Bay Citizen Launch Party at the Great American Music Hall a Huge Success

[Whoops, spoke too soon - turns out that the SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle‘s Katie Baker was en la casa. The conspiracy of silence broken.]

Despite all the obituaries written earlier this year, The Bay Citizen celebrated its launch yesterday at the Great American Music Hall. Some TBC editors on the scene were fretting about getting a new batch of “stately idiom” finished up for the following morning, but a good time was had by all.

They literally rolled out the red carpet in the Tenderloin last night:

Who was there? Everybody. (Everybody excepting some of the hAtERz in local media who feel any new investment should go to existing concerns, you know, the ones that employ the hAtERz themselves. The hAtERz that showed somehow even managed to generate, with noticeable effort, Mona Lisa smile/smirks for the camera.) The place was packed from the get-go, baby. Check out the Party Pix from E.B.Boyd showing who all was there.

Standing room only:

Bay Citizen CEO Lisa Frazier (pronounced fraze-yah) started things off by inviting Founder Warren Hellman to play a  song.

Lois Beckett snapped the chorus and here are the full lyrics to the sing-a-long tune Hardly Strictly News.  Note the A-A-B-B rhyming scheme. Also note:

“We met with Lisa Frazier who pronounced ‘for now it will be free’/
A multi-layered news hub is the only way to be.”

What, “for now?” Uh oh:

Click to expand. It’s quite legible at 1200 pixels.

Anyway, F. Warren appeared to be somewhat irked by the constant chatter of the assembled throng. Oh well.

Here’s the mise-en-scene from up on the catwalk:

A big thank you to all the founding investors, founding members, patrons, and corporate sponsors. Notably, Dede Wilsey’s name isn’t on this list, so perhaps she just recently kicked in her seven figure donation? (Or let’s call it a $500,000 donation with Uncle Sucker kicking another half mil., mas o menos. That’s the thing with non-profit journalism – the federal govmint lowers your taxes by about 50 cents for every dollar you donate, assuming you pay a lot of taxes in the first place. This is the Unfair Advantage that the Chronicle people complain about. Speaking of which, nothing yet about TBC from the SFC – check for yourself.)  

Everybody’s a star:

$5 tote bags just like Trader Joe’s and the KQED, plus loads of free bumper stickers:

The lives of the party: 

Anyway, had to bail early to get down to Massive Attack at the Warfield while Arcadio was playing the TBC party. The booze was flowing and the place was still packed when I left, anyway.

Bon Courage, Bay Citizen!

All the deets, after the jump

Founding Investors

The Hellman Family Foundation
The Fisher Family
Jeff and Laurie Ubben
Diane B. Wilsey
The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Arthur Rock

Founding Patrons

Lynn Feintech and Anthony Bernhardt
The San Francisco Foundation
The Woeber Family
The John and Lisa Pritzker Family Fund

Founding Sponsors

Amy Bernstein · Bryan Byrd · Traci Des Jardins · Mike and Lisa Frazier · Joanne Hagopian and John Eknoian · Philip and Maurine Halperin · Neil Henry · Susie Katz · Carol Melamed · Nicola Miner · Mary and Gary Pinkus · Mayo Shattuck III · Mayo Shattuck IV · Gerald Thompson · Ellen Ullman · Susan Wolfe

Founding Members

Fay Abuelgasim · Jefferson Adams · Afghan Business Network · Laith Agha · Thomas Ahn · Daniel Akst · Edward Albanese · Karen Alden · Nicholas Allen · Whitney Allen · Jessie Allen-Young · Gayle Allerson · Alexandra Allman-Van Zee · Stewart Alsop · Richard and Batsheva Amarnick · Casey Anderson · Christine Anderson · John Anderson · Jola Anderson · Milan Andric · Philippe Antoine · Stefan Antonowicz · Michael Arrighi · Garrett Mc Auliffe · Sona Avakian · Claire Axelrad · Marlene Axinn · Madeleine Bair · Abigail Baird · Elizabeth Baker · Gina Baleria · Lynn Ballou · David Bank · Roy Baril · Ann Barlow · Alex Barnum · Mona Baroudi · Jannon Barrow · Leah Bartos · Clara Basile · Angela Bass · Betty Bastidas · John Batelle · Nancy Battey · Jason Baumgarten · John Baxter · Melanie Beene · Natasha Beery · Bryan Belden · Olivier Belzile · Roy Ben-Dor · Emily Bender · Andy and Lucy Benka · Jen Benka · Anne Bennett · Alicia Berberich · Clayton Berling · Jeffry Bernstein · Ken Berrick · Gunnar Bjorklund · Cynthia Blair · Anna Bloom · Irene and Robert Blum · Lora Blum and Steve Cooper · John Boland · William Booth · Beate Borstelmann · Scott Bransford · Rena Bransten · Alan Braverman · Briana Breen · Jim and Katie Brennan · Anne Brice · Margaret Brodkin · Chris Brophy · Darcy Brown · Colleen Browne · Lori Brunette · Samantha Bryson · Ari and Ellie Buchalter · Madeleine Buckingham · Noah Buhayar · Barbara Burlington · Mary Burmester · Linsay Burnett · Nicholas Burns · Charles Burress · Jeff and Pam Byers · Jay Byrne · Samuel Byrne · Michael Cabanatuan · Tim Caflisch · Gerald Cain · Erin Callahan · Lauren Callahan · Jessica Calvosa · Monica Campbell · Robert Carey · Steven and Ifen Carlson · Christy Carpenter · Vanessa Carr · Tom Carstensen · Jessica Castelli · Jill Center · Julia Chan · Jnani Chapman · Krisann Chasarik · Neil Chase · Lydia Chavez · Andrew Chen · Chris Chen · Adelaide Chen · Stacie and David Cherner · Christi Chidester · Teresa Chin · Rowena Chiu · Jon Christensen · Michael Chui · Michelle Chung · Marna Clark · Bradley Cleveland · William Coblentz · Julia Coburn · Bonnie Cohen · Seth Cohen · Bob Cohn · Greg and Amy Cohn · Jordan Conn · Christopher Connelly · Kerri Connolly · Nicole Conti · Annette Cook · Chad Cook · Brian Cooney · Gary and Marilyn Cooper · Roxanne Cooper · Nancy Cote · Emma Cott · Shannon Coulter · Clay Cowan · Jennifer Craft · Elise Craig · Sam Crary · Kristin Crawford · Thomas Crawford · James Creighton · Janice Creighton · James and Brenda Cross · Erik and Kristin Cushman family · Cate Czerwinski and Aaron Best · Kathy Dalle-Molle · Greg Dalton · Michele Dana · Keith Darby · Allison Davis · Abby and Ross Davisson · Jerry Day · Roberto Daza · Andrea de Brito · Alberto De la Rosa and Ali Can Cakiroglu · Glenn Dearing · Pamela Deas · Jennifer Deason · Thomas DeCaigny · Michael Deeringer · Len Degroot · Cristi Delgado · Karen Dempsey · Julie Demsey · Eric deRegt · Sarah and Zoe Diamadi · Alexandra Dickie · Caroline Dijckmeester · Roxane Divol · Edwin Dobb · Carmel Dolan · Don Dotter · Jon Duane · Pamela Duffy · Tara Duggan · Roderic Duncan · Matthew Durning · Heather Duthie · Micky Duxbury · Amanda Dyer · David Easthope · N’Jeri Eaton · Linnea Edmeier · Peggy Einnehmer · Electro Imaging Systems, Inc. · Karmah Elmusa · Janice Elvee · Jamison Ely · Armand Emamdjomeh · Wesley Enzinna · Margaret Erker · Caitlin Esch · Rob Eshman · Patricia Espinosa · Isabel Esterman · Shalwah Evans · Karen Everett · Mark Fainaru-Wada · Margareta Fazeli Fard · Billy Farina · Kenneth R. 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2 Responses to “Bay Citizen Launch Party at the Great American Music Hall a Huge Success”

  1. tk says:

    Was there an open bar? And if so, why wasn’t I invited?

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Believe it was free beer, free house wine and free soda last night. But if you wanted to upgrade then you were charged full price.

    Needed to be a Founder (with a $50 min. donation) or you had to get an invite. :(