Politics Blog

Team Newsom’s $$$ value. More or less.

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Before we get to the juicy details of how much money Team Newsom is taking home, it's worth noting that Mayor Gavin Newsom spent last Friday handing out draft copies of the report in which these figures can be found--a report that Budget Analyst Harvey Rose drew up at Sup. Jake McGoldrick's request to figure out the impacts that staff changes within the Mayor's Office would have on the City's budget--changes Newsom announced Jan. Read more »

The SF Weekly's war of attrition

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Another fascinating day in court in the Guardian’s predatory-pricing lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its corporate owner. The Weekly is now well into its defense case, and the lawyers for the 16-paper chain that owns the paper are making the same arguments they’ve made all along. And they aren’t holding up very well.

The Guardian, as readers of this blog know by now, is claiming that the Weekly and Village Voice Media, the chain formerly known as New Times, sold ads below cost in an effort to harm the local competitor.

Today’s main witness was Jed Brunst, the company’s Phoenix-based CFO. Read more »

Mixed verdict on SFPUC appointments

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Guardian reporter Sarah Phelan reports from City Hall that the Board of Supervisors has voted 8-3 (with supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu in dissent) to reject the reappointment of Ryan Brooks to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. But in a surprising and inexplicable move, Sup. Chris Daly flipped his vote on the reappointment of Dick Sklar, providing the swing vote in favor of the nominee of Mayor Gavin Newsom. Read more »

Newsom's Friday Special

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Budget Analyst Harvey Rose says he couldn’t believe it when he got a call from the San Francisco Chronicle reporters on Feb. Read more »

Mike Lacey ducks the big ones

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I missed the trial on Friday, so if the SF Weekly’s hit man, Andy Van De Voorde, wants to take a swing at me for posting information on the testimony, fine: I’m smiling, Andy. (I’m also not the only person in the courtroom from the Guardian who knows what’s going on and can take notes.)

But before we get to the day’s events, let me do my all-too-regular Van De Voorde correction file. From his most recent blog:

“What’s your official title?” asked Weekly attorney H. Sinclair Kerr Jr. Read more »

Predatory pricing: A primer

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The jury in the Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly got a primer today on how prdatory pricing by a big chain works.

Guardian controller Sandy Lange took the stand, and outlined the results of information she'd compiled on below-cost sales by the Weekly and the East Bay Express. Read more »

"Never surrender!" Romney surrenders

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Welp, the boardroom Mormon is out, and now it's up to Bridge Over River McCain and Huckabee Hound to feast on his Republican delegates' innards. (I think. Read more »

Gee, the SF Weekly is bored

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Some interesting evidence emerged in the Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its corporate parent today, most of it in the form of depositions from witnesses. If you were looking for the kind of drama we had yesterday, this was fairly mundane stuff -- but if you listened to what a former publisher of the Weekly said in his depositions, it showed exactly why this case has gone to trial.

Before I start on that, though, one note: I'm trying to play this fairly straight, and not get into personality stuff, but I have to say: The Weekly's hit man, Dandy Andy Van De Voorde, is ... Read more »

Obama Girl didn't vote

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What?!? Amber Lee Ettinger, Ms. "I Got a Crush on Obama," didn't even turn in a ballot?

Up until now, I took her commitment to politics so seriously ...

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Original title: "I Got a Crush on Free Publicity"

How Obama and Clinton split California

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We know that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton basically split California, with the latter winning the popular vote by about 10 percentage points. But it's interesting to look at how they split the Golden State using this map.

Clinton's margin of victory seems to be counties with lots of Latino voters, which have been slow to warm to Obama. Read more »