Cesar Ascarrunz, the legendary nightclub impresario and current mayoral candidate, blasted the University of San Francisco for excluding him from a recent candidate forum.
"They're afraid, because they know I'm going to win the election," said Bolivian immigrant Ascarrunz, famed for multiple runs for mayor during the '90s. "It's in the air. You can smell it. Everywhere the people are telling me: Run for mayor. Run for mayor."
Perhaps this is the case. But that's not why the university excluded him -- and many other candidates -- from the Thursday evening forum.
race cover story in SF Weekly,
never got his invitation in the mail was an unforgivable slight, and
here is why: Ascarrunz would have definitely enlivened what turned out
to be a
nearly unbearable two-hour platitude-palooza.
as "It's all about the people," and "I want to put the community first." There was
Assessor Phil Ting's doozy, "A key part is that San Francisco is at its
best when it is diverse."
Ting spent part of his time advocating partial repeal of Proposition 13, the 1978 property tax-cutting initiative that is widely reviled in liberal San Francisco. Yet this was wasted time, because the mayor has no influence over state law. Great, a candidate who doesn't like something that I don't like and who will do nothing about it: He's got my third-place vote!
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said that, as mayor, he'd appoint "community ambassadors" so that he'd be more attuned to concerns of neighbors. Now there's a policy people who share no meaningful beliefs can get behind.
State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) advocated getting "universities behind the idea of civic engagement" -- and who in their right mind would argue, or vote, against that? Avalos, meanwhile, said he is "committed to cooperative and collaborative politics." Hm. What exactly does that mean in San Francisco?
But Ascarrunz -- in contrast -- would seem constitutionally incapable of such pablum. During an interview Monday, he pledged to set heads rolling the moment he steps into office in January.