District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan raised more than $52,000 in donations and pledges at a Club Giraud fundraiser last week. The take at the door was more than $30,000 – a respectable Council fundraiser in a city where the individual cap is $500. If the pledges come through, it's headline-worthy, especially given Chan's public profile lately as Castro Antagonist Numero Uno.
The strong turnout – more than 70 people at the standing-room-only event, with some guests turned away – lays to rest the notion that Chan's willingness to initiate a down-zoning threat in last year's Walmart fight might have hurt her base support. One attendee described it as "a very Republican crowd."