By Sarah Phelan
George "Naked Yoga Guy" Davis started to take off his clothes the minute he filed for the Mayor’s Race, but last night he gave us the full scoop, beginning with the apron he wore during the mayoral debate that featured a full frontal shot of Michelangelo’s David, then getting down to his birthday suit inside City Hall around 7 PM, outside R. 200, which is the Mayor’s Office. Only this time, he struck a pose in the style of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
Mayor Gavin Newsom, of course, was nowhere to be seen, having been whisked off hours earlier, presumably through a side door, since no one saw him leave the building. It was, for sure, a handy escape, since that way Newsom didn't have to face Davis' body, or other naked truths like the unflattering realities about Gavin's San Francisco that emerged from the statements made by the eleven mayoral candidates who did show up outside City Hall. Lke the inimitable h.brown.
Blogger H. Brown: “The city is being run as a developmental jewel for rich people.”
Or the words of former D7 supervisor Tony Hall.
“The Mayor is not representing people but special interests, his high dollar donors. The City is being sold to highest donors piece by piece, whether its Hunters Point Shipyard, Candlestick Point, Laguna or Harding Park.”
Then there was Juvenile Probation program manager Lonnie Holmes:
“I’m a working class person looking for working class solutions. You will get more demonstration and less conversation out of a Holmes administration.”
Flower shop owner Harold Hoogasian was equally harsh.
“The city is being raped by the machine.”
Homeless taxi cab driver Grasshopper Alec Kaplan didn't beat about the bush.
"It’s about housing, housing, housing, legalizing marijuana and prostitution, and total amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
Quintin Mecke, who works as program director for Safety Network Partnerships, had one of the hardest hitting statistics of the debate.
“Sixty percent of the City’s homicides are African American, but they are only 7 percent of the City’s population. If it was happening to any other population, it would be a crisis.”
City College professor Wilma Pang, who sang “Blowing in the Wind," had the best voice.
“I can sing better than I can talk,” added Pang, who promised, as a grandma of four who raised her own three kids as a single mom, that she can "do a lot.”
Dr Ahimsa Porter Sumchai had the best suit and heels, along with a wide ranging handle of some of the most pressing issues facing the City.
“This is a critical time, an opportunity to change direction and focus on needs of people, such as improving public health, safety, violence prevention, and Muni--and stopping Lennar Corporation from its grading project in Hunter's Point Shipyard, which is a stain on the consciousness and morality of the City," said Sumchai, carrying a fabulous shawl.
Video journalist Josh Wolf, who got jailed for seven months after local law enforcement circumvented state reporter shield laws by bringing in the feds to investigate a serious assault on an SFPD officer, wants to change the way "the police interacts with the community."
Wolf also wants gto make Muni free but equitable to getting around in a private vehicle, develop a workforce program to address homelessmess and have community centers throughout the City with Internet access and job training."
Educator Billy Bob Whitmer, wearing a blazer and carrying a walking stick was echoes of Peter Sellers in Being There, when he pointed at the “Truth” lettering that's painted on a building opposite City Hall.
‘I want a mayor that will give us back our City< Whitmer said.
As for the most naked truth of the evening, we saved that for last.
No, we didn't mean the size of Davis' body parts, but the pointedness of the question he asked of fellow challenger Tony Hall during a Q&A session, in which candidates asked each other questions that, gasp, weren't written on index cards.
Davis to Hall: "The press has played you as an angry, vengeful person. What do you plan to do about that?"
Hall to Davis and the world: "That’s the image Gavin Newsom worked hard to give the Chronicle and the Examiner, but as a father of 7 and husband of a lovely wife, it’s not a truthful image. But I’d love to debate Gavin. There’s no room for meanness in my life. Gavin likes to play the victim, but he’s never done anything but leach off other people."
And then came h. brown's question about the Treasure Island Development Authority. TIDA was the body Hall gave up his seat on the board of supervisors for (a seat to which Gavin hastily appointed Newsom yes man Sean Elsbernd). Hall says he took the TIDA job to clean up what he describes as "rampant corruption" --until he got fired.
"Treasure Island was a set up." Hall told Brown," I left the Board of Supervisors after being asked by Gavin six times to clean up the mess. But I would not sign the agreement that gave the exclusive right to negotiate to Lennar, the developer behind the deal. But Gavin had changed the make up of the Treasure Island Development Authority, and they voted me out. But I slept really well after that."
And people wonder why some of the leading progressives on the Board were afraid that the Newsom machine would try and destroy them, if they ran for Mayor this fall?