Reset San Francisco Community Announces Forum to Expand Power of User Generated Government

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San Francisco Assessor-Recorder and Candidate for Mayor Phil Ting Hosting Community Forum on February 26 to Address San Francisco Community Concerns

The growing movement for User Generated Government sparked by the Reset San Francisco community is organizing a new forum on February 26 to address city concerns such as better public schools, high unemployment, transit reliability, rising fees and ongoing budget deficits.

The http://www.ResetSanFrancisco.org online community is dedicated to using the power of online organizing tools to promote citizen engagement in both political campaigns and government policy making.

The new forum will be held on February 26 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. The County Fair building is at 1199, 9th Avenue just past the 9th Avenue entrance to Golden Gate Park. RSVP’s are not required, but are encouraged at http://www.ResetSanFrancisco.org.

The Reset San Francisco community has been using new media tools and grassroots organizing to advocate for more effective government. The community recently generated both praise and controversy for using web 2.0 tools to fight against unfair San Francisco parking ticket policies.
Assessor Recorder Phil Ting’s campaign for Mayor of San Francisco hosts the http://www.ResetSanFrancisco.org website, but the site and the event are open to all other candidates for mayor and all of their supporters.

Along with Phil Ting, candidates for mayor include City Attorney Dennis Herrera, State Senator Leland Yee, former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, former Supervisor Michela Alioto Pier, former Supervisor Tony Hall and businesswoman Joanna Rees. Also considering runs are Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Interim Mayor Ed Lee has said he is not considering standing for a full term as mayor in the November 2011 election.

Ting called the Reset San Francisco community “a growing model for how San Franciscans can use powerful new media tools to change their government and improve our quality of life. We know it is not enough to just elect new leaders, we need to change how we elect our political leadership so they are accountable to us between elections.”

Phil Ting has served as San Francisco Assessor-Recorder since 2005, when he was appointed to that office by then Mayor Gavin Newsom. Ting was elected in his own right in November 2005 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Phil Ting is credited with taking one of San Francisco’s worst agencies and helping to bring it into the 21st Century – generating over $245 million in new revenue without raising taxes. Phil Ting is the co-chair of ChinaSF, a public private partnership that helps attract high wage jobs to San Francisco and California with economic partnerships between China and San Francisco. He helped organize the Go Solar SF task force that brought one of the most successful local government solar power incentive programs. Ting was co-chair of the campaign to promote free wireless Internet access in San Francisco. He is the former Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the Kennedy School for Government at Harvard University, Ting also worked in the private sector advising companies and government agencies on how to adopt new productivity tools.

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