Local Realtor John Beutler approached Mayor Sandi Bloem to try to get her to make amends with Duane Hagadone. He set up a meeting between the two, away from Hagadone HQ, about Dec. 28. Seems Beutler was there to mediate. Hagadone, of course, spent the time berating the mayor for a checklist of things that she's done wrong, real and imagined, from the gardens to the height ordinance. I understand that Her Sandiness, politely, tried to answer his questions and explain a few points but kept her wits and temper. The odd thing is, when they went to leave -- not really on any better terms or with any more understanding -- the two hugged. A longer, friendly hug. Seems as if neither side knows what the hug means. ... And the other big question is why is Beutler playing mediator?
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.