Dear San Francisco,
Tomorrow we have a local election. Do you know who you support for mayor? Let me tell you how I came to learn about David Chiu, and why I support him.
I met David Chiu shortly after I first heard about him – at a Q & A session at my friend’s apartment. I was impressed both by his clear, direct and well thought out answers, as well as the fact that he was humble and open enough to make himself so available to an intimate gathering of people that wasn’t focus-group tested. He conducted these sessions all over the city, so if you know someone how attended one be sure to ask them about David Chiu.
Personality alone, of course, does not a worthy mayor make. Here are the policies that made me a supporter:
David Chiu will make Muni faster and more efficient. I believe he will do so because he rides muni. Yup, he doesn’t have a car and like most of the people I know, relies on muni to get to work every day, and to get around on the weekends. So if there’s anyone who’s committed to making it run faster, I’m sure it’s the person who has to ride it every day. And as I learned at the neighborhood Q&A, this is quite an achievable possibility. During his time with us Chiu outlined 3 ways to make muni faster: Reduce the number of stops on certain lines (like in places where the bus stops twice on the same blog), more boarding through the back, and then my favorite - making use of existing technology that allows the bus driver to keep the traffic light green in order to get through the intersection. For David Chiu’s full transportation plan click here, and for his muni-specific plan click here, but the moral of the story is that improving muni is an achievable possibility, and who doesn’t want the busses to be quicker and more on time?
David Chiu wants to be San Francisco’s techie mayor.
(From the mailer “SF needs apps like these”)
At our neighborhood meeting he spoke of how SF has turned into a bedroom community for reverse commuters working in Silicon Valley. He lamented that so many start-ups begin in San Francisco but then move south. Chiu was instrumental in getting Twitter to stay in San Francisco, backing the idea when Gavin Newsom was still mayor, and he is committed to keeping tech companies in our 49 square miles. He also founded his own tech company, called Grassroots Enterprise. In true start-up fashion, Chiu wants to host citywide hackathons for civic innovation. For more information on how David Chiu will support the tech community, click here.
There are a whole host of reasons why I support David Chiu and encourage you to as well. But instead of listing each and every one, I urge you to click here and read about the issues that matter the most to you. One last thing I want to get at is leadership. David Chiu has the proven ability to lead, not just at his own company, but also evident in his election as President of the Board of Supervisors. He earned the exclusive endorsement of the San Francisco Chronicle, and has a clear record of following through on his campaign promises. Speaking of promises, it really irks me that the incumbent mayor, Ed Lee, broke a big one. His mayoral appointment by the City Council was predicated on his NOT running for mayor. The city needed a leader that wouldn’t take advantage of the appointment for their own political career. Ed Lee promised not to run for mayor, and then broke that promise. Now he gets to be the incumbent on the ballot, and that’s not fair. At the neighborhood Q&A where I met Chiu, I was impressed at his insistence of challenging the status quo in City Hall. At first I thought, ‘I didn’t know there was a problem’. And when I found out about Ed Lee I realized yeah, there’s a problem. And I found out that there are 15 departments in City Hall that regular the private sector, seven email systems in City Hall, and a host of costly redundancies that are slowing the city down.
We all know that San Francisco is a world class city. We need a mayor that will help our city shine. Please join me in voting for David Chiu for mayor of San Francisco.