The CrackBerry Chronicles
With Elaine Santore
July 16, 2007
Most sincere apologies for my tardiness; it's been a slow news
day for anybody NOT obsessed with District 4 Supervisor Ed
Jew. Katharine MchPhee's "Over
It" would best express my feelings on the entire Ed Jew
scandal. Or as my crew would say, "Ov's."
First off, in the hustle and bustle of last week, we failed to
report former District 9 Supervisor Tom Ammiano aide, Angela Calvello's,
first day as Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.
By all reports, Angela is de-lovely inside and out, and completely
deserving of her new post. Congrats, Angela!
Newly appointed Clerk of the Board, Angela Calvillo
Not so extraordinary
As Chris Daly mentioned in today's Daly
Blog, the San Francisco Chronicle spotlighted
"Five extraordinary Iranian Americans" in Sunday's paper.
Posing on the cover of the Chronicle's glossy magazine is the
Mayor's Office of Community Programs Liaison, Ahsha Safai.
It is no secret to us, or the Chronicle, that Safai has indicated
his interest in the 2008 District 11 Supervisor race. It should
come as no surprise to y'all that the pro Newsom/ Pelosi/ Feinstein/
Swells/ establishment/ machine politics editorial board would
want to feature Safai now, and let the world know who they'll
be pimping in the race.
More importantly, the race also includes Daly aide/district activist,
Avalos, and Human Rights Commissioner, Cecilia Chung, both
politically progressive and anti-machine candidates.
Ahsha Ali Safai
John "Good Guy" Avalos
Best line from Daly's blog:
jumps off the front page of the Chronicle's glossy Sunday
magazine wearing a thousand-dollar pinstripe completed with a
greased-back, Newsom-esque coif and pose."
I must admit, when I first met Safai, the first thing I noticed
was the Gavin
don't 'do. Maybe OD'ing on hair gel is a
minimum qualification for working in the Mayor's Office?
And here's where the Chronicle gets exposed
once again. Check out the staged photo
of Safai shoveling debris whilst wearing a pair of shiny Italian
shoes, and while holding a cell phone to his ear. Notice the clear
line in the debris where Safai begins shovelling?
Hey, I don't do manual labor at all, so I've gotta give the man
props for maintaining a fashionable appearance while giving the
impression of serving his community. Personally, I'd prefer to
see Safai talking/texting on a BlackBerry
Curve and wearing an ensemble that better coordinates with
the shovel, but I hate to nitpick. I hope homeboy didn't scuff
his shoes or get a splinter.
Greased-back hair? Check. Designer suits? Check. Feigned interested
in the community? Check. You sure this dude isn't the bespectacled
I've seen around town? Hmmm
Both Daly and Beyond Chron were quick to point out that District
5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi wasn't even mentioned in the article.
Wtf? The Chron gets a poop sandwich for that oversight, but, wait,
Mirkarimi's not on the establishment payroll!
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Cameron Douragby, and Mayor Gavin Newsom
at this year's Norouz
celebration in City Hall.