With h. brown
San Francisco mayoral candidate, h. "Court Jester" Brown.
Court Jester reviews fifth mayoral debate
September 15, 2007
"h., you were right. I'm Mike Powers."
(mysterious mayoral candidate appears)
And, what an appearance. Yesterday was the 2007 San Francisco
Mayoral Collaborative's 5th Friday debate under Gavin's window
and we had 11 candidates show up.
Remnants of the 2007 Candidates Collaborative pose for a group
photo at the fifth mayoral debate. From left to right: George
Davis, write-in candidate Sylvia Johnson, Dr. Ahimsa Porter-Sumchai,
write in candidate Kenneth Kahn, h. Brown, Josh Wolf, debate moderate
Mark Hunter, WIlma Pang and Billy Bob Whitmer. Absent: Harold
Alec Kaplan, Quintin Mecke, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Chicken John
He and his dad, Len Harrison had Grasshopper Kaplan's cab and
sound system (thanks Grasshopper). Len made another attempt to
video-stream the debate but I don't know how it turned out.
He and his wife look like a powerful Viking super-hero/heroine
couple come to life from a comic book. They were dressed in complimenting
kilt skirt based ensembles that set off their golden tans and
screamed power. Which is appropriate wince Power is their name
and the name of their business. I take back anything bad I said
about him for not showing up. I'm dying to hear him give a speech.
This week he just watched from the crowd and remained anonymous
'til the last minutes of the forum. I immediately asked for a
free ticket to the Power Exchange. They laughed. He said we'll
see something out of his campaign next week.
I've been endorsing her and Josh Wolf since week one and see
no reason to back off. The woman is a walking encyclopedia and
I'm in awe of her.
I've ragged on this guy mercilessly in the early weeks but now
I'm a fan. He and Kenny (the clown) Kahn got into a discussion
about making a living working the tourists crowd on Fisherman's
Wharf and it was instructive to hear what they each thought of
the 'Bushman'. Kenny's one cerebral clown. Earlier at Salon, George
told me about a new business he's putting together on the Wharf
where he gets photographed in the nude with tourists (the tourists
aren't nude - at least I don't think so).
Kenny the Clown
What a forceful personality. Another huge guy with a riveting
presentation. Later at our After Party at the Temple Bar, someone
said that Kenny looked like a clown even without his clown suit
and someone else said he should wear his clown suit to the next
debates. We voted and all agreed. Kenny nodded as he juggled unlit
fire batons and did card tricks. We stayed late and while Kenny
juggled, the bartender came out from behind the bar and gave us
a New York display of '3 card Monty' that almost blinded us. I
couldn't have picked the card if we'd been playing '1 card Monty'.
Kenny the Clown shows off his juggling skills.
He had to practice with his kids (football coach for couple
of decades) but made it to the After Party. Wait until you see
his campaign signs. Other than Krissy Keefer's signs with the
Eric Drooker figure from last year's congressional campaign, Lonnie
has the best looking signs I've ever seen. Navy blue trim and
lettering with the Golden Gate Bridge and
Lonnie Holmes holds up his snazzy campaign sign.
She emphasizes her pioneering candidacy (first Chinese woman
to run - a reader tells me that Ahimsa is actually the second
African-American to seek to become Mayor)
and race but that's OK by me. She made it to our After Party for
the first time and was part of a real bevy of beauties that included
Elaine Santore, Karen Babbitt, Sue Vaughan, Hope Johnson and Danielle
Erville. The divine, Krissy Keefer was at the debate but missed
the After Party. We drank a lot of beer at Temple Bar last night.
Karen Babbit, Elaine Santore, Susan Vaughan and Hope Johnson
Billy Bob Whitmer
Now a write-in candidate, Billy Bob was elegant in a Southern
gentleman (to me) demeanor and impeccable dress as he spoke with
love and concern about the deterioration of SFUSD after-school
Also now an official write-in, Jerry is a tireless blogger who
has mastered the issues playing in shark tanks like the Wall and
SF Junto. I respect this guy a lot and I want to see more of his
pictures posted but he's taken on more work.
She once told Aaron Peskin that people have trouble understanding
her because she sees things backwards. Kind of like Merlin the
magician in Camelot. That explains so much. .hcum os snialpxe
"I don't understand why more people don't come to these."
Karrent Babbit and h. Brown
These forums get better and better. I'm always wondering when
I approach our Town Square (Civic Center/Alioto Piazza) if there
will be anyone else there. By 5 minutes past 5, it was just Josh
and I. By 5:30pm, the place was crawling with candidates and we
got some trickle-down interviews from Mike Sugerman (CBS Channel
5) who joined my 'boys and girls' blast list yesterday with C.W.
I pointed out to the TV audience that the half dozen or so network
trucks parked on either side of our gathering were there because
Newsom had bought an idea I first proposed
back in June (firing all department, agency and commission heads)
and, I said that this proved that the ideas of the little
people down in the Square could make it up into the room behind
the Mayor's balcony above and behind us without our being elected.
They listen because we're here.
Our moderator was a distinguished looking guy named Mark Hunter
from Channel #29's NewsRoom
on Access SF which will have half of the candidates into
their studio after next week's gathering.
Mark Hunter takes candidate questions from audience members.
The moderators for this series have totally rocked. Next week
we have the Bay Area Reporter's representative if I remember correctly.
Down the road, I've proposed Greg Dewar to Josh. Greg knows the
local scene like the back of his hand and I want to hear his questions
to our candidates.
The only 2 candidates who haven't made a single event are Newsom
and John Rinaldi. Rinaldi seems welded to Newsom's hip. The secret
committee that chose Mecke has kept him out of all but one debate.
Harold Hoogasian may stop attending because he heard that Grasshopper
(who is currently, ahem, otherwise occupied) smoked a joint on
stage last week. People smoke pot in San Francisco?
It's amazing to me that with 54 days left in the contest, media
and Gonzalez cult darling, Quintin Mecke hasn't even started to
run. Well, I guess you have to consider that he learned at the
foot of the great procrastinator himself, 'Dead Elvis' Gonzalez.
Quintin gave a nice presentation in Public Comment before the
Rules Committee this week but only us wonks watch the Board and
he's been invisible on the campaign trail. His handlers are treating
him like he's Newsom with a huge lead, and that just ain't the
Bob Brigham (he's working the fertile Salon and Collaborative
blogger herd for Mark Leno) had the best seat at the debate in
a folding canvas chair complete with drink holder. Like Leno,
Brigham has lots of class and style. I wonder what supervisoral
district he lives in.
Pat Monk was there celebrating his inaugural column
on Luke Thomas' Fog City Journal. Pat's Dr. Sumchai's most devoted
supporter and there are plenty.
My best friend, Daniel Cohen of Penn Grove made it to Salon
and when I told him Joe Veronese had invited me to a wine harvest
party up in his neck of the woods (Sonoma/Napa), he and Marc Salomon.
Marc's birthday was last Friday and he spent last weekend flying
from here to Oregon to NYC where he had a fabulous meal. He and
Daniel were going over the menu from his birthday meal at a great
New York restaurant. Daniel is French and got to appear with Allan
Rickman in a movie on wine tasting just completed up Sonoma way.
They wanted to see the menu from the Foreign Cinema, SF's primo
restaurant, for the meal that Chris Cummings took us to last week.
Happy Birthday, Marc! Marc and Daniel expressed immediately they
wanted to come to the Veronese soiree. How about it, Joe?
I didn't know Phil Frank but I've known Farley since I was a
young man and he will never die. Like Charles Schultz, Phil built
such a trove of cartoons over the years that I'm certain I'll
be marveling at the wisdom of Babba and Beppo and Bruce for the
rest of my years. It's kind of like when Hunter Thompson died
and Uncle Duke only had a slight shiver for the disturbance in
the Force and then went on. Put in a good word for me, Phil and
send me an idea now and then.
That's enough... for now.
Get well wishes to Doug MacAbee recovering from triple bypass.
To Joe Lynn who gets his radiation and chemo schedule next week.
To Vincente at the pot club who faces colon surgery next week.
And, to Ania Wierzbowska whose new hip joint is healing fast.
Thanks to Art Persyko for the interview and tolerating my bad
60 workouts and counting.
h. brown is a 62 year-old keeper of sfbulldog.com,
an eclectic site featuring a half dozen City Hall denizens. h
is a former sailor, firefighter, teacher, nightclub owner, and
a hard-living satirical muckraker. Email
h at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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