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  • Opposition to gay marriage: fragmented but intense

    10/14/2008 9:19:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 634+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/14/8 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Religion Writer
    When the singing and the preaching reached its crescendo at San Jose's Crossroads Bible Church, Carlos Sarmiento delivered his call to action, vowing that "an encounter with God" came with political participation. "See that Amendment 8 is upheld," the Orlando pastor said Saturday night before a crowd of 100 people. "Homosexual marriage is wrong. If we take sides, we must take the side of God." The service was one of many events this fall supporting Proposition 8, which would create a constitutional amendment to take away the right of gay and lesbian couples to get married in California. The events...
  • Newsom unwillingly becomes poster child for anti-gay marriage movement

    10/13/2008 9:41:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 833+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/13/8 | Erin Allday
    Gavin Newsom has always played a starring role in the same-sex marriage debate, but in recent weeks that role has turned decidedly unheroic. The mayor has become the reluctant face of the campaign opposing same-sex unions with the help of a prominent Yes-on-Proposition 8 TV ad. Conservative blogs have been atwitter about Newsom last week officiating at the wedding of a lesbian teacher whose class of first-graders took a field trip to celebrate with her.In many ways, Newsom has become the single best campaign tool for proponents of Prop. 8 - and that might have been inevitable, political experts said....
  • WILLIE BROWN: Race a factor in presidential race

    10/11/2008 11:20:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 663+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/11/8 | Willie Brown
    Make no mistake about it - even with the economy in the dumps and the Democrats on the rise, this presidential race is still close. And it will remain close until Nov. 4. It won't be a blowout for Barack Obama, as some are predicting from the polls.The truth is, this year you're never going to get a true reading from polls - because this year, race is in play. All polls have something they call a "margin of error," which means the numbers you see could be off by five points either way. Well, in this election, you have...
  • Class surprises lesbian teacher on wedding day

    10/10/2008 11:11:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 98 replies · 4,100+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/10/8 | Jill Tucker
    A group of San Francisco first-graders took an unusual field trip to City Hall on Friday to toss rose petals on their just-married lesbian teacher - putting the public school children at the center of a fierce election battle over the fate of same-sex marriage. The 18 Creative Arts Charter School students took a Muni bus and walked a block at noon to toss rose petals and blow bubbles on their just-married teacher Erin Carder and her wife Kerri McCoy, giggling and squealing as they mobbed their teacher with hugs. Mayor Gavin Newsom, a friend of a friend, officiated. A...
  • California poll on Prop. 8 could show 'Bradley effect'

    10/09/2008 9:07:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 1,501+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/9/8 | Aurelio Rojas
    When the latest Field Poll showed Proposition 8 losing by 17 points, skeptical supporters of the measure that would ban same-sex marriage in California invoked a phrase coined in the 1980s: "the Bradley effect." Named after the late Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, an African American who lost the 1982 California governor's race after polls showed him leading handily, the phrase refers to the tendency of respondents to lie to pollsters about issues of race. The Bradley effect has been referenced in presidential polls this year as Sen. Barack Obama seeks to become the first black president. And it is...
  • New Yes on 8, No on 7 TV spots

    10/08/2008 10:53:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 622+ views
    SacBee: CapitolAlert ^ | 10/8/8 | Shane Goldmacher
    Two new TV spots of note this morning. After unveiling their first ad featuring San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign's second spot with a second grader talking to her mom about learning about "how a prince married a prince." Watch the ad below:
  • AdWatch: Pro-Prop. 8 pitch starts with Newsom comments

    10/06/2008 1:04:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 814+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/6/8 | Aurelio Rojas
    Supporters of Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage in California, are running their first television ad.The commercial features San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom making a celebratory speech. The state Supreme Court had just invalidated a law overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2000 that declared "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Following is a text of the ad and an analysis by Aurelio Rojas of The Bee's Capitol Bureau: The ad Newsom: This door's wide open now. It's going to happen whether you like it or not.Narrator: Four judges ignored 4 million...
  • { Prop 8 } Same-sex marriage foes feature Newsom video

    10/01/2008 7:43:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 915+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/1/8 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Opponents of same-sex marriage didn't have to look far to find footage of a boisterous San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declaring - in his best Howard Dean voice - that gay marriage is here to stay, "like it or not." They took it right off the city's official Web site. "It stood out like a diamond on a donkey's behind," said Frank Schubert, co-chairman of the campaign to pass Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot to ban same-sex marriages. The Newsom moment was like a gift from fundamentalist heaven."He just looked so smug and cocky," Schubert...
  • Changing S.F. street behavior in small ways

    09/30/2008 8:05:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 784+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/30/8 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco is everyone's favorite city. Until they get here. "Tourism is our No. 1 industry," said Joe D'Alessandro, president of the San Francisco Business and Convention Bureau. "And the most common complaint we get is about behavior on the street." That's an old story, of course. For years tourists have come to San Francisco and been appalled at aggressive panhandling, drug dealing and public urination. Nothing ever seems to change.
  • { San Francisco's Gavin "Any Twosome" } Newsom in spotlight as a 'hotshot to watch'

    08/28/2008 11:17:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 458+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/28/8 | Joe Garofoli,Carla Marinucci
    Denver -- As Bill Clinton and Joe Biden dominated center stage Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was presiding over "Unconventional '08," a street party held in an artsy warehouse corner of the city featuring indie bands and a knot of people young enough to be Biden's grandchildren. There, mingling beneath an art gallery facade full of iconic images of Sen. Barack Obama was the evening's host - the former Sen. Hillary Clinton delegate Newsom. Four years ago, Newsom was a pariah at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Democrats were angry that he had...
  • Gawking tourists not welcome in the Castro

    08/19/2008 7:53:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies · 459+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/19/8 | C.W. Nevius
    Residents of the Castro are watching with growing concern as their neighborhood becomes a regular attraction on the sightseeing tour of the city. In the last three months, large tour buses have begun to park in the area on Thursday and Sunday afternoons, opening their doors and sending hundreds of tourists out to gawk and snap photos of the exotic sight of two men holding hands. For gay and lesbian residents, who are doing nothing more remarkable than, say, walking over to Cliff's Hardware Store, the idea that as many as six tour buses could turn up at once seems...
  • Pimps, Pedophiles: Welcome to S.F. (City prepares to legalize child prostitution)

    08/17/2008 7:16:50 PM PDT · by mojito · 123 replies · 1,781+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 8/17/2008 | Debra Saunders
    A quick reading of the measure that will go before San Francisco voters in November to decriminalize prostitution easily could leave you with the misimpression that the measure is an exercise in fairness that demands that prosecutors go after men who abuse prostitutes and implement policies "to reduce institutional violence and discrimination against prostitutes." A careful reading of the initiative, "Enforcement of Laws Related to Prostitution and Sex Workers," however, shows a measure that shields child prostitution and traffickers of human beings. "If I had just heard from the proponents, I would probably vote for it myself," said the Rev....
  • S.F. Democrats take a sharp turn to the left

    08/15/2008 7:45:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 211+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/8 | Heather Knight
    The San Francisco Democratic Party has veered dramatically to the left, telling voters that on Nov. 4 they should elect a raft of ultra-liberal supervisorial candidates, decriminalize prostitution, boot JROTC from public schools, embrace public power and reject Mayor Gavin Newsom's special court in the Tenderloin. That's just what some party members feared after Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Chris Daly and Jake McGoldrick along with others who billed themselves as "The Hope Slate" were elected to the Democratic County Central Committee in June. The powerful, 34-member panel worked late into Wednesday night deciding endorsements that could play a big role in...
  • S.F. officials on a legislative binge to make the city healthier

    08/03/2008 7:27:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 244+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/3/8 | Heather Knight,
    Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to make the city the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies such as Walgreens and Rite Aid. And that's only the city's latest effort to make us all healthier. The supervisors also voted to require chain restaurants to post nutritional information, including calories and fat content, on menus. This follows the creation of a program to recognize restaurants that don't use trans fats and an idea by Mayor Gavin Newsom to levy a fee on retailers of sugary sodas. The board is also taking up...
  • Out-of-state money floods to Prop. 8 { Marriage Initiative }

    07/28/2008 10:17:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 112+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/28/8 | John Wildermuth
    When Bruce Bastian of Utah stood up Saturday night at a San Francisco dinner and wrote a $1 million check for the campaign against Proposition 8, he made it clearer than ever that November's ballot fight over a ban on same-sex marriage won't be a California-only affair. Supporters of the effort to ban same-sex marriage already have taken in more than $1.2 million from out-of-state contributors for the fall campaign. And even before Bastian, a co-founder of the WordPerfect software company, opened his checkbook, gay and lesbian rights groups and their supporters from around the country had put more than...
  • When 'San Francisco' is on the ballot

    07/27/2008 7:05:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 187+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/27/8 | John Diaz
    A mayor knows he's having a bad week when its saving grace comes in a jailhouse. Such was the case of Mayor Gavin Newsom, who found himself pleading with jailed tech whiz Terry Childs to give up the access codes to San Francisco's computer system. Childs did, and even some of Newsom's critics were crediting him with a heroic move in using his powers of persuasion to keep a Y2K from paralyzing the city's computer systems in 2008. It sure beats talking about Edwin Ramos or the city's sanctuary policy. Fairly or not, Newsom's chances in the 2010 governor's race...
  • FEDS HAVE SPITZER CORNERED

    06/10/2008 3:11:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies · 271+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 10, 2008 | Richard Johnson
    The federal case against him is so strong that prosecutors had no interest in striking cooperation agreements with the ringleader of Spitzer's hooker-supplier, Emperors Club VIP, and his second in command, sources told The Post's Murray Weiss. Prosecutors have records of Spitzer's transactions, phone records and taped conversations with Emperors Club, and are confident they need little more to nail him on charges that could include violating prostitution laws and money laundering, sources said. Probers are also said to be looking into whether he used campaign funds to pay for his pleasures. The case against Spitzer includes the cooperation of...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Same-sex wedding date may move up to June 16

    06/05/2008 7:48:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 48+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/5/8 | Wyatt Buchanan
    San Francisco officials have asked the state for permission to begin marrying same-sex couples a little earlier than scheduled, on the evening of June 16 instead of the morning of June 17. Mayor Gavin Newsom and other city officials are wondering when the state Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex nuptials actually takes effect. The state has told county clerks the ruling kicks in the morning of June 17. But city officials want to know whether they can legally begin to issue the marriage licenses at 5:01 p.m. June 16 - right after the end of the state's workday. "Unquestionably, we...
  • Poll: 54 percent back California marriage amendment

    05/23/2008 2:19:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 312+ views
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- More than half of California residents would support amending the state constitution to outlaw gay marriage, according to a new poll published Friday. The Los Angeles Times/KTLA poll of 834 Californians, 705 of them registered voters, found that 54 percent of the voters surveyed backed a gay marriage ban proposed for the November ballot and 35 percent opposed it. The ballot initiative follows a May 15 ruling by the state Supreme Court legalizing same-sex nuptials. But with so many months to go before the election and the court's decision only a week old, the survey...
  • S.F. needs a moderate champion of good ideas

    05/22/2008 7:51:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 98+ views
    San Francisco Values ^ | 5/22/8 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco is a funny place. Everybody says that and nobody laughs. The issue of Propositions F and G in next month's election is a perfect example. If Proposition G passes, the groundwork will be laid to turn the huge abandoned Hunters Point Shipyard into 10,000 houses. A public housing project could be rebuilt, and toxic hot spots will be cleaned up. Some 300 acres of parks and open spaces are planned, in addition to the possibility of a new NFL stadium for the 49ers.If Proposition F passes, the developer has said it couldn't afford to do the project because...