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News, Sucka Free City Long-Distance Call: Dialing City Hall Results in a Blast from the Past

Long-Distance Call: Dialing City Hall Results in a Blast from the Past

A long time ago, Alex Tourk left his position as Gavin Newsom's deputy chief of staff to run the mayor's re-election bid. Newsom repaid his friend's loyalty and devotion by carrying on an affair with Tourk's then-wife — who also…
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News, The Snitch Alex Tourk: Bevan Dufty Unconcerned with Investigation of New Hire

Alex Tourk: Bevan Dufty Unconcerned with Investigation of New Hire

Bevan Dufty goes through campaign managers like Spinal Tap went through drummers -- though, to our knowledge, none of his three prior field generals has exploded. He has hired a rather explosive campaign manager No. 4: Alex Tourk. Tourk is a respected…
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News, The Snitch Will Stow Lake Affair Sink City Attorney?

Will Stow Lake Affair Sink City Attorney?

Will the city attorney's office be kicked overboard as the latest casualty in the ongoing Stow Lake controversy? The answer may come as soon as next week. The lake's concessions have been run by the McClellan family for generations. Bruce…
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A Conversation Between Alex Tourk and Dennis Herrera Part 2 (Video)

Last week, SF Weekly featured an animated clip that gave us a satisfying sense of what the conversation was probably like between City Attorney Dennis Herrera and his troubled campaign consultant Alex Tourk after the news broke that Tourk was…
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News, The Snitch Alex Tourk Quits Dennis Herrera's Campaign

Alex Tourk Quits Dennis Herrera's Campaign

Campaign consultants are a bit like roadies -- they tend to work, indispensably, in the background and ought not overshadow the main act (obesity and dressing all in black are not necessary for consultants, however). When roadies take the foreground,…
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A Conversation Between Alex Tourk and Dennis Herrera (Video)

Even those with only a passing interest in SF city politics have probably heard about the reported scandal involving City Attorney Dennis Herrera and his campaign consultant, Alex Tourk. And although the story of Herrera, a mayoral candidate, and Tourk…
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News, The Snitch Alex Tourk: Who Would Prosecute Him?

Alex Tourk: Who Would Prosecute Him?

When you lobby for a living, it appears you may forget when you're doing it -- or even filling out paperwork claiming that's what you've been doing. Or maybe that's just Alex Tourk. The proprietor of Ground Floor Public Affairs…
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News, The Snitch Former Newsom Campaign Manager Leads Charge For Saturday Voting

Former Newsom Campaign Manager Leads Charge For Saturday Voting

Alex Tourk, head of Ground Floor Public Affairs and former campaign manager for Mayor Gavin Newsom, is spearheading the effort to qualify a ballot initiative that would extend voting hours to Saturdays in San Francisco. It's a move he and…
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Gavin Newsom's benign betrayal

Gavin Newsom has recently repeated his claim — first made to The New York Times — that there's more to the story of his affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, the wife of his then-best friend, Alex Tourk. What more information could…
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News, The Snitch E-Campaign to 'Save' Medjool's Rooftop Bar Kicks Off -- But Is it Grassroots or Astroturf?

E-Campaign to 'Save' Medjool's Rooftop Bar Kicks Off -- But Is it Grassroots or Astroturf?

Invitations to join a Facebook page titled "SAVE MEDJOOL" are flooding San Franciscans' e-mail inboxes. The missive pleads for locals' help in persuading the big, bad Planning Department from pulling the permits for the Mission establishment's rooftop bar, which would…
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Newsom-Linked Non-Profit SF Connect Twice As Inefficient As National Average

San Francisco spends a small nation's budget on and around the problem of homelessness. Numerous programs sprawl over multiple bureaucracies, each with differing missions, and different levels of coordination and effectiveness. San Francisco's Human Services Agency, which oversees public assistance…
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News, The Snitch Want some money? Click here -- seriously!

Want some money? Click here -- seriously!

The furtive joy of discovering a $20 bill in an old pair of jeans is all the proof you'll need: Money found truly is sweeter than money earned. Uncovering cash that should have been paid to you from private…
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Getting Rich in San Francisco Politics: The Cost of Gavin Newsom's Affair

Alex Tourk, the cuckolded former deputy chief of staff to Mayor Gavin Newsom, has emerged as the highest paid political consultant in San Francisco so far this year -- with all the money coming from Newsom’s campaign for mayor. Is…
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