What's at Stake

Sexual misconduct has been exposed from the White House to the California State House.

Enough is enough. The upcoming governor’s race is a chance to set a better tone for the state and for the Democratic party heading into 2020.

Did you know that California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom had an inappropriate affair with his employee?

Did you know she was paid thousands of dollars for leave that was denied to other employees under similar circumstances?

Did you know about the 19-year-old girl Gavin “dated” while he was mayor?

Did you know that Gavin hired a director of parks that was forced to resign because of sexual harassment?

How well do you know Gavin Newsom?

Powerful men who exploit their staff and young women for sex will no longer be tolerated in the state of California. This pattern of behavior must be stopped.

This is about much more than just one man using his power for bad. We must end the power systems that perpetuate oppression and sexual manipulation.

We have a chance at the voting booth this June to send a clear message once and for all.

Stand up in this election. Take the power back.  

 

The Problem

How well do you know Gavin Newsom?

Elected office bestows influence and power. Gavin Newsom, a powerful man in a powerful position, repeatedly violated the public trust as mayor of San Francisco. He had an affair with a subordinate and engaged in a public relationship with a teenager 20 years his junior. Now is the time for Californians to act. Together we can stop Gavin Newsom.

Did you know that California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom had an inappropriate affair with his employee?

As Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom had an inappropriate relationship with a direct subordinate who reported to him. Not only was she his employee in city government, she was the wife of his best friend.

 
“The affair between Newsom and Ruby Rippey-Tourk reportedly took place when Newsom was splitting from his then-wife… Yet some observers suggested that, beyond the personal indiscretion, the mayor may have violated workplace conduct rules. The city’s administrative code states that consensual sexual relationships between a supervisor and subordinate do not necessarily constitute sexual harassment but may create potential for conflict.”
— Los Angeles Times, 2/2/07
 

Did Newsom then try to use taxpayer resources to cover-up the affair?  

 
“Rippey-Tourk left her job as Newsom’s appointments secretary to undergo treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, leaving people to speculate that she had been shipped out before someone started asking questions about her conduct and her relationship with the mayor.”
— San Francisco Gate, 2/2/07
 

Did you know she was paid thousands of dollars for leave that was denied to other employees under similar circumstances?

 
“The city attorney is investigating whether Mayor Gavin Newsom’s former mistress should have received thousands of dollars in sick pay after leaving her job as a City Hall secretary.”
— Associated Press, 2/16/07
 

If so, why?

 
“The use of catastrophic sick leave — intended for use by people with life-threatening illness — has come under scrutiny since it was revealed that an aide to Mayor Gavin Newsom, with whom the mayor had a sexual affair, used it for substance abuse treatment.”
— San Francisco Gate, 4/18/07
 

Was that option available to all city employees, or just Gavin’s subordinates with whom he engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior?

 
“... the City Attorney’s 19-page memo released yesterday raises more questions than answers. Based on the facts presented, the City could be subject to millions of dollars in liability from employees who were denied payments under the Catastrophic Illness Program – while the Mayor’s ex-girlfriend got a large sum for her alcohol abuse. … The question is why Public Health Director Mitch Katz allowed her substance abuse problem to qualify as a “catastrophic illness” – when all other such applications on the same grounds were denied. Another issue that the report quietly dismissed is whether Rippey-Tourk was working at Benefit Magazine while accruing these payments, which if true would be a clear violation of the Civil Service Code.”
— Beyond Chron, 4/12/07
 

Did you know about the 19-year-old girl Gavin “dated” while he was mayor?

As a 39-year-old mayor of one of America’s premier cities, Gavin Newsom used his position of power to date a 19-year-old student, model and restaurant hostess. Was it appropriate for someone in Gavin’s position to prey on a 19-year-old student?

 
“San Francisco’s popular 39-year-old mayor Gavin Newsom was dating a 19-year-old model and restaurant hostess (she’s since turned 20), the city buzzed with gossip — and more than a little scuttlebutt…”
— ABC News, 10/18/06
 
 
“The cavorting with a 19-year-old model and nighttime public sightings in which the mayor appeared to have been drinking have damaged what was once Newsom’s strongest political asset — a squeaky-clean image.”
— San Francisco Gate, 2/2/07
 

Did Gavin provide her alcohol or facilitate underage drinking?  

 
“First, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Brittanie Mountz, who played lacrosse for Sonoma State University, had suddenly changed her age on her MySpace page from 19 to 26. Then, the paper’s political columnists scooped that Mountz, who is under the legal drinking age in California, was pictured holding a glass of wine at a recent gala that Newsom attended.”
— ABC News, 10/18/06
 
 
“Photos of Mountz holding a wine glass during the opening of the new Westfield San Francisco Shopping Center, where Newsom also made an appearance, raised some eyebrows. The photos had been posted on society photographer Drew Altizer’s Web site this past week. After Chronicle City Hall reporter Cecilia Vega began asking whether Mountz had been drinking alcohol at an event where the mayor was present, the photos promptly came down. The questions infuriated Newsom, who told a group of reporters Friday, “I’ve got to deal with all kinds of terrible calls from reporters doing horrible things that are mean-spirited.”
— San Francisco Gate, 10/15/06
 

Did you know that Gavin hired a director of parks that was forced to resign because of sexual harassment?

 
“Yomi Agunbiade has been general manager of the [San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department] since 2004 when he was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom.”
— San Francisco Gate, 9/11/08
 

But apparently Agunbiade shared Gavin Newsom’s disregard for workplace standards of behaviour:

 
“The head of San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department is stepping down from his job, one month after an employee filed a harassment complaint against him.”
— San Francisco Gate, 9/11/08
 
 
“Many community leaders have criticized Agunbiade for his top-down management style, but the issue came to a head last month following the reassignment of Rose Dennis, the department’s spokeswoman. Dennis was reportedly reassigned after she filed a complaint with the city’s Human Resources Department against Agunbiade, accusing him of religious and sexual harassment. She said Agunbiade sent several notes to Dennis’s office and home last year and in 2006, criticizing her wardrobe and makeup, telling her something was wrong with her upbringing and telling her to ‘find Jesus.’”
— San Francisco Gate, 9/11/08
 

What was Gavin Newsom’s reaction as mayor?  

Would Gavin separate an alleged harasser from the workforce of city employees he’d allegedly mistreated, or would he protect him by extending his time on the job before his ultimate departure?

 
“The mayor asked that Agunbiade stay in the job while a committee searches for his replacement.”

— San Francisco Gate, 9/11/08
 

The Record

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