Ed Lee does some 'splainin

"If I'm going to thrust all my energy into this, I don't need to have to deal with...a campaign...for mayor" Lee told BG in Feb.

Ed Lee, appointed San Francisco's interim mayor early this year after giving the San Francisco Board of Supervisors his word that he would not seek a full term, filed papers to enter the race as a mayoral candidate on Aug. 8.

"I haven't changed at all," Lee said when reporters questioned his 180-degree turnaround. "I've just made a change of mind in terms of running for this office."

Standing beside his wife, Anita, the mayor delivered a five-minute speech about what has transpired in his seven months as interim mayor, saying he was motivated to run by his accomplishments in office so far.

Lee said he had met with members of the Board of Supervisors and understood that some would be looking for an explanation on his change of heart.

Former District 6 Sup. Chris Daly has said he believes Lee's run for mayor was scripted from the start. Whatever the case, an outburst that occurred as Lee was filling out paperwork certainly was not part of any script. Surrounded by news cameras, Charles Khalish heckled Lee, asking, "Sir, are you going to step down? You're in the office under false pretenses, Mr. Lee." When security surrounded him, he loudly protested, and a group of sheriff deputies and mayoral security officers with the San Francisco Police Department closed in and grabbed him.

While it was impossible for this reporter to see exactly what took place seconds before Khalish was forcibly removed, Tony Winnicker, a former press secretary to Mayor Gavin Newsom who is now issuing media advisories for Lee's mayoral campaign, later claimed he wouldn't have been removed if he hadn't gotten pushy. The officers hauled Khalish down the corridor as he shrieked, "Heeeeeeelp!!" They restrained his arms behind his back and placed his head in a lock while they told him to stop resisting.

"He was cited for obstructing public business," sheriff spokesperson Eileen Hirst later told the Guardian. "It is likely that he will be released as soon as the paperwork is finished." She added that she had not yet seen an incident report.

The interim mayor said he made the decision to run over the weekend with the help of his family members. Chinatown power broker Rose Pak is not part of his family, but Lee's daughter Brianna wrote in a January editorial called "Fear the ' Stache" that she had always known Pak as "Auntie Rose."

Pak was a key driver behind "Run, Ed, Run," the campaign backed by Progress for All that plastered cartoon drawings of Lee all over San Francisco. Progress for All will be the subject of discussion at the Aug. 8 Ethics Commission meeting, since Ethics director John St. Croix has stated he believes the political organization filed improperly as a general purpose committee. In late July, five mayoral candidates -- including Board President David Chiu -- joined Democratic County Central Committee chair Aaron Peskin in asking for an investigation into whether Progress for All had violated local campaign laws. Campaign finance reports, meanwhile, show that the effort was backed by a small group of inflential business insiders. Asked about the role of "Run, Ed, Run," on his campaign for mayor, here's how Lee responded:

This evening, Lee the will participate in a mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Duboce Triangle/Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association at the Castro Theater at 7 p.m.


The Mayor announces he's running for the Mayoral election.

A politician changes his mind.

A protestor gets arrested for acting inappropriately.

A Marin County resident - Chris Daly - shoots his mouth off.

Where's the news here?

Posted by Harry on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 11:44 am

Daly doesn't live in Marin county. If you mean to suggest that he lives in Fairfield, that's Solano County.

Posted by The Commish on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

this ain't nothing to do with him anymore.

Although his "fumble" now looks even more tragic.

Posted by Harry on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 6:57 am

Hey Rebecca,

Charles is around 75 now but looks 30 years younger cause he works like a slave in his landscaping/gardening business. Hell of a guy and passionate about his politics to be certain. A real argument for, 'catch and release'. Which it looks like the sheriff's will do. Lee should be magnanimous and make certain the cops don't charge him either.

Get to watch Vogelsong pitch tonite and he's 9-1.


Posted by h. brown on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 11:48 am

Isn't the character of Dennis in this Monty Python video played by Charles Khalish? -


Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

Although I suspect that accurately represents most of the Bay Area hopeless liberals (BAHL's).

Posted by Harry on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

Mr. Khalish is very lucky to have been removed from city hall by San Francisco Sheriff Deputies instead of the SFPD. His next video would most likely have been made at General Hospital.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

"No time to think about it at all"

Ed Lee is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

I see your true colors...shining through...

Posted by Guest on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

She did great work at The Guardian, even if I disagreed with her conclusions. Did she threaten Tim and Steve enough that she was one of the employees shit-canned in The Guardian's recent layoffs? I hope not - but I haven't seen her write here for a while. Instead we have hacketta Rebecca Bowe.

Posted by Right on Sister Snapples on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

A top-notch reporter in every single way. Yes, I disagreed with some of her conclusions and her habit of using Ebonics in stories about "the Blacks" was terribly annoying, but the quality of her reporting was consistently excellent. Her work on the power plant in particular.

Clearly a strong, talented woman threatens the straight, white male leadership of The Guardian and is going to be shown the door. I feel really badly for Sarah. Tim should be ashamed to unceremoniously shit-can his single best reporter.

Posted by Right on Sister Snapples on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

Sarah Phelan is a good journalist (and so is Rebecca Bowe). The Guardian was foolish to fire her.

If the Ayatollah and Tim Redmond needed to cut staff, they should have canned Steven T. Jones. He is to journalism what Alix Rosenthal is to politics - enthusiasm without discernment.

Our local progressive sect in general is killing itself with self-inflicted wounds. The management of The Guardian is part of the same pattern.

There's no stopping a determined pack of Lemmings.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

"newspaper" is these days? Now that all the sex-for-money ad's have migrated to the internet, the SFBG has no consistently significant source of revenue.

Meanwhile. SFBG was out-maneuvered out of that 20 million court award and took more like 20 grand - barely enough to sustain Bruce's annual donut budget.

One can reasonably draw a parallel between the decline of the SF "progressive" movement and the SFBG. Both are tired, bankrupt old relics.

Posted by Harry on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

Get a Grip, people. It's not just the Guardian. Ever heard of Google for researching things? READ something on occasion so you don't expose yourselves as willfully-ignorant fools obsessed with "progressives". Get a Grip.


news paper death watch
About journalism - dying papers:

Posted by Jorge Orwell 1984 on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

And speaks truth to power on a frequent basis.

Posted by Right on Sister Snapples on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 4:19 pm
Posted by matlock on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

As all of our regular nasty critics have noted in quick succession, yes, the Guardian has gotten thin, and yes, we had to lay off a talented reporter (a woman whose work was regularly and viciously criticized by all of you trolls). Maybe it's your intention to undermine everything we do, and maybe some you are even being paid for your efforts. But all of you claim to despise us and you rarely even ofter a constructive criticism or anything of substance, just the spewing of bile and animosity. If you think we're so bad, then just go away. It's a big Internet and there must to someone else out there worth harassing. As for us, we're down to a core crew of very talented journalists, and we're going to continue to do solid work and try to ignore the handful of you that devote yourself to trying to destroy of us, because San Francisco needs the Guardian, now more than ever.

Posted by steven on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 9:26 am

Don't need anyone's help to accomplish that Steven.

Now go speak truth to power. Start by talking to yourself in the mirror.

Posted by Right on Sister Snapples on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 9:42 am

just collected 20 million?

Posted by Harry on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

According to this morning's Ex, Chris Daly made the following comment about Ed Lee:

"Ed Lee equals a dorky, Chinese version of Willie Brown. Progressive and moderate are not useful terms here. Just dorky, Chinese Willie Brown.”

Inspiring stuff, huh? Almost racist. And in the name of progressive politics!

Daly's comment illustrates why our local progressive sect will be steam-rolled by Lee. The sect has been remiss in coming up with a strategy to counter Lee, has no credible mayoral candidate of its own, and can only respond with the usual ad hominem attacks, now verging on racism.

Lee's decision to run is a disappointment. If anybody with any gravitas opposed him, Lee might be in trouble in November.

Lucky for Lee, though, his opponents are all political Munchkins. And the crudest of them all are the progressives.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

I think Lucy Ricardo did a much better job of 'splainin one of her cockamamie schemes than Ed Lie is doing today. There is little reason to trust what Ed Lie says now as candidate because he's proved himself to be such a poor liar.

Posted by MPetrelis on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

"There is little reason to trust what Ed Lie says now ..."

- Michael Petrelis


The latest poll, however, shows that Ed's breaking his word has not hurt his standing among voters. He leads at 35%. Which is three-and-a-half times the support of his nearest competitors. Also, all the top contenders, including Lee, are hated by progressives.

The authentic progressive in the race, John Avalos, is not a serious player, according to the poll. And Leland Yee, thought by some to be a stealth progressive, fairs poorly.

Ed Lee will have to work to get the votes needed to go from 35% to 50%. But his competitors will have to work even harder to do that.

None of the will get any traction with voters by repeating that "Ed Lee is liar."

They know that. They don't care.


Because the alternatives are so underwhelming that the voters would prefer a liar as mayor.

Don't blame me. I didn't destroy the progressive sect.

You may want to knock on Chris Daly's door to find that culprit.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

What poll has Lee at 35%? It's rubbish. 300 posts on sfgate and 95% of them scorn Ed Lee. I'll roll with that "poll", not yours.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

According to a recent CBS 5-SurveyUSA poll of 528 San Francisco voters, Lee would get 35 percent of the vote if the election were held today.

Posted by Jorge Orwell 1984 on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

"Lee said he had met with members of the Board of Supervisors and understood that some would be looking for an explanation on his change of heart."

"Change of heart?" No, stop the nonsense and tell it like it is: I'll write that the way it should read: "some would be looking for an explanation for his HYPOCRISY." That's how it should read.

I cannot stand hypocrites.

This is one of the many reasons why many people can't stand politicians. I would say that 99.5% of them say one thing and do the opposite. They "promise heaven and mistake the direction."

I took a random sample poll the other day. The question I asked people was:

"Do you have more respect for politicians or for sewage?"

Everyone I asked, without hesitation, said: "Oh sewage, no question about it."

Posted by Jorge Orwell 1984 on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

Um, in what way is Ed Lee a hypocrite? Has he previously scorned other people who've changed their minds about running for office? Or are we just seeing the limits of your vocabulary...

Posted by Juan Eduardo on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 11:54 am

Democracy is still on the wane in San Francisco, and our lying Mayor
has a lot to do with this deplorable situation:


Posted by MPetrelis on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

Thanks for that. Sounds like a real homogenized, pasteurized, sanitized and even privatized event. Really no different than the shams called "debates" held at the federal level for presidential candidates. I wouldn't waste my time with it. I can hear lies and hear political la basura refer to each other as "my distinguished colleague" and all that BS any time.

Posted by Jorge Orwell 1984 on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

"Democracy is still on the wane in San Francisco, and our lying Mayor has a lot to do with this deplorable situation."

- Michael Petrelis

Ed Lee's justification for breaking his word was pretty weak. Basically, he said "I changed my mind."

What kind of an attitude is that? How would we feel if a friend, a co-worker, or a business partner broke their word whenever they changed their mind?

The problem in politics, however, is that you can't beat somebody with nobody. And although Ed Lee does face opposition, none of them has much to offer as a serious alternative.

The most authentic and sincere of Lee's opponents is John Avalos. However, Avalos plays to a far-left constituency only.

That's too narrow a base for governing the city. Avalos seems unwilling to change the situation. An example is his continued indulgence of the fringe group Queers for Avalos. What's next, Homos for Mirkarimi? Yikes!

My guess is that the opponent who will gain the most from Lee's dishonesty is Dennis Herrera. He's in a position to say he's a low-key professional like Lee, but more honest.

But even so, I doubt that Herrera - or anyone else - will get enough traction with the voters to overtake Lee. Their only hope is for Lee to make enough gaffes in the course of the campaign to undo himself.

That could happen. However, there's always Chris Daly on the other side of the equation.

Daly remains ready and eager to sabotage any effort by anybody to create an intelligent and positive alternative to Lee. Daly has already proved the point with his attack on Lee as "a dorky Chinese."

The city's governing class is a sodden bunch. For a while there, Ed Lee seemed to be a cut above them.

Now he's just another Usual Suspect. But one that is likely to win in the end.

That's politics, folks.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

One way to save Sarah's job would have been stop publishing the paper edition of the SFBG and turn into an on-line publication.

There is no need to publish a paper edition anymore. Brucey and Tim rightfully argued for stopping annual Yellow Pages deliveries in San Francisco BECAUSE IT WASTES PAPER RESOURCES.

Ditto for the Guardian's weekly 48pg paper edition (or is it 44? 40? now)?

There is no need to publish this stuff anymore. All literates have Internet access.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 08, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

Two people who are not candidates for mayor are big players in the mayor's race: Chris Daly and Rose Pak.

They are the same underlying character type, reflected in the two sides of the gender mirror. Rose Pak is Chris Daly in drag, and vice versa.

Both are insufferable bullies. Each is undermining the cause that he or she claims to uphold.

Daly is helping orchestrate personal attacks on Ed Lee, at one point calling him "a dorky Chinese." This behavior will not play well in the Chinese press. It will only solidify Asian-American support for Lee and make his critics become suspect for racism. The best thing that could happen for Lee is if the public sees the mayor's race as one between him and Daly.

Rose Pak, for her part, is coming across as a behind-the-scenes manipulator who uses Ed Lee as her compliant tool. This behavior will feed the public perception of Lee as someone who lacks the backbone to stand up to special interests.

It's too bad we can't send both Chris Daly and Rose Pak into a little room and let them tear each other apart in private, like a matter and anti-matter explosion in a sealed lab.

As it is, both will continue to act out in public, carried away by their own egos, and oblivious to the counterproductive consequences of their behavior.

The era of good feeling at City Hall is over, folks. We're back to watching the city's governing class act like petulant five-year-olds.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 5:39 am
Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 5:58 am
Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 5:58 am

Thank you, Steven T. Jones, for your comments above about the declining quality of The Guardian.

You say:

“yes, the Guardian has gotten thin, and yes, we had to lay off a talented reporter (a woman whose work was regularly and viciously criticized by all of you trolls).”

Not true. Sarah Phelan sometimes was criticized for certain details but was generally held in high regard. The reporter who has been most often criticized is you. You're still there.

By the way, just because people disagree with your views, or have a low esteem for your journalistic performance, does not mean they are “trolls.”

You say:

“Maybe it's your intention to undermine everything we do, and maybe some you are even being paid for your efforts.”

Aren’t you the one who is getting paid? Aren’t you the one who is undermining The Guardian’s reputation with your substandard journalism?

You say:

“But all of you claim to despise us.”

False. In fact, most of the hateful ad hominem attacks in these debates have come from your supporters, such as “Guest” and his many incarnations.

You can’t handle rational criticism. You fall apart, become bitter, see conspiracies, and resort to ad hominem diversions.

A professional journalist would learn from his or her critics, and do better.

You say:

“If you think we're so bad, then just go away.”

You remind me of supporters of the War in Vietnam that I encountered as a peace demonstrator in the 1960s. “What don’t you just leave and go to Russia?”

You say:

“San Francisco needs the Guardian, now more than ever.”


That’s why the paper should have first-rate journalists working for it. It should not fire its best reporters, while keeping the mediocre in management positions.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 10:43 am

That people have such inflated opinion of their works down at the Bay Guardian that they would even speculate that anyone is being paid to get laughs at this blog area.

Not agreeing with true believers is trolling and persecuting them. The war on Christmas marched on.

I think it's too bad that Phelan got the boot, just as when anyone gets canned, I'm not cavalier with other peoples jobs like SF progressives, these agitprop jobs are drying up it seems.

I did mention it to a person who was the subject of one her Bay Guardian exposes five or six years ago where she only talked to the crazy people involved. I also mentioned the sfweekly blog where Redmond is no commenting it up. We laughed and laughed.

Posted by matlock on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 11:27 am

Thank you, Steven T. Jones, for your comments above about the declining quality of The Guardian and about the trolls.

You say:

"But all of you claim to despise us and you rarely even ofter a constructive criticism or anything of substance, just the spewing of bile and animosity. If you think we're so bad, then just go away. It's a big Internet and there must to someone else out there worth harassing."

I appreciate your statement, but Steven T. Jones, you are speaking rationally to irrational beings. That accomplishes nothing. There is no recipient there when speaking to an irrational being. Irrational beings live for conflict, dysfunction, being a pest and one-upping other people. In fact, the response directly below yours at 9:42 am is an example of that. That irrational being did not grasp your comment. That being is here purely for dysfunction and conflict.

I have previously suggested that rational people ignore anything (literally) written by Vagabond & Ayatollah Evans. It would appear that my suggestion has been honored by the rational, sensible, intelligent, intellectual and reasonable people here. Thank you. I now suggest that people expand the list to include these beings: meatlock, matlock, snapples (or whatever his/her name might be today), harry and one being called guest (you know the one).

If one does not respond to any of these dysfunctionally-crazed beings, they will have no satisfaction to feed their craving for dysfunctions and conflict. Will they leave the site? Probably not, but they will have less incentive to come here by being constantly ignored, no matter what amount of bile and taunting they utter to express their dysfunctional, tormented obsessions with the Guardian, its staff and any other persons here.

Rational people do not continue to frequent a website they despise. Irrational people living for conflict and dysfunction engage in such behavior.

Therefore, I would kindly suggest that let's step back and be sensible, reasonable, intelligent, intellectual, cogent, coherent, articulate, civil, selective and completely ignore the irrational, dysfunctional, conflict-driven trolls on this site.

Let's be reasonable. Let's be adult. Let's be.

Posted by Artor Evons on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

Sounds good to me!

Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

"Sarah Phelan sometimes was criticized for certain details"
Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 10:43 am

"Bay Guardianbots need to tell San Francisco..."
"Stand on principle progressobots"
Posted by matlock on Jun. 17, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

"Sarah, who acts as the Guardian's token black writer even though she's British and white... Patronizing and frankly, a little racist too."
Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Mar. 11, 2011 @ 11:20 am

"Hysteria!! British subject Sarah Phelan tells us like it is!!
Clearly word has got back to the SFBG that it's better for British national Sarah Phelan to be writing these editorials than it is Steven Jones.
Thanks East Bay-resident, and British citizen Sarah Phelan, for telling San Francisco residents like it is! How have we managed this far without your wisdom - your eternal guidance?!?!"
Posted by Lucretia "Secretia" Snapples on Jun. 13, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

"Thanks, Sarah Phelan, for bringing the Chris Daly kick toy back to us."
Posted by Arthur Evans on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 9:18 am

"It's always extremely embarrassing to read Sarah's earnest ghetto-chic driven pieces on "de po' black folks" of San Francisco."
Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 04, 2011 @ 11:33 am

"Sarah crapped the bed so hard on some of her previous coverage, it's hard to get over that and take her seriously."
Posted by Sambo on Feb. 04, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

Posted by HarryN4TW on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

Were embarrassing. I've been quite clear about that. But her work on the power plant issue was excellent.

Nonetheless I am happy that our opinions and writings are of such interest to you that you've used them to buttress Tim and Steven's decision to fire one of their best writers. Clearly strong wimmin, particularly ones who make Tim and Steve look like the incompetents they are, aren't welcome in The Guardian's newsroom.

Posted by Right on Sister Snapples on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

Steven T. Jones is right that the city needs The Guardian to provide a counterbalance to the biases of the established media.

But the top brass at The Guardian - the Ayatollah Brugmann, Tim Redmond, and Steven T. Jones - are doing everything in their power to see that The Guardian fails.

In effect, they are running the newspaper as if it were the tract of a religious sect. The important thing to them - even more important than reporting the news competently, even more important than being interesting - is conformity to dogma.

A better approach is to embrace the rich diversity of life and politics as something positive. Be open to the nuances and ironies of the news. Welcome new ideas and independent thinking. Value intellectual sophistication. Publish cultural and artistic critiques that are informed and refined.

This advice will fall on deaf ears. The Guardian's managers and editors will continue to drive it into the ground. Its demise will be a loss to the city.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

Steve Jones referring to himself as a "very talented journalist" is just laughable. His writing is without craft. His reporting is pedestrian at best. (Most of the time he's too busy shooting off his mouth about how great he is -- what a great progressive - what a great writer -- what a great ladies' man - etc. - that he doesn't do much listening.) Everybody knows that. Sarah was the best they had; BG management shot itself in the foot by getting rid of her. I remember them doing the same sort of thing to another female reporter several years ago. She did a lot of investigative work and really made the BG THE paper to read for the inside scoop at City Hall in the mid to late 1990s and early part of 2000s. Great writer, too. Can't remember her name.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

Ed Lee's decision to run for mayor will soon cease to be the front-burner issue of the campaign. It will be replaced by the behavior of the air-horn progressives who seek to silence him and shut down public discussion.

In the course of the upcoming campaign, this will become a familiar scene:

Ed Lee will seek to speak to an audience. Air-horn progressives will try to out-noise him and shut down open discussion. Members of the audience will feel disgust as the air-horn crowd.

A similar phenomenon occurred with Gavin Newsom. Marc Salomon dressed up in a duck suit and followed Newsom around at community forums.

Salomon gigged with delight in recounting these antics. But members of the public were infuriated at his behavior.

Marc Salomon couldn't have done more to elect Gavin Newsom mayor if he were a paid agent of the Chamber of Commerce.

The same scenario is about to unfold with Ed Lee, but ducks will be replaced by air horns.

The effect will be the same.

You gotta give this crowd credit for consistency.

Intelligence, however, is another matter.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 11, 2011 @ 8:39 am

ed lee is so bad

a wolf

Posted by Guest on Aug. 15, 2011 @ 11:04 am