The CrackBerry Chronicles
With Elaine Santore
August 7, 2007
For the two people who still care
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel didn't
break up after all.
Making fun of Gaviffer is sooo March 2007, and I've already
written enough about these two over the past year. After meeting
Jennifer at the "Sicko" screening in June, I realized
that Gaviffer was just like any other dorky couple in San Francisco.
Jen was nice to my face, and that's all that matters.
Mayor Gavin Newsom and actor Jennifer
Siebel. Keep the shomance
The only real news is the way it all went down:
August 3, 2007
12:42 p.m. (approx.): SFist Editor Brock Keeling reports
"Newsom Dumps Actress Siebel."
4:42 p.m: Fog City Editor Luke Thomas emails Jennifer Siebel
to confirm Keeling's report.
5:14 p.m: Jennifer responds via CrackBerry. Denies Keeling's
5:15 p.m: Thomas reports
5:45 p.m: Elaine forwards Thomas' report to Damion Matthews at
SFLuxe via CrackBerry.
8:06 p.m: Mathews blogs
about the flap, setting off some gay dramz:
No sources, no reasons, no dates, no nothing - but apparently
they "just got word." Please. Even the tabloids cite
sources, even if they are anonymous. And why the rush to print
on something that's not well verified if the incident happened,
as SFist claims, "over two weeks ago"? Did Brock even
bother to ask Newsom's office, or Ms. Siebel herself (who is easy
August 5, 2007
Newsom fluffer Pat Murphy, in his deranged
wisdom, lumps Thomas and Dan Noyes with Keeling.
Do you love it, or do you love it?
Dede Wilsey and the Bay Guardian kiss and make up
Well, not really. But I couldn't help but notice the strangeness
of the SFBG holding their "Best of the Bay" party at
the de Young museum. Even City Editor Steve Jones admitted it
was "a strange juxtaposition." Being a Guardian intern
alumna, I had to stop by and chat with some of my old co-workers.
Unfortunately, Luke was too busy catching up on gossip (more
on that later, duh) to take photos of any of my friends. A huge
shout-out to A&E Associate Editor Cheryl Eddy and reporter
It was lovely meeting SFBG columnist Annalee
Newitz, co-editor of the book,
"She's Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology,
and Other Nerdy Stuff" (Seal Press), which I highly recommend.
Annalee and I discussed female geek culture, including the Japanese
toilets at the Google campus (which have spray faucets in them).
Some friends of FCJ were at the party, including resident Paris
Hilton, Hope Johnson, Ethics All-Star Joe Lynn, and the Green
Party's Sue Vaughan. Jones was there, along with progocialites
(aka progressive socialites) Alix Rosenthal and Cat Rauschuber.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi showed up later in the evening, as did
Evelyn Nieves of the New York Times, who had a journalist pow-wow
with Guardian Publisher Bruce B. Brugmann.
Cat told Luke Thomas that she and Matt Gonzalez are leaving the
Green Party to become DTS, aka "decline to state." (The
horror!) This probably won't come as much of a surprise to those
within the party; there's a rift between some members of the SF
Green Party and Matt.
SFBG reporter Sarah Phelan and her husband, Khalil.
Hope Johnson, makeup artist/stylist Adrian Cano, Elaine Santore,
and Sue Vaughan and Best of Bay award winner, Steve Gibson of
Magnet. Sue and Hope were
when I told Luke, "Take my picture with these gays - they
think you're hot."
Best of the Bay "Best Electronic Music Act winners"
Kepi and Kat, Steve Jones,
Elaine Santore, and Hope Johnson.
Kristina Johnson with daughters Ali and Katie.
Ethics Fines Officer Oliver Luby, Attorney David Waggoner, Joe
and SFBG reporter Amanda Witherell.
de Young Museum Associate Director, Bob Futernick (center), with
his wife and daughter.
BART Director Tom Radulovich, Cat Rauschuber,
and SFBG Executive Editor Tim Redmond.
Alix Rosenthal (center) and Gary Virginia.
Journalist Evelyn Nieves, SFBG Publisher Bruce Brugmann,
and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.
Again, I stole this one from VH1's Best
Week Ever. Here are a couple of last week's top stories that
weren't really news.
1. Matt Gonzalez announces
he's NOT entering the mayor's race. Blames public complacency
for his reluctance to trumpet a progressive phalanx.
2. C.W. Nevius says
there are lots of needles in Golden Gate Park. Next, he's gonna
tell me I can't afford a house in SF. Too many scoops for me,
CDub! The Chronicle is seemingly obsessed with GGP, but fail to
mention all the needles on the streets in the Tenderloin where
families actually live legally.
3. The Nation of Islam is, like, really
intimidating to Matier & Ross.
4. Lindsay Lohan's new movie, "I Know Who Killed Me"
really sucks, according to every one from the Chicago
Tribune (who called it "incoherent and semi-vile")
to my BFF Aaron, who sent me a text saying, "Oh my god. Absolutely
the worst movie I've ever seen."
Chicken John Rinaldi: the other white meat
Sunday night, Luke and I attended a debate between mayoral candidates
Chicken John Rinaldi and Josh Wolf at Chez Poulet in the Mission.
Mike Farrah showed up incognito (though we all recognized his
whiskers) because he "hasn't decided his #2 choice for mayor
According to spywitnesses, Farrah was texting on his CrackBerry
the entire time. I'm sure he was just checking his facebook, or
maybe he was giving the Gavster a play-by-play. Why didn't you
IM me, Mike? I was bored out of my mind.
Chicken John Rinaldi, moderator Jeremy Paul, and Josh Wolf.
Mike "Whiskers" Farrah (center right) and Josh Wolf's
father, Len Harrison (far right).
Chicken John isn't running a serious campaign, but that depends
on what your definition of serious is. Or what your definition
of is is. You dig? Unfortunately, the only stuff worth printing
is what Chicken told FCJ off the record. But Chicken did inform
us that he's never voted before (he's a Libertarian and doesn't
believe in voting rights), and that he probably won't even vote
for himself in November.
Chicken John and Josh
I'm going to give Chicken the benefit of the doubt because I'm
feeling extra nice today. He says he's rolling out some big things
over the next couple weeks. I'll believe it when I see it. He
sounds like he's going to make it a party, and hey, I'm all about
having parties. As long as he learns the issues in time to file
for mayor on Friday.
More Best of the Bay party pics
Twilight Vixen Revue
Rupa and the April Fishes with special guest, bassist Marcus Shelby
The Best of the Bay