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Friday, April 1, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee, Candidates Use Cesar Chavez Day as a Chance to Schmooze

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge We wish we were flies buzzing around them. - I'M LISTENING, REALLY.
  • I'm listening, really.
  • We wish we were flies buzzing around them.

Politicos rolled out of bed early Thursday morning to make an appearance at the  8 a.m. Cesar Chavez Day breakfast in the Mission. They munched on $60 plates of eggs, frijoles, and tortillas to benefit the upcoming Cesar Chavez Parade & Festival next month, while Mayor Ed Lee waxed optimism on all things Latino. 

But before the festivities got started, Supervisor Jane Kim had to have a word with the mayor. A very close word, it appears. Is that how Twitter deals are done

click to enlarge Eating for the Latino vote - I'M LISTENING, REALLY.
  • I'm listening, really.
  • Eating for the Latino vote

Meanwhile, mayoral candidates Bevan Dufty and Supervisor David Chiu were all smiles. What are they so happy about?

Dufty was quick to note that he'd picked up two tortillas while the the more petite Chiu had only taken one. Is that Dufty's way of trying to garner the Latino vote?

Dufty's tie seemed to be throwing a fiesta of its own.  But we digress.

Anyway, when Mayor Lee took the mic, he talked about the growing Latino population in the city: "Eleven percent is now 15 percent --  people must pay attention to that," he said. A hearty applause followed.

Although, it's worth noting that Asians eclipse Latinos, comprising 33 percent of the city's population.

Speaking of Latinos in power, where were Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos?

We must point out that this fine day of food and unity was also a fine day for schmoozing.

click to enlarge The one who isn't running for mayor. - I'M LISTENING, REALLY.
  • I'm listening, really.
  • The one who isn't running for mayor.
The venue was teeming with wannabe mayors, including City Attorney Dennis Herrera who was seen carrying on a conversation with Jim Salinas, with Local 22, the carpenters' union.

Well, sort of.

Salinas, who was tight with Cesar Chavez, or at least he poses with him on Facebook, might as well been talking to a brick wall. Is Herrera even listening to him or has he spotted someone more, ahem, politically potent across the room?
click to enlarge The one who isn't running for mayor.
  • The one who isn't running for mayor.

But wait, it's not all elected leaders present. City Treasurer Jose Cisneros, who was appointed by former Mayor Gavin Newsom, made an appearance, which truly makes it a power breakfast. And don't think Mayor Lee didn't take note of that.

"There's so many good friends and people I see on a daily and weekly basis. It just makes me happy now that we are well-connected in this city, but of course we have to do more," Lee said.   

click to enlarge A conversation that needs to happen
  • A conversation that needs to happen
Of course, no Latino power breakfast would be complete without the city's former top cop and now District Attorney George Gascón. Here's Gascón (sorry about the bad angle) talking with Superior Court Judge Gerardo Sandoval, the one who threw out the most recent drug case that Gascón's office had filed this week, citing police misconduct.

How awkward was that conversation? Especially after Gascón publicly said that the judge's decision was imprudent, to put it politely.

Well, what can you expect ... politics are kinda like  sororities -- with so many egos in one room you are bound to run up against some drama.

All photos by Francisco Barradas, courtesy of El Tecolote

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