SFBG: Chinatown Boss Heckled by Queer
Over Mayoral Backroom Deal
Two of the key players in the underhanded, to say the freaking least, process that produced Ed Lee as San Francisco's next mayor were sleazy Willie Brown, and his Chinatown counterpart in scummy practices and backroom dealing Rose Pak. Brown was not present at the Board of Supervisors' meeting on Friday as his and Pak's candidate was ratified to take over Room 200 at City Hall.
But Pak was there and she got an earful from me. Well, someone from the public had to object to the many acts of political screwing of the downtown machine bosses, in the afterglow of the vote in the rotunda, site of the Harvey Milk bust and memorial plaque. Wanna bet Milk would have raised his voice against the citizen's of San Francisco not being allowed a proper public vetting of all the candidates, through debates and hearing with the mayoral wannabees present and accounted for.
I did my part to register public disgust with what's gone down at City Hall. From Steven T. Jones over at the Bay Guardian:
Yet he also acknowledged the unseemly way in which Lee came out of nowhere to get the nomination, with little public vetting, “If Ed was out there a week earlier, it would have been a lot better. It was a flawed process,” [Gordon] Chin [of the Chinatown Community Development Center] said.
So flawed that Daly and many progressive activists are still smarting about what happened and wary of what kind of mayor Lee will be. “No more backroom deals,” queer activist and blogger Michael Petrelis repeatedly shouted at Rose Pak as she was being interviewed outside board chambers.
But [Rev. Norman] Fong just shrugged and told me, “There’s backroom deals on the left too.”
Oh, so an Asian leader acknowledges a deal went down over Ed Lee, and well, that's basically not much to worry about because the progressives cut deals also. Here's a radical notion to consider Rev. Fong, and all power-players of San Francisco: Let's diminish ALL backroom deals.