Josephine Zhao Embattled school board candidate drops out — despite public support

first_imgReached for comment via her political consultant, Mayor London Breed simply replied that she has not rescinded her endorsement of Josephine Zhao. Sen. Scott Wiener — who has dutifully returned my calls going back to 2007, and always answers questions thoughtfully — also told me he is sticking with Zhao. (The leadership of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, in which Zhao is a general member, has called on her to withdraw from her race. Other clubs or minor officials, however, even those with deep personal qualms, may look to Wiener and the mayor as their lodestars). Wiener, too, feels there is uncertainty in the translations (sigh) and questions the political motives of those attacking Zhao once again. He used himself — a gay elected official — as the bellwether of Zhao’s progress as a San Franciscan. “When Josephine first came to San Francisco, she was not good on our issues,” he said, alluding to LGBTQ matters. “She has gotten more involved in our community. I believe she has gone through a learning process and has evolved.” And now “When I ran for senate as a gay guy supporting cannabis and safe injection sites, she helped get a gay guy elected to the state senate.” She helped a lot. More on that in a moment. However far Wiener feels Zhao has come, she hasn’t come far enough. Imagine if her pejorative statement about how three of her rival candidates are “homosexuals” with the top goal “to spread ideologies” would sound if you replaced “homosexuals” with “blacks” or “Jews.” Wiener agrees. “That’s not good. Those are shitty comments.” But it’s not yet a dealbreaker with him. “I am not ready to give up on her. There are so few bridges between the LGBT community and the immigrant Chinese community. Josephine has the potential to play that role.” And yet she already is playing that role. She’s a bridge between the immigrant Chinese community and the city’s moderate political establishment. Her comments about Sandy Fewer being a “race-traitor” and “Chinese trash” were made during Fewer’s 2016 supervisorial race vs. Marjan Philhour (who lost to Fewer but is now a top adviser to Mayor Breed). Zhao’s disparaging of Jane Kim as a “homewrecker,” meanwhile, was made during Kim’s 2016 state senate campaign vs. Wiener. Those attacks worked. Wiener won a close election and Kim’s reputation among Chinese speakers was permanently tarnished. Wiener, altruistically, may well want to see Zhao make a personal transformation. That’s a noble goal. But there are ways to do this without elevating her to citywide elected office. There are ways to do this without giving someone with her “evolving” position on trans people and homosexuals a position of authority in a school system with plenty of such kids — or, for that matter, installing a longtime opponent of rent control and tenants’ rights onto the body overseeing a school system with an estimated 2,000-plus homeless students. Politically, Zhao has proven to be both a useful ally and a dangerous opponent. Her compatriots are, thus far, circling the wagons for her. But that could all change — and perhaps right soon. Allies’ support could waver, or, perhaps, Zhao may well withdraw from this race, rendering those allies’ words of support moot. “Trans kids are among the most marginalized and at-risk kids in existence. They need unequivocal support,” Wiener continued. “Elections are important, but these kids are more important than any of us in office. We need to be with them 100 percent, unequivocally.” He pauses.“Josephine clearly has more work to do where she is unequivocally supportive of these kids.” Wiener noted that he remains “in active conversations” with Zhao about her race. And, presumably, her candidacy.Update, 8:17 a.m.: Via a brief Facebook announcement using language mirroring what Wiener on Sunday told us, Zhao has opted to withdraw from the Board of Education race: (Added by Ord. 429-97, App. 11/17/97; amended by Ord. 50-13 , File No. 120899, App. 3/28/2013, Eff. 4/27/2013) SEC. 260.  WITHDRAWAL OF CANDIDACY. SF MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS CODE Mission Local has learned that this move from Zhao came after a week of conversations and consultations with her close supporters. While most all were familiar with Zhao’s behavior in 2013, many had not seen the the material that came to light in the last week via this publication and others.Sen. Scott Wiener released a statement of his own Monday morning. We will update this story today as more information becomes available.Update, 9:55 a.m.: While Josephine Zhao has indicated she is withdrawing from her school board race, technically, she can’t. At least, not unilaterally. The deadline to remove her name from the ballot passed Aug. 31. We have written to Department of Elections boss John Arntz, but it seems that, barring a judge’s order, Zhao’s name will remain on the ballot.If this is the case, it sets up an intriguing scenario. In a 19-candidate field, it’s possible that, even if Zhao suspends her campaign, that her high name recognition and position as just one of two Chinese American candidates could result in a fascinating Nov. 6 vote tally. It remains to be seen her high-profile supporters will proactively urge people to not vote for her.Mission Local has written to Zhao querying if she will take office should she be elected despite having “withdrawn.”Update, 3:15 p.m. Department of Elections head John Arntz confirms that Zhao’s name will remain on the ballot and that “Any candidates whose names appear on the ballot and who obtain enough votes relative to particular contests will be elected to those offices.”The ballot, meanwhile, is already off to the printers — making it extremely unlikely that any judge will take the extraordinary step of ordering Zhao’s name excised from it. Note: Josephine Zhao announced she was dropping out of the school board race not quite two hours after this column’s publication. The article has been altered to reflect this significant development. Last week, Mission Local published an article about school board candidate Josephine Zhao. Or, perhaps more accurately, she published it. Featured in the story are her own quotes, written in her own hand or spoken in her own voice. center_img Email Address    The name of every candidate who has been duly and regularly nominated shall be placed on the ballot under the title of the office for which he or she is a candidate, provided that a candidate whose nomination has been completed may withdraw as a candidate by filing a signed and sworn statement of withdrawal with the Director of Elections. Statements of withdrawal by candidates for Mayor or the Board of Supervisors must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 126th day before the election. Statements of withdrawal by candidates for all other City elective offices must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 67th day before the election. No candidate may withdraw after these deadlines. Breaking: Josephine Zhao drops out of school board race. See end of story.  Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter So, that was Zhao in 2016 decrying supervisorial candidate Sandra Lee Fewer as “Chinese trash” and a “race-traitor.” That was her in 2016 recruiting hundreds of monolingual Chinese speakers for paid positions waving placards for State Senate candidate Scott Wiener while decrying his opponent, Jane Kim, as a “homewrecker.” That was her, only last month, describing her rivals in the school board race as “two transgender candidates … fighting for the title of ‘first transgender commissioner’ … There are also three homosexuals. Their highest priority for education would be to spread ideologies.”And that was Zhao, on her own radio program, taking a far, far more strident, proactive, and central role in organizing the 2013 repeal drive of AB 1266, California’s gender-neutral bathroom bill than she has subsequently acknowledged and apologized for. “This is evil legislation,” she told listeners in 2013. “We must use these signatures so we can repeal this evil legislation.”Zhao exhorted her Chinese-language audience to sign a petition circulated by the Pacific Justice Institute, a group categorized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “an anti-LGBT hate group.” And she described AB 1266 as the product of degenerate city and state elected officials: “They are relaxing their moral views. Therefore, they cannot represent our Chinese American ideals.”The candidate and her supporters have hurriedly concocted any number of rationales explaining away why Zhao said what she said and did what she did: There were mistranslations, blurring of nuance, even “politically motivated” altering of words and meanings. Mission Local had up to nine — yes nine — different fluent Cantonese speakers look over not only the materials referenced in our article, but in the material referenced in a subsequent Examiner story.We asked very specific questions about the etymology of the language involved. So, yes, Zhao did claim that AB 1266 would lead to “rape.” Yes, she did call Fewer a “race-traitor” (the expression used, “traitor to the Han,” is a nationalistic term evocative of what you’d call a collaborator during the Japanese occupation of China).This 2016 WeChat from Josephine Zhao reads “Chinese Trash Sandy Lee Fewer really doesn’t deserve to be in politics, if she became Supervisor she is not only hurting our kids but also our families. Before passing these policies she didn’t listen to Chinese voices, after they passed she said we misunderstood. What a race-traitor. It is impossible to change these policies now. Hope everyone can pull parents of Richmond schools like George Washington, Presidio, Argonne into the group, so they can see the truth.”So, yes, Zhao said the things she said and she did the things she did — even as recently as just a couple of weeks ago, when she decried her rivals as ideology-spreading homosexuals or used Maoist Cultural Revolution terms to denigrate the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. And it’s on her supporters to decide if it’s okay for their political ally to have behaved this way. And continue to behave this way. In the last week, Mission Local phoned up nearly every politician endorsing Josephine Zhao. You’re not going to believe this, but a number of them didn’t return our multiple calls and text messages. And those that did said they’re sticking with her.(Assemblyman David Chiu, Assessor Carmen Chu, and Supervisor Katy Tang failed to return multiple calls and texts. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy pledged to investigate the matter and get back to us this week).“I just spoke to Josephine right now. … I think she is sincere and clear about where she stands,” former supervisor and assemblywoman Fiona Ma wrote us. Zhao described herself to Mission Local  as a naif — a new citizen who was led to an anti-AB 1266 rally and misinformed about its scope. But that’s not the truth as revealed through her own voice. She didn’t just blow into that 2013 press conference willy-nilly like Forrest Gump’s feather; she was in her mid-40s at the time, and one of four featured speakers alongside representatives of fanatically anti-LGBT groups. And she continued to push that line on her radio show, using apocalyptic metaphors to urge her listeners to sign the Pacific Justice Institute petition.  “There seem to be politically motivated mistranslations happening,” Ma continued. Best be careful with that accusation: Mistranslations needn’t come from only one side. But, for us, that’s irrelevant. Mission Local, again, put this material in front of nine different translators. What’s more, we did not commingle our sources — except in instances when several worked together, they were not informed who else was scanning texts or hearing broadcasts. Finally, all of the materials referred to in this and our prior article are now readily available online via Mission Local. Cantonese is not Esperanto; you can potentially find someone on your block who can read this.  Josephine Zhao’s WeChat message slammed Jane Kim during her state senate race vs. Scott Wiener in 2016:“Not only is Jane Kim a home wrecker,that doesn’t matter as much, but she is ruiningsomeone else’s career.The first Asian Americanjudge to have high rank in our judicial system,appointed by multiple governors, a graduate ofStanford, Oxford, and Yale. He once taught atBerkeley, his wife and Jane Kim were his students.He is Goodwin Liu, 45 years old, and beucase of Jane’s involvement in his personal relationship, he ruined his career as his ex-wife is a heavyweight advisorto Hillary Clinton. Jane not only tried to stripMayor Lee’s power, but with such terrible morals, is this someone whom we can trust to be our state senate? Know when to stop, don’t be fooled!”Zhao, once more, said the things she said, and did the things she did. She even, as the Examiner revealed, told her Chinese-language supporters — in writing — she’d be sending different messages in Chinese and English,and that they should know better than to take the positions she espoused in English-language questionnaires seriously. Beneath these Zhao text messages to supporters was a green-colored response revealed within the Ex article, but not translated. A Zhao-backer replied to the candidate with the statement: “Body is in Cho’s tent but heart is with Han.” This is a reference to a general who fought the Han dynasty. It is a euphemism for being a spy — for feigning support for one thing but really supporting another.Zhao’s supporters understand her perfectly. She is being completely straightforward about her trickiness. last_img read more

WITH injury comes opportunity and one of the young

first_imgWITH injury comes opportunity and one of the young players taking his chance is Shaun Magennis.Sidelined with knee problems for 18 months, he’s made 11 appearances for the Saints this term and is continuing to show some of the promise that marked him out as one to watch on the Academy set-up.“You don’t wish injuries on your teammates, but they have been good for me as I have been getting game time,” he said. “I was in their shoes a few years back. Last year was pretty tough for me and now I’m in the first team, you get the bug and I just want to continue on playing there.“It’s a good pack at the moment and when you look at the players around you – the likes of Roby, Graham and Perry, I am really lucky to be there. I am just trying to learn off them.“When the likes of Warren Thompson and Scott Hale made their debuts, I tried to pass on a little bit of what it is like. That was a little strange considering I have only made 17 or so games.“I am pleased with how it has been going, but I know I can get better and continue to improve. Sometimes I make mistakes and errors and I want to improve on that. I know I have to put in the work in training.“Long term this spell will only benefit us. When we get back to a full strength squad, should we get any more injuries then those lads can just step back in and will have had a taste.”He continues: “It was difficult being on the sidelines for 18 months. Sometimes you wonder if you will ever get better. You do your rehab programme and then go home. When you speak to Joey Hayes though and Keiron Cunningham and they encourage you then you just keep on going.”Tickets for Friday’s game against Crusaders at the Stobart Stadium (8pm kick off) are still available. You can get yours from the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to Saints Online Store.last_img read more

Christmas tree lighting spreads holiday cheer

first_img The tree lit up a little before 6:30 p.m. with some saying the big event is really the start of Christmas spirit.“It makes you feel good get in the spirit of Christmas, not so much commercialism just a symbol of a Christmas tree, so it helps to get in the spirit of Christmas,” Wilmington visitor Steve Odee said.If you missed tonight’s Christmas tree lighting, don’t worry. There’s plenty of holiday fun to get in on, including the Wrightsville Beach Holiday Flotilla tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. Hundreds attend annual Christmas tree lighting in downtown Wilmington (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Christmas tree in downtown Wilmington is all lit up after hundreds gathered to see the annual tradition kicking off the holiday season.Crowds filled the street along the riverfront as the fun started up, with live music, free hot chocolate, story telling for the kids and even a special appearance from Santa.- Advertisement – last_img read more

State proposed homeowners insurance rates raise eyebrows along the coast

first_img “I was shocked because that is a significant rate hike,” said Fred Gainey with Seacoast Realty and the Cape Fear Realtors association.Map of insurance territories. Courtesy NC State Rate Bureau.The bureau says past and expected inflation rates led them to the increase. The uncertainty of storms like hurricanes was their reason for the coastal rates.“For our economy, to be able to buy these kinds of products that’s what our cost is,” said North Carolina State Bureau General Manager Ray Evans.Related Article: Verizon works to restore service to customers“That was the first thing I thought. Are you kidding me?,” asked Daniel McIntyre who is a local developer and owns Turf Master Sod. “You guys are taking advantage of these people because you can.”The rate bureau thinks it will be between $18 to $25 a month more for average home owners. Those numbers are not definite though as they are based around the average monthly mortgages according to Evans. That’s something realtors like Fred Gainey argue though will hit home not just for those sitting beach side, but also home owners on main street.“Twenty-five dollars might be a meal or a prescription and you know I’m talking like our grandparents and stuff,” Gainey said.The new rate hike proposals come after the previous rate requests were turned down back in 2014 according to Evans.The deadline for the public to share their opinion is December 29th.Comments should be sent to Written public comments should be mailed to Tricia Ford by Dec. 29, 2017, and addressed to: 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1201By the new year – it will be up to the insurance commissioner. Evans says these are proposed rates, even if approved, policies differ.“Because the rate bureau does something doesn’t mean insurance companies do exactly that same thing,” Evans said.However, Gainey has a clear message he thinks homeowners should make.“We don’t want this, we just don’t want it, it’s too much.”The town of Shallotte is circulating a letter of opposition on the rate hike.  Sunset Beach town leaders and Brunswick County Commissioners voted in favor of adopting that letter go to the insurance commissioner.Topsail Beach, Pender County commissioners and Surf City adopted resolutions to tell the commissioner they are against the rates. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  If you live near the coast, your homeowner’s insurance rate could go up by more than 20%. That’s what the state rate bureau is proposing.The state rate bureau proposed a 18.7% rate increase statewide for 2018. They also included up to 25% of an increase for coastal communities.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bitty Beaus to open third location this fall

first_imgBitty and Beaus celebrate the grand opening of their second location in Charleston, SC on February 15, 2018. (Photo: Matt Ray Photography/Facebook/Bitty and Beaus) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been called “the happiest place in Wilmington” and the official coffee of the Rachael Ray show. Now, even more southerners will be able to enjoy the smiles and dance parties at Bitty & Beau’s Coffee.According to a press release, the shop that hires people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will open its third location this fall in Savannah, Georgia.- Advertisement – “We created Bitty & Beau’s Coffee to show the world that people with disabilities should be valued, accepted and included members of society, especially in the workplace,” said Amy Wright, “It’s a place where diversity is not just appreciated, it’s celebrated”.Amy and Ben Wright founded Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in 2016 in Wilmington, in honor of two of their children who have Down syndrome. A second shop recently opened in Charleston, South Carolina.Amy Wright was also named the 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.Related Article: Wilmington debris cleanup could cost $20 millionTo get involved with the expansion or learn more, click here.last_img read more

SouthportFort Fisher Ferry back on schedule after mechanical issue

first_imgSouthport-Fort Fisher Ferry (Photo: @NCDOT_Ferry) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The NCDOT says the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry is back to its regular winter schedule after running on a one-boat schedule earlier today.This morning the Ferry Division tweeted that the route would be on a one-boat schedule do to a mechanical problem with one of the boats.- Advertisement – But this afternoon, the Ferry Division tweeted, “Great news! Southport / Ft Fisher ferry is back on it (sic) regular winter schedule.Click here for more information on ferry routes and times.last_img read more

NC oncologists are uniting for better treatment when disaster strikes

first_imgWILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Hurricane season poses a potential threat to health care services. Saturday, industry leaders met in Wilmington for a symposium dedicated to finding solutions when hurricanes disrupt a cancer patients therapy.Radiation scientists and emergency management specialists found Hurricane Florence posed many technology and transportation barriers.- Advertisement – “In order to receive radiation treatment and most medical care, you need electricity,” Dr, Matt Manning, the interim Chief of Oncology for Cone Health said. “You need transportation and you need access to your own home and family support. Hurricane Florence uncovered all those issues for us.”He says cancer patients undergoing daily radiation treatment are one of the most vulnerable populations during a natural disaster.“If you plan to give someone 6 weeks of daily radiation treatment and there is an interruption in treatment, their cancer cells begin to recover, regrow and repopulate,” Manning said. “That can lead to a worsened outcome and maybe a worsened survival.”Related Article: Stylists giving away free clothes for Florence victimsManning says the goal of the symposium was to establish a statewide network of care that’s prepared for disasters.last_img read more

Għaxaq double murder Forensic evidence presented in Court

first_imgDuring the compilation of evidence against Joseph Bonnici the man accused of murdering his mother and sister in Għaxaq earlier this year, Professor Marie Therese Camilleri Podesta presented a forensic report in Court.The pathologist confirmed that the mother, Marija Lourdes died following a shot in the head and blunt trauma whilst the sister of the accused Angele was shot twice and also suffered a blunt trauma. She also explained that both heads were blown-up.Officials from the Police Forensic Department also took to the witness stand on Monday whilst they also presented their reports on the case.At the end of the session the lawyer represented the accused’ girlfriend asked the Court to allow her client to be allowed access to house. Since the Court has already heard from Inspector Roderick Attard that all the necessary evidence for the case had been already presented at in front of the Magistrate, the Court said that is now waiting for the go ahead from the Attorney General to allow the woman into the house she shared with the accused.The Court was presided by Magistrate Joe Mifsud.Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri are defence lawyers in the case.Prosecution was led by Inspectors Keith Arnaud and Roderick Attard.For a details log of the Court session on Monday in Maltese click here.Read also: Double Murder: Court criticises Attorney General for mismanagement; The AG’s Office answersGħaxaq double murder – Bonnici’s employer describes him as a serious manGħaxaq double murder: “I love my mother, but…”Ħal Għaxaq double-murder: ‘He saved me from an abusive relationship’ WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Incoming Munxar councillors remain absolutely against appealed animal waste facility permit

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Newly elected councillors on Munxar Local Council have reconfirmed that like the previous council they remain against a permit which would see an animal waste facility in the locality upgraded. The issue was on the agenda of the Council’s first meeting, after which the Council urged the authorities to turn down the appeal given the number of objections which have been filed against the application.READ: PA refuses Munxar animal waste facility permitThe Planning Authority had refused to grant the application the green light with the applicant appealing the decision taken a few months back.READ: Munxar farm sewage process upgrade recommended for refusalThe Council reiterated that it remains adamant against the proposed development, saying that such a project would lead to the destruction of the locality’s village life and quality of life of its residents.Munxar Local Council declared that it will do all that is within its power to keep safeguarding the interest of its residents and the locality as a whole.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Quake of magnitude 69 strikes west of Australias Broome – USGS

first_img SharePrint An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck west of the beach resort of Broome, Australia, the United States Geological Survey said on Sunday.There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties in the quake, which the agency said hit at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), about 203 km (126 miles) offshore from the town in the state of Western Australia.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more