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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gavin Newsom's "Access to Education" Event Held at Bar Inaccessible to Students

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 7:30 AM


click to enlarge Young man! Let's see some ID!
  • Young man! Let's see some ID!
ou know what gets in the way of an event highlighting the dire plight of young people? Young people.

San Francisco's erstwhile mayor Gavin Newsom was last week honored at a slammin' San Diego party. But this wasn't just a fiesta for a fiesta's sake. The purpose of this gathering was, according to the invitation, to highlight the importance of an "accessible-by-all higher-education system in California."

In the very next paragraph, however, the organizers noted "We apologize in advance, but STINGAREE is a 21-and-over venue."

Huh. It's a shame our higher-education system isn't more accessible. Otherwise we'd know the meaning of irony when we see it.

The party was put on by California Strategies in order to honor its client, Newsom. It's not uncommon during statewide Democratic conventions for California officials to hold events like this as an opportunity to work the room.

It's also not unheard of for politicians to hold student-themed events at venues where students are forbidden from attending. Readers may recall a similar shindig involving Bevan Dufty during his bid for mayor of San Francisco.

In that case, however, holding the event at a nightclub was something of a SNAFU; this appears to be wholly intentional. Our message for California Strategies has yet to be returned.

Of note: In addition to Glee actor Harry Shum, Jr. -- who is actually nearly 30 -- U.C. San Diego's Tritones A Capella ensemble were present. Some of them are under 21, but, we're told, were permitted to sing but not imbibe.

College may be a fountain of knowledge where all come to drink. But at Gavin Newsom's student events they check for ID.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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