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San Francisco Supervisors agree with voters:
Mayor should appear monthly at meetings

Alioto-Pier casts lone dissenting vote

District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, at the first regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting of 2007, cast the lone dissenting vote against a non-binding resolution compelling the mayor of San Francisco to attend board meetings once a month.
Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service

January 10, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Supervisors in San Francisco voted 10-1 yesterday to schedule monthly appearances by Mayor Gavin Newsom at their meetings, a non-binding resolution the lone dissenting supervisor called "gotcha politics."

Full story, click here.

Governor Schwarzenegger's 2007
State of the State Address

Photo courtesy Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

From the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger


January 9, 2007

Lieutenant Governor Garamendi, Speaker Nunez, Senate Leader Perata, my fellow servants of the people, ladies and gentlemen... I am honored to stand here once again.

I want to thank the legislature, as I did in my Inaugural, for putting the people above politics last year--an election year. The federal government was paralyzed by gridlock and games. But you here in this chamber acted on infrastructure, the minimum wage, prescription drug costs and the reduction of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. What this said to the people is: we are not waiting for politics. We are not waiting for our problems to get worse. We are not waiting for the federal government. We are not waiting--period. Because, the future does not wait.

Full text of the Governor's speech, click here.

Retiring San Francisco City Hall staffer lauded
for legislative expertise

San Francisco Board President Aaron Peskin and Clerk of the Board, Gloria Young, today paid tribute on behalf of the CIty of San Francisco to retiring veteran Board Deputy Director, Kay Gulbengay, for 35 years of her dedication to public service.
Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service

January 9, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco supervisors paid tribute today to a retiring City Hall employee whose service spanned seven mayoral administrations over 35 years.

San Francisco native Kay Gulbengay, 55, most recently held the non-descriptive title of deputy director 2, but her influence stemmed from her extensive knowledge of lawmaking and the myriad details involved in public policy, according to several supervisors.

Full story, click here.

San Francisco supervisors override Newsom veto
in defense of mandatory foot patrol legislation

By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service

January 9, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Overriding a second mayoral veto on the matter, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 today to establish mandatory foot patrols for at least a year at all 10 police stations in the city.

Mayor Gavin Newsom already vetoed a similar plan passed by the San Francisco legislators last November, a fight he lost when the board responded by voting 9-2 to override his veto.

Full story, click here.

Online festish company
buys San Francisco Armory building

By Jeremy Lipps, Bay City News Service

January 9, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Internet fetish company Kink.com announced it has purchased the State Armory and Arsenal and plans to revive it as a production studio.

The deal was closed on Dec. 29 at the cost of $14.5 million and was bought from Bak K Mortgage.

Full story, click here.

And in other news...

Coroner reports Richmond boy died from years of abuse
Death ruled a homicide

Jury dismisses first-degree murder in Lashuan Harris trial

San Francisco opera names new music director

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