Maxwell leading in early numbers


By G.W. Schulz

District 10 incumbent Sophie Maxwell was winning by a large margin when I showed up at the Fanatics Sports Bar near Third Street and Cesar Chavez. About 75 supporters were around at that time among tables spread with confetti and food.

A group of large TVs were showing results on the walls, with former mayor Willie Brown flapping his jaw as a commentator on one of them.

With three percent of precincts reporting at that time, according to the city’s Web site, Maxwell was leading 52 percent with Dwayne Jusina trailing at 17 percent. Marie Harrison was running far behind in fifth place, but it’s much too early to state that Harrison’s supporters didn’t turn out at the polls and didn’t intend to at the very least send Maxwell a strong message about the Bayview-Hunter’s Point Redevelopment Plan and their concerns about what it might do to the southeast neighborhoods.

Maxwell insisted to me that the redevelopment scheme is indeed just a “plan” so far and could still be affected by more community input. Not to mention, she endured additional recent criticism when the Lennar Corp., a housing developer, backed out of a pledge to include 300 rental units in its designs for the Hunter’s Point Shipyard.

Maxwell told me that in exchange, Lennar has agreed to put an additional $18 million into a community benefits fund and build 58 below-market, two-and-three bedroom units costing $250,000 or less each to purchase. She said the previously planned 300 units were market-rate. She was also sure to explain that she's no unequivocal ally of Lennar.

“We have to keep an eye on Lennar and everybody else,” she said. “I don’t feel poor for Lennar. They’re not poor.”

As far as Newsom’s veto of Mirkarimi’s plan for foot patrols goes, she said the mayor should have offered an alternative plan long ago instead of waiting until now to make an offer that appears to be little more than a political stop-gap measure. But she said she’s willing to wait and see what the mayor can do to make up for the veto.

I did talk to one resident from the neighborhood who refused to vote for Maxwell because of the supervisor's support for a controversial Home Depot project on Bayshore Blvd. And we pointed out in our endorsements that Maxwell still must improve her position on Muni fare hikes and her visibility in the movement to shut down PG&E's Hunter's Point Power Plant was somewhat lackluster.

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