Wednesday night attended Noe Valley Democratic Club monthly meeting held at St. Phillips Church to hear Eric Jaye, the campaign manager for Mayor Gavin Newsom for Governor.
Eric Jaye spoke about how the campaign is run, including using social networking including twitter (600,000 followers). Eric Jaye and Gavin Newsom have a long term working relationship. Gavin Newsom is focusing on the younger generation. Newsom's strengths include marriage equality, health insurance in San Francisco, environmental issues and fiscal responsibility. "Gavin Newsom is a story of success, Gavin Newsom is an authentic liberal not afraid to be bold or controversial". Union voters are the main voters in a primary. If there was a race between Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today, Jaye said that Jerry Brown would come in third in that generational issues would come into play.
The audience was not afraid to state their questions - basically San Francisco could do better.
Eric Jaye agreed that there are things that still need to be done and that "everything is on the table" for review.
My only comment: he said that Mayor Gavin Newsom believes in "government being organized from the bottom up". I really haven't seen evidence of that. He talked about Gavin Newsom bringing in a balanced budget without tax increases and keeping vital services (but he did not talk about the cuts).