Is Chiu really set to roll into D.A.’s office?


Last month, when I wrote about the game of musical chairs in the D.A.'s office that Kamala Harris’ victory in the Attorney General’s race triggered, Board President David Chiu said he wanted to stay put, “for now.”

But is it possible that Chiu was referring to December 2010, or the first week of January 2011, when he said “now”.

Today, his chief of staff Judson True acknowledged that Chiu’s name “is in the mix” when it comes to the conversation about appointing someone to replace Harris. But True also noted that Chiu’s “focus is still on the Board.”

And if I were Chiu, I’d be biting my nails over the prospect of trading my seat as an elected official for an appointment that only lasts until year’s end. Especially since this trade-off would be happening against the backdrop of the November election in which Harris’ chief of staff Paul Henderson and criminal justice reform advocate David Onek have already filed paperwork.

Either way, True says not to expect any announcement about the D.A. appointment until an interim mayor has been selected, so stay tuned.

And Chiu just told Guardian city editor Steve Jones that the D.A.'s office isn't where his head right now.

"Chiu told me he doesn't think he wants it and wouldn't take it without assurances that someone who didn't share his values would be appointed to D3," Jones just told me, as he prepared to head for Daly's roast at the Independent tonight.



Values? What values?
How to advance the career of David Chiu??

Posted by D3 voter on Jan. 05, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

Sarah, I'm sure that Chiu just read this and is reconsidering his position, well done!
(you should hear me laugh)

Posted by Patrick Brown on Jan. 05, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

We all make career choices. I think D.A. for Chiu would be a good one for him and he's qualified for the job being a former prosecutor.

Posted by Mark Barnes on Jan. 05, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

That's ridiculous! He was essentially given an internship in the DA office and didn't go to court, not once! In my opinion, a DA should have some real world court experience.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2011 @ 12:36 am!/pages/Tell-David-Chiu-No-Deal/142075965849158

Posted by Guest on Jan. 05, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

19 likes in two days! That's about 0.003% of the population!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 07, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

The David Chiu hate is so misplaced. If he was going to leave the District to be appointed DA he would have already done it. He held strong on his progressive principles.

He may be the only progressive on the board who is willing to work across the aisle in a real way, and people of conscience may disagree with that position, but the fact that he was given a chance to abandon the people who got him elected and didn't deserves praise, not scorn.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2011 @ 1:50 am

Working across the aisle is one thing, giving Sean Elsbernd the 6th vote for Sean's first choice for Interim Mayor is another.

If one were to evaluate this play through an amoral, sociopathic, purely transactional lens absent any political values, one could see how this would be appealing.


Posted by marcos on Jan. 06, 2011 @ 8:57 am

So now not only are people appointed, they have to approve of their replacement.


Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2011 @ 8:47 am

Either way, wouldn't the main point to consider in replacing a D.A. be the smooth working of the D.A.'s office? From that perspective, it seems likely that Harris would want someone appointed who was already familiar with the staff and their case loads, which is the main argument for an office insider.

Posted by sarah on Jan. 06, 2011 @ 10:59 am

Message to the progressives- Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. The votes are there to make Chiu board prez if you choose. Do it. Keep the Mayor from appointing a bad D3 supervisor.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

If a choice doesn't get made on Friday, Chiu definitely has support on the new Board in the form of incoming D6 Sup. Jane Kim and D10 Sup. Malia Cohen. But both have previously said they'd favor a caretaker mayor, so as not to sully the open waters of the 2011 Mayor's race.


Posted by sarah on Jan. 06, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

Meanwhile, Kamala's lovely face continued to adorn the SF D.A's website:


Posted by sarah on Jan. 06, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

Well, they can't change it until they know who the next DA is, can they?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 07, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

And now, as the Guardian's Steve Jones reports, it's official that Chiu has withdrawn his name from consideration for the D.A's appointment:

Posted by sarah on Jan. 06, 2011 @ 2:43 pm