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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Supervisor's Namesake Buried Under Scads of Misdirected E-Mail

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge Take note: This Eric Mar is a supervisor -- not a restaurant inspector. There is a difference. - HTTP://WWW.SFSCHOOLS.ORG
  • Take note: This Eric Mar is a supervisor -- not a restaurant inspector. There is a difference.
When Eric Mar returned to his city job after recently being out of the office for a few days, he returned to an inbox teeming with e-mails about potholes, Muni, schools, and, more likely than not, 9-11 conspiracy theories. That'd be par for the course if he was Eric Mar, the Richmond District supervisor. But he's not. He's Eric Mar, the restaurant health inspector. And he can't do much about your potholes.

"This just recently started happening," said health department Eric Mar, who thinks some sort of IT re-routing has led to him getting dozens of Supervisor Mar's e-mails. "I left a message with [Mar's legislative aide] and told them they need to deal with this."

Health inspector Mar used to get a misdirected e-mail intended for his better-known namesake every once in a while back when the latter was first elected. But now he's swamped. And, to cap it off, Eric Mar is Eric Mar's supervisor (We didn't ask Eric if he voted for Eric).

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"I grew up in this neighborhood," said the health inspector, a native of the city and 25-year health department employee. "I have no problems with Eric -- I haven't met him personally, but my mother bumped into him once in the neighborhood and said 'My son is named Eric, too.'"

The health inspector seems to be taking the IT glitch well -- but, with a laugh, he insists he's the senior Eric Mar in this city. The supervisor won't argue. He's the one with the middle initial in his e-mail address ("L"). And he's the one who is conciliatory.

"I wish I could have a different name so he didn't get so inundated," said the supervisor. "I'm sure I messed up his account."

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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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