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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....

San Francisco’s next mayor is walking into a buzzsaw

Intractable issues and a quick-turnaround election make for problems. But perhaps less so for mayor-elect London Breed. A goodly number of San Franciscans — a verifiable majority — are unhappy with the results of our at last-concluded mayor’s race. We are speaking, of course, about the 97.19 percent of you who didn’t vote for Republican mayoral aspirant Richie Greenberg. Because,...

Donors to $100K (so far) anti-Mark Leno campaign won’t be revealed before election day

Last week, we noted that millions of dollars are flowing into San Francisco political races, but it’s unclear if voters care who’s writing the checks. And, as if on cue, last week a $100,000 (so far) independent expenditure campaign targeting Mark Leno commenced — and, thanks to gaps between state and local reporting laws, its donors won’t be revealed until...

Digging into the legislative record of SF’s mayoral candidates (Via SF Examiner)

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez from the San Francisco Examiner has an excellent piece looking into the legislative histories of mayoral candidates Mark Leno, Jane Kim and London Breed. San Francisco, it’s time to do some homework on this year’s mayoral race. Toss those flimflam-filled political mailers. Ignore the TV ads. This is the real deal: the mayoral candidates by the numbers. Herein, you’ll...

Angela Alioto’s plans could undermine SF sanctuary policy, even if they don’t do a damn thing

Even if the changes are cosmetic, the demonization of immigrants, and the impression cops are cooperating with ICE, may silence victims Bless Angela Alioto. She really seems to believe all the amazing things she says. That’s a useful trait for both a trial lawyer and a politician. She has excelled in both fields. And yet, the amazing things she puts...

Voters can track millions flowing into local races. Do they give a damn?

Retirement, for Larry Bush, looks a lot like work did. The former journalist, politico, fixer and government apparatchik is seated on a recliner in his Castro district living room, his feet up; his tiny dog, Izabel, sitting across his legs; and a Macbook in his lap. He’s following the money. Well, someone has to. “His watchdoggery is unrelenting … No...

Mission activists renounce Alioto’s calls for repealing sanctuary city rules

With about two dozen people present, a coalition of activists from the Mission district held a last-minute press conference at the 24th Street BART station to condemn plans by mayoral candidate Angela Alioto to repeal the city’s blanket sanctuary status for immigrants. The gathering happened on Friday afternoon, a day after Alioto made the plans public. As reported in the...
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New idea in SF? Manny’s, a bar for civic engagement at 16th and Valencia

Manny Yekutiel has done a lot of politics in his 28 years. He’s raised funds for the American Civil Liberties Union, briefed former President Barack Obama as a White House intern, and now works on Mark Leno’s mayoral campaign. But not until three weeks ago, when he signed the lease on 3092 16th Street — formerly V16 Sushi, on the...

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,...

Jeff Sheehy is fiercely independent, but do San Francisco voters care?

“You earn voters, then you become independent. You don’t become independent then earn voters.” Supervisor Jeff Sheehy is on his third political consultant in his quest to retain his District 8 seat, a fact that has been much repeated to portray his campaign as one in disarray — and, none too subtly, claim it’s a campaign he doesn’t even really...

Mark Leno takes legal action to force London Breed to remove ‘acting mayor’ designation from ballot

Mayoral aspirant Mark Leno this afternoon filed a writ in San Francisco Superior Court aiming to compel fellow candidate London Breed to do what she has refused to do on her own: remove the inaccurate title “acting mayor” from her ballot designation. “Because Breed is not the Acting Mayor of San Francisco, and does not perform any mayoral duties, her...