Finally, some clarity in SF

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So right after I complained about SF dragging its feet on returns, we get another big chunk and it shows Eric Mar taking D1 handily. Amazing: A carpet-bombing campaign of big money, and the quiet progressive pulls it out.

Now: He had the support of Rose Pak, but mostly he had troops on the ground, a lot of them from the labor movement and a lot of them pro-tenant folks who saw the clear and present danger that David Lee would bring to City Hall.

Lee has to be in shock -- how can you spend $800,000 and lose in a district race? The guy got 7,300 votes; that's about $109 a vote. Stunning.

But it shows that, as former Sup. Chris Daly put it, "when progressive are united, we win."

Progressives were never united in D5 -- except in their opposition to London Breed. So now we have to see if the second-place votes break that way -- or if a district that elected two Green Party members will wind up putting a moderate centrist on the board.

It's odd -- right now, it appears that either Norman Yee or F.X. Crowley will win in D7, making the most conservative district in the city a swing vote. And if London Breed is elected, the most liberal district in the city could become a swing vote. Weird times.

Tomorrow I'll try to get some perspective on how all of this happened.

Comments

There is nothing but clarity at the dead end of a blind alley.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 06, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

Eric Mar only won because he faced someone so tied to big money, semi-Republican forces. Fact is, lots of ppl held their nose and voted for him since it was a classic case of tweedle-dee or tweedle-dum.

For a lot of Richmond district voters mad at Mar about his push to put 10 acres of fake plastic in GGP (and pushing the agenda of staunch rightwing billionaire Donald Fisher to do it and working closely with him on this - yeah some "progressive") - what was their choice? David Lee, another fool on this issue who, like Mar, voted for the dead plastic in GGP, while on the R&P Commission.

If Mar had faced a REAL PROGRESSIVE, he would have lost. I will work hard to make sure his political career does not extend beyond his second term as a supervisor. Unfortunately now that he is unaccountable to the voters for the next four years due to term limits, he is free to work hard again to convert even more acres of GG Park to dead plastic turf with his fellow "progressives" like Avalos, Campos, and the rest (I hope their political career ends soon too).

The only solution to such "progressives" is to get a measure on the ballot outlawing Rec & Park (and their patsies on the Bd of Supervisors) from putting acres of plastic dead toxic turf (planted in tons of toxic tire particles) in GG Park so that R&P GM Ginsberg can't force any more of it down San Franciscans' throats despite it being a massive violation of the GGP Master Plan.

Mar's no progressive and it's time you realized it. And he's not the smartest cookie in the cookie jar either to go on John Stewart's show and think for a second that he was going to look good doing so instead of a fool - anyone with a double-digit number of brain cells should be pretty confident that going on that show to be intervw'd by Amjav Monji (or whatever his name is) is for one reason only - to look like a complete fool and jackass - a job Eric Mar did beautifully - like I said, not the smartest cookie in the cookie jar.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 06, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

and you should be a little sheepish about the racism.

Posted by Judy on Nov. 07, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

I was not aware that someone's name was a function of their race and that getting a name wrong indicated a hatred for and prejudice against a race.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 07, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

Then get to work on your awareness, Marc.

Posted by Judy on Nov. 07, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

You're hallucinating about there being any racism. Try door #2: I didn't remember the exact pronounciation of his name (and prob would've misspelled it anyway) and didn't feel like taking the time to Google it since his name was not the subject of my post. And the names I used to identify him are not considered an insult.

Thanks Marcos for the logical reply.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

Why do we forgive Olauge and Mar for their progressive mis-steps but feel London Breed is a supposed moderate? She has the support of Alix Rosenthal, Kelly Dwyer, Trevor McNiel, and Leah Pimentel - all progressives the Guardian endorsed for DCCC. I just think throwing these titles around hurts the progressive movement - I haven't been convinced that London is a downtown moderate....

Posted by Guest on Nov. 08, 2012 @ 9:48 am

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