Chiu and his allies ramp up their rhetoric, warning of a "war" on techies

David Chiu addressed the Share conference this morning.
Tim Daw

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and his campaign for the California Assembly aggressively courted votes and support from the technology community this morning [Wed/14] at the two-day Share conference, accusing opponent David Campos and his progressive allies of “calling for a war on you.”

Chiu spoke at the Opening Plenary session, the only elected official invited to address this $795 per person conference on the “sharing economy,” the term adopted by Airbnb, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Yerdle, Uber, and the rapidly growing list of companies that facilitate peer-to-peer online economic transactions.

Also speaking at that session was venture capitalist Ron Conway, a key funding source of many of these companies and Mayor Ed Lee’s political ambitions — and someone whose household just funded a nasty independent expenditure mailer attacking Campos for his vote last year against removing Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office.

Conway called on attendees to lobby their supervisors to support current legislation by Chiu to legalize and regulate Airbnb’s business model in San Francisco. “This legislation by David Chiu is crucial, legislation the whole country will be watching,” Conway said. “David Chiu needs your help. This would not pass if it came to a vote today.”

While it’s unclear how much support the measure has, it is true that there’s a lot riding on this for Airbnb, which has been valued at $10 billion by Wall Street as it moves toward an initial public stock offering, even though the short-term rentals it facilitates are illegal in its home city of San Francisco.

Chiu spent more than a year crafting his Airbnb legislation, which was greeted with mixed reactions last month, including being slammed by a coalition that has pledged to put a rival measure on the November ballot, a campaign that Chiu today implied Campos was  part of (Campos told us he has not taken a position on either the Chiu legislation or the proposed ballot measure).

“I thought it was a reasonable solution, but two weeks later there was a press conference attacking it,” Chiu told Share attendees, ramping his rhetoric in describing “people throwing rocks at Google commuter shuttles” and other alleged local hostilities directed at the tech industry.

“They are calling for a war on you, even though they don’t realize that what you are doing is helping to make sure we’re addressing our income inequality, we’re empowering everyday people by building community and using technology,” Chiu said.

Before the session began, a Chiu campaign worker stood outside the conferene entrance at the Marine Memorial Building handing out photocopies of an anonymous May 11 hit piece on the new blog called SF Techies Who Vote entitled “3 Things Every Tech Worker Should Know about Supervisor David Campos.”

Campos told the Guardian that the attacks, including the Conway-funded mailer that just hit mailboxes today, shows that Chiu and his supporters are desperate with just 20 days until the primary election, but that Chiu’s tone belies his claims to focus on civility and getting past the divisive political rhetoric of old.

“For someone who says he tries to bring people together, David Chiu is trying to scare people into thinking there’s a war going on. I don’t know where that comes from,” Campos said. “The idea that we have a war on the techies and the tech industry is ridiculous.”

Instead, Campos said that he and his progressive allies have been trying to address the eviction and displacement crisis that is connected to the tax breaks and other special treatment that Chiu, Mayor Ed Lee, Conway, and their allies have given to big technology companies.

“Asking that they pay their fair share doesn’t mean we’re against them,” Campos said, noting how overtly Chiu has recently been casting his political fortunes with Lee, Conway, and their economic policies. “It seems that David Chiu and Ron Conway are joined at the hip.”  

We at the Guardian will have much more coverage for the Share conference and its claims to be the “new economy” that will change everything — including some revealing interviews that I did at last night’s reception at the Airbnb headquarters — in next week’s Bay Guardian. 


If you care about getting ANYTHING done

Posted by Guest on May. 15, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

Chiu is owned by Ron Conway the same as Ed Lee is

Posted by Guest on May. 15, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

Versus Campos being owned by SEIU and his love of illegal aliens.

Posted by Guest on May. 15, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

and that is why he takes so much heat - he thinks things through after listening to all sides of the issues.

Posted by Guest on May. 15, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

Wow. This is so much fun to be able to make statements like this without offering any type of justification.

In my next life I wanna come back as a Progressive so that I can just say whatever I want and not have to worry about it being true.

Posted by Guest on May. 15, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

i'm having trouble thinking of a corporate entity that does *not* own chiu...

Posted by anonymous on May. 15, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

and that is why he takes so much heat - he thinks things through after listening to all sides of the issues.

Posted by Guest on May. 15, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

I read the following paragraph before I read the rest of that post ...

"The Mirkarimi incident is more than another digit in the depressingly large statistics on domestic violence. It is an egregious example of some San Francisco politicians condoning abusive behavior BASED SOLELY on the sheriff's political agenda. Sometimes corruption reaches a point where even a heretofore uninvolved individual feels compelled to take a stand."

... and thought to myself, wow, the author of the post is accusing Mirkarimi's DETRACTORS of condoning abusive behavior (their own of the electoral process) based solely on THEIR OWN political agenda ...

And then I read the whole post.

Posted by Anonymous on May. 15, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

that being owned by the SEIU isn't not being owned.

Granted Chiu is too close to business, if I have to pick between a person who is pals with business or a person who is pals with the loser gang that Campos follows, then I pick business.

We all know that not agreeing with progressives is "uneducated" and "bigoted" or whatever dripping condescending rant.

In the greater picture of why progressives fail, the single narrow world view. While business candidates may be close to business, they at least will be open to other things out there, while progressive dogma is narrow and anti human.

Posted by Guest on May. 15, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

Chiu, Conway. Chiu is owned lock stock and barrel by the downtown interest mainly Ron Conway.

Posted by One that knows on May. 16, 2014 @ 7:25 am
Posted by Guest on May. 16, 2014 @ 7:30 am

Campos is completely owned by Dr. Dre.

Posted by One who doesn't have to prove anything on May. 16, 2014 @ 7:45 am

motherfuckers act like they forgot about Dre

Posted by Guest on May. 16, 2014 @ 11:26 pm

Chiu was Aaron Peskin's protege but he abandoned his progressive ideals, converted to the Dark Side, and was hence voted off the Progressive island.

Compromisers are not welcome among us.

To regain his ideological purity, we will be sending him to a reeducation camp after he loses the election.

Posted by Guest on May. 16, 2014 @ 8:16 am

to hold him accountable for his Mirkarimi vote - it's his ultimate nightmare to have this happen 2 weeks before the election. He DOES NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE. Who's going to pony up the $200,000 he needs to answer these charges effectively?

Posted by Guest on May. 16, 2014 @ 10:41 am

I would've expected them to pull the Mirkarimi card in the general, rather than shoot their wad now, when it doesn't matter, and risk it becoming old news. The fact that they're playing this card now shows that they're scared shitless they're going to lose. If this is the best they've got, then they don't have much.

Posted by Greg on May. 17, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

Why would he worry? Campos is unelectable

Posted by Guest on May. 17, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

Polls? Pssh... who needs polls? We've got Greg who is the SFBG's master political theorist. Just look at how he told us that the SFBG's politics are more in line with mainstream San Franciscans than is the Chronicle's. Or how communism is not just a viable, nay, make that DESIRABLE, form of government. Look at those shining beacons of communist paradise: North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.

Only don't ask him to explain why if progressives are so popular, SF hasn't had a progressive mayor or BoS in over a decade. Or why if communism is so great, everyone tries to flee communist countries but yet never try to immigrate to them (or why he wouldn't for that matter).

Posted by Guest on May. 17, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

But he will write 500 words of nonsense trying to convince himself that he does.

Posted by Guest on May. 18, 2014 @ 7:01 am

Then why the hysterical reaction from Campos' camp?

Because they have no answer for the Mirkarimi mess - they know if you're explaining then you're losing. They've poll-tested this and it's a loser for Campos no matter what way you spin it.

Posted by Guest on May. 17, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

All polls have shown him ahead, and I think we're going to see that reflected in the totals on June 3rd.

I will say this much, Chiu needs a knockout blow in June to win in November. It's a lower turnout, more conservative electorate in June, so if Campos is within 10 points, Chiu is in trouble in November and needs to seriously re-evaluate his strategy. Don't think it's going to happen, but if Campos is within 5, Chiu is probably toast.

Posted by Guest on May. 18, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

Something is going to be unfair and there will be some mitigating reason for it, we know its coming.

If only the voters were smarter I suppose.

Posted by Guest on May. 17, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

Clearly those rule the day in San Francisco.

Posted by Guest on May. 17, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

He favors Hispanics over Whites, and illegals over citizens

Posted by Guest on May. 17, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

True. Campos wants to make the Mission a Latino only neighborhood.

Posted by Guest on May. 18, 2014 @ 12:48 am

driven out of the Mission and yet the Mission is still over 50% Hispanic - four times the national average.

If he really wanted diversity, he would want 3/4 of the Hispanics in the Mission to leave.

Posted by Guest on May. 18, 2014 @ 7:00 am

They vote right unless they do not.

So we are not homophobic, unless we don't vote right.

We are not racist unless we don't vote right.

Posted by Guest on May. 17, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

the planning commission
the government that is not functioning for the everyday person and only for the few.

Posted by Guest on May. 19, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

Campos is operating at a disadvantage to Chiu in the upcoming election. Chiu has more money. But after reading this article, I wonder if Campos shouldn't make "War on Tech" the theme of his election campaign. The feelings against tech are so strong in the city right now, Campos could use it to his advantage. Obviously Chiu is in bed with tech, judging from this article. Campos could play it something like "a vote for Chiu is a vote for tech." Campos would win the election hands-down. Anybody who has lived in SF more than five years loathes the technies. Just my two cents...

Posted by Guest on May. 22, 2014 @ 8:09 am

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