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July 19 Videos of The Day – FATHERING – I TOLD YOU SO – Babies born today will be outdoor types – Try lemon juice to quit smoking – Live radar and weather forecast

July 19 Videos of The Day
FATHERING

I TOLD YOU SO

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JULY 19 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have a vivid imagination, great ambition, and boundless energy. You like travel and love the out-of-doors. In love, you are sincere and wholehearted and require the same in return.

ADVICE FOR JULY 19
If you’re trying to stop smoking, try taking a teaspoon of lemon juice whenever you’re tempted.

JULY 19 WORD OF THE DAY
Plough Monday. Defintion: The first Monday after Epiphany and Plough Sunday was so called because it was the day that men returned to their plough, or daily work, at the end of the Christmas holiday. It was customary for farm laborers to draw a plough through the village, soliciting money for a “plough-light,” which was kept burning in the parish church all year. In some areas, the custom of blessing the plough is maintained.

JULY 19 IN HISTORY
Died: Elwyn Meader (developed ‘Reliance’ peach), 1996. The third hurricane within a month hit the northern Florida peninsula, 1886.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Thursday: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 68. West wind between 6 and 14 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 54. West wind between 8 and 14 mph.

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

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. West wind between 7 and 13 mph.

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

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

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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

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

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

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

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BE GLAD FOR SMALL RESTAURANT OWNERS AND THE JUDICIAL THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SAN FRANCISCO AREA receives $34 million additional homeland security funding

Mayor Newsom today praised the federal Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that the Bay Area will receive $34.13 million in homeland security grant funding, as part of the 2007 Super Urban Area Security Initiative (SUASI) program. This represents a 25 percent increase from the 2006 grant.

“We’re pleased the Department of Homeland Security has increased our funding, recognizing the Bay Area’s importance as a high-risk region,” said Newsom.

“I also want to thank Senators Boxer and Feinstein and Speaker Pelosi for their continued support of the Bay Area SUASI.”

“I’m proud of the extraordinary regional collaboration we’ve developed over the past few years, which has strengthened our capability to prepare for and respond to man-made or natural disasters,” said Laura Phillips, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

This year, the Department of Homeland Security created a tiered system for categorizing urban areas based on highest risk. The Bay Area SUASI is in the top tier, along with New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Chicago, Houston and the National Capital Region.

Together, this group competed for $410.8 million (55% of the total amount available for this grant program).

The Bay Area SUASI submitted an application which contained investment areas consisting of projects which benefit the entire region. These investment areas include:

• Regional Planning and Coordination

• Emergency Management

• CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) Detection and Response

• Interoperable Communications

• Information Sharing

• Citizen Preparedness

• Mass Care

• Medical Surge

• Mass Prophylaxis

• Training and Exercises

• Public Information and Warning

• Critical Infrastructure

The Bay Area SUASI was created in 2006 when the federal government consolidated the three previously separate urban areas of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, along with the ten counties in the region. It also includes representatives from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

DHS and the Department of Commerce also announced today that the Bay Area will receive $14.5 million in funding from the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) grants. The PSIC grant program is designed to help state and local first responders improve public safety communications and coordination during a natural or man-made disaster.

The grant will assist in purchasing equipment and conducting training for interoperable communications systems, including voice, data and video systems.

Mayor’s Office of Communications

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CITYWIDE LIBRARY RENOVATIONS continue with groundbreaking of Portola Branch Library

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Breakdancers add new life to Portola Branch Library renovation project begun today with broundbreaking.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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

The largest building campaign in San Francisco history for new and renovated libraries continued today with groundbreaking for the $6 million Portola Branch Library.

Slated to open in late 2008, the Portola Branch Libary is among 17 San Francisco branches to be renovated, four leased facilities to be replaced with City owned buildings, two branches to be replaced with new buildings, and one new branch in Mission Bay.

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Citywide library renovation participants include, from left, Fred V. Abadi, Director Department of Public Works; Charles Higueras, President of the San Francisco Library Commission; Luis Herrera, City Librarian; Supervisor Amianno; with architects Chris Noll and Susannah Meek.

Known as the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), funding comes from a $105.9 bond measure approved by voters in November 2000.

Located at the corner of Bacon and Goettingen streets, between E.R. Taylor Elementary and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle schools, the new single story branch will replace the storefront spaces on San Bruno Avenue leased by the Library for more than 50 years.

Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Sophie Maxwell joined Mayor Newsom in acknowledging the Portola Library is rooted in Portola community life.

“The Portola Library has roots in our city’s Southeast for over five decades,” said Newsom.

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Kids lend their voices to the countdown for the library groundbreaking. Present with shovels are Supervisor Maxwell, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Supervisor Ammiano, Library Commissioner Bautista, Library Commission President Higueras, and Mayor Newsom.

“Today, as we unite to break ground on this new facility, I am excited that our residents and the children of the neighborhood will have a state-of-the-art center to check out books, surf the internet or meet to do homework.”

The facility will provide community meeting space for neighborhood groups.

An expanded children’s section is included in the design by the architecture team of Noll and Tam and Stoner Meek.

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Mayor Newsom joined by architecture team of Chris Noll (with child), Jeffery Day and Tad Costerison.

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

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

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July 17 Photos of The Day – NEWS SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT TAKES HELM – Videos of the Day – A TRIBUTE TO GRANDMOTHERS – Babies born today will be brilliant conversationalists – Live radar and weather forecast

July 17 Photos of The Day
NEW SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SWORN IN
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Carlos Garcia, left, was officially sworn in as new Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) early Monday in a private ceremony, followed by celebratory Oath of Office by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on the Mayor’s Balcony of San Francisco City Hall surrounded by colleagues, officials, family, and friends.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Lifetime school mavens Tom Ammiano, left, and Dennis Kelly welcome Garcia. San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano is a former San Francisco school teacher later elected to the SFUSD Board. Skilled longtime negotiator Dennis Kelly is President of the United Educators of San Francisco.

July 17 Videos of The Day
A TRIBUTE TO GRANDMOTHERS

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JULY 17 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are self-reliant, resourceful, and very understanding. You spend much time and thought in making your home artistic and attractive. You enjoy entertaining and are an interesting and brilliant conversationalist. By your kindly manner, you will create a happy and pleasant home life.

ADVICE FOR JULY 17
Your arm is about ten times longer than the distance between your eyes. That fact, together with a bit of applied trigonometry, can be used to estimate the distance between you and any object of approximately known size.

Imagine, for example, that you’re standing on the side of a hill, trying to decide how far it is to the top of a low hill on the other side of the valley. Just below the hilltop is a barn, which you feel reasonably sure is about 100 feet wide on the side facing you.

Hold one arm straight out in front of you, elbow straight, thumb pointing up. Close one eye, and align one edge of your thumb with one edge of the barn. Without moving your head or arm, switch eyes, now sighting with the eye that was closed and closing the other. Your thumb will appear to jump sideways as a result of the change in perspective.

How far did it move? (Be sure to sight the same edge of your thumb when you switch eyes.) Let’s say it jumped about five times the width of the barn, or about 500 feet. Now multiply that figure by the handy constant 10 (the ratio of the length of your arm to the distance between your eyes), and you get the distance between you and the barn — 5,000 feet, or about one mile. The accompanying diagram should make the whole process clear.

With a little practice, you’ll find that you can perform a quick thumb-jump estimate in just a few seconds, and the result will usually be more accurate than an out-and-out guess. At a minimum, it will provide some assurance that the figure is in the ballpark — which, in many cases, is as close as you need to get.

JULY 17 WORD OF THE DAY
Celestial sphere. Defintion: An imaginary sphere projected into space that represents the entire sky, with an observer on Earth at its center. All celestial bodies other than Earth are imagined as being on its inside surface.

JULY 17 IN HISTORY
Died: Joseph Maher (actor), 1998. Atlanta, Georgia, received its 14th consecutive day of rain, 1994.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 66. West southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. West southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. West southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

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 71.

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

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FEDERAL COURT to hear lawsuit on employer right to determine employee benefits

A federal judge will hear competing arguments on August 31 on the fate of a restaurant owners’ lawsuit challenging City intervention in employer right to determine employee benefits.

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) has asked U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White to overturn the plan’s requirement for employer contributions on the ground that it conflicts with federal law protecting employer right to determine the level and administration of benefits.

Restaurant owners filled the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Chamber during initial hearings on the plan, testifying they had not been consulted on the proposed owner mandate.

Most testified the imposed measure would cause restaurant closures due to industry thin profit margin.

The city, meanwhile, contends there is no conflict with the U.S. law and has asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

The two sides filed their competing motions on Friday.

White will consider the two bids at the August 31 hearing in his Federal Building courtroom in San Francisco and is expected to issue a written ruling within two weeks after that.

The law passed last year establishes a program known as Healthy San Francisco and is intended to provide health care to the city’s 82,000 uninsured residents.

Beginning in January, employers will be required to contribute either by spending a set amount per employee or by giving a similar amount to the city program for uninsured people.

The amount is $1.17 per hour per employee for medium-sized businesses with 20 to 99 workers and $1.76 per hour for large businesses with staffs of more than 100.

The GGRA contends that provision conflicts with the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, because the U.S. law is the exclusive regulator of employer health plans.

The group’s attorneys wrote in their brief that the city’s requirements conflict with ERISA “because they interfere with employers’ freedom to choose the level and administration of benefits provided to employees.”

“This is an area reserved for purely federal regulation,” the association said.

But City Attorney Dennis Herrera said the San Francisco plan doesn’t conflict with the law because employers are free either to keep or modify an existing ERISA plan or to simply make payments to the city.

The city’s brief argues the program was crafted to avoid giving employers an incentive to drop health coverage and instead give them credit for dollars they already spend.

Herrera said, “The creators of this ordinance were careful to avoid ERISA preemption and we are confident the court will recognize that.”

White’s future summary judgment ruling is expected to decide the case because both sides have told the judge that there is no dispute over facts that would need to be resolved at a trial.

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ED JEW SUPPORTERS accompany District 4 Supervisor to felony not guility plea

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Supervisor Ed Jew
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Dozens of demonstrators waved “Political Torture,” “Keep Fighting,” and “Grab Criminals Not Headlines” signs on the San Francisco Hall of Justice steps today where embattled Supervisor Ed Jew pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges.

A private website chronicling support for Jew is now found at edjew.net.

The charges, filed in June by District Attorney Kamala Harris’ prosecutors, include violations of the election code and allegations that he committed perjury when he said he lived in San Francisco, his attorney, Bill Fazio, said.

A spokeswoman with Harris’ office said today that DA is looking forward to prosecuting the case and protecting the integrity of the electoral process in San Francisco.

“The charges of perjury, filing false documents and voter fraud go to the heart of District elections and democracy in San Francisco,” said spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh in a prepared statement.

Wearing an American flag tie, the District 4 supervisor appeared in Department 9 chatting and hugging supporters before entering his plea.

Jew’s intent has always been to live in San Francisco, where he has personal and business ties, Fazio said.

The supervisor didn’t do anything wrong, which we will prove, Fazio said. “I think that Supervisor Jew is in an excellent position.”

Jew’s lawyers say there is sufficient proof that he satisfied residency requirements prior to running for public office in the November 2006 election.

However, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has pointed to evidence suggesting Jew didn’t fulfill the requirements to run for city office.

It has been speculated that Jew rarely resided at his Sunset District home in the months leading up to his announcement of candidacy.

It has been argued that his primary residence is in Burlingame.

“He has no spirit, conviction or heart in San Mateo (County),” Fazio said today.

Miniscule water usage was allegedly recorded at the Sunset District home during the months leading up to the election.

Jew’s attorneys have said this can be attributed to the supervisor’s dedication to his Chinatown flower shop.

Jew has allegedly had some form of presence at his Sunset District home at 2450 28th Ave. intermittently since around 1984.

In addition to the residency charges, Jew still faces a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his alleged acceptance of $40,000 in cash from a group of businessmen having permit problems. Jew denies wrongdoing and no federal charges have been filed.

Fazio requested today that Judge Curtis Karnow decrease Jew’s bail, which is set at $135,000. Karnow said the issue has to be revisited in court Tuesday.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Department 20 to set a preliminary hearing. Fazio requested that his client not attend because of his busy schedule.

Bay City News

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NEW SATELLITE WiFi available in San Francisco

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DENVER, CO — WildBlue announced today that it began offering high-speed Internet via satellite service in San Francisco through its new satellite, WildBlue-1.

WildBlue provides high-speed Internet access via satellite to homes and small businesses in San Francisco not currently served, or underserved, by other high speed providers. WildBlue launched commercial service via the Anik F2 satellite in June of 2005, and currently has over 200,000 customers nationwide.

WildBlue-1 will allow WildBlue to more than triple its customer capacity, making high-speed Internet service available to more than 750,000 rural consumers throughout the continental United States. WildBlue will also continue to utilize its capacity on Anik F2, alongside WildBlue-1.

WildBlue the service in three service packages to consumers and small businesses across the contiguous U.S. for as little as $49.95 per month. WildBlue features download speeds of up to 1.5Mbps, competitive with other high-speed services available in the market today.

All packages include Internet Service Provider (ISP) services such as e-mail and Web space, the WildBlue Portal, customer care, and an equipment warranty.

New WildBlue customers will receive $50 off the standard equipment price of $299 and free installation in the month July, or a total savings of $229 on the upfront commitment.

“WildBlue is eager to offer its high-speed Internet via satellite service to consumers in San Francisco who have been waiting for an alternative to dial-up,” said Stephanie Lovett, WildBlue’s Director of Marketing.

“We continue to be the leader in affordable high-speed Internet, and we are committed to making broadband Internet access available to every consumer and small business in San Francisco.”

An always-on broadband Internet connection, WildBlue’s service offers access speeds that are up to thirty times faster than dial-up. WildBlue’s two-way broadband service provides high-speed data in both directions, upstream and downstream. Customers do not need an additional phone or cable line in order to receive broadband Internet service from WildBlue.

Visit wildblue.com for information on local dealers.

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July 16 Videos of The Day – POTENTIAL JUDGE FOR COMMUNITY COURTS SPOTTED – A SMALL TUNE – LOUIE LOUIE – July 16 babies won’t tolerate different opinion – Live radar and weather forecast

July 16 Videos of The Day
POTENTIAL JUDGE FOR COMMUNITY COURTS SPOTTED

A SMALL TUNE

LOUIE LOUIE

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JULY 16 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are positive and almost stubborn. Your very definite ideas of right and wrong are emphatic and you can not tolerate the slightest deviation from them in others. In your passion for correctness, you endeavor to have your friends follow your own ideals.

ADVICE FOR JULY 16
Bees will not swarm before a storm.

JULY 16 WORD OF THE DAY
Bilge. Defintion: The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. Also the part of a ship’s hull or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat.

JULY 16 IN HISTORY
Born: “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (baseball player), 1889. 22.22 inches of rain in 24 hours, Altapass, North Carolina, 1916.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 72. West southwest wind between 7 and 13 mph.

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

Tuesday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West southwest wind between 5 and 14 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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

Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 68.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FAMED RESTAURATEUR DONNA SCALA to design Hilton Hotel eateries

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Donna Scala

The Hilton Family of Hotels announced Friday that it has entered into an exclusive partnership with critically acclaimed restaurateur Donna Scala to develop signature casual dining concepts for its full service hotel brands. Scala, owner of Napa Valley’s renowned Bistro Don Giovanni, will design and concept the new casual restaurants.

Donna and her husband Giovanni have been responsible for several highly praised restaurants, including Piatti Ristorante and Scala’s Bistro, which they opened in 1995 in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

The year it opened, Scala’s Bistro was named Best New Restaurant nationwide by Food and Wine Magazine, and Donna Scala received the distinguished honor of Best New Chef.

“Donna Scala is a proven owner-operator. Under her creative leadership, we will transform our casual dining restaurants into memorable, social destinations,” said Alexander Mirza, senior vice president, Corporate Development, Hilton Hotels Corporation.

“Our partnership with Donna Scala is consistent with our overall direction to license and lease restaurants to proven third party operators such as Drago’s at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and Capitol Grille at the Hilton Indianapolis.”

“I am thrilled to be involved in this new venture with the Hilton Family of Hotels to redefine the casual dining experience and I am pleased to be working on another great restaurant project in the magical city of San Francisco. I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at the Tavern,” said Scala.

Hilton Hotels Corporation and its owners expect to build or re-concept nearly all existing casual restaurants in company owned and managed North American full service hotels by 2009. The first project to come out of the partnership with Scala will be the Urban Tavern at the landmark Hilton San Francisco. Set to begin construction in August 2007, the Urban Tavern will be a warm and inviting gathering place to meet, drink and dine. The restaurant is expected to open in the first quarter of 2008.

“As the first project we are working on with Scala, the Urban Tavern builds on a tradition of welcome, comfort and honest fare, adding spice and drama to make it a great venue for a city renowned for great food,” said Meredith Quarnstrom, vice president, Food & Beverage, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “Donna Scala will coach and direct the hotel’s culinary team and also develop specialty menus for catering and in-room dining.”

Unique features of the Urban Tavern will include a charcuterie serving signature cheese, meat and antipasto plates and a large community table that will serve as the focal point of the restaurant. A glowing fireplace will be positioned to be viewed from almost every seat to not only provide warmth, but to set the tone of the environment as welcoming and inviting. Scala and her staff will work with the region’s wine makers, farmers and artisanal cheese purveyors.

Scala’s future projects will include licensed concepts similar in nature to the world-renowned Bistro Don Giovanni, as well as a new concept for pizza – a specialty that Scala has been perfecting since age five. Scala has been recognized on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Newsweek, and in GQ. While her culinary skills cover a variety of the world’s cuisines, Scala’s cooking style is heavily influenced by her Greek heritage. A resident of Napa, she is inspired by the vegetables and herbs she grows at her Bistro Don Giovanni restaurant and makes her own wine called Scalas.

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SAN FRANCISCO AIDS WALK raises $4.5 million

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

The 21st annual AIDS Walk generated over $4.5 million, according to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, making this year’s walk the most successful single-day AIDS fundraiser in California history.

Over 25,000 people participated in the walk, which began and ended at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

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Participants in the AIDS Walk included San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Jai Rodriguez, and Desperate Housewives’ Andrea Bowen.

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First-time walker Michael Hogan, 28, of Berkeley said he walked today to raise AIDS awareness.

“There needs to be more events like the AIDS Walk on a global scale if we’re ever going to solve the epidemic,” Hogan said.

In total, today’s walk raised $4,503,716. The funds are set to “support people living with AIDS/HIV, and fund the critical HIV prevention programs needed to stop new infections,” Craig Miller, founder and producer of the walk, said in a statement.

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Miller started the first AIDS Walk in 1987, and has raised nearly $300 million for leading AIDS charities nationwide.

The AIDS Walk benefits the SFAF, along with 42 other AIDS organizations throughout the Bay Area.

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ABC, KGO-TV, GAP INC., Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma/Pottery Barn and the San Francisco Examiner were among the companies that sponsored today’s walk.

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

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SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISOR ED JEW REFUSES TO YIELD

FROM ED JEW SUNDAY JULY 15 2007 3:30 PM

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San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew

After reading Dennis Herrera’s attempt to rebut Supervisor Ed Jew’s response to the Attorney General over the weekend, attorneys for Supervisor Jew concluded that City Attorney Herrera’s filing offered nothing new of substance.

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City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Herrera’s new “evidence” is nothing more than an extension on an existing line of credit on one of Supervisor Jew’s properties, and an old check used to pay a bill. Neither detail disputes the Supervisor’s supported claim of domicile at 2450 – 28th Avenue in San Francisco,” said Steven F. Gruel, one of Supervisor Jew’s attorneys.

“The media spin by Herrera’s office that he has new ‘evidence’ is hatched from his understandable attempt to cover for the lack of substance in both filings produced by his office at great taxpayer expense, for a questionable political purpose.”

Supervisor Ed Jew’s attorneys offer additional observations in response to Mr. Herrera’s July 13, 2007 filing:

The City Attorney continues to expend city resources trying to establish that Supervisor Jew does not live at 2450 – 28th Avenue full-time, when he should be aware that full-time residency is not a legal requirement to establish domicile.

Volume is no substitute for substance. Supervisor Jew’s response to the Attorney General clearly establishes his decades-long history on 28th Avenue in the Sunset District with documents and declarations. Herrera’s response fails to dispute that fact.

City Attorney Herrera concedes the absence of Chinese-speaking neighbors in his original filing and attempts to remedy his misstep by assigned a Chinese-speaking investigator after his original filing. However, he produces no new declarations from neighbors, Chinese or English speaking.

City Attorney Herrera sent one of his original investigators back to determine the ethnic identification of two neighbors who appeared to be of Asian descent. He tempers his original claim that no one lived in the Supervisor¡¦s house for 3 or 4 years.

Attorneys for Supervisor Jew have received copies of two letters sent to one Chinese neighbor by the City Attorney that were viewed by the recipient as coercive.

Testimony Ignored

City Attorney Herrera fails to respond to the serious charge that his office withheld evidence. Ron Lee’s declaration in support of Supervisor Jew’s residency, in which he declares under penalty of perjury that he observed Supervisor Jew, his wife, and daughter early one morning in the kitchen of their house, was information given to Herrera’s office before his original filing was prepared. It appears that Lee’s account was deliberately omitted because it countered Herrera’s intended conclusion. Since Supervisor Jew’s response was filed, another such friendly interviewee has come forward.

Efforts by Supervisor Jew’s attorneys to obtain a complete list of interviews conducted by his office have not been provided, in violation of Public Records Act requirements.

Intent is the Key

Finally, Herrera fails to address the major flaw in his attempt to unilaterally remove a duly elected officeholder, from a standing without precedent in quo warranto proceedings: Namely, Supervisor Jew cannot declare his intent to reside in the District to support his claim of domicile because of the pending case for the same charges currently before the District Attorney.

Legal precedent shows that it is Supervisor Jew’s intent that is the determining factor in both cases. Without the ability to explain his intent, the civil proceedings will be a useless exercise, and the City Attorney knows this.

There is clearly no public interest served by allowing political considerations to over shadow proper procedures and a thorough legal review. The voters of District 4 who elected Supervisor Jew to office, and whom he continues to serve, would be caused great and irreparable harm. City Attorney Herrera’s claim that he is challenging Supervisor Jew’s domicile to provide voters of District 4 honest representation is directly contradicted by the many letters of support received by the Supervisor’s office, and printed in local newspapers.

Mr. Gruel concludes, “Herrera’s suggestion that Supervisor Jew set aside his Constitutional protections by proving his residency to Herrera’s satisfaction points to his inexperience with such matters. As a former prosecutor, I know better — apparently, in his haste to pile on the charges against Supervisor Jew, Herrera has forgotten his legal training. Mr. Herrera may have crowned himself the prosecutor, judge and jury, but we are confident that the Attorney General will see this political power grab by Dennis Herrera for what it is – a waste of public funds, adversely affecting the public interest.”

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BEST BARS IN AMERICA AND IN SOVERIGN SAN FRANCISCO, TOO

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BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Lou’s Pub and Package Birmingham 84

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Pitch & Roll on the Ferry Vessel Tustumena Homer to Unalaska, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Bering Sea 87
The Office Bar Hoonah 86
Latitudes Unalaska 83

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The Bars at the Hotel Congress Tucson 88
La Gitana Arivaca 70
Jade Bar Paradise Valley 76
Greasewood Flat Scottsdale 81

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
White Water Tavern Little Rock 75
Midtown Billiards Little Rock 85

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Zeitgeist San Francisco 82
Vesuvio San Francisco 78
The Sportsman Sonora 79
The Polo Lounge Beverly Hills 76
The Edison Los Angeles 81
The Broadway Bar Los Angeles 80
Redwood Los Angeles 70
Musso & Frank Grill Hollywood 79
La Cita Los Angeles 80
J Lounge Los Angeles 80
Golden Gopher Los Angeles 84
Brennan’s Pub Marina Del Ray 79
Bourbon & Branch San Francisco 82
Bordello Los Angeles 80
Beach Ball Newport Beach 80
Bar 107 Los Angeles 80

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Minturn Saloon Minturn 71
El Chapultepec Denver 82
Cruise Room Denver 83

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The Tap Room at the Griswold Inn Essex 79

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Dead Presidents Pub & Eatery Wilmington 80

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Jimbo’s Miami 21
Churchill’s Pub Miami 83

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Globe Athens 88
The Clermont Lounge Atlanta 68
Pinkie Master’s Lounge Savannah 89

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Lewers Lounge at the Halekulani Hotel Honolulu 68
La Mariana Sailing Club Honolulu 73

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Pengilly’s Saloon Boise 83

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Red Lion Pub Chicago 73
The Matchbox Chicago 87
The California Clipper Chicago 86
Hideout Chicago 66
Chipp Inn Chicago 81
Bungalow Chicago 81

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Red Key Indianapolis 87
Nicky Blaine’s Indianapolis 43

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Welch Avenue Station Ames 81
The Royal Mile and the Red Monk Des Moines 78
The Lift Des Moines 70
High Life Lounge Des Moines 82
Greenwood Lounge Des Moines 79
El Bait Shop Des Moines 86

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The View Kansas City 78
Replay Lounge Lawrence 71
Gaslight Tavern and Coffeehouse Lawrence 81
Free State Brewery Lawrence 83
Fat Matt’s Vortex Kansas City 78

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Old Seelbach Bar Louisville 81

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The Spotted Cat New Orleans 60
The Republic New Orleans 78
The Chart Room New Orleans 75
The Bar at Tujague’s New Orleans 80
Napoleon House New Orleans 78
Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub New Orleans 80

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Rosie’s Portland 67

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The Brewer’s Art Baltimore 86
Shamrock Inn Baltimore 80

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
No. 9 Park Boston 44
Doyle’s Cafe Jamaica Plain 76
B-Side Lounge Cambridge 77

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Bar at Seldom Blues Detroit 79
Miller’s Bar Dearborn 83

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Nye’s Polonaise Room Minneapolis 84
Half Time Rec St. Paul 82
Bulldog NE Minneapolis 81

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Upstairs Bar at City Grocery Oxford 84

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
John D. McGurk’s St. Louis 52

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Little Cowboy Bar and Museum Fromberg 86
Charlie B’s Missoula 83

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Homy Inn Omaha 85

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Petrossian Bar Las Vegas 77
Double Down Saloon Las Vegas 82
Any bar on the Strip Las Vegas 80

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Library Lounge Portsmouth 82

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McGovern’s Tavern Newark 81

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The 49er Lounge Gallup 72
Silva’s Saloon Bernalillo 95
Los Ojos Jemez Springs 61

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Saloon New York 84
The Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel New York 80
The Brooklyn Inn Brooklyn 77
The Bar at Keens Steakhouse New York 59
The Angel’s Share New York 81
Spuyten Duyvil Brooklyn 85
San Domenico Restaurant New York 85
Pegu Club New York 83
Minetta Tavern New York 81
Little Branch New York 85
Julius’ New York 0
Jimmy’s Corner New York 85
Grassroots Tavern New York 85
Freddy’s Bar & Backroom Brooklyn 80
Flatiron Lounge New York 83
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden Queens 81
Bill’s Gay 90s New York 74
Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel New York 81
Barbes Brooklyn 82
21 Club New York 83

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Thomas Street Tavern Charlotte 83

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Monte’s Downtown Fargo 80

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Andyman’s Treehouse Columbus 81

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The Library Bar & Grill Norman 83

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Sam Bond’s Garage Eugene 88

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Grey Lodge Philadelphia 88
Southwark Philadelphia 87
Friendly Lounge Philadelphia 78
Dee’s Cafe Pittsburgh 77

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Bars of Silver Street Hurley 76
Silver Dollar Tavern Madison 81

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Wild Colonial Tavern Providence 76

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Moe’s Crosstown Tavern Charleston 81

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Ice House Yankton 88

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Nashville 82
Robert’s Western World Nashville 80

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Inwood Lounge Dallas 79
La Tuna San Antonio 86
Donn’s Depot Austin 83

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Union Bar Hudson 80
The Spotted Horse Bar Spotted Horse 76
The Center Bar Gillette 81

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Shooting Star Saloon Huntsville 85

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Three Needs Burlington 86

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Coffee Pot Roanoke 81

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
Zig Zag Cafe Seattle 81
Sambar Seattle 80
Fu Kun Wu Seattle 68

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Mecklenburg Inn Shepherdstown 88

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Mecklenburg Inn Shepherdstown 88

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Bars of Silver Street Hurley 76
Silver Dollar Tavern Madison 81

BAR NAME TOWN RATING
The Union Bar Hudson 80
The Spotted Horse Bar Spotted Horse 76
The Center Bar Gillette 81

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July 15 Video of The Day – REAL SAN FRANCISCAN WOMEN HAVE THE EYE OF A TIGER – Photo of The Day – WRITER SWEARS HE WAS NEVER A USED CAR SALESMAN – July 15 babies will need understanding mate – Live radar and weather forecast

July 15 Video of The Day
REAL SAN FRANCISCAN WOMEN HAVE THE EYE OF A TIGER

July 15 Photo of The Day
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Bay Guardian Publisher, left, shares a laugh with, or at, Sentinel Publisher Pat Murphy during last week’s convocation of the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Despite countenance, publisher at right swears he was never a used car salesman.
PHOTO BY CHARLES RUSSO

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JULY 15 BIRTHDAY LORE
With your sincerity and straightforwardness, you can not tolerate or understand anything different in others. You are optimistic, generous, confiding, and idealistic, and would suffer terribly if an ideal were shattered. Your love is pure, and to be happy you must have the understanding of your mate.

ADVICE FOR JULY 15
Heat wave tip: Drink plenty of fluids and minimize your intake of protein-rich foods.

JULY 15 WORD OF THE DAY
Un-San Francisco. Defintion: Ugly.

JULY 15 IN HISTORY
Enclosed tape measure that holds its place patented, 1868. Orogrande, New Mexico, had a high temperature of 116 degrees F, 1934.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind between 7 and 11 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 56. West wind between 7 and 11 mph.

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind between 7 and 14 mph.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. West wind between 9 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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

Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 67.

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

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

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

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

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NEWSOM, DUFTY sniff good riddance to ugly news racks in San Francisco

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District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who represents the discerning Castro District, stands before officials and bank of acceptable news racks.
PHOTO BY ALAN BARTLETT

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

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Bevan Dufty sniffed goodbye this week to very un-San Francisco news racks.

By Decmeber, and at no cost to the City, 305 additional banks of of news racks which prevent clutter will grace San Francisco neighborhoods, Newsom reported.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
PHOTO BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The number represents more news racks installed from now to December than all pretty news racks installed in the last four years.

Quicker installation was delayed by a lawsuit brought by several newspapers arguing the plan to replace the sidewalk racks violated their First Amendment rights.

A settlement was reached following persistent negotiation by Dufty.

Clear Channel Outdoor will install and maintain the news racks preferred by San Franciscans.

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

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

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July 14 Videos of The Day – HOW COULD THEY KNOW JUST WHAT THIS MESSAGE MEANS, THE COMPANY WAS GAY and HELLO SISTERS with HELLO SISTERS OUTTAKE – July 14 babies will not tolerate insincereity in others – Live radar and weather forecast

July 14 Videos of The Day
HOW COULD THEY KNOW JUST WHAT THIS MESSAGE MEANS, THE COMPANY WAS GAY

HELLO SISTERS

HELLO SISTERS OUTTAKE

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JULY 14 BIRTHDAY LORE
With your sincerity and straightforwardness, you can not tolerate or understand anything different in others. You are optimistic, generous, confiding, and idealistic, and would suffer terribly if an ideal were shattered. Your love is pure, and to be happy you must have the understanding of your mate.

ADVICE FOR JULY 14
Heat wave tip: Drink plenty of fluids and minimize your intake of protein-rich foods.

JULY 14 WORD OF THE DAY
Daly. Defintion: Vanish.

JULY 14 IN HISTORY
Enclosed tape measure that holds its place patented, 1868. Orogrande, New Mexico, had a high temperature of 116 degrees F, 1934.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 67. West southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 56. West wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind between 8 and 13 mph.

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

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 65.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 64.

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

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 66.

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 68.

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INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS Art Walk Through The Mission July 14 to August 4

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Show Curator Susanne Moisan and artist Rebecca Miller carry in the painting to be hung at Hideo Wakamatsu at 563 Valencia Street.
PHOTO BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

From July 14 to August 4, 2007, art lovers will be able to stroll through a small section of the Mission District and discover exciting new work from local artists in unexpected places.

As a highlight of the Intersection Institute’s workshop on art show curation led by visual artist, educator and curator Julio Morales, the workshop participants will curate their own art show in the form of an Art Walk across several blocks of the Mission District. Morales’ workshop included discussions about how to put together a grant proposal, find funding, plan, curate, hang and promote an art show in public and in gallery settings.

The students were asked to pair a local artist with an ideal venue for the artist’s work and to put together a joint art show. Unlike a gallery show, the artwork for this Art Walk will be spread out among several businesses, restaurants and public spaces. A map with locations and addresses will be available at Hideo Wakamatsu beginning July 14th.

A reception will be held at Hideo Wakamatsu, 563 Valencia Street (between 16th and 17th Street) on July 14 from Noon to 3 p.m.

Artists and Addresses include:

Rebecca Miller
Hideo Wakamatsu, 563 Valencia Street, (17th Street)

Bill Jenkins
Corner of 17th Street and Mission (in front of Thrift Town)

Marialuisa Ruiz & Eileen Schwappach
Buffalo Wings Restaurant, 663 Valencia Street (18th Street)

Marion Coleman
Regalito, 3481 18th Street (Valencia)

Mike Arcega

Farmacia Remedios, 2400 Mission (20th Street)

The Intersection Institute provides opportunities for people to engage in an interactive exploration of the process of creating new art. The unique curriculum includes master classes, artist talks, tours, films, lectures, workshops, special events, and opportunities to perform, present and interact with the ongoing array of multidisciplinary arts programming Intersection supports. Intersection’s Education Program cultivates artistic and informative environments where personal and collective ideas and projects generate larger, more inclusive worldviews and broader aesthetic, social, political, and cultural perspectives.

Our educational programs are suitable for all ages and are available to educators, students, community groups, artists and non-artists with all levels of skill and experience.

Intersection for the Arts (est. 1965) Is San Francisco’s oldest alternative art space and provides a place where provocative ideas, diverse art forms, artists and audiences can intersect one another. At Intersection, experimentation and risk are possible, debate and critical inquiry are embraced, community is essential, resources and experience are democratized, and today’s issues are thrashed about in the heat and immediacy of live art.

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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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FRANCE SPECIAL AFFINITY FOR SAN FRANCISCO recalled by Frédéric Desagneaux on eve of Bastille Day

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As French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom unfurl the Flag of France a crowd of City Hall wedding celebrants gathered below for a special moment of newlywed embrace under the world symbol of young lovers.
PHOTOS BY ALAN BARTLETT

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

On the eve of Fête de la Fédération, French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux recalled the special affinity France has had for with San Francisco since this City was born, acknowledging San Francisco as America’s most beautiful city.

“Oh yes, because our relationship is a longstanding one,” Desagneaux told the Sentinel following French flag raising ceremonies over San Francisco City Hall.

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“The French presence here in the City goes back to the early days of San Francisco.

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French Consul General Frédéric Desagneaux, left, with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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Charlotte Schultz, Chief of Protocol for the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco, hosts dignitary reception.

“There were a group of French pioneers who came in the mid-1900s. They were followed by several waves of French immigrants.

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“Working in all areas of life and areas of activities, expecially the technology sector.

“Where in San Francisco so many people live with the diversity of the City and for the opportunities it offers. They are very pleased to live here and to contribute.

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“San Francisco is, in my opinion, the finest, the most beautiful city in the United States. It has some European flavor as well and it has this cache, this authenticity that we appreciate in Europe and especially in Paris.

“And it is the Sister City of Paris so this partnership is very fruitful and very, very enjoyable.

AUX ARMES ET CAETERA

WITH THANKS TO SERGE

“Also the French community is growing every year in numbers in the Bay Area.

“Now in the Bay Area we are about about 14,000 French men and women,” reported Desagneaux.

Fête de la Fédération, known in English as Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of a medieval fortress and prison known as Bastille on July 14, 1789.

LA MARSEILLAISE SUNG 100 YEARS AGO

THE BIG ONE

HEAD WEAR

ALL HEARTS LEAD TO SAN FRANCISCO

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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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US NEWS & WORLD REPORT names UCSF Medical Center 7th among top 10 American best hospitals

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For the seventh consecutive year, UCSF Medical Center ranks among the nation’s top 10 premier hospitals, according to the new 2007 “America’s Best Hospitals” survey by “US News & World Report.” This year the survey ranked the Medical Center number 7.

US News reviewed 5,462 hospitals to produce a list of 173 “best” hospitals. The survey identifies medical centers that take on and “excel at treating a variety of demanding illnesses and procedures,” according to the magazine. Hospitals that make the list follow — and often pioneer — new treatment guidelines, conduct bench-to-bedside research and exploit the latest advances in imaging, surgical devices and other technologies.

“UCSF’s mission is advancing health worldwide, and this ranking reaffirms that our medical center is meeting the needs of the most medically complex patients,” said UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret. “We are now working to build a new hospital, located at Mission Bay that will allow us to double our capacity to treat patients from our region and around the world.”

US News evaluated 16 specialties in this year’s report. In seven specialties, UCSF placed among the top 10 medical centers. These specialties are endocrinology, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, respiratory disorders, rheumatology and urology. US News did not include pediatrics in the current report but plans to release information on this specialty in the fall.

The survey methodology is based on a series of factors, including hard data, reputation (physician surveys), death rate and care-related factors such as nursing and availability of advanced and technological services.
UCSF Medical Center is recognized throughout the world as a leading academic medical center that provides innovative treatments, uses advanced technology, and fosters collaboration among clinicians and scientists.

“UCSF is proud of this ranking and remains dedicated to clinical excellence and putting patients first,” added Laret.

Results of the US News 18th annual survey appear in the upcoming July 23 issue of the magazine.

US News & World Report’s top honor roll:

1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
3. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
7. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
7. Duke University Medical Center, Durham. N.C.
9. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis
10. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
11. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
12. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
13. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
14. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
15. Stanford Hospital and Clinics
15. Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.
17. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
17. University of Chicago Medical Center

UCSF Medical Center’s top 10 medical specialties ranking:

Endocrinology: 4
Gynecology: 6
Neurology & Neurosurgery: 5
Respiratory Disorders: 9
Urology: 8
Ophthalmology: 9
Rheumatology: 9

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July 13 Video of The Day – THOSE SILLY CHICKEN WEENIES – Babies born today will be omnivorous readers – Live radar and weather forecast

July 12 Video of The Day
THOSE SILLY CHICKEN WEENIES

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JULY 13 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are a clear thinker. You make decisions quickly and act impulsively. You are energetic and aggressive, an omnivorous reader, and ambitious for intellectual betterment. You like to travel and will do so. You are demonstrative and constant in your love.

ADVICE FOR JULY 13
If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.

JULY 13 WORD OF THE DAY
Ember Days. Defintion: The Almanac traditionally marks the four periods formerly observed by the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches for prayer, fasting, and the ordination of clergy. These Ember Days are the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays that follow in succession after (1) the First Sunday in Lent; (2) Whitsunday–Pentecost; (3) the Feast of the Holy Cross, September 14; and (4) the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13. The word ember is perhaps a corruption of the Latin quatuor tempora, “four times.” Folklore has it that the weather on each of the three days foretells the weather for three successive months; that is, for September’s Ember Days, Wednesday forecasts weather for October, Friday for November, and Saturday for December.

JULY 13 IN HISTORY
Born: Frank Ramsey (basketball player), 1931. A lightning strike on a power line in Westchester County in New York triggered a 24-hour power blackout in New York City, 1977.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. West southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. West wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. West wind between 7 and 13 mph.

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

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

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

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BILL WILSON remembers Lady Bird Johnson

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Mrs Lyndon “Lady Bird” Johnson
PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

BY BILL WILSON

I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Johnson several times during the various campaigns her son in law, Chuck Robb, ran for positions in the state of Virginia – Lieutenant Governor, Governor and United States Senator. She was always gracious and went out of her way to put people at ease.

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Mrs. Johnson campaigns for her son in law, Chuck Robb.

Having lived for 27 years in Washington, DC, there wasn’t spring that went by that I didn’t say a silent thank you to Mrs. Johnson for the corner plot of tulips, the colors of flowers planted along the sidewalks and the trees. It was through Mrs. Johnson’s efforts that garden clubs were organized to do plantings that beautified the city and eventually the entire nation. She was urging people to be good environmental stewards long before Earth Day and environmentalism became fashionable.

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But some of my memories bring a smile to my face. There was the time she mistook me for Lynda. I had volunteered to pick up flowers from the Robb house and take them to another private home that was going to be the site of a fundraising reception honoring Mrs. Johnson. I got to the house and knocked on the front door.

I was told that the flowers are in the pool house. So I walked down to the pool house. Lynda was there and she showed me these huge cement urns full of carnations. They weighed a ton. She told me that I should go get my car and drive it down to the side door. So as I am walking back to the front door Mrs. Johnson starts down the stairs from the second floor. She calls out, “Lynda it is time for us to go. This is one reception I don’t want to be late for. We have to be there exactly at six so that gives us five minutes to get there.” As she got to the bottom step she turns, faces me and with a startled look realizes I’m not Lynda. So I said, “Lynda is at the pool house. I’m on my way there I’ll tell her what you said.”

That reception always epitomizes what I believe politics, particularly on the national level should be. One of the people who attended was the wife of Senator Frank Church. Senator Church had opposed President Johnson on the war. In most administrations and particularly the one that followed Johnson, that would be reason enough to be put on the enemy list. Instead there were no harbored grudges or misplaced anger. There was genuine affection as people who worked on various projects with Lady Bird had the chance to share memories and reminisces of good times.

There seems to be cruel irony to the fact that the First Lady who did the most to beautify our nation would become blind in her final years. In a March 12 email to me her daughter, Lynda, wrote, “Right now all I do is travel to Texas to take care of my Mother every month. I stay 2 weeks or so and read to her and try to make her laugh. Her mind is fine but her 94 year old body is winding down.”

There has to be some solace in a life lived so fully, that touched so many others and literally made the world a better place to be.

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

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WILLIE MAYS breaks ground on multi-million dollar renovation of the Hunters Point Boys and Girls Club – Now named Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club

San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays today helped break ground on a multi-million dollar renovation of the Hunters Point Boys and Girls Club, now named, Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club.

Mays joined Mayor Gavin Newsom and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in the groundbreaking at 195 Kiska Rd.

In 2004, the site was turned over to the Boys and Girls Club in response to escalating violence in the area, Major League Baseball said in a statement today.

Once completed, the club will serve more than 200 children every day and will feature a new learning and multi-media technology center, an art studio, a teen center, and a full size gymnasium, among other amenities, MLB officials said.

The site will also feature a San Francisco Police Department community policing office.

Bay City News

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July 11 Photos of The Day – BARRY BONDS ARRIVES FOR ALL STAR GAME LIKE CONQUERING HERO – CINCINNATI REDS’ KEN GRIFFY, JR. – BARRY ZITO – WILLIE MAYS

July 11 Photos of The Day
A WINK FROM BARRY BONDS TO ALL STAR PARADE FANS
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Barry Bonds, who poled his 751 homerun for the San Francisco Giants and is only five homeruns away from beating Hank Aaron’s all time record, throws a wink to fans at AT&T Ballpark Tuesday. Bonds and his family arrived via red carpet receiving a conquering hero’s welcome.
PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Ken Griffey, Jr.from the Cincinatti Reds was among the the most revered All Stars.

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San Francisco Mayor’s Office staffer Jason Chan, left, with Barry Zito.
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Photos by Bill Wilson
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Baseball legend Willie Mays was feted with a libation from both branches of San Francisco governance Saturday evening at the ballpark. Sarah Ballard enjoyed relaxed prelude to today’s All Star Game with husband Nathan Ballard. Sarah serves as legislative aide to San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier while Nathan directs the Mayor’s Office of Communications for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Photo Special to The Sentinel

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JULY 11 BIRTHDAY LORE
Yours is a sunny, radiant disposition, and your charming personality wins you many true and loyal friendships. You have good judgment and self-control. You like pleasant surroundings and create a pleasant atmosphere in the most unpromising environment. You will have a sincere love, and your home will be ideal.

ADVICE FOR JULY 11
To polish and brighten tarnished silverware, soak it in sour milk for half an hour. Remove and wash in soapy water.

JULY 11 WORD OF THE DAY
Sun Fast/Slow. Defintion: When a sundial reading is behind (slow) or ahead of (fast) clock time.

JULY 11 IN HISTORY
U.S. space station Skylab, in orbit since 1973, returned to Earth and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, 1979. Strong winds and a thunderstorm collapsed a circus tent injuring 44 people, Howard, Wisconsin, 1987.

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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Wednesday: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 65. West southwest wind between 7 and 11 mph.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 57. West southwest wind between 5 and 11 mph.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. West southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West wind between 6 and 10 mph.

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

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 75.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JOE ALIOTO VERONESE cites grassroots success in raising $101,000 for California Senate campaign

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San Francisco Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese at the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s side Saturday during a Western Addition rally aimed at ending the killing of children by gunfire. Some 30,000 Americans are killed by gunfire every year compared to US soldier Iraqi War deaths totaling 3,600 in four years.
PHOTOS BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
San Francisco Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese announced this week his campaign for California Senate District 3 has raised $101,000 in campaign donations.

Alioto Veronese, who began fundraising June 13, raised current tally from 191 individuals, Veronese told the Sentinel.

Most contributions came from the Democratic Party Fundraising website at ActBlue.com, he reported.

The police commissioner cited his campaign as a grassroots effort.

“This campaign is about making room for the people and not just the special interests,” stated Alioto Veronese.

“Our results are proof that this message is resonating.

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Julie Alioto Veronese with husband Joe at Saturday Jesse Jackson rally.

“I’m taking power away from the politicians and giving power back to families.

“My campaign is a grassroots movement to bring much needed change to Sacramento and people are responding.”

The fundraising effort shows Alioto Veronese will be able to compete financially with both Mark Leno and Carol Migden in the Democratic Primary next June.

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Alioto Veronese’s campaign includes a personal commitment of $32,000 loaned to the campaign.

In addition to serving as a police commissioner, Alioto Veronese is Member of the California Criminal Justice Commission, Civil Rights, Attorney in the Law Office of Mayor Joseph Alioto and Angela Alioto, and small business owner in the wine industry in Sonoma County.

California Senate District 3 includes San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma Counties.

BELIEVE IT OR WHAT
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PAT MURPHY

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

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

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