San Francisco City Hall shorts

Ron Dudum wants Ed Jew’s seat

Ron Dudum, who has twice run unsuccessfully for supervisor in San Francisco’s District 4, says that if Mayor Gavin Newsom suspends embattled Supervisor Ed Jew, he wants the job. I have more to say on this subject that I have time to write at the moment, so stay tuned for more.

Ammiano’s eastern neighborhoods controls

Supervisor Tom Ammiano’s office on Monday sent me the draft language for the interim zoning controls the District 9 supervisor proposed for the city’s eastern neighborhoods. I’ve been busy with editing work so I haven’t had time to read it yet, but I’ll write more soon.

Lighten up on Mike Farrah

Oh, for goodness’ sake, what nonsense is this tiff over Mike Farrah’s donation to Chicken John. Someone — or perhaps a couple of someones — needs to get a sense of humor.

Apparently Farrah, senior adviser to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and a longtime friend of the mayor’s, donated $95 to the campaign of “Chicken” John Rinaldi, an artist who’s also running for mayor.

Today’s San Francisco Examiner features a front-page headline on the story, making far too much of the matter. Inside, the Ex notes that Farrah, known as a bit of a wry jokester, also donated $500 to the Newsom campaign.

I’d still filter Farrah through the B.S. detector, as I would with anyone who works in City Hall, but in my contact with him he’s shown himself to be one of the few relatively normal human beings in the building. There is no shortage of interchangeable stuffed shirts in City Hall, but people who can thrive in that environment and still retain some personality are rare. Besides, Farrah’s 95 bucks isn’t going to put Chicken John in the mayor’s office. Everybody ought to lighten up.


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