It doesn’t seal the deal, but a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Sunday would make it easier for the San Francisco 49ers to build a new stadium down in Santa Clara.
The legislation, authored by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, exempts the team from having to garner competitive bids on their proposed Santa Clara stadium, allowing them to go with whatever company they select.
Santa Clara’s city charter would ordinarily require work on the project to be publicly bid. Read More
Luis Cancel, The City’s director of cultural affairs, and Arts Commissioner Lorraine Garcia-Nakata have been elected to serve on the National Museum of the American Latino Commission.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Cancel and Garcia-Nakata to the commission posts, according to the San Francisco Art Commission.
The two will join 23 other prominent Latinos – including actress Eva Longoria-Parker – in helping to study a proposed national museum for American Latino culture in Washington D.C. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office is showering Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson with gifts the day after a San Franciscan turned in a stolen garment bag.
The ordeal began when Johnson, who was visiting The City, was helping an elderly man get into a taxi near Union Square. Johnson says a thief made off with his garment bag containing a suit and pair of shoes. Read More
San Franciscans just can’t get enough of dialing 311.
And Mayor Gavin Newsom’s ideas on how to make use of The City’s complaint hotline appear endless.
The 311 call center, a Newsom pet project, is a general help line for information about city services such as Muni and allows residents to report quality-of-life complaints, like potholes or broken street lights.
OK news for homeowners.
Not so OK news for renters.
The median price of a home in The City was stable in August, albeit weak, according to the Controller’s Office. The median price was $635,000, a 17.5 percent drop from the previous year.
“July and August brought continuing signs of stability in residential real estate, as median prices have stayed within 5 percent of each other since March,” the city controller said in a statement.
A record 10.1 percent of San Franciscans were out of work in August, according to the latest report from the Controller’s Office.
The unemployment rate was the highest recorded since the Employment Development Department began releasing monthly data in 1990, the city department said in a statement.
The good news: Since The City has been hovering at around 10 percent for some time, “this may indicate that we are reaching a peak,” it said.
And then the Controller’s Office brings us back to Earth.
A campaigning Mayor Gavin Newsom has no public appearances scheduled today. He was in New York and Philadelphia in the last two days fundraising for the 2010 governor’s race, and is scheduled Thursday to attend the UP Experience in Houston.
The state can now sell 23 acres of land that is mostly used for parking lots in southeastern San Francisco to benefit a city housing development.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation this week allowing the transaction.
SB 792, authored by Sen. Mark Leno, allows the state to reconfigure the boundaries of the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area so that Lennar Corp. can move ahead with a long-awaited housing and commercial development in the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Candlestick Point. Read More
Watch out, YouTube – another Gavin Newsom video is coming your way.
But don’t worry, this one won’t take 7½ hours to watch in full.
The mayor’s gubernatorial campaign is about to debut a flashy new spot on YouTube and its Web site that will last a swift 60 seconds, said campaign manager Nick Clemons.
Mayor Gavin Newsom won’t be hanging around City Hall until at least Friday as he rides the campaign train on the East Coast.
Newsom on Monday was fundraising for the California governor’s race in Philadelphia, his campaign said. Today, he is set to take a train – “the regular Amtrak,” his campaign manager thinks – to New York to solicit more cash support.
The mayor is then scheduled Thursday to attend the UP Experience in Houston.
Even though he has no appearances on his public calendar, Gavin Newsom likely has the day marked for another reason.
The mayor turns 42 years old on Saturday .
But don’t expect any big Hollywood-style birthday bashes in honor of the new father.
Newsom, who has no public appearances scheduled Saturday, will be treated to a “quiet celebration with family,” said Nathan Ballard, spokesman for the Mayor’s Office.
Mayor Gavin Newsom would play hopscotch with a Republican, too, according to Attorney General Jerry Brown’s camp Read More
Attorney General Jerry Brown has committed the political version of adultery, according to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign.
Newsom’s people say Brown, the mayor’s Democratic nemesis in the 2010 gubernatorial race, slept with the enemy by raising money for “rightwing Republican leaders.”
Mayor Gavin Newsom has released a beefy list of California politicians who have endorsed the mayor for governor.
Nearly 40 elected officials and Democratic party leaders are supporting Newsom’s gubernatorial bid, the campaign said.
“I deeply appreciate the support of these community leaders who work hard on the ground each and every day,” Newsom said.
You can check out that list here.
The mayor’s schedule has been quiet in the last two days.
Mayor Gavin Newsom has no public appearances today or meeting at City Hall, according to his schedule. Word around town is he’s spending part of his days working on his campaign, which took a hit in an early poll released Thursday.