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
California Attorney General Jerry Brown is ready to ramp up his fundraising efforts, which could help him in a bid for the governor’s mansion.
Brown filed paperwork Tuesday with the secretary of state for a “Brown for Governor 2010 Exploratory Committee,” according to his campaign.
Launching an exploratory committee for the governor’s race doesn’t mean Brown is officially running, but it does mean he can raise money as if he were. Read More
Windy weather was exactly what city officials hoped for today for Mayor Gavin Newsom, who announced at a press conference in front of Civic Center plaza that The City will soon be peppered with small wind turbines that can generate electricity.
Last year, Newsom and then-Supervisor Tom Ammiano created a task force to discover how to make wind power in The City worthwhile.
The name Van Jones might seem like a hot potato for politicians who may like and respect him but are seeking election to a major post.
Still, Mayor Gavin Newsom has not hesitated to call the former White House adviser and Bay Area activist a friend in at least two recent speeches, including at a conference on renewable energy this morning. Read More
It’s too early in the game to pay attention to polls, Mayor Gavin Newsom said this morning in reaction to the latest tally of California voters that shows he is trailing in the 2010 governor’s race.
A Rasmussen Reports telephone survey released Monday had Attorney General Jerry Brown ahead of all three Republican candidates in the race and Newsom behind the GOP trio.
New dad Mayor Gavin Newsom is trying to build stamina while balancing fatherhood, his City Hall duties and a gubernatorial campaign.
He appears to be handling it swimmingly so far.
Newsom’s actress wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom gave birth to daughter Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom on Sept. 18. Since then, the mayor has said numerous times Montana has had a profound effect on him.
We could tell. The sleepy-eyed mayor was visibly drained at the Second Annual Renewable Energy Finance Conference at the downtown Palace Hotel this morning. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom says thumbs up to the NBC television medical drama series “Trauma,” which is filmed in The City and debuted last night.
The mayor told The Examiner at a renewable energy finance conference this morning that he had not missed the first episode despite his busy schedule. He’d better not – his actress wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom appeared briefly in the show.
“I thought it was very good, I thought even from the first scene, when the two helicopters crashed, I was not prepared for that,” Newsom said. Read More
San Francisco resident Austin Chu and his brother, Brian, will premiere their documentary, “The Recess Ends,” at the Victoria Theatre in the Mission district on Wednesday. The brothers traveled for five months [across the country] to document personal stories involving the greatest economic meltdown since the Great Depression. Read More
Starting today, drivers headed eastbound on Market Street will have to detour around stretches of the thoroughfare.
The plan is part of a study that will examine limiting personal vehicles and boosting transit service and pedestrian usage along Market Street.
Eastbound drivers will be encouraged to turn right off Market Street at 10th Street, but will be forced to do so at Eighth Street. Vehicles that turn right on Market Street from Seventh Street will be pushed back off to Sixth Street. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom just can’t wait to hang out with former President Bill Clinton in Los Angeles next week – and while they’re good friends, everyone knows this rendezvous is purely political.
Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign this afternoon released a brief itinerary of their plans for Oct. 5. The plans mark the first time Clinton will publicly appear by the mayor’s side in support of his bid to become governor. Read More
Two city housing developments are about to become more modern and energy-efficient with new funding help from the feds.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development doled out $500 million in grants to public housing authorities nationwide that will be used to build or renovate apartments and to make existing units more energy efficient.
For those efforts, the Ping Yuen development in Chinatown received $8.5 million, and the Westside Courts development in Western Addition received nearly $4 million, the agency said. Read More