THROUGH SLEET AND STORM, VOLUNTEER TOM CRITES GETS CITY HALL
Jimmy Cassiol, left, awaits his administration piece of pie, er
cake, as Tom Crites wields the knife. Sean Martinfield, with Dan
Homsey and Robert Ortega of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood
services approving policy.
NINETEEN YEARS vital, Crites and Martinfield recall partnership.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Sean Martinfield, 19-year partner of City Hall volunteer Tom
Crites, yesterday passed out sumptuous chocolate cake celebrating
Crites birthday, with dome staffers knowing Crites as the man
who knows them all by name.
For three years, Crites has volunteered - to stay close to Gavin
Newsom - his mail sorting skills, sorting an estimated 57,000
missives to correct destination over that period.
"I met Gavin Newsom curing the mayor's campaign, and I wanted
to stay close to him, Crites stated.
One particularly poignant letter came in this week, he added.
"It's an eighteen page, hand-written letter in small printing
to the mayor, which took her two months to write, she said."
Crites work supervisor looks on Crites with the same warmth.
"He knows everyone in the administration," said Scott
Oswald, deputy director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood
Services. Crites volunteers some seven hours a day, Oswald explained.
"He's a fantastic person, a genuine person. I want to help
him in anyway I can," added Oswald.