Planning Department staffer seeking director’s position

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt

Planning Department veteran Miriam Chion has submitted an application to fill the position of the department’s director, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

Chion, 57, for the past year has served as the department’s Housing and Equity Manager.

She is one of 16 candidates reportedly vying for the position. In September, long-time Planning Department Director John Rahaim announced his retirement after more than a decade in office — he continues to serve in the role until his replacement is hired…

Chion said that her priority as director would be to build “trust across communities,” and identified her strength as having “the [cultural] competency and ability to engage and have conversations in each community,” including the “development community, equity community and philanthropy community.”…(more)


He’s back: John Avalos pulls paperwork to run for Board of Supervisors

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

I’ve always wanted to say it, so here goes: Heeeeere’s Johnny!

Yes, cats and kittens, he’s back. Former supervisor John Avalos has started the paperwork rollin’ (“pulled papers” in insider parlance) Tuesday to campaign for his former seat representing San Francisco’s southern neighborhoods, the Department of Elections confirmed.

Avalos already served two terms on the board, where he championed The City’s local-hire law, ensuring jobs for thousands of workers building municipal construction projects…

District 11 won’t be the only hotly contested seat in 2020, when odd-numbered supervisorial districts will be in contention. In District 7, representing the south-west side of The City, Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee will be termed out. So far, Karim Salgado and Joel Engardio, a former San Francisco Examiner columnist, have pulled paperwork to run in District 7… (more)

It will be interesting to see how removal of dark money from the political process works in the next round of elections. One assumes appointees of these committees will be key factors as politicians seek to advance their careers. Acitons speak a lot louder than words and appointments come with consequences. Keeping residents in their homes should be a priority for anyone who wants to clear the tens off the sidewalks. We look forward to anyone with a plan to do that.

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