imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Strong Green challenge in San Francisco worries Democrats

by Qwerty Tuesday, Dec. 02, 2003 at 10:29 PM

Now that the Democrat hoping to succeed Mayor Willie Brown is facing an unexpectedly tight runoff election against a Green Party candidate, the City Hall race is attracting unusual attention from national Democrats still bitter over losing California's governorship to Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Strong Green challenge in San Francisco worries Democrats

LISA LEFF, Associated Press Writer

Monday, December 1, 2003

©2003 Associated Press

URL: sfgate.com/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/12/01/state2026EST0132.DTL

(12-01) 18:15 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --

On paper, the job of San Francisco mayor is supposed to be nonpartisan. In practice, it's been more than four decades since voters elected anyone other than a Democrat to run the city, where the political spectrum seems to run from left-of-center to liberaler-than-thou.

Now that the Democrat hoping to succeed Mayor Willie Brown is facing an unexpectedly tight runoff election against a Green Party candidate, the City Hall race is attracting unusual attention from national Democrats still bitter over losing California's governorship to Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The most potent symbol of the party's anxiety is Tuesday's scheduled visit by former Vice President Al Gore on behalf of Democrat Gavin Newsom. Gore, whose narrow loss in the 2000 presidential election was blamed in part on the votes won by the Green Party's Ralph Nader, will attend a fund-raising reception and campaign event for Newsom.

"I think there is an enormous amount at stake," said Newsom, who has also secured endorsements from Democratic presidential candidates Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman and John Kerry. "We lost the governor's office and now our last bastion, Northern California, is at play."

Mayor Brown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Reps. George Miller and Loretta Sanchez are also backing Newsom, a city supervisor, while the Democratic National Committee has provided strategy advice to his campaign.

Newsom's rival in the Dec. 9 runoff, Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez, would be the nation's most prominent elected Green if he became mayor. Yet Gonzalez, a former Democrat who switched parties in November 2000 while engaged in a runoff election for a supervisorial seat, has sought to downplay his affiliation.

"We want Matt Gonzalez to be a great mayor first and a great Green second," said Ross Mirkarimi, a Gonzalez spokesman who accuses the Democrats of using "Green-baiting" tactics to shore up Newsom's support. "Most progressive Democrats have more in common with Matt than they do a conservative Democrat like Gavin."

Both candidates have taken imagery fresh from California's gubernatorial recall. Gonzalez, 38, tries to associate the wealthy, well-organized Newsom with the unpopular Gov. Gray Davis. Newsom, 36, maintains that Gonzalez is an untested ideologue working off a page from Schwarzenegger's playbook.

"Talk in generalizations, skip debates and then criticize everyone else for the way things are -- it's a great strategy," Newsom said. "It worked for the governor."

The partisan warfare reached a new level Sunday when the Gonzalez campaign accused Newsom's camp of attempting to orchestrate an anti-Gore protest while making it look like it was the handiwork of the Greens.

The evidence was a widely distributed e-mail sent out under the pseudonym "mary Green" urging Green Party members to "Stop Newsom, Stop the two party system" by demonstrating against Gore during his visit Tuesday. The Gonzalez campaign claimed it had traced the alert to an Internet Protocol address registered as "GavinNewsomFor" that matches the e-mail address for Newsom's official Web site.

Newsom's campaign flatly denied that it was responsible for the e-mail and suggested that a Gonzalez supporter had managed to make it look as if it were sent by a member of Newsom's camp to embarrass the candidate.

"We find the accusation about the e-mail paranoid and absurd," said John Shanley, a Newsom campaign spokesman.

On Monday, Gonzalez's aides continued to accuse Newsom of "dirty tricks." They released additional information that they said proved "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the inflammatory e-mail, which warned that "the Democrats are scared that the Green Party now represents the true progressives," originated from a Newsom campaign computer.

Newsom secured 42 percent, or 87,196 votes in last month's general election, emerging as the top vote-getter but failing to secure the majority needed to avert a runoff. Gonzalez came in second with 20 percent, or 40,714.

Both young, ambitious and camera-friendly, the two candidates differ greatly in style as well as substance.

Newsom, the son of a retired state judge who counts billionaire Gordon Getty as a family friend, owns several upscale restaurants and has raised .3 million in campaign contributions with the backing of the business community and organized labor.

Gonzalez, who spent a decade as a public defender and enjoys hanging out with struggling artists and musicians, has raised 1,000, much of it through quirky campaign events -- featuring names like "Yoga for Matt" and "Matt A Go-Go House Party" -- that speak to his bohemian lifestyle.

Although they share many of the same views on civil rights issues, Newsom made his name as a politician with a tough-love approach to homelessness and stiffer penalties for panhandlers, ideas that have made him a lightening rod with the more liberal Gonzalez supporters.

"We welcome Gore to San Francisco, but he should know some things about my opponent," Gonzalez said. "Gore is a big environmentalist and the Sierra Club graded Newsom a D and I earned an A+. He should know there are many Democrats backing me and the reason Newsom is doing so well is he gets Republican votes."

In San Francisco politics, likening opponents to Republicans is often a shorthand way of portraying them as too conservative to hold office. The GOP last elected a mayor in 1960, and in the decades since the Democrats have dominated the city's electoral landscape. Now Gonzalez' rising fortunes threaten that political stranglehold.

Gonzalez wants to raise the city's real estate transfer tax on properties that sell for more than million and put the city's electricity in the hands of a public authority, policies that Newsom has used to brand him as fiscally irresponsible and anti-business.

"There is not that hard-headed pragmatism there, which is what you need in the executive branch," Newsom said.

A poll released last week found Newsom leading 47 percent to Gonzalez's 39 percent, with the margin shrinking from a week earlier.

"A significant amount of Democrats who are going for Gonzalez are not paying attention to the fact that he is Green," said pollster David Binder. "Gavin and the state Democratic Party would have to make this more of an issue to persuade some of the Gonzalez Democrats that they need to be more loyal to their party's candidate, but my gut tells me people don't care."

©2003 Associated Press

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head J20 10:47PM

Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy J20 2:47PM

Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies J20 11:18AM

Paraphysique de l'intelligence J20 9:08AM

Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record J20 4:01AM

Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals. J20 3:41AM

Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries J19 4:49PM

The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally! J19 4:33PM

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) J09 12:44PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy