LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco. Board of Supervisors election, Aaron Peskin candidacy, commentary (Matier & Ross), union support, "rebuff to Mayor Ed Lee"? ....
* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):
Labor bucks Lee: In a rebuff to Mayor Ed Lee, Unite Here Local 2, the union that represents 9,000 hotel and restaurant workers in San Francisco, is backing Aaron Peskin’s bid return to the Board of Supervisors.
“He has the working folks of this city very much at the heart of his agenda,” Unite Here leader Mike Casey said when asked why the union was backing Peskin over Supervisor Julie Christensen, Lee’s appointee, in the November race in District Three.
Just a month ago, Lee told a closed-door meeting of supporters that he would be “paying attention” to the Peskin-Christensen showdown. The race is rapidly becoming a referendum on the mayor’s tech-friendly policies, which critics such as Peskin say are making the city unaffordable.
Casey also noted that back when Peskin was on the board, he led the fight to keep hotels from converting rooms to condominiums, something that would have put hundreds of union members out of work. Casey, who serves as president of the San Francisco Labor Council, said he expects the majority of the city’s other unions to endorse Peskin as well.
As for the mayor’s message that he would be “paying attention”? “I guess I’m just old-fashioned,” Casey said. “I thought the public servant was here to serve the people — not the other way around.”