Supe rips mayor’s rep for alleged blog post 

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s top spokesman is being asked to "come clean" following allegations that he posted pro-Newsom comments under an assumed name on a Web site that covers San Francisco politics.

Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin on Tuesday called for Newsom spokesman Peter Ragone to apologize, and moved to establish a code of conduct for The City’s public information officers.

In recent media reports, Ragone has been accused of posting the pro-Newsom comments under false names on an Internet Web site,, that is often critical of Newsom.

"I think it would be in his [Ragone’s] and the mayor’s best interests for him to come clean, admit that he did it and apologize to the people of San Francisco in an attempt to regain their trust," Peskin said Tuesday.

Ragone acknowledged that he posted comments using his real name, but denies ever posting comments using a pseudonym.

The site operator has tracked Ragone’s Internet protocol address, a number assigned to every computer, and reportedly found that postings originating from the same computer that were made in Ragone’s name were also made in another name or just the first name "Peter."

While it is not illegal to post on Internet sites under an assumed name, Peskin said the practice should not be tolerated among any of The City’s public information officers. "It smacks of juvenile behavior, has shades of political trickery," Peskin said.

Peskin publicly reprimanded Ragone during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting when he introduced a resolution that would establish standards for the conduct of The City’s public information officers. Calling it a policy statement, Peskin said the resolution "says very clearly how The City expects public information officers to behave." They are not to "blur the lines between being an upstanding public servant and a political operative, which is what clearly has happened in this case," Peskin said.

When asked to respond to Peskin’s comments that he conducted himself poorly and engaged in "deceptive practices," Ragone said, "I respect Supervisor Peskin, but in this case I respectfully disagree."


SKATE PARK: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced a measure authorizing the construction of a skate park in an area of Golden Gate Park known as "the horseshoe pits." The horseshoe facility, which was built in the 1960s at Stern Grove, is no longer used and has fallen into disrepair, according to the proposed ordinance. As the sport of skateboarding grows in The City and enforcement of its restrictions continues, The City needs to find more locations for skateboarders, the measure says.


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