Inauguration of Mayor Newsom epitomizes City satisfaction that smiles are justified again by a City which delivers the very best
Photo Special to The Sentinel
BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2008 San Francisco Sentinel
San Francisco’s moanful self-flagellation is ending.
Defined by huge hearts and big money, San Franciscans again are confident — by demeanor and out loud — that frowns no longer befit either.
Our people, who demand the very best, smile again as scrutiny bottom-lines satisfaction that indeed we are doing the very best — and our best is good enough.
Good enough that guilt blackmailers become bystanders to joy seen on our streets again.
The moanful uniform of grunge is abandoned by people now taking the time to show respect for themselves, and respect for strangers, by dressing their best.
Dressing their best on the streets, abandoning woebegotten suggestion of putting on airs.
Summoning such effort brings nods and broad smiles, and sparks conversation between people as yet unmet.
And as so many of our very rich devise cutting edge philanthropy to lift lower-income San Franciscans, they do so at ease with who and what they are.
By San Francisco heritage and heart, they no longer fear revelling in success equates to not being able to relate with those still struggling.
San Francisco social classes are fungeable. We move from one to the other strong willed.
Many philanthropists know that because they relate their own early humiliation of invisibility to others who feel discarded.
San Franciscans do not stand for locking in social class barriers.
Universal capitalism, and a boost from those who came before us, deafen the moan of those who doctrinaired them versus us.
As a City, we grew from the bold and from the discarded.
As a people, we distinguish ourselves from the rest of America in five syllables.
We behave better.
Nouri Azouaou, Rosenblum Cellars Partner; joins Mayor Newsom and betrothed Jennifer Siebel in inaugural celebrations
Photos by Bill Wilson © 2008
Philanthropist DeDe Wilsey joins Nouri Azouaou and Jennifer Siebel
Ezra Garrett, Wade Crowfoot, Mayor Newsom, Brandon Hernandez, Darren Bouton, and Travis Kiyota share victory libation
Geoff Callan, filmmaker and mayoral brother-in-law
Ken and Judy Siebel, parents of the bride-to-be
Judge William Newsom congratules his son on completion of Gavin Newsom’s Oath of Office for a second term as Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What. Email Pat Murphy at SanFranciscoSentinel@yahoo.com.
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years. Email Bill Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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