The political action committee of San Francisco for Democracy – a grassroots progressive group “inspired by the leadership of Howard Dean” – released its slate of endorsements yesterday for November’s election. The group endorsed Democrats for every congressional, legislative and statewide office – with the exception of the lieutenant governor’s office, for which San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is the Democratic nominee.
The group’s website indicates the 60 percent threshold for endorsement wasn’t reached for that race during an Aug. 17 endorsement meeting. I couldn’t immediately reach the group’s president or communication director this afternoon, and my query to Newsom’s campaign wasn’t immediately returned. The campaign of Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado chose not to comment.
Two polls last month – one commissioned by Maldonado’s campaign, the other independent – showed Newsom and Maldonado in a statistical dead heat.
UPDATE @ 12:47 P.M. FRIDAY: First, I was mistaken in calling San Francisco for Democracy an “SF Dem group” – it’s a nonpartisan progressive club, president Tim Durning said in a voicemail he left for me this morning. Durning went on to explain that Green candidate Jimi Castillo and Peace & Freedom candidate C.T. Weber got enough support from members of the club that Gavin Newsom didn’t have enough left to break the 60 percent threshold required for an endorsement; Republican Abel Maldonado was “a nonfactor in the race,” he said.
Posted on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Under: 2010 election, Abel Maldonado, Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor, San Francisco politics | 6 Comments »
Let’s get this straight.
San Francisco is boycotting Arizona over its immigration crackdown. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has even put the kibosh on all those city employee golf, er, business, trips to Phoenix.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wants California to follow suit.
And now, California TEA Party groups are boycotting San Francisco with a protest march in … San Francisco.
President and founder of the Pleasanton/NorCal TEA Party, Dr. Bridget Melson, sent out an announcement of the May 1 event, which will start at 2 p.m. at the Civic Center at 24th and Mission streets.
“I say spend your money anywhere else than in San Francisco, vacation elsewhere, dine elsewhere — if you protest (in San Francisco), bring your own food, coffee and water,” she said in her news release.
I guess that means they won’t be stopping for a sourdough bread bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf?
Read on for the full news release:
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Posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Under: San Francisco politics, tea party | 50 Comments »
San Francisco’s top environmental enforcer, a notable crusader against climate change, has been selected by President Barack Obama to become this region’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator.
Jared Blumenfeld, 40, will run the EPA’s operations in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and more than 140 tribal nations. Here’s an interesting interview conducted with him about a year ago.
For eight years, Blumenfeld has directed the San Francisco Department of Environment, serving as the top environmental decision-maker for 28,000 city staff and a $6.5 billion city budget; he also did an eight-month stint as interim manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. He is a founder of Business Council on Climate Change; a former director of the Treasure Island Redevelopment Authority; and led the first United Nations World Environment Day hosted by the United States. He holds law degrees from the University of London and the University of California.
“I look forward to working closely with Jared Blumenfeld on the range of urgent environmental issues we face, in Region 9 and across the nation,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a news release. “At this moment of great challenge and even greater opportunity, I’m thrilled that Jared will be part of our leadership team at EPA. He will certainly play an instrumental role in our Agency’s mission to protect our health and the environment.”
Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Under: Environment, Global warming, Obama presidency, San Francisco politics | 2 Comments »
Check out the San Francisco Bay Guardian blog on a possible not-so-hidden message from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano in a veto letter.
As you may recall, Ammiano yelled “kiss my gay ass” when the governor showed up at a San Francisco event.
Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Under: San Francisco politics, Schwarzenegger | 3 Comments »
This just in from Times online editor Ari Soglin: ContraCostaTimes.com readers are split on that question. In a poll on the site, about a third of readers (as of 2:30 p.m. today) say, “Let’s stay out of his private affairs.”
But about 20 percent say that the scandal — the San Francisco mayor admits to having an affair with the wife of his former campaign manager — is worthy of coverage because of his position. And another 30 percent say the incident “raises questions about his loyalty to people close to him.”
Rounding out the poll — a highly unscientific snapshot of what our readers think — 10 percent say they “don’t care about his affairs, but dude’s hot, so please post a photo.” And 3 percent say, “I don’t care about Newsom, but please update us on Monica Lewinsky.”
Link to poll here.
Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2007
Under: San Francisco politics | No Comments »