Mayor Gavin Newsom isn’t the only California politician getting serious props from former President Bill Clinton.
On Monday, Clinton publicly endorsed Newsom by showing up to a series of events in Los Angeles, including a fundraiser. This afternoon, the former president is scheduled to endorse Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, the Democratic nominee for the 10th Congressional District, during a health care rally at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. Read More
While the nearly three-year legal battle over the employer-spending mandate for The City’s affordable health care program waits upon a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, business owners continue to pay.
In November 2006, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association sued The City in U.S. District Court, seeking to invalidate a mandate within San Francisco’s newly passed Health Care Security Ordinance requiring medium- and large-sized companies to pay a minimum amount for employee health care or pay into a city fund that provides health care to uninsured residents. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom denied reports from a transit blog Web site that said the mayor has been pressuring Muni chief Nathaniel Ford to hold off on extending parking meter hours in The City.
“That’s just factually incorrect,” Newsom said Friday following an unrelated press conference in City Hall. “Though blogs often are.”
No one wants to extend parking meter hours, including Muni, he said.
There’s no arm-twisting going on here, he said.
How much The City will pay for Treasure Island has left plans to develop the former Navy base adrift.
For the island in the Bay to transform from federally owned land to a new environmentally friendly community, the land, which was last used by the U.S. Navy in 1997, must be deeded to The City.
However, the Navy is driving a hard bargain in these recessionary times. The debate over the man-made island is whether the land should be handed over to The City for free or if San Francisco should pay hundreds of millions of dollars up front to the government. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom appears ready to fight for gay rights anywhere at any time — even if it means a trip to Texas.
The mayor is scheduled to travel to the Lone Star State Saturday to deliver the keynote address at the Dallas Human Rights Campaign's Annual Black Tie Dinner.
Black Tie Dinner Inc. is a nonprofit that raises funds for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender supportive organizations serving North Texas. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom says he’s tired of outsiders causing trouble in The City.
Responding to a reported increase in felony arrests in the Tenderloin as part of the latest police sweep, Newsom on Friday afternoon said there’s no doubt in his mind that a good portion of those detained are not from San Francisco.
Getting evicted from your home stinks – especially when you’ve been a reliable renter and cannot afford the cost of moving to a new place.
Fear not, San Franciscans.
The City’s Human Services Commission recently approved a three-year, $1.7 million grant with the Eviction Defense Collaborative to help keep low-income residents from becoming homeless.
Each year, the collaborative says it offers more than 5,000 tenants facing eviction in The City emergency legal services and rental assistance.
Oscar the Grouch would just love all the extra room in San Francisco’s garbage cans these days.
The City sent 560,330 tons of trash to landfills last year, nearly 10 percent less than 2007 and “the lowest amount on record,” Jared Blumenfeld, director of the Department of Environment, said in a recent report.
Those were the numbers submitted in The City’s annual report to the California Integrated Waste Management Board. And that’s positive news for The City’s goal to reach zero waste by 2020.
Mayor Gavin Newsom is set to make an announcement this afternoon that a company is moving its headquarters to Mission Bay.
According to the San Francisco Business Times, which the mayor’s office said had an exclusive, the company has 150 employees and is making a short move from San Carlos to Mission Bay.
Nektar Therapuetics will take up office space intended for Pfizer, the news organization said.
There’s nothing like a lil’ competition to lure local tech whizzes into developing software applications that will benefit The City’s residents and make local government more transparent.
Six weeks ago, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of DataSf.org, a Web site where The City publishes all kinds of government information in hopes that tech pros and other clever professionals in town will make cool apps out of them.
Some innovators have already taken the bait, the mayor’s office said. Read More
The mayor’s schedule appears calm today, with no public appearances listed or important meetings at City Hall.
Meanwhile, life in gubernatorial campaign land is heating up. The mayor has challenged two gubernatorial hopefuls – former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and Attorney General Jerry Brown – to debates, and is gearing up for the big fundraiser with former President Bill Clinton Monday.
Traffic gridlock at 49ers games extends to the fight about keeping the team in The City.
Transportation has become the Catch-22, as the 49ers demand accessible roads and public transit exist before they commit to remaining in San Francisco, while city officials say they cannot seek federal funding for transportation fixes when lawmakers are convinced the team has one foot out the door. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has challenged California Attorney General Jerry Brown to nearly a dozen verbal throw-downs.
The Newsom campaign e-mailed a letter to Brown’s team Wednesday suggesting the two Democrats attend 11 90-minute debates at locations scattered across the state.
Brown’s response: Why would I debate you when I’m not even running for governor?
Mayor Gavin Newsom may get a break from public appearances today – his schedule has him in meetings at City Hall.
Hopefully the mayor, who’s been enduring the sleepless adventures of new fatherhood, can grab a nap at some point.
Smokers will have a new incentive to quit starting Thursday, when the cost of a pack of cigarettes in San Francisco increases 20 cents.
Money generated from the new city fee will pay for cleaning up cigarette butts that are illegally discarded on streets and in gutters, Mayor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.
Smokers already pay an 87-cent state tax for cigarettes. A federal tax increased 62 cents April 1, bringing the total to $1.01. Some packs cost as much as $7 in The City. Read More