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August 5 Videos of The Day – THE YANKEE DOLLAR – MUD IN YOUR EYE – FOREFATHER FORBEARANCE – Babies born today will be clever entertainers – Live radar and weather forecast

August 5 Videos of The Day
THE YANKEE DOLLAR

MUD IN YOUR EYE

FOREFATHER FORBEARANCE

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AUGUST 5 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have good judgment; are quick-witted, capable, and observing; and always appear at your best. You have an artistic temperament and are neat and rather fastidious. You are an amusing and clever entertainer and popular among your friends. You are not demonstrative in your love, but your home life is ideal.

ADVICE FOR AUGUST 5
If the first week of August is unusually warm, The winter will be white and long.

AUGUST 5 WORD OF THE DAY
Apogean Tide. Defintion: A monthly tide of decreased range that occurs when the Moon is at apogee (farthest from Earth).

AUGUST 5 IN HISTORY
Died: Carmen Miranda (actress & singer), 1955. Ice Harbor Dam, Washington, hit a temperature of 118 dgrees F, 1961.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. West southwest wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. West southwest wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. West wind between 11 and 16 mph.

Monday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 56. West wind between 9 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 69.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TREASURE ISLAND homeless housing units open August 7

A grand opening of 54 housing units to be used by formerly homeless families and individuals will take place August 7 on Treasure Island.

The Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative and its members, Community Housing Partnership and Walden House, will host the grand opening.

The new housing units include 42 permanent supportive housing units for families, and 12 units of transitional housing for adults, according to the organization.

With the 54 new units of housing, the initiative will have established 250 units of housing for the homeless community on Treasure Island. The units are integrated with other market rate units on the island, the organization said in a statement.

The grand opening celebration will take place at the Family Service Space on 9th Street, between avenues D and E, at 4:00 p.m.

Bay City News

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OUR BARRY TIES HANK AARON RECORD

WATCH VIDEO OF HOME RUN 755

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Barry Bonds took 111 swings in an empty ballpark Saturday afternoon, one of the game’s greatest hitters working to find his famously short, quick stroke.

On his 112th, he found it. And he made history.

Bonds matched Hank Aaron’s all-time record of 755 home runs, hammering an outside fastball from San Diego Padres right-hander Clay Hensley over the left field wall in the second inning at Petco Park for his 755th career home run.

San Diego’s normally laid-back crowd responded with cheers and flashing cameras amid an undercurrent of boos as Bonds rounded the bases, strode across home plate, picked up teenage son, Nikolai, and carried him to the edge of the grass.

His Giants teammates, who had endured a wait of seven games and 27 plate appearances since Bonds’ 754th home run July 27, walked out of the dugout and greeted him off to the side.

Then Bonds walked over to the backstop and kissed his wife through the mesh screen. He hugged Sue Burns, who owns the largest stake in the team, before descending into the dugout. The delay wasn’t more than two or three minutes.

Bonds was 2-for-18 between home runs and struggled to make hard contact but trudged on. He was playing in his ninth consecutive game, and was due to rest on Sunday.

Bonds had struggled so badly on the road trip that he hit on the field for nearly 45 minutes prior to the game, going through two batting practice pitchers. After he exhausted Manager Bruce Bochy, hitting coach Joe Lefebvre took over.

Such hitting sessions are uncommon for Bonds outside of spring training, especially for a 43-year-old who has trouble maintaining his energy level from one day to the next.

Bonds appeared determined to tie the record as soon as possible, increasing the likelihood he can hit the record breaker during the Giants’ seven-game homestand that begins Monday against the Washington Nationals.

He still had time Saturday night, although the Padres gave Bonds almost nothing to hit after his first at-bat, walking him three times. After the third walk, with one out in the eighth inning, Bonds left the game for a pinch runner.

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U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE STEPHEN BRYER IN SAN FRANCISCO – 9,000 attorneys descend on City to discuss marriage equality, YouTube copyright issues, Patriot Act

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Bryer

BY JULIA CHEEVER

As many as 9,000 lawyers are expected to descend on San Francisco this coming week for the annual meeting of the American Bar Association.

Topics at the Aug. 9-14 meeting range from how courts should deal with government claims of state secrets to the impact of Internet innovations such as YouTube and MySpace on privacy, copyright and parental control concerns.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who grew up in San Francisco, will speak at the group’s opening assembly at Davies Symphony Hall on Aug. 11.

Other speakers include Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, author Michael Crichton, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr.

The headquarters for the meeting is Moscone Center West. The 1,600 sessions and events will take place at local hotels and other sites.

Laurel Bellows, a Chicago lawyer who chairs the ABA’s House of Delegates, said, “The meeting is a coming together of lawyers from all over the country, in every area of practice.”

The purpose is “to share common concerns, address issues of importance to the public, network with each other and to learn,” Bellows said in an interview on Friday.

Part of the meeting is a program of 200 sessions of continuing legal education for lawyers from Aug. 9 to 13.

The YouTube and MySpace discussion will take place in an Aug. 9 session titled “The Whole World is Watching! — Privacy, Copyright and Parental Control in the Age of YouTube, MySpace and Beyond.” Panelists will include Google/YouTube General Counsel Zahavah Levine.

Other panelists including San Francisco attorney James Brosnahan will discuss the practices of pretexting and posting phony caller IDs at an Aug. 10 session on “Invasion of the Personal Information Snatchers.”

A second segment of the convention is the meeting of the ABA’s House of Delegates on Aug. 13 and 14 to consider policy resolutions. The delegates are about 550 attorneys from state and local bar associations around the country.

Some resolutions are policy statements and others are proposals for legislation. If the delegates approve a legislative proposal, ABA lobbyists then take it to Congress and try to work with legislators to get it passed, Bellows said.

“We would like to think the legislators listen to us,” she said.

“The ABA’s input is significant and credible.”

One proposal before the delegates is a set of recommendations on how courts should handle government requests for dismissal of lawsuits that allegedly would jeopardize state secrets if allowed to proceed.

The recommendations urge courts to “make every effort” to avoid dismissing such lawsuits and to review evidence from all parties before making a decision on dismissal.

The state secrets argument is currently at issue in more than three dozen domestic surveillance lawsuits consolidated before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco.

Government lawyers contend the lawsuits against telecommunications companies should be dismissed because national security secrets could be revealed. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in San Francisco on Aug. 15 on the government’s appeal of Walker’s refusal to dismiss the lead case in the group.

Another proposal before the delegates would call for federal, state and local government limits on public access to information about closed criminal cases or cases in which a convicted person has completed his sentence.

Supporters of the proposal say it would help people who have served their sentences and who are not dangerous to overcome discrimination and obtain jobs, while some media organizations have expressed concerns about the sealing of public information.

The Chicago-based ABA is a voluntary professional organization with about 413,000 lawyers nationwide as members.

It holds its annual meeting in San Francisco approximately every five years. Bellows said San Francisco is ABA members’ favorite location and is conducive to the meeting’s purposes as well.

“The openness and objectivity and great diversity of people are a good setting for the work we’re about to do,” Bellows said.

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August 4 Videos of The Day – THE BOURNE ULTIMATE TEASER – BUTTON BUTTON WHO SEES THE BUTTON – SPY BROTHERHOOD – SATCHMO THINKS OTHERWISE – August 4 Photos of The Day – LENO HOSTS HEALTH FAIR AND JOB FAIR IN SAN FRANCISCO – Babies born today will be willful – Live radar and weather forecast

August 4 Videos of The Day
THE BOURNE ULTIMATE TEASER

BUTTON BUTTON WHO SEES THE BUTTON

SPY BROTHERHOOD

SATCHMO THINKS OTHERWISE

August 4 Photos of The Day
LENOS HOSTS HEALTH FAIR AND JOB FAIR
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Assemblyman Mark Leno adresses the attendees of Friday’s fair at the State Building in San Francisco
PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Students working in the mobile screening center

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Emergency workers talk with one of the participants

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some of the exhibits attracted a crowd

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AUGUST 4 BIRTHDAY LORE
Although you are positive, somewhat opinionated, willful, shrewd, and intellectual, you are just and sincere and do many kind and noble deeds unknown to others. You are friendly and have many fine friendships. Your home and family ties are dear to you.

ADVICE FOR AUGUST 4
There is more to life than increasing its speed. — Mahatma Gandhi

AUGUST 4 WORD OF THE DAY
Perihelion. Defintion: The point in a planet’s orbit that is closest to the Sun.

AUGUST 4 IN HISTORY
The Gestapo found Anne Frank, 1944. 112 degrees F at Walla Walla, Washington, 1961.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 66. West southwest wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 55. West southwest wind between 10 and 13 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 64. West southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West southwest wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

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

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

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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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ONE SHOT DEAD in Visitacion Valley

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An early morning shooting in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood today left one man dead, according to police.

Brandon Perkins, 29, of San Francisco, was found shot to death at 177 Loehr St. at around 12:50 a.m., a spokesman for the San Francisco medical examiner’s office said.

Officers responded to the area after receiving reports of gunshots heard just east of John McClaren Park, according to police.

No suspects have been arrested and police continue to investigate the shooting.

Bay City News

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PRESIDENT PESKIN AND MAYOR NEWSOM join hands in support of Citywide Wifi proposal – Ballot measure stating City family solidarity aimed at Google and EarthLink as well as voters

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President Aaron Peskin

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

Mayor Newsom and President Aaron Peskin delivered a ballot measure supporting a free Citywide WiFi proposal to the San Francisco Elections Department today moments before deadline.

The measure is meant as a signal to proposed Wifi vendors EarthLink and Google of solidarity across the City political spectrum, said Mayoral Press Secretary Nate Ballard, as well as to voters.

“The City family is unified for the first time behind free Wifi,” stated Ballard.

“It guarantees privacy. It guarntees high speed and also it guarantees that it will cover all parts of the City.

“That’s a good statement of policy.

“We’re glad to be working with Aaron Preskin on this.” Peskin serves as president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Deadline for submitting ballot measures for the November 2007 election was 5:00 p.m. today.

Measures submitted include:

RENEW THE CITY’S LIBRARY PRESERVATION FUND AND ALLOW THE FUND TO BE USED TO PAY FOR RENOVATIONS AT BRANCH LIBRARIES.

STAFF SALARY FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE CENTER.

PERMIT CONSTRUCTION OF MORE PARKING SPACES DOWNTOWN AND IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS.

EMISSIONS REDUCTION AND TRANSIT REFORM

LIMIT HOLD-OVER SERVICE BY MEMBERS OF CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

REQURING THE MAYOR OR FOUR OR MORE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OFSUPERVISORS PROPOSING TO SUBMIT AN INITIATIVE TO THE VOTERS TO SUBMIT THE MEASURE TO THE BOARD OF SUPVERSIORS FIRST FOR PUBLIC HEARING

REQUIRING THE MAYOR TO APPEAR PERSONALLY AT ONE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS EACH MONTH TO ENGAGE IN FORMAL POLICY DISCUSSIONS WITH MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

TO PROVIDE RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR POLICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES WHO WERE ALSO AIRPORT POLICE OFFICERS PRIOR TO DECEMBER 27, 1997, AS IFTHEY HAD BEEN MEMBERS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT DURING THEIR SERVICE AS AIRPORT POLICE OFFICERS

RENEWAL OF LIBRARY PRESERVATION FUND FOR FIFTEEN-YEAR TERM AND AUTHORIZATION TO ISSUE DEBT FOR LIBRARY PURPOSES SECURED BY AND/OR REPAID FROM THE FUND

CITY POLICY STATEMENT ON WiFi

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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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BLACK MUSLIM BAKERY WORKER SAID TO HAVE CONFESSED TO JOURNALIST CHAUNCEY BAILEY EXECUTION

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Chauncey Bailey

A 19-year-old handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery admitted to police Friday night that he ambushed and killed Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey, according to the Oakland Tribune.

Police said Devaughndre Broussard told them he killed Bailey because he was angry over stories the journalist had written about the bakery, its employees and leaders in the past. Investigators said Broussard was also concerned about stories that he thought Bailey might be working on.

Bailey had apparently been working on a story about the group and its finances, authorities said.

Broussard made the admission to Sgts. Derwin Longmire and Lou Cruz.Broussard had been arrested at his home Friday morning in the 1000 block of 59th Street, where police recovered the shotgun that they believe was used to kill Bailey the day before.

Oakland police say that members of the Your Black Muslim Bakery, who were arrested in connection with three murders, including that of journalist Chauncey Bailey, appear to have thought that they were above the law.

Lt. Ersey Joyner, head of the homicide unit at the Oakland Police Department, said, “In my opinion several members of the bakery have been involved in a very violent enterprise and carried themselves in a manner that was disrespectful to the community and to law enforcement.”

Joyner said, “They are very callous and appear to have believed that they were untouchable.”

Bailey, 57, was shot multiple times on 14th Street near Alice Street shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday as he was walking to his job as editor of the Oakland Post several blocks away at 405 14th St.

Joyner said North Oakland residents who live near the bakery, which is located at 5832 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland, “are living in fear” and have been afraid to come forward to cooperate with police, whom he said are investigating a series of murders, assaults and kidnappings that they believe have been committed by bakery members.

Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan said the bakery’s most prominent member, Yusef Bey IV, 21, the grandson of Yusef Bey, who founded the bakery in 1968, was one of seven people arrested in raids at 5 a.m. today at the bakery and three other nearby locations.

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Yusef Bey IV

Jordan said they are being held on suspicion they were responsible for the murder of Bailey as well as the murders of Odell Roberson, Jr., 31, on July 8 and Michael Wills, 36, on July 12.

Roberson and Wills were both killed near the bakery, Jordan said.

The seven suspects also are being held on suspicion of kidnapping and assault for related incidents, Jordan said.

Two other suspects are still at large, he said.

Jordan said homicide investigators recognized similarities between the murders of Roberson and Wills and found gun evidence that links the two incidents.

Jordan said, “During our investigation of those incidents, Chauncey Bailey was murdered” and gun evidence links the suspects to that incident as well.

Jordan said Oakland police have been investigating people connected to the bakery for more than a year and today’s raid was planned before Bailey was killed.

“It was very disheartening to hear of the incident (Bailey’s death) and to hear that it was connected to our investigation,” Jordan said.

“It’s very unfortunate that Mr. Bailey was killed.”

Joyner declined to talk about a motive for Bailey’s death.

But Delmont Waqia, Bailey’s brother-in-law, who attended the Police Department’s news conference on the raid and arrests, said afterward that Bailey was working on a story about the bakery’s operations.

Jordan said he wanted to stress that police don’t believe Your Black Muslim Bakery has any connection to Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

Referring to the alleged criminal activity and today’s arrests, Jordan said, “This should not be seen as religious.”

More than 200 heavily-armed officers from Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore and the Alameda County Sheriff’s offices conducted the raids today.

Joyner said officers found more than 100 casings that were to be used in assault rifles.

Jordan said officers also closed the bakery because it had unsanitary living and eating conditions.

Yusef Bey IV faces numerous other cases in jurisdictions throughout the greater Bay Area.

He is scheduled to stand trial in San Francisco County Superior Court in September on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon for an April 28, 2006, incident in which he allegedly tried to use his BMW to run down several bouncers after being thrown out of the New Century Theater, a strip club on Larkin Street.

Bey and four other defendants also face charges that they vandalized two West Oakland liquor stores on Nov. 23, 2005, because they didn’t want the stores to be selling alcohol in the black community.

A preliminary hearing for Bey and the other four men, which began last spring, is scheduled to resume on Aug. 28, Deputy District Attorney John Mifsud said today.

Two other defendants in the case pleaded no contest to felony vandalism last year and have been sentenced. Charges were dropped against two other defendants because of a lack of evidence.

Bey also faces four felony charges in Solano County for allegedly fraudulently obtaining a car on Oct. 14, 2005, by using someone else’s identification to get credit to buy the vehicle.

Mifsud said Bey also faces four other unrelated cases in Alameda County: felony vehicle theft and misdemeanor charges of petty theft, resisting arrest and vehicle theft.

Assistant District Attorney Tom Rogers said Bey and the other suspects who were arrested today haven’t been charged at this time because Oakland police officers are still completing their investigation and he won’t see any police reports until Monday at the earliest.

Bailey’s sister, Lorelei Waqia, who came to Oakland from her home in Atlanta after Bailey was killed, said funeral services tentatively are scheduled for Wednesday but the arrangements haven’t been finalized yet.

Bailey’s father, Chauncey Bailey, Sr., who lives in Des Moines, Ia., attended today’s police news conference along with Waqia and her husband, Delmont Waqia.

Delmont Waqia said he wants to find out who killed Bailey and thinks whoever was responsible “is a mixed up, confused youngster who didn’t realize what he was doing.”

Jeff Shuttleworth of Bay City News contributed to this report

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August 3 Videos of The Day – ALLAHU AKBAR – BAR’CHU – SALVE REGINA – AMAZING GRACE – Babies born today will require steadfast love – Live radar and weather forecast

August 3 Videos of The Day
ALLAHU AKBAR

BAR’CHU

SALVE REGINA

AMAZING GRACE

AUGUST 3 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are uncommunicative and independent and have great perseverance. In a quiet, modest way you carry out your plans, relying on your own judgment. You are affectionate and demonstrative and require a steadfast love from your mate.

ADVICE FOR AUGUST 3
Soak broccoli in cold water to drown (and sink) cabbage loopers.

AUGUST 3 WORD OF THE DAY
Dewpoint temperature. Defintion: The temperature to which a given parcel of air must be cooled before it becomes saturated; the temperature of an object when dew first forms on it.

AUGUST 3 IN HISTORY
Born: Martha Stewart (homemaking guru), 1941. Warsaw, Indiana, received 6.25 inches of rain, 1929.

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

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West southwest wind between 8 and 10 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. West southwest wind between 9 and 14 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. West southwest wind between 10 and 14 mph.

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

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

Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

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

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

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

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

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

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“H.M.S. PINAFORE” SAILS THE LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE INTO 55TH SEASON

Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operetta embarks at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts August 17th—19th

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

It’s hilarity on the high seas as the Bay Area’s acclaimed Lamplighters Music Theatre opens its 55th season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. PINAFORE. Lamplighters Artistic Director Barbara Heroux directs this fully-staged production featuring a live orchestra and the phenomenal voices of the Lamplighters company, with guest conductor George Thomson at the baton. H.M.S. PINAFORE plays August 2-4 at the LESHER CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Walnut Creek; August 11-12 at the NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE; and August 17-19 at the YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS in San Francisco.

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H.M.S. PINAFORE – F. Lawrence Ewing (Sir Joseph Porter)

With folly and mirth to spare, Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comic operetta H.M.S. PINAFORE is as timely as today’s headlines with its mockery of incompetence in high political places. This side-splitting send up of snobbery and social class sets sail with a lowly seaman in love with his Captain’s daughter, who in turn is pledged by her father to a higher-ranking officer. Mayhem prevails in this ship-shape satire chock full of Gilbert and Sullivan’s trademark twists and turns, as does true love.

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JONATHAN SMUCKER (Ralph) and JENNIFER ASHWORTH (Josephine)

H.M.S. PINAFORE was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth operatic collaboration, and became the duo’s first big hit, opening at the Opera Comique in London on May 25, 1878. Running for 571 performances, the second longest run of any musical theatre piece at the time, H.M.S. PINAFORE became a huge fad in England as well as America, and was copied illegally by dozens of performing companies. Drawing on several themes introduced in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer, specifically love between members of different social classes, H.M.S. PINAFORE pokes fun at the Royal Navy and, in themes to be repeated in the later operas, parliamentary politics and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority.

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KATY DANIEL (Little Buttercup) and JONATHAN SPENCER (Captain Corcoran)

Lamplighters Music Theatre has assembled a talented ensemble for H.M.S. PINAFORE including F. Lawrence Ewing as Sir Joseph Porter; Jonathan Smucker as Ralph Rackstraw; Jennifer Ashworth as Josephine Corcoran; Katy Daniel as Little Buttercup; and Jonathan Spencer as Captain Corcoran. Also featured are Behrend Eilers as Dick Deadeye; Cary Ann Rosko as Cousin Hebe; Chris Shuford as Bill Bobstay; and Ted von Pohle as Bob Becket.

Lamplighters Artistic Director/Producer Barbara Heroux helms H.M.S. PINAFORE. Introduced to Lamplighters as a young actress and singer 30 years ago, Heroux has appeared on stage in many leading roles with the company in productions including Die Fledermaus, Hello, Dolly!, The Yeomen of the Guard, Patience, H.M.S. PINAFORE, Ruddygore, Gondoliers, and many others. Under her direction, the Lamplighters production of Princess Ida traveled to the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, where it captured awards for Best Production, Best Director, and Best Overseas Society. In addition to her work with Lamplighters, Heroux has directed and performed with many Bay Area companies, including Berkeley Opera, West Bay Opera, and Peninsula Civic Light Opera (now Broadway by the Bay), and is the recipient of four Bay Area Critics Circle Awards. She recently directed Madama Butterfly for the Livermore Valley Opera and The Most Happy Fella for Cinnabar Opera Theatre.

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Jonathan Spencer, Jennifer Ashworth, and F. Lawrence Ewing

Conductor George Thomson lends his artistry to H.M.S. PINAFORE. Making his conducting debut at Berkeley Opera in 2004, Thomson has since conducted for the Berkeley Symphony, and has appeared as a guest conductor with the Marin Symphony, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. As an instrumentalist, he has enjoyed long associations with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the American Bach Soloists; from 1996 to 2005 he was Principal Violist of the Carmel Bach Festival. As an educator Thomson directs the award-winning Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School in San Anselmo, and was the Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony’s award-winning Music Education Program from 2001-07; he is currently the Music Director of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra.

LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE, recognized as one of the top Gilbert and Sullivan companies in the world, is one of the oldest continuously performing theatres in the Bay Area, and the only year-round musical theatre company in San Francisco. Since the company’s founding in 1952, Lamplighters Music Theatre has been dedicated to upholding the tradition of light opera and musical theatre, particularly through the production of the operettas of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The company has produced the entire Gilbert and Sullivan canon as well as other light opera and musical theatre classics such as The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Of Thee I Sing, My Fair Lady, Candide, and A Little Night Music.

To order tickets on-line: H.M.S. PINAFORE
On-line 2007/2008 Season Subscription Order Forms: LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE, 2007/08

Seán recommends these G&S sailings of HMS PINAFORE:
CD, H.M.S. PINAFORE – Isidore Godfrey conducts the D’Oyly Carte Chorus & Orchestra. Featuring Joyce Wright, Jean Hindmarsh, , Eric Wilson-Hyde, John Reed, George Cook, Thomas Round, Donald Adams, Jeffrey Skitch, and Gillian Knight.

DVD, H.M.S. PINAFORE and TRIAL BY JURY – Starring Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, Colette Mann, Tiffany Speight, John Bolton Wood, Richard Alexander; Opera Australia Melbourne Chorus, Orchestra Victoria.

For your dining pleasure, Seán recommends:
BUCA di BEPPO – 855 Howard Street (between 4th & 5th). Phone: 415-543-7673. Try the new Shrimp Fra Diavolo and “sail the ocean blue”! This spicy new dish hoists crispy shrimp and tender scallops tossed with peppers and spaghetti in a fiery red fra diavolo sauce.

COCO 500 – 500 Brannan Street (near 4th). Phone: 415-543-2222
“Little Buttercup” loves Loretta Keller’s new South of Market hotspot! And you will know why if you try the Heirloom Tomato Salad with feta cheese, marjoram, japanese mustard greens, and davero olive oil.

See Seán’s recent articles:
THE BIG VOICE: God or Merman?
HELP IS ON THE WAY XIII GOES TO THE MOVIES
HOTEL CASABLANCA – World Premiere in San Francisco
INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS – A Conversation with Composer Jay Kuo
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
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel

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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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August 2 Videos of The Day – INDELICATE MARCH – COSTLY MARCH – PORTAL MARCH – Babies born today will be have business ability – Live radar and weather forecast

August 2 Videos of The Day
INDELICATE MARCH

COSTLY MARCH

PORTAL MARCH

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AUGUST 2 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are apt in handling details, have business ability, are aggressive, and adapt yourself readily to the job at hand. You are buoyant, happy, and sincere, and like the company of cultured and refined people. You are a good conversationalist, fond of music and art. Choose a congenial mate and you will be happy.

ADVICE FOR AUGUST 2
When black snails cross your path, black clouds much moisture hath

AUGUST 2 WORD OF THE DAY
Sleet. Defintion: Sleet falls in the winter when the air temperature is below freezing near the ground and above freezing up in the clouds. Rain forms in the warm air and falls into the cold air, freezing into little pieces of ice on the way down.

AUGUST 2 IN HISTORY
Born: Leopold Gmelin (chemist), 1788. It was 107 degrees F in Massachusetts, 105 degrees in Maine and New Hampshire, and 104 degrees in Rhode Island, 1975.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. West southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. West southwest wind between 9 and 15 mph.

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 69.

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 68.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

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PROSECUTORS RELY on loan application in Ed Jew case

BY EMMETT BERG

Prosecutors are relying on a loan application filled out by Supervisor Ed Jew in 2005 to show that he did not live at a home he owned in San Francisco but had for years resided outside the city.

During a three-day preliminary hearing in San Francisco Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron presented testimony from neighbors to the Sunset District home at 2450 28th Ave. Utility workers and investigators were also brought in to substantiate nine felony charges alleging false claims of residency and violations of the elections code.

The prosecutor also alleged a crime not even covered in the indictment: that Jew had allegedly forged the name of his brother David Jew on an absentee ballot request form last year.

But Ackiron concluded his argument before Judge Harold Kahn by pointing to fine print in a universal loan application he said was completed by Jew in 2005. Jew was seeking money to buy property in Arizona.

The fine print in the loan application said lying about information provided in the form was a federal offense. In the form Jew stated his current address as Chandler, Ariz., and his previous address as Burlingame, where he stated he had lived for six years, according to Ackiron.

Ackiron said that if Jew was truthful in the loan application, he could not have been truthful when he registered to vote in San Francisco in 2003.

“If the reverse is true, this document is false and Mr. Jew has committed a federal crime,” the prosecutor said.

Bill Fazio, Jew’s attorney, has said that the documents and testimony presented by prosecutors were not conclusive, and that neighbors who testified may be unreliable.

Outside court, Fazio said the prosecution case was “weak” and that his client would prevail.

“This was their best shot,” Fazio said. “Ed Jew hasn’t even begun to fight.”

Conviction on the charges could strip Jew from his spot on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and result in prison time.

Outside court Jew was asked how he would handle being a defendant in a criminal trial while still fulfilling the responsibilities of his public office.

“Let me just say this, I was at the board meeting until about 8:30 last night. And if need be, I’ll be there today, tomorrow, the next day and so forth,” Jew told reporters. “You make it work.”

A representative of the district attorney said she expected a trial to last between one and two weeks.

Kahn set Aug. 20 as a date for further arraignment and setting of a trial date.

Jew’s troubles began in May when agents from the FBI allegedly caught him with cash given to restaurant owners seeking a permit in the supervisor’s district. No federal charges have been filed and Jew has denied wrongdoing.

Media scrutiny following the raid led to questions about Jew’s residency.

Bay City News

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TWO NEW Muni Fast Pass sales locations added

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announces the addition of two new Muni FastPass® sales locations:

SFMTA Customer Service Center
11 South Van Ness Avenue @ Market Street
1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day, Adult, Cable Car, Disabled, Senior, Tokens, Youth, Parking Cards.
Open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Muni maps also sold.

Transit Kiosk
Mezzanine Level
Embarcadero Metro Station
1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day, Adult
Open 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Other primary sales locations are:

Cable Car Ticket Booth
Beach @ Hyde
Items Sold: 1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day, Adult, Cable Car, Disabled, Senior, Tokens, Weekly, Youth, Parking Cards
Open from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day (Lunch Break from
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Passes are sold all month long at the Cable Car ticket booth at Beach and Hyde Streets. Muni Maps are also sold at the booth.

Cable Car Ticket Booth
Market @ Powell
1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day, Adult, Cable Car, Disabled, Senior, Tokens, Weekly, Youth, Parking Cards
Open from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. every day. (Lunch Break from11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Passes are sold all month long at the Cable Car ticket booth at Powell and Market
Streets. Muni Maps are also sold here.

City Payment Center
City Hall
Adult, Cable Car, Disabled, Senior, Tokens, Weekly, Youth, Parking Cards Passesare sold all month long at this location. Muni Maps are also sold here.
Open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays

Montgomery Metro Station
Market @ Montgomery
1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day, Adult, Cable Car, Disabled, Senior, Tokens, Weekly, Youth, Parking Cards
Sales and exchanges from 1pm to 7pm, weekdays only. (Lunch Break from 4:00
p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Bay & Taylor Sales Booth
Bay @ Taylor
Items Sold: 1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day, Adult, Cable Car, Disabled, Senior, Tokens, Weekly, Youth, Parking Cards
Sales hours 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday (Lunch Breakfrom 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Muni Maps are also sold at this location.

Visit sfmta.com/cms/mfares/passvend.htm to purchase passes online or look-up the closest sales location by zip code.

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MAYOR EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES on passing of MTA Board Chair Cleopatra Vaughns

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Cleopatra Vaughns

Mayor Gavin Newsom was saddened to hear of the passing of former MTA Board Chairman Cleopatra Vaughns yesterday. Newsom expressed his condolences to the family and friends of Vaughns stating, “At this time, I join with other civic leaders and those who had the pleasure to work and know Cleopatra, our most sincere condolences.”

Reflecting on the contributions of Ms. Vaughns, Newsom went on to say “Cleopatra shepherded the Municipal Transportation Agency during some difficult financial times and was responsible for bringing Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. to San Francisco to run the MTA. The city has lost an exceptional civic and community leader.”

Ms. Vaughns was one of the “original members” of the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors, appointed in 2000 by Mayor Willie L. Brown, and retired from government service in 2006. Cleopatra was Chairman of the MTA Board from 2004-2006.

As a retired registered nurse and Manager of Community and Marketing Relations for Blue Shield, Cleopatra held leadership positions in many community, business and professional organizations including Chairman of The City Club of San Francisco, the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau and National President of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Ms. Vaughns also served on the Board of Directors of the American Public Transportation Association, and was active in the Northern California Chapter of the Committee of Minority Transportation Officials.

Former Mayor Willie L. Brown named a day in her honor and the League of Women Voters of San Francisco recognized Ms. Vaughns a “Woman who could be President”. Ms. Vaughns, an avid jazz pianist, is survived by her beloved son, Phillip Vaughns, Esq.

Mayor’s Office of Communications

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JUDGE RULES evidence warrants trial for San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew – Nine felonies counts

A judge says evidence brought by prosecutors warrants a trial for Supervisor Ed Jew on nine felonies for claiming residency and running for office in San Francisco when a home loan document he filed in 2005 reported six years’ residence in Burlingame.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn set August 20 as the date for further arraignment and setting of a trial date. Conviction on the charges could strip Jew from his spot on the Board of Supervisors and result in prison time.

Kahn’s ruling followed the conclusion of a preliminary hearing in which investigators and neighbors in the vicinity of 28th Avenue gave testimony that prosecutors arranged to substantiate their charges that Jew was not living there when he registered to vote nor while he filed papers to begin the process of running for supervisor.

Outside court today Jew was asked how he would handle being a defendant in a criminal trial while still fulfilling the responsibilities of his public office.

“Let me just say this, I was at the board meeting until about 8:30 last night. And if need be, I’ll be there today, tomorrow, the next day and so forth,” Jew told reporters.

“You make it work.”

A representative of the district attorney’s office said she expected a trial to last between one and two weeks.

Jew is the subject of a separate FBI 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.

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CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR announces appointments

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments

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Elmy Bermejo, 52, of San Francisco , has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women. She has served on the Commission since 2003. Bermejo has also served as special assistant to Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata since 2004 and a partner of Tommy’s Heavenly Margarita Mix since 2005. Previously, she was a district representative for Senator John Burton from 1995 to 2004 and district director for Congresswoman Lynn C. Woosley from 1993 to 1994. Bermejo is board president of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and a member of the Women’s Foundation of California. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Bermejo is a Democrat.

H. Benjamin Curry, Jr., 57, of Atascadero , has been appointed warden of the Correctional Training Facility. He has served in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) since 1974 and currently serves as acting warden of the Correctional Training Facility. Curry was chief deputy warden at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) from 2003 to 2006. Prior to this promotion, he held several positions at CMC from 1995 to 2003. Curry was facilities captain at the Sierra Conservation Center in 1995 and served as correctional lieutenant at California State Prison, Sacramento and Folsom State Prison from 1993 to 1995. He began his career with CDCR as a correctional officer at the California Institute for Men in 1974. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,108. Curry is a Republican.

Lindy DeKoven, 53, of Los Angeles , has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women. She has served on the Commission since 2006 where she currently holds the position of first vice chair. Since 2002, DeKoven has served as president of DeKoven Entertainment, a television production company. Previously, she was executive vice president of NBC Entertainment from 1993 to 2000 and, prior to that, was vice president of Warner Brothers Television from 1991 to 1993. DeKoven is a member of the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Board of Directors and the Los Angeles Zoo Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. DeKoven is a Democrat.

Tonya Hoover, 45, of Concord , has been appointed assistant state fire marshal for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Since 1998, she has served as the fire marshal for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District. From 1990 to 1998, Hoover was a deputy fire marshal at the University of California , Berkeley . Previously, she served as a fire inspector for the Riverview Fire Protection District from 1989 to 1990 and held the same position for the Dublin San Ramon Services District from 1987 to 1988. Hoover is a member of the National Fire Protection Association Standards Committee and the International Fire Service Training Association Validation Committee. She is also past president of the California Fire Chiefs Association Fire Prevention Officers-Northern Section. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $110,280. Hoover is a Republican.

Robert Mason, 52, of San Francisco , has been appointed legal advisor to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). He has worked for Bergman and Dacey Incorporated since 1989 and currently serves as of counsel. Mason previously served as an associate attorney for the law firm Cotkin, Collins & Franscell from 1986 to 1989 and held the same position with Daniels, Baratta & Fine from 1985 to 1986. Prior to that, he was a contract attorney for Farbstein & Brown from 1984 to 1985. He is a member of the California State Bar and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mason earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California , Davis and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Santa Clara . This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $115,680. Mason is a Democrat.

John Messner, 63, of Folsom, has been appointed to the Public Works Contract Arbitration Committee. He has worked for the building contracting firm Harbison-Mahony-Higgins (HMH) since 1974 where he currently serves as vice president and operations manager. Messner previously held the positions of project engineer and project manager for HMH. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of California . This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Messner is a Republican.

Bethany Mills, 30, of West Sacramento , has been appointed assistant deputy director of public affairs for the Department of General Services. She has been an account manager for the Perry Communications Group since 2006. Mills previously was a senior account executive for Randle Communications from 2004 to 2006 and a media consultant for the Automated Power Exchange in Santa Clara from 2003 to 2004. Prior to that, she was a campaign consultant for NCG Porter Novelli from 2002 to 2003. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $76,656. Mills is a Republican.

Stephen St. Marie, Ph.D., 55, of San Francisco , has been appointed advisor on policy and planning for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). He has served in various capacities for the PUC since 2003 and currently serves as chief of staff to Commissioner John Bohn. From 2003 to 2004, St. Marie was a public utilities regulatory analyst for the PUC. Previously, he was a principal for Navigant Consulting Incorporated from 2001 to 2003 and chief economic consultant for the California Electricity Oversight Board from 2000 to 2001. Prior to that, he held several senior positions with National Economic Research Associates from 1981 to 2000. St. Marie also worked as an economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 3 years. He currently serves as president of the Power Association of Northern California. St. Marie is also a member of the International Association for Energy Economics and the Western Economic Association International. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $97,128. St. Marie is a Republican.

Jay Alan Wierenga, 46, of Fair Oaks , has been appointed assistant director of communications for the Office of Homeland Security. He has served as communications director for the California Conservation Corps since March 2007. Wierenga previously was a news anchor and talk host for Newstalk 1530 KFBK from 2003 to 2007 and was a news anchor for KTXL-TV Fox 40 in Sacramento from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, he held numerous television positions including anchor and reporter for KPHO-TV CBS 5 in Phoenix , AZ and anchor for WSET-TV in Lynchburg , VA , where he was also managing editor. Wierenga is a member of the Stanford Home for Children Advisory Board and is a former board member for Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Sacramento . This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $101,952. Wierenga is a Republican.

Jeffrey Williams, Ph.D., 54, of Palo Alto , has been appointed to the Inspection and Maintenance Review Committee. He has served on the Committee since 2002. Williams has served as the Daniel Barton DeLoach professor in the Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics at the University of California , Davis since 1997. Previously, he was an associate professor and then professor in the Food Research Institute at Stanford University from 1987 to 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford University , Williams was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Brandeis University from 1981 to 1987. He is a member of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the American Finance Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Williams is a Republican.

Kurt Wilson, 34, of Rialto , has been appointed chief of external affairs for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). He has served as director of the Office of Community Safety and Violence Prevention for the City of San Bernardino since 2006. Between 1992 and 2006, Wilson served as chief operating officer for Innovation Treatment Centers (ITC) based in Rialto and also served as chief executive officer starting in 2000. Additionally, he served as teacher and principal for the Wilson School from 2001 to 2006. Wilson served on the Rialto City Council from 2000 to 2004 and during his tenure served as mayor pro tempore from 2002 to 2004. He also served as planning commissioner for the City of Rialto from 1992 to 2000. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $97,296. Wilson is a Democrat.

Daniel Zingale, 47, of Sacramento , has been appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women. He has served as chief of staff in the Office of First Lady Maria Shriver since 2005 and senior advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger since 2006. From 2003 to 2005, Zingale was a member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He previously served as cabinet secretary for Governor Gray Davis in 2003. Zingale was the founding director of the Department of Managed Health Care, a department designed to promote patient rights and a more stable and solvent managed health care industry, from 2000 to 2002. He also served as chief executive officer of the AIDS Action Council and AIDS Action Foundation, a national patient advocacy organization. Prior to that, Zingale was deputy controller and chief of staff in the Office of the State Controller Gray Davis. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Zingale is a Democrat.

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PG&E NAMED sixth top Bay Area corporate philanthropist – Donations come entirely from shareholders – Customer rates not affected

Pacific Gas and Electric Comapny (PG&E) has announced its recognition by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s leading corporate philanthropists.

The San Francisco-based gas and electric company ranked sixth on the San Francisco Business Times’ list of the top 70 Bay Area corporate philanthropists, featured in the Times’ annual report on the Bay Area’s business investment status, according to PG&E.

“We’re honored to be included among this distinguished group of corporate philanthropists,” Ophelia Basgal, PG&E vice president of civic partnership and community initiatives, said.

“Collectively we demonstrate that through taking an active role in our communities and supporting organizations and initiatives that create neighborhoods with robust businesses, plentiful jobs, vibrant schools, great parks and a healthy citizenry, we can contribute to a more sustainable society,” Basgal said.

In addition to being acknowledged as one of the Bay Area’s top corporate philanthropists, this year the gas and electric company is making its largest charitable commitment in the company’s history, according to PG&E.

PG&E is donating $18.3 million to various nonprofit organizations this year, a 25 percent increase from 2006, the company said.

PG&E’s charitable contributions are generated entirely from the company’s shareholders and do not affect gas and electric rates, the company said.

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August 1 Videos of The Day – A TIME FOR CLOWNS – I GOT A CRUSH – IT’S IN THE EYES – Babies born today will be intuitive – Live radar and weather forecast

August 1 Videos of The Day
A TIME FOR CLOWNS

I GOT A CRUSH

IT’S IN THE EYES

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AUGUST 1 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have intuitive powers and somewhat fastidious tastes and are bold even to the point of being foolhardy. You have perseverance and through it overcome many difficulties. You are fond of outdoor sports and travel. You are gentle, affectionate, and fond of children, and love your home and family.

ADVICE FOR AUGUST 1
Observe on what day in August the first heavy fog occurs, and expect a hard frost on the same day in October.

AUGUST 1 WORD OF THE DAY
Cumulonimbus cloud. Defintion: Large, dark, vertical cloud with bulging top that brings showers, thunder, and lightning.

AUGUST 1 IN HISTORY
Colorado admitted to the Union as the 38th state, 1876. A 16-inch snow cover remained at 5,550 feet on Mount Rainier, Washington, 1954.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 71. West southwest wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 56. Southwest wind between 5 and 9 mph.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 72. Southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West southwest wind between 6 and 10 mph.

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

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

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 54.

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

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

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

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

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

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PESKIN MUNI REFORM PROPOSAL goes to November ballot

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Aaron Peskin, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, seen presiding over July 31 2007 meeting.
PHOTO BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

SEE RELATED COPROPHAGOUS AARON PESKIN BLINDSIDES THE CITY

BY EMMETT BERG

Legislators in San Francisco today passed a package of reforms designed to empower and improve city municipal Transportation Agency service, despite a divided Board of Supervisors that voted 7 to 4 on the issue.

Now voters this fall will get to a chance to weigh for themselves the array of transit organizational changes when they are asked to ratify the changes to the city charter in November.

Opposed to the charter amendments were supervisors Ed Jew, Michela Alioto-Pier, Gerardo Sandoval and Jake McGoldrick.

They are apparently joined in opposition by Mayor Gavin Newsom, who late last week released a statement reversing his support.

The statement came following what Newsom said were late changes to the terms brokered by
supervisors, employee unions and city officials.

The fuss concerns language in the amendment that supposedly makes it harder for lawmakers to pass increases to downtown parking allotments, which have been sought by developers of high-rise condominiums and others in the business community.

Overall, the changes include transferring some of the functions now belonging to the city Department of Parking and Traffic to Muni, like parking rates and fees. It would abolish the Taxi Commission and fold those responsibilities into Muni. It would also remove from future supervisors’ agendas votes on stop signs placements, street curb matters and traffic
control measures.

Personnel changes would also take effect, such as increasing the number of employees serving at the pleasure of the executive director, and enshrining performance bonuses that could in part upend the seniority-based salary system that unionized employees now work under.

The agency will spend about $668 million providing service this fiscal year. The proposed charter amendment would increase by $26 million, or double the current yearly amount Muni takes in from parking taxes.

The proposed charter amendment is the largest transit overhaul since the approval by voters in 1999 of Proposition E, which created the San Francisco MTA.

The charter amendment would allow Muni for the first time to float revenue bonds and raise cash to meet agency-specific priorities. A half-cent portion of the city sales tax flows to Muni and could be useful for raising even more money.

Bay City News

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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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GOVERNOR ORDERS CAPITOL FLAGS HALF-STAFF in memory of CHP Officer Douglas Scott – Killed in pursuit of fleeing suspect

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of California Highway Patrol Officer Douglas Scott Russell of Folsom, CA:

“Today, Californians mourn the loss of Officer Russell who gave his life in the line of duty while protecting his fellow citizens. Our law enforcement officers deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for the sacrifices they make every day to ensure our safety. The loss of one of our brave officers is a tremendous tragedy that weighs heavily on the hearts of all Californians. Maria and I express our deepest sympathies to the family of Officer Russell and will pray for their comfort during this difficult time.”

Russell, 46, died July 31 as a result of injuries sustained while attempting to stop a fleeing suspect during a pursuit on eastbound Highway 50. He was a member of the California Highway Patrol for 22 years. Officer Russell is survived by his wife Lynn.

In honor of Officer Russell, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

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SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES NEW RESCUE DEVICE FOR FIREBOAT

HIGH-TECH CAMERA TO SCAN WATER, HELP FIND VICTIMS AT NIGHT

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San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White

It has quickly become one of the most important pieces of equipment any fire department can have, and now one of San Francisco’s Fireboats will receive one of the most modern, high-tech versions.

Gallagher-Tarantino, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher and Co., and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company are giving $9,971 to the San Francisco Fire Department for the purchase of a new thermal imaging camera.

The heat-sensitive camera, typically used by Firefighters to search for victims and hidden fire inside smoke-filled buildings, will now be utilized during water rescue and recovery efforts. The camera uses updated technology to “see” through darkness and fog to quickly locate anyone in the water, trapped on a boat, or on a pier.

“Thermal imaging cameras are invaluable tools that significantly improve the delivery of service to our community,” said Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White.

“Our fireboats have a unique responsibility to protect our city along the waterfront and this gift will have a huge impact in our search and rescue efforts.”

Chief Hayes-White, San Francisco Firefighters, and executives from Gallagher-Tarantino and Fireman’s Fund will come together for a public recognition event where the new camera will be presented and demonstrated.

Date and Time: Location:
Thursday, August 2, 2007 McCovey Cove
10:00 AM Ferry Pier behind AT&T Park

“We can’t think of a better way to support our Firefighters in this area,” said Don Tarantino, area President of Gallagher-Tarantino. “These cameras are reliable tools for saving lives and we’re proud to help San Francisco utilize one in this innovative way.”

The donation is part of a nationwide program called Fireman’s Fund Heritage which is funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire departments. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has given more than $13 million to hundreds of different departments. Independent insurance agencies that sell Fireman’s Fund products are able to direct these donations to support fire stations in their communities. Gallagher-Tarantino was instrumental in directing this specific gift to San Francisco.

About Arthur J. Gallagher
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Arthur J. Gallagher provides a full range of property/casualty and employee benefits products and services to clients of all sizes. For more information, visit ajg.com.

About Fireman’s Fund
Founded in 1863, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company is a premier property and casualty insurance company providing personal, commercial and specialty insurance products nationwide. Fireman’s Fund is a member of the Allianz Group (NYSE:AZ), one of the world’s largest providers of insurance and other financial services. For more information, visit firemansfund.com.

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STEVE YOUNG AND JERRY RICE REMEMBER BILL WALSH

“We will never forget our coach who took the 49ers to the highest pinnacle of achievement three times in the 1980s, earning the franchise and its talented coach the recognition they deserved.”San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

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Steve Young and Jerry Rice entered the Stanford University auditorium quietly Monday afternoon, both men appearing to brace themselves with arms held tightly across their chests, waiting for the news conference announcing the death of Bill Walsh to begin.

But both men began to relax as they shared memories of the Hall of Fame coach.

Bill Walsh deserves to be mentioned in the same category at the other great innovators and leaders that have clustered in the South Bay over the past three decades, Young said.

“When you mention Steve Jobs or Andy Grove you have to mention Bill Walsh,” Young said.

“He was doing the same things only in a different venue.”

Walsh died at home in Woodside Monday morning and was receiving visitors as recently as Sunday when former Stanford football coach Tyrone Willingham and Stanford donor John Arrillaga saw him.

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and former Raiders coach and current NFL broadcaster John Madden saw him on Saturday. Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott saw Walsh on Wednesday and Montana saw Walsh again on Friday, according to Walsh family spokesman Kirk Reynolds.

Rice said he was always grateful for Walsh taking a big chance by drafting him out of a small, historically black college in Mississippi.

“I came to San Francisco and I found another father: Bill Walsh,” Rice said.

Young, Rice, former 49er Keena Turner, former 49ers assistant coach Bill McPherson, Stanford University Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby and Stanford football coach Jim Harbaugh all agreed that Walsh should be remembered as a teacher as much as a coach.

“At his core, Bill was a teacher,” Turner said.

“He loved to be… able to see the future of a person,” Young said.

“He knew me well before I knew myself.”

Walsh talked about wanting to stay in the Bay Area and coach at his first meeting with then 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo before DeBartolo hired him in 1979.

“The most important thing that was in his mind was his love for the Bay Area, his home,” DeBartolo said in a conference call.

Stanford has already begun a Bill Walsh Leadership Program for student athletes and coaches to honor Walsh. There will likely be an additional honor for Walsh on the campus, according to Bowlsby.

“I also expect there’s going to be some sort of physical memory, likely around the football field,” Bowlsby said.

On behalf of San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom described Walsh as one of the greatest coaches in history and pledged the City would never forget Coach Walsh.

“It is with great sorrow that we mark the passing of one of the greatest football coaches in the history of the sport and one of San Francisco’s true legends,” Newsom stated.

“Bill Walsh will forever be remembered as the father of the West Coast offense, the architect of one of the winningest football franchises in NFL history, and a master motivator who took the raw components of talent and fashioned them into success through organization, vision, and will.

“We will never forget our coach who took the 49ers to the highest pinnacle of achievement three times in the 1980s, earning the franchise and its talented coach the recognition they deserved.

“His legacy will live on through the hundreds of NFL players and coaches he inspired, as well as millions of fans of the game. Although I am saddened by his passing, I would like to mark this day by remembering and honoring his great accomplishments and contributions to the sport of professional football and our city.

“Tomorrow I will issue a proclamation declaring July 31, 2007 Bill Walsh Day in San Francisco. Our flag at City Hall will be flown at half-mast in his honor.”

Walsh did not become an NFL head coach until he was 47, but turned the 49ers into a 1980s success story and left an indelible mark on American football.

His teams won the Super Bowl in 1982, 1985 and 1989, and he was named NFL coach of the year in 1981 and 1984.

Many of his former assistants went on to lead their own teams, handing down his methods and schemes to dozens more coaches.

Under Walsh, the 49ers drafted quarterback Joe Montana, wide receiver Jerry Rice and safety Ronnie Lott – all among the greatest players ever to play at their respective positions.

“For me personally, outside of my dad he was probably the most influential person in my life. I am going to miss him,” Montana said in a statement.

Walsh went 102-63 with one tie with the 49ers, winning 10 of his 14 post-season games along with six division titles.

He also helped to establish the World League of American Football – what was NFL Europe – in 1994.

Walsh was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004 and underwent months of treatment and blood transfusions.

He publicly disclosed his illness in November 2006, but appeared at a tribute for retired receiver Jerry Rice two weeks later.

Bay City News and Pat Murphy contributed to this report

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ISRAEL BACKS U.S. ARMS PLAN as bid to contain Iran

BY LESLIE SUSSER

JERUSALEM — In stark contrast to the past, when Israel and its American allies in Washington vehemently opposed arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem appears to be on board with a new Bush administration plan to sells billions of dollars of weapons to the Saudis.
The reason for the change of heart? Iran.

With the threat of Iran looming ever larger, both the United States and Israel are taking steps to increase the military might capable of countering Iran and its radical forces in the region.

The United States intends to increase military aid to its allies in the Middle East to the tune of around $60 billion over the coming decade. Most of the American weapons would go to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel.

At the same time, Israel plans to dramatically increase its own defense budget by more than $11 billion during the same period. The changes Israel intends to make in the Israel Defense Forces with the bigger budgets are said to be the most far-reaching in years. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has redefined the threats Israel is facing and wants to restructure the armed forces accordingly.

On Sunday, the government approved a hike of 46 billion shekels — or $10.6 billion — in defense spending over the next 10 years, but it postponed a vote on an additional 7 billion shekels — or $1.6 billion — that Barak wants for 2008.

Under President Bush’s plan, American military aid to Israel over the next decade would increase from $26 billion to $30 billion. Israel wants to use part of this to purchase state-of-the-art American warplanes, F-35 fighters and the F-22 stealth bomber, which to date the United States has not sold to any other country.

In the same period, Egypt would receive $13 billion in military aid under the Bush administration plan. That aid would keep Egypt at its current levels despite some moves in Washington to reduce it.

The most dramatic departure for the Americans, though, would be a $20 billion arms sale to the Gulf countries, mostly to Saudi Arabia.

Some U.S. legislators oppose the sale because, they say, the Saudis are allowing Sunni militants in the kingdom to attack U.S. forces in Iraq and are afraid to intervene, fearing the militants might turn on them. U.S. officials say the administration will insist that the Saudis clamp down on this kind of terror and show a higher profile in peace overtures toward Israel, including a committment to attend the regional peace conference the United States is planning for September.

Despite intense Israeli opposition to arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the past, most notably in the mid-1980s, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert fully accepts the argument that the arms are part of a major U.S. effort to counter Iran’s hegemonic regional ambitions.

Iran is a primary backer of Hamas and Hezbollah, terrorist groups that sit on Israel’s southern and northern borders. Iran has also made moves in recent months to keep Syria in its orbit and prevent Saudi Arabia from playing an active role in the latest American-sponsored Middle East peacemaking initiative.

The Saudi arms deal was one of the key issues Olmert discussed with Bush during a June visit to Washington. Bush assured the Israeli leader that the Saudis would not be given any weapons Israel doesn’t have, and that they would not be allowed to deploy systems close enough to the border to put Israeli targets in range.

The clincher for Olmert, though, according to diplomatic sources, was the corresponding increase offered by the president in military aid to Israel. This and the promise of super-sophisticated weaponry will help the United States keep its commitment to maintain Israel’s technological edge over any of its potential enemies.

Still, the Israeli right has offered some muted criticism of the U.S.-Saudi deal. Former Gen. Yossi Peled, the Likud Party candidate for defense minister, warned that in the event of a radical takeover in Saudi Arabia, the arms — which include precision munitions — could be turned on Israel.

Israeli government spokesmen counter that even if that were to happen, Israel would have the wherewithal to deal with whatever military problems it posed.

Due to the multiple threats Israel is facing in the region, Barak wants a significant increase in the size of the land army. He says he wants to create two more ground divisions, which would enable an overwhelming IDF response on any front, presumably even against the Saudis, if things were to go wrong in the kingdom.

In analyzing the shortcomings revealed in last summer’s Lebanon war and the evolving “threat map,” which includes heightened missile threats from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas and the possibility of full-scale war on more than one front, Barak has come up with five major priorities:

* The development of “multilayered” anti-missile defenses. This means putting in place a combination of anti-missile systems to deal with missiles of all sizes and ranges, and within five to seven years making Israeli air space virtually impregnable.

* To restore Israel’s famed capacity for ground maneuver on enemy territory through intensive training and the creation of the two new divisions.

* So-called “logistic breathing space,” which means making sure emergency stores are at capacity.

* Training and providing budgets for large-scale exercises involving brigades and divisions.

* Building up Israel’s capacity to strike targets thousands of miles away.

Barak told the Cabinet on Sunday that providing funds for all these ambitious projects was the only way to guarantee “decisive victory” in any future war. His budgetary demands coincided with an intensive review of Israeli military spending conducted by a committee under the former Treasury director-general, David Brodet. The committee made dozens of recommendations for economizing in the defense establishment, but also proposed significant increases in overall defense spending.

The thinking is that savings on the non-essentials together with the increases will provide huge sums for investment in strengthening the IDF.

The IDF has already carried out some of Barak’s reforms. The emergency supplies, found wanting during the Lebanon war, have largely been replenished. Huge land exercises have been carried out at divisional levels and major reforms in the training of troops have been introduced.

But Israel needs to be ready for more than a repeat of last summer’s war. At the very least, it has to take into account the possibility of simultaneous hostilities from Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Iran.

With this in mind, will there be funds for the rest of the ambitious reforms Barak has in mind? And if they are carried out, where will they leave the IDF vis-a-vis the new “threat map” — especially the multiple threats emanating from Tehran?

Global News Service of The Jewish People

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NEWSOM ASKS VOTERS to restore Small Business Center staff salaries eliminated by Board of Supervisors

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Mayor Newsom Monday announced funding for San Francisco Business Center salaries cut by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will be sought by voter approval in the November election. Scott Hauge, left, founder of Small Business California and named 2007 Small Business Advocate of the Year, noted small business slow 20-year rise to City assisance. Small Business Commission President Michael O’Connor reported the commission labored for Center establishment.
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BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Although the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved funding to establish a San Francisco Small Business Center in this year’s budget, the body cut $500,000 proposed by Mayor Newsom — necessary to pay five staffers for pro-active advocacy.

Newsom acted on mayoral authority to restore those funds Monday through voter approval on the November ballot.

Longtime small business leaders gathered for the celebratory announcement within SFParty.com, hosted by owner Dan Cerf with free popcorn and lemonade for all.

“This came together out of the frustration and the angst of small business owners” due to Board salaries elimination, Newsom stated.

“I will help support your efforts to get the kind of support you need.”

City tax revenues accruing from increase small business success will outweigh City costs to pay center staff, continued Newsom.

“It’s going to pale in contrast to increased City revenues,” Newsom projected.

The center, opening in January 2008 with sufficient staff if approved by voters, will serve as a one-stop location for current small business owners and prospective owners.

A case manager will be assigned to each client in obtaining business permits, grants, Enterprise Zone benefits and other services, explained Jennifer Matz, deputy director of the Economic and Workforce Development Department.

In addition to pro-active client advocacy with other City departments, the Newsom Administration will conduct annual review of case management success, said Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Newsom.

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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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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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