Cammy Blackstone is exceptional for many reasons.
She’s the voice you hear at each animal exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo, a winner of a Poddy Award for her foodie podcasts (she beat Rachael Ray!) and, as a legislative aide at the Board of Supervisors, Blackstone has worked for four supervisors — Sean Elsbernd, Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu and Katy Tang. That’s more than any aide in recent history.
Mayor Ed Lee may soon find himself once again wielding his appointment power and impacting San Francisco’s elected offices. In November, Lee first appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague after former Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi won as sheriff. Lee then appointed Vicki Hennessy to sheriff after suspending on official misconduct charges Mirkarimi, who is fighting to prevent his permanent ouster. Read More
One of the fascinating aspects of ranked choice voting is that one can learn which candidates have a similar voting base. I certainly wanted to know where the votes went after each candidate was eliminated. Below are charts that follow the flow of votes from round to round to show you how we got to the final tally and declaration of a winner. Read More
Much has been made of Mayor Ed Lee’s allegedly laundered campaign contributions this election season, but many of his opponents also have taken illegal money — amid considerably less scandal.
City ethics rules forbid candidates from taking money from people involved in organizations awarded city contracts worth more than $50,000 if those contracts are approved by the candidates in their current city jobs or by the office they are seeking. Read More
Five candidates in the mayoral race gathered on the steps of City Hall on Thursday morning with a galvanized message denouncing Mayor Ed Lee for allowing corruption to surround him. Read More
In the race for San Francisco mayor, voters may be curious as to what the 16 candidates views are on such weighty topics as Muni’s Central Subway project, the city budget and even education. But one website is asking voters a really poignant question: Who’s hot or not? Read More
Allegations of voter manipulation by an independent expenditure group supporting Ed Lee prompted seven mayoral candidates to seek federal election monitors Sunday.
Lee’s challengers wrote to the U.S. Department of Justice and the California secretary of state, suggesting that the SF Neighbor Alliance targets Cantonese-speaking voters and “may potentially impinge on” their voting rights. Read More
While some candidates in the mayoral race are spending money at a breakneck pace, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is biding his time. With only 35 days to go until the Nov. 8 election, Chiu’s campaign has more cash on hand than any other candidate — about $570,000 that it is hoping will spur a surprise win. Read More
In San Francisco, where one in three children attends private school, deciding where to educate the kids can be politically fraught — especially if one is running for mayor.
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The San Francisco mayoral race began in a very un-San Francisco way. With no clear front-runner, candidates were civil, cordial and even pleasant with each other in early forums. Read More