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S.F.’s power elite – and who waits in the wings

December 1, 2013

Heather Knight : sfgate – excerpt

Have you seen December’s San Francisco magazine? If you caught even a glimpse at the checkout stand, you’ll remember.

It features a large – nay, massive – photo of Mayor Ed Lee‘s head. It’s so close up, you can see every piece of hair in his mustache.

The magazine – called “The Power Issue” – is worth a read. It’s full of interesting profiles of some of the city’s biggest names.

We learn, for instance, that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is proud of introducing Transcendental Meditation to the jails and enjoys listening to inmates recite the Serenity Prayer.

We learn that Sonya Molodetskaya, former Mayor Willie Brown‘s girlfriend for the past 10 years, isn’t able to commit to jobs for anywhere near that length of time. She lasted as a hostess at the House of Prime Rib for just three days.

Clearly, it’s not the jobs funding her closet full of “enough chinchilla, sable and silver fox coats to inspire a PETA protest.”

The issue inspired us to create our own list. We surveyed more than a dozen movers and shakers – some from inside City Hall, some from outside – to ask who they think runs the show in San Francisco. We promised not to use their names, in part to elicit accurate responses and in part to avoid anybody answering, “Me!”

Here’s who holds the power in San Francisco. None of them wears chinchilla coats. That we know of.

The Man Behind the Curtain: Every single person we asked responded immediately with the same two words: Steve Kawa(more)

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