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  • S.F. mayor may run for governor { Newsom }

    03/09/2008 8:21:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 898+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/8 | Cecilia M. Vega
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is considering a 2010 run for governor - a campaign that would embrace many of the same divisive causes he has championed as mayor, including same-sex marriage, universal health care and protections for illegal immigrants, The Chronicle has learned. Newsom has long been rumored to be a potential contender in what is likely to be a crowded field of Democrats looking to succeed Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a list that includes Attorney General and former Gov. Jerry Brown, former state Controller Steve Westly and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In recent months, Newsom has quietly...
  • Grand Gestures, Hot Air and Cold Water

    03/07/2008 9:59:36 PM PST · by Entrepreneur · 15 replies · 550+ views ^ | 3/8/2008 | Debra J. Saunders
    Who says that the issue of global warming is a matter of science, not faith? Just last week, Mayor Gavin Newsom proved belief trumps data. The Chronicle reported that a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission study found that the giant turbines he wanted to put underwater below the Golden Gate Bridge would cost way too much money to install and maintain. They would generate power at a cost of 80 cents to $1.40 per kilowatt hour -- as opposed to Pacific Gas and Electric's 12 cents per hour commercial rate. It seems the turbines would produce only one or two...
  • Group censured for using [SF mayor] Newsom's image in pro-Scientology booklet

    10/12/2007 10:51:33 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 6 replies · 192+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/12/07 | Cecilia M. Vega
    The smiling photo of Gavin Newsom and the city seal emblazoned on a booklet called "The Way to Happiness" sure make it seem as though San Francisco's mayor is heartily endorsing Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's writings. The booklet's back cover even shows a letter of support purportedly written by Newsom that echoes some of the mayor's favorite buzzwords: San Francisco is "a city of innovation" and is "the finest city in the world." But the giveaway is in the second paragraph, in which the fictitious letter from Newsom says San Francisco is home to "740,000 souls." He usually prefers...
  • Cycling group's West Coast antics could be replicated here [Minneapolis]

    10/08/2007 12:35:56 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 155 replies · 2,126+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | October 07, 2007 | Katherine Kersten
    Critical Mass, the loosely organized bicycle group that ties up rush-hour traffic once a month in Minneapolis, has demonstrated who rules our streets. But Minneapolis isn't the only place where the Mass mob has strong-armed the police and City Hall, and left outraged motorists fuming but impotent. Today, Critical Mass cyclists cow commuters in more than 300 cities, from Denver to Rio de Janeiro, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The ride got its start in San Francisco (where else?) in 1992 with about 50 cyclists. Authorities there looked the other way as riders ran red lights and snarled traffic....
  • SAN FRANCISCO : Mayor battles a trend of families leaving city

    09/16/2007 7:55:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 170 replies · 1,439+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 20, 2007 | Cecilia M. Vega
    In a city that has a reputation for being home to more dogs than children, the number of families planning to move out of San Francisco has decreased in recent years -- and on Thursday Mayor Gavin Newsom said he hopes to be able to reverse the trend of family flight. The population of children living in the city has dropped by more than 33 percent since 1960, and today there are just 112,000 young people under the age of 18 living in San Francisco, Newsom said. But the mayor painted an optimistic picture of what the future will look...
  • Newsom calls for resignations - says he wants fresh start next term

    09/10/2007 2:48:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 940+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/10/7 | Cecilia M. Vega,Heather Knight
    San Francisco -- Saying he wants to start his second term with a clean slate, Mayor Gavin Newsom today asked all city department heads and anybody he has appointed to serve on a city commission or board to hand in their letters of resignation. On Friday, Newsom also told all senior staffers in his office to do the same. Newsom told department heads at his regular Monday department head meeting that he wanted each of them to turn in letters of resignation, but didn't say how many resignations he ultimately would accept, according to Mitch Katz, director of the city's...
  • CA: SAN FRANCISCO Mayor, D.A. ask for halt of gun shows (at the Cow Palace)

    08/11/2007 12:28:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 837+ views ^ | 8/11/07 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris have sent a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to halt gun shows at the Cow Palace. The Crossroads of the West Gun Show happening there this weekend. The letter follows a Thursday announcement by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, that he would introduce legislation to ban gun shows at the arena. The officials say that the shows attract people who sell guns illegally and that those guns are being used in crimes in the city. They have no evidence to support those claims, however.
  • S.F. Mayor Newsom gives endorsement to Clinton

    08/11/2007 8:45:35 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 6 replies · 537+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11 August 2007 | Mary Anne Ostrom
    S.F. Mayor Newsom gives endorsement to Clinton CANDIDATE OUTLINES VIEWS ON GAY ISSUESBy Mary Anne Ostrom Mercury NewsFresh from a Hollywood presidential forum on gay issues, Sen. Hillary Clinton accepted the endorsement Friday of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the man some leading Democrats blamed three years ago for scaring voters away from them after his unorthodox push for gay marriage. Underscoring how gay politics have changed since then, the leading Democratic candidates appeared Thursday night at a forum sponsored by gay activists and a gay-oriented television network. Clinton accepted the endorsement, saying she shares "an optimism and confidence" with...
  • Another Californicator Endorses Hillary

    08/11/2007 9:39:04 AM PDT · by V.Foster · 10 replies · 755+ views
    Great Gavin Newsom Graphic - Worth the look! San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom joined fellow Californicator Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and endorsed Hillary's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • SAN FRANCISCO : Mayor signs tough gun law ( Mayor Gavin Newsom )

    08/02/2007 9:09:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies · 1,276+ views
    sf gate ^ | August 2, 2007 | Cecilia M. Vega
    The law also makes it illegal to possess or sell firearms on city and county property and ... The measure's co-sponsors concede that it will have little effect on the proliferation of illegal firearms. The prohibition of guns on county property does not apply to Housing Authority sites, and the ban on selling guns on county property does not apply to the annual gun show at the Cow Palace.
  • Cheaters Who Prosper (Villar Vs Newsom -Dem Adulterers For Governor In 2010 Alert)

    07/06/2007 1:21:28 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 19 replies · 720+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/06/2007 | Los Angeles Times Editorial Board
    This theory is by no means foolproof. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, remains popular despite an affair with his campaign manager's wife. Former Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) was unseated in the mid-'90s amid groping allegations that would make Schwarzenegger blush. But it may well be that Republicans are better at using their opponents' sexual peccadilloes against them, summoning up the moral outrage among voters that can be deadly in a close race. It also doesn't help roving-eyed Democrats that women are a mainstay of the party, and women don't appreciate men who cheat. Villaraigosa, a Democrat who is...
  • S.F. incurs huge costs for public retirees : Governments begin to grapple with unfunded health care

    07/05/2007 11:51:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies · 2,015+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 5, 2007 | John Wildermuth, Robert Selna
    In San Francisco's effort to pay the soaring cost for retiree health benefits, it's $500,000 down, $4.9 billion to go. The city, like most local governments and school districts in California, has put aside no money to cover the fast-growing cost of delivering on health care coverage promised to its workers once they hit retirement age. But in San Francisco, the financial liability hanging over the city is one of the heaviest in the state, thanks in part to the generosity of its employee health care benefits. "As this number keeps growing ... it can cripple our budget,'' said Supervisor...
  • Daly waited months to bash Newsom with cocaine rumor

    06/24/2007 7:59:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 685+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/24/7 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    It certainly appeared spontaneous and made for some great theater on both sides, but the truth is, San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly had been stoking rumors about Mayor Gavin Newsom's supposed cocaine use for months before his outburst last week at the Board of Supervisors. And for just as long, the mayor and his crew knew it was coming. One of the earliest hints came in March when Daly made it clear over coffee with us that the mayor's private life was fair game in the upcoming election -- including questions about his drinking, his rehab and his affair with...
  • [NYC Mayor Mike]Bloomberg (Ultra RINO): U.S. 'Is in Trouble' On the Coast He Chides Candidates

    06/19/2007 3:39:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 935+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | June 19, 2007 | Josh Gerstein
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Mayor Bloomberg is decrying the state of the 2008 presidential race, faulting the major party candidates for offering shallow, simplistic prescriptions, and scolding the press for failing to demand more from those seeking the White House. During an appearance at Google's headquarters in Silicon Valley yesterday, Mr. Bloomberg said the televised debates among the presidential candidates have been, in essence, a waste of time. "They have absolutely nothing to do with the job and the qualifications. And they don't tell you anything about whether or not any of those candidates would be good or bad presidents....
  • 'When it's bad, it's really bad (San Francisco )

    06/13/2007 8:40:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 362+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2007 | Rachel Gordon
    Unreliability makes Muni reviled; agency's chief admits 'status quo is not acceptable'. The opening of the new T-Third streetcar line in San Francisco was supposed to be a crowning accomplishment for the Municipal Railway, an ambitious project that promised to accelerate economic revitalization and community pride in the city's struggling southeastern neighborhoods. Instead, the 5.1-mile rail service expansion revealed profound flaws in the city's heavily used public transit system, unleashing a torrent of pent-up public scorn. The Muni-was-late excuse wears thin for riders who regularly show up tardy to work, school, jury duty and child care. The new route came...
  • San Francisco Mayor Says Negative Reaction to His Affair & Alcohol Problem Unfair

    02/11/2007 10:19:39 AM PST · by John Semmens · 42 replies · 772+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 10 Feb 2007 | John Semmens
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said he cannot understand why people are so upset with him. News of Newsome’s sexual affair with his former appointments secretary, Ruby Rippey-Tourk, wife of former Newsom adviser Alex Tourk has sparked criticism and calls for his resignation. Unsurprisingly, the criticism has not been ameliorated by Newsome’s announcement that he is going to undergo treatment for alcoholism. “I don’t see what all the fuss is about,” Newsome complained. “President Clinton had lots of affairs, but he’s ‘Mr. Cool’ with the media. Senator Kennedy got drunk, drove off a bridge and killed a young woman he...
  • Newsom seeks counseling for alcohol abuse, sources say

    02/05/2007 4:34:26 PM PST · by I_Love_My_Husband · 37 replies · 808+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/5/07 | Heather Knight and Cecilia M. Vega, Chronicle Staff Writers
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told department heads this afternoon he is seeking counseling for alcohol abuse, sources familiar with the meeting told The Chronicle. Newsom told members of his administration that the help he is seeking would not require him to step aside even temporarily as it might if he entered a residential rehabilitation program, according to the sources.
  • The Day After the Day After

    02/03/2007 2:47:44 PM PST · by I_Love_My_Husband · 18 replies · 793+ views
    SFist ^ | 2/3/07 | unknown
    February 3, 2007 The Day After the Day After So your Alex Tourk. Everything is fine and honky dorky until your wife, out of the blue, admits to having a fling with not only your boss but one of your best buddies. Even worse, it appears the everyone in the city (except us) knew about it but you didn't. Man, that's one hell of a bad week. Whenever we see these storylines on TV or in the movies, it always ends badly, like in people being shot and killed badly. So where are we with all of this? Well everybody...
  • Garcia: Sex scandal media frenzy won't end soon

    02/02/2007 6:58:52 PM PST · by I_Love_My_Husband · 15 replies · 1,464+ views
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 2/2/07 | Ken Garcia
    Garcia: Sex scandal media frenzy won't end soon (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) S.F. Mayor Gavin Newson is bound to be in the center of a feeding frenzy reminiscent of Bill Clinton's Printer Friendly | PDF | Email | digg Ken Garcia, The Examiner Read more by Ken Garcia Feb 2, 2007 3:00 AM (15 hrs ago) Current rank: # 3 of 12,095 articles SAN FRANCISCO - One of Gavin Newsom’s handlers asked me on Thursday how long I thought the revelation of the mayor’s affair with his top aide’s wife would stay in the news cycle. Oh, maybe two or three...
  • DEBRA SAUNDERS: Gavin Newsom, boy mayor

    02/02/2007 7:59:56 AM PST · by SmithL · 55 replies · 1,677+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/2/7 | Debra J. Saunders
    IT'S TIME for the 39-year-old boy mayor to grow up. Look, I'd rather not be writing about Gavin Newsom's personal life. Newsom has been a good mayor for San Francisco, and that is what counts the most. Like many who have watched him, I've tended to figure that, as Newsom is divorced, good-looking and holds a high-profile political office, he's going to get around. When Matier & Ross reported that Newsom had been dating 20-year-old Brittanie Mountz, I questioned -- not for the first time -- his judgment. I wondered what Newsom would have to talk about with someone so...

    02/01/2007 1:30:09 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 71 replies · 4,574+ views
    The San Fransisco Chronicle ^ | February 1, 2007 | Phil Matier, Andrew Ross, Cecilia M. Vega, Chronicle Staff Writers
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's re-election campaign manager resigned Wednesday after confronting the mayor about an affair Newsom had with his wife while she worked in the mayor's office, City Hall sources said. Alex Tourk, 39, who served as Newsom's deputy chief of staff before becoming his campaign manager in September, confronted the mayor after his wife, Ruby Rippey-Tourk, told him of the affair as part of a rehabilitation program she had been undergoing for substance abuse, said the sources, who had direct knowledge of Wednesday's meeting. Rippey-Tourk, 34, was the mayor's appointments secretary from the start of his administration...
  • Newsom's affair with aide's wife revealed

    01/31/2007 8:31:59 PM PST · by Wavve31 · 44 replies · 2,679+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/31/06 | Phil Matier, Andrew Ross and Cecilia M. Vega, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (01-31) 20:04 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's re-election campaign manager resigned today after confronting the mayor about an affair Newsom had with his wife while she worked in the mayor's office, City Hall sources said.
  • SF Mayor's Campaign Manager Quits, Following Affair Allegation (Mayor Newsom doing his wife)

    01/31/2007 9:40:23 PM PST · by tlb · 109 replies · 4,131+ views
    NBC11 ^ | January 31, 2007 | staff
    SAN FRANCISCO -- In the midst of an election year, Mayor Gavin Newsom's campaign manager Alex Tourk has announced that he will step down from his post. reported Tourk resigned after confronting Newsom for allegedly having an affair with his wife, Ruby Rippey-Tourk. The admission from Rippey-Turke came as part of a rehabilitation program she has been undergoing for substance abuse, according to sources to the paper. Newsom refused to comment on the report, according to NBC11. Rippey-Tourk, 34, was the mayor's appointments secretary at the beginning of his administration in 2004. She worked for the mayor until the...
  • ( San Fran Mayor ) Newsom Responds To Choir Assault Case

    01/11/2007 7:47:33 PM PST · by george76 · 105 replies · 9,479+ views
    ABC7 - KGO - ^ | Jan. 11 | Dan Noyes
    new insight into how San Francisco police handled the investigation into a New Year's attack on a Yale University choir. Many are saying it was mishandled. Now the story is getting coverage around the country and the world. We're doing a running tally -- it's been 10 days and 17 hours since police responded to the attack on the Yale students, and they still haven't interviewed the victims. This case is getting city officials the kind of attention they do not want, around the world. Since the I-Team broke the story of the New Year's attack on the Yale singing...
  • Gay marriage front in center before California Supreme Court (city of San Francisco files appeal)

    11/13/2006 4:47:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 649+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 11/13/06 | David Kravets - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO Whether gays and lesbians have the right to marry in California moved to the state's highest court Monday, a month after an appeals court ruled against same-sex marriage. The city of San Francisco filed the appeal to the California Supreme Court, claiming that laws authorizing only heterosexual marriages are unconstitutional discrimination. A lower court had agreed, but an appeals court last month reversed that decision. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that, among other things, it was not the judiciary's role to define marriage as 61 percent of California voters in 2000 declared marriage as a union...
  • Dating and drinking don't mix when mayor's girlfriend is 20 [SF's Newsom]

    10/14/2006 9:06:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 162 replies · 8,431+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/15/6 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's new squeeze, Brittanie Mountz, just turned 20 last month -- and that raises a couple of questions about the couple's nights on the town. The biggest question is whether Mountz has been drinking, and it's been swirling since the pair made their first public appearance and walked down the red carpet together at the San Francisco Symphony in September. At the time, Mountz had a MySpace page that said she was 19. It now says she's 26. But according to the Sonoma County registrar of voters, the Rohnert Park resident turned 20 on Sept. 17...
  • Court upholds California gay marriage ban

    10/05/2006 2:15:02 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 68 replies · 2,796+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5 October 2006
    The 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ruled today that California's marriage laws banning same-sex marriage do not violate the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.
  • Once Again, Morality Trumps Reality

    06/21/2006 12:55:26 PM PDT · by libertarianPA · 4 replies · 377+ views
    Amarxica ^ | 6/21/06 | John Reit
    I visited San Francisco about 2 years ago. I spent about four days there at the end of which I truly knew the meaning of the phrase, "Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there." Literally, I could not walk 10 feet on a downtown street without being accosted by a homeless person. I couldn't help but think, "Is this what liberals call taking care of their fellow man?" For a city where liberal socialist ideology is not only en vogue but also a matter of public policy (a city that would rather be European than American),...
  • Ex-Treasure Island chief's new beef - Tony Hall's claim against S.F. says he was unfairly fired

    05/08/2006 7:50:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 367+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/8/6 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    Tony Hall is taking his fight with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to a whole new level -- and maybe to court. Hall, the former supervisor from west of Twin Peaks, has filed a blistering legal claim against the city alleging he was unfairly fired from his $159,000-a-year job as Treasure Island czar last year. Hall was voted off the island, he says, in retaliation for having blown the whistle on a sweetheart deal involving Newsom and the former Navy base's main developer, Darius Anderson, a big Democratic fundraiser and Newsom supporter. The mayor's handpicked Treasure Island Development Authority voted...
  • (San Francisco)Mayor: City would ignore (immigration)legislation if it were to pass

    04/07/2006 1:01:19 PM PDT · by Daytyn71 · 98 replies · 3,955+ views
    The Examiner ^ | April 7, 2006 | Justin Jouvenal
    SAN FRANCISCO - Mayor Gavin Newsom said Thursday that The City will not comply with any federal legislation that criminalizes efforts to help illegal immigrants. The mayor also denounced a bipartisan congressional proposal that would beef up border security and allow as many as 12 million illegal immigrants to gain legal status. Newsom, who has not been afraid to wade into controversial national issues such as gay marriage, appeared with a group of elected officials on the steps of City Hall to support immigrants, “documented as well as undocumented.”Newsom also signed a resolution sponsored by Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, and passed...
  • Who's Afraid of Polygamy?

    03/31/2006 9:51:05 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 183 replies · 2,442+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 11, 2006 | John Tierney
    If gay marriage becomes legal, its opponents have been warning, the next step in America's moral deterioration will be legalized polygamy. These conservatives won't be happy with "Big Love," the HBO series starting tomorrow night.
  • Fox News Hires Another Liberal

    03/02/2006 8:41:23 AM PST · by Mike Bates · 108 replies · 3,797+ views
    Media Monitor ^ | 3/2/2006 | Cliff Kincaid
    We have been told that we won a dubious award from an anchor for MSNBC for noting the leftward drift of Fox News. He seemed incredulous that anyone could accuse Fox of being anything but extreme right-wing. We've got news for you—the drift continues. Fox News Channel (FNC) recently hired Kimberly Guilfoyle, a noted supporter of the homosexual rights movement, as the host of a new show called The Lineup. Guilfoyle joined her husband at the 15th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, June 5, 2004. GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance for Defamation,...
  • All officers reinstated in SFPD video flap

    12/16/2005 7:49:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 610+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/5 | Henry K. Lee
    Police chief lifts suspensions -- disciplinary action still possible. All 24 San Francisco police officers suspended for their roles in a video production that city leaders called highly offensive have been reinstated, including the officer who produced the skits, officials said Thursday. Although the officers have returned to work, they still could face disciplinary action for the video scandal, said Police Chief Heather Fong. "It will be premature to speculate on what will happen," Fong said. "There is an active administrative investigation that continues in spite of the officers being returned to duty." Fong, who along with Mayor Gavin Newsom...
  • Police Dept. video scandal quietly slipping into Phase B

    12/14/2005 7:33:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 961+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/5 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    A funny thing happened over the weekend to the big "Cops Gone Wild" video scandal in San Francisco -- it started getting very quiet. Apparently, Mayor Gavin Newsom and his handlers realized that while the videos were bad, they didn't quite prove -- at least in the public's mind -- Newsom's charge that they were evidence of a "deep-seated" culture of sexism, racism and homophobia running through the department. By Sunday, the message was going out that Newsom -- having made his point and formed a "blue-ribbon" commission to look into the department's culture -- was now ready to get...
  • Leaving's now a lot easier for S.F.'s homeless

    08/10/2005 12:12:52 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 17 replies · 692+ views
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, August 10, 2005 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    It hasn't gotten a lot of notice, but San Francisco has been quietly sending an average of more than 70 homeless folks a month back where they came from. Since February, the new streamlined "family reunification'' program has put some 450 general assistance recipients on buses with one-way tickets to whichever relatives or friends will have them. The program's not new -- it's been around for as long as anyone can remember.
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Newsom staffer touts his boss for 'World Mayor 2005'

    07/22/2005 12:57:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 556+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/22/5 | Rachel Gordon
    The title carries punch: "World Mayor 2005.'' And for the second year in a row, San Francisco's own Gavin Newsom has made the list of finalists in the Web-based, international competition in which constituents nominate their favorite mayor. Although Newsom hasn't been campaigning for the title, his administration's liaison to the gay community who works in the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services used his city e-mail Tuesday to drum up support for his boss. James "Jimmer'' Cassiol wrote to people on the e-mail list "gays4gavin" that now that Newsom has made the finals, "we need folks to take a minute...
  • Mayor Newsom lashes out at protesters in police officer injury

    07/09/2005 8:55:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,016+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/9/05 | AP - San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco police officer injured at an anarchists' protest remained hospitalized Saturday as Mayor Gavin Newsom vowed to get tough on violent demonstrators. The unidentified officer suffered a gash to his head when was struck with an unknown object as he confronted protesters late Friday at Mission and 23rd Street, said police officer Maria Oropeza. A photo taken by a passer-by and aired on KRON 4 news shows an officer, his head and face covered in blood, kneeling on the ground and clutching his police radio. Cody Tarlow, 21, of Felton and Doritt Earnst, 31,...
  • San Francisco: Mayor proposing preschool for all

    06/09/2005 9:19:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 521+ views ^ | 6/9/05 | Ilene Lilchek
    Mayor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the start of a universal preschool program to make early education available to every 4-year-old in the city regardless of income. Newsom included $3.3 million in his budget proposal for fiscal year 2005- 06 to send about 1,000 children to public preschools next year in four neighborhoods: Visitation Valley, Excelsior, Mission and Hunters Point. He plans to expand the program throughout the city within five years. Proposition H, a measure passed by voters last year, calls for increasing city support for public schools until it reaches $60 million annually. The proposed funding for the fiscal...
  • Frist: Activist Judges Pushing Gay Marriage

    02/13/2005 12:52:50 PM PST · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 558+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/13/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday that if activist judges don't stop challenging the Defense of Marriage Act that protects states from being compelled to recognize gay marriage, he'll push for passage of a constitutional gay marriage ban. Asked if he would bring up the marriage amendment this year, Frist told "Fox News Sunday," "Not this year but in all likelihood, in this Congress. "The Defense of Marriage Act is again being questioned by activist judges all over the country," he warned. " If they continue to question it, we'll bring it up sooner. Otherwise I expect it...
  • "It's the Values, Stupid!" - (brilliant new young conservative writer!)

    02/08/2005 3:34:29 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 737+ views
    It seems Republicans have been taking their recent landslide victory for granted both too much and too little. After winning 19 senate seats and reclaiming the presidency by a whopping 3.5 million margin in the largest popular vote in history, Republicans are apparently losing sight of those particular aspects of their social agenda which specifically accounted for this monumental success. Worse: the Democrats have been taking notes. Ironically, after months of incessant weeping and gnashing of teeth, the left may have ultimately learned more from the sobering election results than the GOP even has - so much that they have...
  • The Streets of San Francisco (City hall Once Again Courting the Film Industry; New Film Commission)

    01/16/2005 12:15:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 714+ views
    San Francisco Magazine ^ | January | Jonathon Kiefer
    City hall is once again courting the film industry and recently named a new film commission. Will the initial excitement yield rewards? A decade ago, when people talked about "Hollywood North" they didn't mean Vancouver. San Francisco's streets teemed with caravans of RVs and movie equipment trucks, Treasure Island swarmed with blockbuster buzz, and production companies were fully booked. Then came an epidemic of "runaway production," when studios, to borrow a phrase from Silicon Valley, outsourced abroad. "Securing locations has changed in the past five years," says Sean House of the Bay Area Film Alliance. "Now it's a bidding war:...
  • Newsom, wife decide to end 3-year marriage

    01/05/2005 11:25:15 PM PST · by KneelBeforeZod · 22 replies · 1,335+ views /SF Chronicle ^ | Thursday, January 6, 2005 | Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross
    After months of growing rumors, it's official -- San Francisco's Camelot couple are splitting up. Mayor Gavin Newsom and his Court TV analyst wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom, announced "with great sadness" the end of their 3-year-old bicoastal marriage in a brief statement issued late Wednesday by the mayor's City Hall press office. "Unfortunately, the demands of our respective careers have made it too difficult for us to continue as a married couple," the pair said in the statement. "Over the past 10 years, we have developed a tremendous bond of love and respect for each other. That will never change....
  • Newsom Files For Divorce

    01/05/2005 9:26:00 PM PST · by MooseFat · 47 replies · 2,539+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and his wife, Court TV legal analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom, are filing for divorce after three years of marriage. In a joint statement issued by the mayor's office Wednesday, the Newsoms cited the strain posed by their high-profile careers on opposite ends of the country as the reason for the split. "It is with great sadness that we announce today that we have decided to end our marriage. Unfortunately, the demands of our respective careers have made it too difficult for us to continue as a married couple," they wrote. "Over the...
  • GAVIN NEWSOM: The First Year Bold decisions leave no doubt who's in charge at City Hall

    01/02/2005 10:22:50 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 556+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/2/5 | Rachel Gordon
    REPORT CARD: More hits than misses in year one -- Willie who? A year after taking office, there is no doubt that Gavin Newsom is now the mayor of San Francisco. He hasn't erased -- and won't -- the mark of his powerful, celebrity predecessor, the political veteran Willie Brown, but he quickly began to make his own. Now just 37 years old, Newsom has catapulted onto the national stage -- featured in magazines from the New Yorker to Time and appearing on shows from "Nightline'' to "Larry King Live" -- during a year in which he's had both successes...
  • Same-sex marriage stance fetches year-end honors for Newsom

    12/20/2004 5:41:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 391+ views
    AP ^ | 12/20/4
    SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom may be busy tackling his city's homeless problem and budget deficit these days, but his decision to open City Hall to same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses is still resonating beyond the Golden Gate. Time Magazine named the 37-year-old Democrat to its list of "People Who Matter," a roster that included John Kerry, Ariel Sharon, Nancy and Ron Reagan, Kobe Bryant, Martha Stewart, Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and the television show "Desperate Housewives." The designation followed Newsom's selection as "Person of the Year" by the editors of Planet...
  • Thank you, Gavin!

    12/17/2004 9:10:56 PM PST · by fourthrider · 4 replies · 237+ views
    12/17/04 | fourthrider
    Who's Missing From the Honored Guest List?
  • San Francisco mayor tops Kerry wife for 'gay' honor

    12/12/2004 5:38:39 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 854+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/12/04 | WorldNetDaily
    The man who sparked national controversy by permitting same-sex marriages in San Francisco has been named the "Person of the Year" by Planet Out magazine, a publication geared toward homosexuals. Mayor Gavin Newsom topped the likes of Teresa Heinz Kerry and singer Melissa Etheridge on the 2004 list. The magazine says its awards recognize the people who most profoundly impacted the lives of lesbian, "gay," bisexual and transgender people. Editors say Newsom changed history, changed lives and changed the national debate about marriage equality, making him their obvious choice: The 36-year-old's decision to let City Hall issue marriage licenses to...
  • Great Letter From The "Smart" DOWD! - (Balances his Whacko sister, Maureen!)

    12/01/2004 10:19:48 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 1,860+ views
    Private Email | DECEMBER 1, 2004 | KEVIN DOWD
    From Maureen Dowd's brother Kevin, a salesman who lives in Montgomery County, Md., here is a recent e-mail message, trimmed for space, he sent to friends: "Ladies and Gentlemen, Now, just as four years ago, I breathe a huge sigh of relief and rejoice in the common sense of the American voting public. Congratulations to President Bush for winning re-election in a poker game played with a stacked deck. No candidate, including Richard Nixon, ever had to endure the biased and unfair tactics of our major media in their attempt to influence the outcome of an election. He never complained,...
  • Election '04 Epiphanies (George Will On Who Republicans Should Thank For This Year's Results)

    11/08/2004 9:21:53 PM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 1,937+ views ^ | 11/09/04 | George Will
    <p>In 1984, Walter Mondale's running mate was Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, a Catholic woman from New York. Ronald Reagan carried Catholics, women, New York -- and even Ferraro's district. Vice presidential nominees rarely sway this or that national demographic group. However, a running mate should help carry his or her state. But last week Bush carried North Carolina, getting 295,026 more votes than in 2000, and carried John Edwards' home county, as he did four years ago. Edwards was supposed to cut Bush's appeal in rural America. He did not.</p>
  • Gay marriage foes who won before California high court seek fees

    10/29/2004 4:45:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 335+ views
    AP ^ | 10/29/4
    AN FRANCISCO -- The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian advocacy law group from Arizona, asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to award it $229,000 in fees and costs to reimburse the litigation efforts that led to the blocking of San Francisco's gay marriages. The group was the first party to request the justices block San Francisco from issuing any more same-sex marriage licenses. The court halted the wedding spree in March, after 4,000 licenses were issued. In August, the court ruled San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom abused his powers when issuing the licenses in violation of a 1977 state...