Something I Miss About San Francisco

One of my friends from San Francisco sent me the local paper the other day, which was dated just before the last election.

In my district, there was an election for Supervisor, the person who would represent my district in City Hall.

This year there were three candidates vying for that position.
Each was profiled and interviewed:

The first was Bevan Dufty, the current Supervisor, who describes himself as “addressing neighborhood concerns and successfully shepherding projects” that were helpful to the neighborhood, including renovating the local library and upgrading accessibility on the city-wide transit system.

The second candidate was Alix Rosenthal, who was the President of the San Francisco Elections Commission and vowed to vigilantly fight the problems plaguing the city at their root cause, including protecting neighborhood schools from closure and pledging to work tirelessly for inclusionary housing.

The third candidate described his qualifications for public service as “bisexual and vegetarian.” His current occupations are “escort, masseur, and exotic dancer” and he vows to repeal leash-laws and deter violent crime by “letting people carry handguns for self-defense.”
An effective Supervisor he said, should “throw fun, free office parties” as well as dress in drag occasionally, and “take the right kinds of drugs.”

His name is Starchild.

I wonder who won?

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  • December 29, 2006 2:01am

    Sorry to disappoint, but Bevan won. I know because I live in that district too and he’s our supe. We love Bevan here. Although I would’ve liked the free office parties, etc. If you’re missing SF, perhaps you’re due for a visit.

  • December 29, 2006 3:27am

    OMG, David. I KNOW Starchild! I met him at the first and only rave I attended years ago, when my friend Janine and I decided to infiltrate the younger generation party scene and see what was really going on. (We were in our thirties, everyone else was in their early twenties or late teens.) We hung out most the night with Starchild, who was tickling people’s chins with a blue feather duster. He kept in touch for years. Adorable young man actually, I see he hasn’t lost any of his youthful idealism. Unlike the rest of us cranky old farts. You can see him in the photo on this page about the candidates.

  • December 29, 2006 5:30am

    It’s just one of the reason we all continue to live in our overpriced, unstable earthed, liberal bubble we all love to call home!

  • December 29, 2006 11:55am

    Oh, you’re talking about our beloved Noe Valley Voice, the only paper I read cover to cover every month. :-) Hilarious three-way interview, no?

    Starchild has run for office every year that I’ve been here. He’s never won any so far, but you gotta give him points for diligence!

  • December 29, 2006 11:56am

    Oh, and here’s a link to that interview for your readers’ amusement:

  • Heidi
    December 29, 2006 12:02pm

    You make me laugh!

  • Steve
    December 29, 2006 5:30pm

    Obviously lots of us here in the Castro/Buena Vista/Noe Valley neighborhoods read this blog.

  • December 29, 2006 10:15pm

    Hey! That’s my old neighborhood in SF too! Noe Valley represent…

  • Lesley
    December 30, 2006 10:02am

    God how I love SF. Just LOVE it. So fun, so quirky, so much to eat!
    I will be there in April! Can’t wait….

  • December 31, 2006 11:32pm

    Bevan is the logical choice of course, but maybe by some weird miracle, Starchild could bring SF back to the place where I could afford to live there again instead of being banished to Santa Rosa by the brutal landlord. A cruel fate!

  • January 2, 2007 9:47am

    If he planned to repeal the leash laws in SF, he would need to allow people to carry guns…

  • barb
    January 9, 2007 6:24pm

    david, you have lived in the 2 cities that i ‘dream’ of relocating to from new york…one 3000 miles to the left and the other 3000+ miles to the right… somehow they both seem to have that same joie de vivre in common … a real appreciation for the quotidien life …

    so,in spite of your ‘dossier’, in my opinion you really are blessed … c’mon, admit it! it’s a small price to pay!

  • Robert
    January 13, 2007 2:20pm

    1.) Starchild is NOT liberal in the politcal sense. 2.) Over-simplification actually made it sound funny but telling the whole story and the truth takes too much time, doesn’t it?