{ metropolis devoured }
a tribute to my san francisco

3/4 oz scotch whiskey
3/4 oz local politics
1/4 oz public policy
1/4 oz disaster preparedness
1/2 oz alamo square

Shake over neighborhood dives & venues, strain into a chilled cocktail dress, garnish with a sprig of gov 2.0, and serve.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Because we all love boobs...

This past weekend my partner in crime and I walked 40 miles in the Avon 2-Day Walk to raise money for the treatment and research of breast cancer. It was an amazing experience, and I want to wholeheartedly thank all of my generous donors who gave to such an important cause. I like to think that I am involved in the business of getting women elected to political office, so as far as I see it, the first objective is to shut down the disease most responsible for claiming the lives of women.

Check out my photos from the walk on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

A rose by any other name...

So I'm guessing that by now y'all know that California is a state rich in political consultants who need to earn a dime just like you and me. Therefore, every election cycle we are bombarded by information (and dis-) about a billion state propositions, not to mention the local ones. Oh wait, is it the other way around... we like props, so consultants grow here like weeds? Well, either way. Propositions. We have many.

There will be some fun ones this year. Several heavy hitters address issues like medical marijuana, electoral redistricting and climate change. You'd think, who'd vote for pollution? These props are a done deal!

But in our odd, beautiful Californian reality, the meat of the props matters less than their packaging. Given how (relatively) few people do their research, and how many vote-by-slogan, attractive packaging can make all the difference.

Case in point, Prop 23 seeks to reverse AB32... with the clever - and seemingly unrelated to the environment it seeks to abandon - proposed title "The California Jobs Initiative".

The proposed title didn't work for Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who decided to instead go with the title "Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions That Cause Global Warming Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year". Doesn't really roll off the tongue quite as well, but at least it tells you what kind of meat you're eating.


Sunday, July 04, 2010


A simple man chanced to encounter a god and asked, "What is a million years to you?" The god replied, "A second." The man then asked, "What is a million dollars to you?" The god replied, "A penny."

The man thought himself clever and asked, "Then, may I have a penny?" The god replied, "Sure. Just a second."