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No one wants to kill Mayor Sanders

August 2, 2010 - 3:45 pm

File this one under most-disappointing public-records request ever: No one wants to kill, maim, or otherwise commit a violent act against Mayor Jerry Sanders.

August 2, 2010

Dave Maass

SD CityBeat


RE: Threats received by the Mayor’s Office

Dear Dave;

Per your Public Records Act dated July 22, 2010, regarding threats received by mail, email or noted by phone at the Mayor’ office, there are no responsive documents.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Otherwise, this PRA is considered closed.

Thank you.

Denise Davidson

Public Records Act Coordinator

Office of the Mayor


Yeah, I’ve got a question: Really? There isn’t a single crazy out there with an envelope full of baking powder with the mayor’s name on it? No “Endorse the sales-tax increase or I will garrote you” memo from Council member Donna Frye? Apparently, not. Total let-down. Davidson tells CityBeat she looked for anything that referenced violence and came up empty.

Which is weird…San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom claims to have received thousands of death threats over the course of his term in office. Here’s are a few other mayors who’ve received death threats in the last few years:

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley

Hurlock Mayor Joyce Spratt

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz

El Paso Mayor John Cook

Signal Hill Mayor Ed Wilson

I have to say, I’m a little bummed—but that by no means indicates that I endorse threats against public officials or anyone else for that matter. Violence is bad!

UPDATE: Rachel Laing, the mayor’s spokesperson, said this via Twitter: “That there are no public records of threats does not actually mean no one wants to kill him.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. pistoleropete permalink
    August 2, 2010 - 4:26 pm 4:26 pm

    Ok. I did some research. With the exception of Joyce Spratt and Ed Wilson(no info found on party affiliation), ALL these mayors are lifelong Dems. Bloomberg ran and won on the Repub ticket but was a lifelong Dem before his campaign. Sanders is a Repub. Either someone is full of shit or the reason is because he’s a Repub.

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