Politics Blog

Bad Day for Strong Women at City Hall


They met in one of the smallest rooms in City Hall, but within ten minutes, the board that oversees the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission managed to make a huge decision that will cost tax payers $400,000, when they voted to fire SFPUC General Manager Susan Leal, this morning.
SFPUC General Manager Susan Leal talks to the press about her record at the agency, the lack of stated reasons for her termination and her future aspirations. Read more »

Weekly publisher dodges the facts


The publisher of the SF Weekly took the stand Friday and today in the Guardian’s predatory-pricing suit and presented all of the Weekly’s positions as if he’d been rehearsing for weeks.

And in fact, Fromson has been sitting in the courtroom watching most of the trial so far. Most witnesses in legal cases don’t get to watch the proceedings until after they’re done with their turn in the box – it might influence their testimony – but Judge Marla Miller has been pretty lax on that front. Read more »

Newsom's power play


Newsom swore in a new batch of his appointed commissioners on Friday.(photo from sfgov.org)
Mayor Gavin Newsom's effort to fire Susan Leal (slated for tomorrow morning) has grabbed Read more »

Newsom needs to return the MTA's money


What is Gavin looking for? A way off the train? Or a way to spend MTA money on hiring himself a climate change director?

"Crashes involving MUNI and pedestrians have nearly doubled in the past two years: in 2005, there were 34 crashes involving a MUNI vehicle and a pedestrian; while 2007 saw 62. These numbers include 3 fatalities in 2005 and 7 fatalities in 2007. Read more »

Newsom in space


newsom floating.jpg
OK, this is just priceless. Our celebrity Mayor Gavin Newsom and his fiance actress, Jennifer Siebel, on Saturday went weightless during a flight out of Moffett Field as part of a promotional effort by a company charging $3,500 per head to experience zero gravity in a diving airplane. Read more »

Moth Madness


Good to see the plan to spray the Bay Area with Little Brown Apple Moth-related pesticide get major ink in the Chronicle.

While the debate rages over as to whether spraying a pheromone-containing pesticide over urban areas is an efficient and public health-protective way to deal with the moth, one thing is for sure.

Having small planes fly low over your home for hours on end is extremely unpleasant. Read more »

Susan Leal's fate to be sealed 9 am, Feb. 20?


Looks like this is the time and date that Leal's future as SF PUC general manager will be decided:

2/20/08 Agenda Special Meeting San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Published: 02/15/2008 | Updated: 02/15/2008
Published By: Commission


Susan Leal
Michael Housh
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Public comments on matters to be discussed in Closed Session.
4. Motion on whether to assert the attorney-client privilege regarding the matter listed below as Conference with Legal Counsel. Read more »

The Weekly's expert, laid low


The chain that owns the SF Weekly brought its star witness to court today, a Harvard economist with a stack of academic credentials who typically works for oil companies and who charges $1,075 an hour. He delivered quite a lecture on his own economic theory of predatory pricing – and then was laid low by a little newspaper called the Bodega Bay Navigator.

Some background before we get into the juicy details.

I was an economics major way back when. Read more »

The Dick and Susan show


The battle over the future direction of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission took a dramatic turn Feb. 12.

A super majority of the Board voted to reject mayoral appointee Ryan Brooks, but Sup. Chris Daly joined mayoral allies Sups. Read more »