Willie Brown, the unelected influence peddler lacking only a white Persian kitty to stroke -- we hear he's had the trapdoor to the piranha pit for some time now -- will soon have a new laurel to boast about within his Chronicle man-about-town column: He's the winner of this year's National Newspaper Publisher Association's "Legacy of Excellence" award.
"Willie Brown's name is synonymous with excellence," explains that organization's chairman, in a statement that qualifies as amazing, if not excellent.
Brown's legacy, far from being "synonymous" with excellence is fodder for excellent debates. There'd be less debating if you cut off the years of consideration prior to his pivot from "Ayatollah of the Assembly" to mayor of San Francisco in 1996, when he presided over a city rife with runaway development, cronyism, corruption, and displacement unseen until the term of our present mayor -- the man Brown has glibly noted he propelled into power, right there in his Chronicle column.
Willie Brown collects honorifics at a pace rivaling his amassment of fedoras and Brioni suits. But, considering his heroic effort to finish off the credibility of print media once and for all via his Chron column, it seems hardly excellent this latest bauble will be presented by a journalistic organization.