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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...