Gavin Newsom

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    October 29, 2013

    Gavin Newsom Endorses Hillary Clinton -- Yes, Again

    It's a perfect Northern California day outside your window. There's a slight chill in the air, but you won't feel it if you keep walking. People are wearing scarves again. Niners pennants ripple on cars like diplomatic flags. And Gavin Newsom just endorsed Hillary Clinton. 'Tis the season. Our erstw ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Gavin Newsom Urged to Take it Easy, Stop Talking So Much

    On Gavin Newsom's recent book tour, Stephen Colbert noted that our lieutenant governor's tome ought to come with a "bullshit detector" and added that all of Newsom's trite Newsomisms should be carved onto a rock and tossed onto someone's front lawn. Put that one on your back cover. Writing a book wa ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Gavin Newsom Says the Year for Marijuana Legalization in California Is 2016

    As the most powerful man in the room milled aimlessly about the bar of the United Irish Cultural Center on Friday, looking for someone who recognized him as United States Congressman, all the attention was focused where it always is whenever Gavin Newsom is in the room: right on the lieutenant gover ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Gavin Newsom Changes His Mind, Now Supports Marijuana Legalization

    "Late to the party" was a term not typically applied to Gavin Newsom during his eight years as San Francisco mayor City Hall. This was the man who catapulted himself to national acclaim by jumping the gun on gay marriage, after all. He's the same "idea mayor" who created the carbon fund and snagged ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    That New UC Logo Everyone Hated Has Been Scrapped

    The University of California announced today that it will not use the newly designed logo that some critics compared to a toilet bowl. Calling the controversy over the new design a distraction, Daniel M. Dooley, senior vice president for external relations at the University of California Office o ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    U.C. Logo: Gavin Newsom Is Not a Fan

    Erstwhile San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was a master of government by press release, the Picasso of symbolic leadership. He's now lieutenant governor, a job with a relationship to weightiness and responsibility akin to Picasso's relationship with photorealism. So it came as little surprise when N ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012
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    August 21, 2012

    Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom Gets Overwhelmed by Two Meetings

    It's not news that Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has not a thing to do up there in Sacramento, a city that he himself has said is boring. But you know what is news: Newsom finally had something to do -- and didn't do it!On Monday, Newsom's morning included showing up to a meeting and casting a vo ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Gavin Newsom's Happy Hour

    Giving Gavin Newsom a TV show is a bit like putting Lorena Bobbit in charge of a knife store.Placing the politician who saw fit to subject San Francisco to a 7.5-hour State of the City speech back in front of a camera seems a bit like a cruel trick to play on the rest of us. Current TV, however, did ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Gavin Newsom's TV Debut Imminent: Flee While You Can

    A public safety notice on SFGate today warned the general public of potential exposure to former San Franciscan Gavin Newsom's imminent television debut. Per the warning, our erstwhile mayor and apparently bored silly lieutenant governor will on May 18 commence chatting with "stars" such as Lance Ar ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    San Franciscans Feel Good, But Why?

    ​After witnessing a woman fight with a meter maid over a parking ticket, the last thing I was expecting to read this morning was that San Franciscans are feeling good about this city.  But apparently it's true. In fact, according to the S.F. Chamber of Commerce, they're feeling downright opti ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Gavin Newsom's "Access to Education" Event Held at Bar Inaccessible to Students

    YYoung man! Let's see some ID!​ou know what gets in the way of an event highlighting the dire plight of young people? Young people.San Francisco's erstwhile mayor Gavin Newsom was last week honored at a slammin' San Diego party. But this wasn't just a fiesta for a fiesta's sake. The purpose of thi ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Gavin Newsom on Ross Mirkarimi: 'I understand his ... feeling he's being picked on'

    Gavin Newsom​California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco's former mayor, said on a local radio program today that he feels news outlets are being unfair to Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who is facing charges of domestic violence. On KQED radio's "Forum" talk show, Newsom expressed a surprising degre ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Is Medical Marijuana a Low Priority for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Gov. Jerry Brown?

    Blindsided as he was during a "bloodbath" of a House Judicial Committee hearing, in which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was hung out to dry over the teeny-tiny issue of injecting American-made weaponry into the Mexican cartel wars, you could forgive the Justice Department head for mincing his wo ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Gavin Newsom Booted from S.F. Democratic Party

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out​Whether 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 >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Gavin Newsom's House Sells

    It's official: Newsom's out​Lieutenant 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 >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Gavin Newsom to Woo Winter Olympics to Lake Tahoe

    Newsom tests the latest aerodynamic hair style for speed skaters​Our ex-mayor Gavin Newsom proved that he could bring the prestigious America's Cup to San Francisco -- even in the face of vociferous opposition. Now, in his new capacity as lieutenant governor, Newsom is taking on the bigger task of ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Where Does Gavin Newsom Live?

    No matter where he lives, Newsom will still be a Giants fan​There seems to be much confusion about whether Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is officially a resident of San Francisco or a resident of Marin County, or both. News reports have consistently claimed Newsom is now a resident of Marin Cou ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Aaron Peskin Questions Whether Gavin Newsom Can Be a Member of Local Democratic Party

    Dear Gavin ... ​Upon hearing news that Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom would move his family to the ritzier county of Marin, you'd expect to hear his political rivals say something like "Don't let the door hit you on the way out." Instead, they are going to great lengths to remove any remaining t ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    So Long, Gavin Newsom

    Where's Gavin? Good question.​It doesn't come as a surprise that Gavin Newsom, who made every effort to get out of San Francisco short of mailing himself to parts unknown, is leaving town. What's unexpected is he couldn't come up with a better excuse. Apparently, the Newsom's $2.7 million abode is ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Gavin Newsom Hearts George Gascón

    Degree of difficulty: No jokes about hair in this story!​In a move every bit as awe-inspiring as a magician pulling a rabbit out of a rabbit hutch, District Attorney George Gascón today trumpeted an election endorsement from the lieutenant governor. "I'm endorsing George Gascón for the same reas ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Gavin Newsom "Blindingly Handsome" to New Yorkers

    We cannot see!​Gavin Newsom never got along with the local press, especially when asked about uncomfortable topics. Actually, he seemed to prefer to get into huffy fights with them, or attempt to bite their microphones. But the New York City press loves our ex-mayor. The New Yorker wrote a feature ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Gavin Newsom Planning a Run For Governor -- Surprise, Surprise

    Gav for gov: take 2​Chronicle duo Matier & Ross today gave us the scoop -- Gavin Newsom is planning a run for governor. Even though it doesn't feel like news to us, we were still intrigued by the column, which cites an anonymous source who said Newsom had recently asked him for money to help w ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    City Finds Homeless Woman Housing -- One Down, Thousands More to Go

    Needs a lot more than just a bed for the night ​We already know it's wishful thinking that the city will reach former Mayor Gavin Newsom's pie-in-the-sky idea to end chronic homelessness by 2014 -- for plenty of reasons. But Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius points out that city leaders are trying, ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Gavin Newsom: Friend or Foe of Illegal Immigrant Youth?

    Friend of students, foe of alleged felons.​Update: Newsom's spokesman responds. Read below.  Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has come out today supporting a group he threw the book at during his time as San Francisco mayor: illegal immigrant youth. Newsom has sent a letter to Assemblyman Gil ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    America's Cup: Gavin Newsom's Changes to Deal 'Could Be Very Significant'

    What's it going to cost, Gavin?​At a late January America's Cup press conference, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom said something a bit odd regarding the city's dramatically hammered-out deal to host the race: "We made a lot of promises. A lot of them have been reported. Candidly, a lot of them ha ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Will Gavin Newsom Still End Homelessness by 2014?

    Newsom asked for budget cuts, and that's what Newsom is getting​So it seems that not all of former Mayor Gavin Newsom's "head-spinning" machinations have worked in his favor. Before leaving office, he was successful in lining City Hall with an administration that would deliver a Newsomesque agenda ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Gavin Newsom's Daily Homeless Connect Now a Disconnect

    You won't get services here ​Update: Barbara Garcia, director of the Department of Public Health, tells SF Weekly that no decision has been made as to whether the Daily Homeless Connect program will go forward. An internal meeting on the issue was scheduled for today but has since been canceled. O ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Newsom Behind Deal to Keep Twitter in San Francisco

    Newsom is behind the curtain​Two weeks ago, SF Weekly reported that the Twitter tax break deal reeked of former Mayor Gavin Newsom -- and now we know why. City supervisors had proposed legislation with sweet tax breaks for microblogging giant Twitter that would entice the company to remain in San ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    A Moderate Move: S.F. Supervisors Try to Lure Twitter with Tax Breaks

    Moderately progressive​Yesterday was the first real showing of how the political pendulum on the Board of Supervisors has swung the other way -- toward the moderates. Supervisor Jane Kim rolled out business-friendly legislation, which sparked criticism from progressives; even former Supervisor Chr ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Supervisors Want Mayor Ed Lee to Take a Stand on Sanctuary City

    Newsom's gone. Will Campos' law get a second chance?​With former Mayor Gavin Newsom gone, city supervisors are hoping to convince Mayor Ed Lee to enforce their version of the San Francisco's Sanctuary City policy. Let's rewind to the drama: Three years ago, Newsom reversed a city policy that shiel ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Gavin Newsom -- You Can Still Watch Him on Demand

    Technologically active again​When former Mayor Gavin Newsom left City Hall, his staid YouTube addresses that people had grown accustomed to went right with him. But Newsom's hiatus from YouTube was short-lived. Just barely a month as the state Lieutenant Governor, Newsom sent out his first video a ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Tony Winnicker Says 'Farewell' to Everyone but SF Weekly

    You don't write, you don't call​Mayoral spokesman Tony Winnicker has quit his job after working for the last year as former mayor Gavin Newsom's mouthpiece and then Mayor Ed Lee. Will we miss him? Not really, and here is why: He never calls us back!The fact that Winnicker has frozen out SF Weekly ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Gavin Newsom: Talk of Sarah Palin's Breast Implants 'Demeaning'

    Our lips are sealed.​It never bothered former Mayor Gavin Newsom that his slick-back hairdo sometimes got more media attention than his policies. But Newsom, who is now lieutenant governor, says people need to tone it down when attacking a female politician's physical appearance -- even Republican ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Newsom Mania Comes to an End

    ​Now that Gavin Newsom has finally cut the cord and left San Francisco, one can only wonder how long it will be before we see his face on TV again.It's been well-stated that for such an ambitious politician, Newsom landed a politically impotent position as California's lieutenant governor. And as ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Newsom Did the Most Work in his Last Seven Days as Mayor?

    A Moderate Win​Gavin Newsom, who is this afternoon is departing his post as mayor, is leaving Room 200 with his prints all over it.As Former Supervisor Aaron Peskin -- a Newsom critic --  pointed out this morning on NPR: If Newsom's last seven years in office had been anything like the last s ... More >>

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    January 9, 2011

    George Gascon Is District Attorney

    Shawn CalhounGeorge Gascon, who always seemed more comfortable in a suit than his police uniform, has found a novel solution to that problem​Police Chief George Gascon confirmed to SF Weekly moments ago he will be sworn in as District Attorney at 2 p.m. today by Mayor Gavin Newsom. The chief's nam ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Progressives Say Back Room Deals Selecting Interim Mayor Make Their Head Spin

    Wizard Behind The Curtain​Upon being elected as lite gov, Mayor Gavin Newsom swore off any back room deals to ensure that his replacement was politically untainted.But that message seems to have been lost on him. As the Chronicle detailed this morning, Newsom, even before Tuesday's meeting, was ap ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Gavin Newsom Goes Back On His Word To Avoid Back Room Deals

    ​After winning the seat for lieutenant governor in November, Mayor Gavin Newsom told reporters, point blank, that there would be no back room deals or political bargaining when selecting an interim mayor to fill the remainder of his term.He's also vowed to steer a clean-cut transition as he assume ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Mayoral Selection: What the Hell Is Gonna Happen Today?

    Should he stay or should he go?​To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, the ongoing showdown between the progressive supervisors and erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom regarding the naming of his successor will end with a bang or a whimper. Or lots of whimpering. Or lots of banging. The supes are slated today to vote ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Mayoral Succession -- Questionable Legality, Unquestionable Hypocrisy

    Get ready for some sausage-making...​The next week or so at City Hall will be the sort that makes political junkies convulse -- and induces the predictable reaction in the population at-large upon being forced to watch junkies convulse. The Board of Supervisors' punt-a-thon regarding the mayoral s ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Gavin Newsom Could Delay Swearing-In. But Why?

    Should he stay or should he go? ​The Chron this morning summarized a legal memo that backs up Mayor Gavin Newsom's oft-repeated threat of delaying his exit as San Francisco mayor if he's not satisfied with the Board of Supervisors' choice for his successor. The "Will he or won't he?" makes for gre ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Gavin Newsom Pushing ... Pension Reform?

    Gavin's doing his pension dance again...​Moments ago in a live interview on Channel 2, Mayor Gavin Newsom said he's hoping for a "third" pension reform deal to be struck before he leaves office. He reminded TV viewers he was working on pension reform before it was politically expedient to do so. Y ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010
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    December 2, 2010

    Mayor's Office: Kamala Harris Will *Not* Name Her Successor

    I didn't say that thing I said...​Earlier today, SF Weekly noted that reports of Mayor Gavin Newsom allowing District Attorney Kamala Harris to name her own replacement came as a surprise to even the DA's office. Turns out the mayor was a bit surprised, too. Mayoral spokesman Tony Winnicker said t ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Gavin Newsom's SUV Parked By Fire Hydrant Outside Tennis Club

    ​Back when Gavin Newsom's failed gubernatorial campaign was in its infancy, they mayor was caught on tape in a Los Angeles strategy session. He was also caught parking his behemoth SUV in the red zone. Newsom's political weathervane has blown about -- currently, he's doing great -- but his penchan ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    San Francisco's Next Mayor: Hard Facts to Dispel the Hot Air

    'You look like an able-bodied young gent. How's being mayor appeal to you?' ​It's amateur hour at City Hall. No, really. Yesterday, after a plan to quickly select Gavin Newsom's successor predictably fizzled --- homeless men passed out in the streets knew Supervisors Chris Daly, John Avalos, and D ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Gavin Newsom Is No Longer 'Mayor Twitter'

    ​There was a time when Mayor Gavin Newsom used Twitter so often he required an @intervention. He tweeted out his daughter's birth ("Not sure [Jen] is happy I am on twitter"), sent out a tweet urging support for Barack Obama in the midst of a tense city Budget Committee meeting, and, one time, fire ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    San Francisco's Next Mayor Is Royally Screwed

    Our new city flag? ​Much speculation is under way as to who the Board of Supervisors will tap to succeed Gavin Newsom, who has finally managed to flee San Francisco politics. Less attention has been paid to the gift-wrapped turd Newsom presents his successor, whomever it may be. With a foot out th ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Gavin Newsom Cruises to Victory. Kamala Harris Tossup. Political Bedlam to Ensue in S.F.

    Richard Haick The Giants are coming home, and Gavin is leaving it​Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday succeeded in his long quest to get out of San Francisco politics, handily winning his race for lieutenant governor -- and leaving an unknown and yet-to-be-determined successor to humiliate the mayor of A ... More >>

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