Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Christina Olague tapped as D5 supe

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee this morning named Christina Olague as the new supervisor for District 5. Olague, who had served as president of the Planning Commission, was sworn in around 10:30 a.m.

An out bisexual Latina, Olague was an early member of the “Run Ed Run” campaign to encourage Lee to seek a full four-year term.

“Christina Olague is my appointment for District 5 supervisor,” Lee said in a statement. “As a low-income tenant and immigration advocate, she shares my values in making government more fair and responsive for San Francisco residents. She has been a voice for our neighborhoods and has proven through her voting record on the Planning Commission that what San Francisco needs most right now is job creation and revitalizing our local economy.”

District 5 covers the Haight Ashbury, Lower Haight, Fillmore, Western Addition, Parnassus Heights, North Panhandle, Anza Vista, Lower Pacific Heights, Japantown, part of Hayes Valley, part of Ashbury Heights, and part of UCSF Parnassus Heights.

Olague will fill the term of former Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who was sworn in Sunday as sheriff. She is expected to run for a full term when the odd-numbered districts are up this November.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more on Olague in Thursday’s edition.

— Cynthia Laird, January 9, 2012 @ 12:49 pm PST
Filed under: News,Politics

Names of alleged South of Market shooters released

San Francisco Police today (Friday, January 6) released the names of two men arrested in connection with a shooting that happened in the South of Market neighborhood last night.

Officer Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, identified the men as Gary Eugene Gray and Zayah Kylee Pettittwood.

Both are 32-year-old San Francisco residents. They’ve each been booked on charges of negligent discharge of a firearm and discharging a firearm within San Francisco city limits, Esparza said.

The incident, which occurred about a block away from the offices of the Bay Area Reporter and the Stud bar, began at about 11 p.m. Thursday night, police said. The incident occurred after the B.A.R. closed for the day, but there are typically many people standing outside the Stud at that time of night. No injuries were reported.

Esparza said officers responded to multiple calls of shots fired in the 400 block of Ninth Street, between Harrison and Bryant streets. When police arrived, they heard gun shots and quickly set up a perimeter around the block, he said.

The alleged shooters’ exact location wasn’t known at the time police arrived, but the two suspects eventually came out onto the street and were detained, Esparza said. Two firearms were recovered, according to police.

In addition to the other allegations, police said that Gray was also arrested on an outstanding warrant that apparently stemmed from having a taillight out.

Police haven’t released photos of the men. Esparza said they don’t know what the motive might have been.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 6, 2012 @ 5:07 pm PST
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SF Supervisor David Campos hosts district meeting Friday, plans re-election bid

Openly gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos is ringing in the New Year by hosting office hours in his Mission-centered district this Friday, January 6.

One of two out gay men serving on the Board of Supervisors, Campos (seen at left) is also preparing to launch his re-election bid for his seat. He also has his eyes on how the District 9 boundaries may change as a city redistricting panel speeds up its work on redrawing the city’s political map in response to the latest census figures.

Speaking to the Bay Area Reporter this week, Campos confirmed that he does plan to seek another four-year term at City Hall.

“We are still trying to figure out the date for the campaign kick-off, but I will be running for re-election,” said Campos. “I look forward to making our case to the voters.”

This week Campos plans to meet with his constituents outside of his City Hall office. The district office hours will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at Charlie’s Deli Cafe, 3202 Folsom Street, across from Precita Park at the bottom of Bernal Heights.

Asked if he had any concerns about the work so far by the redistricting panel, which is slated to approve the new supervisor district lines by April, Campos said he hopes they consider community input and keep designated neighborhoods whole.

“What we want is to make sure they have as much input from the community as possible and take community concerns into consideration,” he said. “Not just numbers but how the numbers translate onto the ground. Some initial maps didn’t really make a lot of sense in terms of neighborhood cohesion, if you will.”

According to the city’s Ethics Commission, one person so far has formed a campaign committee to run against him. In September Benjamin Castaneda, a 23-year-old straight man, wrote on his Facebook page,That this time next year I will be announcing my campaign for supervisor. Sorry, David you know I love you but I grew up here too.”

Unless a serious challenger emerges, Campos is expected to easily win re-election and became a key leader within the city’s progressive camp. He is already being talked about as a successor to gay state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), who will be termed out of office in 2014.


— Matthew S. Bajko, January 4, 2012 @ 5:40 pm PST
Filed under: Uncategorized

Under One Roof gifts less than planned

Under One Roof, the charitable retail shop located in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, has recently distributed $10,000 to its nonprofit partners.

But that’s only half of the amount that Beth Feingold, the nonprofit’s executive director (seen at left), said they would give out.

In one of her last emails to the to the Bay Area Reporter, she said, “Holiday goodies! – we will be giving out $20,000 to our AIDS service organizations” by December 1.

Not only was the money that the shop shared less than what Feingold boasted about, it also came later than she said it would. Board member Jennifer Kutz announced the gifts in a December 29 email.

It’s not clear whether Under One Roof plans to send out more checks soon, or if there’s another explanation for the shortfall. Kutz and Feingold refuse to do phone interviews.

Under One Roof operates a year-round store at 518A Castro Street and, this year, a holiday store. The organization distributes net proceeds to about two dozen HIV and AIDS-related organizations.

Only a small portion of what the shop raises goes to the other charities,  however. Most of the money goes to cover the agency’s high expenses. Feingold has said that rent on the shop alone is $16,000 a month, though a board member generally pays $5,000 of that.

Kutz said in her email last week that the latest distribution brings the total for the 2011-12 fiscal year to $30,000. She said about $15,000 was donated last year.

“This is an inspiring development during a time when many charitable agencies are struggling to meet their missions due to significantly reduced public and private funding,” Kutz said in a statement.

Since its creation in 1991, Under One Roof has donated upwards of $4 million to the HIV and AIDS community, the group says. They’ve sold over $11 million in retail merchandise since their opening.

Former board chair shares

Not all of the $30,000 distributed in the last year came directly from Under One Roof. In August, Under One Roof Chair Emeritus Marc Hettinger provided $5,000 apiece for shop partners AIDS Legal Referral Panel and Pets are Wonderful Support.

Hettinger held his 60th birthday party at the shop and asked friends to donate to a restricted fund for the two charities.

Unlike Kutz and Feingold, Hettinger, who chaired the nonprofit’s board from 1994 to 2000, spoke openly about the store.

Asked about the $10,000 shortfall between what Feingold had said they’d deliver and the actual amount distributed, Hettinger said he didn’t have access to the shop’s internal data, but “November was not the sales month they planned it to be.”

Hettinger was also more open than others connected with Under One Roof when asked about audits of the shop’s finances.

Kutz and Feingold haven’t provided the agency’s most recent financial audit, despite numerous requests.

Hettinger said that as far as he knows, the shop hasn’t been audited since 2004.

He said that he used to insist on audits, but the reviews are “very expensive.”

Asked about the small amounts being distributed, Hettinger said that the board has examined the rent and other expenses “very carefully.”

Feingold is “an extraordinary merchant and a cost controller beyond belief” who has “taken the knife to every extraneous expense,” said Hettinger, who said part of his current role is to “go around and ask people for money from time to time.”

He said that he hasn’t seen the current lease, but the rent that Under One Roof pays is “commensurate with what space costs in the Castro.” Moving out of the neighborhood isn’t an option, he said, because the shop has to be in a location that serves as a “destination for gay people.”

Even though the shop’s gifts to other nonprofits used to be much larger, Under One Roof’s partners don’t appear to mind.

Brian Basinger, director of AIDS Housing Alliance-San Francisco, said his organization recently got a check for $300 from Under One Roof. His nonprofit’s budget is just over $400,000. Even though the gift is small, it’s “absolutely” still helpful, he said.

The hospice Maitri is another one of Under One Roof’s partners.

Executive Director Michael Smithwick wouldn’t share how much the store’s latest check to his agency was, but said he has “only positive things to say” about the shop. He said in addition to money, Under One Roof has also provided them with a tree and ornaments “to liven up the holidays.”

Hettinger stood firmly by Under One Roof. He asked the B.A.R. to “cut [the shop] some slack” and “give them some good press, because they need the customers.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 4:50 pm PST
Filed under: Uncategorized

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