The effort to recall Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi isn't happening -- at least not anytime soon. The Democratic County Central Committee had been considering moving ahead with a recall, but this week, it decided to scrap those plans, especially since it's been hard to find a financial backer to shell out t ... More >>
Cue The Godfather theme. Fade in on former Mayor Art Agnos' place in Diamond Heights. His court-mandated tenant, Ross Mirkarimi, is sitting on the couch he now calls home. Agnos comes down the stairs into the rumpus room. Ross: Art, what do I do now? The light is beginning to turn reddish as the ... More >>
Invest, young man. Invest in politics! As of last night, San Francisco's election season is all over except for the shoutin' -- and recriminatin' and fulminatin' and tabulatin' who bought what. Assuming Mayor Ed Lee does pull it out, a number of observers will note he did so in spite of the actio ... More >>
Don't let the door hit you on the way outWhether Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is living in San Francisco no longer seems to be a question -- or at least it's not a political concern. Aaron Peskin, chairman of the local Democratic County Central Committee, removed Newsom from the committee thi ... More >>
Eric Quezada is fighting cancer overseas. Looking at Eric Quezada's career over the last couple years, you certainly wouldn't have guessed he'd been fighting cancer since 2004. The long-time Mission activist and executive director with Dolores Street Community Services ran a failed campaign for s ... More >>
It's official: Newsom's outLieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom can no longer play coy about whether he is or is not a resident of San Francisco. According to news reports, the former San Francisco mayor's house has officially sold, which means he is officially no longer a denizen of our fair city. S ... More >>
Pulling a fast one?Mayor Ed Lee is pushing through last-minute legislation today that would let the city borrow $70 million for redevelopment spending. And that's one way to end-run Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to strip cities of redevelopment agencies.The money would be used to help build out t ... More >>
Et tu, Scott? Et tu, Davids? In the ascension of Supervisors David Chiu, David Campos, and supe-to-be Scott Wiener, we witness an amazing development: Three contemporaries at Harvard Law School have traveled across the nation to lead a city. But, since this is the internecine political world of S ... More >>
Quelle désastre!With yesterday's concessions by District 2 candidate Janet Reilly and District 10's Tony Kelly, the San Francisco supervisorial races are, at long last, kaput. The new supervisors on the 2011 board will be Jane Kim, Scott Wiener, Mark Farrell, and Malia Cohen. As for how this wil ... More >>
Voting by race has made the city's political representation more Asian. It could be what puts 33-year-old Jane Kim on the board of supervisors.
I heart Texas Rangers.Is Dubya coming to the World Series? Today's Examiner said it's "rumored" that George W. Bush is headed to either Games 1 or 2 in San Francisco to root for the Texas Rangers, the team which he used to partly own. (There's a good little bit of trivia to get you sports-apathet ... More >>
The city is awash in red ink, thanks to billion-dollar benefit giveaways and our politicians' lack of will.
A fight between two unions here could set the course of the U.S. labor movement.
Scott Wiener's new roommate is very electable. Will he be, too?District 8 supervisor candidate Scott Wiener has announced that not only is he a big supporter of the "Fix Muni Now" measure -- he's its new roommate. The moderate candidate and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's campaign to force Muni driver ... More >>
Will Milton or won't he? If you believe what you hear from progressive members -- and former members -- of the Board of Supervisors, Carmen Chu may have a little competition next time around in her thus far uncluttered race for District 4 supe. Her purported competitor is City College Board Presi ... More >>
Photographic evidence! Among Mayor Gavin Newsom's nemeses, Supervisor Chris Daly is often front and center. It could be because the frenetic and profane Daly is an easy target; it could be because Newsom and Daly are often the de-facto poster children for their respective moderate and progressiv ... More >>
August LongoAugust Longo was a man who presents challenges for an obituary writer. The wheelchair-bound 65-year-old died of undisclosed causes on or around April 6 according to his Facebook page. A straight accounting of his past, obituary style, would be to note that he was San Francisco's regio ... More >>
Janice Hahn, coffee not includedSpotting Aaron Peskin at Caffe Trieste is something like seeing Norm Peterson at Cheers. He's a valued customer. But you could be forgiven for pulling a Peskin double-take today. He had an interesting caffeinated meeting this afternoon -- with Janice Hahn, Gavin Ne ... More >>
Chris Daly -- an official San FranciscanThe city attorney's office just announced that Supervisor Chris Daly is, in fact, still a resident of District 6 in San Francisco -- despite the fact that he and his wife are now the proud owners of two houses in Fairfield (where his wife and kids now resid ... More >>
Next time you see former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, be sure to hit him up for money. He told us he never leaves the house these days without stuffing his pockets with bills to hand off to local bartenders, restaurateurs, or even random elected officials. If you're expecting to get ... More >>
Firm that won $26 million contract donated to campaigns tied to supervisors and the mayor.
Will it be the House of Harmony or the House of Pain? The answer is: Yes. Progressive Supervisors banded together last week to elect a compromise-candidate Board President, which raises a crucial question: "Since when have progressives compromised on anything?" In a town that views compromise ... More >>
Eight years after being swept into office, a once-disorganized band of neighborhood leftists tries to create a citywide political machine.
How the grand plan for district elections could backfire
Letters from April 5, 2000
Organizer out of work after bucking SEIU 790's Willie Brown lovefest
Reformist Dems pour sand in the machine's money gears