Since the SF Chronicle's butt-kissing society columnist Catherine Bigelow dutifully gushed on the party last week and failed to say one word about the price-tag to taxpayers, I filed a public records request for an itemize breakdown of expenses with the mayor's sunshine staffer.
I also requested an electronic copy of the full budget for the mayor's Office of Protocol from Jan. 1, 2012, through December 25, 2013, and an itemized breakdown of all costs and fees paid by the City on behalf of Charlotte Maillaird Shultz and Matthew Goudeau, in their capacity as the City's protocol staff whether here at home or traveling abroad.
The mayor's office today said:
After completing a review of our office’s files, this office does not have any additional responsive documents. We now consider your two Immediate Disclosure Requests closed.
To top it all off, his sunshine staffer doesn't bother to say I should contact her again with any questions. They consider the matter closed.
Just one more example of how the City's elite 1 percent use the people's City Hall and our dollars to entertain their friends every year with questionable benefit to the 99 percent. I sure would like to know exactly why the party is necessary and why taxpayers have to fund it.
I won't be holding my breath for the SF Chronicle to tell us what the costs were for the party and other questions. As the photo above shows, the paper's society correspondent and the mayor's head of his protocol office party together in their off-hours, when they aren't partying on City dollars.
We can't expect the SF Chronicle editors to disrupt their allegiance to local socialites and City Hall power-brokers, and pose tough questions about and report hard numbers for soirees can we?