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Cheers: Tosca Cafe's 90th Anniversary



Tosca Cafe, the most jaunty of the city’s gin joints, is also well-known as a destination for the celebrity set.

But last night in North Beach when Jeannette Etheredge celebrated the 90th anniversary of her beloved bar, the place was jammed with that most local of breed: San Franciscans.

Generations, in fact, gathered to raise a glass to this historic watering hole -- from cops, politicians, artists, ribald raconteurs to ballet dancers, theater folks, ink-stained wretches and the jet set.

Meet the "First" Baby: Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom


Actress-filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom and her husband, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, welcomed the arrival of their first child today.

Weighing in at a healthy 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 20.5 inches, Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom was born at 12:39 p.m.

Their daughter is named after the state where the couple's July 2008 wedding was held on the grounds of the Siebel family's Bitteroot Valley ranch. Her middle name honors the Mayor's late mother, Tessa Newsom, who died of breast cancer in 2002.

Culture Clash: SF Arts Commission



UPDATE: Another resignation has been tendered to the beleaguered SF Arts Commission by René Bihan, a Managing Principal Architect with SWA Group, a local design firm in San Francisco.

Bihan has served as a volunteer Arts Commissioner since April 2008. His resignation is based upon various business-related reasons and was not spurred on by the below-discussed Daly Debacle.

However because of said-debacle, Bihan has chosen to remain until his replacement is appointed and confirmed in order to maintain the Commission's crucial voting quorum.

Luis Cancel, Director of Cultural Affairs at the SFAC, checks in with the following statement:

My Morning Convo With Gavin

So I just got off the phone with Mayor Gavin Newsom! But really, no biggie.

Considering the catbird seat I am often afforded at numerous galas, openings and super soirees, it just goes with the territory that civic leaders and politicians would send an email the previous evening telling me to ring them at 9 a.m. (PST) to check in with the G-Man.

Policy? Party planning? It’s all rather similar territory.

Besides -- as many folks know, I’m at my best and brightest as the sun rises.

Erin go Bragh!

There was much wearin’ of the green last Friday at City Hall when Mayor Gavin Newsom and his Office of Protocol declared Irish Heritage Week in San Francisco with the raising of the Republic of Ireland’s tricolor flag.

The reception celebrated all things Irish -- from the SF Gaelic Athletic Association’s new hurling field on Treasure Island and the 25th anniversary of the SF-Cork Sister City relationship as well as the 158th St. Patrick’s Day Parade which kicks-off Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Gav 4 Guv ... ?

No official declarations were made last night at the Hotel Kabuki, site of the (presumed gubernatorial) “I Knew Him When ...” fundraiser for Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Nonetheless, some 500 folks ponied up the price (from $100 to $5K, or $25 smackers for the under and unemployed), to learn more about this potential candidate. And hopefully, hear a few fun factoids from those who knew Newsom when.

It's All Good: The Pooch Turns 40!


Anyone who knows or works with PR pro Lori Puccinelli Stern is more than familiar with her trademark and enthusiastic phrase employed in any situation, terrific or tragic: “It’s all good!”

And so it was -- even beneath stormy skies which forced cancellation of the final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tourney -- when The Pooch corralled friends, far and wide, to celebrate her 40th birthday last weekend in Carmel.

Holiday Wrap

The alpha and the omega of the Swell set’s holiday hootenanny typically kicks-off in early December at the shindig hosted by dynamo Dede Wilsey and concludes with the birthday blowout of philanthropist-composer Gordon Getty.

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