Newsom Can't Fake it Anymore Question Time
Excelsior residents succomb to bouts of narcolepsy
Mayor Gavin Newsom, Saturday, held a district town hall meeting
in the family dense enclave of San Francisco's Excelsior district
(district 11). The staged event was Newsom's 4th town hall "Question
Time" meeting since voters passed Proposition I in November.
Santore, special to Fog City Journal
April 22, 2007
The San Francisco blogosphere collectively calls Mayor Gavin
Newsom's town hall meeting series "Fake Question Time,"
deservedly so. However, the latest meeting held Saturday afternoon
at the Excelsior Boys and Girls Club, might as well be called
"Can't Fake it Anymore Question Time."
The mayor can't even get high off his own Kool-Aid anymore.
Gavin sippin' the Kool-Aid.
To Newsom's credit, he did answer questions on a subject he's
largely responsible for: Families leaving San Francisco (in droves).
He can no longer hide his lost credibility behind a slick toothy
grin, clichéd expressions and boyish charm. The job is
clearly aging him, and he can no longer pretend to care.
As SFist's Rita
noted, Newsom visibly recoiled when I greeted him with "Hey
Big G! Holler!" upon his arrival. Newsom kept walking, so
I added "Holler for the dollar!" (my pick for the Newsom
2007 campaign slogan).
"Gavin did NOT just dis me like that!"
Hao, Chronicle Culture Blogger Eve
Batey, and I made our way inside the building, past a grumpy
who totally snubbed us. Where's the love, Pat?
A happier Newsom dutiful defender/Kool-Aider, Pat
The fourth town hall meeting, or FQT4
for short, opened with a spirited dance performance by some
local Excelsior youths. Gavin then opened the meeting graciously
thanking a nameless Kool-Aider who brought him his afternoon coffee,
just the way he likes it.
Instead of taking completed question cards all though the meeting,
like he did at the first
meetings, the audience filled out question forms at the beginning
of the meeting.
As each question was selected by Newsom, Newsom then called upon
the question author, handed the person a microphone, and then
engaged in some back and forth Q&A on the topic Newsom had
selectively chose to discuss.
What's your question? Erm, can we like ask you a
about Laguna Honda Hospital?
Though this slight alteration might be construed as an effort
to inch towards real dialogue, the change did little to assuage
of Proposition I, a measure passed by voters in November requesting
the Mayor of San Francisco to attend monthly Board of Supervisors
meetings, to be held accountable for his policies.
The Executive Director of the Department of Children, Youth,
and their Families (DCYF) Margaret Brodkin, co-opted as co-emcee,
in the footsteps of Department of Public Health Director,
The Gavster and Margaret Brodkin
Choosing to discuss the flight of families from San Francisco
proved to be an appropriate topic in an election year, especially
in the Excelsior. The Excelsior district is home to the greatest
number of San Francisco families.
Mayor's Office of Housing Executive Director, Matt Franklin,
did his best to answer questions related to African
American flight from San Francisco (aka gentrification). A
lack of affordable housing, combined with deplorable public housing
conditions, does little to help the situation.
Just as everyone began falling asleep, an Oceanview resident
lauded the efforts of former Mayor Art Agnos, much to Newsom's
evident chagrin. It got everyone's attention but the Gavster was
having none of that!
Hmmm.... Art Agnos, yeah, that tent city guy. If only he chose
a more suitable location, the plan just might have worked. You
know, sort of like a refugee camp for homeless people.
Just imagine if San Francisco First Lady hopeful, actress/fembot
was in attendance. She would've tied her hair back and grabbed
some fight night Vaseline for sure.
Former Mayor of San Francisco and California Assemblymember Art
rumored to be mulling a 2007 mayoral campaign. Hmm
California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma made an appearance with her
dog, Maggie. Ma's district includes the Excelsior. She revealed
to Fog City that Newsom is working with her office to secure funding
for MUNI public safety cameras.
Assemblymember Fiona Ma and Maggie (10 months) with Mayor's Office
of Communications straight shooter Nathan Ballard.
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remains ongoing. Stay tuned for further updates.
Elaine Santore (center) fakes a laugh during Fake Question Time