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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Newsom's Cosco Busan Oil Spill 'Local Emergency' Declaration Misses Boat

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 11:21 AM

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It's good to know our newly-reelected mayor is on top of things. Yesterday, nearly a week after the 58,000-gallon Cosco Busan oil spill, Newsom got around to declaring a local emergency.

So, what took so long? Was he busy with new city initiatives? Rallying the troops for his second term? Oh, he was taking a post-election vacation in Hawaii? Say what?

According to Matier And Ross, Newsom decided to go ahead with his trip, even after finding out that the Coast Guard had "vastly underestimated" the size of the spill.

Well, at least he didn't have a good time:

"I don't see how my staying would have changed things," Newsom said. "I was gone all of two days, and it turned out to be one of the worst weekends of my life."

Schadenfreude, friends. Isn't it great?

Gavin Newsom from davegolden on flickr

-- Brian Bernbaum

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