November 12th, 2010
07:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Mayor vetoes ban on Happy Meals with toys

(CNN) - San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys.

In making the veto, the mayor released a new report on how a public-private partnership is combating childhood obesity and how San Francisco's more than 55,000 public school students are now eating fresher and healthier foods.

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Filed under: California • Gavin Newsom
October 30th, 2009
07:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Newsom withdraws from California gov race

(CNN) – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced Friday that he was ending his gubernatorial bid.

"It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California," he said in a statement. "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."

Earlier this month, former President Bill Clinton had endorsed Newsom, running against California Attorney General Jerry Brown. Brown and Clinton were themselves primary rivals in the 1992 presidential campaign, when Clinton defeated the former governor in California's presidential primary.

Clinton weighed in on another Democratic primary race earlier this year, when he backed former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's unsuccessful bid for the party's gubernatorial nomination in Virginia.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • California • Gavin Newsom • Popular Posts
October 8th, 2009
01:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Brown holds early lead over Newsom

The survey indicates Brown leads Newsom by 31 points in Southern California.
The survey indicates Brown leads Newsom by 31 points in Southern California.

(CNN) – Eight months before California's primary, a new poll suggests that Jerry Brown, the state's sitting attorney general and former governor, holds a 20-point lead over San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom in the battle for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

The survey, by Field Research Corporation, indicates that the fight for the GOP nomination is up in the air, with nearly half of Republican primary voters undecided.

According to the Field poll, 47 percent of Democratic primary voters support Brown, while 27 percent back Newsom, with just over one in four undecided. Brown, who served two terms as California governor from 1975 to 1983, has not formally declared his candidacy.

The survey indicates Brown leads Newsom by 31 points in Southern California, but by just 5 points in the northern part of the state, where Newsom is better known. The poll also suggests a generational divide, wtih the much-younger Newsom leading by nine points among voters 39 and younger. According to the survey, Brown holds a 30-point advantage among voters age 40 to 64, and he has a 45-point lead among those 65 and older.

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Filed under: Gavin Newsom • Polls
September 29th, 2009
08:14 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton to campaign with Newsom

Clinton will campaign with Gavin Newsom next week.
Clinton will campaign with Gavin Newsom next week.

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will visit Los Angeles next week in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom.

Newsom and Clinton are scheduled to hold an event at L.A. City College on Monday, October 5. Later that day, WJC will attend a fundraiser for Newsom's primary gubernatorial bid.

Newsom aggressively campaigned for now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her unsuccessful campaign to capture the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2008.

Newsom and Clinton plan to tour a new LEED-certified Science and Technology Building at the LACC and speak to faculty and students about green technology jobs and education.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Gavin Newsom
September 15th, 2009
01:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Bill Clinton endorses Newsom in California governor's race

Former President Bill Clinton will endorse San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom in the 2010 California governor's race.
Former President Bill Clinton will endorse San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom in the 2010 California governor's race.

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will endorse San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom in the 2010 California governor's race, a Clinton aide confirmed to CNN.

Clinton's decision to weigh in for Newsom puts him at odds once again with the candidate many consider the likely frontrunner for the Democratic nomination - California Attorney General and former governor Jerry Brown, the man Clinton defeated for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination.

But Newsom curried favor with the former president in 2008, when he endorsed and campaigned actively for Hillary Clinton during her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. The 42nd president is now returning the favor by throwing his weight around in a Democratic primary, as he has done with other 2010 candidates who backed Hillary's bid last year.

Clinton has endorsed Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek and Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in their 2010 Senate bids, even though both candidates have yet to secure their party's nomination. He also backed his longtime ally Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race, but McAuliffe lost a three-way fight for the Democratic nomination in June.

The endorsement was first reported by ABC News.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Gavin Newsom