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May 26, 2009 | Gavin Newsom
On Feb. 12, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that his city would begin performing same-sex marriages. The move came in defiance of Proposition 22, passed by voters in 2000, which defined marriage as a "personal relation arising out of a civil contract between a man and a woman." Newsom maintained that the state Constitution's equal protection clause preempted that law. On Aug.
May 20, 2009 | Associated Press
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom thinks smokers should pay what it costs the city to clean up discarded cigarette butts. Newsom on Tuesday proposed a per-pack fee on cigarettes sold in the city to cover the expense. He said that a review earlier this year showed that tobacco-related trash makes up one-fourth of all the garbage removed from city sidewalks and gutters. The city is studying how high to set the proposed fee, but a preliminary estimate puts it around 33 cents.
May 16, 2009 | Associated Press
A new ordinance signed by the mayor clears the way for the construction of 25,000 solar panels atop the city's largest water reservoir, city officials said. Mayor Gavin Newsom signed the ordinance Friday, saying the solar power generated from the site will more than triple San Francisco's output from two megawatts to seven.
February 23, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
Democrats auditioning for governor of California stepped one by one onto a Northridge stage Sunday for an opening scene of the campaign to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. There was Gavin Newsom, the hyper-caffeinated mayor of San Francisco, casting his City Hall record as a progressive model for California, if not the world.
December 21, 2008 | Associated Press
The first woman to serve as San Francisco's police chief says she'll retire in April after more than 32 years with the Police Department. Chief Heather Fong announced her decision Saturday on Mayor Gavin Newsom's radio show. Fong, 52, was named to head the department in April 2004. She said it was time to move on and do some things that she had not been able to do while holding what she called a "24-7 job." She said she would "continue to be part of the fabric and life of the city but in a different role."
July 25, 2008 | Michelle Quinn and John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writers
Treat your I.T. workers well. Listen to their concerns. Encourage their creativity. But set up good checks to make sure they can't hijack your system. That may be the lesson in the wake of the 10-day standoff here between a computer network expert and the municipality for which he worked. Terry Childs, 43, a suspended systems administrator for the city and county of San Francisco, sits in a jail cell, accused of tampering with the very computer network he was hired to maintain.
April 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The city of San Francisco is challenging U.S. Census figures after a city-commissioned study found that the federal government had undercounted city residents by almost 100,000. Mayor Gavin Newsom says the city will formally appeal the Census Bureau's 2007 estimate as early as Tuesday. The estimate puts San Francisco's population at just over 764,000 residents. But according to the study by a nonprofit organization that uses economic data to estimate population, the city's residents number about 864,000.
January 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mayor Gavin Newsom wants cable car crews to know he doesn't think all of them are lining their pockets with pilfered fares. The mayor met privately with union leaders and workers Friday to take some of the sting out of his comments earlier in the week that he was convinced some cable car operators were stealing money that should have gone into the public till. Those who went into the closed-door meeting hoping for a mea culpa were disappointed.
August 3, 2005 | Patrick J. Comiskey, Special to The Times
Last fall, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was in Washington, D.C., he says, "I heard from a couple of Republican senators that they wanted to see me. I thought, 'Well, that's kind of strange,' since we didn't exactly have a lot in common." If anything, a typical Republican senator in this Congress might want to avoid being seen with the California politician who brought a tempest to the national stage by issuing marriage licenses to gay men and women at City Hall.
March 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mayor Gavin Newsom has rebuffed the Board of Supervisors' request to fly the U.S. flag above City Hall at half-staff on Saturday to honor everyone who has died in the war in Iraq. Newsom rejected the proposal because the flag is to be flown at half-staff only when a prominent local figure dies or by order of the president or governor, mayor's spokesman Peter Ragone said. A massive antiwar protest is scheduled for Saturday to mark the second anniversary of the beginning of the war.
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