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NEWSOM THANKS SPEAKER PELOSI for $6.3 million restoration of Ryan White Care Act funds

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last night to restore approximately $6.3 million in cuts by the Bush Administration to the City’s Ryan White CARE Act (RWCA) funds. These funds were included in the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill approved by the House.

In the 2006-07 federal fiscal year, the RWCA allocation for San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties was $27.96 million compared to the $18.81 million RWCA allocation proposed by the Bush Administration for 2007-08.

This difference would have resulted in roughly $8.09 million in cuts to RWCA funding for the City & County of San Francisco.

“On behalf of San Francisco, I want to thank Speaker Pelosi for her work to restore the drastic reduction in funding that San Francisco receives under Ryan White,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

“This restoration has far-reaching implications for the stability of HIV/AIDS funding in San Francisco.”

Earlier in the week, House Democrats defeated a proposal by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) to strip language from the bill that restored the Bush Administration cuts to the Ryan White CARE Act.

The RWCA funding for San Francisco protects services for patients receiving primary medical care, access to counseling, support, outreach services, transitional and emergency housing and emergency payments for health care costs.

“AIDS is a disease that has taken more than 18,000 lives in the city of San Francisco alone,” continued Newsom.

“Ryan White has been instrumental in the fight to defeat AIDS.”

Currently, an estimated 19,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco (roughly 9,000 people with AIDS and 10,000 with HIV). As of June 30, 2007 — 27,234 people have been diagnosed with AIDS.

Newsom traveled to Washington, DC last June, meeting with various lawmakers including Speaker Pelosi, Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer, in order to ensure that full funding of the Ryan White Care Act is a top priority.

In addition to the $6.3million for the Ryan White CARE act fix, the bill also includes $1 million for additional HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs and $1million for the Direct Access to Housing program.

The bill will next be considered by a House-Senate Conference Committee later this summer.

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CATHAY PACIFIC to add second daily flight between San Francisco and Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it would add a second daily flight between San Francisco International Airport and Hong Kong.

The new service is scheduled to start on October 18, 2007.

“Cathay Pacific’s decision to add a second daily flight between San Francisco and Hong Kong is outstanding news, not just for the Chinese-American community but for the entire Bay Area,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

“With 47% of all international passengers at SFO heading for Asia and a nearly 4% increase in the Asian market this past fiscal year, the economic importance and growth of trade between the San Francisco Bay Area and China cannot be overstated,” he added.

“We are very pleased to see Cathay Pacific add a second daily flight to SFO,” said John L. Martin, Airport Director.

“As the Mayor has clearly stated, the Asian market is the largest and most important international market for SFO and we are excited that Cathay Pacific is adding service to meet that growing demand.”

Cathay Pacific currently ranks as the world’s 10th most profitable airline (based upon net profit) and sixth largest airline by stock market value. The airline operates approximately 1,250 flights weekly and in 2006 carried more than 16.7 million passengers.

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WASHINGTON D.C. CITY ADMINISTRATOR takes charge of San Francisco 311 Call Center

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Mayor Gavin Newsom and City Administrator Edwin Lee have appointed Ed Reiskin as the Director of the City’s new 311 Customer Service Center.

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Edward Reiskin

“I’m pleased that Ed Reiskin has accepted this challenging responsibility,” said Newsom.

“I’m confident he will help move forward our efforts to make our government more accessible and responsive to our city’s residents.”

Reiskin has more than 16 years of experience in private, academic, non-profit, and public sectors, most recently serving as the City Administrator in Washington, D.C. He served as the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety in Washington, where he supervised the City’s combined communications center and other public safety agencies.

Reiskin’s appointment comes as 311 fielded its 500,000th call on Monday. Newsom said that use of the new service has been higher than anticipated, and is now expected to receive nearly two million calls in its first year of operation.

Reiskin has Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Masters in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and an undergraduate degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He has recently relocated back to San Francisco with his wife and three children.
“Mr. Reiskin has the skills and experience we were looking for in a director,” said Lee. “His background in city management will help us realize the potential of this powerful new tool, which promises to increase access to government and ultimately make the city more accountable to our constituents.”

The 311 Customer Service Center launched on March 29, 2007, and provides 24 hour a day assistance to residents, visitors, and businesses seeking non-emergency city services. The service is available at no charge to callers, and is available in over 145 languages.

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NEW PG&E MEASURES for power reliability

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials are working today to avoid future power problems in an area extending from Aquatic Park toward Chestnut Street in San Francisco following an outage Thursday night, a spokeswoman said.

The outage occurred due to an underground equipment failure, PG&E spokeswoman Darlene Chiu said. There were problems with equipment that connects the cables carrying electricity, Chiu said.

“We are putting in measures to make the system more reliable,” she said.

Power was restored to about 1,280 customers in the area by about 11:50 p.m., said PG&E spokeswoman Susan Simon. The outage was reported at 7:30 p.m.

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JOHNNY MATHIS – Appears with the San Francisco Symphony Friday and Saturday

Chances are – it’s going to be misty, but a wonderful, wonderful evening of his greatest hits

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

Fellow native San Franciscan Johnny Mathis returns to Davies Symphony Hall for two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony – Friday, July 20th @ 8:00 pm and Saturday, July 21st @ 8:00 pm. Since his first No.1 hit, “CHANCES ARE” in 1957, Johnny Mathis has remained one of the world’s most enduring voices in Pop Music.

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JOHNNY MATHIS

In 1958, two years after being signed by Columbia Records, Johnny’s “GREATEST HITS” was released. It started a tradition that has been copied by countless record companies since. The recording stayed on the Billboard Top Albums Chart for more than nine years. Johnny’s “GREATEST HITS” enjoys a history of being one of the most popular albums of all time. In 2006, he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a recording artist by releasing the CD JOHNNY MATHIS GOLD: A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. Guest Conductor SCOTT LAVENDER promises that Johnny will include “Chances Are” and “MISTY” in the concert.

The San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Symphony’s 2007 annual summer music celebration SUMMER IN THE CITY showcases the best of classical favorites, Broadway, and popular music, all in the relaxed elegance of Davies Symphony Hall. Festive decor, dramatic concert lighting, an array of dining options, and nightly lobby entertainment all add to the summer fun. The week features NEIL SEDAKA IN CONCERT on Friday July 27th and PATTI LuPONE – The Lady With The Torch on Saturday, July 28th.

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Friday, July 20th @ 8:00 pm
JOHNNY MATHIS —
Saturday, July 21st @ 8:00 pm

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NEIL SEDAKA

NEIL SEDAKA – Friday, July 27th @ 8:00 pm

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PATTI LuPONE – Saturday, July 28th @ 8:00 pm

Sean’s pre-concert dining suggestions –

ABSINTHE BRASSERIE & BAR – A French Bistro @ 398 Hayes Street (at Gough). Reservations strongly recommended. 415-551-1590. From the Loire Valley of France, try the Fleur Verte with marinated olives. It’s fresh goat’s milk cheese covered in tarragon, thyme, and pink peppercorns. You’ll be singing Johnny’s “Wonderful! Wonderful!” Suggested wines include Domaine des Rochelles, Anjou, France, Rosé of Cabernet Franc, 2005.

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN – California Cuisine @ 524 Van Ness Avenue (between Golden Gate and McAllister). Reservations not accepted. 415-436-9380. Try their brand new chilled Mediterranean Salad! It’s a great toss of cucumbers, red onions, fresh tomatoes, Greek olives, crisp Romaine leaves and lemon-herb vinaigrette served on a bed of hummus. It’s topped with Feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and CPK’s own Tzatziki sauce. Add your choice of grilled rosemary chicken breast, grilled shrimp, or sautéed salmon. Served with pita bread, your CHANCES ARE – awfully good!

For your listening and viewing pleasure, Seán recommends:
DVD – Johnny Mathis Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
MP3 Download – NEIL SEDAKA, “The Definitive Collection”
CD – NEIL SEDAKA, “The Definitive Collection”
MP3 download – PATTI LuPONE, “The Lady With The Torch”
CD – PATTI LuPone, “The Lady With The Torch”

See Seán’s recent articles:
NORMA SHEARER Flick Opens the San Francisco Silent Film Festival
NEIL SEDAKA and PATTI LUPONE – Summer in The City at Symphony Hall
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE –Everything old is new again at SF Opera
NAN KEMPNER – de Young Museum Presents Couture Collection of Fashion Goddess
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!
DAVID GOCKLEY’S “DON GIOVANNI” – Semper Fi!
HIROSHI SUGIMOTO – Retrospective of photographer’s work at the de Young Museum, July 7th – September 23rd
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
DER ROSENKAVALIER – A Viennese Bon-Bon At San Francisco Opera
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf – A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet

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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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BE GLAD FOR SMALL RESTAURANT OWNERS AND THE JUDICIAL THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT

BELIEVE IT OR WHAT
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BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

San Francisco small restaurant owners are scorned on all fronts for their federal lawsuit insisting they have the right to determine employee benefits, not the City now implementing universal health care with forced payment by restaurant owners necessary…

Our young San Francisco mayor — The Gav brooks 40 October 10 — publicly scalds restaurant owners every chance he gets for launching the lawsuit… Newsom notes threateningly he is not happy about the lawsuit

Mandated restaurant owner payment is essential to establishing universal health care… Says The Gav…

Really, Gav honey, you should be more worried about them not being happy with you… Your performance is arrogant…

Newsom, partnered with Supervisor Tom Ammiano, imposed the employer mandate provision with very little imput from restaurant owners… It was only when owners noted they had the power to resist that they were seriously ushered to a seat…

With Ammiano, quick to go brittle, snorting he had heard owner hardship complaints for ever so long…

Further, that Ammiano did not believe hardship complaints and anyway their money is needed to benefit all San Franciscans, suck it up…

Suck this up: People don’t go into business to create jobs… Or deliver benefits…

People go into business to make money, say it out loud…

To use that money to cement their unqiue dream into expanding reality… Secondarily growing that reality with new jobs, more jobs, and newly employed San Franciscans receiving new benefits…

It is odious that in a town which works so hard to maintain neighborhood character, in a town where neighborhood character is greatly defined by world famed unique eateries, the venal attempting to tap altruist sentiment would treat our unique eateries with such pompous dismissal…

Owner after owner testified that the imposed mandate would close their doors and foreclose opening of new small restaurants…

That trend is already underway… Preponderence of new restaurant openings in San Francisco are low-cost formula food fops…

Be glad we have that judicial third branch of government, and go out and encourage owners who work 14 to 16 hours every day to keep their dream alive and your neighborhood unique…

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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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BERKLEY AND MONTCLAIR BUSINESSES damaged in Oakland area earthquake – Power restored – BART running normal schedule

Businesses in Berkeley and Montclair were damaged and had to delay opening after this morning’s earthquake centered east of Oakland.

The early morning tremors rattled a Safeway on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, smashing two front windows, according to company spokeswoman Esperanza Greenwood.

“The glass shattered and so we closed the store…we don’t want people cutting themselves,” Greenwood said.

A fire department inspection revealed no structural damage to the store, Greenwood said, and she expected it would reopen later today.

Power was restored to most Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers in the Oakland area by about 8:30 a.m. following an earthquake this morning, a spokeswoman said.

Some 300 customers were still without power as of about 8 a.m., said PG&E spokeswoman Susan Simon. Two customers were expected to be without power for an unknown amount of time, she said.

Bay Area Rapid Transit delays were resolved within an hour of this morning’s earthquake, and the system was not damaged, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said today.

The system experienced five- to seven-minute delays because all trains were stopped so that tracks could be checked for damages, according to Johnson. All trains were running at half speed so operators could assess the track stability in front of them.

Berkeley police dispatcher Melissa Chappell said police had also received reports of broken windows at other shops on College Avenue.

“We’ve (primarily) just been getting calls about the helicopters” circling overhead, Chappell said.

An Albertsons on Mountain Boulevard in Montclair also had to delay opening after the quake shook items off the shelves, according to company spokeswoman Alicia Rockwell.

“There was a lot of product that came down from the shelves and extensive cleanup that we had to do,” Rockwell said.

A Montclair restaurant also is cleaning up this morning. A bottle of wine and several other items fell off the shelves at Montclair Egg Shop, located at 6126 Medau Place, but nothing was seriously damaged, said manager Miguel Barron.

Piedmont and Oakland police had no reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake, with an epicenter 2 miles east, north east of Oakland shook the entire region for about 15 seconds, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Preliminary reports show that the 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck at 4:42 a.m. The earthquake was felt throughout the East Bay and in San Francisco.

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July 20 Videos of The Day – BLACK LEOTARDS – RINGO STARR SWIPES PETER SELLARS NAME – THE HUNGARIAN WAY – Babies born today will have attractive homes – Live radar and weather forecast

July 20 Videos of The Day
BLACK LEOTARDS

RINGO STARR SWIPES PETER SELLARS NAME

THE HUNGARIAN WAY

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JULY 20 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are shrewd, honest, studious, and conscientious in your work. You are rather outspoken and straightforward, but tactful. You like society and are very popular in your own circle. You will be happily married and make a pleasant and attractive home.

ADVICE FOR JULY 20
Wear flak jackets to meetings of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

JULY 20 WORD OF THE DAY
Bloomer. Defintion: From Mrs. Bloomer, an American, who sought to introduce this style of dress. A costume for women, consisting of a short dress, with loose trousers gathered round ankles, and (commonly) a broad-brimmed hat.

JULY 20 IN HISTORY
The U.S.S. Machias, first steel-hulled ship built in Maine, commissioned, 1893. In Washington, the Seattle-Tacoma area experienced temperatures of 100 degrees F, 1994.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. West wind between 8 and 10 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 55. West southwest wind between 3 and 10 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 70. West southwest wind between 3 and 11 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. West wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 72.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

Monday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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VIRGIN AMERICA lands in SFO and blessed by the mayor

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Mayor Newsom and staff are greeted by Virgin America’s CEO Fred Reid during this mornings sales launch at SFO.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Mayor Newsom and Fred Reid exiting the plane after a brief tour inside.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area 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 three years.

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NEWSOM ADDS 37 more police officers to foot patrols

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San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong and Mayor Gavin Newsom take a beat walk through Chinatown today to announce 37 more police officers will be assigned to foot patrols by the end of July.
PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief Heather Fong announced today that 37 police officers will be added to foot patrols on San Francisco’s streets by the end of July.

“More foot patrols will make our streets safer,” said Newsom.

“Since 2004, we have funded 750 new officers, and we are seeing the results in our neighborhoods.”

“This increase comes as a result of the graduation of several police academy classes,” said Fong, “and our commitment to civilianization, which enables sworn officers to return to active police duties.”

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Newsom also attributed the increase to “lateral” academy classes, made up of officers from other jurisdictions who seek to be officers in San Francisco.

In October 2004, Newsom announced 44 officers would be walking a neighborhood beat, including 16 to patrol public housing. In November 2006, 44 additional officers were assigned to walking neighborhood beats.

In Newsom’s 2007-2008 “Back to Basics” budget, the total investment for foot patrols is $10.8 million, which provides for 125 officers to walk neighborhood beats ($7.4 million for the existing 88 officers + $3.4 million for the additional 37 officers).

In a sardonic moment, a television reporter asked if foot patrols might be added to City Hall considering recent rumors of physical assaults among members of the elected Board of Supervisors.

“Mr. Mayor there is one area you haven’t spoke of yet,” noted the reporter.

“It seems like there’s been violence breaking out in City Hall lately.

“Have you thought of adding foot patrol officers in the (Board of Supervisors) Chamber?”

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“That was a show stopper,” acknowledged the mayor.

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“You wonder why this Question Time. I question the Question Time,” Newsom continued.

“It’s a circus. It’s a sideshow at times. It’s unfortunate.

“Chris Daly is an incredibly bright person. He has a remarkable capacity to do good things.

“Unfortunately he gets in the way of that by acting in ways that don’t distinguish himself or his position.

“It’s usually advanced against me almost exclusively.

“And increasingly we’re seeing it against constituents and our colleagues.

“I think it’s unfortunate.”

DALY DEPORTMENT

As Fong and Newsom began their walk through Chinatown Fong noted San Francisco police officers walk an average of 350 foot beats per week.

Breakdown of the foot patrol boost:

• Central Station currently has eight officers walking beats. Eight officers will be added, for a total of 16 officers walking beats — a 100% increase.

• Tenderloin Station currently has eight officers walking beats. Eighteen officers will be added, for a total of 26 officers walking beats — a 225% increase.

• Southern Station currently has 13 officers walking beats. Nine officers will be added, for a total of 22 officers walking beats — a 69% increase.

• Mission Station currently has nine officers walking beats. Two officers will be added, for a total of 11 officers walking beats – a 22% increase.

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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 three years.

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MARCIA ROSEN steps down as director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency

Mayor Gavin Newsom today accepted the resignation of San Francisco’s Redevelopment Agency Executive Director, Marcia Rosen, who announced she was stepping down to pursue new opportunities after six years at the helm of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

“Marcia Rosen has been a great champion of collaborative efforts with the community to expand affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods. Marcia has dedicated 11 years of her life to improving the City, and we owe her a substantial debt of gratitude,” said Mayor Newsom.

“Marcia has always focused on improving affordable housing opportunities, creating jobs and attracting businesses to some of the City’s poorest neighborhoods, as well as making our city more beautiful. On behalf of the Redevelopment Agency Commissioners and Agency staff, it has been a privilege to work with Marcia,” said San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commission President, Rich Peterson.

“Her integrity, tireless commitment to the job, intellect and heart will be hard to replace, but I look forward to working with the Commission to find a worthy leader for this critical position.”

“I have truly appreciated the opportunity for public service and am proud of the Agency’s many accomplishments during my tenure,” said Marcia Rosen.

Marcia Rosen served as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing from 1996 through 2001 and as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency since 2001. Specific accomplishments during Marcia Rosen’s tenure at the Redevelopment Agency include, but are not limited to:

• Financing and development of thousands of units of affordable housing, including housing for the chronically homeless, seniors, low income families and persons living with HIV/AIDS;

• Adoption of policy committing 50% of tax increment to affordable housing;

• Adoption of the South of Market, Transbay, and Bayview Hunters Point Redevelopment Plans;

• Substantial development in Mission Bay, with approximately 3,000 units of housing completed or under construction, the City’s first new library in forty years in Mission Bay North, and the UCSF campus and biotech industry taking hold in Mission Bay South;

• Transfer of the first parcel of the Hunters Point Shipyard from the Navy and commencement of the construction of 1498 new homes;

• Development of new cultural institutions including — the Museum of the African Diaspora, the soon-to-open Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Fillmore Heritage mixed use development, with a new Yoshi’s jazz club, a Jazz Heritage Center, new restaurants and a public parking garage;

• New parks and open space in Yerba Buena Gardens, South Beach, and Mission Bay.

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SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL turns Orange to honor Barry Bonds as Bonds nears all-time record

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Giants will honor Barry Bonds as he nears and breaks one of the longest held records in sports: Major League Baseball’s career home run record.

With Bonds hitting home run number 752 and 753 today in Chicago against the Cubs, City Hall will be illuminated – starting tomorrow night – with orange lights in the lead up to 756. In addition, a flag will be hung from the Mayor’s balcony that tracks from 753 to 756, with a number being added for each homerun that Bonds hits.

“Barry Bonds is one of the greatest baseball players of all-time,” said Mayor Newsom.

“For the last 14 years, he has entertained us at the plate and in left-field, and more recently, his splash hits into McCovey Cove have become synonymous with San Francisco and Giants baseball. I think I speak for all San Franciscans when I say, ‘GO BARRY’.”

Hank Aaron holds the Major League Baseball home run record with 755 and Barry Bonds, the active leader, is second with 753 homers. Third is Babe Ruth with 714. Willie Mays (660) and Sammy Sosa (602) are the only other players to have hit 600 or more.

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July 19 Videos of The Day – FATHERING – I TOLD YOU SO – Babies born today will be outdoor types – Try lemon juice to quit smoking – Live radar and weather forecast

July 19 Videos of The Day
FATHERING

I TOLD YOU SO

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JULY 19 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have a vivid imagination, great ambition, and boundless energy. You like travel and love the out-of-doors. In love, you are sincere and wholehearted and require the same in return.

ADVICE FOR JULY 19
If you’re trying to stop smoking, try taking a teaspoon of lemon juice whenever you’re tempted.

JULY 19 WORD OF THE DAY
Plough Monday. Defintion: The first Monday after Epiphany and Plough Sunday was so called because it was the day that men returned to their plough, or daily work, at the end of the Christmas holiday. It was customary for farm laborers to draw a plough through the village, soliciting money for a “plough-light,” which was kept burning in the parish church all year. In some areas, the custom of blessing the plough is maintained.

JULY 19 IN HISTORY
Died: Elwyn Meader (developed ‘Reliance’ peach), 1996. The third hurricane within a month hit the northern Florida peninsula, 1886.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Thursday: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 68. West wind between 6 and 14 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 54. West wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 69. West wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. West wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

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

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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BE GLAD FOR SMALL RESTAURANT OWNERS AND THE JUDICIAL THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT

BELIEVE IT OR WHAT
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BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

San Francisco small restaurant owners are scorned on all fronts for their federal lawsuit insisting they have the right to determine employee benefits, not the City now implementing universal health care with forced payment by restaurant owners necessary…

Our young San Francisco mayor — The Gav brooks 40 October 10 — publicly scalds restaurant owners every chance he gets for launching the lawsuit… Newsom notes threateningly he is not happy about the lawsuit

Mandated restaurant owner payment is essential to establishing universal health care… Says The Gav…

Really, Gav honey, you should be more worried about them not being happy with you… Your performance is arrogant…

Newsom, partnered with Supervisor Tom Ammiano, imposed the employer mandate provision with very little imput from restaurant owners… It was only when owners noted they had the power to resist that they were seriously ushered to a seat…

With Ammiano, quick to go brittle, snorting he had heard owner hardship complaints for ever so long…

Further, that Ammiano did not believe hardship complaints and anyway their money is needed to benefit all San Franciscans, suck it up…

Suck this up: People don’t go into business to create jobs… Or deliver benefits…

People go into business to make money, say it out loud…

To use that money to cement their unqiue dream into expanding reality… Secondarily growing that reality with new jobs, more jobs, and newly employed San Franciscans receiving new benefits…

It is odious that in a town which works so hard to maintain neighborhood character, in a town where neighborhood character is greatly defined by world famed unique eateries, the venal attempting to tap altruist sentiment would treat our unique eateries with such pompous dismissal…

Owner after owner testified that the imposed mandate would close their doors and foreclose opening of new small restaurants…

That trend is already underway… Preponderence of new restaurant openings in San Francisco are low-cost formula food fops…

Be glad we have that judicial third branch of government, and go out and encourage owners who work 14 to 16 hours every day to keep their dream alive and your neighborhood unique…

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PAT MURPHY
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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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SAN FRANCISCO AREA receives $34 million additional homeland security funding

Mayor Newsom today praised the federal Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that the Bay Area will receive $34.13 million in homeland security grant funding, as part of the 2007 Super Urban Area Security Initiative (SUASI) program. This represents a 25 percent increase from the 2006 grant.

“We’re pleased the Department of Homeland Security has increased our funding, recognizing the Bay Area’s importance as a high-risk region,” said Newsom.

“I also want to thank Senators Boxer and Feinstein and Speaker Pelosi for their continued support of the Bay Area SUASI.”

“I’m proud of the extraordinary regional collaboration we’ve developed over the past few years, which has strengthened our capability to prepare for and respond to man-made or natural disasters,” said Laura Phillips, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

This year, the Department of Homeland Security created a tiered system for categorizing urban areas based on highest risk. The Bay Area SUASI is in the top tier, along with New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Chicago, Houston and the National Capital Region.

Together, this group competed for $410.8 million (55% of the total amount available for this grant program).

The Bay Area SUASI submitted an application which contained investment areas consisting of projects which benefit the entire region. These investment areas include:

• Regional Planning and Coordination

• Emergency Management

• CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) Detection and Response

• Interoperable Communications

• Information Sharing

• Citizen Preparedness

• Mass Care

• Medical Surge

• Mass Prophylaxis

• Training and Exercises

• Public Information and Warning

• Critical Infrastructure

The Bay Area SUASI was created in 2006 when the federal government consolidated the three previously separate urban areas of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, along with the ten counties in the region. It also includes representatives from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

DHS and the Department of Commerce also announced today that the Bay Area will receive $14.5 million in funding from the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) grants. The PSIC grant program is designed to help state and local first responders improve public safety communications and coordination during a natural or man-made disaster.

The grant will assist in purchasing equipment and conducting training for interoperable communications systems, including voice, data and video systems.

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CITYWIDE LIBRARY RENOVATIONS continue with groundbreaking of Portola Branch Library

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Breakdancers add new life to Portola Branch Library renovation project begun today with broundbreaking.
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BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The largest building campaign in San Francisco history for new and renovated libraries continued today with groundbreaking for the $6 million Portola Branch Library.

Slated to open in late 2008, the Portola Branch Libary is among 17 San Francisco branches to be renovated, four leased facilities to be replaced with City owned buildings, two branches to be replaced with new buildings, and one new branch in Mission Bay.

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Citywide library renovation participants include, from left, Fred V. Abadi, Director Department of Public Works; Charles Higueras, President of the San Francisco Library Commission; Luis Herrera, City Librarian; Supervisor Amianno; with architects Chris Noll and Susannah Meek.

Known as the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), funding comes from a $105.9 bond measure approved by voters in November 2000.

Located at the corner of Bacon and Goettingen streets, between E.R. Taylor Elementary and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle schools, the new single story branch will replace the storefront spaces on San Bruno Avenue leased by the Library for more than 50 years.

Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Sophie Maxwell joined Mayor Newsom in acknowledging the Portola Library is rooted in Portola community life.

“The Portola Library has roots in our city’s Southeast for over five decades,” said Newsom.

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Kids lend their voices to the countdown for the library groundbreaking. Present with shovels are Supervisor Maxwell, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Supervisor Ammiano, Library Commissioner Bautista, Library Commission President Higueras, and Mayor Newsom.

“Today, as we unite to break ground on this new facility, I am excited that our residents and the children of the neighborhood will have a state-of-the-art center to check out books, surf the internet or meet to do homework.”

The facility will provide community meeting space for neighborhood groups.

An expanded children’s section is included in the design by the architecture team of Noll and Tam and Stoner Meek.

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Mayor Newsom joined by architecture team of Chris Noll (with child), Jeffery Day and Tad Costerison.

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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
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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 three years.

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July 17 Photos of The Day – NEWS SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT TAKES HELM – Videos of the Day – A TRIBUTE TO GRANDMOTHERS – Babies born today will be brilliant conversationalists – Live radar and weather forecast

July 17 Photos of The Day
NEW SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SWORN IN
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Carlos Garcia, left, was officially sworn in as new Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) early Monday in a private ceremony, followed by celebratory Oath of Office by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on the Mayor’s Balcony of San Francisco City Hall surrounded by colleagues, officials, family, and friends.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Lifetime school mavens Tom Ammiano, left, and Dennis Kelly welcome Garcia. San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano is a former San Francisco school teacher later elected to the SFUSD Board. Skilled longtime negotiator Dennis Kelly is President of the United Educators of San Francisco.

July 17 Videos of The Day
A TRIBUTE TO GRANDMOTHERS

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JULY 17 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are self-reliant, resourceful, and very understanding. You spend much time and thought in making your home artistic and attractive. You enjoy entertaining and are an interesting and brilliant conversationalist. By your kindly manner, you will create a happy and pleasant home life.

ADVICE FOR JULY 17
Your arm is about ten times longer than the distance between your eyes. That fact, together with a bit of applied trigonometry, can be used to estimate the distance between you and any object of approximately known size.

Imagine, for example, that you’re standing on the side of a hill, trying to decide how far it is to the top of a low hill on the other side of the valley. Just below the hilltop is a barn, which you feel reasonably sure is about 100 feet wide on the side facing you.

Hold one arm straight out in front of you, elbow straight, thumb pointing up. Close one eye, and align one edge of your thumb with one edge of the barn. Without moving your head or arm, switch eyes, now sighting with the eye that was closed and closing the other. Your thumb will appear to jump sideways as a result of the change in perspective.

How far did it move? (Be sure to sight the same edge of your thumb when you switch eyes.) Let’s say it jumped about five times the width of the barn, or about 500 feet. Now multiply that figure by the handy constant 10 (the ratio of the length of your arm to the distance between your eyes), and you get the distance between you and the barn — 5,000 feet, or about one mile. The accompanying diagram should make the whole process clear.

With a little practice, you’ll find that you can perform a quick thumb-jump estimate in just a few seconds, and the result will usually be more accurate than an out-and-out guess. At a minimum, it will provide some assurance that the figure is in the ballpark — which, in many cases, is as close as you need to get.

JULY 17 WORD OF THE DAY
Celestial sphere. Defintion: An imaginary sphere projected into space that represents the entire sky, with an observer on Earth at its center. All celestial bodies other than Earth are imagined as being on its inside surface.

JULY 17 IN HISTORY
Died: Joseph Maher (actor), 1998. Atlanta, Georgia, received its 14th consecutive day of rain, 1994.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 66. West southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. West southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. West southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

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

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

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

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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BILL WILSON
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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 three years.

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FEDERAL COURT to hear lawsuit on employer right to determine employee benefits

A federal judge will hear competing arguments on August 31 on the fate of a restaurant owners’ lawsuit challenging City intervention in employer right to determine employee benefits.

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) has asked U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White to overturn the plan’s requirement for employer contributions on the ground that it conflicts with federal law protecting employer right to determine the level and administration of benefits.

Restaurant owners filled the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Chamber during initial hearings on the plan, testifying they had not been consulted on the proposed owner mandate.

Most testified the imposed measure would cause restaurant closures due to industry thin profit margin.

The city, meanwhile, contends there is no conflict with the U.S. law and has asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

The two sides filed their competing motions on Friday.

White will consider the two bids at the August 31 hearing in his Federal Building courtroom in San Francisco and is expected to issue a written ruling within two weeks after that.

The law passed last year establishes a program known as Healthy San Francisco and is intended to provide health care to the city’s 82,000 uninsured residents.

Beginning in January, employers will be required to contribute either by spending a set amount per employee or by giving a similar amount to the city program for uninsured people.

The amount is $1.17 per hour per employee for medium-sized businesses with 20 to 99 workers and $1.76 per hour for large businesses with staffs of more than 100.

The GGRA contends that provision conflicts with the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, because the U.S. law is the exclusive regulator of employer health plans.

The group’s attorneys wrote in their brief that the city’s requirements conflict with ERISA “because they interfere with employers’ freedom to choose the level and administration of benefits provided to employees.”

“This is an area reserved for purely federal regulation,” the association said.

But City Attorney Dennis Herrera said the San Francisco plan doesn’t conflict with the law because employers are free either to keep or modify an existing ERISA plan or to simply make payments to the city.

The city’s brief argues the program was crafted to avoid giving employers an incentive to drop health coverage and instead give them credit for dollars they already spend.

Herrera said, “The creators of this ordinance were careful to avoid ERISA preemption and we are confident the court will recognize that.”

White’s future summary judgment ruling is expected to decide the case because both sides have told the judge that there is no dispute over facts that would need to be resolved at a trial.

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ED JEW SUPPORTERS accompany District 4 Supervisor to felony not guility plea

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Supervisor Ed Jew
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Dozens of demonstrators waved “Political Torture,” “Keep Fighting,” and “Grab Criminals Not Headlines” signs on the San Francisco Hall of Justice steps today where embattled Supervisor Ed Jew pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges.

A private website chronicling support for Jew is now found at edjew.net.

The charges, filed in June by District Attorney Kamala Harris’ prosecutors, include violations of the election code and allegations that he committed perjury when he said he lived in San Francisco, his attorney, Bill Fazio, said.

A spokeswoman with Harris’ office said today that DA is looking forward to prosecuting the case and protecting the integrity of the electoral process in San Francisco.

“The charges of perjury, filing false documents and voter fraud go to the heart of District elections and democracy in San Francisco,” said spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh in a prepared statement.

Wearing an American flag tie, the District 4 supervisor appeared in Department 9 chatting and hugging supporters before entering his plea.

Jew’s intent has always been to live in San Francisco, where he has personal and business ties, Fazio said.

The supervisor didn’t do anything wrong, which we will prove, Fazio said. “I think that Supervisor Jew is in an excellent position.”

Jew’s lawyers say there is sufficient proof that he satisfied residency requirements prior to running for public office in the November 2006 election.

However, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has pointed to evidence suggesting Jew didn’t fulfill the requirements to run for city office.

It has been speculated that Jew rarely resided at his Sunset District home in the months leading up to his announcement of candidacy.

It has been argued that his primary residence is in Burlingame.

“He has no spirit, conviction or heart in San Mateo (County),” Fazio said today.

Miniscule water usage was allegedly recorded at the Sunset District home during the months leading up to the election.

Jew’s attorneys have said this can be attributed to the supervisor’s dedication to his Chinatown flower shop.

Jew has allegedly had some form of presence at his Sunset District home at 2450 28th Ave. intermittently since around 1984.

In addition to the residency charges, Jew still faces a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his alleged acceptance of $40,000 in cash from a group of businessmen having permit problems. Jew denies wrongdoing and no federal charges have been filed.

Fazio requested today that Judge Curtis Karnow decrease Jew’s bail, which is set at $135,000. Karnow said the issue has to be revisited in court Tuesday.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Department 20 to set a preliminary hearing. Fazio requested that his client not attend because of his busy schedule.

Bay City News

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NEW SATELLITE WiFi available in San Francisco

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DENVER, CO — WildBlue announced today that it began offering high-speed Internet via satellite service in San Francisco through its new satellite, WildBlue-1.

WildBlue provides high-speed Internet access via satellite to homes and small businesses in San Francisco not currently served, or underserved, by other high speed providers. WildBlue launched commercial service via the Anik F2 satellite in June of 2005, and currently has over 200,000 customers nationwide.

WildBlue-1 will allow WildBlue to more than triple its customer capacity, making high-speed Internet service available to more than 750,000 rural consumers throughout the continental United States. WildBlue will also continue to utilize its capacity on Anik F2, alongside WildBlue-1.

WildBlue the service in three service packages to consumers and small businesses across the contiguous U.S. for as little as $49.95 per month. WildBlue features download speeds of up to 1.5Mbps, competitive with other high-speed services available in the market today.

All packages include Internet Service Provider (ISP) services such as e-mail and Web space, the WildBlue Portal, customer care, and an equipment warranty.

New WildBlue customers will receive $50 off the standard equipment price of $299 and free installation in the month July, or a total savings of $229 on the upfront commitment.

“WildBlue is eager to offer its high-speed Internet via satellite service to consumers in San Francisco who have been waiting for an alternative to dial-up,” said Stephanie Lovett, WildBlue’s Director of Marketing.

“We continue to be the leader in affordable high-speed Internet, and we are committed to making broadband Internet access available to every consumer and small business in San Francisco.”

An always-on broadband Internet connection, WildBlue’s service offers access speeds that are up to thirty times faster than dial-up. WildBlue’s two-way broadband service provides high-speed data in both directions, upstream and downstream. Customers do not need an additional phone or cable line in order to receive broadband Internet service from WildBlue.

Visit wildblue.com for information on local dealers.

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July 16 Videos of The Day – POTENTIAL JUDGE FOR COMMUNITY COURTS SPOTTED – A SMALL TUNE – LOUIE LOUIE – July 16 babies won’t tolerate different opinion – Live radar and weather forecast

July 16 Videos of The Day
POTENTIAL JUDGE FOR COMMUNITY COURTS SPOTTED

A SMALL TUNE

LOUIE LOUIE

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JULY 16 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are positive and almost stubborn. Your very definite ideas of right and wrong are emphatic and you can not tolerate the slightest deviation from them in others. In your passion for correctness, you endeavor to have your friends follow your own ideals.

ADVICE FOR JULY 16
Bees will not swarm before a storm.

JULY 16 WORD OF THE DAY
Bilge. Defintion: The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. Also the part of a ship’s hull or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat.

JULY 16 IN HISTORY
Born: “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (baseball player), 1889. 22.22 inches of rain in 24 hours, Altapass, North Carolina, 1916.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 72. West southwest wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 57. West southwest wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West southwest wind between 5 and 14 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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

Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

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FAMED RESTAURATEUR DONNA SCALA to design Hilton Hotel eateries

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Donna Scala

The Hilton Family of Hotels announced Friday that it has entered into an exclusive partnership with critically acclaimed restaurateur Donna Scala to develop signature casual dining concepts for its full service hotel brands. Scala, owner of Napa Valley’s renowned Bistro Don Giovanni, will design and concept the new casual restaurants.

Donna and her husband Giovanni have been responsible for several highly praised restaurants, including Piatti Ristorante and Scala’s Bistro, which they opened in 1995 in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

The year it opened, Scala’s Bistro was named Best New Restaurant nationwide by Food and Wine Magazine, and Donna Scala received the distinguished honor of Best New Chef.

“Donna Scala is a proven owner-operator. Under her creative leadership, we will transform our casual dining restaurants into memorable, social destinations,” said Alexander Mirza, senior vice president, Corporate Development, Hilton Hotels Corporation.

“Our partnership with Donna Scala is consistent with our overall direction to license and lease restaurants to proven third party operators such as Drago’s at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and Capitol Grille at the Hilton Indianapolis.”

“I am thrilled to be involved in this new venture with the Hilton Family of Hotels to redefine the casual dining experience and I am pleased to be working on another great restaurant project in the magical city of San Francisco. I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at the Tavern,” said Scala.

Hilton Hotels Corporation and its owners expect to build or re-concept nearly all existing casual restaurants in company owned and managed North American full service hotels by 2009. The first project to come out of the partnership with Scala will be the Urban Tavern at the landmark Hilton San Francisco. Set to begin construction in August 2007, the Urban Tavern will be a warm and inviting gathering place to meet, drink and dine. The restaurant is expected to open in the first quarter of 2008.

“As the first project we are working on with Scala, the Urban Tavern builds on a tradition of welcome, comfort and honest fare, adding spice and drama to make it a great venue for a city renowned for great food,” said Meredith Quarnstrom, vice president, Food & Beverage, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “Donna Scala will coach and direct the hotel’s culinary team and also develop specialty menus for catering and in-room dining.”

Unique features of the Urban Tavern will include a charcuterie serving signature cheese, meat and antipasto plates and a large community table that will serve as the focal point of the restaurant. A glowing fireplace will be positioned to be viewed from almost every seat to not only provide warmth, but to set the tone of the environment as welcoming and inviting. Scala and her staff will work with the region’s wine makers, farmers and artisanal cheese purveyors.

Scala’s future projects will include licensed concepts similar in nature to the world-renowned Bistro Don Giovanni, as well as a new concept for pizza – a specialty that Scala has been perfecting since age five. Scala has been recognized on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Newsweek, and in GQ. While her culinary skills cover a variety of the world’s cuisines, Scala’s cooking style is heavily influenced by her Greek heritage. A resident of Napa, she is inspired by the vegetables and herbs she grows at her Bistro Don Giovanni restaurant and makes her own wine called Scalas.

Business Wire

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