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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.
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.
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.
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."
April 27, 2009
Re "Newsom makes it official by Tweet," April 22 I hope The Times will send someone to San Francisco to do some investigative reporting on conditions in our city now that our mayor, Gavin Newsom, has announced his gubernatorial candidacy. Your reporter would find a significant decline in the quality of the city's life during Newsom's tenure, deterioration in many neighborhoods and ineptitude in the running of many city agencies. There are many eye-opening stories to tell here. Unfortunately, our local newspapers are no longer capable of doing first-class investigative work on conditions at City Hall.
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.
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.
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.
February 8, 2007
Re "In San Francisco, mayor's troubles not just personal," Feb. 7 The contrast and similarity between San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and former Rep. Mark Foley could not be clearer. Both sought rehab, claiming some sort of immunity from the lousy choices they have made as if they had no ability to deal with their problems. Foley didn't touch anybody, but he resigned (or was hounded out of office, one could legitimately say). Newsom backstabs a close associate, drifts away from fulfilling his duties and continues his term, waiting for the tide to ebb so he can continue as a "darling" Democrat.
June 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Citing environmental concerns, Mayor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order prohibiting city departments from buying bottled water. In a decision announced Thursday, Newsom said the ban would take effect July 1 and extend to all city and county water coolers by Dec. 1. Tony Winnicker, spokesman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, said Newsom's decision would save taxpayer money and combat global warming.
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