Culture class pits modern vs. old in Pacific Heights

Dominique Charriau/WireImageGwyneth Paltrow launches the Printemps Christmas Decorations Inauguration In Paris at Printemps Haussmann on November 7

Dominique Charriau/WireImageGwyneth Paltrow launches the Printemps Christmas Decorations Inauguration In Paris at Printemps Haussmann on November 7

Vanity Fair has published an interesting story about how nouveau riche techies are moving into Pacific Heights and ruffling the feathers of the old-money establishment families like the Gettys and Trainas.

“They bore the hell out of me,” says grand dame San Francisco socialite Denise Hale, complaining that most of the newbies come from a “slob culture.” “When they learn how to live, I would love to meet them.”

Part of the reason the neighborhood-crashers are frowned upon, according to the story, is that they have yet to make philanthropy a part of their portfolio, and they do not seem to have any interest in “kissing rings.”

“Silicon Valley people tend to be allergic to this notion of ‘society,’” says Nirav Tolia, founder of the social networking site Nextdoor. “The people of privilege aren’t the ones creating the great companies.”

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Rapper Gucci Mane was arrested in Atlanta after behaving “erratically,” and he allegedly was in possession of a concealed weapon and marijuana.

The L.A. City Attorney’s Office has filed misdemeanor counts against Kanye West of criminal battery and attempted grand theft following his alleged dust-up with a photographer in July.

The CW Network is developing a teen-oriented show called “ZE” that’s about a young female-to-male transgender person.

Paula Deen got a standing ovation in Houston at her first public appearance since the racial discrimination lawsuit against her was settled.

Singer John Legend has married supermodel Chrissy Teigen.


Actress Alexis Bledel (“Mad Men”) is 32.

Actress Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) is 42.

Singer Marc Anthony is 45.

Actress Molly Shannon (“Superstar”) is 49.

Singer-songwriter Richard Marx is 50.

Illusionist David Copperfield is 57.

Actor Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”) is 61.

Actor Ed Begley, Jr. (“She Devil”) is 64.

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