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With Elaine Santore

Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

By Elaine Santore


August 17, 2007 (updated)

Peace in the Middle East: it can happen, y'all!

To the dismay of the Chronicle, SFWall and everyone who hates Fog City Journal, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Chris Daly breathed the same air last week and (gasp!) nobody died. Even more encouraging, Newsom actually said nice things about Daly to Michael Krasny on KQED's Forum radio show. (Sounds like somebody's been reading Luke Thomas…)

As with the weapons industry, peace is bad for business in the San Francisco blogosphere. Does this mean I need to start being nice, too?

Thanks a lot, guys. What's everybody gonna write about now?

Everybody will have to find a new beef to follow. My suggestion: the Lauren Conrad/Heidi Montag/Spencer Pratt feud on MTV's The Hills, or the Kanye West/50 Cent feud.

What's a girl gotta do to get a good candidate around here?

Apparently, more than just make fun of everyone. Nobody's making this experience easy for us bloggers. Beth Spotswood writes about two people who aren't running, h. Brown writes about himself, Josh Wolf videotapes himself, and I've pretty much lost interest.

Of course, there was talk of yours truly getting drafted, but I have no interest in participating in wonky policy discussions and boring meetings. San Francisco sees enough of my smirking mug on a regular basis.

However, I'm disappointed that those who have exhibited the most passion and least attention whoring are getting very little ink. Former Supervisor Tony Hall has been dismissed as a bitter wedding singer, and Bayview activist Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai was left off the Chron's original list altogether. Lonnie Holmes struggles to get any ink at all.

Mayoral candidate Tony Hall, flanked by son/CrackBerry classmate David Hall (Hi, Dave!)
and Hall Campaign Manager Mark O'Hara.

Mayoral candidate Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai

Mayoral candidate Lonnie Holmes

These candidates have been working well before the filing deadline to launch serious campaigns on issues that affect San Franciscans. They have no gimmicks or cheesy slogans, and are fighting the good fight with very little money and support. Most of the media attention on this mayor's race has revolved around those who didn't end up running.

First Mayoral Debate

Don't miss the first mayoral debate to be held at 5 p.m. today at Alioto Piazza (in front of City Hall). Confirmed attendees include: H. Brown, George Davis, Tony Hall, Lonnie Holmes, Grasshopper Kaplan, Quintin Mecke, Wilma Pang, Michael Powers, Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, Billy Bob Whitmer, and Josh Wolf. We're hoping Mayor Gavin Newsom will have a change of heart and grace the event with his presence.

Update 3:54 p.m: Campaign Manager Mark O'Hara announced this afternoon Tony Hall will not be attending the mayoral debate.

Update August, 18: Although O'Hara announced Hall was going to be a no-show, Hall attended the debate.

CrackBerry Blind Items

Which free-timers got caught planting bunk gossip about themselves to a publication in the hopes of sabotaging its credibility?

Which commission administratrix was finally busted by the top brass for writing slanderous blog comments on the taxpayers' dime?





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