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April 18, 2003



A regular update from the Gavin Newsom for Mayor Campaign

Dear Friends,

As we move closer to election season, we wanted to keep you updated on the most recent news from the campaign. We will be sending these updates to you periodically. If you would like to be removed from our list, please unsubscribe below. Please feel free to forward these updates to all of your friends.



Supervisor Newsom has announced his plans to address the aggressive panhandling crisis with a comprehensive solution that will confront the issue as a public health concern – and direct those who violate the panhandling ordinance into the public health system – not the criminal justice system.

Right now, San Francisco has a patchwork of antiquated and unenforced laws that deal with aggressive panhandling. Newsom's plan will be a complete reform that adopts laws that are comprehensive, can pass constitutional muster, and can be enforced by our police. Newsom's plan will:

•Broaden the scope of the laws to include more areas, including banning panhandling on freeway off ramps, median strips, public transit and transit stops, and areas around schools.

•Make violations infractions – not misdemeanors. With the infraction system we can direct violators into public health services – not jails. After three infractions for aggressive panhandling, the fourth case can be charged as a misdemeanor. But Newsom believes that before we resort to the criminal justice system, we should try to move panhandlers into the social services system so they can get the help they need to get off the streets.

•Make the laws sensible – and then make sure all the laws are enforced.

Newsom's plan will include a pilot program modeled on the Berkeley Cares initiative of a few years ago. Newsom wants to provide Basic Needs Coupons that can be given to people seeking help. Newsom's plan will allow people to show their compassion by giving food, medicine and service – not by giving cash.


Opponents of Care Not Cash are still trying to delay implementation of this vital reform. Thank you to all of the 150 supporters who turned out to support Care Not Cash at the first board hearing. Opponents of the plan are still using scare tactics, despite their overwhelming defeat at the polls this past November. We need to keep up the pressure to let members of the Board of Supervisors know that San Franciscans demand change in our homeless delivery services that will provide care not cash! We will keep you informed about upcoming hearings.


Please join Gavin in celebrating Cinco de Mayo a little early this year at a Newsom for Mayor fundraiser at Don Ramon's on May 2nd from 6 to 8 PM. Tickets are $100. To RSVP and for more information, please call 359-0230, extension 150. The address is 225 11th Street at Howard.


Gavin's campaign has already gathered more than 5,000 personal endorsements from San Francisco voters. While this is an extraordinary number for so early in the campaign, we need your help in the days ahead to help us reach out to every voter. We are mobilizing at Campaign Headquarters Saturday, April 26th at 10:30 AM. Campaign Headquarters is located at 1625 Van Ness Avenue (at California). To RSVP, please call Bob Brigham at 359-0230. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday. You can also join us at the Tenderloin Merchant Walk on Wednesday, April 23rd from 2:30-3:30pm. We are meeting at the Tenderloin Police Station at 301 Eddy Street.


The Newsom for Mayor campaign won important new endorsements last week, including support from IBEW Local 6, Stationary Engineers Local 39, Plasterers' and Shophands' Local 66. These new endorsements add to a growing list, including the San Francisco Firefighters Association, the San Francisco Police Officers' Association, Laborers Local 261, IBEW Local 1245, MEBA Local 1, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, the Filipino American Democratic Empowerment Council, and the Building Owners and Managers Association.


Newsom last week introduced legislation to limit sole-source contracts and provide more openness and competition in the bidding process for city contracts. Newsom said greater competition and transparency in the bidding process will help save taxpayers money and improve city services. This week Newsom introduced legislation designed to create more openness in the city initiative process. Newsom's plan requires the Board of Supervisors to submit ballot measures early enough so that there can be full public hearings.

For more information, and the latest updates, please visit www.newsomformayor.com


Gavin Newsom for Mayor
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