Dear Gavin, Please Come Back to Us
Now that Gavin Newsom has given up on becoming governor (when did that happen? Somewhere between furlough Fridays and IOUs?), I think he is depressed and needs comforting.
Unfortunately, there's important and immediate mayoral business to attend to. When Newsom's press secretary, Nathan Ballard, told The Chronicle that Newsom will be back "soon," one hoped he meant this morning.
That's when Newsom was scheduled to speak to 6,000 land-use professionals, architects, planners, real estate developers and other urban experts from all over the world at the opening of the Urban Land Institute conference at Moscone Center.
With its focus on sustainable development, workforce housing and smart growth, the conference speaks directly to Newsom's policy sweet spots. And the fact the conference is being held here is something of a compliment to San Francisco.
But no. "The mayor will not be appearing," Ballard e-mailed me Tuesday afternoon. As Matier & Ross report today, Newsom chose to "unexpectedly" fly off to Hawaii to join his wife and recently born daughter on vacation.