San Francisco Mayor’s Race …

by on June 7, 2011

To the Editor:

With the Ed Lee situation, we’ve been handed a golden opportunity to watch and evaluate a “City Manager” style of government … I think all would agree that the results are wildly successfull. Let’s let Ed Lee return to his beloved City Administrator role … and make this position “City Manager” and do away with the highly political Mayor position … all they do is spend most of their time (and our money) grandstanding in an effort to move on to higher political office …

John Robert
San Francisco


To the Editor:

To get all of the votes of the Board of Supervisors to become interim mayor, Ed Lee would of had to swear to everyone of political influence that he would not run for Mayor. If he goes back on his word, how many enemies will he be creating among the people he would expect to work with in the future? Lee’s Cincinatus approach may look and work well now, but he’ll be in deep trouble if he doesn’t go back to the farm.

George Davis
San Francisco


To the Editor:

First time writer, some time reader, I enjoy your site and congratulate you for the courage to maintain positions that many in our town have lost – values we all shared in that wet December when Mr. Newsom outspent Mr. Gonzalez 22 to 1 and still narrowly defeated what would have been a new era in San Francisco. Your piece here is well written and better even than the SFBG and Chron as far as the race for Mayor is concerned. You are more open and, correctly for an IRV election, clear that it is far too early to make decisions about which three candidates to vote for in November.

That said, I am a candidate for Mayor and take exception at your assisting the perpetuation of the idea that Interim Mayor Ed Lee should be allowed to run this year. He has significant advantage as a pseudo-incumbent drawn from a precedent-setting process necessary because Mr. Newsom left to become Lt. Governor. I have no problem with Mr. Lee running in 2015, but it is profoundly wrong to allow him to run in this year’s election.

Karthik Rajan
San Francisco


To the Editor:

Ed Lee does not exist outside of City Hall, has never run citywide, is behind in fundraising by at least $750,000 and does not stand a chance of winning. He is not a political “Knight in Shining Armor.” Statistics apply to political outcomes and as in any horserace … the dark horse has little chance of winning. You can’t throw an untested horse who has never run a race and expect him to outrun two horses who have run around the track and won multiple times!

Ahimsa Sumchai
San Francisco


To the Editor:

Actually, some voters ARE drawn to David Chiu because of his Parkmerced vote. They see it as the sort of difficult but necessary decisions that need to be made if San Francisco is to successfully handle its growing population. So I’m told, at events.

Alex Brant-Zawadzki
San Francisco


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