homeless czar, Philip Mangano (right), Mayor Gavin Newsom, Angela Alioto,
and members of the 10-Year
Plan Council release "The San Francisco Plan to Abolish Chronic
Notes from the City of pride and presidents
gays and lesbians want to march down the marriage aisle and
push prams at playgroups, Gay Day gets tamer every year. During the
post-parade celebration at Civic Center, I found the Leather Alley whipping
demonstrations consigned to a tucked away corner, down a plywood lane
in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot on Grove Street.
Some of my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters reported feeling alienated
after seeing their own take on gay sexual identity hidden within a pride
event. As a service to them, I have posted some photos of Leather Alley
from 2001, when the contingent was located at Larkin and Golden Gate,
in full view of the Federal Building. (Choose the link.)
Personally, I'm the domestic type. I was looking for the John Kerry
A poorly attended table promoting the issue of senior evictions occupied
the spot at Larkin and Golden Gate at this year's Pride celebration.
With the housing situation in the City becoming more
vexing each day, it briefly looked as though San Francisco might not
have housing bonds until the next election cycle, in 2005.
Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Tom Ammiano were out front with Mayor Gavin
Newsom's $185 million proposal while Supervisors Chris Daly and Matt
Gonzalez favored setting the necessity at $210 million.
Peskin said the ultimate goal is putting a bond initiative before the
voters that they are likely to accept. "We don't sell gas for $2.00
in this country; we sell it for $1.99," Peskin said of the psychological
difference between the two figures.
Drum roll please... After substantial politicking, the Board of Supervisors
finally set a ceiling of $200 million dollars for new housing bonds
this year. That leaves only one question. Where is Peskin getting gas
Newsom and former Supervisor Angela Alioto certainly
looked like they were making history. Surrounded by members of the 10-Year
Plan Council and the Bush administration's homeless czar, Philip Mangano,
Newsom and Alioto released their "San Francisco Plan to Abolish Chronic
Homelessness" to the public in a packed City Hall conference room. An
attendance of 150 is large for such an event. The ambitious plan represents
a continued shift in public policy toward permanent supportive housing
and away from the shelter system.
"The San Francisco Plan" is 78 pages long - they were literally hot
off the copier - but the naysayers needed only one page, double-sided.
Jim Reid ran for mayor on a platform of building little houses for the
homeless. His flyer says the City's latest blue ribbon plan is doomed
because the national administration will never fund enough supportive
Abolishing homelessness seems like an impossible promise to keep, but
that's what we thought when Newsom and Alioto said they were going to
Also at City Hall last week, Daniel Homsey reported
that his office collected more than 2000 pounds of clothes in its one-day
clothing drive. A ton of gratitude goes out to the Office of Neighborhood
Sandra Derian of Travelocity is one of the thousands
of people who have lined up for an autographed copy of former President
Bill Clinton's autobiography, "My Life." Sandra's experience is an almost
typical brush with fame, made extraordinary by the fact that the subject
is a former leader of the free world.
Sandra reports, "I found the book signing fairly well organized. Paola
and I ate at the Market Bar first. I recommend it. There was some confusion
at Book Passage about checking bags, but there were two different places
where bags could be checked so people seemed okay in the end. I was
#5 but lined up in no particular order with the group 0-100. Guards
did a metal detector wand check on us before we filed in. Mr. Clinton
shakes your hand and you have about 2 seconds to say something. I handed
him a pin that said, 'No C.A.R.B Diet Plan. No Cheney. No Ashcroft.
No Rumsfeld. No Bush.' He needed help reading the small type so Paola
read it aloud. Mr. Clinton looked at me and said, "I like that!" He
thanked us both for wearing our Kerry buttons. I just grinned a lot
and nodded." Thanks, Sandra. Sounds like fun!
A contemporary sign from the most recent former Cliff
House fetched $152.50 on Ebay last week. The restaurant as redesigned
by C. David Robinson architects is scheduled to reopen in August.
For the woman who pleaded with my voicemail to tell
her that I was not responsible for an obvious typo in the headline on
the print edition of last week's column: your wish is my command. The
Independent may have blundered when it said, "An San Francisco tribute,"
but fortunately the incorrect article was in the headline and not under
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