Tony Hall reportedly ready to run for mayor
Former District 7 Supervisor Tony Hall reportedly plans to run for mayor of San Francisco in 2011. Hall represented the district, which includes the Lake Merced and West of Twin Peaks areas, on the Board of Supervisors from 2000 to 2004.
According to the Fog City Journal, Hall will file official paperwork in November.
The Fog City journal also offered a primer on Hall’s sometimes testy relationship with City Hall:
Hall resigned in 2004 after accepting an appointment by Mayor Gavin Newsom to head the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA). In what became known as a “triple play,” Newsom appointed Sean Elsbernd to replace Hall on the Board of Supervisors.
In October 2005, following allegations made by Hall that Newsom was making “sweetheart deals” with Treasure Island developer and Newsom fundraiser Darius Anderson, the Newsom-appointed TIDA Board fired Hall without cause. Around the same time, an anonymous complaint was filed with the San Francisco Department of Ethics, accusing Hall of campaign violations during his 2004 re-election bid for supervisor. The investigation resulted in Hall being fined for two of six alleged campaign finance violations. Hall said the anonymous complaint was politically motivated.
Hall was the only big name to challenge Mayor Newsom’s re-election bid in 2007. His run was upended however, when, according to Hall, Newsom threatened Hall’s supporters with building plan delays and an immediate recall effort if Hall defeated Newsom.
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