These are heady days to live in San Francisco, what with the Giants' World Series victory last night, Halloween festivities the night before, and today's Dia de los Muertos, which I believe is Spanish for Election Night (okay, we know they're different, but given this year's electoral slate, we couldn't resist). It's also a big election for The City, with our own Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris seeking statewide office, a pivotal Board of Supervisors election, and some controversial propositions.Read more »
It was mayhem out at 30th and Mission last night, people pouring into the streets, shouting and shooting off fireworks and cars cruising along, slowly throught the crowd, big "Gigantes" banners hanging out the doors and windows. A beautiful night in San Francisco, people coming together to celebrate, G.W. Bush and Nolan Ryan looking dejected and rejected, that rare sense of victory in the air ... Read more »
Tony Winnicker, the mayor's press secretary, was chatting with a group of folks at the Newsom victory party on election night, and Steven T. Jones, the Guardian city editor, asked how the stadium vote was going down in Santa Clara. "Oh, it's winning, but it's never going to get built," Winnicker said. "Cities building stadiums is an economic loser."Read more »
Well, maybe not everyone, but the results from last night's election are fascinating. A $50 million campaign, with the opposition struggling to come up with $100,000 -- and PG&E still lost. Calitics has a fun comparison that makes one of the key points: The company lost most heavily in its own service areas. Read more »
I just called Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, one of the leaders of the No on 16 campaign. He's cautious; we've both seen PG&E steal elections before. But the numbers are looking good: $50 million later, PG&E is behind and losing ground. "If 16 goes down, this will be such a righteous win," Mirkarimi said. "We will have defeated their scorched earth greed."
A wild cheer exploded from the crowd of 50 Linda Colfax supporters when the numbers appeared on the screen at Mars Bar. With 99 percent of the precincts counted, Colfax had 55 percent of the vote. “I fell thrilled, speechless,” she said, pausing to search for worlds. “I’m relived, thrilled and grateful.”Read more »
Wow, the No on 16 campaign might just pull off a miracle. PG&E's lead is cut to 50.3 to 49.7 as more results come in from Los Angeles, where a once-powerful lead is dwindling. If this trend keeps up -- and I don't know if it will -- PG&E is going to lose. Amazing.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and Board President David Chiu, Criminal Justice Podcaster David Onek and other local luminaries floated around the Delancy Street Foundation where, oddly, the booze was free flowing, allegedly thanks to the largesse of Vanessa Getty.Read more »
Gavin Newsom stopped short of declaring victory until the numbers are final, but said he was excited to be a part of a crucial political year in California. "We're very proud to be in a position to be the Democratic nominee and to work with the other Democratic nominees." He lavished praise on Jerry Brown, telling stories about his father's long relationship with the former governor and expressing his admiration. Read more »