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News, The Snitch Phil Ting's Assembly Bid Isn't So Boring After All

Phil Ting's Assembly Bid Isn't So Boring After All

Of all the do-gooders at San Francisco City Hall (what few are left), County Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting would be the very last person we'd expect to see caught up in nefarious politicking. We're talking about a man who got upstaged…
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News, Feature Inefficient by Design: San Francisco's Commissions Are Uncountable — and Unaccountable

Inefficient by Design: San Francisco's Commissions Are Uncountable — and Unaccountable

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen. It can take a San Francisco politician years of toil to render the city ridiculous in the eyes of the world. The Commission of Animal Control and Welfare managed it overnight. Last month, the…
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News, The Snitch Phil Ting Launches Slick New 'Reset S.F.' Site -- But Not to Bolster Mayoral Run. Right?

Phil Ting Launches Slick New 'Reset S.F.' Site -- But Not to Bolster Mayoral Run. Right?

Perhaps it's a bit of a simplification, but the city's assessor-recorder has two jobs: assessing and recording. So it came as a bit of a surprise when assessor-recorder Phil Ting launched a handsome new website, "Reset San Francisco," which purports…
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News, The Snitch Eric Jaye: Muni Drivers Union Never Hired, Paid Me

Eric Jaye: Muni Drivers Union Never Hired, Paid Me

Bulldog Political consultant Eric Jaye has, in a manner of speaking been thrown under the bus. He confirms he's no longer working for the much-maligned Transit Workers Union. But, he adds, he wasn't fired. In fact, he was never really…
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News, The Snitch 'March Against Muni' Organizers Say They're Just Two Frustrated Bus-Riders

'March Against Muni' Organizers Say They're Just Two Frustrated Bus-Riders

As the March 1 "March Against Muni" draws near, a number of questions are being bandied about with greater frequency. No. 1 is, "Who are these people?" You won't find out on their Web site, leading to rumors even among…
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List: Why is Newsom vying for California's lieutenant governorship?

Why is Mayor Gavin Newsom thinking about running for California's lieutenant governorship? • He's worried that if he doesn't, San Franciscans will have nothing to laugh at this fall • He believes he can make more of a difference as…
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News, The Snitch Say Hello to Muni Union's Not-So-Little Friend: Eric Jaye

Say Hello to Muni Union's Not-So-Little Friend: Eric Jaye

When the embattled Transit Workers Union hired former Gavin Newsom political svengali Eric Jaye, many martial analogies ensued. One city politico we talked to predicted labor war. The term "going to the mattresses" was evoked. One fellow political consultant likened…
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News, The Snitch Muni May Lay Off 170 Operators on Friday

Muni May Lay Off 170 Operators on Friday

Muni spokesman Judson True has confirmed a rumor disseminated by the Muni Drivers' union: 170 operators -- and 230 Muni employees -- will be facing layoffs after Friday's Municipal Transportation Agency Board meeting. "At the Friday meeting, service reductions will…
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News, The Snitch Gavin For Gov: Who Got Paid?

Gavin For Gov: Who Got Paid?

Last night, we made our initial perusal of Mayor Gavin Newsom's Dostoevskyian, 529-page campaign filing laying out the finances in his failed bid for governor. And while Newsom spent around $700,000 more than he raised in 2009, his campaign petered…
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News, The Snitch In Wake of Unpleasant Poll, Kamala Harris Trumpets Fund-Raising Totals

In Wake of Unpleasant Poll, Kamala Harris Trumpets Fund-Raising Totals

According to a press release Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris fired off about an hour ago, her campaign raised more than a million bucks in the last half of 2009. But according to a poll leaked to the San Francisco…
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News, Feature The Wrong Stuff

The Wrong Stuff

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that former California Senate majority leader, John Burton, supports Gavin Newsom's candidacy. On a gray July morning in City Hall, Mayor Gavin Newsom is fidgeting his way through a self-congratulatory press…
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News, The Snitch Facebook Friends Cannot Elect Gavin Newsom -- Or Anyone Else

Facebook Friends Cannot Elect Gavin Newsom -- Or Anyone Else

Last week's shakeup in Gavin Newsom's campaign for governor was, in a sense, a triumph of old media over new media. Eric Jaye, Newsom's longtime campaign guru who loved Twitter and Facebook, was out; Garry South, the bare-knuckled political…
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News, The Snitch Newsom: No Jaye, No Problem. Mayor Says He's Going to Be Just Fine Without Former Svengali.

Newsom: No Jaye, No Problem. Mayor Says He's Going to Be Just Fine Without Former Svengali.

This morning., Gavin Newsom's favorite group of notebook, tape-recorder, and camera-wielding inquisitors packed into his tepid chambers for a press conference regarding a proposed United Nations Global Warming Center at the Hunter's Point Shipyard. Great idea, it seemed, but when all the cheer-leading was over, and Newsom made himself…
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News, The Snitch The De-Friending of Gavin Newsom and Eric Jaye

The De-Friending of Gavin Newsom and Eric Jaye

For a number of years, Mayor Gavin Newsom has had a weekly meeting with his "kitchen cabinet" at a sushi restaurant near City Hall to talk politics. A regular attendee of those Monday night pow-wows has been Newsom's longtime strategist,…
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News, The Snitch Eric Jaye and Gavin Newsom Are Totally Broken Up!

Eric Jaye and Gavin Newsom Are Totally Broken Up!

In a major shakeup of his gubernatorial campaign, Gavin Newsom's longtime political strategist, Eric Jaye, has left the building. Jaye cited a "fundamental difference in how to run the campaign" as the reason for his surprising departure. It appears that…
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News, The Snitch Gavin's Dilemma: Dis Firefighters or Darling of LGBT Political Community?

Gavin's Dilemma: Dis Firefighters or Darling of LGBT Political Community?

If you were Gavin Newsom -- and, odds are, you weren't -- these were your choices: Head to last weekend's U.S. Conference of Mayor's in Providence, R.I. and talk about your treasurer's innovative economic plan and a former supervisor's innovative…
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News, The Snitch Newsom's Svengali: Son of Michael Savage's Money Is No Good Here (Now That People Are Paying Attention)

Newsom's Svengali: Son of Michael Savage's Money Is No Good Here (Now That People Are Paying Attention)

Yesterday we reported some of the more interesting names on would-be Governor Gavin Newsom's major donor's list -- including ousted Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, a bevy of movie moguls and Russell Weiner, the man behind Rockstar Energy Drinks. Weiner is…
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News, The Snitch SF 2008 Election Winners & Losers

SF 2008 Election Winners & Losers

Although there are thousands of uncounted absentee votes left, as well as the ranked-choice craziness, there’s enough precinct data to make a preliminary list of Election Day winners and losers. So with that caveat, here we go… By Will Harper…
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News, Sucka Free City Guv candidate Gavin Newsom eligible for $48,000 campaign donations

Guv candidate Gavin Newsom eligible for $48,000 campaign donations

If you've got a soft spot in your heart for Gavin Newsom — and, say, $48,200 burning a hole in your pocket — the mayor would like to speak with you. Now. Newsom officially created his "Newsom for California Exploratory…
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News, Feature SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin's Message to Newsom: Quit Attacking Me!

SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin's Message to Newsom: Quit Attacking Me!

Aaron Peskin walks into North Beach's legendary Caffe Trieste, wearing a natty olive suit and acting like he owns the place. Seven years after the neighborhood preservationist was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Peskin has developed the…
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