Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office is showering Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson with gifts the day after a San Franciscan turned in a stolen garment bag.
The ordeal began when Johnson, who was visiting The City, was helping an elderly man get into a taxi near Union Square. Johnson says a thief made off with his garment bag containing a suit and pair of shoes.
Dean Nastahowski, a 36-year-old Tenderloin resident, told The Examiner on Tuesday that he and his girlfriend found the former basketball star’s bag at Ellis and Powell streets, only blocks from where it allegedly was stolen.
Nastahowski said that after reading about the lost bag in The Examiner, he called Newsom’s office, but didn’t get too far. After that he talked to Daniel Lopez from Johnson’s Sacramento office, who confirmed that the bag was the mayor’s.
Staff from Newom’s office then reportedly picked up the bag from Nastahowski.
Now, the San Francisco mayor is offering gifts to Johnson including a two-night stay at the Fairmont Hotel, tickets to a 49ers game and Beach Blanket Babylon, dinner at the Balboa Café and a baseball autographed by Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.
He also received local sourdough bread, wine, coffee, chocolate and other San Francisco-centric gifts including a book on city street art, the City Lights Pocket Poet Anthology and a six-pack of Anchor Steam beer.
And if he comes to Fisherman’s Wharf, Johnson’s got two tickets to the Wax Museum and a dinner cruise aboard Hornblower Yacht.
“When San Francisco’s business community heard about Mayor Johnson’s misfortune, they stepped up to the plate and donated gifts as an invitation to return to our city,” Newsom said in a statement.