Overheard in Fog City: Villaraigosa Has “Found Jesus”

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on June 26, 2008 with 1 Comment


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa converses with Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel
during a fundraiser for Villaraigosa’s gubernatorial mayoral reelection bid
held yesterday in San Francisco.
Photos by Luke Thomas

By Luke Thomas

June 26, 2008

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has found Jesus, Fog City Journal has learned.

The suave and dapper former Speaker of the California State Assembly made the announcement yesterday during a who’s who fundraiser held at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco for his mayoral reelection bid.

The former Senator Hillary Clinton supporter told his flock of supporters, “I’m here in San Francisco to say I am now – I have found Jesus – and I am an Obamite.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom, rumored to be plotting a 2010 gubernatoral adventure, attended the fundraiser with his fiancée and soon-to-be San Francisco first lady, Jennifer Siebel. The couple stayed long enough to be noticed but left somewhat hastily with some detectably uncomfortable body language in tow following a brief exchange with Villaraigosa.

Attendees expressing a wish to remain anonymous told Fog City Journal the discomfort stems in part because Newsom is anticipating a face-off with Villaraigosa in the race for governor, a race that will likely see the two aspiring pols engage in attack politics. Others surmised Alex Tourk’s attendance at the fundraiser caused Newsom’s discomfort.

Which raises an interesting question: Which of the two candidates will be first to highlight the other candidate’s record of philandering?

Asked whether he has any plans to run for governor, Villaraigosa told Fog City Journal: “I’m running for Mayor and I’m having a good time.”


Villaraigosa having a good time.


Boys will be boys: Newsom and Villaraigosa pretending to have a good time.


Former Mayor Willie Brown (center) separates Newsom
and Villaraigosa for a photo-op.


Platinum Advisors founder Darius Anderson with District Attorney Kamala Harris.


Brown, Joe Cassidy and Villaraigosa.


The ubiquitous Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval is everywhere these days
in preparation for his runoff election for judge in November.


Former Newsom Chief of Staff Steve Kawa (center)
and Dan Henkle meet Villaraigosa.


The noble and honorable Supervisor Jake McGoldrick.


Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Policy, and Alex Tourk.


Villaraigosa, such the charmer, locks eyes on perspiring actress Jennifer Siebel
with Newsom at her side.

Luke Thomas

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 SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. 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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  • “Damn it, I’m sure he’s better hung than me, and I’m not half the stud I used to be when I could get coked and liquored up. Hmmm, maybe I should move in on Kamala….. nah, I wouldn’t stand a chance against the ole gray fox. What’s a poor boy to do ? God, this is boring, which I could understand what they’re all talking about. Wonder if I still have Brittanie whatshername’s phone number.”