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OPINION
July 10, 2008
Re " 'Dumping' may land S.F. in court," July 4 San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom may soon be facing a court appearance. His first offense is the surreptitious dumping of juvenile illegal immigrant cocaine dealers into local group homes in San Bernardino County for subsequent disappearance into the shadows. I wonder if Newsom was also unaware of the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act, which states that "any person who encourages or induces an alien to ... reside in the United States knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such ... residence is in violation of law ... shall be punished."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Mayor Gavin Newsom sold his local business interests to oil heir Gordon Getty for $1.7 million earlier this year, the mayor's spokesman said. The 36-year-old millionaire mayor, who took office Jan. 8, earlier announced his decision to get out of the businesses he co-owned in San Francisco -- including the PlumpJack Cafe, the Balboa Cafe and the Matrix-Fillmore bar -- to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
After a three-month audition, Acting Police Chief Heather Fong, 47, got the job officially on Monday, becoming the first woman to lead the department. Mayor Gavin Newsom announced he had selected Fong, a 26-year department veteran, from 43 applicants. She replaced former Chief Alex Fagan Sr. Newsom had promised to bring new leadership to the department after a scandal that stemmed from a brawl involving Fagan's son.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2008 | Tina Daunt
With just a few weeks left until the November election, Hollywood politicos are stepping up to fight Proposition 8, which proposes to ban same-sex marriage in California. Movie producer Steve Bing plans to contribute $500,000 to the No on 8 campaign, making his donations the largest in the entertainment industry thus far, according to his representatives. Meanwhile, billionaire Ron Burkle will open his Beverly Hill mansion Tuesday to raise funds for the No on 8 campaign. Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige are set to perform at the event.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld
California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner took the first step toward a run for governor Monday, forming an exploratory committee to raise money for a campaign to replace fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. In doing so, Poizner joins San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, both Democrats, and former GOP congressman Tom Campbell. Poizner, 51, made a fortune in Silicon Valley and was elected to his statewide post in 2006. He led a successful effort this year to defeat a ballot measure that would have changed the state term-limits law and allowed the Democratic leaders of the Assembly and state Senate to extend their stay in office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A judge has denied a request by Walgreen Co. to halt a new San Francisco law that bars pharmacies from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. The law, scheduled to go into effect today, was passed in July. Walgreen says it plans to appeal the decision issued Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Peter Busch. Mayor Gavin Newsom says he hopes Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreen will reconsider its appeal, saying people should use pharmacies to improve their health and not to buy cancer-causing cigarettes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2005 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
Upholding a 1996 federal law that allows states to deny recognition to same-sex marriages, a federal court judge in Santa Ana ruled Thursday that a gay Mission Viejo couple did not have the right to marry. U.S. District Judge Gary Taylor, however, declined to rule on the whether a state law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman violates the California Constitution. Taylor said the law should be decided by the state courts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Anthony York
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will announce Friday that he is running for California lieutenant governor, according to people who were contacted by him. Newsom, a Democrat, has been lining up support and collecting donations for the statewide run. Sources say he will unveil a list of endorsements that includes many of the state's top Democratic leaders. The sources requested anonymity to allow Newsom to make the announcement. On Wednesday, Newsom took out papers to run for the office from the San Francisco County elections department and paid a $2,600 fee. Asked if Newsom would announce his candidacy Friday, spokesman Jason Kinney said, "You'll just have to wait until tomorrow."
BUSINESS
January 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
EarthLink Inc. and Google Inc. have finalized a four-year deal to provide free wireless Internet service throughout San Francisco after seven months of sometimes-tense negotiations that stalled the city's effort to ensure all its residents, visitors and businesses have easy access to the Web. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signed off on the contract Friday, but the details still require the approval of the city's Board of Supervisors and Public Utilities Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Mayor Gavin Newsom has proposed taxing carbon dioxide emissions and charging motorists for driving in certain areas of the city as incentives to combat global warming and increase the use of public transportation. Newsom plans to ask voters to approve a ballot measure in November that would increase utility bills on businesses as a way to decrease energy consumption. The additional revenue would be used to reduce payroll taxes. Newsom said his goal is to phase out some taxes on business and tax pollution instead.
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