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ELIZABETH EDWARDS AT TOKLAS LGBT BREAKFAST – Same-sex couples should have same benefits and rights as straights

By Laura Dudnick
Bay City News

Elizabeth Edwards received thunderous applause during a speech in San Francisco today as part of Sunday’s Gay Pride celebration.

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of 2008 presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, advocated her husband’s democratic campaign and addressed issues pertaining to poverty, the U.S. involvement in the Iraq war and lesbian and gay rights, among other topics.

As members of the audience held up John Edwards campaign posters, Elizabeth Edwards conveyed her and her husband’s beliefs regarding one of the most important issues to many San Franciscans: the rights of gay and lesbian American citizens.

“Everyone should have the same rights and benefits,” Elizabeth Edwards said.

“Same-sex couples should receive the same treatment (as straight couples).”

On the subject of poverty in America, Elizabeth Edwards said that she believed Congress had masked the issue in unjustifiable silence.

“Thiry-seven million people (in America) live in poverty, and 15 million in deep poverty,” she said.

Elizabeth Edwards, who has been fighting breast cancer since 2004, also declared that the country’s healthcare is “in shambles.”

In addition, Elizabeth Edwards said she and John Edwards both support stem cell research, deeming it an important part of the country’s progress toward curing many medical problems.

“We need a government driven by science and compassion, not ideology,” Elizabeth Edwards said.

“It’s time to stand up. It’s time to fight,” she said at the end of her speech.

Elizabeth Edwards’ speech took place at the annual Alice B. Toklas Pride Breakfast, hosted by the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Democratic Club, at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel at 9:00 a.m.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, were among the opening speakers at the event.

Referring to Saturday and Sunday’s Gay Pride celebration, Newsom shared his belief that the “magic of San Francisco” stems from the non-judgmental nature of the city.

“Today is an affirmation of what’s good, and what’s right,” Newsom said.

Clad in leather pants that he jokingly referred to at one point during his short speech, Leno used his time at the podium to thank the audience for their support.

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SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE PARADE 2007 SUNDAY

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STEP SMARTLY

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

The San Francisco LGBT community, family, and friends celebrate the 37th Annual Pride Parade Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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The Parade will be webcast live by ShakeRadio.com, a Clear Channel station.

Celebrations continue in the Civic Center area until 7:00 p.m

The first event resembling the modern San Francisco Pride celebration was held in 1970.

Since 1972, the event has been held each year.

The name of the festival has changed over the years. The event organizers have selected a theme for the event, which is reflected in the logo and the event’s publicity.

The Rainbow Flag identified with the Gay community was originally created by Gilbert Baker for the 1978 San Francisco Pride Parade. It originally had 8 stripes, but was later simplified to the current 6 stripes. An 8 stripe Rainbow Flag flies over Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro.

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A PARTICULAR DISPOSITION PRE-1930

San Francisco was known as “Sodom by the Sea” in the 19th century.

The Dash was San Francisco’s earliest know gay bar located at 574 Pacific Street. It was closed by city authorities in 1908.

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas both grew up in the Bay Area. They met in Paris in 1907 and became one of LGBT history’s most well-known lesbian couples.

1916 — Punishment of homosexual soldiers is first codified in American military law. The Articles of War (which went into effect in March 1, 1917) include “assault with the intent to commit sodomy” as a capital crime.

1930s — Gay bars emerged after the repeal of Prohibition: Finocchio’s, Mona’s (first lesbian bar), Black Cat Café, The Old Crow, The Sailor Boy Tavern, The White Horse.

1940s — World War II was the first time the US military actively sought out and dishonorably discharged homosexuals. Many who were discharged were processed out in San Francisco.

1948 — Alfred Kinsey’s “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” challenged beliefs about male sexuality, specifically homosexuality. His research found that 37% of American men had at least one post adolescent homosexual experience leading to orgasm and 4% were exclusively homosexual through adulthood. The Kinsey Heterosexual-Homosexual Rating Scale defined a continuum in which zero was exclusively heterosexual and six was exclusively homosexual.

1950 — The U.S. Congress establishes the Uniform Code of Military Justice which sets down the basic policies, discharge procedures and appeal channels for the disposition of homosexual service members.

1950-1951 — Harry Hay, Chuck Rowland and others founded the Mattachine Society in Los Angeles, the first gay political organization (termed “homophile organization” during the 1950s). The San Francisco branch was established in 1953 and the Mattachine Review began publication in 1954.

1952 — Congress enacts a law banning lesbian and gay foreigners from entering the United States. The legislation is not repealed until 1990.

1953 — Dr. Evelyn Hooker, a psychologist, applies for a National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) grant to scientifically determine whether or not homosexuality is pathological. She obtains the grant and begins her research.

1954 — “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” was written by a gay couple, Douglass Cross and his partner George Cory. Tony Bennett’s recording in 1962 made the song famous.

1955 — Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin along with three other lesbian couples founded the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), the first lesbian organization. “The Ladder,” the monthly magazine of DOB was published in October 1956. The 1st National Lesbian Conference was held in San Francisco in May 1960.

1956 — Dr. Evelyn Hooker presents her paper “The Adjustment of the Male Overt Homosexual” to the American Psychological Association (APA). Her study concluded there are no differences between the psychological adjustment of homosexual men versus heterosexual men. Her landmark psychological study of homosexuals paved the way for future research.

1955-1956 — Beat generation poet Alan Ginsberg wrote “Howl,” which contained gay sexual imagery. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, owner of City Lights bookstore in San Francisco was prosecuted on obscenity charges for publishing “Howl”. Ferlinghetti was acquitted — the ruling determined that material that has redeeming social importance is protected by the First and Fourteenth Ammendments to the U.S. Constitution.

1958 — The Supreme Court ruled that “ONE” magazine, the publication of ONE, Inc., a homophile educational organization, founded in 1952 by members of the Mattachine Society, could be distributed through the mail.

November 24, 1958 — KPFA-FM in Berkeley broadcasts “The Homosexual in Our Society” featuring Blanche Baker, an advice columnist for a homophile newsletter and Karl Bowman, former head of Langley-Porter Clinic.

1961 — “The Rejected” aired on KQED TV 9, breaking the “conspiracy of silence” by discussing homosexuality. The program featured Margaret Mead, Dr. Evelyn Hooker, Carl Bowman, religious representatives, lawyers, and members of the Mattachine Society.

1961 — The League for Civil Education (LCE), organized by Guy Strait, distributed first gay tabloid in SF, “Citizen News.”

1961 — José Sarria, waiter and drag performer at Black Cat Café who was notorious for satirizing local anti-gay politics, received 5,600 votes in his bid for San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

1961 — The first San Francisco leather bar was called “Why Not?” Another leather bar opened soon after called the “Tool Box.”

1961 — Largest vice raid in San Francisco history took place at the Tay-Bush Inn, an after-hours club that served a mixed crowd. 81 men and 14 women were arrested – mostly gay, working-class and people of color.

1962 — Tavern Guild, the first gay business association is formed by bar owners to fight discrimination by the liquor board and defend the rights of gay clientele.

1964 — “Life” magazine runs a full-photo feature naming San Francisco the nation’s “Gay Capital.”

1964 — The Society for Individual Rights (SIR) organized and distributed the monthly magazine “Vector.” [shapingsf.org]

1964 — The Big Glass on Fillmore opens — first black-owned and African-American-oriented gay bar in SF.

1964-1965 — In SF, the DOB and Mattachine supported Ted McIlvenna, a social worker at Glide Memorial Methodist Church, to organize The Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH). At the benefit costume New Year’s Ball police showed up to harass guests by photographing them as they entered the ball and arrested CRH lawyers attempting to prevent police entrance without a search warrant. The ACLU took the case, the charges were dismissed and this incident became a turning point for the SF LGBT community’s ability to get legal support against police harassment. Herbert M. Donaldson, later appointed a California State Judge by Governor Jerry Brown, was among those arrested, handcuffed, and taken to jail in a police van.

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Herb Donaldson seated at rear of police van.
Photo courtesy Louise Swig.

April, 1966 — The SIR Center (Society for Individual Rights) opens in San Francisco, the first gay community center in North America.

May, 1966 — A “Rally to Protest Exclusion of Homosexuals from the Armed Forces” occurred at the Federal Building in San Francisco.

August, 1966 — At Compton Cafeteria, an all-night haunt in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, transgender prostitutes fought back against police harassment. The Compton Cafeteria riot was the first instance of queer resistance in the United States and is documented in the film Screaming Queens: The Origins of Transgender Activism in the U.S. (directed by Victor Silverman & Susan Stryker)

August 22, 1966 — First national convention of gay and lesbian groups gather in San Francisco (originally called The National Planning Conference of Homophile Organizations) subsequently forming the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations (NACHO).

1966 — Maud’s Study, a lesbian bar opened by Rikki Streicher in the Haight. “Last Call at Maud’s” is a documentary by Paris Poirer about the bar’s history that is filmed on the closing night in 1989.

1967 — The “Los Angeles Advocate” is published by Dick Michaels and his partner Bill Rand, of the Los Angeles activist group PRIDE. In 1969 Michaels and Rand renamed the paper “The Advocate” and began national distribution.

1967 – The Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop, the oldest gay bookstore in the U.S. opens in New York City on Mercer Street. In 1973 the store relocates to Christopher and and Gay Street.

1967 — In San Francisco, The “Circle of Loving Companions” is created and begins publishing a monthly called Vanguard.

1968 — Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a fellowship of Christian Churches, was founded in Los Angeles by Rev Troy D. Perry to address the spiritual needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community around the world.

1969 — Stonewall Rebellion — New York City

June 27, 1969 — The eve of Judy Garland’s funeral, the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, was raided by the Public Morals section of the New York Police department. The police began arresting people, and the crowd outside the bar along with numerous drag queens and other patrons started to rebel. Violent confrontations with police ensued throughout the week to protest police harassment against the gay community. The stage for the Gay Pride Movement was set and the last weekend in June commemorates this historic uprising.

1969 — The CA Sodomy Repeal Bill (Consenting Adults Bill) was influenced by Metropolitan Community Church founder Rev. Troy Perry and introduced to the California legislature starting in 1969 by Assemblyman Willie Brown, and every year afterwards until its passage in 1975.

1970 — The first San Francisco Gay Pride Parade was on June 28, 1970 and was called “Gay In.” The name and date for the event combined two significant events: the Stonewall Rebellion and the Human Be-In. The gay equivalent to the Human Be-in, a Gathering of Tribes which took place in 1967 in Golden Gate Park to bring together various factions of SF-based counter culture. 30,000 people showed up to collectively search for social change and hear Timothy Leary speak the ’60s mantra “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out.” Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco was founded in 1970 by Rev. Howard Wells.

1971 — No SF parade. Statewide rally in Sacramento to support Willie Brown’s consenting adults bill to decriminalize private sex between consenting adults. “Bay Area Reporter” (B.A.R.), SF gay weekly newspaper is founded by Bob Ross.

1972 — Christopher Street West — crowd estimate: 54,000. First Politician to appear in parade, Richard Hongisto. Mayor Alioto refused to make a mayor proclamation. City College of San Francisco offers first Gay Literature course. Achvah Chutzpah, the first gay Jewish organization, is founded.

1973 — Gay Freedom Day — Parade Theme: A Celebration of the Gay Experience — crowd estimate: 42,000. Parade name changed to Gay Freedom Day, which would continue until 1981. A rival party, the Festival of Gay Liberation, prompted the formation of the non-profit Pride Foundation to coordinate events. The American Psychiatric Association removes the term ‘homosexuality’ from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Second Edition” (DSM-II), the official manual that lists all mental and emotional disorders. In Alan and Susan Raymond’s observational documentary (precursor to reality tv) series “An American Family” Lance Loud, the oldest son surprised his family as well as PBS viewers by “coming out” as gay on national television. The Pacific Center for Human Growth is founded. It was organized to provide services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning communities in the Bay Area. The National Gay Task Force is founded — later changed to National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is founded as a nonprofit gay law firm dedicated to obtaining gay civil rights through the legal system.

1974 — Gay Freedom Day –Parade Theme: Gay Freedom by ’76 — crowd estimate: 60,000. This parade was criticized for not being politically focused. First Castro Street Fair initiated by Harvey Milk took place this year. The first issue of Journal of Homosexuality was published, edited by John De Cecco. Charles Garfield founds Shanti Project to provide free volunteer counseling to people with life-threatening illnesses.

August 1974 — Society of Janus was founded by Cynthia Slater and her partner Larry Olsen in San Francisco.

May 14 1974 – U.S Representative Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.) introduced the first federal Gay civil rights bill after consultation with the National Gay Task Force. Abzug’s bill called for amending the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 by adding the category of sexual orientation as a protected class. The House Judiciary Committee took no action on the bill in 1974 or in subsequent years when it was reintroduced.

1975 — Gay Freedom Day — Parade Theme: Join Us, The More Visible We Are, The Stronger We Become — crowd estimate: 82,000. The parade was the nation’s largest gay pride parade to date. A significant number of women were in the parade for the first time. California sodomy law repealed – Democratic state Senate Majority Leader, George Moscone, running for Mayor of San Francisco, was influential in repealing the state’s sodomy law. The Senate deadlocked on a 20-20 vote, Moscone locked the chamber doors until Lieutenant Governor Mervyn Dymally could fly back from Denver and cast the tie-breaking vote. It was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The first county to prohibit job discrimination against gays and lesbians was Santa Cruz County. American Psychological Association (APA) passed a resolution supporting the 1973 decision by the American Psychiatric Association to remove the term ‘homosexuality’ from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Second Edition” (DSM-II), the official manual that lists all mental and emotional disorders. Randy Burns and Barbara Cameron founded Gay American Indians in San Francisco.

1976 – Gay Freedom Day — Parade Theme: United for Freedom, Diversity is our Strength — crowd estimate: 120,000. Mayor George Moscone issued the first mayoral proclamation. Anita Bryant, singer, Miss Oklahoma second runner-up for 1959 Miss America, and spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Growers (“Sunshine-Tree Girl”), used footage from this parade to wage war against gay rights with her “Save Our Children” campaign in 1977 which overturned a Florida gay rights initiative.

May 25 1976 — First installment of “Tales of the City” by Armistead Maupin appeared in “San Francisco Chronicle.”Dr. Maggi Rubenstein founded the Bisexual Center.

1977 — Gay Freedom Day — Parade Theme: Gay Frontiers: Past Present, Future — crowd estimate: 250,000. Bryant’s anti-gay campaign brought gay right into the public eye. The 1977 parade focused on the homophobia inherent in her “Save Our Children” campaign and the resultant anti-gay violence. A common chant was “We Are Your Children!” Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician to be elected to SF Board of Supervisors. Gay Film Festival of Super-8 showcased experimental films and initiated Frameline’s San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Sha’ar Zahav, a progressive Reform Jewish synagogue founded in SF for people of all sexual identities. Gay Asian Information Network (GAIN) founded in Sunnyvale by Randy Kikuchi. National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) founded to secure legal protections and recognition for lesbian mothers. [nclrights.org] Joani Blank, sex therapist and educator, opens “Good Vibrations,” to provide women with a “friendly, clean well-lighted alternative to conventional ‘adult’ book stores” where they could obtain accurate information about sex and good quality sex toys.

1978 — Gay Freedom Day — Parade Theme: Come Out with Joy, Speak out for Justice — crowd estimate: 240,000. The 1978 SF Pride parade was significant — it was the first year the parade was funded by the city and Harvey Milk rode in parade as the first openly gay elected official. A main political issue was protesting the Briggs Initiative which piggybacked on Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign by proposing that gay people should not be employed as teachers and teachers supporting gay rights would be at risk for losing their jobs. The anti-gay initiative was defeated in the November election but on November 27, 1978 Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were murdered by Ex-Supervisor Dan White. White had resigned his seat on the Board of Supervisors but had changed his mind after a meeting with the Police Officers’ Association and Board of Realtors. He was attempting to get his position reinstated but Moscone denied his request after discussing the issue with Harvey Milk. White was the conservative swing vote that determined numerous board decisions and was also an active anti-gay spokesperson. Harvey emphasized Moscone’s need for the gay vote since he was up for reelection the following year. White was convicted of two counts of voluntary manslaughter rather than first-degree murder and was sent to prison for seven years and eight months. White’s attorney argued the “Twinkie Defense,” which claimed that White could not be held accountable for his actions due to the sugar high he was on from consuming cupcakes and drinking Coke all night before the murder. The night the verdict came out, May 21, 1979, became know as “White Night” as people outraged by the sentence rioted. Police cars were set on fire and City Hall was damaged. White was paroled after six years in prison and committed suicide. The San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band & Twirling Corps (now known as the San Francisco Lesbian / Gay Freedom Band) made it’s debut in the 1978 Gay Freedom Day Parade. Founded by Jon R. Sims, they were the first openly gay-identified musical organization anywhere in the world. Rabbi Allen Bennet allows himself to be outed in the San Francisco Examiner, making him the first openly gay rabbi. This year included the first appearance of Rainbow Flag designed by Gilbert Baker. The 8 colors represent: HOT PINK = sex, RED = life, ORANGE = healing, YELLOW = sun, GREEN = serenity with nature, TURQUOISE = art, INDIGO = harmony, VIOLET = spirit

1979 — Gay Freedom Day — Parade Theme: Our Time has Come — crowd estimate: 200,000. 10th anniversary of Stonewall — mourning Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone — Dan White’s Twinkie Defense, White Night riots were one month earlier. Mayor proclamation by Dianne Feinstein. First appearance of Dykes on Bikes and rainbow flags lining Market St. “Bay Times” (originally called “Coming Up!”) was published.

October 14, 1979 — 1st Gay March on Washington demanding “an end to all social, economic, judicial, and legal oppression of lesbian and gay people.” CUAV (Community United Against Violence) founded. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence founded.

May 21 1979 — “White Night” riots erupted when the verdict came out, ruling that Dan White receive two counts of voluntary manslaughter rather than first-degree murder for killing Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. The Radical Faeries are established when Harry Hay, a founder of the Mattachine Society, organizes a gathering of about two hundred men in the Arizona desert.

1980 — Gay Freedom Day — Parade Theme: Liberty and Justice for All — crowd estimate: 250,000. Political aspects of parade discouraged — carnival rides in Civic Center. Ken Horne, the first person with AIDS (PWA) reported to Center for Disease Control (CDC) with Karposi’s sarcoma (KS). KQED TV 9 produces and airs a documentary by Phil Bronstein, now Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, called “One Foot Out of the Closet.” The Human Rights Campaign, a LGBT political organization, was founded to lobby Congress and educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting the LGBT community, including workplace, family and discrimination issues.

1981 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Front Line of Freedom — crowd estimate: 250,000. Largest gay and lesbian gathering recorded in the world — named changed to International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade. Association of Lesbian/Gay Asians formed.

April 9 1981 — The first diagnosis of Kaposi?s Sarcoma in San Francisco occurs.

June & July 1981 — CDC reports in the “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” of a cluster of pneumocistis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in Los Angeles and KS and PCP clusters in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

December 1981 — Bobbi Campbell “AIDS Poster Boy” publicaly discloses his illness in the “San Francisco Sentinel” and puts flyers describing “Gay Cancer” in Castro pharmacy window.
Bobbi was also Sister Florence Nightmare,R.N. in the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and he was the first Person With AIDS (PWA) to go public by appearing on the cover of Newsweek magazine with his partner.

1982 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Out of Many…One — crowd estimate: 200,000. Gay Games 1 (originally named Gay Olympic Games) August 28-September 5 in Kezar Stadium. Dr. Tom Waddell conceptualized that a Gay Olympics would confront gay and lesbian stereotypes and bridge the divisions existing within the LGBT community. He said, “The most important thing about the Games is the destruction of ‘isms’ like ageism, sexism, and racism.” San Francisco Arts and Athletics (SFAA) had been created to put on the event. Three weeks before the opening, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) obtained an injunction in federal court prohibiting the use of the word “Olympic.” SFAA appealed the Federal Court’s injunction and a legal battle ensued. It was finally settled by the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in favor of the USOC in March, 1987. Dykes on Bikes name is changed to SF Women’s Motorcycle Contingent to be inclusive to all women who ride motorcycles and want to participate in the LGBT parade. Canyon Sam is the first Asian to emcee the Gay Pride Celebration. Only death at parade — Darryl Kevin Anderson was run over by a float.

April 1982 — The Kaposi’s Sarcoma Research & Education Foundation is founded to educate the public about the KS. Marcus Conant, M.D. and Cleve Jones are among the organizers. Bobbi Campbell and Dan Turner organize People With AIDS San Francisco, the first organization of, for, and by people with AIDS (and ARC).

1983 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Strengthen the Ties, Break the Chains — crowd estimate: 200,000. AIDS primary focus of parade — AIDS contingent leads parade.

May 1983 — the first Candlelight March on AIDS is organized in San Francisco by Bobby Reynolds, Gary Walsh and Bobbi Campbell. This march was the first time PWAs marched behind a banner proclaiming what was to become the motto of the PWA self-empowerment movement: “FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES.” BiPOL, the first and oldest bisexual political organization, forms in San Francisco. Founded on progressive feminist principles, BiPOL “educates, advocates, and agitates for bisexual rights, visibility and inclusion.”

1984 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Unity & More in ’84 — crowd estimate: 300,000. First nationwide parade theme.

April 9 1984 – SF Department of Public Health orders closing of gay bathhouses. KS Foundation becomes the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

July 1 1984 – National March for Lesbian & Gay Rights took place the day before the Democratic Convention. A major focus was protesting the lack of federal action to deal with AIDS. BiPOL sponsors the first Bisexual Rights Rally outside the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Pacific Friends founded as a social organization advocating friendship and cross-cultural understanding amongst gay Asians/Pacific Islanders, their partners and their friends. First Folsom Street Fair — A group of community organizers and housing activists organized the fair to make a political statement that there was a viable neighborhood South of Market and attempted to bring together all the diverse types of people living there. The dominance of the Leather community in the area turned the fair into an annual celebration of the SF S/M and fetish scene.

1985 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Honor our Past, Secure our Future — crowd estimate: 350,000. ARC/AIDS Vigil on UN Plaza at Civic Center. Focus was on connections between homelessness, poverty and HIV. The San Francisco Bay Area Gay and Lesbian Historical Society was founded to archive local LGBT history. The name was later changed to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was formed in New York to improve the public’s attitude towards homosexuality by protesting the depiction of LGBT people in the media. GLAAD started by protesting “The New York Post’s” sensationalized stories about AIDS and then created a chapter in LA (1988) to begin educating the entertainment industry on the importance of creating realistic portrayals of LGBT people in film and on TV. The Times of Harvey Milk directed by Robert Epstein was the first gay-Parade Themed film to win an Academy Award.

1986 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Forward Together, No Turning Back — crowd estimate: 100,000. First US Senator to speak at a gay celebration: Sen. Alan Cranston. BiPOL’s Autumn Courtney is elected co-chair of San Francisco’s Lesbian Gay Freedom Day Pride Parade Committee. Proposition 64 defeated- Lyndon LaRouche sponsored Prop 64 to quarantine people with AIDS. Nation’s Sodomy Law upheld.
In 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick was decided by the US Supreme Court. The 5-4 decision found that nothing in the Constitution “would extend a fundamental right to homosexuals to engage in acts of consensual sodomy.” Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt originally conceptualized in November 1985 by Cleve Jones who then made first panel in 1986 to commemorate friend Marvin Feldman. Lou Sullivan established FTM, an organization supporting female-to-male transsexuals and cross-dressers. Trikone (Sanskrit for triangle) started in Palo Alto is the world’s oldest support group for queer people of South Asian heritage. [trikone.org] KQED TV 9 airs The AIDS Show: Artists Involved with Death and Survival, directed by Robert Epstein and Peter Adair. The film won the 1986 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary. Black Coalition on AIDS, Inc. (BCA) was founded in 1986 to “address the fact that there were no agencies available to provide culturally sensitive services to Blacks infected with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS.”

1987 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Proud, Strong, United — crowd estimate: 275,000. First International Signs in 17 different foreign languages. Supreme Court Rules 5-4 against using name Gay Olympics. In 1982 the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) obtained an injunction in federal court prohibiting the use of the word “Olympic.” The motivation behind the injunction appeared suspiciously homophobic since the USOC had not sued the Police Olympics, the Special Olympics and other events utilizing the word “Olympics” in the title. SFAA appealed the Federal Court’s injunction and a legal battle ensued. It was finally settled by the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in favor of the USOC in March 1987. Dr. Tom Waddell, the founder of the Gay Games died of AIDS in July 1987. Dr. Tom Waddell biography video on Federation of Gay Games site. Approximately two thousand same sex couples are ‘married’ in a mass wedding on the steps of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC, on October 10. The ceremony is part of the 1987 March on Washington activities dramatizing the tax benefits for married people that lesbian and gay couples are denied. A contingent of 75 bisexuals marches in the 1987 March on Washington. This event proves to be the first nationwide bisexual gathering. From this gathering, the first national bisexual organization, The North American Bisexual Network (NABN — becomes BiNet USA) is formed. More than 6,000 walkers participate in the first AIDS Walk San Francisco, providing funds for eight benefiting organizations. Names Project founded by Cleve Jones, Mike Smith and others. On October 11 the AIDS Quilt was displayed for the first time on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. In 1987 there were 1,920 panels displayed. National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) created the legal mechanism of second-parent adoption and won the first second-parent adoption in the nation in 1987. AIDS Action Coalition organized — demonstrated a more militant form of activism.

March 1987 — AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power / New York is founded/

1988 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Rightfully Proud The first time a mayor is in the parade — Mayor Art Agnos. The parade started in the Castro. Southern California Representative William Dannemyer sponsored Proposition 102, which would have required mandatory reporting of HIV positive people to the state government. ACT-UP SF (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) formed out of AIDS Action Coalition Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) began as a men?s support group at the Pacific Center. It was first Asian/Pacific Islander-only gay men?s group in the Bay Area and begins publishing its newsletter “Lavender Dragon.” Asian Pacific Sisters (APS) forms and organizes the first Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian contingent in the Gay Pride Parade with a banner ?For the Love of Women? written in English, Chinese, Tagalog, Hawaiian and Vietnamese. Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer prize-winning two-part play “Angels in America” was commissioned by the Eureka Theatre. Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC) founded to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (lgbtq) youth. [lyric.org]

October 11 1988 — First National Coming Out Day Celebrated — anniversary of second march on Washington and first display of the NAMES Project Quilt, remembering those who have died from AIDS.

1989 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Stonewall 20: A Generation of Pride. The Living Well Project incorporated in 1989 as the GAPA Community HIV Project (GCHP), was the first gay-identified Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS program in the United States. Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman wins Academy Award for best feature length documentary. [tellingpictures.com]

July 1988 — Boy/Girl With Arms Akimbo was organized as a collective of cultural activists staging non-violent protests using creative tactics that were founded upon intellectual subversion and visual intervention.

1990 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: The Future Is Ours

July 18 1990 – Queer Nation founded and “dedicated to confronting society’s bigotry, discrimination, violence and misinformation.” The name “Queer” was reclaimed to be inclusive to all groups and represented a new form of activism. The organization used provocative demonstrations to support the fight against AIDS and homophobia.

November 1990 — Domestic Partner registry established in SF. The American Psychological Association stated that scientific evidence does not show that conversion therapy works to change one’s sexual orientation (from homosexual to heterosexual) and that it can do more harm than good. BiPOL sponsors the first National Bisexual Conference in San Francisco. More than 450 people attend from 20 states and 5 countries. The North American Bisexual Network (NABN) is formalized as the North American Multicultural Bisexual Network (NAMBN) at this first meeting of its members. LVA: Lesbians in the Visual Arts founded. Happy Hyder is a photographer and the founder and executive director of LVA.

1991 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Hand In Hand Together

February 14 1991 — Valentine’s Day — Over 275 gay and lesbian couples registered as domestic partners at SF City Hall when the domestic partner referendum went into effect.

July 1991 — SF City and County offered domestic partner benefits to employees

September 29 1991 — Governor Pete Wilson vetoed gay rights bill AB101 — a law banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. KQED was the first station in the country to air Marlon Riggs’ Tongues Untied, a film that looks at the lives of black gay men to and examines the homophobia and racism affecting gay African-Americans. KQED airs Stop the Church, a controversial documentary produced by Robert Hilferty about the planning and demonstration in December 1989 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral held by ACT-UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. The Bay Area Bisexual Network begins publishing the first and only national bisexual quarterly magazine, Anything That Moves: Beyond The Myths of Bisexuality. David Spada, a New York designer designs Freedom Rings, a necklace of anodized aluminum rings in the colors of the rainbow flag strung on a chain. Dr. Simon LeVay published a report in “Science” on differences in brain structure between heterosexual and homosexual men.

1992 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: A Simple Matter Of Justice Two lesbians were elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1992, Roberta Achtenberg and Carole Migden. Transgender Nation was organized in 1992 by Anne Ogborn. TN focused on transphobia inherent in the gay and lesbian community and demonstrated at the 1993 meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) at the Moscone Center to protest the labeling of transexuality as pathological. The Deaf & Gay Lesbian Center (DGLC) was established in March 1992, by Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency (DCARA) and the United Way of San Francisco, to serve the needs of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. Presidential candidate Bill Clinton promises, if elected, to repeal the military’s ban on gay and lesbian service members. Digital Queers was founded by Tom Rielly and Karen Wickre to bring the gay rights movement into the digital age by applying the powerful tools of high-technology to regional, state, and national grassroots organizations. PlanetOut, the online LGBT community, evolved out of Digital Queers in 1995.

1993 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: Year Of The Queer — crowd estimate: 400,000 – 500,000. Former SF Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg becomes the highest-ranking open lesbian to serve in the federal government by being appointed Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity by President Clinton. The SF chapter of the Lesbian Avengers sponsors the first annual Dyke March — slogan “We’re not waiting for the Rapture, We are the Apocalypse.” “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” is the compromised policy that was instituted to deal with the ban on gays and lesbians in the military. Military personnel would not be asked about their sexual orientation and would not be discharged simply for being gay. Engaging in sexual conduct with a member of the same sex, however, would still constitute grounds for discharge. BiPOL (San Francisco) mobilizes a successful nationwide lobbying campaign for visible bisexual inclusion in the March on Washington. As a result, for the first time bisexuals are included in the title of the March and are represented on the stage by bisexual activist and author Lani Ka’ahumanu. The Center for Lesbian Gay Bi Transgender Art & Culture (Qcc) is organized with a vision to create a repository for works of art by LGBT artists and provide a place to incubate ideas relating to gay culture.

1994 — International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade — Parade Theme: San Francisco to Stonewall: Pride & Protest. Stonewall 25 celebration in NYC to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion — Gay Games IV coincided with the 25th anniversary event. First constitutional challenge to the military’s policy — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union bring a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of six lesbian and gay service members. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas S. Zilly orders the Army to reinstate Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer to the National Guard. Armistead Maupin’s 6-hour “Tales of the City” was one of the most-watched series of the ’90s on KQED TV 9. The Harvey Milk Institute, a non-profit community-based institution is founded to provide education about the LGBTQ culture and community. Tom Ammiano, “The Mother of Gay Comedy,” is elected to SF Board of Supervisors — 1990 elected to San Francisco Board of Education — where he served terms as president and vice president, he was the main architect of San Francisco Domestic Partners Ordinance (1997) which provides equal benefits for employees of companies that contract with the City and County of San Francisco, he ran for mayor of SF against Willie Brown in 1999, came in second, and in 2002 is the President of the SF Board of Supervisors. The first issue of The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review is published — after 1999 it was renamed The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide. Dragonsani “Drago” Renteria founded the National Deaf Queer Archives.

1995 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: A World Without Borders First year celebration name changed to LGBT.

January 1995 — SF passed ordinance prohibiting discrimination against transgendered individuals. Founder of the Deaf Queer Resource Center, an online information and resource Web site, Director of Deaf Gay & Lesbian Center (DGLC) from 1992 to 1995, Dragonsani “Drago” Renteria, becames the first deaf person to be Grand Marshal of a major pride parade.

1996 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Equality & Justice For All

March 1996 — Mayor Willie Brown presided over mass gay wedding ceremony. SF Examiner publishes seven-part series Gay In America: 1996. The James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library is founded to promote and provide access to the documentation of lesbian and gay history and culture. President Clinton signs the “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) designed to allow states the option of not recognizing same-sex marriages that are legal in any other state.

1997 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: One Community Many Faces

June 1 1997 — San Francisco’s domestic partnership law went into effect and required companies holding contracts with the city of San Francisco to offer the same benefits to unmarried domestic partners that are offered to the spouses of married employees.

April 30 1997 — Ellen DeGeneres’ character Ellen Morgan “comes out of the closet” as a lesbian on her TV show “Ellen.” Historically, she became the first gay leading character to be out in a TV program.

1998 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Shakin’ It Up. Celebration at the Civic Center. President Clinton signed an executive order outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the Executive branch. California’s Hate Crime Legislation: AB 1999 was passed, California law punishes as a misdemeanor a person who uses force against any person because of that person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. AB 1999 clarified that a violent crime committed against a transgender person because of their gender identity is a hate crime based on gender under California law.

June 12 1998 — “The Castro” documentary airs on KQED TV 9 during LGBT Pride Month.

October 6 1998 — Matthew Shepard is murdered in a gay hate crime. His death sparks nationwide vigils and support for hate crimes legislation to protect the LGBT community.

1999 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Proud Heritage, Powerful Future — crowd estimate: 700,000. President Clinton issued the first proclamation declaring June “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.” Governor Gray Davis signs three civil rights bills supporting the LGBT Community: CA Domestic Partner law (AB 26) authored by Assemblywoman Carole Migden and signed into law by Governor Gray Davis. California became the second state in the union to legally recognize same sex relationships — providing hospital visitation rights, health insurance coverage for public employees, and a registry in the Secretary of State’s office. AB 537, prohibits discrimination and harassment of public school students who are perceived to be gay or lesbian. AB 1001, sexual orientation is added to the Fair Employment and Housing Act, prohibiting discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation. KQED airs “It’s Elementary – Talking About Gay Issues in School,” created by Academy Award-winning director Debra Chasnoff and producer Helen S. Cohen. The film discusses what really happens when educators address gay issues with their students in age-appropriate ways.

2000 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: It’s About Freedom — crowd estimate: 750,000. Mayor proclamation — Mayor Willie Brown. Millennium March on Washington — focus on LGBT families, hate crimes, supportive religious groups. The “Limit On Marriage Initiative,” known as the Knight Initiative, passed on March 7, and amended California law to require the state to discriminate against gay people’s lawful marriages while nevertheless recognizing all other out-of-state marriages. [library.ucla.edu]

July 1 2000 — “Vermont became the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay or lesbian couples. Building on a state Supreme Court decision in Dec. 1999, which ruled that denying gay couples the benefits of marriage was unconstitutional discrimination, the ground-breaking law grants the same state benefits, civil rights, and protections to same-sex couples as to married couples.”

2001 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Queerific — crowd estimate: 1,000,000. First-ever queer Moslem contingent (Al-Fathia Foundation) in any Pride Parade anywhere in the world. The event was profitable, a record $110k granted back to more than 30 community organizations. The B-52′s, Dana International and Ultra Nate performed at the celebration. The first women’s stage – Nectar — highlighted this event. Breaking with the precedent established by Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush did not issue a proclamation naming June “Gay Pride Month.” White House spokesman Scott McClellan explained, “The president believes every person should be treated with dignity and respect but he does not believe in politicizing people’s sexual orientation. That’s a personal matter.” City of SF grants insurance coverage to city and county employees who are transgendered for sex reassignment procedures. PlanetOut, the online LGBT community, evolved out of Digital Queers. PlanetOut Corp. merged with Online Partners, the parent company of Gay.com, in 2001 to become PlanetOut Partners, the largest online company providing services to the LGBT community.

October 2001 – Governor Gray Davis signed the Domestic Partner Benefits Expansion Act (AB 25) drafted by Assemblywoman Carole Migden into law. This act extended protections for domestic partners in California. Some additions to the original 1999 bill include the right to recover wrongful death/emotional distress damages (Sharon Smith/Diane Whipple case) and adopt a partner?s child using the step parent adoption process. KQED Honors Local LGBT Heroes 2001: Betty and Tom McCall — Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Barbara McCullough-Jones — Billy DeFrank Lesbian and Gay Community Center, Sal Rosselli, President — Health Care Workers Union, SEIU Local 250, Kevin Schaub — Harvey Milk Institute. Hal Seip — New Leaf Outreach to Elders, and Susan Stryker — Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

2002 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Be Yourself, Change the World.

June 2002 — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Month in San Francisco; June 29, 2002 “Stand Against Hate Day in San Francisco;” and June 30, 2002 “Be Yourself, Change the World Day in San Francisco.”

March 2 2002 — San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center opens to provide a centralized space for the LGBT community.

May 19 2002 — SF AIDS Candlelight Vigil — continuing the tradition of the first AIDS Candlelight March which took place on May 2, 1983. The orignal banner motto “Fighting For Our Lives” with the word “Still” tacked on was carried from the Castro to the Civic Center.

June 3 2002 — KQED Public Broadcasting became the first public broadcasting organization to receive GLAAD’s Pioneer Award. This award is granted to an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to raising the visibility of the LGBT communities.

June 3 2002– KQED’s Celebration of LGBT Pride Month — Honoring Local LGBT Heroes. Heroes honored: Randy Burns — Gay American Indians, Happy Hyder — Lesbians in the Visual Arts, Jaron Kanegson — Youth Gender Project, Robert Nakatani — ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, Penny Nixon — Metropolitan Community Church / SF, and Dragonsani “Drago” Renteria — Deaf Queer Resource Center

June 28 2002– Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay directed by Eric Slade and co-produced by KQED airs on KQED TV 9.

October 24 2002 — Harry Hay, known as the founder of the modern American gay movement, died at age 90.

2003 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: You’ve Gotta Give Them Hope “You Gotta Give Them Hope” is a quote from Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay official (see 1978) when he was asked why he was an activist. The 2003 Grand Marshals: Marga Gomez and Armistead Maupin. Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal: Reverand Cecil Williams.

January 30 2003 — Belgium approves same-sex marriages

June 17 2003 – Canada’s Cabinet approved gay marriages–House of Commons expected to pass it into law before the end of the year. Canada will be the third country to legalize same-sex unions along with the Netherlands and Belgium. Canada does not have residency requirements for marriage and will provide the opportunity for people from other countries to get legally married.

June 26 2003 — In a landmark decision the Supreme Court struck down the sodomy laws in the United States. The 6-3 decision in Lawrence and Garner vs. Texas overturned the 1986 5-4 majority in Bowers v. Hardwick which upheld Georgia’s sodomy law on the basis of traditional morality.

June 25 2003 — KQED’s Celebration of LGBT Pride Month — Honoring Local LGBT Heroes. Heroes honored: Brian Cheu — S.F. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center, Gene Dermody — Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee, Golden Gate Wrestling Club, Federation of Gay Games; Terry Person Harris — Community United Against Violence, and Shana Naomi Krochmal — STOP AIDS Project

November 2 2003 — Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop is consecrated in New Hampshire.

November 18 2003 — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-3 that gays and lesbians have a right to full civil marriage (sfgate.com). RUSHING TO CONCLUSIONS ON THE GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE How the press distorted the Massachusetts decision. (sfgate.com)

2003 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Out 4 Justice. “Out 4 Justice — Pride 2004″ will keep the political and legal struggles of our civil rights movement at the forefront of our attention throughout the year. Lifetime achievement grand marshal: Troy Perry. Individual grand marshal: Calvin Gipson. Organization grand marshal: Immigration Equality. Pink Brick: General John Ashcroft

February 12 2003 — First Same-Sex Couple married in United States
History was made at 11:06am February 12, 2004 at San Francisco City Hall when Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon took their wedding vows, becoming the first same-sex couple to be officially married in the United States.

May 17 2003 — Same-Sex Couples Marry in Massachusetts. Massachusetts becomes the first state in the United States to grant same-sexed couples the legal right to marry. Tanya McCloskey, 52, and Marcia Kadish, 56, of Malden were the first to marry at 9:15am in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

June 16 2003 – KQED’s Celebration of LGBT Pride Month — Honoring Local LGBT Heroes. Heroes honored: Larry Brinkin & Cynthia Goldstein — San Francisco Human Rights Commission, LGBT and HIV Unit; Stephen Kellogg — Gay Men’s Buddhist Sangha, Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin — Lesbian Activists, and Willie Walker — GLBT Historical Society.

August 12 2003 — TOP STATE COURT VOIDS S.F.’S GAY MARRIAGES A MAYOR OVERRULED: Newsom found to violate California law by issuing same-sex licenses
The California Supreme Court ruled that Mayor Gavin Newsom defied state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The ruling also declared that the 3,955 couples who got married were never legally married and are not entitled to rights of spouses. The next step for advocates of same-sex marriage is to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s marriage law.

December 9 2003 — Top court in Canada OKs gay marriage In a landmark decision, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the government can legally extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The court did not say the Constitution required the legalization of same-sex marriage.

2004 – San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Out 4 Justice.”Out 4 Justice — Pride 2004″ will keep the political and legal struggles of our civil rights movement at the forefront of our attention throughout the year. Lifetime achievement grand marshal: Troy Perry, Individual grand marshal: Calvin Gipson, and Organization grand marshal: Immigration Equality, Pink Brick: General John Ashcroft

February 12 2004 – First Same-Sex Couple married in United States
History was made at 11:06am February 12, 2004 at San Francisco City Hall when Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon took their wedding vows, becoming the first same-sex couple to be officially married in the United States.

May 17 2004 – Same-Sex Couples Marry in Massachusetts
Massachusetts becomes the first state in the United States to grant same-sexed couples the legal right to marry. Tanya McCloskey, 52, and Marcia Kadish, 56, of Malden were the first to marry at 9:15am in Cambridge, Massachusetts. LAMBDA Legal Information on gay marriage legal issues in the United States.

June 16 2004 – KQED’s Celebration of LGBT Pride Month — Honoring Local LGBT Heroes. Heroes honored: Larry Brinkin & Cynthia Goldstein — San Francisco Human Rights Commission, LGBT and HIV Unit; Stephen Kellogg — Gay Men’s Buddhist Sangha, Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin — Lesbian Activists, andWillie Walker — GLBT Historical Society

August 12 2004 — TOP STATE COURT VOIDS S.F.’S GAY MARRIAGES A MAYOR OVERRULED: Newsom found to violate California law by issuing same-sex licenses. The California Supreme Court ruled that Mayor Gavin Newsom defied state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The ruling also declared that the 3,955 couples who got married were never legally married and are not entitled to rights of spouses. The next step for advocates of same-sex marriage is to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s marriage law.

December 9 2004 — Top court in Canada OKs gay marriage In a landmark decision, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the government can legally extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The court did not say the Constitution required the legalization of same-sex marriage.

2005 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Stand Up, Stand Out, Stand Proud. Celebrity Grand Marshals: Ilene Chaiken, Alec Mapa. Community Grand Marshals: Randy Burns, James Hormel, Peggy Moore, Juanita More, Donna Sachet. Organizational Grand Marshal: PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support). Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal: José Saria. Pink Brick: Sen. Diane Feinstein

March 14 2005 — Judge Richard Kramer rules California’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

April 20 2005 — Connecticut legalizes civil unions for gay couples.

May 6 2005 — FDA to Implement Gay Sperm Donor Rules.

June 16 2005 — KQED’s Celebration of LGBT Pride Month — Honoring Local LGBT Heroes. Heroes honored: Dr. Jack Collins — City College of San Francisco, Madeleine Lim — Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, Camille Maran — San Francisco LGBT Community Center, and Pat Norman — The Institute for Community Health Outreach

June 30 2005 — Spain OKs Gay Marriage, Defying Opponents.

July 4 2005 — Four-fifths of delegates to the United Church of Christ national conference voted to recognize same-sex marriage; it was the first major Christian denomination to do so.

July 11 2005 — Spain celebrates first gay marriage under new law.

July 20 2005 — Canada 4th Nation to Legalize Gay Marriage.

July 29 2005 — The California Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the state’s domestic partnership law, which in January gave registered same-sex couples many of the rights of married couples. (sfgate.com)

August 2 2005 — The California Supreme Court ruled that businesses must treat registered domestic partners like married couples. (sfgate.com)

August 22 2005 — The California Supreme Court ruled in three cases that gays and lesbians who are nonbiological parents have the same custody and child-support rights as nonbiological heterosexuals. (sfgate.com)

September 6 2005 — The CA State Assembly approved a landmark bill allowing same-sex marriage in CA.

September 7 2005 — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decides to veto historic same-sex marriage bill.

2006 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Commemorate, Educate, Liberate. Celebrity Grand Marshal: Jennifer Beals. Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal: Sgt. Elliot Blackstone. Community Grand Marshals: Marion Abdullah, Robert Bernardo, Cecilia Chung, Dr. Kathleen McGuire, Sal Rosselli, Lancy Woo and Cristy Chung. Organizational Grand Marshal: The Billy deFrank LGBT Center of San Jose. Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal: José Saria. Pink Brick: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

June 2006 — KQED’s Celebration of LGBT Pride Month — Honoring Local LGBT Heroes. Heroes honored: Cecilia Chung — Transgender Law Center, Jim Foster — Positive Images, Miko Thomas — Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits, andYouth Empowerment Team — The San Francisco LGBT Community Center.

2007 — San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration — Parade Theme: Pride, Not Prejudice. Celebrity Grand Marshals:The Cast of Noah’s Ark: Darryl Stephens (“Noah”), Wilson Cruz(“Junito”), Doug Spearman (“Chance”), Patrik-Ian Polk (Series Creator); Eric Alva, and Jan Wahl. Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal: Pat Norman. Community Grand Marshals: Dolores Caruthers and Laura Espinosa; John Newsome, Page Hodel, Robert Haaland, Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis. Organizational Grand Marshal: Rainbow World Fund. Pink Brick: George W. Bush.

June 7 2007 — KQED’s Celebration of LGBT Pride Month — Honoring Local LGBT Heroes
Heroes honored: Jack Bird and John Darby — San Francisco Towers, San Francisco, CA, Julie Lienert — Ally Action, Concord, CA, andMark Misrok — Positive Resource Center, San Francisco, CA.

June 1 2007 — Gays and lesbians allowed conjugal visits in prisons.

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PAT MURPHY
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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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Elizabeth Edwards

California Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said today that he hopes Elizabeth Edwards’ scheduled appearance at Sunday’s Gay Pride event will usher in further support from Washington for the LGBT community.

Edwards, wife of 2008 presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, is set to speak at the annual Alice B. Toklas Pride Breakfast Sunday at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel at 9 a.m.

Her appearance marks the first time a presidential candidate has attended Pride.

“It’s very important that the Edwards campaign is front and center of the LGBT community,” Leno said today. “We are hoping this will encourage the presence of other major contenders for the presidency in the (gay) community, at least for symbolic purpose.”

Leno, one of the first openly gay men ever to be elected to the Assembly, has not endorsed a presidential candidate for 2008.

But he said Edwards’ visit is another step in the progression of the civil rights movement. More support from Democratic candidates might help reinstate vital funds for California communities that have been cutback by the current White House administration, Leno said.

“There are millions of dollars due to California and the Bay Area that would greatly impact quality of life,” Leno said. “Some of the major issues the gay community are dealing with are dependent on support from the federal government, including Ryan White CARE and HIV funding. I think this certainly speaks of respect for the community from the Edwards campaign.”

Leno also said support for the gay community by Democratic candidates would only help their campaigns for the presidency.

“I think on the Democratic side of the equation, any and every demonstration of respect and validation for all of the many communities within the Democratic Party is an asset to a campaign,” Leno said.

“This Party promotes inclusiveness and dignity, so a move like that would benefit any candidate.

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PARTY MODE DYKES

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

Biker chicks stud their stuff today at 1:00 p.m. for a few brews with family gathered in the 2007 Dykes on Bikes Pink Saturday Pre-Pride Party.

The San Francisco Eagle Tavern hosts today’s dyke kick-off event with the Biker Chicks Movie playing in the background and outside patio greened for crowd. Dykes on Bikes T-Shirts and 2007 pins await participants.

“Bust is optional,” note organizers, who each year plan for Dykes on Bikes leading the annual San Francisco Pride Parade.

Twightlight Vixen Revue showgirls are slated for live performance.

“Although times have changed with more and more people taking up riding—including women—one thing that has remained implicit in motorcycling is the association it has with masculinity. Consequently, the main thing that makes ‘Dykes on Bikes’ vulgar to the PTO is the same thing that makes it “vulgar” to mainstream society, and to some within the riding community: the women’s explicit association with motorcycling and their unflinching and unashamed display of their masculinity,” reported K. Alex Ilyasova of the 2006 parade.

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PAT MURPHY
QUEER AS PINK INK
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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JUNE 24 VIDEO OF THE DAY Which Backstreet Boy Is Gay – A good day to come out

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JUNE 24 BIRTHDAY LORE
Cultivate cautiousness in your actions and speech. You are determined and persevering in your opinions but are apt to put yourself to disadvantage in another’s eyes. You make friends and hold them. The love you will compel will be strong and steadfast.

JUNE 24 IS A BEST DAY
Today is good day to come out.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 24
Baptism by fire is good today. Buy a great big QUEER T-Shirt and wear it to church.

TIP FOR JUNE 24
Sit near exists.

WORD FOR JUNE 24
I am who I am. Definition: Your Right.

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Today: Sunny, with a high near 67. West northwest wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West northwest wind between 6 and 14 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 71. West northwest wind 6 to 9 mph increasing to between 17 and 20 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West northwest wind 17 to 20 mph becoming south southwest 5 to 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west northwest between 17 and 20 mph.

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

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

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

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

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 72.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 67.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

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

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

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

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

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

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

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

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

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

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

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

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

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

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

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

Start projects: 15, 26

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

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PRIDE 2007 Saturday through Monday public transit

LET ME BE WHAT I AM

37TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO LGBT PRIDE 2007

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) advises San Francisco residents and visitors of the following event-related traffic and service impacts this weekend, Saturday, June 23 – Monday, June 25, 2007.

Eventparticipants and fun seekers should check with www.sfmta.com or call 311 to findout which of the 80 Muni lines will get them where they want to go.

Pink Saturday

On Saturday, June 23, the annual Gay Pride Pink Saturday festivities and Dyke March will take place in the Castro area. The March will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The March route is as follows: From Dolores Park along Dolores Street, east on 18th Street, north on Valencia Street, west on 16th Street, and west on Market toCastro Street.

The following streets in the Castro area will be closed for celebrants atabout 6:00 p.m., Saturday until about 3:00 a.m., Sunday.

• Castro Street from 17th Street to 19th Street

• 18th Street from Noe Street to Diamond Street

Police will monitor crowds for closure on Market Street (from Noe Street to Diamond Street), beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The following Muni lines will be affected:

33-Stanyan 22-Fillmore 24-Divisadero

F-Market 35-Eureka 26-Valencia

37-Corbett L-Owl J-Church

San Francisco Pride Celebration

On Saturday, June 23 from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 from noon to 7:00 p.m. the annual SF Pride Celebration will be held in the CivicCenter.

The following streets closures will be in affect.

Starting at 9:00 a.m., Friday, June 22 the following streets will be closed:

• Grove Street between Polk and Larkin Streets will be closed until Monday, June 25 at 6:00 a.m.

• Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin Streets will be closed until Monday, June 25 at noon. Starting at 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 22 and continuing until Monday, June
25th at 6:00 a.m., the following streets will be closed:

• Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place between McAllister Streeet and Grove Street

• Polk Street between Grove Street and Hayes Street

• Lech Walesa Street between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street

• Larkin Street between Hayes Street and Golden Gate Avenue

• Grove Street between Hyde Street and Van Ness Avenue

• Intersection Closures: Grove and Polk, Polk and Lech Walesa, and Grove and Larkin

Note: The intersection of McAllister and Larkin will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

All Northbound traffic coming from 9th Street will be directed to use Hayes Street to either Van Ness Avenue or Franklin Street. Southbound traffic at Polk Street should use Golden Gate Avenue to Hyde Street until Saturday evening when both Hyde Street and Golden Gate will be closed.

From Saturday at 8:00 p.m. to Monday at 6:00 a.m., the area bounded by Van Ness Avenue, Turk Street, Market Street (except for Hayes Street), and Leavenworth Street will be closed to provide a larger celebration area.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the Civic Center area on Saturday and Sunday as there will be extreme congestion especially on Sunday.

In addition to the lines affected for the Dyke March and Pink Saturday festivities, the 5-Fulton, 19-Polk, and 21-Hayes Muni lines will be affected due to the Pride celebration.

All Muni Metro trains will stop at Civic Center station for the Pride Celebration and Parade, as well as at Powell and Montgomery stations for the Pride Parade. Extra buses will be operating from the Castro District as well as the Sunset and Richmond Districts. After the Parade, extra buses will be available at Market Street and 10th Street for return trips.

Pride Bicycle Parking

On Saturday and Sunday, unmonitored bicycle parking will be available in front of the library on Grove Street between Larkin Street and Hyde Street. On Sunday only, monitored bicycle parking will be located on Hastings Plaza at the northeast corner of Hyde and McAllister Streets. The San Francisco Bike Coalition will staff the bicycle parking. The SFMTA encourages attendees to take advantage of this service.

San Francisco Pride Parade

The annual SF Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 24, beginning at 10:30 a.m. from the lower Market Street formation area. The parade commences at Market and Beale Streets and proceeds up Market to Hyde/8th Street, where it disbands. All intersections will be closed to cross traffic during the parade.

The following streets comprise the formation area and will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. Traffic on the cross streets will be allowed to continue, subject to delays, except when parade units are actually crossing the intersections.

• Market Street from Beale Street to Steuart Street

• Spear Street from Market Street to Folsom Street

• Beale Street from Market Street to Brannan Street

• Steuart Street from Market Street to Mission Street

For more information on Muni service, please call the San Francisco Customer Service Center at 311 or visit www.sfmta.com .

For additional information on Muni’s Accessible Services Program, please call (415) 701-4485 or TTY (415) 701-4730.

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ELIZABETH EDWARDS PRIDE VISIT may boost Washington support for LGBT community
PRIDE 2007 SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY PUBLIC TRANSIT
SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE PARADE 2007 SUNDAY

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SAN FRANCISCO TRANSGENDER PRIDE 2007 – LET US BE

A NEW TRANSSEXUAL IDENTITY DISCOVERED IN SAN FRANCISCO

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

The 2007 Trans March is underway tonight kicking off weekend San Francisco celebration of queers.

Trans. Transgender. Transgender, the umbrella term for women only comfortable when living life as a male and men only comfortable living life as a female.

The world glances at trans men and women as the most queer of all — as still do most gay men and lesbians, with trans people suffering highest rates of suicide, unemployment, and substance abuse within LGBT community.

Endured while youth and some adults find assault and murder justified.

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

TRANSGENDER PRIMER 101

THE RAGE

THE COMPTON’S RIOT

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COMPTON’S RIOT COMMEMORATION

A NEW DIRECTION

NEW DIRECTION ON THE FLOOR OF THE CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY

ASSEMBLYMAN MARK LENO

LET ME BE WHAT I AM

37TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO LGBT PRIDE 2007

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SAN FRANCISCO TRANSGENDER PRIDE 2007 – LET US BE
WHICH BACKSTREET BOY IS GAY
ELIZABETH EDWARDS PRIDE VISIT may boost Washington support for LGBT community
PRIDE 2007 SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY PUBLIC TRANSIT
SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE PARADE 2007 SUNDAY
SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE 2007 PHOTOS through the backstage lens of Bill Wilson

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PAT MURPHY
QUEER AS PINK INK
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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JUNE 22 VIDEO OF THE DAY Be Still – It’s time use fennel again

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JUNE 22 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are sensitive, retiring, interested in the lovelier things, an ardent reader, and an amusing and interesting conversationalist. You love to travel and will, and you enjoy outdoor sports. You will be a loving parent and a devoted mate.

JUNE 22 IS A BEST DAY
Today is good day to slaughter animals.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 22
Today is a good day to stuff fennel in your keyhole or hang it over your door to protect against witches.

TIP FOR JUNE 22
Use the juice of chamomile, garlic, lemon verbena, or onions to ward off insects. Remember, witches take fennel.

WORD FOR JUNE 22
Nipper. Definition: A fore tooth of a horse. The nippers are four in number.

JUNE 22 IN HISTORY
Died: Moose (the Jack Russell terrier known as Eddie on Frasier), 2006. Holt, Missouri, received 12 inches of rain in 42 minutes, 1947.

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Friday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 65. West wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 52. West northwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West northwest wind between 15 and 18 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. West northwest wind between 9 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

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

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

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

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

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

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

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

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

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

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

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

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

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

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

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

Start projects: 15, 26

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

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THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A GEORGIA – Facing Crisis the San Francisco and Polish Way

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A GEORGIA

FACING CRISIS THE SAN FRANCISCO AND POLISH WAY

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

Forget cost of housing… San Francisco middle classers may bail out in droves because the streets are so greasy five miles anywhere from City Hall…

Maneuvering the City went wobbly when Supervisor Ed Jew turned brown bagging into a pre-school morality play

Then Supervisor Chris Daly elbowed spotlight back to himself with unforgettable reminder anything still goes

FIRST ROUND LUBRICANT

From The Heavyweight Mayor Newsom: “Dear President Preskin. Yesterday (June 19), Supervisor Chirs Daly made false allegations about me during a Board of Supervisors Meeting.

“Raising such damaging allegations on the floor of the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers is inappropriate behavior that should be condemned.

“Our constituents have entrusted us to work together on issues that are of vital importance to them. When the discourse in City Hall sinks to such a low level, it demeans our constituents. San Francisco deserves better.

“I write today to ask you to take action to address Supervisor Daly’s conduct and to ensure that in the future this kind of conduct does not discredit the Board of Supervisors, City government, and our community as a whole.

“I respect the tremendous service you have given to San Francisco and I know how much effort you have invested in elevating policy discussion in this city. I look forward to your ideas about how to advance these efforts and to address this important issue.”

From The Won’t Quit Kid Supervisor Daly: “In my remarks (June 19), I also noted that the Board of Supervisors consistently restores cuts to essential health programs that are proposed by the Mayor, and that I am confident that the Budget Committee will again make the restorations. However, I expressed that it is unfair and unnecessary that those who are greatly in need of services are forced to come to City Hall to beg for these restorations when it is the basic duty of government to provide this public safety net.

“I spoke for at least eight minutes highlighting the Mayor’s proposed cuts to mental health and substance abuse programs before mentioning that the Mayor has artfully dodged questions about allegations of his own coctain use. I did not accuse the Mayor of using cocaine. I only pointed out the constradiction that Mayor Newsom who has admitted to his own substance abuse programs would continuously propose major cuts to substance abuse programs for poor people.”

ARTFULLY DODGING A QUESTION OF CENSURE

From Board President Peskin: “I have the pleasure of chairing the Budget Committee and that is my first, second, and third priority.”

From The Won’t Duck Supervisor Jake McGoldrick: “I disagree with using the public forum for that kind of attack that way in a way in which I think it appears is a way to accuse the Mayor of having done something without any substantiation.

“I think you’ve always got to be able to substantiate your assertions. That’s what I always taught my students when I was a teacher — substantiate your assertions.

“Anybody can rumor about anything but you know we’ve all heard rumors about everybody under the sun in the City, but you got to get some facts on the table.”

From Supervisor Mirkarimi: No comment.

From Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval: No response received by the Sentinel.

From Supervisor Sophie Maxwell: Come by later.

From Supervisor Alioto-Pier’s office: She’s still living in it.

From Supervisor Dufty: No response received by the Sentinel.

From Supervisor Jew’s Office: He has his own thing right now.

From Supervisor Ammiano: No response received by the Sentinel.

From Supervisor Elsbernd: No response received by the Sentinel.

BY THE WAY, THE STREETS ARE STILL VILE

What is taking the Police Commission so long to select a policy analyst?… Candidates pared down to three since February…

NEVER A BLUE SAN FRANCISCO DAY

Take ten minutes to be happy you love Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks too, be glad you aren’t outside Tulsa kicking a flat tire, and go out and keep Georgia on your mind…

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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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CHIRS DALY: The San Francisco family need censure one of its own

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

The phrase ‘sinking to a new low’ is hurled around so freely among politicians it has the feel of the little boy crying wolf too often… A decided shame when a real wolf bares an incisor…

Public censure of an elected colleague of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors should, this corner suggests, be reserved for undeniable wolfen behavior just as the recall of an elected official best be reserved as emergency resort…

The Sentinel strains restraint in contempt for San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly behavior… But Chris Daly is not only a San Franciscan he also is a San Francisco leader and always deserved that acknowledgement

With that acknowledgement, the City must now pubicly censure one of its own…

Even though politicians have an uncanny talent for fudging just short of accountability, Daly’s new cocaine use broadside at Mayor Gavin Newsom sadly demands public rebuff…

NEVER A BLUE SAN FRANCISCO DAY
Take ten minutes to be happy censure never arose in your immediate family, be glad everybody loves you, and go out and love somebody back…

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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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SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CASTING CALL, June 30th – Supernumeraries needed for Civil War saga, “Appomattox” by composer Philip Glass

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

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA announces a public casting call for volunteer supernumeraries for the Company’s October 2007 world premiere production of Philip Glass’s APPOMATTOX. The public casting call will take place on Saturday, June 30th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in ZELLERBACH A REHEARSAL HALL – located at 300 Franklin Street, corner of Hayes and Franklin, San Francisco.

Men, women, and children are needed to portray supernumerary Civil War soldiers and refugees. Acting/performing arts experience is preferred, however no prior experience is necessary, just the enthusiasm to be a part of SAN FRANCISCO OPERA and a commitment to a minimum number of rehearsals and all performances. A work permit is required for children under age 18. Members of the public interested in auditioning, or requesting further information, should call 415-565-3200.

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The Surrender At Appomattox

Supernumeraries, or “supers,” are people of all ages and backgrounds who work with, and share the stage with, the many talented and acclaimed artists who bring SF Opera productions to life on the stage of the historic War Memorial Opera House. Supers volunteer their time and act as extras, fully made-up and in costume, on the stage in non-speaking roles.

Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, APPOMATTOX explores the characters of Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant and the circumstances leading up to the South’s surrender to the North at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, bringing the Civil War to an end. In addition to renowned composer PHILIP GLASS, the production’s creative team includes acclaimed stage director Robert Woodruff, Academy and Tony Award–winning librettist Christopher Hampton, and champion of new music Dennis Russell Davies in his San Francisco Opera conducting debut. Baritone Dwayne Croft and bass-baritone Andrew Shore portray Generals Lee and Grant in this intense look at a key moment in our nation’s history. APPOMATTOX will be presented in six performances October 5-20, 2007 at the War Memorial Opera House.

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SEÁN MARTINFIELD, With Opera Leadership

Subscriptions for the 2007-08 Season are now on sale!
Take advantage of this opportunity to purchase a package that includes all the performances you want to see, guarantees you the best available seats, and comes with a subscriber-only flexibility of fee-free exchanges. Browse the subscription offerings to find the type of subscription package that fits your needs:

Set Series: Full = 10-performance / Half = 5-performance / Mini (3-performance)
Or, choose: Design-Your-Own series of 4 or more performances

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

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

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JUNE 21 VIDEO OF THE DAY Look this over, babyface – Which paint brush to use

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LOOK THIS OVER, BABYFACE

AL JOLSON

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JUNE 21 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are mechanically inclined, and it shows in your choice of work and recreations. You have a pleasant and congenial disposition and are kindly, slow to anger, and quick to forgive and forget. You enjoy and seek the society of witty people and are quick and amusing in repartee. You will marry young and be very happy.

JUNE 21 IS A BEST DAY
Today is another frisky day to harvest aboveground vegetables today.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 21
Use natural-bristle brushes for oil-based paints. Nylon or polyester filament brushes are best for latex paints.

TIP FOR JUNE 21
Cancers tend to be emotional, intuitive, protective, and cautious.

WORD FOR JUNE 21
Span. Definition: Nine inches; derived from the distance between the end of the thumb and the end of the little finger when both are outstretched.

JUNE 21 IN HISTORY
John Archer became first to receive Bachelor of Medicine degree in U.S, 1768. The Apalachicola-Tallahassee area of Florida was hit by an early-season hurricane, 1886.

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Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 66. West wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 53. West wind between 10 and 13 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 66. West wind between 10 and 17 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. West northwest wind between 15 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 61.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

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

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 72.

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

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

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

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

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

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

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

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

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

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

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

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

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

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

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

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

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

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

Start projects: 15, 26

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

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CITY WEBSITE allows San Franciscans to learn solar power need to power their homes, businesses

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By Matt Wynkoop
Bay City News

San Francisco expanded efforts to promote alternative energies today by launching a new solar mapping web portal that estimates solar energy potential for city homes and businesses.

The new website allows home and building owners to estimate the potential savings and environmental relief that would result from installing solar energy panels on the roofs of their buildings, according to a spokesman for the San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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By entering a San Francisco address into the web portal, users can retrieve a solar potential analysis that produces a breakdown of property square-footage and the amount of savings likely to result from installing solar panels on a structure’s rooftop.

Solar panel installation by customer choice of companies comes with a discount of up to 40% and a $2,000 Federal Tax Credit.

The solar map uses Google maps to take into account rooftop angles and nearby shade producing trees or buildings, said San Francisco Department of the Environment director Jared Blumenfeld.

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Jared Blumenfeld, left

Users are provided with information estimating the amount of solar photovoltaic energy that could be generated from each roof, as well as the potential electricity cost savings resulting from installation, according to Blumenfeld.

The solar mapping also estimates potential carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas reduction resulting from the installation of a solar PV system, according to a statement from Newsom’s office. Studies and testimonianls from other San Francisco businesses and homeowners who have installed solar PV systems are also available on the site.

“This new website is an easily applicable way to make solar more tangible and accessible to everyday community-members,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson said. “Residents and businesses can determine whether specific photovoltaic projects will pencil out, which is the first step to getting more renewable energy in the city.”

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The project has been a partnership between Colorado-based CH2M HILL Enterprise Management Solutions and the City and County of San Francisco.

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SFO AIRLINE PASSENGERS held onboard several hours to prevent lost revenue – Claims airline passenger Bill of Rights activist

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Napa resident and airline passenger rights activist Kate Hanni believes the potential for lost revenue was the reason nearly 400 passengers were not allowed to deplane a Cathay Pacific Airways jet for several hours Tuesday at San Francisco International Airport.

Hanni now hopes the delay at SFO will help forward federal legislation that would make it illegal for delayed planes to detain passengers.

“Airlines traditionally keep passengers on the plane so that they don’t have to refund the tickets,” Hanni said today. “Airlines call it ‘passenger migration.’ Keeping passengers on board is in the airlines’ best interest.”

Hanni’s own experiences with excessively long delays prompted her to form the Coalition of Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights last year, a group seeking federal legislation that would recognize the rights of airline passengers.

Her coalition was flooded with calls today from passengers angered by Cathay’s delay at SFO.

She has also fielded calls from United Airways customers upset about the delaying of 268 flights and the canceling of 24 others Tuesday due to a company computer glitch.

Scheduled for a 1:20 a.m. departure, passengers on Cathay Pacific Flight CX973 to Hong Kong spent several hours parked at a gate at SFO waiting for the flight to take off, according to a report. The plane stayed grounded due to mechanical problems, the report said.

Angry passengers were held for several hours and some were denied food and water and use of the restrooms, Hanni said.

“People are furious,” she said. “There are no laws in the U.S. that prohibits airlines from holding passengers on the plane. And there needs to be.”

Hanni says the coalition has made several visits to Congress to push forward a bill to recognize passengers’ rights. The bill, if passed, would require airlines to provide timely information on why flights are delayed and would allow passengers to disembark a plane if the arrival or
departure delay exceeds three hours.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and North Coast Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson have introduced the ‘Passenger Bill of Rights’ legislation in the Senate and House, respectively.

“I hate that these passengers have gone through this,” Hanni said.

“But maybe now the federal government will realize that this is a real problem and that legislation on this issue is required.”

Hanni encourages anyone who wants to learn more about the proposed legislation to visit the coalition’s website.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Shot dead in The Mission

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San Francisco police are searching for suspects who fatally shot a man early this morning, a dispatcher said.

Police received reports of gunshots in the 2000 block of Mission Street around 2:30 a.m., a dispatcher said. Responding officers found the victim lying on the ground suffering gunshot wounds.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died.

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SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR Gavin Newsom never used cocaine – KPIX NEWS ANCHOR: Allegation “A New Low” – Chronicle, Examiner, Sentinel Call for Censure

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Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has never used cocaine, Newsom said Wednesday morning frustrated that he had to answer a ‘when did you stop beating wife’ question.

Terming the allegation “about as sleazy as it gets,” Newsom made the remarks following a City Hall Press conference announcing a new website helpful to residents and businesses in determining how much solar power would be needed to power their buildings.

One day earlier, San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly implied Newsom may have used cocaine.

The San Francisco Chronicle Thursday called for Daly to be censured by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The San Francisco Examiner and The San Francisco Sentinel as well called for censure.

Daly made the comment during a Tuesday meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in a hearing on Health Department budgeting proposed by Newsom.

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Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Elected as the representative of some 60,000 San Francisco District 6 residents, Daly asserted the implication and then declared he was going home — some hours before Health Department budget hearing was completed.

“It’s ironic,” Daly asked rhetorically, “that there are $2 million in cuts in substance abuse proposed by Gavin Christopher Newsom.

“Where, I ask, does Gavin Christopher Newsom get his substance abuse recovery, and how much does it cost the City?”

“And now I’m going home,” Daly stated moments later and just as quickly began that journey.

District 6 Supervisor Daly is a loquacious critic of Newsom who is up for re-election as mayor in November.

Daly recently convened a well attended Progressive Convention geared to produce a candidate to run against Newsom.

None materialized.

As chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Daly attempted to rewrite Newsom’s 2007-2008 proposed City Budget by shortcut ordinance.

Public reaction caused Board President Aaron Peskin — who appointed Daly as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee — to not only strip Daly of his Budget and Finance Committee chairmanship but also remove Daly from that committee altogether.

This morning Newsom took note of Daly behavior.

“The answer is absolutely not,” Newsom responded to media questioning whether Newsom has used cocaine.

“It’s offensive and it’s about as low as it gets,” he continued.

“It’s about as sleazy as it gets.

“I’ve seen it — because I’m not naive — I’ve seen a lot of things said and done politically but usually politicians don’t do the dirty work. They have their handlers and consultants do the dirty work.

“I’ve never seen an elected official during a legislative session take this kind of cheap shot.

“For whatever reason, he doesn’t want to engage me on the issues.

“He’s opposed to our free WiFi. He’s opposed to efforts on our Justice Centers. He’s opposed to more community police officers.

“For whatever reason, he doesn’t want to come out of the shadows and engage me directly…

“So now he’s taken the cheapest of cheap shots.

“It’s offensive.”

Supervisor Daly has entered his mid-30s.

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

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

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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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JUNE 20 VIDEO OF THE DAY What A Find In Summertime – PHOTO OF THE DAY San Francisco Newswomen On The Beat – Don’t disturb tree gods this evening

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SAN FRANCISCO NEWSWOMEN ON THE BEAT
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San Francisco Examiner staff reporter Bonnie Eslinger, left, with San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Ceclia Vega, on the trail of a gorgeous day in your Shinning City on A Hill.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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JUNE 20 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have originality, some executive ability, and mechanical skill. You are serious, think deeply, and keep your own counsel in your personal affairs. You are generous and considerate, and take much interest in affairs other than in your regular routine. You have many real friends and love your home and all family ties.

JUNE 20 IS A BEST DAY
Honies, things will go better if you harvest aboveground vegetables today.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 20
Let the tree gods sleep this evening by not pounding a nail after sundown.

TIP FOR JUNE 20
A few drops of wintergreen oil in your recycling bins or trash compactor will freshen the air.

WORD FOR JUNE 20
Mean temperature. Definition: The average of the maximum and the minimum temperatures for a particular period; the mean equals the sum of the max and min divided by two.

JUNE 20 IN HISTORY
Born: John Goodman (actor), 1952. Baseball-sized hail was reported in parts of New England, 1995.

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Today: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy early, then clearing, with a high near 67. West southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 54. West wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 69. West wind between 9 and 14 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 54. West northwest wind between 10 and 14 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 67. West wind between 10 and 16 mph.

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

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

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

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

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

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

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

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

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

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

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

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

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

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

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

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

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

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

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

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

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

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

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

Start projects: 15, 26

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

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SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL – July 13th through 15th at the Castro Theatre

Leonard Maltin, Robert Osborne, William Wellman, jr. slated to appear

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

Leonard Maltin, Robert Osborne and William Wellman, Jr. are among the special guests slated to appear at The 12th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, a 3-day, 11-program event showcasing archival silent films with live musical accompaniment, July 13-15, 2007 at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street in San Francisco.

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SILENTS PLEASE! – Alla Nazimova & Rudolph Valentino

Leonard Maltin will introduce HAL ROACH: KING OF COMEDY, a program of two-reel comedies produced by Hal Roach and starring Our Gang, Arthur Stone, Max Davidson and Charlie Chase; Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne and Charles Tabesh, TCM Head of Programming, will attend a tribute to Turner Classic Movies which will include a showing of the flamboyant 1921 version of CAMILLE starring Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino; and William Wellman, Jr. will appear at a presentation of BEGGARS OF LIFE (1928), directed by his father William A. Wellman and starring Wallace Beery, Richard Arlen and Louise Brooks, with live accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Other highlights include RETOUR DE FLAMME (SAVED FROM THE FLAMES), a program of rare French films made between 1900-1928, presented and accompanied on piano by collector/preservationist Serge Bromberg from Lobster Films of Paris; MISS LULU BETT (1921), a masterful kitchen-sink drama directed by William de Mille, and THE GODLESS GIRL (1929), a high-voltage melodrama of teen-age atheism, young love and institutional abuse directed by William’s more bombastic brother Cecil B. DeMille.

In addition, the festival will screen short films newly preserved by George Eastman House from 28mm, a long-obsolete format originally marketed to homes and schools in the 1910s. Titles will include HOW THE COWBOY MAKES HIS LARIAT (1917), HOODWINKING THE POLICE (1917), and IN THE SHADOW OF THE PYRAMIDS (1915).

Between films, The Booksmith, a long-time supporter of the festival, will host book signings by Leonard Maltin, Robert Osborne, William Wellman, Jr. and others on the Castro Theatre mezzanine. A complete schedule of author appearances will be available at www.silentfilm.org.

BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE:

From May 21ST through July 12TH:
On line: www.silentfilm.org
By Mail: download order form at www.silentfilm.org. Fill out and mail with payment to:
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, P.O. Box 2229, Danville, CA 94526
By Fax: 925-866-9597

From June 18TH through July 12TH:
By Phone: 925-275-9005

From June 14TH – July 12TH:
In Person: Festival Box Office, 833 Market Street, Suite 811, San Francisco.
Hours: Thursday – Friday, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm.
Day of Show: Castro Theatre Box Office
Hours: Friday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm

The first-ever San Francisco Silent Film Festival Raffle will take place throughout the festival weekend. Prizes to be awarded include a Grand Prize $5,000 Shopping Spree at San Francisco’s own McRoskey Mattress Company. For information on how to purchase raffle tickets, and for complete festival details, go to www.silentfilm.org.

THE SCHEDULE

Friday, July 13th at 7:00 pm – Opening Night Presentation
THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG (1927) – Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer.

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RAMON NOVARRO and NORMA SHEARER. Photo courtesy of the AMPAS

The classic tale of a doomed affair between a Prince and a barmaid is adapted to the screen in grand MGM style and directed with great wit and warmth by Ernst Lubitsch. The two leads, Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer, perform with joyous, full-hearted abandon. Introduced by Mick LaSalle. Dennis James will perform live accompaniment on the Castro’s Mighty Wurlitzer.

To purchase Opening Night tickets: SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

Saturday, July 14th at 10:30 am
HAL ROACH: KING OF COMEDY (1924–29)
A tribute to Hal Roach, with four gems produced by the King of Comedy: FAST COMPANY, featuring the Our Gang roustabouts; JUST A GOOD GUY, with Arthur Stone as a robot run amok; THE BOY FRIEND, a Max Davidson comedy; and MOVIE NIGHT, starring Charlie Chase. Special Guests: Rob Stone of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Leonard Maltin. Donald Sosin will perform live piano accompaniment.

Saturday, July 14th at 1:15pm
THE VALLEY OF THE GIANTS (1927) Directed by Charles Brabin Starring Milton Sills and Doris Kenyon.
A white-hot adventure yarn based on the novel by San Francisco’s own Peter B. Kyne, filmed among the giant sequoias of Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra Nevada. A business magnate fights a scurrilous railroad tycoon for control of the lumber industry. When the magnate’s son steps in to set things right, all hell busts loose. Stephen Horne will perform live piano accompaniment.

Saturday, July 14th 3:30 pm
MACISTE (1915) – Directed by Luigi Romano Borgnetto. Starring Bartolomeo Pagano and Ada Marangoni.
Bartolomeo Pagano was thrust to stardom in the role of Maciste, man of towering physical strength, in a series of action films made between 1915 and 1926. Newly restored by Cineteca di Bologna, this is the very first Maciste movie. Co-presented by the Center for the Art of Translation, with the generous assistance of Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Donald Sosin will perform live piano accompaniment.

Saturday, July 14th at 5:45 pm
CAMILLE (1921) – Directed by Ray C. Smallwood. Starring Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino
SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES

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CAMILLE (1921) – ALLA NAZIMOVA and RUDOLPH VALENTINO. Photo courtesy of the AMPAS.

The tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan, produced in a flamboyant pictorial style reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley. Special Guests: Charles Tabesh and Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies. Clark Wilson will perform live accompaniment on the Castro’s Mighty Wurlitzer.

Saturday, July 14th at 8:45 pm
BEGGARS OF LIFE (1928) – Directed by William A. Wellman. Starring Wallace Beery, Richard Arlen and Louise Brooks.

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LOUISE BROOKS and RICHARD ARLEN. Photo courtesy of the AMPAS.

William A. Wellman casts an unsentimental eye on society’s lost souls: the hobos who hop rides on freight trains in search of a day’s pay or a square meal. West Coast Premiere of a new 35mm print made from the only known 16mm source material. Special Guests: Patrick Loughney of George Eastman House and William Wellman, Jr. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will perform live ensemble accompaniment.

Sunday, July 15th at 10:30 am
MORE AMAZING TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES
FREE ADMISSION
Back by popular demand: our behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating world of silent film preservation, with this year’s focus on “peripheral” films, and films consigned to obsolete formats. With Patrick Loughney of George Eastman House, Mike Mashon of The Library of Congress and Rob Stone of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Donald Sosin will perform live piano accompaniment to the film excerpts.

Sunday, July 15th at 12:45 pm
RETOUR DE FLAMME (SAVED FROM THE FLAMES), 1900-28)
Hosted by collector/preservationist/showman Serge Bromberg, we present a selection of early French actualities, comedies, bible stories, naughty bon-bons, trick photography fantasies and never-before-seen wonders – with many surprises. Co-Presented by Alliance Francaise, with the generous assistance of the Consulate General of France in San Francisco. Serge Bromberg will perform live piano accompaniment.

Sunday, July 15th at 3:35 pm
MISS LULU BETT (1921) – Directed by William de Mille. Starring Lois Wilson and Milton Sills.
The story of a small-town girl, played with pained humility by Lois Wilson, who is relegated to the role of servant in her own sister’s household. Director William de Mille (Cecil’s brother) observes the details of ordinary life – dinner table conversation, dishes stacked up in the sink, idle hopes and dreams – with sensitivity and grace. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will perform live ensemble accompaniment.

Sunday, July 15th at 6:00 pm
A COTTAGE ON DARTMOOR (1929) – Directed by Anthony Asquith. Starring Uno Henning, Norah Baring and Hans Schlettow.
A suspense thriller fully the equal of Hitchcock. A lovelorn barber’s assistant tries to court the shop manicurist, but he quickly devolves into obsessive rage when confronted by a rival. Director Asquith tosses in bomb-bursts of rapid-fire editing and off-kilter cinematography. Introduced by Eddie Muller and co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation. Stephen Horne will perform live his acclaimed piano score.

Sunday, July 15th at 8:45 pm
THE GODLESS GIRL (1929) – Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Featuring Lina Basquette, Marie Prevost, Eddie Quillan, Noah Beery, and James Duryea.

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EDDIE QUILLAN and LINA BASQUETTE. Photo courtesy of the AMPAS.

Cecil B. DeMille pulls out all the stops in this high-voltage melodrama of wild youth and institutional abuse. High-school atheist Judy locks horns with Bob, Class President and believer. Tragedy strikes, and both are sent to a notorious reform school where a guard known as The Brute awaits. Part exposé, part parody, and pure DeMille. Dennis James will perform live accompaniment on the Castro’s Mighty Wurlitzer.

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
DAVID GOCKLEY’S “DON GOVANNI” – Semper Fi!
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf – A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!
TAKE ME OUT – At The New Conservatory Theater
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
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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DISTRICT ATTORNEY KAMALA HARRIS abandons high profile case

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Prosecutors will not retry a former San Francisco Department of Building official whose corruption trial ended in a hung jury last month.

The San Francisco district attorney’s office today entered a formal motion in court not to retry the case against Augustine “Gus” Fallay, according to Debbie Mesloh, spokeswoman for District Attorney Kamala Harris.

“Based on the evidence at trial and discussions with the jurors, the district attorney’s office believes that retrying this case would not produce a different verdict and is not warranted as Mr. Fallay is no longer employed as a public official,” Mesloh said in a written statement.

On May 15, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith declared a mistrial after the jury found Fallay, 48, not guilty of four counts against him, and announced they were deadlocked on the remaining 29 counts. Jurors had deliberated for a day and a half.

Fallay, who was arrested in August 2005, faced more than 20 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors charged that Fallay, 48, solicited and accepted bribes over 12 years, including a $50,000 loan, payments of cash and services for home improvements and meals.

His attorney, Randy Knox, claimed that his client was set up by an unscrupulous loan broker who blackmailed Fallay after the building inspection manager refused to grant him favors.

Fallay was acquitted on three charges involving accepting meals as bribes, and one charge of insurance fraud, according to the district attorney’s office.

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JANUARY 19 VIDEO OF THE DAY – A night at the San Francisco Improv – How to save one’s nailholes

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A January night at the San Francisco Improv – Paco de Lucia – John McLaughlin

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JUNE 19 BIRTHDAY LORE
Sensitive, retiring, sympathetic, and loving, you yield to another’s opinion rather than take a definite stand for yourself, even though you have strong convictions of your own. You are affectionate but have few intimates. To be happy, you need love and a sharing of your life and happiness.

JUNE 19 IS A BEST DAY
June 18 is one hard shelled day to go out and set eggs.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 19
To save nail holes when painting Kkeep that wonderful grouping by inserting toothpicks into the nail holes and paint right over them. Simply remove the toothpicks when the paint dries, and you’re ready to rehang.

TIP FOR JUNE 19
Make a mouthwash of vinegar and salt to ease a toothache.

WORD FOR JUNE 19
Barcarole. Definition: A boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers.

JUNE 19 IN HISTORY
Wham-O filed to register Hula Hoop trademark, 1958. Close to 6 inches of rain fell within 75 minutes, Houston, Texas, 2006.

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Today: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. West southwest wind between 8 and 15 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West southwest wind between 6 and 15 mph.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. West wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. West wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 70. West wind between 8 and 10 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

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

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

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

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

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

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

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

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

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

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

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

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

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

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

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

Start projects: 15, 26

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

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SAN FRANCISCO CITY ATTORNEY moves to oust Supervisor Ed Jew from Office – Mayor Newsom considers launching parallel removal procedure

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

City Attorney Dennis Herrera this morning takes the second step toward removing an elected San Francisco official from office, following a series of consultations yesterday with Mayor Newsom.

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San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, right, interviewed Monday by KPIX reporter Hank Plante.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

As Herrera today petitions the California Attorney General for permission to seek State Court ouster of Supervisor Edmund Jew from the Board of Supervisors, Newsom faces a decision whether to invoke City Charter mayoral authority to launch a parallel removal procedure.

Jew, under ongoing FBI investigation for accepting a $40,000 cash donation from a business which would benefit from expided City permit approval, also was charged on June 12 with criminal perjury charges by District Attorney Kamala Harris.

The District Attorney alleged Jew had lied and falsified documents in order to meet City residency requirement to win Jew’s District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors.

Herrera served Jew with notice Monday of his intent to ask court intervention.

A month long investigation by the City Attorney “convincingly demonstrated the supervisor’s failure to comply with residency requirements to seek or hold the office under the City Charter,” Herrera announced in a City Hall Monday morning press conference.

Herrera termed the situation a crisis in governmental legitimacy.

“In seeking Supervisor Jew’s removal from office, I am acting to remedy a crisis in governmental legitimacy that is unprecedented in San Francisco’s modern history,” Herrera stated.

Following Herrera’s announcement, Newsom made several trips to Herrera’s Office for consultation on the issue.

Newsom Press Secretary Nate Ballard related those consultations.

“Mayor Newsom is reviewing the documents and pleadings presented today by the City Attorney regarding the residency of Supervisor Ed Jew,” Ballard told the Sentinel.

“The mayor plans to continue to meet with the City Attorney’s Office to review those findings and to discuss possible options moving forward.

“The charges are serious and the findings of fact in the City Attorney’s investigation are troubling.

“We are now reviewing the City Charter to fully understand the scope of the mayor’s duties and responsibilities.

“We could be setting precedent here and it is important that we act in a deliberative fashion that takes into consideration both Supervisor Jew’s due process rights and the integrity of the electoral process,” concluded Ballard.

The mayor has authority to make his own finding that any San Francisco elected official has committed official misconduct warranting removal from office.

Newsom could find that Jew commited official misconduct by continuing to hold office obtained fraudulently, a source close to Newsom told the Sentinel.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

The San Francisco Ethics Commission would first be asked for an advisory opinion should Newsom call for Jew’s removal, followed by a super-majority vote of eight Supervisors needed to remove Jew from office.

Jew, through his defense attorney Bill Fazio, yesterday countered the City Attorney’s move is unfair and a bid for publicity.

Herrera’s civil action against Jew “is going to get tied up and take a long time,” Fazio said. The city attorney should have instead waited for the district attorney’s criminal probe to be completed, Fazio added.

“I would hope the city attorney would back off and allow Ed Jew to defend against the criminal charges against him like anyone else would be allowed to do — in a court with the proper rules of discovery,”

Fazio said Jew still has no plans to resign. He also accused both Herrera and district attorney Kamala Harris of fighting for the spotlight.

“Why are you wasting the energy of two city agencies? It seems like each agency is trying to outdo the other for attention from the public,” Fazio said.

For his part, Herrera called Fazio’s position “ridiculous,” pointing out that the city attorney was trying to speak to Jew weeks before criminal charges were filed June 12.

Herrera said his office had given the supervisor four weeks and three extensions to provide evidence that he lives in the Sunset District, which he represents.

Jew has not provided proof of residency and has consistently refused to meet with city investigators, Herrera said.

“This is unfortunate and I take no pleasure in the fact we have reached this point, but the residents of District 4 deserve a legally elected representative that legitimately represents their interests,” Herrera said.

“This is clearly not an action I undertake lightly,” continued Herrera.

“But neither can I shrink from the serious duty I owe to the citizens of San Francisco with the integrity of their representative democracy hanging in the balance. The evidence frommy office’s investigation is overwhelming and clear.

“Mr. Jew violated the residency requirements of the City Charter and state law.

“He sought election to the Board of Supervisors—and continues to hold hisposition on the Board of Supervisors — unlawfully.”

Jew could serve his entire term should the supervisor invoke all appeals open to him.

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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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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 two years.

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JUNE 18 VIDEO OF THE DAY Perk Up – How to avoid dying

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JUNE 18 BIRTHDAY LORE
Practice self-confidence. You have ability, but through your modesty and diffidence you allow others with less ability to carry on. Your charming personality makes many friends like and respect you. You are the clinging type and will choose the complement of your nature: a masterful and compelling mate.

JUNE 18 IS A BEST DAY
June 18 is another rollicking good day to go to the dentist.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 18
Scatter Solomon’s seal on the floor to banish serpents and venomous creatures from the room.

TIP FOR JUNE 18
To avoid dying, never place a broom on a bed.

WORD FOR JUNE 18
Cornscateous Air. Definition: First used by the old almanac makers, this term signifies warm, damp air. Though it signals ideal climatic conditions for growing corn, it also poses a danger to those affected by asthma, pneumonia, and other respiratory problems.

JUNE 18 IN HISTORY
National Postal strike in Canada, 1924. Atlanta had 3.47 inches of rain within an hour, 1991.

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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Southwest wind between 7 and 11 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 54. Southwest wind between 9 and 11 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 53. Southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.

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

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 72.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

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

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

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

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

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

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

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

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

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

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

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

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

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

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

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

Start projects: 15, 26

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

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DER ROSENKAVALIER – A Viennese Bon-Bon at San Francisco Opera

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

San Francisco Opera’s DER ROSENKAVALIER is a shimmering success. Second in the company’s Summer 2007 trio, this production of Richard Strauss’ beloved comic opera is a graceful romp through 18th Century Vienna. The sets and costumes are based on Alfred Roller’s creations for the opera’s Dresden premiere in 1911 and freshly reconfigured by Belgian designer Thierry Bosquet whose previous SF Opera credits include THE MERRY WIDOW, AÏDA, LOUISE and the Fall 2006 re-mounting of DIE FLEDERMAUS. The overall appearance of the production, while a clear glimpse into a dusty past, is appropriately opulent and becoming to the stations of its primary characters – second tier royalty and nobility, the nouveau riche, assorted gentry, and a host of mischievous hoi polloi.

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DER ROSENKAVALIER. Photo by Terrence McCarthy

The multi-faceted story turns easily in the capable hands of stage director Sandra Bernhard. Following traditional lines, Bernhard’s dramatic sensibility is most apparent during the large ensembles. Whether mincing and doting through the busy boudoir of the Marschallin, “Princess Marie Therese” (Soile Isokoski), fawning in the suddenly popular salon of Herr von Faninal (Johen Schmeckenbecher), or wink-winking in the bordello/dining room of an easily-bribed innkeeper (Matthew O’Neill) – Sandra Bernhard bandies broad comedic chaos while zeroing-in on the erotic entanglements of the politely-intertwined socialites. The end result is even layers of light textured comedy, bittersweet romance, dreamy twists and (gender-bending) sprinkles, and just enough buttery nostalgia to hold it all together.* David Gockley has engaged Bernhard, recently accepted as the director of Houston Grand Opera, for SF Opera’s much-anticipated Fall 2007 swords & sandals headliner, SAMSON AND DELILAH. While the score of Bavarian-born Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier (“The Rose-Bearer”) may be an acquired taste for some, those holding onto it as the sweetest confection* in the canon of Grand Opera reserved their standing ovation for Conductor Donald Runnicles.

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Conductors Donald Runnicles and Richard Strauss

The opera sustains a number of gimmicks. The romantic 17-year-old Hero, “Octavian”, is a gender-bending trouser role. He is wonderfully fleshed-out by lyric-mezzo Joyce DiDonato. While such roles beg hints of long-stepping male swagger and a stern façade (ala Anderson Cooper), they are never about chicanery or authentic male impersonation. Rather, it’s about the groom not appearing prettier than the bride and the bride not emasculating the groom. Young Octavian struggles between two anxious ladies – the mature, much-experienced and married “Marie Therese” against the teen-aged virgin debutante “Sophie” (Miah Persson). In her own guise, this past April 26th mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato was presented the second annual Beverly Sills Award – a prize of $50,000 – which followed her Metropolitan performances as “Rosina” in Rossini’s Il Barbiere Di Siviglia. Ms. Sills, a definitive coloratura soprano, is likewise known for her interpretation of the role. Last year the generous diva awarded the prize to the generous baritone, Nathan Gunn, SF Opera’s hunky hair-trimming “Figaro” of 2006. Seems La Sills doesn’t hold a grudge and knows the difference between boys and girls.

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Joyce DiDonato, Soile Isokoski, Miah Persson. Photos by Terrence McCarthy

The second consideration is the character of “The Marschallin” – in today’s world, an Urban Cougar. Occasionally, the role is an honor accorded to a long-established and world-renowned Soprano – at the right time, in the right place, and for an auspicious occasion. For SF Opera General Manager David Gockley (who admits DER ROSENKAVALIER to be among his personal favorites) Soile Isokoski is most certainly that distinguished performer. Viewers of the PBS “Great Performances” broadcast of “Vienna State Opera, The 50th Anniversary Reopening Gala” will recall her fiery performances as “Donna Elvira” in the Act One finale of Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI and as “The Marschallin” in a scene from DER ROSENKAVALIER. In the opening night performance, Ms. Isokoski’s “Marie Therese” evoked memories of another soprano pursued by Octavian-type admirers, the venerable Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. A young and impetuous Richard most certainly carried a torch for some unavailable stellar soprano. He immortalized her into “Marie Therese”.

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Soile Isokoski and Richard Strauss


DER ROSENKAVALIER, “Final Trio” – with Kathleen Battle, Frederika Von Stade, Elizabeth Söderström

Pop music descriptions are often burdened by the term “infusion” to explain (or apologize for) the influence upon or actual insertion of rhythmic forms and/or unrelated ethnic expressions into the new work. In the “Final Trio”, Strauss uses Waltz tempo (3/4–time) – seemingly anachronistic to the 18th Century setting of “Der Rosenkavalier” – to resolve the conflicting situations of his passionate threesome. In the early 19th Century when the waltz started gaining popularity among the plebeians and was then daringly insinuated into the parties of the patricians – criticism leveled against the danse included the intimate proximity of the couple dancing, the fact that it was easily grasped and required virtually no previous experience, and that acceptable social behavior was flying out the window.

THE MARSCHALLIN: Now I’m rather prejudiced against men … [Octavian reacts] … only in general, of course!

Referring to the bewitched and blushing young Sophie, Marie Therese says to Octavian (vacillating in 6/8–time), “Go quickly, and do what your heart tells you.” The Princess/Marschallin is done with being bothered and bewildered by teenaged cavaliers. Octavian replies, “I swear I don’t understand what you have in mind.” Strauss then pulls at the knot of his perfectly tied theatrical ribbons with her reply:

THE MARSCHALLIN (to Octavian): You are so like a man! Go to her.
OCTAVIAN: As you command. [He turns to Sophie and takes her hand.]
THE MARSCHALLIN (to herself): Today, tomorrow, or the next day. Have I not told myself? Did I not make a vow that I would it endure it quite calmly?

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THE FINAL TRIO – Miah Persson (Sophie), Soile Isokoski (Marie Therese, the Marschallin) and Joyce DiDonato (Octavian). Photos by Terrence McCarthy

In the next slightly-more-than four minutes, composer Richard Strauss presents one of the purest moments in all of Grand Opera; a gift the Magi might have offered. With a few simple and repeating lines of text, sung by the characters through a sequence of 80+ measures, over a span of 2-octaves ranging to High B in the Key of D-flat – Strauss opens a window to the music of the spheres.

THE MARSCHALLIN: I wanted to love him in the right way. And even love his love for another. I never thought I would have to endure it so soon. There stands the boy, and here I stand. He will be as happy with that girl as any man knows how to be
SOPHIE: I feel as when in church, holy and awed. And yet unholy, too. I know not how to feel.
OCTAVIAN: I want to ask what has happened to me, but that question is forbidden. So many things seem unbelievable, but they happen, and you believe them.
THE MARSCHALLIN: In the name of God. [She exits.]

In his poem, Little Gidding, T.S. Eliot concludes with:
Quick now, here, now, always-
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

To order tickets on-line:
Tuesday, June 19th, 7:30 pm
Thursday, June 21st, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 24th, Matinee – 1:30 pm
Wednesday, June 27th, 7:30 pm – With Martina Serafin as THE MARSCHALLIN
Sunday, July 1st, Matinee – 1:30 pm
Sunday, July 1st, Matinee – 1:30 pm – With Martina Serafin as THE MARSCHALLIN

* Ask Seán about his Viennese Walnut Cookies. Inquire of Seán at seanmartinfield@att.net.

Also recommended:
CD: Richard Strauss: Orchestral Songs – featuring Soile Isokoski
DVD: Der Rosenkavalier – featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, directed by John Schlesinger
DVD: “Vienna State Opera, The 50th Anniversary Reopening Gala”

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:

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

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

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JUNE 17 MUST BUY BOOK – Images of America SAN FRANCISCO’S CASTRO – Raw honey strengthens a weak brain

Book of The Decade
Images of America SAN FRANCISCO’S CASTRO
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You’ll see the 1902 Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, the 1906 earthquake, the 1917 dedication of the Twin Peaks Tunnel, the 1922 opening of the Castro Theatre and the 1936 first version of Cliff’s Variety.

You’ll see Castro Street Fairs, Gay Pride Parades, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Café Flore, Sylvester, Lily Tomlin, Divine and Ginger Rogers, then the AIDS epidemic and the NAMES Project’s AIDS Quilt.

You’ll see Harvey Milk Plaza, Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, etc. Harvey Milk was a closeted gay Republican working on Wall St. Then he met Tom O’Horgan, director of Hair, became a hippie and moved to San Francisco, opening Castro Camera with his lover Scott Smith in 1973.

You’ll watch Harvey Milk run for public office four times, until he becomes the first openly gay man to hold a major elected public office in the United States.

You’ll meet Allan Baird, the Teamster official in charge of the Coors boycott, who became Harvey Milk’s close friend and ally, leading to Harvey’s becoming the first openly gay candidate to be endorsed by the Teamsters, firefighters and constructions workers unions.

On the cover (above) you see Harvey Milk marching from Castro Camera to City Hall to be sworn in as San Francisco Supervisor.

You’ll see the spontaneous 40,000-person candlelight march from the Castro to City Hall when Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White. You’ll see Harvey’s ashes and four of his lovers, the “Milk widows,” sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge to scatter his ashes at sea.

You’ll see the riots and burning police cars a year later when Dan White was found guilty only of manslaughter.

You’ll see how Most Holy Redeemer Church became, at 80% gay, the gayest Catholic church in the world, outside the Vatican.

And so much more …

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JUNE 17 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have a blithe, happy-go-lucky manner and are friendly and entertaining. You are artistic, idealistic, and sometimes impractical; sympathetic; loving; and devoted to your home life. You enjoy travel and its educational value and are eager to improve yourself. You will have a pleasant home life.

JUNE 17 IS A BEST DAY
June 17 is a rollicking good day to go to the dentist.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 17
On a sunny San Francisco Sunday, who needs advice?

TIP FOR JUNE 17
Raw honey has a reputation for strengthening a weak heart, a weak brain, and a weak stomach.

WORD FOR JUNE 17
Doldrums. Definition: A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks; — so called by sailors. To be in the doldrums, to be in a state of listlessness ennui, or tedium.

JUNE 17 IN HISTORY
Born: Ralph Bellamy (actor), 1904. Santa Ana winds roasted fruit on the trees in California, 1859.

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Today: Sunny, with a temperature falling to around 64 by 5pm. West southwest wind between 9 and 11 mph.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 53. West southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 71. West southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Monday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 54. Southwest wind between 7 and 11 mph.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 67. South southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

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

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

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

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 73.

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

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

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

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

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

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

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

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

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

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

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

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

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

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

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

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

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

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

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

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

Start projects: 15, 26

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

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STREET VIOLENCE: One more dead in The Mission – Call 911 if gold or coffee-color 1990 Honda Accord seen – License Plate 5JCF637

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San Francisco police are looking for two Latino males believed to have shot and killed a 15-year-old boy in the Mission District Saturday night.

The suspects were last seen driving a gold or coffee-colored 1990 Honda Accord with a license plate number of 5JCF637, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

The car had been reported stolen in San Francisco around the time of the shooting, Gittens said.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner identified the victim as Eddie Valdo, a Mission District resident.

Valdo had been standing with a male friend on the corner of 24th and Harrison streets at about 8 p.m. when the two suspects pulled up in the Honda. According to Gittens, the suspects were described as Latino males between 17 and 20 years old.

The passenger in the Honda leaned out the window and began shooting at the two boys.

Valdo and his friend ran from the shooter, but at the intersection of 24th and Balmy streets, Valdo was struck by gunfire and fell, Gittens said.

The suspects fled the area in the Honda.

Valdo was pronounced dead at the scene, Gittens said. Police reported earlier that he had been struck multiple times.

His friend was not injured, Gittens said.

“We believe this homicide is gang-related, although the victim was not a member of a gang,” Gittens said. The gang status of Valdo’s friend was not immediately known.

Anyone who sees the Honda is asked to call 911.

Bay City News

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