Update: That alert bunch over at the SFist has raised questions about whether the photo that we published this week of Mayor Gavin Newsom (wearing a pink honeymoon kimono) and his alleged stalker Han Shin was real or altered -- and we're kinda curious about that ourselves. As we acknowledged in the paper, we got it from a source who got it directly from Shin, so we can't verify its authenticity. But maybe you can? Is is a real photo? Or if not, which are the fake parts? Read more »
I don't think anyone has seriously challenged an incumbent San Francisco Democrat for a seat in the state legislature while I've lived here, and that's going on 25 years. So we all know that the race between Mark Leno, the challenger, and Carole Migden, the state senator, marks a change in local politics.
For one thing, it's a major race, for a key political position and there's no official establishment candidate. Read more »
Already, I'm hearing whistpers from both sides of the Leno-Migden contest, and already, they're getting nasty. Mark Leno told me this week that he will run an upbeat campaign, and that any negative attacks on Midgen "won't come from me." I suspect I will hear the same from Migden. But it's common in campaigns for elected officials to try to take the high road and let others -- their allies and suppoerters -- do the dirty work. Read more »
The core of the old New Times chain was Southwestern and Southern. And those regions of the country have a different political culture — more socially conservative, more reflexively anti-government — than coastal markets like Los Angeles and New York, or progressive Midwestern enclaves like the Twin Cities. Read more »
It's funny: the transcontinental railroad was born in San Francisco, and it transformed California. But the West Coast has pretty much lost the train thing. You want to go from here to Los Angeles, there are pretty much two choices: you can fly or you can drive. In theory, you can rideAmtrak, and I've done it, but it doesn't run very often and takes about 12 hours. Fun, if you like that sort of thing, but not at all practical.
But on an early Sunday morning last week, I was traveling from Washington, DC, to Philadelphia, and between 8 a.m. Read more »
That's the question all over San Francisco politics now that Leno has announced he's running against state Sen. Carole Migden. His campaign kickoff is at noon this Friday, at YBC, and it will be the first sign of what sort of support he's been able to line up.
The people who show up will risk infuriating Migden, which is nothing to trifle at (and will make it tougher for city officials, who have to work with her on legislation). Leno is much calmer and milder, but he'll also remember who his friends are (and aren't).