Jack Davis with former Supervisor Sue Bierman at the Great American Music Hall in 2002.
Davis Birthday Party was one of the City's most talked about scandals
of the 1990s. Its infamy might seem surprising for a story in which no one
is cuckolded, killed, blackmailed, bribed, or kidnapped. But this is San
Francisco. In May of 1997, Davis was on top of the world. The political
consultant was credited with having elected two consecutive mayors of San
Francisco and had just been hired by the San Francisco 49ers to help sell
legislation to voters that would issue $100 million in revenue bonds for
a new 49ers stadium complex. Because the Raiders' return to Oakland in
1995 had lead to so much public and legal rancor over loans and payouts
to team owner Al Davis, the 49ers and owner Eddie DeBartolo wanted Jack
Davis, a big gun, to help smooth the waters with San Franciscans. On May
6, friends of Davis threw him a 50th birthday bash at the San
Francisco Mart complete with open bar, live bands and performers, and
more than 300 guests including Mayor Willie Brown, Sheriff Mike Hennessy,
City Attorney Louise Renne, District Attorney Terrence Hallinan, then Supervisors
Barbara Kaufman, Susan Leal and Leland Yee, former Supervisor Annmarie
Conroy, Assemblywoman Carole Migden, and, unfortunately, 49ers president
Carmen Policy, his wife, Gail, and members of the press. Enter Rev. Steven
Johnson Leyba, aka the Trickster Satanic Clown, a follower of Anton
LaVey, and Leyba's roommate, Danielle Willis, a former Mitchell
Apache Whiskey Rite"
With the vote on the 49ers bond initiative, Proposition D, less than a month away, the public and City officials alike speculated as to whether the scandal would sink the legislation. It did not. On June 3, 1997, the voters passed Proposition D. However, the legislation and the entire election itself have been the subject of litigation and allegations of fraud, which include names of the dead being used on voter rolls. Leyba credits his curse and says, "The curse is working because the asshole who owned the 49er football team has lost it and not a single grain of sand has been moved for this silly project."
As for Jack Davis; at this writing at the dawn of 2003, he was still on top of the world.
Copyright 2002 Hank Donat