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
Mark Berndt was a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles when it was discovered that he possessed dozens of inappropriate pictures of students. He was suspended in February 2011. He had been cited for inappropriate conduct before, as far back as 1994.
But none of that was in the charges supporting his termination. Under current rules, nothing more than four years old can be used in such hearings. Read More
After quitting the mayoral campaign of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera in the wake of an ethics investigation, political consultant Alex Tourk is now managing the day-to-day operations of former Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s campaign. Read More
The motto of last year’s successful ballot campaign to initiate Saturday voting in San Francisco was “Why Tuesday?”
As it turns out, the answer is because Saturday is too expensive.
Political strategist Alex Tourk sent an email to his supporters Sunday saying there will not be a Saturday vote this year because the necessary fundraising simply wasn’t successful. Read More
There was nothing shady about how the new managers of Stow Lake Boathouse got their contract, a preliminary court ruling suggested Monday, but the lawsuit did vividly expose the inner workings of City Hall. Read More
A consultant to City Attorney Dennis Herrera and District Attorney George Gascón abruptly resigned from their campaigns Tuesday following news reports suggesting he illegally lobbied the mayoral hopeful and also failed to report his lobbying of three city commissioners. Read More
Alex Tourk abruptly resigned as campaign consultant for City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Tuesday following allegations that he illegally lobbied the mayoral candidate in the midst of a court case alleging backroom deals with the Stow Lake Boathouse contract. Read More
Citing news reports that Recreation and Park Department staff encouraged the new managers of the Stow Lake boathouse to hire a lobbyist, Supervisor John Avalos asked the city attorney to look into whether staff violated ethical guidelines. Read More
As we wind down 2010 and look forward to 2011, let us recap some of the biggest stories in city politics this year:
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