Kim Campaign Kickoff Draws Two Former SF Mayors

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on June 26, 2010 with 34 Comments

Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos attended a campaign launch event for Jane Kim in the race to succeed District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly. Photos by Luke Thomas

By Luke Thomas

June 26, 2010

Former San Francisco mayors Art Agnos and Willie Brown attended a campaign kick off event held Thursday for School Board President Jane Kim in her bid to succeed Supervisor Chris Daly in the hotly contested race for District 6 Supervisor.

The campaign launch drew as many as 250 supporters to the event held at 111 Minna Gallery in the heart of Downtown San Francisco, far exceeding the attendances of previous kickoff events held by Kim’s closest competitors in the race.

Jane Kim addresses supporters at her campaign launch event at 111 Minna Gallery.

“District 6 is the heart and soul of San Francisco,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu during introductory remarks. “District 6 has been represented by Chris Daly who has ably served this district for the past ten years, but it is now time for change.”

Citing Kim’s work as an affordable housing activist and working as a community organizer, Chiu said he is supporting Kim because she has “epitomized progressive values that I think all of San Francisco shares.”

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Jane Kim.

Former Mayor Agnos, who arrived fashionably late to the party, told the SF Bay Guardian he is supporting Kim over Debra Walker because Walker supported Prop D, a failed measure on the November 2009 ballot that would have turned mid-Market into a haven for electronic billboard advertisers.

Insiders believe Walker reluctantly supported the measure because of pressure from her campaign consultant Jim Stearns who was representing the measure’s sponsor, businessman and real estate speculator David Addington.

As to why the ever-dapperly dressed former Mayor Brown attended the launch party remains somewhat of a mystery, but Kim told FCJ she personally invited all current and former electeds to the kick-off event.

Jane Kim greets former Mayor Willie Brown at her District 6 campaign launch party.

Also in attendance were School Board Commissioners Hydra Mendoza and Sandra Lee Fewer, Police Commissioner Angela Chan, Golden Gate Bridge Board Commissioner David Snyder, Sunshine Task Force Commissioner Hope Johnson, renowned filmmaker Kevin Epps, fellow District 6 candidate Glendon “Anna Conda” Hyde, and several supervisorial aides including Judson True, Cat Rauschuber and April Veneracion.

Lennar spokesperson Kofi Bonner, looking in the wrong place for a Progressive District 6 candidate supportive of Lennar’s development agenda, was also in attendance. Kim supported Proposition F on the November 2008 ballot that would have mandated 50 percent of all housing developed by Lennar at Bayview/Hunters Point to be affordable.

During her speech, Kim said she “never wanted to go into politics,” echoing sentiments expressed by Plato who believed the common good is best served by individuals who are not politicians.

Jane Kim addresses supporters at her campaign launch event at 111 Minna Gallery.

Kim said she is running for office “to build safe, strong communities” and “to invest in smart planning that brings more opportunities for working class and middle class communities.”

Her platform includes creating more parks, open spaces and recreation centers, investing in street-scape beautification, promoting traffic calming in SOMA to reduce pedestrian accidents, affordable housing development, investing in bicycle infrastructure projects and promoting public transportation projects including the Transbay High Speed Rail Terminal and the Central Subway project.

“We have an opportunity to make District 6 a model neighborhood of the future and smart growth for San Francisco,” she said.

Jane Kim addresses supporters at her campaign launch event at 111 Minna Gallery.

In closing, Kim said, “I’m not part of anyone’s machine, and I’m certainly not a part of anyone’s master plan,” an apparent dig at fellow District 6 candidate Debra Walker, according to SFBG City Editor Steve Jones.

“That emphasis on her independence could be seen as a subtle dig at Debra Walker, another progressive who has been running for the seat for the last two years, who locked down early support from many progressive groups and officials, and whose supporters were unhappy with Kim’s late decision to enter the race, concerned it might split the vote and allow downtown-backed Theresa Sparks — who could be viewed as a ‘machine’ candidate on the other end of the political spectrum — to steal the seat for the moderates,” Jones wrote.

Mayor Agnos could not resist giving SFBG City Editor Steve Jones a smoocher.

More photos after the jump

Political svengali Marc Salomon with Jane Kim.

Board President David Chiu aide Cat Rauschuber with Golden Gate Bridge Board Commissioner David Snyder.

Board President David Chiu and LGBT activist Bobbi Lopez.

A large crowd of supporters attended the launch party.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu with Police Commissioner Angela Chan.

Community College Board candidate and Sunshine Task Force Commissioner Hope Johnson with Jane Kim.

Central City Democrats Vice President Michael Nulty and Jane Kim.

Former Ethics fines officer Oliver Luby with Jane Kim campaign coordinator Sunny Angulo.

Judson True, Cat Rauschuber and Steve Jones.

District 6 candidate Glendon "Anna Conda" Hyde (center).

SEIU organizer Tami Bryant and School Board Commissioner Sandra Lee Fewer.

School Board Commissioner Hydra Mendoza.

Activist Julian Davis, Mayor Art Agnos and Jane Kim campaign consultant Enrique Pearce.

Former Mayor Art Agnos smooches possible future mayoral contender Julian Davis.

Julian Davis with sisters Makay and Andrea Davis and filmmaker Kevin Epps.

Editor’s Note: Luke Thomas is a resident and voter in District 6. In the interest of transparency, he has provided photography services to the campaigns of Jane Kim, Jim Meko and Debra Walker.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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