Overheard in Fog City
FCJ Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Photo by Adam Aufdencamp
May 24, 2007, 3:45 p.m.
Tony Hall files to run for Mayor of San Francisco
Former District 7 Supervisor Tony Hall has, today, ended months
of speculation about his intent to run for Mayor of San Francisco.
Hall called Fog City Journal this afternoon from City Hall indicating
he was in the process of filing the required papers at the Department
Asked what Hall's message and platform will consist of, Hall
responded: "To put it simply, to solve the problems that
have been ignored... the major problems of this city for the last
three and a half years.
"There's a whole host of problems, but we can start with
the major ones. Homelessness, his [Mayor Gavin Newsom] Care Not
Cash has been a colossal failure to the point where he's now warehousing
homeless people up at Laguna Honda to camouflage the failings
of Care Not Cash.
"Crime. Violent crime is up thirty percent by anybody's
statistics. The homeless count, of course, is up by twenty-five
to thirty percent by Gavin's own statistics.
"The big issue for me, with seven children and an extended
family, which goes to a lot of San Franciscans, is the livability
and affordability of this town.
"We're losing our middle class. San Francisco is becoming
a town of the rich and the poor through this mayor's policies.
For the last three and half years this town has been pieced off,
piece by piece, to the wealthy, highest special interest donors
to his campaign. That's got to stop. That's very un-San Franciscan."
Reached by phone for comment, Newsom Campaign Manager Eric Jaye
welcomed Hall into the race.
"First of all, welcome to the race. We look forward to a
vigorous debate. That's what campaigns are all about," Jaye
"The Mayor looks forward to presenting his record, his vision,
his plan to make San Francisco even better in the next four years.
"The attacks Supervisor Hall leveled today... we hope those
are not indicative of the type of campaign he intends to run."