The CrackBerry Chronicles
With Elaine Santore
May 29, 2007
29th Annual Harvey Milk Club Dinner
San Francisco's progressive glitterati attended the Harvey Milk
Club Annual Dinner Thursday at the Hotel Whitcomb. However, the
highlight of my evening came during my encounter with two-year-old
celebrity baby Jack Daly. Jack didn't seem to like me too much,
until he decided I resembled a cast member from Pirates
of the Carribean: At World's End. Maybe I shouldn't have worn
so much black
eyeliner. The hapa
moment was complete when Jack serenaded me with the movie's theme
Unfortunately for Jack, Elaine left her pirate outfit at home.
Jack's dad, District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly, was honored with
the Bill Kraus HIV/AIDS Award. Presenter Angie Fa said Daly's
contributions to the Milk Club on issues such as affordable housing
for those living with HIV/AIDS continued in Kraus' legacy of activism
and leadership. When Daly took the podium, young Jack showed he
was indeed his father's son by saying, "Thanks for your support."
Prince Jack: already pushing Dad out of the spotlight.
Chris Daly to wife Sarah Low: "Our kid is so much cuter than
The Dalys were accompanied by SFUsualSuspect
and Supervisor Ross "Kafkaesque" Mirkarimi.
After Daly's speech, keynote speaker and presidential candidate
Senator Mike Gravel took
to the podium. Gravel received national attention for releasing
Papers in 1971 while he served as Senator of Alaska. On the
Iraq War, Gravel said he would make sure the troops were home
by Christmas, and that he's running for president because, "Nobody's
ending the war, and I will."
However, I was left to grovel through Sen. Gravel's lengthy speech.
The only applause came when Gravel said, "And in closing
But he didn't close!
Sorry Sen. Gravel, but we don't vote boring. This isn't American
Somebody should have alerted Sen. Gravel that Queer Cultural
Activist Award winners, The
Desperate Divas, were waiting anxiously to take to the stage
before everybody's buzz wore off. The Desperate Divas dazzled
the audience with a fitting tribute to the Summer of Love.
"They're better known for their outfits."
A random gay, on the Desperate Divas' singing ability.
Love the white Britney
Throughout the night, I kept looking at the opposite end of
the room to see if Beyond Chron's Paul Hogarth and the Bay Guardian's
Steven T. Jones had exchanged words, in lieu of their recent blog
I love a blog war as much as the next chick (as long as it's not
but I hate to see two all-American progs not getting along. So
I sent my plus-one over to their tables to arrange a peace-making
Gentlemen advoscribes Paul Hogarth and Steven Jones bury the hatchet.
Next up for Luke Thomas: Peace in the Middle East. It can happen,
As Jones said afterwards, "Life's too short." And
there is joy once again in Blogville.
District 3 State Senator Carole Migden took to the podium. "This
is the closest I've ever come to a model catwalk, and I can tell
ya, it's been a helluva stroll." Migden thanked the audience
for all the support after news broke of last week's car
accident, and her ten-year battle with leukemia.
She described going public with her health condition as a "second
State Senator Carole Migden
Migden emphasized the importance of keeping San Franciscans
in the city where they grew up, work, and raise their children.
She also spoke passionately about the protecting her constituents
from "the threat of Arnold-ism," referring to Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger's regressive policies.
Newly elevated Police Commission President Theresa Sparks was
in attendance, and Fog City asked if she would be honored at the
dinner. Shortly thereafter, Assemblymember Mark Leno recognized
appointment in his speech. Leno also mentioned he invited Sparks
to Sacramento to be honored as his Woman of the Year.
Police Commission President Theresa Sparks.
California District 13 Assemblymember, Mark Leno.
Leno will be challenging Migden for her Senate Seat this November,
and the room was clearly divided between Leno and Migden supporters.
However, the well-documented Migden-Leno
feud didn't interfere with anybody's good time. The event
was a testament to the vitality of San Francisco's progressive
Harry Britt Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Mike Jones. The
former male escort
and masseuse made national news after revealing the hypocrisy
of religious leader Ted
Harry Britt and Carole Migden.
Noticeably absent: Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Bevan Dufty (aka
Mistressa of Ceremonies Donna Sachet.
Ed Rosenthal, Cannabis Caucus Chair Shona Gochenaur, Carole Migden,
and Steve Jones.
Mark Leno, Alix Rosenthal and Rick Galbreath
Harvey Milk Club President Brian Basinger,
and Tenant/Housing Caucus Chair Debra Walker.
Hennessey Campaign Maestro Jim Rivaldo with Sheriff Michael Hennessey.
Han Shin Already Forgotten
Gavin Newsom is NOT afraid of the streets.
Mayor Gavin Newsom chatted with Fog City Editor, Luke Thomas,
on Friday while giving a tour of prospective locations for the
Community Justice Courts. With the recorder rolling, Newsom recounted
to Thomas a violent incident he experienced while he was walking
in the Tenderloin..
Gavin Newsom: "Once a week, I'll walk through it
A lot of people congregate around me and ask
me for help. And two guys started getting in a fight, 'cause I
was talking to one person. The other guy said, 'Stop talking to
the Mayor, I'm gonna talk to him.' And then they kind of shoved
each other. One guy turned around, walked away, and I thought,
'All right, fine, looks good.' He came back, pulls out a knife,
he comes right back
Luke Thomas: "No way!"
Gavin Newsom: "
then attacks the guy. And everyone
tackled him. Immediately, everyone scurried away
a very real, raw experience, but its one that - a knife fight
out on the streets - happens all too often. But it wasn't scary
for me. I hardly felt unsafe. I was more worried about the guy
that was being attacked. And more worried, frankly, when I came
back to the office and talked to security, about his safety that
night. 'Cause the guy was threatening him, 'I'm gonna find you
I kid you not, I couldn't feel more safe because
everyone around me was taking care of me. 'Hey man, that's the
Mayor! Don't mess with the Mayor'!"
Luke Thomas: "They were willing to take a bullet
Gavin Newsom: "Truly, because a lot of guys were
there who wanted help, and others had gotten help, and said 'Hey
man, hey Mayor, what's goin' on, man, good to see ya. Remember
me? Remember me?' And all that. It's been a very comfortable place
for me because, again, I spend a good amount of time down there."
Luke Thomas: "What was more scary, that incident
or Han Shin?"
Gavin Newsom: (Laughs) :That's actually more serious.
(Laughs) Trust me, that is more serious. I haven't thought about
him in a while."
We haven't forgotten about you, Han Shin!
(Shin seated center, sans purple
gloves, at the Bayview town hall meeting in February.) Chin
CrackBerry Blind Item
Which über indecisive politico got so heated over a campaign
leak that he commissioned one of his Kool-Aiders to mediate with
the offending publication?
Somebody not on Kool-Aid needs to tell playboy to step out of
for a second before he loses it in front of everyone, and ends
the race before it's begun.