Is Newsom Playing With Fire?
SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 12: San Francisco mayor and California Lt. Governor-elect Gavin Newsom speaks to reporters after meeting school children at Fairmount Elementary School on November 12, 2010 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that he vetoed a controversial legislation that was approved by the San Francisco board of supervisors that would ban toys in fast food "happy meals." He promoted his "Shape Up SF" program as a more effective way to combat childhood obesity by encouraging children to eat better, exercise and for schools to offer healthy food choices that include fresh vegetables. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Thursday, Feb 10, 2011 Updated at 7:40 AM PDT
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor back in November, but, unlike November's other statewide winners, he hasn't been sworn in yet. He's remaining in office in San Francisco so he has more control over the selection of his successor as mayor by the board of supervisors there.
But by delaying, Newsom is creating a risk -- albeit a miniscule risk, given Gov. Jerry Brown's good health -- of a constitutional crisis. As Joel Fox explains well in this post at Fox & Hounds Daily.