Hillary Ronen and her staff outside their campaign headquarters after the vandalism incident. Photo courtesy of Hillary Ronen.

Graffiti reading “Vote Arce Ya Cunts” appeared this weekend sprayed on the campaign headquarters of Hillary Ronen, the chief of staff for Supervisor David Campos and one of four candidates vying to replace him.

“This type of campaigning and bullying makes me want to work harder,” Ronen said of the vandalism and its apparent support for her opponent, Joshua Arce. “Not just me, but my all-female staff, we are not gonna back down to bullies.”

The message was scrawled in black on the door to Ronen’s campaign office at 3417 Mission St. between Eugenia Avenue and Kingston Street on Sunday night, Ronen said. Her staff found the message on Labor Day, Ronen said, and promptly painted it over.

On Tuesday, Ronen said that while she did not believe Arce was personally responsible for the vandalism, but said his campaign style was setting a tone that “leads to this kind of attack against me.”

“He is running a campaign using very divisive and inflammatory rhetoric,” she said. “I think that has real repercussions.”

Arce was quick to issue a message on Facebook denouncing the graffiti and distancing himself from “someone, who claims to support me, [who] uses hateful language and defaces private property.”

Arce texted Ronen offering to help clean the graffiti, and she texted him back asking him to pledge “to stop the negative campaigning” and to focus on policy, according to screenshots of the exchange. Ronen said Arce is “blaming [her] for displacement and homelessness” instead of offering solutions, leading to personal attacks against her.

On Tuesday, Arce countered, saying he has run a campaign “based on experience, track record, and policy ideas” and that voters have “the sense that the status quo on District 9 has failed.”

He has criticized Ronen and Campos’s records on housing creation in the past — just 455 units of affordable housing have been approved in the last decade in the neighborhood — and has said the current supervisorial administration has not done enough to address the affordability crisis in the Mission District.

Officer Giselle Talkoff, a police spokesperson, said a report on the graffiti had been received by the Police Department and that the incident would be assigned to investigators. They would look to see if any video footage of the spraying exists, she said. The vandalism could be either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the amount of graffiti investigators find, she added.

The news site 48 Hills first reported the vandalism on Monday.

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  1. As a Josh supporter, I’m devastated to learn that this happened. It’s totally unacceptable, and not what this campaign is or should be about at all. Both candidates deserve respect and a positive, issues-focused conversation.

  2. This is terrible and sad!

    Separately, why is Ronen discriminating against hiring men for her campaign?! Is her campaign itself a protected class?

  3. If you liked Campos, you’ll love Ronen. Check out her website and endorsements: it’s the same old list of liberal tax and spend politicians and hacks. She’s obviously feeling a little of the heat coming down on her mentor but still talking out of both sides of her mouth. She brings attention to District Nine’s rampant property crime but tempers it with the need to increase police oversight and restore trust. Hey, I got news, ninety-five plus percent of San Franciscans trust and respect the police to a T. Not only that, we don’t need another property crimes unit, we need you to bring pressure on the criminal justice system to prosecute violators, especially those that come here from out of town. Housing and homelessness? Build 5000 new affordable housing units run by the City of San Francisco? Aren’t these called housing projects? Haven’t we been there and done that? Do the math at a half mill per pop. Billions. Who gets these? Showing her socialist tendencies is she? The world learned that doesn’t work. Go study the GLC in London and what happened there. Regardless, it’s a pipe dream and election time rhetoric. Hillary cites New York City’s public preschool–hey that’s fine but FACT: the best thing that’s happened to NYC’s schools is the advent of charter schools. Don’t weigh in on that because we know where you stand.

  4. This is deplorable and Ronen was smart to document the defacing of her office. Same goes for Arce offering assistance to remove the graffiti and condemning it.

    Regarding another Ronen matter, I blogged about one piece of her campaign literature which mentions she works for the District 9 Supervisor and then omits Disaster Campos’ name. What’s up with that?

    See the pertinent piece of her campaign leaflet here:
    http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2016/09/d9-supe-race-ronen-omits-boss-campos.html

  5. They look kinda happy that the graffiti happened in the pic…. getting sympathy points.. but it is going to be harder to remove the blemish of David Disaster Campos from Ronen. She needs to focus on more police feet on the streets thats what the community wants and desperately needs.

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