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Some Rumors Are Too Good to Die

Feb
15
2005

There is no way on God’s green earth that San Francisco School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman is going to stay in her job very much longer.
It’s a shame. Anyone who can turn around the Washington, D.C. public schools deserves more of a fair shake than Ackerman got from the city’s so-called “progressive” community. But her inability to read San Francisco’s racial politics – translation, the city’s increasingly vocal Asian community – is partly at fault. While former School Board member Heather Hiles was around, she got Ackerman’s back. But Hiles didn’t get elected to the spot Mayor Gavin Newsom gave her so Ackerman’s been on her own lately.


Yesterday, School Board President Eric Mar announced that Ackerman had told him three schools in the city would be closing. Today, Ackerman had a press conference to say she never said any such thing.
Whom to believe? It doesn’t matter. Ackerman’s nuts to work in these circumstances. She tried. Enough.
What happens next? Well, interestingly enough, a rumor floated back when former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez was running for mayor and looking to derail the candidacy of rival Supervisor Tom Ammiano is back.
When – and that’s not ‘if’ – Ackerman leaves, Ammiano will be appointed to her job, says a source with ties to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. This is convenient for Newsom, just as it was convenient for candidate Gonzalez, because Ammiano’s appointment will create a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors. Newsom will be able to appoint a new supervisor, one friendly to his agenda.
Can you say “veto-proof majority”? Good. You may need to. This is a big deal for someone as politically awkward as Newsom remains, particularly a politician with an agenda as broad and as ambitious as the one our mayor has mapped out.

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