ANNUAL ELECTION DAY LUNCHEON
HONORS LENO AND MIGDEN
California Assemblyman Mark Leno and
California State Senator Carole Migden
By Pat Murphy
November 10, 2005
California State Senator Carole Migden and Assemblyman Mark Leno
were honored with the first Public Service Awards issued by the
Annual Election Day Luncheon.
Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the traditional luncheon
provided by Democratic Party heavyweight Robert McCarthy and his
partner Angelo Quaranto.
"Today we honor two people who have been great friends,
great humanitarians. They were great legislators here in San Francisco,"
Robert McCarthy, Angelo Quaranto, Carole Migden
"So it's my honor first to introduce currently a member
of the Assembly, former member of the Board of Supervisors, the
man who fought the great fight regarding the Marriage Equality
Act this year - a fight that needs to continue to be fought -
a man who has just learned that next year he will be the head
of the Appropriations Committee, a dear friend of all of us here
in San Francisco, and a dear friend of all people who believe
in equality for all human beings throughout the planet, Mark Leno."
With the results unknown mid-Tuesday, Leno scored the Schwarzenegger
"All I can say is that for all of us who are so invested
in not just the wellbeing of this city but the wellbeing of this
state, we can all embrace reform.
"But reform that is really an attack on the working men
and women of California is just not something that we're going
"It becomes a very partisan issue. The 'Year of Reform'
did not need to be a partisan battle.
"Unfortunately our governor did decide that and to see a
couple of hundreds of millions of dollar spent on all of this
nonsense when we've got another election coming up in June of
this year -- $55 million of our own tax dollars wasted - I think
the guy should go to jail just for squandering all this money.
"So the battle will go on, and I want to thank all of our
very great friends for their hospitality and for providing this
wonderful lunch for us, and for the very touching recognition
that you've given me and Carole today."
McCarthy recalled his longtime friendship with Migden.
"You know Angelo and I have been friends with Carole for
twenty, twenty-five years now - right after Angelo dropped off
the boat, if you listen to his accent you probably thought it
was twenty days - Carole likes to call us her favorite straight
"I remember when I first met Carole and she first ran for
the Democratic County Central Committee, was elected immediately
thereafter as chair, served with great distinction, served on
our Board of Supervisors, was there constantly on behalf of working
men and women, people of all colors and all creeds, always protecting
their rights, understanding fully that government serves best
those who cannot serve themselves, now had a distinguished career
in the Assembly, is in the State Senate, wonderful, wonderful
legislator, served on the Board of Equalization, so it is our
distinct pleasure to present to you, and to present our Public
Service Award to Senator Carole Migden."
Migden accepted the award, with a laugh.
"Thank you very much, Bob. I'm very happy to be the recipient
of this because I'm not a client of Bob McCarthy, and I'm not
sure who else is here who doesn't have the distinction of being
"I think it will be a good day for the city, a good day
for California, a good day for Democrats, and all people who care
to participated in the democratic process.
"I'm very happy to serve this city and represent the progressive
values that are unique to San Francisco and the people of the
Bay Area, and the great struggle in the state over a kind of conservative-overarching
"And I say to you that I am proud every day to go with our
mission, with our message, and to come to this city with results.
Thank you very much."
Fred Naranjo, District Attorney Kamala Harris, and Sonoma District
Attorney Stephen Passalacqua
City Treasurer elect Jose Cisneros
Arnold Schwarzenneger representative Barbara Kaufman (right)
LeRoy King, social justice and labor icon.
Police Commissioner Joe Veronese (right).
Michael O'Conner and District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
City Attorney elect Dennis Herrera
Police Commissioner Douglas Chan and
TIDA Board President Claudine Cheng
SF Giants CEO, Larry Baer, Port Commission Vice President Michael
Hardeman (center), and SF Giants Senior Vice President Jack Bair
Supervisor Chris Daly (right)