North Beach/Chinatown Political CheatSheet
Yikes there’s a lot of people running for the District 3 Seat. OK I’m going to create a little cheat-sheet, and update it as I get more information (as this will take forever to write). Feel free to add in comments corrections/additions. I picked out four major issues:
- Crime: escalating homicides, and the ongoing Broadway Corridor issues.
- Development: everyone’s abuzz with the plywood-ing of North Beach, and general development efforts (letting in chains, not letting in chains, spot zoning, etc.).
- Transportation: The Central Freeway is coming! And, well, the usual suckiness of the 30-Stockton crowded scene on Grant St. any given day, and oh, the rudeness of drivers… cycling hostility, I could go on.
- Rental Protection: Whether you’re for it or against it, it’s an expensive city and people get elbowed out- like our firemen & teachers, and rising rental rates mean less interesting mom & pop stores.
The chart reflects my notes made from the candidates’ web sites and not any other journalistic writeup, observations, conversations or gossip (that’s at the end!).
|M. DeNunzio||W. Pang||D. Chiu|
|Crime||MD: a priority, not top||WP: unknown/low||DC: former DA, high priority|
|Rental Protection||MD: Important, as he’s into senior services||WP: unknown/low||DC: high priority & a plan|
|Development||MD: Very strong, pro-development, though no plan||WP: Lots of ideas, very important, lots of energy.||DC: focus on small business & merchant corridors|
|Transportation||MD: into transportation spending||WP: unknown/low||DC: cyclist & bus rider, high priority|
|L. Johnson||J. Alioto||C. Cheng||T. Gantner|
|Crime||LJ: foot patrols, after-school plan, SAFE. Top priority.||JA: foot patrols.||CC: n/a, active in homelessness (as assoc. with Crime)||TG: foot patrols & meet weekly with Central Station|
|Rental Protection||LJ: pro workforce-housing, not jus subsidized||JA: unknown/low priority||CC: active in community benefits||TG: unknown/low priority|
|Development||LJ: a priority, end to spot zoning, work with Planning dept.||JA: incentives for new merchants.||CC: focused on world trade relationships||TG: a priority- active in Merchant Assoc.|
|Transportation||LJ: unknown/not a priority||JA: unknown/low priority.||CC: Currently very active in RENEW SF and other transit committees||TG: unknown/low priority|
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Opinion & Hearsay
So, I know someone who knows someone in the David Chiu campaign, and he sounds neat. I met Lynn at a fundraiser, and she was nice and eager to fix things. I walk by the Alioto headquarters every day. I haven’t really noticed my favorite shops endorsing one candidate or another. I’m mostly concerned, personally, with transportation and the plywood issue. I’m impressed with Connie’s Angel Island experience, that’s a really interesting bipartisan, historical and cultural level. Wilma has some energy and interest, and I like the global perspective that the Chinatown candidates have.
The issue with this race is that the 3 major areas- North Beach, Downtown & Chinatown – require someone who doesn’t have a real core bias, and can manage the peripheral, but also important areas- North Waterfront, Russian Hill & Telegraph Hill. If you get someone really entrenched with the residential communities like Lynn or Alioto, you miss out on the other areas- same with a Chinatown vote, as well as city-wide concerns (as transit is important across the city of course). So I looked at the more well-rounded candidates, that seem to target and address the issues that I’m mostly concerned with, and ended up with… drumroll please… David Chiu. Note: subject to change.