Unofficial Ed Lee for SF mayor campaign off to a dusty start 

The unofficial Ed Lee for Mayor campaign is getting its start in the dubiously auspicious company of a dusty Buddha and faded fake flowers.

Click on the photo at right to see more pictures of the new campaign office.

This week, the Run Ed Run campaign announced they’ve secured a headquarters for their efforts to convince interim Mayor Ed Lee to make his post permanent by running for mayor this November. The headquarters will be hosting a grand opening this Saturday morning.

But by the looks of it, the campaign has not done much so far to make the new space at 1565 Mission Street a campaign home. In fact, as of Wednesday morning, the campaign headquarters still looks pretty much like a closed restaurant.

The new headquarters will move into the New Home Menu Restaurant, a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant that closed in 2007 when its owner was accused of stealing the credit card numbers of his customers. Owner Phau Lam later pled guilty to identity theft and was sentenced to three years in prison.

It looks like Phau Lam didn’t use much of that credit card money hiring movers, because the closed restaurant seems untouched by anything other than years of grime buildup. The awning still advertises the restaurant’s free delivery service, and its windows advertise “Beer and Wine.” Inside, refrigerators are still filled with beverages. Faded fake tulips adorn planter boxes in the windows and a Buddha sits beatifically above the cash register area.

The only signs of new action were boxes of paper towels, scotch tape and stacks of Run Ed Run posters piled on a couple of tables in the corner.

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