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SF’s Mayor Caught With Bottled Water!

From the San Francisco Chronicle’s City Insider:

Newsom sneaking around and sipping out of a bottle?

February 23 2009

Is the Green Mayor holding out on us?

This week, the City Insider spotted an almost empty case of bottled water in the back of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s hybrid sport utility vehicle as it was parked in front of City Hall. At least one full bottle of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water remained under the plastic covering.

This from the mayor who in June 2007 issued an executive order directing city government to no longer purchase bottled water, saying the containers clog landfills while the city owns a pristine reservoir in the Sierra Nevada that produces some of the country’s best-rated tap water.

Newsom, a former restaurateur, last year called on the restaurant industry to stop selling bottled water to customers and start serving local tap water instead.

Because of that, the mayor generally declines bottled water at any event or meeting, lest he be photographed with an offending bottle.

The mayor occasionally slips, said his spokesman, Nathan Ballard. But in this case, the bottled water belonged to the mayor’s security detail and wasn’t purchased with city funds, Ballard said.

"The mayor will be the first to admit that he occasionally indulges in bottled water," Ballard said. "It’s not something he’s proud of."

Well, no one’s perfect.

Oh, yes, the criminal’s favorite excuse:

“It wasn’t mine. It belongs to somebody else. I was just carrying it for a friend.”

But given all of Mr. Newsom’s crimes against probity, it is particularly hilarious to see him finally castigated for drinking bottle water.

(Thanks to CQM for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “SF’s Mayor Caught With Bottled Water!”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    Let me just ask this question, please.

    Out in public, are there drinking fountains on every corner?

  2. aze_216 says:

    typical liberal form over function. Same thing in Seattle and NY where the mayors are martinettes for the liberal crowd. They also don’t want you to use those evil, thin plastic bags at grocery stores. They don’t seem as concerned about the giant, thick platic bags at department stores, plastic wrapped around appliances and covering buildings at construction sites, etc. OR the soft drinks (mostly water) that are in plastic bottles too.

  3. faucets says:

    Newsom should let them sell bottled water. In fact, Philadelphia is just letting their tap water suck and hasn’t really done anything about it.

    Here are some of the key test results from a recent nationwide water test:

    Officials in Philadelphia said testing discovered 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness, and heart problems. Sixty-three pharmaceuticals or byproducts were found in the city’s watersheds. Antiepileptic and antianxiety medications were detected in a portion of the treated drinking water for 18.5 million people in southern California. Researchers at the US Geological Survey analyzed a Passaic Valley Water Commission drinking water treatment plant, which serves 850,000 people in northern New Jersey, and found a metabolized angina medicine and the mood-stabilizing carbamazepine in drinking water. A sex hormone was detected in San Francisco’s drinking water. The drinking water for Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas tested positive for six pharmaceuticals. -Also, the drinking of beer only protects against germs in the water, like typhoid, for instance. That’s what the pilgrims were protected from by drinking beer. Now, these days, the beer still has all of the medication residues, etcetera, written about in the above paragraph that I am submitting here. The beer is mash is made wtih regular tap water.

    Tap water is not really that safe anywhere anymore.

  4. catie says:

    More liberal “do as we say, not as we do” garbage.

  5. canary says:

    Mardi Gras attenders to continue to grab plastic jewelry while being shot at by unknown terrorists. Green? no. Red? yes


  6. pinandpuller says:

    As long as it wasn’t from Richard Gere’s r……..refrigerator.

  7. Bronson says:

    I thought the left hated hypocrisy? I don’t know how he sleeps at night, high-as-a-kite, with a bunch of herpes-ridden-prostitutes knowing how immoral it is to drink from a water bottle.

  8. brad says:

    “Water-bottle-drinking-guy, totally embarrassed about being caught in public as Mayor of San Francisco.” —-That is what the headline should read.

    Knowing what kind of people live in San Fran, and how they behave, drinking bottled water is the LEAST of their problems. . .

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