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City Speaker Peskin joins San Francisco mayoral race, Chinatown officially announced Saturday

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City Speaker Peskin joins San Francisco mayoral race, Chinatown officially announced Saturday

san franciscoThe San Francisco Standard reported on the 3rd that Aaron Peskin, the current mayor of San Francisco, is expected to be elected this Saturday.ChinatownHis candidacy for the post of mayor was officially announced.

According to reports, Peskin’s first campaign event will be held at Postmouth Square in Chinatown at 11 am on the 6th, and some community leaders have been invited by his office to attend.

According to city park department records, Bai LanDemocratic PartyThe association (Rose Pak Democratic Club) made reservations for the event at Garden Point Plaza from 9 am to 2 pm and paid a license fee of NT$360. Its purpose was stated to be a “Chinese community parade”. The applicant was listed as Kelvin Yan, a member of the association and an employee of Peskin’s office. As of press time, Zhen Jinhao has not responded to this newspaper’s questions, and Jeremy Li, chairman of Bailan Democratic Association, has also failed to respond.

Peskin, 59, is one of San Francisco’s most influential and experienced officials. He was first elected to the 3rd District City Council in 2001 and was successfully re-elected until 2009. In 2015, he was re-elected as city councilor in the district and served as city speaker for the third time in 2023. His constituency includes Chinatown, North Beach District, Financial District etc.

Of the four candidates currently running, Mayor London Breed, former Mayor Mark Farrell, and Levy family heir Daniel Lurie all have liberal political stances. Municipal councilor Ahsha Safai describes herself as belonging to the progressive camp. Peskin’s candidacy will give progressive voters a clear option.

Peskin, who proposed naming the Central Subway Extension Line’s Chinatown station after the late Chinese immigrant leader Bai Lan, is also a longtime supporter of Chinatown dispersed housing (SROs), but he has blocked new housing projects. Has also angered YIMBY to do. and other housing advocacy groups.

In a previous interview with this newspaper, when he recalled his experience with Jinshan Chinatown over the past 20 years, he said that the support and generosity that Chinatown gave him was particularly special. “Chinatown has always been able to put aside its disputes and work toward common goals. If other communities could emulate Chinatown’s collaborative model, they would be healthier.”

Campaign opponents and critical groups also quickly reacted to the announcement of Peskin’s candidacy. Breed campaign spokesman Joe Arellano compared Peskin to the movie character “Terminator”, saying his governing style is bullying, obstructionism and dysfunction. “He is largely responsible for limiting the amount of housing built, driving out young home buyers, and making San Francisco a city with huge wealth inequality. He pretends to be progressive, but he has hundreds of thousands of jobs at Amazon, CVS Owns thousands of dollars worth of stocks, and the Bank of America, and several million dollar homes.”

McFane issued a statement saying he would do anything to become mayor. “Peskin has disrupted the progress we’ve made in getting San Francisco back on track and the City Council President has done nothing to help address public safety, housing and the local economy.”

As of press time, this newspaper had not received a response from Peskin.

Peskin, 59, is one of the most influential and experienced executives in San Francisco. His candidacy will provide a clear choice for progressive voters. (Taken from the city government website)

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