By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
Sometimes two political candidates are so similar, it’s a toss-up. Why even choose?
But the two front-runner supervisor candidates vying to represent the Western Addition, Haight and other District 5 neighborhoods in this November’s election are a different story. At their debate Friday night at the Korean American Community Center on Buchanan Street, Dean Preston and Vallie Brown couldn’t have painted themselves further apart.
Preston’s candidacy is one of bombast and idealism, while Brown argued for tangible, incremental change.
Perhaps few answers given on stage painted that split more than when debate moderator Nuala Sawyer, news editor for our sister paper SF Weekly, asked the candidates what they would do to help renters in San Francisco. Sawyer specifically cited The City’s largest corporate landlord, Veritas Investments, which has snagged headlines lately for allegedly trying to drum out its tenants…(more)