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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nat Ford's Goodbye Lunch

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Appetizers! Nat Ford! Willie Brown! Who could ask for anything more?
  • Appetizers! Nat Ford! Willie Brown! Who could ask for anything more?

Staffers asked to kick down $20 to fund goodbye party of city's highest-paid employee

As you tuck into your lunches today, be sure to raise a glass to Nat Ford. The did-he-quit-was-he-fired CEO of the Municipal Transportation Agency is enjoying a goodbye lunch at this very moment.

We know the emcee of the event, held in the spectacular atrium of Muni's Van Ness headquarters, is none other than Willie Brown -- a man who patronized Muni about as often as he dressed up in overalls and sported a bindle.

MTA employees will be treated to appetizers and take in speeches from noted orators such as Mayor Ed Lee and transportation-related functionaries. Muni spokesman Paul Rose was unsure what manner of appetizers are being served; organizers of the event flatly insisted we get such details from Rose. This is the first time we have been forcibly shunted to a public information officer while attempting to glean menu details.

Muni staffers were requested to donate $20 to cover the cost of today's affair. Rose is unsure how much money has been collected, but assures that today's event is not taxpayer-funded.

He is also not certain whether Ford will be presented with some manner of goodbye gift. Other than, of course, the $384,000 he was paid to leave with time still on the meter.

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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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