San Francisco Chronicle

January 11, 2009 — David Chiu was elected Nov. 4 to represent the district that includes Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill and the Polk Street area.  Thursday, he was sworn in as the district’s first Chinese American representative and voted in at the board’s inaugural meeting as its first Chinese American president.

He will serve in the powerful position – an unusual role for a freshman supervisor – for two years. During that time, Chiu will help shape the board’s legislative agenda, make committee assignments and appoint city residents to commissions.

Read the full story at the San Francisco Chronicle.

San Francisco Chronicle

January 8, 2009 — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors made history Thursday by electing its first Chinese American president… Chiu’s election – which took place on Jan. 8, the luckiest number in Chinese culture – was hailed as a victory for the Chinese American community, which makes up about a third of the city’s population but has struggled to achieve political power.

Chiu reflected on the historic nature of the new board and his presidency:  “A lot of very exciting things happened this past November on election day,” he said as his parents, visiting from Boston, beamed in the audience. “On the same day that our country broke a color barrier and elected our first African American president, our city broke color barriers when it came to this board.” 

Read the full story at the San Francisco Chronicle.


November 11, 2008 — For the last six days, from 8 in the morning until ten at night, nearly 100 election workers have been counting the final vote-by-mail and provisional ballots.

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“In an election like this, with a historic turnout in the city, we have never had so many votes in San Francisco,” said San Francisco Elections Director John Arntz.

It wasn’t just the presidential race or Prop 8 that grabbed the attention of San Francisco voters. Seven seats on the 11-member Board of Supervisors were up for grabs.

Watch this news story on KGO ABC-7

San Francisco Chronicle

October 14, 2008 — David Chiu, a candidate in the city’s most crowded contest for supervisor, filed a formal complaint Tuesday with the Ethics Commission, accusing the San Francisco Association of Realtors of running an “outrageously false” TV ad against him. 

The District Three candidate made the complaint after the slick, 30-second ad began running this week. The ad, which cost the association nearly $84,000, claims Chiu supports Proposition K to decriminalize prostitution in the city. Actually, Chiu is against the measure.

In his complaint, Chiu said the ad violates city ethics laws that prohibit ads with false endorsements. He has also complained to Comcast. (link to the story here).

San Francisco Chronicle

August 25, 2008 — Wyatt Buchanan reports that San Francisco voters will see several head-to-head matchups of public money versus private money with races in seven of the city’s 11 supervisorial districts–including District 3 (read the full story at the San Francisco Chronicle).

“The decision made by several candidate colleagues to reject the spending cap likely means that I will be spending more time interacting with voters while they will spend more time raising money,” said David Chiu, candidate for District 3 Supervisor.

David Chiu supports campaign finance reform and will accept the voluntary spending limit and will participate in the City’s public financing program.

David Chiu Is Participating In Public Financing And Accepts The Voluntary Spending Limit


August 21, 2008 – Joe Vazquez reports on the flurry of wheelchair access lawsuits hitting small San francisco businesses.  David Chiu recently introduced a Small Business Commission resolution to protect small businesses facing serial lawsuits alleging violations under the Americans for Disabilities Act (view the full TV news story on KPIX CBS-5 here).

Passed 5-0 by the Commission, the resolution emphasizes that all businesses must comply with the ADA, but condemns the legal tactics of these litigants and warns the public about the situation.  The Commission urges the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to provide funding for experts to advise small businesses regarding their ADA obligations, to assist small businesses facing these lawsuits, and to enact legislation to ameliorate the situation.

San Francisco Examiner

August 1, 2008 – Seven seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for grabs this November… The race for District 3, which represents Chinatown and North Beach neighborhoods, has the most competitive field of candidates… Progressive candidate David Chiu… reports that he has raised more than $100,000 (read the full story).

SF Weekly

July 24, 2008 — Brown, who lives in an SRO in District 6 but is running for supervisor in District 3 on the grounds that it isn’t a real residence (yes, this is really happening), has been lobbing accusations that Chiu worked for the National Rifle Association and the Christian Coalition. (Is it true? Short answer: No. Long answer: NO!) (link to the full story here)

July 21, 2008 — Small Business Commissioner David Chiu has drafted a resolution to assist San Francisco small businesses victimized by lawsuits brought by unscrupulous attorneys… (link to full story here)

Beyond Chron

July 14, 2008 — Chiu co-founded Grassroots while a staff attorney at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights – where he managed online communications for a coalition of 50 civil rights, social service, religious and labor organizations. It was doing this work that inspired him to start the company. “There weren’t many technology tools at the time for organizing,” he said, “so we started with the premise of providing it to people of all backgrounds.” (link to the full story at BeyondChron)