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New column for Monday examines the players behind the Democratic County Central Committee “loyalty oath,”dishes on same-sex marriage,and looks at the moves behind the anti-demolition ordinance votes at the Board of Supervisors.

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…Good Bay Area media news extends beyond The Examiner sale. A group of talent including ex-Ex reporter Tanya Pampalone plans to launch Prominence magazine this summer. … Lesbian playwright Terry Baum is attempting a write-in challenge to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. She needs 1,605 Green Party write-in votes on Tuesday to make the November . . . →Read More:

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Jason Alderman,Gen. Wesley Clark’s NorCal media strategist,has jumped ship for Sen. John Kerry –firing off a memo urging other California campaign volunteers to do the same for the sake of Democratic unity.

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Reaction to the Joe Caruso item has been favorable toward the new Neighborhood Services Director. While folks miss Ron Vinson,plenty have high hopes for Joe –a guy “there to make it work.”

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Full Looper item:Candidate for Democratic leadership on the west side Malik Looper held a cozy fundraiser Friday night at Canvas Gallery with family and friends,a goodly few met while Looper,who works for Goodwill,ran a popular political message board. Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval rallied the crowd to give like they would for a . . . →Read More:

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At 5 p.m. today,Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to name Michela Alioto to his District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors.

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Put your money on three department heads who will miss any bloodletting in Mayor-elect Gavin Newsom’s transition:Michael Burns,the Muni chief respected by the pro-Newsom advocacy group Rescue Muni;Trent Rhorer,the Human Services director who helped write Newsom’s Care Not Cash;and Mitch Katz,the Public Health director who’s got plenty of friends . . . →Read More:

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Political consultant Jim Rivaldo says District Attorney-elect Kamala Harris is handling her transition in a very business-like fashion,avoiding the pressure for big political firings. Her inauguration is Jan. 8,2 p.m. at the Herbst Theater.

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Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing Howard Dean over whether the Democratic candidates should unite behind the enventual presidential nominee. The remarks come in response to an AP article where Dean said some of his followers may not go with the party choice if he doesn’t make the cut. “I would never ask anyone to blindly . . . →Read More:

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Jim Ross,campaign manager for Mayor-elect Gavin Newsom and 2002′s winning Care Not Cash ballot initiative,says he may stay out of San Francisco politics this year. For the next month or so,he’s looking to do statewide work for a Democratic presidential candidate,then more statewide work for November. The credentials are there.

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