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  • Officials Ask San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to Cancel Trip to Anti-LGBT Event

    06/12/2014 10:52:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/12/2014
    A letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone signed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, state and city officials and other faith, LGBT and community leaders, asks the archbishop to cancel an upcoming trip to an anti-LGBT event in Washington, D.C. Cordileone is scheduled to attend the March for Marriage on June 19 on the National Mall, which is organized by the National Organization for Marriage. Cordileone is one of the noted speakers at the rally, along with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. On the event website, organizers state, "The...
  • Victims' Families Can't Sit Up Front With Photos (Christian and Newsom Murder Update)

    03/26/2013 9:25:17 AM PDT · by ItsOurTimeNow · 24 replies
    Lex18 ^ | AP
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The families of two young torture killing victims in Knoxville can wear photo buttons of their loved ones or they can sit up front in the courtroom, but not both. **excerpt**
  • Has California Finally Hit Bottom? (Newsom finds religion...or hallucinogens)

    11/19/2012 8:45:56 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 24 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 11-15-12 | Jane Wells
    Editor’s note: The following is a cross post by Jane Wells that originally appeared on CNBC.com]: The Golden State has been forced into a sort of economic rehab after years of runaway spending. Now, California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office says the state may be bottoming, and there is reason to hope. Californians just passed Prop 30, raising taxes, but the LAO says the state will still have to close a $1.9 billion budget gap over the next two years. However, there could be a budget surplus beginning in 2014. “We’re not out of the woods,” said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a...
  • Unlicensed To Kill ( SF sanctuary-city )

    11/11/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 11 Nov 2012 | Debra Saunders
    Drew Rosenberg became a victim of San Francisco's sanctuary-city policies Nov. 16, 2010. The second-year law student was riding his motorcycle in rush-hour traffic, when a car driven by an unlicensed driver made a left turn and hit him. That evening, Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village, Calif., received the phone call every parent dreads. His precious son was dead. Then another nightmare unfolded. As Rosenberg investigated driver Roberto Galo's background, he discovered that San Francisco's sanctuary-city policies have served as an enabler for dangerous drivers. Rosenberg sees his son's death as highly preventable. Five months earlier, San Francisco police stopped...
  • DA: Judge Blackwood wrong to order new Christian/Newsom trials (Judge ignores St Supreme Ct)

    06/04/2012 3:20:15 PM PDT · by abb · 22 replies
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | June 4, 2012 | Jamie Satterfiedl
    KNOXVILLE — A special judge has decided to — again — grant new trials in one of Knoxville’s most high-profile cases, and state prosecutors are responding by asking him to step down from the case. A motion filed late Friday afternoon in Knox County Criminal Court reveals that Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood is planning to enter an order granting new trials in the January 2007 torture slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, without holding a hearing and despite a recent state Supreme Court ruling faulting his legal reasoning. Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price, in turn,...
  • Are you ready for The Gavin Newsom TV Show? Al Gore thinks so..

    04/19/2012 3:14:37 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 10 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 4-19-12 | cakid1
    Al Gore.. Keith Olbermann.. Gavin Newsom: Current TV Are you ready for The Gavin Newsom Show? Al Gore’s Current TV has picked California’s Lieutenant Governor for a talk show. Keith Olbermann was recently fired. He’s now suing Current TV and Current TV is counter suing. So how to you top the Keith Olbermann show? Brace yourself for The Gavin Newsom Show.
  • Ex-judge Richard Baumgartner's drug-addicted downfall makes national spotlight

    04/05/2012 8:28:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 4/4/12 | SHEILA BURKE - Associated Press
    KNOXVILLE — A Tennessee judge was so addicted to prescription drugs during his final two years on the bench, he was having sex and buying pills during courtroom breaks, at times purchasing from convicts he had previously sentenced, an investigation found. His behavior has called into question many of the cases he presided over, including one of Knoxville's most notorious murders. Many people didn't realize Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner had a problem until he stepped down from the bench and pleaded guilty in March 2011 to a single count of official misconduct. It would be another eight months before...
  • Is this the real world?

    04/02/2012 9:35:19 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 1, 2012 | Ben Kinchlow
    Exclusive: Ben Kinchlow weighs in on Martin-Zimmerman issue, Iranian-Israeli crises I am sitting outside a coffee shop, having a cup of hot tea with my business partner. Lying on the table is my video-enabled iPhone with Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, iCal, email alerts and 1247 contacts with texting capability. Let us not forget news alerts from Fox and CNN, plus apps and email alerts from a couple of consul general offices and other news sources, including the Israeli GPO (government press office) and the Jerusalem Post. My partner and I have been busy resolving several issues, including the Iranian/Israeli crises. “Do...
  • Sickening! Judge's Addiction Means New Trials for Torture/Murder/Rape Convicts

    12/01/2011 7:53:48 PM PST · by ferrgus · 22 replies
    The four pieces of human filth who brutally raped and murdered a young Knoxville couple are all getting new trials, thanks to the drug-addicted judge who presided over the cases. Former judge Richard Baumgartner bought extensively from the convicts in his own drug court. He considered himself above the law but finally got caught. Because he was high much of the time he was presiding over the trials, the families of the victims get to hear yet again how their children were savagely beaten, raped and mutilated before finally being killed.
  • Newsom to play nice when Jerry Brown leaves town

    08/29/2011 10:24:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/29/11 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown couldn't leave the state when he was governor before without looking over his shoulder at Lt. Gov. Mike Curb, who feuded with Brown and made mischief when he was gone. But as Brown prepares to leave California for the first time since retaking office this year, he can rest easy: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who will become acting governor while Brown is in Las Vegas on Tuesday for a clean energy conference, is unlikely to misbehave. . . .
  • Gavin, Jennifer Newsom moving from S.F. to Marin

    06/08/2011 8:27:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/8/11 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Former San Francisco Mayor-turned-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is once again on the move - this time out of the city. Movers from Delancey Street Foundation, where Newsom did his rehab counseling after admitting to a drinking problem a few years back, pulled up to his Ashbury Heights home Monday. Workers packed the family's beds and other belongings and drove them off to storage. It seems that the four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home that Newsom and wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom purchased two years ago for $2.7 million is just not big enough anymore now that a second little Newsom is on the...
  • Flashback: Presideo Partners (Eminent Domain Corruption between Pelosi, Gorbachev...)

    04/02/2011 11:08:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 15, 2006 | Judi McLeod
    "Investigative journalists doing their jobs should dig deep, into Pelosi's role in the controversial, $280-million, federal-funded Hunters Point Shipyard affair - in relation to her alleged role as an investor in a real estate investment called PRESIDIO PARTNERS. Look past the fact that the 936-acre site, of which about 443 acres are not polluted - Hunter Point is the largest tract of undeveloped land in San Francisco. Roll Call stated that in early 2004, Murtha “reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the City of San Francisco” and that “Laurence...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: City has saved nothing towards $4.36 billion health care bill

    12/16/2010 3:54:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 12/16/10 | Heather Knight
    Got a spare $5,500 lying around that you want to get rid of? If every single San Franciscan coughed up that amount, we could pay City Hall's retiree health care bill - for now anyway. A new report from the controller's office shows the city has an unfunded retiree health care liability of $4.36 billion. That means it'll cost that much to pay the promised health care benefits for every current employee and retiree - and that number will keep growing as health care costs rise. By 2033, the tab will be a whopping $9.7 billion. Guess how much the...
  • { Gavin "Any Twosome" } Newsom has slight lead in bid to unseat Maldonado

    11/03/2010 8:42:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/3/10 | John Coté, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom unseated Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado Tuesday night for the state's No. 2 post. The Democratic challenger maintained a lead all night over the moderate Republican incumbent in the battle for the unheralded job of lieutenant governor. Neither side was willing to concede a winner, but Newsom told dozens of cheering supporters he planned to be in Sacramento.
  • Newsom announces N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement

    10/29/2010 7:02:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/29/10 | Susan Ferriss
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, announced Friday the endorsement of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- a former Democrat and former Republican who's now an independent. "I've admired Mayor Bloomberg's approach to governing for many years -- .. " Newsom said in a prepared statement from his campaign committee.
  • California Nightmare-in'

    10/27/2010 12:21:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 54 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 27, 2010 | Sally Zelikovsky
    It's November 3, 2010. You think you are waking up to a sunny California morning only to realize it's a dark, dark day. Jerry Brown is governor, Gavin Newsom is lieutenant governor, Kamala Harris is attorney general, and the rest of the Democrat ticket has prevailed. California is going to be controlled by San Francisco politics. Got your attention now? Tea Party folks have brought a refreshing candor to the conservative scene, demanding from conservative candidates a return to conservative principles. But we don't live in a perfect world. And in California, we live in a deeply skewed political landscape...
  • Bill Clinton touts Brown, Newsom in speech at San Jose State

    10/18/2010 12:39:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Updated 10/18/10 | Sharon Noguchi
    Touting education and job creation through green technology, former President Bill Clinton on Sunday night told San Jose State students they will bear some of the responsibility if Democrats lose their control of the House and the Senate on Election Day. "There's a reason people think that the Democrats are going to lose these houses," Clinton said. "The reason is you." So Clinton urged the enthusiastic crowd of 5,000 -- most of them students -- to tweet, text and e-mail their networks of friends to vote Democratic on Nov. 2. Clinton came to San Jose to campaign for gubernatorial candidate...
  • Ad Watch: Maldonado attacks Newsom on sanctuary city policy

    10/13/2010 8:14:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/13/10 | Susan Ferriss
    Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado is running a radio ad criticizing Democratic rival Gavin Newsom, San Francisco's mayor, for a city policy to try to rehabilitate and release undocumented minors being held for crimes – without reporting them to federal officials for possible deportation. Following is an analysis by Susan Ferriss of The Bee Capitol Bureau: Text Narrator: It took a triple murder for Mayor Gavin Newsom to admit San Francisco's sanctuary city policies were a misguided and costly mistake. Second narrator: For four years while Newsom was mayor, San Francisco refused to turn dangerous illegal immigrant criminals over to authorities...
  • Former President Bill Clinton begins pitching for Brown and Newsom as "proven leaders"...

    09/27/2010 12:28:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 9/27/10 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Former President Bill Clinton begins pitching for Brown and Newsom as "proven leaders" in green tech job creationFormer President Bill Clinton will begin reaching California voters today with a strong enviromental-based election pitch on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. candidate Gavin Newsom, whom he says represent "the kind of leadership California needs" on green tech and alterntive energy to boost jobs and the economy.Clinton's email fundraising message to voters going out today calls them "two candidates whose creative ideas, proven ability to make progress and passionate commitment to our children's future will bring back the...
  • Newsom rips GOP rival for vote to raise taxes { Maldonado }

    09/24/2010 8:17:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/24/10 | Susan Ferriss
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, considered famously liberal by many, released a radio ad Thursday attacking his GOP rival for lieutenant governor for voting to raise taxes.
  • Pelosi and the Treasure Island land grab

    08/18/2010 11:00:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Speaker Mop & Glo made headlines for her call to investigate opponents of the Ground Zero mosque, but there was something else about her remarks that should have raised your hackles: “There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we...
  • Sugary-drink ban starts to affect S.F. sites (Libs war on Coke and Pepsi)

    07/06/2010 5:16:41 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 60 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate ^ | 6 July 2010 | John Coté
    "Under an executive order from Mayor Gavin Newsom, Coke, Pepsi and Fanta Orange are no longer allowed in vending machines on city property, although their diet counterparts are - up to a point."
  • It's official: Newsom's running for lieutenant governor

    03/12/2010 8:02:25 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 149+ views
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 3/12/10 | John Coté
    Mayor Gavin Newsom finally put an end to the questions of will he or won't he, and announced this morning that he is running for lieutenant governor.Newsom dodged reporters' questions for weeks about whether he would trade in City Hall for Sacramento. However, he promised to reveal his decision today, which is the deadline for candidates running for statewide office to file their paperwork. He did just that in an interview on CBS5 with our colleague Phil Matier."I'm in full steam ahead," he said.
  • MauriceClemmons [on twitter, alleged gunman follows Muslim Rep. Ellison, Sharpton, Maddow, Newsom]

    11/30/2009 11:06:31 PM PST · by matt1234 · 30 replies · 2,041+ views
    Twitter ^ | July 5, 2009 | Maurice Clemmons
    Following Rep. Keith Ellison [Muslim Congressman], Rev. Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow MSNBC, Gavin Newsom, [and others]
  • WILLIE BROWN: Newsom back in the swing of things

    11/22/2009 3:45:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 396+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/22/9 | Willie Brown
    I was away for most of the week, but I did catch up with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at a tree-lighting party on the Embarcadero Friday evening.He looked very relaxed and was having his picture taken with everyone. He said he was back in the swing of things and really looking forward to tackling the city's $500 million budget deficit. This time, he said, he would be free to do what needed to be done because he won't be beholden to anyone. It ought to be interesting.He also asked if The Chronicle had gone after me the way the...
  • San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom breaks his silence with the media

    11/19/2009 6:56:58 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies · 542+ views
    KGO-7 ^ | 19 November 2009
    Newsom breaks his silence with the media SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom emerged Thursday from nearly three weeks of avoiding the public spotlight, to confront a massive city budget crisis. When the mayor dropped out of the governor's race, he dropped out of sight and steered clear of reporters until today. A smiling Newsom emerged today, even though the issue he wanted to discuss is grim. He told his department heads Thursday that San Francisco faces a $522 million deficit in the next fiscal year.
  • Many are miffed by S.F. mayor gone missing {Gavin "Any Twosome" Newsom say Aloha}

    11/06/2009 7:56:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 965+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/6/9 | Heather Knight
    From major conferences at the Moscone Center to small coffee shops in the Mission, San Franciscans are buzzing about Mayor Gavin Newsom and the stunning turn of fortune that in a few short days took him from being a candidate for governor to hiding out in Hawaii. From Newsom's highs, like his law-breaking same-sex marriages in 2004, to his lows, like an admitted affair and alcohol problem in 2007, the telegenic, risk-prone mayor has always given his constituents something to wag their tongues about - and this bizarre chapter is no different. Last Friday, hours after speaking before a bank...
  • Colleagues say Newsom could use a wake-up call

    11/03/2009 7:53:26 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 497+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/3/9 | C.W. Nevius
    Last week, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the boy-wonder politician sought out by network cameras at the Democratic National Convention, profiled in Newsweek and the New York Times, was forced to pull out of the race for California governor before opponent Jerry Brown even officially declared his candidacy. Newsom's campaign wasn't sputtering. It never got off the ground. A candidate who raised nearly $6 million for his 2003 bid for mayor (with maximum contributions limited to $500) only raised a little over $3 million this time, according to the California secretary of state's office. It was a harsh political lesson....
  • Newsom exits Calif. governor's race, leaving AG Brown

    10/30/2009 5:58:13 PM PDT · by Ja7430 · 11 replies · 525+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 10-30-09
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on Friday exited the California governor's race, leaving yet-to-announce Democratic candidate Jerry Brown the only figure preparing for a run for his party's nomination.
  • Newsom drops out of governor's race

    10/30/2009 4:37:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies · 1,553+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/30/9 | Jack Chang
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made a surprise announcement Friday afternoon that he was dropping out of the gubernatorial race, leaving the Democrats with no declared candidate for the top statewide office. Attorney General Jerry Brown has opened an exploratory committee for governor but has yet to formally announce his candidacy. Nonetheless, Brown has opened a wide lead over Newsom in both fund-raising and in polls. "It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California," Newsom said in a statement. "With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I...
  • Gavin Newsom withdraws from governor's race

    10/30/2009 3:42:23 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 42 replies · 2,279+ views
    AIPNews.com ^ | October 30, 2009
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced this afternoon that he is withdrawing from the California governor's race. More to follow.
  • Torture-slaying sentence: Death for Davidson (Christian/Newsom Murderer)

    10/30/2009 12:14:25 PM PDT · by abb · 88 replies · 8,048+ views
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | October 30, 2009 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE - A Knox County jury this afternoon sentenced convicted torture-slaying ringleader Lemaricus Davidson to death by lethal injection for the January 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. The jury of five women and seven men deliberated about four hours before returning its decision to a packed courtroom. “The punishment is death,” the jury foreman said. The victims' families gasped at the verdict, but Davidson showed no reaction. Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner admonished those in the courtroom to control any outburst. “The murder was especially heinous, atrocious and cruel,” the foreman said, reading from the verdict form....
  • San Francisco Mayor Battles City Hall on Illegal Immigrants (Huh? Newsom?)

    10/26/2009 5:04:02 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies · 559+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/26/09 | Claudia Cowan/Fox News
    The mayor of San Francisco is waging war against his own city hall over its decision to protect juvenile illegal immigrants from being deported -- even when they stand accused of felonies. Overturning the city's current policy, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted last week to stop handing illegal minors over to the feds unless they've been convicted of a serious crime. Their vote upends a year-old policy that sent more than 100 suspects into federal custody for deportation. The measure's sponsor, once an illegal immigrant himself, says innocent youths were being deported and their families were being torn apart...
  • Bill Clinton's endorsement puts Brown's rival 'back in the race'

    10/06/2009 5:15:01 PM PDT · by Ja7430 · 7 replies · 719+ views
    Legal News ^ | 10-6-09
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's endorsement of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for California governor won't likely hurt his rival Attorney General Jerry Brown's campaign, a leading analyst said Tuesday. On Monday, the former president in Los Angeles endorsed Newsom in the 2010 Democratic primary for governor. In making his endorsement, Clinton did not mention Brown, whom he had battled for the 1992 Democratic U.S. presidential nomination.
  • Clinton's endorsement of Newsom a slap at Brown?

    10/05/2009 7:55:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 408+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/5/9 | Jack Chang
    When former President Bill Clinton officially endorses San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for governor today, the question on many people's minds will be: Is this about Newsom, or Jerry Brown? Clinton and Brown's decades-long feud is, after all, one of the Democratic Party's nastiest, starting when they both sought the party's presidential nomination in 1992. Seventeen years later, the former California governor has opened an exploratory committee for a possible gubernatorial run, and Clinton's endorsement has set off speculation about a redux of the fight. Newsom discounted such talk in an interview with The Bee conducted shortly after the endorsement...
  • Newsom wants to charge stores that sell sodas

    09/20/2009 9:25:23 AM PDT · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 32 replies · 615+ views
    SF Gate ^ | Friday, September 18, 2009 | Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Newsom wants to charge stores that sell sodas (09-17) 20:36 PDT -- Calling soda the new tobacco, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will introduce legislation this fall that would charge a fee to retailers that sell sugary beverages. Newsom would need voter approval to tax individual cans of soda and sugary juice, but only needs approval from the Board of Supervisors to levy a fee on retailers. His legislation would charge grocery stores like Safeway and big-box stores, but would not affect restaurants that serve sodas. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/17/MNF619OSF4.DTL#ixzz0RfEhGzU6
  • Newsom wants to charge stores that sell sodas

    09/19/2009 4:39:41 AM PDT · by RoadKingSE · 13 replies · 662+ views
    (09-17) 20:36 PDT -- Calling soda the new tobacco, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will introduce legislation this fall that would charge a fee to retailers that sell sugary beverages. Newsom would need voter approval to tax individual cans of soda and sugary juice, but only needs approval from the Board of Supervisors to levy a fee on retailers.
  • Newsom wants to charge stores that sell sodas

    09/18/2009 10:03:56 AM PDT · by MamaDearest · 73 replies · 1,450+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 18, 2009 | Healther Knight
    Snippets: Calling soda the new tobacco, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will introduce legislation this fall that would charge a fee to retailers that sell sugary beverages. Newsom would need voter approval to tax individual cans of soda and sugary juice, but only needs approval from the Board of Supervisors to levy a fee on retailers. His legislation would charge grocery stores like Safeway and big-box stores, but would not affect restaurants that serve sodas. Jim Lazarus, vice president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, said the group opposes the soda tax. "Does this mean there's a fee on...
  • Clinton's Pick for California Governor (Newsom)

    09/16/2009 10:45:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 536+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | JESSICA GREENE and LORI PREUITT | JESSICA GREENE and LORI PREUITT
    Former President Bill Clinton is returning the favor of an endorsement and putting his name to work for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for governor. Newsom said he is honored to have the former president's endorsement and he thinks it is a "significant thing for our campaign." "I couldn't be more proud and honored to have my boy!" Newsom said Tuesday. The casual reference points to the relationship between the two. Their political relationship goes back to Newsom's mayoral campaign, which Clinton also supported. The move is not that big of a surprise when you consider Newsom's pit bull-like support...
  • Bill Clinton Supports Gavin Newsom For California Governor ["Bad Blood": Clintons & Jerry Brown]

    09/15/2009 4:48:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies · 702+ views
    LATimes ^ | September 15, 2009
    Bill Clinton Supports Gavin Newsom For California Governor September 15, 2009 Seventeen years after Bill Clinton and Jerry Brown clashed in the 1992 race for the White House, the former president made clear today that bygones will not be bygones in the 2010 campaign for California governor: Clinton signed on to support Brown rival Gavin Newsom in the Democratic primary. It is highly unusual – perhaps unprecedented, according to the San Francisco mayor’s campaign – for a former president to take sides in a California gubernatorial primary. But the bad blood between Clinton and Brown, now state attorney general, runs...
  • Please give moral support to Christian/Newsom families (Vanity)

    08/28/2009 11:41:10 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 8 replies · 1,097+ views
    Facebook ^ | Aug 28, 2009 | Self
    "Please Pray for Justice for my baby girl and our angel, Channon" http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=10952439561&ref=nf
  • Torture-slayings trial, Day 9: Victim's families: Jury 'let us down' with Letalvis Cobbins verdict

    08/26/2009 5:13:07 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 14 replies · 1,599+ views
    knox news ^ | 35 mins ago | Jamie Satterfield
    Torture-slayings trial, Day 9: Victim's families: Jury 'let us down' with Letalvis Cobbins verdict KNOXVILLE - The families of a young Knox County couple tortured and killed in January 2007 tonight sharply criticized a jury's decision to spare defendant Letalvis Cobbins the death penalty. "I think the jury has let us down," said Mary Newsom, mother of murder victim Chris Newsom. "I think they've let Channon and Chris down. We were hoping for the death penalty." After deliberating a little more than two hours, the jury delivered its verdict about 6:50 p.m. in Judge Richard Baumgartner's courtroom. The judge polled...
  • First Guilty Verdict Found in Horrific Torture/Rape/Murder Case

    08/25/2009 1:04:12 PM PDT · by ferrgus · 37 replies · 3,250+ views
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | August 25, 2009 | Jamie Satterfield
    In a case that's been widely ignored by the mainstream media, justice prevailed today as Letalvis Cobbins was found guilty of the vast majority of charges, including that of first-degree murder. Cobbins was one of a group of thugs who carjacked, then raped, tortured and murdered two Knoxville residents. For more on the story, see the Knoxville News-Sentinel. http://digg.com/d311xYc
  • Trial under way in black-on-white carjacking murders (Rape, torture, murders)

    08/19/2009 4:08:50 PM PDT · by past_present · 54 replies · 2,317+ views
    Jurors in Knoxville, Tenn., have begun hearing arguments in a trial over the grisly deaths of a white couple – allegedly at the hands of a gang of black men and one woman who tried to conceal DNA evidence by dousing one victim with bleach. According to court documents, the two were tied up, blindfolded and taken to one defendant's rental home. Shortly thereafter, Newsom was sexually assaulted, shot in the head, set on fire and his body was left beside railroad tracks. The attackers allegedly took 24 hours to kill Christian, raping her multiple times and spraying bleach in...
  • Whitman Raises Millions More Than Newsom

    08/17/2009 9:44:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 1,313+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Mon, Aug 17, 2009 | SAJID FAROOQ
    Former eBay CEO outspends San Francisco mayor in gubernatorial campaign as wellMayor Gavin Newsom isn't as popular on Twitter as many suspected. The social-networking loving mayor is trailing far behind several of his fellow gubernatorial candidates in campaign contributions received, according to a new study. California's Fair Political Practices Commission released how much declared candidates for state offices, including governor, raised for their campaigns during the first six months of 2009. And the study shows Mayor Newsom is trailing the queen of campaign fundraising, Republican candidate Meg Whitman, by a huge margin. The former eBay CEO received $10,813,933 from Jan....
  • Alex Padilla Named Chairman of Gavin Newsom Campaign

    07/15/2009 1:41:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 243+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 15, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
    Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco named state Sen. Alex Padilla of Pacoima as chairman of his campaign for governor this morning -- and minutes later, Padilla let loose on Newsom’s chief rival, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown. Padilla’s attack -- he cast Brown as a relic of the 1970s -- came as Newsom was set to launch a seven-stop tour of Southern California tonight with a forum at Taft High School in Woodland Hills. Newsom and Brown are vying for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in the June primary, although the attorney general has not formally joined the race. Padilla...
  • No doughnuts under Newsom's SF healthy foods plan

    07/10/2009 7:42:49 PM PDT · by freespirited · 98 replies · 2,215+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO—Doughnuts could be a distant memory for San Francisco city workers. They must now follow "healthy meeting" guidelines under a sweeping initiative unveiled by Mayor Gavin Newsom Thursday to encourage better eating. That means less junk food and smaller portions at staff meetings. The mayor is also ordering all city departments to help locate vacant or unused city-owned land that could be used to grow food. Vendors that offer healthy food will get preference for city contracts and permits. All vending machines on city property additionally will have to meet new nutrition standards.
  • S.F. mayor (Gavin Newsom RAT-Ca) orders healthy food in city

    07/10/2009 8:09:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies · 1,010+ views
    Redorbit ^ | 7/09/09
    S.F. mayor orders healthy food in cityPosted on: Thursday, 9 July 2009, 19:48 CDT All San Francisco city departments must audit unused land in the city to see if it can be turned into community gardens or farms, the mayor said. In addition, food vendors contracting with the city must offer healthful and sustainable food, all vending machines on city property must offer healthful food options and farmers' markets must begin accepting food stamps, Mayor Gavin Newsom said, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. There also will be no more doughnut shop runs before meetings and conferences held by city workers,...
  • Gavin Newsom Raising Money on Twitter

    06/24/2009 9:00:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 533+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wed, Jun 24, 2009 | Owen Thomas
    Governor hopeful seeking cash from online followers Forget all about his days as a boozing sexaholic. Now that Gavin Newsom is running for governor of California, the mayor of San Francisco wants people to think of him as a Twitterer, not a twit. And now he's cashing in on his Twitter fame with a "tweetraiser." Newsom announced his candidacy on Twitter, and has wooed the Internet startup's founders. He now has more than 600,000 followers on the service who subscribe to his 140-character tweets. He's asking them to donate between $10 and $25,900 to his campaign fund. Chelsea Handler, the...
  • D.A.'s Office Let Illegal Immigrants Go [Shocking!-Any Republican Leadership?]

    06/23/2009 11:14:24 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 474+ views
    D.A.'s office let illegal immigrants go Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer Tuesday, June 23, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' office on Monday defended allowing about a half dozen first-time drug offenders to clear their records by going through a job-training program, even after prosecutors learned they were deportable as undocumented immigrants. But Harris' aides said they have since made changes in the program that would prevent a recurrence of instances in which illegal immigrants got their criminal records cleared by going through the Back on Track jobs program, which trains offenders for jobs that...