Disappearing poles - Page 2

New supervisors Breed and Yee help create a less predictable board

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London Breed (left) and Norman Yee celebrate on election night.
SF NEWSPAPER CO. PHOTOS BY MIKE KOOZMIN

That was where Yee developed his deep appreciation for the role that small, neighborhood-serving businesses play in San Francisco. In an era before credit cards, he would offer credit lines to local customers struggling to make ends meet; that experience showed him how stores like his family's were essential parts of the city's social and economic fabric.

"That's why I value small businesses," Yee said, calling that his top focus as a supervisor. "They're going to have a bigger voice now."

Yee draws a clear distinction between the interests of small business and that of the larger corporations that dominate the powerful San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Asked where he might have placed on the Chamber's recent scorecard ranking supervisors' votes — where Yee's predecessor, Sean Elsbernd, got the highest marks — Yee said, "Probably not on their A list. They are just one entity in San Francisco and I'm not going to be judged just by them."

At 63 years old, Yee is by far the oldest member of the youngest Board of Supervisors in recent memory, while Breed, at 38, is closer to the current average. Yee hopes his age and experience will help him forge compromises among all the supervisors.

"People draw their lines, but I try to listen to people and see where their lines are," Yee said. "It's a balancing act, but at the same time, there's things I've been working on all my life, like education and safety net issues, and this district does care about those things. At the same time, they care about their homes. Are these issues in conflict? I don't think they have to be."

Comments

The idea of Supervisors who are not ideologically bound but rather favor consensus and co-operation is great for anyone except those who seek to confer a dictatorship on the city.

The people and voters should decide policy, not activists machinating behind closed doors.

Posted by Anon on Jan. 10, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

He knows that - he's not going to alienate the people of his district who are for the large part upper middle class homeowners. While his roots may be in Chinatown that brand of politics doesn't play well in West Portal - which is why he decided to support Chiu despite Rose Pak's demands he do differently.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jan. 10, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

those who seek office are lawyers, activists, government workers or professional politicians. Whenever I see someone standing for office who has actually run a small business, I vote for them because they understand basic economics and the crucial role of business in conferring prosperity.

While Breed, alto not fitting that category, is way more credible than Ross and Olague, in the same way that Kim is way better than Daly and the appalling Debra Walker.

We're good here.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 10, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

But it sure is going to hurt District 5. LMAO. She claims (Breed) not to know "what needs to be done" but she knows something is wrong. What a joke. And she's right about NOT being progressive because her staff and sub-staff over @ AAACC looks like Obama's cabinet, not like the diverse, Western Addition projects that Ms. Breed came from...allegedly. You'd expect someone tooting what great works they plan to do for the "African-Americans" of District 5, would have at least a few folks on staff that look like the Fillmore/Western Addition. It is after all 20-13. But not for Ms. Breed. And her being on the budget committee is a joke as well. She has mismanaged AAACC's budget for years. Smh. She's been in the district for at least the last 15 years....AND DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HAS TO BE DONE. Lord this is going to be fun too watch, and too see if the new sheep of D5 give her a pass.

Posted by GuestTitus Moreland on Jan. 20, 2013 @ 11:51 am

How about those million dollar homeowners in cole Valley and Buena Vista? Don't they count? They sure should, since they helped defeat all the progressives in D5 this past November.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 20, 2013 @ 1:51 pm