Overheard in Fog City
April 11, 2007, 9:28 a.m
Top Democratic fundraiser attempts to seal custody complaint
Cotchett -- top Democratic fundraiser, Newsom PlumpJack business
partner, and nationally recognized lawyer who represented Valerie
Plame-Wilson in her lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney,
Lewis "Scooter" Libby and Karl Rove -- has submitted
a request to seal evidentiary declarations by his former wife,
Victoria Cotchett, over custody of their 17-year old daughter.
In response to the order to seal pleadings, filed in San Mateo
County Superior Court dated March 19, family law attorney Michelene
Insalaco representing Victoria Cotchett, states, "Mr.
Cotchett appears to be seeking free reign to attack Ms. Cotchett
without being accountable for those actions while shielding from
the public any factual allegations about himself that Ms. Cotchett
may submit in her defense."
Those allegations include verbal/physical abuse of their children,
and alcohol abuse.
Newsom hasn't totally ruled out Question Time in the Board
as requested by San Francisco voters
Following a KGO interview of Mayor Gavin Newsom last week, Fog
City wanted to find out if Newsom might be having a change of
heart about attending monthly Board of Supervisor meetings as
requested by San Francisco voters.
During the KGO interview, a caller blasted Newsom for snubbing
the will of his constituents.
So far Newsom has been AWOL at every scheduled Board of Supervisors
meeting since voters passed Proposition I in November. Instead,
Newsom has crafted a scripted Q&A format designed to obfuscate
accountability and transparency.
Speaking on the subject, Newsom spokesperson Nathan Ballard told
Fog City yesterday: "As for question time in the Board of
Supervisors and meeting with the board, the mayor has never totally
ruled that out. He's never said that he wouldn't do that under
any circumstances, but there are no plans to do it at this point."