San Francisco’s mayor and members of the Board of Supervisors may have their differences, but there’s one thing many of them can agree on: supporting the San Francisco Giants.
Opening-day tickets have been accepted as gifts by Mayor Gavin Newsom and half of the board members, according to the 2006 statement of economic interests forms filed Monday with the Fair Political Practices Commission. The average ticket price for an opening-day ticket last year was $86, according to the online ticket marketplace StubHub.
“We have a long-standing tradition of inviting San Francisco local, state and federal representatives to opening day,” said Staci Slaughter, senior vice president of communications for the team.
Along with Newsom, Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Tom Ammiano, Bevan Dufty, Sean Elsbernd, Jake McGoldrick and Ross Mirkarimi took advantage of the free ticket offer in 2006.
“It’s a yearly tradition,” Ammiano said, who called from this year’s opening day game on Tuesday. “I’m a big Giants fan. I’m actually suited up to pitch in for [pitcher Barry] Zito in case he gets tired.”
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This year, Newsom, Ammiano, Elsbernd and Mirkarimi returned to the bleachers.
Alioto-Pier said she spent the day with her kids instead, running errands.
“It’s killing me, not to go this year,” she said. “But we get a free day, and I’ve got to be a mom right now.”
This week, the Board of Supervisors weekly Tuesday meeting was canceled — not for opening day — but in observance of Passover, said Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, who did not go to the game, but instead took a few days off to spend with family.
“The Board of Supervisors meeting is informally being held at the ballpark,” said one City Hall insider, who did not want to be named. “There’s probably a quorum.”
Not quite, with seven out of 11 supervisors sitting out opening day.
Freshman Supervisor Ed Jew said he’s a Giants fan, but decided not to take the freebie.
“I have some work to do, there’s some constituents that want to meet with me,” Jew said.
Dufty said he had planned on going to the game, but his 6-monthold daughter got sick, so he gave his tickets away.
“Then she got better,” Dufty said, “and I almost cried.”
Mayor Gavin Newsom is invested in several wine companies, but he also gets gifts of wine, according to financial forms filed with the state on Monday.
Food Network Chef Michael Chiarello, of Napa Valley’s Tra Vigne Restaurant, gave Newsom a gift of wine in 2006, valued at $100, along with a copy of his latest cookbook.
Newsom also received a $300 wine decanter from Jordan Vineyard, and $260 worth of wine from luxury home Realtor Anna Boucher. Boucher, according to a news report, also paid $27,000 at a charity event in 2005 to have dinner with Newsom at one of his restaurants.
Flowers also highlight Newsom’s gift list, including $350 for orchids from the San Francisco Parks Trust.
The City’s chief executive, frequently seen wearing a powder-blue tie, also accepted $435 worth of ties in 2006, among other gifts.
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