Jim Sutton

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    District 7 Recount's Potential Costs Tabulated

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    District 7: There Will Be No Recount

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    District 7: Recount Effort Moving Forward; Cost Estimate Could Be Generated Today

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    District 7: Cost Unclear on Recount

    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 >>

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    August 31, 2011
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    August 25, 2010

    Michela Alioto-Pier to Petition Supreme Court Tomorrow

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    City Attorney Dennis Herrera Appeals Ruling, Fights to Keep Michela Alioto-Pier off Ballot

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Michela Alioto-Pier's $50,000 Legal Bill May Be Paid By City

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Alioto-Pier: Not Progressive, Thus Termed Out?

    Can't Stop, Won't Stop​Supervisor 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Michela Alioto-Pier Will Take City to Court, if Necessary, to Run for Supe Again

    Michela Alioto-Pier is running until the judge says she can't​Yesterday, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Michela Alioto-Pier Files to Run for Supe Again. Will Suit Against City Be Next?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Ethics Commission Whistleblower Beats 'Retaliatory' Complaint

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Ethics Commission Whistleblower Lawyers Up, Charges Retaliation

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    San Francisco's Campaign Finance Laws Are Complex. Eluding Them? That's More Simple.

    '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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    S.F. Democrats Play Game of Telephone Over Non-Existent JROTC Recall Effort

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Terms of Endearment: Alioto-Pier Says She May File Suit if City Doesn't Reverse Stance That She's Termed Out in 2010

    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 >>

  • News

    October 22, 2008

    Avoiding Judgment

    Backer of prostitution measure in a legal jam.

  • News

    November 8, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    November 8-14, 2006

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    November 1, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006

  • News

    October 25, 2006

    Stealth Dollars

    Questionable political donations are flowing into the city's most controversial political race

  • News

    January 4, 2006

    Tilting at Political Windmills

    Some people, like attorney Paul Melbostad, just don't know when to quit. Bully for him.

  • News

    July 14, 2004

    Follow the Money

    Why does Gavin Newsom need a backer like the California Urban Issues Project?

  • News

    October 10, 2001

    Dead Mud Walking

    A ballot measure that would create a Municipal Utility District has so many legal flaws, it's all but DOA. In fact, passing the measure might delay the advent of public power here for years.

  • News

    April 18, 2001

    Dog Bites

    Details, Details; Problem Is, It's Hard to Read in the Dark; PG&E Strikes Back

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