Slowly, the SF Department of elections is posting results, and a couple of things are clear: The District 2 race is getting very close, D10 is still anyone's game, and Jane Kim has a sizable lead in D6.
Some things are over: I can say tht prop. B is going down, Prop. L (sit-lie) is going to win, the real-estate transfer tax is going to win -- but the hotel tax is going down.
Okay, I admit it: I thought Californians would come to their senses and vote in large numbers in favor of legalizing pot. And that's how the polls looked -- until Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he would continue to enforce federal law and bust Californians for marijuana offenses. At that point, the voters seemed to collectively sigh and say: Hell with it, if the feds are going to get us anyway, why bother? And that's when the polls began to shiftRead more »
You can put this one in the bank: Brown is the next governor, Boxer remains a senator and Gavin Newsom is going to Sacramento, quite possibly on the coat tails of the man he at one point tried to challenge for the top job. And there's more good news for Dems: Tom Torlakson looks solid for state superintendent of public instruction and Dave Jones is going to be the next insurance commissioner.
The only top Dem who isn't faring well is Kamala Harris, who is lagging in her race against Steve Cooley for attorney general. This is a big one: Cooley wants to defend prop. 8.
After Michael Nava came in first in the June primary and looked as if he might oust sitting judge Rochard Ulmer, the local judiciary and much of the legal establishment came together and began raising a ton of money to try to crush this upstart. And it's had an impact; in the early results, Nava is behind. But it's going to be very close; by the end of the night, the 54-46 margin will get a lost closer. This one's impossible to call.
The absentee votes are in, and it's a very mixed bag. If trends hold, and the absentees represent the most conservative votes, Prop. B is going down -- the result of a very successful labor campaign. Prop. L, the sit-lie law, is solidly ahead. The two hotel tax measures are both losing by about the same percentage, suggesting that the anti-tax group's focus on just Prop. K, which liberals also opposed, was effective. But it's still to early to call those.Read more »
That's based on very early results. But with Boxer's numbers creeping up, and Newsom comfortably ahead, it looks as if San Francisco will be getting a new mayor in January. The very early results have Harris pretty far behind, but those numbers will change. Since the early returns are always conservative, thought, the news for Gav is very good.
The earliest results -- which would be absentees from conservative areas -- have Fiorina slightly ahead, but if typical trends hold, Boxer will be fine. So the question is: If voters support the two Dems at the top of the ticket, what happens to the downticket races? Are there coattails?
What's better than watching the Giants win the World Series? How about watching them win the World Series for the second time?
Not too many people can lay claim to the distinction, but somewhere betwixt sneaking into an at-capacity Polk Street pub and watching the fireworks on Valencia explode with gigantic glory last night, I ran into Elliott Isenberg, who was all of nine years old when the New York Giants took home the World Series trophy in 1954. Read more »
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 »
Traveling SFBG photog Ariel Soto recently hit the streets of Taiwan to find out what the kids were wearing overseas. Due to the language barrier, she and her subjects weren't able to talk style philosophy -- but hey, looks like these speak for themselves. Read more »
As the District 6 supervisorial race winds down, we at the Guardian have been inundated by calls and messages by Debra Walker supporters saying how nasty Jane Kim supporters are being, and by Kim supporters complaining that Walker's people are being mean. And while we'd be the last onesto say that we told you so, everyone should remember that politics is nasty business, particularly when two progressive candidates are targeting the same voters. 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 »
That's right y'all, the news is gigante: the Giants won the World Series! And last night San Francisco lost no time in straightening their beards, assuming their best Freddy Sanchez expression, and vaulting over ignited mattresses. Streets were shut down around the city -- Polk, Civic Center, and Castro had some particularly wild parties -- but for our money, the Mission mayhem had 'em beat. Read more »