Newsom: Special election not quite DOA 

Mayor Gavin Newsom wasn’t ready to embrace the notion that his idea for a special election to replace him for mayor should he win lieutenant governor was dead on arrival.

“I think it is presumptuous to say it is DOA,” Newsom said.

He admitted that it would be an uphill battle to gather the signatures needed to place an initiative on the ballot for a charter amendment that would call for a special election to replace him as mayor.

He also admitted that a special election would be a costly expense to justify at a time when The City is facing a more than $500 million budget shortfall.

But he threw out at least one money-saving idea that could offset the cost of a special election: clean up government waste.

“We should offset where we are wasting money, like LAFCO,” the mayor said.

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