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

KIM KNOX
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Education Writer
Leftinsf.com

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
Leftinsf.com
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
Sentinel Photographer
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.

Bay City News

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JUVENILE JUSTICE advocates praise Newsom Administration Bill of Rights for Incarcerated Young Mothers

By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

Juvenile justice advocates are lauding San Francisco for its pioneering Bill of Rights for incarcerated young mothers.

The 10-point declaration implemented by the Newsom administration and believed to be the first of its kind, will guide policy in the city’s juvenile halls, said Marlene Sanchez, executive director of The Center for Young Women’s Development.

The San Francisco-based nonprofit organization has been working for about two years with the city’s juvenile probation department on the project. The declaration went into effect in January, and Sanchez says the next step is training those who work in the juvenile justice system.

With two-thirds of the girls in the juvenile justice system either pregnant or parenting, the document will have far-reaching consequences, Sanchez said.

The Bill of Rights ensures that the young mothers are treated with dignity, said Bill Siffermann, the city’s chief juvenile probation officer.

“Each of these tenets reflects a respect for motherhood,” Siffermann said.

According to the Young Mothers’ Bill of Rights, the girls have the right to have somebody with them while they’re giving birth and they are allowed to give birth without shackles – something that was also ensured by state law last year. They have the right to recover in the hospital after having a baby.

The young women have the right to see, touch and speak to their children, be informed of their children’s well-being and safety, and have support and advocacy while incarcerated.

The Bill of Rights also affirms the right to prenatal and parenting information.

Siffermann, himself a father, said adopting the document became “a no-brainer” when he thought of his own family in the position of many girls in juvenile hall.

“The thought of my wife being shackled to a bed was shocking to me,” he said.

Sophia Sanchez, coordinator of the Young Mothers Organizing Project Program for the Center for Young Women’s Development, said the tenets simply spell out for juveniles the protections that are already clarified for adult inmates.

“The rights we’re demanding as moms are basic human rights,” she said.

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PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT XVII set in Bayview District

SAN FRANCISCO’S AWARD-WINNING PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT REACHES OUT TO THE BAYVIEW HUNTERS POINT COMMUNITY FOR ITS SEVENTEENTH EVENT

Project Homeless Connect breaks new ground by hosting its 17th event in the Bayview Hunters Point community.

In collaboration with the United Council of Human Services, Bayview Hunters Point Foundation, the Southeast Health Center, as well as other Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood non-profit groups, Project Homeless Connect 17 will be held near 2401 Keith Street between Armstrong and Carroll streets on June 8, 2007.

It is estimated between 300-400 people are homeless in Bayview Hunters Point. This area also experiences a disproportionate number of health concerns, twenty-two percent of residents live below poverty level, and one in three people live with the daily threat of hunger. In order to better provide services to this community Project Homeless Connect is being held in Bayview Hunters Point for the first time.

Previously held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, hundreds of volunteers from several local government agencies, corporations, employees from event sponsor Deloitte, and private citizens are mobilizing to connect area homeless and the marginally housed to medical, behavioral health, dental, legal, benefits, ID, housing and other services.

“The Bayview Hunters Point has the City’s second highest homeless population,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.

“Our strategy is to approach the homelessness issue head-on and go directly to those in need. Many of the homeless in the Bayview cannot travel to other locations, so we’ll travel to them. We will continue advancing our efforts until San Francisco’s chronic homeless problem is eliminated.”

“It’s refreshing that Project Homeless Connect is coming to the Bayview Hunters Point community to give the local homeless access to the services they need,” said Gwendolyn Westbrook, Executive Director of the United Council of Human Services.

“The United Council of Human Services has transported some people to Project Homeless Connect events, but now that this event is local, more people will be able to benefit from the services.”

Project Homeless Connect 17 is expected to attract hundreds of homeless individuals and volunteers.

“Without our committed volunteers, we would not be able to take Project Homeless Connect 17 to the Bayview Hunters Point streets,” said Judith Klain, Executive Director for Project Homeless Connect.

“This is the first time we’ve set up our event in a community and there’s no telling where the program will go next.”

Volunteers are recruited to provide client support, outreach, data entry and serve food, which is sponsored by Deloitte and cooked by Mother Brown’s Dining Room.

For information on how to volunteer, call Project Homeless Connect at 255-3674 or visit www.sfconnect.org and volunteer online, or call the United Council of Human Services at 671-1100.

About Project Homeless Connect
Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is an innovative non-profit organization that was created to provide access to needed services for people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. PHC is a unique volunteer collaboration of local government, non-profit groups, area business, and the community. Since launch in late 2004, over 13,000 volunteers have worked together to help access services for over 18,000 homeless San Franciscans.

Now a national best practice model, held in over 107 cities in the US and internationally, PHC recently received the National Association of Counties Acts of Caring Legacy award. This award is given to the program that most fully embodies the spirit of volunteerism by addressing a unique need. www.sfconnect.org.

About the United Council of Human Services
The United Council of Human Services has been serving homeless and low income Bayview/Hunters Point residents for over 23 years. Their drop in center is the only program of its kind in the neighborhood. The center assists in connecting people to needed services, meals, clothing and housing. It’s supportive housing component, Hope House Community, provides housing for chronically homeless individuals with disabilities and work in collaboration with other neighborhood services to provide a seamless web of client support services.

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FASHION: Bentley’s sweet new convertible

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The newest Bentley convertible is announced.

Cost: About $200,000

Drivetrain: 6.0-liter 552 horsepower twin-turbocharged V12 engine with six-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

Fuel economy: 10 mpg city, 17 highway, 13 combined

The GTC is the latest addition to Bentley’s Continental line of cars. Taking the top off takes nothing away from the Continental’s gorgeous look.

The Continental’s bumperless look would be impossible to achieve without modern technology but the result is an elegant and classic form.

Slip behind the wheel and the Continental GTC drives just as you would expect. This is a heavy car – at 5,500 pounds, it weighs more than a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV – but a 552 horsepower 12-cyinder twin-turbocharged engine rushes it along as the breeze just wafts in around the back of your neck.

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MAY 29 PHOTOS OF THE DAY: San Francisco honors memory of Christopher Rose and Keith Moore – Advice for clanging radiators – Advice for Saturday political convention contact

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

MEMORY OF CHRISTOPHER ROSE AND KEITH MOORE HONORED

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Photos by Bill Wilson
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Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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MAY 29 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are domestic, fond of children, affable, and considerate. You love your family and are very affectionate toward them. You have a sweet, even disposition, but are aroused to bitterness if your trust is violated.

MAY 29 BEST DAY
Today is a good day to go campaing.

TIP FOR CLANGING RADIATORS
If the price you pay for warmth is loss of sleep during the wee hours, you no doubt agree with the old radiator refrain, “A hiss is pure bliss, but them clangs are gosh dang!” What’s the cause of all the ruckus? Usually the problem is due to incorrectly sloping pipes. Pipes that aren’t tilted back toward the source pipe give the water a chance to collect and block the steam, causing clangs. Try this: Place small blocks of wood under the radiator’s legs to angle the pipes back toward their source. Then go back to bed.

ADVICE FOR SATURDAY POLITICAL CONVENTION CONTACT
Try a poultice of baking soda and witch hazel.

WORD OF THE DAY
Dark, shapeless cloud layer containing rain, snow, and ice pellets.

TODAY IN HISTORY
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, 1953. Dime-size hail was reported in Keene, New Hampshire, 1987.

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Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. West southwest wind between 10 and 13 mph.

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

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

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southwest wind between 7 and 10 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Opens The Long Hot Summer Season

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

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DON GIOVANNI – San Francisco Opera, Summer 2007

This summer’s fare at the San Francisco Opera is all about endurance, endearment, and endangerment – of mythological proportions. The 2007 Summer Series opens this Saturday, June 2, with a new production of Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI featuring baritone Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role. Kwiecien returns to San Francisco Opera for the first time since his stunning debut as Marcello in the Company’s 2004 production of La Bohème.

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HOPE BRIGGS (Donna Anna) and MARIUSZ KWIECIEN (Don Giovanni)

San Francisco Opera Music Director and Principal Conductor Donald Runnicles will lead seven of the eight performances; San Francisco Opera Associate Conductor Donato Cabrera will conduct on June 28. The cast of returning artists also includes soprano Hope Briggs (Donna Anna), soprano Twyla Robinson (Donna Elvira), mezzo-soprano Claudia Mahnke (Zerlina), tenor Charles Castronovo (Don Ottavio), bass Oren Gradus (Leporello), and bass Kristinn Sigmundsson (Commendatore); bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni (Masetto) makes his San Francisco Opera debut.

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CHARLES CASTRONOVO (Don Ottavio) and TWYLA ROBINSON (Donna Elvira)

This visually dramatic production by David McVicar (his first production to be presented by the Company) features the set and costume designs of John Macfarlane and will be directed by Leah Hausman in her San Francisco Opera debut. Don Giovanni is a co-production with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

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
Sat. June 16, 8 pm
Fri. June 22, 8 pm
Thu. June 28, 7:30 pm
Sat. June 30, 8 pm

DER ROSENKAVALIER by Richard Strauss opens Saturday, June 9th. Merola Opera Program alumna mezzo-soprano Joyce Di Donato marks her debut in the trouser-role of Octavian. Ms. Di Donato is the recipient of the 2007 Beverly Sills Award

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JOYCE Di DONATO, Mezzo-Soprano and DONALD RUNNICLES, Conductor

Led by San Francisco Opera Music Director and Principal Conductor Donald Runnicles, the cast also features acclaimed sopranos Soile Isokoski and Martina Serafin in their San Francisco Opera debuts as they share the role of the Marschallin. Soprano Miah Persson makes her Company debut as Sophie; and bass Kristinn Sigmundsson returns to San Francisco Opera as Baron Ochs. Thierry Bosquet designs Lotfi Mansouri’s opulent period production of the popular Strauss work, with lighting design by Christopher Maravich; Sandra Bernhard will direct.

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DER ROSENKAVALIER – San Francisco Opera, 2007. Photo by Ken Friedman

To purchase tickets on-line: DER ROSENKAVALIER

Sat. June 9, 7:30 pm
Fri. June 15, 7:30 pm
Tue. June 19, 7:30 pm
Thu. June 21, 7:30 pm
Sun. June 24, 1:30 pm
Wed. June 27, 7:30 pm
Sun. July 1, 1:30 pm

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IPHIGÉNIE & GLUCK

On Thursday, June 14th the Company premieres Christoph Willibald Gluck’s final masterpiece, IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE. Mezzo-soprano and Merola Opera Program alumna Susan Graham stars in the title role, with Danish baritone Bo Skovhus in his role debut as Iphigénie’s brother Orestes and tenor Paul Groves as Pylades. Led by Merola Opera Program alumnus and Houston Grand Opera Music Director Patrick Summers, the cast also features bass-baritone Mark S. Doss as Thoas; Adler Fellow and soprano Heidi Melton in her Company debut as Diana; Adler Fellow and soprano Melody Moore as A Greek woman; and Adler Fellow and bass-baritone Jeremy Galyon as A Minister. A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Royal Opera, Covent Garden, this striking production by Robert Carsen features design by Tobias Hoheisel, lighting design by Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet, choreography by Phillipe Giraudeau, and direction by Jean Michel Criqui. Van Praet, Giraudeau, and Criqui are making their Company debuts.

To purchase tickets on-line: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE

Thu. June 14, 7:30 pm
Sun. June 17, 2 pm
Wed. June 20, 7:30 pm
Sat. June 23, 8 pm
Tue. June 26, 8 pm
Fri. June 29, 8 pm

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews::
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade San Francisco
TAKE ME OUT – At NCTC, San Francisco
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
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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FIRST EVER Bill of Rights for Incarcerated Young Mothers detailed Tuesday

A ten-point Bill of Rights for Incarcerated Young Mothers implented by the San Francisco Juvenile Department will be detailed Tuesday at the Center for Young Women’s Development.

Bill Sifferman, chief probation officer, will make the 11:00 a.m. presentation at the center located in the Hamms Building, 1550 Bryant, 11th Floor.

San Francisco is the first municipal, regional or state government to adopt the policy, Sifferman said.

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STREET VIOLENCE: One dead, one injured in Sunset shooting

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A Pittsburg man is dead following a shooting and vehicle crash in San Francisco’s Sunset district early this morning, according to authorities.

According to San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens, it is unclear whether Simon Ruan, 32, died due to the shots that were fired at his vehicle, or due to injuries sustained when he lost control of his vehicle and was partially ejected from it.

Police reported that Ruan crashed, flipped his vehicle and was partially ejected in the 1300 block of Funston Avenue, but police report that the crash was actually in the 1300 block of 14th Avenue. The crash occurred around 1:55 a.m., police said.

He was pronounced dead at 2:03 a.m.

A female passenger in the vehicle was injured and hospitalized in stable condition after the crash, police reported. She did not sustain life threatening injuries, Gittens said.

Gittens said that it will be up to the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of Ruan’s death.

Police are also investigating whether there was a chase involving Ruan and the person who shot at him. According to Gittens, the incident began near the intersection of Lincoln and 16th Avenue.

Police have no information on who shot at Ruan and have not made any arrests, Gittens said.

Bay City News

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SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?

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

San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants will bring opera to the ballpark at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2007, with a live simulcast of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson and Delilah. The simulcast was announced by Giants Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Larry Baer and San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley during a home plate ceremony just prior to the recent Giants vs. Houston Astros game at AT&T Park.

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OLGA BORODINA – as Delilah, between innings. Photo by Larry Merkle

Through state-of-the-art technology, the simulcast of Samson and Delilah will be transmitted in 1920×1080 high-definition live from the War Memorial Opera House stage to AT&T Park’s Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision scoreboard. The highest quality outdoor scoreboard in the nation, it is also the first 32 by 9 aspect ratio outdoor high definition scoreboard in North American professional sports.

Baseball fans and opera fans will have a chance to experience this FREE event with seating both on the field and in the stands. However, all fans must have a ticket to enter the ballpark. For further information visit www.sfopera.com; specific information on ticketing will be posted on www.sfopera.com on July 9, 2007.

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DAVID GOCKLEY, San Francisco Opera General Director. Photo by Michael Winokur

Free live simulcasts are among the first innovations of David Gockley’s new tenure, and part of the Company’s campaign to bring opera into the community and to wider audiences. San Francisco Opera recently announced a June 22 live simulcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to three venues: Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, and the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. General Director David Gockley has already presented San Francisco Opera simulcasts to three separate audiences during his tenure of just over one year. The first was a simulcast of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on May 27, 2006, drawing 8,000 people to San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. The second – a simulcast of Rigoletto on October 6, 2006 – was presented to an audience of approximately 14,000 at Civic Center Plaza and Frost Amphitheatre at Stanford University.

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MARY DUNLEAVY (Gilda) signs Rigoletto Playbill for SEÁN MARTINFIELD

“The Giants are proud of AT&T Park and the unique experiences we can offer to our fans year round,” said Larry Baer. “We are excited to bring a new twist to the traditional ‘opera in the park,’ that only we can, with one of the most technologically advanced ballparks in the country and a high-definition scoreboard rivaled by no others.”

“As someone with a lifelong love of baseball and a passion for opera,” said David Gockley, “I am so grateful to Larry Baer and to the Giants organization for this partnership. Working together, these two San Francisco institutions are able to offer the chance of a lifetime for the entire Bay Area – glorious opera in the world’s most beautiful ballpark. I’ll see you there!”

San Francisco Opera simulcasts are made possible by the Company’s Koret Media Suite, a high-definition video production facility installed on the fifth floor of the War Memorial Opera House. The media suite represents the first permanent high-definition (HD) broadcast-standard facilities installed in an American opera house. A grant from the Koret Foundation provided lead funding for the Koret Media Suite, with additional support provided by Tad and Dianne Taube.

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OLGA BORODINA, Mezzo-Soprano and CLIFTON FORBIS, Tenor

Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Delilah stars Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and tenor Clifton Forbis in the epic story of the Old Testament hero who loses his heart, his hair, and finally his strength. They are joined by Finnish bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo, and Merola Opera Program alumnus Oren Gradus. Patrick Summers conducts San Francisco Opera’s lavish production by Nicolas Joël, and Sandra Bernhard directs.

Seán’s recommended CDs and DVDs:
Saint-Saëns’s SAMSON ET DALILA – DVD, featuring Olga Borodina as “Dalila”
Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE – DVD, featuring Clifton Forbis as “Tristan”
OLGA BORODINA, ARIAS – CD, Carol Rizzi conducts the Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Beethoven’s FIDELIO – CD, featuring Juha Uusital as “Pizarro”
Catán’s FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS – CD, featuring bass Oren Gradus
Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING – CD, Live Recording – Patrick Summers conducts the San Francisco Opera

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews::
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade San Francisco
TAKE ME OUT – At NCTC, San Francisco
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
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 over 2,000 responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing tecniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, visit Broadwaybelters.com, email Seán at seanmartinfield@att.net.

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MAY 28 PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Carnival San Francisco 2007 – Tuesday looks good for pup tents

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

CARNIVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2007
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One of the City’s most spectacular traditions, Carnaval San Francisco showcased the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and traditions this weekend with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry, including works created by the talented community of Mission District residents and Bay Area artists. Conceived 28 years ago by a group of local musicians, artists and residents eager to bring the spirit of Latin American and Caribbean culture to San Francisco, Carnaval San Francisco is produced by the Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and is supported by San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts. Since 1959, the Mission Neighborhood Centers has provided quality programs that promote self-sufficiency and community growth for the Mission District’s children, youth, families and seniors.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2007 QUEEN MARINA JUNQUIERA

CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2007 KING DANILO MACARRAO

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The Almanac staff is on holiday today, but remind that Tuesday May 29 is a good day to go camping.

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Memorial Day: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 65. Southwest wind between 5 and 13 mph.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southwest wind between 9 and 11 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. West southwest wind between 11 and 13 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAY 28 STAR MAP
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PLAN YOUR BEST MAY DAYS

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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 three years.

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THE NEW RUSSIA: Moscow police detain gay protesters – Russian Nationalists and Orthodox faithful call for death

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Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave the opening keynote speech at the Moscow Pride conference

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Peter Tatchell was knocked to the ground and kicked twice. When he got up he was punched in the face again and taken away by two riot policemen

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Russian nationalists shouting “death to homosexuals” have punched and kicked demonstrators calling for the right to hold a Gay Pride parade in central Moscow while riot police detained dozens of gay protesters.

Two European parliamentarians were among those held as they tried to present a petition asking Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has called gay marches satanic acts, to lift a ban on the parade.

Nationalists and extreme Russian Orthodox believers held icons and denounced homosexuality while a group of thick-set young men turned up with surgeon’s masks, which they said would protect them from the “gay disease”.

“We are defending our rights,” said a young gay man named Alexey, with blood pouring from his nose after he was beaten up by a man screaming “homosexuals are perverts” opposite the mayor’s office. His attacker was detained.

“This is terrible but I am not scared. This is a pretty scary place, a pretty scary country if you are gay. But we won’t give up until they allow us our rights,” he said.

Hundreds of riot police lined Tverskaya street in central Moscow and plain-clothes police mingled with a large number of foreign and Russian journalists.

Parade organiser Nikolai Alexeyev said by telephone from a police station about 30 gay activists had been detained. A police spokesman said 31 people were detained.

“We are sitting in the police station right now. We were detained outside the mayor’s office when we tried to present the petition,” said Alexeyev. “They are keeping us in the cells overnight and we will be in court tomorrow.”

Marco Cappato, an Italian member of the EU parliament, was also detained at the protest but later released.

Russia decriminalised homosexuality in 1993 but tolerance is not widespread.

When asked about gay parades, President Vladimir Putin quipped in February his approach to sexual minorities is guided by Russia demographic problems.

“We believe these perverts should not be allowed to march on the streets of Moscow, the third Rome, a holy city for all Russians,” said Igor Miroshnichenko, who said he was an Orthodox believer who had come to support the riot police. “It (homosexuality) is satanic.”

One man holding a crucifix threatened to beat up any gay person he saw.

Richard Fairbrass, a gay singer with the British pop group Right Said Fred, was punched in the face and kicked by anti-gay activists while speaking to Reuters in an interview.

“We understand this is a gay event and so we came down here today,” Fairbrass said before being hit. Blood dripped from his face after the attack.

Volker Beck, a German Green Party politician, was hit in the face with eggs before being detained by riot police. “We didn’t do anything,” he told Reuters as he was led away.

Germany’s Green Party chairwoman, Claudia Roth, called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to raise the issue of rights with Putin at next month’s Group of Eight summit.

“It has been shown once again today that human rights are systematically abused in Putin’s Russia,” she said in a statement. Beck was later released.

Compiled from wire services

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SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL BOARD majority give superintendent finalist Carlos Garcia rave reviews

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A majority of the San Francisco School Board give rave reviews for school superintendent search finalist Carlos Garcia, the San Francisco Chronicle reports this morning.

Now vice president of urban markets for textbook publisher McGraw-Hill, Garcia served as school superintendet in Las Vegas within the Clark County School District.

In San Francisco, he served as vice principle of Horace Mann Middle School from 1988 to 1991. He was also superintendent of the Fresno Unified School District from 1997 to 2000.

Garcia’s career in education began in California as a teacher and principal. He was also superintendent of the Sanger Unified School District and superintendent of the Fresno Unified School District. Garcia earned his master’s in education at Claremont Graduate School and an administrative credential in educational administration from California State University, Fullerton.

San Francisco School Board Members Mark Sanchez, Hydra Mendoza, Norman Yee and Jane Kim praise Garcia as a good fit for the City, reported Chronicle Staff Writer Jill Tucker.

Pat Murphy contributed to this report.

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SAN FRANCISCO TRIBUTE to fallen Iraq soldiers Memorial Day

BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW

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SAN FRANCISCO MOURNS KEITH MOORE
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The San Francisco Presidio will hold a special tribute to American soldiers killed in Iraq during the city’s Memorial Day Ceremony, a Presidio spokeswoman reported.

The ceremony, which in its 139th year is one the oldest on the west coast, will kick off Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Post Parade Ground in the Presidio, where veterans and guests will participate in a parade to the nearby National Cemetery, according to spokeswoman Dana Polk.

U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo/San Francisco, will give remarks during a ceremony at the cemetery, which will be accompanied by music from the 91st Division Pipes and Drums and the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, Polk said.

The Memorial Day ceremony typically draws some 2,000 people, which makes the ceremony one of the largest ceremonies in the country.

National Park Service rangers will give tours of the cemetery and identify distinguished figures that are buried among the 35,000 soldiers at the cemetery.

The Main Post Parade Ground is located at Montgomery and Sheridan streets. A free Presidio shuttle will begin running at 9:30 a.m., taking passengers from the Lombard Gate to the Main Post and the National Cemetery every 30 minutes.

FOR ALL FALLEN SOLDIERS

THE NAVAL HYMN

AMAZING GRACE

KADDISH

AVE MARIA

THANK YOU MOTHERS AND FATHERS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS

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MAY 27 IMAGES OF THE DAY: It worked for Giuliani

IMAGES OF THE DAY

IT WORKED FOR GIULIANI
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Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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BIRTHDAY LORE FOR MAY 27
You are a loyal and steadfast friend and hold your friendships. You are exacting, like your own way, and are very determined in your efforts to get it. Witty, sociable, and an interesting conversationalist, you attract others to the home you love.

MAY 27 BEST DAY
Today is a good day to experiment with different mousetrap baits. Mice may pause at a trap for cheese, but they often prefer a less expensive lure or a food that lasts longer. Try tempting them with gumdrops, flour, small nuts, or oatmeal.

TIP OF THE DAY
Use roll-on deodorant bottles again by filling with sunscreen, bath oil, or kids’ paints.

QUESTION OF THE DAY
How and when should I prune my rhododendron? Answer: Prune in late spring. You can encourage branching, where needed, by pinching off some of the slender shoot buds just before growth begins, or by pinching back some of the growing shoots just before their leaves fully expand.

WORD OF THE DAY
Three Chilly Saints. Definition: Mamertus, Pancras, and Gervais were three early Christian saints. Because their feast days, on May 11, 12, and 13, respectively, are traditionally cold, they have come to be known as the Three Chilly Saints. An old French saying goes: “St. Mamertus, St. Pancras, and St. Gervais do not pass without a frost.”

TODAY IN HISTORY
Born: Paul Bettany (actor), 1971. Indianapolis experienced its latest freeze on record, with the temperature falling to 31 degrees F, 1961.

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Today: The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy with possible drizzle in the morning and become partially clear by afternoon. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50s to lower 60s. West winds of 10 to 20 mph are anticipated.

Tonight: Expected to be mostly cloudy with low temperatures expected to be in the lower 50s. West winds of 10 to 20 mph are anticipated.

Memorial Day: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAY 27 STAR MAP
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PLAN YOUR BEST MAY DAYS

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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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SAN FRANCISCO TEACHERS ask State Mediation in contract impasse

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Pay increase offered by the San Francisco Unified School District to teachers won’t buy a lemon, asserted Union President Dennis Kelly yesterday. Proposed wage hike breaks down to 59-cents per day while current price for a lemon is 96-cents, Kelly said.
Photos by John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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

The San Francisco teachers union has asked California State Mediation and Conciliation Services to intervene in contract negotiations declared at an impasse Thursday by both the union and School District.

In a sharp rejection of the latest School District offer, Dennis Kelly Friday termed the offer “insulting.”

Kelly, president of United Educators of San Francisco, also scored the district for waiting until Thursday to make the offer.

“The decision comes after nearly four months that we have spent in bargaining at the table and we have signaled in every possible way that we wanted to end this round of contract negotiations by the end of school this year so that we could start with this contract in place on July 1, so that the new superintendet would be coming into a situation that was settled, and so that we could open the next school year with everything taken care of in an air of tranquility and harmony,” Kelly said in a union office press conference.

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“We were extremely disappointed when the School District put off any kind of decision on presentation of any kind of financial package until yesterday.

“And what they walked in with — after keeping us waiting all through the morning — was the offer we found to be insulting and totally unacceptable.

“It called for a one percent salary increase effective April of 2008. And a two percent increase effective April of 2009.

“That means it would be an effective one-quarter of one percent. Now, one-quarter of one percent for next year would mean that a beginning teacher, who makes $45,000, would receive the equivalent of $2.99 a week for the 38 weeks of school work.

“Two dollars and ninety-nine cents a week means that they would receive approximately 59-cents a day.

“We tried to figure out what you could buy with that money. We sent our secretary across the street to Safeway and asked her what she could get for 59-cents and she brought back one lemon.

“One lemon costs 99-cents.”

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“The School District has said to the teachers that ‘we are willing to support you going forward to next year at the rate of six-tenths of a lemon a day.’

“Some offers, if they are so insulting, they are better not to be made at all and that’s the way we have to feel about this.”

San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson described the offer as insulting to anyone who works under collective bargaining.

“When President Kelly informed me last night of this insulting proposal, part of the reason I am here is because we’re going to being watching this very closely at the Labor Council,” Paulson told reporters.

“This isn’t just an insult to the hard working teachers and parents and those who work in the schools but this an insulting offer to anybody who works under collective bargaining.”

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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 26 VIDEO OF THE DAY: Killing the girl goes too far

VIDEO OF THE DAY

KILLING THE GIRL GOES TOO FAR

A Masturbate-a-Thon will be held in San Francisco today as climax of May National Masturbation Month. Professional and amateur contenders will participate in the event hosted by the Porn Palace located at 415 Jessie Street. Sponsors include Good Vibrations operated by newly elected San Francisco Police Commission President Theresa Sparks. Spectators may attend the event for a $15 fee.

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BIRTHDAY LORE FOR MAY 26
You are lighthearted, exuberant, and fond of gaiety. You like people around you and like to please them, and are enthusiastic over new friends. Sometimes passionate and excitable, you are friendly, irresistible, and lovable.

MAY 26 BEST DAY
Today is a good day to plant some more vegetables, aboveground.

TIP OF THE DAY
To more easily recork a bottle of wine, insert the cork upside down.

QUESTION OF THE DAY
How did the pretzel originate? Answer: The pretzel is a traditional Lenten food that originated over a thousand years ago. Some say that it was made to resemble arms crossed over the chest in prayer (an ancient custom). In fact, “pretzel” may have come from the Latin word bracellae, meaning “little arms.”

WORD OF THE DAY
Occultation. Definition: The eclipse of a star or planet by the Moon or another planet.

TODAY IN HISTORY
Born: Peggy Lee (actress), 1920. A tornado hit Oakwood, Ortonville, and Thomas, Michigan, 1896.

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Today: The Bay Area is expected to be partly cloudy today with patchy fog in the morning. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50s to upper 60s. West winds of 5 to 10 mph are anticipated.

Today: The Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning but clear to be mostly sunny by afternoon. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50s to mid 60s. Southwest winds of 5 to 15 mph are anticipated.

Tonight: Expected to be mostly clear in the evening, becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Low temperatures are expected to be in the lower 50s. West winds of 10 to 15 mph are anticipated.

Sunday: Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southwest wind between 3 and 11 mph.

Memorial Day: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 69. Southwest wind between 3 and 10 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAY 26 STAR MAP
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PLAN YOUR BEST MAY DAYS

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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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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, 2007 – THIS WEEKEND – May 26th and 27th

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

Jewels In The Square – Music, Dance, Theater
Union Square, San Francisco – Noon

Free

AfroSolo International, Brian Freeman – “Here & There” (staged reading)
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 2:00 PM
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$5

Circus Baobab – “The Jumping Drums”
Project Artaud Theater, 2:00

450 Florida Street, San Francisco
$30

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Circus Baobab from Guinea

AfroSolo International, Yossi Vassa – “It Sounds Better in Amharic”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 4:30 PM

762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

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Yossi Vassa

Dance en Creations Program I – Dimensions Dance Theater, Nelisewe Xaba
Dance Mission Theater, 7:00 PM

3316 24th Street (corner Mission), San Francisco
$25

AfroSolo International, Marc Bamuthi Joseph – “The Spoken World”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 7:00 PM

762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

Circus Baobab – “The Jumping Drums”
Project Artaud Theater, 8:00 PM

450 Florida Street, San Francisco
$30

REPRESENTA!Paul Flores & Julio Cardenas, 8:00 PM
Mission Cultural Center
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
$15

Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, Black Voices“A Long Journey Home”, 8:00 PM
Brava Theater Center
2789 24th Street, San Francisco,
$25

Dance En Creations Program II – Robert Moses’ Kin, Compagnie Li-Sangha, Mhayise Productions
Dance Mission Theater, 9:30 PM

3316 24th Street (corner Mission), San Francisco
$25

AfroSolo International, SuAndi – “The Story of M”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 9:30 PM

762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

AfroSolo International, Nawal“Music of the Comoros Islands”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 11:00 PM
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

SUNDAY, MAY 27th

Jewels In The Square – Music, Dance, Theater
Union Square, San Francisco – Noon

Free

AfroSolo International, Brian Freeman – “Here & There” (staged reading)
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 2:00 PM
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$5

Circus Baobab – “The Jumping Drums”
Project Artaud Theater, 2:00

450 Florida Street, San Francisco
$30

AfroSolo International, Marc Bamuthi Joseph – “The Spoken World”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 4:30 PM
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph at Afro Solo

Dance En Creations Program II – Robert Moses’ Kin, Compagnie Li-Sangha, Mhayise Productions
Dance Mission Theater, 6:00 PM

3316 24th Street (corner Mission), San Francisco
$25

AfroSolo International, Yossi Vassa – “It Sounds Better in Amharic”
African American Arts & Culture Complex, 7:00 PM

762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
$15

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Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir

SFIAF Closing Performance – “A Long Journey Home”
Grace Cathedral, 8:00 PM

Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, Black Voices
$25

SFIAF Closing Reception – “A Long Journey Home”
Grace Cathedral, 9:30 PM

Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, Black Voices
$25 *(Free with admission to SFIAF closing night concert)

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:

JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade San Francisco
TAKE ME OUT – At NCTC, San Francisco
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
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 over 2,000 responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing tecniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, visit Broadwaybelters.com, email Seán at seanmartinfield@att.net.

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CAROLE MIGDEN may face reckless driving charges

The California Highway Patrol said Friday its investigation is still ongoing regarding a two-vehicle accident involving state Sen. Carole Migden a week ago.

CHP Sergeant Les Bishop said it has not been determined if Migden, D-San Francisco, was at fault or was driving recklessly. Bishop said he has no idea how long the investigation will take and he apologized for media reports earlier this week that the CHP was considering recommending reckless driving charges be filed against Migden.

CHP Sergeant Wulf Corrington said Wednesday the CHP planned to recommend the Solano County District Attorney’s Office charge Migden with an infraction for driving too fast for road conditions when her 2007 Toyota Highlander rear-ended a 2005 Honda at Beck Avenue and state Highway 12. That accident sent Ellen Butawan, 31, of Vallejo to the NorthBay Medical Center with a minor injury, the CHP said.

Bishop reported he could not confirm reports that Butawan is married to a CHP officer.

“It’s all part of the investigation and I can’t comment,” Bishop stated.

Corrington also said Migden could face misdemeanor reckless driving charges because of statements witnesses made about her driving between the Carquinez Bridge and Fairfield. Migden said she was driving to an appointment in Marin County.

The CHP said more than a half-dozen other motorists made emergency calls to report Migden’s erratic driving before she hit a Honda sedan at a freeway exit in Fairfield. The other driver, Ellen Butawan of Vallejo, said she went to the emergency room with a head injury.

Migden’s Highlander also struck a guardrail in the center median on Interstate Highway 80 near American Canyon Road, Corrington said. The CHP determined she made an unsafe turning movement but does not intend to recommend any charges be filed in that incident, Corrington said.

Migden, 56, whose district also covers parts of Marin and Sonoma counties, said this week she has been taking medication to treat leukemia and that might have caused her to become disoriented while driving. She said she couldn’t explain her driving the day of the accidents, but her office said she took her eyes off the road to answer her cell phone.

A fundraiser benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be held Sunday, June 3, 2007, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Fort Mason Officers Club, 1 Fort Mason, San Francisco.

James Lanaras of Bay City News and Pat Murphy contributed to this report

See Related CAROLE MIGDEN Senate race could be decided in Marin and Sonoma

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SAN FRANCISCO MASTURBATION celebration Saturday

MASTURBATION GENERATION

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

A Masturbate-a-Thon will be held in San Francisco Saturday as climax of May National Masturbation Month.

Professional and amateur contenders will participate in the May 26 event hosted by the Porn Palace located at 415 Jessie Street.

Sponsors include Good Vibrations operated by newly elected San Francisco Police Commission President Theresa Sparks.

TRANSFIXED GENERATION

San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner Ceclia Chung has announced her intention to run for San Francisco District 11 Supervisor

TRANSDIMENTIONAL ELUCIDATION

Spectators may attend the event for a $15 fee.

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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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