Representing San Francisco's District Three, David Chiu was recently reelected to his third consecutive term as president of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. The Boston native and Harvard Law graduate is the first person in history to have successfully run for three terms in a row.
We managed to grab Chiu between meetings to talk about his experiences in the city, the biggest issues facing San Franciscans, his failed mayoral run and his potential candidacy for the California State Assembly.
What's your earliest memory of San Francisco? Between college and graduate school, I had my first visit to California. The moment I set foot in San Francisco I fell in love with the city. I decided I needed to spend some portion of my life in this great city.
What drew you to the neighborhood where you live now? On that particular trip, I visited the neighborhoods that the entire world knows about: Telegraph Hill with Coit Tower, Chinatown and North Beach, Russian Hill, the cable cars. That was in 1992. Twenty-one years later, I wake up every morning excited to represent the very neighborhoods I fell in love with years ago.
What's your favorite restaurant? Do I have to pick? [Laughs] Helmand Place, which is Afghan food; Kokkari for Greek; I'd probably say Jai Yun for Chinese and Original Joe's.
Here's my problem. My district has the highest number of restaurants in the city and our city has the highest number of restaurants in the world. As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time at a lot of restaurants. So it's really hard for me to pick and choose.
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