Joe Lynn Honored

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in Human Interest, News, Politics

Published on August 24, 2009 with 1 Comment

Former San Francisco Ethics Commissioner Joe Lynn was presented, Friday,
with a Certificate of Appreciation from Public Defender Jeff Adachi.
Photos by Luke Thomas

By Luke Thomas

August 24, 2009

Friends, electeds, commissioners, publishers, writers, journalists and spokespersons turned out in full force Friday to honor and celebrate the life of former San Francisco Ethics Commissioner Joe Lynn.

The celebratory luncheon, held at Taqueria Reina’s, the site of a once thriving weekly political salon, was organized on short notice attracting as many as 50 friends and colleagues eager to pay their respects and provide Lynn with love and support as he enters hospice care.

Lynn, 64, is battling leukemia.

“I think we’re all here because we know that Joe has been a tremendous contribution, not only in ethics and politics, but really how government should be,” said Public Defender Jeff Adachi who presented Lynn with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of Lynn’s “outstanding service to improving the integrity of City government.”

“We need shepherds along the way, and that’s who Joe Lynn is,” Adachi added. “Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your flock.”

Lynn is celebrating 40 years in San Francisco. He arrived in the Bay Area in 1969 during the week of the People’s Park riots in Berkeley. By 1974 he had earned his Juris Doctorate with highest honors from Hastings Law School.

The 1980s AIDS epidemic upended his life much as it did with others of the time. The personal devastation of the times led him to abuse drugs and eventually leave the practice of law.

He resurfaced in 1996, the year protease inhibitors provided the HIV community long-lost hope. Getting off street drugs and getting on the HIV formulary led him to an offer of work from the San Francisco Ethics Commission through Positive Resource Center, a local agency specializing in transitioning folks with HIV back into the workforce.

During his subsequent career at the Ethics Commission, Lynn focused on regulating the disclosure and use of political campaign finances.

A third phase of his career developed following his tenure with the Ethics Commission when he became an HIV Consumer Rights Advocate, staffing in part the HIV Health Services Planning Council. In all these capacities, his proudest achievements have been his mentoring of folks learning how to express themselves in the hotbed arena of San Francisco civic life.

Notable attendees included Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos, Community College Board Trustee Milton Marks, Sunshine Task Force Commissioner Richard Knee, San Francisco Bay Guardian publisher Bruce Bruggman, San Francisco Bay Guardian City Editor Steven Jones, Democratic County Central Committee member Jane Morrison, City Attorney spokesperson Matt Dorsey, CA-10 candidate Adriel Hampton and District 8 candidate Rafael Mandelman.

Photos after the jump.


Bruce Bruggman recalls 43 years of knowing Joe Lynn.

Joe Lynn and Supervisor John Avalos

Joe Lynn and Krissy Keefer

Janet Tandy and Joe Lynn

Joe Lynn and Attorney David Waggoner

Community College Board Trustee Milton Marks,
Bruce Wolfe and Joe Lynn.

Ethics Enforcement Officer Oliver Luby and Joe Lynn.

A “Susan sandwich” with Susan King and Susan Vauhgan.

Matt Dorsey and Joe Lynn

Richard Knee

Civic Center Blogspot publisher SFMike and Adriel Hampton.

Tony DeRenzo, h. brown and Krissy Keefer

h. brown interviews Jeff Adachi for his daily political news show.

Kimo Crossman and Marc Salomon

Michael Petrelis and Rafael Mandelman

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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  1. lovely photos and nice turn out for Joe. I wish I could have made it.
    Best wishes to you, Joe. We love you.