As Democrats go, Chiang seems to be a better choice than Newsom or Villaragosa. Jon Regardle reports:
Newsom and AnVil both have flaws. Each suffered a damaging extramarital affair, and Villaraigosa was a mediocre mayor at best. Plus, once you get beyond their key bases of support, you wind up with a lot of Californians who lean conservative. That may not be definitive in a June primary, but if Chiang finishes in the top two and moves on to the November runoff, you can see him as more palatable to Republicans in places such as Bakersfield and Orange County.
Chiang seems ready to swing big. By all accounts he is willing to do do the work the governor’s race requires. His website is decent, even if the main insignia, with a green badge-shaped outline around his name, looks like a pudgy arrowhead turned upside down.
“We can’t be great going forward if we have third-world infrastructure.” — John Chiang
“Jones noted that with the defeat of the “anti-business” progressives, Lee and his moderate, pro-business supporters had to “capture that and move very fast … We just need to pick up where we left off.”
Under Mayor Gavin Newsom, none of this had been possible, she said.
“Our previous mayor, Gavin Newsom, was a fuck-up because he was arrogant,” Jones said.
Mayor Lee, who Jones called an honest worker bee, had little political experience and had to be told to make sure people called him “Mr. Mayor” instead of just “Ed,” as he at first wanted.
“You gotta walk in front of me,” Jones said she told Lee. “You get this together, brother.”
“The professional Progressive Movement that we see reflected in the pages of The Nation magazine, in the online marketing and campaigning of MoveOn and in the speeches of Van Jones, is primarily a political public relations creation of America’s richest corporate elite, the so-called 1%, who happen to bleed Blue because they have some degree of social and environmental consciousness, and don’t bleed Red. But they are just as committed as the right to the overall corporate status quo, the maintenance of the American Empire, and the monopoly of the rich over the political process that serves their economic interests.”
“We are delighted to offer this opportunity to commemorate Gavin Newsom, the youngest mayor of San Francisco, and his important legacy,” said Meg Spriggs, ArtCare board president, wrote in a Nov. 10 letter to Tom DeCaigny, director of cultural affairs for the Arts Commission.
Spriggs also oversees the multifamily investments for Shorenstein Properties, which is owned by the well-known Shorenstein real estate family. ArtCare’s advisory board includes Diane “DeDe” Wilsey, president of the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and PJ Johnston, a spokesperson for Willie Brown when he was mayor and currently a communications consultant, according to the ArtCare website.
“ArtCare would like to present a gift to The City of a life-size bronze portrait bust depiction of Gavin C. Newsom, the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco,” Spriggs wrote in the letter. “We hope for it to be displayed on the mayor’s balcony at San Francisco City Hall, near the Office of the Mayor, together with the three other portrait bust sculptures currently located there of other prominent mayors in the history of the City.”
Those other mayor’s include Brown, Dianne Feinstein and George Moscone.