The Phil Ting for Assembly campaign is under way


Just a few days after the race for mayor of San Francisco ended, Assessor-Recorder (and mayoral candidate) Phil Ting began his next campaign -- for state Assembly.

The Westside district now represented by Fiona Ma opens up in 2012, when Ma will be termed out. And Ting was moving to set himself up as the frontrunner almost as soon as the ink had dried on on the final results from the mayoral election (where he finished a disappointing 11th, behind even Green Party candidate Terry Baum)., which had been the official website for Phil Ting for Mayor, has been switched over to Phil Ting for state Assembly. I got an email Dec. 7 inviting me to a reception for his Assembly campaign; several prominent local politicians told me Ting had called even earlier than that to ask for support.

And he's getting it -- both state Sen. Mark Leno and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano are on his already-impressive list of endorsments.

Which is no surprise: The 12th District (which will become the 19th under the new redistricting) is the more conservative side of San Francisco, and by the standards of the state Assembly, Ting would be a pretty solid progressive. He actually understands tax policy, and he's made a huge issue of removing the commercial property loophole from Prop. 13.

So now comes the interesting part: Who's going to run against him?

Ting has a relatively cordial relationship with Mayor Ed Lee, and didn't spend much time in the campaign attacking the appointed incumbent. He's a former executive director of the Asian Law Caucus, where Lee worked in his early days as a tenant and civil-rights lawyer. There shouldn't be any reason for the mayor or his pals to try to drum up a candidate to take on Ting ... or should there?

Ting is not an enemy of the Willie Brown-Rose Pak folks. But he's not a loyal ally, either. The most obvious conservative/pro-downtown candidate, one the mayor and his big-business pals could count on, would be Sup. Carmen Chu. I couldn't get her on the phone, but in the past she's been only lukewarm about running. The other strong potential candidate would be Sup Sean Elsbernd, but he told me he's absolutely not running. "I was very interested during my first few years on the Board, but since my son was born, there's no way I would consider it," he said. "I am not a candidate and shouldn't be talked about as a candidate."

So will we see a "Run, Carmen, Run" campaign? Or will Brown and Pak think about it and realize that giving the mayor an appointment to Ting's office might be a real advantage? Would they rather control a state Assemblymember -- of the county assessor?

Stayed tuned to this one.



SFBG deeming him worthy of any kind of comment.

Yet all of a sudden you think Ting is viable for the Assmebly? The man is a suit and Chu would, well, chew him up.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 08, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

Phil had better hope that Terry Baum doesn't throw her hat into the ring...

Posted by Guest on Dec. 08, 2011 @ 9:44 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 09, 2011 @ 12:11 am

Terry beat Phil citywide last month.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 09, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

Dude or chick?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 09, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

Phil Ting has done a great job in making commercial landlords pay their taxes.

He snoops out the corruption and makes them pay. I may not vote for him, but he deserves some praise in thie regard.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 09, 2011 @ 8:49 am

This seems like a good argument against public financing of candidates for local office. Ting spent a lot of public money and got just 1016 votes in the Mayor's race. (One half of one percent of the total.) If he's already switched his website from Phil Ting for Mayor to Phil Ting for Assembly, it sounds like he was using San Francisco taxpayer money to build name recognition.

Posted by The Commish on Dec. 09, 2011 @ 11:30 am

Someone else please. We don't need his $400/vote efficiency at the state level

Posted by Guest on Dec. 09, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

Phil Ting sucks. He put out thousands of bogus residential assessments on underwater homes in 2010, only to have to change them back in 2011. Because of his stupid assessment trick, the waiting time for a hearing for a property tax appeal exceeds 18 months. He can suck it.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 09, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

As a taxpayer working with various assessor office's throughout California, SF is among the most incompetent, taxpayer unfriendly offices around. Customer service is virtually non-existent. The only improvement noted during Ting's administration is the ability to send out tax bills quicker while ignoring refunds due to taxpayers. Phil Ting is the quintessential bureaucrat. Phil is interested in one thing...self promotion.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 31, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

Nice guy. A bit too conservative for my tastes, but over Carmen Chu, yeah I'd vote for him. Carmen's a rubber stamp who's never had an original thought in her life.

Posted by Greg on Jan. 31, 2012 @ 2:50 pm