Mayor Edwin Lee & Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will be holding a couple events in District 5 tomorrow. Here are the deets from the Mayor’s Office:
Mayor Lee to visit Western Addition merchants with District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.
Merchant walk to start at Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles
1521 Eddy Street at Fillmore Street
Mayor Lee and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi to host District 5 Budget Town Hall.
Hamilton Recreation Center
1900 Geary Boulevard at Steiner Street
New Haight Street Whole Foods
After a surprise soft launch on Monday, the new Haight & Stanyan Whole Foods had their official grand opening this morning with the breaking of the bread (an eight-foot sourdough loaf), speeches from Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Haight Ashbury Improvement Association President Ted Lowenberg and others, and the presentation of a $50,000 loan check to Marin’s Rustic Bakery.
Supervisor Mirkarimi talked about how the new store will be an anchor for the community, but made clear that it shouldn’t be here to put the other local natural food grocers out of business. I asked if he plans to make an appearance at Haight Street Market to celebrate the completion of their expansion once construction is complete. “Absolutely!” he said, adding that he had meant to mention them in his speech.
I also asked about his rumored mayoral ambitions and he said that as of right now, rumors are all they are, as he has yet to make any formal announcement. He’s still weighing his options, including a possible run for Sheriff in which he could put his law enforcement background to use.
Some photos from the opening below.
The breaking of the bread, a Whole Foods tradition for new locations.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi enjoys some sourdough.
Presentation of loan check to Rustic Bakery.
Per Uptown Almanac, Cole Valley’s very own District Supervisor, father of the plastic bag ban, Ross Mirkarimi, will soon be announcing his intention to run for Mayor of our fair City.
He’s got a solid record on many neighborhood, transit & environmental issues, but so does David Chiu, who’s likely to throw his hat in the ring as well.
The question is, will either of them (or whoever ends up winning) finally find ways to make this city run more efficiently/effectively, or will we just have more Newsom-esque proclamations about how green and cutting edge we are while outdated Muni equipment continues to fail and City employees/managers keep getting paid huge salaries/benefits while the rest of us barely scrape by?
And, if Ross were to win, who would be our next supervisor? Any suggestions?