The CrackBerry Chronicles:
Sanchez Opens Swanky Campaign Office

Written by Elaine Santore. Posted in Arts/Entertainment, Culture, Events, News, Opinion, Politics

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Published on August 18, 2008 with 7 Comments

Elaine Santore
Photos by Luke Thomas

By Elaine Santore

August 18, 2008

Did I miss the main event?

After an action-packed week full of DCCC endorsements, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s Friday art party, Dirstrict 9 supervisor candidate Mark Sanchez‘ office opening, I have no idea how I have the energy to write this column. Sometimes everything feels like “work.”

And I’m back to school this week, which means my summer vacay is officially over and I’m supposed to develop some sort of routine. A routine that does not involve surfing the internet all day and pretending to be productive. Damn.

Also, tonight is the season four premiere of The Hills! Please do not try to contact me through any other means besides Twitter tonight, because I will not answer. I’ll be too busy lowering my intelligence and self-respect.

Another kick-off party for Mark Sanchez

“Raise your hand if you’ve been to all my other kick-offs,” District 9 supervisor candidate Mark Sanchez said during a party for his new chill campaign office at 988 Valencia Saturday night. The office has it all – a pool table, artwork, a back patio with a heat lamp, and cots in the back room for volunteers in need of beauty rest.

District 9 supervisor candidate Mark Sanchez, school board candidate Bobbi Lopez,
Sanchez campaign manager Sunny Angulo, Assemblyman Mark Leno,
and District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.

Assemblyman Mark Leno and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi attended the event and urged supporters to donate their time and money to Sanchez’ campaign. Mirkarimi dubbed the new office “the coolest campaign office,” and said “this site sort of smells like victory.”

Mirkarimi emphasized the need to continue the good work of the Board of Supervisors after his colleagues are termed out this year. “It’s not really about Mark. It’s about the fact that we have this feeling in our stomach, in our gut, in our heart – that we need to work extremely hard in order to extend that agenda, extend that vision and deliver the goods,” Mirkarimi said.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

Leno also sang Sanchez’ praises. “This is not about ego, self aggrandizement, this is not about power, or exercising control,” Leno said. “I think of Mark and know that he will be the conscience and moral compass of the Board of Supervisors. And we need that.”

Assemblyman Mark Leno

Sanchez, a Green Party member, seemed a little shocked by Leno’s endorsement. “People are asking Mark, ‘why the hell are you endorsing a Green?'” Sanchez said. “I don’t even want to know what kind of phone calls you’ve gotten from people who are really severely, angry.”

Some things:

Fog City Journal came to the party with H. Brown, Bob Brigham, Hope Johnson, and Carlton Wright (of the H. Brown Hour). Along the way, Brown discovered why there are no old people on BART: A MUNI Senior Fast Pass is not valid on BART. Thomas, who just returned from vacation in England and Ireland, noted that seniors in London aged 60 and older are eligible for a free travel pass.  Dubbed the “Freedom Pass”, seniors and disabled persons travel for free on London’s vast public transportation network and on many national overland routes.

Hope Johnson and I talked for a while on H. Brown Hour, but that was kind of pointless because nobody could hear us talking, anyway. We don’t have this problem with our Flip Ultra Camcorders because the Flip Ultra was blessed by the hands of Jesus, aka Oprah Winfrey.

The Photos

School board candidate Bobbi Lopez.
(Check out Luke Thomas’ interview with Lopez, here.)

Mark Sanchez invites school board candidate Sandra Lee Fewer to the stage.

Supporters and party crashers listen attentively to Sanchez’ keynote address.

Sanchez Campaign Manager Sunny Angulo receives adulatory praise and appreciation
from Sanchez. “She’s the best campaign manager, I think, in the city,” he said.

Mark Sanchez and mom, Lorraine.

District 11 supervisor candidate John Avalos, Elaine Santore, and Mark Sanchez.

Belly Dancer Neesha Gupta.

Neesha Gupta and Sunny Angulo.

City College Board candidate Bruce Wolfe
flanked by politico groupies Aimee Ellis and Sasaneh Solaimani.

“Knots” by artiste Paz de la Calzad.

Photo and Video Extras

Want to see videos and more photos from the event?  Check out FCJ’s YouTube channel and fogblog. If you’re not checking fogblog every day, you’re only enjoying half the Fog City Journal experience.

Elaine Santore

Elaine Santore was born in San Francisco during the awesome '80s. She spent a considerable amount of her childhood around City employees, all of whom taught her the value of pretending to be productive. After graduating from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, she transferred schools three times but eventually received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Psychology, with a double minor in Political Science and Textiles, Clothing and Design. This unique area of expertise makes her qualified to critique the sartorial missteps and psychological problems of local politicians. Elaine's work has also appeared in 7x7, California Home + Design, Filipinas, the Daily Nebraskan, SF Bay Guardian, and

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Sanchez Opens Swanky Campaign Office
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  1. grannygear Terrie Frye

  2. Mark, Your campaign office may be great and all, but I heard it isn’t even in District 9. Whassup with that?

  3. David Campos is counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District hired by Arlene Ackerman.

    Does this qualify him as a civil rights attorney?

    My understanding is that in order to qualify as a ballot designation, the law requires one must be compensated for one’s claimed occupation.


  4. David Campos gets my vote. He’s endorsed by Tom Amiano, and he’s a civil rights attorney who is Hispanic.

    Campos is the leader we need for the Mission and Bernal districts.

  5. Mark Sanchez, with the opening of his campaign headquarters, has launched his District 9 race for Supervisor. From his days with Teachers For Change to becoming President of the Board of Education, what sets him apart is he always seems to win. For the sake of the progressive cause Mark Sanchez is both a winner and the best candidate running for District 9 Supervisor.

  6. Sanchez hired a female dancer for entertainment? No way. Not cool at all.

    This guy doesn’t get it and he’s not getting my vote.

  7. Speaking of things “blessed by the hands of Jesus,” am I the only one who can see the halo over Crackberry’s head (in the photo with John Avalos and Mark Sanchez)?

    On the subject of things not blessed by the hands of anyone, the other Muni monthly pass that doesn’t work on BART is the Lifeline Pass for low income folks – – and that one is only $10 less than a regular Fast Pass. Ouch.