The CrackBerry Chronicles
With Elaine Santore
September 21, 2007
Get well soon, Jim Rivaldo!
Fog City Journal is happy to report political consultant
Jim Rivaldo has been released from hospital, and is doing much
better. Fog City Editor Luke Thomas spoke with Jim's home medical
health care provider, Reggie DeRosanf, earlier today.
"Jim's out running errands," DeRosanf
That's our Jim. Always on the go, living life to
the fullest no matter what life throws at him.
"He has his days," DeRosanf said, "but
Jim's a fighter."
He most certainly is. We love seeing Jim at all
the best events in town. We send our best wishes to Jim and his
loved ones, and we hope to see him soon.
Jim Rivaldo with Sheriff Michael Hennesey at the annual Harvey
Milk Club Dinner in May.
Jim Rivaldo with Janet Reilly at the 2007
The Cadillac Hotel Turns 100
On Wednesday evening, Luke Thomas and I attended the 100th Birthday
Party for the Cadillac Hotel in the Tenderloin. As you may remember,
Luke and I covered the first installment
of the Concerts at the Cadillac series in July.
The beautiful 1884 Steinway Concert Grand Piano was generously
donated by Lee Walkup, brother of the late Patricia Walkup, a
former Cadillac volunteer. Lee made an appearance at the party,
along with Cadillac hotel owners Kathy and Leroy Looper, Beyond
Chron's Randy Shaw and Paul Hogarth.
The Cadillac was the first non-profit owned hotel west of Chicago.
Leroy Looper purchased the hotel in 1977, and began a housing
program for ex-offenders. Brad Paul presented a slide show depicting
the history of the hotel, including photographs of the units before
the Loopers remodeled them.
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Aaron Peskin showed up, too,
but Luke pulled a Beth
Spotswood at the Opera (aka took an overextended nap) and
missed the photo-op. Newsom, of course, had to jet over to Davies
Symphony Hall for the opening gala. With all the hoopla surrounding
the letters of resignations fiasco, and calling for Ed Jew's resignation,
I guess homeboy needed to unwind at the Symphony. Supervisor Tom
Ammiano also came to the party.
Leroy Looper (second from left) with Supervisor Tom Ammiano and
Tenderloin Police Station Captain Gary Jimenez and Supervisor
slap some skin.
Lee Walkup and Elaine Santore.
Lee Walkup, Elaine Santore, and Entertainment Commissioner Terrance
Elaine Santore, Terrance Alan, and Julian Davis.
Kathy Looper (second from left), Lee Walkup and Leroy Looper.
Lee Walkup plays piano while Esan, Leroy, and Malik Looper
sing 'Happy Birthday' to the Cadillac Hotel.
Esan, Leroy, and Malik Looper.
What's going on here?
Apparently, while I've been away in Jane Job land,
City Hall turned into a showroom for Infinity cars.
I know the City is for sale, but I didn't think
Gavin would resort to selling goods on his front steps. Next we'll
see him walking around kicking tires and pushing TrueCoat.
Another addition to Gavin's front yard was mkLotus,
a modular home built especially for West Coast Green, the nation's
largest green building conference. The conference will be taking
place in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and the home will be
open for tours through tomorrow.
Outside view of the mkLotus.
Are they filming a reality show here?
Designer Michelle Kaufman
Luke Thomas contributed to this column.