Local Politics: "Night Cabbie" Emil Lawrence Runs For Mayor

A quirk of ranked-choice voting is that the third-place candidate has a chance at winning. That doesn't extend to the candidate ranked 16th of 16, but that's not stopping Emil Lawrence.

Lawrence, a 64-year-old S.F. taxi driver and deep-cut mayoral candidate, wants to rid City Hall of its feline infestation. If he becomes mayor, 5,000 government "fat cats" will be the first out the door under his administration, he says.

Call him Emil the Exterminator.

He loves to talk about waste at City Hall but also about his time as the bard of the night who penned the Chronicle's "Night Cabbie" column — which, he's eager to mention, led to Phil Bronstein and Sharon Stone making first contact.

"[Bronstein] called me up and said, 'Well, I got a date with Sharon Stone tomorrow night,' and I had just put in my column three times about Sharon up in North Beach without a male companion," Lawrence says. "He met her through my column."

Mayor Lawrence's program wouldn't involve celeb hook-ups. Instead, he's promising a privatized Muni system, parking citations capped at $25, 5,000 fewer parking meters — to bring shoppers back to small businesses — and 1,000 more benches at parks and bus stops.

How to pay for all this? Drop thousands of pink slips on City Hall and hire recent college grads, veterans, disabled people, and seniors at entry-level pay, cutting around $175 million a year.

Lawrence's years behind a taxi wheel inspired his next idea: sell Muni to its drivers with a taxi-style medallion system, with each driver bidding on a bus and a route until the system "would be turned into a cash cow instead of a big black red hole every year," he says.

"No taxi driver has a minimum wage," he says. "No taxi driver has a pension, a medical system, a grievance system. You drive as a small businessman. If you can't comply with the rules, we'll take it away and sell it to someone else."

Since they would bulldoze so many union agreements, Lawrence's plans for the city might as well include adding unicorns at the zoo. But this 42-year S.F. resident and frequent rabblerouser in front of the Board of Supervisors is serious: He opted to pay the $5,048 fee to run since he didn't have the requisite 10,096 signatures. Technically, he could be our next mayor.

But in this left-leaning city, a few ideological barriers remain.

"I mean, I'm a Republican," he says. "But that doesn't make me a crazy guy!"

 
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Emilelawrence
Emilelawrence

Here is what you have in San Francisco. The Republican Party in this City voted for Ed Lee. And, so did all the rest of the parties in town. George Gascon, the ex-police chief, our new DA is being pushed, by the powers that be, for the next mayor of this town, and he got promoted at various police departments, because he claims he is a Cubano Latino, just like all of those Metizo Indians on Mission that voted for him in the last election. Gascon got the same number of votes that Ed Lee got, after sucking up a paycheck at COP for $640,000 when he did not make one campaign speech that I heard. I gave 20 campaign speeches to the wrong audiences, I know.

This city is going into bankruptcy in maybe seven or eight years, but you do not get any of this from the press. The same unions that control 28,000 workers in City Hall, also control the workers at the Chronicle. It is the same groups on the Pinninsual. The Chronicle is paper that does not recognize the word union, that once hunted Willie Brown, now has him as their spokesman. I worked at the Chronicle under Phil Bronstein, and I most probably will have to sue this paper in court due to Intellectual Property (IP) fraud. They have yet to send me a readablecopy of the contract I signed in 1996, when I started the column known as the "NightCabbie." And, Phil Bronstein could not give me a raise for writing it, although he met Sharon Stone, through the column. He signed a pre-nupt and made only 3-5 million in his divorce. Plus, many did not like the fact that the column dominated the other columns at the paper at the time. It rivaled Herb Caen's column.

Corrospondence222
Corrospondence222

are they 42 yo. or 64 yo.

Emilelawrence
Emilelawrence

YO: I am 63 and have lived in this town for 43 years. And, in this time I have seen a criminal become mayor as well as an adulterated psychophanted gigolo become one. The City under Gascon, the new DA, tried our elected sheriff for crimes like pinching his wife's arm, but could not not cite the last mayor for male prostitution and adultery, for having sex his campaign manager's wife on election night. The mayor that liked hanging with tall handsome guys. YO...

Lowclass68
Lowclass68

Why do you waste bandwidth on this clown?

Emilelawrence
Emilelawrence

"Why did you waste bandwith with Lowmental68 AKA Lowclass68" with the number being his IQ.

With ,a public like this dude, going into the last mayoral election, 30% of the thought the gigolo mayor was still in office, and one percent felt Willie Da Mayor Willie Brown was still running this town. So far, Ed Lee has done a better job in one year than these two dudes did for 15 years.

Emilelawrence
Emilelawrence

It is amazing that the only candidate for mayor that wanted to cut the overhead of the City, by eliminating all salaries over $150,000 a year, which one moron for this column with a union job called a clown, was totally ignored by the media. What happened to the free press in the worst-run big city in the US? A man that one "commode cleaner" called a clown, is the only cab driver in the City on the Civil Service Registry (CSR) with an MA in Corporate/World Finance.

 

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