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Posts Tagged ‘Gavin Newsom’

moving on

After working as a development adviser to Mayors Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee, Michael Yarne is heading back to the private sector – for the most part.

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Primetime Panhandlers

The ChronicleWatch takes a look at panhandling at the city’s busiest freeway ramps, saying that the issue has not received much attention from Mayor Ed Lee’s administration. Apparently, some locations are quite lucrative with panhandlers making up to $20 an hour.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Behind The Paywall

The Chron takes the occasion of this Sunday to hide a story on Mayor Lee, the Warriors move, and mayoral legacies behind its paywall. Another good reason to plunk down the dough and get yourself a Chron today…

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Cue the Music

The team over at the Examiner offers cable station Current TV a word of advice relating to its newly announced deal with former SF Mayor and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to host the “Gavin Newsom Show.” Their advice? Remind Newsom that an hour means an hour.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Salesforce SF

Thumbs up man's hand isolated on white backgroundAt an event on Friday with Mayor Lee and Rep. Pelosi, Salesforce.com announced it had signed a lease to become the main tenant in a 61-story building currently under construction downtown — to be named “Salesforce Tower” when it opens in 2017. Take note: Salesforce’s decision to move into what will be the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River comes with no tax breaks or other incentives from the City… just a big thumbs up.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

New Kid on the block

Okay, so she’s certainly no “kid,” but Commissioner Cindy Wu IS new to the Planning Commission, where she’s already settling in quite nicely – she’s just been elected to serve as vice president. But it appears not everyone is on board with her quick ascension – it’s never easy being the “new kid.”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

SF’s Homeless

The Chronicle features Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness, as the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

labyrinthine legal duel

A firm being sued by the City is having their day in court. That day in court just happens to involve the Mayor, City Attorney, Public Defender’s Office (and their chief attorney), Public Utilities Commission, shell companies, a few big name firms, kickbacks, and a couple million dollars. So, it’s sort of like a big deal and junk.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Where in the world…?

In just a few short weeks, our new mayor has proved to be quite the world traveler.  First he was in China when all the drama started to go down, and now he’s off to Washington for the Conference of Mayors.  Safe travels!

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Question Time

C. W. Nevius is the latest journalist to take on the question of Question Time. The necessity of these monthly “events” in their current form can surely be debated, but I must say that from my perspective, that of the “political observer,” Question Time is about as much fun as, say, chopping up old books, pouring milk on them, and eating them as if they were a tasty, nutritious cereal.

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Going. Going. Gone…

… off to Sacramento.  Wow.  It’s the end of an era, wouldn’t you say?  After last week’s last minute power play from former Mayor Gavin Newsom, he officially took the oath of office to be California’s 49th lieutenant governor on Monday.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Final Days

After outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom’s one week postponement of his inauguration as lieutenant governor, it seems as if he has finally taken care of his unfinished business.  He’s managed to squeeze in a lot for a week, including the interim mayor selection, the Asian Art Museum, a number of commission appointments, and the big DA appointment.

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Center Stage

Chronicle columnist John Diaz opines on the shifting nature of SF politics.

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

It Ain’t Over Till… Oh, Wait. It’s Over.

The Chronicle reports on how the city’s liberal wing may have lost a potentially huge opportunity with the departure of Mayor Newsom.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Lucky Number Forty-Three

Interim Mayor pick and former City Administrator Ed Lee gets was officially sworn in to his new office yesterday as throngs of people looked on at City Hall.  Big decisions await him in the coming months.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Quick like a cat

Despite some of the Supervisors’ best efforts, Mayor Gavin Newsom was still able to sneak in a few appointments before he heads to Sactown on Monday.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Greener pastures

As his swearing in draws ever-closer, the Examiner examines (ha!) the road traveled by (almost former) Mayor Gavin Newsom on his path to becoming the next lieutenant governor of the Golden State.  And yes, they’re already talking about what might be next…

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Settling the tab

Former Supervisor and mayoral candidate Tony Hall pays a $6,000 fine and closes the book on the ethics investigation that’s been open against him since 2008.

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Planning Ahead

In efforts to close the remaining budget deficit, Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to release a plan for his successor.

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Furlough Me This

The Examiner reports that citywide furlough days are taking place during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Come one, Come all

Thousands attended Sunday’s City Hall open house with Mayor Newsom, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, members of the Board of Supervisors, sleds and snow, and a ZooMobile.  Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Running a City, 101

With less than a month to go until his Golden State transition, Mayor Gavin Newsom prepares a trusty “How To” binder for his successor on city operations and what challenges to expect in balancing the 2011 budget (other than a massive deficit, of course).

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Money and the Arts

The Examiner tells us that San Francisco’s thriving arts culture is providing a myriad of economic benefits to the city’s other businesses.

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Move Aside WikiLeaks

A Mayor’s Office celebration and Texas rib chow-down was captured on film and subsequently leaked to TMZ… But the weirdest part? That news of the Mayor making news subsequently makes news.

Friday, December 10th, 2010

What’s in a Name?

The Bay Citizen examines the possibility that San Francisco will find leadership from a new generation of Feinsteins.

Friday, December 10th, 2010