GNN-NEWS Article on the Willie Brown Pie Incident FWD

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GNN-NEWS Article on the Willie Brown Pie Incident

Friends, comrades, and pie-loving peoples everywhere,

The following article appeared as the headline story in today's Sunday SF
Examiner, along with four action photos of the incident. Reaction has been
quite remarkable: national TV and print coverage, as well as a buzzing on
the streets here in the city: "Hey, did you hear? Mayor Brown got pied! No
shit!" Four people were arrested, and are each being charged with two
felonies: all of them have a "criminal conspiracy to assault a public
official" charge; three of them have "attempted assault on a public
official," and one has "assault on a public official." The latter had her
clavicle (shoulder bone) broken by one of the Mayor's security guards, and
she will be pressing assault charges against him. The felony charges are
not expected to stick, and the alledged pie-slingers are all in good
spirits, though they will likely be kept in jail for 2-4 days before
release. There are photos of the incident along with the article at
http://www.examiner.com, and the film footage can be downloaded in
Realplayer format from:

http://www.examiner.com/981108/1108willie-lo.ram

http://www.examiner.com/981108/1108willie-hi.ram

The AP wire story can be found at: http://www.cnn.com/US/9811/08/mayor.sf.ap/

Viva Les Entarteurs! We are all Entarteurs!
************************************

Mayor Joins Ranks of Pied Pols
By Elizabeth Fernandez
OF THE EXAMINER STAFF

Willie Brown, San Francisco's Teflon-coated mayor, finally faced something
Saturday he couldn't duck: pies in the face.

Three of them.

Point blank.

In what was believed to be the first pieing of his political career, Brown
was blitzed just as he was jubilantly announcing a pact with the San
Francisco 49ers to remove an escape clause from the team's lease agreement
at Candlestick Park, smoothing the path toward development of a new stadium.

In a concerted three-pronged attack, the pie posse slammed pastry and
aluminum plates directly into the face of the startled mayor, hitting him
from the front and both sides in a quick and frightening fusillade before
attempting to flee.

Brown, his face and shoulders splattered with the glop of cherry, tofu
cream and pumpkin, grabbed one attacker and threw a punch, according to
49ers publicist Sam Singer.

"He started to defend himself. ... He either punched the guy or wrestled
him to the ground," confirmed Police Chief Fred Lau. "Maybe some of the
professional ball clubs will be interested in recruiting him."

As the attacker tried repeatedly to clobber Brown with the empty pie plate,
the mayor pulled him into a wrestling hold and in the process sustained a
deep knee bruise, a police source said.

The attackers reportedly belong to a loosely structured group called the
Biotic Baking Brigade, a collection of environmental and social activists
who take credit for recent pie attacks in San Francisco on Supervisor Gavin
Newsom and Monsanto Corp. CEO Robert Shapiro.

Saturday's attack was to protest a "skyrocketing level of evictions" in The
City and Brown's "collusion with big businesses, landlords and developers
to perform an economic cleansing of San Francisco," said Al Decker, a
spokesman for the group.

One of the pie flingers, clad in a blue wind-breaker, shouted, "Homeless...
homeless" as police led him away. Another hurler, grinning as he shoved pie
into Brown's face, yelled, "Matrix this!" - apparently alluding to former
Mayor Frank Jordan's controversial program to crack down on street people,
which some Brown critics say continues in spirit, if not in name.

Brown, dazed by the suddenness of the onslaught, bellowed, "Who are you?"
as he held onto one assailant, said Kandace Bender, the mayor's spokeswoman.

"Neither one of them appeared to be Clint Reilly or Quentin Kopp," the
mayor quipped minutes later, referring to two sworn political opponents.

Altogether, three men and one woman were taken into custody and charged
with two felony counts: conspiring to commit assault and assault on a
public official, police said.

Three of the suspects are from San Francisco, the fourth from Berkeley. The
oldest is 34, the youngest 27.

Before being booked at County Jail, one of the suspects was treated at San
Francisco General Hospital; in the course of being arrested, she sustained
a broken shoulder bone, police said.

"I consider this a very serious incident," Lau said. "It is a crime
committed against a public official. It is a pie, but it could have caused
injuries. We don't want to interfere with anyone's First Amendment rights,
but... they stepped over the line."

The dessert drubbing turned a festive community gathering into
heart-thumping commotion, complete with former 49er running back Roger
Craig hurtling himself in full frontal pursuit of one pie thrower with the
same speed he once used to break holes in the offensive line.

"I'm really shocked at what happened," said a shaken Craig moments after
the attack. He had driven from his home in Portola Valley to lend support
to the new stadium-mall project at Candlestick Point. "When they slapped
the pie in his face, I just reacted. I respect the mayor a lot. When I see
someone in danger, I just react.

"I couldn't have carried on like the mayor did. I would have been done for
the day."

Indeed, the mayor quickly collected himself, wiped off the pie goo and
returned to the podium with swift aplomb. He called the attack "unwarranted
and cowardly," but also brushed it off as "a momentary inconvenience."

Luckily, Brown, known for his costly haberdashery, had left his Brioni
suits at home, and was clad in casual garb of black sweat pants, sweat
shirt and sports jacket.

His early morning appearance at Civic Center Plaza was also the kickoff to
one of Brown's pet projects: a cleanup campaign called the Great Sweep, a
three-year-old event that has drawn 10,000 volunteers each year using elbow
grease and community spirit to make San Francisco spick-and-span.

Brown praised cleanup participants and joked, "The penalty for throwing
that pie in my face is they have to clean it up."

He also vowed that with the removal of "a sword," the stadium project would
proceed apace. The "sword" was a problematic clause in the 49ers contract,
a 1985 amendment to the lease that would permit the team to leave
Candlestick if San Francisco failed to pay for stipulated maintenance.

"We are going forward to building this stadium," promised 49ers President
Larry Thrailkill during a brief post-pie speech.

The 8:30 a.m. event, attended by more than 100 people, included balloon
festoons, a cheery band and a sociable 5-year-old pig named Hamlet.

"His specialty is locating broken sewer pipes but today he'll locate
garbage," said owner Jeff Renfro.

Hamlet, whose recent diet resulted in a drop from 250 to 180 pounds,
cheated on his regimen Saturday by scarfing up pie remnants still littering
the stage during Brown's speech.

By virtue of the pie assault, Brown involuntarily joined a luminous club of
recent pie victims whose ranks include Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates,
economist Milton Friedman and designer Oscar de la Renta.

Saturday's incident was dubbed "Operation Free Willie."

"It's a group opposing three strikes (a state law), which was why there
were three pies, and Brown's anti-homeless program," said Paul Boden,
director of the Coalition on Homelessness. Boden is not a member of the
group but supports their stand to help the homeless.

"I guess you could call it guerrilla theater, unless you're the one getting
hit by the pie," he said. "I'll bet no animals were hurt in the making of
the pies."

An undeterred Brown made two stops after leaving the Civic Center, at Union
Square and Portsmouth Square, to encourage cleanup volunteers, then went
home to change and stopped at another half-dozen cleanup sites, accompanied
by Chief Lau.

Supervisor Newsom, hit by a pie apparently by the same group last week on
election night, said the experience is initially "unnerving because you
don't know what is their intent."

What's more, he said, "It's somewhat humiliating. ... I don't know the
purpose behind it, but clearly they've successfully hit two of us. I don't
understand the benefit, except perhaps to promote themselves, but it's tame
relative to some of the other shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in
government."

Newsom's attackers, who struck as he was about to deliver a post-victory
address to campaign workers at 2 a.m., were apprehended by police later,
but he declined to press charges.

"The only charge (is) I'd like them to clean my suit," he said.


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Friends, comrades, and pie-loving peoples everywhere,


The following article appeared as the headline story in today's Sunday
SF

Examiner, along with four action photos of the incident. Reaction has
been

quite remarkable: national TV and print coverage, as well as a buzzing
on

the streets here in the city: "Hey, did you hear? Mayor Brown got pied!
No

shit!" Four people were arrested, and are each being charged with two

felonies: all of them have a "criminal conspiracy to assault a public

official" charge; three of them have "attempted assault on a public

official," and one has "assault on a public official." The latter had
her

clavicle (shoulder bone) broken by one of the Mayor's security guards,
and

she will be pressing assault charges against him. The felony charges
are

not expected to stick, and the alledged pie-slingers are all in good

spirits, though they will likely be kept in jail for 2-4 days before

release. There are photos of the incident along with the article at

http://www.examiner.com, and the film footage can be downloaded in

Realplayer format from:


http://www.examiner.com/981108/1108willie-lo.ram


http://www.examiner.com/981108/1108willie-hi.ram


The AP wire story can be found at:
http://www.cnn.com/US/9811/08/mayor.sf.ap/


Viva Les Entarteurs! We are all Entarteurs!

************************************


Mayor Joins Ranks of Pied Pols

By Elizabeth Fernandez

OF THE EXAMINER STAFF


Willie Brown, San Francisco's Teflon-coated mayor, finally faced
something

Saturday he couldn't duck: pies in the face.


Three of them.


Point blank.


In what was believed to be the first pieing of his political career,
Brown

was blitzed just as he was jubilantly announcing a pact with the San

Francisco 49ers to remove an escape clause from the team's lease
agreement

at Candlestick Park, smoothing the path toward development of a new
stadium.


In a concerted three-pronged attack, the pie posse slammed pastry and

aluminum plates directly into the face of the startled mayor, hitting
him

from the front and both sides in a quick and frightening fusillade
before

attempting to flee.


Brown, his face and shoulders splattered with the glop of cherry, tofu

cream and pumpkin, grabbed one attacker and threw a punch, according
to

49ers publicist Sam Singer.


"He started to defend himself. ... He either punched the guy or
wrestled

him to the ground," confirmed Police Chief Fred Lau. "Maybe some of
the

professional ball clubs will be interested in recruiting him."


As the attacker tried repeatedly to clobber Brown with the empty pie
plate,

the mayor pulled him into a wrestling hold and in the process sustained
a

deep knee bruise, a police source said.


The attackers reportedly belong to a loosely structured group called
the

Biotic Baking Brigade, a collection of environmental and social
activists

who take credit for recent pie attacks in San Francisco on Supervisor
Gavin

Newsom and Monsanto Corp. CEO Robert Shapiro.


Saturday's attack was to protest a "skyrocketing level of evictions" in
The

City and Brown's "collusion with big businesses, landlords and
developers

to perform an economic cleansing of San Francisco," said Al Decker, a

spokesman for the group.


One of the pie flingers, clad in a blue wind-breaker, shouted,
"Homeless...

homeless" as police led him away. Another hurler, grinning as he shoved
pie

into Brown's face, yelled, "Matrix this!" - apparently alluding to
former

Mayor Frank Jordan's controversial program to crack down on street
people,

which some Brown critics say continues in spirit, if not in name.


Brown, dazed by the suddenness of the onslaught, bellowed, "Who are
you?"

as he held onto one assailant, said Kandace Bender, the mayor's
spokeswoman.


"Neither one of them appeared to be Clint Reilly or Quentin Kopp," the

mayor quipped minutes later, referring to two sworn political
opponents.


Altogether, three men and one woman were taken into custody and
charged

with two felony counts: conspiring to commit assault and assault on a

public official, police said.


Three of the suspects are from San Francisco, the fourth from Berkeley.
The

oldest is 34, the youngest 27.


Before being booked at County Jail, one of the suspects was treated at
San

Francisco General Hospital; in the course of being arrested, she
sustained

a broken shoulder bone, police said.


"I consider this a very serious incident," Lau said. "It is a crime

committed against a public official. It is a pie, but it could have
caused

injuries. We don't want to interfere with anyone's First Amendment
rights,

but... they stepped over the line."


The dessert drubbing turned a festive community gathering into

heart-thumping commotion, complete with former 49er running back Roger

Craig hurtling himself in full frontal pursuit of one pie thrower with
the

same speed he once used to break holes in the offensive line.


"I'm really shocked at what happened," said a shaken Craig moments
after

the attack. He had driven from his home in Portola Valley to lend
support

to the new stadium-mall project at Candlestick Point. "When they
slapped

the pie in his face, I just reacted. I respect the mayor a lot. When I
see

someone in danger, I just react.


"I couldn't have carried on like the mayor did. I would have been done
for

the day."


Indeed, the mayor quickly collected himself, wiped off the pie goo and

returned to the podium with swift aplomb. He called the attack
"unwarranted

and cowardly," but also brushed it off as "a momentary inconvenience."


Luckily, Brown, known for his costly haberdashery, had left his Brioni

suits at home, and was clad in casual garb of black sweat pants, sweat

shirt and sports jacket.


His early morning appearance at Civic Center Plaza was also the kickoff
to

one of Brown's pet projects: a cleanup campaign called the Great Sweep,
a

three-year-old event that has drawn 10,000 volunteers each year using
elbow

grease and community spirit to make San Francisco spick-and-span.


Brown praised cleanup participants and joked, "The penalty for
throwing

that pie in my face is they have to clean it up."


He also vowed that with the removal of "a sword," the stadium project
would

proceed apace. The "sword" was a problematic clause in the 49ers
contract,

a 1985 amendment to the lease that would permit the team to leave

Candlestick if San Francisco failed to pay for stipulated maintenance.


"We are going forward to building this stadium," promised 49ers
President

Larry Thrailkill during a brief post-pie speech.


The 8:30 a.m. event, attended by more than 100 people, included
balloon

festoons, a cheery band and a sociable 5-year-old pig named Hamlet.


"His specialty is locating broken sewer pipes but today he'll locate

garbage," said owner Jeff Renfro.


Hamlet, whose recent diet resulted in a drop from 250 to 180 pounds,

cheated on his regimen Saturday by scarfing up pie remnants still
littering

the stage during Brown's speech.


By virtue of the pie assault, Brown involuntarily joined a luminous
club of

recent pie victims whose ranks include Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill
Gates,

economist Milton Friedman and designer Oscar de la Renta.


Saturday's incident was dubbed "Operation Free Willie."


"It's a group opposing three strikes (a state law), which was why
there

were three pies, and Brown's anti-homeless program," said Paul Boden,

director of the Coalition on Homelessness. Boden is not a member of
the

group but supports their stand to help the homeless.


"I guess you could call it guerrilla theater, unless you're the one
getting

hit by the pie," he said. "I'll bet no animals were hurt in the making
of

the pies."


An undeterred Brown made two stops after leaving the Civic Center, at
Union

Square and Portsmouth Square, to encourage cleanup volunteers, then
went

home to change and stopped at another half-dozen cleanup sites,
accompanied

by Chief Lau.


Supervisor Newsom, hit by a pie apparently by the same group last week
on

election night, said the experience is initially "unnerving because
you

don't know what is their intent."


What's more, he said, "It's somewhat humiliating. ... I don't know the

purpose behind it, but clearly they've successfully hit two of us. I
don't

understand the benefit, except perhaps to promote themselves, but it's
tame

relative to some of the other shenanigans that go on behind the scenes
in

government."


Newsom's attackers, who struck as he was about to deliver a
post-victory

address to campaign workers at 2 a.m., were apprehended by police
later,

but he declined to press charges.


"The only charge (is) I'd like them to clean my suit," he said.



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