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San Francisco's Employment Rate is Relatively Good, but Leaders Can Create More Jobsnew

Last month, Mayor Gavin Newsom held a press conference at the upscale hot-dog restaurant Show Dogs, packed it with press and midlevel bureaucrats, showed up late, and then led an endless platitude-fest about his plans to promote jobs in San Francisco.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  02-17-2010  |  Economy

While Mayor Vows to Reduce Homeless Population, City Eyes Cutting Shelter Bedsnew

Gavin Newsom has earned a reputation as someone willing to make passionate statements about plans to fix up public housing, reform the civil service system, upgrade parks, or reduce homelessness, and then quickly turn away as if he'd never said anything at all.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  01-20-2010  |  Policy Issues

Those Who Know Him Best Say Gavin Newsom's Got the Wrong Stuffnew

As San Francisco's mayor gears up for his gubernatorial campaign, former supporters say he's "narcissistic," "thin-skinned," "disloyal," and "friendless."
SF Weekly  |  Ashley Harrell  |  09-09-2009  |  Politics

Bellicose Rhetoric Masks Real Differences Over S.F. Budget Prioritiesnew

The dueling budget rallies that preceded the San Francisco Board of Supervisors hearing on the city's spending priorities officially ended the conciliatory approach offered by Mayor Gavin Newsom.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Rebecca Bowe  |  06-24-2009  |  Policy Issues

Proposed SF Budget Cuts Public Health and City Employeesnew

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has released his proposed 2009-10 city budget, proclaiming it far better than doomsayers predicted and emphasizing how he minimized cuts to health and human services. But there's still plenty of pain in the proposal.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Steven T. Jones  |  06-03-2009  |  Policy Issues

San Francisco Police Chief's Days May be Numberednew

With homicide cases going unsolved and morale in the police department sinking, Heather Fong could soon be shown the door.
SF Weekly  |  Ron Russell  |  08-06-2008  |  Politics

Why is San Fran Falling Behind Other Cities on Bike Safety and Visibilty?new

The city still has a higher per-capita rate of bicycle use than any major city in the U.S., and that number has been steadily rising in recent years, even as construction of new bike facilities has stalled. Yet there are still political barriers to overcome in a city where cars are the dominant transportation option -- and the first barrier is Mayor Gavin Newsom.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Steven T. Jones  |  05-14-2008  |  Transportation

The End of San Fran's Progressnew

Art Agnos, one of the city's last remaining progressive hopes to confront incumbent Gavin Newsom in November's mayoral election, has determined San Francisco's become so twee a place that it's not worth his time and energy.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  08-22-2007  |  Politics

Welcome to Talkalotnew

Mayor Gavin Newsom sees San Francisco as an aristocratic kingdom existing only in the realm of fantasy. He espouses employment in modern high-tech industries while allowing a return to the industrial age.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  11-08-2005  |  Commentary

Gavin Newsom's Perspectivenew

In an exclusive interview with the Bay Guardian, San Francisco's glamorous and controversial mayor laments the city's bad budget options and fires back at his critics.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Steven T. Jones  |  03-09-2005  |  Politics

San Francisco Suffers Reputation As Little City That Couldn'tnew

Democrats need to retake the can-do mantle if the Republican Reich is ever to end. I can think of no better place for this to happen than San Francisco, the place America sees as the epitome of liberal ideals.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  11-12-2004  |  Commentary

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