Mayor Gavin Newsom expressed disappointment Monday with the Supreme Court’s decision to block a broadcast of the trial on the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
The Supreme Court said it will not allow video of the trial to be posted on YouTube.com, even with a delay, until at least Wednesday as it needs more time to consider the issue. Monday’s order will be in place until at least Wednesday, court officials said.
“The courts could use a little sunshine,” Newsom said following an unrelated press conference Monday morning. Read More
The gay marriage battle typically ushers in throngs of supporters and opponents when major events on the subject come to San Francisco.
But Monday’s start to the landmark federal trial on the legality of the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex nuptials was far more subdued than when the state’s court ruled on the matter.
Some gay marriage supporters congregated in front of the San Francisco Federal Building on Golden Gate Avenue 90 minutes prior to the 9 a.m. start of the trial, which is expected to last around two weeks. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will join city officials Monday morning for an event to kick off the month-long awareness campaign against human trafficking.
Also Monday, though not on his official schedule, Newsom is expected to discuss the effects the state budget cuts announced Friday will have on The City. The mayor said during a weekly address posted to YouTube that he would have more to say about the budget Monday. Read More
After several incidents in which patrons of the San Francisco Zoo have either taunted the wildlife or snuck into enclosures containing dangerous animals, a city lawmaker is proposing to tighten laws and increase penalties for those who foolishly mingle with The City’s animals. Read More
The well-attended event in City Hall’s grand Rotunda on Friday was the swearing-in ceremony for the department’s chief, José Cisneros, who was elected to his second full-term as The City’s chief banker and investment officer.
But Cisneros did not use the opportunity to detail what got him elected again, or what’s upcoming. Instead, he broke down what his office does since, “not a lot of people know,” and then lauded departments and staffers, a lot of them, that have helped him keep his job. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will be out-and-about this Friday.
First, the mayor will swear-in Treasurer José Cisneros at 11 a.m. in the City Hall Rotunda, according to the Mayor’s Office.
At 12:30 a.m., the mayor will offer opening remarks at the U.S. Green Building Council’s energy efficiency summit, the Mayor’s Office said.
That will happen at the USGBC’s regional headquarters on Sutter Street. Read More
Owners of sketchy properties in The City who have been penalized under a new blight ordinance can now attend hearings at City Hall to try to wiggle out of the hefty fees.
The hearings are emblematic of a new crackdown on slumlords who leave their properties unkempt and graffiti-laden in a way that is attracting crime and other seedy problems to San Francisco’s neighborhoods. Read More
You didn’t have to ask City Attorney Dennis Herrera what might come of his third term when he was sworn-in to the post at City Hall Thursday. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom anticipates little trouble stamping out big tobacco’s latest legal challenge against San Francisco policies.
Philip Morris USA has filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court about the 20-cent fee The City has imposed on packs of cigarettes. Money from the fee will go toward cleaning cigarette butts from city streets, The City says. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will spend part of today hanging with San Francisco attorneys that have his back when corporations and other entities challenge his policies. (see: Big tobacco) The mayor will attend this afternoon’s swearing-in ceremony for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the Mayor’s Office said. Read More
Whenever Mayor Gavin Newsom mentions his wife and daughter in front of the media, cameras and microphones inch uncomfortably close to him – apparently awaiting earth-shattering news about the celebrity family.
Newsom has been rather secretive about his home life since the birth of his daughter. He has said wife Jennifer Seibel Newsom was none-too-pleased that the mayor announced the birth on Twitter. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom said city departments will be required Tuesday to present their latest proposals to reduce The City’s massive budget deficit projected for next fiscal year, which now hovers at around $497 million when $45 million in midyear cuts are included.Last month, the mayor said there would have to be multiple budget adjustments in the coming months in order to cut into the deficit. Read More
In response to President Barack Obama’s recent call for an overhaul of airport security nationwide, Mayor Gavin Newsom is lobbying the federal government to install more whole-body scanning machines at the Bay Area’s busiest airport.
Newsom called security at San Francisco International Airport among the nation’s best during a news conference Wednesday, saying the hub employs pioneering technology and tactics.
“This is a secure facility,” police Chief George Gascón said. Read More
Fresh off President Obama’s call Tuesday for changes to airport security procedures in the U.S., Mayor Gavin Newsom is headed to San Francisco International Airport today to introduce some “security enhancements."
Newsom’s 1:30 p.m. press conference with Airport Director John Martin Martin will take place outside the Airport Museum of the airport’s international terminal, the Mayor’s Office said. Read More
The City is buzzing with film activity. Read More