Anyone examining the bizarre and tedious process of recounting a district election may be wondering, since these things are so much fun, why don't we do more of them? The answer, as revealed late Friday by the Department of Elections, is that they're not cheap. In order to get the ball rolling in a ... More >>
Earlier today, we reported on the detailed costs of a potential recount in District 7, where Norman Yee edged F.X. Crowley by 132 votes. Department of Elections head John Arntz now says he received a call earlier today from the attorney representing Crowley's backers. And, in the words of the Gershw ... More >>
The process of initiating a recount in the wafer-thin District 7 supervisoral contest is moving forward, as election lawyer Jim Sutton has sent the city a letter listing the things he'd like counted, how he'd like them counted, and requesting the city count up how much this is all going to cost. Sut ... More >>
A consortium of labor groups this week moved to ask for -- and fund -- a recount in the razor-thin loss of labor leader F.X. Crowley in the District 7 race. This move was not unanticipated. But its cost remains uncertain. The San Francisco Labor Council was quoted as estimating a price tag exceeding ... More >>
Can she run or not? Depends on when you ask...Yesterday, we compared the ever-shifting legal status of whether Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier can or cannot run again to the indecision of Brett Favre. After further review, it's not a terrible analogy -- but here's a key difference: Favre's d ... More >>
Luke Thomas, Fog City JournalIt's not over yet, Michela...City Attorney Dennis Herrera will this morning file an appeal of Judge Peter Busch's ruling that Michela Alioto-Pier is eligible to run again for District 2 supervisor. Herrera told KTVU-TV he was compelled to make this move on behalf of " ... More >>
Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal Michela Alioto-Pier: This won't be cheap, Mr. Herrera...After beating the city in court yesterday to win the right to run again as District 2 supervisor, Michela Alioto-Pier treated her staff and supporters to a nice lunch. The city isn't on the hook&nbs ... More >>
Can't Stop, Won't StopSupervisor Michela Alioto-Pier just doesn't understand. Tom Ammiano served fourteen years on the Board of Supervisors, Chris Daly ten. So why, then, is City Attorney Dennis Herrera insisting that Alioto-Pier -- who's been on the Board since 2004, when she was appointed to fi ... More >>
Michela Alioto-Pier is running until the judge says she can'tYesterday, we reported on how Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier took out papers with the Department of Elections to run again, even though a 2008 opinion from City Attorney Dennis Herrera claimed she was ineligible to do so. John Arntz, th ... More >>
Are Michela Alioto-Pier and the city on a collision course?City's Department of Elections does not consider District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier eligible to defend her seatTwo years after City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed an opinion stating Michela Alioto-Pier was ineligible to run for re-e ... More >>
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 >>
Once again, a misleading and anonymous anti-Gavin Newsom mailer featuring this eye-catching image has landed in Californians' mail boxesA 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 >>
Audrey FukumanDon't worry -- the whale was compensatedLast 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 >>
Our most eagle-eyed readers may remember a series of stories we wrote about a whistleblower within the Ethics Commission being hit with a series of oddly timed threats regarding his employment culminating in an anonymous complaint that could have resulted in his ouster from city government. Ethic ... More >>
Some of you may remember a June 29 article we ran here about how the city's Ethics Commission sure seemed to be going out of its way to not cite and fine Supervisor Carmen Chu -- a moderate represented by lawyer and mayoral svengali Jim Sutton. Meanwhile, progressive Supes Gerardo Sandoval and Ch ... More >>
'It's good to be the king' -- and it's always good to have powerful folks in your corner pulling some stringsSan Francisco's campaign finance rules are so beastly complex that professional treasurers with decades of experience have been known to drive sharpened pencils through their palms in fits of ... More >>
Tonight's Democratic County Central Committee meeting features a resolution that seems to have expired in relevance not long after it was put to paper.DCCC Chairman Aaron Peskin put forth a resolution, to be voted on at tonight's session, over "threatened recall campaigns" against school board membe ... More >>
Is that Alioto-Pier's 'happy' smile or her 'I'm gonna sue you' smile?Earlier this month, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier sat down for a cup of coffee with City Attorney Dennis Herrera. She was hoping to get him to reconsider a ruling from his office stating Alioto-Pier will be termed out of office ne ... More >>
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