Adolph Sutro served just under two years as mayor of San Francisco. The effort to get him back into City Hall required nearly three times that.
Back in May of 2008, Leonid Nakhodkin -- a Ukranian-born former Soviet political prisoner with a prediliction for cowboy hats and answering the phone by saying "Everything is perfect!" -- hatched a plan to install a bust of Sutro in City Hall. At the time, it seemed a fool's errand. But, then again, so did Sutro's grand plan to build a massive tunnel through the Comstock Lode.
The Sutro Tunnel made its eponymous designer a millionaire, setting the engineer on course to become one of San Francisco's greatest land-owners and philanthropists. And, on Monday, his bust will finally grace City Hall.