Song: Switching up the format with "Hometown Glory" by my fellow St. Gabriel and St. Ignatius alum, local drag diva Honey Mahogany (yes, a drag queen who can sang!).

Honey Mahogany looks like Beyonce/Iman and sings like Amy Winehouse. Hit her up on Facebook for bookings and appearances.

Lyrics by Adele:

I’ve been walking in the same way as I did
Missing out the cracks in the pavement
And tutting my heel and strutting my feet
“Is there anything I can do for you dear? Is there anyone I can call?”
“No and thank you, please Madam. I ain’t lost, just wandering”

Round my hometown
Memories are fresh
Round my hometown
Ooh the people I’ve met
Are the wonders of my world
Are the wonders of my world
Are the wonders of this world
Are the wonders of my world

I like it in the city when the air is so thick and opaque
I love to see everybody in short skirts, shorts and shades
I like it in the city when two worlds collide
You get the people and the government
Everybody taking different sides

Shows that we ain’t gonna stand shit
Shows that we are united
Shows that we ain’t gonna take it
Shows that we ain’t gonna stand shit
Shows that we are united

Round my hometown
Memories are fresh
Round my hometown
Ooh the people I’ve met

Are the wonders of my world

Reblogging Willie Brown

Willie Brown talked about the Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast in this week's column:

Everyone was trying to be Martin Luther King Jr. in their presentations, and most went too long. The only exception was Jerry Brown, who got up and said, "I don't have any notes. I couldn't read them anyway. And I certainly am not going to use a teleprompter because I don't really know how that thing works."

Does this mean that Willie Brown AND Jerry Brown are blind? I knew they were both old, but I had no idea they were both blind.

Matier and Ross also wrote about Jerry Brown's speech:

"People have good reasons to think I'm kind of different," Brown told the audience. "There I was one month with Linda Ronstadt in Africa. The next month I'm in India with Mother Theresa."

I'm not impressed. What famous people have you hung out with this decade, Jerry Brown? Are you rolling with Mark Cuban and Steve Wozniak? Because I have friends who do. Time to update up your name-dropping Rolodex, Guv.

Then Willie talked about how Mayor Ed Lee is all about Supervisor John Avalos' local hire ordinance:

[Ed] Lee was very forceful, however, at the local annual Martin Luther King Jr. labor breakfast that we attended together, telling the trade unions that implementing Supervisor John Avalos' "local hire" ordinance was going to be one of his top priorities.

You have to understand that many of these building cats live in Petaluma or Novato or San Carlos, and they were not happy to hear what Ed was saying.

Wait a minute, Willie Brown. Are you saying that there are people making big decisions regarding the future of San Francisco who . . . don't actually live in San Francisco?!

Next thing, you'll be telling me that these cats pretend to be single and have homes in SF, away from their wives and children, where they are free to party with other "married" cats who don't live with their wives and children. Because that would shock me.

In an attempt to tell his readers that he is, in fact, one of us, Willie Brown admits to falling behind on a credit card payment:

Word to the wise: Pay your credit cards online. The old mail-ins could take time beyond the due date and can cost you in penalties and interest. I know, it just happened to me.

And all of those stamps do cost money, people.

Speaking of stamps...

Last week I came across a story in the SF Appeal (you should subscribe to their email newsletter! I did last week and it's amazing) by Chris Roberts with the title "Mailer Maven Jim Stearns' Firm Rakes In Over $2 Million In 2010":

Much of Stearns's haul came from labor, which spent massively to defeat pension reform measure Proposition B. Just over $1 million went through Stearns's operation to the No on B campaign, records show.

This is not to say that, somewhere, Stearns or anyone else is sitting on $2 million. Running a campaign is expensive, and one of Stearns's specialties -- direct mail -- is particularly expensive. Much of what Stearns took in went straight to the United States Postal Service, but it's also not as if Stearns's people -- which includes David Noyola, a former City Hall aide to David Chiu and Aaron Peskin, and Kevin Yee, the son of longtime Stearns client and mayoral contender Leland Yee -- are subsisting on off-brand cereal for dinner (like some people we are know).

I read the last paragraph aloud to Kim-Shree Maufas and Glenn Davis and Kim-Shree was like: "Ooh, that paragraph is all kinds of nasty!" (Full disclosure: the Re-Elect KIm-Shree Maufas campaign worked with Stearns in 2010.)

Nobody from Stearns Consulting would speak on the record, but it's a generally-accepted industrywide standard that between 15 and 20 percent of what a consultant is paid stays "in-house" -- to pay people, keep the lights on, etc.

"That's a good amount -- that's a lot of money," said former supervisor Chris Daly, who worked with Stearns "a few times" during his political career. "It was a big year for [Stearns]."

Two million dollars is not a lot of money, Cousin Chris Daly. But I'm less interested in how much a consultant makes, and more interested in a consultant's track record (W-L, if you will) and how he/she spends the money.

Yes, campaigns cost money. But Stearns only represents the top 1% and everybody else is making pennies.

The Hoff and I like to make fun of people we call "price screamers." Price screamers walk around a medium to high end store and say things like: "This is $200! This is $400!"

Funky Spunk

On Friday night, I joined Miss Tangerine at the Boom Boom Room to watch her dance onstage with RonKat is KATDELIC.

If you're going to see Katdelic, you're guaranteed a good time. And a good value! I paid $15 to watch 11 performers, which is like $1.36/performer. If you haven't already seen them live, GO.

And if that wasn't enough incentive, I even witnessed some dude getting a handjob by some chick next to the bar. Which bumps the Boom Boom Room up to 5 stars.

While I was at the show, I ran into Mr. Michael O'Connor, co-owner of the Independent and the New Parish. He's also a SI grad and a candidate for D5 supervisor, which obviously means that I'm endorsing him.

Apologies in advance to the other five million D5 candidates who were planning to hit me up for my coveted endorsement but were too slow. Good luck representing D5 without it!

Hack Parade Quotes of Last Week

Another winning SFBG blog comment from Arthur Evans!

Who Will Provide New Leadership to Our Local Progressive Sect? They're in need of an infusion of intelligence and social skills. Who will provide these?

Bruce Brugmann?

David Campos?

Marc Salomon?

Monty Python?

Do they have anyone left in their ranks who can rise to the occasion?

Why isn't my name on the list, Arthur Evans? The answer is always Elaine Santore.

There's another kind of identity politics at play as well — that of native San Franciscans, who often express resentment at progressive newcomers talking about what kind of city this is, versus those who see San Francisco as a city of immigrants and ideas, a place being shaped by a wider constituency than the old-timers like to acknowledge. - SFBG, "SF's New Political Era"

Actually, we prefer the terminology "SF native." As one of these "old-timers," I find it kind of annoying that the SFBG is implying that SF natives don't come from immigrants (my mother came to America about three years before I was born), and I don't have ideas (um, why else am I involved in local politics? Certainly not for the money, because there is none).

My issue, and I am certainly not alone here, is that the wider constituency the SFBG is making reference to is one that tries really, really, really hard to come off as authentically San Franciscan and progressively "pure."

While we're over-generalizing here, I'm going to point out that this wider constituency is mostly white, over 30, and doesn't like kids. A lot of these folks don't like me because: a) I'm half white, but look mostly brown; b) I'm under 30; c) I like kids.

As with most major cities, people from all over come to SF to reinvent themselves. I have no problem with this, but I do have a problem with people feeling threatened when they come face-to-face with a native and get all defensive about their made-up version of SF.

Fairytales are fun, but the harsh reality is that these hacks are turning San Francisco into a city for the morally and financially bankrupt.
 


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08/15/2012 2:30pm

Such a nice blog, I created an account here too.

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