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Political Beat, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 9 Nov 2011 | One Comment]

Edwin M. Lee will be elected Mayor of San Francisco after vote tallies released by the city’s Elections Department Wednesday afternoon showed the career bureaucrat gaining an insurmountable lead over second-choice candidate Supervisor John Avalos.

The Beat expects that Avalos will not receive enough of the remaining votes to overcome the deficit. Lee received 61 percent of the vote in the eleventh round of allocations in the city’s first ranked choice vote for Mayor. Avalos recieved 39 percent.

Political Beat, San Francisco, The Bay Area »

[By Steven Luo | 8 Nov 2011 | No Comments]

Welcome to the California Beat’s live coverage of tonight’s municipal elections in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. We’ll bring you the latest returns and reaction from the candidates; keep refreshing this page for the latest.

Political Beat, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 8 Aug 2011 | One Comment]

Interim Mayor Ed Lee announced Monday morning he would seek a full term as mayor of San Francisco, officially filing paperwork with the city’s Department of Elections to declare his candidacy for the post, and ending speculation about whether he would join a crowded field of candidates seeking to lead the city.

Lee’s announcement was almost immediately met with criticism from mayoral challengers, who accused Lee of going back on a pledge he made when appointed to the vacant mayoral job seven months ago not to run for a full term.

Oakland, Political Beat »

[By Jennifer Courtney | 4 Aug 2010 | No Comments]
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Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said Wednesday he will not seek a second term in office, putting to rest widespread speculation about his decision before a Friday campaign filing deadline.

Dellums, 74, made the announcement privately to staff and supporters before releasing a statement to the media, in which he said he is ready to “pass the baton to the next generation of leadership.”

Political Beat, San Francisco »

[By California Beat | 30 Oct 2009 | No Comments]

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced this afternoon that he is dropping out of the California governor’s race, a move that stunned political observers around the state.

In a statement issued today, Newsom wrote that “With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to and should be done.”

But Newsom’s widely documented fundraising difficulties and difficulty gaining traction in the polls may also have contributed to his early exit.

Political Beat »

[By Steven Luo | 11 Mar 2009 | No Comments]

Behind in the polls and saddled with the highest unfavorable rating of any major candidate for governor at this early stage in the race, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s “conversation” with voters in Oakland Tuesday night was not only a chance for voters to meet the candidate, but also an opportunity for him to replace the widely-held perception of him as a left-wing “San Francisco liberal” with a more moderate, or at least more conciliatory, image.

Political Beat »

[By California Beat | 11 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments]

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wrapped up another town hall meeting Tuesday night, this time in Oakland speaking with Alameda County voters. He outlined the major policy proposals he would enact as governor but was repeatedly peppered with questions from his San Francisco constituents concerned with redevelopment in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.

>>RELATED STORY: NEWS ANALYSIS: Newsom strives to present self as a uniter

The event was one of several statewide “conversations” Newsom is embarking on in the coming months as part of his potential run for governor of the Golden State. In front of an estimated crowd of 200 people, he focused heavily on his accomplishments as mayor and repeatedly spoke of the need to stop merely talking about issues and reform.

“You’ve got to manifest it. You’ve got to take action,” he said.