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Mayor Lee reaches out to progressives — but will that continue?

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Mayor Ed Lee gives his inaugural address flanked by past mayors
PHOTO BY LUKE THOMAS

"I'm elated. This is the best political news I've heard this year. I've known Christina for 15 years and I think she'll be a fantastic supervisor," Tom Radulovich, director of Livable City, told us. He also praised Lee for the gesture, saying, "He said he wants to work with everyone and this is a signal that he really means it."

Sup. David Campos said Olague has good values and a wealth of experience in land use issue. "She brings a lot to the table and I can see why he chose her," he told us.

Even Sup. Scott Wiener, a moderate, praised the Lee's pick. "I think it's an excellent choice. She's thoughtful and independent," he said. "I don't always agree with her, but I respect her and I've always enjoyed working with her."

Gonzalez told us he wonders whether the appointment would clear the field of progressive candidates, a long list of whom have expressed interest in running this year. The answer: probably not. Community College Board member John Rizzo contacted the Guardian shortly after the appointment to say, "I'm still in the race and planning to mount a vigorous campaign."

So much for the 100 percent.

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