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Ruth Dewson says she WON’T run for D5 supervisor. She watched a board hearing on TV and decided that was craziness she doesn’t need. But doesn’t that make her qualified?

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The Terry Baum saga continues. She’s suing,with help from Arlo Hale Smith. And,coming soon to a Rules Committee near you:

040465 [Report on processing of write-in votes for the March 2nd election]

Hearing to receive report from the Director of the Department of Elections on the processing of write-in votes for the March 2nd election. Supervisor Gonzalez presented. RECEIVED AND ASSIGNED to Rules Committee.

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The Ethics Commission has OK’d Mayor Newsom request to scale back the public financing program to two temporary staff positions and $670,000 in grants. The commission also sent a complaint about shredding of Newsom campaign documents –by the commission’s executive director –over to the Ethics panel in Oakland.

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Supervisor Tony Hall’s breaking of the voluntary spending cap in District 7 last week has the Ethics Commission rethinking the whole game. “In 2002,the only other time when the public financing program was in effect,the commission did not lift the spending limit in any district until the last day for filing nomination papers in August,”commission chair Michael Garcia said. “I tope the commission will be able to consider these matters after the November election.”…Tony’s clearly letting money do the talking in telling everybody else to stay out of the race. It may not be the best for Democracy,but it’s what he’s doing. And so far,it’s working.

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Mayor Newsom’s 42-minute late arrival for the swearing in of commissioners last Wendesday had more than a handful of the more than 100 in attendance bent out of shape. “Whose time is more valuable?”asked one business owner,leaving early and feeling slighted by the clear answer. At a luncheon the next day,the business owner said others had called saying they too left early. Newsom had said he’s “continuing the fine tradition of Mayor Brown by being 40 minutes late to every meeting.”But nobody liked it when Brown did it,either. And he’s a political giant.

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Examiner editorials work. Last Wednesday,Mayor Newsom filled our his slots on the Small Business Commission (Kudos to the Guardian for being the first to point out the issue):

“Small Business Commission

Florence Alberts,Ph.D,is a long time lecturer in the College of Business at San Francisco State University and has moved easily through the halls of academia,the corridors of government and the offices of the corporate world. She is owner of Pageant Match,Inc.,a company that advertises matches,domestic and imported from Asia,primarily for the hospitality industry. She has served as Small Business Counselor,U.S. Small Business Administration;Technical Director,U.S. Department of State Small Business Program for Russian Entrepreneurs;and National Director/Coordinator,U.S. Small Business Administration,Office of Women’s Business Ownership.

Norman Ishimoto is the President of Kiyomura-Ishimoto Associates (KI). Mr. Ishimoto formed KI in 1986,growing the company into Northern California’s foremost Asian-qualified marketing and research firm. He is an active member of the Marketing Research Association,and a founding member of the International Mystery Shopping Providers Association. He is a graduate of the RIVA focus group moderating school in Bethesda,Maryland,and works with RIVA on its Asian research program needs. He is an active of the San Francisco community and has served on various boards throughout the Bay Area.

Dr. Raye Richardson,Professor and Former Chair,Department of Black Studies,San Francisco State University. She is the owner and founder of Marcus Books,a bookstore in the Fillmore specializing in African and African American topics,with fiction and literature by black authors and African history throughout the ages. Dr. Raye Richardson has worked with the Museum of the African Diaspora and has been an advocate for the African American community for over 50 years.

Richard Ventura is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In June 1996,Mr. Ventura founded a Consulting Firm with the 4th largest travel company in the U.S. as his first client,Maritz Travel Company. Through his consulting firm,Mr. Ventura has designed strategic planning programs specifically for small business owners and educated employers about the benefits of incorporating social responsibility to business models. Other experience includes,Co-founder of TelUnidos (April 2000),and Chair of the Business Alliance Steering Committee,San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (March 1997-July 2000).

Commission on the Status of Women

Andrea Evans has worked as Litigation Associate for Steptoe &Johnson,L.L.P in Washington D.C.,and Keker &Van Nest,L.L.P in San Francisco,where practice areas include white-collar criminal defense,employment law,business litigation and securities fraud. Ms. Evans is a Board member for KIPP Bayview Academy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.”

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Sliding it in under the “100 Days”mark,Mayor Newsom held the first “SFStat”meeting last Wednesday:

“San Francisco,CA –Mayor Gavin Newsom and seven department heads held the first SFStat meeting today in City Hall. SFStat,a performance management process and technology initiative,is based on the Baltimore’s Citistat program first by Mayor Martin O’Malley. Baltimore’s Citistat was based on the technology tools and processes of Compstat – the crime mapping model first implemented in New York City – and has become a proven system of management and accountability that reduces waste and improves efficiencies in government services.

The first SFStat meeting laid the groundwork for San Francisco’s ambitious replication of the Baltimore model. During the SFStat meeting,Mayor Newsom and a panel of city leaders reviewed department human resources,budget and customer service data,and quizzed department heads about the metrics and methods the department will report going forward.

“San Franciscans deserve a city government that is effective,cost-efficient,and responsive to their needs,” said Mayor Newsom. “SFStat will transform the way city government does business by implementing an innovative and highly successful performance management strategy. I am committed to managing city agencies to achieve excellence and results,” concluded Mayor Newsom.

Regular SFStat meetings will initially be held monthly,allowing Mayor Newsom and his department heads to evaluate departmental performance on a timely basis. The departments participating in the first meeting included Animal Care and Control,Emergency Communications Department,Fire Department,Parking and Traffic,Police Department,Public Works,and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.”

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And boy is Residential Builders Association chief Joe O’Donoghue angry about Thursday’s Newsom 100 Days story. Joe says the west side loathes the mayor. Well,maybe a they’re a little mad over gay marriage,but I just don’t see this as an overriding problem. And don’t worry,Joe,there’s plenty of time for the mayor to earn black eyes from the press. The 100 Days though? Better than expected. Even you can admit that. Read from the government in exile,here.

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SF Democratic Party,meet your new chair.

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Friday:The Body Politic on Jim Hammer. Give the guy a break already! In exclusive blog news,Supervisor Chris Daly’s chief of staff Bill Barnes files to run in D5. Also in the BP:Ruth Dewson says she can win,if she runs. It’s D5,24-7.

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