Saturday, February 27, 2010

Jane Morrison's Chinese New Year Party

After the Joe Lynn memorial, I joined Superior Court Judge candidate Michael Nava at an annual Chinese New Year's Party given in the Sutro Forest home of Jane Morrison (below)...

...who has been a legendary leader in progressive San Francisco Democratic Party politics over the last five decades.

The party was a fundraiser for the Chinese Newcomers Service Center on Stockton Street in Chinatown, a nonprofit that helps recent Chinese immigrants with a myriad of services.

It seems that the organization lost United Way funding about fifteen years ago, which was when Jane Morrison stepped in with her fundraising party.

There was a steady stream of people arriving with delicious food, including Anthony Ng (above), the new Executive Director of the Center...

...and it was marvelous to see such an interesting mixture of Caucasian and Chinese politicos crammed into an intimate living and dining room.

Though Jane Morrison is in her 80's, she's smart and no-nonsense, mentoring a wide group of younger politicians in the local corridors of power.

Just about everybody showed up, including former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, current Supervisor David Campos and District Six candidate Jim Meko (left to right, above).

Jane only allowed them a few minutes for speeches, and then it was back to eating, drinking wine and meeting fascinating people.

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