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David Chiu Elected District 3 Supervisor

Makes History as First District Elected Chinese American Representative of Chinatown

December 2, 2008 – David Chiu was today officially declared District 3 Supervisor for the City and County of San Francisco.  The election was held on November 4, 2008, and the results were certified and announced today by the San Francisco Department of Elections. David Chiu will be sworn in as the newest District 3 Supervisor on January 8, 2009, in accordance with the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco.

Chiu was the top vote getter in a heated race of nine candidates.  With all ranked choice ballots now counted and tabulated, Chiu earned 59.37% of the vote.  The runner up was Joe Alioto Jr., grandson of former San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, with 40.63% of the vote.

“I am honored and humbled that my neighbors and the citizens of District 3 have chosen me to represent them at City Hall,” said Supervisor-elect David Chiu.  “I am also very proud of my grassroots campaign team of neighborhood volunteers and what they have accomplished, and I look forward to bridge building between our neighborhoods and City Hall to get things done.”

District 3 is home to many diverse and vibrant neighborhoods including North Beach, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Polk Street, Nob Hill, Union Square, Financial District, Barbary Coast and Fisherman’s Wharf.

With his definitive victory, David Chiu becomes the first Asian American and Chinese American to represent Chinatown at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors under the district election system.  Chinatown has the largest population of Chinese immigrants living outside of Asia.

About David Chiu

David Chiu, 38, is a Polk Street neighborhood leader and Small Business Commissioner who has served San Francisco as a criminal prosecutor, community court Judge-Arbitrator, Democratic activist, affordable housing advocate and civil rights attorney.  The eldest son of Chinese immigrant parents, David is a 12-year tenant resident of District 3 who is ready to move our city forward as a new member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

David Chiu #1 Choice of Democratic Party

“I am honored that the San Francisco Democratic Party has endorsed me as their number one choice for Supervisor as I continue to advocate for important Democratic values and issues,” said David Chiu, Candidate for District 3 Supervisor.

David Chiu was endorsed for District 3 Supervisor by the San Francisco Democratic Party on August 13, 2008 by a vote of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) in what is considered by many political analysts as the single most important endorsement of the upcoming November 4 election.

The San Francisco DCCC is the governing body of the San Francisco Democratic Party. The committee is comprised of 12 elected members from each of the 12th and 13th Assembly Districts, as well as Democratic state and federally elected officials who currently reside in San Francisco.

In recent years, David was twice elected chair of San Francisco’s 13th Assembly District Democratic Committee and served as vice president to the District 3 Democratic Club.  In the mid-1990s, David served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Subcommittee.

On June 3, 2008, San Francisco voters elected David Chiu to the San Francisco DCCC to represent the 13th Assembly District.  David received 22,524 certified votes and placed third out of a highly competitive field of 32 candidates in the 13th Assembly District DCCC race; the top 12 vote getters were elected to the DCCC.

David Chiu With Supporters At San Francisco City Hall Rally

Find Your Polling Place On Election Day

What:
California General Election
Where:
Your polling place — click here to find your polling place
When:
November 4, 2008
Time:
The polls are open from 7:00AM to 8:00PM
Who:
Please vote David Chiu as your FIRST CHOICE for District 3 Supervisor in San Francisco!Supervisor is on the last page (p.7) of the ballot which is the color pink:Supervisor Candidates Are On The Last Page Of The Ballot

 

San Francisco uses Ranked-Choice Voting to elect its city officials-learn about this unique ballot by clicking this link.

David Chiu To MTA Board: Speed Up MUNI Buses

October 21, 2008 — David Chiu called on the Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees MUNI, to approve the proposed “Transit Effectiveness Project” without delay at today’s MTA board meeting in San Francisco.

The Transit Effectiveness Project is a citywide proposal to increase bus capacity by 20 percent on the busiest routes in the city and speed up express bus routes.  The Transit Effectiveness Project plan no longer includes cutting the vital 39 Coit community route in North Beach. 

As a Fast Pass holder who rides MUNI to work, David Chiu is the only candidate in the race for District 3 Supervisor to publish a plan to fix MUNI and turn our transit network into a world class system.

COMCAST Pulls False Political TV Attack Ad

October 15, 2008 – In response to an Ethics Complaint filed by San Francisco District 3 Board of Supervisors candidate David Chiu yesterday, the COMCAST cable television company this morning announced it has pulled an $84,000 TV political attack ad off the air because the group sponsoring the ad failed to substantiate its false attacks on David Chiu.

In an email from COMCAST to the David Chiu campaign this morning stated:  “As of this morning, the ad has been suspended and off the air.  S.F. Realtors Association must now provide substantiation to back up their claims or provide a new ad.”

“Special interests are trying to mislead, manipulate, and in this case blatantly lie to voters to turn City Hall into a rubber stamp for their agenda,” said candidate David Chiu.  “I ask our San Francisco voters to stand with me to reject a tired, McCain/Palin-style of politics based on lies and false smears, and to elect Supervisors who will stand up to special interests.”

Yesterday, Chiu filed a formal complaint with the S.F. Ethics Commission against COMCAST and the S.F. Realtors Association because the television attack ads, which began broadcasting on Monday, falsely claim that Chiu supports legalizing prostitution. 

David Chiu is a former criminal prosecutor who publicly announced his opposition to the measure on the S.F. November 2008 ballot which would decriminalize prostitution, Proposition K, at a public meeting of the S.F. Democratic County Central Committee on August 13, 2008 that was widely reported in the media.  He is also listed on the No on Prop K website as an opponent of the measure. 

The Ethics Complaint stated that the ad violates Section 1.163.5 of the S.F. Campaign and Government Conduct Code, which strictly prohibits the distribution of campaign ads that contain false endorsements.

“These false ads were particularly outrageous because I am a former prosecutor, neighborhood leader and community court Judge-Arbitrator who has fought for years to stop crime in our neighborhoods,” said Chiu.  “I applaud COMCAST for taking swift action and urge the Ethics Commission to enforce the law and hold the S.F. Realtors Association fully accountable for violating laws designed to stop exactly these kinds of false ads.”

Formal Ethics Complaint Filed Against COMCAST and SF Realtors Association for Airing False Ads

October 14, 2008 — District 3 Board of Supervisors candidate David Chiu today filed a formal complaint with the San Francisco Ethics Commission against COMCAST and the San Francisco Association of Realtors for cable television advertisements that began broadcasting yesterday which falsely claim that Chiu supports the decriminalization of prostitution.

The complaint states that the television ad violates Section 1.163.5 of the SF Campaign and Government Conduct Code, which strictly prohibits the distribution of campaign ads that contain false endorsements.

“It is outrageous that COMCAST and the Association of Realtors are continuing to violate San Francisco’s Ethics laws by broadcasting this blatantly false TV ad,” said David Chiu, who filed his complaint at the office of the S.F Ethics Commission earlier today.  “I call on the Ethics Commission to immediately investigate this illegal activity and to sanction COMCAST and the Association of Realtors for violating San Francisco’s Ethics laws.”

Section 1.163.5 of the San Francisco Campaign and Government Conduct Code prohibits the “Distribution of Campaign Advertisements Containing False Endorsements.”  The Code specifies that: “No person may sponsor any campaign advertisement that is distributed within 90 days prior to an election and that contains a false endorsement, where the person acts with knowledge of the falsity of the endorsement or with reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the endorsement. 

The code continues on to say that “a false endorsement is a statement, signature, photograph, or image representing that a person expressly endorses or conveys support for or opposition to a candidate or measure when in fact the person does not expressly endorse or convey support for or opposition to the candidate or measure as stated or implied in the campaign communication.”

On or about Monday, October 13, 2008, COMCAST Bay Area began airing cable television commercials paid for by the San Francisco Association of Realtors that falsely states that David Chiu is in favor of the “decriminalization of prostitution.”  

Chiu is a former criminal prosecutor who publicly announced his opposition to the measure on San Francisco’s November 2008 ballot that would decriminalize prostitution, Proposition K, at a public meeting of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee on August 13, 2008 that was widely reported in the media.  He is also listed on the No on Prop K website as an opponent of the measure.

“These false ads are particularly outrageous because I am a former prosecutor, neighborhood leader and community court Judge-Arbitrator who has fought for years to reduce the crime in our neighborhoods,” said Chiu.  “COMCAST and the Realtors Association are not above the law and must be held fully accountable for violating ethics laws designed to stop exactly these kinds of false ads.”

Teachers & Tenants Endorse David Chiu

6,000 Strong UESF & 3 Tenants Rights Organizations Endorse David Chiu for Supervisor

San Francisco, CA — September 24, 2008 – David Chiu, candidate for District 3 Supervisor, has been officially endorsed by United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) and by the San Francisco Tenants Union for the November 4 election.

UESF represents the more than 6,000 San Francisco Unified School District employees including teachers, counselors, security aides, psychologists, community relations specialists, instructional aides, nurses, and speech pathologists and therapists.

“I am honored that United Educators of San Francisco has endorsed me as their choice for Supervisor as I continue to advocate for students, educators, and schools” said David Chiu, Candidate for District 3 Supervisor. “I look forward to continue working with all of my supporters to campaign for stronger schools as we near this critical November election.”

David Chiu is also the only District 3 Supervisor candidate to be endorsed by tenants rights organizations such as the San Francisco Tenants Union, the Tenant Associations Coalition of San Francisco, and the Community Tenants Association which is the largest tenants’ association in the District.

San Francisco Tenants Union has been fighting for the rights of tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco since 1971.

“In the District 3 Supervisor’s race, the San Francisco Tenants Union has decided to endorse David Chiu, a tenant himself who understands the threats facing all renters in our city today and has worked tirelessly to protect tenants and create affordable housing,” said Ted Gullicksen, Director of the San Francisco Tenants Union. 

“The battle lines in the District 3 race are clear, as David’s major opponents — who own their homes — are accepting thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from landlords and large real estate developers who wish to radically alter the housing landscape, at the risk of the 80 percent of District 3 who are renters,” said Gullicksen.

David Chiu recently served as the chair of the board of directors of the largest affordable housing organization in District 3 — the Chinatown Community Development Center — which has developed housing for over 2,000 low-income immigrants, families and seniors. 

A former civil rights attorney, David represented and has advocated for tenants facing evictions, including one of District 3’s largest Ellis Act evictions. 

David has been a tenant resident in District 3 for 12 years.

David Chiu Listens To District 3 Renters

David Chiu Endorsed By District 3 Neighborhood And Community Leaders

Small Business Commissioner and Former San Francisco Assistant D.A. Represents New Generation of Leadership for City Hall

August 9, 2008 – Dozens of community and neighborhood leaders today announced their endorsements for David Chiu, candidate for District 3 Supervisor in San Francisco.  The campaign announced their endorsements at the official opening of David Chiu’s campaign headquarters this afternoon on Polk Street in District 3.

“I am honored that my friends are supporting my candidacy with their generous endorsements,” said candidate David Chiu.  “My campaign is about listening to the concerns of all district residents so that we can together identify, create and implement workable solutions to our neighborhood problems.”

San Francisco’s District 3 is home to many diverse and vibrant neighborhoods including North Beach, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Polk Street, Nob Hill, Union Square, Financial District, Barbary Coast and Fisherman’s Wharf.

David Chiu With District 3 Neighborhood And Community Leaders

David Chiu Makes It Official For November 4 Ballot

Supervisor Candidate to Participate in Public Financing and Voluntary Spending Limit

August 7, 2008 – David Chiu filed his candidate nomination papers with the San Francisco Department of Elections today, officially making him a candidate for the office of Supervisor for the City and County of San Francisco in District 3. The election will be held November 4, 2008.

David Chiu also filed campaign papers today with the San Francisco Ethics Commission declaring that he accepts the voluntary spending limit, and will participate in the City’s public financing program.

“I fully embrace the spirit and letter of San Francisco election and ethics law as best government practice – accessible and fair to all who participate – open and transparent for all who observe,” said District 3 Supervisor candidate David Chiu. “Today, I am also very proud of my grassroots campaign team of neighborhood volunteers and what they have accomplished, and I look forward to continuing bridge building between neighborhoods to get things done for our district.”

The David Chiu for District 3 Supervisor campaign has been successful in building a strong grassroots coalition of volunteers, neighborhood leaders, citywide officials and local organizations.  With their help, David has been able to reach a number of significant milestones, including:

• 77 – Endorsements by elected officials, organizations and community leaders
• 250 – Volunteers that have walked precincts, put up signs, and made voter phone calls
• 1,300 – Valid District 3 voter signatures gathered by campaign volunteers
• 100,333 – Dollars raised in six months (January to June) from 541 donations

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David Chiu Submits 1,300 Valid Voter Signatures To San Francisco Elections Department

Signatures Represent Broad Base of Grassroots Neighborhood Support for David’s Candidacy

San Francisco — July 24, 2008 – David Chiu, candidate for District 3 Supervisor, rallied today on the steps of City Hall with volunteers, supporters and friends as he comes one step closer to officially declaring his candidacy for Supervisor by submitting to the San Francisco Department of the Elections 1,300* valid voter signatures he and dozens of volunteers gathered in District 3. 

“Today, I am proud to submit these signatures that my volunteers and I collected throughout Polk Street, North Beach, Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Barbary Coast and our amazing neighborhoods of San Francisco’s District 3,” said David Chiu, candidate for District 3 Supervisor in San Francisco. 

“I am very encouraged by and look forward to continuing our grassroots campaign’s conversations with our neighborhoods about our district’s top concerns and partnering together with residents throughout our entire district to create workable solutions.”

*According to the San Francisco Department of Elections, David Chiu submitted 1,300 valid signatures.  For comparison’s sake, only 6 of the 11 other District 3 Supervisor candidates submitted signatures, and those 6 collectively obtained only 1,362 valid signatures.