Gavin Newsom says on KGO Radio that City Hall lovefest doesn’t mean progress 

With Wednesday’s budget unveiling there was a lot of talk about how Mayor Ed Lee and supervisors got along so well. Along with all the lovey-dovey sentiment, there were also some rather negative public statements toward Mayor Gavin Newsom’s handling of previous budgets.

Board President David Chiu, for example, went on KGO Radio on Wednesday to say Newsom made the process difficult because he never called for input from the community and supervisors before unveiling his own budget plan.

So, KGO asked Newsom on Thursday what he thought of Chiu’s statements and Newsom got a bit steamed, accusing the mayoral hopeful of factual inaccuracies. He also had some opinions about the lovefest at City Hall.

“I think it’s very healthy that people are getting along, but don’t mistake that for progress, always,” Newsom said. “It’s always easy to get along, but that doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily going in the right direction.”

Newsom also pointed out that when he was mayor, the board makeup was slightly different than it is now (meaning Lee doesn’t have to deal with combative supervisors such as Chris Daly and Aaron Peskin).

“With this board, it’s a lot better than the old board. You don’t have certain members of the board. It’s a more moderate board. I think there’s a lot more maturity over there.”

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