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TIPPER GORE spotlights new SF mental health care for children and adolescents

CHILDHOOD: LOST AND FOUND

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Longtime national mental health care advocate Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, on hand to praise newly announced San Francisco mental health system for children and adolescents.
Photos by John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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

A $25 million private donation jump starts creation of a San Francisco mental health network for children and adolescents regardless of parent ability to pay, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.

Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore and longtime national mental health care advocate, joined the mayor at City Hall lauding both the donation and the network.

The University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) will host the program set to open in early Spring 2008.

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In a single location, the Pritzker Center at UCSF, named for donors John and Lisa Pritzker, will expand the nationally recognized programs and services of San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center (SFGH) and the specialty clinics, training and research of UCSF’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) into one cohesive program.

The Pritzker gift is the largest donation ever given for mental health care to an American university.

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Tipper Gore, who chairs the Pritzker Center’s leadership council, stands with donors Lisa and John Pritzker at the announcement of the center on May 23.
Photo Courtesy UCSF

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Lisa Priztker applauded for $25 million donation during City Hall announcement

“We can have a positive impact on the well-being of our community if we treat mental illness in children. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. About one out of every five children and adolescents has a diagnosable mental disorder, and the vast majority do not receive any type of mental health treatment,” said David Kessler, MD, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UCSF.

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Dean David Kessler, MD

“San Francisco alone has about 6,000 vulnerable youth who are not getting the mental health care they need,” Kessler detailed.

The center will combine clinical child mental and emotional health experts in virtually every subspecialty, including professionals specializing in the impact of domestic and community violence, sexual abuse and assault, and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

ABOUT THE FACILITY:

• Location: 2130 Third Street (at Tennessee and 18th Streets)

• 36,000 square feet on three floors

• 55-space surface parking lots

• Conveniently located on the Third Street T light-rail MUNI Line and adjacent bus stops

• The current site is an existing three-story building, originally constructed in 1941. In 2001, the building was renovated with seismic structural upgrades, a new fire suppression system and accessibility upgrades.

• New construction will make space for private offices, workstations, pleasant waiting areas, and treatment rooms with acoustic and visual privacy. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems will be modified to fulfill specific needs.

DESIGN GOALS:

• Create an engaging, serene and inspiring space that will feel welcome to families upon entry

• Encourage spatial openness for collaboration and interaction among various programs

• Keep workstations and offices on the periphery to allow for natural daylight and views

• Use unique colored, textured walls to enclose the “central core”

• Create partitions to incorporate glass transoms and side light to allow natural light to penetrate interior hallways

• Use backlit fabric panels to hide new mechanical ducts and serve as playful, sculptural elements providing visual relief in long hallways

• Incorporate elements of nature to create a healing and comforting environment for all

• Build to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, with maximum possible maintenance of high indoor air quality; use of natural, rapidly renewable and recycled materials such as natural clay plaster, bamboo plywood, and resin panels from recycled milk jugs; and use of energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems.

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

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

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TAKE ME OUT – Get Your Red Hots, Red Hot!

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TAKE ME OUT – At The New Conservatory Theater Center, San Francisco. Photo by Lois Tema.

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

TAKE ME OUT is a big fly at the New Conservatory Theater Center. Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award winning play is steaming hot and will be selling-out fast. Running through July 11th only, Take Me Out strikes deep into the inner-sanctum of America’s most American of rituals – the Game of Baseball. With straight pitches, curving pitches, fastballs and spitballs flying high/wide/and handsome, Take Me Out arrives just in time to stoke-up San Francisco’s cool season of summer theatre. Under the direction of Ed Decker, Take Me Out moves the New Conservatory Theatre Center solidly into the Major Leagues of The City’s cultural arena.

The cast of Take Me Out is solid gold! As part of NCTC’s Silver Anniversary and in celebration of its twelfth Pride Season, the assembled team represents the finest in Bay Area talent. Founding Artistic Director Ed Decker proves that San Francisco is richly afloat in its cache of Best In Show contenders. With his three theatres at 25 Van Ness Avenue in continuous play, Decker is determined to keep and promote The City’s resident and about-to-be discovered Theatrical Superstars.

Yes! Take Me Out contains Mature Themes and Adult Male Nudity! Next?!

“Play ball!!!”

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MICHAEL UIMARI and BRIAN PATTERSON. Photos by Lois Tema.

After a quick and quiet gasp over bouncing genitalia – even when a gaggle of six is in towel-snapping distance from Row A – the novelty retreats back into “my motivation for being in the room”, and focus shifts back to The Play and The Players. And the subject is poses – the pictures, postures and pastures of a Major League baseball team – “The Empires”. With a possible World Series win dangling on the horizon, the Empires’ star hitter Darren Lemming (Brian J. Patterson) decides to alert the media and outs himself. Until now, Lemming has totally measured-up as the American Dream.

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TIM REDMOND – as Toddy Koovitz, and BRIAN J. PATTERSON – as Darren Lemming Photo by Lois Tema.

Not only does Darren pack a great wallop, he’s good-looking, he’s famous, he’s rich, he’s smart, he’s the perfect blending of bi-racial. One fan, Mr. William R. Danziger (Michael L. Uimari), steps forward and shares his confidential letter. Danziger, an average and complacent guy, is totally fine with the Gay-thing and even smiles at the prospect of his own maybe-Gay son marrying Darren and all the great family stuff that could follow. The problem? Why does IT have to invade BASEBALL?

Enter the new pitcher, Shane Mungitt (Jeffrey Cohlman). Shane Mungitt is your worst Deliverance–type nightmare. A product of too much in-breeding, an orphan from “Arkansar” or Tennessee, Shane can toss out the cutting epithets as fast as he can throw the Empires’ balls into the World Series. Shane takes himself out when he throws a beanball at the opposing team’s star player, Davey Battle (Myers Clark), and strikes him out cold dead.

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JEFF COHLMAN – as Shane Mungitt. Photo by Lois Tema.

Jeffrey Cohlman is a captivating presence. As “Shane Mungitt” he is all at once lovable, pitiable, and incredibly disturbing. At the Opening Night reception, Mr. Cohlman (a native of the Bay Area) was extremely gracious while being praised as Hitchcock’s dream of the perfect psychopath. In his life outside the Ed Decker Theatre, Jeffrey is a musician and filmmaker. He is also a teacher of Theatre Arts for San Francisco elementary students, K – 3rd grade.

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MATT SOCHA – center front. Middle row – BRIAN J. PATTERSON, CARLOS BARRERA, ARTHUR KENG. Back Row – TOM ORR, TIM REDMOND, DONOVAN KEITH. Photo by Lois Tema.

“Take Me Out is a meditation,” says Matt Socha, commanding a great deal of focus in his role as “Kippy”. He is Darren’s one sincere team-member friend and the audience’s narrator/tour-guide between the shower stall and the dugout.

“It’s about diversity,” says Arthur Keng, making his NCTC debut as “Takeshi Kawabata”, the Japanese-born pitcher for the Empires. A recent graduate from UC Berkeley, Arthur is angel-faced and light-hearted out in the Lobby. But on stage he pushes the Sessue Hayakawa buttons – the intense concentration, grace and fire of a Samurai. We’re not altogether certain how he will internalize the shame of Strike 3.

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TAKE ME OUT – Brian J. Patterson. Photos by Lois Tema.

“It’s about opportunity,” claims Brian J. Patterson. Playwright Richard Greenberg certainly provides enough of it in his creation of “Darren Lemming” and Brian steps right up to the plate. Whoever portrays the Empires’ Star Queer must radiate camera-friendly studliness, confidence and charm, along with self-centered distance, loneliness and confusion. He must also demonstrate brute violence in a nude shower scene with “Mungitt” who will later describe the encounter as an attempted rape. The Empires take the Series, but none of them are tagged as MVP.

My vote goes to Patrick Michael Dukeman – the highly-strung, extremely light-in-the-loafers accountant, “Mason Marzac”. Suddenly assigned to manage Darren’s bulging bank account, Mason transforms his shriek-filled and unrequited passions for the dashing player into becoming Baseball’s ultimate numbers and statistics Queen, aka, a “figger filbert”. Who knew?!

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Patrick Michael Dukeman. Photo by Lois Tema.

Patrick Michael Dukeman has reached the level of our great comic actors. He stands between Gene Wilder and Charles Nelson Reilly while flirting with Milton Berle and Ed Wynn. For some Bay Area theatre goers, Patrick goes way-back. With great fondness – the “young Patrick” is remembered and cherished in his musical roles as “Wizzer” (FALSETTOLAND), as “Otto Kringelein” (GRAND HOTEL), and “Molina” (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN). Now in his tenth production at NCTC, Patrick weaves a glittering and high-arcing rainbow of experience into the performance of a lifetime.

To order tickets on-line: TAKE ME OUT
To order Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award winning play: TAKE ME OUT

Opening May 24th in NCTC’s Theatre 3: WILDE BOYS
Written and Musical Direction by Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:

LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
TERRA HAUTE – An Interview with The Stars, John Hutchinson and Elias Escobedo

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

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STREET VIOLENCE: One shot dead in the Bayview and one shot dead in the Fillmore

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Two shootings on Tuesday night left one man dead and another in the hospital, San Francisco police dispatchers said this morning.

The first shooting occurred at the intersection of Bayshore Boulevard and Cortland Avenue around 11:10 p.m., according to dispatchers.

The victim was sitting in a parked car and an unknown suspect fired at the car. The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center where succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The second shooting happened on the 1200 block of Divisadero Street around 11:30 p.m., dispatchers said.

The victim was walking down the street when he bumped into a group of men. The three suspects began chasing him down the street, according to dispatchers.

The victim ran into a store and the suspects opened fire, hitting the victim through the storefront window. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Police are still searching for suspects in both incidents.

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MUNI REFORM ballot measure proposed by Peskin

By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin this afternoon introduced a measure that aims to make the city’s public transit more reliable while cutting waste and reducing carbon emissions

Peskin presented the legislation at the end of today’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

It will now be submitted to the board’s Rules Committee, which will hold it for 30 days before voting on it. If passed by the Rules Committee, it will come back before the full board. The proposal must receive six votes on the 11-member board to make it to the Nov. 6 ballot.

“If we are serious about being a green city, a reliable public transit system must be our first priority,” Peskin said in a statement.

“In order to get people out of their cars, we first need a Muni that gets people where they’re going – that’s what this charter amendment is all about.”

For the first time in San Francisco’s history, the measure would require in the city’s constitution that the Municipal Transportation Agency produce a plan to reduce carbon emissions from all vehicles and increase ridership.

Under the legislation, MTA officials would work to reduce carbon emissions from transit vehicles to 80 percent of their 1990 levels by 2012.

The MTA would be required to report on its progress every two years.

The legislation also seeks to increase the amount of revenue MTA receives from parking fees and streamline operations by giving the agency greater contracting freedom.

The measure would also require that pay for MTA managers be linked to performance and would remove the salary cap for transit operators.

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ED JEW keeps up regular schedule, says constituents care more about Muni than investigations

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

Muni service and neighborhood preservation issues dominated constituent dialogue with Supervisor Ed Jew last night despite the daily media crucible begun Friday, Jew said in an exclusive interview with the Sentinel this afternoon.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Schadler confirmed that agents from the FBI’s public corruption unit searched Jew’s office and other properties owned by the supervisor on Friday.

In a related development, City Attorney Dennis Herrera opened an investigation Monday as to whether Jew meets residency requirements to hold the District 4 Supervisor seat.

But in District 4 where Jew’s constituents reside, last night’s community forum indicated residents are more concerned with constituency services than headlines, noted Jew.

“They were talking about preservation,” Jew detailed.

“They asked me questions at Muni — the N-Line — and I just had a meeting with the mayor and the N-Line is going to be restored to its usual schedule that will benefit everybody that’s going to go all the way to Caltrain.

“That will relieve all that frustration that people have to wait an hour and a half and so forth.”

Jew kept his schedule set prior to Friday, stated the District 4 Supervisor.

“I’m just doing what a supervisor is supposed to do,” he continued.

“Last weekend I was out and about — I went to four events Sunday.

“Sunday night I went to over to the Green Party. They had invited me to speak to them there.

“On Monday night, I spoke for 28 minutes (at the Sunset community meeting) and after that I walked home.”

Jew “thanked the Chinese community for its support” prior to attending today’s 2:00 p.m. Board of Supervisors meeting, and extended gratitude to his family.

“My is wife is supporting me 100%-plus, and my daughter just emailed me saying, ‘I love you, Daddy. I love you.’

“That’s better than anything in the world.”

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

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TRANSGENDER MURDER RATES soar in Northern California

By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

While discrimination and hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transgender individuals plummeted in 2006, severe violence has spiked around Northern California, according to a report released this morning.

Transgender women of color are particularly at risk, according to Community United Against Violence , the San Francisco-based organization that released the Report of Anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Violence.

The overall murder rate for gays, lesbians and transgender people in Northern California doubled from 2005 to 2006, from two to four cases.

Half of those victims were transgender women of color, according to the report.

The count does not include transgender murder victim Ruby Ordenana, also known as Ruby Rodriguez, whose body was found near a freeway off-ramp in San Francisco on March 16. Police have made no arrests in her murder, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said today.

It also does not include the suspicious death of Daxi Arredondo, a transgender woman found dead in a Tenderloin motel last November. While the medical examiner ruled Arredondo’s cause of death to be an overdose, she had evidence of injury on her body and a man left her hotel room at 5 a.m., according to today’s report.

“Tragically, these violent deaths are not isolated,” said Jovida Guevara-Ross, executive director of CUAV.

“Transgender women of color face systematic discrimination, criminalization, and brutal violence in their everyday lives.”

Guevara-Ross called on community organizations and public institutions to make education about transgender women a priority, as well as providing services for them.

“True safety requires a commitment to end violence against all communities,” she said.

The murder count for 2006 began in January, with the still-unsolved murder of a 50-year-old gay man in his Post Street apartment, according to CUAV.

On Jan. 3, Chad Ferriera, 27, a gay man living in San Francisco, was beaten at 2 a.m. on Castro Street. Ferriera died the next day. His alleged attacker, Kyle Brandon Adams, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and assault and has claimed self-defense.

On June 26, Alfred/Ariana Dibble, a biological male in his 40s, who had both a male and female identity, was found beaten and unconscious in the bushes in Stockton. Dibble never regained consciousness.

The Stockton police have not classified the murder as a hate crime due to lack of evidence, the CUAV report states.

The final murder of 2006 occurred Nov. 19. Thalia Sandoval, a 27-year-old transgender woman, was stabbed to death in her Antioch home after reportedly picking up the murder suspect at a bar.

In addition to the rising murder rate, the report found an increase in gay men reporting sexual assaults to the San Francisco Police Department. Most of the assaults occurred in the Castro neighborhood. On Oct. 26, neighbors formed Castro Community on Patrol, which increased safety
measures at night.

While sexual assaults in the Castro rose, overall incidents in the neighborhood fell 56 percent from 2005.

In total, CUAV reported 285 incidents of hate violence in 2006 – an 11 percent decrease from 322 incidents reported to the organization in 2005.

Reports of bias fell 8 percent from 364 in 2005 to 336 in 2006.

About 60 percent of the offenders were friends or acquaintances of the victims, according to the report.

Incidents committed by a member of a hate group fell 75 percent, from four incidents in 2005 to a single incident last year.

Transgender-related bias saw a 94 percent increase, from 33 incidents in 2005 to 64 incidents in 2006.

The biggest jump, however, was in the number of incidents involving AIDS/HIV-related and heterosexist bias – from one incident in 2005 to 15 last year.

CUAV found that police were courteous, with fewer reports of physical or verbal abuse toward gays, lesbians and transgender people.

However, there was a 120 percent increase in reports of police indifference.

The report makes recommendations to stem violence and discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people, including partnerships between the media and nonprofits to create social justice-focused journalism; ongoing sensitivity training for law enforcement and those in the criminal legal system; and community outreach such as mentoring gay and lesbian youth and seniors, job training and promoting volunteerism at anti-violence organizations.

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MICHAEL HENNESSEY seeks unprecedent 8th term as Sheriff of San Francisco

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Michael Hennessey

From Mike Hennessey

San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey announced today his candidacy for an unprecedented eighth term in the November 6, 2007election.

He is San Francisco’s and California’s longest serving elected Sheriff, and heads the nation’s twentieth largest Sheriff’s Department.

First elected in 1979, Sheriff Hennessey has presided over an era of unprecedented innovation in the Sheriff ’s Department,including developing award-winning rehabilitation programs, constructing three modern jail facilities, and expanding deputy sheriffs’ duties to include security at City Hall and San Francisco General Hospital.

As Sheriff, Hennessey has received accolades for hiring law enforcement’s most diverse staff.

Over 70% of the deputized staff are women and minorities. He has been named Law Enforcement News’ Man of the Year for developing staff training regarding HIV issues. During his tenure as Sheriff, Hennessey has consistently created rehabilitation and recidivism-reduction programs unique in law enforcement, including:

• FIVE KEYS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. The only certified charter high school in a jail or prison in America. Now in its 4th year, the high school has a daily attendance of over 200 students, and has awarded high school diplomas to twograduating classes per year.

• EVICTION ASSISTANCE. Since 1980, tenants facing eviction are contacted and offered social service assistance coordinated by the Sheriff ’s Department.

• RESOLVE TO STOP THE VIOLENCE PROGRAM (RSVP). This groundbreaking anti-violence counseling program received the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Innovations in Government Award in 2002.

• IN-CUSTODY DRUG TREATMENT. San Francisco county jails have two unique substance abuse counseling programs, one for women (SISTER) and one for men (Roads to Recovery).

• THE GARDEN PROJECT/EARTH STEWARDS. An innovative job-training program using organic gardening and landscaping skills as a path to employment.

• COMMUNITY ANTI-VIOLENCE COUNSELING. Created in 2006, The No Violence Alliance (NoVA) is a collaboration among law enforcement and community non-profit organizations to provide case management and services to violent offenders released from jail or prison.

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FBI INVESTIGATION of San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew prompted by misunderstanding, says attorney well known to movie goers – City Attorney opens residency requirement investigation

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Attorney Steve Gruel, representing Supervisor Ed Jew, is a former fedral Organized Crime Task Force prosecutor and familiar face to movie goers. Gruel has appeared in “dozens of movies and TV shows here in recent years,” noted Hank Donat, publisher of MisterSF.com. “I spied Steve in ‘Little City’, smoking cigarettes with Jon Bon Jovi’s character at an AA meeting.” Photo and background courtesy Hank Donat MisterSF.com

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HANK DONAT
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By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

The attorney for a San Francisco supervisor under investigation by the FBI said Monday morning that his client is the victim of a misunderstanding.

A search warrant executed on Ed Jew’s home and city hall office Friday is not evidence of the supervisor’s guilt, San Francisco attorney Steven Gruel said yesterday.

“A search warrant is a common investigative technique to determine if there has been any wrongdoing – it is not a barometer of guilt,” Gruel said in a statement.

“Ed Jew has not been charged, nor has he been accused – I caution everyone against drawing conclusions based on a search warrant. My client is cooperating fully to clear up this apparent misunderstanding.”

In a related development, City Attorney Dennis Herrera opened an investigation Monday as to whether Jew meets residency requirements to hold the District 4 Supervisor seat.

Local law requires candidates to live in the supervisor district they seek for 30 days prior to running.

Reports surfacing Monday indicated utility services were not turned on until some 60 days after Jew was required to live in a 28th Street house Jew claimed as his primary District 4 residence.

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Jew is prohibited from commenting or answering any questions about the investigation without assistance from his attorney, according to Gruel.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Schadler confirmed that agents from the FBI’s public corruption unit searched Jew’s office and other properties owned by the supervisor on Friday.

Schadler said he could not confirm whether Jew’s reported acceptance of $40,000 in cash from a group of businessmen was the subject of the probe.

“We’re investigating allegations that could lead to federal charges,” Schadler said. “We’re at the search warrant stage. There have been no charges filed. If that ever happened, there would be more public information.”

Jew has said in media reports that the businessmen, owners of Quickly tapioca drink shops, told the FBI that the he pressured them into hiring a political consultant to resolve some permit issues. Jew acknowledged recommending the consultant, but denied doing anything illegal. He said the men insisted on giving him $40,000 in cash to pay the consultant.

The FBI is not investigating allegations that Jew does not live in the Sunset District, which he represents.

“That would be a local issue,” Schadler said.

David Miree, a spokesman for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, said the mayor feels “there is no rush to judgment at this time and we’ll wait to see what the official investigation yields before we see if we need to take any action by the city.”

But the allegations have left some of Jew’s fellow supervisors with questions of their own.

“The buck stops with Ed, and he has to be accountable. He has a lot of explaining to do,” Jew’s colleague, Supervisor Tom Ammiano, said Monday.

While he acknowledged that Jew might be innocent, “there are ethics laws about taking cash and not declaring it. It all smells really bad,” Ammiano said.

Supervisors are waiting to see the results of the FBI probe, but wouldn’t shy away from conducting their own investigation if it became necessary, Ammiano said.

The entire matter is frustrating in light of the good work done by the Board of Supervisors, he said.

“It really does frustrate me, because I think the board – for all its dysfunction at times – is a good board. This is a real spoiler.”

Supervisor Sophie Maxwell said today that she will save her judgment until after an investigation is conducted.

“In this country we’re innocent until proven guilty, so that’s where I am. There will be a process and an investigation is under way and I will save my judgment until after that.”

Pat Murphy contributed to this report

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HARVEY MILK birthday remembrance celebrated Tuesday

PRODUCER ROB EPSTEIN TO DISPLAY OSCAR WON FOR ‘THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK’

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Harvey Milk seen at his Castro Street photo shop which doubled as campaign office where birthday celebration will be held Tuesday

By Allen White

Producer and director Rob Epstein will display the Oscar statuette won for Best Documentary of 1984 – The Times of Harvey Milk – at a celebration Tuesday of Harvey Milk’s birthday.

The first openly LGBT person elected to public office, Milk was assasinated in 1978.

The event will be held in the location where Milk operated a camera shop in which he based headquarters for election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

Now known as the gift shop Given, located at 575 Castro Street, it hosts remembrance from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Memorial Plaque at 575 Castro Street

Rob Epstein, the co-producer of The Times of Harvey Milk will be attending and bringing the Oscar with him which the film won for Best Documentary of 1984. This is one of the few times that the Academy Award statuette has been on display.

The event is free and open to the public.

Given owner, Nick Romero, realizing the location’s historical significance, selected Milk’s birthday as a time to open his store to celebrate Milk’s life and the Castro community he helped to create.

Several who knew and worked with Milk will attend. They include Supervisor Tom Ammian; Carol Ruth Silver, who served with Milk on the Board of Supervisors; Anne Kronenberg, one of Milk’s Supervisorial aides; Dennis Peron, a close personal friend who Milk supported in his marijuana advocacy, Dan Nicoletta, a photographer and close friend of Milk’s and Howard Wallace, who supervised one of three get out the vote sites for Milk’s election. Through cooperation with the LGBT Historical Society and other sources, photos and items which reflected those times will be on display.

Milk’s shop became well known as a center for political activism. Milk used the location as the headquarters for his campaign for election to the Board of Supervisors.

San Franciscans changed to electing members of the Board of Supervisors by district with the 1977 election. Milk was elected to represent District 6, which included the Castro, in November, 1977. Because of the low supervisor salary and escalating Castro rents, Milk was evicted from his camera shop. Milk took office in January, 1978 and was assassinated less than one year later on November 27, 1978.

This event is an opportunity to educate the community to the times and life of Harvey Milk, the impact of the gay liberation movement and the emergence of the Castro as an international center for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Among those participating are the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society and the Conant Foundation. There will be a birthday cake and wine for the event is provided by Swirl on Castro.

Allen White is a San Francisco writer

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BAY TO BREAKERS race draws 60,000 adult hilarity

KENYANS WIN BAY TO BREAKERS RACE
El Cerrito contender collapses and dies at finish line

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Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The 96th annual Bay to Breakers 12-kilometer footrace across San Francisco was won this morning by Kenya’s John Korir, race organizers reported.

Korir, 31, crossed the finish line at Ocean Beach with a time of 34 minutes and 44 seconds.

The first female runner to cross the finish line was Edna Kiplagat, also of Kenya, with a time of 38 minutes and 55 seconds.

This year marked the first time a woman has been first across the Bay to Breakers finish line, according to race spokeswoman Katherine Ambellan. Kiplagat, 27, actually finished just ahead of Korir because the women are given an approximately 5-minute head start, Ambellan said.

Five of the top seven male finishers hail from Kenya; and of the top three female finishers, five of the top 10 are also from Kenya.

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John Mentzer, 30, of Monterey, finished eighth for the men with a time of 36 minutes and 38 seconds; and Tommy Greenless, 25, of Walnut Creek, finished tenth with a time of 36 minutes and 44 seconds.

Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, 33, of Oakland, finished seventh for the women with a time of 41 minutes and 44 seconds.

Sadly, one contender collapsed and died at the finish line. The San Francisco Medical Exmainer identified the man as 53-year-old Joe Spinale of El Cerrito.

An estimated 60,000 runners, many in costumes, participated today in San Francisco’s popular and colorful race, which begins at the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco and winds across the city and through Golden Gate Park before finishing at the Pacific Ocean.

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They came by the thousands. Every form of transportation was used to get to the 96th Bay to Breakers footrace. Bart trains, busses and ferries were full of costumed participants. This year as in past years seemed to be mostly about the party atmosphere and how much beer one could consume before 9:00 a.m. And when so much liquid is consumed, much of it ended up on the sides of buildings and behind bushes. There was a strong contingent of Kenyans who, of course, flew to the front of the pack. There were those who opted to run sans clothing and those who seemed giddy to view the naked runners and also those who needed to turn their heads. There were pirates and Elvis look a likes, grownups wearing diapers, wedding parties,and nuns.

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Photos by John Han
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Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Compiled from David Toerge and Bay City News reports

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DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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

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CAROLE MIGDEN Senate race could be decided in Marin and Sonoma

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JOE ALIOTO VERONESE

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

For those who watch California State Senator Carole Migden even from a distance, it’s not hard to imagine Migden screaming, “I’m a Senator!” soon after rear-ending a motorist

The allegation may not be true…

The witness, who also said Migden appeared “to be out of it”, may have lied to better his chance to be on TV, he might be a Migden political opponent, or he may consider her choice of colors overstated…

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But she does, one knows, require office visitors to stand as she enters to confer (for dignity of the Office she holds, uh huh)…

With such brusque style viewed as arrogant by many North Bay voters in her last race, and the Midas touch of incumbency cold handed in Marin and Sonoma Counties, the woman faces formidable challengers hailing from San Francisco… And the heavy handed San Francisco Board of Supervisors president may jump in, too…

All hailing from minority vote land given that Marin and Sonoma cast more amens than pert San Francisco…

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Mark Leno, Joe Alioto Veronese, Aaron Peskin

North Bay luminaries Joe Nation, Kerry Mazzoni, Pam Torliatt, and Susan Adams say no thanks (Adams has endorsed Migden)… Phil Kranenburg, a Marin Community College Trustee, may throw his hat at the rack, but has said he will not decide until end of summer when fundraising competitive with SFers could be a touch difficult…

Attitudinal disposition, this corner reminds, of San Francisco diverges from majority voters somewhere in a place calling itself the North Bay…

Look for San Francisco Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese, newest contender, to dispense with Carole Migden quickly going head-to-head with Mark Leno…

NEVER A BLUE SAN FRANCISCO DAY

Take ten minutes to be happy you yourself have a warm place to go to the bathroom, be glad the richest guy in Asia is named Ka-Shing, and go out and make sure Carole Migden, Mark Leno, and Aaron Peskin got milk… it might make them nod off…

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PAT MURPHY
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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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STREET VIOLENCE: Bayview awakens to one more shot

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A man who was shot in the chest and legs in San Francisco’s Bayview district this morning is likely to survive, according to a San Francisco police officer.

The officer said the man, who was found wounded at Revere Avenue and Hawes Street in San Francisco’s Bayview District at around 4:43 a.m., was mobile and talking with the officers who found him.

No suspects have been taken into custody and police are continuing to investigate this incident, the officer said.

Bay City News

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FASHION: How to dress to go to the White House

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By Sheryl Eberly

Although it’s known as “the people’s house,” you’ll probably feel more welcome in something other than your “good” T-shirt.

For a tour: The White House is the people’s house. It doesn’t belong to the president and First Lady; it belongs to the people. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a sense of respect when we’re there. Step it up a notch.

Nice casual: Trousers or khakis and a shirt (with sleeves). Sweater optional. No jacket necessary. Definitely no caps, flip-flops, or cutoffs.

To meet with a staff member: It’s a conservative town. A business suit is very much what’s worn in Washington.

Conservative business attire: Dark business suit with a shirt and tie. (Shirt doesn’t have to be white.)

To attend a formal event: If you’re invited to a social event, a state dinner, you will receive instructions on the invitation on what kind of attire is expected.

Business attire or black tie, depending on instructions.

Sheryl Eberly is a former White House aide to Nancy Reagan.

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STREET VIOLENCE: San Francisco police shootout with alleged bike thief

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By Matt Wynkoop
Bay City News

Two San Francisco patrol officers were treated for minor injuries they sustained while trying to escape gunfire by a suspected bike robber this morning in the Sunset District, a police spokesman reported.

At around 1 a.m. today police received a report that someone had been seen stealing a bicycle from the garage of a home in the 2000 block of Lower Great Highway, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

Responding officers soon located a man that fit a witness’ description riding a bicycle near the intersection of 48th Avenue and Taraval Street, according to Mannina.

As the officers were in the process of exiting their patrol car in an effort to approach the suspect, the man suddenly produced a gun and fired several shots at the officers, hitting the patrol car multiple times.

The officers immediately returned gunfire but the man ran from the scene northbound on 47th Avenue, Mannina said.

Police set up a large perimeter in the area and called the San Francisco SWAT team to assist with the search, which included a large sweep of Ocean Beach, Mannina said.

The suspect was located at around 4:45 a.m. hiding in a patch of bushes at Santiago Street and Lower Great Highway suffering a gunshot wound to the hand, Mannina said.

Both officers were taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained during their attempts to avoid the initial gunfire.

The suspect, who remains unidentified this afternoon, was also taken to San Francisco General Hospital to receive treatment for his injured hand, Mannina said.

The suspect remains at the hospital this afternoon.

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JIMMY CARTER criticizes Tony Blair for blind support of Iraq War – AUDIO

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Former US President Jimmy Carter has criticized outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair for his “blind” support of the war in Iraq.

Mr Carter told the BBC Mr Blair’s backing for US President George W Bush had been “apparently subservient”.

He said the UK’s “almost undeviating” support for “the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq had been a major tragedy for the world”.

His comments came as Mr Blair paid what is likely to be his last visit to Iraq.

He flew into the capital, Baghdad, for talks with President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri Maliki at which he is expected to push for greater reconciliation between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia factions.

Mr Blair is due to leave office at the end of next month.

‘Global schisms’

Mr Carter said that if Mr Blair had distanced himself from the Bush administration’s policy during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq it might have made a crucial difference to American political and public opinion.

“One of the defences of the Bush administration… has been, okay, we must be more correct in our actions than the world thinks because Great Britain is backing us,” he told the Today programme on Radio 4.

“So I think the combination of Bush and Blair giving their support to this tragedy in Iraq has strengthened the effort and has made the opposition less effective and prolonged the war and increased the tragedy that has resulted.”

The war had “caused deep schisms on a global basis”, he said, and he hoped Mr Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, would be less enthusiastic in his support for it.

The former US president has been a fierce critic of the US-led war in Iraq.

In an interview last year, he said he was “disappointed” by Tony Blair’s failure to use his influence with President Bush more wisely.

In 1976, Mr Carter unseated the incumbent Gerald Ford to become the 39th US president, serving until 1981.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, for what presenters cited as decades of work seeking peaceful solutions and promoting social and economic justice.

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“San Francisco Through The Eyes of Our Children” – a multi-day art exhibition with honorary co-chair Robert Redford – Saturday, May 19th – at San Francisco’s Landmark Mansion, LE PETIT TRIANON

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VIEWS OF THE CITY, by The City’s Kids

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

“SAN FRANCISCO THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR CHILDREN” – the first event of its
kind, supporting 17 San Francisco based organizations, will take place at the landmark mansion, LE PETIT TRIANON (3800 Washington Street) Saturday, May 19th. The event is sponsored by Byzantium Brokerage. The event will raise funds for 17 Organizations in the City of San Francisco.

With Honorary Co-chair Robert Redford, the Academy Award winning actor and director this multi-day experience features an art exhibition and events centered on unique works created by children from a number of San Francisco-based organizations, including schools and child advocacy charities.

In an effort to shine the spotlight on the children of San Francisco, Byzantium, led by cofounders Steven Mavromihalis and Gilbert Fleitas, created this unique concept that is comprised of a multi-day art exhibition and an evening cocktail soiree. Specifically, the estate will play host to a three day art exhibition that features works by Bay Area children (and select Bay Area artists), all of which are available via a silent auction, and will culminate in a special-invitation cocktail party on Saturday evening.

The foremost goal of the concept is to host a memorable and successful event that benefits the children of San Francisco, while encouraging a proactive dialogue on the future of the City’s children.

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Exhibiting at LE PETIT TRIANON

The children selected to create the art have been posed the following question, “If you closed your eyes and thought of San Francisco, what do you see? Can you draw it?” The drawings and paintings will not only reflect their individual visions, but also the diverse range of cultural and economic backgrounds that exist within the city.

These children will also be invited to visit the venue and witness their own artwork on display in this historic landmark venue. The submissions will be shown throughout the twenty-two rooms of Le Petit Trianon, where since its completion in 1904, the home has played host to a wide range of San Francisco society and has been the setting for state and diplomatic functions and private concerts by such notables as Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern and Igor Stravinsky.

With one pre-school exception, the schools and organizations that participate will involve Children – grades K-8. The exhibited art will be available for sale and the funds generated will be given on a “dollar-per-dollar” basis to the school or organization from which they were received.

Funds distributed to the organizations will be used to benefit art programs and other meaningful activities available to each schools’ or organizations’ children. The public is encouraged to visit the estate during the “exhibition-style” period during which the estate will be open from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 19th.

Organizations participating:

City of Dreams
Edgewood Center for Children and Families
Chinese American School
Hamilton Family Center
Homeless Prenatal Program
The Imagine Bus Project
Okizu Foundation
Phoebe Hearst Preschool
Presidio Hill School
Raphael House
Real Options for City Kids
Russian American School
San Francisco Friends School
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
San Francisco CASA Program
Alamo Elementary School
Creative Arts Charter School

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:

LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
TERRA HAUTE – An Interview with The Stars, John Hutchinson and Elias Escobedo

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

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BROKEN PARKING METERS cut City revenue to less than half potential

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Jake McGoldrick

San Francisco can expect to collect about $54 million a year from its parking meters, less than half the maximum potential revenue the meters could provide, auditors found in a city controller report released this week.

The maximum potential revenue that could be collected is $127 million, but the city can only expect to collect 42 percent of that due to meters that are broken or in construction zones, unoccupied meters and vehicles exempt from paying.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency collected $29.7 million in parking meter revenue in fiscal year 2005-2006.

The audit was conducted in response to a request by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick in part to determine what percent of time the meters managed by the transportation agency were occupied and if occupied spaces were paid as required.

“With the roadmap the Controller’s report provides we can implement processes to create more efficient use of our limited parking in San Francisco and more effective collection of meter revenues that will bring in significantly more money to enhance and protect Muni services,” McGoldrick said.

Bay City News

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SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL DISTRICT sued by former Superintendent Ackerman

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By Tamara Barak
Bay City News

Former San Francisco schools chief Arlene Ackerman today filed a lawsuit against the San Francisco Unified School District, claiming it failed to pay her severance compensation.

The lawsuit is asking for more than $172,0000 in damages for nonpayment of salary.

The embattled superintendent was forced to resign in June, 2006 after the Board of Education invoked a compatibility clause in her contract acknowledging that the school board and Ackerman agree they are incompatible.

Ackerman was praised for raising student achievement and cutting waste in the district’s budget, but came under fire for her personal style – which critics said excluded parents and teachers from decision-making.

Ackerman is being represented in the lawsuit by San Francisco attorney Waukeen McCoy.

“It’s unfortunate that someone who has done so much for the city of San Francisco and its schools should be treated this way be a vindictive school board, despite her stellar record of improving test scores in our schools, and the clear language of her contract,” McCoy said in a written statement.

The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court today, according to McCoy.

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SAN FRANCISCO TOMORROW annual awards go to Amy Meyer, Dr. Edgar Wayburn, Tom Ammiano, Denise D’Anne, and Judy Irving

San Francisco Tomorrow (SFT), 37-year-old urban environmental organization, conducted its annual awards ceremony Wednesday honoring five persons “who have contributed to a better environment in this City.”

The Jack Morrison Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to AMY MEYER and DR. EDGAR WAYBURN for leading the campaign to establish the 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area on former military, park and private lands in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Much of the area was threatened with commercial development in 1970 and they won the support of over 65 civic and environmental organizations for an appeal to the U. S. Congress. In response San Francisco ’s Representative Phil Burton, with the aid of other Bay Area members of Congress, created the GGNRA in 1972. Amy Meyer is a former San Francisco Recreation and Park Commissioner and member of the Presidio Trust. Dr. Wayburn, now 100 years old, was a long-time president of the Sierra Club.

SFT presented a Special Award to Supervisor Tom Ammiano for his success in creating a health care program covering everyone in San Francisco – and for his many other legislative achievements that improve the life of the city’s residents.

Two were saluted as Unsung Heroes who have made a difference:

DENISE D’ANNE was honored for establishing the first source reduction and comprehensive recycling programs in a City department. Her conservation program helped to save hundreds of thousands of tax dollars — increasing job opportunities with the surplus funds. Denise is credited with changing perceptions and habits in the use of material resources in the workplace and the overall community.

JUDY IRVING was honored as a maker of environmental films, including the “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” which will have its national premiere Tuesday, May 29, on PBS — at 9pm on KQED-TV. She has won many awards for her documentary films reporting on peace and the environment in Alaska , Japan , Russian, Nepal , Zimbabwe and the U.S.

Paying tribute to the honorees at the dinner were Superintendent Brian O’Neill of the GGNRA, San Francisco Health Director Mitch Katz, Deputy Director David Assmann of the City’s Department of the Environment, and President Aaron Peskin of the Board of Supervisors.

President Jennifer Clary said San Francisco Tomorrow works to protect the urban environment, seeking the aid of responsible and responsive public officials, protecting the city’s parks and a maritime Port, and advocating more and better public transportation, including a downtown Transbay Terminal to connect Caltrain and other Bay Area Transit — with High Speed Rail for fast travel between downtown San Francisco and downtown Los Angeles, a travel option that can result in a major reduction in air pollution from automobiles and airlines.
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VIRGIN AIRLINES receives final okay to begin San Francisco flights

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has given its final approval for Virgin America Airlines to begin operations from San Francisco International Airport.

The airline has filed a procedural request to begin selling tickets and plans to begin operations by mid-summer.

“This is outstanding news, not only for San Francisco, but for the entire Bay Area,” said Newsom.

“Virgin America’s operational base at SFO will create nearly 2,000 new jobs directly and thousands more indirectly, all of which is great news for the economy of the region.”

“We are very pleased to hear that the DOT has certified Virgin America for operations,” said John L. Martin, Airport Director. “Now, with Virgin America joining Jet Blue and Southwest at SFO, our passengers will have an even broader spectrum of choices in low cost carriers.”

Virgin America plans to begin service between SFO and New York’s JFK Airport, with expansion planned to ten additional cities within a year.

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CALIFORNIA SENATOR CAROLE MIGDEN rear-ends vehicle sending driver to hospital with minor injuries – KTVU reporter Rob Roth video – Witness alleges Migden did not appear “to be all there” and screamed, “I’m a Senator”

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Senator Carole Migden

California Senator Carole Migden this morning rear-ended a vehicle sending its passenger to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.

KTVU-TV reporter Rob Roth is reporting a witness said Migden did not appear “to be all there” and screamed, “I’m a Senator.”

The senator rear-ended a 2005 Honda sedan, which was slowing to a stop behind a van that had already stopped at a red signal light at the intersection of Beck Avenue and Highway 12 in Solano County, according to a CHP spokesman.

She was given a breathalyzer test which showed Migden was not under the influence of alcohol and no citation was issued.

Migden’s office released a statement indicating, “While driving to the meeting, Senator Migden’s cell phone rang and in reaching for the phone she took her eyes off the road. She was not injured, and later passed a routine breathalyzer test and then she drove her car home. Senator Migden is very grateful that no one was seriously injured.”

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STREET VIOLENCE: Shot in the head at O’Farrell and Leavenworth

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Homicide inspectors in San Francisco are investigating a shooting in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood this morning that has left a man fighting for his life, police Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

The victim, described only as a Hispanic man in his 30s, was seen walking in the 700 block of O’Farrell Street just before police were called to a report of a shooting in the area at 5:20 a.m.

Responding officers found the man lying on the street suffering a gunshot wound to the head, according to police.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening wounds, Mannina said.

“Obviously, things are still very early in the investigation and inspectors have not released a suspect description yet,” Mannina said.

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WELLS FARGO launches electronic images of returned items for small businesses

Wells Fargo today announced the launch of Returned Item & Deposit Details, an enhancement to its online banking service.

“Our customers have told us their lives are busy and that they need time-saving solutions to help them focus on running their businesses. These new services were designed to do just that,” said Richard Weeks, senior vice president and head of Wells Fargo’s Business Internet Services.

“At Wells Fargo, it’s not only what we deliver, it’s how we deliver. We’re focused on making it convenient and easy for our customers to succeed financially.”

Returned Item & Deposit Details allows customers to view, print, download and save electronic images of all deposits, including deposited checks and returned items, as well as summary details such as the date, total amount, and bank location where deposits were made.

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ON THE CALENDAR: AMERICA TROPICAL / TAKE ME OUT / SMUIN BALLET – Opera, Queer Ball, and Michael Smuin

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AMERICA TROPICAL – by David Conte

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

AMERICA TROPICAL – Final performances now at the Thick House, Thursday, May 17th through Sunday, May 20th. A new one-act opera by composer David Conte, libretto by Oliver Mayer, and directed by David Kelly.

Thick Description’s home is at 1695 18th Street (near Carolina) on Potrero Hill in San Francisco.
At Thick Description tickets are always sliding scale: $25-15 – You tell them!
To order tickets on-line: AMERICA TROPICAL – by David Conte

THE NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER
In Association with STEAMWORKS, Executive Producer
Presents TAKE ME OUT – by Richard Greenberg, directed by ED DECKER
MAY 19th – JULY 11th 2007

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MICHAEL UIMARI as Coach Skipper, BRIAN PATTERSON as Darren Lemming

TAKE ME OUT – The show everyone is talking about! Winner of the 2003 Tony Awards for Best Play, Take Me Out is a complex meditation on several themes suffused with a genuine passion for baseball. Darren Lemming, the star center fielder of the world champion New York Empires is young, rich, famous, talented, handsome, and so convinced of his popularity that when he casually announces that he is gay, he assumes that the news will be readily accepted by everybody. It isn’t. Thus, the drama begins.

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TAKE ME OUT – At The New Conservatory Theater Center, San Francisco

TAKE ME OUT contains mature themes / male nudity
To order tickets on-line: TAKE ME OUT – At NCTC, San Francisco

The SMUIN BALLET features CARMINA BURANA plus two World Premieres at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Thursday, May 17th through Saturday, May 19th. Gala Evening, Sunday, May 20th.

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SMUIN BALLET, 2007 – Carmina Burana

The popular, richly theatrical ballet Carmina Burana returns as the headliner, taking one to a savage, sleek and sensual world where the laws of ballet take fresh, mysterious turns. In addition to this powerful ballet are two world premieres: one choreographed by Michael to Schubert and an original ballet Falling Up, to Brahms by Smuin Company member Amy Seiwert and a reprise of Michael’s pas de deux from his Emmy Award winning Romeo and Juliet.

On Sunday, May 20th, the Company will host its annual gala at San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel, preceded by a special performance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The season will continue with Bay Area performances in Walnut Creek (May 25th & 26th at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts), Mountain View (May 30th – June 3rd at the Mountain View Center for the Arts) and in Carmel (June 8th & 9th at The Sunset Center). August 13th – 18th the company returns to the New York City’s Joyce Theatre with performances of SCHUBERT’S SCHERZO, BELLS OF DUBLIN, SHINJU, and OBRIGADO, BRAZIL.

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MICHAEL SMUIN

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission Street, San Francisco
(415) 978-2787
TO ORDER TICKETS ON LINE:
Thursday, May 17th at 8:00 pm
Friday, May 18th at 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 pm – Dancin’ for Smuin Gala

MOUNTAIN VIEW AT THE MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTER FOR THE ARTS
500 Castro Street, Mountain View
(650) 903-6000
Wednesday, May 30th – Sunday, June 3rd
To order tickets on-line: SMUIN BALLET, Program 2

LESHER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Friday, May 25th – May 26th
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
(925) 943-7469
To order tickets on-line: SMUIN BALLET, Program 2

CARMEL AT THE SUNSET CENTER
Friday, June 8th – Saturday, June 9th
San Carlos Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea
(831) 620-2048
To order tickets on-line: SMUIN BALLET, Program 2

See Seán’s recent articles and reviews:

LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
RIGOLETTO – SF OPERA Broadcasts on Classical 102.1 KDFC
JERSEY BOYS – Smashing Records in SAN FRANCISCO
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DON QUIXOTE – An Impossible Dream at SF Ballet
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
TERRA HAUTE – An Interview with The Stars, John Hutchinson and Elias Escobedo

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

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MAYOR NEWSOM and Bay Area commuters get out of cars and on bikes

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom stands with his Specialized Globe bicycle and discusses benefits of bicycling as alternate transit.
Photo by Business Wire

MORGAN HILL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Bay Area’s 13th annual Bike to Work Day has arrived and following on the nationwide trend to preserve the environment, Specialized Bicycles has raised the bar on the day. For the first time, Mayor Gavin Newsom and his Supervisors joined the festivities by riding the environmentally-friendly Specialized Globe bicycles for the day. Also riding Specialized today, in Sacramento, was California Speaker of the House, Fabian Nuñez (D-46th District). These California elected officials joined the tens of thousands of bicyclists who geared up for this year’s event.

“Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity for us all to celebrate our commitment to a cleaner, greener, safer and environmentally healthier San Francisco,” said Mayor Newsom. “I am especially thankful to Specialized Bicycles for affording me the ultimate riding experience on their Globe City 3.1 bicycle. This impressive bike with its smooth gear functions and purpose-build technology makes even the novice bike rider an expert in navigating the streets of San Francisco. I also commend Specialized Bicycles Founder and President, Mike Sinyard for his vision and entrepreneurial spirit in bringing the joy of cycling back to our city streets,” continued the Mayor.

Specialized partnered with Mike’s Bikes a top Bay Area bicycle retailer to outfit Mayor Newsom, his office and Speaker Nunez, and lawmakers in Sacramento with bikes for the day. In addition to providing bicycles, Specialized partnered with two leading state wide advocacy leading organizations to raise awareness for Bike to Work Day and the benefits of bicycling, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) and the California Bicycle Coalition(CBC). The SFBC’s mission is to transform San Francisco’s streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. The CBC aims to create safe, healthy and livable communities in California by promoting bicycling for transportation and recreation. Both groups were integral to the success of Bike to Work Day.

Specialized is a participant in the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Cool Commute Program and CEO Cycle-to-Work Challenge encouraging Silicon Valley businesses, government agencies, and employees to cycle to work on May 17 as part of the national Bike-to-Work Week May 14-18.

“We are working with the leaders in our retail channel, the environment and advocacy arena to demonstrate the benefit of bicycling as a great and valid means of transportation,” said Mike Sinyard, founder and president of Specialized Bicycles. “Riding to work can directly impact global warming. Every mile spent on a bike instead of the car preserves one pound of CO2 emissions put into the air—so even a three mile commute can save about 1,660 lbs of emissions a year.”

Last year, the Specialized Commute Club offset 18.5 tons of CO2 emissions by riding 39,143.96 bike miles and offset nearly 50 tons of CO2 by carpooling 104,449 miles. This is the equivalent to taking 104 cars off the road every month. Morgan Hill-based Specialized also commemorated the day by hosting an annual Share the Road Ride through downtown Morgan Hill to encourage safe riding and driving and goodwill between motorists and bicyclists.

Founded in Morgan Hill, California in 1974, Specialized Bicycles is a company filled with passionate cyclists, all with a goal to create the best bikes and equipment for all kinds of cyclists. 2006 is the 25th Anniversary of Specialized’s Stumpjumper. The first widely available mountain bike, Stumpjumper was first designed and manufactured by Specialized back in 1981 and has been in production ever since. Join in the celebration by picking up a copy of the company’s new Book “Stumpjumper: 25 Years Of Mountain Biking” or by test riding a new 2006 FACT carbon Stumpjumper FSR full suspension bike, both available at Specialized dealers.

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