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STREET VIOLENCE: Bayview woman brutally attacked because she wouldn’t move her car

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A man was arrested on suspicion of assault Thursday night after he brutally attacked a woman who reportedly parked her car in his Bayview neighborhood driveway, San Francisco police said today.

The incident occurred at around 8:20 p.m. on Blanken Avenue near the intersection of Tunnel Avenue when the victim reportedly pulled her car into the suspect’s driveway, according to a police report.

The suspect, whose identity has not been released, began yelling at the woman to move her car before he allegedly pulled her from the vehicle and kicked her in the face, police reported.

The woman suffered severe trauma to one of her eyes and was transported to local hospital where she was listed in life-threatening condition, police said.

The suspect is being held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to police.

In a separate incident Thursday, police are searching for a suspect who robbed and repeatedly stabbed a woman at around 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Cole and Haight streets, just east of Golden Gate Park, police reported.

The woman reportedly struggled with the suspect after he tried to grab her purse, at which point the suspect stabbed the woman three times before running away, police said.

The woman was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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KISS & MAKE UP – Michael Moore Shows Healthy Respect in San Francisco

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Photos by Bill Wilson

Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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By PJ Johnston
Sentinel Film Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Michael Moore was hanging out with Mayor Gavin Newsom Wednesday, stumping for universal health care and promoting his new film, “Sicko,” which skewers the American health care system in much the same way his “Farenheit 911” lambasted the Bush administration for its exploitation of September 11 and subsequent mad dash to war.

Moore joined Hizzonner for a panel discussion on health care earlier in the day, where both touted San Francisco’s trailblazing efforts to provide coverage to all residents, which began under Mayor Willie Brown and have been expanded by Newsom. And then Newsom made a compelling case for national leadership on the issue in his introduction of Moore at a Metreon pre-screening of “Sicko” on Wednesday night (See Pat Murphy’s photos and coverage of the events).

We’ll take longer look at “Sicko” itself when it opens nationwide on June 29, but one of the more interesting aspects of Moore’s appearance in San Francisco was his take on three controversial Democratic politicians: Newsom, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.

San Franciscans with long-knifed memories may recall the episode during the 2003 mayoral campaign when Moore, stumping for Newsom’s then-rival – dreamy darling of the far-left, Matt Gonzalez – got Newsom’s cell phone number from Gonzo and called him from the stage at a campaign rally. Leaving a message, Moore chastised Newsom for behaving more like a Republican than a Democrat, saying his signature “Care Not Cash” homeless proposal was short on the “care.”

Cheap shot or classic Michael Moore theatrics? Depends on your perspective. Either way, both men have moved well beyond it four years later, as they heaped praise one another for the better part of an entire day. With his same-sex marriage offensive and environmental street credibility, Newsom has joined Moore in the national pantheon of progressive provocateurs, and Moore has rightly recognized the Mayor’s, and the City’s, leadership on health care.

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Moore’s Hillary moment was more nuanced. “Sicko” painstakingly recounts the First Lady’s heroic efforts to bring universal health care to America in the first year of Bill Clinton’s administration. She was practically tarred and feathered for her efforts, and 16 years later we still have an unmanageable, and often tragic, managed health care system that leaves nearly 50 million Americans without coverage.

But “Sicko” quickly follows First Lady Clinton’s noble and far-sighted efforts with a round-up of politicians who currently receive big-buck political contributions from the health industry – employing Moore’s usual humorous, if a little ham-fisted, sound and visual effects – and he makes sure to pin Senator Clinton to the top of the list, second only to a congressman who has since left the House to shill for the pharmaceutical industry.

It was a highlight for the Obama people in the room, who snickered – that insufferable habit of the self-righteous, self-anointed “progressive” San Franciscan. (As if Hillary Clinton hasn’t done more to advance progressive causes than all the people in that theater combined!) But when Moore was taking questions after the film, one respectful, reasonable guy asked Moore if it wasn’t a cheap shot, and one that would likely be exploited by big-business, anti-reform, Republican evildoers, especially if Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee.

It was a fair question, and one that Moore took seriously. He gave a lengthy, heartfelt and occasionally bizarre answer. He declared his admiration for Hillary Clinton, credited her for the courage and the intelligence to take on issues like health care reform – but more than that, he said he found her “sexy.” He said he harbored a deep, forbidden love for Hillary. And he meant it.

As for pointing out that as a New York senator Clinton has received large sums of money from insurance companies and other health care interests, he said that it’d be dishonest and hypocritical if he spared those he likes or admires the bite of his snarky-sharp teeth just because he likes or admires them. He said he’s gotta call ’em likes he sees ’em, and though some might find his strikes zone a little high and to-the-left, he is definitely a very clear-eyed umpire. He said he hopes the daylight – okay, the strobe light – he throws on a shady aspect of Clinton’s record will help steer her back to the righteous path. (Of course, he takes it as an unchallenged axiom that any political contribution from the health care industry is by definition blood money.)

Overall, Moore made a good case for his mixed treatment of Hillary Clinton, and it reflected well on his overall approach to the people and politics he scrutinizes.

Most compelling of all, however, was the picture he painted of his relationship with former Vice President Al Gore. Gore is not featured in “Sicko,” but his name came up in the Q&A on Wednesday night, and it sent Moore into a lengthy, wistful tale about his meeting with Gore at his Tennessee home a year or so ago.

Turns out “Farenheit 911” – which opens with an excruciating sequence in which, having had the 2000 election snatched from him, Gore must preside over the Senate and beat back, one by one, the protestations of members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who all refer to him as “Mr. President” in anguished and defeated tones – had a powerful impact on the Gore family. Now, as an environmental crusader with an Oscar-winning documentary under his belt like Moore, Gore was evolving into an activist, even visionary American leader.

They also talked about the devastating impact Ralph Nader had on the 2000 election (those cocksure “progressives” weren’t snickering during this portion of the Q&A, I can assure you). Moore was one of the most ardent, high-profile supporters of Nader’s that year, a fact that seemed to flood him with regret on Wednesday night. But he was awestruck by Gore’s equanimity on the subject: “I didn’t lose because you voted for Nader,” Moore paraphrased Gore as saying. “I lost because I obviously didn’t do enough to convince you to vote for me instead.”

Moore came to see Gore as a brilliant, brave, sincere and, yes, humorous politician who would be great for the country, great for the world. “I hope he never listens to another advisor again,” Moore said, stopping just short of endorsing Gore, or anybody, for president in 2008 – although he made it pretty clear he’d drop everything to help Big Al if he does in fact run.

So it was, in his visit to San Francisco, Michael Moore proved himself to be every bit as interesting, funny, determined, playful, outraged, candid, pugnacious and relevant as his wonderful films are. Michael Moore is necessary; his films, his message, his courage – to speak parody to power, to open our eyes and our hearts throughout the belly laughs – are needed in much greater supply here in America. And the fact that he’s honest and complex enough to harbor, and reveal, constantly evolving views of the powerful people with whom he interacts is just one more reason to appreciate and trust him.

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PJ Johnston is president of the San Francisco Arts Commission and a former executive director of the San Francisco Film Commission. He served as Mayor Willie Brown’s press secretary and now runs his own communications consulting firm in San Francisco. A former journalist, he has written about movies for several publications, including the San Jose Mercury News and – long ago, in a galaxy far, far away – for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Email PJ at pj@pjcommunications.com.

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JUNE 15 VIDEO OF THE DAY – Thank God It’s Friday – The Hallelujah Chorus Sung In Hebrew – Stinkpots used in boarding enemy vessels

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Thank God It’s Friday – The Hallelujah Chorus Sung In Hebrew

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JUNE 15 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are quick-witted, intellectual, serious, and diligent in all you do. You enjoy reading and have considerable critical ability. You have many friends and are popular among them. Your home is dear to you, and you will have a happy married life.

JUNE 15 IS A BEST DAY
June 15 is the day to entertain.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 15
Don’t work in the garden when plants are wet. This encourages the spread of disease.

TIP FOR JUNE 15
Make your own oven cleaner. 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid, 2 teaspoons borax, 1/4 cup ammonia, 1-1/2 cups warm water. Mix the ingredients together, apply to oven spills, and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Scrub with an abrasive nylon-backed sponge and rinse well.

WORD FOR JUNE 15
Stinkpot. Definition: An earthen jar charged with powder, grenades, and other materials of an offensive and suffocating smell, — sometimes used in boarding an enemy’s vessel.

JUNE 15 IN HISTORY
Hee Haw premiered on television, 1969. One inch of snow fell in Pennsylvania, 1918.

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Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 76. West southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 53. West wind around 10 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 66. West wind between 10 and 14 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind between 6 and 11 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

Begin diet to gain weight: 16, 21, 19, 24

Begin diet to lose weight: 3, 8, 6,10

Begin logging: 1, 3, 4, 27, 28, 30

Breed animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Castrate animals: 2, 3, 5, 6, 29, 30

Cut hair to discourage growth: 9, 10, 11, 12

Cut hair to encourage growth: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

Destroy pests and weeds: 6, 7, 9, 10

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

Go camping: 1, 25, 26, 28, 29

Go to the dentist: 17, 18, 20, 21

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Plant aboveground vegetables: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Plant belowground vegetables: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

Prune to discourage growth: 6, 7, 9, 10

Prune to encourage growth: 18, 19, 25, 26,

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

Set chicken eggs: 2, 11, 12, 13, 19,27, 31

Set posts or pour concrete: 1, 2, 4, 27, 28, 30

Slaughter animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Start projects: 15, 26

Wean animals and children: 2, 6, 8, 10

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STREET VIOLENCE: Three shot in Western Addition – Mirkarimi once again demands detailed public safety plan from Mayor, Police Chief, and District Attorney

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Three people were shot in the Western Addition this morning following a night of violence in San Francisco, authorities reported.

Medical personnel responded to the triple shooting at 8:53 a.m. at 3 Friendship Court – a one block street between McAllister and Fulton streets, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.
All three people were conscious and breathing and were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, Talmadge said.

The incident followed a crime-filled Wednesday night that sent six people to local hospitals.

The first incident, a stabbing, was reported in the Mission District at 5:40 p.m. According to police, as the victim stepped out of his car at 17th and Capp streets, he was confronted by a man and a physical fight ensued. The suspect then stabbed the victim with an ice pick, police said.

As the injured man tried to run, the suspect jumped into a car driven by his female companion. The couple then chased the victim, trying to hit him with their car, police said. When they caught up to him, the man again exited the vehicle and stabbed him a second time, police said.

Police arrested the man, but the woman was able to escape. The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to survive, according to police.

Several hours later at 9:31 p.m., police were called to investigate a shooting in the 1100 block of McAllister Street in the Western Addition.

Police said that three males were walking when they were approached by a group of seven males who began shooting at them, wounding the trio.

Two of those victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital and are expected survive, according to police. The third person went to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center by himself and is fighting for his life, police said.

A fourth victim – a male bystander who was hit by a stray bullet – is expected to survive, police said.

The third shooting of the night took place at 11:15 p.m. at 18th and Capp streets in the Mission – a block away from the ice pick stabbing more than five hours earlier.

Police said two men approached the male victim and shot him several times before possibly driving off eastbound on 18th Street.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening wounds, police said.

San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi this morning blasted the city’s mayor, police chief and district attorney after two separate shootings in the same Western Addition public housing project wounded seven people.

This morning’s triple shooting in the Friendship Village
development between McAllister and Fulton streets occurred in the same area where four people – including an innocent bystander – were shot less than 12 hours earlier.

“It’s literally the same location – we’re talking not even 5 yards away,” Mirkarimi said.

Mirkarimi, who represents the neighborhood on the city’s Board of Supervisors, said he came out to the scene of both shootings.

After the first incident, San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong assured him she would provide police presence in Friendship Village, Mirkarimi said.

“I expected a fixed presence of SFPD and I learned there was not and I’m not happy about it,” he said.

Medical personnel responded to this morning’s triple shooting at 8:53 a.m. at 3 Friendship Court, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said

All three people were conscious and breathing and were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, Talmadge said.

Mirkarimi said the victims were teenage boys.

“I’m theorizing, but I believe it was gang-related,” he said. “We need an aggressive intervention to deal with the gun violence that’s occurring between different housing developments.”

Wednesday night’s shooting at the housing project was reported 9:31 p.m. Police said that three males were walking when they were approached by a group of seven males who began shooting at them, wounding the trio.

Two of those victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital and are expected survive, according to police. The third person went to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center by himself and is fighting for his life, police said.

A fourth victim – a male bystander who was hit by a stray bullet – is expected to survive, police said.

Mirkarimi said he is frustrated with District Attorney Kamala Harris’ failure to aggressively prosecute cases he’s referred to her office.

“The district attorney needs to start prosecuting cases that show people that you can’t commit violent crime with impunity,” Mirkarimi said.

“You have – literally – elementary school kids and teenagers carrying guns and shooting people and not knowing the difference between right and wrong. If their parents and guardians have abdicated their ability, then someone needs to step up to the plate.”

The supervisor said it’s been an “agitating” experience trying to get coordinated violence prevention services from the city’s juvenile probation, recreation and parks and workforce development departments to combat the Western Addition’s spike in violence.

“Today I’m all over the mayor and all over the police chief and all over city agencies to give me a detailed plan,” as to how they’re going to provide a safe summer, Mirkarimi said.

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MICHAEL MOORE’S ‘Sicko’ will end American resistance to universal health care

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

A single movie — Michael Moore’s ‘Sicko’ scheduled for release June 29 — will end American resistance to universal health care.

Pre-screened in San Francisco last night, the film is airtight. It cannot be dismissed as propaganda.

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San Francisco Mayor with Director Michael Moore Wednesday prior to pre-screening.

Photos by Bill Wilson

Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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“Our expectation is that people are going to take what they’ve learn here tonight and do something with it,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom stressed to film audience.

“But the reality was that when I was sitting there stuffing envelopes for Michael Dukakis that we had 33 million without health insurance.

“Then I started stuffing envelopes for Bill Clinton and we started reaching close to 40 million.

“And here we are and I’m looking forward to stuffing envelopes for our nominee soon — we’re now looking at 47 to 48 million Americans without health insurance.

“I think it’s high time that we have the… tipping point on this issue. Someone who can bring to life the reality of the health care delivery system in this country.”

Moore’s previous skill for straightforward simplicity lets those interviewed deliver the blow-to-the-psyche national wallop.

His eye for the sardonic, the heartbreaking and the joyful, grows to maturity in ‘Sicko.’ The man has found his voice.

They speak as all humans speak. An insurance company medical director confessing in shame that she had killed a man by intentionally denying treatment coverage to boost company profits. A security camera catching a woman in dimentia dumped on the streets wearing only a flimsy hospital gown. A former insurance claim adjustor in unrelieved remorse. The utter bewilderment, grief and anger, of survivors who lost loved ones to coverage reversal. The absurdy of boating to Guantanamo with American patients asking for the same universal health care — given anywhere on American soil — to Al Qaida prisoners.

‘Sicko’ fries the socialized medicine red herring. Canadian, French, and English patients who receive medical treatment for pennies if charged at all. Cost of a pulmonary inhaler in poverty struck Cuba for 5-cents costing patients $120 in America. The bewilderment of European health care providers and patients over American lawmaker disregard for the human good. Canadian, French and English doctors paid highly thank you very much.

Thanks to the red-eyed labor of 23-year-old George searching through old Watergate tapes, President Nixon is captured spawning managed health care in this country – “It increases profits by reducing care. I like that.”

‘Sicko’ delivers sureness that America will get itself together, at least in one area, before the world takes us down.

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See Related KISS & MAKE UP – Michael Moore Shows Healthy Respect in San Francisco.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past two years.

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL gala opening – Even scalper catches Director’s eye

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Shot on location April 30 2007

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FRAMELINE KICKS-OFF FILM FESTIVAL TONIGHT

Opening Night Gala Screening of Les Témoins (The Witnesses), Castro Theatre, Thursday, June 14 2007, 7:00 p.m. Tickets.
Paris, 1984. In a cruisey city park, Adrien, a sophisticated, middle-aged doctor, meets Manu, a buoyant 18-year-old. Manu turns down Adrien’s proposition — then asks him to hold his jacket while he joins an orgy in the bushes. Not the best way to start a relationship, yet Adrien takes Manu under his wing. Manu needs guidance, and Adrien comes alive as he tromps around Paris with this energetic newcomer. Adrien’s friend Sarah worries that he’s being taken advantage of, but Adrien disagrees: “You can ask anything of your friends.” The possibilities of friendship are at the heart of this elegant new film from André Téchiné, whose 1994 Wild Reeds is already a classic. Once again, the French auteur demonstrates the complexity of desire — plus his knack for casting sexy, intense young French actors. In lesser hands, the May/December dynamic would slip into heartbreak and stop there, but Téchiné raises the stakes as The Witnesses becomes a story of relationships tested by the onslaught of AIDS. Like a cinematic string quartet, the film intertwines four fascinating lives. Carefree Manu turns dangerous under pressure. Adrien, a doormat in love, becomes a medical warrior fighting the deadly new virus. Sarah struggles to balance motherhood with artistry, while her macho Algerian husband falls into his first gay affair. The Witnesses takes us through a tumultuous year asking us to bear witness to the lives it portrays. — K.M. SOEHNLEIN


Itty Bitty Titty Tickets.
Anna is coming out. But not as gay — as a revolutionary. Itty Bitty Titty Committee is a rockin’ love song to the heady rush of sex, freedom and rebellion that happens when an everyday girl discovers her own strength and the righteous indignation needed to take action and change the world. Our heroine is a shy, just-out-of-high-school lesbian, still living with her parents and working at a plastic surgery clinic. She is depressed because of a recent breakup but lives in a super-loving, gay-is-A-OK kind of family. Her world opens up one night when she catches a one-woman army reclaiming public space for women (i.e., spray painting the clinic where Anna works). A recruiting member of the guerrilla girls-esque Clits in Action (C(i)A), Sadie is trying to make people aware of how bad plastic surgery is for women. With an undeniable attraction to this sexy, raw rebel gurl, Anna eagerly joins the ranks of C(i)A and starts her rollercoaster ride from meek and mousy to bad-ass bravado. Full of mosh pits, power fists and utter charm, Jamie Babbit’s (But I’m a Cheerleader, Frameline24) latest film is as fun as a romantic comedy can get. Featuring Melonie Diaz (Raising Victor Vargas), Nicole Vicius (Half Nelson) and Daniela Sea (“The L Word”), Itty Bitty Titty Committee captures all the excitement of a Le Tigre, Gossip or Bikini Kill show with its adrenaline-fueled feminism, shirtless bravado and enough queer sex to give you one of the best dykey date movies ever. So sit back, enjoy, and then change the fucking world! — CINDY M. EMCH

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JUNE 14 VIDEO OF THE DAY – Never A Blue San Francisco Day – Downtown San Francisco hit 101 degrees this date 1961

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Never A Blue San Francisco Day

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JUNE 14 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are generous, kind, and considerate. You are capable and reliable and have a keen, active mind. You are diplomatic and aggressive. You make friends easily and are fortunate in having a congenial trend of common interests. You are usually happy and contented and require love to keep your happiness.

JUNE 14 IS A BEST DAY
June 14 is a glorious day to graft.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 14
Don’t buy a hammer with a visible casting seam. It could fly apart as you work with it. Good hammer heads are all one smooth piece and won’t shatter.

TIP FOR JUNE 14
Lemon juice sweetened with crushed sugar helps to relieve a cough.

WORD FOR JUNE 1
Civvies. Definition: Civilian garb as opposed to a military uniform.

JUNE 14 IN HISTORY
The New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years, beating Vancouver, 3-2, in game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Downtown San Francisco, California, hit 106 degrees F, 1961.

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Today: Sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 52. West southwest wind between 6 and 10 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 69. West southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 53. West wind around 10 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 67. West wind between 10 and 14 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 66.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

Begin diet to gain weight: 16, 21, 19, 24

Begin diet to lose weight: 3, 8, 6,10

Begin logging: 1, 3, 4, 27, 28, 30

Breed animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Castrate animals: 2, 3, 5, 6, 29, 30

Cut hair to discourage growth: 9, 10, 11, 12

Cut hair to encourage growth: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

Destroy pests and weeds: 6, 7, 9, 10

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

Go camping: 1, 25, 26, 28, 29

Go to the dentist: 17, 18, 20, 21

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Plant aboveground vegetables: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Plant belowground vegetables: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

Prune to discourage growth: 6, 7, 9, 10

Prune to encourage growth: 18, 19, 25, 26,

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

Set chicken eggs: 2, 11, 12, 13, 19,27, 31

Set posts or pour concrete: 1, 2, 4, 27, 28, 30

Slaughter animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Start projects: 15, 26

Wean animals and children: 2, 6, 8, 10

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ED JEW request to hold off on City Attorney investigation denied

By Tamara Barak Karli Bulnes
Bay City News

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera denied late Wednesday requests by San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew’s attorneys to suspend further investigation until the criminal matters are resolved and to postpone the Friday deadline to provide an interview and information proving his Sunset District residency.

In an e-mail sent to Herrera at 12:41 p.m., Bill Fazio, Jew’s attorney, asked the city attorney to “hold off and abstain from further action until the criminal matter is resolved,” city attorney press secretary Matt Dorsey reported.

In addition to Fazio’s request, Jew’s other attorneys, Steven Gruel and James R. Sutton, asked the city attorney to extend by one week the time within which Jew may respond to requests for an interview and to provide any information that would help establish his residency at the 28th Avenue, Sunset District address.

Dorsey reported the city attorney “is not willing to grant either of (the requests),” explaining a delay would only further compromise the interest of San Francisco citizens.

“We will not delay out investigation any further than we already have, much less do so for the indefinite period it may take to resolve the various criminal proceedings pending against your client,” Herrera told Jew’s attorneys.

Herrera added, “What is at stake here is the integrity of San Francisco’s form of representative democracy. The voters of this city adopted a system of government in which the citizens of each district would be represented by an individual who resides in their district … Until this issue is resolved, the cloud of uncertainty over whether District Four has a
legitimate representative on the Board of Supervisors will hang over the deliberations and decisions of that body.”

Despite facing felony charges, an investigation by both local and federal authorities and with his colleagues publicly calling for his resignation, Ed Jew still has no plans to resign from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Fazio said today.

Fazio said his client is maintaining his innocence in the face of nine counts of felony criminal charges including perjury and election fraud.

Accompanied by family members and a bail bondsman, Jew surrendered himself to Burlingame police Tuesday night after San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris issued a warrant for his arrest several hours earlier. He was released after posting bail.

His arraignment is scheduled in San Francisco Superior Court for July 16 at 9 a.m.

According to Harris’ complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday, Jew lied under oath and falsified documents regarding his residency in order to obtain a seat representing the Sunset District on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Yesterday, Fazio said that before his client’s arrest, he had been working to resolve the case with the district attorney’s office when the warrant was suddenly and unexpectedly issued.

“I just don’t understand why they did things that way. I had been involved in discussions with them about the case and I thought we could reach some agreeable conclusion and all of a sudden this springs on us,” he said.

Fazio said based on the discussions, he believed there was “the possibility of a plea agreement, or the possibility they didn’t have a case.”

Jew’s arrest was premature, he said.

“I don’t think (prosecutors) were at the level where they were going to file criminal charges. I think there was still a lot to talk about,” Fazio said.

Gruel has said that the investigation into his client’s residence is politically motivated. Today, Fazio shied away from echoing his colleague’s claim but said he didn’t know what motivated the filing of criminal charges.

“That’s the biggest question I have, frankly,” he said.

Meanwhile, some of Jew’s fellow supervisors are calling for his resignation.

President of the Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin this afternoon said he has spoken with Mayor Gavin Newsom and asked him to suspend Jew for official misconduct. If Newsom suspends Jew, the city’s Ethics Commission would then hold a hearing and issue a recommendation as to whether or not Jew should be unseated. The Board of Supervisors would then vote on the
recommendation. A ‘yes’ vote from eight of the 11 members could remove Jew from office.

Newsom had not moved to suspend Jew as of this afternoon, and issued a statement Tuesday night saying he is reviewing all the facts in the case.

“I think that given the fact that the district attorney has filed serious criminal charges against Ed Jew, the mayor understands it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when (to suspend Jew for official misconduct),” Peskin said.

Jew’s ability to serve has been compromised, San Franciscans’ faith in their government has been shaken and stepping down would be the honorable thing for Jew to do, Peskin said.

Supervisor Tom Ammiano said it’s unlikely the freshman supervisor can fight the charges against him and adequately deal with budget negotiations and other pressing issues facing the board.

“I think he needs to consider — for the public good and for the sake of his family — resigning,” Ammiano said. “It’s very difficult, given his five or six months on the board, to think he’s going to contribute
anything of merit during his time of travail for him.”

Ammiano said that while he believes in the presumption of innocence, “I think that when you’re an elected official it’s a different standard and currently what he is guilty of is being elusive and evasive, not dealing with this in a forthright matter, and I think there’s questions of judgment here.”

Supervisor Chris Daly, who has been calling for Jew’s resignation for several weeks, speculated that Jew might be holding onto his seat on the advice of his lawyers in order to use his resignation as a bargaining chip in a plea deal.

Whatever the conclusion “the work of the board carries on and Ed Jew will go down as a footnote in San Francisco history,” Daly said.

Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval today stopped short of suggesting his fellow supervisor resign, saying it seems to be a complicated case and it’s difficult to predict its outcome without knowing all the facts.

“Ultimately, only Supervisor Jew knows what really happened and he needs to make the best decision for him and his family,” Sandoval said.

While he noted that the scandal is a distraction for the board, “we’re in the business of distractions. We live with them all the time and I think we’ve gotten quite good at getting our work done in spite of them,” he said.

In addition to the criminal charges over his residency, Jew still faces an FBI probe into his alleged acceptance of $40,000 in cash from a group of businessmen having permit problems. Jew denies wrongdoing.

FBI spokeswoman Patty Hansen today said that investigation is continuing.

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SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL JUNE 13 2007

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PHOTO BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL COUNCIL raises more than $50,000 for St. Anthony Dining Room

The San Francisco Hotel Council raised more than $50,000 for St. Anthony Dining Room from the hospitality industry annual Penny Pitch Pitch, according to Council Executive Director Patricia Breslin.

“The members of the hospitality industry once again came together as a community to hold one of the most creative and competitive fundraisers in San Francisco,” Patricia Breslin, Executive Director of the Hotel Council of San Francisco, reported today.

“It’s all about ‘pitching in’; and from pitching pennies, over one million dollars has been raised for St. Anthony over the years.”

For more than 30 years, the hospitality industry has held an annual fundraiser to benefit St. Anthony Dining Room. This year’s event was held on Memorial Day (May 28th) at Moose’s Restaurant, 1652 Stockton Street in San Francisco .

“The Penny Pitch is just another example of how the Hotel Council and its members are committed to numerous community initiatives and philanthropic efforts,” said Clem Esmail, President of the Hotel Council and General Manager of the Palace Hotel.

More than 20 teams (made up of six individuals per team) participated in the Penny Pitch Event.

The winner of this year’s event was the team from Tres Agaves Restaurant in San Francisco.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Sunlit morning shooting

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One person shot at 19th and Valencia streets in San Francisco’s Mission District at about 11:10 a.m. today, according to a San Francisco Fire Department dispatcher.

The dispatcher said the victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

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JUNE 13 VIDEO OF THE DAY – The Sentinel Anthem – How to stop hiccups

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The Sentinel Anthem

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JUNE 13 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are impulsive, energetic, and argumentive, and put more faith in your intuition than in your judgment. You are a good and loyal friend and a bad enemy. You are demonstrative in love, and your happiness in love depends on receiving as much as you give.

JUNE 13 IS A BEST DAY
Don’t get the stars wrong but this is a good day to pollinate.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 13
If you move to a new house today, enter first with a loaf of bread and a new broom. Never bring an old broom into the house.

TIP FOR JUNE 13
To stop the hiccups, eat something spicy hot.

WORD FOR JUNE 13
Tidy. Definition: Being in proper time; timely; seasonable; favorable; as, tidy weather. Arranged in good order; orderly; appropriate; neat; kept in proper.

JUNE 13 IN HISTORY
Died: Benny Goodman (musician), 1986. Snowplows were called out in Denver, Colorado, to clean up softball-size hailstones, 1984.

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Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming west between 8 and 11 mph.

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 54. West northwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 75. West wind between 6 and 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southwest wind between 5 and 8 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

Begin diet to gain weight: 16, 21, 19, 24

Begin diet to lose weight: 3, 8, 6,10

Begin logging: 1, 3, 4, 27, 28, 30

Breed animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Castrate animals: 2, 3, 5, 6, 29, 30

Cut hair to discourage growth: 9, 10, 11, 12

Cut hair to encourage growth: 20, 21, 22,23, 24

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

Destroy pests and weeds: 6, 7, 9, 10

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

Go camping: 1, 25, 26, 28, 29

Go to the dentist: 17, 18, 20, 21

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Plant aboveground vegetables: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Plant belowground vegetables: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

Prune to discourage growth: 6, 7, 9, 10

Prune to encourage growth: 18, 19, 25, 26,

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

Set chicken eggs: 2, 11, 12, 13, 19,27, 31

Set posts or pour concrete: 1, 2, 4, 27, 28, 30

Slaughter animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Start projects: 15, 26

Wean animals and children: 2, 6, 8, 10

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SAN FRANCISCO TAXI COMMISSION urged to reduce cab emissions 50% by 2020

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Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Flanked by several hybrid taxicabs, Mayor Newsom today urged the City’s Taxi Commission to approve a resolution that gradually reduces, offsets, and eliminates greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in taxis by 2020.

In his 2006 State of the City Address, Mayor Newsom pledged to convert 100% of San Francisco taxis to hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles by 2011. This resolution would provide the mandate to help achieve that goal and take it even further.

The resolution specifically requires the San Francisco taxi industry to reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from current levels and 20% from 1990 levels by 2011. Recent estimates show that converting the City’s taxi fleet to hybrid or compressed natural gas vehicles is expected to reduce taxi emissions between 30-60%.

Even with a 20% reduction of greenhouse gases from 1990 levels, the San Francisco taxi fleet will still produce over 30,000 tons of GHG per year. Therefore, the resolution calls for investments in renewable energy or efficiency as well, which provide a mechanism for the taxi industry to significantly offset its GHG emissions.

Under the resolution, the San Francisco Taxi Commission further commits to;

• By 2015, achieve zero net carbon emissions by offsetting the total amount of GHG emissions produced by the San Francisco taxi fleet with an equal amount of renewable energy or energy efficiency.

• By 2020, achieve zero gross GHG emissions by permitting only zero emission vehicles.

• Urge the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to enact legislation to raise the per-shift gate fee to subsidize the purchase of high-efficiency vehicles.

• Create a working group on GHG reduction, offset, and elimination to evaluate and suggest policies to implement this legislation.

“We cannot continue to play within the margins when it comes to climate change,” said Mayor Newsom. “San Francisco must continue to be a leader on environmental issues, and that means converting not just our city fleet, but also our taxis.”

“This proposal takes action to reduce, offset, and eliminate greenhouse gases appropriate in scope and timeframe to the urgency of the problem,” said Paul Gillespie, President of the Taxi Commission.

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Paul Gillespie

“It will put thousands of dollars in drivers pockets, while taking tens of thousands of tons of greenhouse gas pollution out of the atmosphere.”

“The benefit from applying environmental standards to a taxi fleet is that the entire fleet turns over every three to four years, making it possible to have a 100% clean fleet by 2011,” said Heidi Machen, Executive Director of the Taxi Commission.

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Heidi Machen

“And, this means that approximately 1400 vehicles – our taxis – operating around the clock on our streets, will be a model for all auto users and vehicle fleets around the country.”

Currently, San Francisco has a fleet of 1,381 taxis citywide, and the average San Francisco taxi travels 75,000 miles per year and emits 50 tons of greenhouse gas.

Today, approximately 210 vehicles in San Francisco’s taxi fleet are either Compressed Natural Gas or hybrid vehicles (175 CNG, 35 hybrid vehicles).

Mayor Newsom’s Climate Action Plan announced in 2004 commits the city to reducing greenhouse gas emission levels to 20% below 1990 levels by the year 2012. In addition, San Francisco’s own City fleet includes more than 800 alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past two years.

From the Mayor’s Office of Communications

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SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISOR ED JEW SURRENDERS TO BURLINGAME POLICE

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Supervisor Ed Jew

Supervisor Ed Jew tonight surrendered to Burlingame police and was released after posting a $135,000 bail, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Earlier today San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris filed criminal charges against the freshman District 4 supervisor, alleging Jew lied about where he lives in order to run for office.

Burlingame Police Department watch commander, Sgt. Jeff Downs, said Jew surrendered at 7 p.m., posted bail and was released pending a court appearance for July 16, Chronicle staff writers Cecilia M. Vega and Jaxon Van Derbeken report.

“It was a pretty routine booking and release,” he said.

Harris explained decision to file charges.

According to court documents, Mr. Jew allegedly lied under oath and falsified documents regarding his residency in order to obtain a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It is alleged that he committed perjury, filed false documents and that he did not live in District 4 when he ran and won a seat to represent District 4.

The DA’s Office has charged Mr. Jew with four felony counts of perjury, a violation of Penal Code Section 118; one count of filing a false document, a violation of Penal Code Section 115; one count of violating Elections Code Section 18201; two counts of violating Elections Code Section 18203; and one count of violating Elections Code Section 18560, all felonies.

NEWSOM: ALLEGATIONS GO TO THE HEART OF ELECTORAL PROCESS

Mayor Gavin Newsom said the allegations go to the heart of the electoral process.

“This afternoon the district attorney informed me that her office has filed criminal charges against Supervisor Ed Jew,” Newsom reported in a written statement.

“These serious charges go to the heart of the integrity of the electoral process. I will carefully review the facts of this matter as the city attorney, the district attorney and the FBI continue to investigate these serious issues.”

Immediately after the FBI executed search warrants on May 18th, the District Attorney’s Office began an investigation of potential violations of state law relating to Mr. Jew’s claims of residency at 2450 28th Avenue.

Based on the District Attorney’s investigation, the charges allege that when Mr. Jew filed the papers necessary to run for Supervisor he did not reside at 2450 28th Avenue or any other residence in District 4. The San Francisco City Charter requires that each member of the Board of Supervisors must reside in the District that he or she seeks to represent.

The District Attorney’s Office filed charges relating to the various documents that Mr. Jew allegedly filed and signed with the City and County in connection with his candidacy for the office of Supervisor in 2006, including:

– Declaration of Intent to Solicit Campaign Contributions on February 28, 2006

– Nomination Paper filed on August 11, 2006

– Declaration of Candidacy filed on August 11, 2006

Also, he has been charged with perjury in connection with using the 2450 28th Avenue address to register to vote in March 2003 and in connection with a DMV application in February 2006.

In addition, the District Attorney’s office has charged Mr. Jew with voter fraud, as he allegedly voted in the November 2006 election using the same false address at 2450 28th Avenue.

“This case goes to the heart of the integrity of the electoral process in our city,” said District Attorney Kamala D. Harris.

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Kamala D. Harris

“When San Franciscans go to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice, they should not have to question the eligibility of their candidate to hold office.”

The case will be prosecuted from the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit. DA Harris launched the Public Integrity Unit in 2004 to prosecute those who abuse a position of public trust or influence. The Unit has prosecuted cases involving campaign fundraising violations, bribery and misappropriation of public funds.

Compiled from written statements by San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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BAYVIEW REDEVELOPMENT REFERENDUM ruled invalid

From San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Mahoney today rejected an effort by a local developer and attorneys affiliated with two conservative property rights organizations to compel City election officials to place on the ballot a previously disqualified referendum on the Bayview Hunters Point Redevelopment Plan. As a result of the ruling, the Redevelopment Plan continues in effect.

In the 14-page decision filed in San Francisco County Superior Court this morning, Judge Mahoney denied the plaintiffs’ petition for a writ of mandate and other injunctive relief, opining: “There is abundant and consistent authority that a document ‘attached’ to an ordinance is a part of the text within the meaning of [California Elections Code] Section 9238. The rationale for this authority—to ensure that voters receive essential information necessary to make an informed decision—is applicable equally to a document that is incorporated by reference, particularly in this case where the meaning of the ordinance cannot be discerned without reference to documents incorporated by reference.”

The court’s ruling affirms a Sept. 19, 2006 legal opinion by City Attorney Dennis Herrera informing then-Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Gloria Young of her ministerial duty to reject the referendum petition as invalid. Herrera declared the petition invalid because signature gatherers violated requirements of California law that such referendum petitions must attach key documents incorporated by reference in the ordinance for consideration by prospective signers.

The court agreed with Herrera’s analysis, holding that the referendum organizers’ omission of the 57-page redevelopment plan violated the law by depriving prospective signers of information they were entitled to consider before signing the petition.

That information included critical aspects of the plan, such as the boundaries of the redevelopment project area; the scope of eminent domain allowed under the plan; land use controls; and affordable housing requirements and programs.

“The Court recognized that omission of the redevelopment plan by signature gatherers unlawfully deprived voters of their right to know what the ordinance sought to accomplish,” Herrera said.

“While I certainly understand the disappointment of activists who worked to take this referendum to the ballot, the fact is that California law is very clear, and California courts have been very consistent, that a referendum on a redevelopment plan such as this must include the plan itself.”

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STREET VIOLENCE: Another mother’s child takes a bullet

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Police in San Francisco are continuing to investigate a shooting that left a teenager in serious condition, a dispatcher said today.

The shooting Monday night took place after an attempted robbery in the Forest Hill neighborhood, according to a dispatcher.

The victim and other teenagers were sitting on steps near the intersection of Dewey Boulevard and Pacheco Street when they were approached by another group of teenagers around 10:30 p.m.

A Hispanic male who had a silver revolver demanded money and took the wallet from one person and the cell phone from another teen, who he then pistol whipped, according to police.

Words were exchanged and the suspect then shot the teenager whose wallet he took in the stomach. The teen was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

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JUNE 12 VIDEO OF THE DAY – Affordable Housing — Rose quartz brings deep thoughs

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Affordable Housing

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JUNE 12 BIRTHDAY LORE
With your musical and artistic ability, you seek the friendship and society of those who appreciate and love these things. You are both admired and popular among your friends and associates. You have an affectionate nature and, when married, you are assured of complete happiness and contentment.

JUNE 12 IS A BEST DAY
Today is a cutting edge day to trim your hair if you don’t want it grow fast.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 12
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When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last.

TIP FOR JUNE 12
Healing to the heart and good for assisting deep thoughts, rose quartz has been called “the friendship stone.”

WORD FOR JUNE 12
Morning star. Definition: A planet that is above the eastern horizon at sunrise and less than 180° west of the Sun in right ascension.

JUNE 12 IN HISTORY
Born: Anne Frank (author), 1929. Floods and mudslides at Salt Lake City, Utah, 1983.

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Today: Sunny, with a high near 71. West southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 53. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 5 to 14 mph becoming west.

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 54. West wind between 11 and 14 mph becoming light.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 73. West southwest wind between 3 and 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 66.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

Begin diet to gain weight: 16, 21, 19, 24

Begin diet to lose weight: 3, 8, 6,10

Begin logging: 1, 3, 4, 27, 28, 30

Breed animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Castrate animals: 2, 3, 5, 6, 29, 30

Cut hair to discourage growth: 9, 10, 11, 12

Cut hair to encourage growth: 20, 21, 22,23, 24

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

Destroy pests and weeds: 6, 7, 9, 10

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

Go camping: 1, 25, 26, 28, 29

Go to the dentist: 17, 18, 20, 21

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Plant aboveground vegetables: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Plant belowground vegetables: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

Prune to discourage growth: 6, 7, 9, 10

Prune to encourage growth: 18, 19, 25, 26,

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

Set chicken eggs: 2, 11, 12, 13, 19,27, 31

Set posts or pour concrete: 1, 2, 4, 27, 28, 30

Slaughter animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Start projects: 15, 26

Wean animals and children: 2, 6, 8, 10

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SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISOR ‘lost his nerve’ by cancelling rewrite of City budget without full Board of Supervisors approval

MAYORAL SPOKESPERSON: CHRIS DALY LOST HIS NERVE – MISREAD RALLY DOCUMENTS

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Budget and Finance Committee Chair Chris Daly in committee meeting held earlier this month.
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Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

I WANT TO BE AROUND

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly Tuesday cancelled today’s scheduled Budget and Finance Committee set to rewrite the City budget without approval by the full San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Daly, who chairs the Budget and Finance Committee, told Board colleagues Daly wants instead “to ascertain whether public resources were inappropriately used for electioneering purposes and whether Newsom ’07 is appropriately engaging the legislative process before making crucial decisions in this year’s budget process.”

In speaking during Roll Call submissions of Tuesday’s Board meeting, Daly stated his office had “acquired documents that indicate the Mayor’s Office may have exercised undue influence to secure public space in front of City Hall for a Wednesday budget rally.”

“I am very concerned about the cloud of impropriety surrounding the Mayor’s budget engagement.

“Documents show that we appropriately reserved space for our budget rally first. Fair is fair.”

Competing rallies in support of the City Budget proposed by Mayor Newsom and in support of Daly’s rewritten budget had been scheduled at the same time and in the same location on City Hall steps at high noon Wednesday.

Daly complained, both to Board colleagues and to the San Francisco Ethics Commission, that the pro-Newsom rally was given preferrential scheduling despite Daly applying for rally permit before the pro-Newsom rally permit application.

Mayoral Press Secretary Nathan Ballard responded the pro-Newsom rally application was submitted first.

“We were there first,” Ballard told the Sentinel.

DALY MISREAD DOCUMENTS

“He’s referencing documents that I actually provided to him pursuant to a Sunshine request and he’s misreading those documents,” stated Ballard.

Ballard added Daly simply lost his nerve to hold the committee hearing.

“Chris Daly lost his nerve when he realized that Mayor Newsom’s allies were going to descend upon City Hall in support of the Mayor’s Budget.

“And so he cancelled the hearing.”

The City budget likely would have been rewritten without approval by the full San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Through a procedural move, the full Board would have been be left only with a budget as revised by Supervisor Chris Daly for final Board consideration.

Daly’s rewritten budget allowed no independent scrutiny by the Budget Analyst’s Office available to commissioners in past City budget reviews.

Passage appeared probable with majority committee membership sympathetic to the Daly motion. Three votes are needed to pass the measure.

Membership consists of Supervisors Chris Daly, Tom Ammiano, Ross Mirkarimi, Bevan Dufty, and Sean Elsbernd.

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Tom Ammiamo
Photo by John Han

I’M NOT A CLONE

Ammiano co-authored by motion and Green Party member Mirkarimi routinely allies himself with Daly. In recent months, Dufty often sided with Daly and Mirkarimi in high profile legislation.

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Ross Mirkarimi
Photo by John Han

MY BROTHER

In response, Mayor Newsom held consecutive meetings all day Monday, each packing City Hall room 201 with affected community leaders.

And both sides planned competiting rallies Wednesday.

Opposing rallies were to commence one hour prior to cancelled committee convocation.

The pro-Newsom budget rally still will be held at 12:00 p.m., today, on the steps of Can Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (formerly known as Polk Street), between McAllister and Grove Streets.

Mayor Newsom will speak at the rally, his office reported Tuesday night.

WITHOUT INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS OR PUBLIC INPUT TO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The mayor addressed members of other City committees at 5:00 p.m. Monday.

Newsom described the Daly measure as “a new strategy by the Budget chair to preemtively make cuts in the Mayor’s Budget and redirect dollars elsewhere — without the benefit of a Budget Analyst’ Report, without the benefit of the public having ample opportunity to make recommendations about their money or to opine as to the veracity of the recommended cuts and enhancements.”

According to City Controller Ed Harrington, the measure eliminates:

– A total of $700,000 to replace peer review community courts with community justice courts staffed by State judges.

– $3 million slated for Police Cadet Academy classes.

– $2.1 million for community corridor street cleaning.

– $$375,000 for street improvements.

– $3.9 million for sidewalk improvements.

– $6.4 million for streets resurfacing.

– $2.1 million for new street tree planting.

– $1.7 million for pothole repair.

– $900,000 for Hall of Justice rebuilding plan.

– $1,1 million for increased park patrols.

– $717,000 for City website public information access.

– $400,000 for street violence cameras.

– $713,000 for one-stop 311 call center public information.

– $500,000 City retiree benefits reserve.

– $606,000 for business assistance through the City Tax Collector Office.

– $2.5 million for technical adjustments reserve.

– $5 million to rebuild HOPE VI public housing locally through

– $5 million from the City General Fund Reserve.

NEWSOM ELABORATED BUDGET COMPARISONS

PUBLIC SAFETY

• New police officers ($3 million cut): Cuts 50 new police officers or one academy class of officers. This cut comes at a time when we are trying to increase the number of police officers in the community. Academy classes that begin at the start of the fiscal year cost about $3M, because they account for salaries for the entire fiscal year.

• Shotspotter system ($400,000 cut): Zeroes-out funding for Shotspotter system to pinpoint shootings. This system allows police to instantly locate gunshots to more quickly respond to violence and protect the community. It has proven successful in 17 cities where gun violence has decreased where shotspotters are installed.

SMALL BUSINESS AND MERCHANTS

• Small Business Assistance Center ($606,000 cut): Slashes entire funding for the long-awaited Small Business Assistance Center, which would be the first-ever place in City Hall that local small businesses could use to gain assistance starting or maintaining a local business.

• Corridors program ($2.1 million cut): Funding to expand the Community Corridors Cleanup program, which has been the City’s partnership with local merchants to clean 100 blocks along merchant corridors on a daily basis and expand this program to 100 new blocks in local neighborhoods. This would wipe out funding for 100 new blocks for this program.

• Community Benefit Districts ($375,000): Cuts important funding for these proven public-private partnerships: Cuts $250,000 in grants for existing CBDs to make capital fixes, and to develop new CBDs. It also cuts $125,000 to add Hallidie Plaza (below ground in front of Powell Street BART) to existing Union Square CBD.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

• HOPE SF ($5 million cut): All funding for “HOPE SF,” an investment to rebuild public housing developments where our community’s poorest residents live. The $5 million in funds would help us borrow $95 million in a revenue bond, which would allow us to begin to completely redevelop the eight most distressed public housing sites in San Francisco. In addition to the HOPE SF funds to rebuild housing, $4 million will be spent to address current maintenance issues in public housing.

STREETS AND NEIGHBORHOODS

• Sidewalk safety and repair ($2.88 million cut): This cut would effectively kill the sidewalk safety repair program, which improves sidewalks in front of city buildings and requires private landowners to make repairs on their sidewalks).

• Potholes ($1.68 million): This would zero-out the entire pothole budget, which would mean there is NO money to refill potholes for an entire year and would involve layoffs at DPW.

• Street resurfacing ($6.35 million): This cut represents the General Fund portion of the street repaving budget. The non General Fund portion of the street repaving budget is approximately $30 million. The $6 million that Daly proposes to cut would allow the City for the first time to fully fund this coming years portion of street repaving needs.

PARKS AND TREES

• Tree planting ($2.52M cut): Would stop all new street tree planting in city neighborhoods, even as the City works to advance a Local Climate Action Plan. This cut is the entire street tree budget. We would still be able to do the rec and park reforestation, about 2000 trees, but all in parks. This would also kill the friends of urban forest contract money. This would also zero out the City’s $162,000 budget with Friends of the Urban Forest.

• Park Rangers for Golden Gate Park ($1 million cut). Would cut 12 new park rangers for Golden Gate Park.

QUALITY OF LIFE

• 311 Center ($713,000 cut): All new funding for customer service improvements for the City’s 311 Center. This funding would have ensured that the popular new city hotline has enough staff to answer the phones without lengthy wait-times. $350,000 was going to more operators at peak call times so 80% of calls could be answered in 60 seconds, $175,000 was going to staff for accuracy and follow-up, and the rest was going to public outreach to make residents aware of the service and make small tech improvements to the center.

• Community Justice Center ($700,000 cut): All funding in our budget for the Community Justice Center, which will focus on quality-of-life crimes like drug dealing, public urination and defecation—and move troubled people into services.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

• Post-Employee Benefit Reserve ($500,000 cut): Begin a fund to deal with the City’s long-term pension liability from retiring employees. This liability will hit every city in California and will total billions of dollars. Beginning to address this long-term problem now is essential.

• General Fund Reserve ($5 million cut): This cut brings our General Fund Reserve down to $20 million dollars, a very small portion of the overall budget that exists to protect against economic downturns. Removing funds from the Reserve threatens our fiscal standing with companies that lend us key funds.

HOW DALY PROPOSES TO USE $37 MILLION CUTS FROM NEWSOM BUDGET

• AIDS/HIV Ryan White CARE funding ($4 million in funding): The Federal government has proposed to cut over $8.1M in Ryan White funds from last year, a $31% cut from the year before. In response, Mayor Newsom back-filled $4.1M of this cut in his proposed budget (focusing on housing subsidies for people with HIV/AIDS).

• Psych Beds at SF General ($1 million in funding): Daly proposes to reverse the Mayor’s budget proposal to fund 12 beds for mentally unstable individuals at a community-based non-profit provider rather than SF General Hospital. In a nutshell, our proposal creates a community-based alternative of care for mentally ill patients. The proposal tries to prevent hospitalization which can be destabilizing for someone who is mentally ill.

• Affordable Housing ($31.5M in funding): Daly proposes to put the lions-share of his proposed budget cuts back into affordable rental housing—although he has provided few details of how this money would be spent. Daly seeks to fully fund his supplemental spending measure that the Board passed in May, but that our office did not fund because it was a last minute supplemental in the last fiscal year that would have increased our budget deficit heading into this fiscal year.
The Mayor has included $217 million in his proposed budget for the creation of affordable housing. This includes the HOPE SF proposal above which would redevelop public housing developments in the city (and also address maintenance issues), as well as working with community housing providers to create new senior, family and supportive housing.

NEWSOM BUDGET INVESTMENTS INCLUDE

• $68.8 million to develop new affordable family, senior and homeless housing serving households at or below 60% area median income.

• $63 million for development of new, affordable homeownership units targeted to serving households below 100% and 80% of area median income.

• $7.25 million for downpayment assistance for first-time homebuyers earning below 100% of AMI.

NEWSOM BUDGET AFFORDABLE HOUSING CREATION

Approximately 3,000 units of affordable housing, while Supervisor Daly’s supplemental creates approximately 200 new units of housing.

• 450 affordable rental units,

• Allow for 400 new homeownership opportunities and over 1000 affordable and market rate units through HOPE SF.

The Budget and Finance Committee considers Daly rewritten budget at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2007, in Board Chambers of San Francisco City Hall, room 150, located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (formerly known as Polk Street), between McAllister and Grove Streets.

VIDEO: MAYOR NEWSOM UNVEILS 2007-2008 BUDGET
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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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SUPERVISOR ED JEW response to City Attorney for proof of residence ‘not adequate’

By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

San Francisco’s city attorney claims Supervisor Ed Jew has not responded adequately to the investigation into whether the supervisor lives in the district he represents.

In correspondence sent to Jew’s attorney today, City Attorney Dennis Herrera claims Jew did not fully respond to the city’s request for documentation that would prove that the supervisor lives at 2450 28th Ave. in the Sunset District.

Last week, Jew provided the city attorney’s office tax returns for 2005 but not for last year, he ignored requests for cable and telephone bills and provided incomplete responses to requests for homeowner’s tax exemptions and renters tax credits, according to the letter from Herrera to attorney Steven Gruel.

According to the city attorney, Gruel told Herrera that Jew was unable to provide all the documentation requested because the FBI seized some items during its search on Jew’s properties last month.

The FBI’s public corruption unit is reportedly investigating $40,000 in cash Jew allegedly accepted from a group of businessmen having permit problems. Jew denies wrongdoing.

Gruel was in court in Los Angeles today and was not available for comment, a representative of his office said.

Herrera has given Jew a new deadline – this Friday – to provide all documentation proving he lives in the Sunset District.

The city attorney has also asked for a copy of the search warrant receipt from the FBI and a
list of documents Jew believes were taken by federal agents.

Herrera also claims Jew is willing to talk to the media but has refused to be interviewed by city attorney’s office investigators.

“If your client is able to make statements to the press regarding the status of his residency, then we do not understand why he is unwilling to make statements on the record to this office,” Herrera wrote to Gruel.

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SAN FRANCISCO DOCTOR PREYED on senior citizens say police — Sexual battery

By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

Investigators believe a San Francisco physician arrested for sexual battery has a history of preying upon senior citizens, a police official revealed today.

Dr. Jose Rosas, 53, was taken into custody Thursday at his practice at 2460 Mission St., San Francisco police Lt. Dan Leydon said.

Rosas was booked on suspicion of felony sexual battery and elder abuse. The incident allegedly involved a female patient who is a senior citizen.

“Her claim was that she went in complaining of a common medical complaint and the doctor then performed an improper gynecological exam in his office,” Leydon said. The woman’s medical issue was unrelated to a gynecological problem, according to investigators.

At the time of his arrest Thursday, Rosas was out of jail on bail pending the investigation of similar complaints dating to 2005. Rosas has appeared in court but has not been tried on the charges, Leydon said.

The four victims in the 2005 complaints are all Hispanic women in their 60s, Leydon said. Rosas maintained a practice in the 1500 block of Valencia Street in San Francisco when those accusations arose.

According to records from the Medical Board of California, Rosas maintains a valid medical license but since his arrest in 2005 has been prohibited from performing gynecological exams or examining female patients in any way without a chaperone or medical assistant.

Leydon today urged other possible victims to come forward in the case. He said it’s possible that other women may be afraid to contact police because they are undocumented immigrants.

“We’re trying to reach out and let victims know that their immigration status is not a factor. The important thing is connecting them with resources and services that are vital to their recovery and survival. There’s no way their immigration status will get in the way of that,” he
said.

Anyone with knowledge of the improper exams was asked to call the police sexual assault unit at (415) 553-1361.

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THE NEW CONSERVATORY THEATER CENTER – Bases are loaded with LEGENDS, WILDE BOYS, and TAKE ME OUT

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

LEGENDS – by James Kirkwood plays until July 14th in the Walker Theatre at NCTC.

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CARLA VAUGHN (as Leatrice Monsee), P.A. COOLEY (as Martin Klemmer) and ELEANOR JACOBS (as Sylvia Glenn)

“Martin Klemmer” (played by P.A. Cooley) is an archetype comic theatrical producer. At home Klemmer works in his bathrobe. On the prowl he brandishes alleged success in flamboyant business drag. On the phone he vocally personifies whatever anyone needs to hear. What Klemmer needs? Cash. Financial backing. If he could just sign the once-popular film legends “Sylvia Glenn” (played by Eleanor Jacobs) and “Leatrice Monsee” (played by Carla Vaughn) for a new show – almost co-starring Sidney Poitier? – then the bucks will fall down like rain. The major problem? The nearly-forgotten divas despise each other.

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LEGENDS at NCTC – Carla Vaughn and Eleanor Jacobs

Director Andrew Nance clearly has the upper hand in balancing the fire & ice exchanges between his temperamental divas, Carla Vaughn and Eleanor Jacobs. Nance demonstrates a fine and sophisticated touch with this essentially drawing room comedy. Playwright Kirkwood (co-author of the book for A Chorus Line) wrote a successful account of his out-of-town adventures with the original 1986 production of Legends. In The Diary of a Mad Playwright, Kirkwood offers an amazing backstage view of how “everything that could go wrong/went wrong” in his teaming of Mary Martin and Carol Channing, the “Legends”. As remembered by this author when it played San Francisco, it was an eye-popping disaster. Two decades later the play’s not-so-thin veneer of the poignant sadness often experienced by many a performing artist has been deftly polished-up under the direction of Andrew Nance. NCTC’s Walker Theatre is the perfect setting – its intimate environment beautifully lighted by John Kelly and surprisingly accommodating to designer Bruce Walters’ creations of a rich living room that suddenly transforms into a familiar New York subway platform and then to the pathetic digs of a desperate theatre huckster. Costume designs by Prem Lathi punctuate the vanity of the Leading Ladies and their producer, and accentuate the comely charms of Gloria Belle (“Aretha”, a classic soubrette chambermaid), Kai Brothers (a hunky no-nonsense cop), and Dorsey Dyer (“Boom-Boom Johnston”, a surprise guest-stripper).

To order tickets on-line: LEGENDS

WILDE BOYS – Written and Musical Direction by Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn. Now until June 23rd in NCTC’s Theatre 3.

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WILDE BOYS – (Back Row) Casey Bair, Alex Kirschner, Brandon Finch (Front Row) Benjamin Pither, Richard Scrumbly Koldewyn, Steven Satyricon

Directed by Michael Mohammed, WILDE BOYS takes place in Victorian England. We are in a unique “House of Leisure”, where gentlemen drop in and chat with the boys, lavish them with gifts, and cavort the night away. As was the custom of the time, the boys sing for each other and for the clientele.

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WILDE BOYS

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” – Oscar Wilde

To order tickets on-line: WILDE BOYS
[Mature themes. Male nudity.]

TAKE ME OUT
Held Over Through July 15th at the Decker Theater.

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TAKE ME OUT – At The New Conservatory Theater Center, San Francisco. Photo by Lois Tema

Winner of the 2003 Tony Awards for Best Play, TAKE ME OUT is a complex meditation on several themes suffused with a genuine passion for baseball. Darren Lemming, the star center fielder of the world champion New York Empires is young, rich, famous, talented, handsome, and so convinced of his popularity that when he casually announces that he is gay, he assumes that the news will be readily accepted by everybody. No! Thus, the drama begins.

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TIM REDMOND – as Toddy Koovitz, and BRIAN J. PATTERSON – as Darren Lemming Photo by Lois Tema

TAKE ME OUT strikes deep into the inner-sanctum of America’s most American of rituals – the Game of Baseball. With straight pitches, curving pitches, fastballs and spitballs flying high/wide/and handsome, Under the direction of Ed Decker, TAKE ME OUT arrives just in time to stoke-up San Francisco’s cool season of summer theatre and moves the New Conservatory Theatre Center solidly into the Major Leagues of The City’s cultural arena.

To order tickets on-line: TAKE ME OUT
[Mature themes. Male nudity.]

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:

DAVID GOCKLEY’S “DON GOVANNI” – Semper Fi!
ELIAS ESCOBEDO & JOHN HUTCHINSON – An Interview with The Stars of NCTC’s TERRA HAUTE
JOAN of ARC – Dolora Zajick, A Simmering Success!
SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
$55 MILLION – This Pacific Heights Mansion Is YOURS!
LE PETIT TRIANON – San Francisco Artists Exhibit at Her Majesty’s Pleasure
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf – A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!
TAKE ME OUT – At The New Conservatory Theater

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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MAXWELL AND NEWSOM launch HOPE SF to save public housing from federal cuts – VIDEO: Joint press conference unveils HOPE SF

VIDEO: MAYOR NEWSOM AND SUPERVISOR MAXWELL INTRODUCE HOPE SF INITIATIVE
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By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

As the Bush Administration continues to cut public housing federal assistance nationwide, two San Francisco officials have launched a $700 million investment plan to completely rebuild local public housing sites.

Terming the need “critical to make a real difference in the lives of public housing residents and community life,” San Francisco Supervisor Sophie Maxwell urged adoption of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s response to federal cuts.

Known as the HOPE SF Initiative, the term stems from past federal HOPE VI funding.

It leverages approximately $700 million in private and public funds through Newsom’s proposed $95 million bond passage. City general funds slated at $5 million would serve as seed money to launch the revenue bond.

Voter passage would provide reconstruction of from 800 to 900 public housing units in San Francisco, Newsom projected.

Additionally, it would help created from 250 to 350 new low-income homeowners and an estimated 700 to 900 new market rate homes and condominiums.

“I challenge anyone to identify a more pressing need for the City and County of San Francisco,” Newsom reiterated.

“The proposal is consistent with the principles outlined by the HOPE SF Task Force, which state that the money go to rebuild developments that commit to one-for-one replacement of all public housing units, phased development to minimize relocation, high levels of resident participation and support for the rebuilding efforts, and environmentally sustainable building practices and accessibility.”

Newsom and Maxwell also announced a partnership agreement between the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) and the City for “Safe and Decent Public Housing.”

The agreement formally recognizes the mutual accountability between City Departments and the SFHA on key issues such as public safety, healthy housing standards, human services, assistance in replacing obsolete housing (HOPE SF), and increased technology investment.

In March of 2007, Newsom and Maxwell co-sponsored a Task Force consisting of public housing residents, City Commissioners, community activists, and the business and labor community “to deliver recommendations on how to improve public housing in San Francisco.”

The Task Force called for a significant investment in the HOPE SF program, in response to cuts by the federal government for the HOPE VI housing program and public housing in general.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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PROPOSED CUTS to neighborhood business services draws protest Wednesday – VIDEO: Mayor Newsom unveils 2007-2008 budget with small business services increase

VIDEO: MAYOR NEWSOM UNVEILS 2007-2008 BUDGET
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Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

From the San Francisco Small Business Community

Supervisor Chris Daly has introduced a motion that if adopted, would eliminate a number of programs that we strongly support without the benefit of going through the normal budget hearing process.

We need your help this Wednesday, June 13 at Noon on the Polk Street steps of City Hall, small businesses along with labor and neighborhood activists will be coming together to call on the Board of Supervisors to reject the Daly motion and follow the established budget process.

After the rally small businesses will be speaking out against these cuts at the Budget & Finance Committee: Wednesday, June 13, 1 pm, City Hall, Rm. 250. If you can commit the time, please attend the rally and the hearing but if you must choose, please come to the rally and show your opposition to Supervisor Daly’s motion.

In an election year it is predictable that politics will be played out over the budget. Supervisor Daly’s motion would cut from the Mayor’s Budget:

• $500,000 for a Small Business Assistance Center

• $700,000 eliminating funding for the Community Justice Center, that deals with quality of life crimes

• $3 million to eliminate one of the police academy classes

• $6.4 million for DPW street resurfacing

• $1.7 million for DPW pot hole repair

• $2.5 million for DPW new street-tree planting

• $1.1 million for Rec & Park increase in park patrols

Nearly all of the money cut would be directed to “site acquisition for affordable housing in the Mission District.” This would be in addition to the $213 million the Mayor has already allocated for affordable housing.

Please take a moment, today, and contact the Supervisors on the Budget and Finance Committee and let the them know that you oppose the proposed cuts. In particular we are concerned about the cuts that would: 1) derail the establishment of a Small Business Assistance Center; 2) delay achievement of full staffing for the police department by cutting a police academy training class (the department is currently 300 officers short of the charter-mandated level); and, 3) eliminate the City’s programs to improve the condition of our streets.

Contact information for the Budget Committee members:

Chris Daly (District 6, South of Market, Tenderloin) 554-7970 Chris.Daly@sfgov.org.

Ross Mirkarimi (District 5, Western Addition, Haight, Inner Sunset) 554-7630 Ross.Mirkarimi@sfgov.org.

Sean Elsbernd (District 7, West of Twin Peaks, Lake Merced) 554-6516 Sean.Elsbernd@sfgov.org.

Bevan Dufty (District 8, Castro, Noe Valley, Upper Market) 554-6968 Bevan.Dufty@sfgov.org.

Tom Ammiano (District 9, Mission, Bernal Heights) 554-5144 Tom.Ammiano@sfgov.org.

If you care about our crime rate, the deplorable condition of our streets or reforming our city government, please act now! None of the programs proposed for elimination should be held hostage in a political battle that is about the Mayoral election, not about the merits of the programs.

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JUNE 11 VIDEO OF THE DAY – Panhandling by the Dock of the Bay – Inhaling frozen fog harmful to the lungs

VIDEO OF THE DAY
Panhandling by the Dock of the Bay

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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JUNE 11 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are an omnivorous reader, intellectual, and a sparkling conversationalist. Your judgment is good, and you never act in haste. You have a great personal pride, like to dress well, and have a sincere devotion to your family. You form and keep friendships easily and will be very happy.

JUNE 11 IS A BEST DAY
Today is a marvelous day to set eggs.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 11
Nail an evergreen branch to new rafters to bring good luck. An empty hornets’ nest, hung high, also will bring good luck to any age house.

TIP FOR JUNE 11
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.

WORD FOR JUNE 11
Beware the Pogonip. Definition: The word pogonip is a meteorological term used to describe an uncommon occurrence—frozen fog. The word was coined by Native Americans to describe the frozen fogs of fine ice needles that occur in the mountain valleys of the western United States in December. According to Indian tradition, breathing the fog is injurious to the lungs.

JUNE 11 IN HISTORY
Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds pitched his first no-hit, no-run professional baseball game, 1938. Phoenix, Arizona, had 1.64 inches of rain, a June record, 1972.

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Monday: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 70. Light wind becoming west between 10 and 13 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. West wind between 10 and 13 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming west between 10 and 13 mph.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 53. West wind between 8 and 11 mph becoming calm.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

Begin diet to gain weight: 16, 21, 19, 24

Begin diet to lose weight: 3, 8, 6,10

Begin logging: 1, 3, 4, 27, 28, 30

Breed animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Castrate animals: 2, 3, 5, 6, 29, 30

Cut hair to discourage growth: 9, 10, 11, 12

Cut hair to encourage growth: 20, 21, 22,23, 24

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

Destroy pests and weeds: 6, 7, 9, 10

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

Go camping: 1, 25, 26, 28, 29

Go to the dentist: 17, 18, 20, 21

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Plant aboveground vegetables: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Plant belowground vegetables: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

Prune to discourage growth: 6, 7, 9, 10

Prune to encourage growth: 18, 19, 25, 26,

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

Set chicken eggs: 2, 11, 12, 13, 19,27, 31

Set posts or pour concrete: 1, 2, 4, 27, 28, 30

Slaughter animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Start projects: 15, 26

Wean animals and children: 2, 6, 8, 10

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STREET VIOLENCE – One more critical from bullet to the head

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Police are searching for suspects today after one person was shot in the head at West Point Road and Middle Point Road in San Francisco’s Hunters Point District.

According to a San Francisco Police officer, the shooting occurred at around 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

The injured person was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

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