Nat Ford's Goodbye Lunch
|Appetizers! Nat Ford! Willie Brown! Who could ask for anything more?|
As you tuck into your lunches today, be sure to raise a glass to Nat Ford. The did-he-quit-was-he-fired CEO of the Municipal Transportation Agency is enjoying a goodbye lunch at this very moment.
We know the emcee of the event, held in the spectacular atrium of Muni's Van Ness headquarters, is none other than Willie Brown -- a man who patronized Muni about as often as he dressed up in overalls and sported a bindle.
MTA employees will be treated to appetizers and take in speeches from noted orators such as Mayor Ed Lee and transportation-related functionaries. Muni spokesman Paul Rose was unsure what manner of appetizers are being served; organizers of the event flatly insisted we get such details from Rose. This is the first time we have been forcibly shunted to a public information officer while attempting to glean menu details.
Muni staffers were requested to donate $20 to cover the cost of today's affair. Rose is unsure how much money has been collected, but assures that today's event is not taxpayer-funded.
He is also not certain whether Ford will be presented with some manner of goodbye gift. Other than, of course, the $384,000 he was paid to leave with time still on the meter.