Tag Archives: Mayor

London Breed, “the answer to our prayers,” is sworn in as San Francisco’s 45th mayor

“If London Breed is right, she’s intimidated by no mortal creature,” crowd is told. This city’s problems, however, are not mortal creatures. Twenty-four hours ago, Civic Center Plaza was a desolate swath of land ceded to men and women sleeping during the day or, perhaps, shooting up. Twenty-four hours hence, it’ll be so again. But today was different — and...

Willie Brown faces new lawsuit — former ally claims Da Mayor misdirected $50K intended to elect London Breed

Former mayor Willie Brown has been sued by his political frenemy Joe O’Donoghue — and not for the first time. In this most recent legal action, dated July 2, O’Donoghue — an on-again, off-again Brown ally and political donor — filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court, claiming Brown misused and wasted $50,000 intended to contribute to London Breed’s mayoral victory....

Malia Cohen is your new board president, and irony is served

It’s ironic, when you think about it, that almost every application of the word “ironic” is incorrect. Including the one we just made, probably. They almost always are: Short of the diabetic racing to the pharmacy and being struck by a runaway insulin truck, examples of irony are nearly always wanting. Until now, perhaps — thanks to today’s selection of...

London Breed continually flouts public records law, District Attorney now involved

Mayoral candidate London Breed apparently has no patience for public records requests or the task force that oversees them, and on Wednesday, the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force asked the District Attorney to step in. In the letter, the Task Force requested that the District Attorney enforce the law that says Breed must turn over public records and appear at their...

SF Mission District politicians stand behind Leno

Past and present Mission District representatives are doubling down on their support for mayoral hopeful Mark Leno. Indeed, unlike recent past mayoral elections, the Mission District appears to be in play. On Thursday morning, standing beside District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen and her predecessor David Campos at the 24th Street BART plaza, Leno trumpeted his plans for small business, housing...

New poll puts Mark Leno on top of tight SF mayoral race

This poll undermines the narrative that Leno was “fading.” But it also prompts the question of how credulously the media should cover outside polling in the first place. So, here’s a funny story. And, to boot, it’s true: A million years ago, sometime in the early 1940s, a pharmacist’s mate in the wartime U.S. Navy named Joe Pearl mouthed off...

SF police union endorsement of Angela Alioto is bizarre, but it also makes sense

San Francisco’s bellicose police union today officially announced it is endorsing mayoral candidate Angela Alioto. The language at today’s press conference did not match casual discussions in recent weeks with Police Officers Association officials, who essentially told us: To hell with it, we’re gonna probably endorse Angela Alioto. To hell with it, they did. Ideologically, this makes plenty of sense. Alioto,...

Ron Conway brokered intro between London Breed and Bill de Blasio — 3 days after Ed Lee’s death

“London, Mayor Deblasio # is [REDACTED]. Bill, London’s # is [REDACTED],” reads e-mail from VC and mega donor Ron Conway earlier this month told the Chronicle he’s just too busy to get involved in this year’s mayoral election “I agree that the mayor’s race in San Francisco is important,” the tech titan explained to the paper of record, “but there...

London Breed’s ballot designation to be changed from “acting mayor”

Mayoral candidate Mark Leno last week took legal action to compel rival London Breed to alter her ballot designation as “acting mayor” because she is, in fact, not acting mayor. That, Mission Local has learned, led Breed’s representatives to initiate discussions, which postponed a scheduled Thursday hearing. And, today, an agreement has been publicized between Breed, Leno and the Department of...

Progressive mayoral hopefuls rumble for SF’s Mission

The Mission District is shaping up to be a battleground for the two leading progressive mayoral candidates, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and former State Senator Mark Leno, as they try to edge out the more moderate London Breed, president of the Board of Supervisors. Take a stroll down Mission or 24th streets, and it’s not hard to notice the...

London Breed’s evolving position on Tasers

She was against them. Now she’s for them. But a police union-backed ballot initiative may render her measured stance meaningless. Bill Ong Hing is shocked. Yes, pun intended. But he’s not surprised. The veteran immigration and social justice attorney has turned out to be one of the Police Commission’s most skeptical members when it comes to arming San Francisco’s finest...

Political disclosure bill unsubtly takes aim at Ron Conway

City lefties are in their happy place: They get to target a gauche tech billionaire in a good-government campaign. Supervisor Aaron Peskin was this morning flanked by a minivan’s worth of his legislative colleagues, as well as the District Attorney, the inveterate good-government activist, and a front-running mayoral candidate. They were gathered in a City Hall antechamber to talk about...