Off the Desk
You read it here first. In early October, Chronicle reporter Mike Clark-Madison predicted the creation of a new city planning department to be headed by Alice Glasco. Clark-Madison quoted Council Member Jackie Goodman, saying two assistant city managers were working on a remake of the planning bureaucracy. "They were trying to match staffers with their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and put them where they would be most productive," Goodman said in Clark-Madison's Oct. 6 article. He continued: "Glasco is well-liked by her staff and by the City Council, who deal with her mostly on zoning cases, an area where all agree she is well-suited ... [City Managers] Futrell and Conner seem determined to find a better place for Glasco -- probably as head of a new department that oversees zoning, neighborhood planning, and neighborhood services." Last week, Jo Clifton's newsletter In Fact reported that City Manager Jesus Garza's long-awaited remake of the Development Review and Inspection Department is about to happen. Under Garza's plan, a new department called the Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department will be headed by Glasco. Mike Heitz, who directed the Watershed Protection Department for the past five years, will direct a new Development Services and Watershed Protection Department. The changes are subject to approval by City Council. More to come in "Naked City," concerning whether the remake complies with Goodman's described matching of staffers with their strengths and weaknesses...
They read it here first. On Dec. 22, Chronicle reporter Robert Bryce reported that Bush media consultant Mark McKinnon informed Esquire it could not publish his commissioned insider story on the Bush campaign. After McKinnon was a recipient of one of the magazine's Dubious Achievements Awards, the Democrat-turned-Republican decided to kill his own Esquire piece. By Dec. 27, Bryce's story had made it to The New York Post, via Jim Romenesko's "MediaNews" column. The Post cites Bryce's Chronicle story, noting that McKinnon appreciates parody but found this one (which described him as probably good for a blow job) too mean-spirited.