Retired state appeals court Judge William A. Newsom III likes to take his lunch at the Balboa Cafe, a pleasant Marina District eatery that happens to be owned by his son, Supervisor Gavin Newsom, the leading contender for next mayor of San Francisco. Judge Newsom is friendly, gracious, and self-assured; he seems very much at ease with the considerable political and financial influence he commands despite retiring from the bench eight years ago. As he eats, a federal judge stops by his linen-covered table to say hello, and a portly lawyer politely inquires if they can do some business after lunch. An aging widow of the billionaire Getty clan nods to him as she eases... More >>>