Politics

People waited to vote in the recall election in Huntington Beach on Sept. 14; Orange County’s rejection of the recall hints at what could be in store for the 2022 midterms. (Allison Zaucha/New York Times)

What Newsom’s victory in Orange County says about 2022

Region is no longer a reliably conservative enclave

  • Sep 23, 2021

 

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”

Willie and Rose: How an alliance for the ages shaped SF

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

 

San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

San Francisco must end ridiculous and expensive quest for ‘pretty’ trash cans

SF’s unique and pricey garbage bins a dream of disgraced former Public Works director

  • Sep 23, 2021

 

“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)
“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)

‘Radiant Fugitives’ explores ties that bind, and divide, a Muslim family

Nawaaz Ahmed’s SF-set novel links personal, political conflicts with passion, empathy

“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)
“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)
The numbers show nearly 14 percent of San Francisco voters who participated in the Sept. 14 recall election wanted to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom from elected office. (Shutterstock photo)
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How San Francisco neighborhoods voted in the Newsom recall

Sunset tops the list as the area with the most ‘yes’ votes

The numbers show nearly 14 percent of San Francisco voters who participated in the Sept. 14 recall election wanted to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom from elected office. (Shutterstock photo)
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Voters fill out their ballots in California’s recall election at the Department of Elections in City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Bay Area turns out in huge numbers to support Newsom’s victory

More than a quarter of statewide votes opposing the recall came from the Bay Area

Voters fill out their ballots in California’s recall election at the Department of Elections in City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
People wait to vote in Huntington Beach on Tuesday, as California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, concluding an idiosyncratic election that has been held in the middle of a pandemic and closely watched as one of the first big indicators of the country’s political direction since President Biden took office. (Allison Zaucha/The New York Times)

As California votes, it rethinks its tradition of direct democracy

‘This is a system that was put in place 100 years ago’

  • Sep 14, 2021
People wait to vote in Huntington Beach on Tuesday, as California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, concluding an idiosyncratic election that has been held in the middle of a pandemic and closely watched as one of the first big indicators of the country’s political direction since President Biden took office. (Allison Zaucha/The New York Times)
Huge turnout from Bay Area Democrats could sway the recall vote in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s favor. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Bay Area could swing Newsom recall, with early data showing huge turnout

Nearly 45% of region’s heavily Democratic voters have returned ballots

Huge turnout from Bay Area Democrats could sway the recall vote in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s favor. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Winning the recall in convincing fashion is hugely important to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitions.<ins> (Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>

California recall election is an expensive lesson for Gov. Gavin Newsom

By Gil Duran Examiner Opinion Editor The last time I wrote about…

  • Sep 11, 2021
Winning the recall in convincing fashion is hugely important to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitions.<ins> (Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Companies that handle San Francisco’s trash collection have agreed to pay a large fine in connection with fraud charges that are part of an ongoing corruption probe of the Public Works Department. <ins>(Mira Laing/ Examiner file photo)</ins>

Nuru scandal: Facing federal prosecution, Recology agrees to pay $36M

Subsidiaries must comply with terms of a three-year agreement

Companies that handle San Francisco’s trash collection have agreed to pay a large fine in connection with fraud charges that are part of an ongoing corruption probe of the Public Works Department. <ins>(Mira Laing/ Examiner file photo)</ins>
San Francisco is in the process of finalizing the state’s first ban on untraceable guns. <ins>(Courtesy SFPD)</ins>

SF moves forward with first California ‘ghost gun’ ban

Facing a spike in shootings, San Francisco is advancing the first ban…

San Francisco is in the process of finalizing the state’s first ban on untraceable guns. <ins>(Courtesy SFPD)</ins>
A successful recall of San Francisco school board members could give Mayor London Breed a political advantage in terms of appointments and influence. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
A successful recall of San Francisco school board members could give Mayor London Breed a political advantage in terms of appointments and influence. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Nearly 8 million Californians elected Gavin Newsom to office in 2018; now is the time for voters to unite so he can finish his term. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)
Nearly 8 million Californians elected Gavin Newsom to office in 2018; now is the time for voters to unite so he can finish his term. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)

There are two Californias in recall politics

Ideology splits the state along geographical lines

Nearly 8 million Californians elected Gavin Newsom to office in 2018; now is the time for voters to unite so he can finish his term. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)
Nearly 8 million Californians elected Gavin Newsom to office in 2018; now is the time for voters to unite so he can finish his term. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)
In October 2003, then Gov. Gray Davis, center left, and then Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger met in the governor’s office in Sacramento. (Monica Almeida/New York Times)

Why do we have recalls? We can thank Los Angeles

By Soumya Karlamangla New York Times The big day is in less…

  • Sep 1, 2021
In October 2003, then Gov. Gray Davis, center left, and then Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger met in the governor’s office in Sacramento. (Monica Almeida/New York Times)
Canvassers for an immigrant advocacy group pitched Gov. Gavin Newsom to voters in Palmdale on Aug. 5. (Rozette Rago/New York Times)

Many Californians don’t know there’s a recall — that’s not good for Newsom

What was once seen as a longshot by Republicans is gaining steam

  • Aug 25, 2021
Canvassers for an immigrant advocacy group pitched Gov. Gavin Newsom to voters in Palmdale on Aug. 5. (Rozette Rago/New York Times)
A public works employee uses a pressure washer to clean a sidewalk in San Francisco, Aug. 29, 2018. The city’s mayor has made cleaner streets a top priority. Residents say it will take much more than a broom to do it. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)

The future of SF’s beleaguered Public Works agency remains in flux

‘It is a department that is broken at its core’

A public works employee uses a pressure washer to clean a sidewalk in San Francisco, Aug. 29, 2018. The city’s mayor has made cleaner streets a top priority. Residents say it will take much more than a broom to do it. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
Richie Greenberg, who heads up one of two efforts to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin, drops off boxes of recall petition signatures at City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Richie Greenberg, who heads up one of two efforts to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin, drops off boxes of recall petition signatures at City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

First effort to recall DA Boudin fails to gather required signatures

‘I’m pissed as hell but proud of our recall team’

Richie Greenberg, who heads up one of two efforts to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin, drops off boxes of recall petition signatures at City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Richie Greenberg, who heads up one of two efforts to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin, drops off boxes of recall petition signatures at City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin during a merchant walk along San Bruno Avenue in the Portola District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

How Boudin recall supporters could lose the battle, but still win the war

Those who support recalling District Attorney Chesa Boudin might lose their first…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin during a merchant walk along San Bruno Avenue in the Portola District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was among the four candidates for California governor who participated in a debate in Yorba Linda this week. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The first debate in the Newsom recall

Only 4 of 41 people running take the stage

  • Aug 5, 2021
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was among the four candidates for California governor who participated in a debate in Yorba Linda this week. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Mayor London Breed, pictured at a news conference in March, is once again balancing public health with economic recovery, thanks to the Delta variant surge. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Mayor London Breed, pictured at a news conference in March, is once again balancing public health with economic recovery, thanks to the Delta variant surge. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)