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Mayor Lee ends his silence, comes out for Chiu in Assemnly race  
sfgate.com

Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday threw his weight behind Supervisor David Chiu in the race to represent San Francisco in the state Assembly, one day after his opponent, Supervisor David Campos, was touting the endorsement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton. Lee€™s endorsement of Chiu comes as something of a surprise, given the mayor€™s lukewarm relationship with the supervisor (they ran against each other in the mayor€™s race three years ago) and Lee€™s reticence, until now, to weigh in on any of the most controversial issues on the Nov. 4 ballot. Lee praised Chiu€™s work on pension and business tax reform and improving city infrastructure, as well as his 2012 vote to oust Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who earlier in the year had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence offense. Supporters of Proposition E, the measure to levy a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on regular sodas and other sugary drinks, have filed an ethics complaint against the No on E campaign for not disclosing who is really behind it. The campaign actually is disclosing who is funding it €” that would be the very deep-pocketed American Beverage Association, which as of the last filing deadline had sunk $7.7 million into the campaign to defeat the tax. The American Beverage Association sounds more innocuous than saying up front it€™s paid for by Coke and Pepsi,€ said Maureen Erwin, campaign manager for Yes on E. €œIf they named the companies that are paying, it would make it a lot clearer. [...] a recent opinion poll found that most of the 620 randomly selected city residents surveyed by professional pollsters gave favorable ratings to both Muni and the agency, which also controls traffic, parking, taxis and other things transportation in the city.
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