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THE ORIGINS OF COFFEE BEAN SALES IN SAN FRANCISCO

TASTE TEST FLASH

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Man on a mission for nearest Peet’s
PHOTO BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2008

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Founder
The San Francisco Sentinel © 2007-2010

Starbucks has lost this town’s best known fan.

Our nice Gavin Newsom basks only in par excellence aroma of Peet’s Coffee at his home and hearth, the Sentinel reveals.

Freshest Peet’s beans, full throttle grinder, superior French Press purchased at Peet’s on Polk, 2139 C Polk Street at Broadway, deliver the very best.

“Third shelf on the left,” Newsom nods location.

“Grind them, and then use a French Press,” mayoral lips moisten.

“I’m telling you there’s no other way to do it when you get coffee at home.”

Starbucks, one is told, remains a grunt work substitute.

Work-a-day morning coffee is Starbucks, Newsom does confide.

“My weekday morning coffee is Starbucks, I admit.

“Everyone can criticize me for that. I’m ready.”

However, in a special realm with uniquely exquisite neighborhoods, local brews are the afternoon great seducer.

“My afternoon coffee is any coffee shop besides Starbucks, so it’s neighborhood coffee,” the chin rises.

“That’s my one o’clock, two o’clock coffee.”

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Even so, during weekdays, it’s half-decaf for this people’s mayor.

On weekends it’s chuck the decaf, full-bodied Peet’s on Russian Hill lair.

Habitate visitors approve, it’s told, including habitue Jen Siebel, who “always drinks nothing but Peet’s.”

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Jen Siebel

Indeed, in the annals of San Francisco savoir faire, Al Peet rode into town wearing the white hat while it was Starbucks which chose the dark side.

First to tap Shining City thirst for the very best was Capricorn Coffees.

Capricorn was founded in his struggling youth by 1950s gay rights bedrocker Herb Donaldson, busted by San Francisco Police at a 1960s Saturday afternoon charity drag show fundraiser (then an illegal gathering of homosexuals), and later appointed Judge Herbert M. Donaldson by California Governor Jerry Brown…

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California State Judge Herbert M. Donaldson. Donaldson initially resisted appointment
to the State bench by Governor Jerry Brown. Herb insisted Municipal Court would keep
him closer to street youth providing them a possible model. Brown prevailed,
convincing Donaldson State Court would deliver fuller statewide impact
.

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Young Herb Donaldson in SFPD paddywagon (apologies to all Paddies, Padraig – Irish language for Patrick)
PHOTO COURTESY LOUISE SWIG

Fresh Capricorn roasting swirled to success, and success brought imitation.

Al Peet called Donaldson to say Peet was jumping into the business, too. Noting Peet’s new company would not compete with Capricorn.

Peet always honored that pledge, Donaldson tells the Sentinel.

Next came Starbucks with obligatory call to Donaldson purporting the same pledge.

A pledge as hollow as cardbord cup holders.

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BILL WILSON
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Bill Wilson is a San Francisco-based veteran photojournalist. Bill embraced photojournalism 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), The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, SFist, SFAppeal. Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past six years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.


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CALIFORNIA SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM heads for Texas arrival of Hurricane Dean

Governor Schwarzenegger announced today that members of California ‘s Urban Search and Rescue program are on their way to Dallas, Texas to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Dean along the shores of Texas.

A total of 43 personnel are on their way with specialized equipment to support rescue operations. They will stage in Dallas until the storm arrives, then mobilize into the impacted areas.

“I want to make sure California does everything it can to help authorities in Texas as they prepare for the impact of Hurricane Dean,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.

“My Office of Emergency Services will continue to monitor the situation and stands ready to assist in deploying whatever other available resources it can to help Texas state officials and FEMA respond to and recover from this storm.”

Earlier this morning, under orders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, California’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (US&R) #6 from the Riverside City Fire Department departed for a staging location in Dallas. The Task Force is comprised of 34 personnel and specialized equipment to help rescue victims trapped in structure collapses.

An additional 9 personnel from California ‘s US&R program are also headed to Dallas to serve on a National US&R Incident Support Team. The nine members are from the Los Angeles City Fire, Los Angeles County Fire, Orange County Fire, Riverside City Fire, Sacramento City Fire, and San Diego City Fire US&R task forces.

Hurricane Dean is currently a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 MPH moving West toward Texas , 505 miles east-southeast of Kingston , Jamaica . Fluctuations in intensity are forecast during the next 24 hours.

Office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

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21 MILLION READERS now receive online access to 400 US newspapers

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SUNNYVALE, Calif — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) today announced that it has expanded its growing network of newspaper partnerships to include Philly.com, online home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.

With the addition of Philly.com and four other newspaper partners since April, the Newspaper Consortium now includes 19 publishing companies representing nearly 400 daily newspapers reaching a total circulation of more than 21 million readers.

“With the addition of Philly.com to the Newspaper Consortium, the momentum continues. The open nature of the partnership between the newspapers and Yahoo! has made this the solution of choice for the newspaper industry,” said Hilary Schneider, executive vice president, Local Markets and Commerce Division and the Yahoo! Publisher Network. “Consortium members see the benefit in combining the newspapers’ own unmatched local news and deep local advertising relationships with Yahoo!’s leading technologies and extensive online audience.”

“Working with Yahoo! as a member of its Newspaper Consortium will give Philly.com the opportunity to share its award-winning local content with its users and advertising with Yahoo!’s 131 million monthly visitors(a), targeting those with interest in the Philadelphia area,” said Eric Grilly, president, Philly.com. “Being part of this unparalleled network will bring best-of-breed tools and resources to our local customers.”

Grilly, former president and CEO of MediaNews Group Interactive, has been a key advocate of the Newspaper Consortium since it was established in November 2006. MediaNews Group was one of the initial members of the Newspaper Consortium.

Among the benefits to Philly.com and Yahoo! are:

– Enhancing online revenue for Philly.com using Yahoo!’s industry-leading display advertising technology;

– Leveraging Yahoo!’s national online advertising sales force to promote Philly.com inventory to national advertisers;

–Having Philly.com’s sales force represent Yahoo! to its local clients;
Implementing Yahoo!’s paid search technology across Philly.com; and

– Distributing Philly.com’s high-quality local content across the Yahoo! network in places where Yahoo! users have interest in Philadelphia’s local news, sports, finance and in other vertical content areas.

In addition to Philly.com, other newspaper partners that have joined the Newspaper Consortium since April include:

GateHouse Media, Inc., headquartered in Fairport, New York, joined the Yahoo! HotJobs component of the newspaper partnership in May of this year. GateHouse Media, Inc. is one of the largest publishers of locally-based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 87 daily publications.

Paxton Media Group also joined the Newspaper Consortium as part of the Yahoo! HotJobs component. Paxton publishes 31 daily newspapers in the South and Midwest including The (Durham) Herald-Sun and The Paducha Sun.

The Tribune Review Publishing Company owns 7 daily newspapers, including the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Its newspapers’ online career sections will be powered by Yahoo! HotJobs and co-branded between Yahoo! and the local newspapers.

The Day Publishing Company, publishes The Day, a daily newspaper covering a 20-town region in Eastern Connecticut. The Day will participate in all aspects of the Newspaper Consortium.

Other Yahoo! Newspaper Consortium members include: Belo Corp.; Calkins Media, Inc.; Cox Newspapers; The E.W. Scripps Company; Hearst Newspapers; Herald Media, Inc.; Journal Register Company; Lee Enterprises; McClatchy Company; Media General, Inc.; Morris Communications Company, LLC; MediaNews Group, Inc.; Paddock Publications, Inc; and Times-Shamrock Communications. The newspapers in this Consortium include major market dailies such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Boston Herald, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The Florida Times-Union, Houston Chronicle, The Miami Herald, New Haven Register, Rocky Mountain News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury-News and The Tampa Tribune.

(a)131 million unique visitors per ComScore, July 2007

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo!’s mission is to connect people to their passions, their communities, and the world’s knowledge. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Yahoo! and the Yahoo! logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Yahoo! Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

About Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC

Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC, is the leading media company in the Philadelphia region. Privately held and locally owned, PMH is the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, philly.com, related online products and several community newspapers. With almost one million people reading The Inquirer each day, and 1.6 million on Sundays, The Inquirer is the region’s most-read daily newspaper. Together with the Daily News, the #1 tab newspaper in the region, which reaches 500,000 readers each week, and philly.com, the #1 website in the region, Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC, reaches almost 2 million people each day.

About GateHouse Media, Inc.

GateHouse Media, Inc., headquartered in Fairport, New York, is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 87 daily publications. GateHouse Media currently serves local audiences of more than 10 million per week across 20 states through hundreds of community publications and local websites. GateHouse Media is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “GHS.”

About Paxton Media Group

Paxton Media Group is a fourth-generation, family-owned media company, founded in 1896 and based in Kentucky. Paxton Media Group currently publishes a total of 31 daily newspapers – nine in Indiana, seven in North Carolina, four in Arkansas, three each in Georgia and Kentucky, and one each in Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Tennessee. Combined daily circulation of the newspapers is approximately 370,000. The company also publishes more than 14 paid weekly newspapers and numerous specialized publications in the markets it serves.

About Tribune Review Publishing Company

The Tribune Review Publishing Company owns and operates 7 daily newspapers in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including the Tribune-Review in Greensburg, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Daily Courier in Connellsville, The Valley Independent in Monessen, the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, the Leader Times in Kittanning and The Daily News in McKeesport; along with 24 weekly community newspapers, four quarterly lifestyle magazines and over 30 websites including www.PittsburghLIVE.com, www.PAJobMatch.com, www.TribTotalMedia.com and 3CDepot.com.

About The Day Publishing Company

The Day Publishing Co. is an independent information company founded in 1881. With The Day newspaper and theday.com, it is the leading news and information provider in Eastern Connecticut, and offers an integrated weekly market reach of 75%.

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UNION LEADER expands California campaign against ‘big box stores’

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President Jacques Loveall

Stockton became the latest victory in UFCW 8-Golden State’s mounting war on superstores when the Stockton City Council voted to limit the construction of “big box” stores on August 14.

The growing trend of resistance to big box stores, such as Wal-Mart Supercenters, began in Sacramento.

Soon, other California cities such as Hercules and Elk Grove joined in. Now, anti-big box battles are raging in Los Angeles, Ontario, Porterville, Rosemead, Fortuna, Ripon, Antioch, Northridge, Oakland and the Lugonia District of Redlands.

UFCW 8-Golden State is on the front lines of the big box fight, working with various coalitions, community groups and a variety of activists to stop the onslaught of the worker-hostile stores.

“This vote is a victory for working people and all citizens of Stockton,” said UFCW 8-Golden State President Jacques Loveall.

“When Wal-Mart and other predatory companies open gigantic superstores, good Union jobs are lost and communities inevitably suffer,” Loveall said. “That’s why this vote was so important.”

“We praise the courage and foresight of the City Council in protecting Stockton’s future,” said President Loveall.

Loveall said that Wal-Mart has cut health care coverage for its employees, while touting its alleged commitment to affordable health care.

“Evidence shows that the company is eliminating long-time workers and discouraging overweight or otherwise unhealthy workers from applying for jobs to reduce payroll and health care costs,” Loveall said.

“These workers then are forced to use taxpayer-funded community health programs. In the end, everyone pays for Wal-Mart workers’ health care,” Loveall said.

The anti Wal-Mart effort is having an impact. Of the 40 Supercenters planned for California, less than a quarter have been approved. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to reduce the number of superstores the company planned to open in 2007 by about one third.

Some 30,000 UFCW 8-Golden State members work in stores, plants and offices from the California-Oregon border in the north to Fresno County in the south.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Vermin mow down one in the Castro

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The San Francisco medical examiner’s office has identified the victim of a Sunday morning fatal hit-and-run as Roger Tennyson.

Tennyson, 77, of San Francisco, was struck and killed in the 100 block of Sanchez Street at about 1:30 a.m., according to police.

Sgt. Neville Gittens said Tennyson was getting out his car near his house and was struck by an unknown vehicle type.

Tennyson died at the scene.

Earlier reports that the victim was on a skateboard when he was killed turned out not to be true, according to Gittens.

Police are still investigating the incident, but so far they do not have any suspect or vehicle information to go on, according to Gittens.

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STERN GROVE’S 70th SEASON CONCLUDES WITH STARS OF SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

Patricia Racette, James Valenti, Joshua Hopkins and Heidi Melton appear with conductor Stephen Lord and the SF Opera Orchestra Opera

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

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA returns to Sigmund Stern Grove for the final concert of the 70th Season of the Stern Grove Festival on Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 pm. Renowned soprano Patricia Racette, tenor James Valenti, baritone Joshua Hopkins, and San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellow Heidi Melton are featured in a program of classic Italian opera arias and ensembles with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra led by acclaimed conductor Stephen Lord. This concert is free; no tickets are required. Stern Grove is located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.

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Stern Grove

San Francisco Opera’s performance at Stern Grove is sponsored by the Patricia Yakutis Endowment Fund; the Hendrickson Family in memory of J. Scott Hendrickson, Supernumeraries and by an Anonymous Donor.

Winner of the prestigious 1998 Richard Tucker Award, PATRICIA RACETTE has had a long association with San Francisco Opera. A former Merola Opera Program participant and Adler Fellow, the American soprano made her Company debut in 1989 as Mistress Ford in family performances of FALSTAFF and has subsequently sung many roles at San Francisco Opera, among them Cio-Cio-San in MADAME BUTTERFLY in 2006 (the opening night performance of which was simulcast to Civic Center Plaza, Liu in TURANDOT, Desdemona in OTHELLO, Mimi LA BOHEME, Antonia in LES CONTES D’ HOFFMANN, Micaela in CARMEN, Mathilde in GUILLAUME TELL, Violetta in LA TRAVIATA, as well as the title roles of Luisa Miller and JENUFA. She sang a leading role in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY at The Metropolitan Opera, which was broadcast internationally on December 24, 2005. Racette garnered international acclaim in the title role of Tobias Picker’s EMMELINE at the Santa Fe Opera (a production which was nationally televised on the PBS Great Performances series), and also created the role of Love Simpson in the Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s COLD SASSY TREE. In Europe, Racette has been applauded as Ellen Orford in PETER GRIMES at La Scala, “Mimi” at London’s Royal Opera and the Vienna State Opera, Micaela in CARMEN at Geneva Opera, as well as Blanche de la Force in DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES, Musetta in LA BOHEME, and “Violetta” at Paris Opera. Racette recently performed in DON CARLO under James Levine at The Metropolitan Opera, opened Chicago Lyric Opera’s 2006-07 season as Liu in TURANDOT, and sang the title role of “Jenufa” at Washington Opera. Upcoming engagements include a concert version of MADAME BUTTERFLY at the Ravinia Festival, PETER GRIMES at the Metropolitan Opera, and LA RONDINE at Los Angeles Opera. Declared “La Fantastique” by the SAN FRANCISCO SENTINEL, Patricia Racette will reprise her role as Cio-Cio-San in MADAME BUTTERFLY as part of San Francisco Opera’s 2007-08 Season.

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PATRICIA RACETTE, Soprano and JAMES VALENTI, Tenor

Tenor JAMES VALENTI makes his San Francisco Opera concert debut. The singer, who studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, made his professional debut in 2003 at age 25 as Rodolfo in LA BOHEME, directed by Franco Zeffirelli at Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma. Last season Mr. Valenti made his Spanish debut at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as Alfredo in Pier Luigi Pizzi’s production of LA TRAVIATA, as well as a debut in the same opera with Canadian Opera Company, and a debut at the Dresden Semperoper in his signature role of Rudolfo in LA BOHEME. Other career highlights include Mr. Valenti’s December 2006 debut at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels in LA TRAVIATA, a debut with the New York City Opera in LA BOHEME (which earned him the Betty Allen Prize), as well as performances at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste in LA BOHEME, and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova for MADAME BUTTERFLY, directed by Renata Scotto. Additionally, Mr. Valenti sang Alfredo in a new production of La Traviata with Anna Netrebko and Thomas Hampson, directed by Willy Decker. Upcoming engagements include MADAME BUTTERFLY at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Conlon, a concert performance with Opera Pacific, LA TRAVIATA at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with Angela Gheorghiu, and Rudolfo in LA BOHEME for his debut with La Scala in 2008.

Winner of the 2006 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, baritone JOSHUA HOPKINS makes his San Francisco Opera concert debut. In 2005 Joshua Hopkins completed his training as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio where he played the role of The Pilot in THE LITTLE PRINCE and Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Mr. Hopkins also has performed Count Almaviva in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO at Opera Pacific, held a New York recital presented by the George London Foundation for Singers, and gave the world premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas’ “Rilke Songs” at Zankel Hall in New York. Operatic performances of the past season included his debut with Opera Carolina as Silvio in I PAGLIACCI and return engagements at L’Opera de Montreal in DON GIOVANNI and at Santa Fe Opera for Rameau’s PLATEE. He is also the recipient of the Sylvia Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Arts Council and is a grant winner of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. Hopkin’s scheduled operatic performances of the 2007-08 season bring the Canadian baritone to Houston Grand Opera as Marcello in LA BOHEME and to Arizona Opera as Papageno in DIE ZAUBERFLOTE. His busy concert schedule includes PEER GYNT with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bach’s “Magnificat” and Handel’s “Dettingen Te Deum” with Bernard Labadie and “Les Violons du Roy”, and “Messiah” with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Sir Trevor Pinnock.

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JOSHUA HOPKINS, Baritone and HEIDI MELTON, Soprano

Soprano HEIDI MELTON, a first-year Adler Fellow, was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and was a 2006 participant in the Merola Opera Program where she performed Amelia in scenes from SIMON BOCCANEGRA at Yerba Buena Gardens. She also provided a stunning performance as a last minute replacement for the “Duenna” in San Francisco Opera’s DER ROSENKAVALIER. Operatic roles include the title heroines ARIADNE AUF NAXOS and ALCINA, Lady Billows in ALBERT HERRING and Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE all with Curtis Opera Theater. Her oratorio credits include the Szymanowski “Stabat Mater” and Schubert “Mass in A” with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven “Mass in C” with Eastman Summer Sing, Bach’s “Mass in F” with Curtis Madrigal Singers and the Philadelphia premiere of Richard Danielpour’s cycle, “Sweet Talk”. She recently graduated from Curtis Institute of Music where she completed her Masters of Music in Opera and holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music. In 2006 she was a national semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as well as the winner of the Mario Lanza Competition. Future engagements include her debut with the Philadelphia Opera Company in the fall of 2007 as Gertrude in HANSEL AND GRETEL.

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STEPHEN LORD, Conductor

Conductor STEPHEN LORD was recently chosen by Opera News as one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” and is continually praised for conducting a variety of both traditional and contemporary operatic works. He is currently music director for Opera Theatre of St. Louis and music director of Boston Lyric Opera until the end of the 2007-08 season. Stephen Lord made his New York City Opera debut in 2004 conducting LA RONDINE. Other career highlights as guest conductor included appearances at Wolf Trap Opera (LA BOHEME, LE NOZZE DE FIGARO and LA CLEMENZA DI TITO) and with other North American companies such as the Canadian Opera, Opera Colorado, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Pacific, Cleveland Opera and Arizona Opera. Mr. Lord has been a guest with the Boston Pops and first appeared in San Francisco leading the Merola Grand Finale Concert for the opera company. He also conducted Opera Omaha in telecast productions of LA TRAVIATA and ROMEO ET JULIETTE, and the world premiere of the completed critical edition of LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN. Mr. Lord was previously music director of the Banff Festival Opera, where he conducted L’ORMINDO, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, CENDRILLON, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and COSI FAN TUTTE. In addition to his operatic endeavors, Stephen Lord has conducted at Carnegie Hall for PDQ Bach’s annual concerts and at the Berkshire Choral Festival Institute. Stephen Lord teaches Master Classes at various institutions including Yale University, The Blossom Festival, the Hartt School of Music and Westminster Choir College. In addition, he serves as an adjudicator in vocal competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, Opera America’s George London/Sullivan Grants, and the Richard Tucker Foundation.

For more information and to purchase tickets on-line to San Francisco Opera’s 2007/08 Season:
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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. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post 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: sean.martinfield@gmail.com.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Vermin slaughter Canadian sailor

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A Canadian Navy lieutenant who was struck and killed by a Mercedes Benz while crossing the Embarcadero early Saturday has been identified as 27-year-old Mark Ashley of Victoria, British Columbia, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner.

Someone driving a silver or gray Mercedes Benz with front-end and windshield damage struck Ashley at around 1:50 a.m. at the intersection of Howard Street, police said.

Witnesses said that without stopping the driver of the Mercedes continued southbound on the Embarcadero and was not located.

Ashley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Members of the public can call (415) 575-4444 to report tips or can call a San Francisco Police Department detective directly at (415) 553-9516.

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August 18 Photo of The Day – EASY LIVING – Videos of The Day – EASY WHISTLING – EARLY WHISTLING – EARLY LOVING – Babies born today will be quick tempered – Live radar and weather forecast

August 19 Photo of The Day
EASY LIVING
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A boy walks across the playground of Alvarado School backlit by the setting sun exaggerating the brilliance of the color of the ball.
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Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

August 19 Videos of The Day
EASY WHISTLING

EARLY WHISTLING

EARLY LOVING

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AUGUST 19 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are impulsive and quick tempered, but not unreasonable. You have confidence in your ability and are ambitious, determined, observant, and systematic. You like to make others happy and are capable of an undivided love and devotion.

AUGUST 19 ADVICE FOR THE DAY
Use cream of tartar as a cleanser to brighten stainless steel.

AUGUST 19 WORD OF THE DAY
The Saffir-Simpson Scale. Defintion: A hurricane intensity scale used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale. Category 1: wind speeds 74-95 mph Category 2: wind speeds 96-110 mph Category 3: wind speeds 111-130 mph Category 4: wind speeds 131-155 mph Category 5: wind speeds over 155 mph

AUGUST 19 IN HISTORY
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 5, a space menagerie. Two dog passengers, Belka and Strelka, became the first living organisms recovered from orbit, 1960. Hurricane Bob hit New England, 1991.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. West wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 56. West wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 76. West wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West southwest wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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MOSQUITOES CARRYING WEST NILE VIRUS reported in South Bay

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus have been found in three more South Bay locations, and Santa Clara County Vector Control officials have scheduled ground fogging next week at the border of Saratoga, Campbell, San Jose and Los Gatos.

Infected mosquitoes were found in three mosquito traps set near Quito Road and Devon Avenue, Quito Road and Sousa Lane, and Halifax Drive, according to Vector Control.

Ground fogging with insecticide is scheduled to take place, weather permitting, Wednesday at 11 p.m.

The 2.5-square-mile fogging area is bordered by Harriet Avenue and Fenian Drive on the east; Saratoga Avenue, Fruitvale Avenue and Saratoga Creek Drive on the west; Campbell Avenue and Kosich Drive on the north; and Pollard Road, Chester Avenue and the south end of West Valley College on the south.

Residents of the area are invited to an information open house on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Saratoga North Campus Administrative Building Multipurpose Room at 19848 Prospect Road.

In addition, door-to-door notices will be delivered to alert residents within the fogging area. More information is available at (800) 314-2427 or at sccvector.org.

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AMTRAK COLLISION WITH BIG RIG disrupts Bay Area/Sacramento serivce – Two injured

Two were injured and rail service between the Bay Area and Sacramento was disrupted for hours on Friday after an Amtrak passenger train hit a big rig positioned over the tracks for maintenance.

The collision at Pierce Lane and Goodyear Road involving a train and a big rig reportedly affiliated with the Union Pacific Railroad was reported at 3:08 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Kenworth big rig was hit broadside by Amtrak #541 carrying 114 passengers westbound from Sacramento to Oakland, spokeswoman Karina Romero said.

Regular service along the line was not restored until 8:15 p.m., she said. Before then passengers were ferried on a bus bridge between Fairfield and Martinez.

The driver of the big rig, a 42-year-old Kansas City, Mo. man, was transported to an area hospital with a possible broken leg, a highway patrol officer said.

A 48-year-old train engineer from Martinez required extensive efforts to free him from the locomotive. He was later airlifted to John Muir Medical Center with head trauma.

Romero said one passenger had a minor complaint of pain but no other injuries were reported.

An investigation was continuing. Call CHP Officer Craig Kuehl with any information at (707) 428-2100.

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THE ORIGINS OF COFFEE BEAN SALES IN SAN FRANCISCO

TASTE TEST FLASH

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Man on a mission for nearest Peet’s
PHOTO BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2008

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Founder
The San Francisco Sentinel © 2007-2010

Starbucks has lost this town’s best known fan.

Our nice Gavin Newsom basks only in par excellence aroma of Peet’s Coffee at his home and hearth, the Sentinel reveals.

Freshest Peet’s beans, full throttle grinder, superior French Press purchased at Peet’s on Polk, 2139 C Polk Street at Broadway, deliver the very best.

“Third shelf on the left,” Newsom nods location.

“Grind them, and then use a French Press,” mayoral lips moisten.

“I’m telling you there’s no other way to do it when you get coffee at home.”

Starbucks, one is told, remains a grunt work substitute.

Work-a-day morning coffee is Starbucks, Newsom does confide.

“My weekday morning coffee is Starbucks, I admit.

“Everyone can criticize me for that. I’m ready.”

However, in a special realm with uniquely exquisite neighborhoods, local brews are the afternoon great seducer.

“My afternoon coffee is any coffee shop besides Starbucks, so it’s neighborhood coffee,” the chin rises.

“That’s my one o’clock, two o’clock coffee.”

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Even so, during weekdays, it’s half-decaf for this people’s mayor.

On weekends it’s chuck the decaf, full-bodied Peet’s on Russian Hill lair.

Habitate visitors approve, it’s told, including habitue Jen Siebel, who “always drinks nothing but Peet’s.”

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Jen Siebel

Indeed, in the annals of San Francisco savoir faire, Al Peet rode into town wearing the white hat while it was Starbucks which chose the dark side.

First to tap Shining City thirst for the very best was Capricorn Coffees.

Capricorn was founded in his struggling youth by 1950s gay rights bedrocker Herb Donaldson, busted by San Francisco Police at a 1960s Saturday afternoon charity drag show fundraiser (then an illegal gathering of homosexuals), and later appointed Judge Herbert M. Donaldson by California Governor Jerry Brown…

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California State Judge Herbert M. Donaldson. Donaldson initially resisted appointment
to the State bench by Governor Jerry Brown. Herb insisted Municipal Court would keep
him closer to street youth providing them a possible model. Brown prevailed,
convincing Donaldson State Court would deliver fuller statewide impact
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Young Herb Donaldson in SFPD paddywagon (apologies to all Paddies, Padraig – Irish language for Patrick)
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Fresh Capricorn roasting swirled to success, and success brought imitation.

Al Peet called Donaldson to say Peet was jumping into the business, too. Noting Peet’s new company would not compete with Capricorn.

Peet always honored that pledge, Donaldson tells the Sentinel.

Next came Starbucks with obligatory call to Donaldson purporting the same pledge.

A pledge as hollow as cardbord cup holders.

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GREATER TUNA RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO

New Conservatory Theatre Center Presents Richard Ryan and Markham Miller

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

THE NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER presents Bay Area favorite GREATER TUNA, the hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The show runs through September 16th, 2007. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. All performances will take place at The New Conservatory Theatre Center’s WALKER THEATRE, located at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market, in San Francisco. Tickets are $22 for previews, $40 for opening night and $22 – $34 for all other performances. Tickets are available at NCTC’s Box Office (415) 861 8972, or online at: GREATER TUNA.

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MARKHAM MILLER and RICHARD RYAN on Greater Tuna Radio Station OKKK at 275 watts

“Greater Tuna” began as a simple party skit based on a political cartoon more than twenty years ago in Austin, Texas. Talented creators Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard were the imaginative authors that parlayed the sketch into a critically acclaimed production which has entertained audiences across the country ever since. The eclectic band of citizens residing in this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna—men, women, children and animals. NCTC’s production will star local favorites Markham Miller and Richard Ryan.

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Aunt Pearl and Stanley running over Ripper

How appropriate that Joe Sears, a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Jaston Williams, who grew up in Crosbyton, Texas would one day meet and create a play that is at once an affectionate comment on small-town life and attitudes but also a withering satire of the same. The two met in 1973 at the First Repertory Company of San Antonio while auditioning for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Shortly thereafter, Sears and Williams met Ed Howard who would later bankroll the first production of “Greater Tuna” with his life savings of $10,000. The show debuted in Austin in the fall of 1981, and had its off-Broadway premiere in 1982. According to the production’s official website, by 1985 “Greater Tuna” became the most widely produced play in the U.S.

To purchase tickets on-line: GREATER TUNA.

Also on the NCTC calendar:

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ZERO HOUR – Jim Brochu

ONE NIGHT ONLY, AUGUST 21st – ZERO HOUR. A Challenge Campaign Benefit Performance.
A new play on the life of the great Zero Mostel, written and performed by Jim Brochu. The Los Angeles Ovation Award for “Best Play of 2006″ went to ZERO HOUR. Backstage West awarded him their Garland for “Outstanding Playwright 2006″. Jim was also nominated for “Best Solo Performance of 2006″ by the Lost Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
To purchase tickets on-line: ZERO HOUR

Through August 26thTHE BIG VOICE: God or Merman? Affectionately tagged as “the story of two lives”, THE BIG VOICE is a fantastical romp down the center aisles of Church and The Great White Way; a musical two-way street where everyone will find their brain, courage, heart, and a way back home.
To purchase tickets on-line:
THE BIG VOICE – God or Merman?

Through September 16th

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MAUREEN McVERRY in Verry McVerry

MAUREEN McVERRY in Verry McVerry – Maureen McVerry celebrates San Francisco’s Summer of Love anniversary with a special “love” edition of her cabaret show, “Verry McVerry”. All songs salute love or obsession and explore favorite McVerry topics including: New York baseball, dental romance, and good-time girls.
To purchase tickets on-line: MAUREEN McVERRY in Verry McVerry

See Seán’s recent articles:

A CONVERSATION WITH JIM BROCHU AND STEVE SCHALCHLIN – The New Conservatory Theatre extends “The Big Voice: God or Merman?” until August 26th
CASTRO THEATRE Celebrates 85th Anniversary, August 10th – 12th
MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM – GRAND FINALE, SATURDAY, AUGUST 18th
“H.M.S. PINAFORE” Sails The Lamplighters Music Theatre Into 55th Season
THE BIG VOICE: God or Merman?
HELP IS ON THE WAY XIII GOES TO THE MOVIES
HOTEL CASABLANCA – World Premiere in San Francisco
INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS – A Conversation with Composer Jay Kuo
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE – Everything old is new again at SF Opera
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT, Principal Dancer of the San Francisco Ballet
DAVID GOCKLEY’S “DON GIOVANNI” – Semper Fi!
SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf – A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel

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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. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post 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: sean.martinfield@gmail.com.

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August 18 Video of The Day – LIFE AFTER 50 – August 18 Photo of The Day – STILL PRETTY PUSHING 60 – Babies born today will marry young – Live radar and weather forecast

August 18 Video of The Day
LIFE AFTER 50

August 18 Photo of The Day
STILL PRETTY PUSHING 60
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PHOTO BY BILL WILSON
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Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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AUGUST 18 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are acquisitive and have a quizzical and philosophical turn of mind. You are courageous, positive in your ideas and tastes, resourceful, and intellectual. You enjoy good reading and strive to improve your mind and to acquire the friendship of well-educated people. You will marry young and be happy.

AUGUST 18 ADVICE FOR THE DAY
Heat wave? A taste of honeycomb helps to lower body temperature.

AUGUST 18 WORD OF THE DAY
Chowder. Defintion: From the French chaudiere, a kettle, a pot. A dish made of fresh fish or clams, biscuit, onions, etc., stewed together.

AUGUST 18 IN HISTORY
Born: Denis Leary (actor), 1957. Hurricane Alicia hit the Texas coast, 1983.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. West wind 8 to 11 mph increasing to between 17 and 20 mph.

Saturday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 52. West wind 17 to 20 mph decreasing to between 8 and 11 mph. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 70. West southwest wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West southwest wind between 3 and 11 mph.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

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

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 56.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

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

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

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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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CALIFORNIANS PREFER HILLARY CLINTON OVER DEMOCRATIC RIVALS AND GOP CONTENDERS

THE FIELD REPORT

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By Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field

New York Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton has enlarged her lead among California’s likely voters in next February’s Democratic primary over her two main opponents, Illinois Senator Barack Obama and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards.

Currently Clinton is preferred by 49%, up from 41% last March. Over the same period, support for Obama has declined 9 points from 28% to 19%, while support for Edwards has slipped from 13% to 10%. This results in wider Clinton leads of 30 percentage points against Obama and 39 points versus Edwards. Last March, her margins over her two main rivals were 13 and 28 points, respectively.

When Clinton is matched against each of the four leading Republican contenders, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson and Arizona Senator John McCain, in November general election simulations, she holds sizeable leads ranging from 15 to 20 points. Obama and Edwards also run ahead of the leading Republican contenders in general election match-ups in this state.

These are the findings from the latest Field Poll survey of likely voters in the Democratic primary and likely voters in the general election completed last week.

Clinton widens lead over Obama and Edwards

Nearly half (49%) of those most likely to vote in next February’s Democratic primary election now favor Clinton, up 8 percentage points from 41% last March. By contrast, support for Obama has declined nine points from 28% in March to 19% at present. One in ten likely Democratic primary voters (10%) are now supporting Edwards, down slightly from 13% in March.

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Clinton’s support is broad-based
An examination of voting preferences across major subgroups of the likely Democratic primary electorate in California shows that Clinton’s support is broad-based, with greater than four in ten voters in each group supporting her candidacy. She holds especially large leads among Latinos, older voters and voters with no more than a high school education.

Obama runs best among younger voters, college graduates and African-Americans.

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Democratic candidates lead in general election match-ups

Each of the three leading Democrats are preferred over each of the four major Republican contenders among likely voters in the November general election.
In this setting, Clinton leads Giuliani by 15 points and McCain by 17 points. These are larger leads than the advantages held by Obama or Edwards over these two Republican possibilities. When paired against Romney and Thompson, each of the three Democrats hold large leads ranging from 19 to 25 percentage points.

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Sample Details

The Democratic primary preferences reported in this release are based on a random sample survey of 418 California voters who are likely to vote in this state’s February 5th Democratic presidential primary. Findings from the simulated general election pairings for president are based on random samples of either 474 or 433 likely voters in the November general election. All 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 weighed 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 the survey have a sampling error of +/- 4.7 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

I am going to read the names of some Democrats who are running or considering running for the Democratic presidential nomination next year. For each, please tell me whether there would be a good chance, some chance or no chance that you would vote for that person in California’s presidential primary election. You may name as many or as few persons as you like as people you would be inclined to vote for. (NAMES AND TITLES OF CANDIDATES READ IN RANDOM ORDER) I am going to read back the names of the candidates you said you would have at least some chance of voting for. (NAMES OF CANDIDATES READ BACK) Of these persons, who would be your first choice if the California Democratic primary election for president were being held today?

I am going to read some possible match-ups between Democratic and Republican candidates for president in the November 2008 general election. For each pairing, please tell me which candidate you would choose if the election for president were being held today. What about… (PAIRINGS READ IN RANDOM ORDER, ASKING:) If the election were being held today and these were the candidates, for whom would you vote for president?

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SAN JOSE SAFEST BIG CITY DESIGNATION jeopardized by spike in car thefts

The FBI has issued its preliminary crime statistics for San Jose and a spike in car thefts may cost the city its coveted title of “Safest Big City.”

According to the preliminary numbers, a significant drop in rape from 263 in 2005 to 217 in 2006 is largely overshadowed by a tremendous leap in auto thefts of about 25 percent.

The report shows 7,139 reports of stolen cars in 2006 up from 5,507 the previous year. Violent crime and murder remained similar with 26 murders in 2005 up to 29 in 2006.

“I’m not too happy about it being at risk,” San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said about the possibility of losing the title. “While the title is significant, I’m more concerned about the jump in auto thefts and property crime.”

Reed said the city has acquired an additional $1 million to combat crime in addition to other money allocated for gang-prevention. The city has also budgeted for 15 new police officers but Reed said he doesn’t know when those officers might hit the streets.

Reed is working with San Jose police Chief Rob Davis and City Manager Deb Figone to solve the soaring auto theft problem.

Honolulu is poised to steal the title if that city’s preliminary numbers stick. Even with a rising population Honolulu saw drops in auto thefts, burglary and larceny-thefts.

Scott Morgan of Morgan Quitno, a research and publishing company, said they don’t even consider the preliminary numbers having learned that the numbers can and often do change. The FBI final statistics are due out in late September, he said. The “Safest Big City” title is expected out in late October.

San Jose has held the top spot for the last six years for cities with more than 500,000 residents. Morgan Quitno only awarded the title to big cities going back seven years. The first year’s winner was Honolulu.

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OAKLAND POLICE deny presence when alleged Chauncey Bailey killer ‘told to take a fall’

BY JEFF SHUTTLEWORTH

Oakland police defended their professionalism today after the attorney for the man accused of murdering journalist Chauncey Bailey claimed that police were present when a Your Black Muslim Bakery leader ordered his client to take the fall for the incident.

After a brief court hearing for DeVaughndre Broussard, 19, a handyman at the bakery, defense attorney LeRue Grimm said he was “astonished” when Broussard told him in a jailhouse interview Wednesday night that police were present when a bakery leader told him to confess to shooting Bailey two weeks ago.

Bailey, 57, was shot multiple times on 14th Street near Alice Street shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 2 as he was walking from his home near Lake Merritt to his job as editor of the Oakland Post several blocks away at 405 14th St.

Oakland police say Broussard told them that he murdered Bailey because he didn’t like stories Bailey had written and researched about the bakery. They say they have gun evidence connecting Broussard to the shooting.

Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren declined to respond to the specifics of Grimm’s comments today, saying, “The case is in the hands of the District Attorney’s office.”

But Holmgren said, “I believe that we have some of the most professional and ethical investigators in homicide who have done an excellent job with investigating this case. They have done so with dignity and respect for all parties involved.”

Grimm officially took Broussard’s case today after talking to him Wednesday night. Grimm said he initially tried to talk to Broussard over the weekend but Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies refused to let him speak to Broussard. Sheriff’s officials haven’t responded to a phone call seeking comment on Grimm’s allegation.

Grimm said Broussard “could be completely innocent” based on the limited information he has on the case at this time.

Grimm said he knows the name of the person whom Broussard says ordered him to take the fall but declined to identify the person.

Grimm said Broussard “feels betrayed” by his bakery associates and he’s concerned about his client’s safety in jail, where he’s being held without bail, because “there’s some tension among persons at the bakery.”

Grimm said that at the bakery “everyone is supposed to be close,” but Broussard “has woken up and understands that his trust has been taken advantage of.”

The San Francisco defense attorney said he will put Broussard on the witness stand if the case goes to trial.

Broussard pleaded guilty to felony assault in January 2006 for an attack on a passenger on a San Francisco Muni bus the previous year, but Grimm described him as “really a nice young man” who is “intelligent, rational and calm.”

Grimm told reporters, “You’d like him.”

Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan said the day after Bailey was shot that police believe bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, 21, was involved in some fashion.

But Bey hasn’t been charged at this point and Broussard is the only defendant currently in the case.

However, Bey is in custody without bail on recent kidnapping and real estate fraud charges. He also faces numerous other unrelated felony charges in Alameda, San Francisco and Solano counties.

Bey and co-defendants Joshua Bey, 20, who’s his brother, and Tamon Halfin, 21, appeared in court briefly today on charges that they kidnapped and tortured two women in Oakland on May 17.

They’re scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Aug. 30 to enter pleas and set future court dates.

All three men are affiliated with the bakery and are being held without bail.

Joshua Bey will have a bail hearing on Tuesday.

Bay City News

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August 17 Videos of The Day
FRIENDS ANYWAY

NUDE BEACH SCOFFLAWS

BLONDES BETTER THAN NIXON

August 17 Photo of The Day
STARBUCKS DELIVERY
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Photo Courtesy actlocallysf.com

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AUGUST 17 BIRTHDAY LORE
Cultivate and practice self-confidence! Although you are capable of great success, you are apt to keep in the background. You are fair-minded, generous, kind, and considerate, and affectionate but not demonstrative.

AUGUST 17 ADVICE FOR THE DAY
For minor cuts, apply crushed geranium leaves to stop the bleeding.

AUGUST 17 WORD OF THE DAY
Twilight. Defintion: The interval of time following sunset and preceding sunrise, during which the sky is partially illuminated. The three ranges of twilight are: civil (from sunset/sunrise to when the Sun is 6° below the horizon) nautical (greater than 6° and ending at 12°) astronomical (greater than 12° and ending at 18°—full darkness).

AUGUST 17 IN HISTORY
Born: Samuel Goldwyn (producer), 1882. Hurricane Diane hit Carolina Beach, North Carolina, 1955.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 70. West wind between 10 and 14 mph.

Friday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 55. West wind between 6 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 70. West wind between 6 and 14 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

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

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

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

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

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

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

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RAIN MASTER enables Academy of Sciences green canopy

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San Francisco Academy of Sciences: Plants in Bloom on Planetarium Dome
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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — As part of its commitment to a healthier environment and its ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Rain Master is nearing completion of a Central Irrigation Control system for what has been hailed as the most complicated living roof ever constructed.

The Rain Master Control system will enable the California Sciences Academy in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the greenest museum ever built, to forgo a traditional tar and asphalt roof in favor of a plant-covered “GREEN” canopy that will not only save energy, but will transform carbon dioxide into oxygen.

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San Francisco Academy of Sciences: Aerial View

The Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and Steinhart Aquarium, along with eight scientific research departments and 20 million scientific specimens, will be housed in the single Academy building, expected to be the largest public LEED Platinum Certified structure in the world when it opens in October of 2008.

“We’re certainly very proud to be part of this very important project,” said Rain Master President/CEO Jim Sieminski.

“As technological leaders in irrigation control systems, it’s been a pleasure for us to work with industry leaders in architecture, landscape architecture, and irrigation design.”

The new system utilizes Rain Master’s Advanced OASIS™ software to provide the correct amount of water necessary to maintain the 1.7 million native California plants and wildflowers blanketing the seven ‘hills’ spread out over the roof’s 2.5 acres.

Beneath the soil lies a sophisticated, layered drainage system, and below the drainage system are seven concrete domes, as designed by celebrity lead architect Renzo Piano to reflect the city’s undulating topography.

Piano, a Pritzker Prize winner, was joined by landscape architect John Loomis of the internationally renowned SWA Group of Sausalito. Marty Dickson, of industry leading Dickson and Associates, designed the irrigation.

“I chose Rain Master’s OASIS system because their products and customer service are exceptional,” said Dickson about contracting the company through its distributor, John Deere Landscapes – Green Tech Division. “Rain Master’s commitment to the success of the project has been exemplary throughout the process.”

Two separate systems on one site

The Academy will utilize two separate OASIS Central Control Systems; the rooftop will be monitored by the Academy of Sciences irrigation management personnel, while the system for the surrounding grounds will be monitored by the Golden Gate Park personnel.

The OASIS Central collects and disseminates information between several Rain Master DX2 satellite controllers and the OASIS on-site weather stations. The Central constantly monitors the DX2 controllers that communicate with 100 zones on the park grounds, and 38 zones on the roof. Each zone is designated to distribute water according to its programmed parameters. The OASIS program, in conjunction with flow sensors, continually monitors and records all irrigation water flow which can then be viewed on screen or in a report format selected by the operator.

“It’s very important for the roof to have the proper irrigation management because the shallow soil profile has a very low holding capacity for water,” Dickson said.

“In addition, the grade change on the roof adds to the difficulty of maintaining moisture in the soil because water gravitationally flows away from the top of the mounds and toward the lower areas.

“There were unique communication requirements between the weather stations and the Central computer,” Dickson continued. “Rain Master has resolved those challenges in a very expedient manner.”

In order to address these issues, the drainage system is shaped in the form of a massive egg crate, providing miniature reservoirs across the roof deck which guarantees a perpetual water supply directly under the soil.

“If there’s a break in the irrigation system – if more flow is occurring then should occur when a particular zone is turned on – then the Central computer shuts down the master valve,” explained Dickson.

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BAY AREA PORT AND TRANSIT SECURITY receive additional $14.5 million

The Bay Area will receive $6.1 million in port security grants and $8.4 million in transit security grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security because the region is of the “highest risk status,” officials announced today.

The supplemental grants funding comes in addition to the $34.13 million in homeland security funding that the region has already been allotted for the fiscal year by the department.

“State and local governments will benefit from this additional influx of federal dollars to enhance measures at our ports and transits systems,” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a statement.

“It will also assist emergency managers with even more tools to build on national preparedness goals.”

Officials separately listed eight regions in the “highest risk status” of port security and transit security. The Bay Area was deemed to be at the highest risk in both, according to the statement.

New York and Los Angeles were also on “highest risk status” for both port and transit security.

Homeland Security officials believe the funding will help develop and implement port-wide risk management and reduce the risks of improvised explosive devices as well as radiological, chemical and biological weapons in transit systems.

The department will distribute a total of $827 million in security funding this fiscal year — $567 million awarded through regular appropriations and $260 million of supplemental grants.

Bay City News

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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.

The Mayor’s Office of Communications

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ALLEGED CHAUNCEY BAILEY KILLER ‘told to take the fall’

The attorney for the man accused of murdering journalist Chauncey Bailey two weeks ago claimed today that his client is innocent and was ordered by a Your Black Muslim Bakery associate, in the presence of Oakland police, to take the fall for the shooting incident.

After a brief court hearing for DeVaughndre Broussard, 19, a handyman at the bakery, defense attorney LeRue Grimm told reporters he was “astonished” when Broussard told him in a jailhouse interview Wednesday night that police were present when another bakery associate told him to take the blame for the shooting.

Grimm, who officially entered the case today, said Broussard “could be completely innocent” based on the limited information he has on the case at this time.

Grimm said he knows the name of the person whom Broussard says ordered him to take the fall but declined to identify anyone.

Grimm said Broussard “feels betrayed” by his bakery associates and he’s concerned about his client’s safety in jail, where he’s being held without bail.

Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren wasn’t immediately available to respond to Grimm’s comment.

Bailey, 57, was shot multiple times on 14th Street near Alice Street shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 2 as he was walking from his home near Lake Merritt to his job as editor of the Oakland Post several blocks away at 405 14th St.

Oakland police say Broussard told them that he murdered Bailey because he didn’t like stories Bailey had written and researched about the bakery.

Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan said the day after the shooting incident that police believe bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, 21, was involved in some fashion.

But Bey hasn’t been charged and Broussard is the only defendant in the case.

However, Bey is in custody without bail on kidnapping and real estate fraud charges.

Bay City News

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STATE SUPREME COURT rules man mistakenly jailed 25 days may sue the State

BY JULIA CHEEVER

The California Supreme Court ruled in San Francisco today that a man who was jailed for 25 days because agents mistakenly thought he was a parole violator is entitled to sue state officials.

The court said unanimously that the case of Lenin Freud Perez-Torres of Montebello falls outside a state law that generally protects officials from being sued for parole decisions.

Justice Joyce Kennard wrote that the law’s protection “does not extend to plaintiff’s continued incarceration after defendants knew or should have known he was the wrong man.”

The case was one of mistaken identity. After Perez-Torres was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Montebello in 2000, authorities thought he was another man with a similar name who was on parole.

Perez-Torres, who had never been on parole, was then jailed for allegedly violating parole.

The other man, Lenin Salgado Torres, had accidentally been given Perez-Torres’s identification number in the state Department of Justice’s criminal information system.

Although Perez-Torres was several inches shorter than the other man and repeatedly told authorities he was the wrong man, the mistake was not cleared up for 25 days.

Perez-Torres’s lawyer, Donald Cook, said the case will now go back to Los Angeles County Superior Court for a trial or a possible settlement. Perez-Torres also has a claim pending in federal court against U.S. immigration authorities who issued a hold keeping him in jail after the
arrest.

Cook said today that authorities “need to get a message: You look at the paperwork and if there’s a problem, you check it out.”

Bay City News

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GIULIANI STILL LEADING GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FIELD IN CALIFORNIA – Romney and Thompson making gains – McCain’s support falling

THE FIELD REPORT

By Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani continues to lead the field of Republicans running to capture this state’s large number of delegates to the 2008 GOP presidential nominating convention.

Arizona Senator John McCain, who was in a strong second position earlier this year, has dropped to fourth place as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson have both made significant gains in GOP voter support.

In a statewide poll of voters likely to participate in this state’s February 5, 2008 Republican presidential primary, Giuliani leads with 35%, Romney is at 14%, followed by Thompson at 13% and McCain at 9%. The combined vote for six others, each of whom receives between 1% and 3% of GOP preferences, is 9%. One in five voters (20%) are undecided.

When compared to a Field Poll survey conducted earlier this year, support for Giuliani’s candidacy has remained virtually unchanged (34% in March 2007 and 35% now). On the other hand, Romney’s support has doubled over this period from 7% to 14%. Preferences for Thompson, who has not yet officially declared his candidacy, has also increased from 8% to 13%. By contrast, the proportion of likely GOP primary voters preferring McCain has dropped markedly – from 24% to 9% – over this period.

Giuliani’s lead is less among GOP voters following the race very closely

There are large differences in GOP voter preferences between those who have been closely following the presidential contest versus those who haven’t. Statewide, one in three (33%) of likely GOP primary election voters say they are following campaign events “very closely.” This compares to a little less than half (46%) who are following the race somewhat closely and 20% who are paying little or no attention to the election.

Among GOP voters paying the most attention to the race, Giuliani’s lead over Romney and Thompson is much narrower than it is among voters who are not as engaged. For example, among voters who say they’re following the race very closely, Giuliani’s lead over Romney is just 13 percentage points and his lead over Thompson is just 15 points. By contrast, among those who are not closely attending to the contest, Giuliani holds a 31 percentage-point lead over Romney and a 22 point lead over Thompson.

Sub-group preferences

An examination of the major subgroups of the likely GOP primary electorate reveals the following differences in California voter preferences:

Giuliani’s support is broad-based, and is 30% or more across all major GOP voting blocs.

Support for Romney is greater among older voters and those who are not born-again Christians.

Thompson does somewhat better among men, born-again Christians, and those likely to vote by means of an absentee ballot.

See Related: FIELD REPORT

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