With his eye on the California Governor’s race, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom arrived at Netroots Nation today – and we spoke for about seven minutes (click here for interview
.) Newsom said he looks forward to “unfiltered communication” with bloggers – in stark contrast with his past tendency to avoid unscripted moments
. On state issues, he supports scrapping the 2/3 requirement to pass the state budget. But on tenants’ rights, he said he would not repeal the Ellis Act because the law is “complicated.” He also said San Francisco has crafted “interesting legislation” on the Ellis Act, but didn’t elaborate on details. As for the City budget, Newsom credited historic “budget reserves” (without mentioning the ongoing fight on housing money) – but he also endorsed Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s two revenue measures
for the November ballot.
Although the July 21st SF Chronicle reported that a spokesman for Newsom said he opposes Peskin's real estate transfer tax measure, my audio interview with the Mayor confirms that he supports it.