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REP. PELOSI’S LAWYER-OPPONENT SEEKS MINOR MIRACLE Jennifer DePalma, an associate in Shearman & Sterling’s San Francisco office, takes on political heavyweight Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday in the race for California’s Eighth Congressional District. The 30-year-old Republican can only hope for the best. “I would like to win, but I am aware of the odds,” DePalma said. Only 11 percent of the voters in her district are registered Republicans, she says. And then there’s fund raising. DePalma has raised $7,500, Pelosi $2 million. DePalma, who has been living in San Francisco for two years, signed up as Pelosi’s opponent after being approached by local Republicans. She sees her run as a chance to present a message of fiscal conservatism both in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. “[Pelosi] spends so much time working for her party at the national level, she doesn’t leverage enough for San Francisco,” said DePalma. She pinpoints the cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard and the earthquake retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge as issues that Pelosi, 64, could have pushed harder. DePalma decided in college to deviate from her blue-collar roots and join the party of less government. “I think that the private sector gets things done more efficiently,” she said. “Government gets bogged down in bureaucracy.” Despite this, she has lived her adult life in bastions of liberalism, including Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and San Francisco. As a political minority, DePalma says she is often subjected to public Bush-bashing remarks by people who assume everybody is a Democrat. “I politely speak up and say, ‘I respect your opinion, but don’t assume that I agree.’” DePalma says that during her run she’s also challenged stereotypes — for instance people who believe she must be anti-gay because she is Republican. Her co-workers at Shearman & Sterling have been supportive, although DePalma emphasizes that she keeps her work life and political career separate. “The partners at Shearman & Sterling out here tend to be Republican; the younger associates tend to be Democrats,” she noted. — Marie-Anne Hogarth Sound and fury Any white males in the audience — the Republican kind, anyway — must have been squirming in their seats Tuesday night at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s first annual gala. Speaker Ann Richards, former Texas governor and take-no-prisoners Democrat, was explaining how Republicans and Democrats are different. She said that Republicans win when they appeal to white males, who tend to follow the leader and respond better to the big issues — they’re not so much on specifics. “They love the way the campaign is reported on TV because it’s like sports reporting,” she said. But her favorite white male to poke fun of is, of course, fellow Texan George W. Bush, whom she ran against for governor (unsuccessfully) in 1994. She’s noticed, she said, that President Bush has started walking a different way, with his hands poised at his side — “ready to draw a six-gun at a moment’s notice.” This apparently is a Texas thing. “When campaign time rolls around in Texas, there’s just not enough horses,” she says. Richards also had some advice for the other party. The Democratic Party has made a mistake, she says, by going after the GOP’s white males (the ones with the money) instead of focusing on the concerns of its base — females and minorities. They win, Richards says, when they remember to include the “small-I” issues that women and minorities like to hear about, even as small an “i” as school uniforms. If the Democrats win this time, Richards said, it would be because of the grass-roots registration efforts that have been done outside of the party. She said progressive groups have out-registered the GOP by 200 percent. That brought a big cheer. A crowd of more than 600 of the area’s legal movers and shakers showed up for the event to support BASF’s various legal services programs and to honor outgoing Chief U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel. Presenting the 2004 Champion of Justice award to his colleague, Senior Judge Thelton Henderson said Patel had demonstrated time and again what should be a defining characteristic of a federal judge: courage. More than $320,000 was raised by the first-of-its-kind event, which was pronounced a success. “We are extremely proud of the San Francisco legal community for its strong show of support for this important event,” said Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Chairman Ralph Baxter Jr., who co-chaired the gala. – Kathy McBride The Nosey knows Republican Assemblyman Ray Haynes has seen bad laws and contentious laws, but what really gets his goat is what he describes as the California Legislature’s propensity “to stick the government’s nose where it does not belong.” To commemorate that tendency, Haynes has announced his third-annual “Nosey Award” to commemorate a “new and creative legislative proposal” for over-regulating private concerns. The winner — er, loser — receives an engraved plaque with a rubber nose attached. This year’s prize was bestowed by Haynes on outgoing state Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, D-San Francisco, for his successful introduction of Senate Bill 1520, which bans a person from “force-feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging its liver beyond normal size” or selling liver pate if it’s the result of such force-feeding. The bill, aimed at the producers of foie gras, also prohibits hiring someone else to force-feed birds. Haynes, who represents parts of San Diego and Riverside counties, says the new law “symbolizes the pinnacle of pointless proposals” by dealing with a food item “few people can pronounce, few can afford and fewer actually eat.” In essence, he says, the bill regulates “how our dinner eats its dinner.” Nosey runner-ups include the authors of a resolution seeking to integrate principles of Feng Shui into the state building code and a resolution for a prohibition against declawing exotic cats. (“Have we learned nothing from Siegfried and Roy?” asks Haynes.) To date, legislators themselves are still allowed to enlarge their livers and sharpen their claws with impunity. – Jill Duman Jennifer Watch: Week 8 If Jennifer Massey ever picks a new gig, it won’t be in advertising. The Clifford Chance associate didn’t offer any creative ideas as she and her teammates struggled to come up with an ad campaign to recruit people for the New York City Police Department. That was the task Donald Trump gave the competing teams in the eighth episode of “The Apprentice.” Massey’s group produced an apocalyptic commercial complete with helicopters flying over the skies and a SWAT team storming a subway. “I feel like I live in a police state,” Donald Trump said after watching the promo. Teammate Raj had pushed for the military theme and only Elizabeth, the project manager, opposed the idea. But she constantly waffled. Kevin, a fellow contestant, helped her come up with an alternative campaign. But when the other teammates objected to the approach, Elizabeth gave in. Massey advocated firing Elizabeth mid-task, but the group ended up keeping her at the helm. They didn’t have a chance against the other team. Their opponents produced a touching piece with real police officers asking questions like: “When was the last time you saved a life?” and “When was the last time you made your family proud?’ Judging the two campaigns, Donny Deutsch of Deutsch Advertising said the contest wasn’t even close. “You can’t freak New Yorkers out,” he admonished. It also was clear who would be axed from the show. When the group assembled in Trump’s boardroom, Elizabeth blamed the tone of the campaign on her teammates. But they unanimously denounced her lack of leadership. Trump asked Massey what she thought of Elizabeth. “She was weak, ineffective and indecisive to the point of paralysis,” Massey articulated. Trump agreed, incredulous that Elizabeth let her teammates change her mind. Searching for the right word, he told Elizabeth: “You don’t have a lot of � something.” Without considering anyone else for dismissal, Trump fired her. Fired this week: Elizabeth. — Brenda Sandburg

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