Elections 2011

Lessons of the Avalos campaign

The mayoral candidate demonstrated what can be accomplished with a new kind of progressive leadership

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By N'Tanya Lee

It's the middle of the night. His two kids and wife are home in bed. Supervisor John Avalos, candidate for mayor, heads downtown in his beat-up family car. He parks and walks over to 101 Market Street, and casually starts talking to members of OccupySF. He's a city official, but folks camped out are appreciative when they see he's there to stand with them, to try to stop the cops from harassing them, even though its 1 a.m. and he should be in bed.Read more »

Onek supporters rally 'round

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A small crowd of District Attorney Candidate David Onek’s most passionate supporters gravitated to the Pilsner Inn to celebrate the end of an energized campaign.

“The last four days of an election are complete chaos,” said one volunteer. “It’s exciting but I’m exhausted.”

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Mirkarimi likes where it's going

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At the Carnelian by the Bay behind the Ferry Building, District 5 supervisor Ross Mirkarimi seemed like a guy who didn't want to speak too soon.

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Adachi, smiles, frets about Prop C

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By Shawn Gaynor

A montage of campaign pictures projected on the wall of the packed Harbor Court Hotel ballroom (totally fancy, good desert) show a man who wears a smile with a natural, genuine ease. Mayoral candidate Jeff Adachi arrives with that smile and looks up, reflecting on the photos for a moment before his supporters notice he has entered. Suddenly, a cheer goes up.

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Chris Cunnie draws big supporters

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Chris Cunnie's event at the Delancey Street Foundation was packed early with top pub safety officials -- San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr, San Francisco Firefighters Union president John Hanley, San Francisco Police Officers Association president Gary Delagnes.

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Sharmin Bock gets jazzed up

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The first DA numbers have just come in: Gason 48%, Bock 21%, Onek 15%. But so far a smoking little jazz trio downstairs is about the only real excitement at DA candidate Sharmin Bock's campaign party at Yoshi's on Fillmore. No big reaction yet, and the candidate isn't expected to arrive until 9:30.

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Survey shows Lee aligned with tenant advocates only half the time

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The results of a mayoral candidates' survey created by the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO) offered some surprises. Based on candidates' responses, venture capitalist Joanna Rees, one of the more conservative contenders, came across as a stronger advocate for affordable housing and tenants' rights than interim Mayor Ed Lee, who previously defended tenants as an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus. Read more »

Sean Parker: "I am paying far too little in taxes"

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Billionaire tech investor Sean Parker responded to an article that appeared in last week's issue of the Guardian, writing in an email that he is not "some conservative a*hole." Read more »

Stealing an election -- and more

Ed Lee's pledges to "restore the trust" just don't hold water

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OPINION The emergence of apparent voter fraud that mars San Francisco's mayoral election rightly resulted in calls for a federal investigation and federal monitors. It's not the political interests of rival candidates that are at issue. It is the consequences of a dishonest election process for our city and its future.Read more »

Lee under fire over voter fraud accusations (VIDEO)

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    Just over two weeks before election day, allegations of voter fraud carried out by agents of an independent expenditure committee created on behalf of Mayor Ed Lee threw a curveball into the San Francisco mayor’s race. Lee has been the clear front runner for months. Read more »