Overheard in Fog City
Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal publisher.
Photo by Adam Aufdencamp
March 3, 2007, 2:38 p.m.
Leno kicks off campaign for California Senate, overtures to
Assemblymember Mark Leno (D-CA) kicked off his campaign for California
State Senate Friday at Yerba Buena Gardens. The high-noon event
was attended by as many as 100 supporters including Assemblymember
Fiona Ma, Public Utilities Commissioner Susan Leal, Assessor Phil
Ting, District Attorney Kamala Harris, United Educators of San
Francisco President Dennis Kelly, Police Commissioner Theresa
Sparks and several LGBT community leaders.
Leno, who terms out of office this year, has pledged to run a
positive campaign despite a thorny history with incumbent Senator
Leno said of his campaign to unseat Migden: "I think what
is attracting people to this campaign is my body of work which
has been done in a very inclusive and respectful way.
"We're well aware of the issues of the day including the
protection of our environment, fighting global warming, reducing
carbon emissions into our atmosphere, making sure that we get
universal health care coverage - my prefence is single payer or
some intermediate step - and always continuing to better fund
and support our public education system."
Asked if he had a message to convey to the Migden camp, Leno
told Fog City: "I ask them to join me in making sure we have
a positive campaign dealing with issues, style and accomplishments."
Marina Gatto receives
a loving kiss from her godfather.
Derse accepts position with Obama campaign for President
Political campaign strategist Nicole Derse will not be available
for the position of campaign manager should former Board President
Matt Gonzalez decide to run for mayor. Derse told Fog City by
phone she has been offered, and has accepted, the position of
Political Organizer with Senator Barack Obama's campaign for the
Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)
Derse departs for Manchester, New Hampshire, March 18th and will
work as a political organizer focusing efforts around organizing
particular constituencies across the state such as labor and young
"While it is not easy to leave San Francisco, I am incredibly
excited. Barack is the first presidential candidate I've seen
in my lifetime who can truly inspire voters about different possibilities
for our country, and the world," Derse said.
Gonzalez has not returned calls for comment.
A celebration send-off party is scheduled for March 15 at 8:00
p.m. at Space Gallery.