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Under Shadow of 2 Deaths, BART Goes Back to Work

'This has got to be the last time that this happens,' says Gavin Newsom

(Newser) - After four days of massive traffic jams and overcrowded buses and ferries, Bay Area Rapid Transit and its two biggest unions have reached a deal that will bring the rail strike to an end, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . "This offer is more than we wanted to pay, but... More »

Marijuana Basically Already Legal in California

Shift in attitudes 'shocking,' says lieutenant governor

(Newser) - Pot may not technically be legal in California, but the stigma against it is already long gone in the state, reports the New York Times . With medical marijuana legal since 1996 and even former a Republican governor—Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course—having decriminalized possession of small amounts of the drug,... More »

SF Happy Meal Ban Survives Mayoral Veto

Kids' eating should be up to parents, says Mayor Gavin Newsom

(Newser) - A McDonald's Happy Meal ban is still on in San Francisco, despite efforts by the mayor to veto the measure. The Board of Supervisors out-voted the veto and saved the law barring all fast-food restaurants from handing out toys with meals—unless they reduce fat and sugar. Mayor Gavin Newsom... More »

Bill Clinton: Let Obama Finish the Job

Stumps for one-time nemesis Jerry Brown, rallies Dems

(Newser) - Bill Clinton gave dazed Democrats a swift kick last night, telling California voters to get out the vote, lest they commit "malpractice on your own future." Stumping for onetime nemesis and would-be governor Jerry Brown, the former president told a UCLA rally to give President Obama and Democrats... More »

SF Pol's Resolution: I'll Drop F-Bomb at Every Meeting

Colleagues, bloggers just shake heads at Chris Daly

(Newser) - After being taken to task by a local alt-weekly for his off-color language, a San Francisco city supervisor has made it his New Year’s resolution to use “fuck,” or a variation thereof, at every board meeting this year. Chris Daly, the 37-year-old representative of the city’s... More »

SF Mayor Drops Out of Calif. Governor's Race

Newsom's decision makes Jerry Brown virtual lock for Dem nod

(Newser) - Citing his responsibilities as San Francisco mayor and as a new father, Democrat Gavin Newsom withdrew today from the race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger as California governor. Despite the heavyweight endorsement of Bill Clinton, Newsom has had trouble raising money; his departure leaves state attorney general, and former governor, Jerry... More »

Clinton Boosts Newsom in Calif. Gov Race

Bill's support for SF mayor viewed as Jerry Brown payback

(Newser) - Bill Clinton's support for Gavin Newsom in the race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger as California governor has put the spotlight on the San Francisco mayor's campaign, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Clinton's support has given Newsom a much-needed boost.  But some analysts believe it has more to do with... More »

Who Replaces Arnold? 'Entertaining' Race Unfolds

(Newser) - Sure, California's going through a little financial Armageddon, but that's not keeping candidates from lining up to replace Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is prevented by term limits from running in 2010. In the New York Times magazine, Mark Leibovitch takes a look at the eclectic field, which includes Jerry Brown ("... More »

LA Mayor Won't Run for Governor

With Villaraigosa out, Jerry Brown leads Democratic pack

(Newser) - The mayor of Los Angeles said yesterday he will not run for governor of California next year, upending the race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger. In an interview with the Times, Antonio Villaraigosa said he made the "agonizing" choice to stay at city hall to tackle the fiscal crisis and... More »

Gay Marriage Debate Key to SF Mayor's Future

Focus on issue could mount with new ballot initiative

(Newser) - As San Francisco’s mayor looks to become California’s next governor, his gay-marriage activism may threaten his success—especially if voters are again asked to decide the issue for themselves, the AP reports. Though all the Democratic candidates support gay marriage, Gavin Newsom has a particularly strong association with... More »

SF Smokers May Have to Cough Up for Butt Cleanup

Mayor proposes hefty tax hike to make smokers cover litter removal

(Newser) - San Francisco's mayor believes non-smokers shouldn't have to cover the costs of cleaning up cigarette butts, the New York Times reports. Gavin Newsom has proposed a 33-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes sold, which he says will cover the $10 million a year it costs to pick up after... More »

SF Mayor Unveils Run for Calif. Gov on Twitterverse

(Newser) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made his candidacy for California governor official today with nary a word, the Chronicle reports—except on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Though Newsom plans to publicize his run with in-person appearances, an adviser called the old sort of announcement “passé.” The state’s... More »

Brown Readies Another Run for Calif.'s Top Job

Ex-gov planning to recapture job he won 34 years and 3 White House runs ago

(Newser) - Jerry Brown is getting ready to run for the governor's job he first tackled as a fresh-faced reformer in 1975, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 70-year-old California attorney general—like San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat—has yet to formally declare his candidacy, but most believe the... More »

Mayor Channels Inner Wonk in 7½-Hour YouTube Speech

San Francisco's Newsom goes in-depth on subjects he'd otherwise trim from annual address

(Newser) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is living up to his chatty reputation with a 7½-hour state-of-the-city speech—on YouTube. The mayor, who is averse to speaking with the city’s board of supervisors and enamored of policy, will release the detailed address in 45-minute chunks. Why watch, wonders the... More »

Sun Is Setting on Once-Golden Calif.

State's progressive approach, and status as beacon for rest of US, falls prey to politics

(Newser) - California may have once been the land of literal and figurative gold, but recent policies have placed it in an unenviable position, Joel Kotkin writes for the American. The state people once flocked to is now hemorrhaging citizens, he writes, and a myopic focus on environmental issues, and the death... More »

Palin Sorry for 'Pro-America' Remark

Candidate says sorry for misunderstanding; discusses what she'd do as VP

(Newser) - Sarah Palin apologized last night for any misunderstandings created by her remarks about "pro-America areas of this great nation." The candidate told a CNN interviewer she hadn't meant to imply that parts of the country are unpatriotic. "If that's the way it came across, I apologize,"... More »

SF Mayor Becomes Unwitting Gay-Marriage Bugbear

Newsom presided over lesbian teacher's wedding attended by students playing hooky

(Newser) - In California’s gay marriage fight, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom finds himself cast as the villain, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Newsom, a ban opponent, had largely kept a low profile. But he gave Proposition 8 supporters fodder on Friday by officiating at the wedding of a lesbian teacher,... More »

Feinstein Weighs Run for Calif. Governor

Sen. says 2010 campaign hinges on how Dems fare in Nov.

(Newser) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein is considering a run for governor of California in 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The chairwoman of the Rules Committee, who was forced to skip this week’s Democratic convention in Denver because of a broken ankle, said her decision will hinge on how congressional Democrats... More »

Lesbian Rights Pioneer Dies

87-year-old activist Del Martin one of first to wed

(Newser) - Veteran lesbian rights pioneer Del Martin has died in San Francisco at age 87. Martin, founder of one of the first gay rights organizations, Daughters of Bilitis, had been in declining health for years, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. She and her partner were among the first same sex couples... More »

SF Votes Today on Tobacco Sales Ban

May be nation's first city to shut down drugstore sales

(Newser) - San Francisco's Board of Supervisors votes today on whether to ban the sale of cigarettes at the city's pharmacies. City and state legislatures across America—as well as giant pharmacy chains like CVS and Wal-Mart—are carefully watching the outcome of what could be a harbinger of things to come,... More »

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