Downtown Doggie Pile
Supervisor Chris Daly and son, Jack.
September 26, 2006
The who's who of downtown special interests continued its barrage
of mailers and soft money in the District 6 Supervisor race Friday
with a slick mailer from the GGRA
(Golden Gate Restaurant Association). The GGRA joins BOMA
(the Building Owners and Managers Association) as official
entries in the D6 soft money race -- each dropping about $18,000
The GGRA and BOMA have been on the wrong side of almost every
important local issue whether it's universal health coverage,
increases to the minimum wage, affordable housing requirements,
or progressive taxation.
In fairness to these two groups, they exist to advocate a strictly
business agenda. The GGRA's express goal is to "create a
positive business environment" for their members. BOMA, the
trade association of downtown's largest commercial property owners,
even includes in their
mission, "Support business-friendly candidates for San
Francisco's Board of Supervisors."
It's no surprise that downtown special interests are weighing
in against me and in favor of one of my opponents who's consistently
sided with downtown over the interests of the rest of us. However,
"Support the downtown stooge for Supervisor," would
be a pretty lousy message for a political mailer, as District
6 voters trend quite progressive.
That's probably why the language written in BOMA's glossy mailer
felt all wrong:
Like Daly, Rob is a progressive. He'll fight to preserve rent
control, build more affordable housing and keep our district economically
The irony of BOMA writing this is almost too difficult to process.
First of all, BOMA does not support progressives for elective
office. Second, BOMA's guy is clearly no friend of renters - driving
the landlord agenda while chief legislative aide for one of the
most anti-tenant Supervisors. BOMA calling this candidate a progressive
would be like Halliburton calling Dick Cheney a peacenik. Okay,
so maybe Halliburton never bothered, but it's at least vaguely
reminiscent of George Bush calling Dick Cheney a
really good guy.
Those with eyes and ears trained on the District 6 race point
out that the reported soft money from BOMA and GGRA is only a
drop in the bucket. Three mailers (1, 2, 3) from the stealth group
"Concerned Residents of District 6" hit earlier this
summer and are believed by many to be the work of Republican front
group SFSOS. SFSOS,
who started to advertise their efforts to knock me out as early
as November 2005, is behind the "Dump
Daly" website and the 22-page screed, "The Case
Against Chris Daly."
their independent expenditure against me as their main issue
focus for 2006.
Defeat Chris Daly in November, [sic] 2006 District 6 Supervisor
SOS members need no explanation as to why Sup. Chris Daly deserves
opposition. Directly as a result of his increasingly outrageous
conduct and policies, SOS opened an Independent Expenditure Committee
to raise small contributions from our grassroots network of Democrats,
Independents and Republicans. As the most stridently anti-common
sense Supervisor, Daly reminds us weekly why regular citizens
must be involved in the political process.
While SFSOS has posted existence of their independent expenditure
on their website, they've "forgotten" to report it with
the Ethics Commission. For a year SFSOS has staffed the effort
to defeat me. In addition to the website, their 22-page screed
(now in its 3rd edition), and the stealth mailers, SFSOS has sent
countless emails calling for my ouster, organized several house
parties against me, hosted their annual luncheon in honor of one
of my opponents, coordinated 2 window sign campaigns, and are
now delivering door-hangers in the South of Market.
Conservative estimates place this effort in the 6 digits - clearly
more than the $5000 ceiling that triggers Ethics reporting requirements
for independent expenditures.
Why would an organization represented by The
Sutton Law Firm - run by a lawyer that some believe to be
the most accomplished at helping Republican clients skirt campaign
laws - forget to file some pretty simple Ethics forms? Maybe the
answer lies in the $83,000 spending cap in the race.
If a committee chooses to not file their independent expenditures,
it makes it that much more difficult for the Ethics Commission
to raise the cap and a lot more difficult for this pol to respond.
If they get their way, the bad guys will steal the election and
then, after the ballots are locked away, take their little slap
on the wrist.
But if people who care about the soul of our City petition Ethics
to take action, I believe they will find SFSOS, Sutton, and their
secretive cronies to be guilty of disguising the true source of
campaign funds, violating San Francisco's ethics laws, and trying
to sneak a District 2 stalking horse into the people's chambers.
The choice is ours. Do we settle for a minor slap on the wrist
after the election dust has settled, or do we ask the Ethics Commission
to deliver a major kick in the ass right now.
I think of Pat Murphy, over at the San Francisco Sentinel, as
the Ken Garcia of the internet. Over the past couple of years,
he's been one of my most vicious critics -- featuring anti-Daly
paraphernalia and never missing an opportunity to take a cheap
Over a year ago, I blogged
about the Sentinel's relationship to the most brazen of downtown
special interests -- in particular the Building Owners and Managers
Association (BOMA) and the Committee on Jobs. Murphy appeared
That's why I was quite floored when Murphy
called the District 6 race for me last week.
Clearly the departure of Fog City's Luke
Thomas made an initial impact. But don't worry, any fear that
the financial relationship between downtown and Murphy is on the
rocks should be well quelled. Murphy's
right back on the program.
Meanwhile, enjoy the content on Fog City Journal, especially
the brilliant photography of Luke Thomas.
is how we roll!
Chris Daly is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
He represents District 6, encompassing the Civic Center, South
of Market district and the northern half of the Mission District
(known as Inner Mission). He was elected to the Board in 2000
and re-elected in 2002 and is currently running for re-election
Email Chris at email@example.com.
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