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GIFTS GALORE but crowds not

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The 2007 San Francisco Gift Show was sparsely attended this year and will close Wednesday
PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Mark Sewall,from Shehadi Mirrors had a very multi-faceted trip to San Francisco but didn’t sell too many mirrors at the Gift Show. He hope that the phone orders will come.

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Mark Weisberg owner of Fliptomania said that his business of flipbooks did a brisk business yesterday

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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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CASTRO THEATRE CELEBRATES 85th ANNIVERSARY, AUGUST 10TH – 12TH

Hollywood’s VIP List includes Jeanette MacDonald, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Laurel & Hardy, and Lon Chaney

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

Beginning Friday, August 10th through Sunday, August 12thSan Francisco’s Landmark neighborhood movie palace – the Castro Theatre – celebrates its 85th Anniversary. The party theme is, “Diverse Programming For A Diverse Audience.”

Starting at 8:00 pm, headlining a live music show is Hawaiian superstar and Grammy nominee Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom. Affectionately dubbed as “Hawaii’s Ambassador of Music”, Amy will present traditional songs from Hawaii along with new, rarely performed songs from the pop and jazz canons. Carol Channing says says Amy has a voice that “dazzles like diamonds”.

Also on the program, following in the footsteps of the Nasser Brothers theatrical family, will be Monique Argent. Ms Argent will be performing the classic Hollywood songs spanning the many decades of programming at the Castro Theatre.

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AMY HANAIALI’I GILLIOM and MONIQUE ARGENT

Tickets on sale now at: CITY BOX OFFICE
All seats reserved. Orchestra – $45; Balcony – $35. Group rates available for 10 persons or more. Portion of the evening proceeds will go to ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER WELLNESS CENTER.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH
11:00 am – Laurel & Hardy in WAY OUT WEST and a BUGS BUNNY CARTOON CARNIVAL.
When’s the last time you went to the movies for a Quarter? Yes, all seats for this performance will be only 25 cents, the same price when the Castro Theatre opened in 1922!

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LAUREL & HARDY share the spotlight with BUGS BUNNY

2:00 pmA Sing-along WIZARD OF OZ. Hosts Laurie Bushman and Joe Collins will introduce the films and encourage audience participation. Goodie-Bags will be provided to enhance your experience of singing along with Judy Garland and the cast of this unforgettable movie. Extra added treat – Monique Argent will sing “Over the Rainbow” and other songs before the film.
Adults – $15 Children & Seniors 62 & over- $10

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THE WIZARD OF OZ – A Sing-Along at the Castro Theatre

7:00 PM – A true “Only in San Francisco” evening.
SAN FRANCISCO (MGM, 1936) Starring Jeanette MacDonald, Clark Gable, and Spencer Tracy.

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JEANETTE MacDONALD and GLARK GABLE – in SAN FRANCISCO

If you have never seen this film on the big screen – now’s your chance! Featuring the 1906 Earthquake and Fire and The City’s Anthem – Jeanette MacDonald just stands in the ruins and sings! The film will be followed by music from the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble. Save room for Anniversary Cake in the lobby during intermission and before – Humphrey Bogart in THE MALTESE FALCON. Regular Castro Theatre admission prices.

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HUMPHREY BOGART & JOHN’S GRILL

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12TH
12:00 Noon – A Masterpiece never to be re-produced again. First showing in San Francisco three years!
GONE WITH THE WIND (MGM, 1939). Margaret Mitchell’s tale of love among the ruins of the Civil War. Regular Castro Theatre admission prices apply.

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VIVIEN LEIGH – Gone With The Wind

7:00 pm – The Castro Theatre’s own Warren Lubich on the Mighty Wurlitzer will accompany one of the greatest classics from the silent era. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – starring Lon Chaney in his most famous role. Also included, a raucous Laurel & Hardy short, BIG BUSINESS. Regular Castro Theatre admission prices apply.

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LON CHANEY – The Phantom at the Castro

To order tickets on-line: CASTRO THEATRE – Tickets

For your dining pleasure, Seán recommends – where else?JOHN’S GRILL.
Order the specialty house drink, the “Bloody Brigid”. Named By the California Historical Society, it is a seductive blend of sweet & sour, vodka, soda, special mix, lime and grenadine, served over crushed ice, complete with souvenir glass. And to really set the mood, order the Oysters Wellington – zipped up in puff pastry, laved in creamed spinach and smoked bacon, very comfy on a bed of sherry cream.
To make on-line reservations: JOHN’S GRILL – Reservations

See Seán’s recent articles:
THE BIG VOICE: God or Merman?
HELP IS ON THE WAY XIII GOES TO THE MOVIES
HOTEL CASABLANCA – World Premiere in San Francisco
NEIL SEDAKA and PATTI LuPONE – This Week In San Francisco
JOHNNY MATHIS – Gets Misty with San Francisco Symphony
INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS – A Conversation with Composer Jay Kuo
NORMA SHEARER Flick Opens the San Francisco Silent Film Festival
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE – Everything old is new again at SF Opera
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”

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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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July 31 Videos of The Day – AUGUST 1940 SAN FRANCISCO – BUNNY EYES IN THE CORPSE – LET’S TALK – July 31 Photos of The Day – IN CELEBRATION OF DORE CALLEY – Babies born today should choose mate carefully – Live radar and weather forecast

July 31 Videos of The Day
AUGUST 1940 SAN FRANCISCO

BUNNY EYES IN THE CORPSE

LET’S TALK

July 31 Photos of The Day
IN CELEBRATION OF DORE ALLEY
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A participant at Sunday’s Dore Alley party wags his stuff.
PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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JULY 31 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are cautious, careful, and a good planner, and have a fair amount of executive ability. Because of your keen foresight and good judgment, many seek your advice and profit by it. You are frank and honest in your judgment of others. Take care in the selection of your mate and do not marry in haste.

ADVICE FOR JULY 31
Pick beans when pods just reveal the beans inside.

JULY 31 WORD OF THE DAY
Halcyon Days. Defintion: About 14 days of calm weather follows the blustery winds of autumn’s end. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed them to occur around the time of the winter solstice, when the halcyon, or kingfisher, was brooding. In a nest floating on the sea, the bird was said to have charmed the wind and waves so that the waters were especially calm during this period.

JULY 31 IN HISTORY
George Washington signed the first United States Patent Grant to Samuel Hopkins of Pittsford, Vermont, for a new method of making Potash, 1790. Hail fell 12 inches deep in Scituate, Massachusetts, remaining on the ground for 30 hours, 1769.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 54. Southwest wind between 7 and 9 mph.

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

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind between 6 and 9 mph.

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

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

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 54.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HUNTERS POINT SHIPYARD DEVELOPMENT site levelling nears completion

Construction crews working at Hunters Point Shipyard are near completion of their work in leveling the site and making it suitable for the construction of 1,500 homes.

The infrastructure phase of the project is set to begin in the coming weeks with the installation of storm, sewer, water, electrical and gas systems and construction of sidewalks and roadways.

“Residents will now watch this new neighborhood literally take shape,” said Kofi Bonner, President of Lennar Urban’s Bay Area Division. “This is an exciting time for our project and for all of southeast San Francisco.”

The Shipyard construction site is the most heavily regulated in the state of California with a variety of procedures in place to ensure safe working conditions and minimal construction dust.

Those efforts include:

Redesigning grading to minimize disturbance of site soil.
Increased air monitoring.
Continuous watering of the site.
Reducing speeds for trucks and heavy equipment.
Road cleaning and sweeping.
As an additional measure during the last stages of grading, construction crews installed a dust containment fence to keep soil from migrating off site.

Air quality at the site has been deemed safe, and in some cases superior to other parts of San Francisco, by the federal Centers for Disease Control and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

For more information, please visit hunterspointcommunity.com.

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POSTAL INSPECTOR TESTIFIES only junk mail delivered to Ed Jew San Francisco address

BY ANANDA SHOREY

Only advertisements are regularly delivered to San Francisco supervisor Ed Jew’s Sunset District residence, a U.S. Postal Service inspector testified today during a preliminary hearing into Jew’s alleged violations of the city’s elections code.

In the second day of testimony, two letter carriers that regularly deliver mail to Jew’s Sunset District home and his Burlingame home said the supervisor regularly received third-class mail — or junk mail — at his San Francisco home, while both first- and third-class mail were delivered to his Burlingame home.

“The mail would pile up for a week or two before someone would pick it up,” postal Inspector Quan Howard testified in San Francisco Superior Court today.

Jew has pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges related to alleged violations of the city elections code. Prosecutors question whether he lives inside the district he represents and whether he misrepresented his residence in candidate nominating documents.

The type of mail Jew received at his various homes proves nothing, said his attorney, Bill Fazio.

“The junk mail is more indicative that he lived there. The mail was in the name of Ed Jew.”

Mail carrier Gregory Tanazawa, who had been delivering mail at Jew’s San Francisco address for two years, once told Howard that it didn’t appear anyone lived in the home, Howard said today.

The defense is not trying to prove Jew spent all of his time at the Sunset District home, Fazio said.

“We’re not saying there was a timecard that he punched in and out,” Fazio said.

Jew has reportedly been present at his Sunset District home, located at 2450 28th Ave., intermittently since around 1984.

To trace Jew’s residency history, Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron presented insurance, mortgage, California Department of Motor Vehicle and voting records, as well as garbage and water bills today to try to persuade Judge Harold Kahn that there is probable cause that Jew’s primary home is not in San Francisco.

The documents showed that there wasn’t garbage service at times and that numerous registered voters had the 28th Avenue residence listed as their home.

Fazio said there are holes in the evidence and that he will prove Jew’s primary residence is at his Sunset District home.

“His business is here; his heart is here; his whole soul is here,” Fazio said.

Jew is the subject of a separate FBI probe into his alleged acceptance of $40,000 in cash from a group of businessmen having permit problems. Jew denies wrongdoing and no federal charges have been filed.

Supporters for the District 4 supervisor lined up outside court before testimony began a little after 10 a.m. today holding signs and passing around petitions. A smiling Jew has chatted with supporters at his previous court appearances, but today his demeanor was more serious and he didn’t spend much time talking.

The preliminary hearing is expected to last up to two more days.

At its conclusion, Kahn will rule on whether there is enough evidence for Jew to stand trial.

Bay City News

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STEVE YOUNG AND JERRY RICE REMEMBER BILL WALSH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“He knew me well before I knew myself.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bay City News and Pat Murphy contributed to this report

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STATE HEALTH WARNING: Fresh ginger imported from China found to contain hazardous pesticide

The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning against the consumption of fresh ginger imported from China, after certain batches were found to contain traces of hazardous pesticide, the department reported Sunday.

A pesticide know as aldicarb sulfoxide was found in the ginger, which if consumed may cause temporary poisoning in humans, likely to occur within the first hour following exposure.

Ingestion of foods contaminated with low levels of aldicarb may cause flu-like symptoms (nausea, headache, blurred vision), which disappear quickly, usually within five or six hours, according to the CDPH.

However, at higher levels of ingestion, aldicarb contaminated food can also cause dizziness, salivation, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle stiffness and twitching, and difficulty in breathing.

Ginger imported from China is currently being traced so that stores carrying the product may notify customers.

So far, the ginger is known to have been distributed at Albertson’s stores and Save Mart stores in Northern California by Christopher Ranch of Gilroy.

There have been no reports of illness as a result of consumption of the imported ginger. Individuals who may have consumed the ginger and are experiencing adverse health effects should contact their health care providers immediately, according to the CDPH.

Bay City News

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HELP IS ON THE WAY XIII GOES TO THE MOVIES

The Richmond / Ermet Aids Foundation Presents Northern California’s Largest Annual Star-Studded Gala Concert

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

Coming Sunday, August 5th, the 13th Annual HELP IS ON THE WAY. This year’s event takes place at the Palace of Fine Arts. The five Bay Area AIDS service organizations selected as beneficiaries include: Aguilas, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Maitri, STOP AIDS Project, and Vital Life Services, Oakland. Presented by the THE RICHMOND / ERMET AIDS FOUNDATION, this year’s special guest performers include Bd Wong, Lucy Lawless, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Jai Rodriguez, Raul Esparza, and Joey Mcintyre.

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BD WONG and LUCY LAWLESS

This year’s all-star benefit concert features celebrities from Broadway, TV and Film to American Idol stars. It’s jazz, pop and live performance up close and personal from some of your favorite performers:

SUSAN ANTON: Broadway (Will Rogers Follies) / TV (Baywatch) / film star
MARY JO CATLETT: Broadway (Hello Dolly!, Pajama Game) TV star
CONNIE CHAMPAGNE: Cabaret star / actress
CAROLE COOK: Broadway (42nd Street, Radio Gals) star

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SUSAN ANTON and JOEY McINTYRE

RAUL ESPARZA: 2 time Tony nominated Broadway star (Company/Taboo/Cabaret)
JASON GRAAE: Broadway (Falsettos, A Grand Night for Singing) / TV / film star
LUCY LAWLESS: TV (Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica, Celebrity Duets) star
KIMBERLEY LOCK: American Idol / recording star
SARAH LOWE: Singer / actress (Mamma Mia, Pippin, Evita) / tap dancer
JOEY McINTYRE: Broadway (Wicked) / TV (Dancing With the Stars) / recording star

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JASON GRAAE and MARY JO CATLETT

VALARIE PETTIFORD: Broadway (Fosse/Sophisticated Ladies) /TV star
JAI RODRIGUEZ: Broadway (Rent) / TV (Queer Eye/Celebrity Duets) star
ANDREW SAMONSKY: Broadway (One the Road) TV (Guiding Light) star
BRUCE VILANCH: Comedian / Television (Hollywood Squares) / B’way (Hairspray) star

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PAULETTE IVORY and CONNIE CHAMPAGNE

PAULA WEST: Jazz / recording star
MARISSA JARET WINOKUR: Broadway (Hairspray, Grease) /TV (Stacked) / Film star
B.D. WONG: Broadway (M.Butterfly, Pacific Overtures) / TV (Oz, Law & Order: SVU) star
CATE CAPLIN & GARY FRANCO: International ballroom dance champions
JERSEY BOYS: Cast members from the San Francisco cast of the hit Broadway show

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Jarrod Specter and Michael Ingersoll – from JERSEY BOYS

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Jeremy Kushnier and Drew Gehling – from JERSEY BOYS

Sunday, August 5 at the Palace Of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. in San Francisco.
VIP Underwriter Reception and extensive Silent Auction 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
Pre-show Gala Reception: 6:00 – 7:30 pm featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and martini & margarita bars
Concert 7:30 – 9:30 pm.
Dessert & Wine Party with the cast 9:30 – 11:45 pm.
Gala Pre-Concert Reception & Performance – Tickets $175.
General Reserved Seating – Performance only – Tickets $75.
Doors open for the general public at 7:00 pm.

For Tickets call – 415-273-1620
To order tickets on-line: HELP IS ON THE WAY

UNDERWRITER TICKETS: from $225 and up, with increasing levels of benefits including listing in the programs, preferred seating, gala pre-show black-tie reception and post-performance dessert reception with the cast and other perks. A portion of the Underwriter level tickets help underwrite the cost of the event. An extensive silent auction precedes the show starting at 5:00 pm.

THE RICHMOND / ERMET AIDS FOUNDATION (REAF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Arts/AIDS organization dedicated to raising funds for AIDS service organizations in the Bay Area through the production of quality entertainment programs. REAF was founded by two mothers, Barbara Richmond and Peggy Ermet, who lost their only sons to AIDS as a way to honor their sons’ memories and help alleviate the suffering of all the other sons and daughters living with HIV and AIDS. REAF began as a wholly volunteer-run agency, partnering with a single agency to produce a fundraising event called “Help is on the Way: San Francisco Cares.” Today, REAF is still relies on a mostly volunteer Board and staff. HELP IS ON THE WAY has become the Bay Area’s largest annual AIDS benefit concert and one of the Bay Area’s primary sources of funding for many local AIDS service agencies. REAF has also expanded their partnership services to include ten agencies this year and focuses not only on raising funds but also on creating public awareness that the AIDS epidemic is not yet over and that many agencies are struggling to survive. REAF strives to create community alliances to support these agencies on multiple levels. Overall, beneficiary agencies that have partnered with REAF have reported increased overall giving levels, both financial and in-kind, through increased exposure to media, corporations and individual donors. Volunteerism to their agencies is also increased. REAF strives to build teamwork and cooperation among benefiting agencies through these annual partnerships.

For Tickets call – 415-273-1620
To order tickets on-line: HELP IS ON THE WAY

See Seán’s recent articles:
THE BIG VOICE: God or Merman?
HOTEL CASABLANCA – World Premiere in San Francisco
NEIL SEDAKA and PATTI LuPONE – This Week In San Francisco
JOHNNY MATHIS – Gets Misty with San Francisco Symphony
INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS – A Conversation with Composer Jay Kuo
NORMA SHEARER Flick Opens the San Francisco Silent Film Festival
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE – Everything old is new again at SF Opera
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!
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
TAKE ME OUT – At The New Conservatory Theater
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel

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

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NEWSOM STREETS HAVE THE FEEL OF PRECURSOR 1920s GERMANY

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

Mayor Newsom has not shown leadership on public safety of San Franciscans.

Instead, this San Francisco mayor strives for community consensus on how best to end street violence.

And sulks before neighborhood meetings when confronted with his effort leaving San Francisco streets vile, most recently before a Polk Street gathering of residents and merchants.

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Photos by Bill Wilson

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Consensus building began more than two years ago as a broad range of San Francisco elected leadership got behind movement toward community policing.

It speedily succeeded with a multiplicity of programs to assist those arrested — and even those at risk for arrest — with immediate community help to claim the propserity, security, and dignity every San Franciscan needs.

It also promised innovative police intervention to stop criminal behavior, with instant access to means for the desperate to find crime needless.

The best and brightest San Franciscans poured their lifesblood into delivering a two-pronged model that works.

Still, today’s reality is the streets are as murderous and vile as they were two years ago. This mayor’s streets have the feel of precursor 1920s Germany.

Newsom wisely insists, “I want to make sure we do this right,” to stop criminal behavior — which must be stopped first — without return to rousts and cracked skulls.

To match San Francisco enlightened view of police work, consensus effort locked in individualized policing techniques crafted for each each neighborhood and localized culture.

The Sentinel suggests this well intentioned autonomy resulted in many police districts not incorporating acceptable and proven policing which is working in the Tenderloin usherered by Police Captain Gary Jimenez.

Newsom needs to get it in his head that he is the only official with the authority and stature to actually make things happen — to actually lead.

But Newsom reacts as if returning safety to San Francisco streets is all about him, all about his performance.

Stopping the behavior which turned San Francisco streets vile is bigger than any mayor, bigger than any political career.

End your self-centered sulk, Mr. Mayor, and lead.

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THE SAN FRANCISCO JUNE 15 CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL – THE WORLDWIDE IGNORANCE – THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS – THE SENTINEL OPINION

MORE AND MORE BAY AREA JEWS MOVING TO ISRAEL

SAN FRANCISCO SENTINEL TOPS IN ESTIMATED DOLLAR VALUATION AMONG LOCAL NEWS BLOGS – STRATEGICFIRST INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS

STRAIGHT PEOPLE NEED FALL SILENT WHEN WE SPEAK – SENTINEL OPINION

SAN FRANCISCO VETERANS MEMORIAL PROJECT KICKS-OFF – PROMISE UNFULFILLED FOR 75 YEARS – VIDEO

JEW HATER FARRAKAHN AMONG WHITE HOUSE RESIDENCE PAMPERED – SAN FRANCISCO SENTINEL OPINION

NETANYAHU DOES THE RIGHT THING – SAN FRANCISCO SENTINEL OPINION

DO NOT FLY SWISS AIR – SAN FRANCISCO SENTINEL OPINION

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND NEWS MEDIA ARE AFRAID TO CONFRONT ISLAM – SAN FRANCISCO SENTINEL OPINION

HOW CHRISTIAN WERE THE FOUNDERS?

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July 30 Videos of The Day – MAYOR CONVENES PARK BUMS – POVERTY IN THE MIDST OF PLENTY – HAPPY DAYS – July 30 Photo of the Day – NEWSOM MULTI-TASKING – Babies born today will adapt to necessity – Live radar and weather forecast

July 30 Videos of The Day
MAYOR CONVENES PARK BUMS

POVERTY IN THE MIDST OF PLENTY

SEE RELATED NEWSOM STREETS HAVE THE FEEL OF PRECURSOR 1920s GERMANY

HAPPY DAYS

Photo of The Day
MULTI-TASKING
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CLICK IMAGE TO BE HAPPY

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JULY 30 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have definite likes and dislikes. You make few friends, but those few are real and loyal to you. You are ambitious, energetic, and persevering, and adopt yourself readily to every necessity. You are demonstrative in your great love of your family. Your interests center on your home and dear ones.

ADVICE FOR JULY 30
Keep a cooler in the car for grocery trips. Use it for frozen items, meats, and dairy products.

JULY 30 WORD OF THE DAY
SOS. Defintion: The letters signified by the signal ( . . . — . . . ) prescribed by the International Radiotelegraphic Convention of 1908 for use by ships in distress. SOS was chosen as the universal distress signal because this combination of three dots followed by three dashes followed by three dots (…—…), was easy to send and easily recognized, especially since they were usually sent as a nine-character signal, which stood out against the background of three-character Morse Code letters. The letters themselves are meaningless. SOS does not stand for Save Our Souls, Save Our Ship, Stop Other Signals, or Sure Of Sinking.

JULY 30 IN HISTORY
Caspar Wistar began operation of the first successful glass factory in America, in Allowaystown, New Jersey, 1739. During Tropical Storm Brenda, 4.5 inches of rain fell in 11 hours on New York City, 1960.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Southwest wind between 8 and 10 mph.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind between 8 and 10 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Southwest wind between 8 and 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind between 8 and 10 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LET OUR EATERIES LIVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COPROPHAGOUS AARON PESKIN BLINDSIDES THE CITY

SEE RELATED AARON PESKIN PLAYS BOTH SIDES OF ED JEW CONTROVERSY

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

A stern Mayor Newsom today emphasized by finger jab his consternation with a neon-like — first it was there, then it wasn’t, now it is — provision having reappeared over night in a Muni reform Charter Amendment proposal.

“That will change,” Newsom told the Sentinel.

In part, that provision displaces needed funding to build neighborhood garages backed by neighborhood small business leaders and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. And supercedes a November ballot initiative which would permit more downtown parking spaces.

Aaron Peskin, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, authored the Charter Amendment ballot proposal and Monday led a joint press conference with labor leaders and Newsom announcing unified support.

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Supervisor Aaron Peskin, left, leads Monday announcement of labor support with San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson, center, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
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Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Peskin legislative aide David Noyola released the entire measure to the Sentinel 30 minutes prior to the press conference — demanding it back, as the press conference began, before he would release a revised version to the Sentinel.

Earlier version contained the provision opposed by business leaders which had been deleted in the second version at mayoral insistence.

That was the version the mayor signed on to in Monday’s unanimity convocation.

Overnight the provision again located itself in authorizing legislation presented to the Board of Supervisors to vote yea or nay ballot presentation to San Francisco voters in the November election.

A startled Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier queried Peskin whether the Newsom Administration knew of the change.

“I am just curious, if they knew then why wasn’t it there when the press conference was held and when this document was disseminated?” lilted Alioto-Pier.

Peskin implied Newsom preferred the Board to take anticipated heat from the business community.

“I believe it was the desire of the chief executive of San Francisco (Newsom) that that be not included yesterday and that it would be up to this board to consider today and indeed that question is now before this body.”

The mayor is opposed to the provision, Colleen Crowley told the Board, who serves as mayoral liaison to the body.

Her comment frankly surpised Peskin, he said.

Indeed, Peskin told the Sentinel following Board adjournment, Peskin drew his conclusion from a face-to-face meeting with Newom of Mayoral Chief of Staff Phil Ginsburg.

“Well, it is my belief that the mayor wants to support Muni reform and you’d have to ask him his position on that particular provision which I consider to be part and parcel of Muni reform,” Peskin stated to the Sentinel.

“But that they preferred not be included in the draft that was presented in the joint press conference yesterday,” Peskin continued.

“Well, that’s certainly what I thought they said but apparently that’s not what they thought they said — you know, the mayor and his chief of staff.”

That conversation occured, “I don’t know. Sometime yesterday,” Peskin said Tuesday.

Newsom this afternoon released the following statement.

“I worked in good faith with Supervisor Aaron Peskin, Nat Ford, and the unions to draft a charter amendment that included important reforms to improve Muni.

“On Monday, I announced my support for this charter amendment.

“Yesterday, Supervisor Peskin introduced a different version than the one I had supported. He added a provision about parking that I disagree with — one that has nothing to do with the Muni reform we sought.

“The parking provision was added to the charter amendment to coincide with a parking measure that is on the ballot at the same time. It confuses two separate issue.

“Supervisor Peskin deserves credit for showing leadership and bringing together disparate parties to craft this charter amendment.

“But Muni reform is too important to be drawn into a separate political battle.

“I will actively support the charter amendment only if the parking provision is removed.”

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

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

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KEYSTONE COPPER POLITICAL TRIBUNAL

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

Two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors proposed varying legislation Tuesday to curb behavior and speech said inappropriate for local elected officials…

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier spoke first… Advancing a plan for the Board of Supervisors to investigate and determine whether an elected Board colleague deserves one of four possible rebukes from the entire Board…

Supervisor Chris Daly spoke next… Daly asked the City Attorney’s Office to prepare legislation creating a plan to include all San Francisco elected officials and public employees in conduct review… Details and penalties are not known since the ordinance has yet to be drafted… Daly highlighted fraternization and sexual harrassment between City managers and employees as actionable conduct…

Both proposals follow Daly’s implication made from the Floor of the Board Chambers that Mayor Newsom may have used cocaine… An angry Newsom denied the allegation without equivocation…

Thinking San Franciscans will use tongs to read both proposals…

The Courts are the effective venue to remedy libel, defamation, or slander…

Not a system of politicians investigating politicians through tribunals which will shift like sand…

NEVER A BLUE SAN FRANCISCO DAY
Take ten minutes to be happy nobody gets their hands on you, try to be glad fools get free speech too, and go out and remind people Chris Daly now shivers in Siberia…

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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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SMALL BUSINESS CENTER ballot measure hearing Monday

The Budget Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing Monday on recommendation to the full Board on whether November voters will decide increased funding to the Small Business Center.

The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m July 30. in City Hall, Room 400.

Small Business Commission Vice President Jordanna Thigpen stated funding is “below that necessary to properly develop the center.”

“San Franciscois home to over 100,000 small businesses, which are the reason for our City’s incredible diversity and innovation,” said Thigpen.

“Recently the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Mayor passed the historic Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget. Included in that budget were some monies for the Mayor’s newly created Small Business Assistance Center, which would help small businesses by coordinating resources and assisting with City processes.

“The Center would dramatically improve life for small businesses in the City. Unfortunately, despite the excellent work of the Board’s Budget Committee, the amount was below that necessary to properly develop the Center.”

ASSISTANCE GOALS OF THE CENTER

– Business structure and formation, obtaining necessary licenses, accessing financial resources, and finding appropriate real estate;

– Obtaining City permits;

– Bidding on government contracts and participating in the City purchasing process;

– Complying with government laws and regulations; and

– Adopting green and sustainable business practices.

“The Mayor’s highlight of green business practices puts San Francisco at the forefront of the growing green economy,” Thigpen continued.

“If the measure passes, San Francisco’s voters will be the first in the country to request that small businesses receive the tools and education they need to become environmentally sustainable.

“If you would like to make your voice heard on this issue, please respond with your comments to martha.yanez@sfgov.org, or come to the hearing on Monday.”

SAN FRANCISCO SMALL BUSINESS FACTSHEET

– Small businesses employ 54% of San Francisco’s workers more than 355,000 people

– More than half of all employees working in San Francisco work at a small business

– Independent local small businesses put nearly 2 ½ times the amount of money back into the local economy than national chains

– Small firms give to charity an average of more than 2½ times the amount per employee than medium- or large-sized firms

– If small businesses income increased 10% in San Francisco that would mean the addition of $200 million in local economic activity and create 1300 new local jobs.

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NEW YORK POET BRYONN BAIN brings voice powerful enough to make the world love again

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PHOTO COURTESY BRYONN BAIN

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

By force of will San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman resurrected the San Francisco International Poetry Festival this weekend, last held in 1980, introducing locally a Brooklyn voice powerful enough to make the world love again.

Bryonn Bain.

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PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman

Bain, fluent in language which speaks to all social classes, couples talent and practiced skill to mind, heart, and gut.

His voice is acknowledged on the national level.

Held Thursday through today, the festival brought Bain to San Francisco City Hall Friday for a select international gathering of 100.

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“Good afternoon family,” Bain greeted his peers.

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Donna Bero, left, executive director of Friends of The San Francisco Library

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Luis Herrera, director of The San Francisco Public Library

“I teach poetry back home in New York at Rikers Island to incarcerated teenagers — hip hop poetry, spoken word poetry — and at Columbia University.

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New York Rikers Island Jails

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Ivy League Columbia University Library

“I kind of spend my week going between some of the most privileged young folks in the world and some of the most oppressed young folks in the world.

“It’s an experience that inspires me. If I can reach those young folks then maybe I can make a connection with the folks who can change things.”

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

“These things don’t just happen,” Mayor Newsom noted, expressing City gratitude for work done bringing the festival back to life.

“The last festival held in 1980 charged five dollars admittance — in 1980 dollars,” Newsom chided the past.

“Pursuant to your admonition we are democratizing this internatiional festival and charging people nothing whatsoever.”

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Visit bryonnbain.com. Email BryonnBain@gmail.com.

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

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

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July 29 Videos of The Day – DON’T GROW UP – CHEAP AT THE PRICE – HE WAS INJURED BAD – July 29 Photos of The Day – PILOT PROGRAM TO CLEAN GOLDEN GATE PARK BECOMES PERMANENT WEDNESDAY – Babies born today will be generous to a fault – Live radar and weather forecast

July 29 Videos of The Day
DON’T GROW UP

CHEAP AT THE PRICE

HE WAS INJURED BAD

Photos of The Day
PILOT PROGRAM TO CLEAN GOLDEN GATE PARK BECOMES PERMANENT WEDNESDAY
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Park user shares her thoughs with Mayor Newsom during a Saturday community policy forum held in the Sunset District on San Francisco Parks. A three-month pilot program to mitigate homeless camps and drug use in Golden Gate Park becomes permanent August 1 with increased stabilization units and homeless outreach workers made possible through new funding from budget signing last week, Newsom reported. The Newsom Administration stated when the November pilot program began that it would last three months. Newsom’s announcement of program permanence came in the wake of a breathless Chronicle story appearing last week spotlighting complaint by District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi that the three month pilot program had ended.
PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
PHOTO BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Mirkarimi endorsed District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly’s vision for San Francisco.
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PHOTO BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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JULY 29 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have a keen sense of humor and a quick wit, like excitement and gaiety, and are generally well liked. You are energetic, idealistic, imaginative, fond of art and music, altruistic, and generous to a fault. You are affectionate and domestic.

ADVICE FOR JULY 29
If the birds be silent, expect thunder.

JULY 29 WORD OF THE DAY
Dominical letter. Defintion: A letter from A to G, denoting Sundays in the ecclesiastical calendar for a given year, determined by the date on which the first Sunday falls. If it falls on January 1, the letter (for the year) is A; if it falls on January 2, the letter is B; and so on.

JULY 29 IN HISTORY
Died: Mama Cass Elliott (singer), 1974. St. Johnsbury, Vermont, had a low temperature of 42 degrees F, 1987.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. West southwest wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 56. West southwest wind between 8 and 11 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 57.

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

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

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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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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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STREET VIOLENCE – One stabbed to death in the Western Addition – Life threatening injury to one Bayview District shooting victim

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One man is dead and another was in life threatening condition Sautrday night following a stabbing in San Francisco’s Western Addition and a separate shooting in the Bayview District, a police spokesman said.

A 44-year-old man who was later taken into custody by police allegedly stabbed a 54-year-old man to death at around 7:33 p.m. near the intersection of Fillmore and Turk streets, police Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

The incident occurred near a bench on the east side of Fillmore Street, Mannina said. The suspect was taken to a local hospital and is facing a medical evaluation.

Police are also investigating a shooting that was reported at around 8:15 p.m. near the area of Whitney Young Circle in the Bayview District, Mannina said.

Responding officers located a man who had been shot multiple times in a car near the intersection of Cashmere Street and Hudson Avenue.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he remained in life threatening condition last night, Mannina said.

No suspects were taken into custody in connection with the shooting.

See Related STREET VIOLENCE

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BARRY BONDS hits homerun 754

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Barry Bonds moved to the brink of tying Hank Aaron’s home run record, belting No. 754 of his career in the first inning of a 12-10 San Francisco victory over the Florida Marlins.

Bonds struck a 2-1 pitch from Rick Vanden Hurk over the wall in left-center field. The solo blast, an estimated 420 feet with two outs, gave the Giants a 2-1 lead.

It was also Bonds’ first homer since he hit two on July 19 in a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Vanden Hurk became the 444th different pitcher Bonds has homered off in his major league career.

Bonds, who now has 20 home runs on the season, didn’t have an official at-bat the rest of the night, walking in the third, fifth and sixth when the Giants scored six times to go in front for good. Bonds also came back from an 0-2 count to Taylor Tankersley to walk in the eighth.

If Bonds is to tie or break Aaron’s mark at home, he may have to do it over the next couple of days. After the Giants finish their home set against the Marlins on Sunday, they’ll be on the road for six games – at Los Angeles and San Diego.

If Bonds plays on Saturday he’ll face Dontrelle Willis. Bonds is 1-for-3 with four walks lifetime against the Marlins lefty.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wasn’t at AT&T Park as he prepares for Sunday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, NY. Instead, MLB president and chief operation officer Bob DuPuy was there to witness Bonds’ blast.

There were more fireworks on Friday, as the Giants hit four homers, including back-to-back shots from Pedro Feliz and Bengie Molina in the fifth inning. Ray Durham belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Mark Sweeney made history with his 151st pinch-hit, an RBI single to cap the scoring in the sixth. Sweeney passed Manny Mota into sole possession of second place on the pinch-hits list, behind only Lenny Harris (212)

Durham and Feliz drove in three runs, as the Giants won their third straight.

Hanley Ramirez homered and had four RBI for Florida, which has lost five in a row.

The starting pitchers for both teams gave up eight hits and six runs. Vanden left after five innings, while Barry Zito departed after the fourth.

Vinnie Chulk (4-2) threw two-thirds of an inning to get the win, while Renyel Pinto (2-4) was hammered for three hits and four runs in the sixth inning uprising and absorbed the defeat.

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NEW FERRY TERMINAL construction plans approved for South San Francisco

Construction plans for the South San Francisco Ferry Terminal at Oyster Point have been approved, making ferry service between South San Francisco and Oakland closer to reality, officials announced Friday.

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority’s board of directors gave construction plans for the float, gangway and terminal the go-ahead, according to the WTA.

Terminal construction could begin as early as this fall, pending lease negotiations with the San Mateo County Harbor District. The district owns the property that the terminal will be constructed on.

Construction has been broken down into two packages, the first being the float, gangway and coverings and the second being construction on the terminal itself.

“The float and gangway construction are long lead items; we need to get started on these right away to meet our December 2008 service opening schedule,” said John Sindzinski, planning manager for WTA.

The vessel’s construction contract is scheduled for November, according to the WTA. If approved, the boat will be built off-site and delivered to the terminal in September 2008.

Costs for construction of the two new vessels, float, gangway and coverings is estimated at $46 million.

Funding plans are still pending, although the board has authorized the beginning of the bidding phase of the project.

Bay City News

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LENNAR MENTORS Bayview Hunters Point businesses

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Lennar’s Mentorship-Protégé Program celebrated the partnership of mentoring firm Ranger Pipeline with two Bayview-Hunters Point businesses: Oliver Transbay Construction and Let’s Get Busy Contractors Thursday at Jewel restaurant in Bayview-Hunters Point.

The Mentorship-Protégé Program is designed to create a professional mentoring partnership between contractors and Bayview-Hunters Point businesses. The program offers opportunities for local businesses to receive job experience from experienced mentors and industry leaders, such as Lennar, who are committed to helping aspiring contractors grow professionally.

“Lennar started this program to help support small, emerging minority- and women-owned enterprises that have a construction-related business in the Bayview-Hunters Point community,” said Kofi Bonner, President of Lennar Urban’s Bay Area Division. “We are proud to support this program that is providing skills to assist local businesses succeed and grow.”

Ranger Pipeline, recently selected by Lennar to oversee the infrastructure phase of the redevelopment project, is a locally-owned Bayview-Hunters Point construction company specializing in underground utilities, concrete construction, site development and heavy engineering.

“I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to learning skills that can help my business succeed,” said Darryl Bishop of Let’s Get Busy Contractors. “Without Lennar’s support, a program like this wouldn’t exist.”

Lennar’s Mentorship-Protégé Program Manager, Alton Byrd, says the program’s success shows Lennar’s strong commitment to supporting programs that help support the long-term success of the community.

“It is clear that Lennar is committed to doing something that other builders haven’t tried to do before,” said Frank Oliver of Oliver Transbay Construction. “This partnership will provide a great opportunity for us to work with an experienced and well-established contractor who has business-building resources and job training skills in the construction field.”

To participate in the MBE/WBE Mentorship-Protégé Program, please contact Alton Byrd, Mentorship-Protégé Program Manager, at (888) 381-7731. Information is also available by visiting the Hunters Point Shipyard website.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Three more shot

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San Francisco police are searching for suspects in connection with a Friday night shooting that injured three people, according to a San Francisco police officer.

The shooting took place at around 10:10 p.m. at Keith Street and Oakdale Avenue. All victims suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the officer.

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July 28 Videos of The Day – BELLYFLOPS OF THE CARIBBEAN – SOMEWHERE OVER YOUR RAINBOW, MAYBE – MORE TEMPESTS, PLEASE – Photos of The Day – SAN FRANCISCO HAS A BUDGET AND NANI COLORETTI GETS THE PEN – Babies born today will be petulant little suckers – Live radar and weather forecast

July 28 Videos of The Day
BELLYFLOPS OF THE CARIBBEAN

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SOMEWHERE OVER YOUR RAINBOW, MAYBE

MORE TEMPESTS, PLEASE

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SAN FRANCISCO HAS A BUDGET
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Nani Coloretti displays $6.77 billion San Francisco budget completed during her first year in the Budget Director’s Office signed into law Friday by Mayor Gavin Newsom.
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Streets

This year’s budget for the first time meets the city’s repaving needs. It includes $5.4 million more for street repaving over last year, for a total of $36.4 million.

Public Safety

The “Back to Basics” budget emphasizes public safety by adding 250 new police officers, augmenting the 354 new officers added since 2004. Newsom also added 12 new park patrol officers for Golden Gate Park.

Homelessness

Newsom’s budget doubles the number of Homeless Outreach Team members and invests $500,000 to create a Community Justice Center, one of Newsom’s signature initiatives. The center will address street crime and provide rehabilitative services.

Muni

The Board has approved Newsom’s Muni budget, which fills 135 Muni operator positions and adds 18 street managers. The Muni fleet will be improved with 86 new hybrid buses, and a $2.5 million upgrade will be made to the light rail vehicle fleet. Newsom’s budget also invests $10 million in customer service improvements.

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JULY 28 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have a keen, alert, and active mind. You are energetic and, when working under any strain, you are nervous and somewhat petulant, although charming and happy when your mind is free. You enjoy culture and refinement, love children, and will be happy in your own home.

ADVICE FOR JULY 28
Dream of a pen and you will be gifted with knowledge.

JULY 28 WORD OF THE DAY
Golden number. Defintion: A number in the 19-year cycle of the Moon, used for determining the date of Easter. (The Moon repeats its phases approximately every 19 years.) Add 1 to any given year and divide the result by 19; the remainder is the Golden Number. If there is no remainder, the Golden Number is 19.

JULY 28 IN HISTORY
Born: Beatrix Potter (author), 1866. Southern Mississippi was hit by the Bay St. Louis Hurricane, in which the U.S. ship Cutter sank and 39 crew members died, 1819.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 69. West southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 57. West southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 70. West southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. West southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PESKIN DRAWS NEWSOM IRE OVER MUNI REFORM SLEIGHT OF HAND

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
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A stern Mayor Newsom today emphasized by finger jab his consternation with a neon-like — first it was there, then it wasn’t, now it is — provision having reappeared over night in a Muni reform Charter Amendment proposal.

“That will change,” Newsom told the Sentinel.

In part, that provision displaces needed funding to build neighborhood garages backed by neighborhood small business leaders and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. And supercedes a November ballot initiative which would permit more downtown parking spaces.

Aaron Peskin, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, authored the Charter Amendment ballot proposal and Monday led a joint press conference with labor leaders and Newsom announcing unified support.

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Supervisor Aaron Peskin, left, leads Monday announcement of labor support with San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson, center, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
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Peskin legislative aide David Noyola released the entire measure to the Sentinel 30 minutes prior to the press conference — demanding it back, as the press conference began, before he would release a revised version to the Sentinel.

Earlier version contained the provision opposed by business leaders which had been deleted in the second version at mayoral insistence.

That was the version the mayor signed on to in Monday’s unanimity convocation.

Overnight the provision again located itself in authorizing legislation presented to the Board of Supervisors to vote yea or nay ballot presentation to San Francisco voters in the November election.

A startled Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier queried Peskin whether the Newsom Administration knew of the change.

“I am just curious, if they knew then why wasn’t it there when the press conference was held and when this document was disseminated?” lilted Alioto-Pier.

Peskin implied Newsom preferred the Board to take anticipated heat from the business community.

“I believe it was the desire of the chief executive of San Francisco (Newsom) that that be not included yesterday and that it would be up to this board to consider today and indeed that question is now before this body.”

The mayor is opposed to the provision, Colleen Crowley told the Board, who serves as mayoral liaison to the body.

Her comment frankly surpised Peskin, he said.

Indeed, Peskin told the Sentinel following Board adjournment, Peskin drew his conclusion from a face-to-face meeting with Newom of Mayoral Chief of Staff Phil Ginsburg.

“Well, it is my belief that the mayor wants to support Muni reform and you’d have to ask him his position on that particular provision which I consider to be part and parcel of Muni reform,” Peskin stated to the Sentinel.

“But that they preferred not be included in the draft that was presented in the joint press conference yesterday,” Peskin continued.

“Well, that’s certainly what I thought they said but apparently that’s not what they thought they said — you know, the mayor and his chief of staff.”

That conversation occured, “I don’t know. Sometime yesterday,” Peskin said Tuesday.

Newsom this afternoon released the following statement.

“I worked in good faith with Supervisor Aaron Peskin, Nat Ford, and the unions to draft a charter amendment that included important reforms to improve Muni.

“On Monday, I announced my support for this charter amendment.

“Yesterday, Supervisor Peskin introduced a different version than the one I had supported. He added a provision about parking that I disagree with — one that has nothing to do with the Muni reform we sought.

“The parking provision was added to the charter amendment to coincide with a parking measure that is on the ballot at the same time. It confuses two separate issue.

“Supervisor Peskin deserves credit for showing leadership and bringing together disparate parties to craft this charter amendment.

“But Muni reform is too important to be drawn into a separate political battle.

“I will actively support the charter amendment only if the parking provision is removed.”

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

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

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