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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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finding success as soon as they leave her party.

But Lee is doing what he said he would do - represent all of the city while respecting his electoral mandate for adopting a centrist manifesto and pro-jobs stance.

Yet appointing Olague is shrewd too. Nobody should be complaining about Lee yet, not even the hopelessly biased SFBG.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

You sound like Josef Ratzinger back between when he was in the Hitler Youth and was the Grand Inquisitor.

The Green Party was pushed, it did not jump, in an inquisition that gave elected Greens the choice between conversion and political execution.

Like many who were forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition, they still practice their old crafts, only in a way that does not invite further persecution.

While the Democrats might have killed the Green Party, the work we did continues to make San Francisco a better place. The Democrats would not have partially coopted our political program after they killed us as a challenge if our ideas were not better and did not appeal to a broad swath of San Franciscans.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 12, 2012 @ 8:11 am

modern day America is like being a protestant in Spain during the inquisition?

Why stop there? Maybe being Green in SF today is like being Jewish in Nazi Germany, applying Godwin's Law to your stretched historical analogies.

No, Marcos, anyone with any nous leaves the SFGP because it is a moribund collection of offbeat non-entities. Even the Bay Guardian essentially said that last year in an adriot hit piece.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 12, 2012 @ 11:00 am

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