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The Newsmakers' Gift Guide

Don't know what to get Jean Quan, Barry Bonds or this year's other headline makers? We've got you covered.

Don't know what to get that pepper-spraying cop, failed mayoral candidate or other newsmaker in your life? Never fear — our gift guide will help you find just the right thing for that special newsworthy friend.

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Jean Quan

Get the Oakland mayor “Apocalypse Survival Guide” ($15 at Barnes and Noble), because when it comes to her term in office, the end may be near.

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Barry Bonds

For the Home-Run King, get the Wii game Mario Super Sluggers ($19 at Target) to play while he’s on house arrest for obstruction of justice in his years-old steroid case.

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Jeff Adachi

Buy the San Francisco public defender a bridge-building kit ($96 at Frey Scientific), because the pension-reform crusader and failed mayoral candidate has burned all of his.

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Harold Camping

Get the doomsday prophet a pocket calculator ($7 at Sears). His apocalyptic predictions have suffered from a few mathematical errors.

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Luis Cancel

Tickets to “Shrek the Musical” ($66.25 on Ticketmaster). But this time, the disgraced former head of the San Francisco Arts Commission won’t be able to charge the city overtime for the hours he spends at the theater.

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David Chiu

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” ($15.25 on Amazon). After playing his friends, making new friends, and getting played by them (sez Aaron Peskin), the Board of Supervisors president and failed mayoral candidate could use a little help.

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Chris Daly

Get the politician-turned-barkeep who famously uttered "It's on, like Donkey Kong" during a Board of Supervisors meeting — what else? A Donkey Kong Nintendo game ($19 at JJ Games).

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Anthony Batts

For the former Oakland police chief, a Hawaiian shirt ($29 at Sears) to wear while not thinking about Oakland’s dysfunctional politics and shrinking police department.

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For all your friends who have been living in tents, buy a 72-bar case of Ivory soap ($69). If members of the 99 percent are going to shower, they’ll probably want to do it with soap that is 99.44 percent pure.

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Rose Pak

For the influential Chinatown consultant who helped elevate San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to power, a crown ($15). She practically runs this city, so why not make it official?

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Phil Ting

Give the San Francisco assessor-recorder a gift certificate for $383 to cover the tasting menu plus wine at The French Laundry. That's how much each vote he received in the recent mayoral election cost taxpayers in public financing.

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Steven Chu

Give the energy secretary who approved Solyndra’s $535 million loan guarantee a DIY solar panel kit ($1,165), so he can experiment with new technologies without putting millions of taxpayer dollars on the line.

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Give the fast-growing tech company a whole lot of rat traps ($4 each on Amazon). They’ll come in handy at its new Market Street digs.

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Leland Yee

Get the state senator a bowl of shark fin soup ($60) before the ban he opposed kicks in on Jan. 1.

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The 49ers

Buy the team a glow-in-the-dark football ($20 on NiteliteSports.com) for when the lights go out.

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Bay Bridge Troll

Get this beloved iron sculpture a folding pet home ($26 on Amazon). It will need a new place to live when the eastern span of the Bay Bridge is replaced.

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Lt. John Pike

Buy a new wedding ring for the UC Davis cop who pepper-sprayed seated protesters in the face. ($492 at Zales). Creditors seized Pike’s ring, along with his pickup truck, barbecue grill and several handguns, after he became insolvent in the 2008 financial crisis.

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