CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, one of the state's rising Democratic stars, raked in more than $1.7 million during the first half of 2013 and has $2.7 million in the bank, according to campaign finance reports filed today. Her haul outpaces that of a fellow up-and-comer, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who pulled in $392,000 for his reelection from January to June. Newsom has $1.3 million cash on hand. Harris and Newsom aren't head-to-head competitors; both are running for reelection for their respective jobs.
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."
June 24, 2008 |
The nation's mayors have voted against spending taxpayer money to buy bottled water. A majority of about 250 mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Miami voted to phase out regular use of bottled water for its employees and functions. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wrote the resolution. Newsom was joined by 17 sponsors, including New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. A beverage industry group called the move "sound-bite environmentalism," while activists cheered it.
February 13, 2005
Tell me how I am supposed to feel about West Hollywood's plan to erect a memorial to Soviet soldiers (Feb. 8) who fought for a government that exiled my Lithuanian family to Siberia, along with hundreds of thousands of others who met their deaths there? We tend to forget that the Soviets were as brutal as the Nazis during World War II. Such a monument glorifying Soviet victories has no place here. Marija S. Newsom Beverly Hills
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.
August 29, 2008 |
At a breakfast gathering of California delegates Thursday, two big-city mayors spoke back-to-back, a potential preview of coming attractions. Using his city as a model, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom challenged the gathering to return California to a position of prominence. "Things aren't going as well as they should," he said. "We're not stepping up and solving the problems like we should. . . . We're good at finger-pointing and we're good at talking about the way the world should be, but we're falling short on delivering those ideals."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2008 |
Del Martin, a pioneer lesbian rights activist who, with her partner of more than 50 years, Phyllis Lyon, became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in San Francisco in June, died Wednesday. She was 87. Martin died in the hospice unit of UC San Francisco Medical Center, two weeks after a broken arm worsened her existing health problems, said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco. "We would not have marriage equality in California if it weren't for Del and Phyllis," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday.
August 31, 2009 |
Daily Kos, an influential liberal website, recently released a poll showing that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was just nine points behind Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown in the Democratic primary race for governor. Within minutes, the San Francisco Chronicle posted a blog item saying the poll showed the race was "narrowing," comparing it to a June survey, conducted by a different company, that gave Brown a 20-point lead over Newsom. The item was quickly picked up and posted by Rough & Tumble, California's premier political news aggregator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1993 |
If it please the court, let us stipulate to a few things upfront: First, Zsa Zsa Gabor does n ot look so fat that it would take three or four strong men to lift her onto a horse. And Elke Sommer does not resemble a bald-headed, Hollywood has-been who hangs out in seedy bars and has to sell hand-knitted pullover sweaters to eke out a living.
July 17, 2013
Re "For Gavin Newsom, it's lonely just below the top," Column One, July 15 With Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom having no influence on Jerry Brown, clearly our governor does not subscribe to Abraham Lincoln's "team of rivals" leadership style. So if Newsom feels he is powerless, I invite him to switch places with me. I am a member of a neighborhood association and a board member of a neighborhood council. I lobby my local City Council member's office and other departments regularly to try to improve the quality of life in my community.