Supervisor Mark Leno would have groaned in despair
if he had seen it — the card bore no indication of its sponsor,
other than a tiny “UndergroundAds.com”
in one corner.
A little sleuthing led to Peter Walbridge,
co-creative director of Underground Advertising, who acknowledged
that the card was indeed the handiwork of his politically minded
company, a donation to a good cause directed by several local groups
including Communities for a Better Environment (firstname.lastname@example.org).
These are reputable groups. Why don’t their
names appear? It’s an all-purpose card, Walbridge explained,
designed to be distributed in a variety of affected neighborhoods
where different organizations were active. (Mark Leno is still
So far, the cards have turned up in strategic
locations on Potrero Hill and Bernal Heights, and in Bayview-Hunters
Point. Although the Call’s was intended for Willie Brown, it might
also have targeted one of several state-level officials, hoping that
the message might hit home somewhere.
Maybe it’s time to revive that old song — “They’re
not painting the skies so blue this year; wish you were here.”
Good power. Neil
Eisenberg, candidate for city attorney (www.eisenbergforcityattorney.org)
and chair of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) in charge
of setting up a Municipal Utilities District, is throwing a wingding
on Tuesday, October 9. Or at least his backers are (415 693-9861).
The occasion is a benefit for the MUD campaign (Measure I on the
November ballot); the place is Pier 23; the time is 5:30-8:30. They
provide music (Beats Workin’) and lots of speakers; you provide
your presence and a few bucks to help the campaign along.
Another candidate for city attorney, Steve Williams (www.williamsforcityattorney.com),
offers no-host drinks and hors d’oeuvres on Wednesday, October 10,
to raise money and enthusiasm for his campaign. Supervisors Jake
McGoldrick, Aaron Peskin, and Leland Yee play host; the place is the
Shanghai 1930 Restaurant (133 Steuart); the time is 5:30-8:00; the
suggested donation is $25.
Who ever suggested that off-year elections were
dull? Stay tuned for more.