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Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Poll Shows Gavin Newsom Mostly Leading Other (Potential) Gubernatorial Candidates

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Newsom's "thinking face." - JOANNE WAN/FLICKR
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  • Newsom's "thinking face."

Former San Francisco mayor and current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is keen to win the governor’s chair, and a new Field Poll shows him mostly leading other potential candidates.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gavin Newsom Creates Committee to Run for Governor in 2018

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 10:28 AM

In a not-so-surprising move,  Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today that he's already making big plans for a 2018 bid for California governor. 

On his Facebook page, the social media-savvy pol laid out his plans, saying he's forming an exploratory committee, the first step for would-be candidates.

"I’ve never been a fan of pretense or procrastination," Newsom wrote on Facebook. "So today I’m announcing that I’m creating a committee to run for California Governor in 2018. Because I truly and passionately believe in the future of this great state."

And because he's never short on words, Newsom continued his long-windedness on Facebook:

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Gavin Newsom Urged to Take it Easy, Stop Talking So Much

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Gavin Newsom has been urged to keep a low profile...
  • Gavin Newsom has been urged to keep a low profile...

On Gavin Newsom's recent book tour, Stephen Colbert noted that our lieutenant governor's tome ought to come with a "bullshit translator" and added that all of Newsom's trite Newsomisms should be "carved on a stone and put in someone's garden."

Put that one on your back cover.

Writing a book was just the latest diversion keeping our erstwhile mayor from his current day job (and he wasn't always so enthused about running San Francisco, either). And, now that he's ostensibly sitting on the big chair while Gov. Jerry Brown ambles through China, government-watchers have a bit of advice for Newsom: Keep it up.

"The best thing he can do as acting governor is nothing," Claremont McKenna College political scientist Jack Pitney told the Associated Press. Considering Newsom's aversion to Sacramento, his short-lived television show, his book, and its resultant book tour -- this is a mission he is eminently qualified to fulfill.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Gavin Newsom Says the Year for Marijuana Legalization in California Is 2016

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Now you have a friend in the marijuana business
  • Now you have a friend in the marijuana business

As the most powerful man in the room milled aimlessly about the bar of the United Irish Cultural Center on Friday, looking for someone who recognized him as United States Congressman, all the attention was focused where it always is whenever Gavin Newsom is in the room: right on the lieutenant governor himself.

Newsom was at the Instituto Laboral de la Raza award dinner hawking copies of his new book, Citizenville, and doing what he does best -- looking good. In addition to the labor leaders and elected officials stepping forward for a moment of his time, Gavin's ear was repeatedly bent by one of the labor movement's fastest-growing segments: the medical marijuana industry.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Matt Cain's Perfect Game: Gavin Newsom's Tweet Might Have Lost Him the L.A. Vote

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Well played, Gavin
  • Well played, Gavin

Like with every big happening in the world these days, Matt Cain's perfect game -- the first in Giants history -- sent Twitter into an immediate, topic-saturating flutter. The magnitude of which we haven't seen since ... Manny Pacquiao dominated got screwed by corrupt/blind judges against Tim Bradley on Saturday.

Of course it wouldn't be a true Tweevent without participation from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom himself -- the man named "America's Most Social Mayor" in 2010 --  who, in his last year as San Francisco's mayor, had more Twitter followers (1.4 million) than even Newark's Cory Booker (1.1 million). The New York Times dubbed him "the Twitter Prince" before gushing, "If only the Twitterverse had polling places. Forget this lieutenant governor business -- @gavinnewsom could run for president."

So at 10:17 p.m. yesterday, several minutes after Joaquin Arias zipped that sweet final out to Brandon Belt, @gavinnewsom tweeted: "No matter who your team is, all CA celebrating #MattCain tonite! First perfecto in #Giants history!"

Apparently, the lite gov doesn't know any Dodger fans.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Gavin Newsom's TV Debut Imminent: Flee While You Can

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

The horror. The horror.
  • The horror. The horror.

A public safety notice on SFGate today warned the general public of potential exposure to former San Franciscan Gavin Newsom's imminent television debut. Per the warning, our erstwhile mayor and apparently bored silly lieutenant governor will on May 18 commence chatting with "stars" such as Lance Armstrong, Oliver Stone, and Paypal and Tesla founder Elon Musk.

Perhaps most alarmingly, however, Newsom will be allotted a segment titled "Just Gavin," in which he will "discuss his views on the issues of the day."

This is an ominous development. Newsom's good looks would put him in the running to host even a farm report -- but Current TV is giving a platform to the man who, not four years ago, loosed upon the general public a 7.5-hour State of the City YouTube address.

For those who actually subjected themselves to that ordeal, the thought of -- voluntarily! -- tuning in to watch Newsom pontificate, nod at Camera 2, or "discuss his views on the issues of the day" is an offer akin to a chain gang reunion back at the ol' work farm. 

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gavin Newsom's House Sells

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 9:30 AM

It's official: Newsom's out
  • It's official: Newsom's out

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom can no longer play coy about whether he is or is not a resident of San Francisco. According to news reports, the former San Francisco mayor's house has officially sold, which means he is officially no longer a denizen of our fair city.

So does this mean the Marin-bound Newsom will be booted from the local Democratic Party? As you might recall Aaron Peskin, chair of the Democratic Party and Newsom's political nemesis, had questioned whether the lieutenant governor was still living here, because if not, Newsom could no longer be a member of the local Democratic County Central Committee.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Gavin Newsom's House Hits the Market

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Where's Gavin now?
  • Where's Gavin now?

The big question for Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has been: Where does the ex-mayor live? Until today, we couldn't say for sure what his living situation was. While some news reports say the Newsoms have packed up their home and moved to Ross for the summer, his staff was insisting he's still a resident of San Francisco.

To be clear, Newsom does live in Ross and he technically is still a resident of our fair city -- but not for long, it seems. What we can tell you is that his Ashbury Heights home is on the market -- officially, according to, a real estate blog.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gavin Newsom's Home Is Plenty Big, Realtors Say

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Russell Lee, WPA photographer, 1939
Now that's a tiny house...
Former Mayor Gavin Newsom's claim that a four-bedroom, $2.7 million Ashbury Heights home is too petite for a family of four induced bouts of hilarity among San Francisco's real estate professionals.

"Oh, I think we all giggled when we saw the pretense behind it," Realtor Luba Muzichenko says. "This is a little ostentatious. When he was running for mayor he was trying to pretend he was very down-to-earth."

Well, Newsom can still boast that he uses the cheapest hair gel there is.

"I can tell you that I'm raising a family of four -- and my kids are a lot further along than his -- in a 2,600-square-foot condo in NOPA. And it's awesome," Realtor Mollie Poe says. "San Francisco is a wonderful place to raise kids, and there are a lot of kids in that neighborhood he's moving out of. Who can't raise a family of four in a house that size?"


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

So Long, Gavin Newsom

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Where's Gavin? Good question.
  • Where's Gavin? Good question.

It doesn't come as a surprise that Gavin Newsom, who made every effort to get out of San Francisco short of mailing himself to parts unknown, is leaving town. What's unexpected is he couldn't come up with a better excuse. Apparently, the Newsom's $2.7 million abode isn't large enough to accommodate a family of four.

Four what? Rhinoceri?

We suppose $2.7 mil just don't buy what it used to. Either that or the plans to install a squash court for the wee ones was just no longer feasible after the installation of the monorail. And, really, who puts in a squash court without a monorail? It's just not done.

We placed a call to an expert in moving one's family out of town after being elected to represent it. Surprisingly, former Supervisor Chris Daly was sympathetic to his despised rival's plight.

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