Last night’s dramatic eight-hour Board of Supervisors meeting, at which six supervisors suddenly came together around naming City Administrator Ed Lee to succeed Gavin Newsom as mayor, was a classic case of backroom dealing making, the full results of which the public still doesn’t know. And it is those unknowns that have progressives rightfully pissed off and distrustful of the choice. Read more »
Late at night, a bit of common sense at the board. After Supervisors David Campos, John Avalos and Ross Mirkarimi made the same basic point -- that none of them had had a chance to talk to Ed Lee about the job, that Lee wasn't even in town right now and that it was crazy to vote for a mayoral candidate who hasn't been part of any process -- six supervisors, including Sophie Maxwell, voted for a continuance until Friday, Jan. 7th at 3 pm. So it will be another crazy three days trying to figure all this out.
Is not just that he's the candidate of the conservatives on the board; I don't even know at this point how to describe his political inclinations, and Eric Mar thinks he's got progressive credentials (from the past, though, not from anything recent.) The problem is that we don't have any idea how he would handle any of the central issues facing the city, starting with the budget mess.Read more »
Bevan Dufty emerged from his meeting in the mayor's office to say he was ready to vote for Ed Lee. The deal was cut; we don't know what it is, but that's what happened. And Sup. Chris Daly is ballistic.Read more »
The Board of Supervisors has gone into recess with a split vote on either Ed Lee or Mike Hennessey as interim mayor. One supervisors have voted no on both nominees -- and now holds the power to decide who the next mayor will be.
And Bevan Dufty, the wing vote, along with Sophie Maxwell, was just seen walking into the mayor's office.Read more »
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 »
I've always fantasized about girls kicking me in the balls. I have always secretly desired it, especially women or girls wearing sexy boots. I have always had a thrill for women dominating men. When I would watch the TV show V, I would dream of Diana kicking Mike Donovan in the balls with her sexy stiletto boots. She is one of many women I would have liked to have been kicked by. What causes men to like it? Why would us guys enjoy such pain and agony?
There are two things Gov. Jerry Brown has to do to get California back on track, and he needs to start right away. He has to restore at least a degree of public faith in state government — and he has to put a series of tax increases on the June ballot.
The first step ought to be right in the Brown playbook. The public is fed up with the secrecy, lies, machinations, and policy failures of the Schwarzenegger administration, and Brown can start off by telling people the truth. The budget situation is frightening; it can't all be solved by cuts without destroying the state of California as we know it. But it also requires an understanding that the taxpayers don't want to see their money wasted. Read more »
There's been a flurry of political speculation and backroom discussions leading up to today's final meeting of the current Board of Supervisors, which is scheduled to consider appointment of a successor mayor to Gavin Newsom starting at 3 p.m., despite Newsom's refusal to vacate the office and assume the duties of lieutenant governor as he was supposed to yesterday.Read more »
This is one of my favorite bits of social science research of the past year: The kind of gross inequality that we see in the United States not only harms productivity, damages the economy and is unsustainable -- it makes you fat. From the NYTimes:Read more »
So you thought Johnny was always mad; you ain't seen nothing. Today he's furious that the outgoing gov cut the prison sentence of a killer who happened to be the son of another prominent politician -- while thousands of nonviolent inmates are rotting in prison. You can listen after the jump. Read more »
UPDATED: Progressives on the Board of Supervisors have finally started to push back on Mayor Gavin Newsom for his petulant refusal to vacate Room 200 unless his conditions for choosing a successor mayor are met, with the Rules Committee today blocking nine [UPDATE: seven] of 10 of the mayor's committee and commission appointments.Read more »
I was all excited about moderating a Harvey Milk Club discussion tonight on the next mayor, and getting a chance to ask the candidates who want to fill out Gavin Newsom's term a little about what they might do in the next 11 months. It's kind of important; you'd think the folks who want the job would be willing to give us a little clue about why they think they should have it.Read more »