Politics Blog

A take on A

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By Steven T. Jones
The biggest heartbreak on election day -- Measure A being defeated by just over 1,000 votes -- should become the biggest opportunity for progressives now that this election is done. This measure was an effort to get needed funds into social programs that would deter street violence and, equally important, to get the communities of color and street-level activists most affected by this problem involved in finding solutions. Blame for this measure's defeat falls squarely on Mayor Gavin Newsom, his four supporters on the Board of Supervisors (plus Sup. Read more »

Dellums's outlook

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By Sarah Phelan
At Ron Dellums Party, Kimball's Carnival

Leaving San Francisco, we could feel the temperature rise as we crossed the Bay Bridge. By the time we got to Kimball's, the party for Ron Dellums was absolutely raging.

Dellums is beating Ignacio De La Fuente 44 to 36 percent in the race for mayor of Oakland, but with only 1 percent of precincts reporting, the outcome is far from clear. Nevertheless, Dellums was looking relaxed and stately.

Endorsements for Nevin

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By G.W. Schulz
At Mike Nevin's Election Party

At District 8 State Senate candidate Mike Nevin's election party, the mood is subdued. Read more »

Reilly leaves the stage

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By Steven T. Jones
Janet Reilly finally came to the stage just before 10:30 to concede a race that wasn't as close as many expected. "I am so proud of our efforts today and what we did over the course of this campaign," she said through a newscaster's smile that masked her obvious disappointment. "We were bold and courageous, we were innovative, and we did take chances."

In the end, though, the Ma machine was just too much, something she didn't say, not mentioning her opponent. Read more »

Bad news for Prop. A

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By Tim Redmond
City Hall

Prop. A seems to be falling behind, although an hour ago it looked like a winner. A very sound measure addressing a real civic crisis -- and it goes down because the cops try to make it about Chris Daly (who had a bad night, too).

Ugh.

Hope and resolve

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By Steven T. Jones
Sharen Hewitt -- the SF activist perhaps most associated with finding solutions to street violence -- was being honored with a rose when I walked into the Prop. A party at Powell's Place in the Fillmore. The barbecue smelled great, and when Sharen came toward the back of a room filled with multihued activists and community leaders, she encouraged me to dig in. It was delicious, and the program that followed was inspirational -- and marked by a poignant reminder of what this campaign was about. Read more »

What it all means

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By Tim Redmond
At City Hall

This was an excellent night for labor and tenants, and to a certain extent, for Gavin Newsom. It was a lousy night for Carole Migden, Tony Hall, Joe O'Donoghue, and Clint Reilly.

Canvas with the Reilly people

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By Steven T. Jones
The mood at Canvas Cafe is a little glum and doesn't seem to fit the artsy, airy interior. They all know that it's over, and they can't stand to have lost to someone like Fiona Ma and the dirty campaign people fought on her behalf. Janet and Clint Reilly aren't here yet, so I'll keep this brief, with just one quote that seems to sum up the feelings of many of these volunteers, who fought hard to overcome Ma's early lead and establishment support. Read more »

"Fabulous Fiona"

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By Tina Rodia
At Fiona Ma party, Irish Cultural Center

At 9:09 p.m., with 17 percent of the precincts reporting, Fiona Ma already had 59 percent of the votes. Read more »

more fun at City Hall

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By Tim Redmond
Well, we keep crunching numbers here, and they keep looking grim for Janet Reilly. The latest, with more than half the votes in, shows Ma getting almost 60 percent of the election-day vote. Combined with her strong absentees, I think Ma is the clear winner here.

Fun facts: In San Francisco, Angelides is at 51 percent, and Westly is at 43 percent, so Carole Migden's guy is getting trounced on her home turf.