Power and pragmatism - Page 3

City Hall gets a new mayor and D.A., an empowered board president — and a new political reality

A Jan. 7 dinner in Chinatown honoring Sup. Jane Kim
Luke Thomas/Fog City Journal

"This is a decision beyond who were are as progressives and who we are as moderates. It's about who we are as San Franciscans," Chiu said. "This is a historic moment for the Chinese-American community," calling it "a community that has struggled, a community that has seen discrimination."

The next day, shortly after being elected to a second term as board president, Chiu acknowledged the "very real differences" in ideology among the supervisors, "but leadership is about working through those differences." Ultimately, he said, "none of us were voted into office to take positions. We were voted into office to get things done."


The progressive era is dead and David Chiu made it happen. Any progressive up for re-election next year is in deep trouble, and it's just too bad that the Guardian isn't man enough to admit, that after 10 years, it's like the post-Brown era never happened.

The fact y'all are pwned, Willie and Rose call the shots, and you don't understand it since it pre-dates your arrival into town. Time for some change at the BG, I think.

Posted by Hard Working Private Employee on Jan. 12, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

The SFBG will never, ever abandon the rigid progressive dogma of the dogmatic progressive sect no matter how many times it fails.

Until the Guardian and nonprofit sectors have a necessary conversation amongst themselves, this is going to get worse before it gets better.


Posted by marcos on Jan. 12, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

nicely done article Steve. I got bored with the process and lost interest in it but wanted to understand the process, which you did a great job describing here. Lets see what is going to happen...............

Posted by Guest on Jan. 12, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

"People of color," ha ha ha ha!!

They believe the city workers whose pensions are about to get stolen are white?!?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 12, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

Daly engaged in tenacious, in-your-face politics, and as a result, got more done for this city's lower income and disadvantaged residents than any other Supervisor who served along side him; perhaps more than any other supervisor who ever served, period.

The -Chronicle- and -Examiner- -reported- these successful tactics as 'antics' in order to diminish their impact and demonize Daly; in an all too successful psy ops campaign to hamstring Daly's success and popularity against the Downtown machine.

It is galling to see an SF Guardian piece parroting the Orwellian newspeak spun by the corporate and developer controlled press.

Your piece get the facts straight. But 'antics'? Milk was pretty in your face. Does history accuse -him- of engaging in 'antics'? No.

Let's not let our minds and our journalism be co-opted by PR firms' Big Brother style manipulations, and manufacturings, of the very terms through which we think, and dialog with each other.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Jan. 12, 2011 @ 11:33 pm