February 11, 2002
Supervisor Leland Yee
San Francisco City Hall
1 DR. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Thank you for the opportunity to meet last Friday Feb 8th
with Small Business Advocates. We agree our homeless problem is
related to non-profit organizations paid on the size of the problem.
I add that rent control and a lack of property rights are also
significant contributing factors. Articles are enclosed for your
And as we also
discussed taxes, note the enclosed articles showing taxes hurt the
economy and government income. Tax cuts and reduced
government spending improve the economy and increase government
coffers. Considering the amount of government waste, only one
path supports the goals of everyone.
Thank you also
for discussing the Department of Elections refusal to allow my
Chinese name in my campaign. While I appreciate your offer to “fix”
my problem, as a candidate running to make positive changes, I am
equally interested in changing the Department of Elections’
offensive policy. Enclosed is a copy of the meeting notes from when
this policy was developed.
While there are
many incriminating statements, I specifically note where it says
“Chinese candidates…can use their own Chinese names” but non-Chinese
candidates names must be “Strictly in accordance to how their names
are pronounced”. And an example says “We don’t know her national
origin, the Chinese name…will mislead the voters think (sic) she is
a Chinese but she is not. We suggest that DOE ask the candidates
provide (sic) their ethnic background”. Note those suggesting this
policy. That the DOE accepted it is shocking.
In 1964, the US Supreme Court unanimously
ruled in Anderson v Martin, 375 US 399, it is unconstitutional for
governments to identify the race of a candidate on a ballot. In
2000, Rice v Cayetano, 528 US 495 in Hawaii shows that the Supreme
Court is still very sensitive about race in elections. This DOE
policy intends to communicate whether a candidate is Chinese. And as
a Chinese name is very important to Chinese people, you know that
reducing non-Chinese candidates to phonetic replications is also
demeaning. My Chinese friends agree that the name given to me by the
Department of Elections is not a “Chinese Name”.
That the DOE refused repeatedly to allow my
Chinese name I’ve used for years shows government arrogance towards
those they are to serve. And it suggests something about those who
would use race to influence the election process. After all this,
solving this problem without changing policy would seem
unsatisfactory. However, I accept whatever assistance you can
provide and hope you understand and can support my position.
Thank you for
your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you
soon. I sincerely appreciate your interest in these issues.