Sarah Phelan

The Ed Lee files


Ed Lee’s swearing-in as San Francisco’s first Asian American mayor was a historic occasion, especially in light of the city's dark history of supporting the Chinese Exclusion Act. And it led to an impressive hands-across-the-water moment when Oakland Mayor Jean Quan arrived to see the Board vote for Lee.

But after Campos declared the progressive majority dead, folks across the city started debating the meaning of "progressive." And after San Francisco got its first sighting of Mayor Lee's wife and family, everyone was left wondering what his rapid ascension means for the mayor's race in November. Read more »

Gascon shocker

Newsom's decision to appoint Gascón D.A. startles law enforcement insiders


Gavin Newsom's appointment of his police chief, George Gascón, as district attorney wasn't just a slap in the face to the D.A.'s office, it reversed a long tradition in which the city's top prosecutors have pledged their opposition to the death penalty. It broke an unwritten rule that the district attorney should have some independence from the Police Department. And it suggests that Newsom's decision was about his own future and not about San Francisco's.Read more »

Highlights of Ed Lee's nomination


An awful lot went down at City Hall today: four Board members were termed out, new Board members were moving into their offices, the old Board nominated Ed Lee as interim mayor, and Gavin Newsom revealed he'll be gone as mayor by Monday afternoon. Here in no particular order are some of the highlights:

When termed-out D6 Sup. Chris Daly suggested that Rose Pak be nominated mayor, since she apparently managed to broker the Lee deal in three short days, Pak shot back, “I would do it, only if Chris Daly would be my Chief of Staff."Read more »

Is Chiu really set to roll into D.A.’s office?


Last month, when I wrote about the game of musical chairs in the D.A.'s office that Kamala Harris’ victory in the Attorney General’s race triggered, Board President David Chiu said he wanted to stay put, “for now.”

But is it possible that Chiu was referring to December 2010, or the first week of January 2011, when he said “now”.Read more »

Let's get roasting Chris Daly!


Guardian executive editor Tim Redmond, city editor Steve Jones, and publisher Bruce Brugmann recall their fondest Chris Daly moments. Video shot inside the Guardian's HQ on the winter solstice by the Guardian's Rebecca Bowe and narrated by the Guardian's Sarah Phelan. Watch it after the jump! 

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Chris Daly's Final Say


As part of my effort to compile a list of most roastable moments of Sup. Chris Daly's decade-long career at City Hall, I asked the termed-out D6 supervisor if he would sit down for an exit interview. Read more »

The Daly files

Our top 10 memorable moments from one of the city's most memorable officials


City Hall won't be the same in the new year — and not just because Gavin Newsom will be off in Sacramento being lieutenant governor. Sup. Chris Daly, who has represented low-income constituents from the Tenderloin, SoMa, and adjoining District 6 neighborhoods for a decade and has long been framed as Newsom's nemesis, has been termed out.

True to his spitfire reputation, Daly agreed to go out with a Jan. 5 roast. So we thought we'd do our part by recalling our favorite moments from a supervisor who served as the progressive conscience of the board — but not always politely.Read more »

Jerry Brown wants to eliminate Redevelopment


Calitics reveals today that newly sworn-in Gov. Jerry Brown told the Sacramento Bee that he’s proposing to eliminate local redevelopment agencies as part of a set of austerity measures that he is proposing in a purported effort to shock folks into approving new revenues Read more »

Trash talk

Where's the city's garbage going next? Nobody knows


The fate of the city's mountains of garbage — 1,400 tons a day — will be decided some time in the next few months. Maybe.

Two competing proposals for hauling away the trash have been up for consideration since last spring. But the San Francisco Board of Supervisors still doesn't seem to know which alternative is better, and the board still hasn't scheduled a hearing on the issue.Read more »

Does Mayor Newsom represent SF workers or San Mateo politicians?


"Does Newsom represent local workers or San Mateo politicians?" That’s the question being asked  at City Hall today. And it’s threatening to deliver an unwelcome kick to Mayor Gavin Newsom on his way out of City Hall’s revolving doors, as dozens of unemployed construction workers deliver 1,000 Christmas cards that residents of Bayview Hunters Point, Chinatown, the Mission, the Tenderloin and South of Market have signed. Read more »