In late October 2009, Mayor Gavin Newsom shocked his supporters when he dropped out of the race to be the next governor of California.
Though he will always be Mistermayor to me (sniff), within the next week or so, Gavin Newsom will be leaving for weaker pastures as lieutenant governor. Also leaving office is Supervisor Chris Daly, who my friend refers to as “Supervisor Straitjacket.” Having publicly acknowledged time and again that he has no future as a politician, Daly will devote his efforts to running a bar called the Buck Tavern.
Among the things the new year will bring to San Francisco: SmartMeters.
California Highway Patrol investigators have decided not to recommend a DeSoto cabbie be charged with homicide six months after a fiery crash killed a couple visiting The City from Cincinnati.
At its current pace, Muni is projected to end the fiscal year in June with a $21.2 million budget deficit — and that does not include the $22 million still needed to restore its recent service reductions.
In late 2007, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that every diesel-powered vehicle owned by The City — 1,500 in all — had been converted to run on a 20 percent biodiesel blend. When it came to environmental protection, Newsom said, “San Francisco is demonstrating leadership and commitment on every front.”
The incoming class of freshmen lawmakers is enormous by historical standards, and mostly Republican. Of the 435 House members, 96 were newly elected Nov.
God bless Texas Christian University senior wide receiver Jeremy Kerley for his attitude. “Anybody would like a shot at the national championship,” Kerley said after TCU’s 21-19 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. “But you got to take what they give you. This is a great way to go out. Couldn’t ask for more.” We’re sorry, Jeremy, but we can, and will, ask for more.
We are asking for something we will never receive, but that’s not going to stop us from asking. We want the Associated Press pollsters to do the right thing on Jan. 11 and declare TCU the No. 1 team in the country.
Raiders players say they like Tom Cable. If so, they should have played for him at critical junctures of the season, which would have saved his job. If Al Davis decides to end his head coaching career, as has been widely speculated, the Raiders will be better off.
The Clift Hotel was the site of the ninth annual event, presented by Justin Roja and Anderson Pugash. Patrons took over the lobby, Redwood Room and Velvet Room at the black-tie party, which featured music by DJ Sam Isaac. Partial proceeds will go to Grace’s Kids, a nonprofit providing support to women and children in Uganda.
The same day they elect Rep. John Boehner of Ohio as speaker, members of the 112th House of Representatives must approve the rules under which they will operate. The package submitted by the new Republican majority provides a glimmer of hope that perhaps they may yet “get it” about why their party did so well in the 2010 congressional election.
In certain parts of Arizona, the Homeland Security Department has put up signs warning people to stay out. The signs warn of dangerous Mexican drug cartels controlling the area. The signs are a clear admission that Homeland Security cannot control our own borders.
WHO: Dozens of unruly teens, and gunshots, shut down the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wis., on Sunday.
WHAT: The flash mob ran through the mall scaring shoppers and forcing stores to pull down security gates. Online photos showed clothes and mannequins thrown about chaotically in several stores.
Dim Bulb: The number of Americans filing for bankruptcy in 2010 increased 9 percent from the previous year to more than 1.53 million, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Bankruptcy Research Center. The 2010 figure far outpaces the 1.41 million total consumer filings that were recorded during 2009, a difference the American Bankruptcy Institute attributes to high debt and a stagnant economy. December was a particularly bad month for consumers, with 118,146 total filings, an increase of 3 percent from November’s level.
WHY IT'S DIRTY: General Motors was the recipient of a $60 billion taxpayer bailout last year that has not been paid back, so the automaker has no right to curry congressional favor at Americans' expense.