Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018
 

Bizarre mailer mystery grows

As reports surfaced this week that more people received a bizarre mailer that attacks Mayor Gavin Newsom and solicits contributions for the group VERITAS/Free The Sailor, the group’s executive investigator/director informed Newsom last month he had nothing to do with the mailings.
The mailings, as described in the Bay Area Reporter’s October 5 Political Notebook, say the group is “protecting our future (children) from the sick degenerates who claim to be public servants since 1975″ and claimed that the “Mayors LGBT outreach goes into the dark, dank basements of San Franciscos’ [sic] deviant sex clubs.” It features a photo of the mayor’s face the mailer alleges is festooned on gloryholes – or what it calls “GavinHoles” – at the city’s sex clubs and that “hustlers stand in line to use the ‘special booths’ like a jail cell punk being passed around the Hall of Justice.” (more…)

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 2, 2006 @ 1:02 pm PST
Filed under: News


Bi dyke revs up for transit race

AC Transit board member Rebecca Kaplan didn’t even have to cakewalk in to her at-large seat during the 2002 election. Since she ran unopposed her name wasn’t even on the ballot – the transit agency’s rules say if there is only one candidate for a seat that person automatically wins.
This time out the Oakland resident, who identifies as a bi dyke, has been forced into campaigning for re-election by the emergence of competitor James Muhammed. It is his second attempt to join the transit board; Muhammed ran two years ago for the board’s other at-large seat and lost. His main beef with the board is service cuts implemented before Kaplan joined. (more…)

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 1, 2006 @ 4:40 pm PST
Filed under: News,Politics


Swedish group cancels Nov. 3 Stud show

Swedish glam rockers The Ark, which headlined the Shadowplay Stage and the main stage at last June’s San Francisco Pride festival (video can be seen at youtube.com/watch?v=6QyT4Kc4xnQ) had to cancel its Friday night appearances in San Francisco – as well as the rest of its U.S. tour – after the group’s openly bisexual lead singer Ola Salo made a joke about a plane hitting the White House while performing Sunday, October 22 at the opening of the new Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
As reported in the D.C. press – and played up on Fox News – the Swedish Embassy is under the flight path for Reagan National Airport, and as a plane flew overhead as the Ark was about perform “One of Us is Going to Die Young,” Salo joked that the plane was going in the right direction, i.e. towards the White House. (more…)

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 3:34 pm PST
Filed under: Arts,Music


Gay-adored actresses stump for renewable power

Backers of the renewable energy measure Proposition 87 are bringing some last minute star power to pump up support for their campaign.
At 5 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, November 1) on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall Eva Longoria, one of the stars of the ABC hit series Desperate Housewives, will appear alongside singers Bonnie Raitt and Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind to voice their support of Prop. 87, which backers say will lead to the state to energy independence.
Former President Bill Clinton, who has been appearing in TV spots pushing voters to adopt the measure, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will also be on hand tonight at the rally. (more…)

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 2:40 pm PST
Filed under: News


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