Bay Area Chinese Adopt Jim Reid
The Bay Area Chinese community has adopted a Caucasian candidate for
mayor because of his good idea on housing homeless people. Building
contractor Jim Reid, who built the Smallest House in San Francisco as a
big piece of the solution to homelessness, has found substantial financial
support for his campaign for mayor in the Chinese community. A diverse
group of successful Chinese citizens from Taiwan, the Peoples’ Republic of
China, and Hong Kong have jelled into a fundraising committee for
Each member of this Chinese team has rags to riches stories of how
America has been the land of opportunity for them. They are now using some
of their wealth to help poor Americans get back on their feet. Reid, who
spent many days in San Francisco’s homeless shelters on two occasions to
see what services were like and to experience homelessness first-hand, was
amazed to see how few homeless people were Asian. He is surprised and
pleased to get financial support from their community in his quest to
build housing for San Francisco’s homeless population.
The fund raising committee met at Café do Brasil Restaurant at 1106
Market Street @ 7th Street at noon on Monday April 28th. Reporters from
the Examiner, the Sing Tao Daily, the Independent, and the Chronicle were
expected to attend this lunch.
The fundraising committee is looking at a tiny storefront near the
Renoir Hotel. Reid’s campaign is characterized by journalist Hank Donat in
his Heart of the City column in the Independent on Tuesday as the little
guy in the race for mayor against the big guy in the race, Gavin Newsom.
“If the fundraising committee raises $100K and they keep me on the bus to
shake hands with a thousand people a day in the 194 days between now and
the November 2003 election, we will win,” says Reid. There are enough
people on MUNI to elect the mayor three times over and they will not vote
for Newsom if they believe that Reid, whom they see on the bus with them,
has a chance to win.
Reid believes that his famous little house, ShelterOne, who people on
the bus know better than his name, will get voters who want to own housing
in San Francisco to vote for him in November. “If we can convince the
little guy who rides MUNI that a building contractor mayor will cause
housing to be built that he or she can actually afford to buy, then they
will vote in their own self-interest by electing Reid mayor.
Reid says that most of the big-name well-funded candidates for mayor do
not even have the word “homeless” on their websites. They all talk about
building affordable and workforce housing, but their words are meaningless
to the 70% of working San Franciscans who cannot afford affordable
housing. Reid vows use his experience building housing to change this.