Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 43 / 23 October 2014

Bandidos owners change restaurant’s name to Hecho

Owners of Bandidos, a Mexican restaurant in the Castro, have decided to call the eatery 'Hecho!' Photo: Rick Gerharter

Owners of Bandidos, a Mexican restaurant in the Castro, have decided to call the eatery ‘Hecho!’ Photo: Rick Gerharter

The owners of Bandidos, the Mexican restaurant in San Francisco’s Castro district that has faced complaints from people who feel the name is offensive, announced Thursday, September 11 that they’re changing the name to Hecho.

“As small business owners, we have been saddened that unknowingly the name of the restaurant we recently opened has offended people,” owners of the eatery, which is at 2200 Market Street, said in a Facebook post Thursday. “This was never our intention and we feel horribly about it, so we have decided to change the name. We hope that the focus of the restaurant can be on our creative food, delicious drinks and fun atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, and not what is written above our door. We have always wanted to celebrate Mexican culture, food and drinks, and never would want anyone to feel like they were being discriminated.”

Hecho “is Spanish for ‘made,’ as in Hecho en Mexico or Hecho en SF,” the owners said. “We take this to mean different things for different people, no matter where they are from. Since our menu is inspired by Mexican cuisine but has a San Francisco twist to it, we believe that this is an appropriate name that means we are not just one specific style, we are ‘made’ everywhere.”

Local queer comedian Marga Gomez had been working with owners Jesse Woodward and Dana Gleim on a name change since around the time the restaurant opened September 2. Gomez said in an interview this week that “Bandidos” translates to ‘bandits,’” and “it has a lot to do with stereotypes of Mexican people,” such as “bushy beards, criminals,” and “untrustworthy” figures.

Woodward, who’s gay, has said, “Our inspiration was always the Mexican revolutionaries,” such as Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa. He called the men “heroes for a lot of Mexican people. They were looked up to.”

Gleim, Gomez, and Woodward didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Woodward said business has been “great,” and Thursday’s Facebook post said, “Our first week has been incredible and we want to thank everyone for their support in revitalizing this corner of Market Street. Following in the footsteps of our landlord, Leticia Luna, we’re honored to continue providing quality food and service in the Castro. We are looking forward to many nights of tacos and tequila with locals and visitors alike. Thanks to everyone for all the love, Salud!”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 11, 2014 @ 2:36 pm PST
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Resolution delayed in skirt burning case


Sasha Fleischman in an undated photo

The attorney for the boy accused of burning a gender non-conforming teen last year said Thursday, September 11 that a resolution in the case is close, but he indicated the families haven’t been able to agree on what should happen.

Richard Thomas, 17, allegedly used a lighter to set fire to the skirt worn by Sasha Fleischman, 18, skirt as they rode an AC Transit bus in Oakland November 4, 2013. Fleischman suffered severe burns and was hospitalized for several weeks.

Thomas has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated mayhem and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Each count carries a hate crime enhancement. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

William Du Bois, Thomas’s attorney, has said for months that he’s trying to work out a resolution with prosecutors before the case goes to trial.

At Thursday morning’s hearing in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, Judge Paul Delucchi asked if the case would be resolved during that day’s session.

“We’re allegedly on the cusp of that,” Delucchi said.

“We still are,” Du Bois said, but a deal hasn’t been reached yet.

Outside the courtroom, Du Bois said, “We’re really close to a disposition,” but it’s been like “herding cats to get everybody” from Fleischman’s and Thomas’s families “together.” With the additional challenge of representing a juvenile, “That’s what’s causing me the blues,” he said.

Asked whether Thomas’s family wants one outcome and Fleischman’s family wants another, Du Bois said that’s “a fair inference, but I can’t say that’s the case.”

He wouldn’t share any details of what the resolution may look like, but he said it could be reached “in the next couple of weeks.”

Debra Crandall, Fleischman’s mother, has said she’s “sad” about Thomas being charged as an adult. “We’re kind of torn … to put a 16-year-old kid away for life seems really harsh.”

However, she’s said, “I feel like perhaps the DA’s office must have information they can’t give us completely.”

Du Bois has indicated Thomas has a criminal history, but details are confidential because he’s a juvenile.

The attorney hasn’t disputed that Thomas set fire to Fleischman but has said, “As far as I can tell,” the incident “was the result of a juvenile prank that went horribly wrong a juvenile prank that went horribly wrong.”

He’s also said members of Thomas’s family are gay and “he doesn’t have a homophobic bone in his body.”

Thomas, who’s been in custody since shortly after the incident, looked toward a family member who was sitting in the back of the room as he walked into court Thursday. His hands had been cuffed to a chain around his waist. Approached before the hearing, the family member declined to speak with the Bay Area Reporter.

A call to Fleischman’s home wasn’t returned Thursday.

The next court date is October 10, when a deal could still be announced. A trial date of December 8 is also set in case a resolution isn’t agreed upon before that.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 1:53 pm PST
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League of Women Voters of San Francisco announces fall campaign debate schedule

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 1.47.07 PMThe League of Women Voters of San Francisco has published its fall campaign debate schedule with candidates in two supervisor races, the college board contests, and a state Assembly race.

The most high profile of the four will be the one with the Assembly District 17 candidates – Supervisors David Chiu (District 3) and David Campos (District 9) – who are vying to succeed termed out gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco).

Their debate is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at the UCSF Mission Bay campus’ Genentech Hall located at 600 16th Street in San Francisco. It will be co-presented by the league and the university.

As the Bay Area Reporter‘s Political Notebook pointed out last month, there has been a noticeable lack of forums or debates this year with candidates for local offices on the November ballot.

Unlike in past election cycles, the city’s two main LGBT Democratic clubs, Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk, are not hosting any such candidate forums this fall. (Alice did hold an Assembly candidate debate in March.) Nor have AIDS advocates announced an HIV-focused debate this year with candidates in the races for the even-numbered supervisor districts as they did 4 years ago.

Several neighborhood groups in District 6 and District 10 have held, or are planning to host, forums with their supervisor candidates in coming weeks, and last night nightlife and entertainment industry leaders hosted an Assembly race debate with Chiu and Campos.

The first of the league’s forums will be with the candidates for District 6 supervisor, where the incumbent, Jane Kim, is seeking a second 4-year term. Her opponents are three men: gay Rincon Hill resident Jamie Whitaker; neighborhood activist Michael Nulty, who told the B.A.R. he identifies as homosexual; and David Carlos Salaverry, a Republican who placed third in the June primary for the 17th Assembly District seat.

The District 6 forum is set to take place at 6 p.m. Friday, September 19, at Golden Gate University School of Law, Room 2201, at 536 Mission Street in San Francisco. The university is co-hosting the event with the league.

The forum with the District 10 supervisor candidates is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, October 6, at the Southeast Community Facility located at 1800 Oakdale Avenue in San Francisco. The Bayview Multipurpose Senior Center has partnered with the league to host the debate.

In that contest the incumbent, Supervisor Malia Cohen, is facing a rematch with several of her challengers from the 2010 race, as noted in today’s Political Notebook. Former nonprofit theater executive Tony Kelly, who placed second behind Cohen in 2010 after 20 rounds of calculations under the city’s ranked choice voting system, is considered the most formidable opponent in this year’s race.

Also running a second time this fall are Marlene Tran and Ed Donaldson, while neighborhood activist Shawn M. Richard rounds out the list of candidates.

The league’s Community College Board candidate forum is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, in Room MUB 140 at the City College of San Francisco main campus located at 50 Phelan Avenue. It will be co-hosted by EATV.

In the race for three four-year seats on the Community College Board of Trustees, two incumbents, John Rizzo, the board’s president, and Anita Grier, its vice president, are seeking re-election. Their challengers are gay activist Dan Choi, Haight neighborhood leader Thea Selby, former college board member Rodrigo Santos, Brigitte Davila, and Wendy Aragon.

In the race for a two-year term on the college board, to fill a vacancy created when Chris Jackson resigned, the leading candidates are former gay student trustee William Walker and Amy Bacharach. Thomas Moyer is also seeking the seat.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer at any of the forums, email or call (415) 989-8683. There is no RSVP necessary to attend the forums.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 12:58 pm PST
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HealthRight 360 to prep Mission Street space for health care services

1563 Mission Street (Photo:

1563 Mission Street in an undated photo. (Photo:

A San Francisco-based nonprofit that offers health care services to low-income LGBTs and others has acquired a 5-story building near the Mission district and is working to raise $12 million in order to expand its reach, the group announced this week.

HealthRight 360 plans to turn the dilapidated 1563 Mission Street space near South Van Ness Avenue into a new healthcare center providing primary medical care and dental work, along with HIV testing, mental health, substance abuse, employment, education, housing, and other services.

With the acquisition, “We’re taking the services we offer currently in a patchwork of rental locations and relocating them in one space” and growing the number of clients, Robert Joyce, a HealthRight 360 spokesman, said.

Joyce said construction would begin in the spring of 2015 when, “if all goes as planned, we plan to begin a wide-ranging rehabilitation of the building to suit our needs.”

The fundraising campaign started in September 2013. So far, more than $3.2 million has been raised through foundation grants and lead gifts. Over the next two years, the organization plans to raise about $9 million more through private individuals, corporations, and foundations. Joyce said the city wouldn’t be providing funding for the campaign.

“[D]uring the last several months, while the sale of the building was being negotiated, HealthRight 360 was contractually prohibited from discussing the location publicly,” the agency said in a news release Thursday, September 4.

In a listing that was last updated more than a year ago, says the building was constructed in 1903 and includes more than 40,000 square feet of space.

“The subject property (1563-1565 Mission Street) is a rare opportunity for a developer to buy a prime building in an area that the local San Franciscan government encourages residential development,” the listing says.

The ad, which also points out the proximity to City Hall and several Muni public transit lines, continues, “The Van Ness corridor is undergoing a massive redevelopment. Many of the old industrial buildings are being converted to retail and residential which will create a thriving community.”

In recent years, the spot has housed textile industry and a Chinese restaurant.

“We’ve done extensive due diligence as far as engaging engineers” to examine “the structural integrity of the building” and what needs to be done “floor by floor” to get it into shape, Joyce said.

HealthRight 360 was formed in 2011 by the merger of Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and Walden House. Earlier this year, Lyon-Martin Health Services, which provides health care services to women and transgender people regardless of their ability to pay, also merged with the organization.

“We serve people living below the poverty line,” Joyce said. “… A large proportion of our population is homeless.”

The nonprofit will continue helping people in other neighborhoods, including the Haight and the Tenderloin.

“There’s demand in each neighborhood for high quality care,” Joyce said.

In its news release, the agency referred to the fact that Twitter and other tech companies moving to the neighborhood near its new Mission Street spot in recent years, along with high-rent condominiums, has raised concerns about “how that development impacts local nonprofits and their service to the community.”

HealthRight 360 is working with the city’s health department and others to develop an outreach plan for area residents and others “who wish to learn more about the project and to provide their recommendations,” the nonprofit said.

HealthRight 360 CEO Vitka Eisen stated, “This location is accessible to the communities we serve in the heart of San Francisco, and we look forward to creating a modern resource for the present and future needs of our clients and community.”

The Mission Street project was considered during the San Francisco Health Commission’s Tuesday, September 2 meeting. The group said commissioners voted unanimously to support a finding related to the city’s Health Care Services Master Plan, which was adopted last year. The plan identifies needs and locations of health care services and includes recommendations on accessibility and service distribution.


— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 5, 2014 @ 3:37 pm PST
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Philz Coffee brews up plans for larger Castro store

Courtesy Philz

Courtesy Philz

The recent caffeinization of the Castro district shows no signs of reaching the bottom of the pot, with homegrown Philz Coffee the latest to brew up plans for a new location in the city’s gayborhood.

Founded in the city’s Mission District in 2003 by Phil Jaber, the company opened its second outlet a year later in the Castro at 4023 18th Street. The 400 square foot location, however, is cramped and shares the space with a laundromat.

With its lease set to expire, Philz would like to relocate to a larger storefront at 549 Castro Street. Formerly the site of a locally-owned shoe store, the space currently houses Supervisor David Chiu’s campaign headquarters for his Assembly bid.

By doing so Philz would be able to expand the number of stations to slow drip its made-to-order coffees in the new Castro location, allowing for faster service on the weekends, when it is particularly busy. And it could liven up that block of Castro Street, which has struggled for more than a decade to draw foot traffic due to the longtime closure of the Patio restaurant and intermittent usage of the next door storefront.

“It is a slightly larger store so we could serve the community better,” Tracy Chiao, vice president of real estate for Philz, told Castro business owners Thursday morning at their monthly meeting.

The company is just beginning to meet with neighborhood groups to discuss its relocation plans as it applied for the necessary permits with the city’s planning department in August. Because Philz now has 15 stores in the Bay Area and one in Los Angeles it is considered a formula retailer and needs to win approval to open the new Castro store from the planning commission.

It has yet to be given a hearing date. Should it win the needed permits, company officials expect to have the new Castro Street location open sometime next year in the late spring or early summer.

“It is a really exciting time and a good move if it happens with the expanded sidewalks,” said David Grey, a project manager for new store development at Philz. “It is still going to be the smallest Philz but will be twice as big as the 18th Street Philz.”

It remains to be seen if the neighborhood will welcome Philz on that segment of Castro Street. Plans to open another formula retailer, Hamburger Mary’s, in the old Patio space have drawn objections. That project is waiting to be heard by the planning commission.

In addition to arguments over it being a chain store, as defined by the city, Philz could also face opposition from those who object to seeing another coffee house move into the Castro.

Over the last year the neighborhood has welcomed such entrants in the java business as Eureka! Cafe (451 Castro Street), Espressamente Illy (2349 Market Street), and Reveille Coffee Company (4076 18th Street).

They joined long established Castro coffee houses Spike’s Coffees and Teas (4117 19th Street); Peet’s (2257 Market Street); Starbucks (4094 18th Street); and the Castro Coffee Company (427 Castro Street).

Work is underway on the Weaver’s Coffee & Tea coming to a ground-floor space in same building as Fitness SF at the corner of Market, Noe and 16th Streets. And in April Hearth Coffee Roasters won approval to move into 3985 17th Street, the site of a former tanning salon.

Should Philz’s application for the Castro space be rejected, it is unclear what the company will do.

“It’s possible we would leave the Castro; that store is definitely compromised for us,” Grey said of the 18th Street space. “But we may talk to our current landlord about extending the lease.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 11:14 am PST
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Three commuter shuttle stops proposed for Castro district

Protesters block a shuttle bus. Courtesy Flickr, Chris James Martin

Protesters block a shuttle bus. Courtesy Flickr, Chris James Martin

San Francisco transportation planners are proposing to designate three zones in the city’s gay Castro district to be used during a portion of the day by commuter shuttle buses.

The proposal is part of the 18-month-long citywide pilot project that began in August to deal with the numerous buses that transport tech company employees from various neighborhoods throughout the city to their employers’ corporate campuses on the Peninsula.

The idea is to allow the shuttles to continue picking up their passengers without causing delays for the city’s public transit buses or tying up vehicular traffic in the congested Castro neighborhood.

“What we are really trying to test is does this minimize impacts on Muni and other users,” said Carli Paine, a manager with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Sustainable Streets Division, during this morning’s Castro Merchants meeting.

Paine’s department is proposing the SFMTA create permitted commuter shuttle only zones in the following locations in the Castro.

One would be created on the west side of Church Street at 15th Street, in front of a plumbing store and cafe, and would be used between 6 and 10 a.m.

Two would be on Castro Street. The first, on the east side of Castro Street at Market adjacent to the Pottery Barn building, would be in effect from 4 to 8 p.m.

The second zone would be on the west side of Castro Street at 18th Street in front of the Walgreens. It would be used between 6 and 10 a.m.

The SFMTA’s Sustainable Streets Division will consider the proposed three shuttle zones at its September 19 Engineering Public Hearing.  The proposal will then go before the SFMTA Board for approval.

If the Church Street/15th zone is approved, then the zone currently being used in the mornings on Church Street at Market adjacent to the Safeway will be removed.

“In the Castro it has been really hard to find acceptable locations,” said Paine, noting that “there is a large population of the shuttle riders in the Castro.”

While Castro merchants welcome seeing the shuttle stops near their businesses, they are also concerned about seeing parking spaces be taken out of service, even if for a limited time.

“I am not unhappy with the shuttle buses going through the Castro, but I am worried about the loss of parking spaces,” said Hortica owner David Gray. “I love the people getting off the buses because they become my customers. But I also don’t want to lose metered parking spaces for customers.”

Terry Asten Bennett, general manager of Cliff’s Variety, agreed that “the shuttles create a lot of foot traffic into our shops.” Nonetheless, she added that, “I too am worried about the loss of parking.”

The SFMTA’s engineering public hearings usually take place at 10 a.m. in Room 416 at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

— Matthew S. Bajko, September 4, 2014 @ 4:27 pm PST
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Diaz, convicted in park death, released from custody

David Diaz in an undated photo. (Photo: Courtesy Public Defender's office)

David Diaz in an undated photo. (Photo: Courtesy Public Defender’s office)

Officials have released from custody the man recently convicted of involuntary manslaughter for choking to death another man in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park in 2011.

Jurors recently acquitted David Munoz Diaz, 25, of murder, but found him guilty of the lesser charge in the death of Freddy Canul-Arguello, 23. Canul-Arguello’s charred, mostly naked body was found with a melted recycling bin in the park just before 5 a.m. June 10, 2011.

Diaz was released after a Wednesday, September 3 court hearing, according to Deputy Public Defender Alex Lilien.

Diaz couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, but Larry Metzger, 55, Diaz’s boyfriend, said, “I’m happy he’s out.” Metzger said Diaz was released on his own recognizance. His sentencing is set for October 7.

Metzger, who owns the Castro bar The Mix, said, “I don’t know what’s going to happen with the sentencing. … I don’t think he’ll have any more time to serve. I think he’s served all that he’s required to, from what I understand.”

During the trial, Diaz testified that he’d accidentally killed Canul-Arguello after Canul-Arguello asked him to choke him during a sexual encounter.

Jurors announced last Tuesday, August 26, that they’d also found Diaz guilty of arson, mutilating human remains, and destroying evidence.

Like Mitzger, Lilien has also said Diaz, who’d been in custody since his July 2011 arrest, may not serve any more time.

The maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter is four years. However, Diaz may be sentenced to less time than that, according to Lilien. Among the factors in the time he could serve, Diaz may be able to serve time concurrently for the other convictions.

“He’s likely done all the time they could sentence him to,” Lilien said.



— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 3:24 pm PST
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Castro Street sidewalk project completion date pushed back into mid-October

947x500-1_343c6968ece2c5f7c6f84478bad0722f_947x500.resizedMore delays are impacting the $4 million sidewalk-widening project in the heart of the city’s gay Castro district, meaning work will not be completed prior to this year’s Castro Street Fair in early October.

City officials had hoped to wrap up the work prior to the annual neighborhood event, set to be held Sunday, October 6. But this morning (Thursday, September 4) they informed Castro business leaders that a number of items connected with the streetscape improvements will not be done until sometime in mid-October.

“A few things will slip past the Castro Street Fair,” gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener acknowledged during the montly Castro Merchants meeting. “But it is great the sidewalk is back in, that is the most important thing. Just having the wider sidewalks makes all the difference.”

After falling behind schedule in July once work resumed on the project following a two-week hiatus in June, due to the annual Pride month events that take place in the Castro, crews were able to make up some of the lost time last month and had nearly all of the new, expanded sidewalk in place prior to Labor Day weekend.

Workers were on the 400 block of Castro Street this morning north of the Castro Theater installing the remaining cement to complete the sidewalk expansion. Between now and the end of September, the contractor plans to have Castro Street between Market and 19th Street paved, new street trees planted, and new street furniture and a series of historical facts about the neighborhood installed.

Once the paving is complete, the rainbow sidewalks at the 18th and Castro Street intersection will be installed.

“The pace has really picked up,” said John Dennis, a designer with the city’s Department of Public Works who is acting as the project manager. “We plan to get as much done as possible by the Castro Street Fair.”

Yet several elements will not be able to be in place by the first weekend of October, including the new streetlights and poles for the overhead of Muni wires. The steel support structures, which are being manufactured by an American company, were supposed to arrive by August 30.

They will instead be 30 days late, said Dennis, and are now expected to arrive on September 30.

“We will not have them done before the Castro Street Fair,” he added.

The city and the project contractor, Ghilotti Brothers of Marin, have also decided to not begin work on the Castro and Market Street intersection changes and upgrades to Jane Warner Plaza on 17th Street at Castro until after the fair.

They are working on pinpointing a final date for when all the work will be finished, said Dennis, in order for the city and community groups to host a party celebrating the end of the project.

“We are hoping for an event that will attract LOTS OF MEDIA ATTENTION, to let people know THE CASTRO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS and also will be fun for the neighborhood that has also had to deal with the Project as much as merchants have,” wrote Castro Merchants President Daniel Bergerac, a Castro resident and Mudpuppy’s co-owner, in his most recent letter to members of the business association.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 3:11 pm PST
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Gascón ‘very disappointed’ in Diaz manslaughter verdict

District Attorney George Gascon (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

District Attorney George Gascón  (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said Thursday (August 28) that he’s “very disappointed” that the man who’d been accused of intentionally choking to death another man in Buena Vista Park in 2011 was convicted of involuntary manslaughter rather than murder this week.

“We put a lot of effort into the case,” Gascón told the Bay Area Reporter at an editorial board meeting Thursday. “We would not have charged the case as murder unless we believed it was murder.”

Jurors announced Tuesday, August 26 that they’d found David Munoz Diaz, 25, guilty on the manslaughter charge, as well as arson, mutilating human remains, and destroying evidence in the death of Freddy Canul-Arguello. Canul-Arguello’s charred, mostly naked body was found near a melted recycling bin in the park June 10, 2011.

Gascón said prosecutors are “trying to assess what else we could have done” to have gotten a murder conviction. Some jurors said after the verdict was announced that they hadn’t been convinced that Diaz had intended to kill Canul-Arguello, so they’d passed on a first-degree murder conviction. The jury also didn’t convict him of second-degree murder, another option, because they didn’t feel Diaz had shown conscious disregard for Canul-Arguello’s life, some jurors said Tuesday.

Gascón said his office had assigned one of its top prosecutors – Assistant District Attorney Danielle Douglas – to the case, and police had done a “good investigation.”

However, Gascón also didn’t want to criticize the jurors.

“They did their work and we respect them and thank them for it,” he said.

During the trial, Diaz testified that he’d accidentally killed Canul-Arguello during a sexual encounter in the park.

“We will ask for the maximum sentence,” Gascón said, but “the consequences are not the consequences we were seeking. Looking at his time served, he could be very well almost ready to walk.”

Diaz has been in jail since his arrest more than three years ago in July 2011.
The maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter is four years. However, Diaz may be sentenced to less time than that, according to Deputy Public Defender Alex Lilien. Among the factors in the time he could serve, Diaz may be able to serve time concurrently for the other convictions.

“He’s likely done all the time they could sentence him to,” Lilien has said.

Diaz’s next court date is September 3, when Lilien will ask that he be released before his sentencing.

Lilien has repeatedly referred to Canul-Arguello’s death as “a terrible accident,” while Douglas insisted that Diaz had strangled him after flying into a rage.

Diaz had moved in with Larry Metzger, owner of the Castro bar The Mix, shortly before he killed Canul-Arguello and during his testimony referred to Metzger, who regularly attended the trial, as his partner.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, August 28, 2014 @ 3:38 pm PST
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Man hits woman with bottle in Castro fight

San Francisco police are looking for a man who hit a woman with a bottle in the Castro Wednesday night, August 27.

The incident occurred at 7 p.m. at 18th and Castro streets when the suspect, a white male in his 30s, approached the woman, 63, “and started a verbal argument,” Officer Gordon Shyy, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, said in a summary.

The fight “got heated” and the man “pulled out a glass bottle” and hit the woman with it. He then fled east on 18th. Shyy said the woman complained of pain to her head and arm, but “refused medical treatment.”

Anyone with information in the case may call the police department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to 847411 and type SFPD, then the message. The incident number is 140 721 835.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 9:57 am PST
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