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GAVIN NEWSOM RINGSIDE VERSUS PROGRESSIVE CONVENTION

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The Heavyweight
PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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The Won’t Quit Kid
Photos by John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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The Heavyweight’s Corner

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The Won’t Quit Kid’s Corner

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

Fans set off a ringside rolling wave this weekend as the San Francisco quadrennail main event counts down.

Who gets the Gold Cup will be decided in a scant 20 weeks, the Keyes to City Hall Room 200, the San Francisco Mayoralty, burdened only with requirement to make a speech once a year and tone up a $6 billion annual pay-for-all.

So many train; so few chosen.

Like the nation, San Francisco fans are said to be split evenly.

But in San Francisco the split is found in how to accomplish universally proclaimed goals.

Midday Saturday, both camps gathered a few blocks from each other primed to increase their gate.

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s folks convened at Van Ness and Sutter to fan out for voter signatures — signatures not for tedious process of placing Newsom’s name on the ballot, but for more quickly gathered endorsement signatures speeding Newsom Voter ID efforts.

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Photo by David Toerge

At Van Ness and Turk, possible contenders were drowned out by a packed to the rafters cheering crowd.

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Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi nominated but will not run. Photo by John Han

Both sides stoked the chatter with warm-up taunts.

“Now I’ve got to keep my comments really quick — my phone just rang,” Supervisor Sean Elsbernd smiled.

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Supervisor Sean Elsbernd. Photo by David Toerge

“My good friend Supervisor Daly is getting so desperate to find a progressive candidate he wants me to go down the street and accept the nomination.”

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Down the street, progressives at wait. Photo by John Han

“I’m getting anonymous phone calls saying you know you’d better run motherfucker” because Newsom is so bad, confided Mirkarimi.

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Photo by John Han

Newsom spoke of results over dreams.

“I’m a dreamer and you’re all dreamers,” Newsom observed.

“The difference is I look out in this room and I see a lot of doers and I want to thank each and every one of you for trying to ‘do’ and not just preach — but to actually take action and make real the goals and ideals that we all share here in this City.”

Mirkarimi spoke of possibilities over compromise.

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Photo by John Han

“Sometimes the great differences between what the general population thinks is a somewhat progressive mayor and how it juxtoposes itself to the progressive community — those need to be defined and distinguished,” maintained Mirkarimi.

Back at Newsom headquarters, State Democratic Chair Art Torres introduced Newsom “as the only public official, except for the City Attorney here, in the State of California if not the nation, that stood up to George Bush, and even some Democrats, because of his commitment to make sure that people can have a marriage here in San Francisco from different sexual orientations.”

“Everybody can talk about how the world should be,” Newsom began.

“But you got to make it so and that’s what I’m so proud of in the first three years that we’ve been in office.

“That we didn’t just talk about problems, we didn’t just abidcate responsibility for solving problems, but we took responsibility and we began to address those problems.

“Particulary to work alongside Supervisor Maxwell… to make this City so special.”

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Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, who appeared at the Progressive Convention, has endorsed Mayor Gavin Newsom for re-election. Photo by John Han

“We will be the model City in the United States of America to end poverty as we know it in our City,” promised this mayor.

“And hold me to that, quote me, and follow up in four years.

“You watch — this City is going to do it!

“We will be the first City… to take responsibility in spite of the federal government’s complete neglect on HOPE VI, complete neglect on housing — where you have the the Housing and Urban Development Agency getting out of the housing business, San Francisco is getting into it in a record way with our local HOPE VI.

“This is the reason we want to be here to implement this vision, to implement this goal to provide dignity and respect to those need to be given the same opportunities and the same framework to achieve what so many of us have been given and afforded.

“It’s going to happen. It’s happening — but you’ve got to give us four more years to make it happen.

“We need one more term to deliver on our promise — that’s what this campaign is about!

“They’re just dreaming — you’re out there doing!

For his part, Mirkarimi asserted it is out of keeping with San Francisco politics not to run a challenger.

“I realize it is on everybody’s mind, not just here but in the community, would San Francisco, a politically sophisticated City by the rote, actually allow a mayor to go unchallenged?

“We absolutely do not accept the last four years, that we should not allow to be repeated, especially in the mediocrity that’s beging addressed by this administration who leans heavily in terms of using the headline pulpit as a way to make others think that the business of the City is a decision that’s getting done.

“We should not wait another four years in this continuance of the happenstance… we cannot allow that to happen for the next four years.

“I love the way… a much different political enclave… is now being well muscled by our branch.

“I love the way… that Supervisor Dufty who has joined us in many seminal fights that lead and point to our way.”

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Supervisor Bevan Dufty at Newsom rally. Dufty did not attend the Progressive Convention as earlier reported.
Photo by David Toerge

“This is a good formula,” Mirkarimi continued.

“This is the kind of formula that we know is working but we know that is not enough.

“And no, I am not annoucing my candidacy.

“I think it is not my time but that is only now, and I mean by this that we have to continue to recognize that… we are not candidate dependent only.”

Mirkarimi later told the media Mirkarimi meant his time to run for mayor is not this election cycle.

“If it weren’t for skillful allies and working with very little and producing a great result… we’re able to continue that drumbeat that makes us the public work that we should be,” stated Mirkarimi.

Daly crescendoed mantra that progressive ideas are better.

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Photo by John Han

SECOND HAND ROSE

“The state of progressive politics in San Francisco, California is strong,” Daly assured.

“Now over one-half of the elected officials in San Francisco are progressive.

“That doesn’t account our sisters and brothers elected to the Green County Council — all of whom are progressive.

“And our sisters and brothers elected to the Democratic County Central Committee — a majority progressive.

“This is a progressive City.

“It is reflected in the people of this City and it is represented in their elected representatives.

“We don’t take positions because they are popular.

“We act with integrity based on our ideals and based on what we think is best for everyday people in communication with them.

“And since the 2000 Progressive Convention, progressives have been setting the agenda for San Francisco.

“Eight years ago it was a bit of different story. There was a relatively popular incumbent mayor who seemed unbeatable, had the support of downtown.

“There was no progressive challenger in the race.

“And despite some people’s in this room effort, over the course of the spring and the summer, past the filing deadline, into the fall until three weeks before election day, finally Tom Ammiano said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it!

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Supervisor Tom Ammiano before Progressive Convention. Photo by John Han

“And those three weeks transformed politics in San Francisco.

“Tom did not win that election, but he did set the stage for the next year when progressives swept the elections for Board of Supervisors.

“In 2003, we built on those victories — thank you Matt Gonzalez and everybody who put down in that campaign and there were thousands of volunteers on that campaign.”

Gonzalez did not appear at the Progressive Convention, but at Gonzalez request Washington DC political consultant Roger Lee has begun contacting San Francisco organizers for possible employment as Gonzalez mayoral campaign staff.

“But I don’t know, do you believe?” asked Daly.

“Do we believe?

“Do you believe that on November 6 that we can take back the Office of Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco?

Daly deferred anouncement whether Daly will run against Newsom.

Should that time come, “I’m not going to give you the exclusive,” Daly informed this writer.

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Photo by David Toerge

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?

Time will yet tell whether The Won’t Quit Kid lumbers a thigh over the ropes.

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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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JOHN HAN
Sentinel Photographer
For the last year, John Han served Sentinel readership as a freelance photographer. He has that natural eye for photography which cannot be developed or learned. He has earned a following of clients, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California. John joined the Sentinel fulltime in April, 2007.

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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 3 PHOTOS OF THE DAY – Political weekend well known faces – Advice for helping homing pigeons return home better

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Political weekend well known faces

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Jennifer Siebel attends Saturday Newsom re-election event as down the street Josh Wolf chooses progressive convention.
Photos, left, By DAVID TOERGE and By JOHN HAN at right

REAL TIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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WRATH OF GOD FORECAST

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JUNE 3 BIRTHDAY LORE
The easiest path is the one you pursue. You are independent and have originality and a fair amount of ambition, but your love of ease and comfort deters you from greater success, of which you are capable. You are moody and often depressed. You love deeply and faithfully.

JUNE 3 BEST DAY
Today is aother great day to castrate animals.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 3
Add caraway seeds to chicken feed to keep poultry from wandering. Feed the seeds to homing pigeons to help them find their way back.

TIP FOR JUNE 3
Before painting old concrete, clean it with vinegar on a rag. There is no need to rinse.

WORD FOR JUNE 3
Nephelococcygia. Definition: Sometimes clouds look like other objects, such as dragons, elephants, letters, and even people. Cloud naming is called nephelococcygia.

JUNE 3 IN HISTORY
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the first baseball game was played under electric lights at night, 1883. The Midwest, the Great Lakes region, and the Ohio Valley were visited by 66 tornadoes, 1990.

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Today: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy early, then becoming partly sunny, with a high near 65. West wind between 7 and 15 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 53. West wind between 8 and 15 mph.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 65. West wind around 10 mph.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. West northwest wind between 10 and 16 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. West northwest wind between 14 and 17 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

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

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

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

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

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

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, 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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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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JOHN HAN
Sentinel Photographer
For the last year, John Han served Sentinel readership as a freelance photographer. He has that natural eye for photography which cannot be developed or learned. He has earned a following of clients, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California. John joined the Sentinel fulltime in April, 2007.

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WASHINGTON DC consultant contacting San Francisco organizers for Gonzalez mayoral campaign staffing

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
Former Supervisor Matt Gonzalez travled to the East Coast recently asking Washington DC political consultant Roger Lee to help shape a Gonzalez campaign for mayor against Gavin Newsom, the Sentinel learned today.

The consultant is contacting San Francisco organizers for employment as Gonzalez campaign workers, the pol told the Sentinel.

The San Francisco source became well known to the Sentinel over a six-year period and the Sentinel considers the source reliable.

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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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BUSINESS GROUP favors greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program

SAN FRANCISCO — Noting the release of a draft report today by the California Market Advisory Committee (MAC), business, labor and public leaders represented by the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB) came out in broad support for a greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade program as part of California’s climate change regulatory framework.

In its draft report, the MAC outlines the benefits of a cap-and-trade system for curbing GHG emissions and recommends principles by which the Air Resources Board (ARB) might evaluate specific policy options. The MAC is an advisory committee and officially disbands July 1, 2007; the Air Board has sole responsibility for implementing AB 32 and for deciding whether or not to include a cap-and-trade proposal as part of the overall regulatory framework.

“Cal/EPA Secretary Adams assembled a world-class group of experts. We thank the committee for contributing their time and tremendous talents to California’s future and to our fight against climate change,” said CCEEB President Gerald D. Secundy.

“What’s really impressive about this committee is the scope and credibility of their expertise. Among them, we have national environmental advocates and scientists, all of whom understand energy, air pollution and technology change. Several members have also worked on environmental justice policy. Not many people anywhere in the world hold these types of qualifications, and we have some of the best here.”

CCEEB also notes that the MAC members are tied into other efforts around the country and the globe. Secundy continued by saying, “In order for California to be a global leader, as is the real intention behind AB 32, we must keep our eye on these partner programs and look for opportunities to link to them. Although a California-goes-it-alone approach may tackle air pollution, it won’t dent climate change. This is a global problem with serious global ramifications if we don’t act now.”

“Governor Schwarzenegger deserves credit, too, for listening to leading research institutes such as the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Changes, and for recognizing that market-based approaches have a role to play in reaching our ambitious climate change goals. Now it is up to the rest of us to thoughtfully review and discuss the MAC report, and to broaden the dialogue.”

“We feel it is important to do our part, but know that much of the costs will be borne taxpayers, ratepayers and consumers. California needs to develop regulations that get the most out of our investments, and that are efficient and effective in achieving real emissions reductions. Markets can provide a tool to achieve the maximum possible environmental benefits and spur new innovations, with the least impact to California’s economy and individual pocketbooks.”

CCEEB looks forward to reviewing the specific recommendations of the report and commenting to the MAC at its public meeting on June 12, 2007.

Business Wire

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SANTA CLARA to post economic analysis today for proposed 49ers Statdium

By Jason Bennert
Bay City News

The City of Santa Clara is scheduled to post its analysis of the economic impact of a proposed football stadium for the San Francisco 49ers on the city website sometime today.

The City hired a consultant to analyze the economic impact study the 49ers presented to the city council in April. The team contends that a football stadium built on the current site of the Great America amusement park parking lot would generate $249 million annually in economic activity and a total of $12.3 million in tax revenue divided among the City, Santa Clara County and the State of California.

The team is asking the City to contribute $160 million of the projected $854 stadium construction cost as well as build a parking garage in the area and relocate a power substation currently on a portion of the stadium site. The 49ers want to begin playing in a new stadium by the 2012 National Football League season.

The Santa Clara City Council is scheduled to discuss the analysis during its Tuesday night meeting.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Federal officer takes one down

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A suspect who allegedly stabbed a man on a South of Market street was in a hospital with life-threatening injuries tonight after he was shot by a an off-duty federal police officer in an incident where a San Francisco police officer was also injured in the chase.

The victim of a knife attack got in his car and called police as the man left the scene, police Sgt. Neville Gittens said. Officers and bystanders pursued the suspect to Harrison and 7th street where the unidentified officer caught up to the suspect.

But the suspect pushed the officer into oncoming traffic, where he was struck and one or more of his legs was pinned underneath the vehicle, the sergeant said. The officer was extricated and taken to an area hospital with leg injuries, Gittens said.

As the suspect ran eastbound on Harrison Street toward 6th street, an off-duty Federal Protective Services officer tried to detain him. Gittens said the suspect lunged at the officer and the officer shot him once, in the chest. His injuries were considered life-threatening, Gittens said.

The protective services officer, who was unnamed, serves in a branch of law enforcement focused on providing security and related functions at federal facilities. Laurie Haley of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement confirmed an officer’s involvement but did not elaborate.

Bay City News

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JUNE 2 PHOTOS OF THE DAY – Newsom in practice session for City Budget delivery – Advice on not disturbing nocturnal tree gods

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Mayor Newsom runs through practice session Thursday for 2007 Budget delivery

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Mayor Newsom and Press Secretary Nate Ballard were busy Thursday practicing for the annual City Budget presentation as technicians and aides prepared auditorium of the City’s new 311 Center recently purchased by the City.
Photos by John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Mark Brazil, right, a Local 16 stage hand serving as lighting director for the event, consults with, from left, Press Office Deputy Joe Arellano and Press Secretary Nate Ballard.

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Newsom unveils City Budget on Friday.

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JUNE 2 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have considerable literary ability and should develop it. You are impulsive, and your mind is intuitive and imaginative rather than analytical. You are devoted to your home and family and will make a happy and pleasant home life of your own.

JUNE 2 BEST DAY
Today is a superb day to castrate animals.

TIP FOR JUNE 2
Before painting old concrete, clean it with vinegar on a rag. There is no need to rinse.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 2
Never pound a nail after sundown, or you will wake the tree gods.

WORD FOR JUNE 2
Apogee. Definition: The point in the Moon’s orbit that is farthest from Earth.

JUNE 2 IN HISTORY
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the first baseball game was played under electric lights at night, 1883. The Midwest, the Great Lakes region, and the Ohio Valley were visited by 66 tornadoes, 1990.

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Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 62. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 53. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 64. West southwest wind between 9 and 14 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West southwest wind between 8 and 14 mph.

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

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 66.

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

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly 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.

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

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

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

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

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

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

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

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

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

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

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

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

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

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

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

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

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

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

Start projects: 15, 26

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

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JOHN HAN
Sentinel Photographer
For the last year, John Han served Sentinel readership as a freelance photographer. He has that natural eye for photography which cannot be developed or learned. He has earned a following of clients, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California. John joined the Sentinel fulltime in April, 2007.

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GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER in San Francisco to speak with Mayor Willie Brown on California Budget

THE ADVOCATE
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By Ken Cleaveland

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Presents A Vision for California June 5th @ PG & E Auditorium – 77 Beale Street, SF
BOMA Members are invited to join the SF Chamber for a very special program featuring Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Mayor Willie Brown Jr. Governor Schwarzenegger will speak about his recently submitted FY2007-08 budget and how it supports his vision for California – from health care to global warming, energy policy to infrastructure and economic vitality. The event will take place on June 5, beginning with registration at 1:30 pm, followed by the program from 2-3 pm, at the PG&E Auditorium, 77 Beale St. Fee to attend. RSVP to Patricia Aleman at 415-352-8841, or paleman@sfchamber.com, or go the San Francisco Chamber at www.sfchamber.com. Hosted by PG&E, presented in cooperation with BOMA, and the Bay Area Council and Leadership San Francisco.

BOMA California/CA Commercial Real Estate Summit June 11-12 in Sacramento – Sign Up Now!
BOMA members from across the state, and members of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), the Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM) and the shopping center folks (ICSC) will convene in Sacramento to meet with state legislators and representatives of the Governor’s Administration. San Francisco attendees will have the chance to meet with our state legislators including Assembly Members Fiona Ma, Mark Leno, Gene Mullin, State Senators Leland Yee, Carole Migden and others. BOMA Members are urged to consider attending, one or both days. A reservation form and complete details can be downloaded here.

BOMA SF PAC Hosting Reception for CA Senator Leland Yee June 26th – Don’t miss it!
The BOMA SF Political Action Committee, in conjunction with the San Francisco Apartment Association, will be hosting a reception for State Senator Leland Yee on Tuesday, June 26th, from 5-7 p.m. on the 40th Floor of the Transamerica Pyramid. BOMA member Scott Seligman (Seligman Western Enterprises) and Steve Adams (Sterling Bank & Trust), co–hosts, have generously provided the beautiful location, and food. Wine is being provided courtesy of Fred West (Marble West). Senator Yee is the prime sponsor of legislation to amend state code to allow property owners to apply security deposits to lost forward rent in tenant defaults or bankruptcies of commercial leases. This technical amendment was made necessary by a recent court decision. Click here to make a reservation. Come support a good friend of our industry!

Mayor Gavin Newsom Guest Speaker at BOMA SF June 28th Luncheon
The Mayor of San Francisco will speak at BOMA’s membership meeting on Thursday, June 28th, at the City Club (155 Sansome Street). He will give an updated version of his “State of the City” address to BOMA members, and will solicit questions and comments on what members think about the City, and what needs to be done to improve it for both its businesses and its residents. The event, beginning at 11:30 a.m., will be a sell-out, so members are encouraged to make their reservations online as soon as possible! Go to www.bomasf.org.

San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros Meets with BOMA on NewParking Tax Rules
City Treasurer Jose Cisneros and Deputy City Treasurer David Augustine discussed the new Treasurer’s regulations (posted March 20, 2007 on the City Treasurer’s website at www.sfgov.org/treasurer ) that will consider all parking spaces included in commercial leases to be taxable, regardless of whether a separate financial transaction was completed for them. Exceptions are being made for spaces used by the owners of a parking garage that is part of their building/property, and for spaces used for customers from whom no parking revenue is collected. The new extension of the parking tax does not affect residential properties.

San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Effective June 6th
The city’s voter-approved mandate that employers must provide paid sick leave to all employees, full time, part-time, and temporary, will be fully implemented (meaning payable to employees) beginning June 6th. However, employers must have been accruing sick leave for all employees on the basis of one hour for every 30 hours worked from February 6, 2007. Employers with less than 10 employees must accrue up to 40 paid sick leave hours, while employers with 10 or more employees must accrue up to 72 paid sick leave hours. Records of same must be maintained for at least four years. Anyone can bring an actionable case against an employer who fails to provide paid sick leave. Employers also must post a sign informing all employees of this new city law. Employers must also make sure to ask employees if they wish to designate another person for whom they may want to use sick time to care for. Existing labor agreements must be modified or must submit for a waiver of the new law. Personal Time Off (PTO) policies may be sufficient to comply with the ordinance, but the city’s law does not require that unused sick leave be “cashed out” upon termination of employment. Copies of the official notice are available on the city’s website: www.sfgov.org/olse. BOMA held a very informative briefing on this important new benefit law on May 18th with Donna Levitt, who is the Manager of the city’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, and labor attorneys Horace Green (Green & Humbert) and Eli Gould (MBV Law). Both attorneys have offered to answer any questions that BOMA members may have concerning their own particular situations. They can be reached at horaceg@lifehealthlaw.com and eli@mbvlaw.com.

San Francisco Ban on Non-Compostable Take-Out Food Containers Begins June 1st!
Effective June 1, 2007, the Food Service Waste Reduction Ordinance requires that all disposable food service ware used in San Francisco be either compostable or recyclable. All food vendors including restaurants, delis, fast food establishments, fair vendors, food trucks, and all city facilities must follow this new law or face penalties of up to $500. The Department of the Environment estimates that businesses that participate in the city’s food scrap program may be able to get a discount on their garbage service of up to 75%. The Department of the Environment is also available to help businesses and BOMA tenants in finding suitable alternatives to Styrofoam plastic cups, food containers, and the like. Visit their website: www.sfenvironment.org/foodservice for more information or call 415-355-3745.

San Francisco’s Building Department Undergoing Re-Organization
The newly appointed Director of San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection, Isam Hasenin, has initiated a new “Business Process Re-engineering” program as a coordinated effort to speed up the permit and inspection processes at the city agency. With the backing of the Mayor and Building Inspection Commission, the new director has brought a new vision to the department that is refreshing, and involves working more closely with City Planning, the Fire Department, the business community and the general public. He plans to re-organize the Department with seven new deputies who will be exempt from Civil Service rules. He has also put together a steering committee (of which BOMA is a member) to help with the re-organization to examine the permit process, the inspection process, review and establish performance standards, and review and recommend updates to their automation systems.

San Francisco Fire Department Issues Administrative Bulletin on High Rise Elevators for Firefighter Use
Recently, Barbara Schultheis, San Francisco’s Fire Marshal, issued a draft administrative bulletin dealing with the need to have quicker firefighter access to fires in new high rise buildings being built in the City. For buildings over 200′ a minimum of one 4500 lb. capacity elevator or two 2500 lb. capacity elevators shall be provided for use as Firefighter Elevators but are not intended to be for the exclusive use of the Fire Department. Each “Firefighter Elevator” shall serve every floor of the building, and shall be designed to protect against the effects of fire, smoke, and water through an approved performance-based design. Installation of these specialized/pressurized elevators will replace the requirement to install a firefighter air system. Click here to read the entire bulletin. BOMA has submitted its comments and if any member wishes to, they should be sent to Barbara.Schultheis@sfgov.org.

BOMA Meets with San Francisco Assessor/Recorder Phil Ting
At the May 16th meeting of the BOMA Government and Public Affairs Committee, San Francisco Assessor/Recorder Phil Ting presented an overview on the City of San Francisco’s revenue sources and expenditures. Ting said the City collected approximately $1.2 billion in real property taxes, $69 million in personal property taxes, and approximately $130 million in transfer taxes during the last fiscal year. The total City budget is $5.6 billion. Mr. Ting discussed his office’s process for doing assessments for tenant improvements and stated that tenant improvement permits pulled and paid for by tenants will be assessed on the personal property tax roll of the Assessor. That means the Assessor will bill the tenant directly for those personal property taxes. Mr. Ting noted that this change will start in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2007. There is a box on the permit application that must be checked indicating whether the tenant or the landlord is making the improvement. Mr. Ting said that the reassessment backlog from property transfers was about four years when he came into office, but now that time has been reduced to about two years. His goal is to get the time delay down to between 6 months and one year. Mr. Ting also mentioned that reassessments are based on market value, not the sale price. Mr. Ting reported that in 2006, the Assessor’s Office collected $85 million more in revenue than expected, and that in 2007, the Assessor’s Office is approximately expecting to be $25 million over budget, primarily due to an unexpected increase in transfer taxes. Mr. Ting reported on a Solar Task Force which he has formed. He stated that only 500 buildings had Solar Panels in the City out of approximately 190,000 parcels. He reported that giving property owners a tax rebate for solar or any other “green” improvement would be difficult to do because of state law preemption and Prop 13 restrictions. However, Mr. Ting pledged to continue to investigate ways in which the Assessor’s Office could give property owners incentives for green building developments. Concluding his remarks, Mr. Ting reported on that his office needs to change or upgrade its IT systems in a big way. The IT system at the Assessor’s Office is a seven-year-old DOS-based system programmed in COBALT. In other words, “it was an antiquated system when it was installed!”

BOMA Continues to Work on Energy Issues Affecting Commercial Property Owners
Both BOMA California and BOMA San Francisco have been vigorous in their energy advocacy work on behalf of commercial property owners, particularly multi-tenant office building owners over the past month. A number of issues have been addressed including a historic agreement with PG & E to allow for sub-metering of office tenants by the owner, something that has been prohibited since 1965. This agreement was challenged by The Utility Reform Network (TURN), a taxpayer subsidized ratepayer advocacy group, so it is still too early to know if the agreement will move forward to the Commission. The CPUC recently held a hearing on “big and bold” ideas that could help reduce energy consumption in the state, and BOMA was represented, promoting its members as the best group to invest in for additional energy savings. The association’s energy efficiency program (BEEP) was submitted as an example of an industry program that is effective in reducing consumption, and is a program that should be funded by the PUC. BOMA also advocated for increasing the funds used to provide audits and other assistance to owners who want to re-commission their outdated HVAC systems as a huge area of potential energy savings. BOMA suggested the state PUC fund low interest loans to owners to do the re-commissioning work or even to install completely new systems.

On the local level, the city is still promoting the idea of a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that would pool all business and residents’ power purchases into one controlled by the City. Residents and businesses would have the option to not be a part of the city purchase plan, but would have to specifically “opt out”. BOMA is considering taking an official opposed position against this program as it would not be able to guarantee lower prices, nor greener power to San Francisco customers and it would grow the city bureaucracy.

Is a Billboard or other signage attached to your building? Protect your private property rights against new city policy.
BOMA and its members may decide to challenge a city ordinance dealing with sign relocation, which eliminated the rights of owners of sign locations to negotiate with any sign vendor of their choosing. Under this legislation, the owner of the sign location can only renew a lease with the existing vendor or face losing the site entirely. It is unclear how many BOMA members are affected, primarily because the major sign companies, who control the vast majority of the market in the City, have objected to BOMA’s request to the Planning Department for information on the ownership of the sign location sites in San Francisco. Any BOMA member directly affected is advised to contact Ken Cleaveland at BOMA immediately.

Pandemic Influenza Brochure Available from BOMA International
In an effort to ensure that building occupants – BOMA member tenants – are prepared for a possible pandemic influenza outbreak, BOMA International has developed a new brochure specifically designed for commercial office building tenants. Entitled “Pandemic Influenza: Are you Prepared?”, this brochure helps tenant understand how they can protect themselves and their fellow workers and provides a list of additional resources for up-to-the-moment information concerning the pandemic influenza. To obtain copies, visit the BOMA store online at www.boma.org. BOMA members may customize the back of the brochure with their own corporate logo and contact information.

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Ken Cleaveland is Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Building and Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of San Francisco.

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ASSEMBLYMAN LENO bill would delay PG&E haste to relicense nucler power plan

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Assemblyman Mark Leno’s Asembly Bill 1046 which would put re-licensing of California’s aging nuclear power plants on hold until the California Energy Commission (CEC) completes their in-depth economic and reliability study was passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee yesterday.

“There are few decisions we make as a society that have as many far reaching implications as nuclear power,” said Leno.

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Assemblyman Mark Leno

“The waste it generates will remain radioactive for 300,000 years and a single nuclear disaster has the potential to contaminate vast regions of our planet. Moving nuclear plant reauthorizations forward 15 years before expiration of their current licenses and without a careful and deliberate analysis that is independent of vested interests is bad public policy,” he said.

AB 1046 would prohibit the California Public Utilities Commission from approving the further use of ratepayer funds for costs associated with re-licensing of nuclear power plants until the Energy Commission completes a study required by AB 1632, authored by Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee (R- San Luis Obispo) last year.

The study, which is scheduled to begin in July 2007 and conclude in November 2008, will assess the costs and impacts associated with accumulating radioactive waste at California’s two operating nuclear power plants, as well as evaluate the vulnerability of the 4000 megawatts they generate to major disruption from aging equipment or a major earthquake. The study is projected to cost $800,000.

In March, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) allowed PG&E, which owns the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, to spend16.8 million ratepayer dollars on an in-house study by the utility examining the feasibility of license renewal for the aging Diablo reactors. Despite calls from legislative leaders that the PG&E study be delayed until the Energy Commission completes its work on the issue, the CPUC only suggested that the utility “defer to the extent feasible” the work on their in-house study. AB 1046 does not reverse the CPUC decision, but delays further spending of ratepayer dollars on re-licensing costs until completion of the Energy Commission review.

Rochelle Becker is Executive Director of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, which along with Sierra Club California, is co-sponsoring AB 1046.

“The Legislature and the Governor have asked the Energy Commission to review the impacts of accumulating radioactive waste along our seismically active coast. This bill reasonably asks utilities to wait until the review is completed before rushing to re-licensure,” said Becker.

AB 1046 will be heard next on the Assembly Floor.

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FIREFIGHTERS INJURED in fall from Richmond District fire scene

By Matt Wynkoop
Bay City News

Two firefighters responding to a one-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Richmond District this morning were injured when they fell from an exterior stairway landing that gave way, a fire spokeswoman said.

Firefighters responded to the three-story home at 430 Balboa St. after smoke was seen coming from the roof at around 7:39 a.m., fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

Reports that residents were trapped inside the home prompted firefighters to search it. No one was found inside.

As the two firefighters made their way down the home’s fire escape, an exterior landing collapsed and sent them falling, according to Talmadge. Both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital. Their conditions were not available.

The home sustained significant damage to the top floor, Talmadge said.

The fire, which is under investigation, was extinguished by about 8:15 a.m.

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‘TIPPY’ MAZZUCCO to be named San Francisco Police Commissioner

From the Mayor’s Office of Communications

Today Mayor Gavin Newsom announced his intention to appoint Thomas “Tippy” Mazzucco to the San Francisco Police Commission.

A native San Franciscan, Mazzucco has served for the past eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and Major Crime sections of the U.S. Department of Justice in San Francisco.

“Tippy brings a wealth of legal experience and a valuable understanding of crime prevention to the San Francisco Police Commission,” said Newsom. “His proven track record as an effective Deputy District Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney will help make the city a safer place for all San Franciscans.”

Prior to his position with the U.S. Attorney, Mazzucco served as a Deputy District Attorney in San Francisco. For ten years, he worked closely with the City’s law enforcement personnel to reduce violent crime related to homicide, gun and narcotic activities.

Mazzucco is the son of a former San Francisco Police Department Inspector.

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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT on the verge of being derailed

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Charles N. Davis

From The Society for Professional Journalists

By Charles N. Davis

Congress, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of Information Act.

How, you ask, when overwhelming majorities support the legislation in both the House and Senate?

The secret hold, of course. Ever heard of the secret hold? It’s a beauty – a real relic of the stuffed shirts of yesteryear, smoke-filled rooms and fat cats with stogies guffawing over the latest bamboozle of the taxpaying schmucks. Think country clubs, secret handshakes and bizarre rituals.

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest journalism-advocacy organization, used the power of the blogosphere to find out whose legislative bludgeon was buried in the back of open government. We called every senator, one by one, until at last – when it became clear he could hide no longer – Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), came blinking and grimacing into the sunlight and admitted that it was he who placed a secret hold … on a bill that addresses secrecy in government.

You can’t make this stuff up.

This is how it works in Washington, kids: Sen. Kyl – this year’s Secrecy Champion — has several as-yet-unstated objections to the Freedom of Information Reform Act, a truly wonderful bill that would significantly improve one of the strongest tools Americans have to supervise the inner workings of government and to hold elected officials accountable.

The bill has plenty of bipartisan support. It is the product of tireless work and advocacy by many open government and press freedom groups and fine legislative craftsmanship by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The U.S. House of Representatives in March approved a version of the bill with 80 Republicans joining 228 Democrats for a 308-117 vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee then unanimously sent the measure forward to the full Senate for a vote.

In your civics book, this would be the moment where our senators hold a public debate on the merits and demerits of the legislation at hand, then vote. The votes are then counted, and if the senators who support the bill outnumber those who oppose it, well, you get the idea.

But no, not when senators, using an archaic parliamentarian parlor trick, can stop a bill dead in its tracks merely by telling their party’s Senate leader or secretary that they wish to place a hold on the bill. That’s when Sen. Kyl – who routinely charts a brave course on the immigration debate, and can often be counted on to reason rather than bloviate – slipped in the hold.

The practice of honoring secret holds has no basis in law and has no support in Senate rules. It’s a good-‘ol-boy creation and another of the seemingly endless perks of the Senate, where the rules always seem to benefit the representatives far more than the pesky public.

Oh, I know what’s coming: the inevitable blathering about the world’s greatest deliberative body and its need for timeless soul-searching and “candor” and how terribly hard legislating can be. We’ll hear all about collegiality and efficiency and the grand traditions that make the Senate “special.”

Spare me. Tear down the whole argument in favor of secret holds, and it comes down to cowardice: it allows a senator to cower behind anonymity while signaling their dislike for a piece of legislation. More to the point, it takes what would be a single losing vote on the floor of the Senate and converts it, magically, into stoppage of legislation.

That’s awesome power with absolutely no accountability.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), who discloses his holds as a matter of practice, introduced an amendment in 2006 to force all senators to identify themselves when placing a hold on a bill. That proposal has gone nowhere fast.

Are you surprised?

Charles N. Davis, a member of SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee, serves as the executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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ELZA VAN DEN HEEVER – San Francisco Opera Announces New Prima Donna For All Performances of “Don Giovanni”

Soprano Hope Briggs gets the gate from General Director David Gockley

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Hope Briggs

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

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1, 2007 – After the final dress rehearsal for DON GIOVANNI San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley, in consultation with Music Director Donald Runnicles and members of the artistic staff, made the decision that soprano Hope Briggs was not ultimately suited for the role of “Donna Anna” in this production.

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Soprano Elza van den Heever, a member of San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellow Program, will replace Ms. Briggs in the role for all performances of Don Giovanni, which opens June 2 at the War Memorial Opera House. Ms. van den Heever has performed the role of “Donna Anna” at the Lincoln Theater in Napa Valley and is contracted to sing the role with a major American opera company in a future season.

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Elza van den Heever, Soprano

Adler Fellow Elza van den Heever makes her San Francisco Opera debut this season. She participated in the Merola Opera Program in 2003 and 2004 singing the roles of “Mrs. Nolan” in Menotti’s THE MEDIUM and the Female Chorus in Britten’s THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA. The soprano earned critical acclaim last year as “Donna Anna” at Lincoln Theatre in Napa Valley and gave her Schwabacher Debut Recital – both under the auspices of the San Francisco Opera Center. Van den Heever appears frequently in concert and has been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the Sacramento Choral Society. In 2005 she was the soprano soloist in the premiere of the acclaimed MANZANAR: AN AMERICAN STORY with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, and she premiered Richard Aldag’s SAPPHO FRAGMENTS with Earplay in 2004. Also in 2005, van den Heever made her debut with the San Francisco Symphony in Morton Feldman’s “I met Heine on the Rue Fürstenberg” and returned in 2006 to sing second soprano in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in San Francisco and on tour in Europe.

To purchase tickets on-line: DON GIOVANNI

Sat. June 2, 8 pm
Tue. June 5, 8 pm
Sun. June 10, 2 pm
Wed. June 13, 7:30 pm
Fri. June 22, 8 pm
Thu. June 28, 7:30 pm
Sat. June 30, 8 pm

DON GIOVANNI – A co-production of San Francisco Opera and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Sung in Italian with English Supertitles. First Performance: Prague, October 29, 1787. Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Cast:
DON GIOVANNI – Mariusz Kwiecien
DONNA ANNA – Elza van den Heever
DONNA ELVIRA – Twyla Robinson
DON OTTAVIO – Charles Castronovo
LEPORELLO – Oren Gradus
ZERLINA – Claudia Mahnke
MASETTO – Luca Pisaroni
COMMENDATORE – Kristinn Sigmundsson

Production Team:
CONDUCTOR Donald Runnicles; and Donato Cabrera (June 28th)
DIRECTOR – Leah Hausman
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Jennifer Tipton
CHORUS DIRECTOR – Ian Robertson
PRODUCTION DESIGNER – John Macfarlane
PRODUCTION – David McVicar

See Seán’s recent articles and interviews:
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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 1 PHOTOS OF THE DAY – Gas 60-cent price cut draws lines reminiscent of 1970s – Advice on when and why to walk backward with a hoe

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Gas 60-cent price cut draws lines reminiscent of 1970s gas shortage

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The Shell station on Harrison at 6th Streets caused quite a traffic mess Thursday morning when it lowered the price of gas by about 60 cents per gallon causing hundreds to line up for the cheaper fuel. Tempers flared as lines were cut and motorists funneled into the station from 3 different directions. There were three television stations there doing live remotes and adding to the circus like atmosphere. The owner of the station, Bob Oyster, had for months complained that Shell was charging their independents more than anyone else and therefore making it impossible for him to survive. He is said to be turning over the keys to the station on Friday. 6000 gallons of gas were to be sold today and the many that braved the lines waited as much as three hours to get the cheaper gas. “It reminded me of the gas lines back in the 70’s,” said Thomas Laidley of Antioch.
PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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JUNE 1 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have a bright and cheerful disposition. Your confidence in whatever you are undertaking is steadfast, and no one can discourage you, but if failure comes, your disappointment is keen. You are fond of music and reading. Your home is very dear to you, and you derive your greatest happiness from it.

JUNE 1 BEST DAY
Today is one sweet day to begin logging.

TIP FOR JUNE 1
Vegetable oil will remove tar from your hands.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 1
Never carry a hoe into the house. If you do so by mistake, carry it out again, walking backward to avoid bad luck.

WORD FOR JUNE 1
Diurnal Tide. Definition: A tide with one high water and one low water in a tidal day of approximately 24 hours.

JUNE 1 IN HISTORY
Died: James Buchanan (15th U.S. president), 1868. Hail up to four inches in diameter fell in parts of Maine during a series of severe thunderstorms across central and northern New England, 1986.

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Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 63. West southwest wind between 9 and 14 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 52. West southwest wind between 10 and 14 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 63. West southwest wind between 10 and 14 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 52. West southwest wind between 10 and 14 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, 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 52.

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

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

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 62.

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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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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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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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MAYOR NEWSOM announces ’2007 One City Book’ as San Francisco Reads Selection

Mayor Gavin Newsom today invited the public into the pages of the 3rd Annual One City Book: San Francisco Read program.

Togther with the and the San Francisco Public Library, the mayor announced selection of Can River by Lalita Tademy as the selection.

“One City One Book brings together people of different ages, communities, and backgrounds to discuss the ideas raised by one book and how these ideas connect with our present Newsom said.

“I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of Cane River to read this summer so we can have great discussions this fall.”

Tademy brings to life “four vivid and remarkable women” inher family, beginning in slavery, sweeping through the Civil War, and into the pre-Civil Rights South.

“As we follow these four women through extraordinary hardship, they learn to empower themselves, and despite overwhelming pressures, get their due and preserve their heritage. Set on a Creole plantation on the banks ofLouisiana’s Cane River, this New York Times best-seller is a beautifully written slice of American history neverbefore seen in such piercing and personal detail.”

For more information, visit the San Francisco Public Library

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SAN FRANCISCO TEACHER secures $5,000 for Lincoln High to develop school-community programs

A psychology teacher is being honored in San Francisco today for winning an award that recognizes educators who connect their schools to the community through creative partnerships and communication.

Dina Wright has been named the 2007 MetLife Foundation Ambassador in Education. She will receive a crystal apple and $5,000 for Abraham Lincoln High School to develop school-community partnerships.

Wright founded the Lincoln’s Teacher Academy program, which allows students to take advanced courses in psychology and human development and places students as teachers in partnering elementary schools.

Students and fellow educators nominated Wright. A national committee comprised of previous winners, students, businesses and not-for-profit leaders selected her for the honor.

Wright will be honored during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln High School at 2162 24th Avenue.

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JAKE McGOLDRICK responds to recall effort

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Suprevisor Jake McGoldrick addressing Wednesday rally urging bikers not to ride on City streets. McGoldrick responded to District 1 recall effort following the event.
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By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
The District 1 petition drive begun Wednesday to recall Supervisor Jake McGoldrick is a tool for harassment also aimed at intimidating other elected officials, McGoldrick said yesterday.

McGoldrick termed the effort “an abuse of the recall” system.

The recall will appear on the November, 2007, ballot if 3,752 signatures are collected by July 9 from registered District 1 voters. That number represents ten percent of those who voted in the last District 1 election as required by City Charter.

Residents and merchants formed the Committee to Recall Jake McGoldrick citing McGoldrick’s support for bus rapid transit on Geary Boulevard which they allege will hurt businesses during construction. The group also alleges McGoldrick did not consult with merchants prior to backing the proposal.

The committee further alleges McGoldrick supports “fringe and special interests group” above resident and merchant interests. Additionally, the supersior helped lead Saturday closure of some Golden Gate Park streets.

McGoldrick responded following a press conference held by the Senior Action Network and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition urging bikers not to ride on City sidewalks.

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“I think it’s very sad that people can’t disagree on issues and accept compromise,” McGoldrick told the Sentinel.

“I’ve only got a year left anyway after the November election.

“I think it’s a shame there are some folks out there… and they want to go and basically use this as a harassment tool.

“I think it’s an intimidation tool as well to get perhaps other politicans to take positions and then to work on those positions to compromise.”

McGoldrick scored the recall effort as a waste of taxpayer money.

“I think it’s shame to waste money, taxpayer money, on this, to waste all the time we’re all going to be spending on this. If someone indeed needs to be recalled it’s for malfeasance, for corruption, none of this is true here.”

Geary Boulevard bus rapid transit would be good for business, McGoldrick asserted.

“This is a disagreement about some public transit issue here along Geary Boulevard.

“That’s where it starts. You know, some folks who think any attempt to improve would somehow be bad for business when in fact the whole point is it’s going to be good for business that we’re going to improve public transit.”

San Francisco Firefighters Union President John Hanley and State Senator Leland Yee yesterday praised McGoldrick through a newly formed Coalition Against McGoldrick Recall.

“This recall is a complete waste of everyone’s time and money, because Jake’s term expires next year anyway due to term limits. Every penny spent on the recall is money stolen from public safety and other essential services,” Hanley maintained in a written statement issued by political consultant Jim Stearns.

“In my mind, this is an abuse of the recall process, which is meant for serious problems like corruption, not just a disagreement on the issues,” echoed Yee.

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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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JOHN HAN
Sentinel Photographer
For the last year, John Han served Sentinel readership as a freelance photographer. He has that natural eye for photography which cannot be developed or learned. He has earned a following of clients, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California. John joined the Sentinel fulltime in April, 2007.

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MAY 31 PHOTOS OF THE DAY: No bikes on sidewalks, slower bike speed on streets – Advice for avoiding Satan’s territory

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Bicycle Coalition and Senior Action Network support no bike riding on San Francisco sidewalks and slower speed on City streets

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Photos by John Han
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Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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MAY 31 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are artistic and like to dress well and have your home different and attractive. You are sociable, congenial, and like club life; are fond of children; and take a great deal of interest in the proper bringing up of your own

MAY 31 BEST DAY
Today is not a particularly good day to do anything.

TIP FOR MAY 31
Use crushed rhubarb leaves to scour brass or copper.

ADVICE FOR MAY 31
Never walk under a ladder, which is Satan’s territory. If you must do it, cross your fingers or make the sign of the fig (closed fist, with thumb between index and middle fingers).

WORD FOR MAY 31
Blighter. Definition: A persistently annoying person.

MAY 31 IN HISTORY
Born: Walt Whitman (poet), 1819. The National Weather Service office in Washington, D.C., reported the driest spring on record, with only 3.47 inches of precipitation from March 1 to May 31, 1986.

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Today: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 51. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 62. West southwest wind between 9 and 15 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 52. West southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 63. West southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph.

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

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

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

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

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

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

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PLAN YOUR BEST MAY DAYS

Best days: Quit smoking 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to lose weight 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to gain weight 23, 28 19, 24
Best days: Cut hair to discourage growth 11, 12 11, 12
Best days: Cut hair to encourage growth 27, 28 22, 23, 24
Best days: Go to the dentist 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Start projects 17 16
Best days: End projects 15 14
Best days: Entertain 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Go camping 4, 5 1, 28, 29
Best days: Plant aboveground vegetables 19, 20, 29, 30 16, 17, 25, 26
Best days: Plant belowground vegetables 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Destroy pests and weeds 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Graft or pollinate 19, 20 15, 16
Best days: Prune to encourage growth 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Prune to discourage growth 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Harvest aboveground vegetables 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Harvest belowground vegetables 6, 7 11, 12
Best days: Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Cut hay 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Begin logging 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Set posts or pour concrete 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Breed animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26
Best days: Weaning animals and children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Potty training children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Castrate animals 9, 10 5, 6
Best days: Slaughter animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26

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JOHN HAN
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For the last year, John Han served Sentinel readership as a freelance photographer. He has that natural eye for photography which cannot be developed or learned. He has earned a following of clients, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California. John joined the Sentinel fulltime in April, 2007.

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DOLORA ZAJICK as Tchaikovsky’s “Joan of Arc”

An Encore by San Francisco Opera and Classical Radio KDFC 102.1

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

Five hundred seventy six years ago today, May 30th, 1431 – in the town of Rouen, France – the Catholic Church chained 19-year-old Jeanne D’Arc to a tall pillar and then set her on fire. When the flames died out, the officials gathered up her charred bones and organs, along with the ashes of the pillar and platform, and re-kindled it to a toasty glow. To be sure the victim was most sincerely dead, a third burning was ordered. Whatever powders remained were meticulously swept up and then tossed into the Seine.

This Sunday at 8:00 PM, Classical Radio KDFC 102.1 will broadcast a live recording of San Francisco Opera’s 2006 summer production of Tchaikovsky’s MAID OF ORLÉANS. In the title role, dramatic mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick. The production was one of three in the series lovingly described as “Return Of The Divas”. A former Adler Fellow, Ms. Zajick basks in the glow of being one of the most magnificent mezzo-sopranos of our time. Last July in Dolores Park for “Opera In The Park”, Ms. Zajick favored her admirers with Leonora’s aria (in the original French), “O mon Fernand”, from Donizetti’s challenging “La Favorite”. Dolora Zajick twinkles even in the overcast skies of a chilly July afternoon. Make a date this Sunday with the diva, the San Francisco Opera, and KDFC. I am happy to once again present my review of her sparkling performance as “Joan of Arc”, filed December 12th, 2006.

THE MAID OF ORLEANS – A Simmering Success

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Sts. Michael, Margaret and Catherine’s advice to Joan of Arc (DOLORA ZAJICK, Mezzo-Soprano) – SAVE FRANCE!!!

Tchaikovsky’s THE MAID OF ORLÉANS is on fire at the San Francisco Opera. In this second offering of the Summer Series – “Return of the Divas” – it is dramatic mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick who takes on the title role of the legendary Joan of Arc. An internationally recognized star, Ms. Zajick possesses a magnificent voice, commanding in its overall strength – beautifully balanced from the resounding bass of her lower range, passing easily through the warmth of the middle register, and soaring up to her treble which trumpets high above the orchestra – piercing through every collected ensemble. A former Merola Opera Program participant and Adler Fellow, Ms. Zajick includes in her performance and recorded repertoire the great mezzo heroines of Verdi, the coloratura of “Adalgisa” in Bellini’s Norma, and Saint-Saens powerfully seductive and emasculating “Delilah”. Combining separate gifts of brute dynamism, lyrical agility, and feminine mystique, Dolora Zajick brings sense and sensibility to Tchaikovsky’s rather odd portrait of the virgin martyr and savior of 15th Century France.

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Save your country!

Director Chris Alexander and set designer Robert Dahlstrom deliver a noble attempt in their collaborative efforts to bring relevance and palpability to a work identified as Tchaikovsky’s contribution to French Grand Opera. As such, his Maid Of Orleans contains all the expected components: gargantuan situations and valiant characters, continuous music including recitative rather than spoken dialogue, multiple acts – in this case, a series of extended tableaux, spectacular production values and dazzling special effects, grand processions, and the obligatory ballet.

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Tchaikovsky’s MAID OF ORLEÁNS, at the San Francisco Opera

Keeping in its tradition of a raked center-stage platform with side areas reserved for a narrative chorus, along with stage-width panels and hanging pillars separating heaven and earth and the nobility from the gentry – the look and feel is somewhat similar to a church pageant or miracle play. The wardrobe of the Chorus is contemporary, ranging from very casual to business attire – the typical picture at most Sunday Morning services. The main characters are beautifully decked-out in period wardrobe by designer Walter Mahoney; heavenly figures treated to the judicially provençal, and three adorable small-fry-angels flounce in (maybe their first!) gossamer and snowy-white ballet dresses.

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Rod Gilfry, Dolora Zajick, and Misha Didyk

Lighting designer Robert Hill (and a few extra boosts from the orchestra under the baton of conductor Donald Runnicles) produced spectacular bolts of lightning – unambiguous evidence that Joan is in league with the Devil, her alleged gifts and accomplishments founded and refined in the fires of Hell, along with her impure thoughts toward the comely Burgundian knight, “Lionel” (charming baritone Rod Gilfry). In this libretto fashioned by Tchaikovsky, Joan has no trial scene, no damning conviction from ecclesiastical authority. Thus, with a sudden change in the weather and several untimely strikes of lightning – BAM! – Joan is consigned to the stake and burned. Historians reveal that the remaining bits of platform and corpse were gathered and burned twice more, lest anything wind up on eBay.

In the final moments of Joan’s immolation, with great luck and daring imagination, the super-abundant amount of dry ice and steam (ablaze in red light) billowing from a trap door swirled straight up the tall stake and beyond into the rafters. It was spectacular. A tiny girl steps forward from the holocaust and walks slowly down stage. It is the innocent soul of the Maid of Orleans stepping into the promised bliss of Eternity.

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The Immolation of Jeanne D’Arc

So Tchaikovsky. So French. So over-the-top.

THE MAID OF ORLÉANS is fraught with problems. But Tchaikovsky provides wondrous opportunities for his singers. Special mention must be given to baritone Philip Cutlip in the role of “Dunois”. Alongside his larger fellow baritones and basses, Mr. Cutlip’s baritone is strong and consistently clear. He is fortunate in that his abilities as a Leading Man are easily recognized and engaged by such companies as Opera Birmingham for the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the Seattle Opera for “Marcello” in La Boheme.

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Sean Panikkar, Peter Strummer, Philip Skinner, and Dolora Zajick. Production Photos by Terrence McCarthy

Bass-baritone Philip Skinner as Joan’s father, “Tibaut”, is a graduate from the Merola Opera Program and former Adler Fellow. Familiar to General Director David Gockley from his previous association with the Houston Grand, Mr. Skinner’s roles there include the four villains in THE TALES OF HOFFMANN and Mozart’s “Figaro”. Perhaps next Summer Season will see him in a “Return of the Divos”. Current Adler Fellow Sean Panikkar proved a very tempting and romantic tenor in his role as “Raymond”, the rejected suitor to the distracted Joan. Soprano Karen Black, also an Adler Fellow and Merola Graduate, heard the “Bravas” during her curtain call as “Agnes Sorel”, faithful mistress to the King. (Apparently the sky god sympathizes with the frustrations of an unhappy marriage.)

If you are a fan of Tchaikovsky’s ballets SWAN LAKE and SLEEPING BEAUTY, you will surely recognize their kinship with his MAID OF ORLEANS. The Gay Russian composer was at his best with the fantastical, with swords of virtue and shields of truth, with demons and fairy-angels, forbidden love and Eternal longing. This “Joan of Arc”, longs for our own fiery superstar – Dolora Zajick .

See Seán’s current articles and interviews:
Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI Opens San Francisco Opera’s Long Hot Summer
SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?
$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
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
TERRA HAUTE – An Interview with The Stars, John Hutchinson and Elias Escobedo

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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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PROGRESSIVE CONVENTION – Danger of being the Same Old, Same Old – GUEST COLUMN

KIM KNOX
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Education Writer
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By Kim Knox
Lefinsf.com
Reprinted by permission

The discussion around the progressive water coolers has been centered around Chris Daly’s Progressive Conference on Saturday.

One blog, Fog City Journal even used its front page story to give a rehash of an article about a possible that ran on another blog, Beyond Chron about the Progressive Conference.

But the discussion should really center on the following -

We, the progressives of San Francisco, have known for the last three plus years that there was a mayoral election in November 2007. So why don’t we have a clear-cut candidate five months before the election?

Eric Mar reports on his blog, Educational Justice that he and Mark Sanchez will be speaking at the conference “sometime after 2 p.m.” But that’s all that we know about the speakers.

As reported on Beyond Chron, Matt Gonzalez has noted that he won’t be announcing his run at the conference (although he keeps the door wide open that he will announce at a later date about his candidancy for mayor. And as someone who worked on Gonzalez from the moment he announced in August 2003 to the day after he lost, it sounds to me that Gonzalez is running – he’s just going to throw his hat in the ring on his time schedule).

Gonzalez has been absent on the political scene for the last two years. Gonzalez didn’t even bother to attend the Milk Club’s huge dinner/fundraiser last week. The Milk Club is still being targeted for decertification by some traditional Democrats for having endorsed Gonzalez in the (nonpartisan) mayoral runoff three years ago. Gonzalez hasn’t show up to any of Bernal Heights Democratic Club’s events either – and they were the other Democratic club that risk thier charter to endorse him. You would think that Gonzalez would want to keep those type of friends in this very Democratic town, if he was seriously running for Mayor.

Another name that is touted as a front-runner is former Mayor Art Agnos who was defeated in 1991 for re-election. Agnos also hasn’t held an elective office in 16 years. Agnos won’t be attending the conference – so it’s unlikely that his candidancy for mayor would be announced on June 2.

That leaves Chris Daly who had difficulty winning re-election last year to the Board of Supervisors in one of the most liberal districts of the City. Granted – District 6 has gone through gentrification. But District 6 still has a larger number of progressive voters (and campaign workers) than almost all of the other 11 supervisoral districts (except for Districts 9 and 5).

Progressives, there will be a mayoral election in November 2007 and another one in November 2011. And here is another news flash – Newsom will be termed out in November 2011. (You heard it here first!)

A suggestion would be for the progressives to think strategically. (I know, I know – that’s not the progressive way.) It will be difficult without funds and in five months to mount a campaign to defeat an incumbent. Especially an incumbent who realized that even without a strong challenger, he had to have 1) campaign funds and 1) campaign shoe leather to win his re-election.

So let’s find a candidate who may not well-known but who can put out some new ideas and could bring a new set of workers/supporters to the progressive base. Let’s find a candidate who may have a chance of winning in 2007, but would definitely have a better chance of winning in the open field in 2011.

An example of how this works would the school board candidancy of Jane Kim. No one knew Jane Kim when she announced that she was running for school board two years ago with Gonzalez’ endorsement. Jane Kim lost in 2004 – but she came in first two years later with the name recognition that she gained in her first run.

So who do we know that we want to position for Mayor in 2011? Let’s give him or her some name recognition.

Is there anyone that we want to run for supervisor next year when the term limits will open spots in Districts 1, 3, 9 and 11? What about John Avalos, Eric Mar, Cecilia Chung, Robert Haaland, David Campos, Mark Sanchez and/or other progressives who are already looking at the 2008 supervisoral races? Or those who are looking at the 2010 supervisorial races such as Debra Walker or Rafael Mandelman? Let’s use this opportunity to increase their name recognition.

Or is there an important issue of Daly’s, Agnos’ or Gonzalez’ (or the others that I just mentioned) that would positively impact the lives of our community but that the press hasn’t been covering? We could use their candidancy to push that issue and use the momentum of that issue to keep a progressive majority on the board in 2008.

The Progressive Conference is a good idea. But there doesn’t appear to be enough planning, enough press and enough buzz to create a “revolution” that Daly is hoping to occur. Perhaps, the time at the Progressive Conference could be more productively used to create a strategy for progressive wins in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

KIM KNOX
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Education Writer
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Kim Knox is the education writer for Leftinsf. A Green, Kim is also the Vice President-Political for the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and the treasurer for the Richmond Democratic Club. She is also the Vice President for fund raising for John Muir ES, a public elementary school in the Western Addition. Kim ran for San Francisco School Board in 2006.

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ED ROSENTHAL CONVICTED on three counts of federal marijuana statutes – Sentencing set June 6

ED ROSENTHAL INTERVIEWED EARLIER THIS MONTH

By Julia Cheever
Bay City News

Oakland marijuana activist Ed Rosenthal was convicted in federal court in San Francisco today of three counts of conspiring to grow marijuana and growing marijuana at an Oakland warehouse.

He was acquitted of a fourth count of growing marijuana at a non-defunct San Francisco dispensary. Prosecutors dismissed a fifth count of conspiracy after jurors in the court of U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said they were deadlocked on that count.

Breyer will sentence Rosenthal, 62, on June 6. Prosecutors have said they won’t seek a sentence greater than one day in jail that Rosenthal already served in connection with an earlier trial.

In the earlier trial, Rosenthal was convicted of three similar counts in 2003, but a federal appeals court overturned that conviction last year, thus paving the way for a retrial.

Rosenthal’s attorney, Robert Amparan, said he will ask for a new trial and if necessary appeal the verdict.

Rosenthal said outside of court, “The jury was not allowed to hear valuable information it needed to make an informed and fair decision.”

Rosenthal was barred during the trial from arguing his claims that he was growing plants to help patients under California’s medical marijuana law and that he was deputized to help the city of Oakland with its medical marijuana program.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George Bevan, the prosecutor in the case, declined to comment outside of court.

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BUSINESS: Roper Survey indicates 90% of Americans think solar power should be available for all new home construction

According to a recent Roper survey commissioned by Sharp Electronics Corporation, nearly 90 percent of Americans think that solar electricity should be an option for all new home construction, up significantly from one year ago (79 percent).

Three-quarters of survey respondents perceive solar power to be more important than ever, evidence that Americans recognize the value of solar as a clean, renewable form of energy. The survey was conducted in May of this year among 1,004 adults to measure their perceptions of solar power.

“More and more, consumers are interested in solar energy, as the results of this survey clearly show. The message from consumers to homebuilders is clear – builders can differentiate themselves while satisfying customer needs by offering solar electricity on any home they build,” said Ron Kenedi, vice president, Solar Energy Solutions Group, Sharp Electronics Corporation

Even as consumers embrace the technology, they are not fully aware of its capabilities and they have misconceptions about how a solar energy system works in a home. Survey respondents were more likely to recognize solar could turn lights on (82 percent) and heat bath water (82 percent) or a swimming pool (80 percent), than power common electric devices like computers or appliances (71 percent).

There is a gap in understanding that solar electricity operates just like regular electricity and is the same kind of electricity that a local utility company provides.

“As the world’s leading solar manufacturer, Sharp views this uncertainty as a strong reason for educating the public about the features and benefits of solar energy. It can power everything from air conditioning and computers to appliances and vacuums; consumers need to understand why it makes sense, both financially and for the environment,” added Kenedi.

Sharp recently launched a unique awareness campaign under the tagline “Hello Sunshine” designed to demystify solar electricity for consumers. Components of the “Hello Sunshine” campaign appear in newspaper ads, Internet search results and web page banners – even a colorful traveling education trailer that will move from town to town throughout California increasing awareness and understanding of solar electricity.

The survey also revealed that the financial benefits of solar energy play an instrumental role in a consumer’s decisions about solar electricity. Saving money on monthly energy bills was the primary motivation for consumers to install a solar system, with 84 percent of respondents citing this over any other reason.

More than half of respondents said they would be more interested in learning about solar energy for their homes, if the system would cost them zero money down and they would start enjoying an immediate payback in the form of lower energy bills.

This was the primary motivation for Sharp to create an alliance with CitiMortgage, which enables homeowners to fund the purchase of a solar energy system through a streamlined Home Equity Program where homeowners can use the equity in their homes to help offset the cost of installing solar panels on their roofs.

The findings of the survey include:

– 87 percent feel that homebuilders should offer solar power as an option for all new homes; older Americans are less enthusiastic, with 77 percent of those over age 65 supporting solar on new homes

– Respondents understand that solar power can be used to turn thelights on (82 percent), heat bath water (82 percent) or heat a swimming pool (80 percent)

– Respondents are less likely to understand that solar can power electric devices such as computers or appliances (71 percent)

– Americans over age 65 are least likely to recognize this functionality (56 percent)

– Those in the Northeast (63 percent) and Midwest (65 percent) were significantly less likely to identify this functionality for solar energy, compared to those in the South (75 percent) and West (78 percent)

– 82 percent say that a decrease in monthly energy bills is their primary motivation for installing solar power; other respondents indicated it was to reduce overall energy usage (79 percent), reduce oil dependence (77 percent) or because it is a secure source of energy (75 percent)

– 56 percent would be interested in learning more about solar for their homes if the system could be obtained for zero money down and their utility bills would be lowered right away

– Younger adults, ages 25-34, are more encouraged by monetary savings, with 67 percent expressing interest in solar

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MAY 30 PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Marriage Equality Bridge Walk and it is fennel which protects against witches

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

MARRIAGE EQUALITY GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE WALK
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Photos by Bill Wilson
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Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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MAY 30 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have a quick temper and are inclined toward dominating and dictating your ideas, desires, and opinions. You are sorry immediately when you have let your emotions get beyond control. You like good literature and the pleasure of associating with interesting and witty people.

MAY 30 BEST DAY
Today is a good day to pour concrete.

TIP FOR MAY 30
Stuff fennel in your keyhole or hang it over your door to protect against witches.

ADVICE FOR MAY 30
To clean pine pitch from your hands, rub them well with a glob of mayonnaise, then wash.

WORD OF THE DAY
Neap Tide. Definition: A tide of decreased range that occurs twice a month, when the Moon is in quadrature (during its first and last quarters, when the Sun and the Moon are at right angles to each other relative to Earth).

MAY 30 IN HISTORY
Born: Manny Ramirez (baseball player), 1972. Massive flooding of Columbia River caused dike break that destroyed Vanport, Oregon, 1948

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Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. West southwest wind between 9 and 14 mph.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West southwest wind between 9 and 14 mph.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 64. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 51. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

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

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 51.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PLAN YOUR BEST MAY DAYS

Best days: Quit smoking 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to lose weight 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Begin diet to gain weight 23, 28 19, 24
Best days: Cut hair to discourage growth 11, 12 11, 12
Best days: Cut hair to encourage growth 27, 28 22, 23, 24
Best days: Go to the dentist 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Start projects 17 16
Best days: End projects 15 14
Best days: Entertain 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Go camping 4, 5 1, 28, 29
Best days: Plant aboveground vegetables 19, 20, 29, 30 16, 17, 25, 26
Best days: Plant belowground vegetables 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Destroy pests and weeds 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Graft or pollinate 19, 20 15, 16
Best days: Prune to encourage growth 21, 22 18, 19
Best days: Prune to discourage growth 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Harvest aboveground vegetables 24, 25 20, 21
Best days: Harvest belowground vegetables 6, 7 11, 12
Best days: Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle 11, 12 7, 8
Best days: Cut hay 13, 14 9, 10
Best days: Begin logging 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Set posts or pour concrete 6, 7 3, 4, 30
Best days: Breed animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26
Best days: Weaning animals and children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Potty training children 10, 14 6, 10
Best days: Castrate animals 9, 10 5, 6
Best days: Slaughter animals 1, 2, 3, 29, 30 25, 26

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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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STREET VIOLENCE: North Beach fatal shooting

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The San Francisco medical examiner’s office identified a man killed in a shooting in North Beach this morning as 41-year-old Oliver Earle. Information on where Earle lived is not available.

Police are investigating the shooting, which occurred at around 8:40 a.m. today in an apartment located at 530 Francisco St., according to police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina.

Police continue to search for a motive and suspects.

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