Mayor Ed Lee will formally declare his candidacy for a full term Monday morning despite earlier pledges not to run, multiple sources tonight confirmed. Lee said he has changed his mind and wants to continue to try to make progress on the many issues he's been working on for the past seven months. Read More
When is a flawless, gleaming, plate-glass shop window a broken window?
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino had no trouble answering the question after one look at the Nike sneaker shop’s display on his city’s upscale Newbury Street.
There, above the company’s “Just Do It” slogan, were eight T-shirts bearing, in boldly graphic lettering, such messages as “Get High,” “F--- Gravity,” and “Dope,” this one accompanied by an open pill bottle with skateboards spilling out. Read More
Dozens of volunteers, consultants and campaign staff who were involved with committees to get Mayor Ed Lee to run for mayor should be barred from joining his campaign should he run for office, according to San Francisco’s top ethics watchdog.
The committee trying to recruit Lee, Progress for All, has disbanded in the public eye but could still be the subject of queries by the Ethics Commission, which regulates local campaigns. Read More
As city attorney, Dennis Herrera has very publicly shut down illegally operating nightspots and strip clubs. Now, his mayoral campaign is flush with cash from the strip clubs that benefited from such enforcement.
Records released Monday show Herrera received seven $500 donations — for a total of $3,500 — from strip clubs throughout San Francisco, including Déjà Vu Showgirls, the Gold Club and the Market Street Cinema. Read More
The cash for mayoral campaigns continues to stream in as a crowded field of candidates vies for office in an election that’s only three months away.
Click on the photo at right to see more on this story, including the money raised for each candidate. Read More
The financial backers of a campaign to get Ed Lee to run for a full term as mayor in November are mostly made up of a handful of business owners who donated as much as $5,000 to launch the effort. Read More
The Sunshine Task Force caught the Recreation and Park Department violating San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance.
Recreation and Park Policy and Public Affairs Director Sarah Ballard wrote the Commonwealth Club protesting its planned presentation “Golden Gate Park Under Siege.” Ballard and her boss, Phil Ginsburg, tried to cancel the presentation by maligning the panelists, writing they would “incite an audience.” Read More
As Mayor Ed Lee appears poised to declare his candidacy for mayor, the San Francisco political machine is working overtime to react to the game-changing announcement.
Part of that means Lee — who has never run for public office — may be facing an unprecedented amount of scrutiny from opposing political campaigns, and political pundits say his inability to clearly state his intentions is already hurting his credibility. Read More
Updated 5:20 p.m. July 19, 2011. Correction: In this story about the campaign to get interim Mayor Ed Lee to run for mayor, The Examiner referred to the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. The correct name of the organization is the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
The political action committee trying to get Mayor Ed Lee to run for a full term in November is under increasing pressure to clarify its purpose to voters and the Ethics Commission. Read More
Over the years, I’ve been to numerous places with Mayor Ed Lee, from illegal garbage-dumping sites to hidden homeless encampments.
But one place you’ll never catch me with Lee is at a poker game, allegedly friendly or not.
I’ve learned that it’s best not to bet against someone who is holding all the cards, which Lee — much to everyone’s surprise — always seems to have. Read More