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HIGH SPEED RAIL PUBLIC TESTIMONY in Bay Area cities begins August 23

The public is invited to attend and comment at public hearings for the Bay Area to Central Valley section of California’s proposed high-speed train (HST) system.

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with public testimony beginning at about 4:15 p.m.

Hearing dates and locations:

August 23, 2007 — San Francisco: San Francisco City Hall, Board Chambers, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. to give testimony before California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) members regarding the Environmental Impact Review. Earlier in the afternoon, Newsom will meet with CHSRA Chair Judge Quentin Kopp to discuss the high speed rail project.

August 24, 2007 — San Jose: San Jose City Hall, City Council Chambers, 200 East Santa Clara Street.

August 27, 2007 — Livermore: Livermore City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue.

August 28, 2007 — Oakland: Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor.

August 29, 2007 — Gilroy: Gilroy City Hall, City Council Chambers, 7351 Rosanna Street.

August 30, 2007 — Merced: Merced County Administration Building, Board Chambers, 2222 M Street, 3rd Floor.

September in Stockton — Date to be announced.

Background:

In July 2007, the Authority, in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), released its draft program-level environmental impact report/statement (EIR/EIS) describing alignment alternatives connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley — namely within the broad corridor between and including the Altamont Pass and Pacheco Pass.

The next step in this second program environmental review process is to select a preferred alignment as well as station locations for this section of the HST system. Public comment is an important part of the decision-making process.

Comments received will be considered by the Authority and FRA as they weigh the impacts and make choices among the various alignment and station location options. The draft environmental analysis is being made available to the public in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for a 70-day comment period, which will end on September 28, 2007. Written comments can be mailed to the Authority or sent electronically via the Authority’s website.

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AUGUST 23 Video of The Day – MARLENE DIETRICH ON THE SAN FRANCISCO HUNT – Photos of The Day – SENTINEL PHOTOGRAPHER LEADS THE WAY – Babies born today will be happily married – Live radar and weather forecast

August 23 Videos of The Day
MARLENE DIETRICH ON THE SAN FRANCISCO HUNT

August 23 Photos of The Day
SENTINEL PHOTOGRAPHER LEADS THE WAY
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The arugula has bolted, meaning the plant has gone from providing leaves for the salad bowl to producing flowers and then seeds for the next crop. The flowers provides nectar for the bee.
PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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The apple may not fall far from the tree, but if it falls on our side of the fence it’s ours.

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The figs are getting bigger.

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The rainbow Bolivian peppers live up to their name as the colors indicate various stages of ripeness.

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Milkweed provides summer color that attracts butterflies. It is my dream to one day see a Monarch butterfly in my backyard.

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The Anise Swallowtail butterfly lays eggs on the wild fennel that grows in my backyard. The fennel plant provides food for the larva that become this beautiful creature. It is easy to tell that this is the same butterfly that was allowing me to get close enough to take the picture because it is missing the right tail. Left unchecked the fennel would take over my yard and the entire neighborhood so it is a difficult choice to make in eliminating most of it, but leaving at least some to host the next generation of Anise Swallowtails.

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AUGUST 23 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are robust and vigorous, excel in all outdoor sports, and are skillful in any athletic contest. You have a keenly alert and inquisitive mind and an abundance of energy, are resourceful and kind, and make close friends easily. You love your home dearly and will be very happy in marriage.

AUGUST 23 ADVICE FOR THE DAY
Virgos tend to be modest, shy, practical, and diligent.

AUGUST 23 WORD OF THE DAY
Syzygy. Defintion: The nearly straight-line configuration that occurs twice a month, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction (on the same side of Earth at the new Moon) and when they are in opposition (on opposite sides of Earth at the full Moon). In both cases, the gravitational effects of the Sun and the Moon reinforce each other, and tidal range is increased.

AUGUST 23 IN HISTORY
Died: Oliver Perry (naval hero), 1819. A major hurricane made landfall over Nags Head, North Carolina; tracked into Chesapeake Bay; and had wind gusts up to 88 mph in Norfolk, Virginia, 1933.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.

Thursday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 56. Southwest wind around 11 mph.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind between 7 and 13 mph.

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

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

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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

Monday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

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

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

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

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 73.

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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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NEWSOM HOSTS BARRY BONDS CELEBRATION in Justin Herman Plaza Friday

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

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The Bettencort fountain on the Embarcadero received a scrubbing just in time for the Barry Bonds bash scheduled to take place at noon on Friday. Mayor Newsom will be on hand to proclaim this Friday as officially Barry Bonds Day.
PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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On Friday, August 24th at noon, Mayor Newsom will host a celebration honoring Barry Bonds’ historic achievement of breaking the home run record and becoming the new all-time home run leader.

This family-oriented event will be held at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco.

Renel–Brooks Moon, Giants public address announcer, will serve as emcee for the celebration featuring Barry Bonds and his family.

Members of the public are invited to join the celebration that will also feature Mayor Gavin Newsom, Bonds’ former and current teammates, Giants executives and broadcasters, and various celebrities.

The event will be held in Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market Street across from the Ferry Building, at noon.

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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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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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START THE BIDDING AT $500,000 for Barry Bonds record breaking baseball

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Matt Murphy

BY EMMETT BERG

The baseball that Giants’ slugger Barry Bonds hit Aug. 7 to break Hank Aaron’s home run record was on view in San Francisco today for the first time since it disappeared into a maw of fans behind center field at AT&T Park.

New York City resident Matt Murphy announced the pending sale of the ball at a news conference near the ballpark this afternoon, where he was flanked by executives from SCP Auctions, a sports memorabilia house working in conjunction with the auctioneer Sotheby’s.

“On August 7, history was made, and I was happy to be in-house when it happened,” Murphy said. “And I was lucky enough to be the guy who caught the ball.”

Now the historic ball will join Bonds’ 755th and more than 1,000 other memorabilia items in an online auction starting Aug. 28 and concluding on Sept. 15.

The online auction will take place at scpauctions.com.

SCP Auctions officials have conservatively estimated the value of the 756 ball at about $500,000, while the value of the 755 ball has been estimated in the range of $200,000.

David Kohler, SCP’s president, said that his firm estimates the ball to be significantly more valuable than Bonds’ 700th home run ball, which was sold in 2005 for $102,000, or his 715th, which sold for $220,100 about a year ago.

“We think this is a half million dollar baseball,” Kohler said.

“It will be interesting come Sept. 15 to see what this is worth.”

Murphy said as a student he simply could not afford to keep the ball and was warned he might have to pay taxes even if he kept the ball.

“It was simple math,” he said of selling the ball.

“But I was upset by the decision I had to make.”

Kohler said the ball’s connection to a player, Bonds, who was rumored to have used steroids, would not necessarily diminish the ball’s value.

“Negative overkill can make the price go the other way,” Kohler said.

Murphy and his two friends, Amir Kamal and Ryan Margolis, cut short their visit to Australia to meet with the media. Margolis was headed back to New York tonight while Murphy and Kamal, who owns part of the ball, will stay behind in San Francisco for a few more days. “We’re going to stick around to get the word out,” he said.

Murphy said he had not been contacted by Bonds personally, but that he “has tremendous respect for the man.”

“I hope whoever does buy it lends it or gives it to the Hall (of Fame),” Murphy said, “because that’s where it belongs.”

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SAN FRANCISCO TO DEFEND women and minority business even playing field in California Supreme Court

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

The California Supreme Court today decided to review San Francisco requirement for prime contractors to prove women and minority owned businesses receive equal opportunity to compete for subcontracts, drawing immediate support for the measure from San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Since women and minority business owners pay taxes equally they should receive tax spending equally, asserted Herrera.

“We look forward to presenting our case to the California Supreme Court and are confident that our arguments in defense of San Francisco’s MBE/WBE ordinance are strong, not only on the issue that we prevailed on in the Court of Appeal, but also the other issues that we raised and believe will be part of theCourt’s review,” Herrera said in a written statement.

“San Francisco’s MBE/WBE program has helped level the playing field for minority and women owned enterprises trying to compete alongside more established contractors for City business — but discrimination still exists. It is vital to economic equality that this ordinance be reinstated. If San Francisco doesn’t discriminate against minorities and women when it comes to tax-paying it is only fair that minorities and women have equal opportunities when it comes to tax-spending.”

Mayor Newsom today termed the ordinance a sensible route to an even playing field.

San Francisco enacted a sensible law that levels the playing field to give minorities and women an equal opportunity to win city contracts. In 2004, our anti-discrimination law suffered a setback when a judge struck it down,” Newsom responded in a written statement.

“Today the California Supreme Court accepted review of the case. We are confident that the law is constitutional, and we believe the Court will agree.

“The significance of this case goes well beyond one city’s public contracting program. It goes to the heart of how we as a society can combat discrimination in education, public contracting, and employment. Once again, San Francisco is leading the way.

“I continue to pledge my full support to the City Attorney, the Board of Supervisors, and the Human Rights Commission as together we fight to defend our sensible law.”

Case Background:

San Francisco began its MBE/WBE program in 1984 and renewed it in 2003 as Administrative Code Sec.12D.A. The ordinance was enacted to correct for discrimination against woman — and minority — owned businesses in awards of City contracts for public works and services. The program requires City prime contractors to demonstrate that they have given minority and women contractors an equal opportunity to compete for City subcontracts. The program also seeks to correct documented discrimination against minority- and woman- owned prime contractors.

In 1996, Proposition 209, the state initiative banning “preferential treatment” on the basis of “race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin” in public employment, contracting and education was passed and became the basis for the current challenge to the MBE/WBE Ordinance. Although San Francisco’s MBE/WBE program has withstood many legal attacks, in 2004 the Superior Court enjoined the program on the belief that it violated Prop 209. That ruling came in a suit by Coral Construction, an Oregon company that had only infrequently sought to bid on City contracts, which sought injunctive relief against future enforcement of the MBE/WBE Ordinance. Following the injunction, the City appealed the ruling and adopted the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Ordinance under Administrative Code 14B, to replace the MBE/WBE Ordinance while the litigation proceeded.

Earlier this year the Court of Appeal reversed the decision that invalidated the MBE/WBE ordinance.

The Court of Appeal held that San Francisco might have a constitutional duty to correct known discrimination against woman- and minority- owned businesses competing for City contracts. The
Supreme Court will review that holding, and it also appears that the court will review the City’s
arguments that Proposition 209, the basis for the current challenge to the MBE/WBE program, is in violation of the U.S. Constitution as well as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Racism.

The DBE Ordinance remains in effect pending the Supreme Court’s review. The consolidated cases are Coral Construction, Inc. v. John L. Martin, et al. and Schram Construction, Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco, Supreme Court Case No. S 152934.

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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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PG&E NEW TECHNOLOGY reduces shipping vessel emissions at US seaports

BY JEFF SHUTTLEWORTH

The Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said today that a recent test at the Port of Oakland of a new technology aimed at reducing shipping vessel emissions at U.S. seaports was successful.

PG&E said the July 18 demonstration marks a milestone in the development of innovative technologies to improve air quality in the West Oakland community and meet emissions reductions targets set the California Air Resources Board.

The new process is known as “mobile LNG cold ironing” and uses liquefied natural gas-powered generators to produce electricity necessary for shipboard operations while in port, allowing vessels to turn off their diesel- and bunker oil-fueled engines.

The new method is an alternative to “cold ironing,” a process in which a ship turns off its main engines and plugs into a shoreside power grid to maintain the vessel’s necessary operations while docked and to conserve fuel.

In the July 18 test, PG&E collaborated with the container company APL, CleanAir Marine Power and Wittmar Engineering to cold iron APL’s 863-foot container ship the APL China for eight hours.

PG&E said the test resulted in emissions reductions of 94.7 for nitrogen oxide, 56.9 percent for carbon monoxide and 42.7 percent for carbon dioxide and sulfur oxide emissions were eliminated completely.

The utility said the Port of Oakland is considering a plan that would use Wittmar’s LNG generators to cold iron every ship entering its port by 2010.

In 2006, the Port received 1,940 ship calls with an average stay of 18 hours.

An additional LNG cold ironing test is planned for the Port of Richmond later this year.

PG&E vice president Brad Whitcomb said, “LNG cold ironing is one of the most promising technologies to significantly reduce at-berth ship emissions, which make up about 28 percent of all port emissions.”

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CALIFORNIANS EXPRESS GREATER DISSATISFACTION WITH THE STATE’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, BUT ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT PROSPECTS FOR HEALTH REFORM THIS YEAR – The Field Report

THE FIELD REPORT

BY MARK DiCAMILLO AND MERVIN FIELD

In its latest statewide survey, The Field Poll asked California voters about their overall views of the health care system and prospects for reforming the state’s health care system. Some of the questions were identical to those asked in a previous Field Poll completed last December.

The findings show that a growing majority of voters (69%) express dissatisfaction with the way the health care system is working in California. Yet, by a five to three margin (58% to 36%) voters in this state feel it is unlikely that the governor and legislature will be successful in passing significant health reform this year.

At the same time, there has been a shift in voter preferences as to how best to reform the state’s health care system. Last December, a 52% majority of voters supported the idea of making reforms to the health care system within the framework of the current health insurance system by sharing responsibilities among employers, government and business. Now, just 33% favor this alternative. On the other hand, there is growing support for the idea of replacing the current system with a new state government-run system that would cover all Californians. Statewide, 36% of voters now favor this approach, up from 24% who felt this way nine months ago.

There is a direct relationship between voters’ growing dissatisfaction with the health care system and the increase in support for creating a government-run system, as voters “very dissatisfied” with the way the health care system is functioning are more likely than others to support a government-run system.

Voters skeptical that health care reform will be enacted this year

The latest Field Poll finds that voters are quite skeptical that health reform will be enacted this year. Only a small proportion (6%) say that this is very likely to occur. Another 30% think it is somewhat likely. This compares to 33% who feel it is not too likely and 25% who say it is not at all likely.

The opinions of Democrats, Republicans and non-partisans do not differ to any great extent, with pluralities of voters in each group believing major health reform is either not too or not at all likely to occur this year.

Growing voter dissatisfaction with the way the health care system is working

There has been a significant decline in voter appraisals of the way the health care system is functioning in California over the past nine months. Last December more voters (51%) said they were satisfied with the way the health care system was working than were dissatisfied (44%). Now, opinions have turned heavily toward the negative side, with 69% expressing dissatisfaction, including 42% who are very dissatisfied, and just 28% saying they are satisfied.

Shift in voter preferences about ways to reform the state’s health care system

As Californians’ opinions about the functioning of the state’s health care system have declined this year, fewer now support reforming the health care system within the current health insurance framework. More favor replacing it with a new state government-run health care system covering all residents.

Last December, the idea of reforming the health care system by sharing responsibilities among employers, government and individuals within the context of the current health insurance system was preferred by a 52% majority. Just 24% supported replacing it with a new state government-run system covering everyone and 18% favored relying on free market competition. When the same question was asked in the current Field Poll, 36% of voters now support replacing the current system with a new state government-run system, while just 33% prefer the shared responsibilities approach and 14% opt for the free-marked approach to reform.

Big differences in health reform preferences across subgroups

There is a direct relationship between dissatisfaction with the health care system and support for creating a new government-run system. Among voters very dissatisfied with the way the health care system is working, nearly half (48%) favor replacing it with a new state government-run system that would cover everyone. This compares to just 19% support for a government-run system among voters who are very satisfied with the current system.

There are partisan and ideological differences in the health reform preferences of voters. Pluralities of Democrats, non-partisans and liberals favor replacing the current system with a government-run system that would cover everyone. By contrast, creating a government-run system is the least attractive of the three alternatives to Republicans and conservatives. They favor either taking a shared responsibilities approach or relying on the free market system. Voters who identify themselves as politically moderate are evenly split between creating a new government-run health care system (34%) and reforming the system by sharing responsibilities among employers, government and individuals within the existing health insurance system (34%).

Information About The Survey
Sample Details

The findings in this report are based on a random sample survey of 536 registered voters statewide. Interviewing was conducted by telephone in English and Spanish August 3-12, 2007. Up to eight attempts were made to reach and interview each randomly selected voter on different days and times of day during the interviewing period.

The sample was developed from telephone listings of individual voters selected at random from a statewide list of registered voters in California. When drawing samples from registration-based lists, The Field Poll stratifies the sample by region and age to insure that the poll includes adequate representations of voters across each major region of the state and across different age categories. Once a voter’s name and telephone number has been selected, interviews are attempted only with the specified voter. Interviews can be conducted on either the voter’s landline or cell phone, depending on the source of the telephone listing from the voter file. After the completion of interviewing, the results are weighted slightly to Field Poll estimates of the demographic and regional characteristics of the state’s registered voter population.

Sampling error estimates applicable to any probability-based survey depend on sample size. According to statistical theory, 95% of the time results from findings based on the overall sample of registered voters are subject to a sampling error of +/- 4.5 percentage points. There are other possible sources of error in any survey other than sampling variability. Different results could occur because of differences in question wording, the sequencing of questions, the rigor with which sampling procedures are implemented, as well as other factors.

Questions Asked

How satisfied are you with the way the health care system is working in California? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied?

As you may know, Governor Schwarzenegger and the state legislature are trying to pass legislation to reform the state’s health care system this year. How likely do you think it is that the Governor and the legislature will be successful in passing major health reform this year – very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?

Which of the following statements is closer to your view of what California should do to improve the state’s health care system: (1) Rely on free market competition to improve the current health insurance system; (2) Make reforms within the framework of the current health insurance system, by encouraging shared responsibilities by employers, government and individuals; or, (3) Replace the current system with a new system administered entirely by state government and covering all Californians.

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TEENAGERS REPLACE ALCOHOL ADVERTISEMENTS with positive pictures in San Francisco stores this week

BY LAURA DUDNICK

To discourage youths from drinking alcohol, a San Francisco community program is replacing alcohol advertisements in store windows with positive pictures this week.

The teen-oriented Youth Peaceful Organizers Working to Enact Results program, called YouthPOWER, will remove alcohol advertisements from six corner stores in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood and replace the alcoholic posters with pictures taken by members of the youth group.

“(There will be) a variety of different photos the kids took of various things that are positive in the communities,” YouthPOWER’s coordinator Melinda Martin said.

Martin said the photographs include images of murals, school, kids on playgrounds, street signs, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge.

“Our hope is to reduce the amount of negative advertisements promoting alcohol to young people,” said Viridiana Sanchez, a YouthPOWER member.

Four stores will undergo decoration changes Wednesday, and two
more Thursday.

The stores with owners who have agreed to replace alcohol advertisements with positive pictures are Save Store Market at 4500 3rd St., Star Market at 4400 3rd St., Constance Deli at 4124 3rd St., Bayview Liquors at 4700 3rd St., Bora Reang at 399 Eddy St. and Bread & Butter at 888 O’Farrell St.

Martin said the pictures will remain on display for about a year.

YouthPOWER consists of about 10-15 high school students, according to Martin.

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THE SCULPTURE OF LOUISE NEVELSON: Constructing a Legend – October 27, 2007 through January 13, 2008

On View at the de Young Museum – October 27, 2007 through January 13, 2008

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

THE SCULPTURE OF LOUISE NEVELSON: Constructing a Legend is the first major retrospective in America in more than two decades to examine the work of one of the towering figures of postwar American art. Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) was known for her monumental sculptures and her practice of constructing them from found wood. Her autobiographical works symbolically address issues of marriage, motherhood, death, Jewish culture, memory and (although she resisted the label) feminism.

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LOUISE NEVELSON – “Some of us come on earth seeing – some of us come on earth seeing color.”

The exhibition, organized by The Jewish Museum, New York, looks at the entire span of Nevelson’s career with more than 70 works of sculpture and drawings. Included in the exhibition are sculptures that were pioneering in the fact that they created discrete environments. Mrs. N’s Palace is a room-sized installation that envelops viewers; Homage to 6,000,000 I speaks to the seemingly unfathomable number of Jews who died in the Holocaust with a massive, curved wall; and Dawn’s Wedding Feast replicates a metaphorical wedding party, including the bride, groom and guests.

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From – DAWN’S WEDDING FEAST, 1959. Louise Nevelson

Nevelson was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to the United States with her family six years later. Her life encompassed most of the 20th century, giving her exposure to Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and installation art. Although linked to all of these movements, Nevelson formed a unique visual language that earned her recognition as one of America’s most distinguished artists. Her work continues to inform contemporary sculpture nearly 20 years after her death.

Her groundbreaking technique involved assembling cast-off wood pieces and transforming them with coats of monochromatic black, white, and (more rarely) gold spray paint. Nevelson’s work started with tabletop scale objects, but quickly grew into human-scale and room-sized works. Her later, monumental public works stood their ground with the buildings that surrounded them.

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Painted woods – ROYAL TIDE I, 1960 & WHITE VERTICAL WATER, 1972. Louise Nevelson

Despite the size and drama of Nevelson’s sculptures, they were at times overwhelmed by her larger-than-life public persona. She was known for wearing eye-catching assemblages of couture, ethnographic clothing, outsize jewelry and hats. A trademark look involved donning multiple layers of false eyelashes. “With the passage of time, Nevelson’s larger-than-life persona may be viewed in historical perspective, thus allowing viewers to focus on her extraordinary artistic legacy,” says Timothy Anglin Burgard, Ednah Root Curator-in-Charge of the American Art Department.

The Jewish Museum and Yale University Press have co-published a catalogue that accompanies the exhibition. It is hailed as the most extensive study of Nevelson to be published in 25 years and includes essays by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, the curator of the exhibition, as well as by noted scholars such as Arthur C. Danto, Harriet F. Senie, and Michael Stanislawski.

THE SCULPTURE OF LOUISE NEVELSON: Constructing a Legend is organized by The Jewish Museum, New York, where it was supported through major grants from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Homeland Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The San Francisco presentation is supported by the Koret Foundation and the Helen Diller Family Foundation. Major support is also provided by The Francis Goldsmith Exhibition Fund.

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LOUISE NEVELSON, by Hans Namuth & THE DRUM, from Facade I (screenprint with photocollage), 1967. Louise Nevelson.

Currently on exhibit at the de Young Museum:
HIROSHI SUGIMOTOuntil September 23rd. The extraordinary 30-year career of Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948) is celebrated in this retrospective of more than 100 luminous photographs, made from 1976 to the present. This presentation, in an installation designed by Sugimoto, constitutes the first major survey of Sugimoto’s oeuvre.
NAN KEMPNER – American Chic – until November 11th. The cool glamour, spare elegance, and iconic style of the late Mrs. Thomas L. Kempner, one of the most renowned members of the Best-Dressed List’s Hall of Fame, is celebrated through a selection of her favorite designers and couture ensembles.

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CABOT STREET CINEMA, MASSACHUSETTS, 1978 – Hiroshi Sugimoto & NAN KEMPNER – American Chic

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August 22 Videos of The Day
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AUGUST 22 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have a winsome and offhandedly humorous way of getting your own way. You are somewhat fastidious, have self-reliance, are modest and amiable. You have the ability to make others see things your way, and you will compel a deep and tender love.

AUGUST 22 ADVICE FOR THE DAY
Plant new lawns or reseed thin ones now.

AUGUST 22 WORD OF THE DAY
Furlong. Defintion: 1 fulong=1/8 mile=660 feet=220 yards

AUGUST 22 IN HISTORY
Born: Cindy Williams (actress), 1947. Damaging frosts from New England to North Carolina, 1816.

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Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 72. West southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 56. Southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Southwest wind between 6 and 11 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 72.

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

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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

Monday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

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NEWSOM EXPANDS STREET SURVEILLANCE CAMERA PROGRAM BASED ON POPULAR DEMAND

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

The City will expand installation of street surveillance cameras to combat crime, based on widespread popular demand, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom pledged today.

His remarks and rationale came on the heels of a series a newspaper accounts critical of the program and a parallel report issued Monday by the local American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Newsom said no San Franciscan has asked for camera removal while pointing to demands by several neighborhoods for their communities to receive surveillance cameras. The mayor scored those critical as living outside the City.

“I support surveillance cameras — I continue to support surveillance cameras,” Newsom reaffirmed following a morning street median beautification press conference.

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Youths taking part in the summer jobs apprentice program sponsored by the Dept of Public Works in partnership with the Mission Neighborhood Center spent the afternoon Tuesday planting on VanNess Ave.

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Tatiana Kelly hard at work


Mohammed Nuru, Deputy Director of Operations, Deppartment of Public Works explained the landscaping apprentice program for youth program

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Dr. Fred Abadi, Director of the Department of Public Works

Newspaper accounts of the surveillance camera program prompted residents to ask for more cameras, Newsom stated.

“It’s interesting. We’ve had a paper eight days in a row, front page story, and people are coming to me saying, ‘Hey wait, we want more.’

“So I’m going to continue to do what the public wants. That is monitor these. See what works. See what doesn’t work.

“When we add new ones it’s always on a piloted basis. If the community doesn’t want them we can remove them.

“But there are a lot that were put in my budget. We’re going to get those out as quickly as possible.

“Now, I’m not there — in terms of privacy concerns — in monitoring them 24 hours. I’m not comfortable with that. And to the extent that the community wants that we’re always keeping an open mind.

“Right now it is continuing our efforts to get those that we funded in my new budget that were just passed out in these hot spots where the community has long desired them.

“I think it suggestive that I have not received one call from one community leader who has a camera in their neighborhood, where they live — not advocates outside the City — say, ‘Can you get rid of my camera?’

“I think that in and of itself there is no more powerful message in terms of this program than that.

“Not one person has called me or grabbed me on the streets, and I’m out on the streets as much as any human being, and said, ‘Can you get rid of that camera on my street?’

“They want them up and that to me matters a lot more than any ideological analysis that’s being done by people that are in academia or live outside the City.

“And so we’ll keep this program moving to the extent that people don’t want them in their neighborhood — they have the right to express that — and I’ll listen to them.

“To the extent that want better cameras we’ll always keep an open mind at doing better cameras.

“As technology changes so will our program and our approach.

“There’s many, many times more in the budget and there’s nothing that’s going to dissuade me from implementing.

“In fact, we have the requests, we’ve got the letters from people in the community and we’ll be asking the Police Commission to move quickly to get those cameras up.”

The mayor’s office will release the results of surveillance camera usage in high crime areas in October, Newsom’ Press Secretary Nathan Ballard reported yesterday.

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Nathan Ballard

“This is one tool that law enforcement can use to fight violent crime and we believe it is worth a try,” the mayor’s spokesman, Nathan Ballard, said Monday.

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Data collected from surveillance cameras has been used in at least six investigations, Ballard said. One arrest has been made definitively because of the cameras.

“We believe the program is working,” Ballard said.

Cities throughout California are working to install such video surveillance cameras on plazas and public streets without regulating them or evaluating their effectiveness, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report released Monday.

For his part, Police Sergeant Neville Gittens said today surveillance cameras that have been installed in San Francisco not only help solve crimes, but they are effective deterrents.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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

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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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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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BUSH’S ‘NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND’ education policy lets unqualified teachers in, claims San Francisco lawsuit

BY JASON BENNERT

A coalition of activist groups and parents filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco today against the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings charging that the department has violated the No Child Left Behind Act by certifying under qualified teachers as being “highly qualified.”

The act, signed by President George W. Bush in 2002, requires that only teachers who have a full state credential be considered “highly qualified.”

However, the department has issued regulations that allow states to label any teacher currently participating in an alternative credential program while teaching as “highly qualified,” according to the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit argues that the department is violating the law, deceiving parents and harming the educational development of children by labeling beginning and intern teachers as “highly qualified.”

“Providing all students with highly qualified teachers is the only way to ensure that no child is left behind. Defining teachers in training as ‘highly qualified’ violates both the letter and spirit of the law, primarily to the detriment of low income students of color,” according to plaintiffs’
attorney Jenny Pearlman of the law firm Public Advocates Inc.

Lorie Chinn, a board member of the activist group California ACORN, one of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs, said that schools teaching poor and minority children have a disproportionate share of these intern teachers and because of the DOE regulation the schools’ parents often do not even realize it.

“Parents deserve to know when their children’s teacher is an intern,” Chinn said.

The lawsuit seeks to have the DOE regulation ruled illegal and the definition of a “highly qualified teacher” that is in the NCLB Act be used instead.

“If we prevail, the suit will have ripple effects throughout the implementation of NCLB nationally,” Public Advocates staff attorney Tara Kini said.

“States and school districts will no longer be permitted to concentrate teachers in training in schools serving high numbers of students of color, and they will be required to report accurately the numbers of ‘highly qualified’ teachers so that real plans can be made to get better trained and qualified teachers to all students.”

According to Public Advocates, more than 10,000 intern teachers are labeled as “highly qualified” each year in California. Nationally the number is more than 100,000.

In addition to California ACORN the other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the activist group Californians for Justice as well as a number of individual students and parents. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court In San Francisco.

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START THE BIDDING AT $500,000 for Barry Bonds record breaking baseball

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BY EMMETT BERG

The baseball that Giants’ slugger Barry Bonds hit Aug. 7 to break Hank Aaron’s home run record was on view in San Francisco today for the first time since it disappeared into a maw of fans behind center field at AT&T Park.

New York City resident Matt Murphy announced the pending sale of the ball at a news conference near the ballpark this afternoon, where he was flanked by executives from SCP Auctions, a sports memorabilia house working in conjunction with the auctioneer Sotheby’s.

“On August 7, history was made, and I was happy to be in-house when it happened,” Murphy said. “And I was lucky enough to be the guy who caught the ball.”

Now the historic ball will join Bonds’ 755th and more than 1,000 other memorabilia items in an online auction starting Aug. 28 and concluding on Sept. 15.

The online auction will take place at scpauctions.com.

SCP Auctions officials have conservatively estimated the value of the 756 ball at about $500,000, while the value of the 755 ball has been estimated in the range of $200,000.

David Kohler, SCP’s president, said that his firm estimates the ball to be significantly more valuable than Bonds’ 700th home run ball, which was sold in 2005 for $102,000, or his 715th, which sold for $220,100 about a year ago.

“We think this is a half million dollar baseball,” Kohler said.

“It will be interesting come Sept. 15 to see what this is worth.”

Murphy said as a student he simply could not afford to keep the ball and was warned he might have to pay taxes even if he kept the ball.

“It was simple math,” he said of selling the ball.

“But I was upset by the decision I had to make.”

Kohler said the ball’s connection to a player, Bonds, who was rumored to have used steroids, would not necessarily diminish the ball’s value.

“Negative overkill can make the price go the other way,” Kohler said.

Murphy and his two friends, Amir Kamal and Ryan Margolis, cut short their visit to Australia to meet with the media. Margolis was headed back to New York tonight while Murphy and Kamal, who owns part of the ball, will stay behind in San Francisco for a few more days. “We’re going to stick around to get the word out,” he said.

Murphy said he had not been contacted by Bonds personally, but that he “has tremendous respect for the man.”

“I hope whoever does buy it lends it or gives it to the Hall (of Fame),” Murphy said, “because that’s where it belongs.”

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NO BAIL for Black Muslim Joshua Bey

BY JEFF SHUTTLEWORTH

A judge today denied a bail motion for Joshua Bey, one of three Your Black Muslim Bakery associates accused of kidnapping and torturing two women in Oakland May 17.

Joshua Bey’s lawyer, David Washington, said his client should be granted bail because he has no prior criminal record and was acting under the influence of his older brother, Yusef Bey IV, 21, the bakery’s leader.

Washington also said Joshua Bey, 20, also didn’t inflict any injuries on the victims and wasn’t armed during the incident.

But Prosecutor Scott Patton said bail should be denied because “this is an extremely serious case,” and Joshua Bey would be a flight risk if released because all three defendants face life in prison without parole if convicted of the charges against them.

In denying the bail motion, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Beatus said releasing Joshua Bey would pose “a serious danger to the community and to the victims in the case.”

Beatus also said Joshua Bey himself might be in danger if he is released from custody.

Outside court, Washington said Beatus seemed to be concerned that other bakery members might want to harm Joshua Bey so he wouldn’t be available to testify in the case.

The Bey brothers and Tamon Halfin, a third defendant in the case, are scheduled to return to court Aug. 30 to possibly enter pleas and have future court dates set.

All three defendants are being held without bail.

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1000 FLYERS SIGN UP FOR AIRPORT FAST PASS IN 30 HOURS

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On the left Mayor, Newsom prepares to receive an iris scan. On the, right he is fingerprinted.
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It took just 30 hours for 1,000 flyers to sign up for the airport security fast pass service since the official opening of enrollment at San Francisco International Airport about a week ago, according to Clear program officials.

Verified Identity Pass’s Clear program allows travelers flying out of SFO to head straight to the front of pesky security lines for an annual fee of $99.95.

Clear operates five enrollment stations in the Bay Area: two at SFO, two at San Jose Airport and one at the Hyatt Embarcadero, the company said.

The company has enrolled more than 59,000 travelers nationwide, providing members with a biometric identify card that allows passengers to access “registered traveler” lanes.

The program has been in service at several U.S. airports since 2005, but the enrollment pace at SFO “breaks all of our records,” according to Allison Beer, Clear senior vice president for corporate development.

“We knew there was a great deal of interest in the Bay Area, but this beats even our expectations,” Beer said.

To be issued the security fast pass, fliers must provide fingerprints and iris scans, Clear founder and CEO Steven Brill said.

Following approval by the federal Transportation Security Administration, members are issued an identity card that contains encrypted fingerprint and iris images.

Recently the program has opened enrollment stations in San Jose, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and airports in Albany, N.Y., Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Newark, N.J.

Verified Identity Pass started the Clear program in 2005 at Orlando International Airport in Florida. Clear has been swiftly adding enrollment centers at airports across the country.

To get a pass, candidates can start the process online at the Clear’s Web site, http://www.flyclear.com. Next, they should bring two forms of government identification, including one with a photo, to a Clear enrollment center.

Clear’s enrollment stations at SFO are located in Terminals 1 and 3 and are in operation from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. A kiosk at the International Terminal is scheduled to open this fall. Kiosks have also been set up at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

The fast pass privilege will serve departing SFO travelers beginning in September, Brill said.

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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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BACK-TO-SCHOOLERS receive backpacks filled with supplies Saturday – Bayview MAGIC Fourth Annual Back-to-School Celebration

SUPERINTENDENT CARLOS GARCIA WELCOMING REMARKS – DISNEY CHANNEL STAR LIL J PERFORMANCE

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San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi launches first Bayview MAGIC in 2004.
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Bayview MAGIC will host its fourth annual Back-to-School Celebration and backpack giveaway Saturday in from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Bayview’s K.C. Jones Park located at Third and Carroll Streets.

Over 2,000 youth are expected to attend the event, which provides free school supplies and backpacks to children ages 5-17.

Superintendent Carlos Garcia, who recently took the helm of the San Francisco Unified School District, will give welcoming remarks at 12:30 p.m.

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Superintendent Carlos Garcia
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Recording artist and actor Lil J, who starred as Devon on the #1 Disney show That’s So Raven, will perform at this free event.

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Lil J

Initiated by Public Defender Jeff Adachi in 2004, Bayview MAGIC is a collaborative of over 50 community-based organizations and government agencies that serve youth and families in Bayview-Hunter’s Point. According to Public Defender Adachi, the backpack giveaway “is part of larger community effort to encourage young people to succeed in school.”

In addition to Lil J’s performance and the backpack giveaway, community-based organizations will provide daylong activities for youth, such as community tree building, word fishing, poster and essay competitions, arts and crafts, and sports. Sponsors of the event include the San Francisco 49ers, Wells Fargo Bank, CBS Outdoor, Jumpstart, AT&T, United Way, Bayview YMCA, and the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

“The entire Bayview community has really pooled their resources to make this the biggest and most exciting backpack giveaway in San Francisco,” said Yvette Robles, Bayview MAGIC Director and event organizer. “It’s really important that we provide kids with the tools they need to help them excel in school and in life.”

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NEWSOM HOSTS BARRY BONDS CELEBRATION in Justin Herman Plaza Friday

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On Friday, August 24th at noon, Mayor Newsom will host a celebration honoring Barry Bonds’ historic achievement of breaking the home run record and becoming the new all-time home run leader.

This family-oriented event will be held at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco.

Renel–Brooks Moon, Giants public address announcer, will serve as emcee for the celebration featuring Barry Bonds and his family.

Members of the public are invited to join the celebration that will also feature Mayor Gavin Newsom, Bonds’ former and current teammates, Giants executives and broadcasters, and various celebrities.

The event will be held in Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market Street across from the Ferry Building, at noon.

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MOMS USE SEARCH ENGINES heavily for online and offline purchases

DATA SHOWS MOMS HEAVY USE OF SEARCH ENGINES FOR BOTH ONLINE AND OFFLINE PURCHASES

SAN JOSE, Calif. — DoubleClick Performics, the performance marketing division of DoubleClick Inc., unveiled data Monday resulting from a search usage study targeting the “moms” segment and completed in cooperation with Microsoft and ROI Research, “Searcher Moms – A Search Behavior and Usage Study.”

The data illustrate heavy search engine usage in support of online purchases, offline purchases, coordinating travel and many other planning activities among moms.

“Although we suspected much of what the study uncovered, we gained a much better understanding of just how much moms rely on search engines to accomplish a wide range of tasks, literally on a daily basis,” said Stuart Larkins, vice president of search for DoubleClick Performics.

“Of the nearly 1,000 moms surveyed, 89 percent use the Internet at least twice/day, and 90 percent have been using it for more than seven years. A whopping 86 percent of respondents said search engines are the most efficient way to find information.”

Other interesting findings of the study include:

– 70 percent use search engines to gather information before making any online purchase

– 57 percent use search engines to gather information before making any offline purchase

– 64 percent use search engines to find out where to purchase products offline

With regard to purchases made in the eight product categories included in the study:

– 92 percent said search engines were helpful in providing valuable information prior to purchasing

– 79 percent said search engines were helpful in providing valuable information prior to purchasing offline specifically

Regarding consumer packaged goods, respondents reported using search engines:

– To compare prices (72 percent)

– To find retail locations (71 percent)

– To gather product information (71 percent)

“Manufacturers and marketers targeting this audience through any kind of advertising campaign should be sure to integrate a well planned Search campaign. Sixty-four percent of women reported using a search engine to gather more information after seeing an advertisement,” said Scott Haiges, President of ROI Research Inc.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Two Oakland murders – No suspects

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Two homicides occurred within four hours of each other on Oakland streets, an Oakland police dispatcher said this morning.

The most recent homicide took place today on the 5500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way just after 1 a.m., a dispatcher said.

A man was found suffering a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries.

The first homicide took place Monday around 8:30 p.m., a dispatcher said, on the 2300 block of Magnolia Street.

There are no suspects in either homicide, a dispatcher said.

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SAN FRANCISCO SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS termed effective tool by mayor’s office – Results slated for October release

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San Francisco officials plan to release the results of a report in October regarding the effectiveness of surveillance cameras that have been installed in the city’s high-crime areas, according to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s spokesman.

“This is one tool that law enforcement can use to fight violent crime and we believe it is worth a try,” the mayor’s spokesman, Nathan Ballard, said today.

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The 64 cameras already in use have a price tag of $500,000, Ballard said. The city will be installing 25 new cameras in 2008.

Data collected from surveillance cameras has been used in at least six investigations, Ballard said. One arrest has been made definitively because of the cameras.

“We believe the program is working,” Ballard said.

Cities throughout California are working to install such video surveillance cameras on plazas and public streets without regulating them or evaluating their effectiveness, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report released today.

“We are issuing this report because we are hoping that policy makers will take a step back and question whether this is the road they want to take,” said Mark Schlosberg, police practices policy director of ACLU’s Northern California chapter.

The 25-page report looks at the threat video surveillance cameras pose to privacy and free speech, examines law enforcement justifications for video surveillance programs, and reviews the findings from an ACLU public records survey.

“Our main concern is the privacy issue,” Schlosberg said.

“Basically this is doing a great disservice to people who are living in high-crime areas. It is invasive in terms of privacy and ultimately a waste of money.”

Camera programs not only don’t reduce crime in the city centers, but putting money into such surveillance actually detracts from law enforcement’s efforts to reduce crime, according to the ACLU.

The ACLU says other options like improved lighting are more effective. Studies have shown that the average reduction of crime after lighting is improved is 20 percent.

“That is something video surveillance doesn’t hold a candle to,” Schlosberg said.

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For his part, Police Sergeant Neville Gittens said today surveillance cameras that have been installed in San Francisco not only help solve crimes, but they are effective deterrents, Sgt. Neville Gittens said today.

Richmond recently approved 113 surveillance cameras that cost $4 million and Pittsburg has at least 13 cameras, Schlosberg said.

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AUGUST 21 Videos of The Day – ROSES THAT GROW IN THE LANE – FACES THAT SHINE IN THE RAIN – Babies born today will have good judgment – Live radar and weather forecast

August 21 Videos of The Day
ROSES THAT GROW IN THE LANE

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AUGUST 21 BIRTHDAY LORE
With your magnetic and strong personality, you have great powers for good or evil; people instinctively follow your lead. You are critical, rather opinionated, aggressive, and adaptable, and your judgment is usually accurate. You enjoy music and strive to make your home pleasant and attractive.

AUGUST 21 ADVICE FOR THE DAY
A compress of decocted witch hazel is cooling to sunburned skin.

AUGUST 21 WORD OF THE DAY
Cumulus cloud. Defintion: Fair-weather cloud with flat base and domeshaped top.

AUGUST 21 IN HISTORY
Born: Jim McMahon (football player), 1959. Tornado hit Tyler, Michigan, 1918.

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Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 75. West southwest wind between 7 and 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 57. West southwest wind between 7 and 10 mph.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 73. West southwest wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind between 7 and 11 mph.

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

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

Friday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 72.

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

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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

Monday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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MIMI SILBERT APPOINTED TO CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONS STANDARDS AUTHORITY – Governor Schwarzenegger statewide appointments

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments:

Cleotha Adams, 51, of Marysville, has been appointed to the Corrections Standards Authority. Adams has served on the Authority since 2006. He currently serves as sergeant in the civil division at the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, where he has worked since 1995. He previously held the positions of sergeant of corrections and deputy sheriff in the corrections division at the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. Adams served in the U.S. Air Force from 1974 to 1994, retiring as a corrections superintendent with the rank of master sergeant. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Adams is a Democrat.

Victor Almager, 49, of Galt, has been appointed warden of Centinela State Prison (CEN). He has served as acting warden of CEN since 2006. Almager previously served as correctional administrator at the Deuel Vocational Institute (DVI) between 2003 and 2006, where he was responsible for the administration and management of DVI’s 3,100 offender reception and classification center. From 1999 to 2003, Almager was a senior special agent for the Office of Investigative Services (OIS), an investigative and internal affairs branch of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Previously, he was a correctional captain at DVI from 1997 to 1999. Almager began his career with CDCR in 1982 as a correctional officer at the California Men’s Colony. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,108. Almager is a Republican.

Adele Arnold, 55, of Yreka, has been appointed to the Corrections Standards Authority. She has served as chief probation officer for the Siskiyou County Probation Department since 2003. Additionally, Arnold has served as a probation officer in the adult and juvenile probation division for the Department since 1991. She previously held the positions of assistant chief deputy, supervising probation officer and deputy probation officer in the community law enforcement division at the Siskiyou County Probation Department. Arnold is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association and the Chief Probation Officers of California. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Arnold is a Democrat.

Laura Braden, 26, of Sacramento , has been appointed deputy communications director for the Office of the Governor. She most recently served as deputy director of operations and planning for John McCain for President 2008. Braden previously held the position of deputy communications director for the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger in 2006 and 2007. She briefly left the administration in 2006 to work as director of events for Californians for Schwarzenegger 2006. Prior to that, Braden was a senior account manager for the Washington , D.C. based public affairs firm, DCI Group, from 2003 to 2006. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $72,996. Braden is a Republican.

Anthony Brunello, 35, of Sacramento , has been appointed deputy secretary of climate change and energy for the Resources Agency. He most recently served as a program coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service from 2005 to 2007. Brunello previously was a consultant for California Strategies in 2005 and executive director for the Tahoe-Baikal Institute from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, he served as a climate change economist for the PA Consulting Group in 2001 and a senior research fellow for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change from 1999 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $101,952. Brunello is a Democrat.

Paul Chabot, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga , has been appointed as a juvenile hearing commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings. He has served in this position on the Board since 2006. From 2002 to 2006, Chabot lectured nationally to youth about substance abuse, leadership and community service as a professional speaker with Campuspeak Incorporated. He served in the White House from 1999 to 2005, first as a presidential management fellow and later as an advisor for law enforcement, justice and drug control policies. Chabot has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve since 2001 and holds the rank of lieutenant. He has also served as a reserve deputy sheriff for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since 2001 and founded the Inland Valley Drug Free Community Coalition in 2005. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $108,167. Chabot is a Republican.

Kenneth Clark, 46, of Springville, has been appointed warden of the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran (SATF). He has served as acting warden of SATF since 2006 and previously served as chief deputy warden for the facility from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, Clark served as an associate warden at SATF from 2002 to 2004 and facility captain at North Kern State Prison (NKSP) from 2001 to 2002. From 1997 to 2001, he was the supervisor of correctional education programs at NKSP. Clark also served as supervisor of academic programs at the California Men’s Colony from 1994 to 1997. He served as a correctional officer at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi from 1983 to 1985 before briefly leaving corrections to pursue his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,108. Clark is a Republican.

Joseph Compton, 52, of Santa Cruz , has been appointed a juvenile hearing commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings. He has served in this position on the Board since 2006. From 1986 to 2006, Compton served as a correctional officer for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1978. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $108,167. Compton is a Democrat.

Karla Crawford, 56, of Sacramento , has been appointed to the CaliforniaVolunteers Commission. She has served on the Commission since 2001. Crawford has also served as manager of volunteer programs for the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance (DHA), where she has worked since 1980. In this capacity, she works with various agencies in Sacramento , Placer and Yolo counties to provide services to seniors, youth and community members. Crawford is a member of the National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Directors, Northern California Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Corps Program Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Crawford is a Republican.

Kenya Davis-Hayes, 27, of Riverside , has been appointed to the California Council for the Humanities. She has served as an assistant professor in the department of history, political science and criminal justice at California Baptist University since 2005. Davis-Hayes previously worked for Purdue University from 2000 to 2004 where she held the positions of teaching assistant in the department of history; and research assistant, social justice project coordinator and teaching assistant in the department of curriculum and instruction. She is a member of the Riverside County World Affairs Council, the Organization of American Historians and Kiwanis International. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Davis-Hayes is a Republican.

Michael Gibbs, 51, of Woodland Hills, has been appointed assistant secretary for climate change for the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Since 1980, he has worked for the environmental consulting firm, ICF International and currently holds the position of senior vice president in the firm’s Los Angeles office. In this position, Gibbs has worked closely with Cal/EPA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) on several projects including the Cal/EPA Market Options Subgroup. Previously, he was a senior associate and project manager for ICF International’s Washington , D.C. office. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $115,680. Gibbs is a Democrat.

Pamala Gilyard, 42, of Elk Grove, has been appointed to the Corrections Standards Authority. She has served on the Authority since 2005. Gilyard currently serves as a supervising probation officer in the court services division for the Sacramento County Probation Department. She has served as a probation officer since 1990 and has had assignments in the juvenile and adult divisions and on the Sacramento County Gang Task Force. Gilyard was the Sacramento County Probation Department’s Officer of the Year in 1998. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Gilyard is registered decline-to-state.

Hyepin Christine Im, 40, of Los Angeles , has been appointed to the CaliforniaVolunteers Commission. She has served on the Commission since 2000. Im founded the Korean Churches for Community Development in 2001, where she currently serves as president and chief executive officer. Previously, she was a venture capitalist associate at Renaissance Capital Partners from 1999 to 2001 and a sponsorship manager at the California Science Center from 1997 to 1999. Im is a member of the Korean American Coalition, Leadership Southern California, Pacific Council on International Policy, Network of Korean American Leaders and the German Marshall Fund. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Im is a Republican.

Tomas Martinez, 65, of Fresno , has been appointed a juvenile hearing commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings. Since 1986, he has served as a producer at Dialogue International, an educational production company. During this time, Martinez has chaired the non-profit Institute for Community Relations Research and served as a board member of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) Fresno Chapter. He was president of Aztlan Safety Engineering from 1991 to 1994 and served as executive director of Madera Cinevideo between 1986 and 1991. Martinez was an associate professor in criminology for California State University , Fresno from 1980 to 1986 and an associate professor at the University of Colorado , Boulder from 1976 to 1980. He was a director of seminars and an instructor at Stanford University from 1969 to 1972. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $108,167. Martinez is a Republican.

Leonard Olds, 64, of Laguna Beach , has been appointed to the California Council for the Humanities. He most recently served as a partner in the venture capitalist firm, Lohr Partnership, from 1995 to 2006. Olds previously served as an educational advisor in the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1991 to 1995 and was a bilingual teacher in various elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1965 to 1991. He is chair of the Bipartisan Liberty Education Forum in Washington , D.C. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Olds is a Republican.

Daniel Pellissier, 46, of Sacramento , has been appointed assistant secretary for energy policy coordination for the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Since 2001, he has served as principal for Pellissier Consulting. From 2000 to 2006, Pellissier served as chief of staff to California Assemblymember Keith Richman and, from 1999 to 2000, served as chief consultant to California Assembly Republican Leader Scott Baugh. He previously was communications director for the public relations firm, Stoorza, Ziegaus, Metzger & Hunt, from 1997 to 1999 and served as an assistant secretary for communications for Cal/EPA from 1994 to 1997. Prior to that, Pellissier was a legislative administrator for the Southern California Gas Company from 1989 to 1994. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,040. Pellissier is a Republican.

Linda Penner, 53, of Fresno , has been appointed to the Corrections Standards Authority. She has served on the Authority since March 2007. Penner has worked for the Fresno County Probation Department for 30 years and currently serves as the chief probation officer. Previously, she was the division director of juvenile probation and adult supervision from 2002 to 2005 and director of adult probation from 1997 to 2002. Penner also previously held the positions of probation services manager in the juvenile probation division and department liaison to the Juvenile Justice Commission. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Penner is a Democrat.

William Powers, 60, of Portola, has been appointed to the Corrections Standards Authority. He has served on the Authority since 2006. Powers has served on the Plumas County Board of Supervisors since he was first elected in 2005. He previously served as principal and lead teacher for the Jim Beckworth Continuation High School in the Plumas Unified School District from 1986 to 2005. He also served on the Portola City Council from 1997 to 2004 during which he was mayor of Portola in 1999 and again in 2002. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Powers is a Democrat.

Ed Prieto, 63, of Davis , has been appointed to the Corrections Standards Authority. He has served on the Authority since January 2007. Prieto currently serves as sheriff and coroner of Yolo County , a position he has held since 1999. He previously served as a peace officer for the California Highway Patrol from 1968 to 1999, leaving with the rank of captain. Prieto served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Prieto is a Democrat.

Karen Quarles, 38, of Washington , D.C. , has been appointed deputy director of the Governor’s Washington , D.C. office. Since 2004, Quarles has served as deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Department of Education. She was special assistant at the Office of Personnel Management from 2003 to 2004. Quarles also served as a special assistant at the U.S. Department of Education from 2001 to 2003. She worked for U.S. Representative Howard (Buck) McKeon (CA-25) in various positions from 1993 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $95,000. Quarles is a Republican.

Juan Salazar, 50, of Blythe, has been appointed warden of Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP). He has served as acting warden of CVSP since January 2006. Salazar previously worked at Centinela State Prison (CEN) from 2001 to December 2005 where he served as acting warden, chief deputy warden and associate warden. From 1994 to 2001, Salazar served at Calipatria State Prison as an acting associate warden, facility captain, correctional counselor III and correctional counselor II. He served as a correctional sergeant at the California Correctional Center (CCC) from 1991 to 1994 and held the same position at the Sierra Conservation Center from 1987 to 1991. Salazar started with the Department of Corrections in 1983 as a correctional officer at CCC. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,108. Salazar is a Republican.

Mimi Silbert, Ph.D., 65, of San Francisco , has been appointed to the Corrections Standards Authority. She has served on the Authority since 2005. Silbert has served as chief executive officer and president of the Delancey Street Foundation since 1974. Additionally, she has been the headmaster of the Life Learning Academy since 1988. Silbert previously was project director of the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Action Plan from 1996 to 2001. Prior to that, she was project director of the Bay Area Parole Services Network for the California Department of Corrections from 1991 to 1994. Silbert has been a member of the Board of Corrections since 1986 and is a former member of the National Institute of Justice. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Silbert is a Democrat.

Helen Torres, 38, of San Bernardino , has been appointed to the CaliforniaVolunteers Commission. She has served on the Commission since 2003. Torres has also served as executive director of the non-profit Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) since 2000. Previously, she served as a fundraiser and community relations officer for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles from 1997 to 2000. In addition, Torres served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Community Action Board. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Torres is a Republican.

Travis Townsy, 46, of Sacramento , has been appointed to the Corrections Standards Authority. He has served on the Authority since January 2007. Townsy has served as a correctional officer at Folsom State Prison since 1987. He also served as a correctional counselor at Folsom State Prison in 2005. Townsy is a member of the Association of Black Correctional Workers (ABCW). This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Townsy is a Democrat.

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ED JEW faces gaggle of protesters following arraignment

The lawyer for Supervisor Ed Jew told a judge today that his client would stand by his original plea of not guilty to allegations that Jew lied about living in San Francisco in order to win elected office.

The supervisor did not speak during this morning’s arraignment hearing in San Francisco Superior Court and left afterward without commenting publicly.

Prosecutors claim in nine felony charges that Jew falsely claimed residency in San Francisco and lied on official documents leading up to his successful bid for a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 2006.

Jew’s case and his claims of innocence have been ongoing this summer.

His appearance in San Francisco Superior Court today was necessary after a judge in a preliminary hearing earlier this month ruled that the evidence against him was serious enough for a trial on felony charges.

His trial must by law occur within the next 60 days, but it will be Sept. 28 before Jew is likely to appear in court again. Jury selection for his trial will begin that day. A pretrial hearing is set for Sept. 10 but Jew will not be required to attend.

After the hearing Jew was met outside the Hall of Justice by about a half-dozen protesters chanting and waving signs that asked the supervisor to resign.

As Jew slowly made his way down Bryant Street flanked by protesters and members of the media, a pickup truck drove near and a man inside called out, “Hang in there, Ed.”

The supervisor waved and responded, “Thank you! Thank you very much!”

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MARIN COUNTY Shakespeare comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ begins August 24

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The North Bay Shakespeare Company will perform one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “Twelfth Night,” at the Novato Hamilton Amphitheater between Aug. 24 and Sept. 30.

The Friday through Sunday performances will be the only chance for Bay Area audiences to see one of The Bard’s comedies in Marin County this summer, artistic director Jeffrey Trotter said.

The Hamilton Amphitheater, located at the former Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato, is the new home for the company formerly known as the Shakespeare at Stinson Company.

The plays were performed at Stinson Beach until the company lost its lease and began productions in Novato and southern Sonoma County last summer.

“Twelfth Night,” a comedy and satire about unrequited love and gender confusion, will be directed by Beth Cavanaugh.

Performances are 7 p.m. on Fridays and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with 10:30 a.m. matinees Sept. 14 and 28.

Tickets are $12-$30 and general admission, reserved and picnic table seating is available.

For more information call (415) 868-1115.

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