Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Leno to take over old Castro Pottery Barn space for mayoral HQ

Gay San Francisco mayoral candidate Mark Leno has secured his campaign headquarters in the heart of the Castro – the old Pottery Barn space at 2390 Market Street.

(Mayoral candidate Mark Leno, center, stands in the former Pottery Barn space with campaign staffers. Photo: Courtesy Leno for Mayor campaign)

(Mayoral candidate Mark Leno, center, stands in the former Pottery Barn space with campaign staffers. Photo: Courtesy Leno for Mayor campaign)

In an email announcement Friday afternoon, Leno said that he was excited to open his campaign office in the gay neighborhood.

“Thirty-seven years ago, I made a home in District 8,” Leno stated. “I got my start as a community volunteer, raising money to help fight HIV and AIDS. And like so many of us, I lost the love of my life here to HIV. Harvey Milk ran his historic campaign on the corners of these streets, inspiring generations to follow in his footsteps.”

He went on to say that his campaign to “shake up” City Hall “is ready to hit the streets with our message of change.”

Leno said that people who want to volunteer for his campaign are welcome to stop by the headquarters weekdays between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The announcement comes just before the first mayoral debate Saturday, February 3. The United Democratic Club debate will feature Leno, former supervisor Angela Alioto, Board of Supervisors President London Breed, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, and queer nonbinary Democrat Amy Farah Weiss. It takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium at the main library, 100 Larkin Street. John Diaz of the San Francisco Chronicle will moderate.

The Bay Area Reporter, Horizons Foundation, and KQED will host a mayoral debate March 19 at the Castro Theatre. For more information on that, see

— Cynthia Laird, February 2, 2018 @ 4:33 pm PST
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Man arrested in Castro assault

Emile Jenkins (Photo: San Francisco Police Department)

Emile Jenkins (Photo: San Francisco Police Department)

A 45-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after attacking another man in San Francisco’s Castro district.

Police said that at about 8:30 p.m. near Market and Church streets, the suspect punched the victim, 38, who fell to the ground.

Officers arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect, whom police have identified as Emile Jenkins, of San Francisco.

Jenkins was booked into custody on suspicion of aggravated assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, battery causing serious bodily injury, being a felon in possession of pepper spray, and for an outstanding felony warrant. The warrant is from violating probation in Solano County. He’s being held in San Francisco County Jail #2 without bond. An arraignment date hasn’t been set.

The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In a jailhouse interview late Friday afternoon, Jenkins said that the incident started when he was walking near the Safeway in the Castro and heard another man keep saying the N-word.

“He was talking to somebody else, but he was looking at me,” said Jenkins. “I thought he was talking to me. I asked him if he was saying it to me.”

The man said that he wasn’t, and briefly stopped saying it, but then started again.

“I can say whatever I want to say. … What are you going to do about it?” Jenkins said the man asked him.

Jenkins said he punched the man, but he didn’t know where the blow hit him. He walked away immediately after hitting the man, he said, and he couldn’t recall much about the victim except that he was white, bald, and had tattoos.

Sacramento County Superior Court criminal records indicate that Jenkins had several cases there since at least 2005.

He said Friday that those incidents include a 2013 vandalism arrest that stemmed from a fight he had with his two sons.

In March 2014, when he was an inmate at North Kern State Prison in Delano, California, Jenkins filed a civil rights claim in federal court against the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. He wrote that deputies had kicked and punched him the previous fall after he kicked and shattered the window of a patrol vehicle while he was being placed inside of it.

The sheriff’s department denied Jenkins’ allegations, and the claim was eventually dismissed after he was paroled in June 2014 and failed to keep the court updated on his address, records show.

“I’m not a bad person,” Jenkins told the Bay Area Reporter. “Whatever people think about me, they can think about me.”

Jenkins, who said he was coming down with pneumonia and was fighting off sleep as he spoke, added, “I need help. I don’t have anybody on my side.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 12:27 pm PST
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