum on the mayor. "The mayor's
> name was on the ballot in 1999. It wasn't here. This may make things tougher
> to govern in San Francisco, but Mayor Brown will try to keep this government
> focused on the city as a whole and not on individual fiefdoms," he added.
> MORE INDEPENDENTS
> Daly said the results meant big change. "It looks like there will be a good
> number of independents on the board. Hopefully that means there will be
> checks and balances that we didn't have during Mayor Brown's first five
> years," said Daly.
> "Mayor Brown will have to negotiate with people who have other ideas, and
> that will be good for the city," he added.
> Maxwell said she won't harbor hard feelings against Brown.
> "I do see myself working with the mayor," she said. "It's not for me -- it's
> for the community and the district."
> Maxwell was endorsed by Ammiano, the mayor's nemesis. But she ran a grass-
> roots campaign without any formal campaign manager or consulting firm. Her
> campaign headquarters was her house in the Bayview.
> "I can claim victory in that I ran a good race," Maxwell said. "We had an
> electricity and enthusiasm."
> Newsom said he thought the change on the board "is good for the mayor. He's
> presumed that he'd have a majority of support from the board and he's been
> laissez-faire about how he conducted himself with concern to (creating) new
> legislation. A new board will create a different construct where the mayor
> will have to be more involved with the board."
> 'VOTERS WANT CHANGE'
> Pollster David Binder said the results showed that the city's political left
> is alive and well. "The progressives spoke loudly tonight that they are in
> control of San Francisco," he said.
> Business groups and others linked to Brown mounted independent campaigns for
> the mayor's choices, spending several hundred thousand dollars. On the other
> side, former mayoral candidate Clint Reilly and such groups as the San
> Francisco Tenants Union spent a far smaller amount helping anti-Brown
> The insurgent candidates -- grouped around forces that helped Ammiano in his
> losing mayoral effort last year -- waged feisty campaigns to bring their
> brand of reform to City Hall.
> Neighborhood activist Doug Comstock, a frequent critic of the mayor, grinned
> as he watched election returns roll in Tuesday night.
> "This means he'll have to listen to the neighborhoods," said Comstock,
> president of the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods. "I think we
> should take our win and force his hand."
> VOTERS FAIL TO TURN OUT
> As political pros expected, yesterday's runoffs sparked little voter
> interest, with the election coming during holiday preparations, after a huge
> turnout of 66.6 percent for the November general election and during the
> continuing fight over the presidency in Florida.
> Early results showed about 30 percent of the city's registered voters went
> to the polls yesterday.
> At an Ingleside precinct in District 11, inside Fellowship Bible Church,
> bored poll workers warmed themselves by a wood-burning stove and chatted the
> day away. By 6 p.m., only 89 of the precinct's 760 registered voters had
> cast ballots.
> "I don't feel like I'm earning my money," lamented poll inspector Rose
> Jones, who suggested the still-undecided presidential race kept voters away
> from the polls.
> "They are discouraged by the Bush-Gore election," Jones said.
> MAYOR WARY OF BICKERING
> The mayor, who opposed the idea of district elections, said earlier that he
> hopes the new supervisors will be more interested in getting things done at
> City Hall than in political combat.
> "You need to build at least six votes to support something, whether it's the
> budget or living wage or a stoplight. It isn't friendships that govern, it's
> the merit of the issues," he said last weekend during a campaign stop on
> Clement Street with Yaki.
> But the mayor fears that neighborhood bickering could bog down the
> supervisors' work.
> "The NIMBY concept is now moved to an official spot on the board. Which
> supervisor who wants to get re-elected will ever support locating a social
> service agency in their district?" he asked.
> ©2000 San Francisco Chronicle Page A1
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