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Assessor candidates debate best approach to property assessment
October 21, 2005
The three candidates for San Francisco Assessor attempted to
distinguish themselves last night, more through nuance than end
In an office plagued for years with allegations of ineptitude
and possible corruption, all pledged professional property valuation
but different in mode.
Cheryl Jennings of KGO-TV emceed the question-and-answer session
hosted by the San
Francisco League of Women Voters.
The 7:00 p.m. panel discussion took placed in a two-thirds filled
studio of the LGBT
Ron Chun distanced himself from competitors Gerardo Sandoval
and Phil Ting by insisting method of valuation "should be
revenue neutral," with technical expertise and professionalism
required for fair appraisal.
Both Sandoval and Ting emphasized preference for the office to
produce highest revenue legally possible to support social service
programs they said San Franciscans demand.
Sandoval framed himself best equipped for the job, suggesting
his 15 years in government made him efficient in working the levers
of city policy.
Ting, appointed to the position by Mayor Newsom, drew attention
to his initiatives underway to challenge large property owner
valuations as possibly under assessed.
Ting asks ethics investigation
of Clear Channel Outdoor and Sandoval
From the Ting Campaign
October 5, 2005
Last night, a representative of the Phil Ting for Assessor campaign
filed a request for an Ethics Commission investigation of possible
campaign violations by Clear Channel Outdoor and Gerardo Sandoval.
Less than 2 weeks after Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting announced
a new billboard valuation policy that would generate approximately
$2 million a year in additional revenue for San Francisco, Clear
Channel Outdoor has placed a large billboard at the corner of
Mission Street and Cesar Chavez showing the likeness of Gerardo
Sandoval, a candidate for election this November 8th. This billboard
includes a prominent campaign-style logo with Sandoval's name.
Normal monthly costs of this type of oversized billboard are up
If Clear Channel paid for this billboard, it is violating the
city's new Electioneering Law, a law that Sandoval himself fought
to pass. This new law, Section 1.161.5 of the San Francisco Campaign
and Government Conduct Code, requires that sponsors of electioneering
materials (including billboards) "referring to a clearly
identified candidate for City elective office" and appear
"90 days prior to an election," are subject to disclosure
requirements at the San Francisco Ethics Commission within 48
hours of posting. Supervisor Sandoval was one of the proponents
of this new law and voted for its passage.
If Sandoval paid for this billboard out of his Supervisorial
account, which is still open, he is using that account to campaign
for Assessor, in violation of city law. If Sandoval paid for this
billboard out of his Assessor's account, he is in violation of
the city's disclaimer law.
Ting spokesperson Eric Jaye said, "In any scenario, these
violations are serious. Under the most likely scenario, Clear
Channel may be using its financial resources to unlawfully promote
Sandoval in order to protect its corporate interests."
Jaye continued, "Phil Ting is not afraid to stand up to
big corporations like Clear Channel if they are not paying their
fair share. He will continue to use his professional expertise
to find every single dollar owed to the taxpayers of San Francisco.
San Franciscans deserve a professional Assessor-Recorder who is
focused on the job - fairly assessing and collecting revenue for
the City and County of San Francisco."
Attached is a copy of the Ethics Commission complaint and photo
of the billboard.
October 4, 2005
San Francisco Ethics Commission
30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900
San Francisco, CA 94102
Fax: (415) 581-2317
To whom it may concern:
This letter serves as a formal request for an investigation into
possible campaign violations by Assessor-Recorder candidate Gerardo
Sandoval and Clear Channel Outdoor.
As you may know, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting has
called for reform in regard to the way billboards are assessed
in San Francisco. Phil Ting is insisting that billboard companies
pay their fair share under the formula recommended by Caltrans
and the California Assessor's Association. The change in billboard
policy would bring San Francisco in line with other major California
counties, including Los Angeles and Sacramento.
Phil Ting made an announcement about this new policy on September
On or about October 2, 2005 a billboard appeared on the corner
of Mission Street and Cesar Chavez showing the likeness of Gerardo
Sandoval, a candidate for election this November 8th
This billboard includes a prominent campaign-style logo with
Sandoval's name. Normal monthly costs of this type of oversized
billboard are up to $10,000.
I ask that the Ethics Commission begin an immediate investigation
into this possible violation of the law by either the Sandoval
campaign or Clear Channel Outdoor or both.
If Sandoval paid for this billboard out of his Assessor's account,
he is in violation of the city's disclaimer law.
If Sandoval paid for this billboard out of his Supervisorial
account, which is still open, he is using that account to campaign
for Assessor, in violation of city law.
If Clear Channel paid for this billboard, it is violating the
city's new Electioneering Law, a law that Sandoval himself fought
Because this billboard refers to "a clearly identified candidate
for city elective office" and "appears 90 days prior
to an election," the billboard is clearly subject to the
new disclosure requirements in Section 1.161.5 of the San Francisco
Campaign and Government Conduct Code.
Because this billboard is clearly intended to promote Sandoval,
it falls under the city's new Electioneering Law, and it requires
both a disclaimer and for the sponsor to file an Electioneering
Report. There is no disclaimer and according to your office this
morning, there is no Electioneering Report on file with the Ethics
In any scenario, these violations are serious. Under the most
likely scenario, Clear Channel may be using its resources to unlawfully
promote Sandoval in order to protect its corporate interests.
These could be serious violations of city law.
The San Francisco Ethics Commission has a responsibility to take
action against these violations.
I appreciate your prompt inquiry and response to these clear
violations of the law.
Campaign Consultant, Phil Ting for Assessor
San Francisco Labor Council Endorses
Phil Ting for Assessor
From the Ting Campaign
September 27, 2005
Last night, Phil Ting was endorsed by the working men and women
of the San Francisco Labor Council. The San Francisco Labor Council
represents over 80,000 members of more than 140 affiliated local
unions and constituency groups.
Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting said, "I am so proud to have
earned the support of the Labor Council and to stand with San
Francisco's working families in the fight for fair wages, benefits
and workplace safety. I have worked my entire life on behalf of
fairness for working men and women - and I am honored to continue
this work in the Assessor-Recorder's office."
Ting was also endorsed last night by the District 9 Democratic
The Labor Council and the District 9 Democratic Club join a broad
coalition of organizations across San Francisco supporting Ting
such as UNITE HERE! Local 2, the City Democratic Club, the Democratic
Women's Forum, the San Francisco Young Democrats, the Asian American
Bar Association, the Deputy Sheriffs' Association, the Gay Asian
Pacific Alliance (GAPA), the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club,
the San Francisco Democratic Party (San Francisco County Central
Committee), the San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798, the Sunset
Community Democratic Club, and the Sunset Reform Democrats.
Phil Ting began his professional career as a real estate financial
advisor and has extensive hands-on experience in fiscal management
and property assessments. As a Senior Consultant at Arthur Andersen,
he determined the value of real estate properties such as apartment
buildings, homes, office space and hotels.
Ting is a graduate of Harvard University's Kennedy School of
Government. He has advised large organizations such as the State
of California, Applied Materials, Sun Microsystems, and other
technology-based Fortune 500 companies on how to reform complex
bureaucracies. He is the former executive director of the Asian
For more information visit www.PhilTing.com.
Gerardo Sandoval Wins Endorsement of SEIU Local 790
From the Sandoval Campaign
September 26, 2005
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 790,
announced today its endorsement of Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval
in his bid to become San Francisco's next Assessor-Recorder. Rank-and-file
members of SEIU, Local 790, voted overwhelmingly to endorse Sandoval
in a 51-13 vote.
"Gerardo Sandoval has continually stood up for labor rights
and supported our efforts at SEIU, Local 790," said Ricardo
Lopez, a Local 790 union member. "He helped save our jobs
during last year's city budget crisis. Gerardo Sandoval is the
only true labor candidate in the Assessor's race."
SEIU, Local 790, is one of the state's largest labor unions,
representing some 30,000 workers throughout Northern California.
In San Francisco, Local 790 represents more than 10,000 workers,
including custodians, secretaries and cafeteria workers at the
San Francisco Unified School District; paramedics; museum security
guards; nurses at San Francisco General Hospital; and many city
As an advocate for Local 790, Sandoval helped protect the employment
of museum security guards by preventing their jobs from being
contracted out. In 2004 as chair of the Budget Committee, Sandoval
worked to balance the city budget and eliminate a $300 million
budget deficit without cutting scores of Local 790 jobs.
Sandoval has also received endorsements from both labor unions
representing San Francisco's MUNI bus workers - Transportation
Workers' Union, Local 200 and Transportation Workers' Union, Local
250A. In addition, he has been endorsed by the American Federation
of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 3299,
which represents service workers at the University of California
at San Francisco, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers, Local 6.
For more information visit http://www.sandovalforassessor.com
CITY DEMOCRATIC CLUB HOSTS
Friday, September 16, 2005
Candidate Phil Ting was endorsed by the City Democratic Club
last night, following a question and answer exchange attended
by contenders Ting and Ron Chun.
Gerardo Sandoval, also running for the post, did not attend the
7:30 p.m.event held in SPUR headquarters.
Written questions from the audience and moderator Steve LaPlante
permitted from one to two minute responses, with both candidates
citing property evaluation experience.
Of 19 club members voting, Ting received 13 votes, with both
Sandoval and Chun tallying two votes each.
Treasurer candidate Jose Cisneros received all 19 club member
City Attorney Dennis Herrera, running unopposed for re-election,
was unanimously endorsed, reported member Heidi Mechen.
MEXICAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ASSOCIATION BACKS TING
Monday, September 12, 2005, 10:00 a.m.
The San Francisco Mexican American Political Association (MAPA)
endorsed candidate Phil Ting over Mexican American candidate Gerardo
Sandoval, MAPA President Paula Fiscal announced this morning.
Endorsements also include Jose Cisneros for Treasurer, and Dennis
Herrera for City Attorney.
Dennis Herrera, City Attorney and long time MAPA member is uncontested
on the ballot and received a vote of confidence from MAPISTAS.
Cathy Garza, of the City Attorney's Code Enforcement Division
spoke eloquently on his behalf.
Jose Cisneros, Treasurer and new MAPA member, has been emerging
at our events for months to persuade our leadership to support
him. The Treasurer has collected delinquent monies in tax revenue,
according to Linda Trevino, MAPISTA and staff to Cisneros, demonstrating
a phenomenal increase in the millions for the General Fund, compared
to past years.
Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed both Ting and Cisneros. Ting replaced
Assessor Mabel Teng, who resigned under a cloud of controversy
due to hiring campaign workers as staff. Cisneros was appointed
in September 2004 when Mayor Newsom promoted Susan Leal, Treasurer
to Director of PUC.
San Francisco Measures:
YES on Prop A, Prop B, E, F, G and I.
NO on Prop C, D and E.
"The San Franciscans for Voter Owned Elections" Ordinance,
by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, was also endorsed as a Legislative
A very methodical presentation by Amrah Solomon Johnson, Jose
Villalobos, and Chris J. favorably influenced MAPISTAS.
We want to also thank Nora Dye, Planned Parenthood who is No
on State Prop 73, Teen Safety.
State Endorsements by National MAPA can be seen at WWW.SFMAPA.ORG
WWW.SFMAPA.ORG PO Box 225298 San
Francisco, CA 94122 Toll Free 1-877-389-2617
GERARDO SANDOVAL AND CALVIN LOUIE BOND MUTUAL ENDORSEMENTS
Gerardo Sandoval, candidate for San Francisco Assessor at right,
describes mutual endorsement historic moment for people of color.
From the Sandoval Campaign
September 10, 2005
Assessor candidate Gerardo Sandoval and Treasurer candidate Calvin
Louie held a press conference Friday in Chinatown to announce
their endorsement of each other in the November election.
Sandoval said Louie's more than 26 years of experience as a Certified
Public Accountant (CPA) and his commitment to minority communities
won his support. Louie worked in the City of Berkeley Treasurer's
Office for six years and started his own accounting firm in 1980,
which employs six people.
"Calvin is a highly qualified money manager and the only
experienced CPA in the race," said Sandoval, an elected member
of the Board of Supervisors. "He has dedicated himself to
minority issues as a former San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner
and strong advocate for expanding minority business opportunities.
He is the best choice for City Treasurer."
Louie similarly praised Sandoval as a strong supporter of immigrant
communities throughout the city and as an experienced leader who
will fight for homeowners and small property owners, who carry
an unbalanced and heavier tax burden than large corporate property
owners. Sandoval's extensive administration and finance experience
includes serving as Chair of the Budget Committee in 2004, where
he spearheaded efforts to cut a $300 million deficit and protect
critical services such as neighborhood clinics and language access
San Francisco Treasurer contender Calvin Louie
vouchsafes Sandoval capacity to protect residents,
immigrants, and seniors with fairness to small business owners.
"Gerardo has worked tirelessly as a supervisor to protect
services for the most needy city residents, including immigrants
and seniors of all nationalities," Louie said. "As Assessor,
Gerardo will stand up for small property owners and ensure that
our tax burden is fair, equitable and free from influence of special
SandovalForAssessor.com | CalvinLouieforTreasurer.com
LOUIE AND SANDOVAL SWAP ENDORSEMENTS SEPTEMBER 9
From the Louie for Treasurer Campaign
Friday, September 9, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Candidates Gerardo Sandoval and Calvin Louie will mutually endorse
each other today.
Sandoval will endorse Louie for Treasurer, and Louie will endorse
Sandoval for Assessor in the 1:00 p.m. event held in Portsmouth
Square, located at 733 Kearny Street between Clay and Washington
This is an important milestone for Calvin's campaign, and the
partnership with Gerardo brings door-opening advantages for both
sides that did not exist before.
Visit http: calvinlouiefortreasurer.com
SAN FRANCISCO TENANTS UNION ENDORSES SANDOVAL FOR ASSESSOR
SFTU says a Progressive Assessor can protect San Francisco renters
From the Sandoval for Assessor Campaign
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
The San Francisco Tenants Union announced their endorsement
of Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval for Assessor today, citing his
strong record as a progressive advocate. With San Francisco
renters victimized by rampant evictions due to real estate speculation,
we need a strong Progressive like Gerardo Sandoval at the Assessors
Office, said Tenants Union president Ted Gullicksen.
The San Francisco Assessor is potentially an office which
can reign in rampant speculation, said Gullicksen, The
Assessor should be leading the charge for measures creating a
higher tax rate for properties which turn over in short periods
of time or for higher tax rates for condominiums which are sold
right after being converted.
Real estate speculation hurts both tenants and home buyers. For
tenants, speculation means evictions and displacement from the
city. For home buyers, speculation artificially drives up prices,
making homes ever more unaffordable. The results of speculation
are that evictions hit a record high this year and the price of
homes continued to soar beyond the means of most San Franciscans.
The Tenants Union joins a growing list of Sandoval endorsers
including former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez,
current Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, Supervisors
Jake McGoldrick, Tom Ammiano, Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, and
RON CHUN CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF AUGUST 30
Tuesday, August 30, 2005, 6:00 p.m.
Ron Chun kicks-off his campaign for San Francisco Assessor Tuesday,
citing experience as certified public accountant, tax attorney,
IRS Agent, IRS Instructor and past Deputy Chief Assessor of San
The 6:00 p.m. event will be held at the Far East Cafe, located
at 631 Grant Avenue between California and Sacramento Streets.
RSVP is requested to (415) 856-5151.
Chinese Community Leader Rose Pak
Former Assessor Doris Ward, Consumer Activist
Lawyer Wayne Lesser, Esq.,
Chinatown Community Activist Ed Jew
Immigration Attorney Eugene Wong, Esq.
Board Members of the Chinese Six Companies* - Steven Jeung and
BART Board* Member Hon. Lynette Sweet
Former District Attorney Hon. Terence Hallinan,
Attorney Steven J. Doi
Housing Activist Calvin Welch
Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party*, Alicia Wang
Republican County Central Comm.* Member - Elsa Cheung
Rick Hauptman, Member, California State Democratic Party*
Former Executive Director of the SF Rent Board* - Joe Grubb
Attorney Patrick Quinn
Founder of the Margaret Cruz Breast Cancer Foundation* - Margaret
Irma Ramirez Tom
SF Assessment Appeals Board* Members - Alex Lambie and Hayes Miles
Community Activists Karen Niglio
Pres., Small Business Commission* - David Sahagun
Lynn Lynch, and Virginia Stefanelli
Ava Schwartz, President, Small Property Owners Association*
Real Estate Attorney Jeff Woo.
* Titles are for identification purposes only.
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON SANDOVAL PART VI
Sandoval vote on transgender health care more coureageous than
(Photo by ROB ARNOW)
Special to the Sentinel
Wednesday, August 24, 2005, 5:30 p.m.
There are some facts in this matter that are not in dispute.
On April 30, 2001, Gerardo Sandoval cast the deciding vote, enabling
the passage of groundbreaking LGBT legislation offering health
care benefits to transgender city employees (the only law of its
kind in the country) that ranks as the most important legislation
authored by Mark Leno during his tenure as a San Francisco Supervisor.
Because Sandoval represents one of the most conservative districts
in San Francisco, Sandoval's decision to endorse the legislation
required more courage on his part than was required by Leno and
other supervisors with more generally progressive constituents.
Now Leno, Theresa Sparks and Jerry Threet have taken aim at Sandoval's
vote, seeking to use what they contend was delay by Sandoval as
a weapon against him in his political campaign for assessor. Their
argument, insofar as it goes, is that Sandoval's vote for for
the groundbreaking legislation was tantamount to "running
away from an opportunity to support the civil rights of the LGBT
community," because the vote did not come quickly enough
for their tastes.
Leno, Sparks and Threet's actions are short sighted and dangerous.
Each of them fully understands that progress on controversial
issues, and particularly involving LGBT issues, will require the
assistance and courage from government officials willing to take
on their own constituents to do what is right, much as Sandoval
did in 2001. Even as we speak, Leno's efforts to pass gay marriage
legislation has been stalled, as a result of his inability to
obtain the support of many of his Democratic colleagues from more
conservative area in the State. Leno surely must realize that
exploiting Sandoval's vote on the benefits measure for cheap political
points will not help him persuade the other assembly members with
conservative constituents (like D11) to support gay rights or
other progressive measures. Why should they do so knowing that
Leno is not above using their decision-making process against
them in the future if it suits his immediate political goals?
How can we succeed in enlisting the support of Democrats in San
Diego and Sacramento, if they are left to wonder whether progressives
might later claim their support was not sufficiently immediate?
I encourage Leno, Sparks and Threet to reconsider their actions,
as they reflect poorly on them and progressives in general.
Whitney Leigh is a partner in the law firm of Gonzalez & Leigh.
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON SANDOVAL PART V
Jerry Threet sets the queer record straight
(League of Women Voter PHOTO)
Special to the Sentinel
Wednesday, August 24, 2005, 10:30 a.m.
The race for Assessor this year is an interesting one that defies
the usual labels trotted out by San Francisco politicos to describe
political contests at the local level. With both Phil Ting and
Gerardo Sandoval in the race, the question of who is the "real"
Progressive, the main question determining the votes of many on
the left, has become almost irrelevant. Ting, the respected former
director of the Asian Law Caucus, former Progressive candidate
for MUD Board, former businessman with experience in assessment
of properties, and strong ally of the LGBT community, is running
with the support of both moderates and progressives. Sandoval,
a sometimes Progressive, sometimes Moderate vote on the Board
of Supervisors who represents a moderate district, is running
with support from both moderates and progressives. You would think
that with this overall dynamic, the campaign would be defined
by who is the most qualified for the position.
Still, that won't stop many folks from trying to define the race
according to the old terms of engagement. Within this context,
Matt Gonzalez' recent column in the Sentinel should be seen as
both defending the Progressive credentials of Sandoval as well
as attacking those of his former appointee, Ting. Unfortunately,
Gonzalez' argument does a disservice to honest dialogue about
the Assessor's race by misrepresenting the facts in defending
his good friend an dpolitical ally, Sandoval. I know. I was present
on both occasions mentioned by Gonzalez and they did not happen
as he describes.
During the vote on transgender medical benefits, Sandoval did
indeed hole up in his office and refuse to come out. While I was
not privy to the conversations occurring on the floor of the chamber
between supervisors, I was present as aide to Supervisor McGoldrick
and had been very actively participating in lobbying supervisors
on this issue as President of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic
Club. Supervisor Sandoval refused despite repeated contacts over
many weeks to indicate whether he would support of oppose Leno's
legislation, as did Supervisor Newsom (Newsom had not decided
to vote against the legislation, as Gonzalez suggests). Their's
were the only two unknown votes on this issue and they would decide
whether transgender City employees received equal access to medical
coverage. The stakes were high.
Our anticipation was charged as the item came up for consideration.
As Supervisors began discussing the item, we noticed Sandvoal
had slipped out of the board chamber. When it became clear he
was not returning, we decided to try to find him. I was one of
several folks who went to his office to find him and tried to
persuade him to come out and vote. Unfortunately, Sandoval stayed
behind closed doors in his private office with his embarrassed
staff simply repeating that they could not disturb him. This lasted
until the President of the Board ordered the sheriffs to bring
Sandoval to the chamber, an action Sandoval no doubt witnessed
on his monitor from his inner office. Only then did Sandoval emerge
and vote. Yes, he voted in favor, and yes we are all grateful
for that, but this incident does indeed reveal something about
Sandoval's character, as well as his commitment to LGBT issues.
This is not urban myth, as Gonzalez suggests - it is the reality
of what happened for those of us who cared deeply about this issue.
I also was present during the comment Sandoval made that many,
including I, have taken to be at least unconsciously anti-Semitic.
It was very disturbing. Sandoval was speaking to the Milk Club
during a discussion of the proposal to settle the business tax
lawsuit brought against the City by several corporations. During
his statements, Sandoval emphasized the greed of the corporate
officers and said that "we should be protesting at their
homes in Tiburon and at their Bar Mitzvahs." He did not say
"weddings, bar mitvahs, quincineras, baptisms," as Gonzalez
suggests. The inescapable implication of this statement was that
the greedy corporate officers responsible for suing the City were
Jewish and that activists should respond by targeting the ceremonies
celebrating the welcoming of their children into the Jewish community.
Gonzalez can suggest Sandoval meant something else, he can redirect
focus on the damage done to the City by the corporate lawsuit,
he can spin this how he will. I was there and Sandoval's statement
was stunning. Perhaps it was unconscious. We all have unconscious
prejudices that may reveal themselves from time to time - even
Progressives. Now, I happen to agree that Sandoval responded in
the appropriate way to this event. He apologized both to the Milk
Club and to the Jewish community and met with several Jewish groups
to make amends. He sought atonement, and Jewish groups and leaders
responded by accepting his efforts. I commend him for this response.
But please, let's not now pretend these things never happened,
as Gonzalez attempts.
Full disclosure: I am supporting Ting for Assessor, based in part
on the experiences I relate here. I also believe that by electing
Ting as Assessor, we will have a Citywide elected official from
the API community with relevant experience to run the office guided
by his Progressive values. At the same time, the City will retain
a supervisor from District 11 who can be counted on to sometimes
vote for Progressive legislation. From my perspective, that is
the best outcome.
Jerry Threet has served as legislative aide to Supervisor Jake
McGoldrick, and is a past president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT PART IV
Police Commissioner Theresa Sparks offers recollection of Sandoval
Special to the Sentinel
Tuesday, August 23, 2005, 8:00 p.m.
I am a little apprehensive about sending this email. I have always
really liked, and admired, Matt Gonzalez. Also, anytime one chooses
to comment on the record of a sitting elected official,
especially in San Francisco, one does at their own peril. But,
having been present at both the infamous Board of Supervisors
vote on Transgender Health Care and the Milk Club meeting where
Supervisor Sandoval allegedly made a discriminatory remark, I
felt it was imperative I make my recollections public. I am also
at a loss as to why the progressives supporting Supervisor Sandoval
for Assessor continue to bring up his record on human rights,
particularly those involving the LGBT or transgender community.
The record speaks for itself. Also, to be perfectly fair to Supervisor
Sandoval, he did ultimately vote in favor of the transgender health
care resolution and make a public apology for his comments at
the Milk Club.
On Monday, April 30, 2001, the Board of Supervisors Chambers was
charged with emotion, anticipation, expectation and an aura of
what could be possible. As transgender human rights activists,
many of us had worked for years to see this resolution finally
come to a vote. The mere fact of its very existence validated
much of the time and effort that had been expended. Some say that
the chamber had an electricity in the air, a sense of excitement
only experienced a few times in the past. The legislation being
brought forth was indeed historic, a true only-in-San Francisco
moment, one of the good ones. Going in, Supervisor Leno was two
members short of the votes necessary to pass the legislation.
Supervisors Ammiano, Gonzalez, Daly, McGoldrick, Peskin, Maxwell
and, of course, Leno had already expressed their support for the
legislation. Supervisors Hall and Yee had both stated they would
not support the bill. That left Supervisors Newsom and Sandoval
to cast the deciding votes. Either one could tank years of effort
on the part of the transgender community. Newsom waited to make
his final decision until after hearing comments from many of his
colleagues, most notably Supervisor Leno. Against the wishes of
a majority of those constituents in District 2, from whom he had
heard, Gavin Newsom voted in favor of the resolution. When it
was time for Supervisor Sandoval to vote, he was nowhere to be
seen. He had retreated to his office during what he thought would
be the vote on the measure. Rachael Gordon characterized his actions
as ducking out. As I have said before, I believe that
he was trying to have the best of both worlds. He wanted to keep
in tact his carefully crafted progressive image and not have to
cast a critical vote he didnt actually believe in, a vote
in favor of the transgender health care measure. The Sergeant
of Arms was dispatched to fetch the Supervisor to cast his vote.
Upon his return, Supervisors Gonzalez and Ammiano both had animated
discussions with Supervisor Sandoval in the back corner of the
chambers, in the open, for all to see. Ive often wondered
just what was said in those moments leading up to the final vote.
In the end, Supervisor Sandoval did the right thing and voted
to pass the legislation. Indeed, his was the crucial 9th vote
needed to sanction transgenders as worthy of non-discriminatory
treatment by the San Francisco Health Services System.
I have always remembered what happened the night of the alleged
anti-semitic comment by Supervisor Sandoval at the Milk Club because
of my profound amazement that not one person, including myself,
stood up and objected to what had been said. This was the Milk
Club, for Gods sake, the bastion of progressive values in
the LGBT community
..the entire San Francisco political community,
for that matter. The context was a discussion about the City choosing
to settle the lawsuit brought against the City for the duplicative
system of taxes being levied against businesses in San Francisco.
The comment I remember being made by Supervisor Sandoval was that
activists (such as those in the Milk Club) should protest at the
homes and bar mitzvahs of these corporate executives where they
live in Marin County. After this insert foot into mouth
comment was reported by Phil Matier, Supervisor Sandoval called
a press conference and profusely apologized for the incident and
what he had said.
The only other incident that wasnt discussed in the Sentinel
articles of either Matt Gonzalez or Mark Leno was Supervisors
Sandovals vote against my appointment to the Police Commission.
I was the only LGBT candidate that had been nominated by either
the Mayor or the Rules Committee and the first transgender candidate
ever nominated in the history of the commission. In addition to
me, there were two African-Americans, one Asian-American and three
Caucasians up for confirmation, four were women and two were men.
If Supervisor Sandoval had been successful in blocking my appointment,
today there would be no LGBT (or transgender) representation on
the Police Commission. It can be argued that the transgender community,
in recent years, has been the population of San Francisco most
discriminated against by law enforcement. We needed representation
on this commission, as did the overall LGBT community as a whole.
Right or not, clear or fuzzy, thats how I remember the two
incidents discussed by Mr. Gonzalez and Assemblyman Leno, and
the more recent occasion of my appointment to the San Francisco
Police Commission. To be completely clear, I dont dislike
Supervisor Sandoval. I dont really know Supervisor Sandoval.
And, I think its the failing of my community that he feels
that by supporting LGBT, more specifically transgender, issues
or people that somehow he is going against his constituency. Supervisor
Sandoval, some of us are your constituency, and we would ask you
to represent our voices as well.
Member, San Francisco Police Commission
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT PART III
Matt Gonzalez responds to Mark Leno discussion of Sandoval
(Photo by MICAH BALLARD)
Special to the Sentinel
Tuesday, August 23, 2005, 8:00 p.m.
Mark, I appreciate your response. Nevertheless I'd like to draw
your attention to a few matters:
1) You acknowledge that then-Supervisor Newsom had not committed
to supporting the Transgender Health Benefit Ordinance until the
meeting began. But it raises the question, why not? If this was
such important civil rights legislation, why did it take him so
long to support the measure? I find it curious that you question
Supervisor Sandoval's decision-making process, but you have never
2) Contrary to what you stated, I did not participate in any hour-long
lobbying of Sandoval, for which you thank me in your response.
What I did do was urge him to vote on the health benefits package
in light of changed circumstances-even though he had told some
constituents who were opposed to the measure, that he would not
be voting on the item that day. I pointed out to Sandoval that
his vote would not be final until a second reading. This would
allow him the opportunity to meet with constituents before final
passage of the ordinance one week later. It was obvious to me
that Sandoval relied on what you had said to him-namely, that
you would be seeking a one-week continuance. He was truly conflicted
about breaking promises he had made that very day to constituents.
3) Mark, I notice that you are silent on the fact that Sandoval
voted for this measure, even though he represents, arguably, the
most conservative district in San Francisco. This is, after all,
Dan White's old district. Instead, you cast Sandoval's vote in
a negative light. Why haven't you ever acknowledged positively
that Supervisor Sandoval took a principled stand, contrary to
the overwhelming majority opinion on this issue in his district?
4) Your response to my piece linked to Lance Williams' story which
relays his efforts to speak with Sandoval once Sandoval left the
Board meeting and was in his office. You may not be aware, Mark,
but Sandoval was responding to a Chronicle inquiry regarding the
`bar mitzvah' comment. That's why he left the board chambers and
went to his office-to deal with this urgent matter. He was responding
to a media inquiry accusing him of making an anti-semetic comment.
That he or his staff would not want to speak to the press at that
very moment is understandable. I note that the Matier and Ross
column about the `bar mitzvah' comment appeared the very next
5) Mark, contrary to what you claim, I have never asserted that
Sandoval's comments at the Milk Club were innocent.
I was not present at the Milk Club when Sandoval allegedly made
the offending remarks. I think knowing that he gave a `canned'
speech elsewhere listing the numerous places where we would fight
these corporate CEO's places the remark in a wider context. Do
you dispute that? Do you honestly believe that Sandoval is an
6) Again Mark, your response was silent on the fact that you stood
with Sandoval at a press conference regarding the alleged `bar
mitzvah' comment and you accepted his public apology. Why do you
believe it is necessary to bring this up four years later? Let
me remind you what you said the day Sandoval extended a public
apology to you, Supervisor Peskin, and the entire Jewish community:
"The Talmud says that when an apology is needed, we are responsible
to ask once, and if you don't get acceptance, ask again and then
a third time, said Leno. In this case, once is enough."
7) Finally, I have never said that Phil Ting is immature or too
young to hold political office. What I've said is that Ting lacks
the political maturity to be Assessor. As you know,
the position is heavily lobbied by downtown interests. The Assessor
needs to be someone who is independent; he or she ought to be
someone with a less cozy relationship with a mayor whose primary
political contributions come from downtown corporate and real
Former president of the SF Board of Supervisors
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT PART II:
Assemblyman Leno responds in an open letter to Matt Gonzalez regarding
his recounting of "two oft repeated events"
Special to the Sentinel
Tuesday, August 23, 2005, 10:30 a.m.
Thank you Matt for inviting me to respond to your column written
about my remarks at Phil Ting's kick off event. My words were
specifically about Assessor Ting and my comments were heartfelt
because I do believe that Phil would never run away from an opportunity
to support the LGBT Community and would never attack someone because
of their religion or nation of origin. Phil Ting is a mature candidate
of good character with a strong civil rights background who would
never say such things, but since you have invited me to discuss
events related to Supervisor Sandoval, I will accept your invitation
I found your recounting of the vote to support transgender health
benefits a bit confounding. While time can leave fuzzy impressions
of events, some things I remember forever and hope you will too.
In all my time as a legislator, there was only once that the Sergeant
of Arms had to force a Supervisor out of his office to take a
vote, and that was when Supervisor Sandoval left the Board Chambers
for his office during the transgender health benefits vote. To
refresh your memory, I hope you will click on this link:
I remember the events of that day clearly. Our Transgender Civil
Rights Task Force had been requesting this legislation for two
years and the ordinance was finally brought to a vote. The room
was packed full of transgender supporters and despite your claims,
I never told Supervisor Sandoval that the ordinance was going
to be continued for another week. We needed nine out of eleven
votes to amend the city health plan and the vote was to take place
that day. Supervisor Hall and Yee had already informed me they
would be voting against the legislation - Newsom and Sandoval
had yet to be confirmed.
As the item was called, I had yet to notice that Supervisor Sandoval
had left the room. I proceeded with my opening statement and within
moments of my conclusion, Supervisor Newsom crossed the room to
tell me he was with us. That was the entirety of my communication
with Supervisor Newsom. There was no talk between us about mayoral
politics or any other speculative imaginings that Matt seems to
think Newsom and I discussed.
Let me clarify that the presentation and debate of this ordinance
began without my knowledge of Supervisor Newsom's support. As
the debate proceeded, for over 45 minutes and many of my colleagues
rose to express their support, it became ever more clear that
Supervisor Sandoval was nowhere to be found. After every speaker
had concluded their presentation, we moved to other items waiting
for Supervisor Sandoval, and went through all of the other business
on our agenda until we reached a time when it became necessary
to ask the Sergeant to locate the Supervisor and return him to
Lance Evans of Channel 5 News was camped out in front of Sandoval's
office with camera crew waiting for him to exit his door. Evans
pounded on the locked door trying to get comment from Supervisor
Sandoval when two women from his office opened the door to say
he was not in the room. It wasn't until I requested the Sergeant
of Arms to go into his office and retrieve the Supervisor that
he emerged from his office and returned to the Chambers.
At that point, as President Ammiano would attest, I approached
him at his podium and he informed me of Supervisor Sandoval's
request to continue the item for one week, or otherwise he would
vote no. Matt claims that I told Sandoval I wanted to continue
the item for a week so Sandoval could confer with constituents,
but that was not the case. We are indebted to Supervisor Gonzalez
and President Ammiano for their hour-long lobbying of Supervisor
Sandoval, which led him to agree to vote for the measure later
at that meeting.
With regard to Supervisor Sandoval's comment at the Harvey Milk
LGBT Democratic Club, there were many community witnesses who
heard him encourage protests at their houses in Tiburon
and at their bar mitzvahs with regard to his disagreement
with the Board of Supervisor's support of the Business Tax Settlement.
If it had been as innocent as Matt suggests, couched in the terms
of `weddings' and `baptisms', there would have been no need for
Supervisor Sandoval to hold a press conference on the steps of
City Hall, with the Anti-Defamation League, Supervisor Peskin
and me to offer his apology for the offensive remark.
By clicking on this link I hope Sentinel readers will have a chance
to refresh their memory on this issue.
In closing, you have invited a discussion of these two candidates,
and have even questioned whether Phil Ting is mature enough for
the job of Assessor (I assume because he is younger than many
in public office, which seems a bit ageist). Phil Ting brings
integrity, professionalism and real work experience to the Assessor's
office. If one were to compare the maturity of Phil Ting against
Gerardo Sandoval, I continue to believe that one candidate would
never run away from supporting gender minority communities and
would never make comments that require press conference apologies
due to their insensitivity. The rest is for voters to decide.
MATT GONZALEZ SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT:
Regarding two oft-repeated, yet false, claims about Gerardo Sandoval
by LUKE THOMAS
Special to the Sentinel
Monday, August 22, 2005, 3:00 p.m.
This column responds to remarks the Sentinel attributed to Assemblyman
Mark Leno at Phil Ting's kickoff on Sunday August 14. I've often
heard these criticisms of Sup. Gerardo Sandoval, but I was surprised
to see them repeated by Mark. He knows both suggestions are inaccurate,
and it goes to show the extent to which urban legends and inaccurate
reporting can become accepted fact, particularly if there is a
political reason for such. In any event, I offer my take on it,
and Mark is free to respond if he disagrees with my version of
First, Mark tells an audience that Phil Ting would never
run away from an opportunity to support the civil rights of the
LGBT community. This obviously is a backhanded reference
to claims that Sandoval purposefully left the board chambers rather
than vote on Mark's Transgender Health Benefits Plan which was
at the Board and needed 9 out of 11 votes to successfully pass.
This vote occurred April 30, 2001 when Mark was on the Board of
Mark does not say it directly, but he alludes to an often-claimed
occurrence even though he knows Sandoval did not leave the meeting
to avoid voting on the transgender item. What Mark doesn't say
is that on the day of the vote, having been unable to secure the
9 votes he needed, Mark told Gerardo the matter would be continued
for a week.
Mark couldn't secure the votes because Supervisors Hall and Yee
were opposed and because then-Supervisor Newsom would not commit
to supporting this important civil rights legislation. That's
right, Newsom was opposed to it because he didn't think it would
be good to support this when he later ran for Mayor, and Mark
kept working on him. In any event, Newsom wouldn't commit.
Sandoval had been inundated with phone calls from constituents
demanding that he vote against the item. He was told that he had
another week to meet with opponents and hear them out before he
cast his ballot. At the time Sandoval said he was inclined to
support the measure.
But I want to emphasize that Sandoval specifically told people
that wanted to speak with him that the item was going to be continued
and he said he would allow them to lobby him during the week.
In making this statement, Sandoval relied on Mark's representation
that no decision was going to be made that day.
Then, during the meeting, Leno got Newsom to commit and to agree
to support the measure in part by arguing that his likely opponent
in the Mayor's race, then-Board President Tom Ammiano, was unlikely
to use the measure against him as Tom was obviously voting for
Leno then called the item out of order (because it had been skipped
in a last ditch effort by hin to secure the votes), and now, with
Newsom's belated commitment, he believed he had the votes to pass
the measure. He started looking for Sandoval who had returned
to his office to make a phone call while some mundane matters
were being called. Sandoval did not duck the vote, as Mark and
others have suggested.
I sat next to Sandoval during that meeting (this occurred prior
to my election as Board President). I spoke with him about the
item. The only concern Sandoval had was that he had already told
constituents that he would give them an opportunity to lobby him.
Ultimately, he broke his word to his constituents to support an
item he believed in. That is the most important thing - Sandoval
voted in support of the measure.
Rather than attack Sandoval, Leno should be praising a former
colleague who helped deliver this important vote. Sandoval's vote
was in fact courageous. (Compare that to Phil Ting's refusal to
support non-citizen voting.) In any event, Mark should take notice
of a former colleague who represents one of the most conservative
districts in San Francisco standing up for what is right, particularly
as he has now seen at the Assembly how hard it is to get fellow
Democrats to support something seen as less controversial -- gay
Secondly, Mark stated that Phil Ting will never attack anyone
because of that individual's religion. This presumably makes
reference to the bar mitzvah comment that has previously
been used by SFSOS and others to label Sandoval an anti-semite.
Mark again repeats this without the proper context, though he
himself stood with Sandoval when Sandoval made a public apology
about the alleged remark.
When I was on the Board, Gerardo and I were among three supervisors
(with Supervisor Daly) fighting against a business tax settlement
that awarded major companies in SF over $80 million dollars despite
the fact that none of them could show the business tax had actually
discriminated against them.
Gerardo made the rounds to many community groups stumping against
the 54 companies. He urged that we should not allow the corporate
heads of these entities to hide behind their corporate veils.
He urged those community groups to personalize the fight by taking
it to their communities - to fight the CEOs at their weddings,
bar mitvahs, quincineras, baptisms, etc -- to let them know that
thousands of San Franciscans would suffer by their greedy actions.
On May 1, 2001, Matier and Ross reported that at one event someone
complained Sandoval had only singled out bar mitvahs during his
canned speech. It remains uncertain whether that actually occurred.
Nevertheless, when it was brought to his attention Sandoval immediately
apologized and met with Jewish community leaders to atone for
Sentinel readers are of course free to believe Sandoval is anti-semitic
based on this incident. But taken in its entirety, this over 4
year-old remark should be put to rest. Jewish leaders accepted
Sandoval's apology and have had a constructive relationship with
him since then.
I hope Sentinel readers will consider my comments.
Former president of the SF Board of Supervisors
DEMOCRATS VOTE CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION
fogcityjournal.com Photos by LUKE THOMAS
Thursday, August 18, 2005
The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee last night
voted to endorse Phil Ting for Assessor, Jose Cisneros for Treasurer,
and Dennis Herrera for City Attorney, according to DCCC secretary
QUEER NOTES: I WON'T BE RUNNING INTO THE WOODS
I'll be voting for Phil Ting for endorsement at the Democratic
County Central Committee meeting Wednesday
By Robert Haaland
First published in LeftInSF.com
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Most know that I have given Mayor Newsom a hard time over the
Going back to the fall of 1998, I very actively supported
Supervisor Tom Ammiano over him for Board President. I actively
opposed both of his homeless initiatives. And when he ran for
Mayor, I supported Supervisor Ammiano and then Supervisor Gonzalez
in the run-off. I remember once he asked if we could bury the
hatchet. I said sure, but did he want to bury the hatchet in my
Some might say I wont give the guy a break, but they are
wrong. Most know that I have argued that we need to support the
Mayor when he is right. I wrote an opinion piece in the Bay Guardian
after the Presidential election suggesting that progressives needed
to be more supportive of him on same sex marriage, especially
when Senator Dianne Feinstein came out swinging and essentially
blamed him for the Republican victory in the Presidential election,
a specious argument that I and many, many others vigorously disagree
When I read in this weeks San Francisco Sentinel (see below)
that the Mayor told a packed auditorium at Phil Tings kick-off
for Assessor last Saturday that the supporters of Tings
opponent had said to him, You know what, that was a great
choice, but I cant endorse him.
Then the Mayor said to the supporters of Tings opponent,
What do you mean you cant endorse him? You told me
you wanted qualifications, you wanted someone thats not
political, someone with integrity, someone thats committed
to San Francisco.
And all of a sudden they ran into the woods.
There is a strong pull to get on the progressive train in the
Assessors race, regardless of who I like. The progressive
train is going in one direction only on this choice. Some would
say that when the train is going in a direction, the best thing
to do, the safe thing to do, is either get out of the way or jump
on. The subtext being that you might get run over. There is some
truth to that argument, notwithstanding the inferred threat of
getting run over.
Two years ago Im proud to say that I supported someone that
nearly everyone, and I mean everyone, in the progressive community
didnt support. Kamala Harris. I met her in front of my office
building back in the day when I smoked. She worked in the City
Attorneys office and Local 790 has their office in the same
building, Fox Plaza. The truth is I probably wouldnt have
supported her if I hadnt gotten to know her over the months
prior to her run. She came across as smart, competent, and progressive.
Boy did I get a lot of flack for supporting her.
But luckily there are those with bullshit radars to keep us all
My former law professor and mentor Shauna Marshall and I sometimes
talk about candidates over email. She isnt a political insider,
but she has devoted her life to progressive causes, starting with
suing the Fire Department over its lack of diversity a very long
time ago. I think she may have been the first African American
woman who was the Dean of Hastings Law School. But probably her
most dangerous work has been turning loose a lot of young attorneys
on the world who have fought for social change, like Molly McKay
from Equality California or Matt Brown who worked at St. Peters
Housing Clinic and later as a tenant attorney, or Chris Hwang,
a Labor attorney, and many, many others. And that was just in
Anyway, she sometimes disagrees with the powers that be within
the progressive political establishment. The bullshit radar goes
off and she isnt afraid to tell me that she isnt impressed
with the hypocrisy and contradictions of the mostly white progressive
community in San Francisco. So when Kamala was running for District
Attorney and Shauna told me that she was supporting her, I knew
there was only one answer I could give her about who I was supporting
for District Attorney. Fortunately, I had already come to that
decision on my own, but I would have been in real trouble otherwise.
Even more fortunate was the fact that I had already decided to
support Kamala when I met up with Kamalas sister, Maya Harris.
Maya had been my professor in law school as well and was second
only in stature to Shauna. Well, Maya is now at the ACLU, running
the Racial Justice Project and when I realized that she was Kamalas
sister, I was glad that I didnt have to tell her that I
was supporting someone else besides her sister.
Maya and Kamala posing with their mother Dr Shyamala Gopalan
The good news is that when you stand by your convictions, you
dont mind if people give you a hard time about it and youll
probably be joined by others who stand by their convictions and
who dont respond to bullying. In fact, the more people smacked
me around that year for supporting Kamala, the more stubborn I
got. Clearly, they did not know how to effectively persuade me.
My partner Saskia laughed about it mostly because she knew that
I would just dig in my heels
But the even better news is
that Kamala has been a great District Attorney and I am incredibly
proud that I supported her.
I met Phil Ting about three years ago, but only got to know him
over the last year. I had heard about him over the years, especially
his role in turning the Asian Law Caucus around when it was about
to go under and kept the agency true to its mission. I cant
speak for others, but I was impressed when he held his own under
intense pressure at the Building Inspection Commission last winter.
Well Mr. Mayor, I wont be running into the woods on Wednesday.
Ill be doing something I believe is the right thing to dovoting
for Phil Ting for Assessor at the Democratic County Central Committee
endorsement meeting. And on Wednesday, you wont be able
to call me a coward either. Ill be voting my conscience
and standing by my convictions. And I have a feeling that some
other progressives might too.
Phil Ting at Cecilia Chungs Birthday Party
SANDOVAL CALLS ON TING TO TERMINATE CAMPAIGN FOR
DISTRICT 4 SUPERVISOR
Says it creates appearance of running for two offices at the same
From the Sandoval for Assessor Campaign
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval today called on Philip Ting to terminate
immediately his campaign for Supervisor in District 4 and close
his campaign bank account. Failure to do so raises serious ethical
questions and creates the appearance that Ting is running for
two political offices at the same time, said Sandoval.
According to reports filed on July 31, Ting has raised over $17,000
for his Supervisorial campaign and has not yet terminated the
Given the improprieties that have plagued the Assessor-Recorders
office in recent years, it is imperative that appointee Ting avoid
any appearance that he is running for two offices at the same
time, said Sandoval.
Ting, who is currently running for his third political office
in the past four years, was an official candidate for District
4 Supervisor at the time of his political appointment to the Assessors
office. Previously, Ting was a political candidate for the Board
of Directors of a proposed Municipal Utility District (MUD Board)
in 2001. Ting placed second in the race for Ward 3 in that campaign.
The San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, Section
1.122(a), states No person shall file a declaration of intention
to become a candidate for more than one City elective office.
The San Francisco Ethics Commission currently shows two active
campaign accounts for Ting, one for Supervisor and one for Assessor.
Neither has been terminated.
Ting began his political campaign for District 4 Supervisor in
May of 2005, 18 months before the election. He was an active candidate,
raising over $17,000 in just eight weeks. Ting, a long-time resident
of District 5, had moved to District 4 just two months before
filing official papers to begin his campaign.
The existence of two bank accounts for one candidate raises
a host of ethical questions, said Sandoval. San Francisco
voters have consistently supported, and I have passed as a Supervisor,
tougher campaign laws to ensure the integrity of our elections.
Ting needs to respect the voters and terminate his Supervisor
bank account immediately.
TING KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN FOR OFFICE 'ABOVE POLITICS'
Speakers high kick political opponent
'What a difference a day makes,' Dufty says of reputed endorsement
Monday, August 15, 2005
Assessor candidate Phil Ting statured the office
above politics at his campaign kick-off Saturday, as speakers
nonetheless high kicked one opponent.
Assemblyman Mark Leno breezed the first bruise squarely toward
competitor Gerardo Sandoval, without naming Sandoval.
"I can guarantee, I can guarantee, that Phil Ting will never
attack anyone because of that individual's religion.
"Phil Ting will never attack anyone because of that person's
nation of origin.
"And Phil Ting would never run away from an opportunity to
support the civil rights of the LGBT community," Leno told
some 250 supporters gathered in the Plumbers Union Building for
the 11:00 a.m. event.
13th District Assemblyman Mark Leno
Phil Ting with Mayor Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris
Sandoval, twice elected as District 11 supervisor, drew criticism
in his first term for two ethnic slurs, and for appearing to evade
casting the pivotal vote on city health care benefits for transgendered
city employees by locking himself in his office.
Summoned by the Board of Supervisors sergeant-at-arms for the
vote, Sandoval then cast the deciding vote in favor of transgender
In the same period, Sandoval suggested lobbying wealthy downtown
interests at their bar mitzvahs, and at one time suggested the
San Francisco Fire Department personnel roster shouldn't read
like an Irish phone book.
He later apologized profusely for both comments.
Sandoval entered the Assessor race on July 13, two days before
Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed former Building Inspection Commissioner
Ting to the post.
As of Saturday, Sandoval supporters also include Assemblyman
Leland Yee, Sheriff Mike Hennessey, Former Mayor Art Agnos, Public
Defender Jeff Adachi, Board President Aaron Peskin, former Board
President Matt Gonzalez; Supervisors Sophie Maxwell, Tom Ammiano,
Chris Daly, Jake McGoldrick, and Ross Mirkarimi; Golden Gate Bridge
Director Janet Reilly; and School Board Members Eric Mar and Sarah
With both candidates laying claim to progressive mantle, and some
further left-leaning supporters backing Sandoval, District Attorney
Kamala Harris framed a distinction.
"Please let us not forget that being progressive is not about
rabble rousing," Harris observed.
"Being progressive when we hold these offices
is about being professional, about being able to know how to run
these offices in a way that is smart, in a way that is efficient,
in a way that is current, so that we can meet the demand of the
people of the City and County of San Francisco, and do it in a
way that's about integrity and purpose..." stated Harris.
The first female District Attorney of San Francisco introduced
Mayor Newsom, as Newsom reported some Sandoval supporters hold
cloaked belief Ting is the more qualified candidate.
Harris drew laughs noting Newsom's
commitment to professionalism...and to Starbucks
"No sooner than I appoint this guy that all these same folks
came up to me and said, 'You know what, that was a great choice,
but I can't endorse him.'
"I said, 'What do you mean you can't endorse him? You told
me you wanted qualifications, you wanted someone that's not political,
someone with integrity, someone that's committed to San Francisco.'
"And all of a sudden they ran into the woods.
"All these people that talked about integrity, process,
they talked about professionalizing city government, they talked
about transcending the politics of the past, and about a future
of San Francisco we'd all be proud of -- guess what, all of them
ran when I appointed this individual.
"That says as much or more about politics today than anything
I've experienced in the last 18 months as mayor," said Newsom.
Endorsement politics of the last week pitted veracity against
Supervisor Bevan Dufty
On Wednesday, Supervisor Bevan Dufty -- a frequent administration
ally -- endorsed Sandoval, according to one supervisor's aide.
"The way you have it is exactly right," responded one
campaign principal to the Sentinel.
Dufty withdrew the endorsement Thursday, due to Newsom intervention,
the aide said.
Others drew the scenario differently, all involved demanding off
the record cover.
"There was a deal in the making where Dufty would endorse
Sandoval if Sandoval could get Jose Ramos to withdraw from the
Treasurer race. Dufty didn't believe Sandoval could deliver,"
an administration top official sketched to the Sentinel.
Do you have personal knowledge of that?
"That's absolutely true," stated the official.
Another supervisor reported, "That's what was happening,"
when apprised of the Dufty endorsement-Ramos-withdrawal scenario.
"Sandoval just said there's not a single word of truth to
it," the Sentinel noted.
"Is that what he said?" interjected a City Hall insider
familiar with Sandoval.
"Then he's a liar?" the Sentinel queried.
"What a difference a day makes," Dufty would reveal
Ramos and Sandoval rebuked the scenario as false,
slanderous and libelous.
Ting spoke of setting politics aside.
"Don't let people fool you about the need to follow an ideology,"
Ting told supporters.
"This office is about professionalism, this office is about
fairness, this office is about making sure that we put politics
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club co-chair Laura Spanjian
milks the mirth with impressionist Donna Sachet;
Nathan Purkiss, senior assistant to Assemblyman Leno;
and Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Firefighters union chieftain John Hanley, left,
with Assemblyman Mark Leno
SUPERVISOR BEVAN DUFTY ENDORSES GERARDO SANDOVAL FOR ASSESSOR
THEN RESCINDS ENDORSEMENT
Thursday, August 11, 2005, 9:30 p.m.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty today rescinded his Wednesday endorsement
of Gerardo Sandoval for San Francisco Assessor, the Sentinel has
Sandoval had no comment on the turn of events.
Dufty reportedly acquiesced to Mayor Gavin Newsom's preference
for Phil Ting election to the post.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY KAMALA HARRIS ENDORSES
PHIL TING FOR SAN FRANCISCO ASSESSOR
Phil Ting and Kamala Harris
SUPERVISOR FIONA MA ENDORSES PHIL TING FOR ASSESSOR
By Pat Murphy
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Supervisor Fiona Ma yesterday endorsed appointed Assessor Phil
Ting for election to that post, noting the Assessor's Office produces
up to 20% of city revenue from property and property transfer
"Therefore it is important that we have someone who is professional,"
Ma said in the 1:30 p.m. City Hall steps press conference.
Ting "knows how to work with city departments, motivate employees,
put in systems that will collect our taxes efficiently and effectively
in San Francisco," continued Ma.
"This person is Phil Ting. He's got over five years of real
estate appraisal evaluation experience. He's got 15 years working
in the community.
"I think he's got a tremendous amount of integrity. Whenever
I call him he is always there. His word is always good. When he
says he's going to do something he does it, he shows up. He's
hands on, and these are the kinds of leaders we really need in
city government today," Ma stated.
Ting expressed particular gratitude to Ma, noting Ma's background
in finance as a certified public accountant, and her status as
the only Asian American on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
"I'm going to be doing three primary things during the next
few months in office," Ting reported.
"One is assuring that we have fair and equitable assessments.
We're going to be insuring that we have standards so everybody
will be treated fairly, whether you own a commercial property,
whether you own a property building, whether you own a home. Everybody
is going to be treated fairly.
"Number two is improving customer service. We're going to
be doing more outreach, improving and updating our website, and
we're going to assure that there are more people at the front
desk so that when people come or call they'll be served well.
"Lastly is professionalism. Truly, any hire we make will
be having experience. If they're an appraiser, they better have
appraisal experience. If they're going to be a clerk, they better
have customer service experience. We're going to assure that everyone
we bring into the office is a professional."
ASSESSOR CANDIDATE PHIL TING LAUDED BY IMMIGRANT CIVIL RIGHTS
GROUPS JULY 27
From the Assessor Campaign of Phil Ting
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center will hold a press conference
Wednesday July 27 at 12:00 p.m. to recognize and thank Phil Ting
for his work on behalf of civil rights for immigrants.
Mark Silverman, Director of Immigration Policy at the Immigrant
Legal Resource Center in San Francisco said, "As the former
Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus Phil Ting has a history
of supporting civil and immigration rights in our community. We
want to thank him for his long time commitment to civil rights
and we want to recognize the importance of this experience and
background in a city wide office.
WHAT: Immigrant and immigration legal service organizations will
recognize and express appreciation to Assessor Phil Ting for his
work in the legal civil rights community as the former Executive
Director of the Asian Law Caucus.
WHO: Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Mark Silverman, Director
of Immigration Policy El Comite de Padres Unidos.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27 12:00pm
WHERE: Immigrant Legal Resource Center 1663 Mission St., Ste.
602 (btwn South Van Ness & Duboce)
For more information, contact Mark Silverman at (415) 255-9499,
ASSEMBLYMAN LELAND YEE ENDORSES SANDOVAL FOR ASSESSOR
Notes supervisor's independence and outstanding record of achievement
From the Assessor Campaign of Gerardo Sandoval
Friday, July 22, 2005, 11:30 a.m.
Assembly Speaker Pro-Tem Leland Yee (D-12) endorsed District
11 Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval for San Francisco Assessor today,
applauding Sandoval's independence and experience as a public
"San Francisco needs a tough and independent leader in the
Assessor"s office," said Yee. "No other candidate
in the race has the experience necessary to be Assessor. I know
Gerardo Sandoval's record and I know he has what it takes to make
sure the people of San Francisco get the tax revenue and services
they need. He has a record as a smart and fair legislator, and
he is the right choice for Assessor."
Yee emphasized Sandoval's achievements for his district and his
city-wide leadership on financial and budget issues. Over the
past five years, Supervisor Sandoval has been noted in the press
as an overwhelmingly effective advocate for his constituents,
who are over 50% foreign born, largely of Asian descent.
Yee noted some of Supervisor Sandoval's particular achievements:
"Gerardo has fought for new senior housing in the Outer Mission,
saved funding for translators at General Hospital, improved pedestrian
safety measures in the district and all over the city, and won
new funding for the neighborhood parks and recreation centers
our kids and families depend on."
Yee also applauded Sandoval's leadership as chair of the Budget
Committee during tough fiscal times.
"Gerardo has a record as a touch fiscal manager and he has
fought to make sure the people of San Francisco get what they
Sandoval, the son of two immigrant parents, worked his way through
college, eventually earning a Master's Degree in City Planning
from UC Berkeley and a Law Degree from Columbia University.
Said Yee, "Gerardo represents what makes this city great:
he is a child of foreign-born parents who found a home here and
has dedicated the past fifteen years of his life to public service."
Supervisor Sandoval thanked Assemblyman Yee for his support. "From
his days heading the School Board here in San Francisco Leland
has been an independent leader dedicated to fighting for the little
guy. We come from similar backgrounds and we share a common outlook.
"m honored to receive his endorsement."
TING PLEDGES LONG NEEDED SUPPORT FOR ASSESSOR STAFF
By Pat Murphy
Thursday, July 21, 2005, 4:00 p.m.
San Francisco Assessor Phil Ting, sworn into office this morning
at 11:20 a.m. by Mayor Newsom, assured staff they will receive
support and training they've lacked.
"You haven't always received the support you've needed, and
we're going to assure you have that support," Ting told a
staff gathering following swearing-in.
"Our greater purposes is really serving the needs of residents,"
"Our office is unique in that actually bring in revenue for
the city, for the police budget, for what the nonprofits are wanting,
for schools, for parks, for health care, for seniors, and for
"We will assure you we will deliver an assessment structure
that is fair and equal for downtown or for small homeowners.
"We will assure you we will fight for every single assessment,
and we're going to fight for every single dollar assessment,"
For his part, Newsom his selection of Ting as a "move away
from taking some politician from one position to another -- replacing
them with someone in your own image."
Although presented with two finalists following interviews of
17 candidates, in part from City Controller Ed Harrington and
State Board of Equalization staffter Betty Yee, Newsom said his
conclusion was that Ting "is as good as they come."
Ting resigned his position as Building Inspection Commissioner,
an appointment he received from former Board of Supervisors President
Matt Gonzalez, to accept the Assessor post.
Gonzalez, now supporting Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval for election
as Assessor, this week criticized Ting for alleged lack of maturity
to stand up to downtown interests.
"It's interesting someone would question of the maturity
of anyone who worked for the Asian Law Caucus," Ting responded.
Ting served as executive director of the political progressive
Asian Law Caucus.
SUPERVISOR TOM AMMIANO ENDORSES GERARDO SANDOVAL FOR
SAN FRANCISCO ASSESSOR
Supervisor Tom Ammiano steps forward
with support for Gerardo Sandoval lawsuit
crying foul against campaign opponents June 28
Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval
From the Assessor Campaign of Gerardo Sandoval
Thursday, July 21, 2005, 2:00 p.m.
Citing Sandoval's political independence and strong commitment
to the gay community, Supervisor Tom Ammiano today threw his support
behind Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval's campaign for Assessor.
I've worked with Gerardo since district elections swept
the machine out of City Hall in 2000, and I know him to be a strong,
independent voice who has stood up for progressives and the gay
community, said Ammiano.
Ammiano joins Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, Supervisors
Chris Daly, Jake McGoldrick, and former Supervisor Matt Gonzalez
in supporting Sandoval for Assessor.
Ammiano, who currently chairs the board's Budget Committee emphasized
Gerardo's fiscal experience in directing the budget process last
year. Gerardo has proven his skills in fiscal management.
He faced a $300 million budget deficit, and worked cooperatively
with the Mayor and the Board and citizens to save essential AIDS/HIV
services, funding for interpreters at General Hospital, solar
power projects, minimum wage enforcement, and improvements at
senior centers around the city.
Gerardo has been a strong supporter of gay marriage,
said Ammiano. For an office that played a role in signing
gay marriage licenses, we need that kind of proven commitment.
Ammiano closed by noting Supervisor Sandoval's work on behalf
of the Latino community. Gerardo led the charge on immigrants'
rights with legislation requiring city agencies to accept ID cards
issued by the Mexican consulate. He has a record of working for
people who need a voice in government and I know we can count
on him to keep fighting for us as assessor.
MATT GONZALEZ CITES SANDOVAL INDEPENDENCE, TING IMMATURITY
MATT GONZALEZ, former president of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors speaks on behalf of Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval
on steps of City Hall June 28.
From the Assessor Campaign of Gerardo Sandoval
Monday, July 18, 2005
Adding a new twist in the heating up race for the Assessor's
office, former Mayoral candidate and Board President Matt Gonzalez
today gave his wholehearted support to Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval
in his upstart campaign which has caught the city by surprise.
"It really comes down to a simple choice. Supervisor Sandoval
has the integrity and independence the office needs at a crucial
time," said Gonzalez. "We've worked together on serious
issues such as the business tax settlement, and I know that Gerardo
is well-prepared to ensure that the Assessor's office is successful
in requiring large property owners to pay an equitable share of
the taxes it takes to provide critical services in San Francisco."
"Supervisor Sandoval has always won elected office in his
own right, proving his political independence. Over the years
he has demonstrated his dedication to fight for those who most
need a voice in city government. He served as the Chair of the
Budget Committee while I was Board President and did an outstanding
job of managing city finances in difficult times," said Gonzalez.
Dozens of large property owners in recent months have petitioned
to have their property taxes reduced at the cost of millions of
dollars per year to city services. A recent report to the Board
of Supervisors showed that over 50 large corporate property owners,
each with real estate valued at over $85 million, have requested
tax breaks from the Assessor's office in the last few years.
"The Mayor claims to have made a non-political appointment,
but the truth is that his appointee is currently a candidate for
Supervisor and has sought elected office in the past. I know Phil
Ting and I know he means well, but he simply lacks the political
maturity to stand up to the downtown forces who exert the most
pressure on the Assessor," said Gonzalez.
"If you are a resident who relies on city health clinics
and emergency rooms, or a small property owner without an army
of tax lawyers at your beck and call, you need a champion in the
Assessor's office, and that champion, I believe, is Supervisor
Sandoval," added Gonzalez.
Sandoval, who was elected to the Board as an independent in 2000
and re-elected in 2004 despite an inflammatory attack campaign
launched by secretive downtown forces, adds Gonzalez to a growing
list of progressive and independent endorsements which include
Board President Aaron Peskin, Supervisors Daly and McGoldrick,
former Supervisor Harry Britt, and former Mayor Art Agnos.
"Matt and I agree that the Assessor's office needs a strong
advocate for the little guy, an independent fighter, and a tested
experienced leader who won't be intimidated by wealth and power,"
"I welcome his support and I'm eager to work with individuals
from every corner of the city to turn around this office in crisis."
Supervisor Sandoval brings 15 years of fiscal, legal and public
service experience to the campaign. He has served as a City Finance
Analyst from 1990 to 1993; Chair of the Board of Supervisors Budget
Committee; Trustee of the San Francisco Retirement Trust Fund;
Trial Attorney for the Office of the Public Defender; and Member
of the San Francisco Public Transportation Commission and Golden
Gate Bridge District Board. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where
he earned a Masters Degree in City Planning. He earned his law
degree from Columbia University in New York.
For more information, contact David Noyola at (415) 812-6479.
PHIL TING PLEDGES 'FAIR AND EQUAL' PROPERTY ASSESSMENT
PHIL TING addresses his first press conference
as mayoral appointed San Francisco Assessor, top photo.
Bottom photo, center background, Ting's wife Susan Sun,
who works as district director for Assemblyman Mark Leno, right.
fogcityjournal.com Photos by BILL WILSON
By Pat Murphy
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Building Inspection Commissioner Phil Ting yesterday rose to
the post of San Francisco Assessor, promising the skill set to
modernize the department and deliver "fair and equal"
In making the appointment at a 2:30 p.m. City Hall press conference,
Mayor Newsom stressed he chose "professionalism over politics"
by naming Ting.
The mayor had narrowed his selection to two finalists, Newsom
said, after "62 days of consideration following Assessor
Mabel Teng's resignation, and interview of more than 17"
candidates. Newsom declined to name the other finalist.
"We were looking for the best and the brightest" with
"integrity, competency, and broad spectrum of property valuation
experience," stated Newsom.
The office has been criticized for lack of competence, and loss
of potentially millions of dollars in tax revenue.
"Phil Ting is the best person in the city to bring reform
to an office that needs it," Newsom maintained.
"He is a real professional who will keep politics out of
this important job."
Even so, Newsom -- who silenced many left-learning critics by
taking the lead on same sex marriage -- saw to it his press packet
included a Bay Guardian editorial calling for appointment of a
professional...and a political progressive.
Ting, executive director of the progressive-leaning Asian Law
Caucus, was appointed to the Building Inspection Commission by
former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez, the Green
Party candidate who came close to denying Newsom the mayoralty.
Ed Lee, recent Newsom appointment as City Administrator and Ting's
predecessor at the Asian Law Caucus, welcomed Ting to the executive
branch, recalling motivation which drew both men to the Asian
"We came to the Asian Law Caucus because we wanted to do
what is right for all the citizens of San Francisco," Lee
said somberly, after taking personal relish in Ting's rise, "Now
we know we have one less person who's going to sue the city."
City Administrator Ed Lee
Ting, who must stand for election this November to fill out remainder
of Mable Teng's term and run for a full term again in 2006, appeared
undaunted by potentially hard-hitting campaigns.
Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval is best known of current Assessor
candidates, entering the race four days ago and quickly drawing
endorsements from Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin,
former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez, and Supervisor
Chris Daly. Daly also has endorsed Green Party contender Vickie
Asked whether Ting is up to a brutal campaign progressives might
launch against him, not so much because they love Gerardo Sandoval,
but out of disdain for Mayor Newsom, Ting didn't blink.
Ting said his campaign would demonstrate a "valuation structure
that is equal for all."
Assemblyman Mark Leno, taking umbrage at suggestion progressives
would oppose Ting, brought laughter demanding, "So what am
I, chopped liver?"
Ting came to know electioneering by working as a volunteer in
Leno's campaign effort.
Leno, like Newsom, won support from initially wary progressives
for Leno's national leadership on same sex marriage, and as years
long crafter of tenants rights legislation.
Ting "met his wife, Susan, on Mark's campaign," the
"And I married them!" Leno brightened. Ting's wife,
who retains the name Susan Sun, serves as district director for
Even with savvy absorbed from closeness to Leno, Ting faces a
hardened campaigner in Sandoval who remains deeply angry at downtown
Sandoval blames downtown for underhanded efforts to deny Sandoval
re-election. The District 11 supervisor holds his seat on the
Board of Supervisors until January 2009, should he lose election
Sandoval did not return Sentinel telephone requests for Sandoval
reaction to the Ting appointment, nor for updated list of Sandoval
For their part, the leading spokesman for downtown interests said
downtown couldn't be happier with prospect of a more efficient
"We really want fast assessments," Ken Cleaveland told
the Sentinel. Cleaveland serves as director of government and
public affairs for the Building Owners and Managers Association
BOMA represents San Francisco office buildings with assessed valuation
last year of $17 billion, Cleaveland reported. That valuation
last year produced city tax revenues exceeding $200 million, he
Past Assessors have been criticized for belated office building
valuations, with progressives framing downtown as influencing
Assessor staff for delayed assessments.
Instead, Cleaveland bemoaned that valuations "sometimes take
as long as seven years."
"We don't want that because it hurts us," continued
"We need to be able to amortize those costs over coming years,
spreading those costs equally over the years to tenants.
"We don't want several years coming all at one time, angering
tenants with sudden large increases," Cleaveland stated.
"It shouldn't be a political office. It's only political
because the state constitution requires that every county have
an elected Assessor."
One Sheriff's Department staffer told the Sentinel of her family's
experience with home valuation.
"We added a home improvement, and it took the Assessor's
Office nine years to catch up to it. Yes, we finally wrote the
city one big check for back taxes, but that was money the city
could have been using all those years."
Cleveland praised San Mateo County for emphasis on technology
which results in instant data sharing among city agencies, and
permits customers to pay taxes online as well as print out city
Ting pointed to his background as demonstrating competence for
"I'm the first Assessor to have any real background in commercial
property assessment," Ting told reporters.
A Chinese American raised in southern California, Ting started
his professional career in San Francisco as Senior Consultant
at Arthur Anderson appraising properties for clients such as GE
Capital and Sumitomo Bank, moved onto to be Associate Director
in Strategic Planning for CBC/Madison Advisory Group, before joining
SSR Realty Advisors as Acquisitions Analyst where he underwrote
projects worth $200 million before leaving the private sector.
Full Ting resume follows story.
Ting promised technology upgrade, while citing management skills
which will result in "more efficiently giving people clear
"From this day forward, I will move swiftly" to assure
"professionally qualified staff" and "restore public
PHILIP Y. TING
2002-Present ASIAN LAW CAUCUS SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Managing 31-year old civil rights non-profit with $1.1 million
Increased revenue over 30% in first year
Providing guidance and strategic direction to all programs in
voting, housing, employment, immigration, hate crimesand consumer.
Fundraising and overseeing all development operations.
Managing public relations and marketing activities.
2000-2002 SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY (SFSU) SAN FRANCISCO,
Associate Director, Governmental and Community Relations
Developed first Community Relations program for SFSU.
Outreached to diverse community and neighborhood groups to provide
greater access to SFSU.
Provided a point of contact within the university administration
for community organizations.
Represented President Corrigan at various Chamber of Commerce
Worked with State and Federal elected officials to increase funding
1999-2000 CAROLE HAYASHINO FOR ASSEMBLY SAN RAFAEL, CA
Field Director and Campaign Coordinator
Coordinated day-to-day operations. Managed over 40 regular volunteers.
Supervised phone banks and precinct walks.
Organized and developed policy position papers regarding transportation,
education, minimum wage, health care,school financing, children
and youth services and child care.
1998-1999 SSR REALTY ADVISORS SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Underwrote and recommended purchase of $200 million worth of commercial
real estate for pension fund investors.
Developed $3 million operating budgets for each property.
Advised Managing Directors on corporate goals and objectives as
Member of Presidents Council.
1996-1998 CBC/MADISON ADVISORY GROUP FOSTER CITY, CA
Associate Director, Strategic Planning Consulting
Developed vision for strategic planning consulting services in
Bay Area Region.
Created business plan and proposed services and fee structure
to clients nationwide.
Analyzed and assessed potential site relocation for large San
Developed technology plan for Alameda technology company.
1994-1996 ARTHUR ANDERSEN SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Assessed and valued properties for GE Capital and Sumitomo Bank
real estate portfolios.
Appraised apartment and hotel properties for various clients.
Developed strategic plan for State Department of General Services.
Analyzed strategic goals, streamlined processes,researched best
practices, developed core competencies and evaluated information
Reengineered $6B retail corporations real estate operations.
Evaluated key process evaluation and researched bestpractice concepts
to develop strategic vision and performance goals.
1992-1994 HARVARD UNIVERSITY, JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
Awarded Master in Public Policy degree. Concentration in Housing,
Business and Government. Member of MPP Admission Committee. Coalition
for Diversity. Asian American Policy Review, Co-Editor.
1987-1992 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, CA
Awarded Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies with Honors and
Ethnic Studies minor (fulfilled coursework).
Concentration in Chinese Development. Appointed to UC Board of
Admissions and Relations with Schools, Vice Chancellor Admissions
Coordination Board, Committee on Educational Policy, Committee
on Student Fees and ASUC Municipal Lobby Co-Director.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs Commission, Commissioner,
Building Inspections Commission, Commissioner, San Francisco
Leadership San Francisco, Graduate, San Francisco
Housing Action Coalition, Member, San Francisco
Sunset Community Democratic Club, Board Member, San Francisco
Westside Chinese Democratic Club, San Francisco
Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition, Member, San Francisco
Lake Merced Task Force, San Francisco
Organization of Chinese Americans, San Francisco Bay Chapter,
Past President, San Francisco
Citizens Committee on Community Development, Former Chair,
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, Board Member,
Conversationally fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Extensive knowledge
of Argus, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, Word Perfect,
and Pascal. Traveled on a shoestring budget through East Asia,
Russia, Eastern Europe, and Western Europe.
SANDOVAL: NEWSOM WILL MAKE BACKROOM DEAL GIVING
DOWNTOWN INTERESTS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT
SUPERVISOR GERARDO SANDOVAL
heralds July 9, 2005, reopening of Excelsior Branch Library.
MISSION STREET merchant walk during Gerardo Sandoval's
successful re-election campaign for District 11 Supervisor.
fogcityjournal.com Photo by PAT MURPHY
Friday, July 15, 2005, UPDATED 8:45 A.M.
Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, now in his third day of campaign
for San Francisco Assessor, today charged Mayor Newsom "will
make a backroom deal with appointment whose going to give downtown
exactly what they want."
Busy working the phones for endorsements, Sandoval told the Sentinel
he expects to release a list a new supporters today.
"I haven't had so much fun in years," Sandoval said.
Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin yesterday released
a statement of endorsement for Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval's campaign
for San Francisco Assessor.
"Supervisor Sandoval is uniquely qualified to lead the Assessor's
Office into the 21st century," Peskin stated.
"He understands the workings of government inside and out.
He rose from a Budget Analyst in the Mayor's Office to chair of
the powerful Budget Committee.
"Most importantly, he has the guts to challenge the status
quo and the integrity to ensure that everyone is treated fairly
and equally," added Peskin.
The Mayor's Office will have an announcement regarding mayoral
appointment to the Assessor post "Friday or Monday,"
Mayor Newsom told the Sentinel late Wednesday.
"We are interviewing seventeen people, with the last one
scheduled for tomorrow," Newsom added.
Sandoval, who said he is not one of those interviewed by the mayor
nor invited for interview Thursday, stated he would not accept
apppointment as Assessor by the mayor.
"It would look like a backroom deal, and I want to prove
to the voters my abilities to serve as Assessor," he said.
Late Wednesday night, a knowledgeable City Hall source reported
former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez has endorsed
Sandoval for Assessor. SFist reported Supervisor Chris Daly also
has endorsed Sandoval.
Sandoval was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2000 and re-elected
in 2004. His current term as supervisor runs until January 2009,
which he would retain should he lose the November 2006 race for
He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, and has a master's degree
in city planning from the University of California at Berkeley,
with an emphasis in real estate development.
The District 11 supervisor currently serves as a trustee of the
San Francisco Retirement Board, a $23 billion trust, and also
as a director of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation
He served as chair of the city Budget Committee in 2004. Under
Mayor Art Agnos, Sandoval was responsible for the expenditures
of fourteen city departments including the Office of the Assessor.
Sandolval also has served on the Public Transportation Commission
He is married and has a two-year-old daughter.