The CrackBerry Chronicles
With Elaine Santore
December 3, 2007
Mark Sanchez Gets the Party Started
On Friday night, Fog City Journal attended a fundraiser for Mark
Sanchez at the law offices of Gonzalez and Leigh, and nobody got
thrown out. (Well, Luke Thomas and I didn't, but more on that
later.) Sanchez assured us that the party was, "Not the kickoff,"
which implies that the actual kickoff should be amazing, and I
need to start planning my outfit soon.
Like, yesterday soon.
Oh, yeah, back to the fundraiser. Upon arrival, Sue Vaughan,
Karen Babbitt, and I made sure to admire the art and find the
food and wine (we're good that way, you know)
Congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan arrived to a very warm
welcome. Sheehan recently relocated to San Francisco and will
be running against Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Sasaneh Solaimani, Cindy Sheehan, Elaine Santore, and Susan Vaughan.
Mark Sanchez and Cindy Sheehan.
San Francisco family values: Erika McDonald, Amy Elizabeth Chandonia,
and John-Marc Chandonia.
Jim Dorenkott, Julian Davis, and Sasaneh Solaimani.
District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi emphasized the importance
of the District 9 race because it will most likely be a heavily
contested race, and worthy of everyone's energy. "We take
nothing for granted," Mirkarimi told a packed audience. "Despite
how well he's excelled in his own civic life as an elected official.
We're gonna have to work very, very hard. But just think of the
rewards and the message it sends to the state of California and
nationally about what it is that we can possibly achieve."
College School Board member John Rizzo, former Board President
Matt Gonzalez, law partner Whitney Leigh, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
and Mark Sanchez.
Gonzalez' law partner Whitney Leigh, also sang Sanchez' praises:
"For those of you who've been in San Francisco for a while,
understand what the school board has gone through over the last
decade and also what a thankless job it has been for progressives
for so long. And Mark is, has been, our champion for that period
of time. Mark has been the person who withstood attack after attack,
insult after insult, charge after charge, for a decade. Standing
up for progressive values that really are community values."
Fellow School Board and Green Party member Jane Kim spoke briefly
about her experience working with Sanchez. She said, "Mark
has completely blown me away this year. The unity on our board,
the change and the direction we're heading in, I can give a lot
of credit to Mark Sanchez for that."
Board of Education Member Jane Kim.
Community College Board member John Rizzo also marveled at Sanchez'
leadership skills on the Board. Rizzo joked, "I'm very jealous
because Mark tells me their meetings are an hour long now. They
used to be nine hours long. Ours are now nine hours long. This
is not a coincidence; this is Mark's leadership. We need this
on the board of supervisors."
Planning Commissioner Christina Olague spoke about the issues
facing District 9 and why the campaign needed to stay clean and
civil. According to Olague, "There are issues in District
9 that need to be looked at. We need an advocate who's gonna have
compassion. We need an advocate who's gonna be willing to talk
to all sides."
Planning Commissioner Christina Olague
Olague also urged everyone to run a positive campaign without
any negative attacks. "I think it's important that since
we have IRV we figure out a strategic way to work with people
like Eric Quesada, work with people like David Campos so we don't
have a very antagonistic campaign because I'm sure the machine
will have somebody of significance running," she said.
Ken Tray, the Political Director of United Educators of San Francisco,
said the UESF would likely endorse Sanchez because "He's
a brother in arms, in the classroom with us every day." Randy
Knox said Sanchez was first Green elected official in San Francisco.
Gonzalez corrected Knox, because Sanchez initially ran as a Democrat,
but was re-elected as a Green.
FCJ legal eagle Randall Knox and Matt Gonzalez.
Mark Sanchez spoke about the importance of creating housing for
teachers so they could continue to live in the district. Also,
he said, District 9 has faced a decline in enrollment because
families cannot afford to live there. Sanchez urged everyone to
support a parcel tax for homeowners so they'll be more money for
teachers and better technology for schools.
Board of Education President and District 9 Supervisor Candidate
However, Sanchez is aware that being a supervisor will require
him to look beyond the school system. "There are so many
things that impact how this city runs," he said. "And
I'm dedicated. I know a little bit about a lot, a lot about a
little in some things like schools, but I'm dedicated to learning
as much as I need to learn to make sure I'm the best prepared
Supervisor for this race."
We all support Mark Sanchez for District 9 Supervisor!
CrackBerry Productions Presents: A special one-off dramz
Matt Gonzalez, Sue Vaughan, Ross Mirkarimi and
Luke Thomas in...
"Get the fuck out of my office!"
Towards the end of the soiree Sue Vaughan interrupted a meeting
between Mirkarimi, Gonzalez and an unidentified white male.
Why did Vaughan interrupt them? She did it because she got tired
of seeing the Progressive White Male Clique conducting discussions
without any women present. She was on a mission. She was a tad
tipsy. The fellas were speculating about Joe Nation's possible
entry into the District 3 Senate race, but for Sue they could've
been talking about the season finale of Dancing with the Stars
(Mel B was robbed, y'all!) and she still would've been offended.
Sue accused the fellas of excluding the ladies, and pleaded
with Gonzalez to do more to help out the local Green Party. This
made Gonzo all awkward and defensive, and this supreme awkwardness
led the unidentified white mail to run out of the office, saying,
"That was really bad."
Not content to be banished once, Sue interrupted a second time.
Ross got really pissed that Sue called him white, and was not
having any more of her foolishness. Gonzo wasn't having it, either,
and told her "Get the fuck out of my office." Sue didn't
hear him say that, but Luke Thomas did, and got photos of everything.
"Good luck to you."
As Sue walked out of his office, she yelled, "This is going
to be in the next CrackBerry Chronicles!" Omg, she read my
Happy Birthday, Alix Rosenthal!
If the Sanchez fundraiser wasn't enough excitement for our Friday
night, Alix Rosenthal and Donnie Fowler celebrated their birthdays
at Etiquette in the Tenderloin. The theme of the party was "Better
Red Than Dead" and all party people were encouraged to wear
red for the occasion.
The joint birthday party was also a fundraiser for two charities:
Homorouboros, the flying monkey project which debuted at Burning
Man, and Common Ground, a relief program for those effected by
Hurricane Katrina and the San Diego fires.
The crowd at Etiquette.
The birthday girl looked ravishing in red, and the guests were
an eclectic mix of progressives (many coming from the Sanchez
fundraiser), bloggers (including Beth Spotswood and Calitics'
Brian Leubitz), and Burning Man attendees. Alix's plus-one, Steve
Jones, dyed his Billy Idol locks red for the occasion.
Mark Sanchez arrived without any red, so I gave him one of his
own red campaign buttons. He felt bad about taking my button,
but I assured Mark I already had one at home, which kind of made
me look like a stalker.
Birthday girl Alix Rosental.
Steve Jones and Alix Rosenthal.
Paul Hogarth and Mark Sanchez.
Former mayoral candidate Quintin Mecke sported some red (not
pink) pants for the occasion, and I got the opportunity to ask
Quintin about life as a civilian. He told me civilian life was
great, and that he refused to shake hands with anyone until 2008.
Then I introduced Mecke to my friend Tanene Allison, who extended
her hand and was denied, then accepted, but then she reneged her
offer completely. There's always 2011, Quintin.
Mark Sanchez, Paul Hogarth, Quintin Mecke, Tom Radulovich, and
Elaine Santore and former Youth Commissioner and new FCJ contributor,
Kat from Kepi and Kat.
I'm sure a lot of you think that all I do is party, make fun
of people, and go home to prepare for the next party. Not true.
I show up, observe, listen, judge, and write. People tell me things
under the influence that they probably shouldn't (I'm a gossip
columnist - you shouldn't trust me), and I have the pleasure of
relaying everything back to my fabulous readers because I obviously
can't keep a secret. With events like these, why should I?
On Sunday night, Luke and I attended the San Francisco Bicycle
Coalition's Winterfest at SOMArts Gallery. The event was an art
show, party, auction and fundraiser for the San Francisco Bicycle
Among the items auctioned off was dinner at Nopa with Ross Mirkarimi
and a special voicemail recording with Ross' famous baritone.
As Ross pedaled onto the stage, I turned to Supervisor Geraldo
Sadoval and said, "I had no idea Ross was going to be here.
I was totally unaware of this part of his schedule. Not that there's
a shortage of Ross photos on Fog City Journal." Ross proclaimed,
"It's time to plot the revolution." The revolution apparently
includes bikes and dinners with Ross.
One night with Ross quickly became one night with Ross and Tom
Ammiano, and then one night with Ross, Tom, and Gerardo. They
even had to throw in a back rub! One fan finally coughed up $700
dollars for a date with with the fab trio. This prompted Tom to
tell the audience," I'll pay somebody $100 for me not to
spend time with these guys." Ouch!
For sale: Supervisors Gerardo Sandoval, Ross Mirkarimi, Tom Ammiano
and SFBC Program Director Andy Thornley.
I hope Ross and Gerardo don't get stood up. Personally, I'd rather
bid on one of Tom's voicemail recordings. I hear those are hilarious.
Assemblyman Mark Leno also put himself on the auction block,
as part of a gift package that included a sailing trip with SFBC
Executive Director Leah Shahum and Ted Strawser of SF Party Party.
The trip also included vodka, wine, cheese cubes and "Dramamine
on the house." Translation: a typical Wednesday.
SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum, Ted Strawser of SF Party
and Assemblymember Mark Leno.
Elaine Santore, Mark Leno, and Ross Mirkarimi.
Among the other attendees I recognized: Matt Smith, Deborah Walker,
Rafael Mandelman, Andy Blue, Sonya Mehta, Steve Jones, Alix Rosenthal
and Tom Radulovich. The highlight of the evening was the Extra
Action Marching Band. I even got a free canvas tote bag from Rickshaw
for my groceries. I cannot be seen in public toting a plastic
Steve Jones and Elaine Santore can see the future,
and it includes lots of bicycles, beer, and reusable bags.
Senator Carole Migden incognito, with campaign manager Patrick
Randy True, Government/MUNI liaison Judson True,
and Supervisoral aide Nick Kinsey.
They've got some junk in the trunk, but there's no need to empty
out the gas.