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Gavin Newsom

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    November 2, 2010

    World Series: Giants' Political Power

    Richard HaickA big win for the Giants -- and Gavin? ​The Bay Citizen had an interesting piece today about how the San Francisco Giants' thrilling World Series victory could boost Democrats' chances in today's election. We're not so sure about the repeated shots of George W. Bush's futile attempts ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    World Series Bets We'd Like to See

    Gavin Newsom, gamblin' man​San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Arlington Mayor Dr. Robert Cluck have announced their good-natured wager on the pending World Series. And it's pretty unspectacular. I just read the article five minutes ago and I can't even remember all the details. That's how unspec ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Message to Gavin Newsom: Don't Make Flag Bet With Philly

    Philly bound?​The cleverer version of the old saying goes just so: It's not whether you win or lose, but whether you win. Gavin Newsom won -- and thank goodness for it, because his little wager was indexed to the San Francisco Giants winning, too. Per his bet with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Newsom ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Caption Gavin Newsom's Fleet Week Pose!

    Insert clever caption here...​Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the city's "biggest fleet week celebration in 20 years" via a drier-than-dry-oatmeal press release that concluded with him quoted as lauding "skilled naval aviators of The Blue Angels, with their extraordinary airborne maneuvers." Ca ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    'Big Soda' Pleased By Demise of San Francisco Soda Fee

    Cheers, Gavin...​"Big Soda" is celebrating a bit today. How about a Fresca? With Mayor Gavin Newsom announcing the curtailing of his plan to impose a fee on the sales of soda within city limits to fund anti-obesity efforts, the folks who sell said sodas are satiated. "We're very happy with his cha ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Gavin Newsom Stars in Video Touting His Winery a Day After Vetoing Booze Fee

    And if more of you buy my environmentally friendly, low-tax wines, I'll be richer still...​One day after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed a fee on alcohol sales aimed at paying for  treatment of chronic drunks, he starred in a video on Forbes Magazine's website touting a Napa Valley wi ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Could San Francisco Have Two Mayoral Elections in 2011?

    Are two elections really better than one? ​With political junkies gearing up for next year's mayoral election, city movers and shakers have been talking about a scenario that'd give the aforementioned fiends an overdose. Imagine if you will, that Gavin Newsom wins the Lieutenant Governor's seat. T ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Alcohol Fee on Supes' Menu Today

    Luke ThomasDon't count on support for the 'Alcohol Mitigation Fee' from Mayor Gavin Newsom​After several weeks of vacation, one of the first items on the Board of Supervisors' schedule: a drink. The supes will today vote on Supervisor John Avalos' contentious alcohol fee, a charge placed on the ci ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Has Gavin Newsom Outfoxed Supes in Appointments Battle?

    Gavin Newsom loves recess, too...​Getting someone appointed to a city commission these days is a contact sport. Mayor Gavin Newsom dragged his feet filling gaping vacancies on the appointed boards that, ostensibly, run a big chunk of this city -- then progressive supervisors made some of those app ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Gavin Newsom Sweet-Talks Transbay Terminal Homeless Into Housing

    It's hard to tell who's using whom....​Before the crowds arrived for the last tours of the creaky Transbay Terminal Friday, Mayor Gavin Newsom showed up for his own private walk through ("private" in mayor's terms means followed by his spokesman Tony Winnicker, staffers, Chron reporters and us). A ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Hunters Point, Taxes Get Supes' Approval

    ​San Francisco's Board of Supervisors didn't need to wait until the wee hours of the morning this time to give the greenlight the massive Hunters Point Naval Shipyard redevelopment, as was the case earlier this month. Yesterday, the supes approved the Environmental Impact Report for the project at ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Gavin Newsom -- Who Had Workplace Affair -- Says Porn at Work a Firing Offense

    Mayor Gavin Newsom affirms that viewing porn at work is a firing offense​In a true head-shaker, Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday said planning director John Rahaim was right to fire five veteran planners in an ongoing porn scandal involving sexually explicit images being sent around the office or down ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010
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    July 6, 2010

    City's Anti-Obesity Soda Ban Won't Affect Obesity

    Not on city property you don't, Mean Joe...​Gavin Newsom's executive order forbidding soda machines on city property from hawking sugary soda is interesting for three reasons. One, the next photographer to snap a shot of Baby Montana with a soda is famous. Two, it warrants mentioning that Newsom d ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    It's Your Friday Morning News Quiz!

    He came, he saw, he tweeted​Dude, I don't even know what happened this week. Do you? Answer the questions correctly, mail us all your answers here, and you'll win a damn prize. Onward! 1. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev lost his Twitter virginity this week in San Francisco. What was the rough tr ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Gavin Newsom Attempting to Grab Reins of 'Fix Muni Now' Bandwagon

    It's my happening -- and it's freaking me out! ​Any adult who has ever suffered through Teletubbies or Blues Clues quickly discerns this about the toddler set: They thrive on repetition. Say what you will about San Francisco politics, but it's much the same. Once again, Mayor Gavin Newsom is arriv ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010
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    June 9, 2010
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    June 8, 2010

    Good News For Gavin Newsom! Former Flack Votes For Him.

    ​With today's projected turnout at 33.3 percent -- a palindrome, and all-time low -- it means the record amount of money spent will be spread over a potential record few number of voters.So, every vote counts. And, in a bit of good news for Mayor Gavin Newsom, his former flack, Nathan Ballard, inf ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Chris Daly Votes for Gavin Newsom

    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 >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Gavin Newsom: The Nomination Is Mine!

    Once again, Gavin Newsom is sitting pretty​Gavin Newsom's lieutenant governor campaign has released an internal poll it says demonstrates San Francisco's mayor has an insurmountable lead in his political quest to flee our fair city. According to Newsom pollster Ben Tulchin, his man has a commandin ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    'Melrose Place' Actress, 49ers Linebacker Among Gavin Newsom's Top Donors

    Actress Daphne Zuniga, seen here as 'Princess Vespa,' thinks Gavin Newsom is the best lieutenat governor candidate in the galaxy​As goes Daphne Zuniga goes the lieutenant governor's race -- or so Gavin Newsom would hope. We reported earlier today that San Francisco's mayor has both the internal po ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    L.A. Times Endorses Gavin Newsom for Lt. Gov -- 'Without Hesitation'

    ​This Monday morning is ever so much more Mondayish for Janice Hahn. Mayor Gavin Newsom's Democratic rival in the lieutenant governor's race can now offer a new take on King Lear's bitter lament: How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless hometown newspaper. The Los Angeles Times ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Newsom Doesn't Get Dem Endorsement -- But He's Still Looking Pretty

    A nice weekend for San Francisco's erstwhile mayor​Mayor Gavin Newsom put on a charm offensive at this weekend's state Democratic Party Convention, hoping to win the official endorsement for lieutenant governor. He didn't get it -- but he still left in a commanding position in his quest to leave S ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Outspoken Consultant Jack Davis Denies Rumors He's Gunning for Newsom -- Yet

    Jack Davis is not donating $1,000 to Gavin Newsom's political warchest. Take it from us. ​Lawyer Jerry Hallisey recently made the mistake of sending an e-mail to Jack Davis, asking the San Francisco mover-and-shaker political consultant if he'd attend a $1,000-a-head fund-raiser for Gavin Newsom's ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Only a Sex Change Would Have Won Newsom This Endorsement

    Gavin's pretty enough. And they like him. But not in that way. ​We reported last week on how the San Francisco Women's Political Committee was faced with a big dilemma. Would its lieutenant governor endorsement favor local boy Mayor Gavin Newsom -- whom it had always supported before -- or opponen ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Did S.F. Women's Group Endorse Newsom (S.F.) or Hahn (Woman) for Lt. Gov?

    ​You could call it a political incubator. With would-be lieutenant governor Mayor Gavin Newsom recently trotting out an endorsement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (female, much gravitas statewide) and opponent Janice Hahn trotting out a "survey" claiming Newsom's whiteness, maleness, and San Francisco ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Feinstein Endorsement Gives Newsom What He Needs, When He Needs It

    Sen Dianne Feinstein says voters should give Gavin Newsom a shot​When then-gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom in September dropped the news that President Bill Clinton was endorsing him, local political analysts told SF Weekly "this doesn't suck!" And yet, within a month and a half, larger probl ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    On Cue, Lt. Gov Candidate Hahn Plays Race, Gender, S.F. Cards vs. Newsom

    Too white and San Franciscan to win? ​Less than 24 hours after lieutenant governor candidate Gavin Newsom trumpeted an endorsement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- giving him statewide cred and appealing to female voters -- his opponent released polling data she commissioned claiming Newsom is a liab ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Lt. Gov Candidate Hahn's 'Desperate Ploy' to Limit Newsom Fund-Raising Fails

    Free to raise boatloads of cash...​Earlier this month, would be-lieutenant governor Janice Hahn filed a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) alleging that Democratic opponent Gavin Newsom was violating campaign finance guidelines by having the option to go back ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    It's Your Friday Morning News Quiz -- With 'Hot Tub Time Machine' Prize!

    What do you say to someone after you've shot them for no reason? See question No. 3.​Boy howdy, do we have a prize for you this week! Get us a perfect score first and you win your choice of a Hot Tub Time Machine backpack, or the über-1980s soundtrack to the forthcoming film. You want it? Get eve ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Adios 37.5-Hour San Francisco Work Week, Hola 12 Furlough Days

    ​Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced a tentative deal with the city's public employee unions that would kill his controversial plan to lay off some 17,000 city workers and rehire them at 37.5-hour work weeks. (No news yet on whether Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who read about Newsom's plan in the ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    A Peek at Lascivious Anti-Newsom Mailers

    Yesterday we reported on a viscerally anti-Gavin Newsom flier landing in mailboxes across the state. In addition to a pair of eye-popping photos, the anonymous postcard gives the phone numbers of two political consultants -- who say they don't know what the hell is going on here -- and lists the ret ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Mysterious, Crude Anti-Newsom Mailers Go Out Again

    Once again, a misleading and anonymous anti-Gavin Newsom mailer featuring this eye-catching image has landed in Californians' mail boxes​A political postcard depicting Mayor Gavin Newsom with what appears to be a rectum for a mouth and also featuring the above -- undoctored -- photo has been sent ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Filling Out Census: Two Minutes. Reading Newsom Statement on Why You Should: Longer.

    Another thing Gavin Newsom wants you to do: Fill out your census form. ​"You should fill out the census, because it brings the city metric shitloads of federal money and you benefit." There. Done. That's what you stand to gain by filling out the census form that may or may not be rattling around i ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    San Francisco-Libs: Write Your Own Newsom Lt. Gov Statement!

    Greetings, former subjects...​PRINT IT OUT AND PLAY ALONG! Gavin Newsom today announced he's running for lieutenant governor -- quelle surprise!My fellow San Franciscans: When I first arrived in this city (big number) __________ years ago, all I had was the (petroleum product) ____________ on my h ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Newsom Announces Lt. Gov Candidacy in Old Media Blitz. Sorry Twitter.

    Going, going, Gavin...​Does it ever feel like Gavin Newsom only comes back to San Francisco to say he's leaving? There's the mayor this minute on KTVU Channel 2 speaking at a mile a minute confirming the worst-kept secret since Liberace's sexuality: He's running for lieutenant governor. So far, Ne ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    It's Your Petite Friday Morning News Quiz -- With a Prize

    Sorry, the other pictures would have given away the answers​It's even more simple than the answer to the question, "Is Gavin Newsom gonna run for lieutenant governor?" Answer the five questions correctly, send me the answers here, and you win a little prize. Comprende? 1. Who is Deborah J. Madden? ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Newsom Running for Lieutenant Governor? You Don't Say!

    Apparently, Gavin Newsom is now motoring toward a run for Lt. Gov. So they say. ​Gavin Newsom's dose of political constipation regarding his run for lieutenant governor looks like it'll finally end tomorrow. The Los Angeles Times reports important, nameless people have assured them Newsom sought t ... More >>

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    February 24, 2010
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    February 22, 2010

    A Look Ahead at Your Week in S.F. Lawmaking

    Pay attention, supervisors: The hair ain't pleased​San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is coping with some serious budget issues -- well, one big one, in the form of a $522 million deficit -- and there are some serious pots of money on the table this week as the supes head to City Hall. Health ca ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Shocker: Gavin Newsom Doesn't Know What Lt. Governor Does!

    Los Angeles City Councilgal Janice Hahn, a Democrat running for lieutenant governor, released an Internet ad today attacking Gavin Newsom, her potential rival in the June primary. The ad shows footage of a past Newsom interview in which the city's mayor says, "What does the lieutenant governor do? ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    Stimulating Debate

    S.F.'s employment rate is relatively good, but city leaders can still create more jobs. Here's how.

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    February 16, 2010

    Will Gavin or Won't He? Lt. Gov Speculation Builds.

    After Melissa Griffin reported that Mayor Gavin Newsom may announce a run for lieutenant governor as early as today, we noted that the political timing sure was right. Tomorrow is the deadline for candidates for statewide office to submit a statement to the voter pamphlet. Now, other media outlets h ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Hey, Gavin: List of Upwardly Mobile Lieutenant Governors Is Truly Brief

    BrainchildvnGavin Newsom might stop applauding if he better knew the career outcomes of previous lieutenant governors -- and failed candidates for the office​UPDATE: Newsom insists he's not making any statements about running for lieutenant governor. At least not now. First things first, our calls ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    If Newsom Serious About Lt. Gov Run, Political Timing Is Right

    Aloha, Gav? ​The new hot rumor du jour is that San Francisco's erstwhile mayor, Gavin Newsom, will announce he's going to run for lieutenant governor -- perhaps as soon as Tuesday. If so, the timing would work out eerily well for Newsom -- if he accepts the voluntary expenditure limit for a statew ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Gavin For Gov: Who Got Paid?

    Audrey FukumanDon't worry -- the whale was compensated​Last night, we made our initial perusal of Mayor Gavin Newsom's Dostoevskyian, 529-page campaign filing laying out the finances in his failed bid for governor. And while Newsom spent around $700,000 more than he raised in 2009, his campaign pe ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Gavin By the Numbers: He Didn't Lose As Much Dough As You Thought!

    ​The Twitterati are dissecting the just-published campaign finance numbers from the carcass of Mayor Gavin Newsom's failed bid for governor. Here's the skinny, per KQED's Capital Notes:  CAGov wannabe Gavin Newsom's campaign raised $2.35 million in 2009, spent almost $3.1 million.While this i ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010
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    January 20, 2010

    Mayor Employs Vile Pun, Says Obesity 'A Big Issue'

    A sense of humor is not one of Mayor Gavin Newsom's strong traits -- but do they give comedy awards for Twitter posts? Newsom met with Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C. today to discuss the epidemic of porky children who won't get their behinds off the couch. On his way out of the meeting ... More >>

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