After flirting with the idea of demanding a recount for the District 7 supervisorial election that was decided by just 132 votes, labor leader F.X. Crowley and his backers stood down on Monday, citing costs.
On Friday, Department of Elections Director John Arntz provided recount proponents with the estimated cost of recounting District 7’s 31,334 ballots, which led to school board President Norman Yee’s 132-vote victory over Crowley in the nine-candidate contest. Read More
Last week, Supervisor David Campos voted against limiting nudity and in favor of spending $1.6 million to fund the first five months of a pilot program giving free Muni passes to low-income youths.
When debating the Muni vote, Campos said that choosing between paying for maintenance on Muni and the free passes is a “false choice.” In response, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd launched one of his signature rants: Read More
Same-sex couples in California might get an early Christmas present next week — and retailers an unexpected boost in sales — if the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry. Read More
I’m enjoying party season in San Francisco, except for the fact that I’m asked routinely about whether Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is going to be the subject of a recall.
Honestly, I don’t know. Read More
A possible recall effort against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi appears to be losing steam — at least for now.
Anger over the Board of Supervisors’ decision in October to reinstate the embattled sheriff, following his suspension in the wake of a domestic violence case involving his wife, led to calls for a voter-driven ouster that had appeared imminent to some.
Supporters of labor leader F.X. Crowley have set in motion a recount of the vote tally that made Board of Education President Norman Yee win the District 7 seat on the Board of Supervisors by 132 votes.
But while Crowley supporters say the margin of victory is close enough to justify a recount, they are not so sure they will actually follow through on their request for one. That will depend on how much Department of Elections Director John Arntz says it would cost. Read More
Board of Education President Norman Yee declared victory Thursday in one of the closest recent contests for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, but the second-place finisher has not ruled out requesting a recount. After an arduous 10 days of vote counting, Yee emerged as the winner of the nine-candidate District 7 battle by 131 votes to serve as successor to termed-out Supervisor Sean Elsbernd. The district includes the neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks. Read More
During the tumult of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct hearings, he and his attorneys said that a public recall election — not the rarely used removal process employed by Mayor Ed Lee — was the proper way to oust an elected official.
But now that a recall effort appears to be forming, the newly reinstated sheriff has changed his tune. Read More
Even though eight days have passed since the election, no one is declaring victory in the District 7 Board of Supervisors race.
The latest vote tally released Tuesday by the Department of Elections shows school board President Norman Yee leading labor leader F.X. Crowley by a margin of 102 votes under The City’s ranked-choice voting system. Read More
A new phone hotline dedicated to election fraud in San Francisco apparently uncovered no major local malfeasance this campaign season. Read More