Writing and promoting a book was just the latest diversion that has kept our erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom from his current day job. And now that he’s ostensibly sitting on the big chair while Gov. Jerry Brown ambles through China, government-watchers have a bit of advice for Newsom: Keep it up.
“The best thing he can do as acting governor is nothing,” Claremont McKenna College political scientist Jack Pitney told The Associated Press. Read More
An anonymous tipster is set to receive a $250,000 reward for his help in solving a seven-year-old homicide.
The killing happened April 4, 2006, when Willie Allen, aka Johnny Allen, pictured, was exiting a Fillmore Street store and was attacked by a man with a knife. He died that night.
Two years later, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom announced a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Allen’s killer. Read More
Possession of certain extra-lethal bullets would be banned in San Francisco under a proposal expected to pass the Board of Supervisors today, even as a legal challenge to a prior ammo-sales ban proceeds. Read More
Sunset district residents will have to wait 30 days before they find out who will be appointed to represent them on the Board of Supervisors.
Mayor Ed Lee announced Wednesday that he plans to name current District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu to the vacant assessor-recorder position, setting off political intrigue over who will eventually replace her. Read More
While the 49ers’ Super Bowl run has caused joy for residents and San Francisco city officials, the current mayor and his predecessor on Wednesday both expressed tempered excitement about the team’s impending move to the South Bay.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was mayor when the 49ers first announced their intentions to relocate to Santa Clara, called the moment “bittersweet” because of the 49ers’ plans to start the 2014 season in a new home. Read More
Ten years ago, when the first building at the UC San Francisco Medical Center in Mission Bay opened, the area was largely undeveloped. Now the neighborhood has become a hub for biotech science.
State and local officials gathered at Genentech Hall in Mission Bay — the first building to open on the campus — to celebrate how far the medical center has come and the buildings, including a new children’s hospital, that are planned to open in the next few years. Read More
With its $500 million purchase of left-leaning Current TV, the pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera will soon be seen in tens of millions of U.S. homes. It’s a steep price, but the acquisition helps the network in its aim to quickly spread its message to more Americans.
The purchase will create a news channel called Al-Jazeera America, coming to U.S. homes 90 days from now with a distinctly non-American view of the world. Read More
As a small Massachusetts town became the first U.S. community to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles Tuesday, even eliminating such packaging from large events continues to elude San Francisco despite years of discussion.
While The City hasn’t been shy about taking on plastic bags or plastic foam food containers, water bottles have thus far managed to avoid its ever-growing ban list. Read More
When I was in high school, both of my older brothers played soccer. To kill time after school while they practiced, I became the “soccer manager.” This was a strange title, because I didn’t “manage” anything or anyone. All I did was fill Gatorade bottles and make sure the equipment was on the bus.
This experience reminds me of the presidency of the Board of Supervisors. Because being the president of the board comes with about as much authority as being the soccer manager. Read More
A self-described “blue-collar politician,” the 63-year-old Norman Yee is set to become the oldest member of the Board of Supervisors when he’s sworn in Jan. 8. He said he wants to bring a thoughtful, independent style with a mix of progressive and moderate politics to his new job. Read More