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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)
Steven Buss, left, and Sachin Agarwal co-founded Grow SF, which plans to produce election voter guides offering a moderate agenda. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Grow SF: New tech group aims to promote moderate ideals to political newcomers

Sachin Agarwal has lived in San Francisco for 15 years. But the…

Steven Buss, left, and Sachin Agarwal co-founded Grow SF, which plans to produce election voter guides offering a moderate agenda. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
The sidewalk on Egbert Avenue in the Bayview recently was cluttered with car parts, tires and other junk. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

New surveillance effort aims to crack down on illegal dumping

’We want to make sure we catch people who are trashing our streets’

The sidewalk on Egbert Avenue in the Bayview recently was cluttered with car parts, tires and other junk. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
A former inmate and a sheriff’s deputy are among the first four members chosen to serve on the newly created Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Years after fight club scandal, Sheriff’s oversight board takes shape

‘We want to promote law enforcement best practices’

A former inmate and a sheriff’s deputy are among the first four members chosen to serve on the newly created Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
David Campos, left, and Matt Haney are part of a large pool of potential candidates who are registered to vote in Assembly District 17. (Left photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner; right photo by Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
David Campos, left, and Matt Haney are part of a large pool of potential candidates who are registered to vote in Assembly District 17. (Left photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner; right photo by Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Breed appointment triggers progressive jockeying at City Hall

‘The question is do they run against each other? Does that split up the field?’

David Campos, left, and Matt Haney are part of a large pool of potential candidates who are registered to vote in Assembly District 17. (Left photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner; right photo by Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
David Campos, left, and Matt Haney are part of a large pool of potential candidates who are registered to vote in Assembly District 17. (Left photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner; right photo by Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
State Sen. David Roberti holds up an Uzi and 30-round ammunition clip in a photo that appeared in the March 27, 1994 edition of The Examiner.<ins> (AP file photo)</ins>

Q&A: The father of California’s assault weapons ban slams recent overturn by federal judge

While much has changed over the last four decades, much hasn’t. In…

State Sen. David Roberti holds up an Uzi and 30-round ammunition clip in a photo that appeared in the March 27, 1994 edition of The Examiner.<ins> (AP file photo)</ins>
Cars drive past a radar speed sign along 19th Avenue near the intersection with Wawona Street on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Statewide legislation to pilot speed cameras, a proven tool in cities nationwide in the ongoing fight to slow vehicle speeds and curb reckless driving behavior, died in the Sacramento statehouse last week, making it the latest failed attempt to pass what many advocates call “common sense” reform. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Days after fatal SF hit-and-run, speed camera bill stalls in Sacramento

Future of Vision Zero effort to slow cars could be uncertain

Cars drive past a radar speed sign along 19th Avenue near the intersection with Wawona Street on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Statewide legislation to pilot speed cameras, a proven tool in cities nationwide in the ongoing fight to slow vehicle speeds and curb reckless driving behavior, died in the Sacramento statehouse last week, making it the latest failed attempt to pass what many advocates call “common sense” reform. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
People sip coffee and eat baked goods in the public parklet outside Arizmendi Bakery in the Inner Sunset District on Tuesday, May 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Polarizing parklets: How SF thinks about public space could forever change

Rachel Herbert owns three cafes in San Francisco. All sit next to…

People sip coffee and eat baked goods in the public parklet outside Arizmendi Bakery in the Inner Sunset District on Tuesday, May 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin rallies with supporters at a campaign event on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

If you care about Black lives, you cannot support the effort to remove Chesa Boudin

By Cat Brooks Last summer, the murder of George Floyd ignited unprecedented…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin rallies with supporters at a campaign event on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Feras Dalia (right) and Mohamed Rasheed (left) wave Palestinian flags at the Protest for Palestine on Saturday, May 15, 2021.. (CraigLee/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Protesters rally in the Mission in support of Palestinians

A crowd gathered in the Mission District Saturday to protest the recent…

Feras Dalia (right) and Mohamed Rasheed (left) wave Palestinian flags at the Protest for Palestine on Saturday, May 15, 2021.. (CraigLee/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference about a $12 billion package bolstering the state’s response to the homelessness crisis at the Kearney Vista Apartments on May 11, 2021 in San Diego, California. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Newsom promises sweeping change in California’s $267-billion budget

John Myers Los Angeles Times California would embark on the most ambitious…

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference about a $12 billion package bolstering the state’s response to the homelessness crisis at the Kearney Vista Apartments on May 11, 2021 in San Diego, California. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Despite the pandemic, San Francisco has ended the fiscal year with a budget surplus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Better than expected tax revenues leave city with $157.3M surplus for this year

As the fiscal year nears an end and Mayor London Breed prepares…

Despite the pandemic, San Francisco has ended the fiscal year with a budget surplus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Gov. Gavin Newsom, show here speaking at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April, faces a recall election due to anger on the right over his handling of the pandemic, among other issues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Why Gavin Newsom’s popularity could work against him in the recall election

Top pollster: ‘We’re not seeing the Democrats engaged in this election. And that may be a problem…’

Gov. Gavin Newsom, show here speaking at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April, faces a recall election due to anger on the right over his handling of the pandemic, among other issues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)