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Candidate Promises, Citizen Mayor Delivers? 

Wednesday, Jul 12 1995
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As a candidate for mayor in 1991, Frank Jordan was asked by Chinese-Americans about his approach to demolitions and city planning. Jordan wrote in their questionnaire: "Mayor Agnos' 'blue ribbon' panel included no representative of the Chinese American Democratic Club and has obviously done very little to adequately address the issue. I would address the issue by bringing together those people who are most able to speak on behalf of their respective communities and most likely to be able to work out a compromise acceptable to all parties involved."

As mayor, Jordan appointed a white male shopping mall developer -- who is not a neighborhood advocate -- as Planning Commission president and has not appointed any member of the Chinese American Democratic Club to the panel. This year, Chinese community representatives forced a defeat of Jordan's Planning Commission's proposal to deal with neighborhood demolitions and renovations, saying it was unacceptable and their concerns had been excluded. The city policy remains the same as it was during the Agnos administration.

Next week: Jordan on a San Francisco foreign policy.

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