The latest twist in a tale of two cities worth retelling – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has sent a goodie bag to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. This goodie bag includes a free stay at The Fairmont San Francisco, along with a long list of very attractive freebies.
Here’s what happened – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a retired Cal and NBA star, was in San Francisco the last weekend to attend an arts conference.
He says on his blog that he put his bag down while he was helping an elderly man get into a cab near Powell Street, and when he turned around, somone had made off with his bag.
Apparently the bag contained a suit which had sentimental value for Mayor Johnson. So he twists the knife in, and says “Next time I see San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, I’ll tell him the story and give him my word nothing like that will happen to him in Sacramento.”
San Francisco took this as a personal insult and a slap in the face. Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Police Department joined the search for the stolen bag. On Tuesday, a young couple in San Francisco found the bag on the street and it was sent over to Sacramento.
All’s well that ends well, but not so fast. SF Mayor Newson wants to make up for the incident, and has offered Mayor Johnson a goodie bag full of sweet apologies. The list includes – among other things – a free 2-day stay at the Fairmont, Ghirardelli chocolate, dinner at the Balboa Cafe, tickets to the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, and dinner cruise aboard the Hornblower Yacht, a baseball signed by Tim Lincecum, and 49ers tickets.
Will San Francisco offer the same apology to all visitors who get robbed? Not going to happen, but just in case, write about it on your blog and let Mayor Newsom know about it. You might end up with a free room at the Fairmont, eating chocolate and enjoying free dinners and cruises.
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