Newsom didn't win in Los Angeles


I usually go to the California state Democratic Conventions, but I missed this one, so I've had to rely on news coverage to find out what happened -- and it's been pretty slim pickins. To read the Chron's politics blog, you'd think the whole thing was silliness and parties, although Carla Marinucci got a fun comment from party Chair John Burton, who thinks the only thing that will drive the youth vote in November is pot.

But the news for people following the fate Gavin Newsom is that our mayor didn't get the party's endorsement for lieutenant governor. Matier and Ross spin it as a sorta, kinda victory:

Mayor Gavin Newsom didn't get the state Democratic Party endorsement in his race for lieutenant governor, but he got the next best thing: keeping rival L.A. City Councilwoman Janice Hahn from getting it.

And technically, that's true -- Hahn ran hard for the endorsement, and really needed a boost, since she's far behind in name recognition and money. But it was hardly a resounding win for the front-runner.

Newsom got 52 percent of the vote, short of the 60 percent needed for an endorsement. His campaign says, correctly, that he whupped Hahn, who got 42 percent.

But what's remarkable is that Newsom had the support of all the party bigwigs -- Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Burton -- the folks who can usually pull strings and make sure that their candidate gets the nod. The truth is, Hahn never had a chance here; there was absolutely no way the L.A. council member was going to get enough votes to win the endorsement. Her only real play was to block Newsom -- and she pulled it off.

So I wouldn't call this a win for Newsom; I'd say it's a sign that the grassroots Democrats are not entirely sold on the San Francisco mayor.


At the Convention in LA Janice told me and others that she supports the repeal of the Ellis Act and is in favor of a split roll modification of Prop 13. She said LA is having the same problems with Ellis evictions as San Francisco. She is a champion for low and middle income renters and homeowners and is opposed to the corporate takeover of the State by the likes of Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. Right on Janice Hahn!

Janice is also opposed to the heinous and monopolistic Props 16 & 17 placed on the ballot by corporate giants PG & E and Mercury Insurance. She is committed to stopping the takeover of CA by the corporations!

Where is Mayor Newsom on repealing the Ellis Act and the Prop 13 split roll modification? Does anyone know? Does Mayor Newsom know?

Posted by Guest Tim Durning on Apr. 19, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

Many of us in the City are hoping Newsom wins this election so we can get rid of him and possibly get a progressive mayor (though the board of supervisors does not have a good record on this, considering its current president). It sounds like Hahn is more progressive than Newsom, which on the big issues is not saying much. But living in SF and considering that the lieutenant governor doesn't do much of anything, I'm hoping Newsom wins. If this were the governor's race, I'd be willing to sacrifice SF for the rest of the state and support Hahn, but not for a meaningless office like lieutenant governor.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on Apr. 24, 2010 @ 9:53 am

The Ellis act has to do with people who own a building doing what they want with their building. If you don't like it, buy your own property, but that would mean having a job and earning money, not exactly what the BG crew advocate.

Posted by Jimmy Grayballs on Apr. 19, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

Spoken like a true rich person. "I've got mine, tough if you don't have yours." And spreading the lie that all you have to do is have a job and you can buy a house in San Francisco. Perfect example of why landlords have no credibility on any of these issues. Not to mention that the entire concept of land ownership is immoral and anti-environmental anyway, go ask a Native American who still has some knowledge of his/her traditions.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on Apr. 24, 2010 @ 9:57 am

the LG will be a race to watch.

Posted by generic on Apr. 19, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

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